Lifestyle lift is a mini-facelift franchise that airs those corny 30-minute infomercials late at night. They have had many issues with marketing and were fined for posting fake online reviews. Many people have complained online that they never get a chance to meet their surgeon before surgery and that they are awake for the procedure which can be painful.
A Dr. Gregg Homer recently developed a laser procedure that eradicates the pigment cells in the iris, making the eye color lighter. Those pigment cells are responsible for brown and hazel eyes- when the pigment is gone, the eye appears more blue. This is the same phenomenon seen in babies with blue eyes which eventually may turn darker. At birth, many of the pigment has not yet formed.
A potential risk of the procedure is the pigment release into the chambers of the eye can cause the pressure to rise inside the eye, a form of glaucoma. Would it be worth it? Time will tell.
Seen here after surgery, Chaz has scars under the chest and the armpits. This is the result of a double mastectomy. It is similar to a breast reduction procedure. Notice there is still a bulge under the left arm- possibly a little bit of breast tissue or fat left behind. Chaz is reported to say that genital surgery may be in the future.
We've previously posted a simulation of an aged Michael Jackson if he did not have multiple facial "enhancements". Here is a video that demonstrates a somewhat more "realistic" depiction of a non-plasticized MJ. He has admitted to rhinoplasty in interviews, but he has clearly had other procedures including chin augmentation and eyelid surgery.
We've previously described the Japanese nose clip to reshape the nose- and we have recently learned of the Japanese nose roller. It's hard to say if this would actually do anything, but it certainly could be a conversation starter on the train ride to work.
This image of Vladimir Putin published in Daily Mail sparked rumors of the Prime Minister's appearance. When compared to older photographs, he now appears more youthful with dramatic differences in his eyelids, prompting some to speculate about eyelid lifts. It points out the difficulty of being in a public position and the associated scrutiny. His photo shows an upper eyelid hollowing, sometimes present after fat is removed from this area during blepharoplasty.
Snail slime is being touted as a skin smoother and is the active ingredient of a new skin cream. Glycolic acid and elastin are secreted by the gastropods, considered by some to be a fantastic natural treatment. So far, no placebo-controlled studies have proven its effects, but it remains popular, it it sounds off-putting. Read more here.
Now many cosmetic surgeons are getting into the iPhone app market by creating tools for patients to learn about procedures and even create digital surgery on themselves.
ModYourBod is one of the first iPhone apps to allow for morphing tools to be applied to an uploaded image. Boost Your Beauty has similar tools, but also includes instructional slideshows on various procedures. And you can imagine what IAugment does.
So far most cosmetic surgery apps are designed for the iPhone, but Android can't be far behind. It will surely be another marketing and informational tool for cosmetic providers, just as every aesthetic practice maintains a website.
The sleeping beauty bra aims to remove decollete wrinkles after just 5-7 days of nightime wear. Interesting thought. Avoiding sun exposure could help as much or more. But if the idea of a chest-ity belt appeals to you, by all means!
A Sweedish study confirms that getting more sleep equates to looking more beautiful. By comparing sleep-deprived participants to well-rested ones, the people who had a full night's sleep were rated as being more attractive.
A court in Pennsylvania recently upheld a 20 million dollar award to a family whose member died after liposuction performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. The procedure was performed under anesthesia with a nurse anesthetist. Fat was suctioned from the neck and abdomen.
Liposuction is most safely performed with tumescent anesthesia, and not with general anesthesia. Any procedure with general anesthesia has higher inherent risks. Modern liposuction can be done safely with mild to no sedation with tumescent techniques, as popularized by Dr. Klein, a California dermatologist. Liposuction with a board certified plastic surgeon does not ensure safety.
She states the needle hit a nerve causing a hematoma and that her right eye muscle was affected and is starting to droop. Medically, this makes no sense. An injury to a nerve does not cause a hematoma- blood comes from blood vessels, not nerves. Also, there are no nerves in the face that cause a droopy eyelid- these nerves are behind the eye. Botox itself can affect the eye muscle, but these effects are temporary, lasting weeks to months if the botox travels to the improper location.
It's pretty obvious that this 'news story' is a PR ploy, just like her car accident report. Does anyone really care about Dana Delaney's Botox, or even Dana Delaney for that matter?
Fat is a huge (NPI) topic in the cosmetic world. The holy grail is finding a procedure that reduces fat without invasive procedures. Zerona attempted this with little success (but you can still find doctors that sell this procedure, with a trail of underwhelmed patients left behind). Zeltiq works along the same lines as some ultrasound techniques, but it uses cold to injure fat cells, prompting your body's natural scavengers to take away the remnants. Does it work? It appears to, but very minimally. It may be a good option for someone with a small area of unwanted fat, but that doesn't seem to be the norm stateside. Save the so called "coolsculpting" for Cold Stone employees.
Surgeons are constantly trying to undo the effects of mother nature. Can we stop the breasts from sagging? It seems that gravity is stronger than the human will in this case.
The internal bra, termed "Cup and Up" attempts to solve this age-old problem with a silicone sling placed under the breast gland and anchored to the ribs. Trials in animals have shown safety, but effectiveness is another thing.
Lifestyle lift agreed to pay $300,000 in penalties to New York State and admitted to publishing fake posts to internet boards with positive reviews about their services. They acted as phony patients in order to bolster the reputation of the company which has had questionable marketing practices. “This company’s attempt to generate business by duping consumers was cynical, manipulative and illegal,” says Andrew Cuomo, New York's Attorney General. The lifestyle lift is a mini-facelift performed in about an hour, quicker than a standard facelift. But it has been criticized because speed rarely is equivalent to excellent results in the world of surgery.
Another departure from plastic matters (and we need it sometimes), the Fresh Air Fund is a great cause that supports low-income New York City children for summer vacations. This year you can support their NYC half-marathon racers at the link above.
"Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Last summer, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Most children who visit host families are re-invited year after year and form life-long friendships. "