Maintaining Liposuction Results
Do you have “problem areas” of your body where fat resides? And no matter how much you diet and exercise, it doesn’t seem to help? Join the club.
A big part of what makes liposuction so valuable is that you can target those problem areas. It’s not a quick fix though.
It’s important to understand that liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure. Should you choose this procedure, there is some effort in maintaining liposuction results.
The Workings of Fat Cells
Did you know that the number of fat cells in your body doesn’t change much once you’re an adult? Thus, when you gain weight, it’s not an issue of producing too many fat cells. It’s actually the result of fat cells getting bigger. And they get bigger throughout the entire body.
It works the same way in reverse. So when you lose weight, it’s a matter of the fat cells getting smaller.
The problem is, they get smaller all over the body and not just in those problem areas where the fat cell count might be excessive (such as the lower belly and thighs). That means if you’re happy with the fullness of your breasts or hips or buttocks, you may lose some of that too.
In this case, there must be an external intervention to tackle those problem areas. With liposuction, a board-certified plastic surgeon can target them by suctioning out the excess fat cells in a specific pattern to reduce their number. Then the surgeon forms and contours the area.
As we stated above, that’s not the end of the story.
Maintaining Liposuction Results
After all the frustration of dieting and exercising to lose the fat from those problem areas, you’ll probably be quick to rejoice in its disappearance after liposuction. But you need to stay vigilant. Because removing fat cells doesn’t mean the existing cells won’t get larger again if you act irresponsibly.
Here are some simple tips:
- Drink More Water
For most of us, aging means a decrease in metabolism. Gaining weight just gets easier as we get older. So one of the best ways to keep your weight stable (or to lose weight) is by drinking plenty of water.
Drinking water before a meal can reduce your appetite and make you feel fuller so you’re not as likely to fill up on empty calories. It also helps you burn more calories while reducing your BMI, waist size, and body fat.
To help keep that body fat from sneaking back in, shoot for drinking around 64 ounces of water per day.
- Look At Your Current Diet
The fat cells that you removed during liposuction aren’t coming back. That’s the good news. But that doesn’t mean you can go hog wild and start loading up on junk food.
Because here’s the bad news: the remaining fat cells left behind will get larger if your diet is chock full of heavily caloric, sugary, high-fat, processed foods. And those cells may show up in all of the wrong places.
You don’t have to adhere to a macro-biotic diet though. Just be reasonable. Stick with lean foods with a lot of protein and fresh produce. Be sure you don’t skimp on fiber in your diet. And swap out frying foods for healthier cooking methods such as steaming, baking, boiling, and broiling.
- Ease Back Into Exercise
Liposuction is most popular among people who’ve already worked to lose weight and are now trying to address stubborn fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise. If this sounds like you, then you probably already have an exercise and workout routine. That puts you ahead of the game in terms of maintaining your liposuction results. Even so, you won’t be able to jump right back into it.
Within hours of your liposuction procedure, you’ll be encouraged to get out of bed and start moving around. Then in the weeks that follow, you’ll need to be highly attentive to what your body needs. This can take practice. Especially because you may be excited to show off your new body. Don’t rush it though.
Just know that usually within two weeks, you’ll be able to begin resistant training. You probably won’t be able to get back to strenuous aerobic activity until two weeks post procedure. And you’ll need to move slowly until you build back your strength and endurance once you do.
Once you’re back on track though, maintaining your exercise routine along with eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is going to go miles toward staying slim after liposuction.
Rid Yourself of Stubborn Fat
If you’re exhausted and discouraged by fat that won’t disappear with diet and exercise, contact us.
Your commitment and determination makes you the perfect patient for liposuction. Furthermore, it bodes well for your ability in maintaining liposuction results.
So don’t wait another day. Let us help you get the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Achieving Aesthetics After Breast Implant Removal
Breast implants were once all the rage. And they continue to be an excellent solution for some patients seeking fuller and more voluminous breasts.
