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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 43 comments

  Now that the kids are going back-to-school, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a signature facial at the CosmetiCare med spa. CosmetiCare Signature Facial This anti-aging skin renewal treatment combines the medical and cosmetic and is individually-designed for you to improve the overall health and beauty of your skin. It uses advanced physical and mechanical procedures to nurture and rejuvenate the face and neck, which are particularly sensitive to the signs of aging. This total care treatment features gentle microdermabrasion and epidermal exfoliation to remove old, dead skin cells, custom chemical formulations to improve uneven skin tone and skin texture, and finished with a CO2 (aka Slurry) to restore clarity, smoothness, and softness while also firming and toning the skin. It is one of their signature custom treatments, an amazing treatment for face, hands and...

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Should you get Lipo or Tummy Tuck with your Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When planning to get my breast lift (mastopexy), one of the biggest decisions was whether or not to get lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time. So many of my friends who have had their breasts done at CosmetiCare also took care of their stomachs at the same time so that they only had one recovery. During my first consultation with Dr. Niccole, he did recommend lipo if I wanted to have my full pre-baby body back but I was nervous about the recovery. I spent a lot of time thinking about this decision and finally came to the decision that I would work extra hard after my breast surgery to lose my baby weight naturally. It has been nine months since my breast surgery. I have been exercising 2-3 times a week, eating a low-calorie...

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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the biggest decisions when getting my mastopexy (breast lift) was whether or not to get an implant put in at the same time. I already had decent sized breasts, but I decided to get a small implant put into my during one of my consultations with Dr. Niccole. Why get an implant with your breast lift? The way that my breasts were shaped and the amount of lifting that I needed, the Dr. advised me that my breasts would have a pear shape without the implant. He showed me a rough estimate of what it would look like with and without the implant, and I decided that having the implant would give my breasts the nice round shape that I was wanting. The next big question was whether to silicone or saline implants. I quickly learned...

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What to Expect at your First Invisalign Teen Appointment

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign I recently had my first Invisalign Teen appointment with Dr. Passamano in Irvine. When I went to the orthodontics office, I had no idea what to expect, and I was super excited to start the first step of getting my Invisalign aligners. I went inside of Dr. Passamano’s office, checked myself in with the front office staff, and then went to sit down in the waiting room. When they called my name, I confidently walked into the office where I would have my first appointment. Meeting with the Orthodontist Shortly after arriving, they called my name and brought my mom and me into a room to have my first official consultation. Dr. Passamano talked to me about what Invisalign is, and what they will do transform my smile. He first looked at my teeth to ensure...

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Burke Williams Teen Facial Experience

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways | 38 comments

 Sponsored Being a teenager can feel very stressful at times. What I have been learning is that when I am stressed, it will lead to pimples on my face. This year, I am starting a new school, and as the summer is slowly coming to an end, I have been stressed about meeting new friends and fitting in at my new school. Because of my “new school stress” my face has been breaking out, and my mom knew just what I needed – a mother/daughter spa day and a teen facial. Not only is a spa day relaxing and helps to alleviate stress, but when having a facial, you’ll leave with glowing skin. I have been to a couple of hotel spas before, but nothing compared to my experience at Burke Williams. Since I am not 18 yet, I...

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How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored The biggest question that I get from friends since having my breast lift (mastopexy) and augmentation is how much did it cost? It is a hard question to answer because every woman’s body is different, making every woman’s surgery different. The doctors and nurses at CosmetiCare take their time during the consultation process to customize a surgery proposal that is perfect for each woman. The consultation process begins with finding out exactly what you want to have done. Do you want to have a mastopexy, a breast augmentation, or both? Do you want to have silicone or saline implants? Do you want to do lipo or tummy tuck at the same time? How big do you want your breasts to be? All of these questions play into the cost of the surgery. Once you’ve worked with the doctor...

