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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.

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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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Whether we’re discussing plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures, or anything else relating to medicine, the matter of cost is always going to come up. It’s only natural for patients to be concerned – especially with procedures that are almost never covered by insurance. At Beverly Hills Physicians, we think that patients need to keep a few things in mind.

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    • The money you save getting a cut-rate procedure is likely to be a tiny fraction of the often enormous expense of possible multiple revision surgeries following a botched procedure. In the most serious cases, the damage may be permanent or even life-threatening.
    • Viewed positively, investing a little bit more by getting a procedure from skilled physicians you trust simply makes sense. If you’re not going to end up feeling good about their work, why bother?
    • Many procedures are less expensive than you probably assume, and an increasing number of highly effective injectables are offering outstanding results for less immediate cost. Don’t’ just assume you can’t afford something.
    • Finally, when money is an issue for surgeries, our outstanding consultants here at BHP can sit down with you and work out a payment plan that can make most procedures affordable for the majority of people.

If you’re thinking about a procedure, your health needs to be your first concern. You can shop on cost when you’re buying tube socks. 

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It’s Halloween and there’s candy everywhere. It’s at home ready for trick-or-treaters. If you’ve got kids of your own, they’re likely to bring home a ton of it after trick-or-treating, tempting us to “rescue” our offspring by consuming it all ourselves. Then there’s the promotional candy all kinds of businesses give out and which also turns up in many offices, possibly your own.  Scarier still, you know that this is only the beginning; the year’s biggest food holidays are rapidly on their way in November and December. For a lot of people, that’s way scarier than a masked knife wielding fiend who simply can’t leave poor Jamie Lee Curtis alone.

chocolatebhblog302We know holidays and the foods associated with them are a challenge for just about everyone who’s concerned with their weight and/or their overall health. Here at Beverly Hills Physicians, we’ve worked with countless people who are trying to lose weight – whether it’s the matter of ten or 20 pounds as we try to look our very best, or it’s a life-threatening 75-100+ pounds that need to go. 

When it comes to resisting holiday treats the trick is that there is no trick! We are made to want to eat high-calorie foods and our body wants to stay at its present weight, whatever that is. That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t try to lose weight, they absolutely should. Appearance aside, losing even a few pounds and keeping them off can make a big impact on our health. Just be realistic about it.

Trying to say goodbye forever to Kit-Kats, frosted cookies, or whatever is not going to work for most people.  It’s better to try to sort of “save up” your treats for specific occasions so you can enjoy them –in reasonable portions of course -- without feeling guilty and super-fat. Finally, never starve yourself. Among many other issues, starvation diets can lead spark seriously unhealthy binges once they’re over.

There is, however, good news for people with severe weight issues – a body mass index of 40 or over or 35 and over with serious related health problems. It’s that surgery really can reduce or in some cases eliminate those nagging cravings for fattening foods. Indeed, some patients really are able to give up candy, deserts and fatty foods forever, but only they no longer really want them after their procedures.

However, for the rest of us who still have the cravings, it’s not a matter of saying it’s okay to give in sometimes, it’s more like an inevitability. Human beings are omnivores made to eat a wide range of foods. For most of us, in most cases, giving up our favorite treats forever is off the table. 

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It’s time to highlight our bra collection drive in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are accepting both new and gently used bras for redistribution to women in need at our main locations. Anyone who has bras they would like to donate can do so by dropping them in collection boxes located at our offices in Beverly Hills, Carson, Encino, Rancho Cucamonga, and Thousand Oaks. Donations may be made during regular office hours.

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The drive is part of our ongoing commitment to helping all kinds of people feel comfortable and confident in their appearance. Breast cancer reconstruction surgery has a long track record of success in helping survivors to recover and return to a full and active life. It’s also important for women to know that medical insurers that cover breast cancer treatment are currently legally mandated to also cover reconstructive procedures.

These procedures are among the many treatments provided by plastic surgeons that go against the stereotype of plastic surgeries being strictly for fashion models and starlets. Breast reductions, for example, are sometimes obtained for mostly cosmetic reasons but, more often, there are other motivations. Specifically, many women get them to help deal with back pain caused by having oversize breasts or to be able to fully participate in their favorite sports. Finally, younger women especially may want more standard-size breasts in order to avoid unwanted additional attention, says the medical group.

