Archive for April, 2011

Plastic surgery blog:Osteopenia a concern for women?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

beautiful middle aged woman4 Plastic surgery blog:Osteopenia a concern for women?According to Fox 5  as women age, they find themselves at greater risk of developing a variety of health problems. Should osteopenia be one of them?

The condition was recognized nearly 20 years ago by the World Health Organization as a potential precursor to osteoporosis, a severe thinning of the bones that can lead to increased risk of bone fracture. The idea was that women whose bones had started to thin could take action to reverse the trend before it was too late.

Osteopenia is identified by comparing a woman’s bone density with that of a “young healthy adult” at peak bone density, around age 30.

The problem is, all women — and, to a lesser extent, men — begin to lose bone mass in midlife after the natural renewal process plateaus. In women, this accelerates after menopause because the loss of estrogen translates into less collagen for the bone matrix.

“Osteopenia is normal — it’s like gray hair,” says Dr. Nortin Hadler, a rheumatologist at the University of North Carolina and author of “Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America.”

Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that certain changes are likely as women age. Patients often complain about excess fat around the waist. Many times this is due to hormonal weight gain. Provided that the skin has good elasticity liposuction may be an effective method for treating these areas. Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers different liposuction techniques including Zerona and Smart Lipo. The results are often better than  a patient could achieve through diet and exercise alone.

Plastic surgery blog:Tall and obese men and at higher risk for blood clots

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

bathroom scale8 Plastic surgery blog:Tall and obese men and at higher risk for blood clotsAccording to Fox 5 tall and obese men appear more likely to develop venous thromboemoblism, which can lead to a potentially lethal blood clot in the lungs, according to a study published Thursday.

Researchers from the University of Tromso in Norway analyzed height and weight data from 26,714 people and assessed the incidence of venous thromboembolism over 12-1/2 years. In that time, 461 people developed the condition, in which a blood clot (or thrombosis) forms in a deep vein, usually in the thigh, and can move into an artery in the lung. Here’s a basic explanation of the condition from Patient Health International and a detailed look, including risk factors, from Cleveland Clinic.

In the lung, the clot (called a pulmonary embolism) blocks blood supply and can lead to death. The American Heart Assn. offers this look at venous thromboembolism incidence and fatality statistics. 

It begins: “Venous thromboembolism occurs for the first time in about 100 per 100,000 persons each year in the United States. About one third of patients with symptomatic VTE manifest pulmonary embolism, whereas two thirds manifest deep-vein thrombosis alone.”

The new research suggests that being either obese or tall, or the combination, puts men at greater risk for the condition compared to short (5 feet 7.7 inches or shorter), normal-weight men. 

Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to male patients that proper weight is critical  to plastic surgery recommendations. Patients who are obese are not candidates for liposuction. If they are a good candidate, men can benefit greatly from the procedure. It can sculpt the entire waistline including the love handles and lower back. Most men are able to return to work 3 to 5 days following the procedure.

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Plastic surgery blog:Applying sunscreen properly is critical for protection

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

sun tanning at the beach4 Plastic surgery blog:Applying sunscreen properly is critical for protectionAccording to CBS  8 sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn and damage, but it must be applied properly.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these guidelines:

  • Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.
  • Apply sunscreen to children’s skin, as long as they are at least 6 months old. Children younger than 6 months should not be exposed to the sun.
  • Make sure you choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays,
  • Use about 1 ounce of sunscreen for good coverage.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
  • Be aware of how much time you spend in the sun. Your skin doesn’t have to turn red to be damaged by the sun’s rays.

Dr Stuart Kincaid  explains to his patients that the sun can prematurely age the skin and cause patients to have tough  and wrinkled skin. Patients should use medical grade skin care products to help maintain healthy skin. Chemical peels can also be effective in removing the damage skin on the surface of the face. Patients with extreme sun damage are not good candidates for surgical procedures like facelift or browlift until their skin has been pre- treated successfully with medical grade skin care products and other treatments. The best candidates for facial surgery  should have skin free of sun damage.

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Plastic surgery blog: Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Hurt Baby

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

pregnant women2 Plastic surgery blog: Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Hurt BabyAccording to CBS 8 Three new studies draw a link between prebirth exposure to a class of pesticides widely used on food crops and lower intelligence scores in children.

The effect is especially noticeable in kids from a California farming region where they and their mothers were also potentially exposed to pesticides through their use on local crops.

The pesticides in question are known as organophosphates, which kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems. First developed in a more potent form as nerve poisons during World War II, they can disrupt people’s nervous systems as well, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The research doesn’t prove that organophosphate exposure is bad for the developing brains of infants and children. That may be impossible to confirm because ethical constraints prevent scientists from randomly assigning kids to be exposed to pesticides to see what happens.

