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AARP Urges Senate to Start From Scratch on Health Care Bill, Begins Notifying Millions of Members How House Reps Voted

Posted by Admin On May - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Letter to Senate Warns Against Age Tax, Taking Away Pre-existing Condition Protections, Massive Health Care Cost Increases 

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging them to start from scratch on the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The letter comes as AARP also begins to inform its members how each House member voted on the bill.

“The deeply flawed House bill would add an Age Tax, increasing health care costs by thousands of dollars each year we grow older, and put millions of American families at risk of finding health care unaffordable or unavailable,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. She told senators: “AARP urges you to ‘start from scratch’ and craft health care legislation that ensures robust insurance market protections, controls costs, improves quality, and provides affordable coverage to all Americans.”AARP’s letter notes that big insurance companies could charge older Americans five times – or more – for coverage, and charge many Americans more than their take home pay, noting, “The median annual income for  50-64 year old Americans is less than $25,000… [The House health bill] would remove pre-existing condition protections and once again allow insurance companies to charge Americans more — we estimate up to $25,000 more — due to a pre-existing condition.”

About 40% of older Americans, nearly 25 million, have a pre-existing condition.
AARP’s full letter to the Senate is here. Past statements and releases about the House bill can be found here. Fact sheets about the Age Tax and other harmful policies can be found here.

 

About AARP: AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

 

For further information: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia

 

 

Black Woman Dies After Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Death on the table – rooted in cultural imperialism
By Akbar Muhammad

 


Nationwide (BlackNew.com) – This article is personal for me. I received a call from my daughter informing me that my 27-year-old niece, Tina, died in the Dominican Republic having surgery to change her physical appearance. She lost her life trying to achieve the appearance of a smaller woman in what is now known and marketed as the Brazilian Butt. Unfortunately, she agreed to have three surgeries including breast implants and a nice little word they call a tummy-tuck (liposuction).

Many people get these procedures done because of low self-esteem and poor body-image. However, for black and brown people there is a driving factor that I call cultural imperialism where a foreign culture imposes its standards on another people and culture.

A new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that Americans spent $16 billion – more than ever before – on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures in 2016. The truth is some of it like the liposuction can be achieved with more disciplined dietary habits and exercise.

Many of our young men and women want a quick fix by going under the scalpel (knife) to surgically alter features inherited from their parents. They gamble with their life.

Much of this is rooted in the lack of self-knowledge, self-love and accepting how God has made and validated them.

The late Barry White sang it in “Just the Way You Are” where he said “Don’t go changing, trying to please me… Don’t go trying some new fashion… I love you just the way you are.” Whether Barry White was thinking about what we are doing to ourselves, one would never know; but the lyrics appropriately fits what is going on now.

People from all walks of life suffer with this problem.

Celebrities like professional baseball player Sammy Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic was not happy with his dark skin complexion and medically lightened his skin tone.

It’s a search for validation in a world that has redefined, corrupted and then marketed standards of beauty and cultural expression. But the physical alterations in hope for love, acceptance and validation is shallow and temporary.

Skin whitening products are widely sold in Africa and the Caribbean. A recent Washington Times article said statistics from the World Health Organization say, “roughly 75 % of Nigerian women, 27 % of Senegalese women and 33 % of South African women regularly use skin-lightening products.” The article said, over half of all cosmetic products sold in India are skin-lightening products. This is what I call Cultural Imperialism.

I say to young women and some men, don’t gamble with your life thinking that the change will make you more than what you are.

Some will reject what I am writing about. My niece was a beautiful young lady with a 9-year-old son. If my writing on this will save one life, then it is worth it.

I was asked to speak at her funeral service and Allah (God) willing, I will read this article and hope it will discourage another young lady from going abroad to change her appearance thinking it will make life better.

It is better that you love yourself and live to love and raise your children in self-love, and not try remaking your body to attract a man or a woman or love outside of you.

Akbar Muhammad may be reached at: aakbar314@yahoo.com

Photo Caption: Tina, niece of Akbar Muhammad

 

 

Medical Examiner Reports Deaths Caused by Powerful Opioid

Posted by Admin On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed more than 40 deaths in 2017 due to a powerful, new opioid.

The office has confirmed that from January through April 8, 44 deaths were attributed to acrylfentanyl, a new fentanyl analog whose potency is still being studied.

The data for 2017 is not a real time number, as toxicology testing can take several weeks.

In 2016, seven deaths were attributed to acrylfentanyl.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has seen a marked increase in deaths from fentanyl and fentanyl analogs since 2015.  The office has determined its recent findings require notice to the general public and to first responders.

“Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues are very powerful drugs that are likely to be lethal,” said Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s Chief Medical Examiner. “Just one dose can easily stop a person from breathing, causing immediate death.”

“These high-potency opioids and opioid analogs are thousands of times stronger than street opioids like heroin and are far more likely to cause death,” said Dr. Steve Aks, emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s Stroger Hospital.

“In many cases, one dose of naloxone, the heroin antidote, will revive a person who has overdosed on heroin. But we are seeing people in our emergency department who need increased doses of naloxone – in some cases as many as four doses – for the patient to be stabilized after ingesting fentanyl, or a heroin/fentanyl combination. The EMS and emergency medicine community needs to be aware of the potential need for additional naloxone in such cases.”

In 2016, a total of 1,091 people in Cook County died, at least in part, because of an opiate-related overdose. In 2015, 649 people in Cook County died, at least in part, because of an opiate-related overdose.

Of the opiate-related overdoses in 2016, 562 people died, at least in part, after using fentanyl or fentanyl analogs, which are illicit versions of fentanyl, a powerful drug used by physicians to treat severe pain.

The most common fentanyl analogs in Cook County include furanyl fentanyl and a precursor/metabolite of fentanyl called despropionyl fentanyl or 4-ANPP. Toxicology tests show decedents have used fentanyl and analogs alone, as well as with heroin and with other drugs such as cocaine.

RECALL: Marcho Farms, Inc. Recalls Veal, Beef and Pork Products Due to Possible Non-0157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. Coli (Stec) Adulteration

Posted by Admin On May - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC – Marcho Farms, Inc., a Souderton, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, and ground veal, beef and pork products that may be adulterated withnon-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O111, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The veal, beef and pork products were produced on April 11 and April 14, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 60-lb.cases of “VEAL BONELESS TRIMMINGS HALAL” with case code “5398” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/2017.”
  • 60-lb. cases of “VEAL TRIMMINGS USDA CHOICE” with case code “98” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/17.”
  • 9-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF” with case code “3122” and “Sell By” date “05/05/17.”
  • 10-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF BULK PACK” with case code “3125.”

These items were distributed to retail stores and food service locations in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The problem was discovered when the Illinois State Meat Inspection Service notified FSIS on May 2, 2017, about positive non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) samples made with source material produced by Marcho Farms, Inc. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreaks are rare, but tend to primarily be due to contaminated food and person-to-person transmission. Like E. coli O157:H7, non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Herb Nicolo, Marcho Farms, Inc.’s plant manager, at (215) 721-7131.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

 

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION

 USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

www.fsis.usda.gov

 Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

– Fish: 145°F

– Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/

roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time

– Ground meat: 160°F

– Poultry: 165°F

– Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

NOTE: Access news releases and other information at FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Follow FSIS on Twitter at twitter.com/usdafoodsafety or in Spanish at: twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es.

USDA RECALL CLASSIFICATIONS

Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Sec’y of State Jesse White’s Legislation to Expand the Organ/Tissue Donor Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card passed the Illinois Senate.

 

SB Bill 868, sponsored by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) passed the Senate 56 to zero.  It now goes to the House for consideration.

 

“Our goal is always to save lives,” White said. “Thousands of Illinoisans are waiting for an organ. Many of those who wait are someone’s mother, father, daughter or son. This legislation, which the vast majority of other states have implemented, is an important step in reducing the number of those on the waiting list.”

 

The legislation amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to join the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.  Under current law, an individual must be at least 18 years old to join the registry. Those who join the registry will receive a letter from the Secretary of State’s office thanking them for joining. White encourages 16- and 17-year-olds to use this letter as a basis for discussing their decision with their parents.

 

By joining the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, 16- and 17-year-olds will be giving consent to donate their organs and tissue at the time of their death, with a single limitation. The procurement organizations, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Network and Mid-America Transplant, must make a reasonable effort to contact a parent or guardian to ensure that they approve of the donation. The parent or guardian will have the opportunity to overturn the child’s decision. Once the 16- or 17-year-old turns 18, his/her decision would be considered legally binding without limitation.

 

There are 47 states that have enacted this legislation including Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

 

In 2016, 121,553 16-year-olds and 132,852 17-year-olds were issued driver’s licenses as well as 41,250 16-year-olds and 54,362 17-year-olds were issued identification cards.

 

Approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant. One person can improve the quality of life for up to 25 people. Currently, 6.1 million Illinoisans are registered with the state’s registry.

 

Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry at LifeGoesOn.com, by calling 1-800-210-2106 or visiting their local Driver Services facility.

