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Saline vs. Silicone Implants: How To Choose?

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When you decide to undergo a Bellevue breast augmentation, it can often be overwhelming to look at all the possible breast implant options. The first choice you will need to make is the type of implant you want. In the United States, there are two FDA approved implants commonly used by plastic surgeons, saline and silicone. Choosing between silicone vs. saline requires consideration of your anatomy, health, and goals.    The difference between these two breast implants is what they are filled with. Saline implants consist of a silicone shell that Dr. Jonov inserts and then fills with sterile water. Silicone implants come pre-filled and consist of a thicker, viscous silicone gel. So, how do you choose between saline vs. silicone implants?  

Saline Implants

The major advantage that saline implants have over silicone is that they can be inserted through a smaller incision. Additionally, in the event of a rupture, it is noticeable almost immediately. They also are usually less expensive than silicone implants. Yet, saline implants have a higher risk of rippling and most women believe they do not look or feel as natural. However, if a woman already has a significant amount of breast tissue, this implant option may serve her goals well.   

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants account for most of the breast augmentation surgeries performed in the US. This is largely because they mimic natural breast tissue and the advancements of gummy bear breast implants. In the rare event of a rupture, gummy bear implants are more likely to hold their shape. Many patients prefer the results with silicone implants and they are considered just as safe as saline implants. They are also popular for breast reconstruction surgeries and FTM breast augmentation.    To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online
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Debunked: BOTOX For Hyperhidrosis Causes You To Sweat Elsewhere

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BOTOX is best known as a cosmetic injectable that relaxes the muscles and can smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, BOTOX has many medical uses, including treating a sweating disorder known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating, usually in one part of the body, like the armpits, hands, or feet. However, in rarer cases, it can afflict the entire body. BOTOX for hyperhidrosis has become a popular treatment for excessive sweating. When injected, BOTOX works to limit the activity of sweat glands by reducing the signals they receive. This causes a reduction in sweating and can improve the quality of life for many people who have hyperhidrosis. Some worry that treating the area with BOTOX will cause another area of the body to excessively sweat. Luckily, this is a myth. BOTOX for hyperhidrosis will temporarily stop sweating in the treated area. Although, to maintain these results, patients will need to refresh their injections occasionally. Other parts of the body (and even usually the treated area) can sweat normally. But, treating underarm sweating with BOTOX should not cause the bottoms of the feet to begin sweating excessively. At a consultation, Dr. Jonov can evaluate whether BOTOX could effectively treat your hyperhidrosis. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery to treat hyperhidrosis, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Cosmetic Surgery Recovery: Caring For Your Incision & Scar Care

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After any surgery, caring for the incision is crucial to a safe recovery. Cosmetic surgery patients often value minimizing their scars as much as they can. This starts with the proper care following surgery and extends for the first year or more. Immediately after surgery, it is imperative to follow Dr. Jonov’s instructions concerning your incision. Every surgery is different and caring for an incision on the abdomen is different from caring for a facelift incision. Typically, Dr. Jonov will advise to avoid getting the area wet for a time to discourage infection. He may also prescribe an antibiotic. Dr. Jonov will then recommend our proprietary prescription scar protocol that you will use for the next 12 months. This 5 phase protocol cares for the incision to reduce the look of your surgical scar and is the gold standard of incision and scar care. It is important to start it as soon as possible to garner the best results. Each phase is perfectly curated to treat a specific stage of the healing process. In general, the protocol must be started within 6 months of surgery. If you have an older scar, or want to further minimize your scar, microneedling can smooth the texture and look of surgical scars. This can work on older scars. While it may not make the scar totally disappear, it can smooth a rough scar and contribute to an improved appearance.  To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Preventative BOTOX: Why The Younger Generation Has Already Started BOTOX

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BOTOX has become a household name for the injections used to prevent wrinkle formation. Normally, BOTOX is used to treat formed wrinkles, or early forming wrinkles. Partially and temporarily paralyzing the nerves and muscles in the area, it limits the repetitive movements that cause wrinkles. Due to this, BOTOX was typically considered a treatment to begin in middle age. However, today, many young people, even those in their twenties, have begun using BOTOX to prevent the formation of wrinkles. This use of BOTOX treatment is known as preventative BOTOX. Is it safe? Is it effective? BOTOX is widely considered one of the safest cosmetic treatments on the market. Therefore, receiving small doses of the injectable is perfectly safe. As far as the efficacy, BOTOX has proven to prevent and delay the onset of wrinkles. Although, it cannot fully stop them from forming. Yet, results will vary from patient to patient and on individual lifestyles.  For the absolute best results, young patients should be strategic about when they begin preventative BOTOX injections, where they receive them, and receive fewer units than those treating deep lines. Additionally, some young people get BOTOX injections for medical reasons like migraines and hyperhidrosis. As BOTOX continues to be studied, more medical uses will surely be discovered. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov or an injector, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.  
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