Ideal Facial Procedures For Your Summer Staycation

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When your friends are booked with trips and vacations all summer and your partner is bogged down with work, summer can feel like a real bore. So why not use this time to address your facial concerns that you’ve been putting off for years?

Your face is truly one of your most defining characteristics, as it’s a feature you show to the world every single day. If you’re unhappy with its appearance, your self-confidence may begin to suffer and you may even avoid social gatherings completely.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer a handful of facial procedures to target your aesthetic concerns and even help ease your medical issues. Patients come to us for a variety of surgical needs, but two of our most common procedures are facelift and rhinoplasty.

When Should You Consider a Facelift?

When you still feel like a 20-year-old at heart, it can be disheartening to notice unsightly wrinkles and crow’s feet. Unfortunately, physical signs of aging tend to show up on the face and neck first.

A facelift by Dr. Elias can help to restore your youthful-looking glow and boost your self-image. This surgical procedure is ideal for those hoping to diminish excess chin fat or lift sagging cheeks.

Also referred to as a rhytidectomy, a facelift can restore many of your other facial concerns too, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loose neck skin (when combined with neck lift)
  • Excess chin fat
  • Jowls and Marionette lines
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Hanging facial fat

Similar to other surgical procedures, a facelift requires patients to undergo a significant recovery period. Bruising and swelling are likely side effects and can take up to two weeks to completely subside, which makes your summer staycation the perfect time to receive facial rejuvenation.

Rhinoplasty: Is it Right For You?

Because the nose sits front and center of your face, a rhinoplasty can drastically change your entire appearance. More commonly known as a nose job, this surgical procedure is ideal for those unhappy with the look of their nose. Whether your concerns stem from birth defects, injuries or other conditions, a nose job by Dr. Elias will help to reshape and resize your nose and nostrils.

But rhinoplasty can do much more than just address your aesthetic concerns—it also provides medical benefits. If you suffer from a deviated septum, you know how something as basic as breathing can be a difficult task. Other medical concerns, like a cleft lip, palate or traumatic injury may also be corrected with rhinoplasty.

After surgery, many of our patients experience significant bruising around the eyes and nose. Depending on your reconstruction needs, your full recovery could take weeks or even months. By receiving rhinoplasty in the summer, you can recover comfortably from home as your newly-crafted nose settles into place. By the time autumn rolls around, you’ll be ready to show off the new you.

We know that your motivations to receive surgery are often very personal, and we are here to help answer your questions and concerns. We’d be happy to set you up with a consultation at our Sherman Oaks practice to get you started on your aesthetic goals. Call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today at 818-616-6685.

3 Ways to be Bikini Ready This Summer

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Summer is officially here, and that means long days of lounging beachside with your favorite gal pals. As a woman, your physique is accentuated by your body’s unique curves and shapely breasts. But when the size, proportion or setting of your breasts cause you to lose self-confidence, it can feel impossible to rock your favorite two piece.

Whether through aging, genetics, major weight fluctuation or childbearing, the appearance of your breasts can transform over time. When these lifestyle changes begin to affect the size, shape and volume of your breasts, it may be time to consider a cosmetic breast procedure.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, our team of dedicated surgical artists can boost your femininity. Our practice offers three different ways to achieve beautiful-looking breasts that fit your needs.

Breast Augmentation

If you suffer from breasts that are too small or disproportionate from one another, or have undergone a mastectomy, you may benefit from receiving breast implants. Also known as an augmentation mammoplasty, this surgical procedure is beneficial for women wanting to increase the size and volume of their breasts.

With a breast augmentation by Dr. Elias, you can expect nothing but the best. He understands that every body is unique and will take the time to discuss with you the implant and placement options. Both our saline and silicone-filled implants are safe and effective, and it really comes down to your preference on how they look and feel. Breast enhancement patients can expect a full recovery within three to six months following the procedure.

