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Smiling is Good Brain Feedback
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:41
 

It is fascinating to see how the brain not only sends signals to facial muscles to smile, frown, wink, or pucker lips, but those muscles also appear to send back signals to the brain in what could be called “facial feedback.”  For many years, doctors and scientists have studied a correlation between frowning and sadness or smiling and happier moods.  No, we don’t mean we smile because we are happy (although we do.)  We mean we smile and THEN the nerves in the facial muscles “talk” to the brain, naturally elevating mood.  

In a recent clinical trial published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research,  people who were forced to frown (but didn’t realize that’s what they were doing) were more likely to think negative images were more aggressive
than people who were not frowning.  People who held a pen in their teeth --thus “forced” to use their smile muscles—rated cartoons as funnier when they were smiling as they viewed them.

 This adds to the evidence of the sense of well-being when neuromodulators like BOTOX are being used to keep those frown muscles from sending their negative signals back to the brain.  Doctors are beginning to believe that patients treated with BOTOX feel less depressed once their “frowning muscles” between the eyes were no longer showing a crease; these muscles are unable to send negative feedback to the emotional centers of the brain.  
Need BOTOX both for happier mood and enhanced beauty?  Come in and talk with our surgeons, Dr. Bailor and Dr. Frazier.  772-562-2400.   

 

 

 
The Amazing Body
Thursday, 09 June 2016 23:52
 

10 Awesome and Little-Known Facts About the Human Body by Tom Kelso

 

When Tom Kelso published these facts he was an Exercise Physiologist with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Your body is many things: a mechanical device, a walking chemistry set, a sustainable life form, and an ever-changing biological phenomenon. There's a lot to know about the body. Were you aware of these ten amazing facts?

 

 

1. For every pound of fat gained, you add seven miles of new blood vessels.

 

New tissue needs blood supply, so your vascular system expands to accommodate it. This also means your heart must work harder to pump blood through the new network, which may reduce oxygenation and nutrient replenishment in other tissues. Lose a pound? Your body will break down and reabsorb the unneeded blood vessels from the previous tissue.

 

2. Muscle tissue is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat.

 

This is why possessing more muscle should be a training goal for most people. More muscle = more calories burned = less fat = being more fit looking. Simple goals and simple math.

 

3. You are taller in the morning than in the evening.

 

When you crawl out of the sack in the morning you are at your tallest. On average, you are approximately one half inch taller when you wake in the morning, thanks to excess fluid between within your spinal discs. While you are sleeping, these fluids replenish. During the day your body has to deal with the stress of standing, so the discs become compressed and the fluid seeps out. This results in you losing a small amount of extra height.

 

 

4. Your stomach manufactures a new lining every three days to avoid digesting itself.

 

As a part of the digestive process, your stomach secretes hydrochloric acid (HA). HA is a powerful corrosive compound also used to treat various metals. The HA your stomach secretes is also powerful, but mucous lining the stomach wall keeps it within the digestive system. As a result it breaks down the food you consume, but not your own stomach.

 

5. Your body produces enough heat in only thirty minutes to boil a half-gallon of water.

 

Your body is the epitome of a study on the laws of thermodynamics. You produce heat from all that is going on - exercise, metabolizing food, maintaining homeostasis – and as you sweat, exhale, excrete, and urinate (lovely thoughts, all of them).

 

6. Human bone is as strong as granite, relative to supporting resistance.

 

Would you believe a matchbox-size chunk of bone can support 18,000 pounds? Compared to concrete, human bone is four times greater in support strength.

 

7. Your skin is an organ.

 

Just like the liver, heart, and kidneys, your outer covering is an organ. An average man has enough skin on his body to cover approximately twenty square feet. For an average woman it is approximately seventeen square feet. Approximately 12% of your weight is from your skin. And, your skin replaces 45,000+ cells in only a few seconds. It's constantly growing new skin and shedding old skin.

