REPOST: 3D printing cartilage to take rhinoplasty by the nose

Traditional rhinoplasty, more commonly known as nose job, uses silicone implants that are sometimes rejected by the body. There is an emerging technology called bioprinting that addresses this issue. This innovation makes it possible to ‘print out’ living cartilage made from cellular materials mixed with biopolymers. Because the printout uses the patient’s cells, it carries less risk of rejection by the immune system.  The article below discusses this technology in more details.

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(Relaxnews) – In just 16 minutes, it’s possible to print out living cartilage to give you a new nose, thanks to scientists at the Federal Polytechnic University in Zurich (ETH Zürich).

They call the process bioprinting, because they use actual cellular materials — in this case living cartilage cells, mixed with biopolymers.

In case you shatter your nose, the doctors would biopsy your cartilage, in either the knee, finger, ear splinters or pieces of your broken nose to mix them with the biopolymers and print out a new, intact nose.

The research team says that after the nose has been surgically implanted, the body’s cartilage cells break down the polymers, and about two months later, your new nose would become impossible to distinguish from the old one, if it was still there.

Traditional nose jobs use silicone implants, which are sometimes rejected by the body.

Using your own cells carries less risk of rejection, and young patients who may still be growing benefit from using their own cartilage, which grows with them, according to the researchers.

In an interview, a representative of the research team says they are in the process of submitting their paper for publication.

The Zurich team says that printed cartilage transplants will likely be applied first to treating injuries to the knees and ankles.

In December, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center announced that they were able to successfully implant 3D-printed cartilage in sheep.

Sheep were used in the experiment because their knees closely resemble those of humans.

In this particular case, the researchers replaced the meniscus, which is a piece of C-shaped cartilage, the tearing of which is one of the most common knee injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The meniscus regenerated in four to six weeks after the 11 sheep had their operations, and three months later, they were walking normally.

Timewise, the Swiss research team has an edge on the Columbia team, for their implants take just 16 minutes to print, whereas the Columbia meniscus takes a half hour.

The Columbia paper was published in the online edition of Science Translational Medicine.

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christian Drehsen made a name for himself with his keen eye for aesthetics and holistic technique to cosmetic surgery.  For more of his professional background, click here.


REPOST: 7 Secrets Plastic Surgeons Tell Their Friends

Top doctors reveal the real skinny on plastic surgery in the article below.

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Sorry, there’s no good fix for cellulite. ”Friends ask me all the time if they should do something to treat their cellulite, and I tell them no. Cellulaze, a popular treatment, uses an invasive laser, and any time you have an invasive procedure, you can get an infection. The risks are low, but they’re still there—and you have to weigh the price, too. The treatment costs thousands, and I just don’t think the results are impressive enough.” —Barry Cohen, M.D., P.C., a Maryland-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon and diplomat ofthe American Board of Plastic Surgery

Sleep on your back! ”It’s the best thing you can do for your face. If you sleep on your side or your stomach every night, you’ll have deeper wrinkles on the side of your face that’s pressed into the pillow—especially along your smile line and the corner of your mouth. As impossible as it sounds, you really need to sleep on your back so that you’re not putting that extra pressure on your skin. If you just can’t make that work, swap your cotton pillowcase for one made of silk or satin, two fabrics that are much more forgiving.” —Edward H. Farrior, M.D., F.A.C.S., a Florida-based facial plastic surgeon and past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

We (sometimes) think you’re nut. ”Friends often ask me if they should have a certain procedure done when they really don’t need it. One was obsessed with fixing the tiniest bump on the bridge of her nose. Another was worried that her ears stuck out too far. None of that had ever crossed my mind. I’ll tell them, ‘Leave yourself alone—there’s just not enough to gain from going down that road.’ People become fixated with the smallest things that no one else sees. When they don’t believe me, I point out my chin: I have this weird asymmetry that no one else ever notices.” —Edwin Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S., a facial plastic surgeon in Albany, NY, and president-elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

