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5 Things Men Ask When They Go for Plastic Surgery

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Every year, cosmetic surgery numbers are rising. Skilled board-certified plastic surgeons can now achieve seemingly infinite anti-aging possibilities, allowing countless people to achieve their desired look. If you’re concerned about it, an expert like Dr. Sayed can probably help.

In addition to the vast number of women choosing the rejuvenating benefits of cosmetic surgery each year, more and more men are also utilizing modern aesthetic innovations to look and feel their best. Chances are you know a guy who’s had work done–even if you can’t tell.

Below, we’ve broken down the five things men most commonly ask for when they talk to Dr. Sayed. Hopefully, this will give you a better picture of the possibilities and give you some idea of the procedures that will be the most suitable for your goals.

1. Fast Results, Fast Recovery

Life is busy, and today’s men have a lot on their plate- juggling work, family, social lives, and everything in-between. One of our male patients’ first concerns is how long their visit or treatment will take. The same goes for recovery.

Dr. Sayed fully understands how valuable your time is, and our entire team is here to make sure every step of the process is as efficient and safe as possible. We offer several non-invasive anti-aging options like Botox® and fillers, which only take around 30 minutes to administer and provide instant results

2. A Tight Body

While there are plenty of men who benefit from the transformative results of facial procedures, many of our male clients are just as concerned, if not more so, with addressing their body.

Fat reduction treatments like liposuction, body contouring, and tummy tucks are hugely popular. All of these can rejuvenate the body and give you a significant boost in confidence. Gynecomastia, or male breast reduction, is another incredible option to refine a masculine contour to the pecs.

3. Natural-Looking Rejuvenation

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, today’s patients are all about the natural look–which Dr. Sayed loves. Our goal is to provide you with results that naturally compliment your anatomy. Every procedure will be custom-built around your goals and is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Facelifts are one of our most natural-looking facial rejuvenation options available. Dr. Sayed can carefully contour your face and jawline, addressing the root causes of skin laxity without ever causing a “stretched” look. Neograft hair restoration is another popular option to restore hair loss in one quick and easy visit.

4. Painless Results

They say beauty is pain, but not so much for men. While women tend to be willing to undergo many of our more arduous procedures for stunning results, men generally want to keep things as painless as possible.

Dr. Sayed and our expert technicians will do all they can to make your chosen procedure as comfortable as possible. Many of our non-invasive options only require the slightest degree of discomfort and provide substantial improvements.

5. To Look Younger

Looking younger is one of the primary draws to modern cosmetic medicine for men. Each of our surgical procedures aims to make you look younger in the most effective and unassuming ways. Our non-surgical anti-aging options are also quite popular, including the liquid facelift, Neograft hair restoration, and injectables like Botox® and fillers.

Learn More!

While we’ve mentioned a wide range of our options, this is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about what procedures could be the right fit for you, schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Sayed at our Newport Beach or La Jolla offices. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Planning Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck—sometimes referred to as an abdominoplasty—is a cosmetic surgical procedure that creates a significantly slimmer, tighter stomach profile. By removing excess skin, fat, and tissue while tightening your abdominal wall muscles, Dr. Sayed can transform your stomach in just a few hours. While patients love this procedure and its impressive results, a tummy tuck requires considerable financial and time commitment.

To see the best results, you’ll need to plan ahead and carefully follow every step of the post-op recovery process. While this might sound daunting, you’re not alone. Dr. Sayed and our entire team are here to help you at every stage of your journey. Dr. Sayed has worked with patients of all ages and genders and has extensive experience performing this nuanced surgery. If you ever have a question, chances are he’s heard it before. There is no detail too small or concern too mundane.

We’ll provide you with all the knowledge and tips to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Generally, we recommend patients take about six months to plan for their tummy tuck. Below, we’ve broken down each stage of the planning process to give you a full picture of what to expect. That said, every tummy tuck is custom-built to suit your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and anatomy.

As such, no two surgeries will be identical. In some instances, a patient might need less (or more) than six months to prepare. More information will only help, but please note that the only way to determine what’s best for you is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Sayed.

Four to Six Months Prior to Surgery

During this initial planning period, it’s up to you to get your body and mind ready for surgery—and life afterward. Though a tummy tuck will transform your body, it’s up to you to maintain results. It’s critical to begin making holistic, healthy lifestyle choices.

These include maintaining a nutritionally rich and balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate hydration, and stress management. Focus on incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals and drinking water throughout the day. These habits will provide your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to heal as fast as possible and stay trim post-tummy tuck.

If you’re a tobacco smoker, you should also begin the process of quitting. Dr. Sayed recommends limiting how much alcohol you drink from this point on, as well. As both tobacco and alcohol consumption play a significant part in your body’s ability to heal and fight infections, these are incredibly important considerations to keep in mind.

