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THE IDEAL EYEBROW – Now Getting Lower and Flatter

According to a newly published study in the Clinical Plastic Surgery Journal, the arched brow is becoming a thing of the past.

Actually, the ideal eyebrow has been moving lower and flatter for the past 60 years, giving women a more masculine look.

In analyzing the brows of models and women in fashion magazines from 1946 onward, a recent study at the University of Southern California concluded similarly: “Not only have eyebrows gotten progressively fuller, but the peak of them has moved further from the nose; in other words, brows are getting flatter.”

Why such a changed fashion statement? Mark Soldin, a spokesperson for the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, explains it this way:

Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered to be an attractive feminine feature in the past. We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look. I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes. Women are subconsciously favoring a masculine brow.

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WOULD YOU FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON AFTER COSMETIC SURGERY?

Sure, cosmetic surgery will change the way you look. But did you ever wonder how some of those procedures might  change the way you FEEL? In less than 2 minutes, my book trailer tells it all.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face for the rest of the day! Isn’t that worth 2 minutes of your time? Go ahead, click to watch it now.

Vibrant Nation recently polled a group of women ages 50 and over to learn their views on the 12 cosmetic procedures worth having. Read what these savvy women have to say about their own experiences

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SOLUTION TO SKIN PROBLEM: ENLARGED PORES AND OILY SKIN


There is a Solution for Most Every Skin Problem
You Just Need to Find It.

Grace’s Story

Every day when I look in my magnifying make-up mirror, I cringe at what I see: enlarged pores, blackheads, wrinkles, and brown spots. While my skin has become less oily, it seems that I have traded some of my blemishes for wrinkles. I have tried what seems like every product on the market with no success. My pores are still enlarged, I am shiny by 10:00 AM and I still have breakouts. I thought my skin would get better as I aged, but that didn’t happen. I have even begun to see wrinkles and brown spots added to the mix. I guess the only positive thing I can say for my skin is that it is not sensitive.

Luckily, I sought out a cosmetic dermatologist to help me deal with my skin problems, who worked along with a fantastic esthetician. Together they explained that although there were no quick fixes, they could help me considerably if I would consistently follow a skin care routine that they would create for me. With their support, I was eager to begin.

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Grace’s Skin Problems

  • oily skin
  • enlarged pores
  • blackheads
  • breakouts
  • age related fine lines
  • uneven skin tone

Problem #1
Blemishes and dark spots:

Treatment plan for this problem
Since her skin was not sensitive, Grace’s dermatologist urged her to go for it – the powerful prescription medications and medical procedures that would really make a difference in helping her accomplish her skin care goals. She was directed to use a cleanser containing a combination of glycolic and salicylic acids twice a day, explaining that the synergistic combination of ingredients would help rid her skin of bacteria that could cause breakouts. She also was advised to apply a nightly dose of Retin-A to not only help alleviate her troublesome breakouts, but also to treat Grace’s early wrinkles by exfoliating her skin and stimulating new collagen. In addition, the doctor ordered a prescription strength hydroquinone serum to lighten her dark spots.

Problem # 2
Oily Skin and Wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
To help Grace deal with her excess oil that troubled her throughout the day, her dermatologist gave her a sample of oil absorbing tissue blotters to try. He prescribed an oil free anti-oxidant serum that contained vitamins, peptides, green tea and Resveratrol (a substance found in the skins of red grapes), to help treat her wrinkles and anti-aging concerns. He also stressed the importance of using an oil free sunscreen with an SPF-30, explaining that this step is the most effective way to prevent premature aging as well as future pigmentation problems. He cautioned her that the combination of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone would make her skin more sun sensitive, so she had to be diligent in her use of sunscreen. He further recommended that she use mineral make-up with an SPF-20 in place of a liquid foundation to give her an oil free advantage, excellent coverage for blemishes and dark spots, and sun protection.

