stem cell

Three years ago a Los Angeles woman had a new cosmetic procedure, a stem-cell face-lift. During this procedure the surgeon liposuctioned adult stem cells from her stomach fat and after isolating them, injected those cells back into her face and around her eyes. In this case the doctors extracted mesenchymal stem cells—which can turn into bone, cartilage or fat, among other tissues—and injected those cells back into her face After some time, the woman was experiencing difficulty opening her right eye, and whenever she tried, she heard a strange sound. Eventually she consulted a second plastic surgeon, complaining of these symptoms. At first the consulting surgeon thought she was exaggerating, but she did indeed have a swollen, drooping eyelid. This was no overactive imagination at play! After more than six hours of surgery, the consulting surgeon and his colleagues had dug out pieces of bone fragments which had been growing in the flesh around the woman’s eye. The strange sound the woman was hearing whenever she tried to open her eye was bone grinding against bone.

Why did this occur? During the patient’s initial aesthete treatment, her surgeon had injected some dermal filler along with the stem cells. Although plastic surgeons have safely used dermal fillers for more than 20 years to plump up the skin and obscure wrinkles, the principal component of such fillers is calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral which encourages mesenchymal stem cells to turn into bone, the probable explanation for this woman’s unanticipated predicament.


Although the consulting surgeon successfully removed the pieces of bone from his patient’s eyelid, no one can say for sure if her saga has ended as some living stem cells possibly have remained, to turn into bone in the future.

We all tend to get excited when we read about the next NEW thing to enhance our beauty. But MORE is not always better and NEW hasn’t yet stood the test of time. Cosmetic surgery is a constantly evolving field, but let’s be cautious and let the science precede the hype.

For more in depth information about Stem Cells, where we are now and where we are headed, read Dr. Alan Kisner’s informative article: STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS.


I’m not opposed to cosmetic surgery. Not at all. Those who know me, know that I think it can be a pretty wonderful experience. But today’s headline in the Daily News; Hack plastic surgeon . . .  faces murder rap for performing liposuction on heart transplant patient made my skin crawl just a little.

 I wondered if this was a scare tactic, or if it was as bad as it sounded.  I had to find out so I read the full article. What I  discovered was that it was even worse than I had imagined. This plastic surgeon performed a cosmetic surgical procedure on a heart transplant patient without even consulting with her cardiologist. How could he even consider performing a non-essential surgical procedure on a woman with such a medical history? (I also wonder how that woman could have made such a foolish decision, but that’s a discussion for another day.)

I felt incensed! With all the competent, highly ethical plastic surgeons out there, doesn’t it make you wonder how this beautiful 51 year old woman fell into the hands of such an irresponsible one? I immediately went through my articles to find one I had written some time ago: How Do You Find the Surgeon Who Is Right For You.

So here is my plea to you today. If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery, please do yourself a big favor and read this article first. It just might save your life!


And if you want the details about this surgical horror story, you can read it here.

My Facebook author page is quite new, but gaining momentum quickly. I invite you to LIKE my page. And while you’re there, don’t miss the inspiring stories, my ‘Inner Beauty’ stories.


You can also click on the word FOLLOW in the upper right corner of this blog to stay connected.

BEAUTY RESTORED – Free for Victims of Abuse

Face Forward is an organization that provides free facial reconstructive surgery services for women and children victimized by domestic violence or gangs. Deborah Alessi is one of the driving forces behind this organization, along with her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. David Alessi. Face Forward has helped dozens of patients in need of what often requires multiple surgeries to restore their appearance as closely as possible to what it was prior to the abuse.


Deborah Alessi understands the pain and fear of domestic violence only too well. When a loving former boyfriend struck her and threw her down the stairs, she knew it was time to move on, and eventually channeled her fear into something positive.

To be assured their services only go to those legitimately in need, the Alessis have set up rules. Face Forward requires documentation of the abuse, including police reports and hospital records.

What’s more, Face Forward requires that the patients not only get out of their abusive relationships, but also commit to psychological therapy.

There’s no point in fixing somebody’s face and having them go back the next week to the bruiser, says Alessi.

Finally, the patient must give back in the form of volunteer work to help other abuse victims or women trapped in violent lives.

You might say that the Alessis of this world are dedicated to beautification of both body and spirit.

My Facebook PAGE is dedicated to beauty of the body, mind and spirit.

I welcome your LIKES. 

Lois W. Stern

THE IDEAL EYEBROW – Now Getting Lower and Flatter

According to a newly published study in the Clinical Plastic Surgery Journal, the arched brow is becoming a thing of the past.

Actually, the ideal eyebrow has been moving lower and flatter for the past 60 years, giving women a more masculine look.

In analyzing the brows of models and women in fashion magazines from 1946 onward, a recent study at the University of Southern California concluded similarly: “Not only have eyebrows gotten progressively fuller, but the peak of them has moved further from the nose; in other words, brows are getting flatter.”

