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Look Your Best at Any Age With Plastic Surgery

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

Mother with her two daughtersAmid the fast-paced world that we live in, there is always pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. In an effort to look our best, many individuals regularly undergo plastic surgery to achieve the best results. However, some potential patients wonder if there is a certain timeframe that a specific procedure must be performed. The truth is, individuals in their 20s all the way up to their 40s and beyond are suitable for the same procedures as long as they are in good health and fit a few basic candidacy requirements.

While all people experience unique signs of aging that are unique to them, the aging process is relatively similar for most people in each general age group.

20s

The Problem

Although most people in their 20s do not experience many extensive developments in aging, the desire for self-improvement and preventative skin care lead this age group to undergo cosmetic treatment.

The Solution

To achieve a more attractive physical appearance and contour the body, individuals often choose to have procedures done, such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. In addition, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion are often performed to preserve the condition of the skin and eliminate minor facial imperfections.

30s

The Problem

The signs of aging tend to become more apparent for individuals in their 30s. Women in this age group are also typically left with the negative consequences of pregnancy and weight gain.

The Solution

BOTOX® Cosmetic and filler injections can restore youth and volume to the face, while breast enhancements and body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, can give women a slimmer, more attractive physique.

40s

The Problem

People in their 40s usually notice the skin on their face and body beginning to sag and hang. As a result of a slower metabolism, the body also accumulates more excess fat deposits that are harder to get rid of through diet and exercise.

The Solution

To restore a smoother and tighter facial appearance, surgical procedures such as facelifts, eyelid lifts, and forehead lifts are desired. In addition, full body contouring procedures, like liposuction and body lifts, are also performed to remove excess fat deposits and tone up the body.

No matter how old you are, cosmetic surgery can be beneficial. If you would like to learn more about the procedures we offer at our Beverly Hills practice, feel free to call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Calabria, looks forward to helping attain a youthful appearance so you can look as good as you feel.

Is It Possible to Get a Facelift Without the Appearance of Scars?

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

Model touching her face with both handsA facelift is one of the most desired procedures in all of plastic surgery because it provides a noticeably more attractive and youthful facial appearance. Even though the procedure typically works wonders by addressing sagging skin and wrinkles on the midface, the aspect of scarring has discouraged some people from undergoing facelift surgery.

In the past, scarring and plastic surgery went hand-in-hand. In other words, if a person wanted to undergo a surgical procedure, he or she would most likely end up with some degree of scarring. However, as surgeons improved their knowledge and devised more efficient techniques, scarring became less obvious. This led to the development of the no visible scar facelift (scarless facelift), which Dr. Calabria was on the forefront of perfecting. By utilizing instruments specifically designed for minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Calabria is able to provide patients with results similar to that of a traditional facelift without the scarring that accompanies it.

Traditional vs. Scarless Facelift Techniques

A traditional facelift procedure involves making incisions at the hairline of the scalp that run down around the ear area. Although these scars are not easily noticed, they are more apparent when the ears are left uncovered or the hair is pulled back.

With the assistance of an endoscope, the no visible scar facelift allows tiny incisions to be made on the inside of the mouth and in the scalp to make scarring almost completely unnoticeable in any situation.

Since the scarless facelift is less invasive than the conventional method it also provides patients with the added benefit of a shorter recovery time. With a traditional facelift, patients can usually expect over a week or more of downtime before resuming their normal lifestyle. Comparatively, when the scarless facelift technique is performed, patients are able to return to work and their normal routine much sooner because there is less swelling and bruising.

We encourage you to contact our Beverly Hills practice for all of your facial rejuvenation needs. Dr. Renato Calabria is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and offers an array of facial rejuvenation techniques that can effectively help you attain a youthful appearance. Call (310) 777-0069 or fill out an online contact form today. Dr. Calabria looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation and helping get the look you want.

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

Making New Year's ResolutionsDo you have New Year’s Resolutions? In the past, maybe your goal was to lose weight, spend more time with friends and family, or quit smoking. If you’re like many Americans, you likely have found that sticking to your resolutions is easy to do at first, but as the year drags on, you ultimately revert back to your old ways. By the end of the year, you look back only to wonder what went wrong.

