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Plastic Surgery Choices- Where to Begin the Search

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Breast Aug photoPlastic surgery is  more widely accepted now than ever before. Gone are the days when women and men would anguish over their choices of whether to consider having plastic surgery are not. It is no secret that most patients begin their search on the Internet. Plastic surgery is among one of the top most researched keywords. These are the words that patients put into the search boxes on Google and other search engines. Plastic surgery is a personal decision; however, with the influence of social media personal has a whole new meaning. Plastic surgery no longer brings about stares from others or looks of judgment. As a matter of fact, plastic surgery is a topic most crowds enjoy debating and giving laymen’s advice freely to one another.

Phoenix Breast Augmentation The Patients Choice

Phoenix breast augmentation is one of  the most researched plastic surgery procedures on the Internet. Phoenix  breast augmentation, not surprisingly is also the plastic surgery procedure performed the most often by plastic surgeons. Phoenix breast augmentation when researched on the Internet typically includes information concerning both silicone and saline implants. Most plastic surgeons include detailed information on their web sites from the manufacturers of breast implants for Phoenix breast augmentation. Phoenix breast augmentation research is also likely to include before and after photos of the plastic surgeon’s patients. To most patients these examples are meant to impress the patient and showcase the doctors skill. In reality, the purpose of before and after photos should be to show quality and consistency as well as  the doctors results. It is important for Phoenix breast augmentation patients to remember that before and after photos do not imply a similar result for any other patient. Phoenix breast augmentation photos are to be used as guidelines only.

Phoenix Abdominoplasty  Is A Popular Choice

Phoenix abdominoplasty has become more popular in the last few years than ever before. Phoenix abdominoplasty has also become a heavily researched term on the Internet. Many patients begin their search in an effort to learn more about Phoenix abdominoplasty specifically if they are candidate. Phoenix abdominoplasty can be categorized among different procedures. Dr. Angelchik performs Phoenix abdominoplasty as different procedures based on the needs of the patient. Most patients are familiar with the Phoenix abdominoplasty procedures known as the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck. Both of these procedures are performed on a regular basis. The Brazilian tummy tuck is unique to Dr. Angelchik’s office. Dr. Angelchik performs the the Phoenix abdominoplasty for patients who are suitable candidates. The Brazilian tummy tuck is best for patients who are physically fit, within their ideal body weight, and have a minimal amount of loose skin. Dr. Angelchik combines this phoenix abdominoplasty with slightly more aggressive liposuction for better contouring results. No matter which Phoenix abdominoplasty is most suitable for the patient, it is likely the patient will be extremely happy with the results. Call Dr. Angelchik ‘s office today to determine which plastic surgery procedure is best for you.

 

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Male Facelift-When Should Men Consider it?

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balding manMale facelift is rarely spoken about in the media. Most people think of women when they think about a facelift. However; male facelift, has unique considerations. For example, male facelift has to take into consideration a thicker consistency  of the skin. Also, under consideration with a male facelift  sometimes allowances must be made for the hairline and also the beard line. Male facelift in some situations can cause the male features to appear more feminine than some men would prefer following surgery.

Male Blepharoplasty  Sometimes Overlooked

Male blepharoplasty is sometimes overlooked when men are considering a facelift. It is common for men to the be dissatisfied with sagging along the jawline yet accepting of bags beneath the eyes and sagging eyelids. Unfortunately, if blepharoplasty is not considered at the time of the facelift and the surgery is performed, the drooping eyelids can appear even more pronounced afterwards. Male blepharoplasty is not profoundly different from female blepharoplasty; however, it is important to differentiate between what is truly sagging of the eyelids and what is a drooping of the forehead. This can be more difficult to identify in men vs. women

Male Browlift Perfect Combination For Many

Male browlift procedure can provide an excellent option for men complaining of appearing angry or tired. Loose skin on the forehead can cause the brow to rest low and give men a tired look. Male browlift surgery is easily performed in combination with a male facelift and male blepharoplasty. Dr Angelchik encourages male patients to feel comfortable and explain their concerns about the procedure as well as the anticipated outcome. Male patients sometimes feel uncomfortable explaining plastic surgery procedures with the doctor. Dr Angelchik is committed to helping patients feel comfortable and understand that he can help them best when he is clear about their desires, concerns, and fears. Male facelift, male blepharoplasty, and male browlift typically are considered by men after 40 years of age. For some reason, men tend to wait long than women to address the signs of  facial aging. Dr Angelchik hopes by addressing the issues with men through social media, office patient appreciation events and other out reach venues that men will become more comfortable and address the issues earlier.  Men considering plastic surgery procedures are encouraged to call the office for a complimentary consultation.

