Whether it’s a toothpaste ad, a glossy magazine, or even one of our best friends, many of us have a smile that we’re envious of and wish we had ourselves. Sadly, many people wrongly believe that getting a perfect, ‘insta-famous’ smile that they’d want to share far and wide on their social media accounts is beyond them. This isn’t the case at all.
The great thing about achieving a beautiful smile is that it can often deal with a cosmetic and a medical need at the same time. For example, fixing crooked teeth will make you look better and feel much more confident in your smile, but the primary motivation is almost always going to be making dramatic improvements to your dental health.
Whether you’re primarily motivated by cosmetic reasons or have an underlying dental issue that needs treating, an ‘insta-famous’ smile may only be a simple procedure or course of treatment away.
Here are some options you might wish to explore to improve your own smile, and to enjoy all the benefits that come with doing so.
What’s less attractive: braces or crooked teeth?
The answer for many people might be braces, because there’s a lot of self-awareness around them. Yet at the same time, we have to consider whether the trade-off of having braces is worth it to then have a beautiful ‘insta-famous’ smile forever.
For many people, this trade will definitely be worth it.
What’s more, braces have come a long way, particularly over the last 20 years, and the stereotypical “brace face” is very much a thing of the past. A lot of brace treatments today are very subtle, while small changes can be made by non-permanent brace fittings. For permanent fittings, specific colours or even see-through options are available to reduce your self-awareness.
Braces are definitely one treatment where a medical need will usually take precedence, though you can get them fitted purely for cosmetic dentistry reasons, too.
While some dentists can also provide lip fillers, it is usually better to go to a proper cosmetic surgeon to undergo any treatment for the lips. This is especially true if you require a broader treatment than simply having a filler injected into your lips.
For example, if you have a high lip – and as a result have a toothy smile that you feel is excessive – and would like this to be dealt with at the same time, you need to see a lip surgeon anyway. Other treatments that are commonly sought at the same time include anti-wrinkle injections and muscle relaxing treatments to allow a wider, more expressive smile.
Lip fillers can be relatively cheap, but often the lowest price ones leave you needing to seek a repeat treatment after 2-3 months. Instead, seek out a longer lasting pout by opting for lip fillers that can last around 18 months. If you’re not sure if you’ll like the effect, then the shorter lasting ones might be an option so you can decide whether fuller looking lips really are for you or not.
Whether you already have straight teeth or need to have braces fitted first, or perhaps even need additional cosmetic dentistry treatment beforehand, a great way to add the finishing touch to your ‘insta-famous’ smile is to undergo teeth whitening treatment. While there are numerous treatments that you can buy off the shelf in the supermarket or the beauty store, the truth is you might be using these for months and spending a hell of a lot of money when the “guaranteed two shades lighter” on the box doesn’t make any real, noticeable difference to you at all.
Instead, seek out something longer lasting. The two most popular options are in-chair whitening, which is exactly how it sounds – you simply attend the dentist and they give your teeth a professional clean and whitening treatment on the day. Sometimes these can last as little as 45 minutes, and there’s no need to hang around afterwards. Alternatively, a cosmetic dentist can provide a tray treatment that you wear for around 30 minutes a day for a week, after which you don’t require further treatment, though follow up trays can be purchased to keep your smile as bright as you want it to be.
We think the ‘insta-famous’ smile is much more than a beauty trend. It’s a great way for all of us to lose our self-awareness around our smiles and to feel far more confident in social situations or when being photographed.
You shouldn’t let finances get in the way of your quest for the perfect smile, either. Use MacList to find a cosmetic dentist or a cosmetic lip surgeon near you, then apply for a MacCredit payment plan to cover the cost.
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While making the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a big one that could change your life, improving your appearance and giving you a huge self confidence boost, there’s plenty to consider before you decide this is definitely what you want to do.
If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, here’s a handy list of do’s and don’ts that will help you make your decision.
Before undergoing any treatment you’re going to do your research, and with MacList you can find exactly what you’re looking for. MacList is the ultimate medical directory helping you find doctors and clinics near your location. It also holds information on local and overseas clinics where you can undergo breast augmentation surgery should you wish to explore this opportunity.
