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The Best Workouts for Maintaining Weight after Surgery

No matter what kind of surgery you are recovering from, you are probably starting to think (worry!) about maintaining your fabulous results. Will your new figure last? What can you do enhance it? Can working out after surgery actually help you heal faster? In fact, many people have contributed to the conversation on the best post-surgery workouts. Here are some of the highlights.

Keep in mind that not all of these exercises will be appropriate for every patient. Please make sure to consult your doctor to find out which are safe for your type of surgery.

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Cardio: Good for the Body, Good for the Mind

Regular cardio aerobic exercise can boost your energy levels, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep better, all of which increase healing power. When you are fresh out of surgery, just some simple walking is recommended. It decreases your chances of complications and aides the recovery process. After that, you can graduate to low impact water exercises like water aerobics or gentle swimming. If you enjoy the outdoors, hiking an easy trail (with lots of water and good sunscreen, sunglasses, and a visor) can be an enjoyable way to get your cardio in.

Here are some examples of how many calories you’ll burn for some typical bariatric workouts:

bella graph The Best Workouts for Maintaining Weight after Surgery

Strength Training: Work Your Lean Muscle Mass

Strength training builds muscle, and muscle is magic! It keeps your metabolism moving at its strongest, which helps you burn calories. Weight training also keeps your bones strong and healthy. With strong bones and muscles, you can be more active and enjoy your life. When you start weight training, take it easy at first. Choose 1 to 5 pound weights, then gradually choose heavier weights until you can do 3 three sets of 15-20 reps easily. If you feel any pain, stop immediately and try a different exercise. Lunges and squats are also good for strength training and do not require any equipment. Neither do sit-ups, crunches, and other core exercises, which tone and shape the body and prevent future injuries.

Flexibility: Lengthening and Protecting

Flexibility training is important for so many reasons. In conjunction with the rest of your workout, it will lengthen your muscles, warm them up, and thus help protect you from injury. You can do some basic, mild stretching before your workout to warm up, but remember not to push it too far because your muscles will be cold and can strain easily. After the workout, when you are feeling sore or tight, stretching is also helpful to release tension and relax tired muscles.

When you are stretching, take each stretch slowly and hold it for ten seconds, making sure not to bounce to avoid injury. It can be good to feel a slight burn, but pull back if you feel any sharp pain.

Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

Make sure you are warming up and cooling down before and after all your post-surgery workouts. Warm up to get your heart pumping at a gentle pace and loosen muscles, which prevents injuries. Your warm-up should take approximately 5-10 minutes and can include light stretching, light jogging or walking, or jumping jacks. Keep it simple.

After your workout, make sure to spend 5-10 minutes cooling down to slowly reset your heart rate and breathing back to normal, which prevents dizziness. Working out also causes a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles, which can be bad for them and cause soreness and stiffness the next day. Walking and stretching help your body get rid of the lactic acid. Aim to gradually bring your body back from exercise pace to resting pace.

Bonus: Restorative Yoga

Some forms of yoga can be very strenuous and are not appropriate for post-surgical patients. But there is one form which seems almost specially designed for them, and that is restorative yoga. Restorative yoga focuses on resting poses using props such as pillows, bolsters, blankets, and blocks to facilitate relaxation. You may lie on the ground with your legs up the wall or twist on your side hugging a bolster in a specific way. This form of yoga initiates our parasympathetic nervous system, which is the “rest and restore” aspect of the autonomic nervous system that stimulates the body’s processes for restoration and recovery, including sleep and tissue repair. In fact, research suggests that restorative yoga can actually decrease healing time. Weather you have tried yoga before or not, this can be an excellent, gentle way to get your body moving after your surgery.

Plastic Surgery in Bakersfield

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Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

There are many popular myths and misconceptions about breast augmentation. Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, it is important to separate fact from myth to make sure you’re getting results you can enjoy for years to come. If you are considering a breast augmentation in Bakersfield, take a moment to learn the common misconceptions about breast augmentation.

Misconception #1: Breast augmentation is the same as a breast lift

Breast augmentation, also known as breast implants or enhancements, is a procedure in which a woman’s breast size or shape is altered. This is usually done to increase the cup size by placing saline or silicone implants into the breasts.

Woman may decide to have a breast augmentation procedure for many reasons including:

• A woman’s breasts may be different sizes
• A woman’s breasts can get smaller with age or after having children
• A woman’s breasts are not proportional to the rest of her body
• A woman’s breasts may sag
• A woman may feel that she can’t find clothes that fit right over the breasts

Conversely, a breast lift is a procedure in which the breasts are moved to a higher position on the chest for a new contour. The nipple and breast tissue are equally moved to the level of the breast fold. The excess skin below the nipple is tightened and shaped to a rounder, more natural shape.

In many cases, a breast lift is done at the same time as a breast augmentation. Common reasons women decide to have a breast lift are:

• The breasts may sag due to age
• The breasts may sag after having children
• The breasts may shift positions on the chest because of weight gain or loss

Misconception #2: Breast augmentation is dangerous during breastfeeding

It is a common concern among women who undergo breast augmentation to feel uneasy about the potential risks of breastfeeding. There is no inherent risk in breast augmentation that would cause risks or complications to future pregnancies. The procedure involves technical and specialized incision and dissection in the breast tissue, which minimizes risk to nipple sensation and breastfeeding. These techniques include:

• Using an inframammary incision (in the breast fold under the breast) or an axillary incision (in the armpit) rather than a periareolar incision (around the nipple)
• Placing the implant under the muscle (sub-pectoral) rather than under the breast (sub-glandular)
• Choosing a smaller implant to avoid wide dissection and limit potential disruption of nerves supplying nipple sensation

Misconception #3: Any cosmetic surgeons can perform breast augmentations

Breast augmentation surgery is highly specialized and technical operation. Cosmetic surgeons are not the same as plastic surgeons. Breast augmentations are only performed by board certified plastic surgeons who have completed years of rigorous training and passed written an oral examination in order to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Breast augmentation is a comprehensive process that involves:

• A detailed pre-operative assessment of each patient’s anatomy, including breast size and shape; breast symmetry or asymmetry; characteristics of breast tissue, nipple-areola and skin; and degree of breast sag
• Discussion and understanding of each patient’s goals and desires for their post-operative results and analysis of limitations of possible outcomes
• Knowledge of all different types of breast implants to best advise patient on implant selection: silicone gel, cohesive silicone gel “gummy bear”, round and anatomical “tear drop” shaped implants
• Experience with a number of different surgical techniques to produce desired results
• Close follow up and attentive management of patients after the operation to address recovery progress and any issues that may arise

Breast Augmentation in Bakersfield

The choice to have a breast augmentation is a personal one. A thorough discussion with your plastic surgeon regards to the pros and cons between the various choices of breast implants and augmentation can aid in the decision-making process. Schedule a consultation with Bella Health & Beauty today, and join our many satisfied patients.

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Advantages of BOTOX

As we age, wrinkle lines may appear around the forehead. Frown lines between the brows can make us look too serious or angry. Skin relaxation may cause the eyebrows to droop, making us look tired. If you are bothered by these signs of aging, Botox can be a viable solution.As we age, wrinkle lines may appear around the forehead. Frown lines between the brows can make us look too serious or angry. Skin relaxation may cause the eyebrows to droop, making us look tired. If you are bothered by these signs of aging, Botox can be a viable solution.

What are the Benefits of Botox

Botox has gained a reputation to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles or remove them altogether. It is a temporary treatment that allows patients to decide whether they are satisfied with the results or not before committing to treatment in the future. If satisfied, Botox patients require regular injections to maintain results.

Other common advantages of Botox include:

Cost. For many patients, the financial viability of Botox is attractive. Injections cost anywhere from $170-$350, making them more easily affordable than other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures.

Speed. Botox is typically administered in a short time frame, lasting only 5-10 minutes. Results are also noticeable immediately after the procedure. In other cases, it may take up to a day or two.

Less invasive. Botox injections are less invasive than its counterparts such as facelifts and brow lifts.

Temporary Side Effects. Like any medical or cosmetic procedure, there are side effects associated with Botox. However, the side effects are temporary and readily treatable within a few days if not immediately.

What to Consider

If you are unhappy with your current appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is a viable solution depending on your health conditions, goals and budget. To determine if this is the right treatment for you, ask yourself these questions.

What is your long-term goal? If this is to permanently remove fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is a temporary solution. It requires regular injections for the rest of the time that you wish to remove lines and wrinkles.

Do you have allergies? There are some cases of allergic reactions to the drug, particularly in people who take antibiotics. Consult your doctor first.

