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Why I Had a Lower Blepharoplasty

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We’ve published a number of articles that discuss the latest trends in plastic surgery and how these procedures are not only becoming more mainstream but are no longer a shameful topic that one has to suffer through in secrecy praying that no one is the wiser.

It’s one thing to talk about a general trend of patients coming out of the plastic surgery closet and quite another to give a first hand account of a personal experience, so I thought I’d share my brush with plastic surgery.

In My Twenties

I was an actress and stand-up comedian. One day I was in my weekly meeting with my manager and she suddenly asked me, in a very matter of fact way, if I had a drinking problem.

Lots of Baggage

I was 22 and had bags under my eyes that were too much for even Louis Vuitton to carry. It looked like I was exhausted and routinely partied all night drinking and drugging. My manager was concerned that film directors would be hesitant to hire me to work on $50 million budget films (that was a lot of money 17 years ago) out of fear that I would not be able to make it to work in the morning. The truth was people always told me that I looked tired, so much so that I felt tired. My manager suggested that I consult a plastic surgeon to explore a lower lid procedure.

Ask Yasmine

That night I discussed the possibility of having the surgery with my mother. She thought I was completely nuts – I was only 22 and she had never heard of such a thing! She suggested that I consult Yasmine Djerradine, founder of Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beauté in New York City. (Yes, I have known Yasmine for 17 years.) Yasmine suggested that I see an allergist. She felt that I was so young that surgery should only be considered as a last option.

Trip to The Allergist

I went to three sessions where I was poked and prodded with dust mites, mold and all types of god knows what. Bottom line: I was not allergic to any of it.

Remodeling Facials

In tandem, I also had some microcurrent facial sessions that solely focused attention on my under eye area. While it delivered minor results the day of, it really didn’t make a dent.

I’ll Try Anything

I was so desperate, I started applying Preparation H (yes the hemorrhoid cream) under my eyes, after all, it shrinks tissue! Right?! And even began taking juniper berry supplements that rid the body of any natural water retention. Oh and did I mention that I also iced my under eye in the morning for 10 minutes prior to showering? Nothing worked. There was also not enough concealer on earth to hide my puffy lower lids.

Time For a Consultation

I returned for a visit to Yasmine and gave her a full report. She gave me a look that I was not prepared for. Alyssa, you should go for a consultation with Dr. David Hidalgo – he specializes in face and breast procedures and is pioneering a new method that requires no incisions or stitches, so you won’t have any scarring. Unlike most MDs, he also believes in homeopathic remedies and you won’t have any bruising.

My mother hesitantly agreed for me to go for a consultation…

Meet Dr. Hidalgo

I walked into the waiting room and was the youngest person by at least 20 years. The receptionist asked if I was looking for my mother. I was finally called in to meet Dr. Hidalgo. He asked me what he could do for me and I told him that I had serious bags under my eyes and that I was an actress and having a hard time booking jobs with all this baggage. The truth was I was just tired of people telling me how tired I looked. It was wearing on me mentally and physically.

The Verdict

Dr. Hidalgo told me that I had lipid deposits under my eyes and that it is a genetic disposition. In fact, I was a perfect candidate for the surgery. REALLY! I’m not too young? I was shocked. Will the fat cells come back? (maybe in 15 years on my rear end?) No, he said, in fact you will heal much faster because you are young and resilient and the longer you wait, the worse it will get. If you wait, the skin around the lower lid will stretch out and I’ll have to tighten and remodel that skin as well. It’s much like a liposuction, I make a small incision, above your lower lash line, stick a tiny vacuum in, suck out the lipid and voila (he didn’t really say voila.) No stitches, no scaring and he even had a private operating room – I could have the surgery on Friday, go home that day and be back to work on Monday.

My mother was floored but the rationale did make sense to both of us and she saw how much it meant to me. Acting or no acting career, the bags were getting in my way physically and now mentally.

Surgery Prep

Not only did Dr. Hidalgo have a kind demeanor but I was very impressed with his recommended pre surgery prep. Starting a week before the procedure I was to take Arnica Montana 30 ml (cute little sugar flavored pellets that dissolve under the tongue) and Bromelain 500 mg every day and continue it for two weeks after the surgery.

I grew up eating a macrobiotic diet and taking homeopathic remedies long before they were trendy and mainstream and was always mortified by the fact that this was the regimen my mother subjected my brother and I to. This prep felt familiar to me and in fact a little like home.

A Life Changing Difference

I went through with the procedure and have recommended Dr. Hidalgo to many friends and acquaintances over the years. 17 years later, I think I may still be the youngest patient to have had the surgery and my before and after pictures are still on the coffee table. (which I secretly take pride in) And, you would never know that I have had the procedure. Best of all, the effect that it has had on my self-esteem is remarkable.

Which Eye Cream Do You Recommend For the Bags Under My Eyes?

