August 1st, 2014 Carlos Romero
Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure among young women, many of whom have not had children, but plan to do so in the future. It is quite normal for patients to have lots of questions about the implant surgery, results, risks, and other aspects of the procedure. One pressing question women tend to struggle with has to do with future plans of motherhood. Is it possible to breastfeed after getting breast implants? With more and more women embracing the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child, the question becomes more prominent than ever. So what’s the truth?
Breastfeeding Is Usually Possible
While many women are under the impression that breast implants prevent normal breastfeeding from being possible, this simply isn’t so. Many women are able to breastfeed successfully following implant surgery, with no adverse effects on either the mother or baby. In fact, the majority of women who receive implants should not have a problem breastfeeding later on. It is possible to face a milk supply shortage, but it is nearly impossible to predict whether or not this will be the case.
Factors Influencing Breastfeeding Ability After Implants
While most women should not have a problem breastfeeding following augmentation, the likelihood of success has to do mostly with how the implant was placed. Nipple incisions may make it more difficult for women to breastfeed, as the surgeon is more likely to hit nerves and ducts that affect milk production. Implants placed under the chest muscle, through incisions in the armpit or under the breasts are more likely to yield a good outcome for future breastfeeding. You should discuss technique with your surgeon to learn more.
Many women wonder if the type of implant makes a difference in breastfeeding, but it has been determined that this does not impact a woman’s ability to breastfeed. There is also no danger of the milk supply being tainted with silicone, in the case of silicone gel implants.
Breast Implant Appearance After Breastfeeding
Another concern women have about breastfeeding after implants is the effect it has on the appearance of the augmentation results. In women without implants, it is quite normal for there to be changes in the shape, size, and lift of the breasts following breastfeeding, and many women with implants worry about how these changes will affect them. Studies have shown, however, that breastfeeding should not cause the breasts to droop significantly, though this can happen following pregnancy for hormonal reasons.
Interestingly enough, according to Fit Pregnancy, researchers who conducted a study on 160 mothers with breast implants found a significant link between the mothers’ beliefs about their breast implants’ possible post-breastfeeding drooping and their ability to breastfeed. The vast majority of women who thought that breastfeeding would negatively impact their breast appearance later on did, in fact, have trouble nursing, but the problems seemed to be mostly psychological, since no consistent physiological factors seemed to impact breastfeeding success after implants.
Proceed With Caution
Though it is generally possible to breastfeed following implants, you should also be prepared for the possibility that breastfeeding will not work after the surgery, as there are no guarantees. If you are absolutely dead-set on breastfeeding your future children, then you may want to wait until after you are done having children to seek breast augmentation. Many women discover that their breasts droop following breastfeeding anyway, making a breast lift and augmentation a good option for moms. The only way you will be able to know for sure if you can breastfeed following breast augmentation is when you begin to produce milk.
Talk to Your Doctor Beforehand
If you have concerns about future breastfeeding ability, then it is very important to bring up the issue with prospective surgeons during your consultations. Ethical surgeons will be honest with you, and will not try to pressure you into making a decision you may regret later. When researching plastic surgeons, only schedule consultations with experienced, board certified doctors who have a good record of consistent outcomes.
If you’re looking for a surgeon whose goal is to provide beautiful results and trustworthy advice to each patient, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic surgery and meet with Dr. Raj Gupta. Dr. Gupta is a double board certified surgeon with over 25 years of experience helping patients look their best. For more infomation, and to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Gupta, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at 866-487-3223.
June 20th, 2014 Blog Admin
Arm lifts have increased greatly in popularity over the last 15 years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the number of arm-lift procedures has grown from just 338 procedures in 2000 to 15,769 in 2013–an amazing leap of 4,565 percent.
While theories about the reason behind the increase have been circulating, it probably has to do with a confluence of factors, including the desire to look great after weight loss, and/or the media culture surrounding celebrities and public figures.
Whatever the reason, it’s not surprising that more patients are taking note of the benefits the procedure offers. If you’re interested in an arm lift, you may have some questions about the procedure. Here are some common questions and concerns prospective patients have about arm lifts.
Why Choose an Arm Lift?