Other factors to consider are possible side effects of Botox. Although side effects are usually mild and readily treatable, you should be aware of the side effects that you may experience as a result of treatment.

Ptosis: About 5% of people that get Botox injections suffer this side effect. It is a temporary condition that causes one or both eyelids to droop.

Bruises or Soreness: Most people experience some small bruising or light soreness in the treatment area. If the bruise or soreness becomes severe, seek medical help immediately as this can signal an infection.

Nausea: Botox is a foreign material that your body might not welcome without an upset stomach and symptoms of nausea.

Schedule a Consultation

Although there are some great advantages to Botox, it is important to consult an informed and experienced plastic surgeon when making this decision. There are plenty of cosmetic procedures to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Here, at Bella Health & Beauty, we will discuss and review your treatment options to find the perfect fit for you and your desired results. For more information, call Bella Health & Beauty at (661) 247-8211 or schedule a consultation here.

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What Causes Breast Asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is actually a common problem for many women and occurs when the breast is different in form, position or volume. This is typically an issue for adolescent girls and the breasts usually even out in size as the girls grow into adulthood. However, sometimes the breasts remain uneven and women are left looking for options to correct this problem. Read on to discover your options if breast asymmetry is a challenge you face.

More Common Than You Think

To fully understand breast asymmetry, it’s important to understand the structure and basic anatomy of the breast itself. Breasts are made up of glands within the front of the chest wall. The average breast weighs between seven and 10 ounces and is composed of approximately 12 to 20 lobes that spread out from the nipple. Each lobe has one central duct that opens at the nipple, allowing women to lactate.

It’s also important to note that breast tissue can change with a women’s menstrual cycle. Many women feel their breasts are more sensitive when they ovulate, and this is actually due to water retention and additional blood flow.

While common with women, the specific cause of breast asymmetry is not fully known. Possible contributing factors include hormonal changes, as well as traumatic injuries. If a young girl suffers an injury to the breast bud, she can often develop asymmetry as she continues to develop.

There could be an underlying medical condition causing the asymmetry, such as non-cancerous fibroids. There is one rare but known medical condition, called juvenile hypertrophy, in which one breast grows significantly larger than the other, thus causing not just physical issues but psychological as well. It is usually treated with surgery.

Another rare medical condition causing breast asymmetry is called “Polands Syndrome.” This causes one breast to fail to grow because the tissues responsible for development are missing. This can also cause psychological issues, particularly in young girls, so surgery is often the best options. Other potential causes of breast asymmetry could include scoliosis or other deformities in the chest wall.

Importance of Breast Health

There is some research making the case that breast asymmetry is an indicator for an increase in breast cancer risk. This makes self exams, as well as regular mammograms and physician exams an important health plan to put into place, especially as a woman ages and her risk of breast cancer increases. WebMD has some excellent tips to maintain your breast health, including preventative care and the importance of monitoring changes as women age.

Breast Asymmetry Options

There are two options for breast asymmetry surgery: breast reduction or breast implants. You should check with a qualified professional to see which option is right for you. Depending on your current cup size or the cup size you desire, there is definitely a discussion to be had that examines the pros and cons of reduction verses implants.

Typically, potential patients have a variety of questions regarding breast asymmetry surgery options as well as general breast health. The team at Bella Health and Beauty combines decades of experience in not only women’s health but also cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Bella Health and Beauty is a specialized brand of high end cosmetic surgery, skin care and products that’s is pro developed and produced organically.

Dr. Sarwa Aldoori and Dr. Yakdan Alqaisi are available to guide you through the process and answer any questions.

If you suffer from breast asymmetry, contact the experts at Bella Health and Beauty today and schedule your consultation.

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Are You a Candidate for Nose Reshaping?

Statistics have shown that a rhinoplasty is the second most popular cosmetic procedure, as it is used simultaneously as a way to change the shape of a nose for aesthetic purposes, to restore the shape of the nose, or to fix constricted breathing. There are even plastic surgeons out there dealing specifically with ethnic rhinoplasty to enlarge or reduce the nose, as well as reshape the bridge and nose tip. So who out there typically makes the best rhinoplasty candidate?

The Best and the Brightest for Nose Reshaping

Those who were born with a nose that causes self conciousness tend to make good candidates for rhinoplasty—as well as others who become unhappy with how their nose has aged over the years. Remember that even the slightest changes to the shape of the nose can have a dramatic effect on appearance and can change how people interact with you. Not only can plastic surgery help reshape deformities and reshape changes from aging, but it can also restore balance and the self-confidence you have been longing for.

