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IV Vitamin Therapy

IV Vitamin Therapy

Vitamins hold tremendous natural power to provide energy and strength, build immunity and boost the healing capacity of the body. IV vitamin therapy is a unique health promoting procedure that can deliver excellent benefits for an individual’s health and well-being.

Dr. Neal Handel has been providing cutting cosmetic surgery as well as health treatments for the last 38 years. Dr. Handel will recommend IV vitamin therapy for suitable candidates according to their needs. As a leading plastic surgeon and renowned healthcare professional, Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA, and surrounding areas.

What is IV Vitamin Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy is a safe and effective procedure designed to deliver a controlled and health boosting dose of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other vital nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Dr. Handel and his team administer IV vitamin therapy only on the basis of definitive medical and scientific evidence.

Dr. Handel provides various combinations, which are administered as intravenous infusions. Each treatment is customized to match with the unique health needs of a patient. Dr. Handel also provides home IV therapy to help a patient recover from a hangover.

Benefits

When a customized delivery of necessary vitamins and minerals is made directly into the circulatory system, it produces an immediate therapeutic response. Prevailing deficiencies are countered effectively, cell function improves due to new infusion of energy, and the patient has greater chances of recovering from chronic conditions such as asthma, fatigue, and depression.

When IV vitamin therapy is received under professional supervision, it can provide anti-aging benefits, memory boost, and improved athletic performance. The therapy can also help a patient to combat allergies, flu, blood pressure, headaches, chronic diseases, stress, injuries and other conditions. It may also support the patient’s recovery following a cosmetic surgery procedure.

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Types of IV Vitamin Therapy

As a highly experienced plastic surgeon and holistic treatment provider, Dr. Handel provides several types of IV vitamin therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA. While Dr. Handel will customize the therapy to meet the specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies of a patient, he also provides some of the most widely accepted and proven therapeutic combinations.

Myers Cocktail

This IV vitamin therapy has been extensively popular over the last several years. The procedure can be completed in about half an hour. The therapy involves a combination of vital nutrients such as vitamins B Complex, B12, B6, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.

Stress Reliever

The strength of this IV therapy is substantially higher as compared to the Myers treatment. The dosage of the nutrients is significantly higher, and the treatment includes specific nutrients that may have suffered depletion due to stress factors. The procedure can be completed in about one to two hours. The patient will feel re-energized, healthier, and have improved mental clarity following the treatment.

Immunity Booster

This is a highly potent IV vitamin therapy to tackle infections. It includes a strong dose of vitamin C along with various other vital nutrients. The entire procedure can be completed in about three to four hours.

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.

Dr. Neal Handel: Among Santa Barbara’s Best Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Neal Handel: Among Santa Barbara’s Best Plastic SurgeonsDr. Neal Handel: Among Santa Barbara’s Best Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Neal Handel is one of the leading names in the field of reconstructive, plastic and cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. With advanced skills and training and an experience spanning nearly four decades, Dr. Handel is able to achieve outstanding results for his patients in every procedure related to the breast, body and face.

In the field of aesthetic surgery, experience of the surgeon counts more than anything else. As a highly experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel is able to visualize the optimal aesthetic appearance for a patient and produces healthy, sustainable, natural looking results that meet or exceed the patient’s expectations. He receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding communities.

Academic and Training Accomplishments

Dr. Handel went to the prestigious Yale Medical School, and has been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the original medical board with the highest standards. In addition to his commitment to his cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Handel also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical School’s Division of Plastic Surgery. He supervises and teaches young plastic surgeons completing their residencies.

Dr. Handel has written more than 60 articles in the area of breast augmentation, breast revision, and how to prevent complications, among other topics. His work has been published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. He recently completed writing and editing an advanced medical textbook, which teaches plastic surgeons special techniques for correction of complex breast problems.

Wide Recognition

Dr. Handel’s expertise is recognized both nationally and internationally. Leading medical societies such as the ASPS invite him to perform live surgery at their meetings year after year. They acknowledge him as a top expert in complex breast surgery cases.

Dr. Handel also receives hundreds of patients each year, who have been sent by other plastic surgeons, requesting Dr. Handel to address a condition they are reluctant to touch. Dr. Handel is able to resolve the condition of such patients almost invariably.

Breast Surgery and Liposuction

While Dr. Handel’s expertise in the area of breast surgery is widely acknowledged, he is also one of the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the country. As one of the pioneers in the field, he has been performing liposuction procedure ever since it was first introduced in the US about 35 years ago. Due to his experience, Dr. Handel is able to remove just the right amount of unwanted fat to maintain a balance between patient’s safety and their aesthetic goals.

