Category Archives: Facial plastic surgery

Sweeten up your Valentines Day with Beautologie

February is just one of those months that’s chock full of good things. First off, there’s Valentine’s Day and really, who doesn’t love a Valentine’s Day card, whether you are 5 or 55? Maybe it’s the flowers or chocolate that you look forward to every year. Then, there’s the Tax Refund Check. Ok, maybe you won’t actually get yours until March or April, but usually by February, you have met with your accountant and you know that a refund is on its way. The big question then, is how to spend it wisely?

Some may go out and buy a new pair of shoes, flat screen TV, or even a great handbag. All fun choices, but are they wise choices? What kind of return do you actually get on a pair of stilettos? At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we think one of the wisest ways to spend your tax return is with us.

Think about it. Investing your money in a mommy makeover transformation, facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, chin augmentation or a neck lift is the kind of investment in yourself that yields results that will last a lifetime. Botox®, fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are not frivolous indulgences. They’re treatments that can literally take years off your face by removing the fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles that make you look and feel older than you are. In the competitive marketplace that is life these days, looking and feeling your best can give you a much needed leg up over your competition and help you land that new job, new deal or new date. Sometimes it even brings back the old you, and that’s an investment we are proud to help with.

So this year, why not think about living with that old TV for a while, and invest your money in you? To find out more about all of the refreshing, rejuvenation options, both surgical and non-surgical, at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, call us today at: 844-BEAUTOLOGIE (844) 232-8865, or visit Beautologie.com.

A New Year, A New You

Happy New Year! At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we believe in New Year’s resolutions, but only the ones that are easy to keep. Goals or transformations that will bring about lasting change and improve your life. Maybe something like facial rejuvenation. In fact, if you’ve been contemplating a cosmetic procedure, 2014 is an ideal time to bite the bullet and debut a new you. Surgical and non-surgical procedures are growing in popularity and are more affordable than ever!

So, if you’re thinking that your skin isn’t looking as perky as it did last year, why not book an appointment with an expert within Beautologie’s Medical Aesthetic Department for a photo facial, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peel? Our aesthetic technicians are known to work miracles with something as non-invasive as our superior grade skin care line. And if you’re feeling as if your wrinkles are a little deeper than they used to be, maybe it’s time to think about a consultation with one of our Medical Aesthetic professionals to discuss how BOTOX© Cosmetic and dermal fillers such as Restylane©, Juvederm© and ArteFill© can help smooth out the grooves that may have you looking a little older than you feel.

Don’t worry if your issues go deeper than some brown spots and crow’s feet. All of the doctors at our three locations; Bakersfield, Fresno and Malibu are trained in the very latest cosmetic surgery techniques…. techniques that can tighten and lift your sagging upper lids (an upper blepharoplasty) and remove the fat pads on your lower lids (a lower blepharoplasty) that seem to sprout up overnight, making you feel older and appear more tired than you’d like. If your problem area of concern is a sagging neck, no worries. We can lift it back to its former glory. And if the whole face needs some tender loving care, we practice any number of facelift techniques and will work with you to determine the exact procedure that best suits your needs and your lifestyle. All without any of your friends, family members or colleagues being the wiser… that is, unless you want them to be. So really, what are you waiting for? This year, why not treat yourself to a resolution that’ll last a lifetime? You are only a consultation away from a fresh start to 2014!

California Medical Board Investigating Fake Doctors

The Medical Board of California is stepping up investigations on people posing as doctors in order to reap profits from risky procedures, according to a recent report on ABC News 10. The investigative unit that targets these kinds of cases, called Operation Safe Medicine, has seen a near-doubling of cases over the past fiscal year – up to 61 from 31.

What types of cases has Operation Safe Medicine uncovered?

Fake medical professionals present many risks to their “patients,” and in many cases, people’s lives have been put at risk. In one case, a woman from Encinitas is accused of having posed as a doctor of naturopathy. After diagnosing patients with Lyme disease, she prescribed injections of bovine stem cells and dimethyl sulfoxide. After several infusions, one patient grew so ill that she was hospitalized for six weeks.

Another case involves a San Francisco man who is accused of performing liposuction while smoking a cigar. Prosecutors allege that the man operated with no assistant and had the client hold her own intravenous bag while he performed the procedure. There also been cases based on laser fungus removal, childbirth, facelifts, and hemorrhoid surgery.

