Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • 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. 

  • Blepharoplasty: 13 Things To Expect When Recovering From Eyelid Surgery

    Time waits for no one. And as long as we’re going down that road, let’s just admit that neither does gravity. If you’re one of the nearly 150,000 people last year who sought out eyelid surgery, that “discovery” is hardly lost on you. The good news in today’s world of modern medicine is that what goes down can also go back up. But it takes a village, and that village is populated by you, your board-certified plastic surgeon, you, your surgeon’s medical team, and… did we mention you? 

  • Botox Party Bust: Why Botox and Parties Don’t Mix.

    Oil and water. Fire and ice. My own taste buds and cinnamin-flavored coffee. (Never again.) There are things in this world that simply do not, and should not mix. Yes, yes. We know. It’s easy to get lost in the boozy haze of happy hour cocktails and other friendly gatherings, we thought we should, however, point out two more things that don’t mix: Botox (Botulinum Toxin) injections and parties. 

  • Credentials 101: Is Your Surgeon Qualified Enough?

    Pressing questions like “do you brunch?” and “do you like animals?” are vitally important when judging the merits of a human being, but in choosing a plastic surgeon you’re going to have to go even further. So here’s what you do. 

  • Broken Capillaries: If It Ain't Broke Fix It Anyways.

    Just like a broken heart, broken capillaries aren’t literally broken. Sure, you might feel aching loss and devastation at the discovery of red spidery veins creeping across your once flawless cheek or climbing up the side of your nose. You may even fall into despair over a ruddy looking complexion overrun with the broken beasts, but despite the “broken” moniker, it’s not necessarily true.  

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