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SIX SECRETS TO GORGEOUS SKIN – Some Basic Skin Care Solutions from Web MD

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A team of experts analyzed photographs of the faces of 186 pairs of identical twins, taken at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. The twins had also filled out detailed questionnaires about their lives and daily habits. Those who smoked and spent lots of time outdoors without wearing sunscreen looked years older than the twin who avoided those habits.  They had more fine lines, more and deeper wrinkles, and more mottled skin.

 

The results of this study should be no surprise! We have heard it over and over again. So secrets number one and two are wake-up reminders:

 

NUMBER ONE: NO SMOKING

Do not smoke — for the sake of your overall health as well as your appearance.

 

 NUMBER TWO: SUNSCREEN

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.

  • Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours you’re outdoors.  

 NUMBER THREE: RETINOIDS

Consider the use of Retinoids. Retinoids are sold by prescription only under names that include Renova, Retin-A, and in its generic form, Tretinoin.

Retinoids unplug pores, help clear up acne, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, lighten brown spots and freckles, and improve skin texture. They can even help treat precancerous lesions. The downside to Retinoids is that they can cause dryness, flaking, and redness at first. So start out slowly by applying a pea-sized amount of retinoid every second or third night until your skin adjusts to it. If your skin continues to overreact, Web MD suggests trying an over-the-counter cream, gel, or serum containing retinol. Although the non-prescriptive version works more gradually and gently, it is still effective in rejuvenating your skin.

NUMBER FOUR: SIMPLIFY

Noted dermatologist, Dr. Vic Narurkar, introduced me to the KISS philosophy (Keep it Simple Stupid) when writing his chapter in my book, Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. WebMD reiterates the importance of sticking to a simple routine in its current article. Not only can using a lot of different ingredients be irritating to the skin, some ingredients actually cancel out the benefits of others.

  • Examples they provide include, the acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone or vitamin C. The products we need for beautiful skin are a simple cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, and a retinoid or retinol.

The simpler your skincare regimen, the more likely you are to stick with it.

NUMBER FIVE: PATIENCE

Give your products a chance to work. Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare product before evaluating its effectiveness. Changing your products every couple of weeks can actually be counterproductive.  But if your skin reacts to a new product with swelling, redness, or burning, stop using it immediately.

You might, however consider adjusting your beauty regimen seasonally. For example, your skin might do better with an oil-free moisturizer in the summer and a more emollient one during the winter when frigid temperatures and indoor heating can rob moisture from your skin.

NUMBER SIX: LIVE HEALTHY

Practice healthy daily habits in your diet and exercise regime. 

Healthy habits include regular exercise and at least seven hours of sleep each night.

A healthy diet is rich in fruits (especially berries), vegetables (especially spinach, raw veggies and salads), oily fish as salmon, and plenty of water throughout the day. 

 

Now if you’ve already “been there done that”,  and want to step up to the next level in minimally invasive professional treatments, read my article, “How Cosmetic Dermatology Can Enhance the Appearance of Your Skin” .

Enjoy the read and please let me know 

 

AGELESS BEAUTY – GETTING A LITTLE WORK DONE . . .

Autumn is just around the corner – the time women begin to seriously consider (or reconsider)  “Getting s little work done”.  With this professional courtesy offer, you can purchase copies @ $8.95 while supplies last – and at this price they are going to go fast!. 

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Your order will include 12 copies of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery plus a FREE 5.5 X 8 inch laminated sign to post in your office. 

Learn more about this award winning book at: www.sexliesandcosmeticsurgery.com. Read the reviews – even written up in the Style section of the NYTimes.

 Want to offer patients some great encouragement and calming advice coming from over 100 women who have been there, done that? Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery has received glowing reviews from several top board certified plastic surgeons, read and endorsed by three members of the ASPS before being placed in first position on their online bookstore (until their bookstore feature was removed from their website.) 

 

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Ageless Beauty Through DermaSculpt

After reading a bit about DermaSculpt, but not understanding the difference between dermal filler injections and those administered through a cannula, I watched this video for a little education. I’d love to hear from other plastic surgeons, derms and patients about their experiences with this technique.http://dermasculpt.net/demonstration_videos/Dr_Karimi

From what I gather, DermaSculpt is a new technique for injecting cosmetic facial fillers using a blunt tip rather than hypodermic needles.  According to the surrounding chatter on this technique, it provides excellent results using the same facial fillers and autologous fats through microcannulas of various sizes.

