Author: Claudia Harpe

Asheville Skin Care

Am I the only person who thought acne magically disappeared once you graduated from high school?! I’m pretty sure I never really got that magic break. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who rarely had acne but then you got pregnant and “BAM!!!” here comes all the skin issues, like adult acne,  you managed to avoid for years. Then again, you could be suffering from the other problems and have to deal with random dry spots and rough skin.

No matter where your concerns lie,  be it aging or seasonal issues, our skin is constantly changing. What may have been a winning skin regimen years or even months ago may no longer work today. So now what?! With all the options out there how can we possibly know what to try? You can easily find yourself spending hundreds of dollars experimenting with the “next big thing” or the product that your best friend swears by, but how likely is it that it actually is the best thing for YOU?! You deserve a custom skin care plan tailored to your individual needs.

Debra Anderson

This is where Debra Anderson, the “godmother of aesthetics in WNC” comes in. As WNC’s premier aesthetician, Debra has taught aesthetics at AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College for over a decade. You can utilize her expertise by making an appointment for a signature facial or a personalized skin consultation. With her help, you can not only have a professional treatment by one of the best in the business, but also  a recommendation of products and procedures specifically geared to you and your needs.

Summer Grilling

Summer is almost here and if your husband is anything like mine the grill is primed and ready.  Beyond its serious summer vibes, the grill is also one of the best ways to ensure a healthy meal without having to seriously meal plan or overthink things. Since they require almost no thought or preparation, kabobs are my favorite, healthy go-to grill meal. With an assortment of lean meats and vegetables, they’re just what the doctor ordered!


You really can’t get any easier (or healthier!)- than this! Here are some of our favorites:

Chicken Pesto Kabobs:

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1.5 inch pieces and  marinated in pesto for an hour

2 pints Cherry tomatoes

*** Alternate chicken pieces with cherry tomatoes on a skewer and grill for 10-12 minutes on medium high heat turning once.

Salmon Lemon Kabobs:

1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, skin removed, cut into 1″pieces

2 lemons, sliced very thin into rounds

***Alternate salmon and lemons with 3 salmon pieces and 2 lemon slices on the kabob. Brush with olive oil and then combine oregano, sesame seeds, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes and season the kabob. Grill on medium heat for 7-8 minutes turning once.

Vegetable Kabobs:

2 cups cremini mushrooms

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1.5” slices

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1.5” slices

1 red onion, cut into 1.5” slices

1 zucchini, sliced into ¼-” slices

1 yellow zucchini, sliced into  ¼-”slices

*** Alternate the vegetables to your liking. Then combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 cloves pressed garlic, the juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and salt and pepper to taste and brush on the kabob. Grill on medium heat for 8-10 minutes turning once.

Botox for Men in Asheville

When thinking of Botox and fillers it’s pretty much guaranteed that you visualize a smiling, unlined, female face. But why?! Everyone wants to look their best, so when did basic self-care become a “girl thing”? Just like the first time you stole your girlfriend’s facial moisturizer and thought “where has this been my whole life?!”,  Botox has become a man’s best kept secret for a natural, youthful appearance. It has actually become so common that it has its own nickname- Brotox!

Fillers for Men in Asheville

That’s not to say Botox is the only wrinkle solution for men in Asheville. Maybe it’s not crow’s feet or fine lines on your forehead that make you self-conscious. Instead it could be your sagging cheeks or marionette lines.  Problem solved!  Juvederm for men or Restylane for men. The point is, just like your girlfriend’s magic face cream, the use of fillers can be a man’s magic wand in helping keep a youthful appearance with virtually no downtime. Why let women have all the secret weapons? Don’t men deserve them too?

Interested but have no idea where to start or even if it’s right for you? With all the options out there you’re not alone.  By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Harpe, you can discover what options are right for you and know it’ll be done by one of the best in the field.

Double Chin Removal Asheville

The dreaded stubborn double chin. It’s the one place on your body where it doesn’t seem to matter what the rest of your body’s shape is in- if your genetics have decided you’re having a double chin, it’s yours for life! A size 2 with a BMI of 18%? Wow, that’s great! Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell your chin that! Unlike other body parts you may not be totally comfortable with, there’s really no way to hide it.

Kybella Asheville

So you have a double chin, hate it, and want to get rid of it. Now what? The idea of going under the knife and general anesthesia seems excessive, but you want it gone. Enter Kybella.

Kybella is a series of natural injections that helps breakdown and absorb fat beneath the chin — giving your chin a slimmer, more toned appearance. Once the fat cells are destroyed the cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, which eliminates the need for further treatment once your goal is reached. Unlike surgery, you should be able to go back to work with virtually no down time.

Kybella Results

Because everyone is different, it usually takes 2-6 treatments to achieve the final, permanent results you are looking for.

Go to for more information and a look at what you can expect.

Healthy Salads on the Go

When eating healthy, the meals which always seem to throw me are my work week lunches. The last thing I ever want to do in the morning is spend an extra 10 minutes making a salad for lunch that day — especially since salads are so hard to pack properly! Then a friend told me about mason jar salads and I swear it revolutionized my morning routine. Now I can prep a week’s worth of healthy salads on Sunday that will last me the entire work week. It’s a game changer!

The key to a well built mason jar salad is proper layering:

Layer 1: The Dressing

Layer 2: Crunchy Vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, etc)

Layer 3: Softer Vegetables and Beans (mushrooms, peas, lentils, black beans, zucchini, squash, etc)

Layer 4: Proteins and Cheeses (eggs, chicken, etc)

Layer 5: Dense Ingredients (quinoa, etc)

Layer 6: Greens and Nuts (spinach, arugula, almonds, chia seeds, etc)

The secret to layering is to keep the wet foods or foods that are ok wet closer to the bottom and the foods that would be unpalatable wet on top. As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Don’t know where to start? Don’t know where to start? Contact Harpe Laser + Wellness, where Dr. Harpe will guide you through your wellness journey!