An arm lift is a great choice for patients with excess sagging skin and fat on the upper part of the arms. Unfortunately, exercise cannot resolve skin sagging, and stubborn fat is often a problem in this area.
Many prospective arm lift patients have achieved dramatically successful weight loss, only to be left with sagging skin on the arms. Other patients seek arm reshaping because age and genetics have caused loss of skin elasticity or created areas of stubborn fat.
What Is Involved With the Procedure?
The surgery is performed by making an incision on the back or inside of the upper arm. The arm is then reshaped, with excess, sagging skin tightened and recontoured. The surgeon also ensures that the skin has adequate structural support before closing the incision.
SmartLipo, a gentle laser liposuction technique may be used if the patient has excess fat in the arm area. This procedure is performed through tiny incisions.
Is an Arm Lift Safe?
Today, plastic surgery is generally a very safe endeavor, when performed by a board-certified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Masri. There are always risks for surgery, however, and these will be discussed with the surgeon prior to moving forward.
Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery, and the only way to know for sure is to seek the opinion of an expert plastic surgeon.
In general, good candidates for arm-lift surgery are healthy, at a normal and stable weight, and have loose skin and/or localized pockets of fat in the upper arm area. Patients should be non-smokers, or at least willing to quit for several months before and after the procedure.
Will There Be Scarring?
All surgery involves some scarring, and arm reshaping is no exception. The incision is located in the most discreet location of the arm possible, but the amount of fading is an individual factor.
The length of the scar will depend on how much tissue needs to be removed. While the scar from an arm lift can be fairly visible in short sleeved clothing, many people find that the aesthetic benefits of the surgery outweigh the downside of the scar.
What’s Involved with Recovery?
Compression bandages are worn following surgery, and temporary drains may also be placed. Patients can usually return to normal activities within two weeks, but strenuous exercise must be postponed further. Any instructions given for recovery should be followed as closely as possible, to help optimize results.
How Much Does It Cost?
Costs for arm-lift surgery are not fixed, and vary by doctor and region. Anesthesia fees are charged along with the surgical fee. Many people cannot pay the entire cost of the procedure up front, but there is typically financing available for plastic surgery.
Who Should I Go to for More Information?
Getting trusted advice about your procedure is extremely important, so you’ll want to select the best of the best when it comes to your surgeon.
Not sure where to start? Schedule a consultation with an expert, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Raj Gupta of Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn and Birmingham, Michigan.
Dr. Gupta tailors procedures to suit each individual patient, and is available to help you get great results from your surgery. Call (866) 487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gupta.
June 10th, 2014 Blog Admin
We’ve all been there: you wake up in the morning and see those unsightly “bags” under the eyes that just won’t go away. Sometimes, you can cover up dark circles with makeup, but puffy eyes can make you look older, tired, and run down.
Puffiness, dark circles, and under-eye bags can happen to anyone, and if they’re happening to you a lot, then you’re probably looking for a long term solution. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your eyes might be puffy and how to treat the problem.
Causes of Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause. If you notice the problem persists, you may want to see a doctor to discuss treatment options. Fortunately, puffy eyes generally don’t indicate a serious problem or medical issue, but they can be annoying and may make you feel self-conscious. Causes of puffy eyes may include:
One of the most common reasons for chronic puffy eyes, aging fosters a number of conditions that contribute to the problem. The skin gets thinner, due to reduced amounts of collagen and elastin in the skin, while skin and fat begin to sag. The result is that the fat settles below the eye, and becomes more obvious thanks to the thinner skin. Many people report looking exhausted or disinterested when they notice this sign of aging.
Fluid can accumulate under and around the eyes for various reasons, including the weather and hormone levels. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to mitigate these circumstances, but there is one way to help regulate your fluid retention: eat less salt. Salty food can contribute to puffiness.
Lack of Sleep/Sleeping Position
There are many opinions on what the best sleeping position is, but everyone agrees that getting enough sleep is essential. Puffy eyes are just one of the many side effects of sleep deprivation, and they can also be caused by sleeping on your back. Make sure to get 7-8 hours a night and try adjusting your sleeping position as well. Sleeping with an extra pillow can help as well.
