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How Young Is Too Young for Rhinoplasty?

 

When you hate your nose, waiting for rhinoplasty can feel like torture. This is true at any age, but our teenage patients are especially anxious and excited for surgery day. Many have endured teasing about their nasal appearance or spent years with a nose that doesn’t quite fit their expectations. In adulthood, rhinoplasty can be performed at almost any age, but during the early teen years, it may to be too early for this surgical correction.  

How young is too young for rhinoplasty? Here’s what you need to know about age and cosmetic rhinoplasty from triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian. 

 

Teen Rhinoplasty Statistics

Rhinoplasty is the top cosmetic surgery performed on teens. In 2017, the most recent year with available statistics, more than 30,000 nose reshaping procedures were performed on U.S. patients between the ages of 13-19. This accounted for approximately 14% of all rhinoplasties performed that year. 

Rhinoplasty is popular with both male and female patients. Females account for about three-quarters of all rhinoplasties, and male patients about one-quarter. We find that the male to female ratio is similar for both adult and teen patients. 

At our Southern California plastic surgery practice, we regularly meet with teens that are considering rhinoplasty. We perform both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty procedures. 

 

Is My Nose Ready for Rhinoplasty?

Most of the time, nasal surgery is best performed after the nose reaches its full adult size. Development timelines vary, but this typically occurs in the mid to late teens. Girls reach facial maturity sooner than boys. Our youngest rhinoplasty patients are usually between the ages of 15-16 for female patients and 16-17 for male patients. 

When you come in for a surgical consultation, Dr. Sajjadian will assess facial development to determine if your nose is physically ready for rhinoplasty. If you’re not quite there physically, be patient. You can receive nasal surgery in your teens, 20s, 30s, and beyond, but you can’t reverse rhinoplasty after it has occurred. 

 

What Happens If Rhinoplasty Is Performed Before the Nose Is Full Developed?

Facial development is a complex process. Surgery while the face and nose are developing has the potential to disrupt and change the normal course of growth. Dr. Sajjadian recommends waiting to perform nasal surgery until the nose is full developed. 

Dr. Sajjadian takes rhinoplasty very seriously and is meticulous about his results. By performing the procedure on a full-sized nose, he has complete control over the final outcomes. If surgery is performed before the nose is fully developed, growth may change its appearance, leaving the patient with a less than satisfactory result. 

We want our patients to only need nasal surgery once. Waiting until your nose is fully developed will reduce the chances of complications and revision surgery later. 

Of course, there are a few exceptions to this guideline. Patients with nasal trauma or injury may require rhinoplasty sooner. We also perform nasal surgery on children with some facial deformities, like cleft palate. 

 

Emotional Readiness for Cosmetic Surgery- Just as Important as Physical Readiness

Age isn’t the only factor to consider when determining readiness for cosmetic surgery. Just as important, possible more so, is the emotional maturity and readiness of a patient. Dr. Sajjadian is experienced working with both teens and adults to assess their emotional state prior to surgery. He only performs surgery on patients that he feels are in an appropriate mental state to consent to surgery. 

The teen years are a time of rapid emotional and cognitive development and change. Childlike thinking begins to transition into complex adult thought. However, this is a process and takes many years. Some adolescents aren’t ready to make lifelong decisions about nasal surgery. 

One of the hallmarks of early adolescent thinking is a focus on self. Young teens often undergo a self-centered period. Many believe that they are under constant observation and judgement from others. For some teens, this leads to excessive worry about appearance, and possibly aesthetic nasal concerns that aren’t fully valid. 

Other teens may want plastic surgery but have unrealistic expectations about its effects. They may believe that the surgery will be life changing, resolving social and popularity problems and changing their emotional state. 

Teens with these thought patterns may need to wait for rhinoplasty. A patient that is emotionally and cognitively ready will understand that nose reshaping only shapes the nose. Problems and frustrations will still exist after surgery and life certainly won’t be perfect. Patients need to choose cosmetic surgery for themselves, and not to achieve the ideal of someone else. It is also important that patients understand the limits of the procedure and have a realistic idea of what their new nose will look like. 

If a patient isn’t emotionally ready for surgery, psychological counseling may be able to help. We want our teen patients to be happy and confident, not choosing surgery as a band-aid to other problems. 

Rhinoplasty and Teens- What a Parent Needs to Know

As a parent, you want the best for your children. Figuring out what’s best is often the biggest challenge. We invite parents and teens to come into our Newport Beach plastic surgery office for a consultation. To make an informed choice about rhinoplasty for your child, you need information. 

Dr. Sajjadian collaborates with both teens and parents during a teenage rhinoplasty consultation. He realizes that both parent and child will have concerns and questions. We welcome parents to the consultation and pre and post-surgical checks. There may be times that Dr. Sajjadian will need to speak to your child without you, or to you without your child, so be prepared to accommodate this if requested. 

These tips will help you create a more successful experience for your child as they prepare for surgery. 

  • Don’t Suggest Rhinoplasty- Let your teen make the surgery decision themselves. Our goal isn’t to create cookie cutter noses. It is to help people achieve a nose they love. Your teen may like their unique nasal appearance. Don’t suggest that something is wrong with someone else’s appearance unless they tell you it is. 
  • Support, but Let Them Decide- Parent support is essential for a teen rhinoplasty. Ultimately, the decision is theirs, not yours. Empower your child with information and options but let them make the final choice. 
  • It’s Okay to Wait- If you and your child are certain that rhinoplasty is the right choice, do it now. If everyone isn’t 100% sure, it is okay to wait. Nasal surgery can happen later. 
  • Give Your Child Space to Learn- Surgery permanently changes the body. This needs to be a decision that your child owns. Give them space and freedom to talk with Dr. Sajjadian and to communicate needs. This is an adult decision, so empower your child to make it properly. 

We are here to support you and your child throughout the surgical process. Let us know how we can best meet your needs. 

Scheduling Your Teenage Rhinoplasty- Our Tips for Getting the Timing Right

Timing rhinoplasty for a teen or young adult requires a little pre-planning. Schedules are busy and it can be hard to find several weeks without any commitments. 

We recommend taking at least two weeks off from work or school after nasal surgery. Most patients feel substantially better before this, but this extended downtime is primarily for social comfort. Bruising and swelling are very common after nasal surgery and can last for a few weeks. A little extra downtime ensures that patients are comfortable with their appearance when getting back to regular lift. 

Of course, missing two weeks or more of school isn’t usually advisable. We encourage our school aged patients to schedule their surgeries over the summer or during extended holiday breaks from classes. Our teen and young adult patients are often very concerned about appearance and do not like returning to their social lives while bruised or heavily swollen.

Timing is also a factor if you participate in sports like baseball, soccer, football, or wrestling. We’ll work with you to time your procedure around your athletic seasons. 

Sports After Rhinoplasty

Many of our high school and college aged rhinoplasty patients are active in sports and athletics. Many are planning to continue pursuing these activities in college and beyond. If you’re an athlete, make sure you tell Dr. Sajjadian. Some athletic activities aren’t recommended after nasal surgery for several months or longer. 

Patients look and feel great a few weeks after cosmetic nose reshaping, but the healing process isn’t complete. The bones and cartilage take time to heal. During the first few months, your nose is much more tender, and prone to injury if contact occurs. 

Sports and athletic events are some of the biggest causes of nasal injuries. Dr. Sajjadian often repairs nasal damage from high school, college, and professional athletes. And don’t forget about amateurs. You can be injured just as badly in that park pick-up game as you can in a professional sports stadium, and sometimes even more seriously since proper protective equipment probably wasn’t used. 

We ask our patients to be careful after rhinoplasty. Your nose is weaker than it was before, especially while you’re still healing. If an injury occurs, it can ruin the beautiful results Dr. Sajjadian created, and a revision rhinoplasty may be required to repair the damage. 

Timing for returning to sports depends on the type of activities you participate in. 

  • Immediately- Walking can be resumed almost immediately after rhinoplasty. 
  • 2 Weeks Post-Surgery- Dr. Sajjadian will clear you to resume light exercise, including limited weight training, after a week or two. 
  • 3 Weeks Post-Surgery- Patients can resume cardio, but only at a 50% heart rate. 
  • 5 Weeks Post-Surgery- Dr. Sajjadian typically clears patients to return to yoga, cardio, and full weight training after five weeks. 
  • 6 Weeks Post-Surgery– Swimming is safe at six weeks post-surgery. Patients can also resume all activities other than contact sports. 

The longest wait is for contact sports, like football and wrestling. We recommend waiting at least 6 months to resume these activities and using appropriate nose protection. 

Not Ready for Rhinoplasty? Consider a Non-Surgical Nose Job Instead

Dr. Sajjadian performs many rhinoplasties on patients in their teens and 20s each year. He also advises many patients in these age groups to wait a little longer. If you’re not ready for surgery, for whatever reason, we may have nose reshaping options available. Ask Dr. Sajjadian how you can shape your nose without surgery. 

A non-surgical nose job uses fillers to shape and contour the nose in just 15 minutes. This is an advanced injection technique that should only be performed by a highly skilled injector, like Dr. Sajjadian. Dermal fillers are injected into the nose and surrounding tissues. This option provides rhinoplasty quality results without surgery. Fillers are temporary and will require retreatment every few months to maintain nasal shape. 

With a surgical rhinoplasty, the options are endless. Dr. Sajjadian can increase and decrease size, smooth bumps and fill in depressions, and much more. With non-surgical nasal correction, we are more limited in the scope of what can be achieved. This procedure won’t reduce the size of the nose, but judicious filler placement can often reduce the appearance of the nose by bringing it into the better balance with the rest of the face. 

If you need to avoid surgery, this non-surgical option may be a good fit for changing the appearance of the nose. 

How young is too young for rhinoplasty? As you can see, there is no simple answer to this question. If you’re wondering about age and nasal surgery, it’s time for a rhinoplasty consultation in Newport Beach, CA. Call us at 949-515-0550 to schedule yours. We welcome teens and adults of any age to our practice to learn more about cosmetic, functional, and ethnic rhinoplasty options in Southern California.

Why You Should Invest in Laser Hair Removal Before Summer

Shaving commercials make the process seem easy. Then you climb in the shower and reality hits. How does hair even grow there? Is shaving cream supposed to make such a mess? Why is this taking so long? Do I really have to do this every day? If you’ve missed out on a beach trip or two because you simply can’t handle a last-minute shave again, we can help. Our laser hair removal treatments take the hassle out of hair removal. 

 

Shaving vs. Laser Hair Removal

Shaving removes hair at the skin line, leaving the root intact underneath the skin. It’s essentially a hair cut for your legs or lady parts. The problem is, hair is always growing, even while you sleep. Those silky smooth legs this morning will be prickly by night, and in a few days, shorts and swimsuits are a no-go. It’s a never ending battle that you’ll never win. 

Laser hair removal fights hair growth at its source, the hair follicle under the skin. The laser energy works under the skin, damaging the hair follicles and stopping future growth. Results from a laser treatment last much longer than shaving. Many of our patients enjoy permanent hair reduction in the treated areas. 

 

Understanding the Laser Hair Removal Process

Our Newport Beach plastic surgery office is fully equipped with the latest laser equipment for a safe and effective hair reduction treatment. Call us to learn more about your options or schedule your first session. 

Prior to treatment, Dr. Sajjadian meets with each patient. He’ll answer your questions, provide a basic overview of the procedure, and give recovery instructions. He’ll also take a peek at your skin and ask you about your medical history. We want our patients to love every treatment they receive with us, and take the time to ensure that each treatment is a good fit before we start. If we don’t think that laser removal will work for you, we’ll tell you so you don’t waste time or money on a treatment that won’t effective remove hair. 

When we’re ready to begin treatment, you’ll put on a pair of special protective goggles. The laser we use is very powerful and the goggles will keep your eyes safe. The treatment area needs to be clean shaven or have relatively short hair for a laser treatment; if needed we’ll shave the area to prep it for the laser. We may also apply a topical numbing cream to increase comfort. 

After the skin is prepped, it is time for the laser. The laser handpiece will be passed over the skin and activated. If we’re treating a small area, like the upper lip, we’ll be finished in minutes. Larger areas can take an hour or more. Our laser spot size is large and can effective treat large and small areas, everywhere from the armpits and legs to the abdomen. 

After the hair removal is finished, you’ll leave our office and immediately can resume daily activities. 

Don’t expect immediate hair loss. When you leave our office, your skin will be red and slightly swollen, and most of your hair, still there. The magic happens over the next few weeks as treated hairs shed and fall out. At first, it may look like continued growth, but be patient. The hair will fall out soon. Each treatment only targets a portion of the hairs in an area and several visits will be needed for silky smooth, hairless skin. 

 

Preparing for Your Summertime Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Prep is minimal for a laser treatment. We’ll give you specific instructions when you book your visit, but remember, this process is designed to save you time and we handle most of the work. 

Here are a few things you can do in preparation of your hair removal in Newport Beach, CA:

  • Don’t Wax or Tweeze- Shaving cuts off hair, leaving the follicle under the skin. Waxing and tweezing pull the hair out, leaving nothing behind for the laser to target. If you’re going to invest in laser hair removal, skip waxing and tweezing for several weeks in preparation. Shaving is a safe method for hair removal before laser treatment. 
  • No Tanning or Sunless Tanners- Our laser device targets melanin, a type of pigment in the hair. Melanin is also found in the skin, at much higher levels when the skin is tanned. If you’re tan, the laser won’t be as effective. Sunless tanners also interfere with laser treatments and should be avoided. During the summer this can be challenging, but smooth legs and a hair-free bikini line are worth the extra effort. 
  • Give Yourself a Shave- Long hair can burn the skin during a laser treatment. Shave the area we’re treating the day before you come in. Remember, it will be a week or two before you see results from your laser treatment; you’re going to want a fresh shave. 

 

Recovery After Laser Hair Removal

We love beautiful Southern California all year round, but during the summer, our hearts live at the beach. We know you don’t want to hole up for weeks recovering from a laser treatment. With laser hair reduction, you don’t have to. Our patients return to daily activities immediately with few activity restrictions. Missing work or social engagements isn’t necessary. 

If you’ve ever experienced a mild sunburn, you have a good idea what recovery will feel like. The skin will be red, slightly tender, and mildly swollen. If it bothers you, use a cold compress to cool and relieve the area. Dr. Sajjadian can also recommend post-treatment moisturizing creams to soothe skin irritation. These side effects are temporary and resolve in a day or two. 

When you hit the beach, make sure you use sunscreen. After laser treatments, the skin is more likely to discolor temporarily if exposed to too much sun.  

 

Laser Hair Removal Challenges

Cosmetic lasers are one of our favorite options for hair removal, but good results require careful planning and the right patient. Learn about the challenges associated with this long lasting hair removal option. 

 

Red, Gray, or Light Colored Hair

There are two different types of melanin. The pigment eumelanin is abundant in dark colored hair and is the type of melanin targeted by our laser. Patients with red or blonde hair have higher levels of another type of melanin, pheomelanin. Laser hair removal may be less effective for patients with red, gray, or blonde hair coloration. 

Lighter hair isn’t an automatic disqualification for laser treatment, but it is something that we’ll need to chat about. Generally, darker blondes and reds respond better to treatment than lighter colorations.  Dark brown and black hair is best. 

 

Dark Skin Tones

Contrast between skin and hair makes it easier for the laser to target hair, without burning the skin.  We achieve our best results on fair to olive skinned patients with dark hair. 

 

Hair Thickness

Fine, thin hair is less responsive to laser treatment. Our cosmetic lasers do an excellent job on bikini lines and leg hair, but aren’t as effective on that fine, vellus hair on the face, aka “peach fuzz”. The thicker your hair, the better your results. For fine hair, ask us about other treatment options. 

