Posted on: December 9th, 2019
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Get regular skin checkups to ensure that your skin is healthy and receives early treatment if needed.
Skin cancer is a common concern of many Americans, especially those with freckles and fair skin.
The main contributing factor to the formation of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Tanning beds and other artificial sources of light and heat are also culprits.
While there are some people who have a predisposition or higher risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer than others, almost anyone can develop skin cancer.
Skin cancer can be removed when found and treated early, including more severe cases of melanoma. The key is early detection and being informed.
Below are some details on what to do if you think you may have skin cancer, and what to expect after a cancer diagnosis.
How Is Skin Cancer Identified?
Skin cancer most commonly appears on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and arms.
You can notice when something is different about your skin by performing self-checks and having a loved one help you with harder to see spots, such as your back.
Diagnosing Skin Cancer
When you see your physician for regular checkups, or if you think you may have an issue, they can examine your skin and run tests to see if your concern is skin cancer or not.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your physician will discuss your treatment options with you.
What Is Skin Cancer Treatment?
Typically, the affected tissue is removed from the location or areas where cancer is found.
The removal process will likely leave some scarring in the area of excision.
For patients who are having cancer removed from their face, this can be worrisome.
But it is important to remember that cancer, when left untreated, can spread and cause further damage to the skin and body, so you want to take care of it as soon as possible.
Fortunately, plastic surgeons are able to reconstruct the skin to form a smooth appearance if you require the removal of tissue.
Reconstruction After Skin Cancer
If you have significant scarring after skin cancer removal, reconstruction can restore your appearance. Your treatment may include:
- Prosthetics: features, such as the ears, may need restructuring to create a fuller appearance
- Scar revision: this process reduces the noticeability of scars by smoothing out the skin
- Tissue transference: tissue flaps can be used for areas that have had a large amount of tissue loss
How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?
In some cases, skin cancer can be avoided by practicing various techniques. Some helpful tips for reducing the risk of developing skin cancer, or catching symptoms early to remove any cancer that does form, include:
- Do not intentionally get a tan. Getting a sunburn or a tan is damaging to your skin, whether it is through sunshine or a tanning bed. Tanning also causes premature wrinkles that can significantly age your appearance. Self-tanning lotions can be an excellent alternative if you seek bronze skin.
- Wear sun protection every day. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing can shield you from the sun’s damaging rays. Avoid direct sun exposure and liberally apply and reapply your sunblock.
- Get checked regularly by a professional. Notify them of any changes in your skin, such as a new growth or an existing mole growing or becoming painful. It is best to catch these concerns immediately and seek treatment during the early stages.
- Be careful around snow, water, and sand. These surfaces are all very reflective and can cause sunburns. The same goes for an overcast day; the sun can still burn you, so please use protection.
- Conduct self-examinations at home. In addition to regular checkups, you will want to become familiar with your skin and analyze any abnormalities that arise.
The ABCDE Test
According to The American Academy of Dermatology, the warning signs of skin cancer can include:
Are any of your moles asymmetric? Is one half of the mole a different shape than the other half?
Are any of your moles irregularly shaped or poorly outlined?
Have any of your moles changed in color or shade? You may notice a tan, brown, black, white, red, or blue coloration. Any variation of color can be a warning sign.
Are your moles the size of a pencil eraser or even larger?
Have any of your moles or skin lesions changed in size, shape, or color?
Staying in the shade, wearing a large-brimmed hat, and liberally applying sunscreen are great ways to avoid the sun’s damaging UV radiation.
What If I Think I May Have Skin Cancer?
If you believe you might have skin cancer, have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or have already undergone a removal treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald in Orange County today to discuss your concerns.
You can get in touch online or call us at our Fullerton, CA, office at (714) 312-3549.
Posted on: October 29th, 2019
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After childbirth or significant weight loss, tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can reduce the remaining excess loose skin and fat around the abdominal region.
By tightening the abdominal muscles and eliminating extra skin and fat, you can achieve your ideal slim contour and a more defined midsection.
Resting upright in a comfortable atmosphere can help you recover quicker from tummy tuck surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery
Before you have your tummy tuck surgery, most patients wonder what to expect.
