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Sleep Wrinkles And Aging Skin

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Goesel Anson, MD, FACS, Michael A.C. Kane, MD, and Val Lambros, MD, FACS, published an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (September 2016) in which they discuss the role of sleep wrinkles in aging skin, which differ from expression wrinkles in that they are caused by mechanical compression, shear and stress forces that act on the skin in sleep positions. They performed a literature review relating to the development of wrinkles and the biomechanical changes that occur in response to intrinsic and extrinsic influences, and explored the possibility that compression during sleep not only results in wrinkles, but may contribute to facial skin expansion.

Because sleep wrinkles differ from expression wrinkles in mechanism of origin (external forces vs. internal muscle contraction), location (at the limits of retaining ligaments vs. site of muscle contraction), and directionality (mostly perpendicular to each other), the authors suggest reconsidering wrinkle classification and posit that facial distortion during sleep may also contribute to overall facial aging. They note that with age, the number of position shifts during sleep decreases from 27 to 16 per night, with an average of 20 position shifts per night, meaning the time spent in each position increases with age.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons would benefit from recognizing sleep wrinkles as distinct from expression wrinkles with a different etiology, and potentially grouping them with gravitational wrinkles since they develop due to external forces and are influenced by ligamentous attachments. Unfortunately, treatment options for wrinkles caused by sleep are more limited than those for expression lines; the authors suggest that the only reliable way to minimize sleep wrinkles is to avoid facial distortion. In their practices, they recommend back sleeping and specialty pillows designed to minimize facial deformation during sleep. They suggest advising patients to avoid sleep compression in addition to the typical suggestions for minimizing signs of aging, i.e., using sunscreen, quitting smoking, optimizing nutrition and maximizing topical skin care.

“While avoiding the development of sleep wrinkles may be important, it is the facial distortion and its potential impact on overall facial aging that may be even more important,” the authors wrote. “The consequence of repetitive stretching of facial tissue over time is intriguing and warrants further study.”

http://medestheticsmag.com/

Stage 2 Male Compression Shirt

SC-175 CDI Stage 2 Male Compression Shirt

Ideal for use during the extended recovery period following gynocomastia and liposuction of the upper body. Made from our exclusive SuperSilky fabric, the CDI SC-175 offers maximum compression to the chest, upper back and flanks and upper and lower abdomen. A tapered design provides a contoured fit and allows this shirt to be worn under every day clothing, ultimately contributing to increased patient compliance and a comfortable recovery.

 

Breast Reduction Scar Treatment

There’s more than one type of incision (and more than one type of scar)

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“Breast reduction, which is done to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts, usually includes removing skin and/or the breast tissue beneath it,” Gordon Lee, M.D., a plastic and breast reconstructive surgeon at Stanford Health Care, tells SELF. There are three incision types to do just that. Which one your surgeon chooses largely depends on how much excess skin and breast tissue needs to be removed. If you only need a small amount taken out, there’s the circumareolar incision—also known as a doughnut incision—which involves cutting around the areola and removing some of the surrounding excess skin. If you need to remove more loose skin and tissue than that, the next level up is the lollipop incision, which leaves a scar around areola and a second scar that goes straight down from the base of the areola. “When you sew it together, the final shape is like a lollipop,” says Lee. For more extensive reductions, there’s the Wise pattern, which has the same two incisions as the lollipop and an additional scar that runs along the underside, or crease, of the breast, creating a scar that resembles an anchor. In some cases, surgeons also tack on liposuction to help reduce breast tissue.*

During the formation of scars, the epidermal layers of the skin will produce high levels of moisture in an attempt to hydrate the scar site. However, most of this moisture evaporates once it reaches the stratum corneum, or upper layer of the skin. This moisture loss triggers keratinocytes in the skin to produce collagen. Left unchecked, excessive collagen production can lead to abnormal scarring.

