• Fat Injections, Cheek Lifts, and Timeless Beauty in Santa Barbara

    A quick discussion about the cheek lift… Many plastic surgeons, instead of a cheek lift, will do fat injections, cheek implants, or temporary injection of fillers. Some patients who have had these operations can very often be seen as having fullness in regions of the face that are not quite normal. We recognize that something […]

  • Facelifts trending towards my techniques

    I’m finally getting to write about some of the experiences that I had at the recent meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgery in Denver. In particular I enjoyed a fantastic panel where five of the most well-known facial plastic surgeons discussed the way that they do facelifts. It seems as though they are […]

  • The youthful face and the nasolabial crease

    The nasolabial folds, sometimes called the nasolabial crease, is a highly misunderstood region of the face that gets a lot of attention in facial cosmetic surgery. Since the increased popularity of soft tissue fillers exploded with the aesthetic enhancement of the lips, many practitioners have taken to injecting the areas of the nasolabial folds in […]

  • Does lifting and tightening the SMAS cause cheeks to flatten?

    The advantage of the SMAS lift is that as the SMAS is lifted vertically, there is excess that can be manipulated in several ways.  In the full face, this excess is removed so as not to add volume to an already round face.  In the thin or hollowed face, this tissue can be folded on […]

  • Fillers and Forbes

    A friend showed me an article in a recent edition of Forbes Magazine about a New York plastic surgeon that is performing something he calls a Y-lift. This is apparently an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery and patients “look amazing immediately afterward, and in a day or two they look even better.” After I read […]

  • Botox Safety

    The other day I was riding my bike through the beautiful Carpentaria country side, and met a fellow rider with whom I began to chat. We discussed bikes (of course), and then ventured into a discussion of plastic surgery in Santa Barbara. She asked some excellent questions about facial anatomy and the changes that come […]

  • Evolence

    Last Friday I got to attend a course on the new soft tissue filler- Evolence. This is a Johnson and Johnson product that consists of cross linked collagen, which is a natural protein that makes up much of the connective tissue of the body. The advantages of this product seem to be many, but the […]

  • New Soft Tissue Injectable Filler in Santa Barbara

    In about 2 weeks I’m going to attend a course which will allow me to use a new soft tissue filler made by Johnson and Johnson- it is a cross-linked collagen product for moderate to deep wrinkles and folds and is supposed to last AT LEAST 6 months. Only a plastic surgeon who has attended […]

  • Plastic Surgery Before and After

    I was looking through a newspaper this week and came across an ad for a “cosmetic surgeon” and his face lift using a laser, with before and after photos. The photos were interesting- a rather dramatic result was shown, with the caption “before face lift” and “after face lift”. Examining the photos a bit more […]

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