The home care routine that was designed for Grace was part of an overall treatment plan that also included monthly deep cleansing facials and chemicals peels that alternated between glycolic and salicylic acids. Her dermatologist recommended these peels every other week for the first three months, then once a month for the next six months. Chemicals peels were scheduled two weeks after the deep cleansing facials. At the end of this six month period, they would evaluate Grace’s progress and modify her skin care regime as necessary.

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Now also available in all e-reader formats with full color pictures.

In chapter four of Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour, Madeleine Arena presents a number of different, typical real life skin problems and how to best resolve them.

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BOTOX CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE, SCIENCE OR HOGWASH? – PART 2

Last year, 4,329,180 aesthetic BOTOX® treatments were administered to women in the United States to relax their forehead frown lines. The side effects to these treatments have been minimal to non-existent. Slight bruising or swelling at the injection site, if any, has been found to resolve within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Occasionally, an eye has temporarily drooped after forehead injections, but also resolves within a period of a week or two. But there have been no reports of any effects on the central nervous system. And as far as risk of death from Botox Cosmetic, the FDA confirmed that: There has never been a reported death where a causal link to BOTOX® (Botox Cosmetic) was established. But new fears about BOTOX® surfaced shortly after an Italian study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience revealed that when botulinum toxin, type A (the active ingredient in Botox), was injected into one side of adult rats’ brains, minute particles of protein in the toxin were found in the other side of the brain. The media went wild with headlines such as: Botox Causes Brain Damage.

Speak about false alarms and taking things out of context. If you are anything like me, the details will blow your mind! If you are interested in giving yourself a better education on this topic, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s the link to my article on Botox and Safety and many more.

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SECRETS OF A HEALTHY, PRETTY MOUTH – by WebMD

Web MD developed a neat little 13 question multiple choice quiz to help you get/maintain a beautiful smile.

Take the quiz now and learn how secret-savvy you are about keeping your mouth both pretty and healthy.

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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?

We’ve all seen it before, a young face, with old looking hands – the dead give away to a person’s age. The tell tale signs: wrinkled skin, brown spots, protruding veins, tendons and bones . . . An aging appearance is no longer measured just by facial lines and furrows, sagging jowls or waddle necks. As the public becomes more tuned to aesthetics, the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands increasingly comes into play.

Why the Years Are Unkind to Our Hands

As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually thins. Our hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, causing underlying structures as bones and veins to become more apparent. The elements of sun, wind and rain also are unkind to our hands. Hands constantly exposed to the sun develop brown spots. The drying effects of the elements cause further skin wrinkles.

 What’s a Person to Do?

Many surgical and non-surgical treatments are available to rejuvenate both facial and body features. What solutions can science offer us for aging hands? Let’s start with the basics.

Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves during times of inclement weather.

Apply sunscreen, ideally SPF 50,  to your hands several times during the day. Remember, each time you wash your hand, you are also washing away the protective sunscreen. So carry a small size sunscreen in your purse and reapply it often.

Moisturize your hands as well as your face with a good quality moisturizer.

Get rid of age spots:

Prescriptive strength hydroquinone or Retin-A help erase signs of hyperpigmentation. If these products don’t do the trick, lasers would be the next step up in treatments.

Get rid of the translucent, shriveled appearance of the skin on the top of your hands:

Dermal fillers  – synthetic ones such as Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or non-synthetic ones and non-synthetic ones as the patient’s own fat – are one viable solution. Injected under the first layer of the skin to plump it up in a 5-to-10-minute procedure, fillers work very well, but must be repeated as their effects diminish over time. A second solution is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing.

What about surgical hand lifts?

Can excess skin be surgically removed? Not anytime soon. For one thing, hand surgery is likely to causes obvious scarring. Secondly, hands pose a greater risk of complications. And beautiful hands would be a poor trade off for hands that don’t function as they should. In an earlier article I wrote about Madonna’s Eyes – how young and beautiful they appear.  But have you noticed that she often wears fingerless gloves during her performances – most likely to hide her less-than-young-looking hands?

Can’t science do something more for aging hands? Not at the moment, but never say “Never”.  Advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, and hand rejuvenation is a hot new topic.