Why such a changed fashion statement? Mark Soldin, a spokesperson for the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, explains it this way:

Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered to be an attractive feminine feature in the past. We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look. I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes. Women are subconsciously favoring a masculine brow.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Discover the many dimensions of beauty

Lois W. Stern

Facebook-like-button2If you are enjoying my posts,

please click here to LIKE my Facebook PAGE. 



Sure, cosmetic surgery will change the way you look. But did you ever wonder how some of those procedures might  change the way you FEEL? In less than 2 minutes, my book trailer tells it all.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face for the rest of the day! Isn’t that worth 2 minutes of your time? Go ahead, click to watch it now.

Vibrant Nation recently polled a group of women ages 50 and over to learn their views on the 12 cosmetic procedures worth having. Read what these savvy women have to say about their own experiences

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Explore the Many Dimensions of Beauty 


Lois W. Stern


There is a Solution for Most Every Skin Problem
You Just Need to Find It.

Grace’s Story

Every day when I look in my magnifying make-up mirror, I cringe at what I see: enlarged pores, blackheads, wrinkles, and brown spots. While my skin has become less oily, it seems that I have traded some of my blemishes for wrinkles. I have tried what seems like every product on the market with no success. My pores are still enlarged, I am shiny by 10:00 AM and I still have breakouts. I thought my skin would get better as I aged, but that didn’t happen. I have even begun to see wrinkles and brown spots added to the mix. I guess the only positive thing I can say for my skin is that it is not sensitive.

Luckily, I sought out a cosmetic dermatologist to help me deal with my skin problems, who worked along with a fantastic esthetician. Together they explained that although there were no quick fixes, they could help me considerably if I would consistently follow a skin care routine that they would create for me. With their support, I was eager to begin.


Grace’s Skin Problems

  • oily skin
  • enlarged pores
  • blackheads
  • breakouts
  • age related fine lines
  • uneven skin tone

Problem #1
Blemishes and dark spots:

Treatment plan for this problem
Since her skin was not sensitive, Grace’s dermatologist urged her to go for it – the powerful prescription medications and medical procedures that would really make a difference in helping her accomplish her skin care goals. She was directed to use a cleanser containing a combination of glycolic and salicylic acids twice a day, explaining that the synergistic combination of ingredients would help rid her skin of bacteria that could cause breakouts. She also was advised to apply a nightly dose of Retin-A to not only help alleviate her troublesome breakouts, but also to treat Grace’s early wrinkles by exfoliating her skin and stimulating new collagen. In addition, the doctor ordered a prescription strength hydroquinone serum to lighten her dark spots.

Problem # 2
Oily Skin and Wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
To help Grace deal with her excess oil that troubled her throughout the day, her dermatologist gave her a sample of oil absorbing tissue blotters to try. He prescribed an oil free anti-oxidant serum that contained vitamins, peptides, green tea and Resveratrol (a substance found in the skins of red grapes), to help treat her wrinkles and anti-aging concerns. He also stressed the importance of using an oil free sunscreen with an SPF-30, explaining that this step is the most effective way to prevent premature aging as well as future pigmentation problems. He cautioned her that the combination of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone would make her skin more sun sensitive, so she had to be diligent in her use of sunscreen. He further recommended that she use mineral make-up with an SPF-20 in place of a liquid foundation to give her an oil free advantage, excellent coverage for blemishes and dark spots, and sun protection.

The home care routine that was designed for Grace was part of an overall treatment plan that also included monthly deep cleansing facials and chemicals peels that alternated between glycolic and salicylic acids. Her dermatologist recommended these peels every other week for the first three months, then once a month for the next six months. Chemicals peels were scheduled two weeks after the deep cleansing facials. At the end of this six month period, they would evaluate Grace’s progress and modify her skin care regime as necessary.


Now also available in all e-reader formats with full color pictures.

In chapter four of Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour, Madeleine Arena presents a number of different, typical real life skin problems and how to best resolve them.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Lois W. Stern

Please click LIKE below




Last year, 4,329,180 aesthetic BOTOX® treatments were administered to women in the United States to relax their forehead frown lines. The side effects to these treatments have been minimal to non-existent. Slight bruising or swelling at the injection site, if any, has been found to resolve within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Occasionally, an eye has temporarily drooped after forehead injections, but also resolves within a period of a week or two. But there have been no reports of any effects on the central nervous system. And as far as risk of death from Botox Cosmetic, the FDA confirmed that: There has never been a reported death where a causal link to BOTOX® (Botox Cosmetic) was established. But new fears about BOTOX® surfaced shortly after an Italian study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience revealed that when botulinum toxin, type A (the active ingredient in Botox), was injected into one side of adult rats’ brains, minute particles of protein in the toxin were found in the other side of the brain. The media went wild with headlines such as: Botox Causes Brain Damage.

Speak about false alarms and taking things out of context. If you are anything like me, the details will blow your mind! If you are interested in giving yourself a better education on this topic, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s the link to my article on Botox and Safety and many more.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Click to Explore the Many Dimensions of Beauty 

Lois W. Stern