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Papri Sarkar, MD FAAD #drpapri

Dermatologist at Brookline Dermatology Associates in Brookline, MA.
President of the New England Derm Society.
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  • I talked a little bit about PRP, or platelet rich plasma, in my story the other day. I use it lots  of ways in clinic including injecting it directly into the scalp for various types of hair loss.
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Now that I've had some great successes with it, I get patients coming in asking for the treatment by name. One super important thing to remember is that hair loss can be due to many different causes and before I can consider PRP I need to make sure I'm not missing a simple cause of hair loss that can be easily fixed. So, first I do a physical exam and check some lab work. For many of my patients, thyroid hormone, iron or Vitamin B12 levels are low. If that's the case, I won't let you do PRP until your labs are back in normal range.
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See, PRP works better if your levels are where they're supposed to be. B12 isn't normally low in the U.S. population but my vegetarian or vegan patients are often low in it. If your B12 levels are low I recommend B12 supplements. If that’s not working or you want a faster response we can also boost your levels with virtually painless injections in the office. If you’ve been low on B12 for a while, the injections can give you a burst of energy after a few weeks because it helps your body make red blood cells. Here's Alexa, one of our star medical assistants. She’s very excited about starting the morning off with a few B12 injections. 💕#drpapri
  • I talked a little bit about PRP, or platelet rich plasma, in my story the other day. I use it lots of ways in clinic including injecting it directly into the scalp for various types of hair loss.
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    Now that I've had some great successes with it, I get patients coming in asking for the treatment by name. One super important thing to remember is that hair loss can be due to many different causes and before I can consider PRP I need to make sure I'm not missing a simple cause of hair loss that can be easily fixed. So, first I do a physical exam and check some lab work. For many of my patients, thyroid hormone, iron or Vitamin B12 levels are low. If that's the case, I won't let you do PRP until your labs are back in normal range.
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    See, PRP works better if your levels are where they're supposed to be. B12 isn't normally low in the U.S. population but my vegetarian or vegan patients are often low in it. If your B12 levels are low I recommend B12 supplements. If that’s not working or you want a faster response we can also boost your levels with virtually painless injections in the office. If you’ve been low on B12 for a while, the injections can give you a burst of energy after a few weeks because it helps your body make red blood cells. Here's Alexa, one of our star medical assistants. She’s very excited about starting the morning off with a few B12 injections. 💕 #drpapri
  •  105  24  11 March, 2019
  • It’s International Women’s Day. There are a LOT of people I thank every day for where I am today and women definitely make up a big part of that list. Women (and men) who have sacrificed, educated, believed in me and held me up when I needed it. #HiMom
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Today I wanted to take the opportunity to thank my sweet, funny, kind, smart and beautiful staff. They help my clinics and life run smoothly and I am so thankful for all of you! I wish I had the forethought to take a photo of everyone in clinic today but this #tbt will have to do. I’ll do better next time. #thankyou #grateful #everyday #internationalwomensday2019
  • It’s International Women’s Day. There are a LOT of people I thank every day for where I am today and women definitely make up a big part of that list. Women (and men) who have sacrificed, educated, believed in me and held me up when I needed it. #HiMom
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    Today I wanted to take the opportunity to thank my sweet, funny, kind, smart and beautiful staff. They help my clinics and life run smoothly and I am so thankful for all of you! I wish I had the forethought to take a photo of everyone in clinic today but this #tbt will have to do. I’ll do better next time. #thankyou #grateful #everyday #internationalwomensday2019
  •  127  25  9 March, 2019
  • Did you hear the latest? The FDA proposed new regulation to make sure sunscreen is safe and effective. They decided that they were going to evaluate the 16 ingredients that are currently FDA approved in the U.S. So far, two have been banned and two have been deemed safe while the other 12 are still in purgatory. .
I spoke to Julie Ricevuto and New Beauty Magazine about some of the new sunscreen regulations in this article. What do I think? The two ingredients that were approved are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They're the most common ingredients in baby sunblocks because they've been deemed to be safe for ages. No surprise that they've been approved again. .
