Discover the new you in the new year

“Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.”

That anonymous quote is everything you need to know about how to live life to the fullest in 2016.

However, a little outside help doesn’t hurt. This year, instead of trying to do everything yourself, turn to the experts. From dentists, masseuses, personal trainers, plastic surgeons and more, the pros can provide you with services to make you look and feel your very best.

Something to chew on

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
— Mother Teresa

A smile truly is a wonderful gift. But as we age, our teeth — and ultimately our smile — deteriorates.

A recent study conducted at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin showed that people are most likely to underestimate the age of a person if he or she is smiling.

“We tend to find smiling faces more attractive, youthful and upbeat. A smile or laugh's age-defying power may lay in the fact that smile lines make it challenging for an observer to correctly predict a person's true age,” said Dr. Ed Lowe, editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.

There are three ways to brighten teeth: veneers, crowns or whitening treatments.

Veneers are thin shells or moldings that cover the front of crooked, yellowing or graying teeth. In the past, veneers were thick and would wear down natural enamel. However, today’s veneers are thinner. Preparing a tooth for a veneer — which involves reshaping the tooth to allow for the added thickness of the veneer — can be minimal with the thinner veneers, meaning more of the natural tooth is kept intact.

From subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. At Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, Dr. Brad Durham has completed thousands of hours in continuing education, with an emphasis on head, neck, and facial pain treatment, dental cosmetics, and complex dental reconstruction.
Brad Durham, Beyond Exceptional Dentistry  |  843-706-2999

For those who want crowns, dentists have traditionally made a mold of the tooth, and then a dental laboratory made the permanent one. However, with new technology, the tooth is drilled to prepare it for the crown and a picture is taken with a computer. This image is then relayed to a machine that makes the crown right in the dentist’s office.

The restoration of lost teeth has also seen huge improvements with dental implants. About 95 percent of implants today are successful, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Another area that has seen huge improvements is bonding techniques for a chipped tooth. Today’s materials and techniques make the bonding look more natural than it would have in the past.

Finally, for those who want to get their teeth whitened, there are many options, from over-the-counter products to high-tech in-office treatments. Whatever you choose, make sure to consult your dentist first.

The AACD recommends that you “don't overdo it. A youthful smile is not obviously white, but healthfully white. Cosmetic dentists are trained to select the appropriate, natural shade of white.”
Cool tip: Do you suffer from dry mouth? Try licking the inside of your cheek and you’ll produce instant saliva.

Here’s a resolution we know you can keep. “To Look Great in 2016.” So whether you can only commit to a quick fix – like a Zoom Whitening treatment or go all in on a full smile makeover… Bluffton Center for Dentistry wants to make this your best year ever!
Dr. Porcelli, Bluffton Center for Dentistry | 843-593-8123 

Take time to makeup

makeup“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or an (awesome) red lipstick.”
— Gwyneth Paltrow

In addition to bright red lipstick, the fall fashion catwalks showed off several new makeup trends for 2016, including thick brows and cat eyes along the lines of singer Adele.

But no matter what the trends, one of the best ways to achieve the most up-to-date and flawless looks is by visiting a professional who can advise you on what works best for your age and skin type — not to mention that it’s super fun to get a makeover.

These trained pros can also advise you on products to use to reduce wrinkles. Most importantly, they can also provide advice on keeping your skin healthy. Cosmetics can trap skin-damaging dirt and oil, and experts can help you choose the best products to clean your type of skin.

After all, a fresh face never goes out of style.

Cool tip: To plump your lips, apply a colorless lip balm with shimmer just above the area between your nose and the peak of your top lip. Adding light to that area creates the illusion of larger lips, according to Cosmopolitan magazine.

Consider a new hairstyle

Are you bored with your current look? Wanting to change up the image you portray? Getting a new hairstyle can be a great way to liven up your look and initiate a change in your life. However, without proper planning, a new hairstyle can turn into a terrible mistake in just a few snips.

At Terra’s Style Studio, hair is a science. Terra uses the fundamentals of hair cutting, color, and styling  to achieve the absolute best results for each and every one of her clients.  She believes strongly in continuing education and travels outside of the salon when opportunities arise. She is fortunate to work with companies who give her an advantage in the industry by offering hands on classes to continually evolve and sharpen her skills.
Terra’s Style Studio | 843-682-HAIR (4247)

First and foremost, you should consider what type of hair you have before getting it cut. Some hairstyles do not work well with straight hair, while others can be ruined if your hair is wavy. Check that the style you are pursuing will work with the natural curve of your hair as well as how quickly it will go flat. Consult with your professional.