As if sneezing and nose-blowing weren’t enough, allergies such as hay fever can also cause water retention under the eyes, resulting in puffiness. The best way to alleviate this is to use mild, non-drowsy allergy medicine and talk to your doctor if necessary.
Unfortunately, puffy eyes and dark circles sometimes have a genetic component. If you and your immediate family suffer from the problem, then employing strategies for relieving the problem at home may prove frustrating and ineffective.
Blepharoplasty as a Solution
Today, there is a popular and highly effective method for treating persistent eye bags, such as those caused by aging. Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as an eyelid lift, is a procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin to rejuvenate the eye. Blepharoplasty is a great choice for middle-aged people who want to look younger, fresher, and more awake. As the eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging, blepharoplasty can yield excellent results. For more extensive anti-aging results, an eyelid lift can be combined with other procedures.
Blepharoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The surgeon makes an incision in the creases of the eyelid and tightens and removes excess skin and fat. The incision is then closed with sutures. Patients can expect some blurry vision immediately after surgery, but recovery typically takes only a few weeks.
Are You a Candidate?
Not everyone is a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, and only a qualified facial plastic surgeon can advise you on your individual candidacy. If you’re interested in blepharoplasty for resolving under-eye bags, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri is a highly respected, board certified facial plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Masri.
May 16th, 2014 Blog Admin
Liposuction has long been one of the most popular plastic surgeries available. The procedure has evolved a great deal over the last few decades to become safer, more effective, and more comfortable for patients, with a variety of techniques now available. One of the fastest-growing liposuction methods, SmartLipo, is a popular laser technique that is minimally invasive and highly effective. Today, more patients are choosing SmartLipo over traditional methods. Here are some of the ways SmartLipo differs from traditional liposuction.
The major difference between SmartLipo and traditional methods has to do with technique. Traditional liposuction involves the patient being put under general anesthetic, as the process is not as gentle as SmartLipo. The surgeon makes incisions in the areas to be treated, and breaks up fat deposits by hand, which can cause a great deal of bruising and swelling during the aftermath. The fat is then suctioned out through a small tube.
The process of SmartLipo is largely the same, but with several noticeable improvements. SmartLipo involves the use of a laser to gently melt and break down fat cells with much less damage to the surrounding tissue. Because the fat is melted, smaller incisions are necessary, and the surgery can be performed under local anesthesia. Fat is suctioned out in the same way as done in traditional liposuction.
Skin Tightening Benefits
SmartLipo also introduces a benefit that does not go along with most other liposuction methods: skin tightening. The skin is a highly elastic organ, which can expand or retract as necessary with weight fluctuations. When a large quantity of fat is removed, however, the skin can have a hard time retracting on its own. SmartLipo helps alleviate this problem by stimulating collagen production with the heat of the laser, causing skin to tighten and retract more easily.
All surgery involves some risk, but SmartLipo has made liposuction safer for patients by being minimally invasive, gentle, utilizing local anesthesia. There is generally less bruising, bleeding, and swelling associated with SmartLipo than with traditional liposuction.
SmartLipo allows patients to get back to their lives much quicker than older liposuction methods. The combination of local anesthetic and a gentler fat removal process results in a much more comfortable and expedient recovery. Some patients are able to return to normal activities in just a few days. With older methods, recovery can take weeks, and those weeks can be quite uncomfortable.
Areas to Be Treated
While the most popular areas treated with liposuction include the stomach, hips, thighs, and "love handles,”SmartLipo offers a broader range of options for treatment areas than earlier liposuction techniques. SmartLipo can target areas such as the arms, knees, and sensitive areas to get rid of stubborn fat.
Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is the perfect treatment for improving localized pockets of fat, commonly known as "problem areas.” These areas of fat do not respond to diet and exercise, but are easily treated with SmartLipo. Liposuction should not be used for weight loss, as sufficient quantities of fat cannot be removed to create a satisfactory result. Weight gain after surgery is still possible, so liposuction patients should be at or near their ideal weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle before undergoing body contouring. Liposuction candidates are in general good health, do not smoke, and are not pregnant or nursing.