Silicone Gel Sheeting in procedure specific configurations fully encapsulates the scar site, meaning that it completely covers the treatment site for even distribution of necessary moisture (hydration), and maximum exposure to oxygen. Although the entire site is covered, silicone is semipermeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining necessary moisture. This is called “homeostasis,” otherwise known as an ideal healing environment.

Epi-Derm Silicone Gel Sheeting, provided by Contemporary Design Inc. is an ideal healing environment at the stratum corneum signals keratinocytes to scale back the production of collagen, thereby preventing abnormal scarring.

*http://www.self.com/wellness/2016/03/8-things-women-should-know-about-breast-reduction-surgery-but-dont/

My Beautiful Mommy

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Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a renowned plastic surgeon, wrote My Beautiful Mommy to help patients explain their transformation to their children. The story guides children through Mommy’s surgery and healing process in a friendly, nonthreatening way.

Through vivid illustrations and straightforward dialogue, My Beautiful Mommy explains a parent s physical transformation in a breezy, child-friendly manner from a young child s perspective. You and your child will follow along as Mommy goes through her plastic surgery experience and learn how the entire family pitches in to help Mommy achieve her beautiful results.

If you are a mother with young children and thinking about having plastic surgery – this book is a must have.

Undergoing a plastic surgery procedure can be an exciting and stressful time for you and your family. After you ve picked a board-certified plastic surgeon and a surgery date, take a few minutes to read through this book with your child.

This book will make your plastic surgery experience more understandable to your little ones.
Information For Parents: Plastic surgery has become extremely common among mothers with young children. In 2007 more than 400,000 women with young children underwent elective cosmetic surgery in the U.S. alone.

As any parent will tell you – children are very perceptive. It is nearly impossible to hide a plastic surgery transformation from your children. In my years of experience, trying to do so adds additional and unnecessary stress for both parent and child. Throughout the process young children can become confused.

During the initial consultation they may ask themselves questions such as Why is Mommy going to the doctor? Is Mommy sick? If these questions are not addressed, the child will often imagine fantastical scenarios to fill in the gaps of information they are lacking. This phenomenon becomes more pronounced after the surgery.

Once mommy is home and the child sees that mommy is bandaged and bruised, they can become even more worried and inquisitive. Finally, when the bandages come off and mommy looks somewhat different, their confusion may lead to responses that adults may find inappropriate or hard to understand.

This book is designed to explain to your child what to expect – from the initial consultation to the final result. It is recommended that you read this with your child (and spouse) at least three times during the plastic surgery process: once prior to the initial consultation (if they will be coming along), once more prior to the surgery, and then again during the post-operative healing phase. Encourage your child to ask questions as you read. Answer them in an honest and straightforward manner in language they will understand.

If you follow this advice, you will be able to calm your children’s fears, address their concerns, and help your family to sail easily through the plastic surgery experience.

The review on this one is still out.  My very smart grown daughter often shares my shortcomings and the things I have done to damage her and make life less than perfect.  Yes she also speaks of the good stuff, but that seems less memorable.  Per chance this book is one of those moments that may define you. One’s definition of beauty is often informed by their mother and what she does and doesn’t like about herself. Those vulnerable years between girlhood and womanhood shouldn’t be spent wondering if my mother’s complaints about her own shortcomings (short or nonexistent eyelashes, saddle bags, crow’s feet) wouldn’t suddenly be the only things you inherited.  Think about it.

 

 

bioCorneum®+ 1st and only quick drying silicone gel scar treatment with SPF30 cleared by the FDA.

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bioCorneum®+ is now available and value priced at Contemporary Design, Inc.  The invisible protective barrier is breathable, flexible, waterproof, and the only silicone scar gel that provides protection from the sun.

bioCorneum®+ binds with the stratum corneum (the outer layer of skin cells) to protect the underlying tissue against chemical, microbial and physical invasion of the scar.

bioCorneum®+ hydrates the scarred area and creates an environment which allows the scar to mature through normal collagen synthesis cycles and improves the physiological and cosmetic appearance of the scar.

