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Gravity Isn't Kind

​ Our bodies change a lot over time: Hair turns gray or falls out or shows up in weird places (always fun), our midsections may get wider, and mom-butt becomes a thing that actually happens to you instead of just your mom. Other changes happen, too, as gravity makes things droop and sag. The changes we're talking about? Changes to the breasts. For ...
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Is Osteoporosis All That Serious?

​ A University of California Davis study has determined that bone fractures can result in bone loss, not just at the injury site, but throughout the body. This finding is especially important for women because women often face osteoporosis, a condition that causes degeneration of bone tissue, as a consequence of menopause. Dr. Mona Alqulali treats ...
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That Won't Leave a Mark

​ Considering cosmetic surgery but afraid of potential scars after your procedure? While surgical techniques and technology have advanced significantly in recent years to reduce the size and risk of developing scars, researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have created a new device that adds an extra layer of minimizing ...
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SnapChat Chat

​ Who doesn't love a good filter? They're great. They can erase fine lines, help even out skin pigment and also make things smaller - or bigger - with just a swipe of a finger. But, what about making you look totally different - or even like the opposite gender? Recently on SnapChat, women across the country were adding filters to their selfies to ...
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The Ideal Profile

​ Is what's trending now always the right choice for everyone? Sometimes styles just don't work for every individual and may mean you need to find a different fit, color or thing to do - and that is OK! This also works with cosmetic procedures. One filler may be right for you, but not right for someone else - and the same goes for surgeries. Breast...
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Don't Plan to Fail

​ Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This old axiom means that taking a little time and planning ahead can prevent spending a lot of time later fixing what went wrong. While we think this saying is generally good advice, we believe it is especially good advice when considering cosmetic procedures. One pr...
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Getting a Late Start

​ Women who start menstruating later, who experience menopause sooner or who have a hysterectomy could have a more significant risk of developing dementia, according to research recently published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study, performed by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Ca...
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Don't Go Cheap

​ Do you love to save money? Who doesn't? But, did you know that in some cases, saving money can cost you? Go too cheap on your car and you may end up with a lemon. A cheap haircut could leave you stuck in hats for a few months while it grows out. And cheap lip injections could leave you at risk of serious damage, disfigurement and even death, acco...
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Dive In and Show Off!

​ Swimsuit season is coming up quick, which, if you're like the rest of us, may fill you with a bit of dread. It is natural to feel a little bit hesitant about jumping into a swimsuit after a long, cold - did we mention long? - Iowa winter. There's a lot you have to do to get ready first, such as hair removal (ugh) and maybe getting rid of winter w...
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Downward-Facing Fracture?

​ There have been many medical research studies and anecdotal stories on the benefits of yoga: improved well-being, increased strength and flexibility, not to mention relaxation and improved muscle tone. While the case for yoga and its benefits has been made time and time again, some individuals need to use caution before rolling out their yoga mat...
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Protein Power

​ Japanese researchers have found the protein critical for healthy bones - and it may hold the key for a new treatment for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes bones to become weakened and prone to fractures. In most cases, these fractures develop in the hips, spine and wrists. Although osteoporosis can develop in both...
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New Stats Show Surgical Procedures Still in Demand

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released its annual report, Plastic Surgery Statistics, showing that the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States grew by nearly a quarter million procedures last year. The ASPS annual report is a compilation of data regarding both surgical and minimally invasive procedures. According...
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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

There is no doubt that cosmetic surgery can be costly, but if you're putting off a procedure because of its price tag, you shouldn't. Cost is not the only thing that matters in the equation, and it should not be your first consideration in seeking out a provider. Why? Because cheap surgery may end up being expensive to fix. Find out what you should ask first and why in this blog.

What Is Your Patient Safety Rating? As we said, the price of a procedure is not the paramount concern when seeking out a provider. The first thing you should be concerned with is patient safety and your provider's training, education and experience performing the procedure you're after. Search your provider online and be sure to check any accrediting agencies that have issued the doctor's degrees or certifications.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used? Another critical question to ask is what kind of anesthesia will be used for the procedure. Some minimally invasive procedures can be performed with local anesthesia, but more invasive procedures such as breast augmentation and body-lift surgeries should be performed under general anesthesia.

