Getting an Hourglass Shape: Breast Augmentations and Butt Lifts

Over the last couple of years, the two most popular plastic surgeries have become breast augmentations and Brazilian butt lifts. There are likely varied reasons as to the sudden and continued popularity of these two procedures, but one answer may be the new focus on curvier women, like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. These women are praised for their hourglass figures, which is the least common natural shape for female bodies.

Breast Augmentation: What to Know

Procedure

Brazilian-Butt-Lift-Jacksonville-FLA woman may want breast augmentation for reasons besides purely cosmetic, such as she’s a survivor of breast cancer and had a mastectomy, but now wants her previous shape back. Breast augmentations are also done for purely aesthetic reasons, such as to add breast volume after severe weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure is the most popular plastic surgery operation in the United States, with almost 300,000 done in 2015, a 31 percent increase since 2000.

The procedure itself has come a long way since its introduction in 1962. The operation involves inserting implants or fat into the breast. The cost is around $4,000, though this number can vary. It’s also important to go to a surgeon who you feel has sufficient experience doing these surgeries and makes you feel comfortable.

Talk to your surgeon about where the incision scars will be; they’re usually placed in areas that will be the least noticeable, such as under the breast, near the armpit, or around the nipple. Your implant will then be inserted, either on top of the pectoral muscle, or under it, depending on your preference, type of implant, and doctor’s recommendation.

Recovery

As with any surgery, it’s important to take proper steps for recovery to make sure everything goes well. After surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and in a special bra to support them. After being monitored for a few hours, you’ll be able to leave. You’ll be instructed about how to care for your incisions.

Take medications as prescribed and properly clean the incision areas. You might be told to wear a support bra for the first couple of weeks following your surgery. Soreness and swelling for the first few weeks are normal. Minimize your activity; wait to begin exercising again until your surgeon says it’s okay.

Brazilian Butt Lift: What to Know

Procedure

The popularity of butt lifts has risen by 250 percent, with nearly 5,000 operations being performed last year, though some doctors estimate that the number was closer to 10,000. Various types of butt lifts are done, though most people believe the operation is mere to greatly increase the size of the butt. Most people opt to have a butt that’s in proportion with the rest of their figures and often use the operation to streamline their lower bodies. Fat from the midsection or thighs can be inserted into the butt, while it’s also lifted to look rounder and perkier.

The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. Implants, or fat from other locations on the body, are inserted into the butt. The cost of the surgery is between $4,000 and $5,000. A surgeon’s cost often varies on their experience and where they’re located, so find a surgeon you trust and can afford.

Recovery

imagesThe recovery period is about six to eight weeks after your surgery. You’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment and avoid sitting down directly on your butt because sitting decreases blood flow and can kill the fat implants. If you have to sit, use a donut-shaped cushion. Sleep on your side and stomach as well.

High-impact activities should be avoided during the recovery period, especially any activity that involves bouncing. By carefully caring for your body after the implants, you’ll allow the fat to solidify and stay in place, though it’s important to note that up to around 40% of the fat will die naturally soon after surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

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The 4 Best Breast Cancer Charities to Give Back to

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October, so it’s likely you’re being bombarded by ads and requests for donations, often through the purchase of some item. While pink products can show your support for survivors of breast cancer and those currently experiencing it (around 3 million), the money you’re paying for those items may not always be going where the company claims it is. Companies frequently cap donations at a certain amount, then sell products and make a profit, or they donate money to a breast cancer charity while continuing to produce products that can cause cancer, which is a practice known as “pinkwashing”. It’s more beneficial to donate directly to a charity instead of buying merchandise from a company.

It makes sense that you’d want to help those who suffer from breast cancer, but it’s also important to research the best ways to do so. A lot of people think they’re donating to breast cancer research when giving money to any foundation or organization, but that often isn’t the case. You should decide where you’d like your money to go, whether that’s helping out current women with breast cancer, funding research, or preventative measures, and then research what charities funnel their money toward your category. Here are a few breast cancer organizations that rank highly on how they use the money donated to them.

Dr. Susan Love Foundation

The Dr. Susan Love Foundation invests exclusively in research, instead of treating or raising awareness of breast cancer. The foundation specifically gives funds toward studying the breast duct, where breast cancer originates, in an effort to find a way to stop cancer from ever developing. They received an overall score of 91.01 from Charity Navigator.

