Julio Garcia MD

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You Have to Be Kidding

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Another sad story of a do-it-your-self at home self-performed breast enlargement. And what did this person use? VASELINE. Yes that’s right, she injected Vaseline into her chest. I really can’t say anything about this that I have not said before, but please seek out  a true professional before embarking on a medical intervention on yourself.And remember to use a little common sense.

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What is Good for the Gander is Not Good for the Goose

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Quickie note to all of the men out there reading my blog. Below is a nice article about skin care for men. No boys, don’t just use your girlfriend’s or wife’s system. Time to man up and take care of that face so you don’t look like a piece of dried leather. Healthy skin is masculine. Get on board with it. Even designer Tom Ford has a new men’s skin care line. And don’t be coy, I know you guys out there know who Tom Ford is.

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From Selfie to Techie Neckie

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We all heard about the explosion in facial cosmetic surgery when the selfie craze took hold. As the lens on a smartphone will make things look wider when taken up close, many people’s faces look fuller than they were in real life. This prompted many visits to plastic surgeons for a ‘correction’. Luckily, most of those people did not need anything done. Now comes the claim that playing on your smartphone will give you wrinkles on your neck. It appears that keeping your neck flexed for prolonged periods of time will cause wrinkles in the area, just like scowling can give you wrinkles between your eyebrows. So beware, limit the neck flexion and avoid the techie neckie!

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Would You have Cosmetic Surgery at a Barbershop?

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An article talking about a woman who died in a barbershop where an unlicensed person who worked as a massage therapist performed what is called a Vampire Facelift. Let me first say that although I think the Vampire facelift where your own blood is taken and then separated into components and then injected underneath your skin in an attempt to make you look younger does not work, but what is a person thinking when they go to a barbershop to have a massage therapist to have such a procedure? A tragic story where if she had gone to a legitimate practitioner all she would have lost would have been her money, instead she lost here life. So so sad.

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Cement Face

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A recent article about a woman who is referred to as Cement Face. The result of going to a non-physician to receive fillers in order to enhance her appearance, she is now disfigured and  needs numerous minimal injectable treatments to help her improve from the devastating effects of  going to a non-physician person for cosmetic enhancements. Once again as I have said countless times before, make sure you go to a reputable person toe have anything cosmetic done. And remember,  Buyer Beware!

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Continued App Craziness

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Yesterday I wrote about an app where children can look at liposuction as a possibility for them, not a good idea in my opinion. Today, I present another app to drive the already neurotic into a tizzy. An app that allows you to morph your face to see what plastic surgery could do for you. Although in general I feel that being able to communicate your desires to your plastic surgeon is a necessity in order to agree on what is possible, on giving the surgeon a glimpse of what you feel you want altered is helpful, I think that computer generated morphing can also lead to unrealistic expectations and emotional disappointment with your appearance. What can be achieved with CGI cannot be achieved in real life and that sets up the patients and the surgeon for the higher potential of a dissatisfied patient. I prefer the patients bring in pictures form magazines of people that  think look the way they want along with pictures of people that they do not like the appearance so I can understand their sense of what is desirable.I strongly urge against it but if you want to see it, the info is on the link below.

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All That Glitters is Not Gold

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I t amazes me how some surgeons think that using ‘buzz words’ will make people do silly things. In the article below it speaks about how doctors are now using gold threads to lift tissue of the face and keep you looking younger. Well, as your Grandma told you, ‘if is sounds too good to be true, it usually is’. Here is another case of that. The threads , if you feel so inclined to have them placed, will in time break, and they may break faster on one side versus the other, leaving you lop-sided. You can have a reaction to the gold, and you will develop possibly scar tissue to encase the gold thread but no collagen will be created outside of that so there will be no collagen formation that will make you look younger. I suggest two things to my readers. First read the article below as we all deserve a smile and the feeling that we are smarter than some others; and second, forget about the golden threads, just today’s version of an attempt to take the gold out of your pockets.

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Fatty Breasts… Really?

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One of the latest trends seen in plastic surgery has been fat injections. Although we have been performing fat injections for many years, the reliability and permanence of the fat has always been in question. Small amounts work well as it is easier for the implanted fat cells to develop new blood supply and survive. Even in those instances one will lose 30-50% after 6 months. A recent uptick of enlarging women’s breasts using their own fat only has emerged. Some of the people pushing this are true plastic surgeons but many are not, performing these procedures under minimal to no supervision in spas and are making claims that are false and always state they have never seen complications. The fat is obtained through liposuction and then prepared, after which it is injected into the breast using cannulas. Although the techniques used now are better, I still do not think the degree of breast enhancement you get nor the longevity of it staying makes using your own fat for breast enlargement a viable and smart option at the present time. Below is  a recent article about it.

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Doing This Makes Me More Money

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I hear almost daily about improving skin tone, and although it sounds like a wonderful idea, few people, including doctors can really agree on what skin tone means. It would seem that it would appear to be relative to skin coloring, but retailers and marketing people use it in conjunction with tightening, like in the realm of muscle. Muscles do have tone or not and if they are not toned, they are flabby and loose. The take home lesson today is tight muscles do not make for tight skin. It is actually counterproductive. The more muscles move on the face, the worse the wrinkles get, just think of the neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and others and understand they reduce the wrinkles by weakening the muscles. As to Yoga for the muscle, it is awesome and I highly recommend it, but not yoga for the face. Below is another in the increasing line of absurd articles about how to beat facial aging. I am posting it so you can read it and enjoy the ridiculous video. In short, there is no exercise that tightens facial skin, or skin anywhere else for that matter.

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Solutions for Tired Looking Eyes!

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There are many patients that seek help from a plastic surgeon for their tired looking eyes. Although dark circles do make one look tired, and there are fillers that can be used to mask or hide them, that might not be what you need. If your eyes look tired because you are actually tired, it is best to get some rest. Along with the healthy effects of proper sleep, injections will not totally correct the problem if you keep up the habit of poor sleep patterns. The fillers work wonderfully for patients that genetically have dark circles due to boney structure or have dark circles due to the fat loss that comes with aging; but tired eyes need sleep, not fillers.

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