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Posted on July 29, 2015

Breast Augmentation in your 40sIf you are a woman age 40 or near the age of 40, you may be considering breast augmentation to enlarge your breasts and to improve breast shape. Breast augmentation can be an option for a woman of any age, and 40 can be a great time to prioritize your self-esteem and your cosmetic goals and enjoy the body confidence you deserve.

In your late 30s or early 40s, you may have reached the point where you've decided not to have any more children. Pregnancy can change the appearance of your breasts, contributing to a sagging, deflated breast appearance. If you do not plan to become pregnant, your breast enlargement results will be long-lasting because they won't be altered by physical changes that occur with pregnancy.

Many women in their 40s rightly express a concern about how breast implants will affect their mammograms. In many cases, placing the breast implant behind the chest muscle instead of in front of it can eliminate the implant affecting a mammogram in any way. But many women prefer the results that come with a sub-glandular breast implant placement, which shouldn't present a problem for the people performing your mammogram. The mammogram technician will take additional scans of your breasts in order to accommodate the presence of breast implants.

Each woman is unique, and at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we respect your individual goals and wishes. The only way to learn more about breast augmentation and whether you want to pursue it currently is to discuss the considerations with a caring, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Joel Beck.

To find out if breast enlargement is right for you, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. We serve all of the Bay Area and surrounding areas, including San Francisco, San Jose and San Mateo.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement, Breast Implants
Posted on July 21, 2015

Understanding Sunscreen LabelsFrequent sun exposure is unfortunately one of the most common contributing factors to wrinkles and photoaging. The sun also causes sunburn and increases your risk of skin cancer. For those reasons, most doctors and experts agree that using sunscreen is vitally important, and not just while you're at the beach, but anytime you are out in the sun for more than a few minutes at a time.

Enter the wide array of sunscreen products. According to a new study, a good portion of people do not understand all of the information displayed on sunscreen labels, which can make it difficult to know which one is the best one to buy for your purposes and skin type.

The study was conducted with 114 participants at the Northwestern Medicine dermatology clinic in the summer of 2014. The participants were asked about how certain sunscreens were related to sunburns, aging and skin cancer based on the information on the labels. Here are some of the highlights of the findings:

  • 80 percent of those surveyed said they had purchased sunscreen in 2013.
  • 75 percent said prevention of sunburn was the number 1 reason they bought sunscreen, followed by prevention of skin cancer.
  • Only 43 percent of those surveyed could define what "sun protection factor," or SPF, means.
  • The top 3 reasons respondents decided to buy one sunscreen over another was high SPF, sensitive skin formula, and sweat and water resistance.
  • About half of respondents bought sunscreen with the highest possible SPF.

The highest SPF won't necessarily benefit you. SPF gives you information about sunburn prevention, not photoaging and skin damage. SPF rates the degree of solar intensity that would be needed to produce a sunburn. An SPF of 100 does not mean you are 100 percent protected; the only way to be 100 percent protected is to stay out of the sun.

Most participants knew that SPF refers to sunburn protection, but only 33 people knew SPF does not tell you anything about protection against UV-A rays. UV-A rays are associated with aging your skin, while UV-B rays are associated with sunburn. Both UV-A and UV-B can contribute to skin cancer. For that reason, it's important to choose a "broad spectrum protection" sunscreen, which means it blocks out both types of radiation.

So what sunscreen should you choose? According to this study, effective sunscreen use includes the following aspects:

  • Labeled as offering "broad spectrum protection"
  • SPF of at least 30
  • Use about an ounce of sunscreen each time you apply (equivalent to the volume of a shot glass)
  • Reapply every two hours

Keeping your skin protected from the sun is not only an effective way to prevent skin cancer, it's also a great way to keep your skin looking as youthful as possible.

For an advanced skincare consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Our plastic surgery center serves all of the Bay Area, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and the surrounding areas.

tags: Sun Damage, Skin Care, Skincare Tips
Posted on July 9, 2015

Eyelid Surgery near San Francisco, CAA new study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal says that use of contact lenses contributes to upper eyelid droopiness. These findings are based on a study comparing pairs of identical twins. The twins who wore contact lenses showed more sagginess of the upper eyelids.

Does that mean you should stop wearing contact lenses? Not necessarily. Contact lenses provide freedom from what can be the hassle of wearing glasses. Many people find contact lenses allow them to be more active, and some people really prefer the way they look without glasses. It's a personal preference. If you're really worried about how lenses could affect your eyelids, discuss the issue with your eye doctor.

The amount of drooping caused by contact lenses is likely minimal. The sagging can result from the eyelid being stretched each time you place and remove your lenses. The study found the sagging was more pronounced in people who used hard contact lenses.

With eyelid surgery, you can once again have more youthful eyelids and a defined eyelid contour. Eyelid surgery removes the stretched tissue and reshapes the fat and muscle of a droopy eyelid. The results are long-lasting.

To learn more, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck provides care for patients from all over the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and the surrounding areas.

tags: Eyelid Surgery, Blepharoplasty, Droopy Eyelids
Posted on July 9, 2015

Breast Augmentation in Bay Area, CAAfter breast augmentation, you need to take some time to rest and let your body heal. Take the opportunity to let yourself relax and take a break from your normal responsibilities, chores and daily routine. Each woman will experience a slightly unique recovery process, but below we've provided a general timeline of what you can expect after breast augmentation.

One Week after Breast Augmentation

For the first week, it's completely normal to feel stiff and sore in your chest region. Your breasts will initially be bandaged with surgical dressings, which experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck will remove within the first week. Lifting and strenuous upper body activity should be avoided during this time. Dr. Beck will let you know when you can return to work, which is generally within a week.

Two to Six Weeks after Breast Augmentation

During the next few weeks, your breasts will continue to heal. You'll notice a significant reduction in swelling and bruising, but your breasts will probably still be tender. Certain physical activity and types of exercise will be restricted as instructed by Dr. Beck.

Your Long-Term Recovery and Results

Although your finalized breast results should be apparent after about 6 months, a very minor amount of swelling will continue to subside for up to a year. The results of breast augmentation are long-lasting, and although your breast implants may need to be replaced at some point in your lifetime, you should continue to have beautiful, natural results for a long time to come.

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Beck and our entire team want to make sure you have a successful recovery after breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Beck, please call us at (650) 600-7016. We serve all of the Bay Area, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose and the surrounding areas.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement
Posted on June 24, 2015

Breast Implant Exchange in the Bay AreaAt Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck generally advises his patients that, although they should plan for the possibility of replacing their breast implants at some point, there typically is no need to unless an issue arises. So, if you've had your breast implants for a couple decades or more without any problems, then you don't necessarily need to have them replaced. You may want to consider meeting with Dr. Beck to discuss whether new breast implants could freshen your results if they've changed over time.

During a consultation with you, Dr. Beck can discuss what you should expect from a breast implant exchange. For example, you may want to replace your breast implants to increase the size, or to switch from saline to silicone, or vice versa.

The important thing to know is that a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide guidance and information as you try to decide whether to replace your breast implants. Dr. Beck is committed to providing his patients with information and education, so that you can feel empowered to make decisions about your body and health.

If you are interested in breast implant exchange or removal in the Bay Area, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016.

tags: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation
Posted on June 16, 2015

Rise in Post-Weight Loss SurgeriesThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons says rates of body and skin surgeries, often performed for patients who lost a lot of weight, grew at the fastest rate in four years in 2014. ASPS says these post-weight loss procedures experiencing growth include:

The ASPS says the growth among these procedures is happening at the same time as the number of weight-loss surgeries increases. It's their opinion that there is a correlation between the two.

When you lose a significant amount of weight, oftentimes a lot of sagging, extra skin is left, where fat used to add volume beneath the skin. This stretched, inelastic skin won't shrink and conform to your body contours. Usually the only way to eliminate it is with surgery. You deserve to feel great about your body after losing weight. Don't let sagging skin make you feel disappointed after weight loss. Find out if you are a candidate for a procedure to reduce the extra skin.

If you've recently undergone bariatric surgery or have lost a significant amount of weight, call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Dr. Beck can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure in which you are interested. Our Bay Area practice serves San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and all of the surrounding cities.

tags: Body Contouring, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery
Posted on June 9, 2015

Breast Augmentation BasicsLast year, hundreds of thousands of women underwent breast augmentation in the US. This procedure is consistently one of the most popular. If you are just now beginning to wonder about breast enlargement or have had it on your mind for some time now, please consider the following as an introduction to what it's all about:

  1. Breast augmentation adds volume to your breasts and enhances their shape and overall appearance.
  2. Breast augmentation can improve the symmetry of your breasts.
  3. You may want to consider a breast lift if you are more concerned about sagging, elongated breasts than about breast volume.
  4. Implants can sometimes be placed during a lift for a combined augmentation/lift procedure.
  5. It's unlikely that breast augmentation will affect your ability to breastfeed in the future, although there is a small risk that Dr. Beck will discuss with you.
  6. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and you should plan to undergo future procedures to replace them down the road.
  7. Breast implants can be removed and not replaced if you decide later on that you no longer want your implants.
  8. Breast augmentation allows you to customize your breast size to the one that will allow you to feel the most confident.

For even more customized information, we encourage you to visit Dr. Beck to discuss your wishes for your body and the breast surgeries that can accomplish those outcomes.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Joel Beck to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation at our Bay Area plastic surgery practice, please call our helpful and knowledgeable staff at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck serves San Jose, San Mateo, San Francisco and all of the surrounding areas.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement
Posted on June 9, 2015

Saline Breast Implants in the Bay AreaWhen planning your breast augmentation with Dr. Joel Beck, choosing a type of breast implant is one of the things you will discuss. Dr. Beck has been performing breast enlargement for many years, and he puts his experience to work in helping you get gorgeous results that will allow you to feel confident and self-assured.

Saline breast implants remain a popular choice among many women. The other option is silicone gel, and there is also a newer, cohesive gel option as well. If you are interested in saline implants, you may be interested in some of the following advantages of them:

  • Affordable
  • Ruptures are immediately detectable
  • FDA-approved for ages 18 and up (silicone implants require you to be at least 22 if you want them for breast augmentation)

The best way to learn more about each implant option and how they will benefit your results is to have a one-on-one consultation.

If you live in the Bay Area, such as San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo or the surrounding areas, and want to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck is personally committed to helping you feel confident, feminine and attractive by providing outstanding results with breast implants.

tags: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement
Posted on May 30, 2015

Cosmetic Surgery Consultations in Bay AreaWith the recent admission of 17-year-old Kylie Jenner that she has, in fact, had lip augmentation as a minor, people all over are debating whether the Kardashian-Jenner family member was too young to receive such a treatment. She had to have had permission from a parent, but people continue to argue whether it was ethically right.

Deciding when it's the right time to finally address a feature that has been making you feel insecure is a big decision. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we think the only way to make that decision is along with the guidance and compassion of an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Joel Beck. While some procedures like ear pinning and rhinoplasty are not all that uncommon or taboo for minors, other procedures may not be recommended. If you are over the age of 18 and considering a procedure, Dr. Beck will help you weigh all of the things that influence your decision, such as:

  • Your physical development and whether your body has fully matured
  • Your mental and emotional maturity
  • Financial considerations and your preparedness to take on a financial obligation
  • Your preparedness to undergo a surgical procedure or noninvasive treatment

Dr. Beck is 100 percent committed to helping you lead the confident, self-assured lifestyle you deserve. He will only recommend those procedures he believes are a good fit for your goals, expectations, health and body, and he'll make sure you know about all of your options moving forward. To schedule a consultation with him at our greater San Francisco office, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. We serve all of the surrounding areas, including San Jose and San Mateo, CA.

tags: Lip Augmentation, cosmetic surgery
Posted on May 29, 2015

Sun Protection in Bay Area, CAMost of us know sun damage is bad. In addition to the big risk of skin cancer, sun damage leads to cosmetic skin problems. With protective skin care and other methods, you can still enjoy plentiful California sunshine while mitigating the risk of the following consequences of sun exposure:

  1. Sun spots/brown spots/liver spots
  2. Wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Increased risk of skin cancer
  4. Blotchiness and discoloration
  5. Dilated blood vessels, known as "telangiectasias"

Sunscreen goes a long way in protecting your skin. Choose one with broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Typically anything with SPF 30 or higher will be the most effective. There are also various creams and foundations with SPF ratings that protect your facial skin.

For fashionable sun protection, choose a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. These accessories can be stylish while also protecting your skin and eyes from the sun. Depending on the activity, there are many types of UV-blocking clothing these days as well. Even just choosing to wear a loose, long-sleeved top instead of a tank top goes a long way in protecting your skin from the sun's damaging effects.

Consistently, people who protect their skin from the sun are said to have younger-looking skin compared to people with sun damaged skin. The skin repairs itself from sun damage as much as possible, but other types of damage may be treatable with laser skin resurfacing and other treatments at our cosmetic surgery practice in the Bay Area.

To find out more about the advanced skin care products featured at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, and about laser resurfacing treatments to refresh your skin, please call our office at (650) 600-7016. Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery serves patients from all over, including San Francisco, San Mateo and San Jose, CA.

tags: Laser Skin Resurfacing, Skin Care
Posted on May 28, 2015

As a woman considering breast surgery, you probably know well what things you would like to change about your breasts, but perhaps you're not sure if a breast lift or breast enlargement is the best procedure for your goals. In certain cases, women even choose to take a combined approach in which the plastic surgeon lifts and re-shapes the breasts while also placing implants to increase breast size.

