Male Cosmetic Procedure Increase During Pandemic Emphasizes Benefits of Plastic Surgery for All Genders, says Dr. Michael A. Jazayeri

A January 13 article on Ask Men reports on the sudden increase in male cosmetic procedures, at least partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article cites the shift to more time spent at home as one of the primary reasons, noting men of all demographics have been able to research treatments they’ve always heard about but didn’t have the privacy or time to find out more. With an increase in video conference calls, the article notes that more men have become aware of their appearances, especially facial signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Jazayeri says that no one should feel embarrassed about wanting to boost their self-confidence by improving their looks and there’s no better time than the present to undergo plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments, regardless of the patient’s gender or background.

Whether people like to admit it or not, attractiveness and the appearance of youthfulness can have a significant influence on an individual’s life, both professionally and personally. How a person looks could impact whether or not they are given a second job interview, a promotion, as well as a first date. He notes that non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers or injections can provide individuals with the confidence boost they need in their careers and social lives.

Dr. Michael Jazayeri

The Southern California-based plastic surgeon says that many cosmetic procedures are typically quick and can be done as quickly as during a lunch break, with little to no downtime required for recovery. Dr. Jazayeri says that for more substantial procedures, such as a rhinoplasty or liposuction, patients often spend around two weeks at home recovering. He adds that the good news is that since many professionals are still working from home due to lockdown orders, individuals no longer need to take a great deal of extra time off work following their procedures.

Dr. Jazayeri notes that it’s crucial for all interested candidates to thoroughly research their clinic and plastic surgeon options before making a final decision. He says that the key factor to look for is that they seek out board-certified plastic surgeons. In addition to vetting the plastic surgeon’s credentials and patient reviews, Dr. Jazayeri says it’s also a good idea for individuals to examine any available before-and-after procedure photos.

Skin-Care Company, Gleamin, on How to Identify & Treat Fungal Acne

There is a good deal of confusion regarding the difference between fungal acne and bacterial acne. In a recent blog post entitled Fungal Acne: Symptoms and Treatment, experts from skin-care company, Gleamin, explain how to identify fungal acne and treat it. Gleamin is a purveyor of innovative skin-care formulas, including their signature product, the Vitamin-C Clay Mask, made with 100% all-natural ingredients.

In the blog post, Gleamin’s experts emphasize that fungal acne requires an entirely different treatment regimen than bacterial acne. In fact, fungal acne is not truly acne; its scientific names are Malassezia Folliculitis and Pityrosporum Folliculitis, which refer to the yeast involved in triggering fungal acne. Not only will bacterial acne treatments have no impact on the condition colloquially known as fungal acne, they may even worsen the condition.

Fungal acne is triggered by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. This overgrowth inflames hair follicles and leads to small acne-like bumps. Some immune-related causes of fungal acne outlined in the blog post include recent antibiotic use, propensity for yeast infections, a diet high in sugar and carbs, and a compromised immune system. Environmental factors that could cause fungal acne include a hot and humid climate, frequent workouts, and whether an individual has been in close contact with someone that has or previously had fungal acne.

Accurate identification of fungal acne is critical for successful treatment. According to the experts at Gleamin, these are the key identifiers of fungal acne that stand in contrast to bacterial acne.

Fungal Acne

  • Bumps are uniform in size and are generally very small.
  • No visible heads.
  • Fungal acne is almost always very itchy.
  • Bumps appear in clusters.

Bacterial Acne

  • Bumps vary in size.
  • Blackheads and whiteheads are common.
  • Bacterial acne can be itchy but not as severely as fungal acne.
  • Bumps appear randomly across the body.

Gleamin’s experts contend that the most foundational way to manage fungal acne is a lifestyle change. Because so many of the triggers for this condition are environmental, those afflicted should look to wear less tight clothing, shower soon after workouts, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and wash clothes after a single use. They also recommend using dandruff shampoo as a body wash and letting it sit on an affected area for five minutes before rinsing off, as well as over-the-counter creams, like those used to treat Athlete’s Foot.

Another product that can have a positive impact on fungal acne is Gleamin’s Vitamin-C Clay Mask. This product cleanses skin and removes any excess debris that may contribute to yeast growth. Additionally, the powerful antioxidants in the mask work with vitamin C to support immune health, detoxify the skin, and revitalize appearance. While lifestyle changes and certain products may be enough for many to manage their fungal acne, medical consultation with a dermatologist could be necessary for those with severe cases.

While managing fungal acne may seem daunting, it is entirely possible through the recommendations outlined by the experts at Gleamin. Interested consumers can browse Gleamin’s selection of products and learn more about their story and mission their website.At Gleamin, they use potent superfoods to enhance natural beauty and empower life. their clean products are carefully formulated to invigorate our global community with a new-found sense of freedom. Come into the beautiful world of Gleamin.

Green Goo Introduces New Line of Natural Toothpastes in Recyclable Sugarcane Packaging

Women-owned plant-based body care and first aid brand Green Goo, under parent company Sierra Sage Herbs, is excited to announce the launch of its new line of all-natural toothpastes in eco-friendly sugarcane packaging.

We are always trying to find ways to innovate and improve. Making the switch to sugarcane packaging for our new toothpastes feels like a necessary progression for us and a natural extension of who we are as a brand. These amazing packages help us to reduce landfill, cut back greenhouse gas emissions, and lessen our overall carbon footprint.

Jodi Scott, Green Goo CEO and Co-Founder

Green Goo plant-based toothpastes, each made with peppermint oil and enriched with aloe vera and calendula, freshen breath, brighten and clean teeth, soothe gums, and promote good oral hygiene. Previously available in its original peppermint-flavored option, Green Goo’s new toothpaste varieties are:

  • Chlorophyll – Rich in minerals and nutrients, Green Goo Chlorophyll Toothpaste rids the mouth of bacteria, eliminates bad breath, reduces gingivitis, and soothes common gum disorders.
  • Hemp Seed Oil – Fortified with minerals, proteins, omega-3 and omega-6, and vitamins, Green Goo Hemp Seed Oil Toothpaste naturally whitens teeth and prevents tooth decay and gum disease, while its anti-inflammatory properties help support sensitive teeth and gums.

Notably, Green Goo also made the shift from plastic to sugarcane packaging for its new line of toothpastes. The new, eco-friendly sugarcane squeeze tubes are BPA free, 100% recyclable, ISO certified, and FDA approved. In contrast to conventional petroleum-based packaging, sugarcane is sustainable, renewable, and absorbs greenhouse gases.

Green Goo All-Natural Peppermint Toothpaste

It started with the All-Natural Peppermint Toothpaste. It comes in a recyclable sugarcane squeeze tube. Green Goo All-Natural Peppermint Toothpaste is made with peppermint oil and is enriched with with aloe vera and calendula.

Green Goo All-Natural Hemp Seed Oil Toothpaste

Green Goo All-Natural Hemp Seed Oil Toothpaste comes in a recyclable sugarcane squeeze tube. Hemp Seed Oil Toothpaste is fortified with minerals, proteins, vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6. It naturally whitens teeth and prevents tooth decay and gum disease, while it is anti-inflammatory properties help support sensitive teeth and gums.

Green Goo All-Natural Chloropyll Toothpaste

Green Goo All-Natural Chloropyll Toothpaste comes in a recyclable sugarcane squeeze tube. Chloropyll Toothpaste is rich in minerals and nutrients. Its rids the mouth of bacteria, eliminates bad breath, reduces gingivites, and soothes common gum disorders.

Green Goo Bamboo Toothbrushes

Additionally, Green Goo is also introducing new, biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes engraved with the brand’s logo in an eco-conscious case to coincide with the release of its toothpastes.

Green Goo toothpastes in 4 oz. sugarcane squeeze tubes in all three varieties, as well as its bamboo toothbrushes, are available at their website. Come into the beautiful world of Green Goo.

Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance Chen Offers Practical Tips about Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are a common and normal variation in nipple shape. Also called retracted nipples, inverted nipples turn inward toward the breast instead of protruding. They occur in either one or both breasts, in both men and women, and may be congenital – present from birth – or may develop later in life.

As many as 10% of women may have one or both nipples inverted. Inverted nipples are not generally a cause for concern and require treatment only if they interfere with breastfeeding, if there is an underlying medical condition that must be addressed, or to satisfy aesthetic preferences.

Dr. Constance M. Chen, Breast specialist and plastic surgeon

Nipple inversion may be permanent or temporary, with the nipples fluctuating between inverted and erect. Some women experience inversion during pregnancy even if their nipples weren’t inverted before. While nipple sensitivity varies from person to person, inverted nipples are not ordinarily less sensitive to stimulation than erect nipples.

There are different grades of nipple inversion that may help determine whether it will interfere with breastfeeding or if treatment is needed. At the lowest level of inversion, the nipple can be easily pulled out and may remain protruding for some time. At a moderate level, the nipple can be pulled out, but will retract when released. With the most severely inverted nipples, it may be difficult or impossible to pull the nipple out. The higher the level of inversion, the more likely breastfeeding is to be difficult or impossible.

