Aging sucks. It does. And it comes on almost overnight. We tend to scrutinize ourselves in the mirror, examining everything from pore size to sagging skin. Sometimes we are overwhelmed with our aging reflections. Panic sets in. We frantically search for the best creams, potions, and lotions. Ladies (and gents) slow down, calm down. Stop searching for miracles.
If you’re considering a surgical breast lift, also known as mastopexy surgery, one way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to put a pencil under the crease of your breast. If the pencil can stay there without you holding it in place, you may be a suitable candidate for a breast lift. In addition, anatomically the nipples should fall in alignment about half way from the shoulder to elbow. If the nipples are lower than this, they are said to be ptotic or droopy.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for good reason. About 1 in 8 American women—that’s 12.4 percent—will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. There will be an estimated 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2017 alone, and about 40,610 women will die this year from breast cancer. There’s a lot to celebrate even so; more women survive every year, in large part due to increased awareness and earlier detection through screening.
No matter your age, under eye bags can make you look tired and older than your real age. Under eye hollows can be the result of your anatomy (negative vector orbits) or caused by loss of facial fat with normal aging. Whatever the cause, sleepy and hollow can be corrected.
The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, say from a cut or a burn. However, if the damage is too great sometimes the body needs a helping hand to repair areas of weakness. A tissue matrix or mesh implant may be needed to provide support or scaffolding for new tissue growth. Once inserted, your own skin cells have something to grab onto.
Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting an estimated 14 million patients in the United States. It is characterized by superficial veins and in some cases, pimple-like lesions. Rosy cheeks are a sign of health, youth, and vigor, but the inflammation and redness associated with rosacea are not.
Perioral (around the mouth) fine lines can be genetic, due to poor skin quality, repetitive habits, smoking and/or a combination of all of the above. Because lipstick bleeds into these fine lines, they are sometimes called lipstick lines. More commonly, these vertical lines around the mouth are called smoker’s lines. “But I never smoked!” comes the cry of the majority of women with a purse-string pucker. Sad, but true. You need not have smoked to wear the lines of a one. In actuality, aging is to blame to a large degree.
A dipose Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRC) are becoming the preferred source for regenerative stem cells. Stem cells taken from fat (adipose tissue) are capable of creating new vascular growth and are being studied to heal diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), congestive heart failure (CHF) as well as being used experimentally to re-grow organs like the liver, kidneys and heart.
Many Asian patients are choosing to alter their appearance through plastic surgery. Plastic surgery, in and of itself, can be controversial, but when a non-caucasian opts for cosmetic surgery, watch out. Accusations of trying to “look white” or to “westernize” their look abound.