Plastic Surgery 101

When people think about plastic surgery, images of overstretched facelifts and giant lips come to mind. And don’t forget about those eyebrows lifted so high that Captain Kirk would feel at home. But plastic surgery is a huge field that includes hand surgery, general reconstructive surgery, the care of burned patients, and the repair of congenital deformities like cleft lip and palate. That means that plastic surgeons restore a normal appearance – and sometimes normal function. But of course the part of plastic surgery you know the best is called cosmetic surgery. Liposuction, breast augmentations, nose jobs (whoops, we call those rhinoplasties), and more are what has made plastic surgery famous, even notorious.

When people think about plastic surgery, images of overstretched facelifts and giant lips come to mind.  And don’t forget about those eyebrows lifted so high that Captain Kirk would feel at home.  But plastic surgery is a huge field that includes hand surgery, general reconstructive surgery, the care of burned patients, and the repair of congenital deformities like cleft lip and palate.  That means that plastic surgeons restore a normal appearance – and sometimes normal function.  But of course the part of plastic surgery you know the best is called cosmetic surgery.  Liposuction, breast augmentations, nose jobs (whoops, we call those rhinoplasties), and more are what has made plastic surgery famous, even notorious.

Plastic surgery has become wildly popular in the last decade.  In this blog, we’ll talk about the ridiculous – like giant breast augmentations – and the fascinating – like face transplants.  We’ll talk about what skin care works and what’s a waste of time … and money.  We’ll talk about procedures that work and those that might even be dangerous.  In the process, you’ll learn and become empowered - and you’ll pick up some great tidbits to tell at parties. 


High Blood Pressure: Why You Shouldn't Ignore This Silent Killer | Rounds With Dr. E

About one in five people have high blood pressure and they don't even know it

For those of you who love murder mysteries, there just may be a silent killer wreaking havoc inside of you. Untreated hypertension, or high blood pressure, can go undetected for a long period of time, mainly because most people with elevated blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. In fact, about one in five people with high blood pressure are walking around unaware that they even have high blood pressure. Left untreated, hypertension can place you at a significantly increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms tearing open, heart failure, kidney failure, blockages in your legs, dementia, vision problems including blindness, and sexual dysfunction (I bet that last one got some of your attention).

How to Read Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The top number, called the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart contracts. The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart relaxes. Both numbers are important and should be monitored. As people age, both numbers tend to increase, mainly due to increased stiffness in large vessels. Frighteningly, many studies have demonstrated that just a 20 mm Hg (units used for blood pressure) increase in the systolic number, or a 10 mm Hg increase in the diastolic number, doubles one's risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

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