How To Find The Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon In Your Area

Plastic surgery procedures are done by plastic surgeons specializing in reconstructing facial and body defects. These effects arise from birth disorders, disease, burns, and trauma.

The primary intent of plastic surgeons is to perform surgical procedures that correct dysfunctional body parts and reconstruct them to almost the same state as they were in nature.

A majority of plastic surgeons attend additional training courses to perform cosmetic surgeries, but their operational training base remains as reconstructive plastic surgery. Today, plastic and reconstructive surgeries are recognized as the same procedure.

Some of the most plastic surgical procedures done by plastic surgeons include:

  • Burn repair surgical procedures
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Cleft Palate, extremity defect repairs (Congenital Defect Repairs)
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction surgical procedures

Plastic surgeons performing cosmetic surgeries have distinct practice goals that incorporate certain procedures. Cosmetic surgeries performed by board certified surgeons look different from operations performed by certified plastic surgeons.

Selecting The Best Plastic Surgeon

Before you undergo a surgical procedure plastic or cosmetic, ensure that the surgeon is a member of A.S.A.P.S. (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).

Members of this association are trained plastic surgeons concentrating on performing cosmetic plastic surgery for the face and body. ASAPS membership is an exclusive club for specialists that hold necessary qualifications.

Due to its high standards, only 25% of ASAPS members have been accredited membership. The association only invites surgeons specializing in plastic surgery.

An alternative specialist to see is one who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons

In the United States, the training, knowledge, and experience required to become a board certified surgeon demand that the doctor takes a specialty in plastic surgery. Every cosmetic surgeon has completed a year’s fellowship cosmetic surgery training.

While attending the fellowship, the surgeon is trained in all cosmetic surgical procedures working on the breast, face, body and also performs non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

The trainee undertakes a minimum 300 individual cosmetic surgical procedures during the training period. The training fellowship follows a 3-5 year residency program in a plastic surgery related discipline.

Patients are advised to compare their physician’s overall residency and post-residency training, and experience in the cosmetic field, to find the most qualified surgeon to perform their surgery.

The Plastic Surgery Innovation

Plastic surgeons are an innovative lot. They have developed innovative procedures and products including but not limited to:

  • Liposuction
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Tissue expansion

All practicing plastic surgeons are willing and are ready to seek solutions that will enhance today’s plastic surgery practice in ways that solve challenging clinical problems.

Advanced technology, including simulators, virtual reality, and robotics are instruments that are becoming common in the medical learning and practice arena.

Technological innovations help lower a patient’s risk as they bolster communications between surgeons and the patient.

However, there’s a need for continuous innovation in the plastic and cosmetic surgery niche to create treatments that will advance this type of surgical procedures.

Note: If you are in Boston and are looking for the best plastic surgeons, you are in better hands if you book an appointment with a highly qualified and skilled surgeon.

Pure Know How

Non-Toxic Times reader Patti Murphy wrote in about our recent article on parabens and we wanted to share what she had to say with y’all

We wholeheartedly endorse your concerns about parabens in everyday products. My own experience with breast cancer last year opened my eyes to the impact of this endocrine disrupter chemicals in the products I used everyday. This awareness started a process that has resulted in a new venture, Pure Know How. We publish a weekly on-line bulletin on the toxins in everyday cosmetic, personal care and household products. We also have an extensive Web site with resources, product reviews, a blog and archives. Our “fresh and friendly approach” to this important issue has been resonating with our subscribers – as indicated by the number of people who have signed up to receive the weekly e-bulletin and the feedback we’ve received. Check us out.

Is Depression the Last Stigma?

Many years ago I read William Styron’s “Darkness Visible,” a brilliant and courageous book about Styron’s lifelong struggle with depression. I highly recommend this short but wonderful story. My mother, brother and I all have dealt with the intensely debilitating effects of depression. Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine story, Darkness Invisible, reminded me of how easy it is to keep discussion of this chronic disease in the closet. Our silence also discourages others from discussing their depression openly. This silence deprives those who have yet to learn how to manage their depression from the advice and experience of those of us who have learned how. This post in not an attempt in any way to provide advice for those who believe they may be experiencing depression and aren’t sure what to do, only a reminder to those of us who know that we have depression to bring it out of the closet so that we’re available to help others.

Just Say Bisphe-No…

I’m staying on the anti-bisphenol-A bandwagon for at least one more post here. There are a lot of people jumping on, and it’s nice to finally have some company. Tons of stuff coming over the wires about this chemical. Last Thursday, a group of several dozen scientists issued a statement saying bisphenol-A was causing serious health problems in people.

And this week, a federally annointed panel of experts is supposed to bereleasing their own verdict on the chemical (given all the political manipulation of science in the White House these days, however, I’d take this report with a big grain of salt. Or aspirin…).

The flurry of activity is focusing a surprising amount of media attention on this fairly obscure but-maybe-hopefully-not-for-much-longer toxin. If I haven’t thrown up enough links here for you, our pals at Grist have been all over this one lately and have even more.