Although a consultation is absolutely necessary to discuss your options, generally a breast augmentation will provide the following:

  • Larger breasts
  • Enhanced cleavage
  • Improved breast shape
  • Improved symmetry and balance between the breasts

And on the other hand, a breast lift will generally provide the following:

  • Improved breast shape
  • Improved symmetry and balance between the breasts
  • Breasts lifted to a more youthful position
  • Reshaping of elongated, drooping breasts
  • Nipples lifted to point outward instead of downward
  • Resizing and reshaping of enlarged, stretched areolas

As you can see, these breast procedures have certain things in common, but overall they have slightly different outcomes. It comes down to whether you want to increase the volume of your breasts as well as improve their shape and youthfulness. Experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can discuss all of these things with you and help you decide on a treatment approach that is right for you. He is wholly dedicated to helping each of his patients live more confident, fulfilling lives by achieving their cosmetic goals.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Beck, please call us today at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck serves all of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Mateo and San Jose, CA.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift
Posted on May 27, 2015

Tummy Tuck approval ratingRight now on RealSelf reviews, 96 percent of respondents report that undergoing a tummy tuck was "worth it." This high approval rating is indicative of the life-changing results possible with the abdominoplasty procedure. A tummy tuck removes extra skin and fat on the tummy area, and it also tightens stretched abdominal muscles when appropriate.

With summer around the corner, your mind may have turned to long summer days at the beach. Many women consider a tummy tuck as bikini season nears. A tummy tuck can be a great option because it eliminates the sagging, bunching, loose skin that tends to stick around no matter how much you diet and exercise. A tummy tuck can complement your fit body by creating continuously smooth, tight contours. Many women choose to undergo a tummy tuck after weight loss or pregnancy. These things change the shape of your body and leave stretched skin behind. A tummy tuck can restore that youthful tummy firmness you may not have experienced since you were in your 20s.

Many people pursue a tummy tuck after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery – men and women alike. This type of weight loss leaves behind a lot of extra skin that is no longer filled out with fat. A tummy tuck removes the skin.

To schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck to discuss whether a tummy tuck, liposuction or another body contouring procedure at our Bay Area plastic surgery practice is right for your goals, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016.

tags: Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty
Posted on April 27, 2015

As you decide whether plastic surgery is right for your goals for your face or body, please consider these top 3 things to think about:

  • Your ability to take time off from work, certain types of exercise and possibly from certain social activities. Although each procedure has its own requirements for downtime, you'll probably need to be able to take some time off from these things as your body heals, and as swelling and bruising dissipates.
  • What results you want to achieve. Although Dr. Beck will help you narrow down what you want to achieve and whether the expectation of results is realistic, you may have an easier time discussing your desired results if you spend some time thinking about what specific change you want to see and where.
  • Questions you have for a plastic surgeon. Dr. Beck is 100 percent committed to answering all of your questions and making sure you have the information you need to make a decision. It may be helpful to spend some time thinking about questions you have and to write them down before your consultation. And we'll always answer your questions, regardless of where you are in the plastic surgery process.

You deserve outstanding plastic surgery care and results, as well as the guidance of an experienced and compassionate plastic surgeon who is committed to helping you make informed decisions without pushing you in a direction with which you are not comfortable. Dr. Beck is absolutely committed to providing you with this guidance and with empowering you to make your own choices about what is right for you.

If you live in or around San Mateo, San Jose, San Francisco or elsewhere in CA and are considering plastic surgery, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Plastic Surgery
Posted on April 22, 2015

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are completely nonsurgical, so do the credentials of the person providing it really matter? The answer is yes, a definite "yes." Although the injections do not require incisions, sutures or anesthesia, they are nonetheless being placed beneath the skin on your face, and as such, it behooves you to choose a provider with training and experience in procedures of the face.

Your BOTOX® provider should understand facial anatomy and the way your facial muscles, skin and underlying structures of the face all work together. The whole point of BOTOX® is to freeze certain muscular motions leading to the appearance of deep folds in certain facial areas. You want to choose a physician who knows exactly where injections must be placed to bring about the desired result, otherwise you could end up with a drooping brow or eyelid, or another undesirable effect.

Another reason to choose a BOTOX® provider carefully is because the injectable, although nonsurgical, does carry the risk of certain side effects and poor results. Your physician should know and understand these risks, and be properly trained and experienced in preventing them.

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Joel Beck is extensively experienced in providing BOTOX® injections that bring about a natural, youthful rejuvenation effect. He knows the precise locations where the injections should be placed, and he will make sure BOTOX® is the right treatment option for the results you want.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Beck, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. An experienced greater San Francisco BOTOX® provider, Dr. Beck serves all of the Bay Area, including San Jose and San Mateo.

tags: Botox
Posted on April 22, 2015

San Mateo BlepharoplastyBlepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can be a great option for rejuvenating the area around your eyes, which ultimately has a rejuvenating effect on your entire face. You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you are unhappy with one or more of the following:

  • Droopy and/or puffy upper eyelids
  • Hooding of the upper eyelids
  • Bags or puffiness on your lower lids

Eyelid surgery removes the excess, sagging skin and puffiness to reveal a more youthful eyelid contour. For women, puffy upper eyelids may mean being unable to apply eye shadow, liner and mascara. If you like wearing makeup, this can be frustrating. Eyelid surgery restores the graceful contour formed by the fold in your upper eyelids.

The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to visit Dr. Beck, who can determine whether the procedure is capable of achieving the outcome you want. He will also point out any other procedures that may fulfill your goals and help you to choose the one that is the best fit for you.

To find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery and if there are any other cosmetic surgery procedures that may be options for achieving your facial rejuvenation goals, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016

tags: Eyelid Surgery
Posted on April 21, 2015

Caring for your skin is a good way to promote a glowing, youthful appearance. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Joel Beck provides an array of advanced skin care products to his patients in the Bay Area. One product line he has come to know and trust is ZO®. Designed by skin care expert Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO® products offered at our practice are:

  • ZO Medical Melamix
  • ZO Medical Advanced Radical night repair
  • ZO Medical Balatone
  • ZO Medical Brightenex
  • ZO Medical C-Bright
  • ZO Medical Daily Power Defense
  • ZO Medical Exfoliating Polish
  • ZO Medical Foamacleanse
  • ZO Medical Glycogent
  • ZO Medical Growth Factor Serum Plus
  • ZO Medical Hydrating Cleanser
  • ZO Medical Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System
  • ZO Medical Level III Aggressive
  • ZO Medical Melamin
  • ZO Medical Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System
  • ZO Medical Normacleanse
  • ZO Medical Oclipse Sunscreen Primer SPF 30
  • ZO Medical Retamax
  • ZO Medical Vitascrub

Assessing the unique qualities and needs of your skin, Dr. Beck will make an individualized recommendation of the products to include in your skin care routine. The products listed above are available exclusively through physicians and skin care experts, and Dr. Beck is proud to help you find the right combination to fulfill your skin's needs and your cosmetic goals.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Beck, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck serves San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose and all of the surrounding areas.

tags: Skin Care Products
Posted on March 31, 2015

A facelift is an aesthetic surgery that can restore a more youthful facial appearance by lifting facial skin that has begun to sag. There are several types of facelift techniques, each with an associated cost. Additionally, there are a number of factors that will influence the final cost of facelift, including the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs and surgical facility costs.

During your consultation at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck and our experienced plastic surgery staff will provide you with an accurate, clear picture of all the costs associated with the procedure in which you are interested. We'll also help you explore your options for financing your procedure. We currently work with these financing companies:

With these financing options, you can apply for an affordable payment plan to help you plan for the cost of facelift surgery. Investing in facial rejuvenation is an investment in yourself: your self-esteem, confidence and quality of life. You deserve the rejuvenating results that will allow you to look and feel your best.

If you live in or around San Francisco and are interested in facelift surgery to restore a more youthful appearance, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck serves San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and all of the Bay Area.

tags: facelift
Posted on March 30, 2015

Ear Surgery near San FranciscoDepending on the changes you want to make, your ear surgery procedure may improve the shape, size or position of your ears. Some of the specific things that otoplasty corrects are:

  • Ears that stick out from your head
  • Prominently cupped or shelled ear shape
  • Excessively large ears
  • Defects in the structure or shape of the ear
  • Trauma caused by an injury to the ear

Specific procedural steps taken will depend largely on what is being accomplished during the procedure. For protruding ears, Dr. Beck typically makes small incisions behind the ear, through which he can reshape the ear and adjust the ear fold. Cartilage may also be removed or reshaped to get the final look you want.

The results of otoplasty can be life changing, especially for children and teens who have been bullied or otherwise suffered emotionally because of protruding ears. After the procedure, the ears will look more natural and will be balanced with the size and shape of the face. These changes can be very important to boosting self-esteem and feeling more confident.

If you are interested in a greater San Francisco otoplasty procedure, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Otoplasty, Ear Surgery
Posted on March 9, 2015

PrecisionTx Treatment in the Bay AreaMany men and women across the country would like to address excess fat and saggy skin on their lower faces and necks. And while a traditional facelift or necklift provides long-lasting, effective results, people increasingly are turning to minimally invasive procedures with less downtime. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we are proud to offer our facial rejuvenation patients the option of treatment with PrecisionTx, a laser skin-tightening system.

PrecisionTx treats the lower face and neck, specifically the excess fat and loss of skin elasticity in these areas. Some of the advantages of this laser system are:

  • It's minimally invasive. To insert the thin cannula, tiny incision holes are made in well-hidden areas, such as below the chin or near the ears.
  • Downtime is minimal. Though you'll need to wear a facial compression garment for 48 hours after the treatment, you should expect to return to your normal activities after a couple days.
  • The treatment time is relatively fast. The procedure itself takes only about an hour to complete.
  • Provides natural, dramatic facial rejuvenation. PrecisionTx provides effective results without extensive surgery.

The laser in the PrecisionTx system heats the layers beneath your skin. The result is that fat cells shrink, the skin is thickened and more collagen is produced.

If you are searching for a plastic surgeon offering advanced technology and state-of-the-art care, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Facial Rejuvenation, PrecisionTx
Posted on March 1, 2015

Breast Augmentation in the Bay AreaIn 2014, breast augmentation was the top procedure in the US, with 286,254 breast augmentations performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast augmentations were down 1 percent compared to 2013, in which 290,224 were performed, but up 35 percent versus the year 2000.

Each year, the ASPS releases its annual statistics report, which gives all of us insight into changes in the growth of cosmetic surgery. It also shows us which procedures patients are most interested in from year to year. Breast augmentation remained a top procedure in 2014.

Many women seek the life-changing benefits of breast enlargement surgery, which:

  • Increases the size and fullness of the breasts
  • Increases the projection of the breasts
  • Improves the overall shape and appearance of the breasts
  • Improves the symmetry of the breasts

The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to visit Dr. Beck for a one-on-one consultation, during which you will discuss how your current breast appearance affects your self-esteem and body image, and what results you would like to see from breast augmentation.

To find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Dr. Beck provides compassionate, state-of-the-art care for people from all over, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and all of the Bay Area.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on February 23, 2015

Breast Lift Procedure near Bay Area, CALike most surgeries, the breast lift procedure does in fact leave scars; however, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck makes the incisions as inconspicuous as possible while still being able to achieve adequate lift and re-shaping of drooping breasts. Please take a moment to view our breast lift before & after gallery to get an idea of what the final results look like.

The location and appearance of breast lift scars depends on what type of incision is used. Depending on the degree of sagging in the skin, incisions may be made:

  • In an anchor shape, from the base of the breast upward, and around the areola
  • In a doughnut shape around the areola
  • Vertically, extending up the base of the breast and around the areola

With all incisions, they will look the most red and be the most raised right after surgery and in the days following. Over time, scars begin to fade, becoming lighter and flatter. After about 6 months to a year, your scars will more or less have their permanent look. For many patients, the scars become lighter in color and are not noticeable under low-cut tops, bras and bikinis.

To schedule a greater San Jose, San Mateo and San Francisco breast lift consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016.

tags: Breast Lift
Posted on February 16, 2015

Affordability of this procedure varies by surgeon, technique and by region. There are also several things that go into the final cost of breast reduction, such as:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Surgical facility costs
  • Cost of medical tests
  • Cost of prescription medications
  • Price of surgical garments

The surgeon's fee alone may be up to several thousand dollars, but the only way to know for sure is to visit the plastic surgeon you are considering. Dr. Joel Beck and our team will make sure you have a reliable estimate of the procedure's cost and that you are aware of any financing options available to you.

For some women, health insurance provides coverage for breast reduction. The key here is for your health insurance company to deem your procedure medically necessary. Oftentimes women who have grooves in their shoulders from bra straps, or women whose breast size does not fall into the insurance company's definition of standard breast sizes for certain body frames will receive insurance coverage. When you visit us for your consultation, we'll discuss whether you may be eligible for breast reduction coverage under your health insurance policy.

To discuss your breast surgery options with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck provides breast reduction for women from all over, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and the entire Bay Area.

tags: Breast Reduction, Breast Surgery
Posted on February 9, 2015

San Francisco Breast Implant SurgeryThinking about breast implant surgery? You're probably coming across a lot of information as you research the breast enlargement procedure. Doing some initial research is a good way to generate your own questions and concerns about the procedure, which experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can address during a consultation.

Consider our Top 5 things to know about breast implants:

  1. Breast implants can be filled with saline or silicone gel.
  2. Breast implants have a long-standing safety profile, and Dr. Beck knows all of their associated benefits and risks.
  3. Although breast implants tend to last for many years, they are not lifetime medical devices and will likely have to be replaced at some point.
  4. There may be a range of implant sizes that will work well for your current breast size, body, and the final results you want. Dr. Beck will help you narrow it down to the size that will make you feel best about your results.
  5. Breast implants provide beautiful, natural results that don't look artificial, so that you can feel confidently feminine.

To schedule a consultation to learn about Dr. Beck's greater San Francisco breast implant procedure, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck provides state-of-the-art breast augmentation results for women from all over, including San Jose, San Mateo and all of the Bay Area.

tags: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement
Posted on February 9, 2015

After a breast enlargement procedure, you will need to take some time off from work, intensive exercise, and other specific activities as directed by our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. During your consultation and in the appointments leading up to your surgical day, we will make sure you have all the aftercare instructions and information you need to recover successfully. Your recovery may differ slightly from the general outline below:

  • You may need to wear a special support bra for a week or two after breast augmentation.
  • Someone – a trusted family member or friend – will need to stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • You may be experiencing discomfort after your procedure. Dr. Beck will suggest a pain medication to make you more comfortable.
  • You should walk around the evening after your surgery to prevent blood clots and other complications.
  • You'll be instructed not to engage in heavy lifting, jogging and other demanding physical activity for about 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. Doing so will allow the breast implant incisions and your body to heal.

