Magic away your annoying scars…

Lily C boxMost of us have a couple of annoying scars. Mostly they bring back memories of when you used to climb trees or skateboard. For others, they are a reminder of a surgery or accident you’d rather not remember.

Lily-C™ Silicone Scar Therapy wrap could change all that.

Simplylily (the makers of LilyPadz for breastfeeding mums) have launched this new product, initially meant to help reduce C-Section scars, but can also be used to reduce redness and discomfort as a result of operative, accidental and sports injuries.

Silicone scar therapy is clinically proven in the prevention, improvement and reduction of scarring. The silicone provides a protective barrier which occludes and hydrates skin helping to encourage its natural healing properties.

Lily-C™ is a skin like layer of silicone measuring 5cms x 22cms and has an adhesive free lining allowing it to gently stick to the skin without the use of irritating adhesives or additional taping. Lily-C ™ comes with LilyWash™ designed to gently cleanse Lily-C™ and renew the tacky lining allowing it to be used over and over again.

Proper use of the Lily-C™ will soften, flatten and dramatically improve the appearance of your scar.

This amazing new product can be found in Boots or online, RRP £34.99.




UK patients get into debt to fund cosmetic surgery ops

London: MORE than £5 million will be taken out in personal loans this year to fund cosmetic surgery, with men accounting for a fifth of all ops, according to a report by Sainsbury’s Bank.

People wanting operations are so desperate they take on an average £6,500 of debt topay for survery.

Loans manager Steven Bailie said: “As cosmetic surgery becomes less of a taboo, a growing number of men and women may be looking to improve their looks with loans.”

Analysts Mintel estimate a 240 per cent growth in cosmetic surgery over the past five years.

And they predict that by 2010 we will be making at least a million trips a year to cosmetic surgeons.

Costs start from £250 for treatments such as collagen lip enhancements to over £5,000 for more radical surgery such as facelifts or tummy tucks.

Colon op the most common for expats says BUPA

Striking differences in the type of healthcare needed by expats around the world were revealed for the first time today by BUPA International, the world’s largest expatriate health insurer.

Colonoscopies topped the league table of the most common procedures carried out on BUPA International’s eight million members worldwide, followed by Caesarean births. Caesareans are most popular in Africa where expats there are 30 percent more likely to have a Caesarean delivery than their counterparts in Europe.

Investigative procedures such as scans are the most common operation in Europe. Expats there have more colonoscopies than those in Africa, Asia and the Middle East combined. Gastroscopies (an examination of the gullet, stomach and small intestines) follow closely behind as the second most common procedure in Europe; however, they are rare elsewhere and do not feature at all in the most popular procedures in the Middle East.

BUPA’s associate medical director Dr Sneh Khemka said: “It’s clear that expats around the world have different health needs. The climate, culture and cuisine of the country they live in is likely to affect their health and well being over time, but these figures show that certain procedures are more common in some parts of the world than others. This could be because of trends in medical practice in the region or it could be down to local factors such as accessibility to specialist hospitals and treatment centres.”

The survey also shows that:

Expats in Africa have more operations to remove their appendix than those in any other region of the world.

Expats in the Middle East have more operations to remove their gall bladder than those in any other region of the world.

Operations to repair a hernia are common in the Middle East but rare everywhere else.

Operations to remove skin lesions and moles are common in most regions of the world.

Operations to remove cataracts feature in the top ten procedures in every region of the world.

Dr Sneh Khemka added: “When you’re living and working abroad having peace of mind about your health and care is a priority. BUPA International offers its members advice on specific health concerns related to the country they are living in, as well as access to multi-lingual health advisers who can provide advice about local healthcare facilities in every region of the world.”

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