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What could be more relaxing, indulgent and beneficial than a day at the spa? We talked with Kim Palmier of The Face Company about ways to detoxify, refresh and renew.
While approaches to reducing wrinkles on the hands and décolleté are limited, facial wrinkles can be erased by using a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical techniques. The choice of procedure depends on the nature of the wrinkle.
SLU RESEARCHERS SCREEN NEWBORNS FOR RARE GENETIC DISEASES
After having children, women often wish to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy bodies. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s solution is the ‘mommy makeover.’
When it comes to the aging face, wrinkles are among the first and most obvious features. And rather than embrace this badge of longevity, many women seek ways to erase these telltale signs.
Located at Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center is a private practice offering a full scope of treatments and services, ranging from simple ailments to more complicated cases, says Dr. Michael Noble. The facility is a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing all of the facial trauma services for Mercy St. Louis. “We handle patients with facial lacerations or any trauma, including broken facial bones,” says Noble, who is a founding member and serves as director of Oral Facial Surgery Institute, as well as director of its accredited maxillo facial fellowship program, which takes one person from the U.S. each year and provides them with additional training in the specialty.
Kids grow fast. In the case of scoliosis, a lateral (side-to-side) curvature of the spine, rapid growth may exacerbate the problem, although it can develop at any age.
You may not be ready or willing to go under the knife in order to look younger, yet you wouldn’t mind a fresher, more rested, youthful appearance. This year, you’ll have more options than ever when it comes to nonsurgical interventions with little or no downtime.
Peruse the shelves of any drugstore and you’ll find a multitude of skin care products that offer ‘hope in a jar.’ Microdermabrasion, which uses minute crystals to exfoliate the skin, has been a popular treatment at spas and salons for many years, but it may not be the most effective choice for everyone.
Looking ‘done’ is out. The windswept appearance that used to be the telltale sign of a post-facelift patient is just too drastic for many women. Aging gracefully now means looking “rested, clean and refreshed,” according to plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Koo, with the Aesthetic Surgery Institute. And that look often can be achieved through procedures known as ‘tuck-ups’ or ‘mini-lifts.’
You had a face lift a few years ago, but inevitably age and gravity continue their work. Is it worth having another one? And how long will this one last?
This year, more than 400,000 knee replacements will be done in the U.S. That’s a lot of bionic parts. “A study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in 2004 predicted that number to be 3.4 million by 2030,” says Dr. Matthew Collard of Orthopedic Specialists. Among the suspected culprits responsible are the increases in obesity and in sedentary lifestyles. In addition, today’s emphasis on exercise means joints can be overused.
There’s that four-letter word again: diet. We’ve come to regard it not-so-fondly, perhaps because our approach has been wrong. One diet does not fit all. We need to tailor our weight loss system to our specific needs and lifestyle for it to work. That requires a multifaceted approach.
Real wrinkles actually can’t be corrected by surgery. But the good news is that what we sometimes call wrinkles (and plastic surgeons call pleats or folds from sagging skin), can. “Real wrinkles are caused by sun and repeated creasing of the skin,” explains Dr. Brock Ridenour. “Some of it is due to inelastic redundant skin. We can remove some of that skin, but we need other modalities like lasers, fillers, peels or Botox to deal with those fine lines and true wrinkles.”
My face is falling! My face is falling! If you feel like paraphrasing the old folk tale when you look in the mirror, but you’re too chicken to ‘go under the knife,’ take heart. New non-surgical and non-invasive procedures can reduce signs of aging without the need for surgery, anesthesia and downtime. And if you’re concerned about pain, you can relax. Most new treatments are not only painless, they are often so relaxing that patients actually fall asleep, according to Dr. Zach LaBoube of InsideOut Wellness and Acupuncture
We love our children, and wouldn’t trade them for anything (well, most of the time), but there sure are some physical results of childbirth we would trade away in a second. Dr. Fareesa Khan with Urogynecology Consultants explains that many pelvic floor disorders originate with pregnancy and delivery. Just being pregnant can cause problems. “As the baby grows, it puts pressure on nerves, and stretches muscles and ligaments” she says. ”Vaginal delivery adds additional stress to nerves and supporting structures. While the body will usually return to normal over time, 25 percent of women will have some type of pelvic floor disorder.”
Cosmetic procedures might be the first thing that come to mind when we tire of unsightly wrinkles and sagging skin, but there are other things in the anti-aging arsenal. Experts assure us that maintaining a youthful appearance is possible without invasive surgical procedures, at least up to a point.
Eyelashes After Chemo
Fighting wrinkles used to be a limited proposition. Few products and procedures were proven clinically effective. But today, thankfully, the arsenal of wrinkle treatment options has exploded.
THE HEAD…Hair Replacement
Over the years, the discs that separate our vertebrae take a beating. In some cases, they bulge or herniate, causing unremitting back pain. Fortunately, there is a variety of approaches for treating back pain caused by injured discs, including spinal decompression.
The term ‘sports medicine’ may conjure an image of a doctor rushing out on the field to assist an injured baseball or football player. But weekend warriors are just as likely to need a little medical attention, maybe more likely, than their professional athlete counterparts.