Nobody wants to look their chronological age. And not everyone needs an invasive medical procedure to shave years off their face. That’s where dermal fillers come in. At the office of Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA, we are proud to offer several dermal fillers to help you restore your youthful countenance. Today, we are answering all your frequently asked questions about Juvederm, including where it can and should be used. What Is Juvederm? Juvederm is a type of dermal filler commonly known as an HA, or hyaluronic acid, filler. Its active ingredient is synthetic hyaluronic acid, a substance produced naturally by your body. Approved by the FDA in 2006, this is one of the most common anti-aging treatments performed in the world. Its purpose is to reverse the signs of aging in your face and restore youthful contours in under an hour. How Should I Prepare for Treatment? Before your dermal filler treatment, you should come in for an initial consultation. One of our experts will discuss your cosmetic goals, the appearance of your skin and your expectations. This is to ensure that this treatment will be the most effective for you. Treatment is so non-invasive that you can have your treatment on the same day as your consultation if we are not booked. Let us know if you have any dairy allergies or intolerances to any ingredient in the serum. Do your best to not smoke in the weeks leading up to your treatment, and don’t drink, either. Avoid taking St. John’s wort and medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. This will ensure the best possible results. How Does It Work? Juvederm works because of its active ingredient, hyaluronic acid. HA is the chemical compound found in your body that stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is the connective tissue that plumps up your skin. By the time you hit age 20, though, your body starts to produce collagen at a slower rate. By the time you’re 35 or 40, this gradual reduction really adds up. Hyaluronic acid fillers work by boosting your HA levels which stimulates collagen production. The collagen adds volume to the treatment site. Before treatment starts, our physician will use a pen to mark the areas you want treated. Then, he will inject the filler into the treatment area. To eliminate the risk of swelling, he will massage the area lightly afterwards to ensure that the filler is distributed evenly. Depending on the size of the area being treated, you can expect to be done with treatment in 15 minutes to an hour. There is no need to worry about the injections. The needles are so fine that they don’t hurt when they are being inserted. Even better, each formulation is of the “XC” variety, meaning there is lidocaine to keep you comfortable every step of the way. What Can I Expect After Treatment? For the most part, you can get straight back to your daily routine. However, for the first 24 hours after treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, makeup, alcohol and unprotected sun exposure. You should avoid exerting yourself too much to give the product time to settle in the treatment site and not spread outside its intended area. You will notice the results of the treatment immediately after the injections. Even better, results last between six months and two years depending on the particular formula used. Where Can It Be Used? The great thing about Juvederm is there are several formulations specifically designed to target a particular trouble area. Today, formulations ending in “XC” indicate the presence of lidocaine, a numbing agent that ensures you feel no pain or discomfort during your treatment. Let’s look at what you can expect from different formulations. Voluma Juvederm Voluma XC is specifically designed to add volume to sunken, hollow cheeks. If you have noticeable volume loss around your cheekbones due to drastic weight loss or age, you are an excellent candidate for Voluma. Depending on the rate at which your body metabolizes hyaluronic acid, this formulation can last up to two years. Vollure Vollure XC is similar to Juvederm XC in that they are both used to treat lax skin, wrinkles, and lines around the nose and mouth. The difference is Vollure lasts significantly longer than the original Juvederm formula. It lasts approximately 18 months while the original formulation only lasts around six months. Ultra, Ultra Plus and Volbella Ultra XC and Volbella XC were both designed to replace the need for lip augmentation. If your lips look thin, this is the right hyaluronic acid filler treatment for you. Ultra XC, Volbella and Ultra Plus XC can last up to a year. Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers? Good candidates for dermal fillers are looking to address volume loss in the cheeks or lips without the need for an invasive medical procedure. Good candidates may also have other concerns about their facial appearance, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, they should be in good physical and emotional health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of treatment. Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers? Dermal fillers aren’t right for everyone. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to injected local anesthetics, a serum without lidocaine may be a better fit for you. If you’re allergic to the serum itself, neurotoxic injections may be the right way to address your concerns about aging skin. It’s important to be in good general health before receiving this treatment because antibiotics, blood thinners and certain analgesics may affect the results of your treatment. If you have an active skin infection at the treatment site, wait until the infection has cleared before you come in for treatment. Moreover, this treatment is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women because the FDA has not tested it for safety and efficacy in such situations. What If Dermal Fillers Aren’t Right for Me? If dermal fillers aren’t right for you, you don’t necessarily need to get a facelift to reverse the signs of aging. Botox is another non-invasive, FDA-approved anti-aging treatment. Like dermal fillers, it works quickly, and the results last for several months. What Is Botox? Botox is a neurotoxic protein featuring the active ingredient Botulinum toxin type A. This protein is derived from certain bacteria species, including Clostridium botulinum. Botox works by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles, preventing hyperactive muscles from spasming. Originally approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle problems, such as blepharospasm, Botox is now FDA-approved to treat over two dozen conditions, including crow’s feet, moderate-to-severe forehead wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Am I a Good Candidate for Botox? For the purposes of anti-aging, a good candidate for Botox is looking to minimize active lines and wrinkles in their face. Such lines and wrinkles include smile lines around your mouth, frown lines between your eyebrows and laughter lines around your eyes. These moderate-to-severe lines become more prominent when your face is moving. How Can I Prepare for Botox? Like dermal filler treatments, not a lot of preparation is required before Botox. You’ll start with an initial consultation to determine if this is the best treatment for you. If it is, you’ll have to remove any makeup and cleanse the treatment area. You should also avoid taking any MAOIs or NSAIDs. Let us know if you have any known allergies. We will review your medical history, current skin quality and aesthetic goals, and you will be ready for treatment. What Can I Expect From Treatment? Botox is extremely similar to dermal fillers. If you’re concerned about needles, ask us to use ice or a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort. A very fine needle is used to inject the Botox into the targeted area. Depending on the area that will be treated, you should only need three to five injections at each site. The entire treatment takes only 10 minutes from start to finish. How Soon Will I See Results? Botox doesn’t work immediately. It may be between 24 and 48 hours before you see the results of your treatment. However, a minimized appearance of facial lines and wrinkles will last approximately four months. The best part about Botox is that the more regularly you receive treatment, the longer the results will last. This is because relaxed muscles, with time, “atrophy”. Hyperactive muscles resulting in wrinkles and lines normalize themselves with more infrequent treatments. Discover Beauty Redefined in the Hands of Excellence Today Are you ready to shave years off your face in just 30 minutes with no downtime or recovery? It’s not too good to be true, and it’s not just for the rich and famous. Contact the office of Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA today to schedule your initial consultation. We will walk you through everything you need to know about Juvederm, including if it’s right for you. Call us now and discover beauty redefined in the hands of excellence.
