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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

Proof that Smoking Makes You Look Older | Illinois

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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Submitted by Admin on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 16:19

Smoking and Surgery in Chicago, IL

Many patients wonder- what is the big deal about smoking after surgery? The main issue surgeons worry about is how smoking decreases the blood supply to the affected area and can lead to skin necrosis.

Although skin necrosis is rare, smokers have at least a 12x higher risk of complications. The most common complication for a smoker after surgery is a higher rate of infections. The Center for Surgery at Birmingham Veterans Affairs Hospital performed a study on the healing process of smokers. They studied more than 350,000 patients, comparing smokers and non-smokers. The results showed that smokers had a higher incidence of infections at the incisions and development of postoperative pneumonia.

So what is a patient to do? The recommendation is to avoid smoking 4 weeks prior to a procedure and 4 weeks afterwards. Keep in mind that second hand smoke can have negative consequences as well.

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