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What Are The Risks Of Buccal Fat Removal?

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Buccal fat pad removal is a surgery that has gained popularity and prominence in the last few years. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen detailed her choice to have the procedure done. During the short surgery, part or all of the buccal fat pads in the cheeks are removed to create a slimmer face. It is mostly used to treat those who have chubby cheeks into adulthood. Though, there are many motivations for undergoing the procedure. Let’s take a look at one of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the procedure, “What are the risks of buccal fat removal?” First off, buccal fat removal contains all of the same expected risks as any other surgical procedure. This includes risks such as:
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to or side effects of the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Poor incision healing
  • Need for revision surgery
As far as the risks that pertain specifically to buccal fat removal surgery itself, some of the risks include:
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage to facial nerves
  • Injury of the salivary duct
  • Gaunt appearance
  • Too much/too little fat removed
While these risks are present, in an ideal candidate and under the care of a qualified surgeon like Dr. Jonov, they rarely occur. Dr. Jonov will review the risks with you during your consultation. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also connect with us online via Price Simulator®, contact form, and chat.
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What Is The Best Filler For The Chin?

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Chin filler–also known as a non-surgical chin augmentation–is becoming a popular procedure because it can make improvements to the jawline, facial profile, and symmetry. Chin augmentation traditionally uses surgical methods to place a chin implant. However, with new techniques, many patients with more minor concerns can undergo non-surgical procedures to achieve the results they want. When inquiring about chin filler, patients often want to know, “What is the best filler for the chin?”   Hyaluronic acid fillers Juvederm and Restylane are the two most frequently used dermal fillers for the chin. Considering the chin is bony, thicker fillers tend to work better in this area. Juvederm Voluma is a popular choice and usually provides good results when injected into the chin. This filler also lasts the longest among hyaluronic acid fillers.   Restylane Lyft which is often used in the cheeks can also provide good results in the chin. Of the Restylane filler options, Lyft is one of the thicker options that is still malleable and well suited to the area. Occasionally, other fillers such as Radiesse may also be used in the chin. Though, this is largely on a case-by-case basis. Your injector will discuss your filler options and the best one for your chin filler in Bellevue.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out to us online via Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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What Is The Best Treatment For Sagging Cheeks?

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Aging affects every person differently. Even though aging often includes the same processes, due to genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle patients will see different changes in facial appearance. For example, the skin loses elasticity and slows collagen production. One patient may see their neck and jowls begin to sag due to this. This is often corrected with a facelift. Another patient may see more sagging in their cheeks and midface. What is the best treatment for sagging cheeks? The right treatment for sagging cheeks will depend on the factors mentioned above as well as age. For patients under their forties, it is likely that Dr. Jonov will recommend non-surgical treatments such as fillers or a thread lift. If the look of your face is because of excess fat or not due to aging, he may recommend a buccal fat removal or cheek implants. For patients in their late forties and above, Dr. Jonov may explore options such as midface lift. Also known as a cheek lift, the procedure lifts and repositions descended fat in the cheeks and midface. Occasionally, it may also address extra skin. This is sometimes performed on younger patients based on their anatomy and on a case-by-case basis. It is worth exploring all of the surgical and non-surgical options to treat sagging cheeks. The best way is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov. Call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online using our Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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Can A Brow Lift Fix Hooded Eyes?

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Hooded eyes are a condition where the crease of the eyelid is hidden or not much of the lid can be seen. This can develop with age, but some people also are born with hooded eyes. For some people, the appearance of their eyes does not bother them, especially if genetic, because it is not age related. For those who see hooded eyes due to age, however, many patients become distressed due to this change. They may then seek out cosmetic treatments to correct or improve their hooded eyes. Some patients may even seek out a surgical procedure. Can a brow lift fix hooded eyes? A brow lift surgery can fix hooded eyes in many circumstances. The procedure lifts the position of the brows, removes extra skin, and tightens the skin. Naturally, this may lead to lifting and removing the skin causing a hooded eye look. It is dependent upon your anatomy and the specifics of your brow lift.  Some patients may see the best results if they combine a brow lift and upper blepharoplasty surgery. This may benefit older patients or those with more advanced sagging in the area. Dr. Jonov can determine the best course of action or your brow lift surgery during a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through our Price Simulator™ app, chat, or contact form.
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Is A Non-Surgical Nose Job Worth It?

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Nose job surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is among one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures around the world. With new and advanced techniques, some patients may not need surgery to see the changes they want in their nose. A non-surgical nose job uses dermal fillers to address unwanted features of the nose. While not every patient is a candidate, those are may wonder “Is a non-surgical nose job worth it?” A non-surgical rhinoplasty often addresses unwanted humps and bumps on the bridge of the nose. However, it can also make slight alterations to the tip of the nose and overall shape. When injected, the filler fills in these areas or changes their projection. For patients who need only minor corrections, this may be the preferred route because it is less invasive.  Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a permanent solution though, unlike a nose job surgery. This is important to consider when determining which may serve your needs best. With that said, non-surgical nose job results do tend to last longer than typical filler results and many enjoy the rest for several months or years. The procedure may serve as a test run for rhinoplasty surgery and let patients try out their results without committing. This can make the procedure worth it because it allows patients peace of mind for their surgery. Also, some patients do not want to undergo surgery, the non-surgical route may be worth it. Overall, the procedure is consistent and can provide fantastic, long lasting results. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online through Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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Can You Brush Your Teeth After Buccal Fat Removal? And Other Recovery Questions

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Buccal fat removal is a procedure gaining popularity among patients. With slim faces and defined cheekbones in style, more and more patients want cosmetic surgery to achieve this look. Buccal fat pad removal is one of the simplest and best procedures for this goal. While the surgery features a fairly laidback recovery, patients often have many questions when it comes to recovery. Here are some of the most common ones, answered:

Can You Brush Your Teeth After Buccal Fat Removal?

