Cosmetic Procedures – Are They for You?

What To Expect From Laser Tattoo Removal

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect From Laser Tattoo Removal

Few regrets are more lasting than that of a tattoo you no longer adore. Once upon a time, all tattoos were permanent. Fortunately, with the advent of laser removal, many tattoos can now be removed or at least faded away and into obscurity. Before going under the laser, read this guide so you know what to expect. Not All Removals Are Successful Laser removal is one of the more reliable removal methods, but it doesn’t work well on every tattoo. The type and color of ink, combined with your skin type and the depth of the ink, can all affect the removal process. If you are prone to raised scarring, for example, laser removal may remove all the ink but leave you with a raised scar. For others, the tattoo fades but there is still a slight ghost image of the old work visible. Speak with a tattoo removal specialist before you begin so they can professionally assess both the tattoo and your scarring potential. You’re In It for the Long Haul It may have only taken a couple of hours to get that tattoo, but it’s going to take several months to remove it. Your treatment specialist may be able to provide an estimate on the number of treatments, but it’s impossible to know how many you need until the removal is assessed after the first couple of treatments. Suffice it to say that even a small tattoo will requires multiple treatment sessions. Generally, there is a six-week waiting period after each session, which gives your skin time to fully heal. This wait time may be less if you heal more quickly, or it could be longer if you heal more slowly. This means that it can take more than six months to complete five removal sessions. Trying to speed up the process can increase the chances for scarring. Expect Some Side Effects Laser removal does have some side effects, but fortunately, most are only temporary inconveniences. Blisters, bleeding, swelling, and irritation are the most common issues. These usually occur immediately following a session, and they heal within a few weeks. Skin color changes can also occur. The laser may affect the pigment in your skin, causing it to lighten or darken. This can take several months to correct itself after the final laser treatment. Finally, raised keloid scarring is a risk for some people. These scars are often permanent, so you may want to consider another tactic to correct an unwanted tattoo if you are prone to these types of...

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Three Ways To Diminish Age Spots On Your Face

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Diminish Age Spots On Your Face

As you age, you are likely to develop flat, darkened spots on your skin. Known as age spots or liver spots, these discolorations are harmless, though their appearance can be disheartening. If you want to diminish your age spots to restore a more youthful look, there are three main treatment approaches to try: Natural Remedies If your age spots are minor and you do not wish to use potentially harsh medications, you can start by trying natural remedies. Some women experience success with lemon juice. Try cutting open a lemon and dabbing the fresh juice on your age spots several times per day; it is said to bleach out the spots. Another natural remedy to try is onion juice. Puree an onion in the blender, and then apply the juice to your spots before bedtime. After a few weeks, you may notice your spots beginning to fade. In conjunction with either of these treatments, make sure you’re also applying sunscreen to your face each day. Sunlight accelerates the formation of age spots, so wearing your sunscreen should keep new ones from forming. Over-the-Counter and Prescription Creams There is a wide array of over-the-counter creams available for treating age spots. The easiest type to start with is probably a night cream, which you apply before going to sleep and leave on overnight. If you regularly wear makeup, consider switching to a foundation formula that contains medications to fight age spots. This way, you don’t have to layer medication and foundation onto your face. Give the over-the-counter age spot treatments about a month. If you don’t notice a difference, talk to your dermatologist about prescription creams for age spots. These contain higher concentrations of retinoids, the active ingredients in age spot treatments, so they may work for tougher age spots that don’t respond to the over-the-counter medications. Laser Removal If none of the above remedies fade your age spots to your satisfaction, consider visiting a dermatologist for a laser treatment. Laser treatments do cause some skin sensitivity and soreness, but they are effective in removing dark spots. The average session lasts between 15 minutes and an hour. You’ll have to visit several times in order to fade your darkest spots, and stay out of the sun for about 6 weeks after treatment. Once you start developing age spots, you will probably never have the face of a 20 or 30-year old again. However, you can improve your appearance. Experiment with the treatments above, starting with natural solutions and working toward laser treatment. Along the way, you’re likely to find a solution that yields the results you can live with. For more information, contact Appearance Dermatology or a similar...