Breast Lift

When aging and extreme weight loss cause your breast tissues to weaken and sag, a surgical lift can be an easy solution. Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift can get rid of the sagging skin and raise the breasts to a new position. By reshaping the tissues, this procedure also provides a slight increase in volume and symmetrical placement.

It’s important to note that a breast lift does not necessarily guarantee full volume restoration, but instead is a great first step to lifting the breasts into a higher position. Should you desire more dramatic results, Dr. Elias may recommend implants with your breast lift.

Breast Reduction

Women with overly large breasts know that certain activities, like running and other exercises, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Having too large of breasts can even lead to physical health complications that can make it difficult to walk and perform normal activities. In fact, one of the most common complaints of patients with large breasts is daily back pain.

For these reasons and more, women often turn to SCCSA for a breast reduction. This procedure can not only reduce overall breast size, but also reshape the breasts and add symmetry to the areola nipple complex. In an individualized consultation with Dr. Elias, you will receive a full body dimensional measurement to determine the correct proportions for your body. Following the recovery period, almost all of our patients describe the reduction as a great relief. Find Rejuvenation

We believe that every woman’s body is unique and should be celebrated. With the help of Dr. Elias, you can create a feminine physique you are proud of. Here at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, your vision matters and our team will sit down with you to discuss and fully understand your aesthetic goals.

To see if a cosmetic breast procedure is right for you, give us a call at 818-616-6685.

Loving Your Look: How Genioplasty and Facial Implants Are Helping

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Many of the cosmetic procedures men and women look for are those that modify body shape and proportion. At the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts—while we do all of these body shaping procedures and more—Dr. Elias performs procedures that create symmetry and aesthetic balance within the face. Genioplasty is one of these procedures that address malalignment within the chin and jawline.

If you’re looking to enhance facial contours and strengthen your bone structure, the chin and jawline are the best place to start as they are at the core of facial symmetry. There are two ways in which Dr. Husam Elias performs genioplasty, by using implants or through a sliding genioplasty technique. You’ll be interested to know there is hope to change the overall shape of your face to appear more masculine or feminine. Genioplasty and facial implants may be the key to loving your look.

Common Conditions Treated by Genioplasty

  • Malalignment
  • Serious injury
  • Birth defects

We explained that genioplasty carefully tailors definition within the jawline and chin, but you may be wondering why. Genioplasty reshapes the chin and jawline for those that were born with receding or protruding chin, as well as any imbalance from injury or underdevelopment. No two patients of ours are alike at SCCSA when it comes to their natural bone structure. If you’re looking at your profile in the mirror right now and noticing that your jawline juts too far forward or it recedes into your neck, then genioplasty might be something to consider.

The above bullet points are the main reasons that patients are recommended for genioplasty, but these are blanket conditions. We’ll identify congenital conditions below that you or your child may have and want to correct. These conditions are:

Retrognathia—This condition refers to the pulled back or receding chin we talked about above. The maxilla or mandible may be the cause of this malformation of the chin and jawline. Depending on how far retracted the chin is and how much of the jawline remains, Dr. Elias can correct retrognathia by cutting the jawbone forming the chin. By cutting the chin and sliding this part of the bone forward, Dr. Elias can extend the jawbone and create the illusion of a naturally balanced chin—a sliding genioplasty.

Microgenia—At birth, the jawline is malformed or underdeveloped. This type of malformation includes many classes of defects including Crying Cat Syndrome where the jawbone reverts into the larynx or voice box. Children with this condition often have it corrected immediately since it warps the voice, so they sound like a cat when they cry. Another condition you may have been aware of since childhood is a softened jaw bone which is quite delicate and requires additional support since the bone is unable to harden. Chin implants can offer that protection and support for the weakened bone while creating shape and definition.

These chin augmentation surgeries are performed on children and adults to correct medical conditions, but enhancing your chin and jawline are considered cosmetic and optional. Dr. Elias will explain where your procedure falls in these categories by defining a particular condition, if one exists, and modifying the problem.

