Why have the band when you can have the Gastric Wrap??

Secret Surgery are now able to offer The Gastric Wrap to patients who are considering the Band.

Like the Band it is:
· Reversible
· Involves no cutting of the stomach
· Has a quick recovery time
· Restricts your ability to consume large portions

Better than the Band because:
· Better weight loss (similar to bypass or sleeve – 3 yr studies show
· Weight loss starts from Day 1 – get off to a flying start
· No “mechanical” device inside you to go wrong – no worries about slippage, erosion or port failure
· No Adjustment needed – no “band fills”, no waiting to get to the point of best restriction
· No food getting stuck in the pouch, no “regurgitation”
· Much easier to live with – less “learning of techniques” required
· An ideal “revision” procedure for patients whose bands have failed

Why have a Gastric Wrap?
Having a gastric wrap is much less complicated than any other weight loss surgery. It is a fairly new treatment but statistics show that a greater loss of weight can be obtained with this procedure rather than having a gastric band fitted and shows that the patient experiences less problems in the long term.

What is a Gastric Wrap?
A gastric wrap can be carried out using keyhole surgery and involves folding the stomach in on itself and then the edges are stitched to turn the stomach into a narrow tube therefore restricting the amount of food that can be consumed.

The procedure was originally designed for Super Obese patients as a first stage intervention to bring down their BMI from 60+ to a safer operating BMI to allow other procedures for example, the Gastric Sleeve to take place.

The low down on elliptical trainers

When you’re looking for a break from your usual treadmill routine, you might want to try an elliptical machine. They have some nice features: Most of them have a lot of variables built in, as well as movable handles you can use to work your upper body. Elliptical machines are especially good for people with knee problems, who find the workout to be a great cardio alternative to running because it’s much easier on the joints.

Some elliptical trainers have adjustable ramps, which allow you to target different leg muscles by varying the incline. If the ramp is inclined and you’re pedaling forward, you’re working the muscles on the backs of your legs: the hamstrings, glutes, and calves. If the ramp is at a lower incline and you pedal backward, you’re training the muscles in front: the quads and dorsiflexors.

The one thing that makes me wary about elliptical trainers is that it’s fairly easy to phone in your workout — especially if you hold on to the static handles. The only handles you should be holding on to are the movable ones that get your arms and heart rate pumping. It’s really important that you keep your intensity high. And don’t trust the machine to tell you how many calories you’re burning — those electronic readouts are not the most reliable. Instead, monitor your heart rate and keep it at 85 percent of its maximum (to calculate maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220). Increase the resistance so that gravity isn’t doing all the work for you. Remember, your time is precious and your workout is for you alone — don’t cheat yourself!

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  1. Hydrate. Water is the key ingredient to achieve healthy-looking, radiant skin. FC5 products help supply water to the skin’s surface.
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  3. Exfoliate. Reveal younger-looking skin by exfoliating to revitalise skin from stress, fatigue, wind, heat and cold.
  4. Moisturise. FC5 is a daily skin care regime that includes antioxidants and hydration, which is key to skin’s beauty and radiance.
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Fight the fat after 40! The Good vs Bad Showdown

How many times have you been told that you need to stop eating steak and butter if you ever want to lose weight? Too many, right? Well, I’ve got fantastic news for you: That’s not the case with the Sexy Forever Three–Phase Weight–Loss Plan. So many of us have been trained to think that any fat is bad for you, but the fact is that your body needs fat for good cell health. The confusion arises because all fats are not created equal — and some foods we’ve been told are bad for us, like butter, are actually just fine to eat in moderation. The key is not combining them with high glycemic foods, such as refined carbohydrates. Once you combine sugar, white flour, or high–starch foods with fat, all those fat calories have the potential to be stored as fat along with the sugar.

We’ve put together a guide to what’s good — and what you need to avoid.

Keep an eye peeled for trans fats. Found in partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, and shortening, these completely unnatural fats can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease. They’re so bad, in fact, that many municipalities are trying to outlaw them.

Limit your omega–6 fats. These oils from natural sources — safflowers, sunflowers, corn, peanuts, and soybeans — may sound good, but consumption of them needs to be balanced out by intake of the healthy omega–3 fats. Otherwise, you risk developing a hard membrane around each cell, which can break and cause a cell to malfunction. Eventually, too many malfunctioning cells could lead to illness, like cancer or heart disease.

Fill up on omega–3 fats. You’ll find super–healthy omega-3 fats in things like perilla oil, flaxseed oil, and fish oil. These will help keep your heart healthy and your cells soft and supple.

Enjoy animal fats in moderation. Butter and fat from meats, like pork and beef, have been demonized, but as long as you are consuming them with a lot of vegetables and isolating them from insulin (by not combining them with high glycemic foods) you will digest them with ease and metabolize them to be burned as fuel. Remember, we are controlling the insulin response. Meat and fats create no insulin response on their own. If you add sugar, white flour, rice, etc., now you will have a release of insulin — which can lead to storing those fats as fat! The key is to enjoy real fats in moderation and minimize the insulin response.

