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It’s been all over the news, I am referring to the Esthetician who gave her eight year old daughter injections of Botox to treat “wrinkles”. She was motivated to do this to help give her daughter an advantage in pageants. As a mother and an Esthetician myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on this crazy story. It has already been said that she is sending the wrong message to her daughter. Lets face it, that message began with putting an eight year old in a beauty pageant.

Why Does An Eight Year Old Want Botox?

There has been discussion about why an eight year old would ask for Botox in the first place. As an Esthetician I can tell you that at that same age my son knew about many of the things we offer in the beauty industry, just from hearing me talk about it. I even remember him telling me that his teacher needed a blue peel, but for the most part he had no interest in esthetic treatments. I am sure that girls would naturally have a little more interest in esthetic and cosmetic treatments than boys, but certainly not anti-aging treatments. Just to state the obvious… children do not have wrinkles!

Mommy is an Esthetician????

The mother of the little girl is an Esthetician and claims it was her daughter that asked for Botox. As a mother and an Esthetician, I do not see how that justifies her actually injecting her daughter with Botox. My son once asked me to remove his cow lick with laser hair removal. I obviously refused and explained to him that although it would permanently rid him of his cow-lick, he would be left with a bald spot on the back of his head. He said, he would rather have a bald spot than a cow-lick. I promised him that he would feel differently later, and then changed the discussion to the pain involved. Now that he is a teenager, I know he is glad I didn’t honor his request. My first point is that children do not know what is best for them, thats why they have parents. My second point is, Estheticians have a professional responsibility, to educate clients about the benefits and risks of a treatment.

The Worst Esthetician Ever!!!

The little girl said she didn’t like wrinkles. Okay… that is fair, I don’t exactly like them either. I am going to be completely hypothetical for a moment, because I am obviously not in the business of treating or consulting children for cosmetic treatments. If I was consulting with this little girl, I would point out that she doesn’t have wrinkles and I would explain to her that children have a lot of collagen and elastin and that their skin cells turn over very fast. I would also explain that the facial muscles only become strong enough to create lines and wrinkles after many years and she could reconsider Botox in about 20 years. I would teach her that the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use a good sunblock every day. Other things she should do, is eat a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise and never start smoking. I might even teach her how to properly cleanse her face, but thats about it. It is irresponsible as a skin professional to provide skin treatments that are unnecessary to anyone. I have to assume that either this esthetician doesn’t understand how the skin functions or has poor ethical and professional standards (or both). She is also working outside the scope of an Esthetic License, the only way she can inject Botox is under the direct supervision of a doctor, in which case the doctor can be held responsible for her actions. She stated that she does the injections her self, and purchases the Botox online. FYI- the internet is not a trusted source. After careful consideration, I am awarding this mom with the title of ” Worst Esthetician Ever”.

I am annoyed that this ridiculous story gives a bad reputation to Estheticians and Botox. The truth is there are “bad” Estheticians, which is why it is so important to find an Esthetician that excels in the field. I have to advocate for Botox, by saying that it is only intended for cosmetic use in consenting adults and in children to treat specifically indicated medical conditions, but not for cosmetic purpose. Botox is only sold to approved doctors, the woman in this case claims to have purchased it on line. As I have said many times before, just because you can buy something on the internet doesn’t mean you should.

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Read MoreMay 14, 2011 4:55 pm - Posted by Kristy

Like many other little girls, I loved Barbie. Okay… I did hate that she was always loosing her shoes, after all how is any fashion forward girl supposed to accessorize with out a matching pair of shoes. I could spend hours dressing up Barbie and styling her hair. She would even speed around in a remote control Barbie corvette, that included a mobile phone! I had no idea she was a bad influence. No, I am not referring to her tiny waist or large plastic breasts. I am not going to blame Barbie for eating disorders, or the Barbie Corvette for all of my photo radar tickets. I am talking about the tanning habits of Malibu Barbie. I didn’t have one myself, but I remember another little girl had the ” Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie”. The iconic 70’s Barbie came with tanning lotion, sun glasses and a towel. I was so impressed with the way her skin would tan in the sun. Her color would actuually get darker when she was placed under light and the color would gradually fade in a few days. Malibu Barbie actually had the ability to achieve tan lines. Lucky for Barbie she is made of plastic, so she doesn’t have the ability to develop skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, or skin laxity. Barbie wasn’t alone, she had a full entourage of tanorexic Malibu friends. Ken, P.J., Skipper, Francie and Christie were all sun lovers too.

