Non-Surgical Wrinkle Reduction with Fillers

More and more patients are coming into our office seeking out procedures that will allow them to achieve maximum results with minimal downtime. While a facelift with or without fat transfer is the gold standard procedure for wrinkle reduction and volume loss, there are a variety of non-surgical alternatives available. The two main tools are fillers (to replace lost volume) and muscle blockers (like Botox®, which reduce muscle activity that causes frown lines and dynamic wrinkles).  In this blog, I’ll discuss the advantages of fillers to reduce or eliminate [...]

By | 2019-09-27T12:56:12+00:00 October 27th, 2019|Non-Surgical, Wrinkle Correction, Wrinkle Correction|

Is It Possible to Re-Size and Re-Shape Your Nipples and Areola?

Every woman has a specific goal in mind when it comes to what her ideal contours are. One woman may come into our office seeking a breast enlargement, while another might be better suited for a lift procedure. The size, shape, and projection of the nipple and areola is also a common concern among many women. The good news is, it is possible to re-size your nipples and areola in a way that’s more aesthetically pleasing and natural to your overall breast contours. Nipple and Areola reduction surgery is [...]

By | 2019-09-27T12:55:54+00:00 October 12th, 2019|Breast Surgery, Nipple Correction, Procedures|

How Can I Eliminate My Sagging Jowls?

Sagging jowls are a common concern for many aging adults. As we get older, years of gravity combined with our natural loss of skin elasticity, genetics, and even our lifestyle habits, can play a role in how quickly our facial appearance becomes aged. The good news is, sagging jowls aren’t something you have to live with any longer. I offer several solutions for unwanted sagging jowls. Some are short term fixes that need to be repeated – others are long lasting. Depending on the severity of your concerns and [...]

By | 2019-09-06T16:14:13+00:00 September 26th, 2019|Facelift, Facial Surgery|

How to Achieve A Natural Breast Augmentation

For many women, the goal of breast augmentation has changed over the last several decades. In the past, women wanted significantly fuller breasts with a more rounded shape. These days however, more and more women are seeking natural contours that are more proportionate to their frame. The great thing about breast implants is the ability to achieve results that are in line with your preferred aesthetic goals, whether it be subtle or dramatic changes.  Studies have shown, based on self-reported quality of life metrics, that a well planned and [...]

By | 2019-09-06T16:13:58+00:00 September 17th, 2019|Breast, Breast Augmentation, Procedures|

Is Cheek Augmentation Part of a Facelift?

Facelift procedures are the gold standard when it comes to mid-to-lower facial rejuvenation. A facelift is ideal for patients that are bothered by facial volume loss, droopy fat pads, or excess skin. The procedure is highly customizable according to the patient’s individual concerns and goals. In fact, combination procedures aren’t at all uncommon. As a board-certified surgeon, I’ve helped countless men and women achieve their desired contours through facial cosmetic surgery. For patients that have severe volume loss in the upper cheek area, I may suggest pairing a cheek augmentation [...]

By | 2019-08-21T13:48:57+00:00 August 21st, 2019|Chin and Cheek, Facelift, Facial Surgery|

What is the Difference Between Functional & Aesthetic Breast Surgery?

When people think of breast surgery, their minds typically assume the procedure is being done for aesthetic reasons. However, many women also opt to undergo breast surgery for functional purposes. As a board-certified surgeon, I routinely perform both functional and aesthetic breast surgery procedures for my patients. Today, we’ll take a look at the key differences between the two. (Note - this will not discuss breast reconstruction following mastectomy breast removal - usually related to breast cancer). View More Patient Results [...]

By | 2019-08-21T13:48:21+00:00 August 10th, 2019|Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Breast Surgery|

In the News: Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

Breast Implant Associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL) is a form of lymphoma seen in women who have breast implants. ALCL is not breast cancer, it is a rare type of cancer of the immune cells.  While all women with breast implants, or considering breast implants, should know about BIA-ALCL, it is extremely rare, very treatable, and should not be a major source of concern. Below are a series of frequently asked questions and answers.  Plastic Surgery professional organizations recommend that if you have any concerns or questions that you return to [...]

