Why Are Mommy Makeovers So Popular?

It’s no secret that a mom’s body can dramatically transform during and after childbirth. While belly and breasts often bounce back remarkably, sometimes women see extra belly rolls, loose abs, and deflated breasts where firm cleavage once was.

This top-to-bottom change isn’t welcome for many, which is why they choose cosmetic surgery for tummy, thighs, and breasts to restore a firm physique and confidence. But, what if you could tie all these procedures together into one beautiful makeover? This popular cosmetic combo has caught on with women around the world.

Whether you’ve recently given birth or your children are grown and it’s time for self-care, a mommy makeover is the most popular and comprehensive way to rejuvenate your figure. Read on to find out why, and also be sure to check out our before and after gallery for real-life examples!

What Does A Mommy Makeover Include?

Which procedures will be included in your mommy makeover? That’s the best part- this is a 100% customizable treatment! You and your surgeon can personalize any number of labia, belly, or breast procedures that will safely help you reach your goals.

One of the top reasons this combination is in demand is it achieves more than a single surgery. There’s a reason that combos are big sellers when it comes to fast food, makeup pallets, or BOGO shoe sales!

We like to get the most value possible out of one treatment, and we’re no different when it comes to aesthetic procedures- we want dramatic results.

Combining a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and breast enhancement is a very popular choice.

Breast surgery may include implants, a breast lift, or even breast reduction. A breast lift with implants (augmentation mastopexy) can also revitalize sagging breasts that have lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Is the Mommy Makeover More Convenient Than Separate Surgeries?

In many cases, it can be, which accounts for part of the high demand. There’s no doubt scheduling a cosmetic surgery and planning recovery will disrupt one’s life. It’s also true that many patients are busy parents and want to make improvements with minimal time off work, away from the gym, or away from their children.

For this reason, planning one block of time off with help at home is more convenient than arranging multiple separate recoveries. Essentially, you can expect lengthier downtime after a mommy makeover, which takes 3 weeks off work on average; however, this often beats multiple and separate recovery periods.

Does A Mommy Makeover Cost Less Than Separate Surgeries?

It can, which makes cost another compelling reason to choose a mommy makeover. Having a few procedures done together extends surgery time but reduces costs associated with anesthetic, facility, and staffing fees. That means patients pay a higher one-time expense. Still, the total is likely to be less than it would have been if you scheduled each procedure separately.

We offer payment plans and financing to make your fees much more manageable. For many people, this is the most economical and satisfying choice.

How Can You Plan Your Ideal Mommy Makeover?

More women than ever are taking control of how they look and feel with restorative, cosmetic procedures. Selecting an experienced plastic surgeon with the right qualifications and credentials remains essential. Your ideal mommy makeover expert will have board certification and have plenty of impressive before and after examples to show you.

You don’t need to settle for the unwanted figure changes that come with motherhood. When you’re ready to love your shape again, you’re invited to a free consultation with our triple board-certified expert, Dr. Sajjadian, in Newport Beach, CA.

Selecting the Right Implant Profile

Breast augmentation with implants remains the most popular way to increase breast size and improve their shape. And, silicone cohesive gel breast implants are the most popular in the USA.

Part of their appeal relates to the vast array of sizes and shapes that are available. Breast implant dimensions differ in diameter (how wide they are) and how high profiles are.

Gone are the days when one-size-fits-all implants were the rage. (We’re grateful for that!) Today, the average patient has numerous customizable implant profile choices. So, which is the best for you? Read on to learn what implant profiles are and how you can get the “just right” proportions for your body, or visit our before and after gallery to see some real-life examples.

What Does “Breast Implant Profile” Mean?

You may be accustomed to hearing of “profile” as it relates to faces. When it comes to breast implants, the most common terms are low, moderate, full, and extra full. People also talk about “high” versus “low,” and to top it off, volumes measured in CCs will range from 250-550 in most cases. No wonder it’s not easy for the average person to connect those terms with a bra cup size.

Let’s clear something up- the implant profile isn’t about volume in CCs. It’s less about how big implants are, and more about how “round” or projecting they are.

When resting against the ribcage, implants can project forward a little or a lot. The more they project, the more likely a rounded upper breast and prominent cleavage will be seen.

Many plastic surgeons describe these options in terms of “natural” versus “augmented” results, but that’s not the whole story.

Does Everyone Get the Same Result from Their Implant Profile?

Everyone has a different starting point before surgery. That means even if they choose the exact same breast implants, three different women will have three different-looking results. Selecting the right implant profile for you will depend on a few factors, and it’s a highly personalized choice.

Chest shape and measurements matter. Some people have a forward projecting, prominent chest, so moderate implants appear somewhat rounded and full on them. Others have a flatter chest wall or minimal breast tissue, so implant projection makes up the difference for a result they want.

Many people don’t consider this, but your breast augmentation doesn’t replace your breasts- it adds to them. If you have full, firm breasts to begin with, you may not want the highest projection implant, unless a dramatic, augmented appearance is what you’re after.

Those with little breast tissue often select full implants if they don’t have much cleavage to begin with. However, if the desired look is exceptionally natural and subtle, even small-chested women can choose low or moderate implant profiles.

What Implant Profile Will You Choose?

Dr. Ali Sajjadian will examine you, listen to your goals, then make a few recommendations. At that point, most people have options narrowed down from thousands to just two or three- thankfully! From your available “looks,” implants will be very similar but may have slightly different projections.

Patients try implant sizers on with a snug sports bra during their consultation or do a “rice test” at home by filling plastic bags or pantyhose with rice.

