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Laser Hair Removal: A 15 Minute Procedure That Can Save You Money

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Constantly buying razors that we throw away and spending extra time in the shower to make sure that we don’t miss a single hair adds up in the long run. However, there is an easier and much more cost effective way to make sure our skin is smooth and hairless.

Laser hair removal performed by one our Master Estheticians removes hair and nearly guarantees that you will not see additional hair growth in the area. This means you will no longer have to buy disposable razors. Laser hair removal can be done in as little as 15 minutes.

Our Master Estheticians can perform the procedure almost anywhere you have hair. The most popular locations for laser hair removal include: legs, bikini line, chin, and armpits. The fall and winter months are the best time for laser hair removal because after treatment your skin is more sensitive to the sun. With the cold weather and clouds, not only do we naturally receive less sun, but most people are covered up. This keeps your laser treated areas protected while you heal.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Master Estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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How Exactly Does Botox Work?

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You’ve most likely heard of Botox–the popular injectable that treats fine lines and wrinkles–and wondered how it works. Botox is a type of injectable known as a neuromodulator. Neuromodulators block neuron impulses that tell the facial muscles to constrict or react. 

When you move your face through laughing, raising your eyebrows, or any other facial movement, these repeated movements can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form. This is where Botox comes in. 

After Botox injections, when you perform these movements, the facial muscles do not respond in the same way. By relaxing your muscles, Botox can soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent the formation of new ones. 

A form of botulinum toxin A, Botox is not a permanent treatment. Within a few months, you will need another round of injections. This ensures the safety of injecting Botox, but with continued use, you may notice that new wrinkles are not forming. 

You never have to worry about an unnatural look when your Botox injections are performed or supervised by Dr. Jonov. We also offer Botox with our qualified Nurse Injectors for a reduced price. Our Nurse Injectors all trained directly under our doctor and provide the same great results.

To schedule your Botox consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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The Best Way To Maintain Your Plastic Surgery Results? Healthy Diet and Exercise

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After undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, like breast augmentation, mini tummy tuck, or blepharoplasty, many patients wonder how they can ensure their results are long lasting. Plastic surgery can provide lifelong results, but it depends upon your lifestyle. Making sure you continue a healthy diet and exercise after your cosmetic surgery will help maintain your results.

For some procedures, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, keeping your weight steady is an important part of seeing long lasting results. If you become pregnant or gain significant weight, this can reverse or complicate your results. For other procedures, like breast surgeries, weight gain or loss can change the shape and size of the breasts.

Even before undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to consider your lifestyle and health problems. Your plastic surgeon will help you do this in a consultation. But, having a good idea of the problems you may have maintaining your results can help your plastic surgeon create a custom surgery plan that will help you get the best results you can maintain.

Obviously, sometimes weight fluctuations are out of our control, even major ones, but keeping your body in good shape and healthy will only promote and help any other health problems.

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What’s The Difference Between A Mini and Full Tummy Tuck?

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Everyone has heard of a tummy tuck–a plastic surgery that helps patients remove excess skin and fat to achieve a slimmer stomach–but many people don’t realize that not everyone who is a candidate for a tummy tuck needs a full one. Often, cosmetic surgeons will perform modified versions of the tummy tuck procedure–like a mini tummy tuck–to fit a patient’s specific needs. 

The main difference between a mini tuck and a full tummy tuck is that a mini tuck does not address the upper abdomen or belly button. A mini tummy tuck focuses on loose skin and fat in the lower stomach area. Often during a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned to look more natural, but during a mini tuck, there is no reason for this because it does not affect the belly button. A mini involves a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck. 

Mini tucks best suit patients who are in good shape, but may need some help firming up the lower abdomen muscles or getting rid of extra skin after weight loss. The procedure addresses these concerns while leaving the upper abs and abdomen alone because they often do not need any treatment.

Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery performs full, mini, and extended tummy tuck procedures. In a consultation, he can recommend the tummy tuck best suited for you and your needs. 

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Mini Facelifts: What Are They And How Are They Different?