How relieving is it to know that you don’t need to punish yourself by cutting delicious fats out of your diet?

The trick, as with any food, is knowing when to say when. Moderation is always key. After all, just because I’m allowed to eat butter doesn’t mean I’m going to wolf down a whole packet of it all at once! Just you wait and see: Remove bad fats from your diet and make sure your body gets lots of omega–3’s, and you’ll be seeing results in no time.

The truth about legs ….

85 per cent of women have cellulite.
20 per cent of women in their 30s have varicose veins.
Varicose veins affect half of people aged 50 and above.
Up to 55 per cent of women are affected by thread veins.
Women get thread veins as early as their mid-20s.

Ever wondered how celebrities of all ages seem to have traffic-stopping legs? Good genes help, but they also exercise, swear by the latest treatments and indulge in a little trickery. Catherine Goddard explains how it’s done

What do you envy most when it comes to other women’s looks? A gravity-defying bosom; white, impossibly even teeth; a pert bottom? For me, it’s the legs that have it. Nothing causes me to go green quicker than a blemish-free pair of legs paraded in a short skirt.

Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Penny Lancaster, Tina Turner – the hottest legs belong to women of all ages. Golden and toned, their pins march through the advancing years seemingly unscathed by cellulite or veins.

So how do celebrities defy Mother Nature?  The truth is that a lot of time and money goes into achieving perfection, not to mention the assistance of an airbrush. Without the same attention, real women’s legs don’t always fare so well.

In fact, embarrassment over the state of their legs causes many women to cover up, concealing their problem legs with trousers and ever-lengthening hemlines.

Mottled complexion

An even, lightly tanned skin tone is the ideal when it comes to legs. Sadly, a mottled ‘corned beef ’ complexion is more often the reality. Exercise is the key to getting blood pumping, giving skin a natural, healthy glow.

Tanning cosmetics can also help – including instant formulations and self-tan, with a gradually developing, longer-lasting result that doesn’t streak like it did in the old days. Finally, look out for body creams with a hint of tan or shimmer, and foundations for the legs and body.

Cellulite needs exercise

A common complaint is cellulite – fat that pushes against connective tissue, causing skin to appear dimpled. Women suffer from cellulite more than men, and genes, pregnancy, age and weight can worsen the problem. 

The most effective way to reduce cellulite is to get rid of excess body fat through exercise. Massage and dry body brushing are also recommended to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, while a detoxing diet, including plenty of water and minimal coffee, alcohol and fat, can help flush out toxins.

Unsightly veins

Tangled webs of unsightly red spider and thread veins and bulging purple varicose veins commonly appear on the legs of older women. But, in some cases, they can also affect people in their 20s.  Thread veins can be a result of too much sun exposure, while spider and varicose veins are caused by faulty valves in leg veins, which fail to pump blood back up towards the heart, allowing it to pool in the legs. Some people inherit this weakness; others develop it as a result of hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause, obesity and jobs involving prolonged standing or sitting. In addition to the cosmetic problem, symptoms might include a heavy sensation in the legs as well as flare-ups of hot, itchy irritation.

For relief, taking regular exercise helps, as does spending time with legs elevated and wearing compression stockings.  There are also strategies that can be employed to rid legs of the network of veins without going under the knife.

GIVE YOURSELF A LEGS MAKEOVER 

There are lots of new ways to improve the appearance of your legs – some a lot more celebrity priced than others. I’ve divided them into three problem areas with the addition of some purely pampering products.

Did you know…?

Youth is no defence against cellulite – young mum and singer Charlotte Church and skinny actress Mischa Barton have not escaped the invasion of ‘orange peel’. Celebrities get varicose veins, too. Both Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis and Britney Spears have reportedly sought treatment.

Eliminate puffy eyes and droopy bags forever!

Puffiness and dark bags under your eyes makes you look worn out. Discover some effective treatments for reducing puffy, tired-looking eyes.

Dark, droopy bags under your eyes can make you look dramatically older and exhausted — even if you’re not. Fortunately, there are some effective home remedies and successful medical treatments that can help minimize puffy eyes and dark bags. Here’s how to play down that unpleasant puffiness:

Causes of Puffiness and Dark Bags Under Your Eyes
Most people find that there’s more than one cause for their puffy or tired-looking eyes. Here are some of the most common:

Aging.
As you get older, the skin and muscles around your eyes begin to weaken, making it easier for the fatty tissue beneath the skin to redistribute and for the skin to sag.

Allergies.
Itchy, swollen eyes are a common allergic reaction.

Fluid retention.
Hormonal shifts, a lack of sleep, or even just eating salty foods can cause you to retain fluid, leading to puffy eyes.

Heredity.
If your parents had puffiness under their eyes, you may be more prone to developing the same condition.

Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes or Dark Shadows
Many home treatments can temporarily minimize puffiness and dark areas under your eyes. Here are a few ideas to try:

Use makeup to create an illusion. Arbonne do an amazing highlighter – give it a go! Use a very small amount of a lighter-colored concealer on the puffy, baggy under-eye area to camouflage the dark shadows and make the puffiness look flatter.
Use cold compresses. A little cold can go a long way toward reducing swelling around your eyes. You can use cold packs or ice packs, cold slices of cucumbers, teaspoons that have been chilled in the freezer, or tea bags that have been soaked in ice water.

Get good rest. Try to get enough sleep (about seven to eight hours), and sleep with your head elevated to keep the fluid from collecting under your eyes.

Keep your allergies in check. Avoid allergy triggers and take antihistamines to help prevent your body from reacting to allergens.
Avoid salty food. Stick with foods that won’t cause puffiness.

Medical Treatments for Worn-Out or Puffy Eyes
A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can provide a more permanent fix to a puffy eye problem. Consult with SecretSurgery if you want to try one of these options:

Dermatological treatments.
Laser treatments and chemical peels can help tighten up the skin and make the dark areas under your eyes look lighter.

Wrinkle fillers.
A plastic surgeon can inject fillers like Restylane and Juvederm right under the under-eye hollow to even out the area. The effect usually lasts for about eight months.

An eyelift.
A doctor can tighten up the under-eye area by melting away the fat with an electric probe, then pulling the skin tight. It’s a surgery that can be done relatively quickly — and provides effects that last for decades.

Which Hair Removal Method Is Right for You?

Because skin sensitivity and hair texture vary in different parts of your body, you’ll probably want to consider a mix of hair-removal options. Shaving, waxing, sugaring, depilatories, electrolysis, and laser hair removal are among the methods you might use.

COSTS

Top $ solutions:
Laser hair removal can cost $250 or more, and to ensure that all the hair follicles are removed you’ll probably need four to six treatments. But you’ll most likely be up to 80 percent hair free after the treatments, results that will last months or even years. Electrolysis costs around $60 per session, and you’ll probably need 15 to 30 sessions.

Salon luxury:
Eyebrow waxing or threading starts at $12 to $15, while a full Brazilian bikini wax can cost $50 or more. Sugaring may be a bit more costly. Prices will vary depending on where you live and the salon you choose.

DIY treats:
At-home waxing kits and depilatories start at just $5, and at-home sugaring kits cost around $10. More money can buy you better quality, as well as more applicator and ingredient options.

Zero budget:
Shaving and tweezing are the least expensive hair-removal options.

NO PAIN NO GAIN

High pain threshold:
Laser hair removal and electrolysis can sting, but you can end up with near-permanent results.

Medium threshold:
Waxing, sugaring, and threading can smart, but the pain is over quickly.

Low threshold:
Shaving and depilatories are painless, and tweezing causes minimal discomfort because you can pace yourself.

None:
If done properly, shaving and depilatories are painless options.

TIME TO SPARE

As long as it takes:
For laser hair removal, sessions can last 10 minutes to two hours, depending on the body part being treated. You’ll probably need four to six treatments for best results. Electrolysis might take 30 minutes per session, with 15 to 30 sessions needed for hairlessness.

30 mins or more:
Waxing and sugaring require a trip to the salon or a bit more at-home time, but because hair comes out at the root, results can last two to six weeks.

10 mins and counting:
Tweezing is fast, so it’s a good option for smaller areas, such as the eyebrows and other facial hair. Because the hair is removed with the root, results can last two to six weeks.

2 mins and I’m gone:
Shaving is your quickest option, but it only removes hair above the skin. You’ll need to reach for the razor every couple of days.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE:

Lasting results:
Laser hair removal and electrolysis give you the longest-lasting options. After four to six laser sessions, you’ll probably be up to 80 percent hair free for months or even years. You might need 15 to 30 electrolysis treatments, but you’ll have hair-free skin at the end.

Once-a-month:
Waxing and threading pull hair out from the roots, so results can last from two to six weeks.

Every week:
Tweezing is a good choice for eyebrows and other facial hair. Because hair grows in at different speeds, you should take a close look every week or so to see if any hairs have grown back. The more thorough you are with each tweezing session, the longer you can go between touch-ups.

Every other day:
Shaving gets good results, but because it only removes hair above the skin, you need to battle the stubble. Depilatories are also easy, but the results don’t last long. They work at or just below skin level.

WHY HAIR COLOUR MATTERS

Blonde & Gray:
Lighter hair doesn’t respond well to laser hair removal, because the procedure targets the melanin in hair that is responsible for the color (and lighter hair contains less melanin). You’ll probably need to choose another hair-removal option, such as shaving, waxing, or sugaring.

Brunette & Black:
Your options are open. Laser hair removal targets the melanin in hair that’s responsible for the color, so while it’s not a good choice for people with lighter hair, which contains less melanin, it will most likely work well for you.