Monday November 20, 2017

Braise the Knife with a Smile: Here is why Beauty is a Priced Possession!

Not only women, but men have also started to use surgery procedures to enhance their appearance

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November 23, 2016: Plastic surgery involves correction of body abnormalities. These abnormalities can be caused by a health condition or an accident or can be a birth defect. These can be functional, aesthetic or both.

It has two branches, reconstructive plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgery deals with the improvement of body functions whereas Cosmetic surgery deals with the improvement of aesthetic appearance.

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While both the branches deal with the improvement of the patient’s body, the research, training and outcomes are different. The cosmetic surgery focuses only on the appearance. It improves the aesthetic appeal, proportion and symmetry. It can be performed on any part of the body.

Plastic surgery is dedicated to the facial and body reconstruction. It corrects dysfunctional areas of the body which are affected due to burns, diseases or birth disorders.

According to a report, between 2009 and 2010, Americans spent more on cosmetic procedures than on food, housing, clothes and entertainment. There have been many reasons for this increase in spending on cosmetic surgery.

People believe that looking younger will help them stay competitive in their fields. They see these surgeries as an investment in their careers. So, they are not afraid to spend a fortune on getting a nose job. Also, availability of various financing options has allowed more people, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford it, undergo these procedures.

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Doctor’s scissors. Pixabay

Cosmetic industries are coming up with new marketing strategies. People can get deals on few procedures or attend a Botox party with friends.

Also, more people have started to accept cosmetic surgeries. In a survey, 69% of the people of age 18 – 24 years approved of cosmetic surgeries.

According to ASPS’s (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) procedural statistics of 2014, the number of men undergoing the cosmetic procedures is continuously on the rise.

“Male plastic surgery rates have significantly increased since 2000 and the notion that cosmetic procedures are just for women no longer exists,” said ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD. “Men are seeking to regain a more youthful look, improve their self-image and feel better about their appearance. It is great that plastic surgeons have procedures to meet and often exceed their expectations.”

The top male based procedures are Pectoral implants and male breast reductions.

The medical advancements have increased the demand of the cosmetic surgeries. Now, the patients have a wider range of options. Patients are now able to work more closely with their surgeons to decide the appropriate procedure that gives optimal results.

Today, a great number of surgery procedures are carried out in doctors’ offices and surgical centres as opposed to procedures. People have started experimenting more. This has increased the risk of infectious and anaesthetic reactions, bleeding, salt and fluid imbalance, which are rare but fatal.

Furthermore, some practitioners perform procedures without adequate training just to augment their income. Practitioners need to complete 5 years of residency training and receive the certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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The death of Olivia Goldsmith, author of First Wives Club, has increased public awareness regarding the risks involved in cosmetic surgeries.

It is essential to comprehend the reason before getting the surgery so that you end up with what you have hoped for. After all, getting a cosmetic surgery is not similar to getting a facial wrap.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Here are Some Tips to Consider Before Opting for Cosmetic Surgery

Some tips to notice before opting for cosmetic surgery

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New Delhi, Sep 14, 2017: Before opting for botox, natural fillers and other facial rejuvenation procedures, it is important to plan it all out and make some well informed choices, say experts.

Ravi K. Mahajan, cosmetic surgeon at Amandeep Hospital and Sachin Chavre, plastic surgeon at Fortis Hospital, have listed out few steps that should be taken before you go for the procedures:

* Finding the right expert: A good cosmetic surgery clinic will guide you with the help of qualified professionals and help you choose the right procedures, without going overboard.

Also Read: Braise the Knife with a Smile: Here is why Beauty is a Priced Possession! 

* Plan well ahead of time: You need to give your face and yourself at least six to eight weeks before you make your first appearance this wedding season. Whether it is a laser procedure, botox or filler that you need, don’t leave it to the last moment. It takes a couple of weeks or more for the procedure to give you optimal outcome.

* Treatments to consider: Dermabrasion, micro dermabrasion, facelift, eyelifts, laser skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, thermage, botox or filler, liposculpturing: and lip fillers.

* Carefully plan home skincare routine: Once you have gotten the procedure of your choice done, it becomes important to know about the after care for your skin. Take advice from your doctor and make sure that you exfoliate, moisturize and protect your skin from any infections by keeping it clean. (IANS)

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Can Flourishing Islamic State (ISIS) be Stopped in Afghanistan?

The truth about IS and Afghanistan is definitely no picnic

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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016.
Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016. The rise of IS in Afghanistan has become such a priority that U.S. and Afghan forces sometimes support the Taliban while battling IS, VOA
  • Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups
  • Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops
  • In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS

June 25, 2017: The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.

Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups.

Attacking IS has become such a priority in the country, that disparate forces sometimes join together in the ad-hoc fight, with Afghan and U.S. forces finding themselves inadvertently supporting the enemy Taliban in battling IS.

Confusion leads to mistakes

All too often, officials say, mistakes are made due to confusion on the ground.

Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops, provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani told VOA. The supplies were meant to help Afghan forces that are countering twin attacks by IS and Taliban militants but were used instead by IS.

“It’s not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of IS,” U.S. Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White told VOA this week. “We have a problem, and we have to defeat them and we have to be focused on that problem.”

Reinforcements for the IS cause reportedly are streaming into isolated areas of the country from far and wide. There are reports of fighters from varied nationalities joining the ranks, including militants from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and Central Asian neighbors.

