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According to a new study, using standing desks only burns two extra calories every 15 minutes when compared to sitting throughout an 8 hour work day. These findings only further underline the importance of weight loss procedures that can actually produce a significant weight loss. Fortunately, severely obese patients can benefit from a variety of highly effective and extremely safe weight loss surgery procedures:

Gastric Sleeve – Of all the procedures available to severely obese patients, sleeve gastrectomy is among the most popular and proven. This procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach and then sewing the remainder into a sleeve, dramatically limiting the amount of food the stomach can comfortably hold. Especially because of an additional impact in terms of lowering the production of hunger-inducing hormones in the body, this method is found by many patients to be especially powerful.

Lap-Band - Oftentimes, severely obese patients decide to undergo gastric banding procedures, the best known being Lap-Band. The procedure utilizes a band that divides the upper part of the stomach and enables the patient to feel full after consuming a small amount of food. The band is typically then adjusted by the weight loss surgeon to maximize results. In instances where bands may not produce sufficient results or if issues have occurred from a procedure obtained elsewhere, the Los Angeles medical group notes that patients can also benefit from weight loss revision surgery.

Orbera Gastric Balloon - Patients who do not qualify for weight loss surgery have the option of undergoing a new non-surgical weight loss procedure that has been used successfully abroad for some time. The Orbera gastric balloon is endoscopically placed into the patient’s stomach and then inflated so that patients feel full after eating small amounts of food and can then more easily lose their excess weight. The procedure is temporary, but patients report powerful impacts.

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If you are considering having any of these procedures done with us at BHP, know that our patients who successfully lose weight and may then have to deal with loose folds of skin and other issues, can be helped by our team of leading plastic surgeons with the very latest in body contouring procedures.

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A July 7 article on Haute Living features a thorough explanation of a rhinoplasty procedure and advice on how to ensure the best outcomes. The article goes on to emphasize that plastic surgery patients should put plenty of effort into researching the best surgeons in order to obtain their desired results. At BHP, we agree that patients should show great care in choosing a physician as well as selecting just the right procedure for them. Patients interested in accentuating their features through plastic surgery can do so with the help of an experienced plastic surgeon and a variety of extremely safe and highly effective procedures, such as:

Eyelid Surgery - Stress, sun damage and age can take a real toll on a patient’s face. Many patients who seek out eyelid surgery procedures desire to remove unsightly bags, discoloration or wrinkles above or below their eyes, allowing for a more youthful and well-rested appearance. However, the medical group adds that eyelid surgery is also often sought out for more than just cosmetic reasons. Excess skin on the eyelid can affect vision and may actually hamper peripheral vision, posing a potential hazard in some cases. Regardless of the reasons for seeking out this procedure, this is a delicate procedure involving major sensory organs, and it is definitely important for patients to seek out an experienced physician.

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Tummy Tuck - Many patients desire to remove the excess and unsightly flabs of skin around their stomachs that appear mostly after a dramatic weight loss, such as following a bariatric surgery, or after childbirth. In these circumstances, a tummy tuck performed by a highly trained and extremely experienced plastic surgeon can successfully remove the excess skin and fat in order to create a more attractive appearance. Of course, it’s important to work with a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon who knows how to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Breast Augmentation - Breast augmentations remain among the most popular and time-tested procedures. Yet, it’s still crucial to make sure that you are working with an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. However, the number of choices available to today’s patients has never been greater. Options include silicone, saline and gummy bear implants, which patients can select with the help of their doctors based on their individual needs.

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The success story of English TV personality Katie Price’s recent breast reduction surgery was recently detailed in an article on Lifestyle One. Although breast augmentation procedures are more widely known, it’s good for women to know that plastic surgeons also offer safe and effective breast reduction procedures for patients who want to reduce their breast size. At BHP, our breast reduction surgery procedures are often sought after by patients for a variety of reasons, such as:

Physical Restrictions - Some women often experience physical limitations due to the size and weight of their breasts. Large breasts can often get in the way of performing simple tasks such as walking and standing for long periods of time, and can make participation in certain sports extremely difficult. Breast reduction is a procedure that makes it more likely for women to be able to become increasingly active and comfortable during their daily activities.

