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Is a Low-Calorie Diet the Solution for Aging?

Keeping up with your appearance is becoming more difficult these days. Supersized meals and bacon-wrapped-everything seems to be the norm for most American diets, especially considering that more than one-third of adults are considered obese. These days weight is not the first thing on aging minds, but maintaining a youthful appearance is something that seems to have a common dominance. Many people are less inclined to take part in the opportunity to rejuvenate aging skin with invasive cosmetic treatment. Fortunately there are simpler and fulfilling treatments to restore the skin’s natural radiance with photo rejuvenation

Photo rejuvenation reduces aging signs by using a broad spectrum light to penetrate the outer layer of skin without harm for clearer and youthful appearance. The procedure restores natural skin tone without causing harm or increasing healing time like chemical peels or other laser resurfacing treatments would. In the end a patient’s face, neck and chest is clear of sun damage, pigmentation, scars and aging skin.

Can Aging Signs Be Prevented?

There is one common thing everyone shares, we cannot stop the natural aging process. In time we all get visible fine lines and wrinkles. Our skin dries out and becomes thinner with age, because of the natural loss of collagen production. Unfortunately our lifestyle choices and environment exposure influences our skin to age prematurely. There are preventive actions that can help slow down aging signs and contain premature aging:

  • Sun Damage – No matter what season, skin needs protection with clothing or sunscreen

  • Avoid Tanning or Tanning Equipment – Apply self tanner instead to avoid sun damage

  • Quit Smoking – Smoking causes wrinkles and dull complexion

  • Drink Less Alcohol – Alcohol dehydrates skin and influences damage to settle over time

  • Exercise Regularly – Moderate exercise improves circulation and immune system

  • Stop Use of Burning Skin Products – Dozens of creams and cleansers cause irritation, and irritation makes skin appear older

Another claim that has anti-aging experts questioning is the influence diet has with aging bodies. According to new research found in the journal Cell Metabolism, a low-calorie diet can slow down aging. The proteins in our brain, sirtuins are influenced by how the person regularly consumes food. The research linked low-calorie diets to increase sirtuin production, which operates the brain to delay aging.

The research concluded that mice with low-calorie diets were successfully able to increase sirtuins in their brain to delay aging. For instance, mice that were 24 months old, match the equivalent age of a 70-year old human. After restricting their diet to fewer calories, they appeared as active as a 5-month-old mice.

For humans, this translates into 14 extra years of life for women and 7 extra years for men.

If this is in fact true for our generation of men and women then we may start considering extra care treatment for our aging skin. If you have developed early signs of aging, photo rejuvenation can reduce signs of wrinkles and sun damage without disrupting the skin’s surface. Keep your skin youthful and energetic for as long as your body ages.

Study Shows that Changes in Breast Density Linked to Breast Cancer

Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is among the most common cancer developed among American women. Having a regular mammogram to screen for precancerous cells can lower women’s risk of death from breast cancer. Now a new study shows that breast cancer risk in women may be connected to the rate at which breast tissue density changes during aging.

Researchers from the London Breast Institute in the United Kingdom presented their case at the annual meeting of the Radiology Society of North America which reported that breast cancer patients under 50 years old had greater breast density than healthy women under 50.

Healthy women showed steady decline in breast density while aging. The American Cancer Society considers women with extremely dense breasts to be at a moderately increased risk of cancer and should see their doctors for multiple screenings annually. Researchers clarified that the study does not change the ACS guidelines, but the study can enhance the need screening for women with densest breasts.

Though medical experts agree that further research should be processed to determine the need for additional screenings of young women with dense breasts.

What Does that Mean for Breast Augmentation Candidates?

As of now, women do not need to be alarmed. Breast cancer risk does not increase the risk of breast cancer for women with breast implants. Regular mammograms should be performed as scheduled following breast augmentation. An experienced radiologist who has performed mammographies on women with breast implants should be notified about their presence prior to any screening. Proper precautions are taken for women with implants when screening to ensure that as much breast tissue as possible can be viewed on the mammogram.