Abdominoplasty FAQs: Who Is a Good Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?
A well-sculpted, flat stomach is the goal for millions of Americans. Yet, despite spending hours in the gym and carefully counting calories, it can still seem like a distant dream. Kadz Plastic Surgery of Beverly Hills, CA, wants to make that dream a reality. With a tummy tuck by Dr. Bruce Kadz, you can restore your youthful shape to your body. What Is a Tummy Tuck? Although the term “tummy tuck” is used colloquially, the proper medical term is abdominoplasty. “Plasty,” as a suffix, refers to the shaping of body tissue, and the rest of the word you likely recognize as referring to the abdomen, or tummy. Like all parts of your body, your abdomen contains three main layers of tissue. First are the muscles, which are attached to your bones. Above the muscles are fat deposits, and finally, your skin sits on top of your fat cells. If you’ve worked out, then you know that your muscles define your form. Strong muscles are often visible even with a high percentage of body fat. Naturally, losing fat will make the muscles stand out even more and create a more appealing appearance. Abdominoplasty recognizes that both muscles and fat determine your overall look. Therefore, we shape both of these, as needed, and remove excess skin where needed. The end result is a firm, flatter stomach that is often unattainable for many people otherwise. Why Is Abdominoplasty Necessary? Although the procedure is purely cosmetic, for many people, it’s the only way to achieve the results they want. While losing weight can reduce the fat around your abdomen, weight loss alone does not reshape the structural muscles. Your abs form the foundation of the entire midsection, so these also need to be contoured. Nevertheless, spending every day in the gym might not be enough, either! Muscles can become distended from injury, lack of use, or even improper training. When this happens, even a strong set of abs can appear to be bloated or stick out far away from the abdomen instead of keeping the muscles tight against the body. Abdominoplasty is also the only way to get rid of excess skin—skin that you might have from pregnancy or excessive weight loss. No matter how much weight you lose or how many sit-ups you do, that skin is there to stay unless we intervene. Fortunately, abdominoplasty is a relatively simple procedure that is apt for most people. In just a few hours, you can greatly improve your appearance and turn back the clock on your body. Who Should Get an Abdominoplasty? It should be noted that abdominoplasty is not a substitute for natural weight loss. Patients who have trouble losing large amounts of weight should consider other options. Once you have reached a weight close to the ideal amount for your build, then abdominoplasty becomes a much more suitable option. In general, the results of your procedure and your recovery time will be better if you’re already in good shape prior to the operation. Many patients first try to achieve the look they desire naturally, and then turn to this procedure once they are no longer seeing improvement from diet and exercise alone. After Losing Weight Abdominoplasty is also right for people who have lost large amounts of weight in a short time. When you carry a lot of weight, your skin stretches and expands to accommodate the extra fat. This is what causes stretch marks. Furthermore, when you have excess weight on your stomach, gravity pulls your abs down and forward, causing them to loosen and get further away from your body. This is why, even if you begin a strict training regimen, you might find your abs are not tightening up as you expected. When you lose that weight, your skin doesn’t simply snap back, and your abs don’t automatically tighten up. An abdominoplasty is the best option to restore your natural shape and undo the damage done. After Pregnancy The effects of pregnancy are very much like what we have just described. In fact, pregnancy creates more problems for the abdominal muscles than natural weight gain, because weight, in this case, comes from behind the abdominal wall. The growing baby pushing out on the abdomen will usually separate the abdominal muscles, resulting in what is sometimes called “mommy tummy.” Abdominoplasty can be performed at any time after pregnancy, although doctors recommend waiting until after breastfeeding is over. If you had a C-section delivery, you should wait until you are fully healed before undergoing another surgery. History of Abdominoplasty It might surprise you to know that surgeons have been practicing this type of procedure for over 100 years! The first cases go all the way back to 1870, when modern surgical techniques became commonplace. Over the next several decades, doctors experimented with a number of methods. Damage Repair Many of the first abdominoplasty surgeries were not performed with aesthetics in mind. The goal, in many cases, was to repair damage to the body, such as a hernia or wound from an object. As a result, many of the old methods left large scars—something that we absolutely avoid in modern surgery. It wasn’t until the 1960s that abdominoplasty began exclusively using an incision from hip to hip, which would be easily covered by clothing afterward. Modern Developments In the 1970s, liposuction became an established technique that doctors could use to sculpt the body by removing or adding fat where needed. Naturally, this became a part of abdominoplasty almost overnight. We use liposuction to create a natural shape across the abdomen. More recent advancements have made the procedure even safer and less invasive. Recovery times are faster than ever. There’s never been a better time to get a tummy tuck than now. How Does the Procedure Work? Abdominoplasty can be performed in a matter of hours, making it an out-patient procedure for most patients. With good preparation and a skillful surgeon, your tummy tuck will go over smoothly. Before the Procedure Before performing an abdominoplasty, you’ll come in for a consultation. We will analyze your body’s structure and shape in order to determine the best course of action for you. We will also discuss your goals and desired outcome. If you meet the criteria for the procedure—and most of our patients do— we’ll set a date for the operation. You’ll receive instructions for the weeks leading up to the procedure. This may include a healthy diet to promote healing afterward. The days before the surgery, we will give you specific instructions regarding food and physical activity. During the Procedure Abdominoplasty requires some anesthesia, though what kind and to what extent depends on the nature of the procedure and your