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The Health Service must learn to listen to its patients and be more caring, Prince Charles said yesterday. Modern medicine and technology are putting the ‘human touch’ at risk, according to the heir to the throne. In a heartfelt plea, he said medical schools should try to foster a climate of care and compassion among doctors. Charles’s intervention follows a series of reports of appalling treatment by NHS staff, including dying patients left screaming for water. He called on doctors and nurses to heed what patients say so they can develop the ‘healing empathy’ so badly needed.
I love political hacks putting their feet into their orifices. So based on a few reports, Prince Charles decrees that doctors and nurses should listen to their patients? Well thanks Charlie, I really appreciate your help.
As I read this story my thought went to a famous princess who is known to have said: “Let them eat cake!”
Modern medicine is under stresses about which I very much doubt the Prince has any real knowledge or empathy. His US political counterparts have similar perspectives I suspect. The aforementioned pressures are similar in the UK and the US. In order to make a living in medicine, today’s doctor must treat more patients than his (or her) predecessors of decades before. That means less patient contact time. While this is not ideal, this is the state of affairs. I don’t see any movement on the issue of doctor’s reimbursement in anything but a downward direction, so expect the lack of “face time” to increase.
At least in the US, the climate has worsened to the extent that if things do not go well for a particular patient, a doctor is encouraged by counsel not to ever apologize. We are told that an apology indicates guilt. This is just another example of the system’s progressive pounding of humanity out of medicine. The law and politics have something to do with this evolution.
John Di Saia MD
Actress Kim Basinger may have turned 59 this month, but she’s being praised by her daughter Ireland for her youthful appearance and for her apparent decision to shun plastic surgery.
Via Twitter and Instagram, the 17-year-old beauty — Basinger’s only child — commended her mother this week for being an inspiration, as well as a natural beauty, posting a picture of a young Kim Basinger with this sweet note:
“You are the most naturally beautiful woman there ever was and will be. Your skin care, workouts and advice on eating healthy inspire me to do the same. Ladies, if you want to avoid Botox and any other skin treatments, listen to my mom! She hasn’t had one treatment done because she’s stay (sic) completely out of the sun all these years!”
Hmmmmm. That is very touching really even if it is not factually correct. I can see a mom’s desire to protect her kids from overindulging in adult things like cosmetic surgery, but Kim Basinger is no stranger to plastic surgery. We don’t know what mom is telling her daughter here.
In fact not too long ago we quoted another media interaction with Ms Basinger in which she expressed much less than denial.
Kim Basinger was quite beautiful when she started out but plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments over the years have not done her any harm that I can see. Avoiding the sun is always a good idea, but denying the help that her treatments have provided over the years is just ridiculous.
There is another (less cynical) way to look at this however: Ms Basinger’s daughter is simply mistaken. She would like to believe her mother is an “all natural” beauty, but in reality few if any in Hollywood are.
John Di Saia MD
Megan Fox might have once been named the “Sexiest Woman in the World,” but the new mom is turning over a new leaf and leaving her provocative persona behind. Fox gave her first post-baby interview to the U.K.’s Mirror, revealing her evolved thoughts on wearing bikinis and embracing religion.
Thin women like Megan do not always like their new post-baby stretched tummy. I’d bet this choice of hers is not entirely a religious or moral one.
The tummy of many women isn’t always so kind as to return entirely to its pre-baby proportions afterward. Megan may very well have a few wrinkles that she’s not so happy to show. She probably looks great next to most women, but flaws and Hollywood do not always mix too well. This is business.
John Di Saia MD
Trying to distill wisdom from a Kris Jenner statement may be the proverbial panning for gold, but amongst Ms Jenner’s media discussions about her plastic surgery:
The 57-year-old got her first set of breast implants a long time ago — like, “way longer than their shelf life” ago — so it was only a matter of time before she was due for a new pair. Er, right? “Everyone needs a fresh set every 20 years”
Well this one might start the right conversation.
