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Injectable toxins are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. and with their super-effective wrinkle-reducing abilities and fairly affordable price tag, it’s understandably so. But while Botox (produced by aesthetic giants, Allergan) has become a household name over the years due to being the first to arrive on the scene, it’s worth knowing that it’s not the only kid on the neurotoxin block.

Not to be confused with fillers, neurotoxins temporarily reduce wrinkles by altering the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, which in effect ‘paralyzes’ them. And while we believe the experience and professionalism of your injector is far more critical than the injectable itself, it’s also smart to know the difference between what’s on offer.

Do your homework on BotoxDysport, and Xeomin

After all, you wouldn’t just slap any old moisturizer on your skin simply because you’d ‘tried moisturizer’ before. Any skin-savvy woman worth her SPF would do a little homework first.

Lesser known, but equally as effective as Botox are Dysport and Xeomin, which many of our patients count as just as important in their anti-aging arsenal as the mighty Botox.

Using a slightly different formulation of the same substance – Clostridiumi botulinum or botulinum toxin A – Dysport and Xeomin both block nerve impulses and paralyze the muscles in the same way as Botox. They all involve needles, take around 20 minutes to perform, have a low rate of side effects and can be used to treat everything from wrinkles to migraines.

I have no financial or political interests in this discussion. My purpose is to share my heartfelt love for Lafayette and my deep connection to the Reservoir area, our own mini Yosemite.

I typically discuss issues pertaining to surgical procedures and maintaining good health. However, today I want to discuss a different type of wellbeing-- the importance of making sure our beautiful land, people, and wildlife look and feel their best for generations to come.

Breast Augmentation versus Breast Implants?

As women, we have a relationship with our breasts throughout our lives. Size, sensation, position, breast feeding and even breast cancer affect this relationshp. One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It affects how we feel about our breasts. They are an integral part of our feminity and our sexuality. While breast implants are quite safe and very lovely when performed well, they are medical devices. They must be monitored and changed out several times over a lifetime.

Natural breast augmentation with our own fat is a wonderful alternative to breast implants.

There is good news about that unwanted fat you may be carrying around! At Persons Plastic Surgery, fat is known as "liquid gold." Why? You may ask...

By removing unwanted fat from one area and grafting it to another, your own excess fat can be used to increase your breast size, enhance the buttocks, and bring back lost volume to the face and hands. Fat contains stem cells as well as platelet rich plasma and is a true graft. When we retrieve fat from the body, it is the color of glistening gold; hence, the name "liquid gold." Once the fat is delicately placed into its new area of the body, the fat thrives and naturally adapts to its new location without any reaction or possibility of rejection because it is from within your own body!

Because fat grafting is so effective in achieving desired results, I am seeing more and more patients choose this for breast augmentation as opposed to traditional augmentation with impants. Fat transfer for breast augmentation is ideal for women who are relatively looking for a small increase in breast size without the use of implants and would prefer natural results. Fat grafting to the breasts achieves about half a bra cup size per fat grafting session and is about the same price as augmentation with implants. To achieve maximal results, most patients report that two sessions of fat transfer for breast augmentation is ideal. The second session should be completed six weeks to a year after the first fat transfer.

 Fat transfer is also widely used in breast reconstruction after a masectomy or lumpectomy. Women are not the only patients opting for fat grafting either. There are a number of women who have brought their own partners in for a little "work" after they witness the improvement with fat grafting for themselves. Men commonly have excess fat in their chest and flanks, which can affect their physique. These issues can be improved with lipsuction and fat grafting as well.

During the fat grafting procedure, numbing solution is placed subcutaneously. Fat is then skillfully suctioned using a blunt tipped cannula. This fat is kept sterile and purified. Growth factors and plasma are left in the fat. The, syringes are filled with your own fat and used to add volume to the desired body parts. About 60% of the solution takes as fat that will live in its new location. Something important to note regarding liposuction and fat grafting is that you should be at a stable weight before undergoing the procedure. We say that liposuction is a shape changer, not a weight changer. 

You are born with the same number of fat cells that you die with-- unless some are surgically removed. However, even if fat cells are removed, if a patient fails to change their diet and activity level, the remaining fat cells will grow in size and fill back up with lipids (fat). This explains the misconception that after liposuction fat moves from one place to another. This is inaccurate-- fat cells do not move.

Fat grafting can be great when it comes to enhancing your youthful appearance. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to find out if its the right procedure for you!

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