Nasal surgery (Rhinoplasty Surgery), the most common form of plastic surgery practiced in America today, is a procedure that alters the framework of the nose, manipulating the bone and cartilage structure and the skin to improve the appearance of the nose. It can be used to change the overall appearance of the face from one where the focus of attention was placed on the nose to one where the attention is drawn away from the nose and towards the eyes, a more natural, pleasing occurrence. When the focus of attention is directed towards any other feature on the face other than the eyes, the face is said to be out of harmony. Rhinoplasty surgery, when performed correctly, improves the harmony of the facial features.Common defects corrected through the use of rhinoplasty surgery include but are not limited to a nose that is too large, too small, crooked or may contain an unwanted hump, birth defect or other deformity. If the nose has been damaged by physical trauma, the surgery may be more intensive than a mere straightening or reduction and may involve an area wider than the nose to fully reconstruct the damage, but it is still rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery is a delicate, complex undertaking and should not be entered into without thorough investigation and due diligence. You and your doctor should have many conversations about exactly what you want done and exactly how the doctor is going to accomplish fulfilling your request. Remember this: rhinoplasty surgery is both a science and an art, as is any plastic surgery. Any other surgeon has to be only competent - a plastic surgeon has to be competent and have artistic talent. It is important that the finished product create a harmonious balance with the rest of your face, be natural looking and last forever as well as being medically sound.Rhinoplasty is different from the surgical procedure used to repair a deviated septum to improve a patients breathing. Although the two are quite often done simultaneously and more often than not, a simple rhinoplasty is billed to insurance companies as a deviated septum repair, one has nothing to do with the other. Repairing ones nose to improve aesthetic appearance and surgery performed on a deviated septum to improve breathing and air flow into the lungs are completely different procedures. In the case of many rhinoplastic surgeries, the complete operation can be performed without any external incisions. And furthermore, many rhinoplasties are performed in the doctors office and the patient goes home after a short recovery period of several hours following the surgery, returning to work in a matter of a few days. A splint is placed around the outside of the nose for protection and is usually removed after about a week. With advanced surgical techniques, unless the reconstruction has been extensive, the need for nose packing to keep things in place after the surgery has been drastically reduced. There is typically some swelling after the procedure, however, after about one week your new nose will be completely presentable and most people find the return to their jobs goes smoothly and easily.
Why do people use perfume? Men and women alike have their own purposes for using fragrances. Some just like to smell good, and smelling good enhances their own well-being. Some use perfume to make a grand statement as they enter a room and to leave an impression as they go out. Some enhance their own natural scent with perfume so they would be seductive and appealing to the opposite sex. There are many reasons as to why people use fragrances.Unique Signature ScentsWhen you buy perfumes, however, you have to be careful. It is very unwise to just pick up a bottle and head off to the counter to buy that fragrance. You have to test it on your skin first. Not only is it possible that you could be allergic to some perfumes, but a fragrance that smells nice on one person will not smell the same on you.There is something that biochemists and manufacturers of perfumes alike call the signature scent. This signature scent refers to the particular chemical makeup of the body, which dictates how our skin will take to any fragrance that we apply onto it. We all have unique signature scents because it is determined by our particular lifestyle habits and choices, diet, the medication that we take if we are taking any, our skin type and coloring, and many other factors. Thus, because of signature scent, a specific fragrance will smell differently on different people.The Three Elements of FragranceThe scent of a perfume is determined by three elements: the theme of the fragrance, its notes and its concentration. Knowing about these three elements can help you decide on which would be the best perfume that would suit you and your personality.Theme is what creates variation among fragrances. It is also called accord and is dependent on the base upon which the perfume is formulated, and there are four common bases used in formulating perfumes. These four are:* Citrus created from fruits rich in citric acid, like oranges, bergamots and lemons, always light and fresh-smelling.