How about the ingredients that have been banned? Both PABA and trolamine salicylate have been banned. To be honest, I haven't seen these ingredients in a sunscreen for many years. PABA has been causing problems for years. It can cause a regular old allergic reaction and, as if that's not annoying enough, can cause one when it's exposed to sun. A sunscreen ingredient that causes an allergic reaction when it's exposed to sunlight? NOT ideal. Good riddance to these two, I say. The other 12 are still under investigation as far as I know and we'll have to wait and see what the FDA decides. .
What else are they thinking over? They're thinking of raising the maximum proposed SPF value on sunscreen labels from SPF 50 to SPF 60. You've probably all heard that anything over SPF 30 is garbage, right? It's actually totally true-- IF you only take into consideration perfect humans who apply SPF in the perfect amount and have the perfect application technique. I don't know about you, but I KNOW I'm not perfect (at sunscreen or pretty much anything else.) The average person applies anywhere from 25-50% of the sunscreen they're supposed to so if they apply a SPF 50 they're likely getting about 25-50% of that SPF protection or SPF 12.5 to SPF 25. (The math isn't quite that simple, but that's a good estimate.) If we can raise the labelling to SPF 60, I'd feel much better about my patients getting to an SPF 30 especially if they don't reapply when they should or have a history or predisposition to skin cancer. .
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  • Did you hear the latest? The FDA proposed new regulation to make sure sunscreen is safe and effective. They decided that they were going to evaluate the 16 ingredients that are currently FDA approved in the U.S. So far, two have been banned and two have been deemed safe while the other 12 are still in purgatory. .
    I spoke to Julie Ricevuto and New Beauty Magazine about some of the new sunscreen regulations in this article. What do I think? The two ingredients that were approved are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They're the most common ingredients in baby sunblocks because they've been deemed to be safe for ages. No surprise that they've been approved again. .
    How about the ingredients that have been banned? Both PABA and trolamine salicylate have been banned. To be honest, I haven't seen these ingredients in a sunscreen for many years. PABA has been causing problems for years. It can cause a regular old allergic reaction and, as if that's not annoying enough, can cause one when it's exposed to sun. A sunscreen ingredient that causes an allergic reaction when it's exposed to sunlight? NOT ideal. Good riddance to these two, I say. The other 12 are still under investigation as far as I know and we'll have to wait and see what the FDA decides. .
    What else are they thinking over? They're thinking of raising the maximum proposed SPF value on sunscreen labels from SPF 50 to SPF 60. You've probably all heard that anything over SPF 30 is garbage, right? It's actually totally true-- IF you only take into consideration perfect humans who apply SPF in the perfect amount and have the perfect application technique. I don't know about you, but I KNOW I'm not perfect (at sunscreen or pretty much anything else.) The average person applies anywhere from 25-50% of the sunscreen they're supposed to so if they apply a SPF 50 they're likely getting about 25-50% of that SPF protection or SPF 12.5 to SPF 25. (The math isn't quite that simple, but that's a good estimate.) If we can raise the labelling to SPF 60, I'd feel much better about my patients getting to an SPF 30 especially if they don't reapply when they should or have a history or predisposition to skin cancer. .
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  •  192  41  27 February, 2019
  • ✨Julie Ricevuto and New Beauty asked me what treatment makes the biggest difference in skin over 40. It was hard coming up with one thing because patients are different and I really like to customize each patient's treatment based on what's best for them. .
✨If push came to shove though and someone tried to throw out everything in our office while a 40-something year old was waiting for treatment, I'd protect our stock of botox and filler. . ✨Botox and fillers done with a light touch make the biggest difference for my patients. It keeps them looking fresh and young much longer without anyone realizing that they've had any interventions. It can also prevent or push back a facelift for decades -- especially when combined with a good sunscreen and skincare regimen. They're not the "sexiest" treatments but they get the job done! I am ALL for that. If there was one skincare product or procedure you couldn't live without what would it be? 💕#drpapri
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✨ Tagging a few other Board Certified Dermatology Bosses in case they want to put in their votes too! ♥️
  • ✨Julie Ricevuto and New Beauty asked me what treatment makes the biggest difference in skin over 40. It was hard coming up with one thing because patients are different and I really like to customize each patient's treatment based on what's best for them. .