preferences. A “Mini abdominoplasty” can be performed with local anesthetic for minor procedures. More commonly, epidural anesthesia is used, although general anesthesia is an option for patients who prefer to be completely unconscious during the operation. After being prepared for the operation, you’ll proceed to our operating room, where we will administer the anesthetic and ensure that everything is going perfectly. A careful incision is made across the abdomen from hip to hip. Another is made in your navel to allow your skin to be adjusted. What We Do Loose skin gets trimmed while excess fat may be removed with liposuction. The abdominal wall is strengthened and tightened in the process. Your skin is placed back over the abdominal muscles in their new location and meticulously stitched into place. Your belly button is the final detail. The original material underneath your skin that forms your belly button is preserved, and a new navel is crafted into the skin above. The end result is a stomach that you and those who know you best will see is completely natural. The entire procedure typically takes around two or three hours. You can be in and out in a single morning or afternoon. After the Procedure You should arrange for someone to pick you up, as you won’t be able to drive right away. The doctor will have applied a dressing and given you some easy-to-follow instructions for how to keep the incision clean. You’ll also need to use an abdominal garment for a few weeks to help everything heal in the correct location. You’ll also receive prescriptions for antibiotics to prevent infection. Our staff will coordinate follow-up visits with you to ensure that you are recovering according to plan. Before long, you’ll be ready for beach season. Are You Ready for Your Tummy Tuck? If you’ve been thinking about getting an abdominoplasty or simply want to know more about the procedure itself, we’re here to help. We also work closely alongside CareCredit and Alphaeon to provide financing options for our clients. When you’re ready for a new you, contact Kadz Plastic Surgery of Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you achieve your goals.
Why is Rhinoplasty So Popular?
Feeling anxious about the way you look is part of the human condition. Advertisers and marketers know how much anxiety a person feels when they think that their body or face does not match what society considers to be normal or attractive. It’s natural to want your appearance to be attractive to others. It’s natural to want to be happy with what you see looking at yourself in the mirror. Many people in Beverly Hills and elsewhere who are not happy with the shape or size of their nose have opted to turn to rhinoplasty as a way of addressing the anxiety that they feel about their appearance. The truth is that across the United States and around the world, people are investing money and time in remaking their bodies and their faces. The American Society of Plastic Surgery said that in 2014 alone, more than 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed. Each one of these procedures allowed a person to improve their appearance, recapture their youth, and boost their self-esteem. These procedures made it possible for a person to shed undesirable physical traits, or these procedures made it possible for them to hold back the hands of time and hold onto their youth for just a little bit longer. When a person has a nose job done, they are looking at their plastic surgeon as a sculptor. They want their nose to be reshaped in a way that looks natural, artful, and in no way artificial. Having a nose job done means trusting the individual doing the procedure. Your nose is in the center of your face. It is the second thing that people look at when they examine your face. People make decisions about you based on the shape, size, and position of your nose. You have to trust that your plastic surgeon is going to leave you looking better after the procedure than you looked before. The only thing that is worse than having a crooked nose is one that looks disfigured. Society can accept minor defects in a person’s appearance that are within the range of normal. However, they look at disfigurement with revulsion. There are a couple of ways that you can build the trust you will need with your plastic surgeon before you have your nose job. First, sit down and talk with them. Take the time to learn about the educational background of the surgeon who is going to do your procedure. You should never feel afraid to ask questions about the surgeon, their education, or jobs that they have done in the past. Take the time to look through the catalog of nose jobs that your surgeon has done. Look for individuals who share some of your features or characteristics. Ask yourself, what do I think about the results that this surgeon has had? The results that your surgeon has had in the past are indicative of the results they are going to have in the future working on your nose. In addition to getting to know your surgeon, take the time to get to know their staff. You are going to be interacting with the staff just as much as you are going to interact with the surgeon. Look at how the staff and surgeon interact. When you see that there is a friendly and trusting environment, you can have a sense of ease knowing that your procedure is being performed by a competent individual who has what it takes to put those around them at ease. You should feel comfortable reaching out to your surgeon whenever you have questions about your procedure. Remember, you are hiring them. You are trusting them with your appearance. You are allowing them to make changes that will affect you for the rest of your life, so you deserve to feel comfortable. How the Nose Has Been Viewed Through the Centuries It is not surprising that rhinoplasty surgeries have become as popular as they are today. Mankind has been fascinated with the size and shape of other people’s noses for centuries. People have made assumptions about other people’s character and their place in society based on the appearance of their nose. For more than 2,000 years, surgery has been used to change the shape and size of people’s noses. In the 16th century, the syphilis epidemic was spreading throughout Europe. One of the negative side effects of syphilis is that it attacks the soft-tissue, causing it to decay. When a person was seen with damaged tissue around their nose, even if it was caused by a different source, they carried the social stigma of disease and infection. At that time, surgeons came up with an array of treatments designed to recreate the nose. Most of these treatments involved skin grafting used in a way to create something that