Archive for May, 2011

The Facts about Nipple Surgery

Sunday, May 29th, 2011
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You might be surprised to hear that a significant number of women come to my practice wanting to alter the proportion and position of their nipples and the surrounding dark skin, known as the areola. Sometimes motivation for nipple surgery extends beyond cosmetic reasons, with the nipples affecting a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Regardless of the reasons, the appearance of a woman’s nipples can affect her self-image.

Large nipples can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. Women may avoid certain situations and shopping can become a nuisance. Although there is no perfect size and shape for a woman’s nipples and surrounding skin, surgery can create better proportion or correct a defect. One of the most common problems people tend to fix with nipple surgery is inverted, or inward pointing, nipples. A woman’s areola can be altered to naturally fit the breast size, or nipples can be reduced in size as well.

As with many plastic surgery procedures, nipple surgery allows women to feel confident about the appearance of their bodies. Surgery can increase a person’s confidence, and allow women to shop for clothing based on personal style, rather than purely for comfort.

More Men Seek Cosmetic Surgery

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
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With the economy recovering, more men are expressing an interest in surgical procedures. An increasing number of my Los Angeles face lift patients are men, who want to look younger to improve their lives both professionally and personally. Additionally, more men are considering cosmetic surgery given the decreased downtime due to new innovations in plastic surgery which provide a shorter recovery time.

In addition to cosmetic surgical procedures, men are also turning to minimally-invasive procedures such as injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. These treatments are quick and require little to no downtime, making them a practical option for busy individuals.

As plastic surgery and minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments continue to rise in popularity, it will be interesting to see the amount of men who receive these treatments over the next few years, and if it will continue to be a trend.

Why Breast Enhancement Remains Popular

Friday, May 20th, 2011
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Breast enhancement procedures have long been some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Breast enhancement typically includes breast lift surgery, breast reduction surgery, and breast augmentation. Los Angeles women are among many in the United States who turn to breast implants to help improve their body contours by increasing the size of their breasts.

According to a recent report published by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), plastic surgery has increased in popularity, up 2 percent from 2009 to 2010. Breast augmentation took the number 1 spot for the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2010, with 296,000 procedures performed. It is no surprise that breast augmentation is the top procedure of 2010, as more women are enjoying the benefits of a rebounding economy and are taking steps to improve their appearance and self-esteem.

Here are a few of my thoughts as to why breast augmentation continues to remain such a common cosmetic procedure:

  • The procedure is generally straightforward and quick.
  • Recovery time from a breast augmentation is significantly less than other procedures such as a tummy tuck.
  • Women have several options for the procedure, including incision location, type of implant, shape of implant, and more.
  • Breast augmentation is a relatively affordable cosmetic procedure.

I’d like to hear your opinions and thoughts on breast augmentation. Why do you believe it is so popular?

Plastic Surgery Office vs. Medical Spa

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
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As the founder of a Los Angeles plastic surgery practice, I am constantly seeing patients from all over the country for a variety of different procedures and treatments. I’ve noticed that many patients wonder which facility is appropriate for their procedure: a plastic surgery office or a medical spa.

First, I’d like to explain the difference between a plastic surgery office and medical spa facility. It is important to note that not all plastic surgery centers are fully-accredited. What fully-accredited means is that the center has met various national standards for equipment, operating room safety, and both staff and surgical credentials. You should only consider a surgical procedure once you have found a facility that possesses the proper qualifications.

A medical spa is a slightly vague term, as there is no single definition. Medical spas are different than regular spas, as they use medically-based treatments. Common treatments performed at a medical spa include laser skin rejuvenation, BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as chemical peels. At a medical spa, a physician is onsite and plays an integral role in a patient’s evaluation and care.

In general, if you want to have a surgical procedure performed, it is better-suited for a plastic surgery office. If you are seeking minimally invasive treatments, you may be able to enjoy your procedures at a medical spa.

3 Benefits of a Breast Lift

Friday, May 6th, 2011
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Breast lift surgery is among one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures. Many different types of women turn to breast lift surgery to help improve the appearance of sagging breasts, either due to having children, the natural aging process, or both.

Many of my Los Angeles breast lift patients report that they noticed both physical and psychological benefits after having their procedure. Below are 3 specific benefits that a breast lift may include:

  1. The breasts can be positioned to appear more proportionate and elevated, in order to provide a more youthful position.
  2. The surgeon can remove excess skin that contributes to a sagging or aged appearance, and tighten the breast skin to achieve a firm look.
  3. A breast lift can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, which contributes to overall happiness.

For women who are appropriate candidates, a breast lift can be a very satisfying procedure, both for physical and psychological reasons. What is your experience with breast lift surgery? How have you benefited from the procedure?

Dr. Grant Stevens

I am a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience researching and implementing new approaches to plastic surgery. At Plastic Surgery Insider, you get the benefit of my experience and authority when you read my perspectives on the latest news and procedures in plastic surgery.
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