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Can I Get a Breast Augmentation or Do I Need a Breast Lift?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

This is a very common question that I face in my practice. There is nothing more disheartening to a woman who comes in for a breast augmentation consultation than to be told she needs a breast lift (which means additional scars).  So who qualifies for a breast augmentation versus an augmentation with a breast lift? Well it comes down to whether there is any ptosis, ….

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Recovery Tips After Your Mommy Makeover

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Now that you have undergone your “Mommy Makeover,” what is the next step? Well, in a word…recovery. The recovery process is very important in all surgeries, especially when multiple procedures have been performed. Here are the 5 steps to a smooth recovery: No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. By strenuous activity, I am referring to exercise, both with weights or cardio. Strenuous activity too soon ….

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What to Expect From Your Mommy Makeover Consultation

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Coming in to see a plastic surgeon for a consultation can be exciting for a patient. Once a patient has scheduled the consultation what is the next step? The consultation is a very important process. It allows the patient to get all of their questions answered and at the same time allows me to develop a tailor made surgical plan to meet their specific aesthetic ….

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Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck

Friday, October 11th, 2013

As a plastic surgeon specializing in tummy tuck surgery, it is important to select the appropriate procedure for each patient. Tummy tuck surgery is a major operation, so it is important to know what makes someone an ideal candidate for this procedure. Typically patients fall into one of two categories, those that benefit from liposuction and those that benefit from some sort of tummy tuck ….

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Best Candidates for a Mini-Tummy Tuck

Friday, October 4th, 2013

As a plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tucks, I frequently get asked by patients whether they are candidates for a mini-tummy tuck. To answer this question I typically discuss the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck. The main difference between the two is that in a mini tummy tuck the surgery is limited to the area below the umbilicus, ….

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Can Soy Products Cause Gynecomastia?

Friday, September 27th, 2013

As a plastic surgeon specializing in gynecomastia, I am asked whether different products can cause gynecomastia. There are many different medications or products that can increase the chance of gynecomastia, such as anabolic steroids, HGH, certain hair growth stimulants, not to mention a host of antidepressant, anti-seizure, and cardiac medications. One product which I want to discuss is soy. Being a plastic surgeon in Los ….

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The Skinny on CoolSculpting

Friday, September 20th, 2013

One of the best things about plastic surgery is the innovation that comes with new technologies. The drive for less invasive procedures with less downtime is very appealing, but is there a trade off? As in previous blogs, I always say in plastic surgery “less is less.” Less invasive, less down time usually means less dramatic results. Now this may be fine for some people ….

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The Mommy Makeover

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Plastic surgery is filled with catchy names for different procedures. One of the most popular names is the “Mommy Makeover.” We live in a society enamored by the idea of the makeover. There are countless shows making over people, homes, cars, and even pets. But what is a Mommy Makeover and is it something that may benefit you? Well, the term “Mommy Makeover” refers to ….

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Tummy Tuck Gimmicks: Buyer Beware

Friday, September 6th, 2013

In plastic surgery there is a saying that “Less is Less.” Playing off of the “less is more” saying, less invasive procedures mean less downtime, usually less cost, and typically less results. Now for some patients that is perfectly acceptable and as long as the procedure limitations are explained by the plastic surgeon, there is nothing wrong with a less invasive approach to plastic surgery. ….

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Gynecomastia Incision Healing

Friday, August 30th, 2013

One of the most common questions and concerns during a gynecomastia consultation revolves around the incision. For most males with glandular gynecomastia, some sort of excision is necessary because liposuction alone will not remove this rubbery tissue. Typically the incision I use to remove this firm breast tissue is an inferior peri-areolar incision. If you think of the areola as a clock, the incision is ….

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Abdominoplasty and C-Section at the Same Time

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

One of the most common reasons a woman presents for abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery is child birth. During pregnancy, the abdominal skin is stretched as are the rectus muscles to accommodate the growing uterus. This occurs in conjunction to the weight that is gained during the pregnancy. Once the baby is born the skin and muscles may not always retract to their pre-pregnancy shapes. ….

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Can the Pubic Area be Lifted in a Tummy Tuck?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery is one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform as a plastic surgeon. Patients who are candidates for this procedure typically have loose skin in their lower and/or upper abdomen. There are certain patients who also have looseness in their pubic areas. This can be anything from a minor laxity to completely overhanging to the point that it interferes with ….

