MyShape Lipo has successfully completed 100’s of fat transfers to the buttocks and breasts with incredible results. They are now using that experience and success to offer new anti-aging services of fat transfer to the face and hands to replace lost volumes from aging.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
Fat Transfer to the face and hands is quickly replacing the use of temporary fillers such as Juvaderm, Sculptra, Restylane, Radiesse or Perlane. These popular fillers have been used for many years to replace lost volume that naturally occurs with aging. Unfortunately, they are all temporary and require ongoing injections that can be very costly.
MyShape Lipo is a specialty liposuction clinic located in the Las Vegas area. They have performed 100’s of fat transfers to the buttocks and breasts over the past 2 years. With pleasant surprise, the vast majority of these patients have had fantastic results with these procedures.
“I love my new breasts,” says Tiffany a happy fat transfer patient. “It’s amazing how easy the whole process was. I’m so happy I used my own fat instead of getting a breast augmentation with implants.”
With such consistent results and easy recoveries, the team at MyShape Lipo has now decided to offer the fat transfer to the face and the hands. In an attempt to better serve their patients, fat transfer to the face and hands is a permanent and more cost efficient solution to these aging issues.
As we get older, our faces tend to lose volume in many areas including the eyebrows, cheeks, nasolabial folds near the nose, and jawline. Because of the loss of volume, wrinkles are much more prominent since the skin doesn’t have the elasticity to accommodate the reduced volume. Restoring the fat loss in these areas can significantly reduce wrinkles and give the face a more youthful smooth appearance.
“The results are astonishing, it’s like night and day,” says Trevor Schmidt PA-C the liposuction specialist at MyShape Lipo. “Our patients are invigorated and seem to have new life and positive energy after the fat transfer.”
In addition to the face, MyShape Lipo is also transferring fat to the hands. This may seem odd at first, but anyone who is at that age where they start to see all the blood vessels and tendons in their hands knows the value of this procedure. Coupled with thinning skin, the loss of fat can give the hands a very aged look. Simply adding fat can give the hands a softer younger look.
MyShape Lipo is a specialty liposuction clinic in Las Vegas; their specialist Trevor Schmidt PA-C has the experience of over 15,000 liposuction procedures. They service patients from around the world who come for the affordable prices and extensive experience. Call 702-818-5476 for a consultation via phone or in person and visit their photo gallery at http://www.MyShapeLipo.com.
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25 February 2013
As a yoga teacher and computer nerd, Ileana Stefanescu wanted to find a way to use technology to help people become healthier.
One of the key indicators of health is body fat. It’s also one of the most difficult to measure.
The most accurate methods require laboratory conditions and equipment that costs tens of thousands of dollars.
Stefanescu found a place to use her computer skills and wellness expertise in Las Vegas, working at the Health Profile Institute, a health promotion and assessment company. She helped develop an inexpensive and accurate test for body fat that anyone can use.
The Integrative Body Composition Assessment is a kit about the size of an iPad that can be used at the gym or at home. It includes a digital caliper to take wrist measurements, a cloth tape for waist measurements and software that evaluates a person’s age, gender, height, weight, waist measurement and wrist diameter. Wrist measurements help categorize body frame, a key factor in determining body fat. The device also takes into account a person’s exercise regimen.
The test takes less than five minutes and provides body fat ratings in six categories.
“You don’t need special skills to do it,” Stefanescu said.
The institute will unveil the product in March during the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association Trade Show and Convention at Mandalay Bay. The company has not yet determined a price, but officials say it will cost less than $300.
Until now, getting the most accurate body fat results involved weighing people in underwater tanks or using special X-ray and imaging techniques. Tests had to be done in laboratories, and the cost made them unfeasible for most people. Even simpler methods, such as measuring skin fold thickness, had questionable accuracy and required special training.
“The gold standard is still the underwater weighing technique, but all that requires water tanks and oxygen equipment that can cost $50,000,” Stefanescu said. “We wanted to find a faster and easier way to access body composition.”
The Health Profile Institute is a privately owned Swedish company that moved to the United States in 2007, hoping to expand the market for the personal health assessments it had been selling in Europe for 30 years. The company sells the tests to businesses as a way of evaluating employees’ health and well-being.
