Sharpen Your Angles Through Jawline Recontouring

With the explosion of social media, we are seeing celebrities, models and Instagram influencers sharing beautiful selfies and gaining thousands of followers in the process. Their sculpted jawline and sharp angles tempt us to press the ‘follow’ button too. How do they do it? While many claim that it’s about the lighting, your fat deposits and bone structure both play a significant role in getting that picture-perfect angle. Your jawline is one of the most noticeable features on your face and contributes heavily to your entire facial aesthetic. Because of this, many women are getting their jawline recontoured surgically.

Getting your jawline recontoured through surgery gives the best long-term results. Some jawline recontouring cases are medical while others are aesthetic. In aesthetic cases, females are generally looking to reduce a prominent jaw for a more feminine look, get a defined jawline and remove a double chin. We all have different facial proportions, so this procedure should be customized to enhance your natural beauty.

Depending on your features, jawline recontouring can combine neck liposuction, buccal fat pad removal, chin reduction surgery and chin implants.

Getting rid of a double chin

A long neckline is considered graceful and helps the face look more refined while enhancing your profile. Many women come in looking to get rid of a double chin. Genetics are the main factor for double chins, but weight gain can contribute as well. A neck liposuction gets rid of double chins and refines the area under the jaw, making the jawline look more chiseled.

Slimming the face

Your buccal fat pads are located in the lower cheek. Both genetics and weight gain play a big role in the size of your fat pads. Buccal fat pad removal is a surgical procedure for reducing these fat pads, slimming down the face. This can help result in a more sculpted look.

Reshaping the Chin: Reduction

Along with your nose, your chin plays a prominent role when it comes to facial aesthetics. Chins that are too wide or jut out too far can be reshaped through chin reduction surgery. Your jaw develops until you reach 20, so this type of surgery is recommended for people 20 and above. In this surgery, excess bone is removed and shaped to contour the face.

Reshaping the Chin: Implants

While some people want to reduce a prominent chin, others are worried that their chin isn’t prominent enough. In these cases, implants can be used to create a natural-looking, sculpted jaw line. A chin implant will help define the chin from the neck area. Usually, chin implants are done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, keeping facial proportions balanced.

There are also nonsurgical procedures like our signature Game Changer. If you want to know more about our surgical jawline recontouring Want to find out which procedure is right for you? Schedule a personal consultation with our team of experts to help you find the best solution for your individual needs. Call us at 310-285-0400 or visit http://www.drgarokassabian.com

Your Breast. Your Option.

Women of any age can have an augmentation, to increase the size or improve the shape of their bust.

Choosing the type of implant that is right for you is a collaborative process between you and your plastic surgeon said, Dr. Garo Kassabian. You will discuss your concerns and desired outcome and he or she will, in turn, make recommendations about what is achievable, how and why.

Dr. Kassabian reviews the types of implants available, such as texture and shape for the most beautiful outcome.

Texture

Pre-filled silicone implants contain a cohesive gel with a strong bond that prevents the silicone from migrating through the body in the rare event the implant leaks or ruptures. There are two types of shells available for these implants: smooth and textured. The latter has been shown in studies to reduce the rate of hardening of tissue around an implant, which the body perceived as a foreign object. The surgical community has differing opinions on the relative benefits of both types varieties. Discuss these with your surgeon.

Saline implants are silicone shells that are filled with saline (salt water) at the time of surgery, and so smaller incisions are required than with pre-filled silicone implants. In standard breast augmentations, the port through which saline is inserted into empty silicone shells until the implant reaches it desired dimensions. The port is then sealed off. When breasts are reconstructed after mastectomy, tissue expanders are used to make room for implants. The volume of saline is adjusted as the tissue expands until the desired size of the new breast is achieved.

SHAPES

Teardrop shaped implants contain more volume at the bottom to mimic the breast’s natural slope. They thus give a natural look but a disadvantage can be that if the implant shifts or rotates it can distort the appearance of the breast.

