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  • Guidelines for Plastic Surgery Abroad: Part 2

    Now that we’ve gotten the choosing a qualified overseas plastic surgeon out of the way, let’s move on to some of the other variables that will need to be considered when you’re deciding whether or not having a cosmetic procedure overseas. 

  • Skin Conditions: Is Your Skin Sensitive or Is It Something Else?

    You cry over greeting cards, beautiful sunsets, even a heart-stopping sip of grenache. We get it, you’re sensitive. But just because you’re feeling all the feels, doesn’t mean your skin is too. The truth is—the skin you’ve been calling “sensitive” all these years, may not be that at all. 

  • Exercise and Plastic Surgery: How Soon Is Too Soon?

    You: Wait a second… are you telling me that in order to recover from a surgical procedure that is meant to make me look and feel better, I must refrain from exercising which also makes me look and feel better?  

    SBG: Yes. That’s precisely what we’re telling you. And it’s in your best interest to listen.  

  • Guidelines For Having Plastic Surgery Abroad: Part 1

    From ancient Greece to Egypt, Europe to the Far East, our ancestors have a vast history of traveling to some mineral hot spring or another in search of healing and greater vitality. Centuries later, not much has changed—except now the act of traveling to seek out medicinal benefit is called “medical tourism” and it’s a booming business—$439 billion dollars per year according to recent numbers. And while today’s industry is more likely to attract those seeking surgeries or medical procedures than those seeking a simple spa treatment, the principle is the same.  

  • Injectables: 9 Safety Tips For Botox and Fillers

    When I was a kid, every five-year-old in town was invited to a magical weekend event called Safety Town. At Safety Town we were taught how to make simple safe choices—everything from using a crosswalk to not touching the stove. If you didn’t pass Safety Town, you couldn’t go to kindergarten. (Harsh, I know.) When you think about how applicable these elementary safe choices are—even into adulthood—you realize that even the simplest choices require, at some point, that someone teach them to you. 

  • Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting—Which One Is Right for You?

    Few procedures received as warm a welcome to the world of plastic surgery as CoolSculpting™. Since its FDA approved introduction to the market in 2010, this noninvasive fat-reducing technology has been wrapped in the warm embrace of doctors and patients alike. So much so that the temptation to sign up for the noninvasive procedure—in lieu of the more traditional liposuction —is strong. 

  • 9 Questions To Ask About Your Plastic Surgery Procedure

    Contemplating a cosmetic surgery is the exact opposite of an impulse purchase. There will be a lot of oversharing and there will be questions. Lots and lots of questions. 

  • A Perfect Pout: Everything You Need To Know About Lip Fillers

    So you want a puffier, pouffier, pout? Maybe you just want to replace the loss of volume or the natural lip line of a kisser that’s seen too many years of smooching, smoking or smirking. Whatever the reason, you’re not alone. Since most of us enjoy the good fortune of getting older, we also get to experience the loss of lip volume and definition that comes with advancing years. 

  • Tummy Tuck: 8 Tips For A Successful Recovery

    As miraculous as a tummy tuck seems, there is one simple truth: the one person that stands between you and a successful procedure… is you. By failing to follow your surgeon’s pre- and post-tummy tuck instructions, you can quickly set yourself up for failure or even a second corrective surgery. So let’s avoid that, and take a look at some pre- and post-surgical steps you may be asked to take when undergoing an abdominoplasty. 

  • 12 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Plastic Surgery

    “Mirror, mirror on the wall… who’s the fairest, most-knowledgeable, best-informed, most self-aware of them all?” The Queen was really into introspection, and if you're considering any type of cosmetic procedure, you should be too. It’s important to ask yourself 12 vital questions before you make an appointment with your plastic surgeon—and while we’re at it, there's a whole slew of other questions you'll want to ask your doctor, too. 

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