Breastfeeding is often problem-free with inverted nipples by having the baby latch onto the entire areola. Also, inverted nipples sometimes protrude naturally during pregnancy and breastfeeding or can be made to protrude by stimulation. Devices such as a ‘nipple shield’ that helps the baby latch on or a ‘breast shield’ that helps the nipple protrude may be helpful.

There are several treatment options for inverted nipples, most of them temporary and all of which should be discussed with a doctor to determine the best solution for each individual. There are home exercises for drawing the nipple out as well as suction devices that achieve a similar result in some cases. Inverted nipples can also be surgically corrected.

“Surgical options try to preserve the milk ducts to enable breastfeeding, but sometimes the milk ducts will be divided. When the milk ducts are disrupted to correct an inverted nipple, future breastfeeding may be difficult or even impossible”, says Dr. Chen. In either case, the procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, involves a very small incision under the nipple through which a fine instrument is used to detach the fibers and duct(s) that are holding the nipple in an inverted position. A suture placed beneath the nipple then keeps it in position.

While inverted nipples aren’t generally medically troublesome, particularly when present since birth or when occurring gradually, over several years, there are indications that require medical attention. Nipples that had been protruding but flatten or turn inward suddenly or in a short period of time should be brought to the attention of a doctor. Other symptoms that require medical examination include discharge, a lump or swelling of the nipple, dimpling or thickening of the skin, and redness or pain.

“Inverted nipples are one of the many normal variations in the breast”, says Dr. Chen. “Depending on the degree of inversion, they may be easily manipulated to enable breastfeeding and they may be made to protrude for some period of time. When they cause distress for any reason, surgical correction is usually minimally invasive. As with many such procedures, correction can have a positive effect on a woman’s physical and emotional well-being”.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

Managing Scleroderma Takes a Team – and Your Dermatologist is a Key Player

The nonprofit Scleroderma Foundation reports that about 300,000 people in the United States contend with this difficult and sometimes debilitating condition. Scleroderma typically involves the skin but can also affect a range of other body systems, including the muscles, joints, digestive tract, heart, lungs, and kidneys.

Scleroderma, presents as hardening of the skin. But skin changes are just one aspect. There are two main types of scleroderma: localized and systemic. Today, we know that a team of doctors and a range of treatments are needed to treat scleroderma, so patients can maximize their quality of life.

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

“With scleroderma,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins, “the body’s collagen production goes into overdrive. On the skin, this extra collagen manifests as hard patches. However, if the condition is systemic, the overproduction also takes place internally, affecting organs, tightening them and limiting their function.”

Though affecting all ages, most cases start between the ages of 30 and 50. The exact cause is not known, but vascular alterations, autoimmune activity and defects in collagen synthesis may play a role. Genetics may play a role as well. Children with the condition are more likely to have a relative with the disease. Race may be a factor in the type of scleroderma seen: African Americans have higher rates of systemic scleroderma: Women are affected more than men. Finally, environment may play a role, as scleroderma has been linked to exposure to substances such as silica dust.

Dermatologists are often the first specialist to diagnosis the patient. And early diagnosis is key to limiting damage.

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

Left untreated, hardened patches of skin can result in restricted movement, and in some cases, skin patches will extend to underlying tissue. The more serious systemic scleroderma requires treatment to limit the involvement of internal organs. “There is no single test for scleroderma,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins. “Diagnosis requires careful evaluation, including a thorough patient history, skin biopsy, blood tests, and imaging. Often dermatologists and rheumatologists work together to formulate a treatment plan”.

After the diagnosis, is made, depending on disease severity, a team of specialists can coordinate treatment. “There is no ‘cure’ for scleroderma,” says Dr. Britt Kimmins. “But prompt treatment can limit permanent damage and help maintain quality of life.”

With that in mind, Dr. Britt Kimmins offers the following suggestions.

5 Tips to Manage Scleroderma

1. Don’t wait to see your dermatologist: “The first signs,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins, “may be hardened areas of skin and discoloration.” Seeing a dermatologist can lead to a diagnosis. Then, interventions can take place: skin treatment, physical and occupational therapy to support movement, and specialists in the case of systemic involvement, which may require immune treatments”.

