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What ‘Secret Services’ do men undergo for summer?

Most popular treatment targets stubborn love handles

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Zap away chest hair and even those unsightly love handles before summer arrives.

By MELISSA McKINNEY & DR. NAVIN SINGH

 

Creating the ultimate beach body may sound like a scene from a “007” James Bond film. While cocktail hour in a finely fitted suit has its advantages, today’s bronzed beach bods are having secret meetings with their doctor before they catch summer sun.

Men have decided to be “Casino Royale” ready, and it is showing. Convincing procedures that can be done in relative short visits are the best-kept secrets with men. Surgeon Dr. Navin Singh, of Washingtonian Plastic Surgery, dishes on how to look ready for swimwear through what his patient trends reveal:

“Trends are changing. Women may have started the laser lipo trend, but men have taken it to new heights. Men are choosing to have definition, chiseled muscles, and sculpted torsos with laser-lipo. Many men remove unwanted back and chest hair with laser hair removal treatments. Yet, the most commonly sought out procedure is for love handles. Even if you have a protruding tummy, it’s the love handles that make a man look sloppy.”

“Fit, athletic men often have difficulty losing weight in specific areas like love handles; regular changes in diet and exercise have their limitations. With procedures like Laser Lipo, Cool-Sculpting, and Zerona, there are options for every budget.” This top procedure is so “classified” it is rarely discussed with family. Chances are we all know someone who has undergone this service.

While girls may envy the Kim K. butt, guys prefer Magic Mike behinds. Lipo of the love handles brings the buttocks into clear relief. “A narrow waist makes the buttocks look shaped, toned, and tight. Some men utilize the fat removed through lipo by grafting into the buttock. What is known as the ‘Brazilian Buttock Lift’ in women is now being called the ‘Beckham Backside.’ Yet all of this is not to minimize the upper body. A saggy chest has no place on the rooftop pool party or on the sand lot at the shore.”

Still, why so secretive? “I think a lot of men just don’t talk about their surgeries. Not so much due to embarrassment, or beach timeline, rather because it happened and they have moved on to more fun things.” The active result of a finely toned beach body is the patient out enjoying summer.

And why not? There is nothing artificial or plasticy about it – it’s still your body, just with an unsightly area of fat removed.

Beyond all the hype about “Secret Services,” his elite clientele swear by Dr. Singh’s personal signature touch called “Body by Singh.” “All men care about their physique, I feel honored to help them achieve their summertime goals. Those summertime goals can become your lifetime body.”

So the secret is out, those sculpted midlines may be all the rage. Who doesn’t love a good secret, sans the handles?

 

Dr. Navin Singh

Dr. Navin Singh

Dr. Navin Singh resides and practices in the DMV. He is widely known as a celebrity plastic surgeon, a Washingtonian Magazine Top Doc, as well as an avid community supporter. He can be reached at his practice, Washingtonian Plastic Surgery by calling 301-244-0277 or 703-345-4377 during normal business hours or at www.WashPS.com.

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Beyonce vs. Rihanna dance party

Music provided by DJ Just Different at Union Stage

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R² Productions LLC and Union Stage are teaming up to host  R² Productions’ inaugural “MEGA Dance Party” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Union Stage at The Wharf.

The event will be a night full of dancing to music by pop stars Beyonce and Rihanna. DJ Just Different will be performing at the event. 

General Admission tickets cost $25 and Premier Plus tickets cost $35. For more information about ticket purchases, visit Union Stage’s website.

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The evolution of the open house

The more sophisticated the advertising, the more the events flourished

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From car giveaways in the 1950s to today’s QR codes and virtual events, agents have used diverse strategies to draw buyers to open houses.

In the early 20th century, there were no exclusive agreements between a seller and a real estate agent. Any broker who knew of someone wanting to sell could participate in an “open listing” by planting his sign in the yard of that person and competing with agents from other brokerages who did the same. To the victor who obtained a buyer went the spoils of commission.

The rules began to change in 1919, when being a real estate broker now required a license. An agent might handle only one property at a time exclusively, but an “open for inspection” period could be used to introduce a model home or new community to the buying population. 

According to the National Association of Realtors, Dallas homebuilder, Howdy Howard, hosted one of the most successful open houses of all time in the 1950s. During the first 12 days of the event, an estimated 100,000 people attended, drawn by free sodas and the ultimate prize for the buyer – a new Cadillac.

Soon, brokers began hiring additional agents who could handle multiple properties. Unlike Howard’s marathon open house, agents would now host them for a few hours at a time, usually on a Sunday, to whet the appetite of the buyer pool. 

Classified advertisements with a description of a property would be placed in a local newspaper and potential buyers would review them with their morning coffee to decide which houses to visit later in the day. 

Marketing in newspapers went from a few lines of black and white text to a photo of a home’s exterior, to a multi-page spread that included both photos of houses and the agents who represented them.

The more sophisticated the advertising became, the more the open house flourished as a marketing tool, not only for the home itself, but also for the agent and the brokerage. It allowed agents to prospect for buyers for that home and others, and converse with neighbors who might want to sell their homes as well. 

Soon, the sign-in sheet was born, used by the agent to capture the contact information of a potential client or customer and to let the seller know who had visited his home. While sign-in sheets or cards are still used, some agents have gravitated to electronic applications, using a tablet computer instead of paper for the same purpose.

Fast forward to the early 2000s in D.C., when open houses became the primary source of showing property. An agent would enter a property into the multiple listing service (MLS) on a Thursday, entertain no showings until Saturday, host an open house on Sunday afternoon, and call for offers either Sunday night or Monday. The open house allowed agents to send their buyers rather than accompany them and serve multiple clients at once.  

The delayed showing day strategy referenced above has since been supplanted by the MLS’s Coming Soon status. Agents can now email or text links to upcoming properties to their clients in advance of showing availability and the clients can view photos, read property descriptions and disclosures, and schedule future visits accordingly.

Enter COVID-19. Due to the proliferation of the virus and the subsequent lockdown, the real estate world had to accommodate new public health requirements. 

One of the first things to go was the open house. Even agent showings were constrained, with visitors limited to an agent plus two people and additional requirements for wearing masks and disposable shoe covers and gloves. 

Overlapping appointments were not allowed, showings were limited to 15 to 30 minutes, and bottles of hand sanitizer sprung up on kitchen counters everywhere.

Ultimately, technology and ingenuity provided new marketing avenues for agents that included 3-D virtual open houses, Facetime and Duo viewings, videos, property websites and QR codes. Many of these marketing techniques remain, even though traditional open houses are coming back post-lockdown.

But are they really necessary? Certainly not for all types of properties. 

I believe the days of using a public open house to procure a buyer are limited. Agent security has become a concern and the desire for in-person viewings during a specific day or time has waned. 

On the other hand, Internet marketing and social media have a much wider reach, so much so that some people now feel comfortable buying a home – probably the most expensive item they will ever purchase – without even stepping into it until after closing.

After all, if we can work in sweatpants or pajamas while Zooming corporate meetings, how can naked virtual reality house hunting be far behind?

Valerie M. Blake is a licensed Associate Broker in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with RLAH Real Estate. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email her via DCHomeQuest.com, or follow her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAffairs.

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