Drinking Alcohol Could Be Harmful to Skin

Drinking Alcohol Could Be Harmful to Skin

If you are one of the approximately 30 percent of American women or 14 percent of American men who regularly wear sunscreen when going outdoors, you should be proud of yourself for doing your part to prevent the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays on your skin. But a recent study has revealed that if you’re drinking even one glass of alcohol per day, you could be increasing your risk of developing a form of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) by 7 percent and your risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) by 11 percent!

 

"For every 10 grams of alcohol you consume, you dramatically increase your risk of developing these cancers," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada.

This is because once consumed, the ethanol contained in alcohol can transform into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which has been proven to damage DNA and prevent it from repairing itself.

"The study shows that for every 10 grams of alcohol you consume daily, you increase your risk by 7 percent or 11 percent, respectively," Mitchell says.

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Study: Skin Health Can Have Alarming Effect on Daily Life

Study: Skin Health Can Have Alarming Effect on Daily Life

A recent study of 2,000 British women sponsored by United Kingdom-based Sanex Zero% found that British women experience 72 "bad skin days" per year. More alarming, those 72 days a year (or six days a month) are affecting the "mental well-being" of 61 percent of respondents. Though the causes of bad skin days vary - respondents cited everything from acne breakouts to dryness - most troubling are the effects those bad days have on the lives of the respondents.

That’s because, according to the survey, a full 25 percent of respondents have canceled dates over bad skin, and one-fifth have canceled plans with friends.

 

"Even the most beautiful people in the world have days where they feel insecure about their appearance," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "Having days like that is normal, and generally not a problem. But when those insecurities stop you from living your life, then they become a big problem."

So, what can be done to minimize these bad skin days, or at least minimize the effects they have on your emotional state?

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Five Common Skincare Mistakes That Age the Face

Five Common Skincare Mistakes That Age the Face

Softer, clearer, younger-looking skin is something we all aspire to have. But unfortunately, sometimes in the pursuit of younger skin, we end up making skincare mistakes that make us look older than we are. If you are looking for ways to recapture that youthful glow, check your diet and your routine for some of these common skin-aging mistakes!

 

Too much sugar: Yes, sugar is delicious and has been scientifically proven to activate the pleasure centers of our brains. But it also has a dark side. In addition to raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure and obesity, it can also wreak havoc on your skin. That’s because sugar causes a process called glycation, which occurs when the sugar in your blood combines with proteins and forms new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). At around age 35, these AGEs make the collagen and elastin in your skin dry and brittle, causing your skin to wrinkle and sag - and it gets worse over time.

Not wearing an SPF daily: Don’t think that just because you’re not going to the beach or spending the day outdoors you don’t need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You should wear a lotion containing a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 15 on all exposed areas of skin any time you plan on stepping outdoors or sitting by a window - even if it’s just for five minutes or to drive to work. 

Be sure to reapply lotion as needed by following the directions on the bottle, and remember the higher the SPF, the longer your skin will be protected. A good rule of thumb for choosing SPF is if your skin burns within 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, an SPF of 15 would extend that by 15 times. So, you’d get 150 minutes of sun exposure before you’d begin to burn. For an SPF of 20, you’d get 200 minutes of sun exposure before your skin begins to burn.

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Pregnancy and Cosmetic Procedures

Pregnancy and Cosmetic Procedures

When headlines recently alleged that celebrity Kylie Jenner may be pregnant, many wondered if the reality star would continue to get her signature lip fillers during pregnancy. In recent years, Jenner has become equally as well known for her allegedly cosmetically enhanced physique as she has for her reality show. But what many people may not realize is that cosmetic treatments like lip fillers and Botox aren’t safe for pregnant women - and no reputable doctor will perform them on a pregnant patient.

Why? Because there have been no studies proving the effects of Botox or fillers on an unborn child. While there have been cases of women getting these procedures without knowing they are pregnant and going on to deliver healthy babies, there is no guarantee that this will be true for every patient, and it's simply not worth the risk.

 

Pregnancy Acts as Its Own Filler

The good news is that pregnancy sometimes causes a little natural swelling, so you may still look like you’re maintaining your fillers even if it’s been awhile since you had them. Many people are able to maintain the results from their last treatment well into the first or second trimester before the real swelling occurs.

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Melania Trump Is the Latest Cosmetic Surgery Inspiration

Melania Trump Is the Latest Cosmetic Surgery Inspiration

She’s beautiful, she’s polished and she’s becoming one of the most requested faces in plastic surgery today. Following in the footsteps of her fashion-mogul stepdaughter Ivanka, Melania Trump’s face is rising in popularity among patients looking for plastic surgery procedures.

