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Signs of Breast Implant Rupture
Friday, January 27, 2012

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For centuries women have been conscious about their figure. “Does this make me look fat? Do I look too big in this dress?” and more recently “are my breasts too small?” It may come as a surprise, but breast implants are not new. For more than a century there have been many attempts at helping women get bigger breasts. Surgeons have tried everything from injecting paraffin into women’s chests through to inserting sponges and ivory balls. They have even implanted wool into Ox’s cartilage which was then surgically inserted into the breasts of unwilling guinea pigs. None has succeeded and all have had complications, which have included: infections, hardening of the breasts and unseemly large scars. It wasn’t until World War 2 that Japanese women directly injected Silicon into their breasts to entice the American Soldiers. This became so popular that    [read more..]

Breast Implants under Scrutiny in Europe and South America
Friday, January 27, 2012

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The controversy started in France. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a breast implant manufacturer, was shut down when French authorities alleged that these implants were rupturing at a rate double the industry average. According to French prosecutors, PIP cut costs over the last decade by substituting a cheap industrial-grade silicone for the medical-grade silicone that is standard for the industry.

Now, French health authorities are on the horns of a dilemma: whether or not to require that French women with PIP implants have them removed. Health risks associated with these implants, if any, are unclear. If the government mandates removal, it will also pay for removal, which is a fair chunk of change when you consider that 30,000 French women have these implants. To further complicate matters, although the government will pay for implant removal it will not pay for implant replacement.

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Pycnogenol improves aging skin
Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Human skin is the body's first line of defense and often mirrors the health, nutritional status and age of a person. Over time, skin shows signs of aging due to the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin. However, skin can be rebuilt and made healthier no matter one's age. Natural supplement Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, was found to improve skin hydration and elasticity in women in a clinical trial published this month in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology.

The study was conducted at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) in Dusseldorf, Germany and examined 20 healthy women, aged 55 - 68 years. Participants were given 75 mg of Pycnogenol® per day, over a period of 12 weeks. Skin hydration, skin elasticity and skin fatigue were assessed by non-invasive    [read more..]

Botox effects distant muscles
Thursday, January 26, 2012
According to an investigation published in the January issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), researchers have discovered that injecting Botox (botulinum neurotoxin type A) affects muscles other than those it's injected into.

The study, led by Dr Christiane G. Frick of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, demonstrates that rats injected with Botox display lasting effects on muscles after injection, even in muscles far from where Botox was injected.

Furthermore, Botox appears to have "unique" effects on the way muscles respond to a commonly used muscle relaxant. This may affect monitoring patients during mechanical ventilation or during surgery.


The team conducted tests in order to evaluate the local and distant, immediate and delayed effects Botox had.  In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, Botox is used to treat neuromuscular disorders.  Botox temporarily paralyzes the injected muscles-    [read more..]

Liposuction: Risks and Benefits
Thursday, August 11, 2011

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  Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that breaks up and removes fat from different parts of the body.  The most common areas of the body in which it is performed are areas like the abdomen, thighs and neck or any other place that excess fat builds.  The instrument used in this process is called a Cannula.  It is attach to a vacuum and inserted under the skin to “suck” out the fat. 


People who choose liposuction usually have undesired body fat in certain areas and want to have it removed.  This helps to improve the aesthetics of certain areas of the body by permanently removing fat cells located there.  It does not however, remove cellulite, dimples or stretch marks.  It is important to lead a healthy lifestyle after the procedure because if not the fat cells in the treated area    [read more..]

Changes in Jaw Angle May Require a Different Approach to Facelifts
Saturday, May 14, 2011

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  For many years, people have sought a way to look younger and decrease the signs of aging. Facelifts and other cosmetic surgery have been the standard solution to this, however new research shows that it could take a little bit more to truly regain youthful looks. Doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center have discovered that changes in the jaw bone occur as we age, changing the appearance of our face. They have also suggested that before traditional cosmetic procedures are implemented that it may be beneficial to augment the internal bone structure of the face. These surgeons came to this consensus after reviewing a number of CT scans that were taken of various patients over a period of time.

          Twenty men and twenty women were reviewed during this process and three different age groups were used. The    [read more..]

Is Laser Lipoplasty Safe?
Saturday, May 14, 2011

  This year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) will be holding their annual meeting at the Gaylord National Hotel’s convention center. It will begin on April 23 and go through the 27th. One of the things expected to be discussed this year is laser assisted lipoplasty. The leading experts will be discussing the pros and cons of this technique in an attempt to verify its usefulness. The discussion will included Barry DiBernardo MD and Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD. The moderator will be Franklin DiSpaltro MD.

