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  • How Aging Really Affects Your Body and What to Do About It

    It’s not fair, but the hands of time ravage much more than just your face. After the age of 30 or so, you may notice your body changing for the worse: bumpy skin appears out of nowhere, your waistline grows thicker, and your breasts and buttocks start to lose their perky shape.

    While you can’t stop the years from passing, you can fight back against aging with healthy lifestyle choices and effective cosmetic procedures. Here are some of the most important transformations you will experience as you age and some tips to help you remain young and attractive without dramatic interventions.

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    Increased Belly Fat

    As you near middle age, your body starts to store fat differently than in younger years. What happens is that you start losing some of the subcutaneous fat that sits just below your skin, which is why your face may not be as plump and supple as it was in your youth.

    However, this loss of subcutaneous fat does not mean you’re growing slimmer with age. As the fat you can pinch diminishes, your visceral fat stores rise. Visceral fat is the padding that lines your internal organs — and as you gain more of it, your stomach starts to protrude farther than before. This soon translates to a wider waistline, reducing the “Coke bottle” shape that many women aspire to obtain.

    Decreased Muscle

    Another telltale sign of age is decreased muscle mass, which usually starts getting noticed after the age of 30, when your lean tissue begins to erode in a process called atrophy. In fact, you could lose up to 5 percent of your muscle mass with each decade. This means that your body will appear less fit and toned, and you may look out of shape if you don’t take steps to reverse the loss.

    In the case of muscle loss, the phrase “use it or lose it” rings very true. The less you use your muscles, the more they will atrophy. This not only affects your appearance, but makes you weaker and unable to perform the same tasks you could earlier in life. Muscle atrophy is why some elderly people lack the strength to carry grocery bags, climb stairs, or otherwise take care of themselves in their twilight years.

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    Sagging Breasts and Buttocks

    Many women associate their beauty and sexuality with breasts and buttocks. Over time, however, both of these areas can start to sag – breast sagging even has its own technical name: ptosis.

    As breast specialist and surgeon Ian Laidlaw told the Daily Mail, “A large part of a woman’s femininity is her breasts. Sagging is a predictable change, yet it can have a profound impact … The feelings women get when they can’t control the changes in their breasts can include inferiority, distorted body image, unattractiveness and worthlessness.”

    For some women, the same can be said of the buttocks, which sag more and more as muscle tissue decreases. Your buttocks are called your “gluteus maximus” because they house the largest muscles in your body — therefore, changes in muscle mass significantly affect their appearance.

    The truth is nature is going to cause some sagging no matter what you do, as scientists have yet to find a way to reverse gravity. However, one of the best ways to save your perky shape is to keep a constant – and healthy – weight. That’s because your breasts have a layer of fat beneath the skin that grows thicker with weight gain and thinner with weight loss. When the fat layer becomes significantly thicker and then thins back down, the surrounding skin becomes stretched — and you can’t undo this stretching yourself.

    Of course, women who want children may not have the option of maintaining a steady weight for life, as a gain of 35 pounds or so is normal and healthy for the baby. One bit of good news for mothers: breastfeeding will not contribute to sagging.

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    Get Moving

    A healthy dose of exercise can fight sagging on multiple levels. For one thing, physical activity burns calories to help you maintain your weight. Aerobic exercises such as running and cycling promote blood flow, allowing vital nutrients to flow to breast tissue and other areas (just be sure to wear a good sports bra, as bouncing can worsen sagging). As a bonus, aerobic exercise also burns visceral fat, so it helps keep your stomach flat and your waist small.

    For a shapely derriere, turn to strength-training exercises, which increase muscle tissue to create firmness and a round shape. Weight machines at the gym, such as the leg press, are one option. However, you don’t need any fancy equipment to sculpt a fetching rear end. Body-weight moves like squats and lunges are excellent for buttock toning; use dumbbells if you want extra resistance.

    Fat Transfer for Dramatic Results

    Although every effort helps, the truth is that nothing you can do at home will provide the same anti-aging results as professional cosmetic procedures. If you want to make significant changes to your shape, only a plastic surgeon can help.

    Specifically, fat transfer can give you the hourglass shape of youth and vitality. During the procedure, your doctor will first perform liposuction to remove fat from your abdomen or other regions. With modern technology, this can be done with no knife or stitches, and only with local anesthesia. The fat may then be injected into the breasts to add volume and create a perky look.

    The same process can also be used to perform a “Brazilian butt lift.” For this procedure, the fat is transferred to your buttocks to create a voluptuous lower body. If you want, you can even have some of the fat injected into your face to fill out cheeks or other hollowed areas.

    The bottom line is that if you want to maintain your youthful figure, don’t consider time on your side. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, fight some signs of aging with exercise and weight maintenance. Then, if you’re ready for a serious change, ask your plastic surgeon if fat transfer may be a good option for you. After all, with today’s advanced technology, there’s simply no need to live with unwanted sagging or pesky bulges.

