Getting Rhinoplasty in San Diego Must be Only about Improving Yourself

Celebrities getting cosmetic procedures to improve various parts of their bodies has become standard fare for entertainment outlets the world over. Given their place in society as role models, it’s no wonder that when a celebrity announces they’ve had rhinoplasty in San Diego, many people aspire to do the same. Continue reading

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Before Getting a Facelift in San Diego, Consider Your Motivations

Looking good is everything in a world that values appearance above a lot of other attributes. It’s no wonder then that getting a facelift in San Diego has become somewhat commonplace. However, if anyone decides to undergo a cosmetic procedure, it’s always best for them to consider their own motivations for doing so before committing to the process. Continue reading

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Three Pointers on How to Prepare for a San Diego Facelift Procedure


There are many reason you’d want to have a facelift. contributor Kristen Houghton shares her insight on why she will undergo said cosmetic procedure sometime in the future.
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Getting Rhinoplasty in San Diego for the Treatment of Nasal Injuries


Some people believe that one’s nose plays a critical role in his or her attractiveness. United Kingdom’s Daily Mail writer Kelly Strange reports on the recent experience of Owen Cheshire, a young Mensa member who was so dissatisfied with how his nose looked that he decided to get a nose job.
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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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