Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival August 25-28, 2016

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The sixth annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival kicks off this week with the best of food and drinks. Starting Aug. 25 Emeril Lagasse gives us Eat the World happening near the steps of  The Walt Disney Concert Hall along with 25 of the worlds top chefs that will give their all in creating wonderful delights for us to eat.

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Friday August 26 take your pick in the power lunch series, each chef bringing its own flair. Fine dining  midday your palate will thank you.

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Whatever your tastes buds call for indulge in an afternoon of great food and wine. Check out some tasty photos from last year’s event. It was by far the best time I’ve had in meeting new chefs, eating and sampling great wine. By all means come out and enjoy the best Los Angeles has to offer this week. So get your tickets!

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A special thank you to Lexus for sponsoring such a classy event. I hope to see you there. #beachiebeautyapproved

To learn more about the Los Angeles Food and Wine events click here: http://www.lafw.com/events.htm

Andrea Price

Facelift #plasticsurgery

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This article is for informational purposes only.

Depending on the surgeon of choice as each technique when doing the famous traditional facelift is quite different and varies from patient to patient. I ask this question and many others on realselfdotcom where you can ask medical questions. So let’s get started on a traditional facelift.

Q. What is a traditional facelift?
A. Hi, non smiling photos of your face from the front and side would help in the evaluation.  I have performed facelifts for over 30 years and have performed many minimally, invasive type facelifts.  Traditional facelifts have long incisions that begin in the temporal hairline, around the entire front of the ear, inside the crease behind the ear and then continue inside the posterior hairline.  This type of facelift is very invasive with extensive tissue undermining that has a recovery time of months.  I have performed many of these facelifts however in today’s busy lifestyle, very few seem interested in this extensive recovery, bruising, swelling and downtime.  The vast majority, of my facelift patients choose the minimally, invasive SMAS type facelift as described below.

Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces.  Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front.  Cheek augmentation with a dermal filler or using cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks that will feminize the entire face.

If the chin is weak, this creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin.  Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face.   I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick and highly effective.

If you have “jowls” these are sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift.  The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured (not merely folded or suspended with threads or sutures that will not last).  The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed. My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane, cheek lift and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:

  • very small incisions
  • minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
  • can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
  • no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
  • excess fat can be removed
  • excess skin removed
  • cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
  • most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op

I combine facial shaping with every facelift procedure.  When jowls are present, these should be done in concert and not alone or separately in order to create a naturally, more attractive face.

Dr. Francis R. Palmer, III MD

Q. What is the recovery time for a traditional facelift?
A. Your instructions will vary from surgeon to surgeon, so it’s important to discuss your surgeon’s specific instructions to maximize your recovery.  I generally tell patients that they must avoid turning the head or stretching the neck for 2 weeks. When you turn, move the shoulders and head as one unit or as though you had a “stiff neck.” This is important to prevent stretching the healing incisions and causing the scars to widen, as well as to prevent putting tension on the deep sutures beneath the skin, which could cause them to pull loose.  Because of this risk, we advise patients to not drive for 2 weeks following surgery. In order to minimize swelling, you are advised to sleep with the head of your bed elevated or in a recliner for 2-4 weeks post-op.  With some make-up, your hair worn down, a neck scarf, and thick-rimmed sunglasses, you should be able to go out in public within a few days with minimal attention drawn to yourself. Most patients take 2 weeks off from work after a rhytidectomy and are able to resume their exercise regimen within 3-4 weeks.

Dr. Parker A. Velargo, MD

Q. How soon can a person return to normal activity after a traditional facelift?
A. Recovery following a facelift can vary, and the level of recommended activity will also vary with each surgeon.  Typically, it will take 1-2 weeks for the immediate bruising and swelling to resolve although subtle changes will continue for several weeks to months.  I advise my patient that they should be able to drive within 1-2 weeks and can return to a sedentary job by 10-14 days.  However, it will be at least 3 weeks before one can resume strenuous activity like working out or heavy lifting.  I would suggest that you speak with your surgeon regarding his or her recommendations for your recovery because it may be slightly different based on your individual needs.

