December 6th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
With the holidays around the corner, more and more people are talking about giving their loved one Michigan plastic surgery as a gift. It can be a very thoughtful gesture, but also one that can go very wrong. Before you rush out and surprise your significant other by presenting them with cash or a credit card to pay for plastic surgery, read the following tips to keep your thoughtful gift from causing friction.
Make Sure it is Something the Recipient Wants
Seeing the idea on someone’s holiday wish list is the only time you should consider giving plastic surgery as a gift. If you approach your wife, girlfriend, husband, or boyfriend with a gift for a plastic surgery that person has never even said he or she wants, the results will be disastrous. It’s sending a message that the person you love doesn’t look as good as you want them to.
Be sure that the recipient is really interested in plastic surgery. If you have any doubts, find a different gift.
Consider Starting Small
Many men and women are intrigued with the idea of correcting the signs of aging or some flaw they feel needs correcting, but committing to an aesthetic surgical procedure is intimidating. If your loved one has stated he or she would like to correct some flaw but is hesitant, consider paying for a non-surgical treatment, such as Botox Cosmetic, microdermabrasion, or dermal fillers. This gives the recipient the chance to see what the improvements look like without needing to schedule a surgery or time off work for the recovery.
Don’t Choose the Plastic Surgeon for the Recipient
Do not choose a plastic surgeon for your loved one. Instead, present the recipient with the information he or she needs to make the best choice for his or her specific needs. You can print out a listing of American Society of Plastic Surgeons or American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members that are close to the recipient’s home, or suggest someone you know. Armed with this information, the recipient then has the power to choose the best plastic surgeon for the job.
There are two important reasons to let the recipient choose. First, plastic surgery depends on a solid relationship and open communication between the patient and doctor. If your recipient dislikes the surgeon you’ve chosen, it can impede communications. Plus, you have no guarantee that the plastic surgeon will agree to perform the plastic surgery until the consultation takes place.
Presenting the Gift
It is going to be difficult to know how much money to give until the consultation with the plastic surgeon. Once the consultation takes place, your recipient will know how much the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, and anesthesiologist’s fee will come to. At this point, you will know how much you need to gift your loved one. You can then purchase a refillable, prepaid credit card or present a gift certificate stating that you will pay for the entire cost of the plastic surgery.
When helping your gift recipient choose a plastic surgeon, consider Dr. Masri of the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn, and Birmingham, Michigan. Dr. Masri is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. He has more than 25 years of experience in aesthetic facial plastic surgery. Watch this video that introduces Dr. Masri and the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and learn more about the range of procedures available. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Masri by calling (313) 945-9800.
December 3rd, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
PhotoDynamic therapy is a cosmetic treatment that pairs the application of a photosensitizing agent, such as aminolevulinic acid or Luvelan Kerastick, and Intense Pulsed Light or LED Blue Light. The combination provides a reaction that inflames the skin cells. As those inflamed cells are shed, the skin takes on a youthful glow and becomes smooth in texture.
Conditions Treated with PhotoDynamic Therapy
PhotoDynamic therapy is popular for the treatment of acne, rosacea, and wrinkles. Actinic keratosis is another condition treated with PhotoDynamic therapy. This condition occurs when thick, scaly patches form on the face and scalp. Since actinic keratoses can progress into squamous cell carcinoma, it’s important to treat the condition as early as possible.
It has also been found that treatment of pre-cancerous cells is just as effective when done through PhotoDynamic therapy. As a result, general plastic surgeons use PhotoDynamic therapy to treat sun damaged skin. By treating pre-cancerous sun spots, the cells are killed before they turn into skin cancer. Dr. Masri recommends several treatments every three weeks, or more depending on the severity of the sun damage.
Additionally, PhotoDynamic therapy is used as a treatment for certain cancers, such as esophageal and a specific form of lung cancer. When Photofrin, a photosensitizing agent, is exposed to the specific treatment light, oxygen forms and kills cells within the specific area. Doctors inject Photofrin into the area near the cancer. Healthy cells do not hold onto the photosensitizing agent, but tumorous cells retain it. After a day or two, the cells are exposed to the light which will kill them.
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November 22nd, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Upwards of 40 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the face. Of these injuries, the most common are bone fractures and soft tissue damage to the cheek bone, jaw bone, and nose. They can be from collisions with another player or a strike from sports equipment.