Consult with an Expert
The most important aspect of a successful procedure is the skill and experience of the surgeon. At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Raj Gupta offers the best in advanced liposuction techniques. During your consultation, Dr. Gupta will discuss your goals with you and design a treatment plan to maximize your results. Dr. Gupta is board certified and takes pride in providing each patient with a beautiful, custom result. Call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at either of our two Michigan locations: Birmingham (866) 487-3223or Dearborn(313) 945-9800 to schedule your consultation.
May 8th, 2014 Blog Admin
If you are interested in breast augmentation, then you probably know that breast implants can be made from several different materials. Before you move forward with the surgery, it is a good idea to get familiar with not only the different materials available, but the shapes, as well as the pros and cons of each implant type.
The type of implant that is right for you will have to do with your shape and firmness preferences, age, and other individual factors. Here is a breakdown of the most common breast implant types used in the United States:
Two main implant materials have been used in breast augmentation since the first operation was performed in 1962: silicone and saline. In 1992, silicone implants were removed from the augmentation market while their safety was assessed by the FDA.
They were re-introduced in 2006, after tests concluded silicone implants to be safe. Today, American women have three materials to choose from when selecting breast implants.
Saline, or sterile salt water solution, has been a go-to augmentation option for women for many years. Approved for use in women over the age of 18, saline implants have the advantage of being less dangerous to the woman should rupture occur.
If the breast implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the saline solution. In addition, saline implants can be cheaper than silicone. The downsides to saline implants include a less natural look and feel, and a higher chance of skin on the breasts rippling.
A popular choice for breast augmentation due to its more natural look and feel, silicone gel breast implants have been tested extensively to help ensure the safety of patients. Today, women over the age of 22 can elect to have silicone gel implants.
The disincentives related to silicone gel implants include the larger incision that must be used to place the implant (as compared to saline), and the fact that the body cannot absorb the gel in case of rupture.
Cohesive Silicone (“Gummy Bear” Implants)
Approved in 2013, cohesive silicone implants address some of the issues associated with silicone gel implants. These implants are made of a firmer silicone than silicone gel, and thus hold their shape better in case of rupture.
These implants usually give a very natural appearance with a low rate of skin rippling, and are a great new option for augmentation. Because the material is even firmer than silicone gel implants, however, a longer incision is necessary.
Implant Shape & Texture
Round implants are the most common shape in breast augmentation. This shape allows for fuller projection of the breasts, with gravity allowing the implants to settle into a natural teardrop shape. This shape can be used with smooth implants for a more natural look and feel, reducing the risk of skin rippling.
For some patients, a contoured, shaped, or “teardrop” shape is a better choice. For new cohesive silicone, this shape is necessary, as the gel is too firm to settle naturally on its own. Contoured implants are also a good option for women who want more control over the shape of their breasts with augmentation.
Smooth breast implants allow the breasts to settle more naturally, but do not help fix the implant in place — a downside for women with shaped breast implants or those with a history of breast implants that move. Smooth implants are best used with a round shape, as any turning of the implant may affect the results of the surgery.
A textured surface is more often called for with shaped implants, as the textured surface helps keep the implant in place. Rotation of shaped implants can cause an abnormal look and feel, and textured implants can help reduce this risk.
Size and Height
Breast implants come in different sizes. Saline implants are filled during surgery, while silicone implants are ordered pre-filled. The patient and surgeon will discuss different heights and sizes to achieve the look the patient is going for. Size is a very subjective and personal decision, and should be considered at length before making a decision.
Every woman is different, and it is impossible to determine which implant is best for you without a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon. During your consultation, the surgeon will assess your candidacy for the procedure, discuss your goals, and go through different implant options and surgical approaches depending on your specific needs.
You should always ask questions during your consultation, as this is your chance to get to know each doctor before you make a decision. Make the most of your meetings by preparing questions in advance and researching the breast augmentation procedure ahead of time.
Choose an Expert
The success of any cosmetic surgery largely depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon. Before you schedule your surgical consultations, make sure each of your potential surgeons is board certified, experienced, and has a history of positive outcomes.
If you’re looking for the best of the best in Michigan, visit Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn (313) 945-9800 or Birmingham (866) 487-3223. Dr. Raj Gupta, who performs breast augmentation and other body procedures at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, is board-certified, and has been serving patients for over 25 years. Call today to schedule your consultation.
