The Skinny on Body Contouring

It seems as if everyone these days is trying to shed a few pounds. Nothing feels better than working for the body of your dreams. Even for those who are successful, excess skin can lag behind, preventing your weight loss efforts from truly shining through. Fortunately for those struggling with excess skin after weight loss, body contouring may offer a solution.

I had always heard about body contouring, but never really knew much about it. I decided to research about the procedure and finally learn more for myself.

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that shapes the support tissue while getting rid of any excess fat and skin left behind after massive weight loss. The procedure helps to transform the shape of your body and in turn your body confidence.

Types of Body Contouring

There are many different varieties of body contouring offered by plastic surgery offices around the country. These varieties include tummy tucks, fat transfers, or liposuction.

Tummy Tucks

Those who keep up a rigorous exercise regimen may still find themselves dealing with stubborn stomach fat for many reasons, including age, genetics, or previous pregnancy. A tummy tuck aims to circumvent these factors and create a more toned abdomen.

A tummy tuck is known in the medical community as an abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, the plastic surgery will get rid of excess belly fat and work on restoring muscles to create a more flat stomach. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss, and those who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight should do so before they elect to get a tummy tuck done.

Liposuction

You’ve probably heard liposuction referred to as “lipo” before. Liposuction sucks out any undesired fat deposits from the body, making the body much slimmer. The surgery can be performed on many parts of the body, ranging from the thighs to the upper arms. It is ideal for patients who wish to remove fat from a variety of areas.

Fat Transfer

A fat transfer is another way to give the appearance of a more sculpted body. The procedure takes liposuction one step further. After removing the fat from one area of your body, the fat can be injected into another more desired location on the body, such as the breasts or the butt, creating a curvier body shape. Many consider this a “natural” form of plastic surgery because you are not inserting silicon or other foreign substances into the body.

Where to Go for Body Contouring

Most plastic surgery offices, like Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, offer body contouring surgeries, including tummy tucks, liposuction, and fat transfers. It is important to meet with a certified, reputable plastic surgery to find out which body contouring procedure is best for you and your needs.

I hope this post helped you learn more about body contouring and the different surgery options available and cleared up any confusion you have about plastic surgery overall.

Read More

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

If you’ve ever been in a grocery store, restaurant, or any other public place, chances are that you have spent some time around a “caution when wet” sign. The yellow warning sign does more than alerting customers of a potentially wet floor; it can also reduce liability on behalf of the business.

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common form of injury. A wet floor, a slippery rug, or worn-out carpet can all increase the chances of someone injuring themselves during a fall. Pregnant women, toddlers, and the elderly face a higher risk of injury if they fall, as well as being more likely to fall. Even though the majority of slip-and-falls are accidents, there are a few cases in which the business can be held liable for the injuries.

If the owner of a business or an employee caused a spill, torn or worn spot, or placed an instruction in the way of foot traffic, they can likely be held liable, even if it was an accident. Employees have to be reasonably responsible to ensure public safety, and oftentimes this means cleaning up spills or moving objects that could cause a person to trip.

Another way a business can be held liable is through their lack of action. If the owner or an employee knew about a spill or other danger and did nothing to clean it up or warn the public, it’s probable that they will shoulder the blame for the fall.

Finally, any reasonable employee or owner of the premises should know about the spill or obstruction. It is their responsibility to maintain a safe environment, and by not doing so, they are to be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence. Common sense should be used by any person working in the place where the incident occurred, and this is the basis for negligence claims.

Comparative negligence is often used in cases regarding a slip-and-fall accident. Could the person who fell just have been totally unaware of their surroundings? If so, it is possible that reasonable precautions would not have benefitted them. In order to make a claim against a business, the victim must prove that the business was comparatively more responsible for the fall than they were. If the victim was in a location they were not supposed to be, or if a reasonable person could have avoided the dangerous area, there is an argument that the victim is likely at fault. Going back to the yellow “caution when wet” sign, reasonable measures that alert the public to any dangerous can absolve the business of liability when it comes to someone getting injured. If the company is at fault but refuses to accept responsibility, firms like Hammack Law Firm can represent the victims and go after the business, ensuring that the medical expenses of the victim are covered by the business or restaurant who caused the fall.

Read More

What is freight factoring, and what are the benefits?

Let’s face it, as a business, you want to be paid as quickly as possible for the work you do. For many trucking companies, invoice factoring can be crucial to maintaining positive cash flow, especially if you have to wait a month or longer to collect on larger invoices.

Your business could often benefit from collecting the money sooner to pay for countless expenses like fuel, insurance, bills, payroll, payments on vehicles or equipment, and more. While researching options for getting paid faster, I found this factoring company, TBS Freight Factoring, that provides SAME DAY cash for invoices.

Seems like this would be a great option for trucking companies since they can:

  • Maximize cash flow – businesses that depend on clients to pay invoices often have to wait for payment to come through. Even if your invoices are net 30 or net 60 days, that’s still 30 to 60 days that you are waiting for your client to pay the invoice. With factoring, you could get the payment immediately and won’t have to wait to get the funds into your account.
  • Simplify the process – Hand-in-hand with the point above, waiting to get paid is never convenient for anyone. Trying to track down invoices, remind clients to pay, and waiting to get it processed is time-consuming. Why not let the invoice factoring company handle it, while you move on to what you do best…delivering for your clients.
  • Credit checks done for you – You never want to do business with a client who can’t pay their bill. Companies will often perform credit checks on your clients beforehand to determine whether or not you should consider loading them.

