Do Diet Pills Really Work?


A pill a day keeps liposuction away...or does it?A pill a day keeps liposuction away...or does it?

In short, the answer to this question is no but it ultimately depends on how the pills are used and the lifestyle of the user. There are many different diet pills available on the market today, some of which work quite well when combined with exercise and healthy eating habits. What many consumers fail to appreciate about this products is that they are not designed to used alone and they will not produce results alone.

Diet pills often contain numerous different substances that encourage an increase in our metabolism - the process that breaks down food and calories, following by absorption into the body. Some of these substances are utterly harmless, while others have been known to cause serious health complications. For this reason, it is very important to discuss with your physician your weight loss goals and program before beginning any regimen. Your doctor will know if the product you have selected is safe for you and your individual health.

These products generally come in three forms:

  1. prescription form (meaning that a licensed physician must recommend your use of the product and make written request for the product to be provided to you by a pharmacist),
  2. over-the-counter (no prescription or recommendation is required, you can simply pull this product off the shelf and pay for it like anything else) and finally
  3. herbal form - herbal weight loss pills are becoming increasingly popular as they boast natural ingredients that are harmless to the user's health.

It is very important to ensure that any pills you are considering have been inspected and approved by your federal food and drug agency. Some supplements, such as herbal pills, are treated as food product so be careful to review the entire list of approved products before beginning a weight loss program involving any kind of supplement.

The true answer to this so commonly asked question? Sure, diet pills work. Just not all of them, and they don't work alone. Consulting with your local food and drug administration, your physician and actively partaking in research on the products itself prior to adding them to your daily lifestyle is a key factor in using these products safely and effectively. After finding one that is safe for your health conditions and suits your weight loss program, follow the directions closely and remember that you have to live a healthy life in order for these products to help you. Get lots of exercise, eat right and results will follow.

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Liposuction Alternatives--Hypnosis?

Can hypnosis increase bust size?Can hypnosis increase bust size?

There are a huge number of methods that can replace liposuction and similarly invasive procedures at a fraction of the cost and usually without complications. Most of these are not only cost-effective, but require little or no downtime at all, meaning that you can get back to your life much faster. While it is true that a good number of these methods fall under the category of "fad," some actually work to some degree.

Among these programs is the hypnosis idea, also known as visualization or an imagery technique. The belief that we can change ourselves merely by seeing ourselves as different through visualization may sound absurd, but is actually proven to be successful in some cases. In fact, breast enlargement has been accomplished for some women, and these reportedly have gained up to a full six inches in bust size using hypnosis methods. However, many women report one cup size improvement with the program.

Hypnosis is one of the more expensive of the liposuction alternatives, and sessions typically range for an eight to twelve week period to reach maximum potential. Depending on where you live, total treatment programs (the whole 8-12 weeks) cost on average between $1500 and $4000. This is comparable to traditional liposuction procedures, but without the risks and side effects. Many people are willing to pay the same price for safety and non-invasive techniques.

Do not be fooled into thinking that you have to hire an expensive and busy therapist in order to use hypnosis and similar visualization techniques. There are dozens of audio and traditional books available that can help you accomplish the same purpose from the comfort of your own home for thousands cheaper.

We know that much of our body rejuvenates itself over a period of time, including hair, skin, organs, blood, and more. Why not help our body improve itself in other ways, most often by dozing and letting our subconscious do the work? No needles or injections, no plastic surgery with the risk of complications, and no one ever has to know how you did it

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What Is A Panniculectomy?

What is a panniculectomy?What is a panniculectomy?

For those who've recently lost a large amount of weight quickly, massive amounts of excess skin may be a problem. This is especially true for those who underwent bariatric surgery, no matter how much it improved their health overall. This excess skin is called the pannus, or abdominal apron, and can have many negative effects on the body. Hygiene problems, back pain, and finding clothing can become stressful, and the pubic area is especially affected by a pannus problem. In severe cases, walking and standing can even become impaired. In these cases, there is hope, and a panniculectomy (tummy tuck) may be the answer.

"Panniculectomy" is a surgical procedure often taking between three and five hours at most. All patients must stay at least one night in the hospital, but this is still an excellent option for those who've improved their bodies through weight loss but are left with excess skin. It is important to consult with a licensed professional before going under the knife, and be sure to ask for credentials if you are unsure.

This procedure removes the excess skin only, unlike abdominal surgery. The incision is similar to that of a caesarean section, but is slightly longer. Overlapping skin is removed, and the skin is pulled together and sutured, creating a flatter tummy. If you've lost a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise, you deserve to look as good as you feel.

