Archive for September, 2011

Laser Hair Removal for Men

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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As procedural technology improves, more men are discovering the benefits of laser hair removal in Los Angeles. This simple procedure is an effective alternative to more time-consuming methods such as shaving and waxing.

Laser hair removal works by directing light energy to melanin in the hair follicle. This inhibits the hair’s growth, resulting in smoother skin without the excess hair in the targeted areas. Advancements have made it possible to scan larger areas of skin, thereby enabling surgeons to efficiently remove hair on the arms, back, legs, shoulders, and even face.

Most people return to my practice for 2 to 3 treatments, depending on the area of treatment, age, and extent of hair growth. Once a treatment is complete, you can return to your regular routine.

Laser hair removal can be an ideal option for those with busy schedules: you avoid the time needed for endless cycles of shaving or waxing, and there is no recovery time needed after the short procedure.

BOTOX® Cosmetic for Busy People

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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More women and men are discovering that BOTOX® Cosmetic in Los Angeles can smooth away the wrinkles, resulting in smooth, youthful skin in areas such as the forehead. This simple, quick treatment provides visible results, with no downtime, making it a great option for those with busy schedules.

Learn more about this popular treatment:

  • BOTOX Cosmetic works by targeting the dynamic facial muscles that cause wrinkles, such as those across the forehead and around the eyes.
  • It is the first FDA-approved botulinum toxin to treat these specific types of facial lines.
  • BOTOX Cosmetic is an excellent option for busy people, with treatments lasting between 10 to 30 minutes. Many people even schedule injections for their lunches, or short work breaks.
  • Results begin to appear within days of treatment, and continue to improve over the following weeks.
  • Treatment benefits can last from 4 to 6 months.

Breast Implant Basics

Monday, September 19th, 2011
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There are a number of options to consider when women decide to have breast augmentation. At my practice in Los Angeles, breast implant discussions, such as silicone versus saline, typically are the focus of breast augmentation consultations. Here are some of the basics to help you know more about this topic:

  • Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive elastic gel that many say feels more like natural breast tissue.
  • Women can typically choose from three incision locations for inserting the implants: under the breast along the natural crease (inframammary incision), under the armpit (transaxillary incision), and around the areola (periarolar incision).
  • Breast implants can be placed under the pectoral muscle, or between the pectoral muscle and breast tissue. This decision is best made with a qualified surgeon, and is often based on a number of factors, including implant type and cosmetic goals.

By understanding the available options and talking with an experienced surgeon, you can achieve your goals more successfully.

Understanding the Potential of Tummy Tucks

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Women and men often come to our practice after spending countless hours in the gym and trying what seems like every diet available, yet they are still unsatisfied with the overall shape of their bodies. A tummy tuck in Los Angeles is extremely effective in creating a flat and toned abdomen, but the key to successfully using this popular procedure is understanding what it can and cannot achieve.

Tummy tuck procedures begin with a horizontal incision along the pubic line that is often easily covered by a person’s bathing suit. Once the incisions are made, a number of steps are utilized:

  • Sutures bring the underlying muscles together to tighten the abdominal wall.
  • Abdominal skin is pulled downward, and the navel is repositioned through a small incision.
  • Remove excess skin to reveal a tighter abdomen and eliminate stretch marks.
  • Liposuction may be used to improve the contour of the waist, flanks, and abdomen.

Tummy tucks often serve as a valuable component of many Mommy Makeovers, which combine the procedure with breast enhancement. This relatively simple procedure can help mothers regain their toned abdomens and bounce back after having children.

5 Facts about Nose Reshaping

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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A number of women and men come to my practice with misconceptions and misinformation about Los Angeles rhinoplasty procedures. Here are five facts all people interested in this procedure should be aware of:

  • Rhinoplasty can help a person to not only improve the appearance of her or his nose, but often also restores breathing after damage caused by an injury. Surgery used to correct functional problems, such as a deviated septum, is often covered by health insurance.
  • Depending on the desired results, surgeons can hide incisions inside a person’s nose. Known as a closed procedure, this method is a great way to hide any indications of facial cosmetic surgery.
  • It’s important to wait until at least 15 years of age to ensure your facial growth is complete. This will aid a surgeon in make the necessary alterations to suit your facial appearance, and help you see your adult-sized nose before deciding on surgery.
  • Recovery times vary from one person to another, but people can often return to work within 7 days of surgery. Most people can resume exercise and other activities within a month.
  • As long as a person does not incur a major injury or damage the nose after surgery, people can expect permanent results. The normal aging process will help to blend the results with the surrounding facial skin for a natural appearance.

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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