Chin implants are changing the game for many patients since they’re a safe addition to the jawline as a sterile body that is made of silicone and molded to your ideal shape. Dr. Elias can combine both sliding genioplasty and the addition of chin implants in the same procedure. There are many benefits to genioplasty including speech and psychological benefits that improve confidence.

Dr. Elias can help you manage any of these chin and jawline conditions and restore balance to the face. Make your appointment for genioplasty with Dr. Elias today by calling us at 818-616-6685.

How To Prepare For Cosmetic Surgery

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If you’ve decided to take the next steps for cosmetic surgery, we’re happy for you and can’t wait for you to see a positive change. Dr. Elias sees so many patients each week that are hoping for that same outcome, but their reasons are entirely different and yours may be too. Cosmetic surgery has the potential to correct serious injury and trauma to your skin and structures, those that have had a significant impact on your appearance. These surgeries help people to correct congenital disabilities that are a constant issue and those that only want to turn back the clock.

The gem that ties all of these reasons together and why you’ve decide to have cosmetic surgery, is that life is enhanced because of it. Dr. Husam Elias dedicates his life to cosmetic surgery, helping people just like you move forward with their lives with confidence and agency. If you have confidence and feel great about your appearance, then the possibilities for you are endless. Over the years of his life and practice, Dr. Husam Elias has seen his patients blossom as their comfort increases and they feel ready to go out and mingle with the world.

So how to prepare for surgery, now that you’ve decided that this is what you need to live well and what will reduce your social stress?

Lifestyle Changes Leading Up to Cosmetic Surgery

As soon as you’ve decided to look into cosmetic surgery, the last deciding factor is to find out if you’re the right candidate for the surgery. What that classification truly means is that these surgeries are designed for people that live healthy lifestyles. Dr. Elias wants you to see and feel long lasting benefits when you decide to have surgery. If you’re someone that doesn’t plan to quit smoking or doesn’t take care of your skin, then the results of cosmetic surgery won’t last; you may even be put at high risk for infection and complications down the line.

Cosmetic surgery can provide you with great results if you take care of yourself. Our job is to improve your life, not to make it worse. That being said, there are some lifestyle changes you will need to make to be the perfect candidate for these surgeries. These guidelines are ultimately for you and your health so take these suggestions to heart and make the change before surgery. A few things you should look to change:

  • An unbalanced or unhealthy diet
  • Boost your activity if you lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce your drinking, especially if you’re going in for surgery
  • Take care to lower stress and improve your mental well-being

Physical health is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a clear head can help you understand why you want to pursue cosmetic surgery and make the right decision. Lifestyle changes like fueling your body with healthy foods and increasing your activity can improve your mindset. At SCCSA, Dr. Elias focuses on the mind and body connection so that you feel ready to have surgery and can recovery nicely. Get started on some of these small changes and see how you feel in a couple of weeks then schedule your appointment with us.

Appointments and Check-Ins With Your Surgeon

As soon as you make your appointment for a surgical consultation with Dr. Elias, you’re part of the SCCSA family and that means personalized care throughout the surgery. Dr. Elias will check in with you after each phase of treatment and make himself available to you for questions as you make adjustments to your surgical plan and in recovery. You want to know that the surgeon you decide to work with is one that will check in and help you through any issues you encounter.

Preparing for Recovery

In recovery, there may be days that you need some extra help and we want to make sure that you have that. Dr. Elias recommends creating a list of your potential support team, such as friends and family that can drive you home after surgery or sit with you the first day back. Recovery is different for everyone and some may require more or less time. Dr. Elias and his medical staff will give you everything you need before the surgery to plan ahead and some things to take home with you once you’re done.

To find out more about what cosmetic surgery can do for you at SCCSA, call our front desk today at 818-616-6685.

