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.
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!
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!
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. 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The quest to look and feel our best is not new, but the techniques available to accomplish this goal are. A deep plane face lift, available right here in Beverly Hills, can take the results of a typical face lift to the next level. This procedure is available to impact more areas of the face while giving you incredibly natural-looking results. If you have felt that your image in the mirror is not an accurate reflection of who you are on the inside lately, this may be the procedure for you. What Exactly is a Deep Plane Face Lift? Generally speaking, a typical face lift involves pulling the skin and tissues up in order to give the jawline and neck a more contoured look. On the other hand, a deep plane face lift will actually reposition the tissue, giving you very natural-looking results and making a bigger impact. Both the fat and the muscle of the face can be repositioned. One of the biggest advantages of this treatment over traditional options is that it can help the mid-face and other portions of the face as well. Due to how it works, this treatment is considered to be more effective at addressing deeper issues. Understanding the SMAS Lift When it comes to the history of the face lift procedure, there was a stop in between the traditional version and the deep plane one. The SMAS technique was developed to try to eliminate the stretched look of a traditional face lift. Named after the layer of tissue it works on, the SMAS, or superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, lift involves moving a layer of muscle along with the skin. While this does leave the person with more natural-looking results, it involves separating the skin from the muscle. In a deep plane face lift in Beverly Hills, these layers are kept together. A SMAS lift can also only address the lower third of your face. What to Expect with a Deep Plane Face Lift Before anything else can happen, a consultation at our office in Beverly Hills must take place. This initial meeting will allow you to give us your exact goals for the treatment while also learning more about all of your treatment options. It will also allow us to do a physical examination of the face and learn more about your health and medical history. Expect to discuss current medications and previous surgical procedures. If it is determined that a deep plane face lift is the best option for you, we can begin creating a personalized treatment plan that aims to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. You will be given instructions for the days and weeks leading up to the surgery. They can vary slightly from person to person but can include things such as stopping blood thinning medications in the weeks prior and consuming no alcohol for a set number of days prior to the surgery. Smokers are strongly encouraged to quit smoking in the weeks before as well as after their procedure. The exact placement of your incisions will depend on your individual needs. Care will be taken to hide them as thoroughly as possible. Although the exact details of each procedure vary from patient to patient, the incisions typically start at the hairline near the temples, go along the natural line in front of the ear, and then in the crease behind the earlobe before finishing near the lower scalp region. Why Choose a Deep Plane Face Lift in Beverly Hills? As mentioned above, a traditional face lift involves stretching the skin on top of the existing facial structure. This can sometimes lead to unnatural-appearing results. There is the risk that your face will look stretched and it will be obvious that you had “work done.” The results of a deep plane face lift are designed to be much longer-lasting and more dramatic, all while giving you a natural look when all is said and done. This procedure gives us the ability to move the midfacial tissues back to where they belong inside the cheek. The result is more voluminous cheeks and a more youthful facial shape overall. Your new and improved look will be supported by underlying muscles, giving you natural-looking results that can last for years. Is a Deep Plane Lift More Complicated Than Other Methods? Generally speaking, no. While it requires more skill and precision on the surgeon’s part, the patient experiences no more side effects or risk of complications than with any other method of face lift. Since the work is done further underneath the skin, the visible signs of surgery tend to be less visible. This means many people are more comfortable returning to their normal lives sooner with this technique than with others. However, it all depends on the unique situation. What are the Benefits of a Deep Plane Face Lift? There are many reasons to consider this treatment if you are looking for a way to rejuvenate your face in the Beverly Hills area. Keep in mind the following benefits: It can add volume to the cheeks. It can address the nasolabial folds. Results are more natural in appearance. Scars are barely, if at all, visible. It uses muscle repositioning, rather than skin tension, to give you results. The entire facial structure can be reconfigured at one time. It preserves your unique facial appearance. It restores the heart-shape to the face. Results can last for years depending on the situation. Who is a Good Candidate for This Procedure? This is a great treatment option for both men and women who are frustrated by the way their face is aging. It is more commonly done on those who are in their 40s and 50s, as this is when facial volume loss typically begins to really show itself. If you are looking to tighten