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We all know that a healthy, attractive appearance boosts your mood and your attitude towards life, and yet many of us still muddle through life looking less than our best. Why? Well, there’s a myriad of reasons why, but most of them go back to one thing–it’s easier to complain and maintain the status quo than it is to change. Change is hard work, and the things we have to do to bring about change are hard work, too. However, if we truly want to look our best, be our best, we’ve got to suck it up, put on our big girl pants and just do it. If you’re not happy about facing another summer looking less than what you consider your ideal best, here are some ideas for motivation and inspiration.
- Eating habits – There are all kinds of diets out there–shakes, meal replacements, point counting, processed meals delivered to your door–but the thing is, most of them simply don’t work. Why? Well, when you go back to eating normally, you usually end up gaining back all the weight you lost, if not more. What you need to do is change your eating habits. Establish new ones that will last for the rest of your life. Try going vegetarian, Paleo, Primal, or whatever appeals to you and works to help you lose the weight you want. Changing your eating habits for the better works as well as liposuction lasers, I can assure you.
- Exercise habits – Again, you have a ton of options to choose from. You just have to make a choice, and you need to do it sensibly. You can’t go from couch to marathon runner in a week, or you’ll need more than a massage therapist’s percussor tool to work out the muscle aches and pains. Choose something you enjoy or have always wanted to try. Start slow, a couple times a week, and work your way up. Hiring a personal trainer to come to your home is always a good idea if you have no idea of where to start.
- Bad habits – Smoke? Drink? Chew tobacco? Tanning booths? Chocoholic? Whatever your bad health habits, choose one and tackle it. Fighting an addiction can be difficult, but your body will thank you later. The sooner you start, the better. Smoking ages your skin, especially on your face. Quitting can save you trips to the cosmetologists medical laser later, when the damage is too great to reverse.
- Stress habits – Stress takes its toll on your entire body. Stressed people don’t smile. They don’t sleep. They don’t eat properly. Most don’t exercise, either. Cutting out stress may not be an option, especially if your lifestyle or job is part of the cause, but there are ways to beat the stress habits. Exercise. Meditate. Take up yoga. Get involved in a religious community. Discover a new, rewarding hobby. Beating your stress habits can do wonders for you!
Only you can decide what you need to do to look and feel better. The first step is deciding what to do. The next step is doing it. So, whatcha gonna do now?
May will soon be here and that means that Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And since we here at Love 2 B Healthy 1) are moms, 2) have moms, and 3) tend to promote only healthy, good-for-you gift ideas, we thought you might want or need some of those ideas for providing your dear old Mom with a Mother’s Day gift fit for the queen she is.
- Be a joiner! Get mom a membership to a gym, or to a fitness center, or to an exercise program she’s expressed interest in. If your mother is older, check into discounts and programs for seniors in your area. If she’s the younger, healthier, more adventurous type, maybe sign her up for a new class–yoga, zumba, Pilates, ball room dancing. Sign yourself up as well, to make it a family affair.
- Be a loser! If mom has expressed a desire or a need to lose some weight, help her out by suggesting a diet or weight loss program for both of you (or for mom and a friend). Studies show that losing weight is easier and more effective when there is plenty of moral support and family involvement. You’ll both benefit. And if mom is already on a program or eating plan, don’t sabotage it by getting her some big box of candy or taking her to a restaurant not known for its healthy menu choices, please.
- Be a quitter! Got a habit that mom has hated for years? Stop it! Quit chewing tobacco, or stop smoking. End the over eating. Quit the late night booze binging. No, it’s not going to be easy. There are lots of informative and helpful articles, websites and programs to help you and to teach you, whether you want to stop your impulse buying or need to know how to quit chewing tobacco. Don’t let smokeless tobacco or any other bad habit stand in the way of your relationship with your one and only mother. Step up and make a change you’ll both be happy with!