It is important to take note that expectations are key with any potential candidate. The individuals most fit for nose surgery simply want to improve their nose appearance, but are not out to seek perfection. It is important to openly discuss the procedure with your plastic surgeon, as either he or she will help explain the potential enhancement the surgery will provide, as well as help you understand the costs, risks, benefits, and other different options available.

The procedure is ideal for both physically healthy, non-smoking women and men who carry a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their appearance. One more thing is that facial growth must be completed. If you have not reached maturity and the face continues to develop after the surgery is performed, the end results may not be what was aimed for initially.

A nose job can and will correct:
• Drooped noses
• Wide noses
• Noses that are too narrow
• Crooked nose
• Large bumps in the nose or a turned nasal tip

Note that additional procedures may be required following the initial one, as often times, treating a single facial area can cause an overall imbalanced appearance where the patient may need to consider other procedures to achieve balance and proportion after a rhinoplasty is completed. Chin augmentation, for example, is often performed with rhinoplasty. Lip augmentations, fillers, and facelifts are also often paired together to create a more balanced look.

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If you’ve considered undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure, it’s important to assess your viability as a candidate. Contact Bella Health and Beauty today to learn more about your candidacy for nose reshaping and other surgical procedures. Deemed by patients as one of the best cosmetic surgery clinics for both men and women of all ages to go to for amazing and terrifically natural results, it is the perfect place to go for all of your cosmetic needs.

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Treating Gynecomastia for the Coming Shirtless Months

For those suffering from gynecomastia, the next logical step after receiving a proper diagnosis would be to scour for all the available options to get rid of the medical condition.

Treating gynecomastia for enlarged male beasts is incredibly broad, with a number of both temporary and permanent solutions. Effectiveness, affordability. and convenience are all main factors to consider when selecting a treatment option. For the most part, medications and/or surgery have been successfully used to treat gynecomastia. Here are some details for both to take careful note of.

Medications

Often times, medications are most effective when used in the early stages of gynecomastia because the enlarged breast tissue often becomes scarred after about a year or so.

It is important to remember though that various treatments for gynecomastia have not been extensively studied, so data showing their effectiveness is extremely limited. As of right now, there are no drugs officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating gynecomastia. In general, however, two types of medications have shown promise for the management of gynecomastia:

• Testosterone replacement: This therapy has shown to be effective in older men with low levels of testosterone, but not as effective for men who have normal levels of the male hormone.
• SERMs: Drugs used to treat breast cancer and other conditions (i.e. selective estrogen receptor modulators), such as raloxifene (Evista), tamoxifen (Soltamox), and aromatase inhibitors (Arimidex), have proved to be useful for some men with gynecomastia. They can help reduce the amount of breast tissue, although they are not able to entirely eliminate the problem. They are most often used for severe or painful gynecomastia.
• Post cycle therapy or PCT: A process that involves pharmacological agents to prevent and reverse the negative effects of excess estrogen produced as a result of steroid use. It is primarily used by those in the fitness industry. It involves SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator), AI (Aromatise Inhibitor) and a testosterone booster.

Breast Reduction Surgery

For those with significantly bothersome breast enlargement issues despite initial treatment or observation, some doctors may advise surgery. There are a couple of gynecomastia surgery options:
• Liposuction: This surgery removes breast fat, but not the breast gland tissue itself.
• Mastectomy: Will remove the breast gland tissue and is often done endoscopically with only small incisions being used. It is a less invasive type of surgery involving less recovery time.

At Home Remedies and Supplements

There is also an option of going the natural route by sticking to the comforts of self-treatment. Gynecomastia shirts are the cheapest treatment option you can start with. A variety of chest compression garments and vests are also available to help minimize discomfort and/or improve cosmetic appearance.

Gynecomastia supplements can further hinder the production of estrogen and reverse its effects—they’ve become incredibly popular among men because they do not require surgery, stitches, time off from work, or hospitalization in order to treat gynecomastia.

Let Us Help!

Granted, enlarged male breasts hardly qualify as a life-threatening disease, but can and often will have a variety of physical as well as psychological effects on any single individual affected. As with many other conditions, treatment options vary depending on the severity of the problem as well as the preference of the person.

