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Everything You Need to Know About the Sculptra® Butt Lift

Like most dermal injectable procedures, the Sculptra® butt lift has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In 2018, more than 2.5 million people chose to augment and refine their appearances using non-surgical injectable fillers, and it’s clear why.

Sculptra® is uniquely designed to enhance the shape of the buttocks and achieve a plumper, more full appearance. The treatment utilizes the body’s natural rejuvenation process to increase the roundness of your backside while reducing cellulite and boosting confidence in the butt you deserve. 

The procedure presents an incredible no-scalpel option for women searching for a fuller bum. Sculptra® improves skin irregularity and texture, helping to reduce or eliminate cellulite and stretch marks. The unique butt lift technique also fits perfectly into the lifestyle of patients who simply do not have time for the downtime associated with other, more traditional, booty enhancements. You will not have to undergo any general anesthesia and will have no scars, as not a single cut will be made. Sculptra® can also be performed on patients who are not good candidates for fat grafting or surgical butt lifts, presenting new opportunities for slimmer people looking to fill out their behind. 

Sculptra® Butt Lift: When You Need Non-Invasive Curves

The Sculptra® Butt Lift offers several unique benefits. First, patients will see beautiful and natural results; the lift will be substantial but subtle. Lean patients respond incredibly well to Sculptra®. Further, this non-surgical and non-invasive procedure presents lower risk of complications than other butt-lift procedures. The recovery time is minimal, treatment times are under an hour, and the material is easily absorbed into the body. 

What Makes the Sculptra® Butt Lift Special?

Compared to other butt enhancing procedures, such as fat grafting (also known as a Brazilian Butt Lift), Sculptra® users see a significant augmentation while using a minimal amount of injectable product. Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable, which has traditionally been used to treat face wrinkles. By using the biocompatible synthetic material poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen simulator, Sculptra® Butt Lifts induce the growth of your own collagen around the injected product. This process leads to tighter, thicker skin, and a plumper outer appearance while reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite. 

In contrast to liquid and gel fillers like collagen or hyaluronic acid, which push up underneath the skin, Sculptra® works to restore skin structure, creating volume by revitalizing the production of natural collagen. Over the multi-month regimen of visits, patients will gain a fuller backside. Results last two and five years, depending on your unique anatomy. 

Sculptra® presents extremely minimal risks, and patients experience little to no pain at all during the procedure. 

How Long Does a Sculptra® Butt Lift Treatment Take?

Because Sculptra® Butt Lift treatments generally require a single injection, you’ll be in and out of the doctor’s office in under an hour. The short treatment time has won the Sculptra® Butt lift the nick name, “the lunch time butt lift.”  

To see optimal results and outcomes, most patients require three treatments over a period of several months. 

When Will I See Results?

Most patients will see an improvement in their butt’s appearance within three weeks after the initial treatment. As your body works in tandem with Sculptra® to produce collagen and firm itself, results will continue to improve over time. Generally, optimal improvement and improved proportion and contour will be visible within several months of the final treatment session.

Am I a Good Candidate for the Sculptra® Butt Lift?

The Sculptra® Butt Lift is best suited to patients between 25-45 years of age who are wishing to gain greater volume and improved texture in their buttocks and are near their ideal weight. Patients who are unable to incorporate the longer recovery time of a fat transfer into their lifestyle or who do not have enough fat to undergo this procedure make great candidates. Patients who are looking for gradual, non-permanent increases of the butt’s natural look and feel are perfectly suited to a Sculptra® Butt Lift as well. 

Good candidates are patients who desire greater definition, improved lift and volume in their butt. If you are seeking an alternative to surgical butt augmentation, have a healthy lifestyle, are in general good health, this treatment may be the right fit. Many of our patients are young and athletic women who may have lost contour in their buttocks due to lost fat as a result of rigorous exercise. Hoping to restore curves, millions of women have chosen Sculptra® as a non-invasive means of restoration with minimal downtime. To determine if Sculptra® is right for you, please contact our Newport Beach, CA office.

What Happens During a Sculptra® Butt Lift Procedure?

First and foremost, a consultation to find the perfect procedure to fit your lifestyle and address your concerns will be booked. Before choosing to a Sculptra® Butt Lift Procedure, Dr. Ali Sajjadian will work with you to better understand your goals, physiology, and recovery preferences. Upon choosing Sculptra® as the best fit, Dr. Sajjadian will fully customize the process to meet your expectations and explain the personalized treatment plan. Next, patients will schedule one or more treatments over several months to receive a one-time injection. Before arriving in the office for each procedure, the Sculptra® will have been prepared by reconstituting the poly-L-lactic acid powder and sterilized water to guarantee ease of absorption into the body. 

During each treatment in the comfort of our Newport Beach office, the site of injection will be numbed by the application of a topical anesthetic to reduce all pain or discomfort. Once numb, the doctor will insert a blunt tip cannula into the desired area, and the Sculptra® product will be injected deep into the dermis, where collagen is produced. After injection, radiofrequency heat and ultrasound wave heat energy are applied to further stimulate growth of collagen. After three weeks, the poly-L-lactic acid powder will be absorbed into the body and stimulation of the dermis will be promoting collagen growth in the butt. 

When Can I Return to My Normal Lifestyle? Are There Any Possible Complications?

As the Sculptra® Butt Lift requires no surgery, there is no downtime associated with this procedure. Patients can return to their normal lifestyles within a day of receiving a Sculptra® Butt Lift. We do, however, recommend avoiding exercise for 24 hours after the procedure, as you may be sore. But, you can maintain most other activities immediately upon leaving our office. 

Patients may have some minimal bruise marks at the site of injection, which can last for 7-10 days. But that’s it! Healing time for these depend on your body’s unique healing timeline but generally will pass in under a week.

Sculptra® procedures have been shown to cause complications in a minority of patients. These may include the formation of small nodules under the skin, leading to a somewhat uneven outer appearance. However, a doctor can easily resolve these bumps. We encourage patients to massage the injection site and surrounding area for the first five to seven days after receiving each procedure. 

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How Long Will the Results of a Sculptra® Butt Lift Last?

Results of the Sculptra® Butt Lift vary based on several factors, such as the number of and time in-between procedures received, lifestyle, health and physiology of the patient and receptibility to poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulation. 

Most patients see results lasting two years after the final injection. However, a few patients may see the improvements last as long as five years or more.

What to Consider When Scheduling the Sculptra® Butt Lift?

If you are looking to improve the overall contour, fullness, smoothness and natural appearance of your butt while avoiding the possible complications, long recovery time and surgical risks of other butt enhancements, the Sculptra® Butt Lift could be perfect for you.  

This procedure is a perfect fit for active, healthy, lean people without the necessary fat to undergo a fat transfer but augmentation. By utilizing the body’s natural collagen production, Sculptra® Butt Lifts provide a non-permanent improvement generally lasting up to two years. You will be able to leave our office confident and ready to head back to work, home or anywhere. There is no downtime required, and only a slight possibility of bruising and soreness, all of which will go away within a week of receiving the injection and generally pass in under 24 hours. 

Think You Could Use a Lift? Consult an Expert

Found yourself looking in the mirror and wishing for more curves? Concerned about the possible complications of surgical enhancement and the associated risks of general anesthesia?   

Consider joining the over two million Americans pursuing the body of their dreams using the non-invasive innovations injectable fillers provide. These low-risk, high-reward procedures are all the rage, and with good reason. 

Dr. Ali Sajjadian, one of the few plastic surgeons in the United States who holds TRIPLE Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is one of the foremost experts in the application of non-surgical augmentation. 

Located in sunny Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Sajjadian is renowned for his compassionate care and expertise in his field. He believes firmly in listening to the personal needs, hopes, goals, and concerns of each patient and working tirelessly to find the perfect treatment plan to get you and your body exactly as you desire. Dr. Sajjadian has extensive training in plastic surgery and was an assistant professor and faculty member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at one of the leading and most respected plastic surgery program in the world at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

We have heard it all when it comes to questions about surgical and non-invasive options for a rejuvenated butt. If you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ali Sajjadian at 949-515-0550 or via our online form. You can also schedule a commitment-free, private consultation through either channel. We look forward to personalizing a path towards the body of your dreams!

