Smart Beauty Guide Videos

  • The Difference Between Hot and Cold Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Procedures

    Dr. Grant Stevens, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Marina Del Ray, California, explains the difference between hot and cold techniques for eliminating body fat. 

    “Fat is sensitive to heat, if you heat it up to 42 degrees or more, you can see some resolution in the fat. The problem is it is not as reproducible and tends to hurt,” notes Dr. Stevens. 

  • I Have a More Youthful Glow Thanks To Chemical Peels

    Sarah has been getting 2 to 3 chemical peels a year for about 8 years to help with freckling, fine lines and keeping the pores small. 

    Chemical peels are a popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to peel away the skin’s top layer, covered with dead skin cells, to improve sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled skin.  

  • Why More Women Are Undergoing Labiaplasty

    Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the labia minora by removing excess tissue; it has risen in popularity by 44% between 2012 and 2013 with more than 5000 procedures performed. 

    For certain women the labia can cause discomfort when wearing tight clothing or engaging in certain exercises. Dr. Christine Hamori, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Duxbury Massachusetts, performs 4 to 5 procedures a week. 

  • Botox Softened My Facial Lines and Wrinkles

    Maryann received Botox injections from a board-certified plastic surgeon to reduce her facial lines and wrinkles. Although, she didn’t think they were deep, she wanted to smooth out some of the wrinkles. 

    Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face—most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. 

  • Safe Buttock Augmentation Options

    Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami, FL, explains options for buttock augmentation that are safe for patients who are considering undergoing the procedure.
    Buttock augmentation is an aesthetic procedure that reshapes and enhances your gluteal area, providing you with an uplifted and shapelier buttock profile.  

  • A Second Facelift 12 Years Later: I Feel More Confident and Like What I See

    Twelve years after her first facelift, Esther sought the same plastic surgeon for a mid-facelift procedure to address the signs of ageing. 

    “I noticed my jowls were starting to hang. My doctor reassured me it was normal after about 10 years and recommended a mid-facelift as a refresher,” explained Esther. 

    A mid-facelift addresses mid-face sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin giving one a refreshed and rejuvenated look.  

    For about a week Esther experienced swelling in the face but iced regularly and had to sit up. 

  • The Benefits of Nonsurgical Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

    Nonsurgical fat reduction is a procedure that uses specialized equipment to eliminate unwanted pockets of body fat. Dr. Jennifer Walden, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Austin, TX, explains the benefits of noninvasive fat removal and skin tightening using Venus Freeze. 

    “The technician holds the hand-held probe and rubs it on your body where you want fat reduction and skin tightening to occur,” explains Dr. Walden. 

  • Lessons Learned from Previous Botched Breast Surgery

    Cassondra first got her breasts done when she was 18, but was unsatisfied with the results because her breasts were very far apart and her chest bone was noticeable.  

    “I finally decided to get my breasts redone and did my research to find my doctor,” explained Cassondra. “Research is very important, the internet is good but anyone can put up a website. I had a bad experience in the past and have learned from it.” 

    It is important to consult with your plastic surgeon prior to your procedure and verify his credentials to ensure he is a board-certified plastic surgeon. 

  • From Acne to Wrinkles: How At-Home LED Therapy Improves Skin

    IlluMask is an FDA-approved at-home laser treatment therapy for anti-aging and acne. Dr. Paul Lorenc, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in New York, explains it is a low level laser treatment that consists of two different masks. 

    “The anti-aging mask stimulates collagen, increases elastin content in your skin, evens out skin tones, and tightens pores rejuvenating your skin. This mask consists of a red LED light and infra-red LED,” explains Dr. Lorenc. “You wear it for 15 minutes every night and replace it every month.” 

  • My Wrinkly Neck is History!

    The neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Sarah felt her neck was saggy and wrinkly, specifically underneath her chin line. She often hid it using scarves and turtlenecks.  

    “In order to make it smooth I had to have my neck lifted and I desperately wanted to get it done,” explained Sarah. 

    She consulted with her board-certified plastic surgeon to schedule a neck lift.  

    A neck lift enhances the appearance of the neck by tightening the skin and the underlying muscles, improving the contour of the jawline.  

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