Back and Neck Strain - The weight of large breasts can seriously strain the back and neck of a patient. This can cause physical discomfort and often leads to poor posture. Today’s extremely safe and effective breast reduction procedures provide relief on the patient’s back and neck, while also drastically improving their posture. In the long run, various back and neck complications are more likely to be avoided in the future after a patient undergoes breast reduction surgery.

Unwanted attention - Women don’t always undergo breast reduction only to experience improvements in their posture and adjust their body proportions. Younger women in particular often experience unwanted attention and possibly negative perceptions solely based on their large breast size. This often leads to body image issues and anxiety that can negatively affect a patient throughout her life. Breast reduction surgery in these cases enables women to experience a drastic improvement in their overall comfort and sense of self-confidence.

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A recent article on Fox News details how diabetes remission after weight loss surgery ultimately decreases the chances for the patient to develop debilitating eye and nerve damage later in life. It’s very good news, of course, but diabetes remission, while a truly significant positive outcome that many patients are benefiting from, is only one of the health and quality of life improvements patients are likely to experience after bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery patients not only avoid a myriad of damaging obesity-related health complications related to such issues as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, but can also experience numerous other benefits, such as:

Life expectancy - Severely obese patients are constantly at risk of developing dangerous health conditions that can shorten their life span. Even apart from its relationship to type 2 diabetes, obesity is known to greatly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, many types of cancer, and other life threatening complications. These complications can be improved or even completely avoided when a patient loses weight through bariatric surgery.

Energy - When a weight loss surgery patient physically has less weight to carry around, their energy levels are often drastically increased for many reasons. Breathing is often generally easier, especially while patients are exerting themselves, and such issues as sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that also directly leads to significant fatigue, are often improved or completely alleviated. Moreover, reduced weight simply makes it easier to move around, and patients generally report being able to do more physically while exercising or engaging in favorite activities.

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Self-confidence - After successfully shedding excess pounds, weight loss surgery patients not only feel better, but they look better too. This positive improvement in their physical appearance and state of health enables the bariatric surgery patient to experience a greater sense of confidence. Of course, they also offer a variety of safe and cutting-edge plastic surgery procedures for weight loss patients that want to remove any loose folds of excess skin that have accumulated after losing a drastic amount of weight.

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A recent article published on E Online details various plastic surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not only the better known procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction.

It seems to us at BHP that the increase in uncommon plastic surgery procedures strongly emphasizes the normalization of plastic surgery in modern society. As plastic surgery is becoming more standard, it is increasingly important to continue to offer patients surgical procedures that are cutting-edge and comprehensive, but also extremely safe and highly effective. Today, patients can benefit from the variety of services, including:

Tummy Tuck - Loose folds of skin are often left over after patients experience a significant weight loss, such as following a pregnancy or a successful weight loss procedure. When this is the case, an expertly performed tummy tuck can help by removing unsightly, and often uncomfortable, skin folds, as well as excess fatty tissue.

Rhinoplasty - Facial plastic surgery procedures require a keen eye and a supremely high level of precision. Indeed, our BHP medical team routinely performs quite delicate rhinoplasties with great care and attention on a routine basis. This level of care is important in not only producing the ideal visual results for the patient but is vital considering that these procedures directly impact the ear, nose, and throat. Indeed, our patients often obtain rhinoplasties for health as well as cosmetic reasons.

bhp-blogBreast Augmentation - Although breast augmentation procedures are very well known and commonly sought after by women, many are unaware of the different types of implants available for them to choose from. At BHP, we offer our patients silicone, liquid filled saline, and gel (gummy bear) implants, ensuring that every procedure, no matter how routine, is carefully customized to fit the needs of the individual patient.

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A recent article on The Health Site discusses the various plastic surgery procedures that are currently popular among men. The article goes on to mention that men are often specifically interested in surgically improving such areas as their chest, eyelids, neck and stomach. The reality is that, as a growing number of men are seeking to improve their appearance through plastic surgery, offering male patients the very best in cutting-edge surgery procedures is becoming an ever more important aspect of our work here at BHP. Our male patients can significantly benefit from plastic surgery for a variety of reasons:

Youthful Appearance - The physical signs of aging are, not surprisingly, often a major concern for patients considering plastic surgery. Even for relatively young patients, enduring high levels of stress can take a toll on their appearance. Moreover, patients are often unhappy with the fact that they appear older than they actually are and are concerned about its impact on their social life. For our plastic surgeons, the individual needs of each and every patient are a top priority, including their frequent desire to shave years off of their appearance. For example, many patients who want a more youthful look often choose to undergo eyelid surgery, removing baggy eyelids that can make a man look tired and many years older than his actual age.