Make sure you are ready to commit to maintaining your style before they start clipping. A cool hairstyle can quickly become unattractive if it is poorly maintained. If low-maintenance is your thing, let your stylist know before the sissors are brought out.

Cool tip: Not sure how much to tip your hairstylist? You're not alone. After all, The relationships you form in a salon can be the most intimate in your life. Who else but your hairdresser can examine your gray or damaged hair with such practical indifference? As for bikini waxing, she may not be your friend, but she is your ... bikini waxer. It doesn't get much closer than that. Start from 20 percent and go up based on service. 

After all the glitter and cheer of the holiday season has ended, our guests enjoy a change of venue by enhancing their hair design line with a change of interior texture, providing movement and volume and lift. The possibilities of a great haircut are endless! Color can also be the great equalizer. Adding depth, balance or brightness with color shading can produce the perfect compliment for a new year and a new you.
Fringe | 843-785-7400

Get rid of extra pounds

“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.”
— Ellen DeGeneres

newyearres03Jan. 1 is pretty much everyone’s start date when it comes to dropping those stubborn extra pounds.

And that’s usually the problem.

You start out fine enough. You get off the couch and go for a brisk walk, stock up on healthy foods and really feel it’s going to work this time.

And two weeks later, when you haven’t become a stick-thin model, you feel like a complete and utter failure and fall back into old routines.

LAVA 24 Fitness can help you reach your health and fitness goals any time of day! LAVA Team Training, the island’s newest fitness program, is delivering serious results! In addition to fitness, LAVA 24 offers nutrition guidance, massage and a full physical therapy clinic. All factors adding up to a mentally stronger and more physically stable you!
LAVA 24 Fitness | 843-842-3226

So what’s the answer?

According to fitness experts, it’s about putting too much emphasis on losing weight and not enough emphasis on feeling healthy. There’s also too much emphasis on changing habits overnight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

One way to approach weight loss is to try doing one thing at a time. For instance, instead of trying fad diets, try portion control.

Our bodies, if properly taken care of, can produce positive benefits as sweet as ripe fruit harvested from a tree.  To do this we must strengthen our roots. The New Year is a perfect time to dig deep and nurture our most internal selves. Healthsmart offers cleansing products to clear out the toxins from the previous year. Cleansing detoxifies your kidneys, liver, blood and lymphatic systems. Healthsmart’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you toward the cleansing product that is perfect for you.  Then, enter 2016 clean and strengthened from the inside out.
Regina Cannella, Healthsmart | 843-815-5525

Another approach that can be successful is using a personal trainer or joining a local gym with a friend. Either way, you have someone to encourage you and hold you accountable.

Eating out once or twice a week is fine, but according to the National Restaurant Association, American adults buy a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week on average. If you are watching your weight, it’s hard to always know what calories, fats and nutrients are in the dishes you order.

Most important, be patient and go easy on yourself. Getting healthy should be the goal, not looking 17 again.

Cool tip: Instead of trying to work out every day, try to take a walk or ride your bike at one of the many beautiful places we enjoy in the Lowcountry, like Sea Pines, the beach, Pinckney Island or one of the several new walking trails in Bluffton.

SunGate Medical Group is here to help you start living younger this new year. Whether you’re interested in hCG medically monitored weight loss, personalized hormone replacement or permanent fat loss with our advanced Vanquish technology, we’ve got you covered. We’ll even provide a personalized health coach to help restore your youthful balance and achieve your wellness goals! Stop by one of our seven locations across the Lowcountry and see how we can help you get started with the new you.
SunGate Medical Group | 843-842-2020

Relax, unwind, get healthier

newyearres02“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.”
— Bryant McGill, author of “Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life”

Relaxing truly is an art. And those who provide us with ways to relax are artists. That’s why spas have taken the treatments they offer to new levels.

For instance, in addition to the things one generally expects at a spa — massages, facials, pedis and manis — wellness and preventative treatment programs are a big trend.

The new year is a great time to renew your skin! One way to benefit your skin in the winter is a chemical peel. Chemical peels can give help to even out your skin tone and texture, and can also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
FACES Day Spa | 843-785-3075

The right masseuse, for instance, can help you save money in the long run by treating your aches and pains without having to run to the doctor, particularly given the rise in premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs. Additionally, there are a wide variety of massages to choose from that offer different levels of pressure and areas of focus.

According to a study in the International Journal of Advance Nursing, massages also help reduce stress by lowering blood pressure and providing significant changes in emotional states and stress levels.

