Before Cosmetic Procedures: Decision Making

It’s  tempting to buy a Groupon or Daily Deal for Botox, Laser Treatment or Fillers.
Maybe you are new-bee to Botox or Fillers and the price is enticing.bigstock_Plastic_Surgery_7840819
So you book an appointment, only to either have a bad experience or spend more money than you planned.

Now, I’m not saying that all Groupons and Daily Deals are misleading or that the doctor is inexperienced  in the field of aesthetic medicine.

However, keep in mind that a busy practice or medical spa does not need  to advertise in Groupon and Daily Deals.

Buyer Beware.

With the continued explosion of cosmetic treatments and surgery plus the declining rate of insurance reimbursements for medical doctors, more non-core specialty doctors will decide enter this very lucrative business. Before you consider cosmetic procedures answer these questions first.

1.What are my expectations? My aesthetic goals?
2.What is my budget for consultations and the procedure?
3.Do I have the time to do the research on doctors or do I need more guidance ?
4.How many consultations will I go to?
5.Will I have the emotional support of my family both pre-op and post-op?
6.Does the procedure fit into my lifestyle?
7.Can I take the time I need to recover?


Your Image: Your Brand

Listen up! Did you know that your image is YOUR brand? Yes, when people meet you at a networking event, a live- webinar, video or a seminar or workshop- you are your brand.

What does that mean? The first impression people have of you is going to carry through to whatever message you are sending professionally.

We live in a visual society!!

All too often I see people, woman in particular, whose appearance is not congruent with their brand image. This does not mean that you have to look like a celebrity, have cosmetic surgery or get Botox injections.

Here are some friendly tips and suggestions to look your best whether it is online or in person. When you are looking good you feel good and your self confidence soars together with a healthy self-esteem.


Choosing Skincare Products: Ten Tips

“No more wrinkles in 6 days” ….“See the reduction of fine lines in less than 10 days”… “Dermatologists tested” “Clinically Proven” “Clinical Studies”…

Buyer beware. Magazines are full of claims from manufacturers touting new technologies and advances in skin care products. There is so much marketing hype today around skin care products that promise results, that it’s hard to know what really works.

If this wasn’t confusing enough, we are now in an age of ever-emerging new technologies and anti-aging breakthroughs. From “micro-beads” to stem cells, products are getting more and more complex both in what they’re made of and also how they are delivered to your skin. As exciting as this seems, it’s also questionable whether or not these new advances are really going to live up to their claims.Cosmeceuticals, high-end “Dr” brands, and everyone under the sun claiming to have the latest skin care can leave you   searching for the next best thing before you even get to the register. Even with seemingly potent active-ingredients, there is little regulation on what claims companies can make. You have to wonder, was the entire formulation tested or just the active ingredient? Who was the product tested on? If it was tested in a lab, how do we know it actually works on human skin cells?

So, what should you be on the lookout for to help you cut through the skin care product clutter?


Plastic Surgery Confession: In Search of a Perfect Neck

I booked my pre-op appointment for 6 weeks before my scheduled surgery.  Ahhh such anxiety .. no turning back now.. Deposit was made. How and when to tell my husband?  I would begin the process of telling him- then chicken out..One  woman whom I spoke with actually had her FL ( facelift) while her husband was out of town.  She told me by the time he came back she had mostly healed, just a little bruised. . According to her account her husband  took it pretty well… However, this was not one of my choices, as I knew that my husband WOULD NOT appreciate not telling. Plus, I don’t think this is a good strategy. Though, not uncommon.

There are many men who are OK with cosmetic surgery and actually understand why so many people opt for it.. On the other hand there are many husbands/partners who just DO NOT.   My husband falls into that category.  In his eyes I am beautiful.  I respect him for thinking this way.  However, this is my choice and  it really has nothing to do with him.

My husband probably would  be more open to breast enhancement …. isn’t that just like a man!! :-)

The most important part of this journey is that I have his love and support during my recovery. And I know that I can count on that regardless of how he may feel.

Many men, in my opinion have  apprehensions about their wives or partners  having cosmetic surgery. Perhaps, it  a combination of  insecurity, fear of surgery complications,  the unknown, and final outcomes.  The Internet is full of horror stories.  I  recently read an article which said  that  some woman have surgical procedures as a prelude to divorce or break-ups.

I make all my arrangements, to spare him, knowing that I will look awful right after the surgery.  My thinking is that is if I stay away for 3- 4 days, by the time he first sees me after surgery, I will have begun the healing process.  Plus, their is nothing like a  girlfriend’s  support.   Since the plastic surgeon’s office is out of town about an hour or so from home,  I would make arrangements to stay overnight at a hotel nearby with an R.N. for the first 24 hours, which is mandatory, as well as critical.- then go to my cousin’s house who lives nearby  for the next 2 days.

Finally, one week prior to my pre-op – I spring the news during dinner.  My birthday present to myself, I tell him,  “Just a little tightening of the neck.” Emphasizing my need for his love and support.  His reaction at first, makes me laugh.. He recites a  comedy monologue  routine about women and their obsession for beauty.  We laugh a bit.  This helps break the ice.   He tells me his displeasure about this decision and that it concerns him that he was not consulted.  He asked me if it mattered what he thought. Yes, it mattered, I told him, however,  this was my decision.  We went through the dialogue again about aging, my neck, and in his opinion an obsession with cosmetic surgery.  I have had dermal fillers and Botox.  As well as a rhinoplasty many years ago.

After our conversation, I was relieved that the cat was out of the bag… I gave him my surgeon’s contact information and invited him to my pre-op appointment, which was in a few days.  I know- not much notice!!  To Be Continued…