 

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Medical Grade Skincare-Does it Matter?

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Face liftMedical grade skincare is often confused with all skin care provided within a doctor’s office. The reality is that many offices combine both spa like treatments with genuine medical grade skincare products. Medical grade skincare requires oversight by a medical doctor. This includes both skincare treatments as well as skincare products. It is not uncommon for patients to search for better pricing when faced with the necessity to purchase medical grade skincare products. The availability of these products on the Internet has sparked much debate as to the seriousness of medical grade skincare products.

Medical Skincare Products Can’t I Buy Them Online?

Medical grade skincare products are available in abundance on the Internet. It is important that patients understand that these products are purchased with the buyer assuming all risks. The manufacturer clearly states on all products that they are to be used under a physician’s supervision. Medical grade skincare products seem harmless to the average person since they are applied topically. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even for patients purchasing medical grade skincare products they have used previously;they must consider that every product applied to the skin can react differently at different times. An adverse reaction to medical grade skincare products can range from mild and  barely noticeable irritation to severe and possibly permanent irritation and scarring. Since online purchases are not covered by a physician’s recommendation, patients would need to seek out a new physician to treat any problems that could arise. While admittedly, the risk of adverse skin reactions are low, the truth remains; should this happen to your face the experience would be undesirable.

Oxygen Facial Added to Dr Angelchik’s Skincare Offerings

Oxygen facial has long been a favorite in both spas and medical grade skincare clinics. Dr. Angelchik’s Claro skincare clinic is pleased to announce the addition of the oxygen facial to its menu of skincare treatments. Dr. Angelchik’s experienced and well trained medical aesthetician Jana Dreebin is excited to add the oxygen facial as both a standalone treatment as well as a combination treatment with microdermabrasion. Oxygen facial is a soothing treatment and patients often see an immediate improvement in their skin.  Oxygen facial does not require any prep time and is suitable for all skin types. As part of a summer promotion Jana is offering special pricing for the oxygen facial. Jana is also offering other summer promotions including medical grade skincare products available for a limited time. Patients are encouraged to contact the office and schedule a complimentary skincare consultation with Jana. Patients who are considering facial rejuvenation procedures including facelift, blephroplasty, and brow lift are encouraged to contact Dr. Angelchik for a complimentary consultation.

 

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Liposuction- Is It The Answer For Everyone?

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body-06Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that is misunderstood by many patients. It is tempting to assume that liposuction will help a person lose weight. The reality is that very few patients actually lose weight after having liposuction. It is not uncommon for patients to call Dr. Angelchik’s office requesting a consultation for liposuction without considering first their own body weight. When patients call the office of the patient coordinator will ask specific questions regarding a patient nutrition, lifestyle and exercise, and weight. The purpose of these questions is to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the liposuction procedure. Patients who exercise regularly and are committed to diet and exercise are more likely to achieve optimal results following liposuction. We also recommend patients visit our Healthy Beautiful Me website and learn more about our wellness approach.   For patients who are considering abdominal liposuction there is also the consideration that needs to be made for loose and lax skin. If the skin is loose and there is an abdominal flap of skin liposuction alone will not create the most appealing results. In most cases abdominoplasty can be performed with liposuction during the same surgery. It is important to note that the liposuction performed will not be aggressive as it is important to preserve blood supply during the abdominoplasty procedure. Liposuction allows most patients to return to a desk type job typically 7 to 10 days after surgery. It is important for patients to be compliant and wear their compression garment following surgery. This helps to re-drape the skin and provide a smooth and contoured result.

