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Linda Evangelista’s Fat Freezing Disaster

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista hit the headlines in September after suing Zeltiq for a bad experience with CoolSculpting.  There was widespread press coverage and I had patients mentioning her story in clinic. So I am writing this piece to explain what happened, and to reassure patients that the risk of PAH is extremely low.  I also want to discuss complications / risk in aesthetic procedures in general. The bottom line is I want to be open and honest with patients, so I can build up their trust in me.  So let's delve into Linda Evangelista's fat-Freezing disaster.  By now, you’ve probably seen the news reports about supermodel Linda Evangelista’s unfortunate experience with fat-freezing. Since I’ve had patients asking me about it in clinic, let’s talk about it... First, here’s what we know.  Around 5 years ago, Linda underwent a fat-freezing procedure, which is commonly used to get rid of stubborn fat. We’re not sure exactly which area she had treated, but it seems likel

Should you Worry About your Hormones? (Part 2 Hormone Series)

What do you do to keep your body in optimum shape? Do you work out? Try to eat well? Get an occasional treatment to keep your skin glowing, or your body looking the best it can? If you are on this list, chances are that you try your hardest to stay healthy and fit…. ….Except in one area, which is all too often overlooked.     Our hormones. In popular culture, people like to use it like it's a joke - “Stop being so hormonal…” “My hormones have gone haywire….” Hormones are trotted out as an excuse every time someone is a little moody and have come to be seen as something negative. But there is an unfortunate truth about hormones. As we grow older, large parts of the population – both women and men – suffer from hormone imbalances which can wreak havoc with our sleep patterns, libido, weight, memory, skin, strength, energy and yes, moods as well. The tricky part is that a hormone imbalance tends to develop slowly, without us even realizing. You may have the beginnings of an imbalance

The Danger of Hormone Imbalance (Part 1 Hormone Series)

  “I just have no energy. Sometimes I actually have to take a nap in the afternoon,”  This is a common complaint among patients in their mid 40s, when they should be in the prime of their life. Having children who are practically out of the house, finally having time to socialize and nurture their own interests. Most mid 40year olds are working less hours which can give both job satisfaction and regular time to spend at the gym or doing other exrcises. Yet, many feel consistently  “under-the-weather”. Not only is the energy low, they are particularly vulnerable to flu, and suffered from low libido. Some are at their treadmill almost every day, but it does not seem to make a difference like before. The weight seem to pile on despite the exercises and not eating much. Sometimes there's a feeling of sadness or "downness". It is not depression. Sometimes the feeling of agittion and irritation wihtout reason. The feeling is not your imaginatin either. This is an extreme


  When life feels good… and then the sweat patches appear... These are common complaints :  "I have to apply anti-perspirant several times a day, but sometimes it is still not enough" "I try to avoid putting my arms up so no one can see my sweat patches. Clothes are not dry for long" "I try and sit near a window or door to keep cool. Hot drinks and spicy food are out of the question coz they make me sweat" Excessive sweating - or HYPERHIDROSIS is a common response to heat or anxiety. It is the body's way of cooling off. But some, around 5% of people (that's many millions) sweat excessively causing sweaty armpits, sweaty necks, sweaty palms (Palmar Hydrosis) and even sweaty (and smelly) feet for no apparent reason!   The condition can dominate one's life, feeling constantly self-conscious and paranoid that others might notice sweat patches under the arms.  Too much sweat can cause stained shirts, body odors and affect social relationship due t


  Supermodel Cindy Crawford is one of the most beautiful women in the world… But that’s not opinion… It’s science! Take a look at her face:   The reason she’s considered so beautiful has nothing to do with her stunning cheekbones, her glossy hair or anything like that… It’s the proportions of her face. You see, the ancient Greeks were the first to discover that people naturally find the ratio of 1.618 attractive. They called this the “Golden ratio”. So the faces we consider most beautiful are about 1.6 times longer than they are wide. The lips we find most attractive? Well, the lower lip is exactly 1.6 times the height of the upper lip. And we can map that same ratio all over your face… …Setting out exactly where your eyes, cheekbones, chin and nose should be, for the most aesthetically pleasing look. No one – not even the very gorgeous Cindy Crawford – has every feature in exactly the right place. But she comes pretty close. (Other famous people with near-perfect Go


  It’s rocketed in popularity recently - and for good reason: It’s a game-changer for your skin. This injectable treatment is 100% hyaluronic acid, which is one of the most hydrating substances on the planet. You’ll find it in lots of moisturisers - but not in such high concentrations. And getting it deep into your skin is completely different to placing it on the surface! Profhilo infuses your skin with this hydrating ingredient, nourishing your skin long-term and giving you a beautiful glow for months. It’s like a “moisturiser in a jab”... ...And if that’s all it did, I’d still be raving about it. But that’s not the real reason Profhilo is so revolutionary. You see, it also stimulates the growth of collagen and stem cells in your skin - actually remodelling your skin from within. This plumps up your skin and thickens it at the deepest levels, giving it fantastic foundations - a bit like the scaffolding of a house - so it appears smoother and thicker, with less sa


As a doctor, I love science… And today I want to do an experiment with you!   All you have to do is go to a mirror, or open up Zoom or the camera on your phone. Take a long, hard look at your face.   Then smile as broadly as you can. Do lines suddenly appear around your eyes or forehead? How about some vertical lines around your mouth? Now stop smiling.   Have all those lines suddenly disappeared?   If so, you have a particular kind of wrinkle.   They’re called ‘dynamic lines’, because they appear when your face moves - and disappear again when your face relaxes.   What really happens is that when you smile, frown or squint your muscles contract. This pushes your skin together, making small folds.   You start seeing these kinds of lines in your 30s, often around your eyes, forehead and lips.   They’re completely different to the other type of wrinkles….   “Static lines” sadly stay put on your face, no matter what your expression.   They might appear at