“What you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind, you magnify in yourÂ own life. Whether the subject ofÂ your thought be good or bad,Â the ‘condition’ grows. Any subject thatÂ you keep out of your mind tends to diminish in your life. The more you think ofÂ your past grievances or theÂ injustices that you have suffered, the more such trials you will continue to receive; Â the more you think of the good in your life and the glorious bounty you will receive, the more good fortune will come to you.”Â Emmet Fox
Women who are shedding too much body fat as they reach their forties, fifties and up,Â tend to look gaunt and older than their age.Â So the good news is, if you areÂ carrying a little more weight than usual, you’ll Â look younger.Â Â
Even asÂ a beauty expert and celebrity body parts model myself,Â women who meet meÂ in person are very complimentary andÂ ask my how I stay in shape. I Â am most grateful for their kind words. Â But whatÂ manyÂ womenÂ don’t know isÂ that I am notÂ the typical model weight or height.Â I am NOT 6 ft. tall, a size 2,Â or rake thin. I’m actually a curvy size 6, andÂ UNDER Â 5’7″, andÂ my weight fluctuates between 123 and 130 lbs. Though I amÂ busy asÂ beauty expert in the media, I STILL get callsÂ from producers and directors to Â ”double” my body parts for famousÂ modelsÂ and A-list celebrity beauties in close ups for commericals, movies and TV shows!! Â It’s better for me to be anÂ EXTRAÂ five to seven pounds over my orignal “model” weight,Â so myÂ handsÂ don’t look too bony.Â Also my hubbyÂ ofÂ 12 years loves my curves!Â Â And that makes me feel even more beautiful!
For those of you who want to know howÂ I Â keepÂ my “Â toned shape”Â I’ve noted a few of myÂ top tips below:
-Â I walk 4 to 5 days a week (45 – 60 minutes), and onÂ two of those days I carry a 5 lb. weightÂ and do arms curls. When I return from my walk, I doÂ 50 sit ups, and 25 push ups, then stretch.Â
On theÂ two or three days that I don’t walk,Â I’ll do my “Under 30- Minute Model-Scultping Workout on DVD.Â It’s my personalÂ workout, used throughout my career as a model. ItÂ incorporates weight resistance exercises and it’s not for wimps.Â After just one month, you’ll see amazing resultsÂ doing my workout just three to four times a weekÂ Â
- For Breakfast: IÂ usually eat 1/2 cup of cooked steel cuts oats (they take about 25 minutes to cook, but are better for you can regular rolled oats), topped withÂ a 1/4 cup of Westsoy UNSWEETENED Vanilla Soy Milk, along with two fried egg whites. Or I’ll have a protein shake,Â filling a glass 3/4 full with Â frozen low-glycemic berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), 1/4Â of a banana,Â cold ionized water, and one scoop of Vanilla Designer Whey Protein. I alternate using soy protein too.Â Â I take mysupplements at breakfast: Â Omega-3 fish oil, and a packet of Vita-One Vitamins, loaded with vitmains, minerals, green foods, digestive enzymes and much more. You can find the Omega-3 and Vita-One information on theÂ Vitamins/Supplements page on my web site.
If I want to lose a few extra pounds, I take my apple cider vinegar and garlic slimming tonic before my three meals of the day.Â See the slimming and health benefits of my tonic on my blog posted early Â in January. Just click onto “Older Posts“ and you’ll find it. If I’m travelling, and can’t take my slimming tonic, I substitute by taking Thermo Green Tea Capsules before breakfast and lunch only.
For Lunch: I’ll have tuna or salmon salad, or sliced chicken breastÂ on one slice of toasted Ezekiel bread, topped withÂ vine tomatoes, two thin slices of avocado,Â and romaine lettuce or some radicchio, Â with a side ofÂ pinto bean salad. I add Dijon mustardÂ on theÂ tuna or chicken breast open-faced sandwich.To make my easy and delicious pinto bean salad, open a can of organic pinto beans and drain. Pour the beans into a bowl, add one tbsp. of olive oil, and two tbsps. of apple cider vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.Â That’s it – delicious. Makes 3 servings. I also take another Omega 3 fish oil capsule and if I’m having a busy day, Â I also take 200 mg.s of 5-HTP to help keep me calm and my mood uplifted. 5-HTP also reduces food cravings – it’s not a drug and is not habit-forming.
