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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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Breast Implants Could Become Safer

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breast implantsBreast implants are a safe option for women considering breast augmentation.  According to a recent online article scientists at The University of Manchester have created an augmented cover for silicone breast implants which could lessen complications and make them less prone to be rejected by the body.  In the US alone approximately 400,000 cosmetic breast augmentations and reconstructions are carried out per year and the number is increasing.  Some of these cases are for reconstruction breast surgery. This would happen following  breast surgery for breast cancer and can have significant psychological benefits.  However, approximately one in five women who has breast implants  suffers from capsular contracture where scar tissue forms and can shrink after the surgery causing pain deformity and the need for further surgery . Fluid from the body can also build up known as a seroma and the scar tissue can also cause leaks in the  breast implants. Capsular contracture is caused by the body resisting the implantation of a foreign object. It has previously been shown that rougher surfaces also known as textured surfaces reduce the amount of scar tissue formed around breast implants; but the Manchester scientists felt that they could improve this by creating a pattern which mimicked the body’s own surface such as the basal layer of the skin providing a better environment for the cells to grow on.

Breast Augmentation and Improving Breast Implants

Breast augmentation procedures continue to become more popular as breast implants continue to evolve. The surfaces of breast implants in use today have relatively large features on their surface which have no discernible correlation with biological features required for cells to interact with.  “Specifically the micro environment created by the features of a breast implant is critical for breast tissue cells to adhere to that surface and grow on” said Dr Ardeshir Bayat from the University’ s Institute of Inflammation and Repair who led the study. Compared to the size of the cells these bumps on existing implants are so large that they’re effectively a smooth surface when compared to the dimensions required for the cell to interact with. Our approach was to create a novel surface which mimics the basal layer of the skin which the body’s cells are more likely to recognize and interact with favorably. The tests were carried out in the lab over a period of one week a critical early period after  breast surgery and while the researchers acknowledge that much more work is yet to be done, the new surface reduced the foreign body reaction of the cells when compared to the smooth and larger textured surfaces currently available on the market. “These findings suggest that this unique surface may help to reduce the likelihood of adverse inflammation and subsequent scarring in the form of breast capsular fibrosis “Dr Bayat added. Some of the surfaces seen on implants today were designed originally in  the’60’s and  70’s and therefore there is an unmet need for delivering the next generation of biometric breast implant surfaces.

Breast Augmentation in Every Practice is Different

Breast augmentation in Dr Angelchik’s Phoenix  area Glendale practice is the number one procedure requested by new patients.  Dr Angelchik explains to his patients that each surgeon is different and each uses the products that they are most comfortable with in their own hands. Dr Angelchik typically does not use textured implants because studies have shown an increase in leakage when compared to smooth surfaced implants.  The incidence of capsular contrature after breast augmentation in his practice is well below the national average so the likelihood of leaking implants presents more risks associated with capsular contracture.  Patients are fully informed concerning both types of implants during their breast surgery consultation prior to surgery.

Oxygen Facial a Breath of Fresh Air

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hand liftOxygen facial is a much anticipated addition to Dr Angelchik’s practice. While the treatment has been around for over a decade, Jana Dreebin, Dr Angelchik’s licensed medical aesthetician , has waited until now to offer the treatment to her  medical skin care patients. While the basic function has remained the same—a pressurized stream of oxygen that infuses active ingredients to the skin—the quality of these active ingredients has recently been improved from basic thick moisturizers to more of what a medical skin care practice would offer  including  hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.  So now it is the perfect time to add the oxygen facial.

Medical Skin Care For Healthy Skin

Medical skin care treatments are designed to keep the skin healthy. It is not a spa treatment. The ingredients that Jana is permitted to use are for professional use only and this is why they are only sold under a physicians license. Jana takes great pride in the value of medical skin care and medical skin care products. Patients routinely see dramatic improvement in the appearance and texture of their skin under Jana’s care. Jana recommends that all patients utilize at home medical skin care products to complete their medical skin care program.

