All posts by Darshan Shah, MD

Providing exceptional face, breast, and body procedures to individuals across Central and Southern California, world-renowned surgeon Darshan Shah is an experienced professional who is dedicated to helping patients to look and feel beautiful. He has undergone extensive training at some of the most prestigious schools in the country. At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, Dr. Shah works together with Dr. Milan Shah and Dr. Brett Lehocky to incorporate the latest in cosmetic surgery technology into our practice so patients can benefit from the latest techniques and treatments available. His genuinely caring approach and attention to detail have enabled him to win the trust of patients from around the world. It is no wonder that patients from across the globe turn to Dr. Darshan Shah for all their plastic surgery needs. You can find more info at: Google+

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!

The advantages of our MedSpa

Since their inception in the late 1990‘s, the medical spa hybrid, commonly referred to as a “MediSpa”, has become so popular throughout this country that they’re now the fastest growing segment of the $11 billion dollar spa business. It turns out that men and women like getting their non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox, fillers and chemical peels in a relaxed, comfortable, spa-like atmosphere. The downside of many of these MediSpas, though, is that the aestheticians and technicians do not always have the proper oversight of a medical professional.

Since many of the services offered at a MediSpa qualify as a medical procedure, they must be performed or supervised by a doctor. Flip open the phone book and you will find dozens of “MediSpa’s” doing these treatments, but you will not find a Doctor actually located there. RN’s, business people, and even aestheticians are the only ones on site, which is technically not in the best interest of the patient.

Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is 100% owned and operated by Medical Doctors who have the best interest of their patients and their own reputation on the line. We are much more than abiding by the laws; we exceed the guidelines set for Medical Spa’s. Our doctors are on site, ready to see patients daily!

Because we pride ourselves on always putting safety first and delivering the best possible care to our patients, Beautologie has a full time nursing staff and Doctor on site during all office hours. Dr. Milan Shah is a medical aesthetic specialist and the Director of our Medical Aesthetics Department. Not only does he bring his expertise in aesthetics and anti-aging medicine to every Medical Aesthetic patient, overseeing their charts and tracking their progress with his team, but also actually sees each and every patient at some point during his or her treatment. So whether you are visiting us for laser hair removal, Restylane, spider vein removal, Venus freeze, professional skin care products, laser skin resurfacing, Endermologie, Botox or a chemical peel, you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of a qualified team of professionals who are under the constant supervision of one of the most qualified medical aesthetic doctors in the state.

So, come on and treat yourself to a Medispa day…but one that is properly supervised by an MD on site. You deserve it.

Beautologie puts the MD in MeDispa!

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

If you are thinking about having breast augmentation surgery, there are many factors to consider, one of the most important being which type of implant is right for you. At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, our highly skilled surgeons utilize both saline and silicone implants in their breast augmentation procedures. There are pros and cons to each.

Silicone implants were frowned upon during the ’90’s. Eventually they were pulled off the market. After much testing, the FDA discovered no link between them and autoimmune disease and re-approved them for use in 2006 after a complete redesign. The main advantage of silicone implants for many women is that they feel more like a “real” breast. There’s also little to no chance of “rippling or wrinkling” in the implant, making them a great choice for women, especially petite women with very little breast tissue to start with. The primary disadvantage of silicone implants is that when they rupture, the break is often hard to detect. An MRI is required to detect a break in the outer capsule. The inner portion of the implant is made with a solid silicone that has the consistency of a “Gummy Bear” and does not leak the way the old liquid silicone implants did.

This is not the case with saline implants. When one of them ruptures, the breast completely deflates as the body reabsorbs the saline. The other main advantage to saline is that the implant can be size adjusted after placement. With saline, the surgeon inserts the implant rolled up like a cigar and then fills it with the appropriate amount of fluid once it’s already in place. The main disadvantage to saline is that they feel firmer and some women complain of detectable wrinkles on the surface and outer edges of the implant.

To learn more about which implant may be right for you, call us today at 877-426-8367 to schedule a breast augmentation consultation.

Plastic Surgery Boosts Self Confidence.

 

In a new European study conducted at Ruhr Universität and University of Basel, researchers have discovered what many of us in the cosmetic surgery field already knew: plastic surgery can boost a patient’s self confidence. Which makes them happier. Which leads to more enjoyment in life.

In the study, researchers compared first time surgery patients against two control groups: those who had wanted surgery, but then decided against it, and those who weren’t interested in plastic surgery of any kind. Psychologists then tested the patients both before surgery as well as three, six and twelve months post op. What they discovered is that compared to those who had wanted surgery, but decided not to have it, those that elected to have surgery “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found the operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole, more attractive”.

The only patients in the study who didn’t feel a boost in their self-confidence were the 12% who had unrealistic goals, and expected their surgery to do the impossible such as solve their life problems and/or turn them into a new person. In our experience, these patients are not good candidates for plastic surgery, because they want something on the outside to solve what is really an emotional problem. At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, our surgeons and staff always use the initial consultation to not only answer a potential patient’s questions, but to also truly ascertain his or her reasons for surgery because, for us, our patient’s happiness is paramount.

So, bottom line, if you’ve been feeling bad about the bags under your eyes, the wrinkles in your neck, or your drooping forehead then by all means, do something about it. It’ll make you feel better about yourself, both inside and out.