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From Beauty Spas to Fillers to Surgeons

It’s an age-old story. Men and women desperate to look younger/better/sexier but who lack the funds – or intelligence – to insist on quality treatment get taken in by bogus scams, bogus products and even bogus physicians. You get what you pay for – or do you?

Bogus Treatments and Products

Beauty queen and former Elvis love Priscilla Presley, now 62, famously made headlines when she visited a doctor who injected her with “low-grade silicon” he had smuggled into the US. It is thought the silicon was fabricated to grease auto parts, not plump up aging women’s faces.

The latest hype about the latest trendy product makes news headlines, and those in the know want to be first. However, they are also often the first to discover that the treatments don’t really work, or that the small benefit they get is not worth the hefty price tag. Here are a few that have either extremely temporary benefits, or none at all…

* Oxygen Facial. Can putting a bit of oxygen on your face really make your skin look fresh, younger and rejuvenated? Well, Hollywood actresses jumping on the oxygen facial bandwagon say yes; scientists say no. There is no real evidence that squirting atomized moisturizers, or those infused with oxygen, can have any beneficial effects whatsoever – except on the wallet of the person doing the squirting!

* Seaweed Wraps. Supposedly they can help you get rid of excess poundage by drawing out impurities from your body and helping with fluid retention. The ocean slime is wrapped around your body and your skin is detoxified as the mineral-rich seaweed draws out fluid from our cells. So you may lose some water, but will quickly put it back on. Might was well just not drink anything for a few days!

* Tua Viso Non Surgical Facelift. This facial exerciser works with a 9-volt battery to exercise the face so you don’t have to, much like an abdominizer supposedly does to your tummy. But it has little scientific evidence to back it up, and many who have tried it say it does nothing.

* Rodial Bum Lift. A topical cream that promises an “instant fix” to make your bum look smaller, including reducing 32 percent of cellulite and altering the appearance of wrinkles. But results are temporary, and you need “at least six treatments” for anything more permanent. So why is it advertised as being “instant”?

* Smooth Away hair remover. Kind of like sandpaper to buff away unwanted hair and make skin soft and smooth. Unfortunately, feels like sandpaper too – and leaves most of the hair right where it was. Also can make skin feel rough and sore.

* Placenta facial. At around $450 a treatment this doesn’t come cheap, but the well-heeled are flocking to have placentas smeared all over their faces. They reckon that if a placenta can nourish a baby in utero, it can nourish them in a beautician’s chair. But while soothing cream applied expertly may make your face look and feel soft and smooth, it’s hardly worth the price tag. And where do those little placentas come from anyway?

Bogus Substances

Sometimes what you think you are getting is not what you are getting. If you have any substance injected into your skin, keep in mind that any type of dermal or other fillers come in specially labeled tubes, with stickers that peel off and are placed into your chart once injected. And check the practitioner’s – and the facility’s – license before you allow them perform any type of procedure on you whatsoever. Here are some horror stories….

* Dr Gayle Rothenburg of Houston told patients they were receiving injections of Botox when they actually were injected with a generic product she had picked up at some medical seminar. She was charged with 14 counts, including misbranding a drug. The reason: it was cheaper than actual Botox so could maker her rich – or land her in jail.

* Several women in Fresno, California were disfigured when they had bogus collagen injected into their skin. One was left with an unsightly permanent lump on her forehead. It is thought that she probably was injected with industrial-grade silicon.

* Beauty queen and former Elvis love Priscilla Presley, now 62, famously made headlines when she visited a doctor who injected her with “low-grade silicon” he had smuggled into the US. It is thought the silicon was fabricated to grease auto parts, not plump up aging women’s faces.

Bogus Doctors

Perhaps even more worrying than a bogus substance being injected into your system is having a bogus plastic surgeon cut up your body. If you are considering having any type of plastic or cosmetic surgery carried out, make sure you use only a fully licensed physician – and don’t be embarrassed to check their credentials in writing. Here’s what happened to some who didn’t…

* A Massachusetts woman evidently decided to save some cash and have a nose job and liposuction carried out by a non-licensed plastic surgeon. The clue to his status should have been obvious when he started performing the surgery on a massage table in the living room of his condo. Unfortunately, the patient didn’t live to tell the tale herself.

