DIY + De-stress = Beauty Tips You Can’t Miss!

We may have been told by our mothers or grandmothers, that constant or exaggerated facial expressions, including those associated with happiness and laughter can be a source of wrinkles. This type of advice about aging has led women to literally worry about their every move in an effort to remain looking young and beautiful. However, we must always remember that laughter and the appearance of being relaxed or joyful is a source of youthfulness in itself and also makes you stand out in a positive light amongst any crowd.

In honor of this fact, we wanted to bring you some beauty tips that should also help you to feel relaxed and joyful.In most cases they are DIY and all you will need is your two hands or some other easy to find and inexpensive, household items.We’ll begin with a few massaging techniques from a recent Redbook beauty article.All you need are your fingers and as they suggest some Coconut oil.The oil is also good for your skin and wrinkle fighting.We describe our two favorite techniques for you to try at home.First thing is to lay back and close your eyes and then….

1.  Using the pads of your thumbs, draw out from the point right beneath your cheekbones to your temples again and again.

2.  Exert pressure from your forefingers onto the brow bone draw the fingers along the ridge beginning by the top of the nose and ending by the temple. Repeat numerous times.

 The next term you need to remember when thinking of DIY beauty routines that are also relaxing is “oxygen”.You may think it sounds too simple and that you breath by default, however, paying attention to your breath for several minutes each day or when you are feeling stressed out can keep you glowing and possibly even keep you from aging, according to some Buddhists who believe you are born with a certain number of breaths so you don’t want to use them up too quickly! Yoga Journalshares some tips for breathing in a recent article.

1.  Move the belly with the breath.

2.  Keep the upper body still

3.  Create lullabies with your breath pattern. Don’t breathe too hard or too soft, just let it flow and fluctuate like a series of gentle ocean waves.

4.  Lengthen the exhalation.

5.  Pause after each exhalation.

6.  Engage the entire body in the breathing process.

 Last but not least you are what you eat (and what you smell). Eating Well suggests 7 foods to soothe when we drop them into our bellies or nourish our nostrils with their pleasing scents.It’s actually a “sniff” of an apple a day to keep the doctor away, or at least the neurologist.The smell of green apples has been linked to a reduction in headaches.Likewise, the smell of coconut is good for keeping us relaxed.Its unfortunate but true, that “comfort foods” are exactly what we knew them to be and we’ll soothe our stressed out souls easily with carbohydrates and chocolate.However, its not to fear because peppermint is here to work as a natural appetite suppressant if we find our lives leading us to chocolate ice cream too frequently.

We’re interested in hearing any good tips you might have at arm’s length in your home or home remedies you remember from your mother or grandmother as a child.Its never possible to feel too happy or relaxed!So share the love!

Redbook article http://www.redbookmag.com/beauty-fashion/tips-advice/plump-your-cheeks#slide-4

Yoga Journal  http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1468

Eating Well (http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/7_stress_busters_soothing_foods_and_calming_scents?page=5)

DIY Tips for Healthy Glowing Skin in Winter

We all want to look our best for the holidays, and part of that is maintaining healthy glowing skin. The problem with this season is the weather. If you are anything like I am, your skin will start to dry out, your lips will be chapped and your hair will get so much static cling that you look like you have been electrocuted. Not cute. Dry skin makes you look older and less healthy. So how do you combat the forces of winter this holiday season? Here are 8 helpful tips that we recommend:

  1. Maintain a strict moisturizing regimen –  When we are rushing to get to work, or maybe a holiday party it is easy to skip this step. Try to make it a routine so you can prevent your skin from drying out past the point of no return. I like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. Even though it is traditionally used for stretch marks, I find cocoa butter to be one of the only things that keeps my skin looking moisturized throughout the winter.
  2. Don’t skip the exfoliation! – This is another thing that is easy to forget to do in the shower, but add it to the beauty routine. Exfoliating helps to eliminate dead skin, allowing your skin to breathe and grow new healthy layers. Be careful when exfoliating the face. It is more sensitive and more prone to drying out.
  3. Drink water – This is an underrated, but crucial step to maintaining a healthy glow in the winter. Beauty and health begins from the inside and radiates out. Start with drinking 6-8 tall glasses of water a day. If you want to get extra fancy, add a little lemon in the morning for clearer skin. I find it easier to drink water in the summer when it is hot. In the winter I usually crave warm unhealthy drinks. If you are like I am, try heating your water up and putting it in a thermos.
  4. Get your daily dose of vitamin C – Vitamin C has been proven to help with acne, wrinkles, and excessive dryness. Eat a lot of pomegranate, citrus fruit, and dark leafy greens. Try a vitamin C serum and follow with moisturizer at night before bed.
  5. Cover up – Protect your skin from the winter elements with hats, gloves, scarves and whatever else it takes.
  6. Wear sunscreen every day – Believe it or not, we are still prone to sun damage in the winter. It’s those few minutes walking to the car, or to the store that truly add up.  Protect your skin with a good sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent sunspots and wrinkles on your face as well as the backs of your hands.
  7. Get a humidifier – You may want to blast the heat when you are indoors at home. Try to avoid this because dry heat can take a lot of moisture out of your skin. Last year I bought a humidifier, which made a major difference in my skin. They may seem expensive, but they are a fantastic investment.
  8. Take a cool shower – Stop scalding yourself with hot water! It will dry you out before you know it. Instead, try to keep the water cool so you stay hydrated and beautiful.

