Having a Rhytidectomy or Face Lift

Face lifts are called rhytidectomies, which are surgical operations used to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the facial area. These are signs of aging that can easily be reversed. It will take away the bad effects of age, the elements and stress on the body. A face lift is one of the more expensive of the facial plastic surgeries but the end result can be really nice and you look much younger after having it done. Continue reading

Getting a Brow or Forehead Lift

Getting a brow lift surgery is also called getting an eyebrow or a forehead lift. When you have one, you look younger and people say you are more refreshed after having the surgery. The forehead is smoother and the position of the individual’s eyebrows is higher on the head so that the patient looks more refreshed. There are several different types of brow lift surgery that you should know about before you embark on getting one of these surgeries. Take a look at the risks and benefits, as well as the costs, before you make your decision. Continue reading

Having a Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that gets rid of bags underneath your eyes in order to provide a much more youthful look. Sagging upper and lower eyelids are common results of aging and can be reversed through having a blepharoplasty. This is a relatively minor plastic surgery and it can make your eyes look refreshed. Let’s take a look at the procedure itself and the risks and benefits of having it done. Continue reading

Cheek Implants Improve Facial Contours

Nearly everyone wishes to improve their appearance and cheek implants can result in a dramatic improvement for the right candidates. For those who have indistinct cheek bones, or whose face has a flat appearance, cheek augmentation is a procedure that can provide balance and interest to the face. Cheek augmentation can also restore fullness in candidates who have lost cheek contours due to aging. Continue reading

Cosmetic Chin Surgery Can Provide Better Facial Balance

There are two types of aesthetic chin surgery: mentoplasty and genioplasty. Mentoplasty is surgery to reduce a chin which is too prominent and causes the rest of the facial features to appear too small. Genioplasty is an augmentation procedure using implants to make a receding chin look more prominent. A receding chin can make a normal nose look too large, especially in profile, and can make the neck appear fat. Continue reading

Surgical Sculpting To Achieve Body Balance

Body sculpting through surgery includes different techniques to address different problems. Some techniques will enhance areas of the body while others are designed to reduce fatty deposits. Reduction surgery like liposuction is generally performed on fatty deposits that have been resistant to diet and exercise. It is not considered a method of weight loss, but rather a method for improving body contours where weight loss and exercise have failed to provide optimum results. Continue reading

Plastic surgery concerns

At Epione, the aesthetic surgery center in Beverly Hills, LA, plastic surgery your concerns are a priority and we are happy to help all our visitors and patients by providing them as much information as possible.

Many people visit Epione with a desire to make changes concerning their physical appearance. Some are just seeking a professional’s advice and others are curious about the latest aesthetic techniques and procedures that could help them maintain a healthy body and achieve youthful appearance. When it comes to serving our clients, we give all our patients our maximum effort so as to achieve the best results and develop a trustworthy relationship. Continue reading

Getting Your Ears Pinned Back With Otoplasty

Otoplasty is cosmetic surgery to correct cosmetic deficiencies of the ears. Ears which are too large, or which stick out from the head can detract from a person’s appearance. Otoplasty, also called ear pinning, is surgery to correct overlarge ears or ears which stand out too far from the side of the head. Continue reading

How much does a Rhinoplasty Cost?

How much your rhinoplasty costs depends on a lot of things. The surgeon you select will have a different cost from another surgeon, where you live makes a difference and how extensive a surgery you are having will make a difference. Generally, however, a
Some people avoid having a rhinoplasty because they feel as though the cost is prohibitive. You may, in fact, be able to afford a rhinoplasty if you use financing from your doctor’s office. Let’s take a look at what costs go into having a rhinoplasty and how you can pay for them. Talk with your doctor about what goes into having your rhinoplasty and how much yours will cost.

Speak with your surgeon about the extent of the procedure and how much he or she thinks the procedure will cost. Decide if having the procedure is worth the excessive cost and the pain of having the procedure done. If you have always wanted a rhinoplasty, it may be worth the extra cost and discomfort.

What goes into Rhinoplasty Prices?

You need to think of several factors when planning how much your rhinoplasty will cost.  Factor these things into the cost as it is dependent on a number of things.

  • The training of the plastic surgeon
  • Where you live geographically
  • How extensive the surgery is
  • What services you will need
  • What kind of care you will need after the surgery

The training of the plastic surgeon plays a big role in the overall cost of the rhinoplasty. A surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty will cost more due to his or her extensive experience in the area. While it may cost more, you really do want to have a plastic surgeon who is well trained in doing the procedure because you want good results, regardless of the cost.

You also have to think about the care you receive preoperatively and postoperatively. You need to know how much of the facility time you will take up and the medications you need to take during and after the procedure. Don’t forget to include these things when you finance the rhinoplasty procedure.

