Refreshing Your Skincare Routine for Fall

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Every year, September ushers in a new daily schedule. School and extracurriculars might mean more time ferrying the kids around. You might be buckling down at work now that vacation season has ended. Perhaps your activity levels are shifting as the days get shorter. A change of seasons means a change in lifestyle, even for those of us in sunny Southern California. As you adjust to your new routine, don’t forget to check in with your skin — stress levels, sleep schedules and atmospheric changes can all have an impact on the types of products you skin needs to stay healthy.

Start Fresh

After a summer full of outdoor activities, you might want to hit the reset button before picking up new skincare products. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer two excellent nonsurgical options that can help you get rid of the layer of old skin cells that has built up over the last few months: laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.

At SCCSA, laser treatments can be comprehensive or customized to target specific skin regions and concerns. They are effective in fading scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The short pulses of light vaporize highly targeted areas of skin cells, making sure that only unhealthy cells are removed and leaving behind a glowing layer of new skin.

If laser resurfacing isn’t right for your needs or skin type, ask us about medical-grade chemical peels. These use acidic ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells, making this treatment ideal for brightening dark spots and removing dull skin cell buildup.

These treatments can be scheduled by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-616-6685 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Elias can help determine if one might be right for you, or recommend skincare products that can achieve similar results.

Don’t Dry Out

A good moisturizer can be your skin’s best friend as the air starts to get dry. Even here in Southern California, where we can expect temperatures to stay balmy through November, the average humidity levels drop beginning in late September. When the moisture levels in the air are low, the moisture in your skin becomes more prone to evaporation. It’s important to choose a moisturizer that will replenish your skin’s water stores and protect it from the dry air. Look for moisturizing creams that list ingredients like dimethicone or squalane, or are cocoa or shea butter-based.

Wake Your Skin Up

If your new fall routine is busy and stressful, your skin might be feeling the effects. If you’re noticing your skin — especially your eyes — feeling red or puffy, you should consider adding a soothing mask or nightly eye cream to your regular skincare. Antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 (also called niacinamide) or aloe can stimulate collagen production, cool and hydrate, bringing an even tone and youthful springiness back to your skin. Be sure to avoid harsh or fragrant ingredients like alcohols and essential oils — these could irritate your eyes and make redness worse.

SCCSA wants all of our clients to have beautiful skin that makes them feel empowered and confident, regardless of the season. Call us today at 818-616-6685 to find out more about what we can do to get your skin glowing year round.

Healing From Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect

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It can be difficult to tell what’s going on inside your mouth following oral surgery. It’s a body part that’s difficult to observe on your own even when it isn’t stuffed with gauze and slightly swollen. You may experience some moments of concern if you’re experiencing post-surgery symptoms that don’t seem like regular healing processes, but it’s likely that these are completely normal: your mouth is unlike any other part of your body, and it has its own way of recuperating. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we want you to be fully informed about recovering from your dental implants so that you can be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

What are normal post-surgery symptoms?

Pain

Moderate pain and tenderness at the implant site is only natural as you heal. Depending on the extent of your surgery, we will recommend or prescribe pain medication to help you reduce your pain during your recovery. You may experience some severe pain in the first few days immediately following your surgery — you should be able to manage this with prescription pain medications from Dr. Elias. After the first few days, your pain should be subsiding and should be managed with Tylenol or ibuprofen. Keep in mind that prescription pain medications are intended only for short-term use and can be harmful if used in ways other than as directed by your doctor. We recommend that you switch to over-the-counter pain medication as soon as you feel able to do so.

Bleeding

Moderate to heavy bleeding is normal in the first few days after surgery. You might even experience some oozing or see globs of red in your saliva as clotting blood is released from the implant site. This is just your body cleaning the wound to prevent infection and resealing it to stop the bleeding. If an old clot is released from your impact site, your wound has reopened temporarily, and you will bleed until a new clot is formed. This might result in what seems like heavy bleeding; this is not necessarily a cause for concern. Your mouth is highly vascular, meaning it has a lot of blood vessels near the surface. This often results in oral wounds seeming more serious than they are because even a slight cut will bleed quite a bit. If a clot is released and you experience heavy bleeding, pad the implant site with clean gauze or a used and cooled tea bag.