Sun may hamper proper healing of scars and the SPF 30 UV protection ingredients in bioCorneum®+ may protect the maturing scar from the darkening effects of sun exposure, a feature unique to bioCorneum®+ as it is the only patented silicone scar treatment of this kind.

 

Is Bigger Better?

You know you’ve thought about it.  When  it comes to breasts…Is Bigger Better?

THE 24-HOUR BOOB JOB

If you could try out life with bigger breasts for a day, would you do it? Liz Krieger checks out the controversial new lunchtime lift.

By Liz Krieger

THE 24-HOUR BOOB JOB

Cinderella’s fairy godmother turned a tattered dress and a pumpkin into a shimmering gown and a lavish ride. Remember, though, there was one catch: The makeover lasted only until midnight. With his InstaBreast technique, Norman Rowe, a New York plastic surgeon, is playing fairy godmother to women temporarily seeking larger, fuller breasts, but his handiwork also lasts for only one night. In about 20 minutes, you can go from flat-chested to cleavage-proud.

Rowe’s method is remarkably simple: He designates a site at the edge of each nipple, and after the area is anesthetized, he injects about a half-liter of sterile saline solution—essentially salt water—into the patient’s breast tissue. He maneuvers the needle at various angles to different areas, expanding each breast until it reaches the desired fullness. The saline is gradually absorbed into the bloodstream, with the full effect lasting about 24 hours. (Rowe says that saline is considered perfectly safe; it’s the same stuff you would get in an IV if you were dehydrated.)

While some doctors suggest that instant breast augmentation is just a fad, it’s hard to ignore its potential (consider the hundreds of thousands of women who don’t hesitate to have volumizers injected their face). And the desire for bigger breasts is as popular as ever: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 313,327 breast augmentations and 137,233 breast lifts were performed in the U.S. in 2013. “Women want cleavage,” Rowe says matter-of-factly. “And this is fast.”

Fast results were just what Shavon Jovi, 28, a model and aspiring actress, was hoping for when she underwent the procedure with Rowe several months ago. After a few pricks of an anesthetic into the skin surrounding the nipples, Rowe injected anesthetic-laced saline solution into her 32A breasts, one syringe at a time. The effect was an instant fullness that brought her chest to a C cup. “For the longest time I’ve wanted to get a breast augmentation,” says Jovi. “I was sort of shocked when I saw them, but I loved it immediately.” Within two days she was back to her natural size (how long it takes depends on how your body metabolizes the fluid). So why have the now-you-see-’em, now-you-don’t procedure? Like many of Rowe’s patients, Jovi wanted to “try on” implants in a way that computer imaging just can’t mimic, says Rowe, adding that some of his patients go for the temporary inflation for special occasions, such as a wedding, a big birthday, or a beach vacation.

Nicole, a 30-year-old mother of two, spent a day walking around with saline-inflated breasts, and a few months later went under the knife for implants. “It was amazing to see what my breasts would be like,” she recalls. As for how it felt? “I’ve had Botox and fillers, and it’s similar.” About 75 percent of Rowe’s patients who opt for the $2,500 procedure go on to get implants. However, it isn’t a helpful test-drive for every woman. “If you need bother a lift and an augmentation, the saline won’t give you a realistic approximation,” explains Rowe.

Not everyone is singing the praises of the short-lived boob job, and there are limitations and risks to it. Since the skin of both breasts is pierced by the needle, bruising can occur. And like any procedure that penetrates the skin, infection is possible. Some doctors see other downsides as well, cautioning that undergoing the procedure repeatedly could cause the skin to stretch—”like a Slinky that you stretch out past the point of no return,” says Adam Kolker, a plastic surgeon in New York. Rowe counters that this is highly unlikely. “The skin has to be stretched for a much longer and continuous time period for it to display permanent stretching,” he says. Heidi Waldorf, a New York dermatologist, agrees, noting that having the procedure once is “probably okay. As long as it’s short-lived, the area should return to its normal contour,” says Waldorf, but she has concerns about stretching for those who return for more.