The decision to move to Las Vegas was easy. Anders Mjardsjo, who heads the institute’s U.S. operations, already lived and worked here as CEO of DynaWell Diagnostics, which manufactures imaging equipment for MRI and CT scans. DynaWell and the Health Profile Institute are owned by Swedish businessman Thomas Petersson.
Mjardsjo had moved DynaWell from Los Angeles to Las Vegas because of Nevada’s more favorable tax structure.
“It’s important that we operate in a business-friendly environment, and Las Vegas still appears to be the best place to operate,” Mjardsjo said. “Our goal is to set up an international network of distributors and run everything from Las Vegas.”
The institute also has offices in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Stefanescu moved to the United States about the same time Mjardsjo was setting up the institute’s Las Vegas office. She studied computer science and quantum physics at the University of Bucharest and taught yoga for more than 20 years and began working on the new body fat assessment with Gunnar Anderson, director of development for the Health Profile Institute in Sweden. The assessment is the first new product the institute developed in the United States.
The company spent two years testing the method with help from students and staff at the UNLV College of Health Sciences. The study compared the Integrative Body Composition Assessment to other body fat assessments and found the institute’s method was most accurate
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Leavon Smith and his 6-year-old daughter walk out of a McDonald’s after finishing off a couple of burgers with fries Friday afternoon.
The 42-year-old Las Vegas resident says he had not heard about a bill that would tax calorie-rich fast foods in Nevada.
No, a 5-cent tax won’t stop him from going back to the restaurant, he says. It’s just too convenient.
But he doesn’t think the tax is a good idea at all.
“I don’t care for the idea much. We don’t eat much fast food,” he says, holding a large soda. “However, the tax is just going to hurt people who treat McDonald’s as a subsidized meal. We get taxed enough as it is.”
And so the Nevada discussion starts.
A “fat tax” introduced this week by a state lawmaker has drawn the Legislature into the national debate over the government’s role in tackling the obesity epidemic.
But the social engineering aspect of the proposal is drawing a mixed response in Nevada, where there has long been reluctance by many lawmakers to intrude on people’s personal habits.
Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D-Las Vegas, on Thursday introduced Assembly Bill 122, which would impose a 5-cent tax on fast-food items containing more than 500 calories.
Munford said he anticipates that the additional cost would cause parents to dine at fast-food establishments less frequently, helping fight the obesity epidemic, particularly among children.
Munford said he occasionally eats at such establishments himself, but he typically orders a fish or chicken sandwich, not a hamburger.
He said his proposal doesn’t mandate that parents seek healthier foods for their children but seeks to create a financial disincentive to pick unhealthy choices in fast-food restaurants.
A fast-food restaurant is defined as a place that sells food intended for immediate consumption which is served primarily in or on disposable wrappers, containers or plates.
If his bill gets a hearing, it will be reviewed by the Committee on Taxation. Munford said he would like any revenue raised from the tax to go to public education. He introduced a similar measure in 2011 but it did not get a hearing.
The measure faces an uphill battle. It would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to pass, and Gov. Brian Sandoval has made it clear he does not want to raises taxes this session.
Smith said the Legislature can only tax the public so much.
“I think it’s ridiculous. Sometimes a happy meal is cheaper than buying hamburger at the grocery store,” Smith said. “It’ll hurt the people who can’t afford to cook meals at home.”
However, not everyone feels as strongly as he does. Most people interviewed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Lake Mead and Martin Luther King boulevards Friday weren’t bothered by the tax proposal if the revenue goes to a good cause, such as education.
“I think the tax would benefit the community if the money went towards the kids. Education is more important than fast food,” said James Davis, 29, of Houston. “But, I don’t think the emphasis of taxes should be placed on people’s appetites. There are other ways to help obesity.”
But Smith doesn’t believe schools would see any increase in funding if the bill were passed.
“It’s a nice thought, but the money won’t go toward education, we all know that,” he said. “It’ll just go into a state piggy bank like everything else.”
While the bill’s goal is to lower childhood obesity, Chara Davis, who is not related to James Davis, said the tax isn’t likely to change people’s eating habits.
“It won’t affect people’s food decisions. They’re gonna eat what they wanna eat,” said the 32-year-old Las Vegas resident, who had an afternoon meal with her family at the restaurant. “We pay taxes anyway, so what’s five more cents? I bet people wouldn’t even notice the difference.”
