Monthly Archives: June 2011
We’ve come to expect a certain amount of high-tech wizardry in our lives today. Remote control ignitions on our cars, robot vacuums to clean our carpets, instantaneous computer transactions at the bank, and international databases of criminals to assist our local authorities in keeping our streets safe at night. Technology is everywhere we look, and we expect it to not only work as it should, but to constantly evolve so that it works better and faster.
Our health care professionals are not immune to this demand for and expectation of high tech gadgets. We’ve come to anticipate that our ailment, whatever it may be, will necessitate the use of at least one of these miracle medical machines to diagnose, monitor or treat it. We’re almost disappointed if old fashioned methods to the trick, and definitely disappointed if the high tech stuff doesn’t do the trick.
Ever wonder how and where your health care practitioner acquires all those wonderful shiny gizmos? Many, believe it or not, purchase used medical equipment. Yep. Used medical machines are a big business, especially for many local, family-oriented practices. Your small general practitioner’s office may not have the patient base needed to afford the pricier, brand new medical equipment. So, like you or I, your doctor’s office may be running on a tight budget. And when in that situation, used medical equipment distributors can become your doctor’s best friends.
That shouldn’t concern you, the patient, though. Unlike used cars and computers, used medical machines are held to higher standards of use and performance. Used medical equipment has to function in the same manner as the new models. A used EKG monitor, or a used ultrasound machine still has to function as it should, and your doctor and nurses still need to know how to operate it. That’s why used medical equipment distributors must supply any and all operating manuals, certifications and other necessary documentation to provide your healthcare professionals with the assurance that the used medical equipment they’ve purchased will serve them and you as it was intended to.
So, the next time the doctor has you in the same room as some fancy-shmancy medical machines to try and determine just what is causing your problems, don’t marvel at how much of your wallet will be sucked dry to pay for all those shiny “toys.” It just may surprise you to find out that your doc has saved more than a few bucks by buying his new “toys” used.
Today, June 21st, marks the first day of Summer! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? The BEACH. It is without a doubt one of the best places to relax, hang with friends, and exercise. It’s not breaking news that Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, with warm, turquoise waters, silky sands, andlots of skin. If you’re thinking like me, then you’ve probably also been working out and eating right to stay fit for summer. Although these are great things to do for your health all year round, sometimes we have trouble areas that just won’t look how we want. I think, when done for the right reasons, cosmetic procedures like liposuction can help us to feel our best.
For those enjoying the Florida beaches this summer, laser liposuction in Orlando could really give you a needed self-image boost. Compared to traditional liposuction, laser liposuction has numerous benefits. First, it’s not invasive – no cutting, scarring, or anything like that at all. If you’ve ever watched a television show depicting the frightening procedure of lipo… you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Laser liposuction uses a low-level laser to allow fat to exit cells and then be removed from your body via your regular detoxification process. It’s painless, easy, and the results are incredible.
Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision about procedures like this, even if they are as non-invasive as laser liposuction. To start, you might be better off seeking a weight loss clinic in Orlando. At a weight loss clinic, you can learn all about nutrition, fitness, surgical weight loss options, and more. This can be especially beneficial for those not only looking to strut their stuff in a bikini this summer, but who are trying to become healthier.
On that note, for those seeking medical weight loss, Orlando has some top-notch places to choose from, since it is a city with a pretty serious emphasis on health and living an active lifestyle. If you’ve found yourself with an out-of-control weight issue, you could seriously benefit from a weight loss procedure. It can give you the extra help you need to shed unhealthy fat, and help you begin a fit, healthy lifestyle!
Oh, those lazy, hazy days of summer! Lying on the beach, hitting the boardwalk in your short-shorts and bikini top, dancing under the stars in a cottony strapless dress – it seems like summer’s heat has us shedding our clothing, and wishing we had shed a few pounds along with it.
Now, diet and exercise are the best, healthiest ways to get, and stay in shape. But some of us don’t have the willpower. Others don’t have the time. Still others have lifestyles totally opposite of healthy – stressful jobs, business dinners, constant travel, grab-it-at-the-drive-thru-on-the-way-to-soccer too many nights a week. Some of us do great with a healthy diet and exercise but it’s not quite enough for the results we want. What are we poor slobs to do? Cover up and suffer heat stroke? Or let it ALL hang out ALL over? Or consider something a little more “Hollywood beautiful people” and go for some cosmetic surgical procedures?
Tummy Tuck – This procedure succeeds in doing something millions of sit-ups may never do again. It gets rid of that bulgy-baggy middle we call a stomach. The skin is pulled back, the fat removed, the abdominal muscles pulled back in place, and then the skin is put back over all of it. Only this time, a lot less skin is needed, because we’ve reduced fat it was covering up. Sometimes, so much excess skin is removed that the belly button has to be surgically realigned. Tummy tucks are also a good option for women who have had children or lost lots of weight and want to tighten up their midsection again. So, a tummy tuck can assure you a slimmer waistline and smaller skirt sizes. And maybe a cuter belly button, too.
