Dr. Eugenie Brunner

The time is right for facial rejuvenation

Resolutions for smoother skin still are being realized, thanks to Dr. Eugenie Brunner and Fraxel CO2 Laser Resurfacing.

Used alone or in combination with a face lift, Fraxel is offering people with sun-damaged skin a second chance.

“Fraxel is becoming the gold standard for CO2 laser resurfacing,” Dr. Brunner, facial plastic surgeon, explained. “It’s amazing for tightening skin, and for softening wrinkles all over the face. It can also be used on eyelids and, for the first time, the neck. Fraxel reduces crepe-like skin that often forms on the neck.”

Dr. Brunner says she’s been very busy doing both face lifts and Fraxel. The laser treatment usually is done first to take care of sun damage and wrinkles on both the face and neck. She’s been “thrilled” with the results, and so have her patients.

“Fraxel’s laser gives you brand new skin,” she explained. “In just seven days you’ll see a pink glow and smooth skin. It also causes new collagen to form over time, so patients see improvements for roughly the next six months. Fraxel is done as one treatment and should last years.”

Many patients opt to follow Fraxel with a face lift to remove excess skin and jowls. Because wrinkles already have been removed, the face lift results are nothing short of “fabulous.”

“This is an outstanding combination,” Dr. Brunner added. “Because Fraxel removes wrinkles and softens deep lines, there’s less need for injectable fillers or Botox®. This saves the patient money over time.”

But Fraxel isn’t just for those prepping for a face lift. Dr. Brunner says she sees patients of all ages taking advantage of this effective treatment. She treats older patients who are interested in taking care of heavy wrinkles and years of sun damage, as well as younger patients interested in tightening up their skin in a preventive manner.

Dr. Brunner also is impressed with Fraxel’s ability to take care of neck skin, which is different from the skin on the face. Because neck skin has less hair follicles and oil glands, the neck naturally renews slower than the face. With Fraxel, however, the results are dramatic.

“Fraxel works beautifully on the neck,” she stated. “This means both the neck and the face look equally rejuvenated. That wasn’t the case with old laser treatments.”

Of course, using “sun-smarts” is the first step to keeping rejuvenated skin looking young. Statistics show 90 percent of skin aging comes from overexposure to the sun.

“You should use sun block every day, all year,” Dr. Brunner explained. “Many people fail to realize that their skin is exposed even when they aren’t out tanning, including exposure through car and office windows, when gardening or out for a walk, even when walking to and from the car. People also forget that a cloudy day isn’t necessarily a ‘safe’ skin day — ultra violet rays filter through.”

And for those who just couldn’t stay out of the sun, there’s Fraxel. To learn more, visit Dr. Brunner on the Web at www.brunnermd.com or call 609-921-9497.

Dr. Eugenie Brunner, Facial Plastic Surgeon 256 Bunn Drive, Suite 4, Princeton. 609-921-9497. Fax: 609-921-7040. www.brunnermd.com

Montgomery Eye Care

Surgical consultations expand the offerings at Montgomery Eye Care

Montgomery Eye Care’s mission to offer comprehensive services has just taken a leap forward with the addition of on-site surgical consultations.

Owner Dr. Mary Boname recently welcomed ophthalmologist Dr. Harmon Stein, who provides consultations right at Montgomery Eye Care.

“This is a natural extension for us,” Dr. Boname said. “Many patients need surgical intervention. Being able to see Dr. Stein in a familiar and comfortable setting at our office is convenient for our patients.”

Dr. Boname notes she’s seeing cataracts occur in a number of patients considered young for that condition, including those in their early 50s. Cataracts inevitably require surgical intervention, making Dr. Stein’s presence at Montgomery Eye Care a plus for patients.

“Dr. Stein has extensive experience, and a particular expertise with the Bausch & Lomb Crystalens® for cataract surgery,” Dr. Boname explained. “We’ve found Crystalens is very close to a natural lens, and offers great results. Post-op, patients are almost eyeglass-independent.”

In addition to his expertise in cataract surgery, Dr. Stein is adept in glaucoma management. Patients currently being treated with prescription eye drops at some point may need a surgical consultation. They see Dr. Stein at Montgomery Eye Care, and are evaluated for potential laser treatment.

