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Plastic surgeries up over 200% in the last dozen years

  
  
  
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According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons this month, plastic surgeries have more than doubled in the last 12 years.
Even with the economic crisis in the last decade, patients seeking surgeries has grown significantly. The study cites the advent of minimally invasive procedures (particularly injectables) as the reason for this growth. This is coupled with a decrease in major cosmetic procedures. Face lifts, for example, are now less popular.
The study also cited factors like insurance changes, location (and real estate markets, unemployment rates, and media within specific cities), and healthcare concerns as reasons plastic surgery procedures have increased so much.

Dr. Walker on NBC4

  
  
  

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In case you missed it, catch Dr. Walker on NBC4 with Barbara Harrison, discussing free breast screenings for Breast Cancer Awareness month!

"Selfie" Phenomenon Credited with Increased Surgery Popularity

  
  
  
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According to WFLX in Jupiter, Florida, an increasing number of surgery patients are pointing to selfies as the reason behind their decision to go under the knife.
It makes sense. Closer and closer perspectives on the face and body are putting additional pressure on men and women to look their best.
Technology has changed the way people project themselves, which is exactly why so many are turning to their plastic surgeon to improve their millennial image.
Surgeries aren't the only thing on the rise, either. Increased requests for injectables, fillers, and Botox can also be correlated to FaceTime, Skype, and the selfie phenomenon.

Dr Walker's Top Five Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

  
  
  
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There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer but following Dr. Walker's advice may lower your risk:

1. Regular Exercise.

Regular exercise helps maintain your weight which is one of the factors for breast cancer as per the American Cancer Society. According to their study, women who'd gained 21 to 30 pounds since age 18 were 40% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who hadn't gained more than 5 pounds. The main reason of which is a woman's estrogen level which can stimulate cell overgrowth and breast cancer. Estrogen comes from fat tissue after menopause, the more fat tissue - the more estrogen in your body which puts you on a higher risk of having breast cancer.

2. Avoid alcohol.

According to Susan Gapstur, PhD, MPH, vice president of epidemiology at the American Cancer Society, there is considerable evidence that alcohol, even at low amounts of consumption, increases the risk of breast cancer in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Limiting your intake of alcohol can greatly help in reducing your risk of breast cancer.

3. Breast-feeding.

Based on the recent study of American Journal Clinical Nutrition, women who consistently breast-feed for the first 6 months have a 10% reduced risk of death from cancer, compared with those who don't. Since women do not menstruate during this period, breast-feeding helps in lowering the amount of estrogen a woman is exposed to.

4. Say no to smoking.

There is no direct implication as to how smoking affects breast cancer however, studies have shown evidence suggesting that women who start smoking at a young age are 20 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, and smoking for many years increases risk by up to 30 percent.

5. Eat healthy.

Eating fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids helps reduce your risk of breast cancer. Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables such as leafy greens, carrots, and red peppers. Use vegetable oils instead of animal fats, and avoid sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates, and fatty foods. The ACS recommends eating five or more servings of fruits and veggies a day, limiting processed and red meats, and choosing whole grains to help reduce risks of all types of cancer.

WAYS TO GIVE BACK AND SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARNESS MONTH!

  
  
  

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which we're already celebrating by offering free breast exams and consultations every Thursday of the month. But, some celebrities and sports teams are taking an alternative approach to raising awareness for this global cause.

For example, fashion designer Stella McCartney has kicked off a fundraising campaign featuring Kate Moss in the line's "Gemma Relaxing" lingerie. A portion of proceeds will go directly to the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool.

Men can get in on the action, too. Timberland has released a pair of bright pink iconic boots. $5 from every sale goes to Susan G. Komen, with a new pair running $180 at select retailers in the US.

Even WWE is jumping in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign. They've joined Susan G. Komen as well, and launched the “Courage Conquer Cure” campaign. WWE will donate 20% of related apparel sales from the entire month directly to the non-profit.

Free Breast Exams for the Month of October

  
  
  

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Walker will be performing free breast exams and breast consultations every thursday for the entire month! Please call to schedule your appointment.

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Venezuela faces breast implant shortage

  
  
  
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Venezuela is a country with one of the highest rates of plastic surgery in the world, but with recent economic difficulties, this South American country is now facing an unsuspected shortage: that of synthetic breast implants.
According to The Guardian, "patients considering breast augmentation have increasingly reported being unable to find prosthethics, especially those that meet US Food and Drug Administration approved standards."

Chinese implant options are more readily available, but many Venezuelan physicians are reluctant to use them for constitution issues. Surgery candidates fortunate enough to afford it are heading to the US and bringing implants back to their home country, with hopes to undergo the procedure at home.

What are the most requested celebrity surgeries?

  
  
  
Every year, millions of patients show up to their plastic surgeons with a vision about what they want to look like after going under the knife.
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According to CBS News, here are just a few of the most requested body parts of the world's most famous celebrities:
Nose (women): The most requested nose is Natalie Portman's, followed by Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman
Nose (men): Jude Law, followed by Josh Duhamel and Ben Affleck.
Lips (women): Scarlet Johansson, Angelina Jolie, and Christina Aguilera. 
Chin/jawline (men): Men want Jon Hamm's chin, followed by Johnny Depp's and Robert Pattinson's.
Eyes (women): Women love Anne Hathaway's the most, followed by those of Mila Kunis and Megan Fox.

