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September 13, 2021

4 Different Types Of Liposuction Available Today

4 Different Types Of Liposuction Available Today Written By Barbies Beauty Bits

Learn More About The Different Types Of Liposuction Procedures With This Liposuction Guide

Many people work hard with diet and exercise to achieve their aesthetic goals. But between aging, genetics, pregnancy, and other factors, some parts of the body still may have more fat than we like. That’s where liposuction can make a dramatic difference when it comes to fat loss.

However, with all of the different types of liposuction and tons of liposuction reviews, understanding the benefits of liposuction can be overwhelming. So, I got with Dr. Aric Aghayan from Portland, Oregon, to see if he could discuss the four different types of liposuction available today. Let's see what he had to say!

Which Type Of Liposuction Is Best For You?
With this popular procedure, your plastic surgeon can sculpt your abdomen, love handles, hips, rear, or thighs to give you the body contours you’ve dreamed of. There are many different types of liposuction for fat loss available today, ranging from Traditional Liposuction to Tumescent to Ultra-sound liposuction and Laser Assisted, we have you covered with this liposuction guide!

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#1 Standard Liposuction
This is the oldest type of liposuction. First, the surgeon makes small incisions in the area that needs treatment. Then, a cannula is inserted to remove the fat cells.

This type of liposuction can be used on the abdomen, thighs, legs, back, arms and rear. However, it’s not the best choice for small areas, such as under the chin, because it isn’t precise enough.

The primary reason this type of procedure is used today is it’s the least expensive option. It also has been used for years and has been proven to be safe and effective.

However, traditional liposuction causes more swelling and bruising. Also, it’s the least precise type of lipo, so there is a higher number of people with dimpling and lumpiness. You may even need several treatments to get the desired result. 

#2 Tumescent Liposuction
This has been the "gold standard" for liposuction for the last 20 years or so. Your surgeon makes small incisions in the target area, then injects lidocaine and epinephrine to swell the fat and make it easier to remove. The lidocaine and epinephrine also reduce bleeding and swelling, which makes a recovery easier.

Next, your plastic surgeon inserts a small cannula through the incisions and removes the desired fat cells. About four or five pounds of fat and liquid can be removed in one session.

Tumescent liposuction works well on most body parts, and the swelling and bruising usually fade in about a month. But it can take at least three months before you see the final results.

The most significant advantage of tumescent liposuction is it minimizes bruising, swelling, and bleeding. It also is one of the less expensive liposuction procedures.

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#3 Ultrasound Liposuction
Ultrasound technology has been used for 40 years, but cosmetics surgeons now use it for liposuction with good results.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves to dissolve fat cells, making them easier to remove with a cannula.

This form of lipo is often used in body areas with denser fat, such as the male’s chest, on the back, and the hips. Recovery is the same as tumescent liposuction, but some patients may have minor burns or blisters.

Ultrasound liposuction is a good choice for those who want to remove a large amount of fat or need to remove tougher fat from the chin, male breasts, or back. 

#4 Laser-Assisted Liposuction
This type of lipo is similar to ultrasound, but it uses a laser to liquefy fat. Your surgeon will insert a laser probe with the cannula, which breaks down the fat into oil. Any fat that isn’t removed is eventually absorbed by the body, making this a highly efficient procedure.

This type of liposuction uses a tiny cannula, so it’s the most precise option. It also requires small incisions that don’t leave scars.

Laser-assisted liposuction is an excellent choice to fine-tune areas of the body, such as the abdominal muscles. It even can be used to remove small amounts of fat from the face. Some surgeons use this procedure to tighten the skin, as well.

This type of lipo does involve a longer recovery, and patients occasionally get burns from the laser. 

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Is Liposuction For Me?
Men and women undergo liposuction every day to achieve their aesthetic goals. For example, some may want to look better with their shirts off, while others want to look more attractive in a bathing suit. And some desire that their stylish clothes fit more comfortably.

If any of the following apply to your situation, talk to your plastic surgeon about liposuction today:

  • You have extra fat in certain areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise, such as the abdomen, sides, chin, neck, rear, or thighs.
  • You believe that some parts of your body are out of proportion with the rest.
  • Your skin elasticity is good, and you don’t have issues with loose or sagging skin.
  • You’re close to your ideal body weight.

However, if you have loose skin in some treatment areas, liposuction will only accentuate the problem. Therefore, you may need a tummy tuck as well as liposuction for ideal results.

Also, remember that liposuction isn’t for losing weight. This procedure can enhance your contours and make you look slimmer, but it is not meant for weight loss. You should be near your ideal weight before considering this procedure. 

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More About Apres Plastic Surgery
Dr. Aric Aghayan is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is pleased to serve his patients in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area at his practice, Apres Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Agahyan earned his medical education at the University of Missouri, followed by an eight-year plastic surgery and general surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University. His years of training and experience help Dr. Agahyan blend art and science for the best results in his patients.

To learn more about Dr. Aghayan, please visit Dr. Aric Of Apres Plastic Surgery today.

References
The Downside Of Liposuction

Types Of Liposuction

Liposuction Overview

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September 10, 2021

How To Prevent And Treat Under Eye Wrinkles At Home

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Preventing and treating under-eye wrinkles at home have been on the rise. As the last year and a half, it has have been all about the eyes. That's right; our eyes are taking center stage, but are your eyes ready to be the center of attention?

Mask wearings and the Zoom meetings forced many to look at themselves with unfavorable lighting and awkward angles, noticing some features that make you look older than you are.

