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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 | 2018-10-12T20:52:58+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 | 2018-10-12T20:56:10+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 | 2018-10-12T17:43:14+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 | 2018-09-29T10:31:35+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 | 2018-07-05T15:24:38+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 | 2018-07-05T14:56:17+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 | 2018-07-03T20:59:12+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 | 2018-05-04T14:40:51+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 | 2018-05-03T21:30:27+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 | 2018-05-03T21:32:21+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 | 2018-04-04T19:52:41+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 | 2018-04-04T19:49:58+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 | 2018-04-04T19:36:34+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 | 2018-04-10T17:10:33+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 | 2018-04-04T18:56:09+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 | 2018-04-04T18:45:20+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 | 2018-04-04T18:01:29+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 | 2018-02-16T21:08:39+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 | 2018-03-07T15:28:12+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 | 2018-05-24T20:14:51+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 [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:29:52+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 | 2018-05-24T20:35:55+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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