Fever

Fevers are one of your body’s natural responses to healing. When your immune system detects a foreign organism like bacteria or a virus, it heats itself up in an attempt to kill off the invading germs. When you get injured or have surgery, your immune cells work in much the same way to seal the wound and make sure it doesn’t become infected. A low-grade fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) is normal in the first few days following your surgery. You should be able to keep your body temperature down with a fever-reducing pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Swelling & Bruising

If you or a friend have had their wisdom teeth removed, you’re familiar with the “chimpunk cheeks” swelling that can accompany oral surgery. Swelling, just like fever, is a natural response to injury. Your body sends blood to the surgery site as a means of cleaning and sealing the wound and transporting immune cells to prevent infection. The increased amount of blood flow to the implant area causes swelling. Occasionally, the blood collecting around the wound will result in discoloration or bruising on your cheeks and neck, especially if you are fair-skinned or your implants are near the sides of your mouth. Swelling and bruising can be eased with a cold compress and should subside on their own within a few days following your surgery.

Nausea

If you are feeling nauseous immediately after surgery, this could be a result of the residual anesthesia leaving your system. Do not eat anything, including your pain medication, until the nausea subsides. Try slowly sipping a lightly-carbonated beverages or tea to help. Nausea is also a common outcome of taking medications on an empty stomach. Since eating after oral surgery is difficult, you may experience bouts of nausea after you take your medications. We recommend trying to avoid taking your pain medications or antibiotics on an empty stomach.

When should I call Dr. Elias?

You can call the SCCSA office any time you feel like your symptoms are out of the ordinary. It’s most likely you have nothing to worry about, and our staff is here to reassure you that you are healing as expected. However, there are certain signs that you should call Dr. Elias right away.

If you are running a high-grade fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or above) that isn’t managed with Tylenol or ibuprofen, this could be a sign of an infection at the implant site. It should be addressed immediately to avoid further complications. You should call our office right away, or visit an urgent care clinic to determine if your implant site is infected.

If you are nauseous or vomiting even though you are eating before you take your medications, it could be a sign of an allergy to your prescription. Contact Dr. Elias to discuss alternative pain management options.

If you are experiencing severe pain, excessive bleeding or numbness beyond the first few post-surgery days, this could be a sign of other complications. Dr. Elias is available to help determine if your symptoms are a cause for concern, and to instruct you if you should schedule a follow-up at SCCSA or seek other medical attention.

Your comfort and care are our priority

There are some steps we can take together to make sure your recovery process is worry-free. Before to your dental implant surgery, be sure to let Dr. Elias know if you have any history of allergies to medications, medical materials or anesthetics. Dr. Elias can address any individual concerns during your consultation, including medications you already take, whether your age or health will change or extend your recovery process, and what you can personally expect based on the scope of your surgery. Remember, the SCCSA staff is always available to respond to any questions or concerns. You can reach us at 818-696-4425.

How to Eat Healthy After Body Contouring Surgery

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You’ve finally taken the big step towards achieving your dream figure: scheduling your body contouring surgery. After spending your time and effort to get to where you are, you want the results of your procedure to be worth it. And, perhaps more importantly, you want those results to last a lifetime. But surgery isn’t a permanent solution. If you want to retain your new physique, you need to take care of it just like you’d care for your pre-surgery body. Your diet, in particular, can make or break your results immediately after your surgery — you’ll be expected to rest and may not be able to exercise for some time, so eating well is the best way you can ensure that your results will last while you heal and beyond.

Plan Ahead

After your surgery, you will likely need at least a few days and possibly a few weeks before you feel able to run errands or prepare meals. To prevent yourself from grabbing a bag of chips or ordering a pizza when you get hungry, purge your home of junk foods and stock up on quick-and-easy healthy snacks and meals. It’s important to have easy access to food following your procedure, so you should make sure that the food you have is good for you.

