Looking Younger WITHOUT Plastic Surgery – Here’s How!

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Ever wondered if it’s ACTUALLY POSSIBLE to improve your look and appear younger and more vibrant WITHOUT going under the knife? Want to know if it’s possible to tweek your look a bit without having plastic surgery?

Look Younger Without Plastic Surgery

Check Out This Article To Find Out! 👇

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9 Ways to Look Younger Without Surgery

While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, going under the knife comes with considerable risks (and a hefty price tag) that make it undesirable for some. Luckily, it is possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery.

According to The Allure, 56 percent of women are worried about the physical signs of aging.

Fine lines, dark circles, age spots, dry skin, and thinning hair are just a few of the unavoidable aspects of getting older that keep us up at night. While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, going under the knife comes with considerable risks (and a hefty price tag) that make it undesirable for some. Luckily, it is possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery.

What makes us look older?

If you hold two pictures of yourself side by side, taken five years apart, it is indisputable that you look older. However, the changes are so subtle and gradual that you cannot put your finger on exactly why you appear more mature looking. What are these changes? Often, it is the loss of fat in the face. The full, soft look we associate with youth is lost as bone structure changes and facial fat fades away and, as a result, you are left with loose, sagging skin.

Youthful skin also has elasticity. As we age, the fibers responsible for giving our complexions a firm, smooth appearance become weak. Sun damage is another big factor that contributes to an older look. Years of baking in tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure show up on our faces as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmented areas, and rough patches. To make matters worse, the tiny oil glands that keep our skin soft and supple decrease in number and contribute to dry skin as we age.

Qualities that make us appear younger

In a study of Danish and British females between the ages of 45 and 81, researchers found that women who look young for their age have a few things in common. They have large lips, avoid sun exposure, and were blessed with vibrant hair and fewer wrinkles. The study also demonstrated that perceived age is a better indicator of skin, hair, and facial aging than chronological age. In other words, age is nothing but a number.

No matter how many candles are on your birthday cake this year, there are many ways you can reverse the signs of aging for a more youthful, vibrant look. The best part? You do not even need to go under the knife. Here are nine ways to look younger without surgery.

1. Vitamin C

Beauty bloggers and dermatologists are raving about vitamin C for anti-aging. It can improve the appearance and texture of your skin for a more youthful look.
Vitamin C is one of three antioxidants proven to decrease the sun’s harmful effect on the skin and prevent future damage. It also encourages collagen production to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, this miracle antioxidant targets stubborn skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness, and undereye circles.

One of the best ways to add vitamin C to your skincare routine is with a serum. After cleansing and toning, spread a pea-sized amount of vitamin C serum on your face and allow it to absorb for a few minutes before following up with moisturizer and makeup.

2. Dermal Fillers

These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume.

“As a general rule, I favor hyaluronic acid fillers because they look the most natural and give me the greatest ability to contour a patient’s face,” says Dr. Davis Nguyen, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.

When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid swells and causes a smoothing, filling effect where lost volume needs to be restored. The effects of hyaluronic acid last between six and 12 months. It is important to find an experienced injector who understands facial anatomy and can give you the natural results you want. When you start to notice the anti-aging effect wearing off, it is time to schedule a touchup treatment.

3. Microneedling

As the name suggests, microneedling involves pricking the skin with tiny needles

to make the skin look more youthful. The purpose of microneedling is to create microscopic channels for anti-aging products, like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C, to seep through and penetrate the deep layers of the skin.

When performed in a dermatologist’s office, the doctor will apply serum to your face and chest before moving a needling device over the treatment area, allowing for deep penetration. Even if no serum is used, the tiny injuries caused by the needles promote collagen production and builds new elastin.

The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines, and wrinkles around the mouth.

4. Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, blood vessels, wrinkles, and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing as it smoothes out your skin for a complexion that not only looks younger, but actually is younger.

“I’m a big proponent of laser resurfacing as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, builds a patient’s own collagen, and can, in some instances, tighten the skin,” says Dr. Nguyen. “This is achieved by harnessing the natural power of the patient’s healing process that generates younger, healthier looking skin.”

In some cases, a single treatment will improve the texture of your skin. However, most lasers require a series of treatments for the best and long-lasting results.

5. Vitamin A (Retinol)

The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has

been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labeled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. And these are just the creams and serums you can get over-the-counter.

Prescription strength retinoids can actually renew the skin by treating acne, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and evening out your skin tone. Not only can retinol boost collagen production and treat the signs of aging that are already there but also it can potentially prevent future sun damage.

Experts recommend applying retinol as part of your nightly skincare routine. Be sure to apply retinol to your eye area, which is often the first to show signs of aging. It takes an average of 12 weeks for retinol to produce noticeable anti-aging benefits, so keep it in your skincare routine for at least that long to see results.

6. BOTOX®/Dysport®/Xeomin®

Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular – and for a good reason. BOTOX® is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralyzing the underlying muscles. When the muscles cannot move, the overlying skin does not crease, which creates a smooth, younger-looking appearance.

BOTOX® is most often used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. The anti-aging effects of BOTOX® last between three and six months, depending on the area treated. It is important to note that BOTOX® will not treat wrinkles caused by sun damage. But, when paired with another treatment like microneedling, BOTOX® can produce fantastic anti-aging results.

7. Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

This quick and comfortable anti-aging treatment has zero downtime and leaves no scars, making it a popular way to get younger-looking skin without surgery. A radiofrequency (RF) treatment involves heating the deepest layers of the skin to encourage new collagen production and cell turnover to help the skin become firmer, thicker, and younger-looking.

While lasers work to improve the skin’s surface, radiofrequency treatments use a lower frequency to safely penetrate to a deeper level. This helps improve skin tone and structure, and it can even lift tissue. Radiofrequency treatments can be performed in tandem with injectables, microneedling, and other minimally invasive treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

8. Makeup

The least invasive option on our list is something you may already have in your cosmetic bag. When applied with technique, makeup can transform your appearance and minimize the physical signs of aging.

To create a smooth complexion, start with primer. It helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and large pores by filling them in before you put on the rest of your makeup. Follow up with tinted moisturizer or foundation using a light touch and a sponge. Be sure to blend along your jaw to avoid an obvious line.

To fake full lips, find a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone and lightly draw over the border of your lips for a fuller pout. Top with a sheer gloss for a finished look. Bold and defined eyebrows can also make you look younger. Look for a brow pencil that is a cross between a pencil and a powder to fill in any gaps and create the illusion of fuller brows. To enhance your eyes, use a cream shadow in a neutral shade and apply powder illuminator to the inner corner of your eyes. Cream and silicone-based cosmetics work best for aging complexions because they “melt” into the skin and offer a flawless, natural-looking finish. Avoid powder, which settles into fine lines and can actually make the signs of aging more apparent.

9. Microblading

Just as your hair thins with age, your eyebrows may start to look sparse as you get older. Microblading is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can give you the appearance of thick, lush brows to lift your face and make you look younger. The technique involves using a hand-controlled device with ultrafine needles to make microscopic strokes in the skin. The strokes are filled in with semi-permanent pigment that resemble your natural eyebrow hair to create a defined shape and fuller look.

About four to six weeks after your initial microblading appointment, you will need to see your technician for a touchup. Other than that, maintenance is minimal. The results of microblading last between one and three years, depending on your skin type. To keep your brows looking fresh and full, experts recommend a touch up every 12 to 18 months.

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IV Nutrient Therapy – Take Your Skin Care To The Next Level

Hey Gorgeous! Happy Fall! 🎃

As the weather cools off and we pull out the extra hydrating moisturizer to ensure our skin stays soft and supple through the cooler (or where I”m from FREEZING) months, we wonder whether or not there is anything else we can do to up our skin care game.

Keeping Skin Hydrated In Winter Months

Good news: There is a new way to amp up your skin care from the inside out! 

Believe it or not, there are now ways to hydrate your skin using an IV. If you’re not great with needles, you might be thinking this isn’t for you, but take a look to see how easy and painless the procedure actually is!

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IV Nutrient Therapy

Is IV Nutrient Therapy The Next Generation Of Skincare?

For patients brimming with topical serums, lotions, and potions, IV nutrient therapy has emerged as a trendy way to improve skin health from the inside out. But does it work? The AEDITION investigates.

From Botox® to fillers, we’ve grown accustomed to incorporating syringes into our cosmetic dermatology regimen, but what about adding a needle to your skincare routine? For patients who are brimming with serums, lotions, and potions, IV nutrient therapy has emerged as a trendy way to improve skin health from the inside out. But does it work? The AEDITION investigates.

What is IV therapy and how does it work?

You’re likely familiar with IV drips and infusions as they relate to medicine. The method, which delivers an intravenous solution directly into the vein via a syringe or cannula, is regularly used to replenish fluids when patients are dehydrated, correct electrolyte imbalances, and deliver medication. On the wellness front, such treatments have long been marketed to treat hangovers and boost energy (here’s looking at you, vitamin B12 shots), so it was only a matter of time before they made their way into the beauty space, too.

