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Sep 26, 2019 · Body Contouring: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction

UCLA Plastic Surgeon Jaco Festekjian, MD, will discuss the contemporary approaches to body contouring, including liposuction and the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

Sep 12, 2019 · Lunchtime Liposuction and Other In-Office Cosmetic Procedures

UCLA Plastic Surgeon Andrew Vardanian, MD, will discuss the latest in office procedures for body contouring and facial rejuvenation, including lunchtime liposuction, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers.

Aug 30, 2019 · UCLA Health Volunteer Open House

Join Volunteer Services for a nonstudent open house to present all the rewarding opportunities available to volunteers. Refreshments and parking validation will be provided.

Aug 30, 2019 · Speech and Language in Children

Nicole Schussel, MS, CCC-SLP, UCLA speech language pathologist, will discuss speech and language development in children and strategies to improve communication abilities at home.

Aug 29, 2019 · The Treatment of Facial Aging: Surgical and Nonsurgical Options

UCLA Plastic Surgeon Jason Roostaeian, MD will discuss surgical procedures for natural-looking facial rejuvenation, including the facelift, brow lift and blepharoplasties.

Aug 8, 2019 · Breast Augmentation

UCLA Plastic Surgeon Andrew Da Lio, MD, will discuss breast augmentation and the silicone, saline and cohesive gel implants currently on the market.

Aug 28, 2018 · How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

Health-tips-for-Parents-Building-healthy-friendships-inlineMaking and maintaining friendships are critical to a child’s social and emotional development. Developing healthy friendships early on can help children maintain positive influences and friendships throughout their lives.

Forming friendships.

“A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director of the UCLA Children’s Friendship Program. “Friends teach each other social skills, provide moral support, mature together, and shield each other from bullying.”

Make the connection.

In elementary school, children begin selectively choosing their friends. Parents can encourage this process by asking their child about his or her playmates at school, actively networking with other parents and arranging one-on-one play dates.

Health-tips-for-Parents-Friendships-September-2018“Chemistry between children and shared interests are good starting points for a lasting friendship,” Dr. Frankel explains. Once a child has singled out another child, they will gradually develop a reciprocal relationship.

According to Dr. Frankel, parents should not worry about how many friends their child has. “Quality is more important than quantity,” he explains. Having a few close friends will help a child feel less lonely as a young adult, Dr. Frankel advises, whereas relying on only one best friend may leave a child isolated and dependent. Parents should also help their child practice social cues by encouraging their child to approach another child to explore mutual interests. If a child starts mimicking an acquaintance’s offensive behavior, parents should explain their concerns to their child and steer them away from that person before the friendship is formed.

Be involved

If you are having trouble gauging your child’s ability to connect with peers, start by reaching out to his or her teacher to find out more about your child’s day-to-day interactions. Children who have problems making and keeping friends may benefit from attending friendship classes with a parent to help them learn social skills and set personal goals for making friends.

The role of social media

“Social media is a great way to maintain and enhance friendships by allowing children to instantly update and keep in touch with each other,” explains Dr. Frankel. “However, it does interfere with face-to-face interaction and can lead to cyber bullying.” Parents should also set firm rules on social media networking to help protect their children from online predators.


Aug 1, 2018 · Healthy social media use for children and teens

Recent research shows that children between the ages of 8 and 12 spend an average of six hours a day on social media, while teens can spend upwards of nine hours a day on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms.

Healthy social media use in kids and teensSocial media plays an important role in the individual and social development of children and teens. It helps expose them to new ideas and information, and offers convenient ways to build communities and connect to support groups. But it can have a downside, too, explains John Piacentini, PhD, ABPP, UCLA child and adolescent psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES).

“The same technology that can help a socially awkward child safely practice connecting with peers can also make kids feel isolated,” Dr. Piacentini says. “Social pressures, heightened through social media, can also lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.”

To determine if social media may be negatively affecting your child, ask yourself: • Are they using their device in secret or lying about device use?

  • Are they isolating themselves from family, friends or activities they once enjoyed?
  • Do they feel frustrated or upset when online?
  • Do they compare themselves to others online and express feelings of inadequacy?

If so, it may be time to implement some resilience strategies and set boundaries around social media usage. If negative behaviors persist over a period of time, or cause serious anxiety or physical or social problems, seek professional help.

Health Tips for Parents August 2018 InfographicCreate a social media plan

  • Set limits on screen use, especially before bedtime. Try device-free family dinners.
  • Be a good role model. Limit your own screen time and show them appropriate ways to cope with social media disappointments.
  • Emphasize the importance of personal interaction over social media use.
  • Try to avoid completely banning social media, as this might isolate your child from their peers and differing viewpoints.

Fostering positive identities

It’s important for children and teens to learn who they are and what is important to them — outside of social media. Parents can help by encouraging their kids to think about what makes them happy and their goals and values.

“Communicate openly about their strengths, social connections and fears to help them feel more resilient in the face of online disappointments,” Dr. Piacentini says. “We cannot shield kids from everything but we can create healthy environments for them at home and at school.”