While some injuries can be treated on the field, some require specialized care from a facial plastic surgeon. Benefits include minimized scarring and bones that heal symmetrically. Here are the common facial plastic surgeries and treatments used for sports injuries.
For injuries to the nose, rhinoplasty offers an excellent way to reshape the nose to eliminate a crooked or asymmetrical appearance. As incisions can be made within the nose, there is often no visible scarring.
The procedure begins with the administration of a sedative and then local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the incisions are made. Once the incisions are made, cartilage and bone are trimmed and shaped to restructure the appearance of the nose. Breathing issues may also be improved.
Following a rhinoplasty, bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. You may also deal with oily skin. Swelling reduces over a span of months, so you cannot expect to see the final results immediately. In fact, you may see gradual changes for a year.
In 2012, members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average surgeon’s fee for rhinoplasty as being $5,541. Added to this cost are other items like anesthesiologist’s fees and facility fees. Health insurance may not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty, but if you are having problems breathing your insurance company may agree to cover some or all of the cost.
Scar Revision Techniques
When the skin breaks and heals, a scar forms. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in suturing lacerations to leave as small a scar as possible. Most athletes, however, simply have their cut stitched up by a team doctor. This can leave an unsightly scar.
A facial cosmetic surgeon can offer scar revision techniques. One of the common techniques is to excise the scar tissue and use fine sutures in an irregular pattern that minimizes scarring. Sometimes the surgeon can move the scar to a natural crease or line to make it easier to hide the scar.
For scars that are narrow but sink into the skin, injections of collagen can help. Collagen fills in the depression. The one concern with this method is that the collagen will need replenishing occasionally.
Microdermabrasion is also useful in reducing the appearance of a scar. A fine crystal powder is applied to the skin using special instruments. This buffs off the top layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of the scar.
When it comes to scar revision and microdermabrasion, the AAFPRS lists the average surgeon fees as $1,700 and $124 respectively. There will be additional fees added to this cost that cover things like anesthesia and the facility.
Watch the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery’s video to learn more about their services. Dr. Masri is Michigan’s first board certified facial plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation to discuss your sports-related injury in Michigan, call (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (866) 487-3223 in Birmingham.
November 14th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Have you noticed the skin on your thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen have lost its smooth texture and now has a lumpy, dimpled look? Those dimples are the result of cellulite, a common foe of woman and even a few men. There are creams that claim to get rid of cellulite, but they don’t work. Stop throwing your money away on these televised products and head to your general plastic surgeon for better cellulite reducing techniques.
What is Cellulite?
Below the surface of the skin are small fibrous cords that connect the skin to the muscle. Fat cells fill the space between the skin and muscle, and the cords pass through those fat cells. As fat cells accumulate, the fat cells cannot move from side to side due to these fibrous connective cords. The only place for the fat cells to go is up. As they press against the surface of the skin, the bumps and lumps associated with cellulite become visible.
You do not have to be overweight to have cellulite. It tends to be a genetic trait handed down through the generations. Even women who are slender may develop cellulite over time. Other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle, high stress levels, and the use of birth control pills, implants, or patches.
A Comparison of Mesotherapy and Velasmooth
Mesotherapy is a useful tool when it comes to fighting cellulite. Expect to see your plastic surgeon five to seven times before cellulite is banished. A solution of vitamins and minerals is injected into the layer of fat. This solution dissolves the fat, allowing your body to naturally absorb it. The use of mesotherapy requires you to also maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a proper diet and regular exercise. There is no need for anesthesia, and you can see results that equal as much as a pound of lost fat per week.
Another popular treatment to reduce cellulite is VelaSmooth. During a VelaSmooth treatment, the device is rolled over your skin. This device penetrates the skin and fat cells using radio frequency and electrical-optical synergy. This heats the tissue and reduces the size of the fat deposits by boosting the metabolism. At the same time, rollers help smooth out the skin’s surface.
VelaSmooth treatments require 8 to 16 sessions timed about a week apart. In some cases, two weekly treatments are suggested. After the initial round of treatments, you need to return for supportive treatments every one or two months. Many people compare the sensation of a VelaSmooth treatment to being like a hot stone massage.
