Exclusive Interview with Dr. Dhaval M. Patel MD #realselfseries

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Dhaval M Patel, MD, Plastic Surgery

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Dr. Dhaval M. Patel is an accomplished Double Board-Certified Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon. He has trained at several leading medical institutions including prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Patel has coveted double board certification by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery in plastic surgery, respectively. Dr. Patel has contributed to numerous research articles and has been fortunate to work with several famous and outstanding plastic surgeons in the country and around the world. In our Real Self questioning series, we asked a number of doctors the things you want to know.

Can fat grafting be used to augment breasts?
Yes, fat can by liposuction from other areas of your body and transferred into your breasts. Fat Transfer to the breast is a common surgery. You should make a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to find out what is best for you.

He says, “My goal is to give you natural appearing results with state-of-the-art techniques.”

Thank you to Dr. Patel for taking time to answer our question. #beachiebeautyapproved

For more information or to request a consultation contact them by phone or website.

Dr. Dhaval M. Patel, MD
39 Old Barrington Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
(224) 238-3816

Andrea Price
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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy

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This article is for informational purposes only

Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy is a board certified plastic surgeon. He has worked as a professor at UCLA Medical Center for over 25 years and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He started the whole plastic surgery division at City of Hope for reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Lesavoy is an author of three books and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. You may recognize him from the hit t.v. series Extreme Makeover, Nip Tuck, Discovery Channel and more.  Read on in our exclusive interview….
1. What is a traditional facelift?
Neck and face lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with some oral sedation. Aging, increased sun exposure, stress, and the effects of gravity can lead to unwanted changes on people’s faces. Deep creases can be apparent and form between the nose and the mouth. The jaw line may weaken and begin to grow slack. Patients may also spot folds and fat deposits on their face.

Rejuvenating the skin of the face, neck and cheeks. This procedure has to be performed in a certain way. Most surgeons do it under general/local anesthesia for him it takes roughly two hours for the facelift. The recovery time for this procedure is approximately two weeks.

2. What is breast augmentation?
Depends on the breast size of the patient and large than may go but with general anesthesia, silicone implants is what he prefers to use. The most common place for the incision is in the armpit crease its not as visible. Recovery time a patient can drive themselves 2-3 days after it takes place and typically 3-4 weeks after having the procedures.

3. What does the mommy makeover tummy tuck includes?
It all depends on the patient, and it may include breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction. Each procedure has its own surgery recovery time. Be sure to call in and ask specifically for what you may be looking for your body type.

4. What is Vaginal Lapiaplasty?
The labia minora or lips of the vulva are the tissue located on each side of the vagina.
They can be of various shapes and sizes. These include normal to large sizes that are sometimes referred to as elephant ears.
Vaginal lapiaplasty takes about an hour under local anesthesia. Driving in 2-3 days. A full recovery is 6-8 weeks and not to have sexual intercourse until after that time.

Andrea Price

A special thank you to Dr. Lesavoy and his team for a great interview #beachiebeautyapproved

​To learn more about any procedure that Dr. Lesavoy or to schedule a consultation go to his website:

Lesavoy Plastic Surgery

Email him directly


Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy
9301 Wilshire Boulevard, Unit 410
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone 310-248-5451 


Exclusive Interview with Dr. Anita Patel

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Dr. Anita Patel is a board certified plastic surgeon, in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, after earning a B.S. in biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a midwesterner at heart. Dr. Patel is also a member of Mensa, a high IQ society whose members have an IQ in the top 2% of the population. In our exclusive interview she tells us more about the art of plastic surgery.

Q. How did you know that plastic surgery was the right profession for you?
A. I never would have guessed it was, but I was assigned to a plastic surgery ratation in medical school and ended up loving it. I was so inspired after seeing how it could transform lives.
Q. What is the traditional facelift for you?
A. The “traditional facelift” often referred to is the one where the skin and underlying tissue are pulled as one layer. The more evolved techniques will reposition the underlying tissue to a lifted position, and then redrape the skin in a more natural fashion.
Q. Do you apply fat transfer to the face at all?
A. I have evolved my facelift technique in such a way that most patients do not need fat transfer. If patients do need to add volume then yes, fat transfer is an option, as are slect fillers.
Q. How soon can you return back to work after the procedure?
A. I recommend taking two weeks off to allow for recovery, since bruising (if any) is typically gone by then, and the swelling has improved by then.
Q. How do you perform breast augmentation? Do you prefer silicone, saline, or fat transfer?
A. I base the decision on a number of factors. It depends on the patients starting point, and the patient’s goals. Saline vs silicone – each have a different look and feel. If a patient wants to go from an A cup to a D cup, silicone implants will give a more natural look and feel. However, if a patient wants to go from a natural C cup to a D cup, then either silicone or saline would look and feel pretty natural because there is enough natural breast tissue camouflaging the implant. With silicone implants that FDA recommends that you receive an MRI screening for silent rupture 3 years after receiving your implant and 2 years after that. The most current safety information about silicone gel-filledbreast implants can be found on the FDA website. Recovery for breast augmentation is typically 4 days off of work, and 6 weeks off of exercise.
Q.Do you offer Mommy makeovers, and if so, what kind of procedures do you combine?
A. Ye,s mommy makeovers are really popular in my practice. The procedures combined are usually a breast augementation ( or lift, or both), tummy tuck, lipo (most common area is the love handles), and for some patients, labiaplasty. With any combination of procedures, the recovery will be about 2 weeks off from work and 6 weeks for time off from the gym so you can heal. Also, patients should avoid lifting over 15 lbs for at least 3 weeks.
Q. How do you perform the brazilian butt augmentation? Do you you use implants?
A. I prefer to use fat transfer for butt augmentation. The beauty about using your own fat is that you contour and reshape the whole body, not just make the butt bigger, since to get the fat to transfer, you lipo the stomach, love handles, and lower back. It takes time for this procedure, and its more important what shape you leave behind, than what amount of fat you take out or put in. A compression garment is used for the areas of liposuction, while pressure is avoided on the buttocks so the transferred fat can survive.

A special thank you to Dr. Anita Patel, Zuny and team for a great experience. #beachiebeautyapproved

Connect with Dr. Patel on social media, learn more about what procedures they offer by visiting their website. 


Dr. Anita Patel, MD

Andrea Price

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Bruce Kadz

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This article is for informational purposes only.

Dr. Kadz is a board certified plastic surgeon, he earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin after earning a B.A. from the University of California – Los Angeles. Most recently he completed a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency as well as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Post-graduate Fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Program. In our exclusive interview we dive into many areas of plastic surgery he loves and why he chose the profession.

Q. How did you know that plastic surgery was right for you?
A. I knew I wanted to enter the field of medicine as a surgeon, because I have great hand eye coordination and felt that this area would best match my skills.  I decided Plastic Surgery was a perfect fit because I love to see immediate results and because it’s a joyful sector in the medical field…I can help someone gain more self confidence in their body and I can experience their joy when they see their results.

Q. What is a traditional facelift? How do you perform it? How soon can one return to regular activity after the procedure?
A. There are several different variations of face lifts, differing by size, placement, and amount of incisions; procedure; and the results. Depending on the degree of change you’d like to see, your facelift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a neck lift. Most incisions are made in front of and behind the ear, placed where it will fall into the natural crease of the skin. On occasion, the incision will extend into the scalp. Face lifts for males will have the incisions fall into the natural hair lines.

A traditional facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as: Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging, deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth, fat that has fallen or has disappeared, jowls and loose skin and excess fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin.

In a traditional facelift, incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.  A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck.

Medication will be prescribed for the recovery period, as mild discomfort and moderate swelling of the eyelids and other facial areas may occur. After 2 weeks, the swelling will subside enough to allow some social activity. The typical recovery period is 4 weeks; most surgeons will recommend a facelift to be done a minimum of 3 months before any major event.  It is very important to note that smoking severely compromises blood flow to the skin, which will adversely affect the healing process.  Smoking, Herbal supplements and alcohol should all be avoided at a least four months prior and post-surgery.

Q. What is breast augmentation? How do you perform it? What’s the recovery time?
A. Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of implants in the breast. Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery.

The implant placement refers to where the implant is positioned..under the Pectoralis Major (chest) muscle or over it, which places the implant only underneath the breast tissue. In almost all cases I place the implants under the muscle. The breasts feels much softer and look more natural due to a layer of “buffer” (the muscle) covering the implant. Other significant benefits include: the long run opposing force of the muscle against the implant keeps the implant from stretching out the breast skin and a significantly less chance of capsular contracture (less chance implants get hard). Sub-muscular placement creates more tenderness for a short period of time post-surgery, but is worth it.  I also utilize the latest techniques resulting in minimal or little scarring. The most common incisions include an inframammary incision (near the crease under the breast), an axillary incision (in the underarm area), or a periareolar incision placed at the edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). Incision patterns vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient anatomy, and patient preference.

Augmentation recovery time is approximately two weeks. Immediately after surgery, during your breast augmentation recovery, you will be taken into a recovery area for close monitoring. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. You are typically discharged after an hour.

We typically prescribe postoperative medications in advance. Medications may include pain pills and an antibiotic to prevent infection. Because it is possible to bleed into the pockets around the breast implants for the first several days, take it easy until you have permission to increase your activity level. Acute pain typically subsides after one to five days, but you may experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.

Q. Do you prefer silicone, saline or fat transfer?
A. For breast Augmentation, I prefer Silicone or Saline Implants.  The choice of each one really depends on the patient’s unique goals and budget.

Q. Who is the right candidate for this procedure?
A. The right candidate is any adult who wants to enlarge a naturally small breast, restore breast volume loss as a result of breast-feeding, or due to weight loss, and/or achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape.  We also conduct Breast Augmentation on Males who wish to go through Transgender Reassignment.

Q. What does the mommy makeover tummy tuck includes? How is it performed and what is the recovery time? What kind of liposcuplturing is involved?
A. A mommy makeover is a perfect way for patients to make big strides in their post-baby figure in a short amount of time. Since a combination of procedures are performed at once, patients will only have to go through one recovery period and surgery. After the procedure, patients can expect to have some pain and swelling in the first few days following surgery. After 2-3 weeks, the body will still be recovering, but patients are able to resume activities, so long as they aren’t overexerting themselves. The healing process in total is approximately 6 weeks (healing is very unique to each person) and you can enjoy a beautiful body, alongside beautiful children.

In my practice, all patients are handled on a case by case basis.. During the initial consultation, the procedure and recovery process will be discussed in detail as it pertains to each unique situation. Some common surgical combinations include:

  • Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Lift and Liposuction
  • Breast Augmentation and Liposuction
  • Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Reduction and Liposuction

How it works
Tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthetic. There are several different types of tummy tucks, but all of them involve the removal of excess skin and fat using a lower abdominal incision. The abdominal muscles are tightened and the remaining skin is then pulled downward. In most cases the belly button must be repositioned resulting in a circular scar around it. The lower abdominal incision usually extends from hip to hip and is discreetly concealed below the bikini line, so you can still hit the beach. During a tummy tuck, drains are used to assist healing, and they’re removed 1 to 3 weeks after the surgery.

Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthetic. Power-assisted liposuction utilizes a vibrating cannula that is inserted through tiny incisions to gently shake the fat cells loose. This facilitates suction removal of fat with more precision and less trauma than other liposuction techniques.  During Liposculpture we reprocess the fat to supplement other parts of the body (i.e. the buttock) to create a more voluptuous look.

Q. Fat transfer is popular in regards to the Brazilian buttocks lift. How do you perform it and what is its recovery time? Do you use implants or fat transfer? Which option is more practical?
A. Absolutely…Brazilian Buttock Lifts is becoming one of our most popular procedures.  It involves fat transfer that takes fat cells from unwanted areas, and repurposes these cells to give you a beautiful curved figure, exactly where you want it. If you’re looking to reshape your body with a defining, formed rear-end, then a Brazilian butt-lift is a very safe and effective option with reasonable recovery time.

The recovery process may change from person to person, and that is why I handle each patient with unique care and attention. However, you can expect to fully experience your beautiful new curves within a few weeks. Here is what a standard recovery period may look like.
First week – Potentially significant swelling and bruising, therefore, patients may choose to avoid others in a social or professional setting
Second week – Bruising will begin to subside, but patients will still experience swelling.
Third week – The overall appearance and swelling will improve greatly. Patients can typically resume their normal, day-to-day activities.
Fourth week – By this time, the swelling will have subsided enough for you to begin to appreciate your beautiful new curved shape. However, some swelling may persist for a few more weeks. During your initial consultation, I will discuss the full process in detail as it pertains to your unique situation. Because the surgery uses fat from your own body, it is often considered one of the most natural ways to add shape and definition to your buttocks, so I prefer it over an implant.

Tell us more section; Non-surgical procedures this month

Gorgeous couples, liquid facelift, blushing beauty, model lips, high cheeks. Tell us more on what is involved in these procedures.
We received so many inquiries from current patients requesting non-surgical solutions we recently launched Kadz Aesthetic Studio.  Our goal is to provide beautiful, safe, natural non-surgical solutions in a medical office at an affordable price.  And we have achieved that goal.  We also have designed amazing packages based on your goals. They include:

GORGEOUS COUPLE – Friend & Family Special Rates
Come in With a Friend & Enjoy Special Pricing When You Both Purchase an Injectable Procedure
Botox® $9 Per Unit (Regularly $12 Per Unit)
Juvederm® $450 Per Syringe (Regularly $600)
Voluma® $750 Per Syringe (Regularly $900)

LIQUID FACELIFT $2,995 (Save $900)
Perfect for ladies in their early fifty’s and above who are not quite ready for a Face Lift but want to temporarily decrease the evidence of smile lines, vertical lines and marionette lines on the face, and enhance cheek bones.
Voluma® Up to Two Syringe
Juvederm® Up to Two Syringe
Botox® Up to 50 Units
BLUSHING BEAUTY $1,995 (Save $850)
Perfect for ladies in their early Thirty’s and above who want to reduce the signs of aging and enhance certain features.
Voluma® Up to Two Syringe
Juvederm® One Syringe
Botox® Up to 20 Units

MODEL LIPS $600 (Save $1,100)
Depending on your aesthetic goals, we customize your procedure to help you obtain fuller lips, from a more natural look to a poutier look.
Juvederm® One Syringe
Botox® Up to 20 Units

HIGH CHEEKS $1,200 (Save $500)
Cheek injectables help temporarily replenish lost skin volume to regain a youthful curve to the cheeks and can be used to enhance the overall shape of your face.
Voluma® One Syringe
Juvederm® One Syringe


** Please note as each individual is different, results & healing times vary.  For an exact assessment of what each person needs a consultation is required. Prices are subject to change, be sure to call the office to confirm pricing.  We provide Complimentary Consultations in our Beverly Hills and Rancho Cucamonga Offices Monday-Saturday.
For more information on the procedure you’re looking for visit their website www.drbrucekadz.com

Dr. Bruce Kadz
416 N. Bedford Dr, Ste. 210
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-3662

A special thankyou to Dr. Kadz and his marketing manager Ellie for the interview and for being kind. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price










Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tim Sayed

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Dr Tim Sayed, MD, MBA
This article is for informational purposes only.

In our exclusive interview we learn about, Dr. Tim Sayed a board certified plastic surgeon. He has an electrical engineering and computer sciences program degree at Berkeley. His surgical residency took place at Harvard’s Medical School oldest teaching facility, Massachusetts General Hospital.  He underwent further specialty training at USCF for plastic surgery. Dr. Sayed holds numerous accolades from different prestigious medical associations locally and nationally. Read on as we talk about plastic surgery….

Q.  How did you know that plastic surgery was right for you?
A. I was always interested in research labs, technology tissue engineering. Surgery was a great way to use my hands. Volunteering with a plastic surgery in Houston, I found it very compelling that people are happy with what they do. Taking care of men and women of all ages from a artistic and scientific side is also a reward.

Q. What are the differences between breast augmentation, reduction, lift and reconstructive surgeries?
A. A breast lift is about moving the tissue upward. You want a lift not to loose a cup size, which may happen. A reduction is removing a significant amount of tissue from the breast in a way that it looks smaller. Augmentation is straight forward imputing implants or fat transfer in order to make the breast larger. Taking measurements of breast symmetry, where the nipple is placed. The reconstructive surgery uses a lot of tissue from other locations and is typically for cancer patients.

Q. Did you know 10% of persons that get implants can result in a rare cause of capsular contracture correction? So we asked, How do you perform the capsular contracture correction? Recovery time?
A. The condition occurs when breast augmentation implants are placed on top of the pectoralis muscle. Capsular contracture correction depending on how the breast is distorted can in cases cause pain. Removing the prior capsule or tissue re-positioning, releasing scar tissue. It’s tightening of tissue, that the body develops around an implant. A small risk, that you take when trying to minimize risks. Keller funnel allows the surgeon to insert the implant into the surgical pocket using a non-touch technique. We ask that patients have strict activity for 2 weeks to recover.

Q. How do you perform the tummy tuck?
A. Tummy tucks is removing of extra skin from the abdomen, especially in the lower area and also to get rid of pannus. Tightening the musculature and correct laxity of the core structures.  We typically use general anesthesia for this procedure. Dependent on how must tissue is to be removed will determine the length of the surgery. On average the tummy tuck takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Q. How do you perform a facelift on a male? What are the similarities to women?
A. Males are less likely to raise the brow. The facelift is pretty much the same its just positioning of the incisions patient to patient. But women would get more done, like the brow lift, eyes, lips etc.

Q. What is hi-def male abdominal etching?
A. Hi-def abdominis muscle are for patients who workout which is used for contouring.

Q. You have a computer science engineering degree, Are you a part of any technology product(s)?
A. I was asked to build a electronic medical record for plastic surgeons by one of the fastest growing healthcare startups. He has also worked on crisilax virtual reality program.

To learn more about Dr. Tim Sayed and the services that he offers visit his website or give the office a call.

Dr. Tim Sayed
1441 Avocado Avenue
Suite 307
Newport Beach, California 92660
(858) 247-2933


A special thank you to Dr. Tim Sayed and his patient coordinator for their kindness. This article is for informational purposes only. All opinions are my own. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price



Straight Talk (All male panel All female audience) March 17, 2017 @missdunnieo

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Straight Talk No Chaser is a women’s empowerment event, which features six committed and single men who are put under oath and are asked a series of provocative questions about courting, commitment, and cheating, by an all-female audience.

Event Producer, Dunnie Onasanya – Hasan will host a pre-panel mixer. There’ll be an open wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and free valet parking.

Relationship and Communication Consultant, Maricela Ferguson will facilitate the discussion.

Relationship Expert and Matchmaker, Chris Rolle will provide the audience with practical tips that they can apply immediately in their dating and relationships.

The purpose is to empower women with insider information that will give them a competitive edge in their dating and relationships, as well as, to bring more clarity and understanding around the mind and heart of a man.

(If you are not on the RSVP list, you will be turned away.)


Here is a teaser of what to expect at the event. Togetherapart.us


Visit their website for dates and times TogetherApart It will be a ton of fun. #beachiebeautyapproved


Andrea Price

Shiftcon Eco-Wellness Influencer Conference @shiftcon

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Join me for the 3rd Annual ShiftCon – the premier eco-wellness social media conference – will be held Dec. 1-3, 2016  at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Do you watch the labels on the items you buy? I have found a conference on an eco-friendly surfer as yourself. Shiftcon was designed to bring the online eco-wellness blogging niche together into one powerful community. Bloggers, social media specialists, nonprofits, health and sustainability experts, and leading natural, organic, and eco-friendly brands to shift the way the world could be greater at voluntarily GMO labeling and artificial ingredient removal to increased legislative banning of toxic substances.

Founder, blogger, mom, and entrepreneur Leah Segedie offers us an annual environmental networking and learning event. Industry experts will host interactive workshops on social media practices, food safety, GMO labeling, organic food production, sustainability and environment. Through networking events, hospitality suites and an Expo attendees also have an opportunity to learn about products initiatives and meet with companies and nonprofits that are helping to create a healthier, world.

After two successful conferences in the Los Angeles area, Leah decided to bring it to the East Coast  for easier access and broadening the spectrum and diversity of attendees. 

“ShiftCon has been incredibly successful year after year. Join us in bringing this event to New Orleans this year. As a gift to you use “VBEACHIE” for $50 off your registration. 

Now open for bloggers, businesses and nonprofits. Tickets prices include educational sessions, fitness activities, swag bag, receptions and breakfasts. For more information click here; Registration  For information about sponsorships please contact Leah Segedie, leah@bookieboo.com, tel 818.489.4908.

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About Leah Segedie

Leah Segedie is a wife, mother, “100 lbs. Loser,” food activist and founder of the Mamavation community. Through Mamavation, she teaches “digital moms” healthy living practices and collectively, the women of Mamavation have lost over 3,500 lbs. As a food activist Leah organizes trending Twitter parties to educate the public about the North American food system, along with other issues impacting public health. Working with healthy lifestyle brands, Leah utilizes the blogging network she has cultivated – a network of over 10,000 bloggers – to create wellness related media campaigns. Leah was named “Mom of the Year” in 2010 by Shape Magazine, the 4th Most Influential Mom Blogger by Cision Media, and in 2014 she also was named to the Top 10 Women Changing School Nutrition by Smart Snacks in School. Segedie has been compared by the Huffington Post to Lady Gaga for her unique social media tactics, and her blog was named Fitness Magazine’s Favorite Weight Loss Blog. Her upcoming book from Rodale Publishing is expected to hit stores March 2017.

A special thank you to Leah Segedie for the opportunity. Happy Birthday!!! #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

Beachie Beauty Exclusive Interview with Dr. Luis Macias #plasticsurgery

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This article is for informational purposes only.

Dr. Luis Macias is a double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, specializing in aesthetic and complex reconstructive plastic surgery. A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine alumnus, Dr. Macias completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Closer to home, Dr. Macias underwent further training in cosmetic surgery in the USC-Marina Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. Grant Stevens. Dr. Macias is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), and a Fellow at the American College of Surgeons (FACS), as well.

Q.How did you know that plastic surgery was right for you?
A. I think it was in  general surgery residency when I was deciding whether or not I was going to do a specialty in cardiothoracic surgery in doing hearts and plastic surgery. I loved the technical aspects and the difficulty of both fields. They’re both different and require a good surgical technique. A professor of mine in a clinic, whose probably technically the best cardiothoracic surgeons I worked with which probably made me want to think of both them. This particular individual was very good in operating throughout the body, in that fact that plastic surgery did not own a body but would operate in the chest around the heart in the abdomen from head to toe basically in any compartment was amazing. Its also a little bit of a plastic surgery downfall in that other groups like emt’s (emergency medical technician) and OBGYN (gynecologist) and things of that nature, are trying to take away parts of the specialty so plastic surgery has to continuously evolve to in order find new areas to sort of practice because we dont own a single part of the body. I thought that was very interesting. Before general surgery I thought about becoming an OBGYN, I was in between OBGYN general surgery and then once I made the decision that surgery was actually what I liked on my OBGYN rotation, I went into general surgery, within that I was between plastic and cardiothoracic surgery. I liked them both a lot. All those were options, there was a mentor that told me to apply to plastic rather than cardiothoracic surgery because it was more family friendly. He said that if you don’t mind during heart surgery on the middle of the night by all means do it but plastic surgery is a better option because it gives you more family time. I had not given it a thought, so i’ll  have to thank him for that.

Q. What is Marina ManLand?
A. Marina ManLand is a physical location that we have here at our office we got the surgical side and the nonsurgical side which is the institute within Marina Plastic Surgery we have a section called the Marina ManLand and its fully decorated very masculine, with accolade leather, tvs where you can watch espn/netflix so they can watch movies while  we do the procedure. The things that we do in Marina ManLand include NeoGraft folllicular unit extraction hair restoration, coolsculpting where you freezing the fat we can those at the same time, other things that are popular for men are a procedure called miradry to stop the sweating in the arm pits. Botox, fillers, all those are very common laser hair removal some of the non-surgical procedures for men. On the surgical side for men that are popular rhinoplasty, upper/lower eyelid surgery to get rid of bags facelifts, and the most common one is the male breast tissue removal or gynecomastia. The reason we opened Marina ManLand was because we started doing a lot of the non-surgical as a matter of fact our office is the number one office for coolsculpting  in the world no office  had done more coolsculpting cycles than our office. In that experience we saw many men who were not interested in surgical fat removal such as liposuction they were more interested in nonsurgical option because it had no down time and no scarring at all and it gets rid of 25-30% of fat in the area so we were getting a lot of men coming in for this procedure and once they were in the office they had questions about botox and fillers and things of that nature. That how Marina ManLand came our male population doubled because of our nonsurgical addition of freezing the fat.

Q. How do you perform gynecomastia?
A. A lot of guys come into our center looking to freeze the fat to remove their man boobs or gynecomastia. But freezing the fat or coolsculpting doesn’t work well for them so they get referred to me on the surgical side for the removal of gynecomastia or the male breast tissue. The way its performed is one of two ways or a combination of both easiest way if it mostly fatty tissue we can use liposuction with ultrasound. If its firm breast tissue that could mean cutting it out is the best way of removing it that is a small/long incision from the bottom of the areola where the areola meets the chest skin. You can go on with normal activities after a day.

Q. Can you tell a little more about Neograft hair restoration?
A. Neograft hair restoration is a device in performing a follicular unit extraction which means he can extract each follicle unit individually, the older method we would cut out a strip of the scalp in order to remove the hair it would be painful when we closed it. The incision is a little punch biopsy which is a bit bigger than the follicle and would extract anywhere from 1000 to 2500 in one sitting and then place them where they’re needed in the crown or the hair line. Its non-invasive so you’re able to do normal activities the next day.

Q. What is a no drain Tummy Tuck?
A. The no drain abdominoplasty has been around for sixteen years at least in the literature. Its a father and son team out of Texas In our training programs we’re taught you must put drains in abdominoplasty. As a matter of fact the story goes father’s a plastic surgeon that’s been practicing for 30 years son goes to plastic surgery residency comes back joins dad at his practice. The dad is doing tummy tucks with non drains the son says what’re you doing dad thats crazy. Every one knows that you do drains with tummy tucks, dad says I’ve been doing it for 30 years. I dont get any seroma’s, and seromas are fluid collections and that what we used to put the drains in to prevent fluid build up. Dad told the son why dont  you look up my patients write it up and put it in a journal. So thats what they did. Most people didnt believe that it was real. A lot of evidence in the literature that you can decrease your weight of seromas by putting in stitches that are called progressive tension sutures. We presented our data at the ASPS conference in Las Vegas. Our seroma rate dropped from 9% to 2% and our patients love it, the nurses love it. Its been a fantastic addition to our practice.

A special thank you to Dr. Luis Macias and staff for an awesome experience. For more information visit there website Marina Plastic Surgery   #beachiebeautyapproved

Dr. Luis Macias
Marina Plastic Surgery
4644 Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 552
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


American Society of Plastic Surgeons The Meeting Los Angeles Sept. 23-27, 2016

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This article is for informational purposes only.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons was founded in 1931, is the world’s largest prestigious organization representing 94% of all board certified plastic surgeons in the United States and a little over 1000 plastic surgeons world wide. The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are among its members. With over 7000 member surgeons its leading as an information source on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Their mission is to have advances in quality care to plastic surgery patients with training, high standards, research and physician practice in plastic surgery.

The next few days are going to be filled with nothing but plastic surgery, and yes we love it. Starting Friday through Tuesday attendees for ASPS The Meeting in Los Angeles will spend their time in a lecture or two in an continuing educational conference on plastic surgery. This conference is not open to the public but is for registered medical professionals.

In our exclusive interview with Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy he explains to us how the public knows whom is a real plastic surgeon.
Q.How does the public know whether a doctor is a real plastic surgeon or not?
A. The training of a plastic surgeon is the longest training of any specialty in all of medicine. They graduate high school of course, four years of undergraduate school then 4 years of medical school which they will earn an MD, they go on  to 7 or 8 more years of residency specialty training first in general surgery then plastic surgery to then become a plastic surgeon. Yet, they’re still not board certified. They then take an oral examination one year after they finish their residency in plastic surgery and if they pass which 40% of doctors do. They go on to then wait another year for an oral exam which only 25% pass. They then become a board certified plastic surgeon. Most surgeons don’t really start their own private practice until about 34 or 35 years of age. The only way to tell if a doctor is board certified is for an individual to contact the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Meet the President of ASPS Dr. David Song, the first Korean-American president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), is an award-winning, internationally renowned figure in medicine, research and education.  A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Song came to the United States at the age of three, to join his parents who had previously arrived here for training and education, with the intention of returning to Korea, but found the opportunities too compelling to resist.  His mother, a nurse, and his father, an accountant, raised him in Los Angeles, along with his younger brother.  His youth was, by his estimation, ordinary, but by any other standard, it was extraordinary.  In the fifth grade, he became keenly interested in rocketry; by the time he was in high school, he had published a short story and a play.  Perhaps the fact that he had a National Teacher of the Year when he was in school led to some of this and to his participating in advanced classes at Cal Tech during summers when he was in high school.

It was in the 11th grade that Dr. Song first had an exposure, through school, to the mystery and excitement of the medical profession.  This led to his being accepted for the extremely competitive and demanding seven year program at the University of California – Riverside and UCLA, which combined both a bachelor’s and a medical degree.  “Competitive” means, by the way, that slightly more than 380 students were accepted and only 24 finally completed their medical degrees.  Dr. Song admits that it was intellectually taxing and that he needed a little reminder along the way of the importance of staying focused – “I had too much fun in college” is the way he puts it.  Somehow, he found time to complete a minor in classical studies!

After medical school, he found himself fascinated by microsurgery.  Fortuitously one day while walking out of the operating rooms, he witnessed the microsurgical reattachment of a finger, a procedure being performed by a plastic surgeon, and the discipline to which he would ultimately rise to the top beckoned him.

The University of Chicago was where he undertook his residency and fellowship.  That experience resulted in an offer to stay, and Dr. Song is now The Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Chief, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,  all at University of Chicago Medicine.

Professionally, he is an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery with additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery.  Dr. Song is well recognized for his extensive experience with perforator breast reconstruction procedures, including deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP), superior gluteal artery perforator flap (SGAP), superficial inferior epigastric artery flap (SIEA), and thoracodorsal artery perforator flap (TAP). Additionally, Dr. Song has pioneered several techniques for the repair and reconstruction of chest wall defects. His research interests focus on outcome improvement in lumpectomy and mastectomy reconstruction. He is involved in several clinical trials exploring advancements in these procedures. In 2008, he received the Arthur G. Michel Clinician of the Year award from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

In addition, Dr. Song serves on the board of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), an organization that provides free surgical care for children with congenital deformities in the Dominican Republic. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and past president of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons.

At home, he and his wife raise their three daughters.  To demonstrate how Dr. Song makes the most of every day, on the weekend, he will be found at 6 a.m. teeing off with his golf foursome, which includes a Nobel Prize winner, a best-selling author and a  special advisor to President Obama, but after the game is over, he gets breakfast to share with his family.


Meet Dr. Debra Johnson joined The Plastic Surgery Center in 1989 as the first woman plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area. Dr. Johnson received both her MD degree and her plastic surgery residency training at Stanford. She also took a cosmetic surgery fellowship at Clinica Planas in Barcelona, and a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Institute Francais de la Main in Paris.

Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and participates in the Maintenance of Certification process, which assures ongoing learning in the specialty. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, a prestigious organization of the thought leaders in plastic surgery.

Dr. Johnson is well known for her leadership in plastic surgery. She currently serves as Vice President for Health Policy and Advocacy for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She also serves on various committees, and is the co-chair of the CSPS Legislative Committee. Dr. Johnson is also a Past President of the Sacramento Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is a former Chief of Surgery for Sutter Community Hospitals.

Dr. Johnson’s practice includes all aspects of cosmetic surgery, including the face, breast, and body. She performs post-mastectomy reconstruction, as well as other reconstructive procedures. As Co-Director of the Sutter Cleft Lip, Palate, and Craniofacial Anomalies Panel, Dr. Johnson cares for children born with facial deformities.

A big believer in “paying it forward”, Dr. Johnson devotes at least four weeks per year to providing free reconstructive surgery in developing countries. She has traveled the world over the past quarter century, giving children born with birth defects, or suffering from burn scars, a chance at a more normal life. She teaches other surgeons how to care for these children, so that more can be helped. As Vice President of the CSPS Education and Research Foundation, Dr. Johnson works to provide free plastic surgery to the children of California who have no other resources.

A lifelong advocate for patient safety, Dr. Johnson received the California Society of Plastic Surgeons Presidential Award for Exemplary Service.

Dr. Johnson and her husband, Mario Gutierrez, live in Curtis Park. They have two wonderful adult children. They have been planting vines and remodeling a “fixer-upper” in Napa in hopes of one day enjoying a sustainable retirement.

As you go through ASPS website you will find useful information on every plastic surgical procedure. Be sure to do your due diligence when choosing a board certified plastic surgeon.

For more information on ASPS The Meeting Los Angeles 2016 or how to become a member click here  American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Andrea Price