We have created a comprehensive list of what most patients experience and provided tips below for recovering more comfortably.
The First Week
Most patients are sent home a few hours after their surgery, while some stay overnight for observations.
The degree of correction being made will determine what your surgeon recommends, which is discussed during your consultation with Dr. Wald.
Sometimes, a small, thin drainage tube is applied under the skin to collect any accumulations of bodily fluids. These drains are usually removed within the first week.
Your abdominal region may be wrapped in a compression garment or surgical gauze to aid in healing. These dressings can help reduce swelling and bruising and support your new contour.
Bruising, redness, and swelling are all common side effects. If you notice any discomfort, prescription pain medication can help alleviate your symptoms.
Exercising or strenuous activities are forbidden for the first week of your recuperation, including bending over or lifting anything heavy.
You may be cleared to stand up and carefully walk around the home during this time after the first day.
Post-operative care instructions are provided to each patient with guidelines on what to do during recovery.
The Second Week
By the second week of recovery, you will likely feel back to normal.
You can start resuming some of your regular routines as they are cleared by your doctor.
At this point, some patients feel up to returning to work, while others can take up to four weeks to get back to their normal routines.
One Month After Surgery
Around this time is when the incisions begin to scar. Most scarring fades over time and can be covered by undergarments and swimsuits.
You should be feeling much better by the one-month mark and should be able to resume work and other activities.
Tips for Your Recovery
To help you heal quicker and avoid some of the potential risks involved with recovery, here are some tips to follow during your recuperation.
- Prepare a comfortable area in your home that will be quiet and relaxing, including entertainment sources such as television, electronic devices, books, magazines, and other forms of light entertainment. Remember to include any power cords or batteries within reach, just in case!
- Fill all prescriptions before you go in for surgery so you have it all ready when you return home.
- Schedule a loved one to drive you to and from your surgery and help take care of you for the first few days while you recuperate.
- You will need someone to watch your children, if you have any, and complete daily tasks for you.
- Carefully follow all instructions and post-operative care directions from your surgeon. These guidelines will ensure the best recovery possible.
- Rest and get plenty of sleep the first week after your procedure. Take it easy and listen to your body; if you feel that something is unusual, communicate with your surgeon.
- Eat healthy, light meals, and remain hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Do not push your body during your recovery. Overexerting yourself can result in a longer, more painful recovery process.
Need More Information?
Are you ready to make the next move toward addressing your abdominal appearance? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald today by calling (714) 312-3549 or reaching out online.
Our team is happy to work with you, and Dr. Wald can discuss all of your concerns about tummy tuck surgery!
Posted on: September 5th, 2019
As we age, genetics, habits, environment, and gravity all play a role in how we appear.
As our muscles begin to weaken, wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and puffy, sagging lower eyelids can develop. Sometimes, excess skin on the upper eyelids can also develop, which leads to vision impairment.
These conditions cause a tired or frustrated appearance, even when we feel calm and well rested.
Beautiful Face of Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin.
Eyelid lift surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, is a procedure designed to correct signs of aging around the eyes and reduce obstructed vision caused by loose eyelid skin.
By removing excess fat and skin, and repositioning the remaining tissue around the eyes, the face can appear refreshed and rejuvenated.
What Are My Options?
There are two approaches to address signs of aging around the eyes. Your concerns and preferences will determine which method can achieve your desired results.
During your consultation, Dr. Wald will analyze your medical history, facial concerns, aesthetic preferences, and desired results to determine which approach can benefit you.
Traditional blepharoplasty makes an incision along the upper eyelid crease that is concealed by the natural eyelid contours. If the lower eyelid is also being corrected, an incision is made across the eyelash line, which is hidden by the eyelashes.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty creates an incision inside the lower eyelid. This approach removes excess fat but is only appropriate for patients who do not also have excess skin. There is no visible scarring, as incisions are made within the eyelid.
If you have mild wrinkling around your eyes, then laser resurfacing may be used as a less-invasive alternative to address your eyelid concerns. Laser skin resurfacing tightens the dermis in targeted locations, providing a tighter, smoother skin surface.
