Weighing It Out: Reaching Ideal Weight Before a Tummy Tuck?

ideal weight tummy tuckPatients that are considering a tummy tuck procedure as a way to eliminate the looseness they experience after dramatic weight loss or even pregnancy often wonder if it would be a good idea to lose the extra pounds before electing to undergo a tummy tuck procedure.

Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Surgeon Answers

Dr. Golshani, a board certified tummy tuck surgeon in Beverly Hills, states, “the most important factor is reaching a plateau”. Plateauing is a term used to describe a situation in which you cannot see any more results despite repeated efforts to increase your exercise routine.

“The second most important factor is both your age and skin type. If you have few stretch marks and healthy skin with excellent elasticity, then your chances of having a very successful tummy tuck are much higher and you should go through with the procedure as soon as you can.” The only way this can be determined is through an evaluation with a plastic surgeon.

Many patients lose the last 15-20 pounds after they perform the tummy tuck both because of the skin removal and the psychological factors associated with procedure – leading many to believe that losing the extra weight is not a necessity.

However, Dr. Golshani notes, “factors such as self confidence and drive lead to more exercise, improved lifestyle and breaking through the plateau. If your skin elasticity is not as good you may want to push a bit harder to lose weight before you get that tummy tuck. But I wouldn’t wait too long after reaching a plateau.”

Always Get Evaluation From A Board Certified Surgeon

If for any reason you are thinking of undergoing the procedure, but are hesitant, then you should always receive a thorough evaluation with a board certified surgeon who can view your situation from a different perspective, offering helpful advice before recommending the procedure. The tummy tuck procedure is a life-changing operation for most patients that will help you move forward in your journey.

Dr. Golshani is an active member on realself.com where you can read several other of his personal responses regarding many different procedures that users are concerned with. He is committed to providing his patients with accurate information that aids in their quest to find the right answers and treatments they seek.

Hot Topic: Is Indoor Tanning Worth It?

is indoor tanning worth itIndoor tanning is a popular choice for many because – simply put – it’s convenient, especially for those who are not exposed to natural sunlight for a majority of the year.

A study published back in late January, 2014, has revealed a shocking statistic: that there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.

There were a reported 419,254 cases of skin cancer in one year in the United States alone. Researchers believe this number will only increase each year until the dangers of indoor tanning are continuously exposed.

The Takeaway From These Statistics

First, the number of lung cancer cases has steadily declined over the years due to the amount of negative publicity smoking has received – encouraging developing teens to stay away as well as motivating long-time smokers to kick the habit.

Secondly, whether you are tanning indoors or naturally outside you are exposing yourself to UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet puts you at risk for skin cancer (with melanoma being one of the worst types). The whole idea behind indoor tanning is to expose you to higher levels of ultraviolet rays in a short time for a quick and convenient way to receive a tan.

Thirdly, society (specifically the media) is to blame for putting such a large emphasis on having/achieving a tan in order to be more socially accepted regardless of the method used to obtain it.

Lastly, there’s a reason Britain has banned the use of indoor tanning for those under the age of 18 as more and more information is beginning to show that it is in fact not worth it. It’s a decision that should be made by an adult who is willing to cope with the consequences if any arise.

What You Should Do

Hopefully you analyze the situation from a different light the next time you decide to opt for an indoor tanning session. Knowing the dangers can help put things into perspective.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you avoid indoor tanning exposure and limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, as well as taking precautions by applying SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

Rexford Surgical Institute features a board certified dermatologist that can help you with any problems related to indoor tanning. natural sunlight exposure, or other unrelated problems including scarring, hair loss, and acne.

Urology 101: What Urine Color is Considered Normal?

Believe it or not, our very own urine can be a telltale sign of the possible events our body is currently facing. The color of our urine may change course throughout the day depending on certain factors. More often than not people are fine, but being aware of different colored urine could motivate you to either stay proactive in prevention or provide you with the knowledge to understand what your urine may be saying about you and what color urine is considered normal.

Urine’s Many Different Colors – What’s Normal?

urine colorAll of us know that urine’s typical color is yellow. Do you know where its yellow color comes from? Urine receives its yellow color from chemicals known as urobilins, which are broken down from bilirubin – a bile pigment. We won’t go into details on the entire breakdown process, but the end result of the process is yellow tinted urine.

Most of our urine colors reveal one thing: whether or not our body is hydrated.

No Color – it’s possible to produce a urine color that is actually colorless. This occurs when you are drinking too much water. Water is good, but with anything there are limits. Colorless urine means your body does not currently need any water.

Light or Transparent Yellow – this is the best urine color you can see. It means that you are well hydrated.

Dark Yellow or Orange – this is the color of your body telling you it’s time to start drinking water because you are dehydrated. Orange colored urine could also point to a bile duct or liver complication and – if consistent- should be followed up with a doctor.

