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Thinking about a NoseJob/Breast Aug/Lipo/Tummy Tuck? … Butt Implants?

I go with a lot of my clients to their consultations and watch a lot of procedures with Dr. Russo.  My wonderful friend called me at 8 this morning to ask me what she should ask at her consult (apparently she forgot I am NOT a morning person).  I jumped out of bed though, because I remembered I had a lists!  I love lists ALMOST as much as I love white boards! I know Plastic Surgery isn't for everyone, but I think if you are contemplating it, you should be prepared from the beginning; starting with the right surgeon can make all the difference in the world!  (I...

Great Gifts for the Women in Your Life

Having a hard time finding the perfect gift?  Here's a few things every female fancies (you can't go wrong)!  Gift Certificates For: a manicure/pedicure ($15-$50) a facial ($45-$150) Her Favorite Hair Salon (be sure not to get just ANY salon) a massage ($60-$100) a day at the Spa A nice robe/winter gloves/hat/scarf.  We all wear them...

Anatomy of a Facial

A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.  Facials can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and range in price depending on the types of products used for the treatments.  They are professionally recommended every 4 weeks for maximum results. Step 1: See a Professional. All facials follow the same basic structure and order. They will begin with makeup removal and cleansing.  Then comes some method of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface of the skin. A massage is then performed that can include all or some of...

New Year, New You: Plan Accordingly!

Looking to enter the New Year looking younger and more refreshed?  It's important to plan your beauty needs around a hectic holiday schedule, so if you're thinking of amping up your look for the New Year (or any Holiday Parties) here's some helpful hints/guidelines: Non-Invasive Spray Tan Spray tans typically last 7-14 days.  If your thinking of spraying (which I highly recommend), do it as close to your event as possible!  You can't shower for 6 hours after a spray, and you can smell a little bit sugary post-spray, so keep this in mind.  For the best results, spray the day before.   Facial A plain old facial can be done anywhere from...

Skin Under Stress

"50% of my patients are presenting with stress-related skin problems" - Leslie Baumann, director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. I was given an interesting article from Allure magazine about skin issues and stress (which is a huge problem many of us have, including myself).  Eighty seven percent of respondents in the allure.com poll said they "notice a difference in their skin when they're stressed out." When under stress, our bodies release adrenaline that elevates the level of a hormone called cortisol in the blood.  High cortisol levels also cause the skin to produce inflammatory agents, causing redness.  This hormone also tells fat...

Exercise?!?!… but "Nothing replaces traditional…

Liposuction" Direct quote.  Dr. Joseph Russo. I was invited to observe lipoplasty (aka liposuction) by Dr. Russo.  Of course I was psyched!  Before I receive a million hate mails--remember:  the point of my blog is to give information to everyone.  Just because this isn't  something your interested in doesn't mean someone else isn't.  Beauty IS part individual ideals ;). See Beauty Defined.  Also...

That's NOT Botox.

Another strong misunderstanding a lot of people have around the Boston Area is what products go where Botox does not.   If it's caused by gravity:  THAT'S NOT BOTOX! HYALURONIC ACID (HA) FILLERS (TEMPORARY) Hyaluronic acid fillers are synthetic sugars that attract water molecules.  They are placed in actual wrinkles or other areas that need volume and offer instant results. They fill in marionette lines, lift up jowls or plump up volume along the jaw line where definition has been lost. Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm (www.juvederm.com) are the most commonly used hyaluronic acid fillers, with Juvéderm being the leading product (I refer to Restylane as 'old school').  There is no need...

Product Review: Skin Cancer Preventing Ingredients

I hope I officially warned you about the dangers of tanning with my previous post.  I hope if you are regular tanner, you have considered switching to Spray tanning. Thank you for the great responses to that post!  I'm so proud of your efforts.  Did you see an Aesthetician yet?????  Because that's Step 1: See a Professional. Vitamin A The "Skin Vitamin."  An disposable  factor in the maintenance of youthful, healthy skin.  Helps prevent and reverse photo-aging and helps improve hydration.  The unique thing about the line Environ, is the Vitamin A is in graduated concentrations.  It is formulated in the form of Retinyl Palmitate and Acetate.  This allows you to treat your skin, while...