Beauty starts with education. Learn more about the world of aesthetics, including latest industry trends, best practices, common patient concerns, and tips from the experts.
Beauty starts with education. Learn more about the world of aesthetics, including latest industry trends, best practices, common patient concerns, and tips from the experts.
Dr. Stefan Adair is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon at CosmetiCare and our very own hair restoration guru in Newport Beach. Hair restoration or “hair grafting” is a cosmetic procedure performed at CosmetiCare that involves taking donor hairs from one area of the body and moving them to another place where you are experiencing hair loss. Hair loss is prevalent in both men and women and can be caused by both age and genetics. Hair restoration procedures are most performed on the scalp and the eyebrows. This procedure can help to restore what you’ve lost and bring back your confidence.
Since he is no exception to the rule of hair loss, Dr. Adair began experiencing thinning himself in his late 20s. As he continued to age, this was something that really began bothering him. He started doing research on the best possible solution, and that’s when he discovered hair restoration. Due to the positive nature of his results and how it wholly restored his self-esteem, Dr. Adair decided to get trained on this procedure himself and has now provided over 3,000 hair transformations to his patients.
I sat down with Dr. Adair as he walked me through his hair journey and how this procedure has genuinely changed his life. He is now able to say with confidence that his hair is nearly as full as it was before he started to thin out in his 20s!
Why did you decide on getting a hair restoration procedure?
Dr. Adair: When I was in my late 20s, the stress from medical school combined with my genetics was causing me to lose my hair. I noticed a receding hairline starting to form, and I had high corners. I started getting really frustrated and self-conscious and began looking into ways I could fix this. I tried using over-the-counter treatments like Rogaine, and I wasn’t noticing any significant changes happening. Also, as I had gotten older and the hair loss was worsening, my daughters started making comments about it and loved to pick on their dad for his balding head.
I started doing my research on a permanent solution, and that’s when I discovered hair restoration.
Once I had this procedure done myself, I realized how much truly goes into it that I didn’t necessarily appreciate beforehand. A few years later, I began studying and training on it to offer my own patients the same type of results.
How many hair restoration procedures have you had done?
Dr. Adair: I have had four hair restoration procedures, but I could get it done in two with today’s technology. The procedures used to be a lot smaller, and today I can harvest a lot more from a donor area than what could be done in the past. There was a fear of over-harvesting, but this is no longer the case with additional years of research and training.
Was the hair restoration procedure itself painful?
Dr. Adair: I believe that the discomfort of the treatment or healing process is no big deal compared to the results you get. It truly is the best thing that you can do to regrow your hair, and the discomfort only lasts a few days.
How long did it take for you to see the results from your hair restoration procedure?
Dr. Adair: I really started noticing new hair growth around four to six months, but I didn’t reach my full results until about a year. This is very typical for any patient undergoing a hair restoration procedure.
What was your healing process like from your hair restoration procedure?
Dr. Adair: I received more of the “old-school” hair restoration method with the FUT or “strip” method. This method is a little more painful, but you are on your way to new hair after a few days of discomfort. During my second procedure, the doctor switched to the FUE method because he ran out of strips to harvest. If you try to get too much donor hair using the strip method, the head gets too tight, which is very uncomfortable. FUE is also far easier from a recovery standpoint, but the strip method is for you if you need a large amount of hair.
During my healing process, I took my hair transplant timeline photos to truly see how my results were progressing throughout my journey. Seeing my real hair transplant photos made me very excited for what was to come from my results.
How do you feel after?
Dr. Adair: I like to think of this procedure as eating popcorn… once you eat a little, you will want more. I’ve had multiple procedures done for a reason… because the results and the effect it has on your life are just that good. After my hair restoration procedures, I feel inspired and confident. Another bonus is that I can also give personal insight to my patients that are looking to have this done themselves.
What would you tell somebody who is looking to get a hair restoration procedure done themselves?
Dr. Adair: I would tell them that although the results are fantastic, it is not instant gratification like other surgical procedures. The results themselves take around up to a year to see the full results from the procedure. Also, it is imperative to choose a surgeon with an artistic eye who is fully trained in hair restoration. Many people go to foreign countries to get this done because they are looking for a cheaper route. Suppose you get it done incorrectly in a foreign country. In that case, it is almost impossible to correct, and you risk infection, disease, and a bad result. You will end up paying multiples of what you would’ve spent by originally having it done in the United States, and it still won’t be as good as it could’ve been done in the first place.
How much can I expect my hair restoration procedure to cost at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach?
FUE hair transplant cost:
Small Area: Starting at $6,300
Medium Area: Starting at $10,850
Large Area: Starting at $16,750
Extra-Large Area: Starting at $20,600
FUT hair transplant cost:
Small Area: Starting at $5,900
Medium Area: Starting at $10,100
Large Area: Starting at $15,500
Extra-Large Area: Starting at $19,100
Eyebrow Restoration/ Small Area: Starting at $3,750
Eyebrow Restoration/ Large Area: Starting at $5,000
If you find yourself suffering from hair loss and are looking for a permanent solution, book your consultation with Dr. Adair at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach to learn more about how hair restoration could benefit you. We can’t wait for you to ditch your hats!