2. Surface changes may go deeper: “Certain skin changes can provide clues that aid in the diagnosis,” advises Dr. Britt Kimmins. “With localized scleroderma, there are often dark and light tone changes. But a salt-and-pepper pattern may indicate that organs are affected. Similarly, onset of Raynaud’s syndrome – where extremities go numb and lose color due to cold or stress – can indicate organ involvement”.

3. Light therapy holds a spectrum of benefits: “Different kinds of phototherapy can benefit scleroderma,” notes Dr. Britt Kimmins. For changes in appearance, intense pulsed therapy can treat darkened skin, and laser therapy can address broken blood vessels and improve skin texture. Narrowband UVB therapy can treat surface skin patches, and UVA therapy can address deeper levels of involvement. PUVA treatment – psoralen medication and UVA therapy has been found to be effective in treating hardened skin. And extracorporeal photopheresis, which involves treating the patient’s white blood cells with PUVA, is an emerging treatment for systemic scleroderma.

4. Elevate your skin care routine: “Scleroderma can cause painful calcium deposits and sores, as well as skin dryness and fragility, ” emphasizes Dr. Britt Kimmins. “A gentle skin care routine can help prevent further damage and infection: Gentle cleansing, effective moisturizing and keeping the skin warm to support circulation, are important in slowing down disease progression. And patients should avoid any collagen-boosting or tightening beauty treatments”.

5. Research matters: “New treatments for scleroderma are emerging,” notes Dr. Britt Kimmins. “As stated above, a multi-specialty approach in the treatment of scleroderma provides the best chance for improvement and control”.

About: Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins, MD, MPH, is board-certified in dermatology.

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York, New Jersey & PA) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. Come into the beautiful world of Advanced Dermatology P.C..

                                                                   

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Finding the Right Bra for Every Breast Shape

No two breasts are alike. For many women, even her own two natural breasts may not quite match. It is normal to have breasts that are different sizes and even different shapes. Breasts come in many different shapes, all of them completely normal, but important to be aware of when shopping for a bra.

A properly fitted bra is important for all women, not just large-breasted women who suffer discomfort in their necks and backs when their bras don’t support them adequately. Every woman will be more comfortable and less restrained in her physical activity if she is wearing a properly fitted bra.

Dr. Constance M. Chen, Breast specialist and plastic surgeon

Breast shape is determined primarily by genetics, but influenced by several additional factors, weight chief among them. The breast tissue that isn’t made up of milk ducts is largely composed of fat cells that increase and decrease as weight is gained and lost, potentially changing the shape as well as the size of the breast. Other factors are the hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy and breastfeeding and the changes that are a natural consequence of aging as skin loses elasticity and as the composition of breast tissue changes to a higher concentration of fat, which is more prone to sagging. Most women find that the shape of their breasts changes more than once over the course of their lifetimes and with that change comes the realization that it may be time to retire the bra style worn for decades and get fitted for a new one.

Any catalog of breast shapes is only an approximation, Just as every woman is unique, her breast shape cannot be expected to conform to a picture or description. However, even having a general idea of the one or two shapes that match you best can make all the difference in making sure you get a bra that fits. These descriptions of breast shapes aren’t comprehensive but most women – with the aid of a mirror – should be able to get an idea of which ones come closest to her own.

Dr. Constance M. Chen, Breast specialist and plastic surgeon

Round breasts appear to be equally full at the top and bottom of the breast. Not many women have well-rounded breasts, but many bras are designed for this presumed shape and account for lots of poor fit. Tear drop breasts are also rounded but fuller at the bottom than at the top. Women who have lost weight may find that their breasts now reflect this shape as they have less roundness at the top.

  • Bell breasts are also fuller at the bottom, but narrower at the top and less rounded than tear drops.
  • East west breasts have nipples that point outward, away from each other.
  • Side set breasts have a wide space between them; close set breasts have very little space between them.
  • Slender breasts are narrow and long and have nipples that point downward.
  • Athletic breasts tend to be wide-set and more muscular with less breast tissue, correlating with an athletic body that is muscular with little fat.
  • Conical breasts are cone-shaped rather than round and are more common in small-breasted women.
  • Asymmetric breasts may have differences in size or shape.
  • Relaxed breasts have looser tissue and nipples that point downward, similar to slenders, but generally fuller; they are more common later in life.