A tummy tuck is major surgery. ”Tummy tucks are designed to remove extra skin and fat in the lower belly, which is why they’re becoming more and more popular among women who are finished having kids. Moms I know are even comfortable telling people they’ve had surgery—it just doesn’t carry the same stigma that it once did. But it’s important to understand that it’s not a quick or easy fix. It takes time for your body to heal. A significant portion of the swelling goes down after the first couple of weeks, but it’s usually another six to eight weeks before the puffiness is completely gone. And it might be a year before the scar—which typically stretches from hip bone to hip bone—fades and the final results take shape. Many people don’t seem to realize that!” —Anureet K. Bajaj, M.D., an Oklahoma City–based plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can pick boobs out of a catalog. ”I love it when people bring in pictures of breasts that they like. It helps to en-sure that we’re all on the same page from the get-go—especially when it comes to cup size. (Sometimes a patient will say she wants to be a C and then bring me a picture of a DD. They’re not the same thing!) If you can find a photo of somebody with a similar build to you, it’s completely realistic to expect similar results on your own body. The women who work for me have done that: One of them got a breast enhancement, and then the rest of them wanted what she had. And since they’re all built pretty much the same way, I was able to give them the results they were looking for. But if you bring me a picture of someone with a completely different body type, that won’t be the case.” —Anne Taylor, M.D., associate professor of plastic surgery at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

Seriously, enough with the cigarettes and the sun. ”I had one patient who needed a lot of facial reconstruction, but I told her I wouldn’t operate until she had given up smoking for at least six months. When she came back for her post-op checkup, her scars weren’t healing the way I wanted. I knew immediately that she had started smoking again. I tell my friends and family that you can typically look at anyone’s skin and know if they smoke—even if they only have a few cigarettes a day. The skin takes a beating from smoking—and it’s also easily damaged by the sun. If one person in a set of twins spends a lot of time in the sun and the other avoids it, it’ll look like they have 10 years between them. Laying off the sun and the cigarettes is the easiest way to keep your skin looking young.” —Edwin Williams, M.D.

Liposuction will never be a. substitute for the gym. ”People always ask me how much weight they’ll lose with liposuction. That’s the big myth. Liposuction is a contouring procedure—it’s not something that will magically make you skinny again. There aren’t enough surgeons who emphasize that. I’ve told friends about times when patients have had consultations with doctors who promised them amazing results that I don’t think are possible. Worse, I’ve met people who have actually had the surgery and been disappointed with the outcome. Weight loss is done through diet and exercise. If a patient needs to lose a lot of weight, I’ll have her work with a nutritionist for six months to a year before we move forward. You have to be at your ideal body weight—or close—before liposuction, because that’s the way you’re going to get the best results.” —Scott Bradley Glasberg, M.D., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Christian Drehsen is one of the first plastic surgeons to pioneer the use of stem cell enriched fat micro-grafting injections to reveal a more youthful complexion. Click here why Dr. Drehsen calls his signature stem cell fat micro-grafting injections ‘healing skin from within.’

REPOST: 2015 Trends – Top 8 Predictions in Facial Plastic Surgery

In 2015, beauty will meet function. Corrective surgeries will align with cosmetic improvements, as the line between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery will blur further. That is just one of the exciting prospects both surgeons and clients can anticipate in the coming year, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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As 2014 draws to a close, facial plastic surgeons are gleaning their crystal balls to predict what we will see more of and less of in 2015.

And we will surely see more of nips and tucks. “We expect the interest in cosmetic procedures – both surgical and non-surgical — to continue to climb in 2015 due to the improving economy, increased consumerawareness and a growing comfort level with the safety of cosmetic treatments,” says Dr. Stephen Park, facial plastic surgeon and president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The stigma of getting a little work done is so last decade.

Here’s what else we can anticipate in facial plastic surgery in 2015:

Blurred Lines

The line between cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery will fade. “Today someone who wants a rhinoplasty for functional reasons may also desire a cosmetic benefit, and people who opt for the procedure to correct a bump or another concern also want to breathe better,” says Dr. Park.

It’s All About the Combination

In 2015, one plus one will equal five or more as facial plastic surgeons learn that stacking procedures – whether fillers plus neurotoxins to smooth wrinkles or laser-assisted drug delivery to ensure that an active ingredient effectively reaches its target tissue – canexponentiallyincrease the benefits ofindividual stand alone therapies.

Smile, You’re Still on Facebook

The selfie trend shows no sign of expiring in 2015. Growing numbersof teens to seniors are seeing themselves all over social media, and are more cognizant of their appearance on these networks. Expect an uptick in requests for rhinoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation and neck contouring and other facial plastic surgery procedures based on theseimages and the social media era.

