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Best Celebrity Inspired Diwali Looks To Shine Like A Diva!

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Best celebrity inspired Diwali looks

Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the biggest and best traditional festivals in India. The festival itself is beautiful. Dressing up for Diwali is fun and also one of the rarest occasions were you can experiment with looks and colours. Diwali is all about glowing like a princess, having fun with friends and family and eating great food.

Best Celebrity Inspired Diwali Looks!

If you are trying to figure out a Diwali outfit that’s going to help you to stand out, look like a real diva, we have some tips for you. Here are some of my favourite celebrity Diwali(1) looks which I think can completely steal the show if recreated. 

Best celebrity inspired Diwali looks

 

Unlike yesterdays fashion- today the looks have evolved from the basic saree look to rocking an Indo western look for this Diwali- we have you guys covered. Let’s get started….

Deepika Padukone Inspired Diwali Look

Deepika Padukone inspired Diwali look
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When it comes to fashion and experimenting yet staying on the safe side- no one has managed to rival the Bollywood queen Deepika Padukone(2). From rocking the traditional avatar to taking the western look to a whole new level. Our Padmavati is someone we can certainly steal some tips from this Diwali. From rocking a simple Kanchipuram saree to a designer lehenga, Deepika has always made all attires simple but elegant. Mostly heavy embroidered solid colour lehenga that comes with a cape is what she opts for. Parity this with a heavy neckpiece or a heavy earpiece would be a wonderful way to make you stand out. Her statement bun or ponytail is sleek and polished, this gives the whole look a traditional side but with a twist.

For makeup, just like Deepika, you can opt for earthy colours along with a lightly smoked outlook for the eyes. But if you want to be a bit daring then don’t hesitate to go with a signature red lip.

Bollywood Next-Gen Diva Ananya Pandey’s Diwali Look

Ananya Pandey’s Diwali Look
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Ananya Pandey is not just drop-dead gorgeous but also a fashion inspiration to those who always want to keep it Indian but western. Her fashion game is just amazing. To rock the Ananya Pandey look this Diwali(3), opt for pastel colours, sport a sleek straight hair. Keep your make up pink toned and add gloss to your lips. 

Here are some styling options:

You can go for a pale lime-hued flared trousers and top it off with a shimmery bralette top. You can also add a heavy worked jacket.to get the whole look together and give your body some shape add a waist belt with some stonework. This could be a change from wearing your normal saree and lehenga. Part this look with poker-straight hair with extensions and a Dewey make up. 

Stylish and Cute Jhanvi Kapoor’s Diwali Inspiration

Jhanvi Kapoor’s Diwali inspiration
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Jhanvi Kapoor has everyone’s attention, just; like her mother, this girl already has the fashion game on. Mostly seen in the Manish Malhotra designs. Janvi’s traditional looks(4) are more subtle but with a kohl-rimmed eye. To get the Janvi look go for desi clothes with mirrors, stones, lot of volume and embellishments. When it comes to glamor she is an unapologetic diva. To get the divas south Indian look you can wear that traditional Banarasi lehenga with choker neckpiece and earrings. You can also add in a statement headpiece to make the whole look extra. 

Kareena Kapoor Khan, The Queen’s Diwali Inspiration Idea

Kareena Kapoor Khan
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An actress that has managed to be at the top for so long, the timeless beauty Kareena Kapoor Khan is the perfect example for royal Diwali look(5). The actress has managed to make the fashion people go wow with her choice of clothes, especially for the festive seasons. Sarees, lehengas, gowns, palazzo sets anything you mention, this diva can rock it.

To get the queen of Pataudi look. Opt for pastels, reds, golds or black colours with lots of work on the clothing. Pair it up with blow-dried hair, thick kohl-rimmed eyes and subtle makeup. There you go streaming hot and sultry look that will make you stand out this Diwali.

The Cute and Talented, Aliya Bhatt

Aliya Bhatt
https://www.shaadisaga.com/blog/alia-bhatt-s-diwali-look-is-major-inspo-for-all-you-pataka-bridesmaids

Just like her movie choices, whenever the actress steps out in Indian wear she has never failed to make heads turn.  One of my favourite looks of Alia is her Shyamal & Bhumika, stunning black lehenga(6). Who said black cant look festive?. The actress looked divine in the black lehengas with sunning smokey makeup(7). She kept the look bare except for the statement earpiece. The whole look was well put together – in other words- gorgeous.  Also, guys don’t forget to add in the staple bindi, that’s what makes the look so Indian.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra Diwali Indo Western Look

Shilpa Shetty Kundra Diwali Indo western Look
https://g3fashion.com/blog/celebrity/shilpa-shetty-saree-style/

This ever fit diva of Bollywood always rocks all kinds of attires with her gorgeous body. If you are not feeling it to wear saree or lehengas, then here is a Shilpa Shetty inspired look you can recreate.  

When it comes to rocking the desi look with an Indo western flare Shilpa Shetty is a real pataka! To rock like Shilpa wear your saree Dhoti Style(8), Palazo Style or the lehenga style. Match it up with earrings, a well-set hair and a nice filled brow. Shilpa loved glossy lipsticks so don’t forget to add that.

Here are some other stars who managed to turn heads this season

Mouni Roy’s Simple Festive Look

Mouni Roy’s simple festive look

We love her pink and grey combo saree blouse look(9). The new Bollywood Diva’s look is simple yet stylish. If you hate all the glitter then this look can be perfect for you. This simple Saree look comfortable to wear and carry. Pair the look with silver jewellery and minimal matt make up. Eye make up is the key here, go for a grey smokey eye look, that will get you that “am festive ready appearance.

Bhumi Pednekar Bold And Daring Diwali Look

Bhumi Pednekar bold and daring Diwali look
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Be as bold as you can this festive season, here are some tips we can take from Bhumi Pednekar. Red and silver is a killer combination. This look of Bhumi is comfortable, fashionable and perfect to rock the festive day with a modern twist. Add it some silver jewellery, matt makeup with bold lips and some shine of the eyelids – you are good to go.

I hope these ideas will help you bring out the fashionista in you this season- share with us the kloos you created for this Diwali.

Happy Diwali!!!

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Thrilling Halloween Ideas To Spook It This 2020!

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Thrilling Halloween Ideas To Spook It This 2019 (1)

Halloween is around the corner, it’s back to that time of the year where we love to scare the living daylights out of everyone. One of my favorite times around the year, Halloween is always fun. From planning a cool Halloween party, costume, recipe and games to visiting your family and friends, the season is special. From preparing the costumes to getting all the yum candies, everything could be overwhelming at the last minute. This article, “Thrilling Halloween Ideas To Spook It This 2020”, is all about easy ways to organize and make most of this chilling time of the year. 

Here Are Some Tips To Make This Year’s Halloween A-Bomb

Thrilling Halloween Ideas To Spook It This 2019 (1)

If you are planning on throwing an unforgettable Halloween party this year with your loved ones, you need to prepare beforehand. The festivities of Halloween has come along way, from just wearing costumes now it’s come to more creative fun stuff like decorating, indulging in spooky-looking sweets, mimicking famous characters, party and so much more. 

Halloween Party Ideas: Easy and Spooky

Easy and Spooky

  • One of the most basics and staple decor that one must not miss for this and every other Halloween season is the hollow pumpkin(1)
  • Organize these pumpkins in various locations in the house- the pumpkin decor is available in various forms like the pumpkin lights, pumpkin bucket, etc. you can also add other interior spooky decors inside the house such as cobwebs, crow, witch hats, etc. 
  • Use your real pumpkins to decorate the outside of the house, you can place them in the porch, driveways, steps etc.
  • You can also crave your pumpkins as a DIY and add those too in with your other decors. One of the easiest  DIY to create a spooky pumpkin is to add in some paint and vampire teeth to your pumpkin. There you have the evil pumpkin that sure to give anyone a scare(2).
  • Another cool way to use your pumpkin is to turn one into a cooler by adding some ice and sticking in some drinks.
  • Fill pumpkin buckets with goodies and candies, always leave the goodies in the play area and the ones filled with wine and other treats in the rooms where adults are likely to spend more of their time.
  • If you want to give a more into it and spooking look make bloody cakes, zombie eye candies, and worm jelly.
  • Draw creepy faces on the balloons. 
  • Add in creepy lights (reds works great to give that whole Dracula effect).
  • To take thing o another level add in some spooky music

Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Sure To Make An Impression

Halloween costume ideas that are sure to make an impression

  • Addams Family-One of the most classic Halloween customer’s ideas would be dressing up your family as the Addams family the mysterious and spooky family has never once disappointed the audience.
  • Hotel Transylvania Characters -You could plan and dress up your family as that epic hotel Transylvania characters, since humans are not allowed into the hotel, along with ensuring that all your guests are dressed you can also take some of the decore inspirations from the cartoon.
  • The stranger Things Kids– this could be the most popular Halloween costume idea of this season. The sensational science fiction horror show and its characters recreated this Halloween is sure to make anyone see the upside-down. 
  • The Riverdale Characters– new generation adaptation of the classic Archie and friends would be one of the coolest Halloween ideas again this year.
  • Shadowhunter Characters– for those who loved the supernatural series this could be an exciting option.
  • Vampire Diaries– though the series has been long over, the characters and their epic vampire wicked hiss is still a great idea to go with.
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina– dressing up as the cool girl; Sabrina and her witch aunts would be perfect to way to welcome the Halloween.

If you are looking for more classic Halloween costume ideas (3) 2020 then…

  • Jenna Rink from “13 Going on 30”–  The iconic rainbow stripe dress Jenna wore when leading an almost bored dead party into a flash mob of Michael Jackson’s epic song “Thriller.” don’t forget to add the butterfly necklace, the red clutch and the messy updo hair she carries with style. 
  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy – if you are looking for Halloween costume ideas for couples then this duo would make a cool combination.
  • Forrest Gump Costume – Forrest Gump, is an easy to recreate Halloween costume if you feel lazy to do anything time-consuming. All you need is a light suit and a plaid shirt, muddy shoes and a box of chocolates.
  • Ghostbuster Costume – from the movie Ghostbuster, the American fantasy comedy film, the epic zip-up costume with the inflatable backpack and gun is sure to make you stand out.
  • You can also recreate the famous look of your favorite celebrities or other television characts you love. 

Easy Halloween Make Up Ideas To Try In 2020

Batsh*t Crazy Babydoll

Batshit Crazy Babydoll

This look is easy to create if you are looking for a sweet yet scary look. To get the look do your makeup as usual but replace your eyeliner and shadow with a white liner and powder. In creating this look your goal is to look as white as snow.

Wonder Woman Look

Wonder Woman Look
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Wonder women look is pretty easy once you get your custom righty. You need to look a well-blended makeup with golden shimmery eyes and some maroon lipstick. The look is quite natural. When the party begins all you need to add is the wonder women headband.

Cat Woman

Cat Woman

Cat women look is epic if you are looking or a sexy gothic-like look for this Halloween. All you need here is some black gel, that stays put and doesn’t smudge.  You guys can get an eye mask at any store but painting one can make them look more real and it will stay put all night. Masks do get uncomfortable as the night passes by.

Mermaid Look

Mermaid Look

If you want all that bling on a dark night the mermaid look is perfect as well as easy. Throw on a glittery fish cut gown and add a full-on shimmer glow makeup with light glitters on your eyes and rhinestones over your face and neck.

The Sexy Vampire

The sexy vampire

A vampire never goes out of style. Do a snowy white face with a foundation that’s a few shades lighter, add in red contact lense, do a full-on smokey eye and finally to take stuff to the next level add in some red border rim and some vein lines on the face using a red liber.

These looks are just a few examples(4), there are many more other looks that can be easily created with the stuff you already have. If you want more Halloween look idea, let us know so that we will do another Halloween look book.

How To Stay Safe On Halloween?

How to stay safe on Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, moms worry about the safety of their kids. Halloween is fun and kids need to have their fair share of fun. Instead of restraining them to sit home all night, here are certain tips that can help you worry less about your kids and actually enjoy all the spooky fun.

  • Make sure that you keep your kids away from pointy and sharp objects. Kids are prone to accidents, you don’t want your kid falling on anything or accidentally stabbing anyone. Try getting kids props that are soft and flexible. 
  • While planning Halloween costume ideas for kids make sure they are reflective or bright. If your kid is wearing dark clothes then add some bright colors or stick-on reflective tape to the costume, this will make sure that your kid can be easily seen and identified at night.
  • When you get your kid to wear masks make sure that they don’t block their vision. Masks can be dangerous especially if your kid’s planning goes out at night alone. If the customer demands a mask make sure the vision holes are big enough to see clearly.
  • Check the ingredients of makeup products that you use on your kid, also take care while applying false lashes, nails, tooth etc on your kids. Some people tent to add glue so that the falses stay in place but this could be painful for removal.
  • If your child is going out to play Halloween games that make sure you advise him/her to say visible and also give them stuff like a flashlight. Ask them to flash the light while crossing the road so that the drivers can see them.
  • Discourage kids from taking out their bikes and skateboards during the night. It’s always better if the child has an adult with him during a trick-or-treat.
  • Young children can be scared by some Halloween displays which could affect them mentally as well as physically. Therefore while your child goes to play trick-or-treat never leave him or her alone.  Also, set some basic ground rules so that your kid stays safe.
  • If your kid is under nine years of age have him or her escorted by an adult or an elder sibling while going out to trick-or-treating. For games like this, it’s always safe to send your child with a group if there is one in your neighborhood.
  • Set certain ground rules while letting your kid go out, advise him/her not to enter any stranger’s house even if they insist. Entering a stranger’s house is never safe especially during Halloween. In case the child has to enter the house, make sure you ask the escort to go along too.
  • Advice kids not to have candy offered by strangers. Though some of the claims of poisonous candy may be rumors but it’s still better to stay on the safer side. Always advise your kid to bring the candy home first before eating it.
  • Finally, ask your kid to be polite and respectful of the elders. Some elders might be very welcoming and rude. Being respectful can help to avoid unnecessary drama.

I hope this article on Halloween Ideas helps with planning and organizing a memorable Halloween party this year. As the quote goes, “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, it’s near Halloween.”

Have a spine chilling Halloween!

RESOURCES

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  4. Condé Nast. (2019).The 100 Most Jaw-Dropping Halloween Makeup Ideas on Instagram|glamour.com[online] Available at:https://www.glamour.com/gallery/50-best-halloween-makeup-ideas-on-instagram

Solo Female Travel: The Complete Guide!

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Solo Female Travel The Complete Guide

If you are a lady who is planning to go on a solo trip, then don’t think twice, it could be one of the best decision you made in life so far. The whole idea of solo female travel, was a scary thing a few years ago, unlike men, women had to think about their safety which was also the reason why most people backed out of the idea. Today when the internet has everything connected, solo female travel is not a hollow dream anymore- it’s possible and enjoyable too. 

The Complete Solo Female Travel Guide

Solo Female Travel The Complete Guide

Travelling solo can do a lot for you, it can be intimidating as it takes you out of your comfort zone but it can be great to boost your personality.  Before packing your bags and stepping out, there are few things you could consider to make the journey and true experience for life. Feeling nervous and self-conscious is normal. Here is my complete Solo travelling guide for women.

Beating Travel Anxiety!

Beating travel anxiety

The word travelling solo might be intimidating but if you want to get over the anxiety and fear, all you have to do is realise that you are technically not alone. With the internet, you are connected 24/7 with your family and friends (unless of course, you are travelling to some remote and red-flagged area). You could also join various solo female travel groups and forums on social media networks (1).

Pre-plan

Planning ahead can help you feel more in control of your trip. Especially when you travel alone, doing online research, booking your rooms in advance and finding the best places to visit can make you feel confident and more organised. Also if you can plan and write down an itiniary then it would make a huge difference. 

Planning ahead can certainly be helpful when planning to travel alone. But make sure you don’t freak out if things don’t go according to your plan.

Keep a small travel book 

It’s always better to go to a place by studying in advance the basic information. Carry a small notepad with all the local emergency numbers of the place you are going to visit written in advance. Also, make sure you gave the numbers of the hotel and other places where you would be spending the night.  This will make sure you are ready for any trouble in advance. This will also once again help in keeping the travel anxiety at bay. 

Know your comfort level

When you plan to travel around the world it is important to know what you are comfortable doing and what you are not going to be. Doing something that troubles or scare you can ruin your entire trip. When you travel to a new place there could be stuff that is daring and tempting if you think you can do it go ahead, but if it intimidates you stay out. 

Don’t panic when things don’t go your way

Just like every other aspect of our life things don’t always have to go according to the plan. When you travel, your flight, train, weather etc can be unreliable. At situations like that try to remail calm. Keep the phone as well as your route map handy. Keep a clear head and try to come up with an alternative solution. It’s also good to have a backup plan B pre-planned.

Plan your pickups and drop

Prebook cab for pick up from various points that you want to travel. Trust me guys, planning proper pick-up and drop can get rid of most of the anxiety and nervousness.

Stop trying to be a control freak!

Come to terms with your self that you can’t always control your surrounds and the weather, to work your way. Let go and make the most of the situation you have at hand. 

Keep connected

This I think is one of the most important and best ways to feel no so alone on the journey. Even though you are on the move keep connected with your family and friends(2). Share your day’s experience. This will not only clam them down but will also help in calming yourself down. 

Find The Best Solo Female Travel Destinations

Picking the right destination is one of the most important aspects of planning to travel alone. If you have never travelled far pick the easiest and the safest places for solo female travellers first. Here is a list of some of the best countries you can start off your solo travelling experience from.

Here are some of the best solo female travel destinations 

If you are a beginner and this is your very first solo travel then I think the best country to start off with would be(3)

Switzerland: Not only is the country breathtakingly beautiful but also one of the easiest place to travel and find your way around. The people are fascinating as well as friendly. Also if you want to take things up a bit, do visit the alps it’s a combination of beauty, peace and adventure.

Iceland: Stunning as well as safe. The people here are very welcoming and proud keeps of their tradition and culture. I could say Iceland is also one of the best places to make good friends.

Denmark: No wonder this place is known as the happiest place on earth. A beautiful place with warm and amazing people with lots to explore.

If you love adventure and some exploring, then Croatia (land of games of thrones), Bosnia and Croatia, Costa Rica, India, Peru, etc.are some of the places that you need to check out.

If you are looking to travel to a place where you can commonly meet a lot of solo travellers then I suggest visiting-Bali, Singapore or Thailand. These are some of the solo traveller’s hub where you can meet and make friends. 