As little as an hour at a medical spa can give you back years. Serendipity Medical Spa provides the latest advances in the art of facial and body rejuvenation – blending the pampering, soothing elements of a spa with the safety and assurance of superior medical treatment. The professionally qualified staff is constantly trained in the latest cutting-edge rejuvenation technologies.
Serendipity Medical Spa | 843-342-2639

Other offerings at spas may include naturopathy treatments, which can help with allergies, eye and lip treatments to reduce wrinkles, back facials, various waxing services and much more.

Another trend at spas? The changing clientele. Men are becoming more open to the spa experience. And spas are taking notice, rolling out macho-sounding therapies like the “sports massage” or “executive massage.”

Cool tip: One of the biggest spa trends for 2016 is customized wellness programs, which help you incorporate treatment into your daily routine.

The fast expanding European Wax Center is launching its newest national advertising campaign this month. The newest campaign tells Americans, as we step into the new Year to walk in and strut out, backed by the campaign idea "Revealing Beautiful Skin.” By focusing on Revealing Beautiful Skin, we're capturing the internal feeling of empowerment a woman feels when she has smooth, gorgeous skin. You can't help but gawk at that woman as she struts down the street, fueled by her inner confidence. In addition, we're focusing on eyebrows this season and our expertise in all things brow-related.
Cheryl Twillmann, European Wax Center | 843-757-9291

Plastic surgery

"I hate when models say, 'Oh, plastic surgery is just a wrong thing.' What're you talking about? You won the genetic lottery. You look like this specimen that's making people everywhere feel insecure, and you're going to ridicule someone for getting plastic surgery?"
— Tyra Banks

plasticsurgeryWhether it’s Botox injections or going under the knife, there’s no question that we all want to look healthier, younger or just plain better.

According to a study published on, board-certified doctors were asked what is on-trend in plastic surgery in 2016.

First, when it comes to breast augmentation, women are asking for smaller implants, according to the study.

The study also found that instead of breasts, women are more interested in augmenting their lips. There are several new products available, including Restylane Silk, specifically formulated for the lips, and the new Juvederm XC, another popular filler for lip augmentation.

Another trend is the “mommy makeover.”

“The mommy makeover has always been popular but is now taking on a whole new meaning for many patients,” according to the study. “Not only are patients requesting tightening up the outside of the body, but they are now more commonly requesting vaginal rejuvenation procedures, which is projected to only increase in popularity for 2016.”

The new year is also projected to be all about the neck, with 68 percent of doctors saying they expect more patients requestingneck liftsor chin augmentation. Many of them are likely to be men. “While women have been doing these procedures for years, men are now jumping on board, with the interest in defining the jaw line being most popular,” according to the study.

Another popular procedure is the removal of varicose veins. According to, varicose veins are enlarged veinsnear the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles, and while they usually aren't serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems. Treatments include laser or radiofrequency to close off the vein.

Cool tip: Don’t jump into plastic surgery. Make sure your physician is licensed and board-certified and is open to discussing all of your options.

Fortunately, the treatment of varicose veins no longer requires painful vein stripping. Laser ablation is an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthetic allowing immediate return to normal activity. Patient satisfaction is high. The misery of varicose veins is now easily eliminated permitting a more comfortable life.
Hilton Head Vein Center | 843-689-8224

Improve your eyesite

eyesideRoutine eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Also, eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6.

Cool tip: Be sure to tell your eye doctor if your child has or displays any of the following: A history of prematurity, delayed motor development, frequent eye rubbing, excessive blinking, failure to maintain eye contact, inability to maintain a gaze (fixation) while looking at objects or poor eye tracking skills. Also, be sure to mention if your child has failed a vision screening at school or during a visit to his or her pediatrician.

Bishop Eye wants to help you achieve your best vision, confidently and comfortably. To meet that goal, Bishop Eye has established a team of experienced eye doctors who are highly qualified in general eye care, as well as such specialty areas as low vision, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye and more. Bishop Eye has invested in the most advanced technology available to diagnose and treat your eyes.°
Bishop Eye | 843-689-3937, 843-208-3937 

Life coaches

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

How can you make the most of your life and live it to the fullest? One way to do that is by hiring a life coach.

But what exactly is a life coach?

“Life coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy or counseling,” according to “The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.”

TheInternational Coach Federation, a global coaching organization and professional coach association, defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

Cool tip: Encourage your employer to make life coaches available. Wellness programs have been shown to provide approximately a 300 percent return on investment. In other words, companies that spend $1 on a wellness program earn $3 as a result of decreased turnover.