Is Hand Rejuvenation For You?

Hand Rejuvenation

While it may not be something that you think about or notice on a daily basis, your hands age just like the skin on the rest of your body – and in fact, may even succumb to the effects of age a bit faster. Besides wear and tear from everyday use, chronically dry skin and sun damage can also affect the appearance of the skin on the back of your hands. Combined with the passage of time and natural loss of volume, and suddenly, your skin starts to look loose and crepey, and your bones, veins and tendons appear more prominent. It won’t matter how diligent you’ve been about caring for the skin on your face, aging hands will give your true age away. At South Bay Aesthetics, we offer nonsurgical (and surgical) hand rejuvenation to fix those issues. Just a few minutes in our office, and you can be on your way with smoother, more youthful hands. Or, if you have surgical plans, it’s a prime opportunity to use some of your own fat and stem cells to make lasting youthful changes.

Why Choose Hand Rejuvenation?

Sun beaten skin, thinned out hands showing tendons and veins? Filling in beneath the skin with an easily injected filler – Radiesse or Restylane Lyft -helps camoflauge blue veins and tendons beneath while lasers and skin peels and an exceptional cosmeceutical can breath new youthfulness into your hands so they look as youthful and complimenting to your face. With a simple and easy office visit – and after a touch of swelling or a small bruise, you can relish the results for up to a year or more

When this happens on your face, we use injectable fillers to increase volume and smooth drooping skin. Now, the same fillers that boost volume in your face can do the same for your hands.

How Does Hand Rejuvenation Work?

Injectable fillers are popular in the face, lips etc but they are also effective at treating aging hands. At South Bay Aesthetics, Dr. Verbin uses Restylane Lyft and Radiesse (or your own fat) to plump up hands that suffer from volume loss. Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler typically used to treat facial folds and wrinkles, as well as to add volume and lift to your cheeks. Radiesse is a derivitive of a bone mineral and calcium phosphate and carried in a gel to soften and rejuvenate the hand in similar ways to Restylane – it was the first to be approved as an injectable for hand rejuvenation.

Hand rejuvenation using fillers is a simple and quick procedure done right in our office. After Dr. Verbin places a few carefully and meticulously situated injections into the back of your hands, you can be on your way to your next errand. The treatment is virtually painless, and leaves no scarring, and it requires no downtime for recovery.

Your own fat cells, together with your stem calls can be harvested and injected in a similar fashion, but a minor surgery with local anesthesia is needed to do a mini liposuction to remove enough to transplant to the back of your hands and fingers – it’s a bit more swelling and a small local procedure that takes a little more time for your hands to get to their best, but the fat and stem cells grafted carry on giving long term rejuvenation. I recently saw a patient of mine who was still very pleased with the improvement in her hands – 14 years after! And another patient recently 6 years out from her hands ( I did in conjunction with her facelift) and was still loving them. Fat that takes well does wonders over the years.

If you are looking for quick, noninvasive ways to get back a softer shape and fuller volume in your hands, or a minor session of fat/stem cell grafting with a bit more downtime and cost for the prospect of sustained results, look no further than hand rejuvenation at South Bay Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. Call us today at 310-539-6500 for further questions or to schedule a consultation.

Tighten Your Neck with Ultherapy

As the subject of cosmetic surgery is becoming less taboo by the day, it’s not a surprise that more than 17 million Americans chose to undergo one or more plastic surgery procedures in 2016 alone. With the advances in technology constantly evolving, the landscape of non-invasive cosmetic procedures is also changing and growing. One of the most sought-after treatments available is nonsurgical skin tightening, with nearly half a million people enjoying smoother, more youthful skin without going under the knife.

One such skin-tightening treatment that is rising in popularity is Ultherapy®, a procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten loose or sagging skin on your neck. FDA approved to treat your jawline and neck, Ultherapy® can also be used to raise your browline and smooth aging skin on your decolletage as well. If you’ve begun to notice that your jawline is softer and less defined than it used to be, or that you’ve got the beginnings of the dreaded “turkey wattle,” Ultherapy® may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

How Does Ultherapy® Work?

