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Is Your Resolution Relying on the Benefits of Body Contouring?

It’s just about time to ring in a brand new year complete with clean slates, fresh starts, and rejuvenating resolutions. Down here in Florida, this means that swimsuit season will be here before we know it.   For those who already feel confident about their tightly toned bikini bodies, Florida’s climate provides the perfect excuse…

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13 Things to Know Before Becoming a Botox® Patient

No longer are the days when only the rich and famous can be frequently spotted on the red carpet, or at the grocery store, showing off the benefits of their Botox treatments. The secret is out – this simple and effective anti-aging method is more common and affordable than ever.   Botox has become the…

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5 Tips for Keeping Cosmetic Surgery Top Secret

One of the most prominent questions that plastic surgery patients are commonly concerned about is….   Will I be able to keep it a secret? In other words, if you don’t want people to know whether or not a particular procedure was performed, is it possible to conceal the proof? Keeping cosmetic surgery a secret…

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Why You Should Consider CoolSculpting® This Season

Whether we like it or not, we will soon bid farewell to 2014. That means it’s almost time to ring in 2015 with friends, family, fireworks, and festive attire. Welcoming a new year allows for a fresh start, and will undoubtedly be met with hopeful resolutions.   It does not matter if your New Year’s…

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9 Reasons Not to Be Scared of Breast Surgery

We all have different things we are scared of – heights, spiders, sharks, snakes, clowns, airplanes, the dark. But even though there’s such a wide range of things that trigger feelings of fear, it’s safe to assume that everybody gets anxious about surgery. It’s perfectly normal to have doubts and fears prior to any kind…

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3 Secrets to Being Thankful for Your Thighs

There’s just something about a stunning set of legs that is so attractive. Unfortunately, not everyone is naturally blessed with showstopping legs for days that have the perfect balance of toned definition and slender appearance. Even fewer people can proudly flaunt an elusive thigh gap – a body trend that has become so highly regarded…

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5 Secrets About Selfies That Start With Plastic Surgery

Whether we like it or not, selfies are here to stay and they have incredible viral powers. In fact, our society has become so infatuated with these DIY images that you can even purchase gadgets designed to improve the selfie process these days. Not to mention, plastic surgeons have been inundated with patients who are…

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Cosmetic Surgery Caters to Older Patients Too

If you think the only people that get cosmetic surgery are Hollywood celebrities and middle-aged women, think again! As it turns out, recent research about plastic surgery patients has revealed that the number of “older” people seeking cosmetic procedures has steadily increased over the past few years. In fact, just last year, 25% of all…

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12 Triggers of Chapped Lips Besides Cold Weather

Alas, Floridians are beginning to feel some relief from the lingering heat and humidity that consumes our climate most of the year. From now until April, if we’re lucky, the weather will change from week to week. It’s a beautiful thing. When those folks up north are freezing their bums off for months, we’ll be…

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10 Reasons to Believe in the Brazilian Butt Lift

“Drop it like a squat!”….   “Do you even squat?”….   This squatting super trend has become so prevalent and popular in today’s society that it’s basically impossible to hide from the massive amounts of beautiful booty blog posts and pics circulating online. The great thing about this tight and toned rear end movement is…

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5 Reasons to Pick Pumpkin for Your Skin

Can you imagine the autumn months without pumpkin? It’s merely impossible! Fall is just filled with this seasonal icon, and for many different reasons. Pumpkins are the perfect fall décor, they transform into Jack-O-Lantern creations, and they make some of the most mouth-watering treats. That’s not all pumpkins are good for though! These naturally grown…

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How to Keep Your Skin Looking Awesome This Autumn

Fall is in full-swing! For us Florida folk, this means we will soon be able to break out the boots from storage because some cooler temps are just around the corner. Sure, the argument can be made that the Sunshine State doesn’t actually experience a distinct fall season, but that all depends on individual interpretations…

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Bring on the October Fest of the Breast in the Bay!