Dr. Anglechik explains to patients during the consultation that they must be patient in order to see the final results following surgery. Results can take up to six months to a year before they are final. Liposuction performed on the thighs or lower body can often have periods of swelling during the recovery period that is intermittent. The right expectation for the patient allows for the best chances of satisfaction. It is vital for patients to understand that liposuction is not a license to forgo proper diet and exercise. While fat cells do not duplicate or regenerate, the remaining fat cells can become overpowered and the patient can gain weight. Patients who are considering liposuction plastic surgery are encouraged to contact the office for a consultation. Liposuction is not for everyone and the consultation will help both Dr. Angelchik and the patient determine if liposuction is the right choice for them.

 

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Breast Augmentation and Bras-Ok to Show?

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breast liftBreast augmentation and the bra seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Apart from the Madonna fad there has never been a time in fashion history where the bra strap was  fashionably “okay” to show through a fashionable outfit.  There have been many different cleaver ideas to hide bra straps. Many fashion magazines have printed different ideas in their style sections. Although fashion magazines debate the issue most women agree that not wearing a bra feels the most comfortable.

Dr Angelchik listens to the complaints of women concerning bras and their difficulty with wardrobes every day.  Women considering breast augmentation are surprised to learn that when they have breast augmentation and the implants are placed behind the muscle the pectoral muscle acts like a living bra holding the breast implant in place and often patients do not need to wear a bra with their strapless dresses. Dr Angelchik offers a  unique technique which involves additional internal dissolvable sutures that help hold the breast implant in place after surgery during the  initial healing period.  Dr Angelchik explains to his patients that the natural breast tissue can still sag over time, so if the patient has a significant amount of their own breast tissue they will need to wear a bra. Patients with a mild to moderate sagging of  their breast tissue are typically advised to have a breast lift along with the implants for fullness and better shape. Dr Angelchik offers both saline and silicone implants with excellent results. The choice is ultimately up to the patient. Both breast implants offer beautiful results to patients. Patients are encouraged to discuss their concerns with both Dr Angelchik and his caring Patient Coordinator.   Patients are given the opportunity to try on sizers and get a better idea of the size they would feel most comfortable choosing. One thing is certain; bras are a choice that becomes much more enjoyable after breast augmentation. Patients are encouraged to call Dr Angelchik for a consultation. 602-375-8888

 

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Plastic surgery blog: Facial rejuvenation is possible for most everyone

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Beautiful patientWith the improvement of dermal fillers over the past several years patients can now expect dramatic and long-lasting results from injectables. Facial rejuvenation encompasses both products like Botox and Dysport as well as injectable fillers that add volume like Restylane and Juvederm. One of the most exciting injectables available today is Sculptra.  Dr Angelchik is considered an expert injector and has a wealth of experience with the product.  Sculptra Aesthetic  is not a new product. Sculptra has been used for decades to provide volume in the faces of patients who have lost volume due to excessive weight loss from medical conditions. The product has been well tested and the results are amazing and long-lasting. Sculptra is a series of injections over a period of approximately 6 months that gradually allow patients to produce their own collagen thus adding volume to the face naturally. The results are dramatic yet subtle because they are achieved over a period of several months. Most patients have had results that have lasted more than two years. Sculptra is an excellent option for patients who are not candidates for facelift procedures due to medical reasons or based on their own choice. Patients who have what is known as ”runners face” which is extremely low body fat and deep hollowing under the cheekbone find Sculptra  to be one of the most effective methods available to create a natural looking more full and better shaped face. As with every injectable, patients should be certain to choose a skilled and qualified injector. This is where Dr. Angelchik stands above many other medical professionals in that his extensive experience allows him to make excellent recommendations and achieve spectacular results. Dr Angelchik often combines medical  skincare recommendations and nutritional lifestyle recommendations as part of his new Healthy Beautiful Me program.