Think about it. It is one thing sitting in a boardroom meeting, but it is another sitting in a meeting starring at yourself on a computer screen for hours on end. Before the pandemic, a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror in the bathroom was all we saw. But now, with the close-up from video conferencing, people are like:

  • Oh my, I never noticed all the eye wrinkles every time I smile or talk.
  • Why do I look so tired?
  • Where did those under-eye bags come from?
  • Why is my makeup creasing under my eyes?

It's no wonder so many of us are getting a complex about our features, AKA, the Zoom Boom, with an increase in cosmetic procedures with Eyelift surgery, in particular, reporting a 167% increase in inquiries.

The pandemic has had a ripple effect on another industry: The beauty industry, particularly at-home skincare. Specifically to combat dark circles, puffiness, under-eye folds, and crows feet. Their cause is linked to many factors, from tiredness to thinning skin due to a loss of collagen. And if you ask me a perk me up is in order, wouldn't you say? And ALIVER Skin is here to help with just that!

Before discussing ways to banish those eye issues needle and knife-free, using skincare from ALIVER, I think it is essential to understand the causes and preventions to address aging eye skin adequately. 

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The Common Places We See Wrinkles Is Around The Eyes
You look in the mirror, and what are those crinkly areas around the eyes that you see? Crow's feet! While we may say the eyes are the windows to our souls, they present a clear picture of something else; premature aging, as unfortunately, this thin, delicate skin around the eyes is one of the first to show signs of aging.

Most Common Reasons We Get Wrinkles Around The Eyes

No 1: Facial Expressions Main Cause For Eye Wrinkles
These pesky wrinkles appear from facial expressions like smiling, furrowing your brow, or squinting but fade when the expression stops. However, if these habits become continual, the creases become more profound and permanent because the skin loses its ability to snap back into place.

No. 2: Exposure To Free Radicals Create Premature Aging
Two of the most visible effects of free radicals are wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen. While avoiding total exposure to free radicals is almost impossible. It is possible to delay the process by limiting our exposure to unnecessary free radicals and several external culprits like pollution, overexposure to the sun, even ingredients in makeup that can cause early signs of aging.

No 4: Everyday Habits Can Lead To Eye Wrinkles
Several other factors, including our daily choices, can also influence the aging process of our skin:

  • Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried in a cotton pillow
  • Staring at a computer all-day
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Squinting
  • Eating processed foods
  • Not wearing sunscreen daily
  • Smiling all the time
  • Roughly removing your eye makeup
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Not wearing sunglasses
  • Lack of sleep
  • And more

No. 5: Aging
When we age, our skin gradually loses collagen and elastin. When you squint, for instance, your muscles contract – fold – and straighten out again. The elastin in your body is responsible for returning this action to its original state. But when the production of collagen and elastin slows down, your body will eventually not be able to snap back, eventually leading to crows feet, under-eye wrinkles, and wrinkle folds.

Best Anti-aging Eye Creams
While we touched on many ways to prevent wrinkles above, there are some other tell tail occurrences around the eye area that can make us look older.  So I thought it would be best to share two skincare products with you that would address wrinkles as well as sagging skin, loss of collagen, and puffy eyes.  

The cliche term, which is so true, applies here: ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ And that is where great skincare like those from ALIVER come into play as while we all know aging may be a fact of life, but these eye creams I'm getting ready to share are pretty great at hiding it!

These formulas are ultra-effective and specifically made for the skin around the eyes, which is thinner and more delicate than the face. So, if you are ready to elevate your eye-treatment experience in the comfort of your own home, continue reading!

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Look For A Nourishing Vitamin C Serum For The Eye Area
While a cup of coffee may be great for a wake-up call for yourself in the morning. When it comes to perking up fatigued skin and brightening up your tired eyes, it's time to call in a better reinforcement from one of my favorite skincare ingredients, Vitamin C- one of the vital active ingredients in ALIVER anti-aging eye serum.

Vitamin C ranks among the best active ingredient to use around the sensitive eye area and is loved by dermatologists. It is an excellent source of antioxidants that protect the skin and combat free radicals that lead to premature aging. It also has some extraordinary abilities to:

  • Firm and smooth the skin by stimulating collagen production
  • Brighten the skin by increasing cell turnover
  • Even our skin tone and skin texture
  • Minimize dark spots and discoloration by inhibiting melanin production
  • Increase hydration to effectively reduce the appearance and severity of:
    • Crows’ feet
    • Fine lines
    • Deep wrinkles
    • Eye bags

Some More Bits: If a thick, rich eye cream is not your thing, a serum like this is just for you. I personally love that this serum feels weightless on the skin but can still plump fine lines and wakes up tired eyes.

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Best Eye Masks
I am saving the best for last with this ALIVER Collagen Gold Moisturizing Anti-Aging Eye Mask! A natural collagen boost for your eyes, the ALIVER Collagen eye mask is formulated to target dark circles, eye bags and reduce the appearance of fine lines, giving your eye area an overall refreshed look.

These under-eye masks include Hyaluronic Acid, a star skincare ingredient for any anti-wrinkle routine. So yes, it is my secret weapon to visibly softens fine lines and wrinkles by keeping the skin hydrated, plump, and radiant.

And if that wasn't enough, this fantastic eye mask is carefully formulated with a rich blend of some other powerful natural active ingredients to restore, soothe, and improve elasticity under the eye. Ingredients like nicotinamide, pearl powder, micro gold flakes, Vitamin C, grape seed, and pomegranate extract, to name a few.