    About the Author
    Justin Yovino, M.D., FACS of Ideal Face and Body is a Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic surgery and extensive training in the most advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Yovino is very experienced in aesthetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery. Dr. Yovino is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is well respected by his peers in the medical community.journals, has presented his clinical work at plastic surgery meetings and is an expert plastic surgery contributor for realself.com.

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  • Most Important Considerations for a Successful Nose Job

    If you’re considering a nose job, you’re likely wondering what level of control you have over the results. Movies and mass media may have led you to believe that you can have any nose shape you prefer. While this may be true to a certain extent, the actual results of your impending nose job depend on a myriad of factors, from face shape and surgical limitations to personal preferences.

    If you’re approaching the point in talks with your doctor where it is now time to pick out your new nose, it is also time to understand what goes into picking out the right shape.

    What’s in a Shape?

     

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    There are 7 different types of face shapes and 14 different types of nose shapes, which means there are 98 different face and nose shape combinations available. Unless you’re considering additional cosmetic procedures to alter your natural face, you’re going to need a clear idea of which nose forms will work with your face. But first of all, how do you determine your face type?

    There are a few ways to find out what your face shape is. To start, one option is to trace your face in the mirror with a lipstick (don’t worry, it wipes off!). After pulling away from the mirror, you should be able to see a clear “shape” in your drawing. To be safe, close one eye to make sure your perception is from only one point. Here are the defining features of each of the 7 shapes:

    1. Oval – Your forehead, jaw, and cheekbones are all usually the same width, with the length of your face being a little longer than the general width.

    2. Round – The width of your forehead, jaw, and cheekbones are still all generally the same,equal in dimension with the length of the face.

    3. Square – This is similar to the round shape, but your jaw and forehead edges are more squared than rounded.

    4. Diamond – Unlike the square shape, the cheekbone width is the widest, with the forehead and jaw of shorter widths and the chin narrow and pointed.

    5. Heart – Your lipstick trace likely shows the shape of a heart, with the widest part at the forehead and tapering down through the jaw.

    6. Triangle – The reverse of the heart shape, this shape is widest in the jaw and the narrowest in the forehead.

    7. Oblong – The oblong shape is a bit of an extended oval and can sometimes be reflected in other shapes, but is typically determined by the length of the face, which is significantly different from the width.

    The Nose Knows

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    In addition to taking face shape into account, the nose itself plays a major role in the options available for your nose job. The width of the tip, bridge, and nostrils need to be considered as well, as symmetry and a balanced appearance are crucial to a good outcome.

    Understanding what nose shape you have can help you determine what you like (and what you don’t like!) about your nose, also helping you find out which nose shapes you can choose to keep your looks as natural as possible. According to a recent study, there are 14 different types of nose shapes, with the vast majority spread between the “Greek”, “hawk”, “celestial”, “fleshy”, and “roman” nose shapes.

    Not sure which shape you have? A simple Google search for “how to determine nose shape” can provide you with a plethora of images from which to compare yours to the various search results. Once you have determined your particular nose shape, it’s time to consider what options you have for nose remodeling. However, as with any medical procedure, your plastic surgeon should be the ultimate resource for determining your nose shape, both current and future.

    Managing Your Expectations

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    While nose jobs and celebrities aren’t exactly news-making combinations, recently Khloe Kardashian made headlines when she told the world her mother Kris Jenner had suggested she needed a nose job. It wasn’t that her mother thought she needed a nose job, rather it was that Khloe was 9 years old at the time Kris expressed this sentiment. A nose job for a 9 year old is not only extreme and unlikely to be approved by the medical community (unless there were significant medical benefits to be gained), but it also discounts the consideration of a growing and changing face shape. While a child may grow into his or her face and nose shape or experience adjustments and changes through adulthood, adults may also experience significant changes in appearance.

    Weight fluctuations, changes in exercise routines, plastic surgery, some makeup and hairstyle techniques, and even pregnancy can cause an adult face to look different through the years. When considering which nose may suit your face, you should try to be in a physical state that most closely resembles your typical appearance. In short, if you recently got blunt cut bangs and lost 30 pounds training for a marathon, but you know that next year you will have grown your hair out again and stopped running, you might want to wait until you look “more like yourself”.

    Final Considerations

    The decision to get a nose job is rarely made lightly and, as with any major medical procedure, a board-certified plastic surgeon should be included in the process from the beginning. Your plastic surgeon can discuss all the options available to you, help you examine renderings of different outcomes to decide which shape is preferable to your face, and help you understand what the process entails. A plastic surgeon is well versed in all the physical attributes of the face and will likely be able to discuss your face and nose shape and what works best for your particular attributes. Depending upon whether your interests are minor modifications or more significant changes, your plastic surgeon will be able to help you make sure the resulting shapes work together and work for you.

    About the Author
    Justin Yovino, M.D., FACS of Ideal Face and Body is a Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic surgery and extensive training in the most advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Yovino is very experienced in aesthetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery. Dr. Yovino is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is well respected by his peers in the medical community.

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