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I am a former teacher, current resident of Colorado, and new mom. When I’m not writing and chilling with my son, I’m gaming, watching movies, doing yoga, eating out, taking pictures, and harassing my cats. I love words.

Flap surgery is fundamental to a number of reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures. While the list of flap surgeries is long, they all stem from the same basic principles. Flap surgery isn’t just for the skin; it can also be applied to the gums and eyes. Breast reconstruction using tissue from the abdomen or back. Gum surgery to treat periodontitis.…

Opioid Addiction

Many recovering addicts fear that surgery and the ensuing exposure to opioids may trigger relapses. Opioid-free local anesthesia, sedatives, or general anesthesia can be safely administered during surgery. Post-surgical pain management is also possible through the use of various non-opioid drugs. Opioid addiction is now referred to as an epidemic in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control…

Caveman Regimen

If you have acne, the products you use on your face could be doing more harm than good. The latest trend in acne treatment, commonly known as the “Caveman Regimen,” involves not washing your face for weeks. Although there are many valid arguments against the practice, there is some support for the philosophy behind it. Imagine not washing your face…

Bunny Lines

Bunny lines are the fine wrinkles that appear when you scrunch up your nose, such as when you laugh or smile deeply. While bunny lines can simply be caused by aging, they can also be a telltale sign that you’ve had Botox. In either case, the underlying cause is the same: the overuse of certain facial muscles. This cosmetic buzz…

Certain types of skin products can easily be made at home, while others are best left to professionals. Your dermatologist may be able to recommend some safe and effective recipes. Most DIY skin care requires ingredients from your pantry, some know-how, and a little imagination. There are many benefits to making your own skin care products. It allows you to…

Smoking and surgery

Regular smoking combined with anesthesia can be life-threatening. Smoking after surgery may negatively impact healing and leave you with scars. Your health begins to improve just hours after you’ve smoked your last cigarette. It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you, but smoking prior to surgery can be deadly. In fact, many surgeons refuse to operate on smokers or…

Plastic surgery financing

It’s possible to get financial help for cosmetic surgery, even if you have bad credit or no credit. Not all plastic surgeons accept the same types of financing. Buyers beware: protect yourself by learning how to spot predatory lending. In 2016, Americans spent more than $16 billion on cosmetic surgery, and with good reason. Medical procedures -- cosmetic or otherwise…

Braces Removal

The state of your teeth post braces depends on how well you took care of them while they were still on. Be diligent about wearing your retainer or your teeth could slip out of their pristine post-braces alignment. Be aware that you may have to wait a little longer after removal before you indulge in all your ‘bad’ food cravings.…

The Golden Ratio

From seashells to hurricanes, the golden ratio is said to exist within all nature’s designs. Researchers debate over the significance of the golden ratio within the human body. Some cosmetic surgeons turn to this formula to inform their perception of ideal beauty. Scientists and mathematicians have long sought to crack the code behind nature’s aesthetics. By analyzing proportions and patterns…

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