Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) and Richard Hodnett, M.D., F.A.C.S. are now offering the Aspen Ultrasound Treatment. The system is a proprietary therapy for dealing with capsular contracture and a number of other issues that may follow breast augmentations and other procedures. The treatment offered by Dr. Hodnett utilizes the power of special types of sound waves, undetectable by the human ear, which tend to increase blood circulation.
The Aspen Ultrasound Treatment has proven to have especially good results in the treatment and prevention of capsular contracture, one of the most common complications associated with breast augmentation procedures. In capsular contracture, the implant typically feels more firm than the patient is used to and, in some cases, discomfort and malformation of the implant may also present themselves. By stimulating blood flow, the Aspen Ultrasound Treatment causes tissue surrounding breast implants to become less tight, resulting in a softer and more normal feeling breast. In cases where patients are beginning to notice that a breast is not feeling normal following surgery, the treatment should be started as soon as possible in order to ensure the maximum positive effect. At the same time, undertaking the treatment following a surgery may also actually prevent the problem from manifesting in the first place.
The Aspen Ultrasound Treatment is also effective for a number of other matters. Specifically, the therapy can promote healing after a procedure, reduce the risk of an infection, and prevent bruising and post-operative discomfort, as well as being useful for dealing with scarring. In addition, many patients who are obtaining a breast augmentation or another procedure are also taking a serious look at taking advantage of the Aspen Ultrasound Treatment with Dr. Hodnett in order to head off potential issues and to help ensure the best possible long-term results.
Readers who would like to learn more about Aspen Ultrasound Treatment as well as the wide array of health and beauty treatments available from BHP and Dr. Hodnett are invited to call the number on this page or to request a consultation today.
A recent review of the available data on gastric balloons for weight loss reported in Healio found that the treatments have led to significant improvements in weight loss and other health outcomes resulting from the efforts of obese patients, when compared to unassisted efforts. It also noted very few problematic results relating to the treatment. This study provides further proof of what BHP’s physicians have seen while using the Orbera Gastric Balloon: it is a safe treatment that dramatically increases the effectiveness of weight loss efforts.
Gastric balloon treatments are non-surgical procedures that fill an important gap for people who are dealing with medically significant weight problems. This is because, while weight loss surgeries have been highly beneficial to numerous individuals, they are not available to people who do not meet the medical definition of severe obesity. The Orbera weight loss system is primarily intended for individuals with weight problems who nevertheless do not qualify for weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomies. Typically, people who receive gastric galloons have BMIs (body mass index) of between 30 and 40. In most cases patients lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight on average, roughly three times more than individuals who attempt to lose weight without a procedure.
The procedure is performed in under an hour and involves the balloon being inserted endoscopically while the patient is under anesthesia. Once inserted, the balloon is inflated so there is significantly less room in the stomach for a period of six months. As with other weight loss procedures, the reduction of available room in the stomach makes overeating uncomfortable and reduces the patient’s appetite, making weight loss significantly less difficult. As with all weight loss procedures, the balloon should not be regarded an “easy way out” and, to be successful, patients must learn to properly manage their food intake and make permanent changes to their eating and exercise habits.
Orbera Gastric Balloon, still relatively new in the United States, has been popular in Europe for a number of years, where it has produced consistently positive results. Individuals, who would like to learn more about the various weight loss options available from BHP, as well as a range of health and beauty treatments for both women and men, are welcome to contact us.
If you’re wondering how people in different nations relate to plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, you’ll be interested in some new statistics that have been featured on Medical Daily. It seems that a more open-minded view of procedures has led to the already huge worldwide market expanding by 8.3 percent in 2016. The amount of money being spent worldwide is projected as growing to $12.8 billion by 2020.
Now, if you’re wondering which countries see the most plastic surgery, the U.S. still reigns supreme, followed by Brazil and South Korea. The most popular procedures differ by region. Here in the Americas, breast augmentation and liposuction were the most frequent patient choices, while our Asian friends leaned towards facial procedures such as eye lifts and rhinoplasties (nose jobs). Meanwhile, non-surgical procedures such as injectables like Botox are blowing up big time. Men around the world are also starting to catch up with women and are getting more and more procedures.
Technology has made the world a smaller place, so it’s no surprise that the same kind of cultural changes that have made plastic surgery a popular choice in the United States have been spreading to places like Asia and Latin America for decades. People around the world are realizing that, if you’d like to improve some aspect of your appearance, there’s every reason to look seriously at the rapidly increasing number of options that are now available.
Of course, BHP offers the full range of procedures right here in Southern California, so whether you’re interested in a breast or buttock augmentation, an eyelift, an injectable, or anything else, we’re here for you. If you’d like to learn more about the wide world of cosmetic procedures, just give us a call at the number on this page or ask for a consultation online.
We at Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) are pleased to announce that we are now offering platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. Our own Dr. Kevin Hayavi and Dr. David S. Rosenberg will provide the treatments, which employ the patient’s own blood plasma that has been enriched through the use of a centrifuge. They will be performing the treatments for two specific purposes, skin rejuvenation on the facial and upper and lower neck areas and restoring thinning hair or a receding hairline.
PRP skin rejuvenation treatments are most commonly performed on cheeks, the mid-facial area, below the eyes, the neck and the lower neck area (décolletage) to deal with skin that appears wrinkled and/or thin. They can also be used for reducing the visibility of scars. Treatments typically involve drawing the patient’s blood, using a centrifuge to separate the elements of the blood and create plasma that is higher in platelets, and then injecting it into specific areas of the skin. At that point, the platelets attract stem cells and encourage the body to produce a number of healing proteins and enzymes. The overall result is significant improvement in the texture and thickness of the skin. While patients are typically delighted with their results, PRP treatments should not be thought of as
substitute for facelifts or other facial rejuvenation techniques. However, the treatment does offer solid results with minimal downtime and side effects.
Hair restoration, similar to the skin rejuvenation treatments, is performed through a series of enriched plasma injections into the scalp, which stimulates new growth for female and male patients with thinning hair or receding hairlines. New hair growth is usually seen within two to six months with the treatment. The results of the treatment look natural precisely because they are natural, and are an attractive alternative to highly involved hair transplants, frequently ineffective over-the-counter treatments, and often unconvincing hair weaves. The large majority of patients report highly satisfying results and few notable side effects.
Readers who are interested in learning more about either hair restoration or facial/skin rejuvenation or other health and beauty treatments, including plastic surgery and injectables, are welcomed to contact us at 800-788-1416 or reach out to us via e-mail to set up an online consultation.
A recent article on Women’s Health offers individuals contemplating a plastic surgery a number of important questions to answer before they obtain a procedure, including queries regarding exactly what they want to change about their appearance and why. That’s a good thing because medical experts agree that it is vitally important for patients to fully understand their procedures and for doctors to communicate clearly and honestly prior to a plastic surgery. There are a number of reasons why this is important, including:
1.Ensuring a positive outcome. Before a procedure can go forward, it’s vital for doctors to have a clear idea of the patient’s medical history. Yes, plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, facelifts, and rhinoplasty have never been more safe and effective. At the same time, however, they are still complex procedures that require a great deal of medical knowledge as well as the ability to sculpt features that are as flattering as possible to a patient’s overall appearance. This means that the patient’s choice of the right medical provider is crucial; it also means that it’s extremely important that the doctor have all the important information in hand.
2. Making sure patients are happy with their results. Another reason it’s vital for plastic surgeons and their patients to communicate clearly and openly is to ensure patients fully understand just what kind of results they can expect once their procedure is completed. It’s entirely understandable that patients might have high hopes for the outcome of a procedure, but there are some limitations on what even the finest plastic surgeon can achieve. That’s why it’s important for patients and doctors to have a detailed discussion regarding what to expect once they have fully recovered from a procedure. Thanks to the emphasis of BHP doctors on communication and their outstanding performance during procedures, our patients are consistently very satisfied with their outcomes.
All of us at BHP are pleased to announce that weight loss specialist Dr. Monali Misra has received a 2016 Los Angeles Doctors’ Choice Award in bariatric surgery. The Doctors’ Choice Award organization notes its awards were created to provide recognition to outstanding doctors “based on impeccable practice credentials, outstanding leadership within the profession, and the quality and quantity of endorsements from their peers.”
We at BHP are extremely proud of Dr. Misra and her many achievements against the serious medical issue of obesity. Dr. Misra regularly performs a range of weight loss procedures for men and women struggling with obesity, and she has helped countless BHP patients defeat obesity with such procedures as sleeve gastrectomy and the Lap Band. Both procedures have provided consistently outstanding results in terms of allowing severely obese patients to defeat their weight issues and move on to healthier, happier lives.
In addition, Dr. Misra has recently begun offering the Orbera gastric balloon. This procedure differs from others in that it is a non-surgical procedure in which a balloon filled with a saline solution is endoscopically placed in the stomach for a period of roughly six months. As with other procedures, the smaller amount of available area in the stomach makes overeating more uncomfortable and tends to reduce the appetite, so that patients consistently lose more weight than they would have, had they simply tried to lose weight on their own. The procedure is intended for obese but otherwise healthy patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40. (Bariatric surgery is typically intended for patients with severe obesity, which means they have BMIs greater than 40, or greater than 35 with related health problems.)
We are delighted but far from surprised that Dr. Misra has been awarded recognition for her outstanding work as a weight loss specialist in the Los Angeles area. Aside from her superb reviews from other doctors, numerous patients have lavished praise on her, pointing to outstanding results and truly compassionate care from her entire medical weight loss team.
A December article on Allure describes the increasing popularity of plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine during the holiday period, noting an increase by some 25 percent in procedures during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), which notes that the combination of holiday breaks and gift giving has helped to drive the trend. While the holiday period is now behind us, it’s still worth noting that the popularity of procedures designed to improve the appearance will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The reasons for the ongoing increase are many, including:
It’s Not Just for Women Anymore. While many people still hold onto the idea that plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are primarily a feminine concern, the reality is that more and more men are obtaining many of the same procedures often associated with female patients. From traditional facelifts and injectable-based facial rejuvenation such as “Brotox,” to liposuction for dealing with pockets of fat that refuse to be dislodged by diet and exercise alone, men and women alike are increasingly realizing that improving their appearance can have a very positive impact on their lives.
Fighting Ageism. Our population is getting older, and women and men alike are, unfortunately, often judged by their apparent age, both at work and socially as well. Fortunately, however, a host of traditional and newer procedures is making it possible for people from all walks of life to look more relaxed, healthier and more vital. Like it or not, our perceived age can often make a dramatic difference in how we are perceived. But procedures ranging from eyelid lifts to defeat baggy eyes, to surgical neck-lifts or the new injectable, Kybella, for defeating double-chins, women and men alike increasingly have the power to change their appearance and be perceived as the energetic and vital people they actually are.
Greater Confidence for Everyone. Most of us agree that self-confidence is one key to a happy life, but it’s easier to be confident if you’re pleased with the way you appear. The medical group adds that, whether patients are interested in buttock or breast augmentation to enhance their figure or a rhinoplasty (nose job) or neck lift to perfect their facial appearance, their skilled plastic surgeons will work with them to ensure that they feel and look their very best.
A recent article on Empowher lists the top five cosmetic surgeries for men, according to the Cosmetic Surgery National Bank, also reporting that some 1.2 million male procedures were performed in 2015. In fact, the number of male patients we at BHP have been seeing in our offices has been continuing to increase, and men are actually receiving many of the same procedures that are most popular among women patients, from eyelid lifts and breast reduction to facial rejuvenation. While every male patient has his own individual story, their motivations for obtaining a procedure break down into roughly three groups.
- To Be a Stand Out. Just as more and more women are seeking breast and buttock augmentation procedures to craft attention-getting figures, more and more men are seeking to perfect their eye-catching physiques with body contouring procedures, such as liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat deposits that seem immune to exercise and diet, or pectoral implants to better emphasize a muscular chest. Men seeking to improve already handsome faces often explore such options as a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or chin implants.
- To Fit In. Everyone wants to feel more self-confident, but a lack of self-assurance in men caused by a perceived problem with their appearance can be more devastating than many women might assume. In particular, male breast reduction to deal with gynecomastia, a common medical issue resulting in oversized male breasts, has become an extremely popular solution for both younger and older males who may previously have been uncomfortable at beach or poolside activities, or even just wearing a snug t-shirt or sweater. Rhinoplasty, long among the most popular of male procedures, is also another common surgery for men who may feel uncomfortable with an unusually prominent nose.
- To Stay in the Game. Ageism is not only a problem for women. As they age, many men find that they are taken less seriously at the workplace and on the social scene. For these men, facelifts and a number of newer non-surgical facial rejuvenation options are an increasingly popular option. From facial fillers to “Bro-Tox,” a growing number of men from a broad age range are shaving years off their age to improve their self-confidence and remain active in their career and personal lives.
A recent article on Yahoo! Beauty describes a barrage of Twitter speculation after a performance by pop superstar Lady Gaga on the United Kingdom version of the “The X Factor.” The tweeters were apparently impressed by what they saw as the singer’s dramatically different look and speculated that she might have had a rhinoplasty (nose job) or some other procedure. While we have no opinion on whether or not the famed diva might have had work done, the public fascination only underlines the reasons so many people of all ages pursue facial procedures. There are many reasons patients may obtain the most popular facial procedures. These include:
- Rhinoplasty. This type of procedure, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is one of the oldest and most popular of all plastic surgeries. The nose is perhaps the single most prominent feature on the human face, so it’s only natural that it’s something we tend to focus on and frequently wish to improve. Rhinoplasties are sometimes also performed to deal with health issues, such as a deviated septum. In all cases, it’s crucial to have a truly qualified plastic surgeon perform the procedure, as the nose is not only a key facial feature, but an important sensory organ and breathing apparatus.
- Eyelid Lifts. Known medically as blepharoplasty, These procedures are often performed to deal with droopy eyelids and bags under the eyes, which may make patients look tired and years older than their actual age. They are also sometimes performed simply to create a more attractive and alert look and the results can often be truly dramatic.
- Facelifts. Traditional surgical facelifts are among the oldest of all facial procedures and are still the gold standard for long-term facial rejuvenation. However, an increasing number of injectable based procedures, the best known being Botox, are highly effective for dealing with wrinkling and other problems. These products are often being obtained by younger patients and that a growing number of innovative treatments are becoming available that are able to handle a host of issues. One of the newest of these is Kybella, which can eliminate double chins without the need for surgery.
The truth is, you don’t have to be a superstar pop diva to be interested in a procedure, and we look forward to helping women and men from all walks of life look and feel their absolute best.
A recent article on LiveScience describes a new study on mice which indicates that aspartame, a popular no calorie sweetener used in most diet soft drinks, may actually prevent weight loss and contribute to a cluster of serious health issues known as metabolic syndrome. Yes, when even the most common diet aids can backfire, it’s more obvious than ever that healthy weight loss is profoundly difficult to achieve without some kind of assistance. Procedures such as the Orbera gastric balloon and bariatric surgeries are, at present, the only methods shown that actually make weight loss more achievable for people with significant weight issues. While every patient’s situation is different, the available options break down in roughly two ways:
Balloon Weight Loss – Individuals who are categorized as obese, but not severely obese, are not currently considered candidates for weight loss surgery. However, a non-surgical procedure known as the Orbera gastric balloon is now FDA approved and available to help people with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 hold on to their good health. Widely used in Europe, the system involves a special balloon which is placed inside the stomach with the use of an endoscope and which remains there for a six month period. The medical group adds that having the balloon in place, slows digestion and supports appropriate portion control – the key to a successful weight loss. On average, patients using the balloon are able to lose three times as much weight compared to individuals who are trying to lose weight through sheer determination alone.
Bariatric Surgery – Women and men who are categorized as severely obese, meaning they have a BMI of 40 or over, or 35 and over with weight-induced health problems, are often considered candidates for weight loss procedures. Procedures such as a sleeve gastrectomy and a Lap Band have helped countless patients to lose weight and keep it off over the long term. These surgeries work by directly impacting the appetite, allowing patients to eat a great deal less than they are used to but without having to deal with the nagging, hunger-like feelings that sabotage most weight loss efforts.
Individuals who seek to reduce the effects of aging can take up a variety of protective measures, such as drinking more water or limiting their exposure to the sun, according to a recent article published on Medical Daily. While preventive measures to help keep ourselves looking our best always make sense, individuals interested in actually reversing some of the damaging impacts that have already occurred are increasingly doing so with the help of a growing list of highly effective injectable treatments. A highly qualified and respected medical center like BHP can provide the latest treatments to improve a variety of problem areas, such as:
Forehead Wrinkles - Unsightly forehead wrinkles are a common problem for many of us as we age. Our team frequently deals with wrinkles on the forehead and other portions of the face with a variety of injectable treatments, including Botox, by far the best known and most popular injectable, that can effectively remove deep wrinkles and smooth out fine lines, among other benefits.
Double Chin - Another nagging problem area for many individuals are fatty areas underneath the chin which may make us appear less fit and healthy. The good news is that Kybella can permanently destroy the fat cells that accumulate under the chin so that patients can feel more comfortable with a healthier, more youthful appearance.
Thin Lips - As individuals get older, their lips may appear thinner and wrinkles can start to form around the mouth. A highly skilled medical professional can safely fill in thin lips with facial filler, such as Restylane, to dramatically improve the appearance of a patient’s lips and deal with mouth wrinkles. Patients who rely on a highly experienced medical professional with a sculptural touch may experience more subtle and natural looking results.
Actress Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” spoke recently about her plastic surgery procedures and her overall excitement over the improved appearance of her nose, neck, and breasts. Here at BHP, we can’t help noting that, as more celebrities are being candid about the positive results of their procedures, the overall public acceptance of plastic surgery continues to grow. Still, some caution is always a good ideal. Indeed, although plastic surgery has never been safer or more effective, it’s extremely important for individuals to rely on a highly skilled team of medical professionals to perform these procedures so that they can obtain the best possible outcomes. Here at BHP, we’re proud to say a truly leading-edge plastic surgery group can provide patients with a variety of outstanding services, such as:
Consultation - Before a procedure can take place, a consultation is needed to help surgeons learn about the patient and explore the desired results that he or she may expect following their procedure. During an initial consultation, a patient can express any expectations and concerns while also getting a professional opinion from a highly skilled medical expert. For instance, if a patient is considering a facelift, a consultation can help establish the areas of the face that a patient may want the surgeon to focus on and any thoughts they might have regarding expectations about the aftermath of the procedure. Moreover, having a clear understanding about a specific plastic surgery procedure can help patients have a realistic idea of what to expect, an important factor in a patient’s ultimate satisfaction following a procedure.
Follow-Up Care – Here at BHP, you can be sure that a highly skilled and extremely experienced team of medical professionals will provide outstanding follow-up care for patients following their surgeries. Our specialists will be in touch with patients following a procedure and will make sure that their healing process is progressing appropriately. Moreover, we go out of our way to provide patients with any information they may need to help ensure a happy and healthy recovery.
According to a recent report in Endocrinology Advisor, the significant weight loss that typically follows a weight loss surgery is strongly associated with a decline in the risk of heart failure. This is further confirmation of the already extremely well documented health benefits of bariatric surgery. The news also underlines the reality that, while many severely obese weight loss surgery patients may be largely motivated by a desire to improve their appearance, the most important reason to get a procedure is to improve both the quality and length of a person’s life with the help of a number of important health and quality of life benefits. These include:
-- Pain Reduction: Even relatively young people with severe obesity often experience more pain following activity than their peers and, of course, the problem only worsens as they age and such issues as arthritis come into play. Reducing the amount of stress and strain placed by excess weight on the muscles and joints means that patients who have lost a great deal of weight with a procedure such as a gastric sleeve can often experience a truly dramatic decrease in their discomfort. The result is that many patients are able to participate in enjoyable and healthy activities they might have previously been forced to avoid.
-- Improvements in Blood Sugar/Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common health problems associated with obesity. While the disease can be managed, it increases the risk of countless serious health problems ranging from strokes and heart attacks to kidney failure. Numerous studies have shown that individuals who obtain a bariatric procedure often experience either a dramatic improvement in their blood sugar or, in many cases, a complete remission of the illness.
-- Increased Energy and Improved Mood. Many patients suffer from obesity-induced sleep apnea. The condition, associated with loud snoring and constant interruptions in normal sleep, typically causes increased fatigue and a great many serious health risks. Fortunately, dramatic weight loss often brings a dramatic improvement or even an outright disappearance of the condition. Obesity may also be associated with depression, and vanquishing the condition may significantly improve the mood of a great many patients.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that male plastic surgery has increased by a stunning 325 percent since the late 1990s, according to a recent article on StyleCaster. The article adds that some 1.2 million procedures were reportedly obtained by men in the year 2015. This report jibes with the increased number of male patients we are seeing here at BHP. In fact, it really appears to us that men are feeling more liberated when it comes to taking steps to improve their appearance and are obtaining a wide variety of procedures, including:
Rhinoplasty – Also known as a nose job, this time-tested plastic surgery remains among the most popular of procedures obtained by men. Rhinoplasties are obtained for a number of reasons, ranging from correcting disfigurements related to broken noses, to dealing with breathing issues, to simply improving the appearance of the nose. Since the nose is the center of the human face and is also an important sensory organ, the procedure requires the skills of a truly superb surgeon who is able to handle both the medical and the highly subtle and delicate aesthetic aspects of the procedure.
Liposuction – Just as women have long been concerned with achieving the best possible figure, men are now increasingly taking whatever steps they can to improve the appearance of their beach bodies, watching their diets while spending significant time exercising. The procedure, which is not intended to be a substitute for weight loss, is instead intended to target pockets of fat that appear to be resistant to ordinary weight loss efforts. The group adds that liposuction and other body contouring procedures typically lead to truly dramatic results.
Male breast reduction – People often use much ruder names, but medical doctors are familiar with the term gynecomastia, a condition associated with oversize male breasts that may be hormonal in nature. Our skilled plastic surgeons have successfully helped a great many men overcome this embarrassing problem, which prevents many men from participating in beach or poolside social activities.
Facelift – Older men today, just like women, may increasingly find themselves marginalized in a youth-obsessed culture. This is why an increasing number of men are taking advantage of a number of facial rejuvenation procedures. Men seeking after more long-lasting and dramatic results may pursue a traditional surgical facelift. Others are seeking “brotox” – i.e., injectables for men that can dramatically reduce such issues as wrinkling.
A recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution offers a list of food types – including high-sugar products, fatty processed meats, and those containing refined flours – that can easily stall attempts at weight loss. Most people who are trying to lose weight are well aware that consuming a lot of fatty and sugar-laden foods will spur a weight gain, but that doesn’t mean that they have an easy time controlling their desire to overeat. For obese patients who nevertheless do not qualify for weight loss surgeries, a temporary,non-surgical gastric balloon procedure, offered here at BHP, can make a significant weight loss far easier to pull off.
Human physiology seems to be designed to keep the body at its present weight – whatever that weight may be. Serious dieters may often get off to a good start in a weight loss effort but, as the weeks wear on, eating a low calorie diet can become an excruciating constant distraction. An FDA-approved balloon weight loss system makes weight loss easier and has been shown to foster a significant increase in the amount of weight patients are able to lose. One study on the Orbera Weight Loss system found that patients with the balloon typically were able to lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight, compared to only about 3 percent for patients involved in a traditional weight loss program.
Balloon weight loss systems like Orbera are inserted endoscopically through the patient’s mouth during a procedure in which the patient is sedated. In practice, patients with a gastric balloon report that they feel fuller after eating quite a bit less and they are often very pleasantly surprised at the amount of weight they are able to lose over a period of a few months.
According to a recent article on UPI Health News, patients who received regular follow-up visits with a physician following a weight loss surgery experienced better results in terms of rates of remission of type 2 diabetes, as well as improvements in terms of blood pressure and cholesterol readings. This study jibes with the company’s own commitment to providing ongoing high-quality care for its weight loss patients. They add that, aside from the improved outcomes noted in the study, patients receive a number of other added benefits when they maintain a relationship with their weight loss health care provider. These include:
Emotional and Psychological Support – While weight loss surgery makes defeating severe obesity a great deal less difficult, it is by no means “the easy way out”; it still requires a major and permanent change in the patient’s relationship with food. Since nearly all of the reasons we overeat involve our mental and emotional state, the support of a licensed clinical psychologist can be extremely useful to patients both before and after a bariatric surgery. Having the support of a skilled therapist can help patients successfully overcome the most daunting hurdles that are involved with permanent weight loss.