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MADONNA EYES – HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

MADONNA EYES –  WHAT PRICE BEAUTY?

After receiving several questions about costs involved in Madonna Lift laser CO2 Fractional laser treatments, I asked Michelle Martel, The Duchess of Dermis to weigh in on this topic. She tells me she has been dedicating much of her time to researching the fair market value of these services so that patients get quality treatments and doctors don’t have laser equipment sitting around unused, collecting dust. They are beginning to take note and listen.

I have done the pricing on the C02 all over the country and here are your averages: I have also included the fair price for both doctor and patient based on the cost of the laser, return on investment and if they are doing a good amount of treatments.

Eyes only Madonna Lift…800-1,000 per treatment min 3 treatments

(500-600 would be great price for patient and Doc)

Face only…2,500-6,000      

Average price is 3,000

Excellent price for service would be 1,800.00 –

(2,500 is good for patient and Doc.)

If done correctly only one treatment a year is needed.

Neck only…800-1,000 per treatment and usually 3 treatments are needed.

Excellent results noticeable after the 2nd treatment.

(600 per treatment is good for patient and doctor)

If the technician uses low settings, then the price should be lower because the patient will need 2 to 3 treatments instead of one. 

Thank you, Michelle for opening our eyes (literally and figuratively)!

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THE MADONNA LIFT – OH, WHAT BEAUTIFUL EYES!

The Madonna Lift seems to be all the rage these days – no surgery required. How does this ageless pop star manage to maintain such a wide-eyed youthful look without a surgical eyelift (bletharoplasty)? Enter the CO2 Fractional laser.

Fractional lasers have been on the market for several years, but the technology seems to keep improving. To understand how fractional lasers work and how they differ from the ablative field lasers that treat the entire skin surface, you might want to read my in depth articles: A New Breed of Lasers – Part 1 and A New Breed of Lasers -Part 2.

But let’s now take a look at what the CO2 has done for Madonna’s eyes – and can possibly do for yours as well. You don’t see dark rings under this ageless beauty’s eyes. Nor do you see drooping eyebrows or wrinkled, loose skin on her upper and lower eyelids. The new Madonna Lift promises many of the benefits of a surgical eyelift (aka a bletharoplasty), without the same down time or risks. It requires no anesthesia, simply the application of a numbing cream several minutes before the treatment begins. But for bulging fat pads, a minor surgical procedure is probably your best bet.

 On average three sessions are required to get the desired result, but these are only averages. Factors such as the condition of the patient’s skin, how much “lifting” is desired, the amount of post treatment downtime the patient is willing to sustain and of course, the skill, preferred protocol and experience of the professional administering the laser.  Follow up treatments are normally spaced about a month apart.

Who administers these laser treatments? Normally a plastic surgeon or head and neck specialist (otolaryngologist). A few highly skilled estheticians have mastered these techniques as well, but tread cautiously. It takes quality training, lots of experience and good technique to develop the skills to do the job right.

Michelle Martel, a brilliant esthetician known as The Duchess of Dermis, wrote a excellent chapter in Tick Tock Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour titled: “It Takes Experience and Technique”.  No matter what type professional you select for your laser treatments, these are the key criteria you need to research for successful results.

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NIPS, TUCKS AND KISSES

What would you think of a woman who tells you she has fallen in love with her plastic surgeon? A bit unbalanced, you’d say? Sexually promiscuous? Frustrated, with no love life of her own? Wrong on all three counts. I can tell you that first hand because I was that woman! Yes, that’s right, me, happily married to the same man I fell in love with at age 19. Me, a solid-as-a-rock, both-feet-on-the-ground type, refined, and loyal to a fault, forever honoring those marriage vows. But there I was, a few weeks post-surgery, feeling like a hopelessly-in-love teenager. Why was this happening to me? My research led me to some answers that began to clear the air. My interviews with other women (over 100 of them), made me aware of the fact that this was not such an unusual phenomenon.