“We use IV therapy for a few reasons,” says Julie Russak, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and founder of Russak Dermatology. “It’s used to detox the body if we have found toxic elements, to decrease inflammation, or to infuse antioxidants. An added benefit is that IVs have the ability to provide instant hydration.”

All of the said uses can have a positive effect on the skin, and the 45-minute procedure is relatively straightford and painless. Patients are hooked up to the IV via a vein in their hand or arm and are simply asked to sit back and relax while the drip gets to work. Once it’s complete, the practitioner will remove the cannula, apply a bandage to the injection site, and perhaps check your blood pressure before sending you on your way.

The hydration benefits of the infusion to kick in almost immediately, and the nutrients begin to work around 12 to 24 hours after treatment.

So, which nutrients are best for intravenous skincare?

In a world increasingly obsessed with customization, beauty products have remained largely one size fits all. IV therapy, however, offers a personalized experience because nutrients can be cocktailed to treat any number of skin or health concerns.

“We specifically use vitamin C, vitamin B, and glutathione to benefit the skin,” says Dr. Russak. And there is more where that came from. IV therapy pioneer David Colbert, MD, founder of New York Dermatology Group and ColbertMD skincare, shares that drips with “magnesium chloride, zinc, vitamin B-complex, vitamin B12, ascorbic acid, and electrolytes” are also common.

What are the benefits of IV therapy vs. topical skincare?

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, stay hydrated, and have a good diet, is there any point in adding IV therapy to the mix? The short answer is yes.

“The benefit of IV nutrient therapy is the direct delivery of nutrients into the body,” says Dr. Russak. “It bypasses the digestive system, which could be decreasing absorption of nutrients due to an inflamed or leaky gut.”

So while eating nutrient-rich foods is obviously paramount to overall health, intravenous delivery is the fastest and most effective way to deliver vitamins straight to where the body needs them. Similar logic can be extended to skincare. When comparing IV therapy to topical skincare, the difference lies in how the body processes the ingredients.

With topicals, there is an active ingredient and a so-called “delivery system” to transport it into the skin. While the blend of ingredients can certainly change the appearance of the complexion, topicals can’t address the root cause of many skin concerns: the gut. IV therapy, meanwhile, can.

Infusions are rich in antioxidants (namely, glutathione) that have the ability to remove toxins from the body (hence, why IV therapy is such a popular hangover treatment!). Without proper detox, such toxins can be linked to skin concerns like acne, dermatitis, eczema, and premature aging. Coupled with the additional vitamins and minerals found in IV nutrient infusions, skin health can be improved from the inside out with routine treatment.

“The ideal IV therapy patient is anyone seeking a solution to chronic problems or simply wanting their body to function at its prime,” says Dr. Russak. “The skin is a mirror of what’s going on in the gut. I see patients with breakouts or chronically irritated skin and, after they opt into our wellness program, we get to the bottom of the cause and create a step-by-step plan to rebalance the system. This plan often includes IV nutrient therapy.”

How should you incorporate IV therapy into your skincare routine?

Because the effects of IV therapy are immediate, Dr. Colbert says it can be used as both a preventative and remedial method for boosting hydration and vitamin levels — whether your concerns involve skincare, hangovers, or anything in between. At his New York Dermatology Group, the aptly named Inbound and Outbound drips, for example, are formulated to relieve the stress put on the body during travel, while the Immunity Infusion is designed to help patients avoid getting sick.

Patients may utilize a one-off drip to counterbalance jet lag, get a pre-event boost, or ward off illness, but, especially as it relates to the complexion, regular compliance will yield the best results.

“We use IV therapy as part of our Comprehensive Wellness Analysis program — not as a one-time quick fix. Our program is designed with long term benefits in mind,” says Dr. Russak. “Patients notice results the very next day, and we recommend they come in once every three weeks.”

How long the effects of an infusion last depends on a person’s lifestyle and metabolism, but glowier skin is typically enjoyed for at least two weeks. Treatments cost $100 or more, and it is important to ensure you are being cared for by a trained professional.

“IVs must be administered only under a doctor’s monitoring and, ideally, with pre-blood work completed first to ensure the right ingredients are included for the patient’s individual needs,” Dr. Russak shares. “Some patients can have allergic reactions due to certain IV medications, so its vital to have a professional supervise.”

The Takeaway

Intravenous therapy cannot replace a healthy lifestyle and good skincare routine, but it can be a worthy addition to a beauty and wellness regimen that is looking to address the cause of skin health and concerns from the inside out. Whether you’re looking for a burst of hydration, multivitamin boost, or detox, IVs can offer customized solutions with benefits that go far beyond complexion perfection.

Thanks for reading, friends! Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below and I’ll be happy to get back with you!

Have a beautiful day!

12 Foundations To Fall In Love With This Season!

Autumn Greetings, Gorgeous! 

Welcome back!💋 Today let’s talk about amazing coverage, shades that ACTUALLY MATCH your unique skin tone, and smooth, beautiful results. Let’s talk fall foundations! 

Fall Foundation Favorites

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12 Fall Foundations That Are So Much More Than Makeup

From hydrating tinted moisturizers to skin-soothing full-coverage sticks (and everything in between!), The AEDITION rounds up the best foundations for fall 2019 that offer makeup *and* skincare benefits.

Meg Storm

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans sought to even out their complexions with a poisonous white chalk.

Queen Elizabeth I covered up her smallpox scars with a similarly toxic combination of lead and vinegar that caused irreversible skin discoloration, hair loss, and, yes, death.

Actors in the 19th and early 20th centuries relied on a mixture of powdered mineral pigments and grease to form the skin darkening agent they used to counteract the ghostly effects of stage lighting.

By the 1930s, makeup maestro Max Factor developed the first loose powder foundation (aptly named Pan-Cake) using a blend of water, oil, and pigments.

Modernized liquid foundation soon followed. After long-wearing formulas were created to be worn on the legs in place of stockings after World War II, Coty debuted its “Instant Beauty” tinted fluid for face in 1952 — and the rest of the industry followed suit.

All of this is to say that people have long sought complexion perfection, and today’s formulas have, fortunately, come a long way.

In fact, the latest crop of foundation promises to do far more than even skin tone and conceal blemishes. The makeup-skincare hybrids combine active ingredients (think: soothing chamomile, brightening grapefruit extract, and moisture-boosting grape seed oil to name a few) with high-tech pigment for both immediate and long-term benefits.

From hydrating tinted moisturizers to smoothing powders, keep scrolling to see our favorite foundations for fall 2019!

RMS Un Cover Foundation

RMS Un Cover-Up Cream Foundation

Think of this coconut oil-based pot as skincare first, makeup second. Inspired by the cult-status of the brand’s Un Cover-Up Concealer, this 16-shade tinted formula combines organic cold centrifuged coconut oil with nourishing jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils, detoxifying sasparilla, and anti-inflammatory turmeric (🌿 Check out this article to see the AMAZING benefits of Turmeric!) for a dewy — but not greasy — finish.

🌿Yes Please! Find it here!

patmacgrath

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation

The makeup artist’s cult-favorite line (finally!) expands into complexion — and it’s worth the wait. The 36-shade range offers buildable, radiant coverage (sheer to medium) with a serum-like weightlessness. A proprietary blend dubbed the “Vita-Serum Complex” improves skin’s barrier function and hydration levels by activating the body’s own hyaluronic acid and ceramide production.

I Want More Hydration From My Foundation!🙋 Try Pat McGrath Cosmetics!

Milk Makeup

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

This on-the-go stick covers and calms. The medium to full coverage formula comes in 36 shades and promises not to crease or cake due to the elasticity of marshmallow root powder. A cocktail of blue lotus, chamomile, and lavender (check out this article to see why you need Lavender in your life NOW!), meanwhile, works to reduce redness by hydrating and soothing skin.

🌿Full Coverage With No Caking? Um, YES! Try It Here!

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Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

After changing the complexion market with her OG 40-shade foundation launch in 2017, Rihanna is back with a lightweight, stay-all-day medium to full coverage formula that boasts a natural finish — and 50 shades. Moisture-boosting grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate ensure the sweat- and humidity-resistant fluid won’t settle into fine lines.

🌿50 Shades?! I Can Definitely Find My Match! Try It Here!

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Inspired by the ease of French-girl beauty, the makeup-skincare hybrid — which has been a staple since it first launched in 1996 — just got an update. In addition to upping the SPF quotient from 20 to 30, the new version removes parabens and certain kinds of silicone, expands the shade range, and improves the hydration claims (up to 24 hours thanks to macadamia and kukui seed oils), all while maintaining the beloved veil-like finish.

🌿So Much SPF. No Sun Damage With This Moisturizer! Try It Here!