On Golden Pond

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Seventy is the new 50 and there is nothing stopping today’s active seniors from looking as young as they feel and act. “It is increasingly common for women and men in their 60s and 70s to seek out the expertise of facial plastic surgeons to maintain a youthful appearance. As less invasive techniques continue to evolve, coupled with people living better and longer, there is really no maximum age for cosmetic procedures anymore,” said Dr. Park. A recentstudyshowing that even octogeneriansare at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery when compared to their younger counterparts will likelyencourage even more seniors to seek cosmetic enhancements in the New Year.

Bright Eyes

Advances in rejuvenating the delicateeyelid areaare exploding. Procedures tobrighten aging eyes and rehabilitatelower eyelid bags and crepey skin will soar in 2015. “When it comes to rejuvenation procedures, blepharoplasty often offers the most bang for the buck. The surgery can be performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery center under local anesthesia by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. It can take years off your face, with minimal risks, side effects and recovery time,” said Dr. Park. For patients wishing to avoid surgery, there is a myriad of non-surgical treatments that can also be effective in this area.

Fat Still Phat

Fat grafting will continue to be the biggest game in 2015 thankstorefinements in harvesting techniques as well as more reliable, reproducible results with or without facial surgery. “Research on the power of stem cells and growth factors found in fat will also help confirmthe place for fat in the facial plastic surgery hall of fame,” says Dr. Park.

The Small Stuff

Facial plastic surgeons are seeing more patients asking for little tweaks that can have a big impact on their overall appearance and self esteem. For example, earlobe reduction, injecting fillers into creases in front of the ears and intothe hollows of the face such as the temples and jawline, using energy based devices to remove moles and birthmarks, lifting the upper lip through hidden incisions under the nostrils, as well as soft lifts using resorbable suture material to gently lift up sagging cheeks, brows and jowls.

Coming Soon to a Syringe Near You

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While no one knows exactly when the FDA will act, many facial plastic surgeons are bullish about a new fat-melting injection to help reduce the appearance of double chins, as well as a new topical form of BOTOX®. The FDA nod could come some time in 2015. Stay tuned.

Please contact Patty Mathews ( – 646.450.5359) for more information or to be connected with an AAFPRS member.

Dr. Christian Drehsen heads Clinique of Plastic Surgery Centers, a beauty enhancement facility offering cutting edge treatments like the Refresher Face Lift. Find the way to a younger, more beautiful you on this website

REPOST: 6 Bizarre Plastic Surgery Procedures Americans Are Asking For

From eyelash transplant, to thigh gap therapy, to Cinderella surgery, this Yahoo article rounds up the weirdest and craziest plastic surgery procedures frequently requested by Americans.

Can’t handle heels? Doctors can now modify your feet to make stilettos more bearable.

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Every few years, the plastic surgery cycle repeats itself: A hot new procedure sweeps onto the scene, promising to blast more fat or deliver perkier breasts than previously thought possible.

“After being in this practice for almost 40 years, I’ve seen new things come and go,” says Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. “There are only a few things that have really stuck on and that have actually gotten better as time goes on.”

Even so, the public continues to be swayed by trendy treatments — and in recent years, Ellenbogen has observed an interesting shift in popular procedures: “Generally, people are now demanding something that looks real,” he says. “However, there’s an equal number of people who want to look fake. They want to look like they’ve had a facelift. There are even people who want their tongues split to look like a snake.” This is what he calls “the lunatic fringe of plastic surgery,” the sometimes-bizarre procedures that he often feels torn about performing.

So which crazy cosmetic treatments — some effective, others not — have recently invaded America? Read on to find out.

Cinderella Surgery

Can’t squeeze your tootsies into a pair of stilettos? Most women would just switch to comfy shoes — but for some, plastic surgery is the obvious solution. In fact, after seeing a number of women who complained of foot pain when wearing stylish shoes, Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist in Beverly Hills, developed what he calls “Cinderella surgery,” where he removes bunions to make wearing high heels more bearable. Similarly, Dr. Neil Blitz in New York City offers the “Bunionplasty,” most recently in the news after a 35-year-old flight attendant had the procedure to save herself from wearing flats out at night.

