What to Do If Your Teenager Wants to Have Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

During the teenage years, it is quite common for teens to feel self-conscious of their bodies, especially because so many physical and emotional changes happen simultaneously. But what if your teenager feels ashamed or embarrassed by an area of their body and expresses the desire for plastic surgery? As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. But is it ever appropriate for teenagers to have cosmetic surgery? Read on as Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso weigh in with their thoughts. Continue reading “What to Do If Your Teenager Wants to Have Cosmetic Plastic Surgery”

Why Fall/Winter Are Good Times to Have Plastic Surgery

Perhaps you have been considering plastic surgery for a while now, but you haven’t been able to find the time to pull the trigger. While most cosmetic plastic surgeries are relatively quick outpatient procedures, it can take several weeks for the post-operative side effects to disappear and to feel “normal” again. Figuring out how and when to schedule time to recover can be tricky. In this article, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso discuss why fall and winter are good times to have plastic surgery.  

More Clothing Options for Covering Up

As the mercury finally dips down below summer temperatures, you’ll have more opportunity to throw on a sweater or even wrap up in a scarf. Additional layers are great at covering up the swelling that can follow cosmetic surgery. Even minimally invasive procedures may result in a little bit of swelling, and loose layers are the best way to keep it under wraps. For more comprehensive surgeries, such as liposuction or breast augmentation, the bulkier clothes that come with cooler temperatures make it much easier to conceal bandages and support garments.

Healing Is Easier When the Kids Are in School

It’s impossible for your body to properly heal when you’re constantly running around looking after someone else. Back-to-school time affords parents with the opportunity to rest while the kids are out of the house. It’s important not to overdo it as your body recovers from surgery, so don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your spouse or another family member during those first few weeks post-operation, while your body is still on the mend.

Look Great for the Holidays

Since an operation may require several weeks to heal before results can really be seen, many people consider early fall as an optimal time to undergo a cosmetic procedure in order to look their best by the holidays. The stress that accompanies hosting parties or traveling to visit relatives is quite enough to deal with on its own, without the added exhaustion of post-operative healing.

Many patients find that fall and winter are the best times to heal from cosmetic surgeries. To discuss your options in greater detail with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso, please call Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600 to schedule a consultation.

Look Great at Any Age

Whether you are 21 or 71, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso want you to look and feel your best. The key to looking and feeling good at any age is to understand what you can’t control — namely, the aging process, the effects of pregnancy and your genetics — and what you can do about things that bother you. Working with a team of talented plastic surgeons is an excellent way to minimize what you don’t like about your appearance and accentuate what you love!

Here, our Bay Area plastic surgeons outline some of the most popular cosmetic treatments, broken down by age group.  

20s and 30s

Breast augmentation: Millions of women have had their breasts enlarged with implants and many of them choose to do so in their 20s and 30s. Some want to enhance naturally small breasts to fill out clothing or bathing suits; others want to even out asymmetry between the breasts. Women in their 30s may be finished having children and want to restore volume lost to nursing.

Male breast reduction: Male breast reduction, which flattens and firms the chest, is popular among men in their 20s and 30s that struggle with gynecomastia and want to feel more confident in relationships or the workplace.

Botox and fillers: Men and women usually start to see fine lines and wrinkles crop up around the face in their 30s. These signs of aging are typically noticeable but not severe enough to warrant surgical correction, making Botox and fillers the perfect solution.


Breast lift: By the age of 40, a woman’s breasts may sag and look deflated or shapeless due to the effects of pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuation or the effects of gravity. Breast lift repositions the breasts higher on the chest by trimming excess skin and tightening the tissues. Implants may or may not be placed during breast lift. Implants may be used to restore lost volume or to add projection which a lift itself may not be able to provide.

Tummy tuckThe stomach is a common problem area, particularly among women in their 40s that have had multiple children. Tummy tuck reverses the changes caused by pregnancy, including stretched skin, excess fat pockets and damaged muscles.

Laser skin resurfacing: Skin quality and texture can diminish by a person’s 40s. Areas of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven pigmentation are common. Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective non-surgical solution to achieve clearer, more radiant skin.

50s and 60s (and up)

Facelift and neck lift: Adults in their 50s and 60s tend to have more pronounced signs of facial aging, often concentrated around the mid and lower areas of the face. Facelift and neck lift can take years off the appearance of the face by reshaping the deep tissues, restoring areas of fat loss and re-draping the skin more tightly over the facial structures.

Contact Our Bay Area Plastic Surgeons

To speak with our team about your specific aesthetic concerns and what can be done about them, please call or emailPearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center today.

Tips to Enhance Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

The consultation is an exciting step in the plastic surgery journey. It’s a valuable opportunity to sit down with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon, explain what you are looking for and describe what you hope to achieve. In turn, the plastic surgeon can answer all of your questions, examine you and recommend the best way to accomplish your goals.