Ultherapy® is designed to stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein whose primary purpose is to keep your skin supple and smooth. As you age, not only is there a decrease in collagen production in your body, but your skin’s existing collagen begins to break down and deteriorate, leaving you with ever-increasing lines and wrinkles etched into your face and neck, as well as volume loss and drooping skin.

Ultherapy® works to deliver focused energy deep into your skin’s foundational layer – a layer that is usually only reachable with surgery. The treatment triggers a regenerative response, boosting the growth of new, healthy collagen in your skin at its core level, and naturally tightening and smoothing your neck. This entire process is completed without incisions or damage to the surface of your skin, or any of the tissue in the surrounding area. Ultherapy® uses an applicator that is calibrated to deliver the precise amount of energy at the exact temperature necessary to stimulate new collagen growth and get you on the way to a refreshed, beautiful neck.

Am I a Candidate for Ultherapy®?

The best candidates for Ultherapy® are people who are in their mid-thirties or older, and are showing mild to moderate signs of aging on their neck, including:

  • Skin that looks and feels less firm
  • Sagging under your chin
  • Loose skin and wrinkles on your neck

Other factors that may make you a good Ultherapy®candidate include:

  • If you want to refresh the appearance of your neck, but aren’t ready for surgery
  • If you are a younger patient who wants to proactively treat minor wrinkles or sagging
  • If you’ve had previous cosmetic surgery and are looking to enhance your results

It is important that you remember that Ultherapy® does not have the same effects as a surgical neck lift, so realistic expectations for your results are essential. If you are considering Ultherapy®, first, you will come in for a consultation with Dr. Verbin. He will examine your neck and discuss your concerns and desired results. He can also show you a 3D simulation of your projected results, so that you can get a better understanding of how Ultherapy® can benefit you.

Benefits of Ultherapy®

Your Ultherapy® treatment will usually take up to an hour, and some of the major benefits include:

  • A completely non-invasive, virtually painless experience
  • No downtime required for recovery, and little to no side effects
  • Results that both look and feel natural

After your Ultherapy® procedure, you are free to return to your daily activities immediately. There are very few side effects, if any, though some patients may experience some minor redness, swelling, tingling or tenderness, but these symptoms are temporary and resolve quickly on their own.

You may see a bit of immediate skin tightening right after your treatment, but the most dramatic results usually take around two to three months to appear, as it takes time for your body to naturally generate healthy new collagen.

If you are looking for a nonsurgical method to address the sagging, wrinkled skin on your neck that makes you appear older than you are, Ultherapy® may give you that refreshed and rejuvenated look you desire. Call South Bay Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today at 310-539-6500 to schedule a consultation.

Bump Up Your Booty with a BBL

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The backside has become a central focus of a woman’s anatomy today with many searching for ways to add curves and fullness to this area. If Mother Nature didn’t give you the shape you want, there are other ways to enhance your booty today. At South Bay Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, we offer the popular Brazilian butt lift or BBL to our patients that want to boost their buttocks without invasive surgery.

BBL Basics

A Brazilian butt lift uses your fat, taken from another area of the body, to create the fullness you want in your backside. This procedure offers positive results without the need for long incisions or the use of synthetic implants. Because the fat used in the augmentation is from your own body, the chance of rejection or a reaction to the substance is non-existent. This procedure offers natural, beautiful results that can be permanent for many of our patients.

The BBL is completed in three separate steps, which begins with the removal of unwanted fat from one or more areas of the body like the abdomen, hips or thighs. The second step is to process the fat that was removed to prepare it for step three; the injection of the fat cells into the buttocks to add fullness and curves. All three stages are completed by Dr. Verbin in a single session in our office.

Is a BBL Right for You?

The Brazilian butt lift can be performed to address a variety of concerns in addition to buttocks that are disproportionately small. Other issues corrected with this procedure include:

  • Asymmetrical buttocks
  • Buttocks that are flat and lack definition
  • Buttocks that have begun to droop or sag
  • Undesirable changes to the buttocks, due to weight fluctuations or aging

Patients undergoing a BBL should be in good health and have a stable weight, with isolated areas of fat to remove for the procedure. While the procedure is less invasive than augmentation using implants, you will need to be prepared to avoid placing excessive pressure on your buttocks for a few weeks after treatment to ensure the fat settles evenly into the treatment area.

Dr. Verbin will perform a comprehensive examination during your initial consultation to determine whether a BBL is a viable option for you. He will also discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals to be sure this procedure will meet your needs best.

Sculpting Problem Spots

Tumescent liposuction is used to remove fat, which is performed by injecting a sterile tumescent solution into the area first to loosen the fat cells and make them easier to remove. A narrow cannula is then inserted into the fat deposit via a micro-incision, which further loosens the cells before suctioning them out of the body. The incisions used for the procedure will be too small to require sutures and scarring after liposuction is very minimal.

Dr. Verbin performs his liposuction procedures in his accredited surgical suite using general anesthesia in most cases. Common places for fat elimination include the midsection, lower back and hips, where the sleeker contour will complement the newly enhanced buttocks even further. While you are still asleep, the removed fat is prepared for injection and then administered directly into the buttocks.

Boosting the Backside

Multiple injections will be used on the buttocks to create uniform fullness and a natural result. In addition to adding size to the backside, Dr. Verbin will strategically place injections to sculpt a defined contour that will be proportionate to the rest of your body profile. One of the primary advantages of this method of buttock augmentation is that there will be no incisions or visible scarring afterward that you must worry about covering up with clothing.

Recovering from a BBL

Recovery from the liposuction portion of this procedure takes a week or less, while light exercise is usually restricted for up to two weeks. A compression garment will be worn over the treatment area for three to four weeks to promote healthy healing of the area and the best possible contour.

Fat injections do not involve a significant amount of discomfort and do not require much downtime afterward. However, you will not be able to put any pressure on the buttocks for about two weeks. This means limiting the amount of time you spend sitting and using a special cushion when you are seated. Sleeping should be done on your side or stomach to further alleviate pressure on the treatment area at night. You will be able to resume light exercise about two to three weeks after your treatment and more strenuous activity within six to eight weeks.

Long-Lasting Results

A Brazilian butt lift offers natural results for most patients that can last for many years. If some of the fat is reabsorbed by the body over time, you can schedule a second fat transfer procedure to add more volume, as long as there is sufficient fat to take from another area. If a Brazilian butt lift sounds like the right procedure for you, schedule your initial consultation today by calling South Bay Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center at 805-568-5988.

25 Minute Body Contouring With SculpSure

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Oh, what a world it is, where you can workout and diet but also melt away the additional fat that just won’t slim down in the process. No matter how much kale you eat or how many crunches you do, there are always a few little spots that need a touch-up, but liposuction may be too much for you. At SB Aesthetics, our goal is to provide our patients with the best options for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to give you the results you’re hoping for with the least amount of recovery time and the most comfort. We want to introduce you to a new treatment device that health magazines, beauty bloggers, patients and physicians alike are raving about and that treatment is noninvasive laser fat reduction with SculpSure.

Why SculpSure compared to other fat reducing treatments?

Over the past few years, there have been a variety of fat reducing treatments in the cosmetic and plastic surgery fields that offer an alternative to liposuction. Although liposuction for patients that require extensive amounts of deeper fat tissue to be removed from the body for a variety of reasons is still a great option, this laser fat reduction treatment offers no downtime and recovery. SculpSure uses laser heat energy to shake up fat cell membranes to cause breakdown and healthy disintegration through your normal daily metabolic activities. We don’t have to give you the details on that, you know what we mean.

Since the body is quick to allow seamless heating of these fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues fairly quickly, SculpSure requires less time in treatment. Compared to other fat reduction devices used for freezing the fat, SculpSure takes a fraction of the time and requires less application. While other treatments such as CoolSculpting promise maybe twenty percent of subcutaneous fat reduction, SculpSure does much better over time with up to thirty percent. That’s a lot of extra fat!

How—it works, how long it takes, it’s applied and more…

Fat cells are best treated using heat since these little cells are packed with energy, and the metabolism can break them down making use of that energy given off during the process. The body is amazing and always uses any energy available to fuel something else working overtime. This fat reduction isn’t an instant process but takes some time to happen gradually, usually about six to 12 weeks for you to see the change. However, we will take pre-treatment photos, so you’ll see the difference in detail as it happens week by week. Others often require months to see any type of change in your tissues.

