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We’ve invited 9 women who are ready to bare all and share their experiences at CosmetiCare with you. They’ll not only give you candid feedback about us, they’ll share their experiences with you including reviews of services, exclusive special offers, interviews with our doctors and specialists, and much more.

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When to Expect Results From a Breast Procedure

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What You Need to Know About a Breast Procedure

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing

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When to Expect Results From a Breast Procedure

At CosmetiCare in Newport Beach, we perform thousands of breast procedures each year. We truly do it all, from breast augmentation or a breast implant exchange to a breast reduction and lift. When deciding on undergoing a surgical procedure, there are multiple factors to consider, with an important one being the right time to book your surgery. Here are some of the main factors to consider when searching for a surgery date:

 

The ideal time to get a breast procedure

When undergoing any surgical procedure, it’s essential to plan in advance. If you have any future plans like a wedding or vacation, you want to plan your surgery either months before or after these events have occurred to allow for the most ideal aesthetic results to be realized. 

We recommend undergoing a breast procedure towards the beginning of the year so that your body has time to heal before the busy summer months to come. Having a surgical procedure during the “cooler” months of the year also allows you to cover up more while you heal. Recovery and optimal results from surgery take time, and you need to give your body ample opportunity to rest and recover.

 

When ideal results are achieved 

Each breast procedure at CosmetiCare in Orange County has a different timeline for optimal results.

After your breast augmentation procedure, your breast implants may appear higher but they will begin to naturally “fluff and drop” as the muscles relax and your skin acclimates to your new breast size. Your implants will start dropping to a new, more natural position between  six and twelve weeks. After week twelve, your implants will be close to 80% settled. Around the six month mark, you will be completely healed and will see 100% of your results!

The results from a breast implant exchange are very similar to an initial breast augmentation unless you add on another procedure such as a breast lift. Your breasts will show complete results for an implant exchange alone around month six.

After your mastopexy, or “breast lift” procedure, you will immediately notice results, and swelling and bruising will be apparent. 90% of your results will be evident at the six-month mark, and full results will be seen around month twelve.

The results from a breast reduction are seen immediately, but full results can be seen around six weeks. Swelling will remain throughout most of the healing process but will continue to subside with time.

 

How you would look with a new pair

We offer a photo simulation tool called “New Look Now” to virtually “try on” your surgical results before committing. Seeing your results will allow you to see what you could look like with a variety of different breast implant styles, profiles, and sizes. 

This tool is not just for breast procedures. You can try on the results of any procedure or treatment ranging from surgical to the non-invasive options our MedSpa offers. 

To try on your new procedure, check out New Look Now to see what you could look like with a new pair. If you are ready to start your journey to confidence, schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. 

 

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What You Need to Know About a Breast Procedure

At CosmetiCare in Orange County, breast procedures are what we live and breathe, so you know you are in the best hands when choosing one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. If you have been considering undergoing surgery but aren’t sure where to start or what procedure you may need, we’ve got you covered.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach is our #1 surgical procedure, with over 700 breast patient transformations performed each year. During consultations, the top reason for considering a breast augmentation we hear patients discuss is “I wish I had larger breasts.” 

During a breast augmentation procedure, one of our Board-Certified plastic surgeons will place breast implants under the muscle to increase your natural breast size. Whether you have been born naturally with smaller breasts or have lost volume over time due to age, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding, a breast augmentation procedure can help restore your confidence and feel comfortable in your skin. 

At your initial consultation for a breast augmentation, one of our Board-Certified plastic surgeons will go over all you need to know and help you decide which implant type, size, and profile are best for your body and your personal goals. 

Check out this blog to learn more about a breast augmentation journey at CosmetiCare.

Breast Implant Exchange

A breast implant exchange or “breast revision” procedure at CosmetiCare can address various concerns for those who have had a prior breast augmentation procedure. 

Corrective techniques customized to your own aesthetic goals are used to restore the results you once had or give you a new look. In some cases, women are typically unhappy with their surgical outcome in terms of sizing. Other women would like to trade out their older model of saline implants for the new “gummy-bear” model of implants, which provides a more natural look and feel. 

The American Society of Plastic Surgery also recommends that you begin considering a breast implant exchange around the ten-year mark of having breast implants. Exchanging your implants is for your general safety and ensures that your breast implants are still intact and aren’t experiencing a rupture or a capsular contracture. 

If you are considering a breast implant exchange and are unsure of which implant style you would like to go with, learn more here.