So what did I do? With the knowledge that I was not alone, I wrote about it in a book about women and cosmetic surgery – one chapter about my experience and a second chapter filled with other women’s stories. Was I embarrassed? Of course! The title of my personal story chapter, “Utter Humiliation”, answers that question rather nicely. Then why would I share this with the world? I suppose that being a veteran teacher is a partial answer to that second question. I like to help others learn. And here was a issue that people didn’t speak about, didn’t understand. And that includes surgeons as well as patients. So I enlisted my research and interview skills to explore the topic more deeply. Then I gathered all my courage to write about the very topics that had been hushed into darkness for much too long. Did I make the right decision? First listen to my interview on The AuthorsShow with host, Don McCauley, which created quite a stir.

Read on.

Since the publication of Sex. Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, I have received e-mail messages from a number of women with similar experiences. It even became the subject of a blog that received comments from over fifty-eight women, many confirming my experience by detailing similar ones of their own.

    Fascinating reading!

 You can read some of them here.

Then a Southern Belle named Georgia sent me a private e-mail which she gave me permission to reprint here. Her message confirmed for me that I had made the right decision for exactly the right reasons.

Here is her e-mail:

I arrived home from being out of town yesterday & found your book that I’d ordered from Amazon.com. Couldn’t wait to read it, & found it quite interesting & informative, especially the above-mentioned chapters (Chapters 5 and 6)!  I had an eye-lift over ten years ago and recently had a face lift. Both times I too experienced post-surgical amorous feelings for my plastic surgeon.  When I talked to him about it in follow-up visits, all he said was Don’t worry, you’ll get over it.  I don’t think that any of them have a clue about how to handle what I now find from your book is not so uncommon. You’d think that it would be covered in a surgeon’s training at some point, & it certainly needs to be so that it can be included in the packet of information they give us before surgery.

If you were Georgia, what words would you have liked to have heard from your plastic surgeon? (and I don’t mean I love you!)

I will appreciate hearing your thoughts on this “Don’t ask, don’ tell” topic.

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WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY PUFFY EYES?

I recently received this question from a Facebook Fan:  What can I do for my puffy eyes?

She explained that there was a recent death in her family. She had been crying nonstop and it had reeked havoc on her eyes.  I knew all about cold water compresses and cucumbers slices, but turned to that wonderful Duchess of Dermis for some professional advice. Here is what this miracle gal, Michelle Martel, had to say on the topic:

Cold Compresses (This is one of the best ways, it will create vasoconstriction of the vessels)

Applying something cold to the eye area can help constrict the vessels and reduce the swelling. It also is a good way to inhibit inflammation and take care of the redness. Splashing cold water onto your face probably is the easiest way to cool down the eye area, but you also could apply cold compresses. Cucumber slices, cold teabags, or a tea towel wrapped around a bag of frozen peas could do the trick. You also could place a face cloth in ice water, wring out the excess water, and apply the cloth to your eyes (This is one of my favorite ways and I use cloth diapers.) The trick is to replace whatever you’re using once it gets too warm, so be sure to keep enough cucumber slices, teabags, or a bowl of ice water handy.

Sleep It Off

This is one of the best ways to ensure you get rid of puffy eyes after crying. It’s best to sleep with your head elevated so that fluid can’t accumulate around the eyes. A good night’s rest will not only leave you refreshed but also help give the sensitive eye area time to rest and rejuvenate.

So to recap the 3 most important things to do:

1. Cold compress (not too cold) and to replace them before it gets to warm.

2. Get sleep and sleep with your head elevated (very important to sleep with your head elevated so the fluids don’t drain

    around them and in them)

3. Try not to rub them to much so you do not stretch the skin, blot the tears, do not rub them.

The above  solutions are great for temporary puffiness, but will do little to improve your appearance if you  have  excess eyelid skin or  fat. In extreme cases, puffy or drooping eyelids can even partially obscure your vision. Cosmetic eyelid surgery — known as blepharoplasty — can correct these issues and give your whole face a refreshed appearance.

I’ll explore surgical options in a future posting, so stay tuned.

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