How to Choose the Right Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

When considering facial plastic surgery, it’s important to find a surgeon who will focus on bringing out the best in your appearance without compromising your individuality. Whether you are considering a traditional facelift or a nonsurgical enhancement, the most important decision you will make before your surgery is your selection of a plastic surgeon.

Board Certification

Many patients skip a vital step before surgery: verifying a surgeon’s qualifications and professional affiliations. In addition to standard state medical licensure, look for certifications from the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery. These institutions stand behind their certified members, and membership demonstrates the completion of comprehensive plastic surgery training along with demonstrated knowledge of plastic surgery techniques.

Beware Upselling

When interviewing potential plastic surgeons, be wary of doctors who surprise you with a laundry list of additional recommendations for treatment. While it’s true that a quality surgeon may suggest complementary procedures when they are safe and in line with your individual goals, trying to sell you on a tummy tuck when you’ve come in to discuss a facelift is more than likely a red flag. The best plastic surgeons may inform you of additional options that may further enhance your appearance, yet do so without trying to convince you that you need a variety of extra surgeries.

Do Your Research

If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track. There is a wealth of information available online, as long as you make sure you’re consulting credible sources. Look for article, blogs and posts from board certified plastic surgeons about the procedures you are considering.

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Can Facial Implants Help You Look Younger?

Though we’re undoubtedly grateful that gravity keeps our feet on the ground, we’d all prefer if it didn’t exert such a downward pull on the rest of our bodies, especially the face. Today’s many advances in cosmetic procedures offer a number of treatments to help counter that gravity-induced sunken look through the mid-face that can add years to your appearance. Whether you seek to add fullness to the cheeks with implants or a mid face lift, facial contouring can bring your features into harmony while taking years off your appearance.

Cheek Implants

Throughout history, a familiar depiction of youth and beauty has been the angelic face of a rosy-cheeked cherub. We associate full, lifted cheeks with a more youthful appearance. If you’re concerned that your facial features look gaunt or your cheeks lack definition, implants may be an excellent solution to restore fullness or create dimension in naturally flatter cheekbones. The ideal candidates for cheek implants will see more balance among their facial features and enjoy improved proportions among forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.

Mid Face Lift

Performed as part of a full face lift or on its own, a mid face lift (sometimes called a cheek lift) repositions soft tissue in order to create a more youthful, lifted appearance through the cheeks. Requiring less surgical and recovery time than a full facelift, a mid facelift tightens and lifts facial skin and tissue over the cheeks. By focusing this area with surgery or implants, surgeons can better fight the effects of gravity and help to turn back the hands of time.

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The Most Important Part of Your Face

174566773Have you ever noticed how one crooked picture frame can make a whole wall look off-kilter? By adjusting that single frame ever so slightly, the whole wall is brought into balance. This is the principle behind facial contouring surgeries: by finely adjusting the contours of certain facial features, your entire face can be transformed.

The most important part of your face isn’t any one single feature. It’s how all your features work together in harmony, reflecting the beauty that is uniquely yours. The best plastic surgeons will consider the full picture, not just one feature at a time. In my practice, I use cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, facial fillers, eyelid surgery and more to ensure that individual aspects of your facial structure complement each other.

The Nose

A prominent or crooked nose can define the face, even when the rest of a person’s facial features have a good balance and shape. Rhinoplasty surgery can reshape the nose and resize it to better suit your facial proportions. Symmetry is a crucial element of facial aesthetics, and rhinoplasty can be an excellent solution to the problem of an overly large, crooked, or misshapen nose.

The Chin

The size of your chin is another important component of facial harmony. If you feel self-conscious about a chin that is either too noticeable or recessive, chin reshaping helps balance the facial features and maximize beauty. I often have patients who benefit from a combination of rhinoplasty and chin reshaping.

The Eyes

The eyes are a center point of expression and attention. Facial aging can cause sagging skin above the eyes and bags below the eyes that make a person seem tired, dull or even upset. A bright, vibrant eye can go a long way toward ensuring that a person looks healthy and youthful.

The Cheeks

Cheek enhancement can pull the whole look together by changing the shape or position of cheeks. I use implants and fillers to add fullness to sunken cheeks; a mid face lift is another option for restoring fullness and correcting sagging through the cheek area.

