A study published in this month’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery proves that smoking really does make you look older. The study participants were part of a big national gathering of identical twins, and the study authors examined photos of each twin to determine whether one looked older than the other. They found that the twin that smoked less looked considerably younger than the twin that smoked more. There are some revealing photos from the study on NBC News.com HERE.
So why does smoking age a person? Many reasons. Smoking dries the skin, causing wrinkles. It also decreases circulation to the skin, resulting in less color and a wan appearance. It also creates free radical damage, which results in premature cellular aging.
So if you’re a smoker, what can you do? QUIT. Studies show that a lot of the damage that smoking causes is reversible. Once you quit, your body begins to repair itself. Now is as good a time as any.
Yes, you can! There are several techniques to reconstruct a nose from existing skin and tissue from other parts of the face. Chinese doctors recently released some photos and video of a patient with a nose growing on his forehead. I discuss the video and nasal reconstruction in this recent video from HLN.
“Kim was certain that she wanted to have surgery after giving birth because she wanted a head start on losing her baby weight,” the source explains. But when West got wind of her plans, says the source, “He really flipped out.”
“He’s fine with her getting Botox and fillers, but anything that requires getting knocked out, like lipo, is a huge no no in his book,” the source says. “They’ll find a compromise. Kanye tries to let Kim do as she pleases, but this issue is really important to him, and she understands.”
Several years ago Kanye West’s mom died shortly after undergoing extensive plastic surgery. After suffering this tragedy, it’s not surprising that Kanye would have issues with Kim having elective cosmetic surgery. There is a BIG difference between Kim and Kanye’s mom, however. Kim is much younger, healthier, and therefore a better candidate for getting work done.
So what is BRA Day? It’s short for “Breast Reconstruction Awareness” Day. As a plastic surgeon, I find it surprising that there are a lot of women who undergo mastectomy and lumpectomy for breast cancer and are never given their various options for breast reconstruction. So today there are events being held in 25 countries throughout the world as an attempt to bring awareness to the fact that women have options in breast cancer reconstruction. In fact, the Federal government even passed legislation years ago that requires health insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction not only on the affected breast, but on the unaffected breast for purposes of symmetry.
To learn more about BRA Day, click HERE for the official website.
A Southern California plastic surgeon is putting Marilyn Monroe’s cosmetic surgery records up for auction… with proceeds to benefit veterans who need reconstructive surgery. These records were from Monroe’s encounters with Dr. Michael Gurdin, who reportedly inserted a bovine collagen chin implant and refined the tip of her nose. The set also includes Monroe’s x-rays after a late-night fall, two months prior to her death.
They are estimating the items will bring in between $15,000 – $30,000.
For more on the auction for Marilyn Monroe’s plastic surgery items, click HERE for the excellent article by legendary Allure writer Joan Kron.
But it’s punishable by forced labor. An interesting article in the Washington Post describes how teenage girls in North Korea dream about having the double eyelid surgery that is so prominent in South Korea. They desire it so much that they go under the knife in a black-market procedure, paying $2-$3 for a doctor to perform the surgery, often right in the patient’s home. Just as sad, North Korea is so poor that $2 is a large amount of money for most North Koreans.
I wouldn’t put too much credence to these reports, but there are several websites that claim Kim Kardashian is planning or has recently undergone plastic surgery to change her post-baby body. I typically recommend that all new moms wait at least 6 months after giving birth prior to undergoing plastic surgery like a tummy tuck or a breast lift. With Kanye West’s mom dying after undergoing extensive plastic surgery several years ago, I would assume that Kanye would have some reservations about Kim going under the knife. Time will tell, I guess!
Please watch and share, especially if you are a dog lover. This is a heartwarming video (not about plastic surgery) about a dog that my sister (a veterinarian) treated, fostered, and helped find a new home. For more of the story, click HERE to go to the article in the Huffington Post.
I’ve loved Olivia Newton John ever since I was eight years old. I recorded Grease and Xanadu on VHS and watched them dozens and dozens of times. I bought all her cassettes and listened to them until they were worn down. I even saw her in concert once, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for a benefit for Devos Children’s Hospital. She seems like such a lovely, kind, and sweet person. So why does she look so different?
Olivia is such a natural beauty that it’s a shame she appears to be getting treatments by a plastic surgeon. Her face looks puffier than it should, possibly due to too many injections of filler. I really hope she stops, because I think she would look so much better with less.
Man, she was the prettiest woman ever in the late 70′s and early 80′s! Did you know that they had to sew her leather pants onto her in Grease‘s last scene?
For more about Olivia’s appearance, click HERE to read my comments in the National Enquirer.
I commend Julie Chen for coming forward with this. I’ve recently written an article for CNN.com about how popular Asian plastic surgery currently is. But how ethical is it for plastic surgeons to perform these procedures on young women? And are any of these women being coerced into having the surgery done? It all worked well for Julie, but what about those women who have surgeries with complications? Or girls under 18 who feel that if they don’t have eyelid and nose surgery then they will be considered ‘ugly?’
To read my article on CNN.com called “Asia’s Ideal Beauty: Looking Caucasian,” click HERE.
I’ve had a lot of people email me looking for the instant lift creams we tried out on “Rachael Ray” the other day. Here are some links if you are interested in purchasing them on Amazon. I have no affiliation with any of these products so this does not constitute an official endorsement of them. But if you want to try them out, here they are!
