Is Dyeing Your Hair When You’re Pregnant Really That Bad? Doctors Weigh In.

There’s long been an unwritten rule that pregnant women shouldn’t dye their hair, for fear of causing undue harm to the fetus growing inside of them. It’s unclear what sparked this concern, but women continue to ask: Is it safe to dye my hair while pregnant?

Women’s worries about hair dye chemicals, such as ammonia and peroxide, are understandable. But as StyleCaster reported, the concentration of chemicals in hair dye is very low. Are the small quantities used to color your hair enough to put you at risk for serious health problems?

Samia Gore Has Created a Positive Online Community for Plastic Surgery

Samia Gore began her plastic surgery journey when she started flying to Dominican Republic a couple years back to get procedures. When she began, she had no idea of the many do’s and don’ts that are associated with going under the knife. This collection of experiences led her to create an online community where women can discuss cosmetic surgery.

The online space allows these women to discuss everything from advice on doctors to tips on how to prepare for procedures. She shares her wealth of knowledge with the larger community as the author of Plastica, Your Step-by-Step Plastic Surgery Guide. Today, Gore has grown the #PlasticPositive community into 120K followers. Rolling out spoke with Gore about her influential development and impact on the plastic surgery community.

AI-Enabled Wearable Tech Could Help Estimate Aging

Continuous biomarker monitoring, coupled with an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, could help us better understand how a person is aging.

Researchers from GERO, a biotech company, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), have developed a novel method of acquiring physical activity data from a wearable device that can be used to produce digital biomarkers of aging and frailty and better understand biological age.

The “biological age” is a quantitative measure of aging—and thus an expected lifespan—based on biological data.

Patients Who Travel Abroad for Plastic Surgery Can Bring Home Serious Complications

With the promise of inexpensive procedures luring patients to travel abroad for plastic surgery, medical tourism has become an expanding, multi-billion-dollar industry. But while the initial procedure may be cheap, it can place a significant burden on U.S. public health systems when patients return from abroad with complications.

A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital describes the magnitude of medical complications that can result from plastic surgery abroad. Their study is published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Read the full press release at www.eurekalert.com

Surgeons Transform Static ‘Mona Lisa’ Smiles to Joyous Ones

By modifying a muscle transplant operation, Johns Hopkins surgeons report they are able to restore authentic facial expressions of joy — wide and even smiles — to selected patients with one-sided facial muscle paralysis due to birth defects, stroke, tumors or Bell’s palsy.

“The smile has been judged as the most important sign to express positive emotions, and people are judged to be angry when they can’t smile,” says Kofi Boahene, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Previously, the best we could hope for most of the time with surgery was a smirk where just the corners of the mouth upturn in a smile like the one Mona Lisa has in DaVinci’s famous painting. But that isn’t a joyful, expressive smile where the lips move up, teeth show and eyes narrow. Now we’re able to really restore a true smile.”

Read the full press release at www.sciencedaily.com

Cosmetic Procedures and Isotretinoin Use

A taskforce of cutaneous surgeons in India suggests that performing several common cosmetic procedures, from laser hair removal to fractional laser treatment for aging and acne scarring, is safe in patients currently or recently on isotretinoin. That’s despite widespread recommendations to avoid doing many common cosmetic procedures in these patients, unless the acne drug has been discontinued for at least six months.

The concern has been that isotretinoin has pharmacological actions that affect epidermis, sebaceous gland and collagen formation. This has led to questions about whether isotretinoin use might lead to poor wound healing, keloid development and hypertrophic scarring after common cosmetic and dermatologic procedures.

Employee Health Insurance, Obamacare Make Sex Change a New Reality for 1.4 Million Americans

Gender affirmation surgery — sex-change surgery is now a passé term — became four times more common between 2000 and 2014, for a total of 4,118 in-hospital procedures. Between 2012 and 2014, there were 1,260 surgeries, according to the most recent comprehensive data included in a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Changes in the culture and heavy media attention have helped, but another force behind the increase in surgical procedures is more willingness on the part of health insurance companies to cover it. Johns Hopkins’ data shows that 61 percent of in-hospital surgical procedures for gender affirmation were covered by insurance between 2012 and 2014, compared with just 35 percent from 2006 to 2011.

Read the full article at www.cnbc.com

The Science Behind the Pursuit of Youth

Ask the internet for antiaging tips and you’ll find advice ranging from Goop-y frivolities to dangerous shams. “Aging has always been a target for charlatans and snake oil salemen,” says John Newman, a geriatrics researcher at UC San Francisco and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

But as researchers begin to understand how aging works at a molecular level, there’s a glint of promise—and oodles of hype—in new life-­extension treatments.

Slap on Protection Before Getting a Manicure, Surgeons Warn

People should apply sunscreen to their hands before undergoing a manicure, a group of plastic surgeons from Ireland advise.

In a letter contained in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Stephanie Marie Bollard and colleagues from the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Galway, report on a wide range of skin-cancer risk estimates tied to the use of ultraviolet lamps during acrylic gel manicures.

The ultraviolet lamps are used to catalyse polymerisation and hardening of the gels used during the procedure. Customers typically hold each hand under the lamps for five minutes. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is an acknowledged skin cancer risk, albeit one that is dose dependent.

Cosmetic Surgery for a Pet Fish? In Asia, This One Is King of the Tank

Eugene Ng jabbed a pudgy finger against the side of the glass tank, like a predator singling out his unlucky target.

“That fish’s eye is looking a little droopy,” said Mr. Ng, pointing to a fish with large metallic gold scales swimming happily among its companions.

Minutes later, the fish was knocked out and getting an eyelift, a procedure that has become standard practice in Mr. Ng’s job as one of the premier cosmetic surgeons for Asian arowana fish here in Singapore.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com