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Am I Ready for Plastic Surgery?

Posted on: May 31st, 2017

The demand for plastic surgery continues to stay on the rise. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics, more than $15 billion dollars were spent on plastic surgery in the last year. It isn’t surprising though, as most people care about their looks and want to stick to the societal standard to maintain a young and fresh appearance. Some might try to improve their body and/or face with diet, exercise, and at-home treatments, but even with rigorous efforts, they have little to no success. The only way for some people to meet their aesthetic goals is through plastic surgery. However, plastic surgery is a serious process, and it may not be for everyone. How do you know if you are ready for plastic surgery?

Are You a Plastic Surgery Candidate?Liposuction Patient Before and After photo by Dr. Wald

There are several factors patients must consider before they undergo a plastic surgery procedure. Making sure you are ready, emotionally and physically, for surgery will ensure the most comfortable and safe surgical process possible. Here are some questions you should ask yourself first:

  • Are you realistic in your expectations?: Plastic surgery is designed to enhance and rejuvenate a person’s natural features. Patients should be realistic in their expectations. They should be aware that plastic surgery is not going to provide them with a dramatic change but rather a more youthful, enhanced version of themselves.
  • Are you physically healthy?: Surgery involves anesthesia and recovery. Someone who is not physically healthy has a higher risk of complications. Patients should be honest with their surgeon about their medical history and any current medical conditions. If a surgical procedure appears unsuitable for a patient, Dr. Wald offers a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as SculpSure®, that provide beautiful results without as many risks and with minimal recovery time.
  • Have you already tried diet and exercise to achieve your goals?: Patients considering body contouring procedures such as liposuction should not treat plastic surgery as a weight loss method. It is recommended that patients be at or near their ideal body weight with only a few pockets of fat they would like to target.
  • Are you willing to maintain your results?: Plastic surgery is not a permanent solution to one’s body and facial flaws. The best patients are willing to maintain their results with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Patients should stick to a regular exercise regimen and skin care routine to achieve a longer-lasting outcome. It is also highly recommended to refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol in excess.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Are you a candidate for cosmetic surgery? If you answered yes to the above questions, now is the time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald. He can discuss your goals and concerns as well as evaluate your anatomy and health to help you decide if you are suited for a cosmetic procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical. Dr. Wald will go over all of your options and design a personalized surgery plan.

Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced in performing several procedures and techniques for the face, breasts, and body. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.


Spring Into a Healthy Skin Care Routine

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

With spring in full bloom, the weather is starting to warm up. The longer the sun is out, the more important it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Many people desire a youthful face, but the sun can damage the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to form and making a person look aged and worn out. The key to preventing premature aging is to start a daily skin care regimen. Although we cannot halt the aging process, we can slow it down by adopting healthy skin habits.

6 Tips for Beautiful Facial Skin

Most people strive to have beautiful, radiant facial skin, but not everyone benefits from good genetics. Therefore, here are six things you can do to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy:

1. Wear sunscreen

Applying sunscreen daily before sun exposure is necessary to prevent premature aging. You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.  

2. Wash your face

Keeping the skin clean is essential for preventing breakouts, blemishes, and dull skin. You should wash your face daily with the correct cleanser for your skin type.

3. Apply moisturizer

Moisturizing your face in the morning and at night is important. It is recommended to use a lotion that is gentle enough for everyday use and isn’t heavy in fragrances.

4. Eat healthy

Sticking to a healthy diet is crucial in keeping your skin fresh and clear. Avoiding high-sugared foods, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes will help to retain moisture to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming. Be sure to consume lots of fruits and vegetables for optimal results.

5. Get plenty of sleep

Sleep has a huge impact on a person’s health. Sleeping allows the body to regenerate and refresh and helps prevent creases and wrinkles from developing. You should get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

6. Drink lots of water

Hydration plays a primary role in our skin health. Maintaining a hydrated body helps to retain moisture to create radiant skin and to prevent sagging. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.

When Skin Care Isn’t Enough

Before and After Laser Skin ResurfacingSometimes healthy habits can only do so much for preventing and diminishing the appearance of facial aging. When daily skin care isn’t sufficient, you can opt for cosmetic treatments designed for targeting the effects of aging. Dr. Wald offers a variety of non-surgical options that can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. The following are some of the non-surgical procedures he performs at his practice for facial rejuvenation:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: An FDA-approved neurotoxin made of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A that blocks nerve impulses to paralyze facial muscles temporarily. BOTOX® Cosmetic can diminish the appearance of frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet for three to six months.
  • Sciton® skin resurfacing: The CO₂ laser emits a beam of light to remove unwanted tissue. It vaporizes skin cells to reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars.
  • Sciton® Infini: Infrared energy is used to heat the dermal layer of the skin and stimulate collagen growth. The Sciton® Infini is effective for treating acne as well as lax, aged, or photodamaged skin.

If you want more skin care advice from a plastic surgeon or are interested in a cosmetic treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


When Diet and Exercise Have Failed

Posted on: May 18th, 2017

With summer just around the corner, everyone is getting ready to enjoy the warmer months. The pool, the beach, and outdoor barbecues are common activities people partake in during the summertime. As the sun comes out, many people tend to show more skin to stay cool in the hot weather. Some people may be panicking and worried about getting beach body ready. The idea of bikinis, shorts, or tank tops might be causing people to diet and exercise so they can feel confident with their bodies in more revealing fashions. However, genetics and a person’s age can make it hard for them to meet their body goals. When diet and exercise have failed, plastic surgery could be an ideal option for achieving your desired physique. With so many new advancements in body contouring, an individual can get the body they want when at-home efforts are ineffective.

Your Body Contouring Options

Before and After LiposuctionThere are several plastic surgeries a person can undergo to correct certain characteristics that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Dr. Wald offers a variety of body contouring procedures at his practice. Here are some of the options available:

  • Tummy tuck surgery: Postpartum patients and people who have lost a significant amount of weight often find it difficult to target unwanted fat and skin in the stomach area. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to eliminate excess abdominal fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a slimmer, more defined waistline.
  • Liposuction: Stubborn fat accumulations are a common problem for all different types of individuals. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body that has unwanted pockets of resistant fat.
  • Breast lift surgery: Aging, genetics, weight loss, and many other factors can contribute to breast sagging and laxity. Breast lift surgery can be performed to restore the breasts to a more youthful position by lifting the breast tissue.
  • Breast augmentation: Lack or loss of breast volume is not something that can be corrected with diet and exercise. Breast augmentation can alter the shape or size of the breasts using saline or silicone breast implants.

Whether you want to get rid of excess fat or correct the appearance of the breasts, Dr. Wald can help you achieve your desired look. Patients can choose to undergo one or a combination of body contouring procedures depending on their body and goals. Those who are apprehensive about a surgical procedure may be candidates for some of our non-surgical techniques. SculpSure® is an ideal option for those who do not want to or cannot undergo surgery. With minimal downtime and pain, SculpSure® can flush out and destroy fat cells to create a smoother, thinner waistline.

If diet and exercise have failed to help you get beach ready, you might be interested in one of our body contouring options. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the experience and skills to help you achieve your body goals. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


I Want My Pre-Baby Body Back!

Posted on: March 14th, 2017

Although they are a wonderful gift, a lot of sacrifices come with having children. A woman’s entire life changes when she decides to start a family. Among the most frustrating transformations involves her body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding wreak havoc on the physique; the stomach expands to make room for a growing baby, the body begins to develop excess fat, and the breasts change in size as they start to produce milk for breastfeeding. After childbirth, the body might not revert to its original, pre-baby state. Many women find that diet and exercise fail to address these inevitable changes. Mommy Makeover surgery is an ideal option many mothers consider.

What Can I Achieve With Mommy Makeover Surgery?

A Mommy Makeover combines procedures for postpartum body contouring. Breast and body procedures can help a woman to reverse the effects of pregnancy to create firmer, more youthful contours. Depending on the characteristics that need to be addressed, Dr. Wald can create an individual surgery plan for your Mommy Makeover.

Rejuvenate Sagging Breasts and Loss of Fullness

Breast Lift Before and After PhotosThe breasts are completely different following pregnancy. Once a woman is finished breastfeeding, she might start losing the volume and shape of the breasts she once had. Breast lift surgery is an ideal procedure performed to restore lost skin elasticity that causes the breasts to sag (ptosis) by lifting them into a more youthful position.

Increase the Size and Improve the Shape of the Breasts

Some women will lose a significant amount of breast volume after pregnancy and notice they no longer have the large, full breasts that they once had. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to change the size and shape of the breasts by inserting saline or silicone implants. With so many breast implant types and incision options, a woman can have breasts that uniquely fit with the rest of her body. Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation to create larger breasts while correcting ptosis.

Flatten the Abdomen and Restore the Abdominal Muscles

A developing baby needs room for growth. The stomach expands throughout pregnancy and often results in weak abdominal muscles, excess tissue, and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is designed to restore the abdominal muscles and get rid of the belly “pooch.” An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic line. Through the incision, fat is excised, and weak abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together. Excess skin is removed, resulting in a reduction in stretch marks. Patients are happy with their slimmer, more toned abdomen.

Remove Unwanted Fatty Tissue

In addition to abdominal fat, many mothers gain excess bulges in other areas of their bodies. Even with a regular diet and exercise routine, unwanted fat is often unresponsive. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body. Commonly, post-pregnancy women address the stomach, love handles, thighs, and hips. Liposuction involves the removal of excess fatty tissue using a cannula hooked up to a vacuum device. Many tummy tuck patients also undergo liposuction to help them achieve an overall better shape in the abdominal area.

 

If you are ready to get your pre-baby body back, Dr. Wald can help! He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


4 Benefits of Undergoing Plastic Surgery in the Winter

Posted on: February 21st, 2017

Beautiful Young Woman With Arrows on FaceYou have decided that you are ready for plastic surgery, and now it is time to book your appointment. The question you may be asking yourself is, “When should I schedule my surgery?” Most patients find that the ideal season to undergo plastic surgery is winter. Whether you want a breast augmentation or liposuction, the cool weather makes winter the perfect time to schedule your procedure. Plus, with a new year just starting, why not get your face and body into shape to look your best for 2017!

Start Early on Your Summer Body

Plastic surgery results do not appear overnight. Most patients will have residual swelling for six months to one year. Someone who is wanting to get their body in shape for summer would ideally need to undergo their procedure during the winter or early spring. This allows time for swelling and bruising to subside and for surgical wounds to heal. Once the entire recovery process has come and gone, patients can be ready to show off their new results at the beach or pool this summer.

A Relaxing and Comfortable Recovery

Once the temperature drops, many people find themselves layering their clothes and snuggling up. Staying comfortable and relaxed away from the sun and activities is conducive to a healthy recovery. Winter is a convenient season to bundle up and stay indoors to ease through recovery.

After the procedure, the recovery is the most important process. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons can provide you with all the information you need to know about the recovery for your particular surgery.

It’s a Perfect Time for a “Staycation”

Life gets crazy, and every once in a while, we need a vacation. After undergoing plastic surgery, why not use some vacation time to take a “staycation”? Most operations will require a week or two of recovery. You should allow yourself to stay home or in a comfortable environment for postoperative care. Patients who take their recovery process seriously will benefit by achieving the best results possible.

Cover Up While the Body Is Healing

Winter time is all about throwing on extra clothing to stay warm and protect the skin from the dry weather. Many plastic surgery patients will notice their swelling, bruising, and surgical wounds are easier to conceal this time of year. Patients can discreetly recover from their surgery without revealing their body before unveiling their final results in the warmer months down the line.

If you want to undergo plastic surgery before the weather heats up, you should schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! He can evaluate your face or body to help you decide on the best procedure for you. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


Look Great in 2017 Non-surgically!

Posted on: January 30th, 2017

INFINI™ Laser ResultsA new year is here! It is time to freshen up your look and become a brand new you. With so many non-surgical options in the world of cosmetic surgery, you don’t even need to go near an operating table to look and feel more youthful. Dr. Robert Wald offers a variety of non-surgical procedures that have proven results with less downtime and pain. It’s time to look great in 2017 and be the best version of yourself you can be!

Injectables and Fillers for a Smoother Facial Appearance

The stress of last year may have worn and tired your appearance, and facial injectable fillers are ideal options for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles with minimal pain and recovery. Within one short office visit, you can quickly “touch up” aging indicators to create a younger, more rejuvenated facial appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the increasing popularity of non-surgical facial rejuvenation continues to grow and provides endless customization for patients. You can undergo one or a combination of our injectable treatments.

Injectables and Fillers Offered:

  • JUVÉDERM®: Composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, JUVÉDERM® can treat smile lines, wrinkles under the eyes, loss of fat in the cheeks, and thin lips.
  • Restylane®: This hyaluronic acid formula helps fill nasolabial folds, creases around the mouth, and loss of volume in the cheeks.
  • RADIESSE®: Made of calcium hydroxylapatite, this injectable effectively treats marionette lines, depressions on the nose, smile lines, loss of volume in the cheeks, and loss of definition along the jawline.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: Made of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A that blocks nerve impulses to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic can help to target frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles along the forehead.

Non-surgical Facelift With INFINI Laser

Aging, sun exposure, environmental factors, and stress can all impact the overall appearance of the face. As time goes on, the tissues on the face tend to dry out and sag. INFINI™ Laser is a radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device that helps to remove wrinkles and reduce facial skin laxity. Patients can achieve results similar to those of a facelift without the surgical scars and pain.

Eliminate Fat From the Love Handles and Abdomen

Many of us have noticed how much the holiday season has caused us to pack on the pounds. We can diet and exercise to get rid of the unwanted weight, but sometimes even a healthy lifestyle provides little to no success. SculpSure® is one of the latest fat-reduction technologies designed to target stubborn areas such as the love handles and abdomen. Using custom-designed applicators, the SculpSure® device emits laser technology to eliminate fat by attacking the fat cells and melting them down.

Dr. Wald is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you decide on the right treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


What Is the Right Abdominal Contouring Procedure for Me?

Posted on: December 27th, 2016

An abdomen that lacks definition and tone can prevent men and women from feeling comfortable and confident in their bodies. For many people, traditional diet and exercise cannot correct all of their abdominal problems. It is common to become discouraged when your hard effort stops yielding the results you desire. Dr. Wald offers a variety of procedures to treat common issues that are preventing you from having the abdominal contour you desire.

Reasons You Lack Abdominal Definition

A lack of abdominal definition is caused by excess fat, excess skin, or a combination of the two. The severity of your excess tissue will determine which procedure is best suited for you. Localized fat around the abdomen, especially in patients who work out, can be caused by a genetic predisposition to store fat in the abdomen. Recent weight loss can cause skin laxity and excess tissue to develop.

SculpSure® ResultsCreating Abdominal Definition

Dr. Wald undergoes a thorough consultation with all of his patients to determine which abdominal contouring procedure is best suited for them. While each patient is unique, these are general guidelines to help determine which procedure is best for you.

Tummy Tuck ResultsMinimal Fat and Minor Laxity

Patients with stubborn fat deposits and minor laxity issues can benefit from SculpSure®. As a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment, SculpSure® eliminates unwanted fat from the abdomen, love handles, thighs, and back. In addition to fat elimination, SculpSure® can also promote skin tightening in patients with minor laxity issues.

Excess Fat and Skin

Following pregnancy and weight loss, patients are likely to have excess skin on the abdomen that prevents from having the contour they desire. Tummy tuck surgery is ideal for patients who require more extensive contouring because of redundant folds of skin. Women post-pregnancy may benefit most from tummy tuck surgery because the abdominal muscles can be tightened during the procedure.

No matter the reason for your lack of abdominal definition, Dr. Wald has a treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today. Call us at (714) 312-3549 or contact us online.


Eliminate Belly Fat Non-surgically

Posted on: December 6th, 2016

The abdomen is one area of the body that many men and women struggle with. Some have tried rigorous diet and exercise techniques to target stubborn abdominal fat to no avail. Even “magical” pills and strict diet plans have given them little to no success in reducing the size of the belly. Those who feel as if their battle against the stomach bulge will never end may be considering extensive procedures such as tummy tuck surgery; however, surgery can be daunting and requires downtime afterward for recovery. Thankfully, there are non-surgical options available that do not involve a scalpel or anesthesia. SculpSure® is a non-invasive treatment that can help patients achieve a slimmer waistline and a flatter abdomen.  

With the holidays quickly approaching and the new year lurking around the corner, SculpSure® is the best way to burn excess fat so you can look and feel your best. Patients can achieve a slimmer, natural-looking appearance without ever going near an operating table.

Get Rid of Fat and Tighten the Skin

before-and-after-sculpsureBy emitting controlled light-based technology, SculpSure® targets stubborn pockets of excess fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Along with fat removal, patients can benefit from the skin-tightening benefits SculpSure® offers. It is a quick treatment performed in-office within 25 minutes. Patients can go home immediately following SculpSure® and resume normal activities.

SculpSure® Target Areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Muffin tops
  • Love handles

The SculpSure® Treatment

A customized application pattern is applied to the treatment area and snapped into a frame. The applicator delivers laser energy to destroy fat cells permanently. The laser passes through the skin to attack the fat cells and melt them down. Patients will feel a cooling sensation throughout the process.

Over the next six weeks, the body will naturally eliminate the fat cells. Patients will be able to see full results within 12 weeks. The number of treatments will differ depending on the patient, and Dr. Wald will design an individualized treatment for you.

If you have excess fat you would like to target, SculpSure® may be the perfect treatment for you! Schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! He can evaluate your anatomy and goals to help determine if you are a candidate for SculpSure®. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


Non-Surgical Alternatives to Plastic Surgery

Posted on: October 29th, 2016

Many people find themselves looking in the mirror and examining their body and facial flaws. They may notice excess fat, stubborn bulges, fine lines, and wrinkles. They often try at-home methods such as fad diets and strenuous exercises to eliminate unsightly bulges or scrubs to remove superficial signs of aging but without success.

Surgical procedures, such as liposuction or facelift surgery, may sound like ideal solutions, but they entail long recoveries and anesthesia. Going “under the knife” can be intimidating for many. Thanks to the latest technologies in cosmetic surgery, more doors have opened for non-invasive cosmetic options. Dr. Robert Wald offers SculpSure® and INFINI™ laser treatments, which both promise to provide results similar to surgery but with less postoperative downtime and pain.

Remove Wrinkles and Reduce Facial Skin Laxity

Even with a regular skincare routine, the effects of time kick in and signs of aging begin to develop. Creams and lotions can only do so much. INFINI™ Laser is a non-surgical treatment used to remove wrinkles and improve skin tone.

The INFINI™ treatment

before-and-after-infini-laserINFINI™ is a radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device that provides a non-surgical facelift for all skin types. The treatment can be performed in-office. Dr. Wald will customize the procedure to the patient’s needs. He controls the treatment zone, intensity, and needle pass depth. The INFINI™ device works by creating thousands of coagulation zones in the dermis to emit precise energy that creates micro-injuries in the skin. This process promotes the formation of new collagen and elastin to help create brighter, softer, and smoother skin.

Eliminate Unwanted Fat and Sculpt the Body

A healthy lifestyle that includes a diet and exercise regimen is sometimes no match against stubborn fat in the abdomen, love handles, thighs, back rolls, and arms. SculpSure® is a non-invasive option to eliminate unwanted fat from target areas of the body. Patients can achieve a slimmer waistline, smoother hips, and a flatter abdomen with SculpSure®.

SculpSure® Treatment

before-and-after-sculpsureSculpSure® passes laser energy through the skin to attack fat cells and melt them down, eliminating them from the body. It is a short in-office procedure that can be performed in about 25 minutes. The SculpSure® applicator is held against the target area so the laser can penetrate the skin. Patients can go back to work and resume normal activities following treatment. The body will slowly flush out the destroyed fat cells over the next six to eight weeks. After this time, a firmer, trimmer body will be revealed.

Want to learn more about your non-surgical options? Dr. Wald can help you to decide on the right procedure for you! Schedule your consultation by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


Non-Surgical Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift

Posted on: September 30th, 2016

We all want to look and feel younger. Unfortunately, time can become our enemy as the aging process takes hold. Fine lines, wrinkles, and creases seem to develop very quickly before we even realize it. Many people try various at-home treatments to remedy their signs of aging but see very little satisfying results.

Surgical Facelift

When a person decides that enough is enough, they may start leaning towards the idea of facelift surgery. Even though a facelift makes you look 12 years younger according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, surgical procedures can be intimidating. Surgery entails a long recovery, anesthesia, and postoperative pain and discomfort.

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

The INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device uses the latest technology to eliminate wrinkles and improve the quality of the skin. INFINI™ is a non-surgical facelift option that offers a less invasive approach than traditional facelift surgery. Depending on each patient’s facial anatomy and preferences, they may choose to undergo a traditional facelift or an INFINI™ non-surgical facelift procedure.

Which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for me?

When deciding on a facelift option, it is important to understand what each procedure is designed to target and what outcome you can potentially achieve.

Traditional Facelift Surgery

INFINI™ Non-Surgical Facelift

  • Procedure: Through an incision made along the hairline, loose skin and fat are removed. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is pulled back and sutured.
  • Benefits:
    • Offers long-lasting results
    • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
    • Eliminates excess skin
    • Corrects sagging jowls
  • Cons:
    • Long recovery
    • Anesthesia
Before and After Facelift Surgery

Before and After Facelift Surgery

  • Procedure: High intensity focused RF (radiofrequency) is used to deliver thermal energy deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production to create smoother facial skin.
  • Benefits:
    • Tightens and lifts the facial skin
    • Eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
    • Improves skin quality
    • In-office procedure
    • Minimal discomfort
  • Cons:
    • Doesn’t correct significantly sagging facial skin
      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

Both the traditional facelift and the INFINII™ non-surgical facelift can help a person achieve amazing results. They will notice their facial skin is more taut and firm with a dramatic reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Wald can evaluate your facial anatomy and severity of facial aging to help you decide on the right procedure.

To learn more about facelift surgery and the INFINI™ laser, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve smoother, more youthful facial skin. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


Does CoolSculpting Work?

Posted on: August 27th, 2016

CoolSculpting Vs. Sculpture

coolsculpting vs sculptureDo you exercise and diet, yet still have stubborn fat? If you decided to get rid of your stubborn fat, you may be wondering what is the best option. There are non-surgical fat removal options such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure. These non-invasive procedures have become a popular plastic surgery trend. At the Aesthetic Institute, Dr. Wald is proud to offer SculpSure treatments and can explain why it is more effective than CoolSculpting.

 

CoolSculpting

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a fat-freezing procedure that uses cooling to eliminate stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and chin. CoolSculpting kills fat cells beneath the skin, which eventually are eliminated from your body. The average cost for CoolSculpting is about $2,250 for a specific area of the body.

How does CoolSculpting Work?

coolsculpting-before-and-after-photo

Actual CoolSculpting patient before and after photo courtesy of Grant Stevens, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will chose an area of concern on your body to apply a gel pad and CoolSculpting applicator. The vacuum applicator is used to suck the tissue (skin) into the applicator cup. Once the tissue is positioned fully in the applicator cup, the freezing begins. The procedure may be chilly, but as the area becomes numb the pulling, tugging, or pinching may subside. The patient may experience bruising and swelling after the procedure.

SculpSure

What is SculpSure?
SculpSure by Cynosure is a light-based body contouring laser that targets and destroys stubborn fat cells in just 25 minutes. SculpSure targets the flanks, abdomen, and back. The damaged cells are naturally eliminated from the body as early as 6 weeks, but can take up to 12 weeks. The average cost for Sculpture is about $1,800 for a specific area of the body.

How does Sculpture work?

sculpture-before-and-after-photos

Actual Sculpture patient before and after photo courtesy of S. Doherty, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will determine a target area or areas of concern on your body. The Sculpture applicators will be applied to your skin and properly secured. As the session begins the applicators will heat up and you may experience a tingling sensation. The SculpSure laser destroys fat cells in a band 2-3 centimeters under the skin. In addition to losing a small amount of weight, you lose size. The treatment takes approximately 25 minutes with no anesthesia, minimal to no discomfort and no down time. Sculpture is the perfect solution for destroying fat and non-surgical body contouring.

Which non-invasive procedure is right for me, CoolSculpting or Sculpture?

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are non-invasive fat reducers. SculpSure not only reduces fat, but treatments encourage collagen and elastin production. Both treatments have no downtime. Most patients return to work after their procedure and can immediately resume their daily activities. SculpSure takes only 25 minutes; so many patients complete a treatment on their lunch break, compared to CoolSculpting which takes at least an hour to complete 1 treatment. CoolSculpting takes 2-4 treatments for optimal results, whereas SculpSure can take just one treatment. CoolSculpting treats only one area at a time. SculpSure can treat four areas at once. SculpSure is effective and can maximize your results more quickly, for a lower cost.

If you would like to learn more about SculpSure and other options to reduce stubborn fat, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


Face and Neck Tightening Without the “Nip and Tuck”

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016

Getting older can be frustrating. No matter how many creams and anti-aging treatments we try to use to halt the process, sagging skin and fine lines can seem to sneak up on us overnight. Aging can cause some turmoil in our lives, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have options to stop it in its tracks.

Facial surgery, such as a facelift or neck lift, can reverse the signs of aging. But for many people, the word “surgery” can be scary. Surgery involves anesthesia, scalpels, and a long recovery, which all sound like a painful and inconvenient way to get rid of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. What if we told you that you could get results almost as good as a facelift but without the “nip and tuck?” Now, with the INFINI™ laser treatment system, you can! INFINI™ reverses the aging process by reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck while it lifts and tightens the skin.

What’s so great about the INFINI™ laser?

INFINI™ Before and After PhotoWhat are the benefits of the INFINI™ laser?

  • Minimal downtime
  • Safe on all skin types
  • No pain
  • Long-lasting results

How does INFINI™ work?

The INFINI™ treatment system works by delivering radiofrequency that targets coagulation zones within specific layers of the dermis. Its high-intensity laser heats up as Dr. Wald manipulates it to individually adjust the depth of the needles to match it to each patient’s skin type and goals.

When will I see results?

Three weeks after treatment, patients will notice a brighter skin tone and a significant reduction in oil secretion (for patients will oily skin). After one month, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity will be lessened. Over the next three months, the condition of the skin will continue to improve, and the appearance of wrinkles, skin laxity, enlarged pores, and scars will diminish. Full results will be apparent after three months, and patients will notice a smoother, more youthful skin complexion.

How long will my results last?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive stop to the aging process. INFINI™ can reverse years of aging on the face and neck, but it cannot prevent future aging. Patients who benefit most from the procedure continue to practice a healthy diet and regular skin care regimen, including protecting their skin from the sun. Continued maintenance of the facial skin can help patients to enjoy their results for a long time.

If you would like to learn more about INFINI™ and other non-surgical options to rejuvenate your appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.


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Robert M. Wald, Jr., M.D.
100 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Suite 300
Fullerton, CA 92835


Phone: 714-312-3549
Fax: 714-738-1862