Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

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Losing any weight can leave the body looking and feeling quite different, whether it’s a few pounds or a major weight loss. But when you lose over 100 pounds, there are often new issues to contend with. You’ll feel much healthier, lighter, and more energetic – but on the other hand, you could be left with loose skin folds that haven’t yet had a chance to adapt to your body’s changes. As a result, many individuals who have experienced weight loss success think about plastic surgery to remove this extra skin and sculpt the body. If you’re in this position, here are a few factors to consider.

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Types of cosmetic surgery

The specific procedure that you’ll need will depend on your health and body shape. There are a number of different surgical procedures like breast augmentation, body contouring, arm lifts, and tummy tucks. Body contouring in particular is popular for those who have experienced dramatic weight loss, because it can lift and firm the entire body after losing hundreds of pounds. In this procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and lifts the buttocks, waist, abdomen, arms, and thighs all in the same surgery. It may also include liposuction to remove any final traces of excess fat and leave the body with a smooth, sleek profile.

Breast and buttock augmentation are also popular procedures after weight loss, which can leave the buttocks and breasts drooping and flat. These procedures lift and fill out the buttocks and breasts, removing excess skin folds and restoring an hourglass figure.

Health factors to consider

Whether or not you’re a suitable candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss will depend on your current physique and health. To begin with, your weight must be stable. If you’ve lost the weight and have kept it off for over a year, this is a good sign. Yet even after losing 100 pounds, if you still have a high BMI you could be at high risk from this type of surgery. Complications can include abnormal scarring, infection, and bleeding. If you smoke or have other pre-existing health conditions, this can also increase the risk. As a result, patients will need to discuss their medical histories carefully with a surgeon during the initial consultation. In some cases, you’ll need to work on improving your overall health or losing a few more pounds before this is an option. The doctor will also want to see whether or not you have a realistic outlook and are committed to retaining a healthy lifestyle in the future. Vitamin deficiencies can slow down the healing process.

Generally, if you have stabilized your weight, are in good health, don’t smoke, and have realistic goals, you could be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.

Results and Recovery

Another factor to consider is the recovery time needed. This will depend on the procedure you choose, but it could require an overnight stay in the hospital. It may take a few weeks or even months before you’re able to properly exercise again, and you can expect some swelling and bruising in the two weeks following the surgery. You could see results almost immediately afterwards, but bear in mind that it can take up to two years to see the final results. During this time you’ll need to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle for the optimum result!

Love the Place You Live In

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They say the world is your oyster but many people never really take charge of where they go or what they do.

Usually they end up living in the place where they went to university or they gravitate back to their home town. Most often people end up living where they manage to find a job.

But what if you could choose where you put down roots instead of it being little more than a practicality?

You can take a quiz to find the place you’re most suited to or you can follow the experts’ advice. They’ve conducted countless surveys to find the Holy Grail of neighbourhoods and, although finding your perfect place is totally subjective, here’s the pick of the bunch.

The Bank of Scotland’s 2015 Happiness Index found that people living in the Highlands and Islands were the most content in Scotland. Two out of every five people described themselves as “very happy” living there.

The survey ranked Aberdeen at the bottom of its Scottish poll, but a 2012 study by accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers is at odds with this.

It placed the Granite City as one of three most happy places to live in the UK – the others were Oxford and Reading/Bracknell. It graded cities on their economic success and the quality of life enjoyed by people living there.

Aberdonians will be all smiles thanks to the current success of their football team. Aberdeen FC became the only Scottish team to make it through to the third qualifying round of the Europa League and Scottish football betting experts have slashed the odds of the club making it through to the group stages.

A recent poll by comparethemarket.com found that three quarters of Brits would not bother to get to know their neighbours if they moved to a new area. Yet there are loads of places where you’ll find a warm welcome, a friendly wave and a hearty handshake.

In 2010, boffins at Sheffield University came up with a formula to uncover the friendliest communities in Britain. And they don’t come much more convivial than Bramhall, near Stockport in Greater Manchester.

Of the 30,000 people who live there very few said they were lonely or felt they did not belong. Perhaps that’s down to the 70 or so clubs, societies and sports groups that are available for people to join. There is literally something for everyone.

The government has done its own research into great places to live too. In 2012 it highlighted North Dorset as a perfect place to set up home. Nearly 94 per cent of people living there said they felt their neighbours looked out for one another

It’s a relaxed and pretty part of the country too and is summed up by Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, the idyllic setting for the iconic Hovis TV advert.

So, if you’re starting to feel like life is taking you along for the ride, stop and jump into the driver’s seat and live your life your way.

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Say No to Sugar. Alternative Non-Artificial Sweeteners

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Sugar rots your teeth. How many times did you hear that as a child?