I love to use these before a Zoom call; they are ultra-moisturizing and excellent for treating wrinkles under the eyes. (The number one cause for that makeup you and everyone else see creasing and settling into fine lines)! 

Bonus Tip: I like to keep the under-eye masks in my skincare fridge. Not only does storing them in the fridge help the masks to last longer, but the cooling sensation is perfect for bagging puffiness, reducing wrinkles, and brightening a tired appearance.

To Sum It Up
Depending on the cause of your aging eye issues, you can take adequate steps to healthy skin by minimizing some of the causes and everyday occurrences I shared. And remember, no matter your age, one fact stands true, skincare for the eye area should have a firm place in your beauty routine. And with the above home remedies, you will be on your way to successfully prevent and treat under-eye wrinkles without having to spend a lot of time or money!

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September 5, 2021

Labor Day Weekend Beauty Tips

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Labor Day represents the ending of summer. So this Labor Day weekend, the Beauty Spotlight Team has you set to end the Summer right with healthy looking skin and mind!

Labor Day Weekend Skincare Tips

There are plenty of buzz-worthy skincare ingredients, and when Barbie’s Beauty Bits finds one, she shares it! Check out… One gem of a skincare ingredient, “diamonds in the ground” AKA white truffles! If you love K-beauty, you need to check out this amazing skincare line. With over 7 million bottles of its white truffle-infused serum sold, I knew my skin needed this, pronto! And so does yours!

Make Sure You're Protected From The Labor Weekend Sun With These Beauty Products

Dry lips from the sun or matte lipsticks? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty just rediscovered an old favorite DHC Lip Cream and just in time for their September Gratitude Sale!

Typology Tinted Serum is filled with skincare loving ingredients, and it provides light coverage and a natural dewy finish. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves this brand, and highly recommends this gem of a product.

Jump Start Your Fall Routine With These Beauty Tips

Does fall make you nostalgic or does it get you excited about new beginnings? Zoya has a new Nostalgia collection that brings up both of those emotions. Beautiful cream shades on Prime Beauty are ones you’ll want to wear for fall.

If your jeans feel tight it might be time to reset your habits. There is nothing better than loving the skin you are in, and I have the perfect plan to help you get back into your jeans, build up your immune system and love the skin you are in. Read more about how The Culinary Cure 21 Day Detox & Reset can get you back on track for fall.

Angie at Your True Self Blog would like to share with you what she learned about how to use singing bowls to heal body, mind and spirit. She liked her Tibetan singing bowl so much, she got you a 15% discount to get your own. This post has been a favorite with her readers! 

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September 3, 2021

10 Most Popular Questions About Breast Implants


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10 Most Popular Questions About Breast Implants, Answered By Dr. Raj Plastic Surgeon In Dallas, Texas

For more than 10 years, breast augmentation has been one of America’s most popular plastic surgery procedures. Many women want to increase their size while enhancing the appearance of their breasts as they age, and breast implants offer a safe and effective way to improve their shape.

Before you have breast implants, you may have some questions about the procedure. Below are 10 of the most popular questions about breast augmentation.

No. 1: What Should I Know Before Getting Breast Implants?
Answer: First, keep in mind that breast augmentation is major surgery, and you will need time to recover. Most patients have a full recovery in about a month, but much depends on you.

No. 2: Saline And Silicone...Which Type Of Breast Implant Feels The Most Natural?
Answer: From saline implants to silicone, breast implants have improved in recent years, but most plastic surgeons still say that ‘gummy bear’ silicone implants feel the most like natural breasts.

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No. 3:  Will My Breast Implants Need To Be Replaced At Some Point?
Answer: Yes. Modern breast implants can last a long time, but most need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. It would be best to have annual checkups to see how your existing breast implants are holding up.

No. 4: Will I Need To Have Additional Breast Surgery In The Future?
Answer: Some women’s implants may last for life, but surgeons say you shouldn’t expect this. You will likely need additional breast surgery later in life to replace your implants.

No. 5: Will I Be Able To Breastfeed After Having Implants?
Answer: Yes, most women can breastfeed after having breast implant surgery. However, during your breast augmentation consultation, you should talk to your surgeon about this because it will influence where they make their incisions.

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No. 6: Will the Implants Make Mammograms Less Accurate In Detecting Breast Cancer?
Answer: Yes, breast implants make mammograms more difficult to read. But, the good news is an MRI or sonogram can be used to check for breast cancer in patients with breast implants.

No.7: How Long Should I Take Off From Work?
Answer: Breast augmentation is major surgery, so you should plan to take at least a week off work. If you work from home, you may be able to take only a day or two off, though.

No. 8: What Implants Look The Most Natural?
Answer: Surgeons have different opinions, but many say implant placement under the muscle using silicone implants often looks like natural breasts. Choosing an implant size in proportion to your body also matters for more natural-looking breast size.

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No. 9: What Happens If You Don't Replace Your Breast Implants?
Answer: If you don’t replace your implants eventually, the risks of breast complications rise. One of the most common issues is capsular contracture, where the scar tissue around the implant contracts and damages it.

No. 10: What Type of Breast Implants Last The Longest?
Answer: Whichever type of implant you choose, it’s like that it will need to be replaced eventually. With the chance of implant rupture increasing by one percent each year, the older your implants are, the greater your risk of rupture or other complications. Most implants need to be replaced after 10-15 years, but some may last more than 20.

Breast implant surgery is a popular and safe procedure. However, if you keep the information above in mind, you’ll go into your procedure with as much information as possible.

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About Dallas Plastic Surgeon Raja Mohan, MD
Dr. Raja Mohan is a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with years of training in reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries of the face and body. Dr. Raj is one of the few cosmetic surgeons in the Fort Worth and Dallas area with this kind of experience in aesthetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Raj also offers patients cutting-edge, non-invasive procedures with dermal fillers in liquid rhinoplasty, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing.

He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT and became interested in plastic surgery. Dr. Raj earned his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Raj Plastic Surgery in Dallas, visit him online.

References:

What To Consider Before You Get Breast Augmentation. (2018).

Things To Consider Before Getting Breast Implants. (n.d.).

Will Your Breast Implants Last A Lifetime? (n.d.)

 

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September 2, 2021

K-beauty's No.1 White Truffle Skincare Line, d'Alba Piedmont

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There are plenty of buzz-worthy skincare ingredients, and for the month of August, I have been sharing some of these cutting-edge ingredients with you.

One gem of an ingredient I will be talking about today is found in K-beauty. K-beauty brands have been elevating the entire skincare game for years. So, when Barbie's Beauty Bits hears of a new brand hitting the US market or, better yet, a must-have K-beauty ingredient, I will check it out, and if I like what I see, I will share it with you, my beauties.

One brand that has ranked No.1 in the K-Beauty online skincare scene is d'Alba Piedmont. When I heard the brand sold seven million bottles of its white truffle-infused serum in South Korea, I knew my skin needed this, pronto!  

What makes the d'Alba Piedmont skincare line so popular amongst celebrities? It's gourmet skincare ingredient, white truffles. So, if you want to find out what is so impressive about white truffles in anti-aging and why you need to check out the d'Alba Piedmont white truffle skincare line, continue reading.

d'Alba Piedmont The Gourmet Skincare Brand
d'Alba is derived from d'Alba, an Italian sanctuary full of white truffles called 'diamonds in the ground.' Before I get into the many skincare benefits this "gem" ingredient has to offer; I'd love to share some background as it is pretty interesting.

You see, Italy is a playground for truffle hunters. There are 25 species found there, nine of them edible. None is rarer than the trifola d'Alba Madonna', the white truffle, known as the "Diamond of Alba." (Or diamonds in the ground).  This mushroom is grown underground and takes about 7-10 years to harvest.

Since these truffles are such rare treasures, their market price is driven by an enormous demand. Set daily as the best truffle, at Alba Truffle Market, the average cost can skyrocket to more than $3,000 per pound. But that hasn't turned away K-beauty brand d'Alba Piedmont. Nope, they work with a professional white truffle extraction organization to ensure the best processes. And catch this...Due to Piedmont law, d'Alba is only allowed to this prized ingredient from September through January.

So, what is the fuss all about with white truffles anyways? They are just mushrooms found in dirt.

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The Benefits Of White Truffles In Skincare
Well, it turns out this delicacy does some fantastic things for the skin. Honestly, I was not surprised as mushrooms provide many skin-loving benefits; white truffles, particularly, tout unique properties that make them even more favorable for addressing numerous skincare concerns, especially those regarding anti-aging.

This prized white mushroom delivers a powerhouse of nutrients to the skin, such as
•    Anti-aging peptides
•    Essential fatty acids
•    Vitamin B12
•    Vitamin C
•    Ceramides

These ingredients found in white truffles are what make them that hidden gem! 

  • First, they contain fatty acids and emollients that support the skin barrier. 
  • Rich in natural hydrating amino acids, white truffle nourishes the skin with hydration and boosts moisture levels for a softer, smoother complexion.
  • Outstanding skin repair as it is packed with antioxidants to help fight free radical damage that can lead to premature aging.
  • Aid in the repair of sun-damaged skin, with the high vitamin C content for brightening the skin and the vitamin B12 for hyperpigmentation and smoothing rough texture. 
  • They are anti-inflammatory, helping to alleviate redness and irritation. It also targets the less visible, minor inflammation that can also make skin look older and lackluster.

And with that, I am sold!

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Amazon's Hidden Skincare Gem
If you're looking to try the best of the best when it comes to Korean skincare, d'Alba Piedmont is a great place to start.

While d'Alba products are over-the-counter products, they have been tested by dermatologists. They are all are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free, making them safe for sensitive skin.  

Below are five products from the White Truffle line I think you're going to love. And with everything under $40 and all available on Amazon Prime (means no shipping costs), you're going to be shopping in no time.

d'alba Piedmont White Truffle First Spray Serum
This is the true star in this truffle skincare line, and with over 7 million bottles sold, voted best spray serum in more than 120 beauty stores, exported throughout 15 countries globally, and over 51,000 reviews. As they say, this product has your back; I say it's your skin's BFF and a wrinkles worst enemy!

Fans swear by its triple function to improve fine lines and wrinkles, brighten, and deliver major hydration to the skin with its nourishing extracts from white truffle, lotus, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, and chia seed extract.

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d'alba Piedmont White Truffle Vital Spray Serum
This is the pick me up your skin needs. This intensely hydrating spray energizes fatigued skin and leaves it glowing with a luxe blend of Italian white truffle and natural red oils (rosehip oil, red rose oil, and scented geranium oil).

I love this serum because it protects the skin from environmental stressors while giving your skin the elastin boost it needs. Works great thrown in your purse or overnight bag for a quick makeup refresher.

d'alba white truffle vital spray serum review by barbies beauty bitsThe d'alba Piedmont No-Sebum Peptide Line
Free of parabens, artificial fragrances, animal ingredients, and mineral oil. This line is designed to remove excess oil and purify the skin.

d'alba Piedmont White Truffle Peptide No-Sebum Gel Cleanser
This mild gel cleanser includes a powerful blend of BHA's to exfoliate dead skin cells delicately, clear excess sebum, and blackheads.