 

Laser Only Treats Actively Growing Hair

Hair cycles through three growth phases: active or anagen, transitional or catagen, and resting or telogen. Laser hair removal only treats actively growing hair. At any given time, you’ll have hair in all three phases on the body. 

To ensure that every hair on the body receives laser energy while in the growth phase, we’ll perform multiple hair removal treatments. Each session is spaced a few weeks apart, so hairs can cycle into a new phase before the next treatment is performed. You’ll see hair reduction after each treatment. 

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

When we ask patients how their hair removal treatment feels, the responses are varied. Some report a slight pinch when the laser fires. Others compare the sensation to a hot snap of a rubber band. Many patients say that laser hair removal is less painful than waxing or tweezing. 

Whatever your pain tolerance, we want you to feel comfortable during treatment. We have anesthetic creams available and can numb the treatment area prior to using the laser. Some laser devices are equipped with cooling mechanisms to increase patient comfort. 

What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?

If you have hair there, our lasers can probably treat it. We perform laser hair reduction from head to toe. Popular areas for summertime treatment on women include:

  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Legs

Men love laser hair reduction too and come in for summertime back and chest hair removal. 

 

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Laser hair reduction is a process, and most patients will need several treatments. How many will you need? There isn’t a simple answer to this question. Your hair and skin color, along with the area that we’re treating will affect your results. Typically, 2-6 treatment sessions are needed. 

We realize that its summer now and you may be worried that its too late for laser hair reduction this season. Although you likely won’t achieve full results this summer, we still encourage you to come in. Each treatment will remove a percentage of hair, from the very first treatment. If you start hair reduction now, you’ll have less hair and smoother skin by the end of the summer. Since results are long lasting, you’ll likely enjoy the results next summer and beyond too. And don’t forget, summer isn’t the only time for hair removal. In beautiful Southern California, its shorts weather most of the year. 

Are Results Permanent?

Our laser hair reduction treatments offer long lasting results, near permanent for many patients. Hair can grow back, often many months or years later. Usually, this regrowth is still much less hair than you had prior to treatment. If regrowth occurs and bothers you, schedule a touch-up hair removal treatment or two. 

Silky Smooth Legs Are Just the Beginning- Other Options for Summer Body Perfection

Get started on your summer body with laser hair removal in Newport Beach, but don’t stop there. Other popular summertime procedures include:

  • Breast Augmentation- Fill out that bikini top with rounded, full breasts. Breast augmentation creates your ideal breast size and shape. This treatment is popular year-round, but especially in the months leading up to summer. 
  • Vein Therapy- Shorts and spider veins aren’t a happy combination. Our vein therapy treatments can fade spider veins, varicose veins, and other visible leg vein abnormalities. This treatment is an excellent complement to hair removal on the legs. 
  • Gynecomastia Treatment- Our most popular summer cosmetic treatment for men is male breast reduction. Take off your top without embarrassment from over developed male breast tissue. 
  • Liposuction- Slim down your trouble spots for summer. Liposuction removes fat from those stubborn hard to lose areas like the love handles and abdomen. 
  • Tummy Tuck- Get your bikini belly back! A tummy tuck restores a tighter, flatter abdominal area after pregnancy, weight loss, and aging. 

We’re in full summer preparation mode here and are ready to help you remove stubborn hair, tighten up, and enhance from head to toe for your most beautiful summer yet. Let us know how we can help you achieve summer body perfection. 

Call Us to Schedule Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment in Southern California

Don’t let hairy legs keep you from a last-minute beach trip this summer. Call Dr. Sajjadian’s office at 949-515-0550 to schedule your laser hair removal treatment in Newport Beach, CA

Breast Augmentation and the Athlete: What Women Need to Know

Living an active lifestyle often means smaller breasts. Physical activity reduces body fat, and women don’t get to choose which areas lose fat. The belly and the breasts are both affected equally by fat reduction. Breasts are largely comprised of fatty tissue and lowered fat levels means smaller breasts. Many female athletes turn to breast augmentation to increase cup size and create a full, shapely breast appearance.

Breast augmentation is a highly effective option for increasing the breast size of female athletes. However, an active lifestyle does create a few complications for successful breast augmentation surgery. Choose a breast surgeon that has worked extensively with active patients and that knows how to successfully navigate the challenges of low body fat, high activity levels, and frequently used pectoral muscles in breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Size and Athletes

Ask any woman with large breasts and she’ll tell you that exercise isn’t always easy. A recent study found a direct correlation between breast size and activity levels. The larger a woman’s breasts were, the less likely she was to exercise. This is understandable. Breasts can make exercise difficult, especially high movement exercises like running.

If exercise and an active lifestyle are important to you, we’ll need to choose breast implant size carefully. You’ll want implants that are large enough to make an impact, but not so large that they interfere with your favorite sports and activities. We find that small to moderately sized implants provide feminine and attractive curves for our patients with an athletic build.

Another breast implant size consideration is coverage. To create the naturally looking breast augmentation results he’s known for, Dr. Sajjadian uses natural breast tissue to cover breast implants. Your natural tissues help to ensure that your implants feel natural once inside of the breast. These tissues also cover the implant, blurring the lines between natural breast and implant.

When there is little natural breast tissue, it can be difficult to cover a larger size implant. Techniques like fat grafting and submuscular placement can help to camouflage and hide implants on patients with less natural breast tissue.

Over or Under the Pectoral Muscle?

The pectoral muscles are frequently used in sports and athletic activities, in everything from running to weight lifting. The pectoral muscle also plays an important role in breast augmentation. Each breast implant is placed either over or under the pectoral muscle. Each placement option offers benefits that we’ll discuss in depth during your consultation. For athletes, Dr. Sajjadian often recommends that breast implants be placed over the pectoral muscle, in a type of implant placement called sub glandular placement.

Placing the breast implant over the chest muscle reduces downtime and allows many patients to return to physical activity and exercise sooner. Additionally, an implant placed under the pectoral muscle may distort when the chest muscles are flexed.

How Quickly Can I Return to Exercise After Breast Augmentation?

The recovery process is one of the most difficult parts of breast augmentation for many of our patients. Sitting around and waiting to recover is a challenge for those with an active lifestyle. Recovery progresses quickly after breast augmentation, and you’ll be back to running, lifting, hiking, and swimming soon. Give your body time to heal, and skip the gym until you’ve received the all-clear from Dr. Sajjadian.

Lifting, straining, and vigorous exercise should be avoided throughout the recovery process. Most patients can return to work in about two weeks. Exercise takes longer. Plan on skipping out on strenuous exercises for at least six weeks after surgery. You need time to heal after breast augmentation.

A lack of body fat means a lack of breasts for many of our athletic patients. Keep the muscle tone and create feminine, full breasts with breast augmentation surgery. Call our Newport Beach plastic surgery office at 949-515-0550 to schedule your breast surgery consultation with Dr. Sajjadian.

 

Knowing When You Need Revision Rhinoplasty

revision rhinoplasty

“Oops” isn’t a word that anyone wants to use to describe their rhinoplasty, but unfortunately, it can occur. If your rhinoplasty isn’t as expected or if you’re experiencing breathing problems or other complications after surgery, you may need revision rhinoplasty. A revision procedure corrects problems with a previous rhinoplasty, creating the results that should have happened the first time around.

If you’re considering revision rhinoplasty in Southern California, call 949-515-0550 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali Sajjadian. He is one of Newport Beach’s best rhinoplasty surgeons and is known around the world for his exceptional results with both first-time rhinoplasties and revision procedures. When you choose a skilled surgeon for your rhinoplasty, mistakes and problems are rare. The majority of our revision rhinoplasty patients come to us from other surgeons, particularly those with limited rhinoplasty experience.

Revision Rhinoplasty: When You Need a Rhinoplasty Do-Over

When you choose a skilled surgeon for your rhinoplasty, mistakes and problems are rare. The majority of our revision rhinoplasty patients come to us from other surgeons, potentially those with limited rhinoplasty experience. 