Back to School Plastic Surgery?

  
  
  

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It might sound unusual, but more and more students (in both college and high school) are opting to do their "back-to-school" shopping to their plastic surgeon's office.

According to ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), in 2014, 15% of all procedures in the U.S. were performed on patients aged 21 and under. For young patients, the most popular surgeries were breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and otoplasty (ear surgery, often "pinning").
All surgery on anyone under 18 requires parental consent. ASAPS also reported a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in the US last year, marking an industry record since the Great Recession in 2008.

Joan Rivers and Her Love of Plastic Surgery

  
  
  
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As the world says goodbye to a beloved icon, we remember a few of her funniest quotes about plastic surgery.

"I wish I had a twin so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery."
The famed starlet was not shy about her procedures. Huffington Post recently reported she underwent upwards of 700 face lifts during her lifetime. 
"Looking 50 is great — if you're 60."
Ever the comic, Rivers was all about looking young. The effervescent commentator's dry wit will be missed!
What's your favorite Joan Rivers memory?
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Dr. Walker Featured in The Washington Post

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The Buzz hears:

Plastic surgeon Rondi Walker will chair this year’s Knock Out Abuse Against Women, the annual fundraiser that promotes awareness of domestic violence. The event is Nov. 13. Walker is a mother of three and has been on the nonprofit’s board for two decades. Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen founded the charity in 1993. In the past 21 years, Knock Out Abuse has raised more than $6.5 million dollars to benefit local charities.

THE BEST FACIAL ANTI-AGING SECRET: DON’T LOSE THE VOLUME

Besides excessive sun exposure and smoking the most common cause of facial aging is the gradual loss of fat in our face. Fat loss begins early in our twenties and continues throughout our lives. Not only does fat waste away, a change in the quality and quantity of the  skin’s elastin fibers and collagen results in a slow diminishing of the skin’s elasticity. Bone mass diminishes with age and facial muscles begin to atrophy. Naturally, this slow aging process alters facial structure and results in a collapsed appearance of the mid-face and cheekbones. Bone loss is most pronounced in the 70s and 80s and the majority of bone resorption occurs around the base of the nose and center of the face.


Fat loss occurs in specific facial areas that are prone to fat resorption: the cheeks and areas around the brow and eyes. The lips and temples are affected next. A quick look in the mirror will let you know if fat loss is adding years to your appearance. As you look at your face answer the following questions:


1. Has your face become square?

2. Are your cheeks sagging?

3. Do you have hallow troughs under your eyes?

4. Does your skin appear to be falling off your bones?

5. Is the area between the sides of your eyebrows and hairline sunken?

6. Are the corners of your mouth turning downward?

7. Do your lips roll in, making it difficult to apply lipstick?

8. If you get the lipstick applied does it seep into the fine lines above and below your lips?


If you have answered yes to any of the above, there is a good chance that volume loss is the source of your aged appearance.


The best ways to restore facial volume and stimulate collagen formation depends on two factors the amount of fat lost and the degree of skin laxity.


The Quick Fix


If you have minimal skin sag and facial deflation the use of hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen stimulating injectables are a fast and easy way to treat the problem. Certain facial areas may be corrected with thinner fillers such as Beletero, Juvederm or Restylane. However, larger areas with more pronounced volume loss will require a heavier filler that combines a more viscous hyaluronic acid with or without calcium hydroxyaptite such as Radiesse, Scuptura Aesthetic and Juvederm Voluma C. These fillers provide subtle improvement, results last between six to eight months.



The Natural Option: Your Own Body Fat!


Micro-liposuction is used to harvest fat cells from your hips or abdomen. The fat is washed and concentrated prior to injection. Fat transfer is a minor surgical procedure, and there are a few days of downtime but the results are well worth it.


The cost benefit proves advantageous if your condition requires multiple filler injections. Fat augmentation varies with each patient but usually lasts five to ten years, and the skin has an incredible smooth, healthy glow.


Combination Therapy


If you have loose skin and have also experienced volume loss, the best options are a face-lift or Ultherapy combined with structural fat grafting or the more viscous fillers. Utherapy is a beneficial skin tightening procedure for patients who have minimal skin laxity or cannot have surgery. A face-lift: micro, mini or standard removes excess skin. The micro face-lift requires only a small incision above the ear.. The mini and standard face-lift reposition underlying facial support structures and fat, creating a firmer look. A face-lift, in combination with fat grafting, not only tightens the skin but also fills in deep wrinkles and areas of depression. Your face is not only rejuvenated, it looks more youthful.


There are different ways to treat and restore volume loss. An individualized approach that is planned with your board certified plastic surgeon will yield the best results.

Mark Your Calendar: Knock Out Day April 1st

In honor of Dr. Walker's chairmanship of Knock Out Abuse, enjoy 20% procedures and treatements on April 1st to support efforts in fighting domestic violence.

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