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You’ve probably heard of a facelift and how they can help you look years younger. For younger patients or those with fewer signs of aging, there is another procedure that may better suit for those where a traditional facelift is not needed. If you have sagging or wrinkled skin in the neck and jowls, but aren’t a candidate for a traditional facelift, a mini facelift may be a more suitable option.

A mini facelift is a less invasive version of a facelift. It targets a smaller area of the face, focusing only on the neck and jowls. While a facelift may focus on more areas of the face in addition to the neck and jowls. The incision is smaller and scars less.

A mini facelift is best for people who have concerns about their facial appearance, but may not need a full facelift. They are younger than the average facelift patient, or their concern is purely in the neck and jowls.

They also come with significantly less risk and recovery time than a traditional facelift. Since a mini facelift is less invasive than a facelift, it means there is typically less risk for complications during or after surgery. The average recovery for a mini facelift is 5-7 days, which for any surgical procedure is remarkably quick.

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery happily offers facelifts to patients in Lynwood, Bellevue and Kirkland. Contact us to schedule a mini facelift consultation today.

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Why Facial Volume Is So Important

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As we age, our faces slowly lose volume. As the issue progresses, the eyes can take on a sunken appearance, folds and wrinkles can start to form, and the entire face may begin to look withered. If facial-volume loss is taking a heavy toll on the natural beauty of your face, it may be time to look into what dermal fillers can do for you.

Dermal fillers are special injectable products that are designed to restore lost facial volume. When injected into the desired area, the dermal fillers help to fill in and lift the skin, which reduces the appearance of folds and wrinkles and enhances the contours of the face.

At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we utilize Restylane and Juvederm products. Both of these products utilize hyaluronic acid, a substance that can be found naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to strengthen, nourish, and hydrate the skin.

When injected into the desired areas, Restylane and Juvederm products instantly add volume and help retain moisture in the skin. These injectables are the ideal choice for filling in folds and wrinkles and restoring the full appearance of your cheeks.

Both Restylane and Juvederm offer results that look incredibly natural. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov can discuss the benefits of each product in order to help you find the one that can provide you with your ideal aesthetic results. Contact The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.

A Quicker and Easier Recovery with Ultrasound-Assisted Lymphatic Massage Therapy

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At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we believe in providing our patients with total care. That includes making sure that their recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. Things like bruising and swelling are to be expected, but the degree of bruising and swelling that occurs can be controlled.

Other common issues that can occur during the recovery period can also be controlled with proper post-operative care. These issues include:

  • Fibrosis (the buildup, thickening, and scarring of connective tissue)
  • Keloid scar formation
  • Hypertrophic scar formation

Ultrasound-assisted lymphatic massage therapy provides our patients with the post-operative care they need. The ultrasound energy emitted by the device reduces swelling, pain, and bruising, stimulates lymphatic circulation and blood circulation in the body, and enhances the function of the immune system and nervous system.

Stimulating lymphatic circulation helps to avoid fibrosis by preventing fluid from building up around the surgical area. This makes ultrasound-assisted lymphatic therapy an excellent post-operative treatment for liposuction.

Preventing fluid buildup makes it easier for nutrients to pass through tissues, which will help to speed up the recovery process. The treatment also produces a relaxing effect on the muscles, which reduces muscles tension and nerve pain.

At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend that patients receive ultrasound-assisted lymphatic massage therapy after they undergo breast augmentation or liposuction. The treatments typically take 30 minutes to perform, and the number of treatments needed will vary depending on the type of surgery that the patient has undergone.

If you want to make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible, contact The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. We can provide you with the outstanding care you need.

Tummy Tuck in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland

The Perfect Tummy Tuck In Bellevue

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Who doesn’t want a smooth, toned, firm abdomen? There are thousands of diets, products, and workouts dedicated to helping you achieve a flat stomach, yet you are still dreaming of those healthy abs you haven’t discovered yet. Look no further; expert plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov can help you achieve your goal by performing a Tummy Tuck for you in Bellevue.

The stomach is an area that tends to accumulate excess fat, skin, and stretch marks over time throughout many of life’s stages. From physical growth, to weight loss, to maternity, to aging, the stomach’s appearance can change very rapidly, leaving behind sagging skin and weak muscles. In some cases, diet and exercise will never be enough to fix these problems. That’s when a Tummy Tuck, known as Abdominoplasty, is the perfect procedure to tighten the abdomen and restore your body to fitness.

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It is important to find the right surgeon to perform your Tummy Tuck. Your provider should be someone with plenty of experience who values safety, aesthetic quality, and the utmost patient care. Double Board-Certified surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov exhibits all of these qualities and has performed hundreds of Tummy Tucks and has perfected his technique that leaves patients ecstatic with their results.

For both his male and female Bellevue patients, he tailors the procedure to each individual’s unique figure to achieve the desired results. Depending on the areas of concern, Dr. Jonov may recommend a Full Tummy Tuck, a Mini Tummy Tuck, or an Extended Tummy Tuck. Each addresses a different area of the abdomen and provides results designed with your wishes in mind. Dr. Jonov offers exceptional results and uses advanced surgical techniques to reverse the effects of heredity, maternity, or fluctuations in weight.

Dr. Craig Jonov will guide you through the process and help you determine which Tummy Tuck procedure will to help you reach your ideal figure. The Classic tummy tuck, also referred to as a Full tummy tuck, will offer you a flat stomach, with truly tighter abdominal muscles beneath it. Excess fat and skin will be removed from the abdominal area, beginning near your belly button and ending in the upper torso, just beneath the breasts. The incision will be placed below your belly button, such that underwear or a bikini can always hide the horizontal scar.

The Extended tummy tuck is a great choice for women in Bellevue who wish to transform a protruding abdomen and the fatty areas around it. Fat can be removed from the flanks and hips in addition to the abdomen to provide an all-around sleeker silhouette. The abdominal wall is tightened and the muscles are pulled back together. An Extended tummy tuck can be especially impactful if you have excess fat or skin on your back or hips. Addressing all of these problem areas can mean a total body transformation for you.

If you do not have very much excess skin or fat throughout your abdomen, yet have some below the belly button, Dr. Jonov would recommend a Mini Tummy Tuck.  This surgery addresses any “pooch” or “rolls” below your belly button and above your pubic area. The Mini is ideal for you as well if you have some excess skin in your lower abdomen that you wish to get rid of. Generally the Mini Tummy Tuck results in a smaller scar that is comparable to those from C-section births. When you pursue any type of Tummy Tuck in Bellevue from an experienced, top plastic surgeon like Dr. Craig Jonov, you can achieve amazing results.

At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, you can schedule your consultation and rest assured that your needs and desires will be met. Dr. Jonov delivers incredible, consistent results and has a proven record of practices that demonstrate artistic ability as well as patient safety. As you can imagine, Dr. Jonov’s Bellevue patients love their results because their bodies are transformed immediately. If you have ever wished for an hourglass figure but never been able to achieve it, a Tummy Tuck may be the only procedure that can deliver the results you dream of.

While the scar from a Tummy Tuck does remain visible, Dr. Craig Jonov’s results are symmetrical, intentional, and precise. He places the scar so that it can easily be concealed by your clothing and recommends a scar treatment protocol that will greatly reduce the appearance of the scar over time. If you have a scar from a past procedure or C-Section, Dr. Jonov will attempt to provide the most aesthetically pleasing result and use or remove the skin with existing scars.

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Abdominoplasty treats excess skin and weakened muscles. You may be wondering what options you have for the excess fat in the abdomen, hips, or flanks. Liposuction is commonly combined with Abdominoplasty to create an even more drastic transformation. Liposuction removes the fat cells beneath your skin, while Abdominoplasty tightens the muscles and removes excess skin. At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov often performs these transformations and creates stunning results for his Bellevue patients.

Several of Dr. Jonov’s patients from Bellevue seek a more slender figure, with healthy, tight abs. Stretch marks, sagging skin, and loose muscles may negatively be impacting your self-confidence. After all the hours you spend at the gym and in the kitchen trying to transform your own body, abdominoplasty may be the most efficient way to regain your flat abs.

