Beautologie Blog http://www.beautologie.com/blog Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:58:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Are You Holiday Ready? http://www.beautologie.com/blog/are-you-holiday-ready/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:56:29 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=687 During the holidays we consume about 10,000 extra calories per week.  For most of us 10,000 calories a week means weight gain, tight clothes, and bulging bellies.  Just the thought of 10,000 calories can cause weight gain, but, consuming it is even worse!  Doubling your daily caloric intake can lead to more than just weight […]

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During the holidays we consume about 10,000 extra calories per week.  For most of us 10,000 calories a week means weight gain, tight clothes, and bulging bellies.  Just the thought of 10,000 calories can cause weight gain, but, consuming it is even worse!  Doubling your daily caloric intake can lead to more than just weight gain. Consuming twice your daily food intake takes a heavy toll on your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, digestive system and most of all, your metabolism.  We consume three to four times the digestible food portions, and triple the amount of digestible proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which in return leads to not only weight gain, but, fat deposits in the liver and gallbladder, intestinal blockages, and a sluggish metabolism.  Some reports claim that kidney and urinary tract infections are at their peak during the holiday’s due to the bacteria found in party foods, ingesting your body weight in sugars, such as sweets and alcohol and  lack of fluids.  Don’t be a victim of your own demise and avoid the holiday twenty and those unnecessary trips to the emergency room by following these simple tricks:

  • The human stomach is the size of two fists, devouring more than your stomach will delay your body’s natural ability to digest the foods. Undigested food can cause bowel blockage, bloating, gas, ingestion, and inflammation in the abdominal cavity.  Eating smaller portions, but more frequently will not only increase your metabolism, but will prevent that added weight gain around the waist-line.  Your stomach can only digest about a salad plate worth of food at a time. Wait about an hour in between each salad plate portion before refilling your plate. This will allow you to decipher if you are actually hungry or if you are just socially eating.
  •  Sugar is our frienemy. All those holiday treats and cocktails are loaded with unwanted calories.  One sliver of Cheesecake can add about 350 calories to your daily intake. A glass of wine can add about 150 calories. Limit yourself to a two drink maximum, or a small slice of cake or pie. You get one or the other, not both! Consuming both per one setting can equate to eating a Big Mac in fat and in calories. Sugar causes an imbalance in our glycemic index, thus, puts our bodies in fat preservation mode.  Not to mention, consuming high amounts of sugar slows the metabolism and weakens our immune system.
  • Salt is also known as the devil in disguise, and is the root of all evil. Most of our traditional holiday foods are a walking salt mine.  Salt has a negative impact on our hearts, thyroid and kidneys.  High volumes of sodium can result in dehydration, swelling in the face, legs and ankles and can also cause abdominal distension. Snacking on cucumbers and drinking lemon water will help you absorb the additional sodium intake.  Lemon is a natural diuretic, replacing your morning Starbucks with lemon water will keep your holiday wardrobe fitting and it will also keep your face looking thinner for those holiday selfies!
  • Last but not least, exercise, exercise, and exercise!  A simple walk around the block nightly can help you burn those additional calories, and help you decompress the stress of the holidays.

For more weight-loss tips please visit www.beautologie.com or give our office a call (661) 865-5009.

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Beauty Bash Days! http://www.beautologie.com/blog/beauty-bash-days/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:00:23 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=679 Thursday, November 3rd and November 10th ALL DAY at both Bakersfield locations! 50 units of Dysport for $199** $500 off Sculptra** $150 off of two syringes of Restylane Lyft with Aspire Rewards** $99 for one Session of Advanced Laser Hair Removal for Bikini, Face or Underarms** Purchase any of the above and get a FREE […]

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Beauty Bash

Thursday, November 3rd and November 10th

ALL DAY at both Bakersfield locations!

  • 50 units of Dysport for $199**
  • $500 off Sculptra**
  • $150 off of two syringes of Restylane Lyft with Aspire Rewards**
  • $99 for one Session of Advanced Laser Hair Removal for Bikini, Face or Underarms**

Purchase any of the above and get a FREE Cryo Facial that day! Bring a friend and you BOTH get Cryo Facials and Vitamin B-12 Energy Boosts!**

Can’t make it in? You can call and purchase over the phone! Also – NO Reservation Fee to schedule these two days.

These are the ONLY two days of incredible savings!

**Patient must be an acceptable candidate for the procedure. Valid on future treatments only. May not be combined with any other offers. You must bring in a copy of the ad. Some offers valid at participating practices, please call for details. Valid only on November 3rd and 10th, 2016.

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Sodium and Weight-Gain http://www.beautologie.com/blog/sodium-weight-gain/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:59:58 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=672 Many people are well aware of the health problems that too much salt can cause, including high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. But most people are not aware of how excess salt contributes to weight gain. Sodium, along with other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, and potassium, is an electrolyte that helps keep your […]

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Many people are well aware of the health problems that too much salt can cause, including high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. But most people are not aware of how excess salt contributes to weight gain.

Sodium, along with other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, and potassium, is an electrolyte that helps keep your metabolism running. Minerals, such as sodium, ensure that the proper amounts of nutrients and wastes are flowing in and out of your body. Minerals also aid in stabilizing the acid-base (pH) balance in your blood. If you get too much sodium, you create electrolyte imbalances that throw your body off-kilter.

This means your metabolism can’t function at its peak and you can’t burn fat.

Excess salt also negatively affects insulin, a hormone that helps transport sugar out of the blood and into the muscles and tissues for energy. This means that insulin can’ do its job, so sugar builds up in the blood, damaging vessels and making it difficult for fat-burning oxygen to flow to cells and melt fat.

Making matters worse, when people gain weight, especially in the abdominal area, they can become insulin resistant. This means their bodies do not respond well to insulin. In response, the pancreas secretes more insulin, which in time can result in diabetes. With higher insulin levels, not only does your body store more fat, but your kidneys will have a harder time getting rid of salt, which can lead to electrolyte imbalances, high blood pressure, and bloating.

In addition to weight gain, too much sodium can take a toll on your appearance, causing a puffy and tired-looking face. Ever notice that after a meal filled with salty foods (think soy sauce, smoked fish or meat, French fries, or chips) your stomach is distended and you weigh more the next morning? That’s your body’s reaction to eating too much salt. The retention of extra water and fluid leads to major bloating. Even if you’re skinny, you’ll still look bloated and puffy from all the excess fluid.

It’s not all about the calories!! Low caloric foods such as low fat and fat free food items tend to contain more sodium than full fat products. When fat is taken out of a naturally fatty food item the fat is replaced with sodium based preservative, otherwise known as a filler. Sodium based preservatives are found in most household food items, such as: Frozen fruits & vegetables, can foods, fruit juices, salad dressings, sodas and deli meats.

The average American consumes more than 5,000 milligrams of sodium per day. That is equivalent to eating one full teaspoon of table salt per day. The American Heart Association recommends American’s should consume less than 1,500 milligrams, whereas, the Food and Drug Administration recommends around 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for healthy individuals.
Salt is not the same thing as sodium. Salt contains sodium and chloride. However, to simplify, we use the terms “salt” and “sodium” interchangeably since most people need to reduce sodium, and the best way to do it is to cut back on salt.

Diets high in sodium increase the number of fat cells in your body, slow your metabolism, increases insulin resistance and makes you hungrier and thirstier. Salt also makes it more difficult for fat-burning oxygen to break down fat deposits. If you are trying to lose weight, reduce your waist size and increase your vitality all you have to do is follow this one simple rule; never consume more than 500 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium per meal.

For more information about weight-loss and or low sodium meal plans please email info@beautologie.com

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Carbonated Water; Is it good or bad? http://www.beautologie.com/blog/carbonated-water-good-bad/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:47:15 +0000 http://www.beautologieblog.com/?p=662 Let’s face it; drinking plain water day after is boring! Yes, a regular consumption of water is extremely important, but, whoever said you couldn’t have sparkling water? Replacing a few of those stilled water bottles with carbonated water can not only increase your health, but, can also be more appeasing to your mouth. The look on […]

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Let’s face it; drinking plain water day after is boring! Yes, a regular consumption of water is extremely important, but, whoever said you couldn’t have sparkling water? Replacing a few of those stilled water bottles with carbonated water can not only increase your health, but, can also be more appeasing to your mouth.

The look on my patients’ faces’ after I tell them they can have sparkling water is priceless! I know what you’re thinking, and no, not all carbonated drinks are bad. Carbonated water is water that has been infused with pressurized carbon dioxide, and aside from seltzer and tonic waters, most carbonated waters contain small amounts of sodium and minerals that the body is dependent on.
Some people still believe that carbonation is damaging to our health and often times is blamed for the recent spike in cases of bone decay and high acidic pH levels, however, that’s simply not true! Research has shown that carbonation is not the root of all evil, and has linked bone decay and high acidity levels in soda drinkers to high dosages of phosphorous, not carbonation. Unlike, cola’s, most sparking waters contain no phosphorus, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. In fact, some controlled studies have suggested that carbonated waters may improve not only your bone health, but, your overall vitality.

Carbon dioxide and water react chemically to produce carbonic acid; a weak acid that has been shown to stimulate the same nerve receptors in your mouth as mustard. And, are responsible for the body’s swallowing process. This may sound surprising, but, studies have shown that drinking carbonated water may increase your ability to swallow, because, carbonation has the strongest ability to inhibit the nerve receptors in your mouth. There was a sixty-three percent improvement rate after drinking iced carbonated water in a controlled study of seventy-two people who had the persistent need to clear their throats.

Other studies have shown that drinking sparkling water may also improve your digestive health. In a two week study of elderly people, the average bowl movement frequency nearly doubled as well as, significantly improved chronic digestive issues in the participants who were drinking carbonated waters, compared to the participants who were drinking tap water.
While this is a controversial subject, carbonated water may also promote weight-loss. When we ingest carbonated water, our stomach fills up with a combination of water and tiny bubbles that are released from the water to expel the carbon dioxide gas that has been added. This means in our stomach, we experience a buildup of gas that is pushed out of the body through the esophagus or through the lower digestive tract, thus, will make the stomach feel fuller and help stop you from over eating. The gas will exit the body through a small belch or passing of gas; and because the gas is eliminated from the body, it is nearly impossible for the carbon dioxide to enter into the blood stream.

Some theories also suggest that carbonated water may have some beneficial effects on HDL cholesterol, the body’s inflammation response and the blood sugar, however, this has neither been proven to be true or false and there is not enough research or studies available to support this theory.

Furthermore, carbonated waters are not bad for your health. So spice up your daily routine and add some bubbly water to your diet!

The heat brings out the drinks; my favorite summer mixed cocktail is the Virgin Strawberry Gin Smash Cocktail:
Serves 1
½ teaspoon raw organic cane sugar
1 lime wedge
3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
1.5 ounces of gin ( Shot glass) ( Minus the Gin for that perfect non-alcoholic drink )
4- 5 oz Perrier sparkling water
Fresh mint sprig, to garnish

In a tall glass, combine the sugar and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedge. Muddle with the back of a spoon to dissolve the sugar.
Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle.
Fill half the glass with ice and add the gin, top it off with the sparkling water and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint.

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A better alternative to muscle recovery drinks.. Cherries! http://www.beautologie.com/blog/better-alternative-muscle-recovery-drinks-cherries/ Tue, 24 May 2016 19:44:04 +0000 http://www.beautologieblog.com/?p=654 CHERRY PROTEIN DRINK I get asked daily about muscle recovery drinks and protein shakes; which brands are good or not good, which brands do I recommend and so forth. It may come as a big shock to you, but, I do not recommend any! The nutrition fitness and supplement market rakes in billions of dollars […]

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I get asked daily about muscle recovery drinks and protein shakes; which brands are good or not good, which brands do I recommend and so forth. It may come as a big shock to you, but, I do not recommend any! The nutrition fitness and supplement market rakes in billions of dollars every year on chemical formula’s that your body can neither absorb nor utilize. In fact, most of those expensive sports drinks clog up your liver, thus this slows down your metabolism. As an athlete and nutritionist, I have not only used this recovery drink recipe, but, have also recommended it to most of my fitness guru’s and athlete patients.

Before, I give the recipe; I wanted to give you the health benefits of the main ingredient in the recipe. Can you guess what it is? Cherries!

Cherries are a rich pigmented fruit that contain phytonutrients, such as, anthocyanin glycosides, which are also known as anti-oxidants, as well as, other vital vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet, as well as, tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for our body’s overall health.

Scientific studies have shown that the anthocyanins in cherries are found to act like anti-inflammatory drugs by blocking the actions of enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and 2. Thus, consumption of cherries may offer potential health effects against chronic painful episodes such as gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition), and sore muscles due to strenuous exercise and or sports injuries. There have been other studies that have shown that tart cherries produce melatonin, which has a soothing effect on the brain’s neurons, and calms the nervous system’s irritability; thus, can help relieve neurosis, insomnia and headaches.

