Where do stem cells come from?

There are primarily three types of stem cells used for treatments: embryonic, umbilical, and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos. Embryonic stem cell therapy is burdened with ethical and political issues and only a few lines are approved for research. We do NOT use embryonic stem cells. Umbilical stem cells are reserved for cell transplants primarily in cancer patients. At the Huntsville Stem Center, we only use adult stem cells derived from the patient’s own body fat cells. Adult stem cells exist throughout the body and are most abundant (and accessible) in the abdominal fat.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that maintain and repair tissues. Stem cells are unique in that they have the potential to develop into many different types of cells. In tissue and hair regeneration, stem cells induce changes in and behaviour of adjacent cells by Paracrine signalling and differentiate into cells that have regenerative abilities. Stem cells are injected into the scalp and are believed to exert a paracrine effect by inducing hair cells to become more active and restorative.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is the process of isolating adult stem cells from abdominal fat and reintroducing them into the body where they can do the most good. The process begins with extracting a few ounces of fat from the patient in a “mini” liposuction procedure. Once the fat is removed, the stem cells are isolated. Once isolated, the stem cells are then re-introduced to the body either I.V. for generalized problems or directly into troubled areas for more localized treatments. Here we may treat patients locally with injections in the knee, shoulder and other joints. Stem cells can also be injected into the skin of the face, neck or genitalia using microinjections to give you a more healthy and youthful look and feel or scalp to stimulate hair regrowth. Stem cells can be combined with fat and used as filler in the face for patients that need a large amount of facial volume replacement for cosmetic reasons. The treatments are outpatient procedures conducted in a sterile environment in our office utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Under sedation and local anaesthesia, the process is relatively painless and safe with minimal downtime.

What kind of aliments can stem cell therapy help?

Stem cell therapy may improve a variety of conditions. Current use of stem cell therapy has shown significant improvement in:
  • Impotence
  • Fat graft survival in facial fat transfer procedures
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Joint injuries
  • Non-healing ulcers
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
Stem cell therapy patients have also reported higher energy levels, better sleep and overall improved quality of life. No treatment can be guaranteed, and outcomes will vary from patient to patient.

How long does the liposuction take?

The “mini” liposuction only takes about 20 minutes. Once the fat has been extracted, the patient can relax or sleep while the stem cells are isolated.

Am I going to have scars?

You may have small “punch” incision marks that look similar but smaller than small laparoscopy sites. They usually heal with minimal scarring. Following the procedure careful care will help minimize the scar tissue formation.

What happens after the liposuction?

Following your liposuction, the medical staff will isolate your stem cells while you wait. Most patients will sleep during this time.

How does the stem cell isolation process work?

Using validated equipment and protocols your fat specimen is processed and the stem cells isolated and the count is verified. The process takes about an hour.

What happens after you are done isolating the stem cells?

Once your stem cells have been isolated, Dr. Charles Lee will reintroduce them into your body with an intravenous mix or saline and your stem cells if your therapy is systemic. If you have elected local application, Dr. Charles Lee will mix them with Platelet Rich Plasma and inject them directly into the areas of concern. Application to the face, neck and scalp for cosmetic purposes may also occur at this time.

How long does the entire procedure take?

Most patient procedures will be complete within 3 hours.

Can I go home afterwards?

Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be able to go home immediately following the procedure.

Can I drive myself home?

No, most patients will need someone to drive you home because in office sedation is given for relaxation while the procedure is performed. You are not allowed to drive while using medications that cause sedation.

Can I go home afterwards?

Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be able to go home immediately following the procedure.

How long is the recovery?

Many patients are able to go back to work on the following day. However, you may be sore for about a week following the procedure. We ask you to refrain from excessive exercise for at least a week.

How long does it take to see improvement?

Individual ailments vary and the outcome of stem cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. For hair restoration patient, it may take several months to see any results. Hair grows about one centimetre per month and it does not begin immediately. Stem cell therapy for hair loss is very new and no or little published literature exists confirming its efficacy. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any stem cell treatment. Each patient is different and results will vary.

How long will the benefit last?

We don’t know at this point in clinical research. Results will vary from patient to patient depending on the degree of hair loss and the natural variation in isolated cells.

Is the stem cell isolation procedure FDA approved?

Currently all procedures utilizing stem cells to treat specific ailments are considered investigational. However there are more than 3500 clinical studies being conducted for specific applications and all have demonstrated significant promise in ailments that have otherwise been unresponsive to conventional treatments. The procedures are carried out utilizing FDA cleared equipment and all stem cell therapies fall within the FDA regulations for transferring tissue.

Do you modify my stem cells?

No. Your stem cells are simply isolated from your fat and reintroduced to your body. Your stem cells are not manipulated or modified in any way.

Can you guarantee results?

No treatment can be guaranteed. Results vary from patient to patient. Stem Cell therapy is autologous and safe. It has many demonstrated treatment protocols for numerous medical disorders. Stem cell therapy is new to hair restoration and very little published material is available. This procedure is typically used for those patients who in the early phase of hair loss. Women who suffer from hair loss are also good candidates. If insufficient donor hair exists for hair transplantation stem cell therapy is an attractive option.

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derived from bacteria. It is a non-surgical treatment that temporarily relaxes muscles which diminishes wrinkles. Botox has only a local effect where it is placed and does not affect other muscles in the body. Its full effect may take up to two weeks and it usually lasts six months.

What does Botox treat?

  • Diminishing the furrows between the eyebrows
  • Softening crow's feet
  • Diminishing the horizontal forehead lines
  • Lifting the eyebrows
  • Raising the corners of the mouth
  • Controlling excessive sweating

BOTOX Cosmetic treatments safe?

Botox Cosmetic has an excellent safety profile.

How long does a treatment take?

A BOTOX Cosmetic procedure is quick, simple, and there's no downtime. Following a facial analysis, the procedure itself only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform.

Will my face still have expression?

BOTOX Cosmetic is intended to enhance the way you look, not change it. When administered by our team, you can still smile frown, and be expressive. The treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the lines at the point of injection, so the other elements of your facial expression remain active. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.

Who should not use this treatment?

There are few restrictions regarding the use of BOTOX Cosmetic. Those who are pregnant, nursing, or have a neurological disease should not be treated.

Does a Botox Cosmetic injection hurt?

Applying a topical anesthetic cream or ice compresses for several minutes prior to the treatment will effectively numb the area. When the Botox Cosmetic is injected, you may feel a slight stinging sensation that quickly subsides. Once the injection is complete, the discomfort disappears.

What are Dermal Fillers?

The aging process can cause the skin to loose collagen or volume. With a decrease in volume, the skin shows wrinkles and creases around the mouth, eyes and forehead. Dermal Fillers are injections that fill in the unwanted wrinkles and restore volume to the skin.

How long do cosmetic fillers last?

The unique formulation of cosmetic filler provides results that last up to one year.

Is the treatment with cosmetic fillers painful?

Fillers are injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Some of the cosmetic fillers offered at our clinic are available with pain reducing lidocaine, making the whole injection process a more comfortable experience.

What are some types of Dermal Fillers?

Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra

What is Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels involve the application of a solution that helps remove "old" skin cells. Chemical peels help treat sun damage, melasma (hyperpigmentation) and fine lines and wrinkles. A consult will help you learn about the various chemical peels we have to offer and which would most benefit your skin type.

What a Chemical Peel and How Does it Work?

The basic concept of chemical peels is really rather simple. The pH of the skin (the measurement of its acidity) is 5.5, which is slightly acid, so that anything that is applied to the skin deviating from the pH of 5.5 will tend to irritate the skin. The irritation of the skin then causes a healing process. It is in the process of healing that the benefits are obtained.

How many laser hair reduction treatments will I need?

You can expect to have 80% or more hair reduction with anywhere between 6 to 10 treatments with 4-6 week intervals.

Can I return to my regular activities after my laser treatment?

Because laser hair removal is recovery free you may return to your regular activities immediately following the treatment, although redness around the follicle could be expected 24 hours following the procedure. To avoid discomfort 24 hours following the treatment avoid strenuous activities that would make you sweat.

Is the Photo facial treatment painful?

Most people describe the treatments as a gentle snapping sensation with minimal discomfort.

What should I expect following the Photofacial treatment?

Lesions such as age spots will darken immediately and then fade and disappear within 10-14 days. Visible veins will show an immediate response and will also fade over 10-14 days. It is possible to experience some swelling and redness, similar to that of sunburn, and usually resolves in 24-72 hours. You may return to your regular activities immediately following the treatment and the area of treatment can be covered with makeup the following day.

How many photo facial treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends upon each individual. Most issues of pigmentation will show a dramatic improvement after one session. Spider veins and broken capillaries often need repeated treatment because these issues lay deeper under the skin. The benefits of collagen production for fine lines become more apparent after several treatments.

Are there risks associated with laser hair removal? What are they?

Laser hair removal is a lunch time procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

People have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Compared to waxing the treatment has very little discomfort. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. If you do find it uncomfortable, we can prescribe a numbing cream for the skin.

What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation is usually an outpatient procedure, performed with the use of general anaesthesia. For the procedure, the surgeon will increase the size of the breasts by inserting a saline or silicone implant under the breast tissue or the chest muscle. Incisions may be made underneath the breast, in the nipple area, in the crease between the chest and breast.

Who are good candidates for breast augmentation?

Women who are physically and emotionally healthy, have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure are ideal candidates for breast augmentation.

Women may wish to increase the size of their breasts for a number of reasons, including:
  • feelings that their breast size is too small or disproportionate to their body
  • breasts have become uneven and symmetry is desired
  • significant weight loss may have also shrunk breasts
  • breast size and shape may have changed after pregnancy

What size breast implants do I want?

The best method is to put on a sports bra, stand in front of the mirror and put implants in your bra. You plus the implant will look back at you in the mirror exactly!

Incision Placement?

There are several places to make the incision to place your implants. This is an individual choice based upon your case and I find that people often have the wrong impression about the pluses and minuses of each choice. Ultimately, the choice of incision for your breast augmentation will be totally yours, but you should discuss it at length with the doctor.

Silicone vs. Saline?

Silicone and saline implants do not look different except for one thing. It is more possible to see rippling of the implant with saline. As far as shape, they are the same and both silicone and saline are available in each contour. The real difference is in how they feel. You can often feel the edge of a saline implant when you touch the breast. Especially if you are thin. Silicone implants are usually not detectable to feel.

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at reducing overly large or sagging breasts to a more comfortable shape and size.

Can liposuction alone be used for a breast reduction?

Yes, liposuction alone can be used for a breast reduction. Typically it is used in patients who have very tight skin with good elasticity and the ability to snap back. Liposuction can be used to take the breast down as much as a cup size.

Who is a candidate for Breast Reduction?

In general, the best candidates for breast reduction are women:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Mature enough to fully understand the procedure
  • Experiencing physical discomfort due to large breasts
  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • In good physical and psychological health
  • Wanting to improve their appearance and/or comfort
  • Realistic in their expectations

What are some of the most common benefits of breast reduction?

Breast reduction is quite successful at reducing the weight of very heavy breasts, making it easier to enjoy an active lifestyle. Many women find that this surgery relieves chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. The primary benefit of the operation is functional but you also get a breast lift which may enhance your appearance and improve your body image.

How is Reduction Mammaplasty performed?