FAT TAXES IN OTHER STATES
Similar “fat taxes” have been attempted in other states, many focusing on soda pop, but most have not been successful in the long term.
A California lawmaker in 2011 proposed a penny-an-ounce tax on soda pop and other sweetened drinks. The bill did not pass.
Washington state lawmakers imposed a tax on soda, bottled water and candy, but the measure was repealed by voters in 2010.
Most recently, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of large-size sugary sodas in the city because of concerns about obesity. The ban is set to take effect March 12 but faces a legal challenge from business groups.
And it is not just the United States where such measures have been considered. Danish lawmakers last year ended a “fat tax” after citing negative effects on the economy and small business.
Such social engineering efforts have seen mixed results in Nevada in recent decades. Lawmakers have rejected proposals such as requiring helmets for children while riding bicycles, and have consistently rejected efforts to make failing to wear a seat belt a primary offense, which would allow motorists to be pulled over for the infraction.
But it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Nevada, and lawmakers last year banned the use of cellphones while driving without a hands-free device.
OPINIONS ON GOVERNMENT’S ROLE
Assemblyman Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, the only co-sponsor of Munford’s bill, said government does have a role in fighting issues such as obesity.
“I think it’s the right thing to do just for the general benefit of the population and the public health,” he said.
Pamphlets and brochures to educate the public are either not read or frequently ignored, Hogan said.
“So I think it is good to have some modest level of ‘persuasion plus’ to give people real motivation to save themselves from this or that hazard,” he said.
Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, a member of the Taxation Committee, said he will listen to the proposal but questioned whether government should be legislating on such an issue.
“I don’t think government should be picking winners and losers with respect to people’s diets,” he said.
Warren Hardy, a lobbyist for the Nevada Restaurant Association, said the organization believes that public education is the better way to fight obesity.
Healthy menu alternatives, which are offered at all types of restaurants in Nevada and nationally, are another positive response to such concerns, he said.
“Obviously this kind of thing comes from the right motivation,” Hardy said of Munford’s bill. “But this type of ‘sin tax’ has just been proven not to be effective. Nothing you eat is really evil unless you do it to excess.”
He also called it “the very definition” of a regressive tax.
Dean Heyl, director of state government relations for the International Franchise Association, said his group will oppose the measure. It would hurt both struggling families by increasing the cost of food and franchise operators who are surviving on razor-thin profit margins, he said.
Such proposals don’t seem to be getting much traction around the country, but the association will take the threat seriously and will oppose the bill by educating lawmakers, Heyl said.
The Center for Consumer Freedom issued a statement calling Munford’s proposal misguided.
J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst for the organization, said: “Nevadans don’t need a Ph.D. in nutrition to tell them that eating or drinking too much of anything is unhealthy; it only takes a little common sense and personal responsibility.”
Childhood obesity is a real problem in Nevada.
The Nevada State Health Division issued a report in 2010 indicating that statewide, 38 percent of fourth, seventh and 10th grades are overweight, with more than half of this group defined as obese.
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LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – Jan 8, 2013) – Dr. W. Tracy Hankins and Dr. Samuel Sohn, both board-certified plastic surgeons in Las Vegas, run their practice with a philosophy focused on “patient safety, world-class results, and compassionate care.” Hankins Sohn Plastic Surgery, their private practice, offers two approaches to fat reduction — CoolSculpting® and liposuction — in order to ensure each procedure addresses the unique wants and needs of every patient.
CoolSculpting® targets isolated fat deposits that are resistant to traditional forms of weight loss. According to Drs. Hankins and Sohn, the ideal candidates for CoolSculpting® are patients who are close to their ideal weight, but who also have a few problematic areas that are not always treatable through diet and exercise alone. Very active or very busy individuals stand to benefit from this method of fat reduction because CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical technique.
Liposuction candidates, in contrast, typically may have more overall body fat, or fat distributions in areas of the body the CoolSculpting® machine cannot readily access, such as the outer thigh and upper arm. Liposuction typically yields a more significant change to the patient’s figure, as Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn can safely remove body fat while contouring the body. Additionally, they offer several types of liposuction to their Las Vegas plastic surgery patients, including:
- Traditional tumescent liposuction
- Laser liposuction
- Ultrasonic liposuction
While liposuction and CoolSculpting® both accomplish similar goals, they differ somewhat in regard to the end results and associated downtimes. The Las Vegas plastic surgeons say Coolsculpting® is nonsurgical with no downtime and minimal discomfort; whereas liposuction is a more invasive procedure with a longer recovery, but generally yields a greater overall result. Both CoolSculpting® and liposuction have distinct advantages, and during the consultation process with their Las Vegas plastic surgery patients, Drs. Hankins and Sohn discuss which particular approach to fat reduction best meets each individual’s goals.