As 2014 begins, you’ve probably already started your new New Year’s resolutions. To improve your chances of maintaining your goals and to finally get over that New Year’s resolution hump, we’ve provided some helpful tips.

Plan Ahead

People who procrastinate rarely see the same results as those who plan ahead of time. In other words, don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to decide on your resolution.

Slow And Steady

Completely changing a lifestyle in a few days or dropping a habit cold turkey is just not a realistic idea for most people. If your goal is to lose weight, then don’t begin your year strenuously working out 5 to 6 days a week. Instead, start with 2 to 3 days, and gradually exercise more once you feel more confident. If you wish to quit smoking, try lighting up a few times less per week until you eventually kick the habit altogether. Don’t forget about nicotine gum and patches, which have also been known to be very helpful for some individuals as well.

Partner Up

As the old saying goes, “There’s strength in numbers,” and when attempting to accomplish your New Year’s resolution, this couldn’t be more true. Studies have shown that getting a friend or significant other involved with your resolution greatly increases the chances of you completing your goal. It also gives you someone to talk to about your progress throughout the process.

Track Your Progress

Keeping track of smaller achievements will help in attaining your overall goal. Example: When attempting to eat healthier, use a journal to log what you eat, and weigh yourself once a week. Literally seeing your performance in action will help keep you motivated to accomplish your resolution.

Reward Yourself

Celebrate your success by rewarding yourself throughout the year. However, treat yourself to things that won’t contradict your progress. Example: Don’t go on an eating frenzy if your goal is to get in shape. Instead, buy yourself some new workout clothes or fitness gear that will further aid reaching your overall goal.

No matter what your New Year’s resolution is, these tips can help ensure that you stay on the right track in 2014. Perhaps your goal is to look more youthful or lose that last little bit of stomach fat that has prevented you from having that great body. At our Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Renato Calabria regularly performs many facial and body contouring procedures.

Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today. Have a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Holidays Are Over… Now What?

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

2014If you’re like most people, you enjoyed the holiday season perhaps a little too much in 2013. Now that the fun is over, you probably feel tired and guilty as a result of overindulging on food and alcohol. Everyone has their list of New Year’s resolutions, but before you attempt to kick a habit or get in the best shape of your life, why not completely purify your body with a detoxifying regimen?

The word detox simply means to rid the body of poisonous substances. By following the tips provided below, your entire body (liver, kidneys, digestive system, and skin) can become more purified, and you will also feel noticeably healthier and more energetic.

Drink Water

Keeping your body hydrated is the first step in maintaining a healthy metabolic process, which can be achieved by drinking plenty of water. This not only jumpstarts the body’s metabolism, but it also maintains the balance of minerals and electrolytes.

Limit Sugar

We live in a world of sugary snacks and drinks that really do a number on our bodies. When detoxing, you should avoid all soft drinks and candy. If you get the hankering for something sweet, make a smoothie using fruits and vegetables as a healthy alternative.

No Processed Foods

In other words, stay away from any type of food that comes in a can, box, or bag. Many processed foods contain preservatives and hydrogenated oils that contain trans-fats. This means skipping the restaurant meals too, as even healthy looking dishes are often loaded with “the bad stuff.”

Relieve Stress

No matter how great and carefree your life may be, every person experiences stress on some level. How you respond to stressors is extremely important when detoxifying your body because when stress hormones are released they act as toxins. Rather than acting on impulse when you’re feeling stressed, take a few deep breaths and try to relax. For other ways to prevent the harmful effects of stress on your body, check out these 10 relaxation techniques that zap stress fast.

Sweat It Out

Exercise is always recommended for individuals who are detoxifying their bodies. Working up a good sweat helps eliminate waste products from the body and also improves the overall appearance of your skin.

To start 2014 off right, there is no better way than getting your body in perfect harmony with a purifying detox. Cleansing your body often leaves you with a sense of significant satisfaction. To look the way you feel, we encourage you to contact our Beverly Hills practice for cosmetic treatment. Call (310) 777-0069 or feel free to fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Renato Calabria is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you begin your new year right.

How to Protect Your Skin During the Fall and Winter Seasons

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

shutterstock_153204509Even in a place like sunny Southern California, the sudden decrease in temperature in the fall and winter seasons can be enough to dry the skin. If proper measures are not taken to care for it, the skin can become itchy, flaky, or even red and irritated. Follow these simple tips to protect your skin when the weather outside is frightful.

