Sunday, 27 November 2016

Eating Right before and after a Bariatric Surgery

And so, you have decided to undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight. It sounds great! Happier and healthier times are surely ahead for you! However, have you given thought to your pre-op and post-op diet?

For best long-term results, it is vital that you follow a healthy diet before and after the surgery. Moderate changes should refine your lifestyle to ensure positive outcome of the surgery.

The best presurgery diet

You may be put on a special diet at least 2 to 3 weeks before surgery to shrink your liver and trim down fat in your abdomen. This makes the surgeon’s job easier and you are a lot safer with reduced postoperative risks.

You need to increase your protein intake by consuming vegetables and lean meat, reduce carbs and give up sugars; however, stay hydrated with sugar-free, low-calorie drinks.

Spread your food and fluid intake through the day. Avoid alcohol and include a multivitamin and mineral tablet prescribed by the surgeon.

The right postsurgery diet

Ensure that you strictly follow your surgeon’s advice to prep your stomach postsurgery. Eat small portions slowly, chewing thoroughly.

You may be advised to start with 2 to 3 ounces of clear liquids, slowly progress to pureed/soft foods (no solid chunks of food strictly) and finally on to firmer foods, which is generally three to four months after surgery.

Avoid excessive intake of carbs (breads, pastas, cereals, etc.) to keep hunger pangs at bay. Keep away from sweetened and fatty foods.

Make it a good protein diet to maintain your muscle mass and not to become frail. Spread your protein intake across meals and snacks through the day.

High-protein foods like lean meat, low-fat cheese and yoghurt keep you feeling fuller for longer, and that might cut down your cravings in between meals.

Stay away from caffeine during the first three days after surgery; resume after a consult with a dietitian. Remain well hydrated throughout the day, taking enough fluids between meals. Drinking water or other liquids at or around meal times may lead to nausea and vomiting.

Take seriously your surgeon’s advice for age-appropriate vitamin-mineral supplements that may be a lifelong requirement.

Tips to shed pounds postsurgery

In order to shed pounds postsurgery and keep healthy weight throughout your life, you should observe the following as well.

After surgery, you may start with low-impact exercises in moderation for the first month. You should gradually try to achieve the rhythm of a comfortable daily workout thereafter.

You may be allowed to enjoy occasional treats but including healthier food choices is a must; you should not give in to your presurgery gustatory temptations.

Keep track of your weight and plan regular checkups with your surgeon.

Stay away from excessive intake of alcohol.

Bid farewell to sugar-laden drinks and greasy foods.

Portion sizes do count. Check with the dietitian for ideal serving sizes.

You should network with support groups online, or in your local community, to stay on track for mutual encouragement, and share experiences.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nonsurgical Tightening of your Skin with Elos

As you age, you lose the pack of natural proteins in the body and your skin is deprived of its elasticity. The painful outcome is loose and sagging skin that could lead to sleep deprivation. We know wrinkles are a part of aging process. They are supposed to indicate wisdom; however, no one would probably like to wear them. Thanks to advancement of technology, help is just on hand to breathe new life into your skin.

The right people for nonsurgical skin tightening

The right candidates for nonsurgical skin tightening are those who do not want to go through extended healing process, nor bear huge expenses for cosmetic procedures.

Those who look for a little perk-up in the quality of skin and those with mild to moderate facial lines and skin wrinkles on neck, arms or abdomen are also the right ones for nonsurgical skin tightening.

What is Elos?

Elos is an acronym (a word formed by combining the initial letters of a name with many parts) for electro optical synergy. It is electro optical because electrical and light energies are both involved in this procedure; it is synergy because both these energies interact with each other so that their combined effect is greater than their respective individual effects.

Together they stimulate collagen production, which in turn rejuvenates the skin back to its youthfulness. The technology combines actually diode laser energy and radiofrequency energy. The procedure effectively targets the problem area, leaving out the surrounding skin from possible harmful effects.

Parts of the body Elos can treat

Elos treatment targets in general skin laxity of exposed parts of the body that require cosmetic care – hands, neck, face, and the part of a woman’s chest from the neck to the bosom. It takes care of large pores, acne scars and fine lines, as well.

Pros of Elos

You experience little to minimal discomfort except for a hot pinching sensation. Topical pain relievers can enhance your level of comfort.

It involves no incisions, no injections or invasive procedures. Most people go through the treatment effortlessly.

There is no down time. Most of the patients get back to routine soon after therapy in a day.

It is safe and effective – a good option for those looking for non-invasive and nonsurgical skin improvement technique.

It may be suitable for all skin types.

Cons of Elos

Results may not be that striking in comparison to face-lift or body contouring procedures. The outcome depends entirely on your skin condition. You may have to sit through a few therapy sessions, may be three, to see visible results. Do not expect them to be dramatic though.

You may experience numbness, skin redness or temporary swelling around the treated area that can last up to two weeks.

It’s good for you to have a consultation with a qualified aesthetic skin specialist to review your skin rejuvenation goals. You would do well to decide on the course of treatment – the one that is best for you, after weighing the pros and cons.

Friday, 23 September 2016

All you need to know about Tattoo Removal

You got that fantasy dragon tattooed on a wild impulse, but now it seems like a bad idea? You want to get it removed, but unsure how safe and effective it would be?

Here is an attempt to dispel your doubts about tattoo removal. Although technological advancement has made it safer now, you would do well to seek professional counsel before you make up your mind on removal.

How it works

Tattoo removal nowadays is safer, using laser beams that rip apart the pigment colors of the tattoo ink. Black/Blue tattoo is always the easiest to remove. Fluorescent colors like green and purple are close to impossible to take out. Tattoos, if smaller, are also easier to erase.

How it hurts

The degree of pain varies from one individual to another, based on the person’s pain threshold. It is commonly akin to the sensation one experiences when a thin rubber band snaps against the skin.

Questions to ask a skin care specialist


  • How do you perform the removal procedure?
  • How many sessions would I require?
  • How long is one session?
  • What is the spacing time between sessions?
  • Would it hurt?
  • How do I manage the pain?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What would be the after-care?
  • What is the expected cost of the entire procedure?

What to expect during tattoo removal

Expect no magic in just one session. Your doctor clearly needs several sessions to remove your tattoo. The size of your tattoo, color of your skin and the tattoo ink you have used decide the number of sessions you may have to sit with your doctor.

The depth to which the ink has penetrated too decides the number of sessions, which could range from five to twelve. Allow the healing time the doctor advises between sessions.

Anticipate pain during the procedure. If you feel much pain, tell your doctor who will make small adjustments to make you feel comfortable. Side effects like redness or soreness may be expected but none of them bothers you for long.

Dos

  • Find an experienced aesthetic medicine practitioner in your area to perform the procedure.
  • Discuss your expectations with the doctor.
  • Tattoo removal is considered a cosmetic procedure, and so, it is not usually covered by insurance. Be aware of costs involved for the entire procedure.
  • Communicate with your doctor and ensure that the coast is clear. Learn about pre- and post procedure care to be taken.

Don’ts

  • Do not consider tattoo removal if you have active acne, warts, pigmentation problems or any lesions.
  • Do not try DIY methods/products as they may result in adverse skin reactions.
  • Do not ignore any unpleasant reaction like redness or soreness.
  • How safe laser tattoo removal

Age-old techniques like dermabrasion (removal of superficial layers of skin with a rapidly revolving abrasive tool) and salabrasion (scraping tattoos with gauze pads dipped in saturated salt solution) are not practiced these days.

Good news: tattoo removal is not unsafe anymore! With advanced technology, laser treatment is best to remove tattoos although the efficacy differs from person to person. Removal will be easier if there is striking color contrast between the skin and the tattoo ink.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Five Disturbing Facts about Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a worrisome health condition; left untreated early enough, can lead to other serious medical issues. In some cases, the obese have no choice other than a bariatric surgery.

For some people, surgery appears an easier option when compared to stringent diet restrictions and daily workouts; but they are not aware that the surgical option comes with a fair share of downsides. Five of them are listed below for your consideration before you make up your mind on surgery. 

1. Post operative depression

Depression is closely related to obesity in general. You may feel physically better, post surgery, but you may suffer frequent spells of depression. Blame it on anesthesia, other medications or whatever, melancholy becomes almost unavoidable after the operation.

2. Need for cosmetic surgery

Post surgical weight loss happens gradually and inevitably. It facilitates the skin to adjust to the body shape, as you start losing excess fat. Sometimes, this adjustment may not be adequate.

There may be some excessive skin, which requires cosmetic surgery. Proportionate reshaping of your body may cost you some more health spend. Better, be ready with some extra money to foot the bill of the cosmetic surgeon.

3. ‘No’ to carbonated beverages

If you love sodas or other carbonated drinks, you have to give up those favorite drinks. The reason is simple: carbonated drinks can introduce gas into your stomach, which puts pressure on stomach walls. The outcome is unwanted bulging. Staying hydrated is recommended post surgery, but never with cans of soda.

4. Need for gym workout

If you had undergone surgery in order to escape daily workouts, Ms. Disappointment waits for you there! In addition to a diet, crafted specially for weight loss after surgery, you do need to hit the gym at least six days a week.

Exercise is important to retain the benefit of postsurgical weight loss. Working out with religious sincerity makes it easier for you to achieve the weight loss goal.

5. Toll on personal relationships

The sudden change in physical appearance may lead to adverse emotional impact in some cases. The toll is not only on the patient, but also on personal relationships with loved ones.

It is recommended, therefore, that the patient together with the loved ones seek emotional guidance from a counselor or therapist after bariatric surgery. This helps achieve balance in personal relationships.

Weight loss surgery, without a doubt, is risky as your body undergoes an overall transformation. However, isn’t it far better than doing nothing at all? Obesity uncared for often invites chronic diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes and so on. On the other hand, medical advancements over the years have made bariatric surgery safer and less risky nowadays.

Weight loss surgery isn't a quick fix solution, but a long-term process – rather painful indeed – of regaining your contours. Proper diet and lifestyle, regular workout and lots of care post surgery are essential for its success. If you are confused about the surgery and the outcomes, do consult an experienced aesthetic medical practitioner to get the right perspectives.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

5 Tips to Protect your Skin from Sun Damage

Summer is the season when you can’t avoid excessive sun exposure; a natural consequence is you suffer skin damage and signs of premature skin aging. You need to address promptly these early signs of aging, in order to forestall appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and uneven skin texture at a later stage.

Staying indoors isn’t the only way to protect your skin from excessive summer heat and sun burn. Given below are a few easy-to-follow skin maintenance tips, which would keep your skin glowing, not only during summer months but throughout the year as well.

1. Go for sunblock, not sunscreen

Better shift to sunblock, even though you might have remained an ardent admirer of sunscreen for years. The sunblock cream/lotion is better and more effective in that it prevents completely UV radiation from reaching your skin, which in turn prevents tanning.

Sunscreen on the other hand contains chemicals, which filter UV radiation and prevent sunburn, but allow skin tanning. And skin tanning is a symptom of skin damage.  Furthermore, sunscreen is not usually considered a safe option for your skin due to its chemical contents.

2. Apply vitamin C correctly

You are not entirely correct, if you take oranges and vitamin C pills every day, and feel assured that these are enough to nourish your skin! Topical vitamin C and that too in correct form is recommended additionally to protect your skin from sun damage. Include vitamin C skincare products in your day-to-day skin maintenance regime, to prevent skin pigmentation and to boost production of collagen as well.

3. Apply antioxidants in serum form

Keep an antioxidant serum handy to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. While selecting the serum, make sure it contains certain ingredients like ferulic acid, phloretin, vitamin E and pomegranate seed oil. Daily application of the serum is recommended for your benefit. If you are unsure of selecting the right product, consult an experienced aesthetic medicine practitioner.

4. Take foods and supplements rich in antioxidants

Inclusion of antioxidants in your daily diet, you know, is necessary for you to stay healthy and fit; however, you may not know that antioxidant-rich foods and supplements can, in addition, protect your skin from sun damage.

Antioxidants are quite effective in giving protection against cellular damage, triggered by harmful solar ultraviolet radiation. Include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, and get protected from skin cancer.

Make sure your daily diet contains more of lycopene, beta-carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, and citrus fruits of orange and pink colors. Also try to increase your daily intake of fresh herbs, spinach and Swiss chard.

5.Take care of dark spots

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation become more pronounced due to excessive heat and UV exposure during summer months.

Also, there are many who suffer dark spots due to some unnoticed health issues. You should get to know what exactly causes dark spots – whether it is summer tan or any other internal health condition. Accordingly you can start a good home care regime to reduce and control dark spots/pigmentation problem.
 
Remember! Expensive skincare products do not necessarily protect your skin best from sun damage. Make sure you invest in pigmentation serum or vitamin C cream only after consulting a skincare expert.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Are you a Right Candidate for a Facial Implant?

Facial implant is a popular cosmetic procedure: it is done to reconstruct, or revive certain features of the face. Plastic surgery done with facial implants can make better or beautify a part of your face, which you feel has ruined your overall appearance.