What action is being taken against fake medical professionals?

The report released by the medical board calls for more staff to launch a unit in Northern California. The current Operation Safe Medicine is a six-person team based in Southern California. According to Jennifer Simoes, the medical board’s chief of legislation, “the Board believes that the OSM Unit is imperative in order to protect the public from the actions of unlicensed practitioners.”

How can Californians stay safe?

In the liposuction case, the accused had assumed the identity of the physician assistant with a similar name. Almost anyone can open a storefront and claim to be licensed or certified to perform medical procedures. Before seeking treatment with a medical professional, make sure that you check up on their qualifications, especially if you are not introduced to them through a professional referral. Above all, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The Voice Lift: Is It Worth It?

Our voices naturally age as we get older – it’s an inevitable fact of life. Or is it? A recent post on RealSelf has highlighted an injectable procedure that can enhance vocal performance. The procedure, known popularly as the voice lift, is becoming more popular in the US and UK. However, many doctors argue that the procedure has too many risks and too few benefits.

What causes vocal aging? Our vocal cords thin over time, which makes the voice sound crackly and reedy. By plumping up certain points in the larynx, or voice box, plastic surgeons can restore the natural fullness of the voice.

Plastic surgeons have been using some of the same techniques that are often used to add volume and definition to the face. One of the most popular approaches is fat grafting. During a facial fat graft, unwanted fat is taken from elsewhere in the body, and used for the purposes of facial rejuvenation. During a voice lift, writes the Daily Mail, the fat is “grafted on to the vocal folds to plump them up and enhance voice performance.”

The alternative to fat grafting is injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. Unlike fat grafting, injectable fillers do not require the removal of fat from elsewhere in the body. Injectable fillers tend not to last as long as fat grafts, and are naturally absorbed by the body after a few months.

But don’t imagine that fat grafting itself is a long-term solution. In fact, the body tends to reabsorb much of the injected fat over time as well. As a result, the voice lift is limited in its effectiveness, and only tends to improve the voice over the course of weeks or months.

Is there a surgical alternative to the voice lift? Not unless the larynx is seriously damaged or impaired. No responsible plastic surgeon would perform cosmetic voice enhancement, since the risk of complications is too great. Until minimally invasive techniques become more advanced, the voice lift is one procedure that most patients will want to decline.

Photo credit: Dinozauris, Wikimedia Commons

Lip Shortening Surgery Obscure But Often Effective, Says ASPS Study

You’ve probably heard the expression “long in the tooth” – but how about long in the lip? According to a recent study, lip shortening surgery has been getting short shrift from many plastic surgeons, despite its many benefits. In fact, many argue, it fills a valuable niche in the world of facial rejuvenation.

Lip shortening will be getting a lot more attention, now that study author John E. Gatti, MD, is presenting his latest findings at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference this week. He proposes that this procedure – also known as the lip lift – should be offered more widely.

When most people think of lip enhancement surgery, what likely comes to mind is lip augmentation. This procedure basically involves restoring volume that is lost during the aging process. There are several different approaches that plastic surgeons use to restore volume to the lips, including:

  • Injectable Fillers. Restylane, Juvederm, and similar products can be used to plump up the lips without the need for surgery.
  • Facial Fat Grafting. This procedure uses your own natural body fat to add volume to your lips.
  • Facial Implants. Using small implants made from solid, durable silicone, many surgeons are able to permanently augment the appearance of the lips.

However, volume isn’t everything. According to Dr. Gatti, “the length of the upper lip increases with age, and this is associated with thinning of the lip and insufficient coverage of the upper teeth.” As a result of this thinning, the delicately sculpted appearance of the youthful lip is ruined.

Lip shortening surgery is able to restore the youthful shape of lips by removing a small strip of skin at the base of the nose. This allows the plastic surgeon to draw back the skin and shorten the appearance of the lips. Dr. Gatti study, which examined 166 lip lifts over a period of 22 years, found that most patients felt their facial appearance had been improved by the procedure.

But this procedure isn’t for everyone, cautions Dr. Gatti. According to the study, 26 percent of the patients required revision surgery, mostly for minor scar irregularities. This procedure involves treating delicate, highly visible areas. As a result, small imperfections can be magnified.