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Plastic Surgeon Launches ‘Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 7, 2009

phoenixplasticsurgeoncookbookIf 2009 is your year to clean up an unhealthy diet and embark on new routines towards a healthier lifestyle, an anti-aging diet could be part of the regimen.  Dr. Heidi Regenass, a plastic surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona has recently released “Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook“, a set of guidelines for healthier living that can help you look and feel beautiful from inside out.

Dr. Regenass explains that many foods that we eat on a regular basis actually speed up the aging process; diets full of sugars, alcohol and saturated fat can trigger the aging response, which means you may be a candidate for premature aging.

She recommends proper nutrition with a variety of ‘power foods’ to help reduce the symptoms of premature aging.  Her cookbook features recipes made with several ‘superfoods’, giving the body a chance to reach an optimal state with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Dr. Regenass states that;  “We have to use the power of our food ingredients to slow down the aging process. Antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients all play a significant role in our health which also reflects in the severity of our fine lines and wrinkles and our skin elasticity.”  (Source: PRWeb.com)

While the plastic surgeon does encourage eating a healthy diet and maintaining an exercise regimen in order to look better, she also explains that this self-care strategy also complements both surgical and non-surgical plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments.  Since the body has a stronger chance of healing and repairing itself after surgery, results of many surgeries and treatments may be much better.

still, individuals who want to slow down the aging process using a natural approach may benefit from the recipes and tips outlined in the book.  The book features several different styles of cooking and easy, step-by-step recipes for almost all culinary skill levels. The book can be purchased directly from drheiditv.com.

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Dieting May Help Reduce Gum Disease, Tooth Problems

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 6, 2009

dentistGum disease and inflammation around the teeth and gums can trigger a number of health problems, and lead to tooth decay and yellowing teeth.

Practicing good dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease, but some researchers say that what and how much you eat may also play an important role in maintaining that healthy smile.

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore recently published their findings in the journal nutrition, claiming that there is a critical link between inflammation of the gums and poor health. According to Mark Reynolds, DDS, PhD, associate professor at the Dental School, part of UMB:

“Chronic inflammation appears to be an important factor underlying aging and many age-related disorders, and dietary restriction has been shown to reduce the risk for chronic disease and promote longevity in multiple animal models.” (Source: Medical News Today)

A reduced-calorie diet could help reduce the impact of invading bacteria in the mouth, and thereby reduce the risk of inflammation.  Oral disease is commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and the food we eat does play a role in the health of the gum tissues and color of the teeth. Excess sugars, fats and oils in the diet may trigger the inflammatory response in those with weak gum tissues, and poor nutrition habits overall can make it difficult for the body to heal and repair itself.

Dr. Reynolds explains that obesity has been linked to increased signs of overall inflammation, which means that individuals who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop diseases of the joints, muscles and tendons; the gums are another high-risk area for those who eat an unhealthy diet. Periodontal disease may be linked to poor nutrition, according to this study, which means that eating a low-calorie but well-balanced diet may offer benefits beyond healthy weight maintenance.

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Drink to Your Health – Your Teeth Will Thank You

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 26, 2008

teaSteering clear of red wine, coffee and sugary sodas continues to be an effective strategy for keeping teeth in great shape, but there is one beverage that can protect your teeth against erosion – brewed tea.

Refined sugars and citric acid are some of the culprits behind tooth decay, but it’s become increasingly harder to avoid foods and drinks that contain these ingredients.  In a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry’s journal, General Dentistry, brewed tea contains compounds that won’t wear down tooth enamel and may also help protect the teeth and gums in the long run.

Both black and green tea contain antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and the study suggests that these teas do not have an erosive effect that can break down teeth enamel. Green tea enthusiasts also enjoy the added benefit of flavanoids in their beverage, plant nutrients that support a healthy immune system and ward off certain diseases.

In order to reap the most benefits from drinking tea, experts say it’s best to enjoy the tea in its natural state – without using sugars, lemon or even milk to mask the taste.  The tea’s natural flavanoids cannot be absorbed as easily when they’re coupled with other ingredients, so it’s best to drink that cup of tea – iced or steaming hot – as is.

In addition to drinking freshly brewed tea regularly, there are ways to reduce the effects of erosion from foods and drinks in the daily diet.  Dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum between meals to increase saliva flow to the mouth; this acts as a protective covering for the teeth which can then reduce the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

It’s also a good idea to rinse the mouth with water regularly, especially after a meal.   And, if you must have that sugary soda or coffee, drink it quickly through a straw to reduce the risk of erosion on the tops of the teeth.

(Source: Academy of General Dentistry)

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Visit the Dentist and Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 24, 2008

While eating low fat foods and maintaining a healthy weight with a fitness regimen are a few ways to ward off heart disease, experts say visiting the dentist regularly is another way to keep your health in good shape.