 

Similar legislation, House Bill 1805, sponsored by state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), passed in the House of Representatives earlier in the legislative session. Both bills are now pending in the House and Senate pending approval.

 

AARP Opposes Special Interest Health Care Bill

Posted by Admin On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Legislation would weaken Medicare, hike insurance premiums on those who can least afford it, and give tax breaks to big drug companies

 

Washington, DC – In a statement AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced AARP’s opposition to the House plan that would make harmful changes to our current health care system such as shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, risking seniors’ ability to live independently, and giving tax breaks to big drug companies and health insurance companies:

 

“AARP opposes this legislation as introduced that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors.

 

“Before people even reach retirement age, big insurance companies would be allowed to charge them an age tax that adds up to thousands of dollars more per year. Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions.  This plan goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.
“On top of the hefty premium increase for consumers, big drug companies and other special interests get a sweetheart deal.
“Finally, Medicaid cuts could impact people of all ages and put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities.
Although no one believes the current health care system is perfect, this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable.”

 

AARP stands ready to work with both parties on legislation that puts Americans’ health care first, not the special interests.

 

 

E. Coli Outbreak Spurs I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recall

Posted by Admin On March - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Company voluntary recalls products

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Company, headquartered in Illinois, is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products after 12 cases of E. coli O157 in five states were preliminarily linked to the products.  There are no cases reported in Illinois.  Product testing is currently underway.  SoyNut Butter is a nut-free substitute for peanut butter.

“Some infections of E. coli are mild, but others can be severe or even life-threatening, especially for young children,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “If you have recently purchased soy nut butter, please check the label for the brand and throw it out if it is part of this recall.”

IDPH recommends consumers do not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter produced by SoyNut Butter Company.  Child care centers, schools, and other institutions should not serve I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter.  Multiple varieties and sizes of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter and granola coated with SoyNut Butter are sold nationwide in stores, online, and to institutions.

Symptoms vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.  People typically develop symptoms in 3-4 days after ingesting the affected product, but it could be as short as one day or as long as 10.  Most people get better within 5-7 days.  Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.  People who have E. coli O157-like symptoms should see a health care provide and not take antibiotics or antidiarrheal medications as they could increase the risk of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

You can become infected with E. coli O157 by eating contaminated food or drinks, or through contact with feces of an infected person.
To avoid E.coli:

• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom.
• Cook meats thoroughly and use a thermometer to indicate “doneness.”
• Prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

For more information, log on to https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2017/O157H7-03-17/index.html

State Rep. Stratton Opposes Proposal to Diminish Health Benefits for 40,000 Seniors

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is opposing a new Rauner Administration proposal that will reduce the health benefits for 40,000 elderly residents by causing them to change to a new, untested program, remove criminal background check requirements for caregivers and increase administrative bloat.

 

“Many low-income seniors live in my district, and ensuring they have access to high quality health care services that do not make them go bankrupt is a major part of my promise of social and economic justice,” said Stratton. “That is why reading proposals that cut the health care programs low-income seniors benefit from is sickening.”

 

Gov. Rauner’s Department on Aging released a proposal recently to remove 40,000 seniors from the state’s Community Care Program and place them in a new program called the Community Reinvestment Program (CRP). Since CRP lacks the standards critical to ensure senior health outcomes and financial security, senior groups expressing concern include AARP and the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers.

 

The administration’s draft rules for CRP also remove regulations requiring caregivers to undergo criminal background checks. Under the Community Care Program, companies must screen caretakers to ensure they do not have a history of engaging in fraud, and that all employees in contact with seniors do not have criminal or sexual convictions.

 

“The Department on Aging’s proposed Community Reinvestment Program is a cost cutting, political tactic at the expense of over 40,000 of Illinois most vulnerable senior citizens, and their loved ones,” said Ryan Gruenenfelder, AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy. “The proposed program hinges on service availability by geographic regions, on the continuation of budget appropriations, and the sole authority of the Department to amend eligibility standards with zero legislative oversight. The proposed program is a catalyst for seniors to face premature nursing home placement. Our state can implement common sense, compassionate and cost-effective reforms to maintain our state’s current Community Care Program without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of thousands of Illinois’ greatest generation.”

 

Rauner’s Department on Aging is using an administrative rulemaking process to advance their plan without receiving input or approval from the Legislature. Stratton is urging residents to call the Department on Aging at 800-252-8966 and speak out against the proposed cuts to the Community Care Program.

 

 

67k Petition Signatures to Be Delivered Asking ACGME to Reject Dangerous 28-Hour Shifts for New Doctors

Posted by Admin On February - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Today, Care2, Public Citizen, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare) will deliver more than 67,000 Care2 petition signatures at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) board meeting in Chicago, urging the board to reject a proposal that would endanger medical residents and their patients by allowing new doctors to work 28-hour shifts.