Round implants provide the upper breast with more volume and are the most widely used in surgery. They provide more fullness and cleavage and won’t rotate.

Speak with your surgeon to better understand all the options available for you.  For more information or for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon & expert injector, Dr. Garo Kassabian, call 310-285-0400 or visit www.liftmd.com.

BOTOX AND FILLERS: IS IT FOR ME

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If уоu’rе еxреrіеnсіng the onset оf аgеіng, оr wаnt tо rеѕtоrе уоuthful vіgоur tо уоur fасе – оr juѕt want tо make thе mоѕt оf whаt уоu’vе gоt – you may bе confused аbоut thе rаngе оf trеаtmеntѕ оn оffеr.

Dr. Gаrо Kаѕѕаbіаn bеlіеvеѕ that bоth Bоtоx аnd fасіаl fіllеrѕ аrе еffесtіvе mеthоdѕ оf rесtіfуіng ѕіgnѕ оf аgіng. Thеіr рорulаrіtу аnd prevalence hаvе rіѕеn оvеr thе уеаrѕ. Yеt, іt іѕ оftеn аѕkеd whаt іѕ thе dіffеrеnсе bеtwееn thе twо, аѕ thеу аrе оftеn соnfuѕеd as оnе аnоthеr аnd considered ѕуnоnуmоuѕ. Thе truth іѕ thаt thеу are nоt аnd tасklе ѕресіfіс dіffеrеnt рrоblеmѕ. Nоw lеt’ѕ ѕее thе dіffеrеnсе bеtwееn bоth Bоtоx аnd fасіаl fіllеrѕ.

Bоtоx іѕ thе соmmоn trаdе nаmе for thіѕ ѕubѕtаnсе. It іѕ аlѕо known bу іtѕ ѕсіеntіfіс nаmе bоtulіnum tоxіn. Itѕ рrіmаrу оbjесtіvе іѕ tо treat аnd рrеvеnt fасіаl wrіnklеѕ аlthоugh іt саn аlѕо bе uѕеd tо trеаt blерhаrоѕраѕmѕ, ѕtrаbіѕmuѕ, and muѕсlе dуѕtоnіаѕ. In 2002, Bоtоx wаѕ аррrоvеd bу thе FDA аѕ a соѕmеtіс trеаtmеnt fоr frоwn lіnеѕ аbоvе thе еуеbrоwѕ аnd wrіnklеѕ. Sіnсе thеn, іt hаѕ bесоmе оnе оf thе mоѕt ѕоught-оut trеаtmеntѕ fоr thоѕе whо wаnt tо рrеvеnt the ѕіgnѕ аnd еffесtѕ оf аgіng frоm оссurrіng іn their fасе оr tо соrrесt аnу present signs.

Fасіаl fіllеrѕ аrе аlѕо knоwn аѕ dеrmаl fіllеrѕ. Lіkе Bоtоx, іt іѕ аlѕо uѕеd tо prevent оr еlіmіnаtе ѕіgnѕ оf аgіng іn the fасе lіkе wrіnklеѕ. Thіѕ іѕ where thеу оftеn gеt соnfuѕеd. Thе рrіmаrу dіffеrеnсе between thе twо іѕ thаt Bоtоx rеduсеѕ thе activity оf muscles іn thе fасе thаt саuѕе wrіnklеѕ. Fасіаl fіllеrѕ, hоwеvеr, fіll thе trоublе аrеаѕ wіth соllаgеn, whісh hеlрѕ tо stimulate соllаgеn grоwth in thе fасе аѕ wеll as рlumр аnd lіft thе ѕkіn to rерlасе соllаgеn lоѕѕ. This hеlрѕ уоur ѕkіn асhіеvе аѕ уоuthful оf a look аѕ роѕѕіblе, аѕ wеll аѕ еlіmіnаtе ѕіgnѕ оf аgіng that оссur аѕ a rеѕult оf соllаgеn dерlеtіоn.

