New Surgical Facility. Considering plastic surgery but dread hospital-like environments? Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery Associates recently moved into a new 35,000-square-foot facility, in Bay Harbor Islands, that’s designed to resemble a five-star resort. The two-story building features state-of-the-art surgery suites and is led by board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, M.D., author of My Beautiful Mommy. Services range from facelifts and liposuction to breast augmentation and other body contouring. Salzhauer specializes in The Mommy Makeover, surgery that includes a tummy tuck and breast procedure (augmentation and/or lift). “In a lot of women, there are stretch marks [after pregnancy]; they lose elasticity, and the skin doesn’t snap back,” he explains. This procedure gets rid of stretch marks, removes extra skin and tightens muscles. On average, The Mommy Makeover costs $10,000, and only women who are done having children should consider it. www.balbody.com
Fight Fine Lines. Botox beware! There’s a new face in wrinkle fighting. Reloxin, a cosmetic injection to smooth forehead lines, and treat frown lines and crow’s feet, is slated to receive FDA approval soon. “There are two ways Reloxin is different from Botox,” explains dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, on Miami Beach. “It lasts five months, as opposed to four [with Botox], and starts to work in two days. Botox takes seven days to work.” Once Reloxin has been approved, dermatologists will be able to offer the injections. Baumann says there is no down time, only a minor risk of bruising in some patients.
Au Revoir, Acne. There’s also a new in-home tool to treat blemishes. It’s an acne care system called ANSR: that uses LED (light-emitting diode) photolight therapy to treat those persistent pimples. Here’s how the company says it works: The blue light kills the bacteria that lead to acne, and the red light helps to heal redness, pockmarks and scarring. ANSR: Acne Starter Kit costs $185 and can be purchased at www.ansr.com.
Virtual Makeover. Enjoy a makeover every day on DailyMakeover.com. This website allows you to test out new hairstyles and makeup looks virtually, to see how they could work on you. Upload a photo of yourself; browse, and pick from, various hairdos, makeup shades and accessories, then view your “before” and “after” looks. Different online tools help you with other style dilemmas, like a quiz to help find a flattering hairstyle for your face shape, and One Minute Makeover, which provides tips on ways to update your look in 60 seconds. Signing up is free, but to try more styles, save, print and share, you need an All-Access Membership, which costs $14.95 for three months, or $29.95 for one year. www.dailymakeover.com
Spa Divine. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale recently launched a 99% organic spa menu. Try the Divine Champagne Treatment, a 50-minute experience that includes a body scrub — with antioxidants from three types of grapes — and a massage. Afterwards, indulge in a poolside lunch, complete with the bubbly drink, and a specialty lunch menu featuring ingredients used in the treatment. The cost is $180, plus tax and tip, and includes the two-course lunch. You also get all-day access to the pool deck and fitness center. For more affordable pampering, try their 25-minute mini treatments, like the Express Facial (no extractions), $65, or the Restorative Manicure, $35. Both are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ritzcarlton.com/fortlauderdale.
Beauty Rx. South Beach psychiatrist Eva Ritvo, M.D., teamed with Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman, M.D., and penned The Beauty Prescription (McGraw-Hill, Aug. 2008), a book that looks at the mind-body connection to feeling beautiful. You’re already beautiful, you say? Well, good for you! The authors explain that beauty is more than skin deep — feeling good on the inside greatly contributes to your outer beauty. And, they add, research shows that beautiful people move further in their careers, make more money and are happier people in general. The book offers beauty boosters and busters, along with specific steps you can take to be more beautiful. The cost is $24.95. Learn more, and take a quiz, at www.thebeautyprescription.com.
Rose Romance. The natural look is back. “Coverage where you need it, not everywhere, and skin that looks real” is the new trend, explains Fred Vellon, senior artist, MAC Cosmetics. It’s only fitting, then, that the company is launching its Rose Collection just in time for summer. Inspired by hues that mirror the natural beauty of the rose, the collection will feature lipstick, tinted lipglass, eye shadow, beauty powder and more. A rose, by any other name… just isn’t MACnificent, if you ask me. www.maccosmetics.comSmurfy Collection. Got the blues? Smurfette has you covered… your face, that is. Remember that cute blonde from The Smurfs TV cartoons? In January, she launched her very own limited edition Smurfette Collection, produced by Too Faced. You’ll feel smurfilicious with So Smurfy Illuminating Face Powder, $26, which will bring back childhood memories of when you didn’t need makeup. Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner, $17.50, comes in two shades — Smurf You, a glimmering blue sparkle, and Feelin’ Smurfy, an opalescent white glitter. Smurfs everywhere will be starry-eyed. www.sephora.com
Nail It. OPI Nail Colour, the high-quality nail polish with quirky names (Hi Def, Arm Candy), is now available at Sephora. This new line, Sephora by OPI, comes in 54 jet-setting shades that are environmentally conscious, formulated with no DBP, toluene or formaldehyde. They retail for $9, and you can still expect the same vibrant colors and durable finish OPI is known for. www.sephora.com
Kat Von D Color. While at Sephora, check out the new Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner ($16). The shades and their names — Black Metal Love, Brass Knuckles, Eyegasm — are as colorful as the tattoo artist herself. In a neat little container that resembles a skinny nail polish bottle, the low-maintenance applicator makes applying color to lids easy. This stuff stays on all day, and doesn’t smear. Shades are vibrant, so if you’re the “neutral” type, Kat’s not for you. www.sephora.com