Online gossipers claim Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and other celebs underwent an early C-section paired with a tummy tuck to slim down after pregnancy. We sat down with an expert to get the skinny on this story!
Archive for 2007
After weight-loss surgery, patients have difficulty metabolizing alcohol – even tiny amounts. This puts them at risk for extreme intoxication and receiving a DUI, even after just one drink.
The current solution for men and women seeking to revitalize their thinning or receding hair is to undergo hair-replacement surgery, also known as follicular unit grafting.
A great deal of controversy has erupted recently over rising obesity rates throughout the world, and the new guidelines issued by the British Fertility Society have only amplified the outcry.
Cosmetic surgery, once a luxury reserved for the rich and famous, is now readily available to anyone striving to look their very best.
In an ambitious attempt to provide an alternative to LASIK and PRK, surgeons have developed a new type of refractive surgery called SBK, or sub-Bowman's keratomileusis.
Is the speedy surgical sensation destined to slight consumers? Or is technology simply catching up with our cosmetic ideals? DocShop’s Beauty Team introduces savvy consumers to the modern realm of “lunchtime” cosmetic procedures.
Many women experience pain and embarrassment due to overly large breasts. Yet breast reduction surgery costs an average of $5,000. Should health insurance coverage pay for a portion of the cost of surgery?
Ever seen advertisements promising fantastic financial rewards for donating eggs to a fertility clinic and wondered what the whole story was? Some young women are taking advantage of these offers, but others are concerned about the moral and medical costs of these arrangements.
GRAMMY Award winning rapper Kanye West's mother died Saturday night, just one day after she underwent plastic surgery.
Most people know that periodontitis (or gum disease) can lead to tooth loss. However, recent studies indicate that gum disease may also be a precursor to more serious problems than just gaps in your smile.
How can a woman predict whether an implantable bra – worn under the skin to lift the breasts – will exceed the performance of traditional brassieres? By subjecting it to the same criteria used to judge any lingerie purchase: comfort, cost, and appearance.
Lasers and injections that melt the fat away? Advances in liposuction techniques have made body contouring less invasive than ever before….
Injectable rhinoplasty has an array of benefits that make it the perfect first-date fix, and not just for the image conscious. Many types of daters can find a solution for their first-date jitters in a five-minute nose job.
Runways, other planes, dozens of tiny instrument dials…add in the deadly complications of combat flying, and you have a job where ‘vision’ is not a corporate buzzword – it’s a life-saving requirement.
After losing almost 250 pounds, one gastric bypass surgery patient started gaining the weight back. Find out what caused her slide, how she is trying to beat it this time, and what others need to be wary of before having bariatric surgery.
Motherhood has its rewards. Sagging or shrunken breasts and protruding stomachs are not among them.
PRK? Epi-LASIK? LASIK? With all the choices on the market today, refractive surgery using an excimer laser is safer and more effective than ever. Find out the differences between these eye-opening procedures.
Approximately 15 million Americans are morbidly obese. The FDA has just approved the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, a new endo-surgical band that controls hunger by adjusting the size of the stomach without stapling or bypass surgery.
A revolutionary surgical procedure called the Laser Bra is helping women recover more quickly from breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction while using their own tissue, removed during surgery, to raise their breasts.
Compression garments are undergarments with a medical purpose, not to be confused with a girdle. Compression garments differ from girdles in their design, shape, application, and purpose.
Looking to get the most out of your health care financing plan? Check out these consumer tips!
Affecting more than five million people in the United States, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Could laser treatment mean new hope for glaucoma patients?
The increasing popularity of dermal fillers for wrinkle reduction has caused the number of injectables on the market to rise each year, leaving patients with more choices, longer-lasting results, and tougher decisions when it comes to selecting the best cosmetic treatment.
Can your own fat be injected into your breasts to increase cup size? Cytori Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, says it can be.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler discusses which techniques and technology surgeons can employ to achieve the best results out of the LASIK surgery procedure.
For those suffering from progressive keratoconus, there is now a treatment to halt the progression of the disorder and prevent future deterioration of the cornea: C3-R®.
As with those who request a breast reduction to alter the shape and size of disproportionately large breasts, many women are now requesting labia reduction and reshaping to improve their self-esteem and quality of life.
Over the past several months we have noticed an increase in the number of patients complaining of dry mouth and the devastating effects this condition is having on their oral health.
Age spots, veins, and hollowness in the hands can now be injected, lasered, or peeled away with cosmetic procedures designed to keep a grandmother’s hands as smooth and sexy as a wedding ring model’s.
By having your child undergo orthodontic treatment early, often by age seven, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate his or her need for braces or surgery later in life.
Researchers, dermatologists, physicians and surgeons all agree that tanning is harmful to your health. Despite this people continue to lie out in the sun or hit the local tanning salon. But before you head off to the beach, remember that protecting your skin is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and appearance.
Researchers are gathering a body of evidence that supports a link between overeating and brain activity associated with addictive behaviors. Studies conclude that changes and variations in brain metabolism, reward sensitivity, and dopamine receptors may affect obese people’s desire to overeat.
Cosmetic surgery gives men and women the option to change their appearance far more dramatically and permanently than was possible with hair dye or colored contact lenses. Despite this, many of today’s men and women of color are eschewing the “classic” beauty of whiteness, opting instead to pursue a look that alters, but maintains, their distinct ethnic features.
The windows to the soul can provide physicians with an extraordinary look at your overall health. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are all diseases that eye care specialists can detect from an eye exam.
