Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • So Many Options for Breast Augmentation— Which One Makes Sense for You?

    For decades, breast augmentation has been among the top 5 most popular aesthetic surgical procedures for women. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it has been one of the top 2 most popular procedures since they began surveying physicians 20 years ago! But, while breast augmentation has remained consistently popular, what has changed significantly over the past few decades are the myriad options available to women looking to add volume to their chest. 

  • Can We Change the Contour of Our Legs?

    As almost any woman will tell you, finding a way to make our legs appear slimmer and more shapely is a constant challenge. Diet and exercise usually just doesn’t cut it either. Leg fat is stubborn! The important thing to remember is, as awful as we may feel while staring at that dressing room mirror, we are not alone – and the problem isn’t necessarily our fault. Blame your parents, gals! For many of us, our hefty thighs, fatty knees and ‘cankles’ are actually hereditary. (Sucks, but it’s true). 

  • Eye-Enhancing Tips and Tricks

    By Allison Schmidt 

    If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we want to keep them in tip-top shape right? No one wants their soul-windows to have wrinkly droopy curtains and look like they’re in desperate need of a dusting.  

    Depending on lifestyle and other factors, the eyes can be one of the first places to show signs of aging. Because I want to stave off wrinkles and any signs of skin aging as much as possible, I apply sunscreen daily and I’ve started working on my anti-aging skincare routine, which includes a reliable and effective eye cream.  

  • What you Should Know about Breast Implant Removal

    You are excited – you’ve finally made the decision to have a breast augmentation! In all of the discussions you’ve had with your surgeon, one point that is still a little unclear is how to deal with the long-term care of your implants. What exactly does that mean and should you worry? 

  • Can Too Much Collagen be a Bad Thing?

    My Adventures with a Stubborn Keloid Scar 

    By Allison Schmidt 

    A keloid scar is basically the only time I think of collagen as a bad thing, because too much of it following an injury or a mole removal procedure, (in my case), can actually cause a scar that is raised and larger than the initial injury, which can also be itchy and painful.  

  • Will Your Breasts Look Natural After Breast Augmentation?

    Women planning on undergoing breast augmentation are primarily anxious about how their breasts will look after the surgery – whether or not they’ll look completely artificial or real, too big, too small or just right, etc. Having a sense of what look you’d like to achieve prior to going under the knife is key as is finding a board-certified plastic surgeon you’re comfortable with who will help you through the process. A skilled and experienced surgeon will provide you with insights and options in order to achieve the most natural aesthetic possible with implants. 

  • 80 is the New 60

    In the last year, the number of 75 to 80- year-old individuals who have come to my office for cosmetic procedures has increased significantly. Body contouring, facelifts and fillers in preparation for celebrating the big 75 and 80-year milestones has been a recurring theme. Each one has said they don’t feel their age and they want their appearance to reflect how they feel. 

  • Cellulite 101: What Causes It and What Treatment Options Are Available?

    We live in a world of filters and Photoshop. However, live streaming on social media prevents that pristine filtering of flaws – and one that might be fairly noticeable on camera is cellulite. For many, depending on the severity, it is an unflattering sight they’d like to either conceal or get rid of forever.  

  • Surgical Tourism: Beauty Seekers Are Flocking to Cities with Competitive Prices

    Last year the number of surgical procedures went up 7% from the previous year, while nonsurgical procedures went up 22%, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 

  • 2016 Facelifts Are Nothing Like Your Mother’s Facelift

    As a sophomore in high school, (way back in the late 1980s,) I will never forget what it was like to witness a friend’s mother’s transformation post-facelift. Her mother, (who I will refer to as “Julie”) had just gone through a divorce and I remember her telling her daughter and me that she just felt like she needed to be refreshed. At the time I thought, why not just go to the cosmetics counter at the mall and get a mini makeover- or go to the salon and get a new haircut and color? 

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