 

"For the past year, we’ve been seeing an increase in people around the country asking to look more like Ivanka Trump," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "But there’s been a slow uptick in people requesting Melania Trump’s features, too."

It’s easy to understand why women want to look like Trump, with her high cheekbones and strong jaw.

"She was a model, after all," says Mitchell. "Models and celebrities are common inspirations for plastic surgery. But until recently she wasn’t a common request."

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The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Prisons

The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Prisons

It used to be that when people thought about plastic surgery, they considered it a luxury reserved for those in the very top tiers of society, such as celebrities and socialites. Today, thanks to lower prices and more surgeons, plastic surgery has become more accessible to the middle class, and though it is still often thought of as a luxury, an increasing number of Americans have undergone plastic surgery procedures.

 

What many people don’t realize is that despite its lofty reputation, plastic surgery wasn’t always for just the wealthy. It has a lesser-known history of use on an unlikely segment of the population: prisoners. In the 1950s, a Canadian plastic surgeon named Dr. Edward Lewison had an idea. Lewison believed that if prisoners looked better, they’d feel better about themselves and acclimate better into society upon release from prison.

Lewison tested that theory, performing over 450 rhinoplasties and other procedures on prisoners in British Columbia’s Okalla Prison.

"The surprising yet wonderful thing is that it worked," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "The men who underwent plastic surgery returned to prison about half as frequently as prisoners who had not received surgery."

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Which Skincare Products Should I Use?

Which Skincare Products Should I Use?

In our office we're often asked if the Zo Skin Health line is really better than less expensive skin care lines you can get at the pharmacy or department stores. Do you remember those shampoo commercials from the 1990s and 2000s with the two women side by side? One woman used "salon brand" shampoo while the other supposedly used a bargain brand shampoo. Both women’s hair looked great, and the commercial’s tagline and moral of the story was "If you can’t tell the difference, why should we?" 

 

Well, that may work for shampoo, but in the world of skin care, you simply cannot get the same results from a lower-quality, discount-store brand as you might with the more expensive lines that are sold exclusively in surgical practices. The reason is the ingredients.

The product line we recommend for all patients looking to protect their skin and reveal a more youthful, healthy glow are the Zo Skin Health products. The Zo line was formulated by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, M.D., who is the founder of the once popular and extremely successful Obagi line. Unfortunately, after Dr. Obagi sold off the line, the original Obagi formulation changed. Thankfully, Dr. Obagi heard his patients’ concerns and replaced the Obagi line with a new line, Zo Skin Health. In fact, today’s Zo line is even better than the original Obagi line, because it has evolved with new advances in skin care science.

So, why are product lines like Zo Skin Health only available through medical practices, and not at the store? This is because product lines like Zo Skin Health use medical-grade ingredients that cannot be sold at retail stores. Though they are not prescription, using this type of product without medical supervision could cause anything from serious skin irritation to a huge waste of money. After all, why pay to treat a problem you don’t have, or use the wrong product to treat a problem you do have? Offering these products directly through a medical practitioner allows us to help patients select only the products they need for the issues they have. It also allows us to show our patients the proper use for each product to get the most benefit from it.

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Texas Beauty Blogger Livestreams Breast Augmentation

Texas Beauty Blogger Livestreams Breast Augmentation

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what goes on during a breast augmentation, you now have a chance to watch a live recording of the procedure, courtesy of popular beauty blogger Ashley Devonna. Devonna, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, recently made headlines when she decided to livestream her breast augmentation surgery on her Facebook page for her thousands of followers.

 

In addition to the live videos Devonna streamed during her actual procedure, she has since posted a video with footage documenting her feelings on her way to the procedure, getting her anesthesia, and even an update on how she was feeling 24 hours after her procedure.

Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, did not treat Devonna but says Devonna’s willingness to share her surgery and the emotions she experienced before and after the procedure are admirable.

"Many women go into breast augmentation not sure what to expect," he says. "Being able to see a real person go through it will hopefully help adjust their expectations and calm their nerves."

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Designer Nipples Are the New Trend in Plastic Surgery

Designer Nipples Are the New Trend in Plastic Surgery

 Breast augmentation is the No. 1 plastic surgery procedure in America, increasing in popularity by 31 percent since the year 2000, and up 4 percent just since 2015. However, for as much attention that has been paid to the breast, very little has been paid to the nipple. But that may be changing, as an increasing number of women are turning to plastic surgeons for nipple augmentation procedures.

 

"Nipple augmentation isn’t a new procedure by any means," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "Traditionally it was used to fix oversized or inverted nipples in both men and women, but lately it is becoming more popular both with and independent of breast augmentation or lift surgery."