For Snacks: I’ll have 5 almonds and an apple. Or I’llÂ mix a tsp. ofÂ each: raw sunflower seeds, pumpkin seedsÂ and flax seeds,Â to a single serving size of soy yogurt. Greek yogurt is also a good choice as it has more protein than regular yogurt. You can also chopÂ up 1/2 an apple, andÂ add flax seeds to Greek or soy yogurt.
For Dinner: One of my favorite meals is when my hubby makesÂ lean meatballs with organic, lean ground beef and organic chicken or turkey sausage, choppedÂ onion, Italian parsley, and someÂ parmesan cheese. He bakes the balls and some baked spaghettiÂ squash. We top the squash and balls with ourÂ Â home-made Italian vegetable spaghetti sauce. Delicious! And we have either a salad or some steamed broccoli, beans or artichokes – something GREEN with every dinner.
Other dinners include, tuna or salmon or sliced roasted or barbaqued chicken breast, or turkey breastÂ on a green salad.
AllÂ of our Â dinners usually Â include a dinner salad made of organic romaineÂ lettuce, black olives, a littleÂ vine-ripened tomato, green onions and sometimes we add some feta cheese or shaved parmesan.Â Â For the most part, we dress our salads withÂ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and 2-3 tbsp.Â apple cider vinegar dressing, sea salt and pepper.
MyÂ hubby also makes garlic olive oil. He squeezes a couple of garlic cloves intoÂ some extra virgin olive oil and keep it in a small jar in the fridge. We drizzle a little of the garlic/olive oil ontoÂ our salads, pr veggies such as broccoli or green beans. Â When I’m in the mood for Caesar or Ranch Dressing, I choose “REAL” dressing, and placeÂ 1/2 tsp. on the side of my plate. Before each bite of salad, IÂ dip my fork into the “creamy” dressing and then into my salad. That way I eat less fat, and every bite of salad has the dressing on it.
Every Friday we go out to dinner or lunch and we split two entres and one dessert. I also have a soy capuccino with my dessert.
I have many more nutrition and delicious, but sensibel eating tips in my soon to come, Slimming Secrets book. I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready for publishing. I’m currently looking for a major publisher for this book and others, so if you know one, please let me know. Thanks!
In the meantime,embrace your uniqueness,Â no matter what weight you are — know that when youÂ walk with confidence,Â love Â every inch of who you are, treat your body as your temple, do your best to nourish your body with colorful veggies and fruits,Â be kind to others, and do your best toÂ helpÂ those in need by ‘giving back”, that youÂ will always be aÂ beautiful, vital woman- worthy of all greatness in your life.Â Louisa
Thermage, thermacool, or thermalift is the most innovative, non-surgical, non-invasive, no â€œdown timeâ€ procedure for treatment of loose or lax skin of the face and body areas which need firming and contouring.
Nurse Rada at Dr. Robert DeStefanoâ€™s office in Calabasas, CA. has been using Thermage to treat skin laxity of the face, neck and body since May of 2003. In fact the official website for Thermage posted some of Radaâ€™s client â€œBefore & Afterâ€ photos. Mention â€œSkinCareByLouisa.com to receive a 10% discount on any Thermage treatment performed at Dr. De Stefanoâ€™s office in Calabasas, CA.- Apr. 10 2012 to Aug. 30 2012.
Thermage is FDA approved.
Thermage can be used for treatment on any area of the face, neck, body, and even the eyelids using the most current Thermage upgraded system, Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT).
CPT provides an improved, more uniform heating action that causes the structures in the skin and underlying tissue to immediately tighten while stimulating collagen growth and offers a more comfortable treatment of the face and neck. The thin skin of the eyelids is treated with a specialized tip with a shallow heating profile.
Thermage has also been found to provide a modest improvement to acne scars.
Body shaping Thermage treatments are beneficial for firming the skin, treating cellulite and for deep contouring and circumferential reduction. The body treatment hand piece with large 16 cm deep heating treatment tips allows for a faster, more comfortable and more effective treatment. Body shaping treatments are used for contouring and smoothing of the abdomen, â€œlove handles,â€ thighs,
buttocks and upper arms and for treating cellulite.
How Does Thermage Work?
Thermage skin tightening procedures:
Much of the advanced technology is in the disposable tip, which must be programmed for the impedance (electrical resistance) of each individual. Four corner sensors measure the temperature of the cooled skin surface. The passage of radio frequency energy is automatically blocked if the protective temperature is not correct. This system guards against surface damage and allows the ability to treat with no â€œdown time.â€
Each pulse of radio frequency causes a uniform heating of the deep layers (dermis) of the skin. The collagen structure responds to heating with a measurable contraction, then a gradual remodeling of the collagen. The full response, allowing time for new collagen formation, may be seen in as little as two months and may take as long as six months.
Thermage CPT System Offers Improved Patient Comfort
Unlike the painful Thermage treatments of the past, the improved Thermage CPT (Comfort Pulse Technology) System offers a significant improvement in patient comfort. The unique vibrating hand piece interweaves pulsed radio frequency delivery with cooling bursts mimicking â€œTranscutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulationâ€ (TENS) therapy to disrupt the brain’s neural response and improve comfort during treatment.
The redesigned treatment tips deliver enhanced heat distribution and uniformity, which lead to improved volumetric heating. A greater volume of tissue is heated to target temperatures and the heating is more evenly distributed across the treatment area.
This vibrating CPT hand piece is used for easily tolerated treatment to the face and neck. This area is now treated without the use of pain medication. We are also, under certain circumstances, able to use this hand piece on the upper arms for contouring and firming with a 3.0 cm deep heating treatment tip.
Thermage Body Shaping Treatment is designed for the same smoothing and thermage skin tightening which the standard tip provides but, since the heat penetrates approximately 80% deeper, to the subcutaneous fat layer, a body contouring effect is seen. This procedure also provides benefit to patients with mild to moderate cellulite.
By applying deep heat, along with specific superficial cooling, the collagenous connective tissues are restored and local circulation is improved. This results in smoothing of dimples and improved skin texture. The Body Shaping Treatment results in circumferential reduction decrease in surface irregularities, improvement of skin texture, firming, lifting and tightening of lax skin and reduction of cellulite. Positive results have been reported in 2-3 months, with full effect seen in 6 months.
Thermage for Treating the Eyes
Thermage treatment to the eyelids and surrounding area results in tighter, smoother skin. Following treatment, the eyes appear more open, wrinkle lines, â€œcrowâ€™s feet and under eye bags are reduced. Smoother eyelid skin makes application of makeup easier. The eyelid area can be treated alone, or in conjunction with the face and neck. To protect the eye from absorbing heat, plastic eye shields will be inserted.
Tetracaine ophthalmic drops will be instilled to numb the eye prior to insertion of the eye shield. A small 0.25 cm treatment tip with a shallow heating profile will be used on the eyelid skin. The regular 3.0 cm tip will be used on the area above the eyelid, below the eye and on the outer eye corners. The treatment is associated with very little discomfort and minimal swelling. If eyes are dry or irritated following treatment, artificial tears can be used.
Thermage has provided consensus guidelines, which assure safer treatment with more consistent results. Dr. De Stephanoâ€™s office has incorporated all of the latest treatment advances for the Thermage procedure. Current consensus guidelines, which reviewed 5700 Thermage cases, reveal a 93% patient satisfaction rate. Results have been shown to last 2-4 years. As with any procedure, individual results may vary.
- Non-surgical, non-invasive procedure.
- No general anesthesia required.
- No â€œdown timeâ€ allows return to usual activities without delay.
- Gradual improvement in appearance rather than sudden change.
- Conservative improvement, which appears natural and not “overstretched”.
- Option for additional treatment for further improvement if desired, but generally only one treatment can last for up to two years.
- Relatively short treatment time of one to three hours.
- Costs are much less than comparative surgical procedures for similar benefit.
- Best results are seen with mild to moderate wrinkling and laxity.
- Response in more severe wrinkling or laxity is unpredictable and may range from minimal to more than satisfactory.
- Discomfort of treatment ranges from mild to severe and may require mild sedative and/or pain medication.
The use of Valium or Vicodin requires a responsible driver.