Real patient hair restoration results at CosmetiCare with Dr. Adair:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Because the health and safety of our patients are held at the highest level of importance, our Board-Certified plastic surgeons are giving you the best tips and tricks on breast cancer detection.
To further support, CosmetiCare has partnered with United Medical Imaging Healthcare (UMIH) to offer discounted rates from October through December on breast mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds, and biopsies at all 26 of their convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
We encourage our patients to take advantage of these offers as early breast cancer detection can help to save your or a loved one’s life.
Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform self-breast exams at least once a month. These exams allow you to get familiar with how your breasts look and feel to detect any abnormalities if you see or feel any changes.
You can give a self-breast exam in three different ways.
Begin by taking the tip pads of your three middle fingers and check the entire breast and armpit area by pressing down with light, medium, and firm pressure. You are checking to see if you notice any lumps, hardness, knots, or other abnormalities. Next, visually look for any changes in the color of the skin or nipples and for any dimpling, swelling, or puckering. It is also important to squeeze the nipple to check for any type of discharge.
If you discover any type of changes in abnormalities, call your doctor and schedule an appointment for further testing, such as a mammogram or MRI.
When to get a mammogram
Women 40 and older should begin receiving mammograms every one to two years unless you have a history of breast cancer in your family. Those with particular risk factors should ask a healthcare professional whether early mammograms are advisable and how often they should have one performed.
A mammogram is an x-ray that allows your doctor to examine your breast tissues for any suspicious areas. Suppose the mammogram comes back with abnormal results. In that case, your doctor will order additional tests such as an MRI, ultrasound, or breast biopsy.
There are different variations of a mammogram, including screening, diagnostic, and 3D used as a first and secondary exam and to screen for further indication.
Mammograms for women with breast implants
If you have breast implants, you should get regularly scheduled mammograms as recommended by your doctor. It is important to let your mammogram technician know that you have implants before your mammogram is performed, that way you will be able to know if that specific facility is familiar with performing mammograms in women with breast implants.
To help your doctor see as much breast tissue as possible, patients with breast implants will have four additional pictures taken (two per breast), in addition to the four standard pictures taken during a mammogram screening. These images, called “implant displacement (ID) views” are easier to take if the implants are located behind the muscle.
To learn more about mammograms for women with breast implants, please click here.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging or “MRI” is performed to further detect breast cancer if your mammogram results have come back as suspicious. The images presented from an MRI allow medical professionals to distinguish normal vs. diseased breast tissues.
What is a breast ultrasound?
When an abnormality is detected in your breast through your self-exam, mammogram, or MRI, your doctor may wish to perform further testing with a breast ultrasound. This ultrasound is a scan that uses penetrating sound waves that a computer uses to detect what is going on inside the breast tissue. This allows your doctor to see more vividly if there are any masses in the tissue and, if so, what is inside the mass.
What is a breast biopsy?
A breast biopsy is a test that removes tissue or fluid from a suspicious area found with prior testing. The removed tissue or fluid is then examined under a microscope to check for the presence of breast cancer. A breast biopsy is the only procedure that can definitively determine whether the suspicious tissues are cancerous.
Breast Cancer Awareness Tips:
To help your body fight the risk of breast cancer, there are many tips you can follow to keep your body healthy.
A nutritious, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and greens can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. High-fat diets can increase the risk considering fat triggers estrogen production that can encourage tumor growth.
Exercise boosts the immune system and helps to keep your body at a healthy weight. By exercising as little as three hours per week, women can lower their risk of developing breast cancer.
Smoking is a real risk for many cancers, including breast. If you are a smoker, there are many ways to help yourself quit, giving you increasingly higher advantages to living a healthier life.
Breast Cancer Awareness Facts:
Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women; however, men can still be diagnoses with breast cancer. Men are encouraged to follow the same rule of thumb as women with early detection such as self-exams and further testing if any abnormalities are detected.
There are more than 3-million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Early detection is vital, and it dramatically increases cancer survival rates.
Breast cancer cannot be detected, but there are things such as diet and exercise that can help to decrease your risk of developing cancer.
Mammograms are proven to reduce the rate of death from breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation:
There are many ways to donate or help fight to find a cure for breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides breast health education, early detection services, and a community to help women every step of the way through their breast cancer journey.
Earlier this year, a personal favorite and longtime patient of CosmetiCare’s Jo De La Rosa decided to gift herself a birthday makeover including a rhinoplasty and fat transfer with Double Board-Certified plastic surgeon and ENT Dr. Michael Niccole.
I sat down with Jo and asked the Real Housewives alum the questions we were all dying to know about her procedure! Check out the video below for her full journey!
You’ve had a rhinoplasty in the past, why did you decide you wanted to do another?
