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Posted by 12.14.14

Khorsandi-HSEveryone who sets foot on the Las Vegas strip tends to see themselves as a Very Imporant Person (VIP), but as many a weekend gambler or tourist soon learns, all that glitters isn’t gold. That said, there are still places in Vegas where VIP actually means something — including VIP Plastic Surgery. Christopher Khorsandi, MD is the chief plastic surgeon at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He is board certified in plastic surgery, and trained in minimally invasive hand surgery and migraine relief surgery. “No matter if you just walked off the runway, run a family, or are running between jobs, we want our patients to feel like VIPs,” he tells Beauty on the Bag. Dr Khorsandi shared other insights about his practice and what people in Sin City are really looking for when it comes to cosmetic surgery — and some of his answers may surprise you!

Here’s what he had to say:

What is your practice mantra at VIP Plastic Surgery?

We do not have a factory mentality with anything we do. We believe in tailored treatments and an atmosphere that is never rushed or pressured.

Tell us what people in Las Vegas are looking for in terms of cosmetic enhancements. Is bigger still considered better?

Las Vegas is really a major hub for plastic surgery and making things bigger will always be a part of the plastic surgery landscape, but I believe the days of 1,200 cc breast implants and humongous trout pout lips are behind us. What we do hear from nearly all our patients is that they want to be bigger, but at the same time they want to look natural. It almost seems contradictory, but I do believe you can go big and still look good. So how do we accomplish this? We take a tailored approach to implant and filler selection. We use a 3D modeling system called VECTRA 3D to show patients what they will look like with different amounts of volume. That way we get just enough augmentation to satisfy even the most discerning patients. As a result, this creates the highest level of satisfaction in our patients which is reflected in our online reviews.

What is your signature procedure?

I pride myself on my rhinoplasties. I think it’s the top level of plastic surgery and it takes a keen eye and a skilled hand to deliver results. There are many plastic surgeons out there but very few of them excel at rhinoplasty. It’s a surgery of millimeters, and it takes an almost obsessive attention to detail to make it work well.

What are the biggest trends that you are seeing today?

In terms of trends we are seeing increasing numbers of women looking for Brazilian Butt Lifts and gluteal augmentation. I think this trend will continue for a few more years as the techniques have become safer and more predictable. The butt augmentation is like the new breast augmentation. Case in point: Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue this year featured three derrieres. Women are embracing the idea that you can have a more shapely backside without having to do thousands of squats in the gym seven days a week. Our first choice for butt augmentation is fat. We tend to use fat for augmentation 8 to 1 in our practice because you get the added benefit of liposuction and body contouring. However, there are implants available for patients with little donor fat available. With the number of patients we are seeing, Butt Lifts are second in line for my signature procedure.

Tell us about migraine relief surgery, and how it is changing the way these debilitating headaches are treated.

Migraine relief surgery is a new field of plastic surgery that has developed in the last decade to address the issue of chronic migraine pain. We know that Botulinum toxin can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. The mechanism of action is likely the paralysis of small muscles that surround and pinch nerves in the scalp and forehead. Surgery looks to reduce migraine attacks by releasing the muscle from around the nerve and allowing for decompression of the nerve. Studies performed at Harvard University in Boston and other notable institutions have indicated that these techniques have lead to improvement in 90% of patients. It’s a very exciting new field, and we are one of the few practices nationwide offering the treatment.

 How would your patients describe you and your bedside manner?

I think they would say that I have a passion for what I do and that I enjoy my job which translates into a positive office environment. It’s a privilege to get to do the work that I do and be able to be part of so many peoples’ life journey. I enjoy the practice and the people. In other fields of medicine there is this need to see high volumes of patients in order to make ends meet. In my practice, I can spend quality time with my patients. It’s like the old days of medicine where your doctor actually knew who you were, and remembered you. Some patients tell me it’s the most interaction that they get to have with a physician. I often get the sideline: “Hey Doctor Khorsandi, can you take a look at something for me?” Or, “I have a family member who is undergoing this type of medical treatment, what do you think?” I think it’s a compliment to the amount of trust we have built with our patients.












