Archive for October, 2011

Plastic surgery blog:Non-Invasive procedures popularity vs expectation

Monday, October 31st, 2011

facial injections1 Plastic surgery blog:Non Invasive procedures popularity vs expectationThere has been a great deal of publicity surrounding noninvasive procedures and their benefits.  From a media perspective, they make great human interest stories because it sounds so easy and after all the results are dramatic, (so they tell us). A recent article in the Los Angeles Times highlighted once again the popularity of these procedures. According to the article 83%  of all cosmetic procedures performed in the offices of cosmetic plastic surgeons in 2010 were nonsurgical, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — and the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery reports a similar trend. What does that mean in terms of volume? Almost 8 million nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed last year at a cost of $4.1 billion dollars. Dr. Stuart Kincaid stresses to his patients the value of not only noninvasive procedures, but the advantage of his expertise as board-certified plastic surgeon to offer both non invasive and surgical options based on a patient’s expectation.  For example, a patient who has had children and has a significant amount of loose and lax skin would not be a good candidate for liposuction only or a noninvasive form of liposuction if her expectation is to have a flatter stomach.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid is able to offer her an abdominoplasty, which will give her a flat stomach as well as liposuction to enhance her waist.  The misunderstandings happen when patients present themselves for solutions that are noninvasive only and their expectation is to look dramatically better.  Even though the patient may explain that they do not have time for an extended recovery and that they understand the results will not be dramatic, once they have invested thousands of dollars it is difficult to lower their expectations. The advantage is that Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers expert surgical and non surgical options, and can therefore make realistic recommendations. Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers a full range of facial injectables including Botox,Juvederm, and Restylane.  He also offers Sculptra ( also known as the liquid facelift).  Dr. Stuart Kincaid is an expert and featured physician for the Liquid Facelift Association. Dr. Stuart Kincaid prides himself on a detailed initial consultation with the goal of understanding a patient’s expectations and giving them realistic options for achieving them.

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Plastic surgery blog: Choosing the right plastic surgeon; a man ‘s choice

Friday, October 28th, 2011

man in fitted jeans1 Plastic surgery blog: Choosing the right plastic surgeon; a man s choiceIn this day and age the modern-day man has as much pressure to look good and youthful as modern-day women. In a competitive job market and a divorce rate that is over 50% it is likely that men will find themselves in situations where looks matter. As aging becomes less accepted for men(when is the last time that you heard someone call a man’s wrinkles distinguished?) men are turning to cosmetic plastic surgery as a viable option for maintaining their best appearance.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid  understands the male patient population and carefully tailors every consultation to each patient and their specific needs.  Men who are considering plastic surgery often do not know where to start.Dr. Stuart Kincaid is careful to explain male procedures like gynecomastia( excessive male breast tissue)  and the benefits of having the procedure including the fact that it is performed on an outpatient basis.  Men are typically most concerned with the time it will take to recover and get back to work and working out.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains the most patients can return to a desk type job after surgery within 5 to 7 days.  There may be restrictions if the patient has a job that includes heavy lifting. Most men can return to their workout routine slowly after one week, and completely after 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. Stuart Kincaid commonly combines this procedure with abdominal liposuction.  This helps men to obtain a toned abdomen and svelte looking waistline. Men should also be diligent about the safety of the facility and credentials of their plastic surgeon. Dr. Stuart Kincaid is an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon and surgical procedures are performed and a fully accredited licensed surgical facility. As more men choose plastic surgery the overall expectation of a man’s aging appearance will be to look younger longer.Dr. Stuart Kincaid is committed to helping them every step of the way.

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“Face it” author Vivian Diller discusses the impact of aging – and the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery in a youth-centric society

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Picture 19 200x300 “Face it” author Vivian Diller discusses the impact of aging – and the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery in a youth centric society

"Face It" by Vivian Diller\Source: "Face It" Official Website

Let’s face it: as we age, our bodies simply don’t respond and repair as quickly as they used to. Day by day, the stairs are a little harder to climb and the newspaper is a little tougher to read.  Furthermore, the physical characteristics aren’t the only signs of aging; and a person’s appearance changes with time as well.  The mere idea of getting older is a tough one for everybody, but women seem to have more trouble with it compared to men.  That being said, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says the way women deal with signs of aging varies greatly.

A physiologist and former model spoke with the Los Angeles Times about aging, and explained that, from her perspective, every woman finds her own way to cope with the added years.  “It’s not about trying to look like our former selves,” Vivian Diller said. “Keeping that in mind stops us from constantly trying to look younger than our age. Accepting that you’re aging means saying, ‘When I am 47, I’m not going to look like I did at age 37. I can look great for 47, but my looks will change at some point, no matter what I do.’ And unless we accept that, we will be fighting the same fruitless battle in our 80s.”