Oxygen Facial -What to Expect

Oxygen facial is a comfortable experience. It is not a peel so there is no redness or pain during or after treatment. The main ingredient is the hyaluronic acid, a molecule that is found naturally in our skin (and is also the “secret sauce” in most injectable fillers); it attracts and binds moisture, therefore helping skin appear firmer and more hydrated. First, Jana will spray the serum on the face. Then, the instrument Jana uses  looks very similar to a makeup artist airbrush gun and  infuses a continual flow of 90 to 95 percent pure oxygen under hyperbaric pressure ( 18 to 21 percent is naturally in our environment). The theory is that this will increase the absorption of the serums so you should get more benefit from the ingredients. Oxygen is also naturally antibacterial and has a cooling, calming effect. This makes the treatment a favorite for Dr Angelchik’s patients following a facelift (once Dr Angelchik has given the ok) The whole process will take about 30-60 minutes. Jana will recommend  at home medical skin care products to maintain healthy skin.  The oygen facial is a wonderful addition to the practice. The new Healthy Beautiful Me program which combines nutrition, exercise, skin care, and plastic surgery embraces the oxygen facial as yet another way to keep a complete and healthy lifestyle for patients.  Schedule your appointment with Jana today. 1-602-375-8888

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Gynecomastia Surgery and Body Builders

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Man in fitted jeansGynecomastia is not uncommon among body builders. With close attention to some unique patient characteristics, breast reduction surgery achieves great aesthetic outcomes in bodybuilders with gynecomastia enlargement of the male breast according to a analysis in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS Member Surgeon Mordcai Blau MD a plastic surgeon in private practice in White Plains N Y reviews his comprehensive exposure with gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders. He highlights central patient characteristics and technical issues consisting of the causal role of anabolic steroids and hormone supplements. Dr Blau s coauthor was Ron Hazani MD a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Focus on Gynecomastia Surgery in Bodybuilders” An expert in male breast reduction, Dr Blau has performed gynecomastia surgery in mostly bodybuilders and other patients with good physique. The new report focuses on such patients followed up for one to five years after surgery. The men ranged in age from 18 to 51 years 15 percent were competitive bodybuilders. All were free of hormonal or other diseases that can cause gynecomastia.  In some cases gynecomastia developing in adolescence usually a temporary condition became permanent after the patient started using steroids or hormone containing supplements. For several reasons gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach Dr Blau believes. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don’t need removal of excess fat or skin. However, they do need special attention to prevent bleeding and scarring. Bleeding risk is higher because of increased blood flow in the highly developed chest muscles. Steroids and unregulated supplements, including protein shakes. vitamins. and fish oils may also increase bleeding risk. Emphasis should be on complete removal of breast gland tissue. Bodybuilders are perfectionists with regard to their physique and chest aesthetics, hence their level of expectations is higher, Dr Blau writes. He performs the procedure through a one inch incision made on the underside of the areola surrounding the nipple .In outlining his surgical technique Dr Blau highlights the need for complete removal of all breast gland tissue. After surgery pathology reports usually show excessive development hypertrophy of the gland tissue although a few patients had precancerous cells. Most patients are extremely satisfied with their surgical results, Dr Blau reports. He also notes that the vast majority of patients continued to use anabolic steroids Because the gland was completely removed there were no problems with recurrent gynecomastia Complications were uncommon and generally minor There was a six percent rate of hematomas blood collections causing pain swelling and bruising. Dr Blau notes this problem became less common after he began providing stricter instructions regarding preoperative and postoperative care stopping all use of steroids and supplements before surgery and resuming exercise gradually after surgery. Plastic surgeons may see increased interest in gynecomastia surgery among bodybuilders and other men with good physique.

Dr Angelchik treats men for gynecomastia regularly. Nutrition and fitness are a core part of his practice and body builders feel especially comfortable with his knowledge and expertise. Patients are encouraged to make a consultation if they are considering  gynecomastia surgery.

