What Are Lipomas and Can They Be Removed?

Growths under the skin can be alarming but many are not dangerous. One growth that is common amongst older individuals is a lipoma. These fatty growths are usually not cancerous or problematic but can appear in visible areas on the face. They are most common in people over 40 and can become distracting if they grow large. Lipoma removal is an option for those who are unhappy with the appearance of a facial lipoma, but the procedure should be performed by a qualified facial plastic surgeon.

Why Do Lipomas Appear?

There is no known reason that lipomas appear. These soft lumps are just a collection of fatty tissue that begins forming in one spot. Lipomas are usually not painful or pose any type of health risk. Though they do seem to be more common in people with a family history of lipomas, anyone could have one form. They grow slowly and can be anywhere from the size of a dime to as large as a baseball.

Removing a Lipoma

The only effective way to remove a lipoma is through surgery. Since most lipomas that people want removed are in an exposed area like the face, it is important to have the growth carefully removed to avoid scarring. A facial plastic surgeon can use advanced techniques to remove the growth without leaving a noticeable scar behind. The procedure is usually performed during an office visit under local anesthesia with little to no downtime required after the surgery.

If you have a lipoma that you want removed, consult an experienced plastic surgeon. In a quick procedure, these fatty lumps can be removed to help you feel more confident in your appearance.

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Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue, Suite 1BE
New York, NY 10065
212-339-9988

Are Your Earlobes Too Long?

Earlobes are soft and pliable, allowing them to easily be pierced to wear jewelry and enhance your style. The problem is that this can leave them vulnerable to stretching. Earlobes can become elongated over time from wearing heavy earrings or gauges. The result is stretched, hanging earlobes that look abnormal. To fix this issue, cosmetic surgery is needed to change the shape and length. An earlobe reduction is an outpatient procedure that can help restore a youthful, balanced appearance to the ears.

How is an Earlobe Reduction Performed?

Earlobes can be lifted and reduced in an office visit to a facial plastic surgeon. Local anesthesia is used to numb the ear. If the piercing hole is stretched, this can be repaired by suturing skin from inside the hole to close the hole completely. If the lobes hang low, the skin may be needed to be opened and tissue removed to reshape and lift the earlobes.

This is an outpatient procedure that can take about 1 to 1 ½ hours or less, depending on what needs to be done. The earlobe heals over the next 2 weeks – earlobes tend to heal quickly. For those that want to re-pierce their ears, it is possible. Once the lobes completely heal, piercing can be done to allow for jewelry use again.

Earlobes stretch from jewelry, gravity, age and changes in the tissue. If you have earlobes that are too long, you can have them altered to look more balanced with your ears and facial features. Contact a facial plastic surgeon that offers earlobe repair or reductions to learn more about lifting or repairing your earlobes in a quick, outpatient procedure.

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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665

Questions to Ask a Potential Plastic Surgeon

When you decide to have plastic surgery, one of the most important choices you need to make is who will perform your procedure. While all plastic surgeons receive extensive education and training, there is a significant difference in their skills and experience. You should take the time to find the right surgeon for your procedure. Here are questions to ask potential plastic surgeons to find the best professional for your surgery.

Did you complete any specialized training or fellowships?

There are plastic surgeons that performed the bare minimum of post-medical school training and those that spent extra years honing their skills. Highly qualified plastic surgeons may have completed one or more fellowships to get the best training available.

What credentials have you gained as a plastic surgeon?

Learn more about what credentials your potential surgeon has earned in their field. Are they members of any hospitals, associations or committees? Have they been published for their work? What field of plastic surgery do they have the most experience?

Do you have testimonials or before and after results I can see?

You want a plastic surgeon that is an expert in the type of surgery you are planning. A plastic surgeon may be recognized for his work in tummy tucks but may have very little experience in rhinoplasty. Find a surgeon that has excellent results and testimonials from patients that have had the same procedure as you are planning.

Just because a friend or family member had good results with one plastic surgeon does not mean they are the right doctor for you. Take the time to find a highly skilled plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with to ensure you make the right choice when choosing the person who will perform your surgery.

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Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 288-0641

Steps for Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Deciding to have plastic surgery is a major decision, especially surgeries that will require a few weeks of recovery after the procedure. While you may look forward to seeing the results and having more confidence in your appearance, your immediate focus should be on healing from your surgery. There are many things you can do before your surgery to help make your recovery go smoother. Here are some steps to take before your surgery to prepare you for the recovery time ahead.

Make Sure You Have Time to Recover

For major procedures like facelifts, rhinoplasty or tummy tucks, you want to ensure you have the time needed to recover. Take time off from work and other obligations – you will need to stay home and rest. If you have pets or kids that need care, you will need to have help to ensure they are cared for while you heal.

