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Cosmetic surgery, common referred to as plastic surgery, isn’t what it used to be now that it is widely accepted — if not expected in some circles — and openly discussed. While there are still a handful of celebrities and public figures who have obviously undergone some form of cosmetic enhancement who refuse to admit to it, many are people who openly and willingly admit to having "work done."

Past generations considered cosmetic surgery to be just that; cosmetic. In those days, many people viewed it as completely unnecessary, if not vain. However, as cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures such as laser cellulite removal began to grow in popularity and become more socially acceptable, people began to see and understand the intrinsic link between self esteem and overall health.

In 2013, women had over 10.3 million cosmetic procedures, which amounts to 90.6% of total procedures. In addition, liposuction procedures increased by a staggering 13.3% — a total of 363,612 procedures — from 2012 to 2013. However, in addition to cosmetic surgery, the use of injectables such as Botox and other non-invasive procedures continue to gain traction. More than $2.5 billion was spent on injectables alone in 2013. Also, nearly $1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation which is considered a rapidly growing sector of the aesthetic non-surgical industry.

While Americans are more health conscious than ever before, the growing popularity of procedures such as laser liposuction, abdominal liposuction, and cellulite reduction prove that exercise and diet are not always enough in terms of reshaping bodies. While maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity is always recommended, diet and exercise cannot always produce targeted results or get rid of cellulite. In these cases, cosmetic surgery is needed.

If you’re interested in having a cosmetic procedure done, it’s important to explore cosmetic procedure financing options. In most cases, cosmetic procedure financing options can allow you to break the cost of the procedure into manageable payments.

6865423_20150309_68121611Sometimes, reshaping bodies takes more than just exercise. This is not to say that you shouldn’t exercise; however, even the most strenuous exercises will not tighten or tone excess skin caused by rapid weight loss and pregnancy.

Keep in mind that certain body issues and conditions such as cellulite — which affects 98% of women, meaning even celebrities and super models have it — cannot be reversed through exercise alone. That’s right, exercise does not get rid of cellulite, despite common beliefs. For these, and more, abdominal liposuction or laser liposuction is required.

Just look at any abdominal liposuction before and after photographs to see the results for yourself. After doing so, you’ll be likely to understand why liposuction procedures increased by 16.3% — 363,912 procedures — between 2012 and 2013.

In addition, according to a recent survey published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 80% of liposuction patients reported they were satisfied with their results. Furthermore, 75% claimed they would recommend the liposuction procedures to friends or family members because they were so satisfied.

Unlike exercise alone, liposuction is able to provide targeted results in problem areas. No amount of exercise can tone, tighten, or remove from areas such as above the knee, under the neck, or under one’s arms. In order to achieve the desired results, patients must use liposuction.

However, exercise can be used to enhance liposuction results. For example, if you’ve had excess skin and fat removed from your abdominal area, you may be surprised to find that you actually have toned abdominal muscles underneath that can now be seen!

On the other hand, liposuction can also be used to add fat to other areas of one’s body. The Brazilian butt lift, a common cosmetic surgical procedure, involves taking fat from other areas of the body, such as the thighs and abdomen, and placing it in the buttocks for a fuller, rounder, and perkier behind.

Regardless of the nature of the procedure, liposuction is a safe, effective way to achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of.

reshaping bodiesThere you are sitting on the couch enjoying a nice, quiet evening watching your favorite sitcom when suddenly, a commercial with a drop dead gorgeous bombshell comes onto the screen. These commercials are enough to make any woman feel a sense of insecurity — after all, that’s what they’re designed to do — however, it’s important to keep one simple fact in mind: 98% percent of women have cellulite. This means that there’s a good chance that even that beautiful supermodel has cellulite too.

Although we live in a society which favors youth and slim figures, modern society is far more body positive than ever before. Not only are people living longer, healthier lives, and are aging better thanks to cosmetic procedures such as laser liposuction and skin rejuvenation, they’re also far more accepting of different body types than ever before.

