An intriguing package recently arrived in our office. Calling itself a “Memory Generator,” it consisted of a plain black sheet with 2-step instructions: throw the sheet over your TV, then go fishing. It’s part of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s new “Take Me Fishing” campaign, an effort to encourage families to reclaim what was once a favorite American pastime. Their website makes it easy to find out about licensing, equipment and great spots to hook that memory-making catch; TakeMeFishing.org.
Sun & Fun
For many children, there’s something big missing from their experience of growing up: nature. When the world indoors is full of technological distractions, who wants to head outside for a game of kick-the-can? But lack of time outdoors has been linked to increased childhood obesity and other equally scary problems such as a decline in creativity and social skills. The World Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign provides tools for parents and teachers to encourage kids to turn off the tube and learn how to enjoy the natural world; BeOutThere.org.
The Unplug & Reconnect Movement hopes to raise awareness of how our increasingly technologically connected lifestyles are isolating us from each other — and from an awareness of ourselves. This month, they’re promoting “Screen-Free Week,” an effort to get kids, families and schools to turn off their screens from Apr. 30-May 6, and instead remember — or discover — how to enjoy an enticing list of alternatives: reading, exploring, daydreaming and socializing; UnplugReconnect.com.
There are a variety of fillers now available for facial rejuvenation. Sculptra is one of the newer ones, and has only recently been FDA approved for use in cosmetic patients. It differs from some of the other fillers such as the hyaluronic acids in that it is not used to fill in specific lines, but is injected throughout the whole face to help create overall volume that has been lost due to aging. Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid. It is injected under the skin, and works within the dermis to replace lost collagen. As the collagen is replaced, it restores the look of fullness by correcting everything from shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. Up to 4 treatment sessions about a month apart are usually needed. The new collagen growth occurs gradually, so you’ll see continued improvement in facial volume over a few months. The result can last for up to 2 years in many patients. Sculptra is an excellent choice for patients who’ve lost volume in their face due to weight-loss or aging. By increasing dermis collagen, you’ll look younger, while maintaining a very natural appearance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial and neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatment for vascular and pigment problems. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, 305.444.5950 or visit DrJohnMartin.com.