Coronavirus: The Smallest Biggest Enemy

Coronavirus: The Smallest Biggest Enemy

Viruses have been around for millions of years, even longer than the humans! In fact, viruses have been instrumental in the evolution of human beings! But just like there is good bacteria and bad bacteria, there are viruses which help cure diseases, and there are viruses which cause diseases. Viruses are extremely intelligent – they keep multiplying inside our bodies and keep evolving fast to face whatever we throw at them. This intelligence is what makes them survive and thrive in all host bodies – whether animals or humans. They  function through us by intertwining their machinery with ours. They share our proteins and we share their weaknesses.

Coronavirus is extremely dangerous and has already caused havoc across the globe. While companies and institutions around the world are racing to find a vaccine, it may take several months before they overcome the scientific, regulatory and production hurdles. Until then, it’s up to all of us to keep ourselves and others safe by helping prevent the spread of the virus. So here’s all you need to know about the virus and how you may be able to help.

What is the novel coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are small viruses named for the spikes on their surface that resemble a crown – corona is derived from the Latin name for a crown. Coronaviruses  are a large family of viruses that can affect humans as well as animals. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold, and others that can be lethal, such as SARS and MERS. The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The disease caused by novel coronavirus is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

What is the source of this virus?

The source of this fast spreading virus can be traced back to a seafood market in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province of China. It got international attention on December 31 last year, when China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan. The virus was unknown at that stage. Soon after France confirmed the first case in Europe on 7th January. On January 30, WHO declared the outbreak a global health emergency. WHO gave the virus its name – COVID-19 – on Feb 11 and on 11 March WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic. So far the virus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, killing more than 14,700 people and infecting more than 340,000 people.

What are the symptoms?

Most cases are mild, but severe cases can be fatal. Common symptoms are:
– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

Emergency warning signs include:
– Trouble breathing
– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
– New confusion or inability to arouse
– Bluish lips or face

The symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of the virus).

How does the virus spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
– Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
– Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

There is no evidence that suggests that COVID-19 is passed on through food. The main risk of transmission is from close contact with infected people. The advice given before preparing or eating food is to always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Broadly, there are four risk groups who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19:
1. People over-70s, regardless of any medical conditions.
2. Under-70s who have an underlying health condition.
3. Pregnant women.
4. People with complex health problems – this group includes people who:

The fourth group are at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

What are the underlying health conditions?

The underlying health conditions are:
– Long-term respiratory or lung disease, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
– Long-term heart disease, like heart failure.
– Long-term kidney disease.
– Long-term liver disease, like hepatitis.
– Diabetes.
– Long-term neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy, or a learning disability.
– Problems with their spleen like sickle cell anaemia, or have had their spleen removed.
– A weakened immune system, either as a result of a medical condition like HIV or AIDS, or as a result of medications like corticosteroids or chemotherapy.
– A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above (being severely obese).

What are the complex health problems?

People with complex health problems:
– Have had an organ transplant and take medication to suppress their immune system.
– Have cancer and are currently having active chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
– Have blood or bone marrow cancer (like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) and are at any stage of treatment.
– Have severe respiratory/lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or severe asthma that requires admission to hospital or treatment with corticosteroids.
– Have severe diseases of the body systems, like severe kidney disease that is managed with regular dialysis.

What should I do now?

1. Stay at home

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

Stay home if you are sick. Keep away from people who are sick. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.

And remember, as per latest Government guidelines, you should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
– shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
– one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
– any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
– travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

2. Boost your immunity

It’s important to take precautions to reduce exposure and transmission. Here, are six simple ways you can boost your immunity and fortify yourself against the infection:
– Consume mostly organic, plant based food. They help keep the blood sugar levels within healthy range.
– Include basil and turmeric in your diet. These herbs are renowned for their anti viral properties.
– Take some Astralagus root and Vitamin C supplements. These are natural immune boosters.
– Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
– Regularly wash your hands and moisturise, every time you touch communal surfaces or after being in a public place.
– Get a healthy dose of Vitamin D in its natural form – sunlight.

3. Manage stress

Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends, especially those at increased risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions. At this time, taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress and build confidence.

WHO recommends the following things to support yourself:
– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
– Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
– Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
– Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

4. What if I need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
– for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
– for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
– for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

What’s the treatment for coronavirus?

There is currently neither a vaccine against COVID-19 nor any specific, proven, antiviral medication. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Therefore most treatments are directed towards managing symptoms while the body fights the illness. You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

There are a lot of efforts being made currently to develop a vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The vaccine would contain a harmless genetic code copied from the virus that causes the disease. Efforts are still in an early stage and it will still take several months to know if the vaccine will work.