What Do Other Patients Say? The questions don't stop there with safety and anesthesia; there are other questions you should ask your provider, too. One of those questions is, "Can I have a list of references?" A qualified and trustworthy provider will happily hand you a list of clients to call. Make sure you call them to find out about patient satisfaction and if that person would use the doctor again.

What Should I Expect? Asking about results is a must. This allows you to get a good idea of what you will look like after your procedure. Asking for before and after photos can also help you get an idea of the cosmetic surgeon's work and what to expect. When looking at photos, be sure to check for consistency between before and after pictures regarding lighting, background and camera distance from the patient in the picture. Ask for both front and side views.

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A Strange Side Effect

You probably already know that what you eat can affect your body in different ways. Too much fat could cause weight gain, sugary foods can cause tooth decay, greasy fast food can make you break out and eating spicy food can give you heartburn. But, did you know that what you eat can also make you stink? According to People magazine, some women are saying that a popular diet could make different parts of you smell, well, different.

The diet in question is keto - you know, the super-popular diet plan that encourages high-fat foods like bacon and cheese to lose weight. Well, in addition to weight loss, some female followers of the popular fad are finding themselves with side effects such as bad breath, the "keto flu" (a period of fatigue, headaches, irritability, insomnia and sugar cravings associated with starting the keto diet and quitting carbs), and, apparently, vaginal odors.

Wait. What?

You read that right. Some women following the diet report that what they are eating is changing the smell of their vaginas. Naturally this could be a cause for concern - especially when smells seemingly change without warning. But don't panic! There may be a few reasons for the change.

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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.

The study also found that the factors fueling the demand for procedures are also causing eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder, a mental disorder that causes a person to become obsessed with a perceived flaw or minor physical defect typically not seen by others.

Body dysmorphic disorder that causes individuals to seek out cosmetic procedures to "fix" the flaw.

The beauty industry is rapidly growing in China, and most women hold Anglo-European images as the standard of beauty.

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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.

Not only does facial asymmetry worsen with age, but it can also cause complications for facial reconstruction, skin rejuvenation and other anti-aging procedures.

Does Facial Asymmetry Matter?

If you're getting a face-lift or other face procedure, it does.

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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.

Get Plenty of Rest

When you don’t sleep enough, it shows. Over time the skin can become dull and sallow, which makes you look older than you are. We suggest that you try to get between seven and eight hours each night to keep your skin looking healthy and keep your body healthy, too.

Take Care of Your Skin Before You Turn In

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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.

1. Stay Hydrated. This may sound like common sense, but it can be hard to drink all the water you need every day. Water is critical for your skin health, because it keeps your cells functioning properly and also plumps them up. When you’re getting enough water, your skin looks fresh and youthful. When you’re not drinking enough water, your skin can dry out and look dull. 

Don’t know how much water you need? A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it in half. The result is the number of ounces you should try to consume. Purchasing a measured water bottle can help you track consumption, and there are also cell phone apps to help you keep track.

2. Stay Moisturized. In addition to drinking enough water, we also suggest that you keep your skin hydrated from the outside, too. This means using a high-quality moisturizing lotion or oil every day as part of your regular skin care routine. Look for skin care products that contain skin-benefiting oils like grapeseed oil, emu oil or argan oil. Keeping your skin moisturized helps it stay supple and healthy, but it also allows your skin to stretch more easily, which reduces the chance that your skin will develop wrinkles. 

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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?

A new study says maybe.

Results from a large-scale study in Korea show that women who received hormone therapy (HT) had significantly less risk of developing symptomatic knee arthritis than women who did not receive hormone treatments.

The results of the study can be found online in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

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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.

The study, which focused on how women feel about aging and beauty, found that most women are comfortable with growing older.

During their research, the collaborators asked 2,000 women between the ages of 21 and 72 how they felt about aging, how they felt about their body and their skin care routines, and how they felt about the depiction of women in the media.

They found that despite age differences, the responses of the participants were comparable across the board; the women were not as concerned with aging as they were about the lack of women their ages represented in media and pop culture.

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