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Does Your Nose Tell Your Age?

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beautiful noseAs the aging process takes hold of all of us we look at different parts of our body and wonder why they look so different.   USA Today  suggested that your nose could in fact be telling your age. According to the article; patients in one study can look 1.5 years younger after having rhinoplasty or cosmetic nasal surgery. “The face does look younger after getting a rhinoplasty. It’s just a nice surprise that goes along with the surgery,” said the study plastic surgeon. He added that the study findings could turn a seeming anti-aging effect into one of rhinoplasty’s selling points. Other plastic surgeons interviewed for the story doubted that a rhinoplasty would have an antiaging effect. Most of them equated the more youthful and confident look with a happier patient who; therefore, looks more youthful.

Dr Angelchik cautions patients who believe that a rhinoplasty will make them look younger, not to place all of the benefit in that belief. Patient should also understand that if they are considering facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift, a rhinoplasty is typically not advised to be performed at the same time. Patient should also be aware that antiaging for the face consist of many different options including injectables, laser resurfacing, and for some patients chin augmentation. Patienst should discuss their concerns and desires in detail with Dr. Angelchik to help determine if rhinoplasty is a procedure that will meet their needs and expectations.

Breast Augmentation Still the Number One Procedure

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Breast Aug photoThanks to television and the Internet patients are now bombarded with so much information concerning breast augmentation that it becomes easy to forget that each patient is an individual and that the doctor’s recommendation is based on his thorough examination of the patient. An online article attempted to explain to patients the different options concerning breast implants and the incisions most commonly used. According to the article, which based on the title, was mostly concerned with the appearance of scars, patients should consider which incision they want before consulting with a plastic surgeon. Although the article does state that the decision is made in combination with the plastic surgeon, it does not go far enough in explaining the importance of understanding the doctor’s recommendation and why he or she is making that recommendation. The article does go through and explain  most common incisions made for breast implants. These incisions include the periareolar incision, infamammary incision,transaxillary incision, and TUBA incision.  Each incision has its own pros and cons and patients must remember that results are heavily dependent upon the patient as well as the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon. Dr Angelchik stresses to his patients that while they may have a preference for the incision desired for their breast augmentation, there are other factors that he must consider. One factor would be the need to perform a breast lift. If the patient requires a breast lift, the incisional approach may be different than the patient had originally desired. Also, patients must consider their tendency to heal as it relates to other scars on their body. The patient’s health, weight, and whether they smoke are also factors. Dr. Angelchik  is careful to explain to patients that he honors their individuality and that each patient is provided with recommendations individually, not as a one-size-fits-all approach. Dr. Angelchik  longtime patient coordinator Juanita assists Dr. Angelchik in helping patients to make decisions for breast augmentation that they will be happy with for a lifetime.

Baby Boomers Have Many Options For Wrinkles;Buyer Beware

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mirrorCosmetic companies have made every effort to attract the baby boomer population with promises to reduce and/or eliminate wrinkles. These promises are enough to cause patients to at least investigate the products. Consumer watchdog groups warn groups including  Neutrogena to curtail its “unsupported” claims that the company’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair can significantly reduce or eliminate wrinkles in “just one week.” Most would believe that the hard to believe results should make anyone skeptical, but when you add in the time frame of one week that sounds virtually like a miracle. The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus noted the advertiser’s evidence for various claims included results from “well-designed and controlled studies and that the testing covered 90 percent of competing anti-aging products that contain retinol.” This vague support information apparently is enough to make the claim. Dr Angelchik explains to patients that most of the over-the-counter anti-wrinkle creams will not harm the skin, but the only reducing that can be credited to them is reducing the money in your wallet. For most patients, along with the aging process comes loose and lax skin and wrinkles. While fillers will add volume to the skin so that wrinkles do not appear as prominent; they too are temporary solutions. Most patients realize that after unsuccessful attempts with creams and injectables ultimately the best long-term solution for anti-aging is a facelift, brow lift, and blepharoplasty. Dr. Angelchik and his longtime patient coordinator Juanita show patients that the value of facial rejuvenation continues to be one of the best investments.

Plastic Surgery and Hair Care

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sexy womanRemember the popular Brazilian blowout product  that shot to popularity mostly due to celebrity endorsements? A cloud with talk of unsafe chemicals haunted the product for yeard . Then the FTC has made it officia and found thatl the chemicals are dangerous and customers must be warned.  Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the settlement that called for North Hollywood-based GIB, LLC, the Brazilian Blowout maker, to stop advertising that the products are “formaldehyde-free and safe”. The company also was required to pay $600,000 in fees, penalties and costs. Oregon officials recently tested the products and found high levels of formaldehyde, which can cause cancer and various ailments. Thirty-seven samples of Brazilian Blowout formula averaged a rate of 8.68 percent. Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards call for the chemical to be listed as an ingredient if a product contains more than .1 percent. The amount of formaldehyde in the product was considered alarming and of concern.  The product survived the negative publicity and continues to be one of the most popular hair procedures.

