What You Need to Know Before You Get Cosmetic Injections

Botox, cosmetic fillers and other similar cosmetic injections are becoming increasingly popular for treating ageing and expression lines, with some people even going as far to have “preventative” injections.

If you’re at a point in your life where you are thinking of having one or more of these cosmetic treatments, there are certain aspects of the procedure you will need to consider before you make an appointment at a surgeon or doctor’s office.


Instead of smoothing or tightening the skin, injecting filler will be able to change the facial profile to a youthful one. Injecting filler under the skin can help to fill in deep folds, such nasolabial folds which are also referred to as bracket lines. They run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth and create fuller lips whilst padding out hollow cheeks and eyes. For some time collagen has been used as the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid has become the filler of choice.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

In short, hyaluronic acid fillers last for six to 12 months. However, synthetic fillers such as Radiesse last for 12 to 18 months. Further to these two options, fat transfers (this is when your own body fat is taken from another body part, processed and injected into your face) can last for several years, however there is a high chance the fat won’t remain for very long and will be reabsorbed into the body.

How Much Do They Cost?

Typically, a single unit of non-fat filler will cost about $500-600. If you wanted to treat the lines around the mouth, for example, you would need one ampoule of filler, and with treatment fees it would cost approximately $600-800. Fat fillers can cost you thousands.

Do They Hurt?

These cosmetic injections will hurt, and the pain will vary depending on the patient and the area being injected. In places such as the nasolabial area there can often be some short-term burning. Typically, anaesthetic is used for lips, as the injections will cause a slight stinging sensation lasting only for a short time during the post-operation period.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

The most common side effects are bruising, infection and allergic reaction. You will need to be aware of permanent fillers, which can cause significant and long-term side effects.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

The anti-ageing properties of cosmetic injections such as botox and disport are likely to be found to be used on many celebrities in Hollywood, and can be found on everyday people who are able to afford it. Botox helps relax the facial muscles, thus preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. These cosmetic injections are effective for eliminating frowns and surprise lines on the foreheads and crow’s feet around the eyes.

Where Can You Get Botox?

It is a prescription-only drug and those looking to save on price by doing it themselves, are exposing themselves to significant dangers and side effects if it isn’t injected correctly.

How Much Does It Cost?

This will all depend on how much is injected. Also, the number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. Typically, the price of a single unit is between $9-15. To treat your forehead will you need somewhere between 10 to 20 units, which will cost you between $90 and $300, depending on how much your surgeon charges.

Does It Hurt?

The pain is very similar to that of an ant bite and only lasts for a few seconds.

How Long Does it Last?

They can last anywhere between three to four months, but can last longer with regular treatment.

Non-cosmetic uses for Botox

Botox is a material used for a host of non-cosmetic medical conditions. It can assist those suffering from MS or cerebral palsy, as well as those who suffer from teeth grinding, incontinence and much more.

Excessive sweating can be treated by paralysing the sweat glands. It can also be used on the armpits, face, hands and feet, and can often be covered by Medicare. Injected into the underarm area, Botox can relieve excessive sweating for more than six months and in some cases for more than a year.





5 Tips to Help You Survive a Last-Minute Move


After dreaming about it for months, you finally got that out-of-state job offer. While you are excited to start your new position, you have to move quickly. This means you need a plan to pack up your stuff and drive it to your new home. To get through this last-minute move with your sanity and possessions intact, consider the following tips:

Pare Down Your Stuff

To move as quickly as possible, you need to lighten your load. Start by making three piles for your possessions: one for the things you want to keep, one for the stuff you can give away and one for the things you can toss. Then, call up your most level-headed friend and have him or her help you sort your items into the piles. Remind yourself that the less you have, the less you have to box up and move and that many things can be replaced. If that old couch has seen better days, put it out for bulk trash or give it to a friend who needs one. But hang onto your Grandma’s dishes and other irreplaceable items.