Dr. Anureet K. Bajaj, MD

Q. What are the pros and cons of a liquid facelift?
A. The face ages in three ways: Sags and bags, Lines and Hollows, Tone and Texture. When we are young our face is like an inverted triangle, with the fullest part being from the forehead to the bottom of the nose. As we age, the triangle flips upside down with our upper face being the most narrow. A “liquid facelift” is achieved with injectables like Voluma, Radiesse, and Juvederm plus Botox for smoothing lines in the forehead, around the eyes, lip and chin areas.  The first step to determine if a liquid facelift is right for you is evaluating your face to determine where your facial aging in occurring. Often times patient complain of nasal labia folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth area), fallen or sunken cheeks, hollowed under eyes and temples, thin lips and weakened jawlines. The key to a liquid facelift is keeping it natural looking and not getting overfilled, therefore technique and the skills of the injector make a significant difference. We use mostly micro-cannulas for our injections, which minimize bruising and allow for smooth contouring of the face. There is an Abraham Maslow saying, “If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.” In this case it applies to choosing a plastic surgeon to access your facial aging process and determine a course of action. Often times, a patient is not a good candidate for a liquid facelift and needs to consider an alternative procedure such as a non-incisional Radio Frequency facelift or a traditional facelift. While fillers can be a fantastic solution for staving off the aging process, eventually, you will want to know your options for continuing to look natural as well as youthful. 

Dr. Mark Anton, MD FACS

Disclaimer* Be sure you do your due diligence when researching a physician. Each physician featured is not an endorsement. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

The Black Book @tyrese #theblackbook

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Tyrese directorial debut was an honor to see. Just like many of his other accomplishments I love his work and work ethic. The Black Book deals with a number of issues that most people aren’t willing to talk about alzheimers is one, domestic violence, relationship problems, kid issues the works. Tyrese takes you on an experience that is all so common in the black community.He explores what a man goes through when trying to hold on to the love of his life. V. Bozeman plays the lucky women that he’s falling in love with. Can you imagine life without the one you love. It was hard to watch the both of them go at it in the beginning scenes because I’ve seen it happen to so many. Fighting to stay in your own lane often times zigzagging to get your point across in order for the other person to sit and listen to what you want and vice versa. The arguments come in when you both are trying to unwind from the days work. The kids are nagging for attention and all you can muster up is wait let me get myself together. In other words you can’t break me from the short music film.

If you have not gotten the black rose album you are definitely missing out on some great R&B. Love is in the air with the message of saving love embracing it and imagining that you can have it all in this day in age. Have you explored what love really feels like. or DO you stick with a person even when they show you their true colors. Its not you, its me philosophy has women wondering what the latest buzz is all about with The Black Book.

It debuts a new track which will be this summer women’s anthem. V. Bozeman gives us her all in this epic display of her love for music and acting. Yes this girl has got it. Love me some V. Bozeman be sure to to watch the video and buy Black Rose the album in stores now.
Check out The Black Book
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Andrea Price

Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation #plasticsurgery

 

This article is for informational purposes only.

Here is an excerpt from our exclusive interview with Dr. David Matlock

Q. On, Brazilian Butt Augementation, How do you determine the size and do you use implants?
A. No, I don’t use implants at all. I use the patients own fat, so in this procedure we have to do two things first we sculpture out the most aesthetic procedure butt, second we take out the fat, process it, 95% of the fat is live. I inject about 6% into the butt muscle to lift it. Size wise is not dependent on what the patient wants its how much fat the patient has so it just depends. They have to understand the shape and size of the butt is like that for a reason. The butt may not be receptive to the fat. We have to look at the structure of the butt and be realistic on what we can and cannot achieve. Then relay that information to the patient.
Q. How long is the surgery and recovery time for Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation procedure?
A.The surgery for the brazilian buttocks augmentation is dependent upon the number of areas the patients height, weight, size the number of areas we’re treating or  liposculpturing. So its really that, it can be  90 minutes to 4 hours. We’d like to ask the patient which areas they would like to get done before we start. Post surgery it tends to be bruising, swelling and pain.

Click here to learn more about Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation

Please use due diligence when searching for a surgeon and procedure that works for you. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

Breast Augmentation #plasticsurgery

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The article is for informational purposes only.

Here is an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy on breast augmentation.