The Brazilian Butt Lift – The Brazilian butt lift takes your rear quarters and treats them much as a tummy tuck does your front porch. It lifts the skin, removes the fat, tightens the muscles and fixes you back up again. This gives you the sleek rounded booty you once had, instead of the pair of deflated tires you were carrying around back there. Your silhouette is once again lovely and curvaceous, not lumpy and curious.
Breast Implants – I like to say they’re not just for show anymore, because not only do they look nicer to the eye – but in turn, this helps women feel more confident and healthy, becoming a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle and positive outlook. Many women have breast implants to help improve their self-esteem as well as their self-image. Breast implants have gotten safer over the years, with the addition of saline implants as well as silicone.
The way you feel about yourself isn’t all about looking good, it’s true. However, it is true that how you look can affect how you feel. For women, especially, there is a fundamental link between self-image and self-esteem. And for some women, the “lift” their self-esteem and image need can only be obtained through plastic surgery.
Most plastic surgeons and some psychologists agree that while there are some risks involved in most cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation surgery can better the life of a woman who feels she needs them.
If a woman’s body isn’t all she thinks it should be, she’ll do anything and everything within her powers to improve upon it until reaches her standard of perfection. She’ll diet, she’ll work out, she’ll try liposuction, tummy lifts, face lifts, and in some cases, she’ll consider silicone breast implants. The improvements to the size and shape of her chest can provide the all important boost to self-esteem and self-image she was lacking.
Research has shown that a negative self-image can impact everything from job performance to relationships to actual health, both mental and physical. Mental health can be affected to the point of depression and suicidal thoughts. Physical health can be ruined by stress, poor self-care, poor eating habits, poor lifestyle choices, even something as simple as lack of sleep. So, if increasing a woman’s bra size can save her years of heartache and suffering, it just might be worth pursuing.
Then there’s the wardrobe changes, too. Much of a woman’s self image comes from her clothing, and if she can’t ever seem to look good, it’s a good bet she’ll probably seldom feel good, either. Breat augmentation surgery through silicone breast implants can add just enough to a woman’s chest to allow her to wear proper fitting, and therefore proper looking, clothing. NO woman wants to admit that she bought her swimsuit top in the girls’ section of the shop. And her tight fitting jeans can now be paired with an equally tight fitting top, showing off ALL her curves. That’s probably something no plastic surgeon ever thought of – he or she is a fashion fixer, too!
So, whether you need a new look, a new way to feel about yourself, or a new wardrobe of properly fitting clothing, if you are considering breast augmentation through silicone breast implants, you have many benefits to look forward to, now don’t you?
Afraid of the scalpel? Read on to learn alternative methods!
Hair loss: that dreaded process that no man or woman wants to deal with. Hair loss might not have a direct effect on your physical health – it doesn’t make you sick or deficient of any nutrients – but it sure does affect your self-esteem and confidence, which are ultimately very important parts of your overall health. It’s certainly nothing to be taken lightly, especially since there are plenty of options in modern medicine and technology to at least improve your hair loss situation. Hair loss treatment has come a long way since the days of wigs that seemed to draw even more attention to the issue.
Hair loss doesn’t only affect men. Some women have to deal with obvious thinning and even balding spots on their scalp with age. It’s quite a blow to a woman’s self-image to have balding spots, when this unfortunate process is usually reserved for just men. But let’s not make it a competition here – the fact is, hair loss is not good for anyone! Good news: hair replacement services are available to anyone – men and women alike.
For the men and women who don’t want to go the route of surgical hair loss treatment either because the extent of balding is too severe, you don’t want to deal with anything invasive to your scalp, or the thought of a scalpel makes you cringe, don’t be discouraged. There are numerous non surgical hair replacement treatments available to you. Below is a brief list for you to browse. If anything looks enticing to you, be sure to investigate further!
- Hair Duplication
Wait, is this real hair or synthetic? …It’s both! The hair duplication process varies from case to case, but generally involves creating a hair replacement piece made out of both your own real hair and a synthetic hair that is expertly matched by color, texture, thickness, sheen, et cetera. This hair replacement technology is non-invasive, looks completely natural, and makes losing your hair much more bearable. Really, if you didn’t tell anyone – nobody would know you are wearing a hair piece. It’s come a long way with modern technology!
- Pharmaceutical Treatment
If you’re not interested in the hair duplication process, you can always look into pharmaceutical treatments for hair replacement. The only FDA-approved drug is called Minoxidil, and is taken either orally or topically. An over-the-counter option is called Finasteride. Some men and women have reported an increase in hair growth due to these drugs. However, it’s not realistic to expect them to cause hair growth. These drugs mostly strengthen and thicken the hair you already have, making it appear fuller.
As you can see, there aren’t a plethora of options for non-surgical hair replacement, but the ones that are available are certainly worth a try. Talk with a hair loss specialist or doctor to weigh the options and choose what’s best for you. Remember, with modern practices, whichever option you choose will sure to better your situation, and it will show!