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When Topical Creams Don’t Deliver the Promised Results

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Topical creams are often the first step we take to address skincare concerns, thanks in part to the bold claims they make about their effects. However, surface-level treatments often only create surface-level results. In reality, only cosmetic treatments such as facial fillers can help Manhattan Beach-area men and women achieve longer-lasting results when performed at our Torrance practice. In this post, we’ll review a few claims topical creams make and offer some suggestions for deeper-level solutions. Claim #1: They reduce lines and wrinkles. Truth: Most …

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Dad Bod? Here Are Your Options to Look Trimmer by Summer

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While some men love rocking the “dad bod,” not every man is crazy about the pockets of unwanted fat that accumulate with age. It’s a common concern for dads who want to feel confident and youthful, especially when they hit the pool or beach in the summer. There’s good news: Body contouring procedures performed at our Torrance practice, such as liposuction and CoolSculpting®, can help Manhattan Beach-area men look and feel better than ever. In this post, we’ll look at the most common dad bod …

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6 Things to Know Before Getting Lip Injections

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Lip augmentation is a popular treatment for people whose lips are not in harmony with their other facial features. However, many prospective patients aren’t sure exactly what to expect when they schedule a treatment. Whether you’re curious about the amount of filler to use, the qualifications you should look for in a practice, or the differences between Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®, our Hermosa Beach and Torrance area team of doctors has answers. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the information you need to know …

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Shapewear or Surgery? When to Hang Your Spanx® and Choose Liposuction

Woman Trying on Dress After Liposuction

When it comes to unwanted bulges and bumps, many people turn to Spanx® for help. The shapewear garments are famous for their ability to smooth out a silhouette and have you looking great in a little black dress. But they’re also famous for being itchy, uncomfortable, and impossible to get in and out of. There’s a better way: liposuction. At our Torrance practice near Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, liposuction offers a body contouring solution that is customizable, long-lasting, and effective even in swimwear. In …

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Mommy Makeover: Are You the Right Age for It?

Mother and daughter looking in the mirror after mother's mommy makeover.

Many women wonder if they are the “right” age for a mommy makeover, with some feeling it may be too soon after childbirth and others feeling they may be older than ideal for the surgery. In reality, there is no “right” age. Women considering mommy makeover surgery in the Long Beach or Torrance, CA, areas can trust our board-certified plastic surgeons to personalize each procedure to best serve their individual age-related needs and concerns. Whether you’re an older mom or recently had children, there are …

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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

Woman doing sit ups and trying to lose belly pooch

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

Woman with slim stomach buttoning pants

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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