Red Urine – if you see the passing of red urine, then you may have a serious problem. Red urine often denotes the passing of blood through the urinary tract, which should be promptly followed up by a professional such as a urologist. However, beets, berries, and rhubarb have a tendency to pass through the urinary tract and produce a reddish, pinkish urine color.

It’s Not Just About Color

Odor can be a factor as well. Here’s a quick example: have you ever noticed a bizarre smell while urinating after consuming asparagus? Asparagus contains amino acids that are broken down into chemicals that give off the funny smell. However, not everyone is able to smell this chemical compound. If you do smell it, then do not be alarmed because it is nothing serious.

Pay attention to the odors, consistency (i.e. foamy or fizzy), and of course the color of your urine in order to be absolutely sure that you are healthy. If you are ever unsure then contact your doctor or urologist. We have our very own board-certified Beverly Hills urologist at Rexford Surgical Institute.

Latest News: France Study Reveals Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

exercise reduces breast cancer riskA study performed by researchers in France has revealed that consistent, regular exercise (i.e. physical activity) will reduce your risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women. However, the catch is that if you stop exercising, then you will not have a reduced risk. This is why the study emphasizes “regular physical activity”.

The study was performed in Villejuif, France, where 59,000 postmenopausal women were tracked for an average overall time of 8 and a half years. In this time frame, 2,100 of these women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who had performed regular exercise – which for many women included about 4 hours of walking or bicycling per week – were 10% less likely to develop the disease.

A Few Facts on Breast Cancer

10% may seem like a small number at first, but after browsing through these stats, you may begin to believe otherwise.

• Breast cancer* is one of the leading causes of cancer in women – it ranks in at #2, behind lung cancer. However, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

• Roughly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

• Breast cancer not only affects women, but men too.

• An estimated 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

• Aging increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

Exercise Works Wonders

The results should not be surprising as exercise has long been studied and linked to reductions in not just developing beast cancer but a host of other ailments. Exercise should be included somewhere in your routine and it doesn’t even have to be daily.

The study mentioned that “regular physical activity” meant 4 hours per week. If you break that down into minutes per day spent exercising, you will come up with around 34 minutes per day. That’s right – only 34 minutes. There are plenty of various exercises that can be performed in 34 minutes.

Your Beverly Hills plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in a variety of cosmetic breast procedures that restore or enhance the breasts.

*Facts sourced from http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts

Podiatry 101: Difference Between Sprained and Broken Ankles?

difference between sprained and broken ankleHave you ever injured your ankle and couldn’t tell if it was just a sprain or fracture? Well, you aren’t alone. It can be very troubling for many people, especially those who have never experienced an injured ankle. Your Beverly Hills podiatrist chimes in to explain how to tell the difference between a sprained ankle and a broken ankle.

The Difference Between Sprained and Broken Ankles

Before diving in, it’s important to understand some of the fundamentals of exactly what a sprain is characterized by, and consequently what a break is characterized by.

Sprains involve the ligaments. Ligaments are strong, connective tissues that connect two bones together and provide stability and support to our body’s joints. Now, a sprain refers to a ligament that has been stretched or torn. This phenomenon commonly occurs when we least expect it such as landing on someone’s foot in a peculiar manner, often during a sports activity.

On the flip side, we have bone breaks, or fractures. Broken bones typically fall into a few different categories based on how severe the break is. Fractures generally refer to small cracks on the bone, but small enough to cause tremendous pain. Our ankle joint is very complex and is connected to many bones located within our foot. A fracture to any of these bones can result in a broken ankle.

A sprained ankle, as well as other sprains, will typically include swelling, bruising, and inflammation – which happen to be the same signs broken ankles possess. So how do you tell the difference? The best way is to find out how much weight you can bear on the foot in question. Typically – not always – a broken ankle will result in complete inability to bear any weight on. This may not be true for small fractures. With a sprain, some people are still able to bear weight on their foot. By no means should this be a definitive way of pinpointing the problem.

But what if I hear a snap? It has to be a broken bone, correct? Automatically we will think of a broken bone when we hear a snap. This isn’t always the case because sprains are just as capable of producing a sound similar to a snap.

What You Should Do

Whether you are suffering from a broken ankle or a sprained ankle you should contact your doctor or foot and ankle specialist as soon as possible to begin treatment and speed up the healing process. Your podiatrist will want to know specific details of your symptoms because surprisingly to most, it can be just as difficult to pinpoint sprained ankles over broken bones without the use of x-rays. X-rays are able to reveal fractures that exist on the bone helping to narrow your problem down. Successful treatment is then administered once the specialist has determined a diagnosis.

Ingrown Toenails: When and How Should I Treat Them?

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Let a professional handle this one.

Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of your toenail begin to grow into the sides of our toes, generally causing us pain. Ingrown toenails are often the result of poorly trimmed nails. Some of us may even have developed a habit of picking our toenails – this will almost always lead to an incorrect toenail that has an increased chance of becoming an ingrown. Either way, an ingrown should be treated as early as possible before a bacterial infection occurs.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Now, the real question is should you treat an ingrown toenail by yourself at home. The answer depends on how severe your ingrown is. Typically, if the ingrown is causing slight irritation and the area surrounding it is red and slightly swollen, then it can be successfully removed and treated at home. Let us warn you: DO NOT use a dull or sharpened knife of any sort – instead, use a sharp nail trimmer.

Always clean or sterilize your trimmers before you perform any at home treatments to prevent infection from occurring. Before you begin to trim the nail, we advise you soak your foot into warm water for about 15-20 minutes to soften the area. When you begin to trim the nails, trim them straight across the top. Stay away from just clipping the corners only. This is most likely how you developed an ingrown to begin with. Your toenail should be evenly aligned across the top, not bent or curved in any way.

Important: If you are unsure on how to handle an ingrown toenail, then always revert to a foot and ankle specialist.

When You Should See a Podiatrist

So you’re probably wondering: when should you see a podiatrist, or doctor that specializes in foot and ankle complications? Here are scenarios in which you should see a podiatrist:

-You have diabetes (or any other condition that affects blood circulation)
-You are suffering from nerve damage in your foot
-Most common: A bacterial infection has developed around the sight that is characterized by a presence of pus.

Concluding Thoughts

Poor trimming does not only cause ingrown toenails. It’s also very important to make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes that not only support your feet, but your back as well. If you have to spend the extra few bucks for a pair of shoes that “feel right”, then we advise you do so.

Your Beverly Hills podiatrist offers a quick and easy solution to removing ingrown toenails while providing a way to block future ingrown toenails from occurring. If you are not sure on how to handle an ingrown toenail by yourself, then you should always let a professional handle the situation.

Recent Study Links Antibiotics To Colon Cancer

antibiotics colon cancerA recent study in the field of gastroenterology has revealed that a heavy use of antibiotics is linked with an increased chance of developing colorectal cancer, or colon cancer.

This happened to be one of the first studies that looked at whether or not an association exists from antibiotic usage, a type of medicine that is widely used across the globe. The controlled study sampled roughly 100,000 patients and suggested that long-term exposure to antibiotics increases a patient’s risk of colon cancer.

Antibiotics have the potential to reduce the bacteria that exist within your colon, both good and bad bacteria. If the bacteria are reduced, then it can change the way your colon responds. There are many types of antibiotics, and some of them promote a pro-inflammatory environment within your colon. In short, different antibiotics will behave differently. The study concludes that the recent news provides the groundwork to begin searching for the cause of this effect.

Antibiotics are different from probiotics in the sense that antibiotics essentially flush your system’s bacteria out in an attempt to fight off a bacterial infection that exists within your body. Probiotics promote an atmosphere where bacteria can grow and flourish, both good and bad. It’s important for your colon to contain both good and bacteria for a perfect balance. Having a significant amount of one or the other may result in troublesome stomach problems and changing bowel habits.

The American College of Gastroenterology has recommended that adults who are aged 50 or older undergo colonoscopy every 7-10 years to screen for colon cancer, which happens to be one of the most common cancers in both men and women.

If you are suffering from an unexplained change in bowel function, then a gastroenterologist may be able to help you. Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in treating issues that arise in your gastrointestinal tract, which includes a wide variety of organs that are responsible for managing the foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis.

Breast Augmentation Concern: What Size Breast Implants Should I Get?

what size breast implants should I get?There are many concerns of breast augmentation, but one concern usually bears the most weight: what size breast implants should I get? Choosing a pair of new breast implants is an exciting, but nervous endeavor for many patients. However, your final choice depends on certain factors that need to be kept in mind.

Anatomy is Key

Implants range from a variety of sizes and they are unique to each person in the sense that there is certainly no one-size-fits-all breast implant.

This is where your anatomy comes into play. Your own, personal anatomy will help you narrow your choices down because a lot of information is taken by your breast augmentation plastic surgeon when selecting a size. Such information includes the width of your chest and the distance between your breasts, and whether or not you have enough breast tissue to support an appropriate size – all variables that are very important in selecting the best fit.

Sizing Up Symmetry

Symmetry is a very important aspect in any breast augmentation – or at least, it should be. Symmetry in your breasts occurs when the breasts fit evenly on each side. What this means is that your left breast will sit in a position that is directly aligned with your right breast. Sometimes, having the same implant size in each breast will not result in symmetry. This means that one of your breasts may contain a different sized implant from the other.

It’s Not Just About Letters

Many patients believe that breast implants are as easy as walking in to your plastic surgeon’s office asking for size C breast implants. This may help to narrow down your choice, but any knowledgeable surgeon knows that letters are merely a ballpark range that is to be taken with a grain of salt. The fact of the matter is that different brands’ sizes do not always fit the same – the same way it goes for other articles of clothing such as jeans, etc.