resembled a new nose. Even when disease was not a factor, people have long been interested in changing the shape of their nose because of the social statements that certain types of noses brought with them. In the 19th century, there was a pseudoscience that held the idea that you could tell a lot about a person’s worth and their character by looking at their nose. The idea was that if a person had a straight nose, they were refined, whereas if the person had a nose that looked another way that was considered less than normal, they were of questionable character. In the late 19th century, nose jobs and other forms of plastic surgery started to gain in popularity in the United States. As people were moving here from different parts of the world, they were doing whatever they could to rid themselves of socially undesirable features, including a large nose. They wanted to assimilate into society by ridding themselves of markers that identified them as being foreign. The 20th century brought with it some of the largest wars mankind has ever seen. The result was that soldiers often found themselves missing appendages, including their nose. There was only so much that cosmetic reconstruction could do at the start of the 20th century. Most of the cosmetic surgery in those days involved making a mold out of tin or other material that could be worn as a mask to replace the lost nose of injured men. By the third decade of the 20th century, there was an increase in the desire of people wanting to exchange money for beauty. They wanted to have the nose that they saw politicians, actors, and actresses have. This is when the nose job really cemented itself as a plastic surgical procedure of choice in the United States. Over the centuries, a person’s nose has been linked to their cultural and historical beliefs on beauty. Because of its position on the face, it is a powerful symbol. When the nose is damaged because of war, illness, or as a result of violence, it has a negative impact on a person’s self-image and the way they are viewed in society. All of this underscores just how powerful rhinoplasty surgery has been and continues to be. Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty? In recent decades, rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills has been used by many to change the shape of their nose. Some have done this for aesthetic purposes. Others do it for functional reasons because they want to improve their breathing. Getting a nose job is the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, and for good reason. During the surgery, the patient’s nose may be enlarged or the size of the nose may be reduced. The bridge of the nose may be reshaped, or the tip of the nose may be adjusted. Some people will come in and have a revision job because they were not pleased with the way the job was performed the first time. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if your nose makes you feel self-conscious or if it makes you feel unhappy. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you feel frustrated with changes to your nose that have taken place as you have gotten older. In addition to having the physical requirements for the procedure, you also need to have the emotional requirements. As we have discussed, there are a lot of emotional and cultural sentiments attached to the appearance of one’s nose. To get the best out of this procedure, you have to go into it having a realistic expectation for what the surgery can do for you. You have to want a surgical procedure that’s going to make you look better, but at the same time you must realize that there is no such thing as the perfect nose. No one ever walks out of surgery after having their nose done with a 100-percent perfect nose. It is important that you are happy with who you are right now and do not expect that getting a nose job is going to significantly change your life. You should want to have this surgical procedure done for you and not because you’re trying to impress someone or because you have been pressured by someone to get it done. Age is another factor that should be considered. You do not want to have this procedure done while your nose is still growing. For most people, their nose stops growing when they are in their mid-teenage years. While it may be possible for someone in their late teens to have this procedure done, it would be highly unlikely for someone to have it done earlier than that. To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to understand what it entails and need to prepare yourself for the procedure accordingly. For example, this is a surgical procedure. You will need to take time off of work and will need to recover. The results from the procedure will not be seen immediately. It can take multiple months before the full results are seen. Before your surgery, our surgeon is going to talk to you about any medical conditions or allergies that you may have. They are going to discuss the medications you are taking, supplements you may be using, and any other health issues that could impact the end outcome of the surgery. Rhinoplasty is going to have the best results if you are healthy. This means that in the months leading up to and in the months following your procedure, you will need to quit smoking. If you have the habit of abusing alcohol, this will need to change as well. What Can Be Fixed with Rhinoplasty? This surgical procedure can be used to fix the size of your nose. This is one of the most common complaints that we hear. A person may feel that their nose is disproportionate to their facial structure. They may feel that their nose is too big or too small or there’s something else about it that makes it stand out. The goal of a nose job is to adjust the size of the nose so that it is in balance with the face and blends into the surrounding facial features. The angle of a person’s nose can be fixed as well. If the angle between a person’s forehead and their nose is sharp, it may give the appearance that the nose is short. If the angle a shallow, this has the effect of extending the appearance of the nose, making it look long. There is also the relation between the nose and the upper lip that can affect the appearance of the nose. All of these things can be addressed during rhinoplasty surgery. Do you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose? Would you be interested in learning about how rhinoplasty can help you look and feel your best? If so, reach out to us at Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. Let us sit down with you and listen to your concerns. We can create a plan designed to help you get the nose you have always wanted. Contact us today to book your appointment!
