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Breast Reduction Increasing in Popularity

Breast-reduction surgery was in demand in 2017, according to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The breast-reduction procedure surgically removes unwanted fat, skin and glandular tissue to bring oversized or pendulous breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body.


Large breasts can develop for many reasons, including because of being overweight or sudden weight gain, genetics, changes in hormones, the use of some medications, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

There were 43,635 breast-reduction procedures performed in the United States in 2017, an 11 percent increase over 2016, when the number of breast-reduction procedures dipped 4 percent.

The reason for the increased demand? Plastic surgeons say that more women are seeking surgery to get the breasts they want after years living with large breasts.

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New NKB Inhibitors May Mean New Menopause Treatments

New medicines may mean the end of menopausal hot flashes.

Scientists at the Imperial College London have tested a new class of experimental drugs that help to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women by almost 75 percent in only three days.

The research was a new analysis of data gathered through a 2017 clinical trial.

The Imperial College London researchers found that these new medications also improved sleep and the ability to focus for users in the three-day period.

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The Most Popular Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedure of 2017 Was ...

Do you love Botox? You're not alone. Over 7.2 million Botox procedures were performed in 2017, making it the No. 1 minimally invasive cosmetic procedure last year. Dr. Alqulali offers Botox to patients who want to look younger quickly and prevent future wrinkles from forming.

Haven't tried it yet? What are you waiting for? Find out all you need to know about Botox in this blog.

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Managing Weight Gain During Menopause

The hormonal changes of menopause bring on a lot of changes for your body, including hot flashes, mood swings, unwanted body hair and unexplained weight gain that may not respond to even the most strenuous workout routines. But changing your diet during menopause can help prevent weight gain, improve your health and minimize your menopause symptoms.

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Lab-Grown Ovaries May Mean Potential New Treatments for Infertility

Lab-grown human eggs may lead to new treatments for infertility.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. revealed their success at growing human eggs to a mature state using early-stage ovarian tissue.

The study authors collected ovarian tissue samples from 10 women during elective Cesarean section surgery. The patients donating the tissue were around the same age and at the end of their pregnancies.

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Look Younger with a Facial Workout?

Can you work out your face to look younger? Researchers at Northwestern University say yes.

Results from a new study published Jan. 3 in the the Journal of the American Medical Association show that facial exercise routines may help middle-aged women look more youthful.

The study is the first of its kind to test the ability of facial exercises to improve the appearance of the face.

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Say No to Bikini-Line Hair, Say Yes to Swimsuit Season

It may seem like winter is never going to end, but despite the cold, swimsuit season is drawing near. This means you need to start getting swimsuit ready now. We don't mean working out; we mean that now is an excellent time to consider getting your bikini line in shape.

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Stop Stressing About Stress Urinary Incontinence

Do you cross your legs when you cough? Say a prayer before you sneeze? Avoid running or exercising because you're afraid your bladder may leak? If you're struggling with urinary incontinence, you're not alone. Dr. Alqulali treats many women who are living with urinary incontinence.

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Labiaplasty: Trending for 2018?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the labiaplasty will be a top procedure for women in 2018.

Labiaplasty has grown in popularity over the last few years. The number of labia reshaping procedures totaled 12,000 in 2016, an almost 40 percent increase over the previous year.

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On Ice: Longest-Frozen Embryo Born in 2017

A female human embryo frozen in 1992 was successfully born last November in Tennessee.

The embryo was frozen for 24 years, making it the longest known frozen human embryo in the world.

The healthy 6-pound, 8-ounce baby girl named Emma was born on November 25 to a 25-year old mother, meaning the baby was conceived just one year after her mother's birth, a startling fact even to her parents.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

Are you considering a breast augmentation but have not scheduled your consultation with Dr. Alqulali because you're afraid of the recovery? If this is the case, have no fear - with a little planning before your procedure, your recovery will be smooth sailing.

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Learn About the Symptoms of PCOS

Nearly 5 million women in the U.S. suffer from painful polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), making it the most common hormone abnormality condition in women of childbearing age. PCOS is also the cause of infertility in many women, and recent research has linked it to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Dr. Alqulali counsels and treats many women struggling to understand PCOS and its many life-altering symptoms.

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Post-Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Opioid Use

A study published in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, says that 10 percent of women who undergo mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction depend on opioid pain relievers months after surgery.

Opioids are a class of pain relievers that include oxycontin, hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl and morphine.

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Are Artificially Created Ovaries the Next Treatment for Menopause?

Lab-made ovaries may be the end of menopause.

Researchers at Wake Forest University's Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are testing an artificially created ovarian tissue in rats with the ability to release estrogen and progesterone.

These artificial ovaries may mean a new way to treat or even prevent menopause in women.

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Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

There were 290,000 breast implant surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2016, making it the No. 1 cosmetic procedure in the country. While breast implants are popular, many women still have questions and concerns about silicone breast implants and their safety - mainly if they are safe for breastfeeding.

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Forgetting the Pill? Try an IUD Instead

Do you have problems remembering to take your birth control pill at the same time every day? Nervous about using natural family-planning methods? If you are looking for a form of birth control that you do not have to think about every day but that is still safe and effective, you may want to consider talking to Dr. Alqulali about getting an IUD, or intrauterine device.

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Put Off Plastic Surgery Until After Pregnancy

Kylie Jenner will have to put off lip-enhancement procedures for the time being, according to a plastic surgery expert.

The U.K.’s The Metro reported that a plastic surgeon who has worked with Jenner in the past recommends that the star give up dermal fillers during her pregnancy.

Jenner, who is famous for her plump pout, is widely speculated to be expecting her first child.

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Meeting About Menopause

Women’s health researchers from around the United States, Canada and Mexico recently gathered for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the North American Menopause Society to discuss and present topics and new treatments concerning menopause and women’s health.

The Women's Health Initiative 

Topics and takeaways from the summit included updates on the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term health study funded by the U.S. Health and Human Services' National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The WHI was established in 1991 to address the top three causes of death, disability and quality-of-life issues for postmenopausal women in the U.S.: cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

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Consume Seafood Safely When Pregnant

One of the most common questions Dr. Alqulali hears when treating moms-to-be is, "What can I eat?" And more specifically, "Can I eat shellfish or fish while pregnant?" Dr. Alqulali advises patients to eat a healthy diet during their pregnancy and to follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation regarding consumption of fish and shellfish during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The ACOG recommendation bases its advice on updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

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Skip the Online Search: Call a Doctor Instead

A bump on the labia, unusual discharge, strange cramping or mystery pain. It happens to all of us, and chances are it has probably happened to you, too. When these things or other abnormal occurrences arise, it is very tempting to reach for your laptop to search for a diagnosis from Dr. Google instead of reaching for your phone to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali. In fact, Google search stats say that one in every 20 searches is regarding health information. While the Internet is an excellent resource for many things, it is not the place to get a medical diagnosis or treatment.

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