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This is a question I frequently hear in my practice, and as such, I thought I’d write a post to help you understand when a non-surgical nose job works well. The good news is, it’s a great option for many patients! If you’re feeling concerned about your nose, you probably know that if it is out of proportion or has a flaw, it can detract from your other features and give your face an unbalanced look. That’s why nose enhancement is such a popular option here at Inland Cosmetic Surgery in Rancho Cucamonga. While nose surgery, known as rhinoplasty, is still one of our top performed procedures, we’ve had an increase in patients hoping for a less invasive alternative—and we’re proud to offer it to them through non-surgical rhinoplasty.

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Big brows are in, but for those who of us who don’t naturally look like Cara Delevingne, it can be frustrating to master the perfect look—even with an arsenal of brow pencils, powders, and gels. That's why microblading has taken off in popularity over recent years.

 

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Did you know one of the fastest growing procedures in the U.S. is breast reduction surgery? But if your mind went to women, think again. According to Allure, male breast surgery has seen a 36% increase since 2010—and it’s only getting more popular as the taboo around plastic surgery slowly drops away.

What is gynecomastia?

It is estimated that up to 50% of men live with enlarged breast tissue at some point in their lifetime. And while “moobs” or man boobs are often the butt-end of a joke, gynecomastia is not a laughing matter for those experiencing it. Enlarged male breast tissue is often not only physically uncomfortable, it can also lead to low self-esteem and anxiety in men.


But what causes gynecomastia? Like most conditions, there isn’t one culprit causing some men to develop more breast tissue than others, but there are some men who are more susceptible to developing it. Here’s why:


  • It could be a hormonal imbalance. Men who have an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone can develop larger mammary glands than others. This could be caused by medications, drug usage, genetics, or an underlying health condition.

  • It could be your age. When hormones are raging during adolescence, some young men will experience what is often a temporary increase in breast tissue. This typically goes away after a few years, but lasts into adulthood for some men. Additionally, men can develop gynecomastia after middle age peaks and when testosterone production begins to naturally slow.

  • It could be drug usage. Excessive intake of alcohol, heroin, amphetamines, or marijuana can contribute to larger breast tissue as well.

More and more men are weighing their options

Gynecomastia isn't a new condition, so why are we seeing the number of male breast reductions performed increase? That's a two-fold answer. First, as more men learn about gynecomastia, they begin to understand that they aren't alone and that they don't have to live with it. Additionally, as cosmetic surgery becomes more common—with new techniques reducing invasiveness and lessening downtime, and financing options making procedures more affordable—men who are suffering with gynecomastia are jumping at the chance for improvement.


Male breast reduction is a relatively straightforward procedure that usually involves some combination of liposuction and excision of breast tissue. An experienced cosmetic surgeon can place the small incisions as inconspicuously as possible so that resulting scars are concealed in the natural folds of the body. For men who have poor skin elasticity or have experienced significant weight gain or loss, the male equivalent of a breast lift may also be required to remove excess skin that resulted from overdevelopment.


While patients will need a few days of downtime, most men are able to return to work within the first week, depending on how much breast tissue was removed. Strenuous activity and chest exercises are out of the question for at least three weeks, but 95% of men on RealSelf say the procedure is absolutely worth it in the end.


In Rancho Cucamonga? We've helped many men just like you

If you live with enlarged breasts and are tired of feeling self-conscious, we would love to talk with you about your options for reducing the size of your breasts. Our Rancho Cucamonga male breast reduction background is extensive, and our experienced cosmetic surgeons have helped changed the lives of many men living with this condition. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.


Read the full Allure article.

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Nearly all women experience undesirable changes below the bikini line as we age. Yet information about treatments for loosened vaginal tissues, urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, and other issues can be hard to find—if you suffer from any of these, you may even wonder if it’s normal. Coming from a female cosmetic surgeon who is not getting any younger, believe me when I say you are absolutely, 100% normal. What is more, you have options to treat all of the above! We’re now offering ThermiVa non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation at Inland Cosmetic Surgery, and we’re excited about the dramatic improvements in natural lubrication, comfort during sex, and boost in confidence our patients have seen so far. If you are experiencing problems that may be addressed with vaginal rejuvenation, you may not feel ready to ask questions in person about this sensitive issue, so I have answered five of the questions I hear most from my patients below.

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Acne is the most common skin condition by far—an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans experience acne at some point in their life. If you or someone you know has suffered from severe acne, you know first-hand the impact it can have on your appearance and self-confidence.

While there are plenty of treatments focusing on how to clear acne, less attention has been given to the lasting psychological effects that severe acne can leave behind. One such effect is acne dysmorphia, a condition in which a former acne-sufferer continues to feel as though they have rampant acne, even years after their skin has cleared.

This article from Refinery29 sheds light on what it’s like to suffer from acne dysmorphia, which we occasionally see in our own Rancho Cucamonga acne treatment patients. It follows the story of Gloria, a woman who suffered from severe acne throughout her adolescent and young adult years. Now in her 30s, Gloria still battles the effects of acne dysmorphia, such as fear of acne outbreaks and scars.

Getting to the bottom of acne dysmorphia

You may have heard of body dysmorphic disorder (BMD), a condition in which an individual becomes obsessed with a perceived physical flaw that is not objectively present. Acne dysmorphia is a distinct form of BMD. People who suffer from it typically have had severe acne in the past—and it’s the fear of a past affliction returning that leads them to think their skin looks acne-ridden when in fact they may only have a small blemish or two. Acne dysmorphia often has a post-traumatic element to it as well—memories of being bullied or socially isolated may haunt sufferers of the condition, as in Gloria’s case. Moreover, acne can leave lasting physical scars, such as “ice-pick” scars that leave the skin’s texture rough and pitted, making it even more difficult to leave the condition behind.

Along with counseling to help reset the patient’s mind to view their skin objectively and see themselves in a more positive light, finding the right treatment for acne scars is often an important step of the healing process. This was the case for Gloria—having laser treatments to erase acne scars was a big help in making her fear of acne a thing of the past.

If acne is impacting your life, we can help.

The staff and cosmetic surgeons of Inland Cosmetic Surgery understand how damaging acne can be to both your skin and your self-confidence. There’s no need to suffer the visible effects, past or present, any longer. Our experienced laser specialists, Sophia and Sarah, specialize in treating difficult skin conditions with compassionate care. They offer a number of safe, effective treatments for acne, acne scars, rosacea and more. They also offer free consultations, so contact us today to get started on the road toward clear, healthy skin.

Read the full article, “What it’s really like having acne dysmorphia,” here.

 

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