If you have any questions about breast reconstruction or reductions, or the bra collection drive, feel free to call us at the phone number at the top of the page. 

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Some recent research is indicating that weigh loss procedures are helpful against gout. For those who aren’t sure what gout is, it’s a common and particularly painful form of arthritis that is frequently associated with weight issues and which most often attacks the feet. Sufferers typically suffer excruciating flare-ups that are often triggered by particular foods that are rich in uric acid, the cause of the inflammation behind the condition. However, they do note that flare-ups of gout are a possibility shortly after surgeries. Considering the number of conditions that can be effectively dealt with by eliminating obesity, it’s not surprising that this particular condition can be eliminated or greatly lessened with the help of the procedure.

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To understand just why bariatric surgery is now being frequently recommended by physicians, it’s important to have some idea of how and why a procedure like a sleeve gastrectomy works. Most individuals who are severely obese are highly motivated to lose weight, particularly if serious or painful health problems are an issue. However, while many patients are able to lose impressive amounts early on, over time, the tendency is to regain the weight, often with some additional pounds added. Most weight loss experts now theorize that a primary reason for this well-known phenomenon comes down to hormones. It appears that most people with weight issues produce a higher amount of substances like ghrelin that are associated with feelings of hunger and appetite. Worse, when individuals start to lose weight, the body goes into a kind of pre-starvation mode and production of hunger hormones increases. Thus, defeating obesity is no mere matter of self-control; no matter how well motivated, most people simply can’t ignore the nagging hormonal cravings the body generates.  

Surgeries like the gastric sleeve get at the root of obesity by working in two different ways. Removing a large portion of the stomach and leaving a sleeve-like pouch makes overeating difficult and unpleasant, as you would expect. However, since hunger hormones appear to be produced in certain areas of the stomach, surgeries that reduce the size of the stomach can also greatly reduce the production of hunger hormones. Thus, patients are able to focus on changing their dietary habits without the constant sensations that are indistinguishable from actual hunger and that make life extremely difficult for people who are trying to significantly reduce their caloric intake.

Readers who are interested in finding out more about weight loss surgery should call BHP at the phone number above.

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There’s been no shortage of journalistic speculation lately about the ongoing increase in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures being obtained by men. Honestly, however, figuring out why more modern males are willing to go the extra mile for their appearance is no mystery. Just turn on a television set, go to the movies, or take your electronic device to any pop culture website. Beautiful men are everywhere.

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During the mid-20th century, male stars could get away with having faces like Humphrey Bogart and bodies that, by modern standards, were nothing to write home about. Exemplars of classic-era Hollywood male beauty like Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Gary Cooper in their prime looked almost sickly next to your typical under-50 leading man of today when it was time for a shirtless scene. While some writers are speculating about the current popularity of movie superheroes raising the bar for contemporary men, it’s important to note that, on midcentury American TV, Adam West’s Batman and George Reeves’ Superman were, to put it bluntly, a bit paunchy.

By the late 1970s, things were changing rapidly and Christopher Reeves’s Superman was in appropriate super-shape while, much more recently, Christian Bale’s Dark Knight was a model of male perfection. Generally speaking, today’s young prospective leading men are expected to be about as perfect looking as the women they work opposite. We don’t think it’s a coincidence that all of this is concurrent with the rise of feminism. Even in an age where women in media are continuing the battle against objectification, men in media are becoming more aware that people watching television and movies enjoy looking at attractive people of all genders.

While we still have a long way to go, it really does look like a leveling of the playing field is closer than ever. When it comes to appearance, what’s good for the goose really may soon be good for the appearance-conscious gander. We’re certainly seeing more male patients BHP who are trying to keep up in an increasingly competitive atmosphere for men in their careers and personal lives. Are you or your significant other next?

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A few weeks back online gossips was hyping groundless speculation that country music superstar Carrie Underwood had faked a wrist accident in order to divert attention from a plastic surgery. The wrist injury, which Ms. Underwood described as “gruesome” and which she says required some forty to fifty stitches, generated enough nastiness to trouble the singer’s mother, Ms. Underwood told reporters. The speculation finally ended when the singer released x-rays of the injury. It’s all a typical example of the all-too familiar mean-spirited online speculation that treats plastic surgery as somehow shameful.

