Sunday, October 14th, 2018

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As more and more cosmetic procedures become readily available and mainstream, easy access to treatments and procedures come with serious concerns. As captured on the popular TV show “Botched,” things can go wrong, causing deformities and even life-threatening consequences. Anyone can call himself a cosmetic surgeon; however, to be considered a plastic surgeon one must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Stanley Poulos, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco area, offers the following red flags not to ignore when considering a cosmetic procedure.

DISCOUNT COUPONS  — Discount coupons make sense if you’re looking for a haircut or a massage, not for plastic surgery. “Don’t bargain shop when it comes to something serious like surgery,” Dr. Poulos warns. “You want to make sure you research the average prices and if something seems too steep of a discount, beware!”

THE SURGEON IS NOT BOARD-CERTIFIED — Look for credentials: someone who is Board-Certified in plastic surgery is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If they are, they usually have this credential prominently visible in their office and on their website. This means the surgeon has had at least six years of surgical training with two or three years devoted specifically to plastic surgery, has passed rigorous oral and written examinations and has demonstrated safe and ethical surgical practice.

LOFTY PROMISES  — “Any surgeon that promises to make you look like a celebrity or says he can make you look 30 years younger, is over-promising,” emphasizes Dr. Poulous.  “A skilled surgeon knows the potential and limitations of surgery and will be clear about this from the start. A good surgeon will want you to look like an improved version of you, not someone else.”

THE OPERATING FACILITY IS NOT ACCREDITED  — Often plastic surgery is performed in an ambulatory care center or the surgeon’s office-based surgical facility. “Either way, you want to make sure the facility is properly accredited, ” stresses Dr. Poulos.  Accreditation ensures that strict standards are met for proper equipment, safety, surgeon credentials, and staffing.

THEY TRY TO “UP SELL” — An initial consultation with a plastic surgeon should be a collaborative effort in which doctor and patient come to an agreement about the best course of treatment.  It is reasonable for the surgeon to suggest alternative approaches, but it should become worrisome if he uses high-pressure tactics. “Your surgeon may suggest consideration of more or different procedures than your initial request, but should have sound reasons why this is his/her advice,” says Dr. Poulos. (more…)


Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Each year, QVC customers have an opportunity to vote for their favorite beauty products across multiple categories.  From skincare, hair care, and body care to cosmetics and tools of the trade, all of QVC’s beauty buys are eligible for inclusion.  The 2018 Customer Choice Beauty Awards go to:


  • Best Skin-Care Cleanser: philosophy purity made simple cleanser
  • Best Exfoliator: TATCHA Polishing Rice Enzyme Powder, 2.1 oz
  • Best Peel: philosophy 2-step microdelivery vitamin-c peel
  • Best Face Moisturizer: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Best Eye Cream: philosophy hope in a tube
  • Best Neck Treatment/Cream: bareMinerals Ageless Genius Supersize Neck Cream
  • Best Antiaging Treatment: Josie Maran Argan Milk
  • Best Retinol: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Serum
  • Best Night Treatment: Josie Maran Argan Reserve Healthy Skin Concentrate
  • Best Beauty Device: Clarisonic Mia 2, 2-Speed Facial Sonic Cleansing
  • Best Facial Treatment Mask: philosophy purity pore extractor exfoliating clay mask
  • Best Serum: philosophy when hope is not enough serum
  • QVC Icon—products that have won 5+ years: philosophy purity made simple cleanser
  • Best Acne Product: Proactiv Super-Size 8-piece Acne System with Brush
  • Best Men’s Product: philosophy amen & skin care 4-piece men’s care collection



Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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With nearly half of Americans reporting they are unable get enough sleep, it is no surprise that 83% of adults consume caffeinated products daily.  Their dominant source of caffeine for these users is coffee. However, some drinkers notice undesirable side-effects with their favorite morning drink.  Why?  Beauty Undercover reached out to Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor Ehsan Ali, MD, whose patients include Justin Bieber, Liam Hemsworth, and Rita Ora, for his thoughts.

Does coffee effect one’s mood?   “Coffee is a stimulant, which typically elevates your mood, making you feel good,” shares Dr. Ali. “However, with some patients, overstimulation of the nervous system can cause a boost in adrenaline, leading to anxiety.”

Does a regular coffee habit affect sleep habits over time?  “Regular caffeine users can develop tolerance over time, so though it might not immediately affect your sleep, you will find yourself needing more and more cups,” cautions Dr. Ali.  However, he acknowledges that some patients remain sensitive to caffeine and regular use can cause insomnia.

Why does coffee make some people’s stomach hurt?   “For the same reason it boosts adrenaline, coffee’s stimulant effect causes the stomach to contract and squeeze,” explains Dr. Ali. “In large amounts, this can cause stomach pain. Also, coffee increases the acidity in stomach, which can be painful for those with acid reflux.”

Is there a way to drink coffee that’s easier on the stomach?  The good doctor has some strategies, “Drinking it very slowly – and with small sips – can make it easier on your stomach. Taking an antacid prior may also help.”  He also offers some substitutes.  “Tea, especially green tea, is much milder and less likely to cause stomach issues.”  Matcha lovers, rejoice!