 Dr. Angelchik reminds his patients who have had facial rejuvenation procedures including facelift, or brow lift that they are advised to consult with him prior to any hair care treatments with chemicals applied to the scalp. Patients often forget that after surgery incisions are still healing and can be disrupted  if patients return to the salon too soon. This includes hair dye as well as routine shampooing. The Brazilian Blowout can be of concern for patients due to the chemicals contained within the product.

Plastic Surgery, Photo Shop, or the Real Thing?

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suitPhotoshop and other retouching software packages have come under fire in recent years especially when they’re used for the purpose of advertising.  According to multiple magazine articles online and in print  the push-back against advertisers who regularly Photoshop their models has becoming an increasing trend. According to the articles major health organizations, like the American Medical Association, are calling for advertisers to tone down their tweaking because of the negative impact it’s been proven to have on body image. And the political world is taking notice too. Legislation was introduced in 2009 in France that would require retouched ads to carry a label disclosing that fact; similar proposals are circulating in the United Kingdom and Norway.  These measures have not been made into laws though. Women are buzzing about the extent of retouching in personal images too. “When my friends and I look at pictures on dating sites or Facebook,” says Katie Amey, 23, of New York City, “we always ask each other, ‘Is that what they really look like?’ Because we know people are retouching.” While this practice is hardly a large global threat it does impact body image and the concept people have of beauty. Dr Angelchik  explains to his patients that what is seen in print or the television medium should never be viewed as a guideline for everyone. Patients should not pursue procedures like rhinoplasty or breast augmentation based  primarily on a look they found in a magazine or on the Internet. Dr. Angelchik takes his profession as a board-certified plastic surgeon very seriously and works with each patient one on one to ensure that their expectations are realistic and can  be met or exceeded by choosing cosmetic plastic surgery.

Awareness for skin cancer

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Skin CancerSpring is in full force and that means taking precaution when it comes to skin cancer. Since the sun is out longer this time of year, most want to take this opportunity to get some color in. But, when not careful, a couple of sunburns or too many trips to the tanning bed can cause a huge risk for skin cancer.

Risks for melanoma

Anybody is at risk for skin cancer and “when left untreated, melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form.” The statistics with skin cancer deaths is around 9,000 to 12,000 each year. The group that takes the most risk is teens and young people. To minimize risk for all, it is recommended to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily and limit time spent in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teens and young adults who use the tanning bed are at high risk to get melanoma. About “76 percent of melanomas found in women between the ages of 18 and 29 are associated with tanning bed use.” Also, getting a sunburn as a teenager doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life and research shows about 15 percent of males and 37 percent of females use sunscreen regularly or on a daily basis. To get more awareness for skin cancer, the Seattle Skin Cancer Care Alliance created an infographic called “Looks Really Can Kill You” as an “innovative, relatable way to educate teens to their skin cancer risks.”

Take care of your skin with skin care

logo (1)The article above shows that it is easy to take for granted the skin you have and neglect the precautions the skin needs. At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, while it is best to check with your doctor about skin cancer, we have all sorts of services for your other skin care needs to reverse the signs of aging. If you need that extra help with skin care, contact Dr. Angelchik’s office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Obsession with the Ken doll look almost cost patient his life

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Rodrigo Alves, 30, from Brazil is obsessed with looking like a Ken doll. It took him almost a decade and around $167,000 US dollars worth of Cosmetic Procedures to look like the iconic doll. His goal to look like a Ken doll stems from an addiction to cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery almost took his life

Alves has said that he is happy with the way he looks from the procedures despite his addiction to cosmetic surgery. He says strangers would compliment him on his looks and compare him to a Ken doll. His obsession with his looks could stem from childhood as he never felt secure with his physical appearance back then. He would say that “my nose was too big and my lips too small. My classmates teased me constantly and even my family made jokes, saying none of our relatives had a nose as big as me.” In 2004, he moved to London and had his first cosmetic surgery procedure, a nose job. He was so happy with the results that he continued to get more procedures, which resulted in 20 total. The additional procedures included “two more nose jobs, chin and calf reshaping, liposuction, tricep fillers, implants in his pecs and surgery to ‘create’ a six-pack.” He also gets non-surgical treatments such as Botox, filers, collagen tablets, anti-water retention and hair growth tablets. Alves has been diagnosed with body dysmorphia and his last operation in January almost cost him his life. It was due to wanting to try a new gel filler on a whim and getting a bacterial infection from it. He spent three and a half weeks in a hospital and if the bacteria had reached his heart he would have died. His family wants him to stop with the surgeries after that incident and Alves says that he has refrained for a while, but it is never say never for him.

