4 Considerations when Performing Facelifts in Men

man smilingFacelifts can be excellent procedures for men and women alike who are interested in improving their appearance by treating facial signs of aging. However, when it comes to performing facelifts on men as compared to women, I find that there are four important differences I recommend my male patients take into account when planning their facelift.

1. Avoiding Overly Feminized Appearance

While both men and women may want a youthful appearance, women enjoy softer contours with a focus on alteration of the hairline. By contrast, men usually can benefit from more careful contouring around the jawline, neck and lower face to maintain a masculine appearance.

2. Incision Placement

Because men have heavier facial hair than women, incisions placement must be carefully planned in the male facelift. In my experience, a retrotragal (behind the ear) incision can create the best results in male patients. This may involve removing hair follicles in areas of the skin that end up too close to the inside of the ear to prevent shaving difficulties.

3. More Vascular Skin Means Careful Post-Operative Care

Since men have more vascular skin than women, they can be more susceptible to conditions like high blood pressure, putting them at risk for postoperative hemotomas. To minimize this risk, I may recommend that my male patients use post-surgical drains and keep their compression dressings on for longer than female patients.

4. An Experienced Facelift Specialist

Finally, it’s important to take the time to find a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation for the male facelift. Male facelifts can be particularly difficult to perform and require a higher degree of skill and aesthetic understanding to create the best facelift results.

Is BOTOX® a Better Crow’s Feet Solution than Eyelid Surgery?

Woman smilingBOTOX® Cosmetic and eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, are both common treatments for signs of aging in the eye area, BOTOX® is a nonsurgical injection that relaxes the facial muscles that create dynamic wrinkles, while eyelid surgery addresses overhanging eyelid skin that can give the eyes a drooping appearance. But when it comes to treating crow’s feet—the wrinkles extending from the outer edges of the eyes—is one option better?

The Nature of Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles. This means that they are caused by repeated muscle movements. I find that treating dynamic wrinkles is best done with muscle relaxants like BOTOX®, which temporarily cause the targeted muscles to relax, smoothing out crow’s feet. By comparison, eyelid surgery cannot actually treat crow’s feet, since crow’s feet are not a result of loose or baggy skin.

However, eyelid surgery has other cosmetic uses. I commonly use eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of men and women who have puffy bags under the eyes or redundant eyelid skin that gives the appearance of being constantly tired or obstructs vision. While many of my blepharoplasty patients elect to have the procedure to address signs of aging, others use eyelid surgery to improve their natural eye shape regardless of age.

Combining Procedures

If you’re considering the benefits of either BOTOX® or eyelid surgery, you may find that a combination of both is the right approach for you. While eyelid surgery can bring a refreshed, alert, and youthful appearance to the eyes, BOTOX® can smooth out crow’s feet, frown lines, and under-eye lines, taking years off of your facial appearance.

The 3 Biggest Misconceptions about Lumpectomy

Woman looking at cameraMany women struggling with their breast cancer diagnosis think that a mastectomy is their only option for complete tumor removal. However, a lumpectomy can be an extremely effective method of removing cancerous tissue completely without sacrificing your entire breast. It’s important to clear up the main misconceptions about lumpectomy before you make any final decisions about your breast cancer treatment.

1. Lumpectomy Can’t Be as Effective

This is one of the most common misconceptions about lumpectomy that I hear from my patients. While mastectomy can be an extremely effective method of tumor removal, with modern developments in lumpectomy techniques and with the help of a qualified team of medical specialists, lumpectomy can now be just as effective at removing cancer as a full mastectomy.

2. Lumpectomy Is Only for Small Tumors

Women with larger tumors have historically not been considered candidates for lumpectomy. However, oncologists and oncoplastic surgeons alike have since recognized that cancer treatment before surgery can reduce the tumor size enough in the right patients to qualify them for lumpectomy. Using a customized approach of radiation therapy before and after lumpectomy, I am frequently able to fully remove larger tumors from the right candidates while preserving as much existing breast tissue as possible.

3. Lumpectomy Always Results in Unnatural Breast Contours

Many women fear that lumpectomy always results in unnatural breast contours. However, by combining a lumpectomy with reconstruction in oncoplastic surgery, I work with a team of medical professionals to address both medical and cosmetic concerns simultaneously without compromising on aggressive cancer removal. With an oncoplastic approach, it is possible to preserve your natural breast shape after lumpectomy.

3 Reasons Facelifts Aren’t Just for “Old” People

shutterstock_64608157A facelift restores a more youthful appearance to the face by lifting, tightening, and toning the facial skin and underlying muscles. While the procedure has been common among aging men and women for decades, it carries a certain stigma of being only for particularly elderly patients. There are three main reasons why facelifts aren’t just for “old” people.