the skin of your neck and jaw while also adding volume to your cheeks and correcting deep wrinkles, this may be the procedure for you. A thorough evaluation of your face will be done at your consultation here in Beverly Hills to ensure that this is the treatment option that will give you the best results. Like with any form of plastic surgery, it is important that you are in good overall health. After your consultation, you should have a good understanding of what to expect. You should also have realistic expectations regarding your recovery and results. Being a non-smoker is considered helpful because smoking has been proven to slow down the body’s ability to heal. Good candidates for this procedure include those who are looking to address: Moderate to severe facial lines Facial laxity (loose skin) Loss of facial volume Marionette lines Nasolabial folds Jowls What is the Recovery Like? While this procedure is a bit more involved than a traditional face lift, it is actually easier on the body than some of the other types. The incisions often result in less bruising and swelling. You can expect to take some time off from work. The amount of time varies. How physically active your job is will impact this. After this initial length of time, makeup can typically be applied to cover any slight bruising that may remain. Strenuous exercise should generally be avoided until otherwise directed in order to give your body time to heal. Everyone is also given personalized aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. These instructions include things such as keeping your head elevated for a set amount of time. In most cases, people go home the same day as their procedure. As you can imagine, the exact recovery timeline will vary from person to person and can be discussed in greater detail at your consultation. What About the Results? You will be able to see some improvements right away after your treatment, although the full impact will not be obvious until total healing has taken place. The results of this procedure are considered to be very long-lasting, with improvements typically sticking around for years. Again, results and the amount of time they last can vary. Keep in mind that everyone ages differently. Aging, sun exposure, gravity, lifestyle choices, and other factors will all impact how long your results will last. Learn More About Your Face Lift Treatment Options If you are interested in learning more about this procedure and what it can do for you, reach out to Kadz Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation. This is an important first step in the process. A deep plane face lift performed in the comfort of our Beverly Hills surgical facility may be just what you have been looking for to refresh your look and boost your confidence. For your convenience, we offer a variety of face lift types, including deep plane, SMAS, and midface. During your consultation at our office, you can get more information about each type and find out which one will work best in your case. Contact us today to set up your appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!
If you are disappointed about the shape of your body after pregnancy, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover in Beverly Hills. Pregnancy and breastfeeding stretch your abdomen and breasts, and for some, they do not bounce back to their original shape. This is especially true for women who have had several children. You may have worked hard to exercise and eat a healthy, low-calorie diet in the hope you will look as good as you did before without much result. Some fat pockets around the waist and hips will not budge with exercise. Once the skin has become too lax, no amount of exercise will tighten it again. A mommy makeover is a good choice because it tightens underlying muscles and cuts away stretched skin for a permanent solution. What Is a Mommy Makeover? As you might expect from the name, a mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that may restore your pre-pregnancy figure. When you meet our cosmetic surgeon, you can learn more about the possibilities. The combination of procedures can be custom-designed for each woman, so you only get the surgery you need to achieve your goals. For example, if you have had only one child and your issues are minor, we may recommend a few simple procedures. If you have had several children and your breasts and abdomen are severely stretched and hanging, it may require more complex procedures. Common issues that are treated by a mommy makeover are: Correct breast symmetry, volume, and sagging Repair stretched areola or nipples Tighten abdominal muscles Remove sagging skin from the abdomen Improve the fit of swimsuits and clothing Reduce bulging of the mons If you plan to have more children, it is better to wait until you have finished childbearing before undergoing a mommy makeover. No surgery will withstand another pregnancy, so you may need to undergo it all over again. The results may not be as good as they were the first time. However, if you happen to get pregnant after a mommy makeover, there are touch-up procedures we can do. You need to wait for at least six months after breastfeeding before having the surgery. This is because your breasts and abdomen need to relax into their new permanent position for our surgeon to determine how to improve them. During this time, we recommend that you exercise and diet to strengthen your overall health and remove any excess body fat you can. The main components of a mommy makeover are: Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck Breast enhancement, which may be breast augmentation or a breast lift Monsplasty, otherwise known as public contouring or vaginal rejuvenation Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck The growing infant is just