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Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking – besides posing serious health risks – make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men consumed 11.4 drinks a week. Smokers included 57 percent of the women and 67 percent of the men. Heavy drinking and smoking were associated with visible signs of physical aging and people looking older than their age. Specifically, signs of aging included earlobe creases; a grayish opaque ring around the cornea of both eyes; and yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids. Light to moderate drinking was not linked with visible premature aging, the researchers said. The study was published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Deciphering Cosmetic Labels

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Users of cosmetics may find it overwhelming to understand all of the information on product labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationsays consumers should always read the entire product label before using a cosmetic. And the agency says you should be aware of certain label terms: Hypoallergenic: This term is not expressly defined by the FDA. So just because a product says "hypoallergenic" does not mean it cannot trigger an allergic reaction. Organic or Natural: The fact that a product is labeled "organic" or "natural" does not make it safer to use. Expiration Date:The law does not require any cosmetic to have an expiration date, but many manufacturers display one. The agency recommends keeping track of the date you first used a cosmetic, which will help you determine its age later. Read more

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People Deemed Better Looking, Better Off After a Nose Job

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Is a "nose job" worth it? And if so, how much? A new study suggests that casual observers may think patients who undergo such procedures are more attractive, more successful and healthier. "While we are not suggesting that [a nose job] is the only way to improve one's appearance, improving our attractiveness and health as compared to others conveys a competitive advantage," said study co-author and plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Ishii. More than 220,000 "nose reshaping" procedures – known as rhinoplasty – were performed in the United States in 2016, up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The procedures are nearly as common as liposuction. The new study examines how "casual observers" perceive people after they've had a nose job, said Ishii, a plastic surgeon and associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of ... Read more

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America's 'Beautiful People' Are Changing

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – It strikes no one as surprising when someone like Beyonce graces the cover of a magazine as an icon of beauty, but a new study suggests that was far more rare three decades ago. If People magazine is any indication, America's definition of who's "beautiful" has broadened to include more races and a wider span of ages. "This study analyzed photographs of celebrities who were deemed 'beautiful' by People magazine in 1990 compared to 2017," explained study author Dr. Neelam Vashi. "We intended to answer a simple question: Did our perception of beauty change between 1990 and now?" Apparently it did. "This data suggests that maybe our society is starting to embrace graceful aging, diversity and the beauty we are born with," Vashi said. In the study, after breaking down looks by hair, skin color, eye color, age, gender and race, the team found that "celebrities ... Read more

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

FDA Approves Botox Cosmetic (OnabotulinumtoxinA) for the Temporary Improvement in the Appearance of Moderate to Severe Forehead Lines

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Today Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) announced the FDA approval of Botox Cosmetic for its third indication, the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults. This approval makes the brand the first and only neurotoxin indicated for three facial treatment areas - forehead lines, crow's feet lines and glabellar lines.1 As the category leader, Botox Cosmetic is also the only neurotoxin brand to receive approval of aesthetic indications beyond glabellar lines in the U.S. "Allergan recognizes that forehead lines are a top area of concern for patients,2" says David Nicholson, Chief Research and Development Officer at Allergan. "Our goal in pursuing a third indication for Botox Cosmetic for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines was based ... Read more

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Looking for a Plastic Surgeon on Instagram? Beware

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – If you're searching Instagram using hashtags for a good #plasticsurgeon, you may end up with a #plasticsurgerydisaster performed by a hair stylist, a barber or an ER doc offering cosmetic surgery on the side. More than four of five top Instagram posts with plastic surgery-related hashtags come from providers who aren't eligible for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the premier professional organization for cosmetic surgery, a new study found. About 26 percent of top Instagram posts about plastic surgery come from physicians in other specialties, such as gynecologists, dermatologists, general surgeons, family doctors, ear-nose-throat doctors, and – in one case – an ER doc, researchers found. Even though they were not specially trained in plastic surgery, all these physicians marketed themselves as "cosmetic surgeons," the ... Read more

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Time for a Makeup Refresh?

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – You love a certain shade of lipstick, but do you know how long ago you bought this particular tube of it? Makeup has a shelf life and, after a set amount of time, many cosmetics need to be tossed out, even if they haven't been used up. Manufacturers aren't required to put an expiration date on makeup, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but many do. So, consider buying brands that do a lot of safety testing and list results on packages. The FDA cautions that any expiration date is often just a guideline and a product's safety may expire long before its date if not properly stored. For example, if it's been exposed to high temperatures or sunlight. Yet when kept under ideal conditions, it may be usable long after the expiration date. Know that products marked "all natural" and those without traditional preservatives may have a short shelf ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Facial Wrinkles, Lip Augmentation, Minor Skin Conditions, Orbicularis Oculi

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

Posted 16 May 2017 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, Myobloc, Lip Augmentation, Botulinum Toxin Type B

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

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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

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