This is an issue that highlights the importance of vetting surgeons before committing to a procedure. Always ask about relevant experience and how many times the doctor has performed the procedure. It is also wise to ask to see patient testimonials, as well as before and after photos of the surgeon’s results.

Most plastic surgeons will have no problem answering your questions and showing you examples of their work. For many, their portfolios should be a source of pride. If your doctor seems hesitant or unwilling to share this information, it’s probably a good idea to ask around and do some independent research.

Patients typically request revision rhinoplasty for one of two reasons: poor aesthetic results or functional difficulties. Some patients will experience a combination of both cosmetic and functional problems. They may be unhappy with how their nose looks or struggling with breathing difficulties. Whatever the case, we’ll work with you to make things right.

The Difficulties of Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated nasal surgeries. Often the nasal structure is compromised, and your surgeon must be highly experienced to achieve good results without creating further damage. Dr. Sajjadian often performs revision procedures on patients that received their initial rhinoplasty with another surgeon. He uses advanced imaging technologies to visualize the nose and create a treatment plan. He talks extensively with revision rhinoplasty patients before surgery to find out what went wrong, and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

One of the biggest factors that makes revision surgery so challenging is the presence of scar tissue. While there is likely no scarring on the outside of your nose, it will be present from the incisions of the initial procedure. The more scarring there is, the longer and more complicated the revision can become. Excess scarring can impact how the nose heals after revision surgery. This scarring can lead to unpredictable results.

The structural integrity of the nose is an important factor as well. During rhinoplasty, after the reshaping of the nose, septal cartilage is often used to add strength. However, this usually means that there is not enough septal cartilage leftover for further use in revision surgery. This means that the doctor may have to use cartilage from the ears or even ribs to make up the difference.

Revision rhinoplasty is surgically complex, and it can also be emotionally trying for patients. No one dreams of a rhinoplasty gone wrong, and our revision patients are often frustrated, angry, and nervous. Dr. Sajjadian understands the unique concerns that revision patients face and works closely with them for a more positive rhinoplasty experience.

Do I Need Revision Rhinoplasty?

There are a variety of reasons you may be unhappy with your initial rhinoplasty, whether the fault was with a surgeon or whether because complications arose during the healing process.

Sometimes breathing can become obstructed as a result of the surgery – a problem which may not become apparent until after healing. It’s even possible that a preexisting issue is worsened by the procedure. Both of these are cause to consider undergoing a procedure again.

It is also possible to compromise the results of your initial surgery through trauma or injury during the healing process. While the initial and most crucial recovery period after rhinoplasty is around three weeks, there may still be minor swelling for up to six months. During this time, damage to the nose can alter what would have otherwise been desirable results. This might be something as serious as a car accident or as simple as dropping your phone on your face in bed.

If you’re unhappy with your rhinoplasty results, for any reason, you should first communicate with your surgeon. It usually takes one year to reduce the swelling after surgery and have close to final result. Revision rhinoplasty can correct many post-rhinoplasty complaints including deviated septum, nasal obstruction, dissatisfaction with size or shape, asymmetry, and compromised nasal structure.

How Soon After Rhinoplasty Can I Schedule a Revision Rhinoplasty in Newport Beach, CA?

Good things are worth the wait, and in the case of revision rhinoplasty, patience is needed.

As previously mentioned, a nose job can take a long time to fully heal. While the initial recovery period is only about three weeks before being able to resume normal social activities, it can be six months before the tissue is fully healed and the swelling is completely gone.

During this recovery period, and even for a time after, your nose is still settling, and its final shape might not have the flaws or asymmetries that initially bothered you. In some cases, what bothers you most may simply be that your face – the face you’ve known your whole life – is different. This difference may cause a feeling of uneasiness, but with time you may find that your new nose grows on you.

Dr. Sajjadian asks patients to wait at least a year after their original rhinoplasty. Why is waiting necessary? It takes time for the nose to heal and for all swelling to go down. Waiting ensures that the nose is healed and ready for another surgical procedure. Wait at least a year after your first rhinoplasty to schedule your revision surgery.

What to Consider When Scheduling Your Revision Rhinoplasty

Just like your initial surgery, revision rhinoplasty requires preparation and planning ahead. There are a number of things to consider when planning for your procedure.

For starters, allow yourself time to get comfortable with your doctor and their work. Let them get to know you and better understand what you’re looking for and what your expectations are. Sometimes, the results you’re looking for might be unrealistic, and the doctor will need time to lay out a treatment plan to help you meet their goals to the best of their ability.

It’s also important to keep in mind that, just like before, you will need to schedule about three weeks off from work, social activities, and anything requiring strenuous effort. If you have any events coming up – weddings, conventions, vacations, etc. – you will need to schedule your surgery around them. You may want to plan the procedure for after these events, or well before them if you have the time.

Get the Records from Your Previous Surgeon

The doctor performing your revision will likely be able to tell a great deal just by examining your nose. However, it’s best to acquire your medical records from the surgeon who performed the initial rhinoplasty. These records will contain your prior doctor’s notes, pre-op photographs, and an operative summary of the first procedure.

Revision rhinoplasty is significantly more complicated than an initial surgery. As such, it’s important that your new doctor has as much information as possible, and your surgical record may contain notes that help avoid future complications.

Some patients may find it uncomfortable to approach their old doctor for records to take to their new doctor. The feeling is understandable, but it’s important to remember that your medical records are legally your property and exist for your own safety.

Avoiding Rhinoplasty Complications

Like any surgery, revision rhinoplasty comes with a small set of risks, but there are a number of ways to mitigate these risks. The first and most important of these is to find the right surgeon. No matter how unhappy you might be with your initial results, rushing to fix it is not the answer. Take your time, research well-reviewed surgeons in your area, try finding and talking to others who can provide first-hand testimonials.

Make sure your new surgeon is experienced and has a background of revision rhinoplasty. A doctor who is less experienced is less likely to know what complications can be expected or how to avoid them. It should go without saying that an experienced surgeon is unlikely to give you better results than your initial practitioner.

Revision rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. While the surgery itself takes several hours and you’ll spend several more hours in recovery, you will be going home afterwards where you are 100% responsible for your own aftercare. Failing to follow the doctor’s instructions for the healing process can result in complications and a less-desirable result. If you do experience any warning signs or something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to call your doctor about it.

Although revision surgery can correct many problems, it is easier to avoid a second surgery altogether. Choosing an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Sajjadian for your first rhinoplasty will significantly reduce the risk of needing a revision rhinoplasty later.

Make the Right Choice – Consult an Expert

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. That is to say that beauty is subjective. What is attractive to one person may be completely unappealing to another. When searching for your revision rhinoplasty surgeon, it’s important to not only confirm their experience and the quality of their prior work, but also their aesthetic sense.

Ensure that you look through their portfolio of before and after pictures and pay close attention to any patients who have similar features to yours. Make sure that the results your new doctor produces line up with your goals and expectations.

If you need a revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Sajjadian is one of the best surgeons in the area to work with. He is triple board certified, highly trained, and has performed countless successful rhinoplasties and revision rhinoplasties. We’re here to help if things didn’t go as planned with your first-time nasal surgery.

To schedule your revision rhinoplasty consultation in Newport Beach, CA contact Dr. Ali Sajjadian, triple board certified plastic surgeon.

Important Topics to Cover at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon is no easy task, but you do have an important tool available to help you find the right fit, your plastic surgery consultation. A consultation gives prospective patients an opportunity to test drive plastic surgery practices and get one-on-one time with potential surgeons. If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty in Southern California, we would love to meet with you. Call 949-515-0550 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali Sajjadian today. He is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and is highly trained and experienced performing rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, non-surgical nose job,  and nasal obstruction correction.

A consultation is a valuable tool. Prepare carefully for yours so you don’t waste it. Asking the right questions and getting key information will make it much easier to choose your rhinoplasty surgeon when the time comes. We’ve prepared this guide to help prospective patients prepare for their rhinoplasty consultation with us.

Be Completely Honest with Your Plastic Surgeon

Lying is never good, but at a rhinoplasty consultation, it can be deadly. Your surgeon needs to have an honest and straightforward dialogue with you. Answer all questions to the best of your ability, and if you’re not sure of an answer, let us know. There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your answers. We have heard it all. Honesty is key for a successful plastic surgery consultation and is essential for staying safe and achieving your desired results.

What Will We Discuss During A Rhinoplasty Consultation?

A rhinoplasty consultation is information packed. We will talk about the procedure in great detail. Come well rested, attentive, and ready to learn. We do customize each consultation, so your experience may vary, but we typically cover many of the following topics during a rhinoplasty consultation.

  • Surgical Goals- What do you want from rhinoplasty? Dr. Sajjadian will ask about your aesthetic and functional goals for nasal surgery. Tell us what you hope to look like. Point out the parts of your nose that you like and dislike the most. Make sure you tell Dr. Sajjadian about any breathing difficulties you’re experiencing.
  • Surgeon Qualifications- Dr. Sajjadian is one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Southern California. Learn about his qualifications and see before and after photos and patient testimonials.
  • Medical History- Safety is important to us and to ensure a safe procedure, we need to understand your medical history. Tell us about any medical conditions you have and any previous surgeries. We’ll also ask about medications, supplements, vitamins, etc. Let us know if you smoke or use tobacco products. Dr. Sajjadian may also ask about alcohol usage. If you’re taking medications, bring the bottles along so we can see exactly what you’re using, and at what dosage.
  • Physical Examination- Dr. Sajjadian will carefully examine your nose and nasal area. Some patients may need imaging. This helps us establish a baseline so we can plan your rhinoplasty and create your best results.
  • Treatment Recommendations- After an examination and chat about your goals, Dr. Sajjadian can offer treatment advice. This will be personalized advice that focuses on the best options to reach your goals.
  • Complementary Procedures- Some rhinoplasty patients will benefit from other procedures in addition to their nasal surgery. Common pair ups with rhinoplasty include chin and cheek implants, facelift, eyelid surgery, and ear surgery.
  • Personal Responsibilities- We partner with our patients in rhinoplasty surgery. We’ll talk about your responsibilities and care requirements before and after surgery. We’ll also talk about the recovery process and what to expect.
  • Cost and Financing- Learn about the cost of rhinoplasty in Newport Beach, CA and explore your financing and payment options.
  • Questions and Answers- Most patients have questions and we are always happy to answer them. We always leave time for some Q&A during every rhinoplasty consultation.

If you’re ready to get started on your rhinoplasty journey, give us a call and schedule a consultation. You don’t have to be certain that rhinoplasty is right for you to schedule one. A consultation will help you explore your options and make an informed choice about rhinoplasty.

The Surprising Reasons that Can Stop You from Achieving a Flat Tummy

diastasis recti

Fitness magazines tell you that a flat tummy is always possible. Buy the magazine, do a few exercises, and you’ll have a tight, flat stomach, probably with a six-pack. Reality tells many of our patients a different story. They have cut calories, lost weight, and exercised religiously, but a flat tummy continues to elude them. Many wonder what they are doing wrong.

It is easy to get discouraged when you’re working hard and not seeing results, but don’t give up yet. Call Dr. Ali Sajjadian, a top plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA to discuss your options for body contouring in Newport Beach, CA. There may be underlying reasons that are keeping you from your tummy goals, and once we find and correct them, success is more achievable. We’ve helped countless patients discover a flat tummy through plastic surgery. We would love to help you.

Diet and Weight Loss Aren’t Always Enough

The standard advice for improving the body is always the same: diet and exercise. While these two steps are essential for health and lifestyle, they don’t always produce the desired aesthetic results. Plain and simple, diet and exercise aren’t always enough to have sexy curves and a flat tummy, especially if you have hormones and genetics fighting against you.

We’re not suggesting that diet and exercise aren’t necessary. Both are essential to good health and optimal appearance. They are also some of the most effective options for natural weight loss available. Diet and exercise are essential, but they are only part of the puzzle.

If you’re struggling to achieve your ideal abdominal appearance, you’re not alone, and you may be doing everything right. Factors outside of your control could cause stubborn rolls and bulges in your tummy area. If you are pregnant, have given birth and over the age of 35, you could have a condition known as diastasis recti.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti (abdominal separation) is a medical condition in which the muscles of the abdomen separate. The abdominal muscles are two paired muscles that run vertically through the abdominal area. These muscles are normally positioned closely together, with minimal space in between.

The condition is quite common during pregnancy, with around two-thirds of women experiencing the condition during gestation. It can also occur in men or women that are not pregnant, although this is far less common.

One symptom of diastasis recti is an abdominal pooch, a condition where your belly becomes very prominent or “sticks out” resulting in the unflattering mommy pooch or mommy belly.

Other symptoms such as pelvic floor and abdominal weakness are common with diastasis recti. Urinary and rectal incompetence may occur. The condition can also cause abdominal and back pain and hernias.

How Common is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is very common. One study found that up to 60% of pregnant women are affected by the condition. It often resolves after pregnancy, but many women are still affected months, or years, after delivery.

There is some debate about the risk factors for diastasis recti. They may include age, number of pregnancies, and BMI. To fully understand the risk factors behind this condition, more research is needed

Diastasis Recti Treatment

Diastasis recti is treatable, even if you’ve had it for many years. The first line of treatment is often specialized abdominal exercise, under the supervision of a trained healthcare provider. Patients need to be careful to avoid further separation. Some exercises, including traditional abdominal exercises like crunches, can cause damage in patients with diastasis recti. Work with your doctor or physical therapist to help strengthen and tighten your core muscles using gentle and safe exercise options.

Many patients with diastasis recti will require abdominoplasty to repair the separation. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can repair abdominal muscle separation. In addition to removing fat and excess skin, a tummy tuck also strengthens and tightens the abdominal muscles. They are stitched back together, strengthening the weak central ridge. These stitches remain in place after a tummy tuck, acting as an internal girdle and helping the abdomen to maintain its new, flattened appearance.

Stubborn Belly Fat

Another detractor from a tight, flat tummy is stubborn belly fat. Everyone has those areas where they easily gain weight, and for many of our patients, the abdomen is a trouble spot. This stubborn fat can be difficult to lose and often occurs in patients that are at a healthy weight.

Stubborn fat can be resistant to traditional fat loss methods and may require surgical intervention. Dr. Sajjadian often recommends liposuction to patients that struggle with isolated pockets of unwanted fat. Abdominal liposuction can effectively remove this fat, often changing the contours of the body permanently.

Liposuction for Stubborn Fat

Commonly considered a weight loss treatment, liposuction is one of the misunderstood plastic surgery treatments we offer. In reality, liposuction isn’t for weight loss. It is a powerful body contouring option that removes fat to sculpt and shape areas of the body. For full body weight loss, choose diet and exercise, but for a trouble spot, liposuction is key.

Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, including the abdomen. If you’re struggling with unwanted belly fat, come in for a liposuction consultation and explore your options with triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sajjadian.

We offer three different types of liposuction: tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and ultrasonic liposuction. Dr. Sajjadian will recommend one of these options during your consultation and will explain why this type of liposuction is an effective treatment option.

Although there are slight variations in the procedure between each type of liposuction, the basics of the treatment are always similar. Liposuction begins with a small incision, just large enough for a metal tube, called a cannula, to fit through. The cannula is inserted, and suction is applied to remove fat cells from the body.

Liposuction involves much more than fat removal. The fat is strategically removed to create better contours and to enhance the body’s shape. Dr. Sajjadian has performed countless liposuction procedures throughout his career and is one of the best trained, most experienced plastic surgeons in his area of expertise.

Do Fat Cells Regenerate After Removal?

