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b2ap3_thumbnail_facelift.jpgBrand new suit? Check! Minty fresh breath? Check! Mini face lift? Wait, what? If you’re one of the nearly 2 million students graduating from college this spring, it may be time to start interviewing for your first full-time job. But while a stack of freshly printed resumes and a professional outfit should be at the top of your interview checklist, according to an article by King Malleta on the news site Nextshark some new graduates in China are taking the adage, dress for the job that you want to new heights and undergoing plastic surgery procedures to help them gain an edge in the job market. In fact, cosmetic and surgical procedures are up 200% this year among new grads in China.

So, should you consider plastic surgery to help ace your next interview?  Here are some key factors to consider before hiring or firing your current look.

b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-implant-2_20170602-202841_1.jpgAccording to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 290,467 people received breast implants in 2016, a number that has been steadily climbing since the year 2000.  But while most of these patients likely successfully completed their post-surgical aftercare, many patients may not realize that caring for breast implants should continue well beyond the initial recovery period. Post post-op aftercare is an important step in maximizing the longevity of your breast implants and minimizing the effects of rare but dangerous complications.

Your surgeon may have already told you that breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. Most implants have an expected shelf life of about 8 to10 years, however, there is no need to remove and replace them if they are in good condition after any duration of time. That being said, the older the implant, the greater the risk of deflation or and serious complications including rupturing. That is why it is imperative to follow the care guidelines for your implants and to get regular breast implant exams.

Putting Your Best Face Forward When You Walk Down the Aisle

The average couple is paying nearly $2500 for wedding photos alone. If you’re spending this kind of money on photos of yourself, you want to be sure you’re putting your very best face forward. After all, chances are you won’t be shelling out that kind of money for another photo session anytime soon. Whether it’s you that’s getting married, or if you’ll be part of a wedding party or simply in wedding photos as a guest this summer, here are some tips for looking your very best in photos that are sure to become family heirlooms.

b2ap3_thumbnail_insurance.jpgEach year, millions of plastic surgery procedures are performed in America, and most of them are not covered by medical insurance. This means these costly procedures are often done at the expense of the patient, to the tune of over $12 billion dollars a year. But now, a growing number of plastic surgeons are pushing for health insurance providers to cover more plastic surgery procedures, as many procedures do improve the health and well-being of the patient.

"A popular example many surgeons are using is reconstructive surgery for transgender patients or breast cancer survivors," said Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon based in Henderson, Nevada. "Many women opt to have breast augmentation following a mastectomy, but most insurance plans don’t cover augmentations. That leaves a woman who has just likely endured a grueling medical battle with the added expense of having to purchase what is essentially a prosthetic breast with her own money."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-implant-2.jpgWhen Cynthia Hedgecock tripped on a broken piece of San Diego, California sidewalk in July of 2015, she had no idea that her ordeal was just beginning. Hedgecock is the wife of former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, who served the city from 1983 to 1985. Following Mrs. Hedgecock’s fall, she reportedly suffered continued pain, but it was not until September of 2015 that she discovered both of her breast implants had ruptured in the fall and were leaking silicone into her bloodstream. The lawsuit alleges Hedgecock sought medical attention for "persistent breast pain and deformities," and that was when the discovery of the extent of the fall’s damage was revealed.

Hedgecock’s lawsuit claims that due to the fall she endured "serious personal injuries" and required an extensive period of recovery following the removal of the leaking silicone, ruptured implants and the subsequent implant replacement surgery. According to the lawsuit, Hedgecock states that the incident cost her and her husband over $25,000 in medical expenses. Her husband has joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff, alleging the accident and recovery of his wife caused him to suffer "loss of support, service, love, companionship, society, affection, relations and solace from his wife."

b2ap3_thumbnail_sunscreen_20170508-165925_1.jpgDid you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America- and that the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, kills an average of one person an hour? If you’re not already actively screening your skin for skin cancer on a regular basis, or trying to protect your skin from sun damage- now is the perfect time to start. Here are some tips for what to look for when checking your skin for signs of skin cancer- and what you should be doing every single day to prevent it.