1. Wear Sunscreen

Overcast clouds or colder temperatures do not cancel out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to photodamage, premature aging, cell death, or an inflammatory response. In fact, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays still reach the ground on a cloudy day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Make it a part of your daily routine to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF above 15, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

If you plan to visit the slopes this winter, for skiing, snowboarding, or other activities, remember that snow can reflect up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays. What’s more, higher altitude can increase UV strength by 10 to 12 percent. Consider increasing your SPF to 30 when you participate in these activities.

2. Mind your diet

A diet rich in essential fatty acids can help hydrate skin cells and lead to supple skin during the colder months, and walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, borage oil, and olive oil are some of the best sources. A study by the Institute of Experimental Dermatology in Germany revealed that women who took 2.2 grams per day of either flaxseed or borage oil supplements experienced a significant increase in skin moisture and smoothness. The seeds of the borage plant are the richest known source of Gamma Linoleic Acids (GLAs), and flaxseeds are a significant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. For those with very dry skin or inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea, flaxseed and borage oil supplements can be very beneficial.

3. Don’t overheat your house

Central heating and air conditioning can dry the skin because they cause humidity levels to drop. Instead of turning up the heat this winter, bundle up or invest in a humidifier to retain moisture in the air.

4. Avoid harsh soap

Body wash, face wash, and hand soap can strip the skin of its protective oils especially if it is an antibacterial or deodorant soap. When shopping, be sure to avoid the lye in the list of product ingredients, as it can be very irritating to dry or sensitive skin. For a natural alternative, you may consider coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil to wash your skin without causing irritation and dryness.

5. Avoid long, hot baths

Hot water can also be very drying to the skin. Limit bathing time and opt for lukewarm water instead of hot to keep the skin supple.

Lifestyle choices, sun exposure, and the elements can have quite a taxing effect on the health and appearance of the skin. If you are interested in learning how to correct or prevent skin damage and reverse the effects of aging, please contact board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria to schedule your consultation. Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form today.

PureGraft®: The Best Way to Prepare Fat Grafts

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

shutterstock_140725294As we get older and the aging process takes its toll, men and women constantly look for ways to restore volume to their face and body. At our Beverly Hills practice, we offer PureGraft®, which is a revolutionary treatment that is safer and more effective than prior autologous fat transfer methods.

The PureGraft® system is more efficient than controlled and centrifuged techniques because the it drastically improves many aspects of the preparation process. The PureGraft® system is beneficial for fat grafting because it:

  • Processes up to 250 milliliters of fluid from fat tissue in about than 15 minutes

  • Removes a higher concentration of lipids, nonfat cells, and other contaminants

  • Controls water absorption of the fat graft by diversifying wash cycles and drain time

This means that when you undergo a fat grafting procedure using PureGraft®, you are getting superior purified fat content that contains:

  • Greater tissue viability

  • Reduced red & white blood cell count

  • Reduced free lipid & fluid count

The entire process can be completed in just a few simple steps:

Step 1.  Harvest:  Fat is removed from areas in the lower body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

Step 2.  Process:  Contaminants are removed as the fat is washed and purified

Step 3.  Deliver:  Fat is injected in specific areas of the body that are in need of fullness and volume.

Step 4.  Storage:  After the treatment is complete, any unused fat is stored for future medical uses and research.

If you are looking for a safe and easy way to restore volume and fullness to your face and body, feel free to contact the office of Dr. Renato Calabria. During your initial consultation, Dr. Calabria can help you decide if PureGraft® fat grafting is right for you. Call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Plastic Surgery

Woman with marker on face before facial plastic surgeryIn the realm of plastic surgery, terms for procedures can be quite confusing. A “mini facelift” or a “full facelift” and the techniques involved with each can vary greatly from one surgeon to the next. This is why it is so important to find a surgeon who is not only board certified, but is also able to showcase plenty of facelift before and after photos that show the quality of work he or she performs on a regular basis.

In general, if you have minimal skin laxity and only wish to see a slight improvement, a mini facelift is the procedure for you. If you wish to have more improvement to tighten up the jawline and smooth the neck, a full facelift may be necessary because the invasiveness of the procedure allows for deeper tissue tightening. Both procedures will provide improvement to facial wrinkles and an overall more rejuvenated facial appearance.

