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Couple’s Ways to Get Rid of Snoring

Sleeping soundly does not mean that you’re always in the pink of health. A current study estimated that 45% of men and 30% of women snore on a regular basis. It is said that frequent alcohol drinking, smoking, asthmatic attacks and blockage of passageways brought by colds or sinuses are the most common causes of snoring.

On the other hand, many experts affirm that snoring hugely affect marital relationships. For an instance, the other half that is diagnosed to have this particular sleeping disorder has higher chances of getting marriage misunderstandings because his / her partner tries to sleep in the other room. Moreover, snoring is also viewed as a negative aspect in intimacy because it decreases the couple’s bed time moments together.

Surgical procedure is now been considered as one of the solutions to stop this disorder. However, this is rarely used and only considered in cases of very severe snoring when other treatments have failed.

Plastic surgeons in the Philippines have the following procedure to correct this sleeping abnormality:

Remove excess soft tissue from the throat to widen the upper airway. This may involve removing the tonsils and adenoids and other tissues in the back of the throat (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty).

Correct an abnormally shaped wall (septum) between the nostrils or remove nasal polyps that block airflow through the nose.

Change the position of the bony structures in the upper airway, allowing air to flow more freely, especially during sleep. More than one surgery may be needed to make these changes.

Implant plastic cylinders in the soft palate to stiffen it to prevent it from vibrating. This can reduce snoring and the daytime sleepiness it causes.

However, as mentioned, these procedures are for severe cases. So if your partner’s snoring habit is starting to become more often, it’s time to get rid of this problem before it turns worse. Below are proven safe, practical and innovative ways to save your marital relationship as you help your partner sleep soundly.

Take Up Singing Lessons

It’s no joke. Singing contemporary ballads can mean serenading your husband or wife as it also stretches your throat muscles to reduce irritating night time vibrations that cause the noise.

Have an intimate Dinner Schedule

Encourage a weekly couple’s bonding in a relaxing venue. Avoid restaurants and bars that allow diners to smoke. Second-hand smoke is very harmful since it causes nasal and lung congestion which often leads to snoring.

Wear a Snore Stopper Bracelet for Couples

Along with wedding rings, unisex watches and couple T-shirts comes the innovative Snore Stopper Bracelet as seen at Groupon Philippines. It is a multipurpose accessory that detects snoring from your partner, all you need to do is wear it on the wrist while sleeping and it will deliver pulses to stop the user from snoring. You can have this item as a shopping coupon only from Groupon. A more affordable and convenient way to acquire this innovative snore stopper.

Engage on a Physical Bonding Together

Whether both of you needs to lose weight or aging calls for a healthy lifestyle, physical activities like running, swimming, biking and going to the gym helps in clearing out blocked narrow airways that affects your breathing pattern while fast asleep.

Talk openly with your Partner who snores

If you truly love your better half, it is also assumed that you’re willing to accept his / her imperfections. Honestly telling your partner that he / she snores can mean that you’re helping to resolve whatever conflicts it can bring to your relationship as a couple. Taking some time to talk to him / her privately will make both of you comfortable with each other.

Couples don’t have to worry since there are a lot of instant remedies and cure for snoring.  If you really want to eliminate the habit, pursue hard not only to please your partner but also to take charge of your health and wellness.

More than physical intimacy, connection of your intertwined souls is the most important aspect of long lasting relationship. So come on! Don’t be shy to gently whisper to your partner’s ear the next time you hear him snore and let’s try to find out what will happens next. Good luck!

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The Etiquette of Plastic Surgery

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in the United States alone, there were over 9 million surgical and non-surgical procedures done in 2011. So it is no wonder why there are lots of people who turn to plastic surgery to answer their beauty and health woes. But, just like any other trend, it also has its own set of rule book.

If you know someone (may it be your friend or acquaintance) who had undergone plastic surgery, it is considered impolite to directly ask him/her about it. A sensitive topic such as plastic surgery makes it awkward for someone who had it to talk about.

Plastic surgery has its own set of rules to follow. Photo from Google.

Etiquette guru Mary Mitchell told the Contra Costa Times on how and what to say to friends, individuals or colleagues who have gone under plastic surgery. “When we change the way we look, it almost automatically changes the way others react to us,” Mitchell said.

“It’s incredibly rude to come out and ask about it. Wait for them to tell you,” she added. And if it is really obvious, “give the person an opening, like, ‘Gee, you look great. What’s your secret?’ And say that without sarcasm. Or if you know already that the person was going to have a surgery, you can ask them the question, “how are you feeling?”

Mitchell also mentioned that many people actually want to talk about it. “People told me it was liberating to hear somebody admit to having work done and that it’s OK,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want anybody to know, but telling someone can actually help.”

Since plastic surgery is a major operation and can be traumatic for some, you would want somebody to talk to, a support system especially if it is an extreme procedure. It takes a big toll on your physical, mental and emotional state so it is better to rely on trusted friends and family members for comfort and support.

Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona of the Philippine Plastic Surgeon has a witty suggestion for someone who had gone under the knife and is not ready yet for the big reveal. “If you want to disguise your procedure, let’s say facial implants, which are most probably going to be very evident, you might want to consider changing your hair color or wardrobe choices  because most probably, their reaction is going to be: You look great, nice hairstyle.”

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Five Most Popular Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are very effective for many skin problems including discoloration, acne, wrinkles, etc. Chemical peeling is done by applying a chemical formula onto the surface of the face; this removes the damaged outer layer of the skin leaving a softer and smoother skin underneath. Most procedure takes less than an hour to perform and depending on the condition of your face, it can take up to four sessions to get the desired result.

There are many different types of chemical peels that are suitable for specific skin care problems. The key in having great skin after the procedure is finding a board-certified Philippine plastic surgery expert so that he can monitor the progress of your skin. In this post, find out the five most popular chemical peels from the lightest to the deepest peel available.

Get to know the five most popular types of chemical peels and on your next visit to your surgeon, ask them about it. Photo from Google.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels

Alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHA, are one of the most accepted ingredients in a mild chemical peel. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA used. AHA peels hardly needs anesthetic to be performed and discomfort is very minimal during and after procedure. AHA peels reduces the appearance of fine lines, smoothen rough skin and gives you a more even skin tone. Because this is a mild procedure, it may take a couple of times before you get the desired results.

Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels

Salicylic acid is the most popular beta hydroxyl that is used for chemical peeling. Beta hydroxyl peels often treats acne-prone skin. Be aware though that salicylic acid is more potent than glycolic acid so it provides deeper chemical peel but with longer results. Beta hydroxyl peels are considered mild resurfacing treatments so just like AHA peels, it does require anesthesia and recovery period is relatively short. But, just like AHA peels, desired results will not be achieved after just one session so might as well stick with your appointments. More so, once you had this peel, you need to have it periodically to maintain a softer and smoother skin.

Jessner’s Peel

This is a combination of ingredients mixed into a single formula. This is considered a light chemical peel that is a little stronger than the two mentioned above. Jessner’s peel incorporates lactic and salicylic acid and resorcinol and is applied into the skin that is too damaged to respond to the two previous peels mentioned above. Jessner’s peels are often applied without anesthesia and recovery period takes about two weeks.

Most plastic surgery clinics offer chemical peel these days so ask your surgeon about it.

TCA Peels

Trichloroacetic acid is the most common ingredient found in medium chemical peels. This is used to successfully treat skin imperfections including sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring. After the procedure, the patient might sometimes feel a stinging sensation but don’t worry, over the counter medications are available. Recovery period for TCA peel take a week and results are more dramatic compared to lighter and medium peels. But for best results, one session is not enough.

Phenol Peels

Phenol is used for deep chemical peels and commonly gives the most dramatic result. This treats skin imperfections, removes pre-cancerous growths or completely diminish deep wrinkles. Because this formula is used for deep peeling, it requires at least two hours in you surgeon’s office and unlike the other peels, it requires local anesthesia and pain medication afterward. It takes up to a month for complete recovery but the results are smother skin that lasts longer than the four previous mentioned.

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Have Your Eye Bags Packed And Ready To Go

Our eyes are one of the most sought after part of our body, literally and figuratively. They say that they are the windows to our soul as well as the first physical trait that gives impression to our looks.

