Sunblock, One of the Most Important Cosmetics

SunblockWhat do you think is your most important cosmetic? Sunblock by a mile! Sometimes many women get seduced by promises of younger looking skin or banish wrinkles overnight. But the sad fact is a lot of the pretty looking products out there do not do what they promise and the wrinkles, acne, broken veins or whatever ails you is still there the next morning.

There is one cosmetic that stands head and shoulders above the rest – Sunblock.

Sunblock is the best preventative of aging skin you can buy in a bottle. It won’t make you look younger in a few applications; you need to use it regularly – like every day – but over time it will make a tremendous difference to the appearance of your skin.

Sunblock can be found as lotion, gel, roll on, or spray. If you’re on a tight budget you can usually buy a bottle for just a few dollars from a supermarket or drugstore. Test it on an inconspicuous part of you first in case you have an allergy to it! This is more important for the cheaper brands.

Use sunblock even if its cloudy outside. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate clouds by up to 80%, yes even if it’s raining. If you’re driving, UV rays can penetrate glass, they can also be reflected off glass or water.

And don’t just use sunblock on your face. Put it on your hands, feet, arms or whatever bits of you that are not covered up. This is not just for appearances; sunblock can prevent potentially fatal skin cancers and melanomas from developing.

Even if you have never used sunblock and you’ve already developed premature aging, its not too late! Regular use of sunblock and staying out of the sun can actually reverse some of the damage.

Make sure you use a sunblock which has a sun protection factor (SPF) of over 15 and apply it fairly generously for best results. It’s also best to apply at least 20 minutes before venturing out.

Alleviates Women Self-Consciousness with Breast Enlargement

For many women, the size of their breasts causes constant self-consciousness. Breast enlargement provides many women with the boost in self-confidence that they need by giving them the body shape they want or need. Breast enlargement allows many women to walk taller, smile more, and be more confident.

As women age, the size of their breasts can change, age can affect skin elasticity, and gravity can cause breasts to sag. Also, after pregnancy and breast-feeding, a woman’s breasts may not return to the size and shape they once were.

Some women never develop breasts proportionate to the rest of their body. Having breasts that are too small can make a woman self-conscious about the way they look when they are in public, and clothes may not fit correctly.

Also, women can have asymmetrical breasts that can cause them to be very self-conscious. When a woman has one breast that develops significantly more than the other, it can cause serious self-consciousness.

Breast enlargement can correct all of these problems and provide women who suffer from being too self-conscious a much-needed boost in self-confidence. Women who are self-conscious about the size of their breasts should contact an experienced breast enlargement plastic surgeon.

During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss with you what problems you have with your breasts. After determining what goals you would like to reach through breast enlargement, your plastic surgeon will be able to prescribe a breast enlargement treatment that will correct you problems.

Often times, women choose to increase their breast size so that they are more proportionate to the size of their body. Other times, women want to restore their breasts so that they are returned to their original size after breast-feeding, growing older, or pregnancy.

Candidates for breast enlargement surgery are almost any women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. Breast enlargement surgery is a way to provide breasts with improved shape, size, and firmness so that women can be happy about the way they look.

Non-surgical Skin Tightening Method

These days there are several non-surgical skin tightening method that use high advance technology equipment such as laser and infrared.

Laser Skin Tightening

Old time CO2 and Erbium laser resurfacing did effectively tighten loose tissue. However, recovery was very difficult with lengthy healing time, prolonged redness and hypo pigmentation or loss of color after the procedure. These techniques are no longer widely practiced.

New fractional laser resurfacing techniques are a great improvement. By fractionating or breaking up the laser into many small beams, untreated areas are left to speed healing and complications are less common. The new fractional resurfacing techniques also can go deeper into the dermis to firm up the deeper collagen and elastin layers.

These skin tightening techniques can be used on and are most effective on the face. Because integument healing is required, these fractional resurfacing techniques are less effective in other areas such as the neck, stomach, and arms.

Lasers are not the treatment of choice for sagging and laxity of the neck, abdomen and arms. These areas require more heat energy that can only be delivered by infrared and radiofrequency machines.

