Dr. Stuart Kincaid Reviews

Popular Body Contouring Procedures

December 5th, 2014

thumbnail 300x200 Popular Body Contouring ProceduresAchieving the body you’ve always wanted can be a frustrating endeavor. Attaining that perfectly shaped abdomen can mean hours in the gym and saying no to favorite foods. Even with your best efforts, often it isn’t enough. Stubborn fat remains and your natural shape falls short of ideal. You could rededicate yourself to your diet and redouble your efforts at the gym or you could try something that might actually get you the results you’re after. With many great body contouring procedures available, Dr. Kincaid can help you say goodbye to the flab and hello to the fab.

5 Body Contouring Options to Consider

Choosing the best body contouring procedure for your needs will likely be a decision you’ll want to make with Dr. Kincaid. He can assess the areas needing treatment and create a customized recommendation that will work with your body and your budget. We offer several different procedures to ensure the best possible results for each patient. Let’s take a quick look at a few of our most popular body contouring procedures.


If you’ve got smooth, elastic skin and excess fat, liposuction might be the treatment you need. This procedure can remove excess fat deposits across the body in areas including the stomach, back, buttocks, hips, thighs, arms, neck, and more. During treatment anesthesia is used to block any discomfort. Small incisions are made through which an instrument is inserted to suction away unwanted fat. You’ll likely have a bit of bruising and swelling after treatment, but most patients are back to regular activities in just a few days. The results are permanent and can be impressive, especially when treatment is performed by a skilled board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Stuart Kincaid.

Power Assisted Liposuction

Liposuction can be performed using one of several different techniques. One of these is Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL). With power assisted liposuction Dr. Stuart Kincaid uses the aid of a power-assisted cannula to remove fat cells with more controlled, gentler vibrations compared to the vigorous motions needed during manual liposuction. Research studies have shown that power liposuction is capable of removing approximately 30 percent more fat compared to manual methods, while at the same time minimizing bruising and promoting a faster recovery time.

Vaser Liposuction

If you want to shape and refine your body, but don’t want surgery, ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a great minimally invasive option. It is FDA approved and works best on patients that are less than 25 pounds overweight. This treatment uses ultrasound energy to melt fat away from areas including the thighs, arms, neck, hips, breasts, stomach, chin, buttocks, etc. An added benefit of this treatment is a shortened recovery period; many patients find this procedure can minimize discomfort and recuperation while still providing stunning results.

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy or massive weight loss can take their toll on the abdomen. If you want to transform your mid-section with dramatic results, consider a tummy tuck. This procedure removes excess fat and tissue while tightening loosened muscles. Liposuction can be an effective option, but the results you’ll see with a tummy tuck are typically more pronounced. As this is a major surgical procedure, recovery can take a few weeks.

Male Breast Reduction

Overdevelopment of male breast tissue, commonly known as gynecomastia,  is a common problem and for many men an embarrassment. Luckily the condition is highly treatable. A small incision is made just below the nipple through which excess tissue and fat can be removed by liposuction alone or in conjuction with surgical subcutanous mastectomy (breast reduction). Dr. Kincaid is a highly referred surgeon for male breast reduction and can help you finally eliminate this common problem.

If slaving away at the gym isn’t getting you the results you want, try something different. These body contouring procedures can help you finally love your body.


Stuart Kincaid MD, FACS



Achieving Realistic Expectations and Natural Looking Results through Plastic Surgery

November 26th, 2014

Many people consider plastic surgery because they want to look their best. That doesn’t mean they want to look like Barbie: fake, frozen, and overdone. They want to look like themselves, only enhanced. They may want to slow the signs of aging or look as good as they did 10 years ago. Natural results are important to many patients and are something Dr. Kincaid strives to provide with each and every procedure.

A Skilled Surgeon is Key to Natural Looking Plastic Surgery

When it comes to skill and expertise there can be a lot of variation in the cosmetic surgery field. Many doctors from a variety of specialties can perform cosmetic enhancement procedures. Only surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are subject to the rigorous training and educational standards required of a true plastic surgeon. If you question your surgeon’s credentials, please do visit the websites of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for additional information and confirmation of if your surgeon is appropriately qualified.

