Facelift Patient Video Testimonial

March 9th, 2015

 

Uses Of Liposuction

March 4th, 2015

Liposuction,  has a wide application in cosmetic plastic surgery and can be used to treat certain conditions including the following:

Lymphedema: This is a chronic condition in which excess fluids collect in tissues causing swelling (edema). This is common around the arms or legs. Liposuction helps to reduce the discomfort, swelling and pain.
Gynecomastia: Liposuction is used to remove accumulated fat deposits around the nipples of a man’s breasts. It reduces the swelling.
Extreme weight loss after obesity: Sometimes liposuction is used to treat patients who have lost a lot of weight and develop excessive skin and other abnormalities.
Lipodystrophy Syndrome: This is a condition of imbalanced fat distribution in the body. Liposuction can be used to balance the fat and give a good appearance throughout the body.

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The Risks With Liposuction

Fluids injected into the body may cause heart or kidney problems

1. It may cause pulmonary embolism where fats get into the blood, travel and block the lungs
2. It may lead to allergic reactions, skin burns, bad bruising and inflammations
3. It may lead to poor contour irregularities on the skin after healing
4. There are chances of numbness on the affected area, which is normally temporary
5. Poor liposuction procedures may lead to skin infections

 

 

Shoulder Liposuction

February 26th, 2015

Yes, it’s true. Liposuction for the shoulders is now available. Shoulder liposuction is suitable for women within 15 of their normal weight who desire a more athletic appearance to their shoulders. A toned athletic appearance for every bodily area is quite popular today. So, it’s no surprise that shoulder liposuction has become the next area of focus for liposuction.

How It Works
During the procedure, a local anesthetic is injected into the treatment area. Since general anesthesia is not required, there is less risk associated with the procedure, making it appealing for this reason. Then, small incisions are made into the natural creases of the shoulders so that a cannula can be inserted under the skin to break up the shoulder fat. Finally, the cannula is used to vacuum suction the fat from the shoulder area. The small incisions are then sutured to hold the skin in place. The procedure usually takes up to an hour’s time and people can rest comfortably at home following the procedure. Recovery is usually complete within a few days. Swelling subsides within two weeks. At this time, the final results are evident. Scars fade over time and are not usually noticeable.

The procedure is not recommended for obese people or those that are more than 15 pounds overweight. This is because the treatment area will not match the appearance of surrounding untreated areas. Thus, the results will not provide for a normal appearance of the shoulder area.

It is important to note that traditional liposuction serves to treat small stubborn areas of fat that are not responsive to exercise and diet. Large volume liposuction is available to people who are overweight. Yet, large volume liposuction is not as common as traditional liposuction. Other small areas that have become popular to treat with liposuction over recent years include: the knees, face and neck.
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Tmj Treatment

February 25th, 2015

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5 Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon

February 25th, 2015

Capizzi8If you are thinking about having plastic surgery, the most important thing to do is find the best surgeon to do your surgery. This is of great importance because once you have the surgery, there is no going back. that is why it is of the utmost importance to find the best surgeon possible. There are a lot of things that you need to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon and we have enlisted some tips that you might want to follow if you want to have a successful plastic surgery.

1. Make sure that your surgeon is board certified
Surgeons that are certified by ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery) are extremely qualified and have had special training in the field of plastic surgery. Their complication rates are lower and they provide with amazing patient care. For a surgeon to become certified by ABPS he/she must:
• Earn a degree from medial school
• Complete 3 years of general surgery
• Complete 2-3 years residency in plastic surgery
• Have 2 years professional practice after residency
• Pass different written and oral exams set by the ABPS

2. Check your surgeon’s record
You can do this by checking with you state’s medical board to make sure that your surgeon has a license and find out whether there are any disciplinary actions against him/her. All you need to do to get this information is to submit a records request.

3. Make sure that the surgeon’s facility is accredited
When anesthesia is used during the procedure ASPS require surgeons to operate in accredited facilities. This means that they should have an operating room with all the required equipment, personnel and safety measures

4. Ask around in hospitals about your surgeon
If your plastic surgeon operates in a certain hospital go there and ask to have a look at his background because hospitals must make a background check before giving privileges to surgeons. If he/she has privileges in hospital with great reputation than this is a good indicator that your surgeon is good.
5. Ask questions
The best way to be able to determine by yourself if your surgeon is any good is to ask him/her detailed questions such as:
• How many times have you done this procedure?
• For how long have you been doing this procedure?
• How much experience do you have?
• What technique will you use?
• Will you perform the surgery by yourself?
• If not, do the other persons have adequate training?
• What should I expect?
• Have you come across any complications when you have done this procedure before?
When asking this questions to your surgeon personally you will be able to determine his/her character and find out if he/she is a good match for you. this is the time when you gain trust in your surgeon , and if that not happens with you than it is better to look for another surgeon.

 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Before and After

February 19th, 2015

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Why Choose Gummy Bear Breast Implants

November 25th, 2014

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Learn why Aleshia decided on Gummy Bear Breast Implants and why she feels Dr Peter Capizzi is the Gummy Bear doctor.

 

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Recovery after Breast Augmentation

October 29th, 2014

Recovery after breast augmentation surgery according to BeWiseBreastAugmentation.com advances in stages. Just after breast enhancement, patients will feel little pain, fatigue, nausea, and perplexity due to the anesthesia effect. In the resulting weeks, different levels of swelling, pain, numbness, and bruising are common. The patient should be prepared to change their lifestyle for a few weeks; avoid exercise, and sleeping in an upright position is recommended. Be aware of emotional stress than can happen after breast augmentation surgery.
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RECOVERY ROOM
After the completion of surgery, the patient will be shifted to a recovery room so that the doctors can monitor the health conditions and after effects of the surgery. Some patients may wake up befuddled with regards to their surroundings; this is a common reaction to anesthesia. Many women will experience pain (mild or intense; depending on the condition). Soreness is normal at the incision area and all through the arms, backside, and abdomen area.

AFTER DISCHARGE
The recovery period will not end after the discharge, and this will continue at home as well. After discharge, the breast will be bruised, swollen, and delicate. Pain will remain constant; however, it will reduce day by day. The skin around the breast may feel tight and itchy due to the stretched size of the breast. Compression bandages will be suggested after the discharge; however, the patient may feel constricting, as the bandage will cause breathing difficulties.

TEMPORARY SIDE EFFECTS
Amid this time, the augmented breast may look odd and feel lethargic. They likely will feel tougher than natural breasts due to the fact that augmented breasts take time to adjust into a permanent position. Numerous ladies report numbness in the areola, nipple, or even on the entire breast area. The breast may accept a torpedo form if the implants haven’t settled; however, all these effects are usually short term.

ACTIVITIES
Promptly after surgery according to Bruce Smith MD, patients need to change their normal lifestyle. Don’t worry, Surgeons will just you what to do and what not to do; you have to sleep upright for a few days or maybe weeks, and the regular exercises should also be stopped, especially heavy weight lifting. Even having intercourse should be restricted. Do not bend over for at least 14 days after the breast augmentation surgery. Any activity that puts pressure on your breast you be avoided, if you do not want any future complications.

