No one likes to talk about money when it comes to the decision to have plastic surgery. But, few would argue that the financial aspect of the decision is important when deciding whether to proceed with plastic surgery. Dr. Seify offers several different financial options for patients who are considering plastic surgery; however, he encourages patients to think about their motives behind choosing plastic surgery, how their plastic surgery decision will impact them, as well as their financial responsibility. Once a patient has decided to proceed with plastic surgery and has decided which plastic surgeon will perform the procedure, this is when the patient should determine a budget for the procedure they are considering. This includes procedures like breast augmentation, facelift, and even abdominoplasty. The financial aspect of the procedure should be the last consideration. Thanks to the Internet, most patients should have a general idea of what procedures should cost. Preparing a budget for the general cost is a good start. Affordability can only be determined by the patient. It is clear that plastic surgery is a choice and should not be chosen over the basic necessities of life including shelter, food, and caring for our families. But, it is not uncommon for patients to tighten their budgets by eliminating Starbucks, reducing the number of times eating out per week, or continuing to drive an older car for another year in order to have the plastic surgery procedure that they desire. Financing is an excellent option for some patients. Financing can help patients to break down the procedure into manageable monthly amounts and can also help patients to leave their other credit cards available for emergencies. For other patients credit cards are a great option because they can earn points or miles that allow them to utilize other services at a discount. For other patients, insurance may cover a certain portion of the procedure if applicable. Dr. Seify and his staff are happy to assist patients in determining if their procedure can be covered under their insurance which in some cases can reduce the out-of-pocket expense for patients. Patients should always be mindful of not only the cost of the procedure but also the overall benefit to their specific situation. They should include how it will improve their self-esteem, self-confidence, and quality of life when deciding if the investment warrants the benefits. Patients who are considering plastic surgery and have questions regarding financing and affordability are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and speak with his staff confidentially.
Have you given up on finding a bra that fits? Do you anguish over your breast implants that you had implanted back in the 90s? Maybe you have settled for the idea that your older now and having beautiful perky breast will make you look like you’re screaming “obvious implants ” to others. Believe it or not, a breast makeover is not just a great idea, it is an essential part of feeling good about the way you look and feel. Dr. Seify encourages patients during their breast augmentation consultation to embrace the idea of the type of shape and figure a patient would want if they had a magic wand and could create their hearts desire. While plastic surgery is not a magic wand and cannot produce magical results it can dramatically improve what cannot be improved through nature. The breast over time will sag as women age, loose breast volume, and fluctuate in weight. The overall aesthetic appearance of the breast is a manifestation of these inevitable conditions that will happen for every woman. A breast makeover or breast augmentation allows a woman to improve the shape of her breast surgically by using an implant to increase volume, firmness, and improve symmetry. For patients who have excessive sagging of the breast Dr. Seify can lift the breast with a breast lift and create a much more youthful appearance for patients. While it is agreed that a woman is not defined by the size or appearance of her breast, how she feels about her breast still remains a very important part of what contributes to a woman’s overall self-esteem and self-confidence. Choosing breast augmentation especially for older women can sometimes seem selfish and vain. As baby boomers take over the marketplace the choices they are making are increasingly becoming more and more based on aesthetics and the links to lifestyle and quality of life. This includes everything from dental implants instead of dentures, all the way up to breast augmentation instead of padded bras. Women are expected to live longer as life expectancy continues to increase. and they are increasingly becoming bolder about not accepting the aging of the body as an inevitable curse. Dr. Seify welcomes women who are considering breast augmentation at any age to contact his office and schedule a consultation.