Ask for Help

To get everything packed up and ready to move, you need a lot of help. Start calling your friends and relatives, and ask them to come over to help you pack. You can also hire a professional moving company to help; they usually send over a crew to help with the boxing process. To keep everyone full and hydrated, spring for some cheap pizzas, sodas and beer.

Back up Important Data

The only drawback to having people help you pack is that you might have trouble finding needed items once you get to your new place. For example, your well-meaning BFF might have tossed your bank statements into the box labeled “winter clothing.” Prepare for this situation by taking a few hours to back up all of your important personal information, financial documents and photos in a cloud-based system like Mozy. Once you arrive at your new home, you can use the service to access your credit card statements, rental agreement and all of your other vital paperwork.

Overbuy Moving Supplies

After you have determined what you are taking with you to your new place, estimate how many moving boxes you need and double it. Head to a local moving company and overbuy all of the supplies you need, including packing tape and paper for wrapping dishes, and then save your receipt. This way, once your friends and relations have arrived and everyone is in full-on packing mode, you won’t have to waste time or lose momentum to run out to buy more supplies. If you end up with leftover unused items, you can return them. As a bonus budget tip, remember to use suitcases and laundry baskets as free packing boxes.

Pack an “Open Me First” Box


What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping in an alternative medicine procedure that uses local suction on various areas of the skin, which is believed to mobilize the flow of the blood to encourage healing. The suction is normally done by either heating or mechanical devices like pumps.
The way the therapy is performed is by gently drawing the skin upward which creates a vacuum in a cup that is placed over the target area. The cup will stay in place and hold the skin upward for between five and 15 minutes. The treatment is used to help patients suffering from pain, muscles knots, swelling, and even deep scar tissues that are in the connective tissue or muscles.
History of Cupping
The practice of cupping has been found being used as far back as 3000BC. One of the oldest medical books found written on papyrus in 1550 BC depicts cupping by Egyptians. In China, archaeologists discovered cupping data from 1000BC. In Greece during 400 BC Hippocrates mentioned using cupping for structural problems and internal disease. The same method has been seen throughout Europe and Asian across many centuries.
There are two main cupping methods which are wet cupping or dry cupping. Wet cupping is often used for curing while wet cupping is more for relaxation.
Dry cupping is done by creating close to the skin a small area of low air pressure. The cups that are used can be found in different shapes from one to 3 inches with most being created from glass or plastic. In the past the cups were created from bamboo, bronze, horn, or pottery. The low air pressure is created in different ways including heating the cup or even the air inside the cup with a bath in scented oils or an open flame which is then placed on the skin. As the air inside the cup begins to cool it will draw the skin inside the cup. Wet cupping is done the same only that once the cups are removed small incisions is made in the skin with another cup drawing up a small amount of blood.
Cupping has been used for centuries for the treatment of several medical conditions including arthritis, fertility disorders, gynecology problems, anemia, hemophilia, eczema, acne, physical well being and psychological well being.
As an alternative medicine you will need to find a physician that believes in ancient Chinese practices in order to try cupping for any issues you may be experiencing. To learn more about cupping and other alternative medical practices you can visit acucare.ca so you can make an educated decision on the type of treatment you desire.


Shopping Made Easy at Sam’s Club


Sam’s Club® wants to save its members more than money. As the only warehouse retailer in the U.S. to provide a pick up option, Sam’s Club has dramatically improved its Club Pickup service with new features that help save its members valuable time.

Club Pickup, formerly known as “Click ‘n Pull,” allows members to order thousands of items from paper towels to fresh produce to printer ink and have them ready for pick up at all U.S. Sam’s Club locations at no additional cost.

With Club Pickup, members can now build and save shopping lists online for easy reordering. With this option, convenience store owners, for example, can now refill their weekly order with a single push of a button. Also available in some clubs currently and rolling out to all clubs this year, a new mobile check in option allows members to use their mobile app to notify their Sam’s Club when they arrive to pick up their order.