Other women, however, have found they no longer want their larger implants and are requesting they be removed. They want a sleeker physique.
Changes from aging or pregnancy can change the shape of the breast though. So the challenge then becomes achieving aesthetics after breast implant removal.
Procedures After Breast Implant Removal
Sometimes after the removal of implants, breasts may sag, droop, or look a bit deflated. Some of this will depend on the size of the implants. Fortunately, there are a number of options to restore shape and firmness.
- Breast Lift
A common reason women decide to opt out of implants is back pain. Especially for patients with larger implants. Bigger breasts can create excess pressure on the spine which is especially problematic during exercise.
Removing the implants eases this pain, but can leave the breasts lacking in volume. So it’s not unusual for a plastic surgeon to perform a breast lift to remove excess breast tissue and skin. From there, he or she fashions a new breast contour to deliver a perkier and more natural appearance.
- Breast Reduction
For women seeking to downsize from implant removal, a breast reduction is another option. And in some cases, it may be performed with a breast lift.
It’s very similar to a breast lift in that tissue is removed to create a contour that is sleeker and firmer.
- Fat Transfer
Fat transfer is a straightforward procedure that involves shifting fat from one part of the body where there is excess to another part where there’s a lack of volume. While this wouldn’t be recommended for women with low body fat content, it could be an effective way to add volume to sagging breasts while slimming other “problem” areas.
This procedure can also be formed with a breast lift to maintain some volume.
- Implant Replacement
Not every woman who decides to have her implants removed is done with the whole scene. Some patients are fond of their implants and the fullness they provide their breasts. They may just want to change the aesthetics some. So for them, implant replacement is the ideal solution.
By swapping out undesirable implants for those that are more tailor made, there is little to no problem with drooping and sagging. Plus, the implant “pocket” already exists so recovery is typically easier and faster than when the first implants were inserted.
Curious About Aesthetics After Breast Implant Removal
It’s important to understand that additional work will likely be required to achieve aesthetics after breast implant removal.
Ideal Body Areas for Liposuction
Fat is fat, right? Well, no.
Whether you’re attempting to lose weight or in your desired weight range, there’s a good chance you struggle with areas where stubborn fat just won’t disappear. And it doesn’t matter how much you diet and exercise.
If this sounds familiar, then liposuction could be the solution you’ve been seeking. And with so many available body areas for liposuction, there’s a good chance you’ll find a procedure that responds well for your problematic flab.
The Best Body Areas for Liposuction
Liposuction could, in theory, be done almost anywhere on the body. But areas where the skin is firmer and more toned are going to deliver the best post-operative results.
These most commonly include the following:
If you have a “muffin top,” you may not find it very appetizing. Most people would prefer to bid theirs farewell. It’s for this reason that the lower region of the abdomen is such a popular place for liposuction.
But the upper region of the abdomen offers up challenges as well. It’s hard to achieve a sleek and slim profile when there’s a stubborn layer of fat between your ribs and belly button. Liposuction can put the kibosh on it.
Thighs and Lower Legs
Whether you’re carrying saddlebags on your outer thighs, troubled by a “banana roll” on your posterior thighs, or want a noticeable inner thigh gap, liposuction can do the trick.
Though less common, liposuction can also be performed on the lower leg to offer a more proportionate and sleeker profile to the entire leg.
If you’re close to having that hourglass figure but can’t quite shake the fatty filler that keeps it from happening, liposuction can help. Liposuction on the hips removes excess fat deposits to deliver that well-defined figure. And as an added bonus, it can also improve the appearance of the buttocks.
Waist, Flanks, and Buttocks
Most of us don’t feel much love for those love handles that show up on the waist and flank. Unfortunately, they’re all too common. And diet and exercise do nothing to eliminate them. Liposuction is a viable solution in this case.
