Eternal Youth – It’s No Secret, it’s Already in You!

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We are often asked, “What is the secret to eternal youth?” Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures aren’t it.

As bitter a pill to swallow as it may be, everyone grows old. Worry lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging skin, eye bags, and so on — all are inevitable in the long run. There is a misconception that plastic surgery is the key to eternal youth. Truth be told, plastic surgery won’t reverse or slow the aging process, though certain procedures and products can definitely help you to look younger.  And we know that self-esteem and confidence are closely tied to one’s perception of their appearance.

The key to holding onto youth lies in caring for what Mother Nature gave you in the first place. Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin and body:

  • Moisturize – the skin across your body needs to be constantly moisturized. There are a lot of products that helps you moisturize your skin, but nothing beats a genuinely gentle all-natural crème or lotion.
  • Drink lots of water – our body is made up almost entirely of water, so to maintain a healthy body (and of course, skin) experts recommend two or more liters of fresh water daily.
  • Stop bad habits – any bad habit, be it drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco, is bad for your health and will abuse your youthful looks. Kick the habits and live a healthy life.
  • Get lots of sleep – your body is like any other piece of machinery and keeping it constantly running is not a good idea. You need to give it rest, and lots of it, to ensure it is in top form all the time.
  • Eat Healthy – your body needs to be fed correctly in order to reach its peak. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and fiber to keep skin looking young and fresh.
  • Cover it up – constant exposure to sunlight means a harmful dose of UV rays. Don’t let your skin become dry and damaged by the sun.

There are so many products and services available for improving the look of your skin that it can be overwhelming.  You don’t want to waste money on something that may not give you the results you want.  That’s why it’s a good idea to consult with a skin care professional who can evaluate your skin, recommend the proper at-home products, and provide professional services so your skin will look and feel smooth, healthy and radiant.

4 Things You Should Do for Your Skin After You Turn 30

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You’re never too young to invest in your skin and in good skin care. One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about their skin and skin care is that you don’t need to worry about it too much until you are in your 40’s, 50’s or 60’s. However, as soon as you are in your teens, you should have an appropriate plan for taking care of your skin that includes sunscreen and taking some preventative measures. When you hit 30, however, is when you should start making bigger changes to your skincare routine so that your skin will stay healthy and vibrant looking in the years to come.  Let’s take a closer look at four things you should do for your skin after you turn 30.

Try Microneedling

Microneedling is probably the biggest trend in skin care right now. By making tiny punctures in your skin, microneedling triggers the body to release its own natural growth factors in response, specifically new collagen and elastin, in a way only the body can do, delivering the purest form of each internally, without additives or preservatives. Micro-needling is extremely effective for treating a variety of skin conditions including wrinkles, scarring, (including acne scarring), stretch marks from pregnancy or weight loss/gain, texture or dryness problems, and hyper-pigmentation issues.  Additionally, it has the advantage of being utilized on skin that otherwise may not be well-suited to the irritation of chemical peels or the heat of lasers.  Micro-needling involves very little downtime and the end result is smoother, younger-looking skin.

Invest in Good Skin Care

Proper skin care is a must at any age, but when we are young and enjoying our smooth, tight, beautiful skin, wrinkles and dark spots are the last thing on our minds! By the time you hit 30, it’s time to start investing in anti-aging skin care products that contain ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol.  Most women also find that they need to pay more attention to the type of moisturizer they use.  It’s a good idea to consult a professional aesthetician who can recommend the best type of products for your individual skin type.

Use Sunscreen Everyday

Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is the single most important thing anyone can do to their skin looking it’s best.  Not only is the sun a major cause of skin cancer, but sun exposure causes sagging, wrinkles, dark spots, and generally contributes to skin that looks older than a person’s actual age.  If you haven’t been diligent about using sunscreen, now is the time to start.

Get Botox

You may have noticed that more and more thirty (and even twenty) somethings are getting Botox on a regular basis. You may think that you shouldn’t get Botox until you start noticing fine lines and wrinkles, but we encourage some of our patients to start getting Botox before their wrinkles get deeper and their fine lines get worse; as a sort of preventative measure.

Taking good care of your skin in your 30’s will set you up for better skin throughout your life.

You’ve Lost The Weight: Now What?

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We’ve all heard countless success stories about friends, family members and even total strangers who have lost significant amounts of weight. Maybe it’s even you who has dropped 100 pounds or more, either strictly by diet and exercise or interventional methods such as bariatric surgery. While either of these results in better long-term health, your initial appearance after weight loss may be not quite what you expected.

What happens after massive weight loss?

