When considering breast reconstruction, a big concern for many patients is post-operative pain. Implant vs DIEP flap: Which is less painful? Many women believe breast reconstruction with implants is less painful since the procedure is less invasive and has a shorter operative time, but studies have shown this is not the case. Although the DIEP flap procedure is more invasive and takes longer than traditional implant reconstruction, DIEP flap patients experience less pain. The DIEP flap minimizes muscle trauma and preserves all the patient’s abdominal and chest muscles. Most implant-based breast reconstruction involves placing the implant under the chest (pectoral) muscle. This requires releasingRead More →

Happy Saturday!!! Today is the third and final installment of Dr. Jack sharing with us her wealth of knowledge on the topic of scars. Today she’s going to share information about scar revision surgery as well as other non-surgical options to treat a scar that you aren’t happy with. I find this is particularly helpful for all of my beautiful Mom friends out there who have had Cesareans! SKB: “So now another topic that I know is very interesting to many people is scar revision surgery.” DJ: “Patients who are candidates for scar revision are going to be people who have a scar that they don’t like. EitherRead More →

TGIF!!! Today I am bringing you Part Two of this Scar series and we have Dr. Megan Jack, MD and Plastic Surgeon weighing in on the different types of scars.  SKB: “So, what are the most common types of scars?” DJ: “So, we talked about what a normal scar looks like, and there’s two main abnormal scars that we’ll see. One is going to be hypertrophic. Hypertrophic scars are where the scars are raised, they are usually pink or red and they’re usually within the borders or boundaries of the original surgical site. They don’t extend beyond the border of the original incision. Those scars are typically successfullyRead More →

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It’s Scar Week at The Skincare Belle!!! Today I am so excited to share everything you need to know about scars from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Megan Jack, MD! Dr. Jack practices in sunny and warm Boca Raton, FL, and sees many patients for scar revision surgeries as well as topical scar treatments! She is a wealth of knowledge, and today we are going to go over the basics. Later in the week we will cover types of scars, and on Saturday we will go over the different treatments and interventions available if you aren’t happy with your scar! Ashli: “So,Read More →

TGIF!!!! I am SO excited to share with you- I had the privilege of speaking with the one and only Dr. Jason B. Diamond, MD, FACS and founder of The Diamond Face Institute. Dr. Diamond has locations in Beverly Hills, New York, Dubai and Moscow. He is a facelift specialist concentrating exclusively on the face and applying his considerable talent and training to enhancing our most defining feature. For two years, Dr. Diamond traveled the globe to learn from the most renowned plastic surgeons in the world- often the very individuals who developed specific facial procedures. He has sought out the best of the best so thatRead More →

Happy Monday and dare I say… HAPPY SPRING!!!!!!! We all lead very busy, stressful lives. If you follow me on Instagram, you see that I talk a lot about Self-Care. Self-Care is crucial. If we don’t care for ourselves, we have nothing to give anyone! Here is a video where I share my best tips- things you can start doing to care for yourself this year! I hope you enjoy!! XORead More →

You may have seen him on E!’s hit show ‘Dr. 90210′ or on Netflix’ ‘Celebrity Plastic Surgeons’…Dr. Robert M. Rey, MD, is plastic surgeon to Hollywood’s most beautiful celebrities, and arguably, to some of the most beautiful people in the world. He very graciously agreed to let me interview him for the blog, and I can’t wait to share with you what he has to say about physical beauty, advances in interventional technology for plastics as well as the importance of inner beauty and of loving the self! SKB: “Thank you SO much for having me and for your time- I am so grateful! So, IRead More →

If you’ve ever visited the Greater Boston area and you love to Spa, you have probably made a stop at one of Bella Sante’s three locations: Boston’s Newbury Street, Lexington and Wellesley, Massachusetts. Winning Best of Boston for over a decade running, Bella Santé has a cult following among all New England spa-goers! They are best known for their facial treatments, ranging from classic European complete with steam and rich, luxurious products from Carita and Phytomer to results-oriented treatments such as Dermaplaning, SkinCeuticals Peels, Microneedling and HydraFacial MD treatments.  I have had the utmost privilege of working there since 2007, and today I have the privilege ofRead More →

  In today’s post, I’m going to walk you through the things your skincare professional looks for in a thorough skin analysis. If it’s your first visit with your Aesthetician, she should ask you what your skin concerns are, and then thoroughly evaluate the state of your skin to customize your regimen and treatment plan! Step One: The Consultation As I walk into the room once my client is comfortable under the table linens, I wash my hands and ask, “Are you having any concerns about your skin today?” This is key. I need to hear what you have going on, as this will clueRead More →

Breast Cancer affects far too many…and it affected three people I love in 2016 alone! Thankfully, there are options after cancer to help women rebuild their bodies and their lives. I sincerely hope that as you read this, you never need this information. But, if you do, here is the full rundown on everything you need know about your reconstructive options. <3 In today’s post, we have Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, MD of PRMA Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Texas contributing his expertise in breast reconstruction. Dr. Chrysopoulo, or “Dr. C” as his patients fondly call him, specializes in rebuilding lives after breast cancer.Read More →