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A New Look for Renee Zellweger – Plastic Surgery: Yes or NO?

So much in the news about 45-year-old Renee Zellweger of late, suddenly ushered in after her appearance at the recent 21st annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

TMZ reported: Despite not appearing in a movie since 2010, Renee has definitely been working for the last few years … on her face.

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Is it really anyone else’s business? Well, in my case it became everyone’s business because I wrote a book about my experience. Was I self-conscious and a bit embarrassed? Sure. But I took the plunge and was glad I did. Sometimes honesty pays off.

All this banter abut Renee reminds me of an article titled “Hey, It’s Still Me in Here”, which appeared in the Sunday Style section of the NY Times some years back. I was quoted then about some of the positive and not-so-positive reactions I get from others. And after interviewing over 100 women who had undergone cosmetic surgery for my book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, did I have stories to tell!

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Beauty and Anti-Aging Tip – Wrinkles and Face Lifts – Do They Work Together

If you see a woman with a road map of wrinkles on her face, do you instantly think: “She’d look so pretty if only she’d get a facelift.” Well,maybe a facelift isn’t the best solution . . . unless of course, you admire that wind tunnel look!

In this video, noted plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Kotler, explains why, and tells what might be a better solution.

Watch it here.

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ANTI-AGING WITH NEW DERMAL FILLER

voluma2 Juvederm’s  new dermal filler is getting raves from patients and surgeons alike. It’s thicker constancy is said to get better, more long lasting results. Is the result the same as a facelift? Not on your life. It’s not as long lasting, nor is the result as dramatic. But if you are surgery adverse, it might just be enough. 

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Addendum:

Cosmetic Surgery consultant, Denise Thomas, just sent me her thoughts on the dermal filler, Belotero. Since I have never tried any of these fillers, I was interested in her experience.
“I am going to share my experience with you after trying, Belotero, as a filler.
Juvederm has been my favorite, but noticing many good reviews on Belotero, I tried it.
To my dismay, after three months the line between my brows has returned. Also, my sister immediately noticed a very slight puff in that area plus a slight darkness.
This is not to say others have not be pleased. I will stick to Juvederm, Belotero is less expensive, but not for me.”

 

Anti-Aging Tip – For Younger, Healthier Skin

Anti-Aging Tip – For Younger, Healthier Skin

We’ve said good-bye to summer, but keep that sunscreen handy. Don’t be fooled. You need to apply sunscreen every day. Here’s why.

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Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank

Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank
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Lois W. Stern

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6. Brighter looking eyes
Purchase: A white or peach colored eyeliner pencil.
Directions: Apply the liner to the inner lower rim of each eyeâjust where your lashes begin. It makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter and your eyes brighter.

7. A glowing complexion
I’m not a great believer in fancy priced miracle-in-a-jar products, but am impressed enough with the ingredients in this low cost product to share it here.
40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum is a lightweight gel that features beta-carotene, Retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C, and is fortified with protein-rich soy and antioxidant-rich carrot, mango, and apricot oil. Available at your local drug store, Amazon.com and several other .com sites.

8. Flawlessly smooth skin 
Most women have some soft downy facial hair, even if it’s not readily apparent. Want to make it disappear – safely, easily and painlessly?
Purchase: A little battery operated gizmo – about the length of a ball point pen, and not much thicker – available at your local drug store.
Directions: Turn it on and gently draw the defuzzer upward against the hair growth. Yes, the fuzz will grow back in a few weeks, but it takes less than a minute to repeat the process to keep you fuzz-free.

9. While we’re talking about unsightly hair, purchase a small scissor with blunt points, that’s made especially for removing nasal hairs. Use it often to clip out straggling hairs as they reappear. A magnifying mirror is a great help for close up work. The blunt points are essential to prevent injuries.

10. Smooth, unchapped hands and feet
Directions: For ten minutes, soak your hands and feet in warm water combined with a cup of milk and a teaspoon of olive oil. The lactic acid in the milk will help you get rid of unwanted dead skin cells, while the olive oil will soothe the skin. Rinse and apply a rich moisturizing lotion. Wear cotton gloves and cotton socks overnight. In the morning you’ll enjoy softer hands and feet than you had ever thought possible.

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THE COSMETIC SURGERY CONSULTATION – A TWO WAY STREET

Some surgeons offer free consultations, but they most often are quick meetings rather than in-depth and personal discussions. (I went on one of those myself and it was a valuable lesson for me! I quickly determined that he was NOT a surgeon I wanted to work with). The experience helped me hone in on what I was really looking for in a surgeon. So it was time well spent.

