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30
Mar
Age Has Nothing to Do With Getting Breast Implants
March 30th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Breast Augmentation | No Comments »
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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that last year in the US, breast augmentation surgeries were performed on over 300,000 women in the United States. And many of the women who underwent breast augmentation surgery were over the age of 30. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that in 2009, over 39% of the women who had breast augmentation surgery were between the ages of 35 to 50 years of age and approximately nine percent were older than 50.

And not only are the patients growing older, the breast implants being requested are growing larger too according to industry statistics.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, my advise is simple:

Make sure that the doctor you go to IS certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is critical for your health and safety. And the second piece of advise is that you should be aware that breast implants are not permanent or just a one-time thing. Most implants come with a 10 year warranty and will need to be replaced as they age or as you age.

 

 
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26
Mar
Dermal Fillers!
March 26th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Cosmetic Procedures General, Fillers | No Comments »
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Fillers are getting popular and why not. They are almost non-invasive and less expensive than cosmetic surgery. There are many fillers available and they can be used for filling wrinkles to making your nose and chin look fuller. 

Most plastic surgeons and dermatologists will recommend temporary fillers rather than permanent fillers which are more dangerous. These temporary fillers are derivatives of hyaluronic acid and can last from six to nine months. One filler to avoid is liquid silicone which is known to cause deformity due to its ability to migrate away from where it was originally injected. Liquid silicone creates various complications and should be avoided.

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved even with getting a hyaluronic acid filler. Risks include bleeding, an allergic reaction or even an infection post-treatment. Therefore it is very important to choose a qualified, experienced and trained plastic surgeon who can explain all the risks before you make your decision about some of these procedures.

 
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24
Mar
Less is More in Skin Care!
March 24th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Skin Care | No Comments »
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With spring around the corner and summer coming up soon, if you are concerned about skin care, keep in mind that  "less is more". If you face skin problems like acne or rosacea, simple skin care regiments and using fewer products will help you better manage the redness that arises from these conditions.

If you have sensitive skin, a mild cleanser and a good moisturizer with sunscreen are the only two real products you need. Acne can be treated with over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Also, going to a good doctor may help you identify the underlying reason and the correct treatment for your skin problems.

Don't use too many products at once or cover yourself with heavy makeup if you have sensitive skin. And be sure to always wear sunscreen to protect yourself from skin disease or skin cancer.

 

 
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22
Mar
Are Breast Implants Right For You?
March 22nd, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Procedures General | No Comments »
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If you are considering Breast Implants then you are looking to somehow enhance your appearance. Most times patients want to improve their overall look by getting bigger, more fuller breasts that appear to enhance the total "look" of the person.

How to choose what implants are best for you?

When considering breast implants, it is important to discuss your preferences with your cosmetic surgeon who is best qualified to recommend breast implants which will fit your body type and weight. It is important to balance the overall size of the implants with the overall body composition in order to get the best results. Therefore having reasonable expectations is important because breast implants aren't going to change your basic body type or weight.

Also, you are the only person who is best qualified to make the decision on whether breast implants are the right choice for you or not. As long as you are healthy, not nursing or pregnant, and are simply looking to enhance your appearance, breast implants may be a good choice. But it is your choice and should not be something you give in to because someone else thinks it is the right thing for you to do.

Breast implant surgeries are not without risks and complications and these should be thoroughly discussed with your cosmetic surgeon before making any decisions on proceeding with the surgery. Since education is the first step when making any life-changing decisions, be sure to research all the pros and cons of breast augmentation surgery before visiting a cosmetic surgeon. This will give you an upper hand in discussing the ins-and-outs of the procedure before signing up for it.
 

 
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19
Mar
Stem Cell Breast Augmentation
March 19th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Breast Augmentation | No Comments »
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So what's Stem Cell Breast Augmentation? It's quite simple; it can be anything you want it to be! And that's why Stem Cell Breast Augmentation may well become a great alternative to silicone breast implants.

In Stem Cell Breast Augmentation what happens is that a surgeon who is performing liposuction on a patient removes the fat and divides it in two equal parts. One half of it is purified and has the stem cells extracted from it. The purified stem cells are then added to the remaining fat that was set aside. The entire mixture is then placed in the breast area where the "augmentation" is required.

So without doing anything unethical, basically this process allows the growth of fat cells in an area where it is needed. By using the patient's own fat and stem cells, the patient actually ends up "growing" her own bigger breasts. And the end result is reduction of fat from where the patient didn't want it and bigger breasts without any foreign object.
 
No surgery is without risk and so the normal precautions need to be taken.

Sounds quite simple and non-controversial right?

Well, let's see how this plays out as the procedure is still being tested and no one knows whether it is truly safe or if there are any side-effects from using this procedure…..

 
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15
Mar
Skin Resurfacing To Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles
March 15th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Aesthetic Treatment Products, Skin Resurfacing | 1 Comment »
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Wrinkle creams may work but there are some treatments that do a better job of reducing wrinkles than wrinkle creams. Here are three treatments which can help reduce wrinkles and skin imperfections without the need for surgery:

  • Microdermabrasion Treatments:
    • In microdermabrasion treatments, dead and damaged skin cells are removed. This is a form of exfoliation which increases the turnover of skin cells. It also promotes new collagen growth
       
  • Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing:
    • In this treatment, light energy is used to stimulate collagen synthesis under the skin. This is done without peeling or damaging the epidermis. 
       
