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Submitted by Admin on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:10

Chicago | Transgender Adam's Apple Shave

Chondrolaryngoplasty is the shaving of the Adam's Apple or thyroid cartilage to improve the appearance of the neck, particularly in transgender patients. A prominent Adam's Apple can be an obvious sign to outsiders that a transitioning patient is a male. Some patients opt to have this procedure performed because of the prominence of their Adam's Apple. This procedure is typically performed through a horizontal crease in the neck.


Do I need general or local anesthetic?

The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthetic. If it is being combined with another procedure a general anesthetic is administered. If it is the sole procedure, it can be safely performed in the office with a local anesthetic.

Is it dangerous?

The thyroid cartilage is near the vocal cords so there are risks associated with the surgery. However, conservative reduction can help significantly reduce these complications.

Will it change my voice?

There have been some reports of slight alteration in voice, however it is quite uncommon for one's voice to be altered with this procedure.

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Submitted by Admin on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:50

Caviar Injections in the Face | Illinois

While most of us think of caviar as just a luxurious edible indulgence, a few doctors in the Middle East have started injecting caviar into the face. Theoretically, the benefits of caviar are that it is similar in format to human skin. Vitamins and minerals are reportedly helping faces to look younger and firmer.

There are obvious concerns about injecting caviar intradermally and subcutaneously including safety, infection and efficacy. When injecting your face, make sure the product or products have a long track record of safety and that the benefit to risk ratio is in your favor.

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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.

Tags: LaserSkin Care

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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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