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    Exercise Of The Week

    Here at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta the health and wellbeing of our patients is a priority in everything we do! Besides eating well, exercise and having an active lifestyle is vital to support good health. Each week Dr McCluskey demonstrates a different exercise for everyone to try as well as setting a challenge for the week. This week it’s all about the abdominals-a problem area for many! It is important to remember that abdominal exercises alone will not give any one a flat stomach, eating healthy food and appropriate portions is also vital!

    The Full Extension

    This move can take a little while to conquer as it requires stability as well as abdominal strength, but stick with it! Full extensions utilize the entire core giving the upper and lower ab muscles work as well as using the entire core to stabilize. Try performing thirty of these each day for the next week and tell us if you see any improvement! Here’s how to perform one full extension:

    1. Extend both legs and arms long

    2. Reach up and over your head with your arms while simultaneously tucking the knees towards the chest.

    3. Extend both arms out in front of you with knees tucked in to your chest

    4. In a controlled motion extend both the arms and legs and return to your original position.

    Watch as Dr McCluskey and our lovely Dani demonstrate this move!

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    Exercise of the Week

    Here at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta we are focused on helping our patients feel beautiful and that starts inside! Patients have a lot questions about targeted weight loss and toning certain areas. Even though “targeted” weight loss is not possible with out surgical steps, toning trouble areas is something everybody can work achieve themselves! So, whether you’re adding a move to regular routine or learning something totally new, join in with us and help to make a healthier, happier you!


    This Week’s Move: The Tricep Dip

    A common complaint that many patients have is that they are unhappy with the size or appearance of their upper arms. The tricep dip, and other moves that exercise the tricep muscle (as seen in the picture) will specifically tone the backs of the arms increasing strength and creating slimmer, leaner looking upper arms.

    This move is incredibly simple and is open to many variations to further test yourself and increase endurance. For example the legs can be bent with feet plants on the ground, straight with heels digging in to the ground, or crossed with one heel digging in to the ground. The key thing to remember with the tricep dip is that it’s just that- a work out for the upper arm, so moving the hips up and down to touch the floor will not exercise the arm. The key is to bend the elbow and then snap back in to a straight arm position, even if this means a small bend in the elbow at first as you improve you will be able to achieve a lower ‘dip’.

    To perform a tricep dip follow the steps below and use Dr McCluskey’s pictures as a reference! This move can be performed using a step or low bench or simply on the floor:

    1. Lean back and place hands directly under shoulders with fingers facing forward.

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    2.  With legs either straight out to the front, bent, or crossed, lift your butt off the floor and shift your weight back so that more pressure is on your arms than legs.

    3. Simply bend the elbows lowering your upper body slowly without letting your bum touch the floor.

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    4. Then push back to a straight arm position to complete the dip!

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    Perform this action twenty times for three sets each day for the next week and see if you can notice an improvement. Changing leg position or using a step to allow a bigger dip will increase the challenge! Controlled and stable movements will help to produce the best results, and don’t forget to check in with us and let us know what you think of this exercise!

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    Exercise of the Week

    ‘Bikini season’ may have officially ended this past weekend but health, fitness and feeling good about yourself is always in season! Here at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta we are focused on helping our patients feel beautiful and that starts inside! Starting this week we will be bringing you weekly exercise moves that Dr McCluskey will be trying out all week. So, whether you’re adding a move to regular routine or learning something totally new, join in with us and help to make a healthier, happier you!

    This week’s move: The Burpee

    Not everyone’s favorite move, the ‘burpee’ is a simple move that helps raise the heart rate, while working the legs, shoulders AND core! Simply follow these steps and Dr McCluskey’s video guide below and complete your first burpee!

    1. Take a standing position

    2. Lower in to a squat and place hands on floor either side of your feet

    3. Kick your feet back to a plank position

    4. Perform a push up then return to plank position

    5. Kick feet back up to a squat position

    6. Spring back up to a standing position, jump and clap your hands.

    That’s one burpee! Now set a timer for one minute and perform as many as you can, do this every day and see your improvement!

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    We all know that there are many, many reasons to stop smoking: the health complications are extensive and the effect on you appearance alone are hugely significant. Smoking also adds a significantly higher risk of complications when it comes to surgery. As a rule I don’t operate on smokers. I try to work with patients that do smoke to set parameters for their safety or to help them to stop smoking completely (if they are interested). If you are a chronic smoker then during your consultation I will explain the risks of smoking with regard to plastic surgery and I’ll ask you to stop smoking one month prior to surgery and one month afterward.  It might sound like a big challenge, but I’m asking you to cease smoking for a period of one month.


    Even if you follow these instructions to the letter and quit smoking one month before and one month after surgery you are still at risk for many of the complications typical for smokers, naturally it’s always preferable that patients stop smoking completely. One of the many reasons smoking is problematic in regards to surgery is that chemicals found in cigarettes cause blood to clot less easily which can be extremely problematic, . If you are a smoker any issues or questions you may have will be discussed in detail at your consultation so that you can be fully educated and prepared before scheduling surgery.

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    Rigorous diets and bland eating plans make it easy to slip straight back in to old habits, but making small changes to your current can be the key to a healthier you!

    Strict eating plans and an overwhelming diet change send many people running for the fried food in a matter of days. Even the strongest of will power will be tested during a tough diet, and the majority of those that make it through will bounce back to old eating habits and regain any lost weight.

    If you want to lose a few pounds with out going crazy and get long term results you need to make a realistic change in your eating habits. Here are some easy steps to take!

    1. Eat breakfast!

    Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, it sets you up with the energy you need to have a happy and productive day. Studies show that having breakfast as the largest meal of the day instead of dinner is helpful in losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.



    2. Drink plenty of water

    We are 70% water and that water needs replenishing! A lot of us are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it so those hunger pangs you’re feeling between meals could be misread feelings of dehydration. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip through out the day to rehydrate and stop you reaching for snacks when you aren’t even hungry.

    3. Eat Your Greens

    Leafy greens especially are packed full of important nutrients that boost your health and have benefits for your hair, eyes and nails. You don’t necessarily have to become a salad eater but add some to at least one meal a day to give your body the nutrients it needs.images-2

    4.  Avoid Processed Food

    Keep the foods you eat as close to their natural state as possible! This ensures you get the full benefits and nutrients of what you’re eating as well as avoiding added sugar which has many negative side effects on health.

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