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What are the advantages? Again, I have no first hand experience with dermal fillers, but from what I read, there is less discomfort and bruising than  with needle injections, less risk of trauma to nerves and injury to blood vessels.  You can see in this video how, without removing the cannula, it can be guided quite precisely while under the skin to treat multiple areas of the face. One insertion can treat a much wider area.

I am told that after the procedure, normal activity can be resumed very quickly and that there is virtually no bruising or swelling.

Now I’ll bet my readers would like to hear from other plastic surgeons, dermatologists and patients with personal experience with this procedure.

A PRESCRIPTION FOR BEAUTY – PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE

How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?

These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters. They couldn’t laugh while the exchanges were taking place, but you can – and will!

Remember, nothing makes a face more beautiful than a smile.

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ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS: My name is Susan!

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ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

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ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?

WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

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ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.

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ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS: Forty-five years.

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ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS: I forget..

ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

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ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

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ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.

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ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?

WITNESS: Are you shitting me?

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ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?

WITNESS: Getting laid

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ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: How many were boys?

WITNESS: None.

ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

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ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS: By death..

ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

WITNESS: Take a guess.

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ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?

WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard

ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?

WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

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ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

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ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

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ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

WITNESS: Oral…

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ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM

ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

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ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

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And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS: No..

ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Remember my motto:

Beauty Within . . . Beauty Without . . . What’s Your Passion?

Explore the Many Dimensions of Beauty

and laughter is surely one of them!

Which Is Better for Skin Tightening – Ulthera or Thermage?

I recently saw this question posted on Dr. Rod Rohrich’s Facebook page, which in turn linked me to a RealSelf posting of opinions provided by other noted plastic surgeons.

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Although Thermage wins kudos for being on the forefront for non-invasive skin tightening devices, most of the plastic surgeons who weighed in on this topic voted Ulthera as their preferred choice for face and neck skin tightening. Here are a few of their expressed opinions:

Although none of the noninvasive technologies will give the same results as surgery, they do provide a subtle, yet noticeable improvement without much downtime or cost. Ulthera is my choice for skin tightening in the face and neck, since I have seen a definite improvement in the face and neck of the the patients…

Angela Sturm, MD

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

 “I have followed both technologies since their inception, Thermage for about the last 10 to 12 years, and Ultherapy by Ulthera for the past 2 years.  Based on the science behind them and the patient satisfaction results, Ultherapy by Ulthera is a superior treatment.”

Rian Maercks, MD

Miami Plastic Surgeon

And finally, the statement that to me is most significant of all.

“Keep in mind these are only tools and by themselves are neither good nor bad.  A scalpel is neither good nor bad but can be used to perform beautiful surgery or make a terrible mess.  That being said, these devices are commonly used by practitioners with no formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery and thus no understanding of what interventions, forces structures …”

 Michael A. Persky, MD

You’ll find informative articles on most every non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure at http://www.ticktockstoptheclock.com.

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19 Best Hair Care Secrets

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As soon as summer arrives, with its high humidity here on Long Island, my hair fights back with more than its natural curl. Shall I be honest and say the dreaded word? Okay, here it is – frizz.

All summer  I have been going to the Local Access Cable TV studio to do live shootings of intros for my Tales2Inspire™ authors’ inspiring stories. This is a good thing, except that unfortunately for me and my hair, these shootings are scheduled for Tuesday mornings. Now, here’s the rub! My hair salon is closed on Sundays and Mondays and doesn’t open again until 9:00 AM on Tuesdays. I’m already on the road by 9:00 AM. This means that the best I can do for my hair is get it washed and blow dried – flat ironed with lots of products and spray – late Saturday afternoon. In the winter, my hair would still look pretty decent three days later. But in the summer, it’s a disaster waiting to happen! And to be quite honest, I was a bit appalled by my fly-away topsy hair on some of those videos!

