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.
When you look in the mirror, does your resting facial expression match how you feel? Do you look older than you should? Do you look older than you feel? Early signs of aging often start in the eye area, and when skin begins to thin and sag, problems like permanent under-eye bags can form, and loss of volume in the eye area can create a harsh appearance. Looking sad or tired all the time can affect people’s judgments of you and even make you feel those emotions at times. Aging in the eye area can make your entire face look older.
First Impressions in the Workplace
One of the most important ways misinterpreted first impressions can negatively impact our lives is in the workplace. Job interviews, meetings, and client relations can all be impacted by the non-verbal cues we give. Unfortunately, the resting expressions caused by aging can be a big part of that, and it may not be obvious at first. If you think your aging eyes might be giving the wrong messages in the workplace, then you may want to consider facial plastic surgery or treatments to help improve your resting expression and restore a youthful appearance to your face.
How Is It Fixed?
Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a popular procedure for rejuvenating the eye area to achieve a more youthful appearance and expression. The surgery is performed through well-hidden, small incisions places in the creases of the eyelids or on the inside of the lower lid. Fat is removed or repositioned as needed, and excess skin is carefully removed for a refreshed appearance. Blepharoplasty is often performed under local anesthetic with sedation, but some patients prefer to undergo general anesthesia. Most people find that they can return to work within two weeks, but it may take the incisions up to a year to fade.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The surgery is elective, so patients need to be in good health in order to minimize risks as much as possible. While blepharoplasty is a very safe procedure, some people are not good candidates. Good candidates for blepharoplasty:
- Are in good health
- Have moderate sagging in the eye area
- Do not smoke
- Are not taking certain medications
- Have realistic expectations
Remember, only a board certified facial plastic surgeon can assess individual candidacy, an aspect of your procedure that will be discussed during your consultations.
Less Invasive Options
Some people want to improve their appearance, but don’t want to undergo surgery. While blepharoplasty is the most effective procedure for eye rejuvenation, there are other options for anti-aging, including fillers, chemical peels, and other mild to moderate treatments. If you’re interested in non-surgical aging, the best course of action is to discuss your options with a qualified facial plastic surgeon and get a custom recommendation to suit your needs.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon is not an easy process, and it doesn’t just have to do with which surgeon in your area has the best credentials. Many qualified doctors may not be a fit for every patient, and it is important to choose a surgeon based on both credentials and rapport. Make sure to see examples of potential surgeons’ work before you make a decision on scheduling your consultations, and only meet with experienced, board certified surgeons.
If you are looking for expert help in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri is the state of Michigan’s first surgeon to be board certified in plastic surgery, and he also holds board certification in Otolaryngology (head & neck surgery), and sleep medicine. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Masri, call 866-487-3223 today.
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.
About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a common procedure used to add size and volume to the breasts, usually using a type of synthetic implant. Implants are inserted under or over the muscle, and come in a variety of types, including saline-filled, silicone gel-filled, and a new, shape-stable silicone implant known as a “gummy bear” implant. Implants may be round, teardrop, or “natural” shapes, and there are options to suit every woman interested in increasing cup size. Breast augmentation is most often performed on young women and is not a solution for aging breasts.
Not sure whether breast augmentation or a breast lift is right for you? You may want to consider a combination of the two. Breast lift surgery can greatly improve the appearance and shape of the breasts, but it can also reduce the overall cup size, as tissue is removed during the procedure. To make up for this loss, or simply to get additional volume, it makes sense to combine a breast lift and breast augmentation. These two procedures are often part of a “mommy makeover” as well, and can greatly improve confidence and self-esteem in patients with realistic expectations. A combination procedure has the added benefits of one recovery period and comprehensive results that complement one another.
If you are thinking about a breast lift and/or augmentation, you’ll want to plan carefully and think about your timing. If you are planning to have children and breastfeed in the near future, it may make sense to wait until you are past that phase of your life for a couple of reasons. First, breastfeeding can cause the breasts to droop and stretch, which could compromise your results. Second, while it is usually possible to breastfeed following augmentation and mastoplexy, it is possible to lose the ability following surgery. Because of this, you should consider waiting to move forward with surgery if breastfeeding is something you would like to do.
Are You a Candidate?
Not everyone is a good candidate for cosmetic breast surgery. Patients must be in general good health, have realistic expectations, and be prepared to take on the pre and post-operative care required for breast procedures. Only a plastic surgeon can assess candidacy and give advice on which procedure(s) may be right for you.
A Knowledgeable Surgeon
Above all else, you should make sure you seek only the best in the plastic surgeon who will perform your surgery. A board certified surgeon will be able to help you determine the procedure that is right for you to achieve your goals. Your results depend largely on the skill and knowledge of your plastic surgeon, so take your time during the research and consultation phase of your surgical planning.
