FABULOUS BEAUTY BLOG ARTICLE INDEX – by Lois W. Stern

A – B

BATTLE OF THE BULGE

BE SMART, LOOK GREAT SUMMER TANS

BEAUTY RESTORED – Free for Victims of Abuse

BEAUTIFUL SKIN ALL SUMMER LONG 

BEFORE YOU GO UNDER THE KNIFE, DO YOUR RESEARCH

BOOB JOB CREAMS – DO THEY REALLY WORK?

BOTOX CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE – SCIENCE OR HOGWASH? Part 1

BOTOX WITHOUT NEEDLES

BUYER BEWARE: Cosmetic Surgery Ads

C – D

CAN COSMETIC SURGERY AND AUTHENTICITY CO-EXIST?

CAN COSMETIC SURGERY BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

CAN WE EVER FEEL GOOD ABOUT OUR NECKS AGAIN?

CAN’T WE REDEFINE BEAUTY WITHOUT NARROWING WOMEN’S CHOICES?

The COMMERCIALIZATION of PLASTIC SURGERY

COSMETIC SURGERY – Is it Blatant Vanity or Latent Sexuality?  PART 2

D – H

DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES

DERMASCULPT

DOES SHE OR DOESN’T SHE?

FACE TRANSPLANT IN THE NEWS

FLOSSING TEETH FOR  S-E-X AND BEAUTY

GIVE YOUR HANDS A LIFT!

HAIR LOSS – TRIGGERS, TREATMENTS AND SOLUTIONS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR NAIL POLISH LAST LONGER

19 BEST HAIR CARE SECRETS

I – L

The IDEAL EYEBROW - GETTING FLATTER AND LOWER

I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING There Was To Know ABOUT COSMETIC SURGERY

The KATE MIDDLETON NOSE

LASERS, SHMASERS (The Differences Between Ablative Skin Resurfacing with Field Lasers Vs. Fractional Lasers)

LATISSE NEWS FLASH

LATISSE TIPS – What I Learned from The DUCHESS of DERMIS

LIP AUGMENTATION for Ageless Beauty

LONGER, THICKER EYELASHES – Part 2

10 LOOK YOUNGER SECRETS 

LOOKING YOUNGER and FITTER – What’s Simon Cowell’s Secret? 

M – P

The MADONNA LIFT – OH WHAT BEAUTIFUL EYES

MERYL STREEP

MORE GOOD NEWS ABOUT LATISSE – Part 3

NIPS, TUCKS AND KISSES

‘NOBLE’ PLASTIC SURGEY TO BE HONORED AT THE OSCARS

PERMANENT MAKEUP FOLLOW UP – Learning From My Fellow Bloggers

PLASTIC SURGERY and TISSU GLU – A Winning Combination?

PLASTIC SURGERY TO FULFILL BIZARRE REQUESTS

R – T

RADIANT SKIN – QUICK AND LONG RANGE FIXES

REVERSING the AGING PROCESS Through Science

The SCOOP ON DERMAL FILLERS

6 SECRETS TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN

SOCIAL-MEDIA-DERIVED-VANITY FUELS COSMETIC SURGERY DESIRES

SOLUTION TO SKIN PROBLEMS:

            ENLARGED PORES AND OILY SKIN

            RED, DRY, ITCHY OR SENSITIVE SKIN

           DRY, MATURE, SUN DAMAGED SKIN

SKIN TIGHTENING – ULTHERA OR THERMAGE?

SPARSE EYEBROWS NO MORE

STEM CELL FACELIFTS IN THE NEWS – Be Careful What You Wish For

TANNING BEDS, SUNSHINE, AIRBRUSH TANNING & VITAMIN D

THINKING OF GOING ABROAD FOR YOUR COSMETIC SURGERY?

5 TOP COSMETIC PROCEDURES in the USA

TREATMENTS FOR RAISED SCARS

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME – BREAKTHROUGHS IN SKIN CARE

 

U – W

The UGLY SIDE TO BEAUTY

WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY PUFFY EYES?