  • Skin Resurfacing Treatments:
    • Chemical Peels have acid in them. Chemical peels are used to burn off the outer layer of skin which then reveals a fresh layer of new skin underneath them.
      • Chemical peels include superficial peels such as glycolic and alpha-hydroxy peels. These help remove dead skin cells and improve the appearance of your skin.
      • Then you have the Medium Peels which contain salicylic or trichloroacetic acid. These peels improve skin texture and also remove fine wrinkle lines but are not as good in correcting deep wrinkles.
      • Finally there are deep peels which contain phenol and are very strong peels. They can remove deep wrinkles and correct damaged skin. These require quite a bit recovery time.
         

Again, always consult with a trained, experienced, and licensed practitioner before undergoing any of these treatments.
  

   

 
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12
Mar
Sculptra
March 12th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Aesthetic Treatment Products, Botox, Cosmetic Procedures General, Skin Resurfacing | No Comments »
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Seeing wrinkles and laugh lines that make you think about Botox and plastic surgery? But Plastic Surgery may not be the only answer to improving your appearance. 

Here are some treatments which can bring about a youthful appearance in patients at a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery:

  • Sculptra: This is an injection which allows you to rebuild collagen in your facial tissues. When used, it creates a fresher, more plumped up appearance and has a longer lasting effect than Botox. It costs approximately $1000 per vial but may be worth every penny.
     
  • Dysport: This is another injection but it is closer to Botox and has similar chemicals. Dysport injections paralyze the wrinkle-causing muscles leaving patients looking younger and energized. Dysport results may last for almost three to four months,a gain similar to Botox.
     
  • Broadband light treatment: This treatment is mostly used to remove freckles, brown spots, and other skin imperfections. You may end up requiring many sessions at approximately $300-$400 per session but it is one of the more non-invasive procedures available.

Remember to always consult with a licensed practitioner before deciding upon any of the above procedures. And also remember that this blog doesn't constitute "medical" advise but is only meant to share insight and information at a general/high-level.

 
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10
Mar
A down-turned economy means fewer Botox and Tummy Tucks too!
March 10th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Botox, Cosmetic Procedures General | No Comments »
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Well, it's not surprise for any of us. A down-turned economy means fewer dollars spent on "want" items, and now the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery confirms that logical conclusion. A study shows that in 2009, cosmetic procedures performed in the USA were down by 2 percent when compared to 2008 however Americans still spent almost $10.5 billion for cosmetic procedures in 2009.

However Dr. Renato Saltz, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery feels that will change as soon as the recession lifts and people once again think about using surgical procedures to "look good".

According to the published report, more than 50% of the people who underwent cosmetic treatment in 2009  were men and women between the ages of 30 to 50. And what was the most popular surgical procedure? Breast Augmentation followed by liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty, and facelifts.

Non-surgical procedures like Botox and Dysport treatments were popular too along with laser hair removal treatments, microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels.

 
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7
Mar
The Dysport Challenge Anyone?
March 7th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Aesthetic Treatment Products | No Comments »
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Ok, first let me tell you what Dysport is. 

Dysport or abobotulinumtoxinA is a prescription injection for temporarily reducing moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people under the age of 65. Dysport is a product from Medicis, a US based pharmaceutical company whose focus is on treating aesthetic issues in people.

So what's the Dysport Challenge?

Well, patients who wish to try Dysport can save $75. If they love Dysport, they may receive $75 off their next Dysport treatment and thus end up saving $150. If patients don't "love" the Dysport treatment, they can opt for another treatment using a different product and still receive a $75 rebate. The Dysport Challenge started on March 1 and goes through April 30, 2010.

Before you do anything about this, read all the rules and terms of engagement by visiting  www.DysportUSA.com and talk to us and see if Dysport is right for you. Oh and this Dysport Challenge has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 
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5
Mar
What is Ablative Fractional Resurfacing?
March 5th, 2010  Posted By George Pope MD   Posted in Skin Resurfacing | No Comments »
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Ablative fractional resurfacing or AFR helps treat scars from surgery or trauma using a brand new laser surgery technique.  A report published in the Feb. 14th Archives of Dermatology shows that women who underwent Ablative fractional resurfacing showed an overall improvement of their skin six months after being treated. The women had mild to moderate side effects but resulted in no scarring according to New York doctors who conducted this study.
 
Although skin resurfacing practitioners use various ablative, nonablative, and fractional devices to conduct skin resurfacing, the results are not always consistent or complete. Carbon dioxide lasers may cause tissue damage and do require longer recovery periods.

The Ablative fractional resurfacing study researchers reported that the above study was primarily focused on treating facial scars. However given the small sample group of participants in the above study, it's unclear whether Ablative fractional resurfacing works or not.

 

 
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