Monthly Archives: August 2016
We all know about the plastic surgery horror stories of fatal blood clots or heart attacks, and have gasped at the pictures of notoriously butchered celebs like Michael Jackson and Courtney Love. But more often than not, we never find out about the other ways plastic surgery can go wrong — ways that in some cases, aren’t the doctor’s fault.
“Plastic surgery is major surgery,” says Semira Bayati, a board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, Calif. — and a lot of times, no matter how skilled the doctor, crazy side effects can happen.
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Knowing about these less-talked about ways that plastic surgery can go wrong is more important than ever, considering the growing number of people in the U.S. who are opting for cosmetic procedures. According to a recent survey, 51 percent of the population approves of cosmetic and plastic surgery. “As the numbers suggest, people in every income bracket, single or married, male or female, view plastic surgery as a reasonable option today,� says Felmont F. Eaves III, MD, President of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
So, before you sign up for a Botox session at your next dentist appointment or lust after a nose job when “Us Weekly” runs enviable before and after shots of Ashlee Simpson, read on. You’ll want to know about these shocking ways that plastic surgery can leave you with less than stellar results. They happen more frequently than you might expect.
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, Bayati 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,” she says. Something important to keep in mind before going under the knife — especially if you’ve got a darker complexion and high skin pigmentation, which Bayati says put you in the high risk category for scarring.
I get why some women have an aversion to skin-care oils: Suddenly, the thing that you’ve been working your whole life to wash off and soak up is the thing that experts are telling you to slather all over your face and body. If you’re a skin-oil virgin, start with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil — rich in vitamins E and B complex and anti-inflammatory zinc — is extremely common in skin-care products because it’s an inexpensive, nonirritating, noncomedogenic emollient. Chances are it’s in the face wash or moisturizer you’re using now. Plus, ever used a face scrub? Those microbeads are often crystallized jojoba esters. Mind = blown.
Another great thing about jojoba: While most skin-care companies are phasing out synthetic microbeads from their products based on evidence that they harm marine life, jojoba beads are A-OK because they’re biodegradable and thus gentler on the ecosystem.
DIY: Apply the oil directly to your face or add a few drops to your usual moisturizer for extra hydration. You can also buy jojoba beads (a craft store is a good place to start) and add them to your regular cleanser whenever you need an exfoliation boost.
The Oil That Stops Stretch Marks in Their TracksHow many times have you read a story touting one ingredient or another as the cure for stretch marks? But there may be an honest-to-god solution for preventing stretch marks and reducing the appearance of existing marks — and it only costs a couple bucks and a few minutes of your time.
In 2012, researchers found that stretch marks (aka striae gravidarum) were less prevalent in pregnant women who received regular 15-minute massages with bitter almond oil than those who received no treatment. While it’s true that the blood-flow-encouraging massage may have had more to do with preventing stretch marks, multiple studies have been done on olive oil’s ability to prevent stretch marks with less encouraging results.
Remember: Bitter almond oil is not the same as sweet almond oil. The sweet variety is found in many products that claim to treat stretch marks, but it hasn’t been clinically shown to improve the condition.
DIY: Massage any problem areas with pure bitter almond oil while you’re watching your favorite TV show. Once you get to the third commercial break, you’re done. Or try combining the oil with sugar or salt for a homemade body scrub.
When it comes to long-lasting makeup, many of us have a love-hate relationship with the smudge-proof products that take us from nine to way-beyond-five.
The last time we tried to remove our budge-proof liquid lipstick, we found it impossible to swipe off all the traces of the impressively immovable formula — even after a significant amount of scrubbing with the best makeup removers and showering!
And it’s not just liquid lipsticks that are a total b!*ch to get off. Gel manicures, eyelash extensions, even waterproof mascara all fall into that category. Whether it’s removing makeup or a semi-permanent treatment that you love up until that distinct moment when you want it gone, the removal process can be time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes even painful.
That’s why we’ve rounded up these genius hacks to remove even the most stubborn makeup at home. We talked to experts and trolled the Internet for hours to find the best makeup remover tricks and hacks. Here’s how to remove waterproof makeup and every other tenacious treatment that lasts longer than we want it to.
How to Remove Waterproof MascaraSince the mascara iswaterproof, use the opposite of water: oil. Oil breaks down the waterproof properties in your mascara, helping it slide off your lashes without too much scrubbing. Makeup artist Stella Kae says, “I only use oils on a cotton pad to remove waterproof makeup. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, $36, is my favorite, but in a pinch olive or almond oil will do.” She also says to steer clear of baby oil, which is made from petroleum, a gasoline byproduct that you don’t want so close to your eyes.
Step 1: Saturate a cotton pad with the oil of your choice.
Step 2: Close your eyes, and place the cotton pad underneath your lashes, then apply gentle pressure so that the underside of your lashes are pressed against the pad.
Step 3: Hold the lashes there for about 10 to 20 seconds, which allows the oil time to dissolve the mascara.
Step 4: Gently swipe the lashes with the pad until the mascara slides off. Finish by rinsing with a gentle face cleanser.
Brows are always at the center of the beauty conversation. The ever-evolving trends breed “brow gurus” like Anastasia and Benefit, as well as new tweezing, waxing and futuristic brow-building technology all the time. Why? Because brows make the single biggest difference in how we look.
“Eyebrows are the most important thing on a woman’s face,” says celebrity makeup artist Victoria Duke. “They set the stage for our expressions, which have a huge impact on how we look.” Examples? “Really thin eyebrows can make you look older” Duke continues, “a strong arch makes you look more confident; a full, soft brow makes you look youthful…. Shape and color matter.”
Not everyone nails the perfect brow, however — celebrities included. Duke says some of the worst celebrity brows of the moment include Nikki Minaj’s over-exaggerated brows, Demi Lovato’s thin, harshly shaped ones and Kate Middleton’s shapeless brows.
But there is hope for recovery from unfortunate arches. Keep clicking to see which of your favorite celebrities have finally mastered their perfect brow. Sometimes, it takes a lifetime. Here, the famous faces that made it happen in 2015.
Gwen StefaniThen: What brows? Lucky for humankind, the pencil-only look was just a phase.
Lauren ConradThen: Way too high and unruly.
Now: The arch is grown in and darkened for a more polished, grown-up look.