I am wondering when they plan on introducing Melanoma Barbie, or at the very least Sun Damaged Barbie.

It is a good thing Barbie had all those jobs, she is going to need a good “Plastic” Surgeon.

I guess I will let Barbie off the hook, I don’t think she knew any better back then. I just hope that Mattel will be a little more mindful in the future. Come to think of it, my Barbie Corvette didn’t have seat belts or airbags either and I am pretty sure Barbie got her license from a Cracker Jack box.

Oh…. Just for the record, I am not old enough to have played with the original Malibu Barbie. I am sure that thought never crossed anyones mind, with my youthful appearance and all. LOL

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Read MoreApril 29, 2011 11:19 pm - Posted by Kristy

gun law

That Tragic Day

On the morning of January 8th, 2011, US Representative Gabriell Gifford was holding an open meeting in front of a Safeway grocery store near Tucson, Arizona. A shooter, 22 year old Jared Loughner, targeted Gifford, shooting her in the head, and then opened fire on the crowd. Laughner shot 19 people, 6 of the victims died. Laughner stopped shooting when he ran out of ammunition. When the shooter attempted to reload he was hit over the head with a chair and 74 year old Bill Badger tackled the shooter to the ground, even after he himself had been shot. The gunman was subdeud by Bill Badger, Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zamudio. The gunman attempted to reload at which point Patricia Maisch grabbed the magazine. Badger is a retired Army colonel and credits his military training for his quick response. Other heros include Daniel Hernandez who acted to slow the Gifford’s bleeding and Dorwan Stoddard who died trying to shield his wife from the gun shots.

Bad Guy – Good Guy? – The Other Person With A Gun

Before Joseph Zamudio helped hold down the gunman, he was inside Walgreens and heard the shots, he reacted quickly running outside. Zamudio was carring his firearm, as he left the store he clicked the safety off and had his hand on his gun that was concealed inside his jacket. When Zamudio arrived on the scene he saw Badger holding the gun, and initially thought he was the shooter. This brings up an important point, if you carry a firearm and you are on the scene of a shooting you need to think before you act. The person with the gun may not be the actual shooter, and you don’t want anyone, especially the police to mistake you as the shooter. This kind of mistake or “friendly fire” can happen in combat or during police action. First responders and those in the Military are trained to size up a scene upon before taking action. Unlike Badger, Zamudio did not have any military training. Zamudio admits he hasn’t had any formal weapon training, however he was raised around guns and is very comfortable with his firearm.

The Debate Continues

It’s one of the most debated subjects, to carry or not to carry. Many people like to express their Second-Amendment right to bear arms. There are also those that think that stricter gun laws are needed. Some people have this idea that gun owners want to run around like a vigilante, others simply believe it is their god given right to protect themselves and their family. People in favor of stricter gun laws feel that citizens don’t need a weapon for self defence because we have police for that. Gun advocates point out the violence and chaos after Hurricane Katrina, citizens were left to fend for themselves. With the Tucson Tragedy at the forefront of our minds, more and more people are talking about carrying weapons. Some people criticize Arizona gun laws and the recent shooting near Tucson has further ignited debate over gun laws. Recent debate includes whether or not students should be allowed to carry a weapon on campus.

Whether you are for or against citizens being able to legally conceal and carry weapons, you should read this story about Zamudio, the young man that ran to the chaotic scene of the shooting in Tucson, especially if you do carry a weapon. Running onto a scene where there are gun shots can be very confusing, and it may be difficult to identify who the bad guy is. The attached story includes the different dynamics of this tragedy and how serious split second decisions were made by this young man, with no special training. Understand how these actions can save a life.