Meanwhile, if you’re not comfortable with the amount of junk in your trunk, liposuction to the buttocks can give you a more proportionate appearance.
Many women are embarrassed by jiggly upper arms as they get older. But this excess skin doesn’t just plague women.
Whatever the case, liposuction can tackle this issue by smoothing and tightening this problem area to define and rejuvenate the arms.
Chest and Back
More often than not, liposuction to the chest (independent of breast augmentation) is performed on men. Particularly those struggling with gynecomastia.
Liposuction to the back, however, is more common for women. So if you’re embarrassed by unsightly “bra rolls,” you can address them through liposuction for a more streamlined and firmer appearance.
Finally, excess neck fat doesn’t always render the cutest little baby face. If you’re longing for a more defined contour, then liposuction on the neck could be a great choice.
Interested in Liposuction?
With so many available body areas for liposuction, there’s bound to be a procedure to help you with stubborn excess fat.
So if you’re curious about how liposuction could help you, contact us today. You’ll be amazed at the vast number of possibilities.
Drink More Water for Healthy Skin
By now, you probably know there are SO many benefits to drinking enough water each day. But do you know about the benefits of drinking water for healthy skin?
It makes sense really.
Drinking an abundance of water keeps your organs performing at their optimum levels. And since the skin is the largest organ in the body, it stands to reason that water provides multiple benefits to it as well.
The Benefits of Drinking Water for Healthy Skin
There is a wide range of ways to keep your skin healthy, supple, and rejuvenated. And some are more effective than others. But it’s safe to say that drinking water is definitely one of the easiest.
Yet, many people do not get enough water each day. And that’s tough on your skin. Because while it’s busy storing water, preventing fluid loss, and keeping your temperature steady, it can use a regular recharge of water throughout the day.
We’ll take a look at the benefits to your skin by drinking plenty of water each day.
- Flushes Toxins
Toxins – whether from your diet, stress, or environment – can wreak havoc on your skin. Certain kinds of toxins can even clog your pores and lead to acne and pimples.
Your overall health is also affected by these toxins. When this happens, the skin is left looking dingy and dull. The best way to alleviate this is not by going on some trendy juice fast. Instead, get into the habit of drinking water with every healthy meal, as well as throughout the rest of the day.
Doing so will effectively flush out toxins, improve your health, and bring radiance to your skin.
- Boosts Elasticity
Have you ever done the skin pull test to see how elastic your skin is? Gently pinch some skin on the top of your hand and pull it upward. Then let it go. If it bounces back, then you have good elasticity.
If, on the other hand, it slowly recedes, then you have a lack of elasticity in your skin. While some of this may be due to age, there’s also a chance you’re dehydrated. And that will negatively impact your elasticity even more.
With regular consumption of water throughout the day, you’ll plump up those cells and increase elasticity. Once you make this a daily habit, you may start to notice a long-term improvement in the skin’s ability to bounce back.
- Reduces Wrinkles
In the vein of maintaining the skin’s elasticity by drinking plenty of water comes the potential of fewer wrinkles, scars, and soft lines. Of course, if you already have deep wrinkles and scars, they aren’t going to disappear from drinking water. Even so, it’s still tremendously healthy for even older skin to remain hydrated.
Meanwhile, for those with no or minimal wrinkles, drinking large amounts of water now will increase the likelihood of good elasticity as the skin ages and it gets more difficult to retain water.
- Maintains pH Balance
To keep the skin performing at its best, it’s important maintain a good pH balance. There’s a pH range of 0-14. A value of 0 is highly acidic, while a value of 14 is the most alkaline.
A completely neutral value is 7. This is the number of water. And since the skin is made up of 64% water, maintaining this balance will leave you with healthy and glowing skin.
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
If you have a goal of drinking more water for healthy skin, how much is enough will depend on your height, weight, metabolism, and daily activities.
