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The Internet is a vast marketplace these days. Few would argue that you can’t find anything you’re looking for if you look hard enough on the Internet. However, who would’ve ever thought you could get Botox online? Much less, who would’ve ever thought there’d be do it yourself Botox with instructions? The truth is there are” medical” websites that offer what they call  Botulinum toxin for sale over the Internet. While it of course is dangerous and potentially deadly there is a mass appeal for consumers who desperately want to look younger and have a perceived need to get the best deal to do so. Online marketers are cashing in on this desperation in what is an unregulated and illegal sale of Botox via the Internet. One of the supposedly medical sites allows consumers to purchase 100 IU vial of what they label is Botox complete with a set of instructions for $149. Of course Dr. Seify along with the rest of the legitimate medical community find this appalling and outrageous. This unscrupulous marketing of questionable at best grade of Botox to uneducated consumers is virtually unimaginable. One death has been reported so far as caused by the use of Botox purchased through the Internet. There are growing numbers of cases from people who through self injection of Botox ended up with muscles that were paralyzed or vocal cords that were paralyzed or even other serious results. Botox is approved by the US FDA to be used by cosmetic physicians for the removal of facial lines and wrinkles. Authentic medical grade Botox cannot be purchased without a prescription. Only a licensed medical physician is permitted to purchase authentic medical grade Botox and it is under the concept that the physician has the skill and knowledge and training for its proper use. Most doctors doubt that the Botox sold online is authentic or even that it has any Botox and it at all. What is most concerning is what it could contain as a substitute. Many wonder how this can even be allowed to happen. Due to the vast worldwide marketplace of the Internet the sale of illicit products is rampant. It is virtually impossible to regulate sense the FDA can only monitor and have jurisdiction over United States companies and businesses selling drugs. Dr. Seify warns patients about any products including Botox purchased through non-legitimate sources. Dr. Seify offers Botox and dermal fillers with occasional promotions throughout the year. Patients can save substantially and are encouraged to contact the office and make a reservation for our next Botox and filler special event for the best pricing.

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Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures have become  routine especially here in Southern California. It is not uncommon to see marketing advertisements that advertise cosmetic procedures as”easy“-and with”little to no downtime”. Unfortunately, this has created a very lackadaisical attitude towards cosmetic procedures both noninvasive as well as invasive. It is important for patients to understand that all cosmetic surgery procedures should be considered as serious and important. Patient should adhere closely to all instructions both written and verbal from the treating physician. Dr. Seify advises patients who are scheduled for injectable procedures to be mindful of any medications prior to treatment including aspirin containing products. Each injectable procedure should be treated with the same caution even if the patient has been an injectable patient many times before. Patients are not advised to drink alcohol prior to their injection, including wine. Patients who are recovering from cosmetic surgery procedures including breast augmentation and liposuction should closely follow the patient instructions provided both at their pre-op appointment as well as the day of surgery. It is critical that patients have someone to drive them home from the surgery center as well as an adult to stay with them for the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients who do not adhere to this instruction are compromising the safety of their procedure. The first 24 hours after surgery patients can become disoriented and over medicate or injure themselves if a guardian or caregiver is not present. Patients who are having cosmetic plastic surgery may be tempted to go it alone so that no one will know they are having surgery. This is not advised. Dr. Seify and his staff provide detailed written preoperative instructions and information to patients and patients are encouraged to ask questions if they do not understand or are unable to comply with the instructions. Plastic surgery results can be compromised when patients do not follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon. Plastic surgery can be a wonderful experience provided both the patient and the doctor take their responsibilities seriously. Patients who are considering plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.

