Recent posts by Mary Cunningham

  • Botox Injections Reduce Pain in Immediate Post- Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Using Expanders

    Botulinum toxin A injections (including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) have been the #1 nonsurgical procedure nationwide since 2000. In 2014, more than three million botulinum toxin procedures were performed. The injectable is known for temporarily reducing muscle mobility for either aesthetic or functional purposes and is a popular go-to choice for anyone seeking to address early signs of aging. 

  • Determining Your Age Based on Facial Features – What Makes Someone Look Younger?

    Have you ever had the not-so-pleasant experience of a co-worker, a decade your senior, assuming you were their peer based on your appearance and sadly, not your wisdom?  

  • Skin Laxity- Why It's Important and What You Need to know

    As someone who talks to many plastic surgeons, there's a term I keep hearing: skin laxity. I've interviewed several plastic surgeons on various topics ranging from full mommy makeovers to noninvasive laser skin tightening, and skin laxity comes up often.  

    According to Merriam-Webster, laxity is the quality or state of being loose. Factors that contribute to skin laxity include aging, genetics, stress, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and smoking which reduce the collagen and elastin in our skin. 

  • Keep Abreast of Your Breast Implant Maintenance – What You Need To Know

    Breast augmentation was the second most popular surgical procedure performed in the US last year. 80% of the breast implants used were silicone and 20% were saline. Implants have helped women of all ages enhance their overall look but, like many success stories, we also hear about the horror stories of breast implants gone wrong. For the majority, these implanted devices seem to work just fine. To get better insight on breast implant maintenance, I spoke with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. 

  • Reversing Sun Damage Where It Counts: Treatments for Hands and Neck

    Our facial moisturizer contains SPF. So does our BB cream and foundation. Once we’ve “got our face on,” we are armed with layers of sun protection. But, we are skipping out on protecting our hands and necks, which after years of sun exposure, can be the sounding alarm exposing our true age. Sure, maybe they get an initial swipe of sunscreen at the beginning of the day, but our exposed skin is baking in the UV rays long after that protective screen has worn off. 

  • Get A Beach Body, Not A Beach Cover-Up. Procedures That Help You Bare It All This Summer.

    When Lilly Pulitzer debuted her capsule collection for Target this spring, the allure of bold, bright bikinis, sun hats and beach cover-ups in the iconic designer’s coveted prints offered at unheard of affordable pricing was so compelling that the collection sold out in mere hours! I was left without day-glow preppy beachwear. Tragic, except for the fact that I already have too many beach accessories and bikinis and besides, why cover up?  

  • Everything You Might Want to Know About Penis Enhancement, But Are Afraid to Ask

    Compared to other cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, facial fillers and the like, we hear far less about penis enhancement. Perhaps there is still significantly more stigma associated with this procedure, or perhaps it’s just not well-suited for television, but there’s simply not a lot of talk about it in almost any media, at least nothing I’m reading or on shows I’m watching, and as such, there are a lot of seemingly unanswered questions revolving around penis enhancement. For example - - How is it done? Why? 

  • Five Ways to Look Refreshed This Summer

    Did you hear about the site www.how-old.net that estimates your age based on the photo you submit? Sometimes the results are hilarious. Microsoft's new facial recognition technology was recently featured on the TODAY Show, and most of the co-hosts were thrilled to be estimated as younger than they are and then poor Al Roker was estimated to be about 20 years beyond his actual age. Yikes!  

    Cut to my Instagram feed, with friends sharing results -and frustrations -at the older-than-polite estimate. 

  • Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion - What's The Difference?

    Moving into summer, we want to shed the pounds, the layers of clothes, and, most especially, dull, wrinkled skin. Am I right or am I right? 

    Now is the perfect time to research and book a procedure that can diminish scars, wrinkles, blackheads and brown spots.  

  • Who Is Administering Your Botox? Why Credentials Matter.

    NBC's recent story, about the major consequences of seemingly minor facial treatments calls our attention to a scary but true scenario- doctors you trust for significant care in certain areas of your life --from dentistry to internal medicine--are not likely the best option to administer facial fillers or Botox. But until you know what qualifications to look for, you may be swayed to get an enhancement at the hands of a Botox novice.  

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Mary Cunningham

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Mary Cunningham is a health and wellness writer and co-founder of the lifestyle site, Girl Around Town and travels regularly between New York, Austin and Houston. She loves speaking about the beauty we have inside and how to do the inner work to let that beauty radiate. Prior to leaving the corporate world to start her own company, Mary worked at the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles, before moving to Manhattan, where she joined Nokia's Digital Music Department.