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Great Get Well Soon Package Ideas

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When someone you love is feeling low because they have recently been admitted to or discharged from hospital, one of the best ways to raise their spirits is by putting together a care package. Whether it is full of lots of tasty treats that they enjoy, some reading material for when boredom sets in, pampering and grooming accessories or whatever appeals to them individually, they are bound to love the thought and attention you put into sending that positive message of get well soon.

Care packages are a perfect gift idea because they are so versatile. You can put virtually anything in them, within reason. You obviously have to be careful if they are on a special diet or the ward they are currently in at hospital has specific rules about what can be given to patients, but that shouldn’t stop you from creating a great package.

Below are some great ideas for get well soon packages, to give you some inspiration if you are unsure of where to start.

Home Baking and Home Comforts

One great suggestion for items to include in a care package, especially if the recipient is currently in hospital is lots of home-made baked goods or other home comforts. Do they have a favourite type of muffin, cake or even donut? No-one likes hospital food much, as it not very inspiring or exciting.

If you are a dab hand in the kitchen, you could take some time out to bake some tasty treats for them. Not only will they appreciate having something delicious to bite into and the sugar rush that goes with it, they will appreciate the thought and time that went into your home-made creations. Even if you aren’t the world’s best baker or cook, the well-meaning sentiment behind a home-made gift will mean the world to someone going through a rough time physically and mentally.

Pampering and Grooming Goods

When you are stuck in hospital, although it is the healthiest place to be when you are ill, you often do not feel particularly nice in your own skin. Therefore, if someone has just got out of hospital, you could help them feel themselves again with a care package centred around personal pampering and grooming products. Perfumed luxury soaps, bath bombs and moisturising lotions are all great things to include along with scented candles and even other things aimed at helping them to relax.

Order a Pre-Made Gift Basket as a Care Package

Although it can be nice to make one from scratch yourself to send to someone you care about, we don’t always have the time. The alternative is ordering a get well package that has been pre-made. You can still put your heart into it by choosing a theme and items for it that you know will appeal to the recipient. Buying one that is made for you gives you the peace of mind knowing that your friend or relative is going to get a nice gift, delivered to them with lots of stuff they really love. It can also make you feel better if you feel you are unable to give them much of your time because of a busy workload.

A Quick Guide to Caring for Your Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are a crucial part of any wardrobe, with an ageless look that can be paired with a number of different looks, both casual and more formal.

However, they’re also very long-lasting pieces, as long as you look after them properly, so here are some top tips to ensure that yours stays in peak condition.

Know Your Jacket

First things first, not all leather jackets are the same, so it’s important that you know what type of material yours is made from, whether that be cowhide, sheepskin, or even something else.

Different materials will have different requirements and instructions, so be sure to check the label!

Check out this post from All About Leather for a little more information on the various types of leather, you might be surprised at just how many there are!

Washing/Cleaning

When you simply need to give the jacket a wash and perhaps remove a stain, good old soap and water is probably the best way to go, despite some of the old wives’ tales that you might hear.

Just wipe away at the jacket with a wet sponge and dry it off with a soft cloth when you’re done.

If this won’t do the job then you may need to give it a proper wash, although this can risk damaging, discolouring or shrinking the jacket, so only do this if you’re confident that you’ve got a genuine, tough leather jacket and if you do use the washing machine, be sure to use a cold wash and a delicate cycle.

Check out this article from wikiHow for more information on some of the ways in which you can clean a leather jacket.

Drying

Whether you’ve given your jacket a wash or have just got caught in the rain and need to dry it out, it’s best not to take the risk of tumble drying.

Instead, simply hang it up somewhere that’s well ventilated at room temperature to dry slowly.

Just be sure that the jacket is completely dry before putting it back in the wardrobe or you may run the risk of mildew developing.

Hanging

Try to avoid folding your jacket if you can and always try to hang it up in a wardrobe, ideally on a wide, padded hanger.

You should also try to store it out of direct sunlight as this will dry the leather out and could cause discolouration too.

Products

There are many leather care products out there, but according to leather experts Lakeland Leather, one of the most important ones is a good leather conditioner.

