This one is hilarious. Check out this local news story where a woman claims that making funny, extreme facial expressions (and sounds) can smooth your wrinkles and tighten your face. No, I don’t buy this one at all. If anything, I believe that making some of the faces she recommends can worsen wrinkles, as these expressions can cause the muscles of facial expression to be stronger. It’s the exact opposite of Botox, which smooths wrinkles by weakening muscles. I’d love to see her ‘before-and-afters.’
This is from my latest article from CNN.com that went viral. A lot of comments on this one, mainly from people who disagree with some of the things I wrote!
A young man in his 20s — let’s call him George — sits across from me in the exam room.
“Dr. Youn,” he says, “I have man boobs.”
I notice a not-so-unfamiliar smell wafting from his body. It’s the same odor that floated my way during a rock concert I recently attended.
“How long have you had a problem with this, George?”
“Hard to say. But it seems to have gotten worse over the past year or so.”
“George, the first thing you need to do is stop smoking pot. Marijuana could be causing your man boobs.”
Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that affects approximately 33% to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45. It’s even more common during puberty, affecting 60% of 14-year-old boys. Interestingly, it also affects 55% to 60% of men aged 50 and older.
Although most cases of gynecomastia resolve spontaneously within a few months to a few years, in 2012 nearly 23,000 people underwent surgery to correct the condition. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it was the fifth-most common cosmetic surgery in men.
Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs.
Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm.
In humans, the effects of marijuana on testosterone and estrogen levels aren’t as clear. Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers, but not all studies support this.
To read the rest of the article, visit the page on CNN.com HERE!
This is an interesting segment from local CBS News about a website called MyFreeImplants.com. They interview a patient of mine who used this website to have her breast implants paid for. No, the site isn’t a hoax, although the idea behind it is pretty… out there.
This is a very common procedure in men, but few celebs have actually admitted to it. Singer Robbie Williams has admitted to undergoing a hair transplant surgery. From Sky News:
“I’ve lived in LA for a long time and they say, ‘If you sit in a barber’s shop for long enough you’ll get a hair cut’.
“Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you’re going to get some surgery.
“I’ve had a thatch done, I’ll tell everyone now. I didn’t even need it, that’s the weirdest thing. I had like three months off and got bored so thought, I’ll go in.”
The star, who has recently been sporting a Pepe Le Pew-style streak in his hair, indicated the hair had been enhanced around the front of his hairline, rather than all over.
“I just got some at the sides and front done,” Williams revealed whilst filming the Graham Norton Show.
I don’t routinely perform hair transplant surgery, but have performed it numerous times in the past. Today, the most up-to-date technique is follicular unit extraction (FUE) which creates the tiniest scars and is usually performed with the Neograft system. Instead of doctors cutting a strip of scalp from the back of your head, he or she harvests the hairs one follicle at a time, leaving scars that can be virtually imperceptible. If you are thinking about hair transplant, it’s probably a good idea to look into this method.
This is an interesting article from the new Smart Beauty Guide: Two recent studies have shown that Botox injections can possibly alleviate symptoms of depression. One study showed a 47% decrease in their subjects’ depressive symptoms. The other study showed that 27% of subjects treated with Botox had significant improvement in their depression.
So how might this work?
Are the subjects less depressed since they look better after the Botox? Probably not.
Could they feel better because the Botox prevents them from frowning? Maybe.
No, these aren’t features from the latest fantasy film. Today, thousands of people are getting their bodies modified in all sorts of bizarre and unusual ways. Tattoos are just the tip of the iceberg for people interested in body modification, referred to as “body mutilation” by detractors.
People called “body modification artists” perform these unconventional surgical procedures, typically on young clients. These treatments range from the simple, such as implanting metal bolts on a person’s neck, to the extreme, such as creating ridges under a person’s skin in order to make him look like a human lizard.
Hard to believe? The website Body Modification Ezine has more than 3 million photos of people who’ve undergone these various types of body modification.
And it’s not just in the United States. Other industrialized countries are seeing the body modification trend expand with new, and increasingly bizarre, treatments. In Japan, young people are plumping up their forehead by injecting large amounts of saline, then pressing their thumb into the middle to create an indentation. This leaves a temporary doughnut-like appearance, dubbed the “Bagel Head.”
To read the rest of the article, visit CNN.com HERE.
Has Renee Zellweger lost her trademark look? She always looks to me like she’s sucking on a lemon. Recent photos, however, appear to show a completely different look, with her eyes wide open and none of the ‘lemon-sucking’ appearance. I give my comments in an article from today’s Radar Online, where I speculate that Botox injections may play a part in her current look. You can read the article HERE.
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!