What To Know Before Your First Visit

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Whenever you decide to pop into your surgeon’s office for a consultation, there is probably a list of things you’ll need to bring with you to make sure you and your surgeon share the right information with one another. Every piece of information counts and these are the keys to success when consulting so that Dr. Elias has all the information he needs to determine whether the surgery is the right one. When you set up your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we will tell you which items to bring so that you’re fully prepared.

While these pieces of information are helpful to determine the fit of the surgery, they also allow you to better prepare with any questions you might have for Dr. Elias. To start, we like for every patient to bring in a list of their current medications and any X-rays taken by referring physicians. Any reconstructive surgeries with a particular medical history are best performed with all information ready to go.

The questions you have are addressed during your first meeting with Dr. Elias, and we encourage you to bring them, so you feel ready to move forward with surgery. We are only as successful as your experience from the first moment you walk in until your procedure is complete. We also want you to know that you have the opportunity to check out all of our before and after photos, so you know what to expect.

Recap of what to bring with you on your first visit:

  • List of your most current medications
  • Copy of your insurance information
  • List of questions you have for Dr. Elias
  • Referral slip and any previous radiographs, CT scans or MRI if needed

Am I a candidate for surgery?

One of the most common questions that we have and address is whether or not you will be the best candidate for the surgery. As long as you are healthy and a nonsmoker without prior conditions that could affect the outcome of the surgery, you’re a great fit! Certain procedures do have requirements such as those for liposuction since we encourage patients to have tried healthy weight loss before looking into fat reduction. For a surgery like this, if we remove excess fat from the body it doesn’t mean you cannot gain the weight back. Liposuction requires that you make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off and it’s important that we don’t offer you a surgery that will have risks if it’s not necessary.

What lifestyle changes will I need to make?

We want you to achieve the results you want from your surgical procedures, and that means only offering you the right surgery for your lifestyle. As mentioned before, we like to make sure that clients are paired accurately with their surgical procedures and that we don’t perform an unnecessary surgery or that we do it at the right time. Liposuction candidates are encouraged to make a lifestyle change such as committing to a healthier diet with daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight or be quite close to the reduced weight they’re hoping to achieve.

Any facelift procedure will not last as long as you expect unless you stop smoking. Smoking isn’t the best thing for your skin and will cause increased aging even after you’ve asked for a surgical lift and tightening of the skin. Being realistic about what is possible and the lifespan on a procedure is important, but that begins with your lifestyle. So make these decisions with care, and we can help with the rest.

Now you know what you need to bring with you and what to expect from surgical procedures at SCCSA, so give us a call and make your appointment today at 818-616-6685.

Putting Your Best Face Forward in 2017

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In California, we are at the epicenter of beauty, sunshine, and fun, and Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is in the middle of hot Hollywood culture. Dr. Elias talks to his patients every day about their cosmetic goals for the year, and many of them are focused on finding the best possible solutions for a fresh, youthful face to stand out from the crowd. Our treatments and procedures at SCCSA are selected for the purpose of putting your best face forward in 2017.

How Aging Modifies the Face

If you are like many of the patients that come through our doors, you’ve probably noticed a few early signs of aging starting with wrinkles and deep folds, loose skin and volume loss. There are lots of ways aging can affect your skin, especially the soft tissues in the face since this area is usually left defenseless against the sun. Over time the deepest supporting structures in the face will soften, things like bone strength and that of muscles. A thin layer of fatty tissue separates your muscles from your skin, but age causes them to become thin, and that space causes wrinkles to appear. Eventually, the skin will become loose and begin to fall to a lowered position.

When you reach your mid-forties and fifties, many of these changes have already started, and a facelift is a surgery that will reset the face to a higher, tighter and fuller position. Aging is just a part of life, but how you modify the effects of aging can help you maintain a confident outlook on life in 2017. We will explain the benefits of this delicate surgery, the different types of a facelift and what you can expect from each at SCCSA.

