How You Can Afford Plastic Surgery

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jowlEver since Hannah noticed the first sign of jowls on her face, she’s been thinking of having plastic surgery to get rid of them. She’s vowed for years that she would “grow old gracefully,” and never let a scalpel get near her, but she really hates those jowls and wants to see them go. They’re definitely not “graceful.”

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Top 5 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
(ASPS) reported that the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2014 increased 4% from 2013, and a whopping 154% from 2000.

Here are the the most popular.

Under the brand names Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport, this toxin is injected into areas of the face to block muscular nerve signals and weaken muscles so they can’t contract. As a result, you’ll see a reduction of wrinkles and smoother skin. Common sites for this injection are the Crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines on the forehead.

*Number of anatomic sites injected

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It’s Time to Squash The Stigma of Plastic Surgery

The stigma of plastic surgery is no longer
an issue for most women; if anything, a well-done
nip/tuck is something to be proud of, and shared
with girlfriends.

It’s also no secret that advances in medicine mean that cosmetic procedures are safer, more efficient, and more effective than ever. Despite these facts, however, five reasons stop many fab women over 50 from moving ahead and booking appointments for aesthetic procedures they’d love to have.

As one of Houston’s busiest cosmetic surgeons, I have some good news: These challenges shouldn’t be enough to keep you away from having your dream cosmetic treatment.

Challenge # 1: MONEY

No matter who you are, the cost of plastic surgery will always be a concern. Even though health insurance rarely covers these elective procedures, cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly affordable on any budget. The most respected cosmetic surgeons also offer several financing options. This can help to get your desired procedure today—when you really want it—without saving for months or draining your bank account.

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Whittle Your Middle with UltraShape!

This post is sponsored by Syneron-Candela, the makers of UltraShape.

Have you been battling a “muffin top” the last few years that you just can’t eliminate or reduce, no matter how much you exercise or how wisely you eat?

A new non-invasive treatment that’s quick and painless, could help you whittle your middle.

Unlike other fat-reduction treatments that reduce fat using heat or freezing technologies, FDA-cleared UltraShape uses painless pulsed ultrasound waves to break the fragile walls of fat cells below the skin, which then allows the body to eliminate the fat through natural processes. UltraShape’s gentle focused UltraSound destroys those fat cells while keeping surrounding tissue, muscle, nerves and blood vessels intact.

What’s more, the treatment doesn’t require anesthetics and or leave lumps, bumps or bruises like other fat reduction treatments do.

UltraShape can target specific trouble spots in the abdominal area, such as love handles or that little tummy bulge, and it destroys fat cells immediately. Results are smooth without lumps or uneven areas of the skin.

A slimmed-down look can be achieved in as little as two weeks, significantly faster than other fat-reduction technologies. UltraShape generates an average fat reduction of up to 2.5 inches.

The full procedure requires three 45-minute sessions, spaced two weeks apart. They even can be done on your lunch break, since there’s no downtime.

{Giveaway} Non-Invasive Ultherapy Treatment, Valued At Up To $5,000

In case you haven’t heard the great news, you can effectively lift your sagging facial and
neck skin, without surgery!

Ultherapy, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, uses ultrasound technology to direct heat to the underlying layers of your skin. This technique “lifts, tightens, and tones,” says Dr. Kevin Tehrani, a New York board-certified plastic surgeon. The treated areas heal as your body stimulates collagen production, creating a tightening effect. Not only is Ultherapy designed to improve the chin, brow and neck areas; it’s now FDA-cleared to work on décolletage wrinkles, too!

An Ultherapy procedure performed by Dr. Kevin Tehrani

Ulthera, Inc., the creator of Ultherapy, is giving away an Ultherapy treatment. Simply visit the entry page and follow the instructions. You’ll also be able to see a simulation of what Ultherapy would look like on you!

Click on the image below to enter!

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The Truth About Your Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding tummy tucks, starting with the popular belief that a tummy tuck is the perfect way to lose weight. If you’re overweight and have decided to slim down once and for all, you may be surprised to learn that a tummy tuck is not a “quick fix” that will eliminate extra pounds as a shortcut to your dream body. Although it is possible to lose weight by having some surgeries, a tummy tuck is not one of them. However, once a person has reached a healthy weight, a tummy tuck can be an ideal way to fine-tune the figure and enhance weight loss success.

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A Really Cool Way To Zap Fat And Gain Confidence

To our FabOverFifty Friends: This is a sponsored post for CoolSculpting.