Get Excited About Eating Well

You might be worried about making a lifestyle change towards healthy eating because you don’t think you will like healthy foods. If this is the case, you should dedicate some time before your surgery to searching for and saving new recipes to try. You’ll have new foods to look forward to after your surgery, and you won’t get frustrated and fall back into unhealthy eating habits. You’re turning over a new leaf with your post-surgery body: it’s the perfect time to expand your palate instead of your waist.

Start Making Changes Now

You can improve your immediate and long-term outcomes by adopting healthy habits before your surgery. First, it’s critical to be in good health when undergoing any surgical procedure. The healthier you are, the better: your risk of complications will be lower, and your recovery process will be easier. Second, body contouring surgeries make the biggest difference when your goal is to sculpt the body you already have. If you’re in good shape going into your surgery, your doctors can achieve more than if you require a drastic change. And third, healthy habits are easier to maintain than they are to start. If you already eat healthy foods and exercise, you won’t need to overhaul your lifestyle while recovering from surgery.

Stay Motivated

Remember that your surgery results won’t last without healthy habits. You have spent time and money on your new body — don’t let that go to waste by falling back into unhealthy eating patterns. Make sure your friends and family are there to help keep you on track and continue to set fitness goals for yourself so that you are always striving to keep improving your new body.

If you’re ready to schedule a consultation for body contouring surgery like a tummy tuck, breast lift, arm lift or liposuction, give us a call at 818-616-6685. The Southern California Center for Surgical Arts staff is also happy to answer any questions you might have about your surgery, your recovery or aftercare.

Ideal Facial Procedures For Your Summer Staycation

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When your friends are booked with trips and vacations all summer and your partner is bogged down with work, summer can feel like a real bore. So why not use this time to address your facial concerns that you’ve been putting off for years?

Your face is truly one of your most defining characteristics, as it’s a feature you show to the world every single day. If you’re unhappy with its appearance, your self-confidence may begin to suffer and you may even avoid social gatherings completely.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer a handful of facial procedures to target your aesthetic concerns and even help ease your medical issues. Patients come to us for a variety of surgical needs, but two of our most common procedures are facelift and rhinoplasty.

When Should You Consider a Facelift?

When you still feel like a 20-year-old at heart, it can be disheartening to notice unsightly wrinkles and crow’s feet. Unfortunately, physical signs of aging tend to show up on the face and neck first.

A facelift by Dr. Elias can help to restore your youthful-looking glow and boost your self-image. This surgical procedure is ideal for those hoping to diminish excess chin fat or lift sagging cheeks.

Also referred to as a rhytidectomy, a facelift can restore many of your other facial concerns too, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loose neck skin (when combined with neck lift)
  • Excess chin fat
  • Jowls and Marionette lines
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Hanging facial fat

Similar to other surgical procedures, a facelift requires patients to undergo a significant recovery period. Bruising and swelling are likely side effects and can take up to two weeks to completely subside, which makes your summer staycation the perfect time to receive facial rejuvenation.

Rhinoplasty: Is it Right For You?

Because the nose sits front and center of your face, a rhinoplasty can drastically change your entire appearance. More commonly known as a nose job, this surgical procedure is ideal for those unhappy with the look of their nose. Whether your concerns stem from birth defects, injuries or other conditions, a nose job by Dr. Elias will help to reshape and resize your nose and nostrils.

But rhinoplasty can do much more than just address your aesthetic concerns—it also provides medical benefits. If you suffer from a deviated septum, you know how something as basic as breathing can be a difficult task. Other medical concerns, like a cleft lip, palate or traumatic injury may also be corrected with rhinoplasty.

After surgery, many of our patients experience significant bruising around the eyes and nose. Depending on your reconstruction needs, your full recovery could take weeks or even months. By receiving rhinoplasty in the summer, you can recover comfortably from home as your newly-crafted nose settles into place. By the time autumn rolls around, you’ll be ready to show off the new you.