Scientists have found that people with heart disease tend to have a high level of a certain protein that causes inflammation; a recent study published in the FASEB Journal suggests that the inflammation may be a result of unhealthy teeth and gums. The FASEB Journal is published by the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) which promotes scientific progress and education in the field of human health.  This study provides some insights on ways to reduce the risk of heart disease outside of conventional methods.

researchers involved in this study reached their conclusions by examining the arteries of 35 people with a median age of 46 who had mild to moderate periodontal disease (gum disease).  After one year of dental treatments – regular brushing, cleaning, flossing and maintaining a healthy set of teeth – the amount of oral bacteria in the mouth decreased significantly and the blood vessels had become much thinner. (Source:  Medical News Today)

Infected gums can be prevented with regular flossing, deep cleaning and frequent visits to the dentist.  People who avoid going to the dentist, or those that do not floss and brush regularly may be at risk for developing unhealthy blood vessels and gum tissue that leads to the thickening of the blood vessels.  Over time, these vessels become inflamed and increse the risk of heart disease.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that everyone should see their dentist one to two times per year to prevent gum disease and oral health problems, and to use the right techniques for brushing and flossing.  Techniques include:

  • Brushing at least twice per day, ideally after every meal
  • Avoiding vigorous brushing that irritates the gums
  • Using an electric toothbrush
  • Using a mouth rinse to reduce plaque
  • Using fresh floss throughout the mouth
  • Using an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth

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Photodynamic Therapy Plus Laser Could Be Best Antiaging Solution

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 4, 2008

faceMany men and women who want to erase the signs of aging turn to powerful laser skin resurfacing devices such as Fraxel and the Erbium laser that offer lasting results.

The effects of aging are typically the result of ultraviolet damage and buildup of toxins from the environment, but there are several skin rejuvenation treatment options available that can help restore damaged cells and even reduce the risk of future damage by making the skin more resilient and increasing collagen production.

Currently, the most popular treatments include intense pulsed light therapy, photofacials, Fraxel laser and dermal fillers.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are another option for those interested in reducing the appearance of blotchy skin or erasing acne scars since these treatments  slowly increase collagen production and improve the skin tone. However, some experts are finding that some of the most aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures may not be the only solution for combatting fine lines and wrinkles.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been conducting several tests that combine photodynamic therapy with pulsed-dye laser treatments.   This combination treatment is designed to trigger collagen production which in turn helps the skin becomes much firmer; the lasers help break down the top layer of the skin so that the epidermal layer grows back stronger and more resilient, while light therapy helps trigger collagen production deep under the skin’s surface.

These effects and results have historically been achieved with aggressive laser resurfacing procedures, but lasers can be very damaging to the skin and some individuals need a series of treatments in order to see results.

The recent studies led by Jeffrey S. Orringer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is designed to “to quantitatively examine the epidermal and dermal cellular and molecular changes that occur after photodynamic therapy of photodamaged human skin.”

Researchers conducting the study suggest using a powerful IPL treatment in addition to pulsed-dye laser treatments to achieve the best results.

Dr. Orringer concludes that, “Several key findings provide evidence for the validity of this clinical treatment approach, including evidence of substantial dermal remodeling, collagen production, and epidermal thickening that result from photodynamic therapy…We believe that the quantitative amount of dermal repair and regeneration induced by a specific treatment likely underlies the degree of clinical rejuvenation produced.”

(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)


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Men Get Better Results with Liposuction Than Women

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 9, 2008

While some people go under the knife to correct a health problem, others head to the plastic or cosmetic surgery office to improve overall well-being.

The plastic surgery ‘fix’ continues to be a popular choice for men and women alike, and some experts indicate that more men are turning to cosmetic surgery to improve their lifestyle and enhance their well-being.

Procedures such as liposuction, cellulite treatments and even skin tightening procedures such as Thermage can help many men achieve their ideal figure. Since the texture and tone of a man’s skin is thicker and more resilient than a woman’s skin, men may be able to achieve better results with plastic surgery procedures and look forward to faster recovery rates – especially with procedures such as liposuction and liposculpture.

According to cosmeticweb.us, “experts say male fat tends to be more localized and less stretched by things such as pregnancy, so if you do choose to go the surgical route, at least you can expect good results.”

Dr. Michael Gartner, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Eatontown, New Jersey, of the 12 million Americans that pursue plastic surgery each year, “more and more men are also pursuing cosmetic surgery, specifically liposuction, eyelifts and rhinoplasty.”

Other popular cosmetic treatments for men include chin implants, abdominal etching, liposculpture and Botox injections.

Read more: Cosmetic Procedures for Men – Top Six Anti Aging Treatments

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Belly Fat Deemed Valuable Source of Stem Cells

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 7, 2008

If you’ve been thinking about liposuction or other fat removal procedures to get rid of belly fat for good, recent studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons give you good reason to hold on to a few of those cells.

Researchers report that the lower abdomen is where stem cells are stored,  the same cells that promote healthy cell renewal, support healthy organ and tissue functioning, and may also be used as part of an anti-aging regiment.

According to  J. Peter Rubin, MD, a member of the ASPS Fat Grafting Task Force who is involved in pre-clinical trial work on stem cells taken from fat;

“Adult stem cells, derived from our own tissues, hold strong promise for improved clinical therapies,” and that “the potential for healing and repairing injury or disease through stem cells, including conditions like breast cancer and reconstruction, heart failure, spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease are incredible.” (Source:  emaxhealth.com)

This means that the stem cells can be harvested from a liposuction procedure and transplanted into another area of the body that needs to heal, or where cells need to regenerate.

Experts are already conducting studies and tests to determine how stem cells may be used to repair skin that this prone to wrinkles, or rebuild skin tissues after trauma.

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