New York woman arrested for performing breast enlargements out of her home

A New York City woman was arrested on Friday, January 14, for allegedly charging people up to $1,000 for illegal breast enhancement procedures. Police say the woman was offering the service out of her Bronx home, according to Reuters.

Whalesca Castillo was allegedly importing liquid silicone from the Dominican Republic, where she was born. She was apparently injecting the substance into people's breasts and buttocks, a cosmetic procedure that is prohibited in the U.S.

January 25, 2011
Categories: Patient Safety

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British Medical Journal reports on the dreaded redheaded surgical patient

There’s an old saying, “If you want trouble, find yourself a redhead.” This is especially true among doctors who claim that redheaded surgical patients have excessive bleeding, a reduced pain threshold and an increased tendency to develop hernias. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently published results of a scientific literature survey that searched the terms “red hair,” “pain” and “surgery” to find out what, if anything makes redheads unique surgical candidates. Time Magazine, December 2010, reports on this survey.

January 25, 2011
Categories: Plastic Surgery News

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Being in the right state of mind to make plastic surgery decisions

While a plastic surgery procedure such as a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty can help improve confidence, individuals who are considering undergoing an operation should be sure that they are doing so for the right reasons.

January 24, 2011
Categories: Patient Safety

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Botox® injections increasingly used to curb excessive sweating

Though Botox is typically used to help one maintain a youthful look and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, it appears as though more and more people are requesting a Botox treatment to help eliminate excessive sweating, according to NBC affiliate WECT.

January 21, 2011
Categories: Cosmetic Medicine News, Injectables

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Teen turns to plastic surgery to cope with bullying

For years, classmates taunted teenager Erica Morgo because she had a larger-than-average nose. Morgo recently underwent cosmetic plastic surgery to help combat the bullying she encountered in school, according to ABC.

"In sixth grade I was on the bus, and a lot of boys made fun of me for having a big nose," Erica told the news source. "They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser."

January 21, 2011
Categories: Lifestyle, Stress Relief

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