List Of Solo Travel Essentials For Women

List of travel essentials

Most of the time when we travel we tend to pack half of the house but end up using the only 1/4th of it. But when travelling solo it’s best to travel light. A super-heavy backpack and luggage would cause trouble all along the journey. 

One of the best ways to avoid overstuffing your travel bag is to:

  • Make a checklist.
  • Pack dress (basics) so that you can mix and match. 
  • Pack a good pair of trekking shoes, a comfortable shoe and a basic sandal. If you are going to a place when it’s snowing then maybe a good pair of boots.

Here is solo female travel tip: always make sure you choose your essentials depending on the kind of place you are planning to travel to.

Pick the right kind of bag

Choose a bag that’s compact but has a large storage capacity. A basic suitcase backpack, a sling bag would do the job. The more stuff you carry the more you have to haul them along.

Way to pack cloths and also stay trendy

Choose some of your best pair of jeans and shorts. Carry some comfortable tops. And if you are going to a cool place maybe some sweaters or a good jacket that goes with all your dress. Make sure that whatever you pack go will all the other dresses. For example, a basic black and white t-shirts, more yellows, beige and brown- these colours tend to go with most of the colours. Follow the basic mix and match equation- 4 dress is equal to 8 outfits. 

The best way to pack

Roll up everything! Rolling will not only keep your dress tightly packet but will also help save space and keep them wrinkle-free. 

Keep your essentials small

When you travel, always carry your stuff in a travel-friendly size. Carry a miniature perfume, moisturiser, sunscreen and makeup. If you cannot find miniature versions of everything then you can easily get travel-friendly bottles and kits on Amazon. It’s cheap and you can easily take the amount you would need.

Measure your luggage on the scale and give a final run-up

It’s likely that when after so much scanning we would still end up carrying a lot for that necessary. Therefore before you step out the door go over again. Trust me- you don’t need that green clutch or that frock. 

Use an organizer to carry your basic first aid as well as your accessories

A pillbox can be used in so many ways than you think. It could carry your vitamins as well as your earings. I personally recommend not to carry any heavy or expensive  jewellery while on the road (just to stay on the safer side)

Here Are Some Of The Solo Female Travel Safety Tips 

Here are some of the solo female travel safety tips

  • Have a safety whistle, personal alarm and maybe a bottle of pepper spray
  • A door rubber stopper (you don’t want to be stuck in the bathroom of some hotel do you)
  • Choose a decent hotel in a well-lit area(4), a place where you know people would always be on call.
  • Watch what you eat and drink
  • Dress comfortable as well as conservatively (cultures may differ from place to place. Any dress that would draw fewer attention works. You don’t want to be walking the roads with  that plunging neck like with people staring at you)
  • Never tell strangers or someone you meet on the way where you stay
  • Always register yourself with the local embassy
  • Meet people, enjoy but always be cautious.

Solo female travel is a pleasure by itself. You will learn to be independent and be confident in yourself. A lone time explores new places can also help a lot with physical and mental health. Try it and let me know what you think. For more question get connected with me through the chat section below.

Face your fears, there is nothing more empowering!

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Surprising Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships!

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Surprising Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships

Self-esteem and self-confidence are everything when it comes to living a healthy and long life. One can never have something called too much self-esteem. The more you have it the better. Especially in a relationship, we tend to lose ourselves, though we don’t get it in the beginning, later this can affect the relationship. This article, “Surprising Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships” will answer questions related to how one can improve self-esteem (especially women) when it comes to being with a partner. 

Amazing Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships!

As the wordings go “self-love is the best love”, having good self-esteem can help your relation blossom in ways you never thought possible. Boosting your self-esteem can work magic on your relationships. There is nothing that can hold back a person who has self-esteem and self-love once we start loving our life more we make better decisions, respect ourself as well as others.

Surprising Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships

If both the partners have self-esteem that complements one another there is nothing that’s going to stop them from taking their relationship to it’s the best potential. So guys if you haven’t thought much about improving it’s high time you do, self-esteem I some really powerful stuff that can either make or break yours.

Nobody is too old or too young to start nurturing and learning to build self-esteem(1). It not an overnight process but understanding how and when once can easily change themselves. Let dive right into it.

How to Improve Self-Esteem in Relationships?

If you look into various self-esteem classes, “how to improve your self-esteem in a relationship?”(2), is one of the key burning questions.  But attending a crash course is not enough to learn or practice putting self-esteem first in day to day life. 

To start off with…

Stop trying to look perfect and expecting others to be perfect- humans are not perfect and we tend to make mistakes

Stop trying to look perfect and expecting others to be perfect- humans are not perfect and we tend to make mistakes

In most of the cases, right from the day, a child is born, he or she is raised in a culture of perception, perfection and a preset standard. If the kid does not meet the requirements- be it at school or at home, he/ she is regarded as not good enough. This is the typical process we have all been through while growing up. 

For someone who has been raised in such a family, to be thought to be always right and better than others would be important. Also for individuals with low-self esteem assume that love is to maintain an impression. If you are in a relationship with someone who is special for you, then it’s a good opportunity for personal growth. But at the same time if one has self-esteem then it can affect the other person too, thereby disrupting the whole relationship. Following some guidelines, you can easily motivate one another and build a healthy as well as long relationship.

Shut down your inner critic

Shut down your inner critic

Learning how to voice as well as handle your inner critic is the key to bring back your self-esteem(3).  The inner voice can be constructive for many but for those many with low self-esteem, the negative inner thought can disrupt their everyday life. 

Shutting down this inner voice can be impossible at once but one can gradually work towards replacing those negative thoughts with positive and more helpful thoughts that can bring change in how you view yourself as well as others. 

Here is a simple way to stop your inner critic: The STOP phrase.

When you are in a situation when your inner mind started making you think of negative thoughts simply say STOP. if the word stop doesn’t work for you you can also use words your comfortable with for example:

No buddy, we are not going there…..

No, no, no…

Or you could just come up with a phrase or word that you are comfortable with but would stop the inner voice from coming up. Once that’s done focus your thoughts on something that you would like to do something constructive. For example: going shopping, the cafe you wanted to go, call an old friend, talk to your family- anything that would keep your mind occupied. 

Appreciate your partner more

Appreciate your partner more

No matter what the deal is, start by being appreciative and thankful for your partner’s deeds. Try to notice the little things he does for you can try using the word, “thank you” often. Make it a point to ensure that you show your appreciation, this would not only put you at ease but it will also help you both feel valued, wanted, important and most important of all happy. 

Being a bit self-centered is good

Whenever your partner does something sweet for you, like waking you up with a hot mug of coffee (unless you are someone who hates being woken up- then I can understand that all you can think of is murder) rather than just saying, “thank you that’s so sweet” , also try feeling that you are special and that’s is why your partner is doing what he does for you. Know that you deserve every bit of his love and care.

Explore and travel together

Explore and travel together

 Traveling far and wide can not only give your experiences that you can’t forget, but this can make you feel a lot more than just being a small-town girl. The feeling of being away from home, having your partners company, surviving – can be an incredible boost to self-esteem(4). Coming back after a long-distance vacation can give you new insight, new plans and make you realize that you are capable of so much more. 

Learning new stuff together

Learning new stuff together

When you learn something new – the curiosity and excitement get to you. But when you are doing some new together with your partner the shared experiences, praise, high fives with boost each of the person’s self- esteem. When you are planning to do something new though choose something that would interest you as well as your partner,  for example, dance class, gym sections, crafts, art, etc. 

Flirt away like you are young and in love

Flirt away like you are young and in love

As we grow up we lose ourselves in our busy lives, we forget to express our love for our loved ones. Life is all about being loved and expressing love. Flirt like kids, praise your partner in private as well as public and show them you are proud. Nothing can give a person confidence like showing them they are loved and appreciated. 

Be there for each other mentally

Be there for each other mentally

The physical pain can be seen and felt but it requires a real person and true love to understand when the partner is in pain mentally. One of the common reasons for low self-esteem could be mental issues, therefore communicate whatever you are feeling trust, you may find it hard to talk but talking and getting help can certainly help in the long run. 

Why Do I Lose Confidence In A Relationship?

Why do I lose confidence in a relationship

The reasons for losing confidence is a sign of low self-esteem, the reasons could be many.

  • Biological reasons: Such as lifestyle, illness, genes or some form of disability.
  • Spiritual reasons: Again lifestyle, thought and beliefs, reverence, shame etc…
  • Psychological reasons: Childhood and adult experiences, mental trauma, abuse, self-evaluation, lifestyle
  • Social reasons: Negative friend circle, lifestyle, the pressure of competence

How To Identify A Person With Low Self-Esteem?

How to identify a person with low self-esteem

  • Worrying too much about what people might think about you.
  • Being very cautious
  • Scared to move out of the comfort zone
  • Avoid people fearing that you might upset them
  • Constantly wants others approval in life
  • Fear of being rejected
  • Faking illness and creating scenarios to grab attention
  • Extreme social anxiety
  • Always negative thoughts run in your head
  • Your symptoms are very similar to those with anxiety and depression
  • You get easily addicted
  • To talk to yourself and lot and criticize yourself

I hope this article, “ Surprising Ways To Improve Self Esteem In Relationships”(5), helped you understand what’s holding you down from having a full-fledged and happy relationship with your partner.  I have known most people who stay in a relationship that’s critical and abusive because they have no choice. Putting up with such behavior and not doing anything about it would not improve you or your partner or your relationship in the long run. If the situation is too much for you to handle and if depressing and negative thoughts keep coming into your mind no matter what you do, try talking to a professional. 

Always remember, you are worth it and don’t compromise on anything take would take you or your partner down the drain. For more help, connect with me in the comments section below.

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Shocking Skin Care Myths We Are Made To Believe!

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Shocking Skin Care myths we are made to believe

Beauty hacks are all over the internet. Some can be a real blessing while some can be plain stupid and sometimes even life-threatening. This is why I decided to do, “ Shocking Skin Care myths we are made to believe!”. 

Shocking Skin Care Myths We Are Made To Believe!

Skin care myths are those the industry had made up believe it not that it’s become hard for one to switch even if one realizes that the stuff is bad. The world of the internet has given us the recipe for the best face mask but also the worst hair care routine. But on second thought are these tips and hacks you see safe? How well informed is this person who put up these hacks? Even if it’s something that worked for her/him that might possibly not work for you. Bloggers promote products in the most believable way when they might actually have not tried the product at all. Just squeezing a small amount on the hand and rubbing it in and exclaiming wow!!! proves nothing. 

Shocking Skin Care myths we are made to believe

We decided to team up with a group of experts and bring to you some of the most convincing skin care lies we have been made to believe in. Here are some of the most common Skin care myths and facts.  Let’s dive right in:

Skin Care Facts You Should Know

Let’s start off with the most controversial yet the most popular one:

“Skin lightening creams can make you lighter in a matter of a few weeks”

Skin lightening creams can make you lighter in a matter of a few weeks

This is by far the most ridiculous skin care lies the market has made us believe. Even the body is born with basic skin color but over time due to tanning and aging, the skin color might turn darker. The only thing one can actually do is work on getting rid of this tan and bring out your real skin color. 

Skin bleaching products do work overtime but these, when used regularly, can be very dangerous to the skin. Blocking the production of melanin can not only make you lighter but can also make your skin very sensitive. This can lead to severe sunburn, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and even worse cause skin cancer(1).

For those creams that work, the ingredients would include harmful bleaching agents, hydroquinone (2),  a harsh chemical that works by removing the topmost layer of the skin, which can put the user at a high risk of skin cancer, liver as well as kidney damage.

“Latest is always the best”

Latest is always the best

The fast-moving beauty industry has made up believe that the latest formula is the best. People wait for new launches which claimed- “ new and improved formula”. But the truth is unlike what the advertisements want you to believe the alter is the is better. Why? The new launches are tried by lesser people while the old ones are tried and tested. you can find reviews and other details online. For example- retinol is one of the oldest anti-aging ingredients that has been tagged as the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging products (3). This shows that going after the latest products would not only cost you a lot but would also be a huge risk you are putting your skin through.

“Not every product that is termed, dermatologically tested is absolutely safe”

Not every product that is termed, dermatologically tested is absolutely safe

When you find a product that has been tagged as recommended by 9 out of 10 dermatologists and backed up by various commissioned studies- it’s easy to make the consumers believe that the product is  100% safe and effective. But the truth is no matter where the is tested unless it doesn’t have an FDA approval (4) then it’s better to sit away from the product. 

As per the United States, any product that alters the natural tissues of a living creature must be categorized under the list of drugs and will not be approved as a cosmetic product. Even if such a product is approved then it wouldn’t be available for sale without the prescription of a doctor. Also, those products that have been categorized under the list of drugs must live up to the claims as well as it has n wrong ingredient and it does not have many customer complaints.  Therefore anything you see with an add that has been called to be tested need not be safe.

“Natural Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Safer, or Better and chemical doesn’t always have to be bad”

Natural Doesn't Necessarily Mean Safer, or Better and chemical doesn't always have to be bad

A lot of people believe that when it comes to any product, the term natural mostly depict a  better, healthier, and safer alternative when compared to chemical-based ones. If you take a closer look at the current trend you will notice that most of the products are sold under the term natural or organic while if you look at the ingredient list you would notice that there is nothing natural about the product. The products just like or sometimes more like every other product- loaded with parabens and other preservatives. 

The industry has understood that the word natural, organic etc have a huge impact on the decision-making process of the consumers.  

The human body runs on the various chemical process, does that mean we are bad??? Some chemicals are naturally extracted and are good for the skin. For example, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids etc are actually good for the skin. When these products are used moderately targeting a specific condition it actually works. 

Another mistake people make is not testing out natural products before using them. Humans can be allergic to natural products too. What works for me might not necessarily work for you. So no matter what kind of product you get to check the ingredient list, check for the following tags- SLS free, free, FDA approved, etc. also before using the product dieting on your face or body test them out on a small area. 

“Your natural face is not good enough”

Your natural face is not good enough

This is the most absurd thing ever but also a well-planned marketing strategy most of the young girls fall for.  

Every woman is beautiful in her own way, there is nothing called a beauty standard. One has to be healthy both inside and out- that must be the portal of beauty. No size zero, no dark or fair, no caste and no boundaries should be mixed up with beauty.

But what the market is portraying on the young generation is sad. To sell products and women being the easiest target, everything from the clothes you wear to even the color of your hair is judged.  Being oneself is not enough. There are even products that claim to fix these so claimed issues. A certain product when used every day can change your color, a certain belt can fix your nose and chin and if these products don’t work then there are botox, surgeries that can help us to look a certain way. Some loaded with chemicals may work but make you regret later. 

The best way to look younger and take years of your face is to take care of yourself. Prevention is what will work. Incorporate a good anti-aging product in your late 20s skin care routine, trust me guys you will thank me later.  Exercise – one need not lift heavy weights every day, all you have to do is take a walk every morning and stretch your muscles. These things you include in your lifestyle can help you feel good and beautiful.

“Any product that would put a dent in your pocket is the best product”

Any product that would put a dent in your pocket is the best product

This is the worst skin care myth ever, you don’t need to break the bank and buy products to get the results you desire. Most of the time a good drug store product can give your better and lasting results that your luxury one.  Don’t fall for these kinds of skin care routine myths, to get wonderful skin all you need is a good- cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, and you can invest most of your money in purchasing a good high-end serum or an eye cream. The serum(5) works wonders on the skin- so make sure you get a good one. 

“Get rid of acne scars, stretch marks, dark circles, and dark lips”

This beauty myth is ridiculous, the color of your skin, lips etc are determined by your genes. As for the stretch mask, it cannot be removed overnight. Any type of scar on the skin needs time, advanced clinical treatments to be completely erased (don’t expect 100% results even then). Truth be told- no cream, gel or serum can help you get rid of these issues. If a product does lighten your scars and dark circles in weeks- here is a note- the product is loaded with harmful bleaching agents which can damage the skin in the long run. 

“Products that claim to make you look like your favorite celebrity”

Products that claim to make you look like your favorite celebrity

Not every celebrity that endorsed a product is actually using the product- in most cases, they are being paid to say so. Maybe in some rare cases, a celebrity does use the product that he/ she endorses but then again- a celebrity looks the way he/ she is because they can afford to. It’s not the product that is the secret behind the perfect looks, it’s their estheticians, dermatologists, cosmetologists, stylists and plastic surgeons who they always have on call. 

It’s sad and kind of a bummer to find out that we are being lied to and made to believe stuff the industry wants us to believe. I hope this article helped you gain some clarity over the case. Keep up with my blog for more interesting skin care topics,  to gain a lot of information on the beauty industry as well as anything a woman would need to know. 

Keep it simple!

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These Base Makeup Hacks Can Change Your Life Forever!

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These Base Makeup Hacks Can Change Your Life Foreve

Building a proper base is very important for every aspect of life, the same goes for makeup. Without a proper base your makeup would look patchy and cakey, and don’t even dream about making your makeup last a whole day. Getting the base makeup right would determine how the rest of your makeup is going to look.  The statement lip and gorgeous smoky eyes will have no pint against a ghostly looking flaky face. 

Here Are Some Life-Changing Base Makeup Hacks!

These Base Makeup Hacks Can Change Your Life Foreve

For those very few of us who are born with naturally less problematic skin, getting the base makeup right is all about finding the right products in the right consistency and blending them out well. But most of us have skin issues, scars, pimples (1), fine lines, and tiredness- getting the base right could be a bit harder. Should I apply the concealer before foundation or after? Which colours and correct dark scars? My foundation is orange after colour correction. These are some of the most commonly asked questions. 

Acing The Base 

Acing the base

With a little bit of understanding, you can apply the flawless airbrushed look. Mastering the art of camouflaging needs practice,  using the right tools and makeup. Here are some of the Base makeup hacks that can change your life forever. Also through our various makeup artist’s friends, we could also bring you some simple tips that can bring a whole lot of change in the overall look and appeal. 

Though completely erasing a full-blown acne break out can be hard (2) (one cannot completely erase them as they are bumps on the skin, acne marks can be made less visible by diverting the attention to other features of the face), issues like dark circles, blotches, dry patches, hyperpigmentation, blemishes etc can be taken care off using the right makeup techniques. 

Basic Skin Issues and How to Camouflage Them?