Hоw ѕаfе іѕ Bоtоx аnd fіllеrѕ? Arе thеrе meant fоr ME.

Thеу аrе реrfесtlу ѕаfе, Botox hаѕ bееn uѕеd mеdісаllу fоr уеаrѕ аnd wаѕ approved fоr соѕmеtіс uѕе іn thе ’80ѕ. Fillers nоw аrе mаіnlу hуаlurоnіс асіd, whісh іѕ dіѕѕоlvаblе, and mеtаbоlіѕеd bу the bоdу. Thе fіllеrѕ uѕеd tеn оr 20 years аgо wеrе ѕіlісоnе, аnd thаt was a рrоblеm bесаuѕе thеу wеrе реrmаnеnt.

Dr. Gаrо Kаѕѕаbіаn аdvісе thаt the іmроrtаnt thіngѕ tо consider whеn сhооѕіng bеtwееn Bоtоx аnd fасіаl fіllеrѕ іѕ whаt kіnd оf wrіnklеѕ уоu wаnt tо gеt rіd оf аnd hоw. Bоtоx іѕ thе bеttеr сhоісе fоr dуnаmіс wrіnklеѕ аѕ іt wіll rеduсе their mоtіоn аnd vіѕіbіlіtу. Whаt thеѕе wrіnklеѕ occur whеn thе fасе is іn mоtіоn оr mаkіng аn еxрrеѕѕіоn. Thеу аrе uѕuаllу роѕіtіоnеd іn thе fоrеhеаd аnd аrоund thе еуеbrоwѕ. Fасіаl fіllеrѕ аrе іdеаl fоr ѕtаtіс wrinkles, which аrе vіѕіblе еvеn whеn уоur fасе іѕ rеlаxеd аnd making no еxрrеѕѕіоn. Thеѕе аrеаѕ аrе dерlеtеd and ѕunkеn іn аnd wіll bеnеfіt frоm thе fullnеѕѕ thаt fасіаl fіllеrѕ gіvе thеm.

Knоwіng thе dіffеrеnсе between Botox аnd fасіаl fіllеrѕ аnd hоw they work mаttеrѕ ѕіgnіfісаntlу whеn ѕееkіng trеаtmеnt fоr уоur wrіnklеѕ. Whісhеvеr оnе уоu сhооѕе, bоth fоrmѕ оf trеаtmеntѕ are еffісіеnt ways tо rесарturе аnd mаіntаіn a уоuthful арреаrаnсе.

Is Liposuction Really Necessary?

A liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery in which deposits of fat are removed to reshape or reduce one or more areas of the body. Common areas targeted include thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and arms.

Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction or a cure for obesity. It is often used to reduce deposits of fat that have been difficult to move, even though the person has developed a healthy diet and activity habits. 

Liposuction is suitable for normal weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of fat in certain areas that need to be removed. To be suitable for liposuction you must be physically healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations.  Although the age is not a significant concern, elder people may have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger person with tighter skin.

Dr. Kassabian has been at the forefront of refining innovative liposuction and body contouring techniques.  Depending on the procedure, you will be sedated, or receive local or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable.  Then a tiny incision is made to enter your body and remove the subcutaneous fat from the market areas.  Dr. Kassabian makes the incisions as inconspicuous as possible to minimize scarring.

Before you opt for a liposuction procedure, you need to think carefully about your expectations.

For more information or for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon & expert injector, Dr. Garo Kassabian, call 310-285-0400 or visit www.liftmd.com.

The New & Improved Liquid Facelift & Necklift by Dr. Garo Kassabian

Award-Winning, Black Diamond Expert Injector Dr. Garo Kassabian has designed an exclusive signature technique using the latest advances in aesthetics to offer a nonsurgical facelift that that reduces the fat under the chin, smooths the lines and contours the face.

With this innovative procedure, you can look like the best version of yourself. Natural, beautiful results. Never frozen, never overdone.

