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California Medical Board Investigating Fake Doctors

The Medical Board of California is stepping up investigations on people posing as doctors in order to reap profits from risky procedures, according to a recent report on ABC News 10. The investigative unit that targets these kinds of cases, called Operation Safe Medicine, has seen a near-doubling of cases over the past fiscal year – up to 61 from 31.

What types of cases has Operation Safe Medicine uncovered?

Fake medical professionals present many risks to their “patients,” and in many cases, people’s lives have been put at risk. In one case, a woman from Encinitas is accused of having posed as a doctor of naturopathy. After diagnosing patients with Lyme disease, she prescribed injections of bovine stem cells and dimethyl sulfoxide. After several infusions, one patient grew so ill that she was hospitalized for six weeks.

Another case involves a San Francisco man who is accused of performing liposuction while smoking a cigar. Prosecutors allege that the man operated with no assistant and had the client hold her own intravenous bag while he performed the procedure. There also been cases based on laser fungus removal, childbirth, facelifts, and hemorrhoid surgery.

What action is being taken against fake medical professionals?

The report released by the medical board calls for more staff to launch a unit in Northern California. The current Operation Safe Medicine is a six-person team based in Southern California. According to Jennifer Simoes, the medical board’s chief of legislation, “the Board believes that the OSM Unit is imperative in order to protect the public from the actions of unlicensed practitioners.”

How can Californians stay safe?

In the liposuction case, the accused had assumed the identity of the physician assistant with a similar name. Almost anyone can open a storefront and claim to be licensed or certified to perform medical procedures. Before seeking treatment with a medical professional, make sure that you check up on their qualifications, especially if you are not introduced to them through a professional referral. Above all, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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.

Facelift or Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Which is better: facelift surgery or injectable fillers? It’s a difficult question. Each of these procedures has its own pros and cons, and finding which procedure is right for you will depend on your individual needs and priorities.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and ArteFill can be administered through simple injections. They are generally best for adding volume in specific locations on your face, such as thin lips and hollow cheeks, as well as filling out wrinkles.

PROS: These injections can be administered during the course of a lunch break, and involve no downtime, so that you can return to your daytime routine immediately. There are a few risks, and side effects are mild and temporary. As well, dermal fillers are inexpensive compared to other procedures.

CONS: Dermal fillers are unable to tighten the skin or add support to the underlying tissues of the face. Restylane and Juvederm are temporary and may last up to a year. However, ArteFill provides permanent results, thanks to its ability to stimulate the production of collagen in the body.

Facelift Surgery

This procedure involves tightening the underlying tissues of the face and removing excess skin.

PROS: The results of this procedure can last well over a decade. As well, it provides overall rejuvenation, unlike targeted injections, which can only address specific areas. Facelift surgery is also the only procedure that can reverse sagging caused by aging and gravity.

CONS: Since the facelift is surgery, it does involve some risk, which includes infection in poor reaction to anesthesia. After facelift, you will need to take some time to rest and recover. You may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort, but this can be controlled with medication. Finally, facelift surgery costs significantly more than dermal filler injections.