  • Acne Breakouts

acne breakout

Anything that’s oil-free is acne friendly (gel/water-based products). You don’t have to stay away from the basic CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturising) routine just because you have acne and your skin is oily. As soon as you wake up start by cleansing your face with a mild oil-free cleanser (3), follow up with a gel-based moisturiser and also you can add in an antiseptic cream for extra protection.  This will take care of the breakouts now to start off the most basic thing for a flawless foundation is primer- again go for a gel-based primer, even oily skin needs hydration. 

If the acne breakouts are really red and stubborn then you can colour correct the area. You can also choose water-based products if you don’t like gel-based.  Apply the same using a buffing brush. We recommend buffing brush as it does not absorb the product like a blender sponge, also the buffing brush will make your product is concentrated in the problem area. 

To colour correct acne scars and redness, you can use a corrector followed by a concealer that is similar to your skin colour (I’ll tell u all about colour correcting in the next section). Similarly, you can find a lot of water-based light foundations in the market. For oily skin, I recommend using a foundation that gives a matte to a satin finish as this will help to reduce the shine on the face. Top it all off with a powder to set the makeup.

  •  Scars And Pigmentation 

Once you are done applying primer and moisturiser on the face, it’s time to colour correct. Colour correction is a bit tricky if not don’t do it the right way. I’ll tell you exactly why.

colour correction chart

Here is a brief intro into colour correction basics: 

To start off, take a look at your naked skin in the mirror, most preferably under natural light, this will help you figure out where and what you want to colour correct. This step is very important as each person’s face is different. The makeup artist you follow might have a different face shape and structure, what works for him/her might not work for you, the overall look can go awry very easily. As too why the colour correction is tricky is because the skin can look too light and sometimes the concealer might peek through your foundation if you have the wrong shade. Therefore make sure you choose the right shade (that would depend on the skin concerns and the skin tone) of concealer for your skin tone. 

The Basic Colours Used For Colour Correcting And Their Uses

There are six basic colours that you will need to remember:

  1. Pale pink corrector- it helps in brightening the  blue-toned spots on fair skin
  2. Peach – mainly used to neutralize the  blue/purple shadows for medium skin tones 
  3. Orangey pink – cancel out dark spots/ hyperpigmentation on dark skin tones
  4. Yellow – purple or darker-toned shadows can be blurred on olive or tan skin
  5. Green – neutralizes redness
  6. Lavender – cancels out yellow tones for lighter skin

Now that you have a basic idea, here is how to colour correct for various skin tones:

How to Color Correct for Fair Skin Tones

To cancel out the dark shadows under the eyes and around the mouth, the pale-pink concealer would be perfect. Also, you can use a pale-green concealer anywhere there is redness, in most people’s redness is observed around the nose and chin area.you can also use a  lilac corrector to smooth areas that are yellow to neutralize the skin tone.

How to Color Correct for Medium Skin Tones

A medium-green colour corrector can be used to take care of redness on the cheeks, around the nose and chin. A lavender formula can be used to combat yellow tones on the jawline and forehead area. To conceal darkness or pigmentation, the pale-yellow shade would work perfectly.

How to Color Correct for Dark Skin Tones

A lavender concealer works best to cancel out the yellow tones on the skin, a light-green concealer can work will to hide redness and finally a deep-peach concealer (a life saviour I must say) works magically to conceal dark spots, dark circles, and hyperpigmentation.

  • Dry Patches

Dry patches

One of the best ways to tackle dry patches is to moisturize. Even oily skinned ladies out there must moisturize. I always underestimate the power of moisturizer but trust me guys incorporating this in your morning as well as night routine can bring a hell of a change in the nature of your skin. Always wait for the moisturizing to be fully absorbed by the skin before going into the next step. 

If moisturizer doesn’t do the job for you, try using a facial oil. Add two to three drops of facial oil in your palms (make sure they are clean) rub it together, warm it up and then massage on your skin. Follow up with a dewy or satin finish foundation. Instead of using a brush try using a damp beauty blender. Set the foundation using a translucent power on in the oily areas, too much powder will enhance the appearance of dry patches. As a finishing touch, you can also use a hydrating setting spray, for that natural finish. 

  •  Rosacea

Rosacea

Whatever the skin condition is applying a layer of moisturiser and following up with a primer is mandatory. Try to get hold of the products according to your skin type and needs. Especially for irritated skin primer is important as this acts as a barrier between the makeup and the skin here avoiding the issue of irritation and clogged pores. Use a yellow or green concealer on the redness, do not blend out the product all over your face, make sure you use a clean brush or sponge and press the product into the area instead of spreading it all over. Also, people with Rosacea need to make sure that they have a foundation that matches their skin tone perfectly. 

  • Dark Circles

Dark circles

I have explained how to colour correct dark circles in the above section, apart from that the rules are the same. Start your makeup after properly prepping the skin with a moisturiser and primer. Apart from that, you can use an eye cream pat it down lightly along the under-eye area using your ring finger going outward direction from the inner corner. This little tip will take care of the visible lines and slightly plump the area. Also if you want to bring more brightness to the area try using reflection pigments, for example,  vitamin K. then go over with an orange corrector in the inner corners of your eyes- try using a small flat brush. Go over with a slight yellow concealer to seal in the correction and even out the skin tone. Once you are done let it sit and then gently dab with the ring finger. Finally finished off by baking (using a loose powder to set the real).

Here’s a tip: To keep the area intact make sure you don’t tag or pull on the area, doing this will bring out the wrinkles under the eyes. 

So guys colour correcting is a boon to most of us who binge on Netflix (am not saying it’s a good thing, sleep (4) is very important for a healthy body and mind). But in case we lose it and end up sitting up till 3 am watching our favourite tv program, getting your colour correcting technique right can save you the next day at work – no more walking into your office looking like a zombie, Yay! Once you have taken care of basic skin issues, the next step

Applying The Make Up The Right Way

When it comes to applying makeup like a pro, the rules need to be followed in the following order. So girls- concealer before or after foundation? You are in the right place. Let’s start in the order, I will also provide some of the cult favourite makeup products for you to choose from if you are just a beginner.

The Basic Pre-Makeup Prep:

What most people do is neglect the skincare prep before starting off with the makeup. Improper skincare can make your makeup look uneven and patchy no matter what technique and what kind of high blender you use.  

I understand with so many bloggers following different kinds of trends and products skincare may look like a complicated piece of work which is hard to follow day and night. But really all one needs is a basic 3 step skincare routine using the right product for your skin. 

Here is the very basic and simple skin prep routine anybody can follow.

Step 1: Cleansing

Cleansing

Start your day by cleansing your face with a gentle facial cleanser. The La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Soap Free Cleanser, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, TULA Purifying Face Cleanser, Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, and Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser are some of my recommendations. You can try any of these depending on your skin type. 

If you don’t want to use any clinical product all you need is besan flour. Mix a little bit of besan powder in your palms either with curd, rose water or plain water and gently massage it into the skin. Rinse off with normal water and pat dry. You are good to go for the next step.

Step 2: Scrubbing

Scrubbing

If you have sensitive skin, scrub your skin only twice a week. But for daily skincare, you can use a mild scrub. Some of the products that are top-rated are, Dermalogica daily microfoliant, Burt’s bees citrus facial scrub, Neutrogena deep clean gentle scrub, St. Ives gentle apricot scrub and Clinique exfoliating scrub. Take a pea-size amount of the product in your palms and massage into your face in an upward motion. Rinse off with normal water and pat dry.

Step 3: Moisturiser

Moisturiser

Once you’re done with washing your face and exfoliating, next comes the moisturizer, which most people tend to skin. So hear me out oily skinned beauties out there- even your skin needs moisturiser. A non-sticky moisturiser creates an even and smooth base of the makeup. Some of the best moisturiser recommendations are: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer, Olay CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer With Sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Sebo-Regulating Moisturizer, Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturizer and saving for the last my personal favourite– Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. 

Now that your skin is all prepped and ready, let’s start with the makeup routine that everyone can follow– no more hassle on what comes first or what goes under- here is a basic makeup routine which is versatile and can be used to create all kinds of makeup looks- from everyday look to a high-end wedding look. 

I will divide the how to do makeup into sections for better understanding:

Face makeup

Step 1: Primer

Primer

Primer is the key to how long and how well polished your makeup is going to look. Primers come in various forms such as cream-based, silicon-based, gel-based etc. Since I have combination skin I personally use a silicon-based primer. Primer acts as a base to the skin to even out imperfections such as pores fine lines etc. Here are some of my primer recommendations- you can choose one as per your skin type.

Best primers: Benefit Professional Face Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, NYX Pore Filler Primer and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer.

Step 2: Colour Correct

Colour correct

 

The colour corrector as I have mentioned above is what one has to perfect to get a flawless base. According to the skin problems you have to choose the right kind of colour corrector. Refer my above section on colour corrector to understand the idea better.

Here are some of the best colour correctors that I have personally tried and loved. L.A Girl HD Pro Conceal (affordable and my personal favourite), Maybelline FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Kit, Tarte Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette, Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids, MAC Studio Conceal & Correct Palette, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector and the NYX Color Correcting Palette. 

Step 3: Concealer

Concealer

Concealer is important after colour correction if the concealer is not done or blended well your colour corrector can show through your foundation making you look uneven and patchy.whatever concealer you choose make sure its a shade lighter than your foundation and you blend it well using your finger or a beauty blender. Make you don’t rub the product in when blending concealer gently press the product into your skin so that it settles down but does not turn transparent. 

Some of my personal favourite concealers are the L.A Girl HD Pro, Tarte shape tape concealer, Maybelline fit me concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filter Instant Retouch Concealer and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Step 4: Foundation

Foundation

Foundation is not mandatory for an everyday look, but foundations can make a hell lot of difference to the skin texture. But guys, choose a foundation that your exact skin shade( You can check online on steps to choose the right shade of foundation). Depending on what kind of look you are going for you can choose between light, medium and heavy foundations. For an everyday office look, a sheer lightweight water-based foundation is what I personally love. Also, choose the foundation depending on your skin type and shade. For example, if you have dry skin go for a satin finish foundation if you have oily skin use a matt finish foundation. Also depending on the consistency as well as the finish of the foundation use a brush or a beauty blender. If you are comfortable with your finger then that works well too. 

Here are some of my favourites: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation SPF 15, Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15, Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, Mac studio fix and the Maybelline fit me foundation.

Step 5: Bronzer

Bronze your face on areas where the light would naturally hit your face, This will give a nice definition to the overall shape and appearance of the face. The below image will have the areas on the face which needs to be bronzed. 

Here are some of the best bronzers on the market: Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Chanel Bronze et Lumière Bronzer and Highlighter Duo, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, Maybelline Face Studio City Bronze, Rimmel London Natural Bronzer and the Wet n’ Wild ColorIcon Bronzer

bronzer and highlighter

Step 6: Highlighter

The above image will show you the high points of the face that needs to be highlighted for that naturally glowy look.

Highlighters that I love personally:  Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, Miss Claire Baked Highlighter, Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, Sugar Contour De Force Mini Highlighters, Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette ,  theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, PAC Baked Highlighter, Benefit Cosmetics Liquid Highlighters and Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Strobing Cream.

Step 7: Blush

Blush

As you can see in the above image, depending on your preference you can apply the blush on the following points of your face. I usually apply the blush right on top of the apples of my cheek. This gives a very natural and subtle look to the overall appearance. Choose a blush depending on your skin tone and texture. 

Some of the best blushers out there: Revlon Insta-Blush in Candy Kiss, Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Mauve, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Pure, Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose and the Bourjois Blush Cream. 

Once you are done with the face next comes the eye

Eye Makeup

Step 1: Start With The Eyebrows

Start with the eyebrows

I prefer starting with the eyebrows since that will help in getting your eyeliner on point, especially if you are planning to do winged eyeliner. Start with lighter strokes in the inner ends and then gradually following the hairline and filling the gap along the way for a well-groomed and natural look.

The eyebrow products I love are, benefit precisely, my brow eyebrow pencil, Maybelline New York Brow Precise® Micro Pencil, NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil and COVERGIRL Brow & Eye Makers Brow Shaper and Eyeliner 

Step 2: Eye Shadow

Eye shadow

When applying eye shadow start off by, dusting a base colour onto your eyelids, choose a darker colour to apply along the crease of your eyes and a shimmery pop of colour on the inner corner of. Choose neutral colours for the day time and dark shimmery colours for the night.

Here are some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes: Maybelline Total Temptation Eyeshadow + Highlight Palette, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10-Pan Palette, E.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette and the NYX Swear By It Shadow Palette

Step 3: Eyeliner

Eyeliner

Wearing a liner is not mandatory but lining your upper waterline can help to bring out your eyes. This method is known as tight lining. Or if you are going for a full bold look completely line your eyes especially smudging out the outer corner for an effortless look. 

Here are some of the best kohl pencils in the market: L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Never Fail Pencil Eyeliner, Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner, Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner, Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal Super Black, Plum Natur Studio All-Day-Wear Kohl Kajal and the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

Step 4: Mascara

mascara

Mascara is personally my favourite eye product which I always carry with me. For a natural everyday look, all I do is coat some mascara after curling my eyelashes and there I am good to go. You can choose either waterproof or normal, mascara depending on your needs. 

Lip Makeup

Lips are an important part of a face which when done well can brighten up and make the face instantly pop up.

Step 1: Lip Liner

Lip Liner

Start by prepping the lip with a nice moisturising lip balm. Then take a lip liner of your choice and line the outer corner of your lips, once you are done shade the whole lips lightly with the liner, this will help the lips look well-groomed even when the lipstick fades. A lip liner can also help with the lip colour from bleeding out. I don’t have any specific favourite when it comes to lip lines- just make sure you get one that’s creamy so that the line can go on smooth.

Step  2: Lipstick

Lipstick

Once you are done lining then swipe on your lipstick shade of choice. Here again, lipsticks come in different formulas like sheer, matt, satin, semi-matt, liquid lipstick, etc. I love semi-matte lipsticks.

Some of my favourite lipstick brands are Maybelline, mac, bobby brown, sugar cosmetics, etc. 

Finally to set your makeup to spray a coat o setting spray on your face. You can use Urban Decay All Nighter   Setting Spray, Maybelline Superstay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray, L.A. Girl PRO High Definition Matte Finish Setting Spray, MAC Prep & Prime Fix + Makeup Setting Spray or the Pixi By Petra Makeup Fixing Mist. 

Now it’s very important to remove the makeup at the end of the day. People sometimes find removing makeup a tough task and skip it. This could be the worst you are doing to your skin. Clogged pores, pimples, acne. The problems of sleeping with a face full of makeup are endless.

Remove your makeup using a good makeup remover for my favourite- micellar water.

Before wrapping up,  here’s how you can achieve the latest and celebrity favourite 

No Makeup Glow

no makeup glow

  • Touch Base

After doing the basic CTM routine, switch your regular foundation for a  tinted moisturizer. Apply it on the face along with a few drops of glow-boosting oil. Now use a concealer and blur out all the imperfections. This is the perfect base for the natural no make up makeup look.  And you can simply say, I woke up looking like this. 

  • Glow Away But Not Like A Disco Ball

 Invest in a strobing stick with a flushed undertone or simply a creamy and blendable liquid highlighter. Apply a very small amount on your temples, cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow and if you want to bring it up a notch apply some on your chin and collar bones too. There you go that just took down a few numbers from your age.

  • It’s All About The Brows

Perfectly groomed brows that frame your face perfectly and pull your features into focus is better is more natural than what a botox filler can do to you. But if you don’t have that naturally sculpted eyebrow (expect Lily Collins most of us don’t) invest in a good eyebrow product with a very fine tip and a spoolie. Now gently give your brows few very fine stokes following its natural shape. Fill in the bare spots, now just blend it all in with the spoolie.

  • Bare Eyes

Kohl lined eyes are killer, but for this particle look, less is always more. Here you will need a nude eye pencil and a solid mascara. Now don’t hold back just coat your lashes with mascara and dab the inner corners with the nude pencil to give a fresh and bright look to your eyes.

Here are some product recommendations: Kiko Milano Smart Colour Mascara, Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil – Calling Your Buff!

  • Lips That Look And Feel Yum

Ok leave your reds and bold’s on the shelf and grab your concealer (if you have discoloured lips), a muted lip stain and a balm. To apply the concealer dab some on your lips using your ring finger focusing specifically on to the centre of the lips. Now apply the nude lipstick, that’s it, you are good to go. 

Here are some product recommendations: Inglot HD Lip Tint Matte – 32, Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm – Deep Moisture

If you master these no makeup  tricks and find the right products for your skin, you will have people wondering, “ Is she or is she not??”

I hope you guys enjoyed as well as learned the basics of face makeup from the article. Let me know your views and suggestions, I will be happy to improvise and also help you guys out. 

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Make Your Hair Soft, Silky And Long!

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Simple Yet Effective Ways To Make Hair Silky, Long, And Soft

We know good hair when we see it, it’s smooth, shiny, silky and what’s not- it’s instantly attractive.  If you are someone like me who wants the hair to stay healthy and shiny but also love to play with it in terms of style, then the only thing that can help you get off the hook is to maintain the balance. By balance, I mean, do the right thing in the right way at the right amount.

As the advertisements tell you, there is no one single product that can work alone in getting rid of all your hair problems. It takes care, a blend of certain products as well as the change of certain habits to get the hair of your dreams. But before I get into the topic I would also like to mention that these steps are simple, effects as well as pocket-friendly- so if you thought I was going to ask you to get to the salon, do tons of hair spa and treatments (1) – No!. These methods are going to be simple steps and “once every few days” stuff that you can do at your home along with the regular styling products that you use.  So let’s get rolling- here are 10 simple yet effective ways to make your hair soft, silky and long!

10 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Make Hair Soft, Silky, And Long!

A good hair is a result of proper care, proper usage of styling products (yes, I would be a total liar if I tell you that you can get the Ariana Grande or Kylie Jenner or Beyonce like hair(2) if you just apply coconut oil- come on let’s not deny it, without the proper styling tools or products  it’s impossible to get a certain celebrity hairstyle that you ogle in those photo shoots) and most important of all- eating the right food.

By now we are all tired of hearing about those diets that only include green leafy veggies- it’s impossible to follow especially if you are someone like me who loves food. Therefore apart from just outer hair care, I would also take you through the food you can include in your daily diet to take the hair game a notch higher.

Things you might have been doing wrong…

  • Brushing wet hair

Combing Wet Hair

One of the most possible and underrated mistakes we tend to do is brushing the hair while it’s wet. Brushing wet hair does make it look sleek at that moment but actually what you are doing is ripping your hair apart. The best way to mage wet hai is to use a wide-toothed comb and start from the tips than pull your comb downward from the roots. 