“This may eliminate the prescription for many, making it not only a great treatment for glaucoma, but also very cost effective,” noted Dr. Boname. “When we can eliminate a medication, we’re saving the patient money and getting rid of any potential side effects.”

But 2009 has brought more than Dr. Stein to Montgomery Eye Care. Dr. Boname also can offer patients more sophisticated eye scans, thanks to her new Kowa Digital Retina Camera.

“A picture really is worth a thousand words,” Dr. Boname added. “We can use this camera to get a baseline image of the retina, and then monitor it over time. This is particularly important for our patients on blood thinners, as those can lead to retinal hemorrhaging. The Kowa helps us diagnose, and then monitor as the condition resolves over time. It’s a great tool.”

Montgomery Eye Care offers patients comprehensive eye care, plus a large variety of glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. The office is open Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours may vary near holidays, so call or check out the front door, where any changes also will be posted.

Montgomery Eye Care. Montgomery Center, 1325 Route 206, Suite 24, Skillman. 609-279-0005. info@mecnj.com www.mecnj.com

PNC Bank

PNC’s Team Approach Helps People Manage More Than Wealth

Kim Kingsland tells a great story about one of her early PNC Bank customers.

An 80-year-old widow found herself needing help. Her husband had managed all family finances and investments. She had not written a check in 50 years and didn’t know where to turn. She ended up counting on the wealth management team at PNC.

“PNC’s attitude is, we’ll do everything you need to help you get back on our feet. We helped her until she was comfortable and independent,” says Kingsland. To help the widow, Kingsland went to her home each week and helped sort the bills and financial matters. “I had the absolute pleasure of watching her come along. PNC lets us do this type of work because our approach is centered on building relationships.”

Kingsland, a trust advisor in PNC’s Palmer Square office, has a history of stories where the bank’s approach makes a difference in people’s lives. “We take a different approach and really form relationships with people. We know their families. We visit their homes and businesses. We really understand their dreams,” she said.

A crucial difference in the PNC approach is the team effort involved in wealth management. “We help people with a high net worth. To address their various needs, we have expert advisors on the team. This gives us a holistic view of their situations,” says Kingsland, who has been with PNC Bank for nearly 11 years.

While the team is always led by a relationship manager, a client may get support from an investment advisor, a banking advisor, a financial planner, a trust advisor, and others. “It all starts with the relationship manager. They act like a quarterback and bring on the right people at the right time,” says Kingsland.

The result is a planned approach and strategy that helps a client manage wealth. The team looks at investable assets, business succession planning, life insurance issues, cash requirements, buy/sell agreements and so much more. “We sit with people and talk through their needs. We take time to understand their needs and dreams. This is crucial because, often, family owned businesses are illiquid. All the wealth is tied up in the business. So we take steps to help them manage it wisely,” said Kingsland.

Another crucial difference is PNC’s stability in today’s volatile global economy. A year ago, PNC was the country’s 19th largest bank; today it is the fifth biggest in terms of total deposits. “Two important factors are involved. First, PNC maintained a moderate risk profile, positioning the firm to weather the economic downturn and remain focused on our clients and building our business. And second, our management takes great steps to keep us informed. By keeping us in the loop about the industry and our bank, we are better informed to help our clients. That makes them comfortable and in the know as well,” she said.

To learn how Kingsland and her team can support your business succession planning and other wealth management issues, call her at 609-497-6777 or E-mail Kimberly.Kingsland@pnc.com.

PNC Bank Wealth Management. 1 Palmer Square, Princeton. 609-497-6777. www.pnc.com

Princeton HealthCare System

Linda Sieglen, MD, advocates a team approach to healthcare

Healthcare is a team effort, and that suits Dr. Linda Sieglen just fine. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Sieglen knows that success in the operating room is the result of many skilled hands working together.

Now, as Princeton HealthCare System’s new Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Sieglen gets to bring the skills of the entire medical staff together to achieve the highest standards of patient safety and quality of care. As a “champion of quality and patient safety,” Dr. Sieglen is looking forward to taking a leadership role on a medical staff team that is doing everything possible to provide the very best care for patients. It is a team-and an organization-that has been on quite a winning streak.

This past fall, the system’s acute care hospital, University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP), was recognized by a national healthcare quality organization known as the Leapfrog Group as one of the nation’s top hospitals for patient safety. Just 26 hospitals in the United States made Leapfrog’s list.

