Become Body Confident - 5 Tips That Might Help You Along The Way*



*This is a collaborative post*


I'm not particularly fond of clothes shopping, don't get me wrong, I love clothes - I think most girls do - and I often come across various gorgeous pieces that I lust after, but none of them ever seem to look right on me. Indeed just this weekend - motorway closed and stressed out - we decided to stop off at the local Sainsbury's to pass some time while we waited for the traffic to die down. My boyfriend encouraged me to try on some clothes and to avoid choosing anything black... :) Yes it is my go-to 'safe' colour like it is for many women. All I can say now is I really wish I hadn't bothered. I left the shop feeling fat and low. In my head I had looked disgusting, the mirrors had done horrendous things to my body and I swear they had also added several extra pounds to my waist. But the thing is, my boyfriend thought I actually looked nice. Go figure hey. And now I'm thinking back to it, some of the items weren't actually so bad. The problem - as is the norm with me - is my lack of confidence and this is an issue that I know also plagues many other women. 

So how can we boost our confidence and self esteem so that we don't beat ourselves up the next time we go clothes shopping? Here are a few pointers;

Ignore Size Labels


Size is just a number so don't get hung up on it. I've tried clothes on in various stores and what seems to be a 14 in one store will be a 12 in another. Your best bet is to try on several sizes of the same item and buy the one that makes you feel most comfortable. (You can always cut the tags out if it makes you feel better!)

Dress For The Occasion


You might think it odd to put in a huge amount of effort if you're just perusing clothes shops, but trust me you'll feel much better for it if you do. 
The mirrors in clothing stores are rarely flattering at the best of times. They seem to have the knack for highlighting every flaw right? And although it might seem like a waste of time getting all dolled up for a shopping spree - having a full face of makeup and styled hair - might give you that little bit of extra confidence when you're stood in front of ghastly full length mirror. I find it also helps when I wear high heels. This apparently elongates the legs and makes them look and feel slimmer.

Accept Who You Are


Acceptance is crucial if we want to be more body confident. If we can't accept ourselves for who we are then how can we expect anyone else to? Of course there's nothing wrong with trying to eat more healthily, working on becoming physically stronger or trying to lose weight, but these goals shouldn't consume our every day thoughts. Instead we should try to live a balanced life and focus on being healthy and happy. 

Wear The Right Underwear 


Invest in clothing and underwear that makes you feel good. It's no secret that many women are wearing the wrong bra size. If you haven't already had a bra fitting then I highly recommend you do so. Not only will wearing the right bra give you more support but you'll also feel more comfortable and confident. There are so many bras out there that it can be hard to know which to go for. I like to have various colours and styles so that I have an appropriate bra for every outfit but investing in a versatile bra like this means you'll be set for near enough every occasion. Knix have a selection of multi-task undergarments which are designed to give real women the upmost comfort and confidence! 

Quit The Negative Talk


Cut out the negativity. Instead of slating your body, try a few positive mantras. There's a saying I once came across that goes like this; What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up or tear you down. (If anyone knows the origin please feel free to let me know!) If you repeat a positive affirmation enough times then it will eventually filter through to your subconscious mind and you'll believe it. 

Now I've given all of you a pep talk, I need to go practice what I preach! Wish me luck... ;)



*Photos via Pexels


Do you Feel As Though You’re On Shaky Ground? Here’s How to Invest with Confidence*




*This is a collaborative post*

Investing isn’t easy, and at times you may feel quickly overwhelmed with all of the options that are in front of you. The problem is that if you don’t fully know what you’re doing then there is a high chance that you will never truly feel confident about your investment and this can cause you to experience a ton of problems. If you want to avoid all of this then take a look below.

Learn The Basics

Learning the basics is crucial if you want to invest with confidence. If you are investing in stock then consider looking into ETFs, mutual funds and more. When you have knowledge, this will eventually come with confidence and it will also make you feel as though you know what you’re doing. It may even be worth looking into some beginner guides so that you can learn everything you need to know without all of the technical jargon. Another thing that you can do is look into the best stocks for covered calls, as this will show you everything you need to know about that type of investment.

