Archive for September, 2012:

Maintaining Youthful Looking Breasts

If you’re concerned about keeping your breasts more youthful looking but aren’t sure if there is much you can do to control how your breasts age, a new study of identical twins may provide some clues. A controlled study of identical twins by Dr. Hooman T. Soltanian from the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland indicates that factors such as; breastfeeding, moisturizing, and hormone- replacement therapy after menopause significantly decreased the perceived aging of the breasts. Factors that negatively impacted the appearance of the breasts and accelerated the appearance of aging in breasts included; cigarette smoking, higher BMI, alcohol consumption, multiple pregnancies, and larger breasts and cup sizes. The study was published in the September issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and is entitled “Determinants of Breast Appearance and Aging in Twins.”

The researchers in this study looked at 161 sets of twins with a mean age of 47.6 years old during 2009 & 2010. In a blind study, plastic surgery residents subjectively rated the breasts of identical twins using standard medical photographs. The ratings were then analyzed against the personal history and medical background of the patients to determine how external factors helped determine the attractiveness of the breasts. The twins who moisturized their breasts daily had far fewer wrinkles in their breast, those who received hormone replacement therapy after menopause rated higher on attractiveness of the breast size, shape projection, areolar shape and size. Breastfeeding was also positively correlated with better breast skin quality, but less attractive areolar shape and size. The twins who had breasts that were rated less attractive were those who had larger cup sizes, higher number of pregnancies, smoked cigarettes, had higher BMI’s and consumed alcohol.

This study shows that although much of how breasts develop and age is genetic, there are lifestyle choices and behaviors that can also positively or negatively impact how the breasts age.

If you are interested in learning more about options in breast surgery, such as; breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Steven Ringler for a private consultation appointment.

Archive for September, 2012:

Maintaining Youthful Looking Breasts

“Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.” The organization that was started by Dr. Bill Magee and his wife Kathy over 30 years ago after a trip to the Philippines never fails to inspire. Operation Smile’s all volunteer medical teams work in over 60 countries around the globe and have performed over 200,000 surgeries free of charge for children who were born with a cleft lip and cleft palate or other facial deformities.

This week I will be going to La Romana in the Dominican Republic for a week to help some of these children. I am fortunate to have been a medical volunteer for Operation Smile for over 15 years. It is surprising to me when people ask me why I continue to volunteer after this length of time. The answer: I simply can’t think of a better way to spend my time or share my own talents than to help a child who may be unable to eat, speak, or socialize due to an unfortunate birth defect. The truth is, as anyone who has ever volunteered with Op Smile will tell you, volunteers receive much more than they give on every mission. There is simply no greater reward in medicine than handing a child, post-surgery, back to his parents and to see the tears in their eyes and the shared joy of knowing that the child and their family have been made better by your effort.

According to Operation Smile, every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft. In some cultures, these children are isolated, shunned or rejected. Quite often the child’s parents don’t have the resources to be able to give them the surgery they require to lead a normal life. A short, 45- minute surgical procedure, which costs around $240, quite literally changes the life of the child, their family and often the community in which they live. If you are looking for a way to make a real difference in the world, please consider Operation Smile – they literally change children’s lives, one smile at a time.

Happy 30th Anniversary Operation Smile.

Dr. Ringler will be volunteering in the Dominican Republic for Operation Smile the third week in September, 2012.

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