Having Plastic Surgery Done? Tips To Keep In Mind Before And After The Procedure

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By Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD

didyouknow?Getting a plastic surgery procedure done is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. You are excited for the changes about to take place, but may be nervous about the surgery. However, it is important that you take the time to keep some tips in mind. These tips will help the procedure and recovery go more smoothly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are having plastic surgery.

Follow All Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions From Your Plastic Surgeon

When you are preparing for, or have just undergone a plastic surgery procedure, the most important tip to keep in mind is to follow all instructions from the doctor who is or has performed your surgery. You will be given a pre-op and post-op instruction sheet. These sheets will tell you what you should and should not do following the surgery. The pre-op sheet may advise you to stop eating or drinking at a certain time prior to your operation and ask you to remove all jewelry prior to surgery. The post-op instructions may explain what medications to take, what foods to eat, and how to care for any wounds after the surgery. Failing to follow these instructions can jeopardize your heath both during and after the procedure.

Get Your Affairs in Order

After undergoing a surgical procedure, you are going to want time to rest and recover. You are not going to want to have to run around and pay bills or go grocery shopping. As such, you should get all of your affairs in order prior to the surgical procedure. If possible, pay all your bills early so you don’t have to worry about them immediately following the surgery. Take the time to stock your pantry with non-perishable food, so you will have plenty to eat. Or arrange for a grocery service to deliver groceries to your home. And since you may feel like lying around for a few days, pick up a book, magazines or movies so you have something to do without becoming bored. This will help you get the rest you need without feeling like you have other things that need to be done.

Stay Hydrated Following Your Surgery

waterbottleAnother important tip to keep in mind as you recover from plastic surgery is to stay hydrated. After surgery, you may not feel like eating or drinking much, but once you get the all clear to consume liquids, you should. Make sure you drink plenty of water. This helps blood flow through your body and assists in the recovery process. It also keeps you from becoming dehydrated, which can lead to headaches and nausea.

Massage Your Scars

When the dressing and bandages come off of your body, you may want to begin to rub vitamin E oil or other scar reducing products, into your surgical scar. Massage helps to increase the flow of blood to this area of the body, while vitamin E, or similar products, help to moisturize the skin. Both of these items together can minimize the darkened color of the scar and it’s length. No one wants an obvious scar in the area they had plastic surgery, so doing this can help decrease your chances of having an unsightly scar.

Undergoing plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision. You get to improve something about your appearance that you dislike and instead, get something you have always dreamed about. This may be larger breasts, a smaller nose, or a curvier figure. However, plastic surgery can take a toll on your body. Luckily, there are certain things you can do before and after surgery to make things easier on yourself. Following these tips will help make the procedure go more smoothly and assist in your recovery.

Author: Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Brown has paid particular attention to all facets for safety and personal experience.

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Get Informed Before Selecting A Health Insurance Plan For Your Family

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familyvectorOpen enrollment tends to happen around this time of year and if you’re one of the fortunate individuals to have insurance options through your employer, you should take advantage of it.

However, when selecting health insurance, it is not to be taken lightly as there is a lot involved in selecting an insurance provider that will equip you with the coverage you need in times of sickness and in health. Rather than just selecting an insurance policy because it’s what your parents used or the most affordable, you should consider necessary factors that include:

· Your Personal Priorities

· Health Insurance Types

· Overall Cost of Coverage

Make a List of Your Personal Priorities

What you need from an insurance provider should be your first consideration. Paying for something that does not compensate all of your needs is a waste of money. Ask yourself questions such as; do you like your current doctors? If so, which insurance plans do they accept? Do you or loved ones get sick often? Do you require a visit to various specialists throughout the year for preexisting medical conditions? This will give you a basis of what to look for as you begin your research on various health insurance providers.

Learn About health Insurance Types

There are three main types of insurance plans that you can choose from: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), or Point of Service Plans (POS).