Now is also the time to begin researching and determining prospective doctors. Many top surgeons book three to four months ahead, so getting an early start on scheduling consultations can only help make the process easier for you and your doctor.

It’s essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with work you’ve seen and trust. During your initial consultation, be sure your doctor provides plenty of before and after pictures to give you a clear idea of what to expect and if they’re the right fit for you.

Four Months Pre-Tummy Tuck

By now, your fitness routine should be locked in, and you should ideally be quite close (or at) your ideal weight. As we’ve mentioned, maintaining a healthy body weight post-tummy tuck is the key to upkeeping lifelong results. And by starting ahead of time, you’ll ensure you have the skills and practice to make this possible.

It’s best to conduct your consultations at this stage and decide which doctor suits your needs best. These meetings are the perfect time to ask any questions you have. Once you’ve determined who’s best, you’ll work together with your board-certified cosmetic surgeon to build a unique treatment plan.

At this point, we provide our clients with a full picture of what to expect throughout the pre and post-op periods to ensure you have ample time to prepare.

Three Months Pre-Tummy Tuck

Once you’ve reached the three-month mark, you should have found a surgeon and chosen your surgery dates. It’s then time to begin setting up your recovery plan; schedule time off work, figure out childcare and pet accommodations, and build your post-op home support network.

Dr. Sayed will provide you with an in-depth list of everything you’ll need to take care of. For tobacco product users, you’ll need to quit altogether at the three-month point. It’s time to get excited about your new tighter tummy!

One Month Pre-Tummy Tuck

During these final weeks before your abdominoplasty, it’s vital to go over your plans for the big day and recovery. Purchase any supplies you’ll need (we’ll make sure you have everything), and start to craft your recovery environment. Staying cozy and comfy is a significant part of making your recovery as easy as possible.

We recommend patients purchase:

  • Firm pillows for elevated sleeping
  • Gauze pads
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Underwear that’s easy to remove
  • OTC pain medication and ice packs
  • Prescribed compression garments (if necessary)

Meal prepping at this stage can be a huge help, as well. Taking the stress out of figuring out what to eat during recovery will make everything easier. Plus, by preparing your meals ahead of time, you’ll help to ensure you maintain healthy eating habits as your body heals.
In the last few days before surgery, you should be checking off all your pre-op checklist items. Also be sure to wear comfy clothes on surgery day. Dr. Sayed will meet with you day-of to check-in and make sure all your last-minute questions are answered.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about a tummy tuck with Dr. Sayed, your next step is to schedule a consultation. We are currently offering both in-person and virtual consultations to ensure the safety of our patients. Get in touch with our La Jolla or Newport Beach, CA, offices by giving us a call at 858-247-2933 or contacting us online today.

Selecting the Right Implant Profile

Breast augmentation is an art. The breasts are one of the most complex and unique anatomical forms on the human body, and Dr. Sayed firmly believes every patient deserves a treatment plan that is as unique and special as they are. One of the most significant decisions you’ll make alongside Dr. Sayed’s expert guidance is what implant profile best suits your goals and anatomy.

There are various sizes, materials, incision locations, and implant placement options that all have their own benefits, depending on your desired results. Implant profile is another one of the major players in how your breast augmentation will look. Implant “profiles” mean how far your implants will project off of the chest wall when you’re standing.

Depending on the width of your implants, Dr. Sayed can customize your level of projection. The smaller the implant base width, the greater projection you’ll achieve.

Implant Profile Options

There are several options to choose from when it comes to picking implant profiles. Patients can choose between either low, moderate, or high profile implants. Low profile implants are relatively flat in appearance and provide minimal projection off the chest. These are often best suited to women with wider chests. Low profile implants are also ideal for women hoping to achieve very subtle and natural-looking enhancement of the breast’s size and shape.

Moderate profile implants are an excellent option for women looking to substantially improve the size and shape of their breasts but may not be ready to commit to the dramatic enhancement high profile implants provide. These implants also provide very natural-looking results. If you have a narrow or smaller chest, moderate profile implants may be your best option.

High profile implants provide the most significant projection and a prominent, full, and rounded breast appearance. Patients should expect a significant increase in bra size as well. In some cases, high profile implants may look less natural compared to other options. Dr. Sayed usually recommends these implants for petite women with narrow chest walls.

Which Implant Profile is Right for Me?

Determining which implant profile is right for you is deeply personal. We recommend patients consider two major factors when deciding: body type and desired outcome.

The exact same implant type, size, and shape can look incredibly different on women of varying body types. As such, it’s essential to come into your consultation with an open mind. Dr. Sayed will work with you to ensure you understand what implant profile will best provide a balanced appearance suited to your figure.

Your aesthetic goals are also a critical factor to keep in mind as you decide on what implant’s right for you. Ask yourself whether you want a more natural look or a fuller, round breast appearance. Dr. Sayed has extensive experience providing a wide range of results and can point you towards the best solution based on what you want.

While these decisions can take time and seem complicated, you are not alone. Dr. Sayed and our expert team are here to support you and answer any questions you have throughout the decision-making process and beyond. We’ll listen carefully to your goals and make individualized recommendations. By working as a team, we’ll design a plan for the best possible outcomes.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation, a breast lift, or any of our other offerings, your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed. Our patients’ safety is our number one concern. As such, we are currently offering virtual consultations, which allow Dr. Sayed to hear all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have from the comfort and safety of your home.

To schedule your consultation, please give our San Diego, CA office a call at 858-247-2933 or contact us online today.

Can Breast Reduction Really Be Scarless?

 

Breast reductions can provide a safe and highly effective means of reducing neck, back, and shoulder pain for women with larger breasts. If you’re someone who faces discomfort when exercising due to your breasts, bra straps leaving painful indentations, or just want to reduce size for aesthetic reasons, breast reduction is an ideal solution.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sayed has extensive experience successfully reducing cup size and creating proportional areolas alongside ideal nipple placement. However, his patients often ask him if he can perform a “scarless” breast reduction.

The Truth Behind “Scarless” Surgery

To be clear, there is no such thing as a “scarless” surgery, and any surgeon who tells you otherwise is spreading misinformation. No matter the technique used, if you’re undergoing a procedure to modify your breasts (whether that’s a reduction, augmentation, a breast liftimplant removal, or anything else), an incision is necessary.

If there’s an incision, some scarring is inevitable. That’s why working with a board-certified surgeon is so critical. A skilled and expert surgeon like Dr. Sayed can both minimize incision size and provide you with all the necessary tools to help reduce scarring over time.

Thanks to advanced suturing techniques and with his masterful craftsmanship and artistry, Dr. Sayed can achieve incredibly fine-lined scar patterns. With each surgery, Dr. Sayed also does his best to use your natural anatomy to conceal visible scarring. If possible, he will place your incision under the fold of the breast, where it’s far more likely to heal discreetly and virtually unnoticeably.

Our responsibility as doctors is to help patients make fully informed decisions about their bodies and health. Alongside maintaining the highest possible levels of safety and care, our chief priority is to ensure you have a clear understanding and realistic expectations about what your results will look like.

Reducing Visible Scarring

While we can’t yet perform scarless procedures, there are many clinically proven means of reducing the appearance of surgical scars.

During your consultation, we’ll discuss all the factors that go into how the body scars and heals. One of the most significant indicators of how your scar will look is how you’ve scarred in the past. Some people are more prone to thicker scars. Your age and environment also play a significant role.

However, by carefully following all aftercare instructions and with a bit of luck, there’s a good chance you can achieve nearly invisible scarring.

The first line of defense begins at home. It’s critical to avoid direct sun exposure to the incision site. Starting a daily routine of applying a high-SPF sunscreen, along with vitamin E creams or other skin oils, can help maintain proper moisturization and aid healing as well.

For patients looking to take more proactive steps, we can discuss medical means of reducing scarring. A variety of prescription topicals, such as Retin-A, are available and encourage the growth of new skin cells. In the office, we can also provide patients with highly successful Fraxel laser treatments.

These treatments are particularly helpful for patients prone to thicker scarring, though anyone can benefit from this powerful technology. The patented Fraxel laser beam allows Dr. Sayed to use a fractionated beam to deliver bursts of energy onto the surface of the skin.

These small “wells” in the skin encourage the body’s natural healing process and increase the production of elastin and collagen. Dr. Sayed has helped many of his surgical patients reduce scarring by combining laser treatments with beneficial medical substances that provide deep nutrition and hydration to the skin. These include:

  • Hyaluronic acid filler materials
  • Botox®
  • Steroid medications for some inflammatory skin conditions
  • Topical medications for rosacea
  • Hydroquinone-containing skincare products that can target pigmentation
  • Other medications​

Following just one session, you’ll see a substantial, but gradual, reduction in the appearance of your scar, along with improved overall quality and texture of the surrounding skin. For optimal results, Dr. Sayed may recommend follow-up treatments, depending on the scarring’s severity and your medical history.

If you’d like to learn more about breast reduction, scar management, or any of our other procedures, the next step is to get in touch with either our Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, offices to schedule a virtual consultation.

Feel free to give us a call at 858-247-2933 or contact us online today. Our entire team greatly looks forward to talking with you more.

