Snoring Men Transform Into Sleeping Beauties After Surgery

Millions of men, from the sleep apnea suffer May sacrificing sleep well because they do not know where the treatment is not realize relief is available, or are too embarrassed to. However, comfort can be as close as their local plastic surgeons. Plastic surgeons at the forefront of the identification and treatment of sleep apnea will discuss the latest surgical advances today at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) Plastic Surgery 2007 conference in Baltimore.

"Men over the age of 40 are the most common sleep apnea patients because of their heavier build and shorter necks; However, women, children and overweight people are not immune, "said Stephen Schendel, MD, ASPS member surgeon and lecture organizer. "Many people are very embarrassed to get help for sleep apnea though it can lead to serious health problems."

sleep apnea is a temporary inability to breathe during sleep, which can occur dozens; Sometimes hundreds of times per night. Even if someone does not know they have the condition, it can greatly affect the quality of sleep. According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than 12 million Americans.

"Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, mood swings, impotence and headache," said Andrew Wexler, MD, ASMS President. "The condition can also lead to serious accidents and car accidents, because sufferers are sleepy and fall asleep."

sleep apnea can occur when soft tissue of the nose and mouth relax, which restrict the airflow. Plastic surgeons open the airways by removing excess tissue in the nose. The tongue is also shortened and moved further to prevent it once in the throat during sleep. The disease is also in patients with less pronounced facial features, such as a small chin, because they are often smaller airways. Plastic surgeons move the upper and lower jaw forward, creating a gr�eren airways for these patients. Obesity is also the airways; However, the best treatment for these patients is weight loss.

non-surgical options may not be as effective or as long-term operation. The most common non-surgical treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which some equate to sleep with a scuba mask on, it is often during the night and forces the user to sleep on his back. Radiation therapy is another option, which m�igem success; Can it only suitable for people with mild conditions and requires multiple treatments.

"Dealing with sleep apnea is one of the less talked about how plastic surgeons are helping to restore the health and the proper function for the patient," said Richard D'Amico, MD, ASPS president. "After all, quality of sleep is an integral part of how we work."

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of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the gr�te organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 members, the society as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 90% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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