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4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. That sets off a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles. The best way to prevent this damage, called photoaging, is by using at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even when you're just going to work or running errands. Many daywear cosmetics contain SPF, but if yours don't, apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then put on your makeup. But keep in mind that wearing sunscreen doesn't give you license to bake in the sun. The skin around your eyes is particularly fragile, so be sure to wear sunglasses, ... Read more

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Americans Are Spending Billions Nipping and Tucking

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Are Americans actually trying to keep up with the Kardashians – the celebrity family focused on looking good? Maybe, because people are spending more than ever before in the quest to look younger and more attractive. A new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that Americans spent $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures in 2016. The most popular surgical procedures and their national average costs were: Breast augmentation – more than 290,000 procedures at a cost of about $3,700 each; Liposuction – about 235,000 procedures at $3,200; Nose reshaping – 223,000 procedures at $5,000; Tummy tuck – almost 128,000 procedures at around $5,800; Buttock augmentation – nearly 19,000 procedures at about $4,400. But what if you're lacking that Kardashian cash? Are there ways you can boost your looks ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Facial Wrinkles, Facial Lipoatrophy, Myobloc, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Lip Augmentation

'Optimal' Facelifts Do Make You Look Younger, Study Finds

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – The time, money and pain spent on a facelift may be worth it, a small, new study suggests. Hundreds of people who looked at photos of 13 women before and after "optimal" facelifts agreed that the women appeared younger, better-looking, healthier and more successful. These weren't necessarily routine facelifts, since plastic surgeons deemed them to be samples of top-notch work, and their cost is unknown. Still, "we showed for the first time that there is a measurable improvement in the appearance of patients undergoing facelift surgery as appreciated by the layperson," said study co-author Dr. Lisa Ishii. She is an associate professor and chief quality officer with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. The question her team posed was how effective are facelifts at making women look better when judged by the public at large? To find the answer, the researchers ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Facial Lipoatrophy, Lip Augmentation, Orbicularis Oculi

With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – From face-lifts to fat grafts, Americans are increasingly turning to cosmetic procedures to look their best. The number of these procedures in the United States rose 3 percent last year from 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That's 17.1 million surgeries, Botox injections, chemical peels and other minimally invasive procedures. "A decade ago plastic surgeons might have seen a patient every seven to 10 years when they needed a major procedure like a face-lift or tummy tuck. Now patients have ongoing relationships with their plastic surgeons and feel more comfortable discussing all areas of their body that they may be interested in rejuvenating," ASPS President Dr. Debra Johnson said in a society news release. Removing fat from places where it is unwanted (say, the abdomen) and injecting it to shore up a sagging chin, buttock or breast ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Facial Wrinkles, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Facial Lipoatrophy, Myobloc, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Orbicularis Oculi, Lip Augmentation

Plastic Surgeons Often Miss Patients' Mental Disorders

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Nearly one in 10 patients seeking facial plastic surgery suffers from a mental illness that distorts their perception of physical defects, but doctors often don't spot the problem, new research suggests. Researchers found that plastic surgeons correctly identified the diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in less than 5 percent of patients who screened positive for the disorder. According to published reports, many specialists suspect that the late superstar Michael Jackson – who underwent repeated plastic surgeries that dramatically changed his appearance – struggled with body dysmorphic disorder. Those affected with BDD, considered a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, are overly preoccupied with perceived body defects that are actually miniscule and commonly involve the nose, eyes, skin or hair, the study authors said. "We all knew patients with ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Psychiatric Disorders, Facial Wrinkles, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Lipoatrophy, Orbicularis Oculi, Lip Augmentation

CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 – U.S. health officials are warning about the dangers of "medical tourism" after at least 18 women from the East Coast became infected with a disfiguring bacteria following plastic surgery procedures they had in the Dominican Republic. The infections, caused by a type of germ called mycobacteria, can be difficult to treat. At least several of the women had to be hospitalized, undergo surgery to treat the infection and take antibiotics for months, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One expert said the effects can be devastating. "It's a very mutilating infection. They're going for cosmetic surgery, and they will be scarred. It's a terrible scenario for people to go down there, get surgery and come back worse than they imagined they could be," said Dr. Charles Daley. He is a Denver infectious disease physician whose ... Read more

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New 'Second Skin' Temporarily Smoothes Wrinkles

Posted 9 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – MIT researchers may have discovered a fountain of youth for skin – at least a very temporary one. The researchers have developed a "second skin" that could be used to smooth wrinkles, protect skin from damage, or administer medications to treat skin conditions, such as eczema. But, right now, the product only does its job for about a day. "It's an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that's being treated," Daniel Anderson said in a university news release. He is an associate professor in MIT's department of chemical engineering. "Those three things together could really make it ideal for use in humans," Anderson added. As people age, their skin becomes less elastic and firm, the study authors noted. These signs of aging may be worsened by sun damage. For the past decade, the ... Read more

