AMP: Angel Maynard Productions featured Videos on RealSelf.com

As many of you know, I am a patient advocate and have worked with several doctors in the Atlanta area to bring patients the information they need to know about the procedures and surgeries that best fit the patient’s goals. With the help of my crew I have spent many hours in the operating room filming, studying and editing footage of plastic surgeries and the amazing way some of these doctors change the lives of their patients.

I am very proud to announce that AMP, Angel Maynard Productions, has featured video on the patient advocacy site RealSelf.com. We have spent the last several months filming the amazing Dr. Vincent Zubowicz, one of RealSelf’s Top National Doctors, doing numerous plastic/cosmetic surgeries that will be uploaded and featured on this site.

photo by BabyCake Studios, photographer Katherine Tracy Page

For those of you that don’t know, RealSelf.com is a national website that helps millions of people make confident and knowledgeable decisions about plastic and cosmetic procedures. They feature reviews, stories, and discussions about cosmetic treatments and procedures for face, body, skin and smile. They have just begun video channels for their top national doctors, Dr. Vincent Zubowicz being one of those doctors! I am very excited to have my work on this site and be a part of bringing awareness to all who want to look better from the outside in and the inside out (I stole that line from BLUE Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa founder John Stupka ;)

This is the full length cut of the first surgery we filmed for RealSelf.com. It is broken into four segments on the website, but you can watch it in it’s full length feature here. This is a Blepharoplasty which is an upper and lower eye lift.
We will soon have a Mommy Makeover, Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck, Gynecomastiaa (removal of male breast) and Liposuction airing soon! Stay Tuned!!

This is actual surgery footage, viewer discretion is advised.

Blepharoplasty from Angel Maynard on Vimeo.

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The Best of REAL WOMEN/REAL SEXY

It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years since I started my web series Real Women/Real Sexy with Angel Maynard. To celebrate I wanted to bring you some of the very best episodes over the last 3 years! A big thank you to all that have made this show such a big part of my life, the 1.3 million viewers and counting that have visited the site (WOW, I still can’t believe the number) and the people who are crazy enough to do it with me!

Sponsored by Wyndham Hotels we got to be dirty, dirty girls!!

A spooky good time on the Decatur Ghost Tour

The name says it all! “Girls With Guns”

Learning how to “FIGHT LIKE A GIRL” with the wonderful Cole Parker at Divas in Defense!

Belly Dancing!

Do your boobs hang low? NO! Not anymore! We filmed my breast augmentation for the series!

If you put “Brazilian Wax” in the title they will come! The most popular episode on Youtube!

And last but not least, the very first episode “Erotic White Elephant” I was just learning how to film and edit, a little rough, but will always hold a special place in my….. well heart ;)

Enjoy! :)

Love
Angel

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Paying It Forward: Aid Atlanta

Every year I choose one non-profit organization to offer my production services to. I believe strongly in giving to the community in which I live and work. I also believe in paying it forward when you have the means and a skill set that can help those in need. This year I am working with AID Atlanta – The Official Page and am reading through some of the testimonials from some of the people this wonderful organization has touched. I wanted to share one with you from an HIV positive, pregnant mother who was diagnosed after finding out she was pregnant:

“Aid Atlanta has helped me create a lifestyle that does not focus on my HIV status but my overall health. The countless number of opportunities to be confident by sharing my story with many youth and others. During 2010 – 2013 I struggled a many of times in the beginning of my diagnosis with balancing being newly diagnosed, birthing an HIV- negative baby, and the normal issues like bills. AID Atlanta has shown me how support can give life. I received help from AID Atlanta immediately after my diagnosis. I was able to call their hotline to help me mentally. I was distraught and needed someone to talk to. I’m not sure who was on the other line but they helped me save my life. When I found out that I was pregnant, 2 weeks after my diagnosis, I was scheduled for a C-section. I was in need of case mgmt. My case worker sought out services through local churches and other programs to help me maintain my place of residency. Also Aid Atlanta was able to help me provide my children with school supplies, Christmas gifts, and an outlet for me to be able to grow by supporting my community by advocating through public speaking, community service and leadership. Aid Atlanta is a family to me and I value everything that they do.”

HIV affects every community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual preference or income bracket. If you have the means, please consider giving to this amazing organization. Aid Atlanta thanks you, I thank you and so do the ones you help!!

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Getting the right BOOBIES for you!

When looking at before and after photos when thinking about having a breast augmentation, do you ever wonder, “What does all that mean?” Saline or silicone, high or low profile, sub muscular or sub glandular, periareolar or inframammary incision? Say again??

27 y/o 5’2″ 124lbs. 350cc smooth wall silicone gel prosthesis (moderate profile) subglandular placement, inframmary approach.

Let’s break it down!

SILICONE OR SALINE?

