8 Shades Of Grey: Secrets Most Plastic Suregons Will Never Reveal

By jacquelineluxe • November 16, 2016

Plastic surgeons are perhaps the most "polished" of physicians. They are typically the best dressed, have the most effervescent personalities, the perkiest nurses, and offices ripped from the pages of Architectural Digest in addition to buxom spouses. But what lies beneath the perfect facade? Are there trade secrets these plastic surgeons don't dare even whisper among their colleagues at plastic surgery conferences for fear of tarnishing their golden veneer even among peers? Dr. Lyle Back is a Philadelphia area board certified plastic surgeon who is not afraid to pull back the proverbial surgical curtain to give lay people the real reality of cosmetic surgery.

You will have "some discomfort"

Those might be words that will have you cursing at your surgeon under your breath post-surgery. There's a general perception in society that cosmetic surgery is somehow less physically taxing than regular surgery, since it's elective and aesthetic in nature. Some patients might be surprised that work during a tummy tuck extends from the rib cage all the way down to the pubic bone, for example. Dr. Back explains that some surgeons not only minimize the level of pain, but the length of time needed for recovery as well. This leads to patients not being adequately prepared for child care and work issues which is not fair to patients or the important people/responsibilities in their lives. Since pain and recovery time do vary Dr. Back suggests talking to several people who have had the exact procedure to get an average.

Bad scarring 

When it comes to scars from big procedures like tummy tucks and breast lifts, many believe it's a surgeon's skill that determines how badly you'll scar post-surgery. However, Dr. Back says it really comes down to a patient's genetic factors. A skilled plastic surgeon, "can do the same exact closure on two different people, and one heals with imperceptible scars and one doesn't," he says. This is important to keep in mind before going under the knife, especially if you've got a darker complexion and high skin pigmentation, which Back says put you in the high risk category for scarring.

Secret weapon we can use when things go wrong: Leeches

By restoring blood flow and secreting a chemical that prevents blood clots, leeches can help salvage complex reconstructive procedures (e.g., a reconstruction flap for breast cancer or a reattached finger) that are struggling to heal properly. It sounds a bit scary, but reconstructive plastic surgeons will use them when needed.

Sorry, there's no good surgical fix for cellulite

There are a wealth of options available today, each claiming to treat cellulite effectively. Cellulaze, a highly promoted treatment, is an actual surgical procedure using an invasive laser that must be threaded under the skin. Scarring, infection, and other healing problems are real risks, even with small incision, minimally invasive procedures. "The risks are very low, says Dr. Back, "but they're still there—and you have to weigh the price, too. The treatment is invasive, costly and the results are so-so; I'm not a fan." The Verju' green laser is a completely nonsurgical noninvasive office treatment for cellulite that patients are raving about. To date, the Verju' green laser is still the only non-surgical treatment for cellulite cleared by the FDA!

You look amazing… for now

Even the most skilled surgeon cannot produce a facelift with "permanent" results unless the patient being operated on has figured out how to stop aging! The average "shelf life" of a facelift is about 10 years and that depends on a patient's skin elasticity, if they maintain a stable weight, how much time they spend in the sun and if they smoke. The lower quadrant of the face will always age faster because the skin is fleshier and has less bone. "People should usually expect that the jowls will be the first to return." says Dr. Back. This is not to say that men and women should not get facelifts! "You will still look better after a few years than you would have looked if the facelift weren't done. But a facelift at 60 is not going to block the aging process. Don't expect that facelift to look the same 35 years later!"

Trade a brow lift for a brow wax or Botox

As we age, our eyebrows droop, causing us to look tired. Years ago, this might have been improved with an expensive surgical brow lift. While effective, many people who consider this costly surgery could look almost as good with a $30 or less brow wax. The key is to instruct your aesthetician to remove the hairs on the undersurface of the eyebrow. This opens up the space above your eyelids, making you look more alert and refreshed. Just make sure she doesn't remove too much. Sometimes eyebrows don't grow back! And a single 5 minute special Botox treatment by an experienced plastic surgeon can get your eyebrows lifted, restore a nice feminine arch to them and make your eyes look rested and refreshed for 4 or 5 months. According to Dr. Back, with "no incisions, no scars, no downtime, and minimal cost – Botox is the clear winner for lifting eyebrows!"

It's the anesthesia you need to worry about

With so much focus placed on the surgeon performing your procedure, the person performing the really dangerous part — administering anesthesia — is often overlooked. Ask your surgeon directly about the anesthesia – will it be a nurse-anesthetist or a board-certified anesthesiologist? "An anesthesiologist is a fully trained physician professional who is dedicated to the anesthetic needs of the patient and doesn't have to be supervised," Dr. Back says. But in most states, nurse-anesthetists do require supervision. Consider this - your plastic surgeon may be the one doing the supervising! That's not to say nurse-anesthetists aren't competent, but it does mean you should ask additional questions — like what the anesthetist's experience is with outpatient aesthetic surgery. If your physician uses nurse-anesthetists and you would prefer a board-certified anesthesiologist, ask if it's possible to have one.

Ask About Their Complication Rate

"If a plastic surgeon tells you that they've never had any complications, they're either lying or haven't operated enough to have seen any." The more experience a surgeon has the better. Complications happen – it's a fact of life. "But that's one of the ways a surgeon gains experience and can then build upon to hone his skills to an even higher level" says Dr. Back.

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The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow by beauty sleep expert Patty Colman

By jacquelineluxe • November 16, 2016

Patty Colman, Beauty Sleep Expert and president of About Face Products, is all about a good night's sleep and the benefits that it provides. Like Dr. Oz, she knows what a crucial role beauty sleep plays in how we look and feel, and she created The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow with memory foam to help us preserve our skin while we get the rest we need.

With rave reviews and testimonials from leading Beverly Hills skincare experts, The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow launches a new category in the skincare and anti-aging industry. The American Academy of Dermatology cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines – wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up."

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sleeping on your side increases wrinkles, while sleeping facedown can give you a furrowed brow. With The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow, the ergonomically contoured center makes sleeping on your back more natural and comfortable as it supports the head, neck and spine with its exclusive memory foam. The patented design lifts and cradles your head so that you can sleep in any position you want and permanent lines and wrinkles don't develop on the face, neck and chest during sleep.

How does the pillow affect use of other skincare products?
Women of all ages use cosmetics that cover their dark circles and make them appear awake and refreshed. "When you lay flat during the night, fluids pool underneath your eyes to create a sense of puffiness. Our pillow helps prevent these puffy eyes, by slightly elevating your head, thus eliminating the need for heavy under-eye concealer the next morning. The pillow also maximizes the benefits and results of night cream because it will not rub off on your pillow," shares Ms. Colman.

Because of the unique shape of The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow, About Face Products offers custom silk pillowcases to help protect the style and texture of all hair types. The lavish pillow is encased in a 100% well-appointed cotton fabric to keep the pillow clean when washing the case. The pillow is offered in four soothing colors including ivory, dusty rose, chocolate and purple.

The About Face Products Wrinkle Prevention Memory Foam Pillow is available online at wrinklepreventionpillow.com, and at upscale spas, beauty stores and salons.

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HairMax - Iconic Design Firm Pininfarina on Innovative New Hair Growth Laser Devices

By jacquelineluxe • November 16, 2016

Stimulating hair growth has never been easier, faster or more sophisticated, thanks to HairMax's newest innovation, the HairMax LaserBand 82. This revolutionary home use hair growth laser is designed by the iconic Italian design firm, Pininfarina, renowned for raising the bar in the field of design, including automobiles, consumer products and architecture.

"We loved the challenge of combining excellence, form and functionality with HairMax's revolutionary hair growth technology," said Matteo De Lise, Managing Director of Pininfarina, USA. "It is the same approach we take in every project – it has to be both elegant and innovative."

The new enhanced hands free, HairMax LaserBand 82 features 82 medical grade lasers, which provide a super fast 90 second treatment time, the fastest laser treatment for hair loss ever. The speed and effectiveness of this device is unprecedented in the hair loss industry. The LaserBand's width permits just one pass of 30 seconds each over three areas of the scalp. With just 3 treatments per week, users can experience significant new hair growth with increased density and fullness, and healthier more manageable hair. The speed of treatment and patented hair parting teeth mechanism, unique to HairMax devices provide the most highly effective treatment available.

"We are very proud to launch our revolutionary new laser hair growth devices. We chose to collaborate with the Italian design firm, Pininfarina, as they are world renowned for their innovative design aesthetics and attention to detail. They understood our vision in creating a sleek, modern design for our next generation of home use lasers. They have succeeded in making our vision a reality." said HairMax founder David Michaels. "The form, functionality, speed and effectiveness of the HairMax LaserBand 82 is a game changer in the hair loss industry".

Also new to the HairMax family is the HairMax Ultima 12, a sleek re-design of the original HairMax LaserComb, featuring 12 medical grade lasers, patented teeth mechanism and an 8 minute treatment time.

"Our goal was to reach the perfect synthesis of functionality and aesthetics – which is a tradition at Pininfarina, many designs are conceived out of functionality. We were inspired by the groundbreaking hair growth technology that HairMax introduced to the world in 2001, says Matteo De Lise, Managing Director of Pininfarina, USA. We embarked on a journey to bring an ultra modern and contemporary look to these devices, which would not only be pleasing to the eye, but also provide outstanding performance."

HairMax Lasers are the result of over two decades of research and development conducted by Lexington International on the science of laser phototherapy for hair loss.

They work by delivering gentle, nourishing laser light to the hair follicles, which stimulates energy production and creates a healthier environment for hair growth. The light enhances blood flow to the follicle, brings in more oxygen and nutrients, helps activate antioxidant defenses and speeds up the elimination of waste products such as DHT. The result is new hair growth with increased density, fullness and vibrancy, often experienced in as little as 12 weeks.

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Pat McGrath Transforms Kim Kardashian West into Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra for The Violet Files

By jacquelineluxe • November 16, 2016

Kim Kardashian West appears on the latest cover of The Violet Files, the editorial site of Hollywood insider and beauty guru Cassandra Grey, Kim Kardashian West is transformed into the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra through the artistry and makeup design by Pat McGrath. "I would have done anything—I would have trusted Pat's vision no matter what she wanted—but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe," says Kim Kardashian West of the collaboration with makeup artist Pat McGrath.

"Elizabeth Taylor's makeup in Cleopatra has been re-created countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create an interpretation that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version," Ms. McGrath explains. "I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor portrayed in this role."

"Her eyeshadow was made from ground lapis stone and gold pyrite flecks," notes Ms. McGrath. "Incorporating three-dimensional gold metal into the makeup design explores the concept of makeup as jewelry. I wanted the images to be luxurious, evoking a modern take on the opulence associated with Cleopatra's makeup." The images, shot by Ben Hassett, are the first installment in a series for VIOLET GREY in which Ms. McGrath will reimagine paragons of old Hollywood glamour with new faces.

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Dare to go Ombre: With Sexy Celebrity inspired Hair and Lips

By jacquelineluxe • November 16, 2016

Check out Dare to go Ombre: With Sexy Celebrity inspired Hair and Lips

by Jacqueline Hudson at Mode

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