In general, most adults need five to eight glasses every day. Drinking a minimum of six glasses each day will keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Meanwhile, if water alone doesn’t do the trick and you’d like to smooth out some of those wrinkles or address sagging skin, then contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll discuss the next best steps for you.
Eat For Anti-Aging
We all know there’s no fountain of youth from which to drink. But that doesn’t mean you can’t drink or eat for anti-aging.
There are certainly foods that help to slow down the signs of aging more than others. And there are those that actually accelerate those signs.
If your diet consists of a lot of junk food (i.e. mostly salt, sugar, and fat), you’re not doing yourself any favors. But don’t worry. A lot of healthy foods are pretty decent in the flavor department. And you can always find ways to sneak them into your diet.
What You Should Eat for Anti-Aging Benefits
When you eat well, not only will you slow down the signs of aging, but you’re also treating your body with respect. In turn, your body will reward you by performing at its optimal level.
In other words, you’ll feel better too. As you begin to shift to a more healthy diet, try to choose fruits and veggies that are deep in color. And fear not. There might even be a few items on our list that’ll surprise and delight you.
Blueberries are portable, versatile, and delicious. You can throw them in a smoothie or toss them on your cereal.
They’re also loaded with a free radical-fighting antioxidant called anthocyanin. It’s what makes the blueberry blue. Plus, with plenty of vitamins A and C, the blueberry is kind of a fruit superhero.
By managing the inflammatory responses in the body, the antioxidant in blueberries goes the distance in protecting the skin from damage and preventing loss of collagen.
If you’re not a fan of fish, you may want to try to cultivate a taste for it. Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart and your skin.
Like antioxidants, omega-3s quell inflammation. This is especially helpful for calming the skin after sun exposure. Omega-3s are almost like a natural sunblock – except they won’t actually protect you from getting burned. So keep the SPF lotion handy.
Say what you want about broccoli, but there’s no denying that this veggie is a powerhouse. Along with the aforementioned antioxidants and vitamin C (which is needed to boost collagen production), broccoli also contains folate, calcium, lutein, and fiber.
No, you probably won’t want to sneak it into a smoothie. Unless you have very strange taste. But you can toss it in soup or throw some raw broccoli into a salad. Your body will thank you.
- Beans and Legumes
Beans, beans. Nature’s fruit. (You know the rest.)
But third-grade humor aside, beans and legumes are two of the best things you can eat to reduce the risk of major diseases while promoting good health. They’re loaded with phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are prevalent in the Mediterranean diet.
If you’re not into sitting down with a bowl of lima beans, that’s okay. Beans and legumes are so versatile they can be added to soups or salads, transformed into wheat-free pastas, or mashed with herbs and spices to make amazing dips.
Plus, they’re abundant and inexpensive.
- Red Bell Pepper
Like blueberries, red bell peppers are also packed with collagen-producing vitamin C. Their antioxidants are known as carotenoids and they’re responsible for the bright red, orange, or yellow colors in a variety of veggies and fruits. Carotenoids are also loaded with antioxidants that offer anti-inflammatory properties to help protect the skin from pollution, sun damage, and environmental toxins.
- Green and/or Black Tea
If you’re an American, you’re more than likely all about coffee. And coffee DOES have some anti-aging properties. But you’ll get more anti-aging bang for your buck with green and/or black tea. That’s why throughout much of the world, tea takes the top spot for beverages. It falls second worldwide only to water.
Not only does tea hydrate, but it’s full of antioxidants and phytochemicals such as flavonoids, catechins, and theanine. You don’t need to remember any of these names. Just know that they serve to promote heart health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and fat absorption. All of these lend to looking and feeling younger.
- Dark Chocolate
Finally. Something you can really sink your teeth into.
Another antioxidant-rich food, dark chocolate also boasts high levels of magnesium which fights inflammation. In addition, it can reduce stress and improve quality of sleep.
But don’t get too excited. Chocolate should be eaten in moderation. And be sure whatever chocolate you choose, there is not much sugar. Sugar causes inflammation and can undo all of chocolate’s benefits. (Nobody said life was fair.)