- Be healthy! Does mom love to garden? Buy her some new tools or plants. Does she love to cook? Gift her with some healthy recipes or cookbooks. Is your mother the traveling kind? Invest in a book or two of information on spas and health resorts that indulge the visitor in healthy, relaxing experiences. (Or go whole hog and book mom an all-expense paid trip to one!) Does mom have a lot of stress and tension in her life–work, kids, family always causing problems? Try a trip for two to a massage therapist. Or purchase the supplies for an at-home aromatherapy session.
Whatever you do for your mom this year, keep both her health and yours in mind when making the decision. Flowers and candy and dinner out may be traditional, but you can make better, healthier choices. And everyone can be sure to have had a happy Mother’s Day!
(PS: You may want to get mom’s input before you decide on a gym membership or diet program. Better to be sure it’s what she wants rather than waste time and money on something she won’t enjoy or has no interest in. After all, health food doesn’t do anyone any good sitting on the shelf. Same thing goes for unused gym memberships and weight loss programs that aren’t followed.)
Ever since that ancient day long ago (about 30,000 BC) when Mrs. Caveman decided that Mr. Caveman would look better without his shaggy facial hair, shaving has been a part of the human experience. We’ve come a long way from those first flint straight razors, but shaving is still a rite of passage for most teens. In the interest of helping our reading families, and in carrying on the tradition of Mrs. Caveman, we here at Love 2 B Healthy have come up with a few tips and pointers to help you, the parental unit, introduce your own little shaggy Neanderthal to the wide world of shaving.
*The best time to teach your teen how to shave is before they actually need to do it. Let them experiment with a blank razor and shaving foam, or with an electric shaver that’s turned off. Show them the proper way to shave–with the direction of hair growth, not against–and how to properly care for their skin afterwards. Teach them what to do in the event of a nick or scrape. This takes away the fear and anxiety, and while a bit of excitement might occur on the big day of their first shave, they’ll also feel confident that they know what to do and how to do it.
*Just as we all have our preferences when it comes to personal hygiene products, our teens need to have room to explore and discover their own favorite shaving accessories. Head to the department store or the pharmacy with a spirit of adventure and let them choose their own products. You may like shaving foam. Your son, on the other hand, wants to try old fashioned shaving soap and a brush because he thinks, “it’s cool and it smells good, Dad.” Your daughter may discover that she likes a certain brand of disposal razor, while you prefer another. Let’s face it, shaving is something they’re going to have to do for a long, long time. Let them find their own shaving preferences and experiment with several options to ensure that they know what they can and cannot live with. If a product’s cost is prohibitive–say, a new electric shaver–see if you have a friend or relative who might be interested in loaning theirs for a night or weekend to give your teen a chance to try it out.
*Remember that shaving is more for aesthetic purposes than anything else. There are no real health benefits to yield from doing it. Decide what to do in the possibility that your teen chooses to quit shaving or shows no interest in even starting. You should discuss your societal, cultural, religious, and personal views on the subject so that your teen knows what is and isn’t acceptable right from the start. Like preparing them for the physical act of shaving, preparing them for the mental aspect is just as important.
*Make it a true rite of passage. Mark the occasion in some way. Create a new family tradition, especially if there are younger children waiting their turn. A 32,000 year old tradition deserves a little respect, even from the shaggy Neanderthal in your bathroom.
Let’s face it–we all have one or two areas of our bodies we’d rather not be seen in public. Or daylight. Or by anyone, not even ourselves, for that matter. Lumps here, cellulite there, sagging chin or wagging arms–it’s not as if we haven’t tried. We’ve dieted, exercised, tried the creams, the pills, the massage treatments. yet there they remain, staring at us out of the mirror. We have two choices, it seems–learn to live with them, or zap them away forever with the help of our plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s laser equipment.
Cold laser therapy for body sculpting and toning is relatively new to the field of weight loss, and yet it isn’t so new that most haven’t at least heard of it. It uses a “cold,” or low-level, laser to break up fat deposits. It’s really as simple as that. It’s how it works that’s sort of like magic to me. You see, the cold laser treatment depends a great deal on the body’s own lymphatic system for its effectiveness.
