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  • Cosmetic Surgery by the Numbers: Global Edition

    When it comes down to it, there isn’t really a set standard of beauty throughout the world. Some countries idealize porcelain white skin, while others promote tanning. Preferences can even vary from one city to its immediate neighboring city! But no matter where you’re from, there’s no denying that there is a motivation to be beautiful – whatever that means to you – and more than ever before, people are hoping to achieve their best looking selves through the latest aesthetic procedures. 

  • 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.  

  • How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon

    If you are considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, it is important to do your research on the procedure and the plastic surgeon. Look for a plastic surgeon that has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) 

  • 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 Vitals.com, 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. 

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