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Providing exceptional face, breast, and body procedures to individuals across Central and Southern California, world-renowned surgeon Darshan Shah is an experienced professional who is dedicated to helping patients to look and feel beautiful. He has undergone extensive training at some of the most prestigious schools in the country. At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, Dr. Shah works together with Dr. Milan Shah and Dr. Brett Lehocky to incorporate the latest in cosmetic surgery technology into our practice so patients can benefit from the latest techniques and treatments available. His genuinely caring approach and attention to detail have enabled him to win the trust of patients from around the world. It is no wonder that patients from across the globe turn to Dr. Darshan Shah for all their plastic surgery needs. You can find more info at: Google+

Researchers Show How Sunscreen Fights Photo Aging

A study conducted by researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia has measured the effectiveness of sunscreen for prevention of photo aging. Their research provides some of the strongest evidence for the effectiveness of daily sunscreen use.

Dr. Adele Green and her colleagues analyzed previous research done with 903 adults, all under age 55, in a 4-year period. They tracked the appearance of each subject’s hands during the course of the study, looking for changes in skin pigmentation, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Some subjects were told to use sunscreen daily, while others could apply sunscreen as they felt necessary.

For the subjects who applied sunscreen daily, the results were favorable. Over the 4-year period, they showed no detectable changes in skin condition on their hands (taking into account other factors related to sun exposure) and they were 24 percent less likely than the other group to exhibit increased signs of aging. The anti-aging effects of sunscreen were evident in both young and middle aged patients.

The takeaway: Sunscreen not only helps protect against skin cancer, it has real cosmetic benefits. You can find the study, which was funded by the Australian Government, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Source: Reuters and the AP, with photo by koadmunkee

5 Benefits of Venus Freeze at Beautologie

Venus Freeze is a non-surgical treatment that combines Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulses to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production. Here are seven benefits of this cool new treatment offered at Beautologie of Bakersfield and Fresno.

1. Skin Tightening and Wrinkle Reduction

The multi-polar radio frequency energy causes a thermal reaction in your tissue, which activates your body’s healing process. New collagen forms, elastin fibers grow, and the skin contracts. The skin tightens and your wrinkles are noticeable reduced.

2. Inch Reduction

In a Canadian study, 15 patients received Venus Freeze treatments for eight weeks. In a group of patients selected for circumference reduction, an average shrinkage of 3.1 centimeters was seen in the abdomen and hip area, with all subjects showing results.

3. No Downtime

You can undergo a Venus Freeze treatment at Beautologie during your lunch break and return to work right away. A single area can be finished in 30 minutes or less, and you can apply makeup immediately after the treatment.

4. A Comfortable Experience

Venus Freeze treatments are comfortable and non-invasive. Patients have compared the sensation to the pleasant and warm feeling of a hot-stone massage. During treatment, you could relax or even take a nap.

5. Cellulite Reduction

75 percent of the subjects in the Canadian study (within the cellulite group) showed “noticeable and satisfactory improvement” in the appearance of cellulite.

Call or email Beautologie in Fresno or Bakersfield to learn more about Venus Freeze.

Arm Lift Surgeries Increasing Rapidly

The latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that since the year 2000, upper arm lifts in women are up more than 4,000 percent. In 2000, a little over 300 women had arm lift surgery. Last year, more than 15,000 did. In a typical week, that’s a surgery every 10 minutes!

This video shows Natalie Robinson’s before-and-after photos. The ones she “couldn’t wait to take.” Over the last 36 months, Natalie has lost more than 170 pounds, and before having surgery to remove excess skin on her arms.

“They’re a reminder of that heavier person and you couldn’t get rid of it and it was just something else to worry about.” So Natalie decided to have arm lift surgery to tone her upper arms.

She had a type of upper arm procedure called brachioplasty, which is rising in popularity. “We did do more brachioplasties last year than we did the year before and we’ll probably do more this year,” said Natalie’s plastic surgeon Dr. David Reath. “We get rid of the skin, we leave a scar,” he explains. So as long as there’s enough improvement to be made in the shape of the arm to justify the scar, then it’s a great procedure.”