The laser directs low levels of laser energy beneath the skin. The fat cell deposits in the area are the main targets. The low-level laser energy breaks down the cell walls in those stubborn little fat cells and causes them to dissolve. The water present in the cell is reabsorbed into the body, while the lymphatic system flushes the fat away with the rest of the body’s waste. So, the healthier and more productive your lymphatic system, the faster and more effective your body sculpting efforts will be. The Zerona laser or other laser equipment begins the process–your body merely finishes it!
In many tests, patients lost an average of 1 1/2 more inches through the use of the cold laser treatment than they did through other methods. And while it may not be for everyone’s body, the fact that the treatment does not require surgery or drugs or other potentially invasive procedures means that patients’ lifestyles and routines are not in danger of interruption. In fact, you can have a cold laser treatment and get right back at living your life. Only you, your doctor and your mirror will know at first. But then, those stubborn fat deposits will soon be washed away, leaving you several inches smaller, and several miles happier. Even in daylight!
Lap-Band surgery is the second-most popular form of weight loss surgery performed in the United States today. It has eclipsed most other forms of weight loss surgeries from gastroplasty (stomach stapling) to liposuction surgery to become one of the most asked-for procedures. It is growing in popularity with patients and physicians alike, for its effective weight loss and fewer complications than other procedures. With rampant obesity and poor eating choices becoming a national epidemic, some desperately overweight people have chosen to forgo diet and exercise (or have tried them and failed repeatedly) and take the proven route of Lap-Band surgery. The procedure has clear pros, but like everything from cosmetic surgery to heart procedures, Lap-Band surgery does have cons, too. Let’s look and see:
- Gradual, steady weight loss. Most patients experience up to 49% weight loss after completing a Lap-Band procedure. Some have seen as much as a 69% drop in weight from their pre-procedure days. In case you’re as maths challenged as I am, let’s put that into some real numbers. An individual weighing 350 pounds, at 200 pounds overweight, can expect to lose about 100 to 120 pounds after the surgery.
- Adjustable. The Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened by adding or reducing the amount of saline injected into the band. If a patient’s band is too tight and interfering with nutrition or causing pain, the band can be adjusted by tapping off some of the saline. If the weight loss isn’t proceeding as quickly and efficiently as it should, the band can be tightened by adding some saline to it. Patients often choose the Lap-Band for this feature alone.
- Quick recovery time. While gastroplasty and gastric bypass surgeries can take 3 or more weeks to recover from, most Lap-Band patients can resume work and other normal activities within 5 to 7 days.
- Least invasive. The Lap-Band surgery procedure is the least invasive of all the weight loss surgeries being practiced. This decreases recovery time, risk of infection, length of hospital stay, and cost.
- Least restrictive diet. Once the initial phase of liquid and semi liquid diets are over (about a month to 6 weeks after surgery,) the patient can resume a somewhat normal diet.
- Risk of infection and complications. Somewhere between 10% and 15% of all patients will develop some complication or infection after having a Lap-Bad inserted. These complications range from bleeding and digestive difficulties to wound infections and obstruction of or slippage of the band. The latter can require further surgery.
- Lifestyle changes. After surgery, you’ll be making a lot of lifestyle choices, and not all of them will have to do with food. Of course, you’ll be eating much less, as your stomach will be much smaller. But you will also have to add sipping water throughout your day to avoid dehydration to your routine. You’ll have to be sure to chew your food slowly and carefully to avoid blockages, indigestion and nausea. And you’ll have to learn to stop eating when or before full. Overeating can also cause nausea and vomiting.
- Lots of follow up appointments. You won’t actually have your band inflated with saline until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Then you’ll most likely have many adjustment appointments the first year or so to get your band tightened just right. And let’s not forget the nutritionist or dietician to help you make the best food choices to avoid poor nutrition.