We know that your motivations to receive surgery are often very personal, and we are here to help answer your questions and concerns. We’d be happy to set you up with a consultation at our Sherman Oaks practice to get you started on your aesthetic goals. Call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today at 818-616-6685.

What Type of Implants Should I Get?

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The hottest summer months are in full force and for Californians that generally means days spent lounging beachside. But if the thought of wearing that itty, bitty two-piece leaves you feeling uncomfortable, you may miss out on some of your favorite warm-weather activities. With the help of Dr. Elias from Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, you can enhance your bikini body and get that extra oomph you’ve been lacking with a breast augmentation procedure.

Breast Augmentation

The decision to undergo a breast augmentation is an incredibly personal one, as your unique curves and entire feminine physique must be taken into consideration. Our compassionate team understands that your needs and aesthetic goals are your own, which is why we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all breast procedure.

We want to know what you envision your new figure to look like so we can work with you to craft beautiful breasts that fit your identity. There are many different decisions to make prior to receiving a breast augmentation, but perhaps one of the most important is the type of implant.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

Our Sherman Oaks practice offers both saline and silicone implants. Both types are actually made up of an outer silicone shell, but the material, consistency and final result can all differ.

Saline-filled implants are available to women 18 and older and are generally the cheaper of the two options. This type of implant is filled with a sterile solution made of saltwater. Dr. Elias will insert saline implants empty and fill them up once they are safely in place. This allows the implants to be filled to the volume of your liking. Saline-filled implants are firmer than the silicone type, and require a smaller incision since the implants are filled after the capsule is placed inside the breast.

Silicone-filled implants, on the other hand, are only available to women 21 years or older. These are filled with a silicone gel and are often preferred by patients for their more natural feeling. The gel of the silicone implants allows for a more cushioned feeling, rather than the firmness of the saline option.

In addition to the traditional silicone type, we also offer another silicone gel-filled implant called a gummy bear implant. Just like its name, this type of implant feels just like a jelly gummy bear. Both regular silicone implants and gummy bear implants require an incision that is a little larger than saline implants, since they are filled prior to inserting and placing them onto the breasts.

Discussing Your Options

When you come in for a consultation, you have the option to try on each kind of implant. While every implant type we offer is completely safe and effective, not every option is right for you. Dr. Elias will talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of both silicone and saline implants and encourage you to ask many questions.

A breast augmentation can boost your confidence and overall appearance, but we hope you’ll take the necessary time to consider which implant type is best for your needs. If you’re ready to get the proportions you’ve been seeking, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today at 818-616-6685.

(Body) Shaping Up For Summer

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Summer is in full swing, and that means long, hot days full of outdoor activities with family and friends. But these warmer months also mean showing more skin. If you’re uncomfortable with the way you look, it can be difficult to see other people sporting shorts and bikinis. Being unhappy with the way your body looks and comparing it to celebrities is a natural human trait.

Incorporating healthy options into your daily routine, like exercising and eating nutritious foods, are the most important ways you can enhance your outward appearance. But sometimes it isn’t enough. When added to a healthy lifestyle, cosmetic procedures are a great way to boost your self-confidence.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer an array of surgical procedures that provide realistic, natural-looking results. Summer is a great time to refresh your overall appearance. Our patients come to us from all walks of life and for many different reasons, but the most popular cosmetic procedures we provide are tummy tucks and liposuction.

Tummy Tucks

The abdomen area may begin to weaken with age, weight gain or pregnancy. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help to tighten lost structure and improve the contours of the body. Oftentimes, sagging skin doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, so this procedure is a great option for those looking to boost confidence with a more flattering midsection.

Dr. Elias will assess your medical history and recommend the abdominoplasty procedure he feels will achieve your best results. You will be placed under IV sedation or general anesthesia before an incision is made between the pubic area and belly button. The procedure will lift your skin, tighten the muscles and eliminate any fatty tissues.

