Growing Appearance Consciousness Driving Scar Treatment Procedure Volume

In 2019, of the 18.1 million cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S., 181,132 were for scar revision, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in its Plastics Surgery Report 2019. Such a high volume of aesthetic procedures is a result of the increasing appearance consciousness in the country, a trend that is being witnessed around the world a well. As per the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), 10,607,227 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were carried out around the world in 2018.

Similarly, the prevalence of burns is also increasing around the world, with the more-profound impact of such mishaps seen in developing countries, which often lack proper fire safety standards. “An estimated 180 000 deaths every year are caused by burns – the vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries.”, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency further credits non-fatal burns as a leading cause of scars and morbidity, which severely hamper the ability of people to perform day-to-day functions, thereby destroying the quality of life.

Even though laser treatments are gaining widespread popularity, topical treatments continue to be the most widely used, especially since they are now available easily on e-commerce portals. With the increasing penetration of the internet and smartphones, online shopping activities have begun to account for a significant share of the total retail sales. In regard to scar treatment, a number of topical gels, creams, sprays, and oils can be bought over the website of the manufacturing company or third-party shopping portals. Moreover, topical products are easy to apply and need no real expertise, which is why they are extensively used by people in the comfort of their homes.

North America held the largest share in the scar treatment market in 2019, and it will continue doing so till 2030. The appearance consciousness, prevalence of acne, demand for improved products for scar treatment, volume of plastic surgeries, and disposable income are rising in the continent. Additionally, many cosmetic, personal care, and medical device companies are headquartered in the U.S., which continues to drive the regional market. The highest CAGR till 2030 in the industry would be witnessed in Asia-Pacific (APAC) owing to the rising healthcare spending and number of accidents.

Hence, with the growing prevalence of diseases and other events that lead to scars, the demand for products that can help treat them will keep increasing.

How Do Reservation No-Shows Affect Restaurants?

A restaurant no-show is when a customer makes a reservation and then fails to show up for the meal, compelling the staff in their server aprons and waist aprons keeping the table empty for the night. This can be devastating for restaurants, as it means that they are not only losing out on the revenue from the table that was reserved, but they are also losing out on the opportunity to serve other customers who may have been waiting for a table.

Restaurants are struggling to stay afloat due to the increasing number of reservation no-shows

When there is a restaurant no-show this means that the restaurant is missing out on revenue from that table, but it also means they are losing the opportunity to serve other guests who may have been waiting for a table.

In addition to losing revenue, other effects of no-shows include:

Increased wait times for those who do manage to get a reservation.

Increased number of cancellations, as people are less likely to want to bother with making a reservation if they know there is a good chance they won’t show up.

Difficulty in forecasting revenue and managing staffing levels.

All of these negative effects can have serious consequences for restaurants. For example, a restaurant may need to cut staff due to decreased revenues, which can then lead to longer wait times for diners as there won’t as many servers wearing waist aprons with pockets running around to serve them. Additionally, it can be very difficult for restaurateurs to accurately forecast how many reservations will actually show up on any given night, leading often to overstaffing and wasted resources. In the worst-case scenario, a restaurant may end up going out of business altogether if there are continuous situations such as these. Clearly, reservation no-shows can have a significant negative impact on restaurants and their operations. It is important for both diners and restaurateurs alike to be mindful of this issue in order to ensure the continued success of our local eateries.

Why are restaurant no-shows happening more often than ever before?

One reason that restaurant no-shows are becoming more common could be attributed to the way that we currently live our lives. With smartphones and online reservation systems, it has become incredibly easy for people to make a reservation and then not show up without any consequences to their actions.

Another reason for the increase in restaurant no-shows may be due to the current state of the economy. With less disposable income available, people may be more likely to cancel reservations at the last minute or simply not show up at all.

Whatever the reasons may be, restaurants need to take steps to protect themselves from the negative consequences of no-shows. Restaurants also need to be aware that no-shows can have an indirect effect on their business as well.

How do restaurants deal with reservation no-shows, and what can customers do to avoid them?

There are some steps that restaurants can take in order to help reduce the number of no-shows. One such step is to require a credit card deposit when reservations are made. This will ensure that at least some people will show up for their table, as they would lose money if they failed to do so. Additionally, restaurants might want to start sending reminder emails or texts to customers who have made reservations but have not shown up, in an attempt to remind them of their reservation. This has been shown to be somewhat effective, as it can jog people’s memories and cause them to remember that they have a dinner reservation. However, some customers may find this annoying or intrusive, so restaurants need to be careful about how many reminders they send out.

Customers can also take steps to avoid no-shows. One way is simply by cancelling reservations if there is any chance that you will not be able to make it. This will help free up tables for other guests who may want to come in. Additionally, try and give the restaurant as much notice as possible if you know you cannot attend your reservation; preferably 24 hours or more. This will help the restaurant to plan for the absence and ensure that they are not left with an empty table.

Are there any benefits to being a reservation no-show, or is it simply an act of selfishness that hurts restaurants and their employees?

