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12
October
2017
REALITY VS. MYTH
Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!
Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!

Cosmetic surgery is growing increasingly common in today’s society. From television shows to magazine covers and documentaries, the public has never been more aware of the ways that cosmetic surgery impacts patients from head to toe. Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!

* The text was written according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery article “Reality vs. Myth”, “New Statistics Reflect the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery” by American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

1. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same.

Myth. The terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are not interchangeable. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing an aesthetic appearance of healthy patients through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure and can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body.

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body when medically indicated, and is reconstructive in nature, as compared to cosmetic surgery which is entirely elective and meant to enhance one's appearance.

Read SD Professional Advice for more information.

2. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, microdermabrasion and liposuction are increasingly popular among men.

Fact. More and more men are seeking cosmetic surgery. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 2005 Procedural survey, the top five most popular procedures among men are Botox, hair transplantation/restoration, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and liposuction, in that order. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for the first time, men account for more than 40 percent of aesthetic breast reduction surgeries.

There were 68,106 aesthetic breast reduction surgeries in the United States in 2015, and for the first time men accounted for more than 40 percent of those procedures. A total of 27,456 breast reduction surgeries (Gynecomastia) were performed on men, representing a 5 percent increase over the previous year and a 35 percent growth since 2000.

3. The  majority of men believe that personal appearance affects their ability to succeed professionally or get promoted.

Fact. According to an AACS Consumer Survey, 83% of men believe that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and advancement.

4. Breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures.

Fact. “Though doctors are seeing a spike in patients requesting non-invasive options, breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures, with 279,143 operations performed last year alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The new technology and tools are allowing women to get implants faster, safer, and more natural-looking than ever before.”

5. Breast augmentation will fix droopy breasts.

Myth. Breast augmentation will not lift droopy breasts. This is best addressed by having a breast lift.

6. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon.

Fact. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon – in this case, an ophthalmologist.

14
December
2017
Fat Grafting, Thread Lift, Acne Scar Treatment and More
5 Popular Weekly Q&A
5 Popular Weekly Q&A

1. How long do fat grafting results last?

Once the fat grafts take hold and mature (gain its own blood supply in its new location in order to persist long-term)over the first 12-18 months the results should be evident for many years. It will become like every other living tissue in your body; therefore, it does change in volume if you lose or gain weight. If you maintain your weight after the procedure, there is no question that fat is the ideal material for soft tissue augmentation with the most natural-appearing results.

2. How to prevent bags under eyes?

SD Professional tips will help to prevent and improve puffy eyes and bags under eyes:

1. Make sure that you have at least eight hours of sleep at night to diminish dark circles and prevent bags under eyes.

2. Please drink enough water to keep your body well hydrated, which in turn will prevent dehydration that develops bags under eyes.

3. Make sure that you reduce your salt and processed food intake to ensure your body stops retaining water under your eyes. 

4. The chilled green tea bags and/or cool cucumber slices will also help to reduce the puffiness of your eyes and the dark circles.

5. You can also use of dermal fillers to improve the appearance of your eye bags.

3. Fillers vs. thread lift?

Most modern thread lifting utilizes absorbable sutures, which have many major benefits. These threads not only lift and support, but provide volume as they go away, creating a lift and fill effect. These modern thread lifts can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers to give a complete and precise rejuvenation of your face.

4. Am I a good candidate for a liquid face lift?

If you have mild jowls or suffer from the typical effects of middle-age, including vertical lip lines, volume loss, lines along the sides of your nose and chin or crow’s feet, then you should experience great benefits from a liquid facelift.

Liquid facelifts are an appropriate form of treatment for patients interested in restoring youthful volume and shape to their faces without invasive surgery. It is safe and beneficial for people with all different skin types and age groups looking to accomplish any of the following:

1. Subtle lift of facial features

2. Reduced wrinkles, creases, line or folds

3. Restoration of natural and youthful proportion of your face 

4. A fresher and younger appearance

5. Is SD Skin Reinvigoration protocol effective for acne scar treatment?

PRP and Fractional CO2 laser (PixelPerfect) have a synergistic effect on the therapy for acne scar treatment. Our combined application does not only effectively reduce acne scars appearance and superiorly improve skin texture, but also significantly relieves the coarse pores, pigmentation, and erythema caused by laser therapy.

