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Laser Skin Options; Are They Good For The Summer?

Friday, July 6th, 2012

skin damage1  Laser Skin Options; Are They Good For The Summer? Laser skin care treatments have gotten a lot of buzz lately. It is easy to become confused about which lasers are best based on your specific skin concern. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is one of the few board-certified plastic surgeons who have available within his practice, a range of state-of-the-art laser devices to help patients achieve the best minimally invasive skin care options available today. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that laser devices in themselves cannot be credited or criticized for results. The results of any laser skin care treatments are heavily dependent upon the skill and expertise of the medical professional administering the laser treatment. Patient should never take for granted the experience and expertise of and an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Stuart Kincaid. With 25+ years of plastic surgery experience Dr. Stuart Kincaid has a surgical understanding of not only the skin and the underlying tissues but also the muscles and how they can cause wrinkling in the face. He also has a clear understanding of the loss of volume in the face that happens as we age and how that relates to a patient’s overall appearance. Dr. Stuart Kincaid utilizes both Sciton Profile and Joule Lasers . These state-of-the-art laser systems give Dr. Stuart Kincaid the added ability to perform a wide range of laser skin rejuvenation procedures which include everything from micro laser peels to laser hair removal. Often patients believe that investing the time and finances in laser skin options during the summer doesn’t make sense because patients are required to avoid direct sun exposure. Dr. Stuart Kincaid and his staff explain to patients that the summer time is often one of the best times to invest in laser resurfacing and other laser skin care alternatives. Often patients have time off from work due to summer vacations and it is an excellent time to prepare the skin for the fall and winter months, as many of the fall and winter holidays are centered on family time and social activities. Also, during the slower summer months there are many skin care incentives that will not be available once the busy fall or winter season begin. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients to schedule a consultation in the office to see which laser skin care options are best for them. He encourages patients not to hesitate and choose laser procedures during the summer months.

 

Should You Disclose Plastic Surgery When Dating?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

dating couple3  Should You Disclose Plastic Surgery When Dating? Dating has changed significantly over the years mostly because of the Internet. The Internet has allowed what used to be a fairly intimate process conducted within the circle of people that you meet in your daily social settings, to a scenario that appears to mean ”the world is your oyster”. Internet dating is heavily dependent upon pictures and most every site makes it very clear that the more pictures a profile has the more likely they are to receive responses. Obviously appearance has a lot to do with success in dating, at least on the Internet. So, plastic surgery is likely to help most people achieve their best most youthful appearance. Older adults as well as younger adults are likely to at least wonder if the person in the profile picture have had plastic surgery. A man looking at a beautiful woman in her late 20s to mid 30s who has had children and has a perfect figure is likely to wonder if she has had a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. A woman looking at a man in his mid-60s with virtually no wrinkles is likely to wonder if he has had a facelift. So, if you are one of the people who has made the decision to have plastic surgery to maintain your best appearance should you tell the person that you are dating? Dr. Stuart Kincaid advises patients throughout the plastic surgery experience to be proud of their decision; however to remember that their choices are personal. Patient should not disclose any information that they do not feel comfortable disclosing. Support for plastic surgery decisions is important because most people who have plastic surgery do so in part with the intention that it will increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. When patients have to defend their decision it can undermine their self-esteem and self-confidence. Looking good and feeling good is the ultimate goal so a patient’s decisions to disclose plastic surgery while dating should remain personal and should only happen when the patient feels 100% comfortable with the other person.