Signs You Might Benefit from Plastic Surgery
Millions of men and women choose plastic surgery every year. They’ve made the decision to change the way they look, fix something that’s bothering them and look as youthful and vital as possible. Plastic surgery is the fastest, easiest way to improve the way you look and feel about yourself. Change Your Life with Plastic Surgery Plastic surgery doesn’t just change the way you look. It can change your whole outlook on life and the way you see yourself. You’ll feel more confident, more secure and ready to put your best self forward. If you’re considering plastic surgery, here are some signs that indicate you might be ready to take that next step in your life. Reasons to Consider a Surgical Procedure 1. You’ve Tried the Non-Surgical Approaches Non-surgical approaches are usually where people start when they’re getting cosmetic treatments. For Your Face Non-surgical treatments to stop aging on your face usually include: Dermal fillers such as Juvederm® Other injectables like BOTOX® Intensive facial treatments like chemical peels Medical-grade skin care These treatments are excellent at keeping you younger-looking, especially when they’re used in combination. They can’t make the dramatic changes that plastic surgery can. You may be happy with fillers and other injectables for a while, but you may have decided that it’s time for a dramatic, long-lasting change. Fillers won’t help if you have stretched-out, sagging skin on your face. They can add fullness to your cheeks and lips, but they can’t give your face the support that it needs to look younger. A facelift is the only way to: Take multiple years off your face Add structure to a sagging face Produce results that last for multiple years Erase deep wrinkles Give your entire profile a lifted, youthful look If your fillers and facials are starting to fail you, it’s most likely time to consider a facelift. For Your Body There are many non-surgical treatments that remove excess fat to tone and trim your body. Some of these treatments use heat energy while others use fat freezing technology. These treatments work well, but they don’t produce the immediate, noticeable results that liposuction and plastic surgery do. Liposuction and plastic surgery do more than remove fat. They allow our surgeon to reshape and refine your body into a balanced, pleasing shape. Plastic surgery is the only way to add fullness to your bust, lift your breasts if they’re sagging or remove the loose, sagging skin left by weight loss. Compared to non-surgical body shaping treatments, only liposuction and plastic surgery can: Truly reshape your body Change your body in one day Correct gynecomastia or “man boobs” Add fullness or volume to your buttocks or breasts Lift sagging breasts Remove excess skin left by weight loss Tighten a tummy stretched out after a C-section Plastic surgery can give you stunning results that last. It’s the best way to make a real change to your body. 2. You Want Long-Lasting Results When it comes to your face, even the best fillers and the best skin care treatments can’t give you permanent results. A facelift is not permanent and the results vary from patient to patient, but it can last for years. If you get plastic surgery or liposuction on your body, you can expect long-lasting or permanent results, depending on the procedure. If you maintain your weight, you’ll maintain your gorgeous new shape. Breast augmentation surgery lasts for years as well. 3. You Want Dramatic Results in One Day Many non-surgical treatments take a long time to work. If you’re getting non-surgical body shaping, you may need up to 10 treatments spread over several weeks before you start to see results. If you’re getting facial treatments like chemical peels, you may need several treatments before you start to see real changes. Fillers provide one-day results, but they have other limitations. Plastic surgery changes you in one day. In most cases, you can have your surgery done and then go home to recover on the same day. 4. You Want to Like the Way You Look If you’re tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what you see, plastic surgery can change that. Making a positive change to your face, body or both will enhance your self-confidence. Most people choose to have plastic surgery after years of living with a feature or a body that they don’t like. How much longer are you going to live with yours? With plastic surgery, you can stop wondering what it would be like to look younger, shapelier and more attractive. You can finally live with the body and/or the face that you’ve always wanted. 5. You Have a Special Event Coming Up If you want to look your best for an upcoming holiday, wedding, school reunion or other special occasion, you can make sure you look amazing for it by scheduling your plastic surgery a set amount of time before it. You’ll need time to recover from surgery, so keep that in mind when you make your plans. You’ll need extra time if you’re having more than one procedure done. Once you heal, your face and body will look fantastic at your next big event. You can head out knowing that you look great. With non-surgical approaches, you have no way of knowing if you’ll achieve the results you want in time for your event. 6. You Can Combine Procedures to Enhance Your Results Plastic surgery procedures like liposuction let you control and predict your results. They allow you to create just the look you want. In consultation with our surgeon, you can define the outcome you want from surgery. You can make your results even better by combining surgical cosmetic procedures. For example, you may wish to: Combine a breast lift with breast augmentation Get liposuction on your stomach or flanks while you’re removing your male breasts Combine a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation Get an eyelid lift and a brow lift in addition to a facelift Add a neck lift to your facelift Get a Brazilian butt lift, which combines liposuction with surgery 7. Plastic Surgery is a Proven, Popular Practice Most people rate plastic surgery very highly. If you read review sites for various cosmetic procedures, you’ll see that the most popular cosmetic procedures get satisfaction ratings of over 90%. These popular surgeries include breast augmentation, liposuction, arm lifts, facelifts and more. Most people who have plastic surgery are only sorry that they didn’t do it sooner. Plastic surgeons have continued to refine and develop their surgical skills. Cosmetic surgical procedures are performed with care for your safety. 