UMCP has also earned consistent “five star” ratings from the healthcare ratings company HealthGrades for its maternity and overall joint replacement programs.

UMCP’s planned relocation to a new facility in Plainsboro is expected to raise the bar even higher. Countless details reflecting best practices in healthcare design as well as the input of UMCP doctors, nurses and staff members, are expected to help make the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro one of the premier regional hospitals in the United States.

Dr. Sieglen has been involved in the relocation plans as well, serving on a steering committee that gathered ideas and recommendations for the new hospital’s design and clinical capabilities.

“It will be a proud moment,” said Dr. Sieglen, looking ahead to the planned opening of the hospital in late 2011. “Not many physicians in their careers get to be part of building a hospital from the ground up, one that reflects all your dreams about what an ideal hospital should be.”

Dr. Sieglen’s position on the steering committee is one of many volunteer posts she has accepted at the hospital since joining its medical staff in 1987 as an anesthesiologist in private practice. In the coming years, Dr. Sieglen would go on to become president of her practice, Princeton Anesthesia Services, and chairperson of the Department of Anesthesiology. She would also serve as president of the PHCS medical staff, the first woman selected to represent the hundreds of physicians affiliated with the hospital and health system. Recognizing her dedication, PHCS asked that she join the system’s Board of Trustees, a position she held for nine years.

The Lawrence Township resident and mother of three grown sons credits a supportive husband, Jeffrey Sieglen, for making her career and hospital involvement possible. A former pharmaceutical executive, Mr. Sieglen decided to stay home and focus on raising the boys as Dr. Sieglen’s duties increased.

“I always felt it was unfair to just come here to make a living and go home, and not give back at all,” said Dr. Sieglen, reflecting on her involvement at the hospital through the years. “I wanted to be a part of this hospital. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the hospital and its patients in this new capacity.”

Princeton HealthCare System. 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. 1-888-PHCS4YOU.

‘You Take My Breath Away!’

by Dr. Janhavi Rane, DDS, president and CEO

Literally. I’m sure each of you out there has had this experience. Someone comes close, is going to say something important, opens his mouth and Voila! You want to stop breathing. Yes you know what I’m talking about. It’s called BAD BREATH or halitosis to be more scientific. The most horrible thing to have and some times it doesn’t leave you like a lovesick puppy.

Bad breath comes from the activity of bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria mix with some ingredients in food or saliva and release different types of foul odors. Most adults suffer from bad breath occasionally and maybe a quarter have it on a regular basis. In many of us bad breath is associated with gum disease. You can check this for yourself.

Take your finger, rub the areas between the teeth and gums and see if it gives out a foul odor by smelling your finger. If it smells bad you have some sort of gum disease. Serious gum disease needs to be treated by a dentist, but by keeping really good home care, and getting your professional cleanings every 6 months you can prevent this. It’s a good idea to floss between teeth and then smell the floss so you know which areas need to be cleaned more. Work towards flossing such that you don’t get a bad smell between any teeth.

One of the other reasons for bad breath is dryness of your mouth. You’ll often notice this after fasting, not eating for long periods of time, or after sleeping, and in some cases when you are taking medications due to insufficient flow of saliva. Some people have plain bad breath when they talk because of a postnasal drip causing mucous to pile at the back of the throat. Tonsil or throat infections and some protein deficiencies can give you bad breath. People who don’t take their dentures out at night or don’t clean them properly can also have a bad mouth odor. Whatever the reason, one should try to get rid of it.

Well, how do we go about doing this? First you need to find out the cause of the problem by seeing a dentist, and then get treated accordingly. You may need prescription oral rinses, or if there are any teeth that are trapping food causing the bad breath then we may fix those teeth first. If the problem is more severe then there are certain tests that we recommend to diagnose the reason for the bad smell.

At Rane’s Exclusively Yours Dental our team is well experienced in dealing with bad breath issues on a day-to-day basis so you can consult with our dentists to tackle your particular problem individually. In the meantime, I will give you a few tips:

Visit a dentist regularly; at least every 6 months to have your teeth cleaned. Your dental team should show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. Use unscented floss so you know which areas smell bad. Soak your dentures overnight in an antiseptic solution.

