Choosing the Right Cosmetic Procedures

Dermal Fillers: 5 Questions Answered About This Cosmetic Procedure

If you are considering a type of cosmetic procedure to reduce fine lines or wrinkles or diminish the appearance of recessed scars, you may wish to learn more about dermal fillers. This technique (often done through injections) is most often performed by dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other medical professionals, including medical aestheticians and nurse practitioners. Dermal fillers may also be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as Botox injections. If you experience early signs of aging, dermal filler injections may be worth looking into. Before you begin, you may have several questions that need to be addressed. Here are 5 pertinent questions answered: 1. What Can Dermal Fillers Do For Your Appearance? As you begin to age, your facial structure may lose volume. A dermal filler can help fill out those shallow contours of your face, giving you a fuller, healthier look. It may also help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by softening or smoothing them out. In many cases, this technique may help reduce dark circles under the eye. If your lips have become thinner with age, dermal fillers may make them appear plumper. Dermal fillers are not only for improving facial contour and smoothing out winkles. Many patients see improvement when using this technique to reduce the appearance of recessed scars. Because every case differs, you should ask your doctor if dermal fillers are a good option for your scar or scars. 2. What Does The Dermal Filler Procedure Involve? Before the augmentation procedure takes place, the doctor or practitioner will evaluate your skin tone and facial structure and appearance. Quite often, the provider will mark the facial areas to be treated and take a photo or two. The areas of treatment will then be cleansed and disinfected with a special microbial solution. Local anesthesia or a numbing agent will be given so you will feel minimum discomfort as the injections are given. The length of the session may depend upon how many areas are to be augmented, but for most individuals, it will take under an hour. Ice may be applied to cool and soothe the area and prevent any possible swelling. 3. How Long Will the Benefits Last? The enhancement of this procedure is not intended to be permanent. However, many patients see lasting effects for several months or longer. Your doctor can advise you on how to preserve the results of your […]

The Duodenal Diet: Post-Operative Diet For Successful Weight Loss

If you are overweight, you most likely understand the cosmetic problems associated with obesity. However, obesity affects you cosmetically, physically, and mentally. From possible cardiovascular issues and fatigue to depression and diabetes, the serious nature of being overweight is easy to see. While there are many medications and diets that can help, you still may struggle through your weight loss. If you have a body mass index of 40 or greater and suffer with type 2 diabetes or a body mass index of 50 without diabetes, your doctor may suggest the duodenal switch surgery for weight loss. During this procedure, surgeons remove a portion of your stomach and then reroute a section of intestine. Since this is an invasive and involved surgery, proper recovery is key to success. Using this diet, you will understand how to eat after your duodenal switch surgery. Immediately After Surgery The surgery will alter your entire digestive system, so your body will be in a state of shock immediately after the procedure. In most cases, you will need to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. This allows your body time to heal and adjust. In addition, your surgeon will be able to monitor your digestive capabilities. During your hospital stay, your doctor will approve small portions of broth and sugar-free gelatin. Before leaving the hospital, have a friend of family member shop for groceries that are appropriate for you after surgery. During the first week of recovery, focus your diet on clear liquids. Here are a few safe options to consume during your initial stage of recovery: Water Clear Broths Sugar-Free Gelatin Sugar-Free Popsicles Decaffeinated Coffee/Tea 100 Percent Fruit Juice, Diluted with Water 1 Week into Recovery In most cases, you will be able to add more foods into your diet a week into your recovery. However, be sure to visit your doctor to ensure your digestive system is able to handle these dietary additions. During this time, incorporate small portions of low-fat, sugar-free foods. Consider low-fat cottage cheese, sugar-free and nonfat yogurt, sugar-free puddings, blended low-fat soups, and blended, hot cereals that are rich in fiber. 2 Weeks into Recovery If you are able to consume the soft, low-fat, sugar-free foods without any side effects or digestive problems, you can begin eating more appealing, fulfilling foods. Here are a few options to consider 2 weeks into your recovery: Sugar-Free Applesauce Cooked, […]

4 Health Conditions Easily Treated Using Botox Injections At The Med Spa

As you plan to go on another trip to the medical spa, you might have your sights set on renewed skin and a rejuvenated spirit. The services you receive at the spa, however, can go a long way in treating other ailments as well. Botox injections, in particular, aid in the treatment of health conditions ranging from depression and headaches to muscle spasms and excessive sweating. Read on to see how these injections can set you on the path of healing once and for all. Depression Alleviation The idea of facial feedback controlling disordered brainwaves inspired doctors to begin treating depression with Botox. When injected beneath the skin, the active medications in Botox temporarily paralyze the muscles around the injection site. Paralyzing the muscles between the eyebrows prevents the downward turn that occurs when someone feels sad, angry or otherwise upset. Furthermore, the medication prevents the nerves from sending impulses to the brain that may trigger or worsen negative thought patterns or moods associated with chronic depression. Patients with severe depression noted immediate, lasting improvement in their symptoms after receiving the forehead injections. Migraine Elimination Although doctors cannot always pinpoint the main cause of their patient’s migraines, tense muscles in the head and neck are thought to contribute to the rising pain levels. Patients suffering from migraines frequently experience a rapid worsening of the pain that only subsides after hours of waiting in a dark, quiet room. Injecting Botox at seven vital points along the patient’s head and neck can prevent the development of most episodes and lessen the duration and severity of breakthrough migraines. Each set of injections lasts up to three months before patients must return to the med spa for another round of treatment. Spasm Reduction Painful conditions that cause uncontrollable muscle spasms can severely impact patient’s lives by hindering mobility and causing great pain. Patients may not appreciate the way muscle relaxants potentially inhibit clear thoughts or worsen joint pain. To find relief without taking medications, patients are turning to Botox injections to stop the muscle spasms in their tracks. The injections only work for patients suffering from muscle spasms in a specific, limited area. Before administering the medication, care providers carefully pinpoint the affected muscle groups using electrical impulses sent through the needle. The injections paralyze the overactive muscles to halt the contractions at once. The spasm preventive effects of each injection tend to last […]