Hi Tech Tummy Toners

Hi Tech Tummy Toners

Diet and exercise are still the first (and often the best) option when dealing with stubborn fat around the stomach area but if that’s working a non invasive treatment can help zap stubborn fat underneath the skin’s surface as well as tighten loose, crinkly skin.

Tite FX is ideal for flabby tummies. Radio Frequency and electroporation are used to destroy fat cells as well as boost collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. Four to six weekly hourly treatments recommended from £999 for a course.

If your tummy problem is more about crepey or just a little loose skin, Reaction is a quick, safe procedure that uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF) to firm up and ton. The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture and a reduction in circumference. You’ll need around to six to eight 20-minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A course of six costs £999. 0207 436 4441

Most women never regain a washboard stomach after pregnancy, but a postnatal bulge is not so much about fat as muscle tone. During pregnancy the abdominals have to stretch and lengthen enormously and in some women they will separate completely leaving a pouch of loose skin after birth, which is resistant to diet and exercise. The only way to correct the problem is to excise the loose skin with a mini tummy tuck The new micro- tuck focuses on the lower tummy and is less traumatic that a full on tummy tuck with a much faster recovery rate. The incision is very short and is best for women who are in excellent shape but have a small amount of excess skin. You will need downtime of at least two to three weeks for recovery. From £6k for more info 0207 436 4441

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Tummy Shrinking Secrets

Tummy Shrinking Secrets

A recent report has revealed that women who get at least seven hours of quality sleep every night are slimmer around the middle than those who get less than five hours. The study discovered that not getting enough sleep disrupts a hormone in the body that regulates appetite so if you are tired and cranky from a lack of sleep you’re more likely to eat more sugary snacks, which end up on the waistline.

Stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated you can hold onto water, making you feel puffy and bloated. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake-up, followed by hot water with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to kick- start your metabolism This can help reduce excess fluid retention which will help flatten the stomach.

Stress can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which can increase the amount of fat you store around your belly. To de-stress slowly inhale through your nose, counting to four. Then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until refreshed.

Some studies show that taking daily vitamin C and fish oil supplements can increase the skin’s elasticity by about 14 per cent, which will help firm up skin tone all over the body.

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Yes! You Can Have A Washboard Stomach After Forty!

Yes! You Can Have A Washboard Stomach After Forty!

After having children and approaching mid-life, most women would be forgiven for wanting to hide their midriffs from the public eye, I know that is certainly the case with a lot of women I know.


But not Davina McCall who, at 50, proudly flaunts rippling abs and a six-pack, women half her age would be envious of.  The super-fit mum of three, who is currently training to be a qualified fitness instructor, owes her sculpted stomach to gruelling daily workouts combined with clean eating.  Boasting she is in the best shape of her life, the TV star’s amazing age-defying figure, is certainly an inspiration for many women but, alas, also beyond the capabilities – and the desire – of most of us.

A hectic lifestyle, food on the run, and a simple lack of time to commit to exercise often means that having a toned tummy is a distant dream, especially after the age of 40 when sculpting the body is incredibly hard to achieve.
As we age, our metabolism slows down, hormonal changes kick in and stomach fat, especially, gets harder to shift.  Skin also becomes thinner and looser, often the result of yo-yo weight-loss over the years, along with pregnancy and sun damage.

A recent survey found that nearly half of women hate their stomachs more than any other part of their body.  But don’t give up hope –as there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten your middle. .

Getting fab abs isn’t about starving yourself or living at the gym. Reducing belly fat involves a mix of smart eating, effective exercise and lifestyle switches plus some hi-tech help at the clinic when all else fails.

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Eat Your Way to A Flatter Tum

Eat Your Way to A Flatter Tum

Make sure you eat enough food to keep your body from experiencing hormone imbalances; eating too little (fewer than 1200 calories a day) reduces the amount of the fat-burning hormone leptin in your body, which will slow down weight loss. Certain foods can also exacerbate belly fat and even some of the healthiest sounding foods can result in more bloating.