A Reality Check on Medical Tourism

A Reality Check on Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon. According to ISAPS (The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) close to 1.5 million foreigners travelled to counties such as Thailand, Mexico, Colombia and Turkey in 2016 to undergo cosmetic procedures. For those seeking cosmetic treatments, jetting off to sunnier climes to undergo procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and liposuction, often at cheaper prices, can seem all too tempting. Cheaper pricing, the surgery you want and a tan? It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, more often than not, it may well be!

Recently a story of a Scottish model, who had cut-price cosmetic procedure in Turkish clinic endorsed by stars, is doing the rounds. The model paid £3,000 for accommodation, food and procedures — including laser liposuction on her stomach. But within days she started experiencing pain in her abdomen. She admits that while at the time it seemed like a great idea and the cost was affordable, going to Turkey was a big mistake.

Unfortunately, this is not a solitary instance of ‘medical tourism’ going wrong. According to a report by The Mirror at least 1000 British women come back every year with botched cosmetic surgeries – a hole in the skin, wounds that will not heal or disfigured surgery site – being given just a pain killer or antiseptic despite making complaints. According to the report more than £30 million has been spent by the NHS on corrective procedures following cosmetic surgeries abroad.

A recent poll of BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) members revealed that 80% of their member surgeons witnessed an alarming increase in requests from patients to correct failed cosmetic procedures during the last five years. One of the major reasons cited for this increase – the rise of ‘cosmetic medical tourism’ deals offering all–inclusive package holidays and the promise a high-quality service at heavily discounted rates. However, these promotions conveniently gloss over the increased risk of complications post-surgery due to travel, less robust regulations and credentialing, as well as a lack of consistent follow up.

We at NowMe strongly recommend finding a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and is on the GMC (General Medical Council of UK) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training. We also recommend that you make sure your surgery will be carried out at a CQC (The Care Quality Commission of UK) registered medical facility. And if you still get tempted to have cheap surgery abroad, please consider the following:

  1. Post Treatment Complications: No procedure is risk free and it’s important that you consider that there is always a chance of complications arising. When you see a surgeon in the UK your treatment includes aftercare and face-to-face consultations post procedure with the specialist who operated on you. This means that your recovery is monitored – any issues can be treated and any concerns can be reassured. By contrast, if your clinic is overseas then it’s highly unlikely you will see your surgeon again. Some clinics will have a rep here in the UK you can consult, but often this is a nurse, not a specialist, who knows nothing about your personal surgery. Bear in mind that cosmetic treatments are not a quick fix and the recovery process can take months.

2. Differentiated Regulations: It is critical to ensure your surgeon is adequately qualified, trained and experienced in performing the procedure you are considering. Equally vital is to ensure they operate out of a certified clinic or hospital. However, different countries use different quality and safety standards, so it can be difficult to navigate and ensure your surgeon’s credentials and their facility’s adequacy. Remember photos can be misleading, if a clinic abroad sends you glossy images of their facilities there is no guarantee that you will find the same visual on arrival.

3. Costs Can Escalate: The low cost of surgery abroad is often the key factor in the decision to fly for a treatment. However, whilst the initial procedure may be cheaper, you need to bear in mind that, should something go wrong, the costs could shoot up! If you have a complication and need to fly back for corrective surgery you’ll be blowing your budget in no time. Flights, hotel stay and further consultations – the money can easily mount. Whilst the NHS will treat any severe health complications you experience for free here in the UK, they won’t fix or correct cosmetic mistakes or issues. Often those who experience complications will have to pay for a UK based surgeon to fix the problems, meaning you end up paying twice.

4. Travelling Could Increase Risk: When you undergo an operation your body can be at an increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (commonly known as a blood clot). Flying too soon after an operation can heighten this risk, further putting you in significant danger, as these clots can move around the body and can be life threatening. If you are undergoing major surgery then the doctors usually advise to wait at least seven days before flying. This is important to bear in mind as often the ‘recovery package’ of these oversees surgeons only includes an overnight stay. Having to move to a hotel nearby with no supervision is daunting when you have just undergone surgery. Many patients would rather be in their own homes where they feel safe and secure, ensuring the recovery is smoother and less stressful.

The lure of a low price quick fix surgery can be very strong but taking time to research and carefully evaluate the pros and cons will definitely make you appreciate the merits of going to a good surgeon right here, in the UK. In balance, all things considered, it may even turn out to be more efficient in terms of cost and time spend.

