Tips on Injectables for Men You Need!


More than one-half million injectable treatments were performed on men in 2013, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Men are beginning to tune into the advantages provided by these quick procedures that require no downtime. Injectable procedures are allowing men to maintain their youthful appearance much longer, which can be beneficial for both their professional and personal lives.

Botox Cosmetic for Men
The most common injectable treatment sought by men in 2013 was Botox Cosmetic. This neuromodulator effectively relaxes facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful look. Botox is commonly used to treat the following concerns in male patients:

• Frown Lines – vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows
• Crow’s Feet – fine lines that appear in the outer corners of the eyes
• Horizontal forehead creases
• Chin wrinkles and dimpling on the chin

Botox works best on lines and facial creases that appear during the formation of certain facial expressions, known as “dynamic” wrinkles. These lines respond particularly well to immobilizing key facial muscles, which prevents the facial wrinkles from forming in the first place. Botox Cosmetic may be recommended as a preventative measure for younger patients, as well as a means for smoothing away wrinkles that have already formed in older patients.

Dermal Fillers
Men are also seeking hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. Dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of “static” wrinkles – wrinkles that are always present. They can also be used to restore volume to areas like the cheeks and chin. Fillers can be used specifically to treat the following concerns:

• Nasolabial Folds – lines extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth
• Marionette Lines – extend from the mouth to the jawline
• Vertical lip lines above the upper lip
• Loss of volume in the cheeks or jawline, or a receding chin

Both dermal fillers and Botox are temporary treatments that require follow up treatments to maintain results. The time between treatments will depend on the specific formula used and the individual patient. Because these treatments involve no downtime afterward, men can enjoy positive, discreet results without worry those around them will know they paid a visit to the plastic surgeon.

At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky use injectables to treat both men and women. Our goal is to make sure all of our patients feel comfortable with the treatment they choose and the service they receive. To learn more about our options in injectable treatments, contact Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery at 888-418-7756.

Brow Lift or Eyelid Lift: Which is Right for You?

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A variety of surgical procedures are available today to reduce signs of aging on the face. Two popular options include the brow lift and the eyelid lift. Which procedure is right for you? The answer depends on your specific concerns and your desired results.

Brow Lifts

The brow lift is a surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis to restore the forehead and eyebrows to a more youthful position. The procedure involves incisions behind the hairline, which allow access for the surgeon to remove excess tissue and skin from the upper region of the face. Brow lifts can result in a more open-eyed look, due to the raising of the eyebrows. They can also reduce the appearance of frown lines and horizontal lines across the forehead that creates a more aged appearance.

Eyelid Lifts

Also referred to as blepharoplasty, this procedure specifically addresses drooping and bagginess of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes excess tissue and fat deposits that contribute to a tired, older appearance. Blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids, lower lids, or both lids at the same time. The procedure is also typically performed on an outpatient basis, with incisions where they will be nearly invisible after surgery.

Choosing Your Procedure

The best procedure will depend on an individual’s anatomy and specific concerns. As a general rule, brow lifts are recommended for patients with eyebrows that droop below the natural position of the brow bone. On the other hand,  an upper eyelid lift might be a better choice for  excess upper lid without any sagging of the eyebrow. In some cases, a combination of a brow lift and eyelid lift may be the only way to achieve the best possible results.

It isn’t always easy to know whether a brow lift or eyelid lift will offer the greatest benefit. Fortunately, patients at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery can rely on the expertise and trained eyes of Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky to determine which procedure will be the right choice. To learn more about these procedures, contact us at 888-418-7756 to schedule your consultation today.

What You Need to Know Before Getting Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures today. The surgery offers the ability to change the size, shape or positioning of the nose, improve asymmetry, or even make breathing easier. Nasal enhancement is an effective way to subtly alter a person’s appearance and build self-confidence. However, before you jump into nose surgery, Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery has a few important facts to consider.

 

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is not the right choice for everyone. Individuals should be in reasonably good health with realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery. Rhinoplasty is not usually performed on patients under the age of 15, since the nose is not fully developed until after that time.

 

Type of Surgery

There are a variety of techniques that may be used for rhinoplasty, depending on the specific concerns and the desired outcome of the patient. Incisions may be completely hidden inside the nose, or there might be a small incision on the columella, the narrow area of tissue between the nostrils.

