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  • Top Ten Plastic Surgery Procedures To Make You Hot for Summer

    By Chelsea Mize

    We all know the feeling. Summer is coming and you’re pasty white, you’ve packed on some winter pounds, and you’ve got stubble that makes you feel like something out of Where the Wild Things Are. And your bikini line? Yikes. Let’s just say, it is not bikini ready. But this year, you really don’t want to wear the one piece with a skirt. Or even the string bikini you keep adjusting to futilely try to cover unwanted hair and bulges. So what can you do to get your body in shape for the hottest summer suits? Well, spray tanning is a start, but if you want to go deeper (or thinner, smoother, and sexier!) Makemeheal.com has whipped up a list of ten procedures, plastic surgery and otherwise, to give you a body that you’d be ashamed not to show off.

    Lifesculpt – Laser Liposuction and Body Contouring


    • What it is: Lifesculpt literally melts your fat away. Unlike traditional liposuction, Lifesculpt uses laser technology to liquefy fat before it is removed with suction. The advantages over normal liposuction are numerous. Lifesculpt is minimally invasive, doesn’t rip or tear, leaves no unsightly indents in the affected area, and actually tightens and contours skin for a smooth, sexy, and younger looking you.
    • Who it’s for: Lifesculpt is for those of you who just can’t exercise away those stubborn love handles. It’s a great procedure if you’re in shape but still want to have tighter, smoother curves without those little poofs of fat sneaking out over your bathing suit bottom. It’s probably not the best option for someone who’s significantly overweight or in poor health.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Lifesculpt is minimally invasive, and can be done in as little as an hour. In most cases, you (the patient) would remain awake for the procedure and only be administered local anesthesia, allowing you to essentially continue with your day post-op. There can be slight discomfort prior to and during the procedure, but nothing serious, and certainly nothing like traditional liposuction. And the after effects are slighter too, with little to no bruising, swelling, or pain, so you can get into that sexy swimwear in no time at all.

    Breast Enlargement – Implants

    • What it is: Only the most popular plastic surgery procedure undergone by women. And it’s not just for Pam Anderson wannabes either. Plenty of women know the feeling of trying on a swimsuit and having the bottoms stretched tight over your hips while the top hangs loose over a too-small bust. So this summer, some of you may want to consider changing the trend and fitting into that skimpy suit you’ve always wanted. There are a number of options for those of you seeking a larger cup size, one of them being silicone gel implants, which have a much more natural appearance than some other types.
    • Who it’s for: Anyone who’s unhappy with their proportions, feels like pretty soon their nipples are going to be drooping past their knees, or those of you who feel asymmetrical or misaligned.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Bathing suits, bathing suits, bathing suits. Swimsuits are designed to show off your great bust line, and if you feel insecure in that area, implants will give you the extra boost to look hot by the pool or at the beach. Recovery time varies, and scarring takes some time to heal, but patients can usually return to work and other normal activity in about a week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to a few months after the procedure. So maybe no jogging on the beach or swimming tons of laps, but normal stuff should be fine.

    Zeltiq – Non-surgical fat removal


    • What it is: Zeltiq is the cool alternative to liposuction. The procedure uses cryolipolysis, or destruction of fat cells through extreme cold temperatures. A device is pressed against the area to be treated, and then the tissue is cooled to a low enough temperature that fat cells, and only fat cells, are targeted and zapped. In a matter of days, fat cells begin to shrink, and then gradually are processed and removed via the liver. As a result, unsightly bulges are out, and smooth, summery contours are in.
    • Who it’s for: Like Lifesculpt, Zeltiq is best for those of you who aren’t severely overweight but would still like to achieve that really beach-ready body tone. Zeltiq targets specific areas where stubborn fat resides.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Zeltiq is a non-invasive procedure, and patients do not have to be anesthetized. Recovery time is basically non-existent. Side effects, if any, usually disappear within ten minutes and are as minor as slight redness of the skin and temporary tingling due to the cold. Although results don’t appear instantly, Zeltiq won’t keep you from any of your usual summer activities and will definitely improve your look without painful recovery time.