* Earth lends an air of mystery upon the wearer, formulated from minerals or from non-flowering plants such as cinnamon, vanilla, honey and sandalwood.* Musk always considered sexy and alluring, and though previously made from the sacs of animals such as the civet and the Asian musk deer, they are now created synthetically.* Floral the most common theme among perfumes; as the name suggests, they are made from the essence of flowers and are often strong, clinging and sweet.The notes of a perfume, on the other hand, are what are known as the impressions of the fragrance. It is the lingering air left by the perfume as it evaporates from the skin. All scents have three notes, called the top, the heart and the base.* Top note the instant impression created by the fragrance. It is supposed to attract people to the scent, but it quickly dissipates.* Heart note called the body of the perfume, the perfumes essence. It tells the smeller what the fragrance is supposed to be about.* Base note the scent that lingers after the top note and the heart note evaporates. It is the main message of the perfume.The last element to be considered is the concentration of the perfume. Concentration indicates how pure the perfume is, or the amount of perfume oil added into the fragrance. The purest perfume is known to be extremely volatile and can cause irritations when applied right onto the skin. To prevent this and to allow users to enjoy fully the fragrance, perfume oils are mixed into ethanol, with water sometimes added in.Perfume extracts are the most concentrated among fragrances. They are meant to be used sparingly and only on the bodys pulse points. Coming after perfume extracts in terms of concentration is the eau de parfum, and after that, the eau de toilette. These two are often sprayed all over the body. The least concentrated of fragrances is the eau de cologne.Tips on How to Buy PerfumeHere are a few tips to keep in mind when buying a scent for yourself.1. Never buy a scent just because you liked how it smelled on someone else. Remember that our signature scent is uniquely our own, so what may smell good on others may not be as good on our skin.2. Never be in a rush when buying perfume. The best way to test a fragrance is to spray some on your wrist and let it linger for 30 minutes. It usually takes a scent to display all its three notes within 30 minutes. If you like what you smell on yourself after that time, go ahead and buy the fragrance.3. Always get a scent that expresses your personality. You should always think of the fragrances you wear as extensions of yourself.4. Always remember that the chemical makeup of a perfume is delicate. Therefore, never store your fragrances in extremely cold or extremely hot places, or where they can be caught by direct sunlight.5. Never hoard your perfumes or else they will just evaporate.
Life on the East Coast can be hectic, stressful and overwhelming at times. Taking a break at Berkeley Springs retreats is just the answer for shaking off the rut you are in. Berkeley Springs RetreatsBerkeley Springs is a town in West Virginia that is well-known for its relaxing retreats and unique art-filled atmosphere. Berkeley Springs is located just ninety minutes from the Washington DC and Baltimore metro areas, and is a great getaway spot for those who are looking to relax. There are five Berkeley Springs retreats that are considered to be full-service retreats, which means that they cater to all of your rejuvenation needs. Whether you're in need of a full day of treatments and massages, or just a facial, these retreats can fulfill your wishes. The Berkeley Springs retreats that are full-service are: Atasia Spa, The Bath House Massage and Health Center, Berkeley Springs State Park, Coolfont Resort and Origin Spa. If you're looking to have rejuvenation and relaxation at one of the Berkeley Springs retreats that includes a place to stay, you'll want to book your appointments at the Coolfont Resort or Origin Spa. Both of these exquisite retreats also include inns to stay at on the premises. Coolfont Resort offers "residential spa programs", like one which helps with smoking cessation, and also offers a "spa menu" for those watching their diets. Along with these services, the Coolfont Resort also offers a range of spa treatments such as massage, facials, wraps, manicures, pedicures and even hair styling!The Origin Spa, located at the Inn and Spa at Berkeley Springs, is a luxurious spa that caters to your every need. The spa is connected to the Inn, which is a historic inn with 62 guest rooms and five suites available for overnight stays. They offer the area's famed mineral baths, as well as massages and other spa delights. Also available are spa getaway and "Spa for a Day" packages.In all, Berkeley Springs retreats offer the best of relaxation in a location that's close enough to be convenient, but far enough away to help you get away from it all. Book your packages early, however, as retreats such as the Origin Spa recommend you book four weeks in advance, to be assured you get the treatments you want and that you won't be disappointed. Appointments book fast at these great retreats.
