30 Dec

How can we help you with some of your Resolutions?

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 When you think about it, New Year’s resolutions are similar to babies – while they’re fun to make, they’re also extremely difficult to maintain. Each January, about one in every three Americans resolve to better themselves in one or more ways. But a much smaller percentage of those people actually stick to their resolutions.

Studies have found that while approximately 75% of people stick to their goals for a week, less than 50% are still on target six months later.  It’s challenging to maintain the gusto month after month, but it’s not impossible. This year, pick one (or more) of our top five healthy resolutions, and stick with it.  Beat the odds!

Lose weight:  The fact that this is continually among the most popular resolutions suggests just how challenging it can be. But you can succeed if you don’t expect drastic results overnight. Beware of quickie cures and allow for bumps in the road.

Stay in touch:  Feel out of touch with old friends (or family)? It’s actually good for your health to reconnect with them. Research indicates that people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.

Quit smoking:  If you feel that you’ve failed too many times to try again, talk to an ex-smoker, and you’ll see that numerous attempts are often the path to success. Try different methods to find out what works.

Volunteer:  We tend to think that our own happiness depends on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others.

Cut back on alcohol:  Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures.

How can we help you with some of your resolutions:

We can help you lose stubborn fat and make that annoying cellulite disappear with our HCG Diet, Accent Laser and Zerona/Lapex Lipolasers.

Want to get back in touch?  Grab a friend and visit our shop for a relaxing beautifying treatment.  With our long list of services, we have something for everyone – from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!

We can’t help you quit smoking or drinking, but we can help erase the effects of your overindulgences with our complete line of wrinkle fillers and facial volumizers.

Visit here for a complete list of our monthly specials and then book an appointment so you can face 2015 fabulously!

23 Dec

So how Popular is Cosmetic Surgery Gift Giving?

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With Christmas day around the corner, many shoppers’ emotions are running rampant as they rummage through almost-empty store aisles and surf the Internet for last minute gift ideas and shipping dates. Finding the perfect present for the man or woman who has everything can be stressful, especially when time is limited.

kansas city cosmetic surgeryBath bubbles and scented candles will simply not do for many men and women. For a certain type of person who has everything, cosmetic enhancements can make the ideal present.  And more and more women are opting for cosmetic surgical procedures as Christmas presents, with Botox™ and dermal fillers topping many of Santa’s lists this year.

It’s a sign of the times – people can choose the amount of money they want to give, and then the lucky recipients can choose the service they want to put it toward, be it Botox, other dermal fillers, laser hair removal or peels.  (Don’t forget – our gift certificates are 10% off this month!)

 

So how popular is cosmetic enhancement gift giving?

kansas city cosmetic surgeryGood Morning America actually aired a segment recently about gifting plastic enhancement procedures for Christmas.  Considering that Botox™ usually costs a few hundred dollars and other plastic enhancement procedures costs in the thousands – it’s a generous gift.
Obviously when it comes to suggesting someone getting cosmetic enhancement, discretion is advised.  If a friend or family member has been talking openly about wanting a cosmetic procedure, but perhaps can’t afford it, cosmetic enhancement can make a great present.

More and more men are also happy recipients of cosmetic enhancement gifts for Christmas. The most requested procedures for men are Botox™ injections, commonly referred to as “bro-tox.” Men also tend to like chemical peels, which can treat a variety of superficial skin problems such as sun damage and fine wrinkles, as well as injections to reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and add volume to the skin.

Check out these holiday specials:

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For a complete list of our December specials, click here.

The good news is that this year’s gift giving dilemmas can be solved with a simple call to our office.  Why not call today and finish your Christmas shopping with plenty of time to spare?

12 Dec

90% of Facebook posts include Photos

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It appears that pictures are not just worth a thousand words, but also millions of Likes, Comments, and Shares on Facebook. Studies have shown that photos are one of the most engaging types of posts on Facebook and that people prefer to interact with photos more than any other type of post, such as simple status updates, links, or videos.

According to some recent studies, the number of Facebook posts that include photos has increased to exceed a whopping 90%!  Photos are now more engaging than ever, but are you photo-ready?

