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We are delighted to let readers know about our newest offering, Liposuction 360. This addition to our comprehensive catalog of plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures is already attracting a lot of interest from BHP patients throughout Southern California. Sometimes referred to as Lipo 360,  it’s a body contouring treatment that removes excess fat from trouble areas such as the midsection, sides, and back in one procedure, hence its name. This gives patients a more sculpted appearance from every angle.

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The main difference between traditional liposuction and Liposuction 360 is that the traditional method only treats specific areas, such as the love handles or the abdominal area. While this may be better for individuals primarily struggling to tone one or two regions, Liposuction 360 requires just one procedure to do the work of several traditional procedures and is not limited to one specific region for patients in search of a more global result. This newer approach results in what many patients agree is a slimmer, more toned silhouette in less time than it would take to do several liposuctions separately.

The actual process of receiving Liposuction 360 is similar to traditional liposuction. After the patient is anesthetized, tiny incisions are made wherein a tube is inserted so that excess fat from the designated areas can be removed via a surgical vacuum. The process is continued across strategically-selected locations so that the final result is balanced and appears natural.

The group notes that it understands the concerns patients may have regarding incisions and the subsequent scarring that may result. Beverly Hills Physicians says that the incisions made in this procedure are very small and placed intentionally in areas where visible scarring can be minimized. Regardless, most scars will fade over time as the body recovers, the clinic adds.

Readers interested in learning more about Liposuction 360 or other services provided by Beverly Hills Physicians call us or request a consultation.

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You’ve heard about what liposuction can do, now get ready for the latest innovation to this powerful body-contouring procedure: Liposuction 360.

What is Liposuction 360?

Liposuction 360 is a comprehensive form of liposuction where excess fat is removed from multiple areas around the body – 360 degrees around (hence the name). This includes the abdomen, sides, and back. The results are a more contoured and attractive appearance overall, and from every angle.

Traditional Liposuction vs. Liposuction 360

The difference between traditional liposuction and Liposuction 360 is that the traditional method generally focuses on specific problem areas like the thighs or love handles. With Liposuction 360, fat is eliminated from multiple points for a more balanced appearance. Individuals can achieve a slimmer waistline as the fat is removed from the body’s circumference instead of just a single location.

Is Lipo 360 Right for Me?

For those struggling to reduce fat from specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or back, traditional liposuction can target those stubborn sections precisely. For individuals looking for a more inclusive, all-over elimination of excess fat cells around the general midsection area, Liposuction 360 is a better fit as it treats every angle around the body. No procedure is for everyone so the only way to find out is to give us a call or request a consultation online.

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Famed model Chrissy Teigen has gone public with her decision to have her breast implants removed. She has said in interviews that she enjoyed having her implants for many years but just felt it was time to move on. She has also cited that having children influenced her decision to remove her implants, although she also mentioned she might still be interested in a breast lift at a later time.

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 Her openness can certainly empower other individuals to be proud of whatever enhancements or plastic surgery procedures they decide are best for themselves and their wellbeing. Every patient has their own reasons for getting a procedure and Chrissy Teigan’s choice shows that, as time goes on and people change, their priorities also may change and so do their choice of procedures.

 A common misconception about plastic surgery is that individuals have them done for solely cosmetic purposes. While procedures such as breast and buttock augmentations are simply about looking fabulous, others, such as breast reductions, are often done for an individual’s health and quality of life. For a great many patients, a breast reduction can help ease chronic back pain and, especially for many younger women, it can also prevent too much unwanted attention for a single bodily attribute. Moreover, women with very large breasts may not be able to participate in certain athletic activities and a reduction can provide them with more opportunities to have a more enjoyable and comfortable lifestyle doing all of the things they want to do

 Breast reductions are also not just for women. In fact, gynecomastia, a sometimes hormonal condition involving swelling that occurs in men’s breasts and causes them to appear enlarged, can develop in 30-60% of men. While breast reduction for men is, indeed, a procedure that is considered to be simply cosmetic, it’s obtained not because men are wanting to attract positive attention, but because they are trying to avoid negative attention. Men who have undergone breast reduction surgery have described the experience as downright therapeutic, removing a source of painful embarrassment that, for many men, may go back to their childhood.