In addition to the physical recovery, mental balance is also required after breast augmentation. Some women may be disappointed with their breast or amazed at the bigger size soon after surgery treatment. Others may be disappointed with the new shape of breasts. These patients should air these issues with their physician. Self confidence as well as the motivation to be fit again is the key factor of the recovery process.

What is Ultrasonic Liposuction

October 20th, 2014

Liposuction is a cosmetic process to reduce the fat and Ultrasonic Liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to complete the process. Like other surgeries, this type of surgery also carries advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of ultrasonic liposuction is its ability to reduce the fat from large areas without an incision or any mechanical tools, which may prevent injury. Potential threats include blood clotting and harm to the peripheral nerves. This surgery liquefies the fat tissues, which are then sucked out of the body. Whether it is liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction, both surgeries require general anesthesia in the observation of a plastic surgeon. Patients are directed to follow some guidelines after the surgery, such as wear compression garments, do not lift weights,  and more.

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Liposuction types: Internal and External. Internal ultrasonic liposuction; A long steel Cannula is inserted into the target via an incision, this Cannula delivers the ultrasonic waves specifically to the fat cells. External ultrasonic liposuction; the external method uses a metal device applied to the skin for sending the ultrasonic energy onto the fat. Ultrasonic liposuction is the most favorable by surgeons as it has more benefits such as less bleeding, breaking up fibrous, breaking tough body fat. These advantages are not available in traditional liposuction. A simple liposuction cannot break cellulite, while ultrasonic liposuction is capable to do this.

Adverse Reactions

Common adverse reactions of ultrasound liposuction procedures include numb feeling, inflammation, short-term discoloration at the liposuction site, and a prickling feeling in the skin. Compared with other types of liposuction procedures, ultrasound liposuction procedures have the potential to cause sores and burns on the epidermis, especially if the tip of the sensor/probe points up right under the epidermis. The process needs a large cut, and therefore can make a bigger damage than other liposuction procedures methods.

 

 

Common Misconceptions About Cosmetic Surgery: Too Expensive

September 17th, 2014

With recent advancements in cosmetic surgery, procedures are not only safer, but also more affordable. This is partly attributed to the ability to fore go the traditional hospital setting. Many cosmetic surgery procedures can now be safely conducted in a surgeon’s outpatient facility. There is also a growing number of minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic surgery options that are quite affordable. Additionally, many surgeons offer financing through specific lenders. The cost for cosmetic surgery is now more manageable with monthly payments.

Common Misconceptions About Cosmetic Surgery: For Women Only

The rate of men turning to cosmetic surgery is continually on the rise. With competition in the workplace and dating world, men are equally concerned with appearance as women. The top cosmetic surgical procedures requested by men are nose reshaping, hair transplantation and liposuction. liposuction. Men also choose from non-surgical offerings, such as Botox, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Common Misconceptions About Cosmetic Surgery: Liposuction is for Weight Loss

Liposuction is primarily a body contouring method. It should not be used as a weight loss tool. The best candidates for liposuction are healthy and close to ideal weight, with stubborn pockets of fat proven unresponsive to exercise and dieting.

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Common Misconceptions: Cosmetic Surgery Looks Plastic

Recent developments in cosmetic surgery all point to natural-looking results. Many surgeons are committed to enhancement or improvement, rather than drastic change. Pictures of women with abnormally large breast augmentations and wind-blown facelifts are not the norm.

Common Misconceptions About Scars and Cosmetic Surgery

Medical advancements have led to increased precision and smaller incisions for procedures like a tummy tuck. A number of cosmetic surgery procedures can be performed endoscopically, reducing the risk of scars. The endoscopic method is performed with a tiny camera that assists with navigation during surgery. Even in cases of open surgery, many incisions can now be placed in areas that are more difficult to detect.

Have a Consultation for Cosmetic Surgery

Deciding whether cosmetic surgery is right for you is a personal decision. Make an informed decision by consulting a qualified surgeon about the benefits and limitations. For assistance locating an experienced cosmetic surgeon

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Latest trends in male cosmetic surgery

September 15th, 2014

The modern day male can have one of several popular cosmetic surgeries for a number of reasons. If he wants his appearance to match his confidence and look on the outside as good as he feels on the inside, he can easily explore the idea of having a nip and tuck here and there without feeling awkward. Here’s a look at several common procedures that are becoming very popular among males.

Popular male cosmetic procedures

Gynecomastia is a common condition affecting many males and causes male breasts to form. Estrogen and androgen levels can get out balance. When this is a problem, surgery can be performed to remove the surgery. Facelifts can be performed on men experiencing signs of aging such as wrinkling and sagging skin. Many have facelifts to correct these issues. Nose reshaping is another common procedure performed on men who are concerned about a crooked profile or beaked nose. The rhinoplasty procedure is also used to correct flared nostrils. Eyelid surgery is another common surgery that is performed in order to refine the upper lids. The muscles are often tweaked during an eyelid surgery. Men are also getting transplantation procedures for cases where premature balding and male pattern baldness has occurred.

Cosmetic procedures have increased across the board in both men and women. The trend for male cosmetic surgery has dramatically increased in recent years. According to research, there was a 233 percent in Botox injections between 2000 and 2005. This trend alone indicates that men are becoming increasingly receptive to cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance. There was an increase of 10 percent between 2004 and 2005 in liposuction among men.
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Men are becoming more receptive of plastic surgery. Men are open to having these procedures if the results can be achieved in a natural manner. Established surgeons can help any man achieve the desired look with the most natural results. If a man is taking good care of himself and wants to look as good as he feels, he can explore his options in a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon.

 

Manufacturers have long been interested in creating viable liposuction alternatives.

September 15th, 2014

The idea behind Carboxytherapy is to use carbon dioxide gas to interact with fat cells and allow for fat contouring and the improvement of cellulite. During the procedure, carbon dioxide gas is injected under the skin. The technology has been used on the face and body including: under the eyes and stretch marks. However, the technology has not been FDA approved as a liposuction alternative. Carboxytherapy is potentially harmful to the eyes. It is contended that the gas bubbles may enter the eye’s blood vessels and may result in blindness.

The FDA requires clinical trial data that supports the safety and effectiveness of technology and procedures. The clinical trial may be conducted by the manufacturer of the product or an independent party that involves a number of voluntary participants who undergo the treatment and documents the results of the therapy over time. This provides a controlled atmosphere to document metabolic and biological changes as well as the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. With so many credible forms of liposuction available, it is wise to select the tried and true options for liposuction instead of being subject to a potentially harmful method. Liposuction is the only FDA approved method for the permanent removal of fat cells.

Choose an AAAASF Accredited Center

September 15th, 2014

It is advisable to get the cellulite laser treatment done from an AAAASF – accredited treatment center. Such a center, apart from providing state-of-the-art facilities, offers the services of qualified plastic surgeons. The treatment is designed and customized as per the requirements of a patient’s physical, social and psychological needs. Talk to your surgeon about the concerns you have and your desired aesthetic goals. This is important to help the plastic surgeon plan the treatment that works best in your case.