BOTOX® parties generally consist of a small gathering of people at someone’s home, complete with a physician, vials of BOTOX® Cosmetic, and sterilized needles. The procedure is performed in a party-like environment, which can lessen the tension and make the patient feel more relaxed.
Statistics show that more people get breast implants in the Mountain, Pacific, and South Atlantic regions of the United States. What makes breast augmentation more popular in these regions than in others?
First, it became more difficult for you to see the road clearly while driving at night. Then, as you read the newspaper each morning, the text seemed as if it were becoming smaller and fuzzier. And the last time you went out for dinner, you blamed the dim lights for your inability to read the menu.
The number of adolescents who have undergone bariatric surgery has been steadily increasing, having tripled in recent years. According to new research, many teenagers are now considering surgery as a viable way to combat obesity and the physical, emotional, and social problems it can cause.
Most breast implants have a soft silicone shell filled with saline water. Many implanted medical devices are made from this same nonreactive material. Breast implants do not harm or pose a risk to normal pregnancy in any way.
The needs of the Baby Boomer generation have spurred a whole new dimension in cosmetic surgery. This menu of options covers the special requests of people in their 30s to 50s, who do not need extensive procedures but rather subtle refreshers to fight the physical signs of stress, parenting, careers, and lifestyles.
Cosmetic dermatology is an ever-evolving science, and safe new treatments are developed regularly. This article will update you on some of the most revolutionary treatments for skin rejuvenation, stretch marks, and hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration).
There’s a new method here in the United States that can help you get rid of fat and cellulite. It’s called Mesotherapy and it involves injecting small amounts of medication and/or vitamins into the mesoderm, the middle layer of the skin.
Cosmetic vacations to South Africa have proven to be appealing to both the local and international visitor, especially with the rising cost of plastic surgery in Europe and the US. One burgeoning center for cosmetic vacationers is Cape Town, which was recently voted by readers of Conde Naste Traveller Magazine as the number one value-for-money city in the world.
Many ophthalmologists are now proactive and aggressively address postoperative dryness with all of their LASIK patients. The first step is educating them on how they can reduce the risk of postoperative dryness.
Does the placement of implants somehow weaken an athlete? Will their weight cause instability? Does placement under the pectoralis major muscle cause loss of muscle function? Like many questions in medicine, the answer depends on the specific variable for each individual.
In the ongoing fight against flab, many Americans are turning to liposuction as a means of combating fat. Though liposuction has traditionally been used to treat selected problem areas in patients of normal weight, there are some surgeons who offer the procedure to heavier patients seeking moderate weight loss.
Today’s cosmetic surgery seeks more than a good result. It also seeks to produce the result without leaving telltale tracks behind.
By finding new and more accurate ways to identify smaller tumors, we can treat more breast cancers without mastectomy (removal of part or all of a breast through surgery) and improve overall cure rates.
If you cover your mouth when you talk, meet new people, or attempt to smile, then there is help for you. Let’s look at some of the reasons people hide their smiles, and the modern dental solutions that can give them more confidence.
In 2004, a group of doctors described the addition of carbon dioxide therapy as an adjunctive treatment for conventional liposuction. It is now used for skin irregularities, skin tightening, and as a complementary treatment to liposuction (for residual fatty deposits).
Plastic surgeons are not the only professionals performing facelifts these days. Dentists are now using techniques that can improve your bite and smile while also taking years off your appearance.
Breasts of titanium may be in many women’s futures as plastic surgeons get serious about breast support. Titanium mesh can now be used to permanently support breast implants.
That’s a question more and more men may be getting as the cosmetic surgery revolution inches its way into that eternal mystery known as the male mind.
two exciting new corneal transplant procedures have recently been made available to the public. These procedures are called DLEK and DSAEK. Together, they show the potential to change the lives of millions suffering from diseases and injuries of the cornea, including Fuchs' Dystrophy and corneal edema.
With the continued popularity of at-home teeth whitening treatments, consumers are quickly realizing that they don’t have to simply grin and bare dull, stained teeth. However, these affordable “miracles of convenience” can come at a high cost.
Would You Like a Facial with That Filling? Dental Spas’ Luxe Take on Dentistry is a Hit with Patients
A few years ago dental office décor seldom ventured beyond a fish tank in the lobby and a few bland paintings in the checkup rooms. But, as dental spas are quickly learning, you catch more flies with facials than with fluoride.
Just the word "cloning" conjures up science fiction images of pod people and Stepford Wives. But science is catching up to fiction in the production of genetically identical organisms, and one of the most promising applications for cloning is in the patient-driven field of hair replacement.
LASIK, ICL, IOL, PRK, LASEK … These days the choices for vision correction can look more like an eye chart and less like solutions for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. At a time when there are so many variations on refractive eye surgery, it can be difficult to find the one that’s right for you.
So you’re interested in having LASIK treatment and finally losing the glasses or contacts, but you’re unsure whether you can afford the cost. At up to $2,500 an eye, the expense can certainly be daunting. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the financial impact of having this beneficial and minimally invasive surgery performed.
A Canadian study of more than 40,000 women has produced intriguing findings — those with cosmetic breast implants enjoy a lower-than-average mortality rate from heart disease, cancer, and other major illnesses.
After 14 years of public controversy, federal debate, and civil litigation, silicone gel breast implants made an eminent return to the American market. The silicone implant ban was initiated by the United States Food and Drug Administration in the early nineties.
Periodontal disease is one of dentistry’s biggest sleeper issues. For patients who go undiagnosed or untreated, the effects can be debilitating. Unfortunately, the disease’s hidden risks often go undetected until it’s too late.