By | 2019-07-26T20:16:53+00:00 July 26th, 2019|Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgery|

How Should I Prepare for the Recovery Period After My Surgery?

Adequately preparing for your upcoming surgery is vital for reducing post-surgical stress. While every surgery varies as far as recovery goes, there are several things you can do to ensure a smooth healing process with minimal pain, scarring or complications. Today, we’ll take a closer look at a few things you can do prior to your procedure for a quick and easy recovery. Adequately preparing for your upcoming surgery is helpful in reducing pre-surgical stress as well… so do it! #1: Run Your Errands [...]

By | 2019-07-26T20:22:41+00:00 July 18th, 2019|Plastic Surgery|

Can Men Get Eyelid Lifts?

More and more men are spending time and money on their outward appearance, and for  good reason! The way people look at us can have a significant impact on the way we see ourselves. We’re able to feel more confident in every aspect of our lives from work, to social situations, and even in our family lives. Eyelid lifts are one of the most commonly requested procedures among men. Sagging upper lids and excess skin and protruding fat bags don’t have to take over your life. As a [...]

By | 2019-07-26T20:27:17+00:00 July 9th, 2019|Blepharoplasty, Plastic Surgery|

What is the Recovery Time for Liposuction?

Liposuction is the ideal procedure for men and women who are bothered by localized fat pockets that aren’t responding to traditional weight loss methods. Certain areas around the face, neck, and body are hard to treat with diet and exercise alone. While a patient may be nearly satisfied with their progress, liposuction can help them sculpt their final figure and give them a newfound sense of self-confidence. Throughout treatment, I use the latest, most state-of-the-art forms of liposuction combined with advanced surgical skill. Depending on the area being treated [...]

By | 2019-08-28T13:04:01+00:00 June 25th, 2019|Liposuction|

What is the Recovery Time for an Eyelid Lift?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a commonly requested procedure among aging adults. The eyes can be one of the first tell-tale signs that you’re aging faster on the outside than you feel on the inside. Most patients are happy with the results of their procedure immediately and can maintain lasting results for a lifetime to come. One of the best things about an eyelid lift is the relatively short recovery period. Eyelid lift procedures are highly customizable to the patient’s wishes. You may choose to undergo the procedure for aesthetic [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:17:55+00:00 June 14th, 2019|Blepharoplasty, Facial Surgery|

Can I Get A Brow Lift Without A Full Facelift?

Aging doesn’t occur at the same time or way in every area on our body. Some men and women may experience aging solely on the upper portion of their face due to sun exposure, gravity, or facial tension (we’re talking about stress here). Others may be better suited for a traditional facelift to address facial volume loss. That’s why I find it so important to personally customize procedures according to each patient’s individual needs. What is a Brow Lift? A brow lift [...]

By | 2019-07-08T18:19:53+00:00 June 5th, 2019|Facial Surgery|

Why is a Facelift Better than Fillers?

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures have been gaining popularity in recent years for good reasons. The fillers available and the results obtained, when performed appropriately, are better and better. I believe in fillers as an option, and I offer them and do all the injections myself in my practice. Unfortunately, I see all too many cases where they are used inappropriately. While dermal fillers offer promising results, they are not an alternative to a facelift. If you are looking to address minor early-on signs of aging with a quick, in-office visit, [...]

By | 2019-07-03T15:26:55+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Facelift, Facial Surgery|

Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to reduce, lift, and reshape breasts to reduce the discomfort related to large breasts, and to create better proportion and balance with the rest of the body. The procedure is highly individualized but may include removal of excess skin, lifting and repositioning the breasts, removal of excess glandular tissue and fat to make the breast size smaller and reshaping to provide more symmetry between the breasts. Most women feel an immediate sense of relief after the procedure with an increase [...]

By | 2019-07-03T15:24:41+00:00 May 17th, 2019|Breast Reduction|

How Long is the Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck procedures (abdominoplasties) are highly sought after among both men and women. The one-time procedure effectively contours the abdomen in a way that diet and exercise alone cannot. If you have an unwanted belly bulge or excess skin that simply won’t go away, it might be time to consider enlisting the help of surgical intervention. Through advanced surgical techniques, I’m able to minimize blood loss and other potential complications while also facilitating a speedy recovery. Tummy tucks are highly customizable, making the healing process unique to the individual [...]

