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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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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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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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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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Finally Feeling Confident in a Swimsuit

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

 Sponsored After having my last baby, I have never felt comfortable wearing a swimsuit in public. Every time that I would take my children to the pool or the beach; I would never take off my cover-up. Why? I never liked the way that my sagging breasts looked in swimwear. I had purchased many different swimwear styles. Had professional swimsuit fittings at expensive swimwear stores, and still never had the confidence I needed to feel good in my skin. Since I love spending almost every summer day with my children at the beach, I finally got tired of always sitting under an umbrella watching my children have all the fun just because I lacked self-confidence in wearing a swimsuit in public. At the end of last year, I made an appointment with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare to get a...

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Erasing My Breast Surgery Scars

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 3 comments

 Sponsored After having my mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare, I have been diligently using different products to prevent scarring. Although I have been doing everything possible to erase my breast surgery scars, I wasn’t successful in having them disappear completely following my surgery with just creams/gels alone. During one of my follow-up consultations with Dr. Niccole, he recommended that I have a V-Beam laser treatment done to fully erase the surgical lines from my breasts. Almost everyone who makes the investment of having their breasts done, uses the V-Beam laser to have their surgical lines erased. Once you’ve spent a couple of thousand dollars to get beautiful breasts, why not spend a couple of hundred dollars more, to erase the signs that you had any surgery? The V-Beam laser is a 3-part process. You’ll have it done once a...

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Bra after a Breast Lift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored Before having my mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare everyone told me that the hardest part following the surgery was going to be finding the perfect bra, and they were right. These are some tips from my experience to help you with finding the perfect bra after your breast lift. When you come home from your surgery, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra. You’ll want to wear this for about the first week following your surgery. Once your doctor advises that it is alright to wear your own bra, you can start bra shopping. I recommend getting a bra that has a full front zip for the second to the third week following your surgery. My doctor advised me that I could wear any bra just as long as it did not have an underwire, and the front zip...

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Jumpstart Your Health in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 0 comments

 We have partnered with NB Cleanse Many people share the same New Year’s Resolution of wanting to lose weight. In 2016, I was able to lose 30 pounds, and I have a goal of losing my remaining 20 pounds in 2017. Since I have lost the weight, I have more energy and a better outlook on life. How did I do it? I wasn’t alone. At the beginning of the year, I cut out a lot of sugars and limited my dairy. I was eating small meals throughout the day, and wouldn’t eat past 6 pm. Plus, I drank a ton of water. It was going great until I plateaued at 20 pounds and stopped losing weight. I knew that I needed to do something else, and I wanted to lose the remaining 10 pounds before having my breast...

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Preventing Scarring After a Breast Surgery

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the biggest concerns that I had following my mastopexy (breast lift) with Doctor Niccole at CosmetiCare was the scarring. A mastopexy is a lot more invasive than a breast augmentation, but both surgeries have incisions that need to be treated to preventing scarring following the surgery. The day that I got my Steri-Strips off my incisions, the nurse talked to me about the different options that I had to prevent scarring. The first thing that she recommended was that I use Silagen gel twice a day on my incisions. She told me that it is important to use a product that is made with 100% pure silicone gel to help prevent the scarring. Along with using the Silagen twice a day, she recommended that I apply Silagen self-adhesive silicone gel sheeting every...

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Try on a Breast Lift Before You Get it

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored You are going to take a nude picture of me and upload it to the internet? The minute that I heard the nurse at CosmetiCare ask to take a picture of my nude breasts to get a before/after simulation of the breast lift and augmentation I was wanting to have done, I was slightly terrified. I have watched films like “Sex Tape” and others where videos or photos have ended up in the wrong hands, and I was worried at first. The staff at CosmetiCare put all my fears to rest and assured me that all photos that are uploaded to New Look Now online software is completely HIPAA compliant – meaning that it won’t go further than you and the doctor. So, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and let them take a picture of my...

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Girlfriends Guide to a Breast Lift

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been three weeks since I had my mastopexy (breast lift) with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. At first, I was nervous about publicly talking about my procedure, because it is something that nobody seems to talk a lot about having done. After going public with news of my breast surgery, I was overwhelmed with how many women have had it done or are wanting to have it done. The one thing that I wish that I had was advice from a friend who had gone through the same surgery as mine, so I wrote this guide to all of you who are thinking about having a breast lift. This is what you need to know: A mastopexy is much different than an augmentation. All of my friends who...

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72 Hours After a Mastopexy

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

 Sponsored (excuse any typos..I’m still not 100% myself) I was initially going to write this 24 hours following my mastopexy (breast lift), but I was still coming down from anesthesia, hyped up on Norco, and my words just didn’t seem to make much sense. So, here I am sharing about what the past 72 hours have been like following my procedure at CosmetiCare. Over the past 72 hours, I have felt a whirlwind of emotions. I always have trouble with anesthesia and was grateful to only have a couple of cases of vomiting before leaving the surgery center following my procedure. In my pre-op appointment, the nurse had advised me that I might have drains following the surgery, and I was super upset when I first saw the bloody tubes coming out of my breasts. The first night, my...

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