“Many women wear a bra that does not fit properly, which can lead to discomfort,” says Dr. Chen. “The best way to be properly fitted for a bra is in a specialized shop with experienced bra fitters. But with or without expert help, understanding the shape of your breasts will help you get the right fit. When a bra fits properly, there will be no gapping and no overflow in the cups, the straps won’t slip or dig into your shoulders, and you should be able to slip two fingers under the band in the back. Remember that the shape of your breasts will affect which bra is right for you”.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

Mirko Buffini Handgel Hydra Sanitiser

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that’s still gripping the world, we’ve seen panic buying all over the world, at every supermarket, drugstore and pharmacy. People are out to get their hands on this year’s hottest-selling item: masks and hand sanitisers. In addition to the appropiate distance that we must keep to each other of at least 1.5 meter, hygiene is very important. With hygiëne we mean washing hands regulary (how simple!) and using hand sanitisers. There are brands you may not think about these days, but it has unexpectedly gorgeous beauty items that help sterilise surfaces or keep your hands clean on the go.

Mirko Buffini’s Handgel Hydra Sanitiser new product was born from Mr. Mirko’s desire to overcome this difficult time together and the requests from many people that we can spend such a time when masks are essential as bright and comfortable as possible, will be useful to everyone.

To the wonderful Haiku fragrance there is now a hand sanitizer. Turn your daily life into a relaxing, luxurious time. What you use every day, the items you need, a little luxurious item that gives you a sense of satisfaction and happiness. Mirko Buffini’s best-selling Haiku fragrance has debuted as a sophisticated must-have. White flowers and damask roses invite you to a beautiful, elegant, softer and more ever-expanding world.

Top noten: flax flowers, damask rose, white flowers
Midden noten: cedar wood, orchid, vanilla berries
Basis noten: white musk, amber notes

Mirko Buffini Handgel Hydra Sanitiser, a hand sanitizer with the elegant Haiku fragrance. An antiseptic gel formulated with 80% ethyl alcohol, hyaluronan and antioxidants to instantly sanitize while hydrating and protecting the hands. It has excellent quick drying properties and contains also glycerin to moisturize the skin after use. The slightly fragrant fragrance of Haiku adds a subtle sweetness of vanilla to the damask rose, and cedarwood and white musk wrap gently and elegantly.

Mirko Buffini Handgel Hydra Sanitiser teaser movie by Hiro Kimura, a photographer based in Japan. Please take a look at Mirko Buffini’s world view.

This is a standby you’ll want to keep in your handbag, in your pocket, and in your travel totes for those adventures to come…  Mirko Buffini Handgel Hydra Sanitiser is available as 50ml travelsize flacons, that are easy refileable from the larger 250ml pump flacon. 

Mirko Buffini Handgel Hydra Sanitiser is available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Mirko Buffini.

Bvlgari Still Supports Italy

Italian jeweler Bvlgari keeps supporting front line the fight against Covid-19. After the donation of hundredths of thousands of sanitizing gels bottles last Spring, Bvlgari continues supporting the scientific and medical community by renewing its donation of hand-sanitizing gel to the Italian Hospitals. The gels will be supplied to all medical facilities through the Protezione Civile (Italian Civil Protection Department).

Aware of the difficult situation we are experiencing again with the second wave, we believe it is our duty to contribute once again with our know-how and production facilities.

Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari.

Roberto Speranza, Italian Health Ministry commented “I would like to thank Bvlgari which again demonstrates its amazing civic sense and responsibility, proposing again a generous donation pf tens of thousands bottles of sanitizing gels for our hospitals, thus helping to better protect our front line medical staff mobilized in intensive care units fighting bravely Covid-19”.

Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Can the color purple whiten your teeth?

miBrite, the brand that sparks confidence and smiles, is proud and excited to announce miBrite ClearPaste. Being the latest paradigm-shifting oral care technology developed by R&D powerhouse Smash Labs, LLC., miBrite ClearPaste instantly whitens teeth without the use of peroxide or bleach. Instead, miBrite ClearPaste uses the advanced color theory used by Hollywood makeup artists for decades.

The mechanism miBrite ClearPaste utilizes to whiten teeth involves specific deep purple pigments. The particular shade of purple used in ClearPaste makes teeth whiter because it is the opposite of the yellow color typically found on stained teeth. When you brush your teeth with miBrite ClearPaste, the advanced bioadhesive hydrogel disperses and coats your teeth – making them appear to be whiter (or less yellow).

What’s most exciting about miBrite ClearPaste is that this technology enables an entirely new demographic to whiten their teeth safely – those who have restorations such as crowns, veneers, or implants. Until now, the only whitening option for people with artificial teeth was to remove and replace their restoration. Replacing existing dental work is a very invasive and expensive solution for people who want to quickly and safely whiten their teeth.