No matter how much weight you lose, you deserve to be able to show off your new body. Sometimes, diet and exercise alone are not enough to get rid of hanging skin in the abdominal region, and, for others, this skin can become a serious health problem in and of itself. Understand the risks and costs associated with a panniculectomy, and never trust someone who is not willing to listen to your wishes and opinions before making a decision.

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Why Cosmetic Surgery is Becoming So Popular

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It seems that as time progresses, so does society's fascination with retaining a youthful appearance. There are many reasons that this is happening, and these might not apply to every individual who reads this. This desire is based on different reasons for each person, and some may not be at all concerned with looking youthful forever.

Cosmetic surgery is most popular in the developed countries of the world, where medical practices have become somewhat more advanced in nature. North American and European citizens in particular have shown a high rate of interest in cosmetic surgery in the hopes of retaining their youth and denying the aging process. Some suggest that this is due to the levels of exposure to the world of perfection that is Hollywood, something seen daily on television, in magazines and movies, and all over the Internet by people in these areas.

With medical advancements being developed consistently, it is only natural that people began to use this science to aid their quest in keeping a youthful look.

The most popular age range for most cosmetic surgeries is the early forties to mid sixties in most men and women. This is often referred to as the age where a mid-life crisis is suffered by many people, where they begin to come to terms with their own mortality and perhaps become insecure about the changes the body goes through at mid-life.

For women, the body loses the ability to reproduce and the secretion of feminine hormones are slowed. This often results in weight gain, unsightly facial hair, age spots, hair thinning, and sometimes helps wrinkles to become more visible.

Men also experience changes in the secretion of various hormones, however the effects are more physical than emotional. Men are known to experience the mid-life crisis more notoriously than women, with a reputation for large purchases and errors in judgement, however many men are also now turning to cosmetic surgery to help them through this time.

People who are insecure about aging, or are perhaps having trouble accepting their age, often seek cosmetic surgery to reverse the effects life has tolled on their skin. It is common among citizens all over the world, and perfectly acceptable. It is important to understand every aspect of the cosmetic surgery being considered and be sure that it is right for your circumstances by consulting with a licensed surgeon.

There are thousands of cosmetic surgeons who practice in many different types of procedures. This makes it easy to find just any surgeon who will be willing to make a few slices and tucks. It is important for anyone who might consider cosmetic surgery to carefully research their selected surgeon and be confident in his reputation and skill.

In many cases, cost is directly related to skill, experienced and reputation. In the world of cosmetic surgery, it is generally safe to say that you will get what you are willing to pay for.

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular as specific-aged people begin to age and feel less attractive to themselves and/or society. Hollywood's baby boomers are among this age group, as they hope to stay in the limelight and feel a greater pull to look their best to the rest of  the nation. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what seems too good to be true (youth), may well be that in the case of cosmetic surgery.

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Bits: Lipodissolve

Are you happy with your body?
Are you happy with your body?

Lipodissolve has become increasingly popular with the demand for non-surgical weight loss procedures. It's not as well known as some other weight loss techniques such as laser liposuction or even acupuncture weight loss, but patient reviews seem to shed a great amount of positive light on the procedure.

A form of injection lipolysis, Lipodissolve uses a series of injections to help reduce unwanted, localized fat deposits. These are generally zones such as love handles, muffin tops, cellulite, or saddlebags. In terms of weight loss on a larger scale, Lipodissolve can help break down fat cells and make them easier to burn away.

Lipodissolve is commonly confused with mesotherapy, but the two are actually different procedures. Mesotherapy is a holistic treatment, and it does not use any medically active ingredients.

Lipodissolve, on the other hand, uses phosphatidylcholine/deoxycholate (PC DC) to help break down these fat cells, and the other ingredients that make up the injection solution are variable. They may include vitamins, minerals or even hormones. It is said that this concoction of ingredients is customized by each practitioner in order to produce the best results possible for each individual patient.

There haven't been too many published studies on Lipodissolve to date, so the risks and side effects thus far are mostly speculated. However, there's no question that the injections do actually liquefy fat, but one must wonder where the liquefied fat goes if it does not remain in its original zones. Some potential new homes for the fat include the liver, the heart, blood vessels, or it may simply shift. While your love handles or bra roll may have disappeared, now you run the risk for premature heart attack or liver failure.

Treatments usually consist of ten to twelve sessions, each occurring at four to six week intervals. Roughly one Lipodissolve treatment should occur over the course of about ten to fifteen months. It is no quick and easy weight loss fix. It's also very important for anyone considering lipodissolve to remember that their desired outcome will only be achieved if they incorporate daily exercise and healthy eating habits into their lives.

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The Value of Aerobic Exercise

Remember those old aerobics from the '80s, with the steps and spandex? As cheesy as they look, those kinds of exercise are actually very beneficial to your health and weight loss attempts and there are a multitude of reasons why.