It’s hard to believe so much debate exist around the type of sweetener consumers decide to use in their diet. The debate most often heard is the one between sugar and high fructose. According to recent online article a bitter court Battle Exist between the Sugar Association And the Corn Refiners Association. The debate is swirling around whether or not they can call high fructose corn syrup corn sugar. Each side is hoping to have a vote of confidence from consumers. Corn refiners dismiss studies that show high fructose corn syrup is metabolized differently than sugar and is directly associated two diabetes and obesity. Sugar refiners back to science however they are not without their critics concerning the consumption of sugar. The bottom line is reduction of the consumption of all types of sugar. It is important to read the ingredients and be aware that there are other names for sweeteners beside sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Maintaining a healthy diet should not have to be a full-time job, however it is. Dr. Seify consults with patients who have accepted this truth as they gotten older and many have one the battle of a healthy and active lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. However, even with this perfected plan patients tell Dr. Seify that unfortunately they do not look as young as they feel. Dr. Seify explains that facial rejuvenation is a commitment similar to that many take concerning lifestyle choices, healthy diet, and exercise. Patients can begin  facial rejuvenation including noninvasive injectables like Botox and Juvederm. When the signs of aging become more significant, a mini facelift , brow lift, and or blepharoplasty may be excellent solutions. The key is to begin early and do only what is necessary at that time. This proactive approach allows patients to have a beautiful and amazingly natural appearance at every age. Patients who considering facial rejuvenation are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.

Antiaging is a word that includes many definitions. Unfortunately, as varied as the definitions are, so are the results. According to recent article there are some pointers to heed when deciding which products and services will make a difference in the fight against an aging appearance. Marketing for and type aging products include everything from fighting free radicals to jumpstarting the skin’s natural collagen production. Consumers spend billions of dollars annually on creams and lotions according to the American Academy of Dermatology. For most of the creams, lotions, and vitamin supplements that may claims to reduce wrinkles and slow down premature aging, the evidence is insufficient to say the least in terms of proving that they actually work. There are active ingredients that have been proven to be safe and effective and the key is to find the right ingredients that work well with your skin according to experts. Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cell growth and also promote skin cell healing. Although there are no conclusive studies that they actually work, experts agree that there are biological benefits for patients. Although peptides can be found in a multitude of products the exact formulation that can be effective can vary from patient to patient. Experts agree that peptides are great moisturizers for the skin in this helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles even if it does not actually reduce wrinkles. Alphahydroxy acids which include lactic, glycolic, and citric acids are natural ingredients derived from fruits and milk sugars. There commonly used as exfoliate because they help to get rid of dead skin cells. It also allows the skin surface of underneath to become more visible. Each acid will perform slightly different. Lactic acid which is derived from sour milk will have a brightening effect on the skin. Glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles which will give the skin a tighter and more youthful appearanceRetinol which is a natural form of vitamin A works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and claims to boost the elasticity of the skin. There is sufficient evidence that retinol does improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it is found in many over-the-counter products. The more potent form of retinol is sold as Retin-A  and available by prescription only. Experts agree that the more potent form is more effective. . Retin-A also helps to exfoliate surface layer the skin however patients must be aware that side effects include stinging and sensitivity. This makes sunscreen use on a daily basis a requirement. Reservatrol is a plant compound and is generally found in red wine but is also available as a supplement. Many claims have been made concerning Reservatrol and its health and skin benefits; however, it has yet to be conclusively proven that this will slow down the signs of aging. Antioxidants are believed to be effective in fighting cell damage that comes with aging of the skin. Many food products naturally contain antioxidants. Many products have been created to include antioxidants most of which claim health benefits and or antiaging skincare benefits. The correct formulation necessary for an effective outcome remains unclear. Dr. Seify encourages patients who are considering facial rejuvenation procedures including facelift or injectables (like Juvederm) to begin a medical grade skin care regimen for the best overall long-term results. Patients should use medical grade skin care products under the advice of Dr. Seify’s medical aesthetician to assure the most effective results. Patients were considering improvements to the anti-aging program are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.

There is been a lot of push lately for the supplementation of vitamin D.  The sun is considered an enemy to our health in many ways. Most Americans are advised to consider taking a vitamin D supplement. According to recent study highlighted in a online article, it can be difficult to determine whether your vitamin D supplement is actually worth the investment.