Surgical Skill and Judgment

Dr. Handel’s decades of surgical experience places him in a strong position as far as surgical skill and clinical judgment is concerned. He has addressed the surgical needs of thousands of patients with a broad spectrum of needs, ranging from simple non-invasive office procedures to highly complex and advanced reconstructive surgical procedures.

Dr. Handel stays constantly updated with the latest developments and introduction of new surgical techniques and technologies in the field of plastic surgery. He introduces innovation and customization in every procedure to provide solutions that are uniquely designed to address the specific aesthetic and reconstructive needs of a patient.

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.

Hormone Replacement

Hormone Replacement

Aging and menopausal symptoms can have an adverse impact on a woman’s well-being and physical appearance. While the physical appearance can be enhanced effectively with cosmetic surgery procedures, it is also important to address the common symptoms of menopause.

Dr. Neal Handel is an experienced plastic surgeon providing the latest aesthetic as well as health treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). For nearly four decades, Dr. Handel and his team have been addressing a variety of needs of patients. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA, and surrounding communities.

What is HRT?

HRT, also known as hormone therapy, estrogen replacement therapy or menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment involving the replacement of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to provide relief from the typical symptoms of menopause. The therapy may be prescribed during or after menopause, depending on a patient’s condition.

Following menopause, most women experience a decline in the hormone levels. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, irregular sleep, and vaginal dryness, or even debilitating conditions like osteoporosis. HRT is designed to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing in the required volume. HRT has been recognized as a time tested solution to address common menopausal symptoms.

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Benefits

Hormone therapy may include either estrogen replacement or a combination of estrogen and progesterone treatment. Estrogen therapy is considered to be the most effective medical treatment for the menopause symptoms, and has been widely accepted around the world for the last many years. Numerous research studies have indicated that estrogen therapy continues to be safe and effective for many women when it is used for up to five years.

If the woman suffers from a more severe condition such as osteoporosis, which may be occurred as fallout of menopause, the treatment expert may recommend a combination of hormonal as well as non-hormonal medications. In many cases, estrogen therapy is combined with progesterone to minimize the risks and produce more effective results.

Patients should be careful about using hormone therapy for more than five years because of the potential risks involved. Dr. Handel will recommend a safe and effective hormonal treatment program, which is customized to meet the unique needs of a patient. In addition to cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic procedures, Dr. Handel also provides health procedures such as hormone therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby areas.

Need for Estrogen and Progesterone

Female body has a natural need for hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. When a woman is of child bearing age, the estrogen plays a role in the development of uterus, which is ready to receive a fertilized egg. Estrogen also controls the body’s use of calcium, and raises the levels of good cholesterol in the blood.

Progesterone in the body combined with estrogen to protect the uterus against degeneration and dreaded diseases such as cancer. Progesterone lowers the risk of uterine cancer by thinning the lining of the uterus. The physician will recommend an appropriate hormone therapy in accordance with the specific health needs of a woman.

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 Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic SurgeonsPlastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

In recent decades, plastic and cosmetic surgery practices have proliferated due to a surge in demand for various aesthetic procedures for the breast, body, and face. While most practices claim to offer the services of a qualified plastic surgeon, some of them may not actually have the right training or qualifications that are expected of a plastic surgeon.

Patient awareness becomes an important aspect in this regard, in order to ensure that they seek treatment from the most appropriate surgeon. Dr. Neal Handel is a board certified plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding communities.

Significance of Organized Plastic Surgery

All cosmetic surgery procedures are primarily elective in nature. This increases the responsibility of the surgeon manifold to ensure that a procedure must be performed only on the right candidate and under the safest of circumstances. Only a fully trained surgeon will be in a position to ensure complete patient safety and deliver results in line with the patient’s aesthetic needs and expectations.

Patients are on a safe footing when they choose a surgeon having the required certifications from or affiliations with a leading plastic surgery board or society. These organizations will ensure that their members have the requisite training and skills and adhere to the best surgical standards and practices in every procedure they perform.

Some of the prominent societies in this regard will include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as recognized local societies in every state. Dr. Handel is a distinguished plastic surgeon providing cutting edge surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and nearby areas.

Legal Backing

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS) recently earned a landmark legal victory in the 10th District US Courts of Appeals in Denver, CO. A lawsuit had been filed previously in a lower court against these societies claiming that they were conducting a patient safety and awareness campaign that created a distinction between plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

The lower court had dismissed the lawsuit, and now the Court of Appeals has upheld the previous dismissal. The key contention of the plaintiffs was that the education campaign of these societies was causing a loss of business to non-plastic surgeons. However, the appellate court did not find any legal violation by the societies in their campaign and dismissed the complaint, marking an important victory for organized plastic surgery.

