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Correcting Asymmetrical Breasts

Posted on: May 9th, 2019

Many women have differently sized and shaped breasts, known as asymmetrical breasts. This cosmetic imperfection can be embarrassing or upsetting for some patients. According to the statistics in a PRS Global Open report, 88% of women who have undergone breast augmentation previously had unbalanced breasts before their procedure, including differences in shape, size, nipple placement, and cleavage. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons concludes that even in adolescence, asymmetry of the breasts can be the source of damaged confidence levels and emotional distress. If you identify with having differently sized breasts, then breast surgery can enhance or reduce breast volume, provide a more leveled appearance, and improve the various attributes of your bust.

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Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

Every procedure is custom-tailored to meet the needs of the patient, so your surgery may differ depending on what your goals and preferences are. During your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald, your anatomical features will be analyzed and your options will be discussed. Once your desires are communicated, a personalized surgical plan is developed to achieve optimal results. Your surgery may include any of the following techniques:

  • Breast lift: A breast lift procedure can enhance sagging breasts by repositioning them to a higher location on the chest, especially if one breast tends to hang lower than the other.
  • Breasts augmentation: Breast augmentation involves placing implants to add fullness to the breasts. Implants can vary in size, shape, and texture to achieve a more harmonious bustline.
  • Breast reduction: Women with overly large and cumbersome breasts often experience stress on their shoulders and back. In these cases, a breast reduction can be performed to remove excess breast tissue to create a smaller, more proportionate cup size.
  • Nipple placement and size: Uneven or enlarged nipple-areolar complexes can be adjusted during your breast procedure to achieve a more appealing aesthetic.

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Your Unique Surgical Plan

A carefully constructed, educated procedure plan can help patients obtain the balanced and visually pleasing breasts they desire as well as provide long-lasting results. Depending on your goals, customized breast surgery can correct the size, shape, symmetry, and projection of the breasts as well as increase your self-esteem by producing a desirable body contour and more even breasts.

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Please contact our office with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert Wald by calling (714) 312-3549 or filling out our online contact form.


Liposuction for the Summer

Posted on: January 16th, 2019

The summer season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of outdoor activities will soon become available. Going to the beach, swimming, getting a tan, attending outdoor music festivals, boating or kayaking, playing with your kids outside, having family and friends over for a barbecue, and many other fun activities await! Unfortunately, many men and women struggle with excess body fat that can lead to lowered self-confidence and a reduced desire to wear skin-baring clothing. As many of us already know, a healthy diet and daily exercise can only remove a limited amount of fat, so many of us are left with stubborn fat deposits. The warm summer weather is perfect for you to enjoy the outdoors. If you are embarrassed by unwanted fat, liposuction can help eliminate localized fat in specific areas and improve your overall body contour.  

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Why Should I Get Liposuction?

Millions of men and women have safely undergone liposuction surgery and enjoyed satisfying results. Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced technologies and applies his vast surgical experience to achieve each patient’s desired results. During your consultation, you will discuss which areas of your body cause the most grief and what your goals are to determine the ideal approach for your procedure.

Candidates for Liposuction

Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body to address multiple areas of concern. If you have excess fat in any of the following areas on your body, then liposuction may be right for you:

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  • Abdomen: Fat can be removed from the abdomen using liposuction, and sometimes a tummy tuck is performed to rid the stomach of extra hanging skin. A tummy tuck can also repair damaged rectus muscles to produce optimal results.
  • Arms: Liposuction can remove excess fat from the upper arms to enhance definition and create a toned appearance.
  • Back, Waist, and Hips: Overhanging or bulging fat on the back, sides, or hips (often referred to as the flanks) can be targeted with liposuction. Undesirable love handles can be removed using this technique as well.
  • Breasts and Chest: Gynecomastia surgery gently removes excess breast fat in men using liposuction. Additional male body surgery techniques can also be performed to enhance other areas of the male body to achieve a more masculine, chiseled frame. Some female patients also benefit from removing excess fat from their chest, bust, or bra line areas to meet their cosmetic objectives.
  • Chin and Neck: Excess fat below the chin and around the neck can be eliminated with liposuction to improve their natural contours and enhance the definition of the lower face.
  • Thighs: Fat surrounding the thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chaffing. Liposuction can improve the shape and definition of your legs and reduce discomfort during physical activities.