If you’ve got 25-minutes, then you have time for SculpSure. We recommend SculpSure to patients that understand the difference between fat reduction and fat loss as they’ve met their weight loss target. Our fat reduction treatment won’t shed pounds but inches off of your waistline. SculpSure will contour the body as the fat is reduced based on the placement of a few applicator tools that deliver the laser energy through the skin in under 25-minutes. The optimal treatment areas for SculpSure are the abdomen or love handles, under the arms, thighs and the chin. We can treat up to four sections of the body in these sessions which is out of this world because others only perform the reduction on one section at a time.

While SculpSure destroys fat cells in the body that sit on the surface causing asymmetry and undefined bulges, heat energy works on the dermal layer to tighten the skin at the same time by attacking old collagen and elastin fibers! Can you believe it, skin tightening and fat reduction? You’ll be happy with the results you see after one to four treatment sessions based on your consultation at SB Aesthetics. We know you’ll be on your workout game with more confidence than ever before because you’ll see progress in all the areas you’ve been working hard on over the years. It’s a new you this year, so melt off the inches with SculpSure!

SB Aesthetics has answers and recommendations for you to achieve your best look. So call our clinic at 310-539-6500 to schedule a consultation for this SculpSure procedure today.

Melt Off the Inches With SculpSure

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Oh what a world it is, where you can workout and diet but also melt away the additional fat that just won’t slim down in the process. No matter how much kale you eat or how many crunches you do, there are always a few little spots that need a touch-up. Liposuction may be too much for you. At SB Aesthetics, our goal is to provide our patients with the best options for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to give you the results you’re hoping for with the least amount of recovery time and the most comfort. We want to introduce you to the newest noninvasive fat removing laser- Sculpsure- that health magazines, beauty bloggers, patients and physicians alike are raving about.

Why SculpSure compared to other fat reduction treatments?

Over the past few years, there have been a variety of fat reducing treatments that offer an alternative to liposuction. Although liposuction for patients that require extensive amounts of deeper fat tissue to be removed is still a great option, this laser fat reduction treatment is simple, easy and quick with no downtime and no surgical recovery. SculpSure uses laser heat energy to destroy the fat cells. We don’t have to give you the details on that, but your body metabolizes and absorbs the breakdown.

The laser targets the fat primarily without causing damage to nerves which can be seen with modalities like freezing fat. SculpSure’s laser diffusion helps attain smoother contours compared to clamp on devices for freezing fat treatments. Sculpsure requires significantly less time in treatment. Compared to other fat reduction devices- like Coolsculpting (used to freeze the fat), SculpSure takes 25 minutes instead 2 hours.

How—it works, how long it takes, it’s applied and more…

Fat reduction/resolution is gradual and takes about six to 12 weeks for you to see the complete change. We take pre-treatment photos, so you’ll see the difference during the following several months. A consultation with our staff and plastic surgeon will evaluate your concerns and fully explain treatment options.

If you’ve got 25-minutes, then you have time for SculpSure. We recommend SculpSure to patients that understand the difference between fat reduction and fat loss as they’ve met their weight loss target. Our fat reduction treatment won’t shed pounds off but will slim down your waistline and other bothersome annoying areas. SculpSure will contour the body as the fat is reduced Optimal treatment areas for SculpSure are the abdomen and waistline, back, thighs and arms. We can treat multiple areas of the body in the same session- which is out of this world because others only perform treatment one section at a time.

You’ll be happy with the results you see after one to four treatment sessions based on your consultation at SB Aesthetics. We know you’ll be on your workout game with more confidence than ever before because you’ll see progress in all the areas you’ve been targeting. It’s a new you this year, so melt off the inches with SculpSure! It’s easy, quick and even possible to have done at the conclusion of your consultation if you are busy and short on precious time.

SB Aesthetics has answers and recommendations for you to achieve your best look. So call our clinic at 310-539-6500 to schedule a consultation for this SculpSure procedure today.