    VelaShape – Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction

    Velashape, Cellulite

    • What it is: VelaShape is a procedure that helps reduce cellulite and thigh circumference and improves body contour. VelaShape uses a variety of technologies like Radiofrequency, Infrared Light, and Vacuum to ensure a timely and effective treatment. Using a specialized technique called Mechanical Massage, VelaShape smoothes out skin so that heat can be evenly distributed and shrink fat cells efficiently.
    • Who it’s for: VelaShape is for sufferers of cellulite and other unwanted fat deposits. It’s also very useful for new moms who want to recover their firm, trim pre-baby body in time for summer months.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: VelaShape knows you want a great bikini bod, so they’re even offering a FREE treatment session (results usually appear after about four sessions) to help you get a sizzling hot look. The procedure itself is non-invasive and relatively painless, and there’s no downtime.
    • How to get it: Visit www.velashape.com and enter your zip code to find a VelaShape physician in your area.

    Reaction by Viora – Body Contouring and Skin Tightening Vacuum Therapy

    • What it is: Reaction, like Velashape, is a treatment for cellulite, sagging skin, and reduction of thigh circumference. The procedure uses vacuum technology and Radiofrequency to improve skin tightness and get rid of unsightly fat bulges. Reaction can improve your look all over, for a truly comprehensive better body. Treatable areas include arms, buttocks, hips, thighs, face, neck, legs, tummy, and waist.
    • Who it’s for: Reaction, like other similar treatments, is not for the severely overweight. It’s best for those with healthy lifestyles who just can’t shake the cellulite or want to reverse signs of ageing through skin tightening.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Reaction allows you to return immediately to your normal life. There’s no downtime, and treatments can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, with a short treatment cycle requiring six to eight sessions. Also, results are visible after the very first session, so in no time at all you can be on your way to beach bliss.
    • How to get it: You can find out more about Reaction and where to receive treatments by e-mailing info@vioramed.com.

    Lumenis Light Sheer Duet and Soprano XL – Laser Hair Removal

    • What it is: Lumenis Light Sheer Duet and Soprano XL are revolutionary laser hair removal technologies that eliminate some of the traditional concerns associated with the procedure. Using high powered lasers, these procedures enable treatment of larger areas in shorter time. If stubble’s holding you back from summer-worthy legs, then maybe this is the answer you’ve been looking for. Not only do these new lasers reduce the amount of time you have to wait for smooth skin, they also reduce the discomfort typically associated with laser treatments.
    • Who it’s for: Anyone who wants to get rid of unsightly body hair. New technologies are making lasers more useful in the treatment of bonier or more sensitive areas such as ankles or upper lips.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Nobody wants to shave three times a day to make sure legs and underarms stay smooth for sundresses, bikinis, or short shorts. And what about those of you who suffer from happy trails or mustaches, laser hair removal can provide a year-round solution just in time for hot weather hotness. Also, with new pain-free treatments and increased expediency, you don’t need to worry about wasting time or experiencing soreness.

    Sculptra Aesthetic – Non-surgical facial rejuvenation


    • What it is: Sculptra Aesthetic uses collagen treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to improve skins overall youthfulness. Summertime always makes you feel young, so it’s only reasonable to want to look young too. And Sculptra Aesthetic can help you achieve natural results that last upwards of two years, unlike other, more temporary injectable solutions. Sculptra Aesthetic works through a series of injections in the affected areas, and is usually completed after three sessions that occur over a few months.
    • Who it’s for: If you want to gradually achieve younger looking skin and you’re really opposed to frozen facial expressions or that pulled facelift look, the Sculptra Aesthetic is for you. It’s a more natural alternative that works with your face, not against it.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Sculptra Aesthetic is perfect for that subtle summer improvement you can’t seem to get with makeup or lotion. Nobody wants to cake on anti-ageing products before they head to the beach, and Sculptra Aesthetic helps restore your face in a natural way. Also, Sculptra Aesthetic isn’t going to make you hide your face for days or even months. Side effects are generally minor, and with massage therapy and cold compresses, swelling and redness usually subside fairly quickly. Make up can be applied to treated area on a same day basis. Although you may want to protect your face from the sun after treatment, it’s nothing normal sunblock and skin-damage precautions won’t take care of.

