(May 4, 2016)- Breast cancer patients now have more treatment options and the medical community is focusing on doing plastic surgery immediately after removing tumors.
Surgeon Christine Rohde says women with larger breasts and smaller tumors are ideal candidates for Oncoplastic surgery. Those patients get a reduction in both breasts for symmetry. Some early stage breast cancer patients can get a mastectomy and implants at the same time, but women who choose a lumpectomy often have to wait until after radiation treatments to get implants.
The Healing Curve’s founder—Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie—has extensive experience helping people obtain the medical and aesthetic assistance they need, including researching the development of prosthetic limbs and studying at one of the nation’s premier burn and reconstructive hospitals. Focused originally on working with breast cancer survivors, The Healing Curve now seeks to offer cutting-edge reconstructive technologies to all who need it, ensuring that cancer survivors as well as victims of trauma erase the unwelcome physical reminders of the past and accentuate their natural beauty.
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Hair replacement methods have made leaps and bounds since the days of hair plugs and the “doll’s head” look.
Surgeons now can achieve results that are more natural than in the past, explains Cleveland Clinic plastic surgeon Steven Bernard, MD. “The way we do it now, it’s hard to tell who’s had a hair transplant,” he says.
But is a hair transplant procedure for everyone? Dr. Bernard describes what’s involved — and what patients can expect from the procedure.
What’s new and improved?
Hair plugs used to be much larger — at least four millimeters or an eighth of an inch. Now, the technology has evolved to the point where surgeons can transplant tiny plugs or even individual hair follicles into the scalp instead.
“Ideally a person’s head of hair might have 80 hairs sticking out in a square centimeter or so,” Dr. Bernard says. “If we can get in the 20- to 50-hair range in a transplant, it looks essentially normal.”
Are transplants just for men?
New methods can benefit men and women. Men are a little easier to work with, however, because the transplants can be inserted in a smaller, tighter area.
“You can put the hair in and make it look denser, more natural,” Dr. Bernard explains. For example, a 50-year-old man may only need a transplant to cover the top of his head.
On the other hand, women tend to have thinning hair on all areas of the head, not just on top. “It’s a more demanding kind of transplant. You have to cover more space.”
What results can you expect?
Consider several things if you’re interested in a hair transplant, Dr. Bernard says.
First, how young were you when you started to go bald? If you starting balding in your 20s and get transplants in the middle of the head, you may have issues as balding spreads outward, including the crown of the head.
“They need to know going into this that they may need repeat grafting,” Dr. Bernard cautions.
Consider how dense your hair is and the pattern of your baldness, too. A transplant focusing on the front may look thick and natural. But covering an area from hairline to crown is more challenging, and may result in a thinner-looking transplant, Dr. Bernard cautions.
Even hair and skin color factors into the success of a transplant. Jet-black hair and pale skin lead to a tougher transplant than light hair and skin, because the contrast between hair and scalp is greater, he says.
Is the surgery painful?
Not really, Dr. Bernard says.
“It’s pretty easy to numb the skin, and this is a skin-only procedure.” Surgeons generally use local anesthesia, but patients can opt for other forms of sedation. Even after surgery — which may take part of a day or a whole day — there’s not much pain.
Is it ever covered by insurance?
Very rarely, unless you have lost hair due to serious burns. The cost of grafts varies depending on how many you need, and what area of the country you live in. The price may be as low as $4 a graft and up to a high of $10 a graft, Dr. Bernard estimates.
How long does it last?
A hair transplant lasts indefinitely.
“You’re taking it from an area of the hair that would not have gone bald, so it should be permanent,” Dr. Bernard says. Once the graft is in place, it will grow out and fall out in various phases — just like normal hair does.
Dr. Motykie is proud to be a Treatment provider for the new SmartGraft FUE Hair transplant machine. Contact (310) 276-6772 for a complimentary consultation.
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Have Hollywood stars discovered the fountain of youth?
Marion Ross was 47 when she began playing Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Jean Stapleton was also 47 when she started her role as Edith Bunker in All in The Family. Rue McClanahan was 51 when The Golden Girls premiered.
Compare this to some of today’s stars: Jennifer Lopez is 46, Halle Berry is 49, and Diane Lane is 51. All of them look younger than their counterparts from several decades ago. Why does it seem that Hollywood stars are aging more slowly than ever before? Is it due to plastic surgery?
Today’s actors and actresses in their 40’s and early 50’s were the first ones to focus on sunscreen and preventative treatments, which they typically began in their 20’s and 30’s. They’re also the first generation of stars who’ve been able to benefit from medically-active products that can actually reduce and reverse aging. Products like retinol, growth factors, and antioxidants.
Men are also getting into the act. Male celebrities like Brad Pitt (52) and Matthew McConaughey (46) have admitted to using topical products to slow down the aging process. Rob Lowe (51) even has his own skin care line, complete with anti-aging creams.
But possibly even more important than the creams these celebs apply to their skin is the food they put in their mouths. More and more studies are proving that what we eat can have a dramatic impact on how old we look and how quickly we age. The fountain of youth is actually on your plate.
Three main groups of foods can cause our skin to age prematurely. These groups of age-wreckers are sugar, saturated fats, and processed foods.