Between holiday parties, family get-togethers and New Year’s Eve, you’re probably going to see MANY friends and family before the end of the year. What’s more, they’ll all be snapping pictures with their phones and posting them on social media for the entire world to see.

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When you think about this fact, you’ll probably go grab a mirror, and upon inspection, you see that those lines and wrinkles suddenly seem to be much more prominent than you remember.  But don’t fret – our experts are here to help you look picture perfect for the holidays.

To get you holiday-ready, this month I’m offering some pretty amazing specials on some of our most popular beauty treatments. In fact, our prices are lower than anywhere else in the state!

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For a complete list of our December specials, click here.

These popular treatments will have you ready for your close up in no time, but you have to act fast – appointments are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis, so please contact us now to secure your spot.  And when you do, you’ll be pretty as a picture for the holidays with a little help from your friends at Midwest Medical.

08 Dec

Surprising Medical Uses for Botox™ – It’s Not Just For Wrinkles Anymore!

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People who want a younger, fresher appearance have been turning to Botox™ and other injectables for years.  But even though it’s known best for its ability to smooth out wrinkles, Botox™ actually has a number of other – somewhat surprising – medical uses ranging from excessive sweating to jaw pain.  Let’s talk about some of them.

Migraine headaches: There is evidence that Botox™ can be quite effective at preventing headaches in adults with chronic migraines.  It offers a safe and effective preventative treatment option to manage the pain and improve their quality of life.

Excessive sweating:  Botox™ has shown to be an effective treatment option for excessive sweating by blocking the signals the brain sends to sweat glands when administered in the affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face.

MS and muscle spasms:  Botox™ can be used to decrease spasticity related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions by stopping muscles from contracting or twitching uncontrollably.

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At this time of the year, stress can take over our lives, causing excessive sweating, migraine headaches and even urinary incontinence.  Relax and face the holidays calmly and beautifully.

To get you holiday-ready, this month I’m offering some pretty amazing specials on some of our most popular beauty treatments.

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For a complete list of our December specials, click here.

Call us today to schedule a consultation and let’s discuss how Botox™ – or any of our other procedures – can help you get ready just in time for holiday parties.

28 Nov

3 Non-Surgical Ways To Look Younger

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When the holidays are in full swing, it usually means parties, parties and more parties. Whether you’re a guest or the host – one thing is certain – looking like a million bucks is a top priority. With that new party dress or that new tuxedo, the icing on the cake is a more youthful appearance.

There are several different nonsurgical procedures that will smooth wrinkles and brow furrows, plump lips, round out facial folds, and eliminate crow’s feet in time for your holiday parties.

Botox™ and Dysport: These are the brand names for purified proteins that, when injected into tiny facial muscles, relax and smooth the surface skin.  The procedure takes only 10 minutes, and you’ll see immediate results, with complete results being visible as early as 3 days and lasting up to 4 months.If you experience any swelling, simply apply an ice pack to the affected area. kansas city cosmetic surgery


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Restylane, Beletero and Perlane: When injected into the skin, these FDA-approved products help restore fullness to the skin, while correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. They can also be injected into the lip area to provide a fuller, more attractive appearance.  The procedure takes about 30 minutes from the time topical numbing/injected anesthesia occurs through injecting the product. Any redness, swelling or bruising typically vanishes in just a few days.

Artefill:  Unwanted wrinkles and folds in your face can appear as your skin loses its elasticity. Artefill/Bellafill™ is the first and only FDA-approved permanent wrinkle filler that can correct the specific wrinkles or folds that typically extend from your nose to your mouth.The procedure takes just 45 minutes and lasts for many months with some portion of it being permanent.  This is the only permanent filler on the market today! kansas city cosmetic surgery


And just in time for the holidays, we’re some amazing deals:

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In fact, we have treatments to freshen up every area of your body from head to toe!  For a complete list of our November specials, click here.

Don’t let your beauty routine get lost in the holiday shuffle.  Make plans now to look your best in time for all of your upcoming events.  Count on us to freshen up your look – just in time for the holidays!

We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes. May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving!  Happy Thanksgiving,
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21 Nov

An Unexpected Solution for your Depression

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Have you been battling the blues…not quite feeling like yourself…and considering making an appointment with a therapist?  If so, you might just want to reconsider and schedule a consultation with us instead.