Natural looking results in cosmetic surgery require a certain level of surgical skill and experience to achieve. You want a surgeon that has extensive training and practice performing the specific procedures you’re considering. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon is the first step to getting the natural looking results you desire. Make sure you look at photos of your intended surgeon’s work to see if their results provide the natural look you desire.

Set Realistic Expectations

Another problem that limits a surgeon’s ability to provide natural looking results is patients that don’t set realistic goals and expectations for their surgery. Dr. Kincaid is able to create dramatic transformations, but there are limits to what he can accomplish. A tummy tuck for example can remove excess skin, tighten stretched out muscles, and completely reform a mid-section, but it cannot remove every stretch mark (depending on location) or correct sagging breasts.

Working closely and communicating effectively with your surgeon before surgery will help you to determine which procedures are needed to achieve your desired results. Dr. Kincaid can create a customized treatment plan to ensure natural looking results and fit most patient’s budgets. Work with your surgeon; they are an expert in plastic surgery and know what works, what doesn’t, etc. They should be a valuable tool and resource throughout the surgery process. Good surgeons can dispel unrealistic goals and myths heard from friends or seen on the internet.

Choose Minimally Invasive Options for a Quick Boost

For a quick boost to your look, consider minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. These procedures can often be performed in less than an hour with little downtime time. The results might not be as dramatic as a surgical procedure, but in many cases it is enough to provide natural looking enhancement. Looking for a minimally invasive boost this winter and/or trying to keep your costs down? Here are some options to consider:

  • Injectables- Dermal fillers (like Juvederm) and other injectables (like Botox) or Sculptra or Voluma can provide an almost instant solution to common signs of facial aging. When done properly the results are surprisingly natural looking and can last for months.
  • Laser Resurfacing- Stimulating your body’s natural collagen production, laser rejuvenation is completely non-surgical and takes between 30-60 minutes to complete. This treatment is ideal for treating mild to moderate wrinkling. Since Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing stimulates natural collagen production, the results are completely natural looking with tightening of the skin and marked improvement in your complexion. You’ll look like you, only younger.

Natural looking results are possible in plastic surgery if you choose the right surgeon and if you work with them closely to create a plan for enhancing your natural beauty.


Stuart Kincaid MD, FACS



Post-Bariatric Surgery after Massive Weight Loss from “Obese to Beast”!

November 21st, 2014

What’s your biggest insecurity? Working in the plastic surgery industry we have the unique opportunity to see our patients at their most vulnerable. They share those little (and sometimes big) insecurities with us and let us in to a part of their worlds often unknown by friends, family, and associates. As you look upon others know that they too have insecurities and physical traits that they find embarrassing. Plastic surgery isn’t about making everything perfect, but rather finding ways to enhance how we can feel about ourselves by giving one less reason to feel insecure. None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve those areas that are bothering us.

When Dr. Kincaid saw this article and inspiring video about massive weight loss, he knew that we had to share it here on our blog. This young man’s journey truly depicts the struggle that patients face when losing huge amounts of weight. Yes, the weight loss is liberating, but feelings of insecurity often remain long after the last pound is lost.  Take a look:

As Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Stuart Kincaid, MD, FACS, likes to say, “Looking Wonderful is a Great Thing, Feeling Wonderful is Everything”! Congrats to this young man who lost from 360 down to 200 pounds!!!  As he clearly states, despite his impressive massive weight loss and better overall medical health, he still feels emotionally insecure and uncomfortable with his body appearance. This is not uncommon in our contemporary society where an estimated 2/3 of the population is overweight with 1/3 fully obese.