And of course, the star ingredient, white truffles, works to speed up cellular turnover by supplying ample nutrients to the skin, leaving it moisturized and refreshed.

A great bonus with this cleanser is there is no need to double cleanse as it clears all impurities, even heavy makeup, with one application while supplying the skin with nutrients from its organic substances.

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d'alba Piedmont White Truffle Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream
It's time to get your daily dose of intense hydration with this multifunctional cream ideal for oily skin and uneven texture. This cream provides various functions, including enhancement of skin vitality, texture, relief, and glow! Its lightweight finish leaves your face feeling soft and silky! 

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d'alba Piedmont White Truffle Peptide No-Sebum Toner
The skin's balancing act...This multitasking toner is alcohol-free and suitable for all skin types. It is formulated with soothing ingredients such as niacinamide, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and coconut extract, known to enhance the skin's health while removing excess oil and purifying the skin.

Other Benefits:

  • Brightens The Complexion-Brings back radiance and brightens the skin while providing antioxidant benefits to help fight free radicals.
  • Stimulates Skin Renewal-The Italian White Truffle Extract moisturizes and stimulates cell renewal while peptides create firm, plump skin.
  • Provides Light Exfoliation-The BHA gently exfoliates and removes excess sebum to deep clean pores and keep your skin clear.

By adding the right toner to your routine, you can amp up your skincare regimen, as toners are great for helping to prep your skin for anti-aging treatments and serums.

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Sum It Up For Us
To sum it up, while white truffles are difficult to source and much more potent than some other skincare ingredients, white truffles are the ultimate luxe skincare ingredient and so worth investing in.

And don't worry, you will not break the bank! Unlike some other luxury skincare companies using the truffle's ultra-extravagant reputation to justify jaw-dropping pricing, the d'Alba Piedmont brand is readily accessible on Amazon, with free shipping from Prime members and quick delivery.

So, what are you waiting for? This K-beauty brand has already become an Amazon bestseller, and due to d'Alba's quality products, it has captivated the heart of QVC, HSN and now Barbie’s Beauty Bits. 


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September 1, 2021

Help What Color Is My Hair Color, Really

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I saw this gorgeous photo of my hair taken by my stylist, Laura at Dupres Salon And Day Spa and was surprised at my hair color. While it is the color I wanted, I realized when looking at this photo that my hair looks different in every mirror, in every room in my house, at work, at a restaurant, and at different times of the day. So one of my friends was like, so is the color I see not your real hair color, and I answered, no, it is not.

So what color is my hair, really?

Well, according to my stylist, nature never lies. Hence, the best way to see what your highlighted or colored hair actually looks like is to go outside with a mirror in the natural sunlight. Or, in this case, as close to the outdoors as possible, when Laura took my photo.

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My Hair, Leaving Dupres Salon And Day Spa In Virginia Beach

Why Does My Hair Color Look Different In Different Lighting? 

Ever wondered why your hair color seems different in every single room of your house and every darn photo? If so, then read on.

Many of us are aware of this when it comes to photos, but it can fool the eye, when sitting right in front of someone. I've noticed a few times after getting my hair colored my hair seems to have a yellowish undertone in my new house, which results in a brassy look when reflected on the hair. 

See the photo below of me. I was doing a photoshoot for Goli's Gummies after getting my hair done. But you will notice the coloring difference. And yes, this was on the same day. I was so surprised, as I actually thought my hair color was the color in the Goli image, which is a bit brassy when truthfully, my hair is more of an ash hue. What the heck?????? That is a big difference, wouldn't you say?

Some other lighting effects on the hair you may not have known about.

  • While in warmer, orange-based lights, your hair will reflect a warmer, honey to brass color.
  • Under cold white or blueish lights, your hair will appear to be more ash-blonde.
  • Outside... The true color

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Hair Products To Keep Your Colored Hair Looking It's Best
Wanna keep your colored hair at its best? Then make sure to use products that are perfect for anti-frizz, maintains scalp health, helps reduce hair loss, and promotes healthy hair growth! So what products can do this? Kimtrue. With the meanings KIM -- brilliance, TRUE -- real, accurate. Kind of funny speaking of this post of what is my true, real, accurate, hair color.

Shampoo And Conditioner For Colored Treated Hair
I am so loving this Kimtrue Sea Salt Shampoo and Seaweed Extract Hair Conditioner. Aside from ingredients that actually work, they are sulfate-free, and the brand is sustainably focused. 

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Same Week, Hair Color Looks Different

Hair Treatments To Use Between Hair Appointments
Looking for a hair treatment to hold you over in between hair appointments, then I suggest trying Kimtrue's Repair Hair Mask With Macrocystis Pyrifera. This mask treatment is eight times that of Seaweed Essential Conditioner, which means it has eight times the repairing energy of facial cream. What?? Yes, this is like skincare for your hair.

Also contains:

  • Panthenol- Which can help the hair maintain a certain amount of water, moisturize and increase toughness, protect the split ends of the hair, and deposit the hair to resist external damage.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin- Collagen, silk peptides, intercellular lipids, and ingredients that promote hair shine and restore elasticity and toughness of the hair.

And there you have it. So next you wanna snap a photo of what your hair looks like, try outdoor lighting for the best, true, accurate picture, until next time!