At 30 years of age many women begin to see the signs of aging especially on their faces. This is even more of a reality in places like Southern California, Florida, and Arizona where the sun and heat can take their toll on the face. It has long been known that the sun can accelerate the aging of skin. For this reason, people are advised to wear sunscreen every day regardless of their age and regardless of whether the sun is shining or not. But, in this land of vanity is it ridiculous for a 30-year-old to think about the possibility that she may one day need a facelift? There is no specific age that is universal for patients to begin to consider the possibility of a facelift surgical procedure. First, one must consider that a facelift is elective and a choice that is individual to each patient. Some patients are more accepting of lines and wrinkles on their face than others. For most patients in their 30s the initial concerns will be crows’ feet around the eyes and lines and wrinkles on their forehead. For these concerns most patients will consider Botox as a temporary treatment. Throughout the decade as the patient approaches their 40s the patient may add fillers like Restylane or Juvederm to improve the fat loss in the face. This becomes most evident in the nasolabial folds(the lines from the nose to the mouth). After 40, patients may consider what is known as a modified or mini facelift. This addresses slight sagging and loose skin on the facial area. If the neck is showing slight signs of aging, liposuction of the chin may be appropriate. At this point, Dr. Seify may advise patients to consider blepharoplasty which will help improve loose and lax skin on the eyelid and the loose and lax skin beneath the eyes. This can make a dramatic improvement in the overall appearance of the face. The full facelift or classic facelift may be held off longer for patients who engage in small plastic surgery procedures earlier rather than later in the stages of aesthetic facial aging. Also, Dr. Seify advises patients that when smaller procedures are performed over time, the results are rarely considered dramatic and noticeable as “extreme plastic surgery” to others. Patients are more likely to have natural looking results when smaller appropriate procedures performed over time. Patients who are considering facial rejuvenation and would like to prepare a facial rejuvenation plan with Dr. Seify are encouraged to contact his office and schedule a consultation.
As summer is getting ready to kick into full gear less will mean more. Wearing less clothes will mean showing more skin and in some cases more fat. Here in Southern California, specifically Newport Beach, the idea of a summer without shorts, short dresses, and the most flattering swimsuit is unheard of. While some may say that the look of your legs is only important for the young, others realize that a great pair legs are still a great pair legs at most any age. So what do you do when your legs do not have the best shape and form? Dr. Seify offers several solutions to achieve the thighs a woman can be proud of. There are noninvasive options that have shown great promise and are offered within Dr. Seify’s on-site med spa. Velashape is offered as an FDA cleared noninvasive solution to reducing the circumference of the thighs. This nonsurgical procedure allows patients to over time improve the actual thickness of the thigh area as well as improve the appearance of cellulite. The recommended number of treatments to achieve optimal results will vary from patient to patient; however, Dr. Seify and his staff will assist patients in determining the correct number of treatments to achieve the results that they desire. As an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Seify is also able to recommend and perform liposuction for patients who are concerned about the thickness on their thighs. Liposuction of the thigh area is an extremely delicate procedure and should only be performed by plastic surgeons who are experienced in sculpting the thigh area. The thigh has an extreme amount of thick muscle and only an experienced plastic surgeon will achieve optimal results without compromising the tone and appearance of the thighs. The inner thigh can also be a very delicate area when performing liposuction. It is important that only the correct amount of fat is removed or patients can yield a result that produces loose and lax skin on the inner thigh. Admittedly no one likes thighs that rub together and the ideal look is to have space between the legs in the upper part of the inner thigh area. While this is not achievable for everybody Dr. Seify is able to improve upon the appearance of the thighs for most patients. Patients who are considering rejuvenation of the thighs either through liposuction or noninvasive VelaShape treatments are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.
Being a parent has many challenges. One of the most painful challenges a parent can endure is watching their child in emotional pain as a result of bullying and teasing. A great deal of attention has been placed in the media on children being teased and bullied via the Internet. Social media has certainly made bullying and teasing much easier and given it much greater reach. The focus is often placed upon girls being teased because it is believed by many that girls are more emotional and that the impact is greater than boys. However; boys, especially teenage boys can be self-conscious about their bodies as they change with age. For some, excessive breast tissue can become evident as they enter puberty. While in some cases this may be accompanied with being overweight or obese this is not always the case. Even boys who are at or near their ideal body weight can suffer from excess breast tissue which is known as gynecomastia. The impact of this excessive breast tissue which has slang terms including “man boobs”or” moobs “is rarely painful physically however emotionally it can be devastating. As a parent, you may ponder whether seeking the advice of a plastic surgeon to correct this condition is a good idea. Perhaps you may think that fixing the source of bullying using plastic surgery sends the wrong message to your child. The reality is that children who are teased and bullied often have a difficult time achieving success in school and outside school activities because they are self-conscious and less likely to take the steps necessary to be outgoing and involved. If your child is also overweight this condition could contribute to his lack of willingness and motivation to exercise. Also, depression and loneliness can lead to overeating which also contributes to obesity. Dr. Seify encourages parents to consult with him to determine if their son is a candidate for gynecomastia surgery. In the initial consultation Dr. Seify will determine if the child is truly suffering from excessive breast tissue or if the primary source is excessive fat on the chest. It is important for parents to understand that liposuction of the chest alone will not improve the appearance of excessive breast tissue. In many cases it can cause the breast tissue to be even more of visible if the glandular tissue is not removed and only liposuction is performed. For this reason, it is critical that parents seek the advice of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Seify who is experienced in treating gynecomastia patients. In some cases, although rare, Dr. Seify may be able to submit the proper documentation for parents to obtain insurance coverage for the procedure. Parents who are considering gynecomastia surgery for their sons should consider the possibility of surgery early in the summer so that their son will be healed and ready to enjoy the latter part of summer and a new beginning to the next school year. Parents who are considering gynecomastia surgery for their sons are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.
