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Ezine 79 June 2009

Skin Care Tip:

Slow Down the Aging Process with Hyaluronic Acid!

Hyaluronic acid helps to store water in the skin, providing essential moisture to body processes. Although Hyaluronic Acid is plentiful in our bodies when we are born, the levels of HA slowly decrease over time. This reduction in HA levels may be a big part of the aging process many people are trying to overcome. Hyaluronic Acid occurs in the deeper layers of our skin known as the dermis and it appears to help keep the skin smooth because of its water retention qualities. It also appears to help maintain collagen levels which significantly prolong the aging process.

Under normal circumstances, collagen depletion is widely considered to be a primary factor in fine lines and wrinkles as well as loss of skin elasticity, both things that are often associated with the visual aging process. There are many different options for supplementing your natural supply of hyaluronic acid. Currently, the most popular choices of hyaluronic acid supplementation to combat signs of aging in some skin care lines, like Neaclear Plus. There are only a few skin care products that contain Hylauranic acid or have it as a main ingredient.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Is Swine Flu Coming For You?

By now, I am sure that by now everyone has heard of Swine Flu. Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses are not the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu does not often infect people and the rare human cases that have occurred in the past have mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. However, the current swine flu outbreak is different. It is caused by a new swine flu virus that has changed in ways that allow it to spread from human to human. It is also happening among people who have not had any contact with pigs. Most United States cases of H1N1 swine flu have been in older children and young adults. It is not clear why, and it is not clear whether this will change. People in these groups should seek medical care as soon as they get flu symptoms.

Symptoms of swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Many people with swine flu have also had diarrhea and vomiting. Nearly everyone with flu has at least two of these above symptoms. These symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions so that means you should go see your doctor to be sure. It usually takes a lab test to tell whether it is swine flu or some other condition. To help prevent any illness, always remember to make sure that you are washing your hands with soap and water to kill any bacteria that could get you sick. This is most common things medical professionals practice every day and you should too!

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Otoplasty Surgery

Our face is the first thing people visually notice about us. Our ears rarely attract attention when they are normal in size, and proportional to our other facial features. Protruding, large, or misshapen ears, though, can detract from facial appearance. Children with prominent ears may suffer from the ridicule of peers resulting in lack of confidence. Otoplasty is a surgery that is performed to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. The procedure will bring balance to the face and ears and improve facial harmony. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self – esteem.

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During your consult with Dr. Speron, the patient will discuss their desired goals on an individual level. Then they will further discuss the course of treatment and potential complications at the appointment time. Please check out the wealth of information on our site by clickinghere.

Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!

By far, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon you choose. So please choose wisely...

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