All the doctors and clinics featured on MacList allow you to pay for your surgery with a MacCredit payment plan, too.
Almost every doctor and clinic you’ll find may offer you at least one free consultation while deciding whether to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Even if you have a really good feeling about the first clinic you visit and the first consultant you meet, see at least one other before you move forward with your treatment.
There are several types of breast implants and augmentation options available today. From familiar implants to more modern sculpting techniques such as removing fat from elsewhere on your body and injecting it back into your breasts for a more natural and subtle look, the choice is yours. You might decide you don’t want augmentation at all but rather require a breast lift or work done specifically on your nipples. Even subtle types of surgery can make a huge difference both to your appearance and how you feel about yourself.
Your doctor will discuss all the available options during your consultation, but if you can do your own research before you see them you’ll be much better placed to have a useful conversation and make your decision quicker.
Sometimes, all it takes is for one celebrity to undergo a particular type of breast enhancement surgery, and suddenly clinics across Australia are filled with people looking to have the same work done. While trends can be great for giving you an idea of “what’s in” from an appearance perspective, the chances are that the surgery you choose is something that you’ll be living with for the rest of your life.
Ensure your decision is based on what you feel comfortable with and what you want to achieve, and isn’t based solely on something you’ve seen in a magazine.
When you’ve chosen a clinic where you’ll undergo the surgery, your doctor will give you a schedule of things you should be doing pre-surgery to prepare, and also give you instructions for post-surgery so you can arrange the necessary help at home to avoid discomfort.
You’ll also need to inform your doctor of any medications you are taking or any previous medical treatments you have had. If you’re undergoing this particular surgery following a previous medical event, then you may have already had this discussion.
Everything your doctor tells you is designed to make the days and weeks both pre and post-surgery as comfortable and as stress free as possible, so make sure you listen!
If you’ve done your research, chosen a great clinic, know how you are going to pay for your treatment, and have followed your doctor’s instructions, then you have nothing to worry about. Instead of worrying about your treatment the night before, try to relax, get an early night, and look forward to enjoying your new appearance and boosted confidence once the surgery is complete and you’ve enjoyed the necessary recovery time.
Cosmetic Surgery, Medical Treatement
The popularity of hair transplants is growing among men across the world, not just in Australia. Over the last decade or so, the prominence of different hair restoration and transplantation options has been enhanced by a more open discussion about the benefits of such treatment. At the same time, treatments being advertised and discussed by prominent names including Shane Warne have helped – some jokes and banter aside – to make this an acceptable topic for men to talk about and address. Men now feel less self-aware about undergoing a hair transplant, which helps them to deal with the self-awareness they may feel about losing their hair in the first place.
As much as men may not admit it, their hair can be a big part of their identity and who they are. When they lose their hair, they can feel like different people. This can have a sapping effect on their self-confidence and in some cases lead to mental health problems including suffering from anxiety and depression.
Undergoing hair transplant treatment can help them to keep or restore their confidence, which in turn could have a dramatic effect on their whole lives, from their personal relationships to their performance at work.
Men may choose to undergo a hair transplant as an immediate option, although it is often sought after an initial hair restoration treatment has failed to have the desired effect.
While anyone is ‘eligible’ for a hair transplant in the strictest sense of the word, most hair transplant specialists are reluctant to carry out the procedure on patients under the age of 25.
The reason for this is that in most hair transplants, your own hair will be used. What the doctor needs to do is be able to understand your hair loss pattern, so they can carry out a procedure using donor hair from the back and sides of your head that is likely to grow back, and transplant the hair to locations that will minimize the need for future and follow up treatments.
Regardless of age, doctors will likely want to be able to establish a stable pattern of hair loss so they know how to act. If you suddenly start quickly losing your hair at the age of 55, you will still be advised to wait some time before undergoing a hair transplant.
In fact, many hair transplant doctors don’t touch lasers these days, due to the damage it can do to the already delicate scalp. All lasers are used for in these procedures is making small holes in the skin, which can be done in a less damaging way with a steel scalpel anyway.