Dr. Kincaid, as a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, understands the unique medical and plastic surgery and body contouring procedures {Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy, Breast Reduction/Lift, Armlift (Brachioplasty), Thighlift ( Thighplasty), Liposuction, Face and Necklift} needs of these  Bariatric massive weight loss  patients. Whether you have achieved these major weight loss results through either medically supervised weight loss programs or by undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery or Lap Band Surgery, Dr. Kincaid possesses the skill, experience, and expertise to help you feel comfortable again in your own skin.

Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough

While diet and exercise can be important keys in losing substantial amounts of weight, they are not enough to completely eliminate the after effects of obesity. Skin that is stretched out by years of excess fat does not disappear as the pounds drop. Many people that go through massive weight loss feel as if they look “deflated”. The joy of a healthier body and less fat is often masked by a concern for their new appearance and a disdain for their excess skin. Diet and exercise aren’t a solution in these situations. Only post-bariatric surgery to remove this excess skin can correct the problem.

A Custom Plan for Your Unique Shape

No two bodies are exactly the same and with post-bariatric patients, there are often varying degrees and locations of excess skin. To ensure that each patient’s needs are met, Dr. Kincaid offers a variety of different procedures to target problem areas after massive weight loss. Many times these treatments can be performed together or when several different procedures are needed grouped together through a multi-step process. Come in and talk with Dr. Kincaid to find out what your options are. He’ll help you to find the best combination of procedures to target your problem areas and to help you feel confident once again.

Don’t let your biggest insecurity hold you back from enjoying the life you deserve. Please navigate our website: www.SKincaidMD.com  and visit our Bariatric Plastic Surgery Page and then schedule a complimentary consultation to better address all of your questions and concerns.


Stuart Kincaid MD


Tummy Tuck Recovery

November 14th, 2014

O B shutterstock 186012023 300x200 Tummy Tuck RecoveryYou’ve decided you’re ready for a tummy tuck, but you have questions about the recovery. A lot of our patients do. They wonder how much time they’ll need to take off from work and how they’ll feel in the days and weeks after their surgery. We could just share some general information with you about tummy tuck recovery, but instead we thought it might be more informative to take you on a journey with one of our patients Fenella Stevens, someone that’s already been there. She’ll share some of the things she learned during her recovery period and we’ll also give you some tips and pointers on what to expect. Of course, if you have questions, we’re here for you; just ask.

Preparation is Key

When going in for major surgery (which a tummy tuck is) a strong, healthy body can really speed your recovery and make the process easier. Dr. Kincaid recommends that his patients stop smoking before surgery for optimal results. Quitting 4-6 weeks before surgery and staying off tobacco for at least 4 weeks after can decrease your rate of complications significantly. If you’ve been wanting to quit, use your surgery as motivation and try one more time. You can do it. If you need professional help seek out assistance from your physician or call help line: 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

Dr. Stuart Kincaid’s patient, Fenella Stevens took about a month to prepare her body for surgery. She explains, “For a month, I got my body prepared for a very significant surgery that requires general anesthesia.  The surgery lasts approximately 3-4 hours.  The recovery several weeks.  My surgery with Dr. Kincaid was to clean up the 5 scars I had on my abdomen from 5 prior surgeries (not cosmetic and not performed by him) as well as the post-effects of 3 pregnancies.”

Before your surgery Dr. Kincaid and his staff will provide you with information about the necessary preparation for surgery.

Immediately After Surgery

During your surgery incisions are made and stomach tissues and muscles are rearranged and tightened. Once the goal of a slim, flat torso has been met, Dr. Kincaid will close the incisions and cover them with surgical bandages. Then you’re ready to go home or stay overnight with an after care nurse. Dr. Kincaid may offer you a stay at SHARP, a local surgical recovery center (if you haven’t heard of the facility check out this article).

Ms. Stevens opted to spend her first 24 hours at Memorial Hospital in San Diego and believes it was one of the best decisions she could have made, “Think about it for a minute…..you’ve just paid a lot of money for a major cosmetic surgery and you can go home?  Women having a c-section get to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days!  Staying at SHARP for the first 24 hours was the best decision I could ever have made. The nurses at SHARP, along with the rest of the staff, made it a lot quicker for me to transition back into my home the following day.  Dr. Kincaid even came to visit.  The first 24 hours after a major surgery are critical….anything can happen, like an infection and fever. Most health insurance companies don’t cover expenses related to cosmetic surgery, so the costs of my going to the Emergency Room would have been out of my pocket.  Those costs would have been a lot higher than $650 !!”

Follow Your Recovery Instructions

Dr. Kincaid will provide you with detailed recovery instructions. Following them will help you to avoid complications and experience the best possible result from your tummy tuck. Dr. Kincaid reminds his patients that they may experience swelling, bruising, and numbness across the surgical area in the days following a tummy tuck. During this time physical activity should be limited, but once the swelling goes down most everyday activities can be resumed. Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for about 8 weeks. Any discomfort from your operation can be controlled with pain medications.

Ms. Stevens found that following Dr. Kincaid’s recovery advice was essential, “… I also followed Dr. Kincaid’s instructions to the letter.  Don’t use sanitary towels to cover your healing scar.  Purchase the large Multi-Trauma Dressing Pads for around $67 for 50 pads.  It’s easy – just call 1-800-MEDLINE.  I ordered before 3pm and they arrived at my home the next morning.  MEDLINE works with consumers too, not just physicians.  The one pad covers your entire area, so changing the pad is easy !!  I also made sure that each day I took Vitamin C, a multi-vitamin, Iron and ate lots of protein.  I also purchased the Scar Esthetique Cream ($27.95) and the Oleeva Abdominoplasty Shape ($92.95).  I want my scar to be as invisible as possible.”

Give Us a Call and Take the Next Step Today

If you’re ready for a flatter, smoother tummy, give us a call and schedule your free complimentary tummy tuck consultation today.


Stuart Kincaid MD


Mommy Makeover 101

November 7th, 2014

shutterstock 159834734 300x234 Mommy Makeover 101There’s a lot to love about a new baby from their squishy cheeks to their kissable toes. Changes to your body caused by pregnancy and breast feeding however aren’t as loveable. Mommy makeover to the rescue. Kiss those sagging breasts and that stretched out abdomen goodbye! You can love your babies and your body once again!

What is a Mommy Makeover?

For those unfamiliar with the term “Mommy Makeover”, it’s a combination of cosmetic procedures to restore your post-baby body to its pre-pregnancy glory. Every mommy is different and the procedures you choose will be customized to your body and your budget. A mommy makeover is about helping moms feel confident between or after all of your births , planned or otherwise as life sometimes throws us surprises!

What Procedures are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the top requested mommy makeover procedures:

  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)- Pregnancy can turn a once-flat abdomen into something almost unrecognizable. A tummy tuck tightens stretched out abdominal muscles, removes excess skin, and helps eliminate stubborn belly fat. For many women it can even remove some stretch marks (depending on severity and placement of course).
  • Breast Lift- Pregnancy and breast feeding both take their toll on the breasts. A breast lift repositions sagging breasts higher on the chest and can reduce the size of the areola. This procedure can be performed on its own or in conjunction with breast augmentation.
  • Breast Augmentation- If you’ve lost breast tissue and volume due to breast feeding (or if you’ve just always wanted bigger breasts) a breast augmentation with implants might give you that post-pregnancy perk-up you’ve been wanting.
  • Liposuction- Reshape your body and remove stubborn fat with a liposuction treatment. Liposuction gently suctions away fat cells leaving you with a sculpted and refined shape. This treatment can target many of your problem areas from the abdomen to the hips, thighs, buttocks, back, neck, and more.
  • Facial Rejuvenation- Have years of sleepless nights taken their toll on your face? Whether you’ve got wrinkles, age spots, volume loss, or some other problem, we’ve got a rejuvenation treatment to help turn back the years. Botox, a chemical peel, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and other facial rejuvenation procedures can be included as a part of your mommy makeover.

When Should I Schedule My Mommy Makeover?

When you’re ready to restore your body after pregnancy and childbirth, give us a call and schedule a mommy makeover consultation. Dr. Kincaid will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that works with your body, your budget, and your schedule. Some procedures can be done at practically any time within several months of your most recent delivery. Others  may want to wait until after  they have finished having additional  children. The stunning results of an abdominoplasty may be lost during a subsequent pregnancy and a revisional tummy tuck and/or breast surgery could be performed at that time.. If you still want more children, but want a pick-me-up in the meantime, liposuction might be the perfect between-baby solution. Talk with Dr. Kincaid for customized recommendations for you.

Being a mommy doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great. Schedule your mommy makeover today and visit our website below and write down any questions you may have for us.

Stuart Kincaid MD


Do You Need a Daddy Do-Over?

October 31st, 2014

shutterstock 16003606 300x200 Do You Need a Daddy Do Over?Are you in need of a Daddy Do-Over? I’m not talking about the chance to apologize to your kiddos after making a mistake, but rather a series of cosmetic procedures that middle aged men may seek to rejuvenate and build confidence. Women get their “Mommy Makeovers”, but why should they have all the fun? Having kids isn’t just hard on women; daddy gets those gray hairs and premature wrinkles too. Come in for a daddy do-over and look better than you have since baby steps and dirty diapers.

What Procedures are Included in a Daddy Do-Over?

No two men age in exactly the same manner. Likewise, no two daddy do-overs are identical. When you come in you’ll work with Dr. Stuart Kincaid to create a custom treatment plan that addresses your problem areas and works within your budget. The overall goal is to help you look and feel your best. You might be getting older, but you can still look great.

Let’s take a look at a couple of the most frequently requested daddy-do over procedures:

  • Liposuction- As the years tick by the abdomen often gets bigger. Whether it’s too many beers after work or being too busy to hit the gym on a daily basis, this extra abdominal fat can be difficult to get rid of once you’ve got it. Liposuction can remove stubborn fat not just from the belly, but from other areas too including the back, buttocks, thighs, calves, arms, neck, and face. Last year liposuction was the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure among male patients, a trend that isn’t likely to go away soon.
  • Eye Lift- Years of sleepless nights with new babies can certainly leave you looking tired and worn out. If your eyes are hidden by drooping skin, wrinkles, puffy eyelids, etc. eyelid surgery might help. This procedure can correct common eyelid problems related to aging and can be combined with other procedures like a forehead lift if additional facial lifting is needed.
  • Jawline Enhancement- If you’ve always wanted a strong jawline, but just don’t have the bone structure for it, jawline enhancement using facial implants can do the trick. This procedure can be used to increase contour in the facial area including the jawline.
  • Male Breast Reduction- Excess tissue in the male breasts (a condition called gynecomastia) can leave men feeling embarrassed by their bodies, even if they’re otherwise still in great shape. By some estimates 40-60% of all men will suffer from this condition at some point in their lives. A male breast reduction can remove this excess fat and tissue in a procedure called male breast reduction. In addition to removing excess glandular tissue Dr. Stuart Kincaid may utilize liposuction to gently suction away extra fat in the area.

What areas give you trouble? With a Daddy Do-Over there is no specific range of required procedures, just the opportunity to boost self-confidence and return to a younger looking, more attractive you.

Taking the Next Step

If you’re ready to take the next step and get a Daddy Do-Over of your own, give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Stuart Kincaid. He will work with you to determine which procedures might be needed to achieve the results you want. Whether it’s just a little boost or a complete overhaul, we’re happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Women get their mommy makeovers and now Daddy can get in on the fun too!


Stuart Kincaid MD


The Truth Behind 4 Common Liposuction Myths

October 24th, 2014

O B shutterstock 117746353 300x201 The Truth Behind 4 Common Liposuction MythsBefore you get liposuction you need the facts and unfortunately there are a lot of myths floating around about this popular procedure. Let’s cut through the fake and find out the truth so you can be informed about your liposuction decision whatever you choose to do. If you do decide to have liposuction and in you’re in the La Jolla, San Diego, Temecula or Riverside County area, give Dr. Kincaid, our board certified plastic surgeon,  a call and schedule your consultation.

