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Plastic Surgery

Tummy-Tuck Glendale, CA

A tummy-tuck is one of the most popular procedures for women who have had children or those who have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss. During a tummy-tuck the abdominal muscles are tightened and the excess, sagging skin is removed leaving the midsection better toned and flatter.

Am I a Candidate for Tummy-Tuck?

It is a personal decision to have any cosmetic procedure. The best candidates for this procedure are at or close to their ideal body weight, non-smoker and in good health, have realistic expectations about surgical results, and for women who are done having children.

Recovery

Your surgeon will provide you with instructions to follow after the procedure. Most patients return to normal activities with minimal restrictions within a week or two following the surgery. There are recovery aids such as compression garments, pain medication, muscle relaxants, to assist in the recovery process.
Most patients will have drains after a tummy tuck for a few days after the surgery. Your nurse will educate you on how to take care of and empty the drains.

Common Questions

Patients generally need to plan for 2-4 weeks off work, depending on the type of tummy tuck, and if it is combined with any other procedures.
Patients will not be able to stand up straight immediately after surgery because the waist will be bent due to the tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication and muscle relaxants. Generally pain medication and muscle relaxants help manage any pain or discomfort very effectively during early recovery.
Patients are encouraged to walk as often as possible, this helps with circulation and can enhance healing. It is important to avoid any abdominal strain, including heavy exercise, sex, lifting, and housework for 2 weeks after the surgery.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A BBL is one of the latest trends to reshape the buttocks. Fat transfer removes excess fat from different areas of the body, it is purified, then injected into the buttocks to give shape to the area.
This procedure have been growing in popularity for the following reasons:
  • It offers two specific and sought after benefits – liposuction of excess fat and a fuller, lifted, more projected rear;
  • It is significantly less invasive than implants and can be done in less time and at less cost.
  • You are able to achieve a “custom” shaped rear to ensure you are completely confident with your body.
  • Augment the upper portion of the buttocks to create a perky appearance
  • Fill in depressed areas “hip dips”  of the buttocks 
  • Improves the appearance of old age skin lines
  • Fill-out sagging buttock tissue for a more youthful appearance
Recovery
Your surgeon will provide you with instructions to follow after the procedure. There are recovery aids such as compression garments, pain medication, muscle relaxants, to assist in the recovery process.
BBL recovery timeline is as follows:
  • Return to work: 1-2 weeks after surgery
  • Full Recovery 3-4 weeks after surgery
  • Return to exercise: around 8 weeks post-surgery

Mommy Makeover

While pregnancy is a beautiful thing it is by no means easy on the woman’s body. Even with steps to control your weight gain and stay in shape, it’s not uncommon for women to emerge from childbirth with a very different looking body.
Breasts and abdomen are the common problem areas that dramatically change during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For that reason, a Mommy Makeover usually focuses on a tummy tuck & breast augmentation/lift. Your surgeon will plan your procedure specifically to

What may include in a Mommy Makeover

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty
  • Liposuction

RECOVERY

Recovery can be 1-2 weeks. This also depends on the procedures included in your mommy makeover package. During that time, expect to experience soreness, swelling, and bruising.Your surgeon will provide you with instructions to follow after the procedure. There are recovery aids such as compression garments, pain medication, muscle relaxants, to assist in the recovery process.

Other Body Procedures

  • Brachioplasty (arm lift) 
  • Inner Thigh lift 
  • Lipo 360

Please contact us if you wish to receive more information on any of these procedures. 

Breast Procedures

Women who are seeking breast augmentation are custom fitted for breast implants during their initial consultation and pre-operative appointment. Your surgeon will take breast measurements to help ensure a precise breast implant fit.
  • Diversity in breast implant projection is available. Some women elect greater upper pole projection, or a more moderate projection. This is based on the 
  • A critical consideration in choosing an implant is the width of the implant should match the breast natural soft tissue. If the implant is too large then there is a higher risk of implant rippling and visibility.
Your surgeon will examine the anatomy of your breast tissue, quality of skin, and the desired breast size to determine the appropriate incision location. There are three types of incisions that she uses for the breast augmentation including inframammary (at the breast crease), periareolar (around the areola), and axillary (in the arm-pit).
Recovery

Patients may resume normal activities within a few days following the surgery. At your preoperative consultation, you will receive pre and post operative instructions. If a breast lift is included recovery time will be 1-2 weeks. 

Types of Breast Implants
  • Return to work: 1-2 weeks after surgery
  • Full Recovery 3-4 weeks after surgery
  • Return to exercise: around 8 weeks post-surgery

Silicone (Gummy Bear Implants)

Silicone gel is an inert polymer with no known cause to human allergies, sensitivities or reactions. Like gummy bears the molecules are stuck to one another in a cohesive silicone gel.  In contrast to saline, silicone gel flows differently within its shell and can often create a more natural look and feel to the breast, like breast tissue. As per the FDA’s regulations women must be 22 years of age or older to be offered silicone gel implants for breast augmentation, many implant manufacturers will not honor warranties in younger patients.

