Weight Gain After Liposuction

Liposuction can be the ideal solution for someone who is unable to get rid of fat in particular areas of their body; it can get rid of the extra fat cells that exercise and diet cannot. But what happens if you undergo liposuction—and then gain back some of the weight it helped you lose? The simple answer is: you won’t gain back weight in the......
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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: What’s the Difference?

On the most basic level, the difference between a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction is that a tummy tuck is most useful in correcting loose skin and stretched muscles, whereas liposuction is useful only in getting rid of excess fat. Most women who seek out abdominal plastic surgery do so after having children. Pregnancy takes a considerable toll on the entire body, but especially on......
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Achieving Balance with Chin Augmentation & Rhinoplasty

Did you know that the effects of chin augmentations and rhinoplasties are interrelated—and that many patients have the two procedures performed at the same time? Weather you’re aware of it or not, the way your chin looks has bearing on how your nose looks, not to mention on the overall symmetry of your face. A stronger chin can actually make your nose look smaller; a......
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Why Face Lipo is a Bad Idea

Over the years, I’ve had various patients ask me if face lipo could help with issues like drooping jowls—and I have always responded with a definitive no. Here’s why: As you age, you automatically begin to lose fat—as well as muscle—in the facial area. That’s why most anti-aging cosmetic procedures for the face involve putting something into it (like dermal fillers, for example), not taking......
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Chin Augmentation Climbing in Popularity

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) just released new statistics based on last year’s plastic surgery numbers—and chin augmentations are skyrocketing in front of other procedures as the fastest growing trend. According to the ASPS, there were 20,680 chin implants performed in 2011. Viewed side by side with one of the more popular cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation (more than 300,000 performed last......
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Patients Report Higher Self-Esteem After Liposuction and Abdominoplasty

A study in this month’s issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal produced by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has discovered something that many plastic surgeons (and plastic surgery patients) have know for a long time: liposuction and abdominoplasty procedures can greatly improve both your self-esteem and quality of life. While this may seem obvious to those who have had a tummy......
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Real Skin Rejuvenation with CO2 Laser Resurfacing

No matter how well we care for our skin, we can’t fight the march of time. As the years go by, sun exposure, stress, and aging (and, for smokers, tobacco) leave their unmistakable marks upon our bodies—and especially upon our faces. Regardless of the forms these marks take—whether they’re fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars, liver spots, or discoloration—when they appear, most people’s response is......
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Why Plastic Surgery and Illness Don’t Mix

Last week, I discussed the hidden dangers of taking certain herbal supplements and remedies when you’re going in for surgery; this week, in continuation of the theme of preventing plastic surgery-related complications, I’m going to talk about why illness—even a common cold—and surgery do not mix. In today’s hectic world, many people feel they’re too busy to let anything, even poor health, get in the......
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Hidden Danger: Why Plastic Surgery & Herbal Remedies Don’t Mix

A new review from Loma Linda University that appeared in this month’s issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that the herbal products, teas, homeopathic medicines, and dietary supplements you’re taking to improve your health may actually put you at risk when you’re on an operating table. Herbal remedies have become increasingly popular over the past few years as more people have discovered the beneficial effect......
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FDA Approves Sientra’s New Silicone-Gel Breast Implants

The FDA approved a new silicone-gel breast implant last week—this one from a Santa Barbara-based company called Sientra. Until now, Allergan and Johnson & Johnson were the only two companies allowed to sell silicone-gel implants in the U.S. With Sientra joining their ranks, we may see a little more diversity in the implant market, especially since the company has said that it will be manufacturing...
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