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Career Goals - For the career oriented patient, maintaining a youthful physical appearance is very important to combat age-discrimination and maintain a competitive edge against younger looking members of the work force. Patients often worry that their aging looks can keep them from being considered for jobs or promotions. We offer our patients a large number of cutting-edge surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures that restore a patient’s youthful self-confidence.

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According to a recent article on Yahoo News, Australian based surgeons are calling to regulate plastic surgery procedures for improved patient safety. The call for regulation was stirred by a reported surge in complications among surgery patients who were either given too much local anesthetic or suffered from infections caused by unsterile operating conditions. Of course, patient safety is a high priority worldwide and is very tightly regulated in the U.S., so that American plastic surgery is now safer than ever before. Naturally, our highly qualified and experienced surgeons at BHP perform all of their procedures with the safety and satisfaction of each patient as their absolute highest priority at all times.

  • Eyelid Surgery- Eyelid surgery is chosen by patients who wish to correct issues above and below their eyes such as double hooded lids or dark circles. These eyelid conditions are not only unflattering to a patient but can also affect vision. Our highly experienced surgeons give special attention to the delicate area around the eyes through their use of only the most advanced minimally invasive techniques.

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  • Breast Reduction - Although breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure sought out by women, breast reduction offers the patient a chance to remedy the many physical discomforts that occur because of the size and weight of the breasts. Reduction procedures are often sought out by young women who may be suffering from unwanted attention as well as back pain and other issues. Obviously, the health, safety, and satisfaction of younger patients are always extremely high priorities when performing this extremely safe, but nevertheless demanding procedure.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift - A procedure preferred by patients seeking a more natural approach at enhancement, the Brazilian butt lift is the safest method for buttock augmentation. Utilizing transferred fat from the patient’s own body, the Brazilian butt lift enhances the patient’s behind with more freedom from the qualified surgeon to contour the area in proportion to the patient’s body. Using the patient’s own body fat also reduces the risk of complications related to infection. Overall, experts agree that this plastic surgery technique ensures patient safety while providing the desired results.
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A new trial that is set to be launched this summer will study the link between preventing breast cancer recurrence and weight loss, according to an article published on The Guardian. The study aims to establish whether weight loss combined with exercise is significant in decreasing the chances for women to be at risk for recurring breast cancer diagnosis.

Studies like the Yale University trial point towards the reality that weight management is crucial for avoiding a great many life-threatening diseases. The reality is that undergoing weight loss surgery provides an array of health benefits for patients.

  • Mobility - One of the many reasons individuals decide to undergo weight loss surgery is due to their physical inability to participate in daily activities. Excess weight can lead to arthritis, sleep apnea, asthma, gout and other diseases that can disrupt functional mobility in day-to-day life. With procedures like sleeve gastrectomy or Lap-Band, weight loss specialists help patients lose the weight which can greatly increase the pain associated with such conditions as arthritis. Many patients have had to give up favorite activities because of conditions associated with their weight and may be hoping to achieve a more active lifestyle after losing weight; undergoing weight loss surgery makes it easier for patients to do so.
  • Life expectancy - Obesity is known to cause a variety of diseases that shorten the life span of nearly everyone who suffers from it. Indeed, medical experts agree that such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer on top of their weight issues drastically decreases the chances for an individual to live a long and healthy life. Bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric sleeve and Lap-Band have been proven to help patients with a great many other ongoing and future health complications.

Confidence - Patients who opt for weight loss surgery do so not only for health reasons but to also feel good about themselves. Low self-esteem can often keep individuals from feeling happy and, for a patient determined to lose weight, mental well-being is just as important as physical health. The bariatric surgery procedures we offer are performed using the latest, minimally invasive techniques, which reduces scarring and only adds on to the new sense of confidence experienced by a patient. For patients who may have cosmetic issues following a weight loss, our BHP plastic surgery team is also available to provide support.