About W. Tracy Hankins, MD
A graduate of Indiana University Medical School, Dr. W. Tracy Hankins is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Hankins is well versed in a comprehensive array of plastic surgery procedures ranging from breast augmentation to BOTOX® injectables. He is available for interview upon request.
About Samuel M. Sohn, MD
Dr. Samuel Sohn is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to serving as the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Sohn is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Touro University. He is available for interview upon request.
Hankins Sohn Plastic Surgery
Las Vegas Office:
2150 S. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89146
60 North Pecos Road
Henderson, Nevada 89074
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Pennachetti on the issues
Cost of transit
The city will launch public consultations this winter on what kind of transit network Toronto wants to build, and how to pay for it. Mr. Pennachetti said the average Torontonian will support the concept of transit-specific revenue tools that are applied across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. It’s just a matter of deciding which ones. “From a staff perspective, we still believe you need one or two funding tools that are significant, which means sales tax and/or further increases in gas tax,” he said. “The other tools, unless you have a big toll, do not garner the dollars.”
The city manager says he is “120% confident” the Gardiner Expressway is safe. But with chunks of concrete continuing to chip off the underbelly, along with revelations that an eastern section has just six years left, the state of the roadway has emerged as a major issue this year.
The city’s $505-million rehabilitation plan is the least the city will have to spend to keep the roadway functioning, Mr. Pennachetti said, noting councillors will have to make some definitive choices soon. “We don’t have five years to debate those options,” he said. “We have to make a decision within a year or so, one way or the other.”
The casino debate
While he wants to hear from residents, Mr. Pennachetti cites one key benefit in giving the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation the go-ahead to build a casino: If it yields about $100-million in revenue to the city per year, it could solve the municipality’s structural deficit. “If a casino is done right, it doesn’t have to take away from our city and what we’re proud of. We’re not Las Vegas. We don’t want that moniker of being casino town,” he said. “But if it’s done right and we don’t impact our existing theatre and cultural scene, it’s possible to have something here.”
Having shepherded a service review and trimmed tens of millions of dollars from city operations, Toronto’s top bureaucrat says the municipality has turned a corner and squeezed virtually all the fat out of its budget.
“I don’t think people appreciate the magnitude of what we’ve accomplished. It’s huge,” city manager Joe Pennachetti said. “After these two years we are at the point now where we’ve virtually found, if not the majority, virtually all of the efficiencies that are available… If we start cutting further, it will have service impacts.”
Mr. Pennachetti made the comments during a year-end interview with the National Post, in which he reflected on the year and the burning issues on the horizon, including the Gardiner Expressway, a possible casino and transit taxes.
The city manager takes great pride in the strides Toronto has made in the last two years to cut spending with “efficiencies” he believes hardly impacted the average resident. Most in the city attribute the push to Mayor Rob Ford’s smaller government edict, but Mr. Pennachetti is adamant that he has been fully on board, and in fact called for the major initiative that saw every department undergo a painstaking review of services.
In 2011, Toronto relied on $360-million in one-time draws — from reserves or prior-year surplus — to balance the books of its $9-billion-plus operation. Now, councillors have a proposed budget that requires just $40-million from reserves, and no surplus dollars.
Mr. Pennachetti credits staff for creating the circumstances that eliminate surplus reliance in two years, instead of four. But he doesn’t think the city will be able to trim the land transfer tax this term.
“In order to have any reduction in land transfer, we would have to have some other revenue to replace it,” Mr. Pennachetti said.
If the budget is approved as is, the city already knows it will have to find about $200-million in 2014 to balance its books. Mr. Pennachetti believes that can come through “continuous improvement” initiatives that trim costs by 1% to 3%.
Still, this year’s budget is not without controversy. It centres around a major rehabilitation plan for the Gardiner that seeks to pour $505-million of the capital budget into the crumbling expressway over the next decade.
