Black Girls and Botox

Black Girls and Botox

Black Girls and Botox I’ve lost count of how many Black women I’ve converted to Botox lovers. And like you they started out saying the same thing: “I would never get Botox. I don’t need that!” Or my favorite black girl line: You know black don’t...

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Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Staying Alive I remember the first time it happened to me. The shock, the embarrassment. The thought that this doesn’t happen to me I’m Sybile Val, a surgeon! But that day in November of 2012 it happened. I was performing one of my favorite...

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Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator I’ve had to tell many people before that their loved one didn’t make it. During six years of general surgery training and while rotating at several level one trauma centers, that became the norm. I’ve participated in and...

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Low-Hanging Fruit

Low-Hanging Fruit I remember the first time my high school friend mentioned the term, “low-hanging fruit,” to me. “She lacks self-confidence,” he told me as he described his sister. “So instead of striving for more, she just settles on the...

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New Year, New You?

New Year, New You?

New Year, New You? Happy new year! So what’s the plan for 2018!? New year, new you? We are only five days into 2018, but you have likely already been bombarded by advertisements from the gym, your hairdresser/stylist, and, of course, your...

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Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps all of us remember that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As we see the pink ribbons and calls to get mammograms, we may forget that, for some women, every month is...

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I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing The blows of life can leave you shocked, hurt, and emotionally drained, but when that blow comes in the form of the diagnosis of breast cancer it can leave you with so much more. One in eight women will be diagnosed with...

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s Love Got To Do With It? When it comes to plastic surgery, love has got a lot to do with it! Plastic surgery has been trending for quite some time now, so it is now commonplace to have friends and family members telling you about their...

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Can You Stop Aging?

Can You Stop Aging?

Can You Stop Aging? For as long as most of us can remember, beauty magazines have emphasized how to maintain a youthful appearance, though we may not have paid too much attention in our more youthful days. Now, after acquiring a wrinkle or two...

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Does the Plastic Surgery Stigma Still Exist?

Does the Plastic Surgery Stigma Still Exist?

Does the Plastic Surgery Stigma Still Exist? “I had plastic surgery” used to be a secret whispered among only the best of friends. Women would admit to their nips and tucks over coffee or tea with the window shades pulled to ensure that no one...

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