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!

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How does Liposuction surgery work?

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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves changing body shapes through the removal of fat. The plastic surgery works by inserting a narrow tube through a small incision into the affected area. The fat cells are broken up with a saline solution and removed through the tube.

Vaser Lipo is less invasive than traditional Liposuction. The procedures work by breaking down fat cells, which in turn reduces the suction requirements – both offer quicker recovery periods.  

Both men and women choose to have liposuction to help remove stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to tone up even if your diet is healthy and you exercise regularly. Not only is it immediately effective, the fact that the fat cells removed by liposuction do not get replaced by your body, the results will be long-lasting as well.

Liposuction surgery can target specific areas of the body for fat removal including outer and inner thighs, knees, hips, stomach, buttocks, chin, waist and back. The end result is a smoother, more sculpted body.

To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It’s important to understand that liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration, however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin. Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.

What you should eat & what you should avoid ……

Take Selenium as an antioxidant and protect against muscle breakdown. Take Zinc for male hormone and healthy functioning of your entire body. Vitamin C is great for rebuilding and repairing. Carbs are great for energy and muscles. Carbs are bad as they make you fat. Take good fats. Don’t take bad fats.

Confusing, isn’t it?

So what is the answer? What should you take? What shouldn’t you take? How much of each? What if you are missing out on a nutrient? What if you are not? How do you get that perfect, healthy body?

The real truth is that there are no correct answers to all your questions. As you live your life and as we (the human race) live longer, we realize that we don’t know the answers and that every little thing on this planet does some good or bad. If we knew the answers there would be no diseases and everyone would look perfect.

To truly have the best shot at a healthy, vibrant body, you need to follow a simple rule and have 2 words as your guides: Healthy and Balanced. Healthy Healthy means staying away from known bad foods and eating/drinking more of the good foods. This means staying away or reducing the intake of: • Sugar • Salt • Saturated fats • Junk food: greasy burgers, chips, fast food • Artificial foods: chocolate, crisps, muffins, colas, cookies • Alcohol • Drugs

It also means taking in more: • Water • Fruits • Vegetables Balanced This is the missing key and where you can truly make a difference to your health, well-being and body. Balanced means taking in a whole host of foods that grow here on earth and can do good for you. We may not yet know about the benefits of them or find out in your lifetime but they are here for a reason.

If you have a known allergy or intolerance, then you need to stay away from the offending foods. Otherwise you need to open up your mind and try a bit of everything. We are only just finding out about so many foods and their benefits and instead of trying to read every bit of new research, do yourself a favour and include a little bit of everything in your diet when you can.

Just look at some of the recent “good” foods in the news: • Pomegranate • Acai • Beetroot • Tofu • Nuts and seeds • Berries

Do you eat them regularly? Or at all? They have been around for generations.

Try a healthy and balanced diet every day to the best of your abilities and open your mind to new ingredients and foods that you would ordinarily not eat. This means not seeing a salad as just greens but add things like nuts, seeds, berries and fruits. Not seeing a meal as just meat and carbs but adding a whole variety of vegetables and even fruits to your meal. Don’t just try one thing, really go for it! If you are going to try nuts & seeds, try Pistachios, Brazil nuts, sesame, sunflower seeds and so on.

There are no conclusive answers. What is conclusive is that following a healthy and balanced diet is your best shot at a long and vibrant life in your “very best” body. Start today.

Quick guide to Weight Loss Surgery

 

Exercise and eating right are the best ways to lose weight. However there are many people who have tried those methods for years and still can’t lose excess weight — weight that can cause serious health problems.

For people in this frustrating situation, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) may be an option. Below you will find information to help you better understand the procedures, and determine if you’re a good candidate.

The Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon is a reversible and incision free weight loss procedure. The concept is simple. A deflated soft silicone gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach via the mouth and filled with liquid or air, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and causing the patient to feel fuller faster. The balloon can be left in place for up to six months. Once removed, the stomach — and sometimes the patient’s appetite — returns to normal.

Gastric Balloon: Are You a Candidate?

The gastric balloon procedure may be right for someone who needs to lose weight before an upcoming, once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding or high school reunion. It can also help individuals better comply with prescribed diets. Unlike with other weight loss surgeries which require a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, you only need a BMI of 27 or above to undergo the gastric balloon procedure.

 

Gastric Bands

Adjustable gastric banding is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery. In a nutshell, it involves placing a silicone band with an inflatable inner collar around the upper stomach to restrict food intake. This creates a small pouch and a narrow passage to the lower stomach. This small passage delays the emptying of food from the pouch and causes a feeling of fullness. The silicone band can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage.

Other terms for adjustable gastric banding are laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric banding.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Banding?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for adjustable gastric banding are the same as for other weight loss surgeries. For example, the NIH requires a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. This is the equivalent of being about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women. BMI takes height and weight into account to measure body fatness, and a BMI of 30 or above in adults is considered obese.

People with BMIs between 30 and 40 may also be candidates for gastric banding with Lap Band if they have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The Realize Band is approved for use in people with a BMI between 35 and 40 and at least one obesity-related condition.

Gastric banding may be an option also for people in whom the more invasive gastric bypass surgery is deemed too risky due to underlying health complications

Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass (Traditional and Laparoscopic)

The Roux-en-Y bypass is more common and considered less complicated than the biliopancreatic diversion bypass, since Roux-en-Y does not remove portions of the stomach.

The traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass is performed through open surgery with one long incision.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can also be performed laparoscopically. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass uses multiple smaller incisions (instead of one long incision) — a laparoscopic tool is inserted, which offers a visual guide to the inside of the abdomen during the procedure.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y produces less scarring and lets you recover faster than the traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass.

What Candidate should choose a Gastric Bypass?

The gastric bypass procedure is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise.

Gastric bypass can greatly improve the quality of life not only because of an improvement in appearance and an increase in mobility, but also because it can reduce the number and severity of health problems that overweight people are prone to suffer, such as diabetes and heart/circulation problems.

 

The Change Is Upto You …

Being a good candidate means having realistic expectations. Weight loss surgery will help reduce your risk of life-threatening conditions and improve your overall health and appearance. The results may change the way others interact with you. These changes should improve your quality of life; however, the surgery alone is often not enough to turn your life around. Significant behavior modifications, and even a variety of additional procedures, may be necessary.

Additional surgical procedures (for example, to remove excess skin, lift sagging body areas, improve loose muscles or treat fat deposits) might include a facelift,breast augmentation, breast lift, abdominoplasty or liposuction.

If the excess weight is localized in an area that produces an apron of fat below the breast, abdomen, or hips, a panniculectomy may help to remove excess fat or skin.