For today’s women, sagging bodies are no longer an inevitable aftereffect of childbearing. More mothers are turning to plastic surgery to regain their figures when diet and exercise alone won’t do the trick-and talking openly about their procedures.
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A ‘mini face lift’ can erase years from a person’s appearance in a relatively short amount of time. Also known as short-scar face lift, S-lift and various other marketing-related names, this procedure is a good option for patients striving to look their best for an upcoming event or minimize time away from work.
Patients who have lost massive amounts of weight following gastric bypasses and related procedures sometimes are left with large skin folds that exercise alone cannot resolve. These patients are turning to plastic surgeons to tighten their skin, freeing them to lead active, healthier, more confident lives.
Two of the most common mistakes that couples suffering from infertility (and even some physicians) make are holding off on treating the underlying cause and performing futile, ineffective treatments that only waste time, energy and money.
The “alphabet soup” that often accompanies a physician’s name is meant to clarify his or her credentials. Unfortunately, without an appropriate glossary of terms and acronyms, often the letters and titles lead to more confusion.
Forehead lifting is a very powerful way to rejuvenate the upper face and upper eyelids. It can be used to restore a youthful shape to the eyebrows by sliding the forehead upward and maintaining it in an improved position.
In a world obsessed with the Atkins and South Beach diets, where the number of diet pills sold is increasing, it should come as no surprise that thousands of people are successfully losing significant amounts of weight each year. Unfortunately, this can leave loose, hanging skin behind.
The “no downtime” procedure refers to any facial enhancement treatment that does not require time off from work or social engagements. The trend started a decade ago with so-called “lunchtime” peels.
What is ultraviolet radiation and what is UVA? Why do we need to block it and how can you tell if your sunscreen does a good job? These are important questions but not ones easily answered by the average consumer.
Mild to moderate male pattern hair loss affects approximately 50 percent of men by age 50. The exact cause of male pattern baldness is unknown, although there are several contributory factors.
There is a little question that doctors are seeing better-informed patients arrive at their offices today than a decade ago. More and more, patients show up already interested in a particular procedure(s) and inform us that they have researched the subject in preparation for their consultation.
Many women hide their upper arms, even in the dog days of summer, because they are unwilling to wear sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts. They feel their upper arms are too big and bulky compared to their body, or that their skin hangs or is too loose, which gives their arms an unflattering silhouette.
Liposuction has evolved considerably from its origins in the early 1980s. Back then the procedure was performed in hospital operating rooms, requiring blood transfusions and a significant period of recovery. Now liposuction is a safe outpatient operation with minimal blood loss and a quick convalescence.
We only get one chance at a first impression, and the person who projects the best self-image makes the best impression. In today’s competitive society, people recognize the importance of self-improvement, whether it is for social or professional reasons.
Despite the extensive peels, laser treatments, and dermabrasion techniques available today, the facelift continues to be the technique that patients turn to when their jowls, neckline, and the areas around the mid-face begin to sag, or when their facial wrinkles and creases become deeper.
Women who come to my office to learn about breast augmentation surgery often have many questions about the procedure. Typically, they have been thinking about having the procedure performed for a long period of time, and have many questions about the details of the procedure.
The goal of the modern facelift is to restore a youthful appearance in a way that looks pleasing and natural - not tightly pulled or obviously surgical. Your surgeon should strive for a harmonious, natural-looking correction of the aging changes in the cheeks, neckline, and jaw.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then bags and droops surrounding them can be significant detractors. Such effects, which inevitably develop over time, can leave a person looking tired and worn down.
Would you like a facelift that didn't show any scars? A facelift that left you looking younger and more refreshed, without any of that pulled, unnatural look that you've seen? A facelift subtle enough to be useful for the early signs of aging in your thirties, yet powerful enough to be used in your fifties, and still avoid visible scars in front of the ears?
The mini-brow lift is a quick, minimally invasive method of correcting the lax frontalis forehead muscles and ‘over-pull’ of the eyebrow depressors or “frown lines.” The principle goals of this procedure are to elevate the eyebrow along the bony arch, and to achieve symmetry of the eyebrows.
One of the newest trends in cosmetic surgery revolves around what we call “volume replacement.” Until recently, rejuvenation surgery involved treatment of the skin through tightening or repositioning. However, much of facial aging occurs as the soft facial tissues are lost with aging.
Dr. Greenberg is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and former President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He answers a number of commonly asked questions about breast augmentation to educate potential patients about the procedure.
One of the first places we show age is around the eyes. The skin surrounding this area is the thinnest on our body and the sockets that nature designed to protect the eyes encourage the skin to stretch, muscles to weaken, and excess fat to gather above and beneath the lids.
No matter what type of aesthetic facial surgery procedure you may be considering, preparing your body, skin, and mind before the procedure is critical.
Have you ever wondered why your friend who always looked tired and worn out suddenly came over one day looking like she had finally gotten some rest? Do you wish there were something you could do that could give you that same rested look?
Scars come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. They can be red, brown, blue, or white. Some are raised, while others are depressed, indented, or bound down to underlying bone or muscle. Some are hard and some are soft.