8. You’re Ready for Surgery Being ready for surgery means that you’ve made the decision. You’re mentally ready. You have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery. It also means that you’re in good enough health for surgery. Our doctor will provide a complete medical assessment to ensure that you’re physically ready. You’re probably read for surgery if you: Are at a stable weight Don’t smoke Are in overall good health Have had a consultation with a plastic surgeon 9. You Have Many Different Options One of the great things about plastic surgery is that there are many different kinds. You can find a cosmetic surgical procedure to correct or enhance almost any part of your face or body. Many people find that once they get over their initial hesitation to start, they’re so thrilled with their results that they decide to continue improving their appearance. Procedures for Your Face Facelift Neck lift Eyelid lift Forehead lift Rhinoplasty More Procedures for Your Body Liposuction to slim and reshape hips, thighs, back, arms, buttocks and love handles Liposuction to remove male breasts Liposuction to remove a double chin Breast augmentation Breast lift Arm lift Brazilian butt lift Tummy tuck 10. You’ve Lost a Lot of Weight If you’ve lost a lot of weight, you deserve a big congratulations. You’ve managed to overcome a difficult feat. Whether you lost your weight through surgery or through diet and exercise, you may be left with excess, sagging skin. Non-surgical techniques won’t tighten this skin to your liking. Only surgery can remove all that excess skin. Even if you don’t have a lot of excess skin, surgery can enhance your results. Let your hard work pay off with a trim, toned body. You deserve it! How to Prepare for Surgery There are many good reasons to consider getting plastic surgery. You may have decided that it’s right for you. Your first step should be a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This is a time to discuss your goals for surgery and what you can expect. You should be open about your medical and surgical history. Take your time. Ask any questions you might have about the procedure. Address any concerns you might have during this time as well. Set Up Your Surgical Consultation If you’re ready to transform the way you look and feel, schedule your consultation at Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We look forward to helping you create a treatment plan to give you the results you want. Contact our office today to book your appointment!
Learn about Saline and Silicone Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills
If you are considering breast augmentation in Beverly Hills, you are not alone. Many women of all ages go this route to enhance their busts. If you aren’t happy with your figure the way it is, implants are a popular approach to give you the kind of curves you want to see. Before you have your surgery, you’ll need to do some research. You need to figure out what kind of implants are best for you. You can choose from saline or silicone implants. Learn more about your options at Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills before you go for your breast augmentation consult. Why Consider Saline Implants? Saline and silicone implants both begin with a silicone shell. The difference is in what is used to fill the implants. Saline implants are filled with a saline solution. The solution is added after your implants have been inserted into your breasts. This type of implant offers you more flexibility in cup size. Our surgeon can give you larger breasts by adding as much fluid as you want. If you change your mind in time, our surgeon can go back and drain some of the fluid. Saline implants can give you the same cup size as silicone implants. If you experience a leak, the fluid will be naturally absorbed by your body without posing a risk to you. Why Consider Silicone Implants? Silicone implants are filled with silicone, a gel that is thicker than saline. It has a firmer texture. This type of implant will feel more like the real thing. However, you will have to have them removed if you don’t like the size of your implants. If you experience a leak, it could be riskier. Silicone could travel to other parts of your body. What about Gummy Bear Implants? Gummy bear implants offer you another alternative if you want to go the silicone route. They are shaped like tear drops. They are made from silicone gel that is thicker and cohesive. They will maintain their shape regardless of what you are doing. If you are lying down or standing up, your breasts will remain perky and full. How Long Do Breast Implants Last? While your breast implants could last up to 20 years, a general rule of thumb is 10 years for either type of implant. They will wear out over time. As you consider which type of implant you want, you need to think about long-term results. If you don’t plan on going through implant surgery again, you may want to think about other options. You can wear padded bras for a temporary boost in size. A fat transfer offers you a permanent way to increase your bust size. You’ll get results that feel and look natural. The only problem is you can only go up about a cup size with this procedure. You will also have less control over the shape of your breasts after injections. Implants give you more reliable results. Either Type of Implant Can Result in Capsular Contracture Capsular contracture is a complication that could affect your results after breast implant surgery. A band of scar tissue may form around your implants. This scar tissue can make your implants shift. If this happens, you will need revision surgery to improve the appearance of your bust. You May Benefit from a Breast Lift as Well Many women choose breast augmentation to get the bust of their dreams. If you are looking for more volume and your breasts are sagging, a breast lift can be combined with breast implant surgery. Our surgeon can insert your implants, trim away loose skin, and shift your nipples to a higher position. In the end, you can get results that make your breasts look like they have had a complete transformation. Age is a Factor When You are Thinking about Implants As you consider getting saline or silicone implants, you need to look at your age. From the age of 18 to 22, you can only get saline implants. You’ll need to wait until your 22nd birthday to get silicone. Are You Prepared for a Larger Bust? Before you choose silicone or saline implants, you need to be sure this is what you want. You shouldn’t rush into any type of plastic surgery. This needs to be something you are doing for your own benefit. Our plastic surgeon can assist you by offering you gel inserts of various sizes to wear. Try several to see which size makes you happiest. Wear different outfits to see the difference a larger bust will make. If you can’t make up your mind about how large you want to go, saline could be the right choice for you. You can always change the amount of saline in your implants if you want more or less volume. What are Common Reasons Women Choose Breast Augmentation? Most people think that getting a large bust is the only reason women choose to have breast augmentation. However, there is more to it. You may want a modest bust that gives you more curves because your breasts have always been small. You