We’re lucky to live in an era that gives us so many options for minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments. These days, you can improve your facial aesthetics without surgery or the extensive downtime and discomfort involved with it. However, not all problems can be fixed with non-invasive treatments alone. The key to a successful procedure is choosing… Read More
Are your cheeks starting to sag? Are they flat or hollow? If so, then you’ve probably wished at some point that you could achieve a sophisticated, youthful even model-esque appearance in your cheeks. You know how you want to look, but how do you get there? Cosmetic surgery can be the perfect solution to aging… Read More
Taking Facial Plastic Surgery to the Extreme Following a successful facial cosmetic surgery, the people in the patient’s life should not feel compelled to ask him or her: “Have you had work done?” A plastic surgeon’s intent is not to construct perfection, but rather to create aesthetic improvements that each patient is pleased with. Satisfactory… Read More
The eyes are often one of the first areas of the face to start showing signs of serious aging, and the results of this aging can be aesthetically devastating for many people who experience them. If you look in the mirror and you’re not happy with what you see, it may be time to consider plastic… Read More
Just returning from a great meeting in Nashville from an American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in Nashville. It is always a great meeting to catch up on what friends and peers in the other parts of the country and in the world are doing to discuss best practices for our patients. During the meeting in… Read More
I am thrilled to report that we have seen wonderful success with PRP injections for hair restoration. As an example, this is a patient who had only one round of PRP injections for his thinning hair with impressive results. We typically recommend a series of three to four such procedures over the course of several… Read More
If you’re losing your hair, you no longer have to sit there and just watch it fall out. Hair restoration can give you back your hair. A surgical procedure, the goal of hair restoration or hair transplantation is to reduce areas of baldness, usually on the top of the head. People dealing with male pattern… Read More
This is an example of how natural the results look from hair restoration procedures. This patient is a relatively young patient who underwent FUT, hair transplantation (micro follicular unit grafting) to the crown area, using 1,037 grafts. He has shown before (left) and six months after (right) this procedure. Note how natural the results appear – no one would suspect that he had had a procedure done to achieve this result. He has improvements in the coverage of the scalp as well as the contour of the hair from the top to the back of the head. Note also that the donor area is completely invisible, even in this patient with relatively short hair; this is typically what we see because we take the time to do a careful two-layered closure and use trichophytic technique. This causes the hair to grow through the scar to further camouflage it. This patient is very pleased with the results and he can’t wait to see the results at his one year follow up.
We are pleased to now offer Kybella for the non-surgical treatment of the “double chin” for excess fullness/fat beneath the chin. This new treatment offers a high rate of success in treating the chin with no downtime, although there is some swelling which can occur. No incisions are needed. No sedation is necessary. While liposuction continues to be a great procedure, many patients wish to have reduction of the neck fullness by itself and do not wish to have downtime, even if it means the possibility of several repeat treatments in the office. Kybella is a treatment with “deoxycholic acid” which is a normally occurring substance in the body where it functions as a bile salt to break up fats in the intestines. As an injection, it breaks up fat cells in the area treated and the fat cells are then metabolized and excreted through normal metabolic processes of the body. From one to four treatments may be desired for the optimum effect but there is minimal discomfort and aside from swelling, there is minimal chance of unwanted effects.
When it comes to surgery, there are some inevitable side effects that are caused by the trauma of the operation. Bruising is an extremely common phenomenon following surgery, particularly rhinoplasty. This bruising is concentrated on the nose and the eye area, and can take quite a while to fade, making many patients uneasy about leaving the house during recovery. While bruising cannot be entirely avoided following rhinoplasty, many patients are understandably interested in minimizing the bruising as much as possible. But is there a way to help prevent bruising as a patient? And can you help accelerate the rate of recovery for bruising that does occur?
Causes of Bruising
Bruising is caused by blood vessels breaking or tearing and leaking blood into the tissue. Bruising is visible under the skin and fade slowly over time. The trauma from nasal surgery often causes bruising in rhinoplasty that takes time to resolve. In the past, techniques used in preparing the nose for recovery, such as nasal packing, could actually make bruising worse, but modern techniques are much less traumatic to the patient and to the nose. While it is difficult to predict how much bruising each patient will have prior to the surgery, there are some ways to help prevent and treat postoperative bruising.