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Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation

Not your grandmother’s powder, shea butter extract gives this super smooth matte formula a creamy (read: not cakey) quality. Available in 12 shades, the compact comes with both a brush and sponge applicator for a customizable finish — and easy touch ups!

🌿Great Coverage On The Go!? Sign Me Up! 🙋

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Nudestix Tinted Cover Foundation

The travel-friendly brand expands beyond its namesake sticks with this K-beauty-inspired, 14-shade fluid that provides light, natural coverage. Aromatic lavender oil helps to relieve stress, while tea tree fights environmental stressors and a blend of 18 natural extracts (think: peppermint, grapefruit, and rosemary) offers long-term brightening benefits. $35, sephora.com

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Flesh Pure Flesh Liquid Foundation

After first hitting the market with its portable sticks in 2018, Flesh is back with a your-skin-but-better fluid in 40 shades, divided among seven undertones. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, and talc (to name a few), the medium-coverage foundation features soothing and hydrating aloe vera, glycerin, squalene, and sodium hyaluronate for a natural finish. $32, ulta.com

stila

Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

This lightweight liquid comes in 30 budge-proof and buildable shades that impart a stain finish. Give the bottle a shake (007 style!) to activate the complexion-perfecting ingredient mix of firming vegetable extracts, pollution-fighting baobab seed extract, and hydrating Irish sea moss.

🌿Natural And Stay-All-Day!? YES! Try It Here! 

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Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation

The Instagram-famous brand is here with — you guessed it — a filter-like, highly pigmented matte foundation that has a blurring effect to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. The 42 shades are divided into six categories (fair, light, light medium, medium tan, dark, and deep), and, to eliminate the trials and tribulations of shade matching online, swatch cards of the tones within each category are available for testing. $36, ulta.com

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

You need just half a pump (yes, you read that correctly) of this vegan, 24-hour wear formula for a full-coverage, matte finish — no primer required. In fact, the highly concentrated coated pigments (which come in 32 shades) actually work best when applied to freshly moisturized skin that is otherwise bare. How’s that for tightening up your makeup routine?

🌿Vegan, Super Concentrated, No Primer. Try It Here! 

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Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

A delicate balance of water and richly coated pigments gives this long-wearing formula a natural finish that hydrates while it covers. Ideal for concealing skin concerns like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation, the buildable liquid is now available in 42 shades (up from the original 24).

🌿Buildable, Breathable Acne Coverage. Try It Here!

Well, there you have it ladies! I hope this article helps you to find your new BFF foundation – because when all else fails….makeup. 💋💅💁

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you again soon!

How To Unwind With Anxiety

So, you’re finally home from work – or in my case you’re already home and just deciding to be finished for the day😴 – and you collapse onto the sofa.

You have only just begun to get comfy when something that happened hours ago slides into your mind, seemingly unnoticed for the first few minutes.

Maybe you said something to a coworker that wasn’t taken the right way, or you didn’t finish something you know you should’ve, or your child is giving you a run for your money lately and you know tomorrow you have got to run errands with said child in tow.

OR, my all time favorite…something that happened say, 15 years ago, keeps running through your mind like an annoying broken record🤦.

The oh-so-pleasant reminders that you suffer from anxiety. Things people ordinarily don’t think about – you do.

So – how to unwind with anxiety?

It can be difficult, and I’ve been through a frustrating amount of trail and error. But if you intend to get up the next morning with more than 3 hours of sleep, unwinding is a necessity.

In this article, I’ve included 4 ways to unwind that have proven effective for myself – and they just might be worth a try for you as well!

1. Close The Door On Work

For some of you, this may mean figuratively – but for me, it’s literal, and it lets your brain know that you’re FINISHED.

Unwinding With Anxiety

My living room sofa faces the door to my office. It’s right in front of me at the end of the day.

If I leave the door to my office open, I think about all the projects that I left unfinished, all the things that didn’t go my way that day as I was working, and everything I’m going to have staring me in the face the next morning.

One of my favorite verses to meditate on at the end of the day when I am ruminating (something I’ll address shortly), is this:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

-Matthew 6:34 ESV

Not only does it pertain directly to my anxious thoughts most of the time, but it rests on a foundation of common sense. There is absolutely nothing we can do about anything that happens tomorrow. Worrying about tasks for the next day works to steal the peace that you could have TODAY.

By closing the door to my office, I shut down any notion that might arise about re-entering and finishing something up, or about rethinking something I have already spent hours doing. Not today Satan.

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For you, closing the door might mean allowing an email to sit in your inbox until the next morning. Turning your phone to silent. Leaving all devices out of reach so that you can interact with your family without distraction.

Coming from someone with tendencies to work all the time, you have to place boundaries on your time – and with the people who don’t respect it- or your chances of being able to kick back and unwind are basically nonexistent.

You’ve got to set boundaries for yourself while you are feeling strong and able so that when you have a weak moment and are NOT feeling that way, you can follow your previously set rules and enjoy the benefits of being able to relax and reset for the next day.

When I was self-employed as a cosmetologist and LMT, I did not answer any texts or calls to make clients’ appointments after a certain time in the evening. If someone found that annoying, I was perfectly fine with them choosing to try to book with someone else. My personal peace is not worth giving up to satisfy someone else.

Whatever anyone is needing or wanting or demanding CAN WAIT. What’s more important? Your mental health, or their opinion of you?

Try to find what works for you as far as closing the door on work in the evenings. Trust me, it works, and you will find a new-found peace in the boundaries you set for yourself and others.

2. Taking Every Thought Captive

While this may seem like an elementary practice, it absolutely is NOT for someone with anxiety.

BUT, we DO have the power to stop thinking about what we don’t want to think about. To push out the bad and allow in the good.

It takes much practice – it certainly won’t happen overnight – but once you’ve begun to master the concept, it becomes much more of an instant instinct, and you begin to do it without thinking.

Take Every Thought Captive

So, what exactly do I mean by “taking every thought captive”?

Simply this: When something enters your mind like, “I’m going to do a horrible job of handling tomorrow’s situation. I’ll mess it up. They won’t like how I handle it. I’ll get fired.”

You recognize that this is simply an anxious thought. Nothing more. And you push it out and replace it with a positive thought – “I know I’m going to do great tomorrow! I’ll do the best I can, and it will be wonderful to be done with it and know that I did my best!”

When you consistently replace the negative with the positive, you are creating new neuro-pathways in your brain. You are TRAINING your brain to think differently. And the more you do it, the less negative, UNTRUE thoughts you will have.

It can seem difficult at first (I thought I would never get the hang of it). But it’s one of the best decisions you can make when you are struggling with anxiety and you can’t shut your mind off at the end of the day.

Contrary to what you might believe, you do not have to think whatever pops into your mind. You can replace the thoughts and live a happier life.

Rumination is typical with people that struggle with anxiety. It means to repetitively go over a though or a problem without completion.

Whether you think thoughts of not being able to perform correctly at work, being inadequate, being stuck in a situation with no way out, etc, all of these thoughts can be taken captive and replaced with positive ones.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind has helped me TREMENDOUSLY in this area. She is great at explaining what to do when you have a negative thought, and how to replace it quickly and effectively.

You don’t have to sit at home in the evening paralyzed by negative and foreboding thoughts. You have the power to change that.

If you’d like to learn more about how to remove negative thoughts, take a look at this message. It will get you started!

3. Natural Sedatives

While I myself struggle heavily with anxiety and am on a medication to assist with that, I also rely on natural options such as herbal teas and supplements to help shut my mind off at night so that I am able to replenish myself for the next day.

Dandelion Tea Instead Of Caffeine

I’ve discovered – the hard way, of course- that caffeine is not my friend. When I would chug 3-4 cups of coffee on any given day in an attempt to run my three businesses and keep up with my little ones, I was having EXTREME anxiety problems.😬

I’m talking physical manifestations such as trouble breathing, tight chest, shaking, irritability to the max, jumpiness, thoughts bouncing off the walls in my head constantly, and even horrible headaches. I wasn’t able to continue on with that much caffeine.

Now I drink about a half cup of coffee per day. I know. It seems undo able, but it actually isn’t that bad if you supplement.

For me, drinking Dandelion tea and Cinnamon tea has helped. I hate the taste of herbal tea, I won’t lie. Tastes a bit like…well…herbs. Haha.

So, I load it up with about a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon or so of raw agave syrup. This makes it taste rich and creamy and with ice in it it’s become one of my favorite beverages!

Also. Melatonin. Melatonin has been a real life saver in this whole being-able-to-unwind situation.

I take a dissolvable tablet before jumping in a bubble bath, and by the time I’m out and ready for bed, it has kicked in and I can fall asleep almost instantly. It also helps to keep you asleep for those of us that had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. with thoughts of the next day.

Chamomile tea is great just before bed, though this one is the hardest in my opinion to tolerate in the taste department.