don’t have to have overdone results to enhance your body. You can also undergo breast augmentation in order to correct asymmetry in your breasts. Saline and Silicone Implants Can Help You After Weight Loss If you have been on a diet and dropped a large amount of weight, there are two places where it will be really noticeable. People will see how thin your face is right away. You may also feel like your bust did a disappearing act. You can give your breasts more volume while the rest of your body is trimmed down. Choose Breast Implants When Your Fitness Regimen Has Worked Off Your Bust If you are an athlete and you do a great deal of strength training, there is a good chance you don’t have a noticeable bust. Intense exercise can burn off the fat in your breasts. Muscle toning can tighten up everything else to the point that your chest is flat or your breasts are extremely small. Implants can help you to have more confidence in your bust. Either Type of Implant Can Help You When You are Getting Older As you get older, your body is going to go through many changes. Many women see a decrease in bust size when they are nearing menopause. The pull of gravity can take away their perkiness. Implants can help you to make your breasts look younger. Think about Saline or Silicone Implants After Children Every woman knows that her breasts will get larger when she is going to have a baby. This usually continues during the breastfeeding stage as well. Once this phase is over, a woman’s breasts tend to become smaller. If you have noticed that your breasts are not what they used to be before motherhood, you can get back what you once had with the right cup size. Give Yourself a Symmetrical Bust It’s common for a woman to notice a minor difference in the size of each breast. In some cases, the difference can be extreme. A bra is the only way to make an asymmetrical bust look uniform. Our plastic surgeon can address this issue by using implants to make your breasts look like they match. The Same Type of Procedure is Used for Either Type of Implant Once you choose what of implant you want, our surgeon will take the same steps to perform the procedure. You’ll need to specify where you want your incisions. If you don’t want them in your breasts, our surgeon can go through your armpits to insert your implants. Otherwise, the crease under your breasts is a good place for an incision because it is hidden. Many women choose to have their incisions around their areolas. Our surgeon will place your implants above or below your pectoral muscles. It will depend on your build to determine which placement will make your breasts look their best. You’ll Go Through the Same Recovery Process for Saline or Silicone Implants Any type of breast implant surgery means going through a healing process. If you make incisions in your breasts, you will need to give yourself adequate recovery type. Our plastic surgeon will give you a special bra that gives your bust extra support. It also acts like a compression garment. You’ll experience less movement and swelling when you wear it as directed. It can also help you to keep your swelling down. You may have drains placed in your breasts for a few days following surgery to address any buildup of fluids or blood. Our surgeon will explain the best way to take care of your incision areas. You’ll want to look for redness or any other concerns. You will need to avoid any exertion that puts strain on your breasts, including lifting. Give yourself at least a week off from work. If your job requires physical activity, you may need to ask for more time or light duty. Our surgeon will have you come in to check your progress while you are recovering. You’ll be advised when you can get back to your normal routines. You’ll see swelling at first. In the weeks following your procedure, your swelling will begin to minimize. You’ll have tenderness in the beginning as well. However, your new bust will be worth it. Talk to Our Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon about Saline or Silicone Implants Are you ready to talk about breast implants with our plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills? If so, feel free to contact us today to schedule your consultation at Kadz Plastic Surgery. Our surgeon will talk to you about your motivation for breast augmentation. Your health history and current health will be important factors to ensure you are a candidate. If you are, your surgeon can help you to choose the right implants for you.
The Best Way to Recover from Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills
Following your rhinoplasty surgery in Beverly Hills, you may be eager to see the results of this nose-reshaping procedure right away. It’s important to understand, however, that your healing and recovery will take time. You’ll have to wait for all of the immediate and residual swelling, inflammation, and bruising to abate before you’ll be able to truly appreciate the changes that treatment has wrought. The good news is that throughout this recovery period, there are a number of things that Beverly Hills locals can do to expedite the healing process and ensure optimum results. Understanding the Timeline for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery The average recovery time for Beverly Hills rhinoplasty is one full year. Although this seems like a significant amount of time for healing, it’s a progressive and necessary period that allows your nose and the surrounding tissues to completely rebound from the overall treatment experience. It’s important to note, however, that there are a number of impressive milestones you’re guaranteed to reach in the weeks and months that lie ahead, that will definitely make this process much easier. After the very first week following your procedure in Beverly Hills, you’ll be able to remove your nasal splint. Once your splint has been taken out, you can go wherever you choose, without looking as though you’ve just had surgery. This is also the time when you’ll be able to safely resume most of your normal activities. Some patients, however, may have slight residual bruising around the eyes and just at the tops of the cheeks. Post-treatment bruising can take up to two weeks to fully abate in some instances. By the end of your second week, all post-treatment swelling and bruising will have resolved, and at the end of your first month of healing, you’ll again be able to participate in strenuous, cardiovascular activities like cycling, swimming, and even jogging. By week six, the bones throughout the treated area will have stabilized as well. This change will allow for resistance training, comfortably blowing your nose, and wearing glasses that are supported by the nose bridge. This is also the time when you’ll finally be able to start appreciating the new structure and look of your nose. Between months three and six, you will experience a gradual lessening of any abnormal sensations that you may have