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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Cosmetic Surgery Is Not Just About Aesthetics

There is no doubt that cosmetic surgery is a growing industry. New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' annual report, Plastic Surgery Statistics, show there is no slowdown in sight. More than 17 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2017 alone. The demand for procedures increases each year for many types of procedures. Dr. Alqulali performs cosmetic surgery and is the trusted provider of cosmetic services for many women.

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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.

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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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