With bodybuilding and tanning-obsessed stars like the cast of the Jersey Shore now such popular role models for people, it is easy to see why an increasingly proportion of the population are turning to dangerous steroids and tanning beds to achieve their perfect beach body. The only question is: At what cost? Luckily, if you’d like to spare yourself potentially life-threatening complications and more rapid ageing, cosmetic medicine has developed simple and far more effective ways to achieve your perfect beach body.

Deadly Beauty Secrets

It has recently been revealed by Australian Customs that the confiscation of illegal steroids has not only increased, but doubled over the past few years. And while sexually active men and women have always desired having the perfect beach body, with the explosion of websites and web ads selling so-called ‘performance enhancers’ and ‘body-building supplements’, this problem is now reaching epidemic proportions.

This trend translated into a media frenzy recently with the death of young body builder Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, whose brother Said was found to be possession of an illegal anabolic steroid during a police raid. Aziz, who had over 50 000 followers on Facebook, was the poster boy for this pursuit of perfection. And yet, while the cause of his death has been reported as due to a pre-existing heart-condition, questions are still being raised about what triggered it.

Unfortunately, the potential cost of using these substances is too high, but for an image conscious generation, there are new, far safer and more effective ways to strip away excess fat, love handles, lumps and bumps,and gain the perfect beach body.


For many, even those that go to the gym, losing the last 2-5 kilos of body weight can be a near impossible task. And the fact is that due to regular workouts most of them have perfectly good musculature hidden behind that layer of fatty tissue. But while in the past, traditional liposuction procedures have been unreliable, extremely expensive, and highly stressful to the body, there are newer and more less invasive liposuction procedures that produce the same results with only a fraction of the downtime, and with far better results.

Liquid Lipo

The Liquid Liposuction procedure is similar to traditional liposuction, except that it creates smoother results without the same impact on the body. Using a couple of targeted incisions, a powerful stream of water is used to literally dissolve away fat in areas like the thighs, buttocks, tummy and hips. Because of this dissolving action, liquid lipo is able to target fat directly without damaging the surrounding tissue. This means less pain and minimal trauma to the area, meaning far less down time. In fact, patients are usually back to work within the next one to three days. Also, because the process dissolves the fat, the cosmetic practitioner is able to create far smoother and more natural contours than ever before.

A note on tanning

While the Jersey Shore has heavily promoted the phrase GTL (gym, tan, laundry), no cosmetic practitioner would ever recommend you tan. On top of the dangers of skin cancer inherent in using tanning beds or tanning from the sun, one of the basic anti-ageing principals is to wear sunscreen every day. This is because overexposure to the sun causes the skin’s collagen to erode, leaving you prematurely wrinkled, sallow looking, and allowing your skin to drop and sag in all the wrong places.

So, if you’re going to work on maintaining your perfect body this summer, why not ensure your face is preserved for next summer and many more to come. Plus, if you have already caused premature sun damage, there are a range of anti-ageing treatments such as Anti Wrinkle Injections and dermal fillers, are worth talking to your cosmetic practitioner about, before you decide a tanning bed is the answer.