Breast Lift “Mastopexy”

A breast lift, also known as a “mastopexy,” is a surgical procedure designed to correct sagging, drooping breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple for a “perkier” appearance. 

At CosmetiCare in Newport Beach, we offer four different breast lift techniques dependent on the severity of your breast concerns. These techniques include a full lift, donut lift, crescent lift, or a breast lift with a breast augmentation.

Many women opt to combine a breast augmentation procedure with a breast lift so that a breast implant will provide them with more upper fullness. 

If you are considering a breast lift and aren’t sure if you would need an augmentation, read this blog to understand the benefits of combining these two procedures. 

 

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction at CosmetiCare is a very popular surgical procedure that aims to decrease volume and weight, which can alleviate the discomfort that large, natural breasts can cause. Another benefit to this procedure is that it essentially balances your body’s profile by removing excess breast skin, fat, and tissue. 

Some women are left with no upper volume when removing the excess skin that “droops” down. Because of this, many patients combine a breast reduction with a breast augmentation so that they still have fullness, it will just be positioned higher up. 

Women who deal with the irritation of large breasts have back and neck pain, trouble sleeping, bra strap indentation, and more. If you find yourself dealing with one or more of these issues, this procedure could be for you. 

While supplies last, receive 50% off your breast implants when you schedule your surgical procedure. To better understand your personal goals and how one of our Board-Certified plastic surgeons can help you get started on your journey to confidence, schedule your consultation today.

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing

Are you feeling less than confident in your own skin? Do you have years of sun damage and troubled teen acne scars, as well as newly acquired wrinkles that make it difficult to feel comfortable about your appearance? The fine lines, uneven skin texture, age spots and skin imperfections don’t have to define you, and they don’t have to stick around, either. If this sounds like your current situation, you may be a great candidate for a laser skin resurfacing procedure. 

Laser skin rejuvenation is one of the most effective ways to bring back your youthful glow and say goodbye to uneven pigmentation and damaged skin. Below, we’ve highlighted what exactly this laser procedure entails, followed by the reasons you might consider laser skin resurfacing, its benefits, and how to prepare yourself for treatment. 

What is laser skin resurfacing?

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery defines laser skin resurfacing as a type of treatment that uses laser technology to reduce imperfections in the skin. Your provider uses the laser to send concentrated beams of light along your skin, targeting the irregularities. In most cases, the laser removes the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin, to stimulate heat of the dermis (the underlying skin) which stimulates collagen production. As the laser penetrates the skin and heals over time, the new skin grows more smoothly and firmly, ultimately creating your new and improved complexion. 

Depending on the condition of your skin, your provider may recommend deeper ablative treatment over non-ablative treatment. Essentially, the ablative treatment removes some of the outer layers of skin, while non-ablative passes through the skin without removing layers. For ablative procedures, your provider may recommend local anesthesia for comfort. Non-ablative treatment generally only requires topical numbing cream to combat the sensation. 

Reasons to consider laser skin resurfacing

If you’re thinking about undergoing laser skin resurfacing treatment, it’s important to understand who makes the right candidate for the procedure. Some of the reasons you may be in the market for a laser treatment, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the face, particularly near your eyes, mouth and the forehead
  • Deep acne scars
  • Scars from chickenpox
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally aged skin
  • Non-responsive skin after having a facelift treatment
  • Liver spots in your complexion
  • Yellow or gray skin tone
  • Warts and wart scars
  • Large birthmarks
  • Large oil glands in the complexion, likely on the nose

It’s important to note that skin laser resurfacing isn’t for everyone. If you have any active acne, harsh wrinkles or excessive sagging skin, you may not be the right candidate for laser skin resurfacing.  

If one of these skin conditions keeps you from feeling your best, but you’re not sure if you make a candidate for treatment, a consultation with a provider can help you decide if laser resurfacing treatment is for you. 

The benefits of laser skin treatment 

Skin resurfacing comes with many advantages, but the overarching benefits include:

Improved skin – Laser skin treatment isn’t going to cover up those unwanted blemishes, wrinkles and imperfections — it’s going to remove them for good. A new layer of skin emerges for a fresh start, providing amazing results in the form of a glowing, youthful appearance.

It’s a quick and easy procedure – As with any non-invasive treatment, you don’t have to worry about going under the knife and having to schedule a long period of time in an inpatient facility to heal. Your treatment will likely last under an hour, so you can pick up, leave and go about your day once the process is complete. 

How to prepare for laser skin resurfacing treatment 

Preparing for laser skin resurfacing treatment starts with meeting with a certified provider. Once they determine that you make a good candidate, you can schedule your appointment and begin the preparation process. Here are a few things we recommend doing before your treatment:

  • Cut out unhealthy habits. If you’re a smoker, it’s in your best interest to stop for two weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking can inhibit your skin’s ability to heal in an efficient time frame.
  • Stop taking medications and supplements prior to your treatment. Before skin resurfacing, your provider will recommend that you stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E or other medications and vitamins that could impact blood clotting, at least 10 days before your treatment. 
  • Take your recommended prescriptions. Your provider may prescribe an antibiotic to take before your treatment as a bacterial infection preventative. 
  • Avoid tanning and too much sun exposure. Heavy exposure to the sun can impact how the lasers work on your skin. Stop tanning and stay out of the sun for long periods of time for about a month before your treatment.
  • Don’t get other facial treatments (unless advised by your provider). Strong chemical peels, dermabrasion and other deep facial procedures can also impact your skin resurfacing treatment. Avoid these additional treatments for about a month before your appointment.
  • Make your provider aware of your medical history. If you have a history of oral cold sores or shingles near the targeted treatment areas, you need to let your provider know ahead of the treatment.

Skin rejuvenation at Cosmeticare

At Cosmeticare, we have a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments to choose from, including IPL, Erbium and CO2 Laser Resurfacing. All are used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin, reduce acne scars, improve skin pigmentation and enhance the overall look and feel of your skin.

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a non-invasive skin care treatment to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, repair sun damage, and fade freckles and lesions. This treatment uses light pulses to target and break up dark pigmentation in the skin, leaving the lighter tones of your skin untouched. 

Erbium is a skin resurfacing treatment designed to remove moderate to deep wrinkles, providing a more even skin pigmentation and tone. The Erbium laser emits wavelengths of light absorbed by the skin to fully repair and rejuvenate the skin of the face. 

Lastly, our CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment removes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage, and also removes layers of skin cells instead of just the damaged ones. This type of treatment has a dramatic impact on the scars and other skin irregularities in your complexion and can help you achieve a more flawless, even skin tone and texture. 

Any of these skin rejuvenation laser treatments can help you look and feel more confident than ever in your own skin. Which skin resurfacing option will you choose? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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Benefits of Jawline Filler

In Orange County and throughout the country, a sleek and defined jawline is all the rage. Whether you are scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, you will come across thousands of men and women contouring their faces with makeup to get that chiseled look. What if we told you that you could get that perfect jaw you’ve been craving without having to reapply it every day? Say hello to jawline filler at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach! Our highly trained nurse injectors work with your natural facial features and strategically place filler along your jawline to help you achieve the perfect contour, and meet your aesthetic goals. 

Which filler will get you the best result?

Radiesse is a dermal filler that is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, as well as for contouring the chin and jawline, and correcting facial asymmetry. 

Our skilled nurse injectors use Radiesse to achieve that perfect, sculpted jawline. Why Radiesse? Unlike most fillers, Radiesse also stimulates collagen, which is your body’s way of reversing the signs of aging. It also comes with 50% more product per syringe vs. competitor brands and lasts upwards of twelve to eighteen months. 

Is jawline filler worth it?

Absolutely! Just because you weren’t blessed with the jawline of many A-list celebrities doesn’t mean you have to miss out on that look. If you feel self-conscious about the shape of your face or lack of definition, you are not alone! Many men and women are choosing jawline filler to help restore their confidence. 

You can create definition with jawline filler without ever undergoing a more invasive procedure like facial liposuction or a neck lift, and with Radiesse’s collagen stimulating properties, your body will work naturally with you to achieve that sculpted jawline you’ve been longing for. 

What to expect with jawline filler?

When you come in for jawline filler at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach, you will begin your appointment with one of our nurse injectors, giving you a full-face assessment. Once she has a complete plan for your aesthetic needs, she will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area. The treatment itself is quick, with most appointments being under one hour. You will feel a bit sore following treatment, with any soreness or bruising resolving in about a week.

When can I see the results of jawline filler?

If you are a patient who likes to see the results of their treatments as soon as possible, this is for you! Results are visible immediately post-treatment, with optimal results at around a week after the swelling has resolved. 

How long does jawline filler last?

With Radiesse, jawline filler can last up to 18-months! That is almost two full years of a strong and stunning jawline that will have you wanting to take ALL the selfies! 

