When is the Right Time for Breast Reconstruction? By: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo MD of PRMA Plastic Surgery With so much to think about after a breast cancer diagnosis, many patients facing mastectomy do not fully understand how the timing of breast reconstruction influences how the reconstructed breasts will ultimately look. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy (“immediate reconstruction”) or any time after mastectomy (“delayed reconstruction”). When the mastectomy and reconstruction are performed at the same time, a skin-sparing mastectomy can usually be performed which saves most the natural breast skin envelope. Only the actual breast tissue under the skinRead More →

In today’s blog post, I’m going to tell you all about how receiving a full body Swedish massage can benefit your mood, immune system, and soothe sore muscles from shivering and shoveling this winter season!  I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2007, and I can tell you that in the 10 years of being a practicing massage therapist as well as an educator, the benefits of massage make such a huge impact on your health! I believe once you start receiving regular treatments you will wonder why you never incorporated it into your self care routine before! A relaxing, systemic massage with long, soothing strokes stimulatesRead More →

  Today’s post was written by LPN and National Clinical Educator, Cheryl Hardy of Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Seattle, WA.  Ultherapy, an ultrasound treatment, is a great choice to tighten the jawline, jowls, and lift the face and neck. It is the best alternative to a facelift, and the only non-invasive procedure FDA cleared to ‘Lift’ the skin. It uses ultrasound waves to deliver focused energy/heat to the exact right depth to cause neocollagenesis, stimulating new collagen and elastin, thus tightening and lifting the skin. Results typically take three to four months to appear fully and can improve slightly more as collagen continues toRead More →

Okay guys. Now you know I love you…. but it’s time for an ASI (Apricot-Scrub Intervention). I KNOW it’s in your medicine cabinet. I bet you’ve been using it since high school. I’m going to walk you through why you may want to re-purpose your Apricot Scrub for body skin only! What Apricot Scrub does to the skin  Here’s the short version. Walnut Shells contained within the scrub are very harsh and abrasive. When rubbed into the skin, they actually create little micro tears which compromise the skin’s barrier function and allows bacteria to enter. This irritates the delicate skin and promotes inflammation. Inflammation mostRead More →

Happy Saturday y’all! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in the makeup chair constantly for your work? Ever wonder what’s in a model’s beauty bag? I’ve got the scoop chatting with Boston based beauty Alissa Mezzetti (IG: AlissaMezzetti) I met Alissa three years ago at an event for Diane von Furstenberg on Boston’s Newbury Street- I knew she was someone I wanted to know! She is equal parts fierce and warm-hearted, has a passion for women’s rights and is as beautiful on the inside as she is outside!! SKB: “Alissa thank you so much for speaking with me today! You model for a living.. what areRead More →

It’s New York Fashion Week friends! As part of a two part post series, today I am interviewing the ridiculously talented makeup artist Buffy Saint Marie! I first met Buffy four years ago at a Laura Mercier event for a fashion show in NY- her talents wowed me and even more so was her great sense of humor and kind heart! She gave me a signature red lip that night that I still wear to this day!  First, some background on Buffy: Buffy has over 10 years experience in the beauty industry. Her make up career began in the salon and spa community of New York City. Frederic Fekkai,Read More →

    Inspired by Valentine’s Day, today I am sharing my favorite romantic scents with you!  From left to right; Wildfox, Esteé Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Laura Mercier’s L’Heure Magique, Cartier Baiser Volé   Let’s start with Wildfox. I’m about to date myself here, but to me, it smells like Electric Youth! ( Do y’all remember that? Debbie Gibson?! No? Okay….) It has top notes of absinthe, incense and apricot, Middle notes of camellia, honeysuckle and jasmine (what’s more romantic than honeysuckle?!) and base notes of ambrox, musk and honey. YUM! Next, we have Esteé Lauder’s Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. Oh. My. God. This smells likeRead More →

  Get your nails Valentine’s Date Night Ready with my top 6 picks for polish colors!  Also, my go-to for every day is OPI’s Sweetheart. It’s a really soft pink that is flattering for all skin tones!   From left to right, Essie’s Fiji;  OPI in Big Apple Red;  OPI in Sweetheart; Dior Rouge 999; Essie Lilacism; Essie Hi Maintenance Read 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 →

  Happy Monday y’all!!!! February is just about upon us and Valentine’s Day is coming up! One the next few weeks I’m going to start sharing some of my favorite beauty products! Here are my go-to pinks and reds for lips!       My favorite pinks from top left; Sarah Happ, The Fuchsia Slip; Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Tulle; Chanel Glossimier in 119; YSL Rouge Volupte 7; Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante; Laura Mercier Créme Smooth Lipcolor in Rose; Bobbi Brown Lipcolor in Sandwash Pink     My favorite reds from top left to right; Sarah Happ The Ruby Slip; SephoraRead More →