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Women, Excess Fat and Longevity

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Excess fat around the waist is known to increase health risks including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. In women, accumulation of fat around the abdomen has also been shown to increase overall mortality. In a comprehensive clinical study which followed over 44,000 nurses, data revealed that that women with greater waist circumferences were more likely to die prematurely than women with smaller waist girth. This was true particularly for death from heart disease. In the study, women with waist size ≥35 inches were approximately twice as likely to die of heart disease or cancer as those with a waist size <28 inches, regardless of their body mass index. In addition, researchers looked at the correlation between obesity (defined as BMI >30) and risk of death. They found that women who had a greater waist circumference and were also obese were at the greatest risk of premature death. The upper limit of what was defined as healthy waist circumference is 35inches for women. The waist-to-hip ratio was likewise shown to be significantly associated with risk of early death.

Nutrition, obesity, fat and health risks are all interrelated, and there is increasing evidence to support both a healthy weight as well as to lower fat deposits in women. Body contouring may involve a combination of removing excess fat deposits with liposuction and autologous fat grafting to correct contour irregularities. Using liposuction, excess fat around the abdomen may also be removed surgically. In patients who have localized fat deposits in the abdomen or flanks, reducing abdominal girth and waist circumference may also confer additional health benefits.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a board certified female aesthetic plastic surgeon in NYC, and performs minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures including liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, thighs, hips and neck. Her state of the art office just off Manhattan’s Park Avenue boasts a fully accredited AAAASF certified Operating Room for your safety and privacy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.


Fruits and Vegetables Enhance Skin Tone

Monday, March 26th, 2012

“You are what you eat” – once again, science is proving direct correlation between dietary food intake and physical appearance. In a recent study out of Scotland, researchers examined skin quality in patients based on their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. Their findings revealed that even a modest increase in daily intake of fruits and vegetables, approximately 3 servings per day, led to a noticeable improvement in skin color after 6 weeks. The color changes included more pinkness and yellowness, which are associated with healthier and more attractive looking skin. These changes are due to carotenoids, which are the yellow and red organic pigments which produce color in fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids are known anti-oxidants, and as such are involved in potentially contributing to anti-aging processes as well as lowering the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes and cancers.

Establishing proper nutrition is the first component of looking one’s best. Additional skin care regimens, such as facial peels and laser resurfacing, and plastic surgery procedures such as Botox®, dermal fillers and fat injections, eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty), facelifts and neck lifts are additional treatments which produce optimal results when performed on healthy skin.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a board certified female plastic surgeon in NYC and performs a full range of plastic surgery procedures for facial rejuvenation. Please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400 to schedule an appointment.


Herbal Supplements and Plastic Surgery

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies are being used by increasing numbers of people, and often they confer health benefits. Some of these products, however, can affect a person’s normal ability to clot, and so are potentially harmful when recovering from surgery. In addition, they may also interact with other medications such as anaesthetic agents used during surgery. All of these factors may cause an increase in complications and may compromise patient safety during and after plastic surgery procedures. This may occur regardless of the type of procedure being performed, whether breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, liposuction or minimally invasive plastic surgery.

In a recent study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, researchers examined a series of herbal supplements, combinations of herbs and herbal teas to evaluate their effect on post-operative bleeding. Some of the products studied, such as Chinese peony, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, oil of wintergreen and saw palmetto, have been shown to interfere with the normal clotting process and may result in a higher incidence of bleeding problems after aesthetic plastic surgery. Other herbal supplements, such as Vitamin E, have yet to be studied extensively enough to prove or disprove potential impairment of normal clotting. Although it is an anti-oxidant with beneficial health effects and anti-aging properties, it may cause post-operative bleeding problems in plastic surgery patients and should be discontinued perioperatively. This may also hold true for chondroitin and glucosamine, which have known anti-inflammatory effects and may prevent progression of arthritis.

Many plastic surgery patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle and incorporate nutritional and herbal supplements into their diets consider these to be “natural” and so may not be aware of their potential effects on recovering from surgery. It is very important for patients to disclose to their plastic surgeons all their medications, including herbal teas and supplements, and to follow their plastic surgeons’ advice and instructions regarding their plastic surgery procedure in order to ensure the best outcome.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, a female board certified aesthetic plastic surgeon, performs plastic surgery procedures in the safety and comfort of her AAAASF certified operating room in NYC. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.


Eat Healthy To Help Stay Healthy

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Scientific research is lending increasing evidence to support the fact that nutrition directly impacts our health. Maintaining a healthy diet leads to improved health overall, and conversely, poor nutritional habits adversely affect one’s health. According to the latest studies, the risk of developing diabetes is related to certain foods. Eating blueberries, apples and pears reduces the risk of developing diabetes, whereas eating white rice may lead to an increased risk of developing the disease.

According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people whose diets included regular intake of blueberries, apples and pears benefited from a 23% reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This was thought to be due to the high content in these fruits of flavonoids, a natural compound also present in other fruits, vegetables and grains. Flavonoids have previously been shown to confer other health benefits, such as reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and lower blood pressure. Blueberries are also high in anti-oxidants which target free radicals and are natural anti-aging agents. In another study published in the British Medical Journal, white rice consumption is directly proportional to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This confirms other research which previously reported such an association. Eating whole grains or brown rice instead would supply fiber and nutrients and does not lead to a higher risk of developing the disease.

Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating disease with a significant impact on patients’ lives. In addition to the myriad health issues it creates, it also interferes with proper wound healing after any surgery, including aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Optimizing a patient’s health status is essential before proceeding with surgery, and proper diet and nutrition in addition to exercise and physical activity are key in achieving this.

To read more about these studies, click here for the Reuters story about fruits and diabetes in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and click here for the Time Healthland story about white rice and diabetes in the British Medical Journal.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a female board certified plastic surgeon in NYC and NJ. She is dedicated to her patients’ overall health and well-being. If you are considering plastic surgery, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutchinson.


Fresh Is Best – Risks from Canned Foods

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Eating canned foods has been shown to significantly increase the level of a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) in a person’s body. Elevated levels of BPA have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes in some studies. BPA is a byproduct of the interior epoxy resin lining used to prevent corrosion, and is found in the lining of food and beverage cans as well as in some plastic containers. Interestingly, in Canada BPA has been declared a toxic chemical, but in the US the FDA is currently supporting further study rather than any new regulation of the chemical.

The health risks of ingesting large amounts of BPA from canned foods have not been fully elucidated. Children of pregnant women who had demonstrated higher concentrations of BPA had a higher risk of behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. The main concern is the potential effect of  BPA on the brain and endocrine systems of fetuses, infants and children, since these are still developing. BPA functions as an endocrine disruptor that can mimic the body’s hormones, primarily estrogen, although possibly also testosterone and thyroid hormone. Other endocrine disrupting compounds include the dioxins, PCBs, DDT, the plasticizers known as phthalates and diethylsilbestrol (DES). Many of these have been shown to cause serious health issues including cancer.

To read more about this issue, refer to the New York Times article, the story in Bloomberg News, and the study in Journal of the American Medical Association. The issue was also covered by NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, CNN, the Washington Post, Boston Globe and WebMD among others.

Dr. Hutchinson strongly believes that inner health is extremely important to a person’s well-being and outward appearance, and is committed to helping her patients achieve their goals by making healthy food and lifestyle choices. Please contact us or call us at 212.452.1400 or 201.871.0600 to schedule a consultation.