The most common food irritants which cause bloating and belly fat are dairy, sugar, wheat, refined carbohydrates and the biggest culprit high-sodium foods which cause the body to retain water. Munch on celery, which acts as a natural diuretic, helping to banish water retention and abdominal bloating. Eating a kiwi fruit after a big meal can also help beat stomach bloat.

Foods high in monounsaturated fatty acid can help burn belly fat. They increase the release of hormones that help regulate glucose metabolism and increase the release of insulin, both of which help lower blood sugar and reduce fat settling around your middle. Choose foods like avocados, almonds, olive oil, and nuts – but watch portion-size.

Include fat-free yogurt into your diet as studies show you are then more likely to lose weight around the stomach because of the combination of calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.

Oily fish – such as salmon can help combat middle-aged spread as they contain the protein leptin, which acts like a hormone, reducing fat stored around the middle and controlling your appetite so you don’t overeat.

Eat a balanced diet to lose weight – your stomach is usually the first place to show weight loss. Include more fruit, salads fish and lean meat, like chicken, in your diet.

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WORN OUT FAT PADS – FIX YOUR FEET

As we age the skin on the feet thins and slackens, and the protective fat pads under the balls of the feet and the soles, can disappear over the years making standing and walking painful.

 Most people will lose these fat pads by 65, but it can happen from age 50 onwards.

Action: Although you can’t stop fat thinning out, wear shock-absorbent shoes will help cushion feet. Silicone insoles may also help. If it’s really painful to walk as feet lack any cushion a filler can be used at the clinic to build up the fat pads The effect will last from three to six months. From £250 and available at most cosmetic clinics.

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TREAT YOUR FEET

*Swollen ankles?  Keep them elevated them, and try peppermint enriched creams which will give relief from swollen ankles –   try Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue £9.50 from all branches.

*Forget that old wives tale that nails need to breathe. They get their nutrients and oxygen from the blood stream. A nail polish will help hide discolouration. If nails are very brittle choose one of the new ‘healthy’ varnishes which contain oils and vitamins to strengthen and condition. Try Sally Hansen Colour Therapy range £8.99 which contains argan oil to feed the nails or use a base-coat like Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat £15 from most department stores.

*For an extra hydrating hit, pamper dried out feet with a weekly foot mask. Try Starskin Magic Hour Foot Mask Socks (£9.99 www.starskinbeauty.com)

*If you suffer from painful feet there is a new breed of experts called MSK (musculoskeletal) podiatrists specializing in feet niggles and how feet interact to help prevent and manage common complaints  – for more info see. www.mskpodiatrists.com

*Give your feet some water therapy in the shower- simply blast them with warm water which helps improve blood flow or cold water to reduce inflammation.

*Yoga and Pilates are both excellent for exercising feet but you can stretch your toes yourself – simply put the fingers of your opposite hand in between your toes to gently stretch them apart. Hold for 20 seconds and then gently press toes downwards so you can feel a stretch in the toes and the top of the foot. Or you can buy Toe Stretchers £14.95 from jdharris.com

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BYE BYE BUNIONS – FIX YOUR FEET

Usually caused by badly fitting shoes, there’s nothing that’ll age your feet more than a pair of whopping great bunions.

Just ask Victoria Beckham. The official name for a bunion is hallux valgus and it develops when the big toe becomes angled inwards, towards your other toes.

Action: You can try bunion pads to relieve pressure, special insoles and painkillers. If they become very swollen and painful, your only answer is surgery to remove the bunion and realign the bones. What was traditionally considered a painful procedure can now be safely carried out as a one-day operation, under local or general anesthetic. Called a scarf and skin osteotomy, it involves removing some of the bone and then realigning it preserving the joint. The procedure is available on the NHS or privately, when you can expect to pay around £4k. Ask your doctor for a referral.

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SWEATY FEET – FIX YOUR FEET

There are over 250,000 sweat glands in our feet producing up to half cup of sweat a day.

