Though a cosmetic procedure can mean time off the court or field, many professional athletes have had a little work done on their appearance.
We rounded up some of the more famous examples, bringing you eight reasons athletes have seen a cosmetic doctor:
A British woman has chosen to share her PIP implant experience and the process she has undergone to get them removed through a video diary.
Her name is Abbie. Her story is being told by the the Aurora Clinic in the UK. She speaks of how she initially received her implants, her failure to directly contact the PIP company in regards to the implants' status, and the decisions she made to get them removed and replaced.
A New York state teenager with Down's Syndrome was given the gift of plastic surgery to correct the "floppy ears" he was born with - which caused him years of torment and bullying.
Bullying has become so prevalent these days, parents are taking drastic measures to protect their children and offer them a better life emotionally. But, the discussions with teachers or changing of schools has moved over to another trend - plastic surgery.
The recipient of the first full face transplant in the US is now talking about his experience since the surgery and the overwhelming feeling of being able to finally show emotion.
Dallas Wiens, 25, received his face transplant ten months ago after a horrible freak accident. He was electrocuted by a power line when the cherry picker lift he was working from accidentally drifted into a live wire, burning his entire face off.
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Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to looking old. Sure, a facelift can help conceal some wrinkles, but your best bet is to try to address the problem before it starts.
Straight from the RealSelf doctors, here are 7 tips for maintaining healthy, younger looking skin:
It’s true, men are having a bromance with Brotox. Brotox isn’t any different than typical Botox, but I suppose the terminology helps to add a touch of masculinity to the procedure. And why should Botox be a feminine thing? Men get wrinkles, too, and now, in greater numbers, they’re finally doing something about it.
The Golden Globes mark the beginning of the "how to get that red carpet look" season (guilty as charged). We've previously reported that the #1 celebrity patients ask their plastic surgeons to help them look like is Angelina Jolie. But most people don't want to go under the knife to get there -- which is why we love these videos by makeup artist Promise Tamana Phan.
Phan shows that you don't need surgery to get a famous face -- just plain cosmetics. For those who desire Angelina's famous pout but don't want injections, she has impressive Jolie-inspired lip liner tips...
Permanently modifying your body always carries risks.
In a recent medical report, doctors from Iran’s Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences profiled an unnamed patient who developed a condition called nonischemic priapism, more commonly known as a permanent erection. The man developed this condition after he had an Iranian saying (“good luck with your journeys”) and his girlfriend’s initial tattooed onto the, ahem, shaft area of his member.
Did you know that as you evaluate a plastic surgeon, he or she will also be sizing you up as a suitable patient? Your doctor will be alert for red flags like these during your consultation:
#1: You want to be a clone
I was surprised to learn yesterday that the French implants causing a scare all over Europe and South America are not just in women -- apparently PIP made testicular and male pectoral implants as well.
It's no secret that tanning beds are bad for you. Period. Say what you will about getting Vitamin D, but I know I'd be attacked by 100 dermatologists if I said anything different.
Because of this knowledge, California decided to ban the use of tanning beds for minors. In most states minors can tan, but they need a parent or guardian to consent.
Last week, the Daily Beauty blog decided to pose a question to their readers: Should tanning beds be illegal for everyone?
Has Ricky Gervais gone under the knife? The perennial jokester has taken to Twitter to poke fun at Hollywood's obsession with staying young and being perfect.
Gervais recently tweeted a picture of himself jokingly implying he was about to get some work done at an unnamed plastic surgery and anti-aging center with a distorted face to boot.
You know what I don’t believe? Women who say bikini waxing “isn’t that painful.” I truly think they’re full of it. Maybe, MAYBE, they’ve been through something so painful that waxing really isn’t that bad. But come on, someone is RIPPING hairs out of one of the more sensitive areas of your body. Thick hairs.
When I wax I try to do everything possible to minimize the ouch. But I keep getting mixed messages -- some estheticians told me to take Advil or Tylenol, others said don’t take it because you bleed more. Such mixed messages!
So I went to the medical professionals -- skin professionals, I might add. Here’s what the RealSelf docs had to say about making waxing less traumatic.
New Jersey is currently in the process of repealing a law that taxes elective cosmetic surgeries. Since 2004, the state has charged an extra 6% on procedures in order to raise revenues. Opponents of the tax argue that the tax costs New Jersey more money than it brings in, as it drives patients to have their surgeries performed outside of the state instead.
