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New Beverly Hills Office

Dr. Handel is pleased to announce  as of December 1, 2016 his office will operate full time from  the Beverly Hills location.  We have enjoyed living and working in Santa Barbara these past few years, but are excited  to be returning home to Los Angeles.

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel Beverly Hills Office Location

9201 Sunset Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 777-6677

Facelift Plastic Surgery Cost

Facelift Plastic Surgery Cost

Cost is as important as the doctor’s credentials while considering facelift surgery. The key to looking youthful is cosmetic surgery procedures like a facelift which erases signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin etc. to enhance physical appearance. Premature aging is triggered by environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor diet. Who wants their skin looking dull like an 80 year old when they are in their mid 40’s? The science behind age reversal isn’t discovered yet but superficial age defying techniques are in demand.

Rhytidectomy or a face lift is performed by a plastic surgeon like Dr. Neal Handel, by tightening and lifting the underlying facial muscles to incorporate sharp contouring typical of youth, back into the face. Fat pockets are also removed. Facelift surgery is nothing short of magic, you walk in to the clinic looking older than you actually are and you walk out looking 20 years younger. The detailed artist contouring is achieved only by an exemplary artistic vision. A cosmetic surgeon’s job requires special trained skill sets which highly influences the end cost of the surgery. There is a saying that a thing of beauty lasts forever, so why not beautify the first noticed appearance: the face.

Cost Factors

Doctors cost

Doctor’s experience determines if the cost. More the number of satisfied patients greater the doctor’s fee. Cosmetic surgery handled by an exclusive plastic surgeon with face lift as their area of forte generally is priced higher than the surgery over seen by a regular surgeon who also takes on cases of plastic surgery. The location of the clinic also decides the cost. Consider a clinic in a big metropolitan city where the cost of running an establishment is pricy; to compensate money spent on the clinic’s sustenance, cost of the procedure is increased. Face lifts in smaller cities are more within a set budget. A recent statistics revealed the average surgeon’s cost is $7500.

Technique

Minimal invasive surgery with insignificant scaring using current surgery technology and equipment are priced higher. The end result is naturally younger looking skin with less recovery time. Extensive surgery like superficial masculoaponeurotic system (SAMS) and deep plane facelift cost more than minima invasive surgery like short scar facelift.

Surgery cost

The added cost of administering anesthesia, the anesthesiologist’s cost, the operating room charges, medication cost, hospital fees and other similar expenses are chargeable on the patient. Anesthesia fees amount to $1000-$1300 while the hospital fee is $500-$2000.

Insurance coverage

Few policies cover cosmetic surgery. Policy covered procedures cost less upfront than those which require full payment.

Combined procedures

If you opt for a face reconstructive surgery like rhinoplasty along with a face lift the total cost will be the sum of all the individual surgeries. It will work out cheaper if you get the surgeries at once than spacing them out and undergoing individual procedures.

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.

Facelift Plastic Surgery Overview

Facelift Plastic Surgery Overview

The search for the fountain of youth is eternal. There is no mythical elixir that reverses aging. Science bestows the ability to discover or develop new technologies that can turn farfetched ideas into reality. Aging can be reversed at least superficially by a plastic surgery procedure popularly known as facelift.

Procedure

The most effective proven way to remove skin dullness, sagging and other signs of aging is by a facelift. Medically known as Rhytidectomy the procedure involves lifting off the primary layer of the skin to tighten the tissue underneath followed rolling the skin layer back on evenly. For the procedure you are sedated either by administering general anesthesia intravenously or local anesthesia to freeze sensation around specific regions. The next step is the incision that starts at the temple and ends near the chin in front of the ear to enable lifting of the skin to tighten the underlying tissues. Either fat is removed or the extra skin. The skin is then reset and the incision is closed by sutures. The scars of the surgery aren’t prominent because the location of the incision is at the place where the skin would naturally fold. Another variant is the limited access facelift where the incision is made either over the upper-lip or into the lower eye lid. Smaller incisions that are closer to the ear are also made. The cosmetic procedure extends to the neck and the chin to remove loose and sagging skin. For such procedures the cut starts at the front of the lower ear lobe and extends to the base of the hair line. Time taken to complete one facelift is several hours. Although you can go home after the surgery many prefer to stay overnight at the medical care facility.