Make the most of what’s left of the summer shirtless months by guaranteeing that all of your gynecomastia issues are done away with for good. To learn more about male breast reduction surgeries, contact Bella Health and Beauty, deemed by patients as one of the best cosmetic surgery clinics for both men and women of all ages to go to for amazing and terrifically natural results.

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The Amazing Benefits of Botox for Migraines

The FDA has approved Botox as a preventative treatment for chronic migraine headaches. While acute treatments are taken to treat a headache or a migraine once it has started, Botox prevents headaches before they start. On average, Botox for migraines can prevent 8 to 9 headaches and migraines in a month.

5 Things to Know about Botox

1. It prevents headaches and migraines before they start.

2. Botox is given every 12 weeks. It takes two treatments administered 12 weeks apart to determine if the preventative treatment is working for you. If you do not get treated every 12 weeks the treatment may be ineffective.

3. The treatment is administered through a small needle; an injection should not feel any worse than a tiny pinprick.

4. It will be injected by a Botox specialist. Treatments are administered by someone who is fully trained and certified to give Botox injections.

5. It takes about 15 minutes. The injections do not take long and are generally done right in the doctor’s office.

If you have 15 or more headache or chronic migraine days in a month, Botox is something to consider. It is generally prescribed for adults (18 and over) who have headaches lasting 4 or more hours several times a month.

Though it is prescribed for chronic migraines, it is not yet known if it is effective for episodic migraines (14 or fewer headaches a month).

Safety and Side Effects

In clinical studies, the most common side effect of Botox to treat headaches and chronic migraines was neck pain. Neck pain tends to be experienced by about 9% of Botox patients. Other side effects that were found in small numbers were headaches, migraines, partial facial paralysis, drooping eyelids, and bronchitis to name a few. These side effects are experienced by a small number of patients and it is not a comprehensive list so if you are considering Botox as a treatment it is important to speak with your doctor about the possible side effects.

What is Botox?

Botox is injectable and is made from a toxic bacterium called clostridium botulinum. When it is injected, it blocks some chemical signals from your nerves and caused temporary paralysis of your muscles. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s it was used as a wrinkle reducer but today it is also used to treat various medical conditions. In 2010, it was approved as a preventative treatment for chronic migraines.

How Does It Treat Migraines?

A doctor who specializes in Botox will inject the medicine into specific points along the bridge of your nose, your temples, your forehead, the back of your head, your neck, and your upper back. These injections are used to help reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells should all be reduced after the treatment. It could take up to 10 days or slightly more to experience any relief. Often times, it even takes more than one set of injections before you notice relief from your migraines.

Are Botox Injections Covered by Insurance?

If Botox is being used as a treatment for chronic migraines, most insurance providers offer coverage. Talk to your insurance company prior to starting any treatments to see what amount they cover or whether or not they require any procedures or tests prior to commencing treatments.

Is it Right for You?

Botox is now one of many treatment options for chronic migraines. If other treatments have not been successful it may be time to discuss Botox for migraines with your medical provider. If other treatments have not been effective it may be the right choice for you.

For more information about Botox and migraines you can discuss your options with the professionals at Bella Health and Beauty. They have Botox specialists in the Bakersfield, CA area who would be happy to go over treatment options.

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The Rising Popularity of plastic Surgery & Botox for Migraines

The amount of money spent on plastic surgery in 2016 is an astounding $16 billion. More and more money is being spent by more and more people. Cosmetic surgery is not just for the elite and the movie stars these days – many average Americans are putting money into revamping and optimizing their appearance through plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS) reports that Americans are spending more money on cosmetic enhancements from non-invasive to surgical procedures. Based on the findings, there were approximately 7 million injection procedures such as Botox and disport and lower-impact treatments rose to more than 650, 000.

Of course, as the demand for the procedures rises, so does the cost. Many procedures have risen by one to five percent over the past couple of years.

Gender Independent

The number of men looking to get plastic surgery has also jumped in the past few years. Statistics show that from 2011 – 2015, 53% more men were looking to get hair transplants and neck lifts among other procedures.

Many men want a chiseled jawline, fewer wrinkles, and filled in hairlines. They can achieve these through any plastic surgeon though there are some now who cater specifically to men. Cosmetic procedures tend to be costlier for men as the procedures take longer and they have more prominent features.