The procedure, which can be done in as little as one hour under local anesthesia, is growing in popularity especially among women who have finished having children and are looking to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.

"Pregnancy takes a toll on your body," says Mitchell. "Even if you don’t breastfeed, the pregnancy hormones and weight gain can permanently change the shape, size and even color of the nipple."

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Benefits of Plastic Surgery Go Beyond the Mirror

Benefits of Plastic Surgery Go Beyond the Mirror

When you think about undergoing a plastic surgery procedure, you’re probably only thinking about the physical outcome of your surgery. A breast augmentation will give you fuller breasts with less sagging, while a rhinoplasty may straighten a crooked nose or remove a bump. But what you may not consider is the positive effect that procedure might have on the rest of your life!

 

Increased Self-Esteem 

Self-esteem and plastic surgery go hand-in-hand. When you improve your appearance, you feel better about yourself. This renewed self-esteem can help give you the confidence to do everything from wearing something you never thought you’d wear to trying new things you may never have tried prior to surgery. From taking a cruise to giving a big presentation or applying for a dream job, when you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to feel like your goals are attainable, too.

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How Do I Shrink Enlarged Pores?

How Do I Shrink Enlarged Pores?

If you’ve ever had oily skin (or been a teenager!) you have probably experienced the frustration of a clogged pore or two. Very typical among teens, clogged pores comprise a mixture of dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and dirt.  

For teens, clogged pores can translate to painful and unsightly blackheads and acne. For adults, it can be far worse. That’s because as we age, our collagen production slows down, causing our skin to lose elasticity. When this happens, it becomes difficult for our skin to "snap back." This means that when adults experience clogged pores, not only are they subject to the same acne and blackheads as teens, but now their pores may also not shrink back to their normal size once the dirt and oil is cleared out. As a result, the skin appears rough or pitted, and pores are often noticeable - even when they aren’t clogged.

So, what can you do if your pores are clean, but they don’t seem to shrink back to their normal (invisible) size? Here are some tried and true treatments that will shrink your enlarged pores and help restore a radiant and youthful glow to your complexion.

 

Microdermabrasion 

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Woman Uses Plastic Surgery to Escape Debt

Woman Uses Plastic Surgery to Escape Debt

A Xinhua, China, woman was recently apprehended after fleeing from her home in Xinhua to the city of Shenzen in an attempt to evade payment of $3.7 million in personal credit card debt. But when police located 59-year-old Zhu Najuan, they received quite a surprise.

"According to news reports, Ms. Najuan had undergone so much plastic surgery, she was nearly unrecognizable," says Henderson, Nevada, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell.

 

Xinhua police claim Najuan used "borrowed" credit cards to finance her plastic surgery procedures in an effort to hide her identity and avoid paying her credit card bills. Officers on the scene reported that Najuan looked to be in her 30s, not her late 50s, and they were initially shocked that the woman they were arresting was the same woman in the photos known to be of Najuan.

"They don’t say which procedures she had," Mitchell says, "but if you look at the photos floating around that claim to be her before and after photos, it looks as though she may have had a facelift or eye lift."

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Augmented Reality Could Be Coming to Plastic Surgery

Augmented Reality Could Be Coming to Plastic Surgery

Researchers at the Osaka Medical College in Osaka, Japan, have recently developed an augmented reality (AR) program that could assist plastic surgeons during surgical procedures. The program works by creating a 3D simulation of the patient’s desired results and then using AR to project those results over the patient’s face during the procedure. 

Researchers Koichi Ueda, Ph.D., and Daisuke Mitsuno, M.D., believe the AR program could assist with eight current common surgical procedures, with more possible as the technology further develops.

 

Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, thinks programs like the AR technology developed at Osaka Medical College could be very useful to surgeons working on more complex procedures. But he's skeptical that it would be of much use on a daily basis.

"Most surgeons wouldn’t need such a complex map of potential outcomes during surgery," Mitchell says, "but it could be nice to have just in case."

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Breast Lift Versus Breast Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

Breast Lift Versus Breast Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard the terms "breast lift" and "breast augmentation" before, maybe even used interchangeably. But did you know that a breast lift is a completely different procedure than a breast augmentation? Whether you’re just curious or are considering a surgical procedure to improve the size, shape, volume or lift of your breasts, there are many things to consider.

Breast Lift

A breast lift is a procedure that is done to correct the loss of volume and sagging (ptosis) of the breast. Breast lifts reshape the breasts and lift them up without the use of implants. There are three main types of breast lift. 

Vertical Breast Reduction: With vertical breast reduction, the breasts are opened around the areola and the middle of the breast. Tissue is then removed from the central and lower part of the breast, and the remaining tissue is stitched back up in a lollipop-shaped suture. This procedure is best for small to medium reductions, and does away with the lower breast-fold scar commonly associated with the inverted T procedure. The healed breast appears rounder and more youthful than with other lift procedures.

Inverted T Incision: The inverted T incision is the most common breast lift procedure used today. Also known as a full mastopexy or anchor incision, the inverted T is often used for women who have moderate to significant drooping. The inverted T is best for women with excessive skin at the bottom of the breast. It gets its name because of the shape of the incision made on the breast. The incision in an inverted T goes down the middle and continues along the base of the breast. This incision allows the surgeon to remove more tissue and reshape the remaining tissue into a more desirable shape. It also enables the surgeon to lift the areola without disconnecting it from the nerves and tissue of the breast.

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Healing from Cosmetic Surgery: Why You Wear Compression Garments

Healing from Cosmetic Surgery: Why You Wear Compression Garments

Whether you’ve already had a cosmetic procedure such as a breast lift, liposuction or abdominoplasty or are considering one, you may be wondering why your surgeon has prescribed the use of a compression garment following your procedure. A compression garment is a foundation garment you wear under your clothing like a bra or underwear. The difference between compression garments and regular undergarments is that compression garments are more like the shapewear you might use to smooth out the appearance of body fat underneath your clothing. The major difference is compression garments aren’t for hiding flaws. They’re important medical-grade garments designed to help the body heal from cosmetic surgery procedures.

When you undergo a procedure such as an abdominoplasty, liposuction or breast lift, your compression garment will greatly aid in the healing of your body.  Immediately following your procedure, your compression garment helps by applying pressure to the affected area, reducing swelling and helping your body drain excess fluids. Following an abdominal liposuction procedure, for example, the body will likely still be full of excess lidocaine and tumescent fluid, which is used to help separate the body fat from the abdominal wall and to reduce bleeding. Wearing compression garments following abdominal liposuction helps your body not only heal in a desirable shape, but it helps this excess fluid drain upward and out of your body. If your liposuction is accompanied by an abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck," compression garments can aid in preventing a dangerous accumulation of fluids in the body called a seroma. Seromas often require additional emergency surgeries and can cause additional scarring.

For breast augmentations and lifts, compression garments are also recommended. Many patients may be required to wear a compression bra around the clock for the first few weeks following their procedure. This will help keep swelling down and hold implants in place. Depending on the procedure and individual patient, compression bras may be required for longer periods, until a regular non-underwire bra is safe.  It is often recommended that patients avoid underwire bras immediately following surgery, as these bras can irritate the skin and nerves underneath the breast during the healing process.

Patients undergoing breast augmentation may also be required to wear a device called a compression strap. A compression strap is a garment which is used to help hold breast implants into a natural position. Usually, augmentation patients wear compression straps for up to 6 weeks, but this may vary by individual patient.

Compression garments serve many purposes. They can help reduce blood clots and keep your skin, including your incision, from moving during sleep or when you are walking around.  While they may not be the most comfortable thing to wear following surgery, they really do make a dramatic difference in your healing and overall results. If you are prescribed a compression garment following your procedure, please wear it exactly as instructed and don’t think your surgeon won’t find out if you don’t wear it. Cosmetic surgery is a big investment in your time, money and physical endurance. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions before and after the procedure and don’t try to cheat the system!

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Everything You Need to Know About Surgical Drains

Everything You Need to Know About Surgical Drains

For many patients preparing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, there’s one element to their recovery that may come as a surprise to them: the use of a surgical drain.

 

A surgical drain is a long tube that is inserted into the body at the site of a surgical incision that runs along the incision and drains out of the body into a bulb that may resemble a lemon or a grenade. As your body begins to accumulate excess fluids as part of the healing process, the fluids drip into the drain line, and down to the end grenade-like piece. Though there are many types of surgical drains, for plastic surgery, most doctors use what is known as a Jackson-Pratt drain.

A Jackson-Pratt Drain uses a negative pressure device to suction out the excess fluid. Once the collection bulb becomes full of fluid, the Jackson-Pratt drain has a valve (like the type of valve used on inflatable beach balls or tubes) that can be opened and the fluid emptied into a cup.

When emptying your surgical drain, it is important that you hold the drain line firmly at the incision and squeeze the line towards the bulb, emptying as much of the fluid still in the line as possible. When you have cleared as much of the drain line as you can, you must then empty the fluid into the cup provided by your surgeon.

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Think Plastic Surgery is Out of Your Budget? These Procedures May Be Covered by Insurance!

Think Plastic Surgery is Out of Your Budget? These Procedures May Be Covered by Insurance!

Wouldn’t it be nice if anytime you wanted to correct a problem area on your body you could simply call up your doctor and have it fixed, just like that?  With plastic surgery, you can to a degree, however paying for that procedure is where the real challenge comes in.  But while insurance plans won’t pay for a facelift or breast implants, there are a surprising number of plastic surgery procedures your insurance actually will pay for.

 "One of the procedures patients are most surprised to hear is covered are breast reduction surgeries," said Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada.  

According to Mitchell, breast reduction is often covered because these surgeries are often not simply a cosmetic procedure, but a medical procedure.

"Large or heavy breasts can often cause severe shoulder and back pain," said Mitchell. "Some women will come in and have welts on their shoulders from their bra straps. Others will simply have back aches because their center of gravity is pulling them forward. Undergoing breast reduction can help patients stand straighter, and can eliminate that painful back strain. Because it is a pain issue, breast reduction is often fully covered by some insurance plans."

As for men, Mitchell says male breast reduction surgery is often also covered for the same reason. Called gynecomastia, men with enlarged breasts often suffer from lower self-esteem, but they also may suffer some of the same side effects as women with larger breasts, including back aches and shoulder pain.

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A New Trend in Liposuction Is Reducing Body Fat from a Surprising Place

A New Trend in Liposuction Is Reducing Body Fat from a Surprising Place

If you pay attention to cosmetic and plastic surgery trends in magazines and celebrity gossip shows, you may already be aware of some of the new plastic surgery procedures making headlines. From lip fillers to Brazilian butt Lifts, there are seemingly endless ways to get the results you desire by going under the knife. But now, a new trend in cosmetic surgery is making headlines, and it’s being used to treat an area you may not have even thought about before: your back. Dubbed "bra bulge" liposuction, surgeons are seeing an increase in women looking to have fat deposits removed from the area of their upper back where their bra-band sits.

 

While bra-bulge liposuction may seem unconventional, as Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada explains, it’s not as unbelievable as you might think.

"Women seeking bra-bulge liposuction aren’t simply looking to have back fat removed, they are trying to remove the pockets of body fat that cause the appearance of lumpiness along the back of their bra line," he said. "In some cases, you may not even realize you have body fat on that part of your back until you put on your bra."

So, why would someone be concerned about how their back looks with their bra on? After all, it’s not like anyone will see that part of your back with your clothing on, or can they?

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Tie Tucks the Hot New Trend in Male Plastic Surgery

Tie Tucks the Hot New Trend in Male Plastic Surgery

Studies have shown that one of the biggest indicators of attractiveness in men is a strong, square jawline. According to psychologist Dr. Kang Lee of the University of Toronto, this is because the human eye is drawn to mathematically average, symmetrical faces. So, what’s a guy to do when as he ages his jaw begins to appear less chiseled, and more on the jowly side?  The answer many men are turning to is a combination of procedures known as the ‘tie tuck,’ which specifically address those sagging pockets of fat that hang from the jaw and chin.

According to Dr. Ryan Mitchell, of Henderson, Nevada, as we age, the fat pads in our cheeks begin to lose support, and slowly slide down the face to the jaw.

"This creates the illusion of a weaker chin and jaw, because the bone structure is hidden behind these fat pockets," Mitchell said.  

But now, a concerted combination of procedures designed to firm up the skin along the jawline is growing in popularity in Hollywood and around the United States, and it’s making a substantial difference in how many men see themselves.

Dubbed the ‘tie tuck,’ because of the chin and jaw’s proximity to where men tie a necktie, the procedure involves many different procedures working together to tighten the skin and eliminate the fat pads along the jaw.

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Are Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Safe During Pregnancy?

Are Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Safe During Pregnancy?

 Recent photos of singer Beyonce Knowles have sparked rumors and outrage that the singer may have undergone lip injections while pregnant with her second child. Knowles’ publicist Yvette Noel-Schure has denied the claims, saying Knowles’ plumper pout is thanks to pregnancy hormones and normal pregnancy-related weight gain, but the controversy has left many wondering, is it ever safe to undergo any cosmetic procedures while pregnant?

 

"The short answer is no," explains Dr. Ryan Mitchell a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "For an elective procedure, it is not worth the risk of potentially fatal consequences to performing any kind of plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure on a pregnant patient."

According to Mitchell, the main risk usually lies not in the procedure itself, but in the anesthesia used in cosmetic surgery, and the chemicals used in injectable fillers.

"Anesthesia during the first trimester can be fatal to an unborn baby, and it carries a lot of risk in the second and third trimester as well," said Mitchell. 

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