This year, 3.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and 160,000 of those cancers will be melanoma. Melanoma is thought to be caused by unprotected sun exposure, but despite better screening methods and greater awareness, numbers are increasing. Scientists believe this is due to increasing deterioration of the earth’s ozone layer, which is allowing higher levels of radiation from the sun’s dangerous UV rays to reach our skin. In fact, researchers now estimate that 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime. So, what should you be looking for when checking your skin for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer- and what can you do to help protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous rays?

b2ap3_thumbnail_illegal-surgery.jpgA disturbing new trend is making headlines around the country: unlicensed practitioners known as "pump-doctors" are using industrial grade silicone as a cosmetic filler on unsuspecting patients. The pump-doctor trend is flourishing along the east coast, in places like Atlanta, Florida, and Maryland, where patient fatalities have resulted in a series of high-profile cases. But despite grim warnings from authorities and the medical community about the use of pump doctors, these illegal practices continue to thrive.

Plastic surgery procedures to increase the size of your breasts, buttocks and lips can be a big expense.  For patients determined to get the kind of results only plastic surgery could create, shopping around for the best price can have its benefits. Perhaps that’s why illegal practitioners known as pump-doctors are flourishing in US cities. With their promise of major results at a fraction of the cost, pump doctors are offering patients what they may have thought was both physically and financially unattainable in the past. But buyer beware! These unlicensed and often untrained individuals are making promises they can’t deliver on, and it’s costing some people their health and even their lives.

b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-implant.jpgA recent report by the Food and Drug Administration has once again confirmed a link between certain breast implants and an extremely rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL, or anaplastic large cell lymphoma. In light of this new report, doctors like Henderson, Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell are ramping up their efforts to warn patients about this uncommon disease, which is now estimated to affect 1 in 300,000 women. 

When most women consider getting breast implants, they are aware that their implants carry a certain level of risk. Though not common, any type of surgery or implant can have complications. But now some patients have a new risk to consider- the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma known as BIA-ALCL. Though his extremely rare t-cell lymphoma has only affected 359 people since its discovery in 2011, it still poses enough of a risk that surgeons like Mitchell are bringing it up to patients considering breast augmentation.

What is Board Certification, Why Does It Matter?

You may have heard the term "board certified" used when discussing plastic surgeons, but you may not know what that is- or if it really matters. After all, you can save a lot of money going abroad for surgery or to a spa for Botox injections from someone who isn’t board certified.  So, what’s the big difference between board certified, board eligible, and not- and do those credentials really justify the difference in cost for the same procedure?

In order to practice any kind of medicine here in the United States, a doctor must be licensed in the state or states that they practice in. But just because a doctor holds a valid medical license, does not mean he or she is board certified in a medical specialty. Board certification is a voluntary certification that means a doctor has undergone additional training in a specific field and has completed an additional evaluation process beyond the licensing process in his or her field. Board certification is usually peer-conducted and is not a ‘one-time’ thing. Doctors who undergo the rigorous process of board certification must complete additional internships and both written and oral testing following their training. Once they pass their testing, the doctor must continue to attend training and keep current with the newest advances in their field in order to remain board certified.  Board certified doctors must also adhere to board standards and best practices. To do so could be a violation of their certification, and could be grounds for having that certification revoked.

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Talking to Kids About Plastic Surgery

With an increase in both "mommy makeovers" and male cosmetic surgery procedures, a lot of parents are going under the knife these days. But while the change in your appearance may be a welcome change to you and maybe even your partner- it may not be as easily embraced by your children. If you’re struggling to figure out how to tell your kids that you’ll be changing your look, or if they know and are having fear or anxiety about your upcoming or recent surgery, here are a few tips to help explain your decision to them, and hopefully ease some of that stress, too.

How do I tell my children I’m having surgery without them getting scared?

Telling your kid you’re about to have major surgery can be very scary- for you and for them. While it is recommended that you discuss what is about to happen with them, depending on their age there are varying degrees of detail you should give them about the procedure. For preschool aged children and younger, telling them that mom or dad are going to see the doctor so they can feel better about themselves is a great, vague way to summarize what’s about to happen. Nothing in their lives is changing, you will just be happier with how you look, and after you heal, you’ll feel better, too.

It probably comes as little surprise that plastic surgery can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Correcting an issue with your appearance can do wonders for how you feel about the person staring back at you in the mirror- but did you know that when it comes to cosmetic procedures, self-esteem is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak? Studies have shown that in addition to the boost in self-esteem and confidence most patients notice post-surgery, there are someb2ap3_thumbnail_confident-business.jpg other surprising benefits you may not have even thought about! Dr. Ryan Mitchell shares some surprising new findings.