California Breast Cancer Research Program

This program is run by the University of California and holds the title of the largest breast cancer research center that’s funded by the state. Around 95% of funds go to researching breast cancer and education on the disease, while 50% of their research focuses on environmental factors that cause breast cancer and how those risks can be lowered. You can make donations to this program, but they also have steady revenue from the state’s tobacco tax.

Young Survival Coalition

This organization has a more specific focus, which is for young survivors of breast cancer. The coalition received an 88.57 score on Charity Navigator. The charity focuses on helping the over 10,000 women under the age of 40 who have breast cancer, which some experts have cited as a neglected group within those with and survivors of breast cancer. The coalition provides support and information to women in this age range.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

This foundation received an overall score of 91 on Charity Navigator. They’re considered one of the nation’s most transparent and financially responsible nonprofits and have consistently won top rankings. The most amount of money they can give goes toward funding research and raising awareness for breast cancer. They’ve also received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator 13 times since 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty Procedures

Do you have some personal concerns that could involve surgery but not have a clue as to the specific details? Do you even know the difference between vaginoplasty and labiaplasty? We do; so fret not and read on:

What is Vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens up” a vagina that has become loose from aging or vaginal childbirth. While some plastic surgeons claim that the operation can also improve a woman’s sensitivity, the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) strongly challenge this claim. While they acknowledge that vaginal tissues stretch, they state that tightening the tissue surgically in itself will not definitely increase a woman’s sexual response.

They note that arousal, desire, and achieving an orgasm are complicated. They are significantly personal reactions, that are also “conditioned” by interpersonal, spiritual and emotional elements as well. Finally, increased sensitivity may not automatically mean a woman will experience more pleasure but it may also mean that it could also lead to irritation or pain.

What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure on the labia or “lips” around the vagina. It can be performed in conjunction with vaginoplasty or separately. Surgeons can operate on the smaller, inner vaginal lips (the labia minor) or on the outer, larger lips (the labia major). In both cases, the purpose of the procedure is to alter the shape or size of the labia. Generally, women have it done in order to reduce their size or to make them symmetrical.

Cosmetic Surgery And Reconstructive Surgery
When making a decision about labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, one must first be certain to understand the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery alters the aesthetics of a person’s normal anatomy. Reconstructive surgery actually improves a body part’s function.
This is a critical difference. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees because this organization actually evaluates specific surgeries and the outcomes to repair functional issues. To date, the ACOG is still skeptical and advises women to be cautious when it comes to vaginal surgery. They note the both the numerous risks involved and an absence of scientific information on both effectiveness and safety.

The Risks Of Labiaplasty And Vaginoplasty
No reliable source has yet to track complication rates and the statistics on women’s “long-term satisfaction” following labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. The procedures have not been reviewed in medical journals and the ACOG considers then “unproven.” Finally, vaginal cosmetic surgery is associated with several risks including infection, ongoing pain, scarring and “permanent changes in sensation.”

How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

Staying healthy during a pregnancy is a challenge, especially for first-time moms. There are lots of dos and don’ts along with people surrounding you, telling you what you have to do to keep you and your baby healthy. Don’t stress too much about your pregnancy. It’s something women have been doing for the entire history of the human race and it’s a natural function. As long as you’re healthy before your pregnancy and follow some guidelines while pregnant, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

Exercise

Staying active is incredibly important to having a healthy pregnancy. Talk to your GP before doing any exercise you think may be strenuous, but basic exercise can be helpful, to you and your baby.

Take a walk every day, begin swimming, or enroll in a yoga class. Exercise will help you fight possible depression, will keep you stay in shape (during and after pregnancy), and will help you bear the new weight and go through labor more easily.

Eat healthy

Everyone has heard the lists of foods avoid while pregnant, like dairy, sushi, and anything raw. While it is important to be mindful of not eating certain foods, it’s even more important to have a balanced diet.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Get daily servings of grains and proteins, particularly fish. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are particularly beneficial to you and your baby. Take a supplement if you don’t eat much fish.

While some people say that pregnancy gives you the excuse to eat for two, that isn’t true! You don’t need that many more calories and it’s important to have a balanced diet, not give in to any craving you experience.