To this day when people ask what eye cream they should use to get rid of the bags under their eyes I am always a little sad to relay the news, but the truth is that there is no eye cream that will. Much of the time people have the same lipid deposits that I had to lesser or greater degrees (you can see my before and after pictures up top) and when I tell them my story, I can see the “oh no, I don’t have that issue” brewing in their eyes. In the society we live in where no one can be thin enough, the thought of having liposuction, even if it’s under your eyes, is a horrific thought. Concealer will only cover darkness under the eyes, but if you are not willing to carry those bags around forever, you just may need to go under the knife.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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Has Cosmetic Surgery Become The New Makeup?

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The “face” of the plastic surgery conversation is changing. Slowly, cosmetic surgery discussions are becoming more frank, and the details of Botox, filler, and cosmetic surgery – which used to be the secret of the Manhattan and Los Angeles elite – are becoming less secret. In his recent TIME Magazine article entitled, “Nip. Tuck. Or Else.”, Joel Stein comments that, “cosmetic surgery has become the new makeup”.  While I think this is a bit of an overstatement, there is a kernel of truth in it. Little tweaks of Botox and filler, even rhinoplasty, and facelift surgery, are becoming more talked about, thus losing their stigma. Celebrities and civilians alike are speaking more openly about the procedures they’ve had done. We can thank Betty Ford (facelift and blepharoplasty), Joan Rivers (lots!), Ashlee Simpson (rhinoplasty), Renee Zelwiger (blepharoplasty), and most recently, Caitlyn Jenner (facial feminization and breast implants) for speaking frankly about cosmetic surgery.  We can thank sites like RealSelf for helping demystify the logistics of cosmetic procedures, as well as helping people become more educated cosmetic consumers.

Have No Doubt:

Cosmetic surgery is happening all around you. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), more than 20 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed worldwide in 2014, with the United States ranking number one for most cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2014 (Brazil was briefly number one in 2013, but Brazilian Butt Lift be damned, we managed to regain the number one spot this past year). Cosmetic surgery technology is advancing, and procedures are becoming more minimally-invasive, with short, or no, recovery time required. As the technology advances, procedures become more common, and the cost is coming down, making procedures affordable to more people. Surgeons are also becoming more skilled, and more subtle, making results more predictable and less scary.

Along The Beauty Continuum

More and more in my practice, I see cosmetic procedures, particularly Botox and filler, regarded as regular maintenance rather than narcissistic indulgences. I even have many patients that come in for treatments with friends and make a day of it. I’ve seen that, with time, the idea of beauty and personal upkeep is becoming a continuum, with haircuts and shopping on one end and facelifts on the other. There are no longer any hard stops. If you have no reservations about coloring your hair with chemical dyes when it turns gray, why shouldn’t you take advantage of anti-aging treatments for your face? If you buy clothing and accessories in order to convey your personal style – to portray to others the way that you see yourself – why not take advantage of available procedures to do the same for your face and body?

The Shame Of Beauty Routines Is Long Gone

As Stein points out, in the 19th century, makeup was often sold under the counter because it was considered a tool of prostitution. In the 1930s, when hair dyeing was new, women got their color done in the basements of beauty parlors so no one would see them and continued to do so for decades. The shame of these beauty routines is long gone, and I hope that in the same way, we can soon say that the days of plastic surgery shaming are over.

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Your Beach Body Courtesy Of Charlotte’s Book

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As soon as I booked my family’s beach vacation, I ran out to buy some new bathing suits…as any woman would, right? Now, being of a certain age, and having had two kids, I can’t complain much about how I look in a bikini. That doesn’t mean, however, I don’t see some room for improvement here and there! If bikini season has got you thinking about some physique tweaks, I cannot recommend Charlotte’s Book enough as an invaluable resource for all your aesthetic options.

Here are a few of Charlotte’s recent posts on protocols and procedures to optimize your body. If you are looking to stock up on some of the best luxury body care products, shop now at Travel Beauty.

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#ASKCHARLOTTE: WHAT ARE THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR CELLULITE?

Bathing suit season is here and it’s no wonder cellulite is on the minds of many. One reader reached out asking how to deal with the dimply issue: 

“I’ve tried all sorts of anti-cellulite creams and massages, but nothing has really worked yet. I think I want to try a procedure. What are the best treatments for cellulite? Read more.

#ASKCHARLOTTE: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING?

Dry skin brushing has long been a staple of many spa treatment menus because it works wonders on your skin and is a great way to prep your body for a wrap, mask or moisturizer. Dry skin brushing is a form of body exfoliation and lymphatic drainage using a dry natural bristle brush to gently brush the skin all over your body. Read more.

ARE GUMMY BEAR BREAST IMPLANTS THE SWEETEST?

Gummy bears may very well have been your favorite candy as a kid, but if you’re now considering breast augmentation, you’ll soon be talking a lot about them once again, just not the fruity, chewy edible kind.

The newest generation of breast implants is made of a firmer form of silicone gel which bounces back to its original shape after being touched, just like the consistency a gummy bear…hence, their popular nickname: gummy bear breast implants. Read more.