Benefits of Facelift:

Restores youthful appearance Raises and anchors deeper layers of muscle Restructures the face to restore balance and symmetry Invigorates circulation in the tissues for healthy cells Restores self-assurance

Types of Facelift

As soon as you schedule your consultation for a facelift with Dr. Husam Elias at SCCSA, he will conduct a full skin analysis to assess the condition of your muscle layer, bone density, skin and overall health. There are three areas of the face he will appraise after you express your concerns about facial aging, which are the upper face, midface and lower face and neck. If every section of the face requires significant lifting and restructuring of the underlying tissues in addition to the removal of excess skin, a full facelift is the best option.

However, if you only exhibit severe sagging and volume loss in the midface which includes the cheeks and jowl formation at the jawline, then a mini-facelift may be just what you need. Finally, if you show signs of an advanced turkey neck with sagging in the jawline, a lower face and neck lift can be performed. It’s important to know that if you don’t need a full facelift, Dr. Elias will not recommend one.

Conditions Facelift Resolves:

  • Deep developed wrinkles and folds
  • Jowls
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Turkey neck
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Lip lines
  • Bunny lines around the nose
  • Frown lines

Who makes an ideal candidate?

An ideal candidate is someone that is in relatively good healthy without any serious medical conditions, doesn’t smoke or drink heavily. At SCCSA, the ideal clients for a facelift are those that have reasonable expectations concerning the final result. Dr. Elias will review all of your surgical facelift options, show you the benefits of each surgery depending on your unique needs, as well as compare patient before and after photos.

At SCCSA, you will feel confident in your decision to choose a surgical facelift for a fresh appearance in 2017. Call our office to schedule your facelift consultation today at 818-616-6685.

Put Your Freshest Face Forward in the New Year

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Everyone wants to start off the first part of the year with a bang that will carry on through fall, but the best way to do it is by starting on the inside and working your way out. The way we treat our bodies begins the process to put your freshest face forward in the New Year. When we alter our mindset toward a better, positive future, the more it will show in our confidence and our ability to enjoy life. Plan for a complete change in the way you live to see and feel the benefits of your commitment to yourself to live and be well. Healthy lifestyle changes will allow you to make modifications to your diet, therefore improving your moods and energy to experience new things. Also, surgical procedures can further enhance your look this year, and SCCSA can help you get there.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Younger Skin

Many of our patients at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts are concerned about their skin and we know you’ve probably noticed some differences as you age. Committing to a healthier lifestyle in mind and body can give you back the gift of younger looking skin before you decide on cosmetic treatments to make the changes for you. As a matter of fact, Dr. Elias encourages these lifestyle changes first before considering cosmetic procedures. Once you’ve made these lifelong changes to your diet and mindset, you can reward yourself with our surgical offerings to smooth over the edges and any fine lines and wrinkles that stand in your way.

Diet

You’ve told yourself you’ll cut out the sweets and drink more water. Instead of waiting until tomorrow, put down the soda and start now. Dr. Elias explains the reasoning behind these common recommendations for a clearer complexion and healthier skin from the deepest dermal layer on out. High amounts of sugar, processed foods, and caffeinated substances can dry out your skin, cause uncomfortable inflammation and reduce healthy circulation.

If you reduce the number of sugars you have each day and learn what your skin needs to replenish healing nutrients and water molecules from within, you’ll notice the glow and suppleness return to your cheeks. Wrinkles, volume loss and thinning in the skin are less likely to occur when the skin is cared for by vitamins and essential nutrients. Also, healthier foods will give you the energy you need to get off the couch and get active!

Exercise

Believe it or not, the more you exercise the easier it becomes to continue on a healthy routine. Going on a brisk walk, jogging, weight lifting and fluid movements like yoga and Pilates can help you increase muscle strength, boost endorphin production to achieve those feel good vibes all year long, and improve your circulation. Increased circulation has so many benefits that it’s unbelievable. Once you get moving so does the oxygen throughout your body which can help the heart reduce its workload so you can focus on releasing stress and muscle tension. Lower stress means a happy, balanced system to allow you to sleep easy and smoothly regenerate skin cells for a rested and relaxed look. People will wonder how you outsmarted Father Time!