What Does Eyelid Surgery Entail?
Dr. Robert Wald uses local anesthesia around the eyes, along with intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure comfort and relaxation during the procedure. The selected incision technique is utilized, and excess fat and/or skin are removed. Muscles and underlying tissue are repositioned as needed, and the incisions are closed.
Combining Procedures With Your Eyelid Surgery
Patients who have multiple facial concerns can combine other procedures with their eyelid surgery. When performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery, combining procedures can help save money, reduce the recovery time, and avoid repeat anesthesia use.
Along with an eyelid lift, Dr. Wald commonly performs a facelift or brow lift to provide further balance to the face and improve the appearance of nasolabial folds. You also have the option to include a forehead lift or mini-facelift to address multiple facial concerns at once.
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center, so you will need to have a friend or loved one drive you home after your surgery and take care of you for the next day or two while you relax.
Dr. Wald will provide aftercare instructions, which should be followed carefully. Rest, relax, and take it easy for the first few days while you recuperate.
What Results Can I Expect?
Without excess eyelid skin or fat, patients appear more refreshed and relaxed. Fat and excess skin are removed, so most patients appear youthful with smoother skin and improved vision.
To learn more about eyelid surgery and which technique can benefit you, please call our office at (714) 312-3549 or contact us online.
Posted on: August 20th, 2019
Recent surveys have shown a trend toward less expensive and less invasive treatments to rejuvenate the skin. The range of non-invasive services available at Dr. Wald’s office offers a complete solution to your individual cosmetic and skin care needs.
Many of these options can slow or reverse the signs of aging to keep you looking youthful and refreshed. To learn more about your non-surgical options, read below to see what treatments could help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
*Results may vary
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a diluted neurotoxin commonly used to treat wrinkles in the upper face. The injectable can be administered in a quick treatment of 10 to 20 minutes with no downtime afterward.
When injected, the neurotoxin stops the muscle contractions that form wrinkles in the upper face, allowing the skin to smooth itself out. Elimination of wrinkles lasts three to six months, and treatments tend to have longer-lasting results with each subsequent treatment. Further treatments with BOTOX® Cosmetic can be administered to maintain a wrinkle-free appearance.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce facial wrinkles, such as:
- Chin wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
Dermal fillers are designed to soften and reduce wrinkles, enhance facial volume, and improve the overall appearance of the face. Aging indications, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and creases, can all be addressed with injectable dermal fillers. Certain formulations can also be used to treat wrinkles and aging on the backs of the hands.
Injectable fillers take a few minutes to inject, and there is no downtime after treatment. Results can last between three months and two years, depending on the filler used and how quickly your body breaks down the elements.
Medical Grade Skin Care Products
There are multiple skin care products available to our patients. Speak with Dr. Wald to find out which products will best help you maintain the appearance of your skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can treat acne scarring, sun spots, and other similar skin imperfections to improve the overall facial appearance.
Dr. Wald offers the Sciton® ThermaScan™ laser and the SkinTyte II™ laser to address wrinkles, acne scarring, and reduce blemishes by controlling the oil production process and providing smoother, softer, clearer skin.
The INFINI™ laser uses microneedling techniques combined with fractional radiofrequency waves to correct loose skin on the face and smooth out wrinkles.
Sometimes called a non-surgical facelift, this approach to facial rejuvenation is appropriate for all skin types and is less invasive than traditional microneedling and dermabrasion.
*Results may vary
Which Method Is Best for Me?
All of the treatments offered by our office are designed to rejuvenate the skin and provide a more youthful appearance without surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Wald, he can discuss which treatment options are best for you and your skin type.
To learn more about our minimally invasive techniques for refreshed skin, call our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form today.
Posted on: July 15th, 2019
Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed.
So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.
What Happens After I Get Home?
Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery.
Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.
Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.
How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?
Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:
- Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
- Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
- Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
- Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
- Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
- Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
- Drinking water to stay hydrated
- Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
- Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
- Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two
When Can I Resume Work?
Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks.
After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.
It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.
What Results Should I Expect?
Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly.
In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations.
Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed.
To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.