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An article published recently on CNN explains that more and more women are opting for buttock augmentation procedures in Africa. According to the article, the increased popularity of this procedure is largely due to the availability of smart phones and social media in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as the nations’ rapidly growing economies. At BHP, we’re convinced that the consistent growth of butt lifts and other plastic surgery procedures both domestically and around the world is a sign that cosmetic procedures have truly arrived to improve the lives of women and men, not only in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, but worldwide.

The large majority of our buttock augmentation patients opt for the Brazilian Butt Lift. The procedure, which employs transferred body fat taken from elsewhere in the body through liposuction, has become the standard for those interested in a more natural type of implant with contoured volume and firmness. As the most sought after buttock enhancement procedure, the Brazilian Butt Lift gives patients a sense of confidence with a fuller and more voluptuous silhouette. Of course, buttock augmentation is only one of many procedures.

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While buttock procedures may be particularly trendy at the moment, breast augmentation remains an extremely popular option with a great many women. Facial rejuvenation procedures, ranging from injectables such as Botox and Restylane to more traditional face lifts for longer lasting results are also popular and rapidly growing types of procedures. With the growing popularity of plastic surgeries, members of the public are increasingly realizing that cosmetic procedures are not only for the rich and famous. Our highly knowledgeable and compassionate consultants are even able, in many cases, to create payment plans that can fit into the budget of the great majority of patients. We truly pride ourselves on providing outstanding care to patients from all walks of life.

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Los Angeles and Beverly Hills has long been associated with stunning, high quality plastic surgery procedures, so it is not surprising that the practice is quickly spreading to all corners of the world as leading cosmetic surgeons seek to emulate L.A.’s world-class services, as a recent article published May 22nd on AME Info explains. It seems that, because of the all-time high level of demand for high-quality plastic surgery, increasingly savvy patients are seeking out the services of the most esteemed surgeons in their areas, from Beverly Hills and throughout Greater Los Angeles to Beirut, and beyond.

This demand is spurred by many factors; the first and foremost being the so-called Hollywood effect. Sporting a host of entertainment and television stars, our area has a reputation for being image-conscious, so it’s no surprise that plastic surgery has grown in acceptance in the City of Angels more than some other places. As a city full of aspiring actors, performers, and entertainment professionals, it is undeniable that a youthful appearance may offer women and men a competitive edge in terms of both career and personal goals. Of course, plastic surgery has also been viewed as an asset by those outside the show biz limelight. Nowadays, in order to remain competitive in what can be called an age-conscious environment cosmetic procedures have been sought after by a great many businesspeople, lawyers, accountants, engineers, and a host of other career-oriented individuals. 

By practicing the most advanced plastic surgery techniques, we at BHP ensure that our patients look their very best, and that their results meet and even defy expectations. One prominent example of our commitment to innovation is the Brazilian butt lift, an increasingly popular buttock augmentation procedure. By using a patient’s own body fat, it offers the lowest risk of complication, ensuring that the results of the procedure last.

When it comes to breast augmentation, a great many patients have experienced success with the next-generation “gummy bear” implants, which offer exceptionally natural results, granting the patient improved body proportions and a boost of self-esteem. When it comes to providing patients with results that help them look their very best, we at BHP have been well ahead of the curve for many years.

 

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More than a third of American adults are considered obese, says the National Institutes of Health, so it is not surprising that bariatric surgery has received increased attention in recent years, as a recent article published on the Baltimore Business Journal explains. Of course, when it comes to weight loss, most people are familiar with the basic requirements of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. However, according to Dr. Christopher You, a medical director quoted in the article, “individuals who are severely obese are resistant to maintaining weight loss achieved by conventional therapies.” This means that, the more weight an individual with severe obesity needs to lose, the harder it can be to actually lose it, not to mention keeping the pounds off in the long-term. The article goes so far as to say that, keeping the weight off in the long-term is “nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any means other than bariatric surgery.” This information jibes with the experiences of our former and current bariatric patients here at BHP, and highlights the reality that a great many people with severe obesity face – conventional weight loss methods are simply not effective in remedying the problem.  