Infrared and Radio frequency Skin Tightening

The most effective surface applied skin tightening machines today use either radio frequency or infrared heat energy to firm loose and sagging tissue on the neck, arms and tummy. These machines have sophisticated cooling hand pieces to prevent burn injury.

These machines can penetrate deeply into the dermis, down to 2000 microns where the elastin fibers are most plentiful. These deep treatments are necessary for maximum firming and skin tightening.

Understand that 4 treatments are usually required for the best result. New collagen and elastin production will not occur until 6 months after your last treatment, so it takes time to see your final result.

Still, infrared and radiofrequency machines cannot yet achieve the same results the traditional method of face lift, tummy tuck, or arm lift.

Laser Liposuction

Recently, new laser liposuction technology called SlimLipo has produced remarkable firming of the loose integument and fat during the fat dissolving process. Because the SlimLipo laser fiber is placed beneath the integument, the laser beam has closer and more direct access to the subcutaneous elastin fibers.

Laser liposuction has been used successfully to firm the loose tummy, loose arm, loose neck, and to firm the hips and thighs. This new laser liposuction method will be a very important in years to come.

Which Skin Tightening Method Is Best For You?

Your choice of a firming method will depend on how much loose skin you have and where the loose skin is located. If you have wrinkles, sun damage and mild laxity around the cheeks and mouth, then fractional laser skin resurfacing are your best option.

If you have good skin, and mild to moderate skin laxity of your cheeks, neck, abdomen or arms, the Infrared or radiofrequency skin tightening will give you a 20-30 % result.

If you have both fat and loose skin on your tummy, arms, neck, double chin, hips or thighs, then laser liposuction is your best choice for skin tightening.

Laser Treatments for Skin Tightening

Laser Treatments for Skin TighteningLoose sagging skin on our face, stomach, arms and other areas is very distressing to many of us. Loose skin or integument (integument – medical term for skin) makes us look old and out of shape, no matter how hard we work out and try to stay fit. In the past, effective skin tightening required plastic surgical procedures like face lift and tummy tuck.

However, in the past few years, many new non-surgical and laser skin tightening methods have been developed. The new skin tightening technology has been steadily getting better as the machines improve and as doctors learn how to maximize the results achieved.

Below I will explain how the new skin tightening technology works.

How Non-surgical Skin Tightening Works

Tight, firm skin requires good elasticity. Elasticity means the ability of the skin or integument to snap back or tighten after it has been displaced or pulled away from the body.

Good elasticity depends on healthy collagen and elastin fibers that lie very deep, near the bottom of the dermis, the deep layer of our integument below the surface. Collagen and elastin fibers act like small rubber bands that hold the integument tight against our body, and pull the loose tissue back when it is stretched or pulled.

Aging, sun damage from ultraviolet (UV) light, smoking, stress, excessive alcohol intake and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle all destroy collagen and elastin in the dermis and cause the integument to loosen and sag. Stretching caused by pregnancy or rapid weight loss after dieting or gastric bypass surgery also destroys collagen and elastin in the dermis and results in sagging and loss of tone.

All laser and non-surgical skin tightening methods work by stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin in the dermis. When you heat collagen and elastin to 66 degrees centigrade, the collagen and elastin fibers shrink or tighten, and are remodeled with new collagen and elastin formation. The effect of this skin tightening and new collagen and elastin formation is that the deep dermis contracts and becomes firmer and the loose tissue is tightened.

The elastin and collagen lie very deep in the dermis, and the major challenge is to get enough heat deep down in the dermis to remodel elastin and collagen without burning the surface of the integument as the heat passes through the more superficial layers.

This has been accomplished by using very effective cooling devices that cool the surface while the heat energy is passed through the surface on its way to the deep dermis.

A newer method applies heat to the deep layers from underneath. New laser liposuction technology like SlimLipo uses a small laser cannula placed beneath the integument to melt fat. The heat also causes contraction and firming of the overlying loose tissue. This technique has been very effective for the tummy and neck or double chin.