The new year brings resolutions and fresh starts. But any significant changes need to be researched and examined, especially in the specific areas of weight loss that involve lap bandsurgery or liposuction.
There's some little-known information on the struggles that an obese person deals with before, during and after lap band surgery that need to be considered.
A regular contributor to Monsters and Critics, board-certified Dr. Carson Liu, Santa Monica, CA, a specialist in bariatric surgery, constantly hears his obese patients tell him that the hardest thing they ever did was to pick up the phone, make the appointment and then actually show up at his office to explore weight loss surgery.
Why? There is a pervasive perception that obese people are simply lazy and all they need to do is stop eating so much and start exercising to lose weight. Further, when they choose to have lap band surgery they are simply taking a short cut or easy way out.
In reality, Dr. Liu , an expert in obesity, its causes and solutions explains that once you become morbidly obese, it is almost impossible to diet and maintain the weight lossover a period of time.
Just look around at all the botoxed faces and tucked tummies decked out in designer duds, driving down U.S. 1 in Maseratis. Send them season's greetings for boosting our economy.
Miami recently ranked as the most vain city in the United States, based on residents' responses to a poll conducted by Mandala Research and released by LivingSocial.
Miami also topped the nation in such procedures as laser hair removal, tummy tucks, liposuction and collagen injections, according to the poll, based on an unscientific percentage of respondents who know someone who had the work done.
It all translates into a windfall for local businesses that cater to enhancing beauty or selling the finer accoutrements of life.
"Miami has a little bit of 'You are what you wear, you are what you drive' culture," said Cynthia Cohen, an expert on the luxury market and president of Miami-based Strategic Mindshare, a retail strategy consulting firm.
No doubt, the weather helps promote the Miami attitude.
"It's easy to have a luxury car in Miami because it's not going to be messed up by snow and salt," Cohen said.
Also, a Prada dress doesn't have to be covered up by a parka, or those Christian Louboutins traded in for lug-soled boots.
"You can always wear expensive high heels in Miami, and the worst thing that is going to happen is they get rained on," Cohen said. In fact, Miami consistently ranks as one of the largest luxury car markets in the country, and local designer shops generate top revenue, thanks to high-net-worth residents and visitors willing to shell out for high-end goods.
Demand for cosmetic procedures, along with breast enhancements and even derriere lifts, also is surging. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery said Americans spent almost $10.7 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2010. Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a Miami plastic surgeon and spokesman for the organization, said Miami is one of the top cities. His own business is up 10 percent this year.
Move over ladies, middle-aged men may be the new rising market for cosmetic surgery, especially when it comes to facelifts, Botox, and liposuction. New 2010 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) finds that despite the recession, the number of men shelling out for a mid-life nip/tuck tune up is on the rise.
For Joe Marek, 57, getting a facelift was more about looking as good as he felt than about trying to turn back the clock.
"I'm more active than most people my age. I don't feel old, I feel good, but people were coming up to me and saying, 'You look tired. You look run down.' I got tired of it," Marek says.
Once upon a time, it was easy. You arrived at a certain age and—if you had the funds and gumption—you got a facelift. Today, the range of elective anti-aging procedures has never been wider. Baffled? You’re not alone. We debunk the anti-aging myths and present the best new procedures from SoCal’s top docs.
Selecting a Specialty
First, define your terms. Cosmetic surgery is concerned with improving the aesthetic appearance of a person, while plastic surgery may include this, or just the reconstruction angle.
Second, find out what a doc does best. Some are known for lifts, others for Botox brilliance and one is a master of butts!
Third, ascertain the doctor’s level of training and expertise. Michael Niccole, M.D., founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center & Med Spa in Newport Beach, advises, “Determine a surgeon’s board certification and be sure which board she or he is certified by. There are a number of pseudo-boards, which provide a false sense of security to consumers; in fact, these boards are not monitored by the government, as one would expect.”
Surgeons are warning of the risks of DIY buttock enhancement after a 20-year-old woman died in the US from silicone injections. Why do so many women now want to be big-bottomed girls?
For some people, bigger is better.
But tragically, for Claudia Aderotimi, it was the desire for a more shapely behind which ended in her death.
The student, who lived in North London, had travelled to Philadelphia for silicone injections, but died after suffering chest pains and breathing trouble following the procedure. Police investigating her death believe she made contact with a supplier over the internet, exchanging text messages and phone calls before flying over. More women are getting buttock enhancement treatments for a fuller figure. Even though the injection of liquid silicone for cosmetic purposes is banned in the US, there is a burgeoning black market in the substance.
BOOTIES are a-popping. And they aren't all natural.
Thanks to celebs like Nicky Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Angel Lola Love, Buffy the Body and the rise of the urban model, bubble-shaped derrieres are all the rage and not just in hip-hop music videos or on the red carpet. The designer backsides in demand are exaggerated almost cartoonishly as fashion stylist Phillip Bloch described them last week.
