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The holidays are almost here, which means you will be around a lot of delicious and fattening foods. Even though holiday treats taste good, they can make you gain weight in a hurry. It is very important to start taking care of your body right now so that you can avoid putting on extra weight. Here are some different ways to slim down for the holidays.Practice Portion Control
If you want to keep your shapely figure this holiday season, you have to practice portion control. There will be a lot of goodies at holiday parties, but it is not a good idea to eat everything that is in front of you. Eating smaller portions will help you avoid gaining weight during the holiday season. For instance, instead of eating all the desserts, just try one or two.Exercise Regularly
Exercising during the colder winter months is not always easy, but it is still necessary. It will speed up your metabolism and burn off those extra calories. For example, before you head off to a holiday party, take a 20-minute walk outside. You could also try doing some at home exercises in the middle of your living room such as crunches, pushups, lunges and squats.Consider Body Contouring
If there is fat on your body that you just can’t seem to get rid of no matter how hard you try, you might want to consider body contouring. This procedure can remove unwanted fat, leaving you with a slimmer and more toned body. In Dr. Jewell’s experience, he has had many patients who have been more than pleased with the results they receive from body contouring. He also recommends it as a great follow up to those who may have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin to get rid of.Eat Before Holiday Parties
When you have a holiday party to go to in the evening, you should always try to eat before you go. If you make the mistake of not eating anything before a holiday party, you are more likely to overeat later. Eat a small salad or healthy soup for lunch, and don’t forget to hydrate. Drinking plenty of water before the party will give you the feeling of being full and you are less likely to overindulge.Getting Started on a New Year
While everyone makes New Year resolutions to exercise more, eat less, and watch their weight, January is still a great time to get started on a program of diet, fitness, and wellness. Outdoor winter sports like downhill or cross-country skiing really burn up calories and promote aerobic fitness. Spring will be coming soon enough and everyone wants to look great in a swimsuit when traveling to warmer climates.
It is possible to stay slim during the holidays by remaining active and watching what you eat. But if you still have stubborn fat that just won’t go away, Dr. Jewell will be happy to discuss body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures to help you achieve the results you desire.Updated November 22, 2013
When patients consider having cosmetic procedures, they often ask about the best venue where they would receive their care. As there are many options, locally in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, it is useful to discuss how decisions are made regarding the best and safest location for each patient. This is based on the anticipated procedure, their personal health history, and amount of surgery/time factor.
Hospital-based care for self-pay procedures is extremely expensive and out of most individual’s ability to pay, even if it is done at the same time with a procedure that is covered by insurance, such as a hysterectomy and abdominoplasty combination. Hospitals are for sick people and individuals who are undergoing elective cosmetic surgery may not need that type of care. For some individuals with medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, hospital care is necessary to ensure that their personal medical issues do not complicate recovery from elective surgery. Dr. Jewell is on the medical staff at both Sacred Heart RiverBend and McKenzie Willamette hospitals.
Ambulatory surgery centers represent another choice for cosmetic surgery. These facilities are smaller, more convenient, and can provide excellent care at a much lower cost than hospital-based care. Dr. Jewell is on staff at McKenzie Surgery Center. This is an excellent choice for cosmetic procedures that require general anesthesia. Dr. Jewell has used McKenzie Surgery Center for the last 17 years for his elective cosmetic procedures that require general anesthesia.
The third option for cosmetic procedures is office-based surgery in Dr. Jewell’s Surgery Center. For select patients, this is an excellent choice where cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation and localized liposuction in Eugene, Oregon can be safely performed in a facility that is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Surgical Facilities (www.AAAASF.org). Dr. Jewell has safely performed cosmetic procedures with sedation and local anesthesia in his surgery center, in addition to hospital and ambulatory surgery center venues, for the last 27 years. The benefit of this approach for healthy patients is a comfortable experience without the need for general anesthesia. High-quality cosmetic surgery and a great patient experience is possible in our office surgery facility due to the focus of Dr. Jewell and his staff on safety, training, and patient comfort.