Councillors have wondered aloud whether the city should be looking at other options for the roadway. Mr. Pennachetti agrees with those who want to restart a halted environmental assessment that had been examining the impacts of tearing it down, in order to fully assess how best to proceed.
Other issues that will dominate city hall in the new year include the ongoing debate on building a casino (Mr. Pennachetti says it need not turn Toronto into Las Vegas) and how to fund transit expansion across the region (he says it will probably require big money-makers, such as a sales tax). That is, if something else doesn’t overshadow the rest.
“Did we think the Gardiner was going to be the issue a year ago, no… But that’s why I love Toronto,” Mr. Pennachetti said.
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As previously reported, DC rapper Fat Trel headed to California in October to guest on Master P’s upcoming Al Capone tape, not to mention his own impending Sex Drug Muney Gunz release. While out on the West Coast, he met a girl named Nikki Sweets, who must have left a hell of an impression on the spitter, as he’s just dropped a song dedicated to her.
The track explains how into the girl he is and chronicles their bed game and some kush-tokin’ good times. The video finds Trel, and presumably Sweets, keeping the party going in a Las Vegas hotel, as they splash around a pool and make out. Both show a lot of skin, but Trel tries to keep the vid a little tasteful by applying some hundos to the beauty’s skin, mummy-style. You can catch the pair smoking and ironing the rest of their soggy wad down below. The YouTube vid notes that “Nikki Sweets” is a “straight to video release,” so it might not make it onto Sex Drug Muney Gunz, which is set to drop early next year.
The track explains how into the girl he is and chronicles their bed game and some kush-tokin’ good times. The video finds Trel, and presumably Sweets, keeping the party going in a Las Vegas hotel, as they splash around a pool and make out. Both show a lot of skin, but Trel tries to keep the vid a little tasteful by applying some hundos to the beauty’s skin, mummy-style.
You can catch the pair smoking and ironing the rest of their soggy wad down below.
The YouTube vid notes that “Nikki Sweets” is a “straight to video release,” so it might not make it onto Sex Drug Muney Gunz, which is set to drop early next year.
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The Fat Dukes Of Fuck Premieres “Cigarette” Video
Pure Grain Audio has posted the exclusive world premiere of the video for “Cigarette” from Las Vegas, Nevada’s The Fat Dukes Of Fuck, off newest album “Honey from the Lips of an Angel.”
Directed by Dustin Mills, who brought the world the indie horror flick The Puppet Monster Massacre, this is perhaps the metal world’s first video to feature full-penetration puppet porn. Head to this location to check it out. [NSFW!] “Honey from the Lips of an Angel” was released on September 25th.
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No one can predict the future, but that doesn’t stop people from trying – especially people with an agenda.
Nevada has seen its share of crystal balls over the years. By now Lake Mead was supposed to be dry. And, at the same time, Las Vegas was going to be a mini-Manhattan, with high-rise residential towers all over the valley. Neither prediction came true.
Now Nevada has been warned that, despite having the seventh-slimmest population in the union, it’s at risk being half-obese in less than 20 years. A report issued Tuesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation warns that such a high rate of obesity will bring enormous health care costs resulting from diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. The projections are based on surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracked the weight of individuals between 1999 and 2010.
But if you listen to other experts, a lot of us could be starving come 2030. Various public and private organizations have warned that the crop-damaging drought of this summer is the new normal because of climate change. Shrinking crop yields, coupled with rising populations – especially in developing nations – will send food prices soaring even higher and force everyone to consume less. Some academics have predicted that in the future wars will be fought over food.
Already, pilot programs in place at schools around the country provide students with backpacks full of food to take home each weekend, ostensibly so they don’t go hungry.
Which prediction is more likely to come true? Neither. Yes, obesity is a health problem. Yes, many families struggle to put food on their table. But forecasts based on old data and current assumptions inevitably neglect to consider advancements in research and technology that reduce costs, increase production, build wealth and change our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine. Throughout history, these advancements have made doomsayers look foolish, from Thomas Robert Malthus in the 1800s to Paul Ehrlich in the 1980s.
No one can predict the future. Our destinies are not pre-ordained. Whether you become obese, go hungry or lead a normal, healthy life is largely in your control, no matter what anyone else says.