However, as much as we want to maintain their beauty, there are inevitable factors which give them soggy and unhealthy appearance.

Get those bags off your eyes by consulting your plastic surgeon.

We have some fat around our eyes as well as ligament, epidermis and muscle which help our eyes function accordingly. But, they tend to gain wrinkles, get puffy and darken due to aging and stress. These dilemmas are few of the reasons why we gain eye bags.


Yet, we can eliminate these dull-looking features through Eye Bag Removal with the professional help from Philippine Plastic Surgery experts.

Through Blepharoplasty or eyebag removal procedure, you can wave goodbye to your eye bags. This procedure removes extra fat along with excessive muscle and skin which reduces the puffiness while lifting your upper and lower eyelids.

Common patients are the older ones but blepharoplasty is actually open for younger ones too as long as the patient is physically fit to undergo the procedure.

You’re working hard yet your eyes are suffering. If they can only speak, they will tell you to take a break and bring them to your doctor. Give your eyes the treatment that they truly deserve.

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The popularity of Abdominoplasty and the Philippine plastic surgeons

One of the most common problems among figure-conscious individuals is keeping their tummy area in shape. Some would go through special diet and exercise and yet, they don’t get the result that they want.

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is one of the fastest rising plastic surgery procedures in the Philippines.

Here in the Philippines, it is a common scene in almost all corners of the streets and in every public establishment the bulging tummies of either a man or a woman. Some of them, if you are to ask them, are already used to what they have in their stomach and they are contented with their condition so there is no point of having a difficult diet and exercise routines. However, some will still tell you that they are disturb with what they have. They, most of the time, feel the insecurity and the discomfort brought by their enormous belly, that’s why they are thinking of a lot of solutions just to get rid of all the fat deposits in their stomach.

A few will think of undergoing to a cosmetic surgery procedure. The reason? The danger it might bring to them and the amount that they might spend just for a single operation. But many surgeons, specifically Philippine plastic surgeons, will suggest that it depends to the credibility and the ability of the medical clinic and if people really want to have good result they should have faith and believe with the procedure. When it comes to its financial aspect, well you really have to invest on it because at the end of the day, you will realize it’s worth; the result will boost your moral and will bring you a more healthy lifestyle.

But do you know how the operation for this specific problem took place? Or do you even know what it is? Well, let me tell something about the procedure that many Filipinos are looking forward to: the Abdominoplasty procedure.

Abdominoplasty or commonly known as tummy tuck is an invasive plastic surgery that removes excess skin and fats from the midsection and surgically tightens the abdominal muscles.  It involves the surgery of the abdomen in which excess fatty tissue and skin are removed, resulting to a firm and smooth abdomen.

The abdomen will be cut from hipbone to hipbone in this procedure, the option for those patients who require the most correction, for the complete abdominoplasty. The incision will be made low, at about the same level as one’s pubic hair area. Contrary to popular belief, the belly button is not repositioned during tummy tucks. The navel stays where it is and the skin is just redraped around it. After redraping, the surgeon can even adjust the size of the belly button with a bit of nipping and tucking.

This is an in-patient hospital procedure which takes from 2 to 6 hours under general anesthesia. It is a major surgical procedure so the patient can expect a considerable recovery time as compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures. Most patients will require between one to three weeks before returning to work and assuming a normal schedule. Daily activities are also restricted for about 6 weeks to give time for the healing process to occur.

Abdominoplasty is becoming a popular plastic surgery in the Philippines. This became the best solution for many Filipinos and proved that having a small tummy will definitely change one’s lifestyle.

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Factors to Consider Before Undergoing Liposuction

If anyone should wish to go through with this type of body contour procedure there are certain factors to consider. Here is a short checklist of requirements for those who want to undergo liposuction in the Philippines.

  • The person in question needs to be at least 18 years old or older, in terms of age.
  • The patient needs to be in good general condition.
  • Proof that the patient never had a history of chronic health anomalies in their family (ex. diabetes, congenital heart conditions, etc.).
  • It must also be duly noted that the patient already exerted considerable effort in dieting or exercising or both but still maintained a persistent 10 to 15 pounds (of fat) in certain areas of the body. In short, this type of procedure must be taken as a last resort or a conjunctive measure and not as an alternative to proper dieting and/or exercise.

For the benefit of the readers, this article will also include a few preparation tips.

For two weeks prior to the operation, the patient should avoid taking anticoagulants. If the patient should choose to undergo the surgery using general anaesthesia or sedation, the liposuction surgery will most probably be scheduled in the morning, so the patient will need to start fasting midnight the night before.

For patients who would choose to go with local anaesthesia, fasting would no longer be required.

For smokers who wish to undergo liposuction, abstinence should be exercised two months prior to the operation. This is because nicotine is a dangerous toxin which interrupts proper blood circulation which can cause tissue damage. But quitting the habit altogether would be the best option to go with for that matter.

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A Thing of Beauty: The Perfect Definition of Beautiful

Natural beauty is present in everyone. It is the different things for different people that make them feel and see beautiful. Find out what makes you feel beautiful.

Everything is a recipe for beauty. For some people, there is nothing more attractive than a smart head over the shoulders. Others would agree that someone with an unbelievable sense of humor is a form of beauty in itself. A few others stick to the archetypical expression of beauty that is the physical. Still others believe that true beauty is really only seen with the heart.

But what is beauty if not the product of the beholder’s eyes? The measure of beauty is anybody’s discretion and nobody’s decision. The perception of beauty is different for everyone, except the common truth remains: a thing of beauty is a joy forever.

What is beautiful and what gives you joy are all up to you.

Wits and Wisdom

If your idea of sexy is remarkable brainpower, then obviously your judgment leans toward the intelligent side. If what makes you feel more and more beautiful is a closet of knowledge and new discoveries, then you are a living testament of human thirst for explanations. Just be sure that you are not easily disappointed if not everything may live up to your expectations. But be rest assured that you will never run out of something beautiful to see because as it is, the world is full of exciting facts and features.

Funny Bone

A simple, uninhibited laugh is enough to make you feel a million times beautiful. The wonderful thing is, you always have something to laugh about, so to the world, you are always a beauty. A hearty chuckle from you is all it takes to lighten up the general mood in a room, and people will always love you for that. You are a thing of beauty that is literally a joy forever.

Style

For you, there’s no denying it – beauty is simply what the eye can automatically see. All you need is a smashing outfit to make you feel beautiful. Sure you may dwell at the physical side, but it doesn’t mean that you are a heartless, superficial doll. The best thing about you is that you are confident about yourself and is true to yourself. You make sure that your own personality shines through in everything you do.

Heart of Gold

A touch of compassion and love all around you is all it takes to make you shine. You possess classic traits of pure-heartedness and innocence that are forever endearing. For you, beauty and happiness come in the form of kindness and empathy. You always find something good and beautiful in everyone, that’s why you easily always find joy.

Your thing of beauty may be a delightful mixture of two or all of the above qualities. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as there is it. In the midst of hardships, it is important that you always believe there is something beautiful. The thought of it will get you through any tough day and give you enough joy to last a lifetime.

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Slimming Down…The Easy and Natural Way

Have you always wanted to slim down and lose weight but don’t have the resources to do so? Worry no more! Weight loss can be done naturally, just as long as you have the time and discipline required in doing so.

Slimming requires a very hard effort and it takes time for it to be effective. Some people jump right away into hard ways of slimming down like not eating rice when they are really used in eating it, taking in diet pills, or worst, getting a plastic surgical operation.

Slimming down requires discipline and determination, as well. You have to start with easy and simple steps and once that you adapted the lifestyle, you can move on to new and more complicated ones.

Detailed below are some of the ways on how to lose weight easily for starters and find your own way to slimming.

  1. Be your own best friend. Be supportive to your efforts and forgive yourself if you made a mistake. Instead of yelling yourself with words like “I’m stupid!” or “I’m dumb!” just say instead, “I will do better next time. And I will never do that thing again”.
  2. Pick simple goals that you know you can achieve easily. Start from the basic. Like jogging every weekday morning or taking a walk home after your date with your friends.
  3. Don’t give in at the first craving. Latest research shows that dips in blood sugar that coincide with hunger return to normal after 100 to 15 minutes. Walk meanwhile until hunger wanes.
  4. Walk. A slow walk already burns about 165 calories in an hour than standing, which burns 85 calories per hour. While sitting only burns 75 calories per hour and lying is 60 calories per hour.
  5. Swear off alcohol. Studies show that drinking alcohol causes the body to store more calories as fat, and drinkers have more abdominal fat.
  6. Eat breakfast. Studies shows that people who skip breakfast tends to gain more weight than those who not because the tendency is they eat more food during lunch time to cope with hunger.