Most plastic surgeons will recommend choosing your implant based on results you’re after, rather than fixating on numbers. You’re more likely to get an enhancement you love when you let your desired image and style guide you.

You Have Personalized Options!

You can book a free consultation to learn about all your customizable options. Many people are delighted to find out that an implant size and shape are made just for them. Dr. Sajjadian can help you create your ideal new figure. Call 949-515-0550 or schedule a consultation to learn more today!

Don’t be fooled! 5 Common Myths about Facelifts

Of all the plastic surgery procedures out there, few carry as many myths, misconceptions, and straight-up confusion as the facelift. Over the years, though, this procedure has become one of the most precise, refined, safe, and efficient means of providing long-lasting, subtle anti-aging.

With so much gossip surrounding this hugely popular procedure, it’s no surprise that Dr. Sajjadian sees patients all the time who come with false ideas of exactly what a facelift is and what it can do for them. We’re here to help clear things up and break down 5 of the most common myths about this cutting-edge procedure that over 100,000 Americans benefit from every year.

1. Only Older People Can Benefit from Facelifts

Not only is this myth wholly untrue, but it also stops countless possible-patients from achieving the results they want. Facelifts, while incredibly effective for older patients, work wonders for younger people as well.

Thanks to the modern facelift’s long-lasting and subtle results, patients who seek out this procedure earlier on in life often see the highest degree of benefits and satisfaction. Taking a preventative approach to anti-aging is never a bad idea, especially if you’re more genetically prone to collagen break-down or sagging skin.

Another significant benefit of receiving a facelift earlier on in life? Considerably shorter recovery periods.

2. Facelifts “Freeze” Facial Expressions

Perhaps the most notorious facelift myth is the “frozen” face. Tabloids, TV, and movies have all poked fun at celebrities whose facelifts have gone wrong. However, in just the last two decades, facelifts have seen a renaissance of both surgical techniques and technologies.

Today, Dr. Sajjadian can craft beautiful, natural-looking results that he’ll precisely design to complement your facial anatomy. By taking a holistic approach, Dr. Sajjadian generally uses a combination of surgical techniques to address both the deep causes of facial aging along with surface issues like skin laxity. His results are both comprehensive and long-lasting.

3. Facelift Recovery Will Be Arduous and Lengthy

Facelifts, just like any surgical procedure, do necessitate a recovery period. Your body will need time to adjust, and there most likely will be some minor swelling and bruising. That said, recovery is often far less painful and quicker than patients imagine. You won’t be bandaged for months on end, as some patients seem to think.

Rather, in just one to two weeks, you’ll see significant improvements to any discomfort and be able to return to your normal routine. We will also provide a prescription of pain medication to ensure your comfort throughout the early healing process.

4. “A Facelift Will Only Tighten My Skin”

Each of our patient’s facelifts is unique. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to this delicate and intricate procedure. While Dr. Sajjadian may employ some tightening of the skin, a facelift goes far deeper to provide anti-aging results that last for years.

During your consultation, Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to pinpoint what concerns you want to address, and what technique(s) will best achieve these goals. For patients looking to see a complete transformation, we can combine your facelift with a brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), or a neck lift. In tandem, these procedures can create holistic results that you’ll love.

5. Facelifts are Only for Women

Everyone ages, so we can all benefit from the increased confidence a facelift provides. No matter your gender, your face will change over time. Aging is a complex equation with countless factors at play, including your genetic predispositions and lifestyle choices.

Facelifts can help reverse these visible signs of aging and make you feel like your best self again. Whether you’re reentering the dating world, climbing the corporate ladder, enjoying a much-deserved retirement, or fall somewhere in-between––a facelift can help you put your best foot forward wherever you find yourself.

Our expert team is here to help you determine a treatment plan you feel entirely confident about. Dr. Sajjadian is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience working with patients of all ages and genders.

If you’re interested in learning more about a facelift or any of our other surgical or non-invasive procedures, we highly recommend setting up an in-person consultation at our Newport Beach, CA office. To schedule, please give us a call at 949-515-0550 or contact us online today.

Skin, Muscles, and the In-Between: How to Treat Each Layer of Your Face

The incredible number of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments available today allows our practice to offer a unique path for nearly everyone who wants to rejuvenate, restore, or enhance various aspects of their look. Depending on a patient’s comfort level, goals, and need, there are more involved treatments that can produce quite dramatic results. On the other end of the spectrum, there are also many minimally invasive treatments with little or no downtime that can do some pretty amazing things to highlight your natural beauty.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the face specifically and discuss some of the many ways we can treat each layer of it, from your muscles to your skin and everything in between.

Lifts: Rhytidectomy, Blepharoplasty, Brow Lift

A facelift (rhytidectomy), eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), and a brow lift are all plastic surgery procedures designed to remove excess skin, such as jowls, and manipulate muscles and other tissues to remove the appearance of deep wrinkles and lines around areas such as the mouth, nose, eyes, and forehead. Lifts can be combined in a number of ways to restore a person’s youthful appearance and give them long-lasting aesthetic results.

Professional Skin Care Treatments

To put it simply, your skin is often one of the first things that makes an impression when you meet someone new. If you want your face to look great, you can’t ignore quality skincare. The best skincare combines an at-home routine with in-office treatments such as:

  • Microdermabrasion: This minimally invasive skin treatment helps improve a patient’s early signs of aging, skin tone, and texture. During a microdermabrasion  treatment, Dr. Sajjadian sprays ultrafine particles across the skin using a handheld device to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Chemical Peels: In-office chemical peels differ greatly from the kind you pick up at the drugstore. Most over-the-counter peels barely get past the skin’s surface. A professional chemical peel, however, can be specifically targeted to the proper depth necessary and mixed with the best formula to meet your goals.