Don’t succumb to the financial incentives and careless promises. Your life is worth far more, so choose wisely. Head out to NowMe.co.uk and find a top GMC registered plastic surgeon near you. We diligence all our practitioner to make sure they have the right qualifications, certifications and experience. It’s our top priority to provide you a safe and secured environment to find everything about the treatment you desire and the right practitioner for you.

Health, Beauty & Wellness Trends from the past

Health, Beauty & Wellness Trends from the past

As we head into a new decade, the over-arching trend for the 2010s was that health, beauty and wellness converged further and became inseparable. We decided that being fit was not enough, and looking good and feeling well at the same time were equally important. We challenged conventions, broke taboos and demanded more transparency. Beauty without health started to look like a compromise and neither of the two worked without wellness.

But which wide-reaching trends best reflect the journey of the last decade? These top ten have certainly made their mark, and show no signs of fading away any time soon.

Veganism first came into recognition when Donald Watson coined the term in 1944. However, the vegan diet (or meat-less diet or plant-based diet) became increasingly mainstream in the 2010s. In 2013, the Oktoberfest in Munich offered vegan dishes for the first time in its 200-year history. The Economist declared 2019 “the year of the vegan”. Restaurants began highlighting vegan items on their menus and supermarkets improved their selection of vegan processed food. Celebrities like Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Ellen DeGeneres declared that they didn’t eat animal products. Superfoods such as quinoa, kale and avocado became a craze. And the term “veganism” reached a peak popularity score (as measured by Google searches) of 100 by the end of the decade, from just 33 at the start.

Who would have thought that something so rooted in science, the base of our being, our DNA code sequence, commonly known as ‘Genes’, will become so common and commercial! Well, the last decade did just that – for the first time in human history, people had the opportunity of sequencing their Genes, to learn more about their family traits, know what diseases they might be susceptible to, or to just help with medical diagnosis. In the last five years, supermarkets started selling Genome sequencing kits. These kits could even be ordered online with the results available in less than a week. Compare this with the first ever human genome sequencing project which was completed 15 years ago after 13 years of rigorous efforts! If the science journals are to be believed, they have only managed to scrape the tip of the iceberg. Personalised medicines are just the start – the possible uses of Genomics are truly endless.

Its no surprise that meditation has become the number one go to tool when it comes to health and wellness. GPs, therapists, healers, physical trainers, everyone, have started prescribing or advising meditation for relieving problems as varied as pain, anxiety, depression, weight loss…you name it! Although its been around for thousands of years meditation has now been firmly installed—along with a healthy diet and exercise—as one of the three pillars of wellbeing. There is evidence that just a few minutes of meditation everyday, even as little as ten, can have far reaching benefits. We’ve all seen the magazine covers announcing how meditation has become the anxiety-attacking and focus-restoring choice of everyone. And reflecting this hype is how meditation is increasingly becoming part of our lives. From kids having meditation sessions at school to corporates arranging meditation workshops for their employees, more and more people are resorting to it. In 2009, the “meditation” had a peak popularity score (as measured by Google searches) of 33 but it had increased to 100 by early 2019.

Our physical health affects our mental state, and our mental health affects our physical state, only more so! A healthy mind can help and accelerate healing, enhance physical health even improve the overall life experience. Our mental health affects our relationships, careers, every aspect of our lives! When it comes to wellness, the normalisation of conversations around mental health has been one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the last decade. More and more celebrities have talked in recent years about their struggles with depression, as they try and lift the stigma that exists about people with mental health issues. Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Adel, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson all came forward during the last decade to share their experiences with mental health issues. After years of denying that he was struggling with grief, Prince Harry talked about the “complete chaos” he experienced two decades after his mother’s death, in an interview in 2017.

Instead of chasing immortality, the last decade showed us that what matters is healthy ageing. Living your best life possible, staying healthy and fit is all there is to ageing. It became a trend to look how you felt inside rather than dictated by any number. And it was all made possible by improved healthcare, healthy eating, moderate exercise and balanced lifestyle, and of course some revolutionary skincare innovations. Demonstrating that the older generation was becoming increasingly financially powerful, large beauty brands started to take a more age inclusive approach that saw those such as 70+ years old Helen Mirren modelling for L’Oreal. Last decade saw Senior George Bush breathtakingly skydive on his 90th birthday, while James Corden finding the same rather uncomfortable at the age of 40. Age has truly become just a number, not an indicator of potential or performance.