Thigh Gap Therapy

The thigh gap — that space between supermodels’ legs that many women aspire to — is purely a product of build (skinny with wide hips), but that hasn’t stopped some women from trying to achieve it. And Thrive, a clinic in Dallas, Texas, has capitalized on this alarming body obsession by offering “Thigh Gap Therapy,” cold laser treatments designed to zap any extra cushioning between the thighs, using a device called the Zerona.

As the clinic’s owner, Clint Herzog, told CBS, “Everybody has one part of your body that it’s really hard to get rid of. And that’s where Zerona comes in. The laser goes in and it basically emulsifies that outside layer of fat, and allows it to exit out of your lymphatic system.” The FDA approved Zerona in 2010, making it the first device cleared for circumferential reduction (a decrease in size of treatment areas), although there’s some speculation that is simply redistributes fluids.

As scientific as that sounds, keep in mind, FDA clearance doesn’t mean a device is effective. In fact, Ellenbogen is a skeptic: “[The makers of Zerona] sold it to a lot of doctors — they had a lot of steak dinners,” he tells Yahoo Health. “Basically, it doesn’t work.” This is a common problem in the plastic-surgery world: “As soon as they sell these machines and they start to see complications — or they don’t work — they have the new, improved XL model. The wheel has been introduced a million times over.”

Not satisfied with your lashes? Eyelash transplants are one of the crazy cosmetic procedures Americans are trying.

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Eyelash Transplants

Originally developed as a treatment for burn victims, eyelash transplants are now available to anyone who wants fuller fringe. “There’s only a few people who do them,” says Ellenbogen. “They’re very hard to do.” However, when performed properly, the results are impressive, though there is a downside to the procedure: “The hair continues to grow, so you have to actually cut your eyelashes,” he says.

That’s because the transplanted hair comes from your head — specifically, the back of your scalp. Patients with wavy hair usually yield the best lashes, since their hair naturally curls, Dr. Alan Bauman, a hair-restoration expert who performs the procedure, told W Magazine.

Ball Ironing

It’s not just women who worry about below-the-belt grooming: A non-surgical procedure known as “ball ironing” — which George Clooney has joked about getting — is supposed to help guys look younger…down there. One spa lets men pick from a buffet of options: laser hair removal, tightening of the scrotal skin, evening out any discoloration, and removal of skin tags. The procedure is “basically a facial for the area,” according to the spa’s website.

“There are places out here in L.A. where all the porn stars go — where the women get their Brazilians,” says Ellenbogen. “They also use this laser on the scrotum [of male porn stars] to take out the hair, so it’s much smoother.”

Earlobe Reconstruction

Although this is technically a cosmetic surgery — it involves “putting the ear back together” for people with tribal piercings or gauges, says Ellobogen — patients often seek it for a reason other than vanity: Earlier this year, the U.S. Army banned ear gauging of 1.6 millimeters or larger, which means military hopefuls are going under the knife to undo previous piercings, according to CBS News.

Vacation Breasts

Feel conspicuously flat chested in your bikini? Want to fill out your wedding dress a little more? Within the next couple of years, women may be able to temporarily perk up their chests for special occasions. Dr. Norman Rowe, a plastic surgeon in NYC, is developing what he calls “vacation breasts,” a spin-off of his famous 24-hour breast enlargement procedure. Using a liquid injectable, Rowe will pump up patients’ breasts, a temporary boost that will last two to three weeks; he anticipates debuting the procedure in 2016.

“It’s an interesting idea, but to me, the breast is holy,” says Ellenbogen. “There are so many things that cause breast cancer and cysts in the breasts, I personally think breasts should be left alone. Implants are OK, fat injections are being done, but liquid that lasts [a few weeks]? Forget about it.” Although Rowe hasn’t revealed what his liquid enhancer contains — which means it’s impossible to know the risks, if any, associated with it — Ellenbogen speculates that he’s using hyaluronic acid, the same stuff found in facial fillers like Juvederm and Restalyn.

Dr. Christian Drehsen is the medical director at Clinique of Plastic Plastic Surgery. An award-winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Drehsen developed the revolutionary face lift procedure called the Refresher Lift which he perfected over a decade in his practice. Click here to learn more about the Refresher Lift and to see its amazing results.