Nutritional Expertise – Because a weight loss surgery such as a sleeve gastrectomy or Lap Band requires the patient to significantly reduce his or her intake of food in order to be successful, it’s therefore very important to ensure that the patient is still obtaining all of the important nutrients they need to ensure good health. Among the many types of support that can be offered by a skilled dietitian who understands the special needs of weight loss patients, is counseling on the right kind of diet plan and, when needed, advice on nutritional supplementation.
Body Contouring – Weight loss patients are, naturally, delighted when they achieve their goal weight. However, they also note that patients are often a lot less thrilled with the folds of loose skin and stubborn pockets of fat that may accompany a major weight loss. These folds, which in some cases can be uncomfortable as well as unsightly, may be handled by a skilled plastic surgeon with such popular body contouring techniques as a tummy tuck to remove the excess skin, often accompanied by liposuction.
Of course, the most important thing is to simply have the help of a truly qualified bariatric surgeon and, if needed, a plastic surgeon as well. You need true expertise to obtain the best possible weight loss results.
A recent article in The Washington Post focuses on the trend towards more Americans over 65 obtaining plastic surgeries and other procedures, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reporting that the incidence of certain procedures has increased by over 100 percent since the mid-1990s. Here at BHP, we are seeing significantly more patients in the 65-and-over cohort. We’ve found that seniors obtain these procedures for a couple of reasons that reflect the changing nature of life for today’s older Americans. These include:
Staying More Socially Active: Once upon a time, seniors were expected to pretty much stick to card games, mahjong, and shuffleboard when it came to leisure time activities, but today’s unmarried seniors enjoy active social lives that very definitely include dating. Dealing with such issues as baggy eyes with an eyelid lift, or perhaps defeating the dreaded “turkey neck” with a neck lift, can definitely help seniors look their best and feel more confident when they’re out and about, the medical group adds.
Staying Relevant at Work: Even coworkers and superiors who would never consciously discriminate against an aging employee might find themselves reacting more positively to a younger looking colleague. As more and more of us stay in the workforce longer and longer, facial rejuvenation techniques are proving to be a powerful secret weapon in the battle for raises and promotions – and for older jobseekers, they really can make an important difference. Facial rejuvenation techniques, such as surgical facelifts and such increasingly popular injectables as Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm can subtly take years off an individual’s perceived age and give ambitious seniors an important edge in the workplace.
There are a great many other procedures that can help older individuals stay more active both in their careers and on the social scene. These include Kybella, which destroys the fat cells that cause the always unflattering double chin. Rhinoplasties (nose jobs) can not only make older patients more facially attractive, they can also subtly shave years off a patient’s appearance. This is because, as we age, our noses never stop growing. Therefore, reducing the size of a nose can create an impression of greater youthfulness.
Individuals ranging from the ages of 18 to 34 are more open to sharing the results of their plastic surgery procedures according to a recent article published on WFAA. The increasing incidence of sharing procedure results across social media underlines the reality that plastic surgery has become an accepted and normal part of contemporary life. Whether they choose to share their plastic surgery transformations on social media or not, there are a number of benefits plastic surgery patients can enjoy after undergoing a procedure, such as;
Improved Features - Many individuals who undergo a plastic surgery procedure are obviously seeking to improve a physical feature they may not be entirely satisfied with or may feel self-conscious about. A procedure such as an ear surgery, or otoplasty, can help individuals – including children, teens, and adults – address the issue of unusually prominent ears and feel more comfortable with their overall appearance. Moreover, individuals who have improved their features with a procedure can also feel more confident using social media to post and share selfies and other photos with their family and friends.
Wellness Benefits - Oftentimes, individuals may seek a plastic surgery procedure not only to improve their appearance but also to resolve any health-related issues that may be related to their physical features; in some cases, in fact, the health benefit may be the primary motivation. For example, it’s true that women can oftentimes suffer from posture issues and constant back pain related to their large breast size. In this case, a breast reduction can help women reduce or even resolve their back pain and prevent more serious conditions from developing in the future. The Los Angeles medical group also notes that individuals who suffer from difficulties breathing or have suffered an injury to their nose can improve the appearance and function of their nose with a rhinoplasty procedure, which can often address such issues as a deviated septum. Of course, many of these patients also enjoy the added perk of an improved facial appearance they can share on social media.