 

 

8. By the age of eighteen your brain stops growing.

 

From that age forward it begins to lose more than 1,000 brain cells every day. Only two percent of your body weight is occupied by your gray matter, but is uses up to 20% of your overall energy output (it needs carbohydrates). Your brain works continuously and never rests, even when you're asleep. Aside from producing REM dreams, your brain works overtime to replenish its ability to function normally during your daytime waking hours.

 

9. There are more than 600 individual skeletal muscles and 206 bones in your body.

 

If all 600+ muscles contracted and pulled in the same direction, you could lift over twenty tons of resistance. Additionally, the adult skeleton is composed of 206 bones, but at birth an infant skeleton contains approximately 350 bones. Over time, some of the 350 bones fuse together and eventually grow to the 206 adult figure.

 

10. You need to consume a quart of water each day for four months to equate to the amount of blood your heart pumps in one hour.

 

 

Additionally, over a lifetime, at your normal (resting) heart rate you will have pumped enough blood to fill thirteen oil super tankers. To further expound on this fact, on average, your heart beats 40,000,000 times per year. Doing the math, over your lifetime (both men and women averaged), that results in 2,600,000,000 heartbeats (two billion, six hundred million). This does not even factor in your increased heartbeats due to your love of exercise.

 
What about Nose Surgery?
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 23:30
 

Do you know these facts about nose surgery?



·   When a nose is reshaped,  (rhinoplasty) and performed correctly and artistically by an experienced plastic surgeon, it  can make a big difference in how a person looks, and just as importantly, how a person feels about him/herself.

·  Getting  a redesigned nose is a common cosmetic surgery done among American teens . It is the second most performed cosmetic surgery procedure, after breast augmentation in this age group.

·  It's usually an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. This means you go home the same day.

·  Recovery time is about 7-10 days, making it a good procedure to perform right before school holidays.

Plastic surgeons face a real Catch-22:  their work is to be viewed by the world but at the same time, the surgery must never appear obvious.  The plastic surgeon is a sculptor who creates beauty that should appear "natural" - not surgical.   
Vero Cosmetic’s Dr. Katya Bailor, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck likes to tell her patients, “If it doesn’t look natural, it doesn’t look good.”

Types of rhinoplasty include:

·  Removing a hump on the nose

·  Straightening the bridge

·  Reshaping the nose's tip

·  Increasing /decreasing the nostril size

·  Correcting the nose after an injury

·  Making the nose bigger or smaller

 

 

 
Melanoma
Monday, 24 August 2015 11:23
 

CNN News report: Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And melanoma is the deadliest form of it. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 76,100 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma and 9,710 will die from the disease this year.
Some 98% of melanomas do start with the skin, and lessening your exposure to ultraviolet light does lower your risk of skin cancer.




 
Signs Of Skin Cancer?
Saturday, 22 August 2015 20:54
 

     a melanoma skin cancer


Are you showing signs of skin cancer?

Persistent scabs, bleeding sores, “moles” that are flat or raised but with uneven borders may be signs of skin cancer. We recommend you have regular skin checks since skin cancer is very common.  Not all skin cancers are fast growing.  But even the slow ones like a BASAL CELL skin cancer can grow into an ear or an eye or invade the brain after many years of growth so it must be removed.  SQUAMOUS CELL skin cancer has a little greater chance of spreading to other parts of the body (lungs, liver, brain) so it should not be left to develop.

The dangerous one is MELANOMA SKIN CANCER because it invades into other organs of the body much more quickly.  If a sore bleeds, is ulcerating, has two different colors, has irregular margins or is enlarging, contact your dermatologist or plastic surgeon for an appointment for a biopsy.  A biopsy is generally done under local anesthetic for a quick, painless procedure.

 

 

    a melanoma skin cancer 

Should you be concerned?