1. Aerobic exercise helps increase the blood flow and heart rate.

By increasing your blood flow, heart rate and respiratory rate, you're helping your body burn excess calories - one of the key factors in weight loss and avoiding liposuction. Because it usually involves the majority of your body being used, it also helps to keep your blood flowing quickly and keeping your heart rate increased. This is a factor that directly reflects your ability to burn those calories - the longer your heart beats at that increased rate, the more calories you'll burn off.

2. Aerobic exercise helps tone muscle.

Again, the range of the anatomy used in aerobic exercise is great when it comes to toning muscle. Taking part in activities like Tae Bo will help you to build and tone muscle all over your body and at a relatively even rate. Keep in mind that you will need to balance your exercise plan according to your individual goals and abilities, and it won't be long before aerobic exercise begins to work in your favour, eliminating the need for surgery.

3. Aerobic exercise is great for the lungs and heart.

Our heart and lungs is pretty much the engine room for our bodies. Yes, the brain is the control center, but there's nothing to control without the engine room. We need to keep these organs healthy and running smoothly as much as possible in order to ensure that we avoid health complications such as heart attacks. Aerobic exercise offers these organs great routine action if performed properly, and they can help you to build a strong cardiac and respiratory system if you take part regularly.

Like liposuction, aerobic exercise may not be right for everyone. Those who suffer with breathing difficulties or ailments, such as asthma or emphysema may find this type of activity very strenuous or even distressing. It is important to discuss your plans with a licensed physician before you begin and make sure your plan will work for you and your individual health.

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Fears Associated With Liposuction

Is cosmetic surgery a real reason to be scared?Is cosmetic surgery a real reason to be scared?

When it comes to any form of surgery, there are many different fears experienced by patients on many different levels. With all the risks and side effects that one could be subjected to, it is only natural to feel some form of apprehension regarding any kind of surgery, but this is a major factor in the world of elective surgeries, such as liposuction. No one wants to put themselves at risk by choice, and it's a very serious thing to consider before making that final decision to go under the knife.

Since general anesthesia is commonly used in liposuction, many people fear the procedure of being dosed and what will happen while they are sleeping. Horror films such as Jessica Alba's "Awake" feed fear into people subconsciously when it comes to surgeries and anesthesia. Essentially, you are entirely helpless while under general anesthesia, and this is something most people are extremely uncomfortable with. Humans have an innate need to remain in control, and this takes away every bit of control we have over ourselves and our safety.

Another very common liposuction-associated fear is the fear of bad results. Since it takes six months, sometimes longer, for the results of liposuction to finally settle, it is hard to tell if your results will be optimal. With such a lengthy period of time lapsing between the time of surgery and when the final results become apparent, it can be hard to remember the exact details of any guarantee, or even to track down the operating surgeon. This fear can be alleviated by ensuring a good, reputable surgeon with an insurance policy and guarantee (that covers at least one year post-surgery for touch ups, etc).

At the top of the list for liposuction associated fears is the fear of being duped into believing you've hired a great surgeon. There are a lot of deceitful people in the world who take advantage of anyone they possibly can, and the world of cosmetic surgery is no exception. The problem is, with this kind of fraud, it's hard to tell if you've hired a con artist until it's too late. Remember - a real, reputable surgeon will be easy to find positive information on. He'll (or she'll) most likely have a web site, a receptionist at his office and lots of clients in a very clean building. The best way to avoid this potential danger? Trust your gut. If you think something might be wrong, it probably is.

There are tons of fears that can easily be associated with liposuction. By taking a careful, practical and thoughtful approach to the surgery, selecting a surgeon and being prepared for what is to come, you can alleviate most of them yourself. Deeper lying phobias should be discussed with the surgeon and possibly a therapist, if it is necessary.

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Why Mesotherapy Beats Liposuction

Mesotherapy's Benefits and DrawbacksMesotherapy's Benefits and Drawbacks

Mesotherapy has become a very popular replacement for the various types of liposuction in regions all over the world. People from all walks of life, of all shapes and sizes, have accepted this has an effective and affordable treatment to help them in their weight loss quests. After great amounts of research and asking around, it's easy to conclude that mesotherapy definitely beats liposuction. Here's why.

1. Mesotherapy involves no down time.

Because it's non-invasive and non-surgical, the only time you'll be required to take away from your daily life is the time it takes for the appointment - approximately an hour, depending upon the size of the region to be treated. Liposuction involves several weeks where the patient is unable to participate in vigorous activities and perform their daily tasks.