 

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Plastic surgery blog: Coffee Gets the Thumbs Up

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A good cup of coffeeThere have been conflicting reports about the health benefits of coffee for quite some time. An online study now states that coffee may actually add years to your life. According to a recent online news story coffee appears to be good for you. At least the study didn’t say it was bad, according to researchers who led the biggest study ever performed focusing on coffee and health. They discovered that coffee drinkers appeared slightly more likely to live longer than those people who drink no coffee at all. Regular or decaf did not make a difference. This is significant because a few studies in the past came to the conclusion that coffee could be harmful. Results of the most recent study are published in the  New England Journal of Medicine. Older studies were not giving the wrong information. Coffee can increase cholesterol and blood pressure in the short term, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease. But very few studies have looked at coffee and the risk of dying from any cause, not to mention specific diseases. This study has its imperfections as most diet studies do, the results are just based on observing people’s habits and resulting health. So it does not specifically demonstrate that coffee lengthens lives. But experts say it’s the best evidence we have thus far yet on this issue. The study involved more than 400,000 people and was done by the National Institutes of Health and AARP. Researchers also made allowances for smoking, drinking alcohol, exercise and other things that could skew results. Dr. Angelchik encourages older people to embrace the fact that many of them are living longer and feeling better than ever before. Provided patients are healthy they should not hesitate to consider plastic surgery procedures in order to look as young and energetic as they feel. Many of Dr. Angelchik’s older patients choose to have facelift, brow lift, and blepharoplasty which allows them to have a complete facial rejuvenation. Patients tell Dr. Angelchik that they are thrilled with the results and that the majority of patients look at least 7 to 10 years younger than their real age. Dr Angelchik recently introduced Healthy Beautiful Me which incorporates nutrition, exercise and wellness coaching into the  plastic surgery experience in his practice.

 

 

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Weight Loss and Diet Could Help Menopausal Symptoms

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Cosmetic Surgery and Body LanguageMenopausal women can suffer negative symptoms that can range from mild to severe. A recent online news article found that diet and weight loss can have a positive effect on the negative symptoms many women experience prior to, during, and after menopause. According to the article women who are in the process of menopause and lose weight by eating low-fat foods including fruits and vegetables are likely to reduce or completely eliminate hot flashes and night sweats according to a new large study. Researchers felt the need to look at other alternatives besides hormone replacement therapy for helping women to get relief from negative menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats. “We wanted to see if this could be an alternative to hormone therapy,” said lead researcher Candyce Kroenke, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research in Oakland. “Indeed, women who lost weight in the context of this healthier diet — decreasing fat, increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables — were significantly more likely to reduce or eliminate symptoms,” she added. The reduction in hot flashes and night sweats which are the main complaints menopausal women have was evident in both overweight as well as normal weight women who lost weight. The reason women experience this was explained by the fact that fat tends to retain heat, and losing weight helps the body to get rid of the heat much easier. The report was published online in the July 11 issue of Menopause, the study included data from more than 17,000 participants in the Women’s Health initiative study. Dr. Angelchik often consults with menopausal women who are concerned with not only weight gain but also change in their body contour. Some patients see a thickness in the upper abdomen, above the bra line, and the outer thighs that was never present prior to menopause. For some of his patients they have not increased their weight substantially so it seems unexplained. Dr. Angelchik explains to patients that hormonal shifts in their body can cause fat deposits to settle in different areas. In these cases, Dr. Angelchik will typically recommend liposuction to treat the affected areas. Liposuction gives Dr. Angelchik the ability to treat areas by systematically removing small areas of fat and creating a much more toned and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Patients are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik if they are concerned with recent changes in their body contour. Dr. Angelchik will perform a thorough initial consultation and help the patient to determine if liposuction is a viable option for them.

 

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Plastic Surgery and Obesity What to Consider

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Overweight PatientPlastic surgery and obesity continue to be intertwined as the obese population increases. In an attempt to more clearly understand the disease as well as potential treatments, researchers have decided that obesity should  be categorized into one of six distinct categories. They hope that being able to identify each type of obese person it would permit doctors to treat them more effectively and with a more patient specific approach. The researchers refered to study data on over 4,144 obese adults from the Yorkshire Health Study, all of the people had a body mass index( BMI )over 30 and an average age of 56 years. Most of the participants were female at  58 percent and the average BMI was around 34.  The study was published in the Journal of Public Health and summarized that BMI is not appropriate as the only method to measure or diagnose obesity . The six different types of obese people identified in the study included:

Obese but young healthy females who have not yet developed obesity related complications and were more likely to take positive weight loss steps

Men who drink heavily drinking at least 12 drinks per week  and were less likely to manage their weight well

Unhappy anxious middle aged people in particular women who have mental health issues and reported more depression anxiety and fatigue although they engaged in physical activity

