Dispelling the Myths: Part 1

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​ Liposuction is one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures in the United States and around the globe. While thousands of liposuction procedures are performed each day, and the procedure has been around for decades, there are still some myths about the procedure. Here we explore in a two-part blog series the 10 most common liposuction misconcept...
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Top Contender

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According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction has once again made the list of the top five most in-demand cosmetic procedures in the United States. It's easy to see why it's in demand - it has many benefits for you! Learn about the benefits of liposuction in this blog from Innovations Medical. The Biggest Be...
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Go Sugar Free

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​ You already probably know that sugar is bad for your teeth and your waistline, but is sugar bad for your skin? It is! Sugar can make your skin look tired and dull, which can make you look older prematurely. So, put down that sugary snack and read this. Sugar, Sugar Everywhere According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 156 ...
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Prepare Now, Look Fabulous Later

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​ In general, cosmetic procedures are not something you should rush into, and some procedures, such as the abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck, require advanced planning, research and post-op care. Understanding the ins and outs of the procedure before you go under the knife can help you have realistic expectations and a better recovery, w...
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Wait to Work Out

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​ There is no doubt that botulinum toxin type A injectables are in demand. For more than a decade, these injectables have been a popular option to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Why? The top reasons are that they work quickly, and the injection procedure is pretty quick and painless. Another reason is that the recovery time is minimal. B...
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Just Say No

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​ Can you get rid of cellulite on your own? Not really, but you can take some steps to reduce its appearance. Eating better, drinking enough water and losing weight are all things that can help improve the look of lumpy body areas. So can exercise, but you don't need to spend hours in the gym to start seeing results and smoothing your skin. Here ar...
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Leg Lifts Not Paying Off?

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​ Is thigh envy a thing? We think it is or it could be, especially after we take a look at pictures of our favorite stars and singers (hello, Carrie Underwood!). But, how do you get amazing thighs when you are not a Hollywood starlet? You call the Innovations Medical to schedule a SmartLipo session, that's how. What Is Smart Lipo? SmartLipo is an i...
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Smarty Pants

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​ It's time to get smart - about your skin and anti-aging treatments. We're not just talking about researching what procedure is best for you or what provider is best for you (Dr. Johnson, of course!). We're talking about getting smart with the SmartXide Dot CO2 laser skin-rejuvenation treatment offered by Innovations Medical. What Is the SmartXide...
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Taking Treatments to a Whole New Level

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​ You probably know that faces come in different shapes: round, square, heart-shaped and even diamond. But, did you know butts come in different shapes, too? While you may already know about the upside-down heart, also known as apple bottom, you probably didn't know about other shapes, like the cliff, the inverted V or the square. This is perhaps b...
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Realize More Than Results

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​ Cosmetic procedures can change your look - but can they change your life? They sure can. Some cosmetic procedures, even the most minor, can make a world of difference in how someone looks, as well as how they feel about themselves. Cosmetic treatments and procedures have also been linked to increased job success, better chances of getting out of ...
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Changes Are in Demand

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​ Body positivity is a good thing and has been gaining steam in America, but the demand for cosmetic body surgeries is still more significant, according to Allure magazine. According to statistics, more Americans went under the knife for major body-modification surgeries such as breast implants and liposuction in 2017 than in 2016. These numbers ar...
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Skin's Role in Health

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​ Your skin is the largest organ of your body and serves many essential purposes, including protection, temperature regulation and sensation. Since the skin is so important to your body and your health, taking care of it is critical. Innovations Medical offers many skin-rejuvenating and aesthetic treatments to help keep your skin healthy and lookin...
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No Ifs, Ands or Butts About It

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​ Do you love learning about things? We do. We also love sharing information. One of the things we like to talk about is fat. Specifically, how fat can be used in stem cell and cosmetic procedures to help heal or enhance the face and body. One of the body areas that fat can benefit is the posterior through the Brazilian Butt-Lift procedure. Here ar...
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Say So Long!

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​ Ever hear the saying "If you can't tone it, tan it?" when it comes to stubborn fat? Some areas of fat just will not budge despite eating right and hitting the gym. But, what causes fat to be so stubborn, and what can you do about it? Instead of tanning it, why not get rid of it entirely with Smart Lipo from Innovations Medical? What Causes Stubbo...
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Wait to Work Out? Abs-olutely.