By | 2019-07-02T16:36:20+00:00 May 6th, 2019|Tummy Tuck|

How Long is the Recovery for a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy, weight gain, and breastfeeding can all have a negative impact on a woman’s self-image. With today’s advanced surgical techniques, however, we’re able to help sculpt and restore a woman’s shape to her ideal pre-pregnancy figure. A mommy makeover is a specialized approach to body contouring tailored to meet a new mothers’ specific goals. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss all of your mommy makeover options in depth. Afterward, we’ll create a customized treatment and talk about how you can prepare for your upcoming procedure. With careful [...]

By | 2019-05-09T17:09:05+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Mommy Makeover|

Is Fat Grafting Better Than Fillers?

Fat grafting and fillers are both important parts of my practice and I perform both regularly. Patients commonly ask, “Which is better?” The answer – it depends! What are fillers?Fillers are synthetic material that is kept “on the shelf” until it is used. It is typically a hyaluronic gel that is produced by bacteria, highly purified, sterilized, and provided to doctors in pre-filled sterile syringes. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of skin and was originally produced for fillers by extracting it [...]

By | 2019-05-09T17:10:41+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Fillers and Fat Grafting|

Exercises Following Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation involves placing breast implants, either silicone gel filled or saline filled implants, through an incision located in one of three locations – under the breast where the breast hits the chest wall, around the areola, or through a small incision in the axilla or under arm. The implants can be placed on top of or under the main chest muscle called the pectoralis major. Regardless of the type of implant, the skin incision, or the location in relation to the muscle, post-surgery breast exercises are important [...]

By | 2019-05-02T07:01:22+00:00 April 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

As a board-certified surgeon and body contouring specialist, I see many men and women who are unhappy with the physical appearances of their waistline. Excess fat and skin can lead to feelings of inadequacy, especially for those who are otherwise healthy, fit adults. Many patients turn to surgical procedures to address concerns that diet and exercise won’t fix alone. Before jumping into surgery, it’s a good idea to learn a bit more about what procedures may or may not be right for you. While a [...]

By | 2019-06-24T16:28:00+00:00 April 1st, 2019|Liposuction, Tummy Tuck|

Facelift Vs. Facial Lipo: Do I Need Both?

Facial rejuvenation is one of the most commonly requested surgical procedures among both men and women. However, the main worry patients have is looking “pulled” or “overdone” which represents a surgical failure. Great plastic surgery whispers, it doesn’t shout! The key to optimal rejuvenation is a natural, graceful, balanced appearance. Through advanced surgical techniques and artistic application of those methods, patients can achieve rejuvenation without telltale signs of surgery. In an effort to avoid a facelift, many patients request facial liposuction as an alternative. While [...]

By | 2019-05-09T17:12:47+00:00 March 29th, 2019|Facelift, Facial Liposuction|

Are There Any Scars With a Facelift?

Facelift surgery can be a game-changer for many men and women. They’re able to achieve a younger, more youthful contoured facial appearance with a single procedure. Today, we’re going to address one of the most commonly asked questions “Are there any scars with a facelift?” Understandably, scarring can be a valid concern with any surgery, but I’ve got good news for you!   Through advanced surgical techniques, patients are able to get the results they want with almost no visible signs that they’ve had any surgery at all. [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:08:44+00:00 March 16th, 2019|Facelift|

Am I Too Young for a Facelift

Everyone ages differently. Genetics, sun damage, and other environmental factors all play a role in when the underlying foundation of our face starts to change. That being said, there is no set age or simple answer to the question of when to do your facelift.  Instead, when evaluating clients, I focus more on the severity of their aging condition, skin elasticity, sag, and droop.  This is much more important than age as a determining factor. While some patients opt to have a mini facelift procedure in their mid-to-late [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:15:17+00:00 March 3rd, 2019|Facelift|

What to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon for your upcoming procedure is critical to achieving an optimal outcome with natural-looking results. It takes great artistry and skill to bring balance, harmony, and symmetry to the face and body. It’s a process that takes careful consideration but is well-worth the end-result once you find a surgeon you connect with. If you were to do a quick Google search, you’d probably come up with a dozen or more plastic surgeons in your area alone but not all are created equal. [...]