Breast reduction surgery generally consists of removing excess breast tissue together with any excess skin - following which the nipple is raised to a more normal level and the breast is reshaped and the reduced skin resutured.

What results can I expect?

Better sized breasts that are in proportion to the rest of your body and that contribute to your greater comfort.

How long will the procedure take?

Depending on the extent of the procedure, breast reduction surgery may last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.

How long will it take me to recover from a breast reduction?

It is best to reduce activities, particularly arm movements in the first days after the surgery but most household activities can be recommenced at about 10-12 days. Typically most patients return to work after 2-3 weeks however you would need to continue to avoid exercise, particularly that involving much use of the arms, for some 5-6 weeks.

Will the procedure leave any scars?

While the scars after a breast reduction may remain visible they are generally acceptable to the patient. Most scars however are hidden on the underside of the breasts and generally fade with time - albeit there is some variation from patient to patient.

Are there any side effects of this procedure?

Although each patient varies, in general, you will have some bruising and swelling of the breasts which will be present for the first 1-2 weeks. After the surgery a firm bandage is applied to the breast which will help to reduce any discomfort. Drains may be used, particularly in larger reductions and these usually stay in for about 2 days. A reduced sensation in the skin particularly in the lower lateral part of the breast is almost routine but recovers with time. Some lumpiness may also occur in the breast tissue after the surgery but in most people this disappears within 6-8 weeks. Wound healing is an occasional problem with breast reduction, particularly in the inverted 'T' area where the vertical scar meets the horizontal scar in the breast crease. This area may require dressings for a few weeks after the rest of the breasts have healed.

Can I combine this with other procedures?

A major trend in the last few years is for patients to have more than one operation at the same time. This reduces cost and means you only have one period of recovery and pain. Except in rare cases, this does not significantly increase the risks of surgery.

Is it likely that I will need to have another Breast Reduction at a later stage?

No. It is unlikely that there will be any re-growth of breast tissue, unless you gain a considerable amount of weight in the future.

Will a Breast Reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?

As the nipple attached to the breast tissue (pedicle) contains many of the milk ducts within it, patients may attempt to breastfeed. Many have been able to breast feed successfully but not all.

Will insurance cover my breast reduction?

Some cosmetic surgeons will accept insurance coverage for your breast reduction. Usually you must prove that it is medically necessary by documenting back, neck or shoulder pain. This sometimes requires supportive letters from your cosmetic surgeon.

What is genioplasty?

Genioplasty, also known as chin augmentation or chin implant surgery, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which uses an implant to improve the appearance of the chin. Genioplasty can strengthen the jaw line or build up a receding chin, providing better balance between the chin and the rest of the face.

What is the chin implant made of for genioplasty?

There are a variety of different facial chin implants which may be used for genioplasty. They can be comprised of Gore-Tex, Merselene mesh, silicone, and other materials, and they come in a variety of sizes and shapes which can be tailored to the individual.

Who is a good candidate for genioplasty (chin implant)?

Those who are unhappy with the appearance of the chin or jaw may be good candidates for genioplasty. As with all types of cosmetic surgery, it's important that patients are also in good health and have realistic expectations. Younger patients may seek genioplasty to bring better balance to the facial features. In fact, genioplasty is often combined with rhinoplasty for just this purpose.

Can I have this done at any age?

A deficient chin is readily apparent during adolescence. This can be addressed with a simple chin implant in the teenage years.

How is the genioplasty surgery performed?

To augment the chin, a small incision will be made along the inside of the lower lip or on the skin just under the chin. To augment the jaw, incisions are made on either side of the inside of the lower mouth. The doctor will then select the proper size and shape implant and insert it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The incisions are then closed and the chin may be taped.

What kind of anesthesia is utilized during chin/cheek implant placement?

This can be done with local anesthetic or twilight sedation. Twilight sedation is used most commonly. During this type of anesthesia, you will breathe on your own, but you will not remember anything. It is a quick acting type of anesthesia that also wears off quickly. Because you are breathing spontaneously, an endotracheal tube is usually not used.

How long does the surgery for genioplasty take to perform?

The insertion a chin implant usually takes thirty minutes to an hour to perform, while the insertion of a jaw implant usually takes one to two hours to perform.

Where are the incisions made to place these implants?

The cheek implants are placed through an incision under each side of the upper lip. Chin implants may be placed either through a small incision under the chin or inside the lower lip (gingiobuccal sulcus).

Will I have scars after genioplasty?

When the incision for genioplasty is made on the inside of the lower lip or on either side of the inside of the lower mouth, there is no visible scarring. When the incision is made on the skin just under the chin, you will have a small, well-concealed scar.

Where are the incisions made to place these implants?

The cheek implants are placed through an incision under each side of the upper lip. Chin implants may be placed either through a small incision under the chin or inside the lower lip (gingiobuccal sulcus).

Will I am in much pain after undergoing genioplasty?

Patients may experience some discomfort after genioplasty, and facial movements like smiling and talking can be difficult at first. Discomfort can be alleviated with medication.

How long is the recovery process?

Generally speaking, it takes one to two weeks for most of the swelling to resolve. This can vary from individual to individual.

Are there stitches and when are they removed?

We use fine, delicate sutures to close all incisions. The majority of these are dissolvable. The remaining sutures are removed about 7 days post-operatively.

How soon will I be able to return to work after my genioplasty procedure?

Most normal activities, including work, may be resumed within ten days after genioplasty.

Are there any risks associated with chin implant surgery (genioplasty)?

As with all types of surgery, Chin implant surgery (genioplasty) does have potential risks which may include adverse anesthesia reactions, capsular contracture, implant shifting, infection, unnatural shape, and the need for additional surgery.

Is chin implant surgery (genioplasty) covered by insurance?

Insurance generally does not cover genioplasty procedures that are purely cosmetic in nature. Some coverage may be available when treating an injury or major deformity. Patients should check with their own insurance carrier.

How long does Dimple Creation Surgery Take?

It takes about 20 minutes to perform Dimple Creation Surgery. The dimple procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. It can be done on the same day of your initial consultation, especially if you are coming in from out of town.

Will my new dimple look natural?

Yes... You may have seen pictures of dimple creation surgery and noticed that they don't look natural. This is not the case with the dimple creation surgery method Dr. Ashok has invented. Your new dimple will look like a natural dimple and not like a red mark on your face. Dr. Ashok does not perform dimple surgery, or any other surgery, unless he can be assured that the result will look natural and beautiful.

Is dimple creation surgery permanent?

Yes. The procedure will result in a permanent dimple. Rarely, if the suture breaks during the immediate healing process, the dimple may result in being shallow or could disappear completely. If this happens you will not be charged for having the dimple redone. Your happiness is our goal.

Do I need to take any medicine before or after my dimple creation procedure?

Dr. Ashok will give you a prescription for antibiotics to start taking the morning of your procedure. You will take these antibiotics for a few days after your dimple creation procedure is done. Usually pain is manageable and mild after the Dimple creation surgery. Dr. Ashok will ask you to stop taking aspirin, NSAIDs at least 1 week prior to your procedure, as these medicines thin your blood.

How long does it take the dimple to look natural?

There is usually a period of time after the dimple creation surgery is done where the dimple is present even when you are not smiling. This period is variable and can last anywhere from several days to several weeks and sometimes a couple of months. As you heal, the dimple will slowly flatten out when you are not smiling and will only be present when you are smiling. Whenever you choose the surgeon best for you, make sure to see pictures of his work. There are many techniques to perform dimple creation surgery, some of them leave a dimple when you are not smiling forever. Dr. Ashok 's method will leave you with a natural permanent dimple that will only be present when you are smiling after the healing period. Your surgeon should show you before and after pictures of what his patients look like.

Can I choose where the dimple is placed?

Yes. You and Dr. Ashok will discuss the best place for you to have the dimple. You can also have just one dimple placed, or two. Dimple surgery is entirely personalized. You can choose to have a deeper dimple, more superficial dimple, a dimple that is more vertical or just a circular dimple.

What are some of the complications that can happen with Dimple Creation Surgery?

Mild swelling and bruising are the most common issues. It is a potential possibility to have temporary weakness of your cheek muscle after the dimple creation that can last days or sometimes weeks. This is very rare. You might not like the dimple and might want it to be deeper or more shallow. Dr Ashok can potentially reverse the dimple creation surgery in the event that you do not like it, or make it deeper. Very rarely, an infection may develop. Dr Ashok will place you on a short course of antibiotics to prevent an infection from occurring. Very rarely the suture holding the dimple breaks prematurely due to excess swelling or other variables. If this happens, you might need to have your dimple procedure redone.

Can I eat and drink what I want after Dimple Creation Surgery?

You are free to eat and drink whatever you like after the dimple creation procedure. You will have some pain and discomfort in the cheek after dimple surgery, but it should be minimal and should not interfere with your ability to chew and eat normally.

Is Dimple Surgery reversible?

It is possible to reverse the surgery with a small procedure to loosen the dimple.

What is cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty)?

Also known as otoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. If protruding or misshapen ears are bothersome to you or your child, cosmetic ear surgery can help. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, such as overly large ears or protruding ears. Cosmetic ear surgery also treats ear shape that becomes more noticeable with development or misshapen ears caused by injury

What are the commonest problems with otoplasty?

The main problem with otoplasty is the inability to completely correct the asymmetry between the two ears. Once the ears are pinned back this is not usually a problem because the ears are less visible, which is the goal of the procedure. This asymmetry occurs because of the underlying asymmetry of the cartilage of the ears, the skin and the attachment to the skull.

Am I candidate for cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty)?

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery include those who are
  • Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
  • Typically five years of age or older, when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
  • Cooperative and follow instructions well
  • Able to communicate their feelings

Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery

What age can otoplasty be carried out?

Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to six years of age. Increasingly more adults who have been thinking about surgery for many years are now going ahead with otoplasty.

How is cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) performed?

Cosmetic ear surgery is performed through an incision in the back of the ear that allows the cosmetic surgeon to remove cartilage until the ear can be bent back toward the head. Permanent stitches may be used to help keep the ear in place. Another technique involves simply folding the cartilage onto itself to bring the ear closer to the head.General anesthesia is recommended for young children. For older children or adults, a local anesthesia with sedation may be used.

What are the different types of cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty)?

Cosmetic ear surgery can dramatically change your appearance. The results from ear surgery are immediate and usually long lasting. Follow-up with your surgeon is important to maintaining your results.

What is involved in recovery?

Cosmetic ear surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. A dressing is placed over the ear for a week to help reduce the normal swelling that occurs in the ear for a few days following surgery, with pain being minimal and easily relieved with medication. Most adults return to work about five days following ear surgery. Children can return to school after about a week, but they must limit their activities until they are fully healed from surgery.

Is cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) safe?

All surgical procedures carry some risk. Possible complications from cosmetic ear surgery include: Pain, swelling, infection, scarring (minimal and generally not visible), numbness (temporary) and asymmetry or mismatched ears (rare).

When can I return to work?

Most patients can return to work at 1-2 weeks fairly comfortably. We generally recommend children to stay 2 weeks off school because of the risk of having the ears knocked or pulled during that time.

Is this procedure covered by health insurance?

Cosmetic ear surgery is not usually covered by health insurance unless it is being completed for reconstructive purposes.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is a surgical process which removes excessive amount of fat, skin and loose muscles. This excess amount of the aforementioned is often found on the upper and lower eyelids.

