Reward Yourself for Losing Weight

Don’t Be Afraid to Treat Yourself

Treat YourselfGetting in shape doesn’t seem that hard when you begin dieting and exercising because you are often excited about the possibilities you can achieve physically. However, maintaining your inner motivation becomes increasingly harder to do as time goes on, even if you’re seeing results. Many people turn to so-called “cheat meals” in which they spend one day or one meal per week eating foods that are they know are not healthy for them. However, there are other ways to reward and motivate yourself emotionally, materialistically, and physically.

Health and Stamina Rewards

In addition to looking better physically, following a diet plan and workout regimen can benefit your health in the long run. As you lose weight and burn fat, you may find that you have the stamina to participate in things like marathons and other challenging activities that may not have seemed possible before. Living a healthy lifestyle has also been shown to improve mental health as well as mood.

Material Rewards

While fitness clothing was once meant strictly for exercise, the shirts, pants, and shoes have now become more of a staple in fashion. There is also a variety of wristbands that accurately report your overall health by tracking everything from the calories you burn to your exact heart rate. Purchasing new workout (and regular!) clothes or a fitness tracker can be rewards as well as motivation to continue on your journey to health.

Body Contouring Rewards

Once you’ve lost the weight, excess skin and stubborn fat may remain despite your most arduous efforts. Body contouring procedures can shape and tone almost any area of the body, including the upper arms, breasts, abdominal area, buttocks, groin, and thighs. Improving the appearance of your body often gives you the confidence to talk freely to other people and be comfortable in social situations that may have intimidated you in the past.

To find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic surgery, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation and helping achieve your goals.

Thanksgiving dinner table with turkey, gravy, stuffing, and potatoesVarious studies have shown that we typically gain one to two pounds over the holiday season. These numbers may not seem like much, but over a five-year span, the holidays can contribute five to ten pounds of permanent weight gain.

While it’s understandable that most people don’t follow strict diet regimens in November and December, there are some simple things that can be done to avoid gaining weight over the holidays. However, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why many people gain weight to help understand this occurrence.

Reasons for Weight Gain Over the Holidays

Your Schedule Lightens Up

Throughout the year, most people are bombarded with working and caring for their families. Around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, three- or four-day weekends become common, encouraging a less active lifestyle and an overindulgence in eating.

You’re Stressed

While the holiday season typically presents some very fun and exciting times, the days leading up to the festive events can be stressful. Stress often causes people to “let loose” and eat more comfort foods than they usually do.

Endless Food Is Available

From little snacks like cheese and crackers to the main courses (turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes), the food options and quantities are almost endless. With the wide variety of food just an arm’s length away, consuming more food is nearly inevitable.

The Weather Is Colder

The cooler weather in the fall and winter seasons forces you to wear more layers of clothing. This allows you to cover certain parts of your body that you are unhappy with, making you feel less guilty about overeating.

Now that you know the common reasons why weight is usually gained during the holidays, here are some tips for avoiding it.

Use Smaller Plates

This one’s simple: smaller plates = less food.

Eat Plenty of Fiber

Fiber-rich foods are not only filling, but they digest slower than foods that are higher in fats and carbohydrates. Try to eat plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables with each holiday meal.

Give Yourself Time to Feel Full

Before heading back to the table for a second helping of food, give your body at least 15 minutes for your food to digest.

Limit Alcoholic Beverages

Aside from the added calories that cocktails, beer, and wine add to your diet, they can also cause you to lose your inhibitions and eat irresponsibly.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. For all of your cosmetic surgical procedures and treatments, please contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling (703) 287-8277 or filling out our online contact form. Dr. Mesbahi and his caring staff look forward to seeing you soon!

Two turkeysThe term “turkey neck” is used to describe the appearance of sagging skin and excess fat deposits on the neck.

