Tanya Kormeili, MD Dermatology
Medical, Surgical, Cosmetic

Dr. Kormeili MD of Santa Monica Dermatology Group Los Angeles, CA, dermatoligist offers services for cosmetic, surgical and medical dermatology devoted to healthy, beautiful skin for life.

1260 Fifteenth Street,
Suite 709
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Appt (310) 917-4433
Fax   (310) 917-4432

6 health and beauty myths unveiled: save time, money and disappointment!

As I watch TV, read our favorite girlie-magazines or go to stores that specialize in beauty products, I am always SHOCKED at the claims made by so many companies! It kills me to think that in this economy, hard-working Americans are being taken advantage of by such false advertising; our dreams of looking out best is being exploited by someone’s dreams of being rich from exploiting our insecurities and hopes for self-improvement. Yuck!


So here are 5 myths shed and trust me – I have no financial disclosures to reveal!

Myth 1: Topical creams flatten the love handles, diminish belly fat and help us lose inches
Fact: Inches around your wallet – yes, but your belly? No so much! No cream, lotion or potion can be applied to the skin that can do such a thing! In fact, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is taking action against the manufacturers claiming they can flatten your tummy. So, if you want, report them!


Myth2: Creams have to cost a fortune to be “superior!”  

Fact: Some ingredients are actually expensive, that is true! But, be aware that what can really make a product expensive is the cost of the bottles, the labels, the marketing campaign and of course, the salary of the salesperson selling you the product. I always look for active ingredients to see if there is anything “special” in this product vs. it just “feels good.” I tell my patients to save their money on what really works!


Myth 3: A cream can get rid of cellulite.

Fact: The latest research on cellulite has demonstrated anatomical differences between the deep tissue structures in men and women, explaining why women are getting more cellulite than men. Without getting too technical, we have under the skin a supporting “netlike” structure that holds together our tissue. The ones women have are more like “fishnets” and through the little openings tissue can herniate through, causing the appearance of cellulite. Men on the other hand, have a more uniform and solid mesh-like structure and there is little chance for herniation and the formation of cellulite. These structures are very deep and no cream can dissolve and remove cellulite from the body.



Myth 4: Natural or organic ingredients are safer and more effective.

Fact: Natural is great. However, organic and natural products also have side effects! Think about poisonous mushrooms or opium that are both naturally occurring organic products! If anything has an “effect” it can very well have a “side effect.” The problem is that many times such products have not been studied enough or we do not know what those side effects, alone or when combined with prescription products, might be. So, be careful, since many naturally occurring products can make you more sensitive to the sun, causing discoloration and burning.


Myth 5: If it is on the shelf and is “clinically proven” it is safe and effective


“Clinically proven” means the product has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Fact: There is a difference between clinically proven and FDA approved! Anyone can have a few people use their product, and share the results of what they did as clinical data. You can even twist the data to make it favorable to say, “Clinically proven.” Many cosmetics do not ever go through the FDA’s intensive review and approval process. They are not mandated to do so! Be careful! In addition to not working well, they can be harmful!

I had rosacea that caused redness and broken vessels on my face. Dr. Kormeili addressed all of my concerns and set about fixing the redness. I was super excited after my first laser treatment as the improvement was immediately noticeable. The second laser treatment made me look and feel amazing...

~N.F., La Habra

I had really bad psoriasis on my scalp that flaked all over my clothes, and it was so embarrassing to sit on board meetings in a black suite with white flakes. My entire attention was on my flakes, and worried what people were thinking when they looked at me, or got close to me at work...

~J.A. Los Angeles

Dr. Kormeili is the BEST!! I have a horrible phobia of needles and she calmed my nerves and had an extremely gentle touch. Painless office visit!

~C.E. Los Angeles

Whereever Dr. Kormeili goes, my mom and I follow her. I highly recommend her. My visits are always a great experience.

~M. I., Santa Monica

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had multiple warts on my hands and legs for the past 5 years. It was just something I learned to live with. I moved so sunny Los Angeles and decided it was time to take care of this embarrassing problem. I had appt’s with a few dermatologists, but once I found Dr. Kormeili I knew I wanted her to treat me...

~M.L., Los Angeles

Excellent. Office staff are kind and barely any wait time. Easy to make appointments and amazing friendly/intelligent dermatologist!

~M. L., Santa Monica

Dr. Kormeili is a remarkable person and an amazing doctor. She’s exact, focused and thorough, and treats you like one of the family. The results of my treatments were beyond my expectations.

~C.S., Santa Monica

I had sun damaged skin with several sun spots on my face. My entire attention was on my face, and I worried what people were thinking when they looked at me. I’m a vice president in banking and image is very important especially in the leadership role I am in. I saw Dr. Kormeili 4 months ago...

~M.M., Torrence

I absolutely love this Dr. She is so honest. My skin looks great and I feel so happy with her service and recommendations.

~M.M. Santa Monica

I was working a lot and very stressed out. One day I looked up in the mirror and I had look like I had aged about 10 years and as a woman we like to stay looking young. So a friend referred me to Dr. Kormeili for a little Botox and fillers. She was great! She took care of everything that was bothering me and then some...

~D.E., Whittier

How can someone be sad around Dr. Kormeili? She is a burst of sunshine but most of all she cares about her patients. Dr. Kormeili knew and worked on my husband before he recently passed away. He would rave about her care and skill when he had work on his face done by her. I went to Dr. Kormeili after my husband passed away...

~S.L. Los Angeles

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had been taking antibiotic medicines for over 2 years to help control my acne; once I was prescribed Accutane in less than 3 months my face was completely gone. Of course before taking Accutane I was constantly aware of my skin, always trying to find ways to hide it and sometimes it got so hard I didn’t even want to go to school....

~C.J., Los Angeles

SHE IS THE BEST! Considerate, compassionate and thoroughly professional.

~V.L. Santa Monica

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~-- (Anonymous)

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

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