one stress that is put on your abdomen. Weight gain and loss is another factor that changes the shape of your tummy. The abdomen is famous for being difficult to reduce through diet and exercise, especially if the skin is significantly stretched. A tummy tuck is a major surgery that may permanently flatten your abdomen. The incision is made just above the pubic mound. Our surgeon will tighten the stomach muscles and stretch the skin over the abdomen so it appears smooth and flat. Excess skin is then removed, if necessary. For some women, many stretch marks are also removed at this time. A mini-tummy tuck uses a smaller incision and is suitable for women who have a smaller protruding tummy. This procedure takes less time than a regular abdominoplasty and has a shorter recovery time. A regular and mini tummy tuck address the lower abdominal region. An extended tummy tuck addresses above the navel as well as below. This may be recommended for women who have had multiple pregnancies. You may be able to go home after a tummy tuck or you may be asked to spend one night in the hospital. In any case, you will need help at home for a week or two, especially if you have young children. Many women have a mommy makeover while their children are still very young. You shouldn’t lift anything over 5-10 pounds for at least 10 days or do strenuous exercise including aerobics or cardiovascular exercise. Breast Lift A breast lift is a surgical procedure that restores sagging breasts to a more pleasing appearance. It makes them firmer and perkier by reshaping the breast tissue and raising the areola and nipple. The contour of the breasts is more youthful and natural-looking. A breast lift in Beverly Hills may be done with or without breast implants. Breastfeeding often results in sagging breasts, which can be easily remedied with this surgery. Breast Augmentation Breast augmentation is cosmetic surgery that increases the size and shape of the breasts. It usually involves placing silicone or saline breast implants, or you could opt for Gummy Bear Implants instead. The main aim of breast augmentation is to enhance the overall proportions of the woman’s figure and create a symmetrical breast profile. The surgery is tailored for each individual. When you consult with our specialist in Beverly Hills and express your expectations, you can learn more about the different possibilities for your issues. Breast implants are a good choice if you need to replace lost tissue after pregnancy and breastfeeding. They will restore pre-pregnancy firmness. There are many different factors to consider when choosing the material of your implants, and our plastic surgeon can help you make an informed decision. Gummy Bear Implants are the newest type of implants available, and many women like the way they feel. Silicone and saline have benefits of their own however, so it is important to learn all you can before you make a choice. Monsplasty Similar to a tummy tuck, monsplasty focuses on the area on the upper part of the vulva. This area tends to store excess fat, especially after a woman has given birth. This results in a bulge that is very difficult to get rid of on your own. Monsplasty effectively reduces excess fat/skin, depending on your needs. You will feel comfortable wearing tight clothing or even a bathing suit again. Recovery may take a week or more, although our surgeon may recommend restricting physical activity for two or more weeks. We want to help you get back to the slim, toned profile you had before childbirth, and monsplasty is one of the many ways we can do that. Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover? If you are in good overall health and it has been at least six months since you stopped breastfeeding and you don’t plan to have any more children, a mommy makeover may be a good option for you. When you consult with our specialist you may learn about how to prepare for the surgery and how to have the best recovery. As with any cosmetic surgery, it is important that your motives for having the procedures are your own. We do not recommend having major surgery because someone else is pushing you to change your appearance. Because a mommy makeover involves a combination of potentially major surgeries, we will recommend your post-surgical care. You will understand what is involved during your recovery period to make sure you get the best results from the treatment. We will help you through each step of your recovery until you are ready to show off the results. You can expect your recovery period to be similar to that required by the most extensive treatment you have. For most women, this is a tummy tuck. If you are ready for a mommy makeover, we will get lab tests and a full medical evaluation of your overall health. We may ask you to adjust certain medications including dietary supplements you are taking. If you smoke, you will need to stop for at least six weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking inhibits tissue healing and could promote infection. You will be asked to stop taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and aspirin as well as any herbal supplements that contribute to increased bleeding. You will be given general anesthesia. Visit Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills and speak with our cosmetic surgeon to learn more about this procedure and your options. Your mommy makeover will be custom designed according to your wishes. You will choose the procedures you want that may help you achieve the figure you had before childbearing or even better. We can discuss the pros and cons of each, and exactly what you can expect with surgery. We will also give you specific guidelines to follow after your procedure so you can experience optimal results and healing. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
