Recent posts by Melissa Chapman

  • The Treatment for Spider Veins We’ve Been Waiting for!

    When I was getting dressed recently, and noticed some very unsightly new additions on my thighs, it hit me fast and hard: I had become my grandmother - and was now the proud bearer of her infamous spider vein-covered legs. While I’ve never been in love with my legs, (and had resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be asked to model swimsuits,) I had never felt self-conscious about them until both I and random strangers noticed the change. My legs were quickly becoming covered in these teeny but unsightly spider veins. They had taken up residence all over the place! 

  • Botox, Dysport or Xeomin: Are all Botulinum Toxin-Based Injectables Created Equal?

    Being over 40, I’ve been invited to my share of Botox parties - AKA ‘Come to my house, get a shot of Botox and then we’ll celebrate with champagne!’ parties. Everyone and their mother (especially their mothers) swear by the power of Botox and its almost magical ability to shave years off your forehead, eyes and mouth. In my opinion Botox seems to be my generation’s temporary fountain of youth. 

  • The Corset Body Lift Can be a Game Changer after Massive Weight Loss

    Massive weight loss is an amazing accomplishment, regardless of how it is achieved, (surgery, diet, exercise or combination thereof). Of course, those of us who have not undergone such an extreme weight loss could not possibly fathom its after-effects. I know I’ve watched reality shows like Extreme Weight Loss and been stupefied by the amount of excess skin that a person is left with after meeting their weight loss goals. 

  • Does Choosing Cosmetic Surgery (Particularly a ‘Mommy Makeover’) Send the Wrong Message to Our Kids?

    If anyone knows a thing or two about putting the needs of others before their own, it is a mother. As one myself, I basically handed over my body when I decided to take on the awesome responsibility of getting pregnant. I swore off coffee, shellfish, I only slept on my side, I quit wine, and well, I essentially became the crankiest and most anxious version of myself for the 10 months of pregnancy and the six months following since I chose to breastfeed. 

  • The Eyes Have It: No Surgery Required Anti-Aging Eye Treatments

    Yes the eyes have it. When I think about a person’s beauty I am immediately struck by their eyes and the skin surrounding them. Unfortunately nothing causes a person to show their age like wrinkles and dark circles in the eye area. Case in point, my beautiful mother-in-law passed her genetic material to my husband, who just like she did, bears sunken-in dark-colored eye sockets which magnify the aging skin under his eyes. 

  • New Year, New You:  Popular Cosmetic Procedures that will Refresh and Renew in 2016

    Believe it or not, I was the ripe old age of 40 when I got my very first-ever pedicure. When I told several people this fact, they looked at me incredulously as if I had spent the past 20-something years living under a rock. I mean, how could I call myself a modern woman and not be a devotee of such a popular pampering service?! Well I can assure you now that I've had a pedicure, which unlike the manicures I've gotten has lasted and not chipped for a solid month I am hooked. 

  • Is it Ever Okay to Use Cosmetic Surgery to Transform Yourself into a Celebrity look-a-like?

    I recently read an article which featured a couple who spent over $300K to look just like Barbie and Ken. (I know… even writing that sentence makes me cringe). See, I completely understand coveting a certain celebrity body part and yes even asking a cosmetic surgeon to perhaps help you transform a specific feature. In my case- if I ever chose to undergo a rhinoplasty I would request that my surgeon attempt to recreate my nose to mirror that of Elizabeth Montgomery’s perfect turned up one in Bewitched. 

  • Is Winter the Best Time for a Pick-Me-Up and Banish the Holiday Bloat Procedure? We’ve Got the Scoop!

    I am the first one to admit it - I overindulged big-time during the holiday season; I drank way too much sweet champagne and might have nibbled on one-too-many holiday cookies. I feel like I need a fresh start, and what better time to give my body the makeover I’ve been contemplating, than right after the holidays when I can cover my bandages and bloat with a few extra layers of clothing, right? 

  • Does the Couple that Gets Plastic Surgery Together Stay Together? The Answer Might Surprise You!

    The longer I am married, (it will be 18 years this December,) the more I’ve come to realize that marriage is not a sprint but really a long and protracted marathon - and the only way to keep yourself going is to keep your pace slow and steady and rely on your running buddy whenever you start to feel a bit faint. It also requires that you find ways to continually support and prop one another up - lest one of you lose your way and fall out the proverbial race.  

  • Move Over School Supplies -Teens Are Going Back To School This Year With New Breasts And Lips

    As the mom of a 14 year-old daughter, the scariest request that I’ve gotten from my teenager up until now (being that it is the costliest to my bottom line) is, “Can I go to the mall?” Yet as more celebrity teens like Kylie Jenner have been transformed from the girl next door to va-va-voom vixen –seemingly overnight via cosmetic surgery- I consider myself lucky because my teen hasn’t asked me for breast implants yet!  

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Melissa Chapman

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Melissa Chapman blogs about her marriage and everything in between at Married My Sugar Daddy and is determined to never be caught dead wearing mom jeans. When she is not busy scheduling her life around her two Shih Tzus and kids and uncovering the secret ingredient to happily ever after with her husband of 15 years, at age 41 she has found herself on a permanent quest to uncover the best tips and tricks to attaining a youthful, un-marionette-like appearance.

Her work has appeared in Ladies Home Journal, Care.com, The Staten Island Family, ABC News, BlogHer, Baby Center, Momtourage, Babble, The Washington Post, Time Out NY Kids, iVillage and Lifetime Moms.