Injectables for Just about Everything Else

If loss of skin volume and deep wrinkles are among your concerns, there’s an injectable product, such as Botox® or dermal fillers, to help. Dermal fillers such as the popular brands Juvéderm® and Restylane® use hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin and restore volume while also encouraging healthy collagen production. Injectables such as Botox® are powerful neuromodulators that stop the muscle activity responsible for deep lines and wrinkles.

Ready to Start Your Facial Rejuvenation Journey? Call for a Consultation

Whether you’re considering an injectable treatment to improve the appearance of signs of aging or a traditional facelift to target something you’re unhappy with about your look, make sure you place your trust and care in the hands of experts. Dr. Sajjadian is one of only a handful of plastic surgeons in the United States who is triple board-certified and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s Top Physicians.”

Call Dr. Ali Sajjadian in Newport Beach, CA at (949) 515-0550 for a consultation today. Also, please feel free to contact us through our website at your convenience if you have questions or comments.

What Causes Stubborn Fat and What Can You Do About It

Despite targeted workouts, calorie counting, and slimming Spanx, many people still battle stubborn bulges of unwanted fat. The diet and weight loss industries are a lucrative market. Yet, men and women are often disappointed with the results of various plans and treatments. That’s because body fat types and factors for gaining have a lot to do with the struggle to burn it off.

An active lifestyle is ideal for staying in shape, but it won’t always help remove pockets of fat in problem areas. Let’s take a look at the reasons we develop stubborn pockets of fat and consider treatment options that really make a difference.

Where Does Fat Accumulate, and Why?

Persistent fat deposits appear on areas of the body like tummy, thighs, and waist. You might see bulges of soft, subcutaneous fat under the skin and over the muscle. Furthermore, visceral fat may develop, surrounding internal organs in the abdomen. Intraabdominal fat causes a firm, protruding potbelly, and it happens to be the unhealthiest type to struggle with.

Unwanted body fat does more than just cause self-consciousness. Being overweight makes regular exercise more challenging. Tight clothes are uncomfortable, and it’s difficult to see progress as you build muscle and strength. Accumulating fat in the abdomen also contributes to health conditions. If you’re trying to figure out your cause and solution for body fat, consider these factors:

Hormone Imbalances

Being overweight can alter hormone levels in the body. An increase in estrogen levels can trigger sticky, stubborn adipose fat storage in the usual places: buttocks, thighs, and abdomen.

Irregular Diet

Eating late at night, yo-yo dieting, and other dietary habits that fluctuate have a detrimental effect. Eating frequently without a long enough break between meals means your body doesn’t have enough time to use energy and nutrients while burning off calories.

Your Microbiome

More than ever, data suggests the gut’s bacterial composition (microbiome) differs dramatically between obese and healthy weight people. Consuming a Western-style diet, high in hydrogenated and processed fat, refined carbohydrates, and sugar may promote intestinal bacteria that are linked to obesity.

Portion Size

Consuming large meals leads to excess body fat for most people.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Many people spend long hours in the same position, working at a desk or driving. A lack of regular movement and light cardio in your day can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Can You Get Rid of Fat Bulges?

Want to reshape your figure, and slim your contours? You have options! Aside from increasing physical activity and cutting back on excessive calories, there’s an efficient cosmetic surgery to help reduce subcutaneous fat.

Liposuction is probably the best-known standard treatment for permanent fat removal. It does qualify as surgery, yet it uses only tiny, well-hidden incisions to accomplish fat cell removal. Dr. Sajjadian, our triple board-certified plastic surgeon, performs liposuction at our Newport Beach surgery center. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can go home when they feel up to it the same day.

The length of procedures varies depending on the areas covered and how much fat a person has removed. Dr. Sajjadian typically uses a general anesthetic to keep people comfortable throughout the process. Through incisions, Dr. Sajjadian inserts a small hollow cannula and introduces fluid to help liquefy fat for removal. The cannula sucks it out of the body to sculpt the desired shape.

Tumescent, Power-assisted, and Ultrasonic liposuction are the leading-edge techniques used in our clinic, each having benefits to improve results for a given area. You can often see your results soon after surgery. Swelling is expected, however, so count on several weeks before you see your final outcome.

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Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Sajjadian Today!

Are you ready to consider targeted help for your problem zones? You’ve worked hard to shed weight and keep fit. Still, problematic fat bulges are resistant to exercise and can be discouraging. Liposuction may be a good option for you if you’re close to your target weight, in good health, and have minor fat removal requirements.

Schedule a personal consultation and learn more about our approach to body sculpting. Contact our Newport Beach Surgery Center online, or by calling (949)-515-0550.

We look forward to helping you transform your shape!

The Tummy Tuck’s 4 Surprising Medical Benefits

Does this sound like you? A while ago, you committed to a diet, exercise, or both. At first, you stuck to it and saw changes in your body. You lost pounds and inches. Recently, however, it’s been much more challenging to get results. Even as you eat less and work out more, the fat and skin around your midsection continue to hang around.

And you’re not alone. In a recent survey of 7000 moms with babies ranging from a few weeks to four years old, 87% indicated that their stomachs had not returned to normal. For some, this was even after getting back to their pre-pregnancy weight.

Often, we feel forced to accept this new version of ourselves. This new “normal” – one in which clothes fit differently to accommodate our new contours, can be quite frustrating after all the work we’ve put in and temptations we’ve resisted.

