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Miss Bum Bum is Back – Now It’s Your Turn

Miss Bum Bum 2014

Miss Bum Bum 2014

Follow the excitement of the 2014 Miss Bum Bum competition, lots of great pictures at  http://fotografia.folha.uol.com.br/galerias/27797-miss-bumbum-2014#foto-427342.

Better yet make your own better bum.  The rise in the number of Buttock Augmentations being performed worldwide reflects the increased popularity of a curvaceous figure and full buttock.  In addition to Buttock implants, Natural Fat Transfer is an all natural enhancement technique, utilizing fat gained from liposuction which is then redistributed to the buttock.  The right compression garment post surgery is key to getting the look you want.

Contemporary Design Introduces the SC-320 Brazilian High Back Above-the-Knee Girdle.

CDI SC-320 Brazilian High Back Girdle helps You be Miss Bum Bum

CDI SC-320 Brazilian High Back Girdle helps You be Miss Bum Bum

 

Ideal for immediate use following Buttocks Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, Fat Grafting, Natural Fat Transfer, Body Sculpting and Liposuction.  Designed with BodyScan technology, ensures a fully contoured fit.  Supportive non-compressive cotton gluteal insets insure no buttocks compression or collapse of the implantation area.  Reinforced panels supply full compression to the surrounding areas and total butt lift support.  Includes removable liposuction foam inserts.

 

Features:

Full body support from the top of the back, down the buttock and thigh area, and up through the mid-section while lifting under the buttocks.

Removable liposuction foam pad inserts at small of back for compressing contour around the hips, to nip the waist and define the buttocks.

Open bust design.SC-320front

 

High back addresses troublesome “bra fat” areas and flanks.

 

Hook and eye shoulder straps adjust for a custom fit. SC-320shoulder                                                 Open crotch design

Features hook & eye center closure for easy application and adjustability.

Features our breathable Sateen fabric that is antimicrobial, self-wicking and the ultimate in comfort and control for an even, contoured fit.

 

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Does Arnica Montana prevent bruising, post surgery?

arnica montana 12xThe best way to prevent bruising after surgery is with good surgical technique ie. stop the bleeding so there is no bruising.

For centuries, Arnica Montana, a mountain daisy, has been a part of botanical medicine, known for its vulnerary action.

What is a vulnerary? A vulnerary is a herbal remedy which helps bring about healing in wounds and inflammation.

Helenalin, the plant’s main active component, interferes with the regulation of genes coding for many inflammatory mediators at a very low cytosol concentration. Swelling and pain from inflammation are, thereby, reduced. Among other components, polysaccharides stimulate phagocytosis and reduce bruising.  Doctors and pharmacists recommend it in more than 25 countries throughout the world. Generations of athletes, trainers and parents have long enjoyed the relief Arnica Montana provides.

Despite it’s long history there are few good clinical studies on the use of this homeopathic herb, for minimizing swelling and bruising with surgery. Although it is hard to make a strong case for using it based on science, there is evidence that it is a useful homeopathic and herbal remedy. The use of Anica Montana to decrease bruising and swelling and thus improve post surgical results; is a discussion you must have with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Using Arnica Montana or any herbal supplement must be disclosed.  DO NOT hide the use of any herbal supplements.

Your eyes, windows to aging?

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In the 1950’s the free radical theory of aging (FRTA) was discovered. It states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. These in turn can start a chain reaction, interacting, and disrupting cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Following this, cells may function poorly or die.
To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.  The principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
In your 20’s and 30’s you see little effects of aging, but free radicals are at work. The eyes are often the first age related area of complaint on the face. They break down and damage skin around the eyes; causing loss of collagen and elastin.
Protecting the skin around the eyes early on can prevent damage later. Eat right. Get enough sleep. Develop an effective beauty routine; including make-up removal and Eye cream, night and day. Limit sun exposure; use SPF sunscreen and sunglasses for UV rays. Use cold therapy for dry eyes, headaches or sinuses, and puffy eyes. Have your eyesight tested regularly, to avoid squinting, which can cause fine lines and crows feet.
Eyes age at different rates, due to genetics, bone structure, skin quality and the effects of the sun.
Cosmetic surgery may be the ultimate solution to addressing signs of aging around the eyes. Options include:
Blepharoplasty of the Lower Lids: Eliminates drooping Basset-hound eyes. Wrinkled crepe like skin under the eyes is pulled up and cut off, stitched along the line of the lower lashes and directly below the pink part or conjunctiva.
Blepharoplasty of the Upper Lids: Drooping Hooded Eyelids. Incision made in the fold of the lid, excess fat or skin is removed, tiny stitches to close incision.
Conclusion:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

― Benjamin Franklin250px-Benjamin_Franklin_by_Joseph-Siffred_Duplessis

How do you reduce bruising after liposuction?

