Archive for May, 2011:

Palin’s Corrective Surgery Sparks Chin Augmentation Interest

Bristol Palin recently underwent what she called “corrective jaw surgery” and experienced what she found to be aesthetic bonuses to the procedure, according to Us Weekly.

Though Palin said she underwent the procedure to help align her jaw and teeth, her appearance is now more streamlined. Palin said because of the surgery she looks more mature and has less of a “chubby little baby face.”

Women, as well as men, who wish to improve the projection of their chins actually have several cosmetic options. Though Palin said she chose surgery for medical reasons, the aesthetic improvements that can be made include permanent chin implants as well as more temporary options like fillers.

By augmenting the shape and projection of the chin, your facial features can be streamlined and harmony between your chin and other prominent facial features can be improved.

Chin augmentation with an implant can add projection to an underdeveloped chin. In this procedure, an alloplastic implant is placed in front of the jaw through an incision under the chin or inside the mouth.

For patients whose chin is only slightly underdeveloped, a dermal filler may be used to fill out its shape, though this is only a temporary solution.

In addition to these procedures to augment the chin, your other facial features can be modified surgically to improve facial harmony. These procedures may include other facial implants (like the cheeks or jaw), lip augmentation or rhinoplasty, to reshape the nose. Additionally, neck liposuction may create a more refined jawline and chin.

Archive for May, 2011:

Palin’s Corrective Surgery Sparks Chin Augmentation Interest

Early diagnosis and surgery can greatly improve a child’s quality of life if he or she is born with a cleft lip and palate, according to

A cleft lip and palate is the second most common birth defect and one that many plastic surgeons work to correct. Reconstructive surgery on a cleft lip and palate can greatly improve one’s quality of life. After surgery, improvements are made in speech and communication, eating and breathing, as well as in the aesthetic appearance of the patient.

Before a child is born, experts say taking steps to provide a prenatal diagnosis as well as preparing the parents for the child’s birth, if a cleft lip and palate are found, are paramount. Most often, this diagnosis is made with an ultrasound. Once determined, the doctor and parents should create a treatment plan, which should include surgical correction of the cleft lip and palate, according to Dr. Richard Redett, a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon and co-director of the Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Redett says that surgery performed before the child is one year old is most effective, and ensures the child’s speech develops normally.

In the cleft lip and palate surgery, which may be performed individually, the separation or split in the lip and palate are closed, which normalizes appearance and helps restore function, which was likely impaired.

In some cases, however, cleft lip and palate may be preventable. Dr. Redett suggests pregnant women take daily folic acid, avoid even secondhand smoke, discuss any medications with their doctor and look into their family history to see if the birth defect may be genetic.

Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Ringler regularly volunteers with Operation Smile and co-founded the Michigan chapter with his wife, Andrea. Operation Smile works to correct cleft lip and palates for children around the world.

Archive for May, 2011:

Palin’s Corrective Surgery Sparks Chin Augmentation Interest

Many women and men may have read with dismay the current study from the University of Colorado indicating that fat removed via liposuction returns to another area of the body. The study published in Obesity,by the University of Colorado, appears to have valid controls in terms of measurements, however, the directive to “not change lifestyle ” may be problematic.

Having performed liposuction for over twenty years, including many of the newer, less invasive forms of liposuction in the last five years, I have had a different experience with my patients than the study would suggest. Liposuction has never been described as, nor should it be considered, a weight loss procedure. As I tell my patients, the procedure is best for people who are basically in good shape with isolated areas of fat that they wish to reduce. Often these areas of fat are dictated by genetics and will not reduce on their own regardless of the patient’s efforts. Once fat cells are removed via liposuction, they do not return. They are permanently destroyed. If the patient does not gain weight, they usually are extremely happy with their results and the area of fat does not automatically show up in some other area of the body as the study suggested. The Colorado study does not state the height of the patients, specific weight, or what is meant by “not changing their lifestyle.”

On the other hand, if the patient is basically overweight, and believes liposuction is a magic bullet to help them reduce, they may be disappointed. In such a case, the study would be correct in that the fat cells do not return to the area they were removed from, but may show up in other areas. In other words, the fat cells were there for a reason in the first place. If diet is not altered, it is likely that fat will return, but not to the treatment area.

Liposuction is not, and never has been, a weight loss solution. Proper diet and exercise are still the only way to remain fit and healthy. On the other hand, I have seen many people over the years who have felt that reshaping their problem areas of fat through liposuction, has given them the impetus to lose some weight, exercise more, and in general, feel better about their body. The notion that “you can’t fool mother nature” and that no matter what you do, the fat will return to other areas of the body flies in the face reality. Proper patient selection and communication about what liposuction can and cannot accomplish are the best tools to ensure patients are satisfied with their results.

Archive for May, 2011:

Palin’s Corrective Surgery Sparks Chin Augmentation Interest

Protecting your skin as the sun’s rays heat up is paramount in maintaining its youthful, beautiful appearance. One way to do that is with the Obagi NuDerm line, which is a SELF Magazine 2011 Healthy Beauty Awards Winner.

The NuDerm Sun Shield SPF 50 was named the winner for the Best Sunscreen for Face, SPF 50+ category, an honor that Obagi Medical Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development Jim Hartman finds “rewarding.”

Hartman added that Obagi works to “meet the requests of our end-users for an elegant, high protection sunscreen lotion that really can be used every day.”

While Obagi’s sun protection products have garnered much notoriety this year, its line extends far beyond that. Among its array of skin products, Obagi also offers treatments to correct sun damage, reverse other signs of aging like wrinkles and to treat skin issues like rosacea and acne.

Both Elastiderm Eye and Elastiderm Decollatage work to restore your skin’s youthful elasticity to diminish wrinkles around your eyes and on your chest, respectively.

Meanwhile, Rosaclear cleanses your skin to soothe it and reduce the blemishes that result in the appearance of redness that rosacea patients struggle with. The Clenziderm M.D. System is a prescription-strength acne fighting treatment that reduces acne-causing bacteria to help you achieve cleaner, clearer skin.

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