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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 12:24

They’re here again, this time in London...

Around 10,500 athletes are competing this year, representing 204 countries. But as we watch teenage Olympians fly through the air and water, even the younger generation in their 20’s wonder if their glory days have passed...

One of the interesting story lines at the Olympics is people defying their age. Age shouldn’t limit your aspiration: If a gold medal is what you aspire for, don’t let how old you are slow you down. Twelve members of the U.S. team in London are competing at age 40-plus.

Among these competing participants is Dara Torres, the 45-year-old who already was the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics four years ago and, appropriately enough, wrote a memoir titled, "Age is Just a Number."

Hiroshi Hoketsu, a 70 year old qualifier for the London Olympics. He competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 at 67 years old. Do you still think you’re too over the hill?

Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic doctor who researches athletes and aging, said that many athletes don't so much wear out physically as mentally: They just can't face another four years training in the pool, on the track or in the gym. That is something swimmer Michael Phelps, 26, has frequently alluded to, saying he never wanted to be swimming competitively past the age of 30, vowing London will be his last Olympics.

"It's definitely a race against the clock," said Nastia Liukin, the all-around gold medal gymnast in the 2008 Games who decided last summer to try for another Olympics. At 22, she is already used to being considered old. Gymnasts tend to be younger these days because of the specific demands of their sport, Joyner said. "You need tremendous flexibility," he said. "And you don't get more flexible as you get older." Fitness, dieting, and anti-aging happens at every age

Go Team USA!

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 09:00

Don't worry. Unless your friends tell you otherwise it’s not you that smells funny, it's your nose.

No matter what type of rhinoplasty you had done, you will have sutures. Sutures themselves do not have an odor, but periodically they can attract crust which can cause an odor. Crusting is absolutely normal 3 weeks after your procedure and could cause a bad smell for up to two months after.

Crusting isn't the only cause of unpleasant smells. Another reason might be the accumulation of mucus in the nose due to a reduced mobility of the "mucus blanket" within the nose. After your procedure, the physiology of the nose takes four to six weeks to come back to normal, but in the meantime you can clear the mucosal blanket with intra nasal saline sprays.

This is why after your procedure it is extremely necessary to use appropriate nasal hygiene. Listen and follow the instructions your doctor has given to you. To be perfectly sure that you do not have an infection in your nose I would call your doctor and have him check it out just to be sure everything is healing properly.

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 08:00

Its 100 degrees out, not a cloud in the sky and sunny. You need your sunglasses. You're as blind as a mouse and you can't see. You need your glasses. I get it--

But did you know your glasses could be harming your new nose?

Glasses and sunglasses can be worn typically 4-6 weeks after the procedure. The most imperative area that affects wearing glasses is the bridge of your nose, where glasses typically are designed to rest on. If your rhinoplasty procedure includes modification to that specific area then you especially need to be aware of the effects glasses can bring.

In some cases, where no bony work or work to the upper one third of the nose has been performed glasses may then be worn earlier. Other cases where dorsal augmentation has been performed, your glasses may need to be left at home for a longer period of time.

For some patients leaving your glasses at home might not even be an option. In this case, I would grab a friend, your wallet, and be on your way to buy some new glasses for your new nose. Look for glasses that avoid pressure on the bridge of your nose and create larger skin impressions or dimpling along the sides of your nose. Most patients who need glasses do best with smaller foot pads which rest on the sides of their nose, making it less heavy. Other patients do better with larger glasses that rest on their cheeks. Ideally, the glasses should not put excessive pressure on the bridge of the nose early on.

Another solution would be to switch to contacts. This way you can avoid the enitre "glasses problem" all together. Who knows, after 4-6 weeks and your nose is healed enough to wear you can return to wearing glasses you might decide you love your contacts and throw your glasses away for good!

If there’s anybody that understands the craziness of life, it’s me. So what do you do when there’s absolutely no time or you can’t afford to buy new glasses or switch to contacts? Then don’t. Make the glasses you already have useable. The best way for me to explain how to properly tape your glasses after your procedure would be to watch It shows an actual patient of Dr. Anil Shah’s taping her glasses after her procedure.

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 15:35

Many patients seeking rhinoplasty are very aware of their appearance. Very commonly they ask, “When can I go back to working out?”

If you fall into the 49.6% of Americans that do exercise daily it is very fundamental for you to read on.

So you’re at the gym. Do you make a beeline for the treadmill? The weight and resistance machines? The ellipticals? Ab Crunchers? Cyclers? Stairmaster? Or how about if you’re me and bypass all of those and go for the gym mats to stretch and practice yoga? All of these, no matter how insignificant you may think any activities may be, have a crucial impact on the healing process of your nose.

In general, most patients are able to return to activity after one week. Patients can exert 25% effort the first week, 50% effort the second, 75% the third week, and can resume 100% of activity by the fourth week.

Now I’m not saying after one week you’re able to hop right in that kickboxing ring and turn into Mohammad Ali, but you can start off by doing agile workouts such as aerobics. This would include exercises that won’t raise your heart rate like walking and even doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, doing laundry, and shopping according to the Oregon Health and Science University. Starting off slow will prevent things such as nose bleeding, swelling, and throbbing. Weightlifting is the number one cause of post-op nose bleeding!  Patients should avoid lifting objects, even small children, over ten pounds and limiting vigorous sexual activity in this initial phase.

By the second week, you can leisurely work your way into carrying on with your normal workout activities, but still abstaining from contact sports and aggressive exercises like heavy weight lifting. Activities such as light treadmilling and stationary biking would be ideal, but try your best not to put excessive bouncing on your nose. After all, we don’t want your nose falling off now!

Finally, by the third week if you feel confident enough in your healing process to begin lifting light weights you can go ahead and generate those muscles once again. Contact sports and heavy weight lifting are still to be abstained from for a minimum of 6 months, depending on the type of procedure you have had.

Everybody’s road to recovery is different. Some patients might have a more speedy restoration, while others have a more gradual restoration. Either way it is absolutely vital that you do not exert yourself beyond what your body can handle. If you experience swollenness, bruising, numbness, or any sort of pain you should refrain from physical activity and perhaps even contact your doctor.

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