Cherries are also considered a low glycemic fruit, which means, they do not cause a dramatic spike in your insulin levels. Unlike, other fruits that spike the blood glucose, cherries have been shown to help regulate and reduce glucose levels in diabetics.

Cherries are consider a carbohydrate and when mixed with a healthy protein, can help replenish the caloric energy lost during exercise, reduce inflammation in the muscles and help repair and build long lean muscle tissue; while stabilizing the glycemic index. Amazing, Right?!
Before you go and spend hundreds of dollars on protein powders and recovery drinks that can actually damage and weaken your muscles, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

Anti-inflammatory Cherry Protein Recovery Smoothie
1/3 cup of plain non-fat Greek Yogurt
½ cup of fresh or frozen berries
½ cup of Almond milk
½ cup of organic tart cherry juice ( can be found at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, & Lassen’s )
½ Banana
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of raw honey
4-5 Ice cubes
Blend together and enjoy!!

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Multivitamins, Are they unsafe to take? http://www.beautologie.com/blog/multivitamins-are-they-unsafe-to-take/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:15:17 +0000 http://www.beautologieblog.com/?p=648 A study done by The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013 sent the media on a “BAN” multivitamins frenzy. Media outlets were quick to declare multivitamins were unsafe and a waste of money; but there were important facts left out of those reports. The actual name of the study was “Vitamin, Minerals, and Multivitamin supplements […]

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Composition with dietary supplement capsules and containersA study done by The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013 sent the media on a “BAN” multivitamins frenzy. Media outlets were quick to declare multivitamins were unsafe and a waste of money; but there were important facts left out of those reports. The actual name of the study was “Vitamin, Minerals, and Multivitamin supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.” The sole purpose of the study was to prove whether or not non- medical alternatives prevented the onset of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Once the twelve week study concluded the USPSTF stated “that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of the benefits and harms of the use of Multivitamins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.” You be the judge are multivitamins really unsafe to take?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 reported that less than fifty percent of American’s met the required daily intake of vegetables, fruits, dairy, seafood and fiber, and less than twenty percent of American’s met the daily requirement for whole grain. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 concludes that American’s under consumed these vital nutrients: Folate, Potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Choline. In 2012, The Macpherson Psychopharmacol clinical stated that men over the age of fifty who were taking a daily one-a-day multivitamin had a thirty-six percent increase in placebo, and around nine percent of the men studied saw an improvement in their depression, anxiety and stress levels. Another Psychopharmacol Clinical in 2011 reported that women aged thirty and up reported an significant increase of working memory when taking a one-a-day multivitamin. The women studied also reported while on the multi-vitamin they experienced shortened illnesses, fewer illnesses and fewer days they called in sick due to illness.

Ames Triage Hypothesis of Micronutrients and chronic disease summarized, states that “Micronutrient deficiencies that trigger the triage response accelerate aging, cancer, and neural decay; therefore, malnutrition accelerates the onset of disease. Multi-multivitamins may or may not prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer, but, recent studies have shown that ingesting a one-a-day multi-vitamin daily reduced mental fatigue, anxiety and stress, illnesses, as well as, increased placebo. In conclusion, the main reason to take a multivitamin remains to prevent vitamin and mineral inadequacy. You be the judge, are multi-vitamins really unsafe to take?

Food tips:
People who tend to stick to the same eating behaviors or lack of color in their daily diet have a greater chance of becoming micronutrient deficient. There is a plethora of nutrients in foods do not limit yourself to a specific fruit or vegetable. Aim for consuming three different fruits and vegetables than what you currently eat per week.
Spruce it up with a colorful beet salad with carrots, quinoa, and spinach, and top off with a vinaigrette dressing:

Salad:

½ cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of organic edamame
1/3 cup of slivered almonds or pepitas ( Pumpkin Seeds)
1 medium raw beet, peeled
1 medium-to-large carrot, peeled
2 cups of packed spinach or arugula, roughly chopped
1 avocado chopped

Vinaigrette Dressing:

3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of raw organic honey, or agave nectar
½-1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, to taste
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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Why Must I Stop Smoking Before Plastic Surgery? http://www.beautologie.com/blog/why-must-i-stop-smoking-before-plastic-surgery/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:21:48 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=583 The day of your plastic surgery consultation is finally here and you can barely contain your excitement as you head to your surgeon’s office.  You get there, discuss the procedure you want to have, and are amped over the results that are possible.  Naturally, you want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible as […]

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The day of your plastic surgery consultation is finally here and you can barely contain your excitement as you head to your surgeon’s office.  You get there, discuss the procedure you want to have, and are amped over the results that are possible.  Naturally, you want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible as you’ve wanted to make certain aesthetic improvements for quite some time.  Then, a wrench gets thrown into your plans.  You’re told you have to stop smoking before plastic surgery or else the surgeon will not perform your desired procedure.  Obviously, this delay is not something you expected, but it is absolutely necessary.

How Long Must You Quit?

The time that you must quit smoking before plastic surgery will vary according to each surgeon’s recommendations.  However, the majority of cosmetic surgeons will tell you that you must not only give up cigarettes for 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery, but also after.  The absolute minimum is 2 weeks, but most plastic surgeons will suggest a longer time frame to ensure their patients are not at risk of unnecessary complications.

No Quitting, No Surgery

If you do not stop smoking for the time that your plastic surgeon has advised, don’t be surprised if he or she will not perform your procedure.  Over the course of the past 10 years, most plastic surgeons have come to the consensus that when skin has to be moved during a procedure such as a breast lift or face lift, they will not operate on smokers.  The reason; failure to quit smoking before surgery can lead to disastrous results and in areas where surgery is performed, the skin may become discolored, turn red, or darken.

In an interview with the New York Times on the topic of patients and pre-surgery smoking, Dr. Darshan Shah said, “Nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to clamp down or constrict, which reduces blood supply to the skin.”  Aside from discoloration, smokers seeking surgery could fail to heal properly after procedures, have an increased risk of infection, take longer to recover, and may develop unattractive red scars.

