‘Tis the Season

I will continue to try to reply to questions presented as long as space allows. The reader’s question (paraphrased): Why do you offer “potentially questionable services” such as photo-rejuvenation and laser resurfacing at Fusion Medical Spa? Answer: I’d like to say it isn’t just smoke and mirrors, but it is! Our Bladeless Facelift laser resurfacing procedure does produce a small amount of smoke as the wrinkles are vaporized. Mirrors? An important part of everything we do! Patients visit my practice because of issues they discover while looking in the mirror. We hand them a mirror at the end of a procedure (in addition to the before and after pictures) to show the improvement. Visit Palomar Medical’s website or stop by to see our before and after pictures.

The benefits of all services and products that we provide have been scientifically proven to a very high standard. We use the most expensive laser system in the United States not because of it’s cost, but because it is the only laser system that can reliably provide 100% patient satisfaction. Please, don’t make my services “potentially questionable”; make them completely questionable. Make my services and those of all physicians include answering all of your questions. Be an informed patient!

Christmas is here, and the New Year is upon us! Time to gather with friends and loved ones and catch up on the good and bad that we have missed due to our high-speed lives. It wasn’t always this way. One hundred and fifty years ago we gathered to catch up on everything missed due to slow communication. The telegraph, telephone, and now internet have brought great changes to our lives, but have drastically increased it’s complexity. Even if the rest of the year is too busy, the holiday season is time we need to use to slow down and enjoy life itself. Too often we become so mired in the Doing that we forget about the Living.

I certainly wasn’t a good example of Living at the start of 2012. Military physician/flight surgeon 3 to 4 days per month, anesthesiologist with 24-hour hospital call 4 to 5 days per month, ski patrol during winter weekends, and a full-time job with our medical spa. I was Doing all the time, and while that kind of busy schedule has always been invigorating for me, I was brought to a crawl by my own biology. After a personal encounter with early onset “old age” this summer, both my wife and I were delighted to discover that I wasn’t terminally tired, I just suffered from a testosterone deficiency. I have since started bio-identical hormone replacement and feel like I am Living again.

This Christmas season, focus on opening your eyes to the joy around you. Give an unexpected gift. Help a friend in need. Pay attention to the little ones as they open presents. Take a break from the Doing and spend time Living. Rediscover the magic of Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Doctors Rath and the staff of Fusion Medical Spa!

Disclaimer: Dr Stephen Rath, MD, DABA is a board certified anesthesiologist as well as the owner and medical director of Fusion Medical Spa located in Ruidoso, NM. This year he has resolved to turn in his Grinch costume in exchange for a dose of true Christmas spirit. Comments or questions? His email address is: