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.

4 Beautiful Breast Options after Breast Implant Removal

Year after year, breast augmentation stays at the top of the most popular plastic surgery procedures list. And the results, immediately after surgery and recovery, can feel life-changing. Still, when a patient’s priorities or aesthetic sense changes, breast implant removal becomes a possibility.

Fortunately, there are several surgical options to beautify your breasts after implant removal, and you don’t have to choose one alone. Armed with the latest innovations and surgical techniques, Dr. Sajjadian is here to help. With his unique combination of care and skill, he can make sure your breasts look more beautiful than ever.

Together, in a private consultation, you and Dr. Sajjadian will determine your best path forward after breast implant removal. Here are four of the surgical options he offers:

Breast Implant Revision

Let’s say you’re not happy with your current implants because they make you feel uncomfortable, or you don’t like their appearance. You’re concerned, however, that removing them altogether will take away the size and volume you’re used to having. Just because you’re not satisfied now doesn’t mean you want your breasts to look like they did before your first augmentation. A revision or replacement of your implants may be your best choice.

During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Sajjadian will work together to develop goals for the look of your new breasts. In the past, other physicians used a simple “bigger is better” approach to augmentation. Dr. Sajjadian, instead, believes that your choice should be unique to you, and no patient should have to conform only to what’s popular.

The procedure itself will be similar to your previous augmentation. It starts with general or intravenous anesthesia to provide maximum comfort. To minimize scarring, Dr. Sajjadian will follow your original incision, which is usually one of the following: an inframammary incision done in the breast crease, a breast lift incision typically done vertically, or a peri-areolar incision done partially around the areola.

In some cases, upon implant removal, an infection is found in the surrounding tissue. Dr. Sajjadian’s first priority is your safety and comfort. Therefore, in this instance, he’ll recommend waiting for any infections to heal before proceeding with replacements.

As with the surgery itself, recovery from breast implant revision varies between individuals. Your wait time to return work should only be about a week. It’s advisable to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for about four to six weeks. Fortunately, because the original incision point is re-used, most patients can expect any additional scarring to be minimal if at all. Post-revision, you’ll meet with Dr. Sajjadian regularly to check your progress.

In some cases, Dr. Sajjadian will install temporary drains (flexible tubing) in the breast area, which he will remove in a few days. And, he may recommend wearing a special supportive undergarment to aid the healing process.

Often, as part of the revision process, Dr. Sajjadian will replace your implants with better-proportioned alternatives. He also may change their placement. In most cases, patients find that, after implant revision, their breasts look more beautiful and natural than ever.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

What if breast size is no longer your first priority? Your perception of your ideal figure may have shifted from shapely to sleek. Still, you want breasts that are firm and round. You can get them with the breast lift.

Removing previous implants can lead to ptosis or breast sagging. Your nipples may sag below your breast crease and point downward, giving your breasts a pendulous shape.

To address these form-related issues, Dr. Sajjadian offers the mastopexy or breast lift procedure. It enables you to have well-shaped, natural-looking breasts typically in a smaller size (although some patients opt to have additional, smaller implants put in).

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Sajjadian can make one of four incisions. The keyhole incision surrounds the areola and proceeds downward to the breast crease. The anchor-shaped incision is like the keyhole incision with an added horizontal incision at the breast crease. The donut-shaped incision is circular, surrounding the areola. Finally, the crescent-shaped incision is a half-circle around the top of the areola.

Plan to leave the procedure with one or a combination of surgical tape, dissolvable stitches, or non-dissolvable stitches. You may also have a surgical drain installed for each breast. Dr. Sajjadian will typically remove any bandages and drains within the first few days and any non-dissolvable stitches within 7-10 days. Your body will absorb dissolvable stitches in 4 – 8 weeks.

You’ll need to avoid lifting anything substantial for about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Over this period, Dr. Sajjadian will see you multiple times to monitor your progress. During the first week of recovery, patients may experience tenderness, swelling, and bruising. Stay-at-home moms may want to consider finding help with any small children during their recovery.

Any scarring from will fade over time, and, in the end, your reward is smaller breasts that look younger and more natural. Patients often describe their breasts as perkier or better-shaped with better projection. Overall, you’ll regain the freedom to be more active, less self-conscious, and better able to find clothing you love.

Fat Transfer

What if, after implant removal, you’d like to preserve some of your previous breast size without the invasiveness of a breast lift? It’s no secret. As we age, nature tends to give our bodies more fat where we don’t want it and less where we do, like our breasts. Were you aware that the natural tissue inside breasts is mostly fat?

Wouldn’t it be great to simply subtract fat from your trouble areas, like the thighs or the butt, and inject it into your breasts? With a fat transfer breast augmentation, Dr. Sajjadian can help you do just that. Using this more recent surgery option, he can liposuction your unwanted fat and put it to good use.

Before you can qualify for the procedure, Dr. Sajjadian must determine if you have an adequate amount of fat to transfer. Yes, for some of us, this is a genuine concern. Another consideration is that liposuction relies on your skin’s ability to shrink back into place. So, the skin in that specific area needs to have good elasticity.

The fat transfer procedure itself is minimally invasive, and it usually takes place during the same surgery as your implant removal. Any additional incisions are small and will take place in the areas of liposuction and along the incisions of your previous implant. Overall, fat transfer patients can expect less scarring than with breast lift.

Like all procedures, recovery times vary for patient to patient. Most patients can go back to their job within weeks. You’ll need to allow a month to six weeks before you can swim and plan on a month to twelve weeks before you can perform any rigorous workouts. Also, you can expect to have some bruising around the area of your liposuction, which will go away in 10 days or less.

As you can guess, the results are two-fold. You can retain some of the fullness and volume to your breasts thought, after implant removal, you’d never have again. And of course, you also reap the benefit of having less fat where you don’t want it.

 Breast Reduction

For some of us, the combination of childbirth and breast augmentation makes our breast size unbearable. Large breasts cause discomfort with daily life activities, limitations on clothing, and even pain in the back and shoulders.

In these cases, a simple removal procedure may not be enough to provide the relief needed, and an additional breast reduction may be ideal. Dr. Sajjadian’s patients repeatedly praise his ability to listen to their concerns. During a private consultation, he will help you determine if reduction after implant removal is right for you.

Under general or intravenous anesthesia, Dr. Sajjadian first creates either a keyhole or anchor-shaped incision (described above) around the areola. Then, through the incision, he removes the unwanted breast tissue underneath and reshapes the breast. During the process, he may also relocate the nipple without damaging it’s attached nerve.

During the first few days after surgery, patients can experience swelling and discomfort. Dr. Sajjadian will provide you with a supporting bra for stabilization. Patients usually can return to work after two weeks and perform strenuous exercise after six weeks.

In the end, you may find the results from breast reduction may be as stunning as your augmentation. After breast reduction, Dr. Sajjadian’s patients have expressed a feeling of renewed confidence in their look and joy at the ability to do activities they’ve missed for years like swimming.

Additional Considerations

No surgery should ever be taken lightly. One key to achieving the best outcome is the skill of your physician. Dr. Sajjadian is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon. That means he’s won the respect of physicians nationwide for his expertise and many forms of plastic surgery.

Due to his extensive knowledge and training, he’s able to offer you a variety of options. Therefore, he feels no need to force a patient into any procedure they don’t think is right.

Another key to surgery success is the care your doctor provides before, during, and after your procedure. Dr. Sajjadian’s focus is not only on your appearance but your wellbeing. He believes no cosmetic improvement should come at the price of your health and comfort.

In preparation for surgery, Dr. Sajjadian will want your body to be as healthy as possible. He’ll meet with you to discuss a detailed preparation plan, which may include things like quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding anti-inflammatory medicines.

For many patients, the cost of a procedure is a significant concern. During your consultation, you’ll discuss the unique financing options Dr. Sajjadian offers to his patients. If one or both of your current implants is leaking, you may also be entitled to compensation via the manufacturer’s warranty. Ultimately, you may be surprised how affordable your new look can be!

With the help of Dr. Sajjadian, you needn’t think of implant removal as an ending but a more current update that matches your new attitude and aesthetics. Contact his office today to schedule your consultation.

10 Important Topics to Cover at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

There are many valid reasons patients look to rhinoplasty or nasal correction surgery. Maybe you seek to improve an aspect of your appearance you haven’t liked from birth, or repair damage caused by an injury. Or, perhaps, you may simply want to be able to breathe through your nose

Either way, rhinoplasty surgery can have a profound effect on our lives going forward. The nose is a part of the body that’s nearly impossible for us to ignore. Every day noses play a large role in defining facial aesthetics and everyday breath passes or attempts to pass through it.

Therefore, once one decides to seek nasal correction, it can be tempting to jump without looking first. It’s easy to forget that rhinoplasty is a major surgery, and not all physicians have equal skills and training. Without open communication between you and your doctor, you risk having a result that might require additional surgery to correct.

Therefore, your initial consultation is crucial, both for you and your surgeon. It helps to ensure your surgery’s success. Dr. Sajjadian has the experience to know what questions to ask. Still, you need to do your part and consider beforehand what’s important to YOU. Here are ten topics to address in your consultation:

Your Doctor’s Training

This topic is first on this list for a reason. Your doctor’s credentials tell you how much faith to put into all the other information they share. The longer a doctor has been in training and in practice, the more knowledge and skill he or she has acquired. 

Don’t be intimidated to ask your doctor about both their medical and specific plastic surgery training. You want to benefit from their experience, not help them establish it. Although no two patients are precisely the same, an experienced, well-trained physician is more likely to have treated a patient similar to you.

A good physician will be proud of their training and experience. After all, they’ve worked very hard to obtain it. Dr. Sajjadian holds an MD with degrees from Drexel, Emory, and Temple Universities.  

Your Doctor’s Board Certification

Just as medical education is essential, so is board certification. Medical societies are much more than clubs for doctors. They are groups that work with physicians to educate them and keep practicing at the highest standards. Being a member often requires a physician to have both their personal knowledge and facilities certified regularly.

The science of plastic surgery is always evolving. Without continuing education, even the best-trained doctors can lose touch with the latest surgery techniques and treatments. As a result, they can get stuck doing the same procedures in the same way and without ever improving.

Ask your physician to which medical boards is he or she a member. The more boards they join, the higher their desire to be versed in the latest treatments. Dr. Sajjadian is one of the only triple board-certified plastic surgeons in the US.

Access to Hospital and Accredited Facilities

It’s important to consider where your surgery will take place. Some physicians will work Only with local hospitals, others use their own offices. Consider for yourself, how accessible the office or facility is to where you live, and how you will arrange transportation. Due to sedation, you won’t be able to arrive or leave the procedure by yourself.

Just as important, if your doctor does surgery in-office, make sure their facility is certified by any federal or state agencies or by Medicare. These organizations will inspect them regularly for quality and cleanliness. 

And, you should even ask to see where your surgery will take place. When the day of the procedure comes, you’ll be more comfortable with a familiar setting. Dr. Sajjadian offers you an accredited facility in Newport Beach that is both comfortable and modern.  

Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty

It’s good to start with a review of why you’re considering rhinoplasty in the first place. Think about what cosmetic features of your nose you’d like to change. Is your nose crooked? Does the bridge of your nose have a bump? Do you feel it’s too large or asymmetrical in some way? 

Just as important as your look, consider how well you can breathe through your nose. Many patients go their whole lives without the ability to breathe freely through their nose. This problem can have a detrimental effect on a variety of activities, including sleep, athletics, speaking, and singing. 

And, rhinoplasty is not a one-look-fits-all procedure. Be sure to make clear to your physician how you’d like your nose to look and function as well as how to keep realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty surgeon  Dr. Sajjadian will gladly help you determine if the procedure is a good option according to your needs.

Varieties of Rhinoplasty Surgery

Depending on the needs you discuss in your initial consultation, there are several possible choices of rhinoplasty. For example, some patients find themselves dissatisfied with the work of their prior physician. The revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects mistakes made on previous surgeries.

Today, you have more aesthetic options than ever. Unfortunately, some physicians continue to offer patients only one option – a Caucasian-featured nose. With ethnic rhinoplasty, patients can improve the contours of their nose while respecting the beauty of their African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or East Asian heritage.

Another option, septoplasty, is a procedure to straighten a patient’s nose by modifying their nasal cartilage or septum. Often it’s performed in conjunction with nasal obstruction correction that addresses anything within your nose that may hinder your breathing. Dr. Sajjadian, in an expert consultation, can help you determine which procedure or combination of methods is best for you.

Preparation for Your Procedure

Just like for any other surgery, your body needs to be prepared for rhinoplasty. It’s important to ask, given your specific goals, what you’ll need to do in the weeks and days leading up to surgery. 

Upon deciding to move forward with rhinoplasty, you’ll likely first need to get some lab tests done. There may be certain medications you’ll need to avoid or discontinue to minimize the risk of surgical complications. For example, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (including some nutritional supplements) can increase the amount your body bleeds, which is not ideal during surgery.

If you smoke, you’ll probably have to quit for a period of time leading up to your procedure. Finally, you’ll need to arrange both for someone to take you to and from your surgery and someone to watch over you for at least the first night afterward. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sajjadian how to best plan for before and after your procedure.

Rhinoplasty Surgery Steps

To start, you will receive either traditional general or intravenous anesthesia. Keep in mind the goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible during the process. 

Overall there are two methods by which rhinoplasty surgery is conducted: open or closed. In a closed procedure, all incisions are made inside the nose through the nostrils. With open rhinoplasty, your doctor makes an additional incision in the tissue between the nostrils known as the columella. The needs of your correction will dictate the approach your doctor uses.

Further incisions depend on the needs of your specific procedure. To lessen your nose’s size,  your doctor will make an incision to reduce the amount of internal cartilage. In septoplasty, your physician will make the incision required to straighten your nose’s appearance.  Rest assured, Dr. Sajjadian will help you understand your options to create your ideal rhinoplasty experience.

Rhinoplasty Procedure Recovery

It’s essential to ask about steps in your rhinoplasty recovery and the time involved. To finish your procedure, your doctor may apply a combination of splints and gauze inside your nose to help cease any bleeding. Within a few days, patients usually return to the office to have this packing material removed.

Also, as a result of the procedure, you may or may not have stitches that need removal. If you do, you may need to make an additional return trip to the office. This step, along with the rest of your recovery, will affect the timing of when you can return to work or any other exercise routines. 

It’s also necessary to have someone help you with your first return to the doctor’s office, especially if you are taking any pain medication. Dr. Sajjadian feels surgery isn’t done until the patient fully recovers. Don’t hesitate to ask him what to expect for your specific recovery.

Your Look, Both Immediately after the Procedure and in the Coming Years

As with most cosmetic surgeries, you, as the patient, need to be prepared to look, in the short term, worse than when you started. Don’t worry. It’s normal for your nose to be swollen and bruised for a few days after the procedure. 

As you recover, you’ll begin to see the real improvements your doctor has made. It’s essential before surgery to look at a variety of before and after pictures. Doing so will give you a better sense of your physician’s skill level and what results to expect.

When it comes to the aesthetic improvement possible with rhinoplasty, a picture tells it all. Feel free to view the before and after photos on Dr. Sajjadian’s site and feel to ask about photos of patients who had procedures similar to the one you’re planning.

Cost Considerations

Whether you think you can’t afford rhinoplasty, or to you, price is no object, it makes sense to ask your doctor about it. Sometimes, patients make assumptions about cost based on the stories of others and later are surprised.

Just as with the procedure itself, every patient has a unique insurance and cost situation. If you seek rhinoplasty to correct breathing issues, your insurance may cover part or all of the cost. Therefore, it’s also a good idea to call your insurance company before going into your initial consultation.

Keep in mind, with rhinoplasty, you’re investing in one to two things you’re affected by every day – your face and your ability to breathe. It’s one of the most noticeable improvements to your body you can make. Dr. Sajjadian is happy to discuss what to expect in terms of cost and what financing options he may be able to offer.

Your Final Choice

It’s important to remember that the final choice to move forward with rhinoplasty is yours. Don’t hesitate to bring up every topic that concerns you. As mentioned, you’re considering a change to a body part you see and feel every day. 

When done correctly, the results of rhinoplasty often bring patients to tears. See for yourself by looking through the before and after photos and videos on Dr. Sajjadian’s site. No less profound is freedom patients can feel at the ability to breathe through their nose for the first time. 

Therefore, it’s worth playing an active role in learning the procedure and finding the right physician. At its best, rhinoplasty helps you, and the rest of the world see more clearly the beauty you already have. Dr. Sajjadian welcomes you to discuss all your needs and concerns. Contact him today to schedule your consultation at his Newport Beach facility.

How to Make the Right Clothing Choices after Your Butt Lift Surgery

It can seem impossible to get the butt you want. Even after hours and hours in the gym squatting, lunging, and climbing the stair master—you may still be struggling to achieve full, round, proportional buttocks. Especially if you have an athletic body and are physically fit, the time you spend working on cardio and other parts of your body can even end up shrinking your butt.

So, how do you get the curves you’ve been dreaming of? A butt lift might be the answer. In just a few hours, Dr. Sajjadian can provide you permanent results and a more proportional, dramatic, and attractive body contour. By using specialized fat transfer techniques, butt lifts provide holistic transformations, both filling out your backside and trimming targeted “problem areas” such as the abdomen, lower back, love handles, and thighs. This procedure has become a hot trend across the county and has seen a tremendous increase in the number of butt lifts performed each year.

Even with such meteoric popularity, though, our patients still have questions about what results will look like, and how to safely choose what to wear while recovering and getting used to their new body contour. After a lifetime of living in and dressing a specific body type, it can be shocking to realize clothes fit you very differently post-butt lift. Getting used to the shift can take time. It is completely normal to feel a little unsure of what to buy or what styles will look good a few months after you see the gorgeous final results of your procedure.

Embrace this chance to rebuild your wardrobe and wear what you want and what makes you feel good. There are several fashion tips and tricks for once you fully recover. Before then, it’s essential to dress carefully to help your body heal quickly and efficiently.

If you want to learn more about how to make the right clothing choices after your butt lift, read on. Dr. Sajjadian and his expert team are here to help you. We have extensive experience providing butt lifts to people of all ages and body types and can answer any of your questions about how to stay safe, comfortable, and looking your best from day one of recovery onward.

To get in touch with us for advice, scheduling a consultation, or any other reason, please give Dr. Sajjadian’s Newport Beach, CA, office a call at 949-515-0550 today.

 What to Wear During Recovery

You’ve successfully completed your butt lift surgery, and after getting cleared to be driven home by a friend or family member—you begin the recovery process from the comfort of your bed. What now? How and when can you return to your normal clothes? Are there any special considerations for how to dress during this initial healing period?

Before you head home, Dr. Sajjadian will give you a compression garment to wear. This underwear-like item of clothing is specially designed to help your body heal and relieve the swelling you’ll naturally experience after your surgery. Though these compression garments are by no means as flattering as lingerie, they are a vital part of your recovery process.

Most garments look a bit like Spanx or a partial body-suit. They cover a portion of your legs and the entire buttocks. By hugging your body’s curves, the compression garment works to shape and support your new, fuller posterior while helping your body retain as much transferred fat as possible.

During your first days at home, you’ll need to wear your compression garment morning, noon, and night. That means no showers either until Dr. Sajjadian approves you to take off your garment for bathing.

Staying Comfortable In Your Compression Garment

Your garment should fit like a glove, and if it doesn’t, it’s important to let us know. Ideally, you will experience a snug and supportive fit. Think of it like a full-body bandage—similar to medical wraps you would place on a sprained ankle or knee. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable for sleeping. Any squeezing or noticeable sensations of pressure or discomfort should be immediately checked on. You can look at your skin and note any irregularities, and be sure to contact Dr. Sajjadian.

In most cases, we recommend wearing your compression garment anywhere from three to six weeks after surgery. And at first, you’ll need to keep it on 24/7 (except for bathing once you get the go-ahead). 

After you make it through the initial healing phase, most patients only need to wear a compression garment for 12 hours of the day. You can choose between wearing it in the day or night time to best suit your schedule and comfort.

When it comes to choosing clothing to wear on top of your compression garment, look for clothing that provides room to breathe and move, and feels great. Lush cotton sweatpants, flowing dresses, and pajamas are all perfect options. You’ll probably experience some soreness, especially in those first few days, so pick out outfits you love. That way, you not only prevent excess pressure to your healing buttocks, you’ll help boost your spirits and self-confidence.

As for sleepwear, follow the same general principles: stay comfy and roomy. Open sleep clothes, large t-shirts, or loose pajama pants all work. Be advised that you may need to sleep on your front or side during the healing process. Before you know it, you’ll be through with this first part of the recovery process and back in your usual underwear.

After the Compression Garment Comes Off

After a few weeks of wearing your compression garment, you’ll see a considerable improvement in the shape and fullness of your buttocks. Once Dr. Sajjadian approves you returning to your regular underwear, you can really begin to show off your new hourglass figure. That means finding clothes that compliment your bigger booty. You’ll likely experience a change in jean size (even if your waist stays the same) and that some skirts and dresses that used to fit perfectly may now ride a little bit too high.

When you head out to shop, there are a few stores, locally and online, that cater to a post butt lift body type. VICI and Daisy Lane, both based in Newport Beach, are beloved by our patients. Fashion Nova (the brand made famous by the Kardashians) and Zulily have excellent online selections of clothes cut for every body type.

Some general fashion tips that celebs and big booty women alike swear by:

  • Dark, solid colors look great on a fuller butt
  • Clothing that highlights your waist will show off your hourglass figure 
  • If you haven’t before, try out some angular shirts, pencil skirts, edge-sleeved dresses, and tops—favorites of Beyonce and Kim K
  • Treat yourself to a new pair of heels to accentuate your new curves

Let’s Talk About Jeans

Of all the questions we receive from our butt lift patients, concerns about when and how to wear jeans come up again and again. In general, we recommend our patients wait a bit longer than the initial six weeks of healing before wearing tight pants or jeans. Even though you may be able to return to your regular activities, giving your body some extra time to avoid squeezing is always a good idea.

But let’s make one thing clear: a loose-fitting pair of jeans is perfectly okay to wear, even early on. You don’t need to avoid denim itself—it’s just the cut and style of snug pants that can cause discomfort or hinder a flawless healing process.

If it’s tighter than your compression garment, you shouldn’t wear it while you’re healing. Tight-fitting clothes may restrict blood flow to your buttocks, and this can lead to a loss of the transferred fat cells. By avoiding skinny jeans and tight pants, you help your body retain as much of the fat tissue as possible.

Once you’ve made it eight weeks past surgery, you should be able to return to jeans and skin-hugging styles. Of course, each body is unique, and so is your healing process. If you have concerns about a particular item of clothing, please contact us, and we can let you know if it’s okay to wear during your recovery.

Jeans to Show Off Your Butt Lift

Now you know when it’s okay to wear jeans, but which pairs best compliment your new figure? Here are a few of doctor and patient-certified jeans you’ll love.

Levi’s 811 Curvy Skinny Jeans

Levi’s 811 Curvy Skinny Jeans are designed with curves in mind. They are specially cut and contoured to prevent gapping and provide a body-hugging fit. Post-butt lift, that means you’ll be able to comfortably wear these all day long, with no bunches or worries about a waist that’s too loose. Plus, the simple and elegant design is perfect for business casual and everyday usage.

Fashion Nova Classic High-Waist Skinny Jeans

Known as “The Kylie Jenner Jeans,” Fashion Nova’s Classic High-Waist Skinny Jeans have been tested by Instagrammers and fashion bloggers around the globe to rave reviews. Fashion Nova has gone the extra mile when it comes to choosing washes and sizes. You can customize in-seam options, and pick between five colors—all for under $35.

Our patients love them for their comfort, stretchy fabric, and cut. These high waisted jeans will make your new butt the star of any outfit while being easy to pull on and breathable enough to wear throughout a busy day.

Fashion Nova Make It Bounce Booty Shaping Jeans

Another beloved Fashion Nova find, the Make It Bounce Booty Shaping Jeans are for those days you want to do nothing but show off your amazing new butt. With a design to thin out and lengthen your legs, you will be looking like a goddess in these. Featuring Fashion Nova’s signature stretch denim and skinny fit, these jeans look like they take work to put on, but provide comfort and confidence all day long.

J Brand Jeans

Our patients love J Brand Jeans, and all of their styles are worth checking out after your butt lift. Their jeans offer superior quality, just enough stretch, and never look strained. The high-rise pair is a particular favorite, thanks to its perfect booty contouring cut.

When to Start Shopping for Your New Wardrobe?

Before you head out to redo your wardrobe post-butt lift, there are some things to consider. First, and most obviously, is your recovery period. You’ll only be able to wear certain loose items of clothing during this time, and that places a good deal of restriction on what you can try on. Also, though you’ll see a considerable increase in your butt’s volume immediately following your procedure, your final results take a bit longer to develop. Once you’re entirely through the recovery period after your body naturally reabsorbs some of the fat cells Dr. Sajjadian injected during your surgery (up to 40%)—you’ll have a clear idea of what your new butt is going to look like.

We recommend waiting until you’re fully healed to do the big shop for new looks. With that said, finding comfortable, flattering, loose clothing to wear during recovery can be a great way to begin getting used to your new shape and provide a mood boost.

Further Questions? Contact Us

Wondering how your butt lift is going to change what clothes fit you best is entirely normal. Changing your body’s contour takes time to get used to, but it’s an incredibly exciting opportunity, as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about what to wear after your procedure, Dr. Sajjadian can help. He is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and has extensive experience coaching patients through every phase of butt lift recovery from day one to years out. We are here to help you feel comfortable and confident.

To contact us or schedule a consultation, please call our Newport Beach, CA, at 949-515-0550 or reach out on our website.

7 Smart Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

From the world’s biggest celebrities to countless Instagram models, bigger, fuller butts have taken the spotlight and aren’t going anywhere. But achieving the butt of your dreams can seem impossible. Even after months (or years) of squatting, lunging, and leg curling, you can still miss out on the hourglass figure you want. The Brazilian butt lift provides a more sensual body contour and a lifted, youthful look to your lower body. Plus, as the procedure includes liposuction, you’ll benefit from a full-body transformation.

That’s why the Brazilian butt lift has grown into one of the most talked-about and successful cosmetic procedures available, and now counts itself among the top 10 most popular plastic surgery procedures around the globe. Since 2000, the number of annual procedures has skyrocketed by 256%.

As the Brazilian butt lift uses your body fat liposuctioned, purified, and reinserted into your buttocks, the results look and feel entirely natural. If your body changes over time, your backside will, too—no need to worry about implants becoming unproportional. For patients who maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise, a BBL can provide results to last a lifetime.

These are just a few of the reasons more and more people each year choose to undergo a BBL. For Dr. Sajjadian and countless other board-certified plastic surgeons around the country, the rising popularity of this procedure means we get calls all the time from curious patients wondering about the surgery and how to have a flawless recovery process.

For most of our patients, the No. 1 (and sometimes only) concern before committing to a Brazilian butt lift is the associated recovery period and downtime. It can seem daunting to take on such a serious commitment, but we are here to help. Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to determine a personalized treatment and recovery plan, but every BBL patient can benefit from learning some tips.

If you have any questions about the Brazilian butt lift or your recovery process, don’t hesitate to call our Newport Beach, CA, office at 949-515-0550 today.

1. Avoid Sitting Down

While it seems simple, avoiding sitting can be one of the most challenging parts of your butt lift recovery. Take a few seconds and think about how often you sit throughout the day. Sitting is an instinctive response whenever we get tired. At work, you might sit at your desk for hours at a time. We sit down to eat our meals, and we sit if we go see a movie. Usually, most people even sit for a little while on the edge of our beds when we go to sleep or wake up. Once you have your butt lift, however, you’ll need to avoid sitting during your initial healing period. 

What’s the big deal with taking a seat? During your procedure, Dr. Sajjadian transplants a precise amount of purified fat cells into your buttocks. These newly transplanted cells require special care while they settle, heal, and begin to be accepted by your body. During your recovery process, no matter how careful you are, your body will reabsorb around 30 to 40% of the fat tissue. This phenomenon is a completely normal and expected part of the recovery process.

However, sitting down on these newly relocated cells puts them under pressure, restricting blood flow. Not only can this lead to some cells shifting – affecting your final results and butt shape – but it can also lead to a greater portion of the cells dying. In the worst-case scenario, this can cause unwanted indentations.

The same general idea applies to sleeping on your back, so during recovery, you’ll need to sleep on your front or side. Putting a pillow between your legs can help keep you in position. If you’re worried about unconsciously turning over, talk to Dr. Sajjadian during your consultation, and we can discuss a range of body pillows and other methods to ensure you don’t cause any issues while you’re asleep.

How To Sit If You Have to

In some cases, there isn’t any option but to sit down. While, as we’ve mentioned, you should do your absolute best to keep pressure off your healing butt, life happens. There are a few general tips to keep in mind if you find yourself in a situation where you have to sit: 

  • Minimize sitting time to no longer than five minutes, especially during weeks one and two
  • Stand up between sitting periods to stimulate blood flow
  • During the critical two- to six-week post-op period, always sit on a doughnut-shaped cushion

If possible, when sitting these techniques can also help relieve pressure:

  • Sit backward on your chair. Turn the chair around and sit, leaving your buttocks off the seat, place your arms on the chair back, and either leg on the sides of the chair. 
  • By sitting on the back of your thighs, you can leave your butt off the ground. You can gain further elevation by placing a pillow or cushion under your thighs, as well. 

2. Don’t Soak or Drive

As driving a car requires placing pressure on your butt, you’ll need to avoid driving for six to eight weeks post-op, minimum. The same goes for any prolonged soaking. Until you have completely healed and Dr. Sajjadian has given you the go-ahead, you should avoid baths, hot tubs, pools, and the beach. After the first few days of recovery, you’ll be able to shower regularly.

3. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Keeping your weight stable and eating plenty of nutrient-rich, healthy foods is one of the keys to making sure your recovery goes well and that you see ideal results. As much as you might want to jump back in with your workout routine, you’ll need to stay away from the gym or any strenuous physical activity until Dr. Sajjadian clears you to do so. Especially during the early stages of recovery, you want to be sure not to take on any weight-loss diets or exercises, as your body’s natural fat-trimming mechanisms can affect the newly transplanted fat.

It’s also essential not to gain a significant amount of weight, as this can distort your results. Beyond the aesthetic benefits of maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, eating well during your recovery helps give your body the fuel it needs to recover quickly. Try to stick to healthy fats (like fish and avocado), lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates. All these foods are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals that keep your body running in peak shape. Do your best to stay hydrated, as water and other fluids provide your body even more essential electrolytes, salt, and minerals.

4. Stay Active

Though you should avoid any strenuous exercise or rigorous activities for at least a month post-op, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get up and start moving. After your first week of recovery, taking walks is one of the best things you can do to aid your BBL recovery. You’ll improve blood circulation, speed up healing, and even possibly improve your results.

Along with walking, Dr. Sajjadian will send you home with specific stretches and exercises to help reduce your chance of blood clots forming, improve blood flow, and quicken the recovery process. After your fat cells are healthy and established, you can begin to do cardio again.

4. Keep on Top of Your Pain

As with any surgical procedure, patients should expect some discomfort and even pain during the initial recovery period while your tissue starts to heal. Many of our patients experience extensive bruising and swelling – both in the donor and recipient areas. Dr. Sajjadian will do all he can to minimize these symptoms, but each body reacts to the process uniquely.

You don’t need to grin and bear any discomfort. We will send you home with prescribed painkillers for the first part of recovery, and you can switch to OTC medicine such as Tylenol once some of the pain subsides. Use these tools as directed to make your recovery as easy as possible and stay in a good mood.

5. Ask for What You Need

Keeping your spirits up throughout the recovery process is just as important as your physical health. The first couple of days will be very challenging if you try to do everything alone. Asking for help from a friend or loved one can make all the difference and ensure you feel supported and comfortable throughout these early days.

As BBLs tend to require a few hours of surgical time, your dose of general anesthesia is relatively more significant than for minor surgeries, and full recovery from its effects can take between 24 and 48 hours. Having someone around to help you get home, and assist you in tasks around the house after you get out of surgery, is critical. You’ll be sore, and their help will not only keep you comfortable, but it will also avoid the risk of you injuring yourself or causing complications by trying to do too much, too soon.

6. Wear Your Compression Garment

After surgery, Dr. Sajjadian will send you home with a compression garment to help prevent any swelling, aid in comfort, and make sure you see ideal contouring results. Generally, we recommend you wear the garment for between three and six weeks. Some patients may need to continue wearing theirs for up to eight weeks after surgery, though.

Throughout the first two to three weeks, you’ll need to wear it all day and night. The only time you should take it off is for bathing. After this initial period, we recommend patients wear their compression garment for 12 hours a day. Whether you choose to wear it during the daytime or at night depends on your schedule.

Your garment should be snug, but not tight enough to cause any excess pressure to your buttocks. If you have any concerns about the fit of your garment, or feel any discomfort, inspect the area and contact Dr. Sajjadian.

7. Be Patient With Your Body

Your final results will take time. Be patient with your body as it heals. In the first few weeks, you’ll likely see a significant increase in size, partly due to post-op swelling. Don’t be alarmed if at first, it seems slightly asymmetrical or unproportional to the rest of your body. All this is part of the healing process. Even after the swelling subsides, it can take upwards of six months before you’ll see your final, lasting results.

As we’ve mentioned, even if you avoid sitting and follow all of Dr. Sajjadian’s recovery instructions, your body will naturally reabsorb about 30 to 40% of the grafted fat into your bloodstream. That’s why specific sizes require Dr. Sajjadian to go a little bigger at first. Once you hit the six-week mark, you’ll see how much fat you will retain. From there, if you maintain your weight, your results should be permanent.

With all this advice, it’s crucial to remember that every body is unique and responds differently to surgery. There is no one set BBL recovery timeline. Dr. Sajjadian customizes each part of the procedure to fit your needs, from the surgery itself to all of your post-op instructions (such as how long you should wear your compression garment). Throughout the process, be easy on yourself. If you come up against any questions or concerns along the way, we are always here to help.

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These are just some of the most popular tips to make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. The most critical piece of advice we can offer, though, is to follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions to the letter, as Dr. Sajjadian will tailor them to your unique situation.

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple board-certified surgeons in the United States. He has experience performing Brazilian butt lifts on patients of all ages and body types, and when it comes to recovery,

we’ve seen and heard it all. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please give our Newport Beach, CA, office a call today at 949-515-0550 or contact us online.

4 Ways to Eliminate those Summer Sun Spots to Achieve Your Flawless Fall Complexion

A summer of fun in the sun often comes with some unfortunate consequences—skin damage and unsightly age or sun spots.

If you’re among the many Americans entering this fall season with blemishes and dark spots that weren’t there last winter, you have options. At our state-of-the-art facility, we can help you look and feel younger and rejuvenated. Go into this fall with a glow.

Dr. Sajjadian offers a variety of clinically proven treatments to eliminate sun spots and get your skin looking refreshed. Below we’ll discuss all the best ways to achieve skin and even some tips to boost your at-home skincare regimen and prevent sun damage.

If you have any further questions or would like personalized advice, please call our Newport Beach, CA, office at (949) 515-0550.

Top 4 Proven Ways to Eliminate Sun Spots

1. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing is number one on our list for a reason: impactful results.

During a Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment, a wand-like device uses a focused beam of light to target pigmented layers of the skin. This eliminates the outermost layer of cells until sun spots are no longer visible and allows new, radiant-looking skin cells to grow in place of the dead skin. The process causes minimal discomfort, and Dr. Sajjadian will apply a local anesthetic to make sure you have a great experience. You’ll see the results finalize over the next 10 to 21 days.

Laser Skin Resurfacing is highly successful in treating unwanted pigmentation. Any sun spots removed by lasers are gone for good. However, continued sun exposure and aging may lead to new spots, which may require further treatments.

2. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Photofacial

An IPL Photofacial eliminates sun spots by utilizing pulses of light energy to heat and destroy melanin. State-of-the-art technology allows Dr. Sajjadian to provide you with a more even skin tone in just 15 to 30 minutes. Some patients may require multiple sessions to achieve desired results.

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple board-certified plastic surgeons to offer IPL Photofacials and has helped hundreds of patients throughout the Newport Beach and Orange County area achieve younger-looking skin with this cutting-edge procedure.

3. Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels are another excellent way to non-surgically address a variety of skin concerns, especially sun spots or uneven pigmentation after summer sun exposure. By applying an acid solution to sun spots, the top layer of skin will eventually peel away, allowing refreshed, new skin cells to grow. Dr. Sajjadian takes particular care to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the chemical peel process and afterward.

After a chemical peel, the upper layers of dead skin will disappear, reducing any dull appearance to the skin and increasing your natural glow.  This treatment can also stimulate collagen production over time and will enhance cellular turnover.  While you can find “at home” chemical peels available, these generally can be abrasive or painful and may fail to address the deeper roots of dark spots.

During your consultation, Dr. Sajjadian will discuss all the options available and can customize chemical peels to fit every skin type, even the most sensitive. To counteract any redness or dryness, we recommend applying a moisturizer 2 to 3 times a day after your treatment. After your chemical peel, you will need to avoid sunlight and UV exposure for a few days, as the skin will be especially sensitive during this time.

4. Microdermabrasion

During a microdermabrasion procedure, an applicator with an abrasive tip gently removes the outermost layers of skin. Suction gently cleans the skin and removes cellular debris, leaving your skin renewed.

Our patients liken the sensation of microdermabrasion to a facial massage, and many of them love the fresh feeling they get afterwards. In some cases, you may experience temporary redness or tightness immediately following a procedure; this will pass within a day or two. 

That means this procedure does not destroy skin tissue, and therefore requires no recovery period. As microdermabrasion only treats the top layer of skin, it is best suited for milder hyperpigmentation or sun spots.

At-Home Treatments

If you are looking to maintain results at home or want to build in more preventative and counteractive measures to avoid sun spots, we have you covered. Here are the best dermatologist-recommended boots to keep your skin looking young and fresh.


When it comes to at-home dark spot treatment, hydroquinone has been number one for over 50 years. Over the counter, you can get products with concentrations of 2 percent or less. With a prescription, generally, patients receive a formulation that contains 4 percent hydroquinone (or even higher concentrations). 

Hydroquinone works by halting the cells that produce melanin and inhibiting the enzyme known as tyrosinase. The skin cannot darken when tyrosinase doesn’t work, as it cannot produce melanin. 

Many studies have demonstrated hydroquinone’s efficacy in dark spot removal and prevention.

In some cases, hydroquinone results can be seen in as little as two weeks. Most patients are able to  see a visible difference in eight to 12 weeks of use. This variance depends on the extent of hyperpigmentation, how deep it goes, how long you’ve had it, etc.

Talk to your dermatologist about receiving a prescription, as this is the most effective and safe way to use this product. We recommend spot testing and applying only at night at first to see how your skin reacts and help prevent any complications.

Azelaic acid

This lesser-known, dermatologist-recommended ingredient is a workhorse when it comes to the treatment of dark spots on the face.

What is it? Naturally occurring in wheat, oat, or rye—this extract interferes with the process of hyperpigmentation. Plus, this powerhouse doesn’t stop at addressing pigmentation. With antibacterial properties, it also helps to get rid of acne and even pimple scarring.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties offer several benefits related to the sun, including acting as a natural sunscreen and protecting against UVA and UVB rays.

When you apply a quality vitamin C serum topically to the skin, it can lighten various dark spots. There are a wide range of topical Vitamin C products, but the gold standard is the C E Ferulic serum by SkinCeuticals.

Delivering a potent dose of ferulic acid and vitamin C, this serum works to lift dark spots and prevent new ones from forming. Vitamin C inhibits aging on a cellular level and stops enzymatic processes that produce melanin and dark coloration.

Another added bonus of topical vitamin C is that it only lightens targeted problematic pigmentation areas while simply enhancing glow and evenness to the rest of your skin.


Aloe vera contains a rich blend of active compounds, such as aloesin and aloin, both of which have been found to lighten hyperpigmentation and sun spots.  Adding an aloe gel to your daily routine will help prevent damage, cool and heal burns, and offers a deep hydration boost. Embrace the power of this plant that has been used to heal skin for more than 6,000 years.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which may help to lighten sun spots when applied regularly, according to a 2009 review in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

It’s also a great, scientifically-approved, and super affordable DIY toner. Mix one part organic apple cider vinegar in two parts purified water, and you’re set to go. Apply daily to cleansed skin with a cotton ball before moisturizing and applying SPF.

Lemon Spot Treatment

Another excellent DIY treatment, mix lemon juice with two or three parts water, and apply a light layer with a cotton ball before bed. Lemons act as a natural bleaching agent and over time, will help reduce pigment in any dark spots.

Green Tea Extract Products

Adding a product with green tea extract to your routine can also aid the depigmentation product. A number of studies have shown the incredible natural results green tea can provide.  Look for products with Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) or cameillia sinesis (green tea’s Latin name) in their ingredient list.

Licorice Extract

Licorice extract, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter sunspot creams found in your local beauty store or pharmacy, has also been shown to lighten discoloration caused by sun damage.

Vitamin E

Studies show a vitamin E-rich diet alongside topical vitamin E oil can help protect your skin from UVA and UVB radiation, as well as lighten sun spots. To up your vitamin E intake, you can look to foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, avocados, swiss chard, and butternut squash.

In general, a balanced plant-rich diet can contribute to healthy, glowing skin.

Topical Creams

If you are looking for over-the-counter topical creams to aid in sunspot reduction, look for products containing hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, kojic acid, or deoxyarbutin. These chemicals are effective and will provide results with consistent use over time.


How Can I Tell If My Skin is Sun-Damaged?

No matter how careful you are about sun safety, from wearing hats to daily SPF application, as you age, you’ll begin to notice the effects of sun exposure. Frequent tanning and burns may lead to uneven skin tone or marks that don’t seem to fade on their own.

Damage can show up in several forms, colors, and conditions. Some of the most common are age spots that can range from light brown to reddish or black, freckles, and melasma caused by overproduction of melanin after sunlight exposure.

Risks of Sun Spots?

True sunspots are noncancerous and will not become cancerous. As such, they do not require medical treatment. However, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons. Leaving them will not pose any additional risks to your health.

Preventing Sun Spots

The only way to truly prevent sun spots is by limiting exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Aside from that, your best bet is to apply daily sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as physical sunblocks. These block out most of the harmful rays which darken the already dark spots.

Also, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Even if it’s labeled all day, waterproof, 24-hour, etc, you should plan to reapply it every two hours.

If possible, avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is strongest. If you need to go outside during these hours, try your best to find shady, cool places to wait out the most harmful radiation.

When shopping for cosmetics, look for products with an SPF. Weather permitting, cover as much skin as you can with clothing when outside.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons in America. He is an expert on skin rejuvenation and the options available to help you achieve desired results.

Whether you are hoping to prevent premature aging or take steps to eliminate sun spots or uneven skin pigmentation, we can help. Our medical spa offers a wide range of treatments to suit every skin type, budget, lifestyle. At our beautiful Newport Beach, CA, office, you will enjoy the considerable aesthetic benefits provided by cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques.

During a consultation, Dr. Sajjadian will work with you one-on-one, listening to all of your concerns and goals. From there, he will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and outline all the necessary information to help you decide how to proceed.

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 949-515-0550 or contact us online here. We look forward to helping you look and feel your absolute best this fall.

How to Make the Right Clothing Choices after Your Butt Lift Surgery

Butt lifts are on the rise and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce have ushered in the age of round, voluminous rears. From red carpet gowns showing off their serious curves to the trend of what some call the “belfie” (or butt selfie), these women have begun a movement towards embracing the hourglass figure and a gorgeous, full body contour.

However, many women hoping to get the butt of their dreams have trouble using exercise alone to achieve their goals. Even endless side lunges, squats, and hours on the stair climber may fail to provide the round, well-shaped posterior they’d like to have.

butt lift can provide life-long results in a few hours, and you will love your new curves. According to 2018 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) plastic surgery statistics, America has seen a 256% increase in butt lifts performed annually since 2000—and numbers continue to rise.

The innovative butt lift procedure, or gluteal augmentation surgery, uses your own fat cells to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks. Women who are hoping for significant results but want to avoid artificial implants (and their associated risks) need look no further than this groundbreaking treatment.

First, Dr. Sajjadian will perform liposuction to remove fat from other areas of the body—often the stomach, thighs, and hips—and then transfer those fat cells to the buttocks. An added benefit of this combined procedure is that it will provide you with a slimmer waistline, for instance, that will only enhance your boosted butt.

Dr. Sajjadian often performs additional liposuction to offer extra lift and contour. This will leave you with youthful, perky buttocks and a sensual body profile.

A butt lift offers an exciting new opportunity to revamp your style and show off your new curves. Once you get your new butt, you’ll have a brand new body to shop for and style. The change of pant sizes can seem daunting to some patients who have grown used to how clothes have fit them in the past, but with time and a little guidance, you’ll have no trouble.

We’re here to help and guide you to remain comfortable and fashionable from the moment you leave surgery to some time down the road, when you are back to the gym, fully healed. Read on to learn about how to shop with confidence and safety.

If you have any other questions or would like personal advice from Dr. Sajjadian or the other expert members of our team, please feel free to call our Newport Beach, CA, office at 949-515-0550 today.

What to Wear After a Butt Lift

Right After Surgery

After your butt lift, as with other surgical procedures, you will experience some swelling and soreness. 

Dr. Sajjadian will send you home wearing a specialized compression garment to support your body as it heals and relieve your swelling. The garment will cover part of your legs and the entire buttocks and works to help your butt maintain a beautiful shape and retain the transferred fat. The garment is certainly not the most fashionable pair of underwear you’ll have seen, but it is critical to wear it all day every day during this initial, short period of time.

As for what to wear on top of your garment while you heal, choose comfy, roomy clothes. As you may be experiencing some soreness during the first few days, wear clothing that makes you feel good. Along with avoiding unnecessary pressure on your buttocks, this is key to keeping your spirits up and maximizing comfort. Sweatpants are favorite among our butt lift patients, as are loose, soft cotton pajama pants or flowing skirts.

You’ll also be advised to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least eight weeks post-op, one of the most important recovery tips to ensure you remain comfortable and heal properly. If you need to sit for any reason, you’ll need to use a donut or inflatable pillow that will allow you to avoid placing pressure on the fat graft (which can affect circulation in the area). Without proper blood flow, some of the transferred fat cells could be destroyed.

Patients are generally advised to sleep on their stomachs or sides. There are some great body pillows available online to make sleep more manageable. When you go to bed, wear whatever makes you most comfortable. A large cotton t-shirt or loose gown work perfectly.

Dr. Sajjadian will instruct you on how long your compression garment is necessary. After the first portion of recovery, you won’t need it for comfort or swelling relief any longer, and you can return to your usual underwear. 

 Once You Remove the Compression Garment

So you’ve made it through the initial healing period, you have a fuller profile and a major confidence boost. What next? Time to show off your new butt and embrace your body’s new shape with a wardrobe you love. Most patients experience an increase in jeans size (even if the waist stays the same or shrinks) or need to find dresses and skirts that run a bit longer. 

Some stores are particularly useful and offer a variety of sizes and styles to fit your body type, Daisy Lane and VICI are two great local options. If you want to do some online shopping, Fashion Nova (especially if you are looking for jeans) and Zulily offer a variety of options for women with full booties.


How do You Wear a Compression Garment?

Dr. Sajjadian generally recommends you wear your garment between three and six weeks. During the first few weeks (between two and three), you should wear your garment 24 hours a day. It should only be taken off when you take a shower or for washing. After this period, you will need to continue wearing your compression garment for 12 hours each day, either during the daytime or at night.

To be most effective, your garment should fit snugly but not so tight as to cause a lot of pressure to the buttocks. If you feel any discomfort, inspect your skin and let Dr. Sajjadian know. The garment should feel like a bandage wrap, but should not be so uncomfortable that it prevents you from sleeping.

When Can I Wear Jeans? 

Many of our patients wonder when is the best time to start wearing jeans again. Even though at six weeks post butt lift, you should be able to return to most of your regular activity, we recommend waiting a bit longer to return to denim.

As mentioned above, tight-fitting clothing can restrict blood circulation and lead to the loss of some of the fat cells transferred into your butt. So squeezing into your favorite (or brand new) pair of skinny jeans is not recommended.

Ideally, you should wait for about eight weeks before wearing jeans or other skin-hugging clothes. Staying away from skintight clothes increases the survivability of your graft. However, the thing to avoid is tight-fitting pants, not necessarily denim itself. So, if you have a nice and loose-fitting pair of jeans you want to wear after your initial healing process, go for it.

In general, the rule of thumb is you should avoid wearing anything tighter than your compression garment. If you want to make absolutely sure a particular wardrobe piece is okay to wear, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sajjadian for personal guidance.

When Will I See the Final Results?

You will see noticeable results immediately after your procedure. You will note a significant increase in size at this time. During the recovery period, your buttocks may change shape and size. This is normal and to be expected, as the variance is a natural part of the healing process.

No matter how diligent you are during recovery, not all of the transferred fat cells will survive. After six weeks, the results will be very close (if not the same) as your end result.

Should I Wait Until After the Recovery Process to Shop for a New Wardrobe?

As we’ve mentioned, you won’t see your final, enduring results until the recovery period is over. Once some of the fat cells reabsorb into the body and a new blood supply forms to support the healthiest transferred fat cells, results are mostly permanent.

As you can expect your body to change during healing and should avoid wearing tight clothing for the first six to eight weeks, we recommend waiting until the entire process is completed before replacing your wardrobe. That being said, the initial recovery period is a great chance to find some new, flowing, comfortable clothing. You can wear these well after the healing process is complete, and with so many styles of maxi-dresses and flowing pants out there—have fun experimenting. Dark, solid colors look amazing with a big booty. Show off your hourglass figure by finding clothing that highlights your waist.

Once you have seen the change to your new shape and size, we strongly encourage shopping for clothing that shows off the butt of your dreams and offers you an even more considerable confidence boost. Pencil skirts, angular shirts, edge-sleeved tops, and heels are all tried and true fashion secrets of big booty celebs like Kim K.

How Should I Sit After Surgery?

Depending on the technique Dr. Sajjadian uses, patients may have different requirements and timelines for sitting after surgery. We will discuss all your personal needs for comfort and ideal healing during your consultation. Once your blood begins to circulate to the healthy fat cells, around six weeks post-op, it’s safe to sit without a cushion.

As much as possible, avoid sitting to help your new fat cells get used to their placement. However, sitting is almost inevitable. We understand life happens, and you should be prepared if you find yourself in a situation where you must sit during the recovery process. So, what are the best sitting practices?

  • Minimize your sitting time
  • If you must sit in the critical two to six week post-op period, always use a donut cushion 
  • Try sitting for no longer than five minutes at a time (especially during the first two weeks of recovery)
  • Alternate any sitting with standing up and lightly stretching to stimulate blood flow
  • Try out these techniques:
    • The Elevated Butt Sit—sit on the back of your thighs (leaving your buttocks off the ground) by using the butt lift pillow or a cushion placed under your thighs for the elevation.
    • The Backwards Chair Sit—instead of your usual chair sitting position, turn the chair around and place your legs on the sides of the chair back. Leave your buttocks out of the chair seat and rest your arms on the back of the chair to relieve any pressure on the butt.

Any Other Questions? Ask Dr. Sajjadian

Surgically enhancing your body’s contour is a big life change. While your fuller, rounder butt will increase your confidence and have you loving your new curves, learning how to shop and dress your new shape can take time.

We are here to help. Dr. Sajjadian is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in every stage of the butt lift procedure and healing process. We have heard it all when it comes to butt lifts—questions about what to wear, how to wear it, and when to try new styles. Whether you are worried about how tight your jeans fit or if it’s time to take the leap, we’ll work with you one-on-one to ensure your comfort and happiness. 

If you have any concerns or questions about your particular case or think a butt lift may be right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Newport Beach, CA, office here or give us a call at 949-515-0550.

Can Fat Transfer Compensate for Breast Implant Removal?

Every relationship eventually comes to an end. If you’ve loved your breast implants, but find they are no longer what you want for your breasts, we can help you remove them. Contact Dr. Sajjadian to explore your options for breast implant removal in Newport Beach, CA. Let us help you break up with your breast implants. 

Breast Implant Evolution

For over 50 years, breast implants have gone hand in hand with breast enhancement. For a long time, the trend was large, round, and obvious implants. The rapidly growing demand high demand for safe, high-quality implants led manufacturers to develop increasingly durable and resistant models. Patients also wanted implants with a more natural look. 

As time went on, implant surgery refined itself, and with new implants on the market, the options of choice in size and shape became nearly endless. All of these factors, and more, led breast augmentation to become one of the safest, successful, and number one most popular plastic surgeries in the US. 

In 2018 alone, over 300,000 women chose to augment their breasts with cosmetic surgery.  

Changing implant options means that women have more opportunities than ever to create their ideal breasts. Big, small, or in between, we can help you find implants that create beautiful curves. And if the time should ever come that you no longer want breast implants, we can help you with the removal process too. 

Whatever your reasons for considering breast implant removal, our team will guide you through the process, helping you to find the best available options for enhancing your shape and reshaping the breasts. 

Fat Grafting for Breast Implant Removal

Removing breast implants can cause some aesthetic changes. Think of it as a balloon. When it is inflated, it appears full and rounded. When the balloon pops, it is stretched out and deflated. Removing breast implants can lead to a saggy and deflated breast appearance. Working with a highly-skilled plastic surgeon can mitigate the effects of breast implant removal. 

In recent years, expert surgeons across the country have been developing a new technique to help compensate for the potentially unwanted aesthetic effects of removing breast implants. Using a procedure known as fat transfer (or lipoaugmentation) after removing implants, Dr. Sajjadian offers patients the chance to refine their breast contour using fat, extracted from their own body. This fat provides a natural look and feel as it replaces breast volume lost after implant removal. 

This is a perfect option if you are interested in removing your implants but are worried about losing volume and shapeliness. 

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple-board certified plastic surgeons to offer this highly specialized procedure in the United States. He is a highly skilled and sought after plastic surgeon with extensive breast surgery experience, including breast revision surgery

Read on to learn more about the particulars of fat transfer after breast implant removal to see if this option is right for you. If you would like a personal consultation, feel free to call our Newport Beach, CA, office at 949-515-0550 today.

The Potential Consequences of Breast Implant Removal

How will implant removal affect your breasts? Many factors play a role including:

  • Length of time since you received implants
  • Age
  • Size and shape of the breast implants
  • Skin quality
  • Natural breast size

The most apparent consequence of breast implant removal is the significant and sudden loss of volume the implant provided. Beneath the surface, however, your tissues will also be working to adapt and “shrink” to the smaller volume. 

A general rule of thumb is: the larger the implant was, the more likely you are to experience aesthetic complications after removal.  

Patients with smaller implants and good tissue quality tend to adapt without any problems or the need for further treatments or procedures. 

However, for patients with considerable breast augmentation or with tissue that is lacking the necessary elasticity, surgical intervention may be needed to restore breast appearance. 

Dr. Sajjadian for Your Breast Implant Removal

Removing breast implants can be complicated, but don’t worry, Dr. Sajjadian can help. Patients who require further treatments to maintain the appearance of the breasts after implant removal have two general options. The first option is mastopexy (also known as a breast lift). This procedure works wonders to reposition the breasts and eliminate excess skin or sagginess. Additional scarring can occur due to the incisions needed to reshape the breasts and remove excess skin. 

The second option, a relative newcomer on the plastic surgery scene, is the use of fat transfer to help retain shape, feel, and contour of the breasts after implant removal. Here’s what makes this procedure one of the most promising options for restoring the breast contours after breast implants.

The Benefits of Fat Transfer After Implant Removal

Fat transfer (sometimes called lipoaugmentation or lipofilling) offers many benefits to patients. As one of the most reliable means of compensating for the volume loss after breast implant removal, more and more patients are turning to this breakthrough treatment to beautify and reshape their breasts.

Fat transfer is particularly convenient, as it is completed during the same surgery as implant removal. During your surgery after the implants are withdrawn, Dr. Sajjadian will insert fat grafts throughout the mammary gland. This provides immediately beneficial results and considerably lowers volume loss.

Also, by foregoing the need for a breast lift, fat transfer requires no additional incisions or scars. If there is any scarring, it will be considerably less than the vertical or T scars characteristic of other procedures that compensate for volume loss. 

As the fillers used in lipoaugmentation are always fat-based, you get the benefits of having natural feeling and looking breasts enhanced by your body’s own tissue. Additionally, lipoaugmentation provides a new frame around the gland, improving the aesthetic result.

In some cases, if a patient wishes for a more significant increase in volume, a second grafting procedure may be necessary. After the body heals from surgery, we can schedule a second procedure to add additional fat into the breasts.  

To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to have adequate fat available. Most patients have plenty, but if you are very thin, we may need to discuss other options. 

Performing fat grafts after breast implant removal is a highly specialized surgical technique requiring considerable knowledge and expertise on the breasts’ anatomy. Dr. Sajjadian has all the necessary skills, experience, and training as well as triple-board certification to mold your breasts and achieve desired results you will love.

What Recent Studies are Saying

Several recent studies have lauded the benefits and possibilities of embracing fat transfer to compensate for the effects of breast implant removal. The Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a team led by internationally renowned professor of surgery Dietrich Doll have found promising results in clinical studies of this procedure.  

Both studies began with surgeons looking to report on new ways to offer patients alternatives to the negatively perceived consequences of implant removal. For many women, one of the studies stated, “patients [would] rather bear the consequences of severe fibrosis than to have their implants removed.” 

What both studies found, however, was that patients who underwent fat transfer had “good to excellent results” and “high satisfaction” with their outcomes. 

The conclusions of these studies found that fat transfer “…provide[s] a favorable aesthetic outcome in women seeking implant removal.” 

If you’re considering implant removal, this is an important option to consider. Come in for a consultation and explore the possibilities of fat transfer with Dr. Sajjadian. 

What Is Recovery Like?

After surgery, you will most likely experience some bruising near the liposuction area, though this goes away in 7-10 days. 

The rest of the recovery process can vary considerably based on your unique case. Dr. Sajjadian will discuss the full treatment and recovery plan with you during your consultation. However, most patients can assume the process will look something like this general guide: 

  • Two to fourteen days after surgery you can return to work
  • Seven to fourteen days after surgery dressings are removed
  • Four to six weeks after surgery you can swim
  • Four to twelve weeks after surgery you may resume regular exercise and rigorous activity
  • In some cases Dr. Sajjadian has patients wear a compression garment for one to two weeks
  • Full recovery takes six to twelve weeks

Reasons for Implant Removal

Many of our breast implant removal patients have loved their breast implants. They enjoyed having a fuller, more shapely breast appearance for many years. However, lifestyles and aesthetic desires change. At some point, the breast implants were no longer enhancing their lives. 

For many of our patients, their lifestyles have changed since they got their implants and the size and possibly cumbersome nature of large breasts no longer fit in. They may desire a more active lifestyle, one where breast implants don’t fit in. 

Some women now want a more natural-looking breast appearance. Social tastes have changed significantly in the last several decades and many women now want a smaller, more subtle augmentation result. 

Implant complications are another reason for removal. Some women have experienced a medical change, an implant leak or deflation, or other condition. Often these issues can be corrected through breast revision surgery, but some women desire to remove their implants altogether. 

Whatever your reasons, we’re here to provide expert guidance so you can decide if implant replacement or removal is your best option. 

Schedule a Consultation

Women’s concern over the appearance of their breasts after implant removal can be a significant factor in choosing whether or not to keep their implants. Dr. Sajjadian is proud to provide the highly specialized procedure of using fat transfer to compensate for negative aesthetic consequences. 

At our Newport Beach, CA, offices, we want all of our patients to understand the full range of procedures and surgical interventions available. If you are experiencing complications, health concerns, or a change of opinion regarding your breast augmentation, we can help. 

Dr. Sajjadian is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable breast surgery expertise and an in-depth understanding of the breasts’ anatomy. He will help you to understand all the options and treatments available.If you would like to discuss your case further or schedule a consultation in person with Dr. Sajjadian, feel free to call us at 949-515-0550 or contact us online here. We greatly look forward to speaking.