Bethany Hamilton


Recently we met pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton at an event in Los Angeles.  We were wowed by her incredible personal strength and determination, and completely blown away by her movie-star smile.  Not only did she immediately credit Damon Braces with her post-teen transformation, but she admitted that she is, in fact, one of the company’s spokespersons!  “Why Damon Braces?” we wondered.  Aren’t all braces the same?

Bethany pointed us to celebrity orthodontist, Dr. Jeff Kozlowski, for clarification.  The doctor explained that the main difference is the technology behind each system.  As for Damon System Braces, “They align teeth more comfortably and with less force than traditional braces,” by using “tie-less,” shape-memory wires, which require fewer adjustments.  Additionally, this system  often reduces the need for expanders and oral surgery.  “For background, traditional treatment sometimes requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of rapid palatal expanders (RPEs) to alleviate crowding and create space,” Dr. Kozlowski continued, adding, “Extraction of teeth can lead to narrower dental arches and a flatter profile which results in a less esthetic smile.”

We all know that a toothy, Hollywood smile is the ideal.  Dr. Jeff Kozlowski believes that a wider smile with fuller lips can (almost) replace most injectables and cosmetic procedures.  “A patient over 30 can lose up to one millimeter per decade of fullness in their lips. By broadening one’s smile and providing more lip support (with the broader smile), you can help slow this process,” and, in turn, reduce the appearance of aging.  While studies have shown that Damon Braces can treat up to 6 months faster than traditional braces., the duration of treatment is dependent on the patient’s unique case and orthodontist’s treatment plan. Pricing can range between $5,000 and $7,000.


 Taylor Swift
Little more than a month after her show-stopping appearance at the Met Gala (right), Taylor Swift took a casual turn (left) at pal Selena Gomez’s concert in Nashville, TN.  Dressed in a modern red crop-top and matching flared skirt, it wasn’t the singer’s beau, Tom Hiddleston, who had tongues wagging.  Rather, it was Swift’s seemingly enhanced assets that had her fans flocking to Twitter.  Comments ranged from “#TaylorSwift is looking very busty lately!!” and “I guess you can’t be famous and have small boobs even Taylor Swift got implants,” to “Did Taylor get a bob job and if not girl where that bra from hook a sister up.”
So what do you think?  Did she or didn’t she?



Large EarringsThough our ears are 90% formed by age of 6, they continue to change shape as we age.  As soft tissues relax and the structural support changes, causing them to droop. “Bone recedes with time, so there’s less foundation to hold the skin and cartilage up,” explains board certified NYC Dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou.  Aging, sun damage, and the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin also contribute to sagging.  “The support is also not there so the ear looks shriveled,” she adds.   When the ear lobes become wrinkled and thinned out typically near the site of a piercing, they “weaken the piercing itself so that earrings are not held firmly in the ear,” causing them to turn downward, rather than stay in place. Dr. Papantoniou often uses dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Belotero to aid the structure of the lobe.  “The look is completely natural, and the earrings are held up perfectly afterwards, with hardly any down time.”  Here are some of Dr. Papantoniou’s tips to help protect your lobes from hanging (too) low:

  1. Never sleep with earrings. Even if this does not feel uncomfortable, it could mean 8 hours of an ear being tugged by the earring against a pillow.
  2. Don’t wear heavy earrings every day routinely. Save this for an important event, or limit the amount of time you wear them to few hours.
  3. Don’t forget your sunscreen!  Photodamage is the # 1 aging factor for the ear.
  4. Consider applying some of your retinol cream to the lower part of the ear when you apply to your face.
  5. If you have an over grown scar on the ear, this may be a keloid and it can be treated with either injections or surgical removal, see your dermatologist.