Prepare Your Home

You need to have everything you need for a week or longer in your home. Stock your fridge and pantry to get everything you need for the next few weeks. Choose some easy snack items for the day or two after you come home. You will also want to have the medications and care supplies that are recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Your plastic surgeon will go over what to avoid before your surgery. Often this will include not using aspirin or NSAIDS for a week or more before surgery and not drinking alcohol.

Plan ahead to ensure you can focus on recovering after your plastic surgery. Doing too much during recovery can lead to complications that you want to avoid. Talk to your plastic surgeon to learn more about what you can do to be ready for your life-changing procedure.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
2001 Peachtree Road #630
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-3566

Look Years Younger with Non-Invasive Skin Tightening

The skin loses elasticity with age, allowing gravity to create sagging. The tell-tale signs on the face of lost elasticity usually begin in the lower face and neck. The jowls, jawline and neck show sagging skin and smile lines stay in place even when you are not smiling. This is caused by lost collagen and elastin in the skin that allows the skin to become thinner and less firm. One option to control this loss of elasticity is radio frequency (RF) treatments that can help tighten the skin and reduce the sagging caused by aging.

Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

When the lower face begins to sag, some people begin to consider a facelift. While this is an option, there are other treatments that can be effective in the early stages of aging. Profound is a skin tightening treatment that uses a combination of RF technology and microneedling to stimulate collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. The treatment is performed with a handheld device and is not painful or invasive. Usually only one treatment is needed to get the results desired.

Profound can help lift and firm the skin on the lower face and neck. Over the weeks and months after treatment the skin increases in volume and firmness to give the face and neck a lift. Patients can look years younger and may be able to avoid a surgical facelift for years to maintain a more youthful appearance.

If you have crepey, sagging or lined skin, consider seeking treatment with Profound skin tightening. Consult a plastic surgeon that offers Profound treatments at their clinic to find out if RF treatments are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Kami Parsa, M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgery
465 N Roxbury Dr. Suite 1011
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 777-8880

Is It Time for a Second Facelift?

A facelift can do wonders for reducing signs of aging on your face but it will not stop the aging process. A skilled plastic surgeon can elevate the skin and tissues of the lower face and neck, creating a more youthful appearance. While the results of a facelift can last for several years or more when performed with advanced techniques, the aging process continues. Eventually, you will begin to look older and see resumed sagging of the skin and tissues. When this occurs, you may wonder if it is time for a second facelift.

It is very common for those who have a facelift to consider 2nd and even 3rd facelifts as they get older. If the first procedure is done at the early stages of aging, eventually a second procedure may be desired. Aging still occurs but the procedures can help retain firmness in the lower face. Often a second facelift will be combined with other procedures to help reduce signs of aging, like a neck lift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Secondary Vs Revision Facelifts

There is a difference between secondary and revision facelifts. Secondary facelifts are used to upkeep the results of a first facelift as aging occurs and are usually not needed for at least eight years. A revision facelift is when the first facelift did not achieve the results desired and may be needed much sooner.

If you had a facelift lift several or more years ago but are beginning to notice visible sagging in the lower face, consult an experienced facial plastic surgeon. It may be time to consider a second facelift if you want to retain a youthful appearance.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 East 14th Street
6th Floor, North Bldg
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 381-6110

The Chin and Nose Correlation

The facial features all impact each other and contribute to the harmony and balance of the face. When a nose looks too large or overbearing, it is not always due to its actual size. The chin shape can drastically impact the appearance of the nose. This chin and nose correlation are important when striving to create a balanced appearance to the face. If a chin looks too small or a nose looks too large, it may require adjustments to one or both to create a balanced face.

Correcting Facial Balance with Chin Enhancement

A nose can appear too large due to a receded or weak chin. When the jaw is smaller, it pronounces other features like the nose and forehead. Often, enhancing the chin can balance the features. A chin enhancement procedure can change the shape of the face to make the nose look smaller.

A chin enhancement can be accomplished with a few different procedures. In some cases, facial fillers can be used to temporarily change the shape of the chin. Permanent options require plastic surgery. Usually a chin implant or bone grafting is used to reshape the chin and jawline, balancing the face shape and other features.

Rhinoplasty for Facial Harmony

If the nose is too large, rhinoplasty can be used to reduce the size and reshape the nose. This can help balance the face, even making a chin look more pronounced. If a combination of a weak chin and larger nose are present, a dual procedure of a chin implant and nose reduction may be needed to create the desired result.