These guidelines should give you a general idea of what to expect from the breast augmentation recovery.  More personalized and complete instructions will be provided when you visit our office.

To find out if Dr. Beck's greater San Francisco breast augmentation services are right for you, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016. Dr. Beck provides beautiful, natural enlargement results for women from all over, including San Mateo, San Jose and the entire Bay Area.

tags: Breast Enlargement, Breast Augmentation
Posted on January 29, 2015

When you visit our greater San Francisco office for your cosmetic surgery consultation, we want you to leave with as much information as possible so that you can make the best decision possible. That’s why we’ve invested in state-of-the-art technologies to help you visualize your cosmetic procedure’s results. Please contact the San Francisco cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to schedule an appointment.

We are pleased to offer VECTRA XT 3D imaging technology to our patients during their cosmetic surgery consultations. This revolutionary technology lets you see how your results are likely to appear before we even schedule your surgery. After taking images from multiple angles while you stand in front of the machine, the VECTRA system creates a three-dimensional model of your body pre-surgery. Our San Francisco cosmetic surgeon then carefully manipulates this digital representation to preview your results and show you how you’ll appear after your procedure.

During your consultation, we’ll use this imaging system to help bring your individual aesthetic goals to life. The more information you have, the better you can decide what procedures will deliver the results you want.

If you’re ready to learn more about the many cosmetic surgery options available to you, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to arrange an appointment with an experienced and board-certified greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: cosmetic surgery
Posted on January 28, 2015

If you have large breasts, you may suffer from back pain, feel self-conscious, or have difficulty breathing or exercising. That’s why many women with large breasts select breast reduction to improve their quality of life. To learn more about this procedure, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to schedule your San Francisco breast reduction appointment.

Breast reduction reduces the volume and improves the shape of large breasts. Using a skilled hand and artful eye, our cosmetic surgeon carefully makes incision in such a way as to minimize scarring. Then excess tissue is removed from within the breast and the nipple is repositioned to match the new shape. In some cases, liposuction is paired with breast reduction surgery in order to further sculpt the shape of the chest.

While breast reduction is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, women who have a documented history of health problems that are caused by large breasts may be able to receive partial reimbursement from their insurance providers. If you suffer from back pain or find exercise difficult, you may qualify for coverage through your insurer.

If you’re tired of suffering from the pain and embarrassment of large breasts, then it may be time to consider breast reduction. To learn more about our breast reduction treatments in the greater San Francisco area, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to arrange an appointment.

tags: Breast Reduction
Posted on January 27, 2015

Choosing breast augmentation is an incredibly personal decision, but it’s only the first step in the process. You’ll also need to make decisions about the type of implants you’d like, the material they’re made from, the incision location and implant placement, and the size that you’ll achieve. But we will help you at every step of the way to help you make the best decision possible for your personal goals. Please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to schedule your breast augmentation appointment.

Our San Francisco cosmetic surgeon is happy to help you choose the breast augmentation size that’s right for you, and we offer a variety of ways to evaluate how larger breasts will look on your body. For example, our revolutionary VECTRA XT 3D imaging technology simulates how various implants will change your current appearance. Our extensive before-and-after photo gallery lets you see how similar patients have changed their look. And we use sample implants you can place under your clothes to give you a sense of what to expect.

Ultimately, though, your goals and our plastic surgeon's years of experience provide the most valuable information in choosing your ideal size.

When you choose the right size for your breast augmentation, you can enjoy your new appearance, confident in the newfound self-confidence you’ve gained. If you’re ready to learn more, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to arrange an appointment.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on January 26, 2015

If you’re happy with the size of your breasts, but their shape and droopiness leaves you feeling self-conscious, then a breast lift may be right for you. Our breast lift procedures are perfect for women who are unhappy with drooping, sagging breasts and who desire a more youthful appearance. To learn more about breast lift surgery, please contact the cosmetic surgeons at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to schedule your confidential San Francisco breast lift consultation.

If you can answer yes to most of the following questions, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift procedure:

  • Are you generally happy with the size of your breasts?
  • Do your breasts sag or droop?
  • Do your nipples point downward rather than forward?
  • Are you generally in good health?
  • Do you have clear, realistic goals for your appearance?

Your cosmetic surgeon has the ultimate say in your candidacy for this procedure, but most patients who wish to have one are able to do so. Patients who wish to increase their breast size can also choose to include breast augmentation as part of their breast lift surgery.

A breast lift can restore youthful vitality to your appearance and give you back the self confidence you once enjoyed. If you’re ready to learn whether you’re a good candidate for breast lift, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at (650) 600-7016 to arrange an appointment with experienced greater San Francisco breast lift surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Lift, Mastopexy
Posted on December 31, 2014

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck has had a few women ask him whether they can combine a Brazilian Butt Lift, tummy tuck and breast augmentation all into a single surgical appointment. Other cosmetic surgeons in Northern California had offered this option to these women. So, is it safe or even desirable to combine fat transfer to the butt with these other procedures? Dr. Beck's conclusion is that it is not safe to do so for the following reasons:

  • Incompatible recoveries: After fat transfer to the buttocks, you will be unable to sit for at least 2 to 3 weeks. But after a tummy tuck, you will have to sit and lie down on your back to recuperate. These opposing recovery demands are often overlooked by surgeons who offer to combine these procedures.
  • Risks are too great: Undergoing all of these procedures at once is unsafe. The greatest risk posed is that of an increased incidence of blood clots. There would also be an increased risk of clots travelling to the lungs or heart, both of which are life-threatening situations. The risk goes up particularly when tummy tuck is combined with liposuction. There would also be an increased risk of infection. Fat transfer to the buttocks could cause an infection that could affect the results of the breast augmentation, tummy tuck or the butt lift.
  • Risks outweighing the benefits: Although you'd only need to go under with anesthesia once and you could save financially, these benefits are outweighed by the heightened risk of complications and poor cosmetic results.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck provides guidance his patients can trust. He not only wants to produce a gorgeous final result, he also prioritizes your health, safety and wellness.

If you are considering these plastic surgery procedures and are interested in building a treatment plan under the guidance of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon committed to your wellbeing and your results, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Butt Lift, Breast Surgery, Tummy Tuck
Posted on December 20, 2014

Living with breasts you feel are overly large can be uncomfortable – physically and emotionally. With breast reduction surgery, your breasts can be more shapely and perky, and their size can be changed to be balanced with the shape and size of the rest of your body. Some of the other advantages of breast reduction include:

  • Lets you feel more physically comfortable
  • Alleviates back, neck and shoulder pain caused by your breast size
  • Your breasts will feel firmer
  • Your breasts will be in better proportion to the rest of your body
  • Increases your feelings of confidence in your body
  • Increases your clothing options as it will be easier to find clothes that fit your chest
  • Allows you to more comfortably exercise, play sports and engage in other high-intensity physical activities

The results of this type of breast surgery can be life changing. You can let go of the feelings of self-consciousness and discomfort that many women with overly large breasts experience. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck wants you to feel great about your body, and he can help you decide if breast reduction is the right option for you.

To schedule a consultation with our greater San Francisco plastic surgeon to find out if you are a good breast reduction candidate, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery or call us at (650) 600-7016.

tags: Breast Reduction
Posted on December 15, 2014

Plastic surgery terms come up a lot when you're researching procedures. Here, we provide a list of several of the most common terms you may be coming across. To find out everything you need to know to make a decision about plastic surgery, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation.

Board certification: Various medical boards certify physicians in a certain specialty, so that the physician can demonstrate his or her knowledge, skill and mastery of that specialty. For plastic surgeons specifically, the American Board of Plastic Surgery serves as the certification body.

Surgical recovery: After any type of surgery, there is a period of time in which you need to rest and let your body heal. Depending on the procedure, recovery may include taking time off from work, taking time off from certain types of exercise and physical activities, and taking downtime from certain social activities.

Financing: Some plastic surgeons, including Dr. Beck, offer payment plans through third-party financing companies. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, you can apply for financing through CareCredit or American HealthCare Lending.

Non-surgical: These are cosmetic procedures that are minimally invasive and do not involve incisions or sutures. One example is BOTOX®. The advantage of non-surgical procedures is that you can get results quickly without downtime.

Ptosis: When a body part is sagging, the condition is known as ptosis. You will most likely come across this term in regard to drooping breasts or eyelids.

If you are searching for an experienced, board-certified greater San Francisco plastic surgeon who is personally committed to achieving the beautiful, natural results you want, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation.

tags: Plastic Surgery
Posted on December 1, 2014

San Francisco breast surgeon Dr. Joel Beck is personally committed to providing you with all the information and knowledge you need to decide if breast augmentation is right for you. Call us at (650) 600-7016 to schedule your consultation. Some of the questions you may want to ask during a consultation are:

  • Why am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
  • Do you recommend saline or silicone breast implants for the results I want?
  • What are my options for implant size, shape, texture, position and incision location?
  • How long will it take for me to recover after surgery? When will I be able to return to work and exercise routines?
  • What are the various risks and benefits associated with the procedure?
  • Where will you perform my breast surgery?
  • Do you offer financing options?

Dr. Beck and our team are not only happy to answer all of the questions listed above, but also any questions and concerns that are on your mind.

To learn more about our breast augmentation procedure near the San Jose, San Francisco and the Bay Area, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon and experienced breast surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on November 28, 2014

Silicone breast implants are offered at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery as a popular choice to women seeking breast implants in the San Francisco area. Dr. Joel Beck often recommends silicone breast implants to his patients because this type of implant has several advantages.

The ultimate decision on which type of breast implant to select is best done in consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon. It is the goal Dr. Beck to make sure each individual patient achieves desired results. All types of breast implants have their own unique advantages, and depending on your unique body, silicone may or may not make the most sense for you.

Silicone breast implants are often recommended by Dr. Beck to his patients for the following reasons:

  • This type of breast implant often looks and feels more natural than saline breast implants.
  • Silicone resists rippling - which is a common issue with saline breast implants.
  • It is unlikely that you will be able to feel your silicone breast implants through your skin.

If you are interested in learning more about silicone breast implants because you are hoping to attain larger-sized breasts, your breasts are currently asymmetrical and you want them to match, or you are not happy with the current appearance of your breasts, Dr. Beck is here to help.

If you are located in or around the San Francisco, California area, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss and learn important details about all of your breast implant options.

tags: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation
Posted on November 26, 2014

Breast reduction is one of the most common types of breast surgery performed by Dr. Beck at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery in San Francisco. In this day and age, there is no reason that you should have to live with breasts that you believe are too large. Breast reduction surgery might be an excellent option for you if you are unhappy with the size of your breasts. Our office commonly sees patients who have experienced complications from large breasts over the course of many years.

Breast Reduction near San Francisco, San JoseFollowing are common signs that you might benefit from a breast reduction:

  • You are experiencing back pain in your upper or lower back that can be attributed to the size of your breasts.
  • You feel self-conscious when you wear certain types of clothing.
  • Exercising is painful and/or uncomfortable because of the size of your breasts.
  • You consistently wear baggy clothes because you don't want others to see the large size of your breasts.
  • You resist wearing bathing suits.
  • You cannot easily find bras that either fit or provide enough support.

If you can relate to any of the abovementioned points, or if you simply want to feel better about your breast size, breast reduction surgery might be a good choice for you. Please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with experienced greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, who provides beautiful results with advanced care.

tags: Breast Reduction
Posted on November 24, 2014

Breast Surgery near San FranciscoThere are many reasons patients in the San Francisco area elect to have breast surgery. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, there are several common types of breast surgery offered to both men (for gynecomastia) and women. In many situations, individuals choose breast surgery because they wish to alter their breast size and appearance. No matter the type of breast surgery that you are seeking, it's important to start with an initial consultation with an experienced breast surgeon.

Several of the most common types of breast surgery performed by Dr. Beck include:

  • Breast Augmentation: alters the shape and size of the breasts with the use of breast implants.
  • Breast Lift: surgically lifts the breast tissue and surrounding skin so that the breasts are higher and more shapely.
  • Breast Reduction (for both men and women): surgically removes breast tissue and surrounding skin, resulting in smaller breasts.

The size and shape of your breasts can have a large impact on your self-image and self-esteem. However, because there are several common types of breast surgery available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.

Please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with our highly experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Our office serves patients in the San Francisco, California area.

tags: Breast Surgery
Posted on November 21, 2014

One of the  most common questions our prospective breast augmentation patients in the San Francisco area ask is, Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation? The answer to this question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.

There are several factors at play when it comes to breastfeeding an infant. The most important consideration is that some women are not able to successfully breastfeed their baby - even if they have never had any type of breast surgery or breast procedure. Nonetheless, any type of breast surgery can put a woman at a very minimal risk of having problems breastfeeding when the times comes.

If you are considering breast augmentation and have questions about breastfeeding a baby after the procedure, it's important to discuss your concerns with Dr. Beck at your initial consultation. While most women do not experience any problems with breastfeeding after breast augmentation, it's important to be well-informed and to understand all of the risks and benefits.

Dr. Beck is happy to address questions and concerns that you have about breastfeeding after breast augmentation. This is a common and valid topic that many women wish to discuss with our staff. If the ability to breastfeed your baby is one of your top concerns, Dr. Beck will discuss this issue with you and make sure all of your concerns are addressed.

If you are in the San Francisco, California area, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule your breast enlargement consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on October 30, 2014

The cost of breast augmentation varies based on plastic surgeon, region, technique and other factors. Once you get a personalized estimate for your procedure, you'll probably start planning for how to pay for it. As a plastic surgery team committed to your satisfaction and best results, our patient coordinator will work with you to make sure you know all of the payment options available to you.