Liposuction offers near-permanent results for many of our patients. In adulthood, fat cells grow and shrink in size, but remain fairly stable in number. When you gain weight, the many fat cells in your body swell and grow. Likewise, when weight decreases, the fat cells shrink.

Unlike weight loss that shrinks fat cells, liposuction removes them, decreasing their overall number in the body. The fat cells that remain can still grow if you gain weight, but new fat cells are unlikely. Patients that remain at a stable weight will typically enjoy a lifelong improvement in the areas treated after liposuction.

Do I Need Liposuction?

If you’re close to your ideal weight, but can’t seem to shake that abdominal bulge, come see Dr. Sajjadian and ask about liposuction. This treatment is effective for most patients.

If you’re trying to lose weight, keep working at it and see us when you’re close to your ideal. Patients achieve better results when liposuction is used for body sculpting instead of weight loss.

Loose Abdominal Skin

The skin is elastic, but it only stretches and contracts so much. After pregnancy or massive weight loss, loose, excess skin may remain in the abdominal area and other areas where weight loss has occurred. This extra skin hangs around, creating rolls and hiding your flat tummy. All the crunches in the world won’t bring your six pack out of hiding if you have loose skin covering it up.

Diet and exercise do nothing to shrink skin. Surgical removal of this excess skin is one of the most effective ways to address the problem. Come in for a consultation, and we’ll explore your options for tightening excess abdominal skin.

  • Post-Bariatric Surgery in Newport Beach, CA- Losing a massive amount of weight, as often occurs after bariatric surgery, leaves the body with a lot of excess skin. Post-weight loss body contouring helps patients to shed this extra skin and rediscover confidence in their body’s appearance. Dr. Sajjadian combines body contouring treatments to reshape areas that are most impacted by the weight loss. Common abdominal procedures include liposuction and tummy tuck. Don’t stop your weight loss journey with weight loss, shape and contour your body with post-bariatric body contouring to achieve the results you’re dreaming of.
  • Tummy Tuck- If your excess skin is concentrated in the abdominal area, a tummy tuck is the solution. This procedure tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin. A tummy tuck is one of the most requested procedures from our mommy makeover It is a highly restorative option for post-pregnancy abdominal changes.
  • Non-Surgical Skin Tightening- Serious excess skin needs a serious solution, usually one of our surgical procedures. However, it doesn’t take a lot of extra skin to affect abdominal appearance. Even a minor amount of lost elasticity can affect the shape and tightness of the abdomen. Our non-surgical body contouring procedures use the powerful In-Mode laser to tighten skin and improve elasticity. We offer Forma and Forma Plus, as well as Body FX. A series of treatments is needed to achieve optimal results.

Each treatment offers benefits. A consultation with Dr. Sajjadian is key to finding your best fit. Let’s explore your options together!

Maintaining Your Flat Tummy After Plastic Surgery

After you’ve achieved flat tummy perfection through liposuction, a tummy tuck, or one of our non-surgical treatment offerings, maintain your new look. The treatments we offer are highly effective and long-lasting. They require minimal maintenance after surgery.

Our biggest tip is to stay at a stable weight. Weight gain and loss affects bodily curves and contours, and not always in a good way. Increases or decreases of more than a couple pounds could negatively affect your body contouring results.  Maintaining weight may be easier than you think. Many patients find that plastic surgery is highly motivating. They see their new look and feel inspired to work harder toward fitness goals.

Pregnancy is another no-no if you want your results to last. We typically recommend that patients schedule their abdominal shaping treatments after pregnancy. If you’re hoping for another baby in the future, it may be best to wait for liposuction or tummy tuck surgery in Southern California. Although pregnancy is perfectly safe after these procedures, it does change the body, often causing stubborn fat and loose skin to reoccur.

I’ve Done My Best, but I’m Not Seeing Results

Tummy troubles are one of the most common aesthetic body complaints we hear, but luckily, these are easily treated with plastic surgery.

Dr. Sajjadian is a multi-awarded, triple board certified plastic surgeon who serves the Newport Beach and surrounding Orange County areas. Dr. Sajjadian specializes in creating advanced techniques in aesthetic procedures for the nose, face, breast, and body. Dr. Sajjadian’s reputation as an excellent plastic surgeon is evidenced by his numerous glowing reviews from patients.

If you’ve tried changing your diet and tried doing exercise, but still have a tummy pooch, a consultation with Dr. Sajjadian can help you understand the hidden issues that are keeping you from a flat tummy. Call us at 949-515-0550 today and get the figure you deserve.

Your Guide to Hispanic Rhinoplasty

Hispanic Rhinoplasty enables you to alter your nose shape, allowing you to achieve a nose that better complements your natural face. By adjusting the nasal bridge, width, and smoothing any unwanted bumps or curves, you can fulfill the appearance you’ve always dreamed of. Please view the infographic below to find out more about how Hispanic Rhinoplasty can help you!

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 949-515-0550.

Breast Augmentation Options for the Most Natural Looking Results

Natural looking breast augmentation is trending in cosmetic surgery, and it’s a trend we love. As one of the top breast surgeons in the area, Dr. Sajjadian is well known for his natural-looking results, and he loves working with women from across Southern California and beyond. Our patients want to feel feminine and confident while retaining a natural-looking breast appearance, both in and out of clothing.

Breast implants don’t have to be obvious. You see women with implants every single day, but you wouldn’t know they had them unless they told you. Dr. Sajjadian is known throughout the area for his breast surgery skill and stunning, natural-looking results. He is one of only a few plastic surgeons to carry board-certification from three medical boards. Call us to schedule your cosmetic breast surgery consultation in Newport Beach, CA today.

Breast Augmentation: You’ve Got Options

To achieve natural-looking breast augmentation results on women of every shape and size, customization is key. Your BFF may be able to rock size 38 D breasts, but if you’re smaller or shorter, breasts of this size may be too large. Your height, weight, chest size, quantity of natural breast tissue, personal preferences, and lifestyle all play a role in determining your ideal breast appearance. Dr. Sajjadian spends time with each patient, carefully examining them and communicating to understand preferences, goals, and lifestyle so he can craft their ideal breasts in the operating room. His skill as a triple board-certified plastic surgeon is invaluable in ensuring natural looking and beautiful results for every patient.

What are your options for breast augmentation? During your consultation, we’ll start creating your customized surgical plan as we review the many options available. Dr. Sajjadian will explain the benefits and difficulties associated with each option. If there is a strong benefit to one option over another, Dr. Sajjadian will share recommendations and explain why a certain technique or implant type will be most effective. You’ve got lots of options, but our experienced team will guide you through them. Call us to schedule your consultation to create your customized breast surgery plan.

Before your consultation, spend some time visualizing your ideal breasts. Do you want lots of cleavage or a little? Big, small, or just right breasts? We love it when patients bring photos with them to their consultation. Remember, there are many options, but some will need to work with the anatomy you’ve already got. There may be some limitation to what we can achieve, but most women are absolutely delighted with the natural-looking breast augmentation results Dr. Sajjadian creates.

Breast Implant Type

Breast implants are available in three different types: saline, silicone gel, and form-stable (gummy bear) implants. Dr. Sajjadian uses all three types for natural looking breast augmentation. Due to safety concerns and the possible risks involved, Dr. Sajjadian does not use textured breast implants. Our smooth silicone gel implants have proven to be safe with no known risks using data from a 10-year study on implants.

  • Saline Breast Implants – Saline implants offer the unique advantage of unfilled placement. The silicone shell of the implant is placed into the breast unfilled. Once it is in place, the implant is carefully filled with a sterile saline solution. This allows for a smaller insertion incision. Saline breast implants are also FDA approved for use on younger women, 18+ compared to 22+ for silicone options. Saline breast implants are generally the most affordable breast implant option, averaging about 25% less than similarly sized silicone options.
  • Silicone Gel Implants – Silicone gel implants are the most popular breast implant option. The soft, smooth gel feels very much like natural breast tissue. These implants offer a softer feel than a saline implant, especially in women with less natural breast tissue for coverage. Modern silicone implants are sturdy, long lasting, and designed to last for many years.
  • Cohesive Gel Implants – The newest type of breast implant available is best known by its nickname, the “gummy bear implant.” These implants are a type of form stable breast implant, created using a thick, cohesive silicone gel shell. The durable shell of these implants offers superior shape retention and protection against leakage and ruptures. Cohesive gel implants are a popular option for natural looking breast augmentation as they have a tapered shape, thinner at the top with more projection at the bottom, mimicking natural breast shape.