If you have been thinking of jawline filler and restoring your own facial harmony, visit us online to book your complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

 

 

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The Health Benefits of Eating Vegan with Chef AJ in Orange County

I had the privilege of sitting down at CosmetiCare in Orange County with Chef AJ, a vegan chef and plant based guru to discuss the health benefits of a vegan diet, and how it can help change your life.

Tell me a little bit about yourself

Chef AJ: Hi, my name is Chef AJ, and I am a vegan chef, culinary instructor, professional speaker, and best-selling author. I also host a daily YouTube show which broadcasts live daily at 11 AM Pacific time.

 

How did you become vegan, and what made you make this lifestyle change? 

Chef AJ: I became vegan on September 1, 1977, almost 45 years ago. I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying to be a veterinarian, but I always joke that instead, I became a vegetarian! I was on a scholarship and working for a veterinarian when he handed me a tank of live salamanders and asked me to cut their heads off. I asked why and he said, “he was doing protein lens regeneration experiments in amphibians, and he only needed the eye. “I decapitated one of these poor defenseless creatures, which turned out to define the rest of my life. I was so disgusted with what I did I began to vomit and had to go to the student health center, and at that moment, I promised God that I would never eat, wear or experiment on any of his creatures again.

 

How has becoming a vegan changed your life? 

Chef AJ: Well, I think it made me a kinder, better person. It’s tough to have compassion for other sentient beings when you’re killing them and eating them. And it gave me a platform to help other people regain their health and appearance.

 

What made you become a vegan chef?

Chef AJ: Well, I never intended to become a chef, although I love cooking and have been cooking since I was seven years old. On January 1, 2003, after being a junk food vegan for 26 years, I developed bleeding polyps in my sigmoid colon. They were calling it pre-cancer. I went to the optimum health Institute to get well without having to take drugs or have surgery. I knew if I were going to eat a healthy version of a vegan diet and not live on Coke, Slurpee’s, and Dr. Pepper, I would have to learn how to make the food taste delicious. Hence, why I decided to go to culinary school, but I never intended on actually becoming a professional chef.

 

How long have you been a vegan chef? 

Chef AJ: I graduated culinary school in 2003, but I started teaching at a Vegan cooking school in 2000. I only worked at a restaurant for about five years in Los Angeles. I was an executive vegan pastry chef that created decadent desserts without refined sugar oil or salt.

 

What are the benefits of becoming vegan? 

Chef AJ: The benefits of being vegan are that you get to feel good about yourself for not contributing to the torture and abuse of animals, destroying the planet, or compromising your health.

 

Why do you recommend this lifestyle change vs. doing something to lose weight like gastric bypass? 

Chef AJ: Because gastric bypass doesn’t solve the problem, people are not overweight because they overeat. They are overweight because they’re eating the wrong food. They’re not eating a diet consistent with their species’ natural history. Americans eat over 92% of their calories from animal products and processed food and less than 10% from fruits and vegetables. But all your calories come from animal products and processed foods. You’re eating a fiber deficient diet, and fiber is the only thing they can fill you up and it does so with almost no calories. 

The only way to feel full-on animal products and processed food is to over-eat an egregious number of calories. Without the fiber, you will never activate your stretch receptors. Because there are no nutrients in animal products and processed foods, you never start your nutrient receptors, so you will always be driven to overeat. When you eat the diet you are intended to eat, you don’t need to cut out or mutilate the body parts that God gave you for a reason. 

I have worked with thousands of people, and I know very few got down to trim weight from gastric bypass surgery unless they were also willing to change what they were eating. Not to mention all the side effects they suffer for the rest of their lives. The idea of gastric bypass is to make the stomach smaller so that you’ll feel full sooner. But by utilizing the principles of calorie density discovered by Dr. Barbara Rolls at Penn State University and that I outline in chapter 1 of my book, you can instead make the food bigger, filling up on lower calorie density food like fruits and vegetables

 

So this isn’t just a vegan diet? Is it a full-on lifestyle change? 

Chef AJ: Absolutely. A whole food plant-based diet is not only the safest and easiest way to lose body fat and easily maintain your weight loss, but it also has been proven to not only prevent but reverse the number one killer of all Americans, which is a heart disease caused by the rich western diet of animal products and processed foods. A nutrient-rich whole food plant-based diet has also been proven to reverse conditions such as type two diabetes, autoimmune disease, and fatty liver, to name a few. And it will help save our planet, which we are killing with our insatiable appetite for meat.

 

What would you tell someone looking to become vegan? 

Chef AJ: First, I would tell them to watch a few documentaries, forks explicitly over knives, game-changers, earthlings, eating you alive, and cowspiracy. If that doesn’t make them become vegan, then nothing will.