Of course, if the singer had decided to get plastic surgery, it really wasn’t anybody else’s business. The good news is that, slowly but surely, plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are becoming more generally accepted as a means of allowing people to improve their appearance and feel more comfortable and self-confident. At the same time, however, many people act as if obtaining a procedure is some kind of a betrayal of a person’s individuality. Hardly anyone criticizes people who wear elaborate hairstyles or pay close attention to their choice of clothing, but somehow people improving their appearance with liposuction, body contouring, or even a rhinoplasty (aka nose job) is still seen by a few as morally questionable.

Part of the issue is that online commenters in particular tend to stereotype people who receive plastic surgeries as motivated only by vanity. The reality is that many patients are career people of all genders struggling to stay relevant in youth-oriented business through facial rejuvenation; others are women who obtain breast reductions to deal with physical issues and/or unwanted attention related to having unusually large breasts. Indeed, while some procedures may be obtained mostly by very good looking people seeking to fix particular perceived flaws in their appearance in order become even more impressive, procedures like breast reductions for women, but also for men, are simply an effort to avoid getting too much of the wrong kind of attention. These people are not helped by online commenters who seem to relish making hurtful, faux-moralistic comments.

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There is an increasingly small minority of invariably thin people who ignore the research, and the experiences of just about every person who has struggled with their weight, who state that obesity would cease to be a problem if obese and overweight people simply learned a little self-control. The rest of us know that weight loss is hard and, as we’re learning, the more weight most people tend to lose, the more difficult it becomes to keep it off. One of the primary reasons that the weight loss surgeries we perform here at Beverly Hills Physicians for severely obese patients seems to work is that, aside from making it uncomfortable to eat, sleeve gastrectomy reduces the production of hormones that are associated with the urges to eat that make, weight loss difficult even for people trying to lose ten or twenty pounds and next to impossible for most people with severe obesity.

The truth is that the statistics on defeating obesity without a weight loss surgery are dismal and, while it’s not a magic wand, bariatric procedures improve the odds drastically simply because eating less becomes less of a struggle without the nagging feelings of hunger that seem to only get stronger over time, as well as the physical issues associated with trying to fit too much food in a much smaller stomach.

Still, in our celebrity culture, we hear stories not only of people like gastric sleeve patients like Rosie O’Donnell, but of severely obese celebrities who appear to have been able to lose very large amounts of weight without surgery. A few years back, magician/comedian/actor Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller managed to drop 100 pounds off his 6’7” frame simply, it appears, by switching to a diet dominated by stewed potatoes and other vegetables. More recently, Jillette was thanked for his recent book on his weight loss by the formerly very obese and famously profane filmmaker/comedian/podcaster Kevin Smith, who has lost a very dramatic amount of weight since February.

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So, does that mean people considering a weight loss surgery, who have already tried and failed to lose weight multiple times, should blame themselves for not having the same kind of resolve as Jillette and Smith. The easy answer is “No.” First of all, while we definitely wish them the very best, both of these gentlemen’s weight loss is still fairly recent. Also, it’s notable that both men were motivated by very serious health scares. In Smith’s case, it was a sudden heart attack that, but for a well-timed hospital visit, would likely have killed him. Few incentives are as strong as wanting to avoid death, and that’s amplified by the fact that both men are fathers who’d like to be around for as much of their offspring’s lives as possible. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that famous people are usually wealthy enough to hire personal nutritionists and chefs to ease their way.

The fact of the matter is that none of us should wait until a doctor warns us that another six months of obesity will likely be our last. For most of us, the most serious health harms related to being very overweight are mainly abstract concepts, while impossible to ignore hungry feelings are very much in the here and now. If you’re severely obese and concerned about your health, the fact of the matter is that trying to will yourself thin is a risky concept. Sometimes, the healthiest and smartest solution to a problem is the one that makes things just a little easier. There are no extra points for difficulty in weight loss.

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A recent StyleCaster argues that there is an ongoing trend among rhinoplasty patients of asking for noses that look like the beautifully proportioned facial appendage sported by reigning pop/R&B goddess Rihanna. The article adds that the Rihanna trend follows a recent vogue one for women making similar requests regarding US actress-turned-UK royal Meghan Markle.  The article goes on to warn that noses need to fit the rest of a patient’s face. That’s quite true, as far as it goes. It’s important to realized, however, that the delicate task of determining just what shape a nose should be to best flatter a patient’s overall appearance requires a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon.

