This month, we are thankful once again to be voted as “Best Medspa in CT” by Connecticut Magazine! What we believe makes ESANA different is not only our full range of services, but also the expertise and involvement of our two board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Deborah Pan and Dr. Javier Davila.
Are you aware that we have over 80 blogs on our website that is chock full of information on all of our surgical and nonsurgical options? By taking some time and reading our blogs on topics that may be of interest, you will learn that our doctors take patient education very seriously. (tip: You may want to forward this email to a friend who is doing their own research but hasn’t been introduced to our practice yet!)
Becoming a mother is one of life’s great joys. However, many women find that returning to their pre-pregnancy shape or appearance is very difficult if not impossible. A healthy lifestyle including exercise will work for some, but what can be done when that plan falls through? In this month’s blog, we will discuss common physical changes women experience after giving birth and how ESANA can help women regain their confidence and physical abilities.
Meghan was a very active mom with a very busy house. She loved exercise—from tumbling with her two toddlers to running the occasional 5K. Her world was turned upside down, however, when she had her twins in September 2013 at age 33. “I had four babies in three years, the last a set of twins 14 months after my last child—this time with a C-section,” says Meghan.
While the twins weren’t planned, she and her husband were happy to welcome them into the family, but her body showed the strain of not only having twins, but having four children so close together. When she had the twins, her two other children were ages three and one.
Nothing like paging through a fashion or woman’s magazine to feel depressed or dissatisfied with one’s own body size and look. According to the hundreds of images that we see daily on social media, TV, and ads, the “ideal” woman for 2017 is thin, with obvious muscles, full breasts, and a prominent “booty.” There are now some shifts to the more athletic body type that is slowly infiltrating media sources. Intellectually, we know that these proportions are nearly impossible to find in real life–and that most female images have been altered to remove every flaw, bump, and wrinkle, while muscle definition and more generous curves are also just a key stroke away.
After the teen years, most women will see cellulite develop in areas where fat deposits are concentrated, including the thighs, hips, and buttocks. While excess fat definitely makes the condition worse, even slim women find they may have uneven fat deposits just below the surface of the skin that cause the dimpled—and dreaded—“cottage cheese” effect.
The first signs of aging often begin with crows feet or “smile lines” around the eyes. As we get older, this delicate skin is especially vulnerable to wrinkling since we repeatedly compress the skin as we smile, laugh, frown, or squint. As early as the mid 20’s, our skin starts to lose its elasticity, and these delicate lines become more permanently etched around our eyes.
Girls used to start puberty at 12 or 13. A recent study, conducted by authors Louise Greenspan (a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente) and Julianna Deardorff (an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley), found that by the age of 7, 23 percent of black girls, 15 percent of Hispanic girls, and 10 percent of white girls had started to develop breasts.
We all know women who have fought breast cancer—it may be a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, or neighbor. Since one in eight woman will develop the disease over a lifetime, and nearly 40,000 women die from it yearly, it’s time to look closer at possible causes, while we continue to go for regular check ups and do self exams.