Wealthy and healthy elderly people who drink more alcohol and have higher blood pressure than average

Elderly individuals who are physically ill suffering from chronic conditions like arthritis but are happy and have good mental health  and reported a higher sense of well being

People with the worst health who have more chronic conditions than the other groups were also more likely to be poorer. This category had the highest mean BMI and reported more levels of pain and fatigue

Of course the risk factors of obesity are wide and varied they can involve eating disorders, behavioral problems, mental illness like depression or anxiety, they can also involve physical disorders or disabilities, lack of physical activity, alcoholism or drug abuse or even economic problems.  Being able to identify each person as having their own unique set of risk factors could help doctors target better treatments for individuals. Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese.  Mark Green of Sheffield University’s school of health and social research, as well as an author of the study, told The Guardian “we are all different and different health approaches work for different people”. In the future we hope that GPs will keep in mind these six groups when offering advice to their patients he added..

Dr Angelchik is on the forefront of recognizing the effects of obesity and how it effects plastic surgery outcomes. Recently Dr Angelchik introduced a program specifically designed to help patients manage their weight prior to and after plastic surgery. The overall goal is for patients to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of their facelift, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation or other plastic surgery procedures while making positive nutritional and exercise lifestyle choices. The  new program has been very successful. Learn more about Healthy Beautiful Me.

 

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Cosmetic Surgery- Will You Be Perceived As Likable?

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smiling older womanCosmetic surgery is primarily an option chosen to improve a persons appearance. According to a recent online article , research suggest that cosmetic surgery any also change the way other people think of you and and how they approach you. Surprisingly research shows that while a bit of stigma remains, the approach by others to women who have had plastic surgery was overwhelmingly positive. The article suggest that when women have the “right” procedures they appear more feminine, friendly and for the most part more likable. There are numerous studies that refer to the psychological effects for the plastic surgery patient. This study is believed to be the first that looks at how others perceive patients who have had cosmetic surgery procedure. The cosmetic surgery study suggest a direct link between specific cosmetic procedures and the way a woman is perceived with respect to her social skill, perceived trustworthiness and friendliness.

Plastic Surgery Facial Procedures Have the Most Impact

Plastic surgery facial procedures seem to cause the most definitive positive reaction. Specifically, the facial plastic surgery procedures that had the most significant effects on the perceptions of other people were face lifts, upper and lower eye lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and chin implants. Following any of these facial plastic surgery procedures or any combination of two more, social perceptions were found to be altered among the individuals the women encountered. According to the research team behind the study, the interesting finding is based in human evolutionary instinct with our subconscious minds causing us to move closer  toward those who appear to us as friendlier and less threatening – facial appearance and our interpretation of it being a key determining factor.

“Our animal instinct tells us to avoid those who are ill-willed and we know from previous research that personality traits are drawn from an individual’s neutral expressions,” said Professor Michael Reilly, of Georgetown University School of Medicine.

When determining why facial plastic surgery procedures affect perceptions in such a way, the team hypothesized that it could be as simple as having sagging, down-turned facial features lifted produces a  look that is believed to be  happier and more upbeat.

“This may explain why the patients who had a lower eyelift were found to be significantly more attractive and feminine, and experienced improved trustworthiness scores,” wrote Professor Reilly. The study authors noted that some patients were perceived as prone to risky behavior and aggressive after surgery.

“Some might say that is negative, but others may want that look,” added the Professor.

Patient Consultation Is the Key to Understanding Procedures

Patient consultation is the first step to having plastic surgery. Dr Angelchik treats the patient consultation as the important medical office visit that it is. The patient consultation is the opportunity for the plastic surgeon  to review important medical information concerning the patient, gather both facts and expected outcomes from the patient, and make a recommendation.  Dr Angelchik sees his patients at both the the initial visit as well as the pre-operative visit. Both patient consultations are critical to patient satisfaction and positive outcomes. Recently Dr Angelchik added an additional benefit for his patients. As a practice dedicated to total wellness, Dr Anglchik provides every patient with nutritional products for use prior to surgery and immediately after surgery to improve patient healing and general well being. This is part of the Healthy Beautiful Me program.

 

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