Conditioner comes in many forms, although spray-on ones are generally considered to be the best as you have much more control over how much you put onto the jacket.

Be sure to properly rub the conditioner in with a cloth so that it can really penetrate into the garment and get to work.

You may also want to invest in a waterproofer, because while it’s best not to take your jacket out in the rain, sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially here in the UK!

Can I Apply Mascara to Eyelash Extensions?

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Mascara On Eyelash Extensions: For The Sexiest Lashes On The Planet

Gorgeous eyelash extensions have revolutionized the way women enhance their eyes, and this beauty trend is a hot one that continues to soar in popularity.

Authentic extensions for eyelashes can be yours via a professional lash salon or spa. This is not a do-it-yourself kind of makeup technique. Instead, it’s an art that requires skill, pinpoint precision and a keen aesthetic eye to deliver unforgettable lashes.

Details Matter

These glamorous eyelashes are applied by an expert technician by hand one lash at a time, gluing extensions on top of your actual lashes. The results are stunning and look amazing on women of all ages with different eye shapes, eye sizes, eye colors and skin tones.

As women, we get tired of trying to boost our natural lashes with mascara or taking long times to beef them up with applying false lashes daily. With beautiful lash extensions, you don’t need mascara, but if you do apply some, your spectacular eyes will blow everyone away (more on that below).

Worthy Investment

Long, dark, full eye fringe is a game changer and one of the quickest and most effective beauty makeovers you can indulge in. With proper TLC, they can last up to eight weeks before your maintenance visit. In addition, you get to choose the kinds of lashes and lengths you desire.

Cosmopolitan magazine has written an excellent lash primer that illustrates the extension variety.

Designing Ideal Set

You can go super curly dramatic with the “D Curl,” or you might enjoy selecting lashes up to 14 mm. There is power in numbers, and that means you can also apply tons of lashes, from 80 to 120, for instance. This is like designing the perfect set.

Eyelash extensions come in synthetic (cheapest), silk or mink. Mink lash extensions are Hollywood A-list all the way, ladies. The mink hairs are the real thing and feel so soft, look fluttery and natural. Choosing mink lash extensions is like taking the Lamborghini over the Kia; there really is no comparison.

Professional salon extensions for the lashes do not require mascara to look luscious and long, but for those occasions you want to ramp up your eye makeup to the nth degree, mascara will make it happen.

Mascara On Mink

If you apply mascara to your sophisticated mink lash extensions, there are a couple of tiny rules to follow, say the experts at LashOutPro. First, never use waterproof or oil-based mascaras on your extensions because this will begin degrading the bonding solution, and your new lashes could begin falling out.

Water-based mascara is the only way to go, and there are plenty of choices you can find online or at the drugstore. Apply your mascara to the lashes but avoid putting it at the very base of them. Also, remember to pamper your eyelash extensions; never be rough or tug on them. To remove mascara, use an oil-free makeup remover product, and be gentle.

Are Chemical Face Peels Safe?

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Are Chemical Face Peels Safe

How to Ensure You Get The Best Possible Treatment

Chemical face peels sound scary, but by following a few simple steps you can ensure yours goes smoothly.

As a self-confessed beauty junkie, I love to try out new treatments. A chemical peel has been on my beauty bucket list for some time, but there is so much conflicting information out there about whether they’re safe. Not wanting to put myself in any danger, I read up a lot on the procedure before I went ahead and booked one. Was I nervous? Yes, a little! After having my chemical face peel in Chelmsford though, I honestly could not be happier with the results. So if you’re thinking of treating yourself to one, here’s everything that you need to do to ensure that your peel is carried out safely.

Only go to a professional

It’s vital that you find a qualified beauty therapist to carry out your chemical peel. They’ll have plenty of experience of carrying out chemical peels on people with all kinds of skin types. When I went to have my chemical peel done, I was impressed by just how clean and tidy the treatment room was as well. I felt much more comfortable here than if I was to attempt it at home or visit someone who wasn’t fully qualified. I was made really comfortable too, which helped me to relax before the treatment began.