Ever wonder who’s actually having plastic surgery? Look in the mirror, because it’s not just celebrities and the wealthy that are seeking the services of plastic surgeons. Today’s plastic surgery patients include both sexes and all age groups.
The incidence of heart attacks may be twice as high in patients with gum disease. Why? Because the gums bleed when brushed if the disease is not treated.
Do you have unnaturally colored, metallic fillings? Are you self-conscious when you smile or laugh? Have you experienced embarrassment as a result? Imagine being able to finally laugh out loud, or smile as wide as you would like, without anyone seeing your fillings.
Are you unhappy with your bite or the way your teeth look and feel, but can’t face the idea of orthodontic braces? Instant orthodontics may be the solution to your dental problem.
By age seventeen, more than seven percent of Americans are missing at least one permanent tooth, according to studies done by the U.S. Surgeon General. For the sake of oral health, when you lose a tooth it is generally a good idea to have it replaced.
As cosmetic dentists we are constantly finding new techniques to make more predictable the science and art of making beautiful smiles. We have come a long way as a result of better porcelains and more translucent and resistant composites and bonds.
Do you think you would have more friends because your smile made a fantastic first impression? Would you be more willing to be outgoing and fun-loving if others kept telling you, ‘Gee, you sure have a beautiful smile!’
Imagine a tooth replacement that looks and feels much like your own natural tooth. Because dental implants can offer this and other benefits, they may be the best way to replace your missing teeth.
Does your mouth feel dry at mealtime? Do you have trouble eating dry foods? Is swallowing difficult? Do you need to moisten your mouth often or sip liquids often? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be one of the many people who suffer from xerostomia, also known as dry mouth.
Many suffer from anxiety over their health and are anxious about dental care. Quite a few of these people ignore the warning signs and fail to seek care because they would rather not treat the problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease is the most prevalent disease in the world today. Many researchers suspect that gum disease may also be directly linked to heart disease and strokes.
When gum disease is diagnosed many patients respond in horror, especially when considering the possibility of a surgical procedure. But there is good news at hand for those who know they have a gum problem.
With the advent of custom, wavefront-guided surgery; it has become even more important to minimize distortions in the cornea to optimize the quality of vision. As a result, some leading ophthalmologists are no longer making corneal flaps to perform refractive surgery.
The field of Ophthalmology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last ten years. New technologies and new techniques are allowing physicians to not only restore vision in damaged eyes, but also to improve the way we see with healthy eyes.
In the beginning, many patients assumed that with the evolution of refractive surgery and improving technology, a good outcome with LASIK surgery would become less dependent on the surgeon, yet the opposite is true.
LASEK is a hybrid of FDA approved PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) and LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis). In this procedure, the surface of the cornea is peeled back, the laser is applied, and the surface layer is then replaced into position.
As you may or may not know, people with very large pupils are generally bad candidates for LASIK and other refractive procedures. As a result, accurate measurement of a patient’s pupils (pupillometry) as a part of the evaluation for refractive surgery is essential.
Flip through a newspaper, turn on the radio, or watch some television and chances are you will encounter an advertisement for LASIK Laser Vision Correction. Flashy pictures, marquee prices, and catchy slogans are common, but finding the best place to have your LASIK usually requires a little more research.
One in 1,800 people are diagnosed with an eye condition called keratoconus—a progressive thinning of the outer layer of the eye called the cornea. For most keratoconus patients, rigid contact lenses are the only option to manage thinning and to help correct vision affected by the irregular shape of the cornea.
Although many ads seem to suggest that LASIK is the perfect solution for anyone’s vision needs, it is surgery and some people are not well suited for the procedure. The keys to a successful result are forethought and patient selection.
Is LASIK something that you should have done now or should you wait for future technology? This is a question that almost every potential LASIK candidate asks him- or herself prior to having Laser Vision Correction.
It is somewhat ironic that the greatest advancements toward eliminating the problem of night glare after LASIK have occurred at the same time that the media and the general public have become most aware of the problem.
When considering laser eye surgery, look in the mirror and look at the eyes of people around you. What you’ll discover is difference—unique shapes, sizes, folds and lids.
If you are investigating the possibility of refractive surgery for yourself, one of the most important things you should do is undergo a very careful and comprehensive eye exam with the doctor you are considering for your procedure.
LASIK became popular during the 1990’s due to the enhanced safety of microkeratomes. Advances in technology allowed for safer designs of these instruments, which helped minimize the chances for complications.
If you are over 40 or fast approaching, there are things to consider when contemplating LASIK. As you add birthdays, there are changes in the eyes that cause the eyes to decline in ability to focus from far to near. This progressive inability to focus is called presbyopia.
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. One of the most common LASIK complications associated with LASIK are wrinkles, or flap striae. Wrinkles occur when folds form on the corneal flap that is created during LASIK.
You’ve done your research. LASIK is the answer to your dreams. But are you sure you’re a candidate? While most people fit the characteristics of a ‘good LASIK candidate,’ others simply do not fit the bill. So how do you know if you are one of them?