Skin, Muscles, and the In-Between: How to Treat Each Layer of Your Face

The face is immensely complex. Each of us has 43 muscles, 14 bones, along with our incredibly unique skin. Beyond these complex anatomical forms, each person’s lifestyle, genetics, age, and gender all play a significant role in how we look, age, and feel.

Dr. Tim Sayed is a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with particular expertise treating the head, neck, and face. Treating such a delicate and highly visible area requires an astonishingly high degree of artistry and experience. When you work with Dr. Sayed, have comfort knowing you are working with the best of the best.

Depending on what results you’re hoping to accomplish, we have a wide range of available surgical and non-invasive treatments to address the skin, muscles, and everything in-between. Read on to learn more. 

Reversing Signs of Aging: Non-Surgical Options

Two of our most popular procedures are botox and dermal fillers. Together or on their own, these injectable treatments allow Dr. Sayed to reverse the signs of aging and provide a more even, youthful skin tone and texture. 

Botox®, which continues to grow in popularity each year, works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles like laugh lines and crows feet. We offer our patients only the highest quality products, and Botox® is one of the safest and most effective tools in our arsenal. 

As for fillers, Dr. Sayed can use this product to address a wide variety of concerns with beautiful results. Patients love fillers as they gradually fade over time, allowing you to try out several aesthetic enhancements like lip augmentation without having to make a lifetime commitment. 

Fillers are a gentle, precise product that can be used to tackle wrinkles or provide rejuvenation of sunken eyes and cheeks. We carry several filler brands, as each comes with their own unique properties and can be best suited to particular areas of the face or treatment types. To learn more about our full range of fillers, read on here

In combination, fillers and botox can provide what’s known as the liquid facelift. This procedure is entirely non-invasive but provides significant anti-aging results. Dr. Sayed can target volume loss and wrinkles with pinpoint accuracy. If you’re interested in the best of both worlds, we can combine your liquid facelift with a more traditional surgical lift for comprehensive results. 

The Power of Transformation: Surgical Options

Modern aesthetic medicine has come a very long way over the last three decades. Of all the procedures that have seen the most significant leaps forward, the facelift may be number one. Today, Dr. Sayed can use this delicate technique to provide long-lasting, stunning, natural-looking rejuvenation in a single procedure. You can benefit from: 

  • tightening of the supporting layers of the face, particularly the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) layer
  • Repositioning and restoring fat to its rightful locations and volume
  • Removing excess skin
  • Improving the complexion and texture of the skin
  • Correcting a saggy or heavy appearing neck
  • Lifting the jowls
  • Maintaining a natural-looking hairline and respecting anatomic landmarks
  • Sculpting a shape that looks more youthful and takes gender aesthetics into consideration

However, if you are looking to address the upper portion of the face, a brow lift is most likely your best option. Though it pairs beautifully with a facelift or eyelid rejuvenation, it can also be performed as a solo procedure. Brow lifts address slackness of forehead tissue and skin looseness or hooding in the upper eyelids. Recovery time tends to be minimal, and we offer several brow lift techniques to suit your needs. 

During your consultation, we can determine which approach is best. 

Balance, Proportion, Refinement: Rhinoplasty

Of all the facial anatomy, the nose is, in many ways, the most complex. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a technically demanding procedure that’s become one of the most popular in the world. During a rhinoplasty, Dr. Sayed works to reshape your nose and create a more proportional and balanced form. With an incredible degree of customization, this procedure can address a wide array of aesthetic and functional issues. 

It’s essential to choose a surgeon who is not only comfortable, but adept in meeting the challenges of rhinoplasty with an artistic, careful, and caring approach. Dr. Sayed prides himself on his ability to craft natural results patients love. 

Schedule a Consultation

Whatever aspect of your facial anatomy you hope to address through aesthetic medicine, Dr. Sayed can help. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with world-class training and particular expertise in facial surgery. 

The best way to determine which procedures could be right for you is to schedule a free consultation at our San Diego office. To get in touch, please give us a call at 1-858-24 SAYED (858-247-2933) or contact us online today.

Incision Decision: What You Need to Know about Breast Aug Incisions

Every breast augmentation requires a one-of-a-kind approach. Together with Dr. Sayed, we can build a treatment plan perfectly catered to your anatomy, goals, age, skin type, and lifestyle. With so many variables to choose from, making your implant type, placement, and incision decision can seem daunting–but you’re not alone.

We’ll work with you to ensure you are fully informed and confident in whatever decision is right for you. When it comes to incision placement, generally Dr. Sayed recommends patients choose between three approaches:

  • Inframammary Incision
  • Areolar or Periareolar Incision
  • Transaxillary Incision

Below, we’ve gone into detail about each incision placement, who it works for, and any associated pros and cons. Every placement isn’t suitable for every implant type, so often, the choice is narrowed down during your initial consultation. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. 

