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Posted by 07.20.14

For more than 30 years, board certified plastic surgeon, Jack Fisher, MD, has been helping residents of Nashville, TN, achieve the results they want. He is a firm believer in choosing a surgeon who is board certified and to further the excellence of the profession, he served as the president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2013 to 2014. ASAPS  is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Fisher specializes in face and body procedures and is known for his dedication to safety above all else. He performs surgery almost exclusively at a state-of-the-art, fully staffed plastic surgery center adjacent to a major medical center.

Here, Dr. Fisher tells Beauty in the Bag about his experience as president of ASAPS, and why it is important to understand the medical board certification system.

What was the best part of being president of ASAPS? 

Working with my colleagues and the incredible staff of ASAPS. We have a unique organization in which the doctors and full time staff work together for the benefit of our members. I also had the opportunity to travel and not only meet our members in the US but many abroad.

What would you say was the theme of your year as president?

Providing the best education possible, as well as promoting patient safety. ASAPS is the number one source of quality teaching in the aesthetic field.

ASAPS 2013 survey showed that plastic surgery is on the up. What is driving these numbers? 

Probably two major factors, first an aging population with financial resources, allowing them to have aesthetic procedures. Second, is an improving economy and increased confidence in the future. Another factor is probably a reduction in any stigma associated with aesthetic surgery.

Any surprises in the statistics?  

Not really, many of the numbers are fairly stable; however, non-invasive techniques have had a dramatic rise. Although, the statistics show a significant jump in both buttock surgery and labia plasty, overall these procedures represent a small number of total plastic procedures performed.

Do you think the concept of board certification is starting to resonate with patients? Why or why not?

Yes and no. There are parts of the country where I think patients tend to understand the critical importance of board certification. The problem is there is a great deal of confusion around this term. There are physicians who call themselves cosmetic surgeons and say they are board certified but the board certification can have nothing to do with cosmetic surgery. There are states attempting to have the physician clearly state what the board certification is so that the patient is not misled.

How can patients make sure the doctor they choose is board-certified and why does this matter so much? How do you explain the different boards to make sure they “get” it? 

Obviously, the patient needs to ask the physician if they are board certified and specifically what the certification is in. Beyond this request, this still remains a very confusing situation for patients attempting to identify qualified physicians. The key factor here is identifying specifically which board.

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Posted by 07.13.14

From television shows to New York Fashion Week, makeup artist Cynde Watson has been trusted with the faces of some of the most well known entertainment and fashion names. She has worked with Queen Latifah, Giselle Bundchen, Cynthia Nixon, Lauren Conrad, Tara Reid, and Tyson Beckford to name a few. Cynde started her glamorous career as a model, which led her to winning the title of Miss New Jersey. Two years later, she was a full-time makeup artist and even introduced a makeup line of her own.

Here, Cynde talks about her trajectory from runway to backstage, in addition to a few tips for us mere mortals to look great in front of the camera.

Tell us a bit about your background.  How did you find your calling as a makeup artist?

While working as a model, I found myself doing my own makeup as well as the makeup for other models. I received a lot of positive feedback and realized I could combine my formal education in fine arts with my understanding of color and love for makeup and beauty. My work as a model led me to the Miss New Jersey Pageant where I won the title in 1992. Two years later, I transitioned from beauty queen to beauty expert.

I’ve been making my mark in the beauty industry full-time for over 20 years.  From being crowned Miss New Jersey, I went on to serve as:

  • Executive Director of Global Makeup Artistry/Education Development for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • Lead Makeup Pro for Mark/Avon Cosmetics
  • Business and Product Development Consultant for Sephora Collection
  • Media Coach for Make Up For Ever & Butter London Cosmetics
  • Diversity Makeup Consultant for Lancome Paris
  • Strategic Marketing Consultant for BECCA Cosmetics
  • Makeup/Beauty Expert: as well as
  • Creator/Co-Founder of Color by Cynde Watson Cosmetics on HSN 2007-2009 and Rich Makeup Studio

It’s clear that beauty is my calling.

You’ve worked with so many celebrities—are they easy to talk to? What was one of your most fun experiences working on a set?

I try to remain focused while I’m applying their makeup and only get chatty if I’m working with a longtime client and we have plenty of extra time. I always enjoy working with the beautiful designer Rachel Roy. I love Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars and Rachel has been a celebrity guest judge several times on the show and it’s always a blast!!

What makeup trends do you see happening this summer?

Right now, I’m loving flirty lashes, bright orange lips, colorful eye shadows (brights & bronze shades), and natural glowing skin.

What’s the best way to camouflage under eye shadows? Bags?

A common pro makeup artist tip to reduce eye swelling is to apply a dab of Preparation H under the eyes. Completely wash it off after 2 or 3 minutes, then apply eye cream /primer to smooth and ensure that the concealer glides on and stays put.

