Dr. Ellenbogen's Plastic Surgery Blog

Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Wed, 02/26/2014

If you have excess fat around your abdominal area, and if a regimen of many sit-ups and other exercises designed to tighten your abdominal muscles is not helping you to achieve a flatter stomach, you might be an excellent candidate for abdominoplasty. The purpose of an abdominoplasty, which is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is to tighten your abdominal muscles. The end result is a flatter, more contoured stomach.

Not everyone qualifies as a good candidate for abdominoplasty. If you are considering this procedure, make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • You are in overall good health
  • You are not excessively overweight
  • You have excessive fat or loose skin around your mid-section
  • You are not attempting to use abdominoplasty as a method of losing weight
  • You are not planning to lose a significant amount of weight after the procedure
  • If you