Do you need a Mommy Makeover?

Becoming a mother changes your whole life- including your body! Women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth can develop loose, sagging skin in their abdomen, as well as breasts that have lost volume (especially after breastfeeding). Many women will also experience the breasts losing their size, or pointing downwards instead of up and out like they did pre-pregnancy.

Exercise and diet can do a little to return the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy state, but no amount of lifestyle changes can reverse loosened skin or change the volume or position of the breasts. If you are unhappy with your post-pregnancy body and want to go back to how you looked pre-baby, you need a “mommy makeover.

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures customized to help you look your best again after pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding. It can include a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and a breast lift, or a mini-tuck and both an augmentation and a lift or any other combination thereof.

Some patients will also add liposuction to the abdomen, hips, legs, or buttocks to the tummy tuck or breast procedures.

Mothers who are considering a mommy makeover should get as close to their ideal weight as possible before the surgery. It will ensure the best results and make the results easier to maintain after the surgery. For example, the tighter your abdominal muscles are from regular exercise before surgery, the flatter your tummy will be after a tuck.

You will also need to quit smoking at least six weeks before the procedure, and have someone to help you with the children for at least two weeks after your surgery. You won’t be able to do the normal lifting, driving, and bustling about that generally comes with patenthood!

A Guide to Help You Prepare for Your Face Lift

facelift

Now that you have made the decision to get a face lift, you need to make sure that you have made the necessary arrangements to ensure you have a great experience and recovery.  The closer it gets to your big day, the more anxious you may be feeling.  After you have had your initial consultation, there may be a few more appointments for you to go to before your procedure.  These appointments are necessary so your specialist can go over the details and make sure that their plan of action is best for what you want done.

blood tests

Tests and lab work may also be done to ensure you are in good health before your procedure.  These are excellent opportunities for you to ask any lingering questions you may have in the days leading up to your face lift.  Your surgeon will also give you some advice and last minute recommendations to help reduce your anxiety.

medication

You will need to pay attention to any medications that you are taking before your face lift.  Some medications can cause complications.  Let your surgeon know about any medications and supplements you may be taking.  You will be informed that you need to stop taking certain medications and supplements during the weeks leading up to your procedure.  They will inform you when it is okay for you to resume taking them.  If you need to take certain medications because of an unrelated health condition, your surgeon can talk with your primary care physician so you can take alternatives that won’t increase your risks for complications.
smoking & drinking

Smoking and drinking are both activities that can greatly increase your risk for complications. You need to do your best to refrain from partaking in these activities at least three to four weeks before and after your face lift.  These habits can affect you body’s circulation and can greatly reduce your body’s ability to heal.

homeopathic remedies

There are some things you can do to help minimize the amount for swelling and discoloration you have immediately after your face lift.  In order to get the most benefit, you would need to start implementing these things into your diet a few weeks before the surgery.  Certain teas and homeopathic remedies have been shown to reduce the amount of trauma to your skin.  If you are thinking about taking any of those supplements, make sure you get your surgeon’s approval first.

todo list

 

Make sure that you take care of your other obligations before your surgery date.

  • Clean up your home beforehand so you won’t feel compelled to do so while you are supposed to be recovering.
  • Stock up on foods that require very little effort for you to prepare them.  You can make foods in advance and freeze them until you are ready to eat them or you can purchase them from the freezer section at your local grocery store.
  • If you have kids or pets, ask a family member to help out with them during your recovery.

Arbonne FC5

image

Arbonne’s exclusive fresh science, FC5, sustains the beautiful appearance of skin by providing it with beneficial hydration, necessary cleansing,exfoliation and moisturisation, plus the added benefit of UVA and UVBprotection. Arbonne FC5 products help maintain healthy-looking skin that is comfortable, radiant, smooth and hydrated.

  1. Hydrate. Water is the key ingredient to achieve healthy-looking, radiant skin. FC5 products help supply water to the skin’s surface.
  2. Cleanse. Clean skin is beautiful skin. Exfoliate, refine, energise and balance skin’s appearance while providing it with the perfect foundation for moisture and makeup.
  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.
  5. Protect. Shield skin with FC5 SPF products that are formulated to help protect skin from environmental damage and the harmful effects of the sun.

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.