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No doubt many of you reading this article have heard the term “Vampire Facial”, even if you don’t know what it really means. Truth-be-told, I don’t really know what it means. And, I think it’s a really silly name for a medical treatment. So, for the rest of this brief article explaining what PRP is and how it works in cosmetic medicine and surgery, I’m going to refer to it by the Boring, Not-Very-Catchy name “PRP treatment”.
Medical treatment for breast cancer is rapidly evolving, and new guidelines for therapy are being released every year. The trend, fortunately for women and their families dealing with breast cancer, is moving more and more towards molecular and genetic treatment options.
The point of any cosmetic treatment is not to fundamentally change your appearance, but to restore and enhance what is already there – to improve “you.” We strive to have our patients get reactions from friends and family like “Wow, you look great! Have you lost weight? Did you just get back from vacation?” They don’t know what you’ve had done, but they know they like the changes they see.
Consider this situation: after years of thoughtful consideration and research, you (or your spouse/significant other) have decided to have plastic surgery. You asked a few close friends about good surgeons in the area and chose the one you felt most comfortable with. Very few people know about your surgery. Most of them know you’re going to be out of work for a week or two, but you have been vague about the reasons. You don’t want the world to know about your decision.
What do Tom’s Shoes, Whole Foods, and Warby Parker all have in common? It’s not that they are well-known and very successful businesses, which they are. It’s not that they all make or sell great products, which they do. The common denominator that these three companies share is found in their mission: as a company, they have committed themselves to helping our less fortunate neighbors around the world.
In the past few years, we have seen a quantum shift in the treatment of breast cancer. Medical treatments for breast cancer – chemotherapy, hormone treatments, and genetic treatments – have changed significantly, and although no cancer treatment is “easy”, newer therapies are much more effective and patient-friendly than in the past. Likewise, radiation treatments have become more targeted, meaning less “normal” tissue is affected.
We all know what it is – a stubborn, unpleasing contour of the lower abdomen or side that makes bathing suits, tight pants, and form-fitting dresses seem like a bad idea. Whatever name we give it, it’s something that makes us want to run for the cover of our favorite baggy sweatshirt.
Dark circles under the eye are a common complaint and are caused by many different things from poor sleep hygiene to allergies to good ole mom and dad’s genetics. Treatment for under eye circles can include: eye creams, chemical peels, lasers (intense pulsed light or a resurfacing laser as Profractional), injectable fillers (Restylane and Voluma), or surgery (blephoplasty). Many people want improvement with facial aging and would like to improve their “tired eyes” or “drooping eyes,” but it is important first to determine the cause.
Every once in awhile, usually in the quiet of the early morning hours when I’m the only person in the house that is awake, I get a chance to reflect on what it is I do every day. Those moments, sitting in the stillness (in front of the fireplace…sometimes with the AC on), it dawns on me the magnitude of what I have the privilege to do as a career.