What is Jeuveau? The New Botox® Alternative for Wrinkles

Here at Dr. Sajjadian’s Newport Beach, CA office, we are always looking for the most cutting-edge, affordable means of meeting our client’s wide-ranging cosmetic needs and dreams. So, when local cosmetic innovation firm Evolus announced the arrival of Jeuveau, the first new FDA approved treatment of moderate to severe frown lines in nearly a decade, we got to work ensuring our clients would have access to this groundbreaking product. 

For the last ten years, Americans hoping to smooth and avoid unwanted fine lines caused by regular facial muscle activity had only a few options. BOTOX® has long reigned supreme as the first-ever FDA approved neurotoxin to reduce wrinkles. Even as competitors like Dysport and Xeomin® entered the market, consumers have chosen Botox® to ensure the quality, ease, and results they desire. 

However, with the arrival of Jeuveau, the non-surgical cosmetic landscape is getting a makeover. Structurally similar to BOTOX®, Jeuveau has been specifically designed for cosmetic usage and Evolus has worked tirelessly to ensure a sizable reduction in cost compared to BOTOX®: 20-30% cheaper to use. Glabellar lines, commonly known as “frown lines,” have never been easier or more affordable to fix. 

It is incredibly exciting to get to offer our customers this new option in the fight against wrinkles. Jeuveau ensures the same quality of product and results while saving our clients a sizeable chunk of change. What is not to love?

What Makes Jeuveau Different?

Having arrived in Spring 2019, Jeuveau™ is already opening new doors to anti-wrinkle innovation. More and more people of all ages are seeing the results of this miracle neurotoxin. Jeuveau™ is the first aesthetic-only neurotoxin approved in the U.S., offering its users a competitive price-point advantage over more expensive aesthetic neurotoxins marketed towards cosmetic and medical usage. 

We are on the frontline of a #NewTOX movement. Released on May 15th, 2019, Jeuveau™ has just arrived across the nation. Be amongst the first to try this groundbreaking product under the expertise and guidance of Dr. Ali Sajjadian, one of the few triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons in America.

An Anti-Aging Options Designed Specifically for Cosmetic Use

Jeuveau™ is the first-ever anti-wrinkle injectable to be approved by the FDA for solely cosmetic use. In comparison to BOTOX® which began its clinical testing in the medical market long before it entered the cosmetic realm. Jeuveau™, on the other hand, has been formulated and tested for cosmetic usage from the beginning.

By avoiding hefty medical-industry costs such as being subject to insurance coverage, reimbursement, and pricey medical vetting, Evolus provides the same results and quality at a much lower cost while maintaining rigorous testing and quality assurance. Customers can still be assured they are receiving the highest quality neuromodulator when receiving Jeuveau™. 

Evolus is a modern company, offering loyalty programs, a transparent and customer accessible website and even an app available on the app store, #NEWTOX. Through unique branding, testing and roll-out strategies, Jeuveau™ arrives fully formed for a new kind of customer, one with beauty and wrinkle-free skin in mind on a flexible and manageable budget. 

The Same Stunning Reduction in Appearance of Age Lines, at a Consumer-Friendly Cost

Since the outset of its approval by the FDA, BOTOX® has renamed synonymous with wrinkle-relaxing injectable procedures; nearly interchangeable with the process itself. Since 2002, the injection of botulinum toxin type A has become the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States. In 2018, nearly 7.5 million Americans experienced the benefits of neurotoxin injectables. 

Jeuveau™ is used to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows. Just like BOTOX®, Jeuveau™ has a molecular weight of 900 kDa. However, they are derived from different strains of the same toxin. The minimal risks and potential side effects listed by the companies are identical, as are their guarantee of the utmost quality. Jeuveau™ is produced by a state-of-the-art manufacturing process in a facility using Hi-Pure™ technology.

