The World’s First Recipient of a Second Face Transplant? A 43-Year-Old Who Says He Feels 22 Again

Jérôme Hamon is the first person in the world to receive two face transplants.

And a few months after receiving his second transplant in January, he spoke to reporters and told them that he was feeling well.

Doctors removed Hamon’s first transplanted face last year after it began to show signs that it was being rejected by his body, reports said, after a period of antibiotic treatment he was given to fight a cold.

RealSelf Raises $40 Million for Online Plastic Surgery Review Site

Seattle tech company RealSelf has inked its first funding round in 10 years, and added $40 million to its coffers.

RealSelf, which offers an online marketplace where people can review plastic surgery procedures and discuss doctors, raised the money in a round led by Boston venture capital firm Elephant.

The company has spent 10 years financially supporting itself, but the investment will help it expand its service across the world, said CEO and founder Tom Seery.

In Real Life, SPF 100 Sunscreens May Work Better Than SPF 50

Sunscreens with a rating of SPF 100 may be more effective than ones rated SPF 50, according to a randomized trial, even though the Food and Drug Administration says that any SPF above 50 offers no additional protection.

The study, in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, included 199 men and women given two tubes of sunscreen, one marked “right” and one “left.” They applied the cream to the indicated side of the face and neck, and then went about their normal activities on a sunny day at a ski resort. One of the tubes contained SPF 50 cream, the other SPF 100.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com

This Is What Happens When You Get Too Much Filler In Your Face

Influencers like Kylie Jenner and the rest of her famous family have helped to make the use of facial fillers increasingly common. The more we’re bombarded with photos of perfectly plumped pouts on social media, the more we wonder: Is there such a thing as too much? If so, what does that mean?

Enter “filler fatigue,” a buzzy beauty term to describe what happens when someone has had too much filler. Essentially, over time, filler stretches and weighs down the skin, which means you need more filler with each trip to the doctor, which will just stretch the skin and tissue even more.

Plastic Surgery Trends for 2018

by Shane Haumpton

In this generation, where physical appearance is important and highly regarded, more and more people are turning to plastic and reconstructive surgery. It may be for anything from improving one’s appearance by reducing the signs of aging and redefining certain facial and bodily features to correcting physical deformities for the restoration of proper bodily functions. And thanks to modern techniques and machines, not to mention highly capable doctors and surgeons, it’s now easier to achieve our desired results.

Based on statistics from previous years, below are the cosmetic surgery trends that we expect to see more of this 2018.

Rhinoplasty

One surgical procedure that never goes out of style is rhinoplasty. Also referred to as nose reshaping, this procedure aims to correct any imperfections or alter the shape of the nose while restoring the natural functions of the nostrils. The nose is responsible for creating facial symmetry and any physical change in its shape or form can have an enormous impact on a patient’s overall facial appearance. Therefore, it is crucial to seek the help of a true rhinoplasty expert. And when performed by a certified surgeon, complementary results will be evident in the harmony and balance of facial features.

Blepharoplasty

Second on the list is blepharoplasty, also referred to as eyelid rejuvenation. When a person ages, the skin around the eyes begins to sag, causing the appearance of sunken eyes. The effect is more evident in men and women in their 40s and 50s, making them the primary market for this procedure. While sunken eyes are often easily remedied by fillers and Botox, more severe skin sagging will have to be addressed with eyelid rejuvenation.

Like the nose, the eyes are highly prominent facial features, so a successful blepharoplasty should involve expert fat grafting that seamlessly blends the lower eyelid with the cheek-lower eyelid area and maintains the patient’s overall natural appearance.

Facelifts

Facelifts are extremely popular for addressing sagging facial skin and sunken areas of the face to make a person look instantly fresher and younger. It is sometimes requested in conjunction with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to allow clients to look their best despite their age. And because it addresses bigger facial areas, it becomes more crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facial rejuvenation to achieve optimum, celebrity-worthy results.

Nowadays, facelifts are done with the manipulation of the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) or the muscles of the face. Surgeons change the position of facial muscles to give the face a more “lifted” appearance. This approach yields natural-looking results that can complement natural facelift methods, like facial exercise. Using SMAS facelift techniques also provides longer-lasting results and preserves one’s natural facial symmetry.

