Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is Face-lift Right For You?

While there are no strict limit for a Face-lift, a cosmetic surgeon would consider you a good candidate if you had developed a saggy face and neck and had noticeably sun-damaged skin. There is a worrying trend in the US for younger women to seek Face-lift, which hasn't been actively discourage by plastic surgeons, Even in Canada, some surgeons are known to do "preventive" Face-lift, on women in their mid-30's. They say that the techniques have better long=term results and that someone who had one done at 30 would look 35 or 45. But most surgeons would advice against a Face-lift that was too early. They might recommend a chemical peel rather than the more extensive surgery a Face-lift entails. In fact, it might be worth checking out the non-surgical options that I will have on my future posts.. All can rejuvenate the skin more cheaply, safely and less painfully than a Face-lift. The majority of Face-lift are done on people aged between 40 to 65, with around 50 being the average age. About 10 percent of Face-lift patients are men.

More important than your age is the condition of your skin and unerlying bone structure. The skin should still have some elasticity, and the bone structure be strong and well defined before considering a Face-lift. Because facial skin is thin and has an excellent blood supply, it usually heals well, with almost invisible scars. However, certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or blood-clotting problems, may rule out surgery.

Smoking inhibits the flow of oxygen and blood to skin, which in turn affects how well the incision area heals. Some surgeons will not do Face-lift on smokers because of the increased chance of skin loos behind the ears. US studies have found that smoking was the major cause of serious wound-healing complications in a significant percentage of Face-lift patients. Anyone who smokes cigarettes and inhales is at least 12 times more likely than a non-smoker to have a longer healing period . So if you smoke, you should plan to give up at least three weeks before and after the surgery.

Facial Surgery or Face-lift should not be undertaken lightly. It calls for a thorough understanding of the procedures and realistic evaluation of what can or cannot expect. This is probably one of the most important consideration in judging whether or not you are suitable for a Face-lift. Anyone expecting a whole different look will be in for a big disappointment.

A Face-lift can only reverse some of the inevitable changes brought on by ageing. Physically, you will remain the same age and be subject to the same health conditions and limitations. If you are considering a Face-lift, you should discuss your goals with a surgeon to ensure your expectations are in line with the surgical reality. It is not uncommon to experience a feeling of "let-down" after a Face-lift, so if you are recently divorced or widowed and thinking about a Face-lift to help you feel better, it would be wise to give yourself some time to get back on your feet first.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Things To Know Before Having A Face-lift

A Face-lift is technically known as a meloplasty (face-plastic) or rhytidectomy (wringle removal). The object of the Face-lift operation is to remove enough skin to make the face look younger. The skin is usually removed from the sides of the forehead, in front of and behind the ears and the upper back of the neck. Although Face-lift have been done for about 50 years in Canada, Face-lift was originally not much more than a "skin-lift". Face-lift has really only been in the last decade or so that asvances in surgical procedures have enabled people to have a more natural, less stretched look. Surgeons say that today Face-lift offers better longer-lasting results.

Eash Face-lift is highly individual operation, and the focus of the surgeon attention will vary with each person. The three basic areas that come in for attention are the upper face or brow area; the mid-face area, including the lines (or crow's feet) around the eyes and the nasolabial fold, which is the deep crease between the cheek and upeer lip; and the lower face, including a slack or jowly jawline and the fatty deposits and folds around the neck.

One of two important structures to play a major role in Face-lift surgery is the subcutaneous muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). This layer, a combination of muscle and fibrous tissue, lies immidiately below the fatunderneath the skin of the face and neck. Underneath the SMAS is a space that aloows the facial tissues to gravitate downward with age, giving the face a jowly look. Until about 15 years ago, the space below the SMAS was never entered during Face-lift; then it was discovered that this area could be dissected to pull back the anchor of the muscles. Unfortunately a lot early SMAS surgery was overdone, resulting in a conspicuously tight look. Cosmetic surgeons today are more cautious but more tighten the SMAS to a degree , an operation they call a SMAS-lift.

The other important structure that forms the muscular parts of the SMAS is the platysma. This is the thin sheet of muscles extending from the collar-bone up the neck. The platysma is responsible for the cords that may show up in the neck and thay may also make the Adam's apple prominent.

Loss of elasticity in the sides of the brow stops the skin from recoiling after muscle contraction. This aloows the brows to droop at the sides, giving them an arched appearnce rather than the relatively straighter lines of youth. Extending a Face-lift high into the temple can compensate for the drooping side of the brow, providing the temporal hair can be aesthetically lifted.