SC-810Used in conjunction with your compression garment, Sculptures Liposuction Foam are positioned over the liposuction treated areas to evenly distribute the pressure and minimize folds or creases. It is ideal for arms, chins, abdomen, thighs or any area where uniform healing is necessary.

The benefits are:

  • Less waviness in the skin surface – Free fat cells are thought to be redistributed evenly by the pressure of the foam plus the pressure garment. The result is a smoother skin surface with less waviness.
  • A more comfortable recovery – Sculptures Liposuction Foam is also comfortable under the compression garment and there is less immediate postoperative tenderness.
  • Less blood loss and ecchymoses – The use of the Sculptures liposuction foam, in conjunction with the garment, results in less postoperative bleeding and bruising. In turn, there is a decrease in the amount of postoperative fall in hematocrit. With less of a drop in hematocrit and hemoglobin, there is also less postoperative anemia. The mechanism involved in the reduction in blood loss is thought to be a combination of overcoming capillary pressure and stabilization of the skin and subsurface blood vessels.

The combination reduces swelling and bruising dramatically.  A bruise occurs when red blood cells leak out of blood vessels and move toward the skin surface. The application of foam directly onto skin beneath a compression garment, tightly compresses the skin’s collagen fibers and prevents bruising by minimizing the movement of red blood cells from the liposuction wound toward the surface of the skin.

DaeQuan Morrison, 13-Year-Old, Publishes Book To Cope With Mom’s Cancer, Donates Proceeds To Research

ResizeImageHandlerWhen DaeQuan Morrison’s mom, Patricia, was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, he dealt with it the best way he knew how: He published a book.

At age 10, DaeQuan penned “What’s the Spook?,” a 28-page storybook following a boy whose series of escalating nightmares lead him into the underworld. The book, which is based on DaeQuan’s experience with chronic nightmares following his mother’s cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatment, culminates with his realization that closeness to God is the only way to overcome his fears, he told the New York Daily News.

Patricia is now three years into her battle with breast cancer, and DaeQuan, now 13, has offered to donate the proceeds from his book — currently selling for $18 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble — to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y.

Through a clinical trial, in which Patricia was asked to participate, researchers at Feinstein recently discovered a new DNA marker linked to triple-negative breast cancer that’s helping doctors better understand why African-American women often experience this more aggressive form of the disease and find more effective ways to treat it.

“If you look under the microscope, triple negative breast cancer tumors in African-American women, in young women, in old women and in Caucasian women looks the same,” Dr. Iuliana Shapira, one of the researchers conducting the trial, told The Huffington Post. “But if you look in the blood, the MicroRNA is much different in African-American people than in Caucasian women.”

These findings have prompted Shapira and her team to reassess how women are treated for the disease. “We see that if we just change the order of the treatments, maybe give chemotherapy first in young women or African-American women, their outcome will be much better,” she said.

But while the outlook for triple-negative breast cancer is more promising than it’s been, the impact of a diagnosis and the treatment that follows can still be traumatic for a child, Shapira said.

“They usually imagine it much worse than it is and they dream about the worst,” she said, stressing the importance for parents to inform their children about what the process is and what the treatments are. “It’s very important that the parents reassure the child, tell them that they should have an optimistic view, especially about breast cancer. Breast cancer is curable disease in a majority of cases nowadays.”

For DaeQuan, an only child whose parents both worked full-time through his mother’s chemotherapy, coping was easiest through writing. “He’s an extraordinary child, but his fears are the fears that other children experience,” Shapira said.

He’s sold over 200 copies since the books was published and hopes to eventually sell as many as 5,000, the Daily News reports.

