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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.

Hydroquinone

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

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.

FAQ

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.

FAQs

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.

How to Prepare Your Child So Cosmetic Ear Surgery Goes Smoothly

Ear surgery is one of the few cosmetic procedures that are commonly performed on children. That’s because ears that are overly large, misshapen, or stick out noticeably can make a child the object of teasing, which can damage a child’s self-esteem. The surgery is typically done after a child’s ears have fully formed, at age 5 or older. That means your child may still be quite young when you schedule the procedure. How should you prepare your child so that the surgery goes smoothly?

Describe the Procedure in a Positive Way

The goal of cosmetic ear surgery is to improve your child’s appearance and by doing that to improve their self-esteem and self-image. When talking about the procedure with your child, be careful not to suggest that there is anything wrong with their appearance by using negative terms to describe their ears as they are now. Instead, talk about how the surgery will change your child’s ears in a positive way, using matter-of-fact, simple language. For example, you might say: “Dr. Sajjadian is going to make your ears more even.” Or: “Dr. Sajjadian is going to make your ears the same size.”

Of course, if your child is older or has experienced teasing because of his or her ears, you can adjust your explanation to describe in more detail how the surgery will change how the ears look for the better. The point is to help your child feel good about themselves now and to reassure them that the surgery will only improve their looks. Remember that the goal of cosmetic ear surgery is typically to make the ears appear more normal and less noticeable, rather than to make them exceptionally attractive.

Explain What Will Happen On the Day of the Surgery

Children do best with medical procedures when they know what to expect. Talk through the scheduled events of the day ahead of time, starting with what will happen when your child gets up in the morning. Dr. Sajjadian will explain the specifics to you, but you might describe what to expect on the day of a typical procedure like this:

  • You won’t have breakfast that morning.
  • We will take you to Dr. Sajjadian’s office (or possibly the hospital) and be with you while you meet with the doctor.
  • A nurse will have you change into a hospital gown when it’s time for the procedure.
  • You will get a mask to wear with a balloon to blow up, which will make you sleepy.
  • When you’re in a deep sleep, Dr. Sajjadian will do the surgery. You’ll be so sound asleep that you won’t feel anything.
  • We’ll be there the whole time, and will be with you when you wake up after the surgery.
  • You’ll have a bandage over your ears. It might hurt a little, but you’ll be able to take medicine for that.
  • When you’re completely awake, we’ll take you home. You’ll come home that same day.

Explain What Your Child Can Expect In the Days After the Surgery

Your child will need to take special care of the ears while they are healing. Let your child know ahead of time that he or she will wear a headband for a few days once the bandages come off, and won’t be able to take a shower during that time. Your child will need to take a break from sports, too, until the ears have healed.

Answer All of Your Child’s Questions Honestly

Parents are often surprised by what children worry about — and by what doesn’t concern them. Don’t assume you know what your child is thinking about the surgery. It might be that they will wake up in the middle of the procedure, or that you won’t be there with them. Or your child may not be worried at all. Encourage your child to ask questions about the procedure and do your best to answer honestly. If you don’t know the answer to a question, promise to find out. Then follow through by asking Dr. Sajjadian’s office and sharing what you learn.

Dr. Sajjadian is a triple-board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA. His practice focuses on compassionate patient care and attention to detail. He has won numerous awards for excellence, both from his patients and from his professional peers.

What Is Recovery Like After Cosmetic Ear Surgery?

You hate your ears and it is time for a change, but in between you and your new look is surgery and recovery. What is recovery like? Will you need time off from work? How can you maximize your otoplasty recovery experience? This guide will help you prepare for recovery after your otoplasty procedure with Dr. Ali Sajjadian.

In 2018 alone, over 20,000 Americans chose to undergo cosmetic ear surgery, also known as otoplasty. These patients included adults and children. Otoplasty is commonly performed on patients under the age of 18. If you or your child are considering improving the appearance of your ears, it is essential to fully understand the surgical and recovery processes before making your decision.

Parents, in particular, are often concerned about what to expect from otoplasty; especially when it comes to understanding the pain levels and required downtime your child may experience. The good news is that most of Dr. Sajjadian’s patients find the recovery process manageable and the results well worth the effort.