Breast augmentation does not add on to a woman’s original breast tissue. The implants add shape, volume and proportion to a woman’s bust line. Research has yet to conclude that women with breast implants have an increased risk in breast cancer, so for now there is nothing to be concerned with. Your surgeon will give their professional opinion about the implant shape, size and volume to properly enhance your breasts. Learn more about breast density and breast augmentation when you schedule your consultation with Dr. Shahin Javaheri.

Liposuction Changing Military’s Battle of the Bulge

Recently, the Associated Press reported there were a number of military personnel turning to liposuction procedures to help them meet their weight loss goals. If these men and women are training day in and day out why do they need to succumm to plastic surgery?

Like many of us, their bodies are also unresponsive to extreme diets and exercise. Their inability to lose weight from troubled areas of fat cannot hinder their chances of achieving promotional opportunities and could potentially be kicked out of the military if they fail the Pentagon’s body fat test.

Military’s Fat Standards

The Defense Department reports that a soldier who exceeds body fat will not perform well on physical fitness challenges they are faced with in training or in battle. The margin of error during physical fitness exams is less than one percent for those who pass. The small fraction of service members whose fat and bulky muscles who do not pass the “tape test,” which measures body fat around the waist and neck, are placed on a rigorous diet and exercise program.

The men and women spend months in what is known as the “pork chop platoon” until they can reduce their measurements to continue their terms of full service. Should they fail three times they are kicked out, military officials say.

Since over 35 percent of Americans are obese, the past five years has shown an increase in expelled soldiers. Overweight Army soldiers removed, jumped from 168 in 2008 to 1,815. The Marine Corps, 102 in 2010 to 186 in 2011.

Why Do Soldiers Have to Cut Their Weight?

For one, soldiers are in fear of jeopardizing their career. Many soldiers have families to raise and cannot afford to be kicked out or at a loss of promotional opportunities. Thousands of new recruits who meet the standards of the tape test can be promoted quickly as opposed to a servicemen who previously failed the tape test.

Liposuction is the Permitted Solution

Many soldiers are already in shape, but their natural physique and genetics hold them back from meeting their weight loss goal. Since the Defense Department uses an unconventional method of fat measurements instead of the standard body mass index, soldiers have no choice but to resort to liposuction.

Very few crash diets do the job in achieving a healthier lifestyle, but many cannot successfully meet the measurement standards. Bulking up in the gym is another option to increase neck size to proportionally meet their waist size, but soldiers with the wrong genetic makeup may not see results until years of consistent exercise programs.

The military has a ban on surgical procedures unless there is a need for medical attention, but there is not a ban on liposuction for troubled areas of fat. Those with larger physiques acquire passable results for the tape test, following liposuction procedures.

To help maintain their terms of service for our country, men and women of the military make the change to their bodies to prove they are slim to serve in the military. Their extensive training and dieting programs are not enough to reduce their body proportions, which is what many American civilians struggle with everyday. Ask your doctor what liposuction can do to achieve a slimmer waist and neckline before enlisting in the military.

 

How can I increase the size of my calves? I work out but cannot see a change.

How can I increase the size of my calves?  Calf augmentation, or enhancement, is a procedure which involves mainly the placement of an implant to increase the “size” of the calve muscles. This is an important distinction because the goal of calf augmentation is to enlarge the muscle portion of the calves. Another-words, they make the muscular portion look bigger. To understand calf augmentation one must first understand the anatomy.

The calve muscles, gastrocnemius muscles, are actually two heads of one muscle. One is lateral, and the other is medial. The lateral head is wider, but shorter, and the medial head is longer, but narrower. The two heads then meet in the midline and, along with another and deeper muscle, called the soleus, join and form a tendon which forms the Achilles tendon that connects to the heel of the foot. The calf implant is meant to augment the muscle portion only, and not the tendon. This allows a much more robust appearance to the calve muscles, giving a much more enhanced and muscular look that people desire from extreme work-outs.

