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Plastic Surgery Blog : Runners Are Not Doomed As They Age

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woman in the heat drinking waterMany people fear becoming less mobile as they age.  Most runners dread getting older if it means they have to stop running. According to a recent articles online and in print “there is a clear body of evidence that running does not lead to the development of osteoarthritis,” says Reed Ferber, an associate professor of biomechanics at the University of Calgary and director of its Running Injury Clinic. “Some of those studies have good evidence that it is actually protective of joints.”  With the great weather that we have in Arizona even in the summer months there are no shortage of runners. Those who are dedicated to running hope to continue to run as long as their body allows them to. It is not uncommon for patients to have very low body fat and become discouraged when they have areas of fat that don’t appear to respond to diet and exercise. Dr. Angelchik explains to some patients that even though they have been good about diet and exercise, and they have a vigorous running schedule that it is possible to have small areas of fat that do not respond. Contrary to what some may believe, these patients are excellent candidates for traditional liposuction. Dr. Angelchik uses his medical expertise combined with artistic talent to achieve body contouring results that even excellent runners with lean body mass cannot achieve. Liposuction procedures would typically allow runners to return to their normal routine within approximately 2 to 3 weeks. It is important that patients allow for healing so that they do not have excessive swelling. Runners are excellent candidates because they’re much more likely to maintain their results for a lifetime.

Plastic surgery blog: Breast Augmentation During the Summer

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Breast Aug photoAs we approach the end of summer and the mid point of the year, it is the perfect time to reflect upon what is important not only to our lives physically, but also to our appearance. Of course with each passing year we age and it is impossible to ignore the signs of aging as time progresses. Often women who are approaching middle-age will look at what once were the tone and shapely looks of their youth, and wonder if there is anything that they can do to improve upon what can appear to be inevitable. Dr. Angelchik consults with women over 40 who sometimes have the misconception that they are no longer candidates for breast augmentation. Some believe they should accept their shape as an aging version of they are and realize that they are not vying for a bikini-clad body. The truth is, looking your best and having your most appealing figure is not age specific. Breast augmentation is acceptable for women of most any adult age. Women over 40, especially those who have had children Dr. Angelchik may recommend a breast augmentation in combination with a breast lift for the best results. Dr. Angelchik explains that if he does not lift the breast prior to inserting the implants there is a good chance that the patient will be dissatisfied with the results. Breast implants sit on the chest wall and if the natural breast tissue is sagging it will continue to sag below the implant. This creates a very unattractive and unacceptable result. As the end of the summer season approaches it is an excellent time to consider breast augmentation. Most patients can expect a recovery of 5 to 7 days. Complete healing is usually accomplished in about six months. This is perfect timing for the summer swimsuit season. Patients who are over the age of 40 should also look forward to enjoying  the remainder of the swimsuit season!

Plastic surgery blog: Longer Hours Could Lead to Depression

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person with a stomach acheLonger hours are part of the economic landscape for most Americans. A study in the Los Angeles Times reported that people who worked over 11.5 hours were likely to suffer depression and other illnesses. According to the study, working 11 or more hours a day was associated with a 2.3- to 2.5-fold increased risk of having a major depressive episode compared with those who worked a standard seven- to eight-hour day. That association held true after researchers adjusted for social and demographic factors, smoking, alcohol use and job strain. The researchers believed that the increase in depression may be caused by conflicts between family, work, and balancing other outside relationships. Dr. Angelchik and his staff explain to patients who are considering plastic surgery that it is important to consider work schedules and required time for healing following cosmetic surgery procedures. Although the healing time is an estimate, patients who are used to working very long hours must take into account that healing will be prolonged if they return to work too early and do not allow the body  timeto heal. For example, abdominoplasty combined with liposuction has an estimated recovery of 10 to 14 workdays. This is for a desk type position. Patients who rush back to work prior to a release from Dr. Angelchik could increase the risk of developing fluid pockets, increased swelling, and additional pain and discomfort. The best approach is to allow time off from work for not only the surgery but for a full recovery based on Dr. Angelchik’ recommendation.