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, you have the option of paying with cash, check, cashier's check or by credit card (Master Card, Visa, American Express or Discover). We also offer third-party financing through the following companies:

 These companies offer you the option of monthly installments to finance breast augmentation and other cosmetic surgeries.

Like all plastic surgical procedures, breast augmentation is an investment in you: your confidence, your quality of life, and your self-esteem. We believe it's important to invest in yourself, and we'll help you explore your options for planning how to finance your procedure.

If you are interested in finding out if our greater San Francisco breast augmentation services are right for you, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Financing
Posted on October 29, 2014

No, breast implants do not always harden over time. Instead, this hardening of the implants is a condition known as "capsular contracture." This condition is a complication that is possible after any breast augmentation surgery, but it's not very common. And if it should arise, there are procedures for treating and reversing it.

Capsular contracture occurs when the natural scar tissue surrounding your breast implants tightens and hardens, resulting in a breast that looks distorted and feels hard. It can occur in one breast or both breasts, and is rated from grade 1 to grade 4 depending on how bad it is. In the most advanced grades of capsular contracture, your breasts can feel painful in addition to feeling hard. To reverse the complication, a surgical procedure can be performed to correct the issue. In a small number of advanced cases, the breast implants themselves may need to be removed and replaced.

Sometimes capsular contracture is unavoidable, but strictly following pre-operative and post-operative guidelines from your plastic surgeon can reduce the risk of this complication.

To learn more about breast implants and what you can expect if you decide to have breast augmentation, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Implants, Capsular Contracture
Posted on October 28, 2014

According to a recent press release from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgeries doubled between 2000 and 2012, despite the economic recession. Most of the growth was in the area of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures, namely:

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures like these offer the convenience of fast results with minimal to non-existent downtime. Their up-front cost is less than most cosmetic surgical procedures, and the results are short-term and reversible, which can be beneficial for men and women who are not ready to commit to long-term results. If any of these things fit your priorities, then a non-invasive treatment may be right for you.

Since 2000, certain surgical procedures have increased as well, such as breast augmentation, which has grown 37 percent since 2000. Other cosmetic surgeries that have experienced growth are breast lift, buttock lift and tummy tuck. Financing options like CareCredit make these options more affordable for more people, and they have the advantage of effective, long-lasting results.

If you are interested in rejuvenating your appearance with non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedures at our greater San Francisco plastic surgery practice, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation at our office.

tags: cosmetic surgery
Posted on October 27, 2014

You don't have to live with the embarrassment of thinning hair. With NeoGraft hair restoration, you can have the hair transplanted from the back of your head to the area of thinning. Hair restoration can be a great option for men and women who:

  • Are experiencing hair loss and want to restore lush, thick hair.
  • Are unhappy with their appearance because of thinning hair.
  • Have realistic expectations of hair restoration.

NeoGraft is a big advantage for people who want to be able to wear a shorter hairstyle. Other methods of hair transplant tend to leave a very long scar along the back of your head, which can limit your hairstyle options. NeoGraft leaves much less noticeable scarring and is overall a less invasive option.

The only way to know if you are a good candidate for hair restoration is to visit Dr. Joel Beck for a consultation. He will explain all of the pros and cons of your hair restoration options and help you decide if it's the right choice for you.

To speak with our experienced greater San Francisco plastic surgeon about restoring your hair with NeoGraft, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation at our office.

tags: NeoGraft, Hair Restoration
Posted on September 30, 2014

Researching breast augmentation involves coming across a lot of surgical terms. Here are definitions of some of the more common ones:

Breast implants: medical devices placed inside your breasts to increase breast size and improve their overall shape. Implants have an outer silicone shell, and saline solution or silicone gel fill material.

Periareolar incison: an incision made around the perimeter of the areola, through which the breast implants are placed in the breast pocket.

Inframammary incision: an incision made in the breast crease between the breast and chest, through which breast implants are placed.

Capsular contracture: a breast augmentation complication in which otherwise normal scar tissue around a breast implant tightens and squeezes, causing a distorted breast appearance. Capsular contracture can be treated and reversed.

Subglandular placement: when the breast implants are placed behind the breast tissue but in front of the pectoral muscle.

Subpectoral placement: when the breast implants are placed behind the pectoral muscle. May also be referred to as "submuscular" placement.

To find out if Dr. Beck's greater San Francisco breast surgery services are right for your cosmetic goals, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement
Posted on September 25, 2014

Saline breast injections are not breast augmentation. Instead, this new fad involves injecting saline fluid into the breasts for a temporary, 24-hour enlargement effect. This use of injections is still awaiting FDA approval.

A recent article in the New York Times says many plastic surgeons have concerns about temporary breast enlargement with saline. First and foremost, the saline fluid may cause some stretching of the breast skin, which could potentially sag once the saline fluid is absorbed. Secondly, it provides only a temporary result.

Alternatively, consider some of the advantages of breast augmentation using saline or silicone breast implants:

  • Long-lasting results. Breast implants may need to be replaced at some point, but they tend to last several years or possibly much longer.
  • Best aesthetic results. Breast implants provide beautiful, natural results, and the size and shape of breasts you want.
  • Time-tested procedure. Although saline injections are minimally invasive, they still carry risks, which have not yet been fully defined. Breast augmentation has known risks, for which Dr. Beck and our staff take steps to avoid.

Saline Breast InjectionsSome surgeons are touting these injections as a way for patients to see a prediction of what their results will look like if they choose to undergo breast augmentation; however, other plastic surgeons say the saline injections do not give a good projection of what an implant looks like within a breast. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we use the innovative VECTRA 3D imaging system, which gives a highly detailed, accurate projection of the results you can achieve.

If you live in or around San Francisco and want to know if you are a breast augmentation candidate, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a free consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation
Posted on September 20, 2014

Many weddings involve posing for a multitude of photographs. Increasingly, getting ready for the Big Day – whether you're the bride, the groom, a parent or a wedding guest – often includes getting cosmetic touch-ups, both surgical and non-surgical.

Cosmetic Surgery before your WeddingAccording to a survey conducted last year by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, upcoming weddings were the number one reason women cited for pursuing cosmetic surgery. The survey said the top pre-wedding procedures in 2012 were:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facelift

Other popularly requested services were BOTOX® and dermal fillers.

Even more recently, plastic surgeons report that more and more women are asking for aesthetic enhancement of their hands. Because engagement selfies are flourishing on social media, women want their hands to look youthful and beautiful when they snap a picture of their engagement rings. Oftentimes the appearance of the hands can be improved with dermal fillers to replace lost volume, or with laser treatments to remove age spots and other blemishes.

To find out how you can accomplish your cosmetic goals with plastic surgery and non-surgical services, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Dr. Beck is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

tags: Plastic Surgeon, cosmetic surgery
Posted on September 17, 2014

Maybe. A recent poll shows many people identify the perfect or ideal breast based on nipple positioning. Specifically, when shown a photo of four breast types, most people polled identified the breast with a 45:50 upper pole to lower pole ratio. This ratio means 45 percent of the breast is above the nipple and 55 percent of the breast is below the nipple. Breast augmentation reshapes your breasts to the size and overall appearance that makes you look and feel great.

Researchers used photographs of women with various breast sizes. Each woman had four different pictures, with three of them modified in Photoshop to change the upper pole to lower pole ratios. The ratios were: 35:65, 45:55, 50:50, and 50:45. Then, 1,315 people were asked to view the images and rank the attractiveness of the breasts. The respondents included both genders, various ethnicities, and 53 plastic surgeons. Here are some of the results:

  • Overall, the 45:55 ratio was rated as the most attractive across all the groups surveyed.
  • The 45:55 ratio was favored by 90 percent of the male respondents.
  • The 45:55 ratio was favored by 87 percent of women in their 30s.
  • The 45:55 ratio was preferred by 94 percent of the plastic surgeons.
  • The 50:50 ratio was the second most preferred, though not very closely.

The majority of people preferred the more natural 45:55 ratio to the fuller 50:50 ratio. This finding seems to indicate that men and women alike may prefer more natural breasts with gently sloping upper fullness to fuller breasts.

Ultimately, breast augmentation should achieve the breast size, shape and fullness that will make you feel the most confident about your body.

If you live in or around San Francisco and are interested in breast augmentation, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on August 21, 2014

NeoGraft is an innovative hair restoration procedure that harvests and transplants individual hair follicles from the back of your head to areas of hair loss. The hair follicles are removed gently with the NeoGraft handpiece. Some of the advantages of this hair restoration technique include:

  • NeoGraft Hair Restoration near San FranciscoMinimally invasive
  • FDA approved for hair restoration
  • No scalpel used
  • No sutures
  • Does not leave a large scar across the back of the head
  • Fast recovery, minimal downtime
  • Results look natural

The NeoGraft technique provides a major improvement over strip transplant techniques. The strip technique leaves a long scar across the back of the head and tends to have a less natural look. NeoGraft allows Dr. Beck and the technicians to precisely transplant individual hair follicles.

Losing your hair can affect your self-esteem and confidence significantly. With a fast, effective and minimally invasive hair restoration treatment, you can have the full, thick, youthful-looking hair you want. Dr. Beck has treated numerous male patients across our area with NeoGraft, and he can help restore your confidence.

To schedule a consultation with experienced San Mateo area plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery or call us at (650) 600-7016.

tags: NeoGraft, Hair Restoration, Hair Transplant
Posted on August 18, 2014

Breast Lift Surgery near San FranciscoA breast lift is a widely popular procedure in this country. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lift procedures are up 70 percent since 2000. Women are typically very happy with the results of the mastopexy surgery. It lifts sagging, elongated breasts that have lost their shape and now droop downward.

A recent study says that many women may have to buy smaller bras after breast lift surgery, but not because their breasts are actually smaller. The lead researchers of the study concluded that, before having a breast lift, the women were buying the wrong bra size all along, probably because these larger bras feel more comfortable when your breasts have become stretched and elongated. After a breast lift, the breasts are returned to their true size, so you will again be comfortable and better supported by sizing down to your true bra size.

The study was published in the July issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®. It included 20 women who underwent breast lift surgery. These women reported an average one cup decrease in bra size after the procedure, and none of them changed the brand of bra they were buying. They all reported being happy with their results.

If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for a breast lift, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Dr. Beck has provided women with beautiful breast lift results at our greater San Francisco plastic surgery practice.

tags: Breast Lift, ASPS
Posted on August 15, 2014

San Francisco Breast EnlargementBreast augmentation performed by our San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck allows you to live confidently with the breast appearance you have always wanted. If you want to change your breasts in any of the following ways, then breast enlargement may be right for you:

  • Larger breast size
  • Improved breast cleavage
  • Improved breast shape
  • Better symmetry between the breasts

You can feel more confident in a wider range of clothing when you feel good about your breast appearance. For many women, this procedure is life changing. It can enhance your self-esteem, which can improve your interactions with other people and make you feel more positive about yourself.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck is committed to taking individualized time with each patient to sit down and discuss the options. He wants you to get the results you want and expect, and so he makes sure that breast augmentation is the right way to allow you to have the body you want and deserve. Dr. Beck will also take a 3-Dimensional photo of his patient using the Vectra XT system. This allows the patient to see what they would look like with any of the implants available in the US! 

If you live in or around San Francisco and are interested in breast augmentation, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery or call us at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on August 14, 2014

Natrelle breast implants are made by Allergan, one of the leading cosmetic device manufacturers in the country. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Joel Beck uses Natrelle saline and silicone breast implants for breast augmentation.

As a patient, you rely heavily on the guidance of your plastic surgeon when choosing a type of breast implant. You won't know the differences from one manufacturer to the next, but Dr. Beck can explain these differences and why he uses Natrelle, which he has found to provide the best results for his patients.

During your individualized consultation, you and Dr. Beck will discuss choosing a type of breast implant as well as how to choose:

  • Natrelle Breast Implants in the Bay AreaSize
  • Profile
  • Round or anatomically shaped
  • Smooth or textured

Dr. Beck and our staff have been achieving outstanding breast enlargement results for women for many years. Dr. Beck provides the information and discussion you need to make choices about your treatment plan.

To find out if breast augmentation is right for you and to learn more about choosing breast implant size and type, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified, greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Implants, Natrelle, Breast Augmentation
Posted on July 24, 2014

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we want you to have accurate information to help you decide if breast augmentation is the right choice. During your one-on-one consultation, we encourage you to ask us questions to help you learn more. Questions you may want to ask about breast implants could include:

  • Questions about Breast ImplantsDo you recommend saline or silicone breast implants for my goals? Why?
  • What breast implant size do you suggest to achieve the final look I want?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos of breast augmentation patients I can see?
  • Will I be able to breastfeed even though I have breast implants?
  • What are all the possible risks and complications associated with implants?
  • What happens if the breast implant breaks or ruptures? Will it be replaced for free?
  • How long do implants last? Will they need to be replaced at some point?
  • Where will the incision be to place the implants? Will it leave a scar?

Our plastic surgeon and our staff will help you make important decisions such as what size of breast implants are right for you, and whether saline or silicone implants will provide the final look and feel you want.

If you are interested in breast implants to achieve larger, fuller breasts and improved confidence, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced San Francisco breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Implants, Plastic Surgeon
Posted on July 15, 2014

I originally was trained on the use of a power assisted hand-piece to assist the surgeon aspirate fat with standard liposuction technique.  Then during my training I also instituted the use of the Vaser System (Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction).  While the Vaser system was an effective adjunct to my liposuction practice, I have essentially stopped using ultrasonic energy and proceeded with a newer technique, SmartLipo.  This is a laser assisted liposuction apparatus that not only melts the fat but also helps to tighten the skin.  Most recently, I have once again, returned to using Power Assisted Liposuction developed by Microaire and I now combine this with the Smartlipo treatment of the fat.  I truly find this combination to be most effective at contouring a patient's body shape and create the most impressive result yet! 

