The Best and Worst Diet

July 6th, 2011 admin Posted in Body, Non-Surgical No Comments »

With so many diet plans promising to help someone lose the weight and shed excess pounds, it is tough to find the one that actually works.

In order to tackle each of the most popular diets around, U.S. and World Report assembled a panel of 22 experts in heart disease, diabetes, and exercise to review 20 diets. They examined each of the diets and separated them into categories; Best Diets Overall, Best Commercial Diet Plans, Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.

Voted the Best Weight-Loss Diet and Best Commercial Diet Plan was Weight Watchers, which is a program that encourages weight control and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

The Ornish Diet, which is a low-fat, high in fiber, and vegetarian-focused diet was voted the Best Heart-Healthy Diet. It encourages the mind-body experience through the integration of yoga, meditation, and exercise.

The DASH diet was voted the Best Diabetes Diet and is tied in first place with the Mediterranean Diet for Best Diets Overall.

Some of the worst diets that were examined included the Atkins diet, Glycemic Index Diet, and the Paleo Diet.

Overall, the key to effective weight loss – losing the desired weight and keeping it off – is slow weight loss. The weight was not put on overnight, so it only makes sense to lose the weight over a period of time.

For those who have tried just about every diet out there and have yet to see results, the San Antonio weight loss experts at HealthNet Laser & Skin work with individuals to formulate personalized diet plans.

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A “Botox Bandit?”

September 2nd, 2008 Wendy Lewis Posted in Face, Non-Surgical No Comments »

Did you hear the story about the “Botox Bandit” – the Florida woman who bolted before paying up for her Botox ®, claiming she had left her credit card in the car?! The rightly suspicious doctor followed her out of the office only to find that she had fled the scene!

As it turns out, she came into his practice under a fake name so she could not be traced. Low and behold, the story lands on ABC News with two clear photos of the perp’s new newly-lineless face. Botox theft is a crime just like any other – it is a theft of services.

In most doctors’ offices, it would not fall under “petty theft” either. If your check bounces after you have had your $1,000 worth of injections, the doctor cannot exactly recall your Botox! I’m not sure who officially released these photos to the media, but I hope it wasn’t the doctor for whom the doctor-patient privilege would have to take precedence over filing charges.

Read the full story here

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What is Better Than Botox

April 4th, 2008 Wendy Lewis Posted in Non-Surgical No Comments »

Recession or not, women are not giving up their Botox ® treatment any time soon. Like blonde highlights and Brazilian waxes, there are just some beauty essentials no girl can just quit cold turkey. If that were the case, half of my zip code would be running around with glaringly obvious dark roots and lined brows!

The beautiful thing about Botox ® Cosmetics is that you can stretch your treatments out a bit longer without getting buster. So while your skin doesn’t look worse for having skipped your last treatment, your muscles simply return to their original pre-Botox® state. The sudden reappearance of frown lines can be a traumatizing experience for a woman who is used to a smooth surface between her brows and forgot that she ever had lines (called the 11s by some) in the first place.

My suggestion: do your own mani-pedi each week and save up for the big stuff!

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Botox Injections for Cosmetic and Medical Purposes

December 21st, 2007 Elana Pruitt Posted in Face, Non-Surgical No Comments »

Botox for cosmetic and medical purposes

At the turn of the century, the world of cosmetic and plastic surgery was revolutionized with the introduction of Botox ® Cosmetic, but people were alarmed when they realized what Botox really was. After all, the thought of injecting botulinum toxin into your face is kind of frightening. Well, thanks to modern medicine, proteins of botulinum toxin type A, diluted in saline, have been approved for the use of wrinkle reduction, and it bears the approval of the FDA.

Botox is unlike any cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery procedure on the market. As the number one non-surgical procedure performed in the United States; it has the best results for the money, and no down time. There is no pricey operating room or anesthesia charges attached. Botox is done with simple injections. Small areas of bruising and swelling can occur at the injection sites, but nothing worthy of stopping your daily routine. Don’t be alarmed when a youthful glow does not directly follow your procedure. The wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox may not be visible for a couple of days to a week following the injections.

So exactly where can Botox be injected? This non-surgical facial procedure is commonly injected into the glabellar region (area between the eyebrows) where frown lines develop. It can also be used to reduce crow’s feet, horizontal lines on the forehead, wrinkles of the upper lip, and the nasolabial fold. Some people even turn to Botox for migraines or to help with the problem of excessive sweating (“hyperhidrosis”).

Botox works by blocking acetylcholine in the muscle synapse. This, in turn, keeps the muscles from contracting and gives the skin a softer, wrinkle reduced appearance. The effects of Botox however are not permanent – this is good and bad. The good side is, if you don’t like the results, or something goes wrong with your injections, you should return to your baseline in a few months. The down side is, if you like the results, you will need to have injections every 4 to 9 months to maintain your new appearance.

The one issue I would caution you against when considering Botox, however, is choosing the right doctor. You should ask yourself: Who will be performing the injections? Botox is a simple procedure when performed by the right person. This facial injectable should only be performed by physicians or mid-level practitioners such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners trained specifically in dealing with Botox. Be sure that your injections will not be performed by your physician’s nurse or medical assistant.

What are your thoughts on Botox?

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