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Smiling Adds Years, But Not in a Good Way, Study Finds

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Want to look younger? Don't crack a smile, a new study suggests. Participants were shown pictures of people with smiling, neutral and surprised expressions. Compared to those wearing a poker face, the smiling people were judged two years older. Those with a surprised look were rated younger. The explanation is quite simple: Smiling people look older because a grin forms wrinkles around the eyes, while a surprised expression smooths wrinkles, according to study co-author Melvyn Goodale. However, the study participants had different recollections when asked after they were shown the photos. "The striking thing was that when we asked participants afterwards about their perceptions, they erroneously recalled that they had identified smiling faces as the youngest ones," Goodale said in a news release from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is director of ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Orbicularis Oculi

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, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Lip Augmentation, Myobloc

When Do Plumped-Up Lips Become 'Too Much'?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – It's easy to tell when someone's gotten a bad lip enhancement – their puffy lips just don't look natural. "In New York City, if you walk down the street, it's almost like, 'Whoa,' half the people have this overinjected lip, and it's quite obvious," said Dr. Andrew Salzberg, chief of plastic surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System. Now, researchers report that they've figured out the specific features that will help even surgically enhanced lips look normal. Essentially, the upper and lower lips need to maintain the same basic size ratio that occurs naturally in humans, with a lower lip that's about 1.6 times the height of the upper lip, explained lead researcher Dr. Sang Kim. He is a facial plastic surgeon with Natural Face Clinics in Syracuse, N.Y. "Proportional enhancement, where the lower lip is slightly plumper or larger than the upper lip, is ... Read more

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

Men: Here Are Ways to Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Many men don't think about skin care but they should, a dermatologist says. The first step is to understand your skin type, according to Dr. Anthony Rossi. Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy, and combination skin is dry in some places and oily in others, Rossi explained. "Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin care products that are right for you," Rossi said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Rossi is assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York City If you're prone to acne, choose cleansers and moisturizers that are "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic," which means they won't clog your ... Read more

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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, Head & Neck Surgery, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Facial Lipoatrophy, Lip Augmentation, Orbicularis Oculi

How to Exfoliate Safely and Give Your Skin a Healthy Glow

Posted 8 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Many skin care products promise to improve appearance by exfoliating – or removing dead cells – from the skin's outer layer. But sometimes, exfoliating can do more harm than good, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "For some people, exfoliation can actually make their skin worse with increased redness or acne breakouts," said Dr. Rebecca Tung, associate professor of dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "If you choose to exfoliate, it's important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin." Before exfoliating, consider your skin type, Tung advised in an AAD news release. Sensitive skin often burns or stings after use of skin care products. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. ... Read more

Related support groups: Acne, Skin Rash, Dry Skin, Rosacea, Hydroquinone, Facial Wrinkles, Fleet, Biafine, Tri-Luma, Skin Care, Vaseline, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Ammonium Lactate, Lanolin, Complex-15, Hylatopic, Eldoquin, Concept, CeraVe

Health Tip: Warding Off Wrinkles

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Want to get rid of some of those ugly wrinkles? Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Dermatology: Protect skin daily with a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. Avoid tanning beds and prolonged exposure to natural sunlight. Apply moisturizer regularly. Carefully test all products on a small area before using them on your face. Always use products as directed. Avoid products that burn or sting. Discuss any exceptions with a dermatologist. Don't use too many products. Stick to just a few that work. Expensive doesn't always mean better. Read more

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Health Tip: Want Healthier Looking Skin?

Posted 29 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your skin care routine may well impact how your skin ages. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this advice: Wear sunscreen before you head outside. Don't smoke. Inspect your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer. Determine your skin type, such as oily or dry, and use products formulated for that type. Wash your face before bed, when you wake and after each time you sweat. Use mild warm water and a gentle cleanser, and don't scrub. Find ways to manage stress. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Sunburn, Facial Wrinkles, Prevention of Sunburn, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: Want Younger-Looking Skin?

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The key to younger-looking skin may be choosing the right care products. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Use sunscreen and anti-aging moisturizer daily. Choose products that specifically address your concerns, such as dark spots or wrinkles. Make sure any products you buy are designed for your skin type, such as dry, oily or sensitive. Choose products that are hypoallergenic, won't clog your pores (non-comedogenic) and offer a consumer hotline for questions. Be realistic about what these products can do for your skin. Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Facial Wrinkles, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

FDA: Anti-Aging, Skin-Lightening Products May Contain Mercury

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Some skin products contain mercury and pose a threat to your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. It's important to check labels of skin creams, soaps and lotions. If "mercurous chloride," "calomel," "mercuric," "mercurio" or "mercury" is listed on the label, stop using the product immediately. Do not use products if ingredients are not listed, the agency says. Mercury is often found in cosmetics marketed as "anti-aging" or "skin lightening" that claim to remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Some teens also use the products to treat acne, according to the FDA. Mercury-containing skin products are made in other countries and sold illegally in the United States, often in shops that cater to Hispanic, Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities. These products are also sold online, while some consumers buy them abroad and bring ... Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Mercury Poisoning, Minor Skin Conditions

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

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

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

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Diagnosis and Investigation, Facial Lipoatrophy, Orbicularis Oculi

Health Tip: Keep Skin Looking Young

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your skin may be exposed to plenty of things that can make it look older, including the sun, pollution and harsh skin-care products. But there are things you can do to help keep you looking younger. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Wear sunscreen every day, even when you're not at the beach or pool. Don't smoke, limit alcohol and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Get regular exercise. Avoid repeatedly making the same facial expressions, such as squinting. Clean skin gently and avoid harsh scrubbing. Wash your face in the morning, before bed and after sweating heavily, and always follow with a moisturizer. Avoid any product that causes stinging or burning, which usually means it's irritating your skin. Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Facial Wrinkles, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

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