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A rhinoplasty (aka nose job) should never be a “cookie-cutter” sort of procedure. Noses that might look perfect on one person would very often look odd or out of place on someone else. It takes a skilled and sensitive plastic surgeon to listen to patients' needs and hopes, and then translate that into a procedure that make a patient look like the best possible version of herself – not an awkward replica of someone else. Moreover, countless studies have shown that, the clearer and more realistic the idea patients have about the likely outcome of a procedure, the happier with they are likely to be with their procedure.

All of our BHP plastic surgeons are highly respected members of the medical profession with a strong aesthetic sense and an ability to communicate clearly with patients so they understand what‘s realistic to expect in their particular case. In some cases, it may very well be possible to accommodate a patient’s interest in having a nose or another feature that may be similar to a particular celebrity, but whether or not it is practical will depend on a host of variables. The fact of the matter is that no two noses are exactly alike, and the same applies to the faces they are on.  The ultimate goal is to craft a nose that will flatter a patient. So, if a nose that’s similar to Rihanna’s really would improve a patient’s appearance and would not present a physical problem, then there’s no reason to ignore the inspiration. 

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There are all kinds of reasons that adults get plastic surgeries. Increased self-confidence, feeling more comfortable physically or psychologically, or to help improve their odds on the career or dating marketplace. Still, for many children and young people preventing or reducing bullying is often one of the primary motivations. While some adults tend to minimize the importance of bullying as just “kids being kids,” anyone who’s been continually bullied at any age can tell you that the humiliation can stay with a person the rest of their life. And, in the cases of the far too many young people lost to suicide every year, it really can end a life.

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Of course, most cases are far milder than that, but it’s easy to see why parents often want to invest in procedures like ear pinning so that their offspring wont’ be made fun of for “bat ears.” Of course, it’s an individual choice. Former President Barack Obama’s rather far-from-the-head ears certainly don’t seem to have harmed his ability to be happy or successful. On the other hand, countless children and teens can find themselves marked for bullying by what might seem like very minor imperfections to grown-ups. If parents decide that a plastic surgery can prevent the issue, there’s no reason to second guess them.

Of course, in a better world, young people wouldn’t bully each other, and neither would adults. Nevertheless, children and their parents have to deal with the world as it is. Childhood can be difficult to get through even without having a physical issue that sets us apart in a negative way. Here at Beverly Hills Physicians, we’re happy to help our younger patients make things a little easier for themselves. 

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A recent Daily Mail article discusses the journey of Brazilian blogger Jessica Valittuto after undergoing bariatric surgery. The article goes on to discuss how Ms. Valittuto maintained a healthy diet and active lifestyle that helped her keep the weight off. The Brazilian blogger went on to say that bariatric surgery was not a quick fix, but instead was a procedure that enabled her to make the necessary health and lifestyle changes to continue her new healthier and happier life.

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Here at Beverly Hills Physicians we know that, while bariatric surgery is indeed a life changing procedure for severely obese individuals, it is by no means is a shortcut. It’s crucial for those undergoing the surgery to make the necessary changes in their lives in order to lose the weight and keep it off throughout their lifetime.

With a variety of weight loss options available to severely obese individuals, it is important to discuss the best route to take with an experienced weight loss specialist. As one of the most popular weight loss procedures, sleeve gastrectomy has helped countless people from all walks of life change their lives for the better. The minimally invasive procedure removes about 75 to 85 percent of the patient’s stomach in order to decrease feelings of hunger that make weight loss next to impossible for most individuals.

While the procedure helps patients take control of their appetite, more changes need to be made to see dramatic and permanent results. Along with surgery, individuals require medical support after undergoing the procedure to track their progress and make the transition into a healthier lifestyle more feasible. Our BHP roster includes registered dieticians and counselors as well as leading weight loss specialists.

Bariatric surgery really can be a life changing procedure for severely obese individuals who are serious about weight loss. With the help of highly experienced medical professionals, men and women really can enjoy healthier and happier lives if they take charge of their health and happiness.

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