The wrinkles on the lips and the ingrained ones at the corners of the mouth cannot be removed by a Face-lift, although the corner of the mouth can be helped by what is called an extended (or super) SMAS-lift, and some cosmetic surgeons use synthetic implants to smooth out lip wrinkles. Wrinkles around the eyes, or crow's feet, can be lessen to some extent by a separate procedure. A brow-lift can ease the wrinkles on the brow. However, some wrinkles will appear naturally when muscles move to animate the face. A Face-lift cannot restore elasticity, so it is impossible to eliminate wrinkles completely.

Some people, particularly those with active and strong pltysma muscles, may end up with "rearranged" neck skin. Muscles contraction causes a bow-stringing effect in which the skin is stretched across. When the skin is stretched in one direction, it automatically shortens in the other (like bias binding). But when the skinhas lost elasticity, it cannot spring back, shortening the dimension diagonally and lengthening it vertically. This results in a band of skin running from the chin to the lower neck. A Face-lift can reduce loose skin in the neck but cannot remove the creases in the neck, which are normal and present from childhood.

A Face-lift is often done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplastu, brow-lift, blepharoplasty, chin or cheek implants or liposuction (particularly in the neck area). However, there is a limit to the amount of time you can be kept comfortable on an oparating table, so the procedure of Face-lift may have to be done in two or three stages. The decision will depend on the complexity of the operation.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Diabetes Awareness Month

Over two and a quarter million Canadians are estimated to have diabetes. This statistics is staggering, emphasizing the growing diabetes epidemic in this country. As yet, there is no cure for diabetes and the health care costs amount to approximately $9 billion a year. This reinforces the need for more research, education and prevention. While there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, which makes up 90% of the cases, can be prevented or delayed by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Heathy Lifestyle Choices
Type 2 diabetes is preventable. With proper nutrition and physical activity, you can achieve a healthy weight, maintain it and minimize your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Be physically active-

Dr. Nick Busing from the College of Family Physicians of Canada once said, "Being physically inactive has the same impact on your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes each day". You cannot afford to be physically inactive. Health Canada remcommends getting 60 minutes of activity a day in periods of at least 10 minutes each. The exercise doesn't have to be strenuous. You can walk the dog for 20 minutes, vacuum for 10 minutes, rake the leaves for 20 minutes and play tag with your children for 10 minutes. The important thing is to make exercise part of your daily routine. Studies have suggested that the regular physical activity can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 50%.

Proper Nutrition-

When it comes to healthy eating , small changes can make a difference.

  • Limit your intake of fat and sugar. This will help keep your cholesterol and other bloof fats in check.
  • Include a fruit or vegetables at each meal. Fruits and vegetables are low in calorie and high in vitamins.
  • Eat whole grain products to boost your fiber intake
  • Switch to low-fat dairy products. This will help lower your calorie and fat intake.
  • Eat beans and lentils more often. They are good source of protein and fibre.
  • Eat regular, balanced meals that include foods from the four food groups.\

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Scoliosis For Kids

A simple blod test could determine whether a child will develop Scoliosis and to what extent. The predictive screeening test promises to radically change the treatment of idiopathic Scoliosis, the most common form of orthopedic deformity.

Causes of Scoliosis are largely unknown, but team from MOntreals Ste-Justine Univeristy Hospital Centre, led by Alain Morue, has established a link between adolescent Scoliosis and a flaw in the transmission of melatonin, a hormone that is involved in regulating bone metabolisn. So far, Moreau's test had proven effective in identifying the presence of a genetic marker in animals and in adult patients with the condition.

Eventually, this marker could predict the progression of Scoliosis in infants, Moreau says, opening the door to less invasives therapies, including nutrition counselling, physiotherapy, corrective back braces and drugs.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Soothing Psoriasis

Did you know that about 1 in 50 adults has Psoriasis, making it one of the world's most common skin condition, according to the Psoriasis Education Program.

Medications are the main treatment for psoriasis, says glow health's skin experts, Dr. Lisa Kellett, principal dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto. But certain lifestyle choices may also help lessen your symptomes.

What is Psoriasis?-
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes plaques, which are red patches with silvery scales, usually found on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis can range from mild ( just a few lesions to severe (covering a large area of skin on the body. Sometimes Psoriasis can affect the nails, causing pits in the nails or nail thickening.Psoriasis is a hereditary condition( if mom and dad have it, you'll likely get it), and can start at any age. While thee is no cure or way to prevent onset of the disease, treatment can clear it up for periods of time.

Treatment Options;
Treatment of Psoriasis usually starts with prescription topical steroids. People with a very severe case or Psoriasis of the nails may also be prescribed stronger oral or injectable medications. Light treatment is another option; A dermatologist may prescribe a medication that makes skin more sensitive to light and use UVA rays to suppress the rapid turnover of skin cells in Psoriasis. Typically, the light is done two or three times a week until the Psoriasis clears up. Since prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk of skin cancer, discuss the risks and benefits of light-treatment with your dermatologist.