How this benefits you?  Your contours will be much improved.  The amount of fat removed is greater and the post operative result is smoother!  Each of my patients who have undergone this combination technique have seen results beyond their expectations. 

If you are interested in learning more about SmartLipo, and if you live in or around San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: SmartLipo
Posted on July 11, 2014

Bay Area Sientra Breast ImplantsSientra is a brand of breast implants. Like other implants, they can be round, classic or teardrop-shaped, and textured or smooth. What makes Sientra breast implants special is their fill material, which is a cohesive silicone gel.

Sientra is the third manufacturer to receive FDA approval of their breast implants, which they received in early 2012. The other two companies are Allergen and Mentor. But Sientra offers the first type of cohesive, "gummy bear" gel implants. This innovative gel is durable but still provides natural results. These implants are dramatically less likely to ripple or fold. The cohesive silicone gel is form-stable and maintains its shape under forceful pressure, so your breasts will maintain a natural shape whether sitting, standing, lying down, or even in the event the implant tears.

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we know a lot of the information about implants can get pretty technical. Part of our job is to help you understand how each type of implant can meet your goals, and to recommend options we think will make you most satisfied with the final result. We are committed to helping you make informed decisions about your treatment plan.

If you live in or around San Mateo, San Jose or San Francisco and want to know more about Sientra breast implants or the other types of breast implants we offer, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. 

tags: Breast Implants, Sientra
Posted on July 8, 2014

As early as your 20s or 30s, you may begin to notice changes in the plumpness and elasticity of your face. As a natural part of aging, the skin loses volume. Your cheeks begin to descend, creating hollows under your eyes and deep folds extending from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth. This loss of volume also contributes to jowling and a loss of definition along your jaw. With Voluma, which is a non-surgical filler made by Juvederm, the lost volume in your face can be restored.

Bay Area Voluma Rejuvenation

Our patients love Voluma because of its many advantages, which include:

  • Uses hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that naturally occurs in your skin and around your joints. It's biodegradable, sterile, and naturally hydrates and plumps your skin.
  • The results achieved with Voluma can last up to two years, which is much longer than many other fillers that last about 6 months to a year. For this reason, Voluma can be one of the best ways to get long-lasting rejuvenation without surgery.
  • It restores the volume of the cheeks. When injected in the cheek area, it provides a lifting effect and restores an overall more youthful facial appearance.

The only way to know if it is right for you is to visit us for an individualized consultation.

To schedule your Voluma consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery. Our plastic surgeon serves San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area.

tags: Juvederm
Posted on July 8, 2014

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation in 2013 was $3,678. But this figure reflects the average of surgeon fees alone and does not contain additional costs like anesthesia fees and fees for the operating room. The total cost of breast augmentation can vary anywhere from $6,000 to close to $10,000, depending on factors including:

  • Region and city where the breast augmentation is performed
  • Plastic surgeon's credentials
  • Plastic surgeon's experience
  • Type of breast implant used
  • Advanced equipment used
  • Medical tests performed prior to the surgery
  • Hospital fees
  • Medication prescriptions

The only way to get an accurate idea of how much your breast enlargement will cost is to visit Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery for an individualized consultation. After your exam and discussion with Dr. Joel Beck, our Patient Care Coordinator will explain the various fees and provide you with an estimate. We'll also discuss your financing options, such as the various CareCredit plans and how you can apply for them.

If you live in or around San Mateo, San Jose or San Francisco and want to know if breast augmentation is right for you and how much it will cost, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on June 24, 2014

San Francisco Breast ImplantsBreast implants enhance the size, shape and overall appearance of your breasts. Implants are manufactured by three companies: Allergan, Mentor and Sientra. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we offer breast implants made by Allergen and Sientra. Natrelle is Allergan's line of saline and silicone breast implants.

For the most part, all three breast implant manufacturers produce breast implants that are similar in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness. Generally plastic surgeons will choose certain brands based on their familiarity and experience with the products, as well as other factors. Dr. Beck has found Natrelle breast implants provide natural, beautiful results for his patients. This line of implants also has the following advantages:

  • Lifetime warranty: For certain types of saline or silicone Natrelle implants, you will automatically have a free, lifetime warranty for those devices. That means if one or both of your implants ever ruptures or deflates because of a failure of the implant shell, then Allergan will replace the implant free of charge. It doesn't matter how long you have had the implant, the warranty is good for the lifetime of the devices.
  • ConfidencePlus® warranty: For certain Natrelle implants, you will be enrolled in their ConfidencePlus® warranty program, free of charge. Some of the highlights of this program include up to $1,200 in out-of-pocket expenses such as surgical fees and other fees not covered by insurance.

The only way to know if Natrelle breast implants are the right way to get the breast size and appearance you've always wanted is to consult Dr. Beck.

If you are interested in learning more about Natrelle breast implants, and if you live in or around San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Implants
Posted on June 19, 2014

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we witness the life-changing effects of plastic surgery every day. We know feeling good about your body, face and skin can lead to improved confidence and self-esteem. Our plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck and our entire team are committed to providing outstanding, personalized care and services, and to this end, we have partnered with experienced health coach Rosie Bank to help you achieve optimal health and wellness, mentally and physically.

Rosie wants people to enjoy their lives with healthy habits. She has been helping people live healthier, more successful lives since 1973. She is a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, and an experienced Rolfing and yoga practitioner and instructor. She is the author of multiple books, including Feel Great, Lose Weight.

Please learn more about her and her methods by reading her special report "It Pays to be Healthy."

She can help you feel better with healthy eating, which will also improve your energy and help you resist illness. She knows people have busy lives, and she'll help you find simple, practical ways to begin living a more healthy lifestyle.

To learn more about our partnership with Rosie, and how you can take advantage of it at our Bay Area plastic surgery office, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery.

tags: Plastic Surgery
Posted on June 16, 2014

Cellulite creams, massages and other treatments often do not provide satisfactory results because they cannot treat the things happening beneath your skin that cause cellulite. With the Cellulaze® laser treatment, our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can provide effective cellulite reduction that can last years.

San Francisco Cellulaze TreatmentCellulaze dramatically softens the appearance of cellulite by directly targeting the three primary causes of cellulite:

  • Bulging fat: The laser melts the bulging collections of fat pushing out against your skin.
  • Bands of tissue pulling on skin: Cellulaze melts the connection of stiff bands of tissue that are pulling down on your skin over the bulging fat. These bands of tissue create the appearance of divots that is characteristic of cellulite.
  • Loose, thin skin: The Cellulaze laser energy stimulates new collagen, which thickens your skin and makes the appearance of cellulite less obvious. As you age, it's normal for your skin to thin, which means it less adequately conceals the bulging fat.

Cellulaze is performed at our office during a single appointment. Only local anesthesia is needed. You are likely to experience some bruising and swelling for several weeks, after which your long-lasting results should be finalized.

To find out if Cellulaze is the right way to reduce the appearance of cellulite on a certain area of your body, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced San Mateo, San Jose and greater San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Cellulaze, Cellulite Treatment
Posted on June 12, 2014

Hallmark signs of aging include a loss of fat and elasticity in your face, which can cause the fat pads in your cheeks to descend, skin to droop beneath the jawline, and a saggy neck appearance. With laser treatments, our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can provide facial rejuvenation.

The PrecisionTx™ is a type of laser made by Cynosure. This laser is different than others because it can treat smaller areas, such as the jawline and neck. Some of the advantages of this laser technology are:

  • Effective results
  • Minimal downtime
  • Completed in-office
  • Takes only about an hour

The heat produced by the laser causes a boost in the collagen in your skin. By stimulating collagen production, the PrecisionTx enhances the plumpness and elasticity of your skin, addressing one of two of main signs of aging: loss of volume and loss of skin elasticity.

As a patient, you probably want natural, effective results, and you might want to know that advanced technology and equipment is incorporated in your care. PrecisionTx is another way we are bringing state-of-the-art care to our patients.

To learn more about face and neck contouring with the PrecisionTx laser from Cynosure, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Facial Rejuvenation, Minimally Invasive
Posted on May 30, 2014

Restylane is a dermal filler. It restores lost volume and elasticity to your skin, which can make you look more youthful and soften the signs of aging. It replaces some of the hyaluronic acid in your skin that is lost with age. It is completely non-surgical and delivers natural, beautiful results.

Dr. Joel Beck, our San Francisco cosmetic surgeon, regularly uses Restylane with many of his Bay area patients. Restylane can treat:

  • Facial wrinkles and folds
  • Nasolabial folds (lines that run from your nose to your mouth)
  • Fine lines on the upper and lower lip

San Francisco RestylaneRestylane adds volume to your skin and that's what eliminates unwanted wrinkles and folds.  Many people may not be ready for a surgical procedure but are willing to try the risk-free option of dermal fillers, like Restylane.

Restylane takes only minutes to inject and there is no downtime or recovery. The results can last anywhere from six to nine months, at which point you can be re-treated to maintain the results.

To learn more about Restylane and other facial dermal fillers at our San Francisco plastic surgery office, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Restylane, Dermal Fillers
Posted on May 18, 2014

Perlane in the Bay AreaHave you been looking for a nonsurgical option for getting rid of those unwanted lines and wrinkles? Perlane may be your answer. Perlane is a type of hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue fillers. This option is a quick and easy procedure but provides long lasting results. Dr. Joel Beck, a cosmetic surgeon serving the areas of San Jose and San Mateo, regularly treats patients with Perlane in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and enhance the volume of their lips.

The best part of this procedure is it only takes 15 minutes, however, its effects last as long as six months to a year. Perlane is commonly used for:

  • Creases extending from the corners of your mouth
  • Creases extending from your nose downward
  • Enhancing the shape and fullness of your lips
  • Improving the contour of the cheeks, chin and jawline
  • Improving the eye area by adding fullness to under-eye hollows

Imagine only a few minutes can provide a younger looking face for six months to a year. This is a simple option if you are ready to brighten and refresh your appearance.

If you're ready to give your face a youthful boost, without surgery, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule an appointment with our experienced San Mateo and San Jose plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Dermal Fillers
Posted on May 8, 2014

San Francisco FaceliftNo matter how much we each do to protect our face, it will eventually show signs of aging. However, we all show signs of aging at a different rate and in different ways. For you, a facelift may be an option you are considering in order to gain a rejuvenated facial appearance. San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Black can provide natural results that will leave you looking refreshed and revived.

Facelifts counteract some of the effects of aging, such as loose and drooping muscles, excess fat, and excess skin. It can make you look several years younger.

If you've considered having a facelift, you first have to understand what type of patients benefit from this procedure. A facelift may benefit you if you are noticing:

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Hollowing around the eyes and cheeks
  • Loss of elasticity in your face
  • Deep lines and folds
  • Jowls and sagging skin around the jaw and under the chin

After your facelift procedure you will experience  bruising and swelling, but in three to four weeks it should all be gone. The results of your facelift will last many years, although it cannot stop the way your face ages.

If you've been wondering how you could personally benefit from a facelift, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to learn more about our board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck and to schedule an individualized consultation.

tags: facelift
Posted on May 1, 2014

VECTRA 3D imagingAt Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we incorporate the most advanced technology and equipment into our plastic surgery care. VECTRA XT imaging is a machine that creates a 3D image of your face, body or breasts, and allows you to see a prediction of what your results will look like after a specific plastic surgery procedure.

VECTRA allows you to see the predicted results of many types of plastic surgery procedures, including:

The process to get these images is quite simple. You stand in front of the machine, and it takes pictures of the body, face or breasts from multiple angles. VECTRA then creates a 3D image from these pictures. Using the computer technology, Dr. Beck can adjust the images to show how the procedure will change the way you look. If you are interested in breast augmentation, you can see an image of your chest as of now, and then images of how your breasts will change with breast implants of various sizes.

If you live in Bay Area, San Francisco, San Mateo or San Jose and want to know more about your plastic surgery options and whether VECTRA can be used to visualize your predicted results, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Plastic Surgery
Posted on April 29, 2014

At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we want you to enjoy not only the confidence of beauty, but also optimum health and wellness. A new study funded by Estee Lauder says that poor sleep quality is directly linked to your skin's ability to repair itself, which can affect the appearance and youthfulness of your face. If you have trouble sleeping - which many of us do - then you know how it affects your psychological wellbeing. This study looks more closely at how poor sleep quality can affect the way you look.

Consider some of the findings in the study:

Increased signs of aging: Lack of sleep resulted in more fine lines, uneven pigmentation and increased skin sagginess.

Ability to recover from sunburn: The skin of the sleep-deprived women seemed to have a harder time resolving inflammation caused by sun exposure. These women remained red for 72 hours after sun exposure, whereas the well-rested women had skin that recovered faster.

Retention of moisture: Staying hydrated is good for your body and good for the healthy appearance of your skin. The poor sleepers were less able to retain water than the good sleepers, so their skin was less effective in healing itself.

Work with your doctor to find out if there are ways to improve your sleep. Sometimes simple changes like increasing your physical activity or avoiding caffeine before bed can improve your sleep.

If you want to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of your skin, then you should consider facial plastic surgery or any of our non-surgical treatments. We'll help you decide if one of these treatments is the right way to restore your confidence in your skin.

If you are interested in rejuvenating your facial appearance and are curious about your cosmetic surgical and non-surgical options, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our greater San Francisco cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. 

tags: cosmetic surgery
Posted on April 24, 2014

For some women, a breast lift and a breast augmentation procedure together are the best way to get the breast appearance they want. It all depends on your unique goals and breast characteristics.

If you want larger breasts, breast implants alone will not provide significant lift if your breasts have lost volume and are sagging. In such cases, it may be beneficial to combine the breast lift and enlargement procedures.

Many women experience deflated breast volume and droopiness. These breast characteristics can be the result of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight loss
  • Aging

These events can cause your breasts to lose volume and fullness. The nipples may fall lower on the breast crease, and you may want to restore confidence in your body by reclaiming firmer, fuller breasts; however, some women also want their breasts to be bigger, in which case the combined procedures may make sense. The only way to know which options are right for your goals, expectations and health is to visit our experienced plastic surgeon for an individualized consultation.