* A man in Barcelona, Spain couldn’t afford to purchase the tools he needed to perform cosmetic surgery on unwitting patients – so he used veterinary tools instead. The bogus 63-year-old “surgeon” was performing boob jobs and butt implants, and worked in the same room as his pets: three dogs, a parrot and a cat.

* Gabriela Sanchez, 41, developed such a severe infection after visiting a cut-rate plastic surgeon in Mexico for a boob job that she had to have the implants surgically removed – and now has no breasts at all.

If you want to make yourself look or feel better, always invest in a tried-and-tested product that has a shining reputation and spotless safety record behind it. Beware of quick fixes, products that make outlandish claims, and amazingly cut-priced items – they’re probably cheap for a reason.

And never skimp when it comes to your health, especially as far as having surgery is concerned. Check out a surgeon’s qualifications beforehand and make sure they are 100 percent legitimate before letting them loose on your face and/or body. Who knows – you may even live to regret it!

Seven Things to Look For When Choosing a Health Spa

We all need a little pampering. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a spa.

Get recommendations. People you know can give you tips on where the best spas are-and which ones to avoid.

“Home Spas an Introducton”

Check the costs. The cost for spa treatments varies widely depending on the spa. A simple manicure or facial can cost under £50 at one place, or hundreds at another.

Health or beauty? While the menu of treatments offered at health and beauty spas often overlaps, the focus at each is different. If you have a specific ailment, a health spa may be what you’re looking for. If you just want to relax, you may want to choose a beauty spa.

Ask about ingredients. If you have any allergies that might be a cause for concern, ask about the ingredients in the spa’s products-or tell them about your allergies beforehand.

Do they have a qualified staff? The staff at your spa should be fully licensed according to the laws in your state to practice. Check with the spa to see the resumes and qualifications of its staff.

It’s all about ambience. Take note of the decoration when you walk into a spa. It should make you feel like you’re in for something special the moment you walk through the door.

Look into treatments. Some spas have different treatments and specialties than others. Check out the menu of services or talk to the spa staff about the treatments offered, and make sure this spa has what you’re looking for.

It shouldn’t be hard to choose a spa. Ask for recommendations, do some research into the spas in your area, and don’t be afraid to ask questions before deciding.

The History Of Health And Beauty

It quite common for people today to frequent spas and benefit from the health and beauty treatments provided there. As regular as their trips to the spa facilities are, however, there are very few people who know the actual origin of spas and how they came to become so popular among people. The history of health and beauty spas dates back to time immemorial, since historians believe that the concept of spas was established the day mankind discovered the utility and advantages of taking a bath. In fact, there is also a popular notion that spas reflect the innate human need to wash and cleanse themselves, to maintain both sanitation as well as beauty.

Where Does The Word ‘Spa’ Originate From?

There are different theories explaining the background of the word spa. Some experts of history link it to the Latin expression ‘salus per aquae’, of which the word spa is considered to be the acronym for. The expression literally translates to ‘health through water’, which goes on to show that even in the historic times, the idea of spas was closely associated with health and wellness.

On the other hand, another school of thought suggests that the word spa originated from a Belgian town by the same name. The town is historically believed to have been visited frequently by the Roman Army to bathe in the hot springs in order to relieve muscle pain and war injuries. This theory is supported by the fact that other places in Europe, known for their baths and springs, are named so as well. Consider the name of the English City Bath, which is quite similar to the German Wiesbaden and the Austrian Baden.

The History Of Health And Beauty Spas – A Brief Overview:

The Prehistoric Times: The relaxation and therapy we receive in a modern day spa are pretty much inspired by the treatment options developed during the Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman empires, all dating back to more than 2,500 years. Not only did these cultures promote the concept of taking a dip in hot springs and natural waters containing minerals, they also introduced the practice of using different types of concoctions and naturally occurring substances as beneficial for maintaining beauty. The use of different types of plants, mud masks and baths, face scrubs and steam have been documented in the historical data found about these civilizations, while the use of spring water originating from mountainous regions was also common.

