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Will A Chemical Peel Hurt? & Other Skin Peel Questions Answered

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When seeking out any new esthetic or cosmetic procedure, it is natural to have questions. Chemical peels are no exception. With over a million peels performed per year, their popularity continues to grow. Patients new to peels often have questions, below we have answered some of the most common ones. 

Do chemical peels hurt?

Maybe. Chemical peels rarely require anesthesia (except in rare cases when performing phenol peels). Light and medium peels often make the skin feel tight during and for a short time following your peel. Your master esthetician will monitor your condition throughout the peel process. Sometimes a topical anesthetic can be applied.

Are chemical peels safe?

While the term “chemical” may raise alarms for some, the chemicals used are all skin-safe acids. Many of these acids are naturally derived or already found in the body. Glycolic acid comes from sugar and salicylic acid from willow trees. However, chemical peels should only be performed by a professional like our master estheticians in a sterile environment. At-home chemical peels can burn and permanently damage the skin.

Which skin peel do I need?

The facial peel best for you depends greatly on your skin type and conditions. For first time peel patients, our master estheticians usually recommend a light or medium peel to start. This allows them to gauge how your skin will react and build it up gradually. During a complimentary consultation, your master esthetician can determine if you are a candidate for a Bellevue chemical peel and which one will benefit you most. To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Breast Lift Or Reduction: Which Is Best For Me?

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A breast lift and a breast reduction are extremely similar and sometimes even utilize the same surgical techniques. Therefore, for women wanting to lift their sagging breasts and get rid of extra skin and fat, it can be hard to distinguish which procedure will best benefit them. 

A breast lift is usually performed for women who experience breast sagging or ptosis. This can happen naturally with aging, breast feeding, and hormonal changes. During this surgery, the nipple is usually repositioned and extra skin and fat removed to make the breasts look perkier. A breast reduction often involves repositioning the nipple and removing certain amounts of skin and tissue. 

The main difference between these procedures is usually the amount of tissue removed. During a breast lift, Dr. Jonov will attempt to remove the least amount of breast tissue possible. Usually, a breast reduction surgery removes more tissue and there may not be breast ptosis or sagging to correct. While the surgical techniques are similar, the goals are different. 

A breast reduction can also relieve problems like back pain, rashes, and recurrent skin infections on or under the breasts when these are caused by overly large breasts. Breast lifts typically do not provide this same kind of relief like a reduction. 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

The Advantages Of Lip Augmentation Surgery

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One of the most common ways the lips are augmented is with dermal fillers. Fillers are a great, but temporary option. For those who need a more permanent lip augmentation option, Dr. Jonov can perform lip augmentation surgery. 

Lip augmentation surgery usually involves a flexible silicone implant or fat transferred from another area of the body. The surgery–depending on your chosen method–typically takes around an hour to perform. Any incisions are hidden inside the mouth or within the natural contours of your lips. 

Following surgery, your lips will look immediately plumper. The advantages of this type of lip augmentation are that results are permanent, but still natural looking and feeling. There is no need to constantly get lip injections or refresh your results every year. Depending on your needs and goals, Dr. Jonov can often perform a bullhorn lip lift at the same time.

Bigger lips can bring symmetry to the face and help those with uneven or thin lips improve their facial contours. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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The Wide Variety Of Fat Transfer Procedures

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Fat transfer procedures have revolutionized the cosmetic surgery industry in recent years. While cosmetic surgeons have used fat transfer for over a hundred years to correct major scars and disfigurements, usually from wartime injuries, fat grafting has continued to see advancements as fat harvesting saw improvements. Today, fat grafting, liposuction, and subsequent transfer have become among the most popular body contouring procedures. 

Firstly, like the original uses of the procedure, facial fat transfer can fill in facial hollows, correct acne scarring, and address other facial scarring. Normally, the fat is injected through a small cannula. This can rejuvenate the face for a younger appearance and for reconstructive purposes.

As liposuction saw advancements, fat transfer procedures did also. Fat transfer to the breasts and Brazilian butt lifts are among two of the most popular procedures. During these procedures, Dr. Jonov  harvests fat from one site of the body, often the abdomen or thighs. Then, he transfers it via injection into the butt or breasts. 

Fat can also be used as a filler, adding volume to targeted areas. Sometimes fat harvesting can happen on a smaller scale to fill in the tear troughs, augment the lips, or as cheek filler. There are many options for your fat transfer in Bellevue. 

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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What To Expect After Gynecomastia Surgery

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Gynecomastia surgery, also known as a male breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery performed to treat gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes development of male breasts. When there are no other underlying health problems, Dr. Jonov can perform a male breast reduction to remove excess skin and fat. Giving them the sleeker and sculpted chest they desire. 

Like any surgery, gynecomastia surgery has a recovery period. Typically, patients require at least a few days of risk and return to work within a week or so. Although, based on individualized factors, you may require more time off work to ensure a good and safe result. Some male breast reduction surgeries only require liposuction and these less invasive procedures can require less downtime. Dr. Jonov will ensure you understand the amount of time you need off work. 

As far as side effects go, you can expect to experience some localized pain, swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. Dr. Jonov will prescribe medications to manage these side effects and they should go away on their own. 

