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Non-Surgical Treatment for Double Chin Now Available at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center

Kybella treatment for a double chinDrs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center are pleased to announce a new non-surgical treatment for a double chin. Kybella is an injectable product that dissolves fat in the submental region (underneath the chin). Approved by the FDA for safety, Kybella is a relatively comfortable and easy way to improve the appearance of the chin and upper neck. If you are concerned about the contours of your chin and jawline, the doctors invite you to schedule an informational consultation. Continue reading

Does Drinking Beer Cause Man Boobs?

Male boobs from beerLately, a troubling rumor has circulated the Internet claiming that drinking beer — especially “hoppy” styles like India Pale Ales — contributes to the development of excessive male breast tissue. Since Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso treat men with enlarged breasts at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, they thought they would address this rumor. Here, the doctors set the record straight on whether beer causes man boobs. Continue reading

Do’s and Don’ts After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tucks Do’s and Don’tsYour post-op recovery care plays an important role in the success and beauty of your tummy tuck results. At Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso have helped countless men and women achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen through tummy tuck surgery. Here, they share some do’s and don’ts to follow after tummy tuck surgery. Continue reading

Man Boobs: Causes and Cures

Male Breast ReductionsApproximately 40 to 60 percent of men have enlarged breast tissue (gynecomastia), according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For many men, excess fat in the chest area is a common source of embarrassment and discomfort. They may feel self-conscious in front of others at the beach, pool or gym. Or, they may even withdraw from social interaction or experience depression and anxiety. Continue reading

Kybella Non-Surgical Injectable Now Available

The Pearl Plastic Surgery Center is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to our non-shutterstock_161758796-2surgical treatments: Kybella injectable treatment. This revolutionary FDA-approved treatment is used to dissolve extra fat under the chin (i.e., a “double chin”). Learn more about this exciting and safe new treatment, performed by both Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso, in this post.

What Causes a “Double Chin”?

Many factors can contribute to a person having a “double chin,” including being overweight or obese. However, a person who is otherwise slim may still have extra fat below their jaw line as a result of genetics or aging, which causes the skin in the area to droop over time and create this unattractive effect.

How Can Kybella Help?

Kybella is made from a naturally occurring molecule in the body called deoxycholic acid. Upon injection into the chin area, Kybella targets and then destroys the fat cells in the area. Once these fat cells are eliminated and then absorbed naturally by the body after treatment, new fat cells cannot rejuvenate and store fat in the area. The result of treatment, then, is a slimmer, more well-defined jaw line — and without any incisions, stitches or scarring!

What is a Kybella Treatment Like?

A Kybella treatment plan usually consists of two to six sessions of injections, depending on the needs of the patient. Each session, which typically lasts 15 minutes, is spaced between four and eight weeks apart. To start off your treatment, Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso will apply a topical numbing agent on the chin and jaw area, so that you do not feel the injection. The doctor will use a small syringe to inject Kybella into the fattiest areas of the chin for the best aesthetic outcome.

Once the Kybella session is done, a small amount of redness and irritation in your chin area is expected, though minor. There will also be some mild swelling in the area, which usually subsides after a couple of days. Downtime is minimal after treatment; you can expect to return to normal daily life, including going to work and exercising, after a day or two.

The Best Part: The Results!

You should expect to see a noticeable improvement in your chin and jaw line appearance after about a month of treatment. The results, though gradual, are marked, with chin fat that appears to dissolve slowly before your very eyes! Final results can be expected after three to four months, or after about three or four treatment sessions. And the best part is that these beautiful, natural-looking results can last a lifetime!*

*Kybella results are permanent. However, fat can return to the chin area if a patient gains weight after being treated. But since a Kybella treatment permanently destroys and removes fat cells in the chin area, these cells cannot rejuvenate to store fat. Any added weight, therefore, will be more evenly distributed throughout the face and neck area.

Find Out if Kybella is Right for You

Are you ready to learn more about the innovative Kybella treatment? One of our doctors at the Pearl Plastic Surgery Center would be happy to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso, contact the Pearl Plastic Surgery Center by calling (650) 964-6600.

Want Fuller Lips? Your Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

What woman doesn’t want a fuller, more sensuous pout? In this blog post, the team at Pearl Plastic Surgery Centerlip augmentation has a few tips — some involving injections and some not — on how to get lip-plumping effects for both the short- and long-term.

Create a Fuller Look with Makeup

Makeup is a handy tool that, when used expertly, can create the illusion of fuller lips. You can achieve this by first hydrating your lips with a lip balm. Next, use a light nude-colored pencil to fill in the middle portion of your lips (the width of your cupid’s bow) from top lip to bottom lip. Be sure to stay within your natural lip lines. Next, take a darker-colored nude pencil to outline your lips and fill the outer corners, blending the edges with your finger as you go. Finally, apply sheer lipstick or lip gloss to your lips. The result? Gorgeous, full-bodied lips.

Use a Toothbrush on Your Lips

The lips, like the rest of your skin, benefit from regular exfoliation. This will both rid the lips of dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow to the area, causing them to plump. The best way of doing this is to use a dry, soft-bristled toothbrush on your lips to gently exfoliate them. For the best results, apply petroleum jelly to the brush so that your slightly plumped lips are also softer and smoother after this home treatment. You can also use a paste made of sugar and water to exfoliate the lips further as you brush. Once done, apply a soothing, hydrating lip balm to your lips. Your lips should appear softer and fuller instantly.