Have you ever wondered about plastic surgery? What areas can you even have plastic surgery performed on? Who are the best candidates? What are the benefits of plastic surgery in Beverly Hills? These are all excellent things that you should be wondering about. Our team of experienced professionals would be more than happy to tackle your questions about plastic surgery in Beverly Hills and whether or not it is right for you. What is Plastic Surgery? Surgery is a large umbrella term that houses many different facets. One of those facets is plastic surgery. This branch covers surgical procedures that are involved in restructuring, replacing, or repairing certain parts of the body. It may be done because there are structural issues that are causing physical difficulties. For example, there may be structural abnormalities in the nose that cause difficulty in breathing. A person may receive plastic surgery on their nose in order to remove those abnormalities. As a result, they’re able to breathe better, and their nose may have an improved appearance as well. Other reasons involve aesthetics. Women frequently receive plastic surgery on their breasts. This may be because their breasts are too large. The weight can cause them a lot of back strain, or they may be tired of trying to find bras that fit them. Plastic surgery may be performed to alleviate their suffering. Other women may want surgery performed on their breasts because they are displeased with the size or shape of them. Whatever the reasons are, it’s very likely that your goals can be achieved through plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons are typically surgeons who have been trained and are skilled in multiple aspects of surgery. This is because they need to be comfortable with skin grafts, tissue transfers, as well as many other skills. To be a plastic surgeon, the doctor must have a strong code of ethics, medical school education and training, and an eye for art and structure. This last piece, creativity, is what often separates great plastic surgeons from average ones. The ability to see the shape even before the surgery has been completed is a skill that not many surgeons can possess. It only benefits the patient if the surgeon is capable of this skill. Here in Beverly Hills, there are many different types of plastic surgery procedures to consider. Here are just some of them that you might be considering. Facelift A rhytidectomy, which is most commonly known as a facelift, oftentimes involves the process of moving fat in the face in order to enhance it. Many men and women who experience sagging skin often choose to have a facelift performed. The procedure can take that sagging skin and repurpose it. Sometimes, the fat is removed entirely. Other times, it is simply taken and utilized elsewhere else. The end result is a smoother, younger appearance. As such, facelifts are often used to remove or reduce creases and other common complaints. For many patients, sagging skin and creases are clear signs of aging. They may dislike how they look with these aging signs. A facelift is an effective method of tightening the face and making a patient look more youthful. Essentially, if you have a problem with how your face looks due to signs of aging, then our talented plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills might be able to help with this popular facial surgery. You won’t have to hide your face behind a bunch of makeup and hats any longer. Nose Surgery Rhinoplasty is a popular plastic surgery because people can find relief with both aesthetic problems and functional problems. For example, the structure of your nose may be a cause of sleep apnea. Or it may make breathing more difficult. By having nose surgery performed, you can find relief with a restructured nose. You may also enjoy its appearance a lot more. A patient’s facial profile and balance can be entirely thrown off if their nose is too large or the shape isn’t quite correct. If you find that your nose disrupts your facial balance, then plastic surgery in Beverly Hills could definitely be your answer. Breast Augmentation One of the most popular plastic surgeries is breast augmentation. This describes the process of augmenting or changing the size and shape of a patient’s breasts. For those who want to have larger breasts, our plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills can help. There are different types of implants that you can receive. Our surgeon can discuss which is the best option for you. The size and shape of your breasts, however, are typically dependent upon the size of your body. For those women who want natural-looking breasts, it’s important to keep your body size in mind. The shape of your breasts is another aspect to consider. The most common shape that women seem to prefer is tear-dropped. This is because they’re more natural-looking. However, you might look best with a different shape. Our surgeon can show you how you might look with different breast sizes and shapes. Once you are both clear on your goals and what the procedure involves, you may be ready for the procedure. Besides breast size addition, some women also prefer breast reduction. Some women even need breast removal due to cancer or other health problems. Plastic surgery can be performed to reconstruct them afterward. If you received injuries to your chest and your breasts were impacted, then a plastic surgeon may be able to reconstruct your breasts. You have various options when it comes to breast augmentation in Beverly Hills. Our surgeon is eager to help you have the chest area that you want rather than suffering from what you currently have. Tummy Tuck Another plastic surgery that you might consider is abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck. This is a surgery that is especially popular