 

 

Kelsey Bourgeois, Care2 Campaign Writer and spouse of a first-year resident; Care2 petition supporters; AMSA members will deliver the petitions  today, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9 a.m. CDT, to ACGME headquarters, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

 

The ACGME is considering a proposal to eliminate the current 16-hour shift cap for first-year medical residents and to allow them to work 28 consecutive hours with no sleep. This proposal is opposed by the vast majority of the American public as shown in a poll commissioned by Public Citizen and conducted by Lake Research Partners last summer.

 

The ACGME board is expected to vote on the proposal within the next few weeks. The new requirements would take effect at the beginning of the next residency academic year (July 2017).

 

The groups that gathered the petition signatures are Public Citizen, Care2, and AMSA.

See a video of former resident Stephanie Waggel, MD, talking about her experience working dangerously long shifts.

 

VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/271/377/950/ 

 

Care2 (www.Care2.com) is a community of 38 million standing together for good. People are making world-changing impact with Care2, starting petitions and supporting each other’s campaigns to help individuals, animals and the environment. A pioneer of online advocacy since 1998, Care2 is a B Corporation, or social enterprise, using the power of business as a force for good.

 

FDA Approves Plastic Surgery Breakthrough For People Of Color

Posted by Admin On February - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Finally… A Face Lift Alternative For People Of Color!

Plastic surgery among minorities is skyrocketing 10% per year.

 

Surveys show more African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans are seeking larger breasts, refined noses, and tighter eyelids than ever before.

 

But there’s one procedure most people of color won’t risk: a face lift.

 

“The danger is creating a keloid,” says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah. Keloids are ugly red raised scars that can grow worse with each passing month. They’re unpredictable, very difficult to remove, and can result even after minor surgery.

 

Dr. Shah says, “Keloids are notorious for occurring after a minilift, also called a LiteLift. That procedure puts more tension on sutures. The skin stretches out and heavy scarring moves in.”

The outcome is so disastrous many experts advise people of color to avoid face lifts entirely.

 

But now a new minimally invasive procedure allows the country’s 100 million people of color to get many of the benefits of a face lift for the first time.

 

“The FDA has just approved the world’s most advanced treatment for loose facial and neck skin,” says Dr. Shah. “It’s a huge development for anyone with darker skin. They finally have access to an effective face lift alternative.” The board certified facial plastic surgeon practices in Chicago and is affiliated with the University of Chicago.

 

The new technology allows facial plastic surgeons to safely apply heat just under the skin for the first time. The result predictably melts underlying fat and tightens the skin above without burning it.

 

Studies show the new procedure instantly tightens the skin by 40%. “It’s quite amazing,” says Dr. Shah. “You see the facial skin tighten by the end of the procedure!”  The University of Chicago affiliated facial plastic surgeon is the first locally certified to use the treatment.

 

The half hour office procedure is done under local anesthesia and doesn’t require sutures. Dr. Shah inserts a 4” handheld cannula just one-fourteenth inch in diameter under the skin. The cannula’s tip emits computer-controlled thermal energy. A sensor hovering just above the skin constantly measures the tip’s temperature and energy.  The device’s specific frequencies simultaneously destroy nearby fat and tighten the skin’s collagen.

 

Patients experience swelling for 3-4 days that gradually subsides. Then over the next six weeks to three months, their face continues to look younger by the day.

 

Dr. Shah says, “Since there’s no danger of burning and no suture scars, there’s no risk of developing keloids.”

 

He continues, “Until now all I could offer patients of color was injectables or surface treatments. But those produce far less dramatic, far more temporary results.

 

Results from the new procedure, called FaceTite, last about five years. That also makes the procedure the best financial value for patients. Dr. Shah says, “I tell patients they’ll look up to a decade younger for about five years…that’s about $1000 per year.”

 

Costs are further reduced because the facial plastic surgeon can choose to tighten only specific areas such as the lower eyes, brow, cheek, or neck.

 

Dr. Shah says the best minority candidates for the procedure are men and women in their 30’s or 40’s with minimal skin laxity. However, he says many older patients have also benefitted from the new procedure. He says, “A 70-year-old may say she wants to look 65. She doesn’t want a radical transformation; simply to look better for her age.”

 

Dr. Shah says, “People of color, like everyone else, want to look younger. Now for the first we can finally give them the equal opportunity to accomplish just that.”

For more information contact:Anil R. Shah M.D @ 312-944-0117

Michael Breen M.D., @ 312-321-6911

 

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