Yes, I tried Keratin once, but for reasons I won’t go into now, decided it wasn’t for me. I’ve begun to read about amino acid hair straightening products and will investigate that further. In the meantime, I love to learn from the experts, and often find Web MD a great source of information. Here is a slideshow quiz they have put together not just for those with frizzy hair, but to address many hair problems and solutions. Take the quiz here. One additional tip I can add to their quiz is the use of a ceramic hair brush. I recently bought one (after watching the video runs) and see a noticeable difference.

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But nonetheless,  I’m so proud of my authors that if you promise not to make fun of my hair, you can watch their video introductions to their winning stories: The Man From Nowhere by  Cami Ann Hofstadter and Garden of Miracles by Heidi DuPree.  Look for their story titles on the Winning Tales channel.

And if you enjoy them, please leave a quick comment to let them know!

WOULD YOU LIE ABOUT YOUR FACELIFT? by Lois W. Stern

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I just read about a woman who has scheduled a facelift, but instead of leveling with her husband, she has told him  that she’s going away on a business trip. Soon she’ll be traveling out of state – off  to her selected plastic surgeon’s office.

Sure her absence is easily explained, but what about the post surgery bruises and swelling? How does she explain all that? “Easy,” says she. “I’ll just tell him I was in a car accident.”

Now  a car accident that causes injury to your face must be more than a simple fender bender. Won’t her husband want more details?  What about damage to the car? Is she going to run it into a brick wall to feign authenticity?  Wouldn’t he ask about those insurance claims that need to be filed? I can see where we are setting up a house of cards here, with one lie pressing against the next until those cards all fall down.

When I was interviewing women for my book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, I spoke to several others who either concealed or minimized the extend of their surgeries. My hair stylist was one. She confided that she told had her significant other that she was having her eyes done, when in fact she went for a full facelift. When he asked her why she had stitches behind her ears, she answered, “I don’t know, I guess that’s the way they do eyes now.” And funny as it sounds, he actually believed her!

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I honestly don’t think we have to share every detail of our beauty routines with our spouses, but where do we draw the line? Would you tell your spouse or significant other? What would you do if you were in those same shoes? I’d love to hear from some of you.

Looking forward to keeping in touch!

Lois W. Stern

 

SMARTPHONE FACE – THE NEWEST COSMETIC SURGERY FIX

‘Smartphone Face’ – Is your cell phone making your face sag?

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How’s this for new math? Smartphone plus gravity equals drooping jowls and double chins.

What exactly is Smartphone face? The term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and marionette lines (those vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin.) If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline. The name also works on another level; face sag becomes especially noticeable when you take photos of yourself or video-chat on your portable device.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, smartphones can make you look prematurely old. There’s no medical name for this condition, at least not yet. Until there is we can just call it “smartphone face.”

According to the ASAPS: “Lines and creases may develop if you spend an excessive amount of time texting and checking your email on your smartphone. The constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally.” With smartphone use leading people to tilt their head downward all too often, we could see an increase in drooping jawlines, even among the relatively young.

How do you fix smartphone face? 

The battle between smartphone and vanity has begun.

The obvious cure for smartphone face isn’t costly surgery or treatments. It’s giving up your smartphone and all of its apps. While a chin implant is a surgical solution, you can also firm up your jawline with less invasive techniques such as injections of chin fillers, Botox treatments, skin-tightening devices, liposuction/laser facelifts. Or, if you’re looking for a self-help solution, just remember to keep your chin up when you text or stare into your smartphone.

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HAIR LOSS – TRIGGERS, TREATMENTS AND SOLUTIONS

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For most women, hair is an expression of style and personality. But it is also closely intertwined with self-image. We all have an occasional “bad hair day”, and that hardly boosts our spirits, but imagine how distressing hair loss can be when facing the mirror each morning.

Web MD addresses some of the triggers, treatments and solution to hair loss in this informative slide show.

Watch it now.

YOUR CAN FIND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON HAIR LOSS SOLUTION IN AN ARTICLE BY VERN COLE, ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD, POSTED ON MY WEBSITE.

Click here and look under the column on MAKEUP AND HAIR

http://www.ticktockstoptheclock.com/HOME.html  .

STEM CELL FACELIFTS IN THE NEWS

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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.

THIS STORY WAS REPORTED IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICA.

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.