Fall is almost here and October is just around the corner! The tenth month of the year is most commonly associated with candy and costumes but October has also become famous for its designation as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual invasion of pink stuff everywhere is a result of extensive research and remarkable…

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Gentlemen – Put Some Effort in Skin Care and the Ladies Will Stare

There is a fine line between excessive “manscaping”, or being a “metrosexual”, and basic grooming for guys. These days, a number of manufacturers have tuned in to the male psyche by offering products that are specifically designed, created, and marketed for men. Even the names of certain hygiene products are distinctly manly – “Game Day”,…

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The Best Foods for Happy Health and Super Skin

Whether you currently fit in your “skinny jeans” or you’re in the middle of achieving your goal weight, personal health is a primary concern. It’s something that everyone thinks about on a daily basis, regardless of age, gender, size, or shape. There are a number of things that we do in order to maintain our…

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Sleep and Skin Care Make A Perfect Pair

Online retailers and store shelves are flooded with a range of skin care products, all which promise to make your skin look just like the flawless advertisements. Consumers of all kinds are guilty of trying a number of these products, secretly hoping for jaw-dropping results. Reflections at St. Luke’s wants to help put an end…

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Board Certification Takes Priority When Picking a Plastic Surgeon

Believe it or not, not everyone jumps at the chance to have plastic surgery procedures performed on their bodies. Despite the alluring results of these kinds of surgeries, there are also a number of risks involved. These potential dangers should not impede anyone from enhancing their already beautiful body, but plastic surgery patients must be…

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Can a “Forbes Facelift” Help Men Make More Money

There are a number of images and distinguishing qualities that come to mind when you think of the most powerful and successful businessmen in the world. Chances are, however, that plastic surgery is not something you associate with this group of powerful “Fortune 500” type men. Believe it or not, recent trends and statistics confirm…

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Surgery is the Secret Solution to Masking “Man Boobs”

Hey guys – we know that you cherish your masculinity, and we want to help you hold onto it. If a high sense of self-confidence has diminished over the years, Reflections at St. Luke’s will restore it. There’s no need to worry about the way you look because of “man boobs”. Just because a guy…

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How to Please and Protect Your Pale Skin

Are you one of those folks that gets a lobster-esqe sun burn every time you go to the beach? Do you compare the number of noticeable wrinkles you have with your best friend of the same age? Is a beautiful bronze suntan simply impossible for you to obtain because all you do is burn? Being…

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Five False Facts About Plastic Surgery That You Need to Know

Although the World Wide Web has dramatically changed the way our society communicates, it has also set the stage for overwhelming amounts of information on virtually any topic you can think of. Shockingly, not all of that information you read on the Internet is true! Plastic surgery is definitely one of the more prominent subject…

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Why Does Every Mother Deserve a Mommy Makeover?

In keeping with the spirit of Mother’s Day, the focus of this blog post is on the importance of moms-only makeovers. We’re not just referring to your standard mani-pedi spa day. Certainly, every mother deserves that kind of treatment, but the kind of Mommy Makeover we offer is much different. The long-lasting results renew her…

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Face the Facts About Unsightly Underarm Flab

Question for all of our fabulous female readers – How many times have you and your husband, boyfriend, brother, guy friend, or male co-worker attempted to tone up and shed pounds at the same time, only to realize how unfair the fat situation is? The fact that men lose weight easier and faster is undeniably…

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Spring For Freshness With These Fabulous Facial Tips

When you think of “spring cleaning”, what comes to mind? De-cluttering closets? Organization overhaul? Top-to-bottom household tidying? Spring cleaning is not exactly something that the majority of people look forward to, but we’ve got good news for you. Instead of dreading your dirt duties when reminded of spring cleaning, put the focus on your face.…

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Your Bras May Look Pretty but do They Also Fit Properly?