Finally, I will use CBD oil under my tongue at night for a little bit of relaxation. It doesn’t get you “high”, it just helps to ease your tension. Myfoli.com has a great article about using CBD oil in the evenings to unwind and you can find that article here:

https://myfoli.com/article/instead-of-wine-unwind-with-cannabis/aa6eb4fa-4db6-4cb7-a4a2-75d4f8a7e453

4. Prayer And Meditation

Meditation is not something that has to be done cross-legged on the ground outside for an entire day.

I have found some wonderful videos on YouTube that lead you through a guided meditation, or just play really great relaxing music while you do your own meditation to center yourself and escape from the hectic day that you just had.

Here is an example of a guided meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlPDjrOlJUQ

There are also apps that you can download that will lead you through meditations.

And yes, prayer. You guys. Prayer works wonders.

Psalm 55:22 (MSG) Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.

When I am lying in bed at night and have failed to be able to let go of my troubles from that day, I pray. God asks us to cast our cares on Him, and he means it.

It’s also a great idea to create a prayer box. This will help you to realize how many situations and problems God has helped you through and that your prayers don’t stop at the ceiling.

Use an old shoe box, or any box you have lying around, and anytime you are worried in the evening and can’t get a problem off of your mind, write it down on a piece of paper and toss it into the box. Then it’s God’s. If you want to keep worrying about it, you have to take it back out of the box and explain to God that you don’t trust him with it.

When you think about it, every once in a while, look through the papers in your box. See for yourself how many troubles God has seen to. How many prayers he has answered.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised 😘

Well, friends, I hope this article has helped you. Anxiety doesn’t have to rule you. These tips have helped me to be able to shut it off at night and unwind, preparing myself for the next day with a restful sleep, and I hope they will help you as well!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back with you!

Need prayer? Send me an email at darci@mykissandmakeup.com

Have a beautiful day!

How To Tell The Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles!

Hello, Beautiful, and welcome back!

In my practice, I noticed a growing trend in clients that would come to me for a facial service (usually a chemical peel), wanting to erase or diminish sun spots.

Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles

Interestingly, though, what some of them were dealing with was NOT in fact a sun spot, but freckles! Sometimes they would have small clusters of freckles, giving the impression of a sun spot.

Telling the difference can sometimes be tricky, so if you’d like some tips and advice on distinguishing between sun spots and freckles, keep reading!

This article originally appeared on aedit.com. To view the original article, please visit:

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What’s The Difference Between Freckles And Sun Spots?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

Samantha Stone

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

What Are Freckles?

Freckles are small dark spots, usually less than 5mm in diameter, where the skin cells have produced extra pigmentation. Most freckles are uniform in color, but it varies depending on skin tone. They can be red, tan, light brown, dark brown, black, or any color that is darker than the person’s skin color. That is typically why people with pale skin have a more reddish hue to their freckles.

A person’s ability to make freckles is due to genetics. For instance, if your parents have freckles, it is likely that you will have freckles too. Although freckles are hereditary, they are activated by sun exposure. If someone that has the freckle gene (MC1R), they must spend time in the sun in order to produce freckles. A person without the freckles genes will not produce freckles regardless of if they are in the sun or not.

Freckles actually serve a purpose. In a way, they act like sun screens and are a natural way to block the UV rays from penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. They are not a sign of sun damage, but rather protect areas of the skin that are particularly sensitive to ultraviolet light. With that in mind, if you have a lot of freckles, that is a good indicator that you should be applying sunscreen regularly and generously to prevent sun damage.

What Are Sun Spots?

The quickest way to tell if a brown spot is a freckle or sun spot is that that sun spots are typically larger in size (.2-2.0 centimeters) and are most commonly found on the hands, face, shoulders, back, arms, and tops of feet. They are also more common with aging, which is why they’re also called age spots, senile lentigines, and liver spots. They are larger because they involve multiple pigmented cells lumped together.

The good news about sun spots is that they are not always permanent. Sometimes they can fade if the sun is avoided for a long enough period of time. Prevention is always better than curing, though. Limiting sun exposure, using sunscreen liberally, and avoiding artificial tanning like sun beds, is recommended to avoid sun spots.

What’s The Differences Between Freckles and Sun Spots?

While freckles are more visible against lighter skin types, they are actually linked to the same gene responsible for complexion. The MC1R gene not only controls the likelihood of freckles but also it is responsible for skin color and hair color, particularly for red hair. Similarly, people with lighter complexions are also most susceptible to develop sun spots. The key difference is that sun spots are more common among older populations and can start forming in the mid-thirties. With repeated sun exposure over years, the skin cells start to produce melanin, forming the sun spots.

Additionally, the lifespan of freckles and sun spots is different. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to stick around longer. Because of this, sun spots can require skin treatments for removal.

Are They Harmful?

Fortunately, neither freckles or sun spots are harmful. Even though they are benign, it is still important to monitor their appearance to make sure there are no irregularities or changes which could indicate malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Should you notice any changes, it is important to schedule a visit with your board-certified dermatologist to be on the safe side.

Removing Sun Spots

Should you have unwanted sun spots that have not gone away over time, in-office skin treatments like IPL , laser therapy, chemical peels, or micro needling and topical applications have proven to be effective in diminishing their appearance.

For in-office treatments, New York-based board-certified dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD recommends intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) or Q Tara XLV, a laser treatment the targets the pigment. “The Q Tara XLV will target the individual sunspot,” she says. “IPL can target the individual sunspot but can also do the entire face arms or legs. Both treatments have some downtime and the patient cannot get sun two weeks before the treatment or two weeks after the treatment.”

While over-the-counter skin care products and prescription topical remedies have worked for some, their results usually cannot match those of in-office treatments. If you would prefer to use a cream or lotion to treat age spots, see a board-certified dermatologist first. “Hydroquinone creams and creams with Kojic acid have been found very useful in feeding sun spots,” Dr. Cheryl Karcher says. “It can take a long time, but they can lighten the spots. Again, if a patient gets any sun on those spots it will take months for the spot to lighten.”

Each of these treatments vary in price and may require multiple sessions to see desired results. Regardless of which treatment you choose, age spots can reappear, so it is important to protect your skin from the sun. To properly protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, that is water resistant and over SPF 30. Apply a liberal amount of lotion daily and re-apply every couple of hours to ensure you are fully protected.

Thanks for stopping in, friends! I hope this article was helpful to you.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them below and i’ll be happy to get back with you!

Have a blessed day!

What Are The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Your Sun Damage?

Hey, Friends! Welcome Back! 

Today, I’d like to address a common skincare issue – the dreaded sun damage😳

Sn Damage Correction

Though a great many people suffer from hyperpigmentation and other negative effects of sun damage, most of those people do not know exactly what to do to prevent and/or reverse the issue once they begin to experience it. 

In this article, let’s look at a few procedures that are great ways to correct sun damage, and what to expect from each one!

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The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Sun Damage

Sun Damage Correction

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, it’s time to atone for those summer skin sins.

Here, The AEDITION breaks down the best minimally invasive treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of the damage caused by the sun.

Sholeen Damarwala

Labor Day has come and gone, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us.

And whether your warm weather plans included beach days, farmer’s market jaunts, camping trips, or outdoor runs, there is little doubt you’ve soaked up a bit of sun.

While lathering up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a necessary first-line of defense, most people don’t apply enough and/or forget to reapply throughout the day.

The result? DNA-altering damage that persists well after the sun goes down.

A 2015 Yale University study found that sunlight can continue to affect the skin whether you’re back inside or not.

UV rays from the sun or tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes (the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color), and that danger lingers for hours after exposure.

The damage is a major cause of skin cancer (i.e. the most common form of cancer in the U.S.), and it can also cause an overproduction of melanin that leads to dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Need to find the perfect moisturizer for your skin type? Find out how here! 

Even more alarming? The visible sun damage that begins to manifest as said dark spots in your thirties and forties may be the byproduct of childhood fun in the sun.

“Sun damage occurs very early on, and we know now through research, that you could have had a sunburn as a child and years later it could show up as a melanoma,” says Philadelphia-based plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD, who recommends daily sunscreen application and a yearly skin check with a dermatologist as precautions.

Sun Damage Prevention

During a skin cancer screening, a dermatologist will look for any new spots or changes to existing ones, but you can be vigilant at home, too. “Pay attention to a mole that’s getting bigger, or darker or changing, or itchy, or bleeding,” says Dr. Bloom, for the abnormalities could be warning signs.

While first establishing that hyperpigmentation is benign is paramount, cosmetic concerns related to sunspots may endure. The 2018 Survey on Dermatologic Procedures from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) found that sun damage treatments were up 63 percent in the last two years alone.

Jonathan Cabin, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, says that the visible damage caused by UV rays presents as “areas of hyperpigmentation or sunspots that are typically shades of brown and red.” But that’s not all. Dr. Cabin says that “poor skin quality” in the form of “thin or inelastic skin” and “wrinkling” is also common.