Following the procedure, you may experience some pain and discomfort. Although you may not want to move much, it’s important to get up and walk around to ensure good circulation throughout the body. You should recover for a good two to four weeks before returning to your daily routines.

Liposuction

Hitting the beach is always a favorite on hot days, but if you’re experiencing body-image issues it isn’t quite as fun. Many of our patients, especially women, request liposuction on the fatty areas of the thighs and hips. During your consultation, you can discuss with Dr. Elias which areas are the most aesthetically unpleasing to you. He will then draw up a plan to help you achieve realistic results.

During the procedure, you will be placed under a general or local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience. Through half-inch incisions, Dr. Elias will then loosen and suck the fat out through a vacuum. Initially, you may experience some swelling, bruising and redness, but any pain will be treated with a prescription medication. The recovery period generally will last a few months, during which you will wear dressing and compression bandages on the treated areas.

You can expect to see great results in the months following your procedure, but it’s important to note that liposuction doesn’t promise perfection. The procedure will remove the fatty tissues in the body, but depending on your aesthetic goals, we may recommend combining it with other body contouring procedures for a more dramatic effect.

Benefits of Body Contouring

Body contouring procedures can help you look and feel your best by removing excess skin, tightening muscles or lifting tissue. Many patients experience better-fitted clothing, a more youthful and toned shape and improved self-confidence following a body contouring procedure by Dr. Elias.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer a compassionate team who is knowledgeable and supportive every step of the way. Our clinic is located in Sherman Oaks and serves the entire Los Angeles metro area. If you’re ready to shape up your body this summer, give us a call at 818-616-6685.

3 Ways to be Bikini Ready This Summer

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Summer is officially here, and that means long days of lounging beachside with your favorite gal pals. As a woman, your physique is accentuated by your body’s unique curves and shapely breasts. But when the size, proportion or setting of your breasts cause you to lose self-confidence, it can feel impossible to rock your favorite two piece.

Whether through aging, genetics, major weight fluctuation or childbearing, the appearance of your breasts can transform over time. When these lifestyle changes begin to affect the size, shape and volume of your breasts, it may be time to consider a cosmetic breast procedure.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, our team of dedicated surgical artists can boost your femininity. Our practice offers three different ways to achieve beautiful-looking breasts that fit your needs.

Breast Augmentation

If you suffer from breasts that are too small or disproportionate from one another, or have undergone a mastectomy, you may benefit from receiving breast implants. Also known as an augmentation mammoplasty, this surgical procedure is beneficial for women wanting to increase the size and volume of their breasts.

With a breast augmentation by Dr. Elias, you can expect nothing but the best. He understands that every body is unique and will take the time to discuss with you the implant and placement options. Both our saline and silicone-filled implants are safe and effective, and it really comes down to your preference on how they look and feel. Breast enhancement patients can expect a full recovery within three to six months following the procedure.

Breast Lift

When aging and extreme weight loss cause your breast tissues to weaken and sag, a surgical lift can be an easy solution. Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift can get rid of the sagging skin and raise the breasts to a new position. By reshaping the tissues, this procedure also provides a slight increase in volume and symmetrical placement.

It’s important to note that a breast lift does not necessarily guarantee full volume restoration, but instead is a great first step to lifting the breasts into a higher position. Should you desire more dramatic results, Dr. Elias may recommend implants with your breast lift.

Breast Reduction

Women with overly large breasts know that certain activities, like running and other exercises, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Having too large of breasts can even lead to physical health complications that can make it difficult to walk and perform normal activities. In fact, one of the most common complaints of patients with large breasts is daily back pain.

For these reasons and more, women often turn to SCCSA for a breast reduction. This procedure can not only reduce overall breast size, but also reshape the breasts and add symmetry to the areola nipple complex. In an individualized consultation with Dr. Elias, you will receive a full body dimensional measurement to determine the correct proportions for your body. Following the recovery period, almost all of our patients describe the reduction as a great relief. Find Rejuvenation

We believe that every woman’s body is unique and should be celebrated. With the help of Dr. Elias, you can create a feminine physique you are proud of. Here at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, your vision matters and our team will sit down with you to discuss and fully understand your aesthetic goals.

