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Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

More than 4.5 million breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedures were performed between 2005 and 2012, according to the ASAPS figures. Breast augmentation is currently the second most popular procedure in the US after liposuction. An experienced breast surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure during the initial consultation.

Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience in the field. Dr. Handel will ensure that the patient has access to breast augmentation before and after photographs before she makes a decision to go ahead with the surgery. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding communities.

What are Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos?

Before and after photos in case of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery refer to images belonging to an earlier patient who has received the same procedure with satisfactory results. The images are taken prior to the surgery and after the surgery at a stage when swelling and bruising have disappeared and full effects of the procedure are established.

The plastic surgeon will take the photos with the patient’s consent and will present them before new patients in an appropriate and discreet manner. The only purpose of the surgeon here is to educate new patients about various aspects of breast augmentation and make them understand its potential effectiveness.

Benefits

Breast augmentation ‘before and after’ pictures are primarily meant for the benefit of new patients. When a new patient walks into the surgeon’s office for breast implant consultation, she may only have a vague idea of how the procedure may help to achieve her personal aesthetic needs.

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure with different options for implant types, implant sizes, incision location and placement of implants. Some patients may need breast augmentation in conjunction with breast lift, or another procedure. In all such situations, the surgeon can make use of breast augmentation before and after pictures to help the patient make the right choices.

Dr. Handel is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who believes that patient education is a very important part of the entire surgery process. Breast augmentation ‘before and after’ images can serve as a very useful visual aid in this process. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation and other procedures to patients in Santa Barbara, California and nearby areas.

Staying Realistic

Patients who know exactly what to expect and what not to expect from breast augmentation surgery will usually achieve the highest satisfaction levels in the end. With the help of before and after photos, the surgeon can ensure that the patient has very clear ideas and realistic expectations from the procedure. The chances of any potential disappointment or misunderstanding are mitigated with this effort.

Online Photos

The plastic surgeon may choose to upload breast augmentation before and after pictures on their practice website. New patients will have the opportunity to access the photos in the privacy of their home or office even before they are ready to make a personal visit to the surgeon’s office for a consultation.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Types of Breast Implants

Breast Implants

bikini body 2Patients seeking breast augmentation cosmetic surgery should have a clear understanding of the various breast implant options available to them today. The type of implants they choose will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Therefore, the best choice must be made in close consultation with the breast surgeon.

Pre-eminent plastic surgeon Dr. Neal Handel has been providing breast augmentation and other procedures for many years. During the initial consultation process, Dr. Handel will discuss various implant options and help the patient make the right decisions suiting to their unique needs. He receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding communities.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 18. These are traditional implants where the outer shell is made of silicone, but the inner core is filled with a saline solution. These implants can provide a uniform shape, feel, and firmness to the breasts.

The saline solution is completely biocompatible, which eliminates any risk to the body if the implant gets damaged and the solution leaks out to other parts. The cost of these implants is relatively lower, which will reduce the overall cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery to some extent.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 21. The core of these implants is filled with a thick silicone gel. This deeply viscous gel resembles the touch and feel of the natural breast tissue to a marvelous extent. That makes silicone implant a more popular choice today as compared to saline implant.

Over the years, the safety and effectiveness of silicone implants has been established thoroughly. In the event of implant damage or breakage, the silicone gel does not leak out to other areas because of its highly cohesive nature and consistency. Dr. Handel is a well-known plastic surgeon who receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy Bear implants or form stable implants, as the name suggests, have a strong cohesiveness. These implants are produced with a highly cohesive silicone gel core. The higher density of the gel allows these implants to maintain their shape and form.

Another advantage with gummy bear implants is that if the implant shell gets broken, damaged, or cut into two pieces, the highly cohesive silicone gel will not leak out to other areas of the body. In that sense, the safety quotient of these implants becomes higher than any other implants.

These implants have been approved by the FDA, and are gradually catching up in popularity. The cost of form stable implants is relatively higher compared to standard silicone or saline implants. However, the higher aesthetic appeal and improved patient satisfaction may compensate for the higher cost.

Size and Shape

Breast implants are usually available in a variety of sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc to match with the breast anatomy of different patients. The shape of the implants may be round or tear drop, and the profile sizes will also vary. Implant surface can be plain or textured.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

INTRODUCING LIPOGEMS!

Neal Handel MD is the first practice to introduce FDA approved Lipogems to the United States!

What is Lipogems?

Lipogems refers to the method of processing and purifying fat for use as an injectable filler that has powerful rejuvenation and anti ageing properties.

Lipogems system ensures that the fat processed is rich in stem cells and growth factors that can effectively restore volume, tone and texture in the face and hands.

The process is completed during a single session of approximately 90 minutes.

Dr. Neal Handel Introduces Lipogems

Dr. Handel’s office is the first plastic surgery practice in the US to offer Lipogems, which is an FDA-approved cosmetic rejuvenation procedure.

Unlike traditional cosmetic surgery, which will involve a prolonged process from preparation to recovery, Lipogems is a less invasive procedure with minimal downtime. Dr. Handel provides this procedure to his patients in Santa Barbara, CA and Beverly Hills, CA.

Benefits

Lipogems does not require the addition of any enzymes or chemicals before the fat can be re-injected into the targeted areas, this ensures that the re-injected fat comprises only the patient’s own refined cells. The minimal gap between fat extraction and injection cuts down the risk of contamination and avoids the need to add preservative chemicals.

Lipogems device is entirely disposable after single use, which ensures sterility. The fat process with the Lipogems system has a higher graft survival rate, which will improve the quality of surrounding tissue and the appearance of the overlying skin. Unlike other fat transfer techniques, with the Lipogems injection process, the processed fat flows smoothly, which helps to reduce discomfort during and after the procedure.