So, what are the best ways to restore even skin tone and texture? Here, a guide to the best treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of sun damage.

Want to know how to help with hyperpigmentation (dark spots) at home? Find out what helps!👈

In-Office Procedures

Chemical Peels
Used to treat everything from acne to wrinkles, chemical peels work by employing a blend of acids to chemically exfoliate the skin. The entire process is relatively simple and can be customized for more tailored results.

During the treatment, your provider will determine the solution strength best suited for your skin type and concern. Formulas range from relatively mild alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid cocktails to deeper trichloroacetic and carbolic acids, and patients may experience tingling and/or burning sensations during the treatment.

 

While a strong peel may only require one session (but months of downtime), milder versions often call for multiple visits, and professional sessions cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000 depending on the strength. In the days following the peel, dead skin cells will begin to flake off, leaving behind a smoother and brighter complexion.

🌿PRO TIP: It’s important to moisturize thoroughly when going through a series of peels, and to keep skin hydrated. Find out which type of moisturizer is right for you here.

While the tried-and-true treatment is great for improving skin tone for patients of all ages, Dr. Bloom is particularly fond of the preventative benefits of peeling. “I encourage my millennial patients to start early on getting glycolic, fruit, and salicylic peels,” says. Dr. Bloom. “It helps maintain a healthy visage and takes off any signs of early sun damage and aging.”

 

Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Commonly known as the “vampire facial,” this ever-popular treatment option can correct sun damage — in addition to all its other anti-aging benefits. “With one or more treatments, we can make fine lines and wrinkles fade,” says Dr. Bloom. “The result is glowing, healthy, and even skin.”

A standard microneedling session involves a practitioner rolling a handheld device covered in fine needles over the surface of the skin to create micro-punctures.

While that process alone stimulates collagen production and improves skin health, the addition of platelet-rich plasma (a.k.a. PRP) only improves the results.

The two-part microneedling with PRP procedure first involves a medical professional drawing five to 15 milliliters of blood from the patient (Dr. Bloom says the collection is done in the office) that is put into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets that will form the PRP solution.

After microneedling the affected area, the practitioner will massage the PRP blend into the skin so that it can penetrate the microwounds created by the dermaroller.

The treatment lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and a bit of redness or swelling may persist for a few days. Sessions cost around $750 each.

Lasers
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective corrective procedures available, but, since the laser market runs deep, it can be confusing to know where to start. While consulting with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure that you get the right treatment for your skin type and the severity of your concern, Sejal Shah, MD, of Manhattan’s SmarterSkin Dermatology, says CO2, Fraxel, and picosecond lasers are among the most popular for targeting the “wrinkles, textural changes, and pigmentation” caused by UV damage.

 

  • CO2 Lasers: A popular laser for skin resurfacing, carbon dioxide lasers are used to tackle deep wrinkles, age spots, and enlarged pores caused by sun exposure. The latest generation of the technology uses either short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams to remove thin layers of skin with minimal impact to the surrounding tissue. While recovery can take several weeks, the results can last several years. “A single treatment cost $3,500, but I do recommend maintenance with a lighter laser,” says Dr. Shah.
  • Erbium Lasers: Safer for darker skin tones than their CO2 counterparts, erbium lasers can treat superficial to moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest. “A non-ablative fractionated 2940nm erbium laser is a powerful device for skin rejuvenation, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars,” says Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in NYC. Post-procedure downtime usually lasts no longer than a week with minimal swelling and/or bruising possible.
  • Fraxel Lasers: With the ability to address everything from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to acne scars all over the body, the energy from a Fraxel laser creates microscopic beams of energy that target only a fraction (hence, the name) of skin at a time. “I usually recommend three to five sessions, and then yearly maintenance,” says Dr. Shah. Each treatment costs an average of $1,000 with up to a week of downtime.
  • Picosecond Lasers: While the laser type is most commonly associated with tattoo removal thanks to its ability to shatter pigment in all skin types, it can also be used to target specific dark spots on the skin. Picosecond lasers release energy in short nanosecond bursts without cooling the skin’s surface, so the energy reaches multiples layers of skin. “I usually recommend three to six sessions,” says Dr. Shah, who adds that each can cost about $750. The quick visits last 15 to 20 minutes, and it can take up to a week for the treated brown spots to flake off.
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Ultherapy
If you are looking for a procedure that can address skin laxity — not just tone and texture — Ultherapy is a popular non-invasive option for lifting and tightening loose skin without downtime.

“Ultrasound energy heats the deep layers of the skin, creating micro-injuries to the same layer that is lifted during a facelift,” explains Dr. Jaber. “As the skin heals, new collagen is produced creating a lift.”

In addition to providing on firming effect on parts of the face (think: brow and chin) and neck, Ultherapy can also improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment area, and starts around $1,000.

It can take up to six months for the full effects to become visible, and patients may opt for maintenance treatments every one to two years.

At-Home Care

Not every sun damage treatment requires a trip to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

A good skincare regimen not only complements whatever professional procedures you have opted to have done but also helps to prevent future damage. Oh, and it all starts with — you guessed it — sunscreen.

 

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“I can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is for everyday use,” says Dr. Bloom, who recommends applying a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher to all visible skin (think: shoulders, legs, hands, tops of feet) — not just the face.

🌿PRO TIP: Here is a link to one of our favorite sunscreens. It’s a bit more costly than others, but totally worth the splurge. You can apply this stuff to your face AND body without worrying about carting around two separate bottles!

And there’s a lot more where that came from. Topical antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E are known for their brightening effect, in addition to providing a much-needed line of defense against free radical damage. A vitamin A derivative like retinol is also great for treating visible signs of aging like hyperpigmentation, lines, and wrinkles, and keeping skin hydrated is also a must.

“I encourage the use of topical antioxidants, moisturizers, and retinoids,” says Dr. Shah, to address skin tone and texture.

 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this article has helped you in considering how to address hyperpigmentation!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back to you!

Have a beautiful day, friends! 

 

Growing Your Own Anxiety Medicine – Cultivating Cannabis

Hey Ya’ll! 

Welcome back! 

If you follow me, you probably know that I have been using CBD oil to help with anxiety for some time now – successfully. **Note: I do NOT smoke marijuana, and I do NOT use it recreationally. Let’s just get that out of the way. 😘

I credit the relief I experience from anxiety primarily to God👆, and to natural remedies such as CBD oil and essential oils. 

Find my favorite essential oil recipes HERE🌿

Cultivating Cannabis At Home

Running out to the local dispensary is great – however our family doesn’t live in town. It’s not the most convenient option.

Have you ever wondered how much easier it may be to produce your own supply at home?

If this interests you, keep reading! You’ll find tips, tricks, and requirements for cultivating cannabis.

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com. To view the original article please visit:

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Grow Your Own Medicine: How to Cultivate Cannabis Indoors

With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana — either on a recreational or medicinal level — getting access to cannabis is becoming easier.

While you can always get your cannabis from a reputable dispensary (in states that have legalized it), have you ever considered growing it at home?

Much like you would grow a vegetable or herb garden in your own backyard, you can also benefit from the convenience of growing your own cannabis plants. In fact, many in the cannabis business prefer this method.

If you use marijuana for medical purposes, growing your own cannabis comes with a slew of benefits.

For starters, you always have access to it right in your own home without worry of running out. Rather than having to go out to get more when your stash runs low, you’ll be able to tap into your own home-grown source.

Further, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing what’s in the final product.

Sometimes it can be tough to determine if there are any residues or toxins mixed in with chemically-extracted cannabis products. By growing and producing their own marijuana plants, cannabis growers know exactly what’s in it.

But it’s important to be aware of the exact laws in your state when it comes to growing marijuana. Every state has different regulations in terms of how many plants you can grow, who can grow them, and whether marijuana plants are allowed to be grown in residential settings at all.

Luckily, many states allow the growth of legal cannabis plants, but as already stated, be sure to check your local laws to see what applies to you.

For example, Californians over the age of 21 are allowed to grow as many as six plants, and those who are part of the medical marijuana program can grow as many plants as required to meet their medical needs.

In Colorado, those using cannabis for medical reasons can grow up to six plants at home (three of them mature). In Oregon, recreational users can grow up to four plants at home. Registered medical users can grow up to six plants plus eight additional seedlings.

So, how do you go about developing your own marijuana crop? This guide will show you how to grow cannabis at home.

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Step-by-Step Process of Growing Your Own Cannabis

Many prefer growing their plants indoors or in a greenhouse to avoid pests and other elements involved in growing outdoors. Follow these steps to promote successful marijuana growth in an indoor grow space.

