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Body Contouring: When Weight Loss Is Not Enough

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Losing a substantial amount of weight is a feat worth celebrating. However, having achieved their weight loss goals, many men and women are left with loose, excess skin that overshadows their weight loss achievement. In hopes of finally achieving the figure they have worked so hard to achieve, Dr. Will’s patients are increasingly opting for a surgical solution—body contouring.

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Lose the Bulges Before Spring with Liposuction

Lose the Bulges Before Spring with Liposuction
Are you tired of hiding those bulges and stubborn pockets of fat? With bathing suit season right around the corner, you may be feeling more self-conscious about your appearance and are busy working off those excess inches. Even if you are at a healthy weight and live an active lifestyle, you may have a few areas of fat that are not responding well to your efforts. Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that can get rid of the excess fat in those problem areas and help you achieve the figure you’ve always wanted. Let Dr. Will put together a custom treatment plan that will help you slim down just in time for spring!
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Your Guide to Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction Recovery Maryland Dr. Michael J. Will Ijamsville, MD Your Guide to Liposuction Recovery by Dr. Michael J. Will

Now is one of the most popular times for people to undergo bigger procedures like liposuction or a breast augmentation. With all of the time off from work, cold weather keeping you inside, and the desire to start the New Year differently, winter is definitely a convenient time to finally go for that cosmetic procedure that you have been wanting. For those of you who chose to kick off 2014 with liposuction for a healthier, slimmer body, this is your guide to your best recovery.

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How to Stay Slim Throughout the Summer

Summer can be an especially hard time to keep a slim figure, and if you’re worried about regaining the belly that you just got rid of, don’t stop reading! While many of us would like to believe that the summer is full of calorie-incinerating activities like running up mountains and white-water rafting, the truth is that we often set aside our adventurous side for lying out in the sun and eating pound after pound of junk food and sugary sodas and cocktails. If you have recently undergone a tummy tuck or a weight loss procedure, don’t worry, we’re here to help you maintain your sexy new figure throughout the long and lazy dog days of summer.

Be a picky eater

A large majority of the most popular summer foods are among the worst things that you could be putting into your body. Foods like potato and macaroni salads may taste delicious, but despite the word salad being in the name, these foods are incredibly high in saturated fats and can really start to pile the fat on your belly before you know it. With all the street fairs that come through in the summer, food like churros, elephant ears, chicken, and anything else you can imagine being deep fried will be hard to avoid. Imagine all that grease and oil ending up in your body.  Not good. Avoiding foods high in sodium and carbonated drinks will also help you to keep your belly from bloating up like a balloon. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but these foods are not worth the damage that they can do to not only your figure, but your health as well. We often forget how delicious a slice of watermelon or nice corn-on-the-cob can be during the summer. And if you’re craving a sweet beverage, drop some fruit into a bottle of water and let it sit in your fridge overnight. Your belly and your health will thank you!

The Two C’s: Cardio & Crunches

It is important to stay physically active during the summer, but you have to get clever with your routine. You can do hundreds upon hundreds of crunches a day, but if you’re not pairing the abdominal exercises with cardio, you will not be efficiently burning the fat away and preventing it from sitting on top of your abs. It is important to consistently incinerate the fat with cardio while building muscle with crunches or sit-ups if you want to maintain a sexy, toned belly.

Stay consistent

Maintaining a flat belly requires a lot of dedication. As we get older, our metabolism slows down, and it becomes more and more important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now that you have the body that you have been wanting, it is important to follow these steps in order to keep your belly looking slim and smooth. While a tummy tuck or a weight loss treatment can help you to achieve a flat stomach, it is important to remember to stick to a healthy lifestyle afterwards as well in order to maintain the figure that you desire.

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Early 50s is Best Time for Cosmetic Surgery, According to Survey

Is there a perfect age for cosmetic surgery?

A survey of 3,000 40- to 65-year-old women in Britain said the best age was 52. Conducted for Saga magazine,  the survey revealed that one in three women would consider plastic surgery, and a fifth of women—if money were no object—would get a face lift to help reverse the signs of aging.

For those who responded that they did want surgery, 25% would get an eyelid lift and 29% a tummy tuck. Of the respondents who said they would not get surgery, 29% felt they could use cosmetic treatments like Botox or chemical peels to maintain a youthful appearance.

