Pregnancy and motherhood bring about many changes in a woman’s life. From the indescribable love for your new child to the renewed since of purpose in your relationship, many changes associated with motherhood are positive. Along with positive emotional transformations, pregnancy and motherhood can permanently change your body as well. Throughout the process, your body acts as a protective barrier between your growing child and the outside world, nourishing and sheltering the baby. While gaining weight in moderation during pregnancy is necessary, losing the pounds and reducing excess inches afterward can be difficult, especially given how busy new moms can be.
Mommy Makeover surgery is Southern Plastic Surgery’s answer to helping moms rejuvenate their bodies to match their new attitudes toward life. Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body. Whether you’re looking to tighten up your waistline or give yourself a complete rejuvenation, a mommy makeover is customized to suit your needs and help give you the body you remember. Continue reading
Eating well is very important to maintain proper bodily function. The nutrients within food provide us with energy and the ability to heal, which is why I’ve dedicated part of my health and wellness blog to healthy recipes. It’s important to understand that dieting is not equivalent to eating well. There are certain vitamins, as detailed in my health and wellness blog discussing herbal supplements and plastic surgery, that can help the body recover faster from plastic surgery procedures. We are constantly advised to eat better for the sake of our health, but have you been told to eat better for the sake of your wrinkles?
Last month, foods that improve complexion and promote a youthful look were discussed on The Doctors television show. With my focus on health and wellness in cosmetic surgery, I was particularly interested in this episode since it combined two of my interests: eating well and anti-aging. It’s interesting that people will search and search for that perfect anti-aging product when they could look younger just by eating better. Here’s a list of the anti-aging foods featured on The Doctors:
- Brussels Sprouts- Aside from anti-cancer properties, Brussels sprouts’ cell repairing ability helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Dark chocolate- Filled with antioxidants that protect and smooth the skin’s texture, dark chocolate can make you feel good both inside and out.
- Salmon- Moisture is a key component of youthful skin, and the fatty acids within salmon help lock in the skin’s moisture while also preventing toxin buildup.
- Brazil nuts- This food contains a mineral called selenium that reduces the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Brazil nuts can even correct sun damaged skin.
- Watermelon- A good source of vitamin C, this summertime favorite is also rich in lycopene, which helps get rid of an aged look caused by free radicals released by UV rays.
- Swiss chard- This potent, antioxidant rich green’s vitamin E helps skin look and feel younger by locking in moisture.
- Oysters- While boosting the immune system, the zinc within oysters helps boost the body’s collagen production.
These are not the only foods that combat the signs of aging. The vitamins and minerals within these foods are the rejuvenation key, so don’t fret if you aren’t seeing foods that you will eat. I encourage you to find foods that you do like that are rich in these anti-aging vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re searching for something with a slightly more dramatic anti-aging affect, I offer cosmetic injectables and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles. Facelift surgery can also provide a youthful appearance, and I even offer mini facelift procedures for patients whose signs of aging are not advanced enough to warrant a traditional facelift. However, it’s important to remember that plastic surgery is no substitution for proper diet and exercise. Eating healthy is important even if you pursue a cosmetic procedure for a more youthful look.
Education is the first step to healthy living; If you’re interested in learning about other facial plastic surgery, breast procedures, or body contouring procedures I perform, be sure to check out the rest of my website and blog. Also, be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on plastic surgery news.
Facelifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are effective in tightening the skin around the eyes and face that are often one of the most telling signs of age. However, wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows can often be smoothed through the use of products like Dysport® and Botox® that relax muscles of the face for patients who are just starting to notice signs of aging.
In addition, a recent study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery claims that more patients favored areas of their face treated by Dysport® better than Botox® when they contracted facial muscles, although the patients in the study did not report a difference when the muscles were relaxed. While Dysport® and Botox® are similar in composition, there is a slight difference. Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxin A) was developed as an alternative to Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA). Further research is necessary to determine which is really more effective in eliminating wrinkles.
Patients can now save up to $100 on a Dysport® treatment through a new program called “Think Outside the Bo**x.” July 15 through September 30, 2011, Southern Plastic Surgery will offer $50 off a Dysport® treatment and an additional $50 off for former Botox® patients trying Dysport®. By registering on the Dysport® website at www.dysportusa.com and mailing in a completed rebate form, patients will receive a rebate check for $50.
Those who have had a Botox® treatment within the last 3-12 months of their Dysport® treatment must also register online, but need to mail in the itemized receipt for their previous Botox® treatment to receive an additional $50 rebate. If you have had Botox within the past year, you could potentially receive $100 off your next Dysport® treatment.
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