Tips to Quit Smoking before Plastic Surgery

Within two weeks’ time, the toxins and nicotine that have accumulated in your body from smoking will be cleansed from your system.  Even though your body has rebounded, your desire to smoke may still be present and so it is advised that you have strategies in place to help you.  One thing you can do is keep your mind on your goal to have plastic surgery.  Envision how great you’re going to look and feel afterward and hold that vision any time you feel tempted to have a cigarette.

Another recommendation is to keep your mouth busy.  Gum, hard candy, and lozenges are tasty and can drastically reduce your chances of turning to smoking.  Finally, rally your close family and friends to get support.  Tell them about your desire to have plastic surgery and ask them to encourage you to remain smoke-free.  When you’re feeling the urge to smoke, you can call on your friends and family to distract and motivate you.  Having their support and encouragement can truly make a world of difference.

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Further Reinventing Your Body with Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss http://www.beautologie.com/blog/further-reinventing-your-body-with-plastic-surgery-after-weight-loss/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:10:36 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=576 ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major […]

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ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major issue in our country and many people struggle with the numbers they see on the scale.  In some cases, people will habitually diet and try a variety of exercise programs only to lose the weight and gain it back, or give up and start all over again.  Yet, there are a plethora of cases where people actually make the commitment, stick to it, and reach their target weight.  In these cases, much is to be celebrated as individuals have set off on the road to better health and well-being.

Excess Skin, an Underlying Issue

If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and reached your weight loss goal, we congratulate you and your achievement.  However, if you’re like many others who have lost a great deal of weight, even though you’ve shed the pounds, you may be confronting another battle; excess skin. 
It is very common for people who lose a significant amount of weight to be left with sagging skin and fat.  The reason for this is that your skin’s elasticity has been stretched due to the weight you were once carrying on your body.  Even though your body is smaller now, your skin cannot “bounce back” as its elasticity is diminished and will remain stretched.  You may notice that skin around your arms is loose, the skin surrounding your mid-section may droop around your sides and lower back, your thighs and the area around your lower buttocks may dip, and if you’re a woman your breasts may hang lower than you’d like.  At a time when you should be feeling on top of the world and ecstatic about how you look, your excess skin may make you feel less than confident about your new body.

Continuing Your Journey toward a Better Appearance

Thankfully, your journey toward looking and feeling better can continue if you choose to further reinvent your body by undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, or even body lift.  These surgical procedures are excellent options after weight loss as they not only remove excess skin and fat, but also improve the overall shape and tone of the tissue that supports your skin.  After these surgeries are performed, you will have smoother, tighter skin, improved body shape, and a boost in confidence.

Your journey doesn’t have to stop after your surgery, either.  Once you’ve recovered and are given permission from your plastic surgeon, you can implement an exercise program to make further gains to your appearance.  A balanced exercise regime that includes cardio and strength straining will tighten connective tissue under your skin and improve your muscle tone, allowing you to take your physique to the next level.  With a combination of plastic surgery and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better, too.

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Ready for Your Mommy Makeover? http://www.beautologie.com/blog/ready-for-your-mommy-makeover/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:34:37 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=569 Being a mom is hard. When you were pregnant with your first child, you probably knew that you were signing up for a lot of sleepless nights, tantrums, and all of the sweat, blood, and tears that go along with raising a child.  Yet, like so many, you were willing to deal with all that […]

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Being a mom is hard. When you were pregnant with your first child, you probably knew that you were signing up for a lot of sleepless nights, tantrums, and all of the sweat, blood, and tears that go along with raising a child.  Yet, like so many, you were willing to deal with all that in order to experience the indescribable joy of being a mom.

Unfortunately, you may not have realized that being a mom may mean saying goodbye to your pre-mom body. Again, the sacrifice to your breasts and abdomen is worth it to have a child, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be satisfied with your post baby body once you’re done having kids.

Over the last decade, many women have chosen to get their pre-mom body back by having what’s known as a "mommy makeover." In most cases, a mommy makeover includes 2 to 3 plastic surgeries done at the same time to give you back the supple breasts and tight stomach that you had before having children.

The fact is, bearing children wreaks havoc on your breasts and stomach. Breastfeeding can actually cause your breasts to lose some of their tissue after the initial swell you get from lactating. As a result, breasts are left saggy and smaller than they were before you had children. Likewise, your stomach is also often left a bit droopy after having a baby. Even if you lose all of your baby weight plus some, you might still be left with loose skin, stretch marks, and perhaps a C-section scar. Fat deposits can also be left on your hips, stomach, and thighs after having kids, and these deposits are usually extremely hard to erase with diet and exercise alone.

If you feel overwhelmed, relax, as these are all problems that can be fixed with plastic surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery can include liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon can work with you to help determine which cosmetic surgery procedures might be best for your specific body. Through a combination of surgeries performed during the same appointment, usually within a matter of 3 to 4 hours, you can undo all of the cosmetic damage done to your body by having kids.

In other words, with mommy makeover surgery, you really can have it all — beautiful babies and a beautiful body.

Discover Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Options

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, contact Beautologie today to learn more about your options. Please note, you’ll most likely want to wait until you are done having kids before considering any mommy makeover procedures. The one surgery you absolutely should not have if you intend to have more children is a tummy tuck. If you’re all done having kids, wait at least six months after you are done breastfeeding before scheduling your mommy makeover.

Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon can help you determine the best ways to bring your pre-baby body back to life. Our surgeons have years of experience helping moms of every type look and feel their best. To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling 844-232-8865.

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Explore Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options http://www.beautologie.com/blog/explore-non-surgical-facial-rejuvenation-options/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:29:06 +0000 http://www.beautologie.com/blog/?p=565 If you’ve started to notice the wrinkles on your face getting a bit deeper or your cheeks looking a little less full, it may be time to explore cosmetic options for rejuvenating your facial appearance. Many people shy away from the idea of cosmetic procedures because they worry that the results will be too severe […]

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If you’ve started to notice the wrinkles on your face getting a bit deeper or your cheeks looking a little less full, it may be time to explore cosmetic options for rejuvenating your facial appearance. Many people shy away from the idea of cosmetic procedures because they worry that the results will be too severe or unnatural.  However, today, there are numerous non-surgical options for improving the appearance of your face subtly and effectively.

While about 120,000 facelifts were performed in 2012, more than 6 million Botox® injections were administered according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botox® and other non-surgical options are a great way to enhance your appearance in a non-permanent, customizable way. Of course, there are certain things that non-surgical treatments can’t achieve, but if you want to start slow or only want to make minor adjustments to your appearance, there are a lot of ways you can enhance the beauty of your face affordably and without major surgery.

Non-Surgical Facial Treatments are Affordable and Quick

Here are the top reasons why more people are considering non-surgical facial enhancements than ever before:

  1. Affordability. Botox® injections, dermal fillers, and chemical peels are all much less expensive than their surgical counterparts. You can achieve excellent results for a fraction of the cost with these non-surgical treatments.
  2. Speed. Many facial rejuvenation procedures can be performed in 30 minutes to an hour. In some cases, you may be able to schedule a procedure during your lunch break and be ready to return to the office shortly thereafter.
  3. Minimal downtime. Some non-surgical procedures like chemical peels require downtime, but for many of these procedures, you can see the results and feel more beautiful in a few days or even a few hours.

Facial Rejuvenation is a Great Option for Both Men and Women

Below are just a few types of procedures that both men and women are using to look younger and more attractive without surgery:

  • Botox®: Perhaps the most well-known way to rejuvenate your skin without surgery is Botox®. In a short treatment session, you can receive Botox® injections that will help diminish wrinkles and make you look younger for up to a year.
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers help your face regain the structure and beauty it once had. There are many types of dermal fillers, including fat injections, fat transfers, and synthetic filler materials. These injections can give you the appearance of fuller cheeks, a more chiseled jaw line, or an overall more youthful appearance.
  • Chemical peels: A chemical peel can drastically reduce the signs of aging by diminishing wrinkles, particularly around the mouth. Chemical peels usually require four to five days of downtime, after which your skin will look significantly younger.
  • Venus Freeze® and Endermologie: These are both ways of using technology to stimulate dormant cells deep within your skin. This stimulation brings about natural improvement in the form of diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, and a more youthful glow. Both procedures are natural and can have amazing results.

To learn more about your options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, contact Beautologie today. Schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our cosmetic surgeons about the best ways to enhance your natural beauty. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Are You Holiday Ready?

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During the holidays we consume about 10,000 extra calories per week.  For most of us 10,000 calories a week means weight gain, tight clothes, and bulging bellies.  Just the thought of 10,000 calories can cause weight gain, but, consuming it is even worse!  Doubling your daily caloric intake can lead to more than just weight gain. Consuming twice your daily food intake takes a heavy toll on your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, digestive system and most of all, your metabolism.  We consume three to four times the digestible food portions, and triple the amount of digestible proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which in return leads to not only weight gain, but, fat deposits in the liver and gallbladder, intestinal blockages, and a sluggish metabolism.  Some reports claim that kidney and urinary tract infections are at their peak during the holiday’s due to the bacteria found in party foods, ingesting your body weight in sugars, such as sweets and alcohol and  lack of fluids.  Don’t be a victim of your own demise and avoid the holiday twenty and those unnecessary trips to the emergency room by following these simple tricks:

  • The human stomach is the size of two fists, devouring more than your stomach will delay your body’s natural ability to digest the foods. Undigested food can cause bowel blockage, bloating, gas, ingestion, and inflammation in the abdominal cavity.  Eating smaller portions, but more frequently will not only increase your metabolism, but will prevent that added weight gain around the waist-line.  Your stomach can only digest about a salad plate worth of food at a time. Wait about an hour in between each salad plate portion before refilling your plate. This will allow you to decipher if you are actually hungry or if you are just socially eating.
  •  Sugar is our frienemy. All those holiday treats and cocktails are loaded with unwanted calories.  One sliver of Cheesecake can add about 350 calories to your daily intake. A glass of wine can add about 150 calories. Limit yourself to a two drink maximum, or a small slice of cake or pie. You get one or the other, not both! Consuming both per one setting can equate to eating a Big Mac in fat and in calories. Sugar causes an imbalance in our glycemic index, thus, puts our bodies in fat preservation mode.  Not to mention, consuming high amounts of sugar slows the metabolism and weakens our immune system.
  • Salt is also known as the devil in disguise, and is the root of all evil. Most of our traditional holiday foods are a walking salt mine.  Salt has a negative impact on our hearts, thyroid and kidneys.  High volumes of sodium can result in dehydration, swelling in the face, legs and ankles and can also cause abdominal distension. Snacking on cucumbers and drinking lemon water will help you absorb the additional sodium intake.  Lemon is a natural diuretic, replacing your morning Starbucks with lemon water will keep your holiday wardrobe fitting and it will also keep your face looking thinner for those holiday selfies!
  • Last but not least, exercise, exercise, and exercise!  A simple walk around the block nightly can help you burn those additional calories, and help you decompress the stress of the holidays.

For more weight-loss tips please visit www.beautologie.com or give our office a call (661) 865-5009.

Beauty Bash Days!

Beauty Bash

Thursday, November 3rd and November 10th

ALL DAY at both Bakersfield locations!

  • 50 units of Dysport for $199**
  • $500 off Sculptra**
  • $150 off of two syringes of Restylane Lyft with Aspire Rewards**
  • $99 for one Session of Advanced Laser Hair Removal for Bikini, Face or Underarms**

Purchase any of the above and get a FREE Cryo Facial that day! Bring a friend and you BOTH get Cryo Facials and Vitamin B-12 Energy Boosts!**

Can’t make it in? You can call and purchase over the phone! Also – NO Reservation Fee to schedule these two days.

These are the ONLY two days of incredible savings!

**Patient must be an acceptable candidate for the procedure. Valid on future treatments only. May not be combined with any other offers. You must bring in a copy of the ad. Some offers valid at participating practices, please call for details. Valid only on November 3rd and 10th, 2016.

Sodium and Weight-Gain

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Many people are well aware of the health problems that too much salt can cause, including high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. But most people are not aware of how excess salt contributes to weight gain.

Sodium, along with other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, and potassium, is an electrolyte that helps keep your metabolism running. Minerals, such as sodium, ensure that the proper amounts of nutrients and wastes are flowing in and out of your body. Minerals also aid in stabilizing the acid-base (pH) balance in your blood. If you get too much sodium, you create electrolyte imbalances that throw your body off-kilter.

This means your metabolism can’t function at its peak and you can’t burn fat.

Excess salt also negatively affects insulin, a hormone that helps transport sugar out of the blood and into the muscles and tissues for energy. This means that insulin can’ do its job, so sugar builds up in the blood, damaging vessels and making it difficult for fat-burning oxygen to flow to cells and melt fat.

Making matters worse, when people gain weight, especially in the abdominal area, they can become insulin resistant. This means their bodies do not respond well to insulin. In response, the pancreas secretes more insulin, which in time can result in diabetes. With higher insulin levels, not only does your body store more fat, but your kidneys will have a harder time getting rid of salt, which can lead to electrolyte imbalances, high blood pressure, and bloating.

In addition to weight gain, too much sodium can take a toll on your appearance, causing a puffy and tired-looking face. Ever notice that after a meal filled with salty foods (think soy sauce, smoked fish or meat, French fries, or chips) your stomach is distended and you weigh more the next morning? That’s your body’s reaction to eating too much salt. The retention of extra water and fluid leads to major bloating. Even if you’re skinny, you’ll still look bloated and puffy from all the excess fluid.

It’s not all about the calories!! Low caloric foods such as low fat and fat free food items tend to contain more sodium than full fat products. When fat is taken out of a naturally fatty food item the fat is replaced with sodium based preservative, otherwise known as a filler. Sodium based preservatives are found in most household food items, such as: Frozen fruits & vegetables, can foods, fruit juices, salad dressings, sodas and deli meats.

The average American consumes more than 5,000 milligrams of sodium per day. That is equivalent to eating one full teaspoon of table salt per day. The American Heart Association recommends American’s should consume less than 1,500 milligrams, whereas, the Food and Drug Administration recommends around 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for healthy individuals.
Salt is not the same thing as sodium. Salt contains sodium and chloride. However, to simplify, we use the terms “salt” and “sodium” interchangeably since most people need to reduce sodium, and the best way to do it is to cut back on salt.

Diets high in sodium increase the number of fat cells in your body, slow your metabolism, increases insulin resistance and makes you hungrier and thirstier. Salt also makes it more difficult for fat-burning oxygen to break down fat deposits. If you are trying to lose weight, reduce your waist size and increase your vitality all you have to do is follow this one simple rule; never consume more than 500 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium per meal.

For more information about weight-loss and or low sodium meal plans please email info@beautologie.com

Carbonated Water; Is it good or bad?

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Let’s face it; drinking plain water day after is boring! Yes, a regular consumption of water is extremely important, but, whoever said you couldn’t have sparkling water? Replacing a few of those stilled water bottles with carbonated water can not only increase your health, but, can also be more appeasing to your mouth.

The look on my patients’ faces’ after I tell them they can have sparkling water is priceless! I know what you’re thinking, and no, not all carbonated drinks are bad. Carbonated water is water that has been infused with pressurized carbon dioxide, and aside from seltzer and tonic waters, most carbonated waters contain small amounts of sodium and minerals that the body is dependent on.
Some people still believe that carbonation is damaging to our health and often times is blamed for the recent spike in cases of bone decay and high acidic pH levels, however, that’s simply not true! Research has shown that carbonation is not the root of all evil, and has linked bone decay and high acidity levels in soda drinkers to high dosages of phosphorous, not carbonation. Unlike, cola’s, most sparking waters contain no phosphorus, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. In fact, some controlled studies have suggested that carbonated waters may improve not only your bone health, but, your overall vitality.

Carbon dioxide and water react chemically to produce carbonic acid; a weak acid that has been shown to stimulate the same nerve receptors in your mouth as mustard. And, are responsible for the body’s swallowing process. This may sound surprising, but, studies have shown that drinking carbonated water may increase your ability to swallow, because, carbonation has the strongest ability to inhibit the nerve receptors in your mouth. There was a sixty-three percent improvement rate after drinking iced carbonated water in a controlled study of seventy-two people who had the persistent need to clear their throats.

Other studies have shown that drinking sparkling water may also improve your digestive health. In a two week study of elderly people, the average bowl movement frequency nearly doubled as well as, significantly improved chronic digestive issues in the participants who were drinking carbonated waters, compared to the participants who were drinking tap water.
While this is a controversial subject, carbonated water may also promote weight-loss. When we ingest carbonated water, our stomach fills up with a combination of water and tiny bubbles that are released from the water to expel the carbon dioxide gas that has been added. This means in our stomach, we experience a buildup of gas that is pushed out of the body through the esophagus or through the lower digestive tract, thus, will make the stomach feel fuller and help stop you from over eating. The gas will exit the body through a small belch or passing of gas; and because the gas is eliminated from the body, it is nearly impossible for the carbon dioxide to enter into the blood stream.

Some theories also suggest that carbonated water may have some beneficial effects on HDL cholesterol, the body’s inflammation response and the blood sugar, however, this has neither been proven to be true or false and there is not enough research or studies available to support this theory.

Furthermore, carbonated waters are not bad for your health. So spice up your daily routine and add some bubbly water to your diet!

The heat brings out the drinks; my favorite summer mixed cocktail is the Virgin Strawberry Gin Smash Cocktail:
Serves 1
½ teaspoon raw organic cane sugar
1 lime wedge
3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
1.5 ounces of gin ( Shot glass) ( Minus the Gin for that perfect non-alcoholic drink )
4- 5 oz Perrier sparkling water
Fresh mint sprig, to garnish

In a tall glass, combine the sugar and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedge. Muddle with the back of a spoon to dissolve the sugar.
Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle.
Fill half the glass with ice and add the gin, top it off with the sparkling water and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint.

A better alternative to muscle recovery drinks.. Cherries!

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I get asked daily about muscle recovery drinks and protein shakes; which brands are good or not good, which brands do I recommend and so forth. It may come as a big shock to you, but, I do not recommend any! The nutrition fitness and supplement market rakes in billions of dollars every year on chemical formula’s that your body can neither absorb nor utilize. In fact, most of those expensive sports drinks clog up your liver, thus this slows down your metabolism. As an athlete and nutritionist, I have not only used this recovery drink recipe, but, have also recommended it to most of my fitness guru’s and athlete patients.

Before, I give the recipe; I wanted to give you the health benefits of the main ingredient in the recipe. Can you guess what it is? Cherries!

Cherries are a rich pigmented fruit that contain phytonutrients, such as, anthocyanin glycosides, which are also known as anti-oxidants, as well as, other vital vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet, as well as, tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for our body’s overall health.

Scientific studies have shown that the anthocyanins in cherries are found to act like anti-inflammatory drugs by blocking the actions of enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and 2. Thus, consumption of cherries may offer potential health effects against chronic painful episodes such as gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition), and sore muscles due to strenuous exercise and or sports injuries. There have been other studies that have shown that tart cherries produce melatonin, which has a soothing effect on the brain’s neurons, and calms the nervous system’s irritability; thus, can help relieve neurosis, insomnia and headaches.

Cherries are also considered a low glycemic fruit, which means, they do not cause a dramatic spike in your insulin levels. Unlike, other fruits that spike the blood glucose, cherries have been shown to help regulate and reduce glucose levels in diabetics.

Cherries are consider a carbohydrate and when mixed with a healthy protein, can help replenish the caloric energy lost during exercise, reduce inflammation in the muscles and help repair and build long lean muscle tissue; while stabilizing the glycemic index. Amazing, Right?!
Before you go and spend hundreds of dollars on protein powders and recovery drinks that can actually damage and weaken your muscles, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

Anti-inflammatory Cherry Protein Recovery Smoothie
1/3 cup of plain non-fat Greek Yogurt
½ cup of fresh or frozen berries
½ cup of Almond milk
½ cup of organic tart cherry juice ( can be found at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, & Lassen’s )
½ Banana
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of raw honey
4-5 Ice cubes
Blend together and enjoy!!

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Multivitamins, Are they unsafe to take?

Composition with dietary supplement capsules and containersA study done by The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013 sent the media on a “BAN” multivitamins frenzy. Media outlets were quick to declare multivitamins were unsafe and a waste of money; but there were important facts left out of those reports. The actual name of the study was “Vitamin, Minerals, and Multivitamin supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.” The sole purpose of the study was to prove whether or not non- medical alternatives prevented the onset of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Once the twelve week study concluded the USPSTF stated “that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of the benefits and harms of the use of Multivitamins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.” You be the judge are multivitamins really unsafe to take?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 reported that less than fifty percent of American’s met the required daily intake of vegetables, fruits, dairy, seafood and fiber, and less than twenty percent of American’s met the daily requirement for whole grain. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 concludes that American’s under consumed these vital nutrients: Folate, Potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Choline. In 2012, The Macpherson Psychopharmacol clinical stated that men over the age of fifty who were taking a daily one-a-day multivitamin had a thirty-six percent increase in placebo, and around nine percent of the men studied saw an improvement in their depression, anxiety and stress levels. Another Psychopharmacol Clinical in 2011 reported that women aged thirty and up reported an significant increase of working memory when taking a one-a-day multivitamin. The women studied also reported while on the multi-vitamin they experienced shortened illnesses, fewer illnesses and fewer days they called in sick due to illness.

Ames Triage Hypothesis of Micronutrients and chronic disease summarized, states that “Micronutrient deficiencies that trigger the triage response accelerate aging, cancer, and neural decay; therefore, malnutrition accelerates the onset of disease. Multi-multivitamins may or may not prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer, but, recent studies have shown that ingesting a one-a-day multi-vitamin daily reduced mental fatigue, anxiety and stress, illnesses, as well as, increased placebo. In conclusion, the main reason to take a multivitamin remains to prevent vitamin and mineral inadequacy. You be the judge, are multi-vitamins really unsafe to take?

Food tips:
People who tend to stick to the same eating behaviors or lack of color in their daily diet have a greater chance of becoming micronutrient deficient. There is a plethora of nutrients in foods do not limit yourself to a specific fruit or vegetable. Aim for consuming three different fruits and vegetables than what you currently eat per week.
Spruce it up with a colorful beet salad with carrots, quinoa, and spinach, and top off with a vinaigrette dressing:

Salad:

½ cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of organic edamame
1/3 cup of slivered almonds or pepitas ( Pumpkin Seeds)
1 medium raw beet, peeled
1 medium-to-large carrot, peeled
2 cups of packed spinach or arugula, roughly chopped
1 avocado chopped

Vinaigrette Dressing:

3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of raw organic honey, or agave nectar
½-1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, to taste
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Why Must I Stop Smoking Before Plastic Surgery?

The day of your plastic surgery consultation is finally here and you can barely contain your excitement as you head to your surgeon’s office.  You get there, discuss the procedure you want to have, and are amped over the results that are possible.  Naturally, you want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible as you’ve wanted to make certain aesthetic improvements for quite some time.  Then, a wrench gets thrown into your plans.  You’re told you have to stop smoking before plastic surgery or else the surgeon will not perform your desired procedure.  Obviously, this delay is not something you expected, but it is absolutely necessary.

How Long Must You Quit?

The time that you must quit smoking before plastic surgery will vary according to each surgeon’s recommendations.  However, the majority of cosmetic surgeons will tell you that you must not only give up cigarettes for 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery, but also after.  The absolute minimum is 2 weeks, but most plastic surgeons will suggest a longer time frame to ensure their patients are not at risk of unnecessary complications.

No Quitting, No Surgery

If you do not stop smoking for the time that your plastic surgeon has advised, don’t be surprised if he or she will not perform your procedure.  Over the course of the past 10 years, most plastic surgeons have come to the consensus that when skin has to be moved during a procedure such as a breast lift or face lift, they will not operate on smokers.  The reason; failure to quit smoking before surgery can lead to disastrous results and in areas where surgery is performed, the skin may become discolored, turn red, or darken.

In an interview with the New York Times on the topic of patients and pre-surgery smoking, Dr. Darshan Shah said, “Nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to clamp down or constrict, which reduces blood supply to the skin.”  Aside from discoloration, smokers seeking surgery could fail to heal properly after procedures, have an increased risk of infection, take longer to recover, and may develop unattractive red scars.

Tips to Quit Smoking before Plastic Surgery

Within two weeks’ time, the toxins and nicotine that have accumulated in your body from smoking will be cleansed from your system.  Even though your body has rebounded, your desire to smoke may still be present and so it is advised that you have strategies in place to help you.  One thing you can do is keep your mind on your goal to have plastic surgery.  Envision how great you’re going to look and feel afterward and hold that vision any time you feel tempted to have a cigarette.

Another recommendation is to keep your mouth busy.  Gum, hard candy, and lozenges are tasty and can drastically reduce your chances of turning to smoking.  Finally, rally your close family and friends to get support.  Tell them about your desire to have plastic surgery and ask them to encourage you to remain smoke-free.  When you’re feeling the urge to smoke, you can call on your friends and family to distract and motivate you.  Having their support and encouragement can truly make a world of difference.

Further Reinventing Your Body with Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major issue in our country and many people struggle with the numbers they see on the scale.  In some cases, people will habitually diet and try a variety of exercise programs only to lose the weight and gain it back, or give up and start all over again.  Yet, there are a plethora of cases where people actually make the commitment, stick to it, and reach their target weight.  In these cases, much is to be celebrated as individuals have set off on the road to better health and well-being.

Excess Skin, an Underlying Issue

If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and reached your weight loss goal, we congratulate you and your achievement.  However, if you’re like many others who have lost a great deal of weight, even though you’ve shed the pounds, you may be confronting another battle; excess skin. 
It is very common for people who lose a significant amount of weight to be left with sagging skin and fat.  The reason for this is that your skin’s elasticity has been stretched due to the weight you were once carrying on your body.  Even though your body is smaller now, your skin cannot “bounce back” as its elasticity is diminished and will remain stretched.  You may notice that skin around your arms is loose, the skin surrounding your mid-section may droop around your sides and lower back, your thighs and the area around your lower buttocks may dip, and if you’re a woman your breasts may hang lower than you’d like.  At a time when you should be feeling on top of the world and ecstatic about how you look, your excess skin may make you feel less than confident about your new body.

Continuing Your Journey toward a Better Appearance

Thankfully, your journey toward looking and feeling better can continue if you choose to further reinvent your body by undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, or even body lift.  These surgical procedures are excellent options after weight loss as they not only remove excess skin and fat, but also improve the overall shape and tone of the tissue that supports your skin.  After these surgeries are performed, you will have smoother, tighter skin, improved body shape, and a boost in confidence.

Your journey doesn’t have to stop after your surgery, either.  Once you’ve recovered and are given permission from your plastic surgeon, you can implement an exercise program to make further gains to your appearance.  A balanced exercise regime that includes cardio and strength straining will tighten connective tissue under your skin and improve your muscle tone, allowing you to take your physique to the next level.  With a combination of plastic surgery and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better, too.

Ready for Your Mommy Makeover?

Being a mom is hard. When you were pregnant with your first child, you probably knew that you were signing up for a lot of sleepless nights, tantrums, and all of the sweat, blood, and tears that go along with raising a child.  Yet, like so many, you were willing to deal with all that in order to experience the indescribable joy of being a mom.

Unfortunately, you may not have realized that being a mom may mean saying goodbye to your pre-mom body. Again, the sacrifice to your breasts and abdomen is worth it to have a child, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be satisfied with your post baby body once you’re done having kids.

Over the last decade, many women have chosen to get their pre-mom body back by having what’s known as a "mommy makeover." In most cases, a mommy makeover includes 2 to 3 plastic surgeries done at the same time to give you back the supple breasts and tight stomach that you had before having children.

The fact is, bearing children wreaks havoc on your breasts and stomach. Breastfeeding can actually cause your breasts to lose some of their tissue after the initial swell you get from lactating. As a result, breasts are left saggy and smaller than they were before you had children. Likewise, your stomach is also often left a bit droopy after having a baby. Even if you lose all of your baby weight plus some, you might still be left with loose skin, stretch marks, and perhaps a C-section scar. Fat deposits can also be left on your hips, stomach, and thighs after having kids, and these deposits are usually extremely hard to erase with diet and exercise alone.

If you feel overwhelmed, relax, as these are all problems that can be fixed with plastic surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery can include liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon can work with you to help determine which cosmetic surgery procedures might be best for your specific body. Through a combination of surgeries performed during the same appointment, usually within a matter of 3 to 4 hours, you can undo all of the cosmetic damage done to your body by having kids.

In other words, with mommy makeover surgery, you really can have it all — beautiful babies and a beautiful body.

Discover Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Options

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, contact Beautologie today to learn more about your options. Please note, you’ll most likely want to wait until you are done having kids before considering any mommy makeover procedures. The one surgery you absolutely should not have if you intend to have more children is a tummy tuck. If you’re all done having kids, wait at least six months after you are done breastfeeding before scheduling your mommy makeover.

Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon can help you determine the best ways to bring your pre-baby body back to life. Our surgeons have years of experience helping moms of every type look and feel their best. To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling 844-232-8865.

Explore Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options

If you’ve started to notice the wrinkles on your face getting a bit deeper or your cheeks looking a little less full, it may be time to explore cosmetic options for rejuvenating your facial appearance. Many people shy away from the idea of cosmetic procedures because they worry that the results will be too severe or unnatural.  However, today, there are numerous non-surgical options for improving the appearance of your face subtly and effectively.

While about 120,000 facelifts were performed in 2012, more than 6 million Botox® injections were administered according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botox® and other non-surgical options are a great way to enhance your appearance in a non-permanent, customizable way. Of course, there are certain things that non-surgical treatments can’t achieve, but if you want to start slow or only want to make minor adjustments to your appearance, there are a lot of ways you can enhance the beauty of your face affordably and without major surgery.

Non-Surgical Facial Treatments are Affordable and Quick

Here are the top reasons why more people are considering non-surgical facial enhancements than ever before:

  1. Affordability. Botox® injections, dermal fillers, and chemical peels are all much less expensive than their surgical counterparts. You can achieve excellent results for a fraction of the cost with these non-surgical treatments.
  2. Speed. Many facial rejuvenation procedures can be performed in 30 minutes to an hour. In some cases, you may be able to schedule a procedure during your lunch break and be ready to return to the office shortly thereafter.
  3. Minimal downtime. Some non-surgical procedures like chemical peels require downtime, but for many of these procedures, you can see the results and feel more beautiful in a few days or even a few hours.

Facial Rejuvenation is a Great Option for Both Men and Women

Below are just a few types of procedures that both men and women are using to look younger and more attractive without surgery:

  • Botox®: Perhaps the most well-known way to rejuvenate your skin without surgery is Botox®. In a short treatment session, you can receive Botox® injections that will help diminish wrinkles and make you look younger for up to a year.
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers help your face regain the structure and beauty it once had. There are many types of dermal fillers, including fat injections, fat transfers, and synthetic filler materials. These injections can give you the appearance of fuller cheeks, a more chiseled jaw line, or an overall more youthful appearance.
  • Chemical peels: A chemical peel can drastically reduce the signs of aging by diminishing wrinkles, particularly around the mouth. Chemical peels usually require four to five days of downtime, after which your skin will look significantly younger.
  • Venus Freeze® and Endermologie: These are both ways of using technology to stimulate dormant cells deep within your skin. This stimulation brings about natural improvement in the form of diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, and a more youthful glow. Both procedures are natural and can have amazing results.

To learn more about your options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, contact Beautologie today. Schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our cosmetic surgeons about the best ways to enhance your natural beauty. You’ll be glad that you did!

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