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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+

8 Popular Alternatives to the Facelift

Many of my new patients are uncertain whether facelift surgery can really help them. In fact, facelift surgery can only treat 2 out of 4 major signs of facial aging – sagging skin and wrinkles. The other two major signs of aging – uneven skin texture and pigmentation, and loss of volume –are left virtually untouched after a facelift.

There are many different facial rejuvenation procedures. Some provide the lifting benefits of a facelift to a more localized part of the face. Others treat signs of aging that cannot be resolved through a facelift. This post will break down some of the different treatments that we offer at the Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics – so that you can think beyond the facelift.

Sagging skin. The brow lift and eyelid surgery can treat sagging skin and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes. Unlike the facelift, these surgeries are focused on one particular part of the face. For less severe cases of loose skin, the Aluma Skin Tightening System is an advanced laser treatment that can provide smoother, firmer skin.

Uneven skin texture and pigmentation. These common signs of aging are often caused by UV radiation over many years. For smoother skin and even tones, sometimes little more than a surface treatment is needed. Skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial are both ideal treatments for sun damage.

Lines and wrinkles. The brow lift, eyelid surgery, and Aluma technique are all well-suited to treating lines wrinkle. However, there are also countless nonsurgical treatments for treating facial wrinkles. These include the injectable products Botox and Restylane.

Adding volume and definition. As we age, we tend to lose volume in our face, which can make us appear gaunt or pinched. Facial fat grafting is one popular method of naturally restoring volume to the face. By adding your own natural body fat to your lips, cheeks, or other facial features, you can regain the appearance of vitality without the need for a facelift.

Is Breastfeeding the Only Cause Of Droopy Breasts?

As we all know, pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a big effect on women’s breasts – leaving them feeling saggy and deflated. But are pregnancy and breastfeeding the only causes of drooping breasts? A new study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal says no. In fact, there are a number of different factors that can lead to droopy breasts over time.

Like many studies, this one began by comparing identical twins. In 2009 and 2010, 161 pairs of identical female twins attending the Twins Days Festivals in Ohio had their breasts photographed. Researchers compared the photographs, while accounting for the twins’ different life experiences. They found several factors that can result in drooping breasts.

Your breast skin and tissue can become stretched due to hormonal and weight changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply weight gain. Once the skin becomes stretched, the breasts sagging droop. The researchers also found that smoking and alcohol use can contribute to saggy breasts.

Fortunately, these lifestyle factors can usually be mitigated. By quitting smoking and cutting down on alcoholic drinks, you can reduce your chances of getting saggy breasts in the future – as well as improve your health more generally! Maintaining a stable body weight is also a great way to keep a sleek figure.

But what about breastfeeding and pregnancy? While most women choose the joy of a new baby, regardless of bodily changes, there are techniques that you can use to mitigate stretching during this time. An article on the LiveStrong website highlights just a few handy tricks:

  • Massaging your breasts while bathing can increase circulation to your skin.
  • Daily multivitamin supplements can help your skin’s elasticity.
  • Moisturizers containing vitamin E and collagen can promote your skin’s resilience.
  • A well-balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent excess weight gain during your pregnancy.
  • By drinking lots of water, you will help keep your skin moist and elastic.

Of course, once your breasts have been stretched, that doesn’t have to be the end of the road. You still have a few options to restore the curves of your youth. With a breast lift, sagging breasts can be lift and reshaped, so that they appear youthful and perky. Many women combine a breast lift with tummy tuck surgery for overall enhancement after pregnancy.

Some Bacteria are Good for your Skin, Says UK Daily Mail

Good skin care and antibacterial soap may not mix.Do you use antibacterial soap on your face? While washing your face is an important part of your skin care routine, you may want to reconsider the use of bacteria-killing soaps. According to a recent article in the UK Daily Mail, there are many types of good bacteria in our skin that are being eliminated by these soaps.

What are the benefits of these good bacteria?

– they help our immune system

– they fight wrinkles, sagging, and pigmentation by preserving your skin’s natural beauty

– they maintain moisture and fight bad bacteria that cause redness, sensitivity, and other skin infections that can leave lasting scars

– they help to build collagen within your skin

As a result, many skincare companies have begun to research and offer products that promote beneficial bacteria.

What does this mean for you?

First of all, it means that if you are using an antibacterial soap for your face, it might be time to take it out of the washroom and put it next to the kitchen sink – so that you can sanitize your hands before and after handling food.

It also means that skincare can be more complicated than you might think. There is no such thing as one product or technique that works for everybody. That’s why it’s important to speak with skin professionals who can determine the best routine for your skin. At Beautologie, we offer a variety of skincare products, which we are happy to provide after a consultation – to find the products and routines that are best for your individual skin.

We are also pleased to help treat existing signs of aging with a variety of rejuvenating therapies. This ranges from minimally invasive techniques – such as laser skin resurfacing and Botox – to surgeries such as fat injection and facelift.

Wrinkles Make It Harder for Younger People to Read Emotions

We all know that lines and wrinkles on the face can make us appear angry, tired, or cranky… even when we’re in a good mood. But can wrinkles make it difficult for others to tell when we are happy or sad? A new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has revealed that wrinkles can interfere with how younger people perceive the emotions of older people. On the other hand, older folks are better able to decipher the emotions behind wrinkles.

The study involved 65 young college students who were asked to view computer-generated faces of three men and three women. Some of the faces were young (19–21), while others were old (76–83). The faces were programmed to display neutral, happy, sad, and angry expressions. The participants were then asked to rate the expressions on the faces on a 1–7 scale.

The researchers found that the students were most accurate in recognizing angry expressions. However, they were rather inaccurate in judging sadness in the older faces. As well, happy older faces were perceived as showing less overall emotion than the younger faces.

The wrinkles on older faces can create confusing signals, so that facial expressions are perceived differently and less clearly. That’s why so many people choose to have procedures like brow lift, facelift, and skin resurfacing. These treatments remove the illusion of tiredness or grumpiness so that your real self can shine through.

According to the study’s lead author Dr. Ursula Hess, “the anger [in older faces] is seen as mixed with other emotions. Clearly it makes a difference whether you think someone is just angry or someone is both angry and sad.”

Interestingly, Hess says that the results would have been different if the participants had been older. As we age, we get more experience in recognizing the emotions in older faces. Other non-verbal cues, like posture, tone, and body language, are also useful to those who have learned to read them.

New Wristband Provides UV Over-Exposure Alert

When does fun in the sun become sunburn? It’s often impossible to tell that you’ve had too much sun until you’ve already been burned. But it’s more than mere discomfort – excessive UV exposure can cause sun damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, it seems that a Swedish company and Scottish university have been working on sun damage prevention in the form of disposable wristbands.

According to a recent article in the British newspaper DailyMail, sun damage prevention may soon be as easy as putting on a paper wrist strap. It works by changing color from yellow to pink as the strength of UV radiation increases. Since people with different skin types have different levels of tolerance to UV exposure, there will be a variety of different bands available. For example, for people with fair hair and light skin, the band will turn pink more quickly than it would for darker-skinned people.

“We are very excited about the UV dosimeter technology and we look forward to developing it further and commercialising it. There is a substantial need out in the market for a functional UV dosimeter and we look forward to continuing the process,” Swedish entrepreneur Claes Lindahl told the DailyMail.

“The sunburn monitor will make a significant contribution to public health as an affordable, fashionable device which enables people to enjoy the benefits of the sun while at the same time keeping them alert to the risks of over-exposure,” said a representative from the University of Strathclyde, which originally developed the device.

If you have already suffered from excess sun damage, you know that it can accelerate the signs of aging on your face and body. Fortunately, there are skin care procedures that can reverse the signs of aging caused by sun damage. One of the most popular techniques is the IPL photofacial, which can eliminate wrinkles, discoloration, and other common flaws on the skin.

Photo credit: Daily Mail