A Better You?

Ever since the possibility of changing aspects of one’s physical appearance became a reality, the choice has become a popular one. One of the most looked at surgeries is that of breast augmentation. It’s popularity has risen especially with the non-solicited advertisement of celebrities. Although it has gained popularity the surgery is still, often times, viewed in a negative light. However, women and men do have different views on this for obvious reasons. In general, men tend to accept this type of procedure more acceptable than a woman. This is not the case for all as some men do not believe women should enhance their bodies. The real question is why is it done?
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We often hear the term, create a better you. What does that mean? Does it mean if you do not naturally posses a heavier top that you must automatically go and change yourself for a “better you”? Our growing need to please others, although often denied, has gone to the extent of cutting ourselves and inserting silicone for an enhanced look. I am not saying that surgery is wrong. Some cases do require surgery. In this case we could argue that a woman that has gone through breast cancer may require the surgery for her own confidence. One could also say that a woman who has grown and had smaller than average breast size will seek out this surgery to have her body look proportionate in her eyes.

I believe the term that we need to steer away from is the “better you”. You do not need anything for a better you, you are the best and most unique you that there is out there. According to www.imagebydesignmd.com breast augmentation can definitely boost confidence, but that is all it is, a confidence booster. Any physical change can strongly impact your life. Many have had a positive impact with breast augmentation and the positive outcomes that come with it. So before you decide whether or not to look into this you should ask yourself this, ” Am I doing this for myself or am I trying to create a better me for someone else?”

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Microdermabrasion – 1 hr – $95 – Price range

Reveal your younger, tighter, and more radiant skin with the treatment often referred to as the “lunchtime face lift.” This treatment is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses a highly controlled spray of fine crystals to remove the outer layer of skin. An intense localized suction cleans your pores of bacteria, blackheads, oil deposits, and dead dry skin. Microdermabrasion is great for all conditions and skin types. With multiple treatments microdermabraion can fade sunspots, age spots, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles, and is very therapeutic for acne problematic skin. Also, choose from one of our therapeutic steam masques or ask our skin specialist which would be most beneficial for your skin.

Massage – Typical Prices

Massage promises profound benefits of improved emotional health, mental clarity, creativity, and energy. Our licensed and experienced massage technicians offer a variety of relaxing massage modalities including: therapeutic massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue and sports massage techniques.

Deep Tissue Sports Massage – 1 hr. – $85

Extremely therapeutic for soothing aches and sore muscles. This massage is great for athletic bodies that respond better to strong pressure. It combines Russian, Swedish, Shiatsu, and Deep Tissue techniques.

Aromatherapy Massage – 1 hr. – $85

Caress your senses with this soothing massage, designed for rebalancing and deep relaxation. Potent, regenerative body treatments combine long, smooth strokes with an aromatic blend of essential oils. This can be combined with most of the massages we offer.

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Maternity Massage – 1 hr. – $85

Experience relief of pressure from sacral and pelvic areas. A special “mother’s cushion” holds those stressed areas while you receive a revitalizing body massage. This is a great treatment for all recent mothers. Ask about our New Mother’s package.

 

Swedish Massage – 1 hr. – $60

Relaxing and soothing, this massage eases stress and promotes healing. Gentle Swedish strokes ease away pain and help reduce swelling. This treatment is great for post-surgery patients. This is usually the best choice for a relaxing, feel-good massage.

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Lip enhancement

Lip enhancement and augmentations are frequently requested cosmetic procedures, either for those who do not naturally have luscious full lips or patients who have aged lips effected by the sun, the elements, smoking, and the aging process.

Options range from injectable fillers such as Hylaform®, which can last up to 6 months, or Juvederm® which can last up to 1 year, to fat injections which are permanent.

Soft Skin Laser Hair Removal

Laser is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. Save time and effort with a convenient, fast, and effective hair removal system. Laser hair removal is way better than shaving, waxing. Long lasting results, and hair that does grow back is often lighter, softer and less. Treatment often requires 30 min or less for each area. Our laser is faster and more effective then other hair removal modalities. Packages and complimentary consultations are available.

Liposuction Overview

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fatty deposits under the skin using a suction device. The cannula is inserted into small cuts in the skin, and fat is suctioned out of the body to reform and reshape the area. Liposuction is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, and may be used to remove fat from problem areas of the body that do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not recommended for weight loss, but rather should be used as a method for contouring the body.

The Procedure

Liposuction is performed to remove fatty deposits from the abdomen, thighs, sides, back, buttocks, and even from areas of the face, like under the chin. In recent years, new liposuction techniques have been introduced that make the procedure less painful and safer. A few of these techniques are:

– Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

With Ultrasound Assisted liposuction, the surgeon uses ultrasound to break down and liquefy the fat under the skin. This technique makes the fat easier to remove with suction, and it is optimal for areas like the sides, back and upper abdomen.

– Laser Assisted Liposuction

Laser Assisted liposuction is conceptually similar to the Ultrasound Assisted procedure, however, with the Laser Assisted procedure, the fat is dissolved with a laser instead of ultrasound waves. The dissolved fat is removed using a small cannula.

– Tumescent Liposuction

With a standard tumescent liposuction procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the incision areas and to the fatty tissue under the skin. The fat is then extracted using a cannula. This procedure may require general anesthesia if a large amount of fat will be removed, although in most cases, the procedure is performed with local anesthesia only.

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During and After the Procedure

The liposuction procedure lasts approximately one hour, and is performed in an outpatient surgical setting. When the procedure is complete, the patient is fitted with a surgical garment that must be worn for up to one month. The patient may experience some pain and discomfort during the recovery period, and infection is a risk, as with any surgery.

Optimal Candidates

The optimal candidate for liposuction is an adult within 30 percent of her ideal weight, with skin elasticity and sufficient muscle tone. The individual is healthy, does not smoke and has no chronic medical conditions. The candidate should also have specific goals and a positive attitude about body shaping, toning and contouring.

Cost

The cost of liposuction depends on the areas of the body on which the procedure is performed. Each area of the body carries a separate cost. The cost of each area is summed, and then added to the non-surgical fees to arrive at the total cost of the surgery. Generally, the cost of a single area ranges between $1,500 and $5,000. You can expect the non-surgical fees to range between $1,000 and $3,000.

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