Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Portrait of woman smiling.Deciding to have plastic surgery is a big step especially when are planning a wedding at the same time. Before taking the plunge understand not all plastic surgeons are alike. Be selective when choosing a plastic surgeon by educating yourself on questions to ask and what to know. Read on to learn more about choosing a plastic surgeon.

Verify the surgeon’s credentials.

Inquire if your surgeon is board certified, this is important because there are many types of board certification. Surprisingly, not all board certifications feature the same type of training. Specifically, look for the American Board of Plastic Surgery certification. Go to the ABPS website and use their search tool to verify board certification. The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires very stringent prerequisites to be met before passing certification. This includes a minimum of three years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery training.

Check out the surgeon’s record.

Take the time to learn about your surgeon’s record. The record contains an account of any disciplinary actions and offers verification of a license to practice medicine in your state. This information is helpful in revealing any settlements or actions that may be of concern. The records may be attained from your local state board online or through postal mail depending on the issuing state

Learn if the surgeon has hospital privileges.

Hospital privileges are particularly important if your procedure will be performed as an outpatient. The reason is you want to be sure you will be admitted to a hospital in case of complications. Hospitals perform background checks on all doctors with hospital privileges.

What kind of questions to ask during consultation.

Interviewing your plastic surgeon during the initial consultations is critical to the selection process. Spend time going over all your questions and developing a repertoire with your plastic surgeon. You want to feel comfortable with the person who is going to change your appearance. Questions to ask may include but are not limited to the following:

How long have you been performing plastic surgery procedures?

How many times have you performed the procedure?

Do you have any before and after photographs?

May I have references of former patients you have performed this procedure on?

Questions to ask about the surgical procedure.

Make a list of questions to ask your surgeon about the surgery procedure. Include questions such as:

How long will the surgery last?

How long is the recovery period before I am discharged?

Where will the procedure take place?

What are the risks associated with this type of surgery?

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November 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

Networking Tips for Wedding Businesses

679617dad88wsdsMaking wedding day dreams come true is a labor of love for many with a wedding business. Create more opportunities and success for your wedding-based business by networking, an effective way to develop commerce by optimizing your contacts. The benefits of networking include increasing business prospects, gaining more referrals, developing partnerships, generating confidence, making friends, helping others and attaining knowledge. Read on to learn more about networking tips for your wedding business.

Build Relationships

At the heart of networking is building relationships and creating partnerships. Seek out new contacts not just to help yourself, but to help others. Be proactive in your networking experience by making a plan with attainable goals such as raising the profile of your company, expanding your peer support circle or learning the latest wedding industry updates and developments. Prepare to devote considerable time and effort to building your new relationships, the payoff will be worth it.

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One of the best locations for networking opportunities is at a bridal show. The best thing about bridal shows is they bring together a diverse assortment of wedding businesses in one location to offer various goods and services to your target market, people planning a wedding. Offer a show special or giveaway freebies to show attendees. Bridal shows are also a great place to create partnerships with other businesses for the purposes of referral, friendship and old-fashioned helping each other out. If offered, take advantage of pre-show exhibitor mixers and introduce yourself to your neighboring exhibitors

26250441Join Professional Organizations or Clubs

Be a part of your business community by joining a professional organization, association or club, a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge, enhance your network, increase resources, learn from industry experts and stay abreast of current news and trends. Clubs and organizations range from local to international and span all areas of the bridal industry. By joining a professional organization, you can meet like-minded people and develop your network by attending meetings or participating in events.

Give Back to Community

Networking is even better when you do it for a cause, a wholehearted way to combine meeting others with community and charitable activity. Make a difference and network with others by taking the time to contribute and donate your time and effort to a worthy cause. One of the primary benefits of giving back to the community is associating with people who are interested in similar causes and want to make the world a better place. Non-profit organizations associated with weddings include Wish-Upon-a-Wedding, the I Do Foundation, Brides Against Breast Cancer and Donate-a-Dress.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show featuring the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances and couples, friends, families and wedding planners in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, pre and post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional representation.

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About Liposuction Before Your Wedding

Portrait of attractive woman.Looking and feeling great on your wedding day means you are radiant with love, relaxed and ready to share your life with your special someone. Some brides and grooms elect to enhance their natural beauty with liposuction, a type of procedure that removes stubborn body fat. Considered one of the more common cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction seeks to esthetically augment the contours of the body. Read on to learn more about liposuction before your wedding.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction seeks to reduce the amount of fat deposits in a small specific area beneath the skin by surgical methods by a doctor. The most common areas targeted for liposuction include abdomen, back, buttocks, chest, hips, love handles, knees, thighs, upper arms and neck. The first documentation of liposuction dates back to the early 1920s, the surgery was referred to a fat removal procedure.

Types of Liposuction

There are many liposuction techniques to remove unwanted body fat; your doctor will educate and assist you when choosing the best method. These techniques may include tumescent liposuction, laser assisted-lipolysis, power-assisted liposuction, dry liposuction, wet liposuction and super-wet liposuction.