My next all-new segment of “The Rachael Ray Show” airs Monday, September 9th! We will test out three products that promise instant lifts to your falling body parts. We’ll try a cream that promises to lift your saggy eyelids in 7 minutes, an instant breast lift cream, and a butt lift cream!
Here is my latest article on CNN.com. It’s inspired by a recent local story about a hematologist who allegedly misdiagnosed patients with cancer so he could charge for their chemotherapy.
Most of us assume that our doctors are trustworthy. They undergo a minimum of seven years of postgraduate schooling, pass rigorous tests and are responsible for our health and the health of our families.
But are they as trustworthy as we think?
A Michigan oncologist was arrested recently for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud Medicare. He’s accused of administering chemotherapy to patients with no real chance of survival and misdiagnosing patients in order to charge for their expensive treatments.
While these egregious stories are truly shocking and uncommon, there are unfortunately many less dramatic examples of untrustworthy doctors that don’t make big news. My field of cosmetic plastic surgery has its share of doctors who don’t necessarily place their patients’ best interests first. I encounter these patients’ subsequent problems nearly every week.
To read the rest of the article, click HERE to go to the CNN.com page.
So it appears that the newest trend in plastic surgery is hand rejuvenation. We’ve heard about chin implants, the Facebook facelift, the Pippa butt lift, and now it’s treating the Madonna Mitts. From the Daily Mail:
Cosmetic surgery clinics have reported an 18 per cent increase in enquiries in the past month of people having anti-ageing procedures on their hands.
The new cosmetic surgery trend, which sees women having dermal fillers and laser resurfacing to reduce the signs of ageing, has been dubbed the banishing of ‘Madonna Mitts’ after popstar Madonna, 55, who has ‘anti-aged’ almost every part of her body but often resorts to fingerless gloves to cover her hands.
As the years pass, skin on the hands thins, causing veins to become more prominent and liver spots to appear.
While make-up can disguise tell-tale signs of ageing on the face, it’s more difficult with hands – which is why it’s often said that hands are the best indicator of age.
Speaking about the latest cosmetic trend, a spokesman for the Transform clinic, which has seen an 18 per cent increase in the number of anti-ageing hand procedures perforemed, said: ‘Our hands are exposed to the sun more frequently than other parts of the body and a failure to apply sun cream to hands as regularly as we do the face makes them susceptible to sunspots and accelerated aging.
There are many ways to rejuvenate the hands. The first approach to take are creams. Hydroquinone can be used along with an exfoliating cream to lighten age spots. IPL treatments can also be used in conjunction with creams to further enhance the results. Some doctors are injecting fillers into the hands, such as Sculptra and Juvederm. Other doctors are injecting fat into the hands to soft them up and reduce the appearance of veins.
The hands are definitely a body part that shows its age, and I agree that treatments for them are definitely becoming more and more popular.
A pompous Park Avenue surgeon is offering free cosmetic services in exchange for dates with women who meet his incredibly exacting standards — “very skinny” dress size 0-2, white, aged 27-35, graduate of an Ivy League school, “Type B” personality (not “Type A” like him), and a rating of 8 or 9 on a 1-to-10 attractiveness scale.
Dr. Emil Chynn, 47, who runs Park Avenue LASEK, blasted out his matchmaking criteria and compensation plan to random attendees of a New Jersey networking event — whose cards he scooped up for potential matches, not business.
For a first date, he’ll shell out a $100 reward. He’ll offer free eyelash-enhancer Latisse or pay $200 for the second date; he’ll offer free Botox or pay $300 for a third date; he’ll offer free Juvederm injections or $400 for a fourth date; and free Lasek surgery on one eye worth $2,000 or $500 cash for a fifth date.
Yes, this guy is serious. According to the article, he struck out with the $1000-per-date matchmakers in New York City and is now trying this new approach. I think this guy needs to lower his standards and realize that he is not good-looking, he is not cool, and this publicity is making him look like the William Hung of physician bachelors.
Have you seen any photos of Paula Abdul lately? She looks great. Has she had a little work done to get there? I think so. I would speculate that she’s had some injections of Botox, filler, and some skin tightening treatments. Check out my comments and Paula’s photos at Radar Online HERE.
Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for black market procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training.
Some want to fill out a bikini or a pair of jeans. Others believe a bigger bottom will bring them work as music video models or adult entertainers. Whatever the reason, they are seeking cheaper alternatives to plastic surgery — sometimes with deadly or disfiguring results.
Deaths from black market buttocks injections have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York. An interior decorator in Mississippi faces trial in the deaths of two women who were injected at her house.
Though there is little data on the procedures or injuries they cause, doctors and authorities say they are seeing them more often. Online forums used to set up the illegal procedures have attracted thousands of responses. Some men also seek out buttocks enhancements, but the procedures are much more popular among women.
Very big buttocks have been popular in hip-hop videos for years, celebrated by songs like the 1990s hit “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, with lyrics declaring, “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
The article goes on to tell the story of Apryl Brown, a woman who underwent illegal silicone injections to the her buttocks with horrifying results. After suffering multiple complications, Brown ended up with her hands and feet amputated.
I met Brown while filming an episode of Katie. Her story is frightening, but serves a reminder for anyone considering black market plastic surgery to exercise extreme caution. This type of thing happens in your own backyard, too. I recently filmed a segment of TLC’s My Strange Addictionwith a woman who was addicted to these same kind of silicone buttock injections. She is one of the lucky ones, though, who hasn’t suffered any major complications. I’m glad she has stopped these dangerous procedures.
To read more of the Washington Post article, click HERE.