Calf augmentation doesn’t always make one look like body builders. It can used to refine one’s legs for a sharper and more attractive look. It works especially well for those who work out routinely but have a difficult time showing the fruits of their labor! To learn more, click here….. http://www.lookingyourbest.com/procedures/CalfAugmentation

How can I increase the size of my calves?  Calve augmentation, or enhancement, is a procedure which involves mainly the placement of an implant to increase the “size” of the calve muscles. This is an important distinction because the goal of calve augmentation is to enlarge the muscle portion of the calves. Another-words, they make the muscular portion look bigger. To understand calve augmentation one must first understand the anatomy.

The calve muscles, gastrocnemius muscles, are actually two heads of one muscle. One is lateral, and the other is medial. The lateral head is wider, but shorter, and the medial head is longer, but narrower. The two heads then meet in the midline and, along with another and deeper muscle, called the soleus, join and form a tendon which forms the Achilles tendon that connects to the heel of the foot. The calve implant is meant to augment the muscle portion only, and not the tendon. This allows a much more robust appearance to the calve muscles, giving a much more enhanced and muscular look that people desire from extreme work-outs.

Calve augmentation doesn’t always make one look like body builders. It can used to refine one’s legs for a sharper and more attractive look. It works especially well for those who work out routinely but have a difficult time showing the fruits of their labor! To learn more, click here….. http://www.lookingyourbest.com/procedures/CalfAugmentation

 

Droopy Buttocks! What are my options?

2)  My buttocks are flat and droopy; I would like them to be more shapely and rounded.  What are my options?

 

The best option for improvement of a flat and “droopy” buttock is micro-fat grafting.  This procedure is also known as the “Brazilian butt lift”! 

The procedure involves “harvesting” fat from the patient’s body, treating the fat, and carefully placing them into the deep tissues of the buttocks.  This is a very technically oriented procedure, not to mention an artistic one.  The fat must be placed in very minute amounts in order for the body to be able to support them.  Like any type of transplant into the human body, an adequate blood supply is extremely important in or for the fat to survive.

For patients who do not have enough fat, an alternate method is the placement of a gluteal implant.  The implant is composed of a “soft” hard silicone.  That means that it is not a gel implant, but a solid implant which is as soft as possible without being a gel.  A gel implant will likely rupture as soon as the patient sits on them or falls on them.  A solid implant will obviously not rupture!

The implant, as I perform them, is placed into the layers of the gluteus maximus muscle.  It must be placed correctly so as to avoid movement.  Also, there are two shapes of implants: a “tear-drop” shape, which is oval in nature, and a round shape.

An implant will not always correct a droopy buttock so a careful selection of the patient is important so as not to perform an in-appropriate procedure.  Additional information can be found here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/buttock-augmentation.html

Natural Breast Enhancement in San Francisco (Micro-Fat Grafting)

I’m skeptical about using implants in my body, is there any way I can have the size of my breasts fuller and larger without using implants?

Breast augmentations have traditionally been performed using implants.  These are usually in the form of silicone or saline filled.  The procedure involves placing the implant either below the chest (pectoralis) muscles, or directly under the breast tissue.  Patients who have breast implants are usually amongst the most satisfied of all patients undergoing aesthetic plastic surgery.  However, there are potential problems using implants.  Since the implants are man-made they will rupture at some point, necessitating their removal.  Also, infections, capsular contractures, improper positioning, large scars, inappropriate patient selection, and even the possibility of association with cancer are all possible pitfalls, or problems associated with implants.  Not to mention that their replacement, and other associated procedures, are real possibilities in the lifetime of implants.

Micro-fat grafting for breast enhancement is a relatively new procedure.  It is a very technically oriented procedure as well as artistically challenging.  No longer does a plastic surgeon merely place an implant.  The breast must now be sculpted.  Also, in order for the fat to survive, certain precise technical procedures and philosophies must be adhered.  The main advantages are that there are no implants to worry about removal at some point.  Also, the entire breast can be enlarged, not only a certain portion of it.  The main disadvantages are that approximately 2/3, or more, of the fat stays (if done correctly), and the amounts that can be placed are limited by the size of the breasts and the availability of usable fat from the patient.