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?

WHAT IS BEAUTY?

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH STEM CELL FACE LIFTS?

WHAT’S THAT? NO MORE EYEBROW PENCIL, EYELINER OR LIP LINER?

WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY PUFFY EYES?

WHO SHOULD GET CREDIT FOR HER DYNAMITE LOOKS (Mother Nature or her Plastic Surgeon?)

A WOMAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER BREASTS

The WORD S-E-X DIDN’T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT

WORK OR NO WORK, MADONNA LOOKS SPECTACULAR!

WOULD YOU FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON AFTER COSMETIC SURGRY?

WOULD YOU LIE ABOUT YOUR FACELIFT?

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Linda Frank My first experience on the LTV Cable network, The Writer’s Dream was such fun! Linda Maria Frank is such a relaxed host that I forgot I was on camera and just spoke from the heart – telling about both my books and the emotional roller coaster that started this voyage. Although these books are both about aesthetics (beauty of the face and body), my next interview will be about Inner Beauty, beauty of the mind, spirit and soul.

Stay tuned to this stunningly frank interview, where I discuss intimate subjects such as sexuality and transference (falling in love with your plastic surgeon), watch this video.

Then you too will know some of the secrets hidden in these books.

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Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

Click to Discover the Many Dimensions of Beauty 

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WHAT IS BEAUTY? – Another Thought on Ageless Beauty by Lois W. Stern

I wrote an article some time ago that created quite a stir titled Step Aside Mother NatureHanna Mae Salcedo’s artcle in the Sun Star this morning brought it back to mind, nudging me to post it once again. Just click on the image below to read this thought provoking article . . .

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or  click here, or copy and paste the following URL into your browser. http://www.sexliesandcosmeticsurgery.com/Articles/mnature.html

But one way or another, just read it! Then let me know your thoughts.

What is your notion of beauty? What do physically beautiful people have that others do not? And why aren’t traits like being strong, smart, compassionate, honest, creative, trustworthy, funny and kind-hearted considered beautiful? These are the questions Hanna Mae Salcedo addresses in her Sun Star article.

My question to Hanna Mae is this: Why do we have to take sides on this issue? Can’t we strive for both? And in achieving some degree of physical beauty, don’t we feel better and project a more positive image, inside and out? To my mind, it’s a matter of balance and degree.

Your comments, please?

A NEW SMARTPHONE APP FOR BEAUTY – by Lois W. Stern

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Here is a  cosmetic surgery visualization app for the iPhone which allows users to upload a photo, then manipulate it to see how they might look after their preferred cosmetic surgery procedure. This app, designed by BodyPlastika, simulates the results of a range of facial and body contouring procedures, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation and lip augmentation, to name a few. It gives a general idea of how results might appear.

This app was created to be a more convenient way of envisioning plastic surgery results, although it should be noted that they are approximate.

Does it take the place of a face-to-face cosmetic surgery consultation? Absolutely not! But it might just give the ‘thinking-about-cosmetic-surgery’ prospective patient some points for discussion before starting that round of consultations.

To read Lois’s article: The Cosmetic Surgery Consultation – A Two-Way Street,

click here

BodyPlastika, a cosmetic surgery app designed by Think Basis, has been named one of the top ten apps by Healthcare Global.

A MAGIC WAND TO GET RID OF BODY FAT – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

Modern science is making it possible to get rid of body fat without surgery, needles or cannulas. But how effective is this procedure? 

An Interview with Dr. Vic Narurkar

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After watching Dr. Vic Narurkar’s Coolsculpting video I asked him for an update on Zeltiqu’s Coolsculpting technology, a non-invasive, procedure for getting rid of body fat.