From the point of view of the customer, there are two main reasons why people might no-show for reservations; they either forgot about it or may tend to prefer to go somewhere else altogether. In the case of forgetting, a quick phone call or email to let the restaurant know can rectify the situation and avoid any penalties (such as being blacklisted from making reservations in the future). However, if someone simply decides that they would rather go somewhere else, then that is considered to be an act of selfishness. This type of behavior not only hurts restaurants by denying them revenue but also impacts employees who may have been counting on those tips.

Generally speaking, there is no real benefit to being a reservation no-show; it is simply an act of rudeness and thoughtlessness. Not only does it inconvenience others, but it can also lead to penalties for future reservations. So, the next time you make a reservation, remember to cancel it if you are unable to honor your reservation; it helps the restaurant a great deal and it is the courteous thing to do.

A Comfy Bed and its Benefits

The human race has come a very long distance since ancient times when our beds were made up of leaves, grass and hay neatly arranged to create a comfortable mattress. These days our beds are far more advanced. Today beds range from the most basic and simple spring or foam mattresses to the more luxurious and top of the range beds that recline and even have temperature control features. A bed has arguably always been the most important furniture that man requires. Even a slave required nothing more than a bed in order to perform effectively. This article shall briefly explain how a comfy bed is has many benefits to human beings.

A comfortable benefits an individual in many significant ways. The main advantage is that it helps us to sleep in a restful way. It is recommended by doctors and health experts all over the world that a human being sleeps for roughly eight hours each and every single day. It does not matter whether one chooses to sleep during the day or during the night, just as long as we receive the recommended amount of sleep every day. When we do not receive the recommended amount of sleep our effectiveness begins to deteriorate. Scientists warn that an individual that has gone for more than twenty four hours without any sleep whatsoever is comparable to a drunk person who has consumed a large amount of alcohol. They are bound to be confused, clumsy and forgetful. The longer one goes without sleep the more their brain begins to be unable to function. Eventually they begin to hallucinate and lose their mind. This can all be easily reversed and fixed by catching up on sleep on a comfortable bed.

A comfy bed is the perfect partner that ensure that one sleeps restfully. Sleep plays an important role in our minds. Sleep plays a sort of housekeeping role in our minds. Good hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin that get depleted during the day when we are awake get rejuvenated while toxins are flushed out of our brains. As we rest the thoughts and experiences that we have been exposed to when we are awake are organized and made sense of. Different nerve paths are made, reaffirmed and eradicated.

It is therefore important that we recognize that sleep is not just a lazy person’s excuse to do nothing, rather a healthy and important part of a productive day

“The Great Game – Afghanistan” Teaches the Past and Present of That Nation

Two centuries ago, the term “The Great Game” referred to the rivalry between the British and Russian Empires. Today “The Great Game: Afghanistan” is the title of a remarkable play presented in three parts that delves into the culture, history and politics of that country from 1842 to the present. Conceived and staged last year at London’s Tricycle Theatre by director Nicolas Kent to rave reviews by the British press, it began a four-city U.S. tour in Washington at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Center for the Arts. The team of 23 including 14 actors and six crew members tell the story of that nation in twelve short plays, four in each part. The script is being updated constantly. It includes an interview with General McChrystal just before his departure and Kent is currently awaiting one with General Petraeus.

Part One (1842-1930), Invasions and Independence, begins with the British Army’s worst defeat in history near Kabul and ends with King Amanullah and his family stuck in the snow while fleeing the capital.

Part Two (1979-1996), Communism, The Mujahideen & the Taliban, addresses the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the alliance between the CIA and ISI (Pakistan intelligence agency) that forced Russia to withdraw.

Part Three (1996-2010), Enduring Freedom, presents the complexities of the civil war, women’s rights, the onus of the opium crop and insight into the soldiers themselves. Each of the twelve plays stands alone and is a half-hour long. The three parts may be viewed in any order, but Kent believes that the best way to understand Afghanistan is to attend all three parts chronologically. Kent was chagrined when Britain’s enormous response following 9/11 shifted to Iraq after President Bush attacked that country, yet the war in Afghanistan rumbled on. Noting that the artistic community lost focus as well, he decided something must be done to bring attention back to Afghanistan. He first got in touch with Tom Stoppard who convinced him it had to be not just one evening. The next step was to commission twelve playwrights to address important events leading to the development of the country as it is today. Kent then went to Kabul to view the situation up close and got one interview with a woman six days before her home was sacked by a bomber. He came back knowing exactly what the writers needed to get started.

When he initiated the project, there had been only 50 British casualties. Now there are more than 300 and his country will send 150,000 more troops there in January. He sees a weariness in his country about the war, and yet most citizens are beginning to believe that pulling out now would leave the Afghan people in terrible shape at the mercy of the Taliban.

Upon learning Kent planned to bring “The Great Game” to several American cities, Michael Kahn, STC artistic director, became determined to schedule a stop in Washington. He knew about the political plays the Tricycle Theatre has presented in the past and knows many of the playwrights who contributed to the project.

In advance of the opening performance, the STC hosted a symposium to explain Afghanistan’s past and present beyond the headlines, the role of its women and future perspectives. Author Greg Mortenson gave a keynote address covering his experiences performing humanitarian missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “I hope people attend all three parts of ‘The Great Game’ to become informed about Afghanistan’s larger picture,” Kahn said. “This will enable them to have meaningful conversations with those who may not understand its background and options for the future.”