Jo: I had my first rhinoplasty procedure done when I was 23, and I noticed that over the years from wearing sunglasses there was a little dip starting to form in the middle of my nose. I also noticed as I’ve aged, the shape of my nose has changed and it was beginning to bother me. Another reason I decided to do this for myself was that I had gone away from the entertainment industry for a while, but now that I’m back working in the industry, I’ve been seeing myself in photos and videos and those HD cameras can be really unflattering! I’ve also always wanted a nose transformation like Blake Lively (shoutout to Gossip Girl!) where her “After” results looked very feminine yet natural so I knew this was something I wanted to do for myself.
Why did you decide to add on fat transfer to your rhinoplasty procedure?
Jo: As I began to enter a new chapter in my life and had so much fun and exciting things going on career wise, I decided I wanted to give myself a birthday treat. With age, I noticed that the skin underneath my eyes was starting to appear darker and hollower. It is something that was really starting to stick out to me in all my photos and videos, especially in different beauty campaigns I was doing. I really was looking to have a facial refresh, and since I was going under the knife anyways for my rhinoplasty, I figured might as well take care of another area of my concern at the same time!
Why did you choose CosmetiCare to have your procedure?
Jo: I have been a patient of CosmetiCare for years and I truly do not trust anybody more with my body and face than Dr. Niccole as well as his staff. Dr. Niccole did my first rhinoplasty over fifteen years ago, and I was so happy with my results that it was a no-brainer to have him perform this surgery as well. I remember my experience from my first surgery – how Dr. Niccole and his staff prepped me before surgery, calling me after to see how I was doing, and just all around helping to calm all my nerves. He’s incredibly talented at what he does and his staff is so full of knowledge that they really make you feel at ease during your surgical journey.
How did you feel leading up to surgery?
Jo: Before surgery, I felt nervous and anxious because I knew I was going to look very different after. I also knew that with any surgery there would be a recovery process and I would have a good amount of bruising and swelling but I was concerned about how much downtime I would need to take off from work. Dr. Niccole and his team were really great in talking me through everything to help calm my nerves and any other concerns I had so that definitely helped with my level of confidence throughout my surgical journey.
How did you feel the day of your surgery?
Jo: The morning of my surgery, I still felt super anxious and nervous, but I also was super excited! I definitely had nervous butterflies in my stomach but Dr. Niccole told me that was totally normal. Right before surgery, he went over everything we had discussed during my pre-op appointment just so I knew what to expect and to make sure we were all on the same page. Just him discussing my surgery with me made me feel so at ease and I was so excited to see what I would look like after.
How was your recovery from your rhinoplasty and fat transfer procedure?
Jo: My recovery was a little painful, but the medication that was prescribed to me truly helped a lot. All my aftercare instructions helped a lot and made me feel more comfortable. I did however have a little bit of a unexpected portion of my healing process due to my olive skin tone, and I experienced some hyperpigmentation issues. Being that CosmetiCare also has a fabulous Medical Spa, I worked with laser Nurse Tannaz who totally helped eliminate the hyperpigmentation issue. With a combination of v-beam treatments and bleaching pads, I was able to get my skin tone even again as I continued along with my recovery. CosmetiCare is truly an in house full rounded business, and if there are any type of issues, they will find a solution for you without you having to deal with going anywhere else.
How do you feel after your surgery?
Jo: After surgery I feel GREAT! I am so much more confident and overall happier with my appearance. I love my new nose, and the volume restored underneath my under eyes allows me to look younger and brighter. As you get older, things start to get a bit looser, and it is totally ok to give yourself some love and take care of the things that are bothering you. Beauty should be celebrated, and you should do whatever makes yourself feel confident, fresh, and beautiful!
What would you tell somebody who is looking to have plastic surgery about CosmetiCare?
Jo: I would tell them to book a consultation so they can go through all their options and really get an idea of what they will look like after surgery. CosmetiCare offers a technology called New Look Now which actually allows you to try on your results before you even commit to a surgery! Aside from a consult, they should know how truly amazing Dr. Niccole and his staff are. I felt so comfortable during this process and that’s such an important thing you want from your plastic surgeon and his team when you’re going through a cosmetic change like this. If you are thinking about having plastic surgery, this is definitely the place you want to go to!
It has now been about six months since Jo’s procedures with us here at CosmetiCare and we are truly loving her results just as much as she does! To take a peek into her journey with Dr. Niccole, click the video below!
We truly believe that the nose is the centerpiece of the face, and that the slightest change can completely alter a patient’s life. As our gift to you, we are currently offering $1,000 off a rhinoplasty procedure. Come see us for a consultation and let’s get you started on the journey to looking and feel your best. Click here to learn more!
We recently went LIVE with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Reagan of CosmetiCare and discussed his signature technique, the popular drainless tummy tuck! The drainless tummy tuck is becoming more and more popular with patients because of the speedy recovery time (most patients are standing 1 day post) and stunning results! For more details on the difference between a regular tummy tuck and drainless tummy tuck click here. Click the video below to learn more about this wow-factor technique and to see some of his jaw dropping surgical results!
