Let’s face it. We can’t all be born with the au naturale beauty of Jess or Angelina, but with the help from some fabulous San Diego cosmetic surgery docs, we can certainly create the natural look we all crave (oxymoron, much?).
For years, men and women alike have been touchin’ up, pullin’ up and firmin’ up their bods and faces under the knives of well-practiced cosmetic surgeons. However, too much time under the knife can flip things from soft and pretty to stiff and creepy, quicker than you can say “Real Housewives.” In the realm of modern cosmetic surgery, it’s about improving what your momma gave ya, not completely transforming it. San Diego cosmetic surgeons work to create the look you dream of, while ensuring that you remain, well, you.
We’ve got the low-down on the world of cosmetic surgery, and the steps you can take to guarantee maximum results, as well as a play-by-play of the procedures that are sure to take your natural beauty to a whole new level.
First thing’s first: Do your homework
You’ve made your decision, established the funds, and you’re emotionally prepared to finally go through with the procedure that you’re positive is going to change your life. What’s the next step? Research – lots of research.
Whether you’re looking to tighten up the body, add structure your jaw line or rewind the biological clock a bit, the very first step you should take on your path to beauty is extensive research. You need to carefully study the procedure you want to have done, investigate the doctors who can perform the procedure, and most importantly, analyze your own expectations. At La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery, senior cosmetic surgeon H. Michael Roark, M.D. and his specialized team, work to make sure their clients are absolutely satisfied with the ultimate result. In order to maximize results, Roark says that both patient and doctor need to be aware of the specific boundaries set by your personal anatomy. “The patient has to be realistic about their expectations,” says Roark. “Sometimes, your anatomy just can’t do it.”
And a procedure that receives a big N-O from your own body will most likely not produce good results for you or your doctor. Therefore, when on the hunt for the perfect cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to look for a doctor who will not only listen carefully to your concerns and expectations, but who will also be completely honest with you about what procedures can be done to meet those expectations within the confines of your own anatomical structure. In a nutshell, do your homework, and you’ll be sure to get A+ results.
Opt for a combined practice
When shopping for your ideal doctor, keep in mind that practices that combine a number of different specializations under one roof will most likely be the most time-effective, result-effective and cost-effective option for you.
For instance, when Dr. Roark examines the surgical needs of new client, he often determines a variety of treatment solutions that will provide optimum results. He might find that a brow lift is the best surgical method in meeting a client’s expectations for a more youthful appearance, but that perhaps the brow lift plus a microdermabrasion will more substantially accomplish the client’s ultimate goal. With a specialized dermatologist available at the same practice, the client can receive both the surgery and skin treatment without needing to leave the building. Roark believes that a combined practice is more beneficial for both the doctor and the client. “There’s better patient communication in a group practice,” Roark says. “We can really work together to optimize the patient’s treatment and results.”
However, San Diego cosmetic surgery practices offering services through a team approach are not limited to the panel of specialized docs working with Dr. Roark.
San Diego plastic surgeon, Stuart B. Kincaid, M.D., F.A.C.S. also likes to provide his clients with access to a variety of qualified professionals in order to ensure them first-class care, creating results that exceed expectations. By working with a solid team, Dr. Kincaid says, “I can perform multiple facial plastic surgical or body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy-tucks, liposuction and others in one session, and these types of surgeries may necessitate bringing in another fully-trained assistant plastic surgeon.” Dr. Kincaid recommends these procedures, in which many procedures are performed at one time, in accordance to a patient’s level of health, as well as the results they ultimately wish to see.
These days, there is almost no limit to the way in which you can transform your face and body, resulting in an endless list of possible procedures to consider. However, if you’re hoping for more natural effects, there are a few procedures definitely worth considering. A brow lift, for example, can have substantial effects without significantly altering your appearance. Brow lifts are most commonly performed to reduce the signs of aging. However, the procedure is also great for creating a bright, alert and more inviting appearance. To perform a brow lift, doctors will most commonly make a slight incision above your hairline before “lifting” the deeper layers of your forehead. The skin will then be re-attached to the bone above its original resting point, giving your face a refreshed, vibrant look that matches what you feel on the inside.
Also something to consider are slightly less invasive procedures that require smaller incisions and less recovery time. Dr. Kincaid offers a multitude of these low-key, big-result procedures.
