American’s are inundated daily with subliminal fast food marketing campaigns saying eat! Eat! EAT! Causing obesity in America to be prevalent among all age groups. “The obesity epidemic is one of the country’s most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled (Trust for America’s Health, www.healthyamericans.org ).” Now people have options like gastric bypass surgery and numerous weight loss plans to fit each lifestyle. The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, research shows “that the surgeries also help to “prevent, improve or resolve more than 40 obesity-related diseases or conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heat disease and certain cancers.” Skilled, board certified plastic surgeons are now able to restore figures with body lifts or sagging skin with noninvasive procedures. People are now choosing to shed pounds and get back to their old selves.
Total advertising spending by fast food restaurants reached $4.6 billion in 2012, an 8% increase over the $4.3 billion spent in 2009 (Fast Food FACTS). With all the advertisement focused on fast food, high in calorie content, theres no wonder why Americans and people of industrialized countries are packing on the pounds. Even the fashion industry is catering to this increase in average body weight by “vanity sizing” (size inflation), stretchy jeans that market to people’s shrinking egos and growing sizes.
With the average American man now weighing 194 pounds and woman, a shocking 165 pounds (New York Times), it’s no wonder people are looking into weight loss procedures. “Men weigh in at 16 pounds more than in 1990, the average weight for women jumped 14 pounds over the same period (Gallup Poll).”
According to Dr. Stephan Guyenet’s research, (Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance), claims that it hasn’t just doubled but American obesity has tripled since 1980. Total bariatric operations performed according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 2005 were at 171,000. Total body lifts performed in 2013 by American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org are listed as followed (the gender distribution remained interestingly the same for both males and females) .
Lower Body Lift 7,281
Thigh Lift 8,709
Upper Arm Lift 15,769
Buttock Lift 2,438
Breast Lift 90,006
Tummy Tuck 111, 986
In the media we see actors like Rosanne Barr from the hit TV show “Roseanne”, Randy Jackson former member of “The Jacksons” and host on American Idol, both have lost significant amounts of weight then opted for body lifts.
Good candidates for the body lifts are individuals with substantial loose sagging skin tissue in multiple areas of their body. Someone who has reached his or her specific weight goals with realistic future plans to maintain them. People who do not smoke and have healthy diets that help insure there are no complications with surgery, or recovery are great candidates. There are also noninvasive procedures like Exilis Elite to help with skin tightening, body shaping and overall skin rejuvenation. This is perfect for someone that has lost weight in smaller areas of the body or loss of elasticity due to age. The technology behind Exilis Elite is focused on a layering of thermal heat energy that targets collagen fibers, disrupting them until they unravel, causing the healing process that inhibits new collagen production. “Layering simply means that energy is delivered to the various depths in the tissue. Changing the cooling during treatment allows you to treat deep tissue all the way up to the superficial layer” (http://www.btlaesthetics.com).
In 1830 Adolphe Quetelet, a social scientist introduced BMI to measure body norms and abnormalities of individuals (underweight, normal, overweight, obese). Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet index, is calculated by the mass and height of a person. The World Health Organization regulates BMI. Not only has the BMI increased over the past half-century but more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese (U.S. Center for Disease and Control www.cdc.gov ).Obesity can raise a lot of concerns, hypertension, some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), type 2 diabetes, heart disease,stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems.
Now it is time for you to take a look at your life and weigh the options. Know that there are alternatives and a light at the end of the tunnel. There are many options to help surgically. If you’ve had significant weight-loss or interested in any body lift procedure book a consultation with Lief Rogers, MD, FACS located in both Beverly Hills or Pasadena California. www.leifrogersmd.com . Interested in a noninvasive procedure like Exilis Elite visit PRIVET Aesthetics located in both Beverly Hills or Pasadena California www.privetaesthetics.com . Because you deserve the best you, you can be.
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Even though you wear sunglasses, those long days spent by the pool reading and squinting in the sun have led to what used to be small lines in between your brows, to deepened wrinkles. You stare into the mirror and realize that you give off an angry, confused look that makes you feel older beyond your years. Before your winter getaway, you’ve decided it’s time to visit Beverly Hills for a little touch up. Recently, celebrity Olivia Colman 41, tells Time Magazine that she loves Botox, your girlfriends rave about it too. Botox works great in certain areas for you, but now you’re interested in combining the latest product to your aesthetic routine that specifically addresses your furrowed brow lines. Xeomin.
As we age, we are constantly moving our muscles, smiling, frowning or laughing. Skin is also damaged by the sun, causing loss of collagen production and diminished elasticity. The muscles deterioration over time lead deep forehead wrinkles to appear, individuals see themselves as looking older or frustrated. These lines known as number “11” lines are referred to as Glabellar Lines. People try everything from special facial pads that stretch wrinkles out while they sleep, face yoga, or simply rubbing ice and massaging oils on the unwanted lines. Patients who seek out more instant results now have more options similar to Botox injections, called Xeomin. This injectable is making waves in the medical and aesthetic industry. Like Botox, “Xeomin contains botulinum toxin A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum” (www.xeomin.com). “Xeomin is a prescription medications that block the release of chemicals that cause these muscle contractions. So frown lines are softened” (www.xeominaesthetic.com). Now you can turn your frowns upside down.
Book a consult with our concierge at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS for your Xeomin treatment. Whether you are located on the east or west side of Los Angeles, there are two destinations to accommodate your needs. Leif Rogers, MD, FACS is located in Beverly Hills and Pasadena California. House calls can be arranged depending on your specific treatment. During your Xeomin injections, cold ice packs or topical numbing cream can be applied to ease any discomfort. There is little to no pain and anesthesia is not needed. The treatment is quick and will only take around 10-20 minutes allowing you to continue on with your daily routine. Xeomin clinical trials explain that effects will show within 3-4 days or within the first week. The injection can last up to 3 months or longer depending on each individual. “The maximum effect occurred at 30 days” (xeominaesthic.com). A highly skilled practitioner will evaluate your specific problem areas and may combine other noninvasive treatment plans in addition to Xeomin to reach your desired outcome.
Let Leif Rogers, MD, FACS answer any of your questions about Xeomin. Call our concierge for more information and to book your free consultation.
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Everywhere you turn, advertisements about weight loss or fitness plans flood your daily life. Your Instagram feed is filled with “models” showing off their favorite diet shakes, or Facebook articles showcasing how celebrities like Khloe Kardashian recently slimmed down their figure. It’s not just TV, billboards or radio advertisements. These advertisements are everywhere you look, and completely inescapable. However, there is another growing trend with the acceptance of being over weight. With clothing brands offering vanity sizing and celebrities showcasing new plus size clothing lines which only creates the idea that weight gain as admissible. Obesity is the second preventable cause of death behind tobacco use in America, according to the National Institute of Health over 300,000 deaths occur each year. What are the major contributors to weight gain? And what are your healthiest options to eliminate fat for good?
Contributors to Weight Gain
There are numerous reasons why people gain weight: lack of exercise, poor diet, or no consistency in healthy life choices. An article By Sherry Rauh, “Is Fat the New Normal”, has an interesting perspective on why obesity is so prevalent in Americans. We are social beings, humans identify with their friends and family, so if they’re overweight you might dismiss that as being the norm. Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School , co-author of “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Change Lives”, has found through research that the problem is spreading in our social networks. Even shopping experiences with friends feels better because vanity sizing has made smalls and medium sizes fit larger individuals. This is counterintuitive to the health of Americans. Over the past 35 years it’s no wonder the diet industry has gained so much momentum. Since 1960, Americans have more than doubled in obesity rates, causing the average adult to be 24 pounds heavier than in 1960. (A Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). What is the healthiest and safest ways to rid your body of fat?
A balanced diet and exercise are necessary to maintain a healthy weight. Even with regular exercise, time spent at work or having children can leave you with problem areas that you just can’t get rid of! Luckily, PRIVET Aesthetics offers the latest FDA approved non surgical treatments to ensure those problem areas will disappear. The latest injectable, Kybella, can treat those dreaded “turkey necks” or double chin fat. The science behind the treatment is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid, that breaks down the fat and the fat is absorbed. Love handles and belly fat can be treated by Vanquish. The Vanquish breakthrough technology delivers thermal energy to specifically target fat layers in larger areas compared to other contouring treatments, changing the entire circumference area. The breakdown of the fat cells through the thermal energy is referred to as apoptosis. The body then naturally eliminates the fat through the lymphatic system. “The treated body part is located in the high-frequency electric field. The temperature increases to apoptic levels in the fat tissue while the surrounding tissue remains protected from apoptic temperature levels.”(www.btlaesthetics.com David McDaniel, MD and Paula Lozanova, MD). PRIVET Aesthetics is located in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, offering a luxury atmosphere with the latest technology in non surgical treatments. www.privetaesthetics.com For those who desire dramatic weight loss and other surgical options like liposuction, please visit Leif Rogers, MD, FACS www.leifrogersmd.com. The staff is committed to quality that extends into every patient interaction delivering excellence and comfort.
Whatever your weight loss needs try non surgical options at PRIVET Aesthetics and for surgical options, Leif Rogers MD, FACS can help. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions 310.860.8915
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The “Big C”, cancer, probably the most terrifying words anyone can ever hear. American’s are constantly being bombarded with endless information on what causes it or what keeps a person from getting it. One of the most common forms women is breast cancer. With increased awareness, survival rates have vastly improved, recovery support communities are available and women have the option to rebuild their breast through reconstruction surgery.
Cells in the body that begin to grow out of control and change are diagnosed as cancer. A lump or mass can form as with most types of cancers and that is identified as the tumor. Depending on where the tumor began to develop, determines the type or name of the cancer. The breast tissue made up of glands for milk production (lobules). The ducts that connect the nipple to the lobules is where the breast cancer starts. Fatty, connective and lymphatic tissue is what the remaining part of the breast is comprised of. Typically, the cancer is detected during routine screenings called mammograms or CBE (clinical breast exam) before the symptoms have even advanced. Fortunately, most masses or lumps found during exams turn out benign; meaning they have not grown, spread, are not cancerous or life threatening. About 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives. (National Cancer Institute of National Institute of Health).
Women that have a history of breast cancer now have the option for genetic testing to determine whether or not they carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation that indicates possible future breast cancer. Women have the option of double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. Recently, media attention has turned to numerous actresses and public figures that have undergone this procedure. These women are all advocating early detection and testing which can GREATLY reduce the chance of developing cancer.
Who are these women?
One of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses, winner of 3 Golden Globe awards, child activist and lets not forget the wife of Brad Pitt. Jolie opted for the genetic testing which uncovered that she did carry the gene. She underwent a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction reducing her chance of getting cancer from 90% down to less than 5%. Jolie is very outspoken about her decision and advocates to all women so they can be aware of their options.
Known for her outrageously sidesplitting personality, comedian-actress Wanda Sykes got serious when she went in for a cosmetic breast reduction that exposed the gene. Sykes appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and told her story about getting her double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Then she jokes, “At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it’s a party. [But] I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up.”
Wife of one of heavy metals most famous musicians Ozzy Osbourne, mother of three, and host of “The Talk” tested positive for the gene opting for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Sharon tells “CBS This Morning” that “I didn’t want to take the pressure of every time I would feel a pain or anything, I would be ‘this is it, this is it!’ And when you have the gene, you have to have mammograms more, so it’s like, ‘No, I can’t take it’.” Osbourne has now dramatically lowered the chance of ever getting breast cancer.
No matter what your age, getting yearly screenings and mammograms are necessary. Do your research and ask questions when looking for the right Doctor. A great website to visit for information on mammograms and breast reconstruction options is http://www.realself.com. If you find yourself in need of breast reconstruction options you can learn more about Leif Rogers, MD FACS at http://leifrogersmd.com/about/ . Dr. Leif Rogers has received grants from institutions, his research is published in several medical journals and he specializes in breast reconstruction with a specific concentration on microsurgery a fundamental key for this type of operation.
If you have a history of breast cancer or considering breast reconstruction, please do not hesitate to call us with any questions, concerns and to book your consult with Dr. Leif Rogers and his trusted staff.
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November is right around the corner. You are looking forward to spending time with your friends and family around the holidays this season. Since you’ve been devoting so much time to your career, there’s been no time to visit all those family gatherings on the west coast. New York City is freezing and sunny Los Angeles, California is calling your name. You glance into the window as you exit your office and see an unrecognizable, grumpy, tired face in the reflection. Late nights on the laptop are really doing a number on you. The phone rings as you step into your cozy apartment. Your sister is calling to inform you she booked Oxygen Facials for the two of you in Beverly Hills at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS the day after you arrive. Botox is the next topic of conversation. You hang up the phone and ponder, if it can really work for you?
The History of Botox
The discovery of botox has been around for over 100 years, no wonder it’s the most talked about injection amongst beauty critics and magazines across the globe. The bacterium was discovered in 1895, and over time been used for health remedies and cosmetic purposes. Botulinum toxin A is used in Botox and Dysport. It’s is a protein derivative of the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum that has been purified to relax muscle contractions, helping crows feet, furrowed brows, lines on the forehead, neck or around the mouth. Botox is a prescription drug and should only be administered by highly trained professionals.
Here is a list of other remedies that botox has been used for (Allergan data on file; Global Literature & Information Services 2010)
• To treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles with upper limb spasticity in people 18 years and older.
• To treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older.
• To treat certain types of eye muscle problems
(strabismus) or abnormal spasms of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older.
The latest in Botox
Botox has recently been cited on October 20th, 2015 in Time Magazine by Alice Park. “Researchers report in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology that shots of botox into the heart can keep its beating more regular and lower the risk of serious post- surgery complications like stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Anywhere from 10% to 50% of patients who receive heart bypass surgery to circumvent blocked vessels in the hea
rt can develop abnormal heart rhythms.” Botox has been cited for treating excessive armpit perspiration, (primary axillary hyperhidrosis) depression and migraines. With all this research it’s safe to say visiting a certified Plastic Surgeon for a little help with lines is well worth it!
Botox at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS
You’ve landed in LA and spent your entire flight reviewing Botox and treatments. Since it’s October Halloween “bootox specials”, are all over the internet, and without choosing a properly trained practitioner it can be a bit scary! Luckily, your sister has brought you to the best, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS in Beverly Hills. Highly trained practitioners will give you a clinical evaluation to determine what best suits your needs. Feel free to relax and ask questions, the skilled team is there to ensure comfort and knowledge while administering treatments that will help turn that frown upside down. Whether you are in Beverly Hills or live closer to Pasadena book your consult today, get pampered and indulge in the luxury, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS experience.
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