By | 2019-04-11T19:31:59+00:00 February 28th, 2019|Plastic Surgeons|

Upper Vs. Lower Eyelid Lift

Blepharoplasty, which can refer to either an upper or lower eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure designed to reverse the visible effects of aging of the upper face. In our culture, we are taught to “look people in the eye” so we become very good at noticing even minor signs of aging. Our eyes are the first thing people see and they are critical for making the best impression. If your eyes make you look older, tired, stressed, or angry, you may be a good fit for blepharoplasty surgery. [...]

By | 2019-05-29T19:54:07+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Blepharoplasty|

What’s the Recovery Time for a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the world’s most commonly performed cosmetic surgery, and with careful planning, recovery is typically quick and easy. Thousands of women have the procedure each year to increase the size and enhance the shape of their breasts. Whether you’re bothered by underdeveloped breasts or would like to boost breast size after pregnancy, an augmentation can help. Recovery times can vary based on a large number of factors. Your overall health, incision type, placement, and even size, of your implant can all play a [...]

By | 2019-04-11T20:02:18+00:00 February 3rd, 2019|Breast Augmentation|

How Can I Safely Reduce My Turkey Neck?

A “turkey neck” or “turkey waddle” can be a bothersome concern for many men and women. The skin on our neck is thinner and more susceptible to the effects of sun damage and aging. Some patients are so embarrassed by the lower face and neck that it affects the clothing they wear and the social activities they participate in. But, a “turkey neck” is something that can safely be addressed with surgery. The gold standard procedure for an unwanted “turkey neck” is a neck lift. [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:24:48+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Necklift|

How Long Does A Facelift Last?

Facelift procedures can take 10-15 years off of your appearance. The procedure can produce life-changing results for the right candidate. Many patients opt to have facelift surgery for a dramatically more youthful appearance, while others prefer a subtle change. And always, always natural.  As a board-certified surgeon, I’ve helped thousands of women and men achieve the results they want with the least invasive procedure possible. Every patient, and every surgery, is a highly customized procedure and no two patients get exactly the same results from [...]

By | 2019-04-02T15:24:49+00:00 January 19th, 2019|Facelift|

What are the Best Breast Implants?

There are many reasons you may be considering a breast augmentation. Perhaps you’re unhappy with the size or shape of breasts that you were genetically given. Or, maybe you’ve encountered volume loss after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the natural aging process. Either way, implants may be the solution you’re looking for to enhance the shape and size of your breasts. When it comes to breast implants, there are numerous options available. Why? Because every woman is unique and has her own idea about what is aesthetically [...]

By | 2019-03-27T16:46:13+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Breast Augmentation|

How Should I Prepare for My Rhinoplasty?

Nasal surgery can be done for cosmetic purposes such as changing the size, shape, or angle of your nose but it can also be done to improve breathing problems. Whatever the reason you’re interested in having a rhinoplasty, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. With just a few simple preparations you can limit potential complications and ensure a faster healing time. Rhinoplasty Consultation One of the most important aspects of your rhinoplasty is choosing a skilled surgeon that can help you achieve the look and feel [...]

By | 2019-04-01T15:11:43+00:00 November 15th, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

How Can I Maintain the Results of My Facelift?

Facelifts can be both physically and emotionally beneficial. Patients can achieve a younger, well-rested appearance and enjoy a newfound confidence. The procedure reduces visible signs of aging for men and women alike. Fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, volume-loss, and lax skin can all be addressed. The longevity of your facelift is dependent upon your overall health, age, bone structure, previous surgeries, skin elasticity, and the surgical technique used. I use the most advanced techniques to ensure long-term results. When done correctly, the incremental benefits from your [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:42:28+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

How Long Before My Son/Daughter’s Wedding Should I Get Botox®?

Congratulations! Your son/daughter is getting married. Being a part of such a special moment is exciting news. You’ll be surrounded by friends and family. It’ll be a full day and evening of speeches and photo ops galore. You’re going to want to look your best for this once in a lifetime event! Botox® can make you look years-younger and alleviate aesthetic symptoms associated with pre-wedding stress. But, there’s a right -and a wrong- time to get Botox® before the big day. If you want to be the picture-perfect Mother [...]