While hair transplant doctors generally want to do everything at once to minimize scarring, it can aid the growth of the transplanted hair if multiple procedures are undertaken. Think of the blood supply to your scalp like watering a plant. If you have one plant that you water every day it will grow well, but if you have ten plants that you use the same amount of water for, none of them will grow very well at all. Likewise with your hair, you can’t get your body to send extra blood to your scalp to provide nutrients for growth, which may lead to patch growth of the newly transplanted hair, which is the last thing you want to happen.
While it can be a stressful journey to get to the point where you need to undergo a hair transplant, and then be an anxious time afterwards while you wait to discuss with the doctor whether it has been successful, it is a permanent treatment if performed and managed correctly. It may change your life!
You should discuss your options with a consultant as they may recommend a hair restoration treatment first, particularly if you’re experiencing hair loss but there is no obvious or stable pattern to enable a transplant to be confidently performed.
You can fund your hair transplant treatment with a MacCredit payment plan. Use MacList to find a treatment provider near you, arrange your initial consultation, and when you have your quote come back to us to get your payment plan options.
Don’t let finances get in the way of changing your life with a hair transplant. Get in touch with a doctor or clinic using MacList now!
When most of us think “nose job” we think about people who undergo rhinoplasty treatment for cosmetic reasons. The reasons why people choose to undergo rhinoplasty are widely known, and include being unhappy with the size and shape of our noses (or both!).
What is less widely known is the extent to which rhinoplasty is used to solve common nose complaints. Such is the misconception that “nose jobs” are only done for cosmetic reasons that many people don’t realise that the term rhinoplasty applies to any type of work done on the nose, even for medical reasons.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how rhinoplasty is used to solve common nose complaints.
There could be many reasons why a person experiences breathing difficulties. One of the most common that can be solved by undergoing rhinoplasty is a deviated septum. A deviated septum is when the cartilage inside the nose is misaligned in some way, such as not being centred properly. A deviated septum can sometimes be a condition we are born with although it may not necessarily be treated until we are older, depending on how it affects us at an early age. Likewise, it may not be clear that we require treatment until we grow, with many people discovering issues that require rhinoplasty treatment in later life. Breathing difficulties caused by the nose can impact on our respiratory and circulatory systems as a whole, so it is crucial treatment is sought for this.
When you undergo rhinoplasty to treat breathing difficulties the septum will usually be reset to clear the airways and make your breathing easier and more efficient.
Even if we don’t experience any breathing difficulties, problems with a deviated septum or elsewhere with the bone structure of our nose can leave us more susceptible to picking up infections and viruses, and the nasal hairs are unable to work effectively to eject these from our bodies, meaning they can remain in our throat and lungs.
The need to undergo rhinoplasty to cure this problem may only by identified during an investigation into other conditions. For example, if you keep attending the ear, nose, and throat clinic with swelling but no obvious reason for picking up repeat conditions, or have a lung condition again with no obvious reason why, this may then be traced back to a problem with your nose.
While for most of us, snoring is something we do that annoys other people, for others it can represent a larger medical concern that requires urgent attention.
There are numerous reasons why someone might snore loudly or excessively, from something serious like sleep apnoea to simply being overweight or not living a particularly healthy lifestyle. If there isn’t an obvious reason for your own snoring, it could be an issue with your nose. Many people who snore simply assume it can’t be their nose, because they don’t experience breathing difficulties during the day.
However, how air flows through our noses can change given that we often lay in strange positions and at weird angles when we sleep, which is why someone who has no problems during the day can turn into a loud, chronic snoring machine at bedtime. Seeking medical consultation around this matter can identify what is changing when you lay down to sleep and help produce a plan for fixing this.
While having your nose broken playing footy or during an accident at work might see you wanting to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure for cosmetic reasons, the medical need will take precedence, although many hospitals will take care of both your medical and cosmetic needs at the same time, depending on the severity of an injury.
Whether you require rhinoplasty for cosmetic or medical reasons, you can use MacList to find a clinic near you where you can undergo an initial consultation and your treatment. If you are worried about funding the cost of your treatment, all of the clinics featured on MacList allow you to cover your costs with a MacCredit payment plan.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself unable to lose weight. If you’ve tried a wide range of diets, exercise plans, and have spoken at length with your doctor, nutritionists, and other medical professionals, one option that may be available to you is having a gastric sleeve fitted.