March 31st, 2014 Blog Admin
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports show that in 2013 there was a boost in the number of patients requesting collagen injections from AAFPRS members. In fact, the number increased from just over 200 cases to more than 5,500.
You may wonder about the risks and benefits of collagen injections. Because collagen requires an allergy test prior to your treatment many patients quickly discount it, but the truth is that collagen injections can be extremely beneficial in helping fight the signs of aging.
Need to Know Facts about Collagen
Collagen is a fibrous protein found in your cells and connective tissue. It’s the component that helps maintain your skin’s elasticity and provides the volume that keep areas of your face like below the cheekbone from losing too much volume
As you age, collagen stores deplete. The skin begins to sag and facial volume diminishes. This is why so many creases, lines, and wrinkles occur after your 40s, and why you’ll notice your tear troughs and cheeks begin to form hollows. Replacing this missing collagen helps ease these signs of aging for a period of about six months. At this point, new collagen injections are required to maintain the fuller, more youthful appearance.
What to Expect with Collagen Injections
With collagen injections, your cosmetic surgeon must first make sure you are not allergic to the collagen that is used. Today’s products commonly use collagen taken from cows. If your allergy test goes well, the injections of collagen are used in the target areas. Most patients undergo these injections to help reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, lip lines, and frown lines. Some scars that appear sunken can be raised by the use of collagen to help hide their appearance.
Collagen injections do not take long; they’re ideal for a lunch break. After the injections the area is massaged to make sure it is in the optimal position. Following collagen injections, you can wear cosmetics and return to your normal activities. You may look a little puffy and the injection site may be swollen for a few days. This is nothing alarming. After approximately three days, you’ll look refreshed and the additional volume will have smoothed your skin and given you a more youthful appearance.
Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery helps men and women achieve their goals with non-surgical and surgical options. Discover the full range of Dr. Masri’s services, as well as details regarding his “match any price” offer., by watching the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery video. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Masri or one of his associates, call the Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan, offices at (866) 487-3223.
March 14th, 2014 Blog Admin
Mesotherapy is a safe, effective way to get rid of stubborn pockets of excess body fat. It’s not meant to replace diet and exercise but instead helps you shed the fat that simply will not go away. Mesotherapy is also effective at reducing cellulite. Discover more about this non-invasive body treatment.
History of Mesotherapy
Technically, mesotherapy dates back to the late 1700s when Dr. Antoine Francois, who specialized in chemistry, studied the benefits of using subcutaneous injections to ease some ailments. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Dr. Michel Pistor actually came up with the term “mesotherapy” and wrote an article about it.
In 1961, Dr. Pistor wrote the book titled La Mesotherapie, and this opened the medical world’s eyes to the valuable benefits of subcutaneous injections of solutions to treat medical concerns like joint pain, shortness of breath, and even ringing in the ears.
By 1976, a hospital began offering mesotherapy as an outpatient treatment. The International Mesotherapy Congress, a society formed to educate people about this non-invasive body treatment, also formed that year. By 2004, it became a popular treatment through the United States for issues ranging from joint pain to non-invasive fat removal.
How It Works
During a mesotherapy treatment, a solution containing minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients is injected into the target area. Typically, the treatment areas include the chin, hips, jawline, and waistline (love handles). Within this fatty tissue, the mixture gets to work dissolving the fat, and that melted fat is then absorbed naturally by the body.
When it comes to cellulite, the reduction of fat helps reduce the appearance of the fat pockets that rise up and create the lumpy, uneven skin. There is no cure for cellulite, but this body treatment does help, especially if you pair it with a targeted cellulite treatment like Velasmooth.
What to Expect After a Treatment
After a procedure, there is no change to your activities. You’ll leave the cosmetic surgery clinic and get back to your usual work or social activities.
Most patients need five to seven mesotherapy treatments to gain the fat reduction they desire. After these treatments, you do need to do your part to keep the fat from returning. This means eating a sensible diet and exercising regularly. The fat loss is not immediately noticeable, but most patients average a pound of weight loss per week.