   Lipoplasty is the second most popular surgery performed in the U.S. In 2009 there were 283,735 of these procedures performed. Laser-assisted lipoplasty is when a laser is used to make the fat cells easier to be suctioned during the surgery. Thus addition to the standard lipoplasty procedure has been widely debated since its inception in 2006. According to Dr DiSpaltro, “The last    [read more..]

New Techniques for Rejuvenating Your Face without Surgery
Saturday, May 14, 2011

  When you look on the pages of any beauty periodical, you will see high cheeks and well defined jaw lines. On the other hand, as we age, facial volume is lost and the cheeks can look sunken. Jaws may also sag as we age. The result is an older, less appealing face. Today, dermatologists are more knowledgeable about the contouring of the face. They are using soft tissue fillers in order to restore volume that is lost as a result of aging. This also results in the removal of wrinkles that form under the nose and at the corners of the mouth. There is new radio frequency technology that may be able to stimulate collagen, thus reducing skin looseness along the lower face.

            A new approach to removing the signs of aging and increasing aesthetics was presented by Marian E. Northington, MD, FAAD, at the 2010 Academy of Dermatology    [read more..]

Avoiding the Risk of Blood Clot after Plastic Surgery
Saturday, May 14, 2011

  Having a risk assessment to determine whether or not they will develop blood clots can be beneficial to patients who are about to undergo plastic surgery. Blood clots can be fatal, and researchers have found that 1 in 9 patients run the risk of developing one if they do not receive clot preventing medications before surgery. This is based on a study to determine likelihood of clot development after surgery that was published in the 2010 Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

             Using a tool called the Caprini risk model; researchers were able to determine the probability that a particular patient would develop clots. What is unfortunate about this is that patients who are about to undergo plastic surgery usually aren’t assessed for this risk. This study included medical data that had been reviewed from 1,126 patients and was led by Dr. Christopher J. Pannucci MD, MS, who    [read more..]

Stem Cells Can Benefit Cosmetic Surgery
Thursday, May 12, 2011

  These days everyone is familiar with the medical breakthroughs involving stem cell surgery, but what does this have to do with cosmetic surgery? Dr. Mark Berman, MD, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery says: “A persons own fat is one of the best ways to collect stem cells. Current Technology allows the harvesting and separation of stem cells from fat.” Stem cell research is still in its early phases, however it is expected to bring breakthroughs to all different fields of medicine, and cosmetic surgery is no exception. In fact, cosmetic surgeons are expected to play a major role in stem cell advancements as this new procedure moves forward. Cosmetic surgeons have made some important discoveries about stem cells. What they are doing is actually taking a person’s fat and fortifying it with stem cells during procedures. The results of this are astounding.

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Facelifts Generate High Levels of Satisfaction
Thursday, May 12, 2011


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  According to a study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s February issue, people who have had face lifts say they look an average of 12 years younger. Although the recovery period can last quite some time, most people who decide to have a face lift are pleased with the results. This is based on the study done by Eric Swanson, a plastic surgeon in Leewood, Kansas which supports recommending facelifts to patients who want to appear younger than they are. Improved Appearance Means better Quality of Life R. Swanson organized a detailed analysis of over 122 patients who have opted for face lifts. The majority of the patients were women and the average age was around 57. Seven months after they received their procedure, the patients were interviewed.

      The procedures used on patients in this study included forehead and/or eyelid lift along with their    [read more..]

Cosmetic surgery for Men on the rise
Thursday, May 12, 2011

  Now more than ever, more men are deciding to get face lifts, tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgery. The statistics show that 14% more men got facelifts in 2010 and 7% more got liposuction. In general, plastic surgery for men has risen 2% according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These statistics also show that the total number of men opting for plastic surgery generated an additional 1.1 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures. Phillip Haeck, president of the ASPS states: “The baby boomer generation has since aged and is becoming more comfortable with the idea of plastic surgery. Soft tissue fillers and Botox are only effective to a point, so it becomes harder to defy the pull of gravity as you age. Once these minimally invasive procedures fail to produce adequate results, surgical procedures become required for the desired result.

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How Changes in Bone Structure Affect Signs of Aging
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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  As it turns out, there are many factors that can make us appear older. Skin wrinkles and sags are not just because of elasticity loss, but it can also be related to changes in the structure of facial bones. This is according to the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery which is the journal published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The study was led by Dr. Robert B. Shaw, Jr. of The University of Rochester Medical Center. His team of researchers performed computer analysis of facial bone tomography scans. Their study included 3 different age groups comprised of young (aged 20-40), middle aged (41-64) and older 65 and over).


                     All of the scans used in the study were reasons other than plastic surgery planning. Using detailed measurements of CT    [read more..]