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When Should I Consider Neck Lift Surgery?

Candidates For Neck Lifts

Necklift Surgery Before and After

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How does a person know if when to get to have a neck lift surgery? There are lots of factors to check and know about before going under the knife. Age, weight loss, sun exposure and stress are some of the main causes of horizontal bands and the so called “turkey neck”. Some people may ask if having a neck lift  or a neck liposuction is the best options for such conditions. Both are good options , a platymaplasty can help prevent horizontal and muscle bands from showing prematurely. A person having the turkey waddle neck, excess skin with sagging and an unhealthy look; excessive fatty tissues within the neck area and people with double chins are the best candidates for cosmetic neck surgery. A certified and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon will have the final say if a person is fit for surgery or not.  But this kind of thing rarely happens since a patient’s general health will be checked.

Types Of Neck Lift Surgery

  • Platysmaplasty  – this procedure is the most common and it’s the traditional surgical procedure. This technique is used for turkey waddle neck issues. It takes about 2-3 hours for the job unless there is a more complicated issue or another cosmetic procedure is needed to complete the job.
  • Cervicoplasty – this procedure deals with the issues regarding excess skin in the neck region due to weight loss or aging. This type of neck surgery is similar to platysmaplasty. Small incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears.
  • Neck liposuction – this works when a patient needs to remove excess fat in the neck region. Neck liposuction will help the neck look leaner and better. People having double chins and fatty neck will benefit on this procedure.

Choosing The Right Surgeon

Treatment of the neck and in some cases, the lower face will differ for each patient. The procedure should be individualized to match the patient’s aesthetic need. The neck lift surgeon will examine and assess how the area or unit of the face will affect the patient’s overall appearance. A surgical plan then is made which will address the patients’ expectations , needs and concerns. There are infinite information about cosmetic and plastic surgery online. Some of it is helpful and some are just trash. Most patients learn about treatment options and procedures using the computer. They make a couple of appointments with different surgeons and from these consultations, decide on the right surgeon. Some already have a particular surgeon in mind which are recommended by satisfied patients, friends, family and the reputation of the surgeon. When choosing a  surgeon, it is very important to select who is certified by a board based on the specialization. Be careful with physicians with no residency training in plastic surgery and no certification from the national board. If all the inquiries, questions and options are explained in detail and without hesitation by the surgeon, then it is a good indication of a good plastic surgeon. The surgeon should an aesthetic sensibility that can match the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Women’s Shoes That Are Both Comfortable and Stylish

When I was 17, I was going to my senior prom, and I had chosen these clunky black flats to wear with my dress. They definitely looked a lot more casual than the heels that all of my friends were wearing. One of my acquaintances looked at my shoes and remarked, “Stephanie, I don’t think those shoes are really prom worthy.”

I explained, “they’re comfortable.”

“Well, do you want to be comfortable or do you want to be pretty?” she asked.

This seems like the age old question when it comes to shoes for women. Do we want to be comfortable or do we want to be pretty? Do we want to suffer with blisters and cramps, shoving our toes into unnatural positions, hurting our backs with extremely high heels or do we want to be comfortable, supporting our backs and our feet with proper cushioning and support? Is there a happy medium? Can we have both comfort and style?

Luckily, there are some brands of shoes that offer both. For example, there are many different styles of Clarks shoes that are both comfortable and pretty. I am a huge fan of Clarks, and I own several different pairs of Clarks shoes, so I can tell you that you no longer have to give up feeling attractive for feeling comfortable. Let me give you a few examples.

There’s the Clarks Attitude Pose shootie. This half-boot, half-dress shoe goes perfectly with my skirts and my jeans. There’s a high heel, which I love, and it makes me look cute. I always get a ton of compliments when I wear these shoes. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way it could be comfortable, but actually it’s designed with eight hidden gores for custom comfort. It also has a OrthoLite® footbed with Active Air® which gives me all the support that I need.

One of my other favorites would be the Clarks Diamond Opal, a classic pump. This shoe features feminine designs like a leather bow. This shoe also has a footbed with Active Air®, which is one of the key ingredients when it comes to comfortable shoes, and it’s made with premium leather. This shoe will go with almost anything: skirts, dresses, pants, jeans, etc. This is another great example of a shoe that makes me feel sexy and doesn’t kill my feet.

Next, we have the Clarks Indigo Wessex Cross, a classic women’s platform shoe. This shoe is made with a combination of leather and suede, and it gives you that high heel that will really make you feel hot. It features an adjustable strap and a footbed that has extra padding, making it the most comfortable platform I’ve ever worn.

So the next time you are shopping for shoes, look for a brand that will give you both comfort and style. Clarks shoes for women will definitely do both of those things, but it’s important to remember that there are many brands that are making high-quality shoes for women that make us feel attractive and won’t make us miserable at the same time.

Vampy Halloween Party Dresses

It’s going to be Halloween in a few weeks and you know what that means. Halloween parties! There are some Halloween parties that require costumes and there are some that don’t. If you know you’re going to a Halloween party that doesn’t require you to come as Frankenstein’s bride or a funky witch; that would be way easier, right? Well, not really. You’d have to choose a party dress that can be vampy even if it’s not costume-y. In other words, choose a dress that will have some sort of dramatic impact.

Color is a prime consideration when you’re going for ‘drama’. And nothing is more dramatic than 3 particular colors.

  • Black
  • Red
  • Purple

Go for a solid-colored party dress if you’re going for maximum impact. Prints will simply be too busy to be dramatic. If there must be some leverage to the dress, let it be in the cut, silhouette and an extraordinary detail. Remember, vampy means sleekly sexy with dark undertones. Sweet and nice is as far removed from the vampy look as possible.


Take this sleek black dress. The cut is sleek, but the secret is in the details. This suggests asymmetric in its artful cut and strategically placed strips and straps. The look suggests ‘bondage’ which is quite a trend down fashion runways for fall. You don’t want to go hardcore however with the dominatrix look, especially if it’s for a Halloween office party that doesn’t require you to don a costume. If you want to up the ante, you can simply create drama by coming in a big, lush hairstyle with waves down your back. Plus, you can try back-combing the hair at your crown for more volume. Accessories can also heighten your Halloween look so choose earrings or bangles in combinations of black and silver for a sophisticated vibe.

You can go as a dark siren in this starkly simple reddish black dress with a side slit that exposes one sexy leg. It is also cut quite close to the body, emphasizing voluptuous curves. This is an understated sleek dress that simmers in its sexiness. It also screams femme fatale, a type of powerful female who leads men to their doom. So it’s indeed appropriate for celebrating Halloween without donning a costume. Tall heels go very well with this reddish black sheath. If they’re closed and pointy with stiletto heels, so much the better. This will add length to your gams and give you that sexy walk. It would be good to note that with such a look accessories should be on the down low. A pair of extraordinary earrings would be enough for an accent.

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Why wear purple to a non-costume Halloween party? Well, why not? Purple is simply a color too delicious to resist. And no matter what skin tone you have, purple will simply bring out your glow. Most women would probably go for black and red for Halloween parties, and if you’d want to stand out, purple is it. Do a Nicole, Kirsten or Blake. Go with a purple dress with one noticeable detail. It could be a flow-y sleeve, a unique cut and drape, or funky sleeves.

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