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Alcohol & Plastic Surgery: Just Say No

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It can be a hard thing to give up your nightly glass of wine with dinner, or to say no to a cocktail with friends after work—but if you have a plastic surgery procedure coming up, you should think long and hard before having a drink. Here’s why: Do you remember when I told you that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor (meaning it makes your blood vessels close up)? Well, alcohol is just the opposite—it’s a vasodilator—and that’s not a good thing, either, because it makes your blood vessels open up and flood your surface tissues. 

This is bad for two reasons:

  1. This process takes blood away from your vital organs (like your brain and heart)
  2. It causes your body to swell. You’ll be swollen enough after surgery without adding to it with booze!

Alcohol also affects the blood itself—it makes blood platelets less active, and therefore less able to coagulate. Because of this, drinking before and after surgery puts you at greater risk for post-operative bleeding, and make your healing process take longer than it would if you didn’t have any alcohol in your system.

Another big concern with surgery is dehydration—and since it’s a diuretic (it increases your rate of urine formation, making you pee more often than you should), alcohol is a big culprit in this arena. You’ll already be dehydrated after surgery; if you add to that by drinking alcohol before or after your procedure, you’ll feel absolutely awful in the days that follow.

The bottom line? Avoid alcohol as much as possible in the weeks before and after cosmetic surgery. If you slip and have one drink a couple of days before surgery, you’ll probably be fine—but consuming alcohol the night before or immediately after your surgery is asking for trouble!

Tips for Getting a V-Shaped or V-Line Face Naturally (Without surgery or injections)

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A V shaped face, or V Line Face, is widely coveted by many. It gives a sculpted, youthful look; which imparts an attractive appearance and enhances your facial features. This technique became extremely popular in Asia and now the concept of face slimming spreading like wild fire. The best part is, this V shaped face can be easily accomplished by injecting Botox and fillers – no surgery required. However, if you're not quite ready to embrace fillers, there are some other, more natural remedies you can try to help you achieve this much sought after look.

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How to get a V Shaped face without surgical procedures?

Face Lifting and Slimming Creams

A Well-contoured face looks amazing. The effects of visibly slimmer faces could be enhanced with face lifting serums, creams or even masks. Their primary function is to reduce water retention characteristics of the facial muscles. They do this by reducing swelling and firming the muscles. It completely eliminates puffy, bloated cheeks and double chin with regular use.

Facial Slimming Massage

You have a wide berth to choose from when it comes to face slimming massages, such as the lymphatic draining method, “Gua Sha” technique and many more. Special tools are used during the massage to sculpt the face just the way you like. They offer a revitalizing vibration massage for a firm, younger and contoured face. Face rollers are available in most beauty stores, and are great for this purpose.

Face Yoga

Have you heard about this unique type of yoga?  Facial yoga combines the benefits of facial exercises and yoga in order to help you train the muscles around your face that can slim down your face. You can get rid of problems like baggy eyes, wrinkles and sagging face. By opting for face yoga, you can do it anywhere, anytime. Many women opt to do this while driving. – it takes just 3 to 5 minutes a day.

Diet

Salt enhances the water retention capacity of the body, which causes bloated face and double chin. Think about it – when you have junk food or any food loaded with lots of salt, you feel thirsty and the face gets a swollen appearance the next day. The high sodium content is the culprit, so if you are a big fan of chips, burgers, pizza, and similar foods, you may want to consider cutting down and consulting a nutritionist to reduce salt intake from your daily diet. Processed foods should also be disposed of, because they not only cause the cheeks to puff up, but are bad for health as well.

Don't want to wait?  

Dr. Usha Rajagopal has nearly 20 years in cosmetic surgery and is a platinum injector and trainer for Allergan. Check out the following page to learn more abut using fillers to create your desired V shaped face with virtually no down time. Check out our V-Line Facial Slimming procedure page.

Watch Dr. Usha Rajagopal perform a simple, non-surgical chin augmentation procedure to get that "v-line shape" chin using Juvederm Ultra. Check out the before and after photos at the end to see the natural, beautiful results. 

Non-Surgical Jawline Slimming + 
Masseter Reduction with Botox

What is the Difference Between Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty?

Loosening of vaginal muscles can be caused by multiple different factors – Sometimes due to childbirth, especially if there is more than one child, and others it is simply a side effect of aging. Whatever the reason, when vaginal muscles start to become lax, it can lead to an inflated, thick labia that increases labia discomfort for outdoor activities like cycling and horse riding, and hampers your sex life too. Some women also have a large, distended labia right from the time of birth. With the advent of sophisticated technology, it is possible to restore a certain degree of tightness in your nether regions. There are two techniques for this purpose – vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. People tend to use the terms interchangeably but they are definitely not the same.

Labiaplasty vs. Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty

It is also referred to as vaginal rejuvenation or tightening, and as is evident, the procedure helps to tighten the inner muscles of the vagina by fusing the stretched muscle located at its rear end, which shortens it, using sutures for the muscles to pile up and narrow the cavity, cleaning up extra vaginal lining, and tightening the soft tissues around it. You need to recover for 4 to 6 weeks before resuming sexual intercourse and related activities. The reduced size of the vagina greatly heightens sexual pleasure – it will be worth the wait.

Labiaplasty

This procedure is exclusively for the labia minor and majora, commonly known as “vaginal lips”. Labiaplasty is for enhancing the outer appearance of the genital organs or reducing labia discomfort by shrinking the size of labia and reshaping it. There are two methods for this procedure such as:

  • The extra tissue around the labia is removed – the tissues are sculpted along the inner folds till the labia are shaped aesthetically and all irregularities have been surgically resolved.
  • The 2nd technique involves a sliver of tissue being cut out from under the labia, in a “V” shape, while the edges are sewn back together.

Absorbable sutures are placed post-surgery for healing, and you can make a full recovery within just 4 to 6 weeks.

It is normal to be apprehensive about surgeries for delicate body parts, but rest assured you are in the hands of the highly qualified Dr. Usha Rajagopal with over 20 years of experience and more than 1000 successful procedures in her portfolio. To leave a query, simply enter your  details into the form on the right, click submit,  and you will hear from us soon.