The Best Plastic Surgeons In America – Guess Who

September 10th, 2014

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Mommy Makeover: When is the Right Time

September 9th, 2014

Being a mom has been described as the most rewarding job in the world. It’s true: the intrinsic rewards are immeasurable (although the salary leaves a bit to be desired.) As rewarding as motherhood is, it also can feel all-consuming. Moms become so focused on taking care of their children and keeping them happy and healthy that they often forget to take care of themselves. Between changing diapers, driving the carpool, and refereeing sibling rivalries, it can be tough to find time to make it to the gym, hair salon, or makeup counter. It’s important to make time.
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With Notable Exceptions, It’s Always the Right Time for a Mommy Makeover
Anytime a mom is feeling stressed out, frumpy, or down in the dumps, a mommy makeover can make all the difference. When we feel good about how we look we become more optimistic, energetic, and open to embracing what life hands us.

The notable exceptions are immediately before or after giving birth. Immediately before or after having a baby, many moms are fragile and hormonal. They may feel so overwhelmed that they tell their hair stylist that they no longer want long hair, they’re ready for a pixie cut. It’s best not to make drastic decisions during this time. Furthermore, pre- and post-pregnancy tends to be a time that moms appreciate laying low. It’s no fun to get a mommy makeover when you’re not in the mood to let the world see the new you!

 

If you’re not counting down the hours until you give birth and you’re not nursing a brand-new infant, it’s the ideal time to treat yourself to a mommy makeover. Whatever it is that’s bothering you about your appearance, you can change it. That’s what hair salons, Botox, liposuction, trendy boutiques, nail salons, and personal trainers are for. Feel guilty about splurging on yourself? Don’t. Think about all you do for your children and family on a given day. You deserve to treat yourself every once in awhile. Your family will benefit from your transformation, because once you take care of yourself and feel good about yourself, you’ll be motivated to be the best mom you can be. A mommy makeover is good for the entire family.

Have No Fear, Nose Surgery Is Here

September 5th, 2014

One of the reasons why some people formerly postponed nose surgery was because it was not popular until recent years. Instead, the popularity of nose surgery today is a big motivator in favor of nose surgery. So, people forge ahead with nose surgery as adults with less fear after contending with ridicule as children and the adverse affect on professional and social life as adults. Others have postponed nose surgery because they have “fear” that the recovery will be too inhibiting.

It is the nasal packing that has been required to be worn which seems to have been intimidating to some interested in nose surgery today. However, there may not be a reason to be concerned about it now. Nasal packing is not required for every patient. The reasons for this are numerous. Nose surgery today may not result in excessive bleeding today, the former reason for nasal packing in many cases. Not all plastic surgeons use nasal packing any longer either. And those plastic surgeons that do use nasal packing have improved materials available to them so that they may pack the nose for a short period of time with less discomfort. Alternatively, a small nasal splint may be used following surgery for a week’s time with less discomfort. Nasal splints can leverage the recovery time period.

Next, comes dissolvable nasal packing. Recently, a plant-based biopolymer nasal pack may be used by some plastic surgeons to eliminate the discomfort associated with removing nasal packing. This particular nasal packing disintegrates inside the nose over a 24 hour time period. So, it is not a necessity for nose surgery patients to have a painful recovery. People interested in nose surgery should be aware of this fact.

Plastic surgeons offer consultations in their practices to identify the type of technique that is most appropriate for the procedure and alternatives to the proposed technique. Plastic surgeons may also anticipate the type of recovery requirements associated with the techniques so that you are fully educated to make the best decision possible about nose surgery. Have no fear; see a plastic surgeon about your desire for nose surgery.

 

Protecting Your Skin the Smart Way!

September 5th, 2014

When you are someone who is concerned about your looks, the thing that you should be most concerned about is your skin! The skin shows age sooner than any other feature, and that is why it is so important to protect it. What can you do to make sure that your skin continues looking great?

First, remember that the sun is your skin’s natural enemy. Exposure to UV light damages skin, makes it look older and less elastic, and can even increase the risk of skin cancer. In order to protect yourself from the sun, it is a good idea to pick up a high strength sunscreen lotion. Essentially, sunscreen lotion contains things that allow it to act as a barrier between you and the harmful UV rays. If you are out in the sun, apply sunscreen lotion before you go out and then every hour afterwards.

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Another thing for you to consider when you are looking at protecting your skin is vitamin E. Vitamin E is an excellent choice when you are looking at keeping your skin good shape because it helps moisturize your skin, and it will help your skin to heal from damage of all sorts. Vitamin E is often found as an ingredient in various health products, but you will also be able to find it in capsule form. If you want to go the direct route, you can simply break open the capsule and rub the oil directly on to your skin.

Remember that your skin should be moisturized on a daily basis. Rough skin and dry skin both result from a lack of moisture, and these conditions often contribute to making skin look far older than it is. Find a good hydrating lotion and apply it daily to your face and your skin in general.

You may also consider oiling your skin, a natural treatment that is found all over the world. Wash your face with water, and then rub a small amount of sunflower oil or jojoba oil into it. Soak a rag in very hot water and then wring it out. Cover your face with the rag for about a minute, and then use it to carefully wipe the rest of the oil away. This cleans and refreshes your skin.

Your skin should be your top priority when it comes to looking good, so consider what your options are and what products you need! Learn more about skin rejuvenation and skin care and decide whats best.

 

Beautification thru Plastic Surgery

September 3rd, 2014

Today, plastic surgery has been widely used as a route to beautification. The influence of celebrities who have openly admitted and flaunted to the viewing public about their plastic surgery, rejuvenation, enhancement, etc. These public figures are seen as models and/or examples by ordinary people. The undeniably good result of plastic surgery to these people is envied not only by the old but also by the young. Age is not an issue anymore for a plastic surgery or beauty enhancement procedures. The assurance is given by the famous people gracing glossy magazines, fashion catwalks, cinema and TV. Natural recourses and other self disciplinary actions about someone’s beauty regimen have been second as a consideration for people who want to be fit, beautiful and look younger. The costs seem to be a no issue for those who are interested with the idea of making their lives different through plastic surgery.

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SmartLipo: An Alternative to Traditional Liposuction

August 28th, 2014

SmartLipo is a procedure that uses a laser to treat fatty deposits of the tummy, back, arms, legs and chin. Because it’s less invasive that conventional liposuction, SmartLipo typically has less side effects. In 2006, SmartLipo was the first laser-assisted liposuction procedure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SmartLipo is done in the office in about 1-2 hours using local anesthesia and patients can usually go home an hour after the procedure. Recovery times are typically 1-2 days and most surgeons would recommend a post-operative garment be worn for 3-4 weeks to help decrease swelling.

The following procedure was performed by Dr. Steven Struck, a bay area board certified plastic surgeon.

 

Life After Breast Cancer

August 28th, 2014

The breast cancer survivors I’ve known well have told me dealing with the following issues can be just as challenging as chemo and radiation:

MEDICATIONS FOR AFTER-CARE
The drug Tamoxifen, which blocks estrogen from inducing new cancer cells to grow, is recommended for 5 years after breast surgery. However, Tamoxifen, and other selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), have side effects which are often severe: uterine cancers, blood clots, high blood-calcium levels and increased risk of heart attacks.