Gynecomastia surgery – For health and aesthetic reasons

Breast surgery is very popular among women. Women with bigger or smaller breasts can feel a lot better when these are enlarged or made smaller. Breast cancer is unfortunately quite common and breast surgery can help a woman to deal with results of the disease. There are not only women that are unsatisfied with their breasts however. More and more men acknowledge that they are not satisfied with their breasts and look for aid, aid which they can find in gynecomastia surgery which is basically plastic surgery for male breasts. Continue reading

Eye plastic surgery – Three procedures with 1 goal

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid plastic surgery was one of the five most common performed plastic surgeries in 2007. People want to have eye plastic surgery for both functional and cosmetic reasons, even though the last one is the most common reason. It can be quite annoying however to have limited eyesight because of the excess of skin from your eyelids and that is why eye plastic surgery is sometimes done for functional reasons. Continue reading

Los Angeles Breast Cancer Scar Tissue Removal

Every year, more Los Angeles cosmetic surgeons are being asked to do breast cancer scar tissue removal. More specifically, the scar tissue is the result of surgery done to treat breast cancer, like mastectomy or lumpectomy. Secondary surgical procedures can be done to remove scar tissue formed during previous breast cancer surgery. In fact, there are several breast cancer scar tissue removal experts in the Los Angeles area. These highly specialized plastic surgeons devote their entire practice to scar removal techniques.

For some luckier patients in Los Angeles, breast cancer scar tissue removal can be accomplished with non-surgical techniques. This is where the process starts for many people. Products like breast scar reduction creams, silicone scar sheets, and hydrogel scar sheets are used to reduce, lighten, and eliminate smaller scars. You will need to research any of these types of products, to see if you will be able to see any real results from the products. The best way to do this is to consult a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon.
Laser surgery resurfacing can also be used to remove scar tissue. In the Los Angeles area, this is the most frequently used breast cancer scar removal technique. Los Angeles breast cancer scar tissue removal patients have experienced great success from the technique. The technique involves eliminating scars by strategically removing small amounts of scar tissue at a time. The Intense heat of the laser dissolves the scar tissue. It can often take several treatments to accomplish the goal of scar removal, but the technique is very safe, and has few side effects.

Scar reduction surgery is another very popular Los Angeles breast cancer scar tissue removal procedure. The technique involves a true secondary surgery, so it is typically only performed on patients who have truly deep, significant scarring from their breast cancer surgery. The physician will need to do a full initial evaluation, to set up a treatment plan, and set goals for what will be accomplished during any secondary surgery. Often dermabrasion is used in conjunction with this type of surgery, to help eliminate scarring in areas that cannot be surgically removed.

For some people in Los Angeles, breast cancer scar tissue removal surgery may be the only viable option. This tends to be especially true for darker skinned women. It is not always understood why, but darker skinned women tend to just develop more scar tissue from surgery. The issue of getting skin pigmentation correct may also come into play, when a Los Angeles breast cancer scar tissue removal expert makes an evaluation of how to remove bad scarring. The emotional effects of breast cancer surgery can be very devastating. So, you will want to seek help from a qualified surgeon. This is your best option for eliminating scarring that can often be the result of breast cancer surgery.

Los Angeles Blepharoplasty

One of the more frequent cosmetic surgeries performed in the Los Angeles area is blepharoplasty. It is a type of eyelid surgery that is designed to help eliminate excess skin that forms, over time, on the upper or lower eyelid area. This particular procedure is popular for many reasons, not the least of which is the dramatic difference it can make in a person’s looks. Continue reading

How to Find a Good Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon

Do you want some type of cosmetic surgery and are looking for a good cosmetic surgeon? Maybe this is your first time finding a cosmetic surgeon, not to mention, trying to find a good Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon. You might need a few tips on what to look for when you are looking for a Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon who will do the surgery for you. Here are a few tips, whether you are looking for a Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon or a surgeon elsewhere.
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Small Breast Surgery in Los Angeles

Saline or silicone breast implants are frequently used in small breast surgery in Los Angeles. There are different types of saline implants available. In addition, there are a good range of sizes available for implantation.
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Do You Need Eyelid Surgery?

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. We look into the eyes of everyone that we have a conversation with, even complete strangers. So it is no surprise that if your eyelids are starting to get a bit droopy or saggy with age that everyone will notice. You may want to consider eyelid surgery to give your eyes a younger appearance.
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When Your Teen Should Get Plastic Surgery (And When They Should Not)

Lisa Kudrow and Tori Spelling had nose jobs at 16. 17 year old Britney Spears, with mom’s permission, got breast implants. When teens see celebrity peers getting plastic surgery, they may decide that their own looks need improving. Some, like Ashley Tisdale and Soleil Moon Frye, may need surgery for medical reasons, but most teen surgery is cosmetic, not corrective in nature.

Teens only make up 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the U.S., but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number is getting larger. In 2008, 81, 885 invasive surgeries were done on teens, ages 13–19, while 219, 136 received minimally invasive treatment. Many people think that the average teen requesting this is probably spoiled, rich and overly obsessed with image, but not all fall into that category. The reasons for plastic surgery can vary depending on the circumstances.

Reasons to Avoid the Knife

Teens, being who they are, desire plastic surgery in order to fit in with their friends. They may feel that having bigger breasts or a more defined chin may finally give them the popularity they have always dreamed of. Of course, this is not always the case, and when it fails to change their social lives, they can be devastated.