 

Craving Fattening Foods? Don’t Look at the Pictures

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

fast food4 Craving Fattening Foods? Don’t Look at the PicturesIt is virtually impossible to miss seeing images of delicious fattening foods. A recent study seems to prove that when people look at images of fattening foods they are likely to crave eating them. According to a recent local article viewing pictures of hamburgers, cupcakes and other high-calorie foods can ignite cravings for fattening foods, even more so if you are drinking a sweetened drink at the time, reported the study. Researchers from the University of Southern California discovered that consuming a sugary drink while looking at photos of fattening foods increases the appetite and reward portions of the brain which could be an explanation for the obesity epidemic that exist today. “Studies have shown that advertisements featuring food make us think of eating, but our research looked at how the brain responds to food cues and how that increases hunger and desire for certain foods,” said the study’s principal investigator, Kathleen Page, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the university’s Keck School of Medicine, in a university news release. “This stimulation of the brain’s reward areas may contribute to overeating and obesity, and has important public health implications,” said Page. Dr. Stuart Kincaid stresses to his plastic surgery patients that maintaining a stable weight after plastic surgery plays a large part in the longevity of the results. Patients who have had procedures including abdominoplasty or liposuction are most likely to see a change in their results if they gain a significant amount of weight. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to patients that after body contouring procedures it is possible to gain weight. Even though after liposuction fat cells have been removed, there are fat cells that remain and if those are overpowered patients can gain weight. It is also important after breast augmentation to maintain a stable weight. If patients gain a significant amount weight it is likely that their bust line will increase as well. If the increases significant there could be a new component of sagging to the breast. It is important for patients to  understand that a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet and regular exercise is the best assurance that their plastic surgery results will last a lifetime.

 

 

Plastic Surgery Financing; Should Patients Consider It?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Falling money  Plastic Surgery Financing; Should Patients Consider It?  As our nation works through some of the most difficult financial times we have had in recent years financing has taken many different turns. We have seen serious economic shifts in our country and more personally in the lives of many Americans. While plastic surgery financing is not new, there are more programs available today than there were a few years ago. Elective cosmetic plastic surgery is a choice and should always remain a personal choice based on an individual patient’s desires. But, unlike other medical procedures cosmetic plastic surgery is an out-of-pocket expense and patients have to factor in the financial aspect of their plastic surgery decision. To an outsider looking at the situation it is easy to make a blanket statement that a breast augmentation or a liposuction procedure should not be set up on an interest-bearing payment plan solely because it is a choice. But, when looking at the situation objectively one must look at other items consumers pay for overtime which also bear interest and are not necessity. These items include but are not limited to furniture, cars, vacations and the list continues. The degree of necessity for each of these items varies as much as the person considering them. Dr. Stuart Kincaid makes financing available to patients not as an inducement to have plastic surgery but as a viable option should they make the choice to have plastic surgery and the only obstacle that remains is the financial aspect of the surgery. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is one of the few plastic surgeons in the San Diego/La Jolla/Temecula area who offers a wide range of financial options. He offers plans from several different companies and encourages patients to compare specifics about each financial company and the plans they offer and decide which plan works best for them. Dr. Stuart Kincaid also offers a unique layaway plan which allows patients to make payments prior to having their surgery without incurring interest. Patients who have a desire to maintain their best appearance and have decided to have plastic surgery are overwhelmingly happy with the many options Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers to them.

Skin Cancer Prevention May Be a New Reason for Having Your Morning Java

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

A good cup of coffee  Skin Cancer Prevention May Be a New Reason for Having Your Morning Java There have been numerous coffee benefits discovered throughout the years. A new study indicates that coffee may help to prevent some forms of skin cancer. According to a recent online article a study published July 1 in the journal Cancer Research implies that consuming coffee may reduce the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma which is the most common form of skin cancer.  The study also discovered that tea with caffeine; colas and even chocolate also seem to reduce the risk as well. Female participants who consumed in excess of 3 cups of caffeinated coffee daily were 21% less likely to develop skin cancer compared with women who consumed less than one cup every month. In contrast male participants experienced a reduction risk that was 10%. “It’s the caffeine that’s most likely responsible for the beneficial effect,” said study co-author Jiali Han, an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston. “Caffeine inhibits tumor progression. We saw the effect in mice and thought we should do this research to see if it applies to humans, too.” Han added that it is likely that increasing the amount of caffeine consumption would correlate with risk reduction however he does not recommend caffeine consumption for everyone.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid informs patients that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Patient should wear sunscreen daily and avoid excessive sun exposure as one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure is also to blame for premature aging and wrinkling especially on the face. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients to be proactive concerning aging on the face as it is much more difficult to maintain a youthful appearance on skin that has been damaged by the sun. Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers many options for maintaining your most youthful appearance. Often he may suggest laser resurfacing as a way to treat existing sun damaged skin and allow the opportunity for new skin to develop. Dr. Stuart Kincaid may also recommend dermal fillers including Restylane and Juvederm to help add volume in areas where it has been lost in the face. This too can help with the appearance of aging. Dr. Stuart Kincaid also offers medical grade skin care treatments and medical grade skin care products to ensure patients maintain healthy skin. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients to schedule consultation to determine the best way to treat existing sun damage and begin a skin care regimen that will help them to maintain their most healthy skin.

Breast Augmentation: Which Breast Implants Are Best?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Breast Aug photo1 Breast Augmentation: Which Breast Implants Are Best?Breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic surgical procedure performed in United States. In Southern California many would consider the procedure routine because of the prevalence of women who have undergone the surgery. There is an abundance of information available for women who are considering breast augmentation, and thanks to the Internet women who are considering breast augmentation can become confused and overwhelmed by the information rather quickly. Patients who schedule a consultation with Dr. Stuart Kincaid are informed of not only the benefits and limitations of breast augmentation, but also the types of breast implants available and which recommendation is best for them. It is virtually impossible to choose a breast implant as the best recommendation for a patient who has not been examined by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is highly trained with different types of breast implants and explains to patients that the breast implants are “tools” designed to help him achieve the patient’s desired appearance. Using different types of implants, including silicone gel implants, saline implants, different profiles and shapes of implants, allow Dr. Stuart Kincaid to truly customize a breast augmentation that is most likely to meet or exceed the patient’s expectations. It is important for patients to realize that every patient has some sort of breast asymmetry. Some patients have a wider rib cage, others may have a breast fold that’s higher on one side than the other, or some may have a noticeable indentation on the chest wall. These are all situations that will not change based on having breast augmentation, so, Dr. Stuart Kincaid uses his surgical expertise and artistic talent to choose the right breast implant that will give the best aesthetic appearance, taking into consideration the aspects of the patient that will not change with the breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers breast implants from all three FDA approved breast implant manufacturers. Dr. Stuart Kincaid uses breast measurements combined with the patient’s expectations and desires to make the best recommendation for each patient concerning which breast implants will help them to achieve their desired appearance. In some cases, Dr. Stuart Kincaid may recommend a breast lift combined with breast augmentation for the best aesthetically pleasing result. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients to schedule a consultation to determine if breast augmentation is a desirable solution for them.

Breast Reduction: Who Should Consider the Procedure?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Overweight African American Woman3  Breast Reduction: Who Should Consider the Procedure? For the general public it can be hard to believe that anyone would consider reducing their breast. But, for the countless number of women who suffer from the medical symptoms associated with excessively large breast the concept comes as a relief. Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can be considered medically reconstructive or cosmetic depending on the patient, and how the excessive breast tissue is affecting their quality of life. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to patients that a breast reduction could be considered for many different reasons. Primarily most patients who are considering breast reduction have what they consider very large breast that could be causing a number of problems in their daily lives. Most patients are suffering from one or a combination of the following symptoms: back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, groves in the shoulders, and painful, uncomfortable rashes underneath the breast tissue at the breast crease. The breast tissue can be extremely heavy and some experts equate it to carrying two 5 pounds sacks of potatoes, connected by a strap around the neck, to help others understand how cumbersome it can be. In order to reduce the breast Dr. Stuart Kincaid makes an incision around the nipple areola complex where the dark shading and lighter skin tone meet and then and incision that runs down to the crease. Depending on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed and other factors, an incision is made in the crease that can range in length. Breast reduction results can vary greatly as they are heavily dependent upon the amount of breast tissue each patient has and many other factors. Dr. Stuart Kincaid helps patients understand what they can expect based on their specific situation. The cosmetic aspect of breast reduction allows Dr. Stuart Kincaid to take into consideration the best aesthetic proportion for the patient. It is aesthetically important for patients to be able to match the bottom portion of their body with the size of their breast after surgery. This can have a compelling effect on choices for their wardrobe as well as their overall appearance. Dr. Stuart Kincaid discusses each patient’s options in detail and helps them to understand the benefits and limitations of breast reduction so that they can make an informed decision. Breast reduction surgery had among the highest patient satisfaction rates nationwide, and Dr. Stuart Kincaid’s practice is no exception. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients who are considering breast reduction to schedule a consultation to determine if breast reduction is a viable option for them.