The website www.cancer.org also describes aromatase inhibitors (AIs), which stop post-menopausal women from making estrogen. Using an AI for 5 years after one has stopped Tamoxifen increases the probability cancer won’t return. AIs might have less side effects than Tamoxifen, but they can cause muscle and joint pain similar to that of advanced arthritis. In addition, AIs often engender osteoporosis and fractures.

CHEMO BRAIN
Ever hear a breast cancer survivor describe symptoms like short attention span, trouble recalling familiar names and dates, difficulty multi-tasking, and slower thinking? Doctors call this syndrome “post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment”, but it also can be brought on by the cancer itself, anti-nausea drugs, pain meds., low blood counts, fatigue, infections, hormone changes, depression and stress. One can manage the effects of chemo brain, but it takes some work: Make daily “to do” lists, exercise your brain with puzzles, engage in daily physical activity, eat your veggies, ask for help from family/friends and keep a diary which tracks when your brain fog becomes worse. Medication adjustments might help.

DIET CHANGES
The site www.eattobeat.org offers recipes made of the fruits, veggies and lean proteins which not only help us avoid the saturated fats associated with some breast cancers, but which offer properties that suppress the blood vessels that nourish tumors.

SEXUAL PROBLEMS
Health Magazine in 2011 revealed 7 in 10 breast cancer survivors have sexual problems, mostly caused by AI drugs, by menopausal symptoms brought on by treatments and by mastectomies creating poor body image. Once again—dealing with these issues requires determination. Women should share their symptoms/fears with their physicians—and their husbands. And, survivors must be open to using non-hormonal treatments for hot-flashes, vaginal moisturizers, and lubricants.

CONCLUSION
Life after breast cancer can involve many choices and much effort. But, by quickly sharing concerns with physicians, by accepting lifestyle changes and with support from family and friends, these challenges can be met!

The Role of Fat Transfer as a Cosmetic Procedure

August 26th, 2014

The fat transfer method is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for men and women hoping to improve the contour of their bodies according to Image By Design Plastic Surgery under the direction of Dr M. Kayser. It could be described as a truly natural cosmetic technique because it involves the use of the patient’s own physical elements.

Fat grafting, which is the medical term for the procedure, has actually existed for more than a decade. Prior to the 1990s, however, the technique was primarily used to repair defects or physical injuries. It is used today in a host of ways to rejuvenate and beautify such areas of the body as the cheeks, calves, arm muscles, breasts and buttocks. This relatively simple procedure involves the transfer of fat cells from one area of the body to another.
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Performed in either a hospital or on an outpatient basis, a fat transfer procedure can normally be accomplished within a couple of hours. The cells will be donated, or taken from, the largest area of fat deposits. This is usually in the person’s thighs or abdomen. The removal from the donor area is carried out with a suctioning device, after which the fat cells will be processed and then injected into the receiving area. The body will usually absorb more than half of the fat that is transplanted, with the remaining cells often not sufficient to achieve the desired results. This is why additional treatments are often required.

Fat grafting is useful when a patient loses shape in certain areas, a condition that many men and women begin to experience in their 30s and 40s, and the results appear more natural than other forms of cosmetic surgery. Since the cells are natural to the person’s body, fat transfer presents a lesser risk of rejection or an allergic reaction than such procedures as collagen injections and the implantation of prosthetic devices.

In terms of costs and recovery times, fat grafting compares favorably with other cosmetic treatments. Additionally, the effects of grafting should last much longer than collagen treatments, which can disappear in less than a year.

As with any type of cosmetic treatment, the patient should be physically and emotionally prepared for the changes that will occur in his or her body after undergoing a fat transfer. Patients also need to have realistic expectations in terms of what can be achieved with such a procedure. When these issues are taken into consideration, fat transfer can play an important role in making men and women look and feel their best.

Older Job Applicants Are Choosing Plastic Surgery to Fight Ageism in the Workplace

August 21st, 2014

Workplace discrimination against older workers is illegal, but there is a growing perception that employers prefer hiring youthful looking job candidates. What’s more, plastic surgeons are benefiting from a growing trend to undergo plastic surgery to fight ageism in the workplace. It makes sense. The job market is tight and baby boomers are beginning to show their age. Even younger workers are seeking the assistance of a plastic surgeon to remain desirable and competitive in the modern technology oriented workplace.
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What can an older job seeker do to increase the odds of beating out younger job applicants? It could be a homemaker that just went through a divorce or a longtime employee that recently celebrated their 40th birthday. Plastic surgeons throughout the country are performing surgical procedures to make their patients look younger.

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Products and services designed to help people retain their youth are all over the place, including fitness centers, cosmetics, supplements and dietary plans galore. The number of Botox treatments, eyelifts and mini facelifts has increased dramatically over the past five years. More advanced plastic surgery procedures like ultherapy, an ultrasound device used by plastic surgeons to tighten facial skin, are also in demand.

The vast majority of those seeking plastic surgery to look younger are women. There is a growing perception that employers are more likely to select a younger looking job applicant. Many business owners and sales professionals are also turning to plastic surgery to increase their odds of impressing clients and customers. Although there’s a real possibility that too many or poorly performed surgical procedures can backfire, the idea that appearing old can damage one’s professional and social prospects is probably justified.

Fountain of Youth

The stereotype that older workers are undesirable is alive and well. Golden parachutes are still used to invigorate an aging workforce, and a bulging resume may not be enough to beat out a younger job candidate. It’s not fair, but young CEO’s and managers generally don’t want to hire workers that look like their mother or father. All the discrimination laws in the world can’t change the way people naturally think and react. Older workers have realized that a local plastic surgeon just might be the fountain of youth they need to land a good job.

Although older job applicants are mostly seeking subtle improvements in their appearance, nose jobs and breast implants certainly aren’t out of the question. Sagging skin and droopy eyelids can cause someone to appear less energetic than they really are. Ageism is a real phenomenon that can unnecessarily cause an employer to miss out on the life experience, reliability and mature judgment of an older worker.

Noninvasive Procedures to Enhance your Look with No Downtime

August 19th, 2014

Have you ever wanted cosmetic enhancement, but worried about the recovery time? Then you should consider some of the noninvasive procedure that now exist to help you enhance your look without spending days or weeks recovering or unable to do the things you need or want to do. Here are a few suggestions:

Liposuction Injections

As an alternative to one of cosmetic surgeries most painful procedures, medicine has created fat-dissolving injections that are designed to mimic the results of liposuction, but without the pain or lengthy recovery. These can help you get your bikini body back in time for summer and still have time for vacation. While results may vary, many people swear by these procedures.

Laser Hair Removal

Another summer favorite, laser hair removal is a more comfortable option for those who find waxing too painful or electrolysis otherwise too demanding. Almost pain-free, laser hair removal allows even the most sensitive or squeamish to have the perfect bikini line. Although imperfect in terms of instantaneous hair removal, in the long-term the results can be quite impressive.

