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Changes Sweeping China


 

The desire to change one's appearance happens to people around the world, not just those living in the United States. A University of Delaware study published in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal shows that young women in China are seeking out cosmetic procedures at rapidly increasing rates as a result of gaining more personal independence, more personal income and increased exposure to Western media.

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As If Aging Wasn't Enough


As if getting older didn't already come with its share of challenges, new research published in a recent issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reveals that facial asymmetry increases as we get older.

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Get Sleep for Great Skin


Have you heard that old saying (often said tongue-in-cheek) about getting your beauty sleep? Most people talk about beauty sleep as a joke, but what if we told you that beauty sleep is a real thing? When you get enough sleep, your skin looks better, and when you don’t get enough sleep, well, you’re at risk of premature aging, wrinkles and even blemishes. Find out how you can use sleep to benefit your skin with these tips from Infinity Medical Group.

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Have Great Skin All Year with These Tips


Winter in Iowa can be tough; it gets pretty cold, we get a ton of snow and it can even get icy. Winter in Iowa can also be tough on your skin. This is because winter air is very dry, which means it can make your skin feel dry, too. When your skin feels dry, it has consequences beyond just feeling tight and uncomfortable; it can lead to premature aging and also acne. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Alqulali on how to keep your skin hydrated this winter and all year long.

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Changes in Hormones Change Everything


Hormone therapy is well known for treating the symptoms of menopause, but does it have benefits for knees, too?

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Nothing But a Number


Aging. The very word makes most women cringe, cry, run and scream, right? Actually, no, according to a new study by Allure magazine and the AARP.

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Ask and Receive

Did our last blog get you wondering if you need to talk to Dr. Alqulali about how to handle different changes to your body? If so, the next step is scheduling a consultation to find out more information. We also want to make sure that you get the answers you need to make an informed decision about your health and how you feel about yourself. We've put together some commonly asked questions (and answers) for you to review in the meantime.

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Quit Wearing Pants

Cellulite. It happens to almost all of us and it can happen to anyone: men, women, heavy people or thin people. Once it develops, it is very difficult to get rid of. But, did you know that there are a few ways you can help reduce the risk of developing cellulite in the first place? One of those ways is by eating a healthy diet.

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Times Aren't the Only Thing That Are Changing

All women know our bodies are constantly changing; it seems like something is always moving or stretching, bloated or sore, and don't get us started on the hair. So, naturally, since we are so accustomed to never-ending changes, we can handle it when (and where) we least expect it, right?

Right?

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An Ounce of Prevention at Any Age

Researchers and physicians talk a lot about when women should start getting routine mammograms, but when should women stop getting mammograms? As it turns out, women should never stop, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Earlier guidelines released by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009 stated there was no sufficient evidence about the benefits of screening women for breast cancer using mammography in women age 75 and older. The current recommendation from the USPSTF is that women between 50 and 74 get a mammogram every other year and stop getting screened at 75.

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Do Cells Go Through a Mid-Life Crisis?

Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG) may have the answers as to why the skin changes as we get older: an identity crisis.

To be more specific, the Spanish researchers found that fibroblasts, cells that make and maintain the body's connective tissues, lose their identity as they get older. They also discovered that not only do these cells forget how to function, but they also adopt the characteristics of other cells.

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Take Time to Talk About It

Are you considering a cosmetic procedure? If you've done your research and you're ready to make the call to Dr. Mona Alqulali to get your procedure scheduled, there are a few things you need to do to prep for your consultation. These steps are essential, and we suggest that you keep them in mind so your procedure goes smoothly and you get the results you want! Get ready for your consultation with these tips from Infinity Medical Group.

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Wait to Work Out

Botox is likely the most well known cosmetic service in the world. Over the past 10 years, it has increased significantly in demand and popularity - and for one major reason: It's easy and (relatively) painless. Botox requires just a few minutes, a few injections and no recovery time. But, no recovery time does not mean patients should jump right back into their regular routines, or more specifically, their daily workout routines. Dr. Mona Alqulali performs Botox and other injectables but cautions her patients to take a day or two off from the gym after treatment.

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Look Into the Future

As 2018 comes to an end, predictions for what will be the hot new cosmetic procedure in the new year are already beginning, according to the United Kingdom's Daily Mail online edition.

Some say that silicone breast implants may become ancient history as a new high-tech "hybrid" breast-augmentation procedure is set to come on the cosmetic surgery scene next year.

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Too Much of a Good Thing Is a Real Thing

Is it possible to wash your face too frequently?

Allure magazine says yes, and while washing your face each day should be a part of your daily hygiene regimen, if you're cleaning too often or using the wrong products, you could end up with unexpected skin problems, such as oily skin, dry skin and breakouts.

According to the article, most people just need to wash their face one time per day, in the evening to remove the makeup, oil, dirt and pollution that has collected on the skin through the course of the day.

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Not Next Year. Now!

How often have you thought "I'll take care of that next year" when it comes to making a change? You're not alone; whether it is saving more money, finding a new job or switching to a healthy lifestyle, change can be scary. In fact, many people mull over major changes for many years before finally taking the plunge. But, honestly, why wait? There is no better time than now to achieve your goals, and Dr. Alqulali can help!

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Cosmetic Concern or Medical Issue?

As a consequence of aging, things start to, well, move. We develop jowls, our upper arms start sagging, and other parts of the body begin to head south. One particular area that is affected by aging and gravity is the eyelids. Drooping eyelids can be especially frustrating if they happen early on in life; while drooping eyelids is often an issue for those over the age of 60, it can develop at any age. If you're living with drooping eyelids and reading this, you have an option: call Dr. Alqulali and schedule a blepharoplasty procedure.

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Do These Cause More Harm Than Good?

Can personal hygiene products lead to health problems? Researchers at the University of Guelph say maybe. 

In a new study, the Canadian researchers found that vaginal hygiene products such as gels and washes may cause more harm than good. The study found that women who use vaginal hygiene products have a three times greater risk of developing a vaginal infection than women who do not.

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What's in Demand This Year?

This past September, plastic surgeons gathered in Chicago at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons event Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018, an annual educational and networking event established to discuss trends in plastic surgery.

The ASPS polled 253 plastic surgeons before the event regarding what procedures are in high demand. The survey revealed that the most popular procedures are still body surgeries such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction. These procedures usually rank in the top five most popular body procedures in the United States each year and are expected to be in the top three most in-demand body procedures next year as well.

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Don't Struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder this Winter

Winter in Bettendorf can guarantee a few things: Seemingly endless snow, bitterly cold temperatures and brutal winds are definitely going to happen. For some individuals, something else happens - seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that develops during the fall, when days become shorter, and lasts until the spring. Researchers estimate that 5 percent of people in the United States are living with SAD, and many of them are women.

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