“I frequently recommend Vi Peel, a freshening skin peel, and less invasive facial rejuvenation fillers such as Restylane, Juverderm and Radiesse,” says Kincaid.
Chemical peels, such as Kincaid’s Vi Peel, work wonders on the overall condition of the skin, while also greatly reducing fine lines, acne scars and enlarged pores. Chemical peels work by removing the upper layers of your skin, allowing new skin to grow with a smoother and more youthful appearance. The peels are a popular option, as they’re safe on any skin type, allow for immediate return to daily activity and involve little-to-no pain.
Restylane, Juverderm and Radiesse, are all products called dermal fillers, which are injected into the skin in order to restore the youthful fullness and elasticity that is lost naturally as we age. The great thing about these treatments is that they are no-knife-necessary procedures, reducing your down time and expense, yet they still have the power to create fresh, natural-looking results.
Somethin’ else to think about
It goes without saying that plastic surgery is a ginormous life decision and should not be taken lightly. Because the best opportunity for good results is the first time you attempt the results, it is best to be well-versed on your desired procedure and comfortable with your doc who will be performing it before proceeding to the surgery bed. Additionally, keep in mind that getting multiple procedures at one time can be strenuous on your health, as well as the overall outcome of the procedure, as the more time you spend in the operating room, the longer it will take for your body to recover. Dr. Roark recommends choosing the appropriate procedures in order to minimize the physical risks of plastic surgery, as well as the emotional risks that transpire from unrealistic expectations. Most importantly, Dr. Roark says this about your decision to opt for the ultimate self-renovation, “If you feel you look good, you can lead a much more enriched lifestyle. You need to do it for yourself.”
Discover more top San Diego cosmetic and plastic surgeons:
La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla
Founder R. Merrel Olesen’s dream of a specialized cosmetic surgery center became a reality when La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre opened it’s doors in 1988. In 2005, LJCSC combined cosmetic and plastic surgery with laser treatments and cosmetic dermatology, making it possible to offer an array of procedures in the industry to take place under one roof. And fear not as all procedures are performed by board certified Plastic Surgeons and dermatologists. For more information, visit Ljcsc.com.
Dr. Stuart Kincaid in La Jolla and Temecula
With more than nineteen years of experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Stuart Kincaid performs his cosmetic surgical procedures in nationally accredited surgery centers and hospitals. He offers his San Diego plastic surgery patients FDA approved equipment and supplies, including facial implants and breast implants with extended warranty programs, endoscopic (minimal invasiveness) instruments, P.A.I. (power assisted liposculpture) and Sciton erbium laser skin resurfacing. Stuart B. Kincaid, M.D., F.A.C.S. is recognized as one of the premier cosmetic plastic surgeons in the United States. Visit Skincaidmd.com for more information. Visit Dr. Stuart Kincaid's La Jolla office and Temecula office.
Barry S. Handler M.D., F.A.C.S in La Mesa
Dr. Handler is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a doctorate degree from St. Louis University Medical Center. He offers a variety of services for breast, skin, face and body augmentations as well reconstructive surgeries. Visit Barryhandlermd.com for more information.
Del Mar Plastic Surgery in Del Mar
Check out one of its two San Diego locations for a consultation with Dr. Larry Pollack, who specializes in breast augmentation, tummy tuck procedures and body surgery. Dr. Pollack is board certified by the American College of Surgeons, and has been performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in San Diego for the last 20 years. For more information, visit Delmarplasticsurgery.com.
San Diego Face & Neck Specialties in Hillcrest
Dr. John Hilinski, graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, specializes in facial plastic surgery, as well as neck and injury-related surgeries. You’re in good hands with Dr. Hilinski, as he is a double-board certified plastic surgeon and has been the chosen candidate for notable facial plastic surgery awards and fellowships. Visit Drhilinski.com for more information.
Sessions Plastic Surgery Center in La Mesa
Dr. Scott C. Sessions, M.D., F.A.C.S is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, with a graduate degree from Temple University Medical School. Dr. Sessions has previously completed extensive research within the medical field. He specializes in a variety of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, that are sure to meet your needs. Visit Sessionsplasticsurgery.com for more information.
Vecchione San Diego Plastic Surgery in Banker’s Hill
The Vecchione team prides themselves in providing superb patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction. Thomas Ray Vecchione, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon and takes an artistic approach to reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. For more information, visit Vecchioneplasticsurgery.com.
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