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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.


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