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CosmetiCare Fat Freezing Friday Event

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 We are a CosmetiCare Ambassador Do you need a fun girls night out? Some of the best Mom’s Night Out I’ve had have been at CosmetiCare. We enjoy the beautiful views of Newport Harbor, chat, and learn about the newest services being offered at the highly-acclaimed med spa. On August 4th at 5:30 and 6:45 you’re invited to come to CosmetiCare for their fat freezing Friday event. During the event, you’ll get to meet the CosmetiCare doctors and staff, and learn all about how you can easily burn any stubborn fat non-surgically with coolsculpting! Plus! If you decide to make an appointment to have a procedure, you can save 10% by telling them that the OC Mom Blog sent you and using the discount code: Shelby100!! What are you waiting for? Call your friends and RSVP for this fun...

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What is a Mastopexy?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When I first started talking about having a breast surgery, I had many people asking me why? I already had decent sized breasts, and many thought that I was planning on enlarging my breasts. What many didn’t realize is that I didn’t go in for my consultation to enlarge my breasts, but to help lift them back up again. One thing that I never knew before nursing my son was that my breasts would enlarge and then drop. After two years of nursing my son, my breasts looked like deflated balloons. It was so bad that I couldn’t see my nipples! I purchased every type of support bra in hopes that my breasts would go back to the way they were before nursing, but they never did. For years, I felt uncomfortable with my body, until deciding to...

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How Breast Augmentation is Affordable

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored The best money that I have ever spent on myself was getting a mastopexy (breast lift) and breast augmentation at CosmetiCare. As moms, we are always putting our children first, and the thought of spending a significant amount of money on ourselves is never normally a priority. After nursing my son for over two years, my breasts were sagging, and I never felt confident in my skin. I had always wanted to do a breast lift and augmentation to transform my breasts back to the way they were before giving birth. As my children were growing up, my breast surgery was never a priority when it came to our family budget. As I began to approach my 40’s and my kids are starting to get older, my husband and I discussed carving out some money out of our...

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Getting a Massage After a Breast Surgery

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mom, massages are part of my monthly routine to help with relieving stress from raising three active kids and managing a busy household. After getting my mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare, I didn’t feel like I wanted to get a massage for quite awhile, but I knew that I needed it to help with my stress management. After my surgery, I was advised not to sleep on my stomach or my side until cleared by the doctor. I was always a stomach sleeper before my surgery, and with the assistance of pregnancy pillows to help me with staying on my back after my surgery, I became comfortable with sleeping on my back. Since I had been sleeping on my back for quite awhile, I was worried about what would happen to my breasts when laying on...

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Preparing for your Breast Surgery

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a mastopexy (breast lift) has changed my life. Ever since I had it done, I have gained such a huge amount of self-confidence, and love my body more than ever before. After nursing for two years, my breasts were destroyed, and I never realized how much it affected my self-confidence until having my breast surgery with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare. The most important thing that I tell my friends who are considering having a breast surgery is to be prepared. Being prepared was key to me having a smooth and good experience. The staff at CosmetiCare took their time during my pre-op appointment and consultation to talk to me about what to expect, and what I needed to prepare for my surgery. The first thing that you’ll need to do is arrange for someone to care for...

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign It has been almost two years since my older son started Invisalign treatment, and the biggest question that I get from my girlfriends who are considering Invisalign for their teens is, does it hurt like traditional braces? The first time that my son put his Invisalign aligners into his mouth, he felt a small amount of discomfort for the first day as he got used to having plastic aligners resting on his teeth, but he has never felt any pain over the two years. His teeth have moved drastically over the past two years transforming his smile, and he has never once complained or mentioned that he experienced any pain from his Invisalign aligners. My son has a low pain tolerance, and Invisalign was the perfect choice for him when it came to straightening his teeth....

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My Teen Invisalign Consultation

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

 “My mom is a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and I have received complimentary treatment.” My older brother has had Invisalign® clear aligners for about a year and a half and watching him wear them has made me want them so badly. I have been able to watch his smile transform over the past year without any pain or inconvenience from traditional braces. Since I wanted them so badly so that I can show my teeth when I smile, my mom scheduled me to have a consultation with Dr. Passamano in Irvine to see if my teeth are ready to begin treatment. When I walked into Dr. Passamano’s office, I was super excited to see if I was ready to start Invisalign. I sat in the waiting room as my mom checked me in for my appointment...

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A ‘Pure’ Escape!