The best thing you can do during a consultation with your plastic surgeon is to fully explain the results you desire with the facelift procedure. With your expectations in mind, Dr. Calabria can recommend the surgical solution that will best meet your needs.

Dr. Calabria’s “Full Facelift”

Dr. Calabria offers some of the most cutting-edge techniques for facelift procedures. He regularly performs the “vertical facelift,” which utilizes two discreet incisions that allow him to reposition the facial tissue in a vertical vector. Manipulating the tissues in this way has lead to quicker healing and more aesthetically pleasing results than a traditional facelift.

The lower eyelid area is also improved with Dr. Calabria’s full facelift. He repositions the orbicularis oculi muscle and fills the area with micro fat grafting to replace lost volume. He often recommends the use of fat grafting during the facelift procedure, especially for patients who are thin or who have thin skin. To accomplish this, he uses the stem cell fat transfer technique, which uses liposuction to remove fat from certain areas of the patient’s body, such as the stomach and thighs. The fat is purified, and the stem cells are separated to be reinjected into the face. This technique is often very successful because the body does not reject its own tissues.

Dr. Calabria’s “Mini Facelift”

If you seek minimal improvement and are concerned about downtime, Dr. Calabria offers the “One-Stitch Facelift,” which provides results similar to if you were to put your fingers on your cheeks and pull up. The technique utilizes the patient’s own skin to anchor the lift and hold the tissue in place. Only two very small incisions are made, and the procedure involves local anesthesia without sedation. The result is a natural one: never too pulled, overdone, or “wind blown.” It is considered a true “lunchtime lift” because it is quick, and the patient can return to routine activities immediately. Feel free to view Dr. Calabria’s One-Stitch Facelift before and after gallery to see the great results this “mini facelift” can achieve.

If you are interested in a natural looking facelift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria has extensive experience performing techniques that are customized to meet your needs. Please contact our Beverly Hills office by calling (310) 777-0069 or our Rancho Mirage location at (760) 836-0077. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Holidays

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

Woman's face, holding snowflake over eyeFall has officially arrived, and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it. This is the time of year when you will be gathering with friends and family to enjoy the festivities and be together. To look your best during this time, it’s important that you take care of your skin. In one of our earlier blogs, we discussed the importance of cleansing your skin every day, moisturizing it, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Here are a few more helpful tips to help your skin look its best during the upcoming holidays and beyond.

Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Probably the single most important tip to slow the effects of aging is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. Most people wear sunscreen in the summer because they are spending a lot of time outside and want to protect themselves from sunburns. While this is a good practice during the warmer months, wearing sunscreen is just as important during colder weather, even when spending more time inside. The sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays are non-discriminatory, and they seep through car and office windows to cause damage to your skin. Not only can exposure to the sun’s UV rays increase your risk for skin cancer, but it can also age your skin prematurely. If left unprotected, UV rays damage the elastin in your skin, which can lead to wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, a leather-like appearance, and looking older than you actually are.

Don’t Smoke

It is well known that smoking ages the skin. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology in 2007 evaluated a set of twins with markedly different smoking histories; one twin smoked about a pack of cigarettes a week, and the other twin did not smoke. In this study, the twin who smoked showed more severe skin aging than did the non-smoking twin. Collagen is a protein that promotes the natural elasticity of the skin, and it naturally decreases with age, which leads to the development of wrinkles. Smoking damages existing collagen and reduces the amount of new collagen that is produced. In addition to causing the premature breakdown of collagen, smoking also causes tiny blood vessels in the skin to tighten, which decreases the amount of oxygen and nutrition delivered to the skin’s cells, reduces the skin’s elasticity, and accelerates aging. Repetitive facial expressions, such as pursing the lips when smoking a cigarette, can also contribute to the development of vertical lines around the lips. Although quitting smoking can be very difficult to do, it truly is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself this Christmas or any time of year.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry, but drinking too much alcohol can have a negative effect on your skin. Alcohol can cause your body and skin to become dehydrated, making your skin appear dry, tired, and aged. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few cocktails this holiday season. Rather, when drinking alcohol, be sure to limit the number of alcoholic drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drinks, such as soda water or fruit juice, to help your body stay hydrated.

