We all know there is a lot you can do with hair and makeup. But, did you ever consider that there is a lot you can do with your breasts? If you interview a group of plastic surgeons about breasts, you will be confounded by the number of ways to improve their appearance. Breasts can be augmented, reduced, lifted, made symmetrical, injected, separated, moisturized, pushed together…and that’s just for starters.
If you think your breasts are too small, you’re not alone. In 2012, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Americans spent more than $1 billion on breast augmentation surgeries. If you’re considering implants, here are pearls of wisdom from board-certified plastic surgeons that have performed multiple implant surgeries:
If you have decided on breast implants and you want a want a natural-looking appearance, you will most likely avoid over-sized high profile implants (which are mainly used in breast reconstruction). Overly large, high profile implants may have the following tell-tale signs:
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There are things everyone can do to maintain breast beauty:
Even though the size and shape of the areola may suffer, skin quality is better in women who breast fed. Although pregnancy has a generally negative effect on breast appearance, breast feeding creates a special hormonal environment, which is similar to internal hormone replacement.
There have been some changes in breast development that scientists ponder. For example, compared with the previous generation, twice as many girls are developing breasts as early as age seven. Further, today’s average bra size is 36DD – that is up two full cup sizes from 2002. Remember though, not every bra is treated the same. Like clothing, bras of the same size vary from brand to brand. Be sure to get measured and get the right bra for your body type. That will help you look your best and have optimal support.
If you are considering surgical breast improvements, your board-certified plastic surgeon can assess what will work best for you. No matter your breast size, keep your cleavage out of the sun and moisturize!
When your swan-like neck turns into a “turkey wattle” here are options worth considering.
As we age it’s a strong bet that many of us will start to feel “bad” about our necks — and for good reason. A once swanlike neck that starts to accumulate fat, wrinkles and vertical banding as we grow older is hardly the stuff of dreams. And when that tight as a baby’s bottom jawline starts to display jowls, a double chin, and/or a “turkey wattle” you’ll need that neck scarf to wipe away the tears.
The sweet bird of youth may have flown the coop, but you don’t necessarily have to cop to it. You chose to address your neck issues by sporting turtlenecks, but there are other more proactive approaches one can take — like visiting your plastic surgeon to discuss the combo of procedures available, collectively referred to as a neck lift.
Not exactly a “one-size-fits-all” procedure, a neck lift is meant to improve the appearance of the neck by tightening the skin and underlying muscles and by enhancing the contour of the jawline through a combination of procedures aimed at producing a tighter and more youthful appearance. Doctors typically rely on a combination of liposuction, platysmaplasty and cervicoplasty to achieve the desired results.
For example, a patient with only a small amount of excess fat under the chin may only require liposuction while other patients, particularly those with banding or a “turkey wattle” may benefit from platysmaplasty, which adjusts the platysma muscle that crisscrosses the neck. Still other patients may require cervicoplasty to address loose sagging skin on the jawline and neck. The latter two, being more invasive and lengthy procedures, will likely result in a longer recovery time, and oftentimes are done in-tandem with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
The pros are self-evident: an improved neck, jawline and even profile.
The cons: bruising and swelling, your neck may feel tight for a few months after the procedure, and your neck will look so darn fabulous that other signs of aging may appear more prominent.
A consultation with your aesthetic surgeon will help determine which procedures will offer the most benefit for you depending on a combination of factors, including: the laxity of your skin, your own fat accumulation, your expectations, and your general health.
So if you’re feeling “bad about your neck,” don’t hide away in a turtleneck sweater and pen an essay about your endless suffering. Instead, simply make an appointment with your board-certified plastic surgeon and talk about today’s wide variety of surgical options. Your neck will thank you.
There was a time when if you had a health concern, you would make an appointment and “ask the doctor.” Your doctor was a kindly, unassuming figure dangling a stethoscope and wielding a cylindrical little rocket that he inserted in your ears. Then he shoved the tongue depressor down your throat, made you say, “Ahhh…” and declared “Nothing that a few days rest won’t take care of.” But that was then.
Today, when something’s wrong you fortify yourself with a snack and hunker down in the glow of the Internet, indulging in uncertainty, conjecture and self-diagnosis only to emerge hours later with a headache and the name of a specialist. He (or she) will not only peer down your throat but also order a battery of diagnostic tests. Two weeks later, when results are in, you return to the specialist who will probably tell you, “You need a couple of days of rest.”
Cosmetic surgery is a specialty apart from all others. Endoscopy, colonoscopy and appendectomy are not advertised as life changing procedures, but plastic surgery is. There’s a constant barrage of Internet, TV and print ads that suggest you will enhance your life if you sculpt, enhance, whittle and lift your various body parts. Ads offer plastic surgery vacations, bargain basement liposuction, noninvasive miracle procedures, Botox parties and the do-it-yourself Botox kit.
On the other hand, the press bombards you with plastic surgery horror stories. Recent plastic surgery headlines involve a breast implant scandal in Europe involving unsafe implant materials, reports of butt augmentations gone wrong and stories about unqualified practitioners practicing in less than hygienic surroundings.
Once you make the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure, you can’t simply go to your neighborhood surgeon (those days are gone), but there’s no reason to get overwhelmed with advertising or plastic surgery in the media.
Here is the most important plastic surgery advice: Your cosmetic procedure must be performed by a licensed physician with proper credentials operating in an accredited facility. Do not get stuck on the Internet pursuing plastic surgery offers. Instead, seek out a professional organization for information and referrals. ASAPS is one such organization; their mission is “educate the public that in the right hands, in the right setting, and on the right patient, cosmetic surgery can have profound physical and psychosocial benefits.”
The right setting Accredited office-based facilities have a safety record comparable to hospital ambulatory surgery settings. If you select a board-certified plastic surgeon from the ASAPS database “Find-a-Surgeon,” you can be sure that the member-surgeons use accredited office-based surgical facilities. Otherwise, ask these questions to make sure your office-based cosmetic surgery is performed in a setting that is safe:
Good weather never makes top headlines and neither does good plastic surgery. Good plastic surgery is a specialty that rarely gets notice because it is not very noticeable. And that ideal, pursued in a safe setting, is what you’re seeking.
Are you looking for a way to eliminate the sagging and drooping skin on your face? Sagging in the middle area of the face appears as deep lines around the nose and cheeks. Jowls occur when the cheeks droop and cause a break in the jawline. If these developments concern you, a facelift may be ideal.
The face lift may also be combined with other procedures like an eye or brow lift to create a more complete rejuvenation. Consult with a Board Certified plastic surgeon like Dr. K , expert in Cosmetic and plastic surgery, to determine what procedures will help you achieve the best results. A face lift is offered in a variety of techniques. Incisions can be made just under the ears, up towards the hairline, or behind the ears to include a neck lift. Additional dermal injections or fat transfer may be used to create volume and fill wrinkles.
Contact us at our office in O.C. if you’d like more information.
The tummy tuck is one of the most well-known plastic surgery procedures, and its benefits are pretty clear. If you are the type of person who struggles to shave off those extra inches from the belly despite a good diet and exercise, a tummy tuck is an excellent solution. The procedure shouldn’t be seen as an alternative to weight loss but rather as a means of achieving your ideal figure.
Dr. Kalantarian is Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Discuss your goals with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. K in Orange County so you can determine how to best achieve the look of your dreams. A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, can also remove sagging skin from the stomach leftover from pregnancy or dramatic weight loss. The process involves incisions along the lower stomach to remove excess skin. Sutures may also be used to tighten the stomach muscles.
Contact us at our office in O.C. if you would like to know more about body contouring or the abdominoplasty.