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Introducing Your New Look for the New Year

112040893It happens every year: as New Year’s Eve approaches, we struggle to come up with resolutions we can actually keep. Many of my patients resolve to take better care of themselves in the new year, and an important part of feeling better is looking great too. There are a number of nonsurgical cosmetic options like JUVÉDERM® facial filler and BOTOX® Cosmetic available to improve your appearance quickly and with little downtime.

Minor Procedure, Major Transformation

Nonsurgical alternatives to traditional facelift surgeries can leave your skin with a smoother, younger appearance. When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, your friends may wonder how you actually turned the clock back.

Injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM® can deliver impressive results. These fillers reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles, restoring a more refreshed look to your reflection. BOTOX® helps prevent the further development of dynamic wrinkles and creases that occur because of repeated facial muscle movement. When used together as a liquid facelift, these products can take years off your age without surgery, giving you a rejuvenated look that is more subtle than a surgical facelift yet still very effective.

A Resolution You Can Keep

If you’re tired of looking tired, there is an array of nonsurgical alternatives to a full facelift that can leave you looking revitalized, renewed, and ready to start the New Year fresh. It’s far too easy to get overwhelmed by life’s many responsibilities while neglecting your own needs. This year, resolve to be kinder to yourself by giving yourself the gift of looking better. With excellent nonsurgical alternatives to more traditional facelift surgery, it’s now easier to combat those telling signs of aging.

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Top 3 BOTOX® Treatment Areas

saggyeyesLast year, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections were the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure for both men and women in the United States, and it’s no wonder. The results are impressive and help patients look years younger almost immediately, yet without the downtime that’s associated with facelifts or other cosmetic surgery.

There are two primary qualities that can help you have a great BOTOX® experience: the right injector, and the right wrinkles. Where do the best plastic surgeons target your BOTOX® treatment to do the most good?

1. Crow’s Feet
The fine lines that appear at the outer corners of the eyes are often one of the first giveaways of your true age, and won’t be resolved through eyelid surgery. Luckily, crow’s feet respond quite nicely to BOTOX®. Through a few quick injections, these tiny lines are erased for a smoother, less “crinkly” look when you smile.

2. Frown Lines
The one or two vertical lines that appear right between your brows over the bridge of the nose can make you look serious, frowning or full-on angry even when your face is at rest. BOTOX® temporarily freezes the responsible muscles in place, giving the muscles and resulting wrinkles a chance to relax. For deeper frown lines, a combination of BOTOX® and injectable fillers can make a big improvement.

3. Horizontal Forehead Wrinkles
The deepening lines running the long way across the forehead are another great place for BOTOX® treatment. The best plastic surgeons are skilled injectors who will be able to minimize the signs of aging while still preserving ample muscle function for a full range of facial expressions.

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The Best Candidates for Cheek Enhancement

200275404-001If you wish that your face had just a little more definition, you’re not alone. These days, stronger facial features are one of the hallmarks of modern attractiveness, both for men and for women. Could you be a candidate for cheek enhancement?
The Importance of Facial Structure
Bone structure plays a major role in your appearance, along with the placement of soft tissue throughout the face and your skin tone as well. More prominent definition in the cheeks can create improved balance among the facial features. The best candidates for cheek enhancement typically have specific concerns about their appearance:

  • Cheek structure appears too flat for the rest of the face due to bone structure
  • Soft tissue volume in the mid face has diminished with age, causing loss of definition
  • Hollowness in the cheek and mid face area creates a prematurely aged appearance

Cheek enhancement offers the ideal solution for those men and women who notice an imbalance in their facial features due to one or more of these qualities. And, of course, cheeks that feel a bit too prominent can also be reduced through surgery.
Making a Change
There are a number of options for cheek enhancement, from temporary dermal fillers to permanent facial implants. A surgical cheek lift may be enough to restore the natural contours of your face for increased definition. Sometimes, one or more of these procedures may be included as part of a traditional facelift. If you think your cheeks need a little extra love, schedule a consultation today to see if you could be a good candidate for cheek enhancement.

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Facial Procedures: The New Trend for Men

Cosmetic surgery used to be performed almost exclusively for women, but today we see a lot more men walking through our doors. Many men are interested in facial cosmetic procedures, with facelifts and other facial rejuvenation treatments being the most popular treatments right now.