Plan Out Your Initial Goals

It’s super important that you understand the ambitions that you have for your investment. This will help you to set out goals, and when you have goals you can feel confident when you go on to achieve them. It helps to try and focus on the mix of investments that you want to get into so that you can then plan out which one you want to be your priority. Don’t be intimidated by the hefty prices, and always go with your gut.

Risk Tolerance

A huge part of investing is risk tolerance. If you love to invest but your finances don’t quite allow you to do this then it’s important that you avoid it at all costs. Know how much money you have and set yourself a budget. This will help you to really get to know your investment, and it also helps you to make better financial decisions as well. If you constantly don’t know how risky an investment is, how much you can spend or anything else of the sort then you will never actually feel confident about what you are doing and this can cause serious problems for you at a later date. Knowing where you stand is a major key to feeling confident.




Diversify!

If you have a single investment then you may feel constantly worried that it is going to fail or that the market is going to crash. This is understandable, but you have nothing to worry about. That being said, it does help to have more than one investment and it also helps to have multiple options available when it comes to the way that you invest as well. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak. If something happens then you will lose everything and this can cause you issues if you aren’t careful. It will also seriously knock your confidence as well.


*Contributed by Sam Jones


How Does A Breast Fat Transfer Work?*



A breast fat transfer is also typically referred to as a fat transfer breast augmentation. It is a procedure that uses liposuction techniques in order to remove the excess fat from other areas of the body. This fat is then injected into the breast, to serve as a natural breast implant. This is an option that many chose when they decide they want a breast augmentation with just a small size increase while still opting for natural results.

The complete process starts with the surgeon removing excess fat from the patient. This excess fat is usually removed from the patient's stomach, butt, or thigh area. This fat then goes through a process that works to separate the fat from unwanted components. The doctor also takes blood from the patient and puts it through the same process to separate out the stem cells. The stem cells and the fat are then combined and injected into the breasts. Breasts can only hold a certain amount of fat, however, so this particular procedure is for those who just want to increase their breast size by a small amount, usually one cup size.



Some benefits associated with this type of procedure fall into the "killing two birds with one stone" type of mindset in that while patients are getting the breast augmentation they want, they are also getting rid of a rather significant amount of unwanted fat. Many also like the fact that this uses natural fat tissues rather than an implant made of saline or silicone. Many patients who have undergone this breast fat transfer procedure report that their breasts feel "soft" and still have significant sensation and feeling, compared to a regular implant, which often causes a patient to lose some sensation in their breasts.

A risk, or downside, to having a fat transfer breast augmentation is that, with some candidates, this may require more than one procedure and injection to be done in order to get the best results.

This procedure also has the same risks that any other type of breast augmentation could have, as well as the risks that patients are warned of during any type of medical procedure or surgery.
This type of procedure is one that is currently still being researched and studied. Because of this, some doctors and surgeons opt not to try the up and coming procedures this type of breast augmentation follows. Results thus far, however, have been positive though, in showing that this fairly new to the medical world procedure is definitely one to consider if a candidate is truly looking to have this type of plastic surgery done.



A fat transfer breast augmentation is, in most cases, generally less invasive and leaves the patient with less scarring due to the fact that the fat is injected with a minimal sized incision rather than larger scars due to other forms of breast augmentation.

In some cases, surgeons will recommend the follow up to the fat transfer augmentation consists of wearing a brace of sorts, to allow for the injected fat to have a better chance to take to the breasts. The daily length as well as how long overall the use of this brace is recommended varies case by case, depending upon each individual patient and their particular progress through surgery.

The procedure itself is one that often takes anywhere from four to six hours (or more) hours. This is because of the extensive work that is done to preserve the fat tissue during both removal and injection processes. To ensure this, the surgeon injects the fat and stem cell mixture at smaller amounts and intervals, rather than all at once. The procedure is generally an outpatient surgery that uses general anesthesia. The initial recovery time is generally anywhere from one to three days, depending on each individual patient. However, swelling and soreness may take up to two weeks to go away. Surgeons often recommend that full and complete results should not be anticipated until six months after the initial procedure is done.



