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A scar is unavoidable whenever the skin is cut. However, there are many factors that determine how a scar looks after the cut has healed. Even though plastic surgeons excel in using meticulous suturing techniques to close incisions, this is only a small part of what determines the appearance of a scar.
If you are overly concerned about the way a scar looks, there are different measures and scar treatments that can be used to make scars less visible. None of these methods will eliminate the scar, but they can be used to improve its appearance.
In recent years, injectable fillers have become one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Over 2.2 million injectable filler procedures were performed in 2013 and this number is increasing. Most injectable fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring chemical already present in your body, although they can be composed of a various substances. Many injectable fillers are recognized by their brand names, including Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Voluma, and Sculptra, among others.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released a report revealing statistics on both invasive and non-invasive plastic surgery procedures performed in 2013. Although surgical procedures like breast augmentation, facelift, and rhinoplasty remain the most commonly sought after services, the popularity of non-invasive procedures saw dramatic increase. Over 13 million non-invasive procedures were performed in 2013.
A common question we get during breast augmentation consultations is whether or not a breast lift is needed in addition to the placement of implants. Sometimes the answer is quite evident from the start, and other times it becomes a judgment call based on a particular patient’s desires and expectations. So, deciding whether “to lift or not to lift” begins with a thorough examination of the patient.
Southern Californians have the advantage of year-long sunny weather with numerous outdoor activities at our disposal. But perfect weather comes at a cost, and It’s our skin that pays the price. A lifetime of daily exposure and lack of medical-grade skin care and daily use of sunscreen can cause the premature appearance of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are numerous products and procedures available to prevent and treat sun damaged skin.
Many breast cancer patients express concerns that they will never have natural appearing breasts again. With advances in breast reconstruction, it is now possible to reconstruct very natural looking breasts.
Creating a realistic nipple is often the final step in this process. After your plastic surgeon reconstructs your new nipple, a tattoo artist can add pigment to the area (nipple-areola tattooing) so it closely mimics the natural color of a nipple and areola.
Many of our patients share with us that their aging facial features make them look older than they feel. Unfortunately, there are no diet or exercise changes that can reverse the facial signs of aging.
Inverted nipples are quite common, and can affect one or both breasts. Some women are born with inverted nipples, while some develop it over time. In the vast majority of cases inverted nipples are not associated with any underlying problem.
Breast implants have been used for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction for more than 50 years. Numerous innovations over the years have made them safer and given them a more natural shape and feel.