Jeuveau™ has strict quality and safety standards and has been evaluated in clinical studies with over 2,100 patients. This study included the largest aesthetic head-to-head pivotal trial comparing Jeuveau™ and BOTOX® Cosmetic, and was published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The study found that at day 30, 87.2% of Jeuveau™ users achieved desired results of non-inferiority, in comparison to 82.8% of BOTOX® users.

How Does Jeuveau Work?

Jeuveau™ works similarly to other injectable neurotoxins, smoothing wrinkles through the process of temporarily paralyzing underlying facial muscles. Thus creating younger-looking, smoother, line-free skin. 

Through a lifetime of usage, the brow muscles (or the corrugator and orbicularis oculi muscles) cause facial lines to arise. This motion causes a “frown” or furrowed brow. Depending on the individual these muscles may vary in location, size, and usage. 

Upon completing a consultation with Dr. Sajjadian, our office will determine the perfect dosage and location for injection. An effective dose will then be applied during a short, one-time visit to relax these muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

The Benefits of Jeuveau

Though each of the wrinkle relaxing products on the market offers similar results, minimal risk and possible side effects: they each have their own “personality,” so to speak. 

Many cosmetic surgeons offer multiple brands to suit the diverse needs of their patient’s physiologies, budgets and personal desires. Up until the recent release of Jeuveau™, Dr. Sajjadian has chosen only to offer BOTOX® due to its rigorous quality control and, until now, unparalleled reputation. 

With the roll-out of Jeuveau™ to the cosmetic market, however, Dr. Sajjadian decided to expand his offerings to allow for a broader range of affordability and choice. By maintaining the utmost quality and care in its production and presenting unprecedented affordability to reduce wrinkles, Jeuveau™ is making its way into the offerings of cosmetic surgeons across the country. If you are interested in joining this cosmetic revolution, do not hesitate to contact our Newport Beach, CA office today!

Are There Possible Side Effects or Complications?

Much like other wrinkle relaxing neurotoxin competitors , Jeuveau™ has a relatively low chance of side effects or complications after injection. 

There is a slight chance of small red dots becoming visible at the site of injection after receiving a treatment, as well as possible minor bruising. However, both of these symptoms will fade within a few hours of leaving our office. We recommend you follow all of your doctor’s post-treatment instructions to ensure optimal results and a painless healing process. Some patients find it helpful to utilize a light cold compress at the site of injection for a few minutes after receiving a procedure. 

If you are concerned about post-procedure bruising or redness, makeup can be used to minimize visible signs. You will be ready and able to return immediately to work or any social engagement!

Jeuveau™, as well as other neurotoxin treatments, have been linked in some cases to problems swallowing, speaking or breathing due to weakened muscles affected by the relaxant. These rare symptoms may occur within hours or weeks of receiving a treatment. In other rare cases, patients have experienced headaches, increases in white blood cell count and eyelid ptosis. 

When Will I Be Able to Return to My Regular Lifestyle?

A Jeuveau™ procedure takes only a few minutes to administer and does not require the use of general or local anesthesia. After visiting our office to receive a treatment, you will be out the door and back to your regular lifestyle in under an hour. 

Dr. Sajjadian recommends avoiding lying down for three to four hours after a treatment, but there is no drowsiness, downtime, or recovery period to worry about. Some light facial exercises may be recommended to help encourage ease of motion and optimal results. 

Will I Find the Procedure Painful?

Some patients report a small amount of discomfort as the needle is inserted and liquid injected into the muscles under the skin. The needle used is extremely small and a minimal amount of liquid gets injected at one time. However, many patients cannot feel the injection at all or liken it to the sensation of a minor insect bite. The feeling lasts approximately five seconds, and as such topical anesthetic is rarely needed. 

There is a small chance the treatment may trigger a mild headache afterward, for which patients are recommended to treat with acetaminophens such as Tylenol®

How Long Will the Results Last?

Dr. Sajjadian will inject small doses of the neurotoxin directly into specific muscles of the face, which cause unwanted expression or frown lines. The muscles will weaken and relax immediately. Following the treatment, it may take three to 14 days to see optimal results. The effects of Jeuveau™ last between two to five months and, in some patients, may last much longer. 