been experiencing, including persistent or sporadic feelings of numbness across the nasal skin and the general nose structure. By the time you reach the year mark, the entire healing process will be complete. With all swelling and bruising gone, and full functioning and sensation restored, you’ll finally be able to see and enjoy the impressive changes that your procedure has produced. The Best Way to Expedite Your Rhinoplasty Recovery Is By Listening to the Doctor Following the Beverly Hills doctor’s post-treatment instructions is the absolute best thing that you can do to expedite the healing process. This is the most needs-specific advice that you will ever receive. Facial plastic surgeons do not offer their patients the same generalized advice that can be easily gleaned from the web. Instead, your instructions for self-care will reflect your unique circumstances and challenges, and the manner of rhinoplasty that you’ve undergone. You’ll be given detailed instructions on caring for the surgical site, administering your post-treatment medications, and practicing good infection prevention. You should also adhere to the doctor-recommended schedule for all follow-up exams. Pay Attention to Your Body Beverly Hills rhinoplasty patients should also take care to listen to their bodies. This is especially true during the most formative stages of healing when the risk of post-treatment infection is at its highest. If something does not feel or appear to be right, get in contact with the doctor immediately. Elevate Your Head and Stabilize Your Sleeping Position with Pillows One sure way to extend your recovery time is by falling asleep on your side. Many rhinoplasty patients find this uncomfortable, but you may be in the habit of automatically assuming this position when you’re tired, or when you’re already fast asleep. Sleeping on your side can result in additional swelling and bruising, while slowing the abatement of any swelling and discoloration that you’re already experiencing. More importantly, in some instances, this manner of sleeping can actually disrupt the new placement and structure of the nose. You can prevent this by sleeping with your head in an elevated position. You can additionally stabilize this sleeping position by fixing your head in place with either a rolled towel or a standard travel pillow. If you’re a regular side-sleeper, this is a practice that you might want to maintain throughout the first six weeks of your recovery. Never Use Cold Compresses Directly on Your Nose and Avoid Wearing Glasses Cold compresses are the perfect tools for minimizing both swelling and pain. Following a rhinoplasty procedure, however, you never want to place anything that’s too heavy directly on your nose. You should instead apply cold compresses to your upper and outer cheeks. This will provide the same cooling and pain-relieving benefits, without shifting any cartilage or bones. It will also help minimize any bruising that has developed around your eyes and at the tops of your cheeks. Other potentially disruptive things to keep away from your nose include prescription glasses, sunglasses, and reading glasses. Anything that puts additional weight on the nose while it’s still in the formative stages of healing is likely to cause additional problems with bruising and swelling. Eyeglasses of any type can also leave noticeable indentations in the nose that may eventually require revision surgery. Due to this fact, you’ll have to do without your glasses until your nose has fully healed. People who are reliant upon their lenses should always work with their optometrists ahead of their rhinoplasty procedures to get feasible, alternative plans for vision correction in place. Once all significant facial swelling has abated, you should be able to use contact lenses both comfortably and safely. If contacts aren’t an option for you, look for eyeglasses that have extremely lightweight frames. Pamper Yourself with a Good Diet and Ample Rest Some people have a very hard time getting to sleep following their procedures due to severe nasal congestion. It’s important to note, however, that the body requires both energy and quality fuel in order to heal itself. As such, few things are as important as maintaining a good diet and practicing good sleep hygiene while recovering. Try to get at least eight hours of deep and restful sleep each night by participating in relaxation activities like meditation and yoga, establishing a schedule of soothing nighttime rituals, and avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. In fact, while you’re recovering from your rhinoplasty procedure, you shouldn’t smoke at all. Ahead of this treatment, talk with your general doctor or our plastic surgeon to learn more about your options in smoking cessation. When it comes to building your diet for the recovery process, try to place a strong focus on consuming fresh and nutrient-dense foods that are served closest to their natural state. Most processed and highly refined food products are not going to offer the nutritional support that your body needs during this time. Be sure to include an ample array of protein-rich foods in your diet as this nutrient plays a central role in the rebuilding of cartilage, muscle, and skin. Meat, nuts, beans, seeds, yogurt, eggs, fish, and leafy green vegetables are all excellent sources of protein to include. In fact, adding more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables to your diet can be beneficial in a number of ways. Not only do these veggies contain healthy, plant-based proteins, but they are also packed with skin and collagen-supporting nutrients like vitamins C and A. Keep Yourself Cool Heat is hardly the best thing for your nose throughout the healing process. Even though a steaming bowl of soup, a quick trip to the sauna, or a hot shower might seem downright heavenly, all of these things can result in nasal discomfort and additional swelling. Try to keep your baths and showers at a lukewarm temperature, and avoid other forms of direct heat exposure as well. In addition to avoiding extreme heat, be sure to limit your sun exposure also. The skin across the treated area will be more prone to burning in direct sunlight. Too much sun can also cause any existing, minor scars to darken, and it may increase swelling. To expedite the healing process and prevent unnecessary issues related to sun exposure, always be sure to don a large sun hat or other covering when going out. Undergoing rhinoplasty can be very exciting indeed. After all, this is by far the most noticeable feature on the face. Even slight modifications in this area can have a significant impact on your overall appearance. Take advantage of the tips above to expedite your healing process and to ensure an optimal outcome. If you are interested in this procedure, consider us here at Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
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