If you’ve been reading the tabloids, you might know that “Teen Mom” star Amber Portwood has defended herself against social media “haters” after obtaining a mommy makeover suite of plastic surgeries. “Everyone should feel good about their bodies. Losing a lot of weight isn't easy. And your body sometimes changes,” wrote the 26 year old single mother and reality TV celebrity.
The truth is that Ms. Portwood’s reasons for the mommy makeover are similar to most patients who obtain these procedures, which are meant to address some of the less flattering after effects of childbirth and motherhood. It’s our view here at BHP that women who are considering mommy makeovers should not be concerned about the opinions of others, but should instead concentrate on whether or not procedures are appropriate for them.
While every mommy makeover is tailored to the individual patient, they typically include some of the following procedures:
Tummy Tuck. Pregnancies obviously involve a significant weight gain concentrated largely in the abdominal region, followed by a very rapid weight loss. In many cases, this can result in folds of loose skin that may not respond to any amount of diet and exercise. Tummy tuck procedures remove excess skin, resulting in a less flabby, more attractive look. Tummy tucks are also commonly received by both women and men who have lost dramatic amounts of weight following weight loss procedures.
Liposuction. Body contouring efforts often include liposuction to remove fatty deposits that are not responsive to ordinary weight loss efforts through diet and exercise. While liposuction can be extremely helpful for providing the finishing touches on efforts to eliminate lingering “baby weight,” it should not be considered as a replacement for weight loss.
Breast Lift and/or Augmentation or Reduction. Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing can have a number of highly visible impacts on the breasts. They note that many of their patients pursue procedures aimed at correcting sagging and numerous other issues that can be addressed by mastopexy (breast lift) procedure, as well as either by reducing the size of breasts or augmenting them.
Brazilian Butt Lift – Some moms decide to further improve their bodies by obtaining this extremely popular procedure, which employs transferred fat obtained via liposuction to sculpt a more shapely and voluptuous rear-end. Using the patient’s own fat, instead of synthetic implants, allows for a more natural look as well as less chance of complications due to infection.
A recent article from Scientific American discusses a new research study; the study found that mice that had been given a bariatric surgery experienced important changes in certain neural pathways and hormone production, as well as a preference for smaller, less fatty, meals. The new research jibes with what many of our patients have been reporting to us here at BHP: that weight loss procedures make eating less a great deal easier, both in the short and long term.
People who are not obese often assume that severe obesity is a character issue, and that all that is required to permanently lose weight is a little effort and self-control. This vastly underestimates the sheer difficulty of defeating obesity. In fact, the reason behind the popularity of bariatric surgery is that it treats the most difficult aspect of weight loss, which is that people who need to lose large amounts of weight must be able to disregard a host of signals from the brain, many hormonally induced, which tell an individual that he or she needs to eat more. Even though an individual may know intellectually that she has eaten enough food, these signals are essentially identical to what we experience in actual hunger, and are just as hard to ignore. Much as occurred in the recent study, procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy have been shown to greatly reduce the presence of certain hunger-inducing hormones. Ordinarily, the production of these hormones tends to increase in production as individuals lose weight, sabotaging most peoples’ best efforts at weight loss.
Our bodies appear to be designed to maintain their present weight, whatever that weight is. It’s no wonder, then, that weight loss is a significant challenge, whether patients are trying to lose 100 or more pounds, or even a fairly small fraction of that. They note that, while bariatric surgery is intended for patients who qualify as severely obese – which means having a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or greater, or 35 or greater with related health problems – options also exist for individuals with less weight to lose.
Specifically, BHP notes that they offer the Orbera gastric balloon, a temporary, non-surgical procedure which reduces the available space in the stomach and makes overeating less comfortable. The clinic says that the procedure has long been available in Europe and is ideal for individuals who may be suffering from obesity, but who are not heavy enough to qualify for a surgical treatment. They also note that individuals who may only wish to lose a relatively small amount of weight can often benefit from the assistance of their skilled weight loss coaches, who can provide useful tips and emotional support as patients work to lose weight and establish more healthy eating habits.