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Weight Loss Surgery

The right makeup can emphasize cheekbones, chisel jawlines, and draw attention to your best features, creating a full pout or smoky eyes. At the same time, makeup works best when the face underneath it provides the right kind of opportunities. This is where today’s cosmetic procedures can make a huge difference. Whether you need to improve the texture of your skin, diminished fine lines, or even create a better facial shape, modern procedures can help you achieve your goal.

Injectables like Botox can smooth out frown lines, and diminish crows' feet, while facial fillers like Juvederm can give the face the youthful plumpness. For a long-term improvement, plastic surgeries like facelifts and blepharoplasty (eyelifts) can transform your appearance, lifting sagging in above and below eyes, toning down jowls, and helping with a stronger jawline. The good old nose job – aka rhinoplasty – can make the most of your face’s most notable feature.

Makeup is a lot of fun and can enhance your features, but we all know it cannot correct structural issues. In our modern age there are effective answers to managing the challenges of aging. So start with the canvas you’ve been dreaming of and then rock that look!

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Weight Loss Surgery

A recent article on Mass Device reports on a study that strongly suggests that bariatric surgery lowers the risk heart-related problems in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. The study looked at over 25,000 patients with type 2 diabetes and found that patients who had undergone weight-loss operations were less likely to experience a major cardiovascular event. While shedding significant amounts of weight is sure to boost a patient’s self-image and confidence, the most important benefit is that bariatric surgery minimizes the risk of the many serious health problems associated with obesity. The result is a life that is not just longer, but freer of illness and pain and, therefore, a great deal better.

Obesity has long been associated with a massive list of debilitating or life-threatening illnesses and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and more. As far as is known, weight loss surgery itself does not immediately reduce the risks for these complications, but instead facilitates the weight loss that limits the risk of such events. Weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy procedures are believed to have positive effects on certain hormones that drive hunger, enabling patients to shed significant amounts of weight far easier than they may have been able to before surgery. In doing so, patients are generally able to make healthier choices in their diet, which allows them to begin the process of permanently defeating obesity.

Just because the immediate health benefits of weight loss are so significant doesn’t mean that some of its offshoot pluses aren’t almost as important. While individual weight loss varies dramatically from patient to patient after surgery, the loss is typically substantial and, in most cases, enables patients to lead far more active lifestyles. Patients who previously had trouble taking even a few steps may now find that they can move regularly without losing their breath. Considering the very significant health benefits of exercise in regards to issues such as blood pressure and blood sugar as well as its many positive impacts on the quality of life, the result is a virtuous cycle that can, as the old saying goes, add years to a life and life to those years. Of course, patients will often find that they are much happier with their appearance after weight loss surgery too.

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The news is out about the skyrocketing popularity of cosmetic surgery among males—and people in general—in China. One recent article from an English language Chinese publication states that men comprise 15 percent of the billion yuan field of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures in the world’s most populace nation. Of course, the boom in procedures for men in Asia has been happening in the United States for some time now.

Procedures such as male breast reductions, liposuction, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty are all very commonly chosen by U.S. men who want to be more confident in their appearance. Indeed, whether cultural critics like it or not, today’s world prizes a youthful appearance and people of all genders showing their age can have a genuine impact not only on their social lives but their professional lives as well. People of all ages – often subconsciously – tend to assume that older people may be less vital and “in touch” than their younger-looking peers. Unlike in decades past where there may have been an unjust stigma against plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures—especially for men—today we are much more accepting of these kinds of procedures. In fact, more and more men are opening up to the idea of getting some type of work done, whether it’s a tummy tuck, rhinoplasty, or “brotox.”

Just as women have long complained about the media’s focus on the feminine ideal in appearance, men in the United States are increasingly bombarded with imagery of athletes and actors who may spend literally hours a day perfecting their physiques – and they need not be portraying superheroes or ninja assassins. These days, it’s not uncommon to see an actor playing, for example, a troubled alcoholic college professor, who removes his shirt to reveal the kind of muscular torso that most men would not be able to achieve in the peak of health. Cosmetic surgery offers many individuals who are unable to dedicate hours upon hours every day to the same unsustainable exercise and dieting regimes as pro athletes or actors a chance to even the playing field just a little.

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At the same time, not all procedures are about looking fabulous and attracting attention; many are about looking more typical and attracting less attention. One example is male breast reduction to deal with a condition known medically as gynecomastia, which results in oversized male breasts. Men tend to be extremely pleased with their outcomes; they typically report feeling more masculine and self-confident following their plastic surgeries. Beverly Hills Physicians says that people of all genders interested in enhancing their appearance should never feel ashamed for wanting to look and feel their best.

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Thinking Ahead

In most of the country, summer of 2019 is soon to be a memory, but here in sunny Southern California, the height of hot-weather beach season is still with us and it won't be going away for another several weeks. Even so, if you're currently lamenting imperfections in your beach body, there's probably not much beyond diet and exercise you can do right at this moment. That's the bad news.

The good news is that you're not actually late – you're on time! Procedures like liposuction and, even more so, tummy tucks are very safe and commonly performed plastic surgeries – but they are still surgeries that take a couple of weeks to recover from in most cases, and it often takes a few months to see the full impact. Moreover, prior to even getting the procedure, there will be a series of consultations with your physician to ensure that you're actually a candidate. Finally, there's the matter of scheduling your surgery, which is largely a matter of first come, first served.

If you're here and reading this, that likely means you're considering a procedure and, really, there's very literally no time like the present if you want to improve your beach body for summer of 2020, Beverly Hills Physicians is ready and waiting. Tick...tick...tick.

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A recent article on Refinery29 reported on the misconception that French women don’t have cosmetic procedures done. One expert commented in the report that the women of France don’t want others to notice they had work done. Instead, they seek natural-looking enhancements that never announce themselves and complement a classic, effortless aesthetic. The good news is that the subtle improvements popular with Parisian women can also be obtained right here in Southern California, whether for facial rejuvenation or body contouring. Every day, our team at Beverly Hills Physicians helps clients customize their beauty treatments to enhance their look by utilizing any tool available – but always without going overboard.

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That effortless Parisian look can be achieved by combining a number of treatments in appropriate doses. As one expert stated in the Refinery29 article, when using only one form of treatment or surgery, only one aspect of a person’s appearance will be improved. Although fine lines are diminished, for example, removing them can also leave behind telltale signs that work was done by looking “too perfect” when not accompanied by other changes. When a few treatments are used together in small quantities, the entire face is enhanced subtly, achieving a look that is both very improved and natural, says the clinic.

While the current beauty trend in America leans more toward visible enhancements such as plumped lips, structured cheekbones, and extravagant buttock and breast augmentation, it is not what every American woman might be looking for. Some ladies may just be looking for a slightly more youthful face that wears well every day, whether it’s a casual weekend running errands, a full day at work, or a night out on the town. BHP knows that everybody is different and is interested in enhancing their looks to varying degrees for numerous reasons. Whatever improvements you’re looking for, we’re here to customize your beauty approach.

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Lashing Out

Beauty is a complicated matter and there’s so much to think about. At BHP, we know that our faces are not just about skin and the shape of our noses and chips – everything that’s on them plays an important role, and that includes eyelashes. Sometimes patients will come in for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and realize afterward that the eyebrows above their lids can use some help. That’s where a product like Latisse comes in.

Latisse is a prescription-only FDA-approved eyelash growth treatment that can increase length, fullness, and darkness of lashes. By applying the solution on the base of eyelashes on the skin of the upper eyelid nightly, gradual improvements can typically be noticed with steady use. Easy and convenient to use, it takes is just a minute or two each night to apply. The solution does all the work for you while you sleep and dream of waking up with a full set of gorgeous lashes.

Noticeable results begin to take place after four weeks of use, with eyelash lengthening starting to show. After eight weeks, lashes become thicker and darker. After sixteen weeks of consistent use, the full effect of Latisse can be seen and you’ll have the lush lashes you’ve always dreamed of!

The eyes are the windows of the soul, so our eyelids and lashes must be their window treatments. Give us a call to find out more Latisse, blepharoplasty, or anything else relating to health and beauty.

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Tips for a Successful

Plastic surgery is very safe and effective, but it’s still surgery. There are many things to consider both before and after having a procedure done. Being as informed as possible regarding expectations, planning carefully, and knowing how to properly care for yourself afterward are a must.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. It’s important for every patient to come prepared with any and all questions and concerns they have regarding their procedure. While plastic surgeons and staff may cover the most frequently asked questions, they won’t be able to address your specific concerns if you don’t come prepared and ask them. The more information you have, the more you know what to expect, leaving no room for surprises. Doctors also like it when you bring a list of questions because it saves time for everyone.
  2. Consider when to have the surgery. Think about your work schedule, your family’s vacation plans, or other upcoming social commitments. Depending on the type of surgery you’re having, you may need to take it easy for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. It may be best to plan to have your surgery done when you don’t have to travel or participate in any activities while you recover.
  3. Follow your surgeon’s instructions after the procedure! This might seem like a total no-brainer, but the temptation to cut corners is always there. For the best results, listen to your surgeon and do what they say. The last thing you want after having your procedure done are complications. In order to minimize the risk of problems that can occur post-surgery and help you recover smoothly, follow every direction and get lots of rest. Your body’s been through a lot; so sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy your results.
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We’ve been reading numerous reports, including a study from the ASPS plastic surgeon’s organization, about the rising numbers of baby boomers now obtaining plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. It’s not surprising. Many people born during the post-World War II period between 1946 and 1964 want to preserve or return to a more youthful appearance and possibly reenter the dating scene or seem more relevant in their still-crucial career. The truth is that cosmetic surgeries and procedures have found their way into mainstream culture and are now an ordinary part of modern life.

Later Life Reinventions

Widespread use among all age groups has not only normalized all types of cosmetic medicine but has made it increasingly popular among older individuals who want to look as young outside as they feel inside. Moreover, the arrival of Botox and other injectables has made cosmetic medicine easier to take advantage of than ever before for people who may not be ready for actual surgery.

While some may disparage what they see as the superficial nature of cosmetic procedures and surgery, wanting to remain relevant and in-step is one of the most natural desires that people have. Moreover, like it or not, our appearance matters. People should always be allowed to love their own image, even if that means changing it. Restoring confidence can be an exceptionally positive and life-changing experience.

Cosmetic operations are not just for one particular age group or any demographic for that matter. People of all ages, even those in the prime of their lives, can enjoy the benefits of the many available procedures—mothers who want a return to their pre-pregnancy bodies, men who want to get rid of a little belly fat, or anyone who wants to improve on their already unusually attractive facial or bodily features.

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Recently rapper Cardi B opened up about getting liposuction and having her breast augmentation redone after giving birth to her daughter. She explained that, while some days she felt good, other days she doesn’t feel as confident with her skin stretched out. She also discussed how she struggles with mom guilt, trying to balance work with her new baby.

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This just goes to show that dealing with mom guilt and lack of confidence in one’s body after giving birth are normal feelings for new moms everywhere, celebrity or not. Becoming a parent is a big responsibility that comes with different challenges and it can be daunting for new mothers. While they might feel like all their energy should be spent on their brand new offspring, it can be difficult to ignore the changes that pregnancy and giving birth have affected their bodies.

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we understand that a physical enhancement to problem areas on your body can also positively affect your mental outlook as well. Whether it’s a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, getting your pre-pregnancy body back can increase your self-confidence and help you focus all your attention to your new bundle of joy.

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we moms treating themselves so that they feel more confident in their own skin is something to be proud of. We are committed to helping you look and feel the best version of yourself so that you can give your all to being both a happy person and an awesome parent.

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Better Safe

If you’ve been following the plastic surgery and/or medical news, you have probably read about Florida’s new law regulating discount plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment clinics. This was in the wake of fatalities at a number of centers allegedly owned by the same unscrupulous individual. These laws are impossible to argue with. Strong regulation of medical clinics is helpful not only on behalf of patients but also for reputable medical groups in terms of preserving our field’s reputation.

Research conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicates that the rate of fatalities at discount surgery centers is more than 16 times higher than at clinics overall. Moreover, this statistic does not take into account the number of botched operations resulting in injuries and disfigurement that may be occurring at cut-rate medical and cosmetic offices. The good news for people who are careful who they work with is that plastic surgery as we know it today has existed for over a century and has been perfected both in terms of effectiveness as well as safety. In an era of rapidly improving medical science and technology, procedures conducted by respected physicians and qualified medical personnel are exceptionally safe.

Of course, it’s completely understandable that many prospective patients worry about the cost of surgery; money is always a finite resource. Nevertheless, going to a cut-rate surgery center, even in a relatively well-regulated environment, is at best a false-economy and at worst a danger to an individual's health and life. Many dubious clinics may follow the letter of the law but they are fairly likely to exercise relaxed standards which are nothing to be relaxed about. Patients who patronize less than completely reputable doctors or practitioners risk not only potential harm and a great deal of heartache but also spending vastly more time and money on often extremely costly revision procedures. In the end, going to a skilled physician with a track record and a strong reputation is always the best bargain.

