Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Breaking Down Cosmetic Procedures for Your Kids

    This summer, I had Botox and fillers done so subtly that my daughter noticed from a mile away. Fine, it wasn’t an actual mile, but it was about the length of a baseball field. I know this for certain because she was at camp on a baseball field and ran up to me, the entire length of the field, saying, “What happened to your face?” 

  • Get the Best Skin of Your Life: Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments

    If you're looking for a highly effective means to reverse age spots, wrinkles, or lax skin, fractional laser resurfacing treatments just might be the solution. Fractional laser resurfacing is actually two different types of procedures (ablative and non-ablative) and they are able to correct mild to major skin issues ranging from age spots to deep wrinkles and more. Though both ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing can improve your skin greatly, they have significant differences. 

  • A Secret Enhancer for Fillers? Don’t Do it, Says One Top Doc.

    There has been a lot of talk about a secret way to ‘preserve’ or lengthen the duration of results from typical fillers like Restylane and Juvederm such as combining them with a neurotoxin like Botox, but do these magical tactics even work? Are they worth the additional hundreds, if not thousands of dollars they typically cost? 

  • Four Facts to Know Before Taking the Breast Augmentation Plunge

    I think most of us women have a love/hate relationship with our breasts. While they were “technically designed” as a tool to feed our young - they have somehow morphed into a symbol of what it means to be feminine, fertile and alluring. And since our breasts then become extensions of and a barometer of our beauty and sex appeal - it is inevitable that so many of us become tortured by the appearance of our mammary glands. I’d say it is rare that you will find any woman whose breasts aren’t too small, too big or misshapen. 

  • The Most Effective Eye Solutions for Your Circles, Bags, and Wrinkles

    Our eyes are the windows to our souls, it’s true. But, they are also the window to our rough nights, our long days, and our oh-so-taxing weeks. When we’re tired, stressed, or not feeling well, we can see it in and around our eyes – making them one of the first spots that show the signs of aging. To boot, there are a seemingly endless array of eye issues that plague us and I know I’m already exploring options to fix some myself. 

  • Fillers May Very Well be the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

    It’s no secret that injectables are as mainstream as makeup in 2016 — there’s no more stigma or shame associated with visiting a doctor for a little something here or there, but while Botox and similar neurotoxins were the way to go in past years, fillers are certainly the way of the future.  

  • Fat or Fiction? Is Microfat Better for Your Face Than Fillers?

    As an aging woman, there are a handful of things I hold grudges against: gravity, collagen and adorable teenagers with their perky boobs and years of dewiness left in their skin. That said, I try to arm myself with the right weapons to fight the first two and I avoid high schools.  

  • Could the FDA Be Taking Away Your Right to a Fuller Derriere?!

    Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is one of the fastest growing trends in plastic surgery with close to 85,000 fat transfer procedures to the face, breasts and buttocks performed last year alone, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. More than 18,000 fat transfers were performed on the buttocks exclusively, and it’s no surprise since fat grafting is a great way to use your own fat, harvested through liposuction, which is then placed into the buttocks to add volume. But is your ability to pursue fat transfer to the buttocks in jeopardy? 

  • Fat Transfer for Breasts, Buttocks, Calves and Face: Get Curves in all the Right Places

    In a dream world, we don’t have fat pockets, but rather curves exactly where we want them. Well, hold on to your fat ladies, and get ready to live the dream! You can put those demonized “problem areas” to good use with a fat transfer procedure for the breasts, buttocks, calves or face. Yes, that fat you want to disappear can actually be aggregated to plump up lines and wrinkles, as well as other areas lacking robust curves while trimming the areas where it is most unsightly. 

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