“Botox and dermal fillers are the most popular treatments at the moment,” said Darren McKeown, MD, a doctor in London and Glasgow. “The popularity of certain treatments is very celebrity-driven. When a famous woman is pictured with a ‘trout pout,’ then women will avoid lip enhancement, but when an A-list celeb is revealed to have had a specific treatment and they look great, then we see a peak in inquiries.”

The doctor also said that he had noticed an increase in patients getting procedures for work reasons. “When you’ve been in a company for a long time and have younger colleagues snapping at your heels, the last thing you want to do is look tired. The average age of my client is in their forties,” he explained.

Women today seem to feel more pressure than ever to look young, even into middle age, according to the survey. Sixty-two percent of women surveyed said they felt they are more likely to be judged on their appearance than previous generations.

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Surgical vs. Non-Surgical: The Right Procedure for You

With so many great options available, narrowing down the right cosmetic procedure for your needs and lifestyle can be a challenge. To make the process a little easier, we suggest first considering some of the pros and cons of surgical verses non-surgical cosmetic enhancement.

Recovery Time

Generally speaking, most surgical options require a longer period of recovery than non-surgical. If you simply aren’t in a place to take several days off from work, then you’ll probably fare better with a non-surgical procedure that offers minimal recovery time (e.g., Botox injections, dermal fillers or laser skin resurfacing).

Longevity of Results

One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures is that they offer long-term (even somewhat permanent) results. Most patients may never have to go under the knife again – or only several years later to address new age-related changes to their face or body. When it comes to non-surgical procedures, most require regular upkeep (whether it be every few months or every few years) to maintain results long-term.

Type of Results

Are you hoping for a big unveiling of your new look, or would you like improvements to be a little more subtle? Most surgical procedures produce noticeable results, which will most likely be visible to friends, family members and co-workers. If that sounds like too much attention, you might want to consider a non-surgical option that produces gradual results instead.

Total Cost

With its widespread popularity, cosmetic enhancement has become more affordable over the past several years – but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. In most cases, the more invasive a procedure is, the more expensive it will be. The total cost of cosmetic surgery will account for not only the surgeon fees, but also the anesthesia and surgical facility.

It’s important to keep in mind that most non-surgical procedures like Botox are less expensive upfront, but they may actually cost more in the long run as you continue with routine maintenance. It’s best to ask your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist for advice if you aren’t sure which is best.

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Would you accept free cosmetic surgery?

Whether it’s positive or negative, most people have strong opinions about cosmetic surgery. But would the offering of free cosmetic surgery sway more people to opt yes?

Interestingly enough, an independent survey in the UK indicates that most Brits would opt no, even if cosmetic surgery were entirely free of charge.

The survey, which was conducted by Fabriah.com, a beauty retailer that sells anti-aging skin care products (which may have swayed the results), polled 750 women in the UK. Of the 750 participants, 44 percent said they would say “yes” to free cosmetic surgery – but only if they knew the surgery would make them look younger or more attractive.

Opinions of Cosmetic Surgery Vary Across Age and Geographic Location

The results also indicated different levels of acceptance among age groups. By and large, the 18-30 year old group was thee most likely to consider surgery, while those over 55 were the least likely.

Additional factors, such as living in an urban or rural region also affected responses: urbanites were more likely to consider cosmetic surgery than those in the country.

Cosmetic Surgery Becoming More Mainstream

Even though most participants said they’d prefer to age gracefully, the numbers (44 percent) still seem to support the belief that cosmetic surgery is slowly becoming the norm.

And because the study only surveyed women, it failed to take into account one of the fastest growing demographics in cosmetic surgery: aging men.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, male cosmetic surgery – which accounts for 10 percent of all surgery – is growing faster than ever. The rate of male breast reduction in particular, has doubled in the past five years.

Cosmetic surgery doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. More than 9 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the US last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, a one percent increase from the previous year.

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Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara Talks Cosmetic Surgery

Sofia VergaraAt this point, there’s no denying that Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara (aka Gloria) is one of Hollywood’s sexiest actresses, and like her co-star Julie Bowen, she isn’t afraid to open up about cosmetic surgery.

When recently asked by StyleCaster, the actress had this to say:

“Yeah, I would definitely do something. Not something crazy but little things here or there. Hopefully, when the time comes and I’m considering it, there will be even better treatments out there.”