Lifestyle Changes;
There are few options you can try to help ease the discomfort of Psoriasis. Though studies haven't been able to substantiate a relationship between Psoriasis and food, if you find that certain food or drinks, such as sugary foods or wine, worsen the condition, try to avoid them. Since stress can worsen the condition, try to find ways to limit or reduce stress, such as yoga and meditation.

Seasonal Relief;
Psoriasis plaques can get itchy, dry and irritated in the winter, when the air gets dryer. Keep your skin moist by using a humidifier in your home, cleanse your skin with a tar-based product instead of soap and apply a moisturizer, like petroleum jelly, regularly.
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Relationship And Self Development

Relationships- Sharing Your Experiences
All your life, people have been teaching you how to do things; ride a bike, read and write, drive a car, maintain a house. Now it's your turn , if you'll only take it. "Some people resist the idea of becoming mentors because it makes them feel like they've passed the baton- like they're now satellites rather than sun" says, Dr. Shirley Vandersteen, a registered psychologist in Edmonton. "But offering yourself to others is a different kind of fullfillment, and it can rev up your all over Health." Mentor students at community colleges in your area of specialty, young upstarts at professional associations, or even young people embarking on marriage.

Self-development- Reconnecting with your won interests
With the frenetic years behind you, you may wonder how to make the most of the added breathing space. "More and more women are coming to see mid-life as a creative second wind". says DR. Miroslava Lhotsky, co-author of The Healthy Boomer- A No-Nonsense Midlife Heath Guide for Women and Men (McLelland & Stewart, 1999). If your career has become a routine, doing the same work in a consulting or freelance capacity may recharge your battery.

Now is also the time to dice into a creative hobby- preferably one you've always been yearning to take up or resume- or, as Lhotsky puts it, "the hobby you never allowed yourself to pursue." So give that violin teacher or stained-glass instructor a call.

Knowing what your passion can be good for your mental health. Not sure what your passion is? Ask the people who know you well what they think it might be. Often, the answer is right infront of you.
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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Fitness- Refocusing Your Exercise Goals

Could that wonderful fitness routine you established for your health 10 years ago be getting scale? Whether it's swimming, jogging or cycling, the same old often ceases to inspire over time. Here's a thought: With no young kids to look after and less family responsibilities, you can finally join that fitness club you've been curious about with regards to your physical health. "It's a social experience," says Jill Barker, a fitness coordinator in the atlelics department at McGill University," and it's just the ticket for mid-life women in need of fitness inspiration." Local rec centres offer similar rewards- often at a fraction of the coast because you only pay for the individual classes you take.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Drug Rehabilitation Center At Stone Hawk

Drug addiction can be found in many forms. A person can be addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, inhalants, or other street drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, etc.) that can deteriorate mental and physical health. Understanding the reasons people are initially attracted to this, can help stop future users from becoming an addicts. *Experimentation and curiosity are the first factors that draw many to especially young people.While this may lead to recreational use of drugs, it rarely leads to actual addiction. However, some drugs (like heroin) are more likely to cause addiction, resulting in an addiction from simple experimentation alone. *Athletes are susceptible to using drugs.*Others turn to drugs to cope with problems in their real lives. Whether it is past abuse (physical or sexual), school problems, work problems, or relationship issues, drugs can help a person temporarily escape the realities of life. *Peer pressure is also a factor in turning people into an addicts. Contrary to popular belief, peer pressure can happen at any age. Adults fall prey to peer pressure to fit into new social classes, new workplaces, and new neighborhoods.* Another one of addiction is using drugs to mask other mental health problems. Depressed people frequently use drugs to escape their sad feelings. Schizophrenics find that some street drugs can control their hallucinations. Denial and hiding the problem just lead to more problems in the long run.

Drug Rehabilitation in Stone Hawk know all about addiction, because they were once addicted. They deeply care about addicts, because someone made the effort to care about them. Stone Hawk stands by the Narconon® program, because the Narconon program worked for them while other programs failed. Toxins from the use of drugs and alcohol can remain trapped in fatty tissue for years causing the long period of an addiction. Drug detoxification program used at Narconon Stone Hawk is the "Narconon New Life Detoxification Program". This treatment has proven to be extremely effective because it removes toxins from the body, which is a very important step in the rehab process and regain the health of an addict. If not removed, these toxins will grow to a greater activity later in life that can create the cravings for drugs again. Stone Hawk drug treatment center in Michigan is new facility to provide help for more students. It is located at Albion, Michigan. Offering a 3-6 month residential treatment program.

