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Puppy Plastic Surgery

Wanting to look good, wanting to primp, and wanting to feel beautiful are all fairly common and quite natural feelings. To a degree we may even push these views on our pets, especially dog breeds that have long hair. All you have to do is watch a dog show and you’ll see how much pride some owners taken their dog’s appearance, not to mention how they perform in the shows themselves. But I’d have to say that grooming your dog, and shelling out cash on a plastic surgery procedure for your dog, are two very different things.

Firstly, my California plastic surgery practice does not perform puppy plastic surgery. In fact, even if you do own a dog that needs plastic surgery for a medical reason, it is usually done by a q.ualified veterinarian, and maybe a plastic surgeon The truth is not all plastic surgery procedures performed on dogs are unnecessary. In fact, breeds such as Bulldogs and Shar-Peis sometimes have their excessive wrinkles cut away due to high risk of infection down the road. Bulldogs, and other dogs with flatter faces also have a tendency to have breathing problems. These are plausible reasons to have your dog undergo a form of plastic surgery that will suit their medical needs.

However, some dog owners are becoming a little too eccentric when it comes to their lovable pups. In recent news, a 7 year old Bulldog named Munson received testicle implants, because the owner was embarrassed by Munson’s neutered sack hanging out in the open for everyone to see. Like ear cropping and tail docking, this is type of procedure is incredibly unnecessary for the dog.

Interestingly enough, statistics show that it is usually men who want these Neuticals implanted in their dogs. Dogs aren’t aware of what they are lacking, nor do they care. Money for such an unnecessary procedure could easily be donated to shelters and adoption programs that truly need this money.

I can’t help but not be surprised, however. We, ourselves, want to appear put together, beautiful, and youthful, so it may only be natural to try and impress this upon our pets too. However, when it comes down to it, we may be better off attempting to rescue and save dogs instead of placing implants in them so they may appear to be intact. The fact of the matter is, they won’t ever know the difference.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

Aging and Car Exhaust

In sunny California, cosmetic procedures have a lot to do with fixing aging skin. The more wrinkles we have, the more we worry about how old we appear to others. To combat wrinkles I perform procedures and treatments such as face lifts, Botox and laser skin resurfacing. But have you ever wondered if it’s not just age causing your wrinkles?

Recent studies show that car exhaust and soot is now deemed the third major modifiable factor that causes skin to age early. The top factor is ultraviolet rays, while second place is taken by tobacco smoke. This means that living in a highly populated area could be part of the reason your skin has begun to wrinkle earlier than expected.

It’s been known that soot and car exhaust can be bad for the respiratory system and that it causes minor cognitive failure in the elderly. It even has been linked to type 2 diabetes and is now being studied to see if it is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. But the fact that it can induce skin aging is yet another strike against industrial areas.

Unless you literally live in the country, it’s hard to avoid excessive car exhaust and soot. But you can contribute to the environment by cutting back on the amount you drive, and walk or ride a bike instead. If you live in a heavily populated industrial area, be sure to take extra care of your skin. And when all else fails, there are treatments to combat those early wrinkles at my California plastic surgery practice.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev, MD

Thyroid Surgery Doesn’t Have To Be Ugly

A thyroidectomy is not a procedure I do, however, my California plastic surgery practice does see many patients that have undergone the procedure who want to fix their post-op scarring on their necks. In California, laser skin resurfacing is a great way of treating those scars. Interestingly enough, due to the high amount of thyroidectomy patients coming to plastic surgeons afterwards, otolaryngologists are now using a few plastic surgeon techniques to cut back the intensity of thyroidectomy scars.

One of the techniques being used is marking the incision sites while the patient is sitting up. By doing this the incision site falls in a more natural area compared to if the site was marked after the patient was lying down and gravity was pulling at the skin in a different direction. These surgeons are also working on trimming any traumatized skin edges to minimize scarring, as well as using surgical glue instead of sutures to close up. Of course, the main focus is to take care of the thyroid, so you cannot expect an extravagant plastic surgeon touch. Otolaryngologists are not specifically trained in plastic surgery, let alone facial plastic surgery, after all.

I, on the other hand, am a highly regarded facial plastic surgeon. I am highly qualified to work on those scars that you’d love to get rid of. Not only that, I can perform a facelift and get rid of your scars at the same time, giving you an overall better appearance after your thyroidectomy.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

How Young Will A Facelift Make You Look?

A number of my clients that come into my California Plastic Surgery office wonder just how young a facelift will make a person look. The truth is that the specific answer is highly subjective, and in reality, is in the eye of the patient. However, a new study may be able to finally shed some light on this subject.

Eric Swanson, M.D., recently published a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He studied 82 women and 11 men, all relatively the same age, who had undergone facelift procedures between 2002 and 2007. Facelift surgical satisfaction results were comparable to prior results in which patients reported improved self-esteem, higher quality of life, and positive reactions to their new appearance.

When these same patients were asked how young they thought they appeared, the average answer was 12 years, while some patients went as far to claim they looked up to 27 years younger. It was reported that at least one patient did not think they appeared any younger.

It should be kept in mind that not all patients only received facelifts. Some received brow lifts and/or eyelid surgeries, meaning this could have caused a spike in an even younger appearance. The general consensus, however, is that facelifts do in fact cause you to appear younger, up to about twelve years, but also depends on how the patients perceive themselves.

Have you gotten a facelift? How young do you think it made you look?

To your health & beauty,

Vip Dev, MD