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The 5 Most Effective Beauty Treatments That Don’t Require Surgery

The 5 Most Effective Beauty Treatments That Don’t Require Surgery

If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance, you’re not alone. Since 2000, plastic surgery procedures in the United States have increased by 110 percent. In 2015, 15.9 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed,

But a change to your body doesn’t have to involve significant surgical risk. There are an increasing variety of minimally invasive or surgery-free procedures and beauty treatments available for patients interested in improving their appearance without going under the knife.

Procedures ranging from skin treatments to laser resurfacing to injections. Although the effects of minimally invasive procedures typically take longer or are less dramatic, they’re often better suited to a more natural appearance for patients who don’t want their procedures to be visibly obvious.

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1. Botox injections

The most well-known minimally invasive procedure is undoubtedly Botox. This popular toxin injection reduces wrinkles and fine lines, smoothing out facial features marred by age. The procedure works by blocking muscular nerve signals, preventing them from contracting and keeping your skin smooth.

Although Botox is popular for its effectiveness and simplicity, often requiring little more than a needle injection, some patients—approximately 1 in 200—develop a resistance to the toxin and its effectiveness over several years of long-term use. However, for the other 199 patients, the procedure remains effective and a lower-cost way of treating wrinkles and signs of aging.

2. Laser skin resurfacing

Lasers are a popular tool in non-invasive beauty procedures. Laser skin resurfacing helps users reduce wrinkles, liver spots, uneven skin tones, signs of sun damage and scars, as though giving you a new layer of skin.

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There are two kinds of laser skin resurfacing procedures. One is less invasive than the other, but both involve surface-level treatment. A wounding laser removes thin layers of skin to rejuvenate it. A non-wounding laser stimulates collagen growth and tightens the skin underneath. Although it’s less effective, it also has a shorter healing time.

3. Laser liposuction

Laser liposuction is an alternative to traditional liposuction that avoids invasive surgery to remove fat. Studies have found that the procedures effectively “liquefies fatty tissue, coagulates small blood vessels, induces collagenesis with remodeling, and promotes tissue tightening,” making it a useful procedure for those looking for minimally invasive body sculpting.

Laser liposuction is not the only non-surgical liposuction procedure, although it is one of the most effective. Patients can also turn to ultrasound liposuction, radiofrequency liposuction and cryolipolysis, or the use of cryogenic freezing to remove fat cells.

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4. Laser hair removal

One exceptionally popular procedure for both men and women is laser hair removal. This carefully aimed treatment seeks to remove unwanted body hair permanently by damaging the hair follicles’ ability to produce new growth.The process burns the follicle at the root, and works best on those with light skin and dark hair.

Studies have found laser hair removal safe as long as it’s performed by a medically trained professional, which it isn’t always performed by. Be sure to check that the person performing your procedure has a medical license and is trained to perform the procedure.

5. Soft-tissue fillers

Dermal fillers are an alternative to Botox that help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in your face. They work by replacing the fat naturally present in our faces that thins with age. Without this fat, your faces loses some of its natural shape and contour. Dermal fillers, which can be viewed as a no pain facelift, can also be used for lip injections, increasing cheekbone prominence and reducing the appearance of scars.

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For all of these procedures, a doctor is likely to emphasize that only certain patients who meet certain characteristics are suited for these procedures, and not everyone will get the results they want. They will also caution patients to be realistic about their goals, as non-invasive procedures can only do so much above the muscle to improve one’s physical shape.

However, with a good doctor and a positive outlook, you can find an appropriate minimally invasive procedure to improve the parts of your body you wish looked just a bit better.

Featured photo credit: Adobe Stock via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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