However, while people may be eating better and exercising more, at one time or another, many people turn to cosmetic procedures to get the results they want. Keep in mind that while exercise is vital to one’s health, it will not get rid of cellulite or remove fat from targeted areas. Sure, exercise is great for reshaping bodies — to an extent — and building strength, however, it will not yield the same results as, say, abdominal liposuction.

Today, plastic surgery is so commonly performed and widely accepted — if not expected in some industries — that people no longer think of it as strange or bizarre. In fact, they embrace it. Did you know that women had more than 10.3 million cosmetic procedures in 2013 — 90.6% of the total of procedures performed? In addition, according to a recent survey published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 80% of liposuction patients polled say they were satisfied with their results. About 75% of these same patients say they would recommend the procedure to a friend or family member.

Plastic surgery in today’s modern times is about much more than simply reshaping bodies, it’s about making people feel the best they possibly can.

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Americans are healthier and more body conscious than ever before, so much so that "getting work done" or undergoing a cosmetic procedure is no longer considered odd or taboo. In fact, it’s become so commonplace it’s almost expected. After all, the business of reshaping bodies is big, and almost everyone could use a little nip or tuck to look their best.

However, cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures such as Botox aren’t just for celebrities or the social elite. Did you know that 98% of women — yes, that includes supermodels — have cellulite? Therefore, it should come as no surprise that more and more everyday men and women are turning to cosmetic procedures such as laser liposuction, chemical peels, and skin rejuvenation in order to improve their outward appearance, which in turn can boost their confidence.

While Americans have started to exercise more, exercise isn’t always the answer in terms of sculpting one’s body. Sure exercise is vital to maintaining internal health and addressing outward concerns such as cellulite reduction, but cosmetic surgery can often be necessary for addressing stubborn problem areas that persist no matter how many reps or crunches one does.

Of course, this doesn’t mean people shouldn’t exercise; however, it can be difficult to lose fat in targeted areas of the body, such as above the knees, behind the arms, under the neck, and more. In these instances, laser liposuction can be used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise to achieve results.

Exercise is still very much necessary in order to maintain, or even enhance results laser liposuction results. Liposuction patients are three times more likely to gain weight if they don’t maintain a healthy diet, and four times more likely pack on the pounds if they don’t exercise.

Liposuction is far more effective and far less invasive than ever before, allowing patients to quickly and easily recover and get back to their daily activities such as work and exercise. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the majority of liposuction patients — 80% — are pleased with their results.

Consult with your local plastic surgeon in order to find out more about how laser liposuction can help you get the body you’ve always wanted!

Waist Training… A new twist to the old concept of "You are what you wear."  Please refer to that blog for further background (written earlier in this blog.)  This new body shaping technique is gaining interest.

Recently, Kim K. posted a selfie wearing a corsette at a work out session.  It went viral.  She and other star moms are coming out of the closet wearing waist cincing corsettes.  The term "waist training" was coined.  Can you get a 24" waist?  The answer is yes if you start early enough and are persistent enough.  If the ancient Chinese can bind feet and cause the bone to fuse into a stump (which, by the way, was thought to be beautiful in ancient time) then we CAN cinch waist. So here’s my selfie.  You be the judge.Garment

So what are the do’s and don’ts if you want to decrease your waist size.  

1. Do start earlier in waist training.  To significantly change your shape, you should begin training in your early twenties.  There are many advantages in starting early. You will get the most significant change in shape if you begin early in cinching your waist.  This will change fat deposition to other more desireable parts of your body like bust and butts, the non constricted areas.  

2. Do it long term.  What is long term? I mean for years…wearing it most days of the week.  Long term body shape training will also result in some weight loss due to decrease appetite and decrease stomach capacity.

3. Do it slowly.  Start with a corsette that is snug and once you get used to it, begin to downsize slowly while maintaining safety and comfort.  It will never be completely comfortable.  It will never be lounge wear. Just accept this and the adage of no pain, no gain somewhat can be applied here.  

4. Don’t wear it too tight where it interferes with your normal breathing.  Avoid constricting the diaphragm and your ability to breath. Again, start slow and your body will adjust to this.  

5. Don’t give up.  You can only get the result from this training if it is consistent and long term.  If you are looking for immediate results, then waist training is not for you.  Like most body changes, only vigilence and persistence will get lasting results.