Brachioplasty was enough for Natalie. Despite the dramatic weight loss she had achieved on her own, she knew that when it came to the shape of her arms, she would need a plastic surgeon’s help. “Very happy,” she says. “It was well worth the investment. I would do it again.”

New Study Reveals Aging of Plastic Surgeons (Not Their Patients)

Plastic surgeons turn a camera toward themselves to document signs of aging.

At this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a doctor named Val Lambros shared findings from a unique study of facial aging: one that evaluates photos of other plastic surgeons.

In 2005, Dr. Lambros began taking photos of other plastic surgeons at annual scientific meetings. Each year, he would take another photo of the same surgeon, which allowed him to document the changes in each subject’s facial appearance.

His work, titled “Longitudinal Study of Facial Aging” shares findings from nearly a decade of documentation. While the study is just beginning, the findings already provide significant insight into the the ways in which aging and weight gain can change one’s appearance.

The study may continue for a generation, Dr. Lambros said. “At the end, we should have a better and more scientific understanding of how the face actually ages.”

Photo by Paul Reynolds on Flickr

Men’s Mid- Abdominal Fat- The Beer Belly Syndrome

Darshan Shah, MD is CEO Medical Director of Beautologie Medical Group and a Bakersfield and Fresno Plastic Surgeon specializing in breast and body surgery.

Milan Shah, MD is the director of Beautologie Medspa and Aesthetic Medicine Specialist in Bakersfield, CA.

Beer BellyThe beer belly, it’s a man’s curse.   It starts in our thirties, and then grows like a uncontrollable tumor for the next 30 years with every frosty cool one.  But the beer belly is more than just an unsightly problem that forces us to go up in belt sizes.  It can be a sign of hidden killers lurking inside.

Recent studies have shown that men are much more likely to gain weight around the waist more than women.  Weight gain in this specific area (called visceral fat) is correlated with severe health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, high triglycerides, sleep apnea and even cancer.  A recently published Harvard article showed that men with increased abdominal girth are at an increased risk for osteoporosis.

Why does the beer belly phenomenon occur?  There are two main reasons: 1) as men age, our mid abdominal muscles weaken and lose mass.   This causes intra-abdominal contents (your intestines and organs) to push outwards and 2) men have a large omentum (the fat that is wrapped around your intestines to protect them), which tends to gain mass more rapidly than the fat else where in our bodies.  The combination of weak muscles and increased intra-abdominal mass pushing outwards gives the abdomen the appearance of a round, bulging beer keg.

The best way to test if you have too much belly fat is something you can easily do at home- measure your waist just above your hipbone.  If your waist diameter is over 40, you are at higher risk for any of the above health concerns.

The key to understanding what to do about this problem is having a good knowledge of what causes it in the first place.  Although genetics has a minor role, the rapid gain in intra-abdominal fat in our 40’s is due to slowing metabolism, increased alcohol intake, and high caloric diets.  Combine this with a lack of exercise and core strengthening, and you have the perfect recipe for a new size 42 belt!

Here is a simple three-step program to reduce your risk of serious health concerns, and get into shape before the summer swimming pool season:

Step 1:  Reduce Calories.  The best way for men to do this is portion control.  Take half your dinner order home for lunch the next day, use a smaller plate, share your food, and replace calorie dense foods with healthier veggies and proteins.  And, yes, drink less beer.

Step 2: Increase your physical activity.  Most days we don’t realize how sedentary we are.  The Nike Fuel Band is something I use to keep my activity level on track!  I set a goal for 3000 Fuel points a day, and If I am not there by the end of the day, I go for a walk with the dog before dinner.

Step 3: Sit-ups.  No way around it.    You need to tighten those mid abdominal muscles by working your way up to 100 sit ups a day.

It takes hard work, discipline and deduction, but the benefits are doubled:  you get to wear slim fit jeans and reduce your chances of serious health disease in the future!