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If you are considering a tummy tuck, you likely already know that they are ideal for individuals who are at or near their goal weight. As a result of being at or near this baseline, most people who seek a tummy tuck procedure at Innovations Medical are in overall good health because they have committed to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routi...
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Beyond Sunscreen

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Sunscreen. It may seem like we talk about it a lot, but there's a good reason: Prolonged exposure increases your risk of developing skin cancer, and the sun's rays can damage your skin and cause premature aging. However, sunscreen is not always enough. Dr. Johnson offers five reasons you need to take the extra step beyond just sunscreen to protect your skin by wearing a hat and covering up when you can.

You Forget to Put It On. Forgetting to apply sunscreen happens to everyone, mainly because we are often rushing around getting everyone else ready and putting sunscreen on the kids and we end up forgetting to put sunscreen on ourselves.

You Skipped Reading the Directions. How long before you go out in the sun are you supposed to apply your sunscreen? How long until you need to reapply? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you probably have skipped reading the fine print on your sunscreen bottle. Or, you just forgot to reapply because time flies when you're having fun at the pool or the beach!

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Keep This Side Effect to a Minimum

Keep This Side Effect to a Minimum

Injectables such as endotoxins and dermal fillers are an excellent option to reduce the signs of aging fast. The procedures themselves take just a few minutes in the office, and the recovery time required after injection is practically zero. While these two factors make injectables very popular, some individuals do experience a few minor side effects after treatment. One of the most common side effects after injections is bruising. Innovations Medical offers some tips to help minimize this common issue.

Tips to Minimize the Risk of Bruising After Injectables
First, see an experienced provider. Dr. Johnson and the staff of Innovations Medical are very experienced in administering dermal fillers and endotoxin injectables. This experience and skill help to reduce the chance of bruising and other effects associated with injections.

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Everybody's Doing It

Everybody's Doing It

Are you thinking about Fraxel laser skin treatment but are a little worried about the recovery and aftercare process? Fraxel laser is a non-ablative laser treatment, which means it does not completely remove the topmost layers of skin as ablative lasers do. However, Fraxel laser does cause very tiny injuries just below the surface of the skin. Don't worry; these micro-injuries are part of the rejuvenation process and the journey to great-looking skin. The Innovations Medical Center offers patients these tips to help mitigate the side effects of Fraxel laser treatment.

What to Expect After Fraxel Laser
Most patients experience some irritation, redness and swelling right after their Fraxel laser treatment. The skin can also feel dry and tight. These effects occur because Fraxel exfoliates away the top layer of skin to allow new skin cells to form. You may also experience some flakiness and crusting, too. Don't be alarmed; these side effects are a sign that the treatment is working.

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Honesty Is the Best Policy

Honesty Is the Best Policy

If you're thinking of undergoing a cosmetic procedure, you have probably already thought about what procedure you want, who is going to do it and how you hope to look afterward. But, there are several other considerations you must make so you can be sure you are both physically and mentally healthy for your procedure. Find out how to get ready with these tips from Innovations Medical.

Be Honest About Allergies. There is no benefit in holding back information about your health history, and this includes being upfront about your allergies. Let your physician know if you have had an adverse reaction to acrylates, silicones, rubber and latex. These ingredients may be found in dressings, adhesives and other components used in your procedure.

Keep Your BMI in Check. Some cosmetic procedures require you to be a healthy weight and BMI (body mass index). A good target BMI is 30 or less. Why is a lower BMI and healthy weight important? Being overweight can interfere with anesthesia and may cause complications for recovery. Note: Do not start a crash diet to get to your ideal weight before a cosmetic procedure. Instead, work to lose weight at a healthy pace and stabilize your weight loss at least six months before your procedure.

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Study Reveals a Few Surprises About Aging

Study Reveals a Few Surprises About Aging

When you think about women and how they feel about aging, you probably think that most women are ready to run, not walk, to their cosmetic surgeon at the first sign of wrinkles, right? But, is it true?

A new study by Allure and the AARP says not exactly. The study focused on how women feel about aging, beauty and how the media portrays women and the aging process.

Some common stereotypes about women and aging are that many women choose to deny their age and others do anything they can to avoid aging entirely. To find out if these conventions had merit, the two collaborating groups behind the study asked 2,000 women between the ages of 21 and 72 what they really thought about their age.

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