Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:00
Why some women spend more on looks in a recession?
During an economic downturn, women are more likely to spend more on their looks then in more prosperous times. This anticipated phenomenon is labeled the "lipstick effect". This is because the cosmetics industry, including Botox and fillers, are actually rising in popularity. The theory is that women are making themselves more attractive to grab the attention of more financially secure wealthy suitors.
Sarah Hill, researcher of “The lipstick effect,” noted that L’Oreal saw its sales grow 5.3 percent in 2008, the heart of the most recent recession. One reason Hill notes for the existence of the effect is that during "periods of scarcity," women see a decline of the availability of quality mates. Hill states that because unemployment and low returns on investments occur at a higher rate during recessions, a recession may signal to women that financially secure men are becoming relatively scarce.
While some of you may think this is ridiculous and superficial, Hill has tested this theory out using four separate experiments and all have said that yes, the effect in fact does exist. Women do increase their desire to buy products such as lipstick, designer jeans, high-heels, and perfume.
Tags: Skin Care
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 07:20
Juno: "Your little girlfriend gave me the stinkeye in art class yesterday." Paulie Bleeker: "Katrina's not my girlfriend alright? And I doubt she gave you the stinkeye that's just how her face looks, you know? That's just her face."
Symmetry is both a conceptual and a perceptual image associated with beauty-related judgments. Symmetry and asymmetry serve as highly aesthetic sources of beauty and are a fundamental aspect of Dr. Shah’s technique.
Facial symmetry refers to bilateral symmetry of the face, in which, according to Merriam-Webster, features are arranged on opposite sides in such a way that, if divided, each side would be an identical half. Imagine a dotted line down the center of a face: the more symmetrical a face, the more like mirror images the right and left sides of the face will be.
However, the absence of symmetry does not necessarily mean absence of beauty, and this is true in natural scenery, in art, or in human faces. That breath-taking sunset you watched the other night most likely wasn’t symmetrical, but it was still aesthetically pleasing right?
Numerous studies with human faces have been conducted showing the link between facial symmetry and attractiveness. In our daily life we habitually process visual views of faces, whether walking down an aisle in your grocery store, looking at people in a crowded restaurant, or checking out that cute guy in class. So what is it that makes our brains decide whether a face is attractive or ugly? I’ll explain...
Technology allows researchers and doctors to study perfectly symmetrical faces on the computer. Research has suggested that we are drawn to and consider symmetrical faces more attractive. I personally just don’t think we always prefer them. Instead, we tend to be sexually drawn to faces that are slightly less symmetrical. Here’s why-
Our brains like symmetry; we find it soothing and comforting. Interestingly, while we may judge symmetrical faces as more attractive, those aren’t always the ones we are most drawn to sexually or romantically. How many times have you felt mesmerized by someone’s looks, and you can’t quite explain why? We tend to go for the people with more interesting or exotic features, slightly asymmetrical- still beautiful, but not too perfect.
If something is too perfect, it just isn’t as interesting. Perfect symmetry is boring, from your brain’s standpoint. Calming, yes. Pretty, yes. Exciting? Not so much--
So while we may sit people down for a psychological study, show them photos, and ask them which people are more attractive, that does not necessarily mean those are the people they’d rather date or have a relationship with.
Tags: Plastic Surgery
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 09:29
I'd like to take this moment to specifically thank you all for reading this blog, and especially, all of our patients for making our practice so special--
It's perhaps our least-favorite body part: the dreaded "turkey neck." You know … the sagging skin under your chin that ruins a good photo, destroys your profile image, and screams "gobble gobble"?
Now that you've been traumatized with the visual, do the self-gobble check. Look in the mirror, face front, then turn to either side. No cheating. No tightening of the jawline or stretching the neck like an ostrich. Relax, let the jowls down, and have a moment of honesty with yourself. No ones watching, the camera is off (promise).
Now turn to either side. Do you have skin that cuts the hypotenuse of the triangle between you're the base of your neck and your chin? If the answer is yes, then you, my friend, have the turkey gobble.
This isn't meant to be hurtful, it's fact. Patients race to Dr. Shah for this specific reason asking him to remove their "gobble." Dr. Shah can perform different procedures to get rid of that stubborn excess fat:
Determining which procedure is right for you and technical excellence are critical to getting the outcome you're looking for.
Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones and just remember: It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 16:12
Halloween is all about having fun by being someone (or something) else for just one day-- And it’s finally here!
The transformation generally involves makeup—lots of it—often specialty products that we wouldn’t use at any other time. More than one person has stood in front of the mirror before bedtime wondering how to remove it without inflicting damage that will haunt the face well into the month of November.
The best way to get back to looking like yourself depends upon what types of makeup products were involved in creating your Halloween persona, but no matter what type of makeup you are using, it’s a three-step process: PROTECT, REMOVE, and RESTORE.