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Understanding Orange County Eyelid Surgery

While a number of restorative surgeries are done every day in California, one of the most common is the Orange County eyelid surgery. Also known as blepharoplasty, this type of surgery removes fatty tissue on and around the eyelids, and also tightens the skin around the eyes. With Orange County eyelid surgery, the patient can have just the upper or bottom eyelid done, or both eyelids during the same procedure. Regardless, the results give the person a more youthful appearance by getting rid of sagging skin. However, Orange County eyelid surgery cannot correct more persistent eye-area problems.

 

Body Contouring – A Final Step

There’s no magic wand when it comes to achieving the body image you seek.

It’s always, or should always be, a combination of two or three factors. Diet and exercise are mandatory, but sometimes diet and exercise are not enough.

In a recent WebMD article, Colette Bouchez writes that when Frances Kuffel reached her goal weight, after losing more than 200 pounds, she didn’t realize how far she’d come.

“I kept thinking ‘I’m still fat; I still look awful.’ Someone else had to point out that my problem was no longer fat — it was skin, all this excess skin from losing so much weight,” says Kuffel, author of Passing for Thin.

It’s not unusual for people who have lost 100 pounds or more to feel this way. They feel healthier, and logically they know they are healthier, but when they look in the mirror they are still unsatisfied with what they see.

After so much hard work to lose the weight, that feeling can sometimes even lead to mild depression.

Body Contouring has the ability to correct the consequences of Extreme Weight Loss.

There are a number of procedures that can reduce excess fat or sagging skin and tissue.

Fat-dissolving and skin-tightening procedures for body contouring are less invasive however, other procedures, such as liposuction can still be a viable option.

Some of the latest innovations include mesotherapy (lipodissolve), which involves the injection of various cocktails into the skin to dissolve fat, Thermage (also known as Thermacool or Thermalift), which uses radiofrequency to tighten facial skin for a “nonsurgical” face-lift, and LipoSonix, which uses high-intensity ultrasound to target and destroy fat cells.

Whichever option you choose, you must consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Thomas Nguyen at the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

One thing to be aware of is that for the first time, manufacturers are able to market in consumer magazines. Please keep in mind that it’s the technician, not the procedure that determines success.

More and more, body contouring procedures are becoming the final step in the effort to achieve not only an ideal body weight and image, but a healthier existence as well.

Call today for a Free Consultation 877-909-4011

 

Technical Advances Improve Breast Reconstruction Post Mastectomy

The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports that approximately 93000 women underwent breast reconstruction surgery after a single or double mastectomy. That figure is a 20% increase from the year 2000. The question is why?

In the last ten years there have been major advancements in the mastectomy technique which have minimized the disfiguring scar. Also, women recovering from breast cancer can benefit psychologically from a breast reconstruction procedure.

“For me, there was never a question of whether or not I would have breast reconstruction,” said Teia Giraud, today a five-year survivor of breast cancer. “Mentally and emotionally, I needed to wake up from the nightmare of breast cancer intact, and that meant having newly constructed breasts.”

Nearly 70% of women in the United States elect to have a breast reconstruction procedure post mastectomy utilizing a method involving a tissue expander followed by an implant. Tissue expanders are inserted below the skin and muscle and inflated over several months to stretch and grow the skin to create space for the permanent implant.

Another option is using an autologous reconstruction which involves reconstructing the breast with tissue from one area of the body. For example, a flap of tissue from the abdomen is rotated up into the breast. Microsurgery is required to reconnect the artery and veins in the flap to those in the breast.

The Women’s Health Act of 1998 requires insurance companies that provide benefits for mastectomies to also cover “reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed.” In addition, those companies are required to cover “surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgery and the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have found that breast reconstruction immediately following a mastectomy is linked with significantly improved survival rates. In addition, the U.S. National Cancer Institute found a 26 percent reduction in mortality rates among those who underwent immediate reconstruction – they attributed this to the patients' improved sense of well-being.

Of course, choosing the right plastic surgeon is at or near the top of the list. Make sure to choose a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Thomas Nguyen, Medical Director at the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orange County.