Did you know that laser hair removal for blonde hair is few and far between? Ask any blonde (we mean real not bottle blonde, people) and she or he will tell you that there have been no true laser options for fair-haired individuals. But now a technology emerging from Israel solves that obstacle by using of all things, ultrasound waves.
Mondays: the end of the weekend and the return to work has never been something to look forward to, but all of that has changed with the introduction of MANdays. That’s right, each Monday, you can now look forward to reading a new man-centric post relating to the field of aesthetic procedures.
One of the youngest sex change patients opens up about her life and her experience since becoming a young woman.
Since the age of three Jackie Green has always associated with being a girl. But at the time, she was a boy named Jack. Playing with dolls and wearing girl's clothing was not exactly acceptable behavior for a little boy. Her family knew at the time she was different.
It’s one week into the new year, and we’ve seen a lot of press about the exciting beauty procedures/products to come in 2012.
Here are the 4 things we’re most excited to see --
1. Botox cream...
Originally meant to improve dwarfism or uneven limb growth, limb lengthening surgery is now also offered as a cosmetic procedure. Men (and women) are paying up to $53,000 to purposely saw their legs for the possibility of growing 2-6 inches taller. No, this is not a magic act. It is a real surgery.
Do you suffer from Eyeagra Latissma (eye-AG-ra la-TEES-ee-muh)?
First you bought an eyelash curler, but after a while your lashes still looked too small. Then you tried falsies -- too mush hassle. Now you're a daily Latisse user, but still you wonder if your lashes couldn't be just a little bit thicker.
If that sounds like you, then the answer is yes, according to Mike Albo in W Magazine. He devised some tongue-in-cheek names for increasingly common beauty addictions.
Remember the woman who gave her daughter a boob job gift certificate for her 7th birthday? Well she must've noticed that no one was talking about it anymore, because for Christmas the youngster received another certificate -- this time for liposuction.
How much are you willing to pay to look picture perfect at your wedding? If you’re Linsey Ray, that magic figure is $20,000, the same amount she’s spending for the entire wedding. While many wouldn’t dream of paying that much, Ray, who hopes to look like a princess walking down the aisle, tells ABC News, “It’s worth it for me.”
The PIP medical scandal has prompted some UK clinics to take advantage of potential victims - by charging fees just to find out if implants were made by the now-defunct manufacturer.
Despite the growing fears that many women may possibly be carrying ticking time bombs in their bodies, the Daily Mail reports that some private clinics in the UK are making money off the medical scare.
Cosmetic procedures are not cheap, so wouldn’t it be nice if insurance covered the cost for you? Though few and far between, there are some cases when a doctor can identify a legitimate medical problem that necessitates the procedure -- obligating your insurance to chip in.
Here are 5 procedures that insurance may cover -- along with what they will and won't pay for.
It's a new year, and time for new content. But first I wanted to round-up some of the most memorable stories from the RealSelf blog in 2011...
The former head of the now shuttered manufacturer PIP has admitted to knowing that the gel used in the implants was inferior.
Jean-Claude Mas confessed through his lawyer today that Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) knowingly used inferior gel in their breast implants. According to Mas, there were apparently two types of gels utilized to make their implants, a high-grade gel intended for wealthier patients that paid for higher quality and a low grade, non-tested version used to meet "economic objectives" and sell more implants.
In an unprecedented move, the French government has offered to pay for the removal of 30,000 potentially toxic breast implants.
As we previously reported, a now-defunct French company called Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) was found to have filled the implants with industrial grade silicone instead of medical grade. Apparently the external capsule is also poorly made, making them more prone to rupture.
The anguish of living with a facial disfigurement may seem like a lot to bear, but new research published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons demonstrates that patients with facial scars and deformities are psychologically on par with those without disfigurements. According to Dr. Sarah L. Versnel, reconstructive surgery, self-esteem development, and therapy all appear to contribute to “relatively normal” mental functioning.
Will cosmetic enhancements help advance your career? That’s the experience of one 55-year-old woman who had 10 plastic surgeries, which not only overhauled her look, but her professional trajectory as well. In an anonymous interview with O Magazine, she credits her physical changes in elevating her from a mere employee to a full-fledged CEO.
You might not expect someone to be taken more seriously following a boob job (amongst other procedures), but this woman says looking great got her attention from executives who suddenly wanted to include her in exciting new projects. Consequently, she considers the time and money put into the surgeries an investment toward greater overall success and makes no apologies for her approach.