Everywhere you turn, advertisements about weight loss or fitness plans flood your daily life. Your Instagram feed is filled with “models” showing off their favorite diet shakes, or Facebook articles showcasing how celebrities like Khloe Kardashian recently slimmed down their figure. It’s not just TV, billboards or radio advertisements. These advertisements are everywhere you look, and completely inescapable. However, there is another growing trend with the acceptance of being over weight. With clothing brands offering vanity sizing and celebrities showcasing new plus size clothing lines which only creates the idea that weight gain as admissible. Obesity is the second preventable cause of death behind tobacco use in America, according to the National Institute of Health over 300,000 deaths occur each year. What are the major contributors to weight gain? And what are your healthiest options to eliminate fat for good?
Contributors to Weight Gain
There are numerous reasons why people gain weight: lack of exercise, poor diet, or no consistency in healthy life choices. An article By Sherry Rauh, “Is Fat the New Normal”, has an interesting perspective on why obesity is so prevalent in Americans. We are social beings, humans identify with their friends and family, so if they’re overweight you might dismiss that as being the norm. Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School , co-author of “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Change Lives”, has found through research that the problem is spreading in our social networks. Even shopping experiences with friends feels better because vanity sizing has made smalls and medium sizes fit larger individuals. This is counterintuitive to the health of Americans. Over the past 35 years it’s no wonder the diet industry has gained so much momentum. Since 1960, Americans have more than doubled in obesity rates, causing the average adult to be 24 pounds heavier than in 1960. (A Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). What is the healthiest and safest ways to rid your body of fat?
A balanced diet and exercise are necessary to maintain a healthy weight. Even with regular exercise, time spent at work or having children can leave you with problem areas that you just can’t get rid of! Luckily, PRIVET Aesthetics offers the latest FDA approved non surgical treatments to ensure those problem areas will disappear. The latest injectable, Kybella, can treat those dreaded “turkey necks” or double chin fat. The science behind the treatment is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid, that breaks down the fat and the fat is absorbed. Love handles and belly fat can be treated by Vanquish. The Vanquish breakthrough technology delivers thermal energy to specifically target fat layers in larger areas compared to other contouring treatments, changing the entire circumference area. The breakdown of the fat cells through the thermal energy is referred to as apoptosis. The body then naturally eliminates the fat through the lymphatic system. “The treated body part is located in the high-frequency electric field. The temperature increases to apoptic levels in the fat tissue while the surrounding tissue remains protected from apoptic temperature levels.”(www.btlaesthetics.com David McDaniel, MD and Paula Lozanova, MD). PRIVET Aesthetics is located in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, offering a luxury atmosphere with the latest technology in non surgical treatments. www.privetaesthetics.com For those who desire dramatic weight loss and other surgical options like liposuction, please visit Leif Rogers, MD, FACS www.leifrogersmd.com. The staff is committed to quality that extends into every patient interaction delivering excellence and comfort.
Whatever your weight loss needs try non surgical options at PRIVET Aesthetics and for surgical options, Leif Rogers MD, FACS can help. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions 310.860.8915
What treatments have you tried that have or haven’t worked for you?
November is right around the corner. You are looking forward to spending time with your friends and family around the holidays this season. Since you’ve been devoting so much time to your career, there’s been no time to visit all those family gatherings on the west coast. New York City is freezing and sunny Los Angeles, California is calling your name. You glance into the window as you exit your office and see an unrecognizable, grumpy, tired face in the reflection. Late nights on the laptop are really doing a number on you. The phone rings as you step into your cozy apartment. Your sister is calling to inform you she booked Oxygen Facials for the two of you in Beverly Hills at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS the day after you arrive. Botox is the next topic of conversation. You hang up the phone and ponder, if it can really work for you?
The History of Botox
The discovery of botox has been around for over 100 years, no wonder it’s the most talked about injection amongst beauty critics and magazines across the globe. The bacterium was discovered in 1895, and over time been used for health remedies and cosmetic purposes. Botulinum toxin A is used in Botox and Dysport. It’s is a protein derivative of the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum that has been purified to relax muscle contractions, helping crows feet, furrowed brows, lines on the forehead, neck or around the mouth. Botox is a prescription drug and should only be administered by highly trained professionals.
Here is a list of other remedies that botox has been used for (Allergan data on file; Global Literature & Information Services 2010)
• To treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles with upper limb spasticity in people 18 years and older.
• To treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older.
• To treat certain types of eye muscle problems
(strabismus) or abnormal spasms of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older.
The latest in Botox
Botox has recently been cited on October 20th, 2015 in Time Magazine by Alice Park. “Researchers report in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology that shots of botox into the heart can keep its beating more regular and lower the risk of serious post- surgery complications like stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Anywhere from 10% to 50% of patients who receive heart bypass surgery to circumvent blocked vessels in the hea
rt can develop abnormal heart rhythms.” Botox has been cited for treating excessive armpit perspiration, (primary axillary hyperhidrosis) depression and migraines. With all this research it’s safe to say visiting a certified Plastic Surgeon for a little help with lines is well worth it!
Botox at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS
You’ve landed in LA and spent your entire flight reviewing Botox and treatments. Since it’s October Halloween “bootox specials”, are all over the internet, and without choosing a properly trained practitioner it can be a bit scary! Luckily, your sister has brought you to the best, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS in Beverly Hills. Highly trained practitioners will give you a clinical evaluation to determine what best suits your needs. Feel free to relax and ask questions, the skilled team is there to ensure comfort and knowledge while administering treatments that will help turn that frown upside down. Whether you are in Beverly Hills or live closer to Pasadena book your consult today, get pampered and indulge in the luxury, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS experience.
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