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Sister of Queen Letizia defends her altered appearance


Queen Letizia of Spain hit some headlines recently as she made a public appearance with what seemed to be a cosmetically smoothed complexion; however, her younger sister as weighed in on the Botox debate, putting her sisters youthful skin down to ‘natural and toxin-free cosmetics’.

Telma Ortiz Rocasolano, 42, explained that the Queen, 43, uses a herbal product known as ‘organic Botox’ to keep her skin taut and smooth. She spoke to lifestyle magazine Vida Y Estilo about the rumours and added that she is known to drink three litres of water a day, as well as avoiding sweets and fatty meats. The wife of King Felipe VI is also known to be a dedicated follower of lyengar yoga, having practiced the technique for ten years.

Telma went on to say that her sister ‘completely rejects Botox treatments’ and prefers to stick to natural alternatives to maintain her youthful appearance. She also denied that the Queen had gone under-the-knife to keep her face looking young, saying that she is ‘already by nature a very beautiful woman’ and describes cosmetic surgery as unnecessary and saying it would ‘hurt’ her appearance rather than enhance it.

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Loose Women’s Andrea Mclean shows off new braces live on TV show


TV presenter Andrea Mclean has debuted a new set of fixed braces on ITV talk show Loose Women; the 46-year-old presented the chat show at the end of last week and was seen wearing the orthodontic appliance after confessing that she has always needed braces but was too embarrassed to get them before now.

Viewers were slightly confused to begin with and suggested that Andrea had perhaps had her lips done, but the presenter explained that she has just started orthodontic treatment after feeling too embarrassed to do so when she was a teenager. The mother-of-two explained that she suffered with acne as a teenager and had a perm as well, so she didn’t want to add braces into the mix.

She added that her 14-year-old son has also started treatment using braces and she decided that she would go for it as well; she said ‘I was saying you’re so brave and I though you’re such a hypocrite because you never did it. So I did it! And we’re brace-face together!’ Fans on social media sites were quick to lend their support to Andrea, as she joins other celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and Gwen Stefani, in getting orthodontic treatment.


 Madonna lookalike gets dental treatment to look even more like the superstar



A Madonna lookalike who can charge up to £24000 for an appearance has completed her transformation into the superstar by drilling a space between her front teeth. Chris America has been impersonating the singer for over 33 years and sticks to a strict diet and exercise regime in order to maintain her startling similarity to Madonna.

Chris, who has been married for 14 years and lives in Washington DC, explained that she naturally had a space between her front teeth as a child but that her mother arranged orthodontic treatment to close it up and give her perfect teeth. Talking to MailOnline, the impersonator said that ten years after her orthodontic treatment, she used to put black enamel onto her teeth to create the illusion of a space between the two front teeth, in order to look as much like her idol as possible. However, when she received a call from a dentist who was putting together a book of celebrity smiles she was asked if she would like a gap in her teeth, so she went for it.

Chris told the publication ‘I like Madonna’s tooth gap. It’s very endearing and a staple of her look.’

As well as impersonating the hitmaker, she even managed to meet her long-time manager Guy Oseary and he told her that she really looked like Madonna which she described as ‘a great compliment.’


Too many selfies are giving people ‘tooth paranoia’


Thanks to the current trend for taking lots of ‘selfies’, dentists are warning that more and more people are suffering with ‘dental dysmorphia’ as the practice makes them paranoid about having the perfect set of teeth. According to dentists, an increasing number of people are asking for unnecessary dental work to correct perceived flaws in their smiles.

Tim Bradstock-Smith, clinical director of the London Smile Clinic, spoke to The Daily Mail about the effects of rampant selfie taking, explaining that people can often end up with a distorted image of their face and this leads them to believe that they need corrective work for their teeth. He said that some people are under the impression that they have ‘horse-like’ because the teeth look like they protrude more than they actually do; a problem which could be emphasised by unflattering light.

Dr Bradstock-Smith said that ‘photos will undeniably exaggerate defects’ but this can be misleading if the person concentrates too much on the ‘flaws’ in the picture. He added that the front teeth are generally thought to be more aesthetically pleasing if they are slightly larger than the neighbouring teeth, but if selfies are taken too closely this will distort and ‘exaggerate’ the size of these teeth.

He went on to say that ‘We have seen a 30 per cent increase over five years in the number of patients sending selfies through the website with concerns about the look of their front teeth, yet when patients come in person, often the teeth don’t look too bad at all.’


End for false teeth?


Pearly whites could be grown in the lab after scientists discover way to split cells that develop into teeth

Dental experts have found a way to split a tooth into two functional teeth

They used new technique to extract the cells that will develop into teeth

Research done by the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan

They say they then successfully implanted new teeth into the jaws of mice

False teeth could soon be a thing of the past after scientists discovered a way to grow them in a lab after splitting the cells that develop into pearly whites.