Two groups who stand to benefit the most are moms and business owners, as 71 percent[i] shop weekly for essentials and the average shopping trip can take nearly an hour.[ii] With Club Pickup, parents and business owners can eliminate the time it takes to collect their items and still keep their home or business well stocked.

“With Club Pickup, every member has the opportunity to choose when, where and how they shop for savings at Sam’s Club. It’s a convenience that can add a significant amount of time back into a member’s day,” said Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We know this service can make a big impact on every member’s time, and believe our busiest members will benefit the most, like parents and small business owners who have limited time and the most recurring needs.”

The process is simple. Members order what they want on their Sam’s Club app or online at SamsClub.com, choose the club where they want to pick up their order and their preferred pick up time, and a Sam’s Club associate will have the member’s order waiting for them as early as the next day. Members are alerted by email or text message that their order is ready, further minimizing wait time.

All members can take advantage of the new and improved features of the Club Pickup service to save more time:


  • Enhanced convenience and ease-of-use: 

o    new Club Pickup kiosks for check in at every Sam’s Club

o    the option to build and save shopping lists for instant reorders

o    text message alerts when an order is ready

o    improved site performance and navigation

o    relevant substitute options provided for out-of-stock or no-longer-carried products

o    rolling out this year in all clubs, the ability to pre-pay online and the option to assign a designated individual to pick up the order at the club on behalf of the member, especially convenient for business members or busy families


  • Seamless pick up:  New technology to improve order accuracy and the ability to check in for pick up from any mobile device, anywhere, with our new mobile check in option in all clubs by the end of this year.


  • A breadth of products:  The service currently allows orders from fresh produce to paper goods to diapers, with plans to roll out additional categories throughout the year, including fresh meat, fresh bakery and adult beverages.


  • Extended availability:  Now members can place orders online until midnight (local time) and pick their order up as soon as the next day in clubs. Club Pickup is available seven days per week during club operating hours, and members can select their preferred pick up time.


Club Pickup is the latest addition to a robust suite of Sam’s Club member-exclusive services that includes Health & Wellness, Tire & Battery, Sam’s Club Travel, and Cash Rewards benefits, as well as nine online business services for critical needs ranging from identity protection to tax preparation.


To learn more about services and solutions for business and personal needs, visit SamsClub.com/services.


About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 651 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.



Future of Healthcare


Are you worried that you have allergies, but know that a doctor’s visit, testing and follow-up will be too costly and time consuming?  Instead you suffer with the sniffling and sneezing, hoping that it’s just a seasonal thing. Or maybe you’re concerned about exposure to STDs, but want a discreet and less expensive way to get peace of mind.  Perhaps, you’re in need of a pregnancy test or a complete female health checkup. Maybe, you want to check on that fatigue, or the effect your stressful job has been having on your body.

Busy Americans are finding new ways to be frugal, but at the same time there is more emphasis than ever on preventive medicine. However, people also know that it can be costly to do all the testing necessary to properly diagnose health issues before they become serious problems.

The SmartGlobalHealth.org estimates that by 2030, the number of people with Diabetes (currently more than 180 million worldwide) will double to 366 million. Cancer incidence increased globally between 1990 and 2000 and is projected to increase further by 50%, to more than 15 million new cancer patients by 2025.

Traditional lab testing can be a very time consuming and costly process (source: debt.org) It requires a visit to a doctor, the doctor ordering specific tests, patients then taking those orders to a lab facility to be completed, and then patients scheduling another follow-up visit with their doctor to get the lab results.

Personalabs provides consumers with an improved, alternative way to get those results, while saving money and time.

Personalabs management service allows patients to go their website (Personalabs.com), find the test they are interested in (more than 300 tests available), place their order and Personalabs will send them a doctor’s order within 60 seconds.  Questions or concerns? No problem. There are Customer Care Specialists standing-by to help.