Having worked on teeth whitening products since the late 1990’s, Dr. Martin Giniger, Ph.D., DMD, Chief Scientist at Smash Labs, made it his mission to develop a teeth whitening product that was safe and effective on crowns and veneers.

It is commonly known that teeth whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are not recommended for composites, crowns, or veneers. Peroxides only work to whiten organic stains on natural teeth and do not change the colors of restorations, and our R&D team thought if we can’t change the color of the restoration, then why don’t we remove the yellow color wavelength of light that is reflected off the teeth? This is exactly what miBrite ClearPaste does.

Dr. Martin Giniger

miBrite ClearPaste will become the go-to teeth whitening product that the world has been searching for as it checks all the boxes of a tooth whitening product that is so desperately needed. Sold in beautiful, airless pump packaging that dispenses the correct amount, miBrite ClearPaste can safely be used in the morning to assure day long white teeth with no tooth sensitivity. It can be used alone or as a booster when combined with regular toothpaste.

For more information come into the beautiful world of miBrite.

Why Do My Breasts Hurt? Understanding Causes of Breast Pain

Most women suffer some form of breast pain at some point in their lives. It may be mild or severe, constant or intermittent. It may be in the form of soreness, sharp burning pangs, or tightness. “Breast pain, or mastalgia, is usually straightforward to diagnose and treat”, says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “While it is seldom a sign of something serious, pain that doesn’t go away after one or two menstrual cycles or that persists in women after menopause should be evaluated by a doctor”.

Most breast pain is cyclical – linked to hormonal fluctuation associated with the reproductive cycle. Women describe cyclical breast pain as the breasts feeling heavy, tender, swollen, and achy. It is caused by increases in estrogen and progesterone that occur before the menstrual period and cause the breasts to swell. Cyclical breast pain generally affects both breasts, intensifies in the week or two leading up to the menstrual period, then recedes. It most often affects women during their childbearing years and as they are approaching menopause. Breast tenderness can be eased with over-the-counter pain relievers and by reducing salt, fats, and caffeine in the diet. Birth control pills – or switching to a different formulation – can also help.

The breasts may remain tender during the first trimester of pregnancy in response to increased hormone levels and that continuing breast soreness often accompanies a missed menstrual period as an early sign of pregnancy.

Dr. Constance M. Chen

Fibrocystic breast disease, also triggered by hormones, is characterized by dense, lumpy breast tissue that may become painful in response to the monthly cycle. The lumps are fluid-filled cysts and can be clearly differentiated from more dangerous lumps composed of a solid mass of cells that may signify a benign or malignant tumor. Cysts may resolve on their own but any lump in the breast must be evaluated by a doctor via mammogram, ultrasound, or aspiration – drawing fluid from the cyst.

Non-cyclical breast pain — unrelated to reproductive hormones – most often occurs in one breast and in a localized area though the pain may spread throughout the breast. There are several causes:
Mastitis is most common in breast-feeding women (lactation mastitis) but can occur at any time. It is characterized by inflammation of the breast tissue that causes swelling, redness, pain, and warmth and sometimes fever and chills. During lactation, mastitis is usually caused by a blocked milk duct or by bacteria entering the breast through an opening in the skin or a cracked nipple. It is generally treated with antibiotics.

Injury to the breast can be from a previous surgery, from an accident, or from sports. There may be a sharp pain at the time of the trauma followed by tenderness for days or weeks. A doctor should be seen if pain doesn’t subside or if there is redness and warmth, which could indicate the presence of infection, if there is severe swelling, or if there is a bruise that doesn’t go away.

Support issues are most often experienced by women with large, heavy breasts but poor support can cause the ligaments to stretch and cause pain in breasts of any size, particularly after exercise. Pain may also affect the neck, back, and shoulders. A properly fitted, supportive bra should be worn at all times and a sports bra when exercising.

Medications can cause breast pain as a side effect. Hormonal therapies used in infertility treatment, birth control pills, and hormonal replacement after menopause can cause breast tenderness. Some psychiatric medications and those used for coronary disease can also have this effect.

Many women worry that breast pain might be a sign of breast cancer. While this is unusual, it’s not impossible. Inflammatory breast cancer, which accounts for 1%-5% of breast cancers does cause pain as well as redness, swelling, and thickened or dimpled skin. The important thing for women to know is that while most breast pain isn’t dangerous, any condition that doesn’t resolve over the course of the menstrual cycle or a week or two should be evaluated by a doctor. In the vast majority of cases, treatment will be rapid and effective.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.