- Diet restrictions. No more foods high in sugar or fat. So goodbye cakes and cookies. Sayanora chips and ice cream. Soda is a goner forever. Beer, wine. and alcohol should only be consumed occasionally, and in small amounts AFTER eating. This really isn’t a con; it’s a pro! This is a good lifestyle change. It will sure feel like a con at first, though.
Often when making decisions, we consult with the people whose opinions we respect and whose respect and admiration we seek–moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, BFFs. We wouldn’t think of making certain choices without hearing words of wisdom from these mentors. Sometimes, they validate our own thoughts and offer up just what we want to hear–that we’re on the right track and our thinking is sound. Other times, though, they tell us things we wish we’d not heard. They steer us in another direction, influencing us to change our minds and explore other options. Often, they turn out to be right, and we’re the better for it. In some cases though, we end up regretting not following our own first instincts, feeling as though we’ve settled for second best. Now, when the second-best choice is the blue dress over the red one, or a trip to New York City instead of Paris, we still win in the long run, regardless of the regrets. But when we’re talking about something like plastic surgery, well, that’s a whole other matter entirely.
Potential plastic surgery patients will often want to have their choices validated by their close friends and family. Other times, it will be the comments and opinions of those close companions that will lead to the choice in the first place, particularly in choices like rhinoplasty and breast augmentation surgery. But that may not mean you’ll feel comfortable opening up to others about your choice. Maybe they’ve influenced your decision with their negative comments and you really don’t need to hear anymore about how breast augmentation will be the best thing ever, as if breast implants will forever change the way they think of you, or repair the damage to your relationship that their negativity has caused. Maybe you’re afraid of what they’ll say to try and talk you out of it. After all, plastic surgery isn’t like buying a dress or going on holiday. It is a major life-altering, appearance-altering undertaking.
Before you choose not to say anything, however, take a moment to pause and reflect on a couple of things:
- First,the results of breast implants and breast augmentation procedures aren’t something you can hide. Your friends and family are going to find out sooner or later anyway.
- Secondly, you’re going to need some help and support before and after the surgery. Someone will have to know as your emergency contact in case complications arise or something goes wrong. Certain tasks will be restricted during your recovery time, and you’ll need someone to help you with those, too. You can’t undertake something like plastic surgery alone. It’s neither wise nor safe.
So, what to do? Well, open up, be honest, but be firm. Let them know that you’re NOT seeking advice or validation this time. Your mind is made up and nothing and no one is going to change it. You can’t be swayed from your chosen course of action. And you’re not asking for anything more than love, support, and assistance. To those who may think you are finally taking their comments and advice seriously, let them know that this is something you are doing for yourself. This is your decision about what you feel is best for your body and your appearance. Make sure those who express doubts or fears are aware that you’ve explored all options and that you know the risks and are prepared to face them. It will assuage their fears and may just change their minds. Truly, in the long run, the only person you have to really listen to is your plastic surgeon and his team of professionals.
Sometimes, the more the better. And sometimes more is just too more. And at other times, less is truly more. If you are a woman whose bustline is more than you would like, you may be wishing that you could have less to have more. If your front is causing your back problems, or if it is ruining your chances at overall health and fitness, or if you are simply tired of having folks speak to your chest instead of your face, plastic surgery may just have the cure for your overabundance.
Breast reduction surgery is almost as popular today as breast augmentation procedures. Gals are looking to downsize their front sides in a big (or is that small?) way. Breast reduction procedures, whether to reverse and remove breast augmentations like implants, or just reduce the size of the natural tissues, were one of the top-ten most common plastic surgery procedures of 2011. It all started in Hollywood, apparently. Many of the celebrities who had breast augmentation done 10 or 15 years ago are now trying to age gracefully and naturally. And having the perky, pretty breasts of a 20-year-old aren’t the way for the now 30- to 40-something stars to have a natural looking figure. So, the smaller-is-better trend was born.
Not everyone has enough of a front line to merit a breast reduction procedure. After all, you’ve got to have something to reduce. If, however, your bust is causing you health issues–either physical or emotional–then you probably qualify. What sort of issues make you a likely candidate?
