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The Real Cost of Cheap Fillers

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Most of us shop around before making a big purchase, but how do you know you're getting a great deal or just getting scammed? First, consider that a treatment of filler injections is actually a medical procedure. Despite being minimally invasive, complications can still arise when you go to a less qualified provider or choose a facility that's not medically supervised. Steer clear of bargain-basement injections and med spas that offer Groupons or other rock-bottom discounts. Why? Because deep-discounted products can come with a number …

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4 Things to Know Before Your Breast Augmentation

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You've got your doctor selected and your implants picked out—you might have even booked your surgery date—but are you fully prepared for your breast augmentation here in Long Beach? We wanted to use this month's blog post as an opportunity to share some of the lesser-known effects of breast augmentation, so that you can plan ahead and know exactly what to expect. You'll probably need another surgery. Not right away, though. It's a good idea to consider the fact that breast implants don't last forever …

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It’s Called a Panniculus, and You Can’t Remove It By Working Out

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You might know it by another name—a pooch, a pouch, or even the tasteless FUPA. But this bothersome bulge has a technical name: panniculus. It's defined as the apron of sagging skin and sometimes a bit of fat that hangs below the navel. Although many people, especially women, are prone to fat accumulation in this area, it can become quite significant after pregnancy or a significant weight loss. In these circumstances, the panniculus is mostly empty skin. When loose skin is to blame for a …

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Unexpected Uses for Fillers

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By now, you already know what injectable fillers can do for your face. These products are so well-loved for their ability to reduce wrinkles on the face that they're often called "facial fillers" here in Manhattan Beach. But injectable fillers can do a lot more than just even out nasolabial folds. Let's take a look at some of their more uncommon indications. Earlobe Repair When we age, we often see and feel it in unexpected areas. Take, for example, the earlobes. Although you may not …

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Unwanted Fat or Sagging Skin? Your Best Options for Each

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When it comes to contouring your body, it can be difficult to know where to start—especially if you're not sure whether your concern is caused by excess skin or excess fat. Although both issues are common, they're often treated in very different ways. Understanding what's causing your problem area is key to treating it effectively. Options for Unwanted Fat Most people, no matter how fit, have some areas of unwanted fat that just won't go away. Fat accumulation patterns are unpredictable and largely related to …

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Getting Back to Mom Life After Mommy Makeover

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"Mommy" is definitely the operative word in a "mommy makeover." If you're a mom considering this transformative surgery, you don't need us to tell you that you have a wealth of responsibilities and obligations every day, which can make it tough to plan a major surgery. But knowledge is power—and knowing what to expect after your own mommy makeover near Long Beach can help you plan accordingly and give yourself a smooth, uneventful recuperation. Feather Your Nest Because you'll need to stay close to home …

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How Common Is Injectable Filler Removal?

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The next trending cosmetic surgery procedure may not be what you expect. If you're a fan of celebrity news, you may have recently heard Kylie Jenner or Vicki Gunvalson (of "Real Housewives" fame) sharing their decisions to undergo removal of their . If you're considering facial fillers at our Manhattan Beach-area plastic surgery practice, you should know how common filler removal is, as well as how it's completed. In our experience, filler removal—technically filler dissolution—is the exception, rather than the norm. This is because fillers, …

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Ideas to Help You Sleep Tight After Breast Augmentation

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After breast augmentation—or any surgery, for that matter—rest is paramount. But getting the sleep you need during recovery can be tough. Our breast augmentation patients have taught our Manhattan Beach-area surgeons a thing or 2 about the breast augmentation recuperation process—and we’re sharing their tips here. Why Sleep? Resting with your eyes closed can feel nice, but it’s simply not the same as sleep. When you fall asleep, your body undergoes a series of physiological changes and enters into a state of repair and true …

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4 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Liposuction

4 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Liposuction

is one of the most gratifying cosmetic procedures we offer our Manhattan Beach plastic surgery patients. That’s because liposuction can sculpt and slim areas of the body that diet and exercise sometimes can’t. (We all know the frustration of trying to “spot treat” our trouble zones.) With relatively little downtime and results that can last several years, it’s no wonder so many people choose this popular body contouring procedure. Once you’ve decided to have liposuction, it’s important to choose a provider who is qualified to …

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Choosing the Right Breast Implants—It’s About More Than Size

Choosing the Right Breast Implants

You've thought about getting breast implants for years and now it's time for the consultation. After hours of browsing before-and-after photos and celebrity bikini pictures, you've got a good idea about the outcome you want. Now it's time to choose the breast implants. This is the moment of truth for patients from Manhattan Beach to Newport Beach who come to South Bay Plastic Surgeons. Choosing breast implants, though, involves much more than deciding on a size. That's because several other factors influence the results of …

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