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It’s been a few weeks now…so how’s your 2021? 2020 was without a doubt difficult for most people and extremely troubling and stressful for many and 2021 already is giving us plenty of reasons for stress. As a result, many individuals are finding that their physical, mental, and even skin health has taken a hit. Even so, not just the new year but every new day brings renewed hope. It’s the perfect time to invest in yourself!

Physical Health

Taking the time to work on your physical health can improve both your mental wellness and your overall appearance. Whether it’s incorporating short walks or a home workout routine into your weekly schedule, any physical activity is better than nothing. The gyms may be closed right now, but the sidewalk is open!

For those who are struggling to lose large amounts of weight, a weight-loss procedure could be the change you need. With medical assistance, you’ll increase your chances of successfully losing and keeping off the weight all the while decreasing your risks of developing cardiovascular disease and many other conditions, including COVID, that can make your life not just shorter, but a lot less pleasurable.

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Kelli Anne lost 100 pounds with the help of a weight loss surgery

Skin Health

Stress and unhealthy habits can cause a lot of problems for the skin. As 2021 continues, don’t forget to set aside time to treat yourself where it shows the most—your face!

A good moisturizer and sunscreen can do wonders for keeping your skin hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays. To prevent or treat signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, injectables and fillers are a quick and easy way to help you maintain a youthful glow.

Mental Health

Taking care of your physical health and ensuring that you’re putting your best face forward works hand in hand with your mental health. After all—when we look good, we feel good! But it’s still important to remember to do things for your mental wellbeing such as reading, watching your favorite shows, spending time with loved ones, or pampering yourself with a spa day.

Prepare for the New Year with Beverly Hills Physicians

If you’re not sure where to start with your 2021 transformation, why not contact BHP at the phone number on this screen now for more information?

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Beverly Hills is known globally for its emphasis on beauty and the number of outstanding plastic surgeons in residence. So powerful is its influence on the worldwide culture of beauty, many reality shows following the lives of those living and working in the area have been made. One of these shows is the recently relaunched E! reality series Dr. 90210. The program gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind a plastic surgery procedure, from consultation to post-operation.

In one of the most recent episodes, the show focuses on a mother of seven who needed a mommy makeover—a combination of procedures that are customized to help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. These treatments can include a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, and vaginal rejuvenation. (Below are some examples from two of our former patients at Beverly Hills Physicians)

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Aside from the many challenges that pregnancies, childbirth, and raising a family can bring on a mother, the physical changes can be just as difficult to face. Going from a toned physique to a sagging chest and abdomen post-pregnancy not only affects a new mom’s confidence but also her psychological outlook.As you can see, while diet and exercise are certainly helpful for losing weight, extra measures such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation are often necessary to fully restore a mother’s body to its youthful state.

At Beverly Hills Physicians, we recommend that women only get a mommy makeover after they have finished having children, as gaining significant weight or becoming pregnant once again can revert the results of any procedures. Although becoming a mother comes with some expected sacrifices, with the help of Beverly Hills Physicians, your pre-pregnancy body doesn’t have to be one of them!

To find out more, call us at the number on your screen or make an appointment online.

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Recent news reports have focused on how the well-known increased risks for sometimes life-threatening or disabling complications for COVID-19 among the obese are increasingly a major factor in the decisions patients make to undergo weight loss surgery. Coronavirus patients who are obese tend to get sicker, require lengthier hospital stays and are more likely to die due to either COVID or their comorbidities. Possibly as a result of the pandemic, at least one doctor interviewed by the press said the number of patients turning to weight loss surgery has doubled. Here at BHP, we know that, while a bariatric procedure such as a sleeve gastrectomy cannot solve all obesity-related health issues overnight, once the weight is lost it can significantly reduce risks for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more, while also leading to a better quality of life.

For individuals fighting against obesity, losing weight and keeping it off long-term through diet and exercise alone can be incredibly challenging due to the body’s natural survival mechanisms. The body becomes accustomed to consuming a certain number of calories each day, and when intake is suddenly decreased, hunger signals are ramped up to fight against what was once a danger signal of a possible famine. Constant cravings are near impossible to ignore and are often the culprit in undoing the natural weight loss an individual has worked so hard to achieve.

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Loraine lost more than 97 pounds with the help of a BHP bariatric surgeon.

With weight loss surgeries such as a sleeve gastrectomy, procedures typically enable patients to not only lose the weight but to successfully keep it off long term. With a sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach is removed, thus reducing the number of calories an individual can comfortably consume. Further, the Southern California health group adds that, with the removal of most of the stomach, hormonal hunger signals are also reduced or eliminated, allowing patients to better adhere to their diet.

Ironically, the pandemic may make it easier for some patients to get a procedure as being able to work at home may mean that patients will be able to reduce their downtime when it comes to their jobs. Moreover, the need to essentially eliminate most outside activities makes this as good a time as any in which to recuperate from a procedure.

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If you’ve ever thought about getting plastic surgery or having a cosmetic procedure done, now is the perfect time. While a pandemic may seem like an odd time to have such treatments, the health and beauty field has reported an increase in the demand for plastic surgery due to several surprising silver linings that you, too, can take advantage of.

1.     Fewer Social Events to Attend

With social distancing measures in place and a decrease in social gatherings, most people are seeing their friends, family, and co-workers in person far less than normal. This allows for individuals to wear clothes they normally wouldn’t, try new hairstyles, or get plastic surgery without others noticing.

Due to quarantine isolation, there’s no need to explain to friends that you can’t see them for two weeks due to recovery from a procedure!

2.     Heal and Work from Home

Another benefit of the new health and safety protocol is that many individuals are working from home. This means that patients who receive treatments or procedures don’t need to take time off from work while they heal.

For those undergoing more major surgeries that require longer recovery time, this is a significant advantage.

3.     Hide Recovery with Face Masks

For any procedures around the lower half of the face, including lips and the cheek area, patients can comfortably hide any initial scarring or swelling from a procedure behind their face masks.

In the past, individuals may have been too embarrassed to go out in public while still recuperating, but with the required mask usage, there’s never been a better time to get the treatments you’ve always wanted!

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The media has been providing on a few explanations as to why the demand for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures has increased during the pandemic. Some suggest that the general decrease in socializing combined with more time at home and wearing face masks when out have all made this the optimal time for many individuals to get procedures and treatments done. Here at Beverly Hills Physicians, we’ve definitely noticed this trend, especially with patients interested in procedures that require a longer recovery time.

While many individuals are taking advantage of mask usage when it comes to cosmetic procedures and facial rejuvenation with injectables, those interested in surgery should not overlook the opportunity that minimal socializing and working from home provides. Unlike smaller procedures, such as fillers, more significant work, such as a surgical facelift, tummy tuck, or breast augmentation, may require weeks of recovery after the procedure.

Before the pandemic, patients receiving these types of surgeries and treatments would have to make significant changes to their schedules, from taking time off of work to declining invites to important family or social events. Inevitably, this often led to individuals having to explain the reason for their absence.

For those who prefer to have their procedures done quietly and without fanfare, the lack of social obligations while working remotely makes this quarantine time the perfect opportunity to receive plastic surgery. In addition to patients no longer having to unwillingly disclose why they need to take time away from work or other events, they can comfortably recover at home while still keeping up on their responsibilities. By not having to take as much time off from work, many plastic surgery patients are actually saving money, as well as their vacation time.

While COVID-19 is a worldwide tragedy that has impacted almost everyone’s life for the worse,it appears as though there is a silver lining for individuals looking for appearance enhancements. Whether it’s hiding swelling or scarring from a recent treatment behind a face mask or not having to explain changes in appearance, this year’s unique circumstances have made it the prime opportunity for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

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Injectables

Injectable facial treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers can provide several benefits for just about anyone, regardless of their age or background. This may be especially true during a time when video conferencing calls are a fact of daily life and cameras highlight the facial features that we’re most insecure about, such as fine lines or wrinkles.

Fortunately, injectables from Beverly Hills Physicians offer a quick and remarkably easy solution for looking your best during quarantine and beyond!

  1. Quick Procedure Time. Most treatments can be completed in less than an hour or the same amount of time as the average lunch break – and they are often referred to as “lunchtime procedures.” The quick, in-and-out nature of injectables makes it just as easy to schedule as a regular beauty appointment. Of course, these days, we’re taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of patients and staff members alike.
  2. No Downtime. Because injectable procedures are non-invasive, there is no real recovery period involved in most cases. Unlike plastic surgeries, patients can get an injectable treatment done and carry on with their day without needing to rest at home or take time off from work.
  3. Quicker Results. Initial results are often apparent right away, but it may take as long as three to four weeks for some treatments to fully “settle in.” Unlike plastic surgery, the results are temporary but they are also fast and nearly effortless.