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Breast implants may be a thing of the past. MyShape Lipo now performs the Natural Breast Augmentation or Autologous Fat Transfer using only local anesthesia. Now it’s possible to get natural breast augmentation today and go back to work tomorrow.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Considering getting a traditional breast augmentation with breast implants, perhaps other options may be better. MyShape Lipo of Las Vegas is now performing breast enhancements and breast enlargements using only local anesthesia. With the use of liposuction to sculpt the new boundaries for improved shape and fat transfer to increase volume, people are getting the breasts they’ve always dreamed about, now with less risk, more affordable price and less downtime. Known by many as “Natural Breast Augmentation or Autologous Fat Transfer,” these procedures are red hot today as people are searching for an alternative to breast implants. The volume increase with this procedure comes from the fat in unwanted areas. So not only will patients get increased breast size, but they will also get fat removed from trouble areas that may be resistant to diet and exercise.
Most people know there are risks and scars involved in any surgical procedure, but with the natural breast augmentation, the risks and scars are significantly reduced. Because the procedure can be done under local anesthesia, patients avoid all the potential risks of general anesthesia. Since the procedure is so safe, it can be done in their office’s surgical suite and patients will walk out when the procedure is completed. There are only tiny 2mm puncture holes hidden in skin folds, that will leave small scars, essentially eliminating the huge scars from breast augmentation. Because the procedure is much less traumatic, the recovery is shorter and patients are able to get back to work and normal activities quicker, the natural breast augmentation is gaining profound popularity.
Autologous fat transfer is not a new procedure. It has been done in Europe for over 10 years. In the Untied States, the popularity seems to be increasing as more and more people shy away from the more traditional breast implant surgery. With implants, you may require revision surgery for replacements every 10 years and possibly more often. With fat transfer, the fat is your own and will potentially last forever. Since the increased volume is the fat from the patient, it has a more natural look and feel that implants cannot match.
While competitors are doing this procedure exclusively under general anesthesia, MyShape Lipo has developed a technique to accomplish the same results using only local anesthesia. Since general anesthesia is not needed, the savings are passed onto the consumer to make this procedure more affordable.
MyShape Lipo of Las Vegas, specializes in liposuction and autologous fat transfers to breast and buttocks. For complimentary consultations for locals or out of town clients, simply call 702-818-5476. To see their vast collection of before and after photos, visit them online at http://www.myshapelipo.com.
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You don’t see many Mohawks on the links.
Not until “Fat” Mike Burkett, bassist and lead singer for NOFX, tees up with an awesome swing like this. It’s not as bad as it looks, said Burkett, claiming he typically scores in the mid-80s.
“I started golfing at 27,” he said. “You’re on tour. You play an hour and a half a night, and then there’s nothing to do but get drunk and get in trouble.”
Courtesy of Fat MikeFat Mike of NOFX stands out a bit on the golf course.Reason enough to head to the golf course. Fat Mike even has a nine-hole putting green in the backyard of his Las Vegas vacation home.
These days, Burkett’s four-day-a-week golf habit has been cut back thanks to the demands of fatherhood, something many can relate to. But his rock-star connections still have perks.
“Most of my golf schedule is centered on who we have connections with,” he said. “We’ve played some of the best courses in the country on Mondays when the country club is closed.”
But it’s not just golf that’s a passion for the 45-year-old. He’s also a former champion of the Punk Rock Bowling Tournament, an annual event in Las Vegas. Burkett says his squad won after a sleepless night spent under the influence. He’s like the David Wells of bad bowling.
This year, Burkett returns to try to capture an elusive second title at the event, which begins Friday. Also, NOFX headlines the weekend festival with Rancid and Pennywise.
The 14-year-old Punk Rock Bowling has long been a must-attend event for punks and others looking for fun. But this isn’t for Kenny Powers’ mom. The real bowlers are up in Reno at the National Bowling Stadium.
Instead, it’s a three-day party. Dozens of bands play on the street in downtown Las Vegas, the older and arguably hipper section of the city to the north of the famed Strip. This year features more than two dozen bands on the main stage as well as a series of late-night club shows headlined by bands like Youth Brigade and The Templars.
Burkett gives himself a 1-in-1,000 chance of winning. And there are only about 200 teams.
“Punk Rock Bowling is about who has the most fun,” he said.
Now that is something Burkett and NOFX know all about.