Take vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are important during pregnancies. While they aren’t substitutes for a balanced diet and healthy food, they will help out in any area where it’s difficult for a mother to get all the needed nutrients.

Folic acid is particularly important during the first three months of pregnancy, and even before! If you’re trying to get pregnant, begin taking folic acid supplements. This B vitamin helps lower the risk of neural tube defects in children.

Cut out unhealthy substances

There have been various studies done to document the negative effects alcohol and smoking can have on a developing baby.

Doctors don’t know the exact amount of alcohol that’s appropriate to drink during a pregnancy, so most advice eliminating it completely. If you do regularly drink or smoke, stop once you find out you’re pregnant.

It’ll prevent an entire host of complications that could arise, during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Also consume caffeine in moderation, though many women choose to cut it out entirely.

Rest a lot

You may find it more difficult to sleep at night, because of nausea or backaches. Pregnant women experience higher levels of fatigue, especially in the first trimester. If you feel tired, take a break.

Sleeping through the night might become difficult, so take a nap during the day if you have time. Even if you don’t have time for a nap, take a 30-minute break throughout the day and just rest!

 

Cosmetic Surgery Benefits: 5 Ways Cosmetic Surgery is Used Unexpectedly

It may come as a surprise to many people, but there are a lot of health benefits to cosmetic surgery. With so much media attention and marketing based on how people look, it’s easy to understand why cosmetic surgery is viewed as only as a method to improve someone’s looks and appearance or a simply being vain. While it is true that there are cosmetic procedures that only serve to improve one’s looks or appearance, there are some types of cosmetic surgeries that have some surprising health benefits.

Of course, a lot of cosmetic surgery is about appearance but let’s not forget the mental and emotional benefits. Let’s say that someone has a nose that they feel is too large. If having cosmetic surgery to correct the problem makes them feel better about themselves, then the surgery has helped them to live a happier and healthier life by increasing their self-esteem and happiness and by relieving stress and depression. If you need something more concrete as far as the health benefits of cosmetic surgery, then here are a few more health benefits of a few cosmetic surgeries that just might surprise you.

Health benefits of a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that can give you that firm and tight looking stomach that you’ve always dreamed of. A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin around the stomach leaving behind a firm and more slender looking abdomen. While most people choose to have the procedure for purely cosmetic reasons, there are some amazing health benefits associated with a tummy tuck. Doctors have discovered that an abdominoplasty can correct a ventral hernia, relieve urinary incontinence, and improve posture.

Improve your nose and breathing with a rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, or better known as a nose job, can not only improve the look, shape, and size of a person’s nose, it can improve their breathing by correcting obstructive breathing symptoms caused by a deviated septum or the enlargement of turbinates within the nasal cavity. Turbinates are natural structures within the nasal cavity that aid in the humidifying of inhaled air. By correcting these problems during a rhinoplasty, patients not only receive a new and improved nose, they can experience easier and better breathing which can also lead to better sleep.

Cosmetic surgery is not always just about vanity, and taking steps to feel better about yourself is a positive thing that can lead to a healthier and more fulfilling life. Cosmetic surgery can help to increase a person’s positive motivation and self-esteem while providing some surprising physical health benefits at the same time.

7 Celebrities Who Improved Their Bodies With Plastic Surgery

Being a cosmetic surgeon the topic comes up often as to how many famous people I have operated on and what procedure have they undergone, but as many of you already know, that is confidential information that I can not and will disclose, even in a blog post.

However, here is a list of seven celebrities from throughout the years who’ve improved their looks with the help of going under the knife (in some way or another).

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner

For months, it was speculated that Kylie Jenner got a little help to plump up her lips, either way she looks great.

Iggy Azalea

 

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Openly admitting to getting breast implants, Iggy Azalea has no shame in amplifying her looks.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Back in 2007, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland also received a breast augmentation procedure.  

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Back in 2010, two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda underwent eye, chin and neck surgery.

Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger attends ELLE's 21st annual Womenin Hollywood event

We’ve all noticed a change in Zellweger back in October, with summer here and in full force, change is always good.

 

Rose McGowan

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After a severe car accident, Rose McGowan had a nip tuck procedure done under here eyes to prevent excessive scarring.

Kourtney Kardashian

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Eldest sister of the Kardashian Klan, Kourtney proudly admitted to having a breast enlargement during her college days.

 

 

 

 

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