Honesty is the best policy

When you do visit your beauty therapist, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether it’s about the tools that they’re using or how to look after your skin post peel, a reputable and experienced beauty therapist shouldn’t have any problem with keeping you fully informed throughout. Just as they’re being honest with you, you should in turn be honest with them too. If you suffer from any conditions that could mean you react adversely to the peel, tell them. If you are able to have it done, they’ll be able to put your mind at rest; and if you can’t they’ll be happy to suggest other treatments. Luckily, I don’t suffer from any conditions that interfered with my treatment, but my therapist was very open and encouraged me to tell her as much as I could about myself.

Care carries on at home

Chemical peels are incredibly safe and effective as long as you take the aftercare seriously. Yes, your skin will need some TLC afterwards! While peels are immediately effective, that potency does take a lot out of your skin. It’s not all doom and gloom though! My beauty therapist gave me a list of instructions to follow in the days and weeks following my peel. I was told to expect increased sensitivity on the skin that had been treated and to wear sunscreen to prevent any burning. I was also told to treat my skin more gently, so made the switch to sensitive cosmetics and skincare to ensure I didn’t irritate it.

Enjoy the results!

It’s been around eight weeks since I had my chemical peel, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Any discomfort I felt during and immediately after the treatment was pretty short-lived, and my skin is looking better than ever. My imperfections are much less visible, and my skin is a lot more even. It was the perfect treat before my summer holiday, where I’m sure to look great in any pictures! Hopefully, by following my advice, you’ll have a peel that’s safe, comfortable and effective.

Harald Seiz CEO of Karatbars International: Allergic to fake jewelry? When your body knows better 

This is an advertorial by Karatbars International GmbH

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There are very few things more unpleasant than discovering a metal allergy. You would think that you wouldn’t be exposed to metal often enough for an allergy to matter – but this isn’t the case when it comes to jewelry. Sometimes jewelry made with cheap metals can do real damage to your body. So what are the warning signs and symptoms of a metal allergy? And what can you do to avoid an allergic reaction to your jewelry?

Metal in jewelry can expose people to rashes, especially when the jewelry rests against the skin for a long time. Oftentimes jewelry makers will use cheaper metal alloys to create their products. This poses a problem when those cheap metal alloys cause allergic reactions. Nickel is a very commonly used metal that causes allergic reactions. Metal testing kits can be used to find out whether a certain piece of jewelry has certain types of metal in it.

An allergic reaction to metal usually looks like a rash. It occurs in the place the jewelry was resting within twenty-four hours of putting the jewelry on. The rash can be itchy and swollen. Removing the metal from your skin tends to be enough to make the rash go away, but more severe allergic reactions might cause blisters to form. If you think you’re having a severe allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.

Your body knows best. Harald Seiz, CEO of Karatbars International: “If you have an allergic reaction to cheap metals, it may be time to invest in different types of jewelry.” You can find hypoallergenic fine jewelry if you know where to look. Gold, palladium, and platinum are all high quality metals that contain very few mixed alloys. If you’re buying gold, it’s best to look for gold above 14 karat. Colored gold like rose gold often contains copper, so be cautious about buying that. Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic. Palladium looks a lot like platinum, but it’s cheaper to buy.

Many rings for men are made of titanium because this is a hypoallergenic material. Men’s jewelry also comes in ceramic, which is synthetic rather than being a real metal. High quality gold jewelry is a good way to go regardless of gender, as high quality gold jewelry tends to contain few alloys.

It’s okay if you have allergic reactions to cheap jewelry. That’s your body telling you that you need to buy higher quality. Gold jewelry is beautiful and great for suiting your body’s needs.

Microblading: The Latest Beauty Trend

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The times, they are a-changing, and with them so are beauty trends. While pencil-thin eyebrows were popular only a decade or so ago, today everybody wants full, defined brows. In place of the over-plucked and drawn on lines that were popular in the 90s and early 2000s, fierce brows that give structure to the face are all the rage. Unfortunately, not everyone can match look like Cara DeLevingne or Zendaya on their own. When fare hair or health concerns prevent an individual from having the thick look they want, microblading is the answer.