‘Do Your Homework’

The campaign of the ASPS, aptly titled ‘Do Your Homework’ is aimed at raising awareness and educating people to acquire correct knowledge about the qualifications and credentials of a plastic surgeon before they go ahead with a procedure.

The recent legal victory is a reaffirmation of the public education stand taken in this campaign. The President of UPSS, Brian Brzowski, said that the court’s decision is a confirmation of the need to make people aware about the fine distinctions between certified plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

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.

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves surgical placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast tissue in order to increase the breast size. Currently, breast implant procedure is the second most sought-after cosmetic surgery in the US after liposuction. Sometimes breast implant surgery may be used as a part of breast reconstruction.

Dr. Neal Handel ranks among the most experienced breast implant plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Handel has an excellent track record of success in this procedure. He employs cutting edge techniques to help his patients achieve desirable outcomes with minimal risk of serious side effects. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding communities.

Choice of Implants

The choice of breast implants will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Breast implants are available in traditional saline and advanced silicone gel type. Different sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures are also available.

During the planning process for breast implant cosmetic surgery, Dr. Handel will help the patient make the right choice of implants. Various factors will be taken into account to ensure that the choice of implants is in sync with the patient’s overall health and aesthetic needs.

Choice of Surgical Technique

Breast implants can be placed in the subglandular or subpectoral position in the breasts, depending on the patient’s unique needs. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel along with his team, will carefully evaluate the thickness of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast glandular tissue to determine the optimal position of implants. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and nearby areas.

Procedure

Breast implant surgery can be completed in about two hours, and most patients will be able to return home the same day. The patient should have someone to drive them back home after the surgery. For out of town patients, Dr. Handel’s team can make overnight stay arrangements at a motel. The procedure is generally performed using general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation in some cases.

The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing a discreet incision below the breast crease, around the areola, or in the underarm. A breast pocket to accommodate the implant will be carved through the incision. The implant may be placed above or below the pectoral muscle as decided during the treatment planning process. Once the implant is adjusted into its position, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.

Expertise of Dr. Handel

A majority of surgeries performed by Dr. Handel are breast surgeries, and breast augmentation is an important part of his practice. Dr. Handel has performed breast augmentation on thousands of women during his extensive career spanning 35 years.

It is true that breast implant surgery may require a revision procedure or replacement in later years, and the patient should be aware of this fact. But many patients of Dr. Handel received the implants 25 or 30 years ago, and still continue to maintain the original set of implants without any need for replacement or additional surgery.

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.

Your Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon

Your Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon
In any plastic surgery procedure, the final outcome will depend to a large extent on the skills and experience of the surgeon who performs the procedure. Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA, providing advanced and innovative procedures for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Handel’s extensive experience of more than 38 years places him in a distinguished class of plastic surgeons in the country.

Throughout his illustrious career as a surgeon, Dr. Handel has been driven by a passion to achieve total patient satisfaction in every procedure that he performs. He has consistently stayed updated with the latest developments in the area of cosmetic surgery in order to provide the best in class surgical procedures to his patients. He receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby locations for various surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Combining Art and Science

Over the course of his vast experience in the field of aesthetic surgery, Dr. Handel has deeply understood and embraced a holistic approach to surgery that combines the principles of both art and science. As a plastic surgeon, his goal is to produce results that are artistically and aesthetically appealing, while at the same time, preserve and promote the patient’s long term health and well-being.

In every procedure, he manages to achieve sustainable, predictable and naturally results that continue to satisfy the patient for years to come. Patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive cutting edge cosmetic surgery procedures from Dr. Handel.

Academic Background

Dr. Handel attended the renowned Yale Medical School to receive his education in medicine. He went on to receive advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and finally became a board certified plastic surgeon with certification from the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Handel is committed to treating his patients using the highest medical standards and practices and delivers the best quality care in every procedure. During his academic journey and beyond, Dr. Handel has been the recipient of several accolades and honors, and also continued to carry out research in the area of plastic surgery.

Other Endeavors

Dr. Handel is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical School’s Division of Plastic Surgery, and supervises and teaches young plastic surgeons completing their residencies. He has published over 60 articles in scientific journals.

He recently completed work on advanced textbook, which guides plastic surgeons about latest innovations in the area of complex breast condition treatment. Dr. Handel is invited to the conferences of the ASPS year after year to perform live surgery.

Focused Expertise

Dr. Handel is a leading expert in various breast plastic surgery procedures, including complex breast revision surgeries. Another key area of Dr. Handel’s expertise is liposuction surgery. He is recognized as one of the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the US.

When the procedure was introduced in the country about 35 years ago, he was among the first ones to perform liposuction. His success rate even in complex procedures is close to 100%.

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.