Discover Q&A about cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures on SD Advice App available on iOS/Android. SD Advice is the only authorized and approved Q&A app from Svetlana M. Danovich MD, PhD, FACS, New York top cosmetic plastic surgeon.

SD Advice on the App Store appstore.com/sdadvice.

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07
December
2017
Tread Lift, Facelift, Pixel® Laser and more
5 Popular Weekly Q&A
5 Popular Weekly Q&A

1. Fillers vs. Thread Lift?

Most modern thread lifting utilizes absorbable sutures, which have many major benefits. These threads not only lift and support, but provide volume as they go away, creating a lift and fill effect. These modern thread lifts can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers to give a complete and precise rejuvenation of your face.

2. What’s the best age to get a facelift?

There is no specific age as to when patients should have their first facelift done.Everyone is different with a very specific aging process and unique desires. The overall goal of a facelift is to tighten up the jowls, muscles of the neck, and facial skin laxity.This is a true art to achieve a naturally dramatic enhancement.

3. Will Pixel® Laser help improve acne scars?

The fractionated technology of the Pixel® lasers is considered state of the art for acne scarring. Pixel Perfect™ has become exceedingly popular, particularly in darker skin tones. Requiring 4-6 sittings, done every 3 weeks, you can see your skin get smoother after each session. However, there is 5-7 days downtime, to get rid of tiny dots on your skin after the treatment.

4. How long do fat grafting results last?

Once the fat grafts take hold and mature (gain its own blood supply in its new location in order to persist long-term)over the first 12-18 months the results should be evident for many years. It will become like every other living tissue in your body;therefore,it does change in volume if you lose or gain weight. If you maintain your weight after the procedure, there is no question that fat is the ideal material for soft tissue augmentation with the most natural-appearing results.

5. Does acne scar procedure hurt?

No, procedure is very comfortable for the patients. Combination of topical numbing cream and injection of Lidocaine solution makes it painless and very easy to tolerate.

Discover Q&A about cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures on SD Advice App available on iOS/Android. SD Advice is the only authorized and approved Q&A app from Svetlana M. Danovich MD, PhD, FACS, New York top cosmetic plastic surgeon.

SD Advice on the App Store appstore.com/sdadvice.

SD Advice on Google Play goo.gl/6FbDby.

23
November
2017
Botox®, Hand Rejuvenation, Thread Lift and more
5 Popular Weekly Q&A
5 Popular Weekly Q&A

1. CAN I GET BOTOX® FOR SWEATING BELOW BREAST AND GROIN?

Botox® is a fantastic treatment for excessive sweating under the breasts and in the groin to quickly relieve you of the uncertainty and potential embarrassment.

2. WHAT DERMAL FILLER WILL LAST THE LONGEST FOR HAND REJUVENATION?

I prefer to use Radiesse® in conjunction with PRP (platelet rich plasma) on your hands. It quick procedure with instant gratification that lasts for at least a year.

3. CAN THREAD LIFT BE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO SURGICAL FULL FACELIFT?

Absorbable PDO threads is a natural, painless, and non-invasive lunch time procedure! The PDO thread is a synthetic absorbable surgical suture that is composed of polydoixanone. it leaves you with no scar tissue to restore the youthful V-Shape face. If you are a candidate for a surgical full facelift, Thread Lift is not your option at all!The thread lifts are best thought of like a filler. They will do their job for a year and then will need to be touched up to maintain beautiful results.

4. ARE THERMITIGHT® RESULTS PERMANENT?

ThermiTight® provides long-lasting results but are not permanent. The results of ThermiTight® should last 2-5 years or more.

5. WILL PIXEL® LASER HELP IMPROVE ACNE SCARS?

The fractionated technology of the Pixel® lasers is considered state of the art for acne scarring. Pixel Perfect™ has become exceedingly popular, particularly in darker skin tones. Requiring 4-6 sittings, done every 3 weeks, you can see your skin get smoother after each session. However, there is 5-7 days downtime, to get rid of tiny dots on your skin after the treatment.

Discover Q&A about cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures on SD Advice App available on iOS/Android. SD Advice is the only authorized and approved Q&A app from Svetlana M. Danovich MD, PhD, FACS, New York top cosmetic plastic surgeon.

SD Advice on the App Store appstore.com/sdadvice.

SD Advice on Google Play goo.gl/6FbDby.