And because we know you’ll love what you see, mention this blog and receive $500 off your own drain-less tummy tuck procedure!
Brian Reagan plastic surgeon at CosmetiCare. Welcome to our Instagram live and today we’re talking about something that is really important to me and that’s drain-less tummy tucks.
So the question is that we get a lot from patients is how do I do this? But really I want to step back and tell you why I do this. And of all of the things that we do at CosmetiCare, we do all types of aesthetic plastic surgery. We work on the face, we work on the body, we work on the breasts, we do fat grafting, we do Brazilian butt lifts, we do it all. We have many talented plastic surgeons here. But this is kind of a unique pursuit of mine. And the question is why before I tell you how why is I’m constantly trying to evaluate my approaches and my techniques to do it better and either want to do the technique better where I want to do it in a way that leads to a better recovery. And that’s where drain-less tummy tucks come in. I have been practicing for over 20 years and I have to tell you that I’ve only been doing this for about 10 years. That means before I did this I did it the old fashioned way and it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the old fashioned way but I really felt like it could be done better and I’m going to tell you why.
So a mommy makeover is typically treating the changes that happened with mom from pregnancy. So it’s usually something to the abdomen and it’s something to the breast that’s a mommy makeover and we do a lot of them here at CosmetiCare. One of the concerns that patients have with a mommy makeover is recovery. They think it’s this really big operation and I’m telling you it is a significant operation. But historically the recovery was brutal. It was two weeks of the patient bent over with tremendous pain. And so it was a lot of pain. And that scared a lot of patients. Number two scarring was often bad and that scared a lot of patients. And so I just felt like it could be done better. But I also felt like the recovery could be better and that’s when I started looking into different techniques and in fact I trained at the University of Texas Southwestern. And as I was finishing my training in 2000 and I’m going to put a plug in, it’s probably the best training program
in the country or certainly one of the top three. There was a father and son team there in Dallas and the father is the one that initially described this technique of a drain-less tummy tucks and it took me 10 years to finally come around but I came around and it’s the only way I do things now. So I felt like a drain-less approach was easier for the patient, quicker recovery, less painful with better scars. So why wouldn’t
you do that? So what does it entail? So that’s the why.
The how on a drain-less tummy tuck is we use these things called progressive tension sutures. Why do we use drains in the first place? Because we create this space and we feel like we need to drain this space or the fluid would build up. And that’s sort of been the thinking in plastic surgery. Progressive tension sutures are internal sutures that tack the abdominal wall down. So why are we doing a tummy tuck? Two things- We tighten the muscles because those get stretched or rectus diastase as it’s called during pregnancy. And then we get rid of the loose skin. Well we still tighten those muscles like we did before. But now instead of just pulling that skin down, making the cut and sewing it together, we’re now tacking that abdominal flap down. We’re pulling it down and tacking it down so there’s absolutely no tension on that scar. In addition the patients are able to stand straight up and I encourage you we’re gonna show you some cases, encourage you to go to our
social media and you’ll see it for yourself. So because we tack it down, you don’t need drains. Because you tack it down, patients can stand straight up. They’re not bent over. I almost always thin out. It’s called lipoabdominoplasty. I thin out the flap so that you’re nice and contoured and I’ll do liposuction at the back of the flanks of the bra line. I believe in looking at the patient 360° and I’ll do the tummy tuck. There’ll
be no drains. If there’s a foley in. I usually put a foley catheter in the time of surgery. We take that out and literally the patient’s standing straight up after surgery and you’ll see pictures of them the next day. And all of these will be one day out one day. So the progressive tension sutures allow me to tighten everything. I thin it out. It allows patients to stand straight up.
Why is that important? Because after a tummy tuck, you want to be able to move. You want to be able to breathe. That makes it not only quicker for recovery but safer for the patient they’re moving. They’re not sitting around getting blood clots. Okay, so it’s better. It’s better. It’s better in every way. So, I think the people who don’t do it will say two things. Well I put drains in and I get fluid out of those drains. So how are you able to not use drains and not get fluid? The second will be well you’re probably not taking as much skin out. I’ll answer the 2nd one first- We are. I am tightening that down so that you can just look at post-op results and compare ours. My patients will have as much contouring with as much skin removed as any patient I’ve seen out there because I thin out the flap with liposuction they’re nice and thin. The progressive tension sutures allow me to tack and create what almost looks like a six pack. You’re going to see some of that here. And of course we do the liposuction of the sides. So the fact is is it’s as good or not better. There’s no tension on the scars. The flaps not pulling up on that scar. So the scars are better and the recovery is less painful and quicker.