It’s no wonder many moms, and other patients who’ve experienced significant weight loss, consider the tummy tuck procedure. Face it, exercise is hard work, and following a strict diet is not any easier. And, no matter how hard you work or how severe your diet, sometimes fat pockets in the belly and excess skin can be impossible to address. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone fix the sagging skin around your belly?

Once we look seriously into tummy tuck, we may begin to have second thoughts. Who am I to spend this kind of money on myself? For cosmetic surgery? Fortunately, a tummy tuck is much more than a quick fix for your belly. Read on, and you’ll see that, in addition to aesthetic improvements, this procedure can have real and positive effects on your health.

Before you decide a tummy tuck is not worth it, or worse, YOU’RE not worth it, take a look at these four medical benefits that may surprise you:

Benefit One: Fix Urinary Issues

To pee or not to pee? After having a baby, we often don’t have a choice. Many people lose bladder control when least expected. A cough, a sneeze, even a laugh – they all can cause us to lose a few drops suddenly. For many patients, this leakage is due to the physical stress that pregnancy and vaginal childbirth puts on the pelvic region.

The scientific name for this condition is stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but most of us just call it annoying and embarrassing. It’s when our bladder muscles no longer have the strength to stay in place when our abdomen moves. Not to worry, there are surgical procedures, medical devices, and medications to fix it. Even though insurance will usually cover the costs associated with these options, there is usually still some expense and they may not provide permanent relief.

Believe it or not, a tummy tuck can fix this problem. If your doctor knows ahead of time that you have SUI, he or she can create a small obstruction in your urinary tract. Think of it as a roadblock to slow down the flow of your urine. As a result, your bladder muscles will get much-needed help to control when you need to go to the bathroom. Can you imagine not having to worry about a cough or laugh at the wrong time?

Otherwise, you’ll need to continue to make do with pads or undergarments, and embarrassment, like the rest of SUI sufferers. Unfortunately, for some patients, the condition never goes away and can even get worse if not addressed.

While you may manage to keep SUI a secret, your belly is a lot harder to conceal.

Benefit Two: Improved Tone of Your Belly and Posture

The best-known reason to seek a tummy tuck is a reduction in belly size. And while that’s a benefit for sure, you may not realize that the actual tone of your stomach muscles will change for the better with an abdominoplasty. You won’t merely end up with a smaller version of your current stomach; you’ll have additional core support, too.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of strong core muscles in one of your workout classes? When your stomach muscles provide better support, it’s easier to have good posture. Right now, the added pull of skin and excess tissue may have caused you to, without even knowing it, hunch forward. A tummy tuck repositions the muscle and takes away some of the fat that pulls you down.

And it’s no secret that poor posture can lead to back pain. Not everyone has back pain, but poor posture makes you more likely to develop it in the future. Life is too short to be in pain – not when you don’t have to.

And even if we escape back pain, we may have other sore spots. Many of us, after childbirth or substantial weight loss, may experience ventral hernias.

Benefit Three: Fix Your Ventral Hernia

Despite the established safety of C-sections, approximately 10% of patients will develop a ventral hernia. It’s a condition where part of your intestine bulges into your abdomen. They occur in weakened areas of the abdominal wall, usually at the point of incision.

If you know you have a ventral hernia, its no-doubt because you’ve felt discomfort and maybe even consulted a physician. You don’t, however, need to feel any symptoms immediately after pregnancy or weight loss to have this type of hernia, which can take months or even years to develop. Once you notice symptoms, you may not associate them with a hernia or your past pregnancy.

Ventral hernia sufferers feel abdominal pain when lifting heavy objects or doing other strenuous activities that use the stomach muscles, like playing sports, running, hiking, etc. For some, the pain can become bad enough to make them vomit. And to make matters worse, some ventral hernias grow large enough to create a visible bulge in your abdomen.

As if their symptoms weren’t bad enough, patients who have had ventral hernias are more likely to have them again.

Now the good news: with tummy tuck surgery, your doctor can not only fix an existing ventral hernia but prevent future hernia formation. The fix involves a repair to your abdominal wall, where your surgeon will pull and stitch the abdominal muscles back together. Prevention of future hernias comes from having stronger, repositioned stomach muscles. It’s like reinforcing your belly from within with a girdle of muscle.

Think of it this way. As long as your undertaking tummy tuck surgery, why not fix other problems at the same time? Later, additional operations only add cost and take away time for recovery. It’s like having your mechanic make multiple repairs while they’re under the hood of your car.

Benefit Four: Feeling Better About Your Body

Speaking of repairs, while we’ve discussed several significant benefits, they’ve all been physical. A 2014 study shows that the benefits of tummy tuck extend well beyond that – a tummy tuck can bring psychological benefits as well.

In the study, women took a variety of psychological tests before receiving surgery (from the same physician) and at their follow-up visit. The results were very encouraging. First, as you’d expect, the patient’s average body image scores improved significantly from before tummy tuck. This is not surprising – their bellies were gone, and they felt better about their bodies as a result.

But the study’s findings don’t stop there. Patients also completed a test before and after surgery to measure their tendencies toward bulimia. Although most of the patients did not have an eating disorder, their average score on the test improved. Therefore, after surgery, the participants thought and behaved less like patients with bulimia. Again, as we struggle against stubborn belly fat, our relationship with food can begin to suffer. An abdominoplasty can help patients restore a more healthy relationship with food.

As you can imagine, body image and eating disorder tendencies can add up to an overall poor self-image. So, it makes sense that self-esteem scores in the same group of participants also rose significantly. After a tummy tuck, the patients felt better about themselves as a whole – not just their bodies.