According to Dr. Narurkar, Coolsculpting is now the number one procedure for non-invasive fat reduction. The procedure has been available for the last 6 – 7 years. Since its introduction, its treatment parameters have changed. Coolsculpting now offers several adapters designed to conform to specific body areas where fatty deposits persist, allowing doctors to customize treatments. Through experience with this procedure, doctors have discovered ways to refine treatments to make the results even more effective and long lasting. coolsculpting-belly-before-after-photos

LWS: What treatment changes have made the results more effective.

Dr. V.N: One major change is that of application. We now overlap treatment areas. A second change is one of technique.  By offering patients two treatment cycles, we find we are able to substantially increase the effectiveness of Coolsculpting.

LWS: How do you compare the results of Coolsculpting with Liposuction?

Dr. V.N: These simple changes have allowed for optimal results and in many instances, results comparable to liposuction. Unlike liposuction, the fat is permanently gone.  It does not redistribute to other areas.

LWS: How does the body rid itself of that unwanted fat?

Dr. V.N: Following treatment, the fat gradually is eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system

LWS: What areas of the body are the primary targets for Coolsculpting?

Dr. V.N: For women, the most popular areas are the central abdomen and bra fat. For men, the most popular areas are love handles and male breasts.

LWS: You speak about male love handles and male breasts. Have many men entered this cosmetic surgery arena of lunch hour, non-invasive procedures?

Dr. V.N: About forty percent of Coolsculpting procedures are sought out by men. This is very different than most of our other aesthetic procedures, where women clearly predominate.

LWS: Is the procedure painful? Any side effects readers should know about?

Dr. V.N: The most common side effects are numbness and bruising. Pain rarely occurs, but when it does it is short lasting.

LWS: Are there any conditions, skin types or other situations that would make this treatment ineffective or not recommended?

Dr. V.N: In the three plus years Coolsculpting has been an  available treatment, patient satisfaction approaches over ninety-five percent, and the treatment is safe for all skin types. The optimal patient is somebody who is at their ideal weight and has stubborn areas of fat that do not improve with diet and exercise.

LWS: You mentioned that Zeltiq continues to develop new technologies. What changes do you foresee in the near future?

Dr. V.N: Several more adapters are in development for treatment of additional body areas.

LWS: Are there any published studies attesting to the effectiveness of these treatments.

Dr. V.N: Several peer reviewed publication studies indicate treatment results to last at least five years.

Since I have never undergone a Coolsculpting procedure,

I’m unable to comment on a personal level.

Want to read comments, pro and con, from those who have?

Check out this Real Self article.

THE COSMETIC SURGERY CONSULTATION – A TWO WAY STREET

Some surgeons offer free consultations, but they most often are quick meetings rather than in-depth and personal discussions. (I went on one of those myself and it was a valuable lesson for me! I quickly determined that he was NOT a surgeon I wanted to work with). The experience helped me hone in on what I was really looking for in a surgeon. So it was time well spent.

What should you expect from an in-depth personal consultation?

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The patient’s Side of the Street: You need to communicate your goals, your wants and want-nots. Many perspective cosmetic surgery patients express a similar thought: “I don’t want to look like I have had surgery. I just want to look refreshed.” Some even bring in photos of themselves at a younger age, to help the surgeon envision the look you would look to recapture. But don’t bring in a photo of Julia Roberts and ask to look just like her! You won’t!

The surgeon’s side of the street: The surgeon will first want to determine if you are a suitable candidate for elective aesthetic surgery, so you will be  asked about your medical history. Be honest. Don’t hold back anything. While the vast majority of people are healthy enough to safely undergo elective surgery, some conditions do advise against it. So tell all. As much as you might have your heart and mind set on having these procedure(s), you don’t want to become a  statistic.

Next step in the consultation is for the doctor to listen to your goals, communicate with you about what outcomes you can reasonably expect, and develop an appropriate surgical plan. You will also have the opportunity to look at a range of before and after photos of patients who have undergone the same procedures. Be sure these are this surgeon’s patients, not photos taken by others.