    Buttock Augmentation

    • What it is: I like big butts. And if you like big butts too (and you cannot lie) then maybe buttock augmentation is for you. The procedure is pretty self-explanatory, and there are a variety of methods out there to achieve the desired results. A typical butt enlargement is the Brazilian butt lift, which uses liposuction to remove fat from other unwanted areas, and then injects that fat into the butt for tighter, higher cheeks.
    • Who it’s for: Booty lovers, obviously. And anyone else who’s tired of not filling out their bottoms or feels like they’re butt is sagging from under their bathing suit.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Simple. Nobody wants their bikini butt to hang out like a sack of potatoes. A firm, round butt is the best booty to sport a swimsuit, and procedures like the Brazilian butt lift don’t require a ton of recovery. Most patients are back at work after a week.
    • Talk to your doctor or visit a local plastic surgeon to learn more about buttocks augmentation.

    Asclera – Varicose Vein Treatment

    • What it is: Asclera is an injection that damages the blood vessels, which causes them to close and reduces the appearance of varicose or spider veins.
    • Who it’s for: People with smaller manifestations of varicose veins. Asclera is best for those of you who just want to get rid of the unsightly spider veins for aesthetic reasons. It’s not approved for more serious conditions.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: If you’re in shape for summer, you don’t want your sexy, sculpted legs to be marred by patches of purple veins snaking around your thighs or calves. Asclera doesn’t require surgery or downtime, and side effects are usually minor.
    • How to get it: For more information talk to your doctor about Asclera, or visit www.asclera.com.
    • To learn more information, go to the Asclera Channel.

    Vaser Hi Def – For the Guys! (And the Ladies too)

    Vaser Liposuction

    • What it is: Vaser Hi Def is an advanced body sculpting procedure that removes fat strategically to enhance the appearance of musculature for an athletic look. Think ‘six-pack.’ But Vaser Hi Def isn’t just for your abs, guys. It’s also good for the chest or back – and ladies, it works for breasts, thighs and hips as well. Guys concerned about gynecomastia, or ‘man-boobs’ might want to consider Vaser Hi Def as well.
    • Who it’s for: Vaser Hi Def is for those of you who know who have tone and definition hiding under that pesky layer of winter blubber. If you want to enhance your already athletic body and look great for summer, then Vaser Hi Def is a great option for you.
    • Why it’s Great for Summer: Vaser Hi Def is a gentle ultrasonic liposculpture treatment that does not carry the same adverse side effects as traditional lipsuction. With limited downtime and speedier recovery, Vaser Hi Def is an alluring option to get that chiseled, buff body right before summer.


    May 18, 2010 in Body Procedures,Breast Augmentation, Implants, Reduction,Facial Plastic Surgery,Fillers & Injectables,Liposuction,Procedures & Breakthroughs by Makemeheal.com Staff | 7 Comments

    Catwoman Julie Newmar Stays Young with Plastic Surgery

    Julie Newmar may no longer be a household name, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a Hollywood legend. As on one Hollywood’s original long-legged ladies, Julie Newmar still looks almost as young as she did playing the Catwoman on the 1960s campy classic Batman television series. Her secret for staying kittenish is clearly plastic surgery.

    Julie Newmar

    76-year old Julie Newmar looks as though she has spent her off-camera time in the plastic surgeon’s office, undergoing what could be multiple facelifts, a browlift to retain her signature brows and lip fillers to keep her pouty pucker. She probably also uses some dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm as well as Botox to maintain her amazingly wrinkle-free appearance.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Wow! I can’t believe Julie Newmar is 76.  Her face is flawless.  Multiple facial procedures such as a facelift, Browlift, dermal fillers and Botox seem to be her weapon against aging and staying so young looking.”

    While Julie is definitely flawless, she is definitely overdone and could benefit from laying off some of the injectables for a while.

    Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Julie Newmar-Catwoman appears to have had a facelift, browlift, facial fillers, Botox, and possibly filler injected into her lips. Overall, it is clear she had work performed and should refrain from any further procedures.”

    Julie Newmar hasn’t been on screen in a while, but she’s been keeping busy writing books and obviously taking good care of herself.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Julie Newmar on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 17, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Ruby Marr | Leave a Comment

    Is Model Vikki Blows Posing with Plastic Surgery?