"We see them everywhere. They are particularly sculpted and firm," Bloch told me.
Be clear, this isn't about just having a big booty. There are plenty of those around. It's all about having the right shape. Women - and some men - are going to great lengths to get the desired dimensions, obtaining a Brazilian butt lift, getting dangerous, unregulated injections of silicone and other fillers in salons and apartments, or buying padded panties.
Stem cells are all the rage in the aesthetic industry and while many physicians provide fat transfers, very few actually have the technology to purify the fat, isolating stem and regenerative cells. One of these physicians, who practices in the U.S. as well as Europe, Dr. Renato Calabria uses the PureGraft in his practice in Beverly Hills, CA. In his practice in Italy, Dr. Calabria uses EU-approved technology that may soon be making an appearance in the US. This new technology "turbo-charges" stem and regenerative cells in fat, which Dr. Calabria then transfers to the patients face for his Stem Cell Facelift.
World-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria M.D. has given new meaning to the phrase "inner beauty", by developing a revolutionary procedure which is the perfect combination of the body’s natural restorative powers and ground-breaking new techniques to create the Cell-Enhanced Facelift.
“The Cell-Enhanced Facelift is a new procedure, which volumizes the face and creates a more youthful look,” Dr. Calabria explains. “This facelift not only restores the volume in the face, which has always been my goal, but it also adds regenerative cells which are beneficial to the rejuvenation process.”
Curves are back in a big way - Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and the list continues. In the past, we have all envied Hollywood stars their bodies but it seems the focus of that envy is shifting south - to the derriere. So if you're not built like ScarJo or any of the Kardashians, for that matter, what can you do?
Actual Brazilian Butt Lift Results of Dr. Constantino Mendieta
Post Treatment 6 Months
A buttock augmentation procedure that is gaining in popularity is the The Brazilian Butt Lift. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Constantino Mendieta, creator of the The Miami Thong Lift explains, "The Brazilian Butt Lift is transferring fat from one unwanted area of the body to an area where we can help create and sculpt different parts of the body." Instead of using an implant, Dr. Mendieta performs a fat transfer where the patients own fat is removed via liposuction and then re-injected into the buttock area to create a fuller, shapelier behind.
Christine, before and after her injectable rhinoplasty procedure. Photos Courtesy of Dr. Alexander Rivkin
When we first covered the topic of ethnic rhinoplasty, the tale of Los Angeles high school senior and Persian princess Dornaz Maraghehchi, who received a nose job as a gift for the Persian New Year, stirred much controversy.
Now an increase in the number of Asian patients seeking nose reshaping is bringing the hot topic back into the spotlight.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical term for excessive sweating. Sufferers are often embarrassed by the underarm stains and sweaty palms. Another area affected is the scalp. As one woman shared today on The Doctors, dealing with the sweat can be very difficult, and was it was especially tough on her wedding day. She learns about an unusual solution to her sweaty troubles, Botox.
Botox is well known as a treatment for wrinkles, but many aren't aware of the myriad of other uses for the neurotoxin. It's FDA approved to treat migraines and hyperhidrosis of the underarms. While scalp sweating isn't on that list, some well-trained doctors use it off-label for that purpose. Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who offers Botox treatment in Los Angeles as well as many other treatments ranging from cosmetic surgery to non-surgical nose jobs, discusses this treatment today with Dr. Andrew Ordon on The Doctors and demonstrates how the injections are performed.
Remember the stem cell face lifts we wrote about earlier? Here’s another doctor, Renato Cabria (M.D.) who performs what he calls “Cell Enhanced Face Lift“. According to the doctor himself, his “Cell Enhanced Face Lift” procedure is approved in Europe but still awaits approval by the FDA in the United States.
According to Monsters and Critics, Dr. Calabria’s procedure utilizes the patient’s own stem cells,
collected from his/her own fat tissues, which are injected into the face.
Doctors are claiming that Stem Cell Facelifts are performed in the US, but it is actually fat-transferring.
Here’s the dirty little secret of plastic surgery: It doesn’t last. Once done, it must done again and again as age and gravity continue to make the best surgeon’s work merely ephemeral.
Now, imagine if a facelift was performed utilizing the patient’s own stem cells culled from his or her unwanted fat tissue. Stem cells’ natural regenerative process would allow the skin to constantly rejuvenate itself, in theory eliminating the need for future procedures.
Your cheeks and lower jaw are sagging like a turkey's wattle, but a surgical jowl lift -- with its associated pain and swelling -- is not an attractive option, either. During a non-surgical jowl lift (about $800), a Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) filler is injected into the space in front of the jowl, restoring the jaw's youthful contour, explains Dr. Alexander Rivkin, founder of Westside Aesthetics, a non-surgical cosmetic practice located in Los Angeles.