Read the full story.

Arizona law no longer requires you to obtain a concealed weapons permit, in order to conceal a weapon, however I would still recommend taking the class if you plan to conceal and carry. I have taken the class at Scottsdale Gun Club, and learned a lot about the laws and my rights to carrying a firearm and defending myself in a worst case scenario.

We will always remember the heros and victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

Comments Welcome.

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Read MoreJanuary 24, 2011 6:45 pm - Posted by Stephanie

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday and it’s time to get back into the swing of things and back into routine. Most people have made New Years resolutions, and now it’s time to put those goals into place and make sure to stick to them. Some research shows that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, but of course it depends on what it is. I find it helpful to make a list and also put your goal on post it notes and place around the house, or maybe even in your car for a constant reminder. It’s important to not give up even if you miss a day, just get back on track and keep your eye on the prize! If your goal is to work out more, eat healthy, or stop smoking, find a friend or co-worker with the same goal to help each other to stay on track. Good luck! Best of Both Worlds Az wishes you and yours a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year!

Stay tuned to Best of Both Worlds AZ for a fabulous year filled with a lot of new and exciting things!

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Read MoreJanuary 3, 2011 11:03 pm - Posted by Stephanie


Blogs help create credibility for businesses, build name recognition and generate traffic to your website.

Blog sites are websites that are frequently updated. Each time an entry is published search engines are automatically notified. Blog sites are more search engine friendly and are indexed more than traditional static websites. Blogs show up around 10 times more often in organic searches than static website.

Mentioned in a blog, now what?

If you have been featured in a blog post, ask the blogger to included a link to your website, social networking sites and your own blog. Be sure to promote yourself to maximize the benefits to you or your business. Share your featured post on your social networking sites, via email and word of mouth. If your story is popular, the blogger will be more likely to write about you in the future. Each time a blog post is retweeted, shared on a facebook wall, or shared on any bloging or social networking site it becomes more recognized with search engines. Sharing the actual link is even more powerful with search engines. Blog posts linger on the internet for a long time, and continue to be viewed years after being published. Even if you were mentioned in a blog 6 months ago, it’s not to late to promote yourself.

Follow the blog

A blog site is an active online community, where people get involved. Readers can comment and ask questions, leading to online conversations and networking. When readers are involved they feel connected. If you have been featured on a blog, it is a good idea to follow that blog and become part of that community. Following the blog also shows your appreciation and helps maintain a relationship with the blogger. Having a good relationship with a blogger gives you the opportunity to have your business promoted on the site in the future. Many blogs have social networking pages, following the blog on a site like facebook or twitter is the easiest way to stay involved. Friends and family can also get involved, they can comment on your story, adding credibility and interest.

How to share a link

To share a link to a specific post, go to the story you like to share and click on the title. The “permalink” for that specific post will appear in your address bar, highlight the entire link and copy and paste the full link.
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Read MoreNovember 30, 2010 1:55 am - Posted by Kristy

World War 1, plastic surgery
Dr Gillies: World War I plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery Born Out Of War

The first reconstructive procedure dates back to 800 BC, with skin grafts in India. There wasn’t any consistent progress in plastic surgery until World War I. During World War I, physicians were treating many extensive facial and head injuries, including shattered jaws, blown-off noses and lips and gaping skull wounds caused by modern weapons. These injuries required innovative restorative procedures. Plastic Surgery as a specialty was born out of World War I. War has been the driving force behind most plastic surgery developments and plastic surgery continues to see advancements from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Plastic surgeons now face the challenges created by today’s weaponry and as a result there are advances in facial reconstruction. As weapons change, injuries will change and advancements in plastic surgery will continue to accelerated during wartime.

Plastic surgery is a specialty that, unfortunately, always makes significant advances in wartime

war, plastic surgery
Walter Yeo is a WWI soldier that was wounded in 1916 while manning guns aboard a Warship. He suffered the loss of both his upper and lower eyelids. He is considered one of the first plastic surgery patients, treated by Sir Harold Gilles in 1917.