One of the key cultural changes of the last decade was how everybody got hooked on to the Kardashians. The always looking nice family brought with them their influences. One of the more important being contouring and/or enhancing their body through cosmetic procedures. Kim had emerged as a poster child for cosmetic surgery be it breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, butt lift or body and face contouring. The popularity of cosmetic treatments surged and the treatments, once exclusive to the yesteryear equivalents of the Kardashians, Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez, became more mainstream. While around 7 million cosmetic surgeries were undertaken at the beginning of the decade, the number had increased to 11 million by the end.

Though over 5000 years old, Yoga became one of the trendiest buzzword in exercise and health routines during the last decade. The globalized version of practicing yoga in fancy yoga studios often bears little resemblance to the centuries-old original version, a mystic and ascetic Hindu discipline with strong spiritual element. However, the boomers and millennials are now united in extolling its virtues as a holistic method of achieving overall health. With over 10,000 yoga teachers and around half a million Brits taking yoga classes each week, yoga has become a c.£1bn market in the UK. It’s been climbing the health charts steadily and is expected to continue its upward trend in the new decade.

While Kim Kardashian showed the world the transformation one can achieve with contouring, Kylie Jenner became the face of tweakments — well, the non-surgical treatments. When you want to get a fresher, more natural look without going under the knife or committing to long recovery time, tweakments are just the answer. Usually done within the space of your doctor’s clinic, tweakments often help you enhance your look with non or minimally invasive procedures. The best thing is, they are so subtle that they are often called the ‘secret treatments’! They are a rage with savvy consumers celebrities all over the world. In the tweakments world, fillers became a sensation – from fuller cheeks, bigger lips to even nose jobs, fillers were the port of call for one and all. At the beginning of 2010, they had a peak popularity score (as measured by Google searches) of 25 but it had increased to 100 by the end of the decade.

The last decade saw an explosion in awareness and appreciation of natural beauty products. Instead of being blinded by the glittery and often false or inaccurate promises of various chemically derived ingredients, we learnt to understand their harmful effects. We learnt that our body is one single unit, where what enters one part affects the others – the stomach is not the only organ which ingests, we also take in elements and substances through our skin, hair, nose, ears, eyes, everywhere! So, it’s fair to say the what touches our skin has the potential to touch our heart, our brain, in fact our entire nervous system! Fortunately, more and more companies are now coming out with products which are made of natural ingredients, in an ever increasing proportion. Similarly, savvy consumers are now willing to spend more time and money in sourcing the same.

We have always known the importance of a good sleep, and we have all experienced how the lack of it affects our bodies, mood and productivity, in a negative way. But years of industrial and digital revolution, with 24/7 access to information and entertainment, and the need to always stay connected, resulted in us taking our sleep for granted, even believing falsely that we can always do with less! But the last decade showed us that less is not enough. In 2017, Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the Nobel Prize for their work on circadian rhythms. The Laureates were able to “peek inside” the biological clocks of living organisms to better understand how life responds to the Earth’s rotation. The trio showed the world that sleep quality and quantity is most critical in regulating our circadian rhythms.

The above trends have had wide reaching implication on society over the last decade and will continue to hog limelight in the current decade. They have redefined consumer choices and changed business models. Let us know which trends you think have impacted you the most.

Will NHS cover my cosmetic surgery?

Will NHS cover my cosmetic surgery?

The NHS, or National Health Service, is the Government’s health service that UK residents can use without having to pay. However, sometimes  the treatment you want may not be available through the NHS. This could be because it is only made available in certain situations or isn’t considered a necessity  by the NHS. This article aims to provide clarification on how NHS views cosmetic surgeries and when may they be provided at NHS.

Which cosmetic surgeries would NHS consider?
Cosmetic surgery is undertaken for a wide spectrum of conditions. While improving outward appearance may be at the core of these surgeries, many surgeries also have a symptomatic or functional objective. In other words:

  • Surgeries required after an accident, illness or birth defect. (symptomatic objective)
  • Surgeries required for improving physical, psychological and/or social dysfunctions, some of which may be considered clinical due to severity. (functional objective)

The majority of cosmetic surgeries are considered to be ‘low priority’ and therefore not funded by the NHS. However, if there is a symptomatic or functional requirement for surgery, it may be made available on the NHS. Unfortunately, there is no definitive guidance available. In order to understand this better, let’s look at some common cosmetic surgeries and possible instances where they may be made available on the NHS:

  • Breast Reconstruction: If the breast is being reconstructed following mastectomy (i.e. removal due to breast cancer);
  • Breast Enlargement: In cases of developmental failure resulting in unilateral or bilateral absence of breast tissue or asymmetry, or total lack of breast development, marked by absence of inframammary fold;
  • Female Breast Reduction: If the weight and size of breasts is causing functional problems: neck ache, backache and/or intertrigo, and symptoms are not relieved by physiotherapy and/ or a professionally fitted brassiere;
  • Male Breast Reduction: If one or both breasts are abnormally large due to long term gynaecomastia (and it is anticipated that the reduction will involve >100g tissue from a single breast) and the patient has been screened prior to referral to exclude endocrinological, drug related causes, or underlying malignancy and the patient has not been taking any medication that may causing gynaecomastia for 12 months;
  • Inverted nipple correction: If there are functional reasons (i.e. to enable breast feeding) in postpubertal women after the birth of their first child and the inversion cannot be corrected by correct use of a noninvasive suction device;
  • Repair of External Ear Lobes: If the patient has totally split ear lobes as a result of direct trauma in a non-pierced earlobe;
  • Rhinoplasty: In cases of medical problems caused by obstruction of the nasal airway or objective nasal deformity caused by trauma or correction of complex congenital conditions e.g. Cleft lip and palate.

It is important to note that the above list is highly indicative and the final outcome is based on a case by case assessment.

What’s the process?
It needs to be recognised that the NHS cannot, within its resources, meet all health needs and hence operates a very strict assessment policy for cosmetic surgeries. The starting point is for you to have an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP) who will undertake a full clinical assessment and advise whether you can have surgery at the NHS. In some cases you may have to undergo an assessment with the plastic surgeon and if appropriate a psychiatrist or a psychologist. It may be noted that in some cases functional objective for the surgery (such as psychological/ psychiatric distress) will only be considered where there is evidence that the patient has received or is currently receiving extensive specialist treatment for a significant psychological or psychiatric illness directly related to the condition in question.

What should I look out for?
NHS policy varies from area to area and therefore your first port of call should be your GP. But before you go calling on your GP, you should also consider the following:

  • Waiting Lists: Relying on the NHS could mean waiting a very long time for treatment, sometimes even years! Going down the private route means that you will have instant, on-demand access to care.
  • Choice and Privacy: Going private means more choice and more privacy. You can choose your own hospital, your own doctor, and you get your own private room.
  • Range of Resources: Many resources may not be readily available when relying on the NHS. Whether it’s a larger selection of treatments to ongoing recovery treatments such as physiotherapy, your choice with NHS may be limited.

You should carefully assess your circumstances, and make the right choice for you. Going private would most likely mean paying for the surgery out of your own pocket as private medical insurance providers also heavily ration cosmetic surgeries. You could also consider take no out a personal loan to pay for your surgery, as long as you’re not stretching your finances and budgeting commitments.

If you choose to go private, NowMe can provide all the help and guidance you require – whether its finding the best plastic surgeons in UK or creating a payment plan that suits your means. Head out to nowme.co.uk today and start your treatment journey!

The Rise of Cosmetic Tweakments

The Rise of Cosmetic Tweakments

When you want to get a fresher, more natural look without going under the knife or committing to long recovery time, tweakments are just the answer. Usually done within the space of your doctor’s clinic, tweakments often help you enhance your look with non or minimally invasive procedures. The best thing is, they are so subtle that they are often called the ‘secret treatments’! They are a rage with savvy consumers celebrities all over the world.

Most Popular Tweakments

Secret Face Lift: The ‘secret face lift’ or ‘mini’, as it is popularly known, has become increasingly popular. Only one stitch or staple near the hair line is what it often takes to stretch the facial skin for a younger look, with hardly any visible scar.

Botox: With more advanced and improved versions coming to the market in recent times, this ever popular muscle relaxant toxin is now even more effective. Top professionals now use this better Botox in lower dosage, whilst still getting longer lasting results

Fillers : Whether it’s a non surgical rhinoplasty aka ‘nose job’ or natural looking fuller lips, the latest dermal fillers can achieve desired results with minimal invasion. Just an expert squirt under the skin can plump up and/or enhance the contours.

Non invasive liposuction: The two most popular treatments are Vaser Lipo and Laser Lipo. Both help you loose fat and sculpt the body. While Vaser Lipo breaks down fat cells by amplifying the natural vibration process through ultrasound technology, Laser Lipo or Smart Lipo melts fat using laser energy.

