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For better or worse, going out with friends has now become half quality time, half a photo shoot for Facebook.  While this may be a negative reflection of vanity in our society, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.  So, if you haven’t been able to beat ‘em and have been joinin’ ‘em with Facebook photo posting, we went straight to the source to get you excellent photo-taking tips.  Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D., a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon and professor at Boston University School of Medicine, tells you how to put your best face forward:

(1) Women should slightly look up towards the camera as it will make your eyes larger, and raise your eyebrows creating the attractive look of large eyes.

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Model Poonam Jhawar knows what she's doing: Notice her slightly upward gaze. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(2) Men should slightly protrude your chin.  This creates a strong face and eliminates a double chin.
(3) For men and women, slightly lean your neck towards the camera.
(4) For women – a minute before your photo, tap on your lips a few times (somewhat stronger than you’d think!).  This will send blood to your lips making them redder and fuller – both considered very attractive.  Similarly, you can pinch your cheeks a few times to get a little bit of a rosy glow.

(5) Stand at an angle to the camera.  This creates a slimmer body profile, and adds some interest to the photograph.  Also, try slightly lowering the shoulder towards the camera.  This will relatively elongate your neck and slim it out.

(6) Blink just before the camera goes off.  That is, if they are counting to three to shoot, blink deliberately on two.  This will help guarantee that your eyes are not closed during the picture, and importantly, will get you with the most open and bright eyes – and remember, bright eyes are critical to looking good.

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Smiling shows in your eyes, too, so make sure your happiness is genuine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(7) Smile with your eyes!  A fake smile is just your mouth.  A true smile is when your whole face is laughing.  Think about sending energy to your eyes or smiling with your eyes, and your beauty will shine into the photograph.

(8) Be relaxed.  Think about relaxing your face and trying to convey that to the camera.  And, consider botulinum toxin treatment (e.g. Botox or Dysport).  They’ve been shown to not only relax wrinkles, but to actually improve your mood and help you to feel more relaxed and confident.  That emotional change will show in your photos.

Bottom Line

If you think you’re not photogenic, think again:  you may just need to smack your lips, tilt your chin up, or give more genuine smiles!  :-)

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Coolsculpting by Zeltiq: Does It Really Freeze Off Fat? Reviews, Cost, and Before and After Photos

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq: Does it really make you this thin in an hour? Photo source: Coolsculpting.com

No matter how much you eat and live right, some of us just cannot get rid of those few pesky pounds here and there. Many methods are available for that purpose, from liposuction to lipolysis. Whether liposuction or lipolysis by laser, ultrasound or radiofrequency assistance, each has various degrees of invasion, efficiency and risk factors.(1) But today we explore a unique, new, FDA cleared advancement that will revolutionize the way we think about body contouring: CoolSculpting™.

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq®

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq – Before and After. Photo courtesy Coolsculpting.com

Zeltiq® was founded in 2005. The technique was developed by dermatologists Drs. Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD, at the Wellman Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a teaching affiliate for Harvard Medical School.

The Science

Popsicle panniculitis

Popsicle panniculitis

The word cryolipolysis is broken down into three parts: “cryo”, Greek for icy cold; “lipo”, Greek for fat; and “lysis”, Greek for to break down. The idea actually came from the effect of cold on children’s fat: When they eat too many popsicles, they develop cheek dimpling. Interestingly enough, this dimpling has a clinical term: popsicle panniculitis! It was also noted newborns with hypothermia develop panniculitis (fat inflammation). (1)

How Fat Cells are Different From Other Cells

Apoptosis

Apoptosis is a complex process of programmable cell death. All you need to know is that Coolsculpting causes apoptosis in your fat cells; dead fat cells are then flushed out by the lymphatic system. Image source: Wikipedia

Basically, fat cells are more sensitive to cooling than other cells surrounding them (skin, muscle, and nerve cells).(1) Cooling breaks them down in a process known as apoptosis, meaning cell death. Apoptosis in turn leads to the release of inflammatory mediators and the attraction of inflammatory cells.

These inflammatory cells help the body clean up dead fat cells. The lipids once contained inside the cells are eliminated through the lymphatic system.(1) This happens gradually over the course of the two to four months following the procedure, leading to decreased thickness of the fat layer. Because the process is slow, there is no risk of a sudden increase in blood lipid levels or affection of liver function.(4)

How Cold is Coolsculpting?

Studies by Zeltiq® tested temperatures as low as – 7° Celsius (19.4° Fahrenheit).

