Monthly Archives: April 2010

Beautiful Brides Visiting Beauty Doctors

There’s not a bride around who doesn’t want to look fabulous on her special day. American Medical Association news writer, Victoria Elliot, recently wrote an article about brides who use plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments to look as beautiful as they can on their special day–which, in our experience here at our Bakersfield plastic surgery office, often extends to the moms, grooms, dads and bridal party as well.

According to wedding industry website firm, Local Traffic Builder in River Edge, NY, this is a growing trend. “There’s definitely a lot of self-improvement when brides are planning their weddings” states Local Traffic Builder’s owner Brian Lawrence. “And there is tremendous motivation for a bride to look her best and feel her best.”

The latest wedding industry statistics are from 2008. Those numbers show that about $60 billion is spent per year to cover wedding essentials such as meals, liquor, the band, the photographer and the cake, not to mention the all-important wedding gown. Not surprisingly, weight loss is often part of the pre-wedding preparations as well, with almost $300 million spent in 2008 just for weight loss purposes. Considering these numbers, it’s not that surprising that cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments weight in for the big day.

The staff at my Bakersfield plastic surgery practice offer a broad variety of treatments for brides and their families. We can treat acne and acne scarring, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, sun damage, rosacea and anything else our brides and their families need to look and feel completely wonderful both before and after the wedding. Not to mention plastic surgery procedures that can be done with a minimum of discomfort and rapid recovery. The wedding cake will be eaten and forgotten and nobody will remember whether you had first or second shelf liquor, but aesthetic enhancements will last long after the event is over. After all, those photos are going to be around for quite a long time–the rest of the couples’ lives.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev


Artefill—it’s baaaccckkk

Artefill is a long-term filler for nasolabial folds and marionette lines that was well-liked by many plastic surgeons and dermatologists as well as their patients. Unfortunately, during the recent economic slowdown the company went under and until recently there was no Artefill to be had.  The product maintained its FDA approval, however, and was recently purchased by Suneva Medical for over $200 million.

We are not big Artefill people here in our Bakersfield plastic surgery practice. We prefer the hyaluronic acid fillers and Sculptra, which have proved to be efficient and reliable. There’s currently another study on Artefill since it was purchased by Suneva. We’ll see how that one turns out before we make a decision to offer it.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Dev

Obesity linked to Depression and Vice Versa

The March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, reports a study that shows a connection between obesity and depression. Dr. Floriana Luppino of Leiden University Medical Center and GGZ Rivierduinen, Leiden, the Netherlands, and her colleagues analyzed the results of 15 previously published studies involving almost 60,000 participants. The researchers studied the longitudinal (over time) relationship between depression and obesity.

The research revealed associations between depression and obesity that went both ways—obese individuals tended to be depressed and depressed individuals tended to be obese. In fact, overweight persons had a 55% increased risk of developing depression, and depressed people had a 58% increased risk of developing depression.  The studies showed this tendency is higher among Americans than Europeans.

Among many physicians and researchers, obesity is considered an inflammatory body state and inflammation is closely linked with depression. Likewise, as most of us would suspect, since being thin is admired in the US, overweight or obese individuals are likely to have body dissatisfaction and lower self-esteem which has been shown to create a higher risk for depression. Further, being depressed contributes to overeating to self-soothe, so it’s no surprised that depressed people tend to become overweight.

The findings are important for clinical practice, the authors note. “Because weight gain appears to be a late consequence of depression, care providers should be aware that within depressive patients weight should be monitored. In overweight or obese patients, mood should be monitored. This awareness could lead to prevention, early detection and co-treatment for the ones at risk, which could ultimately reduce the burden of both conditions,” they conclude.

Our Bakersfield weight loss program works well for those struggling with obesity. I encourage my readers to do whatever they can to keep their weight within a normal range–except for crash dieting which is never good for your health. Join a gym, take a daily walk, get a dog to encourage you to get out everyday and exercise, get a bike or a scooter. There’s alot you can do that, over time, will contribute to a normal weight and a healthier, longer life.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

Fillers With No Drawbacks?

What could be better than a dermal filler that had no drawbacks in terms of rejection, any need for pre-testing and the ability to grow more of itself and stimulate the collagen in your body to produce more beauty-making collagen as time rolls by? And if this filler was inexpensive, could actually be harvested from areas of your own body that had too much fat, wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake? Well, it’s true. Fat transfer, sometimes called fat transplantation, fat injecting and microlipoinjection to name only a few, is becoming hotter than ever as people undergo liposuction and desire to use that removed fat for a good purpose (it’s almost like the best recycling idea ever!).

Although fat transfer is becoming big news, it’s actually a concept that began back in 1893 when Franz Neuber, a German doctor whose patient had a pit in her cheek, asked Dr. Neuber if he could remove it. Being a creative type, Neuber took fat from his patient’s upper arm and injected it into her cheek and bingo! The pit in her face was no longer. The first occasion in which autologous (meaning “your own) fat was injected into breasts to enlarge them was in 1895, when Dr. Karl Czerny used fat from a patient’s flanks to create larger breasts.

I’m always interested in doing things the most efficient way so long as it’s great for my patients–safety is the main factor I look for. Being able to take a patient’s extra fat and inject it into places that they’d like a little more roundness—perhaps the buttocks, the backs of the hands, in the face to fill and plump facial wrinkles, into the breasts instead of implants–you get the idea. It’s a dream come true.

Fortunately, this state-of-the-art technology isn’t a dream. It’s here. Here being all over the world and here in Bakersfield. If you’re thinking about “a little lipo” and you also have some places on your body, hands, face or other spots where you’d like that fat to be recycled, this might just be the perfect opportunity for you.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev