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AADPRS Reveals Dramatic Rise in Noninvasive Facial Procedures

Board certified facial plastic surgeons are meeting Americans' demands for quicker results and less recovery time, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The annual poll of 1,336 of the organization's member surgeons found that there was a 69% increase among women and an astonishing 91% increase among men undergoing nonsurgical facial plastic surgery since 2000.

We're seeing that minimally invasive-type treatments that offer patients less 'downtime' are increasing in popularity" commented Peter A. Hilger, MD, president of the AAFPRS. "The goal is to have a nice, natural-looking outcome – you don't want to look like you've had surgery. The trend toward non-invasive cosmetic procedures has allowed more Americans to get the look they want without having to turn their busy lifestyles upside down.

Surgeons feel that the future for facial plastic surgery is bright, both for themselves and the consumer. They predict more filler introductions into the market (96%) and feel that patient safety will continue to be a focal point in cosmetic surgery (94%). They also foresee an increase in cosmetic surgery for ethnic populations (85%). "We hope the results of this annual survey give some understanding of the untiring dedication of AAFPRS members to making the highest possible quality of facial plastic surgery available to the public," concluded Dr. Hilger.


Baby Boomers Not as Healthy as Their Parents

Despite more health benefit options available to them than at any time in history, America's Baby Boomers may not be even so healthy as their parents.

The Washington Post reports that as the first wave of Baby Boomers -- a generation of Americans born between 1948 and 1964 -- heads toward retirement, surveys indicate they describe their own health as less than ideal.

As a matter of fact, the Post reports, a major study indicates that Boomers say they have more problems with cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and physical exertion than the previous generation born between 1936 and 1941.

"We're seeing some very powerful evidence all pointing to parallel findings," the newspaper quotes Mark Hayward, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, as saying. "The trend seems to be that people are not as healthy as they approach retirement as they were in older generations. It's very disturbing."

One of the primary reasons for the decline in good health, researchers speculate, is that previous generations were much more physically active in their daily routines, the Post reports. The number of Baby Boomers who said they were overweight might be a key to the decline in good health, the newspaper said.

HealthDay News, April 22, 2007


Happy Easter Egg-Decorating Tips From Skin Inc. magazine

Happy Easter from the staff at Skin Inc. magazine! Enjoy these unique tips for egg decorating from Minoo's Aesthetic Institute.

What you need:
6-12 eggs
5 red onion skins
Wild flower leaves of your choice
2 spoons vinegar
Cold water
Large pot
Small towel
Light weight net
Take your wild flower leaves and place around your egg making shapes and patterns. Use net to hold your shapes in place by tying net around flowers and egg tightly. Use floss to tie up net at top. Place a small towel at bottom of your large pot and place your eggs gently in pot, on top of towel so they do not crack. Place your red onion skins in pot with eggs. Pour cold water in pot filling up to where eggs are covered. Turn on heat and boil your eggs for 1 hour. The onion skins will bleed during this process and give your eggs color. Let eggs cool over night. Remove netting and peel of flower leaves. Now your eggs have a beautiful design and color to them!


Spa Week Luxe Awards Honors Top U.S. Spas

The Spa Week Luxe Awards were given out, and among the winners were Westside Medical Spa in Los Angeles for “Best Medical Spa;” Eurasia Spa in Arizona and L’Institut Sothys New York for “Best $50 Spa Week Treatment;” VH Spa for Vitality & Health in Arizona, Red Door 54th Street in New York City and Vida Emanuel Day Spa in Los Angeles for “Best Facial;” Massaggiano—The Massage Spa in Arizona, Regency Spa & Salon in San Diego and Ananda Spa in Philadelphia for “Best Massage;” and VH Spa for Vitality & Health for “Best Overall Spa.”

Keep an eye on to find out how you can enter your spa to win the prestigious Best of the Best Award. Information will be coming soon!


Mandarin Oriental, Miami Debuts Spa Lifestyle Rooms

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami, has debuted 16 spa lifestyle rooms designed to give guests a sense of balance and relaxation with the use of air purification systems, in-room fitness programs, personal lifestyle consultations and spa cuisine offerings. 866-888-6780,


Spring Clean

By Abby Penning

Discover the hot new hues in makeup for this season, mingling shades from the earth with a touch of shimmer.


Albuquerque Named Fittest U.S. City

Albuquerque, N.M. moved from 13th place last year to be named American's fittest city this year in the March issue of Men's Fitness magazine.

The other top 10 in the nonscientific survey of 50 cities are: Seattle; Colorado Springs; Minneapolis; Tucson, Ariz.; Denver; San Francisco; Baltimore; Portland, Ore.; and Honolulu, the Associated Press reported.

The magazine said this year's top 10 fattest cities are: Las Vegas, Nev.; San Antonio, Texas; Miami; Mesa. Ariz.; Los Angeles; Houston; Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Detroit; and San Jose, Calif.

The survey results are based on various lifestyle factors in each city, including the availability of bikes paths or gyms, commute times, fast food restaurants per capita, amount of television watching, along with federal statistics on obesity-related illnesses and injuries.

Magazine editor Neal Boulton told the AP that the list is published each year "to motivate folks to look at the simple things in their lives they can do to be healthy."

HealthDay News, February 9, 2007


Luxury Travel Company Identifies Top Spas of 2007

The online luxury travel resource, Luxury Link, recently named the winners of the 2007 World's Best Spa Awards. Identified by a panel of discerning travel editors, the 25 winners were chosen based on service, facilities, location, uniqueness, and overall levels of luxury. The winners are:

Adler Thermae Spa and Wellness Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Avanyu Spa, Manchester Village, Vermont
Brenner's Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts
The Earth Spa by Six Senses, Hua Hin, Thailand
The Hualalai Sports Club and Spa, Hualalai, Hawaii
One & Only Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico
Spa Montage, Laguna Beach, California
Spa and Sanctuary, Namale, Fiji
The Spa at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The Spa at the Crescent, Dallas, Texas
Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Florida
Victoria-Jungfrau Spa, Interlaken, Switzerland
Amandari, Bali, Indonesia
The BodyHoliday at LeSport, St. Lucia, West Indies
California Wellbeing Institute, Westlake Village, California
Carita Spa, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Worldwide
The Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona
Miraval Life in Balance, Tucson, Arizona
Six Senses Spa at Puntacana,  Dominican Republic
Spa Without Walls, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Spa at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Spahalekulani, Oahu, Hawaii


International Trends: Redefining Indigenous

By Richard Williams

Embrace the culture of your country and provide a unique experience for your clients.