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Will Fat Grafting Help My Sunken Cheeks?

By | 2018-04-04T19:52:41+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Face Surgery|

Depressed or sunken cheeks can have an adverse effect on how you perceive yourself. I have both men and women who come into my office and say they are unhappy with their facial structure. Filling in your cheeks can give you a better profile and a more balanced overall appearance. Patients who are looking to add long-term volume to their features yet aren’t ready for a full facelift, may want to consider a fat transfer procedure. How It Works Fat grafting (or fat transfer) is a minimally-invasive in-office [...]

Is an Abdominoplasty an Outpatient Procedure?

By | 2018-04-04T19:49:58+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

Abdominoplasty (often known as a tummy tuck) is an incredibly popular procedure among both men and women. Aging, significant changes in weight and even genetics can all contribute to a protruding belly. Through an easily-concealable incision at the bikini line, I’m able to remove unwanted fat, tighten abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin to give you a slimmer, more sculpted contour. Stretch marks below the belly button can also be addressed. Pre-Abdominoplasty A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The procedure is performed [...]

When Can I Resume Doing Yoga After My Face or Neck Lift?

By | 2018-04-04T19:36:34+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

There’s no question that yoga is a great way to stay fit. It can also be a fun social activity so it’s understandable that many of my patients are anxious to get back to their routine as soon as possible. However, certain yoga positions can put a strain on your face and neck potentially lengthening your recovery time. I always encourage patients to listen to me first, then their bodies after any surgery, including facelifts and neck lifts. Face and Neck Lift Recovery Every patient has circumstances that [...]

What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover?

By | 2018-04-10T17:10:33+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgery|

Many of the women who come into my practice feel frustrated with their post-pregnancy body. Having children affects every woman differently. For some, even with extensive dieting & exercising, childbearing and breastfeeding can diminish the work they previously put into keeping fit. Breasts can become sagging or deflated. Stretch marks and fat pockets that just won’t go away are commonly present on the abdomen and thighs. If this sounds familiar and you no longer plan on having children, you may be a good candidate a mommy makeover. A [...]

How Many Months Before My Wedding Should I Get Breast Implants?

By | 2018-04-04T18:56:09+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Congratulations! You’ve said ‘Yes!’ and are ready to start the next chapter of your life with your partner. A whirlwind of thoughts are probably running through your head. Where should we have the wedding? Who is going to cater? What color flowers do I want? What about bridesmaids? And on, and on. However, many women who want pre-wedding implants don’t realize one of the first things they need to plan is their breast surgery. Before Your Breast Augmentation First of all, as with any surgery, you’ll need to [...]

How Do I Plan My Breast Surgery?

By | 2018-04-04T18:45:20+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Whether you’re interested in an augmentation, breast reduction, or a breast lift, part of my job as a board-certified plastic surgeon is to ensure the best possible outcome. However, to avoid potential complications, breast surgery requires a good deal of planning ahead on your end. Having performed 5,000-plus breast surgeries, I know just how important it is to be prepared ahead of time. That way, when the day of your surgery arrives, you can spend that time resting and comfortably relaxing worry-free. Two-Weeks Prior You may not realize [...]

Why Do Celebrities and Wealthy People Sometimes End Up with Bad Facelifts?

By | 2018-04-04T18:01:29+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery, Plastic Surgery|

We’ve all seen them – famous celebrities, well-known socialites, politicians, people of wealth and power – with horrible facelifts. With all their resources and connections, how is that possible? And if these people end up with horrible results… well… it makes one nervous when considering a facelift. Why do celebrities and people of means end up with bad facelifts? I trained with a very famous plastic surgeon – Dr. Bruce Connell – acknowledged as one of the finest facelift surgeons of the 20th century. Practicing in Southern California, [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Implant Profile

By | 2018-02-16T21:08:39+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In my last blog, I discussed breast implant sizing to explain how I customize my choice of implant for you.  In this blog I'll discuss implant profile. Once we determine the size of the implant you want for your augmentation, we next need to determine the implant profile. Profile is another way of saying shape.  There are two factors in discussing profile – projection and base width. If you can picture a breast implant placed on a tabletop, the height of the implant from the table represents the [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Size

By | 2018-02-16T20:45:15+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In my last blog, I discussed breast implant shapes to explain how I customize my choice of implant for you.  In this blog, I’ll discuss implant size. Breast implant size is a highly personal decision.  As your surgeon, I will work with you to determine the size that is best for you – it is a collaborative process.  Your overall body shape and size, your chest wall shape and size, the elasticity of your skin, and the incision and implant type you choose determine a range of what I [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Round or Shaped

