Posted on: August 6th, 2018
While some patients have nipples that occasionally invert due to a change in temperature or stimulation, others may struggle with nipples that stay permanently inverted. Inverted nipples (nipples that indent more than they protrude) can be quite bothersome and negatively impact a man or woman’s self-esteem. Although inverted nipples will not affect your overall health or nipple sensitivity, men and women who struggle with this issue can feel embarrassed about what they may think is an “unnatural” appearance. It may also impact their dating and social life. Thankfully, there are safe treatments and surgical procedures that can address this issue.
Inverted nipples can develop spontaneously but usually become more apparent during puberty. This occurs when the nipple is retracted into the breast tissue, causing it to appear flat. Inverted nipples can also be caused by the presence of shortened milk ducts and ligaments, which can serve as a restraint to the nipples when your chest is growing. Other, less common causes for this condition can include trauma or breast cancer. While some patients may struggle with only one inverted nipple, others may find themselves with both nipples inverted.
In rare cases, the inversion of the nipple can be reversed simply by stimulating it yourself. However, manually stimulating the nipple may only provide temporary results. Patients wanting to correct their inverted nipples can seek out the treatment options listed below to attain a more natural appearance.
Surgery is the solution most patients turn to in order to achieve natural-looking nipples. Inverted nipple surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. Dr. Wald will make an incision along the base of the nipple and shave down the nipple’s attachments to produce a protruding appearance. The incision will then be closed, and a medicated gauze will be placed over the treated area.
Suction devices can be placed over the nipple, or nipples, and worn underneath your clothing for a period of time to help them protrude. The nipple will be stretched out and attached to a small cup that causes stimulation in order to loosen the tissue. Make sure you talk with your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you.
Piercing your nipples can also help draw them out and keep them extended. It is important to seek out a professional who has experience in piercing inverted nipples to perform this treatment. Your piercer will make sure your nipples are fully drawn out before any jewelry is inserted. Depending on how severe the condition is, most men will be pierced using a 14-gauge needle and most women will require a 16-gauge needle.
To learn more about inverted nipples, you can call our office at (714) 312-3549 or schedule a consultation with us online today.
Posted on: July 30th, 2018
Aging can often lead to the development of jowls, wrinkles, and loose skin around the face, which can cause the jawline to disappear. Many men who wish to improve their facial appearance undergo facelift surgery as it can address signs of aging by removing excess skin and lifting the facial tissue to reveal a younger and more vibrant look. While this surgery is safe, facelift surgery for men requires a number of considerations that differ from a female facelift, making it essential for men to understand the benefits and risks that go into this procedure.
Men typically undergo facelift surgery because they feel unsatisfied with their facial appearance due to visible signs of aging. Other men may want to correct facial impurities, such as folds and sagging skin, that have occurred over time due to sun exposure, improper skin care, or stress. Whatever the reason, facelift surgery can rejuvenate the lower face and neck, eliminate wrinkles and folds, and restore a masculine jaw and chin.
Although facelift surgery is safe, there are a few things all men should consider before undergoing this procedure, including the fact that male facial skin has a greater amount of blood supply than women’s skin. Because of this, more bleeding can occur during the surgery; additionally, a facelift may put some men at risk of developing a hematoma (a temporary pooling of blood that can form under the skin after surgery). Other risks involving facelift surgery may include:
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Prolonged swelling
- Facial nerve injury
- Skin irregularities
Hair and Beard Growth
Hair growth and facial hair can also play a significant role for men during their facelift procedure. When it comes to a facelift, most men are looking to ultimately reduce the appearance of a saggy neck and jowls on their face, yet at the same time, they want to maintain their original hairline. This surgery requires that incisions be made either along the temple area or inside the ear or hairline to hide scarring; however, men with thinning or balding hair will not be able to conceal these scars easily. Additionally, as deep facial tissues are lifted and suspended and excess skin is removed, it is important to be mindful that your beard will also be repositioned during surgery.
To learn more about male facelift surgery and to determine if you are a good candidate, you can call our office at (714) 312-3549, or schedule a consultation with us online today.
Posted on: June 18th, 2018
Many patients look into getting plastic surgery to enhance their appearance or boost their self-esteem. While most surgical and non-surgical procedures are usually performed on older patients, younger people also wish to undergo plastic surgery due to ridicule or embarrassment in their appearance. But how young is too young for your child to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery?
Common Procedures for Minors
It is important that your child has a fully developed targeted area before they undergo any plastic surgery procedure. Certain procedures like otoplasty (ear surgery) are commonly performed on younger children because their ears reach their full size around 6 years old. Younger teenage patients who wish to have rhinoplasty (nose surgery) can usually do so since your nose fully develops around 14 or 15 years of age. However, surgical procedures such as breast augmentation may not be suitable for young females unless their breasts have reached full development.
Non-invasive procedures like chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing are common among young patients. These methods can eliminate the appearance of acne scars and skin discoloration for smoother, natural-looking skin. It is safe and can be performed on patients of any age.
Young patients who wish to enhance the appearance of their lips, cheeks, frown lines, or wrinkles may want to consider dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, most professionals are against the use of these treatments for younger patients. Those who would like cosmetic surgery must usually be 18 years of age or older or showing noticeable signs of aging.
Surgical procedures like gynecomastia, also known as male breast reduction surgery, can help young boys who have developed overly large breasts. In most cases, once a male’s body has fully developed, the breast tissue will begin to slim down. However, severe cases of gynecomastia may require surgical attention.
Young female patients whose breasts are overly developed after puberty can look into getting breast reduction surgery. This will remove excess breast tissue and fat while also relieving them from any chronic back or neck pain they may have been experiencing.
Knowing Your Child Is Ready
Once you and your child have decided if plastic surgery is the right choice, the next step is to schedule a consultation with a professional. Parents should accompany their child during their appointment to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed. An evaluation of your child’s body and goals will help determine whether they are candidates for their desired procedure or not. They should also be in good physical and mental health.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with your child, or if you would like more information about the availability of procedures for patients under the age of 18, contact our office at 714-312-3549.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2018
Quite commonly, men will undergo a variety of cosmetic surgeries to help improve their image and self-esteem. As they begin to age, fat can accumulate in different areas of the male body, typically around the abdomen, flanks (love handles), and chest. Whether having undergone a small or massive body surgery, taking time off is never ideal for a man with a busy schedule. However, ensuring you are properly rested and taking care of your health during any recovery process is essential for all men.
Do’s and Don’ts for Proper Recovery
Tackling too much too soon is never a good idea after surgery, as it could impact your results and safety. It is important to make sure you consult with your surgeon about the proper precautions when recovering before you resume any physical activity.
- DO: Shower three days after surgery. Make sure you are gentle with the incisions on your body and gently pat them dry once you are done showering.
- DON’T: Bathe, even in treated pools. Submerging your incisions under water may increase the risk of infection. Engaging in any water sports like aqua jogging, synchronized swimming, underwater ice hockey, or extreme water balloon fighting should also be avoided (not just after the surgery but in general).
- DO: Shave a couple days after your procedure once you have cleared it with your surgeon.
- DON’T: Shave right after surgery, as certain areas of your body that have endured an intense procedure need time to heal.
- DO: Engage in effortless activities such as light walking, easy housework, or anything that does not involve strong movement. It is important to moderate your heart rate and blood pressure during recovery to avoid bleeding around the incisions.
- DON’T: Engage in activities like golfing or fishing, since those types of activities require large shoulder and chest movements.
How Long Is Recovery Time?
Depending on the type of surgical procedure, recovery time may vary. It is likely you will need to take one to two weeks off from work. Less extensive body contouring procedures (such as liposuction) may only last three to five days of recovery, and you should be fine to go back to work after. More extensive surgery (such as abdominoplasty) may require a longer recovery period of up to four weeks.