Our highly experienced surgical team regularly performs a number of weight loss procedures that consistently help our patients improve their lives. One of these, the Lap Band procedure, is a minimally invasive procedure intended to help patients feel fuller faster than previously from smaller meals. As the patient loses weight, the band can be adjusted by a bariatric surgeon for comfort and effectiveness.  

Another weight loss procedure that is becoming increasingly popular is the gastric sleeve. This procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach tissue, forming a sleeve-like shape that also reduces the stomach capacity. As an added benefit, the procedure curbs the release of the hunger hormones responsible for the “craving” sensation that compels many people with severe obesity to eat more, and more often, than they intend to.

For patients who are not considered severely obese, the Orbera gastric balloon, a temporary non-surgical procedure, is also available.

 

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One Florida-based plastic surgeon’s enthusiasm is proving to be contagious among a great many fans and potential patients, according to a recent article on Vanity Fair. In fact, as the article explains, more than a few of his patients are comfortable with having snippets of their procedures broadcast to more than 800,000 Snapchat fans. Commenting on this trend, Dr. Michael Salzhauer, also known as Dr. Miami, notes that, “people have never seen these surgeries before…I remember the first time I saw one, I was mesmerized.” This phenomenon is evidence that plastic surgery has become greatly destigmatized in recent years, and it shows how open and interested people are when it comes to cosmetic procedures. The medical group explains some of the procedures that have been widely growing in popularity, helped in no small part by the social media revolution:

Brazilian butt lift – Curves that announce themselves proudly have had an impact on fashion and style trends in recent years, and more and more women are seeking out procedures to gain firmness and volume in their behinds. Patients electing to have this procedure typically elect the fat transfer technique known popularly as the Brazilian butt lift, in which the plastic surgeon collects the patient’s own fat through liposuction, often from the waist, stomach, or thighs.  The collected fat is then purified and incorporated into the buttock area via a series of injections. Because the fat is from the patient’s own body, there is very little risk of complication, which helps to ensure that the attractive and voluminous results are going to last.

Tummy tuck – All too often, even exercise aficionados find that excess skin and fat tends to collect in the abdominal area. Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, are sought out by a great many women, as well as men, to eliminate stubborn belly fat and provide for a more balanced and attractive overall figure. The procedure is also elected by people who have undergone dramatic weight loss who wish to remove the ensuing flabby skin. What’s more, tummy tucks are often the cornerstone of a suite of procedures known as a mommy makeover, intended to correct many of the less than desirable effects of pregnancy on a woman’s figure.

 

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While severe obesity and type 2 diabetes are among the most serious health concerns affecting great swaths of the U.S. population, according to an article published recently on WTOP, researchers have found that a solid majority of patients witnessed dramatic improvement and even remission of their diabetes following bariatric surgery. A surgeon quoted in the article explains that, after bariatric surgery, the body’s blood sugar levels may lower or normalize, which may often reduce the need for patients to take diabetes medication. Because one in three Americans struggles with obesity and approximately 29 million have type 2 diabetes, this research underlines the enormous life-saving potential of bariatric surgery.

Many people are advised by their doctors to maintain a regular physical exercise regimen and to improve their diets, but these measures are incredibly difficult to take when a patient is dealing with severe obesity and its associated comorbidities. Moreover, the more excess body weight a patient needs to drop, the more difficult it can be to actually lose it, not to mention keeping it off in the long term. When diets and exercise fail to help people safely lose their excess body weight, bariatric medicine is the only scientifically proven method to effectively bring about sustainable weight loss results.

Because numerous health conditions ranging from high blood pressure and diabetes to depression and a great deal more are directly related to obesity, once patients begin to lose their excess body weight, they are typically extending their lives and improving their long-term quality of life. Of course, weight loss surgery is by no means a magic bullet against obesity – it simply sets the stage for dramatic weight loss by effectively reducing the pangs of hunger that sabotage even the most earnest attempts at weight loss. By establishing and keeping to strict exercise and diet regimens prescribed by our highly experienced coaching team, bariatric surgery patients can expect to live dramatically happier and healthier lives. 