Foods rich in sugar, such as sweets but even refined carbohydrates like white bread and white rice, can accelerate aging by forming advanced glycation end products (AGE’s). AGE’s are the result of sugar molecules attaching to collagen and elastin, the building blocks of our skin. These hybrids can deform the internal structure of our skin and cause it to age more quickly. Fructose, especially high-fructose corn syrup, is one of the worst foods in regards to creating AGE’s. Studies have supported the belief that eating large amounts of sugar can cause the skin, and our entire body, to age more quickly.
Saturated fats, especially high-fat meats, also contain AGE’s and tend to be inflammatory, which can also affect our skin’s internal structure. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people who ate a lot of saturated fats had more wrinkling than those who ate less.
Processed foods also cause our skin to age more quickly. These types of foods, especially fried foods and foods rich in preservatives, can produce skin-damaging free radicals. Free radicals are created by the normal processes of our bodies, but can also be obtained by external sources, such as UV radiation, pollution, and even chemicals in our food. When our body is flooded with free radicals, they can cause irreversible damage to the collagen of our skin.
So does eating a healthier diet cause us to age more slowly? Yes!
Decreasing our sugar intake is the first key to slowing down the aging process. Eating less sugar, by avoiding sweets and substituting whole grains for refined grains, can lessen the creation of AGE’s and slow down the aging of our skin. Adding fiber, protein, or fat to any sugar we do consume (such as putting almond butter on our bagels and adding peanuts to the candy we grab from the office candy jar) can be another effective way to slow down the release of sugar in our bloodstream and lessen its negative effects on aging.
The trend towards eating healthier fats is also helping us to look and be younger. Studies have shown that a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (such as those found in avocados, olive oil, and nuts) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (found most often in cold water fish like salmon and tuna) can decrease the redness and damage associated with UV exposure, calm inflamed and broken-out skin, and even improve the skin’s elasticity, thereby improving wrinkles.
The recent trend towards eating real food can also cause our bodies to age more slowly. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich in free radical-fighting antioxidants. Vitamin C, one of the most potent of the free radical-fighting antioxidants, has been proven to reduce wrinkles and dry skin, but must be consumed each day. Vitamin C degrades quickly after harvest and with cooking, so it’s most potent when those fruits and vegetables containing it are eaten extremely fresh, and not canned or preserved.
I have seen this dietary age-reversing phenomenon first hand in my patients. Eating a healthier diet, with less sugar, more healthy fats, and more antioxidant-rich foods, can result in a significant improvement in their appearances. Even after just a few weeks.
So why does it seem that actors and actresses in Hollywood are defying their ages and looking younger and younger?
It’s not necessarily plastic surgery. Far from it. In fact, it’s the opposite of surgery. They’re eating better and taking better care of their skin. And this is something everyone can do.
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When you think of plastic surgery, your first thought is likely a cosmetic procedure, enhancing someone’s looks. But there is a very practical, functional side of plastic surgery, something that is a critical component of trauma care.
It has been nearly five months since Martie Martin of Reeves was in a terrible car accident.
“Coming home and I went around a curve,” he said. “Something popped in my truck and next thing I know, it’s in a ditch.”
From the ditch, Martin’s truck then slammed into a tree.
“I remember the impact of hitting a tree and that’s about it,” said Martin.
Memorial Medical Group facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist, Dr. Hope Bueller, was called in to the operating room that morning to reconstruct Martin’s face, while another surgeon removed part of his lower intestines.
“His face was pretty torn up,” said Dr. Bueller, “he had a split of the upper lip through and through and he had some of his nasal cartilage, which had been torn and detached from where they belonged, so those all had to be reattached and repaired and his upper lip required repair, too.”
Dr. Bueller says surgery needed to be done immediately to restore function to Martin’s nose and mouth, in order to breathe, speak, and swallow.
“Initially it was just a matter of figuring out which pieces of tissue went where,” said Dr. Bueller. “They were very displaced, so we had to clean the wound and then just start putting the pieces back together, doing a lot of meticulous fine suturing.”
Eleven facial procedures were performed on the operating table that day and Martin was given strict instructions to ensure the best healing.
“Keep it clean and keep it moist,” he said. “Try not to squint or move too much, try to do too many facial expressions.”
Martin’s recovery happened quickly.
“Within about a week he was starting to feel better and able to resume some of his activities, but really it takes at least a month or six weeks to have everything completely healed,” said Dr. Bueller.
In the days following the procedures, Martin admits he had doubts about if he would ever look like he did before the accident.
“I didn’t think it was ever going to heal up the way it has,” said Martin.
But today, Martin says he is back to feeling like himself and looking like himself, with just a couple of small scars that tell the story of his survival.
Dr. Bueller says recovery from facial injuries is typically fairly easy. Injections can be used to help soften scarring.
You can learn more about non-surgical facial procedures at an open house with Dr. Bueller on Thursday, February 18. It is at Lake Charles Memorial for Women’s physicians offices on Gauthier Rd. from 5:30-7:00 P.M. There will be giveaways, refreshments, and discounts offered for those signing up for services.
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There are 24 Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. One specific board you will NOT see is Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon. Please do your research. “EVERY” Doctor is Board Certified by one of these specialties.