2. Mesotherapy cannot be mistaken for a weight loss replacement as easily as liposuction.

It's very easy for the average person to think of liposuction as a quick and easy, albeit very expensive, way to get rid of excess fat tissue. Since it's removed via suction, there's nothing left to burn away with exercise and healthy living. Mesotherapy encourages patients to actually participate in this healthy lifestyle because the treatments simply don't work with out it. The injections are not designed to obliterate fat cells, but to weaken them and make it easier for the patient to burn fat away with a properly formed exercise and diet plan.

3. Mesotherapy is entirely non-invasive.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, there's no question about it. Patients are treated in the hospital, and are cared for by hospital staff. Mesotherapy, on the other hand, is normally performed in a private clinic by a licensed practitioner. The average appointment spans roughly an hour, and the ingredients in the serum are customized based on the individual patient, practitioner and the desired outcome.

4. Mesotherapy cocktails are customized for every patient.

Based on the patient's medical history, their desired outcome, and the practitioner himself, each patient is injected with a different serum that is designed to help them obtain their goals. The serum uses different vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other ingredients that will be agreed upon between the patient and doctor.

Over all, mesotherapy is the better option in our busy world. Who really has the time available, or the funds for that matter, to be able to take time away from work and pay for surgery at the same time? With quick appointments, no recovery time and minimal side effects or risks involved, anyone thinking of liposuction would be wise to research mesotherapy clinics in their region.

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Neck Lift Alternatives

Thinking about making your neck more attractive?Thinking about making your neck more attractive?

There are many services and products being advertised today that offer the results of face and neck lifts without surgery. They claim to use wonder plants that promote collagen production, or perhaps require a daily creme treatment. There are dozens of them and just as many methods of use, but none have been proven to actually produce results.

Before beginning any treatment plan as an alternative to neck lift surgery, it is important to first consult with a licensed physician. Be sure to ask about the products and the ingredients used in them. Some of these wonder pills and cremes have been known in the past to contain drugs or substances that proved harmful to their users, even fatal in some cases. Your physician will know if the product has been approved by your local government food and safety organization, and if it contains anything that could be dangerous.

Many physicians will not promote or recommend these products at all. In researching this topic, I discovered a large number different physicians who do not recommend neck lift alternatives such as laser therapy and drug store cremes. Every one of these physicians stated that the products and services simply do not have the qualities required to produce the same results as a neck lift.

Search results also yielded a similar number of surgeons and physicians who say these products work on an individual basis, depending upon the type of treatment the patient is seeking. What may work for one patient may not work for the next three, or vice versa. The results of the treatment are based on the following:

  1. If there is fat to be removed, liposuction is the most effective method outside of exercise.
  2. The amount of loose skin and amount of damage the skin has sustained.
  3. The skin type.
  4. The patient's individual medical history.

Out of all of the products and services that promote themselves as neck lift alternatives, the only one that has been proven a success in the majority of cases is regular exercise. An excellent neck exercise program can be found by searching online, but you might also consider speaking with your physician and/or trainer to customize a neck exercise plan to produce the best results for your individual case.

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The Best Alternative To Liposuction

Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non surgical, are a relatively new practice in the medical field. Liposuction and its many cousins have only come into common practice, available to the public, over the past twenty to thirty years. As the risks and side effects of such surgeries have come into the limelight of the media and through various lawsuits, people who once would have considered these procedures are now looking for non-surgical liposuction alternatives to produce the same effects as a surgery.

The retail market as we know it plays host to thousands of products which are engineered to tighten the skin, dissolve fat cells topically, cleanse pores, and mold our bodies. Many people find the results of these products touch and go, spending hundreds of dollars in products trying to find the right one for their skin and body types.

Even a massage is better than surgery.Even a massage is better than surgery.

On top of the products available for purchase and use in the comfort and privacy of our own homes, there are methods of weight loss and fat removal that do not use invasive surgical techniques. These methods include laser therapy, mesotherapy, Lipodissolve®, Thermage®, and even acupuncture among a long list of others.

One of the most common reasons that people consider undergoing liposuction is to remove cellulite, one of the hardest types of fat tissues to reduce in the human body. However, mesotherapy is a highly effective alternative for the reduction of cellulite and other effective fat tissue. Using a series of injections beneath the epidermis, mesotherapy works to break apart these fat cells and make them easier to burn away with frequent, vigorous exercise and a healthy diet. Above all the other methods of fat reduction and removal, the one that finds the most success is one that involves healthy living.

The best alternative to liposuction is the method that the user feels most comfortable with and suits their individual goals and body type. Some surgeons may insist that other methods of weight loss be attempted whole heartedly before surgery is considered. When considering liposuction, a responsible surgeon will be happy to discuss non-surgical alternatives with his patients and make recommendations based upon individual circumstances.

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