Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mommy Makeover Cosmetic Surgery Rising Dramatically

By Allan Parungao, MD

Moms willingly make sacrifices for their children -- but now their youthful figure doesn’t have to be one of them. A Mommy Makeover can restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure, and give her self-confidence a lift as well.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 325,000 tummy tuck, breast implant and breast lift procedures were performed on women ages 20-39 in 2006. This represents an 11% increase in "Mommy Makeover" procedures over 2005 statistics, and is more than five times higher than the 2% overall growth in cosmetic surgery procedures during that one-year period.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures to rejuvenate a woman's figure after pregnancy, childbearing and breastfeeding. Depending on a woman's needs, her Mommy Makeover may include a breast lift and/or breast implants, a tummy tuck, liposuction and even an eyelid lift or facelift.

The most common complaints among women who have had children are sagging breasts or loss of breast volume, and stretch marks and/or loose skin over the abdomen. Today, even women who had never thought about plastic surgery are having Mommy Makeovers.

"I never used to understand why anyone would spend money on plastic surgery," admits Rachel, age 34, a mother of two. "But when a friend who had a tummy tuck and a breast lift came over one day and I saw the results, I thought again!

"I wanted to get something done for my saggy stomach," Rachel recalls. Then she thought about the unevenness in her breasts after breastfeeding and said to herself, "If I’m going to get a tummy tuck, I may as well get my breasts done, too."

Rachel had a tummy tuck and breast implant surgery, and is thrilled with the results. "I was a B cup in one breast and a C cup in the other," she says. "Now I’m a firm D. And it’s incredible how flat my tummy is!"

When is the right time for a Mommy Makeover?

Some women choose to have several procedures done at the same time. Others prefer to have separate procedures eight to 12 weeks apart. It's advisable to wait at least six months after giving birth before having plastic surgery. Nursing moms should wait six months after their baby is weaned.

Feel like you did before you had kids

Patient satisfaction with Mommy Makeover surgery is especially high. After a Mommy Makeover, women are thrilled as their jeans fit better, their breasts are more beautiful and they look in the mirror and see the figure they had before children.

In Rachel's case, it was a matter of realizing what was important to her. "I realize now that different things make different people happy," she explains. "For me, it wasn’t clothes, it wasn’t jewelry, it wasn’t vacations. I have to be happy with myself first, and now I am.

"For the rest of my life, I’ll always be a mom and I’ll always have to put my children first," Rachel concludes. "A Mommy Makeover is the one thing in my life I had to do just for me. And I don’t think that was too much to ask for."

Allan J. Parungao, MD, is an Oak Park, Illinois plastic surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is author of A Woman's Guide to Cosmetic Breast Surgery and Body Contouring (Addicus Books, 2006). Visit Dr. Parungao's web site at or call his office at 708.660.3223.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do You Know These Steps to Beautiful Hands?

By Louise Forrest...

Do you see hands of other women and wish yours looked as good as theirs do? Maybe you visit a manicurist frequently and need to save a bit of money.

While I do not recommend that you completely toss your manicurist because of the many benefits that are achieved through the hand and arm massage, I do think that you can cut back on these visits. To make your hands look their best from home, you need to know how to do a proper manicure (sans the massage, which is not very relaxing to do to yourself).

To perform an at home manicure, you will need: a 4 way buffer, a pair of nail clippers, a soft toothbrush, cuticle oil, polish (base, color and top coat), a hand towel or washcloth, and a bowl filled with warm water and a mild, antibacterial soap.

If you like, you may want to get a bottle of cuticle oil, but many men opt to avoid this step. Even if you have just washed you hands, you need to use the antibacterial soap in your water; if you should happen to cut yourself, you do not want bacteria to enter the wound.

Dip one hand in the warm water for about five minutes. Take it out, brush the tops of the nails and under the free edge (white tip), and dry with your hand towel (or washcloth). To dry the nails, rub the towel up your nail, pushing against the cuticle. If you always dry your hands this way (after hand washing, showering, etc), your cuticles will naturally become exfoliated and look neater.

I do not recommend using cuticle nippers or scissors because they will cause your cuticle to become thicker in time.

Trim your nails using the nail clippers. This should not go into the corners of the nail as it can cause a variety of conditions (especially on toes when you cut the corners too deep).

On your 4 way buffer, you can feel the different grits by feeling how rough each section is. Use the roughest section and file the free-edge, rounding the corners (you do not want to scratch anyone).

Using the surface that is the slightly smoother, go back along the edges, removing the filings that you can see. Rub your finger across each edge, smoothing rough places with this same section of the file.

Now, using the smoothest surface (aside from the grey, rubber section), lightly buff the tops of your nails to remove light ridges. Deep ridges cannot be removed because you file too much nail away trying to get rid of them.

This step is only used if you are not going to use any polish, buff the nail with the rubber section of your 4 way buffer. Apply a tiny amount of cuticle oil to each cuticle and massage into the nail and cuticle (you DO NOT want to apply cuticle oil right now if you are planning to polish you nails as the polish will not adhere to the nail properly and may take much longer to dry.

If you are using polish, apply your base coat now, taking care not to apply it too thick. Base coat is a must if you want to grow your nails or you are using colored polish. If you only want a clear polish, simply apply two coats of this base coat and let dry. Again, if you are ONLY using this clear polish, apply your cuticle oil, applying a tiny amount to each cuticle and massage into the nail and cuticle.

If you chose to use colored polish, you may now apply it. Take care to avoid getting the polish on your cuticles. You may need (and usually do need) to use two coats of polish and let them dry partway. If you do accidentally get it on cuticle, you can usually peel it off after a nice warm shower or bath.

Apply your topcoat and let dry. Apply your cuticle oil, applying a tiny amount to each cuticle and massage into the nail and cuticle and voila! You are finished.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cures For Pimples - Get Rid of Those Ugly Pimples and Get You Clear and Beautiful Skin Back

By Casey Gentles

Everyone gets pimples, its part of the growth process. We tend to grow out of it unless it's already part of your system. Acne, on the other hand, poses a serious threat to our well-guarded beauty. Dirt, facial oil, or even some other factors can make these grow out of your face in serious numbers.

There are plenty of cures for acne pimples. You can consult a dermatologist to prescribe some treatment to get it off your face permanently or you can try out home remedies if you lack the budget for it. But even if you get to have all these at your disposal, hygiene is still the number one factor that needs to be considered to ensure that it won't come back to torment you again and again.

Home remedies as cures for acne pimples is preferred by many since they can easily control the application, as well as avoiding possible side-effects that comes with medications. A solution of honey, vinegar, and rosewater guarantees a clean face so acne can't get a foothold to spread out. Garlic paste contains antibacterial properties that make acne and pimples go away in just a few days.

Cures for acne pimples don't have to be expensive if you really want to get rid of both from your system. All you need to do is pay attention and regularly clean up your face before and after your preferred treatment method. Prevent it from happening with daily washing and treatment is a guarantee that you won't be plagued by it ever again.

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