Finally, poor self-esteem, eating habits, and body image often contribute to a negative mood. Patients also made significant improvements in their level of depression before and after the procedure. Not only did they feel better about themselves, they felt better about life in general.

Does this mean that tummy tuck is a sure-fire way to turn someone’s life around? Certainly not. The procedure is not a substitute for therapy or any other mental health care if it’s needed. However, up to five months later, patients felt better about their bodies and themselves. How much would that cost in treatment or medications? It remains to be seen.

About Weight Loss

What’s lost during tummy tuck surgery is a combination of fat and skin. It’s the removal, at long last, of the fat and skin that’s clung to our bodies no matter what we’ve done.

By opting for a tummy tuck, you’re deciding enough’s enough, and you want the extra fat and skin gone. Fortunately, this can also mean you’ll lose weight. How much? It’s difficult to say how much because every patient loses a different amount. Abdominoplasty is not recommended for weight loss because there’s no telling how much you’ll lose. For some patients, it can be ten pounds. For others, it can be three.

Ask yourself, however, is weight your real enemy? Most patients agree their belly shape is the real issue. While not losing much in weight, patients after a tummy tuck are often able to fit into a much wider variety of clothes.

Your alternative? Continue to fight against your body. Sure, a tummy tuck is an elective surgery. You can still be healthy without one. But, you’ll need to remember that your body will only burn fat in certain areas, and excess or loose skin can best be addressed in most cases through surgery.

About Cost

During your consultation, you and your doctor will go over the tummy tuck procedure, your specific needs, and the associated costs.

When thinking about tummy tuck surgery, consider each of the four benefits we’ve discussed and what’s required to treat them separately. What would it cost to treat SUI, a ventral hernia, back problems, or self-esteem issues separately?

If you do some calculations, you may find you have all the justification you need to go ahead and schedule your consultation.

The Decision is Yours

While healthy weight loss is an achievement to be proud of, we often don’t account for the after-effects it can have on our bodies. Hernias? Loose skin? Back pain? Frustration? After hours at the gym and the willpower to eat healthily, shouldn’t we feel much better?

As you can see, a tummy tuck can be much more than a fix for a sagging belly. It’s a crucial decision that can help you finish what you set out to do: weigh less, change your shape, AND feel better.

Despite having a recovery time longer than some other procedures, a tummy tuck is one of the most highly rated plastic surgeries you can choose. Overall, 97% of the 30,000 patients on RealSelf.com have rated it as “worth it.”

If you’d like to learn what a tummy tuck procedure can do for you, Contact Dr. Sajjadian’s office in Newport Beach today at (949) 515-0550 to schedule your consultation!

How to Prepare Your Child for Otoplasty

As a parent, you no-doubt remember many of your child’s firsts:  the first time you left them with a baby sitter, the first time they got on the school bus, their first sleep-over. Mostly, these life events come and go without a problem, thanks to a little preparation. Likewise, when you take the time to prepare your child, otoplasty (aka ear reduction surgery) can be one of their many milestones on their way to adulthood.

Sure, the thought of surgery can be frightening to children and their parents. Otoplasty doesn’t have to be. If you take the time to educate your child, you both can have a smooth experience through this transformative process.

As a parent, your child’s attitude towards their surgery starts with you.  Despite what your friends and family might say, you are the ultimate authority.  As such, you must arm yourself with enough information to make a confident decision. And then, you can pass that information, and your confidence, to your child.

In this post, we’ll review the procedure and discuss some of the critical steps along the way, including how to prepare your child for the surgery and recovery. And, you’ll learn why it’s critical for your child to meet the surgeon beforehand.

Why You’ve Chosen Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a surgery designed to reduce the size or protrusion of the ears through strategically-placed incisions. It’s an outpatient, one-day procedure performed under local or general anesthesia. The ideal candidates are children around the age of five or six – a time when the body’s cartilage heals quickly.  Older children and adults, however, can successfully receive the surgery as well.  Recovery usually lasts one to two weeks.

In teens and younger kids, anticipated or actual bullying or teasing is one of the most common reasons parents consider otoplasty for their children.  We know that bullying can have a life-long impact on the social and emotional well-being of a person, and the impacts of struggling socially can have serious repercussions.  These can range from lowered self-esteem and poor performance at school or work to – at the extreme – criminal behavior.

And as with any issue involving children, bullying stirs up a wide range of strong emotions and opinions in adults.  Some adults close to you will fully support and even commend you for choosing otoplasty.  Others may have views that differ.  Either way, know that you have the ultimate responsibility and authority to decide what is best for your child.

Even without hearing a single negative remark, your son or daughter will eventually notice that they have large or overly protruding ears.  They may purposely choose hairstyles that cover their ears or avoid hats that make them look more prominent.  In doing so, they may even experience limitations in activities they wish to pursue.

No matter your reason for choosing otoplasty, trust your decision and hold firm to it.  It will help you present the details of surgery and recovery with assuredness, which will ultimately increase your child’s comfort level, too.

Meet Your Doctor One-on-one

If possible, arrange for a one-on-one consultation without your child and, once you are certain that an otoplasty is the right decision, one with all three of you. Both meetings can take place in the same visit or separately, depending on what’s customary for your doctor and where you are in the decision-making process.

In your one-on-one visit, be sure to review your child’s physical preparation for surgery, what happens in detail the day of, as well as recovery.  Ask for any supporting materials like timelines and surgery check-lists.  And don’t hold back any questions you may have, however silly you think they sound.

Chances are, if you’re wondering about something, your child will be, too.  If he or she is elementary age or older, they’ll want to know what’s going to happen and how.  If your child is younger, they’ll probably be most worried about separation from you, so you’ll want to know the exact sequence of events.