Combing the hair downward roughly even with a hairbrush can damage the outer cuticle layer leaving your hair broken and frizzy(3). The gentler you are with your hair while it’s wet the better it can leave your hair.

  • Are you blow-drying the right way?

Hair Blower for Smooth Hair

Ok, it’s a  fact that the best way to dry the hair is to let it dry naturally, there is no alternative to that. But for us busy women it’s almost impossible.   would want to go to work looking like a wet chicken. But hey let’s not give up, we can use the dryer and yet keep our hair healthy. How? Blow-dry your hair like how you usually do but while you finish up blast your hair with some cold air using the same dryer.  This will not only close the cuticle but will also make your hair more tamable and must easy to handle for styling. Another tip never uses the dryer without the nozzle. The nozzle directs the air down to the tip from the roots thereby helping the hair to dry faster as well as cause less damage to the cuticle(4). You can use your fingers as a comp and move them through your hair while using cold air to make it more shiny and sleek.

  • Your towel can be your worst enemy

how to make hair silky permanently

Taking a towel and roughly scrubbing the hair back and forth is somehow become a habit for most of us, his not only gets rid of the water in the hair but also creates friction between the towel and the hair leading to dryness, cuticle damage, breakage, knots, and frizz. No friction equals smooth hair. Yes, that’s the formula- our hair gets tangly because the hair cuticles are open if you keep the cuticle tighter the hair becomes less prone to any kind of frizz or breakage.

Therefore when you dry your hair it’s always better to use a smoother towel or better a T-shirt. If you amt use a towel then instead of rubbing it just wrap your hair in the towel and squeeze out the water, this will ensure that the hair stands remains undamaged. 

  • Shampooing the right way

how to get silky hair overnight

When shampooing, we all have that habit of pilling up the hair at the top of our heads and scrubbing the shampoo into the scam and the hair tips. When you do this not only dos you hair tangle bt also all the moisture at the ends of your hair is ripped off. If you are someone with curly hair this could cause so much damage to your hair. 

If your hair is straight, you don’t need to worry much as gravity can help you dispense the oil throughout the length of your hair easily. if you are a curly-haired beauty then the oil might not reach your hair tips just as easily. What does this mean? Simple, curly-haired girl need not shampoo them as often as a   girl. Another important thing that cannot be skipped is to use a conditioner right after shampooing. If you have very oily scalp make sure you only apply the conditioner at the ends of your hair and not at the roots. 

Note 1: If you are someone who lives in the city or an area where there is hard water then this can damage your hair. It can make your hair dry, frizzy and completely lifeless. Here is a little hack- you can add a bit of baking soda into your clarifying shampoo once a week. Baking soda can increase the surfactants helping in cleaning the scalp. If you don’t like this idea you can also purchase a filter shower heald which can soften the water. 

Note 2: when you are out to purchase your shampoo, check the ingredients list. Look out for a label named hydrolyzed keratin. Keratin is one of the keys to getting silky smooth hair. It can also help in restoring the structure and color of damaged hair. 

  • Get the right pillowcase.

how to get silky smooth hair in one day

This might sound a bit crazy but pillowcase can do a lot to the hair. For example, if your pillowcase is made of a rough cotton material then this can absorb the natural oils on your head and dry out the hair. These cases, if not changed frequently, can cause scalp infections and also breakouts on the face. Therefore fine a nice smooth silky pillowcase, this will help you keep your hair sleek and shiny.

Ways To Make Your Hair Soft, Silky And Long!

We, women, love playing with our hair- changing it’s style, structure and adding some colors, sometimes this can not only make your hair look so classy but it can also make a drastic change in your overall personality and appearance.  But did you guys know, the actual styling of the hair takes place in the shower? Yes, that’s right, What you do in the shower can bring a tremendous change in your look.

It’s a fact that it’s impossible to create a good hairstyle without proper shampooing or conditioning. As I have mentioned below one of the best ways to make your hair look it’s the best self after every time you shampoo is to use a shampoo with keratin. A good shampoo cannot along keep your hair well tamed in the long run, here are the best and simple ways to make your hair soft, silky and long!

1. Egg Pack

how to make hair silky permanently naturally

Apply an egg mask on your hair, you can either apply it as it is or mix it with our oils or aloe vera. Eggs have a high concentration of protein and nutrients which can help in making the hair shiny and strong(5). This mask can work for you if you have dry and damaged, oily and treated hair. The packs show instant results. To make a simple plain egg mask you will need, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon honey, any oil of your chose (most preferably olive, coconut or almond oil).

To make this pack:

  • Take a bowl and add the few spoons of the oil of your choice and some honey
  • Take a whole egg and beat it along with the oil and honey.
  • Apply this along the scalp as well as the whole length of your hair.
  • Leave it on till it’s completely dry
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and a gentle hair cleanser.

2. Vinegar wash

Vinegar Wash

Apple cider vinegar has been in use as a universal product for a while now. Not only does it help in keeping the body’s metabolism up and managing acne, but it can also help in bringing back the life in dead hair. Our hair naturally has a pH of 5.5, this can be disrupted by frequent use of strong shampoos and other chemicals. Rinsing your hair with a vinegar solution will ensure that the cuticles of your hair and make it smoother, softer, and shinier. To make this mix ou will need 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup vinegar.

Dilute about  ¼ cup of vinegar with one cup of water. Once you wash your hair with the usual shampoo and conditioner give your hair a final rinse with this vinegar solution. 

3. Banana Pack

Banana Pack For Hair

Banana is great for the skin as well as the hair. They are loaded with carbohydrates, vitamins, potassium, and natural oils. They are also rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Making a banana hair pack will make your hair feel nourished and moisturized instantly. It can help in taming down the frizz, soothe an irritated scalp as well as add shine to the hair if used on a regular basis. Here is a great banana hair pack recipe.

Take 1 ripe banana and mix it with 2 teaspoons yogurt. Mash and blend it into a paste. Apply this mixture all over the hair, starting from the tips and work up till the roots. Let it sit for about an hour. You can rinse it off with a  mild cleansing shampoo.

4. Hot Oil Therapy

how to get silky hair instantly

Doing a hot massage once every week can not only make your hair smooth, shiny and strong but it can also be a great therapy for you to relax. To do a hot oil massage you can use oils like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, or tea tree oil. You can either use a single oil or make a blend of oils. I usually love mixing coconut oil with lavender oil or tea tree oil. This is also a  great form of aromatherapy – it instantly clams and your body. Here is an how you can do a hot oil massage.

Take 2-3 tablespoons of oil of your choice. The quantity f the oil you will need depends on the length of your hair. You can either apply this as it is or heat the oil lightly. Make sure you don’t burn your finger (do not overheat the oil). Massage this gently into the roots and the ends. Wrap your head in a warm towel, this allows for maximum penetration of the oil. Leva it on for 30 minutes and gently rinse it off with a shampoo. Vola, there you go -trust me guys this pack works wonders on all type of hair. 

Note: If you are someone with really oily hair, then instead of a mild cleanser wash your hair with your regular shampoo.

5. Choose your shampoo depending on your hair type

Shampoo for Hair Softness

This is very important because no matter what you do if you are using a shampoo that doesn’t suit your hair type it will damage and cause hair fall in the long run. Shampooing cannot be avoided because it cleanses your scalp and also makes your hair smooth and soft.  If you have rough dry hair then ensure that your shampoo contains vitamin H and silk protein or keratin (7), these ingredients will help in making the hair soft and shiny. If you want to completely go chemical-free you have an option, you can make your own natural DIY shampoo. 

To make this DIY shampoo, you will need, gooseberry, Shikakai acacia, and Soapnut. Put all these into a bowl and add some water. This will boil into a frothy solution, strain it can use it to wash the hair. It will act a clean your hair just like a shampoo.

6. Pumpkin and honey hair mask

Pumpkin and honey hair mask

Pumpkin puree is great for your skin as well as your hair. If you have some extra pumpkin puree already leftover then great, let’s get started. 

To make this mask all you would basically need is pumpkin puree and some honey. You can use any hiney, I  prefer our organic wild honey. Combine the pumpkin puree with honey and apply liberally all over your hair and scalp and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Wap your head in a Use a shower cap or plastic bag to hold your hair and the mask in place. Pumpkin which is rich in vitamins and minerals will aid in promoting healthy hair growth.

7. Milk and honey hair mask

Milk and Honey for Hair Shining

This DIY hair mask recipe is one of my favorites since it’s easy to make as well as apply. I call this mask the “quick fix mask”. This mask is perfect all types of damaged hair be it thin, fine, rough or normal hair. The combination of milk and honey will restore the softness and shine. 

To make this mask you will need whole milk and honey. You can also add flour into the pack if you have any low-fat milk at home. It works either way. Blend the mixture well and apply it all over your roots till the tips. Let it sit till your feel your hair drying. Wash it off with your shampoo and follow u with a conditioner. There, you are good to go.

8. Mayonnaise Mask

Mayonnaise Mask for smooth hair

Mayonnaise not just tastes yummy, they can also make your hair shine. Mayonnaise is great natural hair conditioners, doing the treatment once a week can be great for the overall growth and health of the hair. Mayonnaise is a rich source of L-cysteine (6), this is a type of pf amino acid which is also a powerful antioxidant. To make the mayonnaise pack you will need, once cup flavorless original mayonnaise. Mix this with avocado or aloe vera and apply it all over the hair from root to tip. Leave it on for an hour and wash it off with shampoo. 

Note: For best results cover your hair with a shower cap or a normal plastic bag. This will ensure that the hair is well nourished. 

9. Avoiding heat

How to get smooth silky hair fast

I know it’s impossible to avoid haet altogether, bt reducing the amount of heat your ut on your hair can save your hair. I used to blow-dry and straighten my hair every single day. Guess what- my hair was so brittle and damaged. There is no alternative here because certain style requires heat t set the har properly. But you can save your hair if you use these tools properly and follow the instructions. For example, if you put the head on your dryer to the hair to it’s maximum this may in drying the hair faster but it will also damage the hair.

 Always ensure that you use a good heat protectant spray before applying heat to your hair.  You can also use leave it serums and conditioners to make your hair lock in that extra moisture. If you want a natural hair moisturizing pack, you can try applying plain yogurt t your hair once a week. Find alternatives and avoid heat when you are at home. Here is an example you can use overnight rollers rather than heating rods to curl your hair. 

10. Use simple overnight hairstyles to maintain the  natural texture and health of the hair

  • Ponytail for curly hair 

Hair Style for smooth and silky hair

This hairstyle is great for managing unruly curly hair. Once you wash your hair and it’s about 75% dry grab the hair into a low pointy tail, depending on your hair length you can use several hair ties to fix your hair every 5-7 cm. Tame your baby hair and fl aways hairpins. Cover your head with a silk scarf and go to bed. When you wake up the next day all you have to do is untie those. Your hair will be well kept and easily manageable. 

  • The Latin American hair tie

Hairstyle for smooth hair

If you want to keep your hair straight then this is your way, this method is also known as  “La Toca.” this as been followed by Latin women over centuries. To do this was your hair, dry in with cold hair or under a fan. Now wrap your hair around your head like you you would do with a turban and secure it with bobby pins. Trust me guys next morning you will be surprised as to what this simple style can do. 

I hope you enjoyed these effective ways to make your hair soft, silky and long! if there is a simple and natural alternative to any chemical product then it’s always better to choose the natural one as they can help your hair in the long run. Even if you do not have time for DIY every day do make sure than you spend time and pamper yourself whenever you are free. 

For any queries and issues regarding your hair or any other beauty and heal queried, write to us or leave a comment in the comment section below. We would be happy to help you.

 

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Liposuction – All You Need To Know Before Undergoing Lipo!

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All About Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery which sucks fat from different parts of the body. It is intended to support the need to remove unwanted body fat from the body, but it is not a tool for weight loss (1). It is ideal for people who want to get rid of excessive body fat, but at the same time, liposuction cannot be the solution for obesity. If a person leads an unhealthy life, then it is possible that the fat cells which remain may grow bigger.

Liposuction – Complete Guide!

This is why liposuction calls for people undergoing the surgery to be fully aware of the procedure, the risks involved and the results that they should expect. It is important not to undermine the procedure and to be aware of the ways in which liposuction can be effectively used to improve overall health.

All about Liposuction Infographics

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, which is also known as lipo, lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, and lipectomy is a cosmetic surgery which aims to reshape pre-defined areas of the body. It is intended to break the extra fat and suck it through an instrument which is inserted under your skin. Areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction are:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

According to the Cosmetics Surgery National Data Bank Statistics for 2018, liposuction is one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures with 289,261 liposuction procedures conducted in 2018 (2). A 2017 report (3) mentions that cosmetic surgeries have been on the rise. While previously, it was believed that some of the cosmetic procedures were gradually decreasing, it has been noticed that they are once again gaining traction.

The brains behind modern liposuction are greatly credited to be that of the Italian gynecologists, Arpad and Giorgio Fischer (4). The father and son duo invented the cannula in 1974. It was a blunt, hollow surgical instrument which allowed them to suck out the fat with fewer risks. Other surgeons of the time used a curette, a scraping tool, for removing fat. But this had seemed very risky and caused lots of problems like blood clots, uneven skin, and other health concerns.

By 1978, a Parisian physician by the name of Yves Gerard Illouz improved the Fischer technique for liposuction and popularized it in France. As physicians started making more advancements, liposuction became less risky and by 1980, it was used throughout the USA. While there was a certain extent of negative publicity related to the risks for going under the knife, liposuction continued to be used in the USA and has now gained global recognition for its ability to remove excess fat from the body.

Even though less invasive surgeries are now available for patients, many choose to go through a surgical procedure because it is still considered to be more permanent than non-invasive techniques. Liposuction can be chosen along with additional cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck, facelift, or breast augmentation/reduction.

Liposuction has evolved to include a non-invasive type of procedure in which fat is removed from your body without having to go under the knife. As a result, these liposuction procedures are also gaining a lot of traction. Needless to say, even these procedures have certain risks which must be carefully evaluated. (5)

So to answer the question, what is liposuction, we can say that it is a cosmetic procedure which can be invasive or non-invasive. It leads to the reduction of fat from specific areas of the body, helping you reshape your body and reduce your size.

How does Liposuction work?

Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure. The person carrying out the procedure makes small incisions to the part of your body from which fat must be sucked out. A thin tube called cannula is inserted into the fatty area. The cannula acts as a tunnel between the major blood vessels of your body and reaches out to the fat cells, which are suctioned out of the body.

Liposuction

While liposuction can help a person reduce fat from the body, it still cannot be used as a treatment for obesity. People who undergo the surgery cannot substitute the treatment for proper diet and exercise. In fact, a lot of emphases is laid on the importance of maintaining proper health after a liposuction procedure to help the body heal from the surgery. People suffering from cellulite may not find relief from liposuction either.

By understanding what liposuction can and cannot do, you can prepare yourself effectively and set the right expectations from the procedure. This is important because invasive surgeries may last longer, but they also come with their own risks.

Non-surgical liposuction is a non-invasive technique of destroying the fat cells which are eventually removed from the body through your body’s metabolic process. Such procedures can use any of the following to destroy the fat cells:

  • Laser energy
  • Radio-frequency
  • Cooling procedures
  • Sound waves

It helps you reshape your body without surgery. But it is less effective and may not be helpful in destroying fat in large areas. Non-surgical procedures are most effective in removing stubborn fat cells from small areas which have persisted even after diets and exercise (6).

Since fat isn’t really suctioned out from the body in a non-surgical liposuction procedure, some cosmetic surgeons do not agree to call it liposuction at all. Instead, the various methods of fat removal have their own names or are popular by a proprietary name.

Non-surgical procedures can successfully remove 20%-25% of the fat cells in one sitting. Usually, a person undergoing such a procedure may go through the procedure multiple times before they get the desired results. Surgical liposuction, on the other hand, tends to show results from a single visit and these results ideally last a long time if the person maintains a healthy lifestyle.

Types of Liposuction

Liposuction can be of different types depending on the tools and procedures involved. The most popular type of liposuction is tumescent liposuction. It also happens to be the oldest form of liposuction. Newer forms include ultrasound-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction. Both of these have been gaining popularity as well.

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Tumescent Liposuction

This type of liposuction was popularised by Dr. Jeffrey A Klein, a California-based dermatologist in 1985. He was researching a technique that will reduce the amount of blood loss caused in traditional liposuction. This liposuction uses local anaesthesia in which large volumes of lidocaine and epinephrine is used in a solution which is often known as the Klein formula.

Small incisions are made in the body area where the procedure will be conducted and the Klein’s formula is introduced as local anaesthesia. It also helps in constricting the blood vessels so that there is very little blood loss. Once the area is anaesthetised, a microcannula is used to suction excess fat.

Advantages

  1. Does not require general anesthesia – This ensures that the patient does not have to be hospitalized. It reduces hospitalization bills and also minimizes the risks which come along with general anesthesia.
  2. It is a painless procedure – Cosmetic surgeons use the Klein formula which anesthetizes the local area so that no pain is felt during the procedure. The size of the cannula used for this procedure is very small. It is known as a microcannula, which is about 2.8mm. This means it is just a little larger than the IV needles used in laboratories to draw blood (7).
  3. Relatively less bleeding – Use of the Klein formula makes sure that the blood vessels and capillaries are temporarily constricted. The average patient loses only about 15ml to 30ml blood, which is about 1 to 2 tablespoons during the entire procedure (7).
  4. Accelerated recovery – Since local anesthesia does not cause as much light-headedness as general anesthesia, the person is able to recover quickly. Additionally, the loss of surgical blood is also low, so the person going through the procedure will be able to recover quickly. Even the incisions are very small because a microcannula is used for the removal of fat. This makes it possible for the incisions to heal quickly.
  5. Safety – It considered safer than traditional liposuction because general anesthesia can complicate the procedure and more bleeding can also be a problem.

Disadvantages

The only disadvantage of the process is that it takes more time to perform than the traditional method. An entire procedure can take anywhere between 3 to 5 hours. This is because the anaesthesia takes time to set in and the use of microcannula makes it very tedious for the cosmetic surgeon to remove fat. As a result, the overall time taken is longer, but the results are also better.