Read patient testimonials to see what a different Dr. Masri makes on your self-esteem. At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, patients have choices when it comes to reducing cellulite. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Masri, a Michigan facial plastic surgeon, and his staff to learn about the different procedures, their risks, and their benefits. To reach Dr. Masri’s office, call (248) 723-7188 in Birmingham, Michigan, or (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn, Michigan.
November 11th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Pairing cosmetic surgeries together makes sense. You save money by only needing to undergo anesthesia one time, and you combine recovery times so you don’t need to take a lot of time off from work. An increasing number of men and women are pairing rhinoplasty with chin augmentation procedures to create the ideal facial profile.
Scientists at Italy’s University of Verona studied a group of 90 men and women who had combined chin augmentation and rhinoplasty. They followed them for two years and then did a follow-up interview three years later. More than half of the participants had not experienced any loss of chin length in that time. In addition, they stated that the chin, neck, and nose all worked in conjunction to create an aesthetically pleasing profile. If a chin is too small, it can make the nose appear larger. When a chin is proportionately sized through a chin augmentation, it balances the nose and improves facial harmony.
What to Expect During Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the size and shape of the nose. Common problems that people want corrected are drooping tips, flared nostrils, and a hump on the bridge. During a rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes incisions on the inside of the nostrils or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Bone and cartilage are excised when the nose is too large, but in cases where a nose is too small, the addition of cartilage grafts may be required.
After the surgery, you will have bruising on the cheeks and under the eyes. This bruising starts to fade after a week and can take a few weeks to disappear completely. Swelling is also common and can take months to resolve. You’ll see the final shape of your new nose after a year.
What to Expect During a Chin Augmentation
With a chin augmentation, the facial plastic surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth or right below the chin. A chin implant is inserted through this incision and secured to the front of the jawbone. If you have a double chin, your plastic surgeon may suggest having a submental lipectomy performed to remove the fat and skin causing the double chin. This helps improve the appearance of the augmented chin.
Following a chin augmentation, you will experience mild bruising and swelling. Swelling generally clears up after a week, and bruising takes a second week in most patients. You may feel some mild discomfort for a few days, but your surgeon will inform you as to the pain medications you can use.
Are you thinking about rhinoplasty or chin augmentation? Check out these before and after pictures to see the improvements these surgeries can make.
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive exceptional care and service from plastic surgeons with close to three decades of experience. The use of digital imaging allows you to see the changes to your profile with a rhinoplasty or chin augmentation. You can also see the improvements to your profile if you pair the surgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri holds board certification in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. Schedule a free rhinoplasty and chin augmentation consultation online or by calling (315) 945-9800.
October 31st, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
According to the 2012 trend statistics released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, many brides head to a facial plastic surgeon before their wedding day. The three most requested surgical procedures are rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and facelifts. When it comes to non-surgical procedures, the most requested are Botox, hyaluronic acid filler injections, and chemical peels.
For Michigan brides considering these procedures, timing is everything. Scheduling a procedure too close or too far from the wedding can lead to complications. Learn more about each of the procedures and the recovery times.
According to the AAFPRS report on plastic surgery for brides, rhinoplasty is the most popular option. Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is used to help correct breathing issues or correct flaws in the symmetry or shape of a nose. It can fix a drooping tip or reduce the size of a nose that is too wide or large. One thing brides need to consider is that it can take up to a year for all of the swelling to subside and for the true final results to appear.
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October 24th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Bitter cold temperatures, harsh winds, and sleet and snow all impact the health of your skin during the winter. Even inside, dry air caused by heating systems draws moisture from skin tissue and leads to cracked, flaking, irritated skin. Before winter ruins your complexion, take measures to maintain a radiant appearance throughout the season.
Start By Seeking a VISIA Skin Analysis
Facial cosmetic surgeons who offer a VISIA Skin Analysis make sure all of your problem areas are covered. The computerized system scans the skin and looks for imperfections like deep pores, pigment disturbances, sun spots, textural issues, and wrinkles. By pinpointing the problem areas, board certified facial plastic surgeons know how best to restore the skin’s youthful appearance.
Compare Skin Rejuvenation Techniques
Moisturizer reaches the underlying tissue better if the skin has been exfoliated. Head to your facial plastic surgeon in the fall for a skin rejuvenation technique.
