Bop! Bop! Rockabilly Bop!

rockRockabilly is a style of music that was popular in the middle of the 20th century. It is attributed with playing an important role in the development of what we now call classic rock.

Rockabilly itself is a mixture of old American folk musics. At first, many people had difficulty classifying these kinds of songs. Even some of Elvis’s early work was doomed to this confusion. One of his first recordings didn’t receive any play on the radio because at the time many stations were segregated. The song in question sounded too country to be played on the black stations and too much like R&B to be played on the white stations. Of course this is old-fashioned fear. The day one DJ was brave enough to give the record a spin, it became wildly popular and helped set the stage for the desegregation of what gets played on the radio.

Rockabilly really became popular in the mid 1950s, and mostly died off shortly after. It’s had a handful of revivals and its influence can still be felt in many modern rock ‘n roll acts.


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Is Fractional Resurfacing Safe?

Lasers are being used with increasing frequency as non-invasive alternatives to traditional plastic surgery. While the results are not normally as dramatic, laser treatments are infinitely safer and have fewer side effects. One of the methods that use lasers for esthetic treatments is fractional resurfacing, also known as fractional laser treatment. It is often used to treat facial wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone due to sun exposure. It is also thought to be effective in reducing stretch marks.

Briefly, fractional resurfacing uses a laser which is split into a multitude of microscopic beams (hence fractional) destroying very thin layers of the damaged skin. New skin is produced to replace the damaged skin. For younger-looking skin, it is possible to use the method using lasers that merely tighten but not destroy the skin.

The safety of fractional resurfacing has been a subject of discussion in many forums, and the reviews have been mixed. Old methods of laser resurfacing, namely ablative laser resurfacing, has been associated with adverse side effects such as excessive scarring, skin irritation and redness, infection, and abnormal pigmentation is some cases. Fractional resurfacing using the new methods results in much less bleeding and scarring, and fewer and less severe side effects.

Overall, fractional resurfacing is safe and precise when administered by a qualified medical professional. Results vary for each patient, but in most cases, the improvement is appreciable. It is believed that the effects of fractional resurfacing last up to 8 years with two to three applications, depending on the case. Patients are often advised to have realistic expectations and required to follow post-treatment care to maximize the benefits of the treatment.

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