The modern-day selfie-set is tired of looking so sexy, sultry, sophisticated, overdone, and plumped, as it often causes aging.  Many are opting for a sweeter look.  Turning to plastic surgeons for “Dimpleplasty,” it is believed to be the ultimate rejuvenation treatment.  From check to chin, the outpatient procedure is in high-demand, as a “punctuated” smile with dimples is believed to relay a more youthful appearance.  “We are seeing more and more patients (men and women) who are looking to frame their smile with dimples to get that effect they were not born with in one simple session,” said Dr. Gabriel Chiu, founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.  “My patients often reference Jennifer Garner, Fergie and Demi Lovato for their dimples in the same way women often wanted the Cindy Crawford mole or Angelina Jolie lips,” he shares.

Yet, the procedure is not exclusively for women; even men are demanding dimples.  While Dimpleplasty is most commonly performed on the cheeks, it is also used to create a cleft chin.  “It is something that is distinctive and memorable and makes your face more unique,” observes Chiu.  “There was time people wanted to fill in the defect (especially for the cleft chin on women and even at times men), but now with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck being examples of leading looks in Hollywood, the trend for clefts and dimples has cycled and it is high in demand.” Read more of this story »


A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to depression, but one which is often overlooked is what one places in her mouth. “Diet plays a huge role in depression,” says with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician, board certified in family and anti-aging medicine.  Reaching for chips and sugary treats is not the solution.  “If we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we short-circuit the junk food cravings and have higher energy levels and sharper mental focus.”  Dr. Calapai shares six food groups which can enhance your mood!

Vitamin D:  Vitamin D is required for brain development and function. Deficiency in this “sunshine vitamin” is sometimes associated with depression and other mood disorders.  Try reaching for fortified breakfast cereals, breads, juices, and milk.

“Smart” Carbs Can Have a Calming Effect  Carbohydrates are linked to the mood-boosting brain chemical, serotonin. Experts do not agree, but several attribute carb-cravings s to low serotonin activity.  Dr. Calapai warns to choose your carbs wisely: limit sugary foods and opt for smart or “complex” carbohydrates (such as whole grains) rather than simple ones (such as cakes and cookies). Fruits, vegetables, and legumes also provide healthy carbohydrates and fiber.

Tryptophan Serotonin is made in the body and brain from an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is then converted into the amino acid, 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP), which, in turn, is converted to serotonin. While not well-understood, low tryptophan-intake correlates with symptoms of depression in many patients.  Dr. Calapai recommends sourcing tryptophan in protein-rich foods, such as turkey, beef, eggs, dairy, beans, fish, and dark, leafy greens. Read more of this story »


With every passing election cycle, more states are beginning to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Whether pro or con to the marijuana debate, dentist and bacteriologist, Dr. Harold Katz, says there is one aspect of smoking weed that no one is talking about:  marijuana mouth!  “One of the side effects of marijuana is dry mouth, otherwise known as cotton mouth,” says Katz. “I don’t see anyone discussing the negative effects of smoking marijuana, particularly to oral health.”

Katz says the effects of dry mouth can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.  Millions of people suffer from dry mouth, known as xerostomia (zeer-oh-stomia). Dry mouth affects the ability to maintain a sufficient flow of saliva in the mouth, which eliminates food debris in the mouth, kills viruses and discourages the anaerobic bacterial growth that produces chronic bad breath. Read more of this story »