Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Prenup Plastic Surgery: Would You Say “I Do?”

    If you’re thinking of getting something done, when better than before the biggest day of your life, as well as the most important photo shoot of your life? All eyes will be on you, which is something you should enjoy, not feel anxious about. And it's not just for that day… imagine that photo that will forever be sitting on your mantel. After you have kids and age as gracefully as possible, you will always look at that photo and revel in the one moment you felt the most beautiful. 

  • Cellulite: Can You Really Banish the Bumps?

    Dimply, dumpy and bumpy - cellulite is likely the one summer accessory you wish you could just take off already. Since it’s scientifically impossible to wish cellulite away or scrub it off in the shower — damn you and your pesky logic, science! — we’re going to take a look at some of the things you can do to help rid yourself of this bikini season pariah.  

  • 5 Great “Starter” Procedures That May Quickly Help You  Regain Some of Your Youth

    (AKA my to-do list after spending a summer at camp with a bunch of young counselors) 

    I’m spending the summer at Camp Lenox (in the Berkshires) with my children on a journey that I thought would make me feel like a kid again. In many ways it has, but in even more ways, it has highlighted how I’m not as young as I feel.  

    You can always go back, but you can’t go back in time. There is definitely truth in this. 

  • Botulinum Toxin (AKA: BOTOX®, Dysport® or Xeomin®) – When too much of a good thing becomes a reality

    We’re all familiar with the concept of “too much of a good thing” but the pearl behind that wisdom hits especially hard when it happens to your face. Two years ago I began to develop the dreaded “11” between my brows. They were slight, but I am all for spending on prevention rather than investing in restoration, so I opted for Botox along with Juvederm injections. My doctor is very conservative and methodical, so instead of doing it all at once, he did the Botox and then waited 2 weeks to inject the Juvederm. 

  • Revealing the Beauty Within: Dermabrasion and Chemical Peels

    Most of us dream of recapturing the essence of youth and returning to the dewy freshness that's faded with the years due to hours on the beach, long runs in the summer, that pesky smoking habit in college, and exposure to other environmental toxins. Every line tells a story and sometimes we don't want those stories broadcast.  

    While face, brow and neck lifts can transform a face into a more youthful version of itself, there are other options to enhance the look and feel of our skin-- which is thankfully much less expensive and non-invasive. Awesome.  

  • Things Every Woman Considering Breast Augmentation Should Know But Probably Doesn't

    Most women who visit our practice for a breast augmentation consultation have definite ideas, usually involving what they don’t want. They don’t want their breasts to be disproportionate to the rest of their body. They don’t come in seeking to please anyone but themselves. And, they most emphatically don’t want a result that looks unnatural. Clearly, they’ve given the procedure quite a bit of thought, but there are aspects of breast augmentation procedures that even the most informed patients probably haven’t given much, if any thought to. 

  • What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal - to Avoid Things Getting Hairy

    I’m spending the summer at camp with my kids and I’m using the experience as part of a humor writing series I’m working on. There’s a ton of material. For starters, I’m older than pretty much all of the counselors and staff, who all seem fresh-faced and aglow at each and every function. Likewise, I’m working hard to look even slightly aglow. ‘Aflicker’ may be a better term.  

  • 6 solutions for dark under-eye circles

    Many people, both young and old complain of dark circles under the eyes. There are many different causes of dark color of the lower eyelid skin and shadows beneath the lower eyelid. It could even be a combination of different problems, which is why it is important to understand what causes dark circles before figuring out how to correct or remove them from under the eyes. 

    Here are six reasons why you have dark under-eye circles and their treatment options: 

  • Body contouring treatments: Friend or foe?

    The health and beauty market never seems short of get fit quick treatments, procedures and gadgets, and at no time during the year are we ever more hopeful that they’ll work than now — bikini season.  

    From rapid weight loss pills to cellulite removing treatments, there’s always a new “next big thing” gunning for your hard earned dollars. And more often than not, those same “miracle” treatments lead consumers down the too-short emotional trail from “hallelujah” to “I’ve been had.”  

  • Plastic surgery abroad: Avoid a botched procedure

    By Ron Robinson 

    Whenever I hear that someone has gone abroad to receive plastic surgery of any kind (tummy tucks, breast implants, facelift, the works) I automatically cringe. Mainly because those people flocked to another country without doing a large amount of research and decided on their surgeon due to the allure of cheaper rates. Cue horror story; a boat of tears; and sadly, some serious health issues and complications.  

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