Know Before Liposuction

When consulting with your physician, make sure you understand the risks and procedure limitations associated with liposuction. Inquire about the costs and make sure the expense is worth the effort. Take the time to research your physician’s background and confirm they are in good standing with your state’s medical board.

Have a thorough medical examination before undergoing a liposuction procedure. Be sure to communicate any medical conditions or medications you are taking to your physician.

Things to Expect

Liposuction usually takes place in a hospital or surgical facility. On the day of your surgery, a pen will be used to mark the places where the fat will be removed. You will be given an anesthesia which is used to prevent pain. Depending on the type of procedure the anesthesia may be local, tumescent or general. The length of time for liposuction surgery varies with each individual and may take from 3 to 7 hours.

After Liposuction

After your liposuction, inquire with your doctor how long before you can return to your regular routine and wedding planning activities. You will be fitted with special bandages or elastic support to help you in the healing process. Painkillers and antibiotics are often prescribed to assist with healing. There will be a certain amount of uncomfortableness and the length of time for recovery varies according to each patient. Results may not be visible for 4 – 10 weeks. Keep this in mind when scheduling liposuction before your wedding day to allow enough time for recovery.

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Five Autumn Honeymoon Destinations

A Grove of Maple Trees in Autumn ColorsCelebrate your honeymoon by choosing a classic destination known for fall foliage. Autumn honeymooners enjoy a season when the weather is starting to cool and the air is crisp, leaves are turning colors and the holiday rush is yet to begin. Experience the best that fall has to offer in the United States. Read on to learn more about autumn honeymoon destinations.

Vermont

Honeymoon in Vermont, where the fall colors of the Green Mountains are considered some of the very best in the United States. With tree colors ranging from bright scarlet maples to sunny yellows birch trees, Vermont is for lovers. Stay in one of the many quaint inns or bed and breakfasts. The best autumn color viewing times for your honeymoon occurs early September and ends about the middle of October.

The Catskills

Sneak away to your fall honeymoon in the Catskills, a mountain wilderness area located about 100 miles from New York City. Enjoy the splendid colors from the brightest oranges and brilliant reds to muted purples of a variety of trees including sweet gum, oak, poplar, hickory, cottonwood, beech and maple. Reserve a rustic cabin or honeymoon suite in a local resort. The best time for a fall foliage honeymoon is September through mid-October.

Napa Valley

Toast each other on your romantic honeymoon to Napa Valley, a popular wine country destination located in northern California. Enjoy the golden hues of the vineyards and stroll large leaf maples as they turn colors. Local romantic accommodations range from budget inns to superior luxury resorts. The best time to view fall colors is mid-October to November.

Aspen

The aspen tree, the namesake for Aspen, Colorado turns a beautiful warm golden hue in the fall. Located in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is great place for honeymooners during any season. However, honeymooning during the fall may save your lodging budget. Fall is considered the off-season in Aspen, home to world-class ski resorts. The best time to view fall colors near Aspen is late September to early October.

autumn leaves of mapleGreat Smoky Mountains

Fall in love with the Great Smoky Mountains while on your honeymoon. The Great Smoky Mountain range is located between the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina. Take awe in the kaleidoscope of magnificent fall leaf colors as they change. Trees include the sugar maple, oak, red maple, sweet gum, beech, maple and hickory. Reserve a cozy cabin in the Smokies or book a charming bed and breakfast. The best time to view fall foliage is mid-October through mid-November

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About Bridal Makeup Artists

PICTURE FOR SPRAY TAN BLOGProfessional bridal makeup artists are highly skilled beauty business professionals who perform magic with powder, lipstick and blush to create a photo-perfect look for brides and grooms on their wedding day. Your passion for beauty and lots of practice will help on the way to wedding beauty success. Read on for a general look and to learn more about bridal makeup artists.

Starting Up

Making brides appear beautiful on their wedding day is a rewarding career perk for the makeup artist. Formal schooling is often not required to be a bridal makeup artist but a cosmetologist license might be considered mandatory if applying skin treatments check with your local and state regulations for verification. Write a business plan, this will be your road map for overall business operations and location. Register your business name and get a tax identification number. Obtain the appropriate business licenses, insurance and permits required for your business. Know all your operating costs and acquire the necessary tools of the trade for a makeup artist’s bag including professional brushes, powders, primers, cleansers, lipsticks, mirror, wipes and cotton balls.

Portfolio

Create a portfolio to present to prospective bridal clients; this is an important selling tool for your business. Purchase a professional portfolio book from an art supply store or online then create a website gallery of your work showcasing your portfolio. Be sure to include a number of different looks based on your personal style such as natural, classic, romantic, glamorous or vintage. Before and after photos are very helpful when showing off your ability to transform a bride from Cinderella to princess.

Creating a Niche

Form a niche for your bridal makeup business by specializing; this is an opportunity that helps set you apart from the pack. There are several approaches when developing a niche such as only using professional grade quality products or products that are specifically made for sensitive skin or hypoallergenic or by using makeup not tested on animals. The sky is your limit when creating a niche. Identify what it is you do better than others as a bridal makeup artist and use that as a springboard for developing your niche.

Building Your Business

Develop your bridal makeup efforts by branding your business with a terrific name and logo for use across all your marketing channels from business cards to website, this helps with consistency. Make connections and network with hair and spa salons, beauty supply houses, plastic surgeons and retail department store makeup counters for future client references. Attend bridal shows as an exhibitor and offer show specials and makeovers.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show featuring the latest in wedding trends, a New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances and couples, friends, families and wedding planners in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, pre and post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional representation.

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November 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Top Ten Cosmetic Procedures

Portrait of bride.Top Ten Cosmetic Procedures

Glowing with love makes every bride beautiful on her wedding day. A growing number of couples are choosing cosmetic procedures before walking down the aisle. The reasons are many for choosing cosmetic enhancement and most have considered a procedure long before meeting their significant other. Getting married is simply the motivation to follow through with the desired augmentation. Read on for a look at the top ten cosmetic procedures.

Brow

Brow or forehead lifts are a type of procedure that seeks to reduce and improve the appearance of wrinkle lines across the forehead, deep wrinkles between the eyes and lift sagging eyebrows.

Microdermabrasion

Improve the texture and feel of your skin with microdermabrasion, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. Microdermabrasion involves the use of an abrasive tool that exfoliates the superficial outer layer of the skin to help soften facial lines and wrinkles.

Ears

Ear procedures also known as otoplasty seeks to alter the size, proportion or position of the ears. Otoplasty may apply to one or both ears.

Facelift

Facelifts apply to the region of the face and neck with a focus on improving signs of aging related to sagging skin, deep creases and skin tone. The medical term for facelift is rhytidectomy.

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, also referred to as the tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the belly area with the goal of creating a leaner and firmer abdominal profile.

Liposuction

Liposuction or lipoplasty is a popular spot procedure for removing fat deposits from specific areas on the body. The most common parts of the body considered for liposuction include the abs, chin, thighs, buttocks, arms, knees and calves.

Breast

One of the more common breast surgeries is augmentation, a type of procedure meant to increase the fullness and volume of breasts. Breast surgery takes several forms including augmentation, reconstruction, reduction and lift.

Eyelid

Eyelid procedures also known as blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure meant to improve the appearance of the eyes with issues related to sagging skin, droopy eyelids or excessive skin. The procedure may be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

Lips

Lip enhancement involves the use injectable fillers meant to create a fuller and plumper appearance to lips. Lip injections use synthetic or natural fillers and may last for several months.

Nose

Nose reshaping is called rhinoplasty, a type of procedure intended to improve the appearance, proportion and/or correct breathing problems related to the nose.

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November 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Unusual Phoenix Wedding Venues

3083-18Get married with southwestern-style in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1881, Phoenix, Arizona is the 13th largest city in the United States and serves as the metropolitan center of the surrounding area known as the “Valley of the Sun”. Phoenix offers many venues for couples to marry from rustic farmhouses to mega-luxury resorts. For couples who want an outside-the-box wedding venue, Phoenix offers several unique wedding locations. Read on to learn more about unusual select Phoenix Wedding venues.

Boojum Tree Hidden Garden

Enchant your wedding guests with a ceremony and reception at the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden, a destination made for special events. Named after the boojum tree, a type of desert plant thought to live over 500 years old, the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden offers an old-world hacienda-style plaza and gardens. Highlights of this unique facility includes a 10,000-sq-ft indoor tropical garden, outdoor plaza with water fountains, a lily pond, gazebo garden, Old English arbor and Mexican-inspired cantina. The Boojum Tree offers couples a choice of wedding packages.

The Ice House

The Ice House first opened in the 1920s as a real icehouse creating gigantic 600 lb. ice blocks for use in the food industry. Today the Ice House is a thriving downtown Phoenix showcase dedicated to the arts and humanitarian issues. What makes the Ice House space unique are the fantastical rooms and open spaces including the Cathedral Room, White Column Room, Silver Room and I.C.E. (inner city Eden) garden area. Inquire directly for more information about wedding rates as they may vary.

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Devoted to weddings and receptions, the Aldea at Tlaquepaque specializes in making dream weddings come true. The uniqueness of the Aldea derives from the Spanish-style architecture featuring arched hallways, magnificent fountains, breathtaking bridges, decorative balconies, staircases and a hand laid brick plaza. The name Aldea translates as “village and Tlaquepaque hails from the Aztec language meaning “the best of everything.” The facility offers wedding packages for every budget.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Unforgettable is what your guests will say about your wedding at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, a luxury resort located at the foot of Camelback Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1929, this desert gem has served as a premier wedding destination for generations. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a mesmerizing 119-room Mediterranean -inspired mansion. Unique amenities include the Palmero Salon and Patio, the Alegria Garden, Vernadero Lawn. Cernates Room, Jardin D’Amore, Orange Grove and Estrella Salon. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa makes a great honeymoon destination as well.

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October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

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