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August 30, 2021

Back To School, Back To You, Mommy Makeover Beauty Tips


Back To School, Back To You, Mommy Makeover Beauty Tips, By Barbies Beauty Bits

"Back to School, Back To You Mommy Beauty Tips With The Beauty Spotlight Team."

Now that your kids are back to school, it's likely that your house is a little quieter, and you have a little more time for some me-time! This extra peace is the perfect time for a mommy makeover, with these mommy makeover skincare tips, mommy makeover makeup tips, and some tips to taking care of yourself in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy!

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 Mommy Makeover Skincare Tips

Beverly Hills MD Cosmeceuticals Lift+Firm Sculpting Cream for Face and Neck is a wonderfully effective cream that firms, lifts, hydrates and nourishes the skin. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves this cream because it lives up to its claims and it is a pleasure to use.

Aging is a fact of life, but looking your age is not! And that is when good skincare comes into play with anti-aging ingredients like Retinol, aka the fountain of youth. More than likely, you heard about Retinol and maybe some of its anti-aging benefits but do not really understand this star ingredient and everything it can do for your skin! So, if you are ready to venture into Benjamin Button’s magical elixir of youth, continue reading on Barbie’s Beauty Bits.

Dry lips? Thinning lips? Don’t like thick waxy lip balms? Check out new Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Lip Booster: lightweight, clear, hydrating liqui-gel. Leaves your lips smooth, juicy and glossy! No fragrance or taste. Minimizes lip lines. Allison from Never Say Die Beauty thinks it’s anti-aging for lips! 

Mommy Makeover Makeup Tips

The advertisements are reminding us that it’s back to school time. What’s in your back to school wardrobe even if you don’t go to school? For Prime Beauty it’s cosmetics and especially Sorme’ lip products. There’s a wide array of terrific items that will leave you room to buy supplies as well. 

Do you like beauty subscription services? You might want to check out Cassie’s August Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing over on Southeast by Midwest. 

Mommy Makeover Motivational Tips 

Angie at Your True Self Blog wants you to take care of yourself and be well. That way, age doesn’t matter because you look better, your life is richer and you last longer. So she wrote an inspirational post exploring three ways to take care of yourself:  in body, mind and spirit.

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August 26, 2021

Nano Fat Grafting Vs. Dermal Fillers, Which Is Better For Facial Rejuvenation

 

Nano Fat Grafting Vs. Dermal Fillers, Which Is Better For Facial Rejuvenation  By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Which Is Better For Facial Rejuvenation, Nano Fat Grafting or Dermal Fillers? Well, before we answer that question, let's see how many of you can relate to this.

Have you ever seen yourself tagged in a photo on Facebook and think something about your face looks older or looks more tired than you are?  Taking it a step further for those on those numerous zoom calls, who may notice some more unpleasantries, like some loose sagging skin around the mouth, flattened cheeks, even some slight notices of a possible jowl forming?

Well, beauties, you are not alone as what you are experiencing is the loss of facial volume, and there are facial rejuvenation treatments that can help with this. But before I get into these, we at Barbie's Beauty Bits think it is important that you understand why this change is happening, so those who may want to add volume, improve skin texture, etc., can better understand the options, reasons, and outcomes.

What Causes Facial Volume Loss
One quick way to look older than you are is the changes in our skin texture, shape, and volume. These changes come from the loss of collagen, elastin, and fatty tissue that once gave the skin a youthful appearance.

Think round full cheeks, smooth skin, even something I once called an upper lip.  And guess what, this volume loss can start as early as in our 30's. That's right, studies have shown that by the age of 35, our natural aging process causes us to lose about 10% volume in our face, with an additional 5-10% facial fat every 5-10 years. This means by the age of 55, many of us could have lost 40% off of facial volume, causing our cheeks to drop and sag, eyes start to appear sallow, and other signs of aging.

Add that to stress, hormonal changes, and environmental exposures, like makeup, smoke, and over-exposure to the sun. Your skin is going to be looser, thinner, and rougher. Leaving many left with more than they bargained for.

So, what treatments can we get that can help with facial volume loss?

Whether you’re struggling with sallow, sunken eye sockets, thinning lips, deflated” flattened cheeks, hollow temples, or loose sagging skin around the jawline, also known as jowls. Two main cosmetic remedies are using injectable fillers that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your face: Nano fat grafting and dermal fillers.

Well, to help me share these answers with you, I got with Dr. David Sieber Plastic Surgery in San Francisco. Let's see what he had to say on the subject.

Nano Fat Grafting vs. Dermal Fillers, Which Procedure Is Better To Help With Facial Volume Loss

If you’ve ever seen a plastic surgeon about the issue of facial volume loss, they have probably already listed both of these procedures as options. Still, you may have some follow-up questions — namely: What’s the difference between nano fat grafting and dermal fillers? What works better? What looks more natural? And which lasts longer?

Up ahead, we'll go over the basics of each one of these procedures, followed by the major pros and cons, so that we can hopefully answer any questions you may still have about nano fat grafting and dermal fillers. By the end of this article, you’ll have a strong understanding of your options regarding loss of facial volume and will be able to make a sound decision moving forward.

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Why Do We Lose Volume In Our Faces As We Age?
I touched briefly on this above. But let's see how Dr. David Sieber expands on this further.

Before we can examine the pros and cons of nano fat grafting vs. dermal fillers, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the aging process itself. Everyone knows our faces change as we age. But what’s actually going on beneath the skin?