 

About The Procedure

Rhinoplasty may be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center. Outpatient surgery centers should be accredited, which assures that they will have the same equipment and services as a hospital, including an anesthesiologist and monitoring equipment to track the patient during the procedure. In our practice, the procedure is performed in our AAAASF accredited facility, usually under general anesthesia.

 

Recovery Time

Recovery from rhinoplasty can take up to three weeks before you are able to resume all of your regular activities. However, most patients return to work and light activities within 7-10 days. It is important to discuss recovery time with your physician to ensure you allow ample time to heal from your surgery.

 

Choosing the Right Surgeon

It is essential that you choose an experienced, highly trained surgeon for your rhinoplasty to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky have the expertise and education necessary to perform a wide range of rhinoplasty techniques. Both are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, giving patients the peace-of-mind in knowing these surgeons adhere to the highest standards in their industry.

 

To learn more about your options in rhinoplasty, contact us at 888-418-7756 to schedule your personal consultation today.

 

Gynecomastia: End the Embarrassment

Gynecomastia is characterized by swollen or enlarged breast tissue in men. The condition is rarely a serious medical problem, but it can lead to embarrassment and low self-esteem in some men. The good news? Treatment options are available for gynecomastia to help men achieve a more masculine contour of the chest and regain their self-confidence.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can be the result of a hormonal imbalance, which may be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Natural hormone changes that occur during puberty or as a man ages
  • Medication, including some types of antidepressants, anabolic steroids, antibiotics or heart medications
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Health conditions like hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver failure
  • Use of marijuana or alcohol

In some cases, stopping a medication or treating the underlying health condition will be enough to reverse gynecomastia. However, men who don’t see changes in their breast size with these measures, may need to seek surgical treatment to reduce the size of the breasts and restore a masculine body contour.

Treatment Options for Gynecomastia

The two most common treatment options for gynecomastia are:

Liposuction – This procedure works effectively on men whose excess breast tissue is more fatty in nature. Liposuction involves the insertion of a narrow cannula directly into the breast, which gently breaks up tissue and fat deposits for easy removal. A suction device attached to the cannula takes the fat deposits away, leaving a smoother body contour. Laser assisted liposuction uses a laser to help tighten the skin, which can improve the results.

Breast Reduction Surgery – When the tissue is more fibrous in nature, excision of the tissue may be required. This can be combined with liposuction. Rarely, skin may need to be removed and the nipple may need to be repositioned.

Gynecomastia procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis under twilight sedation or under general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work two to three days after liposuction or a breast reduction procedure. While recovery times vary widely from patient to patient, it’s important to allow time to heal fully after a surgical procedure, as complete recovery can take up to a few months.

Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky have spent many years earning their reputation as the top gynecomastia plastic surgeons in the San Diego area. The surgeons have performed hundreds of these procedures using state-of-the-art techniques and medical equipment to give patients the best possible results. To learn more about gynecomastia treatment, contact us at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery at 888-418-7756.

 

3 Places for Liposuction You Didn’t Know About

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. When most people think of liposuction, sculpting of the waistline or thighs comes to mind. Liposuction is much more versatile than just addressing love handles or a “muffin top.” For satisfactory results, all that’s required is good skin elasticity.

Neck

Excess fat doesn’t just accumulate below the waistline. Some people find the buildup of fat around the neck and jaw line to be even more bothersome. Liposuction is an effective way to remove those excess pockets of fat below the chin and around the neck for a smoother facial profile. This can have a result that looks similar to weight loss. For even more dramatic results, consider a combination of liposuction and a skin rejuvenation procedure.

Arms

The upper arm area is another popular place for a liposuction procedure. This area is a common place for fat to accumulate, leading to arms that are embarrassing to flaunt during the warm weather months. Liposuction removes those excess fat pockets for smoother, younger looking arms. The procedure is usually recommended for patients with good skin elasticity. Patients that have excess sagging skin, as well as fat pockets, may need to combine liposuction with an arm lift for the best possible results.

Inner Knees

The inner knee is another common area of the body where excess fat gets stored. That accumulated fat can result in knees that appear disproportionate to the rest of the leg. If those knees are not responding to diet and exercise as you hoped, liposuction for the inner knee can immediately remove stubborn fat pockets for a leaner, sexier leg that you will love to show off under shorts and skirts. Keep in mind that recovery from liposuction of the knees may take a bit longer, since the knees are further from the heart than other areas where liposuction is commonly used.

