Archive for June, 2010:

Rosacea Flare Ups Triggered By Summer Heat

A new survey by the National Rosacea Society (rosacea.org) says that people living with rosacea are prone to experience increased symptoms and flare-ups when exposed to the sun and other heat sources. If you’ve experienced rosacea in the past, this may be useful information as the summer temperatures rise here in Grand Rapids.

Out of 431 patients surveyed by the NRS, 80 percent said that exposure to the sun and hot weather caused their flare-ups. Excessive indoor heat, heavy exercise, bonfires, stoves, hot baths and hot beverages were also cited as triggers for rosacea flare-ups.

Fortunately, people living with rosacea can prevent flare-ups by knowing their individual triggers and guarding against them. Dr. Joseph Bikowski, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Ohio State University, recommends that patients become proactive in knowing the causes of their rosacea flare-ups.

He says you should minimize exposure to heat triggers and take proper precautions to avoid flare-ups, such as using a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen when spending time in the sun. The survey found that about 84 percent of respondents reduced the rate of their rosacea flare-ups by actively avoiding known heat triggers. A high percentage of patients also reported that taking cooler showers and minimizing time spent outdoors on hot days eased the frequency of their flare-ups.

Medical treatments and products are also available to help people control rosacea. Products from Obagi medical are popular for these purposes, with their Rosaclear line developed specifically for people experiencing Rosacea symptoms. Read more about skin care treatments and products

Archive for June, 2010:

Rosacea Flare Ups Triggered By Summer Heat

Now more than ever, breast surgery patients have a wide range of information sources to reference regarding their procedure. From outside sources or directly from your plastic surgeon, you can learn about what to expect during surgery. However, some patients are not receiving the information they need. A recent study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses argues that breast surgery post-operative information is “fragmented, incomplete, or lacking.”

By analyzing interviews with 48 patients, the authors of this article sought to uncover what is missing and report on the informational needs of women who undergo breast reconstruction, breast reduction, and breast augmentation.

They found 2 predominant themes among breast surgery patients: unexpected outcomes and helpful/unhelpful information. Both themes have some clinical implication for plastic surgeons performing breast surgery – namely, a “need for more comprehensive education to better prepare women undergoing breast surgery and to help create more realistic expectations.”

Overall positive outcomes were reported by patients in the study, but most of them also reported an unexpected event. Swelling, numbness, discomfort, sensations in the skin, and a “just plain weird feeling and uncomfortableness” were cited by participants. Had these patients received more complete information before surgery, they would have been psychologically prepared for these events, the authors suggest.

Patients in the study also named the most useful information sources that prepared them for breast surgery:

  • Before and After Photos
  • Online forums
  • Stories about the experiences of other women

These sources are readily available online, but you should still seek a plastic surgeon who is willing to provide comprehensive information about breast surgery and what to expect during your recovery.

You can purchase access and read the article “Not What I Expected: Informational Needs of Women Undergoing Breast Surgery” through the journal, Plastic Surgical Nursing.

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Rosacea Flare Ups Triggered By Summer Heat

A study out of Brazil recently published in the Jornal de Pediatria discusses the breastfeeding patterns of women who undergo breast augmentation and breast reduction surgery.

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, meaning breast milk without additional food or water. Given this recommendation and the various documented benefits of breastfeeding, the authors sought to first examine the habits of women who underwent cosmetic breast procedures and then compare it to women who had no surgery.

Of the 74 patients who were studied at a single hospital in Brazil, “the probability of an infant being on exclusive breastfeeding at the end of the first month of life was 29% in women with reduction surgery, 54% in those with augmentation surgery, and 80% in women who had no surgery.”

Responding to these statistics, the authors recommend that women undergoing cosmetic breast surgery be cared for by qualified professionals who are aware of potential lactation difficulties. “These women should be encouraged to breastfeed, as many of them do not believe this is possible,” writes the author.

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Rosacea Flare Ups Triggered By Summer Heat

According to a study recently conducted by the ASPRS, female plastic surgeons are less likely to be married than their male colleagues. They’re also more likely to be childless or wait until later in life to have children. Yet, they work similar hours, practice about the same number of years, and appear to have similarly high levels of satisfaction with their careers.

The study, which was published in Annals of Plastic Surgery, found that 35% of the female surgeons were unmarried, while only 12% of the male surgeons were single. Not only that, 42.9% of the females had no children, compared to only 11.5% of the males.

What does this mean in the era of so-called equality in the workplace? For one thing it means that the past decade hasn’t necessarily made life easier for female plastic surgeons.

You can find a similar ASPS study done in 1992-1993 that also turned up significant differences in the private lives of female and male plastic surgeons. This study revealed that even a decade ago there were no significant differences between the male and female surgeons in terms of academic excellence, advanced training, or hours worked per week. And over 90% of the doctors who responded to the survey were happy with their career choices, similar to the 2010 study. But many more of the male plastic surgeons were married (89%) with children (86%) than their female counterparts (65% married, 54% with children.)

It’s good to know that both male and female surgeons are highly competent, dedicated to their work, and equally satisfied with their careers. Yet, the women are clearly making sacrifices in terms of postponing marriage and children.

See both “Gender Differences in the Professional and Private Lives of Plastic Surgeons” and “Plastic surgeons: a gender comparison” on PubMed

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