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Submitted by Admin on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 07:26

This year's cold weather has made many patients wonder what if any effects will it create on their nose after rhinoplasty.

One main benefit of cold weather on noses which have undergone rhinoplasty is that it tends to shrink the appearance of the nose. The reason for this is that the cold weather tends to contract the nasal blood vessels creating a thinner appereance. During the early postoperative periods, this can help noses look better sooner.

Patients should beware that extreme cold weather for prolonged periods of time can lead to frostbite and possible necrosis of the nose. In addition, patients who note discoloration during the cold, particularily white or blue, may be undergoing vascularization of the nose and may be a sign that the nose is not ready for a procedure.

While cold, snowy weather may not seem to offer many benefits to patients, quicker healing, especially along the tip is one perk. Bundle up!!

Tags: Rhinoplasty

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Submitted by Admin on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 06:26

A recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed a 12% increase of Hispanic women treated by a plastic surgeon than in the prior year. The most popular procedure requested was rhinoplasty (65%), followed by facelifts, and blepharoplasty.

The trend towards ethnic surgery in not a new phenomenom. More patients are seeking changes within the context of looking more attractive not trying to change their ethnic identity. The appeal of plastic surgery within the Hispanic community is not suprising as Latin beauty contestants, actresses and actors, and models are well represented on not just a local but international stage.

At Dr. Shah's office, he has created a tool that helps patients look specifically at their ethnicity and sex called EFace. More importantly, Dr. Shah has tremendous experience treating patients from all races, including Hispanic. In addition, Dr. Shah's office has two staff members fluent in speaking Spanish to accommodate our Spanish speaking patients. Dr. Shah is also able to communicate in Spanish as well.

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Submitted by Admin on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 06:44

It is not like a study showing smoking having a deleterious effect is shocking. From experience, many of us can deduce that smoking is not healthy and you will not look as young as if you didn't smoke. A new twin study demonstrates this.

Twin studies are perhaps one of the best ways of determining the effects of a treatment or lifestyle. The annual festival at Twinsburg, Ohio is said to be the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. Guyoron and associates from Case Western University recently published a study in the Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Journal. They found that smokers were more likely to have identifiable characteristics of aging such as lines around the mouth and eye bags. The study did not look at the quality of the skin.

While a study that shows that smoking makes you look older is not shocking, it does provide more objective evidence for the harmful effects. The skin is an astounding insight to the overall health and condition of the internal body. It is quite rare to see a patient who smokes, suntans, and eats poorly to have beautiful skin. For many patients, the key is to live a healthy lifestyle so that you will feel and look better.

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Submitted by Admin on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 07:12

A recent trend in the AAFPRS has shown a rise in women going to a plastic surgeon with either a friend or family member. In fact, there has been a 16% increase in mother-daughter procedures and a 12% increase in sister-sister procedures.

What are the benefits of doing a procedure together? For some patients, rather than going on a trip together, they have the chance to share their experiences with each other. Recuperation can take place during the same time period and post procedure visits are often at the same time.

At Dr. Shah's office, friends or family members who plan their surgeries together often have a chance to bond over their experiences. It is an opportunity for them to share in their procedures and support each other in the healing process. Many patients make it a fun experience together.

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