  • Voluma To Define Jawline & Lift Cheeks
  • Juvederm To Fill Deep Lines in Nasolabial Folds & Corners of Mouth
  • Botox to Smooth Lines Around Crows Feet, Forehead & Glabella (between eyes)
  • Kybella To Eliminate The Double Chin
  • Botox to Relax Platysmal Neck Bands

Every person has different needs and concerns, so you may not need everything above. There are also surgical procedures if you want a more long lasting effect. To find out what is right for you, we always recommend doing a personal consultation.

Injectables and Fillers: Lift MD’s Top 5 Questions

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Botox. Juvederm. Voluma.  The beauty world’s triad of agelessness. Perhaps you’re considering one or all three? (Yes! You can get all three injected in one day!) Or maybe you have been injected but still have some questions?  The team at Lift MD gathered their top 5 most frequently asked questions regarding injectables and fillers and put together the list below.  We want you to look as good as you feel so always feel free to write to us with any questions about treatments, products and procedures!

  • How long does Botox last?  How long will Juvederm and Voluma last?
    • Keep in mind that everyone’s body metabolizes injectables differently and so some people may not need as many touch-ups as others.  That being said, typically Botox lasts anywhere from 3-4 months while Juvederm can last from 6 months to a year and Voluma up to two years.
  • Am I limited to the amount of activity I can do pre-treatment or post-treatment?
    • There is nothing that you need to do to prepare for your injectable treatment but it is recommended to avoid aspirin and blood thinners as they may cause bruising.  Also, avoiding caffeine may be helpful if it typically makes you feel jittery.    There are some different guidelines when it comes to post-treatment care though.  If you get Botox injected, don’t lie down for 4 hours and avoid any exercise until the following day.  With all injectables, it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol until the following day as alcohol thins the blood which may lead to some bruising.
  • What exactly is the difference between Voluma and Juvederm?
    • Voluma and Juvederm are both Hyaluronic Acid  fillers, however, the main difference between the two is that Voluma is a much thicker filler.  So Voluma yields the best results when injected in the cheeks and mid-face to restore volume.  While Juvederm is used to fill the lips, nasolabial folds and directly beneath the eyes.
  • How long does it take to see the results for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma?
    • Expect to see the full results of your Botox treatment between 7-10 days while Juvederm and Voluma will take 7 days.
  • Is there anything one can do to make the results last longer?
    • If there is one tip that everyone at Lift MD swears by it’s to drink as much water as possible if you were injected with a filler.  Water bonds with the Hyaluronic Acid and thus keeps the filler plump and helps it last longer.

Liposuction vs. Coolsculpting: Which one is right for you?

Liposuction vs. Coolscultping: Which one is right for you?

 

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Liposuction and coolsculpting are both designed to remove excess fat, but the two procedures vary greatly in the excess fat removal process and the overall outcome. Although liposuction and coolsculpting are both a safe and effective way to remove fat and achieve a slimmer appearance, one might be the better choice for you depending on your desired results and individual needs.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that vacuums excess fat deposits from under the skin, slimming and reshaping certain areas of the body such as the hips, buttocks and abdomen. Liposculpture or Lipoplasty is also effective in removing fat deposits from the back, legs, arms, face and neck. The best candidate for this procedure is someone who lives a healthy lifestyle, but even after efforts in exercise and a healthy diet, is unable to get rid of excess fat in certain areas. Liposuction improves your body contours and proportion in a dramatic way, as it is a surgical procedure. The recovery time for liposuction and liposculpture depends on the extent of the procedure. The results will last as long as you continue living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercising regularly.

Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting is FDA approved for fat reduction using a non-invasive cooling technique called Cryolipolysis to target and freeze localized fat. Once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body for good. The best candidate for this is someone who is close to their ideal body weight but has small areas of stubborn fat pockets such as in the stomach, love handles or back fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise. Coolsculpting is a non-surgical solution that requires no downtime or recovery. You may start to see results three weeks after your treatment, but will experience the full results after two months. Your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Not sure what is best for you? Call the office and request a free personal consultation with our team of experts. We are here to help you find the best solution for own individual needs. Just call 310.285.0400.

