April 17th, 2015 Blog Admin
The media inundate us with images of the “perfect” body. While it is widely known that the use of Photoshop runs rampant in the entertainment and advertising industry, many people subconsciously take these unrealistic beauty standards seriously, and try to emulate the images they see. While getting fit and feeling better about oneself are great goals, there are also disastrously negative sides to trying to look like the models and celebrities in advertising. Some beauty trends are downright unhealthy, such as the “thigh gap.” But how can you achieve a beautiful, healthy thigh contour, without slipping into dangerous fads?
What Is the Thigh Gap?
The thigh gap describes a possible contour of the thigh, which when the legs and knees are closed, there is a noticeable space between the two thighs. It is often seen in ultra-slim runway models, and it is an appearance many young women strive to achieve. However, most women’s bodies are not structurally designed to ever have such a gap, and many go to unhealthy lengths to try to achieve the thigh gap. While this contour is not unhealthy in and of itself, it is unhealthy when extreme skinniness is a way to achieve the look. It is often associated with dangerous eating disorders. Fortunately, there has been a cultural movement to banish the idolization of the thigh gap, and it seems to be working, as more negative attention is focused on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »
March 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
Lasers have come a long way in the last few years. Today they are used extensively in many different fields, including plastic surgery. While in the past, laser treatments were limited to procedures such as skin resurfacing, a number of different treatments now exist that use lasers as the foundation. Today, lasers help surgeons and patients achieve amazing results ranging from skin resurfacing to tattoo removal, to even fat reduction. Let’s take a look at some of the ways lasers can improve the body’s aesthetics and help patients achieve their goals.
Classic Laser Treatments: Skin Resurfacing
Various types of laser resurfacing treatments are available today, ranging from the invasive and highly effective carbon dioxide lasers to gentler treatments that offer subtle skin refreshing and anti-aging results. Laser resurfacing works by heating the deep layers of skin to carefully destroy damaged cells and encourage the formation of new skin and collagen. Collagen is the component in skin that lends firmness, elasticity, and youth, but decreases production with age. Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
There are many ways in which we subconsciously judge other people upon meeting them.
It isn’t fair, but appearance gives subtle cues and insights that influence our initial impressions of strangers.
While we can control some aspects of our appearance easily, such as clothing choices, and hairstyles, there are also surprising aspects of aging that can negatively impact first impressions, including facial expression.
As we age, we begin to lose collagen in the skin, an essential component in skin structure. Loss of collagen makes the skin thinner and less elastic, making it begin to sag and wrinkle.
These wrinkles can do more than make us look older—they can also create unwanted facial expressions like anger, disinterest, and fatigue when the face is at rest. Read the rest of this entry »
January 23rd, 2015 Blog Admin
As with other areas of the body, the aesthetics of the breasts are affected by a number of factors, including age, lifestyle, past pregnancies, and genetics. While many women have naturally small breasts, this does not mean that the effects of aging will not become apparent as time goes on, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are not happy with your breasts’ size and appearance, then you may be considering plastic surgery to improve the aesthetics of the area. However, there are two popular procedures that can help with this, depending on the circumstances: breast lift and breast augmentation. But which surgery is best for you? Let’s take a look at both the options.
About Breast Lifts
A breast lift is a procedure to help counter the effects of gravity and childbearing that occur as a woman ages. Loss of skin elasticity and other factors cause sagging, stretched out breasts over time, and many women do not like the way these changes affect the overall shape of their bodies. Drooping breasts are lifted for a more youthful contour with breast lift, also known as mastoplexy. Mastoplexy is performed by removing and tightening excess skin, and reshaping the tissue underneath. Stretched areolas (the area around the nipple) can also be addressed with this procedure. The breast lift is usually favored by women who are happy with their breast size, but want to rejuvenate and lift the area. Read the rest of this entry »
December 19th, 2014 Blog Admin
Just a few decades ago, laser technology was extremely new and limited in its uses. Technology advances quickly, however, and today laser treatments are available for many different cosmetic and functional purposes. One type of laser, the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is considered one of the best tools for facial resurfacing available. Using CO2 laser resurfacing, it is possible for patients to gain significant anti-aging benefits after treatment. So why is laser resurfacing so important, and what do you need to know? Here are some of the ways cosmetic lasers can help you look younger, as well as some information on the specifics of the treatment. Read the rest of this entry »
October 17th, 2014 Blog Admin
Breast development occurs at a different rate for every woman. Some women develop quickly, with large breasts coming in at a relatively early age, often during the mid to late teens. While many women are happy with this change, for others the development is excessive, resulting in back and breast pain and other problems. Some young women know from an early age that they would like to consider a breast reduction. But what are some of the reasons women seek breast reduction, and what is a good age to have the surgery performed? Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2014 Blog Admin
If you’ve taken the lifestyle steps to achieve massive weight loss, then congratulations! You’ve accomplished a feat to be proud of.
Weight loss can be a tough and emotional journey, particularly when the body changes involved are significant.
There’s a lot to be excited about following this kind of change, but there can also be some common frustrations involved as well: sagging skin, problem areas and cellulite. Read the rest of this entry »
August 1st, 2014 Blog Admin
Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure among young women, many of whom have not had children, but plan to do so in the future. It is quite normal for patients to have lots of questions about the implant surgery, results, risks, and other aspects of the procedure. One pressing question women tend to struggle with has to do with future plans of motherhood. Is it possible to breastfeed after getting breast implants? With more and more women embracing the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child, the question becomes more prominent than ever. So what’s the truth? Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2014 Blog Admin
Arm lifts have increased greatly in popularity over the last 15 years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the number of arm-lift procedures has grown from just 338 procedures in 2000 to 15,769 in 2013–an amazing leap of 4,565 percent.
While theories about the reason behind the increase have been circulating, it probably has to do with a confluence of factors, including the desire to look great after weight loss, and/or the media culture surrounding celebrities and public figures. Read the rest of this entry »
June 10th, 2014 Blog Admin
We’ve all been there: you wake up in the morning and see those unsightly “bags” under the eyes that just won’t go away. Sometimes, you can cover up dark circles with makeup, but puffy eyes can make you look older, tired, and run down.
Puffiness, dark circles, and under-eye bags can happen to anyone, and if they’re happening to you a lot, then you’re probably looking for a long term solution. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your eyes might be puffy and how to treat the problem Read the rest of this entry »