If you are looking for a board certified, knowledgeable, and compassionate surgeon, come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn and Birmingham, Michigan. Dr. Raj Gupta is double board certified, has over 25 years of experience, and works with each patient to find the solution that will work best for him or her. For more information, and to schedule your free consultation, call 866-487-3223 today.
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.
Laser skin resurfacing can accomplish a lot of anti-aging and skin rejuvenating goals. Here are some of the ways CO2 lasers can help improve the skin:
- Remove brown spots
- Improve deep lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of acne scarring
- Improve overall skin tone and quality
- Stimulate collagen production
- Soften the appearance of facial scarring
- Brighten complexion
- Smooth out roughness
- Shrink oversized oil glands
The versatility of laser skin resurfacing makes it a great choice for a wide variety of patients and skin concerns. But how does laser resurfacing work?
Depending on the depth and breadth of the procedure, either general or local anesthesia will be used during the session. The laser destroys damaged skin cells layer by layer, prompting the formation of tighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin following the healing phase. Using the CO2 laser, it is possible to penetrate deep within the skin to help resolve significant signs of aging. Laser resurfacing also stimulates new collagen production, an essential protein which lends skin its elasticity and begins to fade with age.
Downtime and Aftercare
The facial skin will look much worse before it looks better, and it will usually take several weeks for patients to heal from laser skin resurfacing. Patients will need to keep the treated area clean and moist according to the plastic surgeon’s instructions, and take it easy during the recovery period. Swelling is normal at first, and will slowly subside over time. Unfortunately, during the first week, itching and stinging is common, and the face will not begin to dry and peel for about a week. Skin is extremely sensitive to the sun following CO2 laser treatment, so preventing exposure is essential to getting good results from the procedure and avoiding serious complications such as hyperpigmentation (skin darkening). After a few months, skin should be looking better than ever.
Nothing can stop aging, but laser skin resurfacing can help slow down the process for a while after the procedure. Though the skin will continue to age, patients who choose laser skin resurfacing can expect to enjoy the benefits of the treatment for many years following the procedure.
If you don’t think the results of laser skin resurfacing will be sufficient to meet your anti-aging goals, then you may want to consider surgical options. Procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), browlift, cheek lift, and neck lift can all produce improvement in specific areas of the face, while a facelift is an excellent option for overall facial rejuvenation. Because laser skin resurfacing is so in-depth, the recovery time between skin resurfacing and facial surgery is not too different. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish, your budget and your lifestyle. A qualified plastic surgeon can advise you on various options.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure they seek. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you will need to seek help from a qualified plastic surgeon to see if you are eligible for the treatment. Only a board certified specialist can assess your candidacy, help you plan your treatment, and make sure you are set up for success.
If you’re looking for a talented surgeon to help you determine which treatment is best for you and who has the skills to help you reach your goals, come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our experienced plastic surgeons. We offer you knowledgeable, individual care from board certified surgeons, safety, and a wide range of treatment options. Call 866-487-3223 to schedule your free consultation today.
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?
Why a Breast Reduction?
Sports and Everyday Comfort
Running, hiking, and other types of exercise can be difficult with disproportionately large breasts, despite sports bras and other coping mechanisms. Large breasts can also cause back and shoulder pain, which is a major reason women seek reduction surgery.
Large breasts often have large nipples that point downward because of the weight of the breasts. A breast reduction can reduce both the size of the breasts and the size of the nipples, as well as lifting the entire breast. Some patients are very concerned about the aesthetics of smaller nipples and have this as one of the goals of surgery.
Though it is not common, some women have significant asymmetry in the breasts which can affect self-esteem. A breast reduction can help even out the size of the breasts for a more symmetrical appearance.
Self-Consciousness and Convenience
Many women are self-conscious about having large breasts, and may feel that they negatively impact their lives by affecting their appearance or inviting unwanted attention. Some women with large breasts have trouble finding clothing that fits, and may struggle with other everyday activities.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Size and shape of the breasts usually change with pregnancy and breastfeeding, and they may never go back to normal after weaning. Many women elect to get a breast reduction and lift following child raising for a smaller, more youthful appearance to the breasts.
There is no true ideal age for breast reduction. Many young women seek the surgery as soon as possible because they are unhappy with their appearance or find having overly large breasts inconvenient. Some women have the surgery as young as in their late teens, while others are middle aged and finished having children. As long as you are a good candidate and are physically mature and emotionally ready to undergo the procedure, the "best age" to get a breast reduction varies. Only you and your surgeon can make that determination for you.
Physical Maturity Considerations
Many women experience breast development well into their twenties, and this is something that young women, especially teens, need to consider before moving forward with breast reduction. Changes in the breasts following surgery can alter the results, so it is best to wait until further physical changes are unlikely to occur before seeking the surgery. Otherwise, a second procedure may be needed later on.
Another point to consider is breastfeeding. While many women are able to successfully breastfeed following breast surgery, the procedure can cause changes to the ability to breastfeed, and these can be unpredictable. If you are a young woman who would like to be able to breastfeed in the future, you need to be aware of the possible complications that can occur and prevent this from being possible. If you’re not sure about taking the risk, you can always pursue breast reduction later in life.