And I’ll show you some examples. So my patients are standing straight up and they’re off narcotics
often after a few days, three days. No narcotics. That’s amazing. Now, the question is, if people who use drains see fluid, how come I don’t get fluid. And the answer is because I think the fluid is coming from the tissues when you don’t tack them down. The tissues are rubbing
across each other. And I think that’s creating some of the fluid. So by tacking it down, the tissues are opposed and they stick and we don’t get much fluid or if at all. So I just think it’s a better way. I’m not the only one who does it this way. I know some colleagues that do this way too and if you do it the other way, it’s not wrong. But I think this is a better option, and that’s why I do it. I’m going to show you some examples. And these are also on our social media. These are all patients that are one day out, and for you patients that are watching this,
who had it done the other way, the old way, you’ll be surprised this patient is the next day. And these aren’t mini tummy tucks. There’s a lot of things I do to get a great result. I try to make a very natural looking belly button. It’s crazy if you see a result. That’s awesome. But the belly button looks like a punched out hole, gives it away. I keep the scar low, I thin them out here. And this was her abdomen before, she’s got a vertical scar she got a lot of laxity, this is her the next day. I don’t show their faces, but they’re smiling. The next day again, she had a vertical scar. She’s got a lot of what we call lipodystrophy or fat. So I did liposuction in that area, that is her the next day, notice the little crease in the middle starting to kind of look like a little six pack, straight up, scars are low symmetric, no dog ears, liposuction on the flanks. Okay, the next
day, and I show her before the scars are low symmetric meaning not one end goes up there, each half is symmetric. Okay, By using progressive tension sutures. We’re taking the tension off the scar. A lot of African American patients or patients with darker skin are afraid that their scars will look bad because the scar is long and I tell them no with this technique I think scars are better and you can barely see her scar here. But she at this point now she’s about four weeks out, scars are looking good. And this was a large abdominoplasty and I thinned out with liposuction this area. This patient went to work the next day. Now I don’t I don’t recommend that, I don’t encourage that. But she felt good enough that she went and she did a lot. She did you look at her abdomen there and there was quite a bit of laxity. We did liposuction, thinned her out. This is her the next day. She looks so good and she felt so good that she said she went in, she also had
fat put in her buttocks, BBL Brazilian butt lift and she just said she stood at her desk, she just felt like it. She went to work for an hour or two and she just felt good, but that’s what’s possible. Again post-op day number one standing straight up. What does that mean? That means that by one week they are pretty recovered. They’re typically off narcotics by three days. You have to look this good at day one. If you’re going to be done at one week, what does that mean for the patient? Less pain, less narcotics, moving around, safer, back to their normal activities quicker. Which is important. A lot of these, a lot of our patients are working moms, they can’t take 2,3,4 weeks off. Yeah, it’s another
one day right after large abdomen. Just looking great. One day. If you see my finger on our social media, if you see my finger like a number one, that’s because we’re one day out and the patients are standing straight up. Okay. So that’s my approach drain-less tummy tucks. I do lipo, abdominoplasty. So I do liposuction. I often do it on the flanks, the back, the bra line, we’ll do a breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, we’ll do that all at the same time. We do give you pain medication post operatively and usually you take it for 2 to 3 days. Moving around is critical. It’s better for everybody. And we’ve been super happy. I’ve been really happy with the results and the patients experience and recovery. And for me that’s what it’s about. That’s what achieving another level as a surgeon, as an inquisitive surgeon is I’ve been at it for 20 years. So at this point, what I’m trying to do is take all that time and all that training. And the things I do. I try to do it at the highest level. And so it’s been great. It’s been a great journey. Thank you for joining us on Instagram live. And if anybody has any questions were taking questions and you will reach out to us on instagram right? Got my marketing ladies here. So hopefully I’ve answered most of the questions. A couple of things- So how does the process work? Well we do both zoom and in person consultations. If we do a zoom then I will see you at a pre-op. If you’re out of town you can come and we’ll help set you up with accommodations. I typically like you to stick around for 10 days but for sure one week. But the great thing is is after three days usually you can walk if you stay nearby you can walk around and enjoy not a lot, but you can you can walk around. We have our own surgical facilities here fully certified. So it makes it really convenient and we’ve got a great staff. So you’re in great hands, we will take just wonderful care of you here at CosmetiCare.
Someone asked if they had a tummy tuck 14 years ago can you do it again? So possibly it depends on how much laxity that you have
and there’s no doubt I can make it better. The belly button scar when pulled down may still be visible. And so I just have to evaluate the abdomen, but it’s possible.
Someone wants to know how much for a tummy tuck starting. So if we just did the tummy tuck and usually that includes some liposuction. Ballpark, don’t hold me to it but ballpark is around 12,500. And then if you add some more liposuction or you do breast work then we add that on.
Someone said what is the down time? Do you need to be near your goal weight? So if someone is within 5 to 10 pounds of their goal weight then I’m fine with that if someone is losing a lot of weight then I want them at that goal weight for a couple of months. And this is the reason
when you drop weight you’re not necessarily in a good balance of nutrition. You might be starving yourself, you might be negative caloric. So I want the body and the mind in a good steady state. And we’ll evaluate that. Often, we do work on gastric bypass patients, weight loss patients and usually we like them at their steady state for a year.