Botox Injections

Although not as long-lasting as a surgical face-lift, Botox can definitely get the wrinkles out, taking away years of fine lines and lifting sagging skin. Best of all, the injections can be administered in less than hour and requires no recovery time. Bruising is rare, but not unheard of. The injections are typically well-tolerated and not exceedingly painful, especially compared to recovering from a surgical procedure. There are also dermal fillers that offer an alternative to a facelift like Juvederm and Radiesse.

Other Options

For those who want to experience small changes, especially ones that don’t involve recovery or discomfort, other procedures or options include, colored contact lens and sunless tanning. The first requires a visit to an eye-doctor; the second to a day spa or business specializing in the product.

Undergoing major surgery and recovery may not be for everyone, whether they have the time and resource or not. These procedures offer an alternative that will still enhance your look, but without the unpleasant aspects of invasive procedures.

How Much Does Plastic Surgery Cost?

August 15th, 2014

Have you been thinking about getting plastic surgery? Are you curious about the costs involved? As you may have noticed, many plastic surgery websites do not list pricing information. In many cases, they withhold pricing information because there are a number of factors that can affect the cost of your procedure. The exact price of a breast augmentation or tummy tuck will vary from person to person based on their unique needs and their desired outcome.
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While the best way to get accurate pricing information is to schedule an appointment for an individual consultation with your plastic surgeon of choice, here is a list of the average national costs for popular cosmetic surgery procedures. These numbers are based on real information from real patients all across the United States.

How is the cost of a procedure determined?

The total cost of your procedure will include a variety of expenses such as:

- Surgeon fees. This is a fee you pay for services rendered by the doctor.

- Operating room expenses. This may include rent, staff salaries & costs associated with operating the machinery.

- Material costs. The type of procedure you are getting will determine what type of material costs you can expect.

- Anesthesia. If your procedure requires you to be unconscious, you will be responsible for costs associated with the anesthesia.

- Medication. Depending on the type of work you are having done, your surgeon may prescribe medication for you to take before or after the surgery. In some cases, patients will have to pay this upfront. Other times it may be included in the cost of the procedure.

- Medical devices. Some surgeries may require the use of post-surgical compression devices. If you are required to use one of these, the cost of the device will be added to the cost of your surgery.

Rhinoplasty: Building Confidence in Teens and Others

August 14th, 2014

Almost everyone can agree that the teen years are a tumultuous time in the life of a child. Opinions are developing, independence is growing and personalities are being formed based on life experiences. Finding ways to boost confidence can make a difference in how the teen approaches challenges throughout life.
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One way that many parents are finding to help a teen’s confidence is through rhinoplasty. This surgery can be done on an outpatient basis with little recovery time. As children become teenagers, their appearance becomes more important. Teasing that they laughed through as a child suddenly because something that really matters. They worry more about what others think of them than they did before. This may cause them to shrink away from the world or hate themselves because of what is different. Often, these feelings lead to depression or suicidal thoughts or actions.

As adulthood approaches, this self-consciousness may prevent them from going after jobs they desire for fear of rejection. It may affect their interest in pursuing relationships due to feelings of inadequacy. Whether the perceived problem is an ethnic characteristic, a developmental defect or the result of a serious accident, having rhinoplasty to correct the problem before adulthood allows them to move onto the next phase of their lives with confidence. It’s a fresh start as they enter college, begin a career or head down the alter to begin a new commitment.

A lack of confidence isn’t limited to teenagers.Rhinoplasty surgery as discussed here can benefit people of all ages by correcting problems that have made people feel less-attractive. This may help an adult make a decision to go back to school to pursue a dream career. It may correct breathing problems such as snoring that lead to poor sleep and a decreased job performance. This can help with various health issues and relationships with partners.

Self-esteem is extremely important for everyone. Taking steps to ensure a person feels good about herself can make a difference in how she feels about her ability to tackle important steps in life. Weight loss, makeovers or new wardrobes are often considered as ways to boost confidence. Rhinoplasty is often overlooked as being an important tool to change something that brings heartache, disappointment and low self-esteem. The teen years may be the best time to take on such a change for the better.

For a detailed consultation about rhinoplasty, contact Dr Kimberly Lee 210-833-7972

Breast Lift Surgery

August 14th, 2014

Defining Breast Lift:

Breast lift or ‘Mastopexy’ is a process where the excess skin is removed causing the tightening of the surrounding tissues that raises the breasts. The patients undergoing breast lift help to reshape and support the contour of breast. ‘Mastopexy’ also helps to reduce the enlarged areola. Women who undergo breast lift feel rejuvenated with the new-found figure and make her feel more youthful. Breast lift surgery does not change the size of breasts, or make it look fuller.

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Why Breast Lift:

The woman’s breasts lose the skin elasticity over a period of time causing a reduction in the youthful shape and firmness. Aging, heredity, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations are some of the causes that decrease the elasticity of the women’s breast.


Good Candidate for Breast lift:

Breast lift works well for the women who are physically healthy with stable weight, is a non-smoker, whose breasts has lost shape and volume, or has become flatter and/or whose nipples and areolas have pointed downward.

Procedure of Breast Lift:

The incision patterns and techniques are determined by the breast shape and size, position of the areolas, quality of the skin and the degree of sagging of breast.

The steps of techniques are as follows:

  1. Anesthesia to the patient: Patients are sedated to comfort them during the surgical procedure.
  2. Incision pattern: Any of the three patterns of incisions can be done: around the areole, around the areole and vertically down from areole, and around the areole and vertically down from breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.
  3. Reshaping of the breasts: Once the incision is made, the doctor lifts the underlying breast tissue and reshape the breast firmness. Repositioning of both the nipple and areola must be done. In order to compensate the loss of elasticity, the excess breast skin is removed.
  4. Closing of the incisions made: To tighten the remaining skin of breast, the incisions are closed. Incisions are the permanent marks on the body that diminishes significantly over a period of time. To close the skin, sutures or skin adhesives and tapes can be used.
  5. Results of the surgery: Results can be seen almost immediately.

Risks of Breast Lift:

The risks associated with the procedure are as follows: Risks associated with anesthesia, infections, poor healing, breast asymmetry, fluid accumulation and fat-necrosis, loss of nipple or areole. There are chances of deep vein thrombosis, hematoma formation, cardiac and pulmonary complications. The risks and changes in the body associated with the breast lift must be clearly stated by the plastic surgeon to the patients.

Results of Breast Lift:

Though the results of breast lift become visible immediately, the swelling due to surgery can resolve with time. If the patient maintains correct weight and keep a healthy lifestyle, the patient can see the changes in her look.

Breast lift recovery:

The breast lift recovery and dressing or bandages is applied to the incisions once the procedure is finished. The patients are advised to wear the elastic bandage or support bra. This ensures to minimize and support the breasts so they can heal. Medications that aid in healing and reduce the chances of infection must be applied regularly.

Liposuction

July 29th, 2014

Liposuction is becoming one of the most popular and wide spread cosmetic surgeries in the world. For those who have tried for years to work off or diet away stubborn fat, liposuction is a great alternative. It gets rid of fat cells under the skin and repositions the skin to achieve a slimmer, more streamlined appearance that everyone desires. Not only is the current fat removed, the actual fat cells themselves are stripped away so that fat can never again accumulate in that part of the body.