Call for a Free Consultation: 877-909-4011

 

Beware Of Bargain Plastic Surgery Procedures

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has launched a campaign called “Do Your Homework”.

The ASPS, the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, is encouraging patients to investigate the qualifications of any doctor they are c0nsidering for a cosmetic surgery procedure. They state that:

“There is a misconception among consumers that as long as a doctor is certified in a medical field that he or she is qualified to practice plastic surgery. This is absolutely wrong and it is dangerous for patients.”

A story out of Los Angeles recently tells the ordeal of Dinora Rodriquez, who sought to replace her leaking breast implants and woke up to find that her breasts had been fused together. The surgeon was a non-board-certified plastic surgeon.

In another recent article, The Business Insider questions why so many people are willing to purchase discount plastic surgery procedures from places like the online coupon website, Groupon. Buy-one-get-one-free deals are not available for colon screenings because they are serious surgical procedures. Why doesn’t that attitude carry over to cosmetic surgery?



All too often people who purchase discounted or coupon plastic surgery end up spending more when it becomes necessary for a board certified plastic surgeon to repair the less than satisfactory outcome.

ASPS President, Malcolm Z. Roth, states that patients are getting injured, sometimes very seriously due to procedures by non-board-certified plastic surgeons.

We want patients to understand what to ask their doctor and what to look for so that they can maximize their chance of a safe and successful procedure.

In today’s increasingly information charged age it’s not difficult to verify a doctor’s credentials. The American Board of Plastic Surgery has the following link on their website:

http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/How-We-Help/is-your-surgeon-certified.html

Is Your Surgeon Certified?

And the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a Find A Surgeon page, where you can discover the credentials of your surgeon.

Dr. Thomas (Thuan) T. Nguyen, Medical Director at the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, whose credentials can be found at both locations mentioned above.

Call today for a FREE consultation: 877-909-4011

 

Bridalplasty, The New Trend

Bridalplasty, The E! reality show may be over but the trend of brides that seek cosmetic surgery prior to the “Big Day” is on the rise.

Brides are spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on procedures to help them look their best on their wedding day.

Amongst the most sought after procedures includes Botox/Juvederm, breast augmentation, body sculpting and rhinoplasty. For brides-to-be it’s not as simple as scheduling a surgery the week before the wedding. In many cases it can take months for the swelling to go down afterwards, and final results are fully appreciated so proper planning with your plastic surgeon is crucial.

Dr. Thomas Nguyen, a board certified plastic surgeon from Newport Beach, California gives prospective brides expert advice in his thorough consultation on how and when to embark on a pre-wedding surgical procedure.

The Cleveland Leader reports that even Jessica Simpson is considering a Breast Reduction procedure prior to walking down the aisle with fiancé Eric Johnson.

Typically, younger brides are coming in for liposuction or breast augmentation a few months before the wedding. Brides in their 30′s, 40’s, and 50′s often come in for Botox or fillers. Sometimes even family members, especially the mothers of the bride or groom come in for anything from injectables to facelifts.

For your Free pre-wedding consultation, contact the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery and speak with Dr. Nguyen.

877-909-4011

 

Rhinoplasty, Plain As The Nose On Your Face

What are good reasons for Rhinoplasty?

A Newport Beach man suffers a bike accident that results in his nose being flattened. Aside from the obvious physical disfigurement, his sleep is interrupted at times due to difficulty breathing.

In Laguna Niguel a woman daily stares in the mirror unhappy with the appearance of her nose.

Who should and who should not consider Rhinoplasty?

The two situations above seem clear cut. If breathing is impeded, one should seriously consider having the air pathway repaired. But how important is changing your appearance because you think you don’t like what you see in the mirror?

The psychological term for excessive concern about a perceived defect in one’s appearance is Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD. The perception of the defect is often disproportionate to how it is perceived by others. For example a small bump on one’s nose appears to them to be the size of a melon.