Microneedling: This is a skin texture enhancement treatment based on the ancient practice of Acupuncture. A device using micro needles is used to affect controlled punctures on the skin to kick start the skin cells’ natural repair mode. This treatment is excellent for reducing the fine lines, lightening pigmentation and even decreasing the appearance of scars.  

Microdermabrasion: These treatments have been around for a while and are still holding strong. It’s now even possible to find completely natural abrasives, which can impart that youthful, fresh glow to your skin and can also help reduce pigmentation.

Cryotherapy: Used for both body and face, this therapy uses freezing or near freezing temperatures to tone up the skin and enhance weight loss by making the body work harder to stay warm. Additionally, this therapy can also help relieve muscle pains.

Fat Freezing: Technically known as ‘Cryolipolysis’, it is a non invasive alternative to liposuction. It uses cooling paddles to suction and crystallise fat from targeted areas, helping achieve a more sculpted look.

Key to successful tweakments

Realistic expectations: It is critically important to know how much or how little you want to change or enhance. Instead of trying to copy someone else’s look, it’s better to envision your own desired look before getting a tweakment.

Experienced and qualified surgeon or medical professional: The importance of getting tweakments done by a qualified medical professional can’t be over emphasised! Non surgical is not necessarily non medical and an experienced provider can make all the difference. You can find and book consultation with an expert at app.nowme.co.uk/doctors.

After Care: As with any other treatment, tweakments can last longer with good after care. Regular exercising, healthy eating, sun protection and good sleeping habits can help maintain that glow, keep you looking toned and fit, and enhance your overall happiness and confidence.

Remember, your choices are what make you, so chose wisely. Do your research, create a bespoke look and find the right medical professional. For all the information and assistance you need, visit NowMe.co.uk, your one stop solution for cosmetic treatments and tweakments.

Facts about cosmetic treatments during pregnancy

Facts about cosmetic treatments during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time for an expectant mother, but it can also be taxing on the mind and body. Your hormones go haywire – they change the way your skin reacts, makes it more sensitive, and they play with your emotions, often causing you to feel a shadow of your former self.

Whether you regularly have cosmetic treatments or are thinking about having them for the first time, you need to consider your pregnancy. In this article we will guide you through everything you need to know about your cosmetic treatments in relation to your pregnancy.

Pre Pregnancy
If you’ve already had cosmetic treatments, you may find the appearance of your permanent and semi-permanent treatments change. During pregnancy, your weight and water-weight fluctuate, so areas of your body that hold extra fat or fluid can change the appearance of your tweakments and enhancements.

During Pregnancy
Generally, the advice from doctors and surgeons is to avoid any cosmetic intervention during pregnancy. Pregnancy can already be a nerve-wracking time, so there’s no point risking a complication. In fact, most doctors won’t knowingly treat you if you are pregnant.

Regarding non-invasive treatments, remember that your skin reacts differently during your pregnancy and there is higher risk of hyper-pigmentation, so your normal go-to treatments may not work the way they once did. If you’re concerned, the best thing you can do for yourself during your pregnancy is to keep up a diligent skin-care regimen.

Having said that, if you have recently discovered your pregnancy and know your last treatment overlapped – don’t panic! There is no proof that injectables such as fillers and Botox harm your foetus, but it is still recommended that you cease your treatments as soon as you know of your pregnancy and discuss with your medical practitioner.

Post Pregnancy
Once you’ve stopped breastfeeding you are free to resume or commence any and all cosmetic treatments. Some of the treatments you may like to consider are:

  • Micro-needling: to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and lines on your abdomen.
  • Fat Freezing: to reduce fat in troublesome areas, such as stomach, thighs and upper arms.
  • Abdominal Skin Tightening: to reduce any sagging skin and tone up your stomach area.
  • Tummy Tuck: if you know you will not be having another child and you have excess stretched skin, you may decide to get a tummy tuck to reduce the problem permanently.
  • Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift: again, if you know you will not be having another child and you want to improve the appearance of your breasts, a breast augmentation or breast lift may be good options to consider.
  • Mummy Makeover: Sometimes it may be more than one issue that may be playing on your mind. In such cases you may consider a makeover to restore your body. Mummy makeover, as it is often called, is a combination of two or more treatments such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift or a liposuction.

Pregnancy can be an emotional time and you may experience a drop in confidence and self-esteem. However remember it’s temporary. Even if you feel like all of your hard work is flying out the window – it’s reversible. And know that everyone else thinks you’re glowing!

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