In an age of selfies and constant social media sharing, a growing number of teenagers are undergoing plastic surgery to alter their appearance. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) about 229,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients aged 13 to 19 in 2017.  Currently, teenagers account for about four percent of all cosmetic surgery procedures, with the most common procedures among teens being nose reshaping, male breast reduction and ear surgery. Adolescents also account for a small percentage of total nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, such as laser hair removal, skin resurfacing and Botox injections.

“While a rhinoplasty or ear surgery can be performed safely by a board-certified surgeon and are, in many cases, appropriate for an adolescent, other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction or injectables are typically not recommended for minors for several reasons, including lack of research,” said Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich. “It’s concerning that there has been a surge in the use of injectables in young patients to achieve augmented cheeks and lips when there is no evidence that these procedures are safe for adolescents.” Read more of this story »

GUIDELINES FOR ADOLESCENT PLASTIC SURGERY


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Even natural beauties, like Heidi Klum, know when to call in the glam squad.  In preparation for Monday’s Emmy Awards, Klum enlisted the expertise of superstar hairdresser, Lorenzo Martin, celebrity makeup artist, Linda Hay, and nail artist, Tom Bachik to get red carpet ready!  Bachik used a custom mixed nude on Klum’s manicure, while Hay chose from a plethora of Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics.  Walking the press line, dressed in a stunning, nude Zac Posen gown, Klum simply glowed.  To see how she got her look, click on the video below.

HEIDI KLUM GETS GLAM FOR THE EMMYS!


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Millions of Americans are living with chronic pain, and unfortunately it has contributed to the trend of opioid addictions and deaths. In honor of National Pain Awareness Month, board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Shilpi Agarwal, offers some natural pain relief options that are both inexpensive and extremely effective.  “Each day more than 100 people die from opioid overdose and the victims are not who you may suspect them to be,” explains Dr. Agarwal. “They often start out using medications prescribed by a doctor for an injury or chronic issue, but the debilitating and frustrating effects of pain often lead to the misuse of these medications.”

Dr. Shilpi, author of The 10-Day Total Body Transformation: A Doctor’s Guide To Getting Leaner, Cleaner, and Happier in Just 10 days!, advises physicians and patients to look to non-pharmacologic alternatives, including the following:

1. Massage: Massage, a technique and medical treatment for pain and muscle injury, has been used long before medications were developed. Massage increases blood flow to inflamed tissue, helping to stimulate recovery and providing localized pain relief without side effects.  If one is unable to secure a licensed message therapist, Dr. Agarwal frequently recommends Wahl’s newest therapeutic massager, the Heated Deep Knead Massage Wrap, which performs a multitude of tasks.

2. Turmeric:  Turmeric is a root that looks similar to ginger, but it is orange inside. The yellow colored powder can be found in Indian, Thai, and other South Asian cuisine.  It has several healing properties and can be taken in both capsule and raw form. The anti-inflammatory nature of Turmeric aids in relieving joint pain, muscle aches, and wound-healing. If one is opposed to its pungent flavor, Dr. Agarwal suggests adding it to a fruit and protein smoothie or considering a capsule form. Read more of this story »

FOCUS ON PAIN MANAGEMENT: NATURAL RELIEF OPTIONS