Saline, silicone, and form-stable implants are all excellent options for breast augmentation surgery, each with unique benefits that we’ll discuss during your plastic surgery consultation.

Breast Implant Shape

Implants come in both round and shaped options. The shape of the implant helps to create the final shape of the breast. Both options can create a natural looking result when used properly and by a skilled plastic surgeon.

  • Round- Outside of the breast, a round breast implant looks similar in shape to a jelly donut. They are perfectly symmetrical and round, with a flattened middle. Round implants are available in both saline and silicone implant types. Round is the most common implant shape and creates a very natural looking result, both when standing and lying down. The saline or silicone inside of a round implant settles when standing, creating a natural breast shape that is wider at the bottom, thinner at the top.
  • Shaped or Anatomical Implants- Shaped breast implants are modeled after the natural breast shape. They are flatter and thinner at the top, with a fuller bottom. Shaped implants are a popular choice for the natural looking breast shape they create. Implant rotation is a risk with a shaped implant, but using textured implants and special implantation techniques can reduce the odds of this occurring. Shaped implants are also called anatomical breast implants or teardrop implants.

Implant Size

Breast implants are generally measured in CCs, a form of measurement that is very common in medical settings, but unfamiliar to many of our patients. CC is short for cubic centimeter and is a measurement of volume. If you’re more familiar with ounces, you can convert CCs to ounces by dividing by 29.5.

We recommend that you forget about CCs and cup size completely. Focus instead on the look you hope to achieve from your cosmetic breast surgery. Look at pictures of celebrities and friends, bringing us photos of your ideal breast size. The rice test can also be helpful. Fill the boot section of a pair of pantyhose with measured rice. Place in a sports bra and take your new look for a test drive. Add or subtract rice until you find your desired size. Take notes throughout the testing process, and bring them along to your consultation.

Size matters, but numbers don’t. We’ll help you create a look you love with appropriately size breast implants for a natural look.

Projection

As you prepare for your breast augmentation, we bet you’ll start noticing breasts. Pay attention to the many shapes and sizes of female breasts. Two women with identically sized breasts can have a dramatically different breast appearance, largely due to projection, or how far the breasts extend from the chest wall.

Think for a minute about an 8 oz. cup of water. You could pour the water into a short, wide vessel or a tall and thin one. The quantity of water doesn’t change, but its appearance certainly does. The same is true for implant projection. By modifying the size of the base of the implant, and how far the implant will extend off of the chest wall, we can create your ideal breast shape.

We offer low, moderate, and high projection implants, in every type, size, and shape of the breast implant we offer. Generally, high projection implants offer the fullest, roundest, and most noticeable results. Our natural looking breast augmentation patients generally prefer a moderate projection implant. Some women with a wide chest will benefit from a low profile implant.

Breast Implant Placement

Breast implants are placed inside of the breast, either over or under the pectoral muscle. Generally, a submuscular placement offers a more natural looking result. The muscle helps to cover and hide the implant, smoothing edges and reducing the odds of implant rippling.

Subglandular implant placement, or placement over the pectoral muscle, may yield a more natural looking result in patients that frequently lift heavy weights. With sufficient natural breast tissue, good results are possible with both placement options.

Breast implants are inserted into the breast through a small, carefully hidden incision. There are four primary options for incision placement. Dr. Sajjadian is experienced using all of the major breast implant incision options.

  • Peri-areolar- The peri-areolar incision is made around the outer edge of the areola, along with the line where darker areola and breast skin meet. Scarring fades to invisibility along the color transition, and most patients notice minimal scarring after they’ve healed.
  • Trans-axillary- The trans-axillary incision is placed under the arm, in the armpit. It leaves no breast scarring and a small incision that is unseen unless the arms are lifted. The trans-axillary incision can be used only once, so if revision surgery is needed, a new incision site must be selected.
  • Inframammary- The inframammary incision is the most popular breast augmentation incision by far. It is placed under the breast, in the fold where the breast meets the chest wall. This incision provides optimal access to the breast and muscle tissues for a very natural looking breast augmentation result. After surgery, the incision is hidden by the overhang of the breast and is practically unnoticeable on most patients.
  • TUBA- The TUBA technique for breast augmentation is very delicate and complex. Many surgeons do not have the experience necessary to offer this specialized and advanced technique. Dr. Sajjadian is one of only a few Southern California plastic surgeons to offer TUBA breast augmentation. TUBA is short for trans-umbilical breast augmentation. The incision is placed in the belly button, and an unfilled saline implant travels up from the abdomen into the breast, guided by an endoscope. Once it is in place, the implant is filled. This option leaves no breast scarring but is very time-consuming.

Each incision type offers benefits that we’ll discuss in depth during your consultation.

Complementary Procedures: Breast Lift for Sagging Breasts

Women with sagging breasts may benefit from a breast lift, performed at the same time as their breast augmentation. By combining these two procedures, we can treat moderate and severe breast sagging, while simultaneously enhancing breast size. Breast augmentation + breast lift is often performed after pregnancy, as part of our mommy makeover.

If sagging is present, a lift helps to ensure a good result from breast implants. Although an implant does eliminate a little sag by adding more volume, it doesn’t tighten skin. This leads to a saggy, deflated breast, even with implants. Combining a breast lift with implants ensures a good aesthetic result.

These two procedures are frequently combined and do not increase risk or recovery times significantly.

Breast Implant Revision

For women who have already undergone a breast augmentation procedure with another plastic surgeon but are dissatisfied with the size or placement of their old implants, Dr. Sajjadian offers breast implant removal and replacement procedures. Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to address whatever your concerns are about their appearance and any discomfort you might have that might not have been addressed during your previous procedure.

Dr. Sajjadian is a multi-awarded, triple board certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and expertise of advanced techniques in aesthetic procedures for the face, nose, body, and breast.

If you are dissatisfied with the look of your breasts, or have had a previous breast augmentation procedure but have never been completely satisfied with the results, Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to understand your preferences and unique goals so you can achieve the ideal figure you’ve always wanted.

Call 949-515-0550 to schedule your cosmetic breast surgery with Dr. Ali Sajjadian today.

 

Not Ready for a Commitment? Try a Non-Surgical Nose Job

You try on clothes and test-drive cars, but when it comes to a nose job, you get what you get. Many of our patients want to change their nose but aren’t ready to commit to surgery. A busy job may prevent time away for recovery or the patient may be nervous about embracing a new look. If you’re not ready for rhinoplasty but want to change your nose, there are non-surgical options available. Come in for a consultation with our triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali Sajjadian, and ask about our non-surgical nose job.

A Nose Job Without Surgery? How Does Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Work?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the nose in as few as 15 minutes. Dermal fillers are injected into the nasal area, adding volume and reshaping the nose, without the need for stitches, incisions, or surgery.

The procedure is an outpatient procedure, performed at our beautiful office location. Dr. Sajjadian begins each non-surgical nose job by applying a numbing cream to the nose and surrounding tissues. Once the area is numb, Dr. Sajjadian injects filler, usually a hydroxylapatite filler like Radiesse® or a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvéderm® or Restylane®, into specific injection sites on and around the nose. Fat grafting is used occasionally in place of a conventional filler.

The procedure is quick, usually requiring less than 15 minutes. After the injections are completed, patients are free to leave and can even drive themselves home. Patients can return to work immediately, although some choose to take the rest of the day off.