Slow Down the Signs of Aging
If your skin and body are just beginning to show signs of aging, you can eat for anti-aging to slow down the progression. But food with anti-aging properties can’t do much for skin that’s already experienced serious damage over the years.
In that case, you’ll want to look into dermal fillers, Botox, or certain lift procedures to restore that youthful appearance. Contact us today for a free consultation to speak with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
And in the meantime, continue to eat a healthy and balanced diet to look and feel your best.
Make Your Botox Last Longer
If you’re seeing the signs of aging, you know that nothing in life is permanent. And while Botox can address some of those signs, the results are also not permanent.
That’s no reason to throw in the towel on attaining a more youthful appearance though.
Getting Botox can go a considerable distance in smoothing out wrinkles and restoring your confidence. And there are certain things you can do to make your Botox last longer.
What Is Botox?
When you hear the word Botox, you may think of botulism and wonder why you’d ever inject something like that into your body.
The fact is, Botox is derived from a natural bacteria that’s found in lakes, forests, and soils. It’s also present in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish. The spores of this bacteria are basically harmless.
Problems only occur when the spores transform and the cell population increases. At this point, they start producing Botulinum toxin. This is the neurotoxin that leads to botulism.
When Botox is used in a therapeutic context, however, it is safe. The amounts of the Botulinum toxin are miniscule. There is only enough to temporarily paralyze the muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Most people use Botox to treat wrinkles around the eyes, lines at the corners of the mouth, horizontal creases in the forehead, or “cobblestone” skin on the chin. The effects are temporary though.
How To Make Your Botox Last Longer
While there are ways to maximize your results, your first order of business is to find an experienced provider. If you settle for “discount” Botox, you can expect that your results will not only be lackluster, but they won’t last very long.
So once you’ve found a highly experienced provider and feel confident with your Botox treatment, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your results last longer.
- Take Zinc
Studies show that zinc is effective in extending the effects of Botox by up to 30%. In fact, the results of a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, showed that almost 92% of the patients who took zinc noticed their results quicker and reported they lasted several weeks longer.
If you make the decision to have Botox, you’ll need to start taking zinc twice per day for four days before your treatment.
- Stay Out of the Sun
As eager as you may be to get out there and shine some light on your results, you’ll want to avoid the sun. This is particularly important on the day of treatment.
Exposure to the sun boosts blood circulation and causes the blood vessels to dilate. As a result, it could cause the Botox to disperse faster than normal.
So lather up with a sunscreen that has a minimum 30 SPF to sustain those results.
- Free Your Face From Abrasion
Finally, for the first week after treatment, you’ll need to avoid putting any sort of product on your face that causes abrasion. These include scrubs, toners, masks, or any abrasive cleaners.
You’ll also want to consider getting regular Botox treatments to weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles. Doing so will also help the effects last longer.
Curious About Botox?
Now that you have the intel on how to make your botox last longer, are you ready to start smoothing out some of those lines and wrinkles?
If so, then contact us today.
During your free consultation with our highly experience staff, you’ll find out about how this simple procedure can make a big difference in your appearance.
Smoking and Plastic Surgery Don’t Mix
If you’re a smoker and have had surgery in the past without complications, consider yourself lucky.
Tobacco smokers are at a much higher risk than non-smokers for complications that include impaired heart and lung functions, infections, and delayed wound healing.
And if you think that you don’t need to worry about that for plastic surgery, think again. Smoking and plastic surgery are a terrible pair.
How Smoking Impacts the Body
Cigarettes are chock full of chemicals. Over 4,000 of them. And these chemicals present a significantly higher risk for surgical complications in smokers.
The two biggest culprits are nicotine and carbon monoxide. Both of these decrease oxygen levels in the body and boost the risk of heart-related complications. In addition, the actual act of smoking damages the lungs and makes proper air flow through them difficult.