Innovative Fat Transfer and Reduction Techniques

Experts have found new ways to use and reduce fat for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, making them among the trendiest plastic surgery methods as of late. Fat transfer usually starts with liposuction to get excess fat from on one area of the body. After purifying the acquired fat, it will then be injected to areas that need some reshaping and plumping, like the buttocks, breasts, or even the face. Results are permanent, as fat adjusts accordingly by increasing in size when a person gains weight and decreasing in size when there’s weight loss.

There’s also non-invasive fat reduction, a method also referred to as cryolipolysis. This process kills fat cells by freezing them through popular non-surgical body contouring methods like CoolSculpting, the only FDA approved treatment for non-surgical fat reduction. Frozen fat cells will slowly and eventually be eliminated by your body over the course of several weeks or months following the treatment and requires no downtime.

Male Plastic Surgery

Men are becoming more and more particular with their looks; hence, the 50% increase in the number of males getting plastic surgery in the past 15 years. As you can imagine, the benefits help give them an edge in their career and in their personal life as they become more attractive and confident around their bosses, clients, and even potential mates.

Typical male plastic surgery procedures include rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, breast reduction, and liposuction, among others. Aside from getting to maintain or restore their youthful looks, it gives them an opportunity to correct any undesirable features.

Shane Haumpton is a contributing writer for several websites and blogs. She has written on a variety of topics, ranging from lifestyle, photography, travel, and arts and crafts to gadgets, social media, and Internet safety.

Early Skin Cancer More Accurately Diagnosed By Dermatologist Than Other Providers

Physician assistants (PAs) are increasingly used in dermatology practices to cut costs and improve access to care, but are more likely than dermatologists to perform unnecessary skin biopsies to check for cancer, while being less likely to accurately diagnose early stage skin cancers, according to new research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The results of the study, led by Laura Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Dermatology, are published today in JAMA Dermatology.

“Although the availability of PAs may help increase access to care and reduce waiting times for appointments, these findings have important implications for training of PAs and other non-physician practitioners in dermatology,” said Ferris. “Currently there is no formal training or certification program in dermatology for PAs or other advanced practice providers.”

Read the full article at medicalxpress.com

Can Doing Facial Exercises Help You Look Younger?

Have you ever thought of doing a workout … with your face? Researchers recently explored this novel idea, which is sometimes called facial yoga. They wanted to uncover whether or not people could use targeted exercises to tone facial muscles with the goal of looking younger.

Specifically, they used facial workouts to reduce wrinkles, help fill in hollow cheeks and minimize other signs of aging. These exercises focused on strengthening and building up underlying muscle in key areas such as cheeks, jawline, neck, eyelids, and eyebrows.

How to Know When Your Dry Skin Is Actually Eczema

If your dry skin makes you think you might be half-alligator, you may be curious about eczema. Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), can make your skin dry and itchy—but there’s actually a lot separating typical dry skin from this irritating chronic condition.

There are times when it’s completely normal for anyone’s skin to feel super dry. For instance, if you’ve been out in cold, windy weather, haven’t been drinking enough water lately, or haven’t used lotion in so long you barely remember what it is, you may experience dry skin as a result. The issue is that eczema can make your skin completely overreact to these triggers—or become dry and inflamed for seemingly no reason. This reaction comes down to your skin’s protective barrier.

Is Teflon Safe for Asian Rhinoplasty?

The differences of the Asian nose are evident; a smaller amount of bone and cartilage means that the nasal profile is much lower and flatter.

As the nose is already deficient in cartilage, surgeons take these from other areas of the body, with the most common sources being the ears or the ribcage. An alternative is to use alloplastic materials made from inert substances like silicone or polytetraflourene (Teflon).

In the February 2018 edition of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Chinese plastic surgeons published a study on the use of Teflon implants and the value of adding cartilage grafts.

What Are CoolSculpting and SculpSure, and Do They Actually Work?

Fat is complicated. It’s stubborn, demonized, praised, misunderstood. Everyone’s relationship with fat is different. One thing that has remained fairly consistent is a cultural obsession with mastering fat — whether that means embracing it, or erasing it.

As far as the latter is concerned, plastic surgery has always had seemingly magical answers. First there was liposuction. Then came the advent of non-invasive fat-reducing procedures, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure.

Here’s what the hype is about and what you need to know if you’re considering a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure.