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What Is Bra Bulge?

Many women have excess breast tissue that is visible when they wear a bra or a swimsuit. This is also known as "bra bulge." Having obvious bra bulge can make wearing sleeveless dresses and tank tops challenging as the view from the front and side will not be smooth and attractive. For this reason, many women seek out plastic surgery to fix their br...
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Dr. Feldman Inducted into RealSelf Hall of Fame!

We are pleased to announce that RealSelf has inducted our Dr. Evan M. Feldman into the RealSelf Hall of Fame! He has been recognized for his high patient ratings and his ongoing commitment to consumer education. Dr. Feldman is one of 1,000 board-certified doctors to be inducted into the RealSelf Hall of Fame. Prior to receiving this award, Dr. Feld...
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Why Winter Break Is a Great Time to Have Plastic Surgery

As the holiday season, with its meal planning, gift giving, and merrymaking draws to a close, you're probably ready to "celebrate" some quiet time. There are so many things to do with family and friends between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, you might not be able to imagine squeezing in anything else. If you're thinking of having plastic surgery,...
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Celebrating Your First Holiday Season after Plastic Surgery

December is a month full of holidays - and holiday parties. This means that for many of our patients, it will be an opportunity to show off their improved faces and figures to family or far away friends. On the one hand, it can feel wonderful to celebrate when you know you look great. On the other hand, you might not want to answer a bunch of intru...
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What Does a Breast Augmentation Scar Look Like?

  If you are making the decision to have your breasts augmented or lifted, it's important to take your time in choosing a plastic surgeon . It's also wise to write down the questions you have about the procedure or procedures you are considering. During your consultation with Dr. Feldman , you will have the opportunity to ask any of these ques...
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Do You Have Acne Scars?

Acne is a common problem and a tough one. It's hard to feel confident when your skin is plagued with acne flare ups and breakouts. Not only is acne hard when it's actively occurring, but it often leaves acne scars that cause people to feel permanently self conscious about their appearance. Why does acne leave scars, and what can people do about it?...
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Bancroft Feldman Offers SkinPen - The Only FDA Approved Microneedling Device

We've talked before about taking good care of your skin , and why it's important to maintain a beauty regimen that will keep your skin looking healthy and fine. People with acne scarring often struggle to find options to minimize the redness and pitting of their skin, however, especially when the scarring is deep and rolling . Fortunately, the Food...
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Tips for Better Appointment Scheduling

Every doctor's office struggles with handling patients who come late for their appointments or do not show up at all, and Bancroft Feldman Plastic Surgery is no different. It's easy to see why this creates difficulty for our doctors and the office staff, but ultimately it's a problem for patients as well. The entire day can be an hour or more behin...
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Selfies Increase Demand for Plastic Surgery

In a short amount of time, the selfie has made a huge impact on society. Selfies are ubiquitous. For Millennials and Generation Z , every occasion, large or small, requires documentation with selfies. On average, millennials are expected to take 25,700 selfies in their lifetimes . In fact, because of selfies, there is a greater demand for plastic s...
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Celebrities Open up about their Plastic Surgery

A stigma surrounding plastic surgery has existed in the American public for decades. Many people who have had plastic surgery, including film stars and society figures, adopted a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy with regards to disclosing what they've had done as a result. Most of their public assumed that the rich and beautiful were improving themse...
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When Is the Best Time for a Mommy Makeover?

Women want to have children, and they want to nurture their children. They love their kids, but they also love their bodies, and if anything is hard on a woman's body it's childbirth and breastfeeding. Mothers know that their bodies aren't their own while their babies are small. A mother's body feeds, nurtures, protects and cares for her children. ...
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What Is the Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Many people think Botox and dermal fillers are interchangeable, but they're not. They do very different things. We've talked before about what Botox is and why it's so popular , but many people who are less familiar with cosmetic surgery wonder what the difference is between Botox and fillers. Here we will go over what they are and where they're us...
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Why Do I Have Crow's Feet?

Many people worry about crow's feet, the wrinkles that appear at the corners of their eyes as they get older. The number of wrinkles there is one of the ways people judge age, in fact, so they're right to be concerned. Most people, and especially women, want to prolong the appearance of crow's feet on their faces as long as possible and reverse it ...
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Do You Browse Plastic Surgery Pics on Instagram?

Social media drives the demand for plastic surgery in all generations, but particularly among Millennial women. This demographic has had the largest increase in demand for cosmetic procedures. This is because younger women are beginning to see that improving their bodies is possible, having witnessed so many celebrities making alterations on their ...
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Is Botox for Men?

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures being performed today. Many people assume that women, who are often most concerned about aging, are the ones seeking out Botox and fillers in order to turn back the clock. However, more and more it is men who are discovering the difference they can make.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2014 over 400,000 U.S. men received Botox injections - a 337 percent increase in any market over a decade. While these men appreciate the results Botox (or “Brotox”) can give them, not all of them are forthcoming about how they’ve achieved them. Many of them fear that the stigma about plastic surgery and men still exists, and they’d prefer to avoid it.

That stigma is changing, however. Last month former professional football and baseball player Deion Sanders shared that he had recently tried Botox for the first time and was more than happy with his results. Sanders said he wasn’t afraid to be open about his experience because he’s open about so many other aspects of his life and has been first to do many things in his career. He shared with ETonline:

“It was definitely the first time I have ever done that, but I go by the model and the slogan that I used my whole career – if you look good, you feel good,” he explains. “I noticed frown lines and crow’s feet. I am like, ‘I have got to do something about this!’”

A desire to look young isn’t the only thing driving men to seek Botox. For many men, a youthful appearance can make the difference between being employed and unemployed. Older men are discriminated against in the job market and not just for jobs that we associate with good looks. Many older men have been hesitant to retire early in the post-recession economy, and they need to be able to compete with younger colleagues. A tighter job market means that men want to have any advantage they can, and Botox is an inexpensive cosmetic procedure, far less expensive than a facelift. It can be scheduled prior to an occasion as well - an interview, an important meeting, or a conference - for an added boost in confidence.

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Botox Is Now Approved for Forehead Lines

This month Allergan announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) “for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults.” Prior to this, Botox was only approved for the areas around the eyes and glabella, wrinkles commonly known as crow’s feet and “elevens.”

Forehead lines are a “top area of concern” for patients, said David Nicholson, Allergan’s chief research and development officer. This is because, like laugh lines, forehead wrinkles are very aging. Eliminating or modifying them can take years off a patient’s face as we are all well aware. People have been relying on Botox to look younger since 2002. In fact, more than seven million Americans get Botox injections every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

How Does Botox Work?

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is derived from bacteria, but is a purified product. When it’s injected into an area, it serves to block the nerve signals to the muscles there, rendering them incapable of contracting. Since they cannot contract, they can’t form wrinkles.

Botox is a safe and pain-free procedure when performed by a professional. It’s also a quick one; it can be done during a lunch break and does not require anesthesia, so patients can continue with their daily schedules afterward. Botox is both temporary, typically lasting between three and four months, and affordable. All of these factors work to make it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently being performed.

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Why You Need a Skin-Care Routine

We often underestimate how important good skin is to a beautiful appearance. Lush, soft, blemish free skin is a sign of youth and good health and is the reason Botox is such a popular procedure these days. As we’ve said before, it’s not smart to make the investment of plastic surgery and not take good care of yourself in other ways.

Beyond the basics of not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and drinking plenty of water  We’ll go through each of these.

Cleansing - You expose your face to dirt, oil, bacteria, pollutants, and makeup everyday just by living, so removing all of that so that your skin can breathe and your pores will not get clogged is essential. Without a regular cleansing routine, your face will be more prone to acne, and if you do not remove your makeup at night, it will dry your skin. You should cleanse your face before you go to bed and again when you wake up in the morning as well as anytime it get dirty or sweaty.

Choose a gentle cleanser that supports your skin type - whether normal, oily, or dry - and will remove makeup as well as dirt. After you soak your face with warm water, apply the cleanser and gently massage it into your skin with circular movements for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure to cleanse your neck and behind your ears as well. Then rinse with warm water and dry it with a clean, soft towel, patting gently instead of rubbing.

Toning - Apply facial toner to your face gently with a cotton pad, focusing on any oily areas, especially your forehead nose and chin. This step may not seem as obvious or important as either cleansing or moisturizing, but toner helps to eliminate any residues like chlorine in the water you use to cleanse and rinse your face. These can dry out your skin; toner helps to balance its pH level.

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Are You Taking Good Care of Your Skin?

Previously we’ve discussed avoiding certain behaviors like smoking and tanning if you want to avoid premature aging. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it is continuously exposed to light, heat, water, wind, and pollution, all of which will cause damage. The older you get, the less your skin is able to regenerate and repair itself, which is why people get fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes and other skin imperfections as they age. What can you do to take better care of your skin and avoid getting that damage?

It’s starts with taking better general care of yourself. Skin doesn’t just appear, it’s made cell by cell, and it has to have the right building blocks to make high quality skin cells. That means enough of the right food, water, and sleep. Here’s what Bancroft Feldman recommends:

Drink enough water - This is hugely important because dehydration affects both performance and appearance. Dehydrated people look older. Their skin is the opposite of “dewy.” Also, all drinks are not equally hydrating, so no matter how much you love coffee or soda, it’s much better for your skin if you switch out some of your sweet or caffeinated beverages for water or green tea.

Eat the right foods - Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains will give your body what it needs to heal and regenerate itself daily - which means you will look and feel better too. A poor diet can cause breakouts. Avoid eating processed foods, sugars, and unhealthy fats if you want a clearer complexion.  

Sleep - This is another important component of your health. Cell regeneration only takes place when your body is in the deeper stages of sleep, and you need to sleep an entire night to get enough to make that happen. Don’t skimp on sleep if you want to stay young looking.

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Sleep is Vital to Healing

Previously we’ve talked about the importance of following post-surgical instructions and what you can do to help your body heal after surgery. In this blog piece we will discuss why getting your rest is so vital to healing faster and better. People tend to discount sleep as being unimportant, especially when there are more entertaining things to do, but without sleep you will feel worse for longer after your surgery and even after you’ve healed you will not be at your best. Why is sleep so important?

We all know what we feel like when we’re tired: cranky and not at our best. If you are sleep deprived, you are slower to react, less able to focus or remember details, and more likely to fall or run into things. Sleep deprivation also affects your ability to control your emotions. You are more likely to experience frustration, irritability, mood swings, or depression if you are not getting enough sleep. Some of that is because your brain simply cannot perform as well. While you are asleep, your brain is working to create new neural pathways that will help you learn better and remember more information. Without that brain development many mental tasks will be harder to perform than they have to be.

Getting adequate sleep is also crucial for physical health. When your body is in deep sleep it produces many hormones, including the one that promotes cell growth, either for development or repair. That’s when your heart and your blood vessels heal and repair themselves and when, after surgery, the real work of healing happens. Naps are not enough. You have to sleep long enough to experience REM sleep, the final stage of a single sleep cycle. Over the course of 8 hours of sleep, a person will go through multiple sleep cycles, sleeping more lightly at first and more deeply later with longer periods of the restorative REM sleep. Experiments with rats have demonstrated that REM sleep and lifespan are interconnected.

If you’re concerned about maintaining your figure, you need to add more sleep to your schedule too. During sleep your body regulates other hormones, including leptin, ghrelin, and insulin. These control your hunger levels and your blood sugar. If you do not get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier, and your body will convert more of the food you’ve eaten into stored fat. You are setting your diet up to fail if you do not factor in your need to sleep enough at night, no matter how much resolution you have to lose weight or keep it off.

Bancroft Feldman wants you to succeed in the aesthetic goals your set for yourself, whether that means a better diet, more exercise, weight loss, or enhancements through plastic surgery. Getting enough sleep must be a part of the process for anyone who wants a better body and better health. We cannot recommend it enough. Are you getting your 8 hours of sleep every night?

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin B12?

Bancroft Feldman has good news for your overall health and wellness: We are now offering vitamin B12 injections in the office. Our RN, provides them to our patients. If you think you might be Vitamin B12 deficient, please ask about this service the next time you are in the office.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. Because of this, you cannot take too much because your body will excrete anything it doesn’t need. That also means you need to be constantly replenishing your supply of it because it’s not stored in the body’s fat reserves. B12 is one of eight B vitamins, and it is the largest and most complicated of them.  

What does Vitamin B12 do?

Vitamin B12 is responsible for the proper functioning and health of red blood cells, nerve tissue, and brain function. Without enough B12, red blood cells cannot multiply they way they should. Vitamin B12 is needed in the metabolism of every cell in your body. It helps to absorb folic acid, and in this way affects how much energy the body releases. It’s vital that you get enough of this vitamin because if you do not, your body will not produce enough red blood cells, and you will eventually get anemia.

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