Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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Category: Non-Surgical Procedures

The Rising Trend in Non-Surgical Procedures

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.

Look Great in 2017 Non-surgically!

INFINI™ Laser ResultsA new year is here! It is time to freshen up your look and become a brand new you. With so many non-surgical options in the world of cosmetic surgery, you don’t even need to go near an operating table to look and feel more youthful. Dr. Robert Wald offers a variety of non-surgical procedures that have proven results with less downtime and pain. It’s time to look great in 2017 and be the best version of yourself you can be!

Injectables and Fillers for a Smoother Facial Appearance

The stress of last year may have worn and tired your appearance, and facial injectable fillers are ideal options for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles with minimal pain and recovery. Within one short office visit, you can quickly “touch up” aging indicators to create a younger, more rejuvenated facial appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the increasing popularity of non-surgical facial rejuvenation continues to grow and provides endless customization for patients. You can undergo one or a combination of our injectable treatments.

Injectables and Fillers Offered:

  • JUVÉDERM®: Composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, JUVÉDERM® can treat smile lines, wrinkles under the eyes, loss of fat in the cheeks, and thin lips.
  • Restylane®: This hyaluronic acid formula helps fill nasolabial folds, creases around the mouth, and loss of volume in the cheeks.
  • RADIESSE®: Made of calcium hydroxylapatite, this injectable effectively treats marionette lines, depressions on the nose, smile lines, loss of volume in the cheeks, and loss of definition along the jawline.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: Made of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A that blocks nerve impulses to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic can help to target frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles along the forehead.

Non-surgical Facelift With INFINI Laser

Aging, sun exposure, environmental factors, and stress can all impact the overall appearance of the face. As time goes on, the tissues on the face tend to dry out and sag. INFINI™ Laser is a radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device that helps to remove wrinkles and reduce facial skin laxity. Patients can achieve results similar to those of a facelift without the surgical scars and pain.

Eliminate Fat From the Love Handles and Abdomen

Many of us have noticed how much the holiday season has caused us to pack on the pounds. We can diet and exercise to get rid of the unwanted weight, but sometimes even a healthy lifestyle provides little to no success. SculpSure® is one of the latest fat-reduction technologies designed to target stubborn areas such as the love handles and abdomen. Using custom-designed applicators, the SculpSure® device emits laser technology to eliminate fat by attacking the fat cells and melting them down.

Dr. Wald is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you decide on the right treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Non-Surgical Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift

We all want to look and feel younger. Unfortunately, time can become our enemy as the aging process takes hold. Fine lines, wrinkles, and creases seem to develop very quickly before we even realize it. Many people try various at-home treatments to remedy their signs of aging but see very little satisfying results.

Surgical Facelift

When a person decides that enough is enough, they may start leaning towards the idea of facelift surgery. Even though a facelift makes you look 12 years younger according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, surgical procedures can be intimidating. Surgery entails a long recovery, anesthesia, and postoperative pain and discomfort.

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

The INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device uses the latest technology to eliminate wrinkles and improve the quality of the skin. INFINI™ is a non-surgical facelift option that offers a less invasive approach than traditional facelift surgery. Depending on each patient’s facial anatomy and preferences, they may choose to undergo a traditional facelift or an INFINI™ non-surgical facelift procedure.

Which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for me?

When deciding on a facelift option, it is important to understand what each procedure is designed to target and what outcome you can potentially achieve.

Traditional Facelift Surgery

INFINI™ Non-Surgical Facelift

  • Procedure: Through an incision made along the hairline, loose skin and fat are removed. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is pulled back and sutured.
  • Benefits:
    • Offers long-lasting results
    • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
    • Eliminates excess skin
    • Corrects sagging jowls
  • Cons:
    • Long recovery
    • Anesthesia
Before and After Facelift Surgery

Before and After Facelift Surgery

  • Procedure: High intensity focused RF (radiofrequency) is used to deliver thermal energy deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production to create smoother facial skin.
  • Benefits:
    • Tightens and lifts the facial skin
    • Eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
    • Improves skin quality
    • In-office procedure
    • Minimal discomfort
  • Cons:
    • Doesn’t correct significantly sagging facial skin
      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

Both the traditional facelift and the INFINII™ non-surgical facelift can help a person achieve amazing results. They will notice their facial skin is more taut and firm with a dramatic reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Wald can evaluate your facial anatomy and severity of facial aging to help you decide on the right procedure.

To learn more about facelift surgery and the INFINI™ laser, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve smoother, more youthful facial skin. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting Vs. Sculpture

coolsculpting vs sculptureDo you exercise and diet, yet still have stubborn fat? If you decided to get rid of your stubborn fat, you may be wondering what is the best option. There are non-surgical fat removal options such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure. These non-invasive procedures have become a popular plastic surgery trend. At the Aesthetic Institute, Dr. Wald is proud to offer SculpSure treatments and can explain why it is more effective than CoolSculpting.

