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You’ve Done the Hard Work to Lose the Weight. Now What?

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Reaching a weight loss goal can be a significant achievement, improving health and appearance. But after losing the excess weight, some people find that they now have excess skin or that it has lost its elasticity and didn’t snap back into shape. Others realize they have some stubborn areas they would like to improve. To improve body shape and remove excess skin, body contouring procedures can be the answer. Some of the more popular options, include: Tummy tucks, which can remove excess abdominal skin and repair overstretched belly muscles. Breast lifts, which can raise the bust line while improving breast…

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Tummy Tuck or Liposuction – What is Best for My 2020 Body Goals?

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While a flat and toned tummy is a goal for most people, diet and exercise can’t always deliver results without some help. Even with healthy lifestyle habits, it’s difficult to obtain a slim and smooth stomach for anyone who has genetically determined pockets of fat or stretched abdominal tissue from childbearing or obesity. Body contouring can be the answer, but the question remains: Tummy tuck or liposuction? Tummy tuck surgery, known medically as abdominoplasty, tightens the abdominal muscles and eliminates the excess fat and skin from the midsection. For patients with loose abdominal skin or a stretched abdominal wall, a…

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Patients with Textured Breast Implants Should Check with Their Surgeon

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Patients with textured breast implants should check with their plastic surgeons to to see if their brand is associated to a Food and Drug Administration action. The FDA asked breast implant manufacturer Allergan to voluntarily recall unused BIOCELL® textured products and the company agreed.[1] The implants are considered a risk for a rare form of cancer known as BIA-ALCL, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Patients should verify with their plastic surgeons if they have the implant brand or if they have symptoms associated with the cancer.  “The FDA does not recommend removal for patients without symptoms due to…

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Baby Boomers Seek Cosmetic Surgery to Reverse Aging for Dating

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Baby boomers entering a new phase of life are looking to reshape themselves as they reshape the post-55-years-old dating world. Whether it’s surgical or non-surgical, the cosmetic procedures are selected to help baby boomers feel and look better and gain confidence when they’re meeting potential partners. About 20 million boomers – Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — are currently using dating sites in hopes of finding a mate. Many are currently single, census figures show. One in four boomers are divorced or never married. About one out of every six Boomers lives alone. Research shows this group is increasingly…

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What Cosmetic Surgeries can Help Men Look Younger?

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Liposuction, tummy tucks, male breast reduction and face lifts are the most common cosmetic procedures men have performed. Cosmetic surgery is no longer something just for women. Men are increasingly considering cosmetic surgery as an option to maintain or improve their looks. Men have cosmetic surgery for career advancement, worried that the job position they seek will be given to a younger looking man. Men dating find themselves competing with younger looking men and fathers do not want to be mistaken for grandfathers. Economists have found that looks do matter in the workplace and can result in higher pay and…

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Stepping into Summer Comfortable With Your Appearance

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Summer is nearly here, meaning the clothes are getting skimpier and more skin will soon be showing. Increasingly, people are preparing for this season with cosmetic surgery. Breast augmentations, liposuction and abdominoplasty – known as tummy tucks – have surged in popularity, according to the most-recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There are also increases in the numbers of people choosing body-sculpting procedures such as buttock augmentations and thigh lifts. It’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing. For instance, twice as many people underwent breast lifts and tummy tucks in 2018 compared to a decade…

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Know the Risks of Plastic Surgery Tourism

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Having a plastic surgery procedure abroad might sound like an attractive financial option – until you find out that bargain surgery was more than you bargained for. More cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive surgeries were done in the U.S. — 17.5 million in 2017 – than in any other country. Still, some people are risking their lives and their financial security by looking for cheap alternatives overseas. An entire tourism industry has sprung up in recent years offering packages that pair holidays with cheap cosmetic surgeries. Medical tourism, which includes all types of surgeries, is growing as much as 25…

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How to Choose a Trustworthy Plastic Surgeon

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Once you’ve decided to undergo cosmetic surgery, your next – and most — important decision is selecting a surgeon you can trust. It’s imperative to make sure than any plastic surgeon you consider is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABPS certification assures that a surgeon has completed rigorous training of at least six years following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training. The certification also ensures that the surgery will be performed in accredited, state-licensed…

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Who should perform cosmetic surgeries and who is allowed are not always the same

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While demand increases each year for elective plastic surgery, regulatory oversight of who can perform popular cosmetic surgeries has changed little over the decades. In most states, including Texas, it is legal for any physician who holds a medical license to legally do any procedure. That means doctors in any specialty area and whose training typically ranges from a one-year fellowship to a weekend course can represent themselves as cosmetic surgeons. The practice has become known as “physician drift”. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently studied how physicians portrayed themselves on Instagram while advertising for business. They…

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Understanding reconstruction rights following a mastectomy

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For 20 years, the U.S. Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act has required that providers insure breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy. Signed into law in October of 1998, the act represented a paradigm switch in the availability of breast reconstruction for cancer survivors. The law requires that group and individual health plans must provide insurance coverage after mastectomy, regardless of diagnosis. It also assures that surgery is covered for all stages of cancer. And it covers patients who need surgery on the unaffected breast to produce a symmetrical appearance. Because of the law, reconstruction has become…

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