How is the procedure performed?

In this process, incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelids or at times even on the inside of the eyelids. Some of the herniated fat and the excess skin is then removed. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.

Is there much scarring with a blepharoplasty?

Some amount scarring is a part of Blepharoplasty. However, It is minimal to none and the scars are almost invisible after several months of healing.

At what age can Blepharoplasty be performed?

There is no particular age bracket which undergoes Blepharoplasty. It can be performed at any age.

Will a Blepharoplasty get rid of my eye wrinkles?

No, Bepharoplasty cannot get you rid of your wrinkles. Other procedures like laser resurfacing and intense pulsed light treatments may help you deal with the wrinkle problems.

What should I expect in post surgery phase?

In post surgical phase, the operated eye tends to suffer from swelling. Tender and sore eyes are some of the other consequences after the surgery. However, they subdue in a span of few days. Blurry vision, watery or dry eyes are some other post surgical effects that are observed for the first few days after surgery.

When will my stitches be taken out?

Stitches are generally taken after four to five days after surgery.

When will I be able to see the results?

Once the swelling goes down, the results are noticeably there to be seen. The swelling generally comes down after few days of surgery.

What are the risks of blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty involves minor risks such as blurry vision, temporary swelling or tiny white pimples around the eye region. The healing rate for both eyes may differ, and hence may cause asymmetrical eyesight. Major complications such as permanent asymmetry have also been recorded apart from difficulty in closing the eyes or keeping them closed.

What is Asian blepharoplasty?

This type of surgery is performed to create a crease in the eyelid. It is very popular among Asians who usually have single eyelid (without any crease) and would prefer to have double eyelid (with one crease). Asians living in the US or outside Asia tend to undergo this surgery.

What is Non-surgical Face Lift?

It is a non invasive technique for face lifting. The non surgical process includes lifting the facial contours and adding volume to the specific facial areas.

Are There Different Kinds Of Facelifts?

Broadly there are two types of facelift treatments. In traditional facelift, some amount of fat is removed or reshaped to contour the face and up the facial muscles. In this process, at times, a good amount of incision is involved which can be avoided, depending upon the patient’s requirement.

In limited incision facelift, small incisions are made at various facial regions such as temples, near the ear, in the lower eyelid or at the chin. This process is also teamed up with neck lift process in order to give face a defined appearance or structure.

Am I A Candidate For A Facelift?

In general, anyone with good health with no medical conditions that could interfere with the healing process can be the candidate for a facelift.

Is skin type and colour any cause of concern for the treatment?

Skin type and colour has no effect on the treatment and results. So anybody can take this treatment.

Who can take this treatment?

Anyone seeking firmer facial appearance or rejuvenation can undertake this treatment. Men and women alike have been recorded to undertake this treatment to achieve better looking and effectively structured face. heating up beyond a set temperature. With proper and close temperature vigil, the treatment can be accomplished successfully.

In instant thread lift treatment, hair thin needles are inserted in the skin one after another. Once all are inserted, all of them are pulled out together smoothly. This leaves the skin with fine threads inside its layers. These threads induce fibroblast and leverages collagen production. This fibroblast and collagen production yields in a tightened, radiant skin. The threads within the layer of the skin get absorbed over the period of time.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

Generally, 4 sessions are enough to achieve the desired result. Each session lasts for 30 minutes in a very comfortable and manageable manner.

Are there any long-term side effects?

RF Face Lift and instant thread lift are absolutely safe procedures without any side effects.

What is the recovery time?

There is no downtime with non-surgical facelift and one can join work or resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?

Most professional tattoos take 5-10 sessions while home-made tattoos require 4-6 sessions. Sessions are usually spaced at intervals of 4-8 weeks. The number of treatments depends on a variety of parameters like the ink used, its location, age etc. After each session the tattoo keeps fading.

Is the treatment painful?

Minor discomfort may be experienced but that is limited to a mild stinging effect. At Olive, a topical anesthetic cream that we use at the start of the procedure makes you feel more relaxed. Tattoo removal is not designed to hurt you and we take extra care to make sure you feel at home.

Will there be any scarring?

The chance of scarring is minimal with the advanced Q-Switched ND-YAG lasers. People report of either hypo-pigmentation (loss of pigment) or hyper-pigmentation (excess pigment). This depends on the skin type and different skin types respond differently. But this fades overtime, with the original skin tone returning gradually.

Does it remove any type of tattoo?

Laser treatment effectively removes almost all tattoos. Currently, over 100 types of tattoo inks are used with none of them regulated. The results vary depending on the variations in tattoo sizes and the concentration of colors used. Black ink is effectively removed while red, dark blue, pink, and warmer colors respond well. Results with some dyes like white, yellow, orange and green, fluorescent or acrylic dyes are variable.

What is recovery like after Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Centre procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Surgical procedures are performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia and require a longer recovery period. Anesthesia normally wears off within the first 24 hours after surgery.

Will smoking affect my recovery after Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don't heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue smoking cessation after the procedure.

What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Scar Revision & Mole Removal surgery is relatively quick surgical procedure. The length of surgery may range from 15 minutes or longer.

Will I need time off work after Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Most patients do not require any time off from work. However, some patients plan a day off. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

When can I resume regular exercise after Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient's medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery.

Can I combine Scar Revision & Mole Removal with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures.

Commonly combined procedures with scar revision & mole removal include the following:

  • Chemical Peel
  • Botox

How much time passes between the initial consultation and Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery. Select procedures may be performed earlier. Non-surgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation.

Does insurance cover Scar Revision & Mole Removal?

Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The centre accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients; however, Scar Revision & Mole Removal may be partially or fully covered.

In what areas can fat be grafted in the body?

Fat can be grafted in body from any area where it exists in the subcutaneous space.

Which are the areas from where I can get my excess fat removed?

Fat is removed from areas where it exists in excess. It should also be an area where there is not a lot of fibrous tissue, like the male chest. Besides, it should be an area where a reasonable amount of fat can be removed, unlike the knees or arms.

What are the best sources for fat?

Areas where you have good quantity of fat, soft fat, no scars, and where you want to see a cosmetic result, like the perfect abdomen are the areas of best sources of fat.

Do all areas that I want grafted respond to fat grafting equally well?

Not all areas respond favourably to fat grafting. The lips and laugh lines respond the least and hence it takes up to three grafting sessions at times for lips to enlarge. All other areas of the face and body do reasonably well, and give appreciable result in one session.

How many sessions of fat grafting are needed?

There is no specific number of sessions determined to get the desired result. In the lips and laugh lines it often may take three sessions, but one may also work. All other areas are usually successful in one session.

What is the science and theory behind fat grafting?

The delicate and fragile fat cells are only loosely connected to their blood supply. These cells are harvested using a syringe and needle. These harvested fat cells are then injected into the area to be treated through crisscrossed tunnels. This process is known as microfat grafting. As the blood supply regulates in them, the fat cells keep their volume up, thus resulting in the success of the fat grafting process.

What factors determine the feasibility of fat grafting?

Some of the deciding factors that determine the feasibility of fat grafting are the anatomy and contour of the treatment area, fat availability for transplantation, grafting and actual survival of fat cells after transplantation.

Are all areas on the body equally good sources for fat?

Not all areas on the boy can prove to be good source of fat. Soft and non-fibrotic fat is best, usually from the central abdomen. Areas of previous liposuction with scarring are not good.

How do you harvest the fat?

Small cannulas are used for harvesting so that only small fat parcels will be processed. This triggers the new blood supply to hold its root and grow in. It is harvested under extremely light suction taking care that the fat cells won’t be affected under any circumstances. Anaesthetic solution in very small amount is used for harvesting so that the vitality of the fat cells is not doctored.

How is the fat prepared?

After extraction, the fats are gently washed and then mixed with antibiotics. The healthy fat cells are then segregated from the damaged and dead ones. These healthy fat cells are then injected in the treatment area.

How is the fat injected?

Micro-grafting technique is used for fat transplantation. Small cannulas are used to create tunnels where in the fat is injected in the area to be treated. This results into new blood supply being effectively facilitated through the transplanted fat.

Is fat grafting permanent?

Yes, fat grafting is a permanent procedure where in around 60% of the grafted fat survives.

How many procedures are needed to achieve the desired results?

Generally one procedure is enough to achieve the desired goal. However, in some cases, a second procedure may be required.

How long does the procedure take?

It largely depends on the area considered for grafting. A small area like lip takes around one hour to complete. In cases of areas like buttock, the procedure may go on as long as four to five hours.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time may differ given which part of the body has undergone the grafting process. In case of lips, the recovery time is absolutely zero as the patient will feel hale and hearty as soon as the process gets over. However, lips may appear to be swollen for a brief period of time (ranging from days to weeks). In case of buttock grafting, patient will be able to resume walking in about two days. Patients are advised not to sit on their buttocks for couple of weeks post grafting.

What is hair transplantation?

Hair Transplantation is the only permanent method of hair restoration in which one’s own hair from the back and sides of the head are extracted and implanted on front in the bald area.

Should I cut my hair prior to the hair transplantation?

It is easier for the hair transplant surgeon and his team to work when the existing hair in the area to be transplanted is cut short, but a skilled surgeon can work well in either situation.

How are recipient sites made during a hair transplant?

At our centre, we use tiny needles& blades of varying sizes. At the start of the hair transplant procedure, the different size follicular units are fitted to specific site sizes to determine exactly the best size instrument to use for each graft. By custom fitting the sites to the grafts, healing is incredibly fast and patients are able to gently shampoo their scalp the day following hair transplant surgery. All recipient sites are made using lateral slits, as these give the most full, natural coverage.

After a strip procedure, will the scalp’s laxity return to normal and how long after the hair transplant does it take?

Following hair transplantation, the scalp regains most of its laxity in the first eight months, but it will continue to loosen slightly after that. It is interesting that if the scalp is tight prior to hair loss surgery, the scalp is less likely to have its full laxity return than in patients who had loose scalps to begin with.

Can you get your original density back with a hair transplant?

Although the cosmetic benefit can be dramatic, a hair transplant only “moves” rather than creates new hair. In hair transplant surgery, a limited amount of hair from the donor area is transplanted to a much larger area in the front and top of the scalp, so that we can never reach the original density. Achieving a cosmetically appropriate density in the front part of the scalp (which is around 1/3 to 1/2 of the original density) generally takes two sessions and is the goal of most hair replacement surgery.

What is Follicular Unit Transplantation and how is it different from Follicular Unit Extraction?

Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation ( FUT) is a procedure where hair is transplanted in the naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hair follicles. During this type of hair transplant, a donor strip is removed from the back and sides of the scalp and then sutured, generally leaving a thin, fine-line scar. Individual units, or groups of hair, are then dissected from this donor strip using microscopes. In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), the individual units are removed directly from the back or sides of the scalp, through a small round instrument called a punch, so that there is no linear scar. There is, however, scaring from the removal of each follicle. Although the scars of FUE are tiny and round, the total amount of scarring is actually more than in FUT.

What is “shock fall out”?

Shedding after hair transplant surgery is also referred to by the very ominous sounding term “shock fall out,” or “shock loss.” The correct medical term is “effluvium” which literally means shedding. It is usually the miniaturized hair — i.e. the hair that is at the end of its lifespan due to genetic balding — that is most likely to be shed. Less likely, some healthy hair will be shed, but this should re-grow.