But more important than the temperature reached is how fast it’s reached. The people at Zeltiq® use the term Cooling Intensity Factor, or CIF, a numerical value which measures the rate at which heat is drawn away from the treated area. The heat is drawn away from the area in a controlled manner that ensures only fat cells are affected, which creators termed “selective lipolysis”.(3)

The Procedure

After your dermatologist declares you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and obtains consent, the following happens:

  • Documentation is taken for before and after comparisons. This documentation includes photography, body weight, and circumference of the area to be treated.
  • Afterward, you lie down in preparation for the procedure. Bring something to keep you busy, such as a book or an iPad. Or you can ask for the lights to be dimmed and use the time for a mid-day nap!
  • A very thin pad is placed on the skin on the targeted area. It’s soaked in “coupling gel.” This is to ensure constant contact between the skin and the applicator during the procedure.
  • The device’s cup-shaped “applicator” is applied on top of the pad, and a vacuum is turned on to suck in the targeted area. A C-shaped pillow may be put around the applicator to support it.
  • The applicator has two cooling panels on either side of the pinched skin, which start bringing down the temperature of the targeted area. Temperature sensors, also in the applicator, monitor the entire process and give feedback through the device’s display.

The Experience

  • The pad that is applied is soaked in a gel so you will initially feel it cool and wet on your skin.
  • The suction and cooling sensations are not at all uncomfortable.
  • After the applicator is removed, the area treated will feel very cold and a tad bit hard, as one delightful patient described it, “it feels like a chicken just out of the freezer!” Don’t panic! This is the desired end result and it will fade away within the next couple of hours.

The End Result

Coolsculpting Before and After

Coolsculpting Before and After. Photo Courtesy Coolsculpting.com.

  • Over the course of two to four months, you will notice a gradual reduction in the circumference of the treated area and a visible sculpting or contouring that looks very natural.(2)
  • Reduction has been reported to be anywhere between 1 – 5 cm (0.5 to 2 inches). Patients reported going down a dress size.
  • If desired, the procedure can be repeated after two to four months.
  • According to the site, results have been shown to be persistent for over six months post procedure. More long term studies are yet to be conducted.

The Cost

Depending on the target area, prices are anywhere between $600 and $2,000 per area.

Advantages

  • Non invasive: no hospitalization, no anesthesia, no surgery, no stitches, no pain!
  • Zero down time: You finish the procedure, and go back to work or get ready for that dinner date!
  • Excellent for fit, healthy people or have a fat bulge here or there.

Disadvantages

No real disadvantages, just some points:

  • The treated area becomes red; this usually disappears by the end of the day.(1,2)
  • There’s swelling or bruising due to the vacuum; this disappears within the first week.(2)
  • Twenty percent of patients reported temporary numbness in the area treated (dysthesia); this normalizes in one to eight weeks. There have been no reports of lasting numbness, but the sensation can be pretty irritating.(2)
  • This procedure is not suitable for patients who are overweight or have considerable skin laxity. (2)
  • A single session lasts from one to three hours.
  • The device has only one applicator, so if you are targeting two areas (e.g. both love handles) you will need to be there for double the time, as one area is treated at a time.
  • Expectations have to be realistic; it’s crucial to understand that the results are not as drastic as a liposuction.
  • The CoolSculpting™ makers do not recommend that the procedure be used as a treatment for cellulite.
  • As one study points out, the effect of cooling must be evaluated in patients suffering from diseases that are aggravated by the cold, such as cold urticaria or cryoglobulinema.(1) Always tell your doctor of any pre-existing conditions.

Bottom Line

Cryolipolysis is still in its early stages, and more studies are needed to fully understand the procedure and its long term effects. Nevertheless, there is no arguing this procedure is a breakthrough in the world of body contouring! Whether it is for you really depends; some would prefer an invasive, more drastic liposuction, some would prefer a non invasive, lunch time or weekend CoolSculpting™ session with more subtle effects.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that “do-it-yourself” cooling techniques, such as applying ice for a long time on your skin, can be damaging.(1) This is because CoolSculpting™ is designed to treat the skin in a controlled, regulated manner.

Thanks for reading! Remember, stop by my blog, Elbashra.com, or tell your friends if interested in reading about skin care in Arabic!

Sources

1-     B. Zelickson et al. Cryolipolysis for Non Invasive Fat Cell Destruction: Initial Results from a Pig Model. Dermatologic Surgery 2009; 35 (10): 1462-70.

2-     A. Nelson et al. Cryolipolysis for Reduction of Excess Adipose Tissue. Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 2009; 28 (4): 244-9.

3-     L. Brightman et al. Can Second Treatment Enhance Clinical Result in Cryolipolysis? A Case Report. Cosmetic Dermatology 2011; 24 (2): 85-8.

4-     B. Kenneth et al. Non Invasive Cryolipolysis For Subcutaneous Fat Reduction does not Serum Lipid Levels or Liver Function Tests. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2009; 41 (10): 785-90.

 

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