No, it wasn’t just an excuse by your parents, to stop you from eating so many sweets, it is actually true to a degree. Too much sugar in your diet is damaging in many ways, as well as being one of the causes of weight gain. Sugary food is high fat generally, and if you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live your life in the healthiest of ways, that’s not really want you want to be doing!

There are several sweetening products out there on the market, but many of them are artificial, and a few come with health warnings of their own, so it’s sensible to try and look at the more natural route for sweetening your food and drinks.

Here are a few you might like to try.

Avage nectar

If you’re a fan of tequila you will know that avage nectar is where the famous drink comes from. Basically this is a plant that is grown in Mexico and South Africa, and the sweetening agent that comes from this large, spikey plant tastes very much like honey, but is less viscous. Avage nectar is very popular nowadays, and you’ll always find it in heath food shops.

Date sugar

Just like the name suggests, date sugar comes from dates, cooked and ground up. This is one of the most natural of the sweeteners on this list, and because of that it can be quite expensive. Date sugar adds a rich sweetness to food, but if you add it to coffee or tea, you’ll find it doesn’t dissolve.

Fruit juice concentrate

Again, the clue is in the name! Coming from a variety of different sweet fruits, this is a particularly thick sweetener, which works well in baking, as well as being used to sweeten cereal or boring plain yogurt, making it more of a sweet treat.

Maple syrup

The sap from sugar maple trees is boiled to produce this syrup product, which works well to sweeten baking again, such as apple pies etc. This is another popular choice because it is quite easily found in health food shops and also general supermarkets.

Molasses

I had no idea what this was at first, for some reason I thought it was fish! However it is nothing to do with fish and is actually the by-product of white and brown sugars. This is a particularly good alternative to brown sugar, and is good for baking.

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Taking Stock of Your Spending

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Taking stock of your spending: How to cut down unnecessary bills
If you are serious about cutting costs and rationalising your expenses, it’s imperative that you know how to identify and eliminate all non-essential expenses from your budget. The truth of the matter is that we all have a variety of expenses and areas of financial outlay that are unnecessary, or far too costly.

It’s important to be smart with your spending, and this is true regardless of whether you have a smaller income or a larger income with a budget that you want to manage more effectively. When you are smart with your money, and particularly smart with your spending, you know which of your monthly bills are truly necessary and which represent non-essential spending on luxury items.

Spend money to save money?

As you analyse and appraise the way that you spend, you are likely to also realise areas where you have the opportunity to invest to save money in the long run. For example, it’s absolutely no secret that energy use around the home is costly and growing ever-more expensive.

If you want to explore an option for reducing your expenditure on energy, consider the purchase, installation and use of solar panels. An expert company, such as Australian Solar Quotes, can provide you with detailed, evidence-based information. Many people who have invested in solar panels have found that the initial investment did not take long to recoup and they now enjoy low (or no) power bills and have a home that is effectively powered by an efficient and renewable source of energy.

If you can afford the initial costs of solar panels, they are a wonderful way to live more sustainably, and spend efficiently.

Track your expenses

To accurately understand where and how your money is spent, it is essential that you track your spending. By tracking where and how you spend over a one month period, you will know whether an area of expense is fixed, variable or discretionary.

Fixed expenses

Fixed expenses remain constant, they do not change from month to month. Mortgage payments, rent expenses and other loan repayments are examples of fixed expenses.

To cut back on your fixed expenses, consider the viability of moving to a smaller, less expensive home if you are renter. Alternatively, you could consider getting a flatmate, if space is available and your lease allows it.

If you use your car a lot, particularly for travel to work, consider the cost savings that may be available through public transport use, carpooling, walking or riding a bike.

Variable expenses

Variable expenses change based on use. Good examples of variable expenses are grocery costs, as well as bills related to utilities and transportation.

Energy costs can be reduced by restricting use of the air conditioner in summer and reducing the temperature at which thermostats are set in winter.

If you still have a landline, investigate the cost savings that may be possible if you were to discontinue the landline in favour of a more cost-effective mobile plan.

Discretionary expenses

All expenses that relate to personal wants and needs fall into the category of discretionary expenses. Examples include: clothing and entertainment expenses, as well as the costs of dining out.

To reduce non-essential spending in this area, carefully examine your daily routines and associated spending. For example, buying a $4 coffee each day can total spending of $1460 per year.

Cost savings can also be made by only dining out occasionally and preparing meals at home more often. To save money, it’s also a good idea to decrease the number of personal services that you buy in. For example, attending to your own gardening and cleaning chores, as well as things like pet grooming and manicures, can bring you significant savings in the long run.

To reduce your spending on unnecessary bills, it’s vital that you take stock of your spending. You need to identify where you are unnecessarily spending money, or spending too much, and take steps to use your money more wisely.

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