1. Everyone Ages at a Different Rate

There are ways to decrease your chance of premature aging with proper skin care, but other factors are outside our control. Genetics play a significant role in how quickly our skin ages, for example, and not everyone has the option of avoiding environmental damages due to where they live or their profession.

Men and women who age at a fast rate can be excellent candidates for cosmetic surgery, even if their chronological age makes them think they’re too young for a facelift.

2. A Facelift Can Help You Put Your Best Face Forward

Coming into older age can feel intimidating for men and women who want to continue to appear young, healthy, and relevant to the professional or dating scene. Many of my patients choose to undergo facelifts even in their 40s or 50s so that they can come into their more mature years with a positive outlook.

3. Customizable Options Allow Facelifts to Address a Range of Concerns

Men and women hoping to look their best right now have a range of facial rejuvenation options to meet their appearance needs, both surgical and nonsurgical. Like many procedures aimed at minimizing signs of aging, facelifts are customized for each individual. In my practice, I take care to create subtle, natural looking facelift results that address the needs of moderate as well as advanced signs of aging.

Did You Know? Dr. Savalia Has a Medical Spa Inside the Popular Platino Salon & Suites!

Dr. Nirav Savalia doesn’t only offer surgical and nonsurgical support for Newport men and women in his plastic surgery center. He also has a medical spa in the popular Platino Salon & Suites!

Platino Salon & Suites is located near the corner of Bristol and Birch Street in Newport Beach. Inside, you can find a number of experienced and talented hair styling professionals. Many of our cosmetic and reconstructive patients decide to further enhance their appearance after their procedure with a vibrant new hairstyle.

Aesthetic Nurse Leslie Steward

Along with a full range of med spa treatments, Dr. Savalia is proud to boast one of the most highly praised medical teams in the Newport area. One of such examples is our exceptional aesthetic curse, Leslie Steward, RN, whose patients consistently report receiving outstanding services. Leslie is a valued member of Dr. Savalia’s team, contributing her expertise to the main Newport Beach location on Fridays, as well as treating patients at our Platino Salon & Suites medical spa.

Many Platino professionals visit Leslie Stewart for their own BOTOX® Cosmetic or filler treatments. She provides the latest procedures, treatments and products designed to address facial wrinkles, frown lines, deep creases, crow’s feet and the loss of facial volume, helping Platino men and women maintain a youthful, glowing appearance. Leslie is also extremely knowledgeable about skin care and medical grade products to help ensure a fresh, healthy complexion, no matter what your chronological age may be.

Call to schedule an appointment with Leslie at our Medical Spa inside the Platino Salon & Suites at 949-759-0980, or contact our main practice today.

3 Psychological Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

Whether women with breast cancer decide to pursue breast reconstruction surgery is a personal decision that should be made for the right reasons. In my practice, I encounter many women who elect for breast reconstruction for a number of reasons, with one of the primary reasons being psychological. Breast reconstruction following either a mastectomy or a lumpectomy can offer significant psychological and emotional benefits to cancer survivors, making the choice for breast reconstruction about much more than appearances.

1. Feelings of Normal and Symmetrical Breast Appearance

One of the primary benefits of breast reconstruction is that the patient can once again feel that her breast appearance is back to normal and symmetrical. After breast reconstruction, women can feel confident wearing fitted tops, bathing suits and other clothes without being self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts.

2. Visual Reassurance of Health and Wholeness after Cancer

Moving on from illness is a powerful period in anyone’s life, and in the case of breast cancer survivors, many women feel that it’s important for them to have visual confirmation of their own health and wholeness after cancer. My breast reconstruction patients don’t need to feel as if they sacrificed their bodies, their femininity or identities in the struggle against cancer.

3. Positive Feelings Over Conserving Natural Breast Tissue

In the case of a lumpectomy, my patients often feel positively about the fact that as much natural breast tissue as possible was conserved. A lumpectomy allows women to keep more of their breast tissue, assuring patients that their reconstructed breast is not artificial, but rather, a natural part of their body.

A Closer Look at New Natural Looking Breast Implants – Natrelle INSPIRA™

Recently, the FDA approved a new type of breast implant called INSPIRA™. The new implant is the most recent addition to the Natrelle® product line, which already included anatomically shaped implants, round gel implants and silicone implants. The Natrelle® line now offers 243 size options with a range of projection styles. Here is a closer look at the new Natrelle INSPIRA™ implant and how it differs from existing options.

Natrelle INSPIRA™ Qualities

The new Natrelle INSPIRA™ implant is a silicone gel, smooth round implant. The smooth round implants are the more classic implant style as compared to modern anatomically shaped implants that mimic the natural distribution of breast volume. However, the new implant differs from other round implant options with its higher fill ratio.

The Benefits of Higher Fill Ratio

Higher fill ratio means that there is slightly more silicone gel filler per unit of volume. In the case of the INSPIRA™ implants, a more highly cohesive gel filler is also used. In my experience, I’ve noticed a slight difference in feel and lower wrinkle susceptibility in implants with a higher fill ratio. The denser volume of gel filler in the implant can result in a decreased chance of rippling and longer shell longevity.

