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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+

Shaped and Textured Implants are Next Generation for Breast Enhancement

WSVN.com recently posted a story about “Aimee,” a woman in South Florida who just had breast augmentation surgery with shaped silicone gel implants.

Dr. Blane Shatkin appears on the segment to discuss the new implants, which feature a natural teardrop shape and cohesive silicone gel. “You don’t want to put them in upside down or sideways” he says and “you don’t want them to move in the implant pocket.”

Shaped implants are textured to help prevent rotation. When used in breast augmentation, the implants provide less implant height and greater projection, the doctor explains.

Aimee was pleased with the natural results of her breast augmentation. “It gave me a little more fullness on top,” she said. Her new bathing suit fits perfect, reports WSVN News.

Shaped Silicone Gel Breast Implants by Sientra

sientra2Sientra is the latest breast implant maker to enter the American market, next to Allergan and Mentor. Their shaped implant features a “natural sloped profile and inferior pole projection.” A variety of widths, heights and projections provide surgeons with more opportunities to create a customized result.

The Sientra shaped implant comes in 3 base shapes: round, oval and classic. The high-strength silicone gel is cohesive, so it cannot leak like saline implants or previous silicone implants. While they are designed to maintain their shape, they still offer the soft feel that women want from a silicone implant. Sizes range from 170 cc all the way up to 700 cc in volume.

Can You Look Younger Without Face Lift Surgery?

 8 Face Lift Alternatives

Even if you’re not ready for a face lift, you can still look younger. There are numerous anti-aging treatments, as well as lifestyle changes, that can help set the clock back a few years. If you’re a 20-something, these steps can help you maintain a youthful appearance.

1. Reduce your sun exposure. Apply sunscreen twice a day. If you’re active outside on a regular basis, cover up with a hat or long sleeve shirt.

2. Don’t drink heavily, smoke, or use illicit drugs. All these habits can lead to premature signs of aging.

3. Start using a quality skin care regimen every day. Visit us to find out if you’re a candidate for Retin-A.

4. Get microdermabrasion or a facial every month to exfoliate.

5. Maintain a healthy body weight. Avoid dieting! Instead, commit to eating fresh fruits and vegetables and getting regular exercise.

6. Botox® Cosmetic and injectable fillers at a relatively young age can stop wrinkles when they first begin to appear.

7. Minimally-invasive surgeries like eyelid surgery or an endoscopic brow lift can correct the signs of aging that fillers can’t.

8. IPL treatments and fractional lasers can reduce unwanted pigment and stimulate collagen, with no downtime or minimal downtime.

Set Goals and Maintain Realistic Expectations

Non-surgical treatments are alluring due to their convenience, low risk, and low initial cost. However, beware of the infinite number of gimmicks that have been introduced. They claim to provide results comparable to a face lift, but most of them don’t even come close.

The truth is that face lift results only come from face lift surgery. It’s important to care for your skin and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re a candidate for face lift surgery, and you want tighter and more youthful-looking skin in your lower face and neck, the best long-term plan is to simply get the face lift.

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Before and After Face Lift Surgery at Beautologie

Upper Lip Plumping Procedure Uses Botox and Dermal Fillers

Sculpting the appearance of the upper lip is delicate business – and sometimes two procedures are better than one. A recent episode of ABC’s The Doctors showcases a new, two-part procedure that can enhance the appearance of the upper lip without the need for surgery. This technique uses a Botox injection to mask fine lines, followed by hyaluronic acid injections to add volume.

You can see the procedure and the results in the video below, but a word to the squeamish: the video shows a woman having her lips injected with dermal fillers. Although the procedure is painless, you may not want to watch it if you have a fear of needles.

“I’ve always had thin lips,” says Mary, the patient in the segment. “I’ve tried different kinds of lipsticks and liners and things that might allegedly plump your lips but it’s not really worked. I don’t do enough for myself and it would be really fun to have some girly lips.”

One half of Mary’s twofold procedure has been performed in advance. Since Botox takes 24 to 48 hours to take effect, the wrinkle-erasing treatment is already been injected into Mary’s upper lip to resolve the fine lines that appeared there. The second step, which is performed onstage, involves adding volume with dermal fillers along the border of the lip. This is where the lip has thinned as a result of the aging process.

“Typically, with the aging process, you see those lips thin, because we lose volume in the structures around the mouth,” says Dr. Ordon. He also notes that – because Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers will last around 3 to 6 months – patients can have both halves of the procedure renewed at the same time. With the dermal fillers in place, Mary can see her results instantly, with lips that have been completely transformed.

Top 10 Bariatric Tips From the RealSelf Community

bariatric-surgery-tipsCommunity support is often crucial with any weight-loss journey. Thanks to the power of the Internet, people are increasingly finding support entirely outside their local networks, and meeting with like-minded people online. The cosmetic surgery website RealSelf.com is one such place, where users support each other through their struggles. A recent post on the site highlighted 10 tips from various community members who have undergone gastric bypasses, a form of bariatric surgery that often precedes body contouring surgery.

1. Follow your doctor’s advice. Quit smoking, follow a set exercise routine, take your medication regularly, and whatever else your doctor recommends. Your body will thank you.

2. Do an honest self-evaluation. Sometimes it helps to take a close look at your body, habits, and routines. What do you want, what do you need, and what can you leave behind?

3. Have the right attitude. My best advice is to be practical but optimistic – “keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground.”

4. Drink a lot of water. H2O is beyond important. Put away those sugary drinks and pick up some cold, refreshing water, especially when exercising.

5. Don’t rush back into eating. After gastric bypass surgery, patients need to abide with liquid and puréed foods for some time. It’s important to ease the transition back into regular eating habits.

6. Change your eating habits for good. “Say to yourself, this food does not taste as good as skinny feels,” says RealSelf user Cindy.

7. Learn coping mechanisms. “You have to see someone and really spend serious time talking about what to expect when you have slimmed down,” says Cynthia J. “You will still have your issues with self worth but you will learn to have your coping mechanisms.”

8. Join a support group. Many doctors offer support groups where patients can talk about their experiences. This is especially important for bariatric patients, who have a long and rocky road to full recovery.

9. Realize that surgery is only a tool. Proper diet and exercise are still essential. You can still be unhealthy, even after a gastric bypass, if you don’t take the right steps.

10. Determine if it’s “worth it.” This is a question that every prospective patient has to ask. After massive weight loss, patients often find that they are left with excess skin, and require body contouring procedures such as the breast lift, body lift, and tummy tuck. Where will your journey take you?

Stress and Medical Factors Involved in Female Hair Loss

It’s more than just hormones – there are a variety of factors responsible for hair loss in women, including genetics, health, and lifestyle factors, according to a recent study in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Researchers found that high stress levels, smoking, hypertension, and cancer have all been associated with increased hair thinning.

Higher levels of testosterone have been associated with female pattern hair loss for many years. The hormone often causes hair loss of the sides and top of the head. Researchers have also known for a long time that genetics play an important role in hair loss. However, other risk factors for female hair loss have not been fully understood.

With this most recent study, researchers were able to eliminate the genetic variable by studying 98 identical twins. By comparing their lifestyle and medical factors, as well as measuring the twins’ testosterone levels, the researchers were able to measure the impact of non-genetic and non-hormonal factors.

Environmental and Medical Risk Factors for Hair Loss

  • higher levels of stress (often linked to separation or divorce, multiple marriages, and more children)
  • higher income levels
  • prolonged sleep (possibly related to depression/anxiety, as well as stress)
  • cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • lack of exercise
  • not using sun protection

Interestingly, the researchers found that women with a higher caffeine intake were actually at a lower risk of hair loss. This may be because caffeine counteracts the hormonal effects that can lead to hair loss.

The researchers concluded that women can decrease their risk of hair loss by reducing some risk factors. While many genetic and medical factors can be very difficult to change, women can start to reduce their risk by working on lifestyle factors, like smoking and stress.