Your Breast Incision Options with Dr. Sayed

When it comes to breast enhancement, the “right” choice for one patient can look very different from another. No matter what you decide on, though, Dr. Sayed’s goals will be the same: to provide a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing enhancement with minimal easy-to-conceal scarring. 

So, what makes each incision placement different? 

Inframammary Incision

Inframammary incisions are the most popular surgical approach to breast enhancement. During this procedure, Dr. Sayed will place his incision under the “crease” of the breasts. In most cases, even breasts of moderate volume entirely conceal any scarring.

Dr. Sayed also appreciates this method’s very high degree of control as he positions your implant. It also offers patients the chance to easily hide their incision site without any risk of losing nipple sensation. Furthermore, if you require any additional breast surgeries down the line, surgeons can use this same incision site, which will not add any scarring. 

The only potential “issue” is that, on certain women, scarring may be visible, often when lying down. 

Areolar or Periareolar Incision

As for Areolar or periareolar incisions, these are placed either encircling the outer edge of the nipple (areola) or in a semi-circle around the bottom half of the nipple (periareolar). After creating the incision, Dr. Sayed inserts the implant through the opening. 

The small opening tends to have a very successful and quick healing process, and scarring tends to be almost invisible. The natural texture and color of the nipple often conceal the incision site, and if there is any visible scarring, you can hide it with clothing. This incision placement also provides Dr. Sayed with a high degree of precision in implant placement and can be used in any additional breast surgeries in the future.

This incision may not be concealable for patients who have small nipples. This approach also poses some risk of complicating breastfeeding because it involves milk ducts. Patients also face a risk of losing nipple sensation, as Dr. Sayed will need to sever the nerves to complete this technique. Finally, in a minority of patients, areola scarring may become discolored, raised, and visibly noticeable. 

Transaxillary Incision

Transaxillary incisions are located in the crease of the armpit. This is an ideal option for patients who prefer saline implants, have not had prior breast augmentation, and who do not require a breast lift. If you meet these requirements, Dr. Sayed can create a very small incision in the armpit, and insert your implant into the resulting pocket in the chest wall. After placement, your implant is filled with saline solution. 

Patients sometimes opt for this approach thanks to its easy-to-hide scars. If you’re hoping to avoid scarring on or near your breasts entirely, transaxillary incision placement could be right for you. It also poses no risks in terms of loss of nipple sensation or challenges breastfeeding.

Transaxillary incisions do, however, come with some downsides, primarily a lower degree of precise control when placing the implant. Some patients also report that armpit scars are visible when wearing tops without sleeves, and may make shaving more difficult. A small number of patients also experience loss of sensation surrounding the incision. 

As opposed to the other techniques listed, transaxillary incisions cannot be reused in future surgeries, so if you require any, you would require an additional incision and more scarring. While some patients prefer this approach due to the absence of a scar on the breast, there are limitations on who is a good candidate. Dr. Sayed can discuss this during the consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular, efficient, and safe surgical procedures around the globe. The best way to determine which technique, implant type, size, and placement is right for you is to schedule an in-person consultation at our San Diego office. 

During this initial meeting, we can discuss all of the options available to you and help build a treatment plan to achieve your goals. Please give us a call at 1-858-24SAYED (1-858-247-2933) or contact us online today to schedule your consultation.

How Pregnancy Affects a Tummy Tuck

Many of our tummy tuck patients are recent mothers, as pregnancy has a special knack for leaving behind loose skin, excess fat, and sometimes even splayed abdominal muscles. When possible, Dr. Sayed recommends all his patients wait to get their tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) until after they’ve finished building their family.

With that said, tummy tucks don’t change your ability to get pregnant or have a healthy child. Having an abdominoplasty won’t affect your fertility or cause any medical issues during pregnancy or childbirth. But, that doesn’t mean pregnancy won’t have an effect on the aesthetic results of your procedure.

Below, we’ll go into detail about exactly how pregnancy post-tummy tuck looks, figuring out the right time for a pregnancy, and why Dr. Sayed recommends waiting until after you’re done having children to receive this groundbreaking procedure.

The Right Time for a Tummy Tuck

Having a baby changes so much about your life and body. Aside from the emotional growth, life-altering love, and plain magic of creating a life, your body’s natural changes can make even the strictest diets and exercise routines feel futile. Pregnancy’s stretching of the body can also often lead to a condition called diastasis, which is the technical term for the rectus abdominis muscles separating. Abdominoplasty surgery removes loose and excess skin while tightening the abdominal wall and is a perfect solution to get your pre-body baby back in a single operation.

