Monthly Archives: July 2014

Good News for Women Desiring Natural-Looking Breast Implants

black braPlastic surgery technology is constantly evolving — and one of the most exciting advances has happened within the breast implant industry. In the past year, Allergan and Sientra have both released anatomically shaped implants filled with a special type of silicone gel that is very similar to natural breast tissue. According to Dr. Pearl, these implants are perfect for women seeking subtle breast augmentation results.

Let’s look at the two types of anatomically shaped, highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants in more detail:

Allergan Natrelle 410 Breast Implants

Allergan’s Natrelle 410 breast implants are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel material that has a thicker consistency than traditional silicone gel implants. The highly cohesive silicone gel helps the implant maintain its shape over time, and it produces a very natural look and feel.

Natrelle implants are teardrop shaped, meaning they have a gently sloping contour. They also have a textured surface that reduces the risk of capsular contracture (a hardening around the implant shell). Natrelle implants are available in various sizes, heights and projections.

Sientra Shaped, Textured Breast Implants

Like the Natrelle implants, Sientra anatomically shaped breast implants have a shape, weight and feel that is similar to natural breast tissue. They are filled with highly cohesive silicone gel that enables the implants to retain their form. Highly cohesive silicone gel virtually eliminates the risk of the implant rippling or folding within its shell. The filling material is so stable that even if the implant were to be twisted, stretched or sliced in half, it would not leak.

Sientra implants are teardrop shaped to mimic the natural breast contour (a round shape is also available) and they come with either a smooth or textured shell. A smooth shell allows the implant to move around more freely within the breast pocket. Sientra implants also come in a variety of projections.

If you opt for anatomically shaped breast implants, Dr. Pearl will help you select the best pair based on your body type and ideal cosmetic outcome.

Achieve a More Natural Look With Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants

If you’d like more information about anatomically correct breast implants, or you’d like to see some of Dr. Pearl’s before and after photographs, please contact our office by calling (650) 964-6600.

Facts About Fraxel

Young latin woman on white background.For the past 10 years, Fraxel has been the gold standard of fractional skin resurfacing. Dr. Pearl and our staff have been able to treat many common skin imperfections and irregularities with the technology. Given that Fraxel treatment is so popular, we receive many questions about it. Dr. Pearl has compiled the most frequently asked questions below.

What does Fraxel treat?

With the Fraxel re:stor Dual 1550/1927 system, we can treat deep and superficial imperfections of the skin on the face, neck, chest and hands, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Age spots
  • Melasma
  • Freckles
  • Irregular texture

The 1550 wavelength erbium fiber laser penetrates the deep layers of the skin, and the 1927 wavelength thulium fiber laser treats the superficial layers. We can easily switch between the two wavelengths during treatment, depending on your needs.

How does Fraxel work?

The Fraxel laser creates microscopic injuries in the skin, removes damaged skin and stimulates the body to produce fresh skin cells. Fractional laser skin resurfacing creates microscopic injuries in a portion, or “fraction,” of the skin; this triggers the body’s natural production of collagen. The pattern of micro-injuries leaves undisturbed tissue intact between the injuries, which enables quicker healing with minimal downtime.

As more collagen develops, the skin starts to look smoother and healthier, and flaws become less visible.

How many Fraxel treatments do I need?

Studies show that on average, three to five sessions spaced two to four weeks apart are most effective. Depending on your needs, we may recommend spacing the treatment sessions further apart. You should notice some improvement immediately, continually improving until optimal improvement is reached after one to two months.

Does Fraxel treatment hurt?

No, Fraxel treatment does not hurt. Before starting treatment, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the area to be treated. You may feel some heat during treatment, but this is minimized by a chilled spray of air using the Cool Roller tip technology. Some patients have described a sunburn sensation after treatment, which can be soothed by applying cold compresses.

What is Fraxel recovery like?

The Fraxel re:stor laser is designed to produce great results with very little downtime. Besides the sunburn sensation and mild redness, there are very few reported side effects. Generally, the 1927 wavelength is more tolerable to patients because it only treats the superficial layers of the skin.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Pearl

To learn more about fractional laser skin resurfacing with the Fraxel re:stor system, please contact Dr. Pearl’s practice by calling (650) 964-6600.

 
 
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