Personalabs has doctors registered in 50 states. You print the confirmation order and take that to one of the 1,700 lab facilities located nationwide. The lab takes your sample (whether it’s blood, urine, stool or semen) and you can leave knowing that you’ve completed your part and Personalabs has you covered the rest of the way!  The lab tests your sample and within 24-48 hours (some tests are more extensive and may take up to 7-10 days), you will receive an e-mail advising that your results are ready. You then sign into our secure Personalabs Patient Portal to view your results.

Benefits of using Personalabs:

  • If you require discretion, Personalabs offers a 100% confidential service-Your results are sent to your private account, viewable only by you.
  • If you need results quickly-You can place your order using a computer, mobile device (iPad, tablet or cell phone) or by calling to place your order with one of our Customer Care Specialists. You can visit the lab immediately and your results become available to you directly.
  • If you have little time-There is no waiting time, you do not need to book an appointment as they are not necessary.  You just go to one of the lab testing centers with your confirmation order and get tested.
  • If you need to get the results to your doctor-Personalabs offers a service whereby you can share your results directly with your doctor, if you wish.
  • Using this service as part of your regular healthcare-Don’t wait for small issues to turn into big issues.  Take an active role in managing your healthcare.

Personalabs accepts all major credit cards, PayPal (including Buy Now, Pay Later), Amazon Checkout, FSA cards and all pre-paid gift cards.

Personalabs currently does not accept any form of health insurance as their blood test prices are the lowest available on the market. Personalabs saves you money and is cheaper than the actual premium you would pay to your insurance provider.  They do, however, offer the ability to provide you with an insurance admissible receipt. You can use that to claim back funds from your insurance company.

What are you waiting for? Take an active role in your healthcare. Get the blood tests you need and results quickly for much less than traditional testing.



This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.


Popularity of Laser Hair Treatment

Since its first introduction to the commercial market in the mid 1990’s the science of laser hair removal has continued make new developments and improvements. At first this procedure was very expensive and out of reach for most people. Now, however, this is not the case and Laser Hair Removal Clinics have become common place and affordable, but not cheap. The individual must weigh the benefits of laser hair removal to the cost. It is not complicated to understand how this technology works so as to make a better informed decision on whether or not it is something you might want to invest in.

Basically it is a specific wave length and pulse width or duration of light ranging from visible to infrared measured in nanometers. The hair follicle is the focal point of the beam and is destroyed from growing hair. But, hair follicles have several different life cycles and the laser treatment must be repeated a few times to complete the process. Professional dermatologists now recognize laser hair removal as a legitimate practice. It remains unregulated by the Federal Government in the United States but some individual States Require differing degrees of certification.

In Canada, laser hair removal in Brampton, Ontario is of a high quality professionalism, due in part to the regions notoriety in the field of Life Sciences. Other Country’s allow only PhD’s to perform laser hair removal. Even home laser hair removal products are available on the commercial market. There have been no serious or detrimental side effects for the overwhelming majority of laser hair removal patients. It may, therefore be considered a safe alternative to permanent hair removal.

When you consider that shaving products and hair removal creams, ointments, sprays, and waxes constitute an estimated $ 1.8 Billion dollar a year industry in the U.S alone, it becomes clear why Laser Hair Removal Clinics are growing in popularity. For woman especially, the psychological effects of unwanted facial hair can be devastating and the motivation to try anything that might work is evident in these financial figures. The social pressure through media advertising being put on woman is an abomination and underhanded method to sell beauty products that don’t even work most of the time. With laser hair removal, you know it is going to work and that it is permanent, and that it is safe.

If you decide to go with laser treatment, the odds are in your favor that you will not be disappointed. What it can do for your self esteem and confidence is hard to measure at any price. Please, stay away from ineffective snake oil promises and find yourself a professional laser hair removal specialist. You will not regret it and it will enhance the quality of your life.


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