Plastic surgery blog: Celebrities now admit to a “little lasers”

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woman looking in mirrorIt is quite amusing here on the west coast when celebrities feel the need to justify methods used to maintain their good looks and youthful appearance. It now appears to be ok to post in magazine articles and blog post an admission to having had help to maintain their looks apparent youthfulness.  Gwenyth Patrow was once quoted in an article stating that she is lightly tanned and smooth skinned while avoiding the telltale waxy complexion of overdone Botox. ’I’ll take my wrinkles,’ she says. ‘I don’t like the Botox thing.’ But she does enjoy sunshine for the vitamin D, despite ‘my dermatologist yelling at me.’ (She admits to ‘little things, like lasers’ and regular facials…)”  . This quote is interesting when you consider that the author of the magazine referred to Botox as the culprit for a telltale waxy complexion. At 41 years of age it is quite understandable that Gwyneth Paltrow would make a statement like” I’ll take my wrinkles”. In the blog post contributors chimed in as to which lasers she may have used on her skin. Obviously, no one really knows except for her and her physician. Dr. Angelchik cautions patients from believing that laser treatments are”little”  treatments as Ms. Paltrow indicated. There are a wide array of lasers and none should be discounted as trivial. Patient should thoroughly discuss their expectations and the risks involved prior to choosing laser treatments. Patients should also be aware that Botox treatments are very effective when administered by an experienced injector like Dr. Angelchik. Patients should not look waxy or overdone after Botox injections. Dr. Angelchik welcomes patients to come in for a consultation to see if in fact lasers or Botox treatments are good options for helping them maintain their most youthful appearance. Also, Dr Angelchik’s skin care expert Jana Dreebin is available for skin care consultations by appointment. Jana offers a full line of medical skin care products.

Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis Motivates Americans to Lose Weight

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Overweight African American WomanThe obesity epidemic in America has put diabetes front and center as a potential risk for many Americans. According to  the CDC many Americans join the ranks of those diagnosed as prediabetic. According to the CDC and online web sites many are given the motivation to trim 30 pounds or more  from a physique that, for many, once earned them  a place among prom queens and football captains.  Pre-diabetes places many among an estimated 79 million Americans with elevated blood sugar levels that can put them at risk of chronic, life-threatening Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.  Diabetes specialists recognize pre-diabetes as a distinct entity, although “many, many primary care doctors don’t recognize it or treat it” because the lifestyle interventions that can delay or prevent it are “hard to ‘prescribe,’” said  Dr. Anne Peters, director of the clinical diabetes programs at the University of Southern California. A diabetes diagnosis will not prevent the patient from being a candidate for plastic surgery; however, patients should be cleared medically by their primary care physician prior to surgery. Dr. Angelchik helps patients understand that their diabetes diagnosis may subject them to unique recovery instructions and expectations, but as an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Angelchik is well equipped to help patients through the surgery process. Patients who are considering procedure such as abdominoplasty, thigh lift, or brachioplasty (all of which could be post massive weight loss procedures) should be prepared for the chance of increased healing time as a result of their diabetes. Diabetic patients who are considering plastic surgery should not be discouraged by the slightly increased risk. They should use the opportunity to be sure that they choose a plastic surgeon that is well-versed and experienced in treating patients with their same diagnosis. Dr. Angelchik’s experience and reputation speak volumes in terms of his capability to serve the diabetic population well.

Plastic Surgey Blog: Coffee Gets the Nod for Longevity

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A good cup of coffee

There have been conflicting reports about the health benefits of coffee for quite some time. A new study now says that coffee may actually add years to your life. According to a recent study 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 giving less complete 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 procedures which allow them to have a complete facial rejuvenation. Patients tell Dr. Angelchik that they are thrilled with the results and that the majority of their friends and family feel that they look at least 7 to 10 years younger than their real age.

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.

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