Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Capsular Contracture In Breast Implants

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy About Your Breast Implants!

What is Capsular Contracture?

First off, it’s important to understand what capsular contraction is and how it can potentially arise. Capsular contracture is a phenomenon that has a very low possibility of occurring after breast augmentation procedures such as receiving breast implants.

We’ll illustrate the situation for you. You just received your breast implant, which in your body’s eyes is a foreign object that it is not exactly sure what to do with. Naturally, our body prevents the object from growing or moving around by forming a capsule of scar tissue around it. Again, this is all supposed to happen. Now, if this capsule begins to contract, or increase in size, then it has a possibility of squeezing the implant causing symptoms such as pain, stiffness, shifting, distortion, and breast hardness. The contracting of this capsule is known as capsular contraction.

Should You Be Worried About Capsular Contracture?

Women who are aware of this phenomenon will often worry is it will happen to them. Dr. Golshani, a board certified breast augmentation surgeon, took it upon himself to address this concern on a popular community known as realself.com. A concerned user wanted to know what her options would be if capsular contracture had occurred in her 11-month-old breast implants.

Dr. Golshani’s Response: “At 11 months, with saline implants the chances of capsular contracture are very low, but it could still happen. Mobilization, Shoulder rolls, Singulair off-label use are all ways to prevent is from progressing as well as the use of a bandeau. But I wouldn’t worry about it yet if you don’t have any symptoms.

Rates of capsular contracture have been as high as 20-30%, but these risks can be lowered with the use of 5th generation textured silicone implants under the muscle, modern scientifically supported surgical techniques, and good patient compliance.The new 5th generation Silicone textured implants under the muscle have superior look and feel, and one of the companies has a capsular contracture rate reported at less than 5%, and they even provide a warranty against capsular contracture within the first two years based on their research results.”

In short, no you should not be worried about capsular contracture because there’s a very low chance of it occurring, especially in saline implants and with modern surgical techniques. However, if you are still worried then there are precautions you could follow in preventing it.

Preventing Capsular Contracture

If you are unable to shake the anxiety off of your shoulders, then there are a few steps you could take in further decreasing your already low chances of capsular contraction from occurring.

-Follow any post-op procedures that your surgeon advises.
-Take any medication as prescribed by your surgeon.
-Quit smoking before and after your surgery to allow for a quicker recovery.
-Light physical activity. You want to make sure to avoid adding pressure to the area if you decide to exercise.
-Do not expose yourself to radiation. Make sure any doctors are aware of your procedure before trying to give you an x-ray.

Board Certified

If for any reason you suspect capsular contraction is occurring in one, or both, of your breasts, then you could seek out a board certified breast implant surgeon who can give you a full evaluation in determining if this phenomenon is occurring and then suggest the following steps in order to reverse and correct it.

Dr. Golshani is a board certified Plastic Surgeon that has been performing breast augmentation procedures for over a decade. Visit our website or contact our office if you have any questions or inquiries regarding breast implants or other breast augmentation procedures.

Nose Job Surgery: Can Rhinoplasty Fix a Crooked Nose?

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Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon!

The nose is one of the most prominent features of our face. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a crooked nose that ranges in severity. Over time, a crooked nose will begin to take a toll on an individual’s self-image and confidence, leading them to search for answers, feedback, and support from friends, family, and even the Internet.

Yes, Rhinoplasty Can Fix a Crooked Nose

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that will not only straighten a crooked nose, but also will restore facial symmetry and reconstruct your nasal passages allowing you to breathe efficiently. A common problem those with a crooked nose suffer from is a constricted or obstructed airway that results in breathing abnormalities, also known as a deviated nasal septum. When reconstruction of the nasal passage is involved, then the procedure is referred to as a septoplasty. Both procedures correct the aesthetic appearance of the nose, while also restoring normal function.

I’m Not Sure if I need Rhinoplasty…

Dr. Golshani addresses many concerns on a popular community for discussing cosmetic procedures known as realself.com. In addressing a user’s concern towards rhinoplasty, Dr. Golshani mentions “As for the aesthetic need for rhinoplasty that is a subjective evaluation and I would advise that you trust your feelings about your nose even more than the opinions thrown at you by other people. If you’re not sure whether you need cosmetic rhinoplasty, keep your natural self, and don’t hide it under minor interventions.” In other words, if you are struggling to make up your mind, then rhinoplasty may not be for you.