There are plenty of worries for pregnant women and the health of their unborn babies. Pesticides could be  yet another danger. Many new mothers become discouraged after childbirth when they are left with an abdomen covered with stretch marks and loose skin. Often they have been good about diet and exercise yet their skin is unable to “snap back”. Dr Stuart Kincaid encourages these patients, and explains that an abdominoplasty combined with liposuction will help to return their body to a shapely figure.  Diet and excercise are not effective for tightening loose and lax skin.

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Plastic surgery blog:Calcium friend or foe?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

milk does the body1 234x300 Plastic surgery blog:Calcium friend or foe?According to CBS 8 ”There is a lack of consensus at the present time as to what recommendations should be regarding the use of calcium supplements,” said study senior author Dr. Ian Reid, who fully expected that the new results will have a “significant impact on recommendations.”

“Our own recommendation is to critically review the use of calcium supplements, since the data in this paper suggests that they do more harm than good,” added Reid, who is professor of medicine and endocrinology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

“The cautious way forward seems to be to encourage people to obtain their calcium from the diet, rather than from supplements, since food calcium has not been shown to carry this increased risk of heart disease,” Reid added.

A recent meta-analysis done by the same group of researchers found a 27 to 31 percent increased risk of heart attacks in women taking calcium without vitamin D.

Many older women take calcium supplements with or without vitamin D to keep their bones strong, especially since that has long been standard medical advice. In addition, the mammoth, U.S.-government funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) earlier found no negative link between calcium and heart health.

As women age the recommendations for supplements increase. The conflicting information is overwhelming. Dr Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that maintaining good health as we age is important. Women especially have hormonal shifts that can cause differences in their  body contour. In many cases women may be at a stable weight, yet they have unwanted fat pockets in undesirable areas. In this situation liposuctionis an excellent recommendation. If there is also loose skin on the abdomen an abdominoplasty may be needed as well. Just because a woman ages it doesn’t mean she can’t look her best.

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Plastic surgery blog:Shop til you drop may really work!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

woman shoppers1 Plastic surgery blog:Shop til you drop may really work!According to CBS 8  a shopping trip-a-day may help keep the doctor away, not to mention the Grim Reaper, a new study from Taiwan suggests.

Researchers there found that elderly people who go shopping daily live longer than their less shopping-prone peers.

And “retail therapy” seemed to benefit men more than women, according to the study, which was published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Why the connection?

“Frequent shopping among the elderly is related to increased walking — a low-impact physical activity that can improve heart health as well as balance and coordination,” said Kelly D. Horton, a research and policy specialist at the Center for Healthy Aging in Washington, D.C.

“Shopping provides an enjoyable activity and helps older adults feel included in their community,” continued Horton. “In addition to physical activity, frequent shopping among older adults has also been related to improved nutrition intake.

Until women reach a plastic surgeons office, they seldom realize how much their figure has to do with their enjoyment  for shopping. Dr Stuart Kincaid explains to his breast augmentation patients that most women triple their wardrobe after breast augmentation. Many patients tell Dr. Stuart Kincaid that they are wearing styles they could not have worn prior to surgery. Shopping for swimsuits is no longer a dreaded trip patients tell Dr Stuart Kincaid.

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Plastic surgery blog:Experimental weight loss drug may work

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

beauty after weight loss logo Plastic surgery blog:Experimental weight loss drug may workAccording CBS 8obese patients taking a high dose of an investigational weight-loss pill called Qnexa lost an average of 22 pounds over a year, while also lowering their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, a new study has found.

Qnexa is a combination of two medications: phentermine, the most widely used weight-loss drug in the United States, currently available under a variety of brand names as well as a generic; and topiramate (Topamax), best known as a drug used to ease epilepsy and migraine.

Qnexa was recently turned down as a weight-loss aid by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, because there was not enough data on the risk of birth defects and heart problems related to the drug. Topiramate has been linked to an increased risk for cleft lip/palate in babies born to women who took the drug.

The results of the new study, which was funded by Vivus, Qnexa’s maker, suggest that “the combination of topiramate and phentermine when administered with some lifestyle counseling could be a valuable treatment for obesity,” said lead researcher Dr. Kishore Gadde, an assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the obesity clinical trials program at Duke University Medical Center.

One reason for the significant weight-loss is that these drugs work by different mechanisms, Gadde said. “In a treatment, [with] the more mechanisms you have there is a greater likelihood of achieving the kind of weight loss we are hoping for, in a large proportion of patients,” he said.