Liposuction is Only for Women!

Liposuction is for everyone. Male, female, young adult, or older, most people can benefit from liposuction in at least one area of their body. In fact, liposuction is seeing growing popularity amongst male patients. In 2013 liposuction was the top cosmetic procedure performed on men with more than 50,000 surgeries performed. Dr. Kincaid performs conventional, power assisted (PAL), and Vaser Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction.

Thin People Don’t Get Liposuction

Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction is only for the overweight; this couldn’t be further from the truth. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss method. Thin people often get liposuction to improve their body contours and to reshape and redefine trouble areas and bring their bodies into better proportion. If you have fat that sticks around even after diet and exercise, liposuction might be right for you, even if you aren’t overweight. This procedure can be performed on a variety of areas including the abdomen, thighs, back rolls, buttocks, hips, knees, arms, neck, and face.

Male patients often use liposuction to enhance definition that they wouldn’t otherwise have. For example a man that works out regularly but is lacking definition in the chest may have liposuction to remove excess fat from the breast area to better complement chest definition. If you have unwanted fat in the abdomen, chest, or other areas, but exercise regularly, liposuction can dramatically improve your definition giving you the toned look you want.

Liposuction is Extremely Painful and Requires a Long Recovery Period

Liposuction is surgery, but it doesn’t have to be extremely painful or take you away from your busy life for long periods of time. Most of Dr. Kincaid’s patients are able to return to work and most daily activities just a few days after surgery and you can engage in full strenuous activity after two to three weeks. You’ll likely have some bruising and swelling while you heal, but pain medications can be used to minimize any discomfort from your surgery.

Only Lazy People Get Liposuction

Some people assume that liposuction wouldn’t be needed if they’d only hit the gym more often. They see liposuction as a lazy shortcut to fat loss. In reality liposuction is a tool that you can use to eliminate stubborn fat. It isn’t a shortcut, but for many a necessity. While some of our fat deposits are determined by diet and exercise, there are other factors that play a role as well. Genetics and hormones both influence how our body uses and places fat. Some people are just more predisposed to stubborn fat. All of the diet and exercise in the world isn’t going to make it go away, but liposuction can. Do all you can do and then let Dr. Kincaid help you perfect your body.

Stop fighting the losing battle against stubborn fat. Give us a call today and talk with Dr. Kincaid about liposuction.

Stuart Kincaid, MD, FACS


Pageant Queens Aren’t Plastic Surgery Reality

October 17th, 2014

Did you watch the Miss USA pageant this summer? The contestants were all beautiful women wearing gorgeous clothing with impeccable hair and perfect makeup. One contestant in particular won the hearts of Americans across the country who praised her for looking like “all American woman”, not like many of her model-thin competitors. Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl, might not have won the competition, but she did stand out to many for her “normal” curves.

What is Normal?

While Miss Indiana was praised for looking like a normal, ideal American woman, it is important to realize that her physical attributes are far from ordinary. At 5’8’’ she is 5 inches taller than the U.S. average of 5’3’’. She is also a lot thinner. She’s a size 4, but the average American woman is a 12-14. She might be at a healthy weight and a lot curvier than other pageant girls, but she’s still not average. Too many viewers her body proportions are ideal and highly desirable!

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Realistic Expectations from Plastic Surgery

Let’s be realistic. Plastic surgery can transform your look, but it isn’t going to turn all of us into a Miss USA competitor. Plastic surgery has its limits. It can enhance your features, but it isn’t going to turn average into perfection. If you want to love your plastic surgery, set realistic expectations before you undergo the procedure, and fully establish realistic goals with a reputable plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Stuart Kincaid.