Diller’s new book, entitled “Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change,” talks about the impacts aging can have on a woman. In her view, some women feel as though time leaves them in a hopeless situation and it begins to chip away at their self-esteem. To avoid this, Diller suggests that women need to embrace aging, and to accept the positives that come with age.  However, Diller is not opposed to cosmetic procedures.  “As long as a woman is healthy, can afford [it] and thinks carefully about [the] impact – psychologically as well as physically – I think plastic surgery can serve some women’s needs. These procedures can have positive effects on self-esteem.”

There are a variety of cosmetic options available, some of which are minimally invasive and require little recovery time, like Botox or Sculptra injections, which can erase fine lines.  A trained surgeon can advise any woman about the pros and cons of cosmetic procedures, big or small, and help her make the right decisions to suit her self-image, self-esteem, and enduring lifestyle.

Choose wisely: how to select the right procedure – and the right surgeon – for your individual needs

Aging is complicated, and so too is the decision to change (or not change) elements of your appearance. When it comes to plastic surgery, vanity is only the very narrow tip of the iceberg: self-image, insecurity, emotional distress, unemployment, lifestyle considerations, illness and injury and social influences are all possible factors in the decision-making process – and only a trained, experienced and compassionate surgeon will take the time to get to know each and every patient’s reasons for choosing surgery before undertaking a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

As a board-certified surgeon with over 27 years in the field, Dr. Stuart Kincaid knows how complex each and every plastic surgery case can be. Contact us today, and prepare to be not only consulted, but also listened to, understood and respected for your choices – whatever they may be. Call us today at our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934), or visit us online to learn more at www.skincaidmd.com.

 

 

New study shows decreased complication risk with combination of liposuction and tummy-tuck surgery

Friday, October 28th, 2011
iStock 000008874000XSmall 300x199 New study shows decreased complication risk with combination of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery

Finding a trusted surgeon is the key to achieving safe, natural results.

The decision to undergo plastic surgery doesn’t happen overnight.  Patients often consider cosmetic changes for months, sometimes years, before moving forward.  In every case, a trained surgeon has gone over the pros and cons, and eventually schedules the procedure.  While there are risks in every surgery, a new technique may decrease the problems that arise after tummy tucks, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Tummy tucks are a popular procedure. During the process, an incision is made in the stomach and the area is contoured and reshaped.  Although the procedure is relatively common among plastic surgery patients, some experience a complication after the surgery known as seromas.  This problem causes fluid to build up in the stomach.  Studies are inconsistent about the frequency of this problem: some report seromas in about 1 percent of patients, while others say as many as 50 percent of tummy tuck patients will deal with this side effect.  Often, surgeons install a small drain during the procedure so if this problem occurs the fluid can be drained immediately.  However, it’s not a foolproof solution, and can be uncomfortable for patients.

Recently, a study conducted by a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed a new technique that may offer better protection against seromas for tummy tuck patients. The member in question, surgeon Carl W. Lentz III, used liposuction during a tummy tuck  — and found that fewer patients had problems with fluid build up as a result.  “The technique included an extended incision, allowing surgeons to use gentle liposuction to remove fat under the skin. This approach avoided damage to the blood and lymph vessels while improving blood flow to the abdominal skin above the incision,” according to a statement on the new findings.

Lentz used the technique in 113 patients undergoing tummy tucks over a six-year period.  Only 8 percent of patients involved developed seromas.  In addition to the significant safety gains, Lentz’s liposuction technique also eliminates the need for a drain during tummy tuck surgery. Lentz believes more studies need to be done, but feels these results could provide a promising new technique in the future.  “Rates of seroma formation in this study are similar if not better than those reported in literature, and the lack of drains decreases sources of infection and irritation to the patient.”

Choose a qualified professional for safe surgery and natural results

While it could be some time before this procedure becomes common practice, it could lead to fewer complications for plastic surgery patients. However, the bottom line is that all surgeries, no matter how common, involve some degree of risk – and it is important for anyone considering cosmetic plastic surgery to carefully select a qualified, board-certified surgeon before undergoing treatment.

At the offices of Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid, we understand the importance of each and every patient’s initial consultation – and we work hard to ensure that all our patients are choosing surgery for the right reasons, maintaining realistic expectations and taking the necessary precautions for safety and successful surgery before authorizing any procedures. If you or someone you know if considering plastic surgery – be it liposuction, tummy tuck or any other procedure – contact Dr. Kincaid to learn more about your available treatment and optimal results from an experienced, board-certified professional surgeon.

To contact us, call either our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934). You can also reach us online: www.skincaidmd.com.

 

Plastic surgery blog: BPA is a concern for pregnant women

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

pregnant woman maternity clothes 267x300 Plastic surgery blog: BPA is a concern for pregnant womenBPA is under scrutiny as dangerous for pregnant women. Pregnancy comes with enough health concerns for women to worry about a recent Channel 10 news report raised concerns about the BPA. When pregnant women eat foods that are stored in cans or packing containing BPA, their unborn child’s exposure to the chemical could lead to behavioral problems by age 3, a new study says.Scientists tested 244 pregnant women and their 3-year-old children for BPA exposure. They found when the mothers’ BPA levels were high, the children were more likely to show signs of hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, found these behavior problems in girls — not in boys. It is not clear according to the story what the suggestion would be for women to avoid  BPA exposure. Dr. Stuart Kincaid consults with women after pregnancy who are often dissatisfied with the contour of their body.  The most common complaints from women include sagging deflated breast, loose and lax skin on the abdomen, and hard to lose fat in the lower back region.  Typically Dr. Kincaid will recommend a breast lift combined with breast implants to help women return to the original contour and firmness that they had prior to pregnancy.  He may also recommend an abdominoplasty, and liposuction  which will allow him to tighten the muscles, flatten the abdomen,remove excess skin, and enhance the waist. Provided the patient is healthy, Dr. Stuart Kincaid may be able to perform both procedures at the same time. new mothers are happy to have the procedures after months of worrying and concerned about their pregnancy.

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Neck lift procedures: the key to an ageless appearance?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

No one likes to see signs of aging in the mirror.  In time, grey hair seems to get a little thicker, wrinkles seem a bit deeper and skin seems to sag a little lower.  While there is no way to turn back the clock, there are procedures that can capture a more youthful appearance once again.  The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery explains that an individual’s eyes, lips and neck show signs of aging first.  While many people may not consider their neck as a main feature, surgeons say it is a tell tale sign of age – and subsequently, a prime target for anti-aging cosmetic plastic surgery.

To tighten up a “turkey neck” or trim a “double chin,” many surgeons suggest a neck lift.  This procedure is typically part of an overall facial rejuvenation procedure that reforms the face and neck to restore the firmness and contours associated with youth. With that being said, the concept behind facial rejuvenation has evolved considerably in the last five years or so.  The procedure isn’t just about pulling skin back as tight as possible — it’s about making small adjustments to the face and neck to achieve natural-looking changes.  As one plastic surgery professional explains, each patient is different: “It may be necessary to open a small incision under the chin to remove fat and access the neck muscles for repair. Some individuals also have a very prominent gland that bulges directly underneath the jaw line.”  Injectables like Botox or Juvederm may be placed in certain areas to erase fine lines, while chemical peels may help expose a fresh face.  Ultimately, every procedure will be different – and a qualified surgeon will take the time to study each patient and apply the right combination of procedures to help him or her achieve the best possible overall look.

It’s important to note that reviving a younger look takes time.  While some procedures can be performed at the same time, others are spread out over several different appointments.  Before making any decisions about cosmetic procedures, every potential patient should consult a board certified surgeon.  A qualified doctor will go over all of the options, the risks, the benefits and the cost before scheduling any procedure.

Learn more about anti-aging surgery options from the local San Diego expert

As a nationally known professional with extensive cosmetic plastic surgery experience, San Diego’s Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid is an ideal resource for anyone considering a neck lift procedure or any other type of anti-aging plastic surgery. With offices in both La Jolla and Temecula, Dr. Kincaid’s practice is conveniently situated to serve patients from throughout Southern California and Baja. Enjoy state of the art facilities, cutting-edge products and procedures, and the knowledge above all that you are in trusted, experienced hands. To learn more about Dr. Kincaid or to schedule a consultation, call either our San Diego/La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934). You can also learn more about Dr. Kincaid and our procedure and product offerings online: www.skincaidmd.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic surgery blog:”Healthy” diet food may be making you fat

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

healthy snacks2 Plastic surgery blog:Healthy diet food may be making you fatWith so many labels guiding us to what is healthy and what is not, it is easy to pick the most heavily marketed product as the best choice. A recent online article warns women not to believe the hype.  According to the article it is easy to be deceived into eating the low-fat chips or healthy granola bar and believe that you are doing the right thing.  Truth is, many of these products substitute sugar for less fat.  This will give you empty calories and no benefits.  Also, it is important to remember that every package has a serving size.  This means that the calorie count is only applicable to that serving size. Moderation is the key to maintaining a healthy weight combined with watching your calories.Dr. Stuart Kincaid reminds his patients who have had body contouring and breast augmentation procedures that maintaining a healthy stable weight is the best way to ensure long-lasting results. Some patients are surprised to learn that breast augmentation results can change significantly with increased weight.  If the patient subsequently loses weight, then there is a chance that the breast implants will no longer look the same as they did prior to the weight gain and weight loss.  Some women experience a sagging component to their breast.  In some cases a breast lift may be a recommendation, if the patient is unhappy with the changes in their breast.  Body contouring patients, including liposuction, and abdominoplasty will also see changes that could be significant if they do not maintain a stable weight.