Plastic surgery should not be done on a whim

logo (1)The article above is an example of someone going too extreme with plastic surgery. The part where he almost lost his life from his last procedure shows the dangers of getting plastic surgery “on a whim.” At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, we make sure every patient we consult for plastic surgery is a good candidate. It is also important for a patient to disclose any medical or mental health history before moving forward with a procedure. If you want to know if plastic surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Angelchik’s office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Men seeking plastic surgery increasing

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Plastic surgery patients are mostly comprised of women, but there are a growing number of men seeking out some procedures. The rising trend can be mainly due to “the fading of the cultural taboo that used to surround men receiving cosmetic procedures.” While it is not new that women have been feeling the pressure to look young and beautiful, the pressure has been lately creeping up on the modern men as well and in turn seek plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery for men

The percentage of men seeking cosmetic surgery rose by 106% between 1997 and 2012. There are plenty of reasons why more men are seeking Plastic Surgery Procedures. One of the reasons could be getting a leg up in the job market and it “may rest on the 2008 financial recession during which time many men had to rethink their images.” There is a procedure called the “Forbes facelift” which is a combination of the eyelift, jawline contouring and neck lift. Other procedures male patients are seeking out include liposuction, body contouring, ear shaping, gynescomastia, and laser hair removal. Some plastic surgeons even have nicknames for certain groups of men who seek out cosmetic procedures. This first type is the “male model” who wants to “accentuate the pectoral and abdominal areas, as well as jawline augmentation and gluteal implants.” The second type is the “body builder” and this type of patient usually seeks out a more muscular look. The third is “CEO or Board Member” and they are usually in a good place career-wise but want to look more youthful. The fourth is “athletic dad” and this type of patient usually gets jawline contouring, liposuction and eyelid lift.

Get a procedure done with Dr. Angelchik

logo (1)Regardless if you are a male or a female, Dr. Angelchik is sure to handle your request with expertise. From the consultation to the procedure, Dr. Angelchik and his team will make sure it goes smoothly. If you want to talk to Dr. Angelchik about a procedure, contact his office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Botox linked with treating depression study

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychic Research found that onabotulinumtoxin or commonly known as Botox has potential to help with Depression Symptoms. The research consisted of a double-blind, placebo controlled study of how Botox improves on Depression Symptoms. The study was to analyze how facial expressions can contribute to depression.

Medical use for Botox

In a large “double-blind, placebo controlled study,” they found that “more than half of subjects suffering from moderate to severe depression showed a substantial improvement (greater than or equal to 50% of baseline) in their depressive symptoms as measured by the MADRS scale.” The study had 74 subjects with depression be injected with either Botox or a placebo to the “corrugator and procerus muscles between the eyebrows.” The results showed that the group that received the Botox had depressive symptoms decrease by 47 percent after six weeks.  The group that received the placebo had a 21 percent decrease of depressive symptoms. Also, the study “is the first to show a significant difference in remission rate with OBA or Botox in depressed patients (27% OBA vs. 7% placebo).” This research can show that there can be other alternatives when treating depression or not conflicting with other treatments. The research also supports the facial feedback theory which “facial expressions can influence mood.”

Combat wrinkles with our skin care services

The article above shows there are many ways to utilize Botox than just fight wrinkles. At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, we have all sorts of skin care services to fight wrinkles or other skin issues. We have the Best Anti-Aging Skin Care services such as Botox, lasers and topical creams. We make sure every patient that comes in our office is satisfied with the result. If you want to explore different avenues of skin care, contact Dr. Angelchik’s office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Lab grown vagina implants help cure disorder

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Around 2005, researchers and doctors at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center developed vagina implants for four young women from Mexico City, Mexico. The four young women were born with a rare disorder called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome or MRKHS. This is the first lab grown vagina implants that were constructed outside of the body and hopes that this can lead to helping women who have suffered from cancer or a physical trauma.

New study showed success of growing organs from patients’ cells

A new study in The Lancet journal reported that the research scientists and doctors were able to grow the vagina implants from the patients’ cells and “those cells were placed on a biodegradable scaffolding hand-sewn in the shape of vaginas.” Muscle cells were then placed outside of the scaffolding as well as epithelial cells were placed on the inside, lining the bodies’ cavities. Once matured, the lab grown organs were implanted within the patients’ pelvis and sutured in place. Then after about six months, “the biodegradable scaffolding had dissolved and the new organs had taken hold so thoroughly they were indistinguishable from native tissue.” Visiting the patients eight years later, the patients’ new organs were functioning properly and correctly and had normal responses such as “desire, arousal and pain-free intercourse,” they are even able to have children. This research can lead to growing other types of organs for those who need organ donation.

New technology can help medical and plastic surgery

logo (1)With news of the ability to grow new organs, it is great news for  medical and Plastic Surgery Procedures. At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, we always like to keep up on the latest technology within the medical and plastic surgery field. If you are seeking a reputable plastic surgery clinic, contact Dr. Angelchik’s office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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