Microblading is like tattooing, in that pigment is implanted under your skin. It, just like a body tattoo, is a skill that must be learnt from a professional, like the beauty technicians at Lashforever Canada. But it differs from the work of a tattoo artist in several ways. The technique involves tools like micro-blades that make incredibly thin and shallow cuts within the dermis. Those who receive microblading training from Lashforever Canada, the industry-leading beauty enhancement facility, they’ll make their precision cuts to mimic that of an individual eyebrow hair. As a result, these incisions take on a natural, 3D semi-permanent look, lasting as long as 3 years.

Thick, full, yet defined brows are possible. It, along with a variety of other beauty enhancements, is available to learn at the facilities mentioned above. There, you won’t only just learn the most advance techniques to perfecting the most current trends, you’ll be taught by industry experts who follow all FDA, Health Canada, and EMA standards and regulations — making it a safe way to achieve the look you want.

Though the best training facility is available at Lashforever Canada, microblading isa world-wide phenomenon. People all over the globe are turning to this technique as a solution for their cosmetic woes. It makes the style of Kendall Jenner and Lily Collins attainable for anyone with thin, fine hair who is incapable of growing thick, defined brows. It’s also an essential tool for those individuals who are taking medication or facing health concerns that make it difficult to grow or keep hair at all.

Microblading makes it possible for anyone to attain the hottest trend right now, regardless of your hair type or health. When you’re ready to leave behind the over-plucked, drawn-on looks of the past, embrace the future of beauty enhancements with the experts. Learn from microblading specialists to make the thick, defined brows of today a reality.

The Nude Shoes Extravaganza: Why and How to Wear Them for Fabulous Effects?

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You don’t have to be Carrie Bradshaw to understand the importance of shoes in a woman’s life. We all know we never have enough of them, and we all know some can be worn daily, while others are meant to wait patiently in the dressing for THAT special occasion. But one particular pair of shoes rises among all the others: the nude shoes. Along with the classic high heeled black stilettos, the nude shoes are mandatory for any woman who wants to achieve perfection.

As versatile and timeless as the black heels or the little black dress, the nude shoes are a staple, a statement and a go-to piece of footwear which can be worn in any environment and with any outfit. Today we will talk about nude shoes and see why you should own at least a pair and how you should wear them for a fabulous effect. Look no further, as we have plenty of tips, tricks and styling recommendations for you to rock those nudes and turn into a red carpet diva!

1. Why Wear Nude Shoes?

Let’s take a pair of high heeled peep toe platform nude shoes as an example, as it is summer and you need comfy, stylish heels to rock your outfits. Nude shoes come with immense benefits for all women:

  • Because of their creamy beige skin tone color, they will make you look taller – if you are a petite woman you will need these to look naturally taller, as the shoes come as an extension of your feet.
  • Also because of their color (or lack thereof), they make your feet look slimmer – while you appear like walking on thin air, a well-chosen pair of nude shoes will create the illusion that your legs are leaner, longer and slimmer as they elongate your pins.
  • They are the most versatile shoes in existence: you can pick high-heeled ones, flat, oxfords or strappy roman sandals – since they sport only your natural skin tone they work with any chromatic combinations you desire to wear and blend in all possible environments, from strict corporate and business ones to laidback casual ones.

2. How to Pick the Perfect Nude Shoes?

Nude shoes do come in various shades of nude, so you should be careful when picking the best ones for you.

  • Test a few pairs until you get ones that are close to identical or similar to your natural skin tone. The closest the two shades are, the longer and thinner your legs will look. Moreover, making the best match between your skin tone and the shoes’ shade allows you to wear the shoes with any outfit or accessories without the shoes looking different or out of place in the overall attire.
  • If you love a nice tan in the summer keep this detail in mind when shopping for nudes – they should match your tanned skin tone, not your natural skin tone in this particular case. Since it is less likely to wear sandals in winter, pick the nude shade that completes and compliments the best your tanned feet.
  • Pick a platform heel type of shoes, as they will give you extra height and will work great with both skinny jeans and office power suits.

3. How to Wear Nude Shoes?

Specialists recommend that you get a platform heel with closed toe – they are the epitome of versatility and can be worn in cooler and warmer months, making all your fashion choices easier. If you, however, want more than a pair, you should also consider peep toe shoes or strappy high-heeled sandals for the scorching summer months.