Good luck.  Look for Part II of Waist Training – a personal narrative.

In 2014, Botox is a very common, well known, and frequently searched term. Botox, Botulinum toxin A, has many different usages, the most common is its treatment of dynamic facial wrinkles.   It is the oldest and most expensive of the facial wrinkle treatment toxins.  

What most people don’t know is there are other products that achieve similar desired effects.  The next time you go to get your "Botox," ask the clinician what product they are using.  

Other products available are

1. Dysport – Abotulinumtoxin A – FDA approved in 2009

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2. Xeomin – Incobotulinumtoxin A – FDA approved in 2011 

3. Myobloc – Rimabotulinumtoxin B – FDA approved in 2009 

These products are FDA approved for various medical uses and not specifically for the treatment of dynamic facial wrinkles.  Each have different potency units and are not simply interchangeable or comparable.  Their units of biological activity differ and thus each unit of Botox is not equivalent to a unit of Dysport.  Thus, prices per unit are not comparable. So beware!

The treatment of dynamic wrinkles with botulinumtoxin is very much an art.  It is important to have your treatment administered by someone who has knowledge and understanding of the facial muscles and their interactions with each other. Most practitioner are taught to do the injections but not in the fine art of manipulating the interactions between facial muscles to achieve the desired effects.  

Do your research and make sure you have your treatment with someone who has an aesthetic eye and can help you achieve a naturally youthful look.

Many people start out trying to lose weight and get shapely again by restarting exercise regimens long forgotten, reactivating gym memberships that have expired, and/or dusting off those work-out DVDs.  They start out full of good intentions and motivations only to repeated find rapidly dwindling efforts and determination.  Why does this happen to us?  Why can’t we lose the weight by exercising?

Exercise is not enough for weight loss because  girl exercising

1. Exercise makes us hungrier and we eat more.  This is a catch 22.  Exercise burns calories which is good, right?  Yes, BUT, it also increases our appetite.  We then give into the hunger and consume more food.  As a result, no net weight loss.

2. Exercise increases muscle mass and we weigh more.  Muscle is more dense and therefore a person who begins to exercise can increase their weight initially.  Any person trying to lose weight by exercising can be discouraged and quit if their effort only results in a higher net weight.

3.  Exercise is only half of the weight formula.  Weight change = Calories intake (food) minus Calories used (exercise and activities.)  This simple formula is at the core of all weight management.  It seems simple enough that when we exercise in addition to our regular daily activities that we should lose weight if keeping our Calories intake the same.  Unfortunately it is not that simple when we are trying to lose weight.  We may not notice that we tend to eat more.  We do this consciously by justifying to ourselves that we deserve it because we worked out, or subconsciously unaware of our tendencies to eat more. As a result, there is no weight loss when we increase exercise alone.

4. Exercise takes time and planning. In our busy lives, trying to work in time to exercise is a feat just like exercising itself.  Most people cannot maintain the exercise routine because it is not a routine.  We have many excuses why we just can’t exercise today i.e. traffic was bad, woke up late, had to pick up kids, etc.  Exercise can’t help in reducing weight when it is not performed and simply just thought about.  

5. Exercise does not target all fats.  There are deposits of fat in our bodies that are purely genetics and are extremely difficult to reduce.  They are generally placed in the abdomen or hips and thighs in women.  These pockets are stubborn and generally are resistant to exercise and even diet.  

For the above reasons, sometimes it takes more than just exercise to get back our shapely bodies.  At Body Envi, we can help assess your body and recommend a comprehensive plan to accomplish your body shaping goals.  

When was the last time you wore short shorts or any shorts period? That’s what we thought.  No matter what your age, don’t let cellulite keep you from showing off your legs!

I know you have been discouraged.  You have tried everything and spent lots of money on creams, wraps, massages, and even other "laser" therapy that claim to get rid of those dimpling and rippling areas without much result.  I’m very excited to tell you now there is hope.  I have been waiting patiently for research and development in the technology that will target the cause of cellulite itself.  It is finally here!  Cellulaze is the first and only FDA-approved, minimally invasive, one-time treatment for cellulite – with long lasting results.Cellulaze cellulite treatment

Cellulaze gets to the root of the problem by targeting the cause beneath the skin.  Cellulite is caused by bulging pockets of fat, stiffened fibrous bands that pull, and thinning and lax skin.  Cellulaze diminishes pockets of fat, cuts and disrupts the fibrous bands that pulls, and tighten the surface skin.  It targets and treats the causes of cellulite.

