Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Manish Shah’


Saturday, December 15th, 2018

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It’s something every woman fears: waking up on the day before/of a big holiday party with an unsightly skincare emergency. While a cold sore or an eruption of cystic acne is not “life threatening,” it can still feel like social-suicide. Don’t fret, Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and father of daughters, sympathizes and shares some simple solutions.

Problem: Cold Sore

Solution: Dr. Shah offers cortisone injections to patients who want to look better faster. “Very diluted cortisone into the cold sore, this can bring the inflammation down quite rapidly,” he says. If you are afraid of needles, he recommends calling your doctor for a prescription of Valtrex, Famvir, or Acyclovir or the over-the-counter drug, Abreva. If you are unable to make it to the pharmacy, you can try some old-fashioned remedies: Visine, a cold compress, and Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Problem: Allergic Reaction

Solution: The first thing one should do is cease eating/using whatever is causing the allergic reaction. If the reaction happens a few days before an occasion, Dr. Shah recommends using hydrocortisone cream twice a day and taking Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec which are longer-acting and less-sedating than Benadryl.  Another option is a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. However, “If this type of reaction is something you have never experienced before, go immediately to your dermatologist,” says Dr. Shah.

To conceal an allergic reaction, apply hydrocortisone cream and then cover up redness by canceling it out entirely. The opposite of red is green, so apply green-tinted concealer to the red area, which will create a flesh-toned hue. A good quality tinted moisturizer naturally has green/yellow undertones and also provides moisture to dry skin. (more…)


Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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When shopping pricey skincare products, its best to be savvy about claims and have realistic expectations.  There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what one receives from in-office medical procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery.  Yet, some products can garner desired  results for a finite amount of time. Harriet Ploeger, Executive Director of Swiss results-driven skincare brand, Instytutum, asserts, “While some cream promise to freeze lines and wrinkles or plump and lift the skin, the effects are simply temporary.”

That is not to say that one will not receive an immediate tightening effect; however, Ploeger warns of the condition of the skin after application.  Typically, the gel-textured product contracts, dehydrating the skin and often causing pilling, like a facial mask.  Denver Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, concurs.  “Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin ‘feel’ tighter.” (more…)