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September 13, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When doctors, researchers and celebrity lobbyists talk about the amazing potential of stem cell therapy, their discussions usually center on big-ticket items such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer and spinal cord injuries. They don't, as a rule, talk about wrinkles and crow's feet. But could stem cells be the next frontier in anti-aging medicine? Though most stem cell therapies are still in their infancy, a small number of plastic surgeons across the country are already offering so-called stem cell face-lifts, cosmetic procedures that use a person's own stem cells to supposedly bring new life to aging, sagging skin.
August 30, 2010 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery. No amount of running or iron pumping was going to do anything about the genetically programmed dark circles under my eyes, so I got those things zapped with a nuclear-powered laser that made me twitch and fidget in the chair like a spider monkey coming off a meth bender. Cosmetic surgery can, quite simply, do things that diet and exercise can't. If you've got something that looks like that mutant from "Total Recall" hanging off your stomach telling you to "start the reactor," and it bothers you more than the sizeable surgery scars will, then getting some work done on this area could be an option.
August 11, 2010
Several studies show that some people who repeatedly seek cosmetic surgery are afflicted with a mental disorder called body dysmorphic disorder. But undergoing a nip here, tuck there or a poke between the eyes does nothing to improve the mental condition of these people, according to a new study. Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition in which people become preoccupied with their looks to the point of being obsessed over minor flaws or perceived imperfections. They often become so addled by their obsession over physical beauty they become dysfunctional in other aspects of their lives.
March 24, 2010 | By Fred Tasker
In better economic times, some in search of youth and beauty thought nothing of plunking down thousands of dollars for a cosmetic procedure. These days, tummy tucks are on sale. What's more, recent figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery say the number of cosmetic procedures in the U.S. -- such as eyelid lifts and liposuction -- fell 17% from 2008 to 2009. "It's the economy. People don't have the disposable income," said Dr. Darryl Blinski, a Miami plastic surgeon.
January 10, 2010 | By Kavita Daswani
A $500 mini-makeover You're on a budget but still want to look your best. We asked cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians to weigh in on how you can get the most value for your beauty buck. "I have patients coming in and saying, "I've saved up $500. What can I do with it?" said Dr. Glynis Ablon, a dermatologist and assistant professor at UCLA. Her recommendation: Go for the treatment with the most obvious effect -- a laser session or combination of facial peel with Botox.
December 20, 2009 | By Kim Geiger
Citing concerns over skin cancer, Senate Democrats inserted a last-minute provision into their healthcare overhaul that would tax the use of tanning beds. The 10% sales tax would be imposed on individuals who purchase tanning services, but would not apply to what the bill called "phototherapy by a licensed medical professional." Most tanning salons are not staffed by medical personnel. The tanning tax would help pay for the massive overhaul by raising an estimated $2.7 billion over 10 years.
August 23, 2009 | Donna Abu-Nasr, Abu-Nasr writes for the Associated Press.
Does Islam frown on nose jobs? Chemical peels? How about breast implants? One of the clerics with the answers is Sheik Mohammed Nujaimi, and Saudi women flock to him for guidance about going under the knife. The results may not see much light of day in a kingdom where women cover up from head to toe, yet cosmetic surgery is booming. Religion covers every facet of life in Saudi Arabia, including plastic surgery. Nujaimi draws his guidelines from the consensus that was reached three years ago when clergymen and plastic surgeons met in Riyadh to determine whether cosmetic procedures violate the Islamic tenet against tampering with God's creation.
July 19, 2009 | Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Hard-hit last fall by the economy, cosmetic surgery has been making something of a comeback lately. The most popular procedures are (relatively) low-cost, noninvasive and have the added benefit of reduced recovery times that won't keep patients away from work so long that their jobs are on the line. Though the popularity of procedures varies by age, what follows are definitions for some of the most common cosmetic surgery treatments: Botox The No. 1 noninvasive procedure for patients 30 and older, Botox is a botulinum toxin that is injected into wrinkles, lines and creases in the face or neck to reduce their appearance.
July 19, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Karen Russi was tired. She was tired of looking at herself in the mirror and seeing "an old prune" staring back. She was tired of looking tired. Tired of feeling tired. "I needed to be rejuvenated," said the 64-year-old special education teacher. After contemplating a brow lift and CO2 treatment to erase the wrinkles from her face, Russi, who believes her job -- and her salary -- are "pretty safe and secure" in the current economy, took the plunge in the spring. The treatments cost $6,000.
July 7, 2009 | Sander L. Gilman, Sander L. Gilman is distinguished professor of the liberal arts and sciences and professor of psychiatry at Emory University. He is the author of "Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery" and "Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery."
In 1908, on hearing about a young man in Vienna who wanted a nose job, Sigmund Freud made a quick diagnosis: The man clearly suffered from an "anti-Semitic persecution" and did not want to be Jewish. When he was informed that "the patient is an ardent Jew" and a committed Zionist, Freud was flummoxed. In the end, he concluded that the patient was conflicted about his father and did not want to look like him. So what would Freud have made of Michael Jackson?
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