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Posts By Estelle Erasmus

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Estelle Erasmus is a contributing beauty writer for Zwivel. She is also a writing coach, blogger, award-winning journalist, and former beauty editor who has been published in The Washington PostSalonVox, PsychologyToday.com, and The New York Times.

At home microneedling kit

I have sensitive skin, which although I’m a beauty writer limits me in my explorations. For example, even though I’ve tried fillers, Sculptra and Thermage, I can’t do Retin-A or any acid other than the gentlest lactic one. Dermabrasion is another treatment that's out of the question for me. As I get older, what I'm most interested in is building…

lunchtime-facelift

This new procedure—using skin-suspending strings— may soon be as popular as fillers for fixing sagging skin. Just don’t call it “a thread lift”. In this day of technological innovations in cosmetic surgery, one question is on many prospective patients' lips: why go under the knife if I don’t have to? Many of the newest procedures are virtually pain free, and…

kybella

Facts at your fingertips on whether this newly FDA-approved procedure to reduce a double chin is right for you. If a double chin has been the bane of your existence (and reason for a lack of a good selfie photo), there is now a reason to rejoice and keep your chin up - literally. That reason is Kybella, which was…

injection to temples

Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen and correct facial wrinkles. It is also used off-label, as in my case, to fill in hollowed temples. Like most people, I’ve accumulated the signs of aging over time as a result of gravity, sun damage (even though I’ve never been a sun worshiper), and genetics. The stress from gaining and…

Dermal Fillers

Are there gaps in your knowledge about anti-aging filler treatments? Maybe it’s time to fill them. We’ve all been there. Looking in the mirror, we notice a crevice where there was once a youthful arc, or a deep furrow where once the skin was flawlessly smooth. Thankfully, since collagen and the first fillers made of hyaluronic acid hit the market…

Acne Woman

If you are one of the 50 million men and women who have acne, you’ve probably gone through a staggering array of products searching for that elusive unicorn—beautiful skin.   Adult acne affects 12 to 22 percent of women and 3 percent of men at some time in their adult lives. Clearly (or unfortunately not so clearly), acne is not just…

Volbella

Volbella, a newly-approved injectable filler, promises full, smooth, kissable lips - all in a single comfortable treatment. Let’s face it: our society is obsessed with full, bee-stung lips à la Kylie Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence. In fact, in 2015 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conducted a national survey asking more than 1,000 women which celebrity's lips they would most like to…

female cosmetic surgeons

Although 92 percent of all cosmetic procedures are performed on women, the vast majority of plastic surgeons are men. In an academic environment and workplace dominated by male doctors and mentors, female plastic surgeons must overcome gender bias, grueling training, and the lifestyle demands of their chosen profession. A recent op-ed in the Journal of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Melting…

mother and daughter plastic surgery

This dynamic mother and daughter duo are each other’s best critics and strongest supporters. Mary, 52, and Sophie, 27 (names changed for privacy) are a mother and daughter whose relationship is so close that they can finish each other’s sentences - much like the fictional Lorelai and Rory from the Gilmore Girls television series. The difference - this mother-daughter duo…

mommy makeover

Answers to your most common questions about mommy makeover procedures, both surgical and non-invasive. When I was pregnant with my daughter I gained seventy pounds - mostly from watermelon and pizza. After I gave birth, I was too caught up with cooing over my precious little bundle of joy to notice that as my face and body shrank back to…

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