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What is a Reverse Tummy Tuck?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

A traditional abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, involves a curved incision along the lower abdomen and pubic area, typically just below the bikini line. This allows treatment of loose skin in the lower and upper abdomen as well as tightening of the muscles. In some women they have loose skin just above their belly buttons or in their upper abdomen but not in the lower abdomen. ….

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Does Insurance Cover Abdominoplasty Surgery?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, surgery makes a dramatic difference in a person’s body. It is one of the most satisfying procedures I perform as a plastic surgeon. One of the main questions patients ask during the consultation is whether insurance would cover the procedure. For most patients who require an abdominoplasty, there is some loose skin and excess fat as well as loose muscle (known ….

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Abdominoplasty in Over Weight Patients

Friday, July 26th, 2013

There are many factors that make someone an ideal candidate for a surgical procedure. Abdominoplasty surgery is no different. Deciding who is a good candidate for abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is crucial in obtaining the best results. Typically ideal tummy tuck candidates have loose skin, some excess fat, loose muscles, and are within a reasonable weight range for their height. That being said, I see ….

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Brave New World

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The last 10 years has seen an explosion in plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures. There has been a greater acceptance of plastic surgery correlating to increased exposure in the media. While this certainly has had positive effects on patients, there are certain ramifications to this burst of popularity. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have spent thousands of hours training in this field and ….

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Botox: Just the Facts

Friday, July 12th, 2013

As a plastic surgeon, not only do I specialize in surgery, but I also dedicate my practice to non-surgical procedures. Of these, the most common is Botox injections. In this post I will give you some historical insight into Botox, some statistics, as well as some off-label uses of Botox injections that are commonly performed. First used cosmetically in 1989 FDA approved 2002 for treating ….

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Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Breast augmentation surgery can be a very gratifying procedure for women. It can instill a sense of confidence and femininity and is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the US. But in order to undergo a breast augmentation, you first need to take the first step and schedule a consultation. In this post I will give a little insight into what is discussed during ….

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Breast Implant Myths

Friday, June 28th, 2013

As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation, my job is to not only make women look and feel beautiful, but also to educate them about breast implants and breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation I still come across some prevailing inaccuracies, let’s call them myths, regarding breast implants. In this post I have listed the most frequent myths regarding breast implants that I have ….

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History of Breast Implants

Friday, June 21st, 2013

As a plastic surgeon it is interesting to see how the technology that we take for granted these days actually came about. Breast implants have been around in one form or another. In this post I will outline the history and evolution of breast implants. Let’s just say we’ve come a long way…. 1890 – Dr. Robert Gersuny performed the first surgical breast augmentation procedure ….

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Your Gynecomastia Consultation

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Gynecomastia surgery can be a very gratifying procedure for men. It can instill a sense of confidence and self-esteem and is a relatively common procedure performed in my practice. But in order to undergo a gynecomastia surgery, you first need to take the first step and schedule a consultation. In this post I will give a little insight into what is discussed during your consultation. ….

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Gynecomastia: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Think You Have it

Friday, June 7th, 2013

When did I first notice it? Gynecomastia commonly occurs as a response to hormone fluctuations. This can be either due to the body’s own hormone production (i.e. during puberty) or from external sources (i.e. steroids). Am I taking anything that may be causing gynecomastia? Most often gynecomastia is physiologic, meaning it occurs at times in a male’s life when they have a natural excess in ….

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Gynecomastia in the Massive Weight Loss Male

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Gynecomastia is a relatively common occurrence in men. In most men with gynecomastia, there is a firm glandular tissue centered under the areola and varying amounts of fat. Typically in these men the skin tone is good and will retract very well with glandular excision and/or liposuction. Men who have undergone significant weight loss are left with a not only excess breast and fatty tissue, ….

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Gynecomastia and the Asymmetric Chest

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Gynecomastia comes in all shapes and sizes.  When examining a patient with gynecomastia, I take time to look at any natural asymmetry (or difference) between the left and right chest. There are many different ways that the chest can be asymmetric. Volume asymmetry: There is a larger amount of glandular or fatty tissue on one side than the other. Also, the location of the tissue ….

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Gynecomastia Recurrence: Can it Come Back?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Gynecomastia is caused by an excess of glandular, or breast, tissue. Pseudogynecomastia is caused by an excess of fatty tissue. Both conditions can give the male chest a more feminine contour. Surgery for gynecomastia is best performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery. Although recurrence of gynecomastia is not common after excision, it may occur in a few instances. In my ….

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