Can you use beard hair for a hair transplant using FUE?

It is possible to use beard hair for hair transplants, but there are three main differences between harvesting from the donor area and harvesting from the beard that should be taken into account. These are: a) scarring b) ease of extraction and c) hair quality.

Can you shave your scalp after a hair transplant with FUE without noticing scarring in the donor area?

Although there is no line scar in FUE there are tiny round ones. You can clip your hair very short after FUE; however, shaving your head will make the very fine white scarring visible.

Is it true that smoking is bad for hair transplants and why?

Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels and decreased blood flow to the scalp, predominantly due to its nicotine content. In addition, the carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. These factors both contribute to poor wound healing after a hair transplant and can increase the chance of a wound infection and scarring. Smoking may also contribute to poor hair growth. Although it is not known exactly how long one should avoid smoking before and after a hair transplant surgery, a common recommendation is to abstain from 1 week prior to surgery to 2 weeks after the hair transplantation procedure.

Will I be unconscious during the hair transplant procedure and do you use general anesthesia?

All of the surgical hair transplantprocedures are performed under local anesthesia. Patients are given a sedative to help them relax, but they are not put to sleep. Most patients watch TV, movies or just chat during the procedure.

Can females undergo hair transplant?


What is the difference between hair and follicular units?

Hair grows naturally in follicular units of one; two or three groups which if extracted together grow in a very natural way.

What is the difference in the post-op precautions of both techniques?

In FUT method, sutures are put at the back of head, so special precautions like sleeping in a particular position, refraining from exercise, avoiding strenuous work etc. are required till the stitches are out. In FUE, the patient walks out of the clinic, rests for a while and is free to follow daily routine from next day. Even the bandage at the back of head is out the next day. As there are no sutures there is minimal pain post operatively.

Is there any difference in the no. of follicles extracted by these methods?

Yes, the number of follicles extracted in STRIP method is definitely more in one sitting as compared to one sitting of FUE .But even one sitting of strip is usually not sufficient for most of the cases which means multiple sittings and multiple scars. FUE is virtually free of scars and patient can undergo multiple sittings without much discomfort.

What about the healing period?

Healing is much faster in FUE and patient is active and mobile immediately after surgery on the same day only whereas in STRIP a resting period of at least a week is required.

Should i stop tab aspirin before my hair transplant?

You should discontinue the Aspirin 10 days prior to your hair restoration procedure. Other NSAIDs (nonsteroidalantiinflammatory drugs) need only be stopped 3 days before the hair transplant. Both Aspirin and other NSAIDs can be resumed three days after surgery.

When can one see the final results?

The hair start regrowing after 3-4 months. Full growth is usually appreciable after 10-12 months.

What is hand surgery?

Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. Plastic surgeons are expert in restoring function and appearance to the hand, wrist and forearm.

Can I have surgery on both hands at the same time?

There are few cases, endoscopic carpal tunnel releases and traumatic injuries to both hands that require urgent treatment, where bilateral surgery is recommended. However, in the situation where there is a choice and time is not critical, it is best to stage the procedures weeks apart to allow the patient to have one hand free without a dressing and with good strength as the operated hand recovers.

What type of anesthesia is used for these hand procedures?

The patient is sedated and comfortable throughout all procedures. In some cases a local or regional nerve block with a mild sedation is given for the procedure and other times intravenous medications for general anesthetic is used to make the patient comfortable.

What are the possible complications?

Although uncommon, complications do occur occasionally during or following hand surgery. Infections are the most common complication and these can be prevented with pre-operative and post-operative antibiotics and gentle exercises. Other complications can include: phlebitis (blood clots of a vein), excessive swelling or bleeding, damage to blood vessels or nerves.

Is bleeding around the incisions after surgery normal?

It is not unusual to have some mild bleeding through the small incision areas, and the area should be kept dry and covered. Should this happen and you are at home, you should reinforce the dressing with more sterile gauze. However, if bleeding persists, contact the plastic surgeon.

Can I go home immediately after surgery?

Generally speaking, many patients can go home the same day as their procedure.

What is the recovery time for most procedures?

Hand surgery can entail as simple a procedure as a carpal tunnel release or foreign body removal which would allow immediate near full use of the hand, or as complicated as a wrist laceration involving all tendons and nerves which can take up to a year for an adequate functional recovery. The wounds can take several days to week to heal. Although the wounds are small and pain in the joint may be minimal, it takes several weeks or longer for the joint to maximally recover. You should follow the specific activity and rehabilitation program suggested by your plastic surgeon to speed your recover and protect future joint function.

What Is Hymenoplasty?

Hymen is a membrane that partially covers the vagina opening. This membrane breaks when a woman has sexual intercourse for the first time. It may also be broken while performing moderate to heavy physical activity for a prolonged period of time. The status of the hymen, whether it is broken or intact, is generally considered to know whether or not the woman is virgin.

In case it is broken, a woman can restore it by undergoing hymenoplasty. Once restored, the sexual intercourse will happen just like in the virginal state.

What is Hymen?

Hymen is a part of the vulva, the gateway to vagina and is situated half an inch inside the female body part. The thin pink membrane partially blocks the vaginal entrance.

What Are My Options?

There are three types of procedures one can opt for, depending upon the patient’s requirement:
  • Conventional stitching of a recently torn hymen
  • An upgrade to conventional stitching, we create a blood membrane for better stitching
  • Creation of a new hymen with provision of genuine blood supply for a stabilized recovery.

What precautions should be taken prior to surgery?

Apart from maintaining general hygiene of the area concerned, no special precaution is prescribed.

Is the entire surgery a painful process?

The process is completely painless and is performed by giving the patient local anesthesia.

How I will feel after procedure?

You will feel as normal as ever after the surgery. A little discomfort may be felt for few days.

How long is the recovery time?

You will be discharged the same day of your surgery. However, it is advisable to stay at the clinic/hospital for a couple of hours. Post surgery you can resume your normal life and day to day activity without any indication of the surgery.

What are the related after care?

Apart from keeping the area operated clean and maintaining high level of hygiene, no special care is necessary. Vigorous activities like exercise or using a tampon should be avoided during the healing process.

How much time I need to recover from hymenoplasty before marriage?

It is advisable to get your hymenoplasty done 3-4 weeks prior to the marriage. This will allow considerable period of time for your hymen to heal and regulate comfortably. It will also help keep the hymen intact for your first intercourse post surgery and will bleed normally like a virgin vagina.

Is there a scar or sign of operation?

There is no scar or surgery marks post the operation.

Are there any risks/complications of hymen involved in this surgery?

Hymenoplasty involves no risks or complication in its procedure.

What is liposuction?

It is a cosmetic procedure that improves the shape of your body by removing unwanted or excess fat cells.

What is Abdominal Etching?

Many men want to have "six-pack" abdominal muscles. Physiologically, however, no matter how much some men exercise, their bodies will not produce the desired sculpted appearance. Abdominal etching is a precise form of liposuction that creates the six-pack look. The procedure removes very small deposits of fat around the natural contours of the abdominal muscles, which allows the definition of those muscles to appear more prominently.

Who can receive liposuction?

Most everyone can be considered a good candidate to receive liposuction. Above all, a candidate should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them. Good candidates will have overall good health, be slightly above-weight and have supple, elastic skin. Liposuction works best for people who have pockets of unwanted fat that have not responded to dieting and exercise.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

Everything you need to know to prepare for liposuction will be discussed during an initial consultation with your surgeon. The surgeon will assess your health and discuss a few options that may be available. The safety and the most-likely outcome of the procedure will also be discussed. Once you decide to go ahead with the procedure, the surgeon will give you specific instructions that must be followed in the weeks leading up to date of the operation.

How is liposuction done?

Patients are usually given a general or local anesthesia before the procedure. The cosmetic surgeon will mark the spots on the body where incisions will be made and where the fat will be removed. After each incision, the cosmetic surgeon will insert a small, hollow, steel tube called a canula under the skin through the incision. The canula is attached to a vacuum that pulls the fat into the canula to a collection container.

What are the different techniques?

(a) Tumescent Liposuction - This technique calls for the cosmetic surgeon to inject a solution into the fatty areas to be treated before the canula is inserted. The injection contains a mixture of normal saline solution, a local anesthetic and a medication that contracts blood vessels. The injection has several purposes. It loosens the fat, It reduces blood loss, it reduces bruising and it anesthetizes the area. (b) Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction - In this technique, a special canula is used that has an ultrasound generator attached to it. The ultrasonic waves liquefy the fat cells, making them easier to remove. This method allows for more detailed body sculpturing and a quicker recovery time. Trauma is minimized with the result of less bruising and blood loss.

What are Vaser Liposuction and How Does It Differ from Traditional Liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is an advanced body shaping technique which removes areas of unwanted fat. Advanced ultrasound technology is used as an alternative to traditional liposuction to gently reshape the body. Traditional liposuction uses harsh techniques to remove fat that can leave patients facing a long recovery period. Vaser liposuction is different from traditional body contouring techniques in that it is able to differentiate fat cells from other important tissues such as blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.

Are there any risks associated with liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and all surgical procedures inherently have an element of risk. Some complications that can be caused by liposuction include infection, bleeding, swelling and pain. The risks associated with the procedure are minimal when compared to other types of surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

If only a small amount of fat is being removed, local anesthesia and a light sedative may be all that is required. Larger areas typically require that general anesthesia be administered. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss anesthesia options with you before the procedure.

What areas of the body can be targeted?

Any areas with fatty deposits can be targeted by liposuction. The most common areas are the abdomen, hips, thighs and upper arms.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery time varies by individual and by the amount of fat removed from the body. Most people are able to return to work within a few days and can fully resume their usual lifestyle in one to two weeks.

How long does the procedure take?

Liposuction usually takes one to three hours to perform, depending on the area or areas treated. It is usually done on an outpatient basis, but an overnight hospital stay may be recommended in some situations.

Is Future Weight Gain Possible and Will Fat Migrate To Other Areas?

Once you have liposuction, if you begin to gain weight it will be proportionately distributed all over your body. Once fat is removed it is gone. Therefore, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and have a good diet,it should not return. However, fat is necessary to a healthy body, therefore, some fat will remain on untreated areas? If you do gain a significant amount of weight, the fatty tissue will expand. You can also expect normal changes as you age also.

What is lip reduction?

Lip reduction surgery reduces the appearance of lips that are larger or fuller than desirable.

At what age can lip reduction be performed?

This procedure can be performed during the mid to late teens (with parental permission for those under the age of 18) on up.

What does a typical lip reduction consultation entail?

During your consultation, you should be honest about your issues with your lips and how you would like to change them. Our Plastic surgeon will then tell you what you can reasonably expect to accomplish with lip reduction surgery. He or she should also discuss the surgery itself, what it entails and the various procedure options that are available. You should go over the risks and complications related to lip reduction, as well as the cost. Expect to go over your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for this surgery.

How is lip reduction performed?

Lip reduction usually involves an intraoral (inside the mouth) incision that runs the length of your lip. Our Plastic Surgeon will then remove a thin horizontal slice of tissue from the inside of your lip and close the incision with sutures. Both lips can be done during the same procedure.

What should I expect postoperatively?

Definitely expect some swelling, usually in the moderate to severe range, accompanied by some moderate soreness. Your lip(s) may also feel numb for a while, making eating and drinking a challenge.