    ✨If push came to shove though and someone tried to throw out everything in our office while a 40-something year old was waiting for treatment, I'd protect our stock of botox and filler. . ✨Botox and fillers done with a light touch make the biggest difference for my patients. It keeps them looking fresh and young much longer without anyone realizing that they've had any interventions. It can also prevent or push back a facelift for decades -- especially when combined with a good sunscreen and skincare regimen. They're not the "sexiest" treatments but they get the job done! I am ALL for that. If there was one skincare product or procedure you couldn't live without what would it be? 💕 #drpapri
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    ✨ Tagging a few other Board Certified Dermatology Bosses in case they want to put in their votes too! ♥️
  •  156  48  24 February, 2019
  • ✨Let's talk microneedling. Microneedling is when we use thin caliber, sterile needles to make teeny, tiny, regularly spaced holes in the skin. The controlled (micro)injury we make stimulates wound healing. It also induces collagen production so sometimes it's also called collagen induction therapy. When done by a professional, it is said to help with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and minimize pore size and fine lines. There's almost no pain and very little downtime. Another bonus? It can be done in any skin type. Anyone ready to sign up? You had me at more collagen! 🙋🏽‍♀️
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✨As with all procedures, there are downsides too. The more aggressive I am when I treat you, the better your results will be...and the more downtime you'll have. Usually people have anywhere to from 2-7 days of downtime and, depending on what we're treating, it can range from looking like a mild sunburn to a peel. Also, you'll usually need a series of treatments to get the results that you (and I) want you get. I usually recommend booking three treatments about 3-4 weeks apart and the use of fastidious sunscreen in between. One more con? You can't do this treatment if you have active acne. In general, dermatologists like to treat acne scarring after we've gotten our patient's acne under control anyway. But I know some people are bummed that they can't start microneedling right away. .
✨Overall, both my patients and I have been really happy with this treatment. Any questions? Ready to try it? 😜💕#drpapri
  • ✨Let's talk microneedling. Microneedling is when we use thin caliber, sterile needles to make teeny, tiny, regularly spaced holes in the skin. The controlled (micro)injury we make stimulates wound healing. It also induces collagen production so sometimes it's also called collagen induction therapy. When done by a professional, it is said to help with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and minimize pore size and fine lines. There's almost no pain and very little downtime. Another bonus? It can be done in any skin type. Anyone ready to sign up? You had me at more collagen! 🙋🏽‍♀️
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    ✨As with all procedures, there are downsides too. The more aggressive I am when I treat you, the better your results will be...and the more downtime you'll have. Usually people have anywhere to from 2-7 days of downtime and, depending on what we're treating, it can range from looking like a mild sunburn to a peel. Also, you'll usually need a series of treatments to get the results that you (and I) want you get. I usually recommend booking three treatments about 3-4 weeks apart and the use of fastidious sunscreen in between. One more con? You can't do this treatment if you have active acne. In general, dermatologists like to treat acne scarring after we've gotten our patient's acne under control anyway. But I know some people are bummed that they can't start microneedling right away. .
    ✨Overall, both my patients and I have been really happy with this treatment. Any questions? Ready to try it? 😜💕 #drpapri
  •  135  46  20 February, 2019
  • ✨ I get asked what kinds of fillers I like to use in the office a lot so I thought I should do a quick post on it. I definitely prefer hyaluronic acid fillers over other types. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural product that your body already produces so there isn't usually an allergic reaction to it, there are lots of HA products to choose from and if you don't like the result we can always reverse it. It's hard to argue with that. .
✨ We have lots of filler options in the office because although I do like certain fillers for certain areas, in general, I try to match the filler to the patient. For example, I've done a lot of lips lately (Happy Valentine's Day!) Based on whether the patient desired plumpness, more structure or just the *hint* of fill I've used Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra, Restylane- L, Restylane Lyft or Restylane Refyne. In my experience, all of them work well! .
