A sensitivity test should always be performed prior to the actual procedure. Because the body slowly absorbs the collagen, results usually only last one to three months although the procedure can be repeated as many times as desired.

Fat harvested from other areas of the body – usually the abdomen or thighs – can also be injected into the lips. One great advantage to this procedure is that there is no possibility of an allergic reaction, although as with collagen the results are temporary.

Other injectable lip plumpers include Artecoll, a synthetic material which augments the natural tissue to create long lasting results, Autologen (collagen from the patient’s own skin), which also has relative longevity and Dermalogen, which is extracted from the skin of a human donor then screened and processed to prevent the risk of disease.

The effects of the latter are relatively short term and similar to the effects of collagen.

Grafting: under local anaesthesia, material is inserted through incisions made in the inside corners of the mouth. The incisions are then closed with stitches.

Alloderm is a popular human donor material, which is strictly processed to prevent infection. The material is often absorbed, so results are temporary lasting between 6 and 12 months.

A more effective material is Softform, which does not shrink and is never absorbed into the body. Scar tissue forms at each end, keeping it in place. This also makes it easy to remove if it becomes infected.

Fat grafting produces lasting results in about 50% of those who try it. Though it can be reabsorbed by the body in time, this is popular as people are comfortable with the idea of using fat from their own bodies in order to enhance their own lips.

Most lip enhancements take between 30 minutes and two hours to perform. If the patient has no medical problems the procedure is usually on an outpatient basis, allowing them to return home a few hours after surgery.

Topical anaesthesia is generally used before injections so the procedure involves no discomfort. Most people are able to return to their normal routine within two days. Grafts usually involve more pain and a longer recovery period. Local anaesthesia is used in grafting.

Local anaesthesia makes the procedure painless but may lead to discomfort later. Recovery time may take one to two weeks and the patient may experience some problems with drooling. Grafting can also leave lips feeling unusually stiff for up to two to three months.

As with any surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of infection or reaction to anaesthesia.

There are non-surgical options for lip augmentation. One such method can be performed by your dentist. The premise is simple. The structure underneath is enlarged in order to change the appearance of the surface. Teeth support the lips so enlarging the teeth gives the lips a fuller appearance.

Dental lip enhancements are performed in one of two ways; either by changing the shape of one’s arch of teeth (or bite) through orthodontics or changing the shape of the front teeth through restorative treatments such as laminate veneers or porcelain crowns. The former treatment is nearly permanent; the latter can last between 5 and 12 years.

The tan causing damage to your skin as well as the UV rays which can be cancerous and can lead to skin cancer. Even though skin tan and sunlight is food for your skin, but over exposure causes problems too.

Having the proper moisturizer and a good sunscreen always helps in the long run. It would rejuvenate your skin in ever manner to just add that glow even during summer. It also causes pigmentation which is also called liver spots, age spots. These are also caused due to over exposure of sunlight. Premature aging, wrinkles, sagging are some of the reasons for taking extra care during summer.

Use water proof sunscreen to avoid losing the essence of the sunscreen. Apply it at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. It will help you in the long run. Have at least 12 glasses of water in a day to avoid dehydration and to protect your skin. It helps in cleansing your bowels so as to be free from any kind of acne or boils which are caused due to such reasons.

Wear proper clothing when out, carry a wide-brimmed hat as it would cover your face and protect your eyes. Such hats protect your hair too from eroding the outer layer of hair and making it coarse. Wearing shades or glasses can also be useful. You can spray sunscreen on your hair which would protect your hair. Avoid being in sun between 11am to 3 pm. If you don’t have hat or cap carry umbrellas and wear loose fitting clothes.

Protein is needed to repair cells, it is important for energy levels, balancing blood sugar levels, and is involved with glutathione production. Glutathione is an important antioxidant, and antioxidants are essential components of eating your way to beauty.

So what are some good sources of protein that are somewhat under-represented in our average diet?

