Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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How Young Is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

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?

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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

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

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.

How to Properly Recover After Surgery for Men

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018

Injured young man recovering at homeQuite 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.

Complement Your Weight Loss With a Body Lift

Posted on: March 20th, 2018

beautiful young woman with big jeansLosing 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

Wald Abdominoplasty PatientOne 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.

What Can I Expect After a Tummy Tuck?

Posted on: February 26th, 2018

Wald Patient Tummy Tuck. Before and AfterPeople 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.

Controlling Discomfort


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.

Fillers vs. Facelift

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

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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 Creams

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.

Reverse Signs of Sun Damage

Posted on: December 18th, 2017

beautiful blonde young woman in glasses and holding hat and winking on the beach with sunsetHave 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

  • Wrinkles
  • 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.

The Truth About Fitness and Your Appearance

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.

Wald Body Contouring Surgery Tummy TuckWorking 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.

Treating Sagging

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.

Treating Fat

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:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Ankles


Are “Selfies” Making Us Face Our Facial Flaws?

Posted on: October 9th, 2017

Smiling business woman making selfie photo on smartphoneSocial 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 therapy to peri ocular and peri oral areas by Dr. WaldLaser 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
    • Acne scarring
    • Fine lines
    • Wrinkles
  • 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:
    • Wrinkles
    • Fine lines
    • Blemishes
    • 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.

4 Factors That Will Affect Your Healing After Plastic Surgery

Posted on: September 25th, 2017

Young beautiful woman with an elastic bandage on her headWhen 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.


Are Teenagers Being Bullied Into Plastic Surgery?

Posted on: August 30th, 2017

girl being bullied by a female group 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 patient of Dr. Wald 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.

How to Achieve Natural-Looking Plastic Surgery Results

Posted on: July 18th, 2017

When the words “plastic surgery” come to mind, some might picture results that look fake and unnatural. This could likely be attributed to the many celebrities, such as Melanie Griffith and Heidi Montag, who have been known to go overboard with their cosmetic procedures. After undergoing several different types of surgeries and then revision upon revision of those surgeries, people often stop looking like themselves. The main goal of plastic surgery is not to dramatically change how a person looks but rather to enhance or rejuvenate a person’s appearance. If you want natural-looking plastic surgery results, it is all about planning properly for your procedure, doing the research, and communicating with your surgeon.

Deciding if Plastic Surgery Is Right for You

Pretty Woman Holding Her FaceWhether you are considering breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, or a facelift, it is important that you take the correct steps to make sure you are ready for plastic surgery. If you are interested in undergoing plastic surgery and are afraid of looking too plastic, there are many aspects you should consider in order to achieve natural-looking results, such as:

  • Are you physically healthy enough for plastic surgery? Patients should not have any serious medical problems and should be in good health before undergoing a surgical procedure. If a patient is not healthy enough for surgery, they may develop complications that prevent them from achieving ideal, natural-looking results. Plastic surgery candidates do not smoke or are willing to quit at least a few weeks before their surgery and through their recovery process. It is recommended that patients have their primary care physician evaluate their health and perform any necessary medical tests to be cleared for surgery.
  • Are you realistic in your expectations and willing to openly communicate those expectations to your surgeon? Some patients expect a dramatic change in their face or body when they undergo a surgical procedure, while others are worried that there will be too much change that appears unnatural. However, plastic surgery is simply meant to tweak a person’s natural features to create an improved or more youthful version of them. Patients should research their procedure of choice and review before and after photos to help them get a better idea of what results they can potentially achieve. Once you understand the results you desire, have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about your goals and concerns.  
  • Is your surgeon ABPS board certified? Choosing a surgeon who is skilled and experienced in plastic surgery and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is of the utmost importance when it comes to achieving your goals. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon to prepare for your cosmetic surgery consultation.


The best way to achieve natural-looking plastic surgery results is to research, prepare, and talk to a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Wald. To learn more, contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

The Rising Trend in Non-Surgical Procedures

Posted on: June 29th, 2017

Colorful GraphThe request for cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics, more than 15 billion dollars was spent on plastic surgery, which included surgical and non-surgical treatments. In fact, non-surgical treatments made up 44 percent of the cosmetic procedures performed last year. That is a seven percent increase from 2015. Why are non-surgical treatments becoming so popular? They offer similar results without ever having to go anywhere near an operating table.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Treatments

Having surgery can be intimidating because it involves anesthesia, long recoveries, and scarring. Non-surgical treatments are minimally invasive and require less downtime. Here are some of the benefits of undergoing a non-surgical treatment versus a surgical procedure:

  • Minimal recovery: Most patients can return to work and regular activities immediately following their treatment. Surgical procedures often take a few days to a few weeks of recovery. Non-surgical options are ideal for those people who lead hectic lives and don’t want to take the time to recover.
  • Less pain: Non-surgical treatments are designed to be temporary since they do not involve skin or muscle removal. There is less pain involved during and after the procedure.
  • Fewer risks and side effects: Surgery can involve serious complications, such as bleeding, anesthesia risks, and infection. Non-surgical procedures are minimally invasive, so there is a lower chance of complications and side effects.
  • Shorter procedure time: Surgical procedures often involve hours in the operating room, and another hour of downtime before returning home. Most non-surgical procedures only take about 15 minutes to one hour to perform. Patients can undergo their treatment in the same amount of time as the average lunch break.

Your Non-Surgical Options

Dr. Wald performs a variety of treatments designed to target signs of aging and stubborn fat. Here are some of the non-surgical treatments that are commonly performed in our office:

  • Injectables: Different injectables are used to target specific areas of the face. In fact, injectables accounted for 10 percent of the non-surgical treatments performed last year. We offer the following injectables with one quick treatment session in our office:
    • BOTOX® Cosmetic: Botulinum toxin type A is injected beneath the facial skin to inhibit the muscle movement that causes the appearance of forehead lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles around the eyes.
    • JUVÉDERM®: This injectable is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to fill in smile lines, wrinkles under the eyes, and loss of fat in the cheeks.
    • Restylane®: An injectable composed of hyaluronic acid that is designed to restore facial volume to smooth nasolabial folds, loss of volume in the cheeks, and creases around the mouth.
    • RADIESSE®: This injectable is made of a calcium hydroxylapatite that stimulates collagen production to help target smile lines, marionette lines, depressions on the nose, and loss of volume in the cheeks.
  • SculpSure® Before and After PhotosSculpSure®: An alternative to liposuction, SculpSure® is a non-lipolysis procedure and an effective way to target fat and tone the body. The SculpSure® applicator is held to the abdomen, love handles, back rolls, or arms to emit laser energy to permeate the skin. The laser energy attacks the fat cells and melts them down to flush them out destroying the fat.
  • Infini Laser Before and After PhotosINFINI™: A radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device is used to target wrinkles and improve skin laxity. The INFINI™ device is applied to the skin to create thousands of coagulation zones in the dermis using precise energy delivery that creates micro-injuries on the skin. After treatment, new elastin and collagen can then form to repair the injured area helping to restore smoother, softer, and brighter skin.

To learn more about all of our non-surgical options, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you decide on the right treatment for your face or body. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

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