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  • Superhero Bodies, Hollywood and the Search for Perfection

    You can't avoid it, superheroes are everywhere: Wolverine, Captain America, Thor, Batman, and Superman. Hugh Jackman and his superhero brethren all share sculpted abs, bulging veins and cut arms. You’ve also got modernized uber-buff vampires and precision-cut cowboys with nary a shirt to be seen.  

    It's like Adonis on steroids, literally.  

  • A Plastic Surgeon Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Restaurant

    Apologies to the late great Marvin Gaye for borrowing from his classic song “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing,” but it’s important for the readers of Smart Beauty Guide to know that a plastic surgeon has nothing in common with a restaurant... or a hotel…or a dog walking service… or most anything else you find on consumer review sites like Yelp. 

    The same holds true for most medical review sites like, Rate MDs or Healthgrades. Why? There are several reasons, and none have to do with the physicians themselves. Let’s start with Yelp. 

  • Plastic Surgery Enhances Your Appearance but has Its Limits

    While plastic surgery has the potential to make patients happier with their appearance, and even boost their self-esteem, it won’t necessarily address emotional or underlying psychological issues. While it may boost someone’s confidence as a result of an improved appearance, if there are deep-seated psychological issues, the procedure itself can only do so much to try to counter or erase the patient’s negative feelings about him or herself. 

  • Plastic surgery abroad: Avoid a botched procedure

    By Ron Robinson 

    Whenever I hear that someone has gone abroad to receive plastic surgery of any kind (tummy tucks, breast implants, facelift, the works) I automatically cringe. Mainly because those people flocked to another country without doing a large amount of research and decided on their surgeon due to the allure of cheaper rates. Cue horror story; a boat of tears; and sadly, some serious health issues and complications.  

  • Smart Beauty: Where do you draw the line?

    As with everything else in life, being smart is about knowing what we can change and when we have to allow nature to take its course. Obviously, where you draw the line is something we have to decide for ourselves. And this poses a very interesting dilemma when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Where do you draw the line?  

  • Plastic surgeon vs. cosmetic surgeon: What’s the difference?

    Last week’s quiz on the Smart Beauty Guide Facebook page not only raised this question, but also shed light on the need for more patient education regarding the importance of credentials. 

    There are many questions and misconceptions about the two and many patients mistakenly believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are equal when they are not.  

  • 5 Tips for Taking Better Selfies

    The latest in plastic surgery news is how Los Angeles talent manager, Triana Lavey dropped $15,000 for plastic surgery in the quest for a perfect Instagram selfie, according to 

  • Reinventing the face: Fashion meets science fiction

    If you hear a woman singing, “I feel pretty, oh so pretty,” take a good look at her. She may have taken advantage of a technological wonder – the ability to actually reshape the face with cosmetic injections that freeze wrinkles and plump lips and cheeks and chin.  

    Lately, dermal fillers, the plumpers, may be so prevalent as to influence what we have come to consider as beautiful. Goodbye bony air kisses, hello plump cheeks you can sink into and lips that cushion you against life’s miseries. 

  • Why thigh gap is a bad idea

    It is always intriguing to see how trends have changed over time. The definition of beauty and what we find attractive as a society consistently changes due to some unknown force. For example in the 1950s, the full-figured look was desired. Through the 60s and 70s the desired body was very thin. The 80s were characterized by an athletic shape. Most recently women have been striving for a very natural look. 

  • When it comes to plastic surgery, can you try before you buy?

    If you’re anything like me, you need a Xanax before you settle into the hairdresser’s chair. You prepare for a heart-to-heart conversation about how long, how layered, how blunt, and how edgy. You want to establish rapport, a single aesthetic vision. You want her to like you, so she doesn’t butcher your hair. 

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