Fish is excellent as it supplies both protein, and the omega 3 fatty acids, which are believed to contribute to skin health. The oily fish like salmon, tuna, cod and mackerel are good natural sources of omega 3, that have the advantage of avoiding the reflux problem associated with many fish oil supplements. Being a whole food, these fish also have DMAE, which is excellent for protecting cellular membranes and improving skin tone. (Angyal) Recommended sources of DMAE from fish are anchovies, sardines, and wild salmon.

Canned salmon is a good option, generally. Although it may seem strange to encourage people to eat canned salmon over fresh salmon, it has some important advantages that are the direct result of farming practices for fresh fish. According to Erica Angyal, the author of Gorgeous Skin In 30 Days, canned salmon is typically wild salmon. Wild salmon and farmed salmon that was raised in crowded pens made of nets (think of an underwater battery cage), have some important differences in nutrient value.

The food farmed salmon are fed is very different to what wild salmon eat. Wild salmon eat other sea residents such as shrimp and krill. And it is this diet that gives them the lovely pink color we associate with salmon. On the other hand, farmed salmon are fed soybean pellets and other cereal based food, which changes their ratio of essential fatty acids. They become characterized by higher levels of saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid), which we get plenty of in our diets anyway, and their levels of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acids become lower. Given that the whole point many people eat fish for is to change this very ratio in themselves, it seems to negate the point somewhat.

On top of this, farmed salmon, like their counterparts in the poultry and beef industries, are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and protect the farmer’s investment. There is an expectation of cost effectiveness and market value that determines the type of conditions farmed salmon grow in. To compensate for the lack of pink color, colors are added that can be made both naturally and synthetically. Whether they are natural or synthetic is generally up to the farmer.

Sometimes, excess fat has to be removed using liposuction to achieve the desired aims and look. This procedure is carried out during the same operation as the face lift. The face lift concentrates on the part of the face which is between the upper lip level to halfway down the neck.

To improve the results of a face lift further still, an implant is sometimes placed in front of the jaw bone. This helps to smooth out the jaw line, and again return the face to a more youthful-looking time!

Typical candidates for face lift surgery are people in their forties and beyond. The surgery is most popular with women, but it is certainly not uncommon for men to undertake plastic surgery on their face. It is important to understand that although plastic surgery can artificially turn back the years, time will continue to take its toll, and further changes to your face are inevitable!

There are some aspects of the human face that a face lift cannot help:

  • ‘laugh lines’
  • small vertical ‘lip’ wrinkles
  • forehead creases and frown lines
  • excess eyelid skin

If you are suffering with these kind of problems, a skin peel may help instead.

If you are overweight, it is advisable that you lose weight before trying a face lift. A face lift aims to
sharpen the features, and this is likely to be less prominent in overweight people. Further, if you lose
weight post-operatively, you may well find excess skin counteracts the positive effects of the face lift, and needs to be removed in a second operation.

If you smoke, seriously consider giving up if you want a face lift. Smoking can adversley affect the skin’s natural healing abilities due to restricting the supply of blood to the facial tissues.

Younger looking skin starts from the inside, with a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid refined sugars, flours and processed foods. Try to eat more whole grains and seafood and less red meat. Learn to regard beans and legumes as a tasty source of protein and fiber. You have probably read many times about the importance of drinking lots of water, but do you actually do it? One of the best things you can do for healthier, younger looking skin is to drink lots of water, at least eight 8-ounces glasses a day, more if exercising. Drinking water helps keep your body hydrated, your skin will be softer and wrinkles will be less apparent.

An exercise program is vital to staying healthy and younger looking. Exercise, both aerobic and strength training, has so many benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Strengthens your heart and lungs
  • Lowers blood pressure and raises the percentage of HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers the LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass as you age
  • Healthier skin – exercise increases blood flow to the skin and helps release toxins
  • Gives you a better night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep helps rejuvenate you mentally and physically.
  • Just 20 minutes of exercise a day, 3 days a week, can make a tremendous difference.
  • Try Wrinkle Creams and Anti-Aging Skincare Products.