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Among the many methods of improving the contour and appearance of the face, lip augmentations are becoming more popular than ever, according to a recent article published on CBS News. In fact, the article explains that, a record number of Americans underwent lip augmentation procedures in 2015, making it the second fastest growing type of facial procedure in the United States. Although prominent individuals like Kylie Jenner are a significant motivating factor in this trend, there are many diverse reasons influencing patients to seek out procedures to create fuller, more attractive looking lips.

Some patients want a very subtle enhancement, and others want a more dramatic change. People with naturally thin lips or individuals whose lips have begun to develop wrinkles are experiencing age-defying results thanks to the great number of different lip augmentation treatments. Interestingly, while the media tends to focus on female celebrities who may have taken advantage of these types of procedures, an increasing number of men are also seeking out lip augmentation procedures. Of course, because every patient is unique, even the most seasoned plastic surgeons cannot usually honor patients’ requests to make their lips look exactly like that of Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, for example. BHP’s highly experienced team of plastic surgeons is, however, able to routinely attain desirable results in nearly all patients. So, when it comes to enhancing lips, some of the most popular options our plastic surgeons are performing include:

  •  Juvédermand Restylane® - These lip fillers uses hyaluronic acid that offers results which are longer-lasting than other nonsurgical injectable treatments. To correct moderate to severe wrinkles around the lips and other parts of the face, Juvéderm and Restylane are highly reliable and leads to excellent results.
  •  Fat transfer – For permanent results, many patients have obtained sexier, fuller lips using this procedure, which makes use of fat harvested from another part of the body that is then re-injected into the lip area. 

 

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While breast augmentation remains the most sought-after type of plastic surgery procedures, a growing number of women are actually having their natural bosoms sized down. A recent blog post published on The Huffington Post explores one woman’s search for a breast reduction procedure. The writer, Jordan Hernandez, noted that, when she got word that she would finally be undergoing the procedure after desiring it for many years, it was “the happiest news of [her] life.” In the blog post, she explains that, following the surgery, she’s experienced a renewed sense of self-confidence, and is thankful for the ability to run outside freely and comfortably, as well as being able to finally wear clothing that is more flattering to her overall shape and body proportions. As we’ve seen here at BHP first hand, this sentiment corresponds with that of a great many of the group’s breast reduction patients.

Because a handful of female celebrities including Modern Family’s Ariel Winter, as well as Roseanne Barr and Queen Latifah before her, have gone public with their decision to elect a breast reduction, more and more women are becoming aware of the procedure’s numerous benefits. While numerous women desire larger, fuller breasts, a great many well-endowed women find their large breasts to be out of proportion with their bodies, and even a source of pain and discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders. The primary intention of the procedure is to restore balance to the patient’s body as well as to bring about overall improved bodily comfort. Oftentimes, because excessively large breasts may be a source of unwanted attention, a breast reduction procedure can help to improve self-esteem in a young woman.

Even men have benefitted from a variation of this procedure. Some males struggle with a condition known as gynecomastia, which is characterized by enlarged male breasts. Men who have these may feel shy or embarrassed if they believe their bodies appear effeminate, and they will avoid swimming and other activities in order to hide them. Fortunately, skilled plastic surgeons can readily improve a man’s comfort with his appearance through a male breast reduction procedure.

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In an article published recently on the New York Post, Sarah Mirmelli, a mother and divorcee, shares her enthusiasm for Botox and lip injections, which she underwent in order to feel more at home at this year’s edition of the world famous youth oriented Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The article explains that Ms. Mirmelli’s situation is not unique; many plastic surgeons say they’ve noticed an upswing in the number of patients seeking nips and tucks before heading to the annual music festival and similar events.

The truth is that plastic surgery procedures are not necessarily sought out to draw attention, but are often performed to help women and men turn back the clock and blend in among their colleagues and peers. Especially for those who have recently ended long-term relationships who are returning to the dating scene, plastic surgery can offer a much needed boost of self-confidence and assuredness. The medical group notes some of the procedures thirtysomethings and others are electing to maintain a youthful and attractive appearance include:

Liposuction – Especially as people age, pockets of fat in places such as the thighs, belly, hips, and love handles may sometimes fail to respond to even very intense exercise and dieting. Liposuction is a popular and effective option that can improve the appearance of many parts of the body; indeed, one of the concertgoers in the aforementioned article elected the procedure to remove stubborn excess fat from her stomach and thighs.