Dental experts have found a new way to split a tooth into two fully functional teeth and then successfully implant them into the jaws of mice – a breakthrough which could help human patients in the future.

Researchers from the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan used a new technique of extracting teeth germs – the groups of cells formed early in life that will later develop into teeth.

The scientists said they managed to split the germs in two and then implant the new teeth to the mice’s jaws.

The study, published in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature, shows current treatments fail to restore the full functionality of a tooth, which makes naturally growing new teeth far more beneficial.

Other experts consider teeth a major target for regenerative medicine, as about 10 per cent of people are born with some missing teeth and many people lose teeth due to accidents or disease as they age.

The researchers set about trying to make new teeth from a single germ.

Teeth germs were removed from mice and were sliced into two with nylon thread.

The experiment took about 15 days to develop the germ naturally into two teeth.

The study shows the new teeth allowed the mice to chew and feel stimulus. However, the implanted teeth were just half the size of normal teeth.

Lead researcher Takashi Tsuji said the new method could be especially useful for children who so not have properly developed teeth due to conditions like cleft lip or Down syndrome.

Germs of permanent teeth or wisdom teeth could be used to develop new fully functional teeth that can be implanted.

Dr Tsuji added that they could soon consider using stem cells to grow more germs, but further tests are needed for the process.


Botox trainees ‘practice on human corpses’


Bodies donated to medical science being used to improve safety for people having treatments at local beauty parlours

Beauty therapists helped dissect a human head and inserted needles into its face during a course at Newcastle University

They learned about the structure of the skin, ligaments and fat deposits

But critics claim that it ‘beggars belief’ that bodies donated for medical study should be used in such a way

Bodies donated to medical science are being used to train beauticians, it has emerged.

During a course at Newcastle University, beauty therapists helped dissect a human head and inserted needles into its face.

The two-day event was designed to improve the safety of patients, many of whom pay hundreds of pounds to have Botox and other wrinkle-busting treatments at their local beauty parlour.

But critics claim that it ‘beggars belief’ that bodies donated for medical study should be used in such a way.

One said: ‘A human cadaver donated to a university should only be used for scientific and medical development by professionals who have earned the right to dissect it respectfully and not for probing by non-medics such as beauticians.’

Beauty therapists helped dissect a human head and inserted needles into its face during a two-day course at Newcastle University (file picture)

Facial fillers, increasingly popular injections which plump up the skin, fill in wrinkles and crow’s feet and create younger-looking cheeks and lips, can also be administered by beauticians.

But with potential complications ranging from swelling and bruising to blindness, some argue the treatment should only be given those who are medically qualified.

The course was commissioned by training academy, Cosmetic Couture, which run by Maxine Waugh, a female boxer who says it is wrong for doctors to try to monopolise the beauty industry.

She argues that experienced and highly-trained beauticians are experts in the facial muscles, skin and ageing.

Therapists who attended the course learnt about the structure of the skin, ligaments and fat deposits while watching the dissection.

They did a ‘limited amount’ of dissection themselves and inserted needles to probe the thickness of the skin.

Antonia Mariconda, of campaign group Safety in Beauty, said: ‘Donating a body to science is such a sensitive issue that you would not expect a beautician to be prodding and probing your face further her tricks and skills to enhance people’s faces for vain reasons.’

Fazel Fatah, a consultant plastic surgeon and former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: ‘A cadaver dissection course geared towards non-medics beggars belief.

‘This is nothing but an abuse of donated cadavers whose study is meant to promote health and science – not the opposite, by ‘training’ unqualified people in subjects that could easily lead to endangering a vulnerable public.’

Julian Baker, the anatomy expert who ran the course, said that in the absence of tighter regulation of the industry, it is important to make treatments as safe as possible for patients.

Mr Baker said: ‘We have to be careful of damning people who are trying to advance their knowledge.

‘The bottom line is that they are trying to improve safety for the patient.’

Botox has to be prescribed by a doctor but it can be injected by anyone who has done a short training course. The trainees who attended the course learnt about the structure of the skin, ligaments and fat deposits while watching the dissection (file picture)

He added that the cadaver used in the session will also be used in many pieces of medical research and it is important that the row doesn’t detract from the valuable work done by the UK body donation programme.

A spokesman for Cosmetic Couture said: ‘The two days provided an invaluable resource for a small number of practitioners to study in depth the nerve structures of the face and to ensure that the highest level of safety and protection is offered to clients undergoing cosmetic procedures.

‘The utmost respect for the donors and donor families was presented as a prime concern in this class.’

While the public often think that bodies are donated for medical research, donors actually agree to anatomical examination, as well as scientific studies, education and training.

Newcastle University, which provided the cadaver and the premises, said it is ‘indebted’ to those who bequeath their bodies.