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Two Important Liposuction Questions Answered

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Important Liposuction Questions Answered

It is a sad fact of life that there are many people that are unhappy with their appearances, and this is particularly true for those that suffer from excess weight or stubborn areas of body fat. Fortunately, if diet and exercise has not been enough to address these areas of concerns, liposuction may be the most viable treatment options. However, this is a procedure that many people may not have seriously considered before, and knowing the answers to these two routine questions may help you be more informed when deciding to undergo this procedure.  Will The Doctor Remove Only A Single Pocket Of Fat? A common belief is that liposuction procedures are designed to only remove fat from one area of the body at a time. As a result of this notion, some people are under the impression that they will have to undergo numerous procedures to remove all of their body fat. Fortunately, this may not always be the case because cosmetic surgeons will usually prefer to remove all of the desired fat at once to help reduce stress on the body.  However, there are instances where there may be too much fat to safely remove at one time. When this is the case, there is no way to avoid the need for multiple visits. While this may be inconvenient, it is the only way to ensure that you avoid severe complications from having too much fat removed at one time.  What Is Recovering From Liposuction Like? There is a popular idea that liposuction has an extremely minor recovery. However, this is not entirely true. While you can generally expect to have recovered from this procedure in a few days, you will likely be extremely limited during these first days. This is especially true for those that have had fat removed from their stomach area because this part of the body may be too weak to fully support the weight of the torso.  For procedures that remove fat from areas that are away from the abdomen, the recovery process will likely be easier because most other body parts are easier to immobilize than the midsection. However, you will still need to carefully follow your doctor’s recommendations to help ensure that you heal as quickly as possible.  Liposuction may be the perfect way for you to improve your appearance when you are struggling to lose weight. By understanding what to expect when you go through this type of cosmetic procedure, you will be better able to anticipate what to expect from this procedure, and this can help you better plan for your recovery. ...

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Mentally Preparing For Liposuction

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mentally Preparing For Liposuction

Excess weight can have a significant effect on your self-perception. Individuals who carry excess weight can sometimes have negative body image issues and tend to have lower self-esteem. While liposuction is a treatment that can provide almost instant weight loss benefits, many of the psychological effects that come along with excess weight don’t shed as quickly. Patients who take the time to mentally prepare themselves before having this liposuction surgery performed often have more healthy results. Focus on the Good Before you have liposuction performed take some time to focus on the good. Instead of strictly focusing on your outward appearance, consider the good you have on the inside. Are you kind-hearted, creative, ambitious or driven? These are all qualities that make you special without any relation to your outward appearance. The more you are able to see yourself for who you are, rather than what you look like, the more positive your perception of yourself will be. If you’re having difficulty with this step, enlist the help of a close friend or family member or a licensed therapist. Be Realistic Make sure you have a realistic idea of what you will look after you have the surgery performed and are healed. While effective, compared to other weight loss surgical methods, liposuction doesn’t provide extreme weight loss results. For example, if you are a size 12 prior to having this surgery performed, it would be unfair for you to expect to come out of the surgery a size 2. If you have unrealistic exceptions, you will only see yourself more negatively if your results aren’t what you expected them to be. Before your treatment, speak with your surgeon to get a more realistic idea as to what type of results you should expect. Don’t Go Cold Turkey Consider making lifestyle changes before you have the surgery performed. Eating healthier and increasing your level of exercise are just a couple of the changes you should make before liposuction. When you are actively making positive lifestyle changes, you often have a more positive perception of yourself. Instead of going into the surgery with a decreased self-esteem, you can approach the situation feeling more confident about yourself. In addition to improving your mental health, making positive lifestyle changes beforehand can also improve the healing process and reduce the risk of complications. The better your mental health, the better your experience overall. Make certain you are speaking with your surgeon, thoroughly, to ensure liposuction is right for...

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Battle Of The Washboard: What To Try Before Considering An Abdominoplasty

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Battle Of The Washboard: What To Try Before Considering An Abdominoplasty