To learn more about our greater San Francisco and Bay Area breast surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Dr. Beck is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

tags: Breast Lift
Posted on April 17, 2014

Even with the mild winters of the Bay Area, it's easy to fall out of a skincare and beauty routine in the colder winter months. With spring in full swing and the summer around the corner, you may be feeling motivated to recapture your beauty routine and show off your skin! Here are some tips and non-surgical services to restore your confidence in your skin:

Sun protection: If you haven't been wearing sunscreen this winter, now is the time to work it back into your routine. Protecting your skin from the sun not only prevents skin cancer, it also prevents premature wrinkles and skin sagging. Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF rating or use your preferred sunscreen any day you'll be spending time in the sun. A wide-brimmed hat is another great way to keep the sun off your face.

Daily skincare: It's easy to neglect the daily things that are good for your skin, including staying hydrated and washing makeup off your face before you go to bed. If you've neglected good skincare habits over the winter, the spring is a great time to refresh your routine.

Laser treatments: With the laser treatments at our cosmetic surgery practice, we can perform hair removal and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin. You can head into spring with refreshed, smooth skin.

Skincare products: You may benefit from our leading skincare products. At our practice, we offer a range of Obagi NuDerm products to keep your skin looking healthy, young and beautiful.

To learn more about our Bay Area skincare services and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery. We can arrange a consultation for you if you want to know which treatments can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

tags: cosmetic surgery
Posted on April 10, 2014

Breast lifts have been increasing in popularity over the past decade. According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lift procedures are growing at twice the rate of breast augmentations, although breast augmentation has a greater number of procedures performed each year and remains the most popular plastic surgery procedure among women.

Most of the patients who receive breast lifts are between 30 to 54 years old. If you are unhappy with loss of volume in your breasts that has led to a sagging, deflated breast appearance, then a lift may be right for you. This procedure can restore a more youthful shape and contour to your breasts, although it cannot increase size the way breast augmentation does.

In 2000, a total of 52,836 breast lift procedures were performed by ASPS member surgeons. In 2013, 90,006 breast lifts were performed. Those numbers represent an increase of 70 percent between 2000 and 2013. Comparatively, 290,224 breast augmentations were performed last year, an increase of 37 percent from the 212,500 breast augmentations performed in 2000.

If you live in or around San Francisco and are wondering if a breast lift is right for you, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. We serve San Mateo, San Jose and the surrounding areas.

tags: Breast Lift
Posted on March 31, 2014

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your midriff, you may be wondering about options like a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. Both of these cosmetic procedures can improve the appearance of the tummy area, but in different ways:

Abdominoplasty: If you have a lot of excess fat and skin protruding from your abdomen, then a tummy tuck may be the right option. A tummy tuck is a surgical removal of the excess fat, and then the skin is re-draped over the flatter abdominal area.

Liposuction: This treatment can create slimmer, better defined areas where there are excess fat deposits. If you are at or near your ideal body weight but have stubborn fat around your abdomen, without a lot of excess hanging abdominal skin, then liposuction can remove these fat deposits and create a slimmer, smoother tummy area.

Feeling unhappy about the appearance of your midriff can make you feel less confident. At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery, we want to help restore your confidence in your body. Whether you have developed excess abdominal fat and sagging skin after pregnancy, aging, or because of other factors, we can help you determine if liposuction or a tummy tuck is right for you.

If you are interested in a body contouring procedure such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, and if you live in San Francisco, San Mateo or San Jose, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Abdominoplasty, liposuction
Posted on March 28, 2014

If you've always wanted slimmer, tighter body contours and smooth skin, then you may be a good candidate for liposuction. Our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can help you achieve your body contouring goals with liposuction. The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to visit us for a consultation.

In general, you may be a good liposuction candidate if:

  • You are unhappy with stubborn fat in certain areas of your body.
  • You are close to your ideal weight, with isolated deposits of fat.
  • You have fat deposits that do not slim down in response to diet and exercise.
  • You are in good overall health.
  • You do not plan to lose significant weight, and you do not expect liposuction to serve as a weight loss method.

Liposuction effectively reshapes certain areas of your body, but it is not intended to make you lose weight. As such, people who are already at or near their ideal weight but have stubborn fat in their abdomen, thighs, buttocks, back, hips or other areas are often very good liposuction candidates.

If you live in or around San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo or the Bay Area, and want to know if you are a good liposuction candidate, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a personalized consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: liposuction
Posted on March 14, 2014

Do you want to restore a youthful, rejuvenated facial appearance? If so, there are many cosmetic options, both surgical and non-surgical. Feeling like you look older and more tired than you feel can be detrimental to your self-esteem, and our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck can help you restore your confidence by rejuvenating the appearance of your face.

Just some of the types of facial plastic surgery we offer are:

These procedures are designed to enhance facial beauty, restore facial youthfulness, or improve a facial feature, depending on your goals and what you would like to change about your face. We also have a number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including injectables and dermal fillers. These treatments can be a good option if you want beautiful, short-term results without surgery or downtime. More dramatic and long-lasting results are often best achieved with facial surgical procedures.

If you live in or around San Mateo, San Francisco, San Jose or the greater Bay Area and are interested in facial plastic surgery, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: facial surgery
Posted on March 4, 2014

An open dialogue with your cosmetic surgeon is vital to getting the results and quality of care you want, and to successfully planning your surgery. During your consultation, and at any point in your care, we want you to ask Dr. Beck and our staff any questions you have on your mind. Good questions to ask during a consultation include:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • What requirements must you fulfill for board certification?
  • Which cosmetic procedures do you recommend for my goals?
  • Why am I a good candidate for these procedures?
  • What will the recovery be like?
  • What are the potential risks and complications, and how will they be managed if they arise?
  • How often do you perform the cosmetic procedure I am interested in?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos of past patients I can see?
  • Do you have operating privileges at an accredited hospital?
  • How much will all aspects of the surgery cost, and is financing available?

We want you to have the body, face, skin and features you have always wanted. Let us help you begin your journey by demonstrating our cosmetic surgeon's skill, expertise, and commitment to your best result.

If you are searching for an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon in the greater San Francisco area, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: cosmetic surgery
Posted on February 28, 2014

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts and want to have the breast size and shape you've always wanted, then you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Breast augmentation allows many women to have the confidence and positive self-image they've never had before, by giving them a way to have the bodies they weren't born with. Generally, breast augmentation may be a good option for women who want:

  • Larger, fuller breasts
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Improved balance of the upper and lower body
  • Breasts that are in better proportion to your body frame
  • Enhanced overall breast shape

The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate is to visit our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck for an individualized consultation. Each of our patients is unique, and we understand that your cosmetic goals will be unique as well. We want to learn more about what you would like to change about your breasts, and then Dr. Beck can explain whether breast enlargement or another surgical procedure are options that will meet your goals, health and expectations.

If you live in or around San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo or the greater Bay Area and want to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on February 18, 2014

With the gift of pregnancy comes certain physical changes to your breasts, tummy and other areas of your physique. Most mothers notice some sagging skin and excess fat in certain areas after pregnancy. A mommy makeover rejuvenates the areas of your body you are dissatisfied with and restores more youthful physical qualities.

Mommy makeovers typically include some combination of:

The procedures in your mommy makeover are customized to your cosmetic goals. What would you like to change about your body? Which areas are you dissatisfied with? The answers to these questions will help our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck determine the combination of procedures that may be right for you. You deserve to feel confident about your body and your appearance. Motherhood does not have to mean not liking your body anymore. Our experienced plastic surgeon has helped numerous patients find the improved self-esteem, confidence and body image that comes with having the body you want.

If you live in San Jose, San Mateo, San Francisco or the surrounding areas and want to know more about mommy makeover procedures at our plastic surgery practice, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Mommy Makeover
Posted on February 13, 2014

Losing weight can make you feel great about your health and your body. For some people who have lost a lot of weight, sagging skin can be left behind as the fat volume beneath the skin is reduced. This type of skin sagging will not respond to diet and exercise, and typically the only means of removing it is surgery. Body lift procedures are designed to help bariatric surgery patients, or patients who have otherwise lost significant weight, get rid of the excess, stretched skin left behind.

Depending on your goals, a body lift may include removing and tightening excess skin on the:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Chest

A lower body lift is also called a belt lipectomy and typically tightens loose skin around the abdomen, butt, back and thighs. An upper body lift targets drooping skin on the breasts, chest and upper back. During your consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck, you can discuss the various lift techniques and whether a certain combination may be right for your body contouring goals.

To learn more about our greater San Francisco, San Mateo and San Jose body lift procedures, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: body lift
Posted on February 8, 2014

A facelift procedure provides long-lasting results. Unlike non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, a facelift restores youthful facial qualities by working beneath the skin, tightening loose skin and fat.

There is not a guaranteed or predetermined amount of time that your results will last. Rather, we can give you an idea of how long your results may continue to be satisfactory based on studies and our own patients' stories. Generally, you can expect a surgical facelift to provide rejuvenating results for several years. The signs of aging begin to appear again because a facelift cannot stop factors that age your skin.

The longevity of your facelift results can be affected by:

  • Sun exposure
  • Genes
  • Diet
  • Environmental factors

By protecting your skin from the sun and other harm, you can keep your skin looking fresh and more youthful. Sunlight and smoking are especially likely to cause skin wrinkles and sagging.

A facelift provides effective, stunning facial rejuvenation results. Most of our patients continue to be happy with their results for many years. Touch-up treatments can be performed when the signs of aging return.

If you live in or around the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in learning more about a facelift procedure, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: facelift
Posted on January 28, 2014

A Brazilian butt lift enhances the shapeliness and overall appearance of your butt by using your own fat cells to enhance volume and shape. Unlike using implants for butt augmentation, a Brazilian butt lift uses only your own natural fat.

A Brazilian butt lift may be right for you if you want:

  • Fuller, shapelier buttocks
  • To restore the fullness and shape of your butt following bariatric surgery, weight loss, or aging
  • To improve a saggy, droopy buttocks appearance

With this technique, excess fat is removed from an area of your body, such as the abdomen, with liposuction. The fat cells are then processed to remove impurities. The purified fat cells are then strategically injected into various areas of the buttocks to create the desired shape and volume. We may need to perform more than one of these injection appointments to achieve the desired result.

If you want to know if you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Dr. Beck performs butt augmentation for patients living in or nearby San Francisco, San Jose and San Mateo.

tags: Butt Lift
Posted on January 27, 2014

It’s amazing how people generalize plastic surgeons. I’ve heard it said, “Well, you’re not a brain surgeon or a heart surgeon, it’s not like you’re saving lives….” But I would beg to differ. No, it’s not like someone is rushed into my OR and I have to do an emergency breast augmentation on them or they might die (although some patients do feel that way).

But every day, I get to meet people who have deliberated, searched their hearts and souls, and who at the end of the day have decided to come see me because on several levels they need a change.

I am in the business of changing lives, which, yes…. in some cases, saves lives.

People underestimate the power of personal appearance on how you feel on the inside, but I see it every day. Now, I personally feel that all people are beautiful. But I also see that they don’t feel beautiful. They don’t feel confident. They’ve tried self-help books. They’ve tried therapy and counseling. They’ve gone on the yoga retreat. They’ve changed their diet. They’ve beat themselves up and torn themselves down, and they come to my staff and sit in our practice, and it is here they start to feel a bit of hope. 

Years ago, I had a 49 year old woman who was about 15 – 20 lbs overweight and did not have the body she once had.  She was a busy professional (as most of you are!) and it was difficult to lose the weight that age and lifestyle had packed on.  And in this case, even if she didn’t have the extra weight, she still had shape-related problems. (Now, please understand that for surgeons we don’t think that any particular shape is a problem, but if it’s a problem for you and it keeps you from achieving the look you want and feeling the way you desire – then it’s a ‘problem’. For example – if you are pear-shaped with a narrow ribcage and petite shoulder frame and yet you can’t stand your saddlebags and you’ve worked out for years and they’re still there? Or you have skinny, tiny legs and narrow hips but have broad back, shoulders and wide ribcage with no waist even at your thinnest? That’s a shape-related problem. And I can help fix that in almost every case!)

For this particular patient we chose Smartlipo to achieve the best results for her. We did Smartlipo to the back, love handles, abdomen, and arms. This is such a minimally invasive procedure (you get it done on a Thursday or Friday and are back to work on Monday) and allows me to sculpt and shape the areas I’m working on, as well as melt and remove fat, so she saw the results instantly. Instant meaning looking in the mirror before she walked out of the office! It completely changed her demeanor, her countenance…she was upbeat and felt renewed. In a follow up appointment she said this:  “Thank you so much for your talent with the Smartlipo Laser!!  Not only did you remove fat, but you SHAPED my body!  I have a great butt now, I even saw that another person was checking me out!!  Wow.  My husband asked me why I waited to have this done.  Can you believe that?”

This is one of thousands of cases that ends this way. It’s why I am so passionate about what I do and how I do it. People are wondering why they waited so long and they have a new lease on life. No, it’s not brain surgery, but I’d argue to say that it does affect the ‘heart’ and the mind – it affects how people are able to love themselves, see themselves as they really are… beautiful inside and out.

tags: SmartLipo, liposuction, laser lipo, beauty, sculpting, confidence, body type, self-improvement
Posted on January 22, 2014

Like any surgical procedure, nose surgery (also called rhinoplasty) requires you to take some downtime to recover. Every patient is unique, and your recovery will be unique, but some of the things rhinoplasty patients can typically expect while healing in the first couple of days include:

  • Swelling and bruising around your nose and face
  • Stuffiness in your nose
  • Facial soreness

Prior to your procedure, you and our staff will discuss whether any medication is necessary for pain relief, and what you can do to alleviate swelling and pain, such as cold compresses and keeping your head elevated.

