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  • Hiding and Healing Self-Injury Scars

    By Michelle Alford on June 4, 2013
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    Self-harm can be motivated by many things, including depression, anger, numbness, stress, and a need for control. Often times, even after the causes of self-injury have healed and dispersed, the marks left by self-injury do not. These scars can be a cause of embarrassment, insecurity, and shame for those who would prefer to leave an unhappy past behind. Though some […]
  • How Young is Too Young for Tanning?

    By Michelle Alford on March 12, 2013
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    With young girls hitting the tanning beds at increasingly early ages, government officials are considering banning teens from tanning salons. According to recent statistics from the Melanoma Foundation of New England, 15 percent of 15-year-olds and 35 percent of 17-year-olds are already using tanning beds. In addition, using tanning beds once a month before the age of 35 increases people’s risk […]
  • What Does an ACL Tear Mean for All-Star Rajon Rondo?

    By Michelle Alford on January 29, 2013
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    Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He injured his knee while playing against the Atlanta Hawks in last Friday’s game. Originally it was believed to behyperextended, but tests showed that the ACL was torn. The ACL, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is one of four tendons that stabilize […]
  • Laser Surgery on Dark Skin

    By Michelle Alford on October 2, 2012
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    Laser surgery has been historically more difficult and potentially dangerous for dark skinned patients. Patients with dark skin were more likely to receive laser burns or have side effects such as hypopigmentation. However, new technology has significantly increased the safety of laser surgery on dark skin. Until recently, laser surgeons would assess a patient’s level of skin melanin based on hair, […]
  • Have Fun in the Sun Without Damaging your Skin

    By Michelle Alford on June 18, 2012
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    After months of being cooped up inside, it’s finally time to don swimsuits and hit the beach, but the sun can be as dangerous as it is inviting. Sunspots, wrinkles, and skin cancer can all be caused by its damaging rays if proper safety measures aren’t taken. To protect your skin and your health, follow these steps. Wear light protective clothing. Nobody […]
  • Full Face Transplant Recipient Discusses his Recovery

    By Michelle Alford on April 16, 2012
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    Last summer, Dallas Weins explained that all he wanted from his surgery was to be able to feel his daughter’s kisses. Now, a year after he was the first American to have a full face transplant, that wish has come true. Dallas lost his face three and a half years ago when he was severely burned by a high voltage electrical […]
  • Surgical Scars

    By Michelle Alford on February 12, 2012
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    When a large, noticeable scar appeared on Bruce Jenner’s face last month, people speculated that it was the result of botched plastic surgery when in fact, according to TMZ, it came from a surgery to remove an early form of skin cancer. What many people don’t realize is that every type of surgery, whether for aesthetic or medical purposes, does […]
  • Natural Stretch Mark Remedies

    By Michelle Alford on January 16, 2012
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    Laser surgery has proven to be the most successful treatment for stretch marks, but not everyone is prepared to spend hundreds of dollars on stretch mark removal. Many natural remedies have shown to help lessen the appearance of stretch marks, both as preventative measures and as treatments. The best method of naturally preventing stretch marks is eating a healthy diet […]
  • Top Reasons for Getting a Tattoo Removed

    By Michelle Alford on January 16, 2012
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    The primary reasons people get tattoos is to feel unique, express independence, or to make a life experience stand out. 18- to 25-year-olds are the most likely to get tattoos, but for many a shift in identity occurs over the next five years and they choose to get the tattoo removed as a way of disassociating from the past. Top […]
  • Celebrity Stretch Mark Techniques

    By Michelle Alford on December 14, 2011
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    Statistics tell us that 90% of women will develop stretch marks, so how do celebrities like Beyonce and Victoria Beckham manage to keep perfect bodies throughout their pregnancies and in the years following? Many work with a team of personal trainers, nutritionists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and make-up artists dedicated to keeping them flawless. Though the average person can’t afford a […]