Cleopatra is said to bathe in rosewater regularly in order to maintain her beauty and skin, while the Roman army is accredited with building and popularizing the concept of baths.

More Recent Developments: The Roman concept of spas and baths was revived around the mid nineteenth century when rich tourists from Europe and other parts of the world would travel to natural spas in order to enjoy some recreational and relaxed time. Gradually, spas gained popularity across the transatlantic with American settlers introducing the concept in 20th century United States as well.

Visiting a Beauty Spa for Facials

Do you enjoy visiting a beauty spa occasionally in order to get a variety of beauty treatments? Facials, pedicures, manicures and other beauty treatments are very important because they make you feel good and not just look good. However, you need to be especially careful while getting these treatments done, especially anything that has to do with your face.

Facial treatments should ideally be done once every month because they help to get rid of the dead cells that cover the skin of the face. These dead cells make the skin of your face look dull and lifeless. The treatment also involves the use of a massage to increase blood circulation to the muscles and skin of the face, making it supple and youthful looking. Improved blood circulation helps to remove impurities from the skin cells and bring in vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients, thereby making the face glow with health. Finally, one also gets face packs in order to nourish the skin.

While facials are excellent treatments to keep you looking young and beautiful, you have to be very particular about where you are getting them done. You should make it a point to visit the best beauty spa possible whenever you want to get this treatment done because a bad facial can be very damaging for your skin. The process of exfoliation has to be done very carefully, and so should the massage. The skin of the face is very delicate and it can get damaged because of rough treatment.

The beauty therapist needs to have a gentle touch while applying anything to your face. Care should be taken to avoid the delicate skin around your eyes and mouth because they can tear very easily, leading to the appearance of unsightly wrinkles and lines far before their time. Even the products used on your face should be of the highest quality, preferably from a natural source, else you might get ugly splotches and rashes because of an allergic reaction. Certain beauty spas offer fruit and vegetable facials that are excellent for the skin.

Rising Popularity of Health and Spa

In the last few years, the world has seen a stable growth in the popularity of health retreat and spa. One of the foremost reasons for the rising popularity of these retreats is a shift in the lifestyles of working professionals. The increasing pressure of work is also one of the other reasons why people prefer these retreats.

It is found that people have maddening work schedules and many of them often suffer from high stress levels. With the passage of time, people with hectic schedules have understood the importance of striking the right balance between work and pleasure. It is important that people have their mind, body and spirit at the right level.

It is not a difficult task to achieve this right balance. One can surely strike balance and also attain peace of mind when they spend some time in the spa retreat. These spas are designed in a manner that people are able to relax in the lap of nature. These retreats are also popularly known as health resorts. These health resorts make it a point that you undergo unique intensive treatment therapy to help you relax your senses. The treatment makes use of natural therapy coupled with grand services.

The spa health care provides a variety of services and therapies so that the mind and body can relax. There are many tempting offers also available that provide the perfect mix of services and treatments. At the end of the day, you should achieve the desired goal and feel satisfied with the services.

If you are not sure what services these retreat holidays offer, then you can make a personal list of things you want. Here, we have mentioned few examples and they are listed below-

– Herbal massages and treatment.
– Promoting organic food.
– Friendly atmosphere and cooperative staff.
– Extremely comfortable and grand accommodations.
– Beautiful location of these spas.
– Rejuvenate mind and body.
– Relax your senses.
– Contentment to your soul.

If you have a list similar to the one which is mentioned above, then you are most probably looking for such a spa holiday that will be authentic in its approach and also conventional. Therefore, it is important that the location of your spa vacation is decided cautiously.

When you book any retreat centre, ensure that you first gain proper insight about the services and the therapies offered. For this purpose, if you seek personal help, it is not a bad idea. You can also take advice from people who have already visited such a place, as they will be in a better position to guide you. They will tell you if your expectations can be met or what you should look for in these spa holidays.

Earlier, spa resorts were mainly ones that had ‘baths’. It consisted of whirlpool baths and water springs. These places made use of special devices to aerate water so that people enjoy relaxing baths. But with changing times, the concept has changed and it has become more of a rejuvenating place.