Treating Under-Eye Bags With and Without Surgery

The pockets of swelling that occur underneath the eyes are commonly called “under-eye bags.” While this is typically a cosmetic concern in older adults, it doesn’t always signify aging. Just like dark circles, your tendency to have puffiness underneath the eyes can be a genetic trait as well as a reaction to certain lifestyle habits. Your diet can even influence how much fluid you retain in your face and around your eyes. In some, under-eye inflammation is an allergic response to something in the environment. Regardless of the cause, it is important to know your options as far as treatment. These include both surgical and non-surgical solutions. Some people may even find that they can improve the appearance of under-eye bags by making some adjustments at home. … Continue reading

Is Otoplasty Right for Your Child?

Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery for the ears and typically involves “pinning” back ears that are protruding from the head. Otoplasty can also involve reshaping cartilage and/or removing excess skin and tissue to create a more balanced and attractive appearance. Otoplasty is a common procedure and one that can be life-changing for a child who is bullied or ridiculed in school due to his or her ears.
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Say Goodbye to Sagging Jowls

With age comes many unwanted changes in the face. Heavy jowls are certainly one of them.

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the word “jowl” is defined as: “the lower part of a person’s cheek, especially when it is fleshy or drooping.” This can occur in both men and women, though women are typically more bothered by this sign of facial aging. The extra sagging in the cheeks can also pull down the corners of the mouth, creating a sad appearance and frowned lips. … Continue reading

Will a Nose Job Change My Voice?

Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills CA

When considering rhinoplasty, it is common to have questions and natural to have concerns. For most patients, the concern lies within the aesthetic results of their nose job, but there are also many patients who fear the effect the procedure may have on their voice. While it has been a topic under scrutiny, most facial reconstruction experts agree that for the average patient, rhinoplasty does not have a significant impact on the tone of voice, especially during conversational speech. If you are a professional singer or voice-over specialist, however, you may want to discuss your rhinoplasty procedure with your physician in greater detail to ensure appropriate measures are taken to avoid even subtle changes in your voice. … Continue reading

Realistic Expectations of Stretch Mark Removal

Dr. Ben Talei of The Beverly Hills Center

Our skin is remarkably elastic. It can grow and shrink in incredible ways throughout our lifetime. However, when the skin stretches or shrinks too rapidly, there are components of the skin that just can’t keep up. The collagen and elastin rupture during these abrupt changes, and as the skin heals, a narrow, band-like scar forms on the skin’s surface. This type of scar is commonly known as a stretch mark. … Continue reading

Food as Medicine: Understanding Protein

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We know that diet plays a critical role in your overall health. In fact, when we learn to view and use food for medicine, we can make smarter choices that impact the way our body functions, feels and looks. As a leading facial plastic surgery practice and medical spa in Beverly Hills, we value whole body health and recognize that the way we eat can do more than just keep us healthy. In fact, just learning more about protein can help you consume it in a way to improve your sleep, energy, blood sugar levels and more. Eating right can change the way your body feels, as well as how you feel about your body! … Continue reading

Lip Threading: Problems Not Benefits

Full lips are undoubtedly a sign of beauty and youth. However, since lips tend to thin and flatten with age, there are many procedures and methods available that aim to plump or lift the lips and improve their appearance. Unfortunately, many of these procedures are not only ineffective, but some can cause more harm than good. Lip threading is an example. … Continue reading

Acne – What You Should Know Before Popping A Pimple

Young Man with Severe Acne

As the most pervasive skin condition in the U.S., some 50 million Americans struggle with acne. Interestingly, while everyone’s skin is fundamentally the same, the skin’s reaction to hormonal fluctuations, oils and bacteria is not. As noted in an article by Marie Claire, even those that adhere to a prescription skin care regimen and avoid dairy, soy and sugar are not immune to getting zits. Given the constant flux of seemingly perfect people in advertisements, magazines and television, it’s clear that acne affects more than the skin, as it takes a toll on one’s emotional health. … Continue reading

Jennifer Hollander Answers Your Questions About Hyaluronic Acid

What exactly is hyaluronic acid? Break it down for people who aren’t completely sure.

In the world of skin health, hyaluronic acid (HA) is a glycosaminoglycan, which in layman’s terms, is a naturally occurring fluid in the body that behaves as a part of our youth-restoring matrix. In turn, HA can essentially help protect the skin’s protective barrier, making your body glove less susceptible to damage from free radicals and UV light, which can break down important skin proteins like collagen and elastin. HA is also a humectant, which is a category of skin care ingredients that help retain and preserve moisture and are often found in serums and water-based topicals. A humectant’s ability to increase hydration for all skin types makes them a leader in the world of cosmetics, especially for people who have very dry, dehydrated skin. … Continue reading

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