Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Neck Botox is the Next Frontier

    While injecting a little Botox in our foreheads has become commonplace, and even scalp injections are the new ‘it’ area to talk about at the water cooler, Botox in the neck area may be the next frontier in the battle against looking old. Truth be told, I really hadn’t paid much attention to the neck area until recently, when I discovered among my fellow beauty blogging buddies that this is fast-becoming a ‘thing’ and that it’s worth paying attention to.  

  • Post-Peel Skincare: What You Need To Know

    Many years ago, when I was still new to the beauty biz, I was invited by a well-known dermatologist to experience a lunchtime peel in her office. Having heard that a light peel could brighten my complexion with absolutely no downtime, I was more than excited to give it a go. 

  • 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!  

  • Skin Laxity- Why It's Important and What You Need to know

    As someone who talks to many plastic surgeons, there's a term I keep hearing: skin laxity. I've interviewed several plastic surgeons on various topics ranging from full mommy makeovers to noninvasive laser skin tightening, and skin laxity comes up often.  

    According to Merriam-Webster, laxity is the quality or state of being loose. Factors that contribute to skin laxity include aging, genetics, stress, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and smoking which reduce the collagen and elastin in our skin. 

  • Put Your Best Chest Forward: Expert Advice for a Younger Looking Chest

    I have to admit, I do like a good turtleneck as much as the next woman, but when the right occasion warrants it, I'd still like to don my fair share of cleavage-baring ensembles without feeling like I'm inviting criticism. Though I've always taken great care of my complexion with antioxidant serums, moisturizing creams and masks, broad spectrum sun protection, facials and other face-saving, rejuvenating treatments, I've been far less diligent in other oft-exposed zones, including my chest. 

  • Are Calf Implants Stranger than Breast Implants?

    By: Dr. Jonathan Kaplan 

    A few years ago, a patient came in to see me – male, adult, healthy, in a happy marriage. However, there was something missing. His self-confidence was affected by, of all things, his poorly developed calf muscles. He had a regular exercise routine, but could not build up his calves in proportion to the rest of his body. The patient had very reasonable expectations. He wasn’t a body builder or on steroids – he was just trying to stay in shape and have a fit, toned body! 

  • Using Music in the Operating Room

    You may have a favorite playlist to listen to as you work or hit the gym. Perhaps you have driving music, or that which you prefer for date night. 

    Studies have revealed that listening to music in the womb can have an impact on an infant’s development. It’s even been said that listening to music while studying or while recovering from a trauma or surgery can have a positive impact. 

  • 3 Reasons You Should Schedule a 10 Year Reunion with Your Breast Surgeon

    When was the last time you spoke to your plastic surgeon? We’re not offended that you don’t call us as frequently as your primary care physician, but we too have a stake in your physical well-being and long-term results. 

    For breast augmentation patients, it’s especially important that you make your surgeon aware of any changes to the look, feel, or quality of your breast implants as the years pass by — and scheduling a “10-year reunion” with your breast surgeon is a great way to do it. Here are a few reasons why: 

    1. A Lot Can Happen in 10 Years 

  • Don’t Sweat It: Can Botox Save Your Blowout?

    If you’re an early adopter of fitness and beauty trends, then you no doubt noticed the early summer headlines touting the latest holy grail of the hair/skin set. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Shape Magazine, InStyle and more, devotees of the daily workout have started having Botox administered to their scalps in order to stop excessive sweating at the gym from ruining their costly blowouts. After all, dry shampoo can only do so much, right?  

    Maybe.  

  • Plastic Surgery During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?

    It is no secret that a woman’s body changes drastically during the pregnancy process, and often leaves her with permanent reminders of the stresses caused by fluctuating weight, hormones, and other factors. It is also a time when many women feel less than confident and seek outside measures to restore the sense of their pre-pregnancy self. 

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