However an individual chooses to enhance or alter their appearance, the decision to get a procedure -- and the decision whether or not to tell other people about it -- should always be up to the individual. 

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Technology has undoubtedly benefited many industries and the beauty world is no different. These days, smartphones, apps, and even social media have played an enormous role in increasing interest in cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. It’s clear that they have helped to dramatically improve public perception of enhancements, getting rid of old stigmas.

For many individuals, social media can be a source of inspiration for a range of topics such as health, fitness, and of course, beauty. Additionally, with the abundance of beauty and face tuning apps available, it’s never been easier for individuals to visualize what kind of enhancements they’re interested in. This can also help plastic surgeons have a clear idea of what patients are looking for.

As more and more celebrities and social media influencers have become increasingly vocal about receiving cosmetic procedures or plastic surgery, so too have the numbers risen for ordinary individuals from all walks of life. Not only has the stigma behind enhancements reduced drastically, but general perceptions around the topic have moved toward openness and acceptance for those who choose to make alternations to present the best version of themselves.

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we understand the significance that looking your absolute best can have in both your personal and professional life. We provide a variety of enhancement services that can help you achieve your goal and ensure that the world sees the very best of you that there is.

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A recent article over at Inside Hook reports on a sudden increase in cosmetic procedure interest since video conferencing became the leading form of communication. Due to the recent closure of physical offices because of new social distancing policies, video calls and meetings have vastly boosted the amount of time individuals unintentionally spend staring at themselves through the small, mirror-like box onscreen that often gives people an unflattering reflection of themselves. The article explains that, while individuals normally pay attention mostly to what others are saying in meetings or maybe gathering their thoughts for what they are going to say, now that their faces are staring back at them it’s hard not to dwell on the imperfections they see. The fact of the matter is that, while beauty treatments and procedures may be on hold for now, individuals can utilize this time to think about what they might like to have done and it’s never a bad time to start the ball rolling on procedures in the future.

It can be hard for some people to accept the fact that our appearances do matter to us a great deal. Whether it’s making a good first impression on a date or in an interview, how a person presents themself can make or break an opportunity. An individual’s appearance also plays an important role in self-esteem, saying that when people feel good about their appearance, they typically exude more confidence.

Due to advances in medical technology, improving one’s looks has never been easier to achieve. When it comes to video conferencing, what most individuals come to worry about are facial lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. These can all be treated both through traditional facelifts that as well as through nonsurgical treatments such as Botox or other injectables. What most people once assumed was reserved for Hollywood elites and the like in years past has increasingly become accessible to the everyday individual, offering everyone the ability to put their best face forward. 

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If you’ve gone off to college, you’ve no doubt heard of the Freshman 15. Now that shelter-in-place orders have are in effect, a lot of us are worried about the Quarantine 15 – i.e., gaining weight from staying home during the pandemic.

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It’s no secret that the key to keeping excess weight off is through a good diet and exercise; however, it can be hard to achieve when you’re stuck at home for weeks on end.

Here are some solutions you can try to ensure that you’re just as healthy at the end of this crisis as when it all began.

1. Portion out snacks

It can be easy to lose track of how much you’re eating if you’re binging through a series on Netflix. Before you know it, an entire bag of chips could disappear. To make sure you’re not over-snacking, try portioning out snacks into zip-lock type bags or small containers and stick to one snack serving. Binging the show is one thing – binging on snacks is another!

2. Make (and keep) a routine

When you don’t have a routine, laziness and unhealthy habits can easily set in. To combat this, set a daily routine including walks or at-home workouts. Following a schedule will give your life some regularity as well as ensuring you don’t end up sitting in front of a screen all day.