Someone asked you do you go by BMI? For the massive weight loss patients often if their BMI is a certain level then we’ll refer them for weight loss surgery. We do evaluate the BMI but I’ve done work on patients that might benefit from gastric bypass but they’re just not going to do it. And so we will evaluate those patients.
Let’s see Theresa said she loves you. Hi Teresa!
Perfect. I think that’s good. Nobody else has any questions.
At this point in my career I’m just trying to do things the way I think are the best and I’m really happy that I pushed forward and had the confidence with the support of the team here to do that and to offer it and not every doctor does it this way here and maybe they’re just not quite on the same place that I am on the journey. And so it’s not that they’re not going to get good results but I just think my patients are
recovering a little bit easier a little bit quicker. That makes me happy, makes them happy.
A couple more questions tummy tuck or lipo. So my philosophy in offering cosmetic surgery is I try to get where I think the patient wants to go with the least invasive technique. If I think I can get the results they’re looking for with lipo alone I’ll do it. But unfortunately if there’s too
much laxity or there’s been children and there’s the rectus diastasis which is the weakening of the abdominal wall, lipo alone is just not gonna do it. And the great thing about this practice is that we have other tools. We have bodytite, which for some patients we can do lipo and
then the bodytite and we get a nice result. But remember with the tummy tuck, were tightening the muscles and don’t fear the scar for a tummy tuck. Don’t fear it because the scars look great. They are hidden under a bikini. And I have never heard a patient tell me afterwards boy, I wish I didn’t do this because the scars so big. I’ve never heard that the results are so great and they can wear bikini that they don’t care about the scar.
Someone asked, will a tummy tuck takeaway stretch marks? Yes, if the stretch marks are all below the belly button, then they will be gone. And then someone said do you recommend wearing a binder or anything post? Yeah. Our patients wear a binder for about two weeks or
they get into Spanx. And it helps with the results. Yes, because remember we’re doing liposuction too. So compression helps.
Someone asked you tell your story on how or why you started this method, I think you already did earlier. Because patient recovery was long. The perception was that it was a painful long recovery and the thinking behind the drain-less approach using progressive tension sutures would one, make the recovery seem easier, it is easier, it’s less painful, better scars. So there were so many positives. The only potential negative was well what if they get fluid? So when I first started doing this, I had a very low threshold for checking for fluid and I
would put a needle in so the patient doesn’t feel it. But I put a needle in to check for fluid and I wouldn’t get it. And I finally realized,
no, we’re not getting any fluid.
Any other questions?
And so often we’re doing this in conjunction with some liposuction of the flanks, the bra line. We’re doing breast lifts, breast reductions, implants and lifts. And it’s one of my favorite things to do because patients are so happy and thrilled and you know, I think moms out there do a wonderful job bringing kids into this world and sometimes it just affects their bodies in a way that they can’t control. And I just like seeing mom do something for herself and getting that confidence back with her body and we can help them. So it’s very rewarding.
I have a couple more questions. How soon can you work out after a tummy tuck? So you can start working out, so you can start being active, maybe a stationary bike at two weeks, back in the gym at four weeks, no restrictions at six weeks. That’s assuming everything heals well.
Someone asked how long does the surgery take? So the total surgery time is surgeon time plus when you go to sleep and then when you wake up from anesthesia. So if we just did the tummy tuck you’re looking at about four total hours.
So this was great. And we’re going to do more of these and thank you for those patients that responded. And if you have any other questions just give us a call we’ll get you in here for a consultation. Wait we have one more question. Does it take away all fat cells? If so you can’t gain weight back in your tummy. No no. You never remove even with liposuction you never removing all of the fat cells. But the question becomes
if you thin everything else here and then you gain weight. Will you gain it somewhere else? And you might, you might gain some of it back here and you might gain some of it somewhere else. All right wonderful. All right everybody thank you.
Summer has officially arrived what a better way to celebrate than by loading up on some Hot Girl Skin Care by CosmetiCare.
I sat down with our Aesthetician Jessica and we created the perfect skin care package (plus two treats on us) to prepare your skin for the summer months ahead.
Here’s what’s included:
Elta MD UV clear sunscreen– Did you know that 80% of facial aging can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun? Sunscreen is an essential piece of your skin care routine because not only does it protect your skin from the sun, but it also helps to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Elta MD UV Clear provides a non-chemical-based SPF that specifically helps calm sensitive skin and is amazing for those of you that suffer from pesky acne breakouts.
Illuminate Brightening Polish- This mild, brightening scrub gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin by removing dry, dead skin cells, excess oils, and residue to reveal healthier, younger looking skin. It is enriched with glycolic acid and antioxidants to nourish the skin and enhance tone and texture. This product is suitable for hyperpigmentation and acne prone skin types. It can also be used on your body if you struggle with Keratosis Polaris (strawberry skin)!
Amplify Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum- This serum is a pure, ultra-hydrating serum with fractionated hyaluronic acid that quenches dehydrated skin for a supple, smooth complexion. It visibly reduces the signs of aging while drawing moisture to the skin before you even add your moisturizer. This product is great for ALL skin types!
Our gifts to you:
Alastin Renewal Retinol .5– This retinol helps to improve texture, reduce oil, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and assists with pigment issues. Start by applying the retinol two to three times a week at night before you apply your moisturizer. It is important to note that this product should not be worn before entering direct sunlight, so use this one alongside your favorite PM products.
Lip Plumper- This multi-functional, pigment free lip treatment helps to restore hydration and youthful volume. With a proprietary complex of stimulating ingredients, it enhances natural color while making lips appear fuller and more defined. Who doesn’t want beautiful full lips?!
If you’re looking to have a Hot Girl Summer, this Hot Girl Skin Care package is for you! Now while supplies last, enjoy $285 in product for $199! Limited supplies available, grab them while they’re hot by clicking here. 😉
Check out some of the amazing before and after images below to see how a Hot Girl Skin Care routine could benefit you!
What would you say if we told you that you could get surgical level face-lift results without ever having to go under the knife? At CosmetiCare, our laser guru, Nurse Tannaz can offer you a non-surgical solution to the unwanted effects of aging with her signature Laser Lift treatment. The Laser Lift is a combination of three to five lasers and modalities that are layered on top of each other and treat laxity, texture, tone, fine lines, pore size, wrinkles, neck tightness, and sun damage.
With a face-lift, you get that pull that assists in tightening things back up, but the “tablecloth” aka the epidermis of your skin will not be ironed out. Not only does a Laser Lift aim to tighten the skin, but it also works to smooth out wrinkles, eliminate sun damage, correct broken vessels, smooth pores, and even out skin tone. The effects of this treatment force the body to stimulate collagen, giving you long lasting permanent results as your own body begins to heal itself!
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect with a Laser Lift treatment:
When a patient comes in for a consultation with Nurse Tannaz, their biggest complaints on their appearance are loose neck, skin laxity, and jowling. They are searching for a solution to these pesky issues without having to deal with the downtime and price tag of a surgical face-lift. During your individual consultation, Tannaz will breakdown the components of a Laser Lift and will create a treatment plan that is completely customized to you. Each Laser Lift treatment is a combination of different lasers and modalities which can include:
Your consultation is your time to ask any questions you may have, and to have a complete understanding of this treatment and how it can help you to look and feel your best.
When you arrive for your Laser Lift treatment, Tannaz will begin by taking photos, and will provide you with an oral pain medication and topical numbing which will sit on your skin for an hour and a half. Once you are numbed and relaxed, she will begin treating you! The Laser Lift treatment itself takes only one hour and consists of the lasers and modalities that were discussed and decided on during your consultation. Once your treatment is completed, you will be scheduled for a follow up appointment in four to six weeks (at this point your collagen is only 60-80% stimulated) to check your progress and to see how you are healing. Tannaz will also go over your after-care instructions with you to ensure you have a clear understanding of what to expect on your healing journey.
After your Laser Lift, Tannaz will provide you with the necessary tools and instructions to ensure you have a successful healing process. This will consist of oral medication and a special post laser product kit, as well as you staying out of the sun for four weeks. If you expose your skin to the sun before you are healed, you will risk burning the skin, scaring, and hyperpigmentation. It is also extremely important that you complete your follow up appointment so Tannaz can see how you are healing and if there is anything else you need for your treatment to ensure you receive optimal results.
Your skin is going to age no matter which treatments or surgeries you have done, so maintenance is always key. We recommend having a Laser Lift once every six months for a year, then once every year to keep those amazing results intact.
The Laser Lift is good for any age and any skin type so what are you waiting for? Call 📞 to book your complimentary consultation and mention this blog for $500 off your treatment!
Want to know what it’s like to get a chemical peel? Find out by reading this first-hand experience with my first ever VI Peel.
When it comes to beauty, I’ve always kept it simple. For me, less is more when it comes to skincare and beauty products. For the last twenty-seven years I’ve had flawless skin. However these last six months have proven otherwise as I have been experiencing hormonal acne. I decided to consult with the aesthetician and skin care guru Jessica at CosmetiCare, and her best advice to help clear my skin was to do a series of chemical peels. She recommended I begin with the VI peel as it is a great introductory peel for someone who’s never experienced one. Also it’s an amazing treatment for individuals who are suffering from active acne breakouts, acne scarring, or hyperpigmentation issues like melasma. As someone who’s a newbie when it comes to skin care treatments I had no idea what to expect. I truly trusted Jessica to treat me as she best saw fit, and I was so excited to begin my journey to healthy, acne free skin.
While at My Appointment:
On the day of my appointment, I came into CosmetiCare and was quickly greeted by Jessica. She was informative and had such a calming demeanor about her. Whatever nervousness I had felt quickly vanished.
She explained the VI Peel to me in great detail- what ingredients were in the peel, and how they work in conjunction with my skin. After her explanation I knew that this was the perfect chemical peel for my skin type!
