Archive for December, 2011

Plastic surgery blog:Is Beer in your diet?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

woman drinking beer Plastic surgery blog:Is Beer in your diet?We can’t exactly call beer and all Americans pastime, but we do know that Americans love beer. Beer manufacturers have tried for years to protect their segment of the market that would like to believe that their beer is healthy and non-harmful to their diet. With the new push towards gluten-free diets the beer manufacturers were not to be undone. Beer labels popped up proclaiming that their beer was in fact gluten-free for those who cared. According to a recent post on health.com in many cases this is more hype than reality. According to the article regular beer and even some brands of beer labeled “low-gluten” contain high levels of gluten and could cause problems for people with celiac disease, a new study says. People with celiac disease need to avoid gluten, a protein that triggers a reaction that damages the small intestine. Diarrhea, constipation, fatigue and abdominal pain are among the symptoms experienced by people with celiac disease when they consume foods and beverages with gluten. A gluten-free diet is the only way to relieve the symptoms of celiac disease. It is not a mystery that diet and intestinal problems can be not only devastating to one’s health but also to their figure. Dr. Stuart Kincaid reviews each patient’s health history including medical and digestive problems. Patients considering body contouring procedures because of dissatisfaction with abdominal contour must first be aware of the source of any digestive problems that may contribute to excess abdominal weight. Once the patient is considered healthy,  Dr. Stuart Kincaid may recommend liposuction as an option for improving the contour of the abdomen. Dr. Stuart Kincaid can perform liposuction on the front of the abdomen as well as the sides and lower back. This will help the patient to achieve optimal body contour and shape. If the patient has excessive loose and lax skin on the abdomen then an abdominoplasty may be needed to remove the excess skin. Dr. Stuart Kincaid will also tighten the abdominal muscle for the best overall aesthetic appearance. Patients must commit to proper diet and exercise to maintain the best overall long-term results

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New weight-loss remedy labeled unsafe by FDA officials

Friday, December 30th, 2011
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The FDA has warned consumers against HCG weight-loss products/Source: HCG Diet

There are hundreds of products on the market claiming to be successful weight loss aids.  From pills to cleanses to shakes, the options peppering shelves at supermarkets and pharmacies seem endless. Some of these products are harmless; however, the U.S. government has declared a certain homeopathic option unsafe, and is taking steps to remove the product from store shelves.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission sent seven warning letters to companies marketing a hormone, known as human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG, as a weight loss aid.  This hormone is found in the human placenta and in the urine of pregnant women.  In an article written by Reuters Health News, these companies never received approval from the FDA to sell these products.

The HCG products come in oral drops, pellets or sprays.  Consumers are instructed to take the remedy in combination with a low calorie diet — something health consumers say is dangerous.  “These HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “And a very low calorie diet should only be used under proper medical supervision.”

While diet and exercise are the recommended answers for weight loss, many people seek shortcuts – either through the aid of weight-loss supplements or with the help of a plastic surgeon for liposuction or the new lap-band surgery that shrinks the size of the stomach to help with weight loss. Surgery isn’t for everyone; but when it comes to those fighting to lose stubborn belly fat or dangerous excess weight, plastic surgery may be an option. In all cases, doctors say it’s always best to talk with your primary health care provider rather than taking advice from misleading advertisements.  “Deceptive advertising about weight loss products is one of the most prevalent types of fraud,” said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Any advertiser who makes health claims about a product is required by federal law to back them up with competent and reliable scientific evidence, so consumers have the accurate information they need to make good decisions.”

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As for the HCG products, the FDA is advising everyone to stay away them.  The companies currently marketing the products have 15 days to make changes, after that the FDA can take legal action and seize the products.

But when it comes to plastic surgery, patients can achieve safe, natural-looking and successful results provided they first seek out the opinion and services of a board-certified surgical professional. No surgery is without risks; but at the San Diego plastic surgery offices of Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid, patients will receive a custom safety and aesthetics consultation to discuss their medical history, weight-loss goals and concerns, and to determine the procedure – be it liposuction, thigh-lift surgery, butt-lift surgery or otherwise – that’s right for them.

With over 27 years of experience in the field and numerous awards and professional memberships throughout the plastic surgery community, Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid is an ideal choice for those seeking top-quality medical advice concerning weight loss plastic surgery and related procedures. To learn more, visit us online at www.skincaidmd.com or call our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934) today.