Changing Looks for Changing Times

The masculine ideal of attractiveness is always changing, but stronger, more well-defined features never seem to go out of style. Rhinoplasty can create an improved nose shape, and men are also interested in enhancing their facial structure with cheek and chin implants for a more masculine look.

Another one of the reasons men are updating their appearance is to stay competitive in a tough economic climate. The job market remains challenging, particularly for older men who are closer to retirement. Concerns over wanting to ensure that they look relevant in an ever-younger work force have led a number of men to consider minimally invasive procedures like BOTOX® to take a few years off their age.

Regardless of your specific motivations for pursuing cosmetic surgery, the focus is on bringing out the best in your unique features, not in creating cookie-cutter profiles that all look the same. Men are embracing their individuality, and part of this is using cosmetic procedures to make the most out of their natural good looks.

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Is BOTOX® Too “Hyped?”

is-botox-too-hypedMen and women have been looking for the Fountain of Youth just about as long as anyone can remember. Although cosmetic surgery doesn’t stop the process, it does help diminish many of the major signs of aging. As an alternative to surgery, less invasive treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic injections have been rapidly gaining popularity over the last several years. Does BOTOX® really live up to its reputation?
The Benefits of BOTOX®
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a formulation of botulinum toxin that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles. When injections are delivered to the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, or those wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movements during facial expressions, those muscles are temporarily prevented from forming and deepening wrinkles. This allows the surface of the skin to become smooth and unlined again as muscles relax, treating the signs of aging at their source.

In addition to being one of the best ways to erase crow’s feet and frown lines, BOTOX® can also be used to help treat excessive sweating and even migraines. Last year, BOTOX® was the number one cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.
Real Results
So, does BOTOX® deliver on its promises to help men and women look years younger without downtime or surgery? Indeed, it does. Although the cosmetic effects wear off gradually after several months, during that time it’s undeniable that the signs of aging in the target area are dramatically reduced, offering a less invasive, simple alternative to more advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

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QuickLift™ vs. Face Lift

At my practice, I offer both the QuickLift™ and the traditional face lift for my patients. While both can help you look younger and more refreshed without looking “done,” there are some very big differences between the two procedures. Here’s a closer look at each option to help you decide what’s best for meeting your goals.
Quick Results with a QuickLift™
The QuickLift™, as the name implies, is a facial rejuvenation procedures that offers faster results and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional facelift surgery. Sometimes referred to as short-scar facelift (or S-lift), the QuickLift™ tightens the SMAS layer of the facial structure for a smoother, younger-looking appearance through the lower face and neck.
Traditional Facelift Surgery
In the early days of facelift surgery, the procedure originally only addressed the skin of the face, not the muscles. As surgical techniques became more advanced, plastic surgeons started targeting the SMAS layer to tighten loose muscles below the skin. While this more aggressive approach definitely delivers results, patients typically notice a much longer recovery period, along with more bruising and swelling compared to a QuickLift™.
Which Is Right for You?
So which option is going to give you the look you want? It really comes down to what you and your surgeon decide. It’s important to keep in mind that surgical skill is a big component in the success of your procedure. Although the QuickLift™ and a traditional facelift can both deliver beautiful results, only a board certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs the procedure you want is going to give you the look you deserve.

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The Most Common Reasons for Cosmetic Surgery

There are a number of different reasons why men and women may choose cosmetic surgery in San Diego. Here’s a look at some of the most common.

The Baby Blues

Being a mom is one of the greatest joys for so many women, yet there’s no denying that pregnancy can leave an unwelcome impact on the body. A Mommy Makeover is a great solution for women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy body shape…or maybe make a few improvements along the way. Common areas of concern include the breasts and belly, as well as addressing wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Not Getting Carded

Remember those days when you hated getting carded because you were tired of looking so young? With age, the shoe definitely moves to the other foot, and all too soon no one bothers asking you how old you are. Or even worse, when they think you’re older than your actual calendar years. A number of minimally invasive procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers can help you look younger and more refreshed.

Time for a Change

Sometimes a major life change is the motivating factor for considering cosmetic surgery. Moving, getting a new job or having a kid who’s graduating high school or college are all reasons to want to look your best. Predictably, attending your own high school reunion ranks pretty high on that list as well. Cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures are the ideal solution for helping you age gracefully.

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