    Vikki Blows is amongst the latest British glamour models to migrate across the pond. If she continues to have good plastic surgery, her popularity is sure to grow even more.

    Vikki Blows, Plastic Surgery

    22-year old Vikki Blows certainly isn’t shy. The goth-looking vixen is well known for posing naked, or with as little possible on. But how good would she look naked if she hadn’t undergone a breast augmentation?

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Vikki Blows certainly had her breasts enhanced with breast implants.  Although they are some-what small, her areolas (nipple area) are in the upper third of her breasts and pointing up.  That is a very revealing sign of a cosmetic breast enhancement.”

    Above the neck, Vikki seems to be naturally good-looking, although she may use Botox and dermal fillers like Resylane or Pelane as she begins to show signs of aging in the future.

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Vikki Blows is still very young. She may have had facial fillers and Botox at some point, but nothing more than that. She would not benefit from any additional work at this time.”

    Vikki is quickly growing an international following, thanks to her pictures and popular blog and it’s easy to why.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Vicki Blows on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 14, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Carrie Zender | Leave a Comment

    Audrina Partridge Felt Pressured to Have Plastic Surgery

    Audrina Partridge is arguably the hottest star of The Hills, despite Heidi Montag’s best efforts to be a real life Barbie. But the show’s lone brunette still feels pressure to be beautiful in Hollywood, which is likely why she chose to have plastic surgery.

    Audrina Patridge, Plastic Surgery

    25-year old Audrina Partridge has long been at the center of plastic surgery rumors, although she tends to deny them (See Make Me Heal’s story on Audrina Partridges’ plastic surgery denial).

    A “source” told UsWeekly, Audrina, “feels she has to be perfect to continue her career in TV and film.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Hollywood, California or Hollywood, Florida, the pressure to look great is enormous.  Many women feel like beauty is defined by body parts, measurements and weight.  I always tell my patients that their surgery decision needs to be their own- not coming from a spouse, society or any other outside pressure.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “In regards to Audrina Patridge’s comment about feeling pressure to have plastic surgery performed, the choice she made to have surgery performed was her own. She may rationalize her decision however she feels necessary, as often times individuals who are in the spotlight feel the pressure to look their best at all times”.

    Since her breast augmentation, “She think she has a banging body,” a friend says.

    The magazine reports another friend saying, “she’s confident in her looks. I don’t think she’ll get more surgery.”

    Makemeheal.com is glad that plastic surgery has boosted Audrina’s confidence, as it should.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Audrina Partridge on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 14, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Erica Hurtz | Leave a Comment

    Heidi Montag’s Plastic Surgery Updates

    Heidi Montag has been so busy enumerating her plastic surgery procedures and the pain she’s in that others have started talking too.

    Heidi Montag, Plastic Surgery

    On the recent series premiere of The Hills, the 23-year old blonde reality star went home to Colorado to show off her new looks to her parents. Her mother was visibly displeased at Heidi’s altered appearance and her desire to look like Barbie.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “ Well, being that Heidi’s parents created her with their combined unique DNA that has produced a person unlike any other, I can see why her mother may not like that she altered it so she could look more like a toy figurine (Barbie).  Heidi’s plastic surgery obsession is revealing of underlying issues with self esteem that I am sure her mother is ultimately concerned about.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “In regard’s to Heidi Montag’s mother commenting on her procedures, it is not completely out of the ordinary for a parent to show concern about any procures that were performed.  Having plastic surgery performed is strictly an individual preference.”

    On his blog, OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia has posted a very humorous podcast, saying, Taking plastic surgery advice from Heidi Montag is like taking your marine biology course in college from SpongeBob Squarepants.”

    Another funny person has also weighed in on Heidi’s new look, legendary comedienne and plastic surgery zealot Joan Rivers. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Joan Rivers’ plastic surgery).

    Rivers told Us Weekly: “[Heidi] looks fine now, but she could have done it in stages.”

    She also joked: “I think she should have started sooner! I think she should have started when she was 13.”

