March 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
Lasers have come a long way in the last few years. Today they are used extensively in many different fields, including plastic surgery. While in the past, laser treatments were limited to procedures such as skin resurfacing, a number of different treatments now exist that use lasers as the foundation. Today, lasers help surgeons and patients achieve amazing results ranging from skin resurfacing to tattoo removal, to even fat reduction. Let’s take a look at some of the ways lasers can improve the body’s aesthetics and help patients achieve their goals.
Classic Laser Treatments: Skin Resurfacing
Various types of laser resurfacing treatments are available today, ranging from the invasive and highly effective carbon dioxide lasers to gentler treatments that offer subtle skin refreshing and anti-aging results. Laser resurfacing works by heating the deep layers of skin to carefully destroy damaged cells and encourage the formation of new skin and collagen. Collagen is the component in skin that lends firmness, elasticity, and youth, but decreases production with age. Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
There are many ways in which we subconsciously judge other people upon meeting them.
It isn’t fair, but appearance gives subtle cues and insights that influence our initial impressions of strangers.
While we can control some aspects of our appearance easily, such as clothing choices, and hairstyles, there are also surprising aspects of aging that can negatively impact first impressions, including facial expression.
As we age, we begin to lose collagen in the skin, an essential component in skin structure. Loss of collagen makes the skin thinner and less elastic, making it begin to sag and wrinkle.
These wrinkles can do more than make us look older—they can also create unwanted facial expressions like anger, disinterest, and fatigue when the face is at rest. Read the rest of this entry »
January 23rd, 2015 Blog Admin
As with other areas of the body, the aesthetics of the breasts are affected by a number of factors, including age, lifestyle, past pregnancies, and genetics. While many women have naturally small breasts, this does not mean that the effects of aging will not become apparent as time goes on, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are not happy with your breasts’ size and appearance, then you may be considering plastic surgery to improve the aesthetics of the area. However, there are two popular procedures that can help with this, depending on the circumstances: breast lift and breast augmentation. But which surgery is best for you? Let’s take a look at both the options.
About Breast Lifts
A breast lift is a procedure to help counter the effects of gravity and childbearing that occur as a woman ages. Loss of skin elasticity and other factors cause sagging, stretched out breasts over time, and many women do not like the way these changes affect the overall shape of their bodies. Drooping breasts are lifted for a more youthful contour with breast lift, also known as mastoplexy. Mastoplexy is performed by removing and tightening excess skin, and reshaping the tissue underneath. Stretched areolas (the area around the nipple) can also be addressed with this procedure. The breast lift is usually favored by women who are happy with their breast size, but want to rejuvenate and lift the area. Read the rest of this entry »
December 19th, 2014 Blog Admin
Just a few decades ago, laser technology was extremely new and limited in its uses. Technology advances quickly, however, and today laser treatments are available for many different cosmetic and functional purposes. One type of laser, the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is considered one of the best tools for facial resurfacing available. Using CO2 laser resurfacing, it is possible for patients to gain significant anti-aging benefits after treatment. So why is laser resurfacing so important, and what do you need to know? Here are some of the ways cosmetic lasers can help you look younger, as well as some information on the specifics of the treatment. Read the rest of this entry »
October 17th, 2014 Blog Admin
Breast development occurs at a different rate for every woman. Some women develop quickly, with large breasts coming in at a relatively early age, often during the mid to late teens. While many women are happy with this change, for others the development is excessive, resulting in back and breast pain and other problems. Some young women know from an early age that they would like to consider a breast reduction. But what are some of the reasons women seek breast reduction, and what is a good age to have the surgery performed? Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2014 Blog Admin
If you’ve taken the lifestyle steps to achieve massive weight loss, then congratulations! You’ve accomplished a feat to be proud of.
Weight loss can be a tough and emotional journey, particularly when the body changes involved are significant.
There’s a lot to be excited about following this kind of change, but there can also be some common frustrations involved as well: sagging skin, problem areas and cellulite. Read the rest of this entry »
August 1st, 2014 Blog Admin
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? Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 Read the rest of this entry »
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.