Botox for Migraines: Real Relief or Just a Real Pain?

In the late 1990s, Botox® garnered notoriety in the minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment of facial wrinkle reduction. In 2010, the FDA approved the extensively popular anti-aging procedure as an effective pain medication alternative to preventing chronic, recurring migraines. Now widely used for over a dozen non-beauty related conditions, from teeth-grinding to sweaty palms to MS to vaginal spasms, the “little neurotoxin that could” (dubbed by USA Today) beauty booster now boasts sales of well over $1 billion for Allergan©, its manufacturer.

Effective Relief

If nothing else has worked in the past, and traditional pain meds are not alleviating your chronic migraine episodes, it may be time to consider Botox© as a possible headache-easing option. The treatment of migraines through regular Botox© injections has been proven to be satisfying and alleviating, with minimal side effects post-surgery. Less than 10% of those who sought the needle to subside their head-pounding woes experienced substandard side effects. While most patients may not experience some or any of these side effects, your doctor will disclose both the pros and the cons and all the risks associated with Botox migraine treatment.

Chronic headache-banishing benefits were evidenced through placebo-controlled trials. Researchers concluded Botox© an effective preventative measure when treating chronic migraines. If someone is taking more than 15 sick days monthly due to their episodes, then they will want to give the injections a try.

Is it Right for You

Along with fewer headaches, more productive, fun-filled days added to your calendar, and the possibility of saving an average of 12 pulse-pounding episodes over a six-month period, you also get the beauty by-product payoff of Botox©: fewer wrinkles, tighter, smoother, and younger-looking skin.

Plastic surgery seems to be more popular among every age group as millennials move into using social media as a work connection. It is important to do your research if you are looking to have a procedure done and make sure you find a board-certified surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery.

The professionals at Bella Health and Beauty can share more information about cosmetic procedures to determine what the best option is for you.

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Difference Between Brazilian Butt Lift & Butt Implants

One of the biggest trends in the plastic surgery world and popular culture has become centered around having the perfect, and most shapely figure. Whether celebrities have natural or enhanced curves, with the help of plastic surgery you too can have the figure of your dreams. The Brazilian Butt Lift and Butt Implants are too such procedures that have cornered the market on mastering the perfect behind and creating the ideal appearance. Patients typically consider a buttock augmentation in light of major weight loss or simply to reach their ideal aesthetic. To make a sound decision between the two, one needs to consider all that comes with each procedure.

The Procedures

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure that takes the patient’s own fat and injects it back into the buttocks. Fat can be taken from the thighs, abdomen or flanks.

Butt Implants

This procedure inserts implants into the patient’s buttocks, much like breast implants, to create a rounder behind.

The Look & Feel

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure utilizes the patient’s fat from different areas on the body to create their ideal shape. As it harvests the fat, the Butt Lift creates a more natural look and feel to the buttocks area. Whereas butt implants, are meant to create a defined oval or rounded shape to the buttocks and remain solid with no movement. Patients are able to choose a more natural look with the Butt Lift or a firmer appearance with the butt implants.

Procedure & Recovery

The Butt Lift procedure is an efficient way to enhance your behind. To start, the procedure begins with liposuction. The doctor may take from any one of the patient’s troublesome areas with an excess amount of fat. After the fat has been taken out, the doctor will then insert the fat into the buttocks through the strategic placement of injections and begin to create a fuller shape. This is an outpatient procedure and patients are able to return home the same day. Pressure should not be applied to the buttocks for at least three weeks following the procedure to let the area maintain its shape and heal properly. Patients will receive a compression garment to hold the buttocks in place and let the buttocks heal into the new shape. After four weeks, patients are able to return to work and normal activities.

The butt implant procedure begins with an incision that is made to create a pocket to place the silicone implants within the patient’s buttocks. The doctor will insert the implants to perfect the shape and contour of the patient’s behind. Implants are typically solid and will not shift over time. Patients are able to return home from the procedure same day. Pressure to the buttocks area should be avoided for at least three weeks after the procedure. A compression garment will be administered to the patient to place the implant. Patients will be fully healed in six weeks.

