Smart Beauty Guide Articles

  • A cut above the rest: 2012 cosmetic surgery statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Where did Americans spend their hard earned dollars in 2012 when it came to plastic surgery? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation took over the top spot from liposuction in the national totals for cosmetic surgery. Liposuction dropped from 325,332 procedures in 2011 to 313,011 in 2012 and breast augmentation went up from 316,848 surgeries to 330,631.  

  • What goes into a Mommy Makeover?

    If you've been doing research on cosmetic surgery, you've likely come across the term "Mommy Makeover." There is often confusion over this phrase, as some people think it consists of one singular plastic surgery procedure. In actuality, a Mommy Makeover can involve any number of plastic surgeries depending on what the patient is looking for. 

  • Beauty at any age: Cosmetic procedures across a lifetime [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Like most things in life, what helps us look and feel our best in our 20s might not work for us in our 50s and 60s. As we come into adulthood, we want to fix imbalances and features that are disproportional, which explains why rhinoplasty and breast augmentation are popular for young adults. For those age 35-50, botulinum toxin in the form of Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® is number one. Additionally, post-pregnancy women who are trying to regain their figures are getting breast surgery, tummy tucks and liposuction - otherwise known as a mommy makeover. 

  • It's a no brainer: All-in-one wrinkle and cancer prevention

    For years, you have been told to use sunscreen regularly to prevent aging. Now there's research to back that up. The Wall Street Journal describes a study in the June 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, demonstrating that people instructed to apply sunscreen every day showed 24 percent less skin aging, as measured by lines and coarseness of the skin, than those told to use the cream as they usually do. 

  • New laser system works under the skin to blast cellulite

    A new FDA-approved laser called Cellulaze is designed to reach under the skin to change the underlying structure that causes cellulite. American women have gobbled up cellulite products and nonsurgical treatments such as massage, suction and radio waves. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports to Harper's Bazaar that ninety percent of all women experience cellulite to some degree. 

  • Signs of aging you might not be expecting

    Crows feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles - these are all common signs of aging that many people expect to develop once they reach their 40s or 50s. But these facial lines aren't the only blemishes that will crop up as you age. There are other parts of your body that will prove to be evidence of how long you've been around. To avoid being blindsided by these issues, here are a few unexpected signs of aging and how you may be able to treat them with plastic surgery. 

  • Botox gets FDA-approval to erase

    The fine lines extending from the outer corner of the eyes are known as laugh lines, lateral canthal lines or "crow's feet." Call them what you may, they're viewed as one of the first signs of aging. 

    More than a decade ago, Botox emerged as a safe alternative for the temporary removal of vertical (glabellar) wrinkles between the eyebrows, also known as "elevens" or frown lines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for this purpose. 

  • Plastic surgery and skincare trends for men: Hello, handsome [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Good news for the cosmetic industry - men are now investing in plastic surgery, beauty products and anti-aging services. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10 percent of plastic surgery procedures, a 121 percent increase from 15 years ago, are performed on men. The top five focus on the face (rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and facelift) or on body contouring procedures like liposuction and male breast reduction (gynecomastia).  

  • The evolution of breasts from A to D [Infographic]

    While it is difficult to imagine a time when wood chips and glass balls were used as breast implant materials, it is easy to see why breast augmentation is a top plastic surgery procedure for today’s modern woman. Your average breast augmentation recipient is in her mid-30s, is married and has some college education. 94 percent of those women are satisfied with their FDA-approved silicone implants, which outnumber saline 70 percent to 30 percent ever since they were re-approved in 2006. 

  • Warning signs that you're dealing with a back-alley plastic surgeon

    You've probably read a fair share of news stories about individuals who suffer dire consequences after accepting the services of a back-alley plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to identify these unscrupulous individuals, as they go out of their way to appear legitimate in order to get your cash. Here are a few warning signs that could help you know when you're in an unsafe situation: 

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