However, consulting with an experienced, board certified professional may be able to help you make a more informed decision on the subject matter.

Always Go Board Certified

You should always consult a board certified rhinoplasty surgeon if you’re considering the procedure. Board certified surgeons are more experienced than non-board certified general surgeons, as they possess more experience having performed thousands of procedures to satisfied patients, which effectively reduces your chances of developing risks such as infection.

Look for surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of ENT, Head, and Neck Surgery, or American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Golshani of Beverly Hills is board-certified and performs rhinoplasty and septoplasty, having performed many procedures for his patients with successful results. Consult with him today for free! You will be sure to receive a confidential thorough analysis.

Weighing It Out: Reaching Ideal Weight Before a Tummy Tuck?

ideal weight tummy tuckPatients that are considering a tummy tuck procedure as a way to eliminate the looseness they experience after dramatic weight loss or even pregnancy often wonder if it would be a good idea to lose the extra pounds before electing to undergo a tummy tuck procedure.

Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Surgeon Answers

Dr. Golshani, a board certified tummy tuck surgeon in Beverly Hills, states, “the most important factor is reaching a plateau”. Plateauing is a term used to describe a situation in which you cannot see any more results despite repeated efforts to increase your exercise routine.

“The second most important factor is both your age and skin type. If you have few stretch marks and healthy skin with excellent elasticity, then your chances of having a very successful tummy tuck are much higher and you should go through with the procedure as soon as you can.” The only way this can be determined is through an evaluation with a plastic surgeon.

Many patients lose the last 15-20 pounds after they perform the tummy tuck both because of the skin removal and the psychological factors associated with procedure – leading many to believe that losing the extra weight is not a necessity.

However, Dr. Golshani notes, “factors such as self confidence and drive lead to more exercise, improved lifestyle and breaking through the plateau. If your skin elasticity is not as good you may want to push a bit harder to lose weight before you get that tummy tuck. But I wouldn’t wait too long after reaching a plateau.”

Always Get Evaluation From A Board Certified Surgeon

If for any reason you are thinking of undergoing the procedure, but are hesitant, then you should always receive a thorough evaluation with a board certified surgeon who can view your situation from a different perspective, offering helpful advice before recommending the procedure. The tummy tuck procedure is a life-changing operation for most patients that will help you move forward in your journey.

Dr. Golshani is an active member on realself.com where you can read several other of his personal responses regarding many different procedures that users are concerned with. He is committed to providing his patients with accurate information that aids in their quest to find the right answers and treatments they seek.

Hot Topic: Is Indoor Tanning Worth It?

is indoor tanning worth itIndoor tanning is a popular choice for many because – simply put – it’s convenient, especially for those who are not exposed to natural sunlight for a majority of the year.

A study published back in late January, 2014, has revealed a shocking statistic: that there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.

There were a reported 419,254 cases of skin cancer in one year in the United States alone. Researchers believe this number will only increase each year until the dangers of indoor tanning are continuously exposed.

The Takeaway From These Statistics

First, the number of lung cancer cases has steadily declined over the years due to the amount of negative publicity smoking has received – encouraging developing teens to stay away as well as motivating long-time smokers to kick the habit.

Secondly, whether you are tanning indoors or naturally outside you are exposing yourself to UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet puts you at risk for skin cancer (with melanoma being one of the worst types). The whole idea behind indoor tanning is to expose you to higher levels of ultraviolet rays in a short time for a quick and convenient way to receive a tan.

Thirdly, society (specifically the media) is to blame for putting such a large emphasis on having/achieving a tan in order to be more socially accepted regardless of the method used to obtain it.

Lastly, there’s a reason Britain has banned the use of indoor tanning for those under the age of 18 as more and more information is beginning to show that it is in fact not worth it. It’s a decision that should be made by an adult who is willing to cope with the consequences if any arise.

What You Should Do

Hopefully you analyze the situation from a different light the next time you decide to opt for an indoor tanning session. Knowing the dangers can help put things into perspective.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you avoid indoor tanning exposure and limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, as well as taking precautions by applying SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

Rexford Surgical Institute features a board certified dermatologist that can help you with any problems related to indoor tanning. natural sunlight exposure, or other unrelated problems including scarring, hair loss, and acne.