In an industry that relies on prompt payment, invoice factoring could be a lifesaver for businesses that need to maintain a steady cash flow. There’s nothing worse than waiting on an unpaid invoice, so why not take that stress and strain out of the picture and get paid right away?

When researching this topic for my trucking-company readers, I was surprised that more industries don’t offer this. It seems that any industry that has purchase orders and large invoices could benefit from collecting the money earlier and leaving an invoice factoring company to collect the payment from the client.

Fortunately for carriers, this service exists and could be the financial solution that helps keep the company flush with cash for the inevitable business expenses that every company faces.

Read More

Do Violent Video Games Affect Our Children Later in Life?

I grew up playing video games, and I got my first Super Nintendo when I was five years old for Christmas. That was the best Christmas ever, and I spent the next few months playing as much Mario as my parents would allow. I remember the intense feeling of nervous excitement racing through my entire body after I got through each dungeon and faced the boss. The objective in Mario is pretty simple: just jump on things and avoid being hit until you reach the end. However, each boss changes their attacks and I would spend hours trying to move on to the next level.

I was so proud of myself when I finally beat that game. It inspired a childhood passion for video games. My best friends and I would spend the night at each other’s houses to play the newest game all night and see how far we could get through the story. It wasn’t long after that, I got a GameBoy to play games on-the-go, and finally, I upgraded my Super Nintendo to a Nintendo 64. I was blown away by the graphics at the time, and I remember playing a multiplayer game called GoldenEye 007. It was a first-person shooter that will forever remain a legend in my memory. Four of us would each grab a controller, set up the match, and run around the map trying to eliminate every other player. It was a lot of fun until my mom walked in and saw all of my friends shooting each other in the video game.

Needless to say, she was deeply concerned about the potential influence that a violent video game would have on my perspective in life. I don’t blame her for wanting to raise me to certain standards, but looking back, those concerns were completely unfounded. Violent video games don’t encourage people to act violently anymore than watching football or playing paintball. She thought that I stopped playing the game after she took it away from me, but I would just wait to play it at my friends’ houses. Now that I’m an adult, we both look back and laugh about how upset she was. In her defense, no generation before us had ever experienced violent video games, and no one knew how it would affect kids over time.

Nintendo 64 graphics are nothing compared to today’s video games, and I can understand why parents might still be concerned for their child’s interest in violence, especially now that it’s so realistic. With gun laws changing, it is essential to teach kids about morality. As long as parents take the time to explain the difference between right and wrong, video games won’t encourage mass shootings. It’s similar to situations where kids go outside to have water gun fights or play the classic game of cops and robbers. Even though children are playing these games outside, most parents aren’t concerned that their child is going to grow up to shoot people or become a criminal.

Read More

Motorcyclist Accidents

For some odd reason, people who drive cars don’t really like motorcyclists. Maybe because the motorcycle is so much cheaper and does the same thing? Or because it’s cool and attracts more attention? Maybe because it’s easier to navigate? I don’t really know. I love my motorcycle, I wouldn’t trade it in for most cars. I have it because I want it, not because I can’t get a car. Although it’s more dangerous, the feeling of driving a motorcycle is something I couldn’t give up easily at all.

This Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney suggests that, in reality, most people on the road aren’t really mentally prepared to deal with motorcycles in specific. They’re ready to drive, but not ready to face all the different aspects of driving. When cyclists are nearby, you have to behave differently and check your blindspots differently and much more frequently. Most drivers barely even check their blind spots at all, which is a huge mess, to begin with. But when a motorcycle is right in your blind spot and you switch lanes and hit them by accident, it sends us flying. The damages are usually great, especially since it’s an odd way to get hit and next to impossible to avoid.

I’m speaking on this from a personal perspective; I was a victim of this sort of thing myself. I was on the road one day heading to my band’s studio when someone switched lanes on me, hit my front tire suddenly and quickly, which sent me flying. I broke my leg, arm and a bunch of ribs. I was lucky there wasn’t any damage to my back or spine at all. The cherry on top was that the driver either knew and kept going or was totally oblivious and kept going. The accident put me out of commission for a couple months. I’m a small business owner, so after I was able to be even somewhat mobile, I was back on the job and doing what I had to do because I couldn’t afford not to. At this point, I’m completely healed and functioning just fine. I lost a lot of weight after the accident and I’ve managed to keep those pounds shed for the most part even now after I’ve healed. If there’s any silver lining, it’s most definitely this, this is the best my body has looked in years.

What prompted this now rather than in the immediate aftermath, was that this recently happened to a friend. Now after I’ve healed, I have had time to reflect on it and really put together a cohesive opinion on what happened from my point of view. When I saw it happen to a friend, his story really resonated with what happened with me, and I managed to be of great emotional support. His accident is very similar to mine, he broke a leg, a few ribs and has a badly bruised arm and injured wrist in an accident that happened in a situation that seemed to mirror my own. Luckily for him, the driver who hit him was aware of the bump and didn’t take off. He’s managed to settle for the damages incurred and he should be okay going forward. In light of this, I thought it was important to reach out to all drivers to pay attention to one another and avoid causing real pain to motorcyclists everywhere.

Read More