Unfortunately, there are other surgeons who are perfectly willing to do surgery on a teen without screening them first. Parents, too, are occasionally to blame; they may want “the perfect child” and insist that the surgery be done.

Because of this, a good surgeon will carefully interview a candidate to make sure they are emotionally stable enough to handle the surgery. The surgeon must also be sure the teen’s expectations are realistic and their motives are correct. Teens with body dysmorphic disorder may not be good candidates; these patients will focus on a specific flaw or other defect (real or imagined), and convince themselves that surgery is the only way to treat it. This condition is best handled by a psychologist or other mental health care professional.

Procedures to Skip

There are a number of procedures that teenagers should avoid. Breast enhancement, in particular with saline implants, is one. This is because the body may not yet be done developing, and the general rule is that the patient must be at least 18. There are a few exceptions, such as birth defects, trauma or diseases that may require breast reconstruction. Silicone can be used for reconstruction purposes by women of all ages, but is limited to 22 and older for enhancement.

Since teens often lose baby fat with age, liposuction is not recommended. For teens that have a problem losing weight with just diet and exercise alone, however, it can be used for spot reduction purposes. It should not be used to treat obesity as a whole and is most definitely not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Procedures to Consider

Rhinoplasty can be a suitable procedure for certain candidates. Broken or deformed noses can be fixed by this procedure. Breast reductions are also popular; in Soleil Moon Frye’s case, her large breasts were causing her back and shoulder pain, as well as breathing problems. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help teens with severe acne and skin irregularities, and laser hair removal can help those with excessive hair.

Five Important Questions to Ask When Considering Surgery for Your Child

  1. Who truly wants the surgery? The teenager must be the one who desires it most; after all, they are the ones who must live with the results. Parents, peers and significant others can offer advice, but they must not pressure the patient into making a decision.
  2. Is your child emotionally and mentally mature? A good surgeon will want to be sure the patient understands the process and what will take place before, during and after surgery.
  3. How well does your child handle pain and follow directions? The recovery process can be long, painful and draining. As a parent, you can only do so much; your child must be able to handle the rest on their own.
  4. Does the child have a realistic outlook on the results? Make sure your child knows that their lives will not radically change after undergoing surgery.
  5. Is your child physically mature? Depending on the surgery, this could play a huge role. Breast reductions can be done on patients as young as 15, while other surgeries may have to wait until the child is older.

Forever Young: Plastic Surgery for the Ages

Cosmetic dermatology is wonderful at improving facial and/or bodily features, but it is not permanent. Over time, you may need further treatments due to the effects of aging. So how can maintenance and treatment regimens help keep you looking as young as possible?

The area(s) treated by cosmetic dermatology will still age right along with the rest of the skin. Because of this, it can be hard to determine exactly how long the results a treatment will last.

Skin and Its Construction

The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis (surface), the dermis (below the skin) and the subcutaneous tissue layer (below the dermis). The epidermis is home to skin cells, amino acid chains, and pigment. The top of the dermis is made up of dead skin cells. Exfoliation gets rid of these dead cells, and improves its appearance. The dermis also has other parts to it, like oil, blood vessels, and hair follicles.

The hypodermis has a very similar construction to the dermis, except that it contains fat as well. Connective tissue in both is supported by collagen fibers, which help support the skin in turn. Since collagen decreases as we get older, so does the elasticity of our skin. This can lead to thinning and sagging of the skin.

How Treated Areas Respond to Aging

Certain types of treatments can become more visible as we age. Breast implants are an example of this. If an untreated area has less collagen than a treated area, there may be more sagging in the untreated region. Remember, the treated parts of your skin or body may look better, but it will age just like the rest.

Losing Volume and Bone Mass

Facial bones lose their density over time, which may make the bone structure shift or otherwise change shape. The loss of collagen also plays a role. As a result, treatments like facelifts can result in distorted features in some people as they get older.

Laugh Lines, Crow’s Feet and Facial Movement

Due to the fact that we constantly move our faces throughout our lifetimes, we are bound to create wrinkles and other lines. This applies even after plastic surgery. Laughing, smiling, and frowning are still part of our non verbal expression as human beings, and this will affect the results of our treatment in the long term.

Treatment Plans

There are a number of ways to treat these changes in our appearance as time passes. Non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures may require ongoing visits. For instance, Botox lasts for three to six months. Restylane may last for six months or longer, while laser treatments may last up to five years or longer.

In the best of all possible situations, plastic surgery results will last for ten years or more. Neck lifts can last for five, while eyelid surgery lasts for ten as well. Mini or micro procedures will only last five years. Implantable devices can vary; for instance, breast implants have up to a 30 percent reoperation rate due to aging of the breast or the patient’s desire for larger ones.

Things to Keep In Mind

There are a few things you will want to consider as you plan your treatments and comprehensive treatment plan. These are:

  • Your doctor’s qualifications: How often has he performed this treatment?
  • How you will look in the future: Will this treatment affect your facial expression and movement?