7 Questions to Ask When Deciding if Cosmetic Surgery is Right for You

It’s easy to jump on the Cosmetic Surgery bandwagon, assuming a quick change here and there is all that is needed to make you feel better, happier, or more content. But, in fact, we have found that the more time patients spend determining whether or not cosmetic procedures are right for them, the more satisfied they are with the results when they decide to move forward. 

We spend a good deal of time talking to patients about why they want to have a particular procedure. Sometimes, the answers to our questions cause our patients to take a step back and think for a while before scheduling their appointment because they need to feel 100% confident about their choice. Here are questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not Cosmetic Surgery is right for you now.

  1. What am I hoping to achieve with this procedure? If the answer to this question is, “I want to be happy,” or “It will make me feel better about myself,” you may want to dig a little deeper. It’s true that how we feel about our physical appearance has a direct reflection on how we feel emotionally, however, beauty really is only skin deep. If you are unhappy in other areas of your life, a cosmetic procedure won’t do anything to alleviate your stress or unhappiness. Make sure your goals are directly related to your physical appearance, and aren’t acting as a shield for something else.
  2. Have I experienced a recent upheaval, change, or stressful experience in my life? Sometimes, in an effort to avoid negative emotions or to give the appearance that “everything is fine,” we turn outside of ourselves for comfort. Cosmetic Surgery, like shopping, eating, drinking, or chronic socializing can serve as a buffer from your real feelings. We recommend that our clients process their life changes emotionally first, and wait a while, before working to change their physical aspects.
  3. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? Think twice about pursuing Cosmetic Surgery if you do not lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, including eating well, getting regular exercise, and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking and excess drinking. Your body needs to be healthy in order to get through the surgical and post-surgical processes. Plus, an unhealthy lifestyle will cause you to age faster, gain weight back, etc., which renders your cosmetic procedures less effective.
  4. Am I doing this for myself? There is only one person who should be asking, requesting, or suggesting Cosmetic Surgery to you – and that is your own inner voice! You should never undergo any cosmetic surgical procedure to make someone else happy, or to fit someone else’s ideal of what is attractive. You are the only person who should have a say in how your body looks.
  5. Who do I want to look like? If a celebrity, a best friend, or any other person is the first example to pops into your head, you should re-think things for a while. Your body is uniquely your own. While a plastic surgeon can perform certain procedures to enhance the body and facial shape you have, they cannot be used to transform your body completely. You can never have a body or face exactly like someone else’s. However, you can have the best version of your own body, and Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj looks forward to assisting you with that transformation.
  6. Do I have realistic expectations about the outcome? Just as we mentioned above, your body comes with its own set of “ideal blueprints” that are unique to you. It has provided you with a skeletal and muscular structure that is already in place. We can’t make your bones and muscles become 30 years younger, and we can’t completely change everything about you. Take the time to look at our Before and After Cosmetic Surgery Pictures during your consultation so you can gain a realistic vision of how your face and body will be different, and how some aspects will remain the same.
  7. Am I trying to save a relationship? Every once in a while, we have patients who consult with us because they are about to lose someone they love, and are desperate to improve their exterior appearance in the hopes that it will save the relationship. This is the wrong reason to make permanent changes to your physical self. You should only move forward with Cosmetic Surgery if and when you are sure, you are ready to make changes for your own benefit.

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj prioritizes the health and well-being of his patients. He is only interested in performing Cosmetic Surgery on patients who look in the mirror and see concrete physical aspects of themselves that they would like to change. Your emotional and physical well being are intrinsically connected and we hope that our services will work to integrate both. 

9 Reasons Why Fall is the Perfect Season for a Facelift

Has the summer social season caused you to realize the skin on your face and neck isn’t what it used to be? We believe that growing older is inevitable, while aging is entirely optional. If you agree, this may be the perfect time to schedule a consultation and learn more about how you can enjoy a naturally youthful and beautiful countenance. In the meantime, here are 10 reasons we think fall is the perfect season for a Facelift.

