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Mannequin Make-over………..Venezuelan Mannequins Reflect National “Normal”

Eliezer Álvarez’s  mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Eliezer Álvarez’s mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Venezuela is known for its oil and its beautiful women.  Fueled by Venezuela beauty queens being crowned Miss Universe three times in the late 1970’s and 80’s, the country is obsessed with women’s beauty and inflated proportions.  A culture of increasingly enhanced physiques, cosmetic surgery is common practice through out Venezuela.  Breast augmentation, Butt Enhancements, and Liposuction have all contributed to the Venezuelan National “Normal”.  Yet store fronts and window displays have always used a more traditional mannequin silhouette to display clothing. That was until Eliezer Álvarez’s made voluptuous models the standard in his mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela.  Now his best seller,the augmented forms can be found in store presentations through out the country echoing the Venezuelan physique.

Enhancing your female form?  Cosmetic surgery can allow you to sculpt a body that reflects your desires.  The breasts, abdominals, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks and upper back can all be enhanced by today’s modern procedures.  Designed to address the specific aesthetic or reconstructive procedure, each Contemporary Design Compression Garment is an integral element in the surgical process. To ensure the results of your procedure, each garment is designed to hold skin firmly in place, aiding in proper skin retraction and intended body contouring.  Wearing a compression garment designed for your particular procedure will minimize bruising and swelling, increase blood circulation and aid in flushing fluids and toxins at the incision site.

CDI Above the Knee Body Shaper

Post surgery, the use of a supportive compression garment is an integral element in the healing process.


Men who smoke marijuana may experience Gynecomastia.

gynecomastia and pot smoking

Smoking pot lowers testosterone levels.

The year of my high school graduation was marked by a profound medical finding…”Doobies Make Boobies”.  In 1972 The New England Journal of Medicine published a study linking the imbalance in testosterone levels due to smoking cannabis and Gynecomastia.  Smoking pot ,it was sighted, lowers testosterone and causes swelling around the nipples.  Much publicity and lots of conjecture followed.

Fast forward forty two years.  With a 5% increase in male breast reduction surgeries last year and access to medical marijuana on the rise, excess breast tissue – or “man breasts” and plastic surgery are back in the news.  Dr. Anthony Youn of Detroit states, (although not completely supported by research), marijuana use is a plausible cause for the 33%-41% of male pot smokers (ages 25 to 44), 60% of teens and 60% of men over 50 who experience the condition of gynecomastia. The condition often resolves itself, some individuals seek plastic surgery.   In his column for CNN Dr. Youn explained, “For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons I’ve consulted with routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately.”

Developing trend…conclusion: TBD.

If Gynecomastia surgery is part of your solution, the CDI compression vest targets gynecomastia as well as liposuction of the abdomen, love handles, flanks, and the upper and lower torso. Contemporary Design offers exclusive design features: full-length bilateral Velcro® adjustment as well as Velcro® shoulder straps and front zipper closure for easy application.  Additional options include Male Above the Knee Body Shaper (for full upper and lower abdomen, back, flanks, hips, and thighs) and an assortment of male body wraps.

Contemporary Design Inc. MC-100 Male Compression Vest

Contemporary Design Inc. MC-100 Male Compression Vest





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