When will the stitches be removed?

Non-dissolving stitches are usually removed after seven to 10 days, and it may sting a little bit.

When will I see the results?

Although your swelling should resolve within two weeks, the final results may not be seen for approximately three to four months postoperatively.

What are the risks of lip reduction?

Risks of lip reduction include an allergic reaction to the anesthetic, hematoma (swelling caused by a pooling of blood), seroma (swelling caused by a collection of serum), and numbness in the lip area. Cosmetically, your smile may change and your lips may become asymmetrical. And there's always the possibility of general dissatisfaction with the results.

Are the results of lip reduction permanent?

Yes, results are permanent

What is low-level laser therapy?

Low-level laser therapy is the use of low intensity photonic energy as a treatment modality

How does Low-Level Laser work?

Photonic stimuli excite the body’s cells infusing them with energy, with the three primary reactions being, reduction of inflammation, cell regeneration, and increased blood flow.

What are the benefits of low-laser therapy?

Low level laser therapy is a non-invasive, fast and effective modality that has been proven in clinical trials to reduce pain, reduce enema, and promote healing.

How safe is low-level laser therapy?

Low level laser therapy has is very safe; the only general precaution is the use of special filtering glasses when a class 3B laser is in use.

How deep into the tissue can laser light penetrate?

The depth of penetration is dependent on multiple factors including mass and density, however since low-level laser has been proven in clinical studies to effect subcutaneous cells; the point is low-level laser, does penetrate; as opposed to the heat lamp devices that do not.

What the difference is between pulsed vs. constant wave?

Like their names imply, constant wave is a continuous emission of laser energy, without disruption, for the length of time the device is ON. Pulsed wave is controlled breaks in the wave, at predefined and programmed intervals.

What is hertz as it relates to low-level lasers?

The predefined, controlled breaks in the laser emission, measured by the number of breaks per second, equals hertz.


Is low-level laser therapy painful?

No, most people do not feel anything. For those that have reported a feeling, it is nothing more than a slight tingling

How is low-level laser therapy administered?

The mechanics of low low-level laser therapy is administered is based on the indication for use; however, the general process is the probe containing the laser diode(s) are held in place or moved gently over the treatment area at a distance of anywhere from 4” – 12.”

How long does it take for the laser to heal or improve a condition?

This is dependent of the application however, progress is immediately evident.

What’s the difference between Lasers vs. LED?

laser devices used electric diodes, which are high end, culminated and strictly measured within a plus/minus .05%. LEDs are inexpensive, non-focused wide range light sources. The primary difference is in performance and depth of penetration. Laser diodes penetrate, working subcutaneously, LEDs do not affecting the surface only.

What is male breast reduction or Gynaecomastia?

The word Gynaecomastia comes from the Greek words 'gyne' meaning woman and 'mastos' meaning breast. Gynaecomastia is enlargement of the male breast tissue. Male breast reduction is a procedure which can reduce the size of enlarged male breasts making them flatter, firmer and better contoured. During the surgery, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed from the breasts and if necessary, excess skin may be removed as well.

Am I too young to have gynecomastia surgery?

In general, we recommend you wait until the age of 18 years. There are some circumstances where a person should consider it earlier. For this you will have to consult a Plastic Surgeon.

Who will benefit from male breast reduction surgery?

Any man who has an abnormal amount of fatty tissue on their chest and who is uncomfortable with it would benefit from the surgery.

What are the common causes of "man boobs"?

There are a number of factors which can cause a man's chest to become overdeveloped and enlarged. During puberty around 90% of boys develop fatty tissue around the chest and in most cases the problem resolves itself with maturity. For 10% however, the problem persists into adulthood. Ageing is also a common factor as male hormones reduce and substantial weight loss can cause the skin to sag making the chest more prominent.

Can gynaecomastia surgery help me lose weight?

No. If you are obese or overweight, exercise and weight loss are recommended before surgery can be considered. Gynaecomastia surgery is not an alternative to weight loss

How is the male breast reduction surgery performed?

The male breast reduction surgery begins by making key hole incisions which may be made on the edge of the areola or inframammary region. Working through the incisions, excess glandular tissue and fat are removed from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breasts. Excess skin may also be removed. Liposuction alone may be used if there is only excess fatty tissue.

How long does gynaecomastia surgery take?

Surgery can take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours depending on the amount of tissue to be removed.

Will I have to stay overnight in hospital?

A 'boobs' procedure can often be performed under local or general anaesthetic; enabling you to return home the same day.

How long is the recovery period after my surgery?

Any bruising and swelling will disappear in the first 7- 10 days. At this point the first stage of healing is complete. If you needed stitches, these will be removed after the first week. A compression garment may need to be worn for about six weeks after the surgery for best result. Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities after 3 weeks and exercise after 6 weeks.

What results can I expect?

You can expect a firmer, more contoured chest after the initial swelling has gone down.

Will my health insurance cover this procedure?

In most cases, they do not cover this procedurer. For this you will have to consult a Plastic Surgeon.

What is microdermabrasion ?

Microdermabrasion also known as lunchtime peel or lunchtime facelift is a new way to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin . The microdermabrasion procedure uses a fine mist of aluminium oxide crystals to smooth the skin. The fine abrasive action of the crystals combines with a vacuum suction to remove the dead outer layer of skin, resulting in new, softer silky skin with a more even texture to its surface. Because microdermabrasion is so precise, the procedure is virtually pain-free.

What is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a mechanical procedure that uses a power driver hand-held device to remove the outer layers of the skin. It may need general or a local anesthesia, depending on the treated area. Derma abrasion lasts between a few minutes and two hours, depending on the depth and area of the skin resurfacing. After dermabrasion treatment, the skin is red, swollen and extremely sensitive for about 10 days. Dermabrasion can offer visible improvement by treating deep wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation.

What can microdermabrasion treat?

Microdermabrasion is recommended for dull,lifeless,pigmented,sun tanned and acne prone skin ,oily pores,acne scars, age spots,freckles,blotchiness, superficial pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles . The neck and chest and back can also be treated to blend the skin and remove any sun damage often found in that area.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

The procedure offers no downtime, little discomfort during the procedure, no side effects, and no anesthesia or recovery time. All skin colors can be treated, and patients can immediately return to their normal activities. It can be a very good way to achieve younger, vibrant-looking skin while still keeping up with a busy lifestyle.

How long does the treatment take?

One of the main benefits of microdermabrasion is that the entire procedure can be done in as little as half an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

First four sessions to be undertaken with a gap of ten to fifteen days between each session.

Can microdermabrasion be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Microdermabrasion is the perfect complement to other procedures, including Botox, collagen, laser skin rejuvenation treatment.

Are there any risks?

Microdermabrasion is one of the safest rejuvenation procedures available today. It is unusual to develop any complications from this treatment.

What is Rhinoplasty?

A Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that is performed to change the shape or look of a nose or improve its function due to trauma or birth defects.

How important is the preoperative analysis in Rhinoplasty?

Accurate preoperative analysis is 50 percent of the outcome. This will help you understand what look would make you look great and fabulous.

How can I prepare for Rhinoplasty?

Do not take any medication that may affect blood clotting or cause post surgical bleeding problems. Tablets like Aspirin and Ibuprofen should be strictly avoided. If you smoke, make sure you have stopped smoking one month prior to the surgery and continue till another month post surgery.

What can I expect during Rhinoplasty?

Depending upon your requirement, the surgeon will either perform open technique (incision across the bottom of the nose) or closed technique (incision along the lining of the nostril). The cartilage is then removed or rearranged to reshape the nose. A nasal split is also applied to give better results.

What is the recovery time for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is generally followed by moderate swelling and bruising. This swelling may last up to two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to four weeks. We advise our patients to wear a nasal splint for the first 7-10 days after your Rhinoplasty.

What are the risks of Rhinoplasty?

Some of the common post surgical risks of Rhinoplasty are infection, adverse reaction to anaesthesia and excessive bleeding. You may need additional surgery, depending upon your satisfaction level.

What can I expect after Rhinoplasty?

Results from a Rhinoplasty surgery can typically be seen once the swelling goes down and your physician removes the nasal split. Nasal breathing is also difficult for about 3 weeks after the surgery due to swelling. Most, if not all, of the swelling is gone two months after you have the surgery performed.

What are the alternatives to Rhinoplasty?

There are no alternatives to cosmetic Rhinoplasty. But if you’re looking to improve your breathing you can try using nasal strips as a non-surgical means of correcting the issue.

Why have penis surgeries?

Many people assume (quite wrongly) that either penile implants or a penile enlargement procedure will be undertaken for psychological reasons. It is therefore assumed that men who are not happy with the size of their penis will opt for genital surgery to alleviate the psychological implications that may have developed after the man becomes overly self-conscious about the size of his penis. This may be the reason that some men opt for genital surgery but others want the surgery to enhance sensation during sexual intercourse. Sometimes as we get older or perhaps even have developed other medical conditions, there can be a loss of sensation within the penis and genital surgery can help restore the sensations and therefore enhance lovemaking.

What does penis surgery involve?

Penis surgery involves either enlarging the penis or putting implants into the penis and as such, either procedure is a significant procedure that involves complex and precise surgery. It can be performed either using a local anaesthetic (usually with some sedation) or a general anaesthetic. Implants or fat/tissue etc are then inserted into the penis, or in the case of implants, specific implants are inserted. After the surgery there is usually some significant bruising and swelling. It is also important to have sufficient rest after the procedure and as such, men should aim to have at least several weeks off work simply to be sure that the healing process is more or less complete before they start back at work.

What are the potential risks or known side effects of male genital surgery?

Obviously any surgery carries with it inherent risks. With regard to male genital surgery the risk of potential side effects or complications are mercifully quite low, but there are risks. These involve the risk of infection, of the implants not being accepted by the body, of there being ultimately loss of sensation within the penis and so on. But potential patients should not be distracted by these low risks, since the benefits of male genital surgery and the enhanced sensation are often significant and ensure that lovemaking becomes an intensely pleasurable activity once again. There is no reason to assume that there will be side effects or complications

Can penile enlargement surgery improve self-esteem and quality of life?

With respect to feelings of penile inadequacy, meaning the man's perception that his penile size is smaller than what he would like, even if it is normal, the results of such surgery frequently will improve his sexual and machismo image and positively affect his interactions with sexual partners, coworkers and professional associates.

How much extra length may be obtained?

This is a hard question to answer, and absolute promises cannot be made. However, length may be increased by approximately one to two inches. Maximum length is obtained when the surgery is combined with a penile stretching device.

How long after surgery can I have sex?

It is advisable to wait six weeks before engaging in penetrative sex. However, you can masturbate in approximately 1 week after surgery, as long as you use gentle masturbation of the glans (head of the penis) only.

Are the results of penile lengthening permanent?

The results of penile lengthening are permanent, and when combined with a penile stretching device added length will occur over time.

Are the results of penile widening permanent?

The results of penile widening by the liposuction technique are frequently not permanent. Usually only thirty percent of the fat injected into the penis survives after one year. In addition, asymmetry, that is to say, unevenness and nodularity may occur. Frequently, repeat injections (touch ups) to fill in the defects are needed. If you have the widening by the Allograft Dermal Matrix Graft (Alloderma) technique the results are much more predictable and permanent.

What are the risks of surgical penile lengthening or widening with your techniques?