among women who have given birth. Despite all of their best attempts, the fat that exists within their belly after pregnancy can be difficult to get rid of. Even those who are able to return to their normal weight will likely still suffer from excess skin and/or other issues. A tummy tuck can remove that skin and tighten the abdominal area up. There are different kinds of tummy tucks available. Some are more involved than others. Depending on how much work you need to have done, certain procedures may benefit you more than others. That’s why our surgeon always creates a customized treatment plan. What About Non-Surgical Procedures? Dermal Fillers Here at Kadz Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. One popular method of enhancing the face and bringing it some volume is to use injectable fillers. This is a non-surgical treatment that is performed in the comfort of our office in Beverly Hills. Typically, a filler containing hyaluronic acid is skillfully injected into certain areas of the skin. This helps bring volume to the skin and can treat wrinkles and even scars. It can also plump certain parts of the face. This can alter your facial features in a way that looks natural and subtle. BOTOX® Most people in Beverly Hills have heard about BOTOX®, and for good reason. This amazing treatment has the ability to address dynamic wrinkles in various areas of the face. BOTOX® involves the process of having a purified protein solution injected into the face. The solution temporarily relaxes the muscles in the treatment area. The thought process behind this treatment is that by reducing the amount of movement in the face, one can limit the severity and number of wrinkles in the face. Movement can cause depressions in the skin, which can then become wrinkles. Relaxing the facial muscles helps to relax the skin above them. You can get BOTOX® in Beverly Hills to ensure your skin stays smooth. One of the best things about these non-surgical injectable treatments is that they are each effective on their own; however, they can be used together in order to address various types of wrinkles and fill in lost facial volume. Taking the First Step Plastic surgery may be just what you have been looking for to achieve your goals for your appearance. But as we mentioned, it is versatile in that it is also a great option for those dealing with certain issues regarding functionality. If something has always bothered you about your appearance, then there’s a way to fix it. All you need is the experience of a talented and experienced surgeon. Look no further than Dr. Kadz at Kadz Plastic Surgery! He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, so you can be sure he has the techniques and knowledge needed to deliver excellent results that look natural. To learn more about the procedures that we have available, simply set up a time to visit our office in Beverly Hills. We would be more than happy to evaluate your case and determine which treatment(s) can give you the results you desire. Contact us today to book your appointment!
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is plastic surgery done on the nose. Rhinoplasty can be functional, cosmetic or both. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is done to improve the patient’s appearance, often by making the nose more proportionate with the rest of the patient’s face. Functional rhinoplasty is done to improve the patient’s ability to breathe through their nose. It can be done to repair an injury or to correct a congenital defect. In some cases, a person’s ability to breathe their nose declines with age. Some older people develop a condition called nasal valve stenosis in which the nasal valve or airway at the front of the nose weakens and falls inward. A nose job can strengthen the nasal valve and stop it from collapsing. Rhinoplasty is a very individualized procedure; each operation is tailored to what the patient needs and wants. Functional rhinoplasty, for example, can involve repairing a broken nose or straightening a deviated septum. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can involve changing the size of the nose, removing a hump or bump, changing the width of the nostrils, changing the tip, or altering the angle between the nose and mouth. This procedure can be open or closed. During an open or external rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision along the columella or strip of tissue between the nostrils. During a closed or endonasal rhinoplasty, all of the incisions are made inside the nose. Depending on what is being done, the surgeon may reshape, remove, or add bone and cartilage to the nose. For example, if the patient wants a smaller nose tip, the surgeon will remove some of the cartilage at the tip. They will carve it away in such a manner that the remainder looks natural. A revision or secondary rhinoplasty is a procedure done to correct problems caused by the original rhinoplasty. Since the surgeon usually has less tissue to work with than during an original surgery, revision rhinoplasties tend to be more complicated and take longer. While an original rhinoplasty may take as little as an hour to complete, revision rhinoplasties often take at least three hours. What Is the Recovery Like? The patient may need pain relievers for the first two or three days after the procedure. The surgeon will put a splint on the patient’s nose to ensure that it retains its new shape. They will remove the splint and any stitches about six or seven days after the procedure. Bruising is common and will fade enough by the second week that the patient will feel comfortable in social situations. Swelling is also common and can take months to fade. Consequently, many patients may not see the full results of their surgery for as long as six months. Most patients can