 

 

New research points to brighter future for obese children

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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Childhood obesity is on the rise in recent years/Source: CDC

For years, doctors believed that obese children were medically doomed for a life of health problems.  As children grow into adults, the extra weight is known to strain the heart and contribute to risk for number of dangerous conditions, such as diabetes.  In the United States, about one out of every six children and adolescents is considered obese.  As obesity rates continue to climb, so do the side effects — which is why many medical professionals have labeled the problem as an epidemic.  While many studies paint a grim picture of the health of an obese child, a recent study sheds a positive light on the situation: researchers now believe obese children aren’t permanently sentenced to medical issues.

A report from the New England Journal of Medicine looked at data from four studies, involving 6,000 children over the course of two decades.  The compilation of information, explained in Reuters Health News, shows intervention at a young age can prevent health struggles later on in life.  “There is hope for overweight and obese children,” chief author Dr. Markus Juonala at the University of Turku said.  “If they manage to become non-obese adults, then the risks of these outcomes — diabetes, hypertension, early atherosclerosis — are quite similar to those who have been normal weight all their lives. I think that’s quite a positive message.”

The uplifting news counters what many doctors have believed for years.  “It’s been thought that if you’re an obese kid, it’s all done,” said Juonala. “But based on these findings what really matters is what you are at as an adult.”  The study shows obese children that slimmed down in adulthood had the same risk factors of those who were slim all their lives.

A strict course of diet and exercise can help those who are struggling with their waistline, but for some there are stubborn areas of fat that may require the help of a plastic surgeon.  Liposuction may help remove some of the fat cells that have built up over time.  This procedure, coupled with diet and exercise, has proven effective for thousands of people; however, the best plan of action is one that is discussed with a board certified plastic surgeon with experience treating young patients for weight-related health concerns.

Compassionate and informed weight-loss surgical care with Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid

At the La Jolla and Temecula plastic surgery offices of Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid, patients of all ages and concerns can find a compassionate, understanding and qualified surgeon to advise them on the risks and benefits of cosmetic plastic surgery – and to help them make the right choice for their individual needs. From liposuction and bariatric plastic surgery to cosmetic enhancements like facelifts and breast augmentation, Dr. Kincaid offers a wide variety of services as well as affordable financing options and custom consultations. To learn more, visit us online at www.skincaidmd.com or call our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934) today.

 

Plastic surgery blog:When you diet your skin suffers

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

beautiful skin care2 Plastic surgery blog:When you diet your skin suffers

As the new year approaches consumers will scramble for the next greatest weight loss program. Most commercial weight-loss programs have strict disciplines for restricting food intake which not only reduces calories but also nutrients. According to a recent Yahoo! post  when people diet, the effects can show negatively on their skin. According to the post the biggest mistake made while dieting is cutting out essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs not only support the cardiovascular, immune, reproductive and nervous systems, they enable the body to create new cells, repair those that are damaged and get rid of toxins. A recent research says that EFAs are not only effective against dry skin but are also pivotal in weight loss. Dry skin can be the source of premature aging and wrinkling of the  face. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to patients that the  medical grade skincare products offered in his office are not only of  superb quality and effectiveness, they are  also a better value when patients take into consideration how long the product will last them and the long-term positive  effects. Patients who are scheduled for facelift, brow lift ,or eye lift are strongly encouraged to not only participate in medical grade skincare treatment within the office, but also to have product on hand so that they may continue the skin care regime. Brittle, dry, and lifeless skin can actually detract from an overall acceptable result. Our skin is the largest organ of your body and taking care of it is essential for good overall health.

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Plastic surgery blog: Facial rejuvenation is possible for most everyone

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Injection photo2 Plastic surgery blog: Facial rejuvenation is possible for most everyoneWith the improvement of dermal fillers over the past several years patients can now expect dramatic and long-lasting results from injectables. Facial rejuvenation encompasses both products like Botox and Dysport as well as injectable fillers that add volume like Restylane and Juvederm. One of the most exciting injectables available today is Sculptra. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is considered an expert injector and has a wealth of experience with the product. As a member of the Liquid Facelift Association he is a featured physician and proudly shares the associations commitment to patients, safety and results. Sculptra Aesthetic  is not a new product. Sculptra has been used for decades to provide volume in the faces of patients who have lost volume due to excessive weight loss from medical conditions. The product has been well tested and the results are amazing and long-lasting. Sculptra is a series of injections over a period of approximately 6 months that gradually allow patients to produce their own collagen thus adding volume to the face naturally. The results are dramatic yet subtle because they are achieved over a period of several months. Most patients have had results that have lasted more than two years. Sculptra is an excellent option for patients who are not candidates for facelift procedures due to medical reasons or based on their own choice. Patients who have what is known as ”runners face” which is extremely low body fat and deep hollowing under the cheekbone find Sculptra  to be one of the most effective methods available to create a natural looking more full and better shaped face. As with every injectable, patients should be certain to choose a skilled and qualified injector. This is where Dr. Stuart Kincaid stands above many other medical professionals in that his extensive experience allows him to make better recommendations and achieve better results. More on Dr.Kincaid   Become a Fan on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter

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Plastic surgery blog: Those aren’t real!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

jealous women1 Plastic surgery blog: Those aren’t real!Undoubtedly, most women at some point in their lives have looked at another woman’s breast and thought to themselves (or sometimes said out loud)” those are not real”. Usually it is because their breasts are extremely large and extremely perky. Many thoughts run through our heads like: why would anyone want implants that large? What does she do for a living with breast that big? Which doctor would give a woman breast implants that large? These questions most likely sound very familiar to many women. The reality is, a small percentage of women do in fact want an augmented or obvious breast augmentation with obvious looking breast implants. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is well aware of this segment of the population and is looked upon throughout the San Diego and surrounding communities as a plastic surgeon that is nonjudgmental in terms of his patients and their request for improvement through plastic surgery. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is one of the few plastic surgeons who still offer extra-large breast implants. The small segment of the population who would take advantage of these implants through breast augmentation is in very good hands when choosing Dr. Stuart Kincaid. Extra-large implants without the skill of a highly regarded board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Stuart Kincaid can have complications that are specific to the size of the implant. The most commonly known complication is capsular contracture or excessive breast tissue surrounding the implant. This is more common with larger implants so Dr. Stuart Kincaid allows special treatment and follow-up care for his patients to help avoid this complication. New patients who may be considering extra-large breast implants, and meet Dr. Stuart Kincaid in their initial consultation are immediately made comfortable not only with their decision, but also with their reasoning behind the decision. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is compassionate and caring for all people and realizes that placing value upon people and their decisions help them to not only choose plastic surgery but also to feel good about their decision for a lifetime.  More on Dr.Kincaid  Become a Fan on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter

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Plastic surgery blog: Last week of the year; why Dr. Stuart Kincaid?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

n221631750371 3680 Dr Kincaid4 168x300 Plastic surgery blog: Last week of the year; why Dr. Stuart Kincaid?As we enter the last week of the year most TV programs reflect upon 2011 hoping that we look back and remember the year with emotion. Plastic surgery in general has experienced quite a different year then the industry has in previous years. Patients have been able to enjoy many different options for cosmetic plastic surgery including both invasive as well as noninvasive procedures. Dr. Stuart Kincaid by some measures may be considered “old school” in his values and passion for plastic surgery. Dr. Stuart Kincaid has always been committed to providing patients with the best value, best service, and best results. Dr. Stuart Kincaid has spent 2011 making an extra effort to stay connected to his patients. Dr. Stuart Kincaid as utilize social media outlets to continually remind patients just how important they are to him. Over the past year Dr. Stuart Kincaid is one of the few plastic surgeons who has made a special effort to reach out to our military personnel both active-duty ,and retired who may have never considered plastic surgery before but now realize that it’s not so far out of their reach. Some servicemen and women have found that abdominal liposuction has helped them to pass the physical requirements necessary to re-enlist. They were thrilled to know of Dr. Stuart Kincaid’s service in the military and the fact that he relates to military personnel as he himself is one of America’s military veterans. It is difficult in a competitive plastic surgery environment to build a presence that is long-lasting. Dr. Stuart Kincaid has been able to do so, and is committed to continue serving San Diego and surrounding counties and building a reputation to be proud of: one patient at a time.  More on Dr.Kincaid

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Plastic surgery provides recovery options for facial fracture victims

Monday, December 26th, 2011

A broken bone is never a pleasant experience.  The healing process is often slow and painful, and it can be tough to get back to a regular routine.  Facial fractures may be some of the most painful breaks to deal with, especially in children.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons set out to investigate these severe injuries, to find out how they happen and how they might be prevented in the future.

While the body has an amazing healing process, patients with facial fractures sometimes need to consult a plastic surgeon to minimize scarring and other visible effects from the injury.  To understand how to better treat these injuries the American Society of Plastic Surgeons researched facial fractures in more than 700 pediatric patients.  The most common fracture was an orbital fracture, or a break near the eye socket.  But what caused these fractures?  The results varied by age group.  Here are the findings:

  • Infants and children up to age 5 accounted for 20 percent of facial fractures. They were most likely to be injured in falls- none were injured in violence.
  • Children ages 6 to 11 accounted for 33 percent of facial fractures. Motor vehicle crashes were the most common cause, followed by play and bicycle riding.
  • Adolescents ages 12 to 18 were the largest group with facial fractures at 47 percent. Violence was the most common cause of facial fractures in teens, followed by sports-related injuries.
  • Overall, 63 percent of children were hospitalized.
  • Across age groups, 56 percent of children had other types of traumatic injuries.