The risks of penile lengthening surgery are very low with my technique.

Very few patients experience complications. However, I will discuss the following risks with you:
  • a reduction of the erect upward angle of the penis
  • a keloid scar at the site of the incision
  • shortening of the penis
  • skin incision separation
  • bruising
  • bleeding
  • infection
  • temporary swelling of the penis
  • a collection of serum under the skin
  • reduction in penile sensation
  • erectile dysfunction

What can I expect from glanular enhancement surgery?

You can expect between 20% and 30% increase in the flare of the proximal 1/3 of your glans (head of penis).

Will insurance cover these treatments?

If you have a truly small penis - in medical terms this is called micropenis - and the length measures less than three and two thirds inches in the erect state, and the width measures less than three and a half inches in circumference in the erect state; or if you have had previous penile surgery, Personae’s disease, an aggressive circumcision, other genital trauma, or a neurogenic bladder that caused penile shortening then insurance will probably pay for the surgery of penile lengthening. However, insurance will not cover the costs of these procedures when done purely for cosmetic reasons. Insurance will not cover penile widening.

What causes hair loss in women?

Hair thinning in women which affects nearly 40 million American women is mainly due to heredity and can start any time after puberty. However, we also know that female pattern hair loss can be strongly influenced by age, nutrition, stress, surgery, medications, illness, social/lifestyle factors, hair care and more. As hair follicles weaken and stop producing hair, hair loss occurs.

What causes hair loss in men?

In men we know that hair loss follows a very specific, progressive pattern that is passed on through heredity and is triggered by hormone–specifically dihydrotestosterone or DHT. An estimated 60 million American men are suffering with male pattern hair loss. As hair follicles miniaturize and weaken, coverage of the scalp diminishes leaving thinning or balding areas.

What are PRP hair regrowth treatments and how do they work?

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma for hair regrowth is an in-office, non-surgical, autologous treatment derived from the patient’s own blood that can be performed in about an hour. After the area of concern is identified, evaluated and measured, standardized medical photos are taken in the photo suite. Special gentle and sterile techniques and equipment are used to separate and concentrate the platelets and plasma from a small sample of peripheral blood. A small sample of the blood and PRP is tested in a hematology analyzer to measure and document the improved platelet concentration. PRP contains growth factors and cytokines that have been shown to be responsible for stimulating and enhancing hair follicle function. The PRP may be combined with ECM or Extracellular Matrix (like ACell or BioD) for a stronger and longer hair growth result. The scalp is prepared with antiseptic solution and anesthetic (a “ring block,” not simply local anesthetic gel) is used to completely numb the scalp for a 100% painless procedure. Small injections of the PRP deliver the powerful platelet-derived growth factors into the skin at the level of the weak follicles. Electronic, mechanical microneedling is performed. A session of Low Level Laser Therapy is performed before the patient leaves the office.

Who is the ideal candidate for PRP treatments for hair loss?

At OUR CENTRE, we focus on two types of hair loss patients when it comes to PRP treatments: patients with areas of “weak quality” hair growth on the scalp, where functioning hair follicles can still be observed, and patients with small areas of alopecia areata. In our experience, these are the patients who appear to have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.

How does combining ACell or BioD with help with the overall results of treatment?

It has been reported that when Extracellular Matrix or ECM products like ACell (porcine bladder-derived) or BioD (human amniotic placenta-derived) are added to PRP in appropriate quantities, a stronger and longer duration of hair growth improvement has been observed.

When can you expect results from PRP and how long do they last?

Typically, we can measure improvements in Hair Mass Index using HairCheck months before the results are visible to the naked eye. Increases in Hair Mass Index using the HairCheck device predict how much visual improvement the patient is likely to see in the months to come. It takes six to twelve months to judge the results of PRP “visually” in the mirror or with standardized photos. Measurements are taken every three months, so the plateau phase of improvement can be tracked. When Hair Mass Index starts to decline, the patient’s next PRP is planned. With the exception of alopecia areata, the average hereditary hair loss patient can expect to need PRP with ECM on an annual basis.

What are the risks and benefits of PRP treatments?

PRP is a comfortable, in-office, non-surgical procedure that takes about an hour start-to-finish, and most of that time is spent in the preparation phase meaning you, the patient, is just relaxing! Most patients notice a brief period of inflammation during which their scalp remains somewhat pink and numb for a few hours. Swelling is rare (about 15% of the time) and if it occurs is noticeable in the forehead or around the eye area on the next day. Any swelling takes about a day or two to resolve. Hair growth improvements can typically be measured in about three months, but it takes six to twelve months to visually “see” the difference in photos and in the mirror. Patients with certain blood disorders or on certain medications are not candidates for PRP treatments. PRP is immunologically neutral and poses little risk of allergy, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions. At Bauman Medical, we use the yes PRP system of kits and centrifuges to assist in a consistent quality of preparation of PRP.

How long do the benefits of PRP treatments last?

According to published reports, “plain” PRP (without ECM) tends to improve hair caliber and hair growth for about four to six weeks, requiring multiple repeated treatments as often as every other month. When using ECMs like ACell or BioD, the effects of PRP have been reported to be stronger and last longer. In our hands, at Bauman Medical, we have noticed that Hair Mass Index (aka HairScore) measurements performed with HairCheck cross sectional hair bundle trichometry can improve and plateau for up to two years when PRP is combined with ECM called “BioD-Restore.” On average, however, most patients will require their repeat PRP treatment after an average of one year in order to maintain the hair growth effects.

Is there a recovery period or downtime after PRP treatments?

There is no activity restriction after a PRP treatment. Patients may shower/shampoo/condition their hair normally just several hours after the treatment and resume normal daily and athletic activities. As mentioned previously, some brief mild inflammation noticeable as redness/pinkness and numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours. No harsh chemical coloring or perming treatments should be performed for at least 72 hours. Use of topical hair growth treatments like Minoxidil 82M or similar can resume the next day. Laser therapy treatments can also be resumed the next day.

Are there any contraindications or other factors that would make someone ineligible for PRP?

Patients should be educated by their Hair Restoration Physician as to what results they could expect from PRP in various areas of the scalp. Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to PRP depending on the amount of weak hair follicles present in each zone. Generally, with the exception of small round areas of alopecia areata, locations where severe depletion of follicles has occurred should not be treated. The vast majority of healthy individuals can easily undergo PRP treatments. Certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or hemodynamic instability and/or the presence of anti-coagulation therapy (e.g. warfarin) would make PRP contraindicated. Recent steroid treatments and smoking are relative contraindications and should be discussed with your Hair Restoration Physician.

Skin tightening procedures have become very popular in recent years because they provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality.

Consider Nonsurgical Skin Tightening In Case of:
  • Mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms or abdomen
  • Residual skin laxity after an operative procedure
  • Improvement in the quality of your skin
  • If you are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive, surgical procedure to correct skin laxity.
  • A non-invasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin
  • Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime
  • A treatment that may be used for all skin types.
  • Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures
  • Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results
  • Skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur.

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering nonsurgical skin tightening. To know what would be the best solution for your skin, please consult your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Aesthetic surgery is popularly known as "Cosmetic Surgery".

What is Plastic Surgery?

Dictionary defines plastic surgery as: surgery concerned with the repair, restoration, or improvement of lost, injured, defective, or misshapen body parts. Some people are put off by the use of the word "plastic", as it is sometimes considered to be synonymous with "fake" or "superficial", while others object because they believe that it implies the implantation or grafting of actual plastic parts into or onto human beings. While it could be said that there is some truth in these interpretations, the word "plastic" in this context has more to do with the origin of the word, which is from the Greek plastikos, meaning "able to be molded".

What is the difference between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed for aesthetic reasons, whereas plastic or reconstructive surgery is usually performed for medical reasons.

Why is Cosmetic Surgery necessary?

A pleasant appearance cans open doors to new opportunities whereas unattractive looks may find the same avenues closed. People elect to have cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance, thereby increasing their self esteem and confidence.

Who can perform a Cosmetic Surgery?

A qualified Doctor like Dr. Ashok Pandey, who has a Board Certificated Plastic Surgery Certificate is well educated and qualified to perform a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery.

What are the types of Cosmetic Surgery?

The most common types of Cosmetic Surgeries are: Hair Transplant (FUT & FUE),Nose Reshaping(Rhinoplasty) Eyelift (Blepharoplasty), Ear Reshaping (otoplasty),Facial implants, Lip Reshaping, Liposuction, Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast enlargement (augmentation mammaplasty) & Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty).

What is Hair Transplantation?

Hair Transplantation is a procedure to solve the baldness problems and can make the hair grow in a bald head.

What is Face Lift?

The skin is cut in the scalp and around the ear. It is then separated from the underlying tissue, pulled tighter and stitched. Leftover skin is cut away. The operation can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, and may take anywhere from two to four hours. The face will be bruised and swollen for some weeks. Numbness or an uncomfortably tight sensation are common reactions and may continue for months after surgery.

What is Eyelift (blepharoplasty)?

The eyelids are cut along their full length to the 'crow's feet' wrinkles at the outer corners. Excess skin and fat are removed. Laser resurfacing may also be performed to treat remaining wrinkles. This operation may take one to two hours and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. The eyes will be bruised and swollen for a few weeks. Side effects include blurred vision, overproduction of tears and changed shape of the eyes (usually only temporarily).

What is Chemical peel?

A chemical peel removes the surface layers of skin. A solution is wiped over the face and may be left uncovered or masked with lotion or tape. The chemicals burn the skin and the healing process promotes new growth. Deep burns remove the most wrinkles, but also increase the risk of complications such as scarring and infection.

What is Wrinkle Reduction?

Wrinkles can be lessened using friction or plumped out with a variety of technologies. Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser beam to burn the skin. Botox is an otherwise deadly toxin that is used in a small dose to paralyse the underlying muscles responsible for forming the skin wrinkles. Botulinum injections (Botox) can be a safe and effective temporary treatment of fine facial lines and wrinkles. Injections of fat or collagen can be piped along wrinkles to smooth them out.

What is Ear Correction (otoplasty)?

Ears that stick out from the head can be repositioned anytime after the age of five or six years. The fold of skin behind the ear is cut, and the excess cartilage is reduced or remodelled. The operation takes around one hour. Bandages need to be worn for a few weeks to help manage the bruising and swelling.

What is Nose Surgery (rhinoplasty)?

In most cases, the surgery is performed through incisions in the nostrils, leaving no visible scars. Bone and cartilage are trimmed and the nose reshaped. Nostril packs and splints may be required. This operation takes around two hours. Bruising and swelling may take three or four months to fully subside. Complications such as bleeding or infection are comparatively rare. Sometimes a chin implant is inserted at the same time to balance the profile.

What is Facial Implants?

Implants are used to fill out a receding chin or flat cheekbones. The implant is inserted through a small incision in a concealed place – for example, inside the mouth.

What is Lip enhancement?

Thin lips can be fattened with a variety of procedures that offer short or long term results. Injections of collagen or fat are both eventually reabsorbed by the body. A permanent implant similar to a small, foam rod can be threaded through the lip.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and throat. A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted through a skin incision and the fat is sucked out with a powerful suction pump. The operation can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. A pressure garment needs to be worn for some months to help the skin to contract and contour. The area will be bruised and swollen for weeks or months. Complications can include failure of the skin to contract, causing a corrugated look. A lipectomy is an operation that removes extra skin as well as fat.