For starters, when you’re young, you have mostly evenly distributed fat, and certain fat pockets nicely plump up all the right areas: the cheeks, forehead, lips, and temples and around the eyes. With gravity and time, however, small amounts of fat tend to shift downward. This causes bags to form beneath the eyes, jowls to form near the chin and neck, loose skin to gather at the bottom of the face, and fat to clump up in inconvenient locations.

The result is often a thin bony appearance, hollow-looking cheeks, and an overall tired and sullen look.

Fortunately, these signs of aging can be remedied with either nano fat grafting or dermal fillers.

The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Nano Fat Grafting Vs. Dermal Fillers

The skin rejuvenation process depends on many factors, but most healthy adults are good candidates for either nano fat grafting or dermal fillers. Let’s take a look at each of these facial fillers.

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What Is Nano Fat Grafting?
The key to facial rejuvenation may already be hidden in your body with fat grafting (also known as fat transfer). This process can be performed on many parts of the body, including the breasts, buttocks, thighs, and more. It involves injecting fat (live) cells from one area of the body to another.

For example, if you have excess fat on your hips/thighs that you’d like to reduce, and you’d also like to increase the volume of your breasts, we can take fat from your hips (via liposuction), harvest, and process it, and move it to your breasts.

Nano fat grafting is very similar. The key difference between nano fat grafting and traditional fat grafting is the size of the grafts. With nano fat grafting, extremely small particle sizes are used. This is because smaller-sized fat particles are best at injecting into the face, repairing facial skin issues — namely, loss of volume, fine lines and wrinkles, and scarring.

It’s important to keep in mind that there is always some level of reabsorption when it comes to fat grafting. That is, not all of the transferred fat will survive; some will die, and your body will reabsorb it. This is totally normal, and your surgeon will anticipate this issue by slightly overshooting the amount of fat they transfer.

Using Your Own Fat For Facial Rejuvenation...Pros of Nano Fat Grafting For Improving Facial Volume Loss

  • Uses your own fat-derived stem cells to rejuvenate and improve the overall tone, texture and appearance of aging or sun-damaged skin. Best for significant loss of volume on the face
  • Usually less expensive than fillers
  • Harvesting unwanted fat is a simple process (typically no shortage of fat supply for facial transfers)
  • The area the fat is harvested from can appear slimmer and more contoured
  • Long-lasting (usually lasts longer than dermal fillers)
  • Bonus: They can even be used as alternatives to injectables like Botox to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the forehead and eyes

Cons Of Nano Fat Grafting For Improving Facial Volume Loss

  • Post-procedure swelling and bruising may last longer than with dermal fillers
  • The fat-removal procedure usually requires the use of an anesthetic
  • Long-lasting for those that may wanna test the waters so to speak
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What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are chemical substances used to augment the face in some way. Usually, fillers are used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and they can also be extremely effective at adding plumpness where volume has been lost due to aging or significant weight loss.

Most dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), but there are several different types that include such recognizable brands as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra.

HA is found naturally in the skin and is responsible for hydration and plumpness. Your cosmetic surgeon will decide which filler will work best for your problem areas and ultimate goals. Some fillers are constituted best for areas like the undereye, while others do better in the lips, along the jawline, or on the cheeks.

Unlike the process of fat grafting, dermal fillers do not require anesthesia because there’s no liposuction step. The process is quick and simple and is usually done in as little as 30 minutes right in your plastic surgeon’s office.

Pros of Dermal Fillers For Improving Facial Volume Loss

  • A cost-effective way to “test drive” facial rejuvenation methods
  • Good for "small jobs” (adding volume to the lips, for example)
  • Fillers add volume, smooth facial folds, improve contour deficiencies and diminish wrinkles.
  • Particularly beneficial for contouring near the eyes — great for sunken, sullen eyes with dark circles
  • No anesthetics are needed
  • Recovery time is fast

Cons of Dermal Fillers For Improving Facial Volume Loss

  • Not quite as long-lasting as fat grafting (the skin eventually absorbs fillers and will require additional fillers to maintain volume)
  • Long term cost can be more expensive than the fat transfer process, as it has to be done more often
  • Although fillers are considered safe, you are injecting a foreign substance into your body.  It is important to choose a skilled plastic surgeon to perform this procedure to ensure that it is done properly.

To Sum It Up...Nano Fat Grafting Vs. Dermal Fillers, Which Is Better?
There is not a definitive answer as the both treatments work great for facial rejuvenation. The goal in deciding is to look at the pros and cons of both and see which one better fits your lifestyle. 

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More About San Francisco’s Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Sieber And His Practice
Dr. David Sieber is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, making him one of the few double board-certified plastics and reconstructive surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

After graduating from Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Sieber went on to the Loyola University Medical Center to complete a five-year residency in general surgery. This was followed by a three-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota and a one-year aesthetic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern program in Dallas.

Among his many accolades, in 2015, Dr. Sieber received the award for best research paper from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal editorial board. He was the recipient of the inaugural Frederic Brandt, MD Memorial Scholarship. He currently serves on committees for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF).

For more information about Dr. Sieber, visit his practice online at Dr. David Sieber Plastic Surgery in San Francisco.

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August 23, 2021

How The Zoom Boom Has Impacted Aesthetics

How The Zoom Boom Has Impacted Aesthetics By Barbie's Beauty Bits

The pandemic has negatively impacted many businesses, but one business that has not seen a negative impact is aesthetics.  In fact, the demand for aesthetic procedures has actually kept climbing despite the pandemic. There are a few reasons why... and one we are talking about today is "The Zoom Boom." and how it has impacted aesthetics.

That is right, with the pandemic, many of us have had our share of Zoom meetings, virtual happy hours, virtual family gatherings, and who knows, maybe even a virtual date!

And while the Zoom Boom has brought convenience, it has also brought some unhappy truths about how we look and never knew it. Think about it. Most people do not know what they look like when they are speaking, sitting at a desk, even sitting across from somebody during a lunch meeting, as it is not like there is a mirror in front of us to see our facial expressions or worse that sitting face (Boy do I hate mine). 

The "Zoom Boom" And Recent Aesthetic Trends
With the Zoom Boom, many people went from only looking at themselves in the mirror on their bathroom breaks to suddenly staring at themselves on a screen for hours each day, not liking what they see. As a result, they had plenty of time to scrutinize and evaluate their under-eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles, double chins, and more.

What happens when people spend hours every week studying unflattering images of themselves? An increase in requests for plastic surgery, even virtual consultations, of course. Just ask Smita R. Ramanadham Plastic Surgery in New Jersey. I did, and this is what she shared with Barbie's Beauty Bits.

The American Society Of Plastic Surgeon Annual Trend Report
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released its annual trends report for 2020 recently. It revealed the evolving aesthetic trends that occurred in plastic surgery during the pandemic and continues today. Below are some of the most notable results and other aesthetic trends in plastic surgery that are trending today.

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More Women See Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Positively
The ASPS survey found that 11% of women are more interested in aesthetic plastic surgery today than before the pandemic started. One surgeon noted that people have learned how an aesthetic procedure can improve their beauty, make them look younger, and enhance their self-esteem.

Nose Reshaping Is The Most Popular Pandemic Plastic Surgery Procedure
Breast augmentation has been the most popular procedure for years, but the zoom effect has placed a focus more on the face, and out of this the new aesthetic trend that is taking the lead is reshaping the nose with rhinoplasty. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for many facial surgical procedures, including eyelid surgery and facelifts.

As we age, we tend to develop wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and row. It’s easier to see those wrinkles and lines on a video camera, so people have wanted to do something about it with plastic surgery. 

Non Surgical Rhinoplasty Trend Due To The Zoom Boom
Another aesthetic trend for patients who are not ready to have a full rhinoplasty has been nonsurgical rhinoplasty. By injecting dermal fillers, it’s now possible for patients to have minor bumps and dips in the nose filled in to improve the profile of the nose.

Plastic surgeons also are seeing the other aesthetic trends in plastic surgery come to the fore this year, see some of these below.

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The Zoom Boom: Navigating Your Facial Rejuvenation Options
Some surgeons report that patients are getting more sophisticated in their grasp of what their skincare products can do and how to find the items with the best ingredients.

Along with this improved knowledge, surgeons see more interest in nonsurgical procedures to enhance the texture and tone of facial skin. For example, hybrid fractional laser resurfacing can significantly improve the appearance of the skin and minimize sun damage and sunspots.

Plus, laser resurfacing has minimal downtime, and people won’t even know you had work done. Many patients like the idea of rejuvenating their faces and going back to work or their daily routine right away.

Dermal Fillers And Injectables
New types of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are being released, and they are highly effective in treating facial wrinkles around the eyes. They also help fill in lost volume in the lips and cheeks and make you look years younger.

There also are new injectables trending, such as the neurotoxin DAXI, that may last as long as six months. This can be a difference-maker for patients who want reduced wrinkles and smoother skin with fewer sessions.

Nonsurgical Eyelid Lifts And Rhinoplasties
These procedures are growing because surgeons are getting better fillers and are gaining skills in their techniques. In addition, many surgeons contend that the results with fillers for these procedures are impressive and can even match surgical results, although the effects are temporary.

Also, there is no pain involved with injections for eyelid lifts and rhinoplasties and very little recovery time.

Further, some plastic surgeons are using HA gel filler to improve the shape of the nose tip and lift it a bit, which works well for people of Asian heritage.

Combination Treatments Due To The Mask Effect
Another big aesthetic trend is combining plastic surgery with nonsurgical treatments to provide a more comprehensive result for the face. Some of the facial treatments include longer-lasting fillers, Botox, lasers, and procedures that use radio frequency to stimulate collagen production.

Some patients pair these treatments with fat grafting to restore lost volume in the cheeks and other parts of the face. 

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High-Definition Liposuction Attributed To The #Quarantine15
Staying home means constant access to food and minimal access to the gym. Combine that with elevated stress and more time to experiment in the kitchen resulting in weight gain, which leads to the popular hashtag #Quarantine15 and a popular aesthetic trend, body contouring, including high-definition liposuction. With the talents of a highly skilled surgeon, it is now possible to remove or melt fat down to a mere handful of cells under the skin.

This allows the surgeon to reveal the underlying muscles on the patient and create an appealing, athletic look.

More About The Practice
Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who offers many aesthetic procedures to her patients in the New Jersey, New York City, and Tri-state areas.

She works to address the specific needs and goals of each patient before devising a personalized procedure plan. Dr. Smita understands the complex mix of art, beauty, and science needed to enhance her clients’ aesthetic appearance to enjoy the best results. 

Smita R. Ramanadham Plastic Surgery in New Jersey Sahres Thoughts How The Zoom Boom Has Impacted Cosmetic Surgery

For more information, please visit Smita R. Ramanadham Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.

References

Aesthetic Trends 2021

Cosmetic Surgery Trends For 2021 And Beyond

American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2020 Trend Report

Dr. Smita Ramanadham Breast Augmentation. (n.d.)

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