  • Liposuction- Liposuction is a powerful tool for shaping the body. It can remove those stubborn fat pockets that stick around even after diet and exercise. It isn’t however a weight loss strategy. If an average American woman (size 10) were to come in expecting to be a size 4 (like Miss Indiana) after treatment, she’s going to be disappointed. Liposuction isn’t for dropping pounds, rather for enhancing and contouring your body.
  • Breast Augmentation- Many of our breast augmentation patients come in wanting to be a certain size after surgery. While Dr. Kincaid does work extensively with his patients to determine ideal implant size it is important to remember the end goal you are trying to achieve. Extra-large implants don’t work well with all body types. Working with your surgeon to establish realistic goals for surgery will help you to have natural results you love. The amount of breast tissue you have, your frame size, and your personal preferences are all important factors in determining the appropriate size for your implants.
  • Facelift- If you’ve got sagging skin, wrinkling, or displaced fatty tissue on your face you may be in need of a facelift. This procedure tightens and redrapes the facial tissues dramatically turning back the clock. Dr. Kincaid’s patients are often amazed that they look decades younger after treatment and wish they’d come in for a facelift sooner. The results can be stunning, but a facelift has its limits. A 50 year old patient isn’t going to look like they are in their 20s after surgery. And they shouldn’t want to. Natural looking results help you to look refreshed and rejuvenated, not fake and overdone.

Work with Your Plastic Surgeon

An important role of the plastic surgeon is to help their clients set realistic goals for their plastic surgery. Dr. Kincaid likes to meet with each patient individually talking about their hopes and desires for surgery while educating them on the expected results. He will work with you to establish a treatment plan that fits into your goals and your budget. Plastic surgery does transform, but we all can’t be Miss Indiana. Pageant queens are perfect examples of ideal physical attributes while most of us fall more in line with average. Ask to see examples of your surgeon’s work to see the type of results you can expect.


Stuart Kincaid, MD FACS 



Facelift or Mini-Facelift: Which is Right for Me?

October 10th, 2014

O B shutterstock 173425187 300x199 Facelift or Mini Facelift: Which is Right for Me?  When you look in the mirror do you long for tighter skin, fewer wrinkles, and the youthful look you once had? Facial aging is a part of life, but you don’t have to just let it happen. Modern plastic surgery has many options available for keeping the face young, rejuvenated, and vibrant. When you’re ready to see a younger looking face looking back at you in the mirror, give us a call. A facelift or a mini-facelift might be just what you need.

Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, softens the signs of aging, turning back the clock on your look. If you’re struggling with loose skin under the chin, displaced facial fat, loss of muscle tone, folds around the nose and cheek, or lines and wrinkles, a facelift is often the best solution. The procedure is designed not just to camouflage common signs of aging, but to correct them, addressing structural changes to the face head on. During the procedure skin and muscle are re-draped over the facial bones requiring several incisions.

A mini-facelift has the same overall goals, but achieves them with fewer and smaller incisions and less disturbance to the facial skin and muscles. Since a mini-facelift is less comprehensive, it is not an ideal solution for those with advanced signs of aging and is typically reserved for younger patients that might not be ready for a full facelift.

What’s the Procedure Like?

Both a facelift and a mini-facelift share a similar surgical procedure. During surgery incisions are carefully placed in specific locations (often in front and behind the ears and along the hairline). The skin and muscle are tightened and repositioned and any excess skin is removed. For a skilled plastic surgeon a facelift is a form of art requiring a gentle touch and precise draping to get the natural look you’re after. The incisions are then stitched closed using a special technique to minimize scarring. The amount of time needed for surgery will vary greatly. Typically mini-facelifts require less time than traditional facelifts. Often the procedure takes between two and five hours.

Many patients choose to address other signs of aging at the same as their facelift. For example if you have sagging neck skin we may be able to combine your facelift with a neck lift or dermal fillers might be used to add volume to areas that need a little boost. By combining procedures you can achieve the best aesthetic end result possible while limiting recovery time.