Your results should settle in over time. The final results following cosmetic surgery can take a few months to develop as skin settles and swelling goes down. You should see an immediate difference in the size of your chest after surgery.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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The History Of Breast Augmentation

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After the Industrial Revolution, the age of medical advancements began. The first breast augmentation was performed to correct breast asymmetry caused when a woman had a tumor removed. Previous to and following this, women injected and inserted many things in an attempt to augment their breasts. Early attempted implants included: silicone, paraffin, glass balls, wood, and many other materials. Obviously, these implants offered little to no result at best and dangerous complications at worst. 

It wasn’t until 1962 when a woman would first receive silicone implants. Performed by surgeons Dr. Frank Gerow and Dr. Thomas Cronin, the first breast augmentation came at the same time a curvier figure came into style. 

In the decades since this first breast enlargement surgery, silicone breast implants have become one of the most researched medical devices in the world. Their safety has also increased. The newest advancement includes the gummy bear implant which is less likely to rupture, looks and feels more natural, and has a higher chance of staying cohesive in the rare event of a rupture. 

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

Ultrasound lymphatic massage in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

Ultrasound Lymphatic Massages And How They Can Help Your Recovery

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After a surgical procedure at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov recommends undergoing a series of ultrasound assisted lymphatic massages. These massages help along your recovery and make it more comfortable. Along with increasing your own comfort after surgery, the ultrasound massages have many other benefits after surgery. 

Ultrasound massages are commonly recommended after breast augmentation and liposuction procedures. With breast augmentation, the ultrasound waves and gentle massages can help prevent capsular contracture, reduce swelling, and promote healthy healing. Liposuction requires time for the skin and fat to settle into the final results, sometimes even months post surgery. Ultrasound assisted lymphatic massages can contribute to a speedier recovery, less swelling, and preventing fluid build up. 

Not only do these benefits help you see better results, they can often leave you feeling relieved from discomfort you hadn’t noticed. Performed in-office by master estheticians, ultrasound guided massages can help you have a faster and more comfortable recovery. We offer two pricing packages depending on your needs. Six massages cost $400 and sixteen massages cost $500.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

Cheek Augmentation in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

Cheek Augmentation: Filler Or Implants?

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Undefined and hollowed cheeks can contribute to an aged appearance or create facial imbalance. There are many options to correct this and restore balance and achieve a defined face. At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we offer surgical and non-surgical cheek augmentation options. 

The least invasive and one of the most popular options is cheek filler. Cheek filler uses temporary dermal fillers to provide fullness and definition in the cheek area. These results will eventually go away though, meaning you will need to refresh your cheek filler occasionally. For patients not wanting an implant, or those who want to try out the look first, cheek filler will not permanently augment the cheeks. 

Patients wanting permanent results, or who need larger correction, are often candidates for surgical cheek augmentation with an implant. During this procedure, Dr. Jonov would place implants in the cheeks to create a balanced and proportional appearance. The implants would be sized specifically to fit and complement your facial features. 

Comparatively, filler is malleable, but provides temporary results. Implants are permanent and can provide more dramatic results in some cases. To know which option best suits you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery by calling 425-775-3561 or contact us online. 

Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

The Definition Of Mommy Makeover: What Exactly Is It?

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When seeking out plastic surgery, you may hear the term “mommy makeover” floating around. Unlike other procedures like breast augmentation or facelift, the name does not describe the procedure or the exact results you can expect. This is because it is a highly customizable procedure that you and Dr. Jonov will cater specifically to your body and needs.

The procedure carries the moniker “mommy makeover” because women’s bodies change drastically after childbirth, however, you do not have to be a mother or have had children to be a candidate for the surgery. Generally, it simply refers to a grouping of procedures that rejuvenates the body. Most often, a mommy makeover includes a breast and body procedure. Some patients choose to add on a facial plastic surgery, Brazilian butt lift, or other cosmetic surgery.

Every mommy makeover surgery that Dr. Jonov performs is different because everybody has different anatomy and every patient has unique goals. During your consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, you can discuss what you want to achieve with your mommy makeover and determine if you are a good candidate. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

Laser Tattoo Removal: The Results You Can Expect

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In the 21st century, tattoos no longer have to be a permanent fixture on the skin. The human body does breakdown tattoo ink throughout a person’s life, but this will usually only result in some minor fading and blurring. Laser tattoo removal can help enhance and speed up this process to fade or remove tattoos. 

As far as the results you can expect from laser tattoo removal, it will depend on the size, color, and age of the tattoo. Older tattoos that have already experienced some natural fading will often respond better to treatment than fresher tattoos. Black ink is also easier for the laser to identify and, therefore, remove. Your master esthetician can advise you on the specifics as they relate to your tattoo. 

In general, it takes between three and six laser tattoo removal sessions to see long lasting results. However, it depends upon your individual goals. Many patients use laser tattoo removal to fade older tattoos to seek cover ups, which usually takes fewer sessions to achieve the desired result than those who want to remove a tattoo altogether. Even with a full removal, some remnants of the tattoo may remain, but with enough sessions and a good result, it should be hard to tell there was ever a tattoo.

To schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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