Breast implants are not lifetime devices. They eventually wear out and need replacement and/or removal, but that is not the whole of the issue.
Certain implants encourage more reaction within the body than others. When I wrote my “low maintenance breast implants post” you’ll notice that I encouraged saline as opposed to silicone gel implants. Given the choice of deflation with saline versus body reaction and hardening with silicone, I will take the saline any day. I place both types of implants for women who want them, but prefer the saline filled ones.
On the breast implant shelf life issue, I consider silicone gel implant re-operation every ten years. If there is no visible problem, I leave saline implants in until they rupture. And I have patients with the same saline filled implants in for over 15 years at present.
I certainly don’t expect Kris Jenner to be an expert on breast implants, but while she started the topic we might as well fill in the blanks.
John Di Saia MD
Heidi Montag only has plastic surgery to obtain any media coverage at all these days it seems. Now she laments over how she blew around a million dollars:
In a recent interview, Heidi spilled the beans on where at least some of the cash went. “Clothes, hair and makeup, managers, publicists, agents and lawyers,” said Montag. Too bad they didn’t save their money; too bad they have no idea how much they spent. “I’ve never really counted, so I’m not sure [how much we lost],” claims Heidi Montag, “a lot… over a million or so.”
Of course, a chunk of that went to her addiction to plastic surgery. What started with a broken nose turned into 10 procedures. She had her whole face redone, brand new breasts implanted, Botox treatments, and some liposuction. It left Heidi practically unrecognizable. Now she claims that she would “never recommend it for anyone.”
I doubt any significant portion of a million dollars went towards plastic surgery. In order to get her permission to publicize that she had done it with him, I’d wager her surgeon deeply discounted his fees. We can’t ask her surgeon of the ten procedure marathon of course as he died shortly thereafter.
Actually I can’t help but find it ironic that Heidi laments her extreme plastic surgery experience. This experience would certainly qualify as the most remarkable in her life to date. OK, maybe almost as fame-producing could be blowing through a million or so dollars with little if anything to show for it. Maybe not. In Hollywood that is not all that uncommon.
John Di Saia MD
Some of you may remember my post on Courtney Stodden plastic surgery and her reaction to it. At first I was threatened with a law suit, then she was going to come in to set the record straight. Later her Momager called and said they wanted another surgeon to examine her; perhaps so they could control what was said.
So she visited a Beverly Hills surgeon, had an examination and of course made a press junket out of it:
He concludes: ‘So I looked at all the areas, Courtney, that might tell someone that you have had plastic surgery and it’s pretty clear to me that as a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Courtney has not had any plastic surgery.’ A thrilled Courtney then gives the doctor an awkward hug before leaving, showing off her curvy figure in her usual tight and short bodycon dress which she teams with towering perspex platform heels. This is not the first time that Courtney has enlisted the help of a surgeon to prove she has not been under the knife.
I continue to find these plastic surgery denials interesting. The contemporary definition (at least in Hollywood) of what constitutes plastic surgery is a political one. Then again fillers and botulinum toxin injections if done well can be difficult to detect particularly as time passes. The question of whether or not these cosmetic treatments constitute “plastic surgery” is open to debate. Was Courtney’s chosen “doctor of the day” being truthful or evasive?
Without a face to face exam, my guesses are only guesses. Of course this is Hollywood you know.
Translation: She has probably had something done. Most of them have if you look closely enough.
John Di Saia MD
Gosselin was chatting it up with Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday when the topic of her face came up. You see, the 37-year-old mom is looking fresher than ever… particularly fresher than when she first welcomed her children into the world years ago. That’s lead many, including Cohen, to wonder if Gosselin has gone under the knife.
But apparently Kate has not only eschewed surgery, as she wrote in a blog post last year. She told Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live”:
“I am probably one of the rare few who de-age.”
Kate Gosselin is no stranger to plastic surgery. She had an extended tummy tuck as we discussed previously. She also had reportedly $35000 of work previously including:
new hair extensions and highlights, which ran her an estimated $5,800; $1,000 worth of Botox; $11,000 worth of skin procedures on her cheeks; $5,500 of eye work that included eyelash extensions and eyebrow shaping; and a new set of porcelain veneers, which can cost $1,300 per tooth.