The Ultimate Tummy Tuck Guide

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Tummy Tuck In Seattle

Are you looking for a slim waist, tight abs, and a more beautiful silhouette? Do you have excess belly fat or skin from changes in your weight, maternity, or aging? If so, a Tummy Tuck in Seattle at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery will help you look stunning and regain your youthful figure.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, also called Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes your abdominal area, from your lower belly up to the area below your chest.  It flattens your stomach and makes your abs look smooth, firm, and toned. It can remove excess skin, and tighten your loose or separated muscles.

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Would I be a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If you have any of the following qualities, you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck:

  • Loose skin in the abdominal area, possibly from pregnancy or weight loss
  • Weakened abdominal muscles, from pregnancy or other injuries
  • Belly fat that remains persistent despite efforts to exercise and eat healthy
  • Extra skin in the stomach area that prevents your stomach from looking flat
  • Any belly that does not have a flat, toned appearance that you wish to improve

While liposuction is the procedure that removes excess fat from any area of the body, a Tummy Tuck specifically focuses on your abdominal area, including both the skin and muscles. Your skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, would perform your Tummy Tuck at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Seattle and provide you with results for your body that diet, exercise, and weight loss alone are not giving you.

What types of Tummy Tucks are available?

The type of Tummy Tuck you choose is important to help you reach your ideal figure. The Classic tummy tuck, also referred to as a Full tummy tuck, will provide you with the naturally looking result of a flat stomach. Excess fat and skin can be removed from the area spanning from your belly button up to the top of your abdominal wall.

You can also request a Mini tummy tuck, which addresses just the area below the belly button and above the pubic area. It is an ideal option for you if you only have a “pooch” or a little excess skin beneath your belly button that you wish to get rid of. Generally the Mini tummy tuck uses a smaller incision, with a scar that is comparable to those from C-section births.

Finally, the Extended tummy tuck is a great choice for women in Seattle if you wish to transform your abdomen from all angles. Fat can be removed from the flanks and hips in addition to the abdomen. The abdominal wall is tightened and the muscles are pulled back together. An Extended tummy tuck can be especially impactful if you have been overweight in the past and lost significant weight, or have had multiple pregnancies. When you pursue any type of Tummy Tuck in Seattle from an experienced, top plastic surgeon you can achieve beautiful, lasting results.

What is the procedure for a Tummy Tuck like?

You may be wondering how a skilled plastic surgeon even performs a Tummy Tuck. The overall procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours, depending on your unique body. First, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Then the surgeon will make an initial incision; the length and direction of the incision depend on the type of tummy tuck you are receiving.

After that, a second incision will be made, parallel to the first one, such that any excess skin can be removed and the abdominal muscles can be pulled together more tightly. After the muscles are repaired and tightened, the excess skin is removed. The belly button is repaired and reconstructed, and the abdominal skin is pulled back down against the body. The incision is closed using sutures, stitches, and surgical tape. Then the surgery is complete, and the abs can rest and recover.

What other procedures can be combined with a Tummy Tuck?

Many patients would like to transform their entire body, not just their stomach. Often patients who wish to receive a Tummy Tuck in Seattle combine other procedures such as Liposuction or Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck to provide a total body transformation. For women who have had children and want to restore their pre-pregnancy body, this combination of procedures is referred to as a Mommy Makeover.

What can I expect after my Tummy Tuck?

A compression surgical garment may be used during the recovery process, to ensure proper healing and reduce swelling. You will be able to walk, even the day of your surgery, but it is recommended to plan on resting and recovering for at least three to five days following the surgery. Your recovery period before you resume your normal daily activities may span from one to six weeks. From there your scar will heal slowly, and your swelling will reduce to reveal your final result- a flat belly that is toned and stunning.

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Why should I consider getting a Tummy Tuck?

Perhaps you once had toned abs, but due to natural aging and weight gain you have lost your hourglass shape. Or, maybe due to your genetics you have never had a trim, slim waistline. The effects of heredity, aging, prior surgeries, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy can all be combatted by receiving a Tummy Tuck in Seattle from expert plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov.

Is Botox In Seattle Safe?

