Plastic Surgery Blog

Botox Provides Fast Results

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Nobody enjoys the side effects of aging, and many people wish that their wrinkles and worry lines would just fade away. Luckily for them, there is Botox. This procedure works wonders on skin. If you want to turn back time, consider trying out this growing trend that is used by over 3 million people annually.

Treatments require little time commitment and are typically completed in 30 minutes or less, once every three to five months. There is also little to no down time for healing, allowing users to seek treatment when it is most convenient for them without having to take time off from their normal routines.

During a typical session, the compound is injected directly into muscles in order to reduce the activity that creates the appearance of fine lines. By doing this, the visibility of wrinkles is reduced, thus creating a younger look for patients.

Patients will begin to see results as early as a few days after of their initial treatment, and results may last for as long as four months. Over 80% of Botox users see positive results after getting only one treatment.

A certified doctor should always be the one to administer Botox injections to ensure safety. When used correctly, your face should remain expressive and maintain a natural appearance. Speak with a qualified doctor in order to decide what course of treatment is best for you.

What Kind of Rhinoplasty is Right For You?

One of the most confusing dilemmas that prospective rhinoplasty patients face is choosing between endonasal and external rhinoplasty. These terms can be confusing, but they simply refer to the two most popular types of nose restructuring: open or closed. To decide which method is best suited for your needs it is important for you to speak with a professional surgeon about your options.

The main difference between these two procedures is the placement of the incisions. In a closed procedure all of the incisions are made inside the nostrils, so visible scarring is completely avoided. The drawback to this procedure is that repositioning of nasal skin must be done with limited visibility and the procedure can be more complicated for surgeons.

Rhinoplasty Before and After Photo - Marc Malek MD

With the open procedure, a small incision is made that provides surgeons visibility of the nasal structure, which leads to a more well aligned restructuring of the nose and its components. The drawback of the open rhinoplasty though is the chance of a small scar being visible.

The healing process for both of these procedures is similar. Roughly a week of recovery time is required of both. The splints that are put in place to hold the nose’s new shape during each procedure are normally removed between 7 and 10 days after the operation. Bruising and initial swelling typically go down after 10-14 days. However, every individual is different, so recovery varies from patient to patient.

If you are considering your options for repairing or reshaping your nose, consult with a doctor who will be able to advise you on which type of operation can safely meet your needs.

Are You A Good Candidate For A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a noninvasive way to improve the skin’s appearance. This treatment is most commonly done on the face, but it can also be used to treat the skin on your hands and neck. If you have areas of unattractive skin caused by acne and scars, or if you have age spots, fine lines, irregular skin pigmentation, or rough patches that you want to smooth out, then you may want to see what this procedure can do for you.

This treatment can be performed on people of various ages and skin types. Using a specialized chemical solution that causes the dead skin to peel away, smoother, less wrinkled skin underneath is revealed, essentially removing the blemishes left behind by years of sun damage and aging.

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According to doctors, there are a number of factors that determine who is a good candidate for a chemical peel treatment. The ideal patient has very fair, thin skin and often is a natural blonde or redhead with light colored eyes. Speak with your doctor if you suffer from any underlying medical conditions, as there may be some complications associated with chemical peel treatments if your immune system is weakened.

There are a number of types of chemical peels to choose from, including light peels that use alphahydroxy acids, medium-depth peels which use trichloroacetic acid, and stronger peels, which utilize Phenol, the strongest of the chemical solutions.

If you believe that you are a strong candidate for this process and have blemishes or signs of aging that you want to remove, call Dr. Malek today to discuss your options.

Erase Scars With The Help Of Laser Technology

If you suffer from embarrassing scars, then laser therapy may be the cure you have been looking for. Fractional laser treatments are a new way to get impressive results that are long lasting. They penetrate deeper than ever before, reaching the root of the scar and wiping it away. This treatment has the added benefit of healing quickly and not leaving the skin red or irritated.

Not only can the fractional laser be used to erase scars, but it is also effective at diminishing the unwanted appearance of wrinkles and deep lines. Traditional CO2 lasers often remove dermis and epidermis during treatment, but fractional laser therapy does not pose this risk. Collagen gel is used during the healing process to improve the health of skin, leaving you with brighter, tighter, and unblemished skin.

Fractional Laser Before and After Photo - Marc Malek MD

Recently found to be the most effective means of treating excessive scars, strong support for this new laser technology was presented in the December issue of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. By studying 28 well-designed clinical trials using medical laser treatments, doctors were able to determine the best treatment for serious scarring.