As for recovery, be sure to ask what medicines your doctor recommends to manage any initial discomfort. Your child will also need to wear a protective headband during that first week or so after surgery.  Explore options for the recovery period, especially if you know your child is image-conscious.    

Have Your Child Meet Your Doctor and Staff

Meeting your physician can make a lasting and positive impression on your child.  A doctor who communicates well and relates to children can connect and gain your child’s trust on a level different than your own.

When your child sees that you trust your physician, they’re more likely to do the same. Allow your doctor to explain otoplasty. Be sure to clarify anything your child doesn’t understand.  School-age kids and teens will appreciate details.  Younger children are better with a simple explanation.

And your doctor isn’t the only person in the office your child can learn from. It’s also good for them to meet the people they’ll see on surgery day.  Especially for younger children, a familiar face can go a long way to provide comfort during times of uncertainty.  Even disinterested teenagers may secretly appreciate recognizing people on their otoplasty day.

If you ask, the office staff may have pictures of children before and after their surgery. Along with each photo, they may have stories of each particular child and how they felt about otoplasty in the long term.

And don’t forget your child’s impression of the office itself. Today’s modern, sophisticated plastic surgery clinics are full of lasers, x-rays, and other high tech machines. You might just be planting the seed for their interest in medicine later in life.

The Day of Surgery

To best prepare your child for surgery, make sure you keep your explanations matched to their level of interest and understanding.  Avoid medical terms. They’ll only confuse and distract them.  If your description is simple, the surgery will sound simple.

To start, tell your child the day of surgery may start with them skipping breakfast so they can take the medicine that will be needed. When you both arrive at your doctor’s office,  your child will change into a unique gown for the operation.  It may feel cold, but they will give you a bed to lay in and a blanket.

The nurses at the clinic will then have them breathe out a mask with a balloon on it that will contain air with medicine in it.  This medicine will make them fall asleep.

When they wake up, they’ll have bandages on their head, and they’ll feel a little sleepy.  The surgery will be over, and they will not have felt any of it. You’ll also be there by their side when they wake up.

Then after a while, they’ll change back into their regular clothes and go back home with you.  As medicine from surgery starts to wear off, they may feel a little sore.  Let them know there will be medicine they can take to help, and many other children have felt the same way before.

That night and for the next week, they’ll need to sleep in a chair to keep their head up.  The next day, the two of you will return to the doctors, and he or she will remove the bandages on their head.

The Week After – Who and Where

Recovery is where you, as a parent, must take over. Planning for surgery but not recovery is like planting a flower and not watering it. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to make your child even more comfortable with the process. Let’s look at what happens after surgery how you can prepare for it.

After the bandages are removed, your child will need to start wearing a protective headband.  You may also have to return within a few days to have sutures removed. Although they don’t need a detailed timeline, let your child know it’s normal to visit the doctor a few times after the operation.

They’ll need to take off at least a week from school and avoid anything like sports or playing outside.  Make sure they know their new ears are healing, so their body must rest.

Who will help them through this period of rest and healing? That’s a question you, as a parent, need to answer in advance.  Will you need to take off work, or will your spouse?  Will you require the help of a relative?  Before you discuss recovery with your child, it’s helpful to have these questions answered.

In addition to knowing who they’ll be with, it’s important to know where. At your house?  At grandmas?  You’ll want a comfortable and familiar environment for you child to make their recovery as pleasant as possible.

The Week After – What to Do

Beyond determining where they’ll recover, you want to decide what they’ll do to pass the time. As you know, children tend to focus on whatever bothers them in moments of boredom. Engaging but non-strenuous activities can be the best way to keep their mind off a couple of sore ears.

Don’t forget that you know your daughter or son better than anyone else – their likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc.  Use this knowledge to design the most fun recovery time possible. Does your child like movies?  Rent some they haven’t seen or check out what’s on Disney+ or Netflix.  Do they prefer books?  Pick up something that will have reading while their ears are healing.

Of course, don’t forget that they can spend time with you or your spouse as well.  The two of you could play a board game, take a trip to the store, go out to lunch, or anything else as long as it’s low-stress and doesn’t have them moving around too much.  Whatever activities you choose for their recovery period, they can be a way of making your child feel comfortable and even look forward to their healing period.

Thoughts About Second Thoughts

In the days leading up to surgery, if your child seems uneasy, talk with them about their concerns.  They may have questions that were left unanswered.  And if you can’t address them yourself, call your doctor.

Make sure your child knows that otoplasty is about choosing to change your appearance – not about fixing something or someone that’s broken. It’s about how you feel about your own body, not about someone else’s opinion.

Also, make sure they know they’re not having otoplasty because they’ve done something wrong or because you think they’re unattractive. This mistaken belief might come from thinking of the operation as painful or severe and, therefore, a punishment.

Finally, tell them that know that operations on someone’s body are personal and that it should remain a family secret until after they return to school.  Even the most well-meaning classmates can spread misinformation that can be hurtful.

Next Steps

To learn more about otoplasty today, contact Dr. Sajjadian at 949-515-0550 in his Newport Beach, CA office today!

Why Winter is the Best Season for Laser Treatments and Chemical Peels

Congratulations. You survived the holidays for another year, and now you’re back to work. At this point, many of us choose to embark on a new diet and exercise plan.  And with Spring only a few months away, why not focus on looking your best?

Are you up for the challenge of hard workouts and strict meal plans?  Of course you are, but keep in mind that not every Winter wellness project requires all of your self-control.  There are steps you can take toward looking and feeling better that only require patience – and a daily moisturizer.