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What Can I Expect?

Liposuction is an effective, safe, and permanent method of removing excess fat from the body. After general anesthesia is administered, the targeted fat cells are gently removed using a small suction device known as a cannula, and fat cells are permanently extracted. The incisions are small and placed strategically to conceal any scarring. Following your post-surgery instructions carefully will result in a defined, contoured physique that will appear more toned and ready for your favorite swimsuit.

Do you have troublesome fat that refuses to go away after dieting and exercising? Liposuction might be what you need to feel your best just in time for the summer season. Contact our office to schedule your consultation by calling (714) 312-3549 today!


Breast Implant Options

Posted on: April 4th, 2019

For many women, the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is made with lots of thought and care. It’s a life-altering choice that can dramatically change how women see themselves, typically for the better. As such, women who choose to go down this route take time and care in picking out their surgeon and what type of procedure will work best for them.

Before and After Breast Augmentation

Women who undergo breast augmentation surgery have many options to choose from that all serve to address different needs and concerns. Choosing the type of breast implant to be used is on top of this list. Factors such as implant size, shape, and texture all play an important role in how your final results may look. In addition, the location and placement of the implant can also make a difference in how your breasts look and feel. Dr. Wald offers a few different options for women looking into getting breast implants and can help women in choosing what is best for them.

Choosing the Right Implant

There are a few different options available when choosing breast implants. The type of material used, the size, texture, and shape are some of the first factors considered when choosing what type of implant is best.

Implant Material

Breast implants are filled with either a saline solution or a silicone gel, both of which are safe to use and produce lasting results. Dr. Wald offers both saline and silicone implants for breast augmentation patients. Saline implants consist of a silicone gel filled with a saline water solution. They tend to provide a firm, even appearance and feel and are better suited for women who want larger, more noticeable results. Silicone implants, on the other hand, have a silicone shell but are filled with a silicone gel. The gel more closely resembles the feel of actual breast tissue for a more “natural” look. Gummy bear implants are also available. These contain denser silicone gel and have a slightly firmer feel.

Size and Shape

The size of the implant will determine what size your new breasts will be. While most implants are round, Dr. Wald also offers teardrop-shaped implants. True to their name, this particular shape mimics the natural anatomy of the breast. Round implants are used for larger breast augmentation. They tend to sit higher and can often be more noticeable than a teardrop-shaped implant, but produce dramatic results.

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Implant Placement

Where the breast implant is placed can also play a role in what your final results will be. Implants can either be placed under the chest muscle, which provides more firmness, or over the muscle, which gives breasts a softer feel. Dr. Wald also offers options for implant profile, such as a high profile implant as opposed to a moderate or lower one, for more dramatic cleavage. Moderate profile implants are best suited for women with a small, narrow chest, as they typically project more volume from the middle of the chest. Low profile implants are ideal for women with a wider chest wall, as they are wider at their base, and provide a boost of cleavage that is not too noticeably augmented.

Implant Texture

There are two different textures available for your breast implants. Smooth implants are as good as their name and have a smooth finish to their outer shell. These provide a softer feel to breasts with a lower chance of rippling. Textured implants have a rough finish to their outer shell and provide a firmer breast feel. The texture allows the implant to more closely anchor itself to the chest wall, so textured implants are less likely to move or shift around as a smooth implant might.

Implant Brand

In general, there are four different companies—Allergan, MENTOR®, Sientra®, and IDEAL IMPLANT®— that create and manufacture breast implants. All four are FDA-approved, are safe to use, and offer a range of options in textures, sizes, and shapes. Implants from each company are known to provide excellent and long-lasting results.

Choosing what the best type of implant to use for your breast augmentation procedure will take some thought, but there are several options available. Dr. Wald will examine your body type and frame and help you decide which option is the best one for the final look you desire.

 

Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation soon by calling us at 714-312-3549.  


Do’s and Don’ts for Proper Skin Care

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018

Having luxurious skin is considered the essence of youthfulness for many people. However, the natural effects of aging or improper skin care can cause us to develop facial imperfections such as wrinkles, acne, and irritation. It takes a lot of extensive care to maintain a healthy and smooth appearance, though this care is necessary to achieve your desired skin aesthetic.

