The Best and Worst Diet

July 6th, 2011 admin Posted in Body, Non-Surgical No Comments »

With so many diet plans promising to help someone lose the weight and shed excess pounds, it is tough to find the one that actually works.

In order to tackle each of the most popular diets around, U.S. and World Report assembled a panel of 22 experts in heart disease, diabetes, and exercise to review 20 diets. They examined each of the diets and separated them into categories; Best Diets Overall, Best Commercial Diet Plans, Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.

Voted the Best Weight-Loss Diet and Best Commercial Diet Plan was Weight Watchers, which is a program that encourages weight control and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

The Ornish Diet, which is a low-fat, high in fiber, and vegetarian-focused diet was voted the Best Heart-Healthy Diet. It encourages the mind-body experience through the integration of yoga, meditation, and exercise.

The DASH diet was voted the Best Diabetes Diet and is tied in first place with the Mediterranean Diet for Best Diets Overall.

Some of the worst diets that were examined included the Atkins diet, Glycemic Index Diet, and the Paleo Diet.

Overall, the key to effective weight loss – losing the desired weight and keeping it off – is slow weight loss. The weight was not put on overnight, so it only makes sense to lose the weight over a period of time.

For those who have tried just about every diet out there and have yet to see results, the San Antonio weight loss experts at HealthNet Laser & Skin work with individuals to formulate personalized diet plans.

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Andropause – Male Menopause

September 20th, 2010 admin Posted in Body No Comments »

Although not often heard of or publicly discussed, men go through the equivalent of menopause over a longer period of time, oftentimes beginning around the age of 30. This is known as “andropause.” The gradual decrease in testosterone, the major male hormone, causes men to go through physical and emotional changes; however, as one article stated, “‘women fall off a cliff’ while ‘men sort of roll down the hill.’” Men typically begin to lose sexual drive and other masculine characteristics and traits at a much slower rate then women who go through menopause.

Along with following a proper diet, exercise plan, getting adequate rest, and managing stress levels, men who experience andropause may wish to inquire about hormone replacement therapy. With the use of bioidentical hormones, a qualified and experienced physician can use this method of treatment in order correct hormone imbalance. At the practice of Dr. Kevin D. Light, patients are thoroughly examined and their medical history is taken into account when creating an appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Light understands that each patient has unique symptoms and hormone balance needs, which is why he customizes each patient’s treatment in order to help them regain a more productive and fulfilling lifestyle.

If you would like further information regarding bioidentical hormones, Dallas Dr. Light can be of great assistance. Be sure to visit his website to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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Mommy Makeover Helps Regain Pre-Pregnancy Body

August 16th, 2010 admin Posted in Body, Breast, plastic surgery No Comments »

mommy makeoverEvery year, many women become pregnant and give birth to bouncing babies; however, while the end product brings much joy, the toll it takes on the mother’s body can be unpleasant for most. Oftentimes, the breasts become enlarged; and when breastfeeding stops, women can lose their volume and begin to sag. In addition, the abdominal muscles stretch and produce an unappealing bulge in the lower abdomen; loose, excess skin is commonly present as well.

In order to correct these characteristics, women opt to undergo a combination of body enhancing procedure in what is called a “Mommy Makeover.” Typically, breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction are performed to help women regain their pre-pregnancy body. Although plastic surgery was considered taboo in years past, there are now more women openly discussing their procedures. Some feel that undergoing body enhancing procedures gives them a boost in self-esteem, while others do it to gain an advantage in the workforce. It is also an increasing trend to see mothers in their late 30s to mid-40s undergo the surgeries – many of which have waited until their children are grown and/or in college.

You may learn more regarding these procedures on the website of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Stuart A. Linder, M.D., F.A.C.S. He performs face, breasts, and body contouring surgeries to help patients achieve their ideal outcome.

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Liposuction Exceeds Breast Augmentation Surgery

August 13th, 2010 admin Posted in Body No Comments »

For a decade, breast augmentation surgery was the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure to be performed in the United States. Now, according to a new study by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), liposuction has surpassed breast enlargement – liposuction makes up 18.8 percent of plastic surgery procedures, while breast augmentation comes in second with 17 percent.