My orientation is mainly using micro-fat grafting because I believe that natural breast enhancement is superior to anything foreign; however, there are exceptions (noted above).  More information can be found: http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/articles/april-2013/fat-transfer-to-the-breasts/

Butt Augmentation in San Francisco

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri has worked with a number of Bay Area patients who decided to undergo buttock augmentation. Depending on your unique situation and objectives, there are a number of options available to you, and talking with a experienced plastic surgeon is the first step.

Your surgeon will likely explain to you the difference between buttock augmentation using fat transfer and buttock augmentation using implants, and give their professional opinion regarding which option is right for you.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Javaheri in either San Francisco or Berkeley, please call 415.923.3800.

 

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri has worked with a number of Bay Area patients who decided to undergo buttock augmentation. Depending on your unique situation and objectives, there are a number of options available to you, and talking with a experienced plastic surgeon is the first step.

Your surgeon will likely explain to you the difference between buttock augmentation using fat transfer and buttock augmentation using implants, and give their professional opinion regarding which option is right for you.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Javaheri in either San Francisco or Berkeley, please call 415.923.3800.

 

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

People who are morbidly obese may suffer from a number of serious health issues, making weight loss necessary.

For those who have undergone bariatrics, the resultant excess skin around the abdomen, waist, legs arms, breast and neck can lead to a new set of health problems, including chronic skin irritation, darkening of the skin, known as hyper pigmentation, and ulcerations.

While the process of losing weight through bariatric can be life changing, these new problems can be stressful and limiting.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri has worked with a number of patients from the Bay Area, who have lost a large amount of weight, and then elected plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery options following bariatrics are varied and focused on specific areas of the body, including lower and upper body lifts, thigh lifts, buttock lifts, arm lifts, breast lifts and even facelifts.

Every situation is different, so it is best to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with Dr. Javaheri.

To schedule you appointment in either San Francisco or Berkeley, please call Advanced Aesthetic at 415.923.3800, or visit Advanced Aesthetic . com 

People who are morbidly obese may suffer from a number of serious health issues, making weight loss necessary.

For those who have undergone bariatrics, the resultant excess skin around the abdomen, waist, legs arms, breast and neck can lead to a new set of health problems, including chronic skin irritation, darkening of the skin, known as hyper pigmentation, and ulcerations.

While the process of losing weight through bariatric can be life changing, these new problems can be stressful and limiting.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri has worked with a number of patients from the Bay Area, who have lost a large amount of weight, and then elected plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery options following bariatrics are varied and focused on specific areas of the body, including lower and upper body lifts, thigh lifts, buttock lifts, arm lifts, breast lifts and even facelifts.

Every situation is different, so it is best to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with Dr. Javaheri.

To schedule you appointment in either San Francisco or Berkeley, please call Advanced Aesthetic at 415.923.3800, or visit Advanced Aesthetic . com 

Breast Reduction Surgery in San Francisco

Breast reduction surgery can be a life enhancing procedure for women suffering from the discomfort of over-sized breasts.

 Many women who have undergone the procedure report increased self confidence, in addition to shoulder, neck, and back pain relief as major benefits of having breast reduction surgery.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri is up to date with the latest techniques that have improved with safety and aesthetic result of breast reduction surgery.

Although the primary goal of the surgery is to reduce the volume and weight of the breast, improving posture and making breathing less difficult, it is also important that the end result look normal and natural as possible.

While women of all ages can benefit from the surgery, it is typically not performed until the breasts are fully developed, and a woman is no longer planning to become pregnant, since pregnancy can lead to permanent re-enlargement.

Those that make the best candidates for breast reduction include woman who are suffering from shoulder, neck and back pain, skin irritations, or who are having trouble exercising or even breathing.