· HMO – HMOs are often regarded as the most affordable options for health insurance coverage. You are only allowed to see doctors within the network, limiting your flexibility when it comes to choosing healthcare providers and specialists.

· PPO – PPOs are a bit more expensive than an HMO. However, you are allowed to choose doctors and specialists both in and out of network. Out of network medical professionals will cost quite a bit more, and overall out of pocket expenses for PPOs can be costly.

· POS – POSs are said to be a combination of the HMO and the PPO. They allow you to select a primary care physician of your choice; however, you are typically required to receive a referral from this physician to see other specialists. The costs are not as steep as a PPO, but are still not as affordable as most HMOs.

Factoring Your Total Cost of Coverage

Most people assume that the premium is all that needs to be considered when looking at health insurance costs. However, there are some other out of pocket expenses that one needs to consider.

· Premium Costs – The premium cost is often the most obvious expense to calculate. It is the amount that your insurance provider bills you on the monthly basis in order to keep coverage.

· Deductible – The deductible is the amount you will have to pay each year towards medical bills before the insurance company will pay their portion. Not all insurance plans have a deductible but it is worth checking into.

· Coinsurance – Unless your insurance plan includes 100 percent coverage, you are going to have to pay some coinsurance. This is the amount you share in payment of medical bills with your insurance provider.

· Co-pay – Your co-pay is the amount you have to pay every time you make a visit to a healthcare provider.

To factor in all of these costs, utilize online resources, of which there are many. Sites like Health Net are geared toward individuals and employers and allow you to review various insurance plans, make comparisons, and even calculate projected costs. By being fully informed in all of the above mentioned areas, securing an insurance premium for you and your loved ones becomes a lot simpler.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Take One Mandala Before Bedtime And Rest Easy

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by Janet F. Williams

sleepCan’t sleep? Today’s multitasking lifestyles mean many of you are go-go-going until it’s past bedtime. Research shows turning off the TV or computer at least an hour before bed rest is ideal, but in real life that doesn’t always happen. Over-stimulation compounds your racing thoughts about work, family, and other responsibilities. You can’t be at your best when you don’t get your rest. What to do? Draw a mandala!

Much of the mental churning keeping you awake at night takes place in the left side of your brain. Drawing a mandala helps move you out of the analytical left side and into the right side, where creativity flows. There’s no on-off switch to control your thoughts, but you can activate certain brain activity centers and calm others. Drawing a mandala can help.

Simply put, a mandala is a circle. Cultures around the world embrace the mandala design as a representation for the universality of wholeness. Mandalas appear in many forms. No doubt you have seen them, from the ying-yang symbol to the Mayan calendar to a dangling pendant. All you need is a blank piece of paper and a pen, and you, too, can create a mandala.

Start with a dot or small circle in the center of the page. That center is you. Draw out from there – shapes, flower petals, squiggles or lightning bolts. Don’t worry about being a great artist. Give yourself permission to let the lines work for you, irrespective of how beautiful, misshapen, or odd your drawing may appear. Don’t fixate on perfection, erasing, or somehow correcting your artwork to fit an idea of how the picture should look. Let it happen and let it out. Journaling is another helpful bedtime exercise. However, words require a different part of the brain and may get you thinking again. Instead of words, use lines, shapes, shading, or an actual picture to keep using the right side of your brain.

sleepfaceYou can put emotion into your picture – joy, fear, gratitude, or anger, using the pen (or other drawing instrument) to press lightly, or hard, to help express yourself. Let your feelings pass through your pen. The object is to draw long enough to move out of your left brain while quieting unwanted noisy thoughts so you can sleep. When you have shifted your brain activity and sense completion, turn out the light.

Buy a small book of blank pages to keep by your bedside. Get into the habit of drawing a mandala before you sleep. You will be amazed at how different each picture looks depending on what kind of day you had. As with many exercises, your ability to use the mandala will improve with practice, as might your artistic ability, and you may find some of your mandalas take less than a minute. And guess what? That gives you more time to enjoy your rest. Good night!

– Janet F. Williams is a consultant for personal and professional development, and is the author of “You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get: Proven Techniques to Get More Out of Life.” Please visit: www.janetfwilliams.com.

Living It Up Before Weight Loss Surgery

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By Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki

bellymeasurementsmallOver the past few years, I have doctored a few patients who have regained weight after weight loss surgery. Many patients wrongly trust that the surgery is the way out of obesity and all their other problems. Most go on eating binges trying to get their fill of foods they may not be able to eat for a while. They fail to realize that obesity is a complex and multi-factorial medical problem.

The underlying causes of the disease including depression, hypothyroidism, eating disorders etc. need to be “diagnosed” and treated. A patient who lives it up before surgery is not helping themselves. Weight gain can easily occur by eating or drinking processed foods like soda (both diet and regular), milk shakes, energy drinks, protein bars and even frequent small meals.

Bariatric surgery is not without its own danger. Any major operative procedure always has the risk of death and other complications including adverse reactions and infection.

For bariatric surgery, other possible complications include mineral and vitamin deficiencies and mal-absorption.

For bariatric surgery, other possible complications include mineral and vitamin deficiencies and mal-absorption. Specifically, complications of gastric bypass may include leakage, bleeding, ulceration and narrowing of the stoma (opening). Complications of laparoscopic gastric banding (lap band) may include slippage, twisting, infection and disconnection of the band.

My advice to anyone considering weight loss surgery is to learn to eat right first and alter their lifestyle. Without this, it may be difficult to sustain any weight lost with the procedure. Moreover, lifestyle modification will save some money and a lifetime of complications. If you learn to eat right, there is no reason to live it up before weight loss surgery.

– Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki, M.D., is a Bariatrician, Author, & Medical Director of Great Heights Family Medicine in Calumet City and Ottawa, IL and co-founder of Practical Health Technology Solutions and Practical Weight Management Program

Copyright 2012 Adeyemi Fatoki, MD. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.

Working Out Before Breakfast Helps Burn 20% More Body Fat For Equal Exercise

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exerciseballFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article from the National Post by Davida Ander called Working Out Before Breakfast Helps Burn 20% More Body Fat For Equal Exercise. A study published by the British Journal of Nutrition found that exercising on an empty stomach in the morning can help burn up to 20% more body fat than exercising after breakfast. Researchers asked twelve physically active males to run on a treadmill at moderate-intensity. Some males exercised after an not eating all night plus not having consumed breakfast that morning, while others ate breakfast before their run. Ninety minutes after their workouts, participants were given a chocolate milk recovery drink. Later, they were given a pasta lunch and asked to eat until they were comfortably full. The study found that fasting exercisers had a smaller appetite later in the day, and did not consume more calories to compensate for early-morning hunger, compared to their peers who had eaten before their workout. As well, those who exercised on an empty stomach burned up to 20% more fat compared to breakfast eaters. So, this study suggested that working out on an empty stomach allows you to burn more fat, while other studies have found no difference in fat loss. Other factors should also be taken into consideration, such as metabolism, muscle mass and performance. Regardless, please visit the National Post site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Big news for hungry athletes and fitness fanatics: A study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that exercising on an empty stomach in the morning can help burn up to 20% more body fat than exercising after breakfast.

Researchers from the University of Northumbria asked 12 physically active males to run on a treadmill at moderate-intensity at 10 a.m. Some males exercised after an “overnight fast,” having consumed no breakfast that morning, while others ate breakfast before their run. Ninety minutes after their workouts, participants were given a chocolate milk recovery drink. Later, they were given a pasta lunch and asked to eat until they were comfortably full.

Researchers found that fasting exercisers had a smaller appetite later in the day, and did not consume more calories to compensate for early-morning hunger, compared to their peers who had eaten before their workout. As well, those who exercised on an empty stomach burned up to 20% more fat compared to breakfast eaters.

Dr. Emma Stevenson and PhD student Javier Gonzalez were the lead researchers for the study.

To read the complete article…..Click here