So why wait until after you’ve had all your kids to get a tummy tuck? Any significant amount of weight fluctuation can affect tummy tuck results in unpredictable ways. With pregnancy, not only will you experience rapid weight gain, but the stretching of the skin a second time can also lead to unwanted cosmetic results, especially after you lose your baby weight.

Of course, every body is unique and responds differently to pregnancy after a tummy tuck. If you plan on getting pregnant in the future, be sure to talk with Dr. Sayed to learn about all the options available to provide sculpting and fat removal. That way, we can determine a safe and effective treatment plan to provide ideal results.

The Benefits of Waiting

Aside from avoiding skin stretching and weight fluctuation, postponing your tummy tuck offers some other benefits as well. One of the most convenient is combining your abdominoplasty with a sterilization procedure like tubal ligation. If you combine these procedures, you’ll only need to deal with one operation and a single recovery period. Dr. Sayed can also employ several techniques to specifically target the reduction of stretch marks and C-section scarring caused by pregnancy.

Dr. Sayed understands life is unpredictable, and things change. Sometimes, that includes deciding to become pregnant after a tummy tuck. If you find yourself in this position, be sure to talk with Dr. Sayed to chart the best path forward and answer any of your questions.

Generally, if you become pregnant post-tummy tuck, you may not “show” as early as an average pregnancy. This phenomenon is usually due to the tightened abdominal muscles and skin and should not cause any medical concern. There is no evidence that getting pregnant after a tummy tuck poses any risk to the health of you or your baby.

How Soon Is Too Soon?

Often our patients ask Dr. Sayed if he can perform a tummy tuck at the same time as their C-section. The answer, unfortunately, is no. In the initial period after your pregnancy, the body needs time to heal before you can have a successful tummy tuck. Why? Immediately after delivering a baby, the uterus is still larger than normal, which can prevent Dr. Sayed from optimally tightening your abdominal muscles and removing skin. Further, most women need a few months to return to their ideal body weight to maximize their results.

Finally, tummy tuck patients need to avoid lifting any heavy objects for a few weeks following the procedure, which can be particularly difficult with a newborn in the home. Giving yourself the necessary time to fully heal and recover ensures Dr. Sayed can provide the results you want.

Schedule a Consultation

Deciding to get a tummy tuck after pregnancy is a significant decision. Our entire team is here to help you feel confident in your choice and answer any of your questions and concerns.

If you think a tummy tuck could be right for you, the next step is to schedule an in-person consultation at our San Diego, CA, offices. To get in touch, give us a call at 858-24SAYED or contact us online today.

Types of Scars and Their Treatments

Our skin is one of the most astounding and versatile organs in the body. Though it does a spectacular job keeping our organs safe from day to day, injuries can leave lasting marks. Burns, cuts, or other traumas like surgery sometimes cause scarring.

By themselves, scars are relatively harmless and don’t usually pose any medical issues. However, if you end up with a large scar in a visible area, you may be wondering how to treat it other than hiding it under clothing. The simple answer is: Everyone’s skin heals differently. Some of us develop stretch marks or scars much more readily than others, and the same goes for how quickly these heal or fade over time.

Of course, genetics aren’t the only thing that affects how your scars heal. Environmental factors like sun exposure, stress, and diet can all play a part. And, there are some proven habits and methods to help reduce the appearance of scarring.

How Do Scars Form?

Scars are one of the body’s natural ways of healing after an injury. Their appearance and treatment vary widely depending on several factors such as the depth and size of the wound/cut, and the location of the injury. Your age, genetics, gender, and skin type all play a role too.

The Types of Scars

Scars come in several different types.

Keloid Scars

This type of scar is the result of your body overly aggressively healing. Over time, keloid scars can extend beyond the initial injury and may even hamper a full range of motion. There are several treatment options available, including surgical removal, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar’s appearance.

In cases of a small keloid, cryotherapy – or precision freezing using liquid nitrogen – can be very effective. You can also take preventive measures, including the use of pressure treatments or gel pads, early on. Keloid scars are most common among people with darker skin tones.

Contracture Scars

After a burn, the body can develop what’s known as a contracture scar. These scars have a tendency to tighten skin, impairing movement. More severe injuries can cause this type of scarring to affect deeper tissues such as the muscles or nerves.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars are red, raised scars similar to keloids, but that stay within the boundaries of the initial injury. Steroid injections and silicone sheets can flatten the scar and provide treatment.

Acne Scars

If you’ve struggled with severe acne, you probably know all about acne scarring. There are several types of acne scars, ranging in severity from deep pits to scars that appear wavelike or angular. Treatments vary depending on the type of scarring.