Getting the chemical peel itself was actually quick and easy, the treatment itself is only about ten minutes long and involves the application of the peel itself. After applying the first layer of the peel there was a minimal burning sensation, and Jessica was quick to hand me the fan to alleviate any burning. After the second layer of the peel, the burn subsided quickly, and over the next four hours the peel stayed on my face. I had no burning or discomfort, just mild tightness from the peel working its magic.
For best results, we decided to do a series of three VI peels, spaced four weeks apart. Here’s a breakdown of my VI peel journey:
After receiving my first peel I started peeling four days after application. For the VI Peel, it’s normal to begin peeling by day three. I started peeling heavily around the mouth and nose first and continued peeling outward towards the edges of my face and hairline. By day seven, my skin had completely shed leaving my skin glowy and dewy! I saw improvement right away with pigmentation, and the redness from my acne had gone down significantly.
The peel application was a bit spicier this time due to the fact that I had fresh baby skin from the first peel. I also started peeling a little earlier, three days instead of four. The amount of peeling was about the same and I was done peeling on day seven! After my second peel, my skin looked noticeably brighter. I still was experiencing some active breakouts, but the overall pigment of my skin had significantly improved.
Third and Final Peel:
This last peel was even more exciting because I added Xeomin to my treatment! VI Peel likes to use their peels with Xeomin because it enhances the results considering those fine lines and wrinkles are being eliminated. After being told that, I had zero hesitation to add Xeomin to my treatment plan. A tox-booster, as it’s called, works like this: The VI peel is applied, followed by an injector administering the botox right on top of the peel. The peel acts as a sterile field so no wiping or cleaning is necessary. Another plus is that the VI peel has lidocaine in it, which preps the skin with a bit of numbing, making the Xeomin an even easier treatment.
This third peel seemed to be the strongest for me. I peeled on the second day, and my peeling was much heavier than the previous two. After I healed from this peel, my active breakouts were GONE. My melasma and redness were a night and day difference, and I was finally beginning to feel confident again.
VI Peels are considered an introductory chemical peel. One could say it’s the baby step towards a Cosmelan Peel or even a DSE Peel. That being said, my recovery process was basically a breeze. The VI comes with simple take home instructions and an after-care kit that includes sunscreen and after-care balm to alleviate any itching from the peeling process.
I didn’t start peeling until day three, which the instructions clearly stated. It was very minimal around the mouth and chin at first. But it began to build gradually, peeling for a week total. It wasn’t unbearable by any means, just some itchiness and sudden urges to peel the skin that was shedding. It’s VERY important to NOT peel any skin, as this can cause hyperpigmentation during your skin’s healing process.
I knew my acne wasn’t going to be gone overnight, but this peel dramatically helped kick my active breakouts to the curb, and helped with the redness and inflammation I was experiencing from my breakouts. The once open, painful bumps I had weren’t noticeable anymore and I finally started to feel hopeful that my skin was finally cystic acne free. Not only did it help my acne, but also my skin tone looked much more even, and brighter, even lightening up my melasma!
To get started on the journey to the skin of your dreams, call 📞 a book your complimentary consultation!
At CosmetiCare, our Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stefan Adair is giving you the run down on one of our most popular procedures- a Brazilian Buttocks Lift (BBL). Here’s what he had to say:
A BBL is a fat grafting procedure that improves the fullness and shape of the buttocks using your own fat that has been removed from various areas of the body with liposuction. This surgical procedure continues to grow in popularity considering more and more women are now looking to enhance their own curves.
When coming in for a BBL consultation, here’s 5 fun facts to consider:
1. It’s the one procedure that allows you to gain weight for optimal results!
During a consultation for a BBL, some patients may not have as much fat as needed to get them to their surgical goals. In this case, I encourage my patients to eat as much junk food as they want to gain weight which will give me more fat to liposuction and then inject into the buttocks.
2. You will typically lose around two to four inches in the waist and gain two to four inches throughout the buttocks.
Considering I liposuction throughout the body including in the upper and lower abdomen, flanks, and back, there will be a significant loss of fat in these areas. When injected into the buttocks, this causes more fat to live in this area. The removal and addition of fat in different areas of the body causes that specific area to either measure less or more in diameter.
3. The most requested buttock shape is “heart shaped”.
During consultations for a BBL, the most desired buttock shape I am hearing from my patients is “heart shaped.” Not only does this provide more of a rounded and lifted top, it also gives the appearance of the frequently desired hour-glass figure.
4. It is very important to have an idea of the type of surgical goal you are looking to achieve.
I strongly encourage my patients to know what type of figure they are looking to obtain with surgery. I like them to bring in a variety of different photos of women for examples of figures they like so that I can clearly see what their body goals are.
5. Your surgical goals may not be proportionate to your natural body frame.
Although I do ask my patients to bring in examples of women they are hoping to resemble, they also need to remember that their goals need to align with a look that is appropriate to their natural body shape. Patients always need to keep a realistic goal in mind with any surgical procedure, and this can be discussed further during their own consultation.
To book your complimentary consultation and start your journey to the booty of your dreams, call 📞 and mention this blog for $500 off your procedure!