Deciding whether or not to circumcise an infant can be a difficult decision for new parents.
Research shows that having your baby boy circumcised, the surgical removal of the penis foreskin, has health benefits. The risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, such as genital herpes or HPV, is reduced in men who are circumcised.
How does circumcision prevent STDs?
- By removing the foreskin, the skin covering the head of the penis becomes tougher. This may protect against “microtears” during sex that con provide a point of entry for germs.
- The mucosal lining of the penile foreskin may provide a moist environment for herpes and HPV to survive and penetrate cells on the skin’s surface.
- After sex, the foreskin may prolong the time that skin is exposed to germs.
Some argue against circumcision, stating that it is an unnecessary surgical procedure that may pose risks, including reduce sexual sensitivity in adulthood. However, with today’s advanced medical technology, the risks of circumcision are minimal.
Circumcision remains a personal decision, whether it is the parents of a newborn or an adult male himself, and prior to the procedure the benefits vs. the risks should be examined.
Please remember that circumcision alone is not a way to prevent STDs, safe sex practices, such as condoms, are still necessary to provide protection.
Scientifically, humans should be able to live to the age of 120 years. But how many people do you know that lived to see 120 or, for that matter, even 90 years old? Studies have found that Humans are not living as long as we possibly could because of poor diet and over-exposure to excessive toxins, carcinogens and stress.
Biologists are able to determine “biological” results from looking at an individual’s telomere. The telomere acts as a cap that holds the DNA strands together in our cells. Each time a cell reproduces, the telomere gets shorter, and when it gets too short, the DNA strands fall apart and the cell dies. By measuring the length of the telomere, doctors can figure out how much time the cells have left before they die, and thus how much you have aged.
While looking at the telomere of a specific cell cannot accurately determine the precise age of all cells in your body, it does provide a relative indication of how fast you are aging overall. If your telomeres are shorter than the average length for your age group, you are more pre-disposed toward age-related illness, like cancer or heart disease. The presence of short telomeres should act as a warning sign, prompting you to make some lifestyle changes, including a better diet, more exercise, more sleep and an increase of vitamin supplements.
Do you think your biological age matches your chronological age? If not, you should consider making some lifestyle changes to prevent pre-mature aging and lower your risk of age-related disease.
Wondering what you will look like after reconstructive surgery? With the help of advanced 3D imaging technology you can see the potential outcome during your consultation with your surgeon.
Whether you are undergoing plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons or for facial reconstruction purposes, including facial paralysis and facial trauma surgery, 3D modeling technology can be used to show you your post-surgery appearance.
The doctor will take your picture and then use the 3D imaging software to simulate a variety of surgical results. The 3D model can be viewed from all angles and allows for side-by-side comparisons and translucent overlays. Together, you and your doctor can look over the images, discuss which results you prefer and address any concerns you may have about the outcome.
3D imaging is truly a break through in the field of plastic surgery. If you are considering reconstructive surgery, you should contact La Peer to learn more about the benefits of 3D imaging.