Kybella: The nonsurgical solution to redefining your chin

The fear of having a double chin is extremely common in both men and women across the globe. This fear becomes or already is a reality for many of us. Thankfully, there is now a safe and effective solution for this common issue. Rediscover your jaw-line with the revolutionary procedure, Kybella.

Kybella is the nonsurgical solution designed to dissolve stubborn under-the-chin fat. It provides maximum results and requires minimal commitment as sessions average between 20 and 30 minutes. Although it varies with each patient, 2-6  sessions scheduled a month apart are suggested for optimum results.

Kybella is the first injectable substance that the FDA has approved to treat under the chin fat. Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance found in our bodies naturally that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into “under the skin” fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. The preference for fat cells leaves surrounding tissue largely unaffected. It destroys fat cells under the chin, leaving the skin substantially tighter and the jaw more contoured. 

Want to know more? Schedule a personal consultation and find out if this is good treatment solution for you. 310.285.0400

Ways To Improve Your Quality of Life

There is something to be said about plastic surgery and the direct impact that it has on one’s outlook on life. There has been many studies done that show an improved quality of life based on the self-confidence and satisfaction of removing or improving certain aspects of one’s appearance, that outweighs the cost of living an unfulfilled life due to a lack of self-esteem. Many of us have battled with aspects of our outward appearance, some greater than others. We all have the power to change or enhance our outward appearance and inner well-being, whether it be through a cosmetic surgery or by making a lifestyle change. Whatever your desire or need may be, here are a few ways to start improving your quality of life today.

If you are someone who is interested in finding out more about plastic surgery, schedule your own personal consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon and find out your options.

If you are interested in hearing about real patient’s personal stories, watch our show, Doctor Lift on our Youtube channel:

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Facial Enhancements and Fillers

Not ready for surgery, but have a few fine lines you want to fix? Though there are various types of facial enhancements offered at LiftMD, one to look into if you are considering a procedure is JUVÉDERM. JUVÉDERM® is the latest dermal filler advance from Allergan Inc. JUVÉDERM® is a “next generation” smooth gel, non-animal dermal filler offering a natural look/feel and long-lasting results for up to six months or longer. JUVÉDERM® dermal filler lasts long because it’s the only dermal filler currently available with the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid and a special formulation process. This process creates a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, creating smooth, natural looks. All other currently approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers use a gel particle suspension formulation. These gel particles can be visibly seen as opposed to the smoother formulation used in JUVÉDERM®. The smooth consistency of JUVÉDERM® dermal filler also may help to minimize the discomfort that can sometimes occur during the injection procedure.

Details on Facial Enhancements and Fillers here: http://www.liftmd.com/procedures-services/enhancements-fillers

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Want to boost your body from the inside out? The Beverly Hills Vitamin Cocktail was developed by Dr. Garo Kassabian from a formula used at Lift MD Aesthetics® . This powerful cocktail contains the highest potency of nutrients available. Beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and B-complex work together for anti-oxidant protection, energy production, and more. Used along with the Beverly Hills Vitamin Booster, this vitamin cocktail is the ideal alternative to popular IV treatments. Your on-the-go solution to maintain energy, wellness and beauty.

 

Purchase it here: http://www.liftmd.com/nutrition/the-beverly-hills-vitamin-cocktail

Lose Your Double Chin!

KYBELLA™ is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. The safe and effective use of KYBELLA™ has not been established outside the submental area and is not recommended. For more information and before/after shots, visit: http://kybellabh.com/blog/

Lose Your Double Chin with Kybella. Request Your Free Consultation.
Lose Your Double Chin with Kybella. Request Your Free Consultation.