By | 2018-02-16T20:00:47+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In my last blog, I discussed the textures of breast implants to help explain how I customize my choice of implant for you. In this blog, I’ll be discussing implant shape. For many years implants were only available in one shape – round.  Not round like a ball, but round like the top of a muffin.  If you put the implant on a table and look at it from the top down, it is round in shape.  If you look at it from the side, the implant is [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Shell Texture

By | 2018-03-07T15:28:12+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed various characteristics of breast implants to explain how I customize my choice of implant for you. In this blog, we’ll discuss implant texture. The implant surface can be manufactured smooth, or rough like sandpaper, hence the common references of smooth or textured. Once inside your breast, the implant touches your body tissues. Your tissues respond to the implant by producing a thin layer of scar tissue that surrounds the implant, called a scar capsule.  At times, that scar capsule can tighten or contract [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Fill Material

By | 2018-03-07T15:30:19+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In a past blog on breast implants, I discussed the different implant manufacturers. In this blog, I’ll discuss the different options for filling implants. Implants consist of two components – the implant shell and the implant fill material.  Simply, the shell is a container for the fill. The shell is constructed of a silicone type material, is elastic, and will be discussed in detail in another blog. The fill material is either saline (sterile salt water) or silicone gel. Implants can be roughly categorized as saline or gel, based [...]

Breast Implant Primer – Manufacturers

By | 2018-02-16T18:29:36+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

In my last blog about breast implants, I provided a brief overview of implant options. In this blog, I’ll discuss the Manufacturers. As of 2017, there were three major manufacturers of breast implants. Breast implants are controlled by the FDA, just like drugs, and all manufacturers must follow very strict guidelines and practices to be allowed to manufacture and sell breast implants. It is not legal to use implants from non-FDA approved companies, and there must be a “chain of possession” between the manufacturer and the doctor.  Surgeons are [...]

Breast Augmentation Primer – Implant Selection

By | 2018-02-21T19:01:42+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Choices, choices, choices!  There are lots of options when it comes down to selecting the correct implant for you.  Too many in fact, to completely explain in one blog, so I’ll take a few to get it all down. When making a choice, you’ll probably rely on your plastic surgeon to narrow it down once you’ve made it clear what your goals are with your breast augmentation.  I offer EVERY option to my patients – I have no “special deals” manufacturers. You can be assured that you’ll receive the implant [...]

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

By | 2018-04-04T19:45:22+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, remains one of the most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures I receive to date. With the newest technology and techniques, breast augmentation has become safer and more natural-looking than ever. Patients that come into my office with realistic expectations have a high satisfaction rate after the procedure. Today I’ll discuss what may or may not make you a good candidate for breast implants. Is breast augmentation right for me? Well, that depends. This procedure, like all surgery, requires a good deal of consideration. [...]

Am I Ready for a Facelift?

By | 2018-01-31T20:55:05+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Face Surgery|

Facelifts (rhytidectomy) have been around for over 100 years, but the procedure has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Correcting fine lines, sagging skin, and excess fat due to aging has been a priority for thousands of years, and believe it or not, some of the treatments, such as fruit acid peels, have been around since Egyptian times. These days, however, facial plastic surgery techniques have improved tremendously. You can now have a younger, fresher-looking, natural appearance with long-lasting results from a simple, safe procedure. As we get older, [...]

How Long After Eyelid Surgery Can I Go Skiing?

By | 2018-01-30T23:12:36+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Facial Surgery|

It’s that time of year again. Active men and women are making the most of the season by suiting up and hitting the slopes (including me!). But many aren’t quite sure how much recovery time they’ll need post-procedure for complete recovery. Eyelid surgery is extremely popular, and winter is a good time for surgery. Recovery time is a common question. Most swelling, bruising, and pain are gone within one to two weeks but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fully recovered. Physical activities can elevate blood pressure and prolong your [...]

Which Plastic Surgery Technique is Best?

By | 2018-01-11T18:06:33+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Plastic Surgery|

Plastic surgeons are creative people. We use our creativity to solve problems. There’s a joke amongst us: if you ask five plastic surgeons to develop an operation to solve a given problem you’re going to get five different solutions. Assuming all five operations solve the problem how does a plastic surgeon know which operation is the best? In the old days, most plastic surgeons used the technique they learned in residency. However, every great plastic surgeon always looks to improve their result. I trained at Stanford University – arguably the [...]

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