When you mix and match your nudes, everything is allowed. As we said, they work great with all outfits, but here are some more styling tricks.

  • They can be worn with cropped pants at the office, adding a dash of sophistication to a rather casual look.
  • For a harmonious effect, pair the nude pumps with a metal belt (in a creamy golden hue) over a dress or a camel/creamy slim fit jacket over a tank top for office or casual events.
  • If you prefer busy outfits with plenty of patterns, color, textures and fabrics, use the nude shoes to tone down the attire.
  • Use the nudes to style up a monochromatic white/ivory/pearly outfit to look lean, slick, tidy and cute in both professional and informal contexts.

Your nude shoes are your best friends when it comes to fashion versatility, flexibility, and sophistication. Nudes are for every woman, no matter her age, personal style, job or social status. Do you own a pair already or are you about to get ones to rock this summer?

15 Things You Need To Know About Cosmetic Surgery

Most people have considered the idea of having cosmetic surgery. After all, we’re perfectionists. It doesn’t matter how beautiful we are, we still want to refine our look and be even better. Cosmetic surgery allows us to completely transform our appearance. We can become what we want to be.

There are many reasons for considering plastic surgery. You may have suffered an injury. Or maybe your appearance is affecting your confidence and mental health. Some people try very hard to lose weight through diet and exercise with little success. Surgery could be the answer they’re looking for.

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery in the future, then make sure you know all there is to know about the procedure first. Here are fifteen things you need to know about cosmetic surgery:

Cost

It’s not cheap. After all, you’re paying for a medical professional to provide you with a surgical procedure that will leave no marks or evidence of the work done. That takes skill and experience. A single procedure could cost thousands of dollars. If you’re having more work done, you could find that you are spending far more than you thought. Many surgeons offer payment plans to allow you to finance your procedure. This can help make the surgery more affordable for you.

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Recovery Time

When you book in to have a cosmetic procedure, be sure to ask what the down time is. All surgery requires a period of time for recovery. It may be just a couple of hours for an anaesthetic to wear off. Or you may be in for weeks of healing. Bruising, bleeding, and swelling can all appear quite unsightly. If you’re keeping your procedure a secret, you need to make sure you have booked enough time off work for everything to heal.

Consultation

Don’t be afraid to have a couple of consultations before you commit to your surgery. It’s common to forget things you were told or to come up with questions after you’ve left the doctor’s office. A good consultation will clearly detail the procedure and the recovery time needed. The payment plan will be described to you and agreed. Most importantly, you’ll get to meet the person who will be performing the surgery.

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How Many People Have Cosmetic Surgery?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons say 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were undertaken in 2014. This figure continues to rise as more procedures are developed. New technologies allow for simpler and more effective surgeries. It also means the cost of treatments is falling, making it more affordable for everyone.

Boob Job

Breast enhancement remains to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available. Breasts are never naturally even. Pregnancy and nursing can cause this lack of evenness to be even more pronounced. Sagging can occur after pregnancy and as women age. You can find out more about breast augmentation at ROXY Plastic Surgery. This is when the chest is enhanced with implants to create a larger cup size. It can also help even out the breasts to make the chest appear more attractive. If you feel your chest size is not big enough, this could be the best procedure for you.

Face Lift

Aging can be cruel. It leaves the face saggy and the eyes puffy. Fine lines and deep wrinkles eventually become quite prominent, giving away our age. A face lift can be performed in a number of different ways. The most common way to lift the face is to pull the skin back at the hairline. This physically lifts the skin. It’s virtually impossible to tell you’ve had a lift once the incisions have healed. The effects can be quite striking, but the procedure sometimes needs to be repeated after a few years.

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Botox

Botox has had a lot of bad press. Things can go wrong when the procedure of injecting Botox is handled by someone with limited qualifications. It can be a great way to remove the fine lines and deeper wrinkles in areas like between the eyebrows or across the lips. However, as with all other surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments, it’s best left to the professionals to do. Botox, like fillers, is merely an injection rather than a full surgical procedure. This makes it a popular treatment to have done in your lunch break!