Eyelid surgery – Because the eyes can be considered the face’s main focal point, it is not surprising that many people wish to keep them looking attractive and well-rested looking. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, aims to correct baggy or wrinkled skin around the eyes that can detract from the beauty of the eyes themselves. For people who complain of looking tired or having dark circles under their ears, blepharoplasty can provide for a more rested and youthful appearance. 

Injectables – Excessive sun exposure, ageing, and stress can certainly contribute to wrinkling and folding skin, BHP notes. Fortunately, as the medical group explains, a great many modern treatments ranging from Botox ®, to Juvederm™, to Restylane ® are available to keep skin looking revitalized, youthful, and smooth. Coachella-attendee Ms. Mirmelli is hardly alone in choosing injectables to keep pace with today’s youth-centric culture.
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According to an article answering a patient question published recently on the Orland Sentinel, medical experts agree that breast augmentation is safer than ever. The article explains that, since the early 1990s, no medical device has been subjected to the level of scrutiny that breast implants have, and that studies performed by clinics such as Mayo that involved millions of women failed to find any relationship between breast implants and illnesses such as cancer. It’s true that breast implants and breast augmentation procedures safely and effectively help countless women around the world improve the size and appearance of their breasts, and that patients generally feel and look better than ever. 

Breast augmentation procedures and their associated risks and benefits have been well documented by the medical community for years. Furthermore, advances in medical technology have led to improvements in plastic surgery that help a great many women attain results that are well tailored to their appearance. Today’s breast implants come in three types – silicone, liquid filled saline, and the firm, yet pliable “gummy bear” variety, and each has been safely utilized in countless procedures to help a great many women look their very best. Because every woman is unique, and each has her own needs and desires when it comes to improving her body, our expert surgical team can help patients determine the best type of implant and size.

In addition, we do a few other procedures they routinely perform to help women improve their busts:

  •  Breast reduction – Although breast augmentation is often sought out by women to improve the size and shape of their bosoms, many women find that unusually large breasts can be uncomfortable or seem out of proportion with the rest of their bodies. Breast reduction can help many a woman avoid unwanted attention and, among other physical issues, back problems. Additionally, the procedure is popular among men who wish to reduce the effects of gynecomastia, a hormone-influenced condition that results in swollen male breasts.   
  •  Breast augmentation revision – Our highly experienced surgeons are among the best doctors in their field, and are vastly skilled when it comes to correcting post-operative issues. Occasionally, patients who have obtained a breast augmentation at other plastic surgery centers have found problems with their breasts seeming uneven in shape or size. While such issues do occur, they can be easily dealt with, thanks to our exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced medical team.  
  •  Breast lifts – Some women, especially those who have gone through childbirth, experience a gradual loss of elasticity in the breast tissue. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a procedure for women who want to improve their breast shape or raise them to correct sagging. It can also be performed in conjunction with an augmentation to add volume and firmness to the bosom.

 

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While television shows such as The Biggest Loser and Fit to Fat entertain a great many viewers, they improperly depict weight loss methods that lead to healthy, long-term results, says a recent op-ed piece published on the Wausau Daily Herald. Writer Eliza Kingsford, a licensed psychotherapist and certified personal trainer, explains that contestants on the show exercise for six to eight hours a day and eat very severely restricted diets. These practices, she explains, are not only unsustainable and even potentially dangerous habits, but are also misrepresentative of the weight loss journey a great many Americans face.

Ms. Kingsford adds that, “the true measure of [weight loss] success is consistently engaging in healthy behaviors over time.” Ms. Kingsford’s article makes an important point; bariatric procedures, often in conjunction with such techniques as professional coaching, really do lead to healthful and sustainable weight loss results.