A new analysis of looking at an excess of 17,000 patients found no difference in mortality rates for people who had vitamin D levels that were between 20 and 40 ng/mL of blood .and this is the range the most people fall into. These recent findings from an Institute of Medicine committee which stated that vitamin D levels that were over 20 ng/mL of blood were enough for most people which contrasted the previous cutoff which was 30 ng/mL.

“A lot of people may not require vitamin D supplementation,” says Holly Kramer, MD, lead researcher on the study and associate professor at Loyola University.

According to Kramer’s analysis, nearly 80 million people would no longer be considered to have insufficient vitamin D levels. “I actually don’t supplement a lot of people anymore because most of my patients have a level between 20-30ng/ml,” says Dr. Kramer.

To make matters more confusing, there are a multitude of continuous studies that support the idea that elevating your vitamin D intake could raise your mortality by as much as 8 to 15% according to one professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center. While extra vitamin D could be beneficial, there are no definitive studies to prove it.

In conclusion most believe that extra D especially during the winter months when most people do not get as much sunshine could have health benefits and for the majority of Americans will not pose serious health risk. The Endocrine Society recommends that most adults get 1,500-2,000 IU a day of vitamin D. Dr. Seify reminds patients that although vitamin D is absorbed into the body through sunshine, it is important to protect the skin from excessive sun exposure. Overexposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles, dry skin, and affect the overall texture of the skin. Dr. Seify offers medical grade skin care treatments within his practice through his on-site medical spa. Patients are able to take advantage of medically supervised skin care treatments with the advantage of stronger more effective ingredients which in turn allows patients to have better longer-lasting results. All injectable services including Botox and fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are performed by Dr. Seify so the patients can benefit from his surgical expertise combined with years of experience performing noninvasive anti-aging treatments. Patients are encouraged to use medical grade skin care as well as medical grade sunscreen products available through Dr. Seify’s experienced aesthetician within his med spa. Patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation to determine the best recommendations for the healthiest skin possible.

Breast cancerBreast cancer diagnosis affects the whole family as well as the patient. Caregivers are often thrown into an immediate situation that can be very stressful. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article “The rate of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer ad any kind of other diseases, morbidity and mortality are much higher in caregivers compared to non-caregivers,” said UCLA geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Helen Lavretsky.  Lavretsky experimented with a session that lasted about 12 minutes using the ancient practice of Kirtan Kriya Meditation. One group of caregivers participated in the yoga exercise once a day. The others listen to music that was relaxing. After eight weeks of practicing, the yoga group had much more success. Lavretsky also recorded symptoms including the mood and mental health of the participants. She concentrated on the positive effects Kirtan Kyria Meditation produced on the genetic expressions in the participants chromosomes.

Breast Cancer Caregivers Can Reduce Stress

“We looked at the gene expression on multiple genes and 68 genes showed change,” she said. The positive changes can reduce the body’s inflammatory processors which heavily contribute to the onset of many diseases including breast cancer. “I mean, 60 minutes of yoga would be better but if you don’t have time, 12 minutes of brief meditation during the day, especially in the morning would be great for your health,” she said. This advice is not only important for caregivers for breast cancer  patients but also women in general.

Breast Cancer Affects More than The Patient

Dr. Seify treats patients at various stages of their breast cancer diagnosis. He discusses the options of breast reconstruction with each patient and often the caregiver is involved in the discussion as well as the postsurgical care of the patient. As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Seify offers both cosmetic as well as reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. In the warm comfortable environment of his Newport Beach plastic surgery practice, breast cancer patients as well as caregivers are reminded that taking care of themselves is an important part of mental as well as general health. Often breast cancer caregivers will take advantage of noninvasive procedures that are readily available including dermal filler injectables such as Juvederm and Restylane .  Botox is also an option for patients who would like to treat wrinkles on the forehead or crows feet on the outer corners of the eyes. These procedures are popular because they are effective and require no downtime. It is important for breast cancer caregivers to remember that they are most effective for the breast cancer patient, when they are at their best. Dr. Seify encourages breast cancer caregivers to freely discuss any questions they may have concerning procedures that are offered within his practice.

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