Rest assured, you’re in good hands. Dr. Sajjadian has extensive expertise in this delicate procedure. As one of the few triple board-certified plastic surgeons in California, he is uniquely qualified to ensure your best results. Across the board, our patients report high levels of satisfaction with both their experience and their results. At our Newport Beach offices, we understand that choosing cosmetic ear surgery often comes after a lifetime of anxiety and even embarrassment over the appearance of your ears.

Dr. Sajjadian takes particular care to ensure children and adults alike feel confident in the boardroom, on the playground, or wherever life may take them.

Below, we’ve compiled all the necessary information to understand the ins-and-outs of otoplasty recovery. We will walk you through the process step by step. From the moment the surgery ends through the completion of the recovery process, this guide will help you navigate the healing process.
We’ve also included some tips and tricks to make your recovery as painless and easy as possible.

Read on to learn more, and if you have any questions or would like personalized answers, feel free to call our Newport Beach plastic surgery office at 949-515-0550.

What Is Otoplasty (Cosmetic Ear Surgery)?

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the ear. It is safe and very effective, with life-long results. Otoplasty can address many cosmetic ear concerns including:

  • Prominent ears
  • Ears that stick out
  • Damage from trauma including cauliflower ear
  • Elfin ear
  • Congenital malformations
  • Lop ear
  • Macrotia
  • Microtia

Otoplasty corrects the appearance of the ear from all angles including the front, rear and side perspectives. Our goal is to create an ear that is aesthetically pleasing and that functions properly.

Prominent ears are often associated with psychological trauma, teasing, and anxiety. Patients consistently say that after otoplasty, they feel better about their appearance and have improved self-esteem.

Recovery

Recovery after otoplasty is broken into several phases. We’ll share some tips for each phase below, but remember, we’re always available if you have questions or concerns. Helping you to have a successful recovery is our job.

Immediately After Surgery

After surgery, one of our nurses will take you from the operating room to a comfortable recovery room at our Newport Beach, CA, offices. Patients can go home the same day as surgery. However, we will monitor you briefly while you fully recover from anesthesia.

Generally, patients spend a few hours with us before they are ready to head home. You will need a friend or family member to pick you up from the surgical facility and drive you home. For the first night, they should stay with you in case you need some help.

Arriving at Home

Once you arrive at home from the surgical facility, we recommend you head to bed and get some much-needed rest. Be sure to elevate your head with two or three pillows. Keeping the head elevated helps to minimize swelling.

We recommend eating something once you have fully recovered from anesthesia. Food helps to alleviate some of the side effects associated with prescription pain medications. Though you may be quite hungry right after surgery, don’t overdo it. Take your time, listen to your body, and don’t push yourself.

Some nausea is common, but if it doesn’t resolve quickly, let us know. A healthy diet and ample rest both aid the healing process and speed up recovery.

Dr. Sajjadian will often prescribe post-surgery antibiotics. If you receive a prescription for antibiotics, it is imperative to finish the full course of medication. To ease postoperative pain, you may receive a prescription for pain medication. When using opiate medications, do not drive.

If other medications are needed, Dr. Sajjadian will let you know and will provide detailed information about how to properly use the medication. Make sure we know about all medications you’re using, including over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

If you have any questions after your surgery or experience any unexpected side effects, let us know.

The First Few Days After Surgery

A compressive bandage is typically placed over the ears after surgery. The bandage holds the ears in the appropriate position for healing, so it is important not to remove your dressing.

Usually, Dr. Sajjadian will check the ears during a follow-up appointment the day after your surgery in our offices. If you experience severe or sharp pains on only one side, please call and let us know.

Unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Sajjadian, your bandages should stay on for one full week. After this period, you will be asked to return to the office and have your sutures removed.

Generally, we will recommend you wear an elastic band—known as an Ear Band-It—at night for the next six weeks. If possible, wearing the band during the day will help ease discomfort and ensure proper healing.

You should avoid facial tanning for the next six months post-surgery. If you need to be in the sun, please wear a 15-SPF or higher sunscreen. Ask Dr. Sajjadian about when you can resume wearing makeup, glasses, and earrings.

We’ll provide detailed information about cleaning and caring for your incisions. This process is simple and doesn’t require much time or effort.

After your bandages have been removed, you may wash your hair and face as usual with gentle soap and shampoo (ideally unscented). If possible, avoid any excessive scrubbing near your ears.

As pool, ocean, and lake water can harbor bacteria, we ask patients to avoid swimming for several weeks. Showering or bathing is fine.

Some numbness, itching, swelling, or discoloration are normal and generally go away on their own.

We provide detailed recovery instructions, carefully developed by Dr. Sajjadian to ensure the best possible recovery. Following Dr. Sajjadian’s instructions is the key to success after your surgery. Attending follow-up visits as planned allows us to best guide you through the healing process and towards your desired results. Plan on several follow up visits throughout your recovery.

Tips to Help Healing

  • Avoid subjecting the surgical incisions to excessive force, sunlight, abrasions, or vigorous motion while they heal. This is especially important to keep in mind for young children, who should avoid play or overexertion until the ears are healed.
  • Keep the head cool throughout the recovery period, especially if bandages are being worn – avoid any areas of extreme heat as well as using hot blow dryers.
  • Itching near or at the incision lines is very common. Usually, this is a sign of healing and that the nerves are regenerating. Do you best to avoid scratching the incisions. This prevents unnecessary damage or increased scarring.
  • If any discharge, redness, or heat accompany itchiness, please contact us—as this may be the signs of a treatable infection.
    Don’t wash your hair with shampoo for up to one-week post-surgery.
  • Keep your head elevated as much as possible, especially when sleeping. As mentioned above, one or two pillows to prop up your head is usually sufficient. When awake, try not to bend over as this can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Some swelling is normal and usually lasts for one to two months. Residual swelling may last up to six months. Don’t stress about this, and if you have any concerns, call our Newport Beach office.
  • Avoid sleeping on your side throughout recovery.
  • Take your prescribed medication as directed.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment as directed by Dr. Sajjadian to the incision area; this helps scars heal.
  • Have patience and allow yourself the necessary time to rest while you recover.
  • Have realistic expectations and understand that results take time to show, and the appearance of your ears will change gradually.
  • Discharge coming out of your ear is normal, especially during the first week after surgery. A small amount of fluid drainage from the ears is common. This discharge may be dark, thick, or tinged red. If this happens, use a Q-tip or cotton swab soaked in hydrogen peroxide to clean the outer part of the ear. Do not clean the inner ear canal. If the fluid is excessive, contact us.
  • Avoid sun exposure and extreme temperatures for a month or two. Your ears will be numb for the first few weeks. As such, you may not feel the damage of extreme temperatures. If you choose to use ice packs, do so intermittently throughout the day, usually for no more than 20 minutes at a time.

Complications

Contact Dr. Sajjadian as soon as possible if you experience any complications. Contact us immediately if you have:

  • A fever higher than 101.5 degrees F, which persists despite increasing fluid intake and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Sharp or severe pain on one side of your head.
  • Increased redness or swelling over time.
  • Your dressing shifting significantly or falling off.
  • Changes in ear shape after removing bandaging.

Ear Surgery FAQ

What Is the Recovery Timeline?

Recovery timelines for ear surgery vary from patient to patient. Here are some common milestones:

  • Return home the same day as your surgery
  • For the first one or two days, there will be some aching and throbbing
  • After several days bandages will be removed, and adults can return to work. Stitches will be removed or may be self-dissolving.
  • After approximately one week, patients can resume normal activities, and children can return to school.
  • For several weeks an ear-supporting headband should be worn
  • Full otoplasty recovery takes approximately six weeks.

What Are the Risks of Ear Surgery?

Dr. Sajjadian will perform your otoplasty with utmost dedication to your safety, and care to ensure you obtain the optimal results. We’ll talk more about any specific risks you may experience during your consultation. Dr. Sajjadian is highly experienced at otoplasty, and his patients report excellent outcomes and high levels of satisfaction with their results.

Schedule a Consultation at Our Newport Beach, CA Office Today

Otoplasty is a popular, safe, and clinically proven option to correct and improve the appearance of the ears. Dr. Sajjadian is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you if you’re concerned about the appearance of your ears. Whether you are a parent of a child who is being bullied or someone who has been struggling with anxiety over your ears for your entire life, let us help you find freedom from prominent ears.

If you are ready to take the next step or have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to call our Newport Beach, CA offices at 949-515-0550 or Dr. Sajjadian directly online here. We look forward to creating a treatment plan together and helping you feel confident with your appearance.

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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. 

May last 2-5 years

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.