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical body treatment offered at the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Learn more about Dr. Masri and his associates at the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Consultations are free, and the Michigan board certified facial plastic surgeon offers a $100 discount off cosmetic surgeries. Ask about this special offer when you call (866) 487-3223 when you schedule a consultation with the Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan cosmetic surgery clinic.
March 3rd, 2014 Blog Admin
Both microdermabrasion and dermabrasion improve the texture of the skin by sloughing away dull or imperfect skin layers, but one is more complex and does a better job removing deep wrinkles and scars. Learn more about the differences between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a gentler treatment that refreshes aging skin. Because it is a gentle process, you do not need anesthesia during the treatment. This helps keep costs down, while still offering some improvements to the texture of your skin.
During a microdermabrasion treatment, your facial plastic surgeon uses a device that blasts aluminum oxide crystals against the skin. At the same time, a vacuum removes the powder and the dead skin flakes.
The entire process takes about half an hour, and usually you want treatments to be spaced about two weeks apart for optimal results. The improvements you see are not permanent, so maintenance treatments are necessary if you want to maintain the more youthful appearance.
The non-invasive nature of microdermabrasion makes it an excellent choice for a quick pick-me-up for your aging skin. After a treatment, your skin may appear slightly flushed, but this goes away in an hour or two. You do not need to avoid social activities.
While more intense, dermabrasion is better for reducing the appearance of scars and deep creases and wrinkles. It’s especially helpful at removing wide, shallow scars. If you have very dark skin, dermabrasion can cause noticeable changes to the pigmentation, so it isn’t always advisable.
Before the process begins, you meet with your surgeon to have your skin examined. Photos are taken to help the surgeon create the surgical plan, and they can also be used as a comparison of your skin before and after dermabrasion treatments.
The process involves removing upper layers of skin with a hand-held device similar to a rotary sander. During a dermabrasion, you are given general or local anesthesia, often with topical anesthetics too that will numb the skin. The type of anesthesia involved is determined during your consultation with a facial plastic surgeon.
Dermabrasion removes upper layers of skin, and this can be a little traumatic to the skin cells. As a result, swollen skin is a common side effect. It will not last too long. The skin will also look redder than usual, and some yellowish fluid leaks from the skin and forms a crust over the healing area. You may find that your skin looks like it’s been scraped. After four or five days, crusted skin layers begin to flake or peel away. This can be itchy, but do not pick at it.
It will take about two weeks for your skin to look good enough that you’ll be comfortable in social situations. Your skin may seem redder than normal for up to six months. During this time, you need to stay out of the sun to avoid uneven pigmentation.
There are also newer alternatives that Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offer to help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. To learn more about these laser treatments, visit Dr. Masri’s page on laser skin rejuvenation. A visit with Dr. Masri offers the best way to decide if dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or laser treatments are the ideal solution to your skin concerns. Appointments are made by calling the Michigan facial plastic surgeon at (866) 487-3223.
February 12th, 2014 Blog Admin
Acne can occur at any age, though it is most common in the teen years. It’s caused by the overproduction of oils within the layers of skin. With whiteheads, bacteria and dead skin cells build up in hair follicles and the infection leads to the pus that pushes against the skin, causing the white appearance.
Blackheads form when the hair follicle is open and able to receive oxygen, but the dead skin cells and oil are still trapped within the hair follicle. With either form, the unsightly appearance on the skin can make you feel self-conscious, lower your self-esteem, and even lead to bullying by your peers.
While there are over-the-counter skin creams and washes to help acne, many teens and adults do not find they work effectively. A trip to a facial plastic surgeon can be the best way to find an active acne treatment that clears up the skin on a long-lasting basis.
Blue Light Acne Therapy
Blue Light treatments are FDA-approved and may even be covered by your health insurance. The treatment involves exposure to a special LED light that kills the bacteria behind acne. Treatments are performed twice a week for a few weeks. Some facial plastic surgeons pair Blue Light with aminolevulunic acid treatments. Following this combination treatment, the skin may appear red or sunburned for a few days, but treatments are given every two or three weeks instead of twice a week, depending on the severity of the acne.