Left: Silicone
Right: Saline

Many women and plastic surgeons prefer the look and feel of silicone breast implants. Silicone breast implants are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to causing rippling of the skin because of the liquid consistency of the implant. Silicone is made with a more cohesive silicone gel substance that holds it’s shape inside the shell of the implant. However, saline implants are slightly more inexpensive than silicone.

What is the “PROFILE” of a breast implant?

Breast implants come in a variety of “profiles”. There are low profile, moderate profile, moderate plus profile, high profile, extra full profile/projection, etc. High profile breast implants usually have a narrower base and project more than low or moderate profile breast implants.

The type of profile you need will depend on your anatomy. If you have a wide breast base, you may not be able to use a high profile breast implant. If you have a petite build, don’t assume that your small size automatically qualifies you for high profile implants, because it does not. You can be 4’10″, 85lbs, and still have a wide breast base.

While some women want high profile breast implants because of the projection they offer, others want wide implants (moderate or low profile) so that they can have “side-boobs”. Again, you don’t want an implant that doesn’t “fit” your anatomy.

SUBGLANDULAR OR SUBMUSCULAR? What does that mean?

Subglandular (sub-mammary) means over the chest muscle and under the breast tissue.
Submuscular (sub-pectoral) means under the chest muscle.
The placement of your implant is dependent on your aesthetic choice and your doctor’s advice based on the current shape and condition of your breast tissue.

WHERE ARE THE COMMON INCISION SITES?


Above you will see the most common incision sites for implant placement and the medical names.

There are several decisions to make when deciding to have a breast augmentation. With the right knowledge, making those decisions can be a really fun part of the process!!!

Before and After photos provided by Dr. Vincent Zubowicz

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Angel on Atlanta & Company Discussing Mommy Makeovers!

I love going on Atlanta & Company with Christine and the gang to talk about ways mommy’s can get their groove back! On this segment of Atlanta & Company Christine and I discuss the different options available for a Mommy Makeover! Check it out!

Angel on Atlanta & Company discussing Mommy Makeovers from Angel Maynard on Vimeo.

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Angel’s Article in Best Self Atlanta Magazine on Hair Removal

I was very excited to be asked to contribute to Best Self Atlanta Magazine for the month of July! I wrote a piece on the top 5 hair removal methods. You can go to their website and download the digital publication or pick up a copy where magazines are sold!

Thanks Best Self! I enjoyed contributing :)

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Angel on BETTER MORNINGS ATLANTA W/ Intimacy for swimwear

I am always so excited when I’m asked to do things with my friends at Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists! I was asked to model some of their swimwear on Better Mornings Atlanta this week and of course I said, YES YES YES!

Who better to go to when you want to find swimwear that fits, flatters and still looks fabulous! Just like the amazing way Intimacy’s bra fit stylist fit me for the right bras, I was fitted for several different styles before the taping and must admit I loved them all! But the ladies at Intimacy put me in a couple of suits to feature on the segment and Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy, explained exactly why my new swim suit was the right choice for me.

A special thanks goes out to my friends at Sweet Peach Sugaring Studio, at their new Buckhead location, for giving me a gorgeous spray tan and bikini sugaring before the segment. No superfluous fur for me ;)

Angel on BETTER MORNINGS ATLANTA with Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists from Angel Maynard on Vimeo.

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I Want To Look Good Naked!!

When it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures, the abdomen is the area I get asked the most questions about. I specialize in helping women get the right combination of procedures to get their bodies in the contour and shape that they want. Mommy Makeovers are my specialty!!

With that being said, let me add this disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I will not be performing your procedure. I am a filmmaker, writer and patient advocate for several doctors and practices in the Atlanta area.
Through my writing, filming, research and my own personal experiences, I have become knowledgable in many of the procedures available for women to feel better, look better and guide them in accomplishing those goals. I advise, hold hands and partner people up with the right procedures and the right doctors. I answer a lot of questions and bust a lot of myths about cosmetic surgery from the consumer aspect of what will and will not work. As one surgeon I worked with used to say, “It’s a scalpel not a wand” you have to be realistic about your expectations when asking a doctor to change something about your appearance. If you are 5’2 and weigh 180 pounds, you are never going to have a surgery that makes you look like Heidi Klum!

One area that many women are worried about, especially after pregnancy, is the abdomen. Lets face it, pregnancy and childbirth, while miraculous, can do a number on your body. And every woman is different. Weight gain and genetics play a big factor in how we snap back after 9 months of stretching, shifting and pushing! Some women can gain 80 pounds and look like they are carrying triplets and snap right back into shape like they are made out of rubber. Some can gain 25 pounds and barely show a bump but look like they are carrying a burlap sack of excess skin around their waist after. It’s all on how we are made up genetically. That also goes for those that have never had children too. You could work out 8 hours a day, have a diet that consists of a deep breath and a cube of cheese and you would still have a muffin top. It’s how God (or whatever divine power you believe in) made you! This is where having a cosmetic procedure can help!