Now that you’ve armed yourself with protection from the sun, a good diet and exercise, you can explore the myriad of wrinkle creams and anti-aging skincare products for reducing the appearance of your wrinkles and to help prevent new ones.

There are many on the market. The best ones include alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids, which help exfoliate the skin to reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath. Other hot products include those with argireline, which is a peptide that helps relax facial muscles when applied topically.

The epilight hair removal system can be considered as one of the greatest cosmetic innovations. It absolutely removes unwanted hair and can be perfect for you. The epilight hair removal system is now easy to find, as electrolysis has become an integral part of our lifestyle. The epilight hair removal system gives you permanent relief from the hideous unwanted hairs. Electrolysis helps in removing the hair to the fullest, by uprooting every single hair. Thus, the change in your outlook is permanent. It can be done without any preparation. The epilight hair removal system and the laser removal both work the same way, making the changes in your body fix permanently.

The difference between various types of hair removing is that different types do the removal for different periods of time. With epilight hair removal system, you are permanently protected from getting your hair grown. But some people wouldn’t actually agree to such a permanent change. So, instead of using epilight hair removal systems or lasers, they opt to something more temporary. They choose to either shave regularly, or remove the hairs with wax. Shaving needs to be done every day so that the results are satisfactory. Many people become tired of the blade being used on a daily basis, and remove the hair by using wax. Waxen hair removal is very nice, as it does not allow hairs to grow fast. It takes them away together with their roots, thus encouraging slower degree of hair growth. Both ways are inexpensive, which is another reason why people prefer using them.

But, as mentioned above, laser surgery and epilight hair removal system are the safest and quickest way to get off with the unwanted hairs in all areas of your body. You can avail of this opportunity, as it offers permanent solutions. You just need to find the professional cosmetic who will fix the problem. You can do it on the Internet: just search for the list of cosmetic studios nearby your house, and get prepared for the intervention. Don’t let the stupid hair make you ashamed of your outlook! You can always fix this problem, and moreover, fix it FOR GOOD, by just taking the small step to try an epilight hair removal system.

When working with clients, many describe a variation of the above scenario. When we awake in the morning, we want to step out looking our best. It can be tricky finding time between the dog’s am walk, getting the kids up, and running through your mental to-do list, but here’s some help to keep you fresh, beautiful and ready to face the day. It’s a little kit that you can carry great for make-up on the go.

What you will need in a small make-up bag:

Concealor – Instead of the pot, opt for a concealor pen, or stick. All you do is spot, then blend.

Crème to Powder Foundation- This is great on the go because it s not messy and gives a smooth finish. It comes in a convenient compact with applicator brush for easy use.

Blush Stick- Dab and blend

Mascara- Gives sleepy eye a flattering boost

Tinted Lip Gloss- Moisturizes your lips while adding a touch of color to wake up your face.

A mini-pack of make-up wipes – Ever finish your make-up on the train and start flipping through a brief only to realize you’ve left a trail of sticky fingerprints?

Place the bag next to your purse so it’s always handy. It works great for spare minutes at home and great for on the go. Traffic and meetings are meant to be frustrating, looking your best shouldn’t be.

She’d spent a life time changing her styles and products, and over the years this had really damaged her crop. At one point her hair became quite brittle and split ends were everywhere. I used to tell her to leave the darn locks alone and maybe they’ll have a chance to repair themselves, but oh no, it was a can of this and a tub of that with a blob of something else! I swear, if this was a plant, it would have died and dropped of years back. Anyway, joking aside, it did become a problem for the poor gal, so we decided to seek a little professional help on getting her some healthier hair.

The top guy at a local salon renowned for its excellence pointed out some facts that my wife was totally ignorant about. He said the reason she had this dry, brittle hair, was because she had used a straitening iron on it almost daily for the past few years. He said that these gadgets should not be used so frequently and when they are used, it’s essential to treat the hair at the same time so as to protect it from the heat.

He also went on to say that if wavy hair bothered her so much, there is a technique that will give her dead straight hair for up to 12 months. It’s called the Japanese deionization perm, or something like that, but he went onto say that is must be done by a professional otherwise if could do more harm than good. He said my wife’s shoulder length hair would cost around $230.