Furthermore, smoking negatively impacts the immune system. So when the body is attempting to heal from surgery, it’s going to take longer. This increases the risk of infection at the wound site.
And you don’t have to be a chain smoker for this to be the case. Smoking a single cigarette is enough to decrease the body’s ability to deliver nutrients for healing after any type of surgery.
Specific Complications for Smoking and Plastic Surgery
One of the worst effects of smoking is vasoconstriction. This is the narrowing of the blood vessels. When the vessels are narrowed, flow of blood and oxygen are compromised. This deters proper healing of the skin cells and increases the likelihood of skin cell death, or necrosis, on the wound.
But wait. There’s more.
When nicotine is present in the body, plastic surgery can result in loss of cheek skin, nipples, or belly skin after a facelift, breast lift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck surgery. It may also cause a loss of breast implants.
And because healing is delayed, scars are thicker and wider. Slower healing means more pain and also the possibility of infection or even blood clots – which can be fatal. Pair all of these with the other dangerous complications such as heart attack and stroke, and it’s clear that smoking and plastic surgery do not mix.
What About Marijuana or Other Alternatives?
When your doctor tells you not to smoke before surgery, this includes smoking tobacco in pipes, cigars, hookahs, as well as smoking marijuana. Carbon monoxide is created any time you smoke and this can lead to tissue death after surgery. Marijuana edibles or tinctures may be approved, however. You’ll need to discuss with your surgeon that option.
Meanwhile, vapes and e-cigs are not acceptable switch-outs for smoking either because even though there’s no carbon monoxide, they still contain nicotine. Even nicotine gums and patches should be avoided.
The general rule of thumb is that ANY type of smoking or nicotine use is going to be bad for your surgical outcome. Period.
Your Best Bet
If you are a smoker, evidence shows that quitting at least four weeks before surgery will not only lower your risk of complications, but you’ll notice better results six months after the plastic surgery procedure. You are also less likely to experience complications with anesthesia.
To heal properly, sustain results, and improve your overall health, ceasing the use of nicotine products altogether is really the only game in town. So if you’re considering a plastic surgery procedure and know you’ll need to quit for at least four weeks prior, now might be the time to consider quitting forever.
Change Your Appearance, Change Your Life
Are you a smoker who’s looking for a fresh new look with a facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or other plastic surgery procedure?
Contact us today.
Because now that you understand how smoking and plastic surgery don’t play well together, you may be inspired to quit for good. And your new look may just come with a new lease on life.
How Botox Works
There’s beauty in aging. But that doesn’t mean you have to giggle about your laugh lines or give a celebratory caw for those crow’s feet.
If you’re troubled by the increasing number of wrinkles showing up seemingly every time you glance in the mirror, then you may want to consider Botox.
You might say, “But why would I want to inject botulism into my body!?” Well, that’s not how Botox works. We’ll take a deeper dive and explain how it does.
Botox and Botulism?
Let’s address the elephant in the room first.
Unlike with dermal fillers, Botox contains neurotoxins that temporarily weaken the muscles in your face. A bacterium called Clostridium botulinum comprises the neurotoxins used in Botox. Botulinum toxins occur naturally in soil as well as in contaminated foods. It is the latter that has created the scare around botulism.
However, in the case of Botox, this bacteria is created in lab where technicians dilute and sterilize these toxins so they will NOT cause botulism. Even so, you always want to work with only highly qualified medical professionals when receiving injections.
Bargain shopping for Botox is not a great idea.
How Botox Works
By weakening or paralyzing the muscles that cause laugh lines, crow’s feet, or other wrinkles, Botox effectively reduces those wrinkles and lines to provide younger looking skin.
Now that you’ve gotten past the botulism issue, you might shudder at the thought of your face being paralyzed. To be clear, Botox doesn’t completely paralyze the face. This is because there are two types of nerves in the body.