To schedule an appointment to discuss breast reduction with Dr. Javaheri in either his San Francisco or Berkeley offices, please call us today at (415) 923-3800

Breast reduction surgery can be a life enhancing procedure for women suffering from the discomfort of over-sized breasts.

 Many women who have undergone the procedure report increased self confidence, in addition to shoulder, neck, and back pain relief as major benefits of having breast reduction surgery.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri is up to date with the latest techniques that have improved with safety and aesthetic result of breast reduction surgery.

Although the primary goal of the surgery is to reduce the volume and weight of the breast, improving posture and making breathing less difficult, it is also important that the end result look normal and natural as possible.

While women of all ages can benefit from the surgery, it is typically not performed until the breasts are fully developed, and a woman is no longer planning to become pregnant, since pregnancy can lead to permanent re-enlargement.

Those that make the best candidates for breast reduction include woman who are suffering from shoulder, neck and back pain, skin irritations, or who are having trouble exercising or even breathing.

To schedule an appointment to discuss breast reduction with Dr. Javaheri in either his San Francisco or Berkeley offices, please call us today at (415) 923-3800

Breast Lift in San Francisco

As we age, our skin losses elasticity. As it related to female body, breasts tend to lose their shape and firmness, and may begin to sag. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure used to reshape and raise sagging breasts without altering the overall size.

Most woman who undergo the procedure report firmer, higher and more youthful looking breasts following the procedure, in addition to increased self confidence.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri can educate you about the breast lift procedure, and put together a surgical plan that will achieve your personal goals.

Occasionally a breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation for women who want to increase the size of their breasts, in addition to lifting and firming of the breasts.

The best candidates for mastopexy woman who are healthy yet suffering from sagging breasts due to natural aging, past pregnancies, or rapid weight fluctuations.

While it shouldn’t interfere with future pregnancies or feeding, the results of the surgery may be reversed if the same factors that led to the sagging are re-introduced.

To schedule an appointment to discuss the breastlift procedure with Dr. Javaheri in either his San Francisco or Berkeley offices, please call 415.923.3800

As we age, our skin losses elasticity. As it related to female body, breasts tend to lose their shape and firmness, and may begin to sag. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure used to reshape and raise sagging breasts without altering the overall size.

Most woman who undergo the procedure report firmer, higher and more youthful looking breasts following the procedure, in addition to increased self confidence.

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri can educate you about the breast lift procedure, and put together a surgical plan that will achieve your personal goals.

Occasionally a breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation for women who want to increase the size of their breasts, in addition to lifting and firming of the breasts.

The best candidates for mastopexy woman who are healthy yet suffering from sagging breasts due to natural aging, past pregnancies, or rapid weight fluctuations.

While it shouldn’t interfere with future pregnancies or feeding, the results of the surgery may be reversed if the same factors that led to the sagging are re-introduced.

To schedule an appointment to discuss the breastlift procedure with Dr. Javaheri in either his San Francisco or Berkeley offices, please call 415.923.3800

 

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  • “I came to you with a very uncomfortable feeling about a part of my stomach area. I have always wanted to have this procedure take care of but did not. After making that one phone call to your office and visiting you and your staff, everyone made me feel completely satisfied that I had found the right person to make this change in my life. I can go on and on but basically you have personally made a great change for me. You were completely gentle and very honest with me. I am very happy I had this procedure done by you. Thank you! Even in the hospital you made it all better knowing I was scared and nervous. You’re great! Thank you again.” – DB

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    “I have had 3 procedures so far with Dr. Javaheri, they are: tummy tuck with lower body lift, arms & breast reduction , and legs & gluteus maximus lift. My upcoming surgery is a face lift procedure. All these procedures are following weight loss surgery procedure called Gastric Bypass whereby I lost nearly 300 lbs. Dr. Javaheri performed all of my plastic & reconstructive surgeries to a great success. I am very pleased by the results. He even came to the office on a Sunday to deal with a small complication I had following one of my surgeries. It is so unusual to find a surgeon who cares so much about his patients; and an office staff that are so capable.”*

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