A recent study in Belgium revealed that 33% of Rhinoplasty patients suffer from BDD. Among those who had functional issues with their noses , such as breathing complications, only 2 percent of them had BDD-related symptoms. The question is how many had BDD prior to the surgery to begin with?

Botox, abdominoplasty, even many breast surgical procedures clearly change your appearance, but most often it’s restorative and with some of those procedures you don’t see them as often as you see the nose on your face.

When contemplating a surgery for cosmetic reasons, taking the time to consider everything is a very good idea.

Rhinoplasty is a wonderful procedure filled with both aesthetic and health benefits when chosen with care. And, as with any surgical procedure, unwanted consequences could occur as well.

Dr. Thomas Nguyen is a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon. To find out if you are a good candidate for Rhinoplasty, call the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery for a Free Consultation.

 

Cosmetic Surgery Improves Confidence

Plastic surgery helps greatly in restoring confidence among people that are prone to self-doubt based on their appearance and to some extent it assists such people in eradicating negative complexes which can undermine their performance. An Orange County cosmetic surgeon, said that the inferiority complex among males and females can possibly lead to clinical depression and plastic surgery would be helpful for those susceptible to that condition. A large number of people, particularly women, suffer from depression because of their appearance. Women who are not satisfied with their beauty can reshape their appearance through plastic surgery. Often after pregnancy many women are unable to maintain their figure which can alter their appearance.


Plastic surgery involves techniques intended for the “enhancement” of appearance through surgical and medical techniques and it is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance or restoration. Cosmetic surgery is a branch of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has many types including treatment of burn victims and patients with mutilated figures or disfigured appearance. Plastic surgery can also be helpful in breast augmentation, lip enhancement, chin augmentation, liposuction etc.


Obesity is also an issue with many. Diet and exercise are helpful but with liposuction extra fats could be removed easily. Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty or simply lipo that removes all the extra fats from various parts of the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere. However it is crucial that a person chooses a board certified plastic surgeon.

There are many stories out there regarding plastic surgery that has gone awry. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way to discover whether or not your plastic surgeon has the proper credentials. By checking with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, you can look a doctor up by name to see if he/she is certified.

Dr. Thomas Nguyen is a board certified plastic surgeon who is currently offering Free Consultations in Orange County, California.

 

Breast Augmentation for 83 year-old in Orange County

The New York Times reports that 83 year-old Orange County widow, Marie Kolstad, underwent breast augmentation surgery in July. Ms. Kolstad says, “Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?”

According to the Times, the number of people in their Golden Years opting for plastic surgery has been increasing steadily over the last several years.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 there were 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older. They included 26,635 face-lifts; 24,783 cosmetic eyelid operations; 6,469 liposuctions; 5,874 breast reductions; 3,875 forehead lifts; 3,339 breast lifts and 2,414 breast augmentations.

Pe0ple are living longer and staying healthier these days, and their physical appearance isn’t necessarily keeping up with how good they feel.

One of the first questions one may have could be ‘how safe is it?’. Do surgical procedures on older patients carry more risk?

Any surgical procedure has risk associated with it, but the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal reported in June that hazards for people over 65 are no greater than in younger people.

Opinions vary about social implications regarding these types of procedures for any age group, but especially so for seniors as Nancy Etcoff, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School who studies biology and social beliefs about beauty, believes the double takes arise from our culture’s mixed feelings about old people actively on the prowl. “Part of our stereotype of old people is that they are social, warm and likeable, but powerless and sexless,” she said. “Here we are in the age of Viagra, which is very well accepted, but suddenly the idea of older people, mostly women, wanting to be sexually attractive at that age makes us uncomfortable.

Reading through the Comments section of the NY Times on this article reveals a split almost down the middle. On one side are the purists who believe that you shouldn’t mess with mother nature, and you should be proud of your sags and wrinkles while on the other side are the slightly more progressive thinkers who say “Why Not?”

Clearly it’s a personal decision. But for those who don’t approve I ask, ‘Which medications are you taking? Are they not also a way to preserve or even improve your life?’

So what’s the difference? One is inside, one is outside yet both serve the same purpose.

Go get ‘em Marie!

 

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