Choose an under eye corrector (a concealer with peachy/pink tones) before applying a concealer, to conceal any discolorations and puffiness. The peachy/pink tone corrector neutralizes the discoloration/shadows and creates an illusion that camouflages the puffiness. To brighten the under eye, layer a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation.

Please share a tip for our readers about how to look their best in photos?

To look amazing in photos, use a bronzing powder to contour and warm your skin. Bronzer warms the skin and indents or recedes areas.

Choose a bronzer that’s suited for your skin tone, as bronzers can sometimes appear orange or muddy on the skin. For a more natural finish use a bronzer with a bit of a peach and golden tan tones for lighter/medium skin and copper and golden brown tones for dark/deep skin tones. A matte bronzer should be used for contouring, which can take pounds off while defining your cheeks.

Draw in your cheeks to find the hollow part of your cheeks. Using a small angled makeup brush, apply bronzer to the hollow of your cheek in soft sweeping motions. Don’t go too heavy and make sure to buff away the harsh lines … you want subtle contouring, not a hard harsh line.

Other places that you can bronze/contour include your jaw-line, the sides of your nose for a slimmer nose, your temples, as well as cleavage.

What skincare or makeup product would you absolutely have to have if stranded on a desert island?

My desert island beauty product is the no!no! Hair- Pain free Hair Removal System.

You can use no!no! to treat facial hair. It’s amazing to use on peach fuzz, girl stash, and unruly facial hair. no!no! Hair leaves skin soft and smooth and allows skin care and makeup to go on the skin beautifully. It’s also great for legs, underarms, bikini line, etc. Unlike many laser treatments, women with very fair skin and very dark skin can use this product successfully.

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Posted by 07.06.14

New York City dermatologist Ariel Ostad, MD, recently made quite splash in the media when he described the influx of brides-to-be seeking procedures to make their hands sparkle as much as their diamonds in their engagement selfies. This once again showed that Ostad is in the know. He’s also been quoted on the Weather Channel,,,, and Instyle magazine in recent months discussing wide range of topics from looking better bare to the latest treatments for skin cancer.

Dr. Ostad is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. In addition to bustling and trend-setting Manhattan private practice, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center in New York City. Despite his busy schedule, Ostad finds time to give back to many charities that are near and dear to him including New York University, the Dermatology Foundation Advanced Research, New York City Public Schools and the Saint Jude Foundation.

He recently opened up to Beauty in The Bag about his practice and why he loves what he does: Here’s what Ostad had to say:

How do you define beauty?

I think that beauty comes from within. When people feel good, it is projected to their emotional well-being. If you have a healthy, body, it yields a healthy mind. If you look in a mirror and think you look good, you will feel better. Every person should feel beautiful, get up in the morning and look in the mirror and feel satisfied with their reflection.

Now, how do you create or cultivate beauty?

The decisions we make affect us and minimize our stress. It is about taking better care of yourself, between skincare, sunscreen, and moisturizer. It then blooms from the inside out. I also believe beauty is created when an individual looks natural and not overdone. So my philosophy is to look beautiful in a natural way. Less is more. I love what I do because I help make a difference. I feel the importance of helping patients with their self-esteem and feeling beautiful both inside and out. I’m passionate about correcting minor imperfections that affect people’s self-esteem. 
My signature procedures are BOTOX, fillers, laser for facial rejuvenation, and liposuction.

How did you get started in the beauty business?

It all began with skin cancer surgery, specifically on my patients’ faces. I would help them get better and make them feel beautiful. Reconstruction leads to cosmetic perfection. Dealing with challenging, difficult facial reconstruction cases such as nose or lips or anywhere on the face made me very attentive to restoring the way the face looked on both functional and cosmetic aspects of the specific anatomic area.

What sets you apart from others in your space?

I realize the importance of listening to my patients, and empathizing with them is my main prerogative. I like to feel what they feel, and listen to what they are saying. Listening leads to empathy and I feel I am very sensitive to that.

What is the procedure you find most challenging?

The most challenging procedures are definitely facial reconstructions, and correcting defects from cancer. This is due to the fact that when I am in the middle of an operation, I cannot help but feel the pain that they felt and having the desire to ease that pain and avoid them feeling deformed.

What is the most exciting trend that you are seeing these days?

The paradigm shift involves choosing non-surgical procedures with minimal downtime to avoid major surgery at all costs. Technologic advances have helped create non-surgical skin tightening, fat reduction, and wrinkle removal, which in the past required surgery. Specifically, fillers and BOTOX, which in 15 minutes, can transform your face with no downtime, therapy for skin tightening, non-surgical Coolsculpting or microcannular liposuction to permanently remove fat, and non-surgical radiofrequency to improve fine lines around the eyes and mouth.




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