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4 Big Beauty Trends for 2015

What s hot in the world of cosmetic enhancements. America is a nation that loves its trends, and beauty is no exception. When it comes to looking one’s best, certain procedures and products are proving more popular than ever. Whether you’re considering making a cosmetic change or are just curious about what others are doing, here are some of the procedures making headlines in the beauty arena this year: 1.

Before You Go Under the Knife: 6 Facts About Plastic Surgery

Procedures like Botox, brow lifts, and breast augmentation are becoming more common, but there are still risks involved. Consider these factors before you have work done. Who doesn't want to look younger? Plastic surgery may be able to smooth out some flaws on your face or figure. Before you go under the knife, though, it's important to become educated. Doing your homework to determine if your expectations are realistic is important and your involvement in the recovery can make a big difference, too.

Laser Liposuction: The Latest in Body Sculpting

This minimally invasive procedure combines two techniques to help slim your physique. Does your excess belly fat discourage you from putting on a bathing suit? If so, you may be interested in a combination of fat-removal techniques which includes a laser treatment approved by the FDA in 2006 to "melt" abdominal fat and prevent the loose skin that's a common side effect of standard liposuction.

Enlarged Prostate and Transurethral Microwave Therapy

Excessive bathroom trips could be solved by this treatment option that's less invasive than surgery. If you're a man of a certain age, you may have noticed that you're making many more frequent bathroom trips than you used to. This most often occurs because of a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. It's extremely common in older men, but that may be small consolation when every car trip becomes a quest for the next rest stop or when peaceful slumber is interrupted by nature's call several times through the night.

Where Does Medical Waste Go?

Needles. Bandages. Even diseased organs. What actually happens to them? The answer depends on the rules of your state. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established some general laws governing the proper disposal of medical waste. Beyond this, stricter laws on handling different types of medical waste will vary from state to state. In general terms, most medical waste must be treated in some way to remove any hazards it contains.

Weight Loss Surgery: Pros and Cons

Considering weight loss surgery? Read this first. If you think gastric bypass surgery is always more effective than drugs, exercise, and diet for treating overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes, think again. Though in recent years bypass surgery (a procedure that reduces stomach size by having your digestive passageway bypass part of the stomach and small intestine) has been held out as a magical cure for the chronic disorder, it now appears this is not always true.

Psychodermatology for Hard-to-Heal Skin Problems

Ever notice that skin issues intensify during times of stress? This innovative approach may help. Ever noticed that breakouts intensify during times of stress? Millions of people suffer from chronic skin ailments that don't respond to traditional treatments. If you have a hard-to-heal skin problem, the emerging field of psychodermatology may be able to help you find relief.

Fecal Transplants: New Hope for Severe IBS and C. Diff Sufferers

A not-so-new therapy for treating Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may bring relief through a not-so-pleasant-sounding treatment. Fecal microbiota transplants, also called stool transplants, have been around since the late 1950s, but have had a hard time catching on. That may soon change. At the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting, researchers reported that the therapy may successfully treat recurring C.

Can Surgery Fix Asthma?

When common treatment methods aren't enough to manage your persistent asthma symptoms, it may be time to consider a new surgical technique. When common treatment methods aren't enough to manage your persistent asthma symptoms, it may be time to consider a new surgical technique. Bronchial thermoplasty was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for use in people whose asthma doesn't respond to other less invasive measures.

Living with Dumping Syndrome

If you've had surgery to remove part of your stomach or had gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight, you may be susceptible to this condition. If you've had surgery to remove part of your stomach or had gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight, you may be susceptible to a condition called dumping syndrome. The problem occurs when the undigested contents of the stomach get "dumped" into the small intestine too quickly, causing excess fluid to build in the small intestine.

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