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Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Also known as ultrasonic-assisted liposuction or UAL, this type of liposuction utilizes sound waves of very high energy to destroy the fat cells (8). Ultrasound has been used in various medical procedures for more than 40 years now. Ultrasound equipment creates very high sound waves, which are used to eliminate tissues. It has been used in cataract surgeries and tumor removals by surgeons.

The role of ultrasound in liposuction is to melt or dissolve the fat so that it can be easily removed from the body. UAL can be external or internal.

  • External UAL

External ultrasonic liposuction is non-invasive. In this procedure, ultrasonic waves are directed towards the fat cells with the help of a metal paddle placed externally on the skin where the fat needs to be removed. Once the fat is broken down, it is suggested that the melted fat cells will automatically exit the body through the metabolic process. This is not known to be a very effective method, so fewer surgeons offer external UAL.

  • Internal UAL

This liposuction technique uses ultrasonic energy and is very similar to tumescent liposuction. The surgeon creates small incisions in the body and introduces the tumescent liquid which locally anesthetizes the area where the procedure will be carried out. Then the cannula is inserted into the incisions and the ultrasound waves melt the fat cells. The fat cells get dissolved into the tumescent liquid and are suctioned out with the help of a surgical vacuum or a syringe.

Advantages

  1. Makes it easy to remove tough fat cells – Ultrasound emulsifies the fat cells making it possible for the surgeon to easily remove tough fat cells that may not be removed through tumescent liposuction.
  2. Very less bleeding and bruising – Generally, there is very less blood loss and if the procedure is carried out properly, then there will be very less bruising as well. 
  1. Less recovery time – you can easily recover from the surgery because of low blood loss, small incisions, or no incisions in case of external UAL.

Disadvantages

  1. Burns and blisters – Surgeons must be careful to ensure that the equipment does not overheat or else you can suffer from burns or blisters in areas where the overheated equipment is used. 
  1. Seroma – It is the result of your body’s natural instinct to heal. A seroma is a cavity filled with fluid or serum which is created by your body to heal a particular area which may have suffered damage. In the case of UAL, the use of excessive ultrasonic energy causes damage to the tissues and can result in a seroma. A person suffering from this problem may have to get the seroma drained multiple times before it disappears. It can also cause considerable discomfort.
  1. Risk of blood clots – Sometimes, blood clots may be created when the ultrasound energy increases the temperature in the blood vessels.
  1. Risk of nerve injuries – Excessive ultrasound energy can cause nerve injuries, which can take time to heal. 

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Laser-Assisted Liposuction

Laser liposuction was approved in 2006(9) and it has since become one of the most popular types of liposuction. The reason behind its popularity is that laser lipo is considered to be very effective and minimally invasive. In fact, you can also use non-surgical laser liposuction as a non-invasive way of reducing body fat. It is considered to be a relatively quick way of losing fat. An added advantage of this type of liposuction is that the laser beams can stimulate the production of elastin and collagen in the tissues making it possible for the skin to tighten gradually.

The procedure of laser liposuction begins just like tumescent liposuction with local anesthesia. Once the area is numbed and the blood vessels have contracted, a laser beam is used without any incisions to melt the fatty cells in your body. Till this part, the procedure is non-invasive. Some surgeons allow the melted fats to be removed from the body by the way of the natural metabolic processes of your body.

On the other hand, if the fat that had been melted by the laser was to be suctioned out from your body with the help of the microcannula then it becomes an invasive surgery.

Advantages

  1. Liquifies fat before removal – The laser beam liquefies the fat cells and destroys them so that they can be removed from the body either naturally or by being suctioned out. Since the fat is already liquefied and dissolved, it is easier to remove them from the body if the suctioning process is involved.
  1. Causes less discomfort – Because the laser already liquefies the fat, it is easily removed from the body with very less discomfort. A microcannula is used for the procedure, so you will also be able to recover from the incisions very quickly.
  1. Fast recovery – Non-invasive procedures are known to have very short recovery times and people could return to work within 2 But the extent of recovery will greatly depend on your health and immune system.

Disadvantages

  1. Possibility of burns – Laser beam is used to emulsify the fat. This means that your body will undergo injury to a certain extent during the procedure. But if the cosmetic surgeon does not handle it properly, then you can end up suffering from burns. The laser beam must be set to the right level to ensure that it does not cause burns and is still able to effectively liquefy the fat cells.

These are the types of liposuction based on the techniques used by cosmetic surgeons. Choosing the type of liposuction which will be most suitable for you will depend on your health and immune system. The tumescent liposuction is the safest way to reduce body fat, but in the right hands an ultrasound-assisted lipo or a laser-assisted lipo can be highly effective, especially when you are trying to get rid of stubborn fat cells.

Who can do Liposuction?

Liposuction is not for everyone. If you choose to reduce body fat and shape your body with the help of liposuction, then you must go through a general medical exam to make sure that you are healthy for the procedure. But there are lots of other factors which must be considered as your body weight, the amount of fat you wish to lose, the regions you want to target for the procedure, and the costs that you are willing to bear.

In a number of cases, liposuction surgeries may be followed up with scar removal procedures or follow-up surgeries to remove more fat from the body. Are you willing to go through such follow-up surgeries? By asking yourself such a question, you will be able to make an informed decision.

An ideal candidate for liposuction will have the following:

  1. Bodyweight close to what needs to be achieved – Liposuction is more of a body shaping or body sculpting tool than a weight-loss tool. So if you consider liposuction then makes sure you understand that you will be able to lose weight only to a certain extent. The amount of fat that will be removed from your body will only be limited to the fat present in the specific region which will be going through the procedure. As a result, the amount of fat removed from surgery is usually between 1 to 10 pounds (10).
  1. Stubborn fat in specific body regions – Liposuction can be used only in specific areas of the body. If you have stubborn fat in these regions then only you can consider this procedure. Liposuction is mostly used for the following areas of the body:
  • Arm
  • Chin
  • Armpit
  • Back
  • Butt
  • Neck
  • Breast
  • Stomach
  • Thigh
  • Face
  1. Tried exercise and diet to lose weight – There is no better way to reduce fat than diet and exercise. This is why many cosmetic surgeons may ask you if you have already used diet and exercise to shape your body before considering liposuction.
  1. Does not smoke – Smoking can interfere with the healing process. It can take longer for people who smoke to recover. If you smoke then it is best to avoid smoking for at least two weeks before the procedure. 
  1. Does not have any major health conditions – All surgical procedures involve a certain amount of risk. This is why it is important that your health allows you to undergo cosmetic surgery and that you will be able to easily heal afterward. If you suffer from any health condition or you are on medication, then you must inform your cosmetic surgeon about it. It is possible that liposuction may not be suitable for you.
  1. Strong immune system – Your immune system will play an important role in the post-surgery. Since you run the risk of contracting infections after the surgery, it is important that you have a strong immune system to be able to defend your body from any infections. 
  1. Good elasticity of the skin – Only laser-assisted liposuction is known to stimulate the elastin and collagen cells to tighten the skin in the area where the procedure is conducted. All other surgeries will lead to sagging skin if your skin does not have good elasticity.
  1. Understanding of the risks – It is always important to learn and discuss the possibilities of risks with your cosmetic surgeon. By understanding the risks of the surgery, you can be prepared and may even be able to consider alternative options of reducing body fat.
  1. Reasonable expectations – It is always good to set practical expectations for the surgery. You cannot step out after the surgery hoping to see yourself sport an hourglass figure. The expectations you set from the surgery will have a great impact on your satisfaction from the process. 

How much weight can you lose with Liposuction?

How much weight can you lose with lipo?

Liposuction is ideally a body shaping procedure which aims to remove stubborn fat that does not go away with diet or exercise. These fat cells are relatively small. While they greatly affect the shape of your body, they do not weigh too much. This means that you should not be looking at liposuction as a way to lose weight. It is more closely related to correcting your body shape. Usually, liposuctions aim to reduce weight between 1 – 10 pounds. So you will not really be shedding a lot of weight with the procedure. The end result will focus mostly on sculpting the body to a better shape.

At this time, cosmetic surgeons have put the limit of fat withdrawal to a maximum of 5,000 milliliters (11), which is approximately 11 pounds. Studies have shown that removal of more fat in a single procedure can cause greater complications and may come with longer healing periods. This is why the average amount of fat removed in a procedure is usually about 4.5 pounds.

A study also suggested that cosmetic surgeons could use BMI to calculate the amount of fat that can be removed from a person’s body. People with higher BMI could have more fat removed while those with a lower BMI should choose to have lesser fat removed from the body.

While this makes sense, there are no specific guidelines about the ratios of BMI and the amount of fat that can be removed. Liposuction surgeries assisted by lasers and ultrasound can involve greater risk if more fat was emulsified during the surgery. The burning of fat also burns other tissues and can greatly harm or scar the skin.

Liposuction Procedures

First of all, you will be meeting the person conducting the liposuction. This meeting usually occurs a few days before the surgery. During this meeting, you will be able to identify the areas which will undergo liposuction, the type of liposuction which you would choose, the risks involved in the procedure, the precautions that you must take before and after liposuction. The cosmetic surgeon may also require that you share your goals so that he or she can understand if liposuction can actually help you or not.

You must be fit to go through the surgery. People who consider liposuction should ideally not suffer from other health conditions because it may be difficult to recuperate from the procedure. It can also cause complications during the procedure.

Once your cosmetic surgeon and you agree that liposuction is the best solution for your goal, then a date will be fixed for the procedure. You must have someone with you on the day the liposuction is carried out. This ensures that someone will be able to drive you home safely because liposuction involves anesthesia which can make you feel lightheaded and unsteady for some time.

The Procedure for Surgical Liposuction

Anesthesia

Liposuction procedure

Cosmetic surgeons use certain medications to ease the pain during the procedure. They can use local or general anesthesia depending on what is most suitable for you. In most cases, modern liposuctions rely on local anesthesia which uses the tumescent solution.

Incisions

Incision

Once the anesthesia is administered, the cosmetic surgeon will make small incisions in the part of your body from which fat has to be removed. Since all modern liposuction surgeries use the microcannula, the incisions are relatively very small.

Loosening the fat cells

Cannula for Lipo

The cannula will be inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat. This will involve a regulated back and forth movement of the cannula. If you choose ultrasound-assisted or laser-assisted surgeries, then the fat cells will be emulsified with the help of the respective technologies.

Fat suction

Liposuction using Syringe

Fat is suctioned out with the help of a syringe or a surgical vacuum that is attached at the end of the cannula. The ease with which fat is suctioned out will depend on the type of liposuction you choose. UAL and laser lipo make it relatively easy for the liquefied fat to be removed.

Results

Surgical Liposuction procedures

Once the procedure is complete, you will be required to rest so that your body can heal. This can range anywhere between two days to a week. After the swelling goes down and fluid retention reduces, you will be able to notice the results of the procedure.

 

Is Liposuction Safe?

One of the biggest concerns for men and women choosing liposuction is whether it is safe or not. The answer is that every surgery or procedure involves a certain level of risk. This is one reason why many surgeons urge you to lose weight naturally with the help of diets and exercise. But if you have stubborn fat pockets which seem to be permanent, then liposuction can definitely be used in such cases.

The extent of safety of this procedure lies mostly in the hands of the cosmetic surgeon who conducts the procedure. While laser-assisted liposuction is FDA approved, which means that it has minimal risks, you must choose a trustworthy surgeon for this procedure. The scope of error in liposuctions is very marginal. With the right knowledge of the instruments and equipment being used in the procedure, the surgeon will be able to comfortably complete the procedure and you will be on your way to recovery in no time.

On the other hand, there have been instances where the amount of heat directed on the fat cells through lasers or ultrasound was not regulated properly. This can lead to problems like burning and bruising, which can cause discomfort.

Additionally, your safety is also in your hands. Many patients overlook the precautions that they must take before and after the procedure. Some even insist to remove more fat cells from their body than what the surgeon seems to be appropriate. As a result, the procedure can create complications during the recovery stage or sometimes even during the course of the surgery.

If you have a medical condition that you chose to hide from the doctor or if you did not complete proper health evaluation, then the procedure can cause problems. Even the recovery process requires a lot of care. You must make sure that you follow the surgeon’s guidelines for recovery. Carelessness during the recovery process can increase the risks of contracting infections of health complications.

Liposuction Risks

Liposuction entails the risks of any surgical procedure. Additionally, there are specific risks arising from the use of laser beams and ultrasound. (12)

  1. Risks from anesthesia – One of the biggest concerns in surgery is the patient’s reaction to anesthesia. In some cases, the patient may react adversely to anesthesia creating complications for their health.
  2. Bruising and burning – Temporary bruising is considered to be normal in liposuction procedures, but if the procedure is not carried out properly then the person can end up with scars, bruises, and burns which can cause a lot of discomforts and may extend the healing period.
  3. Increased skin sensitivity – Some patients have found their skin to turn more sensitive in the regions which underwent liposuction.
  4. Seroma – It is identified by fluid-filled pockets in the regions where the procedure was conducted. Seroma may require additional medication and it can cause a lot of discomforts. A person suffering from seroma will also have to consider getting it drained multiple times before the seroma disappears.
  5. Poor healing – In some instances, people do not recover as quickly as expected. The low healing process can increase discomfort and may also increase the chances of infection. Poor healing can also leave behind bruise marks or cause scarring.
  6. Irregular pigmentation – There is a chance that you may suffer from irregular pigmentation in areas where liposuction is carried out. In some cases, skin necrosis is caused because of excessive burning. As a result, the skin in the area would either have black patches or may have a dark pigmentation than the rest of the skin. This can look unwanted.
  7. Infections – Infections are always a risk in surgeries. The incisions can become infected if not properly cared for. If you contract an infection, then it can delay the healing process and may cause complications of the health.
  8. Irregular contours – Since liposuction is a body shaping tool, you would want your body contours to be symmetrical after the procedure. But in some cases due to negligence, you may either notice over-correction where more fat cells have been removed than required, under correction where enough fat cells have not been removed, or asymmetrical correction where more fat is reduced from one part of the body and lesser fat from the identical other parts. Like asymmetry in arm liposuctions.
  9. Revision surgeries – Sometimes, the result from your lipo procedure may not be adequate or may have caused a negative impact like irregular contouring. As a result, you may have to consider revision surgeries, which once again all the risks involved in a liposuction procedure.
  10. Rippling or loose skin – Many people who undergo fat reduction procedures notice saggy skin, which is not aesthetically appealing. This may require a lot of medical attention and it may also need revision surgeries.
  11. Damage to deeper structures like nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs – If the heat from the procedure reaches the deeper structures of the body then it can greatly impact these parts and cause health problems which can last lifelong.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Liposuction is conducted under anesthesia. Modern-day cosmetic surgeons use liposuction techniques which only require you to be locally anesthetized. This means that only the regions where the procedure is conducted will be numbed. You will have sensitivity in the rest of your body. With the help of local anesthesia, cosmetic surgeons are able to ensure that you do not feel any painfulness during the procedure.

Once the procedure is complete and the effects of the anesthesia begin to reduce, you will start experiencing pain. The source of the pain is either the redness and swelling caused by non-invasive lipo or incisions made during the surgical lipo.

The average person who undergoes liposuction would feel pain and discomfort at least for the first two to four days of the surgery. Painfulness will slowly decrease as your body recovers from the procedure. It is very important to follow the advice of the

Cosmetic surgeon and take medications only if prescribed by the surgeon. Over-the-counter medicines can cause more harm. (13)

You will also receive a compression garment from the clinic where you undergo the surgery. This garment must be used in areas where the procedure is performed. It will reduce swelling and painfulness. The compression garment should not be tied too tightly, or it can cause more pain. If painfulness persists, then you must consult with your doctor. It will help you identify any problems caused by the procedure.

Liposuction Side Effects and Precautions

Side Effects of Lipo

  1. Skin dimples

In a successful liposuction procedure, the remaining fat which is not destroyed automatically distributes itself evenly to create a smooth skin texture. But in some rare cases, there is a possibility that the fat cells end up being unevenly distributed. This can make your skin look like you are suffering from cellulite. The texture of your skin would resemble many dimples in a small patch. It is mostly noticed in the stomach region and the buttocks.

  1. Sagging skin

Once the fat is removed from the body, you must eat a healthy diet which promotes the production of elastin and collagen in order to help your skin’s elasticity. In some cases, if your skin does not produce adequate elastin and collagen, then you may end up noticing sagging skin in areas from where fat was removed.

  1. Inflammation and severe bruising

Both swelling and bruising are known to be common side effects of liposuction. A person undergoing liposuction must be prepared to deal with these two. This is why adequate rest must be taken over the period of the first two weeks.

  1. Painfulness

You will feel pain in the areas of the body which undergo liposuction. This usually happens because of the effect of the laser or ultrasound or because of the incisions made on the skin. It will disappear in about a week’s time.

Precautions

  1. Follow post-surgery guidelines

The best way to minimize the above side effects is to follow the post-surgery guidelines laid out by the doctor. These guidelines will prevent most problems that people face after a surgery or a liposuction. In many cases, failure to follow the guidelines have complicated the healing process.

  1. Take medication as prescribed by the doctor

Do not use over the counter medication because these medicines may have ingredients that can intervene with the healing process and create problems.

  1. Move around

Blood clots can occur if a person does not move around enough after the surgery. This is why doctors suggest that you start walking right after the surgery. You may require some help and the walking does not have to be very aggressive or for long periods of time. By moving around every one to two hours, you can reduce the chances of developing blood clots. (14)

  1. Avoid smoking and drinking during the healing process

Smoking and drinking can affect the healing process and may even create complications. This is why it is best to avoid drinking and smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and to ensure that you do not drink or smoke throughout the healing process.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of surgery depends on several factors. We will discuss each of these factors and also look at the pricing of liposuction in major countries in the world.

  1. Coverage – The parts of your body being covered will make the biggest impact on the liposuction price. Larger coverage will make the procedure more costly. Even the amount of fat that needs to be removed will be a deciding factor.
  2. Doctor’s experience – Experienced doctors with an excellent success rate are more likely to charge more. As we have discussed in depth earlier that it is very important that the surgeon you choose should be trustworthy and should have enough experience in liposuction. This is because there are lots of risks and a lot of margin for error experienced doctors charge more, but at the same time, they provide better results.
  3. Clinic reputation – The reputation of the clinic can also make a difference this is because a good clinic will also include two additional factors, which are:
  • Post-surgery care
  • Surgical facilities

Better facilities will cost more. So the liposuction cost in a well-maintained clinic which uses advanced equipment and technology is likely to be higher than other clinics.