So, before you get carried away with cardio and carb-counting, take a closer look in the mirror. There’s something else you can improve, and it’s right there in front of you – your skin.  Believe it or not, Winter is the best season to improve it with laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.  

Here are several reasons why:

Summer is for Showing Off Your Skin, Winter is for Repairing It

Hopefully, you had a chance to enjoy yourself in the summer months.  If so, you’ve probably spent your share of time in the sun. Not to worry, there’s no shame in finishing the summer a few shades darker than when you started. Still, while the sun’s rays can give us some desired color, they also can cause damage to the outer layer of your skin.  

As a result, we can enter the winter season ready for rejuvenation. Coincidentally, chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments can be just what your skin needs.  Just like a good wash and wax can remind you of why you bought the car, these treatments can bring out the fresher, younger you.

Just as spring can bring the plants and animals around us back to life, winter can be the ideal time to revive your skin.  The challenge is that it’s easy to forget about skincare when the outdoor fun subsides. Think about peels and laser treatments like the maintenance due for your car after a driving vacation.  Your skin has served you well. Now it’s time to take care of it.

You Don’t Want to Start These Treatments With a Suntan

Laser treatments and chemical peels can be extremely effective at livening up your skin. When you start them, however, you want your face to be it’s natural, non-tanned color.  This is because both treatments can cause a phenomenon called hyperpigmentation, where parts of your skin can heal from the procedure at a darker tone than they originally were.

Not to worry, there are skin agents to alleviate this condition. If your skin is naturally darker, consult your physician before assuming laser treatments and skin peels are not right for you.  With so many treatments available, there is likely an option that fits your specific needs. 

Given grayer skies and colder temperatures, we usually start the winter with less of a tan. Most of us don’t go to the beach as often throughout the fall and winter, and rarely show off a tan when we do. Why not take advantage of the downtime?

Winter Gives Your Skin Time to Heal

Think of your chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment like a workout for your skin.  Afterward, it needs to rest and recover. Just as you wouldn’t want to set a weightlifting record the day before you run a marathon, you don’t want to expose your skin to intense sun for some time after a peel or laser treatment.  

So, what better time to avoid the sun than in the limited daylight of winter? It’s dark when we go to work and getting dark when we get home.  And for most of us who live in Southern California, the winter climate is not considered beach weather. Having your skin treatments now helps you take advantage of this downtime.

After your skin resurfacing treatment, your winter Netflix binges can be time well-spent. No guilt is necessary when your body needs you to relax in front of the TV.  Think about it. You won’t have time in the summer. After all, you’ll have too many cookouts and other outside activities to enjoy. 

Better Sleep Means Better Healing

Most scientists agree that sleep is vital to healing.  To this end, winter provides two essential benefits. One is cooler temperatures.  Studies repeatedly show that a colder room is more conducive to a good night’s sleep.  The second sleep benefit is less daylight. Science has shown that our body’s natural response to darkness is to produce sleep hormones.

In other words, in the winter you’ll fight less against heat and daylight to get the sleep you need.  This extra time can be used by your body to heal your facial skin after a treatment. Otherwise, your body must take energy away from the healing process for everything else you do while awake.

When it comes to recovering from skin treatments, getting more sleep is smart, not lazy. You’ll wake up more refreshed and better able to face the rest of your day.  You might even find that your mood improves. And what’s the harm in that?

Extra Healing Time Allows for Multiple Treatments

What winter takes away in sun exposure, it gives back in time. Face it.  Months will go by before the days are noticeably longer, and the temperature warmer.  Just as winter gives you time to get in shape and lose weight, you also have time for more than one skin treatment, if desired. 

For example, maybe you decide that although you like your look after one treatment, you’d love it after a second. Because there are multiple options for both peels and laser treatments, you may decide to start small.  In the winter you can add on additional treatments without worrying about sun exposure.

If you decide to get started sooner rather than later, you can time your healing so that your skin looks it’s best just as you leave for Spring Break or June vacation with the family.  Just think, everyone else will come out of the winter just beginning to think about skin improvements, and you’ll already be looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Treat Your Winter Eczema

Isn’t it ironic that with colder and sometimes wetter weather, our skin tends to get dryer? It’s no secret that conventional heating systems can rob our homes and workplaces of moisture.  Often this can result in eczema or dry skin.  

Chemical peels and laser treatments intentionally cause our faces to shed a layer of skin.  The new skin revealed underneath is fresher and better moisturized. Think of this more youthful layer of skin as a gift with your outer layer as the wrapping.   

With all the talk of spring and summer planning, it’s easy to forget that laser and chemical treatments can make you look better now.  You no longer have to rely on lotion alone to have your face looking it’s freshest in the winter. Who knows? That might come in handy for the occasional winter get-together.

Get Your (Skin) Remodeling Projects Done

No, not the projects around the house.  The ones within your skin. Two proteins are essential to your skin’s youthful appearance:  collagen and elastin. Collagen provides a framework for your skin. Exposure to UV light breaks this structure down.  When chemical peels and laser treatments remove damaged layers of skin, stronger skin forms in its place, a process is called collagen remodeling.

Elastin, on the other hand, provides our skin with its ability to stretch.  Think of a child’s skin. It has both fullness and the ability to snap back into place after being pinched or pulled.  As with collagen, the sun depletes your skin’s elastin. Exposing newer layers of skin restores it. Therefore, for both proteins, it’s best to do your healing during the darker months of winter.

Because the indoor air is dried by our heaters, winter can be the hardest season on our skin.  But, with the rejuvenating effects of collagen and elastin, the exact opposite can be true. Chemical peels and laser treatments are like the projects around the house that get ignored due to a busy summer schedule. Now you can take care of them while you have the time.