By | 2019-01-14T05:55:36+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Botox|

Do I Need to Get My Breast Implants Replaced?

You’ve had your breast implants for a while. If you’re like many women, you’ve heard all about the infamous 10-year rule. It seems everything you read screams that you’ll need to replace your implants within this time frame. The truth is, only about 20% of women need breast revision surgery after ten years. Having performed well over 5,000 breast surgeries throughout my career, I can tell you, every situation is unique. Some women may need to have their implants replaced within just a few years while others are perfectly [...]

By | 2018-10-12T20:04:16+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

How Can I Maintain the Results of My Facelift?

Facelifts can be both physically and emotionally beneficial. Patients can achieve a younger, well-rested appearance and enjoy a newfound confidence. The procedure reduces visible signs of aging for men and women alike. Fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, volume-loss, and lax skin can all be addressed. The longevity of your facelift is dependent upon your overall health, age, bone structure, previous surgeries, skin elasticity, and the surgical technique used. A skilled, board-certified surgeon uses the most advanced techniques to ensure long-term results. When done correctly, the incremental benefits from [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:31:01+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

Does Fat Grafting Give Better Results than Injectable Fillers?

Both fat grafting and injectable dermal fillers can address age-related volume-loss throughout the face and body. Men and women can instantly achieve better contours that make them look and feel more youthful. Although fat and fillers provide similar results in many instances, they’re vastly different techniques that are highly-individualized.  So, which gives better results? Well, that depends on what you’d like to accomplish. In fact, I often use them in a complementary manner for patients who want a full facial rejuvenation but aren’t quite ready for a surgical procedure. [...]

By | 2018-10-12T19:37:08+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

How is Cost Determined for a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentations can be a life-changing event for the right woman. In women who naturally develop small breasts and are unhappy with their figure, breast augmentation can provide the shape and balance many desire.  Also, the procedure can restore breast volume lost as a result of childbearing, nursing, or the natural aging process. Implants can also help boost self-esteem and self-confidence in women who are unhappy with the current size and shape of their breasts. Having performed over 5,000 successful breast surgeries over the course of my career, I [...]

By | 2019-05-15T05:48:44+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Will a Chin Enhancement Make My Chin Stronger and My Profile More Balanced?

A weak chin can have an adverse effect on every aspect of life for both men and women. Many of my patients confide that they feel less confident in the workplace, partake in fewer social situations, and suffer from low self-esteem solely because of their condition. Chin enhancement is an option for patients to achieve a better balance to their overall facial appearance. What is Chin Augmentation? A chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that alters the underlying structure of your lower face. It can create a well-defined [...]

By | 2018-10-04T12:25:48+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

Are Facelifts Different for Men and Women?

A common misconception in society is that plastic surgery is just for women. Well, these days, more and more guys are spending their time and money on improving their overall appearance. After all, why wouldn’t men look and feel their best-self possible too? That leaves many people wondering the somewhat complicated question... ‘Are facelifts different for men and women?’ As I mentioned, the answer is somewhere in the grey-zone. Yes, the procedure addresses many of the same concerns for both sexes; fine lines and wrinkles, loose/saggy skin, loss [...]

By | 2019-07-06T07:01:44+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

Is a Neck Lift Part of a Facelift?

A commonly asked question among many patients who walk through my door is ‘What’s the difference between a facelift and a neck lift?’ Typically, that’s followed up with a prompt ‘Which is right for me?’ While it’s nearly impossible to determine which procedure you’ll benefit from the most without an in-person evaluation, I’ll do my best to lay the groundwork here. To start, it’s important to note, for many men and women, it isn’t necessarily an ‘either, or’ situation. The procedures are complimentary - they work well together.  [...]

By | 2019-05-15T06:13:21+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Facial Surgery|

How Soon After My Breast Augmentation Can I Play Tennis?

So, you’ve had breast surgery and you’re understandably anxious to get back on the court. However, breast augmentations require recovery time. Tennis is considered a strenuous activity that uses your entire body. If you’re not careful, overhead stretching and serving can prolong your healing process, and the high impact nature of the sport can put strain on your breasts. It’s important to closely follow your post-surgical instructions to avoid infection, increased scarring, and other potential complications. Breast Augmentation Recovery No two women are identical. The size [...]