Are you in a never-ending struggle to achieve rock-solid, flat abs, and not seeing results? It might not be you, it might be your genes. Thankfully, there is a cosmetic procedure designed specifically with you in mind. Before you rush to the knife, however, give these flat-belly techniques an honest try. If you are still not seeing results, cosmetic surgery just might be for you. Flat-Belly Exercises One of the biggest fitness misconceptions that somehow still persists is that you can spot-reduce troublesome body parts. Your sit-ups and crunches will, of course, strengthen your abdominal muscles, but these exercises are not the holy grail you seek. When you lose weight, you lose fat from your entire body, not from just one spot. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you expend. Your tummy does not know that your caloric deficit is aimed at it, so your body will divvy up the fat loss evenly throughout your body. The best ways to lose fat–including the fat on your stomach–is through a combination of anaerobic and aerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercise includes weight lifting and your abdominal exercises, like your crunches or planks; it builds muscle, which increases your metabolism. Aerobic exercise, like running or swimming, burns calories in lieu of those calories turning into fat.  Flat-Belly Foods An old adage claims that abs are made in the kitchen. Unless you clean up your diet, you will never see those six muscles bulge. Certain foods will bloat your tummy. Even if you are fit and your stomach is well on its way to flatness, a solid, bloat-inducing meal will not flatter it. Salty and sugary foods will force your body to retain water, as will high-fiber foods like broccoli and lentils. Your body cannot easily digest some foods, like imitation sugars and, if you are lactose intolerant, dairy products. Carbonated beverages and alcoholic drinks will also puff out your pooch. Bloat may be a more permanent concern, but the kitchen is the root of all fat loss, too. Processed foods, high-fat foods, and simple sugar concoctions will all sabotage your attempts to lose weight. Flat-Belly Laziness Two surprising things can also frustrate your attempts to achieve a flat tummy: stress and sleep loss. If you are stressed, your body produces too much of a hormone called cortisol. Called the “stress hormone,” cortisol negatively interferes with your immune system, cognition, and musculoskeletal system.  It also interferes with your body’s ability to metabolize glucose, and also increases your cravings–and not for the healthy stuff. High cortisol levels not only cause you to gain weight, but also to gain weight in your midsection. Sleep loss may be the result of stress (which, as you now know, causes you to gain weight), but even if not stress-induced, sleep deprivation contributes to your failed attempt to secure a flat stomach. If you do not get enough shut-eye, you are more likely to over-eat and gain weight. Sleep loss causes you to react emotionally to your environment and, yes, also to food. All Washing, No Washboard Sometimes, despite your best efforts, that flat stomach is unattainable. You can do everything right–exercise, lift weights, eat healthy, reduce stress, and sleep well–and still not see the results that you want. Despite what you may have heard, unflattering...

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Achieving A More Feminine Appearance After Male-To-Female Transition

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Achieving A More Feminine Appearance After Male-To-Female Transition

If you’re a biological male who is seeking to make the final transition to living as a female, you may be wondering about ways to minimize your more masculine facial and body features. Fortunately, there are a number of popular cosmetic operations that can help you feel (and look) more feminine. Read on to learn more about four of the most popular cosmetic operations for male-to-female transgendered individuals. Tracheal shave Formally known as chondrolaryngoplasty, this operation surgically reduces the size of your Adam’s apple, one of the most traditional male traits. The surgeon will make a very small incision on the bottom of your Adam’s apple and use a scalpel to remove the pointed front cartilage of your trachea. Because the incision is so small and is usually placed in a horizontal neck fold, there is little-to-no permanent scarring. Rhinoplasty One of the first in a series of three operations included in “facial feminization surgery,” feminizing rhinoplasty will reduce the width of the bridge of your nose, and may also make the tip of your nose smaller. Your surgeon will make a small incision on the inside of your nose and remove cartilage and tissue, repositioning your smaller new nose to be in proportion to the rest of your face. After surgery, you’ll have a sore, swollen nose for a few days, and may have some bruising, but will soon be back to a better version of yourself. Brow lift Male eyebrows are often flatter and wider than female eyebrows. By having a brow lift operation, you’ll be able to achieve a more arched, feminine eyebrow and can also minimize the development of any wrinkles on your forehead or between your eyes. This surgery is generally accomplished by making some curved incisions along either side of your hairline. Your surgeon will remove excess skin from around the incision and “lift” the skin of your forehead to meet the other side of the incision. This operation can often be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty and chin reshaping. Chin reshaping Masculine chins often project forward from your face with a squared-off appearance. Chin reshaping surgery can reduce the projection and size of your chin and may also be able to change its shape. In some cases, you may want to keep a (smaller) squared chin, while in other situations, you may desire a more curved or pointed chin. Your plastic surgeon should take into account your entire facial appearance and proportions to ensure that your new chin fits your...