Areas suited to Lipogems rejuvenation include:

  • Mid face
  • Tear troughs
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Lips and around the mouth
  • The back of hands

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Plastic Surgery Procedures Offered

Plastic Surgery 

Dr. Handel Plastic SurgeonWith over 38 years of experience in the field of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Neal Handel is one of the leading figures in the field. Dr. Handel provides a wide range of surgical procedures for the breast, body, and face. He focuses on customizing the surgery according to the unique anatomical and aesthetic needs of a patient.

Dr. Handel’s state of the art practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technologies to deliver safe, predictable, and sustainable outcomes. As a well-known plastic surgeon in the region, Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding communities for a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Breast Procedures

The major breast cosmetic surgery procedures provided at Dr. Handel’s practice include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, male breast reduction or gynecomastia, breast asymmetry correction with implants or fat grafting, and breast revision surgery.

Breast augmentation and breast lift are major aesthetic procedures that are sought by a large number of women to achieve a more attractive breast appearance. In some cases, the surgeon may combine breast augmentation and breast lift to achieve more comprehensive results and to meet the patient’s personal aesthetic goals.

Procedures such as breast reduction and gynecomastia may be performed as medically necessary procedures or for cosmetic reasons. Breast revision is relatively more complex as compared to the primary breast implant surgery. This procedure may be performed if the patient develops capsular contracture or another complication with the implants.

Face Procedures

As a leading plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Handel provides a wide range of facial surgery procedures, including brow lift, eyelid lift, facelift, neck lift, chin implant, otoplasty, rhinoplasty, fat transfer, and cheek implant surgery. Sometimes two or more procedures may be performed in conjunction to achieve more effective outcomes.

Brow lift and eyelid lift are upper face procedures that can help to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and the forehead. Facelift is one of the more popular and comprehensive procedures that can take several years off the patient’s face and restore a more youthful facial appearance. It is usually combined with neck lift to achieve more uniform looking results. Rhinoplasty and chin and cheek implants are also popular procedures designed to enhance the facial look and individual features.

Body Contouring Procedures

Some of the major body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck, arm lift, butt lift, liposuction, fat grafting, and labiaplasty (vagina lip reduction), are performed by Dr. Handel. Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to remove excess fat tissue and loose skin from the abdominal area to restore a flatter and firmer tummy.

Liposuction ranks as the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US today. This targeted fat reduction surgery can be performed using less invasive techniques to achieve highly desirable results. Fat grafting, an arm and butt lift are effective body contouring procedures performed by Dr. Handel. Labiaplasty is a procedure aimed at providing vaginal rejuvenation and a more aesthetically appealing appearance of the vagina.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

What is Lipogems?

Lipogems

Lipogems is a cutting edge fat transfer procedure designed to achieve facial rejuvenation and volumizing of certain other areas of the body. The procedure involves processing and purifying fat that can be delivered to the depleted areas of the face as an injectable filler.

Lipogems system ensures that the fat so processed is rich in stem cells and growth factors that can effectively restore volume, tone and texture in the face and hands. Lipogems can be a powerful anti-aging solution for patients who wish to avoid facelift cosmetic surgery, but are keen to achieve a rejuvenated facial look.

Dr. Neal Handel Introduces Lipogems

Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Neal Handel has been providing state of the art cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures to patients in Santa Barbara, California and surrounding communities for nearly four decades. Dr. Handel’s office is the first plastic surgery practice in the US to offer Lipogems, which is an FDA-approved cosmetic rejuvenation procedure.

Unlike traditional cosmetic surgery, which will involve a prolonged process from preparation to recovery, Lipogems is a less invasive procedure with minimal downtime. The entire liposuction and re-injection process can be completed in just one session of about 90 minutes.

Differentiated Benefits

Unlike the standard fat transfer procedures that a plastic surgeon may perform, Lipogems does not require the addition of any enzymes or chemicals before the fat can be re-injected into the targeted areas. This ensures that the re-injected fat comprises only the patient’s own refined cells. The minimal gap between fat extraction and injection cuts down the risk of contamination and avoids the need to add preservative chemicals.

Lipogems device is entirely disposable after single use, which ensures sterility. The fat process with the Lipogems system has a higher graft survival rate, which will improve the quality of surrounding tissue and the appearance of the overlying skin. Unlike other fat transfer techniques, with the Lipogems injection process, the processed fat flows smoothly, which helps to reduce discomfort during and after the procedure. Dr. Handel provides this procedure to his patients in Santa Barbara, CA and other areas.

Results

Volume enhancement with Lipogems can occur most significantly in areas such as the mid face and beneath the eyes. The procedure will also vastly improve the elasticity, tone, and vitality of the overlying skin. Most effective results with Lipogems can be achieved in the following areas:

  • Mid face
  • Tear troughs
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Lips and around the mouth
  • Back of the hands

Effects in the Tear Trough Area

Lipogems fat transfer technique can produce dramatic improvements to a patient suffering from hollows beneath the eyes, dark under eye circles, and crepe-like skin that give the appearance of tiredness and aging.

Refined fat helps to concentrate cells, which support the elasticity, soft tissue structure, volume and tone of the skin. The effects are ongoing, sustainable, and will continue to enhance tissue quality and elasticity under the eyes.

Effects in the Mid Face

Sagging skin in the mid face and loss of cheek volume can be addressed very effectively with Lipogems. When the treatment in the mid face is combined with targeted treatment around the eyes, lips and mouth, it can achieve overall enhancement of facial contour and definition. Facial fullness can be restored, giving a rejuvenated and youthful look.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

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