By | 2019-05-15T06:41:37+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

How Should I Plan for My Facelift Surgery?

A facelift is a serious surgical procedure that requires both artistry and skill. As your board-certified surgeon, it’s my duty to deliver optimal results and help restore your natural beauty. There are things you can do as a patient to ensure your recovery goes as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Spend a little extra time preparing so when the time comes, you can focus on yourself. Two-Weeks Prior to SurgeryYou may be surprised to learn just how much you can do in the weeks before your scheduled appointment. This [...]

By | 2019-05-15T06:52:58+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery|

Does a Breast Lift Make My Breasts Smaller?

With cosmetic breast surgery, I have three options – I can make your breasts larger (breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty), I can make your breasts smaller (breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty), and I can lift your breasts (breast lift or mastopexy).  I can also do combinations – breast reduction and lift, or breast augmentation and lift. A breast augmentation makes your breast larger by placing an implant behind your natural breast – the final size is the combination of the implant I place plus your natural breast tissue. [...]

By | 2019-05-15T08:24:20+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

What is a Deep Plane Facelift and Why Does Dr. B Do That in Every Facelift?

The first facelift was performed in 1901 by a German surgeon in Berlin.  An elderly Polish aristocrat asked him to “lift my cheeks.” He did the operation by making incisions in front of and behind the ears. The lift involved pulling on the skin, and the removing the excess. While the technique changed somewhat over the next 70 years, the “skin” facelift was the procedure for facial rejuvenation until the early 1970’s.  Tord Skoog, a Swedish plastic surgeon, was frustrated by the results of skin facelifts. Skin stretches, [...]

By | 2019-05-15T08:58:13+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Why Can’t I Take a Cab Home After My Outpatient Surgery?

With most of my outpatient surgeries, patients receive either sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia. While I also use local anesthesia during your procedure, sedation or general anesthesia reduces anxiety and pain. Patients who have sedation may have some awareness of the surgery, while those under general anesthesia have none. With both procedures, after the surgery patients will be somewhat groggy for a period of hours. Usually, the mental grogginess clears by the next day and patients feel more like themselves. Because of the grogginess that occurs after either anesthesia [...]

By | 2019-05-15T08:31:26+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

Will Fat Grafting Help My Sunken Cheeks?

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T09:01:41+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Face Surgery|

Is an Abdominoplasty an Outpatient Procedure?

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T09:05:48+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

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

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T09:09:45+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Plastic Surgery|

What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover?

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 [...]

By | 2019-07-06T07:03:18+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgery|

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

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T10:04:18+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

How Do I Plan My Breast Surgery?

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T09:12:22+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

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

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, [...]

By | 2019-06-07T12:59:37+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Face Surgery, Facial Surgery, Plastic Surgery|

Breast Implant Primer – Implant Profile

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T10:25:08+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Breast Implant Primer – Size

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 [...]

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

Breast Implant Primer – Round or Shaped

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 [...]

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

Breast Implant Primer – Shell Texture

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T10:09:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Breast Implant Primer – Fill Material

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 [...]

By | 2019-05-15T10:05:30+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Breast Augmentation|

Breast Implant Primer – Manufacturers

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 [...]

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

Breast Augmentation Primer – Implant Selection

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 [...]

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

Am I a Good Candidate for 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. [...]

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

Am I Ready for a Facelift?

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, [...]

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

How Long After Eyelid Surgery Can I Go Skiing?

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 [...]

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

Which Plastic Surgery Technique is Best?

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 finest [...]

By | 2019-05-15T08:03:29+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Plastic Surgery|

Who I Am and Why I Blog

Plastic Surgery. Who I Am and Why I Blog! What do you get when you combine Art and Science? When those are your passions – when doing those things is how you want to spend your life – and when using your hands is how you express yourself – plastic surgery is the answer. No question. So every day, I wake up excited by the prospect of another day in the operating room. In my studio, I paint and sculpt – in my operating room, I do the same. The [...]

By | 2019-03-25T21:23:01+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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