What should you expect from an in-depth personal consultation?

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The patient’s Side of the Street: You need to communicate your goals, your wants and want-nots. Many perspective cosmetic surgery patients express a similar thought: “I don’t want to look like I have had surgery. I just want to look refreshed.” Some even bring in photos of themselves at a younger age, to help the surgeon envision the look you would look to recapture. But don’t bring in a photo of Julia Roberts and ask to look just like her! You won’t!

The surgeon’s side of the street: The surgeon will first want to determine if you are a suitable candidate for elective aesthetic surgery, so you will be  asked about your medical history. Be honest. Don’t hold back anything. While the vast majority of people are healthy enough to safely undergo elective surgery, some conditions do advise against it. So tell all. As much as you might have your heart and mind set on having these procedure(s), you don’t want to become a  statistic.

Next step in the consultation is for the doctor to listen to your goals, communicate with you about what outcomes you can reasonably expect, and develop an appropriate surgical plan. You will also have the opportunity to look at a range of before and after photos of patients who have undergone the same procedures. Be sure these are this surgeon’s patients, not photos taken by others.

Before your consultation ends, whip out that list of questions you have prepared in advance. Now is your opportunity to ask the ones still unanswered.

By the time you leave this office, you will have a pretty good idea of whether or not you feel completely comfortable placing your face or body in the hands of this surgeon to perform the procedure you desire.

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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 

 

SOLUTION TO YOUR SKIN CARE PROBLEM: RED, DRY, ITCHY OR SENSITIVE SKIN

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

Sally’s Story

I never know from one day to the next how my skin will look. My skin is so reactive, but I am never quite sure what it is reacting to. The clock is ticking and I can see it on my face. I am between a rock and a hard place. I need moisture and anti-aging products, but when I use them my face stings and burns. So if I don’t moisturize, I wrinkle; and if I do, I react. In addition, my skin is so flaky that my make-up cakes into the wrinkles and makes my face and eyelids look like I have baked a cake on them. As if all these issues weren’t enough, the perpetual redness of my cheeks and neck make me look like I am in a constant state of embarrassment.

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Sally’s Skin Problems

  • dry, flaky skin, dull looking skin
  • sensitive, itchy
  • makeup cakes into wrinkles
  • reacts poorly to skin care products
  • red, flushed color to cheeks and neck
  • puffy eyelids

At the end of her patience, Sally made an appointment with a dermatologist well known for her ability to treat women with sensitive skin. The doctor explained that a damaged skin barrier (the outer layer of her skin), caused her problem. Sally learned that when you cannot keep important elements like moisture inside the barrier, and you cannot keep problematic things such as irritants, allergen and bacteria outside the barrier, a cycle of inflammation begins. Inflammation leads to itching and a continued deterioration of the barrier. Hence, the skin cannot retain water, and dehydration occurs, which causes more inflammation, itching and dryness.

Problem # 1
Dryness, Crepiness and Wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
The main objectives of Sally’s plan were to alleviate skin dryness and minimize both her wrinkles and the stinging and redness caused by skin sensitivities. A gentle hydrating cream cleanser designed for sensitive skin types was recommended for twice daily use.

In the evening after cleansing, Sally was advised to apply an anti-oxidant night cream and to look for products that contained moisturizing ingredients such as Borage seed oil, Ceramides, Pro-Vitamin B-5 or olive oil and anti-oxidant ingredients such as Idebenone, Coenzyme Q-10 and Grape Seed extract. After cleansing in the morning, she was to apply a moisturizer with an SPF-30 or more, but was cautioned to pay close attention to how her skin responded to the moisturizer with sunscreen.

Problem #2
Redness and Stinging

Treatment Plan for this problem
Sally’s dermatologist recommended that she see an allergist, who could perform a patch test to further identify her specific triggers. However her dermatologist gave her a list of some of the most common sensitizing ingredients and advised Sally as a first step, to avoid those items temporarily and see if that helped reduce her skin sensitivity. The dermatologist explained that once the cycle has begun, all products used must soothe and desensitize. (She also advised Sally that while the redness might be annoying, her primary issues were dryness, crepiness and wrinkles.)