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Posted by 12.07.14

Christopher Harrison is a Kinetic Explorer and Discoverer. In his explorations he found a new way to move the body, different than mankind has ever had before. Moving the body freely in all directions of open space was once only accessible underwater or perhaps to the most elite specialty athletes for a limited period of time with great effort.

His Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock and related techniques changed all that. What was once only vertical can now be experienced horizontally and inverted. What was once only explored underwater can now be experienced safely in your own living room or in a class environment. Ailments that once required a highly-trained professional to provide relief can now be fixed easily with minimal guidance on The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock.  Bodies and minds that have grown rigid and closed have a new joyful method for discovering the freedom of openness.

All of his AIRful creations are meant to inspire and provide wellness through safe methodologies and lighthearted philosophies.

What led you to the creation of AntiGravity® Fitness?

I originally founded AntiGravity® Entertainment as a dance company that utilized acrobatic arts as a movement vocabulary in 1991. I’ve been an aerial choreographer for over 20 years now, and I realized that beyond professional performance, aerial arts had vast fitness and health benefits when applied in a consumer-friendly way. Drawing upon warm-ups and conditioning exercising created for my performance team, I launched AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga in 2007.  The technique created an entirely new genre.

How did you come up with the idea for The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock?

As a choreographer I am forever exploring movement.  I originally came up with the idea for The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock (the foundation of AntiGravity® Fitness classes) as an aerial art form. While in a hammock in the tropics I envisioned being above the heads of an audience.  I later made that vision real first in the late 1990s in a New York nightclub with 40’ ceilings. We discovered that by using a stretchy piece of fabric we could experience 3 dimensional movement, not just vertical, but also horizontal and upside down. A new aerial art form was born.

A second discovery emerged when I lowered the apparatus to 3 feet off the floor and began transferring many traditional floor exercises from dance, yoga, and Pilates.  The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock supports your body weight, lifting you up while gravity is pushing down, creating traction and forcing proper alignment in a myriad of poses. We used my “silk hammock” invention and movement innovations as a company warm-up for years before I chose to share them with the public.

What are the main benefits of taking your workout off the ground?

AntiGravity® Techniques are both evolutionary in concept and revolutionary in terms of benefits. AntiGravity® is a full body workout — especially targeting core strength & mobility. It unifies body and mind through well-calibrated sequences, plus our zero-compression inversions relieve back and neck pain and make you measurably taller. Best of all, it’s fun!

What are some of your favorite fitness tips?

  1. Muscle surprise  — If you’ve been doing the same workout for over a year now, chances are that the strengthening exercises are no longer effective.  Muscle tissue adapts to the forces we exert upon them and once no longer challenged, stop growing. Unless you challenge your body in new and different ways, you are only maintaining.
  2. Find balance — If you want balance in your life, find balance in your workout. If your workout is primarily COMPRESSION based, and your life is primarily compression based, chances are you’re releasing too much cortisol hormone from your adrenal glands and are stressed out. No matter how strong your heart is from all of your running, you are actually at greater risk for a myriad of ailments based on the fact that you don’t know how to DECOMPRESS and relax.
  3. Avoid grimace lines – The biggest tip that I love to give people about working out is applicable to every exercise ever invented. While exerting energy, focus your attention on the muscle being worked and become conscious of others that think they are helping — especially in the face.  Zygomatic muscles are to be contracted for smiling, not grimacing. If you leave the gym with a toned body having exercised your grimace muscles, your body will be younger, but your face will look older.
  4. Lighten up to lighten up — If you are exercising as if preparing to survive the apocalypse consider this: what the world needs to survive are not greater warriors for battle, but human beings who are more aware. The term “working out” needs to be reinvented. Whether boxing or yoga, in the floor or up in the air, let your “work out” become a “play out” instead and don’t forget the importance of laughter!

How can we make the most of a workout?