I am not so much an advocate of cosmetic surgery as I am for women to feel good about themselves. If something about your appearance bothers you it can take up a lot of space in your brain. When you look at yourself in the mirror, when you buy clothes, when you sit, they way you hold your posture, etc.. I believe that if you can alleviate that concern then you can open up that space to worry about so many other things!! :)

So, lets talk about the abdomen and what procedure is right for you! When someone comes to me about the abdomen, the first question I ask women is this: Do you want to look better in your clothes, or do you want to look good naked??…….. (the periods represent the pause and stare that often accompanies that question). Haha
Here is why I ask women that. There are two really effective procedures for the abdomen: Liposuction and Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Lets examine what each does.

Liposuction/SmartLipo: Liposuction is used to contour the body. It uses a tumescent fluid to help numb and liquify stubborn pockets of fat and permanently extracts the fat cells. The only difference in regular liposuction and Smartlipo is that SmartLipo is done under local (you are awake) and there is an added component of a laser that promises to give a little skin tightening and reduction of drainage and bruising. Either method is just effective as the other, it’s all about preference.

What Liposuction does well: Reduces your shape by inches, contours your body in a slimmer line, has very little down time, and the incision sites are minimal. —- That is about the length of the incision sites where the fat is extracted.

What liposuction won’t do: If you have lost elasticity in the skin, prone to stretch marks, or have excess fat, liposuction will not be able to help those things. While it will remove the fat, and give you a slimmer appearance, if you had a burlap sack hanging before, it will still be hanging after. Sometimes, if the skin is too excessive, removing the fat underneath without removing the skin can make the sagging a little worse. So, this is where I explain that if your objective is to look good in your clothes with a slimmer appearance then Liposuction is a good choice for you! Keep in mind too, Liposuction is always a good choice for those with good elasticity in their skin and small pockets of fat. Those body types will look good in clothes and naked with liposuction :)

An educational video of the SmartLipo procedure

SmartLipo Educational Video from Angel Maynard on Vimeo.

Now, lets move on to looking good naked!

What an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) will do: An abdominoplasty will do all the things liposuction does and removes the excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles as well. Some of the issues that make a women’s belly appear to be distended after having children have nothing to do with fat or skin, but the muscle underneath!!

When we are pregnant the abdominal muscles must stretch to accommodate for the growing baby. Sometimes that wall of muscle just can’t seem to retract back to it’s original shape. You could do crunches until the cows come home and it’s not going to make a bit of difference. Part of an abdominoplasty surgery is to tighten that wall back up. The surgeon pulls the muscles back into place and flattens them out. This removes the bulge and then the excess skin is removed. A lot of women go into surgery with stretch marks and come out with none! This is also a good time to have any lower abdomen tattoos removed you may regret having done… haha

The belly button! I am always asked about getting a new belly button. It’s not often we think about our belly buttons, but it is a very common concern with tummy tuck patients. Your life line to your mother will not change ;) Your belly button is actually on a “stalk” that will remain in the same place it has always been. What the surgeon does is make a new opening and reshape it around your new appearance. I think they do a pretty exceptional job of making them look cute! Belly buttons can take a beating through pregnancy, it too will get a fresh new look :)

What to expect with abdominoplasty: You will have a scar. Most scars go from hip bone to hip bone, but are very low and under the bikini line. They also fade very nicely with time. The doctors I work with take special care to make sure the scarring is thin and minimal. Abdominoplasty has a longer down time but well worth the transformation once you are up and around. Usually I tell patients to expect to need help and be on the down low for about a week. This is of course like everything else, some women are up and around the next day and some take a couple of weeks. Depends on you and your body. You are a healthy body choosing to have a procedure, so your recovery isn’t the same as if you were having a surgery for something that ails you. You snap back pretty darn quick! Once all is healed and you are feeling up to it, you will be ready for that bikini at the beach or feel good about getting naked! Just make sure that it’s a nude beach before you shuck off that bikini, I don’t want to see any of you getting arrested! Feeling great naked isn’t an excuse in court for indecent exposure ;)

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Liquid Lift Using Botox, Juvederm and Voluma by Allergan

Here is the complete Liquid Lift video demonstrating the procedure using Botox, Juvederm and Voluma by Allergan.

Liquid Lift using Botox, Juvederm and Voluma from Angel Maynard on Vimeo.

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Angel on Atlanta & Co discussing Liquid Lifts

Here is the latest video of another segment as BLUE Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa’s Patient Advocate, discussing Liquid Lifts on Atlanta & Co!

We brought in Katie Bowers for a Liquid Lift two weeks before the segment aired. We did a combination of injectables. We used Botox to smooth out the lines on her forehead, between her brows and her crows feet. We used Juvederm Ultra on her smile lines, marionette lines (the lines at the corners of the mouth) as well as Juvederm Ultra Plus to fill in the hollows underneath her eyes in the tear trough area. To volumize her face and give her the final lift she needed, we used Voluma, in the cheek area. See the before and after pics in the video that show her dramatic results!

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