- Back or shoulder pain – If your bust is so large that it strains your back muscles to keep you upright, you have a problem worthy of breast reconstruction surgery. If your bra cuts into your shoulders from the weight to the point of everyday pain and discomfort, you have a problem worthy of the procedure as well.
- Compromised overall health and fitness – If your chest is keeping you from performing at your best, you have a problem worthy of breast reduction surgery. If your bustline is so large that being physically active is difficult or painful, you have a problem worthy of breast reduction surgery.
- Respiratory difficulties – If the weight of the outside of your chest is causing shortness of breath, or if slouching to relieve the pain and pressure your chest is placing on your back and neck is keeping you from taking deep, proper breaths, you have a problem worthy of breast reduction.
- Skin problems – Often, the skin-to-skin contact of large breasts released from their bras can cause rashes and breakouts. If this is you, you may have a problem worthy of breast reduction surgery.
- Self-esteem – If you are tired of people talking into your cleavage instead of your face, you probably know the effect a large bustline can have on your self esteem. You most likely make a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, too.
Whatever your problem, if less-is-more is the case for you, see a good plastic surgeon and discuss your options. And remember, sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most in life.
Plastic surgery can make you look great—really great. The kind of great where you feel so confident that you can walk out on that beach in a little two-piece again, just like you used to.
But plastic surgery can do so much more.
If you’re the kind of person who is more concerned with being able to walk out onto that beach at all, then Los Angeles plastic surgery is for you too.
Sometimes, stress and genetics and all the other factors of our lives cause unwanted weight gain. Sometimes it occurs in unnatural areas that you just can’t seem to get rid of even though you exercise and eat healthy. Through all your hard work, that extra cellulose is still weighing you down, giving you joint and lower back pain and making it difficult to stay mobile.
Plastic surgery can alleviate the stress in your joints through liposuction, though it’s not a technique to overcome obesity. Plastic surgery cannot supplant the need for strong muscles—that you’ve got to do on your own.
The other major way plastic surgery can benefit your health that it can also improve your mental health and outlook. And sometimes, feeling normal can make all the difference along the path to becoming your normal self again.
Reconstruction rebuilds a woman’s breast shape with silicon implants and can take place immediately after the mastectomy or weeks later, once healing has already occurred.
On the other side of the coin, there are times when a woman’s breasts have experienced excessive development due to pregnancy or menopause. In this case, the shifting or unnatural weight placement could cause some women to experience lower back pain, which causes them difficulty during physical activity.
A breast reduction surgery may then be required.
Gynecomastia is the similar ailment for men. An abnormal development of the mammary glands causes something called “puffy nipples,” or the enlargement of the breast tissue. For men who suffer from gynecomastia, severe emotional distress can occur, just like women who need breast reduction or reconstruction surgery.
Plastic surgery can alleviate many mental and physical health problems, social anxiety to joint stress (as a plan B to diet and exercise). Talk with your health professional today and find out how plastic surgery can put you on the path to a happy lifestyle.
You give everything you’ve got to your kids. You put healthy home-cooked meals on the table. You read countless bed time stories. You do endless loads of laundry. You rack up the carpool miles. You sit through hundreds of hours of dance class, sports practice and music lessons. You do it all because it’s what’s best for them. You love them and they love you right back.
But let me ask you something. When was the last time you did something just for you? No, not just the bubble bath or the new hair do, although those are good starting points. I mean, when was the last time you thought of yourself as a WOMAN and not just a MOM?
Mommy makeovers are one of the hottest things going on in plastic surgery right now. Through three simple, rather “routine” procedures, you can get your pre-mommy body back. (Or at least tidy up the soccer mom one you’re dragging around now.) No more flabby belly, saggy bust line, or lumpy-bumpy body parts. You are a woman, after all, not a bowl of oatmeal! Now, not all moms are right for mommy makeovers, but if you are generally healthy, in a good frame of mind, and have realistic expectations, a mommy makeover could be just the thing you need.