Liposuction Benefits

For some people, no matter what diet they try or what exercise regimen they attempt, they cannot lose weight. This is because fat accumulation is as much a result of our genetics as it is our diet. Some people gain weight and no matter what, cannot lose it again. This is where liposuction comes in.

Not only does it give you a more pleasing appearance, it actually improves your health. Having excess weight not only takes its toll on a person’s bones and muscles, causing undue strain, it can also contribute to heart disease, cancer, and chronic conditions like diabetes.

Another major benefit of this procedure is improved self-confidence. While most people know that a winning personality is not necessarily dampened by excess weight, a slimmer appearance can help a person feel more confident.

How Does It Work?

After discussing the procedure and what areas of the body are to undergo liposuction, the patient arranges a time for surgery. Before the surgery, anesthesia will be administered and then small incisions are made in the skin. A thin tube is inserted, which is used to suction away the fat cells.

Am I a Candidate?

In order to be a candidate for liposuction, most doctors ask that you are healthy, and at a moderate weight. While liposuction is usually not a good option for patients that need to remove large amounts of fat, it may be used to remove stubborn deposits after other weight loss measures fail.

How To Select A Plastic Surgeon

July 23rd, 2014

What is the best way to go about selecting a plastic surgeon? Patients ask themselves this question on a regular basis. With such a high demand for plastic surgery, the market has become overrun by physicians who claim to be plastic surgeons and supply shoddy work that can leave clients in a worse position than when they started. So what should you look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?
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First and foremost, make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In order to become certified by the board, a surgeon has to complete three years of training in general surgery, two years of training in plastic surgery, receive passing grades on comprehensive oral and written exams, and display strict adherence to medical ethics codes. The American Board of Plastic Surgery has the strict requirements of any certification board. That is why it’s crucial to select a surgeon who is board certified.

Knowing the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon is a vital distinction. Make sure that the surgeon you choose is an experienced plastic surgeon and not a moonlighting dermatologist or gynecologist. Hiring a surgeon who does not specialize in plastic surgery is how many patients end up with botched breast augmentations and nose jobs that have to be redone.

A surgeon can be certified by the board, but with a different focus, so be careful and do the proper research. Just because a physician has been board certified, it may not be the plastic surgery board, but a board for a completely separate medical concentration. If the surgeon is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, be very wary about selecting them.

During your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, it is important to have them explain your procedure step by step. You will be able to tell a lot about your surgeon’s professionalism and demeanor by the amount of the time they spend with you prior to surgery. Their actions before the surgery speak volumes about the level of care they provide while the surgery is taking places and afterwards.

Avoid the temptation to bargain hunt when looking for a plastic surgeon. While getting your plastic surgery done for a lower rate may seem like a good idea, bargain basement surgery outlets are often run by business people that do not possess a strong medical background. They will employ surgeons who haven’t been certified or who have yet to complete all of their collegiate coursework.

Finally, trust your gut instincts. If you do not get a positive feeling from a surgeon during your first meeting, don’t select them. Electing to receive plastic surgery is not a choice that should be made lightly. Choosing the wrong plastic surgeon to perform your surgery is a choice you will regret for a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to take your time and shop around before selecting the surgeon who is best for you.

If you’re considering abdominoplasty…

July 21st, 2014

Many men and women go through situations where they are left with a little too much extra cushion around the belly. Things such as weight lose surgery, pregnancy or excessive weight gain that is not responding to diet or exercise often create situations in which a doctor will suggest abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, as a last resort option for excess fat and skin removal due to unavoidable circumstances.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin around the stomach and lower abdomen and restores weakened muscles in order to create a firmer abdomen. Often, even when women eat well and exercise, situations such as previous child birth, aging or prior surgery can cause the stomach to lose tone and become flabby. Men and women who have gone through weight lose procedures and are now left with excess skin will find that a tummy tuck is the next step for their weight losing process.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
During a complete abdominoplasty, the doctor will cut open the abdomen from one hipbone to the next. He will then contour the skin and muscles as is needed. The surgery will involve the belly button being moved and drainage tubes being inside the skin for several days. The entire procedure can take up to five hours. A partial or mini abdominoplasty is usually performed on individuals who contain fat deposits that are below the belly button. This procedure will not require the belly button to be moved and will take up to two hours. During both procedures, the patient will be put to sleep by general anesthesia. This will keep the patient unconscious during the entire operation so they do not feel any pain.

What are the Risks?
Every operation comes with risks. There will be pain after the procedure is complete that could last for several weeks or months. Although they are rare, complications such as infection, bleeding or blood clots can occur. A tummy tuck will leave scars and, although they will fade, they will never become completely invisible.

Through the tummy tuck procedure men and women have the chance to obtain new confidence despite unfair circumstances. Although it can sometimes seem drastic, the tummy tuck procedure is the saving grace for individuals who have tried everything to remove excess skin and fat and have nowhere else to turn.

Breast Lift: What You Need to Know

July 21st, 2014

Why Consider a Mastopexy

Many women live with breasts that are no longer attractive. Perhaps as a result of pregnancy, aging or weight loss, their breasts are no longer firm. They may be dissatisfied with the shape and look of their breasts. They might sag, or their nipples and areola are no longer pointed forward. Do you experience any of these unpleasant effects? You may want to consider a breast lift (mastopexy) as a solution.
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How it Works

There is no universal surgical procedure for a breast lift. Any incisions or techniques will depend on the condition of each individual’s breasts – the size of the breasts or the amount of sagging, for example. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best way to make the incision.

Before the surgery begins, you will be put under anesthesia. Your doctor will then make an incision around the areola – there are several different incision techniques that are commonly used. After the incisions have been made, your breasts will be reshaped. They will be lifted and made firmer, the nipple and areola will be given a more youthful appearance and excessive skin will be removed.

Please note that once the breast has been repositioned and the incisions closed, there will be scars where the incisions have been made; although these will fade over time, they will not go away. Your plastic surgeon will do his best to ensure no unnecessary scarring takes place.

Should You Get a Breast Lift?

Not every woman needs a breast lift, and mastopexy is not the only breast surgery available. As you consider this surgery, consider whether some of the following apply to you:

  • The deterioration of your breast’s appearance is affecting your confidence or self-esteem
  • Your nipples and areola fall below the crest of your breasts or point to the ground
  • One breast sags beneath the other one

There are two more thoughts to bear in mind if you are contemplating a breast lift: you will have greater health risks if you smoke; major weight gain and loss after a breast lift will negate the effects of the surgery much more rapidly.

A New You

After your surgery, you will have to wear bandages and some means of support for your breasts during the recovery process. Your plastic surgeon will explain to you any physical care you may have to provide your breasts or any medicines you may have to take. Every case is different.

As mentioned earlier, there will be scars from the incision lines as well as swelling underneath the breasts. Both of these symptoms will fade, though the scars will remain. Maintaining a constant weight will help preserve your breast lift.

The good news is your breasts will be firmer and more attractive immediately after surgery. You will look younger and fuller than you have in years, and you can enjoy the satisfaction of having firm, youthful breasts.