To see if a cosmetic breast procedure is right for you, give us a call at 818-616-6685.

Staying In Shape from the Inside Out


Healthy Nutrition and Tips to Extend National Nutrition Awareness

The New Year is when you’ll see the world jump up and say collectively, that it’s time to get fit and live healthily. How long this lasts depends on you, doesn’t it? After a while, the gym starts to look a little empty, and you’re finally able to get a spot on the treadmill you like in front of the window. But while we’re all rushing to pre-plan our healthy meals every Sunday we forget what the point of it all was and suddenly it’s April.

March was National Nutrition Month, and that meant more than just getting your gym visits in; the conversation continues to be about staying in shape from the inside out. Because let’s be honest, healthy nutrition and staying in shape is much more than just eating salads. Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is going all out this month and showing you the ins and outs of living well.

Common Dietary Pitfalls

We all fail at something sometime, but it’s not because we don’t give it our all. Dietary pitfalls are bound to happen when you jump into composing a plan without fully understanding why you’re doing it. Here are some dietary pitfalls you can avoid:

Forget the Soda at Dinner

While you’re focusing on making the right choice between that double cheeseburger and a salad, don’t forget about what you’re drinking. It’s not just soda drinkers either, but people that drink coffee religiously each morning usually add cream and sugar. It’s easy to count calories from your food, but wonder why you’re still not losing weight if you continue to drink sugary drinks. Try water with lemon instead!

Cutting Carbs

Toast in the morning with breakfast, rice in the afternoon for lunch and pasta for dinner every day, probably means you’re eating too many carbohydrates. One of the most common issues with cutting carbs is that people tend to throw them all out. The problem is that you need carbohydrates to some degree. It’s great to cut down and eat them modestly, but you shouldn’t discount them all. In fact, your body needs healthy carbohydrates to maintain steady levels of energy. Cutting All Fats from Your Diet Let’s get this one over and done with; not every fat is a bad fat. You don’t need to get rid of everything that has a gram of fat here and there. The issue is, you’ll need to get rid of unnatural and saturated fats. You might think that avocado is delicious but has way too much fat. Avocado is a natural and easily digested fat that you need in your life, so don’t even think about it. There are so many things you can keep in your fridge without overdoing it, but these natural fats are much better in the long run than any other.

Eating Vegan Only

Going vegan is a wonderful idea if you’ve read about the foods you can eat that will help you pick up enough protein, fiber, and vitamins to stay energized and nourished. Vegans build lean muscle and absorb specialized nutrients from plants that they create during photosynthesis. However, when many people began eating vegan, they immediately go for prepackaged items, and that is the worst way to do it. You can gain weight eating vegan if you’re not eating healthy vegan meals, so read a little about it or ask your doctor. We love the Thrive book that will teach you about plant-based meals.

Easiest Ways to Make Meaningful Changes

Don’t think about these changes as temporary diets, but as lifelong meaningful changes that will have an impact on how you feel every day. The goal at the end of the day is to eat so you feel full, with fortified ingredients, so that you can workout and build circulation for better skin, toned muscles and a clearer mind. These little nutrition changes will translate into a happier you as you get rid of the toxic things causing you to loose energy and drive. Be happy and feel like yourself again when you’re eating clean.

Exercise will elevate your moods and make you feel good that you chose the green, leafy salad over the fries. Once you remove the unhealthy items and practices from your life, you’ll see and feel the change. You won’t want to go back to what it was like before. Call SCCSA and make your appointment for a consultation and reward yourself for all of the hard work you’re doing at 818-696-4425.

