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Five Reasons Not To Have Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery can be an amazing life changer.  I have personally done thousands of procedures on people who come back after they have recovered to tell me that I have “changed their lives” forever.  They have a tremendous boost of self-confidence and a spring in their step that their loved ones have not seen in years…or ever!

However, every plastic surgeon becomes acutely aware of the fact that many people are seeking plastic surgery for the wrong reasons.  Plastic surgery is a medical specialty where your doctor functions not only as a surgeon, but also a  psychologist who can help you determine if this is the right time in your life for a major change.  I say “no” to over 30% of the people that see us for consultation, not to be mean, but to protect my patients from themselves.  Although it is may be a disappointment to hear that plastic surgery may not be right for you, you should take this advice with great heed to prevent a going through a major disappointment or major complications.

1. You are not healthy.  Plastic surgery works great, and the chance of having complications are usually minimal… unless you have uncontrolled health issues. The typical “silent killers” your family doctor talks to you about (diabetes, high blood pressure) can also cause healing issues and recovery problems.  Although having these problems doesn’t preclude you from having plastic surgery, you should definitely pay a visit to your primary care physician and make sure your health condition is optimized before you go under the knife.

2. You are obese.   Many people have the misconception that being overweight is the reason that you go to a plastic surgeon!  This could not be farther from the truth.  Obesity not only makes it nearly impossible to get a good result from the procedure, it exposes you to additional risks such as wound healing problems, blood clots, and pneumonia.   If you are considering plastic surgery, you must lose the extra pounds first.  Although you do not need to be at your “ideal weight”, a good rule of thumb is that your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be less than 30. Check out our Body Mass Calulator.

3. You are a smoker.  This one is pretty much a deal breaker.  If you smoke, you should not have most plastic surgery procedures that require a “flap” (tummy tucks, breast lifts, facelifts).  Smoking not only replaces the nourishing oxygen on your blood cells with carbon monoxide, the nicotine in cigarettes also constricts the tiny blood vessels that go to your skin.  No blood flow and less oxygen is the formula for infections, open wounds, and bad scars.  You should quit smoking for at least 4 weeks before surgery, and forever after.


Top Treatments That Tackle Turkey Neck

Adults of all ages are bothered by fat under the chin. Excess neck fat hides the youthful angularity of your lower face. If it makes you self-conscious, there are cosmetic treatments you should consider.

The causes of neck fat are numerous:

- Although being overweight is one likely cause, someone who is at a healthy body weight may also have neck fat.

- Frequent weight fluctuations may cause formation of stubborn fat pockets, including in the neck region.

- For many people, genetic factors are to blame, as the shape of the chin and jaw can make one prone to neck fat.

Neck Contouring with Liposuction

The traditional solution for neck fat, or any stubborn area of body fat, is liposuction. Liposuction techniques include laser-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, and tumescent liposuction. During a consultation, we can recommend the best technique for removing excess neck fat. During liposuction, we use a thin tube called a cannula to suction out the fat from a targeted area.


New Study Reveals Aging of Plastic Surgeons (Not Their Patients)

At this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a doctor named Val Lambros shared findings from a unique study of facial aging: one that evaluates photos of other plastic surgeons.

In 2005, Dr. Lambros began taking photos of other plastic surgeons at annual scientific meetings. Each year, he would take another photo of the same surgeon, which allowed him to document the changes in each subject’s facial appearance.

His work, titled “Longitudinal Study of Facial Aging” shares findings from nearly a decade of documentation. While the study is just beginning, the findings already provide significant insight into the the ways in which aging and weight gain can change one’s appearance.


Be Freeze- Non-invasive Venus Freeze treatments (as seen on The Doctors) combine Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulses into a advanced technology resulting in circumference reduction, cellulite improvement, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction at treatment site.  25% off 6 sessions and 35% off 10 sessions.*

Be-Mom's Favorite-  Instead of flowers, consider giving a gift of beauty for your mother this Mother’s Day. Get 20% off your first treatment for Laser Vein Removal.*

Be-Beautiful- Give Mom Something to Smile About This Mother's Day! Get $50 off one area of Laser Hair Removal for your first session.*

*You must bring in a copy of this ad.  Cannot be combined with other specials.  Applies to future treatments only. Doctor must determine you are an acceptable candidate.  Expires May 31, 2013.


South Seas Coffee Scrub $36.00- The firming and tightening effects from the caffeine,  which have been known to reduce Cellulite, along with the natural healing effects of the oils.

Crow's feet can make you look older than you feel. Help revitalize the appearance of the skin around your eyes and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  ELASTIderm® Eye Cream. or Eye Gel. $96.00



Dr Darshan Shah, along with all Beautologie Doctors and Staff, wish our patients a wonderful Mother's Day!

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