Before your consultation ends, whip out that list of questions you have prepared in advance. Now is your opportunity to ask the ones still unanswered.

By the time you leave this office, you will have a pretty good idea of whether or not you feel completely comfortable placing your face or body in the hands of this surgeon to perform the procedure you desire.

Want to know the twelve questions women often think about but are too embarrassed to ask their plastic surgeons? Click here.

 

SAFE ANESTHESIA DURING COSMETIC SURGERY

Board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Barry Friedberg and I have become well acquainted by now. I have been impressed with his innovations to his field, including a brain monitor device that monitors anesthesia levels for each individual to just the right degree. This is a potentially life saving feature – an important feature for those undergoing any surgery – cosmetic or not. 

Click here to watch this video.

It might save your life or that of someone you hold near and dear.

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I have written about this before and in more detail.

Click here for more.

Have a beautiful life!

Lois W. Stern

SIX SECRETS TO GORGEOUS SKIN – Some Basic Skin Care Solutions from Web MD

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A team of experts analyzed photographs of the faces of 186 pairs of identical twins, taken at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. The twins had also filled out detailed questionnaires about their lives and daily habits. Those who smoked and spent lots of time outdoors without wearing sunscreen looked years older than the twin who avoided those habits.  They had more fine lines, more and deeper wrinkles, and more mottled skin.

 

The results of this study should be no surprise! We have heard it over and over again. So secrets number one and two are wake-up reminders:

 

NUMBER ONE: NO SMOKING

Do not smoke — for the sake of your overall health as well as your appearance.

 

 NUMBER TWO: SUNSCREEN

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.

  • Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours you’re outdoors.  

 NUMBER THREE: RETINOIDS

Consider the use of Retinoids. Retinoids are sold by prescription only under names that include Renova, Retin-A, and in its generic form, Tretinoin.

Retinoids unplug pores, help clear up acne, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, lighten brown spots and freckles, and improve skin texture. They can even help treat precancerous lesions. The downside to Retinoids is that they can cause dryness, flaking, and redness at first. So start out slowly by applying a pea-sized amount of retinoid every second or third night until your skin adjusts to it. If your skin continues to overreact, Web MD suggests trying an over-the-counter cream, gel, or serum containing retinol. Although the non-prescriptive version works more gradually and gently, it is still effective in rejuvenating your skin.

NUMBER FOUR: SIMPLIFY

Noted dermatologist, Dr. Vic Narurkar, introduced me to the KISS philosophy (Keep it Simple Stupid) when writing his chapter in my book, Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. WebMD reiterates the importance of sticking to a simple routine in its current article. Not only can using a lot of different ingredients be irritating to the skin, some ingredients actually cancel out the benefits of others.

  • Examples they provide include, the acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone or vitamin C. The products we need for beautiful skin are a simple cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, and a retinoid or retinol.

The simpler your skincare regimen, the more likely you are to stick with it.

NUMBER FIVE: PATIENCE

Give your products a chance to work. Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare product before evaluating its effectiveness. Changing your products every couple of weeks can actually be counterproductive.  But if your skin reacts to a new product with swelling, redness, or burning, stop using it immediately.

You might, however consider adjusting your beauty regimen seasonally. For example, your skin might do better with an oil-free moisturizer in the summer and a more emollient one during the winter when frigid temperatures and indoor heating can rob moisture from your skin.

NUMBER SIX: LIVE HEALTHY

Practice healthy daily habits in your diet and exercise regime. 

Healthy habits include regular exercise and at least seven hours of sleep each night.

A healthy diet is rich in fruits (especially berries), vegetables (especially spinach, raw veggies and salads), oily fish as salmon, and plenty of water throughout the day. 

 

Now if you’ve already “been there done that”,  and want to step up to the next level in minimally invasive professional treatments, read my article, “How Cosmetic Dermatology Can Enhance the Appearance of Your Skin” .

Enjoy the read and please let me know