Generally, you can return to all of your normal activities in about seven to 10 days. During this time, a lot of the swelling will go down, although the majority of swelling will dissipate over two to four weeks. The final results of your rhinoplasty will mostly be visible within the first week or so, but very subtle changes in shape may take place over the next year as your tissues continue to heal and minor swelling continues to subside.

If you are interested in Bay Area nose surgery and want to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Nose Surgery
Posted on January 15, 2014

Smartlipo™ is a liposuction technology incorporating laser preparation of fat cells before they are removed. Some of the main advantages of this technique are:

  • Less invasive
  • Less traumatic to surrounding blood vessels and connective tissue
  • Reduces post-operative swelling and bruising
  • Possibility of requiring only local anesthesia
  • Recovery tends to require two days or less

The laser prepares fat cells by melting them. Fat removal is more efficient and less traumatic when the cells are liquefied in this way. In some cases, the laser provides moderate tightening of the skin in the treatment area, which is an additional benefit.

 To find out if Smartlipo is right for you, you must meet with our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck. Like any liposuction technique, Smartlipo is a surgical procedure requiring the guidance, care and expertise of a qualified plastic surgeon experienced in this type of surgery. Dr. Beck will present all of your options for achieving the goals you have for your body, and he will provide you with all the guidance you need to make an informed decision.

If you are interested in finding out if our greater San Francisco liposuction treatment is right for you, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: SmartLipo, liposuction
Posted on January 8, 2014

Breast augmentation patients are various ages, from young women in their 20s to women age 40 and older. There is no right or wrong age for breast surgery. You must speak to an experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Joel Beck, to discuss your unique situation, including whether breast enlargement can achieve the goals you have for your body.

Some of the factors that can influence whether it's the right time in your life for breast augmentation are:

  • Physical maturity: Your breasts must be fully developed for breast augmentation to be successful. The FDA has approved saline implants for women age 18 and older, and silicone breast implants for women age 22 and older.
  • Emotional maturity: You should have the emotional maturity to understand and accept the risks of this surgery, and to have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve. You should be making this decision for yourself, and not to please someone else or fulfill someone else's expectations.
  • Financial preparedness: Breast augmentation is an investment in your body, and you must be prepared to plan for how you will meet the expense of the procedure.

If you think you are ready for breast augmentation, our plastic surgeon can discuss all the various factors you should consider as part of moving forward with the procedure.

If you live in or around San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco and are interested in breast augmentation surgery, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

tags: Breast Augmentation
Posted on June 6, 2013

iStock_000016273395XSmallWhen it comes to living your life, you don’t want to settle for second best because you’re self-conscious about your chin.  But before you consider expensive surgeries and chin implants, consider a better and more natural-looking alternative: non-surgical chin augmentation.

A Better-Looking Chin – Without The Invasive Surgery

At the Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery in San Mateo, California – also serving the greater Bay Area including San Jose and San Francisco – Dr. Joel Beck and his talented medical team specialize in non-surgical chin augmentations.  Unlike other chin procedures, a non-surgical chin augmentation doesn’t involve implants at all; in fact, the stunning results can be achieved with dermal fillers like Radiesse. While Radiesse’s more popular use is to restore the volume and smoothness of the face – while also diminishing fine lines and wrinkles – Radiesse can also subtly shift the look of your chin, thus restoring balance to the face.  After a consultation with Dr. Beck – where you’ll outline the exact results you’re looking for – Dr. Beck will inject Radiesse into specific areas of your chin.  These injections can build up and shift the profile of your chin, thus creating a more balanced and symmetrical look. The non-surgical chin augmentation procedure is performed over the course of two visits, which take between fifteen to twenty minutes each.  After each procedure, you may experience swelling and tenderness in the treatment areas; however, this is relatively minor and most patients go back to work the next day looking naturally flawless. It’s important to note that the results of your non-surgical chin augmentation will only last between nine to fourteen months.  Therefore, be sure to keep up with your appointments, as this will ensure your new symmetrical chin becomes a permanent feature on your gorgeous visage.

Discover Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation Today

If you’re ready to feel confident about your chin again, visit Dr. Beck for a consultation at the Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery in San Mateo, California (also serving San Francisco and San Jose).

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Posted on May 30, 2013

Non-Surgical RhinoplastyIf you’re unhappy with the general shape and appearance of your nose, you may have briefly toyed with the idea of getting rhinoplasty, or a nose job.  Yet maybe the cost of getting a nose job held you back from going under the procedure, or the idea of spending several weeks in recovery stopped you from consulting a plastic surgeon. No matter what your reasons, you don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure to get the nose of your dreams – but nevertheless, you still want it. That’s where Dr. Joel Beck and his talented team come into play.  At Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery in San Mateo, California – also serving the greater Bay Area, including San Jose and San Francisco – we understand your desire to achieve an ideal nose shape without undergoing surgery.  That’s why Dr. Beck, a board certified plastic surgeon, has developed an innovative way to produce stunning results with non-surgical nose jobs.

The Secret Behind Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

So what’s the secret, you might ask?  Simple: instead of using invasive procedures to re-shape the nose via rhinoplasty, Dr. Beck uses dermal fillers to subtly shift and re-shape the appearance of the nose.  Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane are typically used as anti-aging treatments and injected into the face to diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and creases. Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane are also used to increase facial volume and define the contours of the face – which is exactly why these injections are used within non-surgical nose jobs.  During the non-surgical nose job procedure – which typically takes between twenty to thirty minutes to perform – Dr. Beck will inject these filler materials on and around the nose to create the look you desire.  Recovery time is virtually non-existent, which means you can come in on your lunch hour and come out with a significantly improved profile - even your sunglasses will fit better!

Discover A Better Alternative to Rhinoplasty

This is a perfect procedure for patients who are looking to smooth out sharp nose angles, fill in depressions, or change the angle of the nose tip.  The overall goal of the non-surgical nose job is to restore symmetry to the face; however, it’s important to note that these results are not permanent.  That’s why it’s important to schedule appointments every six months to one year, depending on the fillers used during your procedure. If you’re ready to discover a better alternative to rhinoplasty, visit Dr. Beck at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today. Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation (650) 600-7016

tags: Bay Area Non-Invasive Rhinoplasty, Bay Area Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty, Non-Invasive Rhinoplasty, Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty, San Francisco Non-Invasive Rhinoplasty, San Mateo Non-Invasive Rhinoplasty, San Mateo Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Posted on April 5, 2013

If you love a great deal then you will LOVE our April Special, which happens to be dedicated to getting hair-free by Summer!! For the month of April Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery is offering a buy one area, get the second area FREE for laser hair removal packages of 5 treatments. The second area has to be equal or lesser value. Call us to take advantage of this special!! (650) 600-7016

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Laser Hair Removal Pricing: Cost per Treatment by Area:

Facial Area                                                                      Per Treatment
Upper Lip                                                                              $99.00
Sideburns                                                                              $150.00
Chin                                                                                      $110.00
Upper Lip and Chin                                                              $200.00
Full Face                                                                               $400.00
Neck-Male                                                                            $350.00
Face and Neck-Male                                                             $600.00
Face and Neck-Female                                                         $299.00 
 
Body Area                                                                        Per Treatment
Underarms                                                                            $199.00
Bikini                                                                                    $199.00
Brazilian                                                                                $300.00
Brazilian & Bikini                                                                    $400.00
Buttocks                                                                               $400.00
Full Arms                                                                              $499.00
Full Legs                                                                              $700.00
Half Legs                                                                              $350.00
Full Back                                                                               $675.00
Half Back                                                                              $399.00
Full Back & Shoulders                                                           $850.00
Male Chest-Pecks                                                                 $399.00
Male Stomach                                                                       $399.00
Female Stomach                                                                   $299.00
tags: BOGO, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Hair Removal Cost Bay Area, Laser Hair Removal Pricing Bay Area
Posted on April 2, 2013

Although Megan Fox does not admit to having had any plastic surgery to her face or body - we seem to believe otherwise. If you pay close attention to pictures of Megan Fox a few years ago compared to today you will notice a subtle difference in her nose and a definite difference in her breast size. Do you think Megan Fox has had rhinoplasty or did her make-up artist do a really great job at contouring her nose? Do you think she has had a breast augmentation or is she just wearing a really great push-up bra?? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Megan Fox Before and After Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) Megan Fox Before and After Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) Megan Fox Before and After Breast Augmentation Megan Fox Before and After Breast Augmentation

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Megan Fox Breast Augmentation, Megan Fox Rhinoplasty, Nose Job, Rhinoplasty
Posted on April 1, 2013

If you have ever wondered what facial treatments you will need in order to achieve a more youthful look, then you will love our Facial Age Chart! This chart will help you to see how treatments ranging from botox to a mini facelift will take years off your face. Enjoy!! The Aging Face Call us if you are interested in learning more about our facial fillers, injectables or plastic surgery procedures: (650) 600-7016

tags: Age Chart, Botox, facelift, fillers, Liquid Facelift, mini facelift
Posted on March 28, 2013

Everyone loves Botox for its ability to treat facial wrinkles, such as crow's feet and frown lines. However, most people are unaware of the amazing potential of this toxin, and the issues it can help treat. Check out our top 3: Urinary Incontinence Calvin KleinAccording to Botox Cosmetic, botox can treat overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence), a strong need to urinate right away (urgency), and urinating often (frequency) in adults when another type of medicine (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken.  Severe Underarm Sweating underam-sweating-botox Botox has been proven to effectively treat severe underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. If you have used topical medications and they did not work well enough, then contact your insurance provider to see if they cover Botox as a form of treatment - you may be able to get all or most of your Botox treatments covered! Chronic Migraines  asian woman headache Migraine sufferers who have a headache for 4 or more hours a day,15 or more days a month can now turn to Botox as a form of treatment. The treatment consists of injections to 7 key areas of the neck and head. To learn more about this treatment process visit Botox Cosmetic. If you are interested in learning more about Botox for wrinkles or severe underarm sweating contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at (650) 600-7016

tags: Botox
Posted on March 13, 2013

Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery and Sculptra Aesthetics are hosting a Sculptra Lunch and Learn event Thursday, March 28, 2013 in our office!! We will be providing free lunch, so join the fun and learn all about the benefits of Sculptra. We will also have a guest, a current patient, who will be there to answer any questions about her experience. Also, every person who attends the event will receive an amazing Sculptra discount - $100 off and a $50 mail-in rebate for every vial purchased!! Don't miss out! Call now to reserve your spot - (650) 600-7016 Sculptra facial filler

tags: Fillers and Injectables, Sculptra, Sculptra Event
Posted on March 6, 2013

2012 Annual Statistics infographic: American Society of Plastic Surgeons According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) there were 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States in 2012. This infographic highlights the rise in plastic surgery procedures since 2000, a 98% increase in procedures performed, and indicates that facial procedures saw the most growth in 2012. Botox and fillers were the top 2 minimally invasive procedures performed in 2012 - and we must say, we are not surprised! These days people are seeking out the less invasive facial procedures to hold onto their youth, and these dermal fillers are the way to go. With the rise of social media, people are feeling more compelled to keep up their physical appearance. Do you think social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have anything to do with the rise in facial plastic surgery procedures?  

tags: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS, Botox and Fillers, Plastic Surgery
Posted on February 19, 2013

Liquid-Facelift-Botox-and-Fillers Have you heard the hype about the liquid facelift, also known as the lunchtime facelift? The buzz about this popular facial rejuvenation treatment is partially due to the fact that it is a non-surgical procedure and requires minimal downtime - that equals two pluses in the plastic surgery industry! Many celebrities are turning to this form of a "facelift" because it is a quick way to restore facial volume and reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles and deep creases. Jill Zarin, former housewife from The Real Housewives of New York, shares her love for the liquid facelift in a video featured on US Magazine. Watch Jill get a liquid facelift! jill-zarin-liquid-facelift

How is a Liquid Lift Performed?

A liquid facelift incorporates Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Perlane and Sculptra. It may also involve a fat transfer. Depending on the goal of the particular case, the application of these products and the specific techniques used varies by patient.

  • Dermal fillers add volume to areas of the face such as the under-eye area, the lips and the cheeks. Dr. Beck injects the dermal fillers at specific points to improve the overall appearance of the face.
  • Botox smoothes lines and creases caused by years of facial muscle movement by paralyzing strategic muscles around the eyes, eyebrows and forehead.
  • Fat transfer involves harvesting the patient’s fat from a donor area of the body where it is more plentiful (e.g., the abdomen, hips or thighs) and injecting it into the face to add volume. Dr. Beck uses the fat to smooth deep-set wrinkles, enhance thin lips or augment the tissues in the cheeks or chin. Fat transfer is a great option because it is completely natural, and the results last a very long time. Also, there is no risk of allergic reaction.

Are you interested in learning more about the liquid facelift, or are you interested in getting a consultation? Call us at (650) 600-7016 to schedule a consultation! This month, we have a special on Restylane and Perlane fillers - buy one get one FREE - check out our specials for the month of February.

tags: Botox, fillers, Jill Zarin Liquid Facelift, Liquid Facelift, Lunchtime Facelift, Perlane, Restylane
Posted on February 11, 2013

Did you catch the Grammys? We did and we loved all the great performances, but what we loved even more was the red carpet looks!! Everyone from Rihanna to Taylor Swift looked amazing in their gorgeous gowns! Here are a few of our favorites... Rihanna Grammys 2013 - Red CarpetPhoto Credit: Rihanna Photo Credit: Taylor Swift Taylor Swift at Grammy Awards 2013 Photo Credit: Alicia Keys  alicia-keys-swizz-beatz-grammys-2013-red-carpet Photo Credit: Katy Perry  

tags: Grammy Awards 2013, Grammy Red Carpet, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift
Posted on February 4, 2013

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Laser Hair Removal Pricing without Discount: Cost per Treatment by Area:

Facial Area                                                                      Per Treatment
Upper Lip                                                                              $99.00
Sideburns                                                                              $150.00
Chin                                                                                      $110.00
Upper Lip and Chin                                                              $200.00
Full Face                                                                               $400.00
Neck-Male                                                                            $350.00
Face and Neck-Male                                                             $600.00
Face and Neck-Female                                                         $299.00 
 
Body Area                                                                        Per Treatment
Underarms                                                                            $199.00
Bikini                                                                                    $199.00
Brazilian                                                                                $300.00
Brazilian & Bikini                                                                    $400.00
Buttocks                                                                               $400.00
Full Arms                                                                              $499.00
Full Legs                                                                              $700.00
Half Legs                                                                              $350.00
Full Back                                                                               $675.00
Half Back                                                                              $399.00
Full Back & Shoulders                                                           $850.00
Male Chest-Pecks                                                                 $399.00
Male Stomach                                                                       $399.00
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tags: Fillers and Injectables, Laser Hair Removal, Perlane, Restalyn, Valentine's Day Specials
Posted on December 19, 2012

Botox-Not-All-Equal

In a recent blog post, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) raised the issue that not all injectables, like botox, are safe or legal. Being that this is such a hot topic, we wanted to share Dr. Beck's thoughts on this very concerning issue - please don't take it lightly.