Yes, though you should be careful. Brush your teeth gently and be careful to avoid the incision areas. Also, do not rinse your mouth with anything, including water or mouthwash until okayed. 

When Can I Eat Solid Foods Again?

Usually, patients can resume their normal diet within a week. However, some patients may not have to stick solely to a liquid or soft diet. You should avoid nuts, popcorn, seeds, and other similar foods that are hard to chew or small enough to get stuck in the incisions. Dr. Jonov will provide more personalized diet instructions after your consultation and surgery.

When Can I Rinse My Mouth?

Dr. Jonov may recommend gentle salt rinses one to two days after surgery. This can keep the mouth clean and relieve discomfort. Patients typically perform these rinses one to three times a day based on their instructions. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online via Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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How To Reduce Fat In The Cheeks

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Chubby cheeks that last into adulthood are a common concern we see at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Patients often feel that their cheeks make them look childish or bigger than they are. Before seeking professional advice, many patients will try losing weight and specialized exercises to try and get rid of chubby cheeks. In most cases, this just leaves the patients wondering how to reduce fat in the cheeks. First off, it is important to meet with a professional like Dr. Craig Jonov who can evaluate the cause of fuller cheeks. What looks like fat may instead be an overused masseter muscle or undefined bone structure. Determining these aspects of your anatomy will allow Dr. Jonov to give the best recommendations.  If extra, stubborn fat in the cheeks is the issue, the most effective procedure is buccal fat removal, or cheek reduction. This procedure uses incisions inside the mouth to remove small amounts of fat from the buccal fat pad in the cheeks. This can create a more defined, slimmer appearance.  Occasionally, Dr. Jonov may recommend liposuction of the cheeks, though this is in rare cases. Sometimes, cheek filler or cheek implants will provide the necessary alterations. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online using our contact form, chat, or Price Simulator™
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What Age Can You Get A Nose Job?

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A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is one of the most popular procedures among teenagers. While most plastic surgeries are off-limits to people under 18, there are some exceptions for procedures that have a medical basis or correct deformities. For some people under eighteen, a rhinoplasty may fix a deviated septum or address breathing problems. It also can correct cosmetic issues at the same time. Even in these cases, there are age requirements. What age can you get a nose job?   Generally, patients under 16 cannot get a nose job. This is because the nose does not fully form until between the ages of 16 and 18. Only in severe circumstances where the medical benefits of the surgery outweigh other risks will someone under 16 get nose surgery. This is generally in cases of facial deformity, extreme deviated septum, or severe sinus problems.    At 16, patients may begin inquiring about rhinoplasty. Parental consent is required if under 18. Additionally, some patients may not be good candidates if Dr. Jonov determines that their nose has not stopped growing yet. If this is the case, the patient may need to wait until they are 18. This is best decided during a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery.    Once 18, patients have no restrictions in seeking rhinoplasty as the structures should be fully formed. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online via chat, Price Simulator™, or contact form.
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How To Reduce Swelling After Otoplasty Surgery

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Swelling is a common side effect of any surgical procedure, including otoplasty. When it comes to facial plastic surgery like otoplasty, patients often want it to go away as quickly as possible since it is more difficult to conceal. Patients often want to know how to reduce swelling after otoplasty surgery. Dr. Jonov will provide recovery instructions that will help you stay comfortable and reduce swelling. He may also provide other tips for reducing swelling.   First, you may not see too much swelling immediately after surgery. Swelling will usually set in gradually over two or three days. After worsening, it will resolve over the next couple of weeks. Normally, it becomes concealable after five to seven days. To help reduce swelling, Dr. Jonov often recommends sleeping with your head elevated and avoiding bending over or similar movements. This will keep blood from rushing to your head which can worsen swelling after otoplasty surgery.   Secondly, you should avoid ibuprofen and aspirin based painkillers because they can worsen swelling. While it may be okay to take these in certain cases, you should only use them under Dr. Jonov’s direction and limit their use. To manage pain and symptoms, Dr. Jonov will prescribe other medications.   Finally, you should limit your activity for the first few days to prevent swelling. Doing too much too fast can lead to worsened swelling and bruising, especially within the first week of surgery. Dr. Jonov will evaluate when you can return to all activities. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online using our Price Simulator™, chat, and contact form.
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Facial Feminization Bellevue: What Is Facial Feminization Surgery?

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As part of a transgender transition, a trans woman may undergo surgical procedures to achieve a more feminine look. This can include breast augmentation, a Brazilian butt lift, and facial feminization. While the others are commonly performed procedures in cisgender women, what is facial feminization surgery? Facial feminization is a surgery that combines multiple procedures to create a more feminine face. It is customized for every individual patient and no two procedures will look exactly the same. Examples of surgeries that are sometimes performed during facial feminization include: Dr. Jonov will examine your face and goals to determine which procedures will provide you the best results. Facial feminization is highly customizable. It keeps patients looking like themselves, only a more feminine version. The length of the surgery will vary on the number and type of procedures. However, you can expect around 2-4 hours. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also connect with us online using our Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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