Recovery symptoms are minimal and may include tenderness, bruising, redness, and swelling. These effects are minor and resolve quickly. We’ll check in on your results with a follow-up visit 2 weeks after your procedure. If any additional filler is needed, it can be applied at this time.

What Results Are Possible with Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

There are some limitations to non-surgical rhinoplasty, but you’d be surprised by the results we can achieve. This procedure exclusively uses dermal fillers to add volume. There is no tissue removal or extraction. Since a non-surgical nose job always adds volume and never removes it, some might think that the nose will always appear larger after this procedure, but that isn’t true. Smoothing and balancing imperfections in the nose can reduce the appearance of a prominent nose, even though volume is added. We use fillers to play tricks on the eyes, creating a more balanced facial appearance.  Bigger doesn’t always look bigger.

Think of it this way, a non-surgical rhinoplasty offers subtle tweaks and changes. A surgical rhinoplasty can address larger issues, like large nasal humps or crookedness. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is purely cosmetic and does not address breathing problems or structural issues within the nose. If you have a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or an obstructed airway, a surgical fix is likely needed.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty isn’t as versatile as a surgical rhinoplasty and results are limited, but for the right patient, this procedure can transform the nose without surgery. Is it the right fit for you? You won’t know without a consultation. Call us to schedule yours.

The Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Dr. Sajjadian firmly believes in providing options for his patients. Surgical rhinoplasty is a great fit for many of our patients, but not for everyone. Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers our patients another option, an alternative to rhinoplasty with many unique benefits of its own.

What are the benefits of a non-surgical nose job?

  • No downtime
  • No scarring
  • Minimal recovery and few side effects
  • Quick, 15-minute treatment
  • Immediately visible results
  • Results last up to 9 months, depending on the fillers used
  • Fully reversible with a hyaluronic acid filler
  • Lower commitment and less expensive than surgery
  • Drive yourself to and from treatment

What Are the Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

There are risks to any procedure, but with dermal fillers, these risks are very low. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a complex procedure and requires an experienced provider with extensive knowledge of nasal anatomy. Dr. Sajjadian’s complication rate for this procedure is very low and most patients enjoy beautiful results, with no adverse affects. We’ll discuss the risks of this procedure during your consultation, but overall, this procedure is very safe, much safer than surgery.

How Long Do Results Last After a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Unlike the lifelong results achieved through surgical rhinoplasty, non-surgical rhinoplasty is temporary. Regular retreatment will be a necessity if you love your results and want them to last. Many of our patients use non-surgical rhinoplasty temporarily and opt for longer lasting surgical correction when they are ready and able to commit to surgery. Take a new look for a test drive and if you love it, come back and talk with us about more permanent rhinoplasty options.

The fillers we use are long-lasting. Your results will vary and depends largely on your body’s response to treatment. The type of filler used can also impact longevity. Typically, non-surgical rhinoplasty results last for up to 9 months. If we use a hyaluronic acid filler for your treatment, reversal is possible if the results aren’t as expected.

Choosing a Surgeon for Your Non-Surgical Nose Job in Orange County, CA

In the hands of a skilled surgeon, dermal fillers can transform the nose in minutes. Dr. Sajjadian achieves beautiful and natural looking results for his non-surgical nose job patients, without ever picking up a scalpel. It took years to perfect his injection techniques.

The nose is difficult to inject. A mix of cartilage, bone, and skin, makes using fillers on the nose a complex undertaking. For the best results, you need a surgeon that is comfortable and familiar with this unique type of cosmetic enhancement. A non-surgical nose job does use fillers, but it is much more complicated. Only receive this procedure from a trusted doctor with experience injecting fillers into the nose.

In Southern California, Dr. Sajjadian is one of the most qualified providers of the non-surgical nose job. He is triple board certified by three medical boards, one of only a few aesthetic surgeons to hold this honor. He has performed countless non-surgical rhinoplasties on both men and women.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty for Ethnic Noses

Wanting to change your nose, doesn’t mean you want to change your culture. The Newport Beach area is extremely diverse. Dr. Sajjadian treats patients with ethnic roots stemming from every corner of the globe. He is a highly sought after ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon and has refined his non-surgical nose job techniques to address common nasal issues found in many local ethnicities.

Your nose is uniquely yours, but often shares characteristics common to your ethnicity and genetic heritage. Learn how non-surgical ethnic rhinoplasty is treating common nasal complaints about our diverse patients, right here in Newport Beach:

  • Middle Eastern- Patients from a Middle Eastern heritage often need strategically placed additional volume. This makes non-surgical options an easy fit for improving nasal appearance.
  • African American- Bridge and tip definition are common requests for our African American patients. Dr. Sajjadian uses fillers to augment and define these aesthetically critical areas.
  • Asian- Patients with Asian heritage often request a rounded nasal tip. We inject fillers into the tip to soften its appearance.
  • Caucasian- Patients with genetic roots in Western Europe may desire a straighter nose, both in a front and profile view. We use fillers to hide a dorsal bump or to lift a drooping nasal tip.
  • Latino- Increased tip definition can improve the nasal appearance of some Latino patients. Dr. Sajjadian uses fillers to create definition in the tip and to create better harmony between the nasal tip and the rest of the nose.

Although heritage may determine which nasal traits are most likely, we’ll use your anatomy and your desires, not your heritage to create a surgical plan. We customize each procedure, relying on Dr. Sajjadian’s deep understanding of facial anatomy and rhinoplasty.

Non-Surgical Revision Rhinoplasty in Newport Beach

A non-surgical technique is very popular for minor revisions when previous surgical rhinoplasty results weren’t as expected. Patients come to Dr. Sajjadian from across Southern California for advice and help after an unsatisfactory rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon. He is a skilled revision rhinoplasty surgeon and can surgically correct many problems using cartilage grafting and other advanced rhinoplasty techniques. He is also skilled at correcting minor bumps, hollows, and asymmetries using a non-surgical technique.

One of the difficulties of revision rhinoplasty is the slow healing of the nose. It can take up to a year for all nasal swelling to resolve after a surgical rhinoplasty. When rhinoplasty goes wrong, patients must wait for complete healing before revision is possible. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can make the wait easier by camouflaging abnormalities while the patient waits for complete healing.

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

We are pleased to offer both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty options to our patients. Although they share the common goal of refining the nose, these two procedures are very different. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to weigh options and choose a procedure.

Surgical rhinoplasties create a more dramatic result. They are permanent and results will last for a lifetime, with no retreatment needed. Non-surgical procedures are less invasive, more affordable, and more accessible. They allow patients to avoid surgery and “test drive” results. They are also a good fit for patients that need to minimize downtime.

Our Favorite Cosmetic Procedures for Commitment-phobes

If avoiding commitment is your thing, we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Take a quick peek at some of the other non-surgical, non-permanent options offered by Dr. Sajjadian.

  • Lip Augmentation- Perfect that pucker without implants and surgery. Hyaluronic acid fillers provide additional volume to the delicate lip tissues. These soft gel fillers feel very natural in the lips and offer natural looking augmentation for several months. Fillers can also smooth smoker’s lines on and around the lips.
  • Hand Rejuvenation- Aging hands are often overlooked. Give your hands some TLC with a rejuvenating treatment. Although we offer surgical options for the hands like skin excess correction and vein removal, many patients opt for a less invasive option. Skin treatments, peels, and lasers can smooth, thicken, and tighten the skin on the hands.
  • Facial Fillers- Our fully reversible hyaluronic fillers are ideal for patients that don’t want to commit. From smoothing wrinkles to restoring youthful contours, these versatile fillers will keep your appearance at its best. We carry a full line of dermal fillers including Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®.
  • Botox®– The top wrinkle fighting treatment in the U.S., Botox® doesn’t need an introduction. This powerful neuromodulator helps to relax wrinkle-causing muscles. We love using it for crow’s feet and those stubborn creases between the brows. Botox® results last 3-4 months each treatment.

A lasting commitment isn’t required for lasting beauty. Call 949-515-0550 to schedule a non-surgical nose job consultation with Dr. Sajjadian.