Some families are more prone genetically to developing skin cancer.  The tendency to develop melanoma cancer, the most deadly type, might be passed down through family genes. Studies show that about 40% of the time, melanomas have an inherited basis and about 60% of the time there was no previously known melanoma in the family and cause appeared to be environmental.  Lifestyle including sports in the sun, use of tanning beds, outdoor time in sunny locations or occupations where your body absorbs UV rays all day long may make a difference in developing skin cancers.  Are you a truck driver where the sun shines through the window on your left hand all day as you drive?  Are you a fisherman?  Did you use tanning beds or have ultraviolet acne treatments as a teen?

Skin cancer can even strike young people.  Depending on your day-to-day activities, your genetic history, even your appearance, you may be more likely to develop skin cancer, and should get in routines that protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

 


     a melanoma skin cancer

 


What type of skin cancer do you have?

If you have talked to your doctor and have had a spot or spots tested, he or she will be able to inform you what type of skin cancer you have.  The good news is some types of skin cancer are slow growing and are rarely fatal.  Some types can be dealt with by a simple excision; however, the sooner the cancer is removed, the less tissue needs to be removed and repaired.  Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are usually not -life threatening if spotted early. Treatment will vary, of course, depending on the strain of cancer and how far along it has progressed.

 

 

 

Will your skin be scarred after skin cancer removal?

Scarring will depend upon how much tissue has been affected by the cancer.  In other words how wide and how deep must your plastic surgeon or MOHs surgeon go to remove all signs of the cancer and stop the growth of malignant cells.  We always recommend you see a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon for the best result when tissue must be removed.  Plastic surgeons are trained to move skin and muscle for the least amount of scarring and best aesthetic result.

 

 

Do you need to be nervous? 

Your dermatologist is trained to determine why your skin may have a persistent rash or condition.  If after a couple of months, a skin condition does not improve, go see your dermatologist.  If you have ANY hesitation about the diagnosis or if a mole or blemish continues to grow after you have been told it is nothing, feel free to ask for a simple biopsy of the area.   If you wish, go to another doctor for a second opinion or biopsy. Doctors do occasionally miss a diagnosis of skin cancer and you are the best person to take charge of your health.

 

 

Common sense protection

You can play a role in prevention.  Do your best to protect yourself from  UV radiation caused by sun (or tanning beds).  For tanning there are many self-tanning products on the market today that give an even appearance and are easy to use.  At Vero Cosmetic MediSpa we sell self-tanners like Fake Bake mousse with application gloves.  We also offer medical grade sun block products containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide that blend into the skin easily and offer complete UV production.  If swimming or perspiring heavily, sun blocks may need to be reapplied after a few hours.

Wear sun block every day all year long.  (Sun blocks and sun protection also keep you from getting age spots and wrinkles.)   If you have had melanoma cancers in the past, it is CRUCIAL that you wear hats, long sleeves and protect your skin from UV rays since you are prone to this type of cancer.  Remember concrete and water can reflect sunlight and UV rays even if you are standing in a shaded area and UV rays also penetrate glass windows. 

 

 

 

Does your lifestyle put you at risk of skin cancer?

Being in the sun puts you at risk of developing skin cancer, no matter how long, or no matter how intense the sun may be. Of course, the chance of you developing anything cancerous with just a daily walk to the car is slim, but if you spend a lot of time outside, at the pool or beach, or tanning, you may be putting yourself at great risk. Also, some work conditions or chemicals you may be exposing yourself to could be putting you at risk.

 

 

 

 

What type of treatment should you seek?

Depending on the type of skin cancer, and how far along it has progressed, you have many forms of treatment your doctor or surgeon may discuss with you. If the cancer is not very far along, there are less invasive methods such as topical agents or non-surgical treatments.   If the cancer is on the face or head, it is important to see a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon for careful and complete removal with the least amount of deformity to the area.  The sooner you have the malignant cells removed, the less invasive the removal site needs to be and the safer for other areas around the malignant site.

 
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Monday, 15 September 2014 13:39
 
 
Tanning Bed Danger Found in Study
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:40

Study Finds Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer Among Young Adults

Mayo Clinic researchers report skyrocketing rates of skin cancer among young adults, probably because of their persistent use of tanning beds.