One common misconception around a gastric sleeve procedure is that, because the size of your stomach will be reduced, meaning you have a smaller appetite and feel full quicker, you can continue to eat whatever you like, including fatty and sugar loaded foods.
When you undergo a gastric sleeve procedure, as well as the procedure itself, you will also consult with nutritional specialists who will give you some ideas on the type of things you should be eating. If you undergo a gastric sleeve procedure and eat junk food afterwards, you dramatically reduce the chances of losing weight, getting healthier, and of the procedure being deemed a success.
So, while we know that in general you will need to ‘eat healthier,’ what does this look like in the context of the time after your surgery?
In the lead up to undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure, your consultant will recommend you alter your diet. This helps you mentally adjust to the eating habits you will need to implement after your procedure – dramatically changing your diet having undergone surgery can be quite a shock to the system – as well as giving you a health boost in the short term.
Your consultant will recommend you:
You won’t do this just the week before, either. Sometimes a new eating plan will be created a few months in advance, and some consultants will insist you prove you can stick to it before carrying out the procedure.
What will you be eating in the weeks following your surgery? Remember this is just a general guide; every gastric sleeve patient will be given a plan specific to them by their consultant.
In the week following surgery you should expect to only be able to consume clear liquids.
This list may include:
Depending on how your body tolerates these liquids, your consultant may move you onto the next stage before the end of the first week after surgery.
Carbonated drinks or drinks with added sugars will not be allowed under any circumstances.
Once you get to this stage you might be feeling better and think you can eat anything, but just like you wouldn’t feed a baby a solid just because they can comfortably polish off a jar of baby food, you need to take it easy. You will also be told not to consume too much, even if you do find yourself experiencing hunger pangs.
Thankfully you might not be eating puree in a baby food sense, and may be able to have:
By the third week after surgery your diet may start returning to something more familiar.
You will still need to avoid vegetables and other foods that are rich in fiber, while rice, pasta, and bread will also remain off the menu for now.
However, things you may be able to consume include:
In week four after your gastric sleeve procedure you should be ready to start eating solid, ‘proper’ meals and also be able to include snacks between mealtimes should you want them.
Fried foods and nuts will remain on the ‘do not eat’ list, but in addition to the foods mentioned as possibilities for week three you can now include:
Your consultant and nutritionist won’t just “leave you to it.” You could have an eating plan for many months ahead, and it could even become an on-going part of your long-term treatment until you reach specific weight landmarks. As well as what you eat, your consultant will also assist with portion control to ensure you are eating the right amounts of the right foods, both to help you reach your weight loss goals but also to ensure that you are as healthy as you possibly can be.
If you have tried losing weight through diet and exercise, a gastric sleeve procedure may be a solution for you. To find specialists who can provide you with a consultation and advise you on the types of gastric sleeve procedure that may be suitable for your needs, use MacList. MacList clinics and physicians also enable you to use a MacCredit payment plan to cover the cost of your surgery and on-going treatment should you wish to do so.
As the popularity of cosmetic surgery continues to grow amongst men, specific types of procedures have been brought together into one wider category and tagged as being options for a “Daddy makeover.”
It doesn’t take too much imagination to envisage who these procedures are aimed at, though you don’t have to be a parent to want to improve your appearance and give your confidence and self-awareness a boost!
Even with the greatest will in the world, the demands modern life make of us mean that going to the gym religiously or sticking to eating healthily at all times is beyond us. Sometimes, we can even push ourselves to the limit in the gym, eat exactly was we should, and still not get results. This is probably the worst and most confidence sapping outcome of all; you put everything you have into achieving a specific look or goal and still it doesn’t happen for you.
For others, it isn’t always the case that we’re looking for washboard abs, a defined chest, or toned biceps, we might simply want to remove the leftover signs of a previous weight loss or get rid of an unflattering personal feature.
The bottom line is that a number of factors play a part in our appearance, and feed the insecurities that may be driving more men than ever before to undergo cosmetic procedures.
