Smart Beauty Guide Articles

  • Botox's next frontier: Prostate cancer

    There's been a lot of discussion lately about the varied uses of Botox. While the injectable started off as a method for reducing wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and on the forehead, Botox has garnered interest from medical professionals and researchers alike over the last several years. 

  • Plastic surgery impacts beauty standards in Venezuela

    Many women might choose to get breast implants or other enhancement procedures to boost their own self-confidence, but are the results of plastic surgery reflecting what the world thinks about beauty as a whole? 

  • Smokers might find relief in skin enhancement procedures

    When we talk about the potential harms of smoking, we mostly focus on the damage it does to internal organs - mainly, the lungs and heart - and tend to overlook its external effects. However, smoking can change your skin in more ways than just those dreaded "smoker's lines" around the mouth. A new study published reveals that quitting smoking doesn't just add a few years to your life, but also your skin.  

  • Houston couple provided illegal implants

    A Houston couple was arrested Nov. 1 for performing a range of unauthorized plastic surgery procedures, including breast implants, liposuction and body contouring, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

  • Research shows link between buttock size and intelligence

    A new study explores the issue: "Are fat-bottomed girls smarter?" Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Santa Barbara put it scientifically: "Is gluteofemoral fat a privileged store of neurodevelopmental resources?" 

    According to the Chicago Tribune, the answer is a resounding "yes." And there is icing on the cake. Researchers claim that broad-bottomed women also have smarter children. 

  • Patients sue non-doctors because of complications from cosmetic laser surgery

    The number of lawsuits alleging cosmetic laser surgery complications is growing. Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) began to question the credentials of those being sued, so they performed a study. The results showed that the lawsuits are frequently directed at non-physician operators, such as nurses, medical assistants, technicians and interns. Findings, published in JAMA Dermatology, were reported on by Aboutlawsuits.com. 

  • Study shows Botox can relieve bladder symptoms

    Many studies have already been conducted on the potential benefits of Botox, ranging from treatment for depression to a remedy for migraines. Now, a recent study out of the UK suggests that the injectable typically used to limit the appearance of frown lines might have another medical gain. 

  • Is eyelid surgery the latest plastic surgery trend?

    Ever since former news anchor and current "Big Brother" and "The Talk" host Julie Chen went on record saying she received eyelid surgery while working as a reporter at age 25, the plastic surgery procedure has been thrust into the spotlight. While the operation is among the top cosmetic procedures performed in Asian countries, recent reports suggest that eyelid surgery - or blepharoplasty - is increasing in popularity across the globe. 

  • Men: Shopping for Botox injections is not like buying a car

    The grim truth is that it takes people 55 and over much longer (50.4 weeks) to find work after job loss compared with 34.2 weeks for those under 55, according to the American Association for Retired People (AARP). Despite laws prohibiting age discrimination, looking old (or older) can be a roadblock to rebooting a career. Women have solved this problem for years with visits to a plastic surgeon. 

  • Cheek-plumping injectable filler gets FDA nod

    "Round, plump cheeks look young. Saggy, sunken ones look old," according to a New York Times article on facial rejuvenation. The latest trend is for plastic surgeons to increase facial volume. In the past the trend was to see a line and fill it. While this can make you look better, it may not necessarily make you look younger. 

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