Confidence in Time for Date Night

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When we say we can help you boost your confidence in time for date night at SCCSA, that can mean any night that you spend practicing self-love—or those you spend with your significant other. Dr. Elias knows that confidence can change the way you take on a room and for our female clients, we can help with that. Cosmetic surgery isn’t just about what you can do to modify your outer physical appearance, but how you will use that to support a better way of life. Living a healthy and beautiful lifestyle can only happen with a full heart, strong mind and openness. Breast enhancements can get you there and so many women are curious about what goes into breast augmentation; you probably want to know what your options are and how to make the right choice. Remember, it’s not about the size of your breasts; it’s about you and what you want to see.

Breast Enhancement to Match Your Beauty Goals

Your list of beauty goals is probably a long one that you’ve carefully notated for years, but haven’t found the time to address. Playing with the idea of breast augmentation can lead you through a long road of research, but it’s necessary to make sure you know what you want. Breast tissue is fragile and since it’s not a muscular area, this tissue starts to sag when ligaments holding the breast in a lifted position are weighed down. If you’ve been pregnant, you know exactly what we mean since your breasts fill with milk and you gain a few pounds. Pregnancy hormones and weight cause the tissues to expand and become heavy; so this weight on your chest is a lot to bear.

As soon as you’ve had the child and lost some of the weight, you’ll notice the breasts are not as upright on your chest as they used to be. Breast enhancement can get you out of that post-baby slump or help you contour the body if you’ve lost a lot of weight recently. While pregnancy and weight gain will accelerate sagging and lost volume, lax skin just happens the older you become, and your self-confidence takes a hit. Feeling better about your appearance can help you match your beauty goals and feel empowered to get through the rest of the things on your list.

Aug vs. Lift?

Seeing some loose skin and a slight drop in the breasts is normal and you should know that; but how much sagging is too much for you? If you feel hyper aware of this loose skin and find that you have to constantly adjust your breasts within your bra cup throughout the day, then you probably need a breast lift. Dr. Elias explains the difference in a variety of ways, based on your breasts, that are unique to you. You have to know what you’re comfortable with and find that happy place when you can say you feel good each day. Your breast lift procedure will remove all that extra skin, reshape the nipples and pull them breasts up.

Women with smaller breasts throughout their lifetime may not see too much of this sagging issue, so you probably just want to focus on increasing that size. Breast augmentation can do that for you without a lift, so if you don’t need it then stick with an augmentation. This procedure is great because there’s limited scarring with small incisions. You get more volume and contour depending on the type of implant and texture or shape you choose.

Implant Types at SCCSA and Options for Placement

There are two implant types we use here at SCCSA, which are the saline-filled and silicone-filled implants. One type may feel more natural than the other for you when you come in for your consultation, as you try them on and find out what size is the better option. Implants are a safe and fun choice for women because, if it’s done right then they’ll look completely natural and perfectly matched to your body. Silicone are a gelled implant that matches breast tissue fairly accurately, and saline is a bit more fluid since they’re composed of a liquid base. Silicone has a few more options with shape and texture since they are molded and can stay in one position while saline needs to move a bit and are a little more firm.

As we discussed above, the incisions for placement are underneath the armpit, through the underside of the breast fold or around the nipple. Saline implants require a smaller incision since Dr. Elias will fill the capsule inside the breast tissue. Silicone may require a slightly larger incision based on their full size before placement. Again, while the incisions and scar expected for breast augmentation with implants are small, you’ll need to make sure that this is the procedure that will suit you.

…or Both?

We’ve talked about breast lift and augmentation separately, but what about combining the procedures? Having both breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time can address both concerns about the shape of your breast tissue and position of your breasts. Dr. Elias only encourages patients to have procedures that will enhance their lives. So if you have already decided on one procedure or the other, he will explain the benefit of adding augmentation or lift to that list if necessary.

At the end of this journey, how you feel is important which is why these options exist. Your breasts are your own so if you feel more confident about date night after your procedure that’s great and we support that desire. However, a lift may have a larger scar than augmentation, so we will talk about that as we plan. The next thing that you’ll want to focus on is the recovery time needed for both procedures. If you make that commitment and that’s reasonable for your lifestyle, then let’s book the appointment.

