M&C / Vaser Spring cleaning: Ways to obliterate the lumps and bumps before summer April 2, 2012


The demand for non-surgical body shaping has grown tremendously over the past few years. VASER Shape is effective for men and women who wish to improve specific problem areas but do not want or need liposuction. (more…)

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NBC Miami / Dr. Constantino Mendieta Woman Dies After Cosmetic Procedure, Family Wants Answers March 30, 2012
March 30, 2013

Woman Dies After Cosmetic Procedure, Family Wants Answers

A grieving Hollywood family is looking for answers, a week after a grandmother of six died after cosmetic surgery. “We just want to know what happened to my mother-in-law and to our mom because we weren’t expecting this,” said Kendra Williams. On March 22, 50-year-old Idell Frazer had liposuction on her back and fat transfer to her buttocks at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill. According to a Lauderhill Police report Sunrise Fire Rescue responded to a call there and found Frazer “unconscious, pulse less and not breathing.” This is what Frazer’s daughter-in-law says she was told at Strax.
“They said that her pressure was really was dropped and that it was low and that they didn’t know why that we need to get to the hospital,” recalled Williams.
Frazer was transported to Florida Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Her family has hired attorney James Haliczer. “The investigation into what happened here and why this tragic death occurred is underway now,” said Haliczer. Peter Mineo is the attorney for Strax rejuvenation. “We have spoken to the medical examiner who has ruled preliminarily, because they have to do final microscopic examinations, that the patient died from an embolus and that this was an adipose tissue embolus, and it’s a known complication of the surgery” said Mineo.
Adipose tissue embolus is a piece of fat tissue that causes an obstruction. According to records from the Broward County Medical Examiner, two other patients have died from this. In December 2010, another Strax patient, Lidvian Zelaya died after a liposuction and fat transfer procedure. The primary cause was fat tissue in the lung. In June 2011, Maria Shortall died of fat tissue in the pulmonary artery. She had a liposuction fat transfer procedure at Alyne Rejuvenation in Weston.
In January, NBC 6 did a story about fat transfer to the buttocks with Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta, who has written a book on this procedure. He has performed 1,500 and says that fat embolism is a very rare and serious complication, which he has yet to experience with any of his patients. In the case of Idell Frazer, the Broward County medical examiner lists her primary cause of death as pending. Final results could take two weeks or longer.
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Fox News / Dr. Constantino Mendieta Fat transfer and extreme breast pumping: How celebs really lose post-partum pounds March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

Fat transfer and extreme breast pumping: How celebs really lose post-partum pounds

It’s hard to believe that Beyonce gave birth just 10 weeks ago. The songstress had jaws on the floor at a New York fundraiser for President Obama this week, flaunting her flab-free figure in a body-hugging blue dress.

Beyonce joins the likes of Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Heidi KlumJessica AlbaHalle BerryAngelina Jolie and Bethenny Frankel; celebrity moms famous for showing off miracle post-partum slim downs.

PHOTOS: Beyonce looks great post-baby.

But according to multiple industry insiders and experts, celebrities don’t always pop the pregnancy pounds the way they say they do. There is often a lot more than yoga and a low sodium diet going on behind the scenes.

“A lot of celebrities resort to very extreme methods to drop the baby weight. I highly doubt most celebrities are losing weight the healthy way,” Dr. Carson Liu, certified bariatric and gastrointestinal surgeon, told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Hollywood mommies to lose weight. They’re not viable again until they lose the weight. It’s expected of them.”

One well-placed entertainment industry figure said it’s not uncommon for stars to starve themselves or undergo a quick liposuction session in an effort to squeeze back into their size zero designer jeans. Another said new Hollywood mommies routinely partake in fat grafting in particular to re-shape their bodies.

Otherwise known as “fat transfer,” this process involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body with micro-liposuctioning methods and transplanting it to another.

“Many women find that their post-pregnancy bodies are unresponsive to diet and exercise and A-list celebs who are under pressure to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back virtually overnight. I often remove fat from the abdominal region and transfer it to the buttocks to augment and return the fullness and roundness to the derriere,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta.“This is a great option for women looking to remove stretch marks – and re-contour and flatten the stomach.”


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Monsters and Critics / Dr. Nicholas Nikolov Eyebrow Love: The fuller brow makes its comeback, expert advice March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

Eyebrow Love: The fuller brow makes its comeback, expert advice


Eyebrows frame the eye and create a powerful balance on the face.

For women, their is no better ally to a pretty eye makeup than a perfectly turned out brow, groomed and highlighted in the right shade that does not conflict with her coloring.

“Eyebrows are back and full again,” says Emmy Award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills, who spoke to me on the phone today from Style Fashion Week LA, where she has spent the last week designing the makeup for fashion stars Anh Volcek, MILA, Skingraft, Ina Soltani and more.

“They frame the eye and set the mood for a makeup, and the more natural fuller, groomed brow is what we are seeing most this season. I love it.” Mills is also sponsoring the Fashion Event with her own line of cosmetics.

To achieve a fuller eyebrow is easier said than actually doing for many women. A lifetime of overtweezing or waxing can destroy the opportunity.

“I use Anastasia’s Brow colors and pencils, and Benefit’s Brow Zings too, along with MAC’s staple ‘Lingering’ brow pencil,” says Mills. “A good rule of thumb is to always feather the color from the top line of the brow, versus filling in from the bottom up.”

“The best thing to do when grooming is follow your natural brow shape. A full brow really does frame your face and emphasise your eyes in a classic way,” says Mills.

There are several ways to effect this look, some surgical, some topical and some cosmetic.

Surgical restoration

For those who have absolutely no eyebrow hair or sparse brows, there is some exciting new techniques that plastic surgeons can do to fill in and fix the issue.

According to the New York Times report – there is a new method for doctors to replace thinning eyebrows: transplanting nape of the neck or leg hair.

Originally developed to help burn victims, the procedure is now growing in popularity with women looking to regain fuller brows, after years of tweezing or even injury or illness.

Hair transplant surgery is the only way to restore eyebrows permanently and it’s also the solution for those who naturally have very fair or sparse brows

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov is an expert at restoring beauty and symmetry to the face, and spoke with me yesterday from his office in Beverly Hills, CA. about his NeoGraft procedure that has worked very well.


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Allmediandy.com / Dr. Constantino Mendieta ‘Brotox’ Becoming Staple, Not Trend March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

‘Brotox’ Becoming Staple, Not Trend

More than 300,000 men were injected with Botox in 2011, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgery, a 10-percent increase from 2010.

The ASPS also said the filler’s popularity has increased 258 percent since 2000.

Doctors are terming this increasingly popular procedure “Bro-tox.”

Urban Dictionary amusingly defines the practice as “Botox when used on a straight male, usually something he doesn’t want you to know about,” and, “Some men use to prevent or erase wrinkles, while others use it to improve their impassive poker face.”

Botox is becoming as hot an item for men as sports tickets, car equipment and gadgets. They have reasoned that they like their younger-looking selves, particularly on the forehead and around the eyes.

“They’ll inject the Botox to soften up this look to just give a more approachable appearance, so in business it helps,” said Miami-based plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta. “It helps them too in the bars when they’re trying to meet the girls.”



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