 

CoolSculpting

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a fat-freezing procedure that uses cooling to eliminate stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and chin. CoolSculpting kills fat cells beneath the skin, which eventually are eliminated from your body. The average cost for CoolSculpting is about $2,250 for a specific area of the body.

How does CoolSculpting Work?

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Actual CoolSculpting patient before and after photo courtesy of Grant Stevens, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will chose an area of concern on your body to apply a gel pad and CoolSculpting applicator. The vacuum applicator is used to suck the tissue (skin) into the applicator cup. Once the tissue is positioned fully in the applicator cup, the freezing begins. The procedure may be chilly, but as the area becomes numb the pulling, tugging, or pinching may subside. The patient may experience bruising and swelling after the procedure.

SculpSure

What is SculpSure?
SculpSure by Cynosure is a light-based body contouring laser that targets and destroys stubborn fat cells in just 25 minutes. SculpSure targets the flanks, abdomen, and back. The damaged cells are naturally eliminated from the body as early as 6 weeks, but can take up to 12 weeks. The average cost for Sculpture is about $1,800 for a specific area of the body.

How does Sculpture work?

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Actual Sculpture patient before and after photo courtesy of S. Doherty, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will determine a target area or areas of concern on your body. The Sculpture applicators will be applied to your skin and properly secured. As the session begins the applicators will heat up and you may experience a tingling sensation. The SculpSure laser destroys fat cells in a band 2-3 centimeters under the skin. In addition to losing a small amount of weight, you lose size. The treatment takes approximately 25 minutes with no anesthesia, minimal to no discomfort and no down time. Sculpture is the perfect solution for destroying fat and non-surgical body contouring.

Which non-invasive procedure is right for me, CoolSculpting or Sculpture?

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are non-invasive fat reducers. SculpSure not only reduces fat, but treatments encourage collagen and elastin production. Both treatments have no downtime. Most patients return to work after their procedure and can immediately resume their daily activities. SculpSure takes only 25 minutes; so many patients complete a treatment on their lunch break, compared to CoolSculpting which takes at least an hour to complete 1 treatment. CoolSculpting takes 2-4 treatments for optimal results, whereas SculpSure can take just one treatment. CoolSculpting treats only one area at a time. SculpSure can treat four areas at once. SculpSure is effective and can maximize your results more quickly, for a lower cost.

If you would like to learn more about SculpSure and other options to reduce stubborn fat, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Face and Neck Tightening Without the “Nip and Tuck”

Getting older can be frustrating. No matter how many creams and anti-aging treatments we try to use to halt the process, sagging skin and fine lines can seem to sneak up on us overnight. Aging can cause some turmoil in our lives, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have options to stop it in its tracks.

Facial surgery, such as a facelift or neck lift, can reverse the signs of aging. But for many people, the word “surgery” can be scary. Surgery involves anesthesia, scalpels, and a long recovery, which all sound like a painful and inconvenient way to get rid of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. What if we told you that you could get results almost as good as a facelift but without the “nip and tuck?” Now, with the INFINI™ laser treatment system, you can! INFINI™ reverses the aging process by reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck while it lifts and tightens the skin.

What’s so great about the INFINI™ laser?

INFINI™ Before and After PhotoWhat are the benefits of the INFINI™ laser?

  • Minimal downtime
  • Safe on all skin types
  • No pain
  • Long-lasting results

How does INFINI™ work?

The INFINI™ treatment system works by delivering radiofrequency that targets coagulation zones within specific layers of the dermis. Its high-intensity laser heats up as Dr. Wald manipulates it to individually adjust the depth of the needles to match it to each patient’s skin type and goals.

When will I see results?

Three weeks after treatment, patients will notice a brighter skin tone and a significant reduction in oil secretion (for patients will oily skin). After one month, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity will be lessened. Over the next three months, the condition of the skin will continue to improve, and the appearance of wrinkles, skin laxity, enlarged pores, and scars will diminish. Full results will be apparent after three months, and patients will notice a smoother, more youthful skin complexion.

How long will my results last?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive stop to the aging process. INFINI™ can reverse years of aging on the face and neck, but it cannot prevent future aging. Patients who benefit most from the procedure continue to practice a healthy diet and regular skin care regimen, including protecting their skin from the sun. Continued maintenance of the facial skin can help patients to enjoy their results for a long time.

If you would like to learn more about INFINI™ and other non-surgical options to rejuvenate your appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Robert Wald, MD
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Fullerton, CA 92835


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