Vergara is certainly right – the future of cosmetic enhancement is looking bright. Scientists are even developing new treatments that involve injecting stem cells taken from a patient’s blood to banish wrinkles.

This isn’t the first time Vergara has talked cosmetic enhancement. Back in 2011, she offered up her two cents to Health Magazine.

“I don’t really think that plastic surgery can make you look young,” she told the mag. “It can make you look prettier, but if you go with the mentality of being young, I think that’s where accidents can happen.”

Trends in Cosmetic Enhancement

Sofia Vergara isn’t alone when it comes to her views on cosmetic enhancement. In recent years, the rates of both non-surgical and surgical procedures continue to see increases, despite a rocky economy.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 13.5 million non-surgical procedures (e.g., Botox injections, wrinkle fillers and laser hair removal) and over a million surgical procedures (e.g., breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and liposuction) were performed in 2011. Non-surgical procedures were up 5 percent from 2010, while surgical procedures were up 2 percent.

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Social Media May Be Increasing Rates of Cosmetic Surgery

social media and cosmetic surgeryWe all have those friends who seem to derive pleasure from tagging us in unflattering Facebook photos, but would a little embarrassment ever prompt you to consider cosmetic surgery? For some people, the answer is a resounding yes.

Social media has become one of our primary forms of communication, especially with people we don’t get to see on a regular basis (think ex-boyfriends, high school friends, etc.). Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn center on photographs and a handful of unflattering photos can take a toll on our self-image.

Dr. Mandell-Brown, a Cincinnati cosmetic surgeon admits that he’s seen an increase in procedures directly related to unflattering photos appearing on various social media outlets.

“All of us want to look our best,” Mandell-Brown said. “We’re finding people who are single, who are looking for jobs. They’re using LinkedIn, they’re using some of their Facebook and other social media avenues to seek friends or seek positions, re-contact old friends from high school and they want to present their best possible image.”

Even during a recession, people are still willing to invest in their looks.

“Even though they might tighten the budget, they’ll spend money maybe on Botox or on little things such as soft tissue fillers or facial peels,” said Mandell-Brown. “We’re seeing an increase in those procedures compared to the more expensive tummy tucks, breast lifts, breast augmentation, mommy makeovers, because it’s more affordable for some of these procedural cosmetic things that can be performed. But in our practice, we’ve been very fortunate – and each year we see just a little percentage increase and it may be partly the social media.”

As of 2012, Facebook alone accounts for estimated 845 million active users and 250 million photos are uploaded by users on a daily basis. The pressure to go under the knife (or needle) doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. Only time will tell how social media will affect the cosmetic enhancement industry.

Source: ABC News

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Tyra Banks Open to Cosmetic Surgery

Tyra Banks isn’t afraid to express how she feels — especially when it comes to the beauty industry.

Believe it or not, Banks admits to being bullied for her looks as a young girl.

“I was very much teased as a kid for my forehead, and even on the internet,” Banks shared.

When recently asked her opinion about cosmetic surgery, an oftentimes controversial subject in the Hollywood scene, the host of “America’s Next Top Model” said she thinks it’s “absolutely fantastic” but not necessarily the right choice for everyone.

The former model went on to say “I hate when models say ‘Oh, plastic surgery is just a wrong thing.'”

“What’re you talking about? You won the genetic lottery,” she went on. “You look like this specimen that’s making people everywhere feel insecure and you’re going to ridicule someone for getting plastic surgery?”

So is Banks planning to go under the knife?

While she’s certainly open to the idea of cosmetic enhancement, Banks hasn’t admitted to any recent surgeries, though she anticipates there may come a time in the future.

“I’m very lucky,” Banks said. “Black people and Asian people have similar (strong) skin… But if one day I have wrinkles and I don’t like it, I don’t know if I’ll cut myself but maybe… a little Botox, fillers?

Other celebrities who have admitted to being open to cosmetic surgery

Though cosmetic surgery is often a very hush-hush topic in Hollywood, some other stars have admitted to being open to the idea of cosmetic surgery including:

  • Diane Keaton
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jennifer Lopez

Source: Yahoo Singapore

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Dr. Michael J. Will cosmetic surgeon Maryland received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, his dental degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Texas.

He completed his General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Will also completed a General Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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