For individuals struggling with obesity or obesity and related comorbidities, bariatric procedures are scientifically proven to be effective in the long-term. When it comes to harmful comorbidities associated with severe obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, heart failure, and high cholesterol, bariatric procedures can reduce their impact, and even outright reverse some conditions. Here are some of the most popular bariatric procedures we offer:

  •  Sleeve gastrectomy – Also known as the gastric sleeve, the procedure has been popularized by celebrities such as Rosie O’ Donnell and reality TV star E.J. Johnson, who have experienced excellent weight loss results. This minimally invasive surgical procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach, which makes the patient feel fuller faster than previously. An added benefit is that this results in a reduction in the production of hunger-inducing hormones, which helps patients gain control and ultimately adjust their eating habits.
  •  Orbera gastric balloon - For patients with body mass indexes (BMIs) under 40, or for those who aren’t ready to try bariatric surgery, the Orbera gastric balloon is a new, non-surgical FDA-approved weight loss procedure. The procedure involves endoscopically inserting a balloon into the stomach through the patient’s mouth. Once comfortably inside, the balloon is gently inflated to approximately the size of a grapefruit. By taking up a portion of the stomach capacity, the balloon is intended to help patients feel fuller sooner into their meals and to reduce the urge to overeat. The balloon is typically removed after 6 months and, just like all types of bariatric procedures, patients are expected to keep following a structured diet and behavior modification program.
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While Americans have all kinds of uses for their annual tax returns, according to a recent Forbes article, more people than ever will be spending their returns on plastic surgery this year. The article explains that a significant number of people surveyed said they use money from their tax refund to pay for a cosmetic procedure, such as a non-surgical injectable, a breast augmentation, or a rhinoplasty procedure. Due to the continual rise in demand and popularity of plastic surgery and the windfalls that many taxpayers get on an annual basis, these survey results are far from surprising.

Nowadays, an increasing number of people from all walks of life are using their savings and tax refunds to get nipped and tucked in order to look their very best.  Indeed, among women, breast augmentation remains the most popular type of plastic surgery procedure. Many women find that they are unhappy with their breast size or shape, and wish to improve the appearance of them via a breast augmentation or a breast lift procedure. 

Oftentimes, a patient will combine a breast procedure with one or more additional procedures to make for a suite of operations commonly known as a mommy makeover. This group of procedures, which often includes a breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, as well as the form of buttock augmentation using a fat transfer technique, is intended to deal with some of the less flattering impacts that often remain after a woman has given birth. While childbirth and motherhood are wonderful experiences that most mothers cherish, many women are still motivated to obtain a plastic surgery to deal with a few of its less desirable side-effects.

The face remains another area in which many women and men choose to invest.  Nonsurgical injectables are being sought out by women and men to rejuvenate the facial skin and promote a more youthful appearance.  For others, traditional facelifts provide a more lasting return on investment.

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BHP BlogThe popularity of cosmetic surgery and procedures among men has reached an all-time high, says a recent Miami Herald article. In fact, in the year 2014 alone, the publication notes that over 1.2 million cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, were performed on men. A Miami cosmetic dermatologist quoted in the article further notes that a growing number of men are seeing her for injectable skin treatment procedures in order to maintain a more youthful appearance and reduce the impact of ageing on the skin.
Yes, just like women, an increasing number of men want to look their very best, and a great number of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are now being obtained by men nationwide. These include:

Rhinoplasty – More commonly known as a “nose job,” many men elect to have this procedure to help an otherwise large or crooked nose blend in with their other facial features. The procedure is also performed by plastic surgeons for medical purposes; some patients choose to have the procedure because they experience trouble breathing through their nasal passages due to a deviated septum, or as a result of injury or trauma. Whatever the reason for the procedure, rhinoplasty is among the most popular of plastic surgery procedures for both men and women.

Blepharoplasty – Blepharoplasty, also known simply as eyelid surgery, is a common cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the skin around the eyes. Due to age and stress, the sensitive tissue around the eyes can become creased, wrinkled, or baggy, which can make the patient appear tired. While blepharoplasty is often employed for cosmetic reasons – improving the appearance of the eyelids and maintaining a well-rested and youthful appearance – a patient’s peripheral vision can also be improved by reducing the size of heavy or droopy eyelids.

Liposuction – While many men spend hours in the gym and work hard to maintain a healthy diet to reduce excess body fat, parts of the body such as the love handles, the thighs, and the belly often contain stubborn body fat that sit-ups and the treadmill can barely seem to touch. The medical group explains that liposuction is an excellent procedure for men and women who struggle to lose stubborn deposits of body fat in certain parts of the body, as well as for patients who seek an all-around reduction of excess body fat. 

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