Many people consider facial implants rather seriously, because they are not happy with, for example, their small chins or weak jaw lines; there are others who feel their facial curve is not perfect. Described below for your benefit are key aspects of facial implant, along with its pros and cons.

Deformities that facial implant can correct

Weak and receding chin is the commonest deformity that can be corrected with facial implants; you will have a more prominent and pleasing chin. This cosmetic procedure can be quite helpful again to make come true your dream of a well-defined full cheek.

If the call of ageing makes your face lose its contours and proportions, chin or cheek implants can correct as well facial deformities caused by injury.

Pros and cons of facial implants

The facial implant procedure, as described above, can deliver striking results in crucial areas like your chin, cheek or jaw, by correcting the asymmetry. With appropriate implants, the projection of your chin can be improved significantly. At the same time, your cheeks would appear fuller too.

The implant can be done without affecting other parts of your body; no fat grafting needs to be done from your abdomen or thigh to add volume to your face. The procedure gets completed in minimum time and the result is permanent.

However, facial implant comes with certain disadvantages too: risks of infection are there always; contour abnormalities can occur, if the process is not done properly; in severe cases, the implant can damage facial nerves or the system of the muscles of your body.

When you are considered ready for facial implant

Typically, there is no age criterion to go ahead with a facial implant surgery.  What is really important is you should have a strong general health condition. Furthermore, you need to have a positive attitude and realistic expectations.

You should have a clear idea of what exactly is your facial deformity – whether it is asymmetric chin or undefined jaw line or any other. Certain signs of ageing can be faded out too with the implant, provided you keep good health. You are considered ready for a facial implant, if you satisfy these general conditions.

How to select the right surgeon

Success of a facial implant depends a lot on the experience and expertise of the aesthetic plastic surgeon. So, it is crucial that you select your surgeon carefully, ensuring that they have adequate knowledge, education, training and authentic certification to handle cheek or chin implants.

They should have considerable experience of conducting this type of surgery. And finally, your trust and comfort level with the surgeon would definitely have a bearing upon the degree of success.

For optimal outcome of a facial implant in minimal time, you would do well to consult an aesthetic plastic surgeon; do follow meticulously the instructions of the surgeon.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Are You a Teenage Girl? Should You Go for Laser Hair Removal?

Your teen years are the most sensitive period of your life! Peer pressure can make or break your confidence. Often it is about studies, and more often about your looks.

Unwanted hair growth in certain parts of your body is one thing you detest about your looks, which can turn your life miserable. It can make you become more anxious, if you are an aspiring model or sportsperson; it may even take a heavy toll on your potentials. 

Different hair removal procedures

Sure, you want to get rid of unwanted hair growth, and there are several choices available.  Shaving is the easiest and cheapest way to remove unwanted hair, but it can leave you with ingrown hairs.

Application of hair removal cream often causes harmful chemical burns. Waxing can be done only when the hair has grown full length.

In comparison, laser hair removal is a safer cosmetic treatment that assures long-lasting outcome sans dangerous side effects. And that is why it is the most popular and preferred cosmetic procedure.

However, the procedure is best carried out by a trained and certified aesthetic medicine practitioner. Here we take a look at a few basics of laser hair removal, and its implications for you.

Preferred age group for laser 

For you, as a teenage girl, the safest age to start laser hair removal is no less than 14 years, when you’ve attained puberty. And yet, an early teen-year laser might not ensure long-lasting results.

The highly preferred age group is 17 to 19 years, when your hormonal imbalance is largely under control.  Furthermore, it is important that you enjoy stable health, without any serious medical conditions like polycystic ovary. 

Teenage laser treatment: pros and cons

Every hair removal process has its pros and cons. The same holds true for laser hair removal as well. If done in early teen years, the effect won’t last long; inevitably, the hair removal cost would be on the higher side.

In addition, you need to be mature enough to follow all the steps of the procedure with care, bearing the discomfort that goes with it.

On the other hand, the result will be amazing, if the procedure is timed well, and carried out by a trained skincare expert. You can walk about happily with unscarred shiny skin, which would surely help boost your confidence level. 

Important safety measures

Prior to the laser hair removal schedule, you should avoid excess sun exposure. If you need to go out during daytime, you must use an effective sunscreen cream.

In fact, beauty experts suggest the use of sunscreen for a month or so after completion of the laser, to prevent discoloration of the treated area. After the treatment, you should stay away from strenuous exercise schedules. An eye protection measure is necessary during the laser treatment.  

Laser hair removal decision is quite a significant step in your life. You would do well to seek the guidance of a certified skincare expert.