Her recent comments should probably be translated to mean she has done nothing she would consider plastic surgery or at least to which she would care to admit as this time. I’d wager she has maintained herself with more “skin procedures” including laser, Botox, fillers and the like. A touch of a more surgical “Nip Tuck” would not be out of the question either.
What does she mean by “De-Aging?” Beats me. The procedures I mention are available everywhere “now a days.”
John Di Saia MD
Don’t ever call Christina Hendricks full-figured.
The Mad Men actress nearly stopped an interview with Australian’s Sun-Herald when her interviewer, Kate Waterhouse, asked her, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”
Hendricks, 37, gave an uncomfortable giggle, shook her head and said, “I don’t know. . . I’m sorry.” She then looked off to the side (presumably at her publicist), who told Waterhouse to rephrase the question.
“You’re been known as an inspiration for women as being a full-figure…” Waterhouse started, but Hendricks interrupted, “You just said it again!”
Is it that people in general have become so sensitive or that Hollywood types are kinda particular?
It is true that Christina Hendricks has long been held as a champion of the “anti-Hollywood thinness” brigade. That is a true statement isn’t it?
So how do you sensitively describe that? What is the politically appropriate term? I think full-figured would qualify.
It seems like many Hollywood types, Ms Hendricks wants it both ways. She likes the attention for being curvy, but would like to not look at the labels that might go with it.
Some people would call her fat..OK below their breath as calling people fat is considered “hating on fat people.”
Do I think she is fat? No. She is full-figured though.
John Di Saia MD
Country legend Kenny Rogers told all about his cosmetic surgery in his new memoir, but was forced to cut the chapter by his publishers. He was set to open up about his brush with cosmetic surgeons in… Luck or Something Like It, but was advised to remove the section prior to publication. He tells FoxNews.com, “I actually had written a whole segment on it but the publishers said, ‘Let’s not do that, that’s all people will talk about,’ and this book is about my journey and my musical connections. It was a phase I went through. I improved myself.” “I didn’t like the way he did my eyes but I see all these other guys who have had it done and theirs are worse than mine. I’m not going to complain anymore.”
Kenny was primed to tell all about his plastic surgery experience but his publishers apparently didn’t like it. It has been clipped out of his book. If the phrasing in this article is any indication, we might not be missing much.
Plastic surgeons are again being portrayed with a nefarious twist in the “brush with cosmetic surgeons” and “theirs are worse than mine” comments. This is pretty Hollywood in and of itself:
The way they have it phrased it is almost as if Kenny was wandering the streets without a care in the World when the evil cosmetic surgeons grabbed him and forced him to have a ton of facial work.
I think he signed up for this did he not? Did he see one doctor for an opinion or a number? How did he screen them? We might never know.
The pictures that circulated right after he had done all this facial work and before it matured didn’t help anything. He looks much better now, but we will never know how he might have looked if he did a bit less surgery or none at all.
John Di Saia MD
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she is not opposed to plastic surgery. The 39-year-old said that she has no plans to go under the knife anytime soon but has not ruled out the possibility for the future. Paltrow is quoted as telling Stv: “Everyone is asking me about my thoughts on plastic surgery. Do I look old or something?!
“I’m not opposed to it but I want to move my face because I’m supposed to convey emotion in my job. “But I have wrinkles so I don’t know – I’m not going to say that I’ll never do anything, but I would always want to look like myself.”
More celebrity half truths about plastic surgery are no surprise really. We see that Gwyneth has seen her share of quality knife work if we take a peek at some old images:
As we have said here before nasal tips do not get thinner as we age without some help. Gwyneth’s eyelids and mid-face look a bit improved as well…very nicely of course.
So the assessment here is at least a nose job and eyelids with a possible mid-face lift as well.
John Di Saia MD