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Plastic surgery blog:Teaching your body to de-stress

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

woman with migraine Plastic surgery blog:Teaching your body to de stressIn our culture of do it yourself remedies, it can be easy to discount teaching your body to de-stress. A recent news 10 article reviewed what it called very effective methods for de- stressing. The science behind guided biofeedback has to do with heart rate variability, or the variation in the beat-to-beat interval of your heart rate. Researchers have found a significant link between reduced heart rate variability and a decreased quality of life, including greater stress, pain and worry, and a host of other conditions.  There are several biofeedback devices on the market. StressEraser, emWave and MyCalmBeat were the three most mentioned by the psychologists in the article. Dr. Stuart Kincaid points out that allowing stress over a long period of time can cause significant changes in your appearance. Dr. Stuart Kincaid recommends regular medical grade skin care treatments not just for the health your skin but also as an excellent remedy for the effects of stress. Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels also excellent options.For patients who want a stress free approach  to anti-aging ,that  is gradual Sculptra is an excellent solution.  As a featured physician of the Liquid Facelift Association Dr. Stuart Kincaid is an experienced Sculptra injector with impressive results.  Patients have the volume restored to their face growing their own collagen over time.  Patients should care for their body inside and out as the best defense against stress.

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Plastic surgery blog:When Weight loss before and afters become “thinspiration”

Monday, October 24th, 2011

bathroom scale6 Plastic surgery blog:When Weight loss before and afters become thinspirationThe old saying that a picture is worth 1000 words holds true in the marketing of weight loss programs and products. According to a recent article on  women’s website, some worry that before and after photos can cause more pressure to be thin than motivation to be healthy.  The article calls this “thinspiration” .  Eating disorder prevention advocates find weight loss before and after photos damaging; however,others feel progress photos may work for some women. But if they become a fixation, or take the focus off why shedding extra weight is important (because it can cut your risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, etc.), progress photos can go from inspiration to dangerous “thinspiration.” Which is pretty much the opposite of getting healthy.Dr. Stuart Kincaid shares with patients after weight loss the fact that it is not uncommon for patients to feel embarrassed about their excessive loose and lax skin.  The weight-loss ads do not prepare patients for the large amounts of skin that could be evident following massive weight loss.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid performs post massive weight loss plastic surgery procedures that are extremely beneficial to this patient population.  The procedures include thighplasty, abdominoplasty, and brachioplasty.  In most cases, these procedures will need to be performed separately in the best interest of patient safety.  The dramatic difference that Dr. Stuart Kincaid is able to make for his patients could never be achieved through diet and exercise alone.

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Plastic surgery blog:Heavy sweaters now have options

Friday, October 21st, 2011

sweating underarm Plastic surgery blog:Heavy sweaters now have options“Never let them see  you sweat” is a phrase for those who can control it.  For millions who suffer from heavy sweating, or hyperhidrosis(  a result of overactive sweat glands and is not related to weight, ethnicity or climate) there were few options for controlling  heavy sweating. It usually affects the underarms, palms, face and soles of the feet. No cause has been found. Doctors say it can be hereditary and usually surfaces in childhood and worsens around puberty when the apocrine sweat glands mature. It can be extremely embarrassing and cause extreme anxiety among suffers. According to Sign San Diego there is a new procedure available called MiraDry which is now one of several treatments that an estimated 10 million to 12 million Americans are using to help mop up this humiliating condition. Botox is another FDA approved treatment.  Women who have  suffered from this condition without treatment are  sometimes embarrassed to consider a procedures like breast augmentation or liposuction.  The idea of having a consultation and sweating profusely makes most women dismiss the option of seeing a plastic surgeon.  Now that treatments are available,  Dr. Stuart Kincaid is hopeful that women will feel comfortable coming to his office for a consultation.  Dr. Stuart Kincaid and his staff are compassionate and understand the embarrassment some women may feel.  They work with patients always taking into consideration their level of comfort and the entire plastic surgery experience. If excessive sweating is a problem for patients, they should not let that stand in the way of  determining if plastic surgery is right for them.

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