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kansas botox3Good question.  Actually, research has shown that a single Botox™ injection can reduce the symptoms of depression by nearly 50%.Botox – which is typically used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles – may actually (and surprisingly) be an effective treatment in the fight against depression.

Our emotions are expressed by our facial muscles, which then send feedback signals to the brain to support those emotions. Treating facial muscles with Botox™ seems to interrupt this cycle.

 

kansas botoxAccording to the research, positive effects on the patient’s mood have been observed in patients who’ve had Botox™ treatment for the frown lines in the area located above the nose and between the eyebrows.A group of 30 patients who exhibited high levels of chronic and treatment-resistant depression were enrolled in the study. These patients were then randomly assigned to receive a single injection of Botox™ or a single injection of a placebo.

Six weeks following the single treatment, the Botox™ group had an average of almost 50% reduction in depression symptoms vs. the slightly over 9% in the placebo group.

The investigators found that the effect size was even larger at the close of the study. Improvement was also reflected when other tools were used to gauge depression symptoms.

Botox™ may offer an innovative, effective, widely-accepted, and economic tool for the treatment of major depression. It should be noted that these findings have been repeated in two other studies since the original one was conducted.

It appears that smoothing out the muscles between your eyebrows can decrease the distress signals sent to your brain, boosting mood as a result.

Say goodbye to your depression and look years younger with Botox.

Why not call our office today to learn more about this month’s specials that will get you 
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Find a complete list of this month’s specials by clicking here.

14 Nov

Fear Not – Botox™ and Fillers Are Very Safe!

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So many women want to freshen up their look for the holidays but are afraid of cosmetic procedures such as Botox, facial fillers and laser skin treatments because they’ve heard horror stories about botched procedures that were performed at the hands of an inexperienced “doctor.”

But fear not!

A new study published in the JAMA Dermatology Journal this month reveals that these procedures are very safe, and are being performed with a very low rate of minor side effects such as bruising, lumpiness or skin discoloration, occurring in less than 1 percent of cases.

In the past several years, minor cosmetic procedures such as laser skin treatments, Botox™ and facial fillers have surged in popularity. Botox™ is typically performed to smooth out wrinkles, whereas facial fillers are used to plump up features that have been damaged by age or sun exposure. 
Lasers are used for removing hair and spots on the skin, as well as tightening the skin.Gone are the days of traditional facelifts – these procedures can now be performed without general anesthesia, and patients typically need only a day to recover.

So now that you know it’s safe, let’s get ready for the holidays!

To get you holiday-ready, this month I’m offering some pretty amazing specials on some of our most popular beauty treatments.

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For a complete list of our November specials, click here.

Don’t let your beauty routine get lost in the holiday shuffle.  Make plans now to look your best in time for all of your upcoming events.  Count on us to freshen up your look – just in time for the holidays!

Give us a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.  I have over 17 years of experience with these procedures and I can take 15 years off of your appearance in just 45 minutes at the lowest prices in the area! And don’t forget to ask about our price guarantee!

07 Nov

Don’t let your beauty routine get lost in the holiday shuffle

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 With Thanksgiving right around the corner the only bird people should be talking about is the turkey they’re looking forward to eating, not your “crow’s feet” or your embarrassing “turkey neck”!

So to get you holiday-ready, this month I’m offering some pretty amazing specials on some of our most popular beauty treatments.  But first, here are some tips on how get the most bang for your buck this holiday season.

  1. Do some research about the treatment and the doctor. Research the type of procedure you’re considering so you can be relaxed and ready.  You shouldn’t trust just anyone with something this important.  For instance, my experience with injecting and sculpting faces spans a period of over 17 years.  Talk to people and check out the doctor before you go.
  2. Familiarize yourself with common side effects. Most people feel nothing more than a prick and can return to work within an hour.  Some people experience some temporary swelling or bruising, but it goes away quickly.
  3. Be comfortable knowing the results may take some time to appear.  Don’t be alarmed if it takes a few days to see the results – it will kick in all at once, and you will love what it does to relax the lines that are driving you crazy
  4. Moderation is key!  Go conservative. You can always do a little more. Your goal should be to look fresher without looking totally different.
  5. Consider that getting treatments now may save money later.Younger ladies – if you know you don’t like wrinkles, start getting treatments BEFORE they set in.

