Thursday, 23 June 2016


There are literally thousands of plastic surgeons in The United States alone.  Any surgeon practicing cosmetic procedures can call themselves a “cosmetic surgeon,” however, to be considered an actual plastic surgeon one must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This requires additional residency and training. There are also other board certifications that surgeons can have, such as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, for example. Other related specialties (dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oral surgery) also have subspecialties which focus on cosmetic procedures. They will identify themselves as "facial plastic" or "occuloplastic" surgeons. If you include all of these physicians as well, there are probably close to 60,000. Dr. John Zannis is a board certified plastic surgeon in New Bern, North Carolina who wants to help prospective patients when selecting one from the massive number of practicing physicians.

The Following Are Some Red Flags

Offering discount coupons

Discount coupons make sense if you're looking for a haircut or a massage - but maybe not for plastic surgery. "Don't bargain price when it comes to something serious like surgery," Dr. Zannis says.

The surgeon is not board-certified

Look for someone who has become board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means the surgeon has had at least six years of surgical training with two or three years devoted specifically to plastic surgery, has passed rigorous oral and written examinations and has demonstrated safe and ethical surgical practice.

Making lofty promises.

Any surgeon that promises to make you look like a celebrity, or says he can make you look 30 years younger, is likely over-promising. A skilled surgeon knows the potential and limitations of surgery. A good surgeon will want you to look like an improved version of you, not someone else.

The surgeon’s operating facility is not accredited

Often plastic surgery is performed in an ambulatory care center or the surgeon’s office-based surgical facility. Either way, Dr. Zannis says you want to make sure the facility is properly accredited. Accreditation ensures that strict standards are met for proper equipment, safety, surgeon credentials and staffing.

Trying to "up-sell" patients

An initial consultation with a plastic surgeon should be a collaborative effort, in which doctor and patient come to an agreement about which course of treatment is best. Dr. Zannis says it's reasonable for the surgeon to suggest alternative approaches, but that it's worrisome if he/she uses high-pressure tactics. "Surgeons who try to convince you to have more surgery that you want may be just trying to squeeze as much money from you as possible," warns Dr. Zannis.

Advertising heavily

Some excellent plastic surgeons advertise their services. But Dr. Zannis feels that plastic surgeons who advertise heavily - on radio, TV, in newspapers, etc. - may do so because they don't get the good word of mouth that provides a steady stream of patients. "The number of ads a surgeon displays is often inversely proportional to the quality of the doctor," Dr. Zannis says.

The short consultation:

The first visit with a plastic surgeon must be a thorough, get-to-know-you session in which both patient and doctor determine if they can work together. If you find yourself in a room viewing a video about the doctor’s services and are whisked through a brief meeting, you may want to look elsewhere.

Being censured or sued

Just because a surgeon has faced a malpractice lawsuit doesn't mean he/she is incompetent. In today's medical climate, even first-rate surgeons are sometimes sued. But be wary of a surgeon who has been sued more than a few times, says Dr. Zannis. Ditto if he/she has been censured by the state medical board.

No before and after photos

If you’re interested in a procedure, you should see what the physician can do for you. One of the best ways to see the quality of work is to view before and after photos of their actual patients. If they won’t show you any, they may not have enough experience, or success  in that particular procedure.

When to Consider a Different Cosmetic Surgeon

Searching for a cosmetic surgeon is more manageable when you use a clearly defined system to make the choice — consider all options and weigh them cautiously. If you’re consulting with a cosmetic surgeon and any of the following red-flag situations occur, you might want to consider looking for a different surgeon:

During an appointment or pre-consult

The phone isn’t answered promptly or is answered by a machine.

No one takes time for your call; the doctor’s staff is abrupt or downright rude.

You don’t receive promised information materials before your consultation.

You can’t get your questions answered because the staff isn’t knowledgeable or says “the doctor will tell you everything at consult.”

You can’t find out a ballpark fee. How can cost be a secret?

You find out you won’t be meeting with the surgeon at your consult. Don’t waste your time.