Weight Loss

Some cosmetic procedures can offer weight loss. Gastric bands have become more popular. However, this is still considered a medical procedure for those whose lives are in danger from overeating. Fat removal is still performed by plastic surgeons. There are numerous new technologies for this now. Fat freezing has had positive reviews, particularly for stubborn thigh fat.

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Nose Job

Rhinoplasty is a very popular procedure. After all, many of us are not keen on the shape or size of our noses. It is also considered a medical procedure for those who suffer from a deviated septum. Changing the shape of your nose can drastically alter your appearance. If you want to change your nose, consult with a rhinoplasty surgeon to see if this kind of surgery is right for you.

Teeth

Many people wish they could have straighter or whiter teeth. Some medical conditions cause the teeth to become easily damaged or prone to decay. There are many different forms of dental treatments that can restore and improve your smile. One of the most popular ways to achieve a perfect smile is to use dental implants. Artificial teeth are implanted into the jawbone to replace natural teeth that are weak and unsightly. The implants offer a good looking smile as well as health benefits.

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How Young Is Too Young?

Many people use cosmetic surgery to fight the signs of aging. But there is no upper or lower age limit really. All qualified and registered surgeons will base their decision to operate on your health. This means that a young woman could take advantage of procedures to augment her breasts. And an older woman could still be eligible for weight loss surgery. Each case is unique and every patient will require a different treatment plan. Use your consultation to confirm that surgery is right for you.

How Much Is Too Much?

The cases of Joan Rivers and Michael Jackson may have highlighted some issues about excessive cosmetic surgeries. There is a possibility that too much surgery can be detrimental to your health and appearance. However, their cases are unique and nobody really knows the full details of what went on there. The decision to undergo surgery should not be taken lightly. But if the procedure enhances your appearance and improves your confidence, it may be worth the risk. Always speak to your surgeon about the risks that may be involved in your procedure. If you think you might want other treatments in the future, be sure to discuss that too.

Mommy Treatment

It’s not just aging that can change our appearance. Having children drastically alters our bodies. This can be really hard to deal with when you’re still young and vibrant. Repairing the damage to our appearance after pregnancy may require several surgical procedures. You may want your tummy tightened and your breasts restored. There may be one or two other things that you are not happy about as well. Most cosmetic surgeons offer some sort of Mommy package that can offer you a discount on multiple procedures. Speak to your surgeon today.

Tell The Truth

Not everyone admits they have had cosmetic surgery. There is still a stigma about it. Perhaps some people are embarrassed to admit they needed the treatment in the first place. It’s up to you if you admit that you’ve had surgery. It can be tricky to get time off work. Some bosses won’t offer you paid leave for a cosmetic procedure anyway. However, if you are likely to have mobility problems following your surgery, you will have to tell someone so you can get the help you need.

Gifts

More and more people are considering cosmetic treatments to be a great gift for a loved one. There are times when this may be a less than welcome idea. But as such procedures are becoming more popular and more effective, giving a treatment as a gift could be a good idea. Teeth whitening and Botox are quite quick and easy as procedures. This could make them the ideal gift for a loved one. Breast enhancements have also been given as gifts by husbands for their wives. It might be best to discuss the gift idea with your loved one first.

Cosmetic surgery can change lives for the better. Not everyone is body confident. Having the freedom to change something you really don’t like can make a huge difference for some people. Sculpting the body to appear more attractive is something that celebrities have been doing for decades. Now the technologies are available for everyone, the price has become more affordable. Instead of being an exclusive thing, cosmetic surgery is now available to anyone who needs it. We can all be what we want to be. Be happy in the skin you’re in.

 

Mommy Makeover – Reclaiming Your Body After Baby

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Given the universal acceptance of cosmetic surgery, the rising popularity of the mommy makeover should come as no surprise. A customized combination of body contouring procedures, this post-partum surgery generally focus on the breasts, abdominal area and hips and may be performed in one or two stages, depending on the patient.