1. Gather the right tools

Growing a cannabis garden at home isn’t just as simple as planting a seed in a pot and watering it. There are a few pieces of equipment that indoor growers need to ensure that their marijuana plants are healthy:

🌿Containers – You’ll need to put the seeds and plants in something, and pots or planter beds are typically the standard items to use.

🌿Soil – Unless you plan on using hydroponic systems where you grow your plants in a man-made medium, you’ll need organic soil.

🌿Clean water – Make sure the water you feed your plants is clean, filtered, and free of contaminants.

🌿Grow lights – If you’re growing your crops inside the house, you’ll need a source of light to replace the natural light of the sun, and LED grow lights can step in and fill this void.

🌿Room liner – Lining the space that you grow your cannabis plants will serve a few purposes, including keeping bugs and mold out, maximizing your grow light’s output and making sure that no exterior light can penetrate into the room.

🌿Extraction fan – To keep the temperature in the grow space low enough and give the plants lots of fresh CO2, you’ll need an extraction fan. Otherwise, you’ll need to rely on air conditioning and a CO2 generator, which are more expensive.

🌿Carbon filter – To minimize the marijuana smell — especially during the flowering phase — carbon filters are a must.

🌿Ducting – Ducting is an essential component to ensure proper ventilation of your garden.

🌿Circulating fan – Having a fan that circulates the air will help keep the plants happy.

2. Collect the exact strain(s) you want

To make the most of your cannabis growing efforts at home, consider high-yielding strains that will flower quickly (anywhere above 500g/m2) and develop crops in abundance. Some high-yield cannabis strains to consider include:

· Super Bud

· Royal Moby

· Acid Dough

· Pink Gorilla

· Bubble Kush

You may also want to consider picking strains that are easier to grow and aren’t as picky and finicky.

A lot of work goes into ensuring healthy crops, which can be quite time-consuming.

Further, there’s also a learning curve involved in understanding all the factors that go into growing cannabis, such as flowering time, flavors, and yields per square meter.

You can minimize the effort required to grow healthy plants by choosing easier-to-grow strains, such as the following:

· Easy Bud

· Northern Light

· Critical

· Dutch Treat

· Royal AK

· Blue Dream

Consider also whether you want to grow sativa, indica, or hybrid strains. The exact strain you choose will depend on the type of effect you’re going for when you finally use the plants you grow.

For instance, indica strains provide more of a physically sedating effect, which is ideal for those who are seeking a more relaxing experience when using cannabis. These are ideal for alleviating anxiety or promoting more restful sleep.

Sativa strains, on the other hand, induce a more energizing effect that may be more useful for providing mental focus and energy needed to perform a physical task.

Hybrids are simply a cross between the two.

Keep in mind that some strains might be indica-dominant, which means it may have a more sedating effect, while a sativa-dominant strain may produce a more energizing effect.

At the end of the day, choose the strain that will provide you with the exact effect you’re going for, as well as what will make the growing process easier. The varieties of strains might seem overwhelming, but research will help make the decision easier.

3. Start the growing process

Now that you know what you’re going to grow and you’ve gathered your arsenal of equipment and tools, it’s time to get started. Follow these steps to start and continue planting and growing your own cannabis.

Get set up

The way that you set up your growing space will heavily influence the type of yields you produce. Choose a room in your home that will provide you with enough space to accommodate your yields and has access to things such as electrical outlets and proper ventilation.

Once you’ve chosen the room, set up your tent, fans, lighting, and ducting to get the area ready for your pots and planter beds. Lay out the beds, growing medium, and seeds in the right quantities and arrangements, then start planting.

Germinate the seeds

Germination involves getting the seeds to sprout. That first tendril that emerges from the seed is referred to as the taproot and serves as the basis for all other roots that the cannabis plant makes throughout its lifespan.

In order to ensure adequate germination, your marijuana seeds will require the following:

· Adequate moisture levels

· No interruptions

· Warmth

· Planted deep in the soil

· Planted with the white root pointing downwards

When they’re in the vegetative stage…

Once the marijuana plants have reached the vegetative phase, you can then start focusing your efforts on ensuring that the plants grow big and strong. To do that, make sure to:

Water them appropriately. If you’re growing your plants in soil, water them whenever the top of the soil starts to feel dry. Make sure not to over water, as a wet-dry cycle is required for plant roots to grow.

Give them the appropriate amount of light. In the vegetative stage, marijuana plants need as much as 18 to 24 hours of light a day when grown indoors.

When they’re in the flowering stage…

Once your plants have entered the flowering phase, be sure not to transfer them, or you could risk their health. Instead, make sure your plants are in the last container they need to be in no more than 2 weeks before they start to bud.

At this point, consider changing to a 12-on 12-off light schedule. This will help speed up the flowering phase and obtain results much faster.

Identify the gender of your cannabis plants and get rid of any males when you spot them. It’s important to identify and eliminate male plants before they’re able to produce their pollen because they don’t have any amount of CBD or THC of worth.

To identify male versus female plants in your crop, look out for any signs of little sacks of pollen developing at the nodes where the branches meet the stem.

This happens at the pre-flowering phase when the plant begins to put its energy into reproduction. The nodes of female cannabis plants will start to produce immature sepals with pistils.

Pay close attention to the plants during the flowering stage, as they are vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies at this point.

4. Harvest the crop

The rule of thumb to consider at marijuana harvest time is when the cannabis buds have a bold scent, are full, and stop growing new, white hairs. About half of the white hairs have darkened at this point, which is a good time to start harvesting.

For the highest THC potency, harvest when over half to three-quarters of the white hairs have darkened. And to achieve more CBD conversion from THC (for a more relaxing effect), harvest when almost all of the hairs have darkened.

5. Dry and cure the buds

Once all the buds have been plucked, hang them upside down in a cool, dark room to dry out. For optimal results, be sure to allow the buds to dry slowly. Also, check on the buds often to identify any overly dry spots or mold.

Final Thoughts

Growing your own cannabis can give you the freedom to create a bud that serves your exact needs. It’s also a fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable pastime that you can adopt.

Unlike with outdoor growing, growing cannabis indoors is more controlled, but requires a strong green thumb and a lot of attention. With a little know-how and the right tools, you can grow your own high-quality stash of medical cannabis that you can tap into whenever the need to alleviate uncomfortable or even painful ailments arises.

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com

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Why To Lose Weight BEFORE Plastic Surgery

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Great to have you back again!🙋

Plastic surgery, as most of us know, is a GREAT opportunity for altering the body, from slight changes to a full-on revamp of your appearance. However, what you may not be aware of, is that plastic surgery is NOT an option for instant weight loss, and cannot be relied upon to provide a change in your overall weight.

It is best to begin with a change in mindset. Gaining a healthy new perspective on diet and lifestyle, with the actual change in exercise, diet, and overall lifestyle following.

Once this is established, and you have reached a weight that is acceptable to your plastic surgeon – a weight that will provide for the best, most beautiful results – you can move forward with the surgery.

Interested? Learn why it is important to reach an ideal weight before undergoing plastic surgery. Read on!

This article originally appeared on aedit.com. To view the original article, please visit:

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Get Fit First: Why Plastic Surgery Is Not A Substitute For Weight Loss

Social media may be filled with dramatic before-and-after pictures of patients turning to plastic surgery to create the illusion of weight loss, but The AEDITION spoke to the experts about why it’s important to get in shape before going under the knife.

The allure of the before-and-after photo can be so tantalizing: A patient showing off the seemingly instant gratification of a life-changing body transformation completed in a matter of hours. But do those snapshots — ubiquitous on social media — tell the whole story?

The short answer is no.

While certain plastic surgery procedures (think: facelift, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty) are relatively straightforward in their pre- and post-op immediacy, others — especially those related to the body — often have a backstory involving a commitment made months (or even years) prior to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. And, as it turns out, such discipline is the only way to truly guarantee long-lasting success after a cosmetic procedure.

While some providers promise radical physical transformation in the blink of an eye, there are a growing number of plastic surgeons who are taking a more holistic approach.

“When I first meet a body contouring candidate, I talk to them about where they are in their health and fitness journey,” says Richard J. Brown, MD, a Scottsdale-based board certified plastic surgeon and author of The Real Beauty Bible. “Are they trying to lose weight or are they happy in their own skin?”

His goal: create a practice that caters to patients who understand that a successful external transformation begins with an internal shift in mindset. “Surgery is not a weight loss procedure,” he explains. “It’s not a substitute for what you’re trying to achieve in your life.”

Krissy, for one, came to see Dr. Brown toward the end of her own fitness and weight-loss journey. The busy mom of five had gradually stopped exercising and eating well, which left her feeling “stuck” — until she began making small changes to her diet and lifestyle.

After subbing her fast food and coffee habit for healthy meals at home, she immediately lost 10 pounds in the first month. Easing back into her exercise routine, she dropped 10 more. And while the number on the scale was changing, Krissy wasn’t satisfied. “I realized as the weight was coming off that I was left with this mess of sagging skin, and I couldn’t really even see the results that I was working so hard for,” she says. “I didn’t feel better when I was looking in the mirror.”