Shopping for new bras falls right up there with bathing suit shopping. It’s certainly not the most enjoyable retail experience, especially since you basically have to try them on if you really want to know how they’re going to fit before you make the purchase and leave the store. Often times, you may think you…

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The Truth About Tanning – Start Saving Your Skin

Spring break is in full swing! Tis’ the season for fun in the sun, teeny-bikinis, boat drinks, and warm weather getaways. Even if you don’t have a tropical trip planned anytime soon, you can still soak up some sunshine at the beach or lounge by the pool. The arrival of spring means that we gain…

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BOTOX® Benefits on Blast: Learn About the List

Since the inception of this face-firming injection, Botox has received a fair amount of attention, both in the form of praise and skepticism. The truth is, that over the years, research has identified a number of indirect benefits associated with Botox, in addition to the obvious ones that show up through your facial features. Due…

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Love is in the Air – Give the Gift of Skin Care

Some folks scoff at Valentine’s Day, but others appreciate the sentiment and gift giving spirit attached to this holiday. At Reflections at St. Luke’s, we feel that the latter opinion is much more in tone with the caring and warming experience that our staff and facility provides. To make your life easier, we have put…

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The Secret to Skin Care Starts with Learning the Labels

As a health conscious consumer, skimming nutrition labels on food products is basically second nature by now. If you have food allergies or have a child with food allergies, then it is even more imperative that you read the list of ingredients thoroughly and precisely. When it comes to less tasty non-edible items, most people…

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Take Time to Rejoice and Rejuvenate This Holiday Season

It never fails. We look forward to the holiday season all year, but when it finally arrives, it seems to fly by right before our very eyes. This time of year brings feelings of joy, festive light displays, comforting family traditions, and a giving spirit. On the flip side, the holidays also can be especially…

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Holiday Stockings for Children and BOTOX ® for You!

‘Tis the season for tree trimming, cookie baking, candle lighting, gift giving, and party hopping! There’s something magical about this time of year. Even if the odds of a cold snowy holiday in Florida are highly unlikely, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the warmth by sharing it with others. Reflections at St. Luke’s believes…

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Daily Care Is Essential to Beautiful Skin

Nothing compares to the benefits of regular professional skin care treatments. But don’t neglect your skin when you’re not in the hands of an expert. Regardless of the results you are trying to obtain – younger looking skin, more even skin tone, fewer blemishes, less acne – daily maintenance is an essential part of having…

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What Are the Benefits of BroadBand Light™ Treatment?

If you haven’t heard of the Sciton BroadBand Light™ treatment, also referred to as “BBL”, don’t worry that you’re out of the loop. This innovative light device is based on the latest and greatest in skin care technology. Not only can BBL repair damage to skin, it also offers anti-aging benefits. A new study led…

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Thigh Gap: How Media Drives Cosmetic Surgery Requests

If you browse social media sites, you may come across fan pages that celebrate “the elusive gap,” also known as the thigh gap – a sliver of empty space between the upper thighs when standing upright. According to Slate: “This excrescence is the latest in women wishing their bodies conformed to an impossible beauty standard—and…

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Married Couples Get Cosmetic Surgery Together

Sharing interests is one of the trademarks of a good marriage. Some couples work together, plenty love to travel and share hobbies together, and often they raise children together. It was only a matter of time before they started wanting to look better together, with the help of cosmetic surgery. Reflections at St. Luke’s Medical…

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Botox Recovery Tips from Reflections at St. Luke’s

One of the many things that makes BOTOX® such an appealing cosmetic procedure to many is the relatively little recovery time that follows. Unlike more invasive procedures, Botox does not disrupt your life for days or weeks. But Botox is still a medical procedure, and there are still considerations you should be aware of to…

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Know Your Cosmetic Injectable Options

People who are on the fence about plastic surgery, or are just looking to make some subtle changes to their appearance, tend to look first at  cosmetic injectables. They’re non-invasive and often require little downtime afterwards. If you’re in the market for cosmetic injectables, Reflections at St. Luke’s offers a variety of options to suit…

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Aging Gracefully

No one wants to get older, but unfortunately, it’s inevitable. Time – it slays kings, ruins towns, and beats high mountains down – our skin elasticity can’t hold out forever. However, we can choose to age with grace, and accept our golden years with dignity and grace. For how to do that best, follow Reflections…

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Is Botox Just For Wrinkle Reduction?