If you have been plagued by difficult scarring that has proven resistant to other treatments, you may want to give fractional laser therapy a try. Before having treatment, contact Dr. Malek to discuss your medical history and skin type to determine if you would be a good candidate for this type of treatment.

Botox Injections Offer Relief from Excessive Sweating

Botox injections are a popular cosmetic treatment that provides noticeable results. Men and women who receive the injection-based treatment enjoy a fuller face and more youthful looking appearance almost instantly. Many people may not realize that this helpful prescription drug can combat another issue — excessive underarm sweating.

Woman Sweating Photo - Marc Malek M.D.

Excessive underarm sweating can affect a person in many ways. He or she may be self-conscious about sweat spots or may have to throw away clothes that become stained after just a few uses. They may worry that they look unprofessional in the workplace or less polished in social situations. The emotional and mental burden can be overwhelming.

The typical levels of sweat experienced by most people can be controlled successfully using antiperspirants or deodorants. For those with more severe problems, surgery is another option for treatment. Botox is a safe alternative that is much less invasive than surgery and offers a high success rate.

During a typical appointment for this procedure, a series of injections is made in both underarms. Up to 15 injections may be made during the visit, which only takes about 15 minutes. The treatment begins to work after a period of several weeks. It works by blocking chemical signals from those nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When these signals are blocked, the severe sweating ceases. The results typically last for over 6 months, and a new set of injections can safely be administered once excessive sweating begins again.

Those who are interested in receiving Botox injections to combat excessive sweating should know that the procedure might be covered by their insurance. Though not every provider and plan pay for the procedure, in many cases full or partial coverage is provided when the sweating cannot be controlled using standard topical medications.

Qualities To Look For In Male Breast Reduction Candidates

Male breast reduction surgery offers men with overly large breasts the chance to obtain a more desirable chest shape. Large male breasts can be the result of having been overweight, genetics, or exposure to certain chemicals or hormones. Every person’s body, both male and female, is predisposed to accumulate fat cells in certain areas. This explains why everyone has their so-called “trouble spots.”

Man And Doctor Consultation Photo - Marc Malek M.D.

Male breast reduction is a viable option that has produced excellent results for many men. In order to be considered an ideal candidate for the procedure, several key areas will be reviewed and discussed by you and your plastic surgeon. First, candidates should be physically healthy. This is an important sign that your body will react well to surgery and will be able to heal. If you have a serious illness or disease, surgery should most likely be postponed. You should also be of a relatively normal body weight in proportion to your height.

There are mental and emotional aspects that will also be taken into consideration when learning if male breast reduction is a good option for you. If you are bothered by the size of your breasts and your overall self-esteem is affected, surgery could be a solution. Your surgeon will talk to you about your expectations for surgery to ensure you understand what is realistic and what you should plan for following the procedure.

In some cases, this procedure is advisable for teenagers as well. This depends highly on the individual situation. Teens who undergo the surgery may need to plan on having a second procedure later in life.

Finally, ideal candidates should be non-smokers and non-drug users. This is the case for most surgeries, since smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself.

The Difference Between A Plastic And Cosmetic Surgeon

Many people are under the impression that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery describe the same class of procedures. The truth of the matter is that a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon are two different kinds of doctors with very different levels of training. Let’s take a look at what sets one apart from the other.

Cosmetic Surgeon Photo - Marc Malek M.D.

When pursuing plastic surgery as a career, a doctor will attempt to become board-certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In order to qualify for this level of certification, the doctor will go through an intense training and formal education period of between 6 to 8 years after completing medical school. This includes completing a residency training program that focuses exclusively on plastic surgery, including both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

During this specialized residency, a doctor may find that he or she has a particular interest in one area of practice and may choose to pursue that field as a specialty. These specific areas can include breast augmentation, facial reconstruction, or one of many other concentrations. Doctors also receive training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and other filler-based treatments, plus laser-based treatments.

A cosmetic surgeon, on the other hand, does not have the formal training period of 6 to 8 years following medical school. Technically speaking, nearly any doctor could give himself or herself this title as there is no residency or training program that leads to a specialization or certification in cosmetic surgery. This means that a family care practitioner or emergency room doctor, for example, could technically offer cosmetic surgery, though they do not have the formal training or experience needed to be recognized as a Board-certified plastic surgeon. To ensure they get superior care, it’s important for patients to understand the qualifications of all of their doctors and surgeons, including those whom they depend on for plastic surgery.