Rhinoplasty

July 18th, 2014

If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty, remember that it isn’t the end all be all solution. Rhinoplasty is becoming more common, especially among young people today as teens strive to have the ideal body image. Those who are vulnerable to bullying or have poor self-esteem are likely to pursue plastic surgery as a remedy. However, changing one’s appearance will not fix all of life’s troubles. If you don’t feel good about yourself and love yourself, chances are nothing will change that emotional weakness. You need a strong foundation. Rhinoplasty should not be the quick fix that will make you perfect. Take a good look at yourself and think about your reasons for doing it before you go ahead with any type of plastic surgery.
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When Rhinoplasty is a Good Idea
Rhinoplasty can be advised for a host of reasons. You might have problems with your sinuses, such as a deviated septum, or be the victim of chronic sinusitis. Making a change in the size and shape of your nose could improve your condition. Likewise, if you are happy with yourself as a whole, but simply want to make a slight adjustment to your nose, rhinoplasty can be helpful to you. For people that are plagued be a nasal sound, rhinoplasty may change the quality of your voice. For those who are serious about singing, the procedure can have a positive impact.

When Rhinoplasty Should Be Avoided
If you are doing rhinoplasty because your partner asked you to do it, this is a definite no. If you’re in a relationship where the other person isn’t happy with who you are, you should never change your physical appearance to make someone else happy. If you are miserable and have trouble in social situations, having your nose altered is not going to get to the root of the problem. You need to emphasize your positive points and go to counseling to find ways to improve your life. Don’t try and fix everything with a surgical procedure. The same can be said for those who are overweight or think a breast enhancement will be the best way to be happy. Be strong and secure in yourself. Only then should you move forward with rhinoplasty, or any other kind of procedure. Embrace yourself an everything that stands out about you. Think of rhinoplasty as an addition to all of your good qualities.

 

Saline Breast Implants

July 18th, 2014

There are two types of breast implants- saline and silicone. This article will discuss saline breast implants. This type of implant for augmentation has a silicone shell that is filled with saline (salt and water).

Health Risks:

Saline implants pose no health risks as saline is absorbed into the body and approved by the FDA. In the case where they rupture it will be noticed immediately as it will deflate. At that point it will need to be removed and replaced with another saline implant.

Age:

This type of implant is available to anyone over the age of 18 where silicone you must be over 22 years of age. Although there are many 18 year old women who are well informed, it is felt that over 22 one is more apt to be more emotionally and physically ready.

Longevity:

The longevity of saline breast implants has a life span of 10-15 years. The best practice is to be followed by your surgeon every year. Typically, an implant is not replaced just because of length of time. Although not typical, some implants have lasted up to 30 years.

 The cost will depend on your geographical location. The average is approximately $4000-$6000. Basing your breast augmentation should not be based on price alone as the cost for a revision can be very costly. Make sure that you choose a surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Incision:

Most plastic surgeons will use either the periareola (below the lower half of the areola of the nipple) or the inframammary (crease under the breast) incision. Much will depend on your breast anatomy and surgeon preference. Periareola scars tend not to be visible as it blends in with the color. Continue reading about incision sites.

Recovery Time:

 After breast augmentation patients typically return to normal activity in 1 – 2 days. In most cases, the dressing may be removed the day following surgery. Exercises, such as raising arms above the head should be encouraged. This helps with soreness and increases blood flow to assist in healing and stretches the muscles. Vigorous activity should be restricted for 2 weeks to give the surgical area time to heal. Bruising is minimal. Pain medication may be needed for the first few days and then Tylenol should be sufficient. You can expect some swelling which should be gone in 3-4 weeks on average.

Most surgeons’ prefer the submusclar approach, under the muscle. It gives the breast a more natural look.

Surgical Risks:

With any type of surgery there is always risks involved. Those risks specific to saline breast implants are:

  • Infection
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Faulty placing on implant
  • Rupture or leakage of implant
  • The skin wrinkling over the implant
  • Fluid accumulation

Benefits:

 In most cases, breast implants are placed because of dissatisfaction of the way you look. This can be caused by the effects of aging, after weight loss and pregnancy. Implants can help your self esteem improve and body image.

Liposuction

July 17th, 2014

If you are wondering if liposuction is right for you, do your homework first and understand what is involved with the procedure. First, liposuction is going to cost you a pretty penny. As a form of cosmetic surgery, you will be out of luck with the insurance company. Second, you need to make a commitment to your body if you go through with the procedure. If you let yourself slip, you can gain weight and end up right where you started, wasting your hard-earned money. Think long and hard before you give a surgeon the green light.
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You also need to consider if you are a good candidate for liposuction. You need to be in good health and need to make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that will cause complications. Liposuction is recommended for trouble spots, those stubborn areas where fat collects on certain parts of the body, like the abdomen, hips, and thighs. If you work out on a regular basis, eat a balanced diet, and have reached your ideal weight, liposuction could work well for you.

Stay away from liposuction if you are planning on becoming pregnant or you need to lose a considerable amount of weight. Pregnancy is going to cause your body to change and could destroy the beneficial results of liposuction. If you need to lose weight, liposuction is not going to fix your problem. You need to do the work the old-fashioned way, working off those extra pounds first. Liposuction is not a quick fix and should never be looked at as the easy way to get the perfect body.

If you are going to go ahead with liposuction, be ready for the procedure and recovery. You’re going to deal with pain, tenderness, bruising, and swelling right after the procedure. As with any type of surgery, you could be at risk of complications. Be sure to research your options and find a surgeon that makes you feel comfortable. Do online research, word of mouth, and consultations before you choose your surgeon. Remember that you get what you pay for. Bargain shopping is definitely not the answer when considering cosmetic surgery. However, you can compare rates and services. Financing programs may make it more affordable as well. Liposuction is one way to give yourself a boost in self-esteem and enhance your appearance. You should always exhaust all other options before opting for surgery.

Breast Implants and Mental Health

July 17th, 2014

When people think about breast implants, whether silicone or saline, their minds immediately go to the reality of the procedure, to the feel of the breasts and to the look that is achieved. However, few people really understand what goes on in the minds of people whose lives are bettered through the use of this process.

There is a great deal of pressure in modern society to look a certain way, and for women, breasts are part of that picture. When a person looks down expecting to see curves on a chest that is mostly flat, there is a sense of dysphoria there that no padded bra can alleviate. Women speak of feeling foreign in their bodies, of feeling as if they are unwomanly or rendered unattractive due to what their perceive as their lack.

After breast implants, many woman are more confident than they have ever been in their lives. They feel as if they have the body that they have always wanted, in fact, the body that they should always have had. While some people call breast implants a needless procedure, it is more relevant by far to speak to the women who have received. They describe feelings of relief, of elation and of joy. Their bodies match what the image of what they should have been all along.
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For many women, breast implants allow them to change their lives in a real and meaningful way. Because they are constantly not at odds with their bodies, they can look after their health in a more realistic way. Women with implants are inspired to lose weight, to quit smoking, and to make other changes that increase their quality of life. These changes are things that can affect them on a long-term basis and for the better as well.