Through research, she realized that plastic surgery could be a solution for her excess skin and ended up booking a consultation with Dr. Brown. “It was very scary for me to be feeling super self-conscious and to go in and show a stranger all of my insecurities,” she recalls. “But his office is so kind, so compassionate, and so loving.”

Dr. Brown believed Krissy could have a great result, but he said it would be even better if she continued to get fit prior to surgery. Taking his advice, Krissy upped her cardio, continued her clean diet, and lost five more pounds before scheduling her “mommy makeover,” which included a breast lift, breast augmentation, abdominal muscle repair, liposuction, and tummy tuck.

Unsurprisingly, the hard work paid off. At four weeks post-op, she looks and feels like her “pre-mom” self. “It was definitely worth it to put in the extra effort before surgery,” she says. “If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing transformation.”

While some surgeons perform what has become known as the “plus size tummy tuck” (i.e. cosmetic surgery touted as weight loss surgery), operating on overweight patients can carry serious risk. “We know that if your body mass index (BMI) is above 30, you’re at higher risk for pulmonary, cardiac, and healing complications,” says Dr. Brown.

Obese patients have an increased likelihood of experiencing infections like pneumonia as well as potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms, and, post-surgery, patients with a high BMI are more likely to encounter issues with wound healing due to a propensity for insulin resistance, chronic high blood sugar, and/or poor circulation.

“Chronic high blood sugar narrows blood vessels, so basically there’s minimal blood flow through the tiny blood vessels. These patients don’t build strong wounds, so they can rip open their incision, and, suddenly, we’ve got a chronic wound that we’re battling,” Dr. Brown explains. “It’s also more likely for diabetics to get flesh-eating diseases that a healthy system could normally fight off and kill.”

The simplest way to reduce the chance of such complications is for a plastic surgeon to thoroughly assess a patient’s health prior to any procedure. The first thing Dr. Brown does during a body contouring consultation (be it for liposuction, abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, thigh lift, or body lift) is evaluate the patient’s fitness for surgery. And, while he’s been known to turndown patients looking for quick fixes, it’s never without a plan.

“I launch into my whole wellness concept,” Dr. Brown says. “I explain to them that I could cut off this big ol’ thing of skin and they’d feel great. But guess what’s gonna happen in six weeks if they don’t have the healthy lifestyle in place, or if they continue to eat a bunch of junk? They’re gonna be right back where they started before surgery.”

After giving birth to twins, Jocelyn* lost 60 pounds of pregnancy weight through a healthy diet and exercise. It was only then that the Arizona mom decided to look into a mommy makeover procedure. She met with four different doctors, and ultimately chose Dr. Brown for her mini tummy tuck (to eliminate the loose skin of her lower abdomen) and a breast lift/implant exchange procedure because of his extensive medical training and holistic approach. She couldn’t be happier with her results.

“It’s an extremely vulnerable moment. You already feel awful about your body, and you’re standing there having someone pick you apart,” she shares. “I felt like when I met with Dr. Brown, I wasn’t meeting with just a doctor but a friend.”

Dr. Brown is quick to acknowledge that matters of weight aren’t always black and white. While BMI is a helpful tool, it doesn’t always present the full picture. “I don’t always take a hard stance on the number,” he says, noting that increased muscle mass can elevate a healthy person’s BMI. “Part of the process is me looking at the patient and saying, ‘Yeah, your BMI is high, but clearly you’re healthy. You have a bunch of extra skin on your belly because you’ve lost all this weight and built all this muscle. So your BMI may be 35, but you’re an exception to the rule.’”

When faced with a potential patient who is not far enough along in his or her fitness journey, Dr. Brown doesn’t mince words. “When I’m honest with them and I smack them in the face with real talk about losing weight and getting healthy, they’re like, ‘Yeah, I knew that,’” he says, adding that he recently met with a woman who appreciated the candor. Having already met with three surgeons who were ready to operate, “she said, ‘Every single one of them gave me a quote and said they hoped to see me back for surgery. Not one of them told me that to have the best result I needed to lose weight, and I appreciate you saying that.’”

Dr. Brown understands that this philosophy costs him patients with a “want it now” attitude, but it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make. While he used to operate on patients with a BMI around 32 or 33 who still had weight to lose, he now knows it’s not worth it for either party involved.

“I’ve shifted my thinking with this whole wellness mindset,” he says. “I’d rather lose them as a patient than do a surgery that’s not really doing them any service. But, if they want to engage in the process, and they’re with me 100 percent on this lifelong change, that’s the person I want. That’s who I’m after.”

*Patient’s name has been changed

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The Process Of Cannabis Quality Testing – Know What You’re Buying!

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Have you ever wondered how the quality of your cannabis-based products is measured and maintained?

Cannabis Quality Testing

When you are purchasing something that you are going to be consuming in one way or another, it’s important to be in the know about such aspects as quality, so if you’re interested in learning more – read on!

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The Science of Cannabis Testing

Now that you can purchase cannabis in a store, it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying and consuming.

Like most other consumer products, cannabis products that are commercially sold must be tested for potency and purity so consumers can make a more informed buying decision.

Purity and potency of cannabis can vary a great deal as a result of different soils, environmental factors, and strains. Thanks to analytical cannabis testing and the data it reveals, both manufacturers and consumers can be more informed about the quality of cannabis products.

We know why testing cannabis is important before it is distributed and sold to consumers, but what exactly goes on in the testing procedure? More specifically, what exactly are laboratory scientists testing for?

THC:CBD Components

The two most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Different strains may have different levels of each. It’s important to know whether a product is more dominant in THC or CBD, because the effects can vary wildly.

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets users high, while CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects. While many of their benefits overlap, each cannabinoid is distinct, and identifying the potency of a cannabis product in terms of THC:CBD is critical before consumption.

When cannabis is tested for its potency, the final product must be clearly labeled so you can choose the right product for the effects you’re seeking.

Purity, Physical and Chemical Contamination

Of course, cannabis runs the risk of contaminants that affect its purity. Like with any crop, pesticides may be used to protect plants from pests and disease carriers. But such pesticides can be harmful for human consumption.

While certain pesticides may be allowed to be used when growing cannabis, others are off-limits due to government regulations. Proper testing laboratory testing will identify the presence of any and all pesticides that could be in the plant.

Other chemical contaminants scientists test for include residual solvents, such as ethanol and butane. While a minimal amount of such solvents might be acceptable from a regulatory standpoint, too much could pose a problem.

The legal amount of additives allowed will vary from one state to the next, and the third-party labs conducting the testing will need to ensure that the levels detected fall under compliance in the state in question.

Laboratories also test for toxins like mold and mildew. Exposure to such toxins can cause negative effects in humans, including allergies and infections.

If too much moisture is present at any stage of the growing, cultivating, and harvesting process, mold and mildew can grow. They can also develop as a result of inadequate cleanliness from grow technicians.

If cannabis is not carefully grown or packaged, contaminants like dirt, dust, and other debris can make their way into the end products. Lab testing will help identify the presence of these physical contaminants.

Heavy metals like lead or mercury may also be found in cannabis products, which can compromise their purity and safety. These contaminants will also be tested during the lab testing process.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: This analytical chemistry method is used to test the quality, content, and purity of a cannabis sample. It’s also used to test and identify the molecular structure.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy works on the premise that nuclei are electrically charged. An external magnetic field is applied, making it possible for an energy transfer to take place at a wavelength that corresponds to radio frequencies. Placing a sample in a magnetic field and charging it with radio waves will stimulate the nuclei, making it easier to detect them by radio receivers.

The goal is to measure the magnetic fields’ change in frequency, which will then help scientists to identify the molecular structure and chemical compounds.

Polymerase chain reaction testing: Also known as PCR, this molecular biology technique is able to detect species-specific mold strains by amplifying and analyzing DNA sequences that are present in cannabis. The process involves taking a double-stranded DNA sample and exposing it to heat, which will split the double strand into single strands.

Short single-stranded DNA sequences are then added to align with corresponding parts of the DNA, after which DNA polymerase is introduced to extend the sequence. This creates two copies of the original double-stranded DNA. The signals produced will help scientists identify the presence of certain species of harmful mold in the cannabis sample.

Significance of Cannabis Testing

You may be seeking out cannabis in order to experience a specific effect, but you don’t want to do so if you’re unsure about the quality of what you’re using or consuming. For that specific reason, cannabis is lab tested.

By testing for levels and concentration of THC and CBD, residual solvents, contaminants, and any mold or mildew, you can make a more informed decision about what you’re buying and consuming. Even the same strains can yield different results when tested, depending on who grows the plants.

That’s why it’s crucial to test for potency and genetic makeup before products are shipped out and distributed for commercial sale, and state governments have strict regulations as far as this is concerned.