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Pure Escape the name says it all! I was lucky enough to get away for a few hours this past Saturday and indulge in some pampering. Pure Escape is not just your normal nail salon, it’s a beauty bar, and it’s beautiful, with the most comfortable chairs in the world. They have Mani’s, Pedi’s, 3D Nail Art, Waxing, Facials and a whole lot more. Plus, it’s all toxic free! I knew this place was different and right up my ally. I love the fact, which as I’m getting my nails done, I’m not breathing in chemicals that could potentially hurt me. A place where I’m truly getting pampered in a pure and safe way; while enjoying a glass of champagne, what more can a girl ask for? The Pure Escape Difference:...

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Give Mom the Gift of Zen on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways, Health, Mother's Day | 11 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that you can give a Mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of relaxation and zen. I celebrated Mother’s Day a little earlier this year by getting a relaxing spa treatment at my local Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is my go-to place for a relaxing treatment in a beautiful atmosphere. I normally have massages at least once a month to help with the stress of being a mom to three active children, but because of my recent breast surgery at CosmetiCare, it had been six months until I felt comfortable enough to have a relaxation massage. When I went into the room to have my treatment, the massage therapist took her time to use pillows around my chest to ensure that I was 110% comfortable laying on my stomach before starting the massage....

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When can you Exercise After a Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 2 comments

 Sponsored When preparing for my breast lift surgery (mastopexy) at CosmetiCare, I knew that I wanted to lose weight before the surgery. I worked with a nutritionist and exercised to help lose 20 of the 40 pounds that I have needed to lose. Since I had been working so hard to get fit, I was worried about how long it would be until I could resume exercising following my surgery. During my pre-op appointment with Dr. Niccole, he told me that it would be a couple of weeks after my surgery until I could start exercising again, and that we would discuss it in my post-op appointments. Every woman is different, and it really just depends on how fast I would heal. The one thing that he was very clear about is that in the beginning, I was to...

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Should You Get Implants with Your Mastopexy?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored To get implants or not? That was one thing that I had trouble with making a final decision before my breast surgery. I already had good sized breasts, and a lot of breast tissue, did I want to go bigger? One of the best things about having a mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare is that the doctors take their time to help their patients make the best decision for their body. During my virtual consultation with Dr. Niccole, he had recommended that I do the mastopexy and get a small implant put in. He agreed that I had good sized breasts, but when they would be lifted up after the procedure, that the implants would give them a more rounded and natural look. A couple of weeks before my surgery, I had an in-person consultation to go over...

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Is Your Teens Hair Clogging Your Drain?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored My teenage daughter has the most beautiful long hair. Her hair has sunkissed highlights, and her long locks go all the way down to her hips. The only problem with having a teenager with long hair is the beating it puts on your household drains. At least once a week, our shower drain will back-up from the hair she loses in the shower, and our bathroom sink as well. We have tried everything from drain traps to natural remedies, and nothing has seemed to work. While the easy solution is to have a teenager clean their hair out of the shower or sink after getting ready in the morning, let’s be honest, that’s just not a reality. After trying every single natural remedy, I finally decided to turn to a commercial product to help solve our household problem...

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Three Reasons To Get Excited About Starting Invisalign Treatment

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Beauty, Invisalign | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” My older brother, Andrew, has been in Invisalign treatment for about a year and a half now. I have seen him go through the treatment and I have loved the way it works. When I look at him now, he is always smiling more, and is so much more confident when he talks, or when other people talk to him – I can’t wait to gain the same self-confidence. I recently had my first consultation with Dr. Passamano in Irvine where he inspected my teeth and talked to me about how my Invisalign treatment will go. He shared with me how the Invisalign aligners work and what I could expect during my treatment. My treatment plan is starting with me needing...

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Finding the Best Doctor for Your Breast Surgery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the best things about making the decision to have your breast surgery at CosmetiCare is that they have the best doctors in the industry. When it came to finding a doctor to have my breast surgery (mastopexy) I did a lot of doctor research. I knew that I wanted to have the best doctor in Orange County, which I quickly learned are all at CosmetiCare, but I also wanted to feel comfortable with the doctor I selected. I had my first consultation with a nurse at CosmetiCare who talked to me about what I wanted to have done, and we discussed the different options. She was very informative and talked to me about the different types of implants, whether I wanted to have implants or mastopexy, and she talked about the different doctors they have in...

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