Sally’s plan incorporated products rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients to help rebuild the barrier and treat wrinkles. She was advised to use a gentle hydrating cream cleanser, as it also would effectively deep cleanse her skin without irritation. Her dermatologist recommended that in the morning she was to apply an anti-inflammatory serum after cleansing, and follow with a moisturizer and sunscreen with micronized Zinc Oxide (minimum of SPF-30), as it might be better suited to her sensitive skin.

In the evening after cleansing, she was instructed to apply an anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant night cream as well. The doctor recommended products that contained anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Licorice, Evening Primrose oil and Zinc, and wrinkle treatment ingredients such as peptides for collagen and elastin production, Coenzyme Q-10 and Grape Seed extract.

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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.

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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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH STEM CELL FACE LIFTS?

Are you beginning to see ads for Stem Cell Facelifts? If so, I’m not surprised!  I too am convinced this is the wave of the not-too-distant future. But many of these Stem Cell Facelifts of today are simply fat removed from one part of the patient’s body and reinjected into other parts, as treatment for aesthetic concerns such as crows feet or mouth to jaw marionette lines. Fat transfer as such is nothing new in cosmetic surgery. It has been used by plastic surgeons since 1983 and is considered extremely safe, but not as long lasting as the fillers of today.

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But stem cell treatments are a bit different from simple fat transfer,  a refinement of the process if you will. In a true stem cell treatment, once the adipose tissue (the fat cells) are removed from the body, the actual fat is separated from the richer stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells, which are far more potent than the remaining fat cells. Once separated from adipose tissue, they are reinjected  into the patient’s body without further manipulation. The SVF cells are neither cultured, further enriched or changed in any way.

My education on Stem Cells in Plastic Surgery began with noted plastic surgeon, Dr. Alan Kisner, when he wrote a chapter for my book: Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. He explained both the huge potential for the use of adult stem cells in medicine, but also the obstacles to its use:

“For the cosmetic surgery patient, fat seems like an ideal material for soft tissue augmentation, but it has been impermanent due to resorption. In order to become permanent, grafted fat must create it’s own blood supply.”

Dr. Kisner went on to explain how fat grafting, one technique being used to circumvent this problem, involves injecting small amounts of fat (less that 0.1 cc at a time) in discrete layers to gradually build new tissue layers. By allowing time and space between these microinjections, new blood vessels are able to grow within the grafted fat, enabling them to establish permanence. Aside from the skill and specialized training of the surgeon, he emphasized that fat grafting is a slow process that requires patience on the part of both patient and surgeon. In this same chapter, Dr. Kisner spoke about pioneering research now underway to separate the fragile stem cells, in order to enable them to more readily produce their own blood supply.

That said, you can see why this emerging technology of  SVF cells holds huge promise not only to the field of cosmetic surgery, but to the pioneering field of regenerative medicine, by enabling the body to repair, replace, and regenerate damaged, aging or diseased cells, tissues and organs.

Funny how things happen through connections over the Internet. I recently posted an article, Stem Cells in the News, where I spoke about a stem cell procedure gone wrong after a surgeon injected both stem cells and derma fillers into a patient’s face, causing a well-meaning but disastrous result. One of my readers, Jonathan Schwartz, commented that this was true stem transfer facelifts have not been FDA approved. We got into further conversations, spoke on the phone, and he subsequently sent me further material to digest. It turns out he is the President and CEO of MedicalMarvels LLC,  a company doing pioneering efforts in regenerative medicine.

A large body of scientific evidence suggests that adipose-SVF may act by replacing lost or damaged cells, reducing inflammation, improving the function of cells at the site, and recruiting cells from other parts of the body to assist in these processes.

There is at present no benefit is payable, either by Medicare or by a health fund for adipose-SVF treatment. You may be able to claim a tax refund of 20% of the cost, if your total health costs are above $2,000 in a year. We recommend seeking independent advice in this area.

Medical Marvels LLC is an emerging leader in regenerative medicine using adipose (fat) derived stromal vascular fraction containing adult stem cells for pioneering regenerative medicine.  Regenerative Medicine is a rapidly expanding set of innovative medical technologies that restore function by enabling the body to repair, replace, and regenerate damaged, aging or diseased cells, tissues and organs.

To date, this company has developed proprietary technology that allows for the efficient and reproducible separation of stromal vascular fraction (branded “Cellication”) containing adipose stem cells and extracellular matrix that can be performed in doctor’s offices, medical facilities and hospitals. This company is also engaging in clinical studies at major medical centers to obtain FDA approval for clinical indications.

Stay tuned folks. We haven’t heard the end of stem cell face lifts yet!

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