WHAT IS SMARTLIPO (LASER LIPO)?

How is Smart lipo different than traditional liposuction? Smartlipo, also known as laser lipo, is a relatively new technology which has become popular in recent years. For clarification, different companies can make the laser machine used for this procedure.  However, since Cynosure (trademarked under the name Smartlipo) was the first company to gain most of…

Is Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Safe For Senior Citizens?

What Age Is Too Old For Plastic Surgery? Aesthetic plastic surgery, also known as cosmetic surgery, has gained tremendous popularity over the past 15 years and the number of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, has increased by 200-300%. We are fortunate, as with this increase in popularity, there has been tremendous improvement in technique, allowing…

COMBINING PROCEDURES IN PLASTIC/COSMETIC SURGERY-WHEN DOES IT MAKE SENSE?

Multiple Plastic Surgery Procedures, In One Surgery Sometimes patients come to me for a plastic surgery/cosmetic procedure, not realizing to obtain the best result, an additional procedure or procedures may be recommended.  This is not “selling” or “car salesman ship” for a lack of a better word. The classic example of combining procedures is the…

CAN PLASTIC SURGERY/COSMETIC SURGERY BE PERFORMED UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA (WITHOUT GENERAL ANESTHESIA)?

Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Performed Under Local Anesthesia When I finished my plastic surgery residency in 1999, my impression was most cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery had to be performed under general anesthesia.  May be my attendings chose this method of anesthesia for convenience, or simply lack of information at the time. However, many cosmetic and reconstructive…

IN CASE OF A LEAK, DO NOT PANIC!

Breast Implant Leak I occasionally receive frantic phone calls from patients, usually after hours, where the patient is in stress because she feels her breast implant has deflated. Stay calm!  An implant leak, whether saline or silicone, is not dangerous to your health.  In case of a saline implant deflation, the body will absorb the…

MIXTO LASER RESURFACING

Orange County Laser Resurfacing I am sure many of you have heard of CO2 lasers for treating wrinkles of the face. The traditional CO2 laser causes thermal (heat) damage to the entire area of skin treated. This is a controlled damage and the depth of thermal injury is controlled by the machine and the operator.…