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Should I get a tummy tuck or liposuction?

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You’ve seen the before and after photos of patients who have had tummy tucks and liposuction of the belly area. It’s clear there are similarities: slimmer waistlines, flatter stomachs. But when you look in the mirror, it may not be obvious which procedure will achieve the kind of results you want for your shape. The…

Can Meditation Actually Improve Your Appearance?

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Meditation has long been used by cultures around the world to help focus the mind and promote relaxation. And while the mental effects of meditation have been enjoyed for decades, researchers have recently been exploring how it can affect the body. In this post, we’ll explore how meditation can improve your skin and help you…

Do I have Zoom dysmorphia?

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Many of us practically live online, whether in Zoom meetings during the workday or scrolling away a few free hours on social media. This pattern invites comparisons between how we look in front-facing video cameras (which are fundamentally unflattering) with influencer-generated selfies (which are staged, filtered, curated, and often misleading). This post will help you…

Get Out and Support Your Local Fairfax Businesses This Spring

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Maybe it’s the warmer weather, longer days, or being fully vaccinated—or a combo of all three—but spring has us ready to get out of the house and have some fun! Thankfully, Fairfax has a robust restaurant and retail scene we can all get behind. If you’re looking for ways to hit the town and make…

Can Caffeine Microdosing Help You Stay Focused Without the Jitters?

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Do you regularly indulge in a cup of coffee, tea, or soda to stay alert? If so, you’re not alone; research shows that roughly 90% of Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis. But many of us drink multiple caffeinated beverages throughout the day, and the effects are less than desirable: jitters and anxiety, followed…

Thinking of Having a Cosmetic Procedure in 2021? Here Are the Ones Patients Say are Most “Worth It”

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RealSelf’s 20 most “worth it” procedures of 2020 are in, and we think they’re pretty spot-on. From weight loss surgery to Dysport and everything in between, the RealSelf team has compiled a list of patients’ top-ranked cosmetic surgery procedures of the “Zoom Boom” year. If you’re considering plastic surgery to enhance your appearance in 2021,…

A Plastic Surgeon Explains How to Choose Your Perfect Breast Implants

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As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 16 years of experience, I have helped numerous women achieve their dream breast augmentation results. Getting beautiful results that last for years isn’t easy, but working with a board certified plastic surgeon who will take the time to help you find the breast implants that best fit…

Here’s What to Look For When Navigating Before & After Galleries

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What’s the first thing most people do when looking for a plastic surgeon? It’s natural to start with browsing various doctor’s “before” and “after” photos given they are a key way to gain insight into what results a surgeon can give you, as well as what results are possible with your anatomy. But how do…

Which Type of Tummy Tuck is Right for You?

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Tummies vary widely depending on age, whether or not you’ve had a child, and weight gain or loss, so it makes sense that tummy tuck procedures also vary. But with all of the different options available, how are you supposed to know which tummy tuck is right for you? We offer four types of tummy…

Fillers vs. Fat: Is Fat Injection Right For You?

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As the body ages, it’s completely natural to lose volume in your face and develop wrinkles. If you’re looking to boost the contour of your cheeks, fill in sunken eye troughs, or treat fine lines and wrinkles, then you’ve probably heard about or even tried dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Bellafill®, or Restylane®. But you may…