Smart Beauty Guide Articles

  • Beyond Looking Good

    Plastic surgery, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, not only enhances one's appearance but also can have added health benefits. 

  • How to Find the Right Plastic Surgeon

    Undergoing plastic surgery is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Finding the right surgeon is an important first step toward a successful outcome. 

  • Cosmetic Shelf-Life

    Nonsurgical procedural results are not equivalent to their surgical alternatives. This is how long results from the most popular nonsurgical procedures last. 

  • 2014 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

    According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) 2014 statistics, Americans spent $12 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures with more than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed. The top five surgical procedures were: liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck and nose surgery. The top five non-surgical procedures were: botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid, hair removal, chemical peel and microdermabrasion. 

  • Cosmetic Surgery Timeline

    The duration of plastic surgery results varies by individual, device and procedure. This is how long the results from the top five surgical procedures will typically last. 

  • All About the Botox

    Botulinum toxin (Botox) is the most popular nonsurgical procedure performed in the United States. It is safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Here’s what you need to know prior to undergoing the procedure. 

  • Adolescents requesting Body contouring

    Body contouring may consist of one procedure or many procedures that help to alter the shape of your body. Contouring can be completed on the arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and a number of other areas on the body. The ultimate result is for surgeons to achieve the patient's goal of having a contoured body without extra skin. 

  • Saline breast injections: Are they safe?

    A quick way to temporarily expand one's breast size, saline injections are a newer method of breast augmentation that is awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration. According to The New York Times, the results last about 24 hours before the saline solution is absorbed into the blood. Because of its short shelf life, some patients seek the injections as a way to preview how they would appear after surgery. 

  • The effectiveness of using stem cells in plastic surgery

    With all of the positive effects of stem cells in medical treatments, some would assume that the same benefits would exist for their use in aesthetic procedures. However, their effectiveness in plastic surgery remains undetermined, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. While their capabilities seem promising, substantial research still needs to be performed to evaluate their use. 

  • Plastic surgery addiction: How common is it?

    News headlines that highlight extreme surgically enhanced physical transformations and certain celebrities can make plastic surgery addiction seem like a common phenomenon. However, it may not be as frequent as the media portrays. While there are some people who find the results of aesthetic procedures addicting, others only undergo one or two procedures to improve their appearance. 

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