What To Know Before You Get Fillers This Holiday Season

You’ve heard about new facial fillers such as Juvederm Volbella® or Restylane Refyne®. Your doctor or nurse injector has many fillers in their tool box. How do they know which ones to use?  What fillers are the longest lasting  and what  should you know about each facial filler. When you’re planning on getting fillers for your lips, smile lines, temples or cheek area its important to be well informed. 

The most common fillers are Hyaluronic acid HA is a natural substance found in your body. These fillers are easily dissolved with Hyaluronidase if you are overfilled, have complications or don’t like the way it looks. However, it’s important your injector knows how to use this product, as too much can dissolve your natural tissue, this is not permanent.

I’ve tried all the Hyaluronic acid  fillers on the market today. I’ve been injected by the most skilled plastic surgeons, dermatologists and nurse injectors.  I still experience swelling, bruising and have had fillers dissolved.  Recently, I tried newer fillers like  Juvederm Vollure ®,  Juvederm Volbella® as well as Restylane Refyne® and Restylane Defyne®. My body breaks down fillers rapidly, therefore some fillers have a shorter duration.  Due to different technologies and your body’s chemistry some fillers  may cause more swelling and bruising than other fillers. Expect swelling and bruising especially with lip and under the eye fillers.

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12 Things Plastic Surgeons Wish They Could Tell You

12 Things Plastic Surgeons Wish They Could Tell You

by Guest Blogger Amy Gallo

Plastic surgery is becoming popular with each passing day. The most shocking thing is that most patients are willing to get under the knife without even asking the surgeon questions. What you should know is that there are both risks and benefits associated with any plastic surgery. There are many things that your Plastic Surgeon wishes he could tell you but won’t.

Below is a list of 12 things your surgeon won’t tell you, though they wish they could.

1) Get Surgery for You

Many people go for plastic surgery simply because their friends did the same or their loved ones think it is the best thing to do. The decision should be yours entirely without someone pressuring you to do it.

2) Some Surgeons Will Operate on Anyone

Some doctors are just out to make money and pay their bills. If you decide to go for plastic surgery, always make sure the surgeon is board certified. Another great aspect is a doctor you can fully trust as this is very important to your health and wellbeing.

3) A Surgery Specialist Is Not a Fairy Godmother

Always have realistic expectations when going to your surgeon. Remember that your body has a limit to what it can handle. It is wrong to want to look like a certain celebrity. Surgeons are not miracle workers; they can only make a better version of you.

4) Getting Turned Down Could Be Good (more…)

Medical Malpractice Suits for Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

It always saddens me to read stories about women who think they are getting a deal on their plastic surgery, ending up disfigured, or dead. When seeking cosmetic surgery, it is important to only go to a  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You should always ask about the doctors credentials before you commit to any surgery.  It’s important to understand that general medical doctors do not have the same training as a plastic surgeon.  Although it is legal for a family medical doctor to perform surgery, why would you take the risk? Just because a doctor trained in family medicine has opened a cosmetic clinic that does not qualify him  to preform cosmetic surgery on patients. Please do your homework. You only have one face and one body, choose wisely. Having revision plastic surgery is very costly. Some plastic surgeons will not even take the case and sometimes the damage is so disfiguring leading to suicide.  If you can’t afford to go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, than wait until you can!!The following is an article which appeared in the Omaha Herald, about a Omaha doctor was is not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, yet he preformed breast augmentations, tummy tucks and eyelid lifts.

Medical malpractice suits filed against Omaha doctor, cosmetic surgery clinic

Aug 2, 2017 Updated 10 min ago

Seven women have filed lawsuits in Douglas County District Court alleging medical malpractice by an Omaha doctor and his cosmetic surgery clinic.

The lawsuits, filed last week, allege that the women suffered scarring, disfigurement and pain as a result of the actions of Dr. Gerard J. Stanley Jr. and Sculpt Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery in Omaha.

Omaha attorney James Martin Davis, who is representing the seven women and two spouses, said the women all thought Stanley was a plastic surgeon. They underwent procedures in his office including breast lifts, tummy tucks and an eyebrow lift.

 Davis said he referred the women to a board-certified plastic surgeon before taking the case and then to a second plastic surgeon to determine what remedies were available. Since the lawsuits were filed, he said, he has been contacted by four other women who have raised similar concerns.

A staff member at Stanley’s clinic referred a call for comment to his attorney, Mark Novotny of Omaha.

“We believe Dr. Stanley and Sculpt Cosmetic Surgery provided excellent care to these patients. Through the court system, everyone at Sculpt Cosmetic Surgery will be vindicated,” Novotny said in a statement.

 Stanley is board-certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties, the nation’s largest accrediting body with 24 member boards. According to his website, he established Sculpt in 2012 and is a magna cum laude graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.

In April 2014, he agreed to ensure that people working under his supervision work only within the scope of their practice and that they have the appropriate licensure required for duties.

The agreement came in response to an allegation that Stanley allowed unlicensed individuals to perform facials and chemical peels without a valid Nebraska license to practice aesthetics or cosmetology.

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Bathing in CBD Hemp Oil Infused So-Fizzzed Up Bath Bomb

Some of you reading this blog probably remember  when  Mary Jane (marijuana ), Pot was illegal.  People smoked weed mainly to get high.  Who knew about CBD oil or any of the other active cannabinoids in cannabis (marijuana). Times are changing very rapidly with the legalization of medical cannabis across the nation and recreational cannabis legal in some states including California.

I never heard of CBD oil until recently. Let’s talk a little about what CBD oil is.

CBD is a Cannabidiol, the non-psychotropic active ingredient in cannabis.   Cannabis has at least 113 active cannabinoids.  The “high” comes from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC in cannabis.  CBD is legal and you don’t need a medical marijuana card to buy it. You can buy it online in many forms.   In fact there are many medicinal qualities to CBD. CBD treats anxiety, it helps reduce pain and inflammation, even PMS.  It’s even being used to treat  multiple sclerosis, cancer and fibromyalgia.  Works to help ease PMS and even depression. There are new studies being done on the many medicinal qualities of CBD.  Pure CBD oil also helps you to come down from too much THC.

CBD is rapidly becoming a buzz word in the beauty and health industry. Many new  products infused with CBD oil are entering the market, including skin care products, sun blocks,  tinctures, bath oils, bubble bath, salves to name a few.

I’ve become very curious about CBD oil and its medicinal effects especially for my plastic surgery clients.  I recently had the opportunity to try a hand-made CBD infused bath bomb!

I met with the Owner of So Fizzed Up, Meli Bowman, to try one of her hand-made CBD  Bath Bombs.

I wanted to experience bathing in CBD oil, feeling its therapeutic and calming effect. Plus it sounded like fun!!  I choose the lemon bath bomb. Each bath bomb is decorated with little colorful stones. It’s a cute presentation.

 

I  wanted to experience the medicinal effects after a hard Yoga class. I unwrapped the bomb, it started to crumble so I immediately put it into the tub water.  I  would recommend unwrapping it above your tub or under running water. (more…)

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