Facelift and Mini-Facelift Recovery

After surgery patients need time to recover. Dr. Kincaid will wrap the face in bandages after surgery and will advise you on the proper care for your incisions. Most patients find the pain is easily managed using pain medications and by resting for a few days. Mini-facelifts typically require less recovery time than a full facelift. Dr. Kincaid will monitor you closely during the recovery period and we welcome any questions or concerns during this time.

Which is right for you: a facelift or a mini-facelift? Come in and talk with Dr. Kincaid about your options. If you’re seeing the signs of aging, fight back and love the way you look once again.


Stuart Kincaid, MD FACS 


Breast Lift Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts

October 3rd, 2014

breast lift san diego 300x200 Breast Lift Recovery: Do’s and Don’tsGravity, childbearing, breastfeeding, and genetics all take their toll on the breasts. Sagging is a common problem and in some cases severe. A breast lift can tighten, lift, and rejuvenate your breasts as well as reduce the size of your areola (the dark area around the nipple). Breast lifts can be performed on their own or with a breast augmentation for patients that want to reduce sagging and add volume at the same time. Our patients considering a breast lift often have many questions about recovery. This list of do’s and don’ts will be an invaluable aid in your recovery and healing, helping you to know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to make the most of your recovery time. If you have any questions or need personalized advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Breast Lift Recovery Do’s

Are you ready for your breast lift? Commit to these recovery do’s before your surgery and your recovery will be much easier. Of course the most important do (and it isn’t on the list) is to look forward to your new breasts. Recovery might be a bit uncomfortable, but soon you’ll be enjoying firmer, tighter, and more beautiful breasts. So hold good positive thoughts!

  • Take it Easy- The actual procedure for your breast lift will likely take somewhere between 1 ½ and 3 hours, but that doesn’t mean you can bounce right back to work after surgery. You’ll need to rest for a couple of days and limit strenuous activity for up to a month. Giving your body time to heal is important and can help you to avoid complications with your surgery. Make sure you talk with Dr. Kincaid about what activities should be avoided and for how long.
  • Take Your Antibiotics and Other Medications as Directed- Infection is a risk with any surgical procedure and most of our patients receive antibiotics to help reduce this risk. Make sure you take your antibiotics as directed for the full amount of time prescribed. Antibiotic misuse can put yourself and others at risk. Dr. Kincaid will often prescribe pain medication as well to get you through the first few days after surgery. If you have any questions about your prescriptions or how to take them properly, please ask us.
  • Wear Your Surgical Bra- For the first few days after surgery you will typically wear surgical dressing and a sterile elastic bandage or surgical bra. After your stitches are removed (usually after 3-5 days) you’ll transition to a softer, support bra over a gauze dressing. Wearing the right bra will provide your healing breasts with the support they need to heal properly. Don’t switch to a traditional or underwire bra until Dr. Kincaid and his staff tells you you’re ready.

Breast Lift Recovery Don’ts

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of doing these don’ts. Avoiding these breast lift recovery mistakes is essential for the best possible results.

  • Don’t Worry about Swelling or Numbness- Swelling, bruising, and numbness around your incision are normal. They typically subside gradually over the first 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Don’t Lift Heavy Objects- While you can resume your regular activities pretty quickly after surgery, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid like strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Give your body at least 6-8 weeks of healing before you start lifting heavy objects.
  • Don’t Stress… It’s Easier than You Might Think- Many women worry that their recovery after a breast lift will be extremely painful and difficult. They think that after surgery they’ll have to sit around and do nothing for weeks. It isn’t like that. In fact, many of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and easy recovery can be. You’ll probably receive a prescription for pain medication to help alleviate any pain and after the first few days many women are back on their feet. Most are returning to work after just over a week. Recovery is the most difficult part of a breast lift, but the results certainly make the procedure worth it.

One final tip for our breast lift patients: make sure you talk with us. We are here to support you through your breast lift procedure, including the recovery process. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions or bring up concerns. We want your recovery to be as pleasant as possible and are here for each of our patients.   Stuart Kincaid, MD FACS  www.skincaidmd.com