States where medical and recreational marijuana are legal require that cannabis testing and distribution strictly adhere to state laws, with each state having their own programs surrounding these requirements. Each state will also require that cannabis testing labs be properly accredited and meet all licensure requirements.

But while the required testing may vary from one state to the next, safety and quality of cannabis and its derivatives must remain constant.

Before cannabis can be distributed and made available for sale, it must comply with all state regulations. That way, consumers and the producers who develop cannabis products can rest assured knowing that only safe, high-quality products are being distributed, sold, and enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

Cannabis and its colorful array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids certainly have a place in the world of health and wellness. But their safety and efficacy must be tested first before they reach the first consumer. In order to know exactly what you’re taking in terms of THC vs CBD and the presence of contaminants, the product must first undergo rigorous testing first.

Protecting cannabis consumers is the responsible thing to do – and it’s also the law.

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com

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8 Hidden Gem Cosmetic Surgeries You Need To Know About!

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Whether you are just dipping your toes into the waters of cosmetic procedures and are excited to get started, or are a seasoned veteran and are deciding on what to do next, this list of not-so-known cosmetic procedures should shed light on a few options that you may not be aware of!

There are so many ways to approach cosmetic surgery, the list of procedures endless, and this is an exciting adventure to take!

Interested in learning more about cosmetic surgery and increasing your knowledge on different procedures? Take a look at these!👇😍

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8 Cosmetic Procedures You Haven’t Heard Of

Cosmetic treatments are on the rise in the U.S. and most of us are aware of common procedures like breast augmentations, face lifts and tummy tucks. But thanks to medical developments, our options are no longer limited to the classics.

Kristi Carignan

Cosmetic treatments are on the rise in the U.S., particularly in urban centers like Los Angeles and New York, and most of us are aware of common cosmetic procedures like breast augmentations, face lifts and tummy tucks.

Even if we haven’t gotten them ourselves, chances are we know someone who has.

According to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Walt Sweeney, MD, there are five areas patients commonly seek to change. “The majority of patients we see desire a face refresh, breast augmentation, improvement of the abdomen (especially after pregnancy or weight loss), removal of unwanted pockets of fat, or improved nasal contours,” he says.

These common themes are why certain procedures are so well-known. Face lifts, chemical peels and BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) refresh faces, breast implants are common breast augmentation procedures, tummy tucks address abdominal issues, liposuction treats unwanted fat, and rhinoplasty (nose jobs) are used to change nasal contours.

In today’s world, most Americans have an awareness of what these procedures entail.

The cosmetic surgery industry is expanding and, thanks to medical developments and an increase in the number of trained plastic surgeons, our options are no longer limited to the classics.

More treatments are available to those who want to nip and tuck less conventional areas.

Patient demand, increased surgical sophistication and shorter healing times have been instrumental in an increase in procedures like brachioplasty (arm lift), facial hair implants, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and vaginal rejuvenation.
So what are some cutting edge procedures you haven’t even heard of yet? Read on to find out.

Vampire Face Lift

No, it’s not the title of a monster movie. The Vampire Face Lift is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment, not a surgery, that uses PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to enhance facial skin, lift brows, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and encourage healing and cell regeneration.

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PRP is a serum made using platelets from the patient’s own blood, which is then injected into the face to promote the skin’s natural healing powers and slow signs of aging.

After a small amount of blood is taken, the facial treatment takes about 30 minutes.

Results are visible within a couple of weeks and two or three sessions are recommended to get the full effect. The recovery period for a Vampire Face Lift is minimal and patients can expect a little tenderness and redness where the injections have been made. Typically, this procedure costs between $450 and $650 per session.

Dimpleplasty

As the name suggests, a dimpleplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure to create dimples in the cheeks or chin and has become increasingly popular in recent years. Dimples are seen as an attractive facial feature in western culture and natural dimples are actually a muscular abnormality created by a gap in the buccinator (cheek) muscle and causes a slight indentation in the skin.

A dimpleplasty takes about half an hour to create a similar indentation artificially.

Usually performed under local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small incision in the buccinator muscle from inside the mouth which creates the dimple. While this is a minimally-invasive procedure, patients still need to be careful for a few days after the treatment. Antibacterial mouthwash and antibiotics may be prescribed to keep the incision clean.

Results are visible in about two weeks. A dimpleplasty costs between $1,500 and $2,500 depending on how many dimples are made.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)

Eyelid Surgery

The area around the eyes can be one of the first on our face to show signs of aging.

Eyelid skin can droop and cause a dull, tired look and excess skin around the eyes can add to the appearance of aging.

Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery and can involve the surgical enhancement of the upper and lower eyelid. This enhancement may mean the removal of fatty deposits which cause puffiness around the eyes, tightening and smoothing of either or both eyelids, and the removal of excess skin which helps reduce the appearance of lines and create a more youthful, bright-eyed appearance.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure and recovery times vary depending on the type of work done, though most patients can expect up to two weeks of healing before results are fully visible.

The average cost is around $3,000 as estimated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

As we age, the skin around our upper arms stretches and fat deposits can make it appear undefined and saggy.Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty is a form of body contouring that sculpts and removes unwanted skin from the upper arm, creating a leaner and more youthful appearance.

The term covers a wide range of procedures, including skin removal, fat removal, and skin tightening. A brachioplasty can also include a fat transfer, where fat is removed from one area of the body, like the upper arm, and put into another area, like the butt or breast.

As is typical of surgical procedures like this, the recovery time for brachioplasty is between two and three weeks. The cost of a brachioplasty varies from practice to practice, but on average costs between $4,000 and $4,500.

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Otoplasty (Ear Lift)

You’ve likely heard of a face lift, a breast lift and even a neck lift, but another cosmetic procedure becoming more popular is the otoplasty (ear lift).

Otoplasty refers to a range of different cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear size reduction, ear pinning (called pinnaplasty and used to correct protruding ears), and ear reshaping.

The process required for any of these procedures is minimally-invasive and generally performed under local anesthetic. Depending on the type of surgery you want done, it usually involves the surgeon making a small incision behind the ear, removing cartilage and then pinning or stitching the ear into the desired shape.

During recovery from otoplasty, ears can feel numb and tender. Stitches need to be kept dry until they can be taken out, usually after about a week.

After two weeks, the surgery should be fully healed and the final results visible. Like other procedures, the cost of otoplasty varies, but on average is around $3,000.

Facial Hair Implants

You may have heard of hair implants, a popular cosmetic surgery option to help treat hair loss and male pattern baldness.

Now for those who want a fuller beard, mustache, sideburns, or thicker eyebrows, but can’t naturally grow them, facial hair implants are an option.

Facial Hair Implant Surgery

The new procedure involves removing hair follicles from the scalp and carefully implanting them into the face one by one. Usually performed under local anesthesia, the procedure uses hundreds of tiny grafts of hair depending on the desired density of facial hair.

After the grafting process is complete, the area must be kept completely dry for about five days. After two weeks, the hair will shed and after three months, it will grow back thicker and fuller, even if the area has never grown hair before.

Facial hair implants typically cost about $3,000 to over $7,000 depending on the number of grafts that are needed.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginal reconstructive surgery, refers to a wide range of both non-surgical and surgical procedures that are performed on the vaginal area and are designed to reduce laxity, improve sexual satisfaction, tighten vaginal walls and help reconstruct the vagina both internally and externally after childbirth.

Procedures can involve laser and radiofrequency treatments for tightening the internal canal, labial reduction surgery, and monsplasty, which reduces fat deposits in the mons pubis (located above the vagina).

Depending on the type of treatment, the recovery period for most vaginal rejuvenation surgeries is one to three weeks.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation can cost between $500 – $1,000 while surgical options have a higher price tag of between $5,000 – $8,000.

Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Removal)

“Aesthetic surgery is increasingly becoming a genderless pursuit, with men and women alike seeking treatments,” says Dr. Sweeney. While female breast reduction is more common, male breast removal surgery is also a popular procedure for men.

The technical term for excess breast tissue in men is gynecomastia and men can see it due to weight gain or because their body has an imbalance of the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen.

Gynecomastia surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, involves removing excess fat through liposuction, removing excess skin using excision techniques or a combination of the two.

Recovery time is typically between two and three weeks with full effects seen after three to six months. Scarring is common, but if the procedure is done properly, will likely fade over time. Male breast reduction surgery costs an average of $3,500 to $5,000 depending on the practitioner.

No cosmetic procedure, including those listed above, is without risk. Make sure you visit a board-certified plastic surgeon at an FDA-approved clinic and consult at least two different cosmetic surgeons to ensure you have all the information before proceeding. Always ask the doctor questions about risks and the necessary steps to recovery before embarking on any procedure. And since it is unlikely that any cosmetic surgery will be covered by your health insurance, be sure to ask about the cost of any surgery up front.

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