Smart Beauty Guide Articles

  • There's more to tummy tucks than meets the eye

    A recent study showed that tummy tucks following major weight loss may do more than improve your appearance. Because a tummy tuck makes you look better, it also motivates you to keep your weight down. These surgeries can produce "a second wave of elation" that helps you stay on track to lose more weight, according to an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. 

  • Are men feeling pressured to use Botox?

    Plastic surgeons in the U.S. are seeing an increase in men seeking Botox injections to secure a younger-looking face, according to Market Watch. The news source reported that Botox injections among male patients rose 6 percent from 2011 to 2012, while there has been an overall 20 percent increase in plastic surgery procedures for men since 2000. 

  • South Korea sees increase in 'Gangnam Style' face lifts

    Seoul has become the unofficial beauty belt for Asian women looking to enhance their facial features - particularly in the Gangnam​ district, an affluent neighborhood popularized by Korean pop star Psy's viral hit, "Gangnam Style." According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the South Korea capital has seen a spike in women traveling to the city to receive plastic surgery procedures.  

  • Florida man arrested for performing non-licensed silicone injections

    A Florida man was arrested this week for allegedly injecting people with silicone without a medical license, First Coast News reported. The silicone injections were administered in the buttocks, a common illegal practice used to enhance the body's curves.  

    Police officials told the news source that Orlando resident Matthew Schultz performed an estimated six silicone buttocks injections per day, collecting up to $1,200 for each procedure.  

  • Study sheds new light on fat removal

    While body contouring has been considered a purely aesthetic procedure, a new report found that the plastic surgery procedure could promote maintenance of a healthy weight following gastric bypass surgery. Led by researchers out of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, the study outlined the ways in which removing excess skin and fat greatly improves the lifestyle of those who undergo major weight-loss surgery. 

  • Padded panties to buttock augmentation: the butt is in!

    Anyone that owns a television knows that buttocks are now competing with breasts as markers of femininity - and the bigger the better. Georgea Kovanis, blogging for the Detroit Free Press is interested in this trend. 

    Plastic surgery is the specialty that can turn flat buttocks into curvy hillocks. Call it a buttock enlargement, butt implant, or gluteal implant; a buttock augmentation can be performed using implants or fat transfer/fat transplantation. 

  • Demystifying beautiful skin - from sunscreen to Botox

    At least one thing never changes. All women, from Cleopatra to now, have jumped through hoops to get beautiful skin. We want it so much that wishful thinking has spawned rumors, old wives tales and glaring inaccuracies. Real Simple magazine interviews plastic surgeons and other specialists to set the records straight, separating truth from misconception. 

  • New study revolutionizes reconstructive surgery with stem-cell fat grafts

    A recent study out of Denmark found that using human stem-cell fat grafts is a safe and efficient practice that might become standard for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Standard practice for surgeries such as breast reconstruction involves autologous fat grafting, or lipofilling, which provides good initial results, but tends to have a high resorption rate. Now, a team of researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital has shown that stem cells may improve results from lipofilling.  

  • Some facial surgeries make you look younger and others make you look more attractive

    A study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery raised a lot of eyebrows because of unexpected results. Pre and postoperative photos of 37 women and 12 men who underwent facial rejuvenation procedures like facelifts, brow lifts and eyelid cosmetic surgery (blepharoplasty) were evaluated by independent reviewers. Study results showed that plastic surgery made people look about three years younger but had an insignificant effect on their perceived attractiveness. 

  • Federal court upholds the right of plastic surgeons to promote ABPS board certification

    A billboard depicts a tearful woman saying, "I didn't know my cosmetic surgeon wasn't a plastic surgeon." This is the most visible part of an ad campaign launched by the Utah Board of Plastic Surgery to increase public awareness that all plastic surgeons are not created equal. Basically, there are those with board certification in plastic surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and those that label themselves "cosmetic" or "plastic surgeons," but come from different specialties and are certified by different boards. 

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