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Breast Reconstruction Primer: Tissue Expander+Implant

As you may know, the skilled surgeons at South Bay Plastic Surgeons in Torrance, perform a variety of breast reconstruction procedures. Over the next few months, we'll describe each of the options available to our breast cancer reconstruction patients. This article describes the most common breast reconstruction method: Tissue Expander+Implant. The tissue expander + implant option is a two-stage reconstructive procedure. After mastectomy, a temporary, inflatable breast implant is inserted under the skin and chest muscle in the operating room. This inflatable implant is called …

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Top Ten Travel Tips for Beautiful Skin

Whether you're taking a weekend car trip, a cross-country train excursion or flying to an exotic locale, you want to look your very best! These Top Ten Travel Tips for Beautiful Skin will keep your trip and your skin happy! PS: Obagi's travel-size Nu-Derm set is on sale during June or while supplies last! 1. Moisturize If you’re flying the friendly skies, apply extra moisturizer the night before your flight to increase your skin’s hydration before exposing your skin to the cabin pressure’s dry air. 2. Make Some Mist Purchase a …

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The Benefits of Topical Vitamin C

Back in the day, your mom insisted you drink your orange juice because she understood the importance of Vitamin C to fight off illness, improve your immune system, prevent inflammation, and to help your body to process a healthy diet. Did you know that Vitamin C is available in a topical version for your skin? And did you know our Obagi Professional C-Serum is 20% off during May? The Benefits of Topical Vitamin C As we already know, ingesting vitamin C in food or via supplements has health …

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May is Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

Here in California's South Bay, skin cancer levels are among the highest in the country, and it's no wonder: Southern California is bright and sunny 90% of the time, and we are all sun worshippers! We know you aren't going to stay away from the beaches or avoid the sun (as if you could!), so we're sending some tips your way to save your skin--and your good health! As you probably know, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. Primarily caused by …

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Renew Your Body: Mommy Makeover

Our Torrance plastic surgeons perform Mommy Makeover surgery to help women from Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, and other nearby Los Angeles communities regain—as closely as possible—their pre-baby bodies. Many end up looking better than ever! These personalized combination procedures usually include a breast enhancement procedure such as breast augmentation, lift, or reduction plus a tummy tuck to address stretch marks and excess tissue in the tummy area. Sometimes, these combination procedures also include liposuction to address unwanted pockets of fat. The Breasts & Belly Might …

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Cosmetic Surgery for Men is on the Rise

Cosmetic procedures for men are up, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In fact, cosmetic surgery enhancements for men have increased over 100% since 1997. What's up? An increasing number of men undergo cosmetic enhancements to help them compete in the business world. Studies have long ago proven that attractive people earn more money and progress more rapidly up the corporate ladder than do individuals who are less physically appealing. Anthropologists say we are hard-wired to partner with the healthiest members of …

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The Finishing Touches in Breast Reconstruction by Valerie Gilbert

Medical tattooing pigmentation restores the areola and nipple complex to help disguise surgical scars and enhance the reconstructed breast. Nipple-areola complex (NAC) is one of the final steps toward wholeness following a mastectomy. Because our Torrance plastic surgeons encourage patients to complete the process, almost 90% of our reconstruction patients elect to restore their areola nipple complex after reconstruction through micro pigmentation (cosmetic tattooing). This not only completes the reconstruction phase but also restores the woman’s confidence as well. As SBPS’s technician, I routinely hear …

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Loving the Skin You’re In!

The Spa at South Bay Plastic Surgeons is proud to introduce three skin products for a younger facial appearance: Sculptra®, and ZO®! and Voluma® are both injectable treatments that, like , and , will volumize your features and prompt the growth of collagen, the "framework" of a youthful face. There's a big difference however, in both of these products, and that's their longevity: both Sculptra® and Voluma® have been proven to last up to 2 years! FDA-approved Sculptra® is dramatically different from other dermal wrinkle …

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The Season for Plastic Surgery

It may surprise you to learn that winter is a great time for cosmetic enhancements! Loose-fitting clothes allow the healing process to progress with little notice compared with summer's skimpier fashions that expose more of one's body (and healing incisions). Winter is also a more casual time of year, once the holidays have passed. South Bay Mommy Makeover, , and/or patients favor the colder months for these procedures, as they can cover compression garments and/or drains with bulkier winter clothing. Many Manhattan Beach, Hermosa and Redondo plastic …

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