 

What easy tips do you suggest to somebody who eats meat daily and is looking to transition into veganism?

Chef AJ: I suggest they start adding more fruits and vegetables to all of their meals. And at the very least, cut out all processed and cured meats which have been proven to cause colon cancer and are classified as a class one carcinogen.

 

What does a day of eating vegan look like? What types of things do you enjoy eating? 

Chef AJ: I don’t think there is one typical day of eating on a vegan diet because everyone is an individual in terms of what foods they enjoy, how they prepare them, and how often they eat. I sent her my diet around fruits, vegetables, and starches, so 80% of my diet comes from complex carbohydrates like potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, and other whole grains and legumes. My favorite food is sweet potatoes, and I eat them every day in a wide variety of colors. I didn’t eat any vegetables until I was 43, and now I love them because I’ve learned how to make them delicious using an air fryer and flavored balsamic vinegar.

 

How has becoming vegan changed your life for the better? 

Chef AJ: I’m almost 62 years old, and people often tell me I look like I’m in my early 40s, and I have had no work done on any part of my body. Becoming vegan has enabled me to fulfill my life’s purpose: to leave the world a better place than I found it. And when it comes to vanity, it has allowed me to transition from an obese, almost 200-pound person with low self-esteem to a “skinny bitch“ and reverse the aging process.

 

Has becoming vegan changed any pre-existing health conditions you may have had? 

Chef AJ: Absolutely. By changing my diet from a junk food vegan diet to a whole food plant-based diet without processed food, sugar, oil, or salt, I could heal the pre-cancerous polyps in my sigmoid colon without drugs or surgery. I was also able to get off medications for chronic migraines, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and asthma.

Chef AJ is a proud member and leader of the vegan community, and has changed the lives of thousands of individuals, including many CosmetiCare patients. To learn more about how her lifestyle has changed the lives of our patients, check out her story of how she helped Rebecca to love over 150 pounds before undergoing cosmetic procedures with us in Orange County. 

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Our Best Patient Transformation of 2021

At CosmetiCare, patient transformation stories are what we live and breathe, and in 2021, this is our proudest one yet! Our patient Rebecca came in with the goal in mind to get back to her best self, and with our team of Board-Certified plastic surgeons, she indeed has become our masterpiece.

Rebecca had been dealing with a failing marriage and a lack of self-esteem that led to emotional overeating and, in turn, a vast amount of weight gain. She was extremely self-conscious and hid behind baggy clothing when she realized she was ready to turn her life around. Instead of relying on gastric bypass to shed the weight, Rebecca leaned on the extensive knowledge of her close friend Chef AJ- the host of the hit television series “Healthy living with Chef AJ” who has helped thousands of individuals lose extensive amounts of weight with her plant-exclusive diet program. 

After meticulously following Chef AJ’s vegan way of living, Rebecca had successfully dropped over 150 pounds and had the excess skin to prove it. When she began researching plastic surgery groups, a long-time friend who has personally experienced the magic of Dr. Niccole and his team referred Rebecca to CosmetiCare. Over the course of a year, Rebecca received a complete makeover including a breast lift, Brachioplasty, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. She has now completely restored her confidence, and is loving the way she looks! 

If you are looking to turn your life around in 2022 just like Rebecca did, enjoy this recipe sample you can try out to see if Chef AJ’s plan could be for you! To learn more about Chef AJ and her vegan lifestyle, check out her YouTube channel by clicking here.

MEXICAN STUFFED POTATO

Ingredients:

2 potatoes (any kind, she prefers large Russet potatoes)
1 x 15 oz. can of salt-free Pinto beans (or 1.5 cups of your favorite beans)

8 oz. frozen corn defrosted (she prefers the fire roasted organic corn)
Pico de Gallo (see below)

Preparation:

Cook potatoes however you normally would (bake, steam, pressure cook, microwave). Heat up the corn and beans and stuff the potato with them and top with Pico de Gallo salsa. Add jalapenos and cilantro if desired.

Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
3 firm Roma tomatoes
1 jalapeno pepper
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic
1 lime
Chopped cilantro, to taste

Preparation:
Cut tomatoes in half, squeeze out extra juice and seeds, and then dice. Place in a bowl and add the lime juice. Dice the shallots and garlic and add to the tomatoes. Finely dice the jalapeno, removing the seeds if you want it to be less hot. Add to the tomatoes. Season with chopped cilantro and stir.

Chef’s Note:
Sometimes, she will add a finely diced red bell pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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