In 2013, when researchers at the University of Melbourne surveyed 121 patients at prominent local plastic surgery clinics, they weren’t sure what to expect. They knew that plastic surgery would likely improve the self-esteem of their respondents, but they were surprised to find that it also improved their job satisfaction, too! Why job satisfaction, though? The answers might surprise you!

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_172306211.jpgStomach fat. Many of us have it, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of us want it. But now, this famously stubborn and hard-to-lose deposit of body fat has found a role that might finally give it a little respect: as a plastic surgery filler. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada about why an increasing number of plastic surgeons are using stomach fat as a surgical filler.

It’s called ‘fat grafting’- the procedure where a surgeon takes fat from one area of your body, and then injects that fat into another area of the body that is lacking in volume. The fat can be taken from the buttocks, thighs, hips, and increasingly, from the stomach. The grafted fat can then be transferred elsewhere in the body, such as the lips, breasts or buttocks. This benefits the patient in many ways- most notably because by grafting fat that was already part of the patient’s body, the surgeon is not introducing anything new or unnatural to the body. This increases the likelihood of the body "accepting" the fat transfer, it also looks and feels more natural than injecting synthetic materials would. There are of course some downsides to fat grafting, but according to Mitchell, those downsides are minimal.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_183782321-1.jpgYou could have them already- those two little dents where your lower back meets your buttocks, commonly known as ‘Venus dimples.’ But while many people probably have never given them more than a passing glance, Venus dimples are on track to be the number one new trend in plastic surgery for 2017, thanks to their increasing popularity from bikini shots of models and Instagram-celebrities like the Hadid sisters, Kylie Jenner and Miranda Kerr. We spoke to Henderson, Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell about this popular new procedure.

Venus dimples get their name from the Roman Goddess of Beauty. When naturally occurring, Venus dimples are two sagittally symmetrical indentations on the lower back that appear at the site of the two sacroiliac joints, where the sacrum and ilium of the pelvis connect. Venus dimples contain a channel of veins that is often used as a guide in spinal surgery- specifically in procedures to place sacral pedicle screws in the spine. They are also said to increase blood circulation in the pelvic area and are believed to enhance sexual pleasure in those who possess them.

b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-feeding1.jpgHave you ever considered breast implants, but held off because you hoped to breastfeed your baby someday? Have you already gotten implants, but aren’t sure if breastfeeding is safe- or even possible? A recent study may offer some hope to patients considering nursing with implants. We asked plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell for some clarification.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ear-guage.jpgIf you’ve ever seen an earlobe piercing with an enlarged opening and a large silver hoop lining the inside of that opening, then you’ve seen the trendy piercing known as a "flesh tunnel." Though flesh tunnels are becoming increasingly popular today, they date back to ancient times, where they were used as a sign of wealth and status in tribes throughout Asia and Africa.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sunscreen.jpgIt wasn’t all that long ago that tanning was thought to be safe, and having a tan was described as having a ‘healthy glow.’  Nowadays, we know how dangerous tanning is (yes, even in tanning beds!), and for the most part, American’s have swapped their bottles of tanning oil for SPF 15.  But did you know that the harmful UV rays that make tanning so dangerous are present year-round- even on the coldest or cloudiest of days? In fact, it only takes about 15 minutes of sun exposure to get a sunburn. That’s about how long it takes to take your dog for a walk, and eleven minutes less than the average American’s commute to work! Don’t think because you’re in your car you’re, safe, either- you can easily get a sunburn driving, even with the windows up!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_birthday-cake.jpgRecent data from two unrelated studies have revealed that the age of patients receiving cosmetic procedures is decreasing as the popularity of these procedures is increasing. Available for cosmetic use since 2002, Botox injections have long been marketed to women between the ages of 45 to 54. Not surprisingly, that marketing is working, with a full 60% of patients fall into the 45-54 age group. However, surprising new data has revealed that the facial plastic surgery category is undergoing a bit of a facelift of its own, as more women in their 40’s have begun to abandon the old standbys of Botox and fillers in favor of surgical procedures like facelifts. Even more surprising? Fillers and Botox sales aren’t suffering any losses due to this exodus because a new crop of women in their 20’s and 30’s are turning to injectables to stave off the aging process.

b2ap3_thumbnail_gummy2.jpgBreast implant surgery is the number one plastic surgery procedure in the US year after year. But while this procedure is popular with patients from all walks of life, one size fits all definitely does not apply. Today, there are more implant options than ever before- but more options aren’t always better. We spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about the differences in breast implants- and how those differences really affect your results.

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