    Dr. Salzhauer says, “You have to look at the source. Joan Rivers is the queen of plastic surgery and probably Heidi’s mentor these days.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “In regards to Joan Rivers’ comment on Heidi Montag’s surgeries, she is fully entitled to her own opinion.”

    Most shockingly, despite undergoing 10 procedures at once and saying she is done with plastic surgery (See Make Me Heal’s story on Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery limit), it seems that Heidi has once again changed her mind and is planning more surgery.

    According to an interview with Spencer Pratt, Heidi’s hubbie, Life & Style Magazine reports that Heidi has scheduled yet another breast enlargement and frequently gets lip augmentations.

    “I try to stop her,” Spencer tells Life & Style. “She wants her doctor to come over once a week to plump up her lips. I keep telling her that they’re big enough and that she doesn’t need it.”

    So what put her over the edge? Spencer tells Life & Style about an off-the-cuff remark from Ryan Seacrest during a visit to his LA radio station on April 5 that shattered Heidi’s world. “When Heidi entered the studio, Ryan told her that her breasts didn’t look that big to him,” Spencer, who was standing just a few feet from his wife at the time, says. Although Ryan’s comment was clearly meant to compliment Heidi and calm any preshow jitters she may have had before her early morning interview, his words took on a twisted meaning in her mind. “She was taken aback,” Spencer says. “She came home in shock.”

    If Heidi does put her body through another breast implant procedure, she is looking at doing her body further irreversible damage.

    Dr. Salzhauer explains, “ Heidi is treading a fine line if she is going to have another breast surgery.  Her skin will soon become extremely thin which is irreversible, her skin’s elasticity will deteriorate if it hasn’t started to already from the extra weight of the implants, and she is going to be creating even more scar tissue which brings it’s own set of aesthetic complications.”

    Heidi should really consider seeking a therapist rather than a plastic surgeon the next time she feels like visiting a doctor’s office.

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    May 13, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Lisa Stern | 1 Comment

    Real Housewife of Orange County Alexis Bellino is Newest Reality Show Plastic Surgery Inductee

    Alexis Bellino was the new housewife on the last season of Real Housewives of Orange County. On the series reunion, ardent church-goer Alexis revealed more plans for plastic surgery in the future, including a nose job.

    Alexis Bellino, Plastic Surgery

    33-year old Alexis Bellino claims that other than her oversized breast implants and some Botox here and there, she is all-natural. But after finding several photos of the mother of three on the Net, before she found “fame,” many bloggers have concluded that she has had more plastic surgery than she is letting on, including a browlift and facial injections of Restylane and Juvederm into her cheeks and chin, as well as her lips.

    Dr. Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Alexis Bellino appears to have had filler injected into her lips, facial fillers, Botox, and possibly a browlift. Overall, the work that was performed is obvious, and she may benefit from a more natural appearance.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “It looks like Alexis has refined her nose giving her a more defined look to her face.  It also looks like she used Botox and dermal fillers to give her that overall rejuvenated look to her face.”

    Alexis joined a cast already full of plastic surgery, including Lynne Curtin and her new facelift (See Make Me Heal’s story on Lynne Curtin’s plastic surgery).

    Alexis Bellino is undoubtedly the hottest Orange County Housewife, but she could be even hotter if she laid off the plastic surgery a little and got back to her naturally gorgeous roots.

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    May 12, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Jet H. Ross | 1 Comment

    Is Facts of Life Star Mindy Cohn Acting with Botox?

    In a “where are they now” moment, Makemeheal.com is investigating plastic surgery rumors of Mindy Cohn, from the Facts of Life.

    Mindy Cohn, Plastic Surgery

    43-year old Mindy Cohn is best known for her role as the outgoing and spunky Natalie Green on the 1980s television series, The Facts of Life. On a recent Indie film trailer for an upcoming role in Violent Tendencies, Make Me Heal noticed that Mindy’s brow region has actually gotten higher in the pasty several years, which is an indication of plastic surgery.

    While Botox can give a “Botox” browlift, Mindy’s very high brows are likely a mixture of a surgical browlift and Botox injections.

    Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Mindy Cohn appears to have had Botox, facial fillers, and possibly a browlift. Overall, any work was performed conservatively and she does not appear too overdone. ”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Mindy’s forehead is remarkably smooth undoubtedly from Botox.  Injected correctly, Botox can create a Brow-lift affect; however, her brows are very arched most likely due to a surgical brow-lift procedure.”

    Mindy has been hiding behind the scenes doing mainly voiceover work since The Facts of Life ended and Make Me Heal looks forward to seeing her smiling face again.

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    May 11, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Ruby Marr | 2 Comments

    Is Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries Designing with Plastic Surgery?

    CEO’s don’t often appear on Makemeheal.com. But we’ve made an exception for Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, because he has clearly spent too much time having plastic surgery.

    Mike Jeffries, Plastic Surgery

    Abercrombie & Fitch ads are known for featuring very young men with very good looks and stellar bodies. The young women in the ads aren’t bad either. But it seems that CEO Mike Jeffries is trying to look as young as the high school stars of the ads, by going under the knife with mixed results.

    At 65, Mike Jeffries looks like he plans to spend his time and his retirement fund on plastic surgery. But before he does, it looks like he’s already spent more than a few bucks on plastic surgery.

    Thus far, Mike looks like he’s had a facelift, browlift. He also clearly overuses fillers like Restylane or Juvederm in his lips, making them look like he’s having a permanent allergic reaction. In the past, he may have also had a nose job and likely uses Botox in the forehead region as well as the crow’s feet that should be around his eyes.

    Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Mike Jeffries clearly has had work performed.  A facelift, browlift, and fillers are very obvious. Rhinoplasty is a possibility as well. Overall, any work that was performed was a bit too aggressive, and his look is artificial. It would be best if he refrained from having any additional work performed. ”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “He looks like he has had too many fillers injected into his lips giving him that uneven pout.  Also, it looks like he may have gone overboard with the Botox as well.  Too much Botox in the Glabellar (between the eyes) will paralyze the medial brow muscles causing them to droop like his.  Injected more conservatively would have caused a beautiful and subtle brow arch.  Good thing that Botox is not permanent and in a few months his look should improve.”

    In addition to the fillers, Mike may also have gained weight, which could be contributed to his bloated look.

    OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia says, “ Weight gain versus fillers.”

    Make Me Heal thinks Mike should spend less time under the knife and more time fixing the brand’s financial problems.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Mike Jeffries on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 11, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery,Male Plastic Surgery by Erica Hurtz | 1 Comment

    Stem Cells May Take the ‘Plastic’ Out of ‘Plastic Surgery’

    Imagine the body you’ve always wanted. Great, wrinkle-free skin. A proportional, substantial bust. A slim waist and hips. Now imagine that in a relatively painless plastic surgery procedure, you could take the fat from your hips, thighs or stomach, and use it to fill in those pesky wrinkles, lift your bust and improve your skin. Sound too good to be true? Maybe not for long.

    Stem Cell

    For anyone who’s longed to look younger, but felt reluctant to go under the knife, there may be a new, more natural plastic surgery alternative: stem cell enriched fat-grafting. Although stem cell anti-ageing and cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity, there are still regulatory questions (not all procedures are FDA approved, or even legal in the U.S.) and certain drawbacks. The appeal of stem cell plastic surgery is clear – there’s no ‘fake’ aspect to a patient’s end result. Still, it’s good to have the facts if you’re considering stem cell surgery.

    Unlike traditional plastic surgeries, which usually involve pulling or tightening of the skin, or implants constructed of unnatural materials, stem cell procedures are conducted using only a patient’s own tissue or cells. Fat is removed from those unwanted bulges on a patient, purified, and replaced by injection into the desired area. The purification step involves separating and concentrating regenerative and stem cells from the surrounding fat, and then injecting the cells into the desired area to volumize. Such concentrated fat can be used as filler in the breasts, face, hands, buttocks, or even for vaginal rejuvenation. While it may seem strange to take from your thighs and give to your face, patients report excellent results, including softer, healthier skin at the transplant site.

