Can Clothing Give Great Skin? A Seattle Company Says 'Yes'!

Creams. Serums. Facials. Lotions. Dermal fillers. Microdermabrasion. Just a few of the methods people use in the fight against aging skin. Now, they can add clothing to list.

Buki, a Seattle-based tech fashion fabric company, has created a new kind of fabric made with natural collagen.

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New Study Supports Soy-Based Diets for Women in Menopause

A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia reveals that soy protein could be the secret weapon against the side effects of menopause - in particular, the effects of menopause on metabolic and bone health. The findings of the study may also mean a new way to protect the bone strength of women who have not yet experienced menopause.

Menopause is that natural decline in the production of reproductive hormones that develops when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s.

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The Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause can be a challenging condition to diagnose because its symptoms often vary widely and its onset can happen at almost any age. There are some common (and not-so-common) symptoms women can look out for, however, that may signal the beginning of the end of the reproductive years. Dr. Alqulali treats women before, during and after menopause.


What Is Menopause?

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Deciding on Dermal Fillers?

There were over 7 million dermal filler injections performed in 2017, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What makes dermal fillers so popular? One of the reasons they are in high demand is that they can help reverse the signs of aging and give you back a more youthful appearance. However, with so many different brands and different types of dermal fillers available, how do you decide which one is best for you? Dr. Alqulali offers a wide variety of dermal fillers to meet the goals of her patients.

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Tummy Tuck: Benefits Beyond the Midsection

Designed to remove unwanted fat from the abdominal area and tighten the muscles of the midsection, the tummy tuck procedure holds additional benefits for patients, including reducing back pain and relieving stress urinary incontinence, according to a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The tummy tuck was the fifth most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States in 2017, according to the annual statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgery. The procedure is especially popular for women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy shape after childbirth, but many of these same women report medical benefits after their surgery, too.

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New Study Reveals Surgery Safety

A recent study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons affirms that outpatient plastic surgery procedures are safe.

The study, published in the April issue of the organization's journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, analyzed more than 20 years of information collected from 26,000 plastic surgery procedures.

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Skin Woes from the Workplace?

Is your work wrecking your skin? Think about it - cold air blasting from the air conditioning during the summer, heat cranked up high in the winter, hunching over a computer or tablet all day, and not to mention stress! The workplace can be a source of skin irritation, but before you quit your job, call Dr. Alqulali to save your skin.

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The Skinny on Tummy Tucks

The tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. In fact, there were nearly 130,000 tummy tucks performed in the U.S. last year, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. If you're considering a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Alqulali, read on to find out how you can benefit from this procedure and have a great experience after your surgery.

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New Laser Procedure Aims to Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence

Three million women in England are living with stress urinary incontinence, but Lisa Stevens is not one of them.

Stevens, who had lived with the often-embarrassing symptoms of stress urinary incontinence for more than two decades, was recently cured of the condition through a laser vaginal-tightening procedure known as ThermiVa.

ThermiVa uses radiofrequency energy to cause the tissues of the vagina to contract.

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Not-So-Great News: Menopause Symptoms May Last Longer Than Previously Thought

Most people associate menopause with middle age, but, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, the typical symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats can last beyond menopause into the 60s, 70s and 80s.

During the study, Mayo Clinic researchers collected data regarding menopause from nearly 5,000 women over the age of 60 who sought medical care for managing their menopause symptoms.

This number is significant as it may be representative of an unknown medical problem - and need - for women over 60.

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Look Natural with These Cosmetic Procedures

Kylie Jenner just made major headlines after announcing to the world that she had all her lip fillers removed. While it is not certain exactly what motivated the popular reality star to do it, recent trends in cosmetic surgery show that women want to look more natural and less "pumped or plumped." Many women also want to skip the downtime of surgical procedures to get the look they want. Are you looking for a cosmetic procedure but want to look more natural? Look no further than cosmetic facial and body treatments from Infinity Medical Group.

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Don't Skip This Part of Working Out

Do you work out regularly? Hitting the gym a few times a week can be beneficial for a few reasons: weight loss, increased strength and muscle tone, and a boost in self-confidence. When you're working out, it is essential to work out your different muscle groups to keep toned and balanced. According to Dr. Alqulali, there is one specific set of muscle groups to exercise if you're experiencing stress urinary incontinence.

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Male Depression Can Contribute to Infertility

A new study funded by the National Institute of Health shows that depression in male partners may be a contributor to infertility.

Women who were depressed were not found to contribute to infertility, according to the study.

The study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, has also linked antidepressant medications known as non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or non-SSRIs, to an increased risk of early pregnancy loss in women who are undergoing infertility treatment.

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Can a Pill Replace Mammograms?

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working to develop a pill designed to make tumors light up under infrared light. The goal of their research is to help eliminate unnecessary procedures for breast cancer patients.

Nearly one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer, according to statistics from BreastCancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer for patients and their families.

The organization anticipates 266,120 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a form of invasive breast cancer this year. Another 63,960 women will be diagnosed with non-invasive.

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Liposuction: Get Answers

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Despite its popularity, many people have questions about the body-sculpting procedure, its benefits and recovery. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about liposuction at Infinity Medical Group and their answers from Dr. Alqulali.

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Eye-Opening Insight: Blepharoplasty

Do you look tired but feel rested? Do people think you look angry all the time? Does your face look older than your age? Are you having difficulty with your peripheral vision, making driving or reading difficult? Consider these questions and take a look in the mirror. Are your eyelids drooping? If so, it may be time to talk to Dr. Alqulali about blepharoplasty.

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Thinking About Traveling for Cosmetic Surgery? Think Again

For many people, summer is not just about traveling to see the sights; it is also about cosmetic surgery. Hundreds of Americans leave the country each year to undergo low-cost cosmetic procedures or to have procedures that are unsanctioned in the United States. A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that patients traveling to other countries for cosmetic surgery may get more than they bargained for - but in complications and costs.

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Can Walking Raise Chances of Pregnancy?

Findings from a recent research study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences suggest that walking for exercise can help increase a woman's ability to conceive.

The study found that women who kept a regular walking routine had a higher chance of getting pregnant than women who did not walk consistently or at all.

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Get the Facts: Spotlight On Uterine Fibroids

It seems like if a condition affected the health of over 70 percent of women, most people would know about it. But that isn't the case with uterine fibroids. These noncancerous growths in the uterus typically develop during a woman's childbearing years.

Statistics also show that uterine fibroids affect 80 to 90 percent of African-American women and 70 percent of Caucasian women.

Contributing factors to the development of uterine fibroids include age, being overweight or obese, family history of uterine fibroids and high blood pressure. Uterine fibroids are also more likely to develop in women who have never been pregnant compared to women who have been pregnant.

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Ready for Summer? Find Out Now

It may seem like spring has barely started, but we assure you, pool season is just around the corner. In one of our recent blogs we talked about eliminating hair around the bikini line and other areas. Now we want to talk about another way to get swimsuit ready this season.

Do you find yourself wearing a bathing suit with a skirt attached? Board shorts instead of bikini bottoms? Or are you avoiding the pool altogether because you are self-conscious about your labia? You're not alone. Many women are opting to have labia reduction and reshaping procedures because they are uncomfortable with the appearance of their genitals.

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