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Could Your Insurance Cover Your Facial Feminization Surgery?

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Not very long ago, any kind of cosmetic surgery – even cosmetic surgeries directly tied to reconstruction – were considered elective and therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. These days, though, times are changing, and more insurance companies than ever before pay for facial feminization surgery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re curious or you want to find a new insurer who will help you pay for your surgery.

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FFS Before Gender Reassignment

The Pros and Cons of Undergoing FFS Before Gender Reassignment

FFS Before Gender Reassignment

Transitioning from male to female comes with numerous medical procedures. These start with hormone treatments and gradually schedule facial feminization surgery (FFS) and gender reassignment. Many people want to know which they should schedule first, and the truth is that there’s no one right answer. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re struggling to decide.

Understanding the Differences

While FFS focuses on softening the face and giving it a more feminine appearance, gender reassignment involves the reconstruction of your genitals. Though both of these are viewed as vitally important for those who want to look like the women they are from head to toe, it is often difficult to decide which has the biggest impact. For most, it is a personal decision and one that each woman must make for herself. Understanding the pros and cons can help you make that choice.

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Overseas Plastic Surgery

Keep These Four Things in Mind before Scheduling Your Plastic Surgery Overseas

Overseas Plastic Surgery

Whether you’re in the market a routine nose job or something as complex as facial feminization surgery (FFS), it can be tempting to schedule your surgery in another country. If your health insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures, there’s little doubt that going abroad can save you money, but in some cases, that savings comes at a significant cost to your health. The four things below are important to think about before you schedule your procedure.

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Hair Restoration

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Terms of Hair Restoration?

Hair Restoration

Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is quickly becoming a preferred method for hair restoration among men and women alike. Scientific research continues to shed new light on the benefits of platelet rich plasma in many facets of medicine. Understanding how PRP works and the ways it’s used in hair restoration can help you make better decisions about your own treatments.

How it Works

Your blood contains cells called mesenchymal stem cells and numerous growth factors designed to help your tissues regenerate after injuries. Studies have shown that these stem cells can benefit the body in many different ways, and when they are used in hair restoration, they can heal hair follicles and allow them to regrow healthy strands of hair. The first step in PRP therapy for hair restoration involves creating the platelet rich plasma in a laboratory.

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Get Plump Lips

Here are a Few Ways to Get Your Lips Looking Plump

Get Plump Lips

Though the Kylie Jenner “lip challenge” has long since lost its popularity, women around the world are still interested in finding the best ways to plump their lips and reclaim their youthful look. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to achieve it, whether you want to use makeup, topical solutions, injections, or even surgery.

Applying Makeup

One of the best, quickest, and most affordable ways to give yourself the appearance of plumper lips involves utilizing a well-known makeup technique. To make your lips look fuller, use a liner a half shade darker than your chosen lipstick, and line your lips just outside the natural lines. Then, fill in your lips with your lipstick and apply a bit of gloss to the center of both the upper and the lower lip. This will trick the eye into seeing much fuller lips.

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Facial Feminization Surgery Recovery

Recovering from Facial Feminization Surgery: What You Should Know

Facial Feminization Surgery Recovery

If you’re scheduled for facial feminization surgery, there’s a very good chance you are experiencing an excitement unlike anything else you’ve ever felt before. This is your opportunity to become the person you’ve always been and feel happy about the woman staring back at you in the mirror. Despite this excitement, it’s vital that you take the time to prepare yourself for the recovery. Though it’s different for everyone, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Preventing Hair Loss

Tips on How to Prevent Hair Loss

Preventing Hair Loss

There are numerous factors that directly and indirectly cause hair loss. Though some of these factors (like genetics) may be out of your control, there are several different things you can do to prevent hair loss and perhaps even regrow the hair you’ve already lost. Here are some tips for men and women alike who are concerned about thinning hair or balding.

Eat a Healthy Diet

The very first thing you can do to help minimize the risk of hair loss involves eating a healthy, balanced diet. Ensuring you get at least five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily is important, as is consuming lean proteins like chicken breast, pork tenderloin, legumes, and low-fat dairy products. Your body relies on adequate nutrition to fuel everything from the beat of your heart to your growing hair, so if you’re concerned about the risk of balding or thinning hair, this is a good place to start.

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Dark Circle Eyes

Can Botox Be Used Under the Eyes for Dark Circles or Bags?

Dark Circle Eyes

Botox has been around for quite some time now, and while it’s most commonly known as one of the best and least invasive ways to relax lines and wrinkles on the face, it can also be used to serve other purposes. Though it has not been approved by the FDA to treat dark circles or bags under your eyes, studies have suggested that it may be an ideal treatment option in some cases.

Off-Label Use

When a medication is used for a purpose that is not specifically indicated by the FDA, this is considered off-label use. Such uses of drugs have not been studied in the same way as primary uses, and this means there may be more risk to patients. Due to this, a drug company cannot promote any of its drugs for off-label uses, but doctors are allowed to prescribe and use medications in this way if they so choose as long as their patients are made aware of the potential complications and risks.  

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Is a New Lip Surgery on the Horizon?

new lip surgery

Women – and especially young women – have had a fascination with their lips for decades. Thick, full, pouty lips are considered beautiful and sexy, and because many women want to be beautiful and sexy themselves, they seek surgical procedures, implants, and injections. However, while stars like Pamela Anderson (in the 90s) and Kylie Jenner (more recently) were proud of their lip fillers and injections, these days, it’s all about lip lift surgery.

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Plastic Surgery Growing

Consumer Demands in Plastic Surgery are Growing

 

Plastic Surgery Growing

A recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, has shown that the best plastic surgeons in the country are ready to learn new skills and techniques to help them keep up with demand over the next decade. During “Plastic Surgery: The Meeting 2018” that took place in Chicago in September 2018, it was clear that consumer demand will continue to rise.

Key Takeaways from the ASPS Survey

The number and type of plastic surgeries in the United States continues to climb year after year. In 2017 alone, some 17.5 cosmetic procedures were performed across the country – a number that has likely already been surpassed in 2018. During the meeting of board-certified plastic surgeons, several things were made clear:

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