    How It Works

    Stem cell procedures are an advanced form of fat grafting that use someone’s own regenerative adipose tissue to improve appearance in a number of ways. Whether you want to redistribute your curves or reverse signs of ageing, stem cell surgery may have something for you. Although stem cell breast augmentation is still under review in the U.S., it is being used very successfully in Japan and Europe. The stem cell facelift technique is selectively practiced in the U.S., and is still awaiting FDA approval. Issues of federal regulation may be enough to scare away the faint of heart, but Dr. Mollie Carter of Cytori predicts that stem cell technology will soon be widely acknowledged as the future of cosmetic surgery: “Patients are more in-tuned to using their own bodies rather than using syntheticsI think that we hope to have approval [for the technology] within the next 2-3 years.”

    According to Melissa Kelz, also of Cytori, “Over 46,000 autologous fat injection procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2008. These procedures include adding volume to facial areas such as cheeks, tear troughs, chin and jowls, as well as reshaping the breasts and enhancing the buttocks during aesthetic body contouring.So if you’re looking to undergo a stem cell procedure, U.S. facilities are available, but it will probably be a few more years before all operations are totally sanctioned.


    There are more than a few upsides to new stem cell techniques. For one thing, results are better than natural-looking, they’re actually natural. As Dr. Carter points out, “Once [a fat graft] ‘takes,’ or develops blood supply, it’s there forever. It’s permanent as opposed to synthetic. It’s your own non-manipulated tissue.” You may have shied away from plastic surgery in the past because of horror stories like burst busts or immovable facial expressions, but cutting edge fat-grafting technology promises to provide a more organic, flexible result. Traditional fillers like silicone or Botox are of course problematic because as the body or face changes, static filler does not necessarily change in the same way, potentially resulting in deformities or health complications. But with new stem cell technology, the injected areas retain a natural changeability, so that as a person ages, their stem cell ‘implants’ age normatively as well.

    Another benefit of stem cell procedures is that rather than temporarily altering the appearance of aging, such as a traditional ‘pulling’ facelift might, the injection of cells actually stimulates and rejuvenates the skin. According to Dr. David Shafer, “Stem cell therapy offers many advantages, including the potential for stem cells to differential into different types of tissue.  The rejuvenative capacity of these cells could have far-reaching benefits for both cosmetic and reconstructive patients.  While further research is needed, initial studies are promising.”

    Befor and After

    Stem-cell concentrated fat injections in facelift procedures have been found to shrink pores and decrease pigmentation. Because of the natural renewing properties of the cells, they grow new blood vessels and also expedite the healing process by releasing anti-inflammatory substances. There is no risk of stem cells being rejected such as might occur with foreign implants. Stem cells actually help tighten the skin over the area of the injection, providing for an even younger, fuller appearance in the face or breasts. You wouldn’t think that your gut could be used to make your face look more beautiful than ever, but with new fat-grafting technology, this seems to be just the case.

    Because the fat used in stem cell procedures is taken from you the patient, you’ll feel more of a whole body transformation rather than a localized improvement. Your single stem cell procedure has the dual effect of slimming heavy areas and plumping saggy areas. This is a big plus if you’re looking to remake your look entirely. A traditional facelift can’t do much for your thighs, but with a stem cell facelift, your thighs sure can do a lot for your face…and for themselves.

    The regenerative properties of stem cells are perhaps the most obvious and promising advantage of this technology. Part of the inherent usefulness of stem cells is in their healing potential, hence recovery from a stem cell procedure is naturally easier and less painful. In fact, stem cells can potentially be employed to speed healing in injuries unrelated to cosmetic surgery. Ideally, a person could turn his or her unwanted love handles into not only a fresher, younger face, but also a quicker recuperation from a broken ankle.

    If you might normally be hesitant to undergo plastic surgery, you should certainly feel more comfortable injecting your body with a natural healing agent rather than a synthetic agent such as silicone. In addition, post-op scarring is usually significantly less visible and the procedure itself is minimally invasive. Stem cell procedures have the potential to open the market to a whole new demographic; people who long for self-improvement through a natural, essentially ‘real’ means.


    The most obvious con of stem cell procedures is that they are not yet fully ready for the U.S. consumer. Hopefully this problem, and others, will be short-lived and if, in the meantime, you’re considering this alternative to plastic surgery, there are some other drawbacks to consider.