Botox® has a myriad of uses, but its most popular and well-known use is making facial wrinkles vanish. But, do you need to have wrinkles in order for Botox to be a worthwhile treatment? Is Botox only for those whose faces show a bit of their age? Nope! Botox has preventative qualities as well, say…

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Body Contouring: Dealing with Difficult Fat

Got tummy troubles? One of the hardest spots to burn excess flab off or add it on is the abdominal area. Exercising, eating healthier (less fat/carbs, more veggies/fruits), reducing your alcohol intake and getting a good night sleep can help reduce your spare tire. But no matter what you do, or what you eat, age…

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Do The Two-Step: Nose and Chin Surgery

Sometimes, achieving a patient’s desired results is not a one-procedure-fixes-all type of situation. When it comes to nose and chin surgery, combining procedures has multiple benefits from the aesthetic results to saving money and recovery time. If you are interested in this surgery, Reflections at St. Luke’s Medical Director and plastic surgeon Dr. Nicolas Villanustre can…

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Is It Time for a Mommy Makeover?

A combination of a tummy tuck and breast lift with or without implants, the growing popularity of Mommy Makeover is at an all-time high. Post-baby plastic surgery gets Mom ready for bathing suit pool parties while also boosting self-confidence and sex-life satisfaction according to a RealSelf.com survey. A mommy makeover combines a tummy tuck with breast…

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Juvederm and Fillers Help Deal with Marionette Lines

Visible signs of aging are among the least popular aspects of most people’s golden years, and facial wrinkles are some of the most visible and least desired. Among some of the more stubborn facial wrinkles are called marionette lines. Reflections at St. Luke’s can help eliminate these signs of aging with a variety of aesthetic…

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Is It Time for a Mommy Makeover?

A combination of a tummy tuck and breast lift with or without implants, the growing popularity of Mommy Makeover is at an all-time high. Post-baby plastic surgery gets Mom ready for bathing suit pool parties while also boosting self-confidence and sex-life satisfaction according to a RealSelf.com survey. A mommy makeover combines a tummy tuck with breast…

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Dr. Nicolas Villanustre: CoolSculpting®

If you want to look your best this summer, CoolSculpting® is a cool technology with even cooler results. Reflections at St. Luke’s provides this safe, FDA-cleared procedure as part of its aesthetic and anti-aging treatments. It’s a great way to get back into that two-piece bathing suit or clingy summer dress. CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-invasive…

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Dr. Sable: Sunscreen Is Your Best Defense

Whether you’re boating, beaching or golfing, don’t forget to protect yourself from the harmful effects of sun exposure.  While we’ve all been conditioned to think tan looks healthy, wearing sunscreen to protect your skin and your health is critical. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, it’s always sunscreen time. Without sunscreen, harmful UVA and UVB rays…

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Elta MD Best Beauty Buy

ELTA MD Featured as IN STYLE Magazine’s Best Beauty Buy Reflections at St. Luke’s  favorite sunscreens by Elta MD were recently featured as one of InStyle Magazine’s “Best Beauty Buys” for May 2013. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is an oil free facial sunscreen. “It’s got zinc oxide but applies completely clear,” says InStyle. “It’s oil free but…

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Dr. Sable: Skin Cancer Prevention Begins With You

How many times have you worried about a mole or dark spot on your skin? According to David Sable, MD, Ph.D., dermatologist at Reflections at St. Luke’s, it’s a good idea to be proactive and keep an eye out for visible changes in your freckles or moles — often the first signs of skin cancer.…

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