Chemical peels range in strength, but they all help improve acne, skin texture, and skin tone. Chemical peels involving glycolic acid, an acid found in grapefruit, are safe for everyone, even pregnant women. Other chemical peels include:
- Hydroquinone Peel – Best for removal of freckles and correcting uneven skin tones.
- Jessner Peel – Creates light redness for a few days, but then the redness fades and the skin looks refreshed.
- Lactic and Carbolic Acid – Comes in light to medium strengths. Ideal for reduction of wrinkles.
- TCA Peel – Again, this peel comes in a range of concentrations. It’s beneficial in reducing wrinkles, but with the more intense peels, expect to take up to two weeks off from work.
- Phenol Peel – This chemical peel requires a bit more recovery time because it rids the face of deep wrinkles.
Laser skin rejuvenation does require local or general anesthesia. Carbon dioxide lasers tighten the skin and promote collagen production. They’re useful in combating age spots, freckles, and other blemishes.
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October 16th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Mastopexy, commonly called a breast lift, is a popular plastic surgery procedure that improves the shape and contour of a woman’s breasts. The surgical procedure helps restore the breasts to a youthful position, putting an end to sagging breasts and oversized or stretched areola. Per the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 127,000 women underwent breast lift surgery in 2012, making it the sixth most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States.
What Does a Breast Lift Fix?
Over time, the breasts lose their shape and supple form. Breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight gain and loss all impact the breasts, causing them to sag. Heredity, aging, and gravity can also make the breasts sag. For some women this change is minimal, but others end up with breasts that sag to such a point that it’s embarrassing. Another issue, especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding, is that the areola expands. Both the sagging and the enlarged areola can be addressed by a breast lift.
Note that a breast lift does not add size to the breasts. If you want larger breasts, a combination breast lift and breast augmentation is needed.
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October 14th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
In 2010, the National Sleep Foundation polled more than 1,000 men and women across the United States. That poll found that during the work week, most people slept for an average of 6.25 hours per night, and 7.25 hours on days off.
Sleep is essential for safe driving, focus at work or school, and your overall health. Yet, the Huffington Post reports that approximately 5 out of every 10 adults snore. Snoring can wake a person from a sound sleep and often keeps those in the same bedroom or even house awake as the snorer sleeps comfortably. The Guinness Book of World Records puts the loudest snore at 93 decibels, and that is loud enough to keep an entire house awake.
Range of Anti-Snore Products on the Market
When it comes to anti-snore products, there are hundreds of items out there. There is a suction cup device that suctions your tongue to the front of the mouth to supposedly prevent the tongue from relaxing and closing the airway while you sleep.
Anti-snore sprays work by shrinking tissue in the airway. There are a number of these products available and most contain alcohol and herbal ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. There are also bandages that pull the nostrils apart, opening them for better airflow, and aromatherapy products that are supposed to aid breathing by easing congestion.
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October 8th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
A recent National Geographic story caught the world’s attention. It brings new meaning to the idea of what rhinoplasty can do for your face.
In China, a man was in a horrific traffic accident that left him with severe trauma to the nose. Treatments failed and the cartilage in his nose corroded. Chinese surgeons came up with the idea of growing a new nose on the man’s forehead. The goal, once the nose was fully grown, involved transplanting the new nose to the existing nasal bone.
It’s unusual to think about growing a new body part on your body, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. The New England Journal of Medicine released an image of a woman who is growing an ear on her inner arm. In her case, skin cancer required the removal of much of one ear, so doctors came up with the plan to grow the new ear on her arm in a location where she could hide it with long sleeves. Many patients who grow a new body part somewhere on their body tend to hide from people until the process is complete and that can take upwards of a year.
Why Grow Parts on the Body?
To grow the new nose, cartilage and skin must be built in layers. In this case, the skin on the forehead is similar to the skin on the nose. Cartilage for the new nose comes from the rib cage. The biggest issue comes from growing a healthy nose, and that means healthy blood flow is essential. To make sure the blood flow is preserved, the nose is built in stages.
A flap of skin is lifted to help preserve the blood supply and then a skin graft is placed under it and allowed to heal. Now that there are two layers of skin with good blood flow, the cartilage can be inserted over time to build up the shape of the nose. Once complete, a facial plastic surgeon must transplant the nose to its permanent location. It’s a unique way to get a nose job, but it’s a possibility when there simply is no healthy cartilage for a plastic surgeon to work with.
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