While you’re carrying those extra pounds, your skin is stretched around areas of your body like the abdomen, arms, legs, breast and face. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back, resulting in upper arms that may sag and appear loose or full, flattened breasts, excess abdominal skin that may lay apron-like around your sides and lower back area, and hanging pockets of skin around buttocks, groin and thighs.

Many individuals who have experienced a great weight loss are turning to plastic surgery to improve the shape and tone of underlying tissue that supports fat and skin and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The result gives your new body a more “normal” appearance, with smoother contours.

The skinny on post-weight loss plastic surgery

There are a number of procedures that may be of interest to an individual who has recently lost 100 pounds or more. They include:

Body Contouring

Also called a body lift, this is the most commonly-performed surgery after weight loss. More than 106,000 body-contouring procedures were performed in 2004, up 77 percent over the last five years, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Massive weight loss patients accounted for nearly 56,000 procedures. Body contouring is the removal of excess, sagging skin around the abdomen and a tightening of skin around the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and arms.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck involves an incision at the bikini line and around the navel. The surgeon then manipulates the skin and tissues and repairs weakened abdominal muscles. In some cases, you may have an additional incision to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Breast Lift

During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed and the nipple is repositioned. Implants can be added as well to improve shape.

Brachioplasty

 This procedure removes excess skin from the upper arm area.

Face “Lift”

This procedure involves removing excess skin around the face and neck.

Are you ready for the final step?

Many consider plastic surgery the “final step” in their weight loss journey. If your weight has stabilized for at least a year and you’re in overall good health, and if you don’t smoke and are committed to good nutrition, fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle, you are likely to get the thumbs up from your doctor as well as your plastic surgeon to make the desired physical tweaks. However, this process is not one to be entered into lightly. The results may be immediate but the healing will take time, your activity will be restricted temporarily, visible scarring will remain, and it will be your job to maintain a stable weight and overall fitness for the remainder of your life.

No matter if your weight loss is due to diet or surgical means, you deserve to have the body you earned for a lifetime to come.

Plastic Surgery Offers Solution For Enlarged Male Breasts

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A condition that plagues many men yet goes almost undiscussed in the media is Gynecomastia, otherwise known as enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia occurs in 40 to 60 percent of men, sometimes as an on-going condition or may develop due to other medical changes.

While a man’s chest typically has some shape, many men find their chest has excess fat or contouring similar to women’s breasts. Gynecomastia doesn’t have a negative impact on a man’s overall health, but can cause social awkwardness or body image issues. And since it receives little public discussion, men facing this condition frequently don’t feel comfortable talking with their doctor or looking for solutions.

The size and shape of male breasts can vary. It’s not uncommon for men with breasts to hide their body by wearing loose clothing or developing a hunched-over posture. Sometimes the condition is noticeable only when a man has his shirt off, such as at the beach or pool. But the condition may be more pronounced on other men, with their breasts showing through shirts and clothing adding to the awkwardness they feel on a daily basis.

No one knows for sure what causes male breasts, but most doctors agree it appears to result from a hormone imbalance. All men have both androgens (hormones that create male characteristics) and estrogens (hormones that create female characteristics) in their bodies. Changes in the levels or in how the body uses or responds to these hormones may cause enlarged breasts in men.

Some young men form male breasts during puberty, but their chest returns to a normal appearance as they grow and mature. Other men find their breasts continue after puberty through the rest of their lives. Being overweight causes the body to develop more fatty tissue and may also aggravate the condition. Using certain prescription medications, steroids, or “street drugs” may also cause male breasts to develop.

Unlike Gynecomastia which results in enlargement in both breasts, some men notice enlargement in only one breast or that the breast has a hard or firm feel. Men who notice these types of changes should visit their doctor immediately to rule out breast cancer.

Currently, the only known treatment for Gynecomastia is breast reduction surgery, and a board-certified plastic surgeon can help a man suffering from this condition explore his options. One of the most rewarding parts of working in plastic surgery is helping people manage the special needs of their bodies.

The physician will conduct a thorough medical evaluation to confirm that the patient is in good health, review the patient’s weight and medication or drug use history, and determine if there are any other medical conditions contributing to the breast formation.

If breast reduction surgery is the right solution, the plastic surgeon will help the patient understand the procedure, any steps needed for preparation, and the potential side effects or complications. Although different techniques are performed depending on the severity, in most cases the surgery will include glandular tissue being surgically removed with simultaneous liposuction to contour excess fat.  Recovery time varies from person to person and depends upon the extent of the surgery. Patients often return home the same day, return to non-physically demanding work in less than a week, and resume normal activities including exercise in 4-6 weeks. 

But, the most important change a patient will experience is the new-found confidence and comfort with their physical appearance. Gynecomastia may not be discussed much in the media, but the only discussion that matters is one a man has with his plastic surgeon.

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