The Final Verdict

The results of a Brazilian Butt Lift remain natural and last in comparison to butt implants. This procedure also has less scarring. Butt implant results are less natural than the Brazilian Butt Lift. Implants are not permanent and will not last longer than 8 to 12 years. With the Brazilian Butt Lift, patients are able to target areas with unwanted fat like the thighs, flanks or abdomen to further contour their shape. Which ultimately is like getting two procedures in one. This procedure requires no foreign objects to be placed within the buttocks and avoids the risk of the body rejecting the implants altogether with the fat injections.

If you are interested in the Brazilian Butt Lift, contact Bella Health & Beauty to schedule your consultation.

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Gynecomastia Surgery: What is Male Breast Reduction?

The male figure comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. While some men have well-sculpted muscles, others may have a hormonal imbalance that gives them feminine features—such as breasts. Gynecomastia is a condition that involves the swelling of the breast tissues among men. It is caused by the asymmetry of hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. Many boys going through puberty develop this condition as a result of the changes in the hormone levels of their bodies.

Hormonal changes are the most common cause of gynecomastia. The elevated levels of estrogen encourage the formation of female traits such as the development of excess breast tissue. But aside from hormonal changes, taking medications can also cause this particular condition. For instance, steroids, AIDs medication, anti-androgen drugs, and antibiotics can lead to the development of gynecomastia.

Although it is not a life-threatening condition, those who are experiencing this disorder often feel self-conscious or embarrassed about their body. Whether you are a man or a woman, you should be proud of the skin you are in. This is the reason why many men opt to have gynecomastia surgery to remove their excess breast tissue and regain their confidence.

Understanding Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction surgery is the most popular method of treating gynecomastia. The process involves removing the glandular tissues and excess fat stored underneath the skin of the chest. This restores a more masculine contour and shape to the chest.

Some men are not comfortable with the idea of going under the knife to remove their excess breast tissue, which is completely understandable. Many think that exercising and losing weight can reduce the unsightliness of gynecomastia. However, losing weight can highlight and even enlarge the breasts more. This is the reason why having a male breast reduction surgery can effectively treat gynecomastia and deliver more permanent results.

Surgical Procedures to Remove Gynecomastia

There are many cosmetic surgical procedures to remove gynecomastia. Currently, there are two surgical methods used by plastic surgeons to remove excess fat underneath the chest. Below are the different surgical procedures that surgeons do to treat gynecomastia.

Liposuction

Liposuction is the most common way to treat gynecomastia. It is considered as the less invasive technique, thus allowing patients lesser downtime for recovery. This procedure is done either under local or general anesthesia depending on the condition and request of the patient.

The surgeon makes a very tiny cut on each side of the chest. The incisions may be located within the armpit or the edge of the areola. A cannula is then inserted in the incision that will remove the excess glandular tissue and fat. In most cases, men who undergo liposuction also get liposuction on their waist or “love handles”; not only improving the shape of their chest, but also the contour of their waist line.

The recovery process of liposuction is extremely fast. Men who get this procedure can often go back to work in a matter of days. Patients are asked to wear a compression garment for a few weeks after the surgery to reduce the swelling as well as provide support for the healing tissues. They are also discouraged from doing any vigorous physical activities to prevent straining in the chest area.

Tissue Excision

For severe cases of gynecomastia, surgeons may recommend surgical tissue excision to achieve the best results. Also called mastectomy, this is a good option for men who have sagging and stretched skin around the breast area. This procedure does not only remove more glandular tissues and excess fat, but it also helps remove the loose skin that liposuction cannot address.

The location of the incision depends on the extent of the surgery. But, they are usually made around the edge of the areola so that the resulting scars are not visible. Since a larger excision is required, this procedure is usually done while the patient is under general anesthesia. Moreover, the recovery time takes about a week and male patients need to wear a compression garment, for support, around their chest.

Life After the Surgery

After the surgery, you will notice immediate improvements in terms of the appearance and shape of your chest. While soreness is a common side effect of the surgery, pain is very minimal as your surgeon will prescribe you with pain killers.

Since gynecomastia surgery is permanent, it is important that you also take care to improve your chest contour. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important in preventing excess fat from collecting on your breast area. Significant weight gain or the use of steroids can lead to the recurrence of your gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia might not be a life-threatening condition but it can cause a lot of problems to the self-confidence among many men. If you decide to get this particular surgery to treat your condition, make sure that you seek help from a reliable and experienced cosmetic surgeon to give you the best results.

Contact Bella Health & Beauty for a consultation to begin your path to the body you’ve always wanted and the self-confidence you deserve.

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