Mindfulness

Altering your mindset will help you make these changes. Once you believe these changes can happen and you have the will to do them, you will accomplish your goals. Our patients at SCCSA always know we’re here to help them through the most difficult changes in life. At SCCSA, we believe in you, so you should too! Positivity attracts good things in life, so it is time you try to be more positive in life.

How Surgical Rejuvenation Can Jumpstart a Change

Now that you’ve done the hard work and can see a swift difference in the way your skin looks and how you feel on the inside, surgical rejuvenations with Dr. Husam Elias can jumpstart your results. While a healthy diet and exercise can help rejuvenate cellular production, shave off the weight and improve your moods, wrinkles, and fine lines need a little help. Our facelift procedure can reduce sagging skin and reposition supporting muscles in the face and neck to refresh your look; adding a brow lift to the mix will enhance the facelift procedure since most people find the eyes change the mood of the face with loose and hanging lids.

The center of the face, the nose, might benefit from surgical modification as it brings symmetry and youth to your features. The nose isn’t something that can be altered by diet and exercise, but if you’re looking to bring balance to your facial features in the New Year, rhinoplasty can fix that. Call SCCSA to book your consultation for enhancing surgical procedures at 818-616-6685.

Plastic Surgery Shaming: It’s Not Okay


Depending on the amount of exposure you’ve had to cosmetic surgical procedures, you may or may not know how common they are or what purpose they serve for patients all over the world. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we want to talk about a serious topic that causes unnecessary stress for our patients and countless others—plastic surgery shaming; it’s not okay.

Television shows and major motion pictures paint plastic surgery in a less than positive light with characters portraying overdone treatments such as disproportionate and over plump lips, oversized breasts or unrealistically tight facelifts. Plastic surgery isn’t like this at all, and it’s unfair to judge people interested in surgery because you may not know what their reasons are.

Why it Isn’t Okay

It’s important to know that plastic surgery is about making the most naturally appearing results something to look forward to for people that experience reduced self-esteem and physical pain. Plastic surgery isn’t just about looking good, although that’s a positive aspect, it’s also about making someone’s life easier and pleasant. Before you think about passing judgment, understanding what goes into these procedures and why may offer you some insight that will change your perspective.

Plastic surgery can help people suffering from congenital defects or serious injuries such as scars and disfigurement. These procedures help women with excess breast tissue save their backs from lifelong stress, pain, and social discomfort. Plastic surgery can help someone with large ears or an asymmetrical nose from embarrassment, breathing issues and lowered self-esteem. It’s not just for one particular group of people or another, and it’s not always for the same reason. By judging a person for their decision to have plastic surgery done, you’re making it difficult for them to improve their situation. Be respectful.

How it Affects Women of All Ages (Even Young)

Girls grow into the women we see around us every day and criticism on body image can cause serious mental stress. If there’s something we can change to help them become more confident women as they grow or continue as strong leaders in the community, then plastic surgery can give them that. Unfortunately, the world is cruel, and the physical is often prized over substance. Plastic surgery isn’t just about that, though, we promote well-being and never make our patients look overdone. We help them understand the beauty in their unique appearance. While we can enhance beauty with surgical and nonsurgical procedures, we cannot replace wellness in the mind and spirit. The more support we give our women to modify only what’s needed to help them feel powerful throughout their lives is what we will offer.

Surgical and nonsurgical procedures should be more openly talked about so that the positive benefits patients receive are better known. We take time and care at SCCSA under the direction of Dr. Husam Elias to share these ideas and information. If you’re someone who is considering any of these procedures such as rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, facelift or anti-aging injections, call to schedule your appointment with Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today at 818-616-6685.