What is Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?

Excess skin and fat from the abdomen are removed and the underlying abdominal muscles tightened. Often, the navel will need to be relocated. Incisions are generally made along the bikini line to minimise the visibility of scarring. This operation is performed using general anaesthetic. Numbness and sensations of uncomfortable tightness are common and may continue for some months after surgery. Complications include infection and the formation of fluid pockets.

What is Breast enlargement (augmentation mammaplasty)?

Enlarging the breasts requires the insertion of saline or silicone implants. An incision is made under the breast or armpit and the implant is pushed through. It may be positioned either behind or in front of the chest pectoral muscle. There will be bruising and swelling for a few weeks. Complications include the formation of hard scar tissue around the implant, deflation of the implant, and implants that move out of position.

What is Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty)?

Incisions are made beneath each breast and around the areolae of the nipples. Excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining breast tissue is remodelled and the nipples repositioned and stitched in place. Scars can take up to one year to fade, but will remain visible for life. Complications include reduced nipple sensation.

What is Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, which is more commonly known as a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure used to refine and/or reshape the nose. Common changes include modifications in the size and shape of the bridge and/or the tip of the nose.

Are there any age restrictions for undergoing Rhinoplasty?

Typically, rhinoplasty can be performed on patients 15 years of age and older. There are of course exceptions such as cases involving severe disfigurement in which case surgery may be performed. Again however, revision rhinoplasty will likely be required in the future. Another aspect to consider is the psychological impact of cosmetic surgery and whether or not a younger patients can handle this.

Why do they say it takes a whole year before you see the results of Rhinoplasty?

While you will certainly see positive results from your rhinoplasty procedure well before a year's time, it typically takes a full year for all of the swelling to subside and the final, most refined results to be achieved. A noticeable difference in your nose should be immediately apparent after surgery. However, this is not fully representative of the final result due to post-surgical swelling and discoloration. The swelling should begin to fade within about a week after surgery, and 80% of the swelling and 100% of the discoloration should have faded within two to three weeks. By month three after your procedure, 90% of the swelling will be gone, with the remainder slowly fading throughout the rest of the year. This residual swelling is typically not apparent to the patient or other observers after the first few months.

Is Rhinoplasty very painful?

Though pain is a relative thing, most rhinoplasty patients experience more discomfort than pain. In addition, this discomfort is most often associated with nasal packing, or packing of the nose after surgery to prevent or control bleeding. The nasal packing is typically removed within a day or so after surgery, and patients typically feel a great deal of relief once this occurs. Patients may also feel congested after surgery.

How long does the actual surgery last?

Surgical times will vary according to several factors. Primary rhinoplasty procedures tend to take between two and three hours to complete and revision rhinoplasty procedures typically take between three and four hours.

What is nasal packing?

Nasal packing, in which gauze or cotton packs are applied to the nasal chambers, is used to control or prevent bleeding and sometimes to support the septum after rhinoplasty. The packing is typically removed within twenty-four to forty-eight hours after surgery. Not all patients require nasal packing, but it is still often used as a preventative measure. This is, unfortunately, one aspect of rhinoplasty that most patients find to be uncomfortable.

What if you're unhappy with the results of your Rhinoplasty?

It's important that you give the nose time to heal before determining that you're unhappy with your rhinoplasty results. The final, most refined results can be disguised by post-surgical swelling and bruising. You should contact your surgeon if you're still unhappy with your results after six months to a year. Revision rhinoplasty may be required.

Is it true that the nose is more runny after Rhinoplasty?

Though some patients do experience a more runny nose after rhinoplasty, this does not occur for everyone. In most cases, this clears up within nine months after surgery, though it can persist for two years or longer.

What is the recovery like after Rhinoplasty?

The amount of time it takes to recover after rhinoplasty will vary from patient to patient. You'll likely want to remain in bed for the first day after surgery, but most patients find that they're up and about within a day or two. Though swelling and bruising can remain visible for three weeks or more, patients are typically able to return to work or school within a week's time. Sun exposure and any strenuous activity risking injury to the nose will need to be avoided for two to three weeks.

Are there any complications or risks with Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is generally considered a safe procedure, though every surgical procedure does carry some risk of complication. These risks may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, nosebleeds, numbness of the skin, small bursting of blood vessels on the surface of the skin, assymetry, and other possible complications.

Does rhinoplasty leave scars?

Rhinoplasty requires that incisions be made in the skin which will result in scars. With closed rhinoplasty procedures, however, the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose, thus resulting in no visible scarring. With open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella, or on the underside of the skin between the nostrils. This results in a small, fine-line scar that is well-concealed and barely noticeable in time.

What type of anesthesia is required for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty typically involves either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.

What is revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, also referred to as secondary or tertiary rhinoplasty, is a rhinoplasty procedure used to revise or fix a past rhinoplasty procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is typically a more complex procedure than a first rhinoplasty procedure.

What are open and closed Rhinoplasty?

Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty are the two types of rhinoplasty procedures available. Open rhinoplasty is used to achieve great symmetry when doing tip work, while closed rhinoplasty is generally done for hump reduction. Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions which are confined to the inside of the nose. Though this results in no visible scarring, the procedure offers less visibility of the inside of the nose and is typically not possible for more complex cases. With open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella, or the underside of the nose between the nostrils. This will result in a well-concealed, fine-line scar that fades with time. Because open rhinoplasty provides a better view of and easier access to the inside of the nose, it is often preferred, particularly with complex cases.

Are x-rays taken before undergoing Rhinoplasty?

X-rays are often not required before undergoing rhinoplasty. However, a CAT scan or other x-rays may be taken if there are breathing problems or to give the surgeon a better feel for the nose's anatomy.

What specifically can be achieved with Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can refine and/or reshape the nose by making any of the following changes:
  • a reduction or increase in the overall size
  • a change in the angle between the nose and upper lip
  • a narrowing of the span of the nostrils
  • the removal of a hump
  • a change in the shape of the bridge or the tip. Rhinoplasty can also alleviate some breathing problems.

Can anyone get Rhinoplasty?

Anyone who is physically healthy, mentally stable and has realistic expectations can undergo rhinoplasty. It's generally recommended that children not receive rhinoplasty until they have finished growing.

What can I expect during a rhinoplasty consultation?

Revision rhinoplasty, also referred to as secondary or tertiary rhinoplasty, is a rhinoplasty procedure used to revise or fix a past rhinoplasty procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is typically a more complex procedure than a first rhinoplasty procedure.

How is the actual rhinoplasty surgery performed?

Different surgeons will use different techniques. In general, however, you can expect the following: Once anesthesia is administered, incisions are made inside the nasal cavity and often at the base of the nose. The skin of the nose is then separated from the underlying cartilage and bone. The surgeon will sculpt the cartilage and bone into the desired shape and reshape the skin. The incisions are then sutured closed.

How much time will I need to take off from work?

Most patients find that they can return to work within about a week after surgery. Keep in mind, however, that swelling and bruising can remain visible for three weeks or longer.

Is rhinoplasty ever covered by insurance?

Insurance generally does not cover procedures that are purely cosmetic. However, in cases which involve breathing problems or deformities, insurance coverage may be available to some degree. Be sure to check with your own insurance company regarding the availability and degree of coverage.

Where are the incisions made?

For closed rhinoplasty procedures, the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose. For open rhinoplasty procedures, an additional incision is made on the columella, or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils.

Is it common to have black eyes after surgery?

Discoloration around the eyes does typically occur after surgery. The degree of this discoloration and the amount of time required for it to fade will vary from patient to patient. You can generally expect some amount of discoloration around the eyes for about seven to ten days, though in some patients this can last up to three weeks.

What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct the shape of the septum due to defects or deformities. The nasal septum is the separation between the nostrils. Septoplasty may be performed during a rhinoplasty procedure. When performed together, this may be referred to septorhinoplasty.

What is septorhinoplasty?

For closed rhinoplasty procedures, the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose. For open rhinoplasty procedures, an additional incision is made on the columella, or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils.

Is it possible to get financing for rhinoplasty?

Financing is available for plastic surgery procedures. Your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with further information about financing.

Is the patient asleep during the rhinoplasty surgery?

Many patients receive a combination of local anesthesia and sedation, in which case they do not sleep throughout the procedure. However, it is possible for patients to be totally asleep during surgery if they prefer.

Is it okay to eat breakfast on the morning of your surgery?

Patients are generally instructed not to eat anything after midnight on the day of surgery, and not to eat or drink anything on the morning of surgery. However, your surgeon should give specific instructions regarding food consumption.

How many follow-up visits are needed after rhinoplasty surgery?

The number of follow-up visits required after your rhinoplasty surgery will vary from surgeon to surgeon. In many cases, your surgeon will require a follow-up visit on the first and second days after your surgery. Three to four more follow-up visits may be required during the first two weeks after surgery. After that, your surgeon may wish to see you anywhere from monthly to quarterly during the first year.

Is it okay to wear glasses after rhinoplasty surgery?

Glasses can be worn while the splint is in place. After that, care must be taken when wearing your glasses to keep them from resting on your nose. Supports or stilts can be used on the lower portion of the glasses to keep them off of the nose. It's generally advised that glasses not be worn directly on the nose for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

When is it okay after rhinoplasty surgery to run or lift weights?

You should not exercise (running, cycling, or aerobics) for at least four weeks. Also, you should avoid any contact sports for six weeks because it takes that long for the bones to completely heal.

Is it possible for the nose to grow after rhinoplasty surgery?

If rhinoplasty is performed on a child who is still growing, the nose will continue to grow and can negatively impact the results of surgery. As such, it's typically recommended that rhinoplasty only before performed on children after they have stopped growing. With adults, the nose does tend to elongate during the middle years and the tip may droop in the later years.

What kind of material is used when grafts are needed to rebuild the nose?

There are a variety of materials that can be used for grafts. In most cases, however, the patient's own cartilage is used, either from the inside of the nose, the ear or, less commonly, the rib.

What is an abdominoplasty?

Known more commonly as “tummy tuck,” an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen with wrinkles and skin folds.

How Full or mini tummy tuck?

If your abdominal fullness and loose skin are confined to the area below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini abdominoplasty, which has a shorter incision and limits the tightening to the lower abdomen. If the fullness and skin laxity involve your entire abdomen, then a full abdominoplasty is most likely needed to help you achieve your desired results. A consultation with you and your plastic surgeon will determine which method is right for you.

Who is a candidate for the procedure?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are men or women who are in relatively good physical condition but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved. Body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are not intended as a substitute for losing weight via diet and exercise. Excess abdominal skin and fat can be removed from the middle and lower abdomen following bariatric weight loss surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Generally, a general anesthetic is used to perform abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery.

Is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) performed as an outpatient?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery sometimes requires an overnight hospital stay, depending on individual circumstances and the extent/complexity of the surgery. Mini-abdominoplasty, improving the contour of the lower abdomen below the belly button, may be performed as an outpatient

How is it performed?

An incision is usually made at the lower portion of the abdomen. Fat and tissue are removed, the abdominal wall is tightened, and the incision is closed.

What is the length of a typical abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery generally requires 2 to 5 hours to perform.

How will I feel and look immediately following abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery?