While each patient’s needs are unique, feel free to discuss your options during a consultation with Dr. Mark Jewell.Updated November 20, 2013
As the years pass, many people experience facial wrinkles that detract from their appearance and make them feel self-conscious. They may even begin to consider having a face lift. While a face lift may be a good option, there are a number of options available to reduce the look of wrinkles and provide a fresher and younger appearance. Dr. Jewell has extensive experience in dealing with facial wrinkles and can advise you of various types of treatments available.Causes of Wrinkling
Damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays is one of the chief causes of facial wrinkling and skin damage. As people age, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic, which contributes to wrinkles. Smoking and poor nutrition also contribute to premature wrinkling. Even natural movements of facial muscles can help to increase wrinkling. Recent research has also shown that genetic factors may have a significant effect in the occurrence of early wrinkling and aging of skin, which could prompt people to take action sooner than later. Volume loss within the midface area is also a cause of wrinkles as there is not enough soft tissue volume within the face to support the skin.Natural Methods To Prevent Wrinkling
The best way to naturally prevent wrinkles is to cover up in the sun and use sunscreen liberally. If you are smoker, quit now to keep your skin looking smooth. Sleeping on your back is recommended to prevent facial muscles from sagging, which could inevitably lead to wrinkles. Use glasses for reading if needed, and wear sunglasses outdoors to prevent squinting. Eat a good diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and portions of fish, which contain oils and fatty acids that help to maintain skin quality. For daily maintenance of facial skin, use a good quality moisturizer daily and avoid over-washing your face with soap and other cleansers. Alpha-hydroxy acid and retinal creams can also be helpful in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.Cosmetic Procedures for Wrinkles
If you’re still interested in using cosmetic procedures to eliminate wrinkles you have your choice of procedures. Try Botox injections to relax the muscles under the skin. Or laser resurfacing, which removes the top layer of skin and stimulates the body’s production of collagen to give the face a smoother and fresher appearance. Another method for reducing wrinkles is dermabrasion, which abrades off the top layer of skin to bring newer skin to the surface. The use of volumizing fillers, such as the recently–approved Allergan Voluma tissue filler is helpful in restoring facial volume. It can serve literally as a liquid face lift for some patients. Dr. Jewell can advise you on whether combining these facial treatments with a face lift is the best choice to improve your facial appearance.Updated November 6, 2013
Botox Cosmetic® is an injectible cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. This treatment had formerly been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lines in the forehead called glabellar lines, or frown lines. However, on September 11, 2013, the FDA approved this procedure for use in treating lateral canthal lines around the eyes, most commonly referred to as “crow’s feet.”What Do Botox Cosmetic® Injection Treatments Do?
This procedure uses a botulinum neurotoxin to temporarily paralyze muscles in the face to prevent the skin from squeezing together to form wrinkles. Although this toxin had been most commonly known to cause a severe type of food poisoning called botulism, in small specifically placed doses, this organism can remain localized to produce skin smoothing effects. In Dr. Jewell’s experience the ease and quickness of a Botox Cosmetic injection is a wonderful adjunct to facial procedures such as face and eye lifts.Does Treatment Need FDA Approval?
Dr. Jewell and other cosmetic surgeons have already been using injectibles in off label uses to treat crow’s feet and other areas where clients could benefit from the line smoothing effects. Performing a treatment off label means that the FDA has not yet approved a product for a certain use, but does not mean that it is unsafe. With the FDA approval, physicians can promote injections in areas like the crow’s feet.What Does FDA Approval Mean for this Treatment?
Although this new approval will not likely change the way cosmetic surgeons use these injections, it can help alleviate some patient fears over the potential safety and effectiveness issues. Botox is the only injectible of its type to receive FDA approval for use in the treatment of crow’s feet. Recent studies by the manufacturer have proven this treatment to be safe and effective for the temporary treatment of these lines commonly seen as an indication of aging and too much sun exposure.Potential Side Effects of Botox for Crow’s Feet
As with any cosmetic procedure there are potential side effects, and treatment with injectibles is no different. The most common side effect experienced when receiving injections near the eye area is swelling or bruising of the eyelid. It is very rare to have symptoms but they may include drooping of the eyelid, excessive tearing, double vision, dry eyes, and inflammation of the cornea. Dr. Jewell will be happy to go over any questions and concerns you may have before your treatment.Updated October 25, 2013
Breast augmentation is a type of cosmetic surgery designed to change the size, shape, or texture of a woman’s breasts through the use of implants or body tissues. There are several different reasons that a woman might choose to have breast surgery. It is important that a woman has realistic expectations regarding such surgery and does not expect breast enhancement procedures to drastically change her life circumstances.
One of the most common reasons for breast implants is a woman’s desire for larger breasts. In Dr. Jewell’s experience, women who choose breast enlargement procedures experience a high personal satisfaction rate with this procedure with increased body image, sense of self-esteem, and sexual satisfaction. Within this context, breast augmentation has a very positive outcome for women who seek this outcome.
To Increase Fullness
Fullness and volume in the breasts decreases over time or due to circumstances such as pregnancy or weight loss. Some women naturally have thinner breasts and seek both shape and volume enhancement. Breast augmentation can give or bring back the look and feel of full breasts with or without adding noticeable size to the breasts. The recently-approved highly cohesive, form-stable breast implants are prized by women and they allow for a natural, yet full outcome.