Excessive sweaty feet – the medical term is hyperhidrosis – can be extremely embarrassing but is easily treatable.

Action: Use talcum powder after you shower and throughout the day, as it’s great for controlling humidity. Wash fee regularly using tepid water. Try absorbent and odor fighting shoe insoles, but the best cure is Botox. A few strategically placed injections can stop sweating at the source, and results can last four months or more. From £250.

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The Psychology of a Smile

Sometimes there are some stories which get into the media and which immediately go global…and then there are others which, although they are factually fascinating, get buried under the avalanche of information which is out there on a daily, if not hourly basis.

One such story which falls in the last category, was the fact that if you smile, it immediately makes you look, and feel, happier.

It seems that this works because our facial expression sends messages to the brain, which triggers signals to the regions that process emotions.  The clever boffins at  the University of Tennessee ran a study which seemingly proved the correlation between the the upward curve of our lips and the degree of happiness experienced…and apparently it didn’t matter if the smile was huge grin, or just a slight twitch.  It even worked when the person was holding a pen to curl their lips upwards.  The full review is published in the Psycological Bulletin Journal.

 

I found the whole subject really interesting, particularly because, on a daily basis, I see patients who hate the fact that they look so miserable and glum all the time….and my first words of advice are for them to learn to smile more…because when we smile, not only do the corners of the mouth go up, but the eyes ‘soften’ and the overall look is gentler and warmer…and more appealing.  That’s Step One.

Step Two is to consider treatment to address any Marionette Lines…those are the lines which run from the corner of the mouth to the chin.  We all get them eventually, because it is part of the natural ageing process as gravity takes control of facial muscles….but that doesn’t mean that we have to live with them. Cosmetic surgery procedures can work wonders these days. There are plenty of non-invasive treatments around, as well as full-on face lifts….but as long as the lines are not too deep I have found that a couple of Threads can lift the area successfully and stop the droop any further.  The results can be astounding on the happiness-scale!


Just remember that it is not a forever solution though, as threads last for about 18-24 months but if you keep smiling in the meantime, who knows…you might just train those facial muscles to stay in the right place!

So, if Marionette Lines are making you glum, then come and see me…and let’s see what we can do to cheer you up.  0207 436 4441.

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Wake up Sleep Deprived Skin with CBD!

No, I dont mean we should all sneak off and take a puff or two of any illegal substances (honest officer!) but if you are going through a bad patch of not sleeping properly then CBD might just work for you.  As most of my followers know, I was converted to CBD oil a while back, using a few drops under the tongue just before bed,  but I wanted to test out the skin-calming properties too.  The therapists in the Clinic had great fun trying out one product after another …we use MariPharm because it is the purest and the best….and voila, The Magic Lift CBD Facial was born. 

It is perfect to give your skin an instant jolt of energy, great for softening the look of tiredness, detoxing and putting a glow back into your complexion. This brand new facial uses one of most talked-about cosmetic ingredients, Cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in the cannabis plant…this is non-hallucinogenic and is legal.   The use of quality, whole- plant extracted CBD has a hugely beneficial anti-inflammatory, calming and protective effect on the skin. It won’t block pores, is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help calm and soothe stressed skin. Even better you’ll see immediate results. 

Before the facial begins, 3 drops of  CBD oil are given under the tongue, which act on the brain’s serotonin receptors to relax and calm. Next, the skin is double cleansed, followed by a relaxing, deep tissue massage using more CBD oil from MariPharm, concentrating on key pressure points.  Finally, an anti-stress mask is applied for 15 minutes, removed with a floral tonic, before finishing with a light film of MariCreme to seal and protect.  Hello glow!

Our celebrities have been trying it and we have had some terrific reports, so if you want to see for yourself, you can book the Magic Lift CBD Facial on 020 7436 4441.  It costs £120.

And if you want to buy the products then go to https://maripharm.co.uk

Quote code HSSC and you will receive a 15% discount off your entire order.

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