REPOST: Come for the Seven-Star Hotel, Stay for a Nose Job

In the past few years, Dubai has been carving out a more pronounced niche for itself in the medical tourism industry. This article relays its plans for competing with India and Thailand as a destination that combines luxury with healthcare and cosmetic surgery.

An orthopedic bed stands in a private suite for patients at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) at Dubai Healthcare City in Dubai.

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Most tourists flock to Dubai for its man-made islands and the world’s tallest building. Marina Ivanova went to the desert city for liposuction.

The Moscow resident had looked for a place that would suit both her medical and vacation needs. While access to top-notch surgeons was key, just as important were the golf courses and spa centers during her monthlong getaway.

“I had always wanted to come spend some time in Dubai, so I thought, ‘Why not combine the trip?’” said Ivanova, who works in the logistics department of a glass manufacturing company. “I heard that cosmetic surgeries here are quite well-known.”

Already one of world’s ten most visited cities, Dubai is counting on more people like Ivanova to mix their holidays with high-end treatments for a luxurious form of medical tourism, rivaling Thailand and India. Now, it’s trying to attract 500,000 such visitors, adding 2.6 billion dirhams ($708 million) to its economy by 2020, according to a Dubai Health Authority plan announced this year.

Clinics like the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital are helping. The marble-floored lobby is adorned with sculptures of Greek gods and gold-enameled vases. Saudis sit beside Europeans on a purple velvet couch under a matching chandelier as they wait for nose jobs or breast implants. A private elevator carries celebrities and Arab royalty to a VIP suite as Rolls Royces and Ferraris line the parking lot outside.

Luxury furniture stands on a bespoke marble floor in the reception area at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) at Dubai Healthcare City in Dubai.

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Dubai’s Luster

“The presentation and the aura are just as important as the quality of care we provide,” said Michael Stroud, chief executive officer of the hospital, the largest of its kind in the Gulf region. “We are capitalizing on Dubai’s luster.”

For centuries, people have traveled to hot springs and seaside resorts in search of better health. In the 1990s and early 2000s, as rising global trade and tourism converged with the ballooning costs for medical care in developed countries, emerging markets such as India and Thailand set out to recruit patients by providing cheaper care at internationally accredited hospitals. India’s medical tourism industry will reach $6 billion by 2018, according to the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Among the challenges Dubai may face as it seeks to capture a share of an industry worth more than $30 billion, is that it’s too expensive to compete on cost with destinations like India, and isn’t highly regarded enough to compete on quality with the U.S. and Europe, according to Josef Woodman, chief executive officer of Patients Beyond Borders, which publishes books on medical tourism. What the desert city does have is a reputation for luxury, and it’s using that to carve out a niche in the medical tourism market.

Indoor Skiing

Lacking the oil and gas of neighboring Abu Dhabi, Dubai racked up $129 billion of debt transforming itself into a tourist destination and the Middle East base for banks such as HSBC Holdings Plc and Deutsche Bank AG. The emirate is the home of the Burj Al Arab, a seven-star hotel, and a 22,500 square-meter (242,200 square-foot) ski resort that pumps artificial snow from inside the world’s largest shopping mall.

“Tourists already come to Dubai for shopping, sight-seeing and luxury,” said Raja Easa al Gurg, deputy chairperson of the board of directors at Dubai Healthcare City, a sprawling 4 million square-foot health-care zone that’s home to two hospitals, and 120 outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories. “We need to scale up our health-care industry anyway, as millions of people flood our city and Dubai becomes a major financial hub.”

Debt Crisis

Such efforts over the past decade have met setbacks and disappointments. The transformation of the local medical system came to a halt in 2009 after Abu Dhabi was forced to bail out its neighbor to prevent a default. When the debt crisis froze investments, Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic, who had been brought in to help upgrade Dubai’s medical system, quietly packed up and left the health-care zone.

In 2011, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, one of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s wives, was appointed to restructure the hub. She hired a new CEO and a new strategy was laid out, including a renewed effort to boost medical tourism, with a focus on elective surgeries such as aesthetic procedures. The approach spurned what had been an emphasis on real-estate leases and instead focused on establishing centers of excellence in areas such as cardiology and oncology.

“It started as a real estate venture,” said Woodman. “Building came up and there were lease agreements. What they didn’t have was a training infrastructure for doctors. Expertise just doesn’t spring up out of the desert. It takes generations.”

