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New You in the New Year: Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

For many people, January is the beginning of personal goal setting. We find our office filled with people who are ready to change their beauty routines or bodies. We love to see the results of these very personal resolutions. To assist in making this your best year yet, we have a range of fat removal and body sculpting options. In this post, we will go over some differences between procedures, such as a tummy tuck and liposuction, popular with our patients from Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, …

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Anesthesia: Why Board Certification Matters

places patient safety in the highest regard. We only use board-certified anesthesiologists to administer sedation and monitor vital signs throughout surgery. It is of utmost importance that a specialist is present to handle this so that our surgeons can focus on their work. If you get a quote for cosmetic surgery and it contains a nominal fee for anesthesiology, you should investigate who is administering the sedation. Is it the surgeon? Is it a nurse? The importance of finding a doctor who values your well-being …

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Vectra 3D: The Crystal Ball of Cosmetic Surgery

Our Torrance plastic surgery group is known for excellent cosmetic surgery results for breast, body and face. For patients who'd like another layer of reassurance as to how they'll look after a cosmetic enhancement, we have the latest version of the VECTRA® 3D imaging system. When our patients attend a cosmetic surgery consultation at our Torrance office, our  system can give them a digital look into their future! What is the VECTRA 3D Imaging System? The VECTRA 3D imaging system was developed by Canfield, a technology company …

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Everything You Want to Know About "Gummy Bear" Implants

Have you heard of "gummy bear" ? Do you wonder what they are and how they might compare to saline, gel-filled and other types of implants? “Gummy bear” is actually an informal name that doesn't describe a specific implant. It is used to describe a group of relatively solid gel-filled implants. Historically, implants were filled with a watery form of silicone that was more likely to leak. Current gel-filled implants are filled with a more solid form of silicone that holds its shape if the …

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Facial Rejuvenation 101: Facelifts

If you look in your mirror and are concerned about signs of facial aging that are no longer completely addressed through non-surgical means such as BOTOX®, laser procedures and/or spa treatments, it may be time to consider a surgical procedure to turn back the clock and restore a more youthful visage! What is a Facelift? A is an elective surgical procedure with the goal to create a younger appearance. It can be done at any age, although most of our Torrance facelift patients are between …

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Breast Reconstruction Primer Part 2: SGAP, IGAP, TUG & PAP

South Bay Plastic Surgeons in Torrance perform a variety of breast reconstruction procedures. This article describes the final four in our series: SGAP, IGAP, TUG and PAP breast reconstruction methods. The Benefits of Flap Reconstruction Compared with Implant Reconstruction The primary benefit of flap reconstruction, whether it uses tissue from the back, buttocks, thighs or abdomen, is the ability to utilize tissue from the patient’s own body, which can lead to better healing and/or a more natural appearance. Sometimes additional tissue (flap) is needed to replace …

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Micro-Needling Yields Macro Results!

Want more youthful skin? Say "yes" to (also known as CIT or Collagen Induction Therapy), an amazing skin treatment that improves fine lines; fades scars (including stretch marks); reduces melasma and other pigmentation, and tightens sagging skin. How Does Micro-Needling Work? As collagen production declines with aging, the skin begins to decline in tightness, brightness, and luminosity. Micro-needling increases natural collagen by creating very tiny "wounds" in the skin with 12 micro-needles housed in the sterile tip of a MicroPen™. As these wounds heal, collagen production increases, resulting in visible improvement in aging …

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Is Facial Fat Grafting Right for You?

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is an elective procedure wherein fat is removed via liposuction from an area or areas of your body where you don't want it (think tummy, thighs, and/or back), to a place where you do want it, such as your breasts, buttocks or face. Some of our South Bay plastic surgery patients prefer fat transfer to implants or fillers because it's "natural," i.e., a substances from their own body rather than a manufactured product that could, potentially, be rejected. While you may be familiar with fat transfer …

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