What Are My Treatment Options?

We’ve discussed a few of the available treatment methods. However, that only scratched the surface of the many medically proven ways to help scars fade faster. Over-the-counter or prescription gels, ointments, and creams can all help in treating scars caused by injuries, cuts, or other wounds. If you’re concerned about the appearance of a scar following a cosmetic procedure, be sure to talk with your doctor about these products to see if they are an option. If not, some prescriptions can help. These treatments can include oral antihistamines or steroids to reduce itching or discomfort caused by sensitive scarring.

Similarly, if you’re struggling with scarring caused by severe acne, talk to your dermatologist. Your doctor can assess your unique situation and recommend the use of pressure treatments to treat scarring and act as a preventive care step.

For deeper scars, surgical techniques are available to remove or treat their appearance. Some of the most popular include excision, skin grafts, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. Skin grafts use skin from another part of the body, often for patients who’ve suffered severe burns.

If your scarring impairs function, surgery can also work to address functional issues. If a recent surgery caused scarring, it’s best to wait at least a year before deciding on scar treatment. Over time, most scars fade and become less noticeable, especially when kept out of the sun.

Steroid injections can also be an effective way to treat scars that stick out, like hypertrophic or keloid scars. Dr. Tim Sayed can use this treatment alone or in combination with other methods. In some cases, the use of collagen or other fillers may help reduce the appearance of pitted scarring, though this is not generally a permanent solution.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any further questions about scarring or scar treatment, Dr. Sayed is here to help. To schedule an in-person consultation at our San Diego or Newport Beach offices, please give us a call at 858-24SAYED or contact us online today.

How Liposuction Kickstarts Your 2020 Diet & Exercise Resolutions

As the ball dropped on Dec. 31, millions of people around the world resolved to get fit and trim by the end of 2020. However, only a select few will see real results come 2021. The vast majority of people, no matter what kind of resolution they made (financial, educational, or physical), will give up within the first few months of the year.

Even if you do stay committed to regular exercise and a healthy diet, often, that won’t be enough to see the results you want. Fat is stubborn and incredibly hard to target on your own, especially in trouble areas like the thighs, back, abdomen, and love handles. So, what can you do to make your dream body a reality this year? We can help. With cutting-edge technology in the hands of Dr. Sayed, an expert board-certified surgeon, 2020 could be the year you look your best yet.

One of the most powerful tools we have to support your fitness, diet, and exercise goals is liposuction. This hugely popular procedure is the second most commonly completed cosmetic surgery (behind breast augmentation) in the world and for good reason. Dr. Sayed can precisely target pockets of unwanted fat and get rid of them in a single visit to our office. Don’t get stuck waiting on results to show up – make them a reality this year.

Why Resolutions Don’t Stick

What makes resolutions so hard to keep up with? The answer, according to Psychology Today, lies in behavioral science and our genetic code. A process called homeostasis governs humans. In short, when we expend energy, we need to rest to regain it. This process regulates everything from hunger to emotional investment, and most certainly, sticking to our goals.

Resolutions – which often don’t offer any instant gratification and usually involve changing habits – are especially exhausting. It makes perfect sense, then, that after even a few weeks of maintaining your new lifestyle, you’ll reach a point where you either fully commit, quit, or adjust your goals.

How can we help you prepare for that moment? Our entire team is here to help. We take on a personalized, holistic approach with each patient and love to become part of our clients’ support networks. For those who want trimmer bodies, body-sculpting procedures like liposuction can be an excellent way for us to help kickstart your fitness journey. You’ll see an immediate reduction in fat volume, and begin to look and feel your very best.

Liposuction is a commitment to the life you want to live. Once you’ve booked and completed your procedure, it will be all that much easier to motivate yourself to get and keep a body you love, rather than working toward slimming down in a body that lowers your confidence and may not even feel like you.

Liposuction’s Groundbreaking Technology: A Perfect Add-On to Diet and Exercise

Lipo has become the cornerstone of almost every common body contouring procedure, like Brazilian butt liftinghi-def abdominal liposculpture, and cosmetic and reconstructive fat grafting. Though it’s not a weight-loss surgery, liposuction can help you get rid of those last pockets of fat that don’t want to go away.

During the procedure, Dr. Sayed removes fat first by placing a cocktail of fluid medication into the fatty layer of the body. Alongside saline solution, these medications prep the tissue for safe and easy removal, lowering bleeding risk and providing anesthetic to reduce postop discomfort. Some patients may also require the use of devices like ultrasound (we like the Vaser brand) or lasers, which use targeted energy to help break up your fat cells and tighten the skin for a smoother result.

