America Needs a Makeover

Our country needs a makeover.  From our political system, to the economy to our very selves, we need an overhaul.  We’ll talk about the upcoming elections, the Gulf Coast and personal physical improvements on tomorrow’s Critical Thinking in the Real World radio show. 

Americans are unhappy with our elected officials and the job government is doing.  According to the recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low and approval of Congress is even worse. This has motivated Americans to act and political campaigns across the nation are fueled by a new enthusiasm and desire for considerable change. With the midterm elections less than four months away, now is the time to get involved.  We’ll talk about some of the candidates running for office and the latest strategies they are using to engage voters.

President Obama and his family will vacation on the Gulf Coast in August.  This trip will hopefully encourage tourism in a region hard hit by the BP Oil Spill and change perceptions that the beaches and resort areas have been devastated by this disaster.  The Gulf Coast businesses are the ones facing imminent disaster.  On their previous trips to the region, both the president and Mrs. Obama have made a point of encouraging people to visit Gulf Coast beaches that are open and oil-free to help boost an area economy battered by the sharp decline in tourism that followed the spill.  If you’d like to help by traveling to the Gulf Coast, we’ll speak to Sandy at Bayside Travel who will tell us about all the deals to be had.   

Have you ruled out cosmetic surgery because it’s too dangerous, invasive and expensive?  Gaile Coleman at Estetika Skin & Laser Specialists will tell us all about affordable non-surgical options including the latest in skincare, Thermage, Latisse, cosmetic dermatology, and facial & body rejuvenation. 

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Mommy Makeovers

The joys of motherhood are endless. Getting a pre-pregnancy body back is often a joyless experience, however. When exercise and dieting aren’t enough, many women turn to surgical and non-surgical options to repair the physical damage done by pregnancy. These procedures are often called “mommy makeovers.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure last year, with 348,000 performed — up 6 percent since 2006. Of those, about two-thirds were for women older than 30 who often opt for implants to restore lost volume in their breasts due to pregnancy weight gain.

Adominoplasty (frequently called a tummy tuck) removes loose skin and tightens the abdomen. Nationally, there were 148,000 tummy tucks — up 1 percent from 2006. This cosmetic procedure results in a flatter, tighter-looking stomach.

Many patients getting tummy tucks and breast lifts or augmentations combine these procedure. They can cost $14,000 or more and require six weeks of recovery.

For those not interested in the health risks or the high cost of cosmetic surgery, there are nonsurgical options that are noninvasive, less costly and require no down time. With the help of lasers, chemical peels and technology, women have many options for restoring their bodies.

Some options include Thermage™, which rejuvenates the skin from the inside out using radiofrequency energy to the deep layers of the skin and its underlying tissue. After the procedure, the collagen contracts and remodels over time providing tighter and healthier skin. VelaSmooth™ is another option that reduces cellulite using a combination of bi-polar frequency, infrared light, and tissue mobilization.

For more information on your own “mommy makeover” contact:

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Specialists
Wauwatosa & Mequon

Estetika Skin and Laser Specialists

Wisconsin MediSpa