All I Wanted Was Some “Fresh” Air

A new study by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reported in last week’s issue of Time Magazine found that 12 out of 14 air freshners purchased at a local Walgreens contained chemicals called phthalates. Time reports:

“Studies involving rat and human subjects have suggested that high exposures to certain kinds of phthalates can cause cancer, developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities (including decreased testosterone and sperm levels and malformed sex organs) in infants, and can affect fertility. In 2004, the European Union banned two types of phthalates in cosmetics and also bans the chemical in children’s toys, as do 14 other countries. The first state bill to ban phthalates in children’s toys in the U.S. is currently sitting on California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk, and he is expected to sign it this week.”

The fall out for the study so far: Managers at 111 Walgreens stores in Minnesota and thousands more nationwide removed three different varieties of air fresheners from their shelves over the weekend.

Study details here.

If You Have Your Nails Done Read This!

While I never have, I know many who make it a weekly ritual to visit a nail salon to get painted. While I have insisted that the three women in my family only do their nails outside or in the garage to avoid polluting the air in our home, I was deeply saddened by a recent article in the NYTimes about the women who work in nail salons.

According to the article, nail salon workers (not to mention their clients) are surrounded by toxins on the job. They’re exposed to toluene, which is a colorless liquid used as a solvent, formaldehyde that helps harden nails and dibutyl phthalate, a plasticizer that makes nail polish flexible to prevent shipping. “The intensity of exposure for salon workers is 1,200 times what it would be for the average American,” said Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group.

The Culture of Cancer

Last night the CBS Evening News ran a piece on Kris Carr, director of the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer and author of an accompanying book on cancer tips. Kris was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer and since then has been defying the odds by not only surviving but flourishing. Hers is a genuine profile in true courage, and she’s a real inspiration on every level.

But I couldn’t help thinking that CBS missed the real story here, which is why is it that we now have what amounts to a cancer culture? Even forgetting for a moment the weird commercials for chemotherapy relief drugs on network TV or the whole oncology industry itself, we’re awash in survivors’ stories, how-to-beat-it books, motivational cancer speakers, and more. We’ve accepted freaky cancer rates and increasing incidences of once rare forms as normal and spun the whole idea off as a new market in which cancer is just business as usual.

The real question is: What’s causing all this cancer? Why have we come to have a cancer culture in the first place? What is it that’s making so many of us so sick? Why has cancer touched so many lives that it’s able to spawn its own industry and a constant flood of news stories, it’s own markets and its own communities? When are journalists going to start asking about the cause instead of simply interviewing the tragic results?

This is Your Pet. This is Pet on Pet Food…

Dog and cat food is in the news. Bad gluten. Dead pets. Too many tainted brands to count. No doubt you’ve seen at least the headlines. Pet people and animal lovers are up in arms, but here’s the thing (and the dirty secret)… Contaminated ingredients or not, most if not all commercial mass-market pet food is utter crap. Even on a good production day, I’m firmly convinced that it’s just about the worst thing for our animal co-conspirators. You don’t want to know what it’s made from. And you sure don’t want to be feeding it to Fido. (Say… what exactly is in that “meat by-product” anyway?)

My recommendation? Make your own. Really. It’s easy. It’s cheap. It’s guaranteed safe and healthy. And pets love it. I have a 13-year old Australian shepard

who has eaten nothing but handmade chow for the last 12 years. And of all the dogs that I know that were born around the same time, she’s the only one left. Anecdotal, yes. But all the others didn’t die of happy old age. They went early. And cancer was just about the universal cause. My pup was the only one eating a homemade diet of human-grade food. She’s still spry as you could hope for. Evidence enough for me.

I’ve used the recipes inDr. Pitcairn’s wonderful book with great success. But there are other resources out there. Like this one. And this one. And this other one. And this one, too.

People always look at me a little strangely when I tell them I make my own dog food, but that’s just because they’ve been trained to accept the commercial pet food paradigm. If they only knew how easy and how much better the DIY alternative is. I make a week’s worth all at once in a big giant pot (from ingredients that include ground turkey, black beans, brown rice, and veggies), freeze it in serving-sized containers, and thaw one per day. It costs me around $12 per batch (translation: about the same or less than commercial food), and the whole prep process takes just an hour (which mostly consists of unattended stove simmering). The dog loves it. And I love my dog. Which makes it all a beautiful thing. Try it. You won’t look back. And your animals will thank you in their way.

One note: Don’t just start frying up leftovers and tossing them in the bowl. Animals need balance in their food. Certain nutrients in certain amounts. Go with a tested recipe to make sure they get the right stuff. And make the transition slowly by adding increasing amounts of the new good food to the old not-so-good food until you’ve phased out the junk. You don’t want to upset Rover’s stomach and have today’s blue plate special end up all over the carpet.