Cost of Liposuction in different Countries

here’s a look at the average cost of liposuction in different countries around the globe:

The USA

The average cost of liposuction in 2018 was $3,518 as per the statistics shared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (15). This is the basic cost of the procedure excluding the anesthesia fees, costs of the operating room facilities, medical tests, post-surgery garments, surgeon’s fee, and medication expenses. Liposuction cost is not covered by insurance.

Best surgeons to get liposuction in the USA from (19):

  1. Adam R. Kolker, New York, New York
  2. Aaron Rollins, Beverly Hills, California
  3. Constantino G. Mendieta, Miami
  4. Gregory A. Weiner, Chicago, Illinois
  5. Leonard B. Miller, Brookline, Massachusetts
  6. Anthony Youn, Troy, Michigan
  7. Barry Dibernado, Montclair, New Jersey
  8. David A. Bottger, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  9. Jennifer L. Warden, Austin, Texas

Canada

Liposuction price in Canada is nearly the same as that of the USA. You end up paying an average of $3,500 for a lipo procedure in Canada.

The top plastic surgeons recommended for liposuction in Canada are:

  1. Phillip Solomon, Toronto (20)
  2. Jerome Edelstein, Toronto (21)
  3. Martin Jugenberg, Toronto (21)
  4. Michael Kredistein, Toronto (21)

Europe 

Liposuction cost in Europe will vary from country to country. You will end up paying anywhere between 1,400 € and 3,500 € (16). Marbella in Spain is known to be a favorite for cosmetic surgeries. The warm climates of Spain and Portugal along with the beachside charm are preferred by many people considering cosmetic surgeries, but prices in Central and Eastern Europe tend to be lower. Prague in the Czech Republic is also considered to be a hotspot for medical travel for people considering cosmetic surgeries. In the UK, NHS does not cover liposuction either.

Turkey has also emerged as one of the leading hubs for cosmetic surgery. The average liposuction price in Turkey is approximately 2,500 €. Istanbul has some of the best clinics for liposuction in Turkey. (17)

There are lots of good places in Europe to get liposuction. The list of top places includes (22):

  1. Budapest Plastic Surgery Institute in Budapest
  2. Sarafianos, Thessaloniki Cosmetic Centre, Greece
  3. Istanbul Aesthetic Center, Istanbul

Depending on the city where you plan to get the liposuction, you can research local doctors to know the best clinics and prices.

Latin America

The cost of liposuction in Latin America is considered to be lower than that of the USA. It varies between $2,500 and $3,000. Some Latin American countries charge as low as $1,000 for liposuction. A lot of people choose to travel from the USA to Latin American countries like Mexico and Colombia for cosmetic surgeries. Brazil is known to be one of the most expensive countries for cosmetic surgeries. Liposuction in Brazil can average to about $5,700.

Every country has its own list of doctors who offer high-quality liposuction surgeries. Top doctors in Brazil are also reputed members of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. These include Andre Mattos, Dr. Alexandre Charao, and Paulo Muller.

Thailand

Thailand is gaining a lot of popularity for medical tourism, especially for people looking to do cosmetic surgeries. A good clinic in Thailand can charge you anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 for liposuction price. You may find cheaper clinic offerings, but these can be unreliable and may not have proper certification or the experience to properly carry out the procedure.

In Thailand, the best places for cosmetic surgeries like liposuction are (23):

  1. Sikarin Hospital, Bangkok
  2. Thainakarin Hospital, Bangkok
  3. Phi Beauty Clinic, Phuket
  4. Absolute Care Clinic, Chiang Mi
  5. ProDerma, Bangkok

South Korea

Known for its proficiency in liposuction, South Korea is still relatively cheaper when it comes to cosmetic surgeries. Liposuction here can cost you between $1,000 and $6,000. It is a popular destination for people looking for liposuction because of its relatively low costs.

The best clinics for liposuction are:

  1. JW Plastic Surgery, Seoul
  2. Banobagi Plastic Surgery, Seoul
  3. ID Hospital, Seoul

India 

In India, you can get liposuction done in approximately $2,500. The success rate of doctors has been relatively high, which is making it a popular destination for medical tourism for the purpose of liposuction.  

Top cosmetic surgeons for liposuction in India are:

  1. Ajaya Kashyap, New Delhi
  2. Vijay Bhatia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  3. Milind Wagh, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  4. Krishan Mohan Kapoor, Chandigarh
  5. Debraj Shome, Mumbai, Maharashtra

UAE

In the UAE the liposuction cost is higher than most other countries of the world. Liposuction can cost you approximately $4,300 in the UAE. The procedures are carried out in high-quality clinics with very good amenities. This could be one reason why the costs are high.

The best clinics for liposuction in UAE are:

  1. American British Surgical and Medical Centre (ABSAMC, Dubai. The best cosmetic surgeon is Jason Diamond, who splits his time between Beverly Hills and Emirates and is known to be a celebrity doctor in the US.
  2. Elite Cosmetic Surgery, Dubai
  3. Medical Arts Clinic, Dubai
  4. The Private Clinic, Dubai
  5. Kamil Al Rustom Skin and Laser Centre, Dubai

Popular body areas for Liposuction

Liposuction can be carried out in different parts of the body to shape or contour the region. It is important that the procedure is carried out by an expert and experienced professionals so that the body part does not suffer from any side effects. Since it is good for removing stubborn fat from the body, lipo can be useful if you have already tried diet and exercise with no luck. Parts of the body where stubborn fat deposits tend to be higher are targeted by liposuction.

Arm liposuction

Arm Liposuction

When liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the upper arms in order to achieve shapely arms, then it is known as arm liposuction. Some people may also use arm liposuction to treat a condition called lymphedema in which fat accumulates in the arms if the lymph nodes have been removed during the course of medical treatments like breast cancer.

Whether for aesthetic reasons or to remove accumulated fat caused by lymphedema, arm liposuction carries the same risks as any other form of liposuction, so you are required to take all precautions and to make sure that the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon.

Your doctor will also be able to tell you if you will need an arm lift after the procedure. If skin elasticity is a problem, then it is important to consider an arm lift to make sure that you do not have sagging skin after the liposuction. You can do an arm lift as a revision surgery after you recover from the arm liposuction surgery.

Usually, younger people would be able to recover more easily and will have fewer troubles regaining the shape of their arms without going through an arm lift (24).

Chin liposuction

Chin Liposuction

A lot of people suffer from the accumulation of fatty tissues under the chin, which causes a double chin. Men and women who are particularly conscious about their facial appearance may find a double chin to be very unwanted as it reduces the overall appeal. You can choose to go for liposuction that will contour the chin and reduce the fatty tissues.

Ideally, chin liposuction, also known as submental liposuction, can be completed in a very short time. But the recovery can take up to two weeks. So you will be required to wear a chin strap during the healing process. Be prepared for it. If your skin’s elasticity is low, then you may also need a neck lift along with the chin lipo.

Once the fatty tissues are removed from the liposuction procedure, the skin under your chin can get wrinkly and may sag in the absence of the fat cells. If your skin elasticity is good, then it will not be a problem.

Consider taking three to five days off from work, if you work. This will give you enough time to heal. You will also be wearing the compression garment for at least one week. Since chin lipo can easily affect your facial appeal, it is important to choose a reputed doctor for the surgery because lipo side effects like dimpling and puckering can otherwise become a problem. (25) 

Armpit liposuction

Arm Pit Liposuction

Armpit fat is often considered to be stubborn fat, which can be difficult to reduce with the help of diet and exercise. So this is one reason why arm liposuction is gaining traction. One of the most popular celebrities known for her armpit liposuction is Chrissy Teigen.

Armpit fat can be caused for several reasons. If you lose excessive overall weight and your armpit fat didn’t go away, then it may seem unsightly. Even a poorly contoured bra can cause armpit fat or a bra-bulge.

The entire procedure of armpit liposuction is usually completed within an hour. This is because of the relatively small area where the procedure has to be carried out. It needs a lot of precision to maintain symmetry and to minimize risks.

Since it is an outpatient procedure, you can return home the same day, but you must make sure that you have someone who can drive you home. Since the procedure will involve local anesthesia, it is important to have someone with you since the effects can make you feel light-headed.

If you choose non-invasive procedures for your arm lipo, then the results may not be as dramatic and may require more than one visit.

In some cases, you may have to follow up the procedure with skin excision or an underarm lift in order to get rid of sagging skin. This will be the case if you have less elastic skin. This liposuction is more common among women than men.

Back liposuction

Back Liposuction

To get rid of fat deposits on your back, you can undergo back liposuction. Since a large area is covered in this surgery, it must be carried out by an experienced and certified surgeon in order to make sure that the surgery is conducted successfully. By targeting the fat deposits on your back, you can achieve visibly changed contours, making it possible for you to look more shapely.

Back liposuction helps you reduce bulges on the upper and lower back. It also includes the reduction of love handles. The cost of back liposuction would usually depend on the areas you target. The larger the area covered, the higher the cost of the liposuction. It would also take longer to complete the procedure.

Proportion is also an important factor in back lipo. Since the doctor will have to target fats in different parts of the back, it is important that the end result is proportionate and balanced to make sure that the figure you achieve is well-contoured.

Following all post-lipo instructions are very important. You may require up to three weeks to completely recover from a back lipo especially if the area covered was large. It could usually take about six weeks for you to see the actual results of the procedure.

Butt liposuction

Butt Liposuction

Liposuction for the buttocks is a procedure which requires a lot of care. The butt area is most susceptible to sagging and dimpling after liposuction. For people who intend to make their buttocks look more voluptuous tend to use liposuction around the butt area like the flanks and the lower abdomen. This naturally brings out the buttocks.

When considering butt liposuction where you have a lot of fat deposits in the butt area and want it to get into better shape, butt liposuction can be considered; but is usually very rare. Reputed cosmetic surgeons encourage their patients to undergo liposuction around the buttocks region in order to improve the shape of the buttock.

If you go through butt liposuction, then you must ensure that the fat cells are targeted in a way that both the buttock cheeks are symmetrical after the procedure. Recovery can take a considerable period of time and it may not be comfortable for you to work after butt liposuction for at least about three weeks. This will give you enough time to recover and for the incisions to heal before you return to work.

In some cases, a butt lipo can cause dimpling and sag because of the nature of buttocks and the large area covered for the procedure. It can be avoided with the help of compression garments and later with the help of exercises to tone the buttocks. Make sure you consider exercises only after completely recovering from the surgery. (26)

Neck liposuction

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction addresses more areas than just the double chin. It helps you get a pronounced jawline, a graceful neckline, and can greatly improve your overall facial appearance. Neck liposuction is helpful for anyone who has been able to reduce overall weight but is dealing with stubborn fat in the neck region, which can make your face look more round.

With the help of neck liposuction, you can reduce a double chin as well as shape the neckline to look more graceful. Since the area which goes under the procedure is very small, the recovery time is lesser. Usually, people can return to work within five days, but they are required to wear a chin strap for at least one week. It helps them regain the shape of their neckline and ensure that the incisions are fully healed.

The elasticity of your skin plays a vital role in neck liposuction. Otherwise, you may be left with loose skin sagging in the neck area. Your doctor will be able to suggest if your skin is elastic enough or not.

You may have to use a follow-up surgery like a neck lifting procedure to make sure that your neckline looks beautiful and does not have saggy skin. (27)

Breast liposuction

Breast Liposuction

Breast reduction with the help of liposuction is a procedure that can target selective fat and help you reduce the size of your breasts. It is ideal for young men and women with better skin elasticity. Older patients may notice sagging skin after the procedure (28). People who consider using this procedure usually have breasts which are not of the ideal size. As a result, they may suffer from lower self-confidence, bad posture, chronic back pain, and even difficulty fitting into clothing properly. A lot of men consider this procedure if they have breasts that are larger than usual.

Women who are planning childbirth in the future should consider postponing the procedure and should do it only after childbirth. In some cases, the procedure may cause difficulties during breast-feeding and it can also reduce sensation in the nipples and skin surrounding the nipples.

Symmetry is also very important, so make sure that you undergo the procedure from a doctor who has a lot of experience and an excellent track record in breast reduction through liposuction. This will give you confidence and also reduces risks and chances of side effects.

The incision scars may disappear over time, but there is a possibility that it may not completely fade away. So you must be prepared for some amount of scarring. Depending on the size of your breasts, the nipples and areola may have to be removed and re-attached so that they are positioned correctly after the breast reduction.

Stomach liposuction

Stomach Liposuction

Belly fat can be removed with the help of stomach liposuction. It targets the fat around the lower abdomen and around your love handles. Abdominal fat is usually a concern for women after childbirth, but it can be a problem for almost anyone (29). Even genetics plays a role in the accumulation of fat in the tummy area. Liposuction can successfully remove fat from the region and help you get back into shape.

But liposuction surgeries are in no way a weight loss solution. This means that in the absence of the fat cells in your abdominal region, you may end up noticing unwanted loose and wrinkly skin. Stomach liposuction is successful in removing fat, but if you have a weakened abdominal wall, then you may still notice flabbiness of the tummy even after the lipo procedure.

A lot of cosmetic surgeons recommend a tummy tuck procedure to be combined with stomach liposuction to obtain expected results. This greatly depends on the quality of your skin. Your doctor will be able to tell you if a tummy tuck will be necessary or not.

Once the procedure is completed, you can expect to recover in three weeks. You will be required to wear a compression garment for at least one week. Some doctors suggest that you should use it for two weeks. 

Thigh liposuction

Thigh Liposuction

The thighs involve liposuction of more than one kind. These may be done individually, or they can be integrated into one procedure which covers all areas. The areas that are targeted by thigh liposuction are:

  1. Inner thighs
  2. Outer thighs
  3. Around the knees
  4. Front of the thighs

Liposuction for inner and outer thighs is the most common procedures and lipo for the front of the thighs is rare. Inner thighs liposuction targets the fat deposits on the inner thighs, which may cause rubbing of the thighs and may even cause a person to adopt a specific gait because of the constant rubbing of thighs.

When targeting outer thighs, liposuction usually leads to a slimmer look since the outer thighs help you get a more contoured body shape. It is common for men and women to consider this liposuction when they are concerned about aesthetic appeal.

Liposuction around the knees can be done jointly with any of the two above. This can help in reducing fat tissues which reside around the knees making the knee region look flabby.

The thighs have very thin skin. So liposuction must be performed by an expert to avoid unwanted scarring or burning of the region. (30)

Face liposuction

Face Liposuction

If you have always yearned for a well-contoured face, then you may consider liposuction. It removes excess fat from specific areas of the face making it possible for you to sport a leaner and even younger look.

Since liposuction has certain risks and side effects, and since it is your face, you must consider these risks carefully and trust a reputed surgeon for the face liposuction. Also, ensure that you go through all precautions and take necessary steps to reduce the chances of side effects.

One of the problems with face liposuction is asymmetry. If the amount of fat reduced from one part of the fat is not properly mimicked on the other side, then you may require follow-up surgeries to correct this.

Face lipo usually targets the jawline and the neck like making it possible for you to reduce extra fat from the face area. It does not target your face directly like the cheeks, forehead, or lip region. You may end up combining face liposuction along with other plastic surgeries of the face to get that ideal look that you are expecting.

In some cases, a face lipo may also be combined with a facelift to make sure that your skin does not hang loose after the liposuction procedure. (31) 

Full body liposuction

Full body liposuction can be very effective in reducing overall weight and it can contour the whole body very effectively. This is ideal for people who have large fat deposits throughout the body. It can be effective in solving problems related to obesity to a certain extent. But it cannot be treated as a weight-loss tool alone. So it is important to consider exercising and dieting to maintain your weight or reduce it further after liposuction.

While some doctors would complete full body liposuction in several visits or sittings, some doctors consider a single sitting to be ideal to completely remove fat from the whole body. Since the surgery will target several areas of the body, it will require general anesthesia. This means that the risks of general anesthesia will also apply to this procedure.

If you choose to go through several sittings, then each visit would have to be appropriately scheduled to ensure adequate healing before you return for the next procedure. Some patients may need more time to recover and if any side effects were to follow, then this can greatly reduce the expectations of the person from the following settings.

Removing too much fat from the body all at once can also be risky. This is why you must choose your doctor carefully for full body liposuction. (31)

Non-surgical laser liposuction Vs. Surgical Laser Liposuction

Liposuction can be done through an invasive surgical process which involves incisions on the parts of the body where the liposuction is conducted, or it can be non-invasive where you do not have to go under the knife. Each of these procedures comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Procedure

Non-surgical laser liposuction – This procedure uses a laser beam to target fat and emulsify it under the skin without any incisions. The procedure requires you to set yourself in a position where the target areas can easily be reached with the lasers, then the laser is directed on the parts of the body that you want to contour. Once done, you will notice some redness and swelling, which is likely to go away in the next two to three days.

Surgical laser liposuction – In this procedure, you will be locally anesthetized. Then small incisions will be made in the region where the fat will be sucked out from. Then very thin tubes equipped with laser beams are inserted into your body. The laser delivers heat to the fat cells liquefying the cells to make sure that it can be easily suctioned out.

Effectiveness of the procedure

Non-surgical laser liposuction – This procedure requires you to supplement the liposuction with exercise once you have recovered. By following a good diet and by exercising, you will be able to ensure that the destroyed fat cells can quickly be removed from the body through normal metabolic processes.

Surgical laser liposuction – Since the fat is suctioned out immediately after being emulsified, this process is more likely to show early results than non-surgical laser lipo. It still requires you to continue a good diet to make sure that you do not return to the previous body shape.

Risks involved

Non-surgical laser liposuction – It is considered safer than surgical laser lipo because it does not involve the risks of surgery. The main risk for people who undergo non-surgical laser lipo is the chances of burning and bruising under the hands of an inexperienced surgeon.

Surgical laser liposuction – There are certain risks involved in surgeries. Like the reactions to anesthesia, delayed healing of the incisions, chances of the incisions leaving a scar, painfulness and the chances of the laser beams damaging important tissues and organs of the body.

Costs

Non-surgical laser liposuction – Non-surgical lipo can cost relatively less than surgical lipo, but this greatly depends on the surgeon that you choose for the procedure. Some surgeons tend to charge higher than others. We have discussed costs earlier and if all factors were considered, there is a possibility that you may end up paying higher for non-surgical laser lipo if you are visiting a reputed surgeon in a renowned clinic that offers world-class facilities and is known for excellent after-procedure care.