Source: The Huffington Post

Scar Treatment, Does It Work?

Time may heal all wounds, but Life’s battle scars are often discolored, raised, itchy, stiff and painful.  A skilled surgeon is the best prevention to unsightly permanent scaring after surgery.  Precision in suturing and lack of stress at the incision sight ensures minimal scarring.  But scars are a natural and essential part of the healing process; they stop bleeding and protect wounds from additional physical damage. They usually improve over time, but may long be unsightly, or itch intensely; they can even restrict one’s movement if located near a joint.

There are multiple reasons for scaring, (surgery, burns, acne, etc.), and multiple types of scars. Scar treatments range too, from plastic surgery, laser treatment, silicone sheeting, to onion extract. Pharmacy aisles are filled with “clinically proven, doctor-recommended” scar products, and on the Internet one finds anecdotes and vitamins to “erase old scars and prevent new ones from forming”. But what really works?

 Keeping the scar moist and covered is key.  This job can be done with petroleum jelly or most of the much more expensive solutions.  Vitamin E may cause skin irritation.  Topical antibacterial creams or ointments can actually cause antibiotic resistance.  Silicone does seem to do a better job of keeping the scar covered, and that prevents water from evaporating from the skin.  Moisture allows the tissue to come in smoothly.  When a normal wound heals, the body produces new collagen fibers at a rate balanced with the breakdown of old collagen. Scar tissue, unlike other skin, does not regenerate, so this is the time to get it right. A wound that dries out produces a lower pitted scar.  Raised scars, (Hypertrophic), the result of overproduction of collagen, are red and thick and may be itchy or painful. They may continue to thicken for up to six months. Again, it is moisture that helps prevent this type of over production of collagen. 

Whatever method you choose to aid in your recovery… Wait to begin your treatment, the wound must be completely healed (i.e., no raw open areas, oozing, or scabs). Most important, be patient and consistent, use as indicated, for periods also up to several months. Scars change over time, often becoming lighter in color and less obtrusive.  Studies have found a 25 – 50 percent effective rate for over the counter treatments claiming to reduce the spread and darkening of scars. Surgical treatments, Collagen and steroid injections, as well as laser treatment may be further actions to discuss with your health care professional.  Remember scars, like the grain of fine wood tells the story we have lived, often adding character and distinction.

Hurricane Sandy and Surgery Healing

The entire Northeastern United States has been affected by this massive storm. Our hearts go out to families who lost loved ones in the disaster. Slowly things are beginning to return to normal; power has returned in many locations, and some gasoline has been delivered to gas stations to satisfy long lines of customers. So how has this effected surgery recovery?
Few situations get the focus Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings’ hernia surgery has. In Philadelphia, his surgery was postponed until Thursday,
due to Hurricane Sandy. The Packers and fantasy owners are entering heated playoff races, so surgery healing and Jenning’s rehab is topic for review. Jennings hopes to come back from his much needed surgery, to play again, before the season ends. Exact dates TBD.

But how has extreme weather effected the less publicized?

I know chemo patients who rushed to reschedule appointments to Monday, Pre-Sandy…and others frustrated by reschedule dates pushed further into November.

“POST-Operation Lap Band Surgery Questions & Answers” found bloggers in relatively good spirits…focusing on good “mushie” nutrition; without power or the help of a fridge. Post surgery cleanliness, a challenge without running water in New Jersey.

Emergency Responders, including our Doctors and Nurses press on seemingly at ease with the problems at hand. Maybe they are made of a tougher stock than the rest of us.

Dr. Jordan Metzl, a physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, was hoping to run the New York City Marathon today, instead he and 500 fellow Runners in Support of Staten Island are on there way to deliver emergency supplies to Staten Island.

Staten Island was one of the hardest hit areas during this week’s storm, accounting for about half of New York City’s 41 fatalities.

At 8;30 this morning, these athletes boarded the Staten Island Ferry, carrying  backpacks full of recovery aids: batteries, prepaid mobile phones, gift cards, baby wipes, personal hygiene items, medicine, garbage bags, hats and gloves, all for the hurricane victims of Staten Island.

“We have our courses mapped out and we will use our legs to do charitable work,” Metzl said. “The running community is the most charitable community I know.

I just think he might be right.

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