For all of your facial rejuvenation needs, we encourage you to contact board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria. Dr. Calabria has years of training and experience performing many different surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Whether you desire BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and plump the skin, or more permanent solutions such as a facelift, Dr. Calabria can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. To schedule your consultation, please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form today.

10 Reasons You Should NOT Have a Traditional “Beverly Hills” Facelift

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

Women with preoperative marker drawn underneath around her nose and eyesHere are ten reasons why you should not have a traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift, but should instead opt to undergo the (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift:

Reason #10 – Horizontal vs. Vertical

The traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift pulls the skin in a horizontal direction, which creates a “wind tunnel” or “done” look. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift is based on the vertical facelift that was pioneered by Dr. Calabria. The vector of pull is vertical and not horizontal, so it delivers a much more natural looking result.

Reason #9 – Cheek Position & Mouth

The traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift technique flattens the cheeks and distorts the mouth. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift repositions the cheeks in a more youthful location and restores the down turned corner of the mouth to its original position without stretching it.

Reason #8 – Volume

The traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift does not address the loss of volume caused by the aging process. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift restores the original volume of a younger face by injecting regenerative stem cells under the facial muscles.

Reason #7 – Texture of the Skin

The traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift does not address the texture of the skin, so afterwards the patient looks like an old person whose skin was pulled tight. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift has the potential to improve the skin’s texture due to the action of the regenerative and stem cells used.

Reason #6 – Anesthesia

The traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift often requires general anesthesia. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift can be performed under local anesthesia.

Reason #5 – Visible Scars

In traditional “Beverly Hills” facelifts, scarring is often visible due to the tension caused by the pulled skin. However, in the (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift, Dr. Calabria implements a skin closure technique that diverts most of the tension so the incisions can heal well.

Reason #4 – Bruising and Swelling

Traditional “Beverly Hills” facelifts can cause a lot of bruising and swelling that can last for weeks. In the (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift, Dr. Calabria uses a hydro-dissection technique and an electric knife, which minimizes bruising and swelling.

Reason #3 – Revisions

For a patient who has already undergone a traditional facelift, a redo or revision using the same technique will accentuate the “pulled” look even more. The (stem) cell-enhanced regenerative facelift will correct these telltale signs left by the previous surgery.

Reason #2 – Cookie Cutter

Traditional “Beverly Hills” facelifts often offer a cookie-cutter approach where every patient is treated the same. Dr. Calabria takes an individualized approach with his surgery, tailoring every single case specific to the individual patient.

And the number one reason you should NOT have a traditional “Beverly Hills” facelift is

You definitely don’t want your ex-husband to know why you look so damn good!!!

If you wish to turn back the hands of time, we encourage you to call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria. Dr. Calabria has years of experience and will be able to give you long lasting and natural looking results. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Calabria, please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form. Looking good has never been so easy!

How Effective Is Liposonix®?

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

Woman in white underwear with her left hand on stomachWhether we’re in the public eye, or analyzing our bodies in the reflection of the mirror, we always want to look our best. Many people are able to achieve the exact body they want through regular diet and exercise, while others are less fortunate. For these individuals, no matter how hard they diet and workout, there always seems to be a few problem areas where fat exists.

At his Beverly Hills practice, world renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Calabria offers one of the newest body contouring treatments available…Liposonix®. The beauty about this treatment is that it requires no anesthesia or incisions, and, best of all, no downtime.

How it Works

Liposonix® consists of a special handheld device that utilizes high-intensity ultrasound energy to target and destroy fat cells and remove them through the body’s natural healing and elimination process. Since the energy administered from the ultrasound only goes a few centimeters below the skin, there is virtually no pain or discomfort associated with this procedure.

Liposonix® treatment takes one hour to complete, and it is very effective in treating men and women who can pinch at least one inch of fat and have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30. To find out your exact BMI, feel free to visit this site.

Although Liposonix® is not considered a weight loss procedure, it produces noticeable changes to many areas of the body. Patients typically see results during the first few weeks and will continue to see improvements over the next couple of months.

If you desire to contour your body to a more toned and tight physique, we welcome you to contact our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Calabria. At his Beverly Hills practice he regularly helps many people from all over Hollywood achieve a more attractive physical appearance. Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.