✨Here's a little video of one of my star medical assistants showing some of most frequently used fillers. Thanks for agreeing to model for me on the spot, Marri! ♥️#lotsoflove #HappyValentinesDay 💕#drpapri
  • ✨ I get asked what kinds of fillers I like to use in the office a lot so I thought I should do a quick post on it. I definitely prefer hyaluronic acid fillers over other types. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural product that your body already produces so there isn't usually an allergic reaction to it, there are lots of HA products to choose from and if you don't like the result we can always reverse it. It's hard to argue with that. .
    ✨ We have lots of filler options in the office because although I do like certain fillers for certain areas, in general, I try to match the filler to the patient. For example, I've done a lot of lips lately (Happy Valentine's Day!) Based on whether the patient desired plumpness, more structure or just the *hint* of fill I've used Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra, Restylane- L, Restylane Lyft or Restylane Refyne. In my experience, all of them work well! .
    ✨Here's a little video of one of my star medical assistants showing some of most frequently used fillers. Thanks for agreeing to model for me on the spot, Marri! ♥️ #lotsoflove #HappyValentinesDay 💕 #drpapri
  •  108  23  14 February, 2019
  • ✨Happy National Women Physicians Day! Today is the birthday of the first woman who ever received a medical degree in the U.S. Most of you have probably never heard of her. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell and I am so thankful that she paved the way for me and all of the women before and after me to have such a fulfilling career. .
✨Special shoutout to all of the mentors and friends I've made through this journey (women and men.) I'm tagging some new women physician friends I've made through #instagram here. Sometimes, social media is great!
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#thankful #history #womeninmedicine #mentors
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This image is a REPOST from the lovely @annaguanchemd
  • ✨Happy National Women Physicians Day! Today is the birthday of the first woman who ever received a medical degree in the U.S. Most of you have probably never heard of her. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell and I am so thankful that she paved the way for me and all of the women before and after me to have such a fulfilling career. .
    ✨Special shoutout to all of the mentors and friends I've made through this journey (women and men.) I'm tagging some new women physician friends I've made through #instagram here. Sometimes, social media is great!
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    #thankful #history #womeninmedicine #mentors
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    This image is a REPOST from the lovely @annaguanchemd
  •  241  48  4 February, 2019
  • ✨I know it's cold but maybe there are some good things about the cold? Skiing, building snowmen and polar bear challenges? #somethingiwouldneverdo
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✨Here's a bit of a #tbt to a story that I did with Lindsay Colameo and @popsugarfitness about some reasons you might want to freeze your butt off this winter. .
✨Wherever you are in the world, if it's cold where you are, please take care! Wishing you all lots of warmth, hot chocolate and time with your loved ones this weekend. Happy Friday! 💕#drpapri
  • ✨I know it's cold but maybe there are some good things about the cold? Skiing, building snowmen and polar bear challenges? #somethingiwouldneverdo
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    ✨Here's a bit of a #tbt to a story that I did with Lindsay Colameo and @popsugarfitness about some reasons you might want to freeze your butt off this winter. .
    ✨Wherever you are in the world, if it's cold where you are, please take care! Wishing you all lots of warmth, hot chocolate and time with your loved ones this weekend. Happy Friday! 💕 #drpapri
  •  104  16  1 February, 2019
  • ✨I got a lot of questions about laser hair reduction this time around on my question sticker so I thought I would address that. A few quick rules? If your hair is naturally blonde, red or white, laser hair reduction is not going to work for you. So don't bother wasting the money. .
✨For some patients, laser hair reduction doesn't work well, and for some, the hair can actually grow back thicker and more plentiful than before treatment. Your doctor can assess to whether that might be a risk for you.
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✨ The right laser is important but the most important thing in laser hair removal (and all laser treatments) is making sure you pick the right provider. Make sure the person you're trusting your skin to does it often, has been doing it for a long while and keeps current. .
✨Here's a throw back to when I wrote a chapter on Laser Hair Removal when I was a wee dermatology resident in 2007. My coauthor, Ranella Hirsch, is a friend and a fellow dermatologist. Go check out my stories for more info on #laserhairremoval 💕#drpapri
  • ✨I got a lot of questions about laser hair reduction this time around on my question sticker so I thought I would address that. A few quick rules? If your hair is naturally blonde, red or white, laser hair reduction is not going to work for you. So don't bother wasting the money. .