Drink plenty of fluids. If your mouth gets dry often, chew sugar-free gum, parsley, or fennel seeds.

Eat fresh, fibrous vegetables like carrots and clean your mouth after eating fish, meat, and milk products.

It’s also important to tell your spouse, friend or close relatives that they have bad breath without being embarrassed because they may not be aware. If you don’t tell them nobody will and people will just start avoiding them. Also you could be in their shoes some day.

So here’s a little advice, the next time someone says, “You take my breath away,” think twice!!!

Dr. Rane, is a long-time resident of Plainsboro where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a bachelor’s in biology and psychology from Rutgers – The State University, and dental training from New York University, Harvard School of Dentistry and Newark Beth Israel Hospital. She also serves on the Human Relations Council of Plainsboro Township and is the President-Elect for the Mercer County Dental Society.

Rane’s Exclusively Yours Dental, a dental boutique, is the parent office providing mainstream general and cosmetic dentistry for children and adults.

Rane’s Dental Aesthetics, right across in the new Plainsboro Village Center, is their specialty location providing orthodontics, Invisalign (the invisible braces), periodontics, implants, advanced cosmetic and sedation dentistry.

With general dentists and specialists on board at two locations right across from each other, they have eliminated the need to travel all over town for dental treatment while providing for the constantly growing demand for their services. This way Dr. Rane has created a center to provide all phases of dentistry on site for children and adults right in downtown Plainsboro with a goal to provide 200 percent satisfaction.

Rane’s Exclusively Yours Dental. Plainsboro Shopping Center (Beside Super Fresh and NYSC). 10 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro. 609-275 1777 www.ranesdental.com

Rane’s Dental Aesthetics (A Dental Specialty Extension). New Plainsboro Village (Beside 1st Constitution Bank), 11 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro. 609-750 1666.

YWCA Princeton: Honoring 13 Outstanding Women

As part of its commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA Princeton hosts the 26th annual Tribute to Women dinner Thursday, March 5 at the Princeton Hyatt.

“This is a powerful, moving and amazing event. You’ll see a room full of women who are being honored, who are supported by all these other people, and who truly make a difference in our community,” says Karen Jezierny, a former YWCA board member and chair of the Tribute to Women program.

This year, 13 women will be honored for their work on boards, community organizations and businesses. The honorees include Honorary Chair Bridgette Heller, who works for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company. Others earning tributes include Harriet Bryan, a community volunteer, Mia Cahill of Dennigan Cahill P.C., Janet Smith Dickerson of Princeton University, Melissa Harris-Lacewell of Princeton University, Elizabeth Johnson of Isles, Meredith Moore of NRG Energey, Inc., Susan Nettesheim, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, Deborah T. Poritz of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Cynthia Ricker of PNC Bank, Judith Scheide, a philanthropist, and Denise E. Wood of Princeton BMW/MINI – Crown Automotive Group. In addition, Fannie E. Floyd will be awarded, posthumously, the Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award.

“These women are honored for their work in our community. They take actions that reflect the YWCA Princeton’s twin missions of eliminating racism and empowering women. On this night, we pay tribute to those people who represent the YWCA’s mission in their personal and business lives,” said Jezierny, herself a former honoree for her work as Princeton University’s Director of Public Affairs.

The event, open to everyone, is also the YWCA Princeton’s largest fundraiser. Last year it generated more than $75,000 in donations, according to Jezierny. Those donations help fund the work that supports the YWCA Princeton mission.

“An organization that is willing to confront discrimination of race or gender, as directly as the YWCA Princeton does is so important. Sometimes, people think we resolved those issues. But deep down, we haven’t,” she says.

To confront the issues, the YWCA Princeton offers a wide range of programs that explore race and ethnicity. For example, Jezierny says “child care and after-school programs let moms and dads go to work and leave children in safe environments where they can grow and learn. We have child care programs for children who don’t have English as a first language in their homes.

“This, in turn, lets us engage parents who may want to sign up for an English as Second Language program for themselves. All of these efforts are designed to empower people and make our community better.”

To support these programs and purchase tickets for the Tribute to Women dinner, call YWCA Princeton’s Jenn Attridge at 609-497-2100, ext. 333. Tickets are $125.

YWCA Princeton. 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. 609-497-2100. Fax: 609-924-8644. www.ywcaprinceton.org

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