Combine that with proper diet, exercise, and supplementation, and everybody's health can be totally drug free. Let them heal and learn how to save a life, and your family.
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Tips For Healthiest Year

  • Dry air, harsh winds and dehydrating heating system can all lead to skin that's severely parched. Be sure to soothe it with a skin-type-specific moisturizer.
  • It may seem like we never see the sun in these months, but it sure sees you! Stay deligent with SPF- your skin will thank you.
  • Split ends, brittle texture ans static? Make sure you treat your winter hair with deep-conditioning treatments.
  • The makeup that sailed you through summer may need to hibernate for a bit- for winter, try a lighter-toned foundation and start playing with more dramatic shades.
  • Counting the seconds til spring? Make a resolution this year to learn to love winter. Whether you finally learn to ice skate or treat yourself to gorgeous warm boots, the buds will bloom quicker if you're not watching them.
  • Not to sound like your mother, but wash your hands! Studies have shown us over over and over that it's the simpliest, most effective (and economical) way to stave off colds and flus. A good 20-second soapy scrub a few times a day will dramatically reduce the number oftimes you get sick.
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Inhaled Powder For Diabetes

Thanks to a medical break-through, inhaled insulin may soon replace the before-meal injections for the estimated 600, 000 Canadians who take insulin injections.

Exubera, an inhaled powder form of recombinant human insulin, for the treatment of adult patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, has been approved for use in the United States. It is the first non-subcutaneous insulin delivery option introduced since the discovery of insulin in 1920s. The inhaled insulin is the focus of trials across Canada. One such trial at St. Joseph's Health Care, London is led by Dr. Irene Hramiak, who predicts it will be at least three years before Canada grants approval. Hramiak notes that a study by the Canadian Diabetes Association showed nearly half of patients with diabetes aren't at their target blood-sugar levels. If blood-sugar levels are not properly controlled, serious complications, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and nerve damage may develop.
source: RD Aug.2006
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Walk And Get Active

GET ACTIVE > Staying active is a great way to feel good about yourself and to enjoy the freedom you get. Health Professionals outline three main types of fitness- cardiovascular fitness, musculoskeletal strenght, and flexibility- and this can all be helped by walking.

GET HEALTHY> Walking can improve your whole body considerably- helping you lose weight, strengthening your heart, muscles and bones, making you more flexible and boosting your immune system to fight off disease.

GET STARTED>Poise Walking Program is uniquely designed to help you get active and get healthy, and allow you to take back your freedom. It is easy to get started; just visit and download your free walking log. It features tips and information on starting a walking program, setting goals and reaching milestone. It also includes a six-week log that will allow you to keep a record of your daily achievements and long-term progress.
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Friday, November 2, 2007

Eating On The Go For Your Health

Sometimes it is dificult to eat nutrious meals when we are away from home and that can be harmful to our health. So I gathered some tips for eating on the run

Travel tips
Major airlines and train services offer light and meals that is good for your health if you request them in advance. If you are a frequent traveller, make arranging for healthy meal a routine part of your travel plannin.

  • Choose the continental breakfast of fruit, bread and jam over eggs and sausage.
  • Eat bread, without butter or margarine
  • Choose milk for coffee
  • Scrape extra sauce from the entree
  • Avoid deserts

Fast Food
Although many items offered are high in calorie and fat, your choices make all the difference.

  • Opt for a regular humburger over double patties and cheese/bacon combos; a regular slice of pizza over double cheese or extra bacon.
  • Choice charcoiled chicken over breaded and fried; a taco instead of a burger; chili for a change
  • Request no sauce or mayonaise when placing an order
  • Drink juice, 1% or 2% milk instead of a milk shake
  • Low-calorie salad dressings cut fat significantly
  • Ceral, low-fat English muffins with jam, or pancakes with syrup only are all better choices than egg/sausage/cheese breakfast sandwiches
  • Skip fat-laden fast food pies, turnovers, cookies, and ice cream bars.

Sandwiches to go
To order a custom-made sandwich good for your health, ask for;

  • Whole wheat bread, bun, or bagel
  • Mustard or horsedish
  • Lean meat fillings: ham, roast beef, chicken, or turkey
  • Vegetarian sandwiches with your favorite veggies; avoid cheese and mayonaise to save fat.

Frozen entrees to go
Packing microwaveable frozen entrees for lunch can be a convinient way to eat healthy. Look for;

  • Packages that have a Health check logo
  • Entrees that offer a variety of ingredients ( vegetables, pasta, lean cuts of meat)
  • The Nutrition Facts table on packages to help you choose products with less saturated and trans fat and less sodium.

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