THE ABCC’S OF BREAST IMPLANTS

People throw around the phrase “boob job” very casually these days, which is no surprise as breast surgery has become the most performed plastic surgery procedure in the United States. But even though it seems like everybody and their mother is trading up, the reality is that getting breast implants is still a serious surgery and not to be taken lightly. Navigating and researching the decisions that need to be made can be overwhelming. Read more.

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Do Away With Your Double Chin

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According to a 2014 survey conducted by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of those interviewed were bothered by “submental fullness”, a fancy term for a double chin. If you’d count yourself among that 68%, chin up!  The FDA has just approved a brand new non-surgical double chin destroying treatment called Kybella (aka ATX-101). Kybella is a patented synthetic form of deoxycholic acid that promises to melt your chin cares away. The drug is a man-made version of a naturally-occurring substance in the body, deoxycholic acid, that normally aids in the breakdown of dietary fat.

What You Need to Know

The treatment is performed in the office, by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. It takes about 20-30 minutes and does not require anesthesia. The drug is injected in the area of unwanted fat (10-20 separate needle sticks). When Kybella comes in contact with fat cells, it disrupts the cell’s membrane and causes the cell to “lyse”, or burst.  The fat cells release their fatty contents into the surrounding area, and all that unwanted junk is cleaned up and carried away by your body through its normal process for such things. As for recovery, you should expect some swelling and tenderness at the site of the injections for the first 2-3 days after treatment, and some people may have some temporary numbness in the area. Multiple treatments will likely be required for optimal results. During clinical trials, participants received injections once per month for up to six months.

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

The reality is, although a small amount of submental fat is – literally – a small thing, it can make you look older and heavier than you are. Though excess fat under the chin can be associated with weight gain, genetics also play a huge role, and for some people, though they may be at a healthy weight, they still have that extra padding under the chin. Before Kybella, the only options for reduction of submental fat were surgicam, liposuction, or surgical neck lift. Kybella is exciting because it represents the first effective treatment for the double chin without the anesthesia and downtime required for conventional surgery.

Is Kybella for You?

Not everyone is a candidate for Kybella. For example, Kybella melts fat, but does nothing to tighten redundant skin under the chin, and it is not approved for patients under the age of 18 (duh!), so an in-person consultation is a must before scheduling the treatment. Nonetheless, welcome, Kybella! Our newest tool in the non-surgical arsenal in the battle against submental bulge!

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Charlotte’s Book Round Up

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The amount of beauty-related blog posts, articles, videos and general content floating around cyberspace is nothing short of bewildering. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of quality to go with all that quantity. We are thus forced to sort through the schlock to find the crème de la crème content on face creams and more.

While we here at Travel Beauty do our best to provide you with relevant, high-quality content, we can’t cover every beauty base.

Enter Charlotte’s Book

Charlotte’s Book is a wealth of information on beauty, health, wellness and much more. Team Charlotte publishes articles daily, covering topics such as how to choose the best herbal supplements, facial fillers…and everything in between.

Intrigued? We thought so! Here are some of our favorites covering SEX (yes sex), Breastox, natural nails and eating your way to beautiful skin. Enjoy…and let us know what you think!

C’EST CHIC: NATURAL NAILS LOOK LUXE AT VERA WANG

Eye candy nail polish colors—think bright reds and corals, cool hues of green and blue, dazzling metallics and shimmery pastels—have been the nail trend for so long now, that it was very refreshing to see natural nails on models at the Vera Wang show during the Fall Winter 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. It’s no news that healthy skin is in, and now natural nails are following suit. Read more.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: THE COLLAGEN BOOSTING DIET

The foundation of youthful skin hinges upon one key factor: collagen.  It is what gives elasticity, firmness, resiliency and suppleness to the skin, which is the body’s largest organ.  As we age, however, production of this essential protein decreases and sagging, thinning skin is the result.  To maximize stimulation of collagen production and guard it from breakdown, slathering your skin with the usual anti-aging creams and serums isn’t enough. Read more

BREASTOX: THE NEW BOTOX BOOB JOB

Have you noticed a perkier than usual Red Carpet this year? You might be seeing the rise of a new trend in breast enhancement: the Botox boob job. Many A-list celebrities in the UK are now opting for the convenience of instantaneous injectable breast enlargements, over traditional surgical augmentation. Read more

WHAT KIND OF MILK SHOULD I BE DRINKING?

The nutrition world is flooded with opposing recommendations, making it confusing for clients and consumers to make informed choices about food. Eat this. Don’t eat that. Drink this. Abstain from that. The list goes on and on. In particular, I’m often asked about milk. Read more

JUST DO IT: SEX IS GREAT FOR YOUR SKIN

Love (and lust!) is in the air. That’s good news for dull winter complexions, as it turns out that a Valentine’s Day tryst isn’t just helpful for your mood; sex is great for your skin too. Read more

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