Pregnancy and motherhood is a joyful rite of passage for women. By the second trimester, the “pregnancy glow” kicks in, giving the effect of flawless, radiant skin as hormones work their magic, pumping up your bra size to superstar proportions. But after this wonderful new life is introduced to the world, the impact of the pregnancy on the body is more apparent for some, than others. As new mothers begin the journey back to their “pre-pregnancy body,” they learn that the process takes quite a bit longer than they expected. And the results of that hard work might not be as evident as they would like.

“The average new mom is not living a celebrity lifestyle with a personal trainer and chef,” says New York plastic surgeon and mother herself, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, who has seen a steady uptick in mommy makeover requests in the past few years. “In real life, the weight can be very hard to lose and the overall changes in the body can be very challenging to accept. A mommy makeover really helps women reclaim their pre-pregnancy body.”

Efficient & cost-effective: multiple procedures, single recovery

Mommy makeover surgery combines multiple procedures to address a faded waist line, stretched abdominal muscles and drooping breasts, while offering the advantage of less downtime and cost savings. Plastic surgeons devise a comprehensive surgical plan tailored to the unique needs and aesthetic concerns of the patient, and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast augmentation.

Getting rid of bothersome extra skin that hangs over a C-section scar is one of the key functions of the tummy tuck portion of many Mommy Makeovers. “However,” explains Dr. Thomas Loeb, “there is no standard package for a mommy makeover” in his Manhattan practice.

“Many of my patients have professional careers and prefer to have a single recovery away from their children, which makes the mommy makeover so appealing,” explains Dr. Preminger.

Mommy Makeovers offer long-term results

ASPS President Dr. Phillip Haeck has stated, “In the last decade we’ve seen women’s attitudes about cosmetic surgery change…They’re not afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise.”  Mommy makeover procedures are evidently part of that trend.

The best candidates for plastic surgery are mothers who are through having children, in good health, have maintained a stable weight and stopped breast feeding for at least 6 months. Though the risks are equal to those associated with any major surgery, the majority of mothers who elect these procedures can look forward to a full physical recovery, a restored body image, and a renewed sense of self to share with their children and family for years to come.

Great Advantages of Laser Acne Treatment

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If you have been plagued by the problems associated with the skin condition known as acne, you may have tried a number of topical treatments with little to no success.  Perhaps you have considered a treatment like ProSkin Clinics Laser Acne Treatment, but have been put off for a variety of different reasons.  It may be time to reconsider and to help you we have gathered together what we feel are some of the most noteworthy advantages of laser acne treatment.

Reduces The Body’s Production of Oil

The build up of oil is part of the cause of acne in the first place.  It is worth noting that blue and red light treatment along with pulsed dye laser and photo-dynamic therapy can be used to target these glands to reduce the amount of oil they produce.

Skin Regeneration

Acne itself and the scarring caused by spots can not only be an irritant and painful, but it also does not look very good and can really affect your confidence.  Lasers can not only help to remove the scarring and improve your skin’s appearance, but can also encourage skin growth.  When the layer just below the skin is heated with laser resurfacing, while the wound is healing, a new layer of healthy skin is formed.  Although it is true that numerous appointments are required for the best results, the recovery time after treatment is very short with laser treatment.

Reduce Scarring

Scars are obviously hard to hide and treat.  Lasers though can be used as a very effective method of reducing scars and following on from the above paragraph, it is worth pointing out that this can be done using fractional laser resurfacing.

Decreases Bacterial Inflammation

Along with too much oil, a build up of bacteria in the skin causes acne, but lasers can be used to target this bacteria and the related inflammation.  Laser and light therapies can be used to treat the problem layers below the first layer, while leaving the outermost skin unaffected.

Reduces Redness Caused By Acne

While it is true that redness around the face is more closely associated to rosacea, it can also be an effect of acne.  Pulsed dye laser and Intense-pulled light therapies can be used however to reduce the redness.  As with other forms of laser treatment, you may need a number of sittings, the positive results last for a long time.

Treats Broken Blood Vessels

Broken blood vessels are another less than flattering result of acne and it is good to note that lasers can be used to treat them also.  Again, for the best possible results, you would have to undergo several sessions of the treatment, but you have to, like any of the advantages above, weigh up if it’s worth it or not.