    Like any surgical procedure, stem cell cosmetic operations run the risk of failure if performed by the wrong people. Because this technology is still in relatively developmental stages, there are still problems, and in the wrong hands, these issues can be greatly exacerbated. Fat grafting without proper stem cell operation, for instance, can be unreliable and create irregular contours in the injected area. Also, stem cell breast augmentation, when performed improperly, can result in the bursting of injected fat globules, similar to how a traditional implant might rupture and create problems in the breasts.

    Stem cell surgery also has its limitations. For instance, breasts can only be augmented by a maximum of two cup sizes during one treatment. If you’re going for that Pamela Anderson, Dolly Parton look, this probably isn’t going to cut it. Also, the entire procedure depends on the patient having enough body fat to be removed and relocated. Very thin patients may not have an adequate store for their desired level of facial volumizing or breast enlargement. In a way, the use of stem cells relies on a patient having more than one aesthetic issue. If you’re not worried about your weight, you might not want to undergo liposuction just to fatten up your face.

    Further, because stem cell facelifts or other operations require liposuction, there is added room for error. Patients reported that most of their post-op pain was in the donor areas, and not the treated areas. Liposuction risks are an added concern for many patients who want a safe, easy cosmetic surgery alternative. Although methods are being developed to lessen the risks associated with liposuction, this is still a drawback.

    Most stem cell cosmetic procedures are yet to be FDA approved, so a patient should exercise caution when considering such an operation. As medical applications are still in a research phase, a patient should be aware that many results are not backed by clinical data.

    Looking to the Future

    Plastic is a thing of the past. With sustainable resources becoming more and more sought after, natural ‘plastic’ surgery seems like the logical next step in cosmetic anti-ageing procedures. While any patient should be careful with stem cell facelifts, breast augmentations, or other aesthetic operations, stem cell technology is seemingly on the rise, and people hoping to improve their appearance can look forward to a more natural, less painful surgery.

    Read more about stem cell plastic surgery on Makemeheal.com



    May 7, 2010 in Breast Augmentation, Implants, Reduction,Facial Plastic Surgery,Fillers & Injectables,Procedures & Breakthroughs by Chelsea Mize | 3 Comments

    Was Heidi Montag’s Overload of Plastic Surgery Too Much?

    Heidi Montag may be done with plastic surgery, but according to some plastic surgeons, she is lucky with the amount of work she had at once.

    Heidi Montag, Plastic Surgery

    Last year, 23-year old Heidi Montag underwent a nose job revision, chin reduction, mini brow lift, botox  p://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gifin forehead and frown area, fat injections in cheeks, nasolabial folds and lips, neck liposuction, ears pinned back, liposuction on waist, hips and inner and outer thighs, buttock augmentation and breast augmentation revision. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery).

    In an interview, Dr. Robert Ray, aka Dr. 90210 says he feels that Heidi risked a lot by undergoing so many procedures at once.

    He says, “I would never have done more than three or four.”

    However, he doesn’t blame Heidi’s surgeon, Dr. Frank Ryan, saying “The issue of too many procedures in the operating room have [been debated] and forth, but he is a great surgeon — that’s not the issue.”

    Admits Dr. Rey of Montag, 23, who is not legally allowed to get any more surgeries, “What she does is her decision. That’s the beauty of America. It’s a free country.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer tells Makemeheal.com, “A great benefit of cosmetic surgery is that when you enhance or correct one area, you’d be surprised how it improves the appearance of other areas.  For instance, enlarging your breasts can have the effect of making your waist seem smaller.  Or refining your nose can enhance the whole look of your face; therefore, eliminating the need for even more cosmetic surgeries. I think 2-3 procedures performed at once is smart and effective.  You have one surgery and one recovery period. Performing more than that at once may be too much both medically and esthetically.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “The amount of procedures Heidi Montag had performed is strictly a personal preference.  10 procedures at once is a significant amount. Under the right care, risks can be minimized. But risks are still present during any surgical procedure, and will increase the longer you are under general anesthesia.”

    Heidi is looking more like a Barbie doll than ever before, but maybe that’s what she wanted.

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    May 5, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Jet H. Ross | Leave a Comment