Monthly Archives: October 2012
I am a 41 year old woman who recently had liposuction under my chin, abdomen, flanks and back area. After years of wishing my double chin would disappear and wearing blowsy tops to camouflage my lower belly, I decided that I had to do something about it once and for all.
During my teens and twenties I never had to worry about my weight and I was very skinny. When I entered my 30’s, as most of you know or will discover, my body began to change and I had to give in and actually exercise and eat healthy. I began to notice that even if I could squeeze into a size 6, I still had “problem areas.”
No matter how many Zumba classes I took or personal trainers I worked with, I still had a pooch in my lower belly. Another issue that has bothered me for as long as I can remember is the little fat pad under my chin. Double chins run in my family and no matter how much weight I have lost I could not get rid of the localized fat under my chin.
Before choosing, Dr. Tess Mauricio to do my procedures, I spent hours researching plastic surgeons and dermatologists on line. I looked at 100’s of “before and afters.” I asked friends and family if they recommended anyone.
I researched the different types of liposuction and the risks and benefits from choosing one over the other. I spent 8 months thinking about it and finally decided on Dr. Tess. When I met with her and her staff I knew I made the right decision and booked my appointment for tickle liposuction right away.
It has now been 10 weeks since I had liposuction under my chin and abdomen. It has changed the way I think about myself on the outside but more importantly the inside. My husband always tells me I look younger than my age but now he keeps saying things like, “You look like you did when I first met you.”
I am excited about getting my new body in tip top shape. I just ordered workout DVD’s by Tracy Anderson, trainer to Gwyneth Paltrow etc., titled Metamorphosis. The definition of metamorphosis is: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances.
That is what doing liposuction has done for me. It has jump started my quest for the best self I can be. I am going to get in the best shape of my life, spend time with my beautiful 3 year old daughter and husband and start a new career that I am passionate about. Thank you Dr. Tess.
San Diego, California
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In this 2-part series we’re looking at the 5 beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. There’s a right way and a wrong way to work with your body on the anti-aging process. Below is Part 2.
3. Train yourself to sleep on your back.
Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on endleads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines, these wrinkles eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow.
Women, who tend to sleep on their sides, are most likely to see these lines appear on their chin and cheeks. Men tend to notice these lines on the forehead since they usually sleep with the face pressed face down on the pillow.
People who sleep on their backs do not develop these wrinkles since their skin does not lie crumpled against the pillow.
4. Pull down the shade in an airplane.
You’re much closer to the sun in a plane than on land, so it stands to reason that solar rays, which can penetrate windows, are more intense at higher altitudes. This may explain why pilots and flight attendants have been found to be at an increased risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.
Plus, the air up there is notoriously dry—and without moisture, skin, like any living tissue, simply shrivels.
Drink as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating.
Apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective.
And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.
5. Avoid drinking through straws.
I’m sure many of you drink dark sodas, tea and coffee through a straw to prevent staining your pearly whites or to avoid putting your mouth on a can or bottle, right?
Do Not Sip From a Straw! It’s causing fine lines around your mouth, a sign of premature aging to your facial skin area. Over the long-term, pursing your lips to sip out of a straw causes extra wrinkles around the mouth.
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A 2-part series looks at 5 beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. Doing the wrong thing can certainly speed up your skin’s aging process, and you might be surprised at what some of those no-no’s are. Here’s how to do the right thing, Part 1.
1. Maintain a healthy weight.
Packing on pounds can make your skin look plumper on the surface, but carrying excess weight can cause your body’s levels of insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas that controls the amount of sugar in your blood) and cortisol to rise, which can break down collagen. You’ll see increased sagging from putting and keeping on as little as 10 to 15 extra pounds.
If you’ve lost a lot of weight, beware! Yup, there is a downside to being too thin! Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance. In addition, repeatedly gaining and losing weight can take its toll on the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and jowls. Yo-yo dieting also causes premature aging. The repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose and saggy.
Maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise. Aim to keep your weight in the normal range, with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.
2. Avoid beauty creams with toxic ingredients.
Yes, exposure to some beauty cream chemicals do more harm than good. You may be surprised to hear this, but many ingredients in beauty creams actually speed up the aging process.
Avoid buying beauty creams that contain parabens, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, dimethicone, and other toxic ingredients.
When buying a beauty cream, read the label carefully and talk to your dermatologist before experimenting with a new facial product.
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