Your Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center

Your Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center

Dr. Neal Handel is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 38 years of experience in the field. Dr. Handel’s state of the art plastic surgery center provides advanced and innovative surgical and non-surgical procedures for the breast, body and face. The practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technologies to support the simplest to most complex case of surgery.

Dr. Handel and his dedicated team of professionals have performed thousands of successful cosmetic surgery procedures, and enjoy a strong reputation and trust among the patients. Patients have an advantage to receive treatments in a professionally managed, warm, and welcoming environment at Dr. Handel’s practice. The center receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding communities.

Safety – A Top Priority

Dr. Handel performs many of the cosmetic surgery procedures at Coast Presidio Surgical Center, which is a freestanding ambulatory outpatient surgery center in Santa Barbara. The center is Institute of Medical Quality (IMQ) certified, which ensures top quality care. The IMQ program is officially recognized by the Medical Board of California.

One of the key safety features at Dr. Handel’s practice is his policy to work only with anesthesiologists who are board certified and licensed medical doctors. The practice works with anesthesiologists who are staff members at Cottage Hospital, even though it is legal in California for nurses to administer anesthesia.

Personalized Care

Dr. Handel has himself maintain uncompromising safety standards throughout his 38 years of career as a plastic surgeon. He ensures that every patient receives his personalized care and attention. The staff of trained nurses, technicians, medical assistants, and consultants at the practice is equally dedicated to providing the best standard of care in a professional and compassionate environment.

Right from the stage of initial consultation through pre-op evaluation, surgical procedure, and post-surgical recovery, the patient will receive committed support of a health care team that is trained to help patients to achieve their health and aesthetic goals. A holistic treatment approach ensures that the results for every patient as pleasing on the outside as they are on the inside.

Impeccable Reputation

Dr. Handel’s plastic surgery practice is well recognized among his peers and medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), both nationally and internationally. Dr. Handel is personally acknowledged as a leading expert in complex surgical breast cases and one of the pioneers in liposuction surgery in the US.

Dr. Handel’s surgery center receives hundreds of patients every year, which have been sent by other plastic surgeons, requesting Dr. Handle to correct something they are hesitant to touch. The success rate of surgery even in such complex cases at the center is nearly hundred percent.

PAL Technology

Dr. Handel’s surgical center is the only plastic surgery practice in Santa Barbara that uses a Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) technology. The PAL machine is the only US-patented liposuction instrument that employs a reciprocating motion (rather than a rotating motion) to facilitate the movement of the cannula within the tissue. This technology is designed to make the procedure less invasive and more targeted.

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.

Your Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Handel Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Neal Handel is a highly distinguished plastic surgeon providing a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. With nearly four decades of professional experience behind him, Dr. Handel is in a strong position to deliver exceptionally successful results in various surgeries related to the breast, body, and face.

Dr. Handel has maintained the highest standards of care and adopts the latest, cutting edge cosmetic surgery techniques and technologies to produce safe and desirable outcomes. He combines the principles of art and science to achieve the best patient satisfaction levels while producing results that are safe and sustainable in the long run. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA, and surrounding communities.

Customized Procedures

Dr. Handel firmly believes that plastic surgery procedures must be individualized because the anatomy and the aesthetic needs of no two patients can be alike. As an experienced plastic surgeon, he carefully listens to the patient’s personal concerns, needs and aspirations with regard to their body, and evaluates their overall health and anatomical condition.

Accordingly, he will create a customized treatment plan in close consultation with the patient to produce results that are tailored to meet their best expectations. Patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive state of the art customized cosmetic surgery procedures from Dr. Handel.

Education and Training

Dr. Handel received his medical education from the highly prestigious Yale Medical School. Following his advanced training in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, he earned a certification from the pre-eminent American Board of Plastic Surgery.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel maintains the topmost surgical standards and provides the highest quality of care to his patients. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a surgeon, he has received numerous awards and honors, and performed research in the field of plastic surgery.

Professional Engagements

Dr. Handel is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical School’s Division of Plastic Surgery. He supervises and teaches young plastic surgeons completing their residencies. More than 60 articles written by Dr. Handel have been published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, which focused on breast augmentation, revision, and how to prevent complications.

Dr. Handel recently completed writing and editing an advanced medical textbook, which teaches plastic surgeons the latest innovative techniques for correction of complex breast conditions. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons invites him to perform live surgery at their conferences year after year.

Special Expertise

Dr. Handel receives hundreds of patients a year who have been sent by other plastic surgeons with a request to correct a problem that they are reluctant to touch. Dr. Handel has a very high success rate even in such unique cases. He is an expert in the latest surgeries involving the breast, body, and face.

One of his key areas of special expertise is liposuction, and he is recognized among the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the country. In fact, he was one of the pioneers in liposuction when the procedure was introduced in the US about four decades ago.

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.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Before and After Pictures

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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.

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