By Alexandra Sifferlin  TIME MAGAZINE  April, 2012

As a young adult with porcelain skin — I prefer that term to pale — I get it. Bronzed skin is perpetually “in,” and nobody likes going to the beach only to have to sit under an umbrella and shield their eyes from the glare of their own upper thighs. But a study from the Mayo Clinic finds an alarming increase in skin cancer among young adults, and the reason may be their persistent efforts to tan.

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Lifestyle Lift Refunds
Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:49



Special Note:  Some Florida consumers who paid a prepayment or down payment for a procedure advertised in Florida as the Lifestyle Lift-- but did not have the surgery---may be able to file for a refund until September, 2013.  More details are mentioned in a paragraph in this article from USA Today, June 18, 2013.  Vero Cosmetic Surgery has no relationship with the Lifestyle Lift company which sells the use of the name of this mini-facelift procedure to medical offices.

                     June 18, 2013  by Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY 7:24pm


 A settlement Monday by cosmetic surgery company Lifestyle Lift of a Florida probe into its marketing practices could have broad implications for the chain's extensive national advertising.

The company's agreement with the Florida attorney general requires it to change specific marketing practices, to follow Federal Trade Commission guidelines on testimonials,to stop calling its face lift a "revolutionary procedure," and to refund some customers' money.

The deal comes four years after the company settled a similar probe by New York's attorney general that found evidence that company employees were posing as satisfied customers.

"With two broad state orders that include requirements on federal guidelines, it is a very strong signal to this and other companies to pay close attention to the requirements," says Jodie Bernstein, former director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection, who recently retired from the law firm Kelley Drye & Warren.

Lifestyle Lift spokeswoman Rebecca Shaw says the company "is not going to call it a revolutionary procedure" any longer and that it began changing its national marketing about a year ago. Lifestyle Lift now acknowledges that its face lift is a "new approach to a well established procedure," she says. The main difference, she says, is that it's done under local anesthesia.

However, under "About Lifestyle Lift" on the company's website Tuesday, the headline reads "Origin of a Revolutionary Approach," and the description goes on to describe the face lift as "groundbreaking."

In a 2011 series, USA TODAY reported that plastic surgeons and some customers questioned the company's promotions. Former patient Joyce Wooten, who filed a complaint with Bondi's office, claimed Lifestyle Lift's advertising suggested it was a painless procedure with a quick recovery, when she had a very different experience.

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Can your Teeth Affect your Heart Health?
Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:40
Integrative Way: Wrong Bacteria in Mouth Can Take Heavy Toll on Health
Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden
Published in The Sacramento Bee, Calif. 08-24-12
 
Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and can affect the health of the rest of your body. Did you know that more than 6 billion bacteria are present inside the mouth?
 
In essence, you have more bacteria in your mouth than the Earth's human population! Most of the bacteria in the mouth are harmless, but the wrong bacteria in your mouth can led to tooth decay, gingivitis, heart disease and kidney disease.
Specific bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, are responsible for tooth decay. In addition, researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons published a study in March showing that there may be oral bacteria that are responsible for accelerating heart disease. Their research showed that Streptococcus gordonii can produce a molecule on its surface that enables it to mimic the human protein fibrinogen, which is a blood-clotting factor.
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Get Your Abs Back With Liposuction in Florida
Sunday, 10 July 2011 17:34


bikini bum shot imagesCAHSTSN4.jpgLiposuction is a surgical procedure that is also referred to as lipoplasty, or fat modeling. Fat is suctioned out of the abdomen, buttocks, hips, back, neck, and the back of the arms. If you have been contemplating liposuction in Florida, we can answer any questions, or concerns that you may have.

If you have localized areas of fat that will not budge with diet and exercise, and if you are not obese, you could be a perfect candidate for liposuction in Florida. Sometimes genetics cause fat to be deposited in certain areas of the body, and even if you spend every waking hour at the gym, exercise alone will not get rid of it. Men or women who have saddlebags can benefit from this type of cosmetic surgery.

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