Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • How Your Breasts Change Through the Decades

    Our “girls” have quite a journey in life. Starting with our preteen years, we’re begging them to grow, eager to get that first bra – and then, we’re eager to have a bra bigger than our friends. (Never happened for me, alas.) Then, as we have babies, our breasts become more than just bra filler and man magnet – they become a source of sustenance to a tiny person! And we watch them inflate – only to later deflate, followed by sagging, much to our utter dismay. 

  • Extravagant Spa Treatments That People Pay for and I Kinda Want to Try?

    Sure, I’ve spent hours imagining myself in a bath of diamonds — dunking under and coming up for air like a Chuck E. Cheese patron in a ball pit — who hasn’t? But would I spend thousands to rub ground diamonds on my face? Would that be a thing? Apparently we’re not far off. It seems that there’s a trend in spa services a la lifestyles of the rich and famous which says if you put something ‘chi chi’ on a spa menu, people will pay to be slathered in it. 

    What’s hot, what it does and … would you try it? 

  • Breaking Down the Subliminal Beauty Theory

    Isn’t the best compliment we could give a Hollywood starlet, a friend or a relative, “I think she’s had work done, but I’m just not sure?” That’s the crux of the ‘subliminal beauty theory’, and what’s difficult about it is that it completely contradicts what plastic surgeons are taught. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Dayan says that defining beauty with preconceived dimensions and measurements thrives in the face of the formula for successful cosmetic surgery outcomes.  

  • Is There Such a Thing as Seasonal Surgery?

    Last summer, a good friend of mine underwent a medium chemical peel, also known as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) chemical peel, and spent the majority of the season indoors. While the rest of us were enjoying the beach, swim club and tennis courts she was following her doctor's orders of strict sun avoidance and ended up spending too much time on her computer and catching up on Netflix's latest offerings. Seems like it was poor planning to me. 

  • Here’s One Way to Literally Freeze Your ‘Muffin Top’ Off

    Under the heading of “Things That Sound Too Good to Be True,” CoolSculpting, at first glance, might top the list. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses a vacuum applicator (essentially a suction device) along with intense cooling to target the area of excess fat. We scored the scoop from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Law on why this procedure is the real deal. 

  • Are Virtual Consultations The Next Big Thing in Plastic Surgery?

    Not long ago, traveling for aesthetic plastic surgery looked something like heading to Guatemala for a cheaper facelift, or, on the other extreme, traveling to New York from a small town because you had the means, but not a qualified local surgeon in close proximity to your home base.  

    Nowadays, seeking the counsel of a plastic surgeon beyond your zip code is not relegated to the rich or financially strapped. The Internet has opened up exposure to businesses in a way that the local Yellow Pages never could. We can use all things digital to seek out world-renowned experts.  

  • 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. 

  • Cosmetic Procedure Options for Men Considering A Makeover

    Attention fellas: Plastic surgery isn't just for the ladies anymore. In fact, it hasn’t been for a while but male-centric options are just now beginning to go mainstream. While male-focused procedures may not make the headlines as frequently, they are certainly available if you feel like it's time for some sprucing up. 

  • 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? 

  • Most Common Non-Surgical Procedures For Gen Xers (We won’t grow old without a fight)

    I recently wrote about the most common surgical procedures for Gen Xers, with my personal take on why. This got me thinking about the prevalence of non-surgical procedures we Gen Xers seem to gravitate towards. I’m no stranger to many items on the list. Why? Because they are less expensive ways to maintain some of the youth (AKA volume, elasticity and evenness) that I feel like I went to bed with one evening and woke up without the next day. 

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