Facial Cosmetic Surgery

For many people who look in the mirror and don’t like what they see, cosmetic procedures are becoming a more popular option. For the face, there are both surgical procedures (for example face lifts or eyelid surgery) and non-surgical procedures (such as Botox and cosmetic fillers).

There are many different cosmetic surgeries for the face. Face lift or rhytidectomy is one of the most common facial cosmetic surgical procedures. If you are thinking about a face lift, you will need to consider many things, such as how old you are, what kind of shape you are in physically, what kind of bone structure you have, and skin issues such as coloring and texture. You also need to be realistic. Make sure you choose a qualified plastic surgeon with years of experience in facelifts, and prepare to pay – this isn’t covered by typical insurance. Also remember it won’t stop the clock on aging – you still have to take care of your skin afterwards.

While a facelift works on the lower part of the face, a cosmetic surgical procedure called a brow lift or forehead life works on the upper part. A brow lift is sometimes done with a facelift, though it can be done alone too. This can correct forehead furrows, frown lines, and sagging eyebrows.

Then there is eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. This facial cosmetic surgery can correct droopy eyelids, and can also be done along with a facelift brow lift, or other procedures such as Botox or laser resurfacing. In an eyelift, excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed.

For any facial plastic surgery, choose a good doctor. There are board certified plastic surgeons, affiliated with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS says its surgeons must be trained and experienced in a variety of plastic surgery procedures, including face lifts and reconstruction. Also talk to the surgeon about risks and side effects. Potential risks include scarring, infection and anesthesia concerns. Make sure your surgery will be done in an accredited medical facility. Ask for before and after photos of patients who have had similar facial procedures. Don’t be swayed by cheap price or specials, but remember you will have to pay for this yourself – it’s usually not covered by insurance.

If you don’t want to go under the knife, there are cosmetic fillers. Injectable cosmetic wrinkle fillers are designed to help fill in facial wrinkles, giving your skin a smoother appearance. Most are eventually absorbed by the body, so they don’t last forever. Injectable cosmetic wrinkle fillers are made of different types of materials. For example, hyaluronic acid gel (restylane, juvederm, perlane) is a protective, lubricating gel known to bind to water that is produced naturally by the body. Collagen fillers are made of highly purified cow (bovine) or human collagen, a natural protein that supports the skin. There are also calcium hydroxylapatite and Poly-L-lactic acid (PLL, sculptra). These are the temporary fillers. Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA microspheres, artefill) is considered a permanent filler, with tiny round, smooth plastic particles. These microspheres are not absorbed by the body.

Fillers can correct soft tissue contour defects, including wrinkles and folds. You may need more than one injection to get the wrinkle smoothing effect you want. It all depends on the health of your skin and type of filler used. The smoothing effect lasts for about six months and sometimes longer.
There are possible side effects, including infection, bruising and swelling. You might also have pain or itching at the site of the injection. An allergic reaction is also a risk. Plus, sometimes, the material results in bumps under the skin. Many of these side effects usually go away within seven days. Non-absorbable fillers may cause long-term side effects.

If you want cosmetic fillers, talk a doctor who is a specialist in dermatology and/or cosmetic plastic surgery. Ask about side effects. Be realistic – fillers will help, but they won’t restore your face to the way it was when you were twenty. Also, keep in mind that cosmetic fillers, like any cosmetic surgery, are probably not covered by insurance.

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Changes In The MBLEx Exam Certification Content Weight

As of July 1st, 2014 The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) has put more emphasis on the MBLEx exam focusing on Professional Ethics and Guidelines, Anatomy & Physiology, followed by Assessment and Application. There’s been slight changes in increases and decreases in the make up and breakdown of the MBLEx content weight. The percentages and questions are as follows:

MBLEx Exam Content:
16 to 18 questions on Client Assessment, Reassessment and Treatment plans. This will consist of 17% of the exam.
13 to16 questions on Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques. This will consists of 14% of the exam
12 to 15 questions on Pathology with Contraindications, areas of Caution and Special Population. This will consist of 13% of the exam.
4 to 6 questions on Massage and Bodyworks Modalities/Culture and History. This will consist of 5% of the exam.
14 to 17 questions on Ethics, Boundaries, Laws & Regulations. This will consist of 15% of the exam.
12 to 15 questions on Guidelines for Professional Practice. This will consit of 13% of the exam.
10 to 12 questions on Kinesiology. This will consist of 11% of the exam
.1 to 13 questions Anatomy & Physiology. This will consist of 12% of the exam.

While MBLEx content of Anatomy & Physiology, Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that manipulate soft tissue down to about 3%, Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations, Guidelines for Professional Practice up to about 3%. When preparing to take the MBLEx certification, we highly recommend to prepare and study accordingly.

Having a hundred set of questions, the MBLEx exam has a two hour time limit. Those who prepare for the exam seldom have any problems come exam day. Get a good nights sleep the night before and best rested come exam day. Implementing an online study guide or doing practice exams can be a great beneficial assett as well. If you know before hand what to study it gives you a great advantage on knowing the answer along with the added confidence that really helps. Being prepared always feels good and gives you the best possible chance for the best desired outcome. You want to feel after you’ve answerd the last question that you have passed your certification. Studying before hand using the proper tools will allow you to achieve just that. Last thing you want is to fail your exam and waste all that money you will just have to pay again when retaking it.

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