One type of nerve is responsible for motion, and the other for feeling. Botox blocks only the synapses of the brain only in the former, so you will still be able to feel your face. Once the injection moves into the desired muscle, only the motion nerves are blocked. So while your brain may be firing and signaling your body to move that muscle, Botox will block those synapses.
When the injected muscle is unable to contract, wrinkles relax and soften. Plus, Botox also helps prevent new wrinkles from forming. So it’s a two-fer. And, once again, when done by a highly qualified specialist, the procedure will result in a natural appearance.
Various Reasons for Botox
Of course, Botox injections are used to smooth wrinkles and lines on the face and neck.
But it’s also been used in the medical industry for decades to treat a variety of medical conditions including chronic migraines, overactive bladder, excessive sweating, eyelid twitching, crossed eyes, cervical dystonia, and adult spasticity.
Furthermore, since Botox blocks nerve signals that control muscle movement, it can also provide relaxation and pain relief. As such, it’s effectively used for pain management for the back, neck, and jaw, as well as nerve pain, neuropathy, osteoarthritis, joint pain, TMJ, and chronic myofascial pain.
What to Expect
The procedure is pretty simple.
Depending on where the injection occurs, the doctor may rub an anesthetic cream in the area to numb it. Then the medicine is injected into the targeted facial muscles.
The whole procedure takes only a few minutes and within the first week of your treatment, you’ll notice fewer facial lines and wrinkles as your muscles start to relax. This effect will last for up to four months.
And that’s it!
A More Youthful Appearance Is Easier Than You Think
Now that you know how Botox works, find out if it’s right for you.
Contact us today for your free consultation. We’ll give you the 411 on all your options and you can decide from there.
What Makes Up The Healthy Skin Diet?
Are you incredibly careful about what you put on your skin? Perhaps you buy the richest lotions and diligently apply sunscreen each day.
What you put on your skin is certainly important. But have you considered that what you put IN your body is just as important as what you’re putting ON your body.
As the largest organ in the body, the skin is impacted by just about everything you do. Even stress affects your skin! So to keep it performing optimally, stick with the healthy skin diet we’ve outlined below.
- Eat Five-a-Day For Better Health
By now, you’ve probably heard of free radicals. They’re the natural products of human metabolism, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle choices. And they’re not your friends.
Free radicals create oxidative stress which has a starring role in skin aging. One of the best defenses against free radicals are antioxidants. And fruit and vegetables are loaded with with antioxidants like betacarotene and lutein. So making sure you get five servings a day is going to give you a big advantage.
Many fruits and vegetables have vitamin C which is also good for helping the skin fight wrinkles. Citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and kiwis are great sources.
- Avoid Processed Foods
So while you’re learning to enjoy more fruits and vegetables, you can swap out some processed foods, refined sugars, and foods with a high glycemic index for them.
Consuming dairy, carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats increases inflammation in the body that can negatively impact your skin including irritation, breakouts, and faster aging.
- Stay Hydrated
There are so many reasons to stay hydrated. Drinking six to eight glasses of fluid per day will help keep your skin from getting dry and dull. Water is the best choice, but caffeine-free and herbal teas count too. There are even certain fruits (watermelon, anyone!?) and vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber that contribute fluid. Plus, they offer minerals as well.
- Load Up On Vitamin E
Some folks rub vitamin E directly onto their very dry skin. But pure vitamin E is not exactly practical as a daily treatment. So you can get it from your foods instead.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant and some of the best food sources are almonds and sunflower seeds. Which is convenient because they travel well.
- Prioritize Omega-3s
We’ve been told forever the health benefits of fish. That’s because of the omega-3 fatty acids which improve cholesterol and counteract inflammation. But they also help to preserve collagen and keep it firmer and more supple.
Some fish are richer in omega-3s than others. Mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna and herring top the list.
If you’re vegetarian, no need to lament. Plant-based options for omega-3 include chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, and edamame.
