With Regards to Breast implants, is it better to go under the pectoral muscle or over the pectoral muscle?

By far the best way to insert a breast implant is under the chest (pectoral) muscle. This technique gives a more natural look and makes it easier to breast feed after surgery if a patient desires to do so. The risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue) is also lower when implants are placed under the muscle compared to over the muscle. The interpretation of mammograms… READ MORE

What I Like About Being a Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills

As a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, I have the opportunity to see a wide range of patients throughout Southern California as well as outside of the state (and country). We see patients who travel great distances seeking second and third opinions on certain procedures since there are so many plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. I enjoy meeting patients from all over the world (we even recently… READ MORE

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What are the Different Types of Incisions that can be Used for Breast Augmentation?

There are four different incisions that can be used for breast augmentations. These incisions are 1. Inframammary 2. Periareolar 3. Transaxillary (armpit) 4. Transumbilical (belly button). The two most common approaches are the inframammary incision, which is in the breast crease and the periareolar, which is near the nipple. The breast implant incision associated with the lowest complication rate is the inframammary incision, as it has… READ MORE

What Causes Male Breasts and how does Surgery Take Care of this Problem?

Excess male breast tissue, known as gynecomastia, affects about one third of the adult male population. The majority of cases do not have a known or defined cause. Some popular causes of gynecomastia are heavy marijuana use, steroids and certain medications. There are several ways to treat this problem depending on the degree of the gynecomastia. Mild cases can be treated with liposuction alone if… READ MORE

What are the Benefits of Getting a Natural Fat Transfer to Buttocks when Compared to Buttock Implants?

The two basic ways to reshape or augment the buttock involve either a fat transfer (Brazilian buttock lift) or buttock implant. Fat transfer allows the use of a patient’s own fat to create a softer, more natural feel to the buttock compared to silicone buttock implants. The fat transfer technique also allows for more sculpting and reshaping of the surrounding areas of the buttock such… READ MORE

Will a Breast Augmentation Affect My Pregnancy? If so, how?

A breast augmentation can reduce the chances of being able to breast feed in certain patients. There a few things you and your surgeon can do to maximize your ability to breast feed after breast implants. One would be choosing an incision away from the areola and placing the implant under the muscle (submuscular or subpectoral). I always advise patients however if breast feeding is… READ MORE

How do I Choose if I Need a Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, or Breast Implants?

Many patients wonder whether they should have breast augmentation alone, or if they also need a breast lift at the same time. This is a very common yet complex procedure in plastic surgery. If a woman has no sagging skin with a good nipple position, then a breast augmentation with saline or silicone breast implants is usually sufficient to achieve a fuller look. If a… READ MORE

What are the Different Types of Incisions that can be Made for a Breast Augmentation? Which is Better?

There are four incisions that can be used to insert a breast implant for breast augmentation and each has its pros and cons. One of the more popular incisions is located in the breast crease, under the breast, which is called an inframammary incision. This incision is about 4-5cm in length and can be used for both saline and silicone breast implants. This incision allows… READ MORE

How Long Do Buttock Augmentations Last?

A lot of my patients ask me if buttock augmentation using fat (Brazilian buttock lift) is a permanent way to increase the size of their buttocks. The answer is yes. Once the fat is injected deep into the gluteal muscles and tissue, the majority of the fat cells will develop their new blood supply and survive. However approximately one-third of the fat cells will not… READ MORE

How is Buttock Augmentation Performed?

Buttock augmentation can be performed in one of two ways: gluteal implants or fat transfer to the buttock. Fat transfer to the buttock, also known as Brazilian buttock lift, is by far the most popular and more natural technique. I have been performing this procedure for over six years now in the Los Angeles area and patients seem to be quite happy with the results…. READ MORE

The Best Breasts – April 2013 Newsletter

As summer approaches, you may be starting to think about how you’re going to look in skinny tops and bathing suits. Breasts will play a major role in how you look. Have you worried that your breasts are too small, too big, too uneven, too pointy or too-something-else-that-doesn’t-look-quite-right? If beautiful, shapely breasts would make you feel better about yourself, why not consider breast surgery? I’ve… READ MORE

Is Liposuction Right For Me?

Living here in Southern California looking good is a big part of our every day lives.  Unlike many other regions of the country Southern Californian’s pride themselves on looking good and living a healthy lifestyle. For many of my patients living a healthy lifestyle and exercising doesn’t correct some of the imperfections that may be bothering them.  Sometimes a simple plastic surgery procedure like liposuction… READ MORE

Brazilian Buttock Lift Surgery in Beverly Hills

Many patients are interested in improving the shape and size of their buttocks. Most people just want to have a larger butt. However, I think it’s more important to create a nice shape and nice curves. Size is not as important as buttock shape. Also the lower back, hips and waist are critically crucial to the body’s overall appearance. The overall amount of fat injected… READ MORE

Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation with Silicone Gel Implants

Many patients have been asking about the new cohesive silicone gel implants that were approved by the FDA a few weeks ago. These form stable, firm silicone implants have an anatomic or teardrop shape and can give a very natural result. These implants have a very low rupture rate and a low capsular contracture (scar tissue). However due to their shape, they can rotate inside… READ MORE

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What is a Brazilian Buttock Lift?

A buttock augmentation can best be achieved using a patient’s own fat by way of a fat transfer. This is commonly referred to as a Brazilian buttock lift. Patients need to have enough of their own fat in order to be a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who are too thin may need to gain weight prior to surgery in order to have a… READ MORE

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Tummy Tuck and Brazilian Buttock Lift Surgery

Many patients ask if they can combine a tummy tuck procedure at the same time as a Brazilian buttock lift surgery. This can be done however patients must realize they can not sit for a few weeks and they can not sleep on their stomach (due to the tummy tuck). Patients are limited to a side only position during this time period which can be… READ MORE

Brazilian buttock lift patient photo

Here is a patient who underwent a fat transfer to the buttock (Brazilian buttock lift) approximately four months ago. 540 cc of fat was injected per side. Notice the reshaping and the contour creation of the hip area. The results at this point are felt to be permanent- whatever initial atrophy of the fat cells which has occurred resolved. As this patient gains or loses… READ MORE

Why Choose Male Breast Reduction

There has been a large increase in the number of males opting for the male breast reduction procedure.  Most report are showing the number of male breast reduction procedures doubling from the number being performed five years ago. Many men find that Gynecomastia (male breast tissue) embarrassing and uncomfortable.  Typically men having this surgery performed are older representing about 30% of the cases performed.  But… READ MORE

How to Choose A Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills

You body is very important. Before opting to have anything done or altered on it, it is paramount that you choose the right person to do the job. Getting a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills is not hard, but there are several important things that you should highly prioritize before choosing a specialist. One of the best ways of choosing a good plastic surgeon is… READ MORE