3. Participate in active challenges with friends

Whether it’s completing viral fitness challenges or comparing how many steps you take each day, having a friend to virtually participate with not only makes being active more fun and enjoyable, but also keeps you healthy while still at home.

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You see the sniping on the entertainment sites. Celebrities are said to “admit” or “deny” having a breast augmentation or Botox as if they were allegations of serious misbehavior – even as plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more a part of everyday life. Here’s the bottom line: whatever an individual chooses to do, or not do, to feel more confident in their skin is their choice alone. Whether it’s changing your hairstyle, getting a tattoo, or having a cosmetic procedure done, Beverly Hills Physicians believes that you should be the only person in control of your body and appearance.

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With today’s resources and advanced technology, there are so many options for feeling more confident in your body and – just as important – more like yourself. What people used to assume was an option only available for celebrities and social elites have increasingly become popular among all kinds of people and most of them very far from being celebrities. From millennials seeking out procedures to maintain their youthful skin to older individuals looking to minimize signs of aging, the choices for self-enhancement are endless.

 

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we offer a variety of health and beauty services, from cosmetic procedures like Botox and facial fillers to the full range of plastic surgeries from rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and facelifts to breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and Brazilian butt lifts. Our team looks forward to helping our clients look and feel their best whatever work they are having done. After all, it’s your body and your choice.

 

 

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A recent Haute Living article describes how mommy makeovers are a reliable method for helping a woman to enjoy a body closer to the one she had prior to having children. It adds, however, that every mom/prospective patient considering the procedure should understand what it entails. This includes the details of the surgeries, deciding on when to schedule them, understanding the recovery time needed post-procedure, as well as carefully researching which surgeon is the best for the job. Here at BHP, we know that a successful mommy makeover begins by offering patients support and plenty of information so that they can make the best possible decisions for themselves.

For people who may not be certain what it is, a mommy makeover is a collection of procedures that address the less flattering impacts motherhood can have on a woman’s body. While diet and exercise can help to reduce post-pregnancy weight and build healthy muscle, loose and sagging skin as well as certain types of fatty tissue are very often mostly immune to exercise and diet. Procedures in the package typically include a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to remove excess tissue and tighten muscles, liposuction to remove fat deposits, as well as breast augmentation and/or breast lift.

The health and beauty medical group says that there are many factors involved with the success of any plastic surgery or group of surgeries. The first and most important detail is the choice of a plastic surgeon. At BHP, our most important offering is our selection of many of Southern California’s most respected physicians.

Our consultants can also help with a great many other tasks beyond coordinating the choice of a physician. These include helping to make whatever arrangements are needed to facilitate procedures, including scheduling a time that will work with the patient’s schedule. In cases where patients may be concerned about finances, BHP consultants can nearly always structure an arrangement that can make most procedures affordable to most patients.

Moving on, beyond the matter of the date of a procedure there is a different kind of scheduling that prospective mommy makeover patients should know. It is best if a mother waits until she is finished having children before having the procedures. As you may have guessed, waiting ensures that the results of the procedure will last and not be affected due to the exigencies of another pregnancy.

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Look at any set of statistics in our field. The surges in procedures year after year prove that getting work done is no longer something most people think of as something for someone else – performers, the super-wealthy, performers, and politicians. This was always a stereotype but it’s less true every year and word is getting around. Of course, people in entertainment are among the heaviest consumers of plastic surgery but our clients include a fair number of teachers, accountants, lawyers (and not just flashy entertainment lawyers), nurses, and a lot more construction workers and plumbers than you would probably expect. Both for women and increasingly for men, getting a cosmetic procedure or a plastic surgery is something as thinkable as buying a new wardrobe. That’s why the overwhelming majority of those who have had work done are the same kind of people you run into every single day.

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The reality is that most of us perceive some sort of flaw in our own appearance and this can weigh down on our self-confidence, which in turn can negatively affect other aspects of our lives. For better or worse, we live in a society where all of us are bombarded by the images of sexy and beautiful people practically anywhere we look, from athletes and TV personalities to reality stars and influencers. Ageism at the workplace is another issue. The kind of work we do here at Beverly Hills Physicians offers our patients the ability to go out and make a change for the better by actually liking what they see when they look in the mirror, whether it’s a shorter nose, a wrinkle-free face, tighter stomach, larger or smaller breasts, or any other modification that inspires a much-improved self-image.

We’re here to help anyone who wants to take the next step towards feeling better about their own body and that very likely includes you.

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A recent article in Reuters discusses how obese individuals often have breathing difficulties due to fatty tissue in the chest and abdomen obstructing airways. However, patients in a study who underwent bariatric surgery and successfully lost weight removed or at least reduced excess pressure on their lungs, making it easier to breathe – no small matter for overall health. The findings only add to an increasingly huge list of extremely well documented bariatric surgery benefits.

Severe obesity is not only unhealthy and often damaging to self-esteem, but it can also be physically debilitating, relegating many individuals to a sedentary lifestyle that further exacerbates their weight problem. The problem for many obese individuals is that, no matter how well patients understand the dangers of obesity and no matter how much they may sincerely want to look and feel better, losing weight without assistance can be incredibly difficult – and permanently defeating obesity is next to impossible for most people.

The exact mechanisms behind the grim statistics on attempts at long-term weight loss are not fully understood but hormones do appear to be the crux of the problem. Overweight and obese people are believed to produce a great deal more of a hormone known as ghrelin when compared to thinner individuals. The problem becomes compounded because, as the body senses weight loss, it produces even more hunger hormones to get us to eat more and regain our lost weight – all because our bodies were made to endure in a world where famine and starvation were a constant risk, instead of an environment like ours, where high-calorie foods are cheap and constantly available. No wonder then that even people with the enormous will power needed to achieve their ideal weight typically regain lost weight within a distressingly short time period.

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The reason weight loss surgery is effective is that it gets at the core of the problem: appetite. Procedures like a sleeve gastrectomy can actually operate on two levels. The first goal of weight loss surgery is to limit the size of a patient’s stomach. This can make it uncomfortable or even painful to consume large amounts of food and can sometimes induce a condition called dumping syndrome, which is every bit as unpleasant as it sounds. These concerns can definitely help train the patient's mind to desire food less. The second function, the medical group continues, is that some procedures significantly reduce the production of the aforementioned hunger hormone, so patients may have little or no interest in overeating in the first place. While bariatric patients still have to do the work of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, permanently defeating obesity becomes vastly more achievable when urges to eat excessively are reduced or quieted completely.

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You may have read an article recently from Good Housekeeping detailing the possible causes of double chins and options to get rid of them. The article quotes the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons who says that the causes of what people call a double-chin are many. They can be caused by a person’s facial structure including an undefined jawline, a loss of elasticity in the skin, or excess fat in the neck area. Moreover, there are multiple ways of dealing with the issue. The ASPS expert opinion is absolutely correct. It is imperative doctors provide patients with all of the important details on their very particular situation in order to help patients make an informed assessment regarding which approaches may work the best for them.

The good news is that there are a variety of ways to get rid of a double chin but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. By zeroing in on the cause of the double chin, however, the treatment options can be narrowed down. The most common approaches used by plastic surgeons include liposuction to get rid of fat that sometimes collects below or around the chin, neck lifts to remove and tighten loose skin in the area or sometimes a combination of both. It adds that the only way to find out what’s best for an individual is to make an appointment with a reputable plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options.

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Today’s plastic surgery is safer and more effective than ever but it is not the only approach. Many of our BHP physicians may suggest an injectable product called Kybella. The active ingredient in this treatment is deoxycholic acid, a substance that can safely eliminate fat cells in the neck area to help create a more defined chin. Its results may not be as long-lasting as a surgical approach, but the ease and convenience of an injectable treatment are appealing to many patients.

