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Regain your confidence and feel like a yummy Mummy once again

Has your body changed after childbirth? We see many women who love being mums, but are keen to restore their bodies through a ‘mummy makeover’. Motherhood is undeniably one of life’s most rewarding experiences’ however it can take a toll on the body with many new mothers experiencing loose skin, Diatasis Recti (abdominal muscle separation), stubborn fat deposits as well as sagging and deflated breast tissue. Mummy makeovers are generally known as a combination of breast surgery and a tummy tuck and are fast becoming the go to choice for a high percentage of women post pregnancy.

 

Mummy makeovers aren’t purely cosmetic as most women view them as corrective procedures. They aren’t trying to look better than they’ve ever looked before, they just want to go back to how they looked before pregnancy, restoring their bodies to what they had.  For example breast reduction, breast lifts and breast augmentations are popular choices for new mums.  The degree of change women experience in their breast tissue can depend on whether they have breastfed, and the duration of their breastfeeding. The longer a woman has chosen to breastfeed, the more dramatic the changes in the appearance of her breasts. For women who have experienced descending breast tissue and some volume loss, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation. If there are no changes in volume, a breast lift may be sufficient.

 

Another area most affected by pregnancy is the abdominal area. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the abdominal wall causes both the muscles and skin to expand resulting in laxity. These excess folds of skin can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ allows the doctor to completely remodel the patients’ core and waistline through repair of the muscle separation and the removal of excess skin and fat. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal results.

 

Liposuction is also popular for new mums in common problem areas that become more prominent post-pregnancy such as love handles, inner and outer thighs.

 

 

 

 

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Great Ways to Beat the Boredom Post Surgery

Taking time off post-surgery doesn’t have to be mundane and boring. There are some great ways to put your down time at home to good use; I mean, how often do you get time to literally just do NOTHING? While you are at home recovering, we have compiled a list of some great ways to beat the boredom!

    1. Binge Watch: Now is the best time to take advantage of catching up on all those Netflix, Stan or online shows you have wanted to watch. During the work week commitments often get the better of us and by the time the weekend is here we often spend time out of the house being social with friends and family we haven’t seen. Post-surgery is the perfect time to sit back, sloth around at home and really get into that latest season of Orange is the New Black or Keeping up with the Kardashians!
    2. Get Creative: Sometimes having time off and being forced to just rest at home means you can make time for things you have never thought of before. Why not start a blog or journal? Do a cross word puzzle online or play scrabble on the iPad to get your mind working. If you really want to be proactive, now is the perfect time to clear out all those annoying old emails or documents on your computer you have always wanted to sort out. Being in recovery means you cannot be over active, so why not get cosy on the couch and open up that laptop for some much needed leisure time.
    3. Music: Enjoy your time at home by putting on some great music and just relaxing. If you have a garden or balcony, why not sit outside for some fresh air which is always an important part to recovery, hit that Spotify playlist of your choice and zone out.
    4. Nap: Now is your chance to take advantage of those much loved sleep in’s. We all long for those soft clouds known as pillows when we are run off our feet at work, so if you have to be at home recovering, why not enjoy a sweet siesta.
    5. Friends: Even though you can’t be up and out rushing around, people can still come and visit you. Give your friends a call and see if they’re free to pop over. You could always arrange a little movie night in, with some snacks and a cosy couch. There is nothing like good company when your post op at home.

 

 

 

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Busting Myths About Acne

There’s lots of great advice out there about acne, but there’s also a lot of misinformation. Acne myths are potentially harmful, as they can give people misleading skincare tips which can worsen the condition. So we thought it best to set the record straight. Sorting the facts from the fiction, keep reading to discover the most common acne myths and why they are just that – myths.

Squeezing your spots isn’t such a bad thing

By squeezing any form of acne whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, papules or pustules you could make the acne worse or cause permanent scarring. People mistakenly believe that by popping a pimple they are releasing the pus and thus the bacteria, allowing for the spot to heal. But in fact, by squeezing the spot, you spread the bacteria and trigger an inflammatory response in your skin. This means your skin detects trapped bacteria and secretes chemicals to fight it, this is what causes the spot to swell, redden and become painful. Taking much longer for the spot to go away.

Acne is infectious

This is very simply not true. Acne is not an infection or virus that can be passed on from person to person.

You can never wash your face too much

Washing your face more than twice a day could actually irritate your skin and aggravate your acne in a number of ways. Overzealous washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing you skin to overcompensate and produce an excessive amount of oil. Furthermore, harshly scrubbing at the face can cause irritation and even tiny scratches and micro-tears in the skin, which then gives access to more infection and inflammation.

Only teens get acne

This is can be one of the damaging acne myths for self-esteem. Although in the mainstream media acne is correlated with puberty and your awkward teen years, in truth adults suffer from it too. So you’re not alone. Up to 25% of men and 50% of women suffer from adult acne.

Sunbathing and sunbeds can help improve the symptoms of acne

This is completely false and an utterly harmful myth. There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunbeds can improve your acne. It may feel as though it dries out the skin and reduces redness but don’t be fooled. The sun is not your friend. UV rays and prolonged sun exposure can instead cause a premature onset of ageing; wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin as well as skin cancer.

Acne is caused by having poor hygiene

Acne is not caused by dirt or uncleanliness, so you can stop blaming yourself. Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface. So the cleanliness of your skin whilst helpful is not the sole solution. Washing your face twice a day is more than enough to reduce bacteria, remove surface oil and help exfoliate dead skin cells. To kill the acne-causing bacteria you need to use a targeted treatment. 

Tags: ACNE, acne myth, acne myths, acne skin

 

BLOG- Originally from ZO Skin Health UK https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/acne-myths/

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