As the rate of obesity is increasing, there is no wonder why liposuction has become more popular and has surpassed breast augmentation in numbers. Even as individuals attempt to lose weight the natural way – diet and exercise – there are certain areas of the body that do not respond well, if at all. Therefore, to remove stubborn fat deposits, a qualified plastic surgeon can perform liposuction and help patients achieve a more slender body contour. However, liposuction surgery is not a replacement for natural weight loss; this should be combined with a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain optimal results.

In San Diego, board certified plastic surgeon Carol Hollan, M.D., F.A.C.S. performs liposuction and breast augmentation surgery. She has the experience and training to provide patients with their desired outcome through these breast and body enhancing procedures. Further information regarding both surgeries is available on Dr. Hollan’s website.

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Male Breast Reduction Increases in Summer Season

June 16th, 2010 admin Posted in Body No Comments »

The summer season is just around the corner and the weather is heating up, which means that many will be heading out to their local beach. However, there are some men who may not feel confident going shirtless due to enlarged, female-like breasts. Medically known as “gynecomastia,” this is a common condition that affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of all men, although it is rarely talked about openly. In order to achieve a more masculine contour, men often undergo male breast reduction (“gynecomastia surgery”), more so when the heat starts to increase.

Unfortunately, there is no definite cause of gynecomastia, but there are some correlations with those who use certain medications, steroids, and marijuana. Typically, gynecomastia can be corrected with liposuction surgery (“lipoplasty”) if excess fat deposits are the only issue. However, excision of breast tissue and skin may also be necessary in certain individuals, which can provide optimal results. Most patients experience minimal scarring post-surgery, as well as loss of sensation in the treated area for a limited period. Results are visible within a few weeks; patients can enjoy a better contoured chest region and head to the beach with more assurance.

Based in Morristown, New Jersey, Brian S. Glatt, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers gynecomastia surgery to those who wish to reduce the appearance of over-developed breast tissue. Prospective patients may browse his website to learn more regarding their options and schedule an initial consultation.

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Mother-Daughter Plastic Surgery Trends

May 19th, 2010 admin Posted in Body, Breast, Home No Comments »

2635223110_d32cb10e47Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are an increasingly popular trend, especially with so much focus on maintaining youth and beauty from various media outlets. Recently, the emergence of “Couples Surgery,” specifically mother-daughter plastic surgery, has made headlines. It has been reported that the mothers are the first to undergo some type of face and/or body enhancing procedure, while their daughters follow in their footsteps shortly after or at the same time.

As it was seen in 2009 in the television program, “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Lynne Curtin and her daughter Raquel underwent a facelift and nose surgery, respectively. Recently, former model Christie Brinkley and her daughter Alexa Joel also had the same procedures. This trend is now extending throughout the country, with several brides and their mothers undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery months before the wedding. While some may opt for extensive procedures, such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and/or tummy tuck surgery; there are also those who choose to receive minimally invasive treatments, such as Botox ® injections.

In addition, mothers and daughters who share a similar “family trait” have been known to undergo the same procedure, such as nasal surgery. However, some plastic surgeons have been known to turn away patients who are “over critical” of their daughter’s “flaws.” Although it may be a bonding experience for a mother and her daughter, others appear to be “stage-mothering” when visiting a plastic surgeon. Other instances include women who want to look better than their daughters and undergo extensive surgery to do so. These patients may also be turned away if the surgeon does not deem them psychologically healthy to undergo surgery.

In Orange County, plastic surgery specialist Andres Taleisnik, M.D. performs various face, breasts, and body enhancing surgeries. A board certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Taleisnik has the experience and qualifications to help guide patients throughout their plastic surgery procedure. Those interested in breast augmentation and/or liposuction may contact his Orange County plastic surgery practice.

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Heidi Montag: Addicted To Plastic Surgery

January 22nd, 2010 admin Posted in Body, Breast, Home, Plastic Surgery Stories No Comments »

Despite the fact that her recent 10 procedures in 1 day plastic surgery spree nearly killed her, Heidi Montag, the 23-year-old reality TV star told “Access Hollywood” that she is open to having more.