Cellulaze result can be seen right away with optimal results apparent between 3-6 months and results lasting for more than one year.  

If you have ever considered treatment to improve your cellulite.  The time to look into that one time, effective, minimally invasive treatment is NOW.  Cellulaze is a new anti-cellulite treatment clinically proven to increase your skin’s natural thickness for a smoother, healthier look that lasts. Call our office today to book your FREE consultation for Cellulaze treatment of cellulite.

Despite watching your diet, you most likely have picked up a few pounds and inches over the holidays.  But it’s just not about the holidays.  You have a busy schedule.lowrise jeans fat3  Life is going fast.  You have no time for yourself.  You have let things slip over the years and now there are new bulges in places where there shouldn’t be.  What should you do now?

Don’t put it off any longer.  Start a healthy nutrition plan, incorporate routine exercising, and call Body Envi.  We are here to help you with those unwanted fat pockets and bulges of stubborn fat.  Our minimally invasive procedure, laser liposuction, can be your answer to help you get back that beautifully fit body.  The procedure is safe, effective, and the results are permanent.  There is no general or IV anesthesia.  You are awake and talking the entire procedure (if you want to talk.)  The laser melts the fat, tighten the skin, and stimulate collagen production.  The fat is then removed from the body.  There is no magic, just pure science.  The fat removed can be seen and measured.  Once removed, the fat does not return to the same area when weight and nutrition are maintained. 

Laser liposuction is not only the best, but should be THE ONLY PROCEDURE nowadays to target excess fat pockets.  If you have considered trying something to get rid of that unwanted fat.  Why not try something that is quick, safe, effective and permanent.  

Don’t miss out.  Get slimmer today!  Call us and let our expert staff get you to the body you have always envied.

In the midst of this holiday season, I am being Mrs. Grinch by writing about weight.  I know and I’m sorry but obesity and weight related health issues don’t take holidays.  With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, weight management always need to be on our radar. Weigh scale

My 18 years of experience in Women’s Healthcare and weight management has taught be many things about losing weight…

1. Anyone can lose weight – yes, this is true

2. Any program will work if you stick with it – so pick a program that you can do and you will be successful.  No matter what program that is, if you can’t do it then it will not work. i.e. a program can be too restrictive or too free (choices can be bad.)

3. Fat is the enemy not weight – the more fat you have, the lower your metabolism and the more difficult to lose weight.

4. Weight loss is a marathon and not a sprint – worthwhile and sustained weight loss takes time because you are losing fat and it is very light.  The scale is only one to measure success.  Inches loss is also another measurement of success.

5. Will power can only go so far – we are susceptible to bad food choices everyday.  All celebrations are scheduled around meals.  i.e. Birthday dinner, Anniversary brunch, etc..  Our present relationship with food is not healthy.  Food sustains us and we can enjoy it without going to excess.  This is the key to maintaining weight.  

I’m a proponent of good nutrition and exercise to lose and maintain weight.  I do not believe in any fads (cabbage soups, lemonade, back to the land, etc…) because the fads will help you lose, at times large amount of weight, only to rebound back to the same weight and even gain a few more much quicker than the time it took you to lose the weight.  

Now, I have some new tools to add to the nutrition and exercise plan.  They are the pair of weight loss drugs approved by the FDA – Qsymia and Belviq.  

Qsymia is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs; phentermine and topiramate.  Taken once a day studies have shown an average weight loss ranging from 6.7 to 8.9%. 

Belviq is the trade name for the drug lorcaserin.  When taken twice a day, it works by activating a part of the brain that controls hunger.  Studies of patients on Belviq revealed a weight loss range of 3 to 3.7%.

These medications are a wonderful addition to nutrition and exercise program here at Body Envi and should assist in the initial weight loss as well as maintaining weight.