Dessert with Breakfast Could Actually Help with Weight Loss

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

chocolate cupcakes2  Dessert with Breakfast Could Actually Help with Weight Loss Who doesn’t love this story? A recent study indicated that having dessert with breakfast can actually help with weight loss goals. According to a local online article beginning your morning with a high-protein food along with a “dessert” — similar to a doughnut or a slice of cake -could actually help you lose weight and maintain the weight loss, a new study suggests. However, as you might imagine many nutritionists reported they were unwilling to concur with the study’s findings. Researchers from Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel did a comparative analysis of two diet regimens — one was comprised of a low-carbohydrate breakfast, the other included a high-protein, high-carb breakfast — the sweets-with-breakfast participants lost more weight after a period of eight months. “Although dietary restriction often results in initial weight loss, the majority of obese dieters fail to maintain their reduced weight,” reported the study’s authors. Diet-related weight loss often ignites hunger and cravings while reducing suppression of ghrelin, a hormone that ignites hunger, the researchers said. This may actually increase weight gain. But, a high protein and carbohydrate breakfast could help to override these impending changes and prevent obesity relapse, they concluded. The conclusions are scheduled for presentation Monday at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Houston. It is not surprising that these findings are controversial. Regulating food intake especially sweets that the body craves can be extremely difficult. Dr. Stuart Kincaid consults with patients who have made the commitment to a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise. For these patients it can be incredibly frustrating when there unable to achieve the body contour that they desire. Often they blame themselves and believe that if they tried harder the result would be different. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains that there are many different factors that affect body contour and shape. These include but are not limited to genetics, hormones, and aging. Liposuction is an extremely effective body contouring cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. Liposuction allows Dr. Stuart Kincaid to expertly sculpt the body in most every area. This includes areas that are virtually impossible to change with diet and exercise. Areas like the knees, ankles, upper back, and chin can be sculpted by Dr. Stuart Kincaid with precision and artistic talent helping patients to achieve the appearance they desire. For patients who are concerned about the contour of their abdomen, Dr. Stuart Kincaid may recommend an abdominoplasty if there is a large amount of loose and lax skin. This procedure can be combined with liposuction which will allow Dr. Stuart Kincaid to create a beautiful waist enhancement. Patients are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stuart Kincaid to determine if liposuction is an option for helping them to achieve the body contour that they desire.

 

