Skin Stretching

Tyler Marion, B.S., M.B.A., Kevin Cao, B.S., Jorge Roman, M.D. Keywords: Skin stretching; Lip plates; Skin modification; lip stretching; beauty; Mursi. Skin stretching, as a form of body modification, has been used for centuries across many different cultures. Ear lobe stretching in particular dates back roughly to 1500 BC in ancient Egypt, Central America, and South America.1 The stretching of earlobes has been seen in many different tribes including the Aztecs, Mayans, and Asian Hill tribes. This form of skin stretching was even used by King Tutankhamen, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.2 A unique variation of skin stretching can be observed in Africa amongst the Mursi, Chai, and Tirma tribes in the form … Continue reading

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Chantelle Brown-Young Causes Reflection on the Concepts of Impairment While Changing the Face of Beauty

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. By Boluwaji Ogunyemi, M.D. Dermatology Resident, University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Email: b62baoATmun.ca Conflicts of Interest: None declared Keywords: vitiligo, beauty, disability, pigment disorders, models, impairment Abstract: The ever-increasing availability (and arguably, acceptability) of aesthetic medicine procedures corresponds with the medicalization of the aging process. In this post, Bolu Ogunyemi speaks about the career of a model with vitiligo who accepts, and even embraces her disease. In contrast, many individuals, in regions such as Korea and Brazil, go to great lengths to alter their appearance. This essay also delineates the related concepts of disease, impairment, and disability and how and by whom … Continue reading

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