“I almost died after my procedure,” Montag said. “I had too much Demerol like Michael Jackson did and my breathing was five breaths per minute which is like almost dead. [I was] in an aftercare center, there were nurses that were supposed to be tending to me at all times.”

“So thank God, Charles, one of my security guys used to be an EMT, and he was timing my breath on his watch and he called the nurses,” she added. “They had to put oxygen on my face and called my plastic surgeon to come in for an emergency. So, it was a very traumatic experience for me.”

Montag began having plastic surgery in 2007. Her first bevy of procedures included breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and collagen lip injections.

In November of 2009, she had her second breast enlargement to a DDD, brow lift, Botox in forehead, liposuction on waist, hips and thighs, nose job revised, fat injections into her cheeks and lips, chin reduction, neck liposuction, buttock augmentation and had her ears pinned back. Montag also claims she is willing to take the risk in order to have even larger breasts.

“I actually want [size] H for ‘Heidi’,” the MTV star recently told the entertainment show, “Extra.”

Though Montag has stated that she is not addicted to cosmetic surgery, most psychologists and plastic surgeons would suggest otherwise.

“…Fundamentally, when somebody goes on for many, many, many procedures, and starts at a young age, they’re trying to change something about themselves, they want to become a new person…The bottom line is they want to in some way change who they are because they’re not happy with it at the core,” said Debbie Then, a California-based psychologist who specializes in women and appearance.

Patients interested in the effectiveness and risks of having multiple procedures can contact plastic surgeons such as Houston breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Michael Eisseman, who offer specialized consultations for multiple-procedure patients. It is important for patients to remember that numerous factors, such as age, body type and health history are crucial in determining if a prospective patient is even eligible for multiple plastic surgery procedures.

Since the surgeries, Montag is now starting to experience diminishing pain as well as regaining most of the movement in her face.

“I’m starting to move my face more and more,” she said. “[But,] I feel very plastic … especially when I first came out, it was so hard for me even to smile and it’s still hard for me to chew sometimes. But it’s feeling more and more natural everyday because the swelling is going down.”

“I do love it and I appreciate it and I appreciate the science behind it,” she explained. “We [are] blessed to even have this surgery that we have. We’re so advanced. If Cleopatra were alive now, I’m sure she’d have triple D’s … there’s always been a struggle between pain and beauty. I feel like since the beginning of time.”

For now, however, Montag is content with her recent breast implants surgery and hopes to show them in Playboy, having previously posed for the magazine’s September 2009 cover.

“I’m beyond ready to do it again,” she said.

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The Booty Plastic Surgeon: Butt Enhancement via Lipo Fat Transfer

July 24th, 2008 Constantino Mendieta M.D. Posted in Body, Booty Plastic Surgeon, Butt Augmentation No Comments »

Dr. Mendieta Photo I am a board certified Miami plastic surgeon who is also widely known as the “Booty Plastic Surgeon.” Recently, Elana Pruitt of asked me a few questions regarding the popularity of butt enhancement after we met at the ASAPS show in San Diego. Here is a part of our conversation:

Elana Pruitt: Dr. Mendieta, why do you think butt enhancement has become so popular?

jennifer-lopez-green-dress.JPG Constantino Mendieta, M.D.: Well, the buttock wasn’t addressed for years because, really, there was more concentration on other body parts. Then there was Jennifer Lopez and the green dress, and I realized that there was nothing out there to really enhance the buttock area. The biggest misconception about butt enhancement surgery is that women want to make their butt bigger. But really what they want is to make it shapelier. That is why I have created my own system of evaluation: “Highlight Liposculpting and Lipo Fat Transfer.”

E.P.: What type of patients visit your practice for butt enhancement surgery?

C.M.: Patients of all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities come in for consultation, ranging in ages from 18 to 65. However, the bulk of the operations are performed on those in their late 20s, early 30s. Hispanics were always interested, and in the last couple of years there has been a 20% increase in blacks undergoing buttock enhancement. There are also more Caucasian patients interested in this procedure.

kim-kardashian-red-dress_003.jpg E.P.: Do you also use butt implants in addition to offering the fat transfer method?

C.M.: In the beginning, the implant was used because there was nothing else out there. It just made the butt bigger. Lipo-contouring allows me to use the patient’s own body fat, inject it into specific areas of the buttocks, and shape it much better with more creative freedom. In 2000, 70-80% of cases were with butt implants, and now the numbers have switched to 98% fat transfer.

E.P.: Do males also visit you for this butt enhancement surgery?

C.M.: Yes, 92% of the guys who come in share the complaint that they are tired of their pants falling off!

E.P.: What makes your specialty so unique?

C.M.: “Highlight Liposculpting and Lipo Fat Transfer” is an artistic concept: removing fat from selective areas to specially highlight and sculpt other areas, such as the hip and buttock area. This technique is a sexier, highlighted art, and it gives me a panoramic view – a 3-dimensional view – while creating these new curves.

E.P.: Do you predict that butt enhancement will eventually rise to the growth and popularity of breast augmentation?

C.M.: I think it will, but it’s a concept of re-sculpting the buttock. It still has a negative connotation. When you open the view of it, it’s more “pan-cultural.” Lipo is the #1 procedure across the world, so it’s just learning how to transfer the fat into the buttocks.

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260 Pound Woman Becomes a Shadow of Her Former Self

May 1st, 2008 Catherine Maley Posted in Body, Home No Comments »

Surgeons everywhere are reporting huge increases in the number of patients who undergo bariatric surgery — the procedures that reduce the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold.

Because any meal is then limited to only about a half a cup, bariatric patients lose such huge amounts of weight, doctors have assigned a new medical status for them: “MWL,” meaning massive weight loss.

S. S., 48, of Avada, Colorado, is one such patient.

S.S. at work, showing a horse before her surgery.
(Photo courtesy of patient)

Bariatric Surgery

At exactly five feet and 260 pounds, she (who asked for medical privacy) could not properly do her job as a horse groomer and shower of horses. And, being so heavy, it was hard to get – and stay – on any steed. Moreover, it was exhausting for her to stay on her feet all day to do the horse grooming.

After fighting obesity her entire life, S.S. opted for bariatric surgery as a final solution in March, 2005. With her stomach surgically reduced to hold only ounces of food, her weight dropped to 133 pounds within a year.

But there was another problem — loose hanging skin.

S.S.’s skin had been stretched by the excess pounds for so long, it could not spring back. An apron of skin hung from her stomach while her legs, rear end and breasts sagged with useless folds of skin. When she worked or exercised, the sheets of skin rubbed together and created sore spots. Also, there was a lot of skin flapping around when she tried to jog or sit on a trotting horse.

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Tummy Tuck: A Popular Mommy Makeover Procedure

January 23rd, 2008 Elana Pruitt Posted in Body No Comments »

A tummy tuck for your new body!

I have two young children, so I understand the difficulty many women have when it comes to losing weight after pregnancy. It takes a lot of work to bounce back to the pre-pregnancy stomach you once had. Tummy tuck surgery (“abdominoplasty”), is a procedure done to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the tummy, and repair damaged abdominal muscles. The end result is a firmer, smooth abdomen.

It is a popular, body contour procedure for women seeking a “Mommy Makeover!”

Childbearing, aging, genetics, and rapid or excessive weight loss can cause unwanted abdominal skin, and fatty tissue. With childbearing or excessive weight changes the abdominal muscles can also become damaged and separate, a condition known as “diastasis.” These unwanted features will not resolve with exercise alone, and usually need to be surgically corrected. This procedure is not meant to take the place of diet and exercise in individuals who simply wish to lose weight.

During the abdominoplasty procedure, the surgeon will repair the separated or weakened abdominal muscles. Liposuction is also sometimes used to assist in body contouring.

This procedure is considered cosmetic in nature and is generally not covered by medical insurance. The cost of abdominoplasty ranges significantly from $4,000 to $20,000 dollars, although it depends on a variety of factors.

However, until you decide that plastic surgery is worth your dime, Tummy Tuck Jeans could be an effective fashion style to incorporate into your overall Mommy Makeover!

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