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Submitted by Admin on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 06:27

Cold Weather Beauty Tips in Chicago

Cold weather can be hard on your body and skin. The cold weather combined with the low humidity can create many beauty issues. Fortunately there are several solutions that can help restore hydration and coloration during this time.

Dry Skin

Winter is notorious for creating dry dull skin. The key to combating dry skin is to ensure there is adaquete hydration and moisture. Make sure you drink lots of water to help replenish yourself. Another key is to receive plenty of healthy oils, most commonly known as omega-3's. Omega-3's can be found in a variety of foods including certain types of fish. Finally, use an effective moisture and hydration trapping element. The latest buzz word in hydration for the skin is hyaluronic acids commonly known as HAs. While most people think of HA's as an injectable filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, it is actually a normal part of healthy hydrated skin. When used as a topical skin agent, such as with the product Hyalis, the skin will retain water and have a plumper and more youthful appearance even in winter.

Chapped Lips

Chapped lips can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with during winter. Chapped lips are not only unsightly, but can be a mechanism for diseases to spread to other people. Chapped lips often respond better to pertoleum-based products such as Aquaphor healing ointment. Wax-based forumlas do not hydrate lips but rather serve to protect lips. Additonally,franganced lip products can cause irritation and dryness. Try a scented lip stick or gloss to avoid the excess dryness.

General Tips

Make sure you set the humidity at around 50% during the winter. Humidity below that will promote dry skin. Humidity above that can actually allow condensation and encourage bacterial growth.

Use growth factor products such as Bioserum and TNS to help your skin recover faster during the winter time.

Winter is a great time to have LASER procedures since the sun is less influential during this time

Make sure you exercise. Exercise improves your circulation and can help improve your skin during the winter months.

Avoid hot water during baths and showers. Luke warm water has a less drying effect.

Use hand santizers when possible. Soap and water can have a drying effect on skin.

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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!!

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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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