Dr. Jewell has many patients who have come in for breast enhancement procedures to give lift to their breasts. Drooping and sagging can occur for many reasons, but time alone can affect how high the breasts sit on the chest. Augmentation combined with a breast lift is a great way to add lift and the look of fullness to the breasts. This combination procedure is known as the augmentation-mastopexy (breast lift).
Some women have noticeably different breasts. They can vary in size, shape, lift, or feel. Dr. Jewell finds that many women choose breast enhancement procedures to bring symmetry to the breasts resulting in a more balanced appearance. Implant surgery may affect one or both breasts in these cases, depending on the desired end look.
More and more women are turning to Dr. Jewell for implant surgery following full or partial removal of breasts due to conditions such as breast cancer. With safer surgical procedures combined with a larger variety of options, implants can restore the look of natural breasts while keeping a woman’s natural contours and feel. There are many options to breast reconstruction for cancer or surgery to lessen cancer risk (preventative mastectomy with immediate reconstruction).
Good Reasons for Breast Augmentation
Women should have realistic expectations of what breast implants can and can’t do. Contact Dr. Jewell for an individualized appointment to discuss your vision to see if breast enhancement procedures may be right for you. Breast augmentation with Dr. Mark Jewell is a highly-customized procedure that gives patients a variety of options regarding implant selection and the benefit of 3-D imaging to preview what your outcome may look like.Updated October 9, 2013
Breast reconstruction can help to restore a woman’s physical and psychological well-being after mastectomy surgery to treat breast cancer. Reconstruction requires a number of different steps for rebuilding the form of the breast. Having breast reconstruction immediately after treatment can often provide better outcomes for women and a faster return to a normal life. Dr. Jewell will happily discuss your options and help facilitate the best plan of action for your personal needs.About Breast Reconstruction
Reconstruction involves a number of steps that rebuilds the whole breast or part of the breast that may be lost through mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Several different techniques are used. Some of these procedures can begin immediately after the mastectomy. Other breast enhancement procedures can be done after cancer treatment is complete, when the woman feels more secure and is ready to take on other issues. Surgery on the opposite breast for purposes of balancing side-to-side shape and appearance is possible and covered through insurance plans due to the Women’s Health and Cancer Act of 1998. The choice of immediate or delayed reconstruction is an issue that each woman should discuss with her doctor.Benefits of Immediate Reconstruction
If you have opted for immediate reconstruction, the surgical preparations begin at the time of the mastectomy. Deciding to have reconstruction done immediately has a number of benefits. Dr. Jewell can preserve a higher amount of breast tissue for the reconstruction. Immediate reconstruction also ensures that breast tissue is not damaged by further cancer treatments or scarring from the healing process. The implant is placed immediately after breast tissue is removed during a mastectomy, so that the loss of the breast is less emotionally traumatic. However, further surgeries are necessary to complete the reconstruction to give it as natural an appearance as possible. In some cases, grafts of skin from other parts of the body are necessary. This technique requires additional healing and the possibility of scarring on areas of the body other than the breast itself. If only one breast requires reconstruction, cosmetic surgery may also be necessary on the other breast to ensure that the two breasts properly balance each other and provide a good appearance.Delayed Reconstruction
Immediate reconstruction is not for every patient. Some women may require further surgeries, radiation or other treatment that may make immediate reconstruction inadvisable. Others may just simply delay the process either because they weren’t sure they wanted breast reconstruction surgery or weren’t ready to face the next step.
Breast reconstruction can interfere with healing from other procedures, so you should discuss your options in depth with Dr. Jewell before making a decision on your reconstruction surgery options.Updated October 4, 2013
Dr. Jewell was invited to present outcome data from a scientific study of two-stage breast reconstruction that used Seri Scaffold®, a bio-engineered textile for reinforcement of the lower breast region. This was a first time presentation of the 12-month outcome data in a FDA-approved, multi-center breast reconstruction protocol. According to Dr. Jewell, Seri Scaffold offers patients additional options for reinforcement of the lower breast region during a reconstruction following mastectomy, besides cadaver or porcine-origin tissue known as ADM (acelluar dermal matrix). Outcome data presented demonstrated good clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and an acceptable rate of complications.
Dr. Jewell traveled to Nottingham, UK to attend the ORBS (Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery) meeting that was organized by Drs. Douglas Macmillan and Steven McCulley. Dr. Jewell is pictured with Dr. Macmillan at the meeting.
The ORBS meeting discusses the latest techniques and treatment options for breast cancer. Attendees from Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East were present for the three day meeting.
European surgeons often work together with regards to an oncologic surgeon and plastic surgeon teaming up to provide the breast cancer patient the best care. Dr. Jewell also believes that a combination of working closely with colleagues in general surgery provides great patient care and the best outcome of breast reconstruction.Updated October 2, 2013
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Jewell reminds his patients of the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The remarkable advances in breast cancer care relate to early detection, effective treatment, and good solutions for breast reconstruction.