Such factors, which include both those that we can and cannot control, are:
The procedures you opt for are entirely up to you. Here are some of the most popular procedures undertaken by men looking to improve their appearance and boost their confidence.
The great thing about many facial rejuvenation procedures is that they are non-invasive, quick, and can be done in a matter of minutes. Even the “longer” procedures won’t see you having to attend a clinic for any longer than a few hours, and overnight stays in a clinic are very rare unless you’re planning on having a full face or neck lift.
Facial rejuvenation aims to remove the signs of ageing as well as removing excess fat deposits and skin. In addition to face and neck lifts, popular procedures include Botox injections, laser scar removal, muscle relaxant injections, and facial contouring.
Rhinoplasty is also increasingly popular among men, particularly those who might have misshapen noses due to historic sporting injuries, though men who simply don’t like their nose are opting for rhinoplasty, too.
Many men – whether they manage to lose weight or struggle to do so – often find they have stubborn ‘man boobs’ that refuse to go away no matter what they do. As such, many are choosing to undergo breast reduction either to remove fat entirely or to deal with excess skin left behind following weight loss.
Breast reduction can also be undertaken in conjunction with chest augmentation, which involves the use of implants or the redistribution of fat to give a more masculine looking appearance. A much quicker way to get ‘solid pecs’ than spending 12 months in the gym! Chest augmentation can also be undertaken by men who may feel scrawny and want to improve their appearance and confidence levels in this regard.
While these procedures may be used when performing breast reduction treatment, they are commonly used when removing fat around other areas of the body, particularly around the abdomen and hips, though this can be done anywhere the treatment is desired. This is another procedure that may be done in conjunction with another, for example if redistributing fat for chest augmentation or to achieve a fuller looking face.
These are just a handful of the most popular ‘Daddy Makeover’ procedures currently being sought by men right across Australia. You may be considering one of these or perhaps looking at something different like a cosmetic dentistry treatment, hair restoration, or laser eye surgery.
Whatever cosmetic surgery procedures you are considering, you can find a doctor or a clinic using MacList. All doctors and clinics on MacList allow you to use a MacCredit payment plan to cover the cost of your treatment, so you don’t have to allow a lack of money to prevent you undergoing a potentially life changing procedure!
Whether you’re looking improve your health for general reasons in 2017, or are looking to take steps to move towards being able to undergo weight loss surgery later in the year, there are plenty of opportunities and initiatives you can undertake in order to kick start your healthy lifestyle in the New Year.
We’re not suggesting you jump into these ideas as New Year resolutions – we know how easy it is for those to fall by the wayside by the middle of the month even when the sun is shining and you think you’re super motivated – but you should definitely give these some consideration as you look to kick start a healthy lifestyle and move towards a new you.
If you don’t have a plan, you’ll struggle to hold yourself accountable for making the changes to your lifestyle, and will quickly fall into the trap of “starting next week” or not having anything to aim for.
The trick with your plan is not to put arbitrary targets in place relating to things like your weight too early. That’s another way to quickly lose motivation.
Instead, plan things you can control, and keep it simple. Have a menu plan, and have a plan of how often you are going to exercise. Remember when you’re getting started with fitness that frequency is more important than intensity. A daily 30-minute walk is a better way to change a sedentary lifestyle than just smash out one massive work-out on the weekend.
As well as having a plan, be sure to keep track of how you do. When you’re struggling for motivation this will remind you how well you’re doing, and likewise as you progress you can look back and remember those more difficult times.
Now you’ve nailed the plan, what else should you consider?
Thirst often comes to you disguised as hunger, so you eat, you put on weight, and you feel unhappy.
Drink more water to suppress hunger and to avoid eating when you’re actually thirsty.
The best approach to this is to ensure you drink around two litres of water per day. Don’t achieve this by bingeing on water when you feel hungry, drink at regular intervals throughout the day and your hunger levels will eventually lower.
Don’t worry if you find yourself going to the toilet more often, either. Once your body adjusts to having more water regularly, and you make your other healthy changes, this will go back to normal.
Some people advocate the “little and often” strategy for eating, and if this works for you then go for it. The best approach is to cut out snacking altogether and ensure you eat well at mealtimes. However, if you are going to snack, eat things that will boost your health. Fruit and small servings of nuts are both suitable, or you could even make yourself a “snack box” to take to work with you. Salad leaves, chopped peppers and carrots, and cherry tomatoes are great choices here, and can be your lunch or dinner if you haven’t snacked on them through the day!
If you look at your plate and it is filled with beige – which usually signifies processed foods cooked from frozen – something needs to change. Opt for as many colours as possible on your plate at each mealtime to ensure you’re giving yourself the widest range of nutrients and phytochemicals – which are the chemical compounds in plants that can help prevent certain cancers, reduce the risk of strokes, and offer many more health benefits.
Even the world’s biggest healthy lifestyle magazines now tell you to indulge yourself when you feel you need to. Having a bar of chocolate once a week or indulging in your favourite takeaway once a month can be great for helping you to feel like you’re still getting the things you enjoy while being healthy. It’s far better to do this than it is to always have to force yourself to stick to a healthy eating plan, as doing the latter you’re far likelier to “fall off the wagon” completely and fall back into a full-time unhealthy lifestyle.
Whether you’re seeking general health gains in 2017 or you’re working towards undergoing weight loss surgery to truly change your life and boost your confidence, make sure you have a plan that includes these steps. Keep track of how you do, give yourself a break on the days when you feel like you need to indulge, and approach your healthy lifestyle with a positive mindset. Do this, and you’ll look back on 2017 as the year when everything changed.
Plastic surgery trends are always evolving, whether because of the latest treatment favoured by celebrities becoming popular with the general public or thanks to a handful of different procedures being featured online and going viral. One of the biggest reasons for the increase in popularity of plastic surgery in Australia and indeed across the world is the availability of non-invasive treatments. Many procedures can now take place in one day with no need even for an overnight hospital stay or taking a day off work.
What are the most popular plastic surgery trends likely to be in 2017?
You may have read about this procedure already, or seen it referred to as the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift.’ As well as butt augmentation, butt lifts and butt implants are available. Though this is a trend that we can say has been driven by celebrities and the new found popularity of fuller, rounder figures, we don’t know which, if any celebrities have undergone any procedures, or whether those boasting such a figure are lucky enough to have a natural gift.
One popular method of buttock augmentation involves fat grafting, the removal of fat from other areas of your body to be reinjected into your buttocks. This method has proven hugely popular with women undergoing breast augmentation, and could help you to achieve two desired body improvements at the same time.
Fat grafting is also available for patients looking to achieve a fuller appearance in their face.
‘Man boobs’ have long been a source of embarrassment for men, usually involving them being ribbed about it without having any opportunity to do anything about it. While losing weight is obviously one form of dealing with this, you can still be left with saggy skin, or find yourself losing weight but retaining fat precisely where you wanted to lose it from.
This is where breast reduction surgery for men can come in, helping men in whatever situation they find themselves removing confidence sapping features of their appearance.
The growing popularity of this procedure sits alongside a growing trend amongst men in general of undergoing cosmetic treatments.
As the public as a whole fights back against growing levels of obesity, similar to in the example above with man boobs, many members of both sexes are left with unflattering features following weight loss. Patients who undergo specific weight loss surgery such as the fitting of a gastric band may even have a consultation about a future body contouring procedure before having their initial treatment. Specific contouring treatments are also available for the face and have already proven a popular alternative to full face lifts or Botox injections.
‘Tweakments’ is the general name now being given to a wide range of the non-invasive treatments being used by men and women across Australia. These include the more common ‘day procedures’ like Botox injections or lip fillers, while non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures are growing in popularity both with men and with women who may have injured their noses playing sports or simply feel that their nose “doesn’t fit their face.” Scar removal or dulling procedures, be it from a previous cosmetic surgery or something else, are also proving popular, and are typically conducted quickly using a laser treatment.
Are you interested in undergoing a cosmetic procedure in 2017? Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve something specific about your appearance, or are looking for a wholesale boost to your personal confidence, there are several procedures that could help you.
If you need help finding a treatment provider, you can use MacList, our directory of providers who will also allow you to fund your procedure using a MacCredit payment plan.