Meet Dr. John Zannis - New Bern, NC Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Zannis is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied Human Biology and Studio Art at Stanford University prior to entering Medical School. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Review: Beyond Bronze

Are you looking for the best place to tan in Calgary, Alberta? Well look no further than Beyond Bronze located in the beautiful community of Silverado!! With top of the line equipment, they offer tanning, sunless tanning and even esthetics. 

Beyond Bronze features three amazing tanning beds including the Sun Angel, iDome and Silverbullet. 

The Sun Angel S52 is Western Canada's only smart bed and the first and only one of it's kind in Calgary. This burn proof bed features sensors that give you a personalized tanning session, climate control as well as aqua mist & aroma to mist your face and body during tanning! The extra-wide countured acrylic allows you to move around freely and avoid pressure points. 

The iDome stand up is the only one of it's kind equipped with facial and shoulder lamps so you don't have to worry about missing parts of your body. It also features mist at the push of a button, aromatherapy, air conditioning, MP3 hook up and extra-wide acrylic. 

The Silverbullet is another lay down option. With so many great features including high pressure facials, air conditioning, mist at the push of a button and fan controls, this bed will provide you with awesome results and keep you coming back for more!

Beyond Bronze also has sunless tanning options including the Hydration Station and the Versapro. 

The Hydration Station engulfs you in a capsule-like bed and allows you to experience Hydrofusion, aromatherapy, chromatherapy as well as massage by using a combination of heat, steam, LED color technology, liquid vitamins and vibrations. 

The Versapro is Alberta's only automated, technician free spray booth. With a customized treatment, heigh sensor technology and a three cycle application, you'll get the perfect spray tan.

Beyond Bronze also provides a number of different skin care treatments including body conturing, hair removal and skin rejuvenation. The SharpLight Formaxplus machine allows for a pain free experience and even works on tanned skin!!

I had a great, relaxing experience in the amazing Sun Angel and I would absolutely recommend Beyond Bronze to anyone who is looking for innovative, reasonably priced options for tanning and esthetics. So what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today and check out for more information, special offers and discounts!! And don't forget to mention I sent you- your reviewer: Erika Rowe

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

2016 Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate with your dad, and to show him, just like he was always there for your growing up, you will be there for him.

This year's ideas for gifts for dads include:


On Father's Day, June 19th, celebrate the unsung heroes of daily life with our special Father’s Day box, featuring a luxurious 24-karat gold leaf-layered chocolate. This unique gold-covered combination of smooth caramel and crunchy praline is surrounded by fourteen of our favorite recipes, deliciously declaring that there’s no one like him and that where it matters most he’s as good as gold.  A crown embellishment on the exterior of the sturdy zBox packaging subtly suggests not only is he king for the day, but that he’ll always reign supreme in your heart.  A delectable way to honor fathers, grandfathers, and husbands.

Oregon Scientific-

At a quick glance, this stylish clock not only displays the time, but also temperature, weather forecast and humidity. The LCD display even changes colors when the temperature shifts outside. No matter the weather, PRYSMAchrome makes it easy for dad to plan his weekend activities from a round of golf to mowing the lawn, he’ll know what to expect with this stylish, sleek clock.

** Watch this spot for more great gift ideas- coming soon!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

HomeAway- Your Source For Luxury Properties Around The Globe

With summertime around the corner, it’s time to start planning swoon worthy beach vacations with family and friends. What better destination than Hawaii? Often thought of as the pinnacle of tropical vacation destinations, the allure of palm trees, turquoise water, and pina coladas await…

However, no one wants to stay at an overpriced resort with hundreds of other guests. Instead, upgrade your experience by booking the stunning Frank Lloyd Wright home in Mauna Kea with your family and friends. Comfortably offering a private escape for 6 family members or friends, this architecturally significant home is nestled in a one-of-a-kind location with an outdoor fireplace, lava rock hot tub and “floating” bedrooms that overlook breathtaking mountain views. The sweeping yard provides an ideal space to dine al fresco or practice yoga. 

You can book on HomeAway’s site now or explore the millions of other vacation properties around the globe as HomeAway – the world’s largest vacation rental site – features luxury properties all over the world that upgrade your vacation from touristy to an authentic local feel while offering first rate amenities and accommodations. Unlike other vacation rental sites, HomeAway features a dedicated luxury site  so it’s never been easier to travel in luxury. 

Starting at $891 per night

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Happy Mothers Day!

Mother's Day...
a time for warm thoughts
and fond memories,
for expressing
the feelings and words
that often go unspoken,
for letting
those special people
in our lives know
that they are loved
and appreciated -

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Be Prepared to WIN Your Next Hand

Poker tells are essentially indications we receive from our opponents based on changes in their betting patterns and physical communication. Fifty five percent of communication comes from body language (other than words spoken and tone used) so be very aware of the clues other players are giving you during a poker game. What you think their smile is telling you may be the complete opposite of what you believe.

Remember, a player gains an advantage if they can correctly observe and understand the meaning of another player’s tell, particularly if the poker tell is a subconscious gesture. Check out this extremely ingenious video Aria created on some of the most common forms of poker tells and be prepared to win your next hand. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Dos and Don’ts of Nip Tuck Tourism

The Dos and Don’ts of Nip Tuck Tourism
Tips from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis

Thinking of going off the grid to get a little work done? You’re tapping into a growing trend. These days more and more people are seeking great doctors in locations beyond New York and Beverly Hills. While jetting off to South America for some plastic surgery may be too distant, there are plenty of calmer more serene cities for those who don’t want the crowds and fast pace of a big city. Board certified plastic surgeon and best selling author Dr. John Zannis, based in coastal North Carolina caters to patients from all over the world. Here are his dos and don’ts when it comes to Nip Tuck Tourism to ensure you get the best doctors, support staff, post-op recovery and overall experience.

Do: Consider a smaller city. When it comes time for recovery, resting and avoiding stress is key. Smaller cities have a cozy, home away from home feel. Imagine going outside for a walk or sitting peacefully outside with sounds of nature instead of traffic. Being in a serene environment helps you heal.

Don’t: Skimp on the pre-arrival consultation and follow up communication. Verifying that you are a candidate for the procedure you want is extremely important before flying anywhere. Be ready for a few Skype consults with your surgeon, sharing pictures and keeping in touch over phone and e-mail leading up to your scheduled procedure.

Do: Consider your physician’s lodging recommendations. Many doctors already have relationships with local hotels and bed and breakfasts and can make solid recommendations. Your doctor will also know the type of accommodations you’ll need: will a simple suite do or do you need a full home-style living space for longer recovery procedures?

Do: Fly in a couple of days before your surgery is scheduled. This allows you to meet with the doctor and staff before the big day and become comfortable with your surroundings.

Do: Take the appropriate amount of time off. Dr. Zannis explains, “depending on the procedure, you’ll be able to return home in just 24 hours, while others may require a follow up visit in 7 days.  You want to allow adequate healing time for any swelling and pain to subside before traveling back home.”

Don’t: Forget your insurance cards. Although most cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, you’ll still need your insurance information to get your prescriptions filled.

Do: Plan ahead and pack wisely. “It’s important to pack loose fitting zip front shirts and wide comfortable bottoms, a pillow to place between yourself and the car/plane seatbelt, a spill proof large water bottle, and throat relievers for post-op soreness,” suggests Dr. Zannis.

And finally Do: Plan some nice activities and meals! Remember this is your time to relax, recover and enjoy. Think low-key and relaxing. When you get your appetite back you’ll want a great meal. As days pass and more and more healing takes place you’ll want to go for nice walks, explore nature, or just read and unwind by a fireplace or lake. These little things contribute to making you feel better and heal after a procedure. You’ll return with a new look, while feeling completely refreshed.

About Dr. John Zannis:
Dr. John Zannis is an Best Selling author, won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, is a NewBeauty Magazine Beauty Expert, is a Real Self Top Doctor and boasts a slew of other accomplishments. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he studied Human Biology and Studio Art at Stanford University and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, before completing his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For more about Dr. John Zannis, his New Bern, North Carolina practice and their Makeover Getaway Program, visit

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