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Things you're too embarrassed to ask about.          February 24, 2010
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Fat grafting: One more way to recycle

We made a joke about fat grafting a couple weeks ago and were promptly told by many that they didn't know what we were talking about! Fat grafting, (a.k.a. autologous fat transfer and fat injections), is a cosmetic procedure that involves taking fat from one overly endowed area of your body and injecting it into a spot that could use a little boost.  It is a method of using a patient's own fat cells as a filler, and can be used in the face, cheeks, lips, hands, buttocks ... basically almost anywhere you want to add a little plumpness.

Say you want a fuller face.  A surgeon sucks out a little fat via needle and syringe or cannula from your belly or hips, then injects it into your cheeks or lips, smoothing wrinkles and restoring a youthful plumpness.  Since the cells were yours to begin with, there's no chance of allergic reaction or rejection.  Sounds like stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, doesn't it? Not so fast, let us explain.

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Olay® beats out Retin A
Clinical tests are usually paid for by the advertiser and rigged in some way to make the product claim stand up.  That's why you rarely see those tests reproduced in respected journals.  Until now.  Olay PRO-X tested itself against tretinoin, also known as Retin A, and the surprising findings were published in the British Journal of Dermatology. [more]

Frizzy HairBrazilian Blowout
This Brazilian process has to do with the hair on your head, not to be confused with the removal of the hair 'down there'. Also called Keratin hair treatments, the process is used for unruly, thick curls that refuse to be straightened through normal means.  It has its detractors, however...
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Update from the Algonquin

Thanks to those of you who came to see my presentation at the Algonquin Club last week, sponsored by Wells Fargo.  There were no thrown tomatoes, only a couple people left early, and no one asked about manscaping.
I continue to offer my services as an engaging and amusing speaker about the world of vanity and can also double as the coat-check girl for an added fee.

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