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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.

The Benefits of Combining Breast Lift with Implants

Breast lift with implantsMore often than not, women have more than one concern about their breasts. Some may feel their breasts are too small, or too saggy or shapeless following weight loss, pregnancy or aging. If more than one of these concerns sound familiar, it may be time to consider combining a breast lift with implants. These two procedures are increasingly being combined, and for good reasons. Read on to find out why more women are choosing breast lift with implants.

A Safe Procedure

When considering breast lift and implants, many women wonder if the two procedures be combined and performed safely. According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the simple answer is yes. Researchers found there was no increase in complications when combining breast lift with implants between 2005 and 2009. Patients at our Mountain View plastic surgery facility can rest assured they are in good hands with Drs. Pearl and Ereso. New, advanced techniques are used to improve the breast shape and minimize scars, resulting in beautiful, natural-looking breasts.

Faster Results and Recovery

Many women undergo breast lift surgery only to realize they are not fully satisfied with the results. This is because while a breast lift raises the breast, nipple and areola to a higher position on the chest, the breast retains a natural teardrop shape, and there is more fullness on the bottom half than on the top. Implants can restore balance to the breast by making it rounder and more evenly shaped. Similarly, women who undergo breast augmentation surgery later decide to get a breast lift to perk up their heavier, fuller breasts. By combining the two procedures, you get the full results you desire faster, avoid multiple visits to your plastic surgeon’s office, and heal all at once.

An Improved Figure

Improving the shape and size of your breasts can do wonders to your overall body figure. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso will discuss with you what size implants can best improve your body figure depending on your height and body frame. A breast lift further improves your figure by providing a beautiful, sexier shape.

A Boost in Self-Confidence

As we previously mentioned, many women have more than one concern about their breasts, meaning they have more than one reason to feel self-conscious. A combination procedure improves the shape, size and overall appearance of your breasts, giving you more than one reason to smile and feel good about yourself! Not only will your breasts be the size you’ve always dreamed of, they will also look younger and perkier.

Schedule a Personal Consultation Today

Having performed breast lift with implants on hundreds of patients, Drs. Pearl and Ereso know that no two procedures are the same. Before your surgery, one of the doctors will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your desired goals and plastic surgery options. To make an appointment, call our Mountain View office at (650) 964-6690.

What Do You Do With Noses That Grow with Age? Alternatives to Nose Surgery

It’s true that noses enlarge with age. Why, you may ask? Noses may appear to grow as bones surrounding the area of the nose recede. Numerous studies have been performed to better understand the changes in bones and cartilage of the nose. There are some marked differences between women and men, including:

• In women, the size of top of the T-Zone area between the eyebrows at the top of the nose decreases. In addition, the eyebrows recede. Finally, the nostrils become enlarged, the tip may droop and the cheeks slide down forward. All factors contribute to the nose appearing much larger.
 • In men, the size of support for the cheeks (bones and tissue) decreases. The eyebrows sag and may tend to hang low. This combination creates the appearance of an enlarged nose. Interestingly enough, the plastic surgery community has developed some creative solutions for women and men that are interested in simple refinements of the nose, but not necessarily nose surgery, as follows:
• Facial fillers and injectibles may be used to add volume to areas of the face surrounding the nose. This in turn, creates the impression that the nose is smaller. Alternatively, women and men interested in refining their nose may do so through plastic surgery that may involve removing excess fat and skin from the surrounding cheek area to create the appearance of a smaller nose.
• There are also surgical options for the nose that does not involve surgery on the nose. Particularly, the area surrounding the nose may require bone grafting or facial implants to refine the appearance of the nose.

Indeed, there are several options available today to refine the appearance of the nose. Not all plastic surgeons focus on every treatment option available for nose enhancement. Plastic surgeons that focus on injectibles, facial implants, and nose surgery are often some of the best types of plastic surgeons to visit to learn more about the varying options for nose surgery.

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Dr. Pearl Receives Patients’ Choice Award 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Pearl for receiving the 2012 Patients’ Choice Award! 

San Jose Plastic Surgeon Dr. Samuel Pearl has been given the honor of being recognized as a Patient’s Choice physician!

The Patient’s Choice honor is determined by an online survey where patients provide feedback on various components of their experience with a doctor and at his or her office. Patients are asked by Vitals.com to rank the doctor on qualities such as bedside manner, spending enough time with the patients, making sound decisions that are in the best interest of the patients, attentiveness, diagnostic accuracy and effect treatment.

Out of 870,000 participating physicians, only 5 percent have been chosen to receive an award. Physicians have been chosen based on near perfect ratings through the online survey. The honor is being bestowed on the physicians solely by the patients.”

 

The Keller Funnel™

Silicone gel implants are a lot like really tough water balloons. Up until now, surgeons needed to poke the pre-filled breast implants by hand through small incision sites, potentially bruising surrounding tissue and weakening the implant shell. The Keller Funnel is a soft, cone-shaped, sterile device made of nylon. The Funnel allows Dr. Pearl to use a no-touch delivery technique, which is believed to reduce capsular contracture, a painful complication associated with breast augmentation procedures. The Funnel has a special interior coating that creates a super slick surface. Once the Funnel tip is placed through the incision, Dr. Pearl quickly propels the implant gently into place with minimal force, bypassing the implant’s contact with the skin.

The Funnel was introduced to surgeons in 2009, shortly after silicone gels were FDA-approved and re-entered the U.S. market. Designed by a plastic surgeon, The Keller Funnel improves the delivery of silicone gel implants during breast augmentation procedures. Now, Dr. Pearl can give you the aesthetic advantages of silicone gel implants, combined with a gentler surgical approach. Benefits of using the Keller Funnel include:

  • Shorter incision lengths
  • Improved comfort and faster healing
  • No touch technique
  • More choices for incision placement
  • Reduced force on the implant and incision
  • Reduced risk of contamination and infection

The Keller Funnel allows Dr. Pearl to make smaller incisions, similar to those used in saline implant procedures.

Women and their surgeons have increasingly selected silicone gels for their natural look and feel, and today, according to the annual report provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more silicone gels procedures are performed than saline.

According to a recent survey conducted among surgeons with experience using the Funnel:

  • 91% reported that use of the Funnel reduces incision lengths
  • 92% of physicians using the Funnel believe use of the Funnel reduces force on the implant shell
  • 43% feel that incisions heal better with the use of the Funnel, and believe patients appear less swollen and bruised
  • 75% reported using the device reduced the risk of infection
  • Nearly 70% believed it lessened patient bruising and may reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a painful complication associated with breast augmentation procedures

Other benefits attractive to both Dr. Pearl and patients like you include a reduced force of the implant shell which may prevent a rupture of the implant and the ability for Dr. Pearl to use a no-touch technique during the procedure which can lessen the chance of contamination.

See It For Yourself . . . Traditional Delivery vs. a Keller Funnel Delivery