Liposuction is incredibly versatile, enabling Dr. Sayed to perform it in combination with cosmetic surgery in other areas of the body, including the facebreast, and alongside faceliftstummy tucksbreast lifts, and breast augmentationbreast reductionsBrachioplasties (arm lifts)thigh lifts, and other procedures.

Want to Learn More? Schedule a Consultation

It’s hard enough trying to commit to your resolution alone. This year, let us help you make your goals reality. Our expert team is here to provide the tools and support you’ll need to make 2020 your year.

If you think now’s the time to get the body you’ve been dreaming of, liposuction could be the perfect option.

To schedule a consultation at our San Diego or Newport Beach, CA, offices, give us a call at 858-24-SAYED, or contact us online today.

How to Get Your Prettiest Pout for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, skip the flowers and chocolates and get your special someone something they’ll adore: your perfectly pouting, plump lips. There may not be any other day of the year where a perfect kiss could mean more.

Dr. Sayed can help you achieve beautiful results that fit perfectly into your lifestyle just in time for Feb. 14. For natural-looking lip enhancement that gradually fades over time, we recommend fillers. For results that last a lifetime, we can discuss fat transfer or lip implants.

Fuller lips have become all the rage from Hollywood to NYC, and for good reason: They look amazing. Celebs like Kylie Jenner, Jenifer Hudson, and Lady Gaga (to name a few) have all admitted to getting – and loving – fillers. Whether you’ve seen your lips gradually become thinner as your body’s collagen production slows down, have always had thin lips, or want to try out luscious, full lips, lip enhancement can help.

Fuller lips provide a youthful appearance that’ll boost your confidence and have you looking fabulous. If you’re ready to get that perfect pout this year and add some spice to your love life this Valentine’s Day, lip augmentation might be the perfect fit. Dr. Sayed has a range of cutting-edge techniques available to fit every lifestyle.

Fillers

Lip enhancement via fillers is a perfect way to try out fuller lips and surprise your loved one without needing to commit to surgery or permanent results. If you want that extra “wow factor” plump lips provide, fillers are a great first step.

We offer a range of different filler brands, which all work based on the same science, but have slightly different structural makeups. Depending on your desired result and treatment area, Dr. Sayed will help you figure out which one is best for you during your initial consultation.

We use the following products for lip augmentation:

  • Juvéderm® Ultra XC®
  • Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC®
  • Belotero®
  • Restylane® Silk®
  • Volbella®

All of our fillers are highly effective, safe, and FDA-approved to restore any lip volume you’ve lost over the years. Dr. Sayed carefully injects the filler into your lips using a small cannula to create plumpness.

The thought of injecting the lips can seem painful to some, but many lip fillers have mild anesthetics (like lidocaine) to significantly reduce discomfort. For sensitive patients, we can apply additional topical numbing cream. Following your procedure, you may feel some slight swelling or discomfort, but it will pass within a day or two. Applying an ice pack to the area can help too.

After just a few minutes in the office, your results will be immediately visible, and you’ll be good to return to your normal activities – no downtime necessary. Over the next several months to a year, your body will naturally absorb the filler returning your lips to their previous volume.

If you love your fuller lips and want to maintain the new volume, we can plan for touch-up visits to prolong results indefinitely, or discuss more permanent treatment options.

Lip Implants

If you’re ready to commit to lifelong results, lip implants can create a gorgeous lasting enhancement. If you’ve previously gotten fillers and decide to take the next step toward implants, we’ll need to wait for your body to absorb the filler completely before we schedule your procedure.

Dr. Sayed can then place FDA-approved SurgiSil™ implants, made of solid, soft, unshaped silicone, via a small incision in each corner of your mouth. This technique requires a delicate touch and skilled hand but leaves no visible scarring. Dr. Sayed can also combine implants with fillers to create further sculpting and customization.

Fat Transfer

For those patients looking to create permanent enhancement but avoid implants, we recommend a fat transfer. Dr. Sayed will first use liposuction to remove a small amount of fat cells from another area of the body. He then purifies these cells to prepare them for transfer and ensure you get newer, healthy cells with a higher likelihood of survival. Then, after a careful injection into the lips, you’ll see lasting results. Dr. Sayed can also use this method to rejuvenate other areas of the face.

Ready for the Perfect Pout? Schedule a Consultation

Full, luscious lips are having a serious moment. Modern techniques and technology are more advanced than ever and can create superb results you’ll love. Whether you’re looking for a one-time special Valentine’s Day surprise or lifelong results, Dr. Sayed can help.

He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in cosmetic procedures on the head, neck, and face. To schedule a consultation at our San Diego or Newport Beach, CA, offices, please call us at 1-858-24SAYED or contact us online.