If you feel like your nose is too large or your chin is receded, consult a facial plastic surgeon. Rhinoplasty, chin enhancement or a combination of both may offer solutions to create attractive balance in your facial features.

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Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 288-0641

Eliminate Bat Wings with an Arm Lift

When you wave to say hi or goodbye to acquaintances, do your upper arms wave too? Sagging skin, tissue and fat on the upper arms can create “bat wings” that are unattractive when you wear sleeveless attire. If you want to restore firmness and slim your upper arms, you may need more than diet and exercise to obtain the results you desire. An arm lift can remove excess fat and skin, eliminating those upper arm bat wings.

What is an Arm Lift Surgery?

Loose tissue that hangs under the upper arms usually occurs due to aging and weight fluctuations. Gaining weight on the upper arms can stretch the skin – even when weight is lost, the skin may not return to its former shape. The skin also loses elasticity with age as collagen and elastin production wane. The result can be stretched, swinging skin and tissue under the upper arms that can be embarrassing. At a certain age, surgery may be the only option to restore firmer, youthful upper arms.

An arm lift surgery addresses the excess skin, fat and tissue that create bat wings. The procedure usually includes using liposuction to remove excess fat to slim the arms. The excess skin can also be trimmed and tightened to create firmer upper arms. Experienced plastic surgeons can carefully hide the incisions to ensure there are not any obvious scars from the procedure.

If you want the option to wear sleeveless shirts without exposing sagging skin and fat, an upper arm lift may be right for you. Contact a local experienced plastic surgeon to learn more about arm lifts to eliminate your bat wings for good.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
2001 Peacthree Road #630
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-3566

Cosmetic Treatments for Facial Paralysis

There are many causes of facial paralysis that can affect the form and function of the face. Neurological damage, which can happen with strokes and other brain injuries can cause facial paralysis, as can cranial nerve damage, Bell’s palsy and other health issues. Facial paralysis most commonly affects one side of the face and can be temporary or permanent. For those with facial paralysis, there are cosmetic treatment options that can help improve the aesthetics of the face and may help with function.

With facial paralysis, dozens of muscles of the face can be affected. This can limit muscle movement for the eyelids and mouth, both necessary for many facial functions. When the muscles are not responding, the eyelids may not open and close on demand; it is common for eyelids to droop, but not close. The muscles around the mouth can also droop – one corner of the mouth may sag. Not only are these functional problems frustrating, they can greatly impact the appearance of the face and the self-esteem of the patient.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Restoring a more balanced and symmetrical appearance to the face while improving function is key to facial paralysis cosmetic treatments. If the facial paralysis is expected to be temporary or to improve over time, there are non-surgical options that can help improve the appearance of the face during recovery, including Botox and facial filler injections. For permanent facial paralysis, options like lip, eyelid or brow lifts can create a more balanced appearance. There are also surgeries that can help reanimate the facial muscle using nerve and muscle transfers.

If you are living with facial paralysis, you have options to improve the function and form of your face. While cosmetic procedures cannot reverse facial paralysis, they can help make it less noticeable. Contact a local facial plastic surgeon that offers cosmetic treatments for facial paralysis to learn more.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 East 14th Street
6th Floor, North Bldg
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 381-6110

Cosmetic Treatments for Tear Troughs

The groove that can form under your eyes when you are tired is often called a tear trough. If a tear leaves the inner corner of the eye, it could cascade down this groove and slide down the side of the cheek. Tear troughs can be caused by lack of sleep, but it is common for them to become more pronounced as you get older. This can make you look tired, even when you have had plenty of sleep. Cosmetic treatments can help minimize the appearance of tear troughs for more youthful, energetic eyes.

Reducing Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Tear troughs or dark circles are often an aging issue that occurs before lines, wrinkles or other concerns. Many men and women in their late twenties and thirties can obtain dark circles under their eyes that do not seem to ever go away. While there are surgical solutions, many younger people prefer to use non-surgical treatments that can address tear troughs without the risk or downtime of surgery.

The best non-invasive treatment for tear troughs is facial filler injections. There are several dermal fillers, most using hyaluronic acid, that can add volume under the skin. This can dissipate the appearance of blood vessels under the eyes or dark circles. Facial fillers can last for six months to over a year, depending on the product, and results are immediate. This is a great solution to maintain a more energetic appearance without surgery and the procedure can be completed in a quick office visit.

If you are interested in tear trough treatments to minimize dark circles under your eyes, contact a oculoplastic surgeon. There are surgical and non-surgical options to improve the appearance of the skin surrounding your eyes for a more youthful look.

Posted on behalf of:
Kami Parsa, M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgery
465 N Roxbury Dr. Suite 1011
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 777-8880