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Let’s face it, it is impossible to run away from the fact that time is moving forward. If you fear what the aging process can do to your face, don’t fret. Botox has long been associated with middle-aged people but for some time now younger people in their 20s and 30s are increasingly getting Botox to actually prevent wrinkles and slow down signs of aging.

Botox is easily the best known of the newer procedures can that help keep the skin firm and smooth. It relaxes the muscles which smooths the skin so it looks more youthful and free of lines and creases. Better yet, by relaxing the muscles, it makes those lines and creases become less likely to emerge in the first place. It’s no wonder that the use of this amazing product has spread to younger people of all genders. If you’ve heard about “Brotox,” you know what we’re talking about. Since this is a nonsurgical procedure, it is quick and involves essentially no downtime. It can often be performed over a long lunch break.

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Of course, many types of places offer Botox, but working with a plastic surgeon ensures that the procedure is performed with maximum safety and effectiveness. Over time, a skilled plastic surgeon can actually combine the use of Botox with surgical facial rejuvenation techniques to create extremely flattering outcomes. You can’t fight Father Time but sometimes you can negotiate an arrangement with him.

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A number of recent articles reported on statistics indicating that more people between the ages of 18 and 34 are turning to fillers and injections. While using cosmetic surgery to diminish the signs of aging was once primarily associated with people in their middle years and older, more millennials are now turning to cosmetic procedures significantly earlier in life than before. Here at Beverly Hills Physicians, we’ve noticed a definite upward trend in the number of younger patients visiting their offices. But why are so many millennials turning to age-defying treatments? It must be the reliably positive outcomes!

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Experts in our field agree that those who have used treatments such as Botox in their twenties and thirties have benefitted from an improved chance of diminishing the early signs of aging compared to those who wait until later in life to start treatment. However, while Botox is perhaps the most popular option, many people are not fully aware of how it works. This injection is made up of a purified botulinum protein extracted from bacteria. Once it is injected into the skin, it causes the muscles to remain immobile. That prohibits movement and the formation of expression lines, which helps to prevent those fine lines and wrinkles from forming.

The important thing to be aware of is that not all providers are the same and people who perform injections at certain providers may not always have a suitable medical background. Working with plastic surgeons helps to ensure that procedures are performed with maximum safety and are as effective as possible. That’s why it’s extremely important for prospective patients to conduct research and find a skilled and reputable provider. Also, patients who are looking for more permanent outcomes often find that a combination of injectables with facelifts and other procedures can have an exceptionally powerful impact when performed by a highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeon.

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Every year, millions of people probably make billions of New Year's resolutions…and we wouldn’t like to guess about the small percentage of them that are actually kept! We are here to tell you, however, that you can be different. There is no better time than the dawn of a new year to achieve your body goals in time to make the most of them.

Regret is no one’s favorite emotion. Before you know it, another exciting summer will be here but, by then, it will be too late to take full advantage of a plastic surgery for the 2020 bikini season. If you have been considering a butt lift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast reduction or such facial procedures as a facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, the process of getting the surgery can be relatively fast, but not instantaneous. First, you will have to schedule a consultation and discuss your options with your surgeon and then schedule the procedure. With most procedures, you will be able to resume your normal schedule fairly quickly but it often takes a matter of several weeks or a few months to get the full impact of a procedure. There really is no time like the present.

The good news is that, once a procedure has been selected, you’ll be in good hands with the Beverly Hills Physicians team. We are committed to getting the best results possible and we know how to make sure that happens. We have over 100 years of combined experience and you can rest easy knowing that our facilities are fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery, Inc.

With our aesthetic procedures, we are confident that we can help you to become comfortable in your own skin and love what you see in the mirror. The clock is always ticking, so why not start now?

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For many people, the holidays are a season of good – or maybe just fattening – food and drink to go with the cool weather. The combination of celebrating the end of the year with social gatherings and delicious delights in addition to cooling temperatures often means a few extra pounds and less exercise. Whether you’re contemplating making serious changes in your life – such as with a weight loss procedure – or you’re just looking to keep your weight down this winter or just keep on looking your best, your body will be sure to thank you for staying active throughout the holidays. Here are three creative ways to burn some extra calories this season, all from the comfort of your home.

  1. Get up and move during TV commercials. Take advantage of boring commercials and use them as an opportunity to painlessly work some exercise into your schedule. Create your own workout by mixing and matching different exercises for every break. Whether it’s jumping jacks, crunches, lunges, or squats, you’ll have a full workout completed by the end of the episode.
  2. Clean or organize your home. This is perfect if you’re hosting friends or family during the holidays. Take a couple of days each week to focus on each room and burn some calories in the process. Decluttering and vacuuming will not only keep you active but will leave you with a re-freshed home, ready for the new year.
  3. Follow a fun fitness YouTube tutorial. If getting a gym membership just isn’t for you, there are scads of fitness tutorials available on the internet. A fun way to get your exercise in is by following a short workout video of your choice. From yoga to high-intensity training to Zumba videos, the options online are endless.
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Gossip sites recently reported on 25-year-old “The Bachelor” contestant Elly Miles, who opened up about having cosmetic work done before appearing on the reality TV show. She revealed that in addition to having breast implants, she has been getting Botox injections to smooth out frown lines she’s had since she was a teenager. The young woman noted that, for years, she resisted the idea, instead trying to cover the lines with makeup. Unfortunately, Ms. Miles said, her makeup would still settle into the lines. Ms. Miles isn’t alone. Noninvasive cosmetic treatments such as injectables and fillers that used to be associated with middle-aged and older patients are becoming more popular among the 20 and 30-something crowd.

While injectables and other cosmetic treatments tend to be seen as solutions for wrinkles that have already settled into the skin, millennials are now using the treatments as a sort of beauty prophylactic in order to maintain their skin’s youthfulness. By preventing signs of aging through small doses of cosmetic treatments, younger patients are able to keep fine lines and creases at bay.

These days, beauty-conscious consumers are marketed countless serums and creams that all but promise perfectly smooth skin. Facial lines and wrinkles can still show through makeup and topical products can only do so much. The only way to ensure smooth looking skin is by fighting the creases from the inside. By smoothing and filling out fine lines beneath the skin through injectables like Botox, patients are left with a fresh and youthful appearance.

Botox’s popularity has soared in recent years. Due to its quick and noninvasive nature, enhancing one’s look has never been more accessible. Injections are very powerful but are, however, temporary, which is why many patients ultimately turn to a traditional surgical facelift for a more permanent improvement. It ultimately comes down to the patient’s personal priorities.

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More and more younger people are showing up at our offices for preventive Botox and other treatments to try and stop some of the signs of aging before they really start. It can be very helpful but what else can you do? Here are some preventative steps you can take to maintain youthful-looking skin and keep signs of aging at bay.

Wear Sunscreen

It’s no secret that sun exposure directly affects the skin’s health, both visibly and invisibly. From fine lines and wrinkles to an increased risk for skin cancer, protecting your skin from the sun is of utmost importance to maintaining healthy skin.

Remove Makeup Before Bed

Sometimes laziness gets the best of us at the end of the day, but a crucial step to ensuring your face stays problem-free is removing your makeup every night before going to sleep. Cleaning your face of cosmetics, dirt, and bacteria that have built up throughout the day ensures that your pores don’t get clogged and that they have time to breathe. It can also help keep your pillowcases stain-free!

Moisturize With Collagen

Collagen plays an important role in youthful skin and, in fact, many beauty-based procedures take advantage of it. In addition to strengthening skin and improving elasticity, it can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These days, many topical creams and serums include collagen in their ingredients so it’s not difficult to come by.

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It was recently revealed that Sarah Ferguson, aka the Duchess of York, has publicly discussed getting Botox and a number of other procedures both in the past and more recently while she was preparing for her 60th birthday. The woman whom the English press had once dubbed “Fergie” opened up to provide detail on some rumored treatments and discussed how she is increasingly using nonsurgical procedures that are very minimally invasive.

Noninvasive cosmetic treatments like those the Duchess favors are on the rise. Among individuals of all walks of life – apparently including royals – these procedures will continue to gain ground as people seek to stay relevant in their career and personal endeavors.

Most people now are highly aware that cosmetic work is not reserved for Hollywood elites or ultra-wealthy “real housewives.” Just like celebrities, everyday individuals have insecurities and aspects of their appearance that they would like to enhance or lessen, perhaps to deal with issues like ageism on the career market. It’s clear that, from royalty to rock stars to teachers and CPAs, aging is inescapable. With the advancement of beauty technology, quick and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and other injectables are increasingly popular among individuals of all backgrounds, genders, ages, and social groups.

The idea of having surgery can be worrisome for many people. Some individuals may be concerned about scarring or the time required for recovery afterward. While skilled plastic surgeons can minimize scarring and reduce recovery times, today’s array of noninvasive beauty procedures provide a range of alternatives. Enhancing one’s appearance with nonsurgical work like Botox and facial fillers on an ongoing basis is almost as easing as visiting the hairstylist or cosmetologist on a regular basis.Especially in a beauty-obsessed city such as Los Angeles where every field is severely competitive, the confidence of looking one’s best can make a big difference.

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The right makeup can emphasize cheekbones, chisel jawlines, and draw attention to your best features, creating a full pout or smoky eyes. At the same time, makeup works best when the face underneath it provides the right kind of opportunities. This is where today’s cosmetic procedures can make a huge difference. Whether you need to improve the texture of your skin, diminished fine lines, or even create a better facial shape, modern procedures can help you achieve your goal.

Injectables like Botox can smooth out frown lines, and diminish crows' feet, while facial fillers like Juvederm can give the face the youthful plumpness. For a long-term improvement, plastic surgeries like facelifts and blepharoplasty (eyelifts) can transform your appearance, lifting sagging in above and below eyes, toning down jowls, and helping with a stronger jawline. The good old nose job – aka rhinoplasty – can make the most of your face’s most notable feature.

Makeup is a lot of fun and can enhance your features, but we all know it cannot correct structural issues. In our modern age there are effective answers to managing the challenges of aging. So start with the canvas you’ve been dreaming of and then rock that look!

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A recent article on Mass Device reports on a study that strongly suggests that bariatric surgery lowers the risk heart-related problems in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. The study looked at over 25,000 patients with type 2 diabetes and found that patients who had undergone weight-loss operations were less likely to experience a major cardiovascular event. While shedding significant amounts of weight is sure to boost a patient’s self-image and confidence, the most important benefit is that bariatric surgery minimizes the risk of the many serious health problems associated with obesity. The result is a life that is not just longer, but freer of illness and pain and, therefore, a great deal better.

Obesity has long been associated with a massive list of debilitating or life-threatening illnesses and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and more. As far as is known, weight loss surgery itself does not immediately reduce the risks for these complications, but instead facilitates the weight loss that limits the risk of such events. Weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy procedures are believed to have positive effects on certain hormones that drive hunger, enabling patients to shed significant amounts of weight far easier than they may have been able to before surgery. In doing so, patients are generally able to make healthier choices in their diet, which allows them to begin the process of permanently defeating obesity.

Just because the immediate health benefits of weight loss are so significant doesn’t mean that some of its offshoot pluses aren’t almost as important. While individual weight loss varies dramatically from patient to patient after surgery, the loss is typically substantial and, in most cases, enables patients to lead far more active lifestyles. Patients who previously had trouble taking even a few steps may now find that they can move regularly without losing their breath. Considering the very significant health benefits of exercise in regards to issues such as blood pressure and blood sugar as well as its many positive impacts on the quality of life, the result is a virtuous cycle that can, as the old saying goes, add years to a life and life to those years. Of course, patients will often find that they are much happier with their appearance after weight loss surgery too.

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