In past weeks the media has refocused its attention on bullying to discuss fat shaming and its growingly popular retort, fat acceptance. Recently, Oprah’s program “Where Are They Now” featured a father who pressured his daughter into undergoing weight loss surgery, claiming he would love her more if she were skinny.
As a plastic surgeon, “fat shaming” is a major cause for teens visiting my office. The patients and/or their parents come in looking for a fast fix to alleviate the pain associated with this phenomenon. Typically liposuction is the option they hope for. However, my response is always the same. “Let’s deal with the global weight issue first.” I encourage them to try and empower themselves by improving their health before simply undergoing surgery. The only gain I want to see for my patients is in self -esteem.
Bullying is always wrong, but in my opinion, so is “accepting a state of overweight.”
Parents must diligently work to remain the guardians of their children’s self–esteem and that begins with body image. Unfortunately, we live in a society where success is often equated with the size of one’s waistline. We cannot legislate or police how people feel. However, we can encourage the youths of this generation to take control of their bodies.
If you are ready to challenge yourself to move toward improved health, wellness and enjoy a better body image, the power is yours. Your only gain will be in self-esteem and your only loss will be in weight.
The rise in popularity of injectable treatments in the past year in phi-nominal. In this post, Dr. Filiberto will reveal a number of injectable options patients can use to achieve and maintain a more youthful facial appearance.
The overall popularity of injectables (BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, etc.) is not simply due to the fact that these procedures are less invasive than surgical techniques. In general, injectable treatments can achieve cosmetic results that often times surgery cannot, such as slight muscle changes in the upper face that create a very natural yet subtle eyebrow arch. While dermal fillers and other injectable treatments do not necessarily replace surgical means of facial rejuvenation, we often use these products at Artful Awakenings to augment surgical procedures for even smoother, younger looking skin. Although combining dermal fillers can be an effective method of treatment for some patients, harvesting a patient’s own fat can often provide a better solution – particularly when patients seek to create more volume in the jowl or cheek area. In addition, fat injections also have the benefit of being permanent.
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC because it is a relatively new product on the market. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is specifically designed to restore volume lost in the cheeks and midface. By injecting JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC’s hyaluronic acid formula into the cheeks, lines and wrinkles in the area can be smoothed out while simultaneously restoring volume to the face as well as a firmer texture to sagging, inelastic skin.
In addition to injectable treatments, one of the most important ways to preserve youthful-looking, glowing skin is with a good skin regimen, including treatments such as dermaplanning and topical peels, as well as diet, exercise and water.