Asian skin can suffer from specific problems that cant be addressed using regular beauty industry moisturisers and facial products. "Asian skin" is thicker than white skin and can be leathery in appearance. This means it needs richer, deeper penetrating creams. The ideal moisturiser for Asian skin should contain a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to prevent further darkening of skin colour, and antioxidants for protection against harmful free radicals and pollution. Younger Asian women in particular want their skin to appear lighter and blemish free with even skin tone. In this quest for an ivory complexion, many Asian women have used potentially harmful skin peels, or taken expensive tablets that claim to work from within, to lighten the skin. Unfortunately many of these products contain harsh ingredients, and can produce uneven light-and-dark patches over the face and body. I do not want the next generation to risk harming their skin in this way, and I have researched the safest skin lighteners available. Kojic acid is the active ingredient in the latest safe skin lightener. It helps lighten skin colour by inhibiting the production of melanin that causes skin darkening and age spots. The skin takes between 4-8 weeks to renew its layers, so during that time the new lighter skin cells come through and the whole complexion will look fresher and brighter. Dark patches around the eyes are a problem for a lot of Asian women, and they often appear across the forehead and cheeks. This is usually a consequence of pregnancy or hormonal changes at the menopause. These blemishes can be unsightly, and many women would like to get rid of them without using harmful chemicals or undergoing cosmetic surgery. The skin around the eyes is much finer than the rest of the face, and cannot absorb a normal face cream. If we compare the thickness of skin on the various parts of our body to paper, the delicate eye area would be like tissue paper, the face like writing paper, and the neck like wrapping paper. A skin treatment cream for this delicate area needs the correct consistency for absorption around the eyes, otherwise puffiness and swelling will be made worse. A mild skin bleaching ingredient such as kojic acid can be used in an eye treatment cream, to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. Sun damage is also a major hazard for Asian skin not only making it darker, but also causing blemishes and scarring. There are safe skin treatments designed to prevent or repair sun damage, at any age by using vitamins A and E with antioxidants. This combination will help to boost the skins immune system and can reduce the appearance of existing blemishes by speeding up tissue repair. Lypozomes are another important ingredient, as they help fade brown spots by changing the rate of skin cell clustering, and leave the skin looking younger and clearer. Using these skin care ingredients is not vanity they are a vital protection for healthy skin in todays environment. When buying cream for Asian skin, you should ask which active ingredients it contains, and whether the products have been tested to local safety standards. In the UK this means they should be tested in accordance with Department of Trade & Industry requirements, to ensure safety and effectiveness. Most of us will also want to check that the products have not been tested on animals.
You may be wondering how much of your expenses you will recoup when you sell your home. For the last 20 years, in an effort to help homeowners answer that question, Remodeling magazine has produced an annual Cost vs. Value Report.The 2007 report has just been released, and key highlights include: Focus on exterior upgrades as the best value projects; Highest value home enhancements were: upscale siding replacement using fiber cement materials, wood deck addition, and a midrange vinyl siding replacement; The best interior home project nationwide is a minor kitchen remodeling; For Houston Texas and the West South Central Region average costs recouped are 6% higher than the national average and best value projects differed slightly.The National Association of Realtors and Specpan collected information from nearly 3,000 responses to a web-based survey. This years report found that due to the housing market slump, the percentage of construction costs recovered is lower across all projects compared with 2006. The most likely culprits for the year-over-year drop are slower home appreciation rates due to the lackluster real estate market in most parts of the country and rising remodeling costs.However, remodeling is still a pretty good investment. Over 60% of projects undertaken in 2007 are projected to return between 65% and 80% at a homes resale. This means your real cost is just 20 cents to 35 cents on the dollar for most home improvements.Nationally, projects that are at the bottom of the value ladder include a home office remodeling, adding a mid-range sunroom, installing a back up generator and garage additions. Location DependantAs you might expect, the amount you recoup at a sale varies depending on your location. While the percentage of costs returned in Mid-Atlantic and New England cities is fairly constant year to year, within California, Oregon, and Washington, remodeling costs recouped at resale are over 10% greater than the national average.Also of interest, cities in the southeast and southwest that are experiencing a building boom actually fall below the national average when it comes to recouping "home improvement" costs. One explanation for this trend is the fact that because these areas have plenty of new homes lingering on the market and falling in price, buyers are turning their backs on even the most attractive renovated older homes. Houston Texas RenovationsAccording to the study, Houston Texas and the West South Central Region of the US differed slightly from national averages.Top renovation projects (and the expected cost recouped at sale) include: Fiber-cement siding replacement (93%) Bathroom remodeling (91%) Minor kitchen remodeling (88%) Basement remodeling (87%) Wood deck addition (86%)Lowest value renovation projects (and the expected cost recouped at sale) include: Sunroom addition (59%) Home office remodeling (64%) Installation of a back up power generator (68%) Roofing replacement (69%) Garage addition (71%)As fluctuations in the US housing market continue and impact home buyers and sellers nationwide, it is important to stay current on factors that impact your homes value. Just like investing in stocks and mutual funds, your decision to remodel your home should begin with considered evaluation of your current circumstances and future goals. For more home improvement information visit http://www.houstonproperties.com