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    Preparing for This Year's Holiday Parties

    Last updated 1 year ago

    With company holiday parties and family gatherings on your schedule, you will certainly want to look your best. While you may not have time to recover from a facelift before your big holiday events, you can take years off your face and tone your body with a number of non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures available from Persons Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area.

    Botox Cosmetic
    Brow lines that form as the result of muscle movement in the forehead can be softened with Botox Cosmetic, which is skillfully placed to relax muscles in the face without creating a frozen or artificial look. Botox has recently been approved for the treatment of crow’s feet along the outer corners of the eyes as well. There is some swelling immediately after Botox treatment, so you should schedule injections with one to two weeks of healing time allowed.

    Dermal Fillers
    With dermal fillers in the Restylane line, you can see correction of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin along the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and eyes. Not only can fillers mask wrinkles and facial lines, but they can also lift the cheeks and mimic the effects of a facelift without a single incision. Restylane can also add volume to the lips as a more natural-looking alternative to collagen.

    Vaser Liposuction
    Unlike traditional liposuction, Vaser Liposuction is a gentle body contouring procedure that offers quick recovery with beautiful and lasting results. Vaser Liposuction utilizes ultrasound technology to liquefy fat in treatment areas and minimize blood loss during the procedure.

    To schedule any of these procedures or explore other cosmetic surgeries to bring out your best features, call (925) 283-4012 to make an appointment for your first consultation with Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD at Persons Plastic Surgery. You can also reach us on our website for more detailed information about our services.

    Factors to Consider When Choosing Breast Enlargement

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Breast enlargement is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among women, and many patients report higher self-esteem and an overall improved quality of life following surgery. If you think you could benefit from breast augmentation surgery, you will want to discuss the following details with your surgeon during your consultation.

    Implant type
    Breast implants are available in silicone or saline, which both have distinctive advantages and drawbacks. Saline implants offer more flexibility in implant placement, and they can have a natural feel when they are placed beneath the muscle tissue. Silicone implants offer a more realistic feel, but they can create a rippling effect in the skin.

    Breast size
    You might use bra inserts or sample implants to determine the most comfortable breast size for your body. Your surgeon can help you choose the best level of enhancement without distorting the proportions of your figure. Initially after surgery there will be some swelling that will exaggerate the results of the procedure, but you will likely feel more comfortable after several weeks of recovery.

    Implant placement
    Implants may be placed over or under the muscles in the chest, and the placement will determine on the type of implant and the amount of existing breast tissue. Incision placement may also vary if you choose saline implants, which are filled after placement under the skin. Saline implants may be inserted through the nipple, underarm, or crease below the breast. Because silicone implants are prefilled, they can only be placed through an incision along the underside of the breast.

    Dr. Barbara Persons of Persons Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area specializes in breast enhancement and reconstruction, and she can provide artful surgical sculpting of your new figure. To set up a consultation with Dr. Persons, visit us at our website or call our practice today at (925) 283-4012.

    Talking to Your Doctor about Juvederm Fillers

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Almost everyone is a good candidate for Juvederm dermal fillers. Many patients request this treatment at cosmetic surgery practices because it is quick and painless, and the recovery time is minimal. When you head to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for your consultation, bring along a list of any medications and supplements you take. The cosmetic surgeon may advise you to discontinue drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for a period of time because these have a blood-thinning effect. He or she will also need to know about any medical conditions you have, such as allergies.

    During your consultation, ask the cosmetic surgeon any questions you might have about the procedure itself and what you can expect afterward. You should also discuss exactly how you would like to improve your appearance. Juvederm is ideal for those who wish to fill in wrinkles around the mouth and nose. If you would also like to fill in wrinkles in your forehead, you may wish to have Botox injections in that area, along with the Juvederm fillers.

    Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD offers both dermal fillers and Botox injections to patients in the Bay Area. Please call Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (925) 283-4012 to schedule an appointment for a cosmetic procedure.

    Happy Halloween!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Happy Halloween from Persons Plastic Surgery! Don't eat too many treats and enjoy your holiday!

    Breast Reconstruction for Cancer Survivors

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer must not only cope with the cancer itself and its treatment; they may also struggle to preserve their feminine identities. Quite often, treatment for breast cancer involves a lumpectomy, which refers to removal of some tissues, or a mastectomy, which refers to removal of the breast. For these women, reconstructive surgery is often an option. Breast reconstruction surgery allows cancer survivors to feel a renewed sense of self-confidence and preserve their self-identities. If you’re considering a lumpectomy or mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction, here’s what you can expect from the cosmetic surgery.

    Your first step in preparing for surgery is a comprehensive consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, who will also coordinate with your breast cancer surgeon to develop a treatment plan that suits you. Your cosmetic surgeon will likely ask you about your goals for the reconstruction and evaluate your general health. Tell the surgeon about your other medical conditions and any medications or supplements you’re taking. Discuss any previous surgeries you have had and whether you have any allergies. Ask the cosmetic surgeon any questions you have, such as whether you can undergo reconstructive surgery immediately following your mastectomy.

    There are a few different techniques that may be used. If you’re having a lumpectomy, the cosmetic surgeon may use local tissue management techniques to fill the void left by the removal of tissues. If you’re having a mastectomy, the surgeon may use a few different techniques to reconstruct your breasts with implants. Or, you may benefit from flap reconstruction, which refers to the use of various tissues to recreate the breast without implants.

    You may recover in the hospital for a period of time before returning home. Expect to get plenty of rest for the next few weeks. Follow all instructions from your surgeon, such as wearing a special bra and taking medications.

    Oncologists in the Bay Area frequently refer breast cancer patients to Dr. Barbara L. Persons, MD for a breast reconstruction consultation. Dr. Persons works closely with a team of local care providers and surgeons who treat breast cancer. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please contact Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (925) 283-4012.

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