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Many women gain up to 35 pounds during pregnancy and this extra body fat can be distributed in common problem areas including the buttocks, thighs and stomach. While some women are able to get the baby weight off fairly quickly after the baby, others struggle with losing those pounds with diet and exercise alone. Weight loss experts recommend a healthy diet and a consistent exercise regimen to get the extra weight off, but some moms can also benefit from a little help from their local plastic surgeon.
Liposuction continues to be a part of the “mommy makeover” package where women undergo several procedures at once to restore their pre-baby figure. Liposuction can remove the fat cells permanently and some techniques work by smoothing out sculpting the skin tissues to create tight and taut skin, and a more natural appearance. If you’ve tried diet and exercise, but find that you are still carrying some extra baby weight, going under the knife may be your best bet for achieving your ideal look and shape.
Some of the latest liposuction techniques including VASER lipo and SmartLipo use various technologies to “melt” the fat before it’s extracted, which makes it much easier for the surgeon to remove small pockets of fat and leave the tissues looking firm, tight and toned after the healing process is over. These innovative techniques promise less downtime than traditional procedures, and can also cause minimal scarring and pain.
For many women, a liposuction procedure is the most effective way to get rid of inches and lose body fat that doesn’t seem to be responding to diet and exercise alone. Losing the excess weight after the baby can be much easier with the help of a plastic surgeon, but the new mom still needs to commit to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating properly to stabilize their weight.
Talk to a mommy makeover specialist in your area to find out if you would be a good candidate for the liposuction procedure.
Botox May Soon Be Used to Treat Bladder Problems in the United States
While Botox continues to be a popular choice for anti-aging treatments, it can do more than just fight wrinkles. Many physicians use Botox for its off-label uses including treating migraines, for stopping excessive sweating, and also for correcting crossed eyes. 14 European Union states have approved Botox for the treatment of urinary incontinence, or bladder problems, in those who have spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis and Botox may soon be approved in the United States to treat similar problems.
Trials and tests in Europe show that just a single Botox injection directly into the bladder can help patients who are suffering from the effects of urinary continence by increasing bladder capacity and preventing the contractions that make them feel like they need to use the restroom. These trials were only conducted on patients who were experiencing urinary incontinence because of spinal cord damage or multiple sclerosis, and results of these studies show that the patients noticed a significant relief in symptoms for up to nine months after their injection.The positive outcome of these trials show that Botox can improve quality of life and Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, is expecting to receive approval from the United States to use the injection for off-label use later this year.
Traditional treatments for urinary incontinence include prescription drugs and other types of medication, but none of the traditional treatments have produced the same level of results as Botox injections. Allergan is hoping to branch out beyond the anti-aging market so that Botox injections can be used to treat patients who are suffering from overactive bladders.
Long-Term Weight Loss More Effective with a Change in Attitude
Even though weight loss can be as simple as a healthy diet and consistent workout regimen for many people, it is a struggle for those who are severely overweight or medically obese. Even though some obese patients are successful with weight loss programs that include bariatric surgery, a change in attitude and educating oneself about food and nutrition can also help the individual lose the weight for good. Addressing issues such as a food addiction, poor eating habits and getting off the yo-yo diet cycle can all help to increase chances of success with any weight loss program.
Individuals undergoing a medically-supervised weight loss program and those who have already undergone bariatric surgery are often referred to a dietitian and counselor to help them adopt new eating habits and prevent falling back into their old regimen. Counseling can help many people overcome an obsession with food, which often leads to overeating and then overcompensating with a dangerous diet. The key to overcoming this type of obsession is to make peace with food and realize that it is important for your body to receive clean food that provides real energy. Food is a source of energy and nothing more. People who overeat or abuse food are often dealing with underlying emotional issues that must be addressed through therapy and counseling. Once that is resolved, they can adopt some healthier eating habits that fuel the body and mind, instead of fulfilling some other type of unmet need.
Anyone undertaking a diet plan or behavior modification plan for overeating will also need to hold themselves accountable for their eating habits and weight loss goals. Keeping track of progress, maintaining a food journal, and seeking help from a dietitian or nutritionist are necessary for achieving long-term weight loss success and also for enjoying a healthier lifestyle. Eliminating extreme diets, a obsession with food, and misinformation can help a lot of people lose weight in the long-term and keep it off for years without trying.
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