But before she could even consider this treatment, she had to first get her hair into better shape so as to withstand this harsh hair remedy. It was recommended that she start by getting all the split ends cut out, then dye it back to her natural color. It was then suggested that she go through a 6 week treatment program using various oils, shampoos, and conditioners. She was also advised to let the hair dry naturally during this period. Well, she just hates it when her hair dries naturally as the waves become curls and her hair becomes very big as a consequence. She thinks she looks like a bimbo if she doesn’t straighten, flatten, spray, and pin it tight to her head. Blimey, women and their hair eh!

This hairdresser told her that if she followed his suggestions, within a couple of months or so, she would have a semi-permanent ‘straight’ look to her hair. He promised her there would be no more split ends, no waves or curls after washing, and a healthy looking shine (at an optional cost, called coating apparently!). But apart from getting a great looking head of hair, it would be in much better condition too. But, she must use the correct products and treatments to maintain it and not keep chopping and changing.

Honestly, what a kafuffle, but as far as I was concerned, if she was happy then so was I. I mean, there’s only so much a poor bloke can take each day, listening to his wife winging on and on about how horrible her hair is. I just hoped that once her crop was sorted out she wouldn’t start on about nose jobs, or eye lifts etc.

  1. If you have fine hair, use shampoos that include wheat proteins and polymers. These ingredients make your hair look thicker by coating the hair shaft.
  2. A well-balanced diet is essential for your hair. A diet rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and iron is necessary for healthy, strong hair.
  3. For a cheap and effective conditioner, mix one cup of olive oil with one egg and half a lemon to an even consistency. Apply to scalp and hair strands and rinse well with water.
  4. If you your hair is short, have it trimmed every 3-4 weeks. If you hair is long, have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks. The purpose of trimming is to remove split ends.
  5. Blow drying can damage your hair. Let your hair air-dry whenever possible.
  6. You can treat dandruff with anti-dandruff shampoos. But you can use simple home remedies to treat dandruff. Use a mixture of vinegar and water on the scalp. Make a mixture of two teaspoons of vinegar and six teaspoons of water and apply it on the scalp before you go to bed. Keep it throughout the night with a towel around the head. Rinse in the morning.
  7. Gently comb your hair. A vigorous combing can cause hair loss. Do not comb your hair in the opposite direction. This also can cause hair falling.
  8. Do not comb wet hair. You should first dry your hair with a towel, put some oil and gently massage it.
  9. To find the best hair comb, you must consider the nature of your hair, convenience and style.
  10. Use coconut milk as an inexpensive alternative to salon hot oil treatments. Apply coconut milk onto scalp and hair with a cotton ball. Leave on overnight and shampoo in the morning.

If you haven’t tried sunless tanning lotions recently, you may not know how improved and advanced they have become. You no longer have to worry about turning yourself orange or looking like you need to bathe. Spotty, splotchy and orange sunless tanners are a thing of the past. Sunless tanners take about 3 to 4 hours to start developing and will reach peak coloration 24 hours after application. You get a great golden tan that appears natural as well. If you do use the tanning bed occasionally, you can use the sunless tanning products to maintain that tan so you spend less time in the damaging rays.

Sunless tanning is a great option for people who cannot tan in traditional sun UV rays. For example, people with fair skin, freckles, red hair or very light blonde hair can have difficulty tanning in natural sunlight. You should also avoid it if you have had sun damage in the past, a family history of skin cancer, are taking medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun and for several other reasons. Sunless tanners let these people get the look they want with no risk to their health.

The most important benefits to sunless tanning are the health benefits. It is a fact that exposure to UV rays causes skin cancer and creates signs of early aging with wrinkles and sun spots. Most people who are concerned with their looks enough to want a great tan will also be concerned about not getting early wrinkles and other signs of aging. Sunless tanning products are a great alternative to tanning beds and can help to maintain the look of a a healthy tanned appearance year-round without the associated risks and aging effects.