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.
When we think of straight teeth, most often we think of killer smiles, how great teeth boost our confidence, and being able to show them off when taking our latest selfie or posing with friends for a photograph.
While the cosmetic benefits of having straight teeth can’t be argued with, dentistry is usually referred to as ‘dental health’ for a reason. If you want straight teeth but have put off undergoing dental treatment, or if self-awareness is preventing you from having braces fitted to help resolve the problem, understanding some of the health benefits available may just inspire you to make the change today.
If your teeth aren’t straight, this means there are more places in your mouth for harmful bacteria to fester and grow. In terms of your dental health alone, this increases your risk of suffering from tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath, mouth ulcers, and eventually the loss of teeth. Numerous studies have also shown there are links between poor dental health and an increased risk of suffering a stroke, heart disease, or developing specific types of cancer.
Many people don’t consider that our mouth is the primary gateway into our body for bacteria or anything else the outside world throws at us – which is understandable as it’s not a particularly nice thing to think about! – but it’s a perspective that could save you from a myriad of health problems both in the short and long term. Looking after your dental health and having straight teeth could even save your life!
Even if you’re self-aware about having an obvious, visible brace, the benefits are definitely worth it.
A large proportion of gum related problems are caused by spacing problems with your teeth, both if teeth are crooked and too crowded or if they are too widely spaced. Straight teeth allow your gums to hold and sit around your teeth correctly. This puts less stress on your gums, which in turn protects both your teeth and gums from health problems. Straight teeth are also much easier to clean, particularly if you use floss or interdental toothbrushes on top of your normal dental health regime.
All of this adds up to fewer trips to the dentist over the years, a reduced likelihood of plaque buildup, and thus a reduction in the number of essential dental treatments you’ll ever need to undergo.
Our teeth aren’t designed to be fighting each other for mouth space. When we have crooked teeth not only can they wear each other down and cause you to lose large amounts of tooth enamel, you may find yourself having to chew in an abnormal manner, which not only can cause further damage to teeth but may also lead to digestion problems.
Crooked teeth are also more susceptible to damage if you take an impact to the mouth, whether you’re in an accident or take a blow to the face when participating in your favourite sport.
Help your teeth to protect themselves from themselves.
If you adopt an abnormal chewing pattern, you may be putting stress on your jaws and your neck. As well as feeling acute pain in these areas, this may also lead to other conditions such as chronic headaches, which are never a fun experience.
We fully understand – whether you’re an adult or a teenager – the feelings of self-awareness that can envelop you when it comes to seeking treatment for crooked teeth, especially if the recommended treatment is likely to be something visible like a brace.
Yet, the benefits of achieving straight teeth should far outweigh these. If you are struggling to comprehend the thought of wearing a brace, go and speak with your dentist. There are many types of braces available today; some are very discreet and others aren’t visible at all.
Can you afford to miss out on the benefits straightened teeth can bring?
If you don’t have a regular dentist, use MacList to find one.
The question of whether undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery makes a person pretentious is one that has been around for many years. The question has often been asked particularly loudly in cases where people have undergone nose jobs or other procedures that leave a clearly visible result. In recent years, while the accessibility to such procedures has increased, the positive outcomes of undergoing these has also become more widely known and accepted. Yet, there are still many who question whether undergoing cosmetic surgery, and nose jobs in particular, is pretentious.
Nose jobs, or rhinoplasty to use the correct medical term, aren’t a new, fashionable fad. While many people may believe nose jobs as they are known today first came about in the late 1980’s, there is evidence that rhinoplasty was carried out in the Old Kingdom of Egypt as far back in history as 3000BC.
This evidence found within the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which is the oldest known medical treatise on treating trauma. As well as in Ancient Egypt, nose jobs are known to have been performed in India as far back as 800BC, while writings found dating back to the Roman Empire include those by doctors describing a vast range of plastic surgery procedures, including rhinoplasty.
Although undergoing surgery today is obviously vastly different from having done so over 2,000 years ago, this early evidence highlights that the actual procedures themselves aren’t too different today than they were back then.
People who choose to undergo a nose job often do so for reasons of self-awareness. It is this reasoning that will often lead others to accuse them of being pretentious. However, in recent years the emotional benefits of undergoing a nose job have been widely reported. While the benefits differ depending on the circumstances of each individual, these include:
Of people who have benefited from increased confidence, there have been numerous reasons for them electing to undergo a nose job in the first place. While these do include self-conscious reasons from people who simply wanted to change their appearance, people often elect for rhinoplasty following treatment for another condition, such as removing cancer cells from the nose or having experienced facial damage in an accident.
Perhaps the biggest misconception around nose jobs, and thus one of the big problems with people automatically labelling them as pretentious, is that they only provide ‘material’ benefits and aren’t medically beneficial in any way. This is not the case.
While individuals may choose to undergo a nose job purely for medical reasons, these benefits may also be enjoyed by those who choose a nose job predominantly to improve their appearance.
The medical benefits following a nose job may include:
Whether we’re looking at the emotional benefits or the medical benefits, it is not a stretch to suggest that undergoing a nose job could change your life.
Nose jobs are so common today, and the benefits of them so widely known and accepted, that there is no reason for anyone to feel like there is a stigma attached to them, irrespective of the reasons for seeking such surgery. Whether you are image conscious and would like to boost your appearance and your confidence, or would like to correct a medical issue, or enjoy both sets of benefits, then explore the possibility of undergoing a nose job.
While there will always be people who think nose jobs are pretentious, what do they matter when you are enjoying the wide range of benefits it will bring to your life?
Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Bariatric surgery is widely considered to be the most effective intervention to deal with morbid obesity, while a 2015 publication looking at the correlation between bariatric surgery and long-term survival rates demonstrated it reduced mortality in comparison to non-surgical intervention, including dieting and exercise.
While gastric band and lap band surgery has been widely available for a number of years, vagal blocking nerve therapy systems are a relatively new treatment method, which has also been shown to be effective.
Vagal blocking involves the implanting of a rechargeable neuroregulator into the lateral chest wall. Flexible leads from this device are then placed around the vagus nerve laparoscopically. The vagus nerve is the main nerve between the brain stem and the abdomen, and controls how your body tells your brain you are hungry.
Once the device has been implanted, it intermittently blocks signals sent along the nerve to reduce feelings of hunger and increase feelings of satiety. The blocking of nerve signals is done via a charge, and the neuroregulator is programmed to control the strength and frequency of these.
The operation to implant the neuroregulator device usually takes between 60 – 90 minutes. While it is conducted under general anesthetic, it is usually conducted as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be in and out of the clinic or hospital on the same day.
Choosing to undergo vagal blocking therapy as your weight loss solution has a number of advantages, both from the perspective of the surgery itself as well as for your long term weight loss.
In addition to these primary benefits, you will enjoy a range of advantages linked to losing weight, including improved self-confidence, feeling more energetic, and potentially influencing the affect linked conditions, such as diabetes, has on your life.
The cost of vagal blocking therapy will depend on the availability of the treatment in your region, on the clinics that provide it, and whether you have private medical insurance or not. Most clinics keep the cost guarded until you contact them, however most studies into this treatment describe the typical cost as being between that of gastric band and gastric bypass surgeries, though others have cited costs in excess of $20,000.
If you are looking to change your life by undergoing vagal blocking therapy, but are worried about covering the cost, MacCredit can help, with a tailored payment plan to suit your circumstances. We can also put you in touch with some of the leading clinics in Australia that are offering this procedure, and put you on the road to sustained weight loss and all the associated benefits today.
Call us today on 1300 884 355 to learn more.