Competing Destinations

Today, a gleaming new building at the heart of the health-care zone, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, bears the name of Dubai’s ruler instead of a vaunted U.S. university. During a tour of the area’s education and research arm, state-of-the-art training facilities, classrooms and a library were on display, though few people were seen wandering the building halls.

The government is now focusing on branding Dubai as a health-care hub through advertisements as well as partnerships with medical tourism facilitators, who will package deals for visitors, said Laila al Jassmi, who until last year headed the Dubai Health Authority’s Health Policy and Strategy Sector.

Clinics such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital have promoted their services directly to residents of eastern European and Gulf countries, the main markets Dubai is seeking to target.

Direct Marketing

“Dubai is an 8-hour flying time from two-thirds of the world’s population and has earned a growing reputation as a leading global gateway and hub for trade, logistics and tourism,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who chairs the boards of some of Dubai’s biggest companies, said in a Dubai Healthcare City commercial aired on CNN this year. “Now we are focused on earning a reputation for excellence in health care.”

Dubai Healthcare City representatives say its focus on elective surgeries and a plan to build a wellness center will create a niche market. It’s still working to improve its care in areas such as oncology and cardiology to keep locals from going abroad for more complicated procedures. Demand for such services is rising with the rate of obesity among a population that craves fast food and gives short shrift to exercise.

“With any new country, you basically build up your health system,” said Amer Ahmad Sharif, managing director of the education division at Dubai Healthcare City. “No matter what you do, there will be some specialized types of care that you will not be able to cater for at a certain volume.”

Going Abroad

While Dubai introduced universal health care this year, large gaps exist between state-provided health care and private care, according to Alpen Capital, an investment bank focused in the Gulf and Asia. More than 30 percent of the emirates population still prefers going abroad for care, a legacy of a time when the health-care industry was practically non-existent.

“I know stories of patients going abroad for infertility treatment for a full year,” said David Hadley, chief executive officer at Mediclinic Middle East, Dubai’s largest private health-care company with two hospitals and eight clinics. “The infertility centers are fantastic here, but there are still misperceptions.”

Dubai’s economy is recovering and growth may reach 4.7 percent this year, the fastest pace since 2007, according to Mohamed Lahouel, chief economist for the Dubai Department of Economic Development. That’s led foreign health-care institutions to plant their seeds back in the UAE.

Moorfields Dubai

Moorfields Eye Hospital, the 209-year-old London clinic, opened its first branch in Dubai in 2006 and has plans for another branch in Abu Dhabi. The hospital, which gets as many as 15 percent of its patients from abroad, is betting that wealthy Gulf residents, who for decades have flocked to Europe and the U.S. for medical treatment, will increasingly stay in the region for medical care, said Mariano Gonzalez, managing director of the Moorfields UAE division.

“If we can provide the same quality of service in the UAE as we provide in London, all of a sudden you have Saudis that no longer need to fly all the way to London for care,” said Gonzalez. “It’s a slow process, but it is happening.”

Dr. Christian Drehsen leads Florida’s Clinique of Plastic Surgery in Sarasota and St. Petersburg in delivering top-notch aesthetic medicine procedures to satisfied, reinvigorated patients. Learn more about Dr. Drehsen and the clinic’s available services here.

REPOST: British woman spends more than $16K on cosmetic surgery to attract younger men — at age 73

“I’m just looking for a bit of fun, that’s all,” explains 73-year-old Jane Pesch. She has become more confident and happier after getting Botox, neck lift, and breast implants. She’s also attracting a lot of younger men. Read her story in the following article from New York Daily News.

Jane Pesch said she’s received offers for dates from men in their 30s and 40s —

including a man who was just 26.


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A sultry 73-year-old is proving age is just a number as she turns the heads of men 50 years younger in her skin-tight mini-dresses — after splashing out more than £10,000 ($16,579) on cosmetic surgery.


Jane Pesch, from Swadlincote, Derbys in England, shuns the comfy pants and knitted cardigans usually associated with pensioners, instead wowing in skyscraper heels and fishnet stockings.

While her friends are collecting their pensions, the widowed mother-of-three and great-great aunt flies across Europe to go under the knife in Poland to keep her size 10 figure and youthful looks in check.