Chin Implants Named The Fastest Growing Procedure

Research from 2011 shows that the chin implant is becoming the fastest growing procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that people from all major demographics are participating in this type of plastic surgery more than ever before. Men and women of all ages and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds are seeking this option.

Chin implant - Marc Malek, M.D.

The number of chin implant procedures in 2011 was listed at 20,680. That number represents an astonishing 71% increase over 2010. The number of men and women who had the procedure is very comparable, with 10,593 surgeries reported for men and 10,087 reported for women, representing a 76% and 66% increase, respectively.

There are several key factors that are contributing to the trend. First, baby boomers getting to a point in their lives where they see very noticeable signs of aging in their faces. Many people in this category lead very active lives and consider themselves to be young in spirit. They’re not ready, so to speak, to look like a senior citizen. A chin implant is a feasible way to give them a more defined facial contour and younger looking appearance. Many patients within this category combine procedures or treatments, such as a chin lift with Botox injections, to get even more noticeable results.

Another component that may be contributing to this trend is the increased use of video chat technology. These programs are used more than ever both in the workplace and at home. People are more inclined to notice their double chins and unpronounced jawlines when using these programs, and many of them don’t like what they see.

Competitiveness in the workplace is another driving factor that has people of all ages wanting to look polished and professional in every way possible. A chin implant is a popular option that gives a more defined jawline, one physical attribute that is linked to professional success.

Number of Patients Undergoing Arm Lift Procedures Continues to Rise

The number of women undergoing arm lift procedures is rising steadily year after year. Recent research published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that this plastic surgery option may very well be on its way to becoming one of the most common throughout the United States. The number of these surgeries has increased annually by more than 4,000% in the last 13 years. In 2000, just 300 women received an arm lift, and by 2012 that number had increased to more than 15,000.

Arm Lift - Marc Malek, M.D.

So why has the demand for this procedure increased so much? There are several factors to consider. First, there has been a nationwide focus on health and fitness. Gym memberships are more common, adults are becoming more involved in group sports, and the whole country is working to maintain a more active lifestyle. This is a result of an increased awareness about the alarming obesity rates and dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Many people today work hard to be – and look – healthy. When exercise and diet fail to address a trouble spot, like the arms, cosmetic surgery is the next option.

The media has also put a spotlight on many women who have toned arms. From the First Lady to movie stars, the arms have received a lot of attention in recent years. Naturally, women watching at home want to mimic the tight and toned look they see on TV or online.

Many fashion trends that have appeared over the last 10 to 15 years are sleeveless or highlight the arms in a prominent way. Tank tops have gone upscale and are now offered in elegant styles that can be worn to work or out to dinner. Whether in a professional or personal setting, there are many style options that show off a fit – or flabby – upper arm.

Because of these reasons, there has been an increased focus on wanting to have great looking arms. An arm lift procedure provides the opportunity to get the look you want when exercise hasn’t produced the results you want.

What to Expect: Pregnancy after Breast Implants

Everyone knows that a woman’s body changes significantly during pregnancy. The extent of the changes varies greatly, depending on her health, hereditary factors, and a number of other components. Fortunately, a woman who becomes pregnant after having gone through breast augmentation will have an experience that is comparable to a woman who has not gone through the procedure. There is no additional risk for complications.

Pregnancy after Breast Implants

Over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, her breasts will enlarge. This is a universal rule that nearly every woman should expect. Following the birth of the child, the breasts will lose volume and skin will likely become looser. Some women’s tissue repairs itself, while others may find themselves with a permanent change to their body. Having breast implants can actually help combat this common issue because they won’t change significantly in size over the course of a year or two like natural breast tissue often does.

Stretch marks are another area of concern for any pregnant woman. The odds of stretch marks appearing on a woman who has breast implants are comparable to those of a woman who does not have implants. No research suggests that the likelihood of stretch marks increases because of augmentation.

One common result of pregnancy is that implants may seem to sit lower and be less perky that beforehand. It’s not uncommon for patients to come back for a follow-up procedure after giving birth and healing from delivery. During this follow-up procedure the patient may choose to have another augmentation or a breast lift to get back her pre-baby bosom.

Whether they have implants or not, women can avoid issues like sagging and stretch marks by carefully monitoring their weight throughout pregnancy. By keeping their weight gain to a recommended amount, they’ll be minimizing the long-term effects to their bodies.