This disease strikes 1 in 9 women and can be devastating regarding treatment and disfigurement. Fortunately, newer treatments are quite effective and there are countless survivors of breast cancer.
Dr. Jewell is a longtime supporter of Image Reborn Foundation, a Utah-based organization that helps breast cancer patients regain their lives following treatment. This organization has received many awards for its efforts to help women recover from cancer. Image Reborn offers support groups for Spanish-speaking women additionally.
Besides offering support for breast cancer patients to regain their lives, Dr. Jewell has an active practice of breast reconstruction and clinical research to develop new surgical techniques involving the new FDA-approved shaped breast implants that offer a more natural-appearing breast reconstruction. Other areas involve the use of tissue reinforcing materials that provide support of the lower breast region during reconstruction. Some patients who have a very strong family history of breast cancer may be candidates for a prophylactic mastectomy with reconstruction that is thought to reduce risk of breast cancer.
Everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer. Take a minute during October to speak with your friends about being aware of breast cancer and to schedule that yearly mammogram.Updated September 25, 2013
Many individuals are afflicted with breathing disorders that plague them when they sleep, known as sleep apnea. These are commonly treated with constant positive airway devices (CPAP). Such individuals become interested in elective cosmetic plastic surgery to improve appearances.
This can present a challenge for patients and their physicians, as sleep apnea patients require a much higher level of post-surgical monitoring, and specific actions to keep them safe in the post-operative period. They are at risk for respiratory depression and even death following a general anesthetic and narcotic pain medications after a surgical procedure.
Of issue here is the problem that individuals with this medical problem can have a respiratory arrest when narcotic-containing pain medications are prescribed. Many individuals with sleep apnea can successfully undergo elective plastic surgery, provided that they are monitored with continuous oximetry in an acute care hospital overnight and narcotic pain medicine are limited.
If a patient has sleep apnea and utilizes a CPAP or similar device, please discuss this with your plastic surgeon when planning elective surgery. There may be good options available that will enable them to have surgery and be safe.Updated September 18, 2013
As job markets have become more competitive, men have come around to understanding the importance of looking their best for career advancement as well as for social interactions. Increasingly, men are seeking out cosmetic surgery procedures to keep their competitive edge. There are many excellent options of both cosmetic surgery and newer non-invasive/minimially-invasive procedures.Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the nose, can help to reduce the size of the nose to give the face a more balanced and pleasing appearance. The effect of sports injuries that have injured breathing passages or misshaped the nose can be improved with a rhinoplasty.Chin Implant
In some cases, Dr. Jewell may recommend adding a chin implant to the face to counteract the softening of features that often comes with aging. This may be combined with rhinoplasty to reduce the size of the nose and restore the balance of the faceEye Lift
Long days at the office and the stress of work can give the eyes a tired and older look. Many men are opting for eye lifts that open up the eyes and give the face a more alert and engaging appearance. Other men choose to have those saggy bags under the eyes tightened. These procedures are relatively simple and only require a few days away from work duties. The blepharoplasty can be combined with brow lifting procedures to elevate sagging eyebrows.VASER Micro-Liposuction for the Face
A technique called micro-liposuction can be used to remove fatty tissue from the chin and neck area to give a firmer, more youthful appearance to the face. This procedure is best reserved for younger men who have excellent skin tone.Body Contouring
Many gentlemen find that fat cells accumulate around the waist area or in “love handles” at the sides of the waist. This fatty tissue may not respond to dieting or exercise. Dr. Jewell can use VASER ultrasonic liposuction to remove the fatty tissue and create a narrower waist that balances with men’s broader shoulders. For men with good skin tone, simple liposuction can help to create a better look. Fat deposits in the breast area can also be tightened to provide a better appearance for the body. Dr. Jewell also offers the Liposonix device for non-invasive body contouring. This new option allows for improvement in the contour of the waist and lower abdomen without surgery of downtime. Dr. Jewell believes that the Liposonix device provides optimal contour enhancement, according to his research that is better than existing fat freezing technologies.Cosmetic Injectables and Tissue Fillers
Dr. Jewell offers a full range of medical skin care through Sherry Lavelle, his aesthetician. He also offers neurotoxins, such as Botox Cosmetic, dysport, and Xeomin that men use to smooth forehead wrinkles. Tissue fillers are useful to smooth the downturn in the corners of the mouth or to add facial volume. Medical skin care is useful to help treat the effects of sun damage.
There are many options available for gentlemen to improve appearance and to soften signs of aging in Dr. Jewell’s office. Please give us a call to schedule a personalized consultation.