Breast reduction is a major decision to make, and one that should not be made lightly. It is extremely important for patients to be emotionally mature and prepared for the major changes that come following breast reduction. It is vital that the decision is made entirely by the patient, and not influenced by family or friends’ opinions. Patients need to have realistic expectations and understand the risks of the procedure before moving forward.
Often, particularly in middle aged women, breast reduction is combined with a breast lift for both rejuvenation and reduction in size. This improves the aesthetics of the breasts along with alleviating physical discomfort from an overly large bust.
Choosing Your Surgeon
As with any plastic surgery, choosing a qualified, board certified surgeon is one of the most important aspects of your procedure. If you’re interested in undergoing breast reduction, then it is vital that you choose a qualified surgeon with experience and knowledge to help you get the results you want. If you’re looking for an expert in the Dearborn or Birmingham, MI area, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery to meet with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raj Gupta. Dr. Gupta puts emphasis on helping patients get beautiful, natural results with the procedure that’s right for them. For more information about meeting with Dr. Gupta, call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation.
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.
The Role of Skin Elasticity
The skin is an amazing organ, and it has the ability to expand and retract, adapting to the body’s shape over time. Unfortunately, skin can only retract so much on its own, and after significant weight loss, loose, saggy skin is a common occurrence. Many people who have achieved amazing weight loss goals find that their pride is somewhat diminished by this stubborn skin that persists. While some of this will resolve itself over time, much of the skin will likely never go back to normal on its own.
Problem Areas and Cellulite
Unfortunately, some areas of the body are more responsive to weight loss efforts than others. Even after substantial weight loss, pockets of fat can remain, disrupting attractive body contour. Cellulite is another frustrating problem that is difficult to treat with exercise, as it is caused by fat cells pressing up against connective tissue and causing a lumpy appearance. While anyone can get cellulite, it is common among people who have lost a lot of weight.
What You Can Do
Even though sagging skin, cellulite and stubborn fat are unlikely to go away on their own, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Body lift surgery is a solution for people who want to make dramatic, all-around improvements to body and skin contours. So what does a body lift entail?
The Components of a Body Lift
A body lift describes a combination of procedures that are tailored to the specific needs of the patient. The goal of the body lift is to:
- Tighten and re-drape skin for a more youthful contour
- Remove excess stubborn fat pockets
- Reduce cellulite
- Improve overall body contour
Body lift procedures often involve some or all of the following techniques:
Gentle liposuction techniques are used to get rid of stubborn fat pockets that persist even after massive weight loss. New techniques such as SmartLipo laser liposuction help create a smooth, sculpted body contour by precisely melting and removing unwanted fat.
In addition to removing excess skin in the stomach area, tummy tuck surgery often involves the tightening of the stomach muscles, which may be loose or separated after weight loss. Many people have a particular problem with sagging skin and excess fat in the stomach area, which the tummy tuck helps to resolve.
Thigh Lift/Buttock Lift
These techniques are used primarily to promote an attractive contour in the lower body. Support sutures are used to help the new contours form and stabilize the area.
While these are the most common procedures performed during a body lift, other techniques may also be appropriate, depending on the patient. The customizable nature of body lift surgery helps patients get the most out of the procedure.
Recovery from body lift surgery is not an easy or simple process, unfortunately. Plastic surgery has come a long way in the last few decades, but body lift surgery involves a combination of invasive procedures, which results in an intensive and lengthy recovery period. Patients should plan to take a minimum of four weeks off from work, though many people prefer to take a full six weeks following surgery. Significant swelling and bruising will persist for several weeks, but much of the discomfort involved can be offset with medication. Drains may need to be placed for the first few days or weeks. Following all pre- and post-operative instructions is key to a smooth recovery and good results. It can take up to one or two years for final results to settle, though dramatic improvement should be nearly immediate. Because it is still possible to gain weight after body lift surgery, maintenance is key to success.
Candidacy for Body Lift Surgery
Is a body lift right for you? Only a plastic surgeon can recommend procedures in specific cases. That said, the best candidates for body lift tend to have these qualities:
- Significant loose skin
- Poor body contour
- In general good health
- Realistic expectations
- Commitment to maintaining results
Choosing a Surgeon
Body lift surgery is a major procedure that should not be taken lightly. If you are interested in undergoing the surgery, it is vital that you understand the process, have realistic expectations, and choose the surgeon that is right for you. Body lift surgery is a complex, grueling surgery that requires a great deal of skill, experience, and knowledge to create consistently good outcomes. You should only consult with experienced, board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Raj Gupta of Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn and Birmingham, Michigan. Dr. Gupta is double board certified and has been helping patients get the results they want for over 25 years. He works hard to cultivate trust and communication with his patients. For advice and information on body lift surgery, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at 866-487-3223 and set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gupta today.
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?
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.