To maintain the effects and achieve optimal results, we recommend repeated injections. There is absolutely no recovery time for Jeuveau™ injections. 

Am I the Right Candidate for Jeuveau?

If you are looking for a quick, painless and scientifically proven means of reducing fine lines and wrinkles you are a good candidate for Jeuveau™. The FDA heavily vets all approved procedures before releasing to the public, and Jeuveau fits well into the lifestyle of anyone seeking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. 

While millions of patients between the ages of 30-65 utilize neurotoxin wrinkle-reducing treatments each year, the number of people under the age of 30 receiving these groundbreaking procedures has been steadily on the rise. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, neurotoxin injectable procedures have increased by almost 30 percent (28 to be exact) since 2010 among 20- to 29-year-olds. 

If you are worried about the appearance of fine lines or hoping to get ahead of their formation, consider reaching out to schedule a one-time, no-obligation consultation and find out if Jeuveau™ is right for you.

What to Consider When Scheduling a Jeuveau Treatment

Welcome to the next era of injectable wrinkle-fighting cosmetic treatments. 

As the first-ever cosmetic-only approved treatment in the US, Jeuveau™ offers patients an affordable, quality controlled and FDA approved option to fight back against unwanted frown lines and wrinkles. 

If you are looking for a cost-effective and proven method of reducing wrinkles, call us today. 

Looking for Rejuvenated Skin? Consult an Expert and Try Jeuveau Today!

Based in sunny Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons in the country. He is very excited to be offering his patients this new treatment and would be happy to speak to you to answer any questions or concerns and find the perfect treatment to fit your budget, lifestyle, goals, and anatomy. We look forward to discussing this cutting-edge treatment, contact us today!

How Young Is Too Young for Rhinoplasty?


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

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


Teen Rhinoplasty Statistics

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

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

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


Is My Nose Ready for Rhinoplasty?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhinoplasty and Teens- What a Parent Needs to Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports After Rhinoplasty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why You Should Invest in Laser Hair Removal Before Summer

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


Shaving vs. Laser Hair Removal

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

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


Understanding the Laser Hair Removal Process

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

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

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

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

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

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


Preparing for Your Summertime Laser Hair Removal Treatment

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

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

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


Recovery After Laser Hair Removal

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

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

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


Laser Hair Removal Challenges

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


Red, Gray, or Light Colored Hair

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

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


Dark Skin Tones

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


Hair Thickness

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


Laser Only Treats Actively Growing Hair

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

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


Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

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

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

What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?

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

  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Legs

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


How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

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

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

Are Results Permanent?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breast Augmentation and the Athlete: What Women Need to Know

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

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

Breast Implant Size and Athletes

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

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

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

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

Over or Under the Pectoral Muscle?

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

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

How Quickly Can I Return to Exercise After Breast Augmentation?

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

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

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


Knowing When You Need Revision Rhinoplasty

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

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

Revision Rhinoplasty: When You Need a Rhinoplasty Do-Over

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

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

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

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

The Difficulties of Revision Rhinoplasty

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

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

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

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

Do I Need Revision Rhinoplasty?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Consider When Scheduling Your Revision Rhinoplasty

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

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

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

Get the Records from Your Previous Surgeon

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

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

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

Avoiding Rhinoplasty Complications

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

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

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

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

Make the Right Choice – Consult an Expert

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

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

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

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

Important Topics to Cover at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

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

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

Be Completely Honest with Your Plastic Surgeon

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

What Will We Discuss During A Rhinoplasty Consultation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diet and Weight Loss Aren’t Always Enough

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

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

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

What is Diastasis Recti?

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

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

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

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

How Common is Diastasis Recti?

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

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

Diastasis Recti Treatment

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

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

Stubborn Belly Fat

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

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

Liposuction for Stubborn Fat

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

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

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

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

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

Do Fat Cells Regenerate After Removal?

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

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

Do I Need Liposuction?

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

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

Loose Abdominal Skin

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

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

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

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

Maintaining Your Flat Tummy After Plastic Surgery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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