Posted on: March 20th, 2018
Losing a tremendous amount of weight is an inspiring accomplishment for those who are dedicated to leading a healthier lifestyle. Significant weight loss often leads to sagging, excess skin from the waist down due to a loss of skin elasticity. When diet and exercise stop producing the results you desire, you may want to consider undergoing body lift surgery to enhance your figure after weight loss.
Tighten a Droopy Tummy
One of the most bothersome outcomes of dramatic weight loss is droopy abdominal skin. Many people expect the hard work involved in shedding pounds to result in a flatter tummy, but that is not always the case. Body lift surgery usually includes a tummy tuck procedure, which removes excess skin and tightens the underlying abdominal muscles. Body lift patients can enjoy a firmer midsection that displays the success of their weight loss efforts.
Lift a Saggy Behind
Two other features that can become compromised after losing a substantial amount of weight are the thighs and buttocks. While you may be able to build gluteal muscles for a rounder, more prominent bum, excess sagging buttocks and thigh skin cannot be fixed using traditional at-home methods. A body lift may involve a buttock and thigh lift, smoothing these areas for a more pleasing shape.
Remove Stubborn Fat Deposits
Being able to target pockets of unwanted fat with diet and exercise would be convenient, but, unfortunately, it is not possible. After massive weight loss, it is likely you will experience uneven and disheartening fat distribution. Liposuction is typically performed during body lift surgery to smooth out the lumps and bumps of troublesome fat, resulting in a smoother, sleeker silhouette.
If you are looking to revamp your body and are interested in undergoing body lift surgery, contact Dr. Ward by calling 714-312-3549 to set up your consultation.
Posted on: February 26th, 2018
People choose tummy tuck surgery to restore the toned and lean contours of their abdomen following weight loss, pregnancy, or because they have age-related laxity. While a tummy tuck can transform the contours of your body, it does require a thorough surgery with a recovery period that will leave you out of commission for several days. However, most people feel that this recovery time is worth the dramatic results they achieve. Planning ahead for your tummy tuck can make the recovery process less intimidating.
While we all wish there were never any discomfort following surgery, some pain and discomfort are impossible to avoid. The tightening of abdominal muscles can be particularly troublesome for certain people. Luckily, pain medications taken on a strict schedule will alleviate the soreness. Most patients say the first 48 to 72 hours are the worst; after that time, milder pain medications can be used to control discomfort.
Changing Your Bandages
While it may sound intimidating, it is simple to change your bandages and clean your incisions. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions for the cleaning process, including telling you what materials can and can’t be used on the incision area. Proper care of the area helps prevent infection and decreases the chance of you developing unsightly scars.
Taking Time Off
You will spend the first 48 hours of your recovery with minimal exertion. You’ll likely feel tired, though you should get up and slowly walk around. Even after the first 48 hours, you need to take it easy. Your body is trying to heal itself, and incisions are still fresh. Placing stress on your body too quickly can slow the recovery process and put you at risk for tearing an incision. Depending on the physical nature of your work, most people can return to work within two weeks.
Wearing a Compression Garment
Throughout the recovery process, you will wear a compression garment, which reduces the amount of post-operative swelling and promotes further tissue contraction. This process helps you achieve your desired shape. While some people may find the compression garment uncomfortable at times, it is a key part of creating the look you want.
Posted on: January 29th, 2018
Patient underwent facelift and neck lift surgery with Dr. Wald.
Nobody wants to admit they are aging, but our faces can slowly betray us and tell a different story. Facial aging affects everyone, and if you live a harsh lifestyle that may involve excessive alcohol consumption and significant amounts of sun exposure, visible aging might affect you sooner. Luckily, we can slow and improve facial aging through at-home creams, non-surgical treatments, and surgery. But the wrong treatment can leave you with lackluster results that do not create the youthful appearance you desire.
At-home products are ideal for keeping your skin hydrated, preventing acne, and occasionally treating discoloration. However, you shouldn’t be fooled by products that claim they will reverse wrinkles through a cream or serum. Collagen loss deep in the facial tissues is what cause wrinkles and laxity. At-home products cannot penetrate deeply enough to provide you the correction you desire.
Fillers to Erase Wrinkles
Wrinkles from volume loss are typically the result of collagen loss, which occurs as a natural part of the aging process. You can begin to develop wrinkles as early as your late 20s. If you’ve begun to show signs of wrinkles, but your skin has still retained its youthful firmness, then fillers are the ideal treatment for you. Dermal fillers, or other injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, are ideal for treating the following:
- Nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet
- Under eye wrinkles
- Smile lines
- Volume loss at the cheeks
Facelift to Improve Sagging
The primary goal of a facelift is to reverse sagging that has caused a drooping appearance. A facelift address aging of the lower-third of the face including the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck. During facelift surgery, we remove excess hanging skin and lift the weak facial tissues. This deep correction is the key to achieving natural and long-lasting results.
Facial Enhancement Alternatives
If you are experiencing aging in the upper face that is caused by sagging skin, you may consider a combination procedure that includes one or more of the following:
To discuss your facial needs with a board-certified plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation by calling 714-312-3549.
Posted on: December 18th, 2017
Have you noticed that your skin is looking dull and lifeless following the summer season? With the onset of winter, do you feel that your complexion is poor and uneven? Even with good skin care habits, you can still experience the negative effects of sun exposure. Reversing signs of sun damage will leave you with a brighter, smoother complexion.
Common Signs of Sun Damage
- Brown spots
- Red spots
- Dry skin
Treating Your Skin at Home
While we all have the best of intentions of protecting our skin during the summer, you may have failed to do so 100 percent of the time. You can begin to treat sun damaged skin at home. These are simple tips you can add to your at-home skincare routine.
- Wear a light SPF every day: You may be thinking that because summer is over you can forget about wearing sunscreen. However, you can still get the negative effects of sun exposure even in winter and especially if you live in Southern California where winter can feel like summer sometimes.
- Moisturize: The combination of the summer heat and winter chill can rob you of the hydrating moisture that your skin needs. It is important that you introduce a moisturizer into your skin care routine to restore that lost hydration.
Lasers to Treat Sun Damage
While at-home routines can prevent your skin from getting worse, they may not fully reverse the signs of your sun damage. Pigmentation issues and wrinkles start below the skin, and surface treatments aren’t powerful enough to provide the correction you need. Laser skin resurfacing is the ideal post-summer skin procedure because it works deeper in the skin to reverse sun damage.
How Lasers Help Your Skin
Lasers introduce heat and energy into the tissues of the skin. This process damages pigmentation cells, causing them to be absorbed by the body. It also stimulates collagen production in the skin, which can reduce wrinkles and smooth your appearance. Laser treatments are quick, in-office procedures, that only have about three days of downtime.
Posted on: November 29th, 2017
Before we begin, let us say that a healthy lifestyle is an important part of looking and feeling amazing. Even if you are considering plastic surgery, we always recommend that our patients use diet and exercise to be fit and fabulous. That said, exercise can help you lose fat and build muscle, but it does have limitations to how significantly it can transform your body. This is the truth about fitness and your appearance.
Working Out Won’t Prevent Sagging Skin
Patients who have achieved dramatic weight loss will often develop excess, sagging skin. This is a natural occurrence that results when you lose fat quickly or in large amounts. No amount of toning exercises can restore firmness to this skin. This drooping skin can rob you of a toned and sleek body. It often hides the hard work that you put into creating your new body.
Even though diet and exercise won’t improve your sagging skin, there are treatment options available to help you achieve the body you desire. A tummy tuck can be used to enhance the contours of your abdomen, or you can choose bariatric contouring to address the abdomen, hips, and thighs.
You Can’t Spot Reduce Fat
When you lose weight, you can tone and improve a specific area, but you cannot control from where you lose fat. Genetics can predispose you to accumulating fat in a localized area of your body, and that localized fat can be nearly impossible to eliminate. These stubborn areas of fat can prevent you from having the slimmer and sleeker body you’ve been trying to achieve at the gym.
Liposuction can be considered if you need to eliminate unwanted areas of fat. Not only can you achieve a more customized contour with liposuction, but we can also enhance the definition in a treatment area. You may consider liposuction to treat one or more of the following:
Posted on: October 9th, 2017
Social media has taken over our daily lives. Some of us feel that we must know what is going on every minute of every day. It is has spiked the influx of people taking photos and always snapshotting their daily activities. Among the photo trends that has become popular is the “selfie,” where an individual holds their arm out and takes a picture of themselves. The downside of taking close-ups like selfies is that they can reveal your facial flaws, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. Thankfully, social media platforms often have image filters to help cover up those facial flaws. However, many people want to improve their facial skin and signs of aging in real life and to avoid needing filters. Fortunately, there are many non-surgical options for improving your skin.
Your Non-surgical Treatment Options
Even someone who follows a regular skin care regimen and a healthy diet may still have problems with fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and uneven skin pigmentation. Non-surgical cosmetic options allow someone to reverse their facial issues without surgical knives, anesthesia, and long recoveries. Here are some of the procedures offered by Dr. Wald:
- BOTOX Cosmetic®: BOTOX Cosmetic® is an injectable composed of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A. It works by inhibiting the movement of the facial muscles that cause the appearances of dynamic wrinkles, such as:
- Crow’s feet (fine lines at the outer the corners of the eyes)
- Frown lines (creases between the brows)
- Lines and wrinkles along the forehead
- JUVÉDERM®: JUVÉDERM® is an injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that hydrates and adds volume. It can help smooth and plump the skin to treat issues such as:
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Loss of fat in the cheeks
- Thin lips
- An undefined jawline
- Smile lines
- RADIESSE®: RADIESSE® can effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles caused by a lack of volume. It is an injectable gel filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that stimulate collagen production. It can target:
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Loss of volume in the cheeks
- Depressions on the nose
- Restylane®: Restylane® is comprised of hyaluronic acid that adds fullness to the face to target facial wrinkles and creases, such as:
- Nasolabial folds
- Creases around the mouth
- Loss of fullness in the cheeks
- Laser skin resurfacing: This treatment involves using a surgical laser to remove unwanted, damaged tissue. It can help to effectively treat imperfections on the skin, such as:
- Sun damage
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines
- Sciton® laser: The Sciton® laser uses infrared energy to heat the dermal layer deeply using sapphire contact cooling. The heat from the laser treats the collagen layer to promote the natural healing process of the skin. This treatment can target:
- Fine lines
- Age spots
- Acne scars
If you want to make your filtered selfie a reality and are interested in one of our non-surgical treatments, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.
Posted on: September 25th, 2017
When all other avenues for weight loss or anti-aging treatments have failed, many people consider plastic surgery to achieve their goals. However, with so many celebrities putting plastic surgery in a negative light, some people tend to not look at plastic surgery favorably.
Plastic surgery is surgery; therefore, it is crucial that a patient who is considering the process takes it seriously. Besides the preparation for surgery, the recovery is an important aspect of the plastic surgery process. How someone cares for themselves following a procedure helps them to achieve the best results and dictates how their surgical wounds heal. Whether you are undergoing liposuction or breast augmentation, here are some of the top factors that will affect your healing following plastic surgery.
1. Your Age
The older a person gets, the harder it is for them to recover from a sickness or injury, especially after surgery. When someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s decides they want to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, they should keep in mind that they might not recover as quickly as someone in their 20s or 30s. Depending on your age, your plastic surgeon will provide you with an idea about how your recovery process will go and the best surgical approach to help you heal safely and efficiently. They may also suggest less invasive options, such as injectables or fillers that provide anti-aging results but are less strenuous on the body than a surgical procedure.
2. Your Genetics
Genetics also play a significant role in the recovery process. Patients who have a family history of poor wound healing is something that cannot be changed; though, if you live a healthy lifestyle and listen to instructions before and after surgery, it can make for a positive healing experience. Depending on the patient, they may need to take more time away from physical activities or work. Any concerns regarding your genetics and family history should be discussed with your doctor before booking your procedure. Your plastic surgeon will consider any previous medical problems when designing your individualized surgery plan.
3. Caring for Your Surgical Wounds
Age and genetics are a factor some of us can’t change when undergoing a surgical procedure. However, how you care for yourself and your surgical wounds following your surgery should be taken seriously. Patients should keep their incisions clean and covered and should avoid touching them. They should keep track of any changes in the color or appearance of their surgical incisions. If any surgical wounds look pink or red or have any drainage, the patient should seek medical attention to make sure the incisions are not infected.
4. Your Health
A patient’s health before and after surgery will significantly impact how their surgical wounds heal. It is important that patients follow a healthy diet before and after surgery, and refrain from any unhealthy habits such as smoking or consuming alcohol. You can discuss with your doctor about what types of foods should be avoided during the recovery and ways that might improve your healing after surgery. You should also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and abstain from consuming drinks high in sugar such as soda and certain juices.
If you are interested in a plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can provide you with the best advice on how to achieve the best healing experience after your surgery. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.
Posted on: August 30th, 2017
Growing up in today’s world can be difficult for some teenagers. The pressure for teens to be accepted by their peers is a common obstacle some might face. When a child looks or acts differently than others, it can often lead to bullying—verbally and/or physically. Teasing from peers can include physical violence or involve relentless nicknames like “big ears,” leaving a child emotionally scarred. Many of the physical characteristics that cause an influx of bullying toward a particular child can be addressed through plastic surgery. In fact, teenage plastic surgery may not be a topic often talked about, but many teens are undergoing cosmetic procedures to restore their confidence and self-image. According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, teenagers made up 1.5 percent of the plastic surgeries performed in 2016.
Should Your Teenager Undergo Plastic Surgery?
Many parents might have a teenager who feels that they could find emotional relief from bullying by altering their physical appearance. Plastic surgery is serious, and it should only be an option for teens who are physically and emotionally ready for this type of surgical procedure. How do you know if plastic surgery is the right choice for your child? Before letting your teenager “go under the knife,” ask yourself these questions:
- Are they realistic in their expectations?: Plastic surgery is meant to enhance a person’s natural features. Teenagers should understand that they will not achieve dramatic changes in their appearance but rather a more improved version of themselves.
- Are they physically healthy?: Ideal patients should be in good health and do not have any serious medical conditions. It is recommended to have your child physically examined by his or her primary care provider before undergoing a plastic surgery procedure.
- Are they aware of the risks of complications?: Every surgery involves some risks, complications, and side effects. Patients need to know that the results will not be immediate and may entail some residual swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
- Do they have time to take away from activities and school?: Plastic surgery will involve a few days to weeks of recovery. Ideally, spring, summer, or winter break are perfect times of the year to book a procedure so they do not have to miss school or social activities.
Common Teenage Plastic Surgery Procedures
There are several procedures teenagers often request. Here are some of the typical teenage plastic surgeries:
- Otoplasty: Children and adolescents who suffer from large, protruding ears that stick out are often haunted by nicknames such as “Dumbo” that affect their emotional well-being. Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is one of the most popular plastic surgeries for patients 18 years of age and younger. Its purpose is to pin or set back the ears so they are positioned closer to the head.
- Rhinoplasty: Since the nose is the central feature of the face, it can affect someone’s entire facial appearance. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is designed to correct a crooked nose, overly large nostrils, or a nose that is too big. Teenagers can feel confident knowing that their nose blends in with the rest of their facial features.
- Liposuction: Many teenagers struggle to lose stubborn excess fat. Liposuction can effectively remove fat to provide a slimmer, more toned appearance for a variety of treatment areas.
If you think your teenager is ready for plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald today! You and your child can sit down and discuss the different procedures available. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.