Confusing scenarios

Still, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) as IS is known in Afghanistan remains a fragmented group composed of differing regional forces with different agendas in different parts of the country.

“IS-K is still conducting low-level recruiting and distribution of propaganda in various provinces across Afghanistan, but it does not have the ability or authority to conduct multiple operations across the country,” a recent Pentagon report said. But where it operates, IS is inflicting chaos and casualties and causing confusing scenarios for disparate opponents.

In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS. IS regained ground after a few days, leading to U.S. military air attacks on IS positions in conjunction with Afghan intelligence instructions and army operations.

IS fighters reportedly have fled from mountain caves of Tora Bora, where al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden hid from U.S. attack in 2001.

Families displaced

IS fighters were also reportedly advancing in neighboring Khogyani district, displacing hundreds of families, according to district officials. It is one of several areas in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border, where IS has been active for over two years.

Fierce clashes in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar last month left 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS militants dead, according to a provincial spokesman. At least three civilians who were caught in the crossfire were killed and five others wounded.

“IS has overpowered Taliban in some parts of Nangarhar because the Taliban dispatched its elite commando force called Sara Qeta (Red Brigade) to other parts of the country, including some northern provinces to contain the growing influence of IS there,” Wahid Muzhda, a Taliban expert in Kabul, told VOA.

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Recruiting unemployed youths

IS has also expanded in neighboring Kunar province, where, according to provincial police chief, it has a presence in at least eight districts and runs a training base, where foreign members of IS, train new recruits.

Hundreds of miles from Nangarhar, IS is attempting to establish a persistent presence in several northern provinces where it has found a fertile ground for attracting militants and recruiting unemployed youths, mostly between the age of 13 and 20.

IS has been able to draw its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, former Afghan Taliban, and other militants who “believe that associating with or pledging allegiance” to IS will further their interests, according to the Pentagon report.

Hundreds of militants have joined IS ranks in northern Jouzjan and Sar-e-Pul province where local militant commanders lead IS-affiliate groups in several districts.

Darzab district

Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek and former Taliban militant who joined IS a year ago, claims to have up to 500 members, including around 50 Uzbek nationals who are affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — previously associated with al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.

IS and Taliban are reportedly fighting over the control of Darzab district in Jouzjan which they stormed this week from two different directions and besieged scores of government forces. The Taliban has reportedly captured the center of the district while IS militants control the city outskirts.

Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks present or operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, including IS, the Pentagon said.

“In areas where the government has limited influence and control, IS attempts to emerge and expand there,” Ateequllah Amarkhail, an analysts and former Army general in Kabul told VOA.

Hit-and-hide strategy

IS has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in urban areas, however, with a hit-and-hide strategy that is proving effective. And it is engaging too in more skirmishes with U.S. forces that initially were sent to the country to help Afghan forces halt the spread of Taliban.

Three American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed in April during operations targeting IS militants, according to the Pentagon.

“ISIS-K remains a threat to Afghan and regional security, a threat to U.S. and coalition forces, and it retains the ability to conduct high-profile attacks in urban centers,” the Pentagon said. (VOA)

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India’s Textile and Fashion Heritage now part of Google project

Google's project 'We Wear Culture' is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India and its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago

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Google's new art project 'We wear Culture' digitizes fashion, Wikimedia
  • Google’s project ‘We Wear Culture’ is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India
  • It intends to trace the story and importance of Indian textiles from ancient sculptures
  • Its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago

June 15, 2017: To a certain extent, a culture is defined by what is worn by its people. In a country as diverse as India, vast and varied spectrum of cultures and clothes is one of the specialties. Google’s latest virtual exhibition project now provides us the opportunity to explore and know more about it.

Google’s project ‘We Wear Culture’ is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India and its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago, from the ancient Silk Road to the unmatched elegance of the Indian Saree,  from the courtly fashion of Versailles, to the Victorian ballgowns with intricate thread work.

According to Amit Sood, director of Google Arts and Culture,”We invite everyone to browse the exhibition on their phones or laptops and learn about the stories behind what you wear. You might be surprised to find out that your Saree, jeans or the black dress in your wardrobe have a centuries-old story. What you wear is true culture and more often than not a piece of art.”

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The company also mentioned that noteworthy collections from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and varied weaves from across India, from Gharchola to Patola to Temple to Ikat sarees will be included in the online project, as it intends to trace the story and importance of Indian textiles from ancient sculptures.

ALSO READ: New Google Project Digitizes World’s Top Fashion Archives.

According to PTI reports, the world fashion exhibit also includes designs from north-eastern India including the weaves of tribes such as the Nagas, Meitis. it will showcase the traditional attire from Meghalaya called ‘Dhara’ or ‘Nara’ worn by the Khasi women as well.

As a part of the exhibit, Sewa Hansiba Museum has brought the unique colorful and rich embroidery arts, applique and mirror work from different communities such as the Ahir, Rabari, Chaudhury Patel and many others from the western part of India online.

The exhibition conducted by Salar Jung Museum brings to light the Sherwani and its journey of becoming the royal fashion statement of the Nizams from 19th century Hyderabad. Fashion and textiles enthusiasts can revisit Colonial Indian attires with Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. Over 400 online exhibitions and stories sharing a total of 50,000 photos, videos and other documents on world fashion are open to exploration as well.

The ‘We wear Culture’ initiative highlights significant events in the growth of the world fashion industry; the icons, the movements, the game changers and the trendsetters like Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang