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

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz #realselfseries


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Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD, FACS, is board certified in plastic surgery. He earned his bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from Tulane University and went on to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He furthered his expertise in breast cancer care by studying tumor biology and the molecular basis of cancer at the Lombardi Cancer Center, designated by the National Cancer Institute.
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?
“I appreciate your question. Yes, fat grafting can be used to augment the breasts. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.”

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

For more information or to request a consultation visit them on their website.

Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz
240 S. LaCienega Blvd., Suite 200
Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211
(310) 882-5454

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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

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Bruce Kadz

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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

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Beachie Beauty Exclusive Interview with Dr. Luis Macias #plasticsurgery

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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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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


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Depending on the surgeon of choice as each technique when doing the famous traditional facelift is quite different and varies from patient to patient. I ask this question and many others on realselfdotcom where you can ask medical questions. So let’s get started on a traditional facelift.

Q. What is a traditional facelift?
A. Hi, non smiling photos of your face from the front and side would help in the evaluation.  I have performed facelifts for over 30 years and have performed many minimally, invasive type facelifts.  Traditional facelifts have long incisions that begin in the temporal hairline, around the entire front of the ear, inside the crease behind the ear and then continue inside the posterior hairline.  This type of facelift is very invasive with extensive tissue undermining that has a recovery time of months.  I have performed many of these facelifts however in today’s busy lifestyle, very few seem interested in this extensive recovery, bruising, swelling and downtime.  The vast majority, of my facelift patients choose the minimally, invasive SMAS type facelift as described below.

Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces.  Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front.  Cheek augmentation with a dermal filler or using cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks that will feminize the entire face.

If the chin is weak, this creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin.  Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face.   I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick and highly effective.

If you have “jowls” these are sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift.  The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured (not merely folded or suspended with threads or sutures that will not last).  The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed. My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane, cheek lift and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:

  • very small incisions
  • minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
  • can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
  • no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
  • excess fat can be removed
  • excess skin removed
  • cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
  • most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op

I combine facial shaping with every facelift procedure.  When jowls are present, these should be done in concert and not alone or separately in order to create a naturally, more attractive face.

Dr. Francis R. Palmer, III MD

Q. What is the recovery time for a traditional facelift?
A. Your instructions will vary from surgeon to surgeon, so it’s important to discuss your surgeon’s specific instructions to maximize your recovery.  I generally tell patients that they must avoid turning the head or stretching the neck for 2 weeks. When you turn, move the shoulders and head as one unit or as though you had a “stiff neck.” This is important to prevent stretching the healing incisions and causing the scars to widen, as well as to prevent putting tension on the deep sutures beneath the skin, which could cause them to pull loose.  Because of this risk, we advise patients to not drive for 2 weeks following surgery. In order to minimize swelling, you are advised to sleep with the head of your bed elevated or in a recliner for 2-4 weeks post-op.  With some make-up, your hair worn down, a neck scarf, and thick-rimmed sunglasses, you should be able to go out in public within a few days with minimal attention drawn to yourself. Most patients take 2 weeks off from work after a rhytidectomy and are able to resume their exercise regimen within 3-4 weeks.

Dr. Parker A. Velargo, MD

Q. How soon can a person return to normal activity after a traditional facelift?
A. Recovery following a facelift can vary, and the level of recommended activity will also vary with each surgeon.  Typically, it will take 1-2 weeks for the immediate bruising and swelling to resolve although subtle changes will continue for several weeks to months.  I advise my patient that they should be able to drive within 1-2 weeks and can return to a sedentary job by 10-14 days.  However, it will be at least 3 weeks before one can resume strenuous activity like working out or heavy lifting.  I would suggest that you speak with your surgeon regarding his or her recommendations for your recovery because it may be slightly different based on your individual needs.

Dr. Anureet K. Bajaj, MD

Q. What are the pros and cons of a liquid facelift?
A. The face ages in three ways: Sags and bags, Lines and Hollows, Tone and Texture. When we are young our face is like an inverted triangle, with the fullest part being from the forehead to the bottom of the nose. As we age, the triangle flips upside down with our upper face being the most narrow. A “liquid facelift” is achieved with injectables like Voluma, Radiesse, and Juvederm plus Botox for smoothing lines in the forehead, around the eyes, lip and chin areas.  The first step to determine if a liquid facelift is right for you is evaluating your face to determine where your facial aging in occurring. Often times patient complain of nasal labia folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth area), fallen or sunken cheeks, hollowed under eyes and temples, thin lips and weakened jawlines. The key to a liquid facelift is keeping it natural looking and not getting overfilled, therefore technique and the skills of the injector make a significant difference. We use mostly micro-cannulas for our injections, which minimize bruising and allow for smooth contouring of the face. There is an Abraham Maslow saying, “If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.” In this case it applies to choosing a plastic surgeon to access your facial aging process and determine a course of action. Often times, a patient is not a good candidate for a liquid facelift and needs to consider an alternative procedure such as a non-incisional Radio Frequency facelift or a traditional facelift. While fillers can be a fantastic solution for staving off the aging process, eventually, you will want to know your options for continuing to look natural as well as youthful. 

Dr. Mark Anton, MD FACS

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Andrea Price

Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation #plasticsurgery

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Here is an excerpt from our exclusive interview with Dr. David Matlock

Q. On, Brazilian Butt Augementation, How do you determine the size and do you use implants?
A. No, I don’t use implants at all. I use the patients own fat, so in this procedure we have to do two things first we sculpture out the most aesthetic procedure butt, second we take out the fat, process it, 95% of the fat is live. I inject about 6% into the butt muscle to lift it. Size wise is not dependent on what the patient wants its how much fat the patient has so it just depends. They have to understand the shape and size of the butt is like that for a reason. The butt may not be receptive to the fat. We have to look at the structure of the butt and be realistic on what we can and cannot achieve. Then relay that information to the patient.
Q. How long is the surgery and recovery time for Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation procedure?
A.The surgery for the brazilian buttocks augmentation is dependent upon the number of areas the patients height, weight, size the number of areas we’re treating or  liposculpturing. So its really that, it can be  90 minutes to 4 hours. We’d like to ask the patient which areas they would like to get done before we start. Post surgery it tends to be bruising, swelling and pain.

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Andrea Price

Breast Augmentation #plasticsurgery

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Here is an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy on breast augmentation.

Q.What is breast augmentation?
A. Breast Augmentation is for women who have small breast and want to have larger breast. Now in my opinion if you want natural looking breasts you’ve come to the right place. In my hands the surgery itself takes 45 minutes to an hour under general anesthesia. They’re three incisions that are commonly used, one of them is in the crease underneath the breast, the other is an incision around the nipple in the areola area, third is done in the armpit. About 60% of surgeons use the crease underneath the breast, 20-30% do it around the areola and about 5% or so of us which is the method I prefer to use the armpit for the incision because there’s no scar. It’s in the upper crease where you shave. It works out real well. There are two different kinds of implants saline and silicone. Both of which have a silicone shell. One feels like a balloon filled with water which is the saline. While the other feels like a balloon filled with gel which is silicone. 90% of surgeons now use silicone implants. I prefer the silicone implants because there is a down side. There’s a downside to both, but with saline implants they have a tendency to ripple. So if you have thin breasted skin sometimes you can see or feel those ripples, the silicone implants you can’t. There’s no disease aspect for either one because they’re both silicone shell. One is filled with water the other is filled with gel. The main problem with breast augmentation is that scar tissue forms around the implant which basically starts to contract and gets tighter around the implant. For example if you have a balloon that is filled with water and you’re squeezing that balloon with your two hands the part that comes out between your fingers feels firmer. That’s what we call encapsulate contraction. We don’t know what causes it, we don’t know how to prevent it. When it occurs the issue can be fixed it only happens as of lately 2-3% of the time. Now twenty years ago that number was 15% that it would occur. I tell my patients what you’re paying for is my judgement. You can’t estimate a size because it comes in centimeters. I tell my patients you can’t fit a size 5 in a 4 shoe. So we put different sizes in and out until we find the largest size that look natural at the time of surgery.

Q. What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?
A. Normally patients are in the recovery room for 45 minutes to an hour then they go home. The following day they will feel sore like they’ve been doing a ton of push-ups. You can drive in two to three days, and are totally back to normal in 2-3 weeks.

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Andrea Price


Coolsculpting #plasticsurgery

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Q. What is coolsculpting, and how does it work?
A. We have been doing Coolsculpting in our clinic for almost two years and our patients probably rate it with over a 90% “happiness” factor.  The key is patient selection for this form of non invasive fat reduction that works by selectively freezing the fat and not the skin.  The procedure is for pinchable fat in patients that have relatively good skin quality. If patients have poor skin quality with stretch marks and stretched out abdominal muscles, then this technique will not improve those issues. The goal is for fat reduction.  It is probably around a 25% fat reduction with one applicator and the process for fat resorption takes a few months.  It is permanent fat reduction but one applicator doesn’t do the job.  It takes a regional treatment plan. But during these treatments patients fall asleep, read their emails or watch a movie.

We have seen some amazing results in realistic patients that are committed.  We also have a few patients that are better surgical candidates but for whatever reason they are unwilling or unable to have surgery. These patients can still have fat reduction but their skin quality is poor.  But they understand the limitations prior to treatment. We are looking into adding a body skin tightening device after treatment with coolsculpting to see if we can improve the result even more. This radiofrequency device may also be to smooth out smaller fatty areas that are not treatable by coolsculpting or may have some ability to improve cellulite!

Q. What are the side effects if any from coolsculpting?
A. Coolsculpting can remove a small area of fat, but can cause bruising, swelling, inflammation that can last a few weeks.  Sometimes indentations can occur if there is no overlapping of treatments.  Sculpsure has less inflammation and no risk of indentations.

Q. Does coolsculpting have a long lasting effect?
A. Yes-once you treat in an area, CoolSculpting removes the fat in the area for good. Keep in mind that it may take 2-3 treatments to achieve the desired results. This type of procedure is meant to coincide with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Should you gain weight it will be gained in areas that have not been treated with CoolSculpting.

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Andrea Price