- Some individuals will require a second treatment for best results and some will not respond at all.
- Long term ill effects have not been seen and are not expected, but are unknown.
Possible Side Effects May Include:
- Redness may be expected and may last a few hours.
- Blistering has been reported but is a rare exception. Blistering can lead to infection, which can be health or life threatening, and may result in scarring. Choose a professional that has much experience administering Thermage treatments, such as Nurse Rada at Dr. De Stefanoâ€™s office in Calabasas, CA. (818) 222-7495
- Swelling is typically minimal and may last 3-4 weeks, with swollen areas feeling tender. In rare cases, swelling may be moderate, but decreases within a week. Nodular swelling may also occur and resolves within a month.
- Transient and focal altered sensation with tingling or numbness have been reported. Resolution is typically within a few weeks. Nerve damage may occur at the treatment site. This side effect is unlikely but can occur.
- Skin textural changes, â€œsurface irregularities,â€ such as â€œsmall dents,â€ â€œrippling,â€ â€œridging,â€ or â€œwaffle patternâ€ have been reported. These may be delayed and become evident one or more months following treatment but usually resolve or can be treated with tissue fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane.
- Adverse events have been reported at a rate of .04%.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator
- Cochlear implants
- Implantable ocular lenses (if treating eyelids)
- Dental braces
- Dental prostheses (dentures), unless removable
- Metal parts in the area to be treated (bone screws, plates, wires)
- Autoimmune disease
- Permanent makeup- we will not treat over permanent makeup, as it often contains iron oxide, which can absorb excessive heat. If permanent makeup is present in the treatment area, we will treat around it
- Post Lasik-treatment to eyelids must be delayed several months to allow for proper healing
Full Face and Neck $2,200.00
Full Face and Eyelids $2,800.00
Face, Neck and Eyelids $3,200.00
Forehead and Eyelids $2,000.00
How Much Does Thermage Cost for the Body (includes both Body Contouring and Cellulite Treatments):
Small Body Area $2,300.00
Average Body Area $2,800.00
Large Body Area $3,300.00 – $4000.00
Thermage Body costs will be determined at the time of consultation.
Receive 10% off a Thermage treatment performed at Dr. De Stefanoâ€™s office, between Apr. 10 – Aug. 30 2012 when you mention SkinCareByLouisa.com
Take advantage of this offer when you book your appointment with Nurse Rada at
Robert A. De Stefano, M.D., Inc.
23501 Park Sorrento, Suite 216
Calabasas, Ca 91302
“Profound inner peace is my heartfelt desire. I begin my day in the silence of prayer or meditation. MyÂ quiet thoughts become quieter still, as I go to my inner sanctuary. I open my mind to the gentle presence of Spirit and experience a deep sense of calm. As I listen with my heart, answers float to the surface and I have faith in the answers I receive.Â IÂ continue with my dayÂ in deep serenity and peace.”
Beauty Water Recipe:
2 quarts of waterÂ (I use *Ionized alkaline pH water but you can also use your preference)
1/2 cup of organic pearl barley (at health food stores)
2 Â lemons
Honey or Natural **Xylitol to taste
Combine the barley with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for one hour. While simmering, wash the oranges and lemons well, juice them and slice the rinds. Then set aside. After one hour, strain the barley and keep the water. Add honey or Xylitol to taste to the hot water, then stir in the juices and rinds. Place in the fridge to cool. Remove the rinds before drinking. Drink with or between meals.
*Ionized Alkaline Water: You may have seen water ionizing systems for $4000 to $5000 but a friend of mine, Mary Jo, turned me onto to aÂ high quality WaterÂ Ionizer for JUST $699 to $1000.Â Â I used to spend over $120 a month on bottled water. Now I use the ionizerÂ Mary JoÂ recommended. IonizedÂ water not only enhances my family’s health, it helps my pocketbook and keeps me lookingÂ and feeling more youthful and energetic. TheÂ ionizerÂ hooks up to your tap in minutes.
**Xylitol is a low glycemic sugar alternative for those watching their weight, diabetics or those prone to yeast infections. Xylitol even helps prevent cavities. (Find it at a health food store) I also use Xylitol for making guilt-free desserts, on oatmeal or in herbal teas.