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Americans Embraced Record Number of Lip Procedures in 2015

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Hoping to look more kissable perhaps, Americans underwent a record number of lip procedures last year. "We live in the age of the selfie, and because we see images of ourselves almost constantly on social media, we're much more aware of how our lips look," Dr. David Song, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said in a society news release. There were more than 27,400 lip implants performed in 2015 – a 48 percent increase since 2000. That averages out to one lip implant every 19 minutes, the society said, noting the procedure became more popular among both men and women. Lip injections, which include Botox and various soft-tissue fillers, also rose steeply last year, reaching nearly 9.2 million. That's an increase of more than 1,000 percent since the year 2000, the plastic surgeons said. Lip procedures have been the second-fastest-growing ... Read more

Related support groups: Botox, Facial Wrinkles, Myobloc, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Facial Lipoatrophy, Lip Augmentation, Orbicularis Oculi

More Americans Opting for Butt Implants, Lifts

Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – More Americans are putting their backsides to the front of the line when it comes to plastic surgery, a new report finds. Butt implants and lifts are now the fastest-growing types of plastic surgery in the United States, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The 2015 statistics also revealed another sign that men are not immune to vanity: More than 40 percent of breast reductions are now performed on males, the ASPS report found. Last year, more than 27,000 breast reduction surgeries were performed on men – 5 percent more than in 2014 and 35 percent more than in 2000. "As plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted in men, we're seeing more of them undergo procedures to tighten and tone problem areas, like the breasts," ASPS president Dr. David Song said in a society news release. "This procedure is often ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Facial Wrinkles, Vascular Surgery, Facial Lipoatrophy, Lip Augmentation, Orbicularis Oculi

Face-lifts Seem to Do Little to Boost Self-Esteem: Study

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Face-lifts may smooth away years from a person's appearance, but they seem to do little to boost self-esteem, new research suggests. In the small study, the researchers looked at what 50 patients – almost all of them women – said about their own sense of self-esteem, both immediately before plastic surgery and six months later. "The findings of the study are not surprising," said lead author Dr. Andrew Jacono, a board certified plastic surgeon with the New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery in New York City. "Because as I see it, self-esteem is much more complex than someone's appearance. It's rooted in a long developmental process that starts in childhood. So, to assume that what has taken a lifetime of work to develop could be changed by one simple operation is silly." Jacono and his colleagues reported their findings online Oct. 29 in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Facial Lipoatrophy, Dermatoheliosis, Lip Augmentation

Why Skin Wrinkles More Around the Eyes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Facial wrinkles – such as so-called "laugh lines" or "crow's feet" – are the bane of many aging adults. Now, new research on cadavers may offer some insight into why some skin creases are more pronounced than others. Differences in oil-secreting glands just below the skin may help explain why forehead wrinkles are shallower than wrinkles around the outer eye, according to a research team led by Yuichi Tamatsu, of Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences in Japan. Sebaceous glands are "microscopic glands that secrete sebum, an oily or waxy material, which lubricates the skin and protects it from water damage," said Dr. Nitin Chauhan, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist at the University of Toronto. Chauhan, who was not part of the new research, said that based on the study findings, it appears that ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Myobloc, Facial Lipoatrophy, Dermatoheliosis, Orbicularis Oculi

Lip Injections May Ease Challenges of Facial Paralysis

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – People with facial paralysis may benefit from cosmetic lip surgery, a preliminary study finds. Facial paralysis is "a very large problem that can occur because of stroke, Bell's palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birth defects," Dr. Kofi Boahene, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a university news release. Poor lip control caused by facial paralysis can cause drooling, spillage of food and drink, and difficulty making sounds that require fully closing the lips, such as the letters "b" and "p." Many of these people are also self-conscious about their appearance, Boahene said. He and his colleagues worked with 22 people who had facial paralysis on one side of the mouth and three people with muscular dystrophy who had lost control of both sides of the mouth. The patients were given ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Complications From Facial Fillers

Posted 29 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 – Soft tissue fillers used in cosmetic procedures can accidentally be injected into blood vessels in the face and cause serious harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The fillers are approved to treat wrinkles or to enhance cheeks or lips. Injection of facial fillers into blood vessels can cause blockages that restrict blood supply to tissues. Filler material injected into blood vessels can also travel to other areas and cause stroke, vision problems, blindness and damage and/or death of the skin and underlying facial structures, the agency said in a news release. Accidental injections of facial filler into blood vessels can occur anywhere on the face. But an FDA analysis of studies and reported problems found it was most likely to occur between the eyebrows and nose, in and around the nose, on the forehead, and around the eyes, the agency said. The FDA ... Read more

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