March 24, 2010 |
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.
March 11, 2009 |
The recession has caused patient volume at cosmetic-surgery facilities to fall by a third, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. With money so tight, it's hard for many people to contemplate spending thousands of dollars on face-lifts or boob jobs. But when I attended an open house at the New Hair Institute in Century City last weekend, I found a waiting room full of guys who were willing to spend as much as $20,000 apiece to restore what nature was taking away.
October 27, 2008
Re "A political fashion do or don't?" Oct. 23 Because Sarah Palin has made being "pro-America" one of the cornerstones of her campaign speeches, why is she wearing expensive clothing made by Italian designers Valentino and Gianfranco Ferre? At a time when many Americans have lost their jobs, it would have been more appropriate and pro-American for the vice presidential nominee to wear clothes manufactured in the U.S. Palin should practice what she preaches. Phyllis Landis Ocean Hills -- John McCain has an economic stimulus plan: Send Palin shopping.
November 5, 2007 |
"Nip/Tuck," season premiere, Oct. 30, FX, 10 p.m. The premise: Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) have moved their cosmetic plastic surgery practice from Miami to Beverly Hills. They are having trouble competing with established surgeons who operate on local celebrities, so they hire a publicist who gets them a job with a TV drama about plastic surgeons.
December 25, 2005 |
Look around a crowd, and you'll see that lots of middle-age men are losing their hair. What is science doing about this? Quite a bit, it turns out. A British company, for example, says five guys are walking around with hundreds more hairs than they had before, thanks to an early test of what's been called hair cloning. A U.S. outfit hopes to start testing a similar approach next year. Other scientists are tracking down genes that make some men susceptible to hair loss to understand the process.
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November 4, 1999
British researchers have found that it is possible to transplant hair from one person to another without using anti-rejection drugs, a discovery that could eventually make hair transplants routine. But the finding involves only one patient and only a few hairs, so much more work needs to be done. Biologist Colin A.B.