Patients may also come into the office with pictures of people whose breast they would like to emulate – be it a friend, family, or even celebrity. Again, an appropriate breast implant size takes far more into consideration. Always ask questions in the office.

Experiment In The Office

When you’re consulting with your plastic surgeon, you should make an effort to try on sizes that you believe won’t be a good fit. Knowing what you don’t want is just as helpful as knowing what you want. By eliminating sizes that are simply too big or too small can you begin to narrow down choices.

With this advice in mind, you will have a more comfortable experience in choosing a breast implant size that works for you. It’s worth taking the time to do your research, as you will have your breast implants for a considerable amount of time.

Learn more about the procedure first hand from a professional consultation with a board certified Beverly Hills breast augmentation surgeon.

Adult-Onset Allergies – What Triggers This Sudden Phenomenon?

adult-onset allergiesWhen your body responds to an allergy, it releases an antibody known as Immunoglobulin E, which is responsible in causing the common symptoms of allergies that are bothersome: sneezing, itchy eyes, hay fever, rash, etc.

Experts are baffled when it comes to finding out why allergies suddenly develop in adults when they haven’t had any problems since birth. It’s a troubling question, but different theories have been proposed over the years.

Theories of Adult-Onset Allergies

The theory that seems to hold the most truth is this idea that a changing environment is a primary reason why an adult would suddenly develop nagging allergies. A great example is when you move to another state, city, or home. When you change climates or areas, you may be introduced to allergens that you haven’t been exposed to before, triggering a response in your body.

Allergies tend to suddenly develop in adults during the ages of 20-30. These are common ages when an adult moves from their parent’s home, an environment they have become accustomed to, into their own home or place that may expose them to allergens that they were not originally exposed to.

A more subtle approach that may hold truth is the “hygiene hypothesis”, which proposes that those whose bodies are too accustomed to environments that are very clean most likely have immune systems that will overreact to certain allergens if exposed to them.

Of course, genetics always play a crucial role in the development of many problems you may develop over the years. In short, if your parents suffered from allergies at some point, then you too will most likely suffer as well.

Our immune systems become weaker and weaker as we age. This could serve as a possible reason why even older adults experience a host of allergy problems in their retirement years.

Viruses could also trigger allergies in certain people. It could be as simple as a common cold virus that sets off an individual’s allergies.

Believe it or not, sometimes it can be mainly in your head – psychological. The physical symptoms are very real, but the way we deal with the situation could make us more or less aware of the symptoms present. Experts have confirmed that the placebo effect is strong in those with allergies. In other words, staying busy or keeping your mind occupied could serve to help you out.

Effective Treatment of Sinus Allergies

If you are suffering from allergies affecting your sinuses that do not respond to a variety of different treatments, then you may want to consider an alternative approach that involves the use of lasers: Sinu-Clear. Talk with our Beverly Hills nasal specialist to learn about this exciting fix.

Does Social Media Impact the Demand for Facial Plastic Surgery?

social media impact on plastic surgeryYou bet it does. With the rise in popular social media outlets such as Instagram and Snapchat, people have become more concerned with the way they look. “Selfies” are a popular image in which a user snaps a photo of themselves, sometimes with others in the picture. Typically, a “selfie” highlights our faces where many people begin to self-critique themselves to death, often times finding flaws that may or may not exist. As such, it’s no surprise that certain facial plastic surgery procedures have seen an increase in demand.

What Procedures Are Popular as a Result?

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the most popular procedure was rhinoplasty, a reconstructive cosmetic procedure that reshapes a patient’s nose. This procedure saw a 10 percent increase from 2012 to 2013. The other top cosmetic procedures were hair transplants and – believe it or not – eyelid surgery.

Facial Injections Are Just As Popular

Many patients are concerned with the pain, scarring, and other similar variables regarding cosmetic procedures. This is why is facial injections remain a popular choice for many – BOTOX, Juvederm, and Radiesse to name a few. Facial injections are minimally invasive and can deliver quick, positive results, making it an easy choice for many women looking to stay young in appearance.

It’s All Online

Information is everywhere and easily accessible. The AAFPRS noted that 60% of patients received their information on plastic surgery online. This makes it excruciatingly competitive amongst plastic and reconstructive surgeons to deliver quality results in patients.

Again, social media plays a huge role here with the rise in “selfies” and an importance on taking the right picture. Some people will take picture after picture in an effort to find the perfect snap.

People want to impress their friends, family, employers, and romantic interests. Impressions matter and people are quick to judge, which is why many women – and men – have resorted to plastic and reconstructive surgeries to positively alter the way they look. Our presence online has never meant more.

The full report by the AAFPRS.