For her part, Jovi wanted to capture the results before they faded away. “I definitely posted a few #InstaBoob selfies that day,” she says. In the spirit of the procedure, though, perhaps she should have used Snapchat.

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/health/a4380/24-hour-boob-job-1215/

Pills or tablets can’t make your breasts grow, although eating fish has been known to increase the hormones which may encourage your breasts to grow.

What you wear and how you wear it does make a difference.  Shapewear that improves posture and slightly re-positions your curves is a viable answer that has reliable results.

Contemporary Design Inc. Breast Enhancing Shapewear

Contemporary Design Inc.’s Breast Enhancing Everyday Shapewear

BBL Recovery- Why are Compression garments Important?

CDI SC-320 Brazilian High Back Above-the-Knee Girdle

CDI Brazilian High Back Girdle with Supportive non-compressive cotton gluteal insets insure no buttocks compression or collapse of the implantation area.

The proper Post-Op Recovery Item is a crucial element to The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure.  Protecting the Fat just Transferred and sculpting the surrounding area are key to the soft uplift and definition you are after.  The New SC-320 Brazilian High Back Above-the-Knee Girdle from Contemporary Design Inc. features lightweight cotton over the gluteal area that provides coverage without compression and a built-in butt lift enhancement on the upper thighs. It also incorporates our exclusive Sculptures Liposuction Foam ™ above the gluteal area for enhanced reinforcement and contouring. This foam helps sculpt the small of the back – essential in creating perfect, voluptuous curves.

CDI SC-320 BBL insert to sculpt the small of the back

Sculptures Liposuction Foam ™ above the gluteal area for enhanced reinforcement and contouring. This foam helps sculpt the small of the back.

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.
• Open bust design.
• High back addresses troublesome “bra fat” areas and flanks.
• Hook and eye shoulder straps adjust for a custom fit.
• 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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Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery: Why Are Compression Garments Important? an informational video by Bob Basu, MD, FACS explains what a Brazilian butt lift is and why a compression garments is so important for recovery.

To View Click Here: BBL Recovery- Why are compression garments important

Sharon Osbourne: a believer in Everyday Wellness

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Everyday Wellness…What gets in your way of making Healthy Changes?

Sharon Osbourne had gastric bypass surgery in 1999, but said it felt like an “embarrassing shortcut to weight loss” and had her band removed in 2006. She also told Entertainment Tonight: ‘I am a food addict … I felt such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach and people are going ‘you look wonderful.”

Today she is a believer in Everyday Wellness, following a healthy diet plan and lifestyle.  Sculptures Everyday Wear helps anyone looking to move towards Everyday Wellness.  Get Ready for a Personal Transformation!  The Everyday Wear lifestyle is a procedure free, non surgical way to sculpt your body and feel in control.  Sculptures introduce shapewear that works!

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/06/30/sharon-osbourne-i-felt-like-a-cheat-after-gastric-bypass-surg/20922598/?ncid=webmail

What gets in your way of making Healthy Changes?

  1. Feeling bad about me and my self image kills my motivation.
  2. I feel I’ve lost control and I’m uncomfortable in my own skin.  I don’t know where to start.
  1. Waiting to see results makes sticking to a healthy plan for change almost impossible.
  1. Until you succeed – you’re stuck, settling for a body that makes you unhappy
  2. Not feeling attractive because of your extra weight makes going to the gym intimidating.
  3. I can’t afford Expensive Fitness equipment that I may never use.
  4. I’m sick of pricey dietary supplements and “fad” diets.

 … Your everyday problems are about to be solved

Sculptures Compression Everyday Wear  is a procedure free, non surgical way to sculpt your body and feel in control. Sculptures introduce shapewear that works!

Sculptures  Shapewear with comfortable invisible control flattens the stomach, slims your thighs, and make your curves curvier.  You look better and feel better!  The supportive control improves posture and attitude, use this as motivation to develop a healthier lifestyle with good eating and exercise habits.

Sculptures Everday Wear

Sculptures Everday Wear…Shapewear that Works!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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