Non-Surgical Breast Enhancement
Natalie from North Hollywood, California writes:
I’m self-conscious about my small breasts but scared to go under the knife. Is there any way to increase my breast size without surgery?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains how the Brava Breast Enhancement and Shaping System can be used to boost your bust without the costs and concerns of surgery. Unlike pills, creams and/or padded bras, the Brava System is equipped with two dome-shaped suction cups that exert gentle, sustained, 360-degree tension around the breast tissue. The company claims that the pressure and stretching of the tissue stimulates the body’s natural growth and healing response, which causes cells in the breasts to replicate. This process may result in larger, fuller breasts over a 10- to 14-week period.
“It’s similar to a technique we use in breast reconstruction called tissue expansion,” Dr. Ordon explains. “You’re more likely to get a good result if you have some breast tissue to begin with,” he adds.
The Brava system is said to be pain-free, and it is recommended that it be worn for a minimum of 10 hours a day. In addition to breast enlargement, the Brava System is also recommended for women who want to restore the appearance of their breasts after breast-feeding and to reverse the effects of age.
Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson has openly struggled with her weight for years. At her heaviest, Carnie was tipping the scales at 300 pounds and elected to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 1999. After losing more than 150 pounds, she has since put roughly two-thirds of that weight back on.
"I stopped taking care of myself," Carnie says. "I let my health go, and for whatever reason, I just lost that motivation and the ability to feel full. I started feeling that weighed down, tired feeling where I [couldn’t] keep up and I’ve got two young children, and I want to be there for them,” she says.
Weighing 235 pounds and concerned for her health, Carnie decided to undergo a lap-band procedure in January of 2012. "I needed intervention again," Carnie explains. "I'm not ashamed to say that because there's nothing [to be] ashamed about getting healthy. This is about my health.
“I do what I have to do to get healthy, and people can criticize it or they can support it,” she says. “I’m trying to change the way I live my life, forever. This is me and this [was] my safest and best option.”
• Check out Carnie Wilson’s reality show, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, premiering Sunday, April 8 on the TV Guide Network.
Self-Conscious about Skin
Ellie, 20, recently began noticing small, rough patches and acne-like bumps on her arms, legs and buttocks. Dr. Ordon examines Kelly and finds that she has a condition called keratosis pilaris. The condition results from the buildup of keratin, a hard protein that protects your skin from harmful substances and infection.
The overproduction of keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle, producing raised, red bumps. Keratosis pilaris is generally hereditary but is not a serious condition and has no adverse effects on long-term health.
“It’s a pretty common skin condition,” Dr. Ordon explains. “In fact, almost 50 percent of people have a certain degree of this.”
“It’s actually very common in kids and adolescents,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears adds. “The good news is [that] you usually outgrow it by the time you’re about 30.”
The Doctors demonstrate how home remedies of olive oil and sugar, dandruff shampoo or an aspirin paste can be used to exfoliate and hydrate the skin to prevent further breakouts.
Michelle Ebbin, reflexology expert and author of Hands On Sexy Feet, explains how foreplay can be enhanced with her custom reflexology socks, which illustrate where to stimulate erogenous zones of the body.
"Reflexology is an ancient therapy based on Chinese medicine," Michelle says. "Every part of the body -- every system, every organ -- is connected through energy pathways called meridians, [which] run through the body and end in the hands, feet and ears. On the soles of each [foot], there are 7,000 nerve endings called reflex areas."
• Certified sex therapist Lori Buckley reveals tips to feel more comfortable baring it all.
CVS/pharmacy: Free Health Screenings
CVS pharmacist Usheema Thomas explains how the Project Health campaign of CVS/pharmacy is offering free health screenings throughout the month of April in select cities. The free screenings will monitor body mass index, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose levels, all of which can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
"April is Minority Health Awareness Month," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "Certain ethnic groups experience disproportionately higher rates of disease. For instance, high glucose levels could be a sign of diabetes and the burden of diabetes is much greater for African Americans and Hispanics. African Americans also have the highest rate of high blood pressure of all [races] and tend to develop it a lot younger than any others."
• Watch how the Project Health campaign saved one man's life.
• Learn about CVS/pharmacy's Project Health initiative by visiting www.cvs.com/projecthealth or by calling 1-855-287-7867.