This condition typically occurs due to a combination of the following factors:

  • Natural aging
  • Gravity
  • Excessive weight gain/loss

While you may have heard, or even tried anti-aging creams and neck exercises to stave off a turkey neck, these things don’t always produce lasting and satisfiable outcomes. For this reason, Dr. Mesbahi regularly performs neck lift surgery for men and women who wish to eliminate their turkey neck and achieve a rejuvenated appearance with long-lasting results.

What is a Neck Lift?

Also known as a “lower rhytidectomy,” a neck lift improves the appearance of the neck and jaw line by:

  • Removing excess fat and skin in the lower face (jowls) and under the chin
  • Tightening the muscles in the neck
  • Reducing the appearance of vertical neck bands
  • Restoring definition to the jawline

How is it Performed?

Dr. Mesbahi restores a youthful appearance to the neck by making inconspicuous incisions under the chin and in the creases in front of and behind the ears. Dr. Mesbahi removes excess fat and skin and tightens the neck muscles to provide slender and more youthful neck contours.

Are the Results Long-Lasting?

While there is no way to halt the natural aging process, the results from neck lift surgery are expected to be permanent. For longer-lasting results, it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

As you get ready to enjoy dinner with your friends and family this holiday season, be sure that your neck doesn’t look like a turkey. To schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

shutterstock_125111810If you’re like many people, maintaining youthful looking skin is a high priority on your list. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to the sun along with genetic factors often increase the rate of aging. Even if you follow proper skin care regimens by using sunscreen and moisturizers, it’s impossible to completely prevent your skin from aging. Luckily, cosmetic treatments, like laser resurfacing, can effectively diminish imperfections and restore a rejuvenated appearance to the skin to the face.

What are the benefits of laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can noticeably improve the following conditions:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Blotchy skin and brown spots
  • Scars on the surface of the skin
  • Certain precancerous growths

How is laser resurfacing performed?

During the procedure, a specialized wand-like device that emits short pulses of laser light is passed over the skin. The energy in the laser is powerful enough to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin but gentle enough to not harm any of the surrounding tissues.

Is there any recovery time?

Although the treated area(s) may appear red for a few days, there is no downtime associated with this procedure. In fact, many patients return to work and their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

What are the results like?

Although a noticeable improvement is expected after just one treatment, multiple laser resurfacing sessions may be needed to obtain the best results.

To find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic laser resurfacing, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. As a board-certified professional, Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation!

shutterstock_174555461For most people, there is a constant desire to have a youthful facial appearance. Unfortunately, over time, factors like sun exposure, diet, and stress cause the development of various forms of aging. These effects typically cause individuals to look older than they are and feel less confident about themselves in social situations. Of course, you can spend exorbitant amounts of money on skincare products that claim to reverse and prevent against these signs of aging, but there’s usually no guarantee to how effective they are. However, cosmetic treatment has proven to be very effective in diminishing the signs of aging with long-term results.

Since you already know that wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and exercising can preserve your appearance, we’ve provided a few lesser known tips that can also protect your skin to help you maintain a more youthful appearance.

Reduce Sugar

Sugar increases the size of your waistline by raising insulin levels and accelerates aging in the skin through a process called glycation. Eliminating sugar from your diet completely would be best, but consuming no more than 30g per day is helpful.

Moisturize

It’s no secret that lotions and creams keep the skin hydrated, but using a moisturizer that contains retinol will also help fight against precursors to cancer called free radicals.

Vitamins & Minerals

Whether it be iron, vitamin D, or magnesium, many people don’t get their optimal values on a daily basis. Foods like green vegetables, milk, and nuts can fulfill daily values of these three nutrients. Taking a multivitamin on a daily basis is a good idea as well.

Exfoliate

Dead skin cells can make your skin look dull. By exfoliating your face and body, not only are you removing dead skin, but you are also enabling the healthy cells beneath to come to the surface.

If the appearance of your aging face has you looking older than you are, then cosmetic treatment may be just what you need. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon and his caring staff look forward to meeting you soon!

shutterstock_206631058If you’re like many people, summer is likely one of your favorite times of the year. However, as you enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, it’s important that you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Aside from applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen and taking cover in the shade whenever possible, here are a few other tips that can help keep your skin looking youthful.

Cleanse and Exfoliate

Prolonged exposure to the summer heat can break down skin cells, leaving you looking dry and dull in appearance. By cleansing and exfoliating, you are removing dead skin cells and promoting the healthy cells beneath to put forth your most vibrant skin possible.

Drink Water

A considerable amount of time spent in the sun will eventually dry out your skin. One of the easiest things you can do to take care of your skin is to hydrate from the inside out. Eight glasses of water per day is usually sufficient, but you may want to drink more if you’re in the sun for extended periods of time.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which attack healthy cells, can cause aging, and are precursors to cancer. By applying skincare products that contain vitamins C, E, and green tea, you can protect your skin from premature aging and even reverse the effects of sun damage.

Avoid Tanning Beds

With the popularity of tanning, it’s easy to get swept up in the craze of regularly visiting the tanning salon. What you may not know is the lights used in these tanning beds produce the same UVA and UVB rays that the sun emits and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. For a healthy tan, sunless tanning lotions can give you the sun-kissed glow you desire.

To keep your skin looking as youthful as possible, Dr. Mesbahi offers laser skin resurfacing along with other skin care treatments.

If you feel like your skin is in need of a little revitalization, we encourage you to contact our Maryland practice today. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you and discussing how your skin can be improved. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

man and woman flat toned tummyA flat, toned midsection is one of the most desired body features for both men and women, but it also happens to be one of the most difficult to achieve. Diet and exercise can definitely help to sculpt this area, but when a healthy lifestyle just doesn’t target stubborn fatty deposits or excess skin, surgery might be the best option. Here are a few of the top diet, exercise, and surgical secrets to getting those six-pack abs.

Diet

You may have heard the saying, “Abs are made in the gym, but revealed in the kitchen.” This is very likely true. You can work your abs all you want, but without proper diet, they will remain hidden beneath a nice layer of fat. Some of the most successful diets are Mediterranean in nature, requiring that fit and healthy hopefuls consume plenty of fiber in the form of green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and fruit (in moderation). Healthy fats are encouraged with these types of diets, as they help the body to absorb important nutrients necessary to metabolize your food and give you energy. Sugar and foods with a high glycemic index are to be avoided.

The Abs Diet, as well as Paleo recipes, encourage ways of eating that are similar to the above and will likely lead to the flat tummy many desire. If “diet” is a scary word to you, you can consider adopting a clean eating lifestyle in which you eat whole, nutrient-dense foods about 80 percent of the time. Just be advised that the “cleaner” you eat, the more your muscles will be able to show.

Exercise

A regular exercise routine will definitely help to whittle your middle. If you are just beginning to exercise, or if a six pack does not exist in your near future, the best thing to do to work towards a flat tummy is to start moving. You can easily find free exercise videos on Youtube (such as the popular Blogilates.) You could also join your local gym, buy a fitness DVD, or simply add walking or jogging to your daily routine. If you are more advanced, challenge yourself to high-intensity CrossFit exercises. Try to beat your personal records for how long you can hold a plank or how many sit ups you can complete in one minute. You can also step up your fitness game by incorporating a Bosu® ball, weighted medicine balls, kettle bells, and resistance bands.

In-Office Treatments

In some cases, diet and exercise are just not enough to rid the body of that stubborn abdominal fat. Men and women who have gone through significant weight loss or women who have gone through pregnancy are often left with sagging skin that is impossible to get rid of without the help of surgery. For those who qualify, Dr. Mesbahi offers the tummy tuck procedure, which will effectively reduce fat in the midsection and remove excess or sagging skin to provide a firmer body contour. For those with good skin elasticity, liposuction can also help to trim the waistline to reveal those abdominals you have worked so hard to show off.

If you are interested in body contouring procedures to get the flat tummy you have always wanted, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. As a highly trained and experienced body contouring specialist, Dr. Mesbahi can help determine the procedure that will best meet your needs. Please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.