How to make the most of those New Year resolutions

It’s all well and good to stride into January and a new year resolving to lose weight, give up on certain vices and take better care of ourselves – but if you want to still be aiming for those targets come February, you need to plan ahead.

What’s more, when what you want to get rid of has gone, you may still find yourself in need of a spot of tidying-up in order to rectify what’s been left behind – and that’s where we can help.

Certain cosmetic procedures and treatments can be a fantastic tool to kick-start, enhance and boost the results of a new regime: and here’s why…

Aiming to lose weight?

Shedding the pounds is theoretically an easy thing to do – you just eat less and move more, right? Well, as anyone who has undergone a diet and fitness kick knows, it isn’t as simple as that.

Sometimes, a lack of instant results can cause you to give up early on. If you’re about to embark on a serious weight-loss programme and want a huge boost early on, liposuction could be the right treatment for you.

Liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure that safely sucks out excess fat in problem areas, such as the tummy, thighs, hips and buttocks. It’s generally seen as one of the more drastic weight loss procedures available, but it works.

One thing it certainly isn’t is an instant weight-loss cure: you’ll be required to not fall back into the habits that caused the weight in the first place. But clients have reported that it can be a huge boost to their resolve, having seen much of their excess weight removed at a stroke.

On the other hand, if you’ve embarked on a dieting and exercise regime and are still finding there are problematic areas – particularly under the arms, the neck and chin or round the hips – then body contouring is the way to go in 2017.

A totally non-surgical procedure that relies on ultrasound with radio frequency current, it’s the perfect finishing touch to a diet and exercise regime. Not only does it get at the resistant pockets of fat, it also tightens the skin. Perfect.

Giving up smoking?

Well done. We already know the benefits of giving up smoking, but even after the last fag has been stubbed out, the effects of long-term smoking will still leave its mark upon your face.

Smoker’s lines – the vertical creases around the lips caused by direct damage to the skin from cigarette smoke – can be smoothed out with a simple treatment of fillers, while the dull, greying complexion brought on by a smoking habit can be treated with a peel or laser treatment. And given the price of a pack of twenty, you’ll be able to afford it now.

Undergoing a detox?

Then why not pay attention to the outside of your body as well? Obagi skin care systems are some of the most effective anti-aging and hydrating treatments on the market, geared towards improving the appearance of dark spots, sun damage, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Retinova is an established treatment which causes mild peeling of the skin and has beneficial effects on the skin dermis.