Candidates for a breast fat transfer augmentation include those who are interested in this alternate form of breast augmentation, of course. Candidates should be in good physical health and have had normal mammogram results in the past. Also, there must be enough body fat present to allow for the transfer process that takes place during the procedure. A consultation meeting is set up before any surgery takes place to ensure candidates know all that is expected of them and the surgeon's entire step by step process.

Dr Douglas Steinbrech is a surgeon who currently practices in New York City. Dr Steinbrech specializes in plastic surgery and has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He focuses his work on doing minimally invasive aesthetic work. His focus involves bringing every bit of his training and expertise as well as his compassion to every procedure to help give all of his patients the results they long for.


*Contributed by Dr. Steinbrech. Photos via Pexels


How To Find The Best Surgeon For Your Rhinoplasty*



If you want to be sure that the outcome of your rhinoplasty surgery is successful, you need to select the right surgeon for the job. Rhinoplasty is considered as one of the most complex cosmetic surgeries, and for it to be successful you need to look at the following elements of a qualified plastic surgeon as a bare minimum:

  • Genuine expertise in rhinoplasty.
  • Good experience in rhinoplasty.
  • A portfolio of favorable results after the procedures.
  • A great and effective listener and communicator.
  • An empathetic caregiver.

Although you will find well-trained surgeons who meet this criterion, you will also find surgeons who fall short of this list, and they like going for shortcuts. You need to be vigilant and careful when assessing the surgeon.

Since rhinoplasty is not an emergency procedure, there is no excuse for not doing your due diligence on the credentials and qualifications of your surgeon. If you decide not to take this step seriously, you will be playing games with your “money maker,” which is your face.

We have seen that you need to find a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon to get quality results after your rhinoplasty. But getting a skilled surgeon in cosmetic nasal surgery can be a tough nut to crack. Additionally, it may be hard to get the right source of information, but what you need to do is to get the best available information sources, and evaluate the information to get the best assessment. It can take time, but once you get the best individual, you will be comfortable enough to undertake the surgery without any doubts.

You will be told by the most experienced surgeon that a perfect outcome is not always a guarantee. To explain it further, nasal surgery is done on tissues that are distorted or swollen, meaning that the tissue will change shape without notice; when this happens, it is hard to reach a perfect outcome, without any slight imperfections regardless of the surgeon you choose.

It is important to set realistic goals because even the most talented surgeon cannot prevent or foresee every problem that may arise in each situation. When all is said and done, getting a surgeon who has a long list of happy clients is worth it, because it can define the type of procedure you go for, will it be a scarred nose job or a cosmetic enhancement.

What to look out for in a rhinoplasty surgeon



Board certification

To check if a surgeon has completed the written & oral competency exam and an ACGME accredited residency program that is specific to a medical specialization, you have to request for the certification offered by the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties). Additionally, you should also check that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Although all these certifications are important, you should not base the surgical proficiency on them. This only informs you that the surgeon has the right kind of knowledge about the industry. These board certifications do not guarantee compassion, dexterity, integrity, artistic-skill, or experience. You can allude to the fact that having a driving license does not guarantee that you are a skillful and careful driver.

Valid medical license

To perform rhinoplasty legally in all 50 states, you need to have a valid medical license. This license is a surety that the state medical board has confirmed that the license holder has a minimum of one year of internship and is trained academically.

Niche of specialty

Surgeons who are specialized in a surgical niche tend to have a rich experience and skill in that category. This translates to better results that are consistent. Even though it is a good start to find a surgeon who is board certified, sadly, it is not enough to assure satisfactory results after a rhinoplasty. There are different paths for a surgeon to end up in rhinoplasty. Including otolaryngology, plastic surgery, oral surgery and facial plastic surgery. Although each surgery has disadvantages and advantages, there is no pathway that guarantees the best outcomes.

History of malpractice

This is a great screening tool because no one wants to have their face handled by someone who has a history of disastrous outcomes and negligence. You need to contact the state medical board to check on the history of the surgeon. Although claims of malpractice are not merited, and they are frivolous, numerous judgment against a surgeon can cause a lot of suspicions and you should use it to make a decision.

