New Procedures to Improve Your Body

Learn about the top procedures to better your body. And, find out what you need to know before surgery and what to expect after the procedure is complete.

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What to Know Before Surgery
• Remove nail polish and fake nails before undergoing foot surgery.
Do not consume alcohol for 48 hours prior to a procedure.
Avoid aspirin for a few days prior to a procedure to minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising.

What to Know After Surgery

Anesthesia takes time to wear off. Let yourself recover from it.
Don't drive yourself home. Arrange alternate accommodations.

Have someone help you take care of your kids when you get home.

Follow your doctor's instructions on what to eat and drink.

Talk to your doctor about using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications to ease pain.

High Heel Pain Relief
Sexy stilettos aren't always the most comfortable footwear, but according to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 42 percent of women said they would wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort.

"Professional women in the world have to wear a certain kind of shoe," podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh says. "Men don't experience that. [Women will] wear them because they're required to look professional, and it hurts. It's uncomfortable being in this awkward position of putting your foot in this slope of the high-heeled shoe."

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Catherine, 40, has worn high heels for years and suffers from constant foot pain. To find relief, she undergoes a Foot-Tuck Fat Pad Augmentation, in which fat is extracted from the abdomen using a liposuction-like technique. After removing blood and other unwanted components, the pure fat is injected into the area of the foot that causes the pain, creating a natural cushion for the foot.

"Patients can walk in and walk out [after surgery]," Dr. Sadrieh says.

Wearing high heels, Catherine joins Dr. Sadrieh and The Doctors just three weeks after the procedure.

"It feels great," she says. "It's surprisingly pain-free. I've worn heels a couple times [since the surgery], and I've been able to go all day without wanting to take off my shoes."

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Spider Vein Treatment
Spider veins are caused by venous insufficiency, which is when the one-way valves in the veins that pump blood back to the heart are weak or faulty. Excess blood pools in the vein, enlarging it and creating varicose and spider veins. Hormones, genetics, age, pregnancy, obesity and sun exposure can all contribute to the development of the unsightly condition.

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Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu demonstrates Asclera injections, a brand-new solution for spider veins. The procedure is safer and less painful than traditional sclerotherapy, which uses saline injections. The injection works by damaging the cell lining of the blood vessel, causing the vessel to close and disappear in time.

Dr. Wu also uses the VeinViewer, a near-infrared light that helps locate veins under the skin, on Christina, 33. "I'm able to inject it much more effectively," she says.

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Concave Chest Correction
Reed, 17, was born with pectus excavatum, a deformity of the rib cage that affects one in every 1,000 children. A fist-sized indentation causes his chest cavity to curve inward. He and his mother, Jo-Ann, visit Dr. Ordon to find a correction for the condition.

Dr. Ordon reconstructs Reed's chest with implant surgery.


Reed reveals his new chest two months after the procedure.




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