With microdermabrasion, a powerful tool blasts the upper layers of skin with fine crystals that help slough off dead skin cells. The dead skin cells are vacuumed away at the same time, revealing the clearer, more youthful skin below. This treatment is especially helpful in reducing the appearance of acne pitting and uneven skin textures. Expect to need anywhere from two to a dozen treatments, depending on the condition of your skin before microdermabrasion treatments.
Finally, PhotoDynamic Therapy involves the application of aminolevulunic acid to the skin. LED or intense pulsed lighting is then used to produce an inflammatory reaction that causes the top layers of skin to peel away, similar to what you experience with a sunburn. After up to a week of healing, the fresher lower layers of skin appear.
This helps shrink the size of your pores, evens your skin tone, boosts collagen production, and clears up acne. The number of PhotoDynamic Therapy treatments you need is determined by the overall condition of your skin.
View this Visia skin analysis video that demonstrates how Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery analyzes your skin and comes up with the best treatment plan. Dr. Masri is a triple board certified cosmetic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. If you want to embrace clear, beautiful skin, there are two Michigan cosmetic surgery offices available. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Masri at the Birmingham or Dearborn office by calling 866-487-3223.
January 30th, 2014 Blog Admin
With a forehead lift, men and women find their forehead and brow area is lifted and rejuvenated. This is a surgical procedure that lifts the skin to a higher position and also addresses the muscle action that leads to certain facial lines. Because it is an invasive surgery, you do need to plan for some downtime following the surgery. When is the right time for a forehead lift? While this is different for every patient, you might consider surgery once you’ve begun noticing the following signs:
Eyelids Droop and Become Noticeable in Your Line of Vision
As the forehead skin becomes lax and slides down the face, it puts pressure on the eyelids. They also begin to droop. For some, this may not be a major concern, but some patients notice that the sagging eyelids obstruct the vision and in some cases cause problems with peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves sagging upper eyelid skin and puffy, under-eye bags. In some cases, however, it’s a heavy or sagging brow that’s really to blame. A forehead lift takes pressure off of the eyelid skin and tissue. Of course, you can greatly improve results by pairing the forehead lift with eyelid surgery.
Eyebrows Sit Lower Than They Did In Your Youth
Weather, sun exposure, and gravity all affect your skin. With aging also comes a loss of elasticity and collagen, and your skin will begin to slide downward due to those changes. As the skin on the forehead heads south, it alters the positioning of the eyebrows. Suddenly, they are sitting lower on the brow. Some people lose the upward curve that more youthful eyebrows have, too.
With a forehead lift, the skin is gently lifted to a more natural position, restoring the positioning of the eyebrows and bringing the defined curve back to the eyebrows. View these browlift photos to see the definition that is restored to the contour of the patient’s eyebrows.
Frown Lines Appear
Three muscles make up a large percentage of the forehead. The frontalis muscles cover the majority of the forehead and are responsible for the creases you see forming across your forehead. More about those furrows later. The procerus muscle extends down the center of the forehead and travel towards the bridge of the nose. The corregator muscle travels from the bridge of the nose to the upper brow. It is these muscles that create the frown lines you see between your eyebrows.
Once frown lines are clearly visible, even when you are not frowning, they can make you seem angry. If this is the case, a forehead lift allows the facial plastic surgeon to address the procerus and corregator muscles to alleviate the appearance of these frown lines.
Furrows Appear Across Your Forehead
Just as the procerus and corregator muscles are responsible for frown lines, the frontalis muscles are responsible for furrows that travel across your forehead. During the forehead lift, the facial plastic surgeon also addresses this muscle to help smooth forehead furrows.
People Say You Often Look Angry or Upset
Even if your forehead furrows and frown lines do not bother you, you may find people saying you always look angry. This angry appearance may keep people from approaching you at work or social events. If that is the case, a forehead lift can help revert your appearance to a friendly, more approachable one.
At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Haitham Masri performs forehead lifts by making an incision along the top of the forehead within the hairline. This makes it easy to hide any scars. This is the only Michigan practice with physicians who are board certified in esthetic medicine, facial plastic surgery, and general plastic surgery. Learn more about the doctors by reading the Meet the Staff page. Schedule your forehead lift consultation in the Dearborn, Michigan, practice by calling (313) 945-9800.