Surgical portfolio

Reviewing a surgeons portfolio is one of the most important things to do, as you check the results of surgery after looking at the before pictures. Serious rhinoplasty surgeons will have a common theme of lighting, background, and position in their photography. Be keen to check the multiple facial views for an accurate assessment of the outcome of the procedure.

Look for images of patients who had similar dose deformities to yours. This will give you an accurate assessment of their capacities when you see the results. Also looking at before and after images of patients who have different forms of facial deformities will give you an insight into the breadth of skill a surgeon has.

Academics

For us rhinoplasty surgeons, our reputation is also pegged on how we participate in the medical field. For instance, participating in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or the American College of Surgeons or the American Academy of Otolaryngology is a show of the willingness to serve the public and the upcoming talent in the field of plastic surgery.

If you discover that a plastic surgeon is part of one or several of these organizations, it is an indication of the heart of the surgeon to humanity, and it also expresses the willingness to serve with the skills one has. It is a huge factor to consider.

Conclusion

To get the services of a professional nose surgeon in New Jerseycontact Dr. Daniel Becker at 609-436-5740. You may log on to www.therhinoplastycenter.com for before and after photos of rhinoplasty procedures done at the center and other testimonials for you to look at.

*Contributed by Dr. Becker. Photos via Pexels.



Contact Lenses - Things To Know Before You Trade In Your Glasses*



*This is a collaborative post*

Trading your glasses for contact lenses can feel like a daunting but exciting prospect. However, opting for contacts is a big decision and should not be undertaken lightly. They are actually considered a medical device by FDA. First and foremost, you must consider how committed you are to wearing them and how they would fit into your lifestyle.
To ready yourself for the transition, here are some of the tips you should bear in mind:
  • Understand What The Process Will Be Like
Your eye doctor will take a case history. He will also do a general exam and ask about the lifestyle you have. After that, they'll put contact lenses in and will have you stick around to make sure they settle, ensure that you feel comfortable, check your vision, and of course teach you the ways to put them in and take them out. It isn’t scary and there isn’t much more involved compared to a general exam.
  • Come To The Eye Doctor Appointment Ready
It's best not to wear makeup to the appointment and make sure you bring along your prescription glasses. I can feel you cringing at the no makeup rule but your eye doctor needs to be able to see every part of your eyes clearly so leave the liner at home, say no to the eye-shadow and skip the mascara! 
  • Almost Everyone Can Wear Contact Lenses, Even If You Have An Astigmatism
Thinking that you cannot wear contacts or soft contact lenses if you have an astigmatism is one of the biggest misconceptions and something that hasn't been true for many years. It is only a myth that is perpetuated. What has changed is that there is now a broader range of available prescriptions for daily disposables for those who have astigmatism.
  • If You Are Going To Get Contact Lenses To Alter Your Eye Color, Treat Them With The Same Care You Would A Prescription
Just because these lenses have a cosmetic component it does not put them in a separate class as a non-medical device. Your vision and cornea still have to be monitored even though there is no prescription. The problem with these types of lenses as the experts have seen, is when individuals order them over the internet and then share them with friends. Unfortunately in the past this has brought about devastating consequences.
  • Decide Which Kind Of Contact Lenses Fit Best With Your Lifestyle
Based on the clinical examination your practitioner will pick out the best materials. Generally, in the practice of some experts, they prefer anybody under twenty-one to wear disposable contact lenses daily. If you are going to go in as new wearer, particularly if you are an active and young teenager, you must tell your eye expert that your preference is daily disposable contact lenses. They are the safest and best way to wear contacts particularly if you are too busy to be fastidious about cleaning them. Imagine how much easier your life would be, simply throwing away your contact lenses every evening and having a brand new set each morning.

Contact lenses are more beneficial than traditional eyeglasses. If you have decided to go for contacts then you now have a few factors to keep in mind. And when you are ready to take the plunge, visit Lensite contact lenses UK to get a 10% discount on your first order.

*Contributed on behalf of Lensite



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