Liposuction continues to be one of the top choices in body sculpting procedures today. This minimally-invasive procedure provides stellar results with little discomfort or downtime afterwards. To learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve a smoother, sleeker body contour, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery. Call today: 888-418-7756

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and SmartLipo?

When it comes to liposuction procedures today, there are many options available. For example, SmartLipo brings a newer type of technology to the procedure table, using laser energy to make the liposuction process more efficient and less uncomfortable. But is SmartLipo the best option for you, or would you get more benefit from a traditional liposuction procedure? What is the difference between the two procedures?

About Liposuction

Traditional liposuction uses a narrow tube called a cannula, which is inserted directly into the fatty deposits targeted for treatment. The cannula loosens the fat, while a gentle suction device attached removes the fat cells from the body. Very small incisions are required for insertion of the cannula, which may require sutures after the procedure. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure.

 

Introducing SmartLipo

Also referred to as laser-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo integrates laser energy into the procedure to liquefy fat for easier removal from the body. The procedure also helps tighten the skin in treated areas. SmartLipo has also been shown to cause less bruising and swelling after the procedure, which can lead to a faster recovery time.

 

Making the Choice

So which treatment is best for you? For most patients, the two are combined for best results. In our experience, combining traditional liposuction with laser-assisted liposuction has provided our patients with the best possible results. The most important factor in the success of the procedure is the skill and experience of the physician. If you select a doctor who is highly trained in liposuction procedures, your chances for positive results are greatly increased.

At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience in liposuction procedures to help patients get the precise results they desire. Our professional staff with spend time speaking with you about your concerns and treatment goals before recommending the best technique for your specific needs. To learn more about your choices in liposuction at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, contact our staff at 888-418-7756.

How do I pick a Doctor for my Cosmetic Procedure?

Choosing the right doctor for your plastic surgery

When you decide to have plastic surgery, the right doctor can make all the difference in the success of your procedure. But how do you know which physician to choose? By considering a few key factors as you search for the best doctor for your needs.

Look for Board Certification

Board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the first qualification the cosmetic surgeon should have. This certification lets patients know the physician has completed a minimum of 3-5 years of training in general surgery and another 2-3 years of training in plastic surgery. In addition, board-certified physicians have undergone a variety of examinations to prove their expertise in the area of plastic surgery.

Consider Training and Experience

Qualified physicians will provide plenty of information about their education and experience in the field, including the schools where they earned their degrees and the hospitals where they did their internships and residencies. This information lets you know whether the doctor has worked specifically in the area of cosmetic surgery as a part of the training process.

Ask about Hospital Privileges

Even plastic surgeons that perform the majority of their procedures at their own outpatient facility should have privileges at one or more area hospitals. This is a good factor to weigh, since hospitals offer their own system of checks and balances to ensure the competency of each physician that works there. It also provides an option for patients who may need a hospital facility during or after their cosmetic surgery.

Ask for Referrals

Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon for referrals from previous patients. Patients can let you know many key details about the quality of care the physician and staff provide, in addition to the results of the procedures. In addition, most physicians will share before and after photos of previous patients to give new patients an idea of what they might expect from their procedure.

Bring Questions to Consultation

When you schedule a consultation with a cosmetic doctor, bring a list of questions you want to ask to that appointment. The physician should be willing to take the time to answer all your questions and thoroughly explain the procedure you are interested in. If you don’t feel you get sufficient time and attention at this appointment, you may not receive the quality of care you are hoping for during your procedure.

Dr. William Umanksy and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky pride themselves on offering the highest level of care to patients at their medical center. To learn more about the procedures offered by this experienced, talented team, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.

Breastfeeding with Implants: Is it Possible?

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Many women who are considering breast implants worry that their decision might impact their ability to breastfeed in the future. The good news is this concern may be unfounded for many women, as long as they approach their surgery with the ability to breastfeed in the future in mind. When breast augmentation is performed by an experienced surgeon who understands the need to protect the breasts for future nursing, the risk is minimal.

 

Risks before Surgery

In some cases, the very reasons a woman might seek breast augmentation are the same reasons why breastfeeding might not be as successful. These circumstances might include:

 

  • Underdeveloped breasts
  • Tubular (cone-shaped) breasts

 

If a woman has one or more of these risk factors prior to breast surgery, breastfeeding may already be a challenge. Augmentation surgery properly performed should not help or hinder breastfeeding efforts for these women.

 

Risks after Surgery

The placement of the implant could also impact breast milk production. Implants placed immediately under glandular tissue are more likely to put pressure on milk ducts. Implants placed under the chest muscle should not impact milk production or milk ejection. The type of implant – saline or silicone – does not have any bearing on a woman’s ability to breastfeed.

 

 

Waiting for breast augmentation until after children is one way to ensure changes to the breasts during pregnancy and nursing don’t affect the results of your surgery. However, women who choose to nurse with implants in place usually don’t need to worry about implants affecting their ability to breastfeed. For more information about breast augmentation procedures, contact our staff at the Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.

 

3 Tips to Help Men Turn Back the Clock

While anti-aging treatments tend to focus much of their attention on the female patient, men want to know how to turn back the clock as well. Fortunately, many of the procedures that have been highly touted as anti-aging treatments for women work equally well for men. Check out these three options that are helping men achieve a more youthful look at any stage of life.

 

Injectables

For stellar results without invasive surgical procedures, many men are turning to injectable treatments today. Botox and Dysport work by relaxing facial muscles that lead to the formation of forehead and frown lines. Fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, restore lost volume underneath the skin’s surface, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out.

 

Injectable treatments take just a few minutes to complete and patients can return to normal activities immediately afterward. Results from filler can be seen right away. Botox and Dysport take about a week to show full results. The duration of results may vary, lasting anywhere from three to four months for Botox and Dysport.  Fillers usually last from four months to one year.

 

Cool Sculpting

Cool Sculpting is another non-invasive procedure that targets small pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. The procedure uses a device that delivers cooling to the localized area, which reduces fat cells for a smoother body contour. For men fighting the lower abdominal bulge or “love handles,” this procedure may effectively slim those areas.

 

Facelift

For more dramatic results, some men are also turning to facelifts today to reduce the appearance of neck folds and sagging jowls. These surgical procedures remove excess fat and skin, while tightening facial muscles in the area. Incisions are generally hidden in the hairline so there is little visible scarring afterward.

 

Facelifts may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures like a forehead lift or eyelid surgery. Some patients also get excellent results combining a facelift with laser treatment that diminishes the fine lines. This procedure does require recovery time afterward, but offers noticeable results that last for many years.

 

Women are not the only ones to benefit from enhancement procedures. Men can also achieve a younger, more vibrant appearance with the right treatment. These procedures provide often subtle, natural results that help men look and feel their best without telling the world they just came from their doctor’s office. To learn more about options in cosmetic treatments for men, contact the Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery today.

More Than Just Looks: How a Mommy Makeover can Change Your Life

The mommy makeover has become a popular way for moms to regain their youthful figure. A combination of procedures can be customized to the unique needs and desired results of each individual patient. While the primary goal of a mommy makeover is to enhance one’s physical looks, the benefits of the procedures are much more far-reaching.

What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that might include any of the following:

  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction

The primary goal is to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy look. This might include lifting sagging breasts, tightening loose abdominal muscles and removing unwanted areas of fat with laser assisted liposuction (“SmartLipo”) that developed with the pregnancy. Loose abdominal skin can be removed as part of a tummy tuck procedure. Additional procedures may also be recommended, based on the specific needs of the patient.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover can produce dramatic improvements to the overall body contour. Clothes begin to fit better and the body looks and feels more like it did prior to pregnancy. Other benefits of a mommy makeover might include:

  • Improved confidence
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Starting point for healthy lifestyle changes
  • Ability to wear different clothing
  • Opportunities to pursue new activities

Recovery Information

Mommy makeovers may be performed in a single session, so as to have only one recovery period. Recovery is usually relatively short, with most patients returning to their normal day to day activities within 10-14 days after each procedure. While there is some discomfort associated with a mommy makeover, this can be managed with pain medication.  Most of the bruising and swelling after the procedure is generally resolved by 2-3 weeks.

Moms tend to put all of themselves into the raising of their little ones, with little left over for their own physical and mental well-being. A mommy makeover is one way moms can focus on themselves for a period of time, giving themselves the necessary help to regain their old bodies and appearance. When women look good, they usually feel better as well.

If you are interested in a mommy makeover, Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery can help. Contact our office today to learn more about the various procedure options for a mommy makeover and other choices in cosmetic treatment. We are ready to help you look and feel your absolute best.