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: If You Have Sudden, Unwanted Hair Growth Caused By Cushing Syndrome, Laser Hair Removal Can Help

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sudden bodily hair growth can be a symptom of something much more than just an aesthetic concern. It could be the side effect of a disorder called Cushing syndrome. This disorder is not always life threatening, but you should take it seriously because it can cause other health problems, like diabetes and high blood pressure. Typical symptoms of Cushing syndrome include central weight gain, fatty deposits (usually on the back and between the shoulders), easy bruising, rounded “moon face,” and stretch marks. Women suffering from Cushing syndrome also experience sudden facial and bodily hair growth. This sudden hair growth can truly interfere with your sense of self and body confidence, but you can effectively remove Cushing syndrome-related hair growth with laser hair removal treatment. Cortisol: The Primary Cause of Cushing Syndrome If your body produces too much cortisol, or if you take glucocorticoid medications, you are at risk of developing Cushing syndrome. Elevated Cortisol Levels Your body’s adrenal gland produces a steroid called cortisol, which regulates how your body responds to stress. If you are in a stressful situation, your cortisol levels will increase; after the stressful situation passes, your cortisol levels should return to their normal levels. If your cortisol levels are frequently high, your health will suffer. High cortisol levels can cause elevated blood pressure, weakened immune system, heart disease, memory problems, weight gain, and bone density loss. Persistent, elevated cortisol levels can also cause Cushing syndrome. Glucocorticoids If you suffer from asthma, allergies, or an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, or multiple sclerosis, your doctor probably has you on a glucocorticoid medication. Inflammation is a common side effect of these disorders, and glucocorticoids aid in reducing this inflammation. Cortisol is your body’s natural defense mechanism against inflammation, but when your body cannot produce enough of it to reduce inflammation, glucocorticoids can pick up the slack. Unfortunately, the cortisol-increasing effect that these medications have on your body can cause Cushing syndrome. As a matter of fact, Cushing syndrome can be attributed to glucocorticoid medications in an overwhelming 99% of cases. Managing Excess Hair Growth If your doctor diagnoses you with Cushing syndrome, you have most likely discovered the culprit behind your sudden excessive hair growth. Your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan, but this will not necessarily counteract the excess hair growth on your face and body. Fortunately, laser hair removal treatment can help you get rid of that unwanted hair. A concentrated laser beam actually destroys the hair follicles that produce your unwanted hair; each treatment can reduce hair growth by as much as 25%! Because laser hair removal from Defy Nature LLC is a spot-specific treatment, you can use it to target only those areas affected by Cushing syndrome. Laser hair removal is safe and generally painless. You might experience a little bit of soreness after a treatment, but an over-the-counter pain reliever usually combats any...

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The Benefits Of Having Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shaving and waxing will help you get rid of unsightly hair, but both of these methods produce very short-term results. If you are looking for a better way to remove hair, you should consider going with laser hair removal. There are a lot of reasons why so many people have chosen this treatment to be the right option for them. You can learn about some of the great benefits laser hair removal has to offer you in this article: Laser removal produces smooth results When you shave, your hairs will be cut at skin level. This means the hair will start growing back almost immediately, leaving you with stubs. Waxing can cause your skin to become irritated and this can lead to redness and bumps. Laser hair removal is performed with a beam of light that penetrates through the skin to the follicle. The light only focuses on the follicle and this means the surrounding skin will not be harmed.  Laser removal offers long lasting results When you shave, the hair will not only begin to grow back immediately, but it will also grow back thicker than before. When you wax, the hair will be pulled out and the effects will last longer, but a new hair will simply show up to replace that one. Laser hair removal destroys the actual hair follicle. This causes the hair to immediately be destroyed and it prevents that hair from growing back. You will want to have a series of treatments in order to prevent the growth of all hair in that area of your body in which you are seeking the treatments. The more treatments you undergo, the less hair you will notice growing back and the hair that does come back will be lighter. Laser treatment is an in and out service Laser treatment can be done in just a few minutes time to a bit longer, depending on the area you are having the hair removed from. There won’t be any sticky residue when you get laser hair removal done, as there would be when you go in for a wax treatment. The fact that you only have to go in to have a treatment about once every month to month in a half for a few times makes this a great option if you have a busy lifestyle. If you are tired of repeatedly shaving or waxing, then you should really consider laser hair removal treatments. To learn more, contact a company like Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss with any questions or concerns you...

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