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Sunday, May 15 2022

Should A Breast Lift be Combined with Breast Augmentation?

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Breast lifts and breast augmentations are separate treatments. In some cases, the procedures are paired to create a flawless look for the patient.  What is a Breast Lift? A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. Many factors contribute to sagging breasts, including pregnancy, age, weight loss, and gravity.  By trimming the excess skin and tightening breast tissue, the breast lift helps bring the breast higher up on the body for a more firm appearance. Breast lifts do not require implant insertion. In general, these lifts remove unwanted skin and tissue.  What is Breast Augmentation?  Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size of the breast or addresses asymmetry. It is also the perfect treatment for people…

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Friday, April 15 2022

Liposuction with Loose Skin: Is it Possible?

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Prospective plastic surgery patients tend to understand the value of the procedures they consider. Even when a surgical technique may be more complex, it is understood that the complexity of that procedure achieves the most profound cosmetic effects. This understanding is helpful for many patients but doesn’t always negate the desire for more conservative approaches. Generally, liposuction is considered pretty conservative. A tummy tuck, not so much. Where does this leave the person who has loose abdominal skin who also would love to avoid a tummy tuck? We may have a solution. ThermiTight as a Complement to Liposuction Radiofrequency skin tightening has become quite popular in the past several years. This technology stimulates deep tissue remodeling without the risks that were associated with CO2 laser…

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Tuesday, March 15 2022

Is Your Blood the Key to Hair Growth?

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If you tend to keep up with the latest advancements in cosmetic medicine, you’ve likely heard about a treatment dubbed the “vampire facial.” The reason it is referred to as such is that the specialized facial rejuvenation treatment works via the patient’s blood. Contrary to the way it sounds, a vampire facial does not involve slathering blood over the skin. It involves a blood product called PRP, platelet-rich plasma. There are two components that make up the blood. These are the red blood cells and the plasma. The latter is a colorless substance that is rich in growth factors. These substances act as messengers in the body. Depending on the need, growth factors signal various cells to function. In the case of the vampire facial,…

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Monday, February 14 2022

The Value of Platelet-Rich Plasma for Hair Restoration

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Millions of people are living with some degree of hair loss. While it may be a common problem, it’s certainly a frustrating one. Historically, people who wanted to correct their hair loss had to do so via complicated, sometimes painful hair transplant surgery. This is still done, though with much more finesse. As an alternative, some physicians offer PRP hair restoration treatment. Platelet-rich plasma is an integral part of our hair restoration program. Here, we discuss how the process works,  how PRP works, and why you may want to schedule your consultation now. What Is PRP Hair Restoration? Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that is found in your own blood. This makes it very safe and easy to obtain. To get PRP, Dr. Ong or…

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Saturday, January 15 2022

What You Can Do After Labiaplasty to Heal Optimally

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Labiaplasty procedures have become more common in recent years as women have discovered the aesthetic, physical, and emotional benefits of this treatment. While we discuss labiaplasty as an aesthetic gynecology type of treatment, our patients gain much more than improved satisfaction with their appearance. They also feel more physically comfortable without the tugging, chaffing, and painful sex that they had been living with. And, as a result, their state of mind often improves significantly once they are freed of the burden of oversized labia. As a leading provider in women’s health procedures, Dr. Ong is often asked about labiaplasty recovery. Here, we discuss some of the ways that this brief period of swelling and tenderness can be managed. Healing Well after Labiaplasty Wear clothing that…

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Wednesday, December 15 2021

Facial Rejuvenation: Is an InstaLift Enough?

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As we reflect on our appearance after a certain age, we cannot help but notice fine lines, wrinkles, and some sagging in certain areas. When these common signs of aging occur, we have three basic choices. We can simply care for our skin with good products and sunscreen, prolong more youthful tissue behaviors with lasers and other collagen-inducing treatments, or we can have plastic surgery. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you may be interested in evaluating whether or not the Silhouette InstaLift procedure would give you the degree of rejuvenation you want. What is a Thread Lift? The term thread lift describes the Silhouette InstaLift process to a T. It is also a term that may cause some people to look for other…

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Monday, November 15 2021

Refreshing Your Skin has Never Been So Easy

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In our Scottsdale office, we focus on bringing the most effective and innovative treatments to our patients. While Dr. Ong is a respected board-certified plastic surgeon, he recognizes the value of proven nonsurgical modalities. Here, we discuss what you may want to know about the MicroLaserPeel®, especially if you want to refresh your skin before the busy holiday season just ahead.  What is a MicroLaser Peel? A MicroLaser Peel is a light resurfacing procedure that achieves more significant improvements than your average chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment. Still, in the world of skin resurfacing, the MicroLaser Peel is pretty conservative. It is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, rough texture, and pigment problems with very little downtime and minimal discomfort.  Some of…

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Friday, October 15 2021

Magnesium: Let’s Take a Moment to Discuss this Essential Mineral

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As we have made our way through the mess of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have begun hearing more about certain vitamins and supplements that they’d never thought much about before. Magnesium is one of them, and one in which most people are deficient. The body requires an adequate amount of this particular mineral to sustain functions like heart rhythm, bone density, and blood pressure regulation. People who are deficient in magnesium may experience medical conditions such as depression, insulin resistance and diabetes, migraines, and other problems. Here, we discuss what magnesium can do for the body and how you can find out if you’re getting enough of this nutrient.  Benefits of Magnesium Better rest and less stress. Magnesium is a calming mineral. It regulates…

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Wednesday, September 15 2021

Perimenopause Needs Good Management

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Perimenopause can stretch out over more than a decade. Women hear so much about hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain that they may not realize just how much their body and mind can change during this lengthy transitional period that culminates in the end of menstruation. As common as it is to go through perimenopause, the physiological process is relatively complex. We think of this transition as a gradual decline in estrogen levels. However, during perimenopause, these levels could be at their highest, at least sometimes. Generally, we see them rise and fall based on the symbiotic relationship between estrogen and progesterone. Here, we discuss some of the symptoms that many women don’t recognize as perimenopause and some tips for managing this life stage. …

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Sunday, August 15 2021

What Does Your Mommy Makeover Include?

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Historically, the Mommy Makeover has been perceived as a series of procedures that help correct the changes that occur during pregnancy and afterward. There is no escaping motherhood without permanent changes. While we support a woman taking all the time she needs to restore her body from the inside out through healthy lifestyle habits, we also realize that some of the effects of carrying a life, bringing it into the world, and then feeding it cannot be reversed to the extent that a woman would like. That’s where a Mommy Makeover comes in. That said, going back to the initial perception of this treatment protocol, we’ve got to set some things straight.  At Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery & Health  in Scottsdale, AZ, a Mommy…

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