Are the fillers your physician or nurse using to augment your face legal or equal?  As filler and injectable sales continually increase across the country, there are increasing illegitimate companies attempting to sell fillers and Botox to US trained physicians at reduced rates.  For example, companies from Canada and Mexico email physicians and clinics around the country to entice them to buy the “same” product at reduced prices.   This is especially attractive as the physicians and clinics compete for patients in this difficult economy, and charge lower prices for their services.  As a result, the potential for harmful side effects and/or ineffective products has increased. A savings on the products may allow for clinics to sell their services at continued reduced rates to attract new patients. Bottom line is to ask your doctor or nurse where they get their products from.  There are specific companies who sell these products directly to the end user, the doctors and nurses.  If the clinic expresses they order them from another country, the probability of legitimacy issues may become problematic.  

tags: ASAPS, Botox, fillers, injectables
Posted on December 6, 2012

2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - RunwayWe loved watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show! Who doesn't love watching beautiful women flaunt their curves in gorgeous lingerie and fun costumes? One thing we could not keep our eyes off of, all the lovely cleavage! Since breasts are our specialty, we thought we would shed some light on which VS models have had a breast augmentation. Think you know the answer?Selita-Ebanks-Before-And-After-Breast-ImplantsGisele Bundchen may not admit to having breast implants, but after seeing these pictures we seem to think otherwise. If you didn't think so before, now you know her sexy cleavage secret!! She is in a bikini in both photos and you can see the noticeable difference in volume and shape! Photo Credits: Before and After Adriana-Lima-Before-And-After-Breast-ImplantsAdriana Lima looks amazing in both these pictures, and if they weren't placed side-by-side you may ignore her breast size in the after photo. But a Again, a bikini top without padding does not lie! Her new assets look very natural and fit her perfectly, but they are definitely not all her own. Photo Credits: Before and After Gisele-Bundchen-Before-And-After-Breast-ImplantsSelita Ebanks is another Victoria's Secret model who we think has had breast augmentation. Some would say she has additional padding in her bra top in the after photo, but we beg to differ. As amazing as she looks, these are definitely not her real boobs. Photo Credits: Before and After One question many may ask when looking at these models and their very natural looking assets is - how do they look so real? Due to the nature of their job, they have to maintain a very natural looking body, so if any of these models desired larger and fuller breasts they also had to choose an implant and implant size that would allow them to stay looking natural. These days there are so many implants on the market to choose from, and many of them are coming in very natural shapes and textures. One implant that provides this natural look is Sientra's, FDA approved, shaped implants, also known as the tear drop implant. They are a 5th generation cohesive silicone gel implant, and look and feel amazingly real. Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery now carries the Sientra shaped and textured implants. If you are interested in learning more about these implants please call us to schedule a consultation - (650) 600-7016.

tags: Adriana Lima, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Gisele Bundchen, Selita Ebanks, Sientra Breast Implants, Silicone Gel, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Posted on May 11, 2012

May 5th – I was invited for the third year in a row to give an instructional course on Abdominoplasty at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons meeting.  This interest was sparked by the paper Dr. Brink and I published in one of the most credible Plastic Surgery Journals back in May of 2009 in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.  This year the meeting was held in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia!!  Well over 2000 plastic surgeons attended this year’s event.  The surgeons who attended were from all over the world and it’s a peer reviewed meeting. The instructional Course was titled “Abdominoplasty with Direct Deep Fat Resection.”  The key points to this tummy tuck presentation were as follows:

  1. Use of liposuction at the time of abdominoplasty to the tummy tuck flap can be counter-productive.
  2. Use of liposuction to the tummy tuck flap prevents mobilization of the flap due to the inexactness of liposuction to stay within the deep fat.
  3. Less mobilization of the tummy tuck flap provides for a less than adequate result and correction of the contour of the abdomen especially above the belly button.
  4. Use of liposuction may present the patient with unevenness to the resulting tummy tuck.
  5. Therefore, why ever use liposuction at the time of Abdominoplasty?
  6. Rather, wide undermining of the flap with direct deep fat resection provides the best correction and enhances the end result, thus contour to the patient.
  7. This provides a smoother abdomen, tighter abdomen, and overall better patient satisfaction!!

This technique described in the published paper has been incorporated into every single one of our abdominoplasties for the last 10+ years.  Our patient satisfaction has been excellent.  Our corresponding OB/GYN’s of the patient’s we performed this procedure on have as well been very impressed.  These physicians have witnessed the long term benefits of our technique and have even begun to refer new patients to our practice.   b&as For more information, please contact our office at 650-600-7016 and we will be more than happy to assist you. To read the actual article published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal click here Abdominoplasty_with_Direct_Resection_of_Deep_Fat.26

tags: Abdominoplasty, liposuction, Tummy Tuck
Posted on June 9, 2010

When considering having breast augmentation, there are many factors to consider. Choosing an implant size is a very personal decision that depends on what you are most comfortable with. The surgeon’s goal is to educate the patient so that they are able to make a well informed decision. The two options of implants are silicone gel and saline. The silicone used today is third generation cohesive gel which was FDA approved in November of 2006. After a fourteen year study it was found that there was no correlation between silicone implants and connective tissue disease. The saline or salt water filled implants have been used since the 1990’s. If you were to view photos of women with silicone or saline implants you probably would not be able to distinguish between the two.

The main difference between the two implants is in the “feel” of the implant. The silicone gel implants feel much more like “real” breast tissue then the saline implants. Going behind or in front of the muscle depends on breast shape and tissue coverage. If you have very thin skin and little breast tissue then going behind is usually a better choice. Typically silicone implants are the best choice for women who have very little breast tissue. If you have a “droopy” or sagging breast then in front of the muscle will create more fullness of the breast.

The implant incision site is also an important factor. You can place the implant through the transaxillary (armpit), inframammary (under breast) or periareola (through the areola). A very important factor to consider would be breast feeding. The periareolar incision should be avoided if you wish to breast feed in the future. This can cut into milk ducts and interfere with adequate milk production. Breast feeding is not affected by the implant being in front of or behind the muscle. Pregnancy is another important factor to consider when choosing size. It is hard to determine how pregnancy will affect your breasts. Usually the breasts will increase in size and there after when breast feeding. Most women wish they had gone larger and we usually encourage you to go with the largest volume you are comfortable with.

Size can also be hard to determine. With implants you can never be sure what cup size you will end up with. Everyone carries their implants differently. If you are very petite or narrow you will end up with a larger cup size with a relatively moderate implant volume. If you have a broader chest you can handle a larger volume implant without looking “top heavy”. A good tool for helping you determine what size implant to choose is the rice test. This allows you to play around with different volumes and get a feeling of how you will look with your clothes on. It is not exact but gives you a pretty good indication of size. Putting gel implants in your bra is a terrible representation of what you will look like.

Implants come in low, moderate and high profiles. Your surgeon will do a few measurements of your chest wall and this determines which profile is best for your body. The low profile has the least amount of projection and is widest in diameter. The moderate and high profile implants are narrower in diameter but have a higher projection. Things to consider as a prospective patient would be your physical activities.  The larger the implant the more weighted it will be. It is very important to support your breast 24/7 and is recommended that you even sleep with a shelf bra at night.

It is important to view before and after photos with your plastic surgeon. Not everyone shares the same aesthetic goals. Also, it is important that you have realistic expectations. Breasts come in many shapes and sizes and what you consider to be “pretty” or “desirable” breasts may differ from one person to the next.

tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, saline, silicone
Posted on May 6, 2010

mothers-day-ch150 Here’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift for moms of all  ages: The Mommy Makeover. For women who have just given birth or those whose children are older, the Mommy Makeover is a special gift that helps restore and enhance a mother’s natural beauty. Depending on the need, the Mommy Makeover can include breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction, as well as aesthetic treatments such as Botox, Radiesse, Juvederm, Sculptra or laser skin treatments.  The course of treatments is based on an assessment by Dr. Joel Beck and the team at Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery. Although exercise and dieting following pregnancy are strongly recommended and may lead to weight loss, often the only treatment to restore stretched skin and enhance the appearance of the body is surgical intervention.  Best candidates for the mommy makeover are women done having babies who haven’t breastfed for at least 6 months and most importantly are ready to move forward with surgery. Because most makeovers involve a series of surgical procedures, whether it be breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, the recovery period may last anywhere from one to six weeks. During this time, Dr. Beck advises his patients to adhere to strict recuperation guidelines. Follow-up visits are generally scheduled five to seven days following a makeover, allowing Dr. Beck and his team to closely monitor each patient’s progress and/or address any side effects or concerns. This spring, give Mom the gift of looking good.  Call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery today at 650-600-7016 to find out how you can surprise Mom with a gift she’ll enjoy for years to come!

tags: Breast Implants, liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck
Posted on April 1, 2010

How do you keep your skin looking good? By taking the following proactive steps.

1. Always use sunblock. Sun damages skin. UV-B rays penetrate the top layers of skin and are most responsible for sunburns. UV-A rays penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. Use a sunblock of at least 30 SPF with zinc oxide to make sure it protects against UV-A and UV-B. Apply every two hours or after getting out of the water.  Sunblock washes off and breaks down after application. For more information about sunscreen ratings, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website, http://www.ewg.org/cosmetics/report/sunscreen09/investigation/sunscreenfaqs#34

2. Avoid laying out in the sun or tanning beds.  Spray tans or airbrush tan available at retail outlets provide the glow you’re looking for – without exposing your skin to harmful sunlight to tanning lamps.  The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently put UV tanning beds into its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans."  Tanning salons typically use lamps that emit both UV-A and UV-B radiation. For more information about the dangers of tanning lamps, visit the FDA’s website, http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm186687.htm

3. Apply eye cream regularly.  Moisturizing the area around your eyes can help reduce wrinkles, but it pays to do your research. Eye cream, which comes in day and night formulas, is a cosmetic and therefore not approved by the FDA. When buying eye cream, as well as other anti-aging products, look for ingredients such as retinoids (retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl propionate, and others), peptides, vitamin C, niacinamide, caffeine, grape seed extract, marine extract, and other antioxidants.  Also be careful of products manufactured outside the U.S., which may have different standards than products made in the U.S.  For more information about anti-aging, go to WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/skin-care-wrinkles-9/anti-aging-products

4. Use Topical Vitamin C. Vitamin C lotion can help reduce the amount of free radical damage that occurs from sun exposure.  Research shows that topical Vitamin C can improve skin appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, help heal wounds by stabilizing collagen, and protect or reduce the severity of sunburns.  Free radicals can cause tissue damage because they take electrons from your body's healthy molecules to balance themselves.  Consider not only topical Vitamin C, but also Vitamin C Ester, which can penetrate more deeply into your skin.  For more information about Topical Vitamin C, visit http://www.dermnet.org.nz/treatments/vitamin-c.html

5. Start early with Botox®. Botox® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that helps smooth away wrinkles around the eyes, brow and frown lines.  It’s best to start using Botox when lines are just beginning to appear. Botox should typically be done every three to six months to maintain the beneficial effect of the treatment.  For more information about Botox® treatments, visit http://health.discovery.com/centers/plasticsurgery/face/botox.html

 

 

 

 

tags: Botox, Skin Care
Posted on March 12, 2010

face_and_beautyWith Spring just around the corner, you want to look your best.  So what should you do? Consider Dr. Joel’s top five for looking great: LATISSE®gives you longer, thicker, and darker lashes – without the hassle of mascara.  LATISSE is an FDA-approved, prescription treatment that combats time's natural aging process that thins lashes. The key with LATISSE is proper application. See how to apply LATISSE correctly to let your lashes bloom. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical treatment that can temporarily smooth frown lines between your eyebrows and make you look years younger. The whole procedure takes about 10 minutes and gives you a healthy glow for up four months.  By looking at these before-and-after pictures, you can see why it’s a favorite of our clients. Radiesse™ is another terrific way to restore the radiance of your face. Radiesse is a non-surgical filler that lasts for about 18 months and minimizes skin folds and marionette lines. Radiesse takes 10 minutes, requires no downtime, and delivers immediate results.   See how good these Radiesse patients look. Juvederm™ is a new kind of gel treatment that smoothes away facial wrinkles and folds, and lasts six months or longer.  Juvederm™ replaces hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that hydrates skin, but decreases with age.  A Juvederm gel injectible works well because it flows easily into the skin, creating a clean, natural look. These before-and-after pictures tell the story. SmartLipo is laser-assisted body sculpting procedure that removes excess body fat and is an increasing favorite among our clients. It is a perfect alternative for patients considering liposuction, but are nervous about the procedure. SmartLipo is an ideal treatment for the face, neck, arms, knees, love handles and male breast enlargement. SmartLipo firms the body's shape, reduces cellulite and tightens sagging skin.

tags: Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, Radiesse, SmartLipo