- Don’t Forget the Polyphenols
In case you’re unfamiliar, polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that are found in a variety of foods including grapes, tea, coffee, and (fortunately) dark chocolate.
Polyphenols such as anthocyanin, flavonoids, resveratrol, and phenolic acid can reduce rough texture on the skin and even protect against sun damage.
- Skip the Crash Diet
Finally, if you’re addicted to taking off weight with the latest fad diet each time you put on a little weight, it’s time work for a more steady and balanced diet. The losing and regaining weight cycle is hard on the skin and can cause wrinkles, sagging, and stretch marks. Plus they rob you of essential vitamins and minerals.
Your best bet? Treat your skin kindly by eating a diet with lean meats and plant-based foods, while reducing processed food and alcohol. You’ll be amazed what a difference this can make.
Consider the Healthy Skin Diet
Once you start the healthy skin diet, you’ll feel better overall. But if you’re still unhappy with the state of your skin or changing your diet hasn’t quite done the trick, then contact us.
We have a full line of skincare products that can supplement your diet and healthy lifestyle to rejuvenate and brighten your skin. Get out there and shine!
Looking Younger Isn’t Just Vanity
People get plastic surgery for many reasons. Of course, we’ve addressed important health reasons such as easing respiration, improving vision, and restoring balance.
As such, there are those that believe plastic surgery is “fine” for those reasons, but pass judgment on those who want to look younger.
The reality is, looking younger isn’t just vanity. In fact, there are multiple mental health benefits that come from having procedures with that goal in mind.
The Positive Psychological Benefits
Some folks believe firmly in the idea of aging gracefully. Until aging actually hits and the effects aren’t so graceful. And when someone is bothered by the appearance of being old, it can have a profound influence on how they live their lives and feel about themselves.
For example, while some women are fine with the aftereffects of pregnancy, others are disturbed by looking older after having their last child. Childbearing can take a serious toll on a woman’s body. For most, the full breasts and flatter stomach from their youth are distant memories.
Or perhaps one man is fine with thinning hair and eventually becoming bald. It may even lend to his appearance. But that’s not the case for everyone. So these men (and women) may seek out ways to fill their hairline with hair implants or other treatments.
In all of these scenarios, there is nobody in the wrong. Each of us has our own comfort level with aging. And if looking younger through a plastic surgery procedure leads to more self-confidence, then that’s a big plus.
And self-confidence isn’t the only improvement.
Positive Mental Health Outcomes
When we can acknowledge that we’re not comfortable with looking older and then take action toward self-improvement, it can be very empowering.
Research backs. A study published in Clinical Psychological Science looked at two groups of people. The first group decided to get a plastic surgery procedure to improve their appearance. The second group wanted a procedure, but did not have one.
Those who opted-in reported mental health improvements in a vast array of areas. They experienced less depression, anxiety and social phobia, while increased self-esteem, well-being, quality of life, and even attaining of goals.
So How Could That Be?
So it makes perfect sense that self-esteem and well-being would be improved upon looking younger. But what about attaining of goals?
Authors of the study can only surmise that those who look younger also feel younger and more self-assured so they are likely to take more risks to achieve their goals. It’s impossible to say for sure, but there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that points to many uplifting mental benefits of looking younger.
Of course, there are no guarantees. And it’s important that each person approach plastic surgery with a realistic expectation rather than seeing it as a magical way to drink from the fountain of youth. (Those with body dysmorphic disorder, for instance, will never be satisfied.)
Going in with that understanding will make all the difference.
Looking Younger Isn’t Just Vanity
Given all the mental health benefits, it’s clear that looking younger isn’t just vanity. So if you’ve been feeling down about looking older and debating about whether to get a cosmetic procedure, contact us today.
During your free consultation, we’ll sit down with you and discuss what you can realistically expect from your procedure. Then you can make an informed decision from there.