She forks out £300 ($497) every two months on Botox to keep wrinkles at bay — and even spent £4,000 ($6,632) on a neck lift because she felt gravity was giving her age away.

And after a facelift and a boob job, she’s finally satisfied with her looks — and since husband Walter, an engineer, passed away three years ago, has even turned to Internet dating sites to find a toy boy to take her out on the town.


“People are gob smacked when I tell them I’m 73 – they think I’m joking,” said Pesch, a retired secretary.


“Part of it is the way I look, but it’s down to my mind-set as well – I just don’t feel old.


“I have friends my age who dress much more conservatively than me who say, ‘I wish I could wear what you do.’ There’s nothing stopping them though – it’s just all in their head. Just because I’m in my eighth decade, I don’t see why I should fade into the background.


Jane Pesch has spent more than $16,000 on cosmetic surgery.


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“Some of my friends complain about aging but I decided to do something about it. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of nip and tuck to keep myself looking as young as I feel. Overall I’ve spent just under £10,000 ($16,579) on cosmetic procedures but I worked hard before I retired.


“I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to use some of the hard-earned money I managed to save,” she said.


And after joining dating site, she’s had countless offers of dates from men in their 30s and 40s — and even one man who was just 26.


“I was flattered but I had to say no,” she said. “That’s just too young for me, he wouldn’t have been mature enough. At first I had my real age on my profile but kept getting requests from men in their eighties. Now I put myself down as ten years younger and I regularly get men in their 30s or 40s getting in touch.


“I don’t feel my age so I really don’t see why I should be going around with old men,” she said.

Pesch works hard to maintain her 112 pound frame – spending up to half an hour on her exercise bike each morning.


She had to turn to surgery to get rid of some of the real indicators of age and in the 80s – after she had had her three children – she had a boob job.


Jane Pesch said she’s lived through tragedy, losing her husband and one of her sons.

Now she’s reached an age where she should be free to enjoy life, she said.


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She has since had a face lift and neck lift to remove some of her most obvious wrinkles.

Pesch has more than 50 pairs of heels – worth almost £3,000 ($4,974) – and a massive collection of figure-hugging dresses.


Having lived through tragedy, Pesch feels she has reached an age where she should be free to enjoy life.


Her husband passed away from lung disease three years ago and 10 years ago one of her sons died.


Her eldest boy, Robert, 47, now lives in Australia and her youngest, Warren, 44, in London.


“Sometimes my boys will raise an eyebrow at what I’m wearing but they know better than to lecture me,” she said. “They can be very protective of me – almost parental – but I’m a grown woman and I can look after myself. They also know I’m not looking to replace their dad – nobody ever could.


“I’m just looking for a bit of fun, that’s all,” she said.

.Dr. Christian Drehsen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs a multitude of cosmetic surgery procedures to help his patients achieve their ultimate dream of beauty and health. Discover how cosmetic enhancements can turn your life around on this website.

Pre- and post-op guidelines for a successful cheek augmentation

High cheekbones that frame the eyes, draw attention to the nose and mouth, and give an amazing three quarter-profile are some of the most coveted facial features. If you aren’t born with catwalk-ready bone structure, however, facial implants on the cheeks can lend you the prominent zygomatic arches you’ve always wanted.

The following precautions ensure your successful cheek augmentation and speedy recovery.

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Before surgery

Aspirin and certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) hinder blood clotting and the healing process. Furnish your doctor a list of all your current medications – any of these drugs that behave similarly to NSAID will have to be postponed until a week or so after the operation. Your doctor can prescribe alternatives you can take if necessary.

Hydrate yourself copiously before and after the operation. A minimum of three liters of water daily is ideal. If you’re a smoker, lay off cigarettes at least six weeks before the day of the procedure, and six weeks after.

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Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours post-operation.

After the surgery

Post-operation, your doctor will provide specific instructions for maintaining drains, applying bandages, wearing compression garments, and taking antibiotics. Follow these instructions closely and carefully.

A liquid diet for the first two days post-surgery is best, while a soft diet from day three to ten is recommended.

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For the first seven days post-operation, keep still in a 45-degree reclined position. After one week, you can resume work and moderate physical activities. After two or three weeks, you can start exercising and vigorous training if desired.

Clinique of Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Christian Drehsen can give you cheek implants that enliven your features and elevate your appearance. Learn more about his aesthetic medical expertise here.