Saline 

Saline breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone, the breast implant shell is inserted empty. It is  then filled with sterile salt water, which means the incision site is often smaller and less noticeable. Saline implants are typically less expensive than silicone.

A drawback of saline breast implants is that some patients have reported that they’re more easily seen under the skin  (causing rippling) and you may feel water sloshing.

Breast Reduction/ Breast Lift

Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift refines the breasts to raise and reshape sagging and drooping. Breast lifts are common among women who are comfortable with their breast size, but unhappy with their lack of perkiness and sagging of their breast tissue. There are a variety of techniques used for women interested in breast lifts. Some women desire improvement in the appearance of their nipple areola and this can be performed at the time of the lift by reducing the size of the areola. Breast lift surgery can help treat the following physical findings:

  • Genetically misshapen, tubular or oblong breasts
  • Post pregnancy, aged, or naturally droopy breasts
  • Loss of breast volume from weight loss

The length of the breast lift incision depends on the proportion of excess skin to breast volume. The more lifting the breast tissue and nipple require, the longer the lift incision required. 

Types of Breast Lift

From least aggressive to most aggressive lift is the pericentric (around the nipple), lollipop (around the nipple and a vertical component), and anchor technique (around the nipple, and a vertical and horizontal incision).

The decision for the appropriate lift depends on a variety of factors including breast shape, extent of sagging skin, breast tissue versus glandular fat, and the elasticity of the skin. During your consultation your surgeon will perform a breast exam, evaluate your skin and breast tissue, take your measurements and discuss your best surgical options.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is also known as a reduction mammoplasty, this procedure provides relief for women by reducing back, neck, bra strap and shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts. Reduction in breast volume can also improve a woman’s ability to find clothing and bras that fit more appropriately and comfortably. Other benefits include improved appearance of the breast, reduced areola size, and more youthfully positioned nipples.

Since a significant amount of excess skin and tissue need to be removed the most common techniques used is the lollipop or anchor incision. A scar is necessary in exchange for a new sculpted shape and volume reduction. 

Depending upon the extent of the procedure, your surgeon may remove excess fat from the side of the breast and under the armpit with liposuction. The breast tissue will be reshaped and repositioned with the use of sutures to help maintain positioning of the reduced breasts.

Recovery: 

Realistically, you will need between 2-6 weeks to make a full recovery, although you’ll start to regain strength and energy in about seven days. Most likely you will need a week off work, depending on the nature of your job, and during this time, you’ll have to limit your activities.

Other Breast Procedures: 

  • Breast Revision Surgery 

Face Procedures

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

A rhinoplasty will reshape your nasal cartilage and underlying architecture. Your nose will not only be beautiful but also proportional to your face.This procedure can also correct internal structural issues with the nose such as a deviated septum, which can correct breathing problems.

Benefits

  • A boost in self-confidence
  • Correction of birth defects
  • Enhanced facial symmetry
  • Treatment of breathing problems
  • Reduction of snoring
  • More youthful appearance
  • Repairing injured or broken noses
  • A boost to your career success
  • Revision of prior nasal surgery

Recovery

Most bruises will resolve 7-10 days after surgery. A majority of the swelling will settle by the 6-week mark, fully concluding within 3 months. The overall shape of the nose will gradually improve over a year.

Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty 

With aging, upper eyelids may begin to feel “heavy”. This can be caused by excess upper eyelid skin. Upper blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is distinct from a brow lift, which elevates the eyebrow. These procedures may sometimes be done together.Reasons for an upper blepharoplasty may be purely cosmetic (to reduce the appearance of aging), functional (to reduce obstruction of vision by overhanging skin), or both. 

Recovery

Usually patients may have mild bruising or swelling around the eyes for about 10 to 14 days. Some surgeons may recommend to avoid  makeup for 2 to 3 weeks. Glasses may be worn immediately, but patients may be instructed to avoid contact lenses for a few weeks, depending on surgeons’ preferences.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Also referred to as lower eyelid surgery, lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to target and resolve underlying anatomical issues responsible for signs of aging in and around the lower lids, ultimately creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Benefits of a Lower Blepharoplasty:

  • Under-eye bags
  • Displaced fat pockets
  • Dark circles
  • Excess tissue
  • Wrinkles and crepey skin

Recovery:

Recovery from lower eyelid blepharoplasty usually takes 10-14 days. There will be bruising and swelling for 7-10 days. After 2 weeks, you may resume full activity.

Other Face Procedures 

  • Facelift 
  • Necklift 
  • Chin Liposuction 
  • Buccal Fat Removal 
  • Chin Liposuction 

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