Deciding to have plastic surgery can be complicated. Often fears or misconceptions can get in the way of making clear, educated choices about your care. To help set the record straight, Dr. Alexander Ereso dispels some of the most common misconceptions about plastic surgery in this post. Continue reading “Plastic Surgery Myths: Dispelling Common Misconceptions”
Recent reports show a nationwide rise in both plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. This include this year’s annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. The report is widely considered to be the most thorough census on plastic surgery.
Read on as Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso break down the 2018 ASPS plastic surgery stats. Continue reading “Breaking Down the ASPS 2018 Plastic Surgery Stats & Trends”
Your plastic surgery consultation is valuable to both you and your potential plastic surgeon. During your consultation you will evaluate your comfort level with your surgeon, and your surgeon will explain whether your desired procedure is a good fit for your cosmetic goals.
Preparation is important to get the most out of your consultation. In this post, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso discuss how to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation. Continue reading “How to Prepare for Your Plastic Surgery Consultation”
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is one of the best ways to help your body heal after plastic surgery. But most procedures require you to slumber in a modified position for a few weeks after surgery to minimize swelling, protect healing incisions and avoid putting pressure on the treated area.
The best person to talk to about modifying your sleep position after plastic surgery is your surgeon. Below, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso share the basics to enjoy restful (and safe!) sleep. Continue reading “Sleep Positions after 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”
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.
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 tuck: The 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.
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.