 

 

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Facelift After Bariatric Surgery

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Overweight PatientFacelift after plastic surgery is a common practice. Bariatic surgical procedures help treat patients who are experiencing  uncontrolled obesity. According to  many  American and European studies, obesity is one of the preventable death-causing conditions worldwide. Due to the increase of obesity cases, especially in children, the WHO developed and implemented Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health Program that are aimed at lessening the rate of obesity especially during childhood.

Obesity Affects Health and Body Image

Obesity is a world wide issue. Different diseases are directly connected  with obesity. Cardiovascular problems are the most evident causing an increase in mortality and morbidity cases worldwide. Because of this alarming situation, bariatric surgery was developed to address obesity issues for patients considered morbidly obese. Also known as weight loss surgery, Bariatric Surgery aims to reduce excess fats and weight by reducing the size of the stomach through sleeve gastrectomy or Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch or gastric bypass surgery. These procedures can cause an extreme decrease in the weight and size of the client causing the skin to sag. Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, facelift, and other skin tightening procedures are options for correcting the sagging of the skin. With the help of Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, it creates a smoother and firmer abdominal skin by removing excess fats and skin of the patient while body contouring is for the removal of excessive skin folds in the upper and lower body.

Facelift can help

Facelift can make a  huge difference for patients after bariatric surgery. Dr. Angelchik explains  that massive weight loss surgery patients, in general, have a large amount of redundant skin and soft tissue.  It  this makes the procedure a challenging one, especially on the facial part because excess skin is the root of cosmetic problems like “droopy” face and “turkey” neck. According to some researchers most patients are particularly displeased with their post Bariatric face and neck because they can’t camouflage the area with clothing. After a Bariatric surgery or extreme weight loss, most of the patient lose the volume of the midface and around the mouth, and excess skin in the cheeks and neck are visible.

Patients with massive weight loss need a larger volume of fat augmentation and increased tightening of the cheek and neck skin and a deeper and extensive evaluation of the muscle and other facial tissues. In most cases, eyelid surgery, forehead lift, and facial resurfacing are being performed at the same time. A full service of facial plastic surgery procedures by Dr. Angelchik offer multiple options for the  beauty goals patients have. A combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures for obtaining the results you desire are available. Your initial consultation with him will give you several of options and together you can create a customized treatment plan that will address your needs.

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Scars affecting Self- Confidence of Women | scar revision

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Scars scar revisionare visible marks that remain after wound healing. After a  tissue trauma caused by injury or surgery, the body’s natural reaction to wound healing will take place, however, because of some medical conditions that delayed the healing process, scars may be more prominent than it should be. Scars may vary in size, color, location, shape and maybe raised or recessed depending on the wound history. Having visible and large scars can lower a person’s self confidence, especially among women. Most women feel insecure and self- conscious about their skin when they have these large and noticeable marks.

What is Scar revision Surgery?

Scar revision surgery aims to minimize the appearance of scars visible on parts of your body. Topical agents can be used to improve the appearance of scars, but for cases where scars appear to be more prominent than normal, scar revision surgery is recommended to lessen the visibility. Scar revision surgery can even out skin tone and skin texture.

Initially, you should be able to find a reliable and board certified plastic surgeon who will render his or her expert recommendation. There are specific recommendations that the surgeon will give to help make your surgery successful. This may include instructions on which types of foods to eat or drink and intake of medicine and vitamins. Anesthesia could be used to keep you comfortable during the operation. During your consultation, your surgeon will  ask  if you have allergies to certain medicines or anesthesia. Depending on the severity of the scar, the plastic surgeon will have to determine the most appropriate types of treatment for your scar revision. After the surgery, common effects that you may experience are like localized pain, swelling and tenderness. So, you shouldn’t expect immediate and perfect results after your surgery.

Long lasting results of Scar revision Surgery

For long lasting results, make sure to attend your follow up appointments with your surgeon. You should also follow your physician instructions for aftercare including avoiding tanning and sun exposure. Dr. Angelchik is a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you achieve realistic and long lasting scar revision results. When it comes to caring for your skin, Dr. Angelchik offers a wide varieties of skin care products and treatments.He has spent most of his life practicing and discovering new aesthetic trends in order to help his patients fulfill their cosmetic goals.

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