  1. There goes the sun. While saying goodbye to the sunshine may usually seem like a less desirable thing, it’s ideal for those who are interested in cosmetic surgery procedures on the face and/or neck. As you already know, the sun’s rays can damage your skin, and this is especially true as new tissue is trying to grow during the healing process.  
  2. The social calendar slows down. After your procedure, your face, and possibly your neck (if you combine your Face Lift with a Neck Lift), will be tender, slightly bruised, and swollen. It’s easier to stay inside for that first couple of weeks while you wait for the inflammation and tenderness to recede.
  3. Just say No! to beaches and pools. How can you stay away from beaches and pools in the summertime? And yet, that’s exactly what you have to do if you get a Facelift. Even a late spring Facelift may mean having to pass up those first few weeks of water season. Your fall Facelift will give you plenty of time to heal before it’s time to hit the chaise lounge again.
  4. In time for the holidays. A September or October Facelift means your incisions will be well on their way to healed, and your swelling will have resolved, by the time the holidays come around. You’ll be able to joyfully show off your new, youthful glow at family functions and year end parties.
  5. Plenty of time before wedding season. Wedding season picks up in the spring and summer. You want to make sure you are completely healed well before the big event so you look spectacular in the photos. This is especially true for mothers and grandmothers of the bride, who want to feel and look their very best as they help to plan and shop for the upcoming nuptial event wardrobe, cake tastings, and all of the other once-in-a-lifetime memory makers!
  6. It’s cooler. The hot summer months may make healing just a bit more uncomfortable.  Perspiration can irritate fresh incisions and sutures. The cooler climate will make you feel more comfortable as you heal.
  7. Harvest time. Did you know the foods you eat can greatly enhance your recovery time? When your body is healing from a surgical procedure, it needs all the fresh, unprocessed nutrients and antioxidants it can get to heal efficiently. Some of the foods associated with an anti-inflammatory diet, such as whole grains, summer and winter squashes, fruits, vegetables and leafy greens are often harvested during the very late summer through the fall. 
  8. The kids are back in school. If you still have children in school, or you help out with caring for your grandchildren, you understand the significant decrease in house volume and energy once they’re back in school. A peaceful environment is a better healing environment.
  9. Financing options. If you choose to finance your procedure, you can take advantage of low-monthly payment options available during the special financing period, allowing you more financial flexibility through the holiday season.

If you want to make this fall your Facelift season, contact Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj today!

The Importance of Holistic Health on Cosmetic Surgery Success

While it’s easy to view your body one part at a time, it’s important to remember that each part is intricately connected to the whole. Your holistic health will have a direct impact on the recovery time and the outcome of your upcoming Cosmetic Surgery. Emotional well-being, lifestyle choices and nutrition all play a role in a complication-free procedure, quick recovery, and minimal scarring – all of which are important to achieve the vibrant and youthful glow you desire.

Here are tips on how to look and feel your best before, during, and after your Cosmetic Surgery.

  1. Have a positive attitude. Physical appearance can be enhanced using cosmetic procedures, but a radiant inner glow is something onlyyou have control over. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people, and be grateful for the simple things in life. Keep your chin up through the recovery process. Don’t feel like whiling away the recovery time at home? Some of our patients use this opportunity to relax in a New York hotel, pampering themselves with room service all week long!
  2. Make smart lifestyle choices. If you smoke, it’s imperative that you quit for the two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking inhibits circulation, which is key to a healthy surgery and recovery. Smoking immediately after surgery can cause the tissue around your incisions to die, which will noticeably effect the outcome. Alcohol is a blood thinner, so limiting your alcohol consumption will help your blood to clot normally, reducing the chance of complications.
  3. Avoid vitamin E and ibuprofen. Vitamin E and ibuprofen are also blood thinners, which makes it difficult to stem the flow of blood when the doctor is making incisions.
  4. Take Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonder supplement; it boost the immune system and reduces swelling and bruising. It is a powerful antioxidant, inhibits cancer growth, and has additional anti-aging benefits. We recommend that our clients take 3000 mg per day. These should be divided into three 1000 mg. doses, taken morning, afternoon, and night. While you can use it for the period before and after your surgery, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t become a regular part of your dietary supplementation. Vitamin C is water soluble, so your body eliminates what you don’t need.
  5. Homeopathic Arnica. Arnica is a plant in the sunflower family. One of the species. Arnica montana contains a chemical called helenalin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, especially adept at reducing the effects of bruising. Arnica has been used as a homeopathic remedy since the 1500s. Your local health food store will have Arnica tablets in their homeopathic section. Homeopathic Arnica can also be purchased online. Take it orally, as directed, for the first two weeks or so after your cosmetic procedure to reduce swelling and minimize bruising.
  6. Eat a well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet is always a good thing, but it’s especially important when your body is healing. For enhanced post-surgical benefits, focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet, which will keep swelling and bruising in check, and will boost your immune system. Many of our clients find they maintain an anti-inflammatory diet long after their Cosmetic Surgery because it can also reduce food sensitivities, increase energy levels, and help to improve joint pain. Reduce your intake of processed foods and sugars, and focus on whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and lean proteins.

By taking a holistic approach to your health, you will have the energy and vitality to enjoy the benefits of your Cosmetic Surgery procedure. For more information about pre and post-operative care, or to learn more about your Cosmetic Surgery options, contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj.

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