Remember that slimming down and achieving your dream weight and figure can be done naturally – and not always with the help of your cosmetic surgeon.

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Acne Buster: Tips for Preventing Acne at Any Age

Acne is a condition that affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. It’s important to remember that acne has both internal and external causes. However, there are some basic precautions you can take to help prevent breakouts. Here are some tips given by aplastic surgeon in the Philippines for people of any age who want to keep their skin clear:

1. Don’t pop or squeeze or mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring. It almost always makes the acne you have worse.

2. Don’t go to bed with makeup on. It can clog your pores and when you wake up, you’ll be surprised you already one or two pimples there.

3. Try to shower as soon as possible after your workout since sweat combined with skin oils can trap dirt and bacteria in your pores which may cause acne.

4. Make sure to clean cosmetic brushes regularly in soapy water and throw out old, contaminated makeup.

5. Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillowcases can allow bacteria and germs to grow there that can make acne worse.

6. Be sure to pull your hair away from your face when you sleep. Use topical treatments anywhere that you tend to get breakouts and don’t just spot-treat existing pimples. The pore-clogging process happens two to three weeks before any blemish becomes visible on the skin.

7. Exercising regularly can help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help to prevent acne.

8. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to help “detoxify” the body from the inside out.

By taking these simple precautions, most people can reduce the occurrence of acne. There are also a variety of products available to help in healing or preventing breakouts. However, consumers should be careful about what they choose to use.

Most acne prevention products either don’t work very well or have side effects. Male and female bodies and hormonal compositions are different, and you have to address those differences when you are treating acne. Seek professional help from doctors, dermatologists, orcosmetic surgeon if your acne is beyond the norm. Otherwise, look for gentle, natural over-the-counter medications.

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Free Your Skin From Blemishes

Does having a flawless skin seem almost impossible to you? Don’t worry about those blemishes! Free your skin from blemishes by following these simple but sure ways of having a blemish-free skin.

Many will agree that, at the very least, one has to have a smooth, flawless complexion to be said beautiful. The fact is, it is the most important factor. And even a single blemish can ruin an otherwise beautiful face.

Facial blemishes often result from carelessness or sheer ignorance of proper skin care. It’s one of those areas wherein people have many misconceptions. Most believe in print ads and TV commercials showing youthful and bubbly models pampering themselves which rich facial products, believing their cosmetic ingredients will work. The truth is, sometimes these cosmetics can cause more harm than good, resulting in skin breakouts such as acne and skin irritations.

No, you don’t need to consult a plastic surgeon yet! You’ll be better off if you reorganize your facial care routine and strip it down the basics. Work from the inside rather than the outside. For a change, try these simple care advices:

  1. Get enough rest. Lack of sleep will surely show on your face evidence by eye bags. Repeated insufficient sleep will create unsightly dark, puffy circles, or patches around the eyes, as well. Always get a good night sleep. If you have to go to school or work early in the morning, make it a point to hit the bed by around 10 PM. In this way, you will have enough sleep and you will feel refreshed when you wake up.
  2. Watch your diet. Minimize intake of fats and sugars. It will be good not only for your skin – as too much of these can result in skin breakouts especially among acne-prone persons – but for your heart and general well-being too.
  3. Take lots of fluids. Water and fluid juices act as your body’s natural skin hydrant or moisturizer.
  4. Care for your face. As a Philippine plastic surgeon said, it is the only one you have got. Avoid direct sunlight. Make sure that everything touches your skin is mild and gentle. Do not overwork facial care routine and make-up.
  5. Maintain a positive outlook. Smile. Concentrate your thought and energy on possible things. A sunny disposition will go a long way and will work more wonders than all those facial creams and moisturizers.

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