Her Breasts Interfered With Her Daily Life

Every woman wants nice breasts, but when yours are 44G, and you’re only 5’2”, they’re not usually your best friends.

Read why one woman finally made the decision to downsize.


Eyelid Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction

Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty within the medical community, is one of the most consistently popular cosmetic procedures. It’s in demand among both women and men.

Despite the fact that the procedure enjoys such widespread appreciation, however, there are still many misconceptions about blepharoplasty. Let’s set the record straight.

  • Blepharoplasty Only Addresses the Upper Lids — Fiction

    Blepharoplasty is actually a term that is applied to lower lid surgery as well. Upper eyelids are typically lifted as excess skin is eliminated, while lower lids often have fat pockets removed, as well as saggy skin.

    Over the years, the procedure has grown to encompass additional steps to rejuvenate and brighten the eyes as needed. Dermal fillers or a patient’s own fat can be used to smooth tear troughs and hollows beneath the eyes, and some patients elect treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic to relax forehead wrinkles at the same time as surgery.

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How to Maintain Hand Health and Minimize Joint Pain

For many men and women, arthritis treatment begins with a preventative, proactive approach. This includes maintaining proper hand health, and learning how to effectively minimize joint pain. Here’s a closer look at some ways to keep hands and joints healthy and pain-free.

The Complex Nature
of the Hand

The hand, by nature, is one of the most complex parts of the body simply because it’s required to perform such a wide variety of tasks. There are very few activities that can be carried out without using the hands. Pain in the joints of the hand can indicate a number of issues, and could have a number of different causes. If you notice hand and joint pain, an accurate diagnosis from a hand and wrist surgeon is essential in order to ensure the correct approach toward treatment.


Rejuvenate On Your Own Terms

Walk into any ‘ole spa—even in the biggest cities—and chances are you’ll be presented with a menu of options, including multiple types of facials, peels, laser treatments and things called skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion. All the descriptions may confuse you more, so you start asking questions of the people behind the counter. Unfortunately, they seem to know less than you.

Not so at the Classique Medical Spa, in Northborough, Massachusetts, which is owned by Dr. Cynthia Poulos, a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. Dr. Poulos opened her spa in 2000 to offer non-invasive treatments because she wanted to help patients keep their skin beautiful over time, instead of simply operating and sending them on their merry ways.

Since then, more and more of these treatments have been introduced and are being offered by board certified plastic surgeons across the country. Performing them in a soothing and beautiful spa environment adds to their appeal and popularity.

“I love to operate,” Dr. Poulos says, “but I like to explore alternate ways to deal with issues.” The doctor meets with each patient to discuss his/her skin care goals and what are the expectations from each treatment option, or group of treatment options. “We’ll decide the best course depending on whether someone wants to correct, rejuvenate or enhance their appearance,” Dr. Poulos explains. “My medical background gives me the ability to thoroughly evaluate the safety and effectiveness of available treatments. I will only offer them in the spa when I am convinced they have value.”

The doctor’s spa staff includes licensed aestheticians and nurses. Located less than an hour’s drive from Boston, Classique Medical Spa is a great stop for a rejuvenating treatment in the area. Dr.Poulos’ practice and spa are located at 17 South Street in Northborough.

Two Good Reasons to Learn About Brow Lifts

Ask any of the top facial plastic surgeons in the nation to vote for the most underappreciated facial rejuvenation procedure, and chances are many of them will choose the brow lift, also called a forehead lift. Eyelid lifts, facelifts and injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic seem to grab all the limelight, when in reality, the brow lift can turn back the clock several years for the right patient.

If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery and/or a non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate your face, make sure you understand what a brow lift is all about. Then you can consider whether the procedure might have a place in your strategy. Here are two powerful ways the lift can help you look younger:

Brow lift surgery does wonders for aging eyes. If your eyelids are droopy and you look tired, sad or angry, you’ve likely thought about having an eyelid lift. But consider this: your eyelids probably aren’t the only part of your face that has migrated southward. Raise your brow with your fingertips and you may see that your forehead could use a lift. Some people who think they need eyelid surgery would actually look more refreshed and natural with a brow lift.