Maintaining a daily skin care routine can help minimize these issues, and it is the first step to providing your skin with the proper treatment it needs. Here are some helpful tips to help you keep your skin looking healthy and rejuvenated.

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Do: Clean and Moisturize Your Face

Sweating and wearing makeup can cause oil, dirt, and toxins to collect under your skin throughout the day. This can also clog your pores and make your skin break out. It is important that you clean your face properly to remove any makeup you have applied and moisturize your skin to rid yourself of harmful bacteria and prevent future unpleasant facial issues. Make sure you also clean and moisturize your neck and chest. Talk with your specialist to help you determine the best type of moisturizer based on the following concerns:

  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Moderate to severe acne  

Don’t: Over-Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin can be beneficial and help minimize facial impurities. However, you should be careful when it comes to overly cleansing your face. Over-exfoliation can cause the following issues:

  • Peeling or flaky skin
  • Breakouts
  • Puffiness
  • Dryness
  • Skin sensitivity and irritation

Just like your muscles need to recover after an extensive workout, your facial skin needs time to rest in between your skin care routines. It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin at least one to two times per week. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.     

Do: Use Plenty of Sunscreen

If you plan on being outside most of the day, then you better pack the sunscreen. While many of us desire that brown, golden tan, overexposure to the sun can come with consequences and cause your face to age quickly. Applying sunscreen to your face not only prevents you from getting a bad sunburn, but it offers protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause wrinkles, sun spots, and other facial imperfections from developing.  

Don’t: Neglect Sleep

While many of us find it easy to pull an all-nighter or stay up late watching one more episode of our favorite TV show, not getting the proper amount of sleep harms both our physical health and our facial appearance. Not giving your body seven to eight hours of rest can cause your face to develop under-eye bags, inflammation, breakouts, wrinkles, and more.  

To learn more about proper skin care, please contact our office by calling (714) 312-3549.


How SculpSure® Can Benefit You

Posted on: November 27th, 2018

Many patients wish to rid themselves of stubborn body fat, but they cannot or do not want to undergo plastic surgery due to health reasons. While some patients have tried methods like diet and exercise, others have found that even the most disciplined and healthy of lifestyles can leave them with unwanted fat deposits. Fortunately, Dr. Wald offers a non-invasive solution that will leave patients happy and satisfied with their new, slim appearance. SculpSure® is a safe, FDA-approved procedure that can target small areas of unwanted fat and provides similar results to that of conventional surgery without discomfort or downtime.

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Benefits of SculpSure®

When a person loses weight, they are not losing fat cells. The fat cells merely become smaller, giving the appearance of having lost fat when in reality the cells have only lost volume. SculpSure® can help you achieve substantial fat loss by reducing the number of cells in areas such as the abdomen, hips, love handles, flanks, and thighs. It can also be used on the knees, upper arms, and other areas that have developed stubborn fat.  

SculpSure® can destroy at least 24 percent of the fat cells in the targeted area, permanently eliminating stubborn and unwanted fat once and for all. However, your new body contours can best be maintained with a healthy diet and regular physical activity. SculpSure® is not only the perfect solution for patients who want to avoid extensive surgery, but it can also:

  • Tighten the skin
  • Provide a slimmer waistline
  • Leave no scarring
  • Boost your self-esteem  

How Does It Differ From Other Procedures?

Non-surgical procedures like SculpSure® can reduce fat using controlled heating, while similar treatments like CoolSculpting® use controlled cooling to eliminate unwanted fat. One difference is that SculpSure® only requires few sessions and takes less than half the time of a CoolSculpting® treatment.

While SculpSure® can eliminate mild to moderate amounts fat in several areas of the body, some patients may require a more extensive body contouring procedure because of redundant folds of skin that have developed. When this happens, patients should opt for tummy tuck surgery to help them achieve the results they desire.

Your SculpSure® Treatment

Your SculpSure® treatment begins with directing laser energy to the target area. The heat from the laser will disrupt the fat cells and break them down. Over time, your body’s lymphatic system will begin to flush out the fat cells. SculpSure® will also improve collagen production and tighten your skin for a firm and more toned appearance.

To learn more about SculpSure®, please contact our office by calling (714) 312-3549.


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Robert Wald, MD
100 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Suite 300
Fullerton, CA 92835


Phone: 714-312-3549
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