Try Lip Augmentation

Other lip-plumping techniques, like the ones mentioned above, may be perfect for a night out, but some women want their fuller lips to last months instead of hours. For these women, a non-invasive procedure like lip augmentation is the perfect “lunch hour” procedure, taking less than 20 minutes to complete and requiring zero downtime afterwards. In his lip augmentation procedure at Pearl Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Pearl offers the option of using a hyaluronic acid filler (such as Restylane, Perlane or Juvederm) or the patient’s own fat (that has been processed and refined) for injection. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Pearl can discuss with you during your consultation. In either case, the results look natural and can be expected to last for up to eight months.

Get More Facts about Lip Augmentation

Are you curious to learn more about how you can achieve fuller yet natural-looking lips? Why not talk to a doctor at Pearl Plastic Surgery Center? To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso, call Pearl Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.

Five Things That May Hinder Recovery after Plastic Surgery

iStock_000001087977SmallWhether you have scheduled your plastic surgery procedure or you are still in the consultation phase, it’s never too early to plan for the recovery period. Sticking to the right habits — and avoiding the wrong ones — will affect both the length and intensity of your recovery. Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso have compiled some helpful advice on what to do and what not to do while recovering from surgery.

Smoking

If you’re a smoker, Dr. Pearl recommends that you quit smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks after your surgery. Nicotine has an adverse effect on the body, especially after surgery because it constricts blood vessels and prevents blood flow, which may cause problems with blood clots and prevent wounds from healing adequately. In severe cases, the effect of nicotine could cause necrosis, or tissue death, which can lead to skin loss.

Not Getting Enough Rest

Your body, including your immune system, needs to be operating at its optimal level so that you can heal and recover properly. If you try to rush the recovery period by not getting enough sleep or rest, it may lead to infection of the incision sites and even more serious complications. You should plan for someone to stay with you for at least the first 48 hours so that you can have an uninterrupted period of sleep and rest. After that, and depending on which procedure you have done, a period of at least a week (and more time for procedures like tummy tuck and liposuction) without work and exercise should be planned in order for you to recuperate fully.

Hitting the Gym Too Soon

Exercising too soon after having surgery could cause a number of problems, including opened incisions and risk of bleeding. Elevating your heart rate and blood pressure with aerobic exercise and lifting weight can have these effects on the body if they are resumed too quickly. Talk to your doctor about how long you should wait before resuming both light and more rigorous exercise. With some procedures, like tummy tuck surgery, you may have to wait six to eight weeks, whereas with other procedures like facelift surgery, patients can often return to exercise after two weeks.

Failing to Follow Up with Your Doctor

It is important that you return to your doctor within the first week after surgery so that they can exam you and see that your body is healing properly. During your consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso, they can map out a schedule for both your procedure and your follow-up appointments. Skipping these follow-up appointments is not advised, because if there are complications from surgery, they should be taken care of right away. If at any point during your recovery you have an unusual amount of pain, swelling or other effects, you should call your doctor immediately.

Not Protecting Your Skin

While it’s a good habit to get into anyway, wearing sunscreen — even on overcast days —is particularly helpful to the healing of your incision areas after plastic surgery. A sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 should be used, especially on exposed incisions, when you plan on being outdoors. Sun exposure can hinder the healing process and change the pigmentation of the skin on your incisions so that scars may become permanently darker in appearance.

Do you have more questions about the recovery period for a specific plastic surgery procedure? Learn more recovery tips in a private consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso. Schedule one today by calling Pearl Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.

Do I Need a Breast Lift with My Breast Implants?

Perhaps you are unhappy with breasts that have become saggy as a result of having children, breast lift with implantsbreastfeeding, weight fluctuations or the aging process. You may wish to have a breast lift, but wonder if that procedure alone will give you the breasts you desire. At Pearl Plastic Surgery, Dr. Samuel Pearl offers breast lift both with implants and without. In this blog post, he will help you to determine which procedure is right for your needs.

Good Candidates for a Breast Lift without Implants

If your breasts are droopy and your nipples fall below your breast fold, but you are still happy with the size of your breasts, then breast lift surgery alone is sufficient for lifting your breasts to a higher and more youthful position. Dr. Pearl accomplishes this by removing excess, sagging skin and tissue from the breast, reshaping the remaining breast tissue higher on the chest and then shifting the areola and nipple to a higher position on the breast mound.

When a Breast Lift with Implants is Right for You

For women who not only wish to lift their breasts but who have also lost volume (often as a result of breastfeeding and significant fluctuations in weight), a breast lift surgery with implants may better suit their needs. With this procedure, not only is the excess breast skin and tissue removed from the breast, but an implant is placed in order to add fullness to the breast, particularly in the upper pole area. Women who wish to have breast implants can choose from saline, silicone and highly cohesive silicone gel implants. Silicone implants retain their shape within the breast pocket and are associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture and rippling.

Other Factors to Determine Candidacy

Generally, candidates for breast lift with or without implants also:

  • Are physically healthy overall (with no serious medical conditions)
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Have realistic expectations of surgery
  • Have downward-pointing nipples
  • Have breast skin that is stretched out
  • Have elongated nipples
  • Have one breast that is lower than the other

Do you have more questions about your breast surgery options? Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Pearl and he can answer your questions about implant placement options, what to expect from recovery and any other concerns you may have. Call Pearl Plastic Surgery Center today at (650) 964-6600.

 
 
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