return to work within a week or two after the procedure. They should avoid strenuous activities for at least two or three weeks. The patient should not swim for at least a month; many people injure their noses swimming if they start too early. Since heat can make the nose swell, the patient should avoid sunlight, tanning beds, and sun lamps for at least six weeks after the procedure. The patient should not wear glasses or sunglasses that sit on the bridge of their nose for at least six weeks. If they need to wear prescription glasses, the doctor will teach them how to tape them to their forehead to avoid pressing down on their nose. The patient should follow all of the post-operative care instructions given to them by the surgeon. They should take only the medications recommended by their doctor. Since the patient will not be able to drive home after the surgery, they should make arrangements to have someone pick them up at the hospital. How Should the Patient Prepare? A healthy patient will get better results and heal more quickly. They should thus take steps to improve their health. For example, eating nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water can do wonders for your system. Since smoking increases the risks of complications like bleeding and slows healing, a patient who smokes should quit at least two weeks before the procedure. They should avoid smoking for at least another two weeks after their rhinoplasty to give their body a proper chance to heal. Similarly, they should avoid second-hand cigarette smoke. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin also cause bleeding. The patient should not take such medications for at least two weeks before the surgery. They should also avoid herbal supplements and Vitamin E for two weeks for the same reasons. On the other hand, they can take a multivitamin and acetaminophen. The patient should stay out of the sun as much as possible for two weeks before the procedure. If they need to go outside, they should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Who Is a Good Candidate? The ideal candidate for a rhinoplasty will be someone in overall good health with realistic expectations. The patient needs to understand that, while an improved appearance could boost their confidence, it won’t help them get a better job or find a new lover. Similarly, the surgeon is limited in what they can do by the patient’s existing nose and face. Every patient has a different bone structure, musculature, and skin thickness. A patient who hopes to have a nose like that of their favorite actor is probably going to be disappointed. Plastic surgeons prefer to perform rhinoplasties on patients whose faces have reached “skeletal maturity” or stopped growing. Girls’ faces can be fully developed by the time they are 14 or 15 years old. Boys, on the other hand, continue growing for at least a year longer. One way to tell if a teenager might be a candidate for rhinoplasty is to check their feet. If a teenager’s feet have stopped growing and they haven’t changed shoe sizes in over a year, they may be physically ready. This restriction applies mainly to cosmetic rhinoplasties. If a ten-year-old breaks their nose, the surgeon will repair it. As their face changes as they reach maturity, their nose may no longer be in balance with the rest of their face. They may thus need another surgery as they reach adulthood. Plastic surgeons also want their patients to be emotionally mature and psychologically stable. They won’t accept anyone who shows signs of body dysmorphia, which is a chronic psychological disorder that causes the patient to obsess over their appearance, especially over perceived flaws that may or may not exist. People with the condition try to hide their flaws and improve their appearance – but they are never satisfied with the results or at least not for long. Similarly, people with other severe psychological problems like depression are not good candidates. People who in the middle of a crisis like a divorce or the recent death of a loved one are not good candidates. Plastic surgeons prefer to work with decisive patients who at least have some idea of what they want. They should know how they hope to look after the surgery. Plastic surgeons also prefer patients who are willing and able to educate themselves about the procedure and what they can realistically expect from it. They also prefer patients who will follow all of their instructions regarding preparation and post-operative care. The candidate also needs to be very certain that they want a nose job. They need to be getting it for themselves and not to please a spouse, lover, or someone else. As mentioned earlier, a candidate for a rhinoplasty has to be in good physical health. People with the following conditions are often not accepted as candidates for rhinoplasty: • Heart disease • Lung disease • Bleeding disorders • High blood pressure • High cholesterol • Obesity • Diabetes Patients with allergies to any of the drugs used during or after a rhinoplasty are not good candidates. The thickness of a patient’s skin can affect the results of a nose job. Generally speaking, patients with thin skin enjoy a number of advantages: they are less prone to swelling than are people with thick skin. Their swelling fades more quickly, and they are less likely to develop scars. On the other hand, thicker skin makes imperfections less visible, while thin skin can highlight them. Even worse, thin skin often becomes tighter after a surgical procedure. As it tightens, it can put pressure on the underlying bones or cartilage, sometimes to the point of deforming the nose. Learn More Today At Kadz Plastic Surgery, we are happy to offer rhinoplasty to our patients in Beverly Hills, CA. To learn more, feel free to contact us today to schedule your consultation!