Dana, a recently divorced, Fab-Over-Fifty friend, works hard to keep her body in shape, and it shows. But now that she’s started dating again, the cellulite on her thighs is bothering her more than ever. “The dimples on my outer thighs never go away or even decrease, no matter how many leg exercises I’ve done over the decades. And my muffin top appeared overnight,” Dana says.

“I may sound vain, but I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing a bathing suit around the man I’m dating now, no less having him touch or see me nude.”

Although many women would be ecstatic to have bodies like Dana’s, it’s understandable that she needs all the self confidence she can get, after being out of the dating market for 23 years. “I’d like to feel as good about my body as possible,” she says. “It’s hard enough starting over.”

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A Sculpted Summer You

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How To Have A Great-Looking Chest

Whether we’re rocking a swimsuit or wearing a low-cut top this summer, we want our skin to look the best it can. Dr. Rondi Walker, board certified plastic surgeon, tells us to protect our décolletage and improve sun damage.

What happens to the skin and neck area as a woman ages?

Our skin’s main support structure, collagen, starts to break down and is difficult to rebuild. The subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) also deteriorates. Consequently, our skin becomes drier, thinner, and duller.

Because our skin doesn’t have the volume it had when we were younger, it looses pores, follicles, oil and sweat glands and makes it less efficient and more fragile.

Skin also becomes more sensitive to light, heat and extreme temperatures, which leads to increased problems with photo aging, and the emergence of sun freckles and liver spots. Further, the incidence of skin cancer rises because our skin can’t repair itself like it used to.

What are some easy things women can do to keep their décolletage areas healthy?

First and foremost, use sunscreen to protect yourself against UVA and UVB rays. Wear SPF30 for everyday use, and SPF50 or higher if you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. One of the best over-the-counter brands is Neutrogena. Our office sells SPF50 from the ZO Skin Health line, which has a titanium dioxide base. No matter what skin type you have, you need to protect it. And don’t forget to moisturize daily!

If the damage has already been done, what can a woman do to improve the appearance of her skin?

It really depends on the patient, but some of the easier solutions we provide are skincare kits from ZO Skin Health, which will brighten, moisturize, and exfoliate, or light chemical peels, such as the ViPeel. These help to counter pigment damage and improve the appearance of our skin.

What if peels and creams aren’t enough?

If the problem is deeper wrinkles or more complex pigmentation, I use a Fraxel laser, which usually requires a series of treatments. This procedure should not be done when you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Ultherapy is a fantastic treatment for deeper wrinkles and skin laxity, but it is not used to treat pigmentation. It treats deep and superficial levels. This non-invasive, in-office, procedure uses ultrasonic energy, which causes small bombardments in the very deep level below the skin. When these areas have to heal, new collagen is laid down and the skin tightens and smoothes out. It can be performed any time of year on any type of skin and is a one-time treatment. The full effect can be seen after 90 days, and the results last about 18 months.

Ultherapy on the chest

Dr. Walker is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who practices in Washington, DC. See her news segment below!

What Are The Three Magic Questions?

He’s a prominent board certified plastic surgeon in Dallas and she’s the owner of St. Lucien, a prestige beauty salon, not to mention one of the doctor’s loyal patients. Together, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and FOF Mary Crosland wanted to write a book that would help women choose the right professional for their surgical and non-surgical procedures, no matter where they live or what procedure they’re having. The result—Navigate Your Beauty: Smart & Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions—is a must-read for anyone about to start a doctor search or even contemplating having a procedure.

FOF’s Geri Brin asked Mary and Dr. Rohrich to tell us what motivated them to take on the book project and why plastic surgery patients choose the wrong doctors.

What are your backgrounds?

Mary: I’m married and have a daughter, son, three stepchildren and six step grandchildren. I’m originally from Michigan and Ohio, but studied business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and have been here for 30 years. I’m only involved in the business end of my salon.

Dr. Rohrich: I grew up on a ranch in North Dakota. After graduating from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, I trained at the University of Michigan Medical Center, then did craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery residencies at the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford University in England, where penicillin was discovered. I also did a fellowship at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. I came to Dallas in 1986 and I am Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

I’m a hand surgeon, a craniofacial surgeon and an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon. My practice is primarily cosmetic today, but I do it all.

Mary, what led you to Dr. Rohrich?

He worked on a ruptured implant. I’ve also had fillers and a lower facelift.

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