Surgeons were most troubled by the teenage statistic, where violence was the leading cause of injury.  After further investigation, records indicate that the injuries caused by violence predominately occurred in low-income homes.

The study is one of the first to look at the full range of facial fractures in children, from infancy through adolescence.  Dr. Joseph E. Losee, MD, of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh conducted the study and hopes this information will lead to further discussion about preventing these types of injuries in children.

The results of the study were published in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. To learn more about plastic surgery as a corrective treatment for victims of facial fractures, or to get resources about reconstructive plastic surgery in the San Diego area, visit Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid’s website for current articles, videos and patient photos. If you or someone you know has been injured and needs reconstructive plastic surgery, call us today at our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934) today – or by visiting us online at www.skincaidmd.com.

 

Plastic surgery blog: Conflicting information for cancer screening

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

doctor photo9 Plastic surgery blog: Conflicting information for cancer screeningIt’s not surprising that women and men are confused about when to screen for certain types of cancers. We have seen guidelines shift  over the last few years to less testing. According to a recent online health magazine “It’s difficult to accept that having less testing is either as good or even better than having more,” said Dr. Robert Mayer, faculty vice president for academic affairs at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  The most controversial recommendation came from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government body that publishes screening guidelines. It set off a media  frenzy two years ago when it announced that mammograms may not benefit women in their 40s, while women aged 50 to 74 could safely undergo screening once every two years instead of annually. The American Cancer Society still stands by its recommendation. Dr. Stuart Kincaid empathizes with both the male and female patients who struggle with these very issues as they try to be proactive about their aging health care. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains that it is important for his breast surgery patients to be proactive about their breast health following breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction. Patients should follow the guidelines for monthly breast self exam and a yearly mammogram after 40 regardless of the fact that they have had breast surgery. Patients who have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors should cosult with their primary care physician to determine if more aggressive screening would be beneficial. Male and female patients should have a complete physical once a year, including all recommended cancer screenings based on their age or other risk factors.  

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Member, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member, The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery

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Police apprehend woman who performed dangerous plastic surgery procedure

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The quest to have the perfect look is often a time consuming and expensive process.  Those who are considering plastic surgery must investigate their options, and be willing to pay for the medical costs that come with it.  However, some people fail to do their homework, and pick the cheapest option available for cosmetic plastic surgery – with dangerous and sometimes tragic results.  The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says untrained surgeons and shoddy work are nothing new; but a recent case has raised industry awareness of a startling upswing in dangerous and unlicensed plastic surgery procedures.

Police recently arrested a Florida woman for performing a butt augmentation surgery by injecting a person with a concoction of cement, flat-tire sealant and mineral oil.  News reports say these harmful chemicals were injected through an incision in the buttocks and then sealed with super glue.

The victim became seriously ill and was admitted into the hospital with an infection around the wound, flu like systems and pain.  The pateint was hesitant to tell police where the procedure took place — and that they had paid $700 for it.  “The doctors knew no licensed physician in his right mind would ever do this,” Miami Gardens Police Sergeant Bill Bamford told the Washington Post.

It took police a year to catch the woman, who is now charged with practicing medicine without a license and causing serious bodily injury.  The victim in this case did survive, but surgeons say these incidents are becoming increasingly dangerous – and frequent. “We’ve heard of people having caulk or industrial-grade silicone, neither of which is approved for use anywhere in the body, injected into their buttocks,” a North Carolina-based plastic surgeon told ABCNews.com. “There are safe ways to augment the buttocks. Fat grafts usually work extremely well, but obviously you want someone who is board-certified to do that procedure.” 

When it comes to plastic surgery, patients need to put safety first.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “a fat grafting procedure involves removing excess fat from another part of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, purifying it and then re-injecting into the buttocks.”  It’s an effective procedure, which, of course, doesn’t use any harmful chemicals and should only be done by a licensed, board certified surgeon.

Cases like this should raise the awareness level for all potential plastic surgery patients.  In many cases, bargain hunting for the cheapest procedure is not the best way to go.  Speak with a reputable surgeon who offers fair prices and quality results – and be sure to schedule a consultation to assess the surgeon’s experience and philosophy before undergoing a procedure.

After over 27 years of experience in the field, Dr. Staurt B. Kincaid is an ideal option for patients looking for a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon with the best in both medical training and compassionate surgical philosophy. Dr. Kincaid’s La Jolla plastic surgery practice puts patient safety first at all times – so that patients can rest easy in their choice and focus on making a comfortable and successful recovery for naturally beautiful results.

To learn more or schedule a consultation, call our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934) today – or by visiting us online at www.skincaidmd.com.