“No matter how large or small your battle scars might be…the scar that remains after healing is a reminder of how far we have grown.” –Laura D. Field
Scars always carry a story. The story’s themes may be of bravery, injury, hurt, pain or accident. The final scene of the story can either be that of victory or defeat. Due to the fact that scars carry deep meaning, they can carry a great deal of emotional weight as well.
Scars can play a powerful role in life. They can remind you of what not to do, and serve as a reminder to not repeat the same mistakes. They can also help remind us to be careful not to harm others in a similar way. They also can help us know how to help others who have similar scars. However, even though scars can play a large part in our growth, they can also cause a great deal of emotional and physical pain as well. (more…)
November is known for celebrating Thanksgiving, but did you know that it’s also National Healthy Skin month? During this time, we’d like to highlight a skin condition that is a cancer of your skin. It may be less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. While some people are more susceptible to melanoma due to gender, age, race and family genes, there are some things you can do to lower your chances of getting it.
As the temperatures get cooler, the tendency is to become less concerned about sun protection and safety. It’s important to remember that you can lower your risk of melanoma by protecting your skin from UV rays.
Be On The Lookout (more…)
Do you find yourself focusing on your lips when you look in the mirror? Maybe you’ve caught yourself staring at other women’s lips while you’re out in public. It can be a little embarrassing, can’t it? Is your Pinterest account filled with pictures of women with beautifully shaped lips? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’re most likely experiencing lip dissatisfaction and lip envy has set in. (more…)
Thanksgiving is a time of looking back with gratefulness. During your feast you usually take time to share what you’ve been thankful for over the past year. It’s also a time to reflect on the first Thanksgiving and its rich history. Giving thanks over the years since that first feast when the Pilgrims and Indians sat together is a tradition to be treasured. At San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser Surgery we’d like to give thanks for the options we have available to help with reconstructive plastic surgery.
There are many reasons individuals choose plastic surgery. At times, reconstructive surgery is necessary. (more…)
In spite of some hesitance to admit it, most of us can get pulled in by the celebrity and entertainment gossip mill. I know that I always pretend not to look at “those trashy magazines” by the register at the grocery store, but I generally pick them up if I have to wait more than, say, 30 seconds. In the light-hearted spirit of this impulse, we wanted to write a post for you about some famous (infamous?) rhinoplasties (nose jobs). These include some great results that you probably didn’t know about, some results that everyone knows about, and one that looks great but dramatically changed the actress’s career.
The interaction between our facial expressions and our emotions is much more complex than it may seem. In fact, a significant and growing body of research has shown that this relationship is actually a two-way street – that, just as our brain processes a thought and responds by activating a neural circuit to produce a smile, the intentional act of smiling can produce an internal emotional state of happiness or contentment. Now, I know that sounds complicated, so try it out. Go stand in front of a mirror and see for yourself… you see!? Isn’t that amazing! As silly or obvious as the old adage may seem, “put a smile on your face” actually works. And now we have the advanced brain imaging scans and some recordings of neuronal activity to prove it! (By the way, if you find these ideas compelling, you should check out a really interesting book by the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, called Looking for Spinoza.)
I’m spending this week with some beloved friends, colleagues, and, of course, my beautiful Colombian patients. Being here, in the hot sun with the gentle brisa caribeña, working in humble facilities, with these babies and children and their families, it really reminds me of what medicine is all about. At its core. Without all the marketing and commercialization and insurance games. I’m taking care of patients who need me – and really, I need them.