Breast Reduction Surgery “Didn’t Hurt As Much As Nursing My Kids!”

FOF Joan*, 61, has had “large breasts” her entire life. (Or at least, since puberty.) “When I was younger, it was great,” she says. “I had a phenomenal figure. They were a solid D cup—high and full… the best accessories I could ask for!” But as Joan got older, they started getting… less great. “By my 50s, I was up to a 34 DDD, and I just didn’t like the way they looked any more.” Although Joan’s weight was the same as ever—”I’ve always worn a size 8”—her breasts seemed too large—and saggy. “I had deep grooves in my shoulders from where my bra straps dug in,” she explains. “And I felt self-conscious.”

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Breast reduction and lift performed by Dr. Friedlander.

So when one of Joan’s interior design clients got a breast reduction, Joan peppered her with questions. “She looked fabulous,” Joan says now. So I got her doctor’s card.” She went to see Dr. Friedlander that March, just for a consult. “After two hours in her office, I booked the surgery that day,” she says. Here, Joan talks about her procedure, the aftermath, and what she’d tell other FOFs about breast reduction surgery.


Can Breast Reduction Improve Your Quality of Life?

Not all breast enhancement procedures are focused on increasing cup size. Instead, many women opt for breast reduction surgery to resolve physical discomfort. The concerns over larger breasts aren’t limited just to physical frustrations either; larger breasts can also be a source of emotional distress for many women. Can breast reduction actually improve your quality of life along with physically decreasing breast size?

The Impact of Large Breasts

Many women with overly large breasts would not agree that ‘bigger is better.’ The weight of the average breast is just over one pound, while the average breast weight removed during reduction surgery is around 1000g per side, or about two pounds per breast. That’s a lot of extra weight to carry around all day.


A Beautiful Chicago Evening

Put one plastic surgeon, one fashion designer, two hair gurus and an elegant-FOF-who-knows-how-to-entertain together in one room and what do you get? Answer: A party worth attending. Which is just what more than 40 women did recently, at the magnificent Chicago Gold Coast home of Gerri Shute.

Dr. Gus Galante, ASPS board certified plastic surgeon, discussed why someone considers plastic surgery and who is a good candidate, then gave a live Botox demonstration and chose the lucky raffle winners for a box of Latisse and a $50 gift certificate to Ralph Lauren Restaurant. Fashion designer Maria Pinto unveiled her spectacular new M2057 collection. And beauty gurus, Elline Surianello and Nic Andrews, shared some of their valuable hair secrets with the rapt guests.

In true Gerri Shute style, the buffet, drinks and service were delicious and impeccable. Thank you, Fab Friend Gerri, for everything you did, and Dr. Galante, for sponsoring the wonderful evening.


Top 3 Myths About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Frank Campanile, a board certified plastic surgeon with fellowship training in hand and microsurgery, holds a S.O.T.H. (Surgery Of The Hand) certificate and leads Denver Hand Surgery, which specializes in treating conditions of the hand, including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, trigger finger and other hand and wrist related injuries and ailments.

As the number of carpal tunnel syndrome cases increases, with 500,000 related surgeries per year (according to this New York Times article), so too does the amount of misinformation about the condition. To set the record straight, here are the top three myths about carpal tunnel syndrome and the best ways to treat it.

1. It’s Because of My Keyboard

There is no hard evidence that Carpal tunnel is directly linked to excessive computer use, or to using the wrong keyboard. The condition could be the result of virtually any repetitive motion that causes cumulative damage over the years.

Further, not all wrist pain is carpal tunnel. Pain in the hand, arm or wrists following a long day of typing could be caused by arthritis, tendonitis or an injury. These can all cause symptoms that are very similar to carpal tunnel, yet a different treatment approach may be required to be effective. As with any health concern, it’s critical that you visit an experienced medical doctor who can give you an accurate diagnosis and suggestions on how to properly minimize any discomfort.