Indoor Tanners Are Full of Excuses

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

tanning bed2 Indoor Tanners Are Full of ExcusesIt would be logical to conclude that in this day and age,  there would not be any one who  would try to justify indoor tanning. But, a recent local article found there are a group of diehards who stand by indoor tanning and believe they are not doing anything harmful to their skin or shortening their lifespan. According to the article young people who have decided to use tanning beds excuse the risky behavior with statements similar to: “everything causes cancer these days,” the new study discovered. Approximately 40 percent of more than 500 U.S. college students surveyed reported that they use tanning beds although they are well-informed of the cancer risks linked to ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. And the majorities still choose to do it because they desire to look more attractive, found the researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. “It is really like weighing the risks and benefits,” said study author Smita Banerjee, an assistant attending behavioral scientist at Sloan-Kettering. The students “said there are risks in everything you do, but they are really motivated by appearance enhancement reasons.”  The goal of the study with to find out how young adults found tanning bed use excusable,  so ,Banerjee’s team analyzed questionnaires completed by 218 students, average age 20, who regularly used tanning salons. More than 75% were white, and 88 percent were women. The questions were modified from studies created to better comprehend why people smoke. Students were able to agree or disagree with explanations such as “tanning bed use is no more risky than lots of other things people do.” The most frequently seen excuses for indoor tanning included: “everything causes cancer these days” (59 percent); tanning beds are “no more risky than lots of other things people do” (54 percent); and “it is dangerous to walk across the street” (53 percent). About 48 percent thought they didn’t use tanning beds enough to put their health at risk. The conclusions are reported in a research letter in the June issue Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Stuart Kincaid informs patients who insist on indoor tanning that the dangers are very real. With well over 20 years of experience as an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Kincaid has seen firsthand how indoor tanning beds can prematurely age the skin. Younger people may not realize that with indoor tanning bed use the likelihood of looking older even as early as 30 increases substantially. Dr. Stuart Kincaid may recommend injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane, or Juvederm , but the product plumpness in and do not necessarily rid the skin of the deep creases and wrinkles that come from indoor tanning bed use or excessive sun exposure. Dr. Stuart Kincaid may also recommend laser resurfacing which will help to diminish the signs of sun damage, however, the results are limited. Surgical options like a facelift, or brow lift will help the patient to look more youthful however if the patient continues indoor tanning bed use the results will be short-lived. There is no excuse for using a tanning bed, that is worth the trade-off the premature aging of the skin or the health issues associated with skin cancer.

Are Treatments for Migraines in the Plastic Surgeon’s Office?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

women drinking wine2 Are Treatments for Migraines in the Plastic Surgeons Office?For the millions of people that suffer from migraine headaches, it is important to know what triggers them as well as treatments that work to reduce the symptoms. According to a recent local article weather and red wine may be triggers for some patients. According to the article recent research published and presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society in Los Angeles, both weather and red wine could  trigger the excruciating headaches, but not necessarily consistently for all patients. One admittedly small study analyzed 33 adults in Brazil who referred to themselves regular red-wine drinkers and have come to believe that the beverage had been caused of migraines in the past. They were asked to drink half a bottle (375 milliliters) of a Malbec, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wine from South America a minimum of four days apart. Most of the participants reported having a migraine at the minimum one time within 12 hours of drinking wine; it appears as though certain wines were more likely to cause migraines than others — specifically Tannat and Malbec. Both varieties include higher levels of flavonoids known as tannins, which create red wine’s rich coloring. Admittedly, the study was not a controlled one which must be considered, the lead author Dr. Abouch Krymchantowski, added “I concluded that the wines with the highest content of tannins — Tannat and Malbec — are those which triggered migraines more frequently.” A separate study also being presented at the meeting discovered that outside temperature can also trigger migraines, especially among people who are more sensitive to temperature.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid has consulted with patients under different circumstances who suffer from migraine headaches. As an experienced ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Kincaid has seen firsthand the benefits of treating patients who suffer from migraine headaches with a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures. It is well documented that for some patients Botox treatments which are FDA approved for the treatment of migraines can help to reduce the symptoms and frequency of the headaches. For some patients combining a brow lift with Botox treatments can also be extremely effective. It is important for patients to note that migraine treatments and the effectiveness can vary greatly from patient to patient. It is unlikely that insurance will cover the brow lift or and many cases Botox treatments for the treatment of migraine headaches. However, it is important for patients to recognize that the cosmetic benefit is a substantial. For patients who suffer from migraines it is not unlikely for them to have a furrow in the brow because of contracting the muscles over time. This will be treated by the brow lift and the appearance of the forehead will be much smoother and younger looking. Botox treatments will also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and the crows feet on the outer corners of the eyes, but the results are temporary. Dr. Stuart Kincaid encourages patients to consult with him concerning the benefits of a brow lift combined with Botox treatments so that they may determine if the benefits of the treatment are worth the investment.