Candidates

The results vary from person to person. For some the desired outcome is achieved by procedures that are done through non-invasive surgery like chemical peels. For some a brow lift or a neck lift might be sufficient. By having realistic expectations the end results will be more satisfactory.

The procedure is not suitable for those whose:

• Skin has lost its elasticity with minimized flexibility and suppleness.

• The bone structure of the face is not well defined and therefore doesn’t not offer the required support framework.

• A history of serious medical conditions that interfere with the process like a bleeding disorder.

Risks

Dr. Neal Handel explains that all surgeries have their own associated risks. The possible negative repercussions of a facelift are infection, uncontrolled hair loss, scarring, blood clots that might reach the lungs and heart (pulmonary embolism), allergic reaction to anesthesia, possible damage to the facial nerves that might translate to a spasm or face paralysis and bleeding below the skin.
The benefits of the procedure are exploited by men too. The procedure for both sexes is the same. Facelifts are beneficial for senior citizens who want to wipe off a certain number off their age.

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.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Costs

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery Costs Santa Barbara Breast augmentation is a major cosmetic surgery, which ought to be performed only by an experienced surgeon at a recognized surgical facility. While safety and quality continue to be the undisputed prime factors, but for a number of women, the dollar figure of the procedure still remains a starting point while considering breast augmentation.

Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience in the field. During the initial consultation process, Dr. Handel will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. His first goal is to help the patient make an informed choice. Dr. Handel receives patients for breast augmentation from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding areas.

What is the Average Cost?

As a customizable procedure with cost variations in key components such as breast implant qualities, the overall financial amount of breast augmentation can vary from one patient to another. Several other factors will also influence the cost. In terms of average cost, the national average cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery in 2014 in the US was $3,708. This is the figure provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

However, the ASPS clarified that this cost is exclusive of the costs of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and other surgical expenses. When all such dollar figure components as well as additional expenses such as the price tag for prescription medications, medical tests, mammograms, surgical accessories and post-surgical visits are considered, the total cost may range from $7,000 to $14,000.

Where the Practice is Located

Practice location is a major factor in determining the overall monetary amount of breast augmentation. In large cities as well as the ones located along the East and West Coasts, the average dollar figure of living as well as the cost of real estate is usually higher. This will reflect in higher costs of most goods and services, including plastic surgery. Therefore, the financial impact of breast augmentation in Santa Barbara, California may not be the same as the dollar amount in, say, Arizona.

Breast Implants and Your Checking Account

Silicone gel based implants will usually cost about $1,000 higher as compared to traditional saline implants. Some of the latest versions in FDA approved highly cohesive and form stable implants, which are also known as gummy bear implants, may cost about $2,000 to $3,000 higher as compared to saline implants.

Fee Charged by the Surgeon

The plastic surgeon may charge a fee for breast augmentation procedure on the basis of qualifications, experience and reputation in the field of breast surgery. According to the ASPS, it is important to choose the right surgeon for such a major procedure, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be a secondary consideration.

Insurance and Finance

The cost of breast augmentation may be covered by the health insurer only if the procedure is performed as a medical requirement following a mastectomy or as a part of breast reconstruction. Other patients can explore multiple financing options, such as compassionate finance from private medical financing firms. Such finance is usually available at competitive interest rates and easy monthly installments.

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.

Put Your Best Face Forward in 2015

shutterstock_2382844842015 is finally here! Like most people, you probably have New Year’s resolutions that you’re attempting to accomplish. Perhaps you want to eat healthier and lose weight, or maybe you want to improve your youth both inside and out. If you’ve noticed those fine lines on your forehead have worsened into wrinkles or that you seem to have developed a hollow appearance in certain areas of your face, undergoing cosmetic treatment could be a solution for you.

At his state-of-the-art practice, Dr. Neal Handel offers a wide range of FDA-approved injectables that can effectively eliminate the signs of aging and restore a noticeably more youthful appearance to your face.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

As the most popular injectable in the world, BOTOX® has been around for almost three decades. Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® is directly injected into the face to temporarily paralyze the underlying muscles. The result is immediately smoother skin that provides a much more youthful appearance over the coming months.

BOTOX® is effective in treating:

  • Wrinkles on the forehead
  • Creases between the brows
  • Crow’s feet

Fillers

Injectable fillers are made of substances that naturally occur in the body, and they diminish wrinkles by adding volume to the skin. At our Santa Barbara practice, we offer JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and RADIESSE® injectable fillers.

Fillers are effective in treating:

  • Wrinkles under the eyes
  • Smile lines
  • Loss of fat in the cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Loss of definition along the jawline

If you’d like to put your best face forward, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our Santa Barbara practice by calling (805) 682-9100 or by filling out our online contact form today. We hope you have a wonderful 2015 and look forward to seeing you soon!

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.

Nonsurgical Nose Reshaping

Woman receiving injections into the top of her noseAs the central feature of the face, the nose can have a big impact on a person’s overall appearance. While a balanced nose generally goes unnoticed because it blends well with the rest of the facial features, a disproportionate nose can detract from facial harmony and negatively affect one’s appearance.

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for improving the size, shape, and function of the nose. This highly complex procedure can significantly improve the nose, but it can also be unpredictable and requires downtime to recover afterward. Fortunately for those who want fast results without the strains of surgery, recent products and techniques have been developed that allow for corrections to be made to the nose without any surgery or downtime at all.

Nose Reshaping With Fillers

Soft tissue “fillers” such as JUVÉDERM® and RADIESSE® are used to add volume to the skin to smooth out bumps, indentations, or concavities in the nose. These fillers are carefully and strategically injected beneath the skin with a fine needle to enhance the fullness and improve the contours of the nose.

Fillers can improve the following nasal features:

  • A drooping tip
  • Bumps or concavities on the bridge
  • Indented scars
  • Other depressions

However, it is important for patients to realize that fillers cannot decrease the overall size of the nose.

See Your Results Before the Procedure

Patients who are interested in nonsurgical nose reshaping can have Dr. Handel perform a “test demonstration” to see what their results will look like. He injects a saltwater solution into the areas where the filler would be placed, and this demonstrates the improvement to the contours of the nose that can be achieved. The body will naturally absorb the solution within a few hours, and patients can decide whether they want to have the more permanent filler procedure performed.

If you are interested in nonsurgical nose reshaping, please call (805) 682-9100 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Handel has extensive experience with both surgical and nonsurgical rhinoplasties and looks forward to helping you look and feel your best.

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.

Male Procedures on the Rise

Although plastic surgery is an industry dominated by female patients, the number of males undergoing cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased over the years. According to statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there was a 273 percent increase in the number of men who underwent cosmetic procedures between 1997 and 2013. This increase can be attributed to a variety of things, from the growing value placed on looking younger and being in better shape to the developments for the safety and efficiency of plastic surgery.

The following were the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures among men in 2013 (ASAPS statistics):

Surgical Procedures

Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Botulinum toxin injectables: BOTOX®, Dysport®, XEOMIN® (384,672)
  • Hyaluronic acid injectables: JUVÉDERM®, Perlane®, Restylane®, BELOTERO BALANCE® (133,173)
  • Hair removal: laser or pulsed light (128,292)
  • Photorejuvenation: intense pulsed light or IPL (43,427)
  • Chemical peels (31,398)

A Healthy and Youthful Appearance

Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure, with eyelid surgery and nose surgery almost tied at a close second having approximately half the number of procedures. This shows the increasing desire for a slender figure and youthful, balanced facial features, even among men. The most popular non-surgical procedures reinforce the desire for a youthful face, as all of them besides hair removal are designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots associated with aging. Although hyaluronic acid injectables and botulinum toxin injectables both treat signs of aging in the face, BOTOX® is the most known injectable and treats the eye and forehead areas, which are areas where men commonly develop early signs of aging.

Plastic surgery is definitely not just for women, and increasing numbers of men are learning about the many benefits these procedures can offer, including increased self-esteem and confidence. If you are interested in any cosmetic procedure, please call (805) 682-9100 or fill out our online contact form for more information. Dr. Neal Handel is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, is a member of prestigious plastic surgery societies, and has over 35 years of experience in plastic 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.

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