  1. Consciously synchronize your breath with your movement. Not only does it oxygenate your blood, bringing fresh nutrients throughout your body, but it also quiets the mind and nurtures focus (and who doesn’t need more focus in our busy world).
  2. Include an inversion in your exercise regime. When you send fresh blood to the brain it tickles the hypothalamus to release neurotransmitters that help regulate the body. During an inversion the pituitary gland alone will release nine hormones (serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, etc.) that keep your metabolism in check. If you want to lose weight, keep your bodily functions operating optimally by doing inversions.
  3. When I do any long distance training is when I study new languages. There are terrific downloads you can listen to and repeat.  You’ll be surprised how much you will grasp after a short amount of time. I learned to communicate basic Portuguese in 3 months (approximately 5 times per week).

What’s next for AntiGravity?

We just launched AntiGravity® AIRbarre, a head-to-toe dance-conditioning workout that transforms The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock into a suspended ballet barre. The classes combine dance, strength, and movement to give you that coveted long, lean dancer’s body. You’ll burn up to 650 calories while developing grace, power and poise!


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Posted by 11.30.14

Jamie Greenberg had an affinity for makeup at a young age. While studying painting, photography, and film in college, her focus on her makeup talent began when a film professor asked her to be the makeup artist for the film he was directing. After graduation, Jamie pursued this passion and freelanced as a makeup artist in television, and from there she assisted legendary makeup artists Monika Blunder, Pati Dubroff, Stephane Marais, and Jillian Dempsey.

Jamie brought warmth and vitality to every assignment, and her career quickly took off. She was soon being requested by magazine editorials for Allure, Esquire, Elle, Lucky, Harper’s Bazaar and L’Uomo Vogue, among others. Some of her clients include: Rashida Jones, Kaley Cuoco, Elisabeth Moss, Chris Colfer, Jane Levy, Beth Behrs, Jayma Mays, Katherine McPhee, and Kirsten Dunst.

Jamie gives Beauty in the Bag her best makeup tips, worst makeup mistakes, and more. Here is what she had to say:

What are your desert island products — that you always have in your bag?
I always have Zyrtec in my bag since I suffer from allergies. I also always have Touch and Glow from mark Cosmetics, which serves as a cheek and eye color. I love having products that do more than one thing! I also must have mascara and brow pencil. I’m obsessed with Universal Brow from Dior. And lip balm. There are so many to choose from, but even having Vaseline in my bag makes me happy. An oldie but goodie!

What are some of the hottest makeup trends for this season — fall into winter?
Oddly enough, we’re seeing metallics AND nudes this season. I love both!

Name the 3 worst makeup mistakes you see and why?
  1. Wrong color foundation on the face. It’s the worst when I see someone with a face color that doesn’t match the rest of their neck and body. It’s too bad, but so many women just can’t get it right.
  2. Clumpy lashes. I think it looks dirty when women don’t take off their makeup and just layer on more over their lashes.
  3. Bad brows. Your brows frame your face so when you don’t keep them tame or when you use an eye pencil that’s the wrong color, it doesn’t look good. It’s so important to properly groom eyebrows to frame your face or you throw everything off!

Women always ask what order they should apply skincare, foundation, and makeup — what is your advice?
I like to start with skincare — a nice serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. Once the skincare has set in, I love to start with the eyes. That way, if you make a mess, you don’t have to take off the foundation. You can clean the skin again and then do foundation. Everyone does this differently but this is most effective for me.

For quick fixes — to conceal a blemish, cover up dark circles, etc. — what are some of your pro tips? 
I feel like most of the problems that need fixing are straight up blemishes or allergy face. For blemishes, you need to find a malleable concealer that won’t highlight the texture of the blemish. Sometimes, at night, you need to hydrate the blemish so the skin isn’t dry or flaky. For allergy face, I focus on canceling out redness, especially around the nose, with a green primer. For watery eyes, I recommend waterproof mascara and liner so it won’t make a difference to your makeup. You can achieve the same look but it won’t run. And, for puffiness, that’s when it’s time to contour. Use light, shimmery shades to highlight and a dark, bronzy color to shade the face. By doing this, you can reshape the puffiness, which anyone with allergy face will love.

In terms of makeup, what should we stay away from to look younger? (powder foundation, glitter shadows, dark colored blush, etc.)
I honestly don’t believe it’s about staying away from things but rather knowing how to apply them. My 90-year old grandmother was told to never wear shimmer. I did a video with her and used shimmer…it’s just about how to apply!

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