Break Up the Winter Boredom

After the thrill of the holidays, it’s easy to settle into a long winter of boredom.  Again, the time we spend outside of work is often in darkness. And this goes on for months.  Scientists now acknowledge that this time of year can have a genuinely negative effect on our mood.

Skin treatments are a way to pamper yourself during a time when you might need it the most.  They provide both a reason to stop and pause for self-care and to look forward to your new spring skin.  And, as long as you’re staying inside to heal, why not do some online shopping?

Seeing your face in the mirror, enlivened after you’ve recovered from skin treatment, can be just the boost in spirits you needed in the middle of winter.  While workouts and diets are great, laser treatments and chemical peels offer improvement that’s more quickly noticeable without the need for willpower.

Free Up Your Summer

Patients can receive laser and chemical treatments in the summer without a problem, but there are benefits to scheduling them in the winter.  Often we plan vacations for when the kids get out of school or when the weather is warmer. A summer free from skin recovery also gives us the flexibility to leave on short notice to a variety of excursions.

If you do your skin treatments in the winter, your healing time can be in a part of the year when you may not have any major events planned.  By the time vacation season comes around, you can take off to anywhere you’d like without the worry of sun exposure.  

This way, you can avoid situations in the summer where you might have to pass on fun outings just to avoid the sun.  Want to take advantage of a last-minute travel deal? No worries. Your skin healing won’t get in your way.

Time to Get Scheduled

We often forget just how powerful our body’s healing process can be.  Exercise and diet both work by forcing the body to recover from a controlled amount of stress.  Laser skin treatments and chemical peels are no different. 

Despite being the largest organ in the human body,  our skin is often the most ignored. Because we see it so often, it’s easy to forget its there.  At the same time, our skin is the part of our body that others notice the most. This winter, don’t miss out on an opportunity to improve it.

Instead of a season to survive, this winter can be your skin’s season to revive – with laser treatments and chemical peels.  But you need to act now because the season only lasts a few months. To learn more about laser and chemical skin treatments, contact Dr. Sajjadian’s Newport Beach office today to schedule your free consultation.

How to Get Your Prettiest Pout for Valentine’s Day

Isn’t it impossible to look at today’s celebrities and not notice their lips?  Were they all so lucky to receive nature’s blessing to look so beautiful, or is there more to the story?  Recently, more and more of them have admitted to receiving lip enhancement.

And why not?  According to research, humans associate attractive lips with approachability, youthfulness, and happiness. In other words, our lips say a lot about us, even when we’re not speaking. 

So, if our lips can do all of these things for us, it’s easy to see why more and more celebrities (and everyday people) take advantage of lip enhancement.  And when you take a closer look, you’ll find there are several options to choose from:

Lip Fillers

Lip fillers, like Juvéderm® or Restylane®, are the option you’ve most likely come across.  They consist of injections of hyaluronic acid, one of your body’s naturally occurring substances, into your lips.  The procedure itself is considered quick and relatively painless. It’s the most popular method of lip enhancement.

Shortly after receiving fillers, your lips will take on a more youthful, full look with little to no bruising afterward.  Because lip fillers are injected in small increments, they allow you to make gradual increases in size, which is preferable for some patients who want to take it slow as they increase their lip volumes.

Other than a few days of swelling, lip fillers have no recovery period. There is no scarring, and the results of the procedure last six months to a year. 

Lip Implants

Lip implants are silicone devices placed through the side of the lips with a local anesthetic.  They’re available in multiple sizes and shapes, allowing you to pick any look you like.  

Patients looking for a permanent solution often choose lip implants. They don’t absorb into the body over time as lip fillers do. Therefore, you don’t have to return for additional treatments. Instead, you get the look you want, and it stays.

The recovery time from lip implants is usually less than a week. Expect to take a few days off work. Any minor scarring on the sides of your lips will be hard to notice and easily covered.

Fat Transfer and Tissue Grafting

What better substance to use to enhance your lips than part of your own body?  Fat transfer and tissue grafting are two related procedures that accomplish this. With fat transfer, your doctor removes fat from elsewhere on your body using liposuction and injects it into your lips.  With tissue grafting, a small patch of skin is harvested from another area of your body, shaped, and used as lip implant material. 

With either procedure, you’re using a substance that comes from your own body, which means there’s no chance of an allergic reaction. Also, the results from either fat transfer or tissue grafting can last five years or longer. 

Other than some minor bruising or swelling at the site of liposuction, patients receiving fat transfer lip enhancement require no recovery time.  For the skin grafting option, you’ll need to allow yourself at least a few days for healing.

Lip Lift

For some of us, the struggle is not with the volume of our lips but the shape or location.  For example, some patients can experience a narrowing or sagging of their upper lip due to age.  In these cases, a lip lift, which is a procedure the repositions the lips, may be ideal.  It involves raising the upper lip by first removing a small strip of skin above it.   

Patients often enjoy a more youthful look that allows them to expose more of their upper teeth when they smile.  A lip lift can also create a more symmetrical look to the lips, enhancing their overall beauty. And, unlike with some options, the change is permanent.

After a lip lift, you can expect to return to the doctor’s office in four to five days to have sutures removed. Recovery times will vary according to the specific procedure performed, and any scarring is minimal and usually not noticeable.  

How to Get Started

So, which procedure will give you your prettiest pout? Dr. Sajjadian is here to help you to find the best option. With Valentine’s Day coming up, why not treat yourself?  Contact his Newport Beach, CA office today to set up your consultation.