Patients who are considering breast augmentation typically are either entering childbearing age or are of childbearing age. As Americans are living longer older women are entering the arena of first-time breast augmentation patients; however, most are likely to be within the childbearing ages. Pregnancy is often a concern and patient should feel comfortable sharing those concerns with Dr. Seify . Many patients are concerned as to whether or not they will be able to breast-feed following breast augmentation. It is important to note that every woman is not automatically assured that she will be able to breast-feed after childbirth. There are other factors that can cause difficulty for women who choose to breast-feed. In general, Dr. Seify will place breast implants behind the pectoralis muscle so as not to interfere with the milk ducts which allow for breast-feeding. Patients are often concerned with pregnancy and how it will affect the aesthetic appearance of their breast augmentation. It is important for patients to know that with pregnancy the breast tissue is often affected as women gain volume and the breast become filled with milk. After giving birth, even if patients do not breast-feed it is likely that they will lose volume over time and in many cases there will be a component of sagging to the breast. For patients who have breast implants that are placed behind the muscle, the breast are largely unaffected provided the fluctuation in the size of breast tissue is not significant. The timing of breast augmentation for patients who are considering the procedure but have not yet decided about pregnancy is one that is completely personal. There are pros and cons whether women have breast augmentation prior to having children or after having children. Dr. Seify helps patients to make the best individualized choice based on their overall desires including lifestyle choices and relationship status. Dr. Seify offers both saline and silicone options for patients who are considering breast augmentation. Dr. Seify also specializes in breast lift options which include the vertical lift, and periaerolar lift. A breast lift is discussed with patients who have a significant sagging component to their breast that would affect the overall appearance of their breast augmentation should the breast tissue not be lift during the breast augmentation procedure. In most cases Dr. Seify can provide these procedures together. Patients who are considering breast augmentation are encouraged to contact Dr Seify and schedule a consultation.
People choose to have plastic surgery for many different reasons. For some it is to fix the condition for others it is simply to improve their appearance. Over the years the popularity of numerous plastic surgery procedures has increased. New research suggests that people may be choosing plastic surgery for a mood boost. According to recent article research published in Clinical Psychological Science reported that plastic surgery patients are experiencing more joy in their lives, a greater sense of satisfaction, and higher self-esteem. The authors of the study reviewed close to 550 first-time patients and over 260 prospective patients who had always wanted to have plastic surgery but for whatever reason did not go through with the procedure. The collection of people was compared with over 1000 people who would never had interest in cosmetic surgery. Within the different groups, there was no differentiation when it came to mental health and overall life satisfaction. The research authors utilize psychological test on the patient’s before their surgery and then three, six and 12 months following their procedure. In an effort to gauge expectations before the surgery, the questions were written to include phrases such as “all of my problems will be solved “and “I’ll be a completely new person”. The study’s authors found that a mere 12% of respondents felt that these unrealistic answers become true following surgery. Study authors found that when comparing the results of psychological test from surgical patients with those who it did not have plastic surgery, people who had mastic surgery were likely to have higher self-esteem, expressed less anxiety, and felt healthier overall. Moreover, those who chose a plastic surgery procedure reported that they were happier with their bodies as a whole, not solely the area in which they had plastic surgery. Dr. Seify explains to patients that the reasons for choosing plastic surgery are personal. Patients who are considering procedures including breast augmentation or facelift should take into consideration that bothers me notice the patient’s new appearance; the patient must feel comfortable and confident about their appearance. Patients cannot rely on others to make them feel comfortable and confident after plastic surgery. This strategy can lead to unmet patient expectations. Patients who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.