Now…about those specials:

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For a complete list of our November specials, click here.

Don’t let your beauty routine get lost in the holiday shuffle.  Make plans now to look your best in time for all of your upcoming events.  Count on us to freshen up your look – just in time for the holidays!

Give us a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation and I’ll tell you how I can take 15 years off of your appearance in just 45 minutes at the lowest prices in the area! And don’t forget to ask about our price guarantee!

31 Oct

Tricks to Avoid Halloween Candy Temptations

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Halloween unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday feasting season. And for anyone trying to watch his or her weight, the scariest part of Halloween is not ghosts and goblins but the ever-abundant Halloween candy. Those cute little fun-size candy bars seem harmless — and they are, if you can limit your consumption. But that’s easier said than done.

Many people try to lessen the temptation at home by bringing their extra candy into work, thus setting a high-calorie trap for their co-workers.

But there are ways to keep your hands out of the candy jar so you can avoid packing on some extra pounds even before the holiday season starts. Here are some expert tips to help you avoid the temptation of Halloween goodies, at home and at the office.

kansas city cosmetic surgery1. Buy candy you don’t love. If the candy in your pantry is stuff kids like but that you don’t enjoy, it will be easier to resist opening those bags and diving in.

2. Out of sight, out of mind. Ask your co-workers to keep their candy jars and bowls inside their desks or stashed in a cabinet in the break room so you won’t be tempted every time you see it.

3. Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day. Decide what time of day you most relish the sweet stuff, and save your special treat for that time and slowly savor the taste sensation.

4. Move the candy jar. If you have to get up to get a piece of candy, it is not always worth the effort, whereas when the candy is convenient, consumption is higher.

5. Count the empty wrappers. It’s so easy to pop fun-size candy bars into your mouth that you can lose track of how quickly the calories are adding up. If you keep the wrappers on your desk, it will remind you of how many you ate.

If you can’t resist the Halloween goodies and find yourself in need of losing some extra weight in time for the upcoming holiday season, check out these October specials:

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Interested in other ways to freshen up before the holidays? Click here for a complete list of this month’s specials and then call our o ce today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

24 Oct

Interested in Other Ways to Freshen up Before the Holidays?

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You know, the end of beach weather should not mean an end to any weight loss and physical fitness efforts. Fall is actually the perfect time to reevaluate annual weight loss goals before the hectic winter holidays.

By combining portion control, calorie reduction, sugar-free foods and beverages with regular exercise, you can lose weight without eliminating certain foods and beverages.

Here are more tips to “fall” into weight loss:

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    Eat less, more often. Many experts say eating small snacks throughout the day will lead to healthier choices when it comes to the three main meals. Frequently consuming snacks can help keep your blood sugar level steady and your energy up.
  • Make simple substitutions. Try preparing foods that are nutritious and satisfying yet low in calories. Reducing the amount of fat and calories in meals can help prevent weight gain. Create healthier versions of favorites by using skim milk instead of whole milk, applesauce in place of oil, or a sugar substitute in place of the sugar in a recipe.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. In many parts of the United States, autumn provides the perfect season for outdoor activity – cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. Get outside and take advantage of the brisker temperatures by bicycling, hiking, jogging and playing golf or tennis.
  • Keep a food journal. It helps to write down all food and beverages consumed throughout the day to get an accurate picture of the number of calories you are consuming. These types of journals can help uncover hidden calories, specify eating patterns, highlight problem areas and, essentially, increase the chances of weight loss success down the road. Visitwww.caloriescount.com for a printable food journal and online calorie calculator.
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy choices. Empty those cupboards of high-fat snacks or meals and replace them with nutritious items. Always have cut-up fruits and vegetables on hand and pair them with low-fat yogurt dip for an instant snack or side dish. Having healthy foods readily available makes it easier to work them into your diet.

 

Need help getting started? Check out this month’s specials:

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Interested in other ways to freshen up before the holidays? Click here for a complete list of this month’s specials and then call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation.