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Puppy Plastic Surgery

Wanting to look good, wanting to primp, and wanting to feel beautiful are all fairly common and quite natural feelings. To a degree we may even push these views on our pets, especially dog breeds that have long hair. All you have to do is watch a dog show and you’ll see how much pride some owners taken their dog’s appearance, not to mention how they perform in the shows themselves. But I’d have to say that grooming your dog, and shelling out cash on a plastic surgery procedure for your dog, are two very different things.

Firstly, my California plastic surgery practice does not perform puppy plastic surgery. In fact, even if you do own a dog that needs plastic surgery for a medical reason, it is usually done by a q.ualified veterinarian, and maybe a plastic surgeon The truth is not all plastic surgery procedures performed on dogs are unnecessary. In fact, breeds such as Bulldogs and Shar-Peis sometimes have their excessive wrinkles cut away due to high risk of infection down the road. Bulldogs, and other dogs with flatter faces also have a tendency to have breathing problems. These are plausible reasons to have your dog undergo a form of plastic surgery that will suit their medical needs.

However, some dog owners are becoming a little too eccentric when it comes to their lovable pups. In recent news, a 7 year old Bulldog named Munson received testicle implants, because the owner was embarrassed by Munson’s neutered sack hanging out in the open for everyone to see. Like ear cropping and tail docking, this is type of procedure is incredibly unnecessary for the dog.

Interestingly enough, statistics show that it is usually men who want these Neuticals implanted in their dogs. Dogs aren’t aware of what they are lacking, nor do they care. Money for such an unnecessary procedure could easily be donated to shelters and adoption programs that truly need this money.

I can’t help but not be surprised, however. We, ourselves, want to appear put together, beautiful, and youthful, so it may only be natural to try and impress this upon our pets too. However, when it comes down to it, we may be better off attempting to rescue and save dogs instead of placing implants in them so they may appear to be intact. The fact of the matter is, they won’t ever know the difference.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

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Aging and Car Exhaust

In sunny California, cosmetic procedures have a lot to do with fixing aging skin. The more wrinkles we have, the more we worry about how old we appear to others. To combat wrinkles I perform procedures and treatments such as face lifts, Botox and laser skin resurfacing. But have you ever wondered if it’s not just age causing your wrinkles?

Recent studies show that car exhaust and soot is now deemed the third major modifiable factor that causes skin to age early. The top factor is ultraviolet rays, while second place is taken by tobacco smoke. This means that living in a highly populated area could be part of the reason your skin has begun to wrinkle earlier than expected.

It’s been known that soot and car exhaust can be bad for the respiratory system and that it causes minor cognitive failure in the elderly. It even has been linked to type 2 diabetes and is now being studied to see if it is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. But the fact that it can induce skin aging is yet another strike against industrial areas.

Unless you literally live in the country, it’s hard to avoid excessive car exhaust and soot. But you can contribute to the environment by cutting back on the amount you drive, and walk or ride a bike instead. If you live in a heavily populated industrial area, be sure to take extra care of your skin. And when all else fails, there are treatments to combat those early wrinkles at my California plastic surgery practice.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev, MD

SPELL MIGRAINE RELIEF? B-o-t-o-x

If you suffer migraines at least 15 days a month and have pain lasting at least four hours each time, your insurance may pay for you to have Botox injections to bring relief. The FDA has recently approved Botox as an injectable solution to migraine headaches when injected into the face and neck every three months.

You may have read that Allergan, the makers of Botox, were sued by the Feds for their previous unauthorized promotion of Botox for cerebral palsy and headaches between the years 2000 and 2005. The firm accepted the determination and paid the government $350 million plus $25 million in assets, along with an agreement for monitoring. In light of the fact that stock analysts estimate the revenue from this new approval for Botox will be in the billions, that’s a small price for Allergan to pay.

Two studies show proof that it works. In one, men and women suffering with chronic migraines reported 9 fewer migraines a month, compared with those who were given a placebo injection, who reported only 6.7 fewer migraines a month. That’s about a 30% difference. Allergan funded its own study which showed its users having 7.8 average fewer headaches per month compared with those getting the placebo, who reported only 6.4 fewer days of headaches a month.

Caroline Van Hove, Allergan spokeswoman, believes that health insurance companies will cover use of the drug because “this is a population that hasn’t responded to any of the conventional treatments.” Botox has already been approved for migraine treatment in the UK and Allergan is anticipating more approvals in the rest of Europe and Canada yet this year.

We provide this service for those of you suffering from migraines, so pick up the phone and put a stop to your chronic migraine headaches. Share the word with friends, family and co-workers and schedule time with us to treat this problem. You’ll feel so much better.

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

New Mesh for Breast Implants

A frequent challenge with saline implants, particularly the larger ones, is that they tend to slide a bit, as skin is not an extremely strong mechanism to hold them in place. I have used various products over time but am happy to report that Allergan, from whom I purchase my Natrelle implants, has recently bought the cosmetic & reconstructive surgery unit of Serica Technologies. This is good news because, by virtue of this purchase, Allergan now owns a product called  SeriScaffold, a silk-based mesh that can be used to better hold implants in place.

SeriScaffold joins Allergen’s ever-growing product line which includes the Natrelle brand of breast implants, Botox, Juvederm and Latisse, all big favorites among the beautiful.

“Serica’s scaffold biomaterial expertise provides Allergan with a new tissue engineering platform technology for use in tissue regeneration, including breast augmentation, revision and reconstruction and bariatric applications,” said company spokeswoman Caroline Van Hove.

“The technology represents the first silk-based medical device cleared by the FDA. We are always looking for ways to bolster our medical aesthetic franchise, and our acquisition of Serica is another example of our intent to further develop our leadership and expertise in breast aesthetics and reconstruction.”

To your Health & Beauty,

Vip