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Putting a price tag on looking pretty

Fri, 2015-04-10 11:01

Plastic surgery is nothing new, but the trend has been on the rise again in the last few years. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 13 percent of facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for celebrity look-a-like procedures in 2014.

 Nearly 16 million people went under the knife last year alone, up 3 percent from the year before.

 To ask for a Rob Lowe-nose of his own, guest host David Lazarus (left) paid a visit to Dr. Lloyd Kreiger, a plastic surgeon on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

He sat for a consultation in Dr. Krieger's exam room, exploring the big picture trend but also seeing what can be done to improve his own looks.


Scoring a home run with a spring renovation

Fri, 2015-04-10 11:00

With warmer weather and flowers in bloom, it's time for a fresh start — for your home?

Yes, it's remodeling season, and spending on everything from new kitchens to complete domicile makeovers is on the upswing, as shown by a recent surge in mortgage refinancing.

A brand new bathroom or even just a fresh coat of paint can be costly, but can also be a smart investment whether you're staying put or looking to sell.

What happens when your dream home needs a little sprucing up? Tom Silva, general contractor with "This Old House," passes on some words of wisdom. Plus, Shawn Kravitch, a public interest lawyer in Los Angeles, tells us how he went about his own DIY remodel in East Hollywood. 

To hear their stories, tune in using the player above.