Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • The Latest in Tattoo Removal Techniques: Because No One Should be Branded with Their Tramp Stamp for Eternity, (unless they want to be)

    I subscribe to a certain theory in regards to the monumental decision to brand oneself with a tattoo. Namely, before one gets a tattoo they should imagine themselves looking at that tattoo in twenty years, or, at the very least, after the tequila wears off. Case-in-point: I’ll never forget a guy I dated who showed me his Hebrew-worded tattoo and very matter-of-factly told me that it meant “strength” when, (unbeknownst to him and because I am fluent in Hebrew,) I knew that it actually meant “cow.” This date’s misguided tattoo is a story I relay to anyone I know who is about to get inked. 

  • The Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedure I Would Perform For My Own Kids

    Being a parent, it is my responsibility to teach my kids to be confident, and that confidence isn’t entirely based on one’s outward appearance. I am personally not a proponent of aesthetic plastic surgery for minors, but as a father of boys, I feel very empathetic towards boys and young men with gynecomastia. The treatment, (breast reduction surgery), is the only aesthetic surgical procedure that I will perform on children. 

  • A Tummy Tuck is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

    After the birth of my second child who was delivered via C-section, I was left with a small but noticeable area of extra skin which, despite my best efforts to minimize, I have not been able to improve. That sweet baby boy, the one who just refused to get into position in-utero, is now 11 years old and lovingly tells me he is “so sorry that my tummy has a flap that hangs over.” I have finally come to accept the cold hard fact that without a true tummy tuck I will never be able to wear a bikini again. 

  • Male and Female Rhinoplasty: Is There a Difference?

    Over the years I've known quite a few people who have undergone rhinoplasty for varied reasons. People are often looking for facial harmony and to enhance the proportions of their nose, not to mention it can also help with impaired breathing. A good looking man I know got a nose job when he was in his mid- to late-20s with a somewhat prominent, strong nose. 

  • Why Fat is ‘Liquid Gold’ and the Next Frontier in Beauty

    Millions of people have had liposuction, and it’s safe to say that the majority of the fat sucked through countless cannulas has been tossed out as medical waste, but with every industry in the world starting to take recycling and more eco-friendly approaches, it’s no surprise that even our fat is now being recycled. If you’re thinking ‘OMG, that’s gross!’ don’t worry— it’s not about shifting your love handles to your best friend. 

  • What if Your Under-Eye Bags Are Something Else?

    I’m constantly being asked to write about under-eye bags - well, specifically how to get rid of them. What I’ve come to discover is that there is a lot of misinformation out there about potential remedies. There are “miracle creams” and such, offered at every price-point, claiming de-puffing capabilities that I have personally come to discover are just lies – because the truth of the matter is genetics often play a role – especially when it comes to bags and the causes and fixes for them. Bottom line is that we all hate them. 

  • Laser Tattoo Removal: Is A Doctor Your Best Option?

    You don't have to have the name of your ex, a gang sign or some unrecognizable or embarrassing picture prominently displayed somewhere on your bod to regret that tattoo. Besides having moved on in life, there are numerous other reasons you might want it gone for good. Maybe it's keeping you from getting that promotion at work, it's just not "you" anymore, or you don't like the example it sets for your kids. Maybe it's just ugly as sin because you obtained it in a drunken haze during your collegiate years. 

  • Instant Gratification Beauty Treatments

    Its human nature: We all want what we want when we want it, which for most of us is instantly. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are no different. We all hope for immediate results: a lunch hour transformation or better! And while quick results are sometimes possible, few are ever as instant as rumor or cute and catchy procedural references would have you believe. I am just as guilty as the next gal. 

  • Breaking Down Cosmetic Procedures for Your Kids

    This summer, I had Botox and fillers done so subtly that my daughter noticed from a mile away. Fine, it wasn’t an actual mile, but it was about the length of a baseball field. I know this for certain because she was at camp on a baseball field and ran up to me, the entire length of the field, saying, “What happened to your face?” 

  • Get the Best Skin of Your Life: Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments

    If you're looking for a highly effective means to reverse age spots, wrinkles, or lax skin, fractional laser resurfacing treatments just might be the solution. Fractional laser resurfacing is actually two different types of procedures (ablative and non-ablative) and they are able to correct mild to major skin issues ranging from age spots to deep wrinkles and more. Though both ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing can improve your skin greatly, they have significant differences. 

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