There is no doubt that the body affects the mind. When you look at your body and you see something that frustrates you, saddens you or makes you angry, it is important to do what you can to change in. For many women, breast implants offer a comfort with their bodies that they have never felt before. Imagine what it might feel like to finally have the body that you have always wanted, the one that you knew you were meant to have.

Consider what your options are when it comes to breast implants. It can change your mind as much as it changes your life!

What Does Breast Augmentation REALLY Do?

July 17th, 2014

When people talk about what breast augmentation does, the joking response is that of course it makes you happier! While emotional satisfaction is absolutely one of the results of breast augmentation, it is also important to understand what this surgical procedure does. In a breast augmentation process, either implants or fat are used to plump up the breasts.

Breast Augmentation Makes Breasts Larger
For women who have always been frustrated with the size of their breasts, breast augmentation is a process that can change their lives. Whether they want a modest increase or something more dramatic, breast augmentation can make them happier and more fulfilled when they look in the mirror. When you have a clear idea of what your body should look like, breast augmentation can help you really attain your goals.
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Breast Augmentation Evens Breasts Out
Natural breasts are always asymmetrical. There will always be a breast that is slightly larger or smaller than the other one. However, the asymmetry between a pair of natural breasts can be profound, and some women experience a difference of a cup size or more. Not only is this something that can make fitting clothes and undergarments more difficult, it is also something that can drastically affect a woman’s self image and confidence. Breast augmentation is something that evens breasts out, giving you a symmetrical profile.

Breast Augmentation Improves Confidence and Mental Health
Every day, women are belabored with messages that they do not look the way that they should. They internalize these messages, and when they see themselves in the mirror, they see something that they think is wrong or flawed. Life offers us problems, and then we learn how to solve them. Breast augmentation is something that solves the issues between our ears as much as the issues on our body. Women describe a real sense of relief and happiness when they see their bodies for the first time, and this feeling of satisfaction is unmistakable.

Breast Augmentation Does NOT Fix Sag
Breast augmentation changes the size and in some cases, the shape of breasts. However, sag, which is a result of loose skin and ligaments, is something that must be fixed with a breast lift, rather than through augmentation.

If you or someone you know is curious about breast augmentation, you must know what this process does. The more you know about it, the more you can learn about whether it is for you.

The Evolution of Liposuction: Radio Frequency Liposuction on the Horizon

December 14th, 2011

The Drive for Improved Liposuction Methods

Clearly, the manufacturers of liposuction technology are dedicated to improving technology. Both women and men are interested in finding improved ways to improve skin tone, elasticity and lose weight in the most troublesome areas. In fact, the technology of yesteryear did not provide for the needs of the obese which are provided in technology today. But why we would need radio frequency liposuction may be the question that still remains.

Radio frequency liposuction couples the advantage of today’s small cannulas that allow for smaller incisions and less trauma with energy based treatment that is targeted to contract the skin. In addition, radio frequency liposuction is said to hold promise for the treatment of large areas which might otherwise require additional treatment sessions. Finally, radio frequency liposuction may result in less pain, bruising, and swelling which helps to speed the wound healing process. Studies to support the efficacy of radio frequency liposuction are just beginning to surface. Yet, the technology may present another viable liposuction method in years to come.

Plastic Surgery Over The Holidays

December 2nd, 2011

December is traditionally our busiest month here at Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery.  At first it might seem unusual for people to have procedures over the holidays.  Certainly that is how it seemed to us at first.  But in some ways it does make sense.  People have time off so there are no scheduling issues.  There is plenty of time for recovery.  They have family around to help them during their recovery.

In our case, many people travel to us for plastic surgery procedures.  This is even moreso during the November and December.  While usually about twenty percent of our patients are from out of state or abroad, during the holiday period this goes up above fifty percent.  Our warm weather location is also part of the draw for people in the colder winter months.

While procedures done over the holidays are typically very rewarding for patient and their families, good planning is called for.  Following a procedure such as rhinoplasty, for example, there will be some restrictions on activities.  No running, swimming, sunning, or contact sports should be done for at least a few weeks after surgery.  If someone wants to have big New Year’s Eve celebrating, it may be best to postpone things until after the festivities are over.  But with good planing, care in communication between doctor, patient, and family, this is typically a great time to go ahead and plan for a change.

Getting a New Tummy

August 25th, 2011

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a tummy tuck, is a procedure performed to remove excess skin of the tummy and tighten the muscles of the abdomen (when indicated), producing a flatter, more even contour. Causes of these deformities include prior weight loss, pregnancies, obesity, and previous surgical incisions. The most common candidates for this procedure are men and women who have weak abdominal muscles and or a large fat deposit that  will not diminish with diet and exercise. Both men and women today are choosing to go forth with a tummy tuck to finally achieve the body they once had or want to finally have.

The first step to going about this process is to schedule a consultation.  Then it will be time to meet with your surgeon (and your consult should always be with the actual doctor doing the surgery). The first thing he/she will review is your current medical history, any previous surgeries, your expectations and the goals you have after surgery.  You will then discuss the procedure itself step by step by step. Then it will be time to meet with the consultant who will go over fees, necessary lab work that needs to be done beforehand, visits to your other doctors for medical clearance, as well and scheduling the appointment for you. At this time you will be able to take a look over many before and after photos that men and woman just like you have dreamed about. When discussing fees, make certain that this fee includes the surgeon fee, MD anesthesiologist fee, OR fees, and the follow-up visits as well.

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Getting a Tummy Tuck

July 13th, 2011

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen. Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. Many women who have lost elasticity due to pregnancy are also a great candidate for this procedure. This procedure will also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall giving the belly a flat and firm look.  It may also be useful after losing a lot of weight.

The first step to going about this surgery is to schedule a consultation. When you come for the consultation you will meet directly with your plastic surgery specialist. At this time he will examine your abdominal area, and go over your medical history and any previous surgeries you may have had. At this time you will be able to ask any questions or concerns you have about the surgery. You will then meet with the patient coordinator. She will have you look over photos, discuss pre-op and post-op instructions and work with you on the fees and scheduling the surgery. Once you decide upon a date we will send you to get blood work. For a male often just a normal blood count will be taken. For a female you will need a normal blood count and a pregnancy test to be taken.

The tummy tuck will take two to four hours. The incision will be made horizontally across the lower abdomen. The abdomen tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and defined waistline. The incision is then closed with stitches that are dissolvable and will fall out on their own. Once you are finished with surgery you will go to our recovery room for an additional two hours.  You must make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery. They must also stay with you the night of your surgery. You will want to take ten to fourteen days off from work.

10 Minute Cheek Augmentation

January 14th, 2011

If you have 10 minutes, you can have fuller, more aesthetically pleasing cheeks. Cheek Implants are the permanent solution for people seeking Cheek Augmentation or Enhancement but for those not wanting Cheek Implants fillers can be used to shape the cheeks using Perlane or Radiesse.

In as little as 10 minutes the cheeks can be re-shaped into a more attractive manner. There is minimal swelling and bruising, especially using Perlane and the results can last between 8-12 months.

It’s not uncommon, that people have just an area, of their cheeks, that need augmentation and enhancement. In these types of cases Cheek Implants are not the solution while fillers are perfectly suited to allow pinpoint modification of the cheeks.

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