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When used improperly, the botulinum toxin (“Botox”) is a risky drug. However, in small and controlled doses, it is safe for human use. Botox in Seattle an injectable drug consisting of a toxin that stops signals sent from your nerves to muscles. Botox causes the targeted muscles to avoid contracting. As a result of its ability to “freeze” or atrophy muscles, Botox can ease specific muscular conditions. You can use this treatment for conditions such as cervical dystonia, neck spasm, chronic migraines, eye twitching, overactive bladder, hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, cerebral palsy and lazy eye.

More commonly Botox is employed by doctors and nurse injectors to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is recognized for its tendency to decrease forehead creases, scowl lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and other facial wrinkles.

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About Botox

It is an incredible cosmetic non-invasive procedure that enhances the natural beauty of the personality by reviving one’s youthful appearance.

A compound called Hyaluronic Acid is found under the skin naturally. Over time, its supply decreases, causing visible signs of aging in the skin. Cosmetic doctors know the best areas of the face and body where the shortage of this compound should be replenished.

With the help of injectable toxins such as Botox, as well as injectable dermal fillers, you can transform your aged skin. Your doctor in Seattle can treat various other health conditions with Botox, including migraine headaches, and excessive sweating in the armpits, face, or other areas of the body. The results of Botox can work wonders to revive your appearance back to a youthful, elegant state. Botox in Seattle is a great treatment for you to pursue.

Is it safe?

Botox injections are safe for all humans and usually only cause minor side effects. Some side effects include chills, fever, headache, bruising, swelling or pain at the site of the injection. Some people experience excessive tearing, dry eyes, uneven eyebrows or drooping eyelids. You may suffer drooling or a crooked smile due to injections placed around the mouth.

Pros

  • It is safe for all skin types and can be used after any additional skin treatment
  • Botox nourishes the skin because it is anti-toxic
  • It is highly safe and secure for several types of skin issues
  • Botox reduces your age appearance and offers a youthful look
  • It enhances the collagen production under the skin cells
  • It improves the collagen development in the body
  • It prevents wrinkles and protects the skin from effects of aging

Cons

  • At the injection site, there is a risk of infection, blood clots, nerve damage and scarring
  • It has risks of damaging that area of the body which is under cosmetic treatment
  • Botox may not be  suitable for all skin types depending on existing conditions
  • It can cause reactions for those with sensitive skin
  • Botox can create mild rashes due to the early expiry period

Warnings

Some of the treatments offered for Botox in Seattle are highly expensive. Some of the side effects are temporary for most of the patients who receive this treatment. It is a notably efficient drug with a variety of uses. Using this treatment fulfills most customers with great, visible results. The makers of Botox set standards of value and assemble the best quality products to serve the best interest of their customers. However, it is important not to ignore precautions and the information given about the drug.

  • Avoid using this injectable toxin if you have an allergic reaction to it
  • Botox is safe to use in patients who do not have kidney or liver problems
  • Injection of this product should only be performed by a licensed, experienced professional

Botox injections are made safe and secure for you by your doctor in Seattle. You can take some precautions to protect you from anxiety, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, breathing issues, heart problems and many more side effects.

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Benefits

  • Can protect your muscles from damage and injury
  • Offers maximum skin nourishment, stamina, and strength
  • Increases stamina and strengthen skin moisture levels
  • Improves appearance of facial definition
  • Improves performance of certain facial muscles by disabling other facial muscles
  • Increases the skin’s appearance of nourishment.

Side effects

It is not harmful, but the Botox drug does not suit some people. Its harmful effects are usually not severe. Some patients experience side effects, which can be managed with the help of your doctor. Some of the important symptoms that may indicate the need for consultation with your doctor include:

  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Waking up with dry mouth and sore throat
  • Waking up with short breath in the night
  • Discomfort in sleeping
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Breath pauses
  • Frequent urination in the night
  • Memory issues and forgetfulness
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Chocking during sleep, snoring and grasping

Users must follow a physician’s instructions in order to achieve the desired results. When doctor’s instructions are followed and the product is used properly, Botox can be a very safe and effective treatment for you.

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