Dr Debra Patten, the university’s director of anatomy, added: ‘While predominantly our body donors are used to deliver anatomy teaching to medical, dental, speech science and speech therapy students, we also deliver anatomy teaching to paramedics and physiotherapists and to other practitioners who require knowledge of anatomy and physiology.’




Filler appointment could save Cheshire woman’s life


A woman who visited a cosmetic clinic to have facial injections has her surgeon to thank for an early cancer diagnosis, which could save her life. Sarah Davies, 49, was attending an appointment at The Cheshire Image Clinic to discuss the use of facial fillers or microdermabrasion to improve her skin, when her provider, Michelle Irving, pointed out that there was a small lump near to her eye and told her to see a dermatologist.

Michelle said that she would feel more comfortable working on Sarah after she had the all clear from a dermatologist regarding the lump, even though Sarah had noticed it over a year ago and visited her GP for some cream. To Sarah’s shock, the results showed that the lump was skin cancer and she would have to start treatment.

Sarah is extremely grateful to the staff at the clinic, she told Chester Chronicle ‘I think that often these clinics get a lot of bad press but this woman and her ethics could potentially have saved my life and I think she was just truly honourable in not just taking my money but also taking the time to look at me carefully and raise an alarm about something I almost certainly would have ignored.’

Doctors have told Sarah she has basal cell carcinoma and she will require surgery, as well as skin graft repair because of the position of the lump.

Michelle told the paper ‘The most important thing to remember is that whatever you are having done aesthetically, you should always make sure you go to a qualified medical professional.’


Diabetics are at greater risk of tooth loss


A new study has revealed that people who live with diabetes are more vulnerable to dental decay and tooth loss; the research was released in Preventing Chronic Disease and it examined tooth-loss trends concerning 37,000 people over the age of 25 between the years 1971 and 2012. Over the forty year study, it was revealed that there were ‘substantial differences’ between adults without diabetes and those that were living with the condition.

In some areas of the study, there was twice as much tooth loss among diabetics, compared to non-diabetics.

Fortunately, the younger generation have shown better results, with less people in this population suffering tooth loss; researchers have suggested that this is related to better access to dental treatment and knowledge of good oral health, as well as improvements in dental hygiene and advances in technology.

Although it was not immediately obvious why people with diabetes would suffer more tooth loss than everyone else, scientists believe it may have something to do with gum disease, a problem which one in three diabetics suffer from. It is thought that high glucose levels in the blood and certain medications can contribute to the risks of developing gum disease.


Dermatologist suggests Kylie Jenner has had numerous surgical procedures


A New York-based dermatologist has claimed that Kim Kardashian’s youngest sister Kylie has had numerous cosmetic treatments to maintain a smooth, wrinkle-free complexion, and may have even gone under the knife recently. The 18-year-old only admitted to having lip fillers in the last few months, something she previously denied; putting her plump pout down to well-practiced make-up application.

Dr Tabasum Mir spoke to talk show host Rob Shuter for Bikini.com and she compared Kylie Jenner’s appearance to that of the oldest Kardashian sister, Kim, saying that Kylie already looks like she has over-indulged in cosmetic treatment. Dr Mir said that the teenager looked like someone who has had ‘too much work done’, despite her young age. Furthermore, she added that both sisters had gone under the knife to achieve their hourglass figures, possibly having their waists and hips surgically altered to achieve their idea of beauty.

She said in the interview that Kylie ‘is really young’ and suggested that the reality star, who started having lip fillers at the tender age of 17, has probably had Botox and skin peels as well, in a bid to retain a flawless appearance just like her older sisters. Dr Mir has not treated any of the family but added that she thought Kylie was the ‘number one’ example of too much too soon when it comes to cosmetic treatment.


Has Ben Affleck had Botox injections?



Hollywood actor Ben Affleck may have decided to recapture his youth following a split from wife Jennifer Garner, but insiders are suggesting that the newest Batman may be overdoing it with cosmetic treatment; a plastic surgeon has revealed to RadarOnline that the 43-year-old may have turned to Botox in an effort to fight the signs of aging.

Affleck recently debuted his new look and it was met with surprise more than admiration – probably not what he was hoping to achieve, says plastic surgeon Dr Lyle Back. Dr Back spoke to the website about the father-of-three’s altered appearance and said that he certainly looks ‘different’ but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Although he did not treat the actor himself, Dr Back suggests that Affleck may have had the upper third of this face treated, which has left him with very smooth skin and a fixed, surprised expression. Dr Back added ‘He’s had so much put in that his eyebrows look jacked up and he’s just downed fifty cups of coffee.’

Other surgeons have added to the discussion, suggesting that the actor may have gone too far with his use of Botox and cheek fillers also, along with laser skin treatments, although there has been no official word confirming or denying the stories.


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