A little planning and preparation can help you make sure that your plastic surgery consultation is productive and informative. Here our board certified plastic surgeons in the Bay Area, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso, share tips for making the most of your consultation. 

Preliminary Research Is Helpful

In anticipation of your consultation, take some time to research your desired procedure(s). Visit trusted websites like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and RealSelf (a portal where surgeons answer patient questions) to read about the procedure and what it entails. Formulate a list of questions you have about the surgery including benefits, potential risks, cost, your recovery and more.

Also, it’s helpful to think about the individual surgeon and what you would like to know about him or her. You might want to create a list of questions about their training (see Dr. Ereso’s CV here and Dr. Pearl’s bio here), experience and general approach to patient care.

Prepare for the Appointment

After you’ve created your list of questions about the prospective surgeon and your desired procedure, fill out any applicable new patient paperwork ahead of time (if possible). This can help you save time on the day of your appointment and help the appointment go smoothly.

Bring a list of your medications and be prepared to answer questions about your medical history and any past surgeries. Pack a small notepad and pen to take notes during the appointment. It may also be helpful to bring a spouse or loved one to the appointment; they can bring up topics you might forget to ask about.

Dress for an Examination

If you are considering a breast or body procedure such as a breast augmentation or liposuction, dress in light, loose clothing that can be easily removed for the examination portion of the appointment. You might also want to bring a bathing suit or your favorite undergarments so we can show you where potential scars will be concealed.

Schedule Your Consultation at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center

To meet with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso to discuss your plastic surgery goals, please contact our office today.

Health Benefits of Plastic Surgery

The cosmetic benefits of plastic surgery are well established. What often go unmentioned are the tangible health benefits of certain procedures. You might be surprised to learn that your desired procedure could have a positive effect on your health and well-being. Here, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center share examples of procedures with proven health benefits. 

Rhinoplasty Can Improve Breathing Function

In some cases rhinoplasty improves nasal breathing. While the procedure is primarily performed to improve the appearance of the nose, it can simultaneously correct a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates that obstruct breathing. Some rhinoplasty patients have noted that they not only breathe easier after rhinoplasty, but also sleep much better once the obstruction has been cleared.

Breast Reduction Can Reduce Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

For women that suffer pain and discomfort due to oversized breasts, breast reduction can resolve a myriad of health problems. Numerous studies consistently show that breast reduction surgery significantly improves the quality of life in individuals suffering from the physical effects of overly large breasts. Back, neck and shoulder pain is reduced almost immediately. Posture and alignment improves. The skin underneath the breasts no longer becomes irritated or chafed. And, without the heft and weight of large breasts, exercising and other physical activities are more comfortable. Furthermore, recent studies document a significant improvement in other areas including psychosocial, sexual, and mental well-being.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Can Improve Vision

A number of eyelid surgery patients seek out the procedure because they have excess upper eyelid skin that sags over the lashline, impairing the upper visual fields or blocking the line of sight. By removing the excess skin and tightening the remaining skin, eyelid surgery creates lids that are smoother, firmer and no longer impede vision.

Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Can Resolve Skin Problems

Losing a large amount of weight (either through bariatric surgery or lifestyle modifications) has many health benefits; however, significant weight fluctuation can leave behind loose skin folds prone to rashes, irritation and even infection. Excess saggy skin also makes it difficult to exercise and move around. Post-weight loss body contouring procedures (e.g., lower body lift) eliminate this skin to resolve the irritation and rashes, and enhance mobility. Furthermore, hygiene is dramatically improved and clothes also fit better.

Contact Our Plastic Surgeons

For more information about the cosmetic and health benefits of plastic surgery, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso. Call Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600 today to make your appointment.

Can Plastic Surgery Help Your Career?

A number of studies have shown that the more attractive a person is, the more likely they will be given opportunities for career advancement. Therefore, it is no wonder that people — especially those in the age range of 50 and over — have turned to plastic surgery to give them a more youthful, alert and confident appearance. But can having plastic surgery really help a person’s career? Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center helps to answer that question in this post.

Matching a Youthful, Competitive Environment

With more men and women in their 50s and 60s looking for work in a difficult job market, many of them are cognizant of having to compete with much younger applicants for jobs or promotions. Although age discrimination is illegal and unethical, many employers still often lean towards hiring younger people. For this reason, many people — both women and men —are taking extra steps to smooth out wrinkles and gain a more youthful, alert appearance. Even people as young as their 20s who are just out of college are using plastic surgery to make themselves more attractive for job interviews.

Better Self-Confidence to Propel You to the Next Level

Not only does our appearance have an impact on the world around us, it also fuels self-confidence, which often determines whether a person will put themselves out there for that promotion or ask for that raise. This is true for people of any age that wish to change something about their appearance that bothers them. A person who has had plastic surgery to enhance their appearance will more likely be able to look their boss in the eye, speak in a confident and relaxed manner and display other non-verbal communication cues that will cause their colleagues to pay more attention.

