Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • The Treatment for Spider Veins We’ve Been Waiting for!

    When I was getting dressed recently, and noticed some very unsightly new additions on my thighs, it hit me fast and hard: I had become my grandmother - and was now the proud bearer of her infamous spider vein-covered legs. While I’ve never been in love with my legs, (and had resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be asked to model swimsuits,) I had never felt self-conscious about them until both I and random strangers noticed the change. My legs were quickly becoming covered in these teeny but unsightly spider veins. They had taken up residence all over the place! 

  • Power-Assisted Liposuction Mammaplasty - An Innovative Technique for Breast Reduction

    Power Assisted Liposuction Mammaplasty - that’s a mouthful. Let’s call it PALM for short. Before we discuss why this is an exciting new procedure for breast reductions, let’s first understand what it is.  

    Mammaplasty means to reshape or change the appearance of a breast. That can be through augmentation, reduction or reconstruction. In this case, we’re talking about reduction.  

  • Want Your Cosmetic Surgery to Last? Do This!

    The decision to undergo any sort of cosmetic procedure, especially a facelift, is very personal and not to be taken lightly. You've got to make sure you're in the right hands and then consider the financial commitment, your expectations, any potential pain or discomfort and of course recovery/downtime.
    If you do decide to green-light a cosmetic procedure, it's important to note that most do have a shelf life. The good news? You can influence what that shelf life is! 

  • The Low Down on Medium/High Grade Chemical Peels

    Recently, I wrote about low grade chemical peels - the kind you could get over your lunch break. You know, the gateway peels? Now it’s time to pull out the big guns. Higher grade chemical peels can actually be a less pricey alternative to popular laser treatments, which is why it’s nice to know what they’re about and if you’re ready for one. 

    Unlike low grade peels, these peels have downtime that lasts longer than a coffee date and they require some aftercare. 

    Medium grade peels: (TCA Peels 35% +, Glycolic Acid Above 75% +) 

  • Lower Body Lift: What is it? And Is it Right for you?

    A lower body lift expeditiously improves the shape of the entire lower body after significant weight loss. These procedures are long, complicated and most of the time requires overnight stays. This massive surgery is performed in one fell swoop and includes a combination of procedures executed simultaneously that result in the following:  

  • Botox, Dysport or Xeomin: Are all Botulinum Toxin-Based Injectables Created Equal?

    Being over 40, I’ve been invited to my share of Botox parties - AKA ‘Come to my house, get a shot of Botox and then we’ll celebrate with champagne!’ parties. Everyone and their mother (especially their mothers) swear by the power of Botox and its almost magical ability to shave years off your forehead, eyes and mouth. In my opinion Botox seems to be my generation’s temporary fountain of youth. 

  • Plastic Surgery: What’s age got to do with it?

    Most of us agree that age isn’t a number - it’s a mindset. We hope that our old age will be illustrated through earned wisdom and the care we’ve shown our bodies, not the number on our driver’s license.  

    Yet, no matter how much we tend to our physical self, there may still come a time when professional help is needed to get the exterior to match our inner sense of youth. From Botox to facelifts, eye surgery to skin tightening, procedures abound to get our physical appearance to reflect our youthful spirit. 

  • Everyone is Getting Nipped, Tucked or Injected

    If more than $13.5 billion seems like a huge amount of dough for plastic surgery and the varied aesthetic procedures that are offered by plastic surgeons, good— it should, because it’s the highest number ever reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 

  • The Corset Body Lift Can be a Game Changer after Massive Weight Loss

    Massive weight loss is an amazing accomplishment, regardless of how it is achieved, (surgery, diet, exercise or combination thereof). Of course, those of us who have not undergone such an extreme weight loss could not possibly fathom its after-effects. I know I’ve watched reality shows like Extreme Weight Loss and been stupefied by the amount of excess skin that a person is left with after meeting their weight loss goals. 

  • Breast Feeding with Breast Implants - Is it Possible?

    Like many others, I’ve been under the assumption that breast implants impeded the ability to breastfeed. My mother took this into account when she got her implants in the 1980s, after my little brother had moved on to solid food.  

    Thanks to a lot of scientific improvements since then, and with informative guidance in a recent article by What to Expect(R), I learned that yes, it’s still possible to nourish a newborn with your own breasts, even after augmentation.  

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