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Friday, October 15 2021

Magnesium: Let’s Take a Moment to Discuss this Essential Mineral

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As we have made our way through the mess of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have begun hearing more about certain vitamins and supplements that they’d never thought much about before. Magnesium is one of them, and one in which most people are deficient. The body requires an adequate amount of this particular mineral to sustain functions like heart rhythm, bone density, and blood pressure regulation. People who are deficient in magnesium may experience medical conditions such as depression, insulin resistance and diabetes, migraines, and other problems. Here, we discuss what magnesium can do for the body and how you can find out if you’re getting enough of this nutrient.  Benefits of Magnesium Better rest and less stress. Magnesium is a calming mineral. It regulates…

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Wednesday, September 15 2021

Perimenopause Needs Good Management

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Perimenopause can stretch out over more than a decade. Women hear so much about hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain that they may not realize just how much their body and mind can change during this lengthy transitional period that culminates in the end of menstruation. As common as it is to go through perimenopause, the physiological process is relatively complex. We think of this transition as a gradual decline in estrogen levels. However, during perimenopause, these levels could be at their highest, at least sometimes. Generally, we see them rise and fall based on the symbiotic relationship between estrogen and progesterone. Here, we discuss some of the symptoms that many women don’t recognize as perimenopause and some tips for managing this life stage. …

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Sunday, August 15 2021

What Does Your Mommy Makeover Include?

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Historically, the Mommy Makeover has been perceived as a series of procedures that help correct the changes that occur during pregnancy and afterward. There is no escaping motherhood without permanent changes. While we support a woman taking all the time she needs to restore her body from the inside out through healthy lifestyle habits, we also realize that some of the effects of carrying a life, bringing it into the world, and then feeding it cannot be reversed to the extent that a woman would like. That’s where a Mommy Makeover comes in. That said, going back to the initial perception of this treatment protocol, we’ve got to set some things straight.  At Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery & Health  in Scottsdale, AZ, a Mommy…

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Thursday, July 15 2021

Vaginal Atrophy: A Very Frustrating Problem that Needs a New Lens

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The vast majority of women who journey through menopause, if not every last one, experience multiple frustrating side effects. The interesting thing about perimenopause and menopause is that the discussion around this crucial topic tends to focus on run-of-the-mill problems. Women know to experience hot flashes and night sweats. They may know that their risk of weight gain increases as their hormones change. What they may not realize is that, as they lose estrogen, their risk of anxiety and depression increases. Their sex lives will likely change, as may their bladder control, as may their overall sensations in their most intimate areas.  Historically, the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause have been treated with hormone replacement. The thing is, a woman’s body is naturally meant to…

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Tuesday, June 15 2021

Liposuction Treatment Areas You May Want to Know

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Body contouring is a common goal shared by many adults. We all have our own bar that we set for ourselves in terms of our physique but, whatever that is, we can feel frustrated when it seems impossible to achieve. For many of our patients who have been on the hamster-wheel of dieting and working out but just can’t seem to reach their ideal shape, liposuction can be the turning point they need. Having this procedure doesn’t mean the work is done. What it means is that the healthy lifestyle a person has implemented can now work to maintain what they’ve got rather than fall short of achieving a difficult goal.  When you hear the term liposuction, your mind may immediately go to the most…

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Saturday, May 15 2021

Oh, the Power of Ozone for Optimal Wellness!

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Here at Ong Plastic Surgery, we are interested in helping people feel their best. In addition to outstanding surgical care, Dr. Cheri Ong has established a wellness center within our practice that addresses the issues of aging directly and effectively. One way that we are helping patients thrive is through ozone therapy. Here, we discuss the benefits of hyperbaric ozone treatments for better health and vitality. What is Ozone Therapy All About? Ozone is not something that most people associate with the body. It is an aspect of the environment that we really don’t think about. We could call ozone a form of “excited” oxygen; O3 is only one molecule greater than oxygen (O2). The extra molecule has a lot of power. It’s that extra…

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Thursday, April 15 2021

Tired of the Chronic Fatigue? Consider What IV Therapy Has to Offer!

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We all encounter times when we just can’t quite seem to fully wake up. Occasionally, this situation doesn’t create much concern. However, more and more people are expressing frustration about feeling perpetually depleted. It’s not that sleepy kind of feeling so much as a persistent fog. A sensation of heaviness, like you aren’t moving or thinking as quickly as you’d like. This feeling is troublesome for many adults these days, and it shows. When you glance around at just about any checkout register, what do you see? We’re guessing you’d find at least one product designed to provide a quick energy boost. Retailers have energy drinks, energy drink shots, and pills galore to help hype us up when the going gets tough. These temporary solutions…

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Monday, March 15 2021

ThermiVa is a Winner in Our Book. Here’s Why!

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Vaginal atrophy and vaginal rejuvenation were not terms that our mothers and grandmothers used or even heard from their doctors. That doesn’t mean they may not have wished for ways to more successfully address their feminine needs. Aging and childbirth have a profound effect on a woman’s overall wellness, especially as it relates to her intimate life. For a long time, there were no solutions to adequately manage the changes that women faced. While doctors eventually developed procedures like labiaplasty and vaginoplasty, women wanted more options. Now we have them. In our Scottsdale office, patients view ThermiVa as a winning treatment. What is ThermiVa? ThermiVa is a new kind of vaginal rejuvenation; one that does not involve surgery. This energy-based device has helped millions of…

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Sunday, February 14 2021

Male Breast Enlargement is Something to Talk About

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As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Ong understands the relationship between a person’s appearance and their sense of confidence. We do not develop self-esteem solely from our appearance. However, feeling good or bad about the way we look translates into our level of self-confidence. Male breast enlargement serves as one of many examples. Men whose breasts are large and soft may engage in numerous strategies to hide their shape. They may wear a compression vest. They may wear loose clothing. They may engage in extreme diet and exercise habits, all to no avail. Gynecomastia can be a tricky problem to beat but, make no mistake, it can be beaten with the right approach. Here, we discuss what that may be. Understanding Gynecomastia Male breast enlargement,…


Friday, January 15 2021

Think Outside the Box for Your New Year’s Resolutions

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After the year we just came through, you may have little motivation to set new resolutions. Regardless of the reminder that life can throw curveballs, sometimes very big ones, there is value in staying connected to the here-and-now. Resolutions don’t have to be what they’ve always been. In fact, there are good reasons to change things up a bit this year, especially as it pertains to health and wellness. We suggest getting specific. Instead of “I’m going to eat healthier and exercise more,” say “I’m going to stop eating processed foods and am going to do yoga three days a week.” One of the reasons so many resolutions are forgotten within a few months is that they are nonspecific. Without specificity, it is difficult to…

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