There’s no doubt that the media has a significant impact on how we perceive everything around us and the Internet has only increased the impact. Headline grabbers are exceptional which is why they garner so much attention. When the media shines spotlight on plastic surgery it often takes on an alarming perspective. According to recent online industry article what makes the news are scary stories about liposuction going terribly wrong or back alley doctors injecting patients with crazy unapproved substances. While these things have happened the reality is that they are extremely rare and overwhelmingly are the result of patients who have for whatever reason avoided very prominent and easily accessible information regarding safety. The reality is that the overwhelming majority of surgeries that are performed by board-certified plastic surgeons are extremely predictable and are likely to deliver the results patients expect and often exceed the expectations of the patient. Celebrities who have had plastic surgery usually garner attention because of the less than stellar results. Dr. Seify explains to patients that celebrities are for entertainment purposes only. Patients should not use their experiences or opinions as a guideline for the type of procedures that will work best for them. Celebrities heavily influence procedures like breast augmentation, facelift, and rhinoplasty. Dr. Seify points out that plastic surgery results are rarely seen in the media without some sort of touchup, makeup, or other altering effect. For this reason, nothing replaces a one-on-one consultation when patients are considering plastic surgery. Patients who are considering plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.
As patients near their 30s(better known as the big three – 0) many begin to see early signs of aging. Depending on the person this can range from crows feet on the outer corners of the eyes, to wrinkles on the forehead to the beginning signs of loose and lax skin on the face. For some women they may become more self-conscious about the shape and contour of their breast especially if they have not yet had children. Dr. Seify explains to patients entering into their 30s that plastic surgery procedures are best tolerated when patients begin early and make small subtle changes along the way. For most patients beginning with small changes to their face using injectables such as Botox or fillers such as Restylane can make a subtle yet dramatic improvement in treating the early signs of aging on the face. These procedures will help with crows feet around the eyes, wrinkles on the forehead, and loss of volume in the nasolabial folds. Popular procedures for patients who are in their 30s also include breast augmentation. For some patients this may just be a way to improve and enhance the size and shape of their breast. For other patients it may be more corrective in nature in that they have significant asymmetries. For still another group of patients breast augmentation and a breast lift will help to restore volume and shape following either significant weight loss or pregnancy. It is a good idea for patients to consider one body procedure such as breast augmentation in combination with one facial procedure such as injectables or liposuction of the chin. This helps patients to take advantage of not only some financial advantages but also the logistics of one recovery time. Getting older and beginning to see the signs of aging can be scary; however, patient should approach the aging process with confidence knowing that plastic surgery procedures performed correctly will help them to continually look younger than their stated age. Patients were considering plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.
One of the most challenging dilemmas many new patients face concerning the decision to have plastic surgery is based on the idea of whether you choose nonsurgical treatments(Botox or dermal fillers) or traditional plastic surgery options(tummy tuck, breast augmentation). A recent online industry article raised some specific questions patient should consider when weighing the value of nonsurgical options versus surgical options. Of course these questions are based on a conversation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. According to the article, the first question should be centered around recovery time. Surgical options tend to be more intensive which will typically mean that recovery time will be longer. If recovery time is an issue than the article suggests that nonsurgical choices may be better. It is important to note that recovery time should never be chosen over a patient’s desired result. This leads to the next question. According to the article, patient should ask how long the results will last. Thirdly, the article suggests patient should be realistic concerning their financial budget and what they’re willing to invest. It is important to consider long-term results versus short-term results when considering if a nonsurgical procedure is right for you. Lastly, the article suggests that patients inquire as to whether or not they are interested in a dramatic change. Only the patient can determine what they consider to be dramatic and their readiness for friends and family to notice a difference. Patients who are tentative concerning how noticeable their difference should be may be more comfortable with nonsurgical procedures initially. As an ASP as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Seify is careful to help patients to understand that there is a marked difference between nonsurgical procedures and surgical procedures. Patienst should not expect the same results although each has benefits that are unique to the procedure. The goal is to exceed the expectations of the patient by helping them understand the best outcome that they can expect based on their specific situation. Dr. Seify encourages patients to utilize both nonsurgical as well as surgical cosmetic procedures to achieve the best overall aesthetic appearance. Patients who are considering cosmetic surgery procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.