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An interesting new study indicates liposuction may have health benefits beyond trimming fat. Liposuction patients may experience a reduction in triglyceride levels and white blood cell counts, possibly decreasing their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
A new study measured triglyceride and cholesterol levels in 322 patients undergoing liposuction and/or a tummy tuck. Most of the patients, 71 percent, had liposuction only. Triglyceride levels in patients with normal preoperative levels were unchanged. However, patients with at-risk levels, defined as greater than or equal to 150 mg/dl, experienced an average postsurgery reduction of 43 percent — about twice the effect achieved with a commonly prescribed drug.
The study also found that white blood cell counts decrease an average of 11 percent after the procedure.
According to the author, “it has been assumed that ‘visceral fat’ surrounding the internal organs has greater metabolic importance and is more directly linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk than ‘subcutaneous fat’ that lies under the skin. These new findings support recent studies suggesting subcutaneous fat, which can be reduced by liposuction, is just as metabolically important.”
The study’s findings do not mean liposuction can replace medications in patients with very high triglyceride levels and further studies are needed to determine whether these favorable changes in triglyceride and white blood cell levels translate to reduced health risk.
A saggy, fatty “gobble neck” can add more years to a face than a whole head of gray hair. I recently treated a 35 year old patient who had been bothered for years by a double chin. Even though she is in great shape, the contour of her neck made her appear rounder and older. She was able to achieve dramatic results with a neck lipectomy, which involves an incision less than a centimeter long, through which fat is liposuctioned out in order to resculpt the neckline. Liposuction stimulates the skin to tighten, so improvement continues for months after the procedure is performed. These before and after pictures show great results just 2 months after a neck lipectomy. In many cases, a patient who has the procedure on a Thursday can be back at work on a Monday.
I’ve seen an increase in requests to “fix” botched plastic surgery procedures that were performed by non-board certified surgeons. Many of these patients are surprised to find out that it is legal in the U.S. for any doctor with medical license to practice medicine in any field. Many doctors are drifting into the field of cosmetic surgery, and don’t have the training and judgment to perform it properly.
A string of incidents involving plastic surgery gone wrong has led the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to issue these tips for validating your doctor’s qualifications:
-Ask if your doctor is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
-Look for a certificate in the doctor’s office that includes the seal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
-If you have any doubts about their certification go to www.plasticsurgery.org and click on “Find a Surgeon” to see if your doctor is listed on the ASPS site.
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Maintain a healthy looking glow as you walk through a nice autumn breeze. Replenish and nourish your skin after a summer of sun. Reverse brown spots and sun damage by providing your skin with the essentials and take advantage of our September sale!
Youbeauty featured Dr. Copeland’s advice for sensitive skin today:
“Sometimes medical treatments beget their own diseases,” says New York City plastic surgeon Michelle Copeland, M.D. “As many people use a wide array of skincare products on a daily basis, I see an increasing number of patients with reactions to chemical components used as vehicles, binders and sometimes active ingredients.”
If you suspect that certain skincare products, such as retinols, glycolic and salicylic acids and sulfur, may be the cause of your easily upset skin, scale back or discontinue using them. Also, check ingredient labels to avoid products containing irritating dyes and fragrances. “It’s best to always use allergy-tested, fragrance-free products,” recommends Dr. Copeland. And lay off harsh scrubs and treatments like microdermabrasion, which can abrade the delicate barrier even further.
Change Your Look, Change Your Life, but Buyer Beware! There has been an increasing media buzz on the “gray market” where doctors are purchasing injectable fillers offshore from online pharmacies. What should you look for when going to a doctor for injectables? Your doctor should be board-certified. The most prestigious certification comes from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), whose members are qualified to perform plastic surgery as well as aesthetic or cosmetic surgery and injectables. A few other associations and societies are highly creditable, and membership in one or more of them is evidence that your doctor shares its high professional standards. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), which accepts only board-certified plastic surgeons who submit cases to prove they have performed substantial cosmetic work; other groups with rigorous standards are the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.
Any procedure, whether it’s an injection or a laser treatment, has potential side effects. You should consider whether the facility can handle complications. A board-certified plastic surgeon has had years of training in the handling and sculpting of skin tissue and its healing, and may be the best qualified to handle the unexpected. Weigh the risks. When opting for discounted services, make sure the provider isn’t cutting corners in the service and care being provided.
Yesterday we talked about the possibility of having cosmetic surgery and not looking “done”. There is however, the opposite end of the spectrum, where the “junkie” falls. As discussed in Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better, it is one thing to change an aspect of yourself that you don’t like, but it is another to look distorted from what is normal. A patient can come every year with a procedure in mind to improve their appearance, and that is OK. But if you are still never satisfied with what you look like your results can completely change your look. When considering plastic surgery, the changes that you make to your face or body should still look natural, but give you that self-confidence boost. In short, you must know- realistically- what you are starting with, as well as what you want to look like when surgery is done.
A small percentage of people are the cosmetic surgery “junkie”, the person who is impossible-to-satisfy. The cosmetic surgery junkie is constantly going for consultations about this body-part fix or that, then undergoing the procedure, then moving on to another fix, and another, and another. In Michael Jackson’s case, he clearly was a cosmetic surgery junkie, where he was never satisfied, despite the numerous procedures he underwent, leaving him with a distorted and un-natural look.
There is no problem with a patient who, having enjoyed a great result on one part of the body, wants to enjoy that same great feeling about another. The fundamental difference between the cosmetic surgery junkie and the well-adjusted patient who undergoes several procedures, then, is that the former hovers in a state of perpetual dissatisfaction, whereas the latter is simply building one satisfaction on top of another. That’s healthy.
Is it possible to have cosmetic surgery and still not look “done”? The answer is yes! We can all recognize the hallmarks of the oft-nipped-and-tucked; the eyebrows arched in perpetual surprise, the pinched nose, the waxy skin, the taut neck, the wisps of hair carefully plastered in front of the earlobes to hide the telltale scars. This is a result of two things: an insistent patient with unrealistic dreams of youth, and a surgeon less interested in a natural-looking result. Of course we want to look better, but we also want to look like ourselves, not like a different person. Plastic surgery is an art and a science. As I discuss in my book, Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better, it is one thing to change an aspect of yourself that you don’t like, but it is another to look distorted from what is normal. A patient can come every year with a procedure in mind to improve their appearance, and that is OK. But if you are still never satisfied with what you look like your results can completely change your look. When considering plastic surgery, the changes that you make to your face or body should still look natural, but give you that self-confidence boost. In short, you must know- realistically- what you are starting with, as well as what you want to look like when surgery is done.
Choosing a procedure to fix a long-term problem that has negatively affected how you feel about yourself and interact with the world- to my mind, that’s the definition of good mental health. There’s nothing “cosmetic” about that, or vain, or neurotic. It’s practical, constructive, forward-moving, pro-active, and self-affirming.
What you are is what you are; cosmetic surgery just improves on what nature has given you.
All of a sudden it feels like fall, even if it doesn’t technically start until next week. New season, new routines and a chance to make beautiful skin a priority. Hopefully, you’ve used sun protection all summer and there is no reason to stop now, since UV rays are damaging year round. The cooler weather also brings back the need for Daily Moisturizer, regular exfoliating with AHA cream and if you want to extend the summer glow, Sunless Tanning Bronzer.
Don’t forget, you can also receive 20% off all of these great products if you enter SEPTSALE at checkout!