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Smoking can make your nipples fall off
December 5th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Smoking can make your nipples fall off

Anthony Youn, M.D., is a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit. He is the author of “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about growing up Asian American and becoming a doctor.

I cringe every time I see a patient for a breast lift who is a smoker. I’m deathly afraid that despite my warnings, she will smoke before or after surgery and cause her nipples to turn black and fall off.

Yes. Smokers who undergo breast lifts are at great risk of losing their nipples.

I’ve seen it before.

The nicotine in cigarettes and the carbon monoxide contained in cigarette smoke can diminish blood flow to various parts of the body. These toxins act as a virtual tourniquet. If the blood flow to a particular body part becomes greatly reduced or halted, that body part dies.
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Why your plastic surgeon won't operate on you
September 6th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Why your plastic surgeon won't operate on you

Anthony Youn, M.D., is a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit. He is the author of “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about growing up Asian American and becoming a doctor.

I make my living operating on people, but I don’t accept everyone.

I turn down one out of every five patients who consult me for cosmetic plastic surgery. Mostly I say no because of a patient’s unrealistic expectations.

“Dr. Youn, I’ve had five children. I’ve breastfed all of them and now my breasts droop down to my waist. I want my breasts lifted and perky. I want them to feel as firm as they did when I was 16. Oh, and no scars, please.”
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Actress: I got compliments for looking emaciated
July 26th, 2011
11:26 AM ET

Actress: I got compliments for looking emaciated

Actress Rosario Dawson has some pointed words about expectations on women and their bodies.

"It's a form of violence in the way that we look at women and the way we expect them to look and be for what sake? Not for health, survival, not for enjoyment of life, but just so you could look pretty," Dawson told Shape Magazine. 

Dawson who appears on the August cover discussed industry-wide pressures to maintain an ideal body type.  After losing weight to play a drug addict dying of HIV/AIDS in the 2005 film "Rent," she was stunned to hear compliments about her  figure. FULL POST


An agonizing secret: One woman's story of loss
The author before her hair loss began.
July 11th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

An agonizing secret: One woman's story of loss

Editor's note: Lisa O’Neill Hill is the co-owner of a writing, editing and consulting business in Southern California.

My long, thick red hair - the thing I liked most about my looks - began to fall out 5 years ago, when I was 37. I’d perpetually pick hair off my arms, my back, my car seat, my bathroom counter. My shower drain clogged easily. Running the vacuum meant enduring the smell of burning hair.

At first I thought the shedding was temporary and must be connected to a medical problem. I consulted eight doctors, endured dozens of blood tests and spent thousands of dollars. I secretly hoped I had a thyroid problem, a hormone imbalance, some kind of vitamin deficiency, even lupus. I needed an explanation. But all the tests came back negative.
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FitFriday: 'Skinny Can' Diet Pepsi angers eating disorder activists
February 11th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

FitFriday: 'Skinny Can' Diet Pepsi angers eating disorder activists

It's all about liquid diets this week.  A new Pepsi can is taking heat and a diet memoir by a pop star's boyfriend about losing 40 pounds while drinking every day is causing a stir. Has the dieting message gone too far?  Comment below.

Skinny can causes fat debate

Diet soda is getting a bad rap this week in health headlines.

But, there’s a different kind of controversy about the new Diet Pepsi, marketed in a slender, cylindrical can, which will make its debut at New York's Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week, which began Thursday

This venue is “rife with eating disorders” said the National Eating Disorders association in a press release. FULL POST


Aging facial bones could cause wrinkles, crow's feet
January 5th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Aging facial bones could cause wrinkles, crow's feet

Beauty is more than skin deep.

The signs of aging – sagging skin and wrinkles - may come from deteriorating facial bones, according to a study released Tuesday in the medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

CT scans of facial bones in 20 young, 20 middle-aged and 20 older people were compared.  Dr. Robert Shaw Jr., a plastic surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center and his co-authors  found that the facial bones - much as other bones in the body - shrink with age.

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December 27th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Face transplant patient can eat, smell again

Connie Culp, who received a face transplant in a landmark procedure at the Cleveland Clinic two years ago, spoke to CNN this morning about living with her new face.

She recently met the family of the donor, which was "scary at first" but "we had a really good time," she told CNN. The woman who donated her face, Anna Kasper of Lakewood, Ohio, worked in a nursing home.

Kasper donated enough parts of her body to help 50 people, including Culp.

Culp has regained her sense of smell, and can eat most solid foods including steak. Before the operations - she has gone through 30 surgeries, and has a few more to go - she breathed through an opening in her neck, could not smell or speak, and had trouble seeing. A gunshot wound left her with these injuries.

While the procedure is called a "face transplant," Culp did not actually take on the face of Kasper. Instead, surgeons have given Culp a combination of her own face and her donor's face.

"I think my face is actually starting to come back a little bit," Culp said.


Face transplant recipient and donor's family meet
December 20th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

Face transplant recipient and donor's family meet

The donor’s family and recipient of the first face transplant met Saturday, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

The Plain Dealer has details about the donor, Anna Kasper, a Lakewood, Ohio, woman who took care of nursing home patients and died of a heart attack at age 44. After her death, her family agreed to have her face used in the transplant surgery conducted at the Cleveland Clinic.

Ron Kasper, her widower told the Cleveland newspaper: "The overriding factor was we knew it was what Anna would've wanted," as he fought back tears.

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November 29th, 2010
04:19 PM ET

Eating disorders increasing for children and teens

Eating disorders are on the rise among children and teens, according to a report published in Pediatrics Monday. Disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are increasing in male children and minorities, and also are occurring in countries where such cases have not been seen, according to the report.

Lead author, Dr. David Rosen noted that eating disorders also are beginning younger meaning below the age of 12.

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Obese teens become severely obese adults
November 9th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Obese teens become severely obese adults

Adolescents who are obese are 16 times more likely to become severely obese adults than normal weight or overweight teens, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A severely obese person carries an extra 80 to 100 pounds more than someone of normal weight, putting them at increased risk for multiple health problems and a shorter life expectancy.

Researchers analyzed data of 9,000 adolescents covering a span of 13 years to try to determine how weight as a young person influenced weight as an adult. The subjects, who ranged in age from 12 to 21 when the study begin, were divided into three weight groups: normal, overweight, and obese.

"We found that for the teenage girls who were obese, 51 percent of them became severely obese by their early 30's. For males it was 37 percent," explains study author Penny Gordon-Larsen, Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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