     

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The entertainment press has reported on British television personality Kelly Osbourne’s impressive 85-pound weight loss through gastric sleeve surgery. The former teen star of the 2000s reality sitcom, “The Osbournes,” spoke about how she believes that the procedure was the best decision she had ever made and that she will always be proud to talk about a subject that might make many people uncomfortable. Ms. Osbourne stressed that the surgery was by no means a quick fix for her problems and encouraged others to think seriously about whether or not the procedure would be right for them. At BHP, we agree that, while the journey to effective, long-term weight loss cannot be achieved overnight, weight loss procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy can provide enormous benefits for individuals struggling to defeat obesity.

Weight loss surgeries like sleeve gastrectomy are popular due to the procedure’s ability to set patients up for long-term weight loss success. The treatment removes most of the stomach and limits how much an individual can comfortably eat. In one article, Ms. Osbourne noted that the procedure reduces cravings. We’ve found that to be the case. By minimizing hunger signals produced by the body, significant and permanent weight loss becomes much easier to achieve compared to trying to drastically change eating habits unaided. Incessant cravings to overeat may be among the main reasons that the large majority of weight loss attempts without surgery fail sooner or later.

It’s not news that individuals battling obesity are also at increased risk for several life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Losing excess weight not only reduces the chances of developing these often debilitating conditions, it also helps to improve the individual’s overall quality of life, from reduced strain on joints to improved energy levels that enable patients to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

There are a growing number of effective treatments for people struggling with obesity. By making an appointment with qualified medical professionals here at Beverly Hills Physicians, reaching a stable and safe weight is more achievable than ever.

 

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A recent article on Insider reported on a mother-daughter duo featured on the TLC show, sMothered, which followed the pair having plastic surgery together on the same day. The two women agreed that the experience helped them bond and strengthen their relationship, especially as they recovered from their procedures together. The article reported that, while the mother initially wanted a breast augmentation, she eventually settled on less invasive procedures so that she could take care of her daughter, who underwent a tummy tuck during her recovery. While this is certainly a creative way to boost one’s relationship with a close friend or family member, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind before any kind of cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery.

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The first and most important factor in deciding to have an enhancement procedure is to ensure that the individual truly wants the surgery for themselves. Just as there may be opinions pushing against plastic surgery, there are also those who might exert a little too much pressure in the other direction. In the end, prospective patients should be proud of whatever decisions they choose on their own to achieve their best outcomes for themselves, whatever those may be.

Those considering plastic surgery should make sure to thoroughly research the procedure they’re interested in as well as potential plastic surgeons. Prospective patients should always be sure that the surgeons they are considering are reputable and have proven track records behind them.

Another thing to consider is the post-procedure recovery process. Like the mother in the article, it’s important to realize how much care and assistance one might need following a surgery and to plan accordingly. For non-invasive “lunchtime” procedures such as injectables or skin treatments, recovery is rather quick and may require little or no downtime. On the other hand, full-fledged plastic surgeries such as a breast augmentation or a Brazilian butt lift will involve notable recovery time. Fortunately, our plastic surgeons here at Beverly Hills Physicians do everything possible to reduce those times by using the latest minimally invasive procedures.

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Several news sources including the BBC have recently reported on a worldwide rise in the number of people receiving cosmetic procedures despite the ongoing pandemic. At first, this might seem counterintuitive but there’s more than one thing going on. One frequently mentioned factor is the use of Zoom, which forces us to literally look at ourselves far more than we normally would.

One more possible reason is that people don’t need to worry about taking any time off from work after more serious procedures, as almost everyone lucky to be working is already working from home because of the stay-at-home orders. It’s also much easier to hide any post-treatment swelling and bruising while on a video conference than doing so in person. Also, of course, during the increasingly rare times people are in public they are wearing masks.

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Along with this decrease in our public exposure, people have a little more freedom in their routines so resting after a cosmetic procedure while remaining productive is perfectly plausible. In short, people who have been looking for ways to improve their appearance can now more freely do so by taking advantage of the mandatory downtime.

In essence, even in sad and turbulent times such as these, a silver lining can still be found for some of us. While many have become frustrated with the lack of in-person socializing, social isolation ironically offers the perfect opportunity for individuals to have enhancements done under the radar.

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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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