Mommy makeovers consist of three procedures–breast lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction body sculpting. The breast lift takes the “sisters” and moves them back upstairs where they used to live. Breast lift plastic surgery can now be performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. Breast lifts have been added to the long list of laser plastic surgery procedures, so most operations take 1 to 3 hours, only require a week of restrictive activity, and have a faster recuperation and recovery time. Easy to fit into a busy mom’s schedule, especially if you can arrange to have the procedure over school holidays or summer break.
No matter how much diet and exercise you’ve endured since delivering your youngest, you know that pregnancy can change your body in ways they don’t usually discuss in birthing classes or new mommy magazines. Stretching skin and rearranging muscles can’t always be fixed by salads and jogging. Tummy tucks take the saggy extra skin from your abdomen and make it disappear. A tummy tuck can also tighten the loose muscles that childbearing left behind. Also an outpatient surgery, a tummy tuck can take up to 3 weeks before you’re back on your feet, but the time and results are usually considered well worth the sacrifice.
Liposuction body sculpting isn’t just something celebrities have done. Anyone can find the time, especially with laser liposuction procedures that take less time than a load of laundry. Laser liposuction is best for those stubborn areas–arms, thighs, rear end, chin–that diet and exercise never seem to tackle satisfactorily. A few office visits and you can sculpt a whole new you!
You’ve sacrificed and suffered to give your kids everything they deserve. Now, let a plastic surgeon give you the mommy makeover YOU deserve.
You can be in the best shape you’ve ever been in–lose 30 pounds, buff up those muscles, smooth out all that cellulite, recondition your hair so it shines–but if your skin is looking spotty or dull, it won’t really matter. Why? Because your skin is what makes that all-important first impression. If your face is bumpier than a country dirt road, or if your cheeks are spotty, or if acne, infection or an immune deficiency disease or disorder has left you with uneven skin tone, all the body work will be lost behind the lack-luster appearance your face puts forward. So, to put your best face forward every day, here are three ways to regain that glowing look of health and guarantee more roses in your cheeks than any English cottage garden could hold.
- Whitening Facials – Uneven skin tone can occur anywhere on the body, especially in areas that receive an overabundance of sun exposure. While the sun IS the biggest culprit of dark spots on the skin, infections and diseases can also do their damage. And not all spots are dark, did you know that? Some conditions can cause white spots to appear. The answer to all these spots is whitening facials. A whitening facial essentially lightens the skin, either erasing the darker area of pigmentation, or whitening the skin around the lighter patches. Either way, whitening facials use LED light to stimulate and maintain healthy skin cells, eradicating the damage done by sun, wind, age, and other less-than-favorable conditions.
- Laser Skin Treatments – Laser skin treatments can ease the look of everything from wrinkles to age spots to scars to sagging skin. Have you got bigger bags under your eyes than a diva checking in at the Hollywood Wilshire hotel? A laser skin treatment can help tighten that skin and relieve you of that baggage. Same with dark spots under the eyes. Suffering from rosacea? Laser skin treatments can handle that, too. Those bicycle handlebars from that wreck when you were ten left you with a nasty scar on your forehead? With a laser skin treatment, the scar can be virtually erased. Laser skin treatments are also used to lighten skin, just like LED whitening facials. There are now many approved uses for lasers as dermatological tools, so many conditions can be treated through laser skin treatments.
- Acne Treatment – Spots are no fun unless you are a Dalmatian. And while regular cleansing and watching your diet can help with acne problems, some folks just seem to suffer unmercifully with the stuff–and well past the age of the high school prom, too. A good dermatologist will have many acne treatment tools in her arsenal against the dreaded spots–laser treatments, peels, cleansing and purifying products. What acne treatment she chooses will depend largely on how bad your problem is, as well as what your lifestyle will support.
Having healthy looking skin is important. After all, you only have one chance to make a good first impression, and your face usually does that for you.