There is temporary soreness, swelling, and possibly some bruising. An abdominal binder is worn for 3 months following abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery. Soft drains under the abdominal skin flap are removed in the clinic approximately three days after surgery. Numbness of the skin of the abdomen may last for several months.

What are some of the risks of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Potential risks of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) include blood clots, infection, bleeding or development of a fluid collection under the skin flap. These and other complications rarely occur and can usually be avoided. Other risks include poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.

How long is the recovery period?

The length of time it takes to recuperate after a tummy tuck may vary depending on your individual health. Heavy lifting or any other vigorous activity, which would strain the abdominal muscles, may be restricted initially. A light exercise program will help you heal better and can help avoid medical complications such as excess swelling and blood clotting. As with any scar, it takes about a year for it to mature and form an inconspicuous and pale line.

Are there scars that result from abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery?

Yes, every surgical procedure is associated with scarring. Every effort is taken to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers. The appearance of the scars may continue to improve for 6 to 12 months after surgery. A variety of non-surgical scar reduction techniques are utilized after surgery to improve the final appearance of the scars. In the case of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), the scars may be located around the belly button, as well as across the lowest part of abdomen. The lower abdominal scar can often be concealed by undergarments, a two-piece bathing suit, etc.

What results can I expect?

A smooth, lean,fla tand more well- defined stomach . It can also diminish unsightly stretch marks. Because diet and exercise cannot remove excess skin, abdominoplasty is the perfect solution to tone and refine the abdomen. The effects of a tummy tuck can be long lasting, provided you exercise regularly, eat a sensible diet, and maintain a suitable weight level.

Is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) covered by insurance?

No, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and other cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance.

What is it?

Ultrasonic liposuction is a new-age treatment method to restyle your body rather than directly reduce weight. Losing fat in the areas such as waist, lower abdomen and thighs is a tedious task. Ultrasonic liposuction helps smoothening contours and reshaping your figure.

Ultrasonic liposuction reduces great deal of excessive fats from areas such as:
  • Hips and thighs
  • Waistline / Abdomen
  • Stomach
  • Upper Arms

How does it Work?

Ultrasonic waves are targeted at the treatment area to disrupt the fat cell walls. This results in removing the fat cells permanently. Owing to their inability to multiply, once removed, these fat cells cease to return. Ultrasonic liposuction coupled with your determination to lead a healthy life will ensure that your newly gained physical structure will stay with you for a longer period of time.

Where does the fat go?

The excess of fat removed becomes a part of the deconstructive system of your body. The removed fat is passed on to the liver through lymphatic vessels. Liver uses up some amount of fat for energy generation while the remaining amount of fats is burned off as calories.

Does the treatment hurt?

Ultrasonic liposuction is absolutely a pain-free procedure and requires no anaesthetic involvement.

What are the advantages of ultrasonic over surgical liposuction?

  • No need for general or local anaesthetic
  • No downtime – patients can return to normal day to day activities immediately
  • No risk of infection, scarring, bruising and irregularities.

How long does the treatment take?

Each treatment requires approximately 30 minutes per area.

How soon will I see results?

The results start showing up gradually as the treatment progresses. Best of the results are observed after 12 to 18 treatment sessions per area.

Will the effect be long-lasting?

Ultrasonic liposuction is a permanent treatment method. However, the longevity of its result completely lies in the patient’s hands. Leading a healthy lifestyle will only help the liposuction results to sustain as long as possible.

What about future weight gain with fat moving to other areas?

There will be no unusual weight gain. Any possible weight gain in future will evenly distribute the added fat throughout the body.

Are there any side effects?

Ultrasonic liposuction appears to be an extremely safe treatment as it is non-surgical and non-invasive.

What happens after treatment?

There should be no alcohol consumption for 4 days after every session. Also drinking plenty of water and keeping your body hydrated will only help liver to accelerate the fat deconstruction. Also, it is advisable to consume low calorie food since eating food high on calories will put additional burden on the liver functioning.

Who is a good candidate for Labiaplasty?

The typical patient has enlargement of the labia that causes pain during sexual intercourse, discomfort with tight clothing, or irritation. Patients often report being embarrassed about the size and shape of their labia.

Why would I want Vaginoplasty surgery?

Most women who desire a Vaginoplasty complain of feeling "loose". They note decreased friction during intercourse resulting in lower levels of sexual satisfaction and more difficulty in climaxing. Vaginoplasty will increase friction during intercourse. After surgery, the vaginal tightness is similar to the pre-baby days.

What services do you offer?

Our services include Vaginal Reconstruction: a treatment of both Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty, Vaginoplasty: a treatment for vaginal laxity that tightens the vagina, surrounding muscles and soft tissue, Labiaplasty: a treatment for enlarged or irregular labia often done for cosmetic enhancement or medical reasons, and Hymenoplasty: reconstruction of the hymen to a pre-sexual state.

How does it work?

Vaginoplasty is one of the fastest, safest and most effective cosmetic procedures available. The surgeon tightens the muscle at the rear of the vagina by pulling it closer together and joining it with dissolvable stitches. A considerable advantage of the treatment is that any scarring will occur inside the vagina and will not be visible at all. Any excess skin around the vaginal area is also removed, leaving the area looking more attractive and the patient having a sense of far greater control and strength. Operations are very rarely anything but a complete success and the vagina will be reinstated to a condition commensurate to that before child birth.

Should I get a vaginoplasty?

A degree of realism is necessary in order for patients to be happy with the results of their surgery. The operation does not perform any miracles; however, that said, female genital surgery can be one of the most effective cosmetic procedures. Women who are suffering from a poor sex life, low feelings of self worth and confidence, or indeed suffer from incontinence, may benefit from a vaginoplasty. A basic level of physical fitness is also recommended for those who want the procedure and their recovery to be as smooth as possible.

Do I need general anaesthetic?

NO – all these procedures are carried out under "conscious sedation". The main advantage of conscious sedation is eliminating the risks of general anaesthetic, reduced recovery time and no need for an overnight hospital stay.

Is it going to be painful?

Different people have different pain thresholds and your cosmetic surgeon will prescribe pain kiilers for your optimum comfort. There will be mild discomfort and swelling which will usually disappear after 1-2 weeks.

Will there be any scarring?

In the majority of cases, once healing has taken place, no-one will be able to tell that you have had the procedure.

Do I need to take time off work?

The procedures will not take more than an hour, although you should plan for a three hour visit to allow for preparation and recovery. Normal downtime would be 2/5 days, but most people would take a week off work to ensure full recovery.

How hard is the recovery period?

As you may expect, the vaginal area will be swollen for a few days after surgery. This may be quite painful, but painkillers are readily available to ease any suffering. After a couple of days, the swelling should reduce sufficiently for patients to be able to walk around and function relatively normally at home. There are individual differences in recovery time, but on average, it takes about 2 weeks for the vagina to heal to its full state.

When can I have intercourse again after surgery?

It is recommended you wait at least 6 weeks before taking part in intercourse again.

Will my partner know that I have had this done?

As with any issues involving sexual relations, it is recommended that you discuss the procedure with your partner. Ultimately, this is designed to benefit your relationship, and your partner should understand this. However, if you are in a new relationship, your new partner will be unlikely to tell that you have had the procedure, apart from experiencing your increased confidence and satisfaction.

Apart from better sex and more self-confidence and there other benefits?

A torn vagina or prolapsed pelvis can be helped by vaginal surgery. This can reduce the discomfort when wearing tight fitting clothes.

What is the Vampire Face Lift?

The Vampire Face Lift is a custom-designed procedure that combines the science of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Restylane, Belotero and Juvederm; Platelet Rich Plasma and the artful eye of a skilled physician to deliver youthful, natural beauty that is as unique as you are.

How does the Vampire Facelift Work?

The initial injection of hyaluronic acid fillers is injected skillfully to create a more youthful shape. One the desired shape is accomplished PRP is injected strategically to start the rejuvenation process. PRP ultimately contributes to the appearance of a younger version of you, with improved skin quality, color and texture. With the Vampire Facelift, you can achieve youthful, natural all without surgery and minimal downtime.

What can I expect from the Vampire Facelift Procedure?

Each patient will experience a fresher, more youthful appearance artfully designed to meet your needs. Benefits of The Vampire Facelift include:
  • The skin “glows” because of new blood vessel formation.
  • New collagen forms in the dermis and lifts and refines the skin.
  • Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.

Unlike the Vampire Facial, fillers are used in the Vampire Facelift so patients will see the immediate volume effect and improved facial contour. During the following weeks new collagen will form, generating more healthy cells underneath the skin. There is typically a noticeable change in your skin quality.

Can I go to Work immediately after Vampire Facelift?

Some people do. Dermal filler and PRP is injected into the face and therefore you may experience mild redness, bruising and/or swelling. It is best to expect the worst and allow yourself time before important events, photos, etc. Swelling resolves in 24-48 hours but a bruise can last up to 2 weeks for some people. It is best to avoid strenuous workout for 48 hours after procedure to minimize bruising and swelling.

Is Vampire Facelift better than traditional facelift surgery?

Traditional facelift surgery may be necessary for some patients who have the need for more extensive correction. However, traditional face-lift procedures not only expose patients to many after surgery complications but can also cause a lot of inconvenience due to the long healing time (usually 7 to 10 weeks).

One advantage of the Vampire Facelift is that the procedure only involves needle injections to the desired areas of patient’s face and requires minimal healing time. And because the patient’s own blood is what is used, there are virtually no side effects. Vampire Facelift should also be considered after a traditional face lift so that proper volume can be added and skin rejuvenation can occur. Traditional facelift simply lifts the skin but does nothing to facilitate a more youthful shape nor does it improve skin quality, texture and elasticity.

Who is a candidate for Vampire Facelift?

Well, generally speaking anyone can have the Vampire Face Lift as it is a non-invasive cosmetic surgery. Though traditional facelift surgery is perfectly fine for certain patients, more and more people are opting for non-invasive options because it is less expensive and safer than surgery, more effective and offers very minimal downtime if any.

How do you know the Vampire Facelift is right for you?

A surgical facelift may be useful in very specific cases, but it is not a cure-all for the aging face. The surgical facelift can contribute to a collapse of the face as the skin is stretched tightly over the bone, leaving a skeleton-like appearance and does nothing to improve the quality of the skin. The Vampire Facelift, however, lifts the face away from the bone, creating youthful volume and restoring shape. In combination with HA fillers, the Vampire Facelift also improves the skin’s texture, color and integrity.

Your Studio PRP provider is happy to consult with you to provide you the best options for achieving your goals.

Are there any side effects of the Vampire Facelift?

As the Vampire Facelift procedure involves injecting a mixture of the patient’s blood and placing it back into the patient’s own body, the possibility of having side effects and allergic reactions after the procedure is greatly reduced. Having said that, below are some of the common side effects that can occur when dealing with any sorts of facial filler injections:

  • Mild irritation & itching (depending on the sensitivity of your skin)
  • Mild swelling or edema
  • Bruising (caused by the reaction of your skin to the physical injection)

Is The Vampire Facelift Safe?

Although the name is a little frightening, the procedure is a very safe and effective way to lift up the skin and smooth out the wrinkles without distinguishable side effects.

How long will the effects last of the Vampire Facelift?

Each Vampire Facelift procedure is usually going to last for about 9 to 12 months. Just like getting your haircut is not a one-time event, cosmetic procedures require maintenance ongoing treatments to restore youth.