Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • How to combat those pesky wrinkles

    It’s amazing to me how you can have plump, youthful, glowing skin one day, and the next morning you wake up and look in the mirror and see crow’s feet and elevens. You know what elevens are, right? Those lovely wrinkles that form between your eyes, just above your nose? 

    Crow’s feet and elevens are a dead giveaway that you’ve transitioned from the 30s to the 40s. At 41, I feel like I find new wrinkles every time I look in the mirror. 

  • Doctor, should I have surgery?

    At least once a week a patient asks me the question “Doctor should I undergo this surgery?” Early in my career I found this a hard question to answer. 

    Over the years I have developed a strategy for answering this question, which I believe, helps patients figure out their own way, rather than using my opinion to reach a decision. I will paraphrase what I usually say here: 

  • Can mechanical cleansing devices damage your skin?

    By Ron Robinson 

    We’ve all seen and heard about them, and probably even used at least one of them daily: electronic cleansing devices. 

    The ClarisonicTM automatically comes to mind, in addition to a slew of counterparts like the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System, which uses a sponge-type head to buff and polish the skin for microdermabrasion results. 

  • 3 ways to tame your turkey neck

    It’s time to talk turkey, and we’re not referring to the star of your Thanksgiving soiree. What we mean is your neck. More specifically, the loose, sagging skin on your neck that starts to resemble a turkey’s waddle as we age — hence the ever unflattering term: turkey neck. 

    Sadly, there’s nothing that betrays the real digits on your drivers license faster than your neck. Okay… maybe your hands too… but I digress. 

  • Five questions to ask your doctor before considering surgery

    By Zipporah Sandler 

    As I move closer and closer to sixty, I find myself looking older than I feel. I want to be able to look in the mirror and see the real me, not someone who looks tired on the outside, but vibrant on the inside. I’ve walked into my neighborhood med-spa for the brochures, but how do I really know what’s best for me?  

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  • Aesthetic surgeons save lives 

    In the past year, I've diagnosed six patients with breast cancer. That might not sound like a lot for a doctor, but I am a plastic surgeon. This isn't supposed to happen. My patients see me voluntarily and our interactions are full of happiness and optimism. It is wrenching to tell just one patient they have cancer, so this cluster has overwhelmed me. 

  • 4 ways to get fuller looking, lifted boobs

    OK ladies, I did this research on breast enhancements for those of us whose breasts started pointing south due to gravity, breastfeeding, pregnancy ... or the ones who never had them first place. I fall into all of those categories. 

    Yes, I'm a member of the IBTC. (Oh, you remember, the Itty Bitty Titty Committee?) Sure, I was inducted in the 7th grade, but sadly, I've kept my status and my card for the last 27 years. I was never able to cancel that membership, no matter how many times I grabbed my wrists and crunched my chest while repeating: 

  • A Cure for bitchy resting face?

    Commence with the name-calling! Oh wait. No, don’t. Because, in fact, that waitress, boss, or co-worker, who appears to be giving you the stink eye may simply be a genetic recipient of a pop-cultural affliction known as a “bitchy resting face.” 

  • What are injectables?

    What are injectables? 

    It’s a term I hear floating around, but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was referring to. All I knew was that it meant some type of cosmetic procedure, and I could assume that it required inserting something into the skin, probably with a needle. Beyond that, I was clueless. So I hopped on the Smart Beauty Guide website and started poking around. Here is what I discovered. 

    What are injectables? 

  • Want to look younger? Plump up your cheeks.

    Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What is the one thing I could change about my face that would send me back to the glory days of my early 20s? Or 30s? Or even 40s?”
    A facelift used to be the answer. But, now, according to The New York Times, plastic surgeons “are turning their attention away from smoothing out wrinkles to increasing volume.”
    The old way was to fill facial lines. The new way is to “plump” the midface. The theory is that round, plump cheeks are a sign of youth and saggy, sunken cheeks are markers of age. 

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