How long is my recovery?

Combining breast augmentation and lift means you’ll have one combined recovery period, which is a plus for some women. If you choose to have these procedures separately, then that’s fine too–you’re unique. Breast augmentation recovery involves a waiting period to see a reduction of swelling and slight bruising in the tissue, so you’re looking at three to six weeks for that. Once the swelling and bruising go down, then it’s time to allow the implants to settle if you have them. This healing period may take months, but you can go back to work in a couple of weeks. We say three to six months to see the final shape and sensitivity go down.

In consultation with Dr. Elias, all of these questions are answered and more by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-616-6685.

How To Prepare For Cosmetic Surgery

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If you’ve decided to take the next steps for cosmetic surgery, we’re happy for you and can’t wait for you to see a positive change. Dr. Elias sees so many patients each week that are hoping for that same outcome, but their reasons are entirely different and yours may be too. Cosmetic surgery has the potential to correct serious injury and trauma to your skin and structures, those that have had a significant impact on your appearance. These surgeries help people to correct congenital disabilities that are a constant issue and those that only want to turn back the clock.

The gem that ties all of these reasons together and why you’ve decide to have cosmetic surgery, is that life is enhanced because of it. Dr. Husam Elias dedicates his life to cosmetic surgery, helping people just like you move forward with their lives with confidence and agency. If you have confidence and feel great about your appearance, then the possibilities for you are endless. Over the years of his life and practice, Dr. Husam Elias has seen his patients blossom as their comfort increases and they feel ready to go out and mingle with the world.

So how to prepare for surgery, now that you’ve decided that this is what you need to live well and what will reduce your social stress?

Lifestyle Changes Leading Up to Cosmetic Surgery

As soon as you’ve decided to look into cosmetic surgery, the last deciding factor is to find out if you’re the right candidate for the surgery. What that classification truly means is that these surgeries are designed for people that live healthy lifestyles. Dr. Elias wants you to see and feel long lasting benefits when you decide to have surgery. If you’re someone that doesn’t plan to quit smoking or doesn’t take care of your skin, then the results of cosmetic surgery won’t last; you may even be put at high risk for infection and complications down the line.

Cosmetic surgery can provide you with great results if you take care of yourself. Our job is to improve your life, not to make it worse. That being said, there are some lifestyle changes you will need to make to be the perfect candidate for these surgeries. These guidelines are ultimately for you and your health so take these suggestions to heart and make the change before surgery. A few things you should look to change:

  • An unbalanced or unhealthy diet
  • Boost your activity if you lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce your drinking, especially if you’re going in for surgery
  • Take care to lower stress and improve your mental well-being

Physical health is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a clear head can help you understand why you want to pursue cosmetic surgery and make the right decision. Lifestyle changes like fueling your body with healthy foods and increasing your activity can improve your mindset. At SCCSA, Dr. Elias focuses on the mind and body connection so that you feel ready to have surgery and can recovery nicely. Get started on some of these small changes and see how you feel in a couple of weeks then schedule your appointment with us.

Appointments and Check-Ins With Your Surgeon

As soon as you make your appointment for a surgical consultation with Dr. Elias, you’re part of the SCCSA family and that means personalized care throughout the surgery. Dr. Elias will check in with you after each phase of treatment and make himself available to you for questions as you make adjustments to your surgical plan and in recovery. You want to know that the surgeon you decide to work with is one that will check in and help you through any issues you encounter.

Preparing for Recovery

In recovery, there may be days that you need some extra help and we want to make sure that you have that. Dr. Elias recommends creating a list of your potential support team, such as friends and family that can drive you home after surgery or sit with you the first day back. Recovery is different for everyone and some may require more or less time. Dr. Elias and his medical staff will give you everything you need before the surgery to plan ahead and some things to take home with you once you’re done.

To find out more about what cosmetic surgery can do for you at SCCSA, call our front desk today at 818-616-6685.