The Value of a Breast Augmentation Specialist

While implant type and brand can certainly have an impact on your end results, there is nothing more crucial to natural-looking breast augmentation results than your surgeon. I take special care to understand my patient’s needs while approaching their surgery with the accumulated knowledge that comes only from years of experience. Excellent breast implant results can be possible with a range of implants, but a highly skilled surgeon is less interchangeable.

New Lumpectomy Techniques May Offer More Benefits for Women with Breast Cancer

For women with breast cancer who wish to conserve as much of the breast as possible, a lumpectomy allows the option of maintaining breast tissue without sacrificing a focus on aggressive cancer removal. Recent developments in lumpectomy techniques may offer even more benefits for women with breast cancer as oncoplastic surgery and lumpectomies become more a more popular treatment option for breast cancer survivors. Here are four ways that new lumpectomy techniques have improved the procedure.

1. Improved Cancer Detection during Lumpectomy

An innovative radiofrequency spectroscopy technology can now detect cancer cells during a lumpectomy that are not typically visible during or after surgery. Detecting cancer cells in the outer margins of removed tissue can aid surgeons in discovering additional cancer during the procedure itself, multiplying the chances of complete cancer removal in a lumpectomy.

2. Revised and Standardized Guidelines for What Constitutes a “Total Removal” of a Tumor

Standardized guidelines for what constitutes total removal of a tumor now require surgeons to excise the tumor from the breast along with a margin of normal breast tissue to ensure complete cancer removal.

3. Oncoplastic Surgery

In my practice, I specialize in oncoplastic surgery. Oncoplastic surgery combines aggressive tumor removal with the cosmetic concerns of conserving as much of the natural breast as possible. In oncoplastic surgery, I reconstruct the breast immediately after cancer removal.

4. Extreme Oncoplasty

Extreme oncoplasty is an option for some women with breast cancer who normally would be considered better candidates for a mastectomy. In these cases, extreme oncoplasty may allow women better cosmetic options who might otherwise require full removal of the breast.

Planning BOTOX® after Your Eyelid Surgery

Men and women looking for a solution to facial signs of aging frequently prioritize the eye area. Because the eyes are essentially what all other facial features revolve around, the eye area can be an important focus for facial rejuvenation.

Signs of Aging around the Eyes

Signs of aging around the eyes are often varied. Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles at the edges of the eyes caused by repetitive muscle movements. On the other hand, sagging eyelid skin, puffy bags under the eyes or drooping lids that interfere with your vision are caused by a loss of collagen that weakens the underlying facial muscles.

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can help create a refreshed look in patients with drooping lids, excess eyelid skin or puffy bags under the eyes. However, one of the most common misconceptions about eyelid surgery is that the procedure can be used to treat crow’s feet. When it comes to those particular dynamic wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic offers a better solution.

Planning for BOTOX® with Blepharoplasty

How soon you can use BOTOX® after eyelid surgery depends on where you intend to use it and the progress of your recovery. Because the approach I take for eyelid surgery is customized to each patient’s needs, the best way to determine how soon you can use BOTOX® after your surgery is to schedule a consultation. In some areas of the face, BOTOX® can typically be used almost immediately after eyelid surgery or in conjunction. For more sensitive areas surrounding the eyes, I sometimes recommend that patients wait a couple of months before using BOTOX®.

Can Biological Markers Lead to a Better Lumpectomy?

Women who are diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in the breasts generally have two options for treatment: a mastectomy, or full removal of the breast(s), or a lumpectomy, a focused removal of the tumor that leaves as much of the breast as possible intact. In my practice, I adopt a conservative approach to breast tissue removal, optimizing the end cosmetic result while maintaining aggressive removal of all cancerous tissue.

The BioZorb™ Surgical Marker

The BioZorb™ surgical marker is an innovative new tissue marker that is surgically implanted into the breast at the location of the tumor. The device itself dissolves into the patient’s body, but leaves behind six eyelash-sized titanium markers that serve as indicators for the exact tumor location.

Why Biological Markers Matter

Normally, after a lumpectomy, the patient must undergo a series of radiation treatments to eliminate any remaining cancer cells. Biological markers are important in the progression of cancer treatment technology because they can allow radiation treatments following a lumpectomy to concentrate more precisely on the tumor itself, with less damage to the surrounding cells and organs.

Potential for Better Cosmetic Results

Focusing radiation exclusively on the tumor as much as possible with the help of biological markers can mean that more natural breast tissue may be saved. When as much healthy breast tissue as possible is conserved, I find that creating optimal breast reconstruction results after a lumpectomy is much more achievable from a surgical standpoint. With a healthy, natural breast appearance, breast cancer patients can move forward from their illness with a sense of wholeness.