Popular Procedures for the Career-Minded

Recent studies suggests that the highest-ranking procedures for people looking to use plastic surgery as a means to further their career are:

  • Facelift surgery
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Brow lift surgery
  • Botox injections

Learn about Your Cosmetic Enhancement Options

If you find yourself lacking confidence because of some aspect of your appearance, we can help you to look and feel your best with one of our cosmetic procedures, some of which involve no surgery or downtime. If you would like to learn more about the procedures offered at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso by calling (650) 964-6600.

2015 Plastic Surgery Trends as Reported by ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest group of board certified plastic surgeons. Each year, to keep track of trends in plastic surgery, the organization surveys members and compiles the findings in an annual report. ASPS members Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center break down the findings of the 2015 ASPS report here. 

National Interest in Plastic Surgery Remains Strong

According to the ASPS report, there were nearly 16 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. last year. This reflects a 2 percent increase over 2014. Since the year 2000, however, the number of procedures has increased by an astounding 115 percent.

Breast Procedures Still Popular

The ASPS report found that cosmetic breast procedures are still very popular among women. Three of the top 10 surgical procedures were breast procedures (augmentation, reduction and lift).

Buttock Procedures on the Rise

Buttock procedures saw a lot of growth in 2015, according to ASPS. There were 14,705 buttock augmentation procedures, 4,767 buttock lift procedures and 2,540 butt implants procedures performed. Lift and implant procedures both saw a 36 percent increase over 2014. Buttock augmentation with fat transfer was up 28 percent.

More Men Seeking Plastic Surgery

An increasing number of men are pursuing plastic surgery to address insecurities and enhance their appearance. One procedure that makes this apparent is male breast reduction — men accounted for 40 percent of all breast reduction patients in 2015.

Up“Lift”ing Procedures Also Gaining Traction

Procedures designed to lift and tone areas of the body are increasing in popularity. A few of them have seen exponential growth since the beginning of the millennium. According to ASPS, breast lifts were up 89 percent since 2000, as were buttock lift (252 percent), lower body lift (3,973 percent) and upper arm lift (4,959 percent).

Top 5 Surgical Procedures of 2015

  1. Breast augmentation (279,143 procedures)
  2. Liposuction (222,051 procedures)
  3. Rhinoplasty (217,979 procedures)
  4. Eyelid surgery (203,934 procedures)
  5. Tummy tuck (127,967 procedures in)

Top 5 Non-Surgical Procedures of 2015

  1. Botox (6.7 million in 2015)
  2. Dermal fillers (2.4 million procedures)
  3. Chemical peel (1.3 million procedures)
  4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures)
  5. Microdermabrasion (800,340 procedures)

Contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center Today

If these national statistics have inspired you to pursue your own plastic surgery, Drs. Pearl and Ereso would like to meet with you to discuss your options. Please call Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600 to make an appointment with the doctors.

Four Reasons to Have Plastic Surgery During Winter

When considering plastic surgery, it is important to plan for your recovery. Surgical treatments
 like tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation and facelift surgery require time off from work and daily activities to allow your body to properly heal and the final results to settle in.

While there is no universal “right time” for plastic surgery, there are several benefits to pursuing (and recovering from) surgery during the winter season. Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center explains why.

You Can Conceal Surgical Garments

Many plastic surgery procedures require that the patient wear a surgical garment for the first weeks of recovery. For example, if you pursue liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment. Breast enhancement procedures like augmentation and lift require you to wear a surgical bra. The hot weather during summer makes it difficult to hide these garments. It is easier to hide these surgical garments under bulky sweaters and long pants during the winter.

You Can Protect Scars

All plastic surgery procedures that require incisions come with scars. But over time, those scars fade. It is important to do your part in protecting your skin as it heals from these scars. Exposing your scars to the sun without proper sun protection can cause them to become red and raised from the surface of the skin. Undergoing plastic surgery during the winter minimizes the possibility of your scars being exposed to the sun as they will most likely be covered up because of the cold weather.

You Will Mostly be Indoors

For the first two weeks of recovery, you will need to avoid strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects and exercising. As the weather gets cooler, you are more likely to stay indoors and refrain from outdoor activities such as swimming and biking. The winter weather is the perfect excuse to stay indoors bundled up on your couch or bed as your body heals from surgery.

You Will Be Ready for Summer

While the initial recovery period for many body and facial procedures is typically two weeks, the final results take much longer to appear. For example, breast implants tend to sit high on the chest wall immediately after surgery but settle into a more natural position over time. Pursuing plastic surgery during the winter season allows your body plenty of healing time before the summer.

Are you ready to take the next step towards a better you this winter? Learn more about the cosmetic surgery options we offer by scheduling a personal consultation. Please call the Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.