    ✨For some patients, laser hair reduction doesn't work well, and for some, the hair can actually grow back thicker and more plentiful than before treatment. Your doctor can assess to whether that might be a risk for you.
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    ✨ The right laser is important but the most important thing in laser hair removal (and all laser treatments) is making sure you pick the right provider. Make sure the person you're trusting your skin to does it often, has been doing it for a long while and keeps current. .
    ✨Here's a throw back to when I wrote a chapter on Laser Hair Removal when I was a wee dermatology resident in 2007. My coauthor, Ranella Hirsch, is a friend and a fellow dermatologist. Go check out my stories for more info on #laserhairremoval 💕 #drpapri
  •  79  11  28 January, 2019
  • ✨I know there are some new folks who've joined recently so I thought I should introduce myself again. I haven't done this in a little while! I'm a Board Certified Dermatologist and was born and raised in NYC.  I live in Boston, MA now and practice at Brookline Dermatology Associates in Brookline, MA. .
✨I do Cosmetic, Surgical and Medical dermatology and enjoy all of them so you'll see a little bit of everything about skin, health and lifestyle on this page. Just wanted to warn you so you can turn back now if it wasn't what you bargained for! Also, from time to time, I answer your skincare questions on here. I kind of love doing that. Nothing on this page has ever been sponsored or an ad. At times, I'll show products that were gifted to me but I'll always let you know if that's the case. Most of the time if something is gifted, I've specifically asked the brand for it because I'm interested in trying it for myself or patients.
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✨What else? I do a lot of things other than see patients. I'm President of the New England Dermatological Society so I help to plan lots of educational meetings for skincare practitioners in the area. I also work with a lot of beauty editors/media about current and interesting topics in Dermatology. In short, I'm a *total* skincare nerd. 🤓
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✨Other hobbies? I love to travel, cook, read and spend time with family and friends so you'll see a bit of that on here from time to time. I'm also a wannabe theater geek. So, really, a geek all around.
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✨It's been a fun 10 months discovering instagram but I'm still kind of new at it so bear with me! I initially started this account as a way to connect with my patients but stayed because I found a great, supportive #skincarecommunity here. It's been so fun to "meet" you all here. I love getting to interact with other doctors + skincare addicts! Let me know if you have any other questions or feel free to introduce yourself! 💕#drpapri
  • ✨I know there are some new folks who've joined recently so I thought I should introduce myself again. I haven't done this in a little while! I'm a Board Certified Dermatologist and was born and raised in NYC. I live in Boston, MA now and practice at Brookline Dermatology Associates in Brookline, MA. .
    ✨I do Cosmetic, Surgical and Medical dermatology and enjoy all of them so you'll see a little bit of everything about skin, health and lifestyle on this page. Just wanted to warn you so you can turn back now if it wasn't what you bargained for! Also, from time to time, I answer your skincare questions on here. I kind of love doing that. Nothing on this page has ever been sponsored or an ad. At times, I'll show products that were gifted to me but I'll always let you know if that's the case. Most of the time if something is gifted, I've specifically asked the brand for it because I'm interested in trying it for myself or patients.
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    ✨What else? I do a lot of things other than see patients. I'm President of the New England Dermatological Society so I help to plan lots of educational meetings for skincare practitioners in the area. I also work with a lot of beauty editors/media about current and interesting topics in Dermatology. In short, I'm a *total* skincare nerd. 🤓
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    ✨Other hobbies? I love to travel, cook, read and spend time with family and friends so you'll see a bit of that on here from time to time. I'm also a wannabe theater geek. So, really, a geek all around.
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    ✨It's been a fun 10 months discovering instagram but I'm still kind of new at it so bear with me! I initially started this account as a way to connect with my patients but stayed because I found a great, supportive #skincarecommunity here. It's been so fun to "meet" you all here. I love getting to interact with other doctors + skincare addicts! Let me know if you have any other questions or feel free to introduce yourself! 💕 #drpapri
  •  314  69  27 January, 2019