Winter is subsiding and the warm weather is here! Many people are beginning the yearly ritual of sweating in the Texas heat and trying to decide if escaping the wrath of the sun is worth exposing their not-quite bikini bodies. During colder months, many of us are able to hide our stomachs full of Thanksgiving feasts and holiday goodies under several layers of thick clothing, making the return of the sun an unwelcome arrival. If this sounds like you, be assured you are not alone. A large amount of individuals welcome the Spring Equinox by wondering what options exist to help them feel comfortable, both physically and mentally, during this time of the year. At Lift Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of body contouring procedures to give you a tummy you’ll be proud to show off at the beach. A majority of our patients wish to focus on the abdominal area, but aren’t sure which procedure would be best for their situation. The first step to reaching your cosmetic surgery goals this season is to know the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidant. Most people know the word but very few know what it actually means. In the simplest terms, antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that prevent the harmful oxidation of cells (hence their name.) The science of this process involves balancing substances known as “free radicals.” Free radicals are defined as uncharged molecules that have an unpaired, or valence, electron in their outermost shell, causing them to be highly reactive and potentially damaging to your body’s tissues. In layman's terms, they include any substances that lead to the unwanted aging of cells in your body. We’re exposed to free radicals through a multitude of ways, including waste when our body goes about its everyday processes (breaking down sugars for energy, releasing digestive enzymes, etc.), when the body breaks down certain medicines, subjection to pollutants, and exposure to radiation. Luckily, we have ways to fight these free radicals. The consumption of antioxidant-rich foods for skin and organ protection is the best first step.
Congratulations on your new family member! There is nothing quite as beautiful as bringing new life into the world. At least, that’s what everyone tells you. With sleepless nights, constant feedings, and overall exhaustion around every corner, you may find yourself wondering if you will ever be able to feel as beautiful and healthy as you did before giving birth. Here at Lift, we may not be able to feed your baby in the middle of the night, but we can give you some diet and exercise tips to help you feel confident in your postpartum body.