Cosmetic Surgery for Military Dependents and Soldiers

Military plastic surgeons are allowed to perform cosmetic surgery so they can maintain their skills. When Plastic surgeons get out of the military they need to be able to perform cosmetic as well as reconstructive surgery to be competitive with civilian plastic surgeons. Allowing plastic surgeons to maintain their cosmetic skills also encourages them to enter the military. Plastic surgeons are needed in the military to perform reconstruction of many injuries that are sustained from war and accidents. Some military personnel and their dependents are able to have cosmetic procedures performed at teaching hospitals at a substantially reduced cost, because residents at teaching hospitals must meet their national training standards. Military Doctors in residency training to be Plastic Surgeons must complete a certain case load in cosmetic surgery including cosmetic procedures such as breast implant cases to graduate their training programs. There is typcially a waiting list for cosmetic surgery at military hospitals, reconstructive and other more needed surgeries take priority. The waiting list for cosmetic surgery at a teaching hospital can be booked out 2 – 3 years, and there are many that never receive any cosmetic surgery .

Plastic Surgery Is A Growing Trend In Iraq

Interest in plastic surgery began to grow in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. This is due in part to the return of surgeons who had previously fled Iraq. Another factor is exposure to pop culture through the availability of international satellite television. In the past, people in Iraq were isolated from pop culture.
One of Baghdad’s plastic surgeons averages about 20 cosmetic surgeries a week. The majority of the plastic surgeries in Iraq are reconstructive, treating injuries from war and are performed in government run hospitals. Increasingly popular, cosmetic surgeries are done in private hospitals and patient need to supply their own implants and even Botox.

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Read MoreNovember 11, 2010 3:31 pm - Posted by Kristy

Katy Perry's Elmo Shirt

Today’s post brought to you by the number 34 and the letter DD.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Katy Perry’s sexy Elmo Tee shirt becomes a popular fashion item, even if the Sesame Street Fashion Police disapprove of Perry’s fashion sense.

If you haven’t already heard, the Katy Perry / Elmo, “Hot and Cold” video was banned from Sesame Street because of Perry’s sexy outfit. In recognition of the controversy, Katy Perry wore a tight Elmo tee shirt on Saturday Night Live. The ” Bronx Beat” Skit on SNL mocks the Sesame Street Scandal.

Katy Perry on SNL.
Bronx Beat” with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.
“Come for the boobs, stay for the books, everybody wins!”

Katy Perry, Elmo Video was banned from Sesame Street.

A small group of parents complained that Perry was popping out of her dress while performing with Elmo. I watched the video with my 3 year old, and he loved it. I wouldn’t say that she is “popping” out of her dress, how ever she is a little jiggly when she runs. My 3 year old didn’t even notice, he was most interested with Elmo. I don’t think Elmo was prepared for all of this controversy. I personally am not offended by the video, in fact I think this type of puppet show might be an incentive for dad’s to spend extra time with the kids. As a mother of two boys, a teenager and a toddler, I can tell you this was a hit with both of them ( for different reasons).

sexy puppets
This isn’t the first time puppets were involved in a sexy scandal. A bus add for the production of Broadway hit and Tony-winning Avenue Q, a naughty puppet show/musical hybrid was banned in Colorado.

LIfe is to short, we need to find a way to laugh at wardrobe malfunctions and puppet scandals.

Q: Why can’t Miss Piggy count to 70?
puppet scandle
A: Cuz every time she gets to 69 she gets a frog in her throat.

Laugh Today
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that the teller’s name is Patricia Whack. So he says, “Ms. Whack, I’d like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long holiday” Patti looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow. The frog says $30,000. The teller asks his name and the frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s OK, he knows the bank manager. Patti explains that $30,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall. Bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patti explains that she’ll have to consult with the manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says: “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000. And he wants to use this as collateral.” She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what the heck is this?” The bank manager looks back at her and says:”It’s a knick knack, Patti Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone !”

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Read MoreSeptember 29, 2010 3:30 am - Posted by Kristy