The search for “the weight loss pill” continues. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find accurate information about what a person looks like after losing  a massive amount of weight. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that the lose skin around their abdomen, thighs, arms, and faces can only be corrected with plastic surgery. The procedures often have to be staged as they usually can not all be performed at the same time. The most popular post massive weight loss procedures are abdominoplasty, thighlift, and armlift. Most patients benefit greatly from increased self confidence and self -esteem.

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Plastic surgery blog:Dietary supplements used by many

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

vitamin E Plastic surgery blog:Dietary supplements used by manyAccording to CBS 8 more than half of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, such as multivitamins and calcium, and their use jumped dramatically over a recent 20-year period, according to a new government report.

Between 1994 and 2006, the proportion of Americans using at least one dietary supplement jumped from 42 percent of adults to 53 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The increase in supplement use may be due to increased awareness and education about dietary supplement use,” said lead report author Jaime Gahche, an associate service fellow in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/Planning Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics.

Media attention on vitamin D likely boosted intake of that supplement, she said, and massive advertising by the supplement industry may have influenced use of multivitamins. But some experts say multivitamins may not be necessary.

However, since 2006, the growth in supplement usage has leveled off, she said. “We have reason to believe it should stay relatively stable,” she added.

Vitamins have become a regular part of the diet of many Americans. Dr. Stuart Kincaid reminds his patients when completing their medical history forms to include all medications being taken including vitamins. While some studies have shown some benefit to taking vitamin E following  breast augmentation to help reduce the likelihood of excessive scar tissue around the implant; however, it should not be taken prior to surgery, If patients have any questions concerning which vitamins are okay to take prior to surgery they should direct them to Dr, Stuart Kincaid and his staff.

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Plastic surgery blog:San Diegans…one healthy bunch!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

walking for fitness2 Plastic surgery blog:San Diegans…one healthy bunch!According to Sign on San Diego  San Diego County residents generally are above average in health compared to other Californians, with relatively low rates of smoking, preventable hospital stays and premature death, but they continue to face a surge in sexually transmitted disease, a new report shows.

San Diego ranked as the state’s 16th-healthiest county, according to the “County Health Rankings” report issued Wednesday.

The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin uses 27 measures to gauge public health by county in all 50 states. San Diego ranked 15th among California’s 58 counties last year.

The information should be “a call for action for communities to work together to address the things that are influencing their health,” said Patrick Remington, an associate dean at the University of Wisconsin and a study director. “These rankings tell us that where we live matters to our health.”

Predictably, residents in California’s five healthiest counties — Marin, San Benito, Placer, Santa Clara and San Mateo — are also among the wealthiest and best educated. Residents in the five unhealthiest counties — Trinity, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Lake and Yuba — have incomes nearly half of the statewide median and live in isolated areas of Northern California.

Southern California has a reputation for healthy and beautiful people. Dr. Stuart Kincaid embraces that reputation explaining to his  patients that maintaining a beautiful appearance usually includes some  plastic surgery procedures. These procedures include, but are not limited to: facelift, breast augmentation and liposuction. The goal is for patients to look like themselves only better and more well rested.

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Plastic surgery blog:Headaches have different treatments

Monday, April 18th, 2011

stressed woman6 Plastic surgery blog:Headaches have different treatmentsAccording to Sign on San Diego almost everyone has experienced a headache, but many don’t understand there are many different types, symptoms and levels of severity. Distinguishing the different kinds of headaches is a critical first step toward receiving the appropriate treatment – and in some instances, avoiding larger medical problems.

Primary headaches are those that are not caused by another medical condition. The most common primary headache is tension headache, which may cause a feeling of tightness, pressure or squeezing around the forehead, temples or back of the head and neck. Tension headaches are often provoked by stress, poor posture or fatigue. Tension headaches affect women somewhat more often than men. They may last from about 30 minutes to several days and are rarely severe enough to disrupt activities.

Another form of primary headache – the cluster headache – is rare, but far more severe than a tension headache. Cluster headaches last 30 to 90 minutes and occur once or more a day over a period of days or weeks.

Migraine is the most common disruptive type of primary headache, and affects three times as many women as men. Pain can be so debilitating it interferes with everyday activities. Pain is often throbbing, and can be one-sided. Nausea often occurs and bright lights and noise may be intolerable.

Tension headaches and mild migraines can be successfully treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications.

Secondary headaches occur as a result of another health condition and may signal a serious problem.

Since the news of Botox approval for the treatment of headaches, some have forgotten the cosmetic benefit that many patients have enjoyed for years. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to patients that as Botox paralyzes the muscle between the eyes and on the forehead, it becomes difficult for the patient to frown and make a wrinkle. Thus, the patient has a  smooth forehead with minimal wrinkles. Patients repeat their Botox treatments every 3 to 6 months depending on the level of correction necessary.

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