Surgical laser liposuction – Surgical lipo tends to cost more because of the additional costs involved in the surgery.

Recovery

Non-surgical laser liposuction – The process of recovery is shorter and less painful because there are no incisions. Non-surgical laser lipo patients can recover in two to three days and will be able to join work within a week.

Surgical laser liposuction – It takes longer to heal and you will be required to wear compression garments to ensure that your healing is quick. The whole recovery process takes two to three weeks.

Liposuction Recovery Time

The process of recovery varies from person to person. While some people will heal quickly, others may take longer to recover from a liposuction procedure. But the time taken for recovery can also differ because of the type of lipo that you choose. Non-invasive surgeries have a shorter recovery time, while invasive procedures require longer recovery periods.

Recovery Room

Once you undergo the liposuction procedure. You are placed in a recovery room where your vital signs are monitored to make sure that you can return home without any problems. Signs of nausea and light-headedness will also be checked. If you have gone through a surgical procedure, then you may be monitored for approximately an hour. In non-surgical procedures, the time spent in the recovery room can be relatively less. (32)

The first 24 hours after liposuction

You will need someone to be with you after the procedure in order to take you home. You may still be dizzy as the effects of the anesthesia can last for nearly 24 hours. At home, you should prepare for the recovery procedure by keeping towels (preferably dark ones), comfortable pillows to rest on, loose clothing, and medication as prescribed by the doctor.

If you have undergone the surgical procedure, then fluids will ooze out of the incisions in the first 24 hours. The towels are intended to help soak these liquids. This is normal. In a non-surgical procedure, you will usually notice some swelling and redness which will subside in a few days.

Rest is important, but you must get up and walk around in every one to two hours. This avoids risks of blood clots and supports the recovery process allowing the swelling to go down. Carefully adhere to all instructions given by the doctor to make sure that you heal without any problems.

The first week

Non-surgical liposuction will have completely healed by the end of the week. You should make sure that you take lots of fluids throughout the week and you rest a lot in order to allow your body to heal. Avoid heavy exercise. You can join work after the first week. Visit your doctor once for advice on any medications that you need to take and to check the recovery before you join work.

In surgical procedures, most doctors suggest that you keep the compression garment on for the first five days. This means that you cannot bathe and you cannot allow water to seep into the area where the liposuction was performed. It keeps the incisions free of infection and improves healing.

You must take lots of rest in the first week and continue to walk around in at least every two hours to avoid blood clots. It is advised that you take lots of fluids during this time.

By the end of the first week, you will be visiting the clinic once again. The doctor will remove the compression garment, gauge the healing, and advise on any medications if necessary. You will still be wearing the compression garment round the clock. It will be taken off only when you take a bath. The doctor will advise you how much longer the compression garment has to be worn. Ideally, it would be for the next ten days.

You can begin light exercise like walking and stretching after the visit. Your doctor will be able to advise you on it.

The first month

After the two weeks, you would have healed almost entirely from an invasive liposuction, to re-join work. Your doctor will advise you to wear the compression garment only for 12 hours a day for the third and the fourth week. By the end of the month, you would have regained your strength and you can resume regular activities, including exercise.

The results of liposuction can take nearly six weeks to be visible, but some people can see the results as early as the end of the month.

Liposuction Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Helps you remove stubborn fat

If you have been facing problems burning fat from certain parts of your body even after exercise and diet, then liposuction can be helpful. It targets stubborn fat tissues and can help you destroy these fat pockets.

  1. Allows you to achieve a well-contoured body

Unlike popular belief, liposuction is not meant to lose weight. It is meant to help a person achieve a well-contoured body. This means that you may have an overall slim body but if you have certain areas where the fat deposits are too much then you can contour these areas with the help of liposuction

  1. Improves confidence

A lot of people who go through the procedure, hope to regain their confidence by achieving a shapely body. Since looks often play a big role in confidence, liposuction can be helpful.

  1. Can encourage people to maintain a healthy lifestyle

After liposuction, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, or else you may end up losing the contours of your body once again. This is why it has been noticed that liposuction often motivates people to lead a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.

Cons

  1. Carries certain risks and side effects

Liposuction of all types has certain risks and side effects that we have discussed. These are a disadvantage to the procedure. This is why surgeons would always ask you if you have tried losing weight through diet and exercise before considering liposuction.

 

  1. Can be expensive

If you plan to get a liposuction done from a reputed doctor at a renowned clinic, then you are likely to pay a huge amount for the procedure. In most countries, liposuction is not covered in insurance if it is a cosmetic surgery and does not have any medical reasons behind it.

 

  1. It is not a weight-loss tool

For people who think that liposuction can be treated as an easy way to lose weight, this is not true. Liposuction is a tool that helps you attain a good body shape. The procedure usually removes small but stubborn fat deposits in the body. It does not take out so much fat that you would weigh a lot lesser.

Liposuction Scar Removal

All cosmetic surgeons tend to choose very discreet areas to make incisions. This ensures that the scars even if they do not disappear will not be easily noticeable. Since all modern liposuction procedures involve very small incisions, you will not have very big scars on your body.

In most cases, scars cause hyperpigmentation or hypo-pigmentation. As a result, the scars would either bear a darker color than your skin or a lighter color than your skin. There are other ways in which scars can develop after liposuction. Atrophic scars are caused when the scar sinks below the surface of the skin because of lesser fat or muscle in the region. Hypertrophic scars are raised scars which may gradually reduce over time. Lastly, keloid are raised scars which have a smooth pink or purple head. (33)

Usually, scars tend to fade away by the end of the first year of the procedure. If the scars last longer and are in places which are easily visible, then you can consider one of the following procedures for scar removal:

  1. Give it twelve months

Scars can take up to a year to heal completely. So make sure that you do not rush into a scar removal procedure. All cosmetic surgeons advise patients to wait for at least twelve months before they consider a scar removal procedure. In these twelve months, your body would heal the scar and allow it to disappear. If it shows no signs of fading, then you can consider visiting a cosmetic surgeon or a dermatologist for advice on scar removal.

  1. Topical creams

There are certain topical creams which can help you reduce the signs of scars. These topical creams can treat hyperpigmentation and hypo-pigmentation. The scars eventually tend to merge with the skin color, making them nearly impossible to locate. But topical creams may not be helpful on all scars. Sometimes, the scarring left after liposuction may need a laser treatment.

  1. Dermabrasion

It is a method that can be used to treat raised scars. Dermabrasion kits help you exfoliate the upper layer of dead skin in order to lighten the scars. Most clinics offer dermabrasion as an option for reducing scars.

  1. Laser treatments

Laser treatments are the last resort for scar removal. The use of laser lights to repair and regenerate cells in order to lighten scars is only good for people who have light skin. Those with dark coloured skin may find that laser treatments can worsen the scarring. It is an expensive method and is not helpful in removing the scars completely. It may only be able to lighten the scars to a certain extent. (34)

Liposuction Before and After Results

The proof of the pudding is in its eating. It is often easier to judge the effectiveness of a procedure by going through its results. If a clinic or a doctor has a good track record, then they will have lots of before and after photos which you can look at to find out how effectively fat can be reduced from a certain area. It also helps you get a real insight into the procedure and how you may look after it.

But before and after photos may have a huge time gap. This will make sure that the photos you see are actually displaying the results of the procedure since it takes a lot of time to recover and start noticing the difference. Like we have said before, it could be nearly six weeks before you heal completely from liposuction surgery. Once you begin to exercise and return to your normal routine, it could take another month or two to notice the actual results.

Liposuction before and after male

Men often consider liposuction to reduce the chest size and to remove fat from the lower abdomen. But other liposuction surgeries like arm lipo are also beginning to gain traction. Even back liposuction is commonly used by many men who are trying to shed stubborn fat from the back region. The following before and after pictures show the difference that liposuction surgery can bring when carried out by an expert. It can be very effective in shaping your body to a perfect size. These photos have been taken at least six weeks after the procedure, so the photos do not show any of the side effects.

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Liposuction before and after female

Liposuction continues to be more popular among women than men. Although more men have started using liposuction, the statistics still favors women when it comes to liposuction surgeries. From liposuction of the face to butt lipo, women are known to be more concerned about their body shape and figure. When considering a lipo, you can set the right expectations by going through the before and after results. It will help you understand how much fat you will be able to lose and how your body would eventually look after the procedure. The after photos have been taken after at least 6 weeks of the procedure.

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Liposuction love handles before and after

Love handles are always known to be stubborn when it comes to burning fat in these areas. Many people find it difficult to reduce fat from the love handles through diet and exercise alone. Liposuction provides a solution, albeit with certain risks for this problem. When done by an experienced cosmetic surgeon, love handles can be easily reduced for a perfectly symmetrical hip region. 

Liposuction before and After Love handles

Liposuction and tummy tuck

A tummy tuck and liposuction are two different procedures. Both aim at improving the contours of your body, but the procedures are different and it is always good to know which one will be more suitable for you.

Liposuction

Liposuction of the abdominal region will help you remove excess fat from the stomach area and its surroundings. You have the option to go for surgical liposuction or non-surgical liposuction. Both can eventually help in reducing stubborn fat from certain problem areas of the stomach region. But there are certain limitations to liposuction. It does not address problems related to sagging skin or a weakened abdominal wall.

The overall procedure is usually carried out on an outpatient basis and you would be able to return home the same day. Recovery could take about one month and results can be seen in six weeks.

Tummy Tuck

This procedure is effective in covering problems like loose and sagging skin and weakened abdominal wall. It is carried out under general anesthesia and requires you to stay in the hospital for a few days before you go home. A tummy tuck can be partial or full and it can be used as a follow-up surgery after liposuction if the person ends up with loose skin once the fat is suctioned out.

Your doctor may even recommend that you go for a tummy tuck along with liposuction in order to achieve better results.

A tummy tuck surgery will involve the removal of sagging skin and excessive fat in the abdominal region. Even stretch marks and old scars may be removed with excessive skin, but it is not a remedial procedure for stretch marks. The surgeon will also tighten the abdominal muscles.

The entire surgery can take several hours. (35)

Your body will also take a long time to heal from the procedure. It is usually several weeks before your body will recover completely and months before the bruising and swelling are completely gone.

Lipo vs Tummytuck Vs Coolsculpting

Can you do liposuction and tummy tuck together?

Yes. It is possible to combine the two procedures. This depends on your existing body structure and the shape that you expect to achieve. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise you if both the procedures are required or not.

It is also important to remember that these procedures can help you get into good shape, but you will have to maintain your body weight through a good diet and proper lifestyle.

Weight gain after liposuction

Liposuction targets fat cells located right under the skin. This is also known as subcutaneous fat. But there is a second group of fat cells known as visceral fat cells which are located deeper inside the abdominal cavity where it is close to organs like kidney, liver, stomach and intestines. Visceral fat is often considered the reason behind lifestyle health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart problems.

After liposuction, doctors encourage you to lead a healthy lifestyle because if the fat returns, then it will eventually find its way to areas where the liposuction has not be carried out. Since liposuction destroys fat cells in a particular region, the new fat will be stored in areas around the destroyed fat cells or in remote regions.

For example, if you have had a stomach lipo, then new fat will end up being accumulated in the buttocks, the breasts, around the upper arms and thighs. Even the existing fat cells in the stomach region may enlarge to accommodate more fat. As a result, the shape you achieved through liposuction can eventually become blurred.

How to reduce the chances of weight gain after lipo?

  • Eat healthily – Maintain a healthy diet to make sure that you do not end up accumulating more fat. Take suggestions from the clinic where you get the procedure done. They may be able to provide you with dietary advice. Otherwise, consult a dietician so that you can create a good diet plan after your liposuction procedure.
  • Exercise regularly – Exercise is known to be helpful in improving overall health and in reducing the chances of fat accumulation. Create a workout regime that you can follow on a daily basis. This will help you avoid weight gain after your liposuction procedure. Make sure that you start your exercises only after you have completely healed or it can cause problems. (36)

Liposuction alternatives

A person’s confidence often depends on their body shape and size. Many people feel more comfortable when they look shapely in the mirror. This is why body contouring has become so popular even though it has certain side effects and carries some risks. We have come a long way from the traditional method of liposuction to the new and much-advanced methodologies which lean towards greater safety of the person undergoing the procedure.

It is perhaps the need for safer procedures that have led to the emergence of alternatives that are non-invasive and relatively less risky than liposuction. People also need methods that do not require too much downtime. So they can recover quickly and return to their regular life without having to wait too long. Liposuction alternatives carry their own pros and cons and have their own set of prerequisites. But these alternatives are also gaining grounds in the area of cosmetic enhancements giving liposuction a lot of competition.

Most clinics that offer liposuction also offer these alternatives. It is always good to research the options you have for contouring your body before you proceed with a specific procedure. The most popular alternatives to liposuction are:

Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting, also known as cryolipolysis is a procedure that destroys fat cells by freezing them. It is a non-invasive surgery which carries very few risks. It is an FDA approved procedure which is considered to be safe for the body.  The procedure does not require any anesthesia and is generally known to be a pain-free method. A person undergoing the procedure can comfortably return to normal work with very little rest. Some need no healing time at all. (37)

The process involves meeting with the clinical surgeon to fix an appointment for cool sculpting. On the day of the procedure, it is ideal to bring someone along with you to the clinic who can drive you back home. The equipment used for cool sculpting will be put in direct contact with the skin. The two cooling panels will start freezing the fat underneath your skin in order to permanently destroy these fat deposits.

Once the procedure is complete, you may notice the following side effects:

  • Redness in the area which was treated
  • Minor swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Muscle cramping

These side effects usually disappear in a few days, but it may continue for a few weeks. You may also feel itchy in the areas that have been treated for the first few weeks.

The fat cells are destroyed, but since they are not removed through a surgical procedure, your body will eventually expel these fat cells through your natural metabolic process. Some patients may experience diarrhea after the procedure. This is because your body is trying to get rid of the destroyed fat cells.

Your surgeon will mention what to expect after the procedure and may even prescribe medicines for it. You must always make sure that you intake lots of fluids during the recovery period. If you find anything amiss, then you must immediately consult the clinic where you went through the procedure.

Areas of the body covered by cool sculpting are:

  • Stomach
  • Flanks
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Male chest
  • Arms
  • Under buttocks

Zerona

Zerona is the technology which allows a non-invasive treatment for fat reduction. It is known to carry very low risks and few side effects. It is a good alternative for liposuction if you do not prefer invasive surgeries. Another reason why people tend to choose Zerona is that it does not require any anesthesia and there is hardly any healing time required after the process.

It uses equipment which usually has four arm-like protrusions with lasers embedded in them. These lasers are guided to the parts of your body from where you want to reduce the fat deposits. Your surgeon may provide you with protective eyewear while you undergo the procedure. Usually, a session is completed in an hour. Ideally, doctors suggest six sittings before you could notice changes.

You are usually required to wait for 48 hours between two procedures (38). But you should not put a big gap between the two procedures. Some doctors advise that you should come for the next sitting within 72 hours.

The science behind Zerona is that the laser beams puncture the fat cells so that fat can ooze out along with glycerol and water from these fatty tissues. Your body flushes out the expelled fat through the lymphatic system, or it is used up as energy.

Since the fat cells are not entirely destroyed during the procedure, they can once again store fat. This is why you must follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly to ensure that your body does not regain the fat deposits that you lost through a Zerona.

It is ideal for people who are looking for a contoured body which they can maintain with the help of diet and exercise. It is important to commit to a healthy lifestyle or else the body would try to compensate for the fat loss by quickly storing more fat in the cells.

Kybella

For those who have been struggling with a double chin which does not go away with diet or exercise, and if you do not want to consider submental liposuction, then Kybella can be a solution. It is an injection technique used by cosmetic surgeons to reduce fat from under the chin. It is a US FDA approved the procedure.

The main ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring molecule is known to help in the breakdown and dissolution of fats. Since the fat cells are destroyed, fat cannot be stored in those cells any longer. But Kybella does not work in a single sitting. A person must agree for multiple sittings until the time they achieve the right look. If you are looking for something that can be done in a single sitting then you must consider submental liposuction.

The entire process takes only about 15 to 20 minutes. During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon would inject you multiple times in different areas of the chin region. The number of injections you receive will depend on how much fat has to be removed. It is usually between 20 to 30 injections, but in some cases, it can be as many as 50.

After the procedure is over, you will notice redness and swelling, which is common for any injections. This will subside in a few days and you will completely recover in a week’s time. You may be required to wait for up to a month before you go for your next sitting.

Kybella is a non-invasive procedure, so once the fat cells are destroyed, they are not removed through any incisions. Instead, your body’s metabolism would automatically flush out the destroyed fatty tissues over the period of the next few months.

There are fewer risks and minimal side effects. But Kybella is fairly new and has received FDA approval only in 2015. As a result, research about it is relatively less. In some cases, patients are known to face problems which include an uneven smile, trouble in swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw. (39)

Liposuction pills

  • Lipo 6

Launched in 2005, it was the first liposuction pill available for people who wanted to lose weight without having to go through any clinical procedure. Manufactured by Nutrex Researchers, it is a liquid pill which is easily absorbed into the body promoting weight loss. Its list of ingredients includes caffeine, synephrine, guggulsterones, bioperene, and yohimbine (40). Most of these promote weight loss but they can have other side effects as well. It is ideal for a person to use these pills only if they are not taking any other medication and do not suffer from any medical conditions. A lot of people swear by it, while some feel that it is not effective. The effectiveness of the pills can depend on your lifestyle, diet, workout regime and genes.

  • NDS Liporush XT

It is a pill that includes several ingredients which are known to have a multi-level approach. Each pill serves the purpose of burning fat, shedding extra water, recharges your body and helps you stay fit. The manufacturers claim to use a mix of ingredients to achieve the results which not only lead to weight loss but also improve the overall functioning of the body. The pill requires you to maintain a healthy diet and a good workout regime in order to achieve the desired look. Since it targets weight loss, it cannot be compared directly to liposuction which is more focused on shaping your body rather than shedding weight. (41)

  • Liposynergy Thermo Booster

This fat burning pill helps you lose weight by suppressing the appetite and boosting your energy. It claims to be able to block the absorption of dietary fat and speed up your metabolism. As a result, fat is burned quickly and you start losing weight. The capsule claims to target fat in the abdomen region, thighs, and buttocks but it does not mention the science behind it. Overall fat may be lost but the effectiveness of the pills will greatly depend on your lifestyle as well. You are required to be on a clean diet and to regularly exercise in order to burn all the fat.

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How To Get Rid Of Pinworms In Babies? Simple, But The Best Remedies!

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Pin worms in babies remedies

Does your baby keep itching his or her rectal region (1) continuously and expressed discomfort while doing so? Chances are, your baby is suffering from a pinworm infection. Pinworms are common in babies and toddlers as children like to put everything in their mouth that puts their hygiene at risk.

How To Get Rid Of Pinworms In Babies?

Pinworms normally reside in the gut and can be found near the anus and cause itching in that particular area. That being said, pinworm infection is quite common and can be easily treated with some over the counter medications and home remedies. Let’s find out how and why pinworm infections occur and how to treat them:

What Are Pinworms?

How to treat pinworms

Pinworms, also called threadworms, are small and thin worms residing in the rectal region of babies and adults. In females, pinworms can also be found in the vaginal region. They are thin as a pin and are parasites that lay eggs on the surrounding skin around the anus. They can be about 5-10 mm long and are white in color. The scientific name of this worm is Enterobius vermicularis(2). They spread through the fecal – mouth route so it is important to maintain proper hygiene.

Types of Pinworms

There are three identified species of pinworms but only the above-listed pinworm infects humans. They can be male or female and females are considerably longer as compared to males. They lay translucent eggs on the skin around the anal region and the eggs contain pinworm larva.

Commons Causes of Pinworm Infection

The most common cause of pinworm infection is coming in contact with pinworm eggs. You can get them by touching or ingesting any object infected by pinworms. This infection is very contagious and children are normally exposed to it at school or at the playground. The eggs can also reside under the nails so if the baby or toddler puts his or her hand in their mouth, they can enter the body and develop into fully-grown pinworms. Nail-biting is another common habit through which a pinworm infection can spread.

Symptoms of Pinworm Infection

The most common symptom of a pinworm infection is itching around the anal region but there are a few other symptoms as well that point to this infection. The symptoms include:

Pinworm Symptoms in Babies

  • Severe itching around the anus:

The eggs that the female pinworm lays on the skin around the anus cause severe itching and when the child itches, these eggs stick to the skin and the nails and can spread to other children or adults when they come in contact with the baby or the toddler.

  • Irritable and fussy:

Babies can get fussy at the slightest of discomforts and pinworm infection can make them all the more irritable. Fussy babies are not easy to handle and the severe itching can not only make them cry a lot more than they usually do but it also affects their growth.

  • Restless sleep:

Continuous itching can obviously keep even adults away from sleep so it can definitely affect babies also. Pinworm itching can increase at night so days are relatively itch-free.

  • Vaginal itching:

Adult pinworms can also move to the vaginal area from the anus and can cause itching around that area as well. Female babies can experience this symptom in some cases but not all female babies having pinworm infection go through vaginal itching.

  • Pain in the abdominal area:

A minor pain that comes and disappears after a few minutes is another symptom of pinworm infection.

How to know if the Baby has Pinworms?

If your baby experiences itching at night or display any other symptoms listed above, you can check for pinworms once the baby sleeps for the night. Skip giving the night bath to the baby and wait for 2-3 hours as the pinworms move around the skin after the baby falls asleep. Lift up the legs and spread the butt cheeks to see the anus clearly. Use a flashlight to see if you see any worms moving.

Another way to identify a pinworm infection is the scotch tape test (3). Stick a piece of transparent scotch tape to the sides of the anus and press firmly to get any worms that might be moving beneath the tape. The eggs can also be seen under the microscope. Check the tape under a microscope to check if your baby has a pinworm infection.

Are Pinworms dangerous?

The good news is that pinworm infections are not dangerous in 99% of the cases. The most they can do is cause severe itching. In rare cases, untreated pinworm infection can cause urinary tract infections in females. Abdominal pain is another common complaint in babies if the infection is not treated timely.

How to get rid of Pinworms in babies?

Unlike other infections, getting rid of pinworms in babies is easy and does not require any heavy medication. We will be discussing more the home remedies for pinworms in babies in the next section.

The first precaution is to maintain proper hygiene in your household. If you have a toddler and a baby, chances are that your toddler might bring the infection from school or playground and can infect the baby too. Very small babies who are still on breast milk or formula and do not eat solids are less likely to contract this infection as they do not ingest that well but babies older than 6 months can get a pinworm infection. Teach your toddler to wash hands after every trip to the loo and before mealtimes. Give a bath to your baby with a gentle bath soap to maintain proper hygiene.

Over the counter medications like Reese’s pinworm medication (4) and albendazole (5) work effectively in treating pinworms in babies. They come in weekly doses and the baby needs to take one medicine per week for at least two weeks to get rid of pinworms completely. Vermox is another OTC medicine that is usually prescribed to get rid of pinworms.

Natural Home Remedies for Pinworms in Babies

While you can use medicines to treat pinworms in babies, there are a few natural remedies also that help in getting rid of pinworms. Here are a few of those tried and tested remedies that are supposed to work in controlling a pinworm infection:

Natural Remedies for Pinworm in babies

  • Maintain Strict Hygiene.

Keep the area clean at all times. Wipe clean after every poop and wash it with water to keep it dry. If your child is suffering from a pinworm infection, do not wipe it a lot as this can cause rashes. Wash the area with plain water and let it air dry. Pinworms reside inside the gut lining so it is important to remove them from the anus with the help of a few home remedies.

  • Apply a raw garlic salve on the affected area.

Garlic has many health benefits and using raw garlic is said to get rid of pinworms easily. It kills the existing pinworm eggs that are sticking to the skin so that they do not spread easily. Garlic also helps in stopping the production of more eggs in female pinworms so it decreases the infection significantly. If your toddler is suffering from pinworms, you can make them consume raw garlic in small amounts. For babies, you can prepare a garlic salve by mixing crushed garlic cloves or ground garlic with any oil and applying it on the affected area.

  • Apply coconut oil around the anus.

Coconut oil has healing properties and is used in many skin care products for babies as well as adults. It has antibacterial properties and helps to soothe the inflammation and itching caused by a pinworm infection. It is also very gentle on the baby’s soft skin. Consuming a bit of coconut oil has a significant impact on the infection but if the baby is young, you can just apply the oil around the anus a few times a week to see good results.

  • Consume a cup of shredded carrots or give carrot puree.

Carrots, being rich in fiber, help to clean the bowels and push the pinworms out of the anus. You can grind the raw carrots and give them in the form of a puree or shred them finely for the baby’s consumption. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin C that prevents many skin and body infections. Vitamin C also helps in increasing the immunity of the body.

How to Treat Pinworms in Babies?

Babies, per se, do not normally get pinworm infections if they still haven’t started to crawl or eat solid food yet as they have fewer chances of ingesting the pinworm eggs. They can, however, inhale the eggs but that is a very rare chance. Once they begin to crawl and put things in their mouth, they become prone to this infection as the eggs can get to their bodies easily. If your baby does get a pinworm infection, over the counter medicines listed above or these simple home remedies can help you treat it easily. Pinworms have a life cycle of about six weeks so make sure that you keep the baby clean and dry to reduce the discomfort and prevent any re-infection.

One important thing to keep in mind when treating pinworm in babies is to not take any symptom lightly. A small infection can also cause a lot of discomfort to babies and it is essential to treat the condition by either medicines or home remedies in a timely manner. Do not wait for the infection to go away on its own as it will only spread further.

Now that we have discussed all about pinworms in babies and how to treat them using medicines and home remedies, it is important to discuss more about how you can prevent the pinworms from entering your home because once they do, you will also have to treat all the other family members since the infection is quite contagious. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid this itch:

  • Wash your baby’s genital areas and anal region thoroughly with an antibacterial soap every time you give them a bath.
  • Make sure that all the members of the family take a thorough bath every day and use separate towels and mats.
  • Wash towels and napkins used by the family members daily to prevent any sort of spreading of pinworm eggs.
  • Teach your kids to wash their hands with a disinfecting soap every time they come home after school or from the playground.
  • Keep their fingernails short and clean. Cut your baby’s fingernails regularly and clean them to remove any dirt or eggs accumulated under the nails.
  • Wash your bed linen and clothes regularly. Pinworm eggs can land on the linen so it is advisable to not shake them and just put them in the washer after taking them off the bed.
  • Discourage the habit of nail-biting or thumb sucking as these are some ways in which the pinworm eggs can enter the body.
  • Make sure that children do not eat their meals on the bed as this poses a risk of the eggs sticking to the bed linen being ingested.
  • Wear a pair of gloves if you want to check for pinworms on the baby and discard those gloves after you have assessed the symptoms.

This is all about pinworms and how they affect babies. These little thread-like worms can cause a lot of itching so it is advised to treat them as soon as you can. Our precious little babies shouldn’t have to undergo such discomfort and this is the reason why this article is written to help mommies treat pinworm infections easily at home or by using mild medicines. One thing to keep in mind is to always ask your pediatrician before administrating any medicine to babies. Pregnant or breastfeeding ladies should also not take pinworm medicines without consulting their doctor. Has your baby gone through an episode of pinworm infection? How did you deal with it?

References:

  1. Wikipedia.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectum
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/enterobiasis/index.html
  3. Stanford.edu. Stanford University. https://web.stanford.edu/class/humbio103/ParaSites2006/Enterobius/diagnostic%20tests.htm
  4. WebMD https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-2953-6119/reeses-pinworm-medicine-oral/pyrantel-suspension-oral/details
  5. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/albendazole-oral-route/description/drg-20061505

Boils On Toddler’s Bottom – Causes, Symptoms And Its Remedies!

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how to treat boils on toddlers buttocks

Have an adorable toddler who has got a painful red boil on the bottom which is troubling him or her? Boils are a common problem in children and adults alike. While there are many types of bacterial skin infections that can happen to children, a boil on their cute tiny bottoms is what troubles them the most. Let’s have a look at the causes, symptoms, and remedies for boils on toddlers bottom!

Boils on Toddler’s Bottom – Causes, Symptoms & Remedies!

Boils are tender painful red bumps on the skin that are caused by an infection in the root of the hair or skin pores. They usually go away with simple medicines but here is more about their causes and symptoms in detail.

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What are Boils?

Boils, or furuncles, are little red lumps formed on the skin as the result of a bacterial infection in the hair root or sweat pores. They are also referred to as abscesses or Staph infection as they are caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Boils on toddlers buttocks do not point to any other type of health issues or infections. Anybody can develop these boils and toddlers are as susceptible to them as adults and teenagers. They usually go away on their own without any major complications.

Causes of Boils on Toddlers Bottom

One of the most common causes of boils is improper skin hygiene. Lack of proper personal hygiene can cause these bacterial infections and lead to boils. Some children are more susceptible to these skin infections as compared to others. Toddlers who have an iron deficiency or a weak immune system get them more often. Eczema and damaged skin are also prone to boils as the skin is very fragile in both cases. The bacteria that causes these red tender lumps enters the skin through a small cut or can also travel from the hair to the root follicle.

Boils On Toddlers Bottom Remedies

Another common reason for boils on toddlers buttocks is getting in contact with any other person or child who is suffering from the same bacterial infection. If your toddler has experienced boils before, they might be at a higher risk to develop them again.

Diabetes is another reason behind recurring boils but it is not very common in children as compared to adults. People having diabetes history tend to get boils more often and often have a complaint of recurring boils.

Symptoms and Signs of Boils

If you notice a red and tender lump forming under the skin of the buttocks, it is probably a boil. It is usually hard in the beginning and increases in size with time. It might be filled with pus and has a white or yellow part in the center. The soreness and pain also increase as the boil grows in size. The pus-filled center might burst so it is important to maintain good personal hygiene to prevent the bacteria from spreading to other parts of the skin. Swollen lymph nodes are another indicator of boils. The person who has boils might develop a fever in some cases.

Boilers On Toddlers Body

So the main symptoms of boils include:

  • Red lump on the skin.
  • Soreness in the lump and increasing size.
  • The white or yellow pus-filled center which may or may not be present.
  • Swollen lymph nodes and mild fever.

When Should I Seek Medical Help?

The health of your child is very important and close attention should be paid to the condition of the boils to see if they are healing properly. Boils on toddler’s bottom also mean that the child might find it difficult to sit properly for long hours so it is important for them to heal quickly. Recurring or large boils can lead to other skin infections and even pneumonia if not treated properly. While most boils do settle on their own in one or two days, it is advised to seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • If the boil leads to a fever and the child feels discomfort.

How to treat boils on toddlers

In some cases, fever may follow a boil as the body begins to generate antibodies to fight the infection and begin healing it. Keep an eye on the temperature using a thermometer and go to the emergency room if it rises above a 100 degree Fahrenheit.

  • If it does not reduce in size or does not form a point in 2-3 days.

A pus-filled point or pocket should be formed on the boil after a few days which then opens and drains when the boil begins to heal. If the boil does not become smaller with time and the pus remains inside, it is advised to consult a physician. Do not poke a needle or pin to open the boil as this can cause severe infections. You can refer to baby boils pictures on the internet to get an idea of what a normal boil looks like.

  • If there are blood streaks in the boil and pus contains blood.

Blood in the pus or blood streaks in the boil may indicate an open wound near the boil area that can get infected easily. It might also mean that the boil is not healing properly and medical intervention is required.

  • If there is a lot of pain and the boil grows continuously.

Some boils might pain a lot more than others and children have a lower pain threshold so it is better to go to the doctor to get some antibiotics to relieve the pain. If the boil grows in size and does not show any signs of healing, then also you should seek medical advice.

  • The bacteria spread to other areas and cause multiple boils.

If your child is suffering from recurring boils, the bacteria may be spreading to other areas and causing more infection. A course of antibiotics can help control the spread and give your toddler some relief from these painful infections.

Best Home Remedies for Boils on Toddlers Bottom

Being the mother of a six-month-old baby, I would advise you to treat boils with caution as home remedies can go the other way and damage the condition further if not used properly. Some home remedies might provide some temporary relief if you are searching for how to treat boils on toddlers but do seek medical attention if you notice any of the above symptoms. The most common home remedies for boils on toddler’s bottoms are discussed more in detail below.

  • One of the most effective home remedies for boils is to apply a warm compress to the area to help open up the boil and let the pus drain. Apply a hot warm towel on the boil area 3-4 times a day for significant relief. Make sure that you use a clean towel and wash your hands before applying the compress to prevent further infection.

Boils On Baby Buttocks Treatment

  • Apply a bandage on the boil after cleaning it with antiseptic solution after all the pus is drained. Applying rubbing alcohol on the area before putting a bandage helps to keep the area dry.
  • Never squeeze or pop the boil as it can cause permanent scarring and recurrence of boils. Maintain good personal hygiene and keep your toddler’s bottoms clean by washing them with warm water frequently and applying an antiseptic solution to it. Use a clean cotton swab to apply the solution.
  • You can also apply a bit of honey or a poultice made up of porridge over the boil to get rid of the inflammation and redness quickly. Soak the poultice in warm milk before using it to heal the boil easily.
  • The heat helps in the healing process in case of boils on toddler’s buttocks so make sure that you keep the area warm and dry. Clean after every washroom trip and make the toddler wear clean underwear every time they get sweaty or wet.
  • Do not give over-the-counter medicines to toddlers as medicines designed for adults are not suitable for children and have many side-effects. Look for kid-friendly medicines which have a gentler composition and provide instant relief.

These are the home remedies that tend to work on boils but tread carefully as any medicine or incision can cause more harm than good. It is a common skin infection but any skin infection can cause a lot of discomforts if left untreated or treated using untested home remedies.

Medical treatments for boils on toddlers buttocks include incision and drainage using sterile surgical equipment in case the antibiotics do not show effective results.

How to know if the Boils are Healing?

The boil will reduce in size and the pain will reduce slowly as the boil begins to heal. You will notice that the toddler is less fussy and is experiencing lesser discomfort as well. The itching also subsides and the redness starts to clear. The pus may start draining on its own so it is important to keep the area clean and dry.

In almost all cases, the boil does not heal without opening and draining the pus. If there is no pus then the boil might settle on its own after a week or so. During this time, ask your toddler to not pinch or press the area as this can delay the healing process.

In most cases, boils tend to get better in 7-10 days depending on the size and nature of the boil. It is advised to seek medical attention from a skin doctor if the boil persists after two weeks also. The doctor will be able to diagnose it and prescribe some medicines to fasten the healing process.

How to Treat Boils on Toddlers and Prevent your Baby from Boils?

It is very important for babies and toddlers to be protected from boils as they can be painful for them and can cause a lot of discomforts. Toddlers might also not understand how to take care of the affected area and might hinder the healing process. Here are some tips which can help prevent your babies from boils:

  • Always maintain good personal hygiene.

Keep your and your child’s body clean by taking a bath regularly and using skincare products that are appropriate for the age. Use talcum powder to prevent excessive sweating and clean the skin to dry it properly before putting clothes on to prevent moisture-related skin issues. Always encourage a bath after a sweaty play session to keep the germs away from the skin.

  • Keep your child away from anyone who has boils.

People with recurring boils or simple boils should stay away from babies and toddlers as the bacteria can spread easily. Change your clothes and bedding frequently if you are suffering from boils and wash them to get rid of the bacteria.

  • Wash your hands frequently.

Always wash your hands thoroughly while playing with your child and ask all visitors to sanitize their hands when they handle the baby or the toddler. Wash their toys and clothes in warm water once in a while to prevent all kinds of germs from entering their body. Keep a hand sanitizer near the play area and bathroom to help them clean their hands easily.

  • Prevent the boil from spreading to other parts of the body.

If you notice a boil on your toddler’s bottom, clean it regularly and apply a bandage after the pus has drained to prevent the infection from spreading to other regions. Teach the toddler how to take care of the affected area and remind them to not touch it often to prevent it from spreading.

Now that you know all about boils on toddler’s bottoms, it will be easier to identify it and treat it the next time you encounter a boil. Boils are very common and go away with simple medicines and home remedies so there is no need to worry if your toddler gets one on his or her bottoms. There is only one important thing to remember and that is to keep the affected area dry and clean. Go to a doctor if you feel that the boil is not healing properly or is spreading to other regions of the body. Teaching them the importance of proper personal hygiene is another way to prevent future infections.

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Sources:

  • Staph Infection

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/staphylococcus.html

  • Staphylococcus aureus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staphylococcus_aureus

  • Poultice

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poultice

  • Porridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porridge