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Reputable plastic surgeons generally warn that procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction should never be thought of as a form of weight loss. They are cosmetic procedures aimed at dealing with loose skin and fat pockets that no amount of exercise or low-calorie diets is going to banish. In fact, doctors will often turn away people with weight problems who want to simply have themselves vacuumed into thinness.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people whose BMIs (body mass indexes) are 30 should not consider tummy tucks (abdominoplasty). At least that’s the implication of a recent study in the April 2019 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Science Daily reports the study included 82 patients over a seven-year period and that both people with obesity-level BMIs and people with more average weights were included. Each of the participants elected to have abdominoplasty to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Other than the numerically obese group experiencing higher blood pressure – which one would expect with people with may have weight issues – the outcomes were the same. The lead doctor on the study is quoted as saying that “Abdominoplasty, with or without concurrent liposuction, in obese patients is a safe and effective procedure with similar perioperative complication rates as the non-obese patient population."

It’s important to add that BMI’s are blunt instruments because they look only at weight, not muscle mass. Very muscular athletes can have the same BMIs as actually rotund people because of the fact that muscle tissue is far denser than fatty tissue. Obviously, every person is different and whether or not someone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, is a highly individual matter. Even so, this study indicates that high BMI people who may be interested in tummy tucks to deal with loose skin should look into a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon before ruling the matter out.

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A recent article on Paper reported on a study conducted in 2018 showing that Americans spent $16.5 billion on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Breast augmentation was the most popular procedure, followed by liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), facelifts, and eyelid surgeries. Overall, 2018 saw a four percent increase for plastic surgery over the previous year. This increase in spending on plastic surgery by Americans is hardly surprising, as cosmetic procedures and operations have eased into mainstream culture over the decades and become part of everyday life.

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Popular actors and actresses, singers, and other celebrities have all helped to make plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures far better known, especially as more of them go public with their work. However, it has also become significantly more popular among ordinary people as well and word has spread that surgeries are not reserved only for superstars and reality TV millionaire housewives. Mommy makeovers, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasties are all popular choices among celebrities and average Americans alike, the medical group mentions. With several billion dollars being spent on these surgeries and other procedures annually that it is probably safe to assume that the vast majority of these operations are not only being obtained by celebrities and the super-rich. Some are even being obtained by men.

A rise in popularity for plastic surgery has a potential dark side, as an increase in popularity has also coincided with an increase in less experienced practitioners with sometimes questionable qualifications. This problem has led to a corresponding increase in the need for revision procedures and operations to fix shoddy work done by less qualified surgeons. Prospective plastic surgery patients must put in the research and make sure they choose a plastic surgery provider that is reputable within the profession. Any cost saving measures now, including visits to foreign nations for cosmetic procedures or surgeries, could result in significantly higher expenses, or worse, in the long run. On the other hand, plastic surgery operations and cosmetic procedures from reputable providers have never been safer. In fact, operations such as rhinoplasty and facelifts have been practiced for more than a century with consistently increasing safety and effectiveness over the decades.

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With warmer days upon us, there’s no better time to revisit those New Year’s resolutions to trim down that may have been left behind. Winter can be a difficult time to become motivated to work out and lose the holiday weight as the chilly weather just makes you want to bundle up and stay inside. As the swimsuit season approaches, many people are now working up the motivation to lace up those sneakers and walk off the pounds.

For those struggling with severe obesity, however, losing weight can often be more difficult than simply exercising the excess fat away. Obesity adds a number of health problems to individuals including pain in the back and joints. This can make a seemingly easy task such as walking much more difficult to accomplish.

One solution to improve the situation is through weight loss surgery. By reducing the weight, individuals with obesity are able to lessen the strain on their joints which then enables them to move for longer of periods of time turning a vicious cycle into a virtuous trend. This allows them to exercise more easily and work toward a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Say goodbye to excess fat once and for all and get ready to say hello to a new, healthier you. At Beverly Hills Physicians, we are committed to helping you achieve a body that you can be confident in all year round and we have solutions that can help people who need to lose a lot of weight as well as those who have more modest weight loss goals.

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A recent article, one like many others we’ve read, reports on a woman who had weight loss surgery and how the procedure has benefited her overall health. The article reported that the woman had tried to lose weight previously through diets, pills, and exercise but had no success over many years. After deciding to have weight loss surgery, the woman said she no longer needed to take medication for her high blood pressure and cholesterol, and also benefited from improved mental health. She also noted that her lifestyle is healthier overall as she is now able to exercise and play basketball along with her son.

When individuals reduce their excess weight, it becomes easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle, often increasing life expectancy by several years while also dramatically improving the quality of that life. While weight loss surgeries may have seemed primarily as a beauty procedure years ago to many, today it is seen both by the public and the healthcare community primarily for its health and life-saving benefits.

A common misperception is that, with some reasonable effort, most people can stop being obese if they only want to badly enough. It’s not nearly that simple. There are many other health factors that can make natural weight loss difficult; yes, diet and exercise can permanently defeat obesity and reverse its negative health impacts, but the reality is that it’s only a very, very rare few who are able to fully defeat obesity on their own. That’s largely due to hormones that spur overeating and which actually increase as we begin to lose weight. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of individuals are simply unable to ignore constant, hormonally driven, hunger pangs over the long term. In these cases, very often the best and only option is to take advantage of procedures like a sleeve gastrectomy, which then allow for the patient to eat a much smaller diet while being able to go about their business and build a healthier and happier life.

When individuals are struggling with weight loss, maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle can be difficult. The excessive weight makes it difficult for many to move or stand for long periods of time, let alone work out or participate in sports. By reducing the weight via surgery and decreasing the strain on joints, individuals are then able to exercise more comfortably, helping to create a virtuous cycle that allows for continued weight loss and build-up of healthy muscle tissue.

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Some statistics recently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons say that nearly 18 million people received plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancements in the United States in 2018, an increase by nearly a quarter million over 2017. The top procedures included breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tucks. The survey also found that more men are regularly exploring procedures as well. It appears to us that the increase in plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments is largely due to the decline in negative social stigma when it comes to using medical means to enhance an individual’s appearance.

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A large increase in noninvasive cosmetic treatments appears to be due to younger women in their twenties and thirties looking for preventative care that maintains their youthful looks and blocks signs of aging, rather than fixing problem areas after they’ve appeared. This includes injectable treatments and fillers such as Botox. These procedures are usually quick and involve minimal downtime. Not surprisingly, that increases its appeal among millennials who are somewhat more concerned with time and convenience compared to older Americans.

In the age of social media, plastic surgery has never been more widely accepted. From celebrities sharing their work online to everyday individuals receiving treatments to look younger and stay relevant on the job, enhancing one’s appearance is becoming ever easier. With so many exciting advances in medicine and beauty technology, more individuals are seeing quick, noninvasive procedures as being akin to improving their looks through a hair or wardrobe makeover.

Especially in an appearance-focused city such as Los Angeles, all fields of endeavor are both crowded and competitive. More and more individuals are turning to treatments in order to gain any advantage possible when it comes to job opportunities. Regardless, it’s not news that everyone wants to look the best they possibly can and are open to the increasing number of options that can help them do just that.

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While plastic surgery may be more commonly associated with an older crowd, nonsurgical procedures among millennials are on the rise. It’s no secret that social media is a driving force for this trend. With overexposure to images that have been edited and filtered to perfection on social media, the standard of beauty has risen over the last few years.

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In years past, plastic surgery was seen as something a celebrity might undergo as a way to drastically change their looks. However, the trend today with women in their 20s and 30s is to enhance their appearance while still looking as natural as possible. Through the use of Botox and other injectable fillers, many women are subtly enhancing their features to achieve their desired natural look.

While older individuals may seek out procedures in order to treat problem areas that have been caused by aging, the younger generation seeks to maintain their already youthful looks and prevent the earliest signs of aging. Today, many of the popular procedures can be achieved nonsurgically and with minimal downtime. In an ever increasingly fast-paced world, there’s nothing we love more than getting things done quickly. On the other hand, there’s something to be said for longer-term changes with actual plastic surgery when they’re appropriate and procedures like buttock lifts are never likely to come out of a syringe. 

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It’s obvious that most people get cosmetic treatments and procedures to feel better about themselves, but now there’s scientific evidence that they can improve actual self-esteem. A study done in 2018 found that, within six weeks of treatment, there was a marked reduction in body image dissatisfaction among the participants. As more men and woman seek cosmetic treatments, scientists are beginning to notice and are conducting studies to explore the psychological effect of all kinds of aesthetic treatments on quality of life, self-esteem and body image.

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Body image is a complex phenomenon, with both mental and emotional components. A healthy body image is an important factor in creating feelings of confidence and improving a person's general outlook on life. Physical appearance is only a small aspect of overall body image, but an important one.

                  

Studies about body image are finally taking a serious look and showing what people in the health and beauty field have observed for years, that improving the appearance can have a big impact that is much more than skin deep. After all, looking your best is not just vanity; it’s a sign of self-respect.

 

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A recent article in Urology Times is the latest of many to discuss how cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery for men is becoming more popular for several reasons, including changing social mores, new fashion trends, and improvements in procedures. The report says that the most common types of aesthetic options for men tend to focus on the hair and jaw line, reducing wrinkles or bags under eyes, and improving their physiques via liposuction for men or breast reduction to deal with oversized male breasts (gynecomastia). It adds that, in the future, men may be receiving more cosmetic procedures than would seem likely today. We think the article accurately reflects today’s reality.

The increase in the number of men deciding to improve their image and self-confidence through procedures indicates that the negative social stigma associated with beauty procedures is decreasing every year. Men can often be embarrassed if their bodies don’t fit social standards; appearing too feminine, having stubborn belly fat, or displaying signs of advanced aging can sting for men just as appearance issues in women are often a very sensitive subject. While altering one’s look surgically used to be frowned upon in males even more than females, attitudes have since shifted for both genders. It’s now their appearance that’s embarrassing some men, not obtaining procedures to improve it.

The Trend Toward More Male Plastic Surgery continues

A few people out there still assume that plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures are only for the rich and famous, but that’s far from the case. Nowadays, men of all ages and professions view cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery as just another way to improve their looks; Beverly Hills Physicians patients can range from lawyers and college professors to construction workers.

Both women and men want to look good at every age, and when a person looks good they also feel more confident. In a society that is obsessed with looking young and healthy, loose or sagging skin gives off the appearance of being out of shape, when the actual situation could be very different. BHP understands the frustration people might feel when they work hard to lose weight, only to be left with pockets of fat or loose skin that prevents them from looking as fit as they truly are. With more people these days choosing an active lifestyle to lose excess weight, a tummy tuck, often paired with liposuction, allows them to fully show off the fruits of their hard work and gain self-confidence.

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We’ve been reading a lot lately about severely obese pets who have been put on highly effective diets by more responsible pet owners. The sad truth for us human beings is that defeating even the worst cases of obesity is far easier for pets – thanks to their lack of opposable thumbs to open refrigerator doors with, companion animals only need a responsible human to make sure they eat properly. However, with constant access to cheap calories in the form of appealing junk foods, people in the industrialized world are analogous to pets who have been offered unlimited access to treats. Small wonder then, that obesity has gone out of control.

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The reason weight loss surgery remains the go-to solution for severely overweight patients who want to improve their health and overall quality of life, has everything to do with the fact that the freedom to control one’s own diet can be an extremely mixed blessing. Even casual dieters who only want to lose a few extra pounds typically find the process of reducing their food intake challenging -- and keeping those extra pounds off is usually even harder. This is because when people cut back on their caloric intake, their bodies start manufacturing more of the hormones that cause hungry feelings. Many theorize that this phenomenon evolved to make individuals safer from the famines that were a genuine threat through most of human history. The medical group adds that, if it’s a challenge for a relatively thin person to lose a few pounds, the problem becomes exponentially worse for severely obese individuals,

Weight loss surgery gets to the root cause of obesity by addressing the problem of excessive appetite. A procedure like a sleeve gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach by as much as 85 percent, which makes overeating uncomfortable. The group notes, however, that that is only part of the benefit. This bariatric procedure also drastically reduces the amount of hunger-inducing hormones produced by the body. The result is that substantial permanent weight loss typically becomes highly achievable, though still challenging. With surgery, most humans may still find weight loss a little bit more difficult than their fur-bearing friends, but they can produce before-and-after results that are every bit as impressive.

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Anyone whose job involves helping people make positive changes knows that the first weeks of the year tend to be among the busiest. New Year’s resolutions are nearly always cited, and that’s just obvious. Yet, some people point out that the calendar is simply a tool for marking time in a relatively arbitrary manner, and there’s actually no reason that people should wait for a new year to make changes. We think those people are kind of missing the point.

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we know that there’s no time like the present to make a change, but if the present happens to be the start of a new year, there’s every reason to use that fact to get you started on whatever personal project you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s finally getting that rhinoplasty (nose job) you’ve always wanted or making a serious commitment to defeating your severe obesity with a weight loss surgery, we human beings are strongly motivated by reminders, arbitrary or not, that we only have so much time on this planet to make the most of things.

There’s every reason in the world to mark the start of 2019 to act on your constructive impulses, and our outstanding BHP health and beauty professionals are ready to help you do that.

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