Q.What is breast augmentation?
A. Breast Augmentation is for women who have small breast and want to have larger breast. Now in my opinion if you want natural looking breasts you’ve come to the right place. In my hands the surgery itself takes 45 minutes to an hour under general anesthesia. They’re three incisions that are commonly used, one of them is in the crease underneath the breast, the other is an incision around the nipple in the areola area, third is done in the armpit. About 60% of surgeons use the crease underneath the breast, 20-30% do it around the areola and about 5% or so of us which is the method I prefer to use the armpit for the incision because there’s no scar. It’s in the upper crease where you shave. It works out real well. There are two different kinds of implants saline and silicone. Both of which have a silicone shell. One feels like a balloon filled with water which is the saline. While the other feels like a balloon filled with gel which is silicone. 90% of surgeons now use silicone implants. I prefer the silicone implants because there is a down side. There’s a downside to both, but with saline implants they have a tendency to ripple. So if you have thin breasted skin sometimes you can see or feel those ripples, the silicone implants you can’t. There’s no disease aspect for either one because they’re both silicone shell. One is filled with water the other is filled with gel. The main problem with breast augmentation is that scar tissue forms around the implant which basically starts to contract and gets tighter around the implant. For example if you have a balloon that is filled with water and you’re squeezing that balloon with your two hands the part that comes out between your fingers feels firmer. That’s what we call encapsulate contraction. We don’t know what causes it, we don’t know how to prevent it. When it occurs the issue can be fixed it only happens as of lately 2-3% of the time. Now twenty years ago that number was 15% that it would occur. I tell my patients what you’re paying for is my judgement. You can’t estimate a size because it comes in centimeters. I tell my patients you can’t fit a size 5 in a 4 shoe. So we put different sizes in and out until we find the largest size that look natural at the time of surgery.

Q. What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?
A. Normally patients are in the recovery room for 45 minutes to an hour then they go home. The following day they will feel sore like they’ve been doing a ton of push-ups. You can drive in two to three days, and are totally back to normal in 2-3 weeks.

Click here to learn more about Breast Augmentation

Please use your due diligence when searching for the right surgeon and procedure that works for you. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

 

Coolsculpting #plasticsurgery

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Q. What is coolsculpting, and how does it work?
A. We have been doing Coolsculpting in our clinic for almost two years and our patients probably rate it with over a 90% “happiness” factor.  The key is patient selection for this form of non invasive fat reduction that works by selectively freezing the fat and not the skin.  The procedure is for pinchable fat in patients that have relatively good skin quality. If patients have poor skin quality with stretch marks and stretched out abdominal muscles, then this technique will not improve those issues. The goal is for fat reduction.  It is probably around a 25% fat reduction with one applicator and the process for fat resorption takes a few months.  It is permanent fat reduction but one applicator doesn’t do the job.  It takes a regional treatment plan. But during these treatments patients fall asleep, read their emails or watch a movie.

We have seen some amazing results in realistic patients that are committed.  We also have a few patients that are better surgical candidates but for whatever reason they are unwilling or unable to have surgery. These patients can still have fat reduction but their skin quality is poor.  But they understand the limitations prior to treatment. We are looking into adding a body skin tightening device after treatment with coolsculpting to see if we can improve the result even more. This radiofrequency device may also be to smooth out smaller fatty areas that are not treatable by coolsculpting or may have some ability to improve cellulite!

Q. What are the side effects if any from coolsculpting?
A. Coolsculpting can remove a small area of fat, but can cause bruising, swelling, inflammation that can last a few weeks.  Sometimes indentations can occur if there is no overlapping of treatments.  Sculpsure has less inflammation and no risk of indentations.

Q. Does coolsculpting have a long lasting effect?
A. Yes-once you treat in an area, CoolSculpting removes the fat in the area for good. Keep in mind that it may take 2-3 treatments to achieve the desired results. This type of procedure is meant to coincide with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Should you gain weight it will be gained in areas that have not been treated with CoolSculpting.

Disclaimer* Please use your due diligence when searching for a plastic surgeon. Each patient results vary. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

 

Sun & Grace in African Love

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Sun & Grace have an unusual romance. They meet at an untimely hour of the day. She just witnessed her old flame with someone else. Sun wants to sweep her off her feet with erotic dates you won’t believe. He is a hopeless romantic. Sun only thinks of her each second, of the minute into the hour he thinking of how and where he could express his love for her. He meets her after work and speaks to the office staff about how lovely she is when hes around her.  They go out for drinks, to the spa when it matters and extravagant vacation. To keep it spicy Sun likes to surprise Grace with flowers from the region their in. Grace loves writing him love notes to keep his interest. The two together make a dynamic duo.

Here’s a snippet from African Love Beachie Beauty next e-book.

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Love endures forever…..

Dear Grace,

I want to express my love for you right now so listen to me. I began this journey in Singapore wanting and yearning to learn more about you and have your every wish and dream become reality. I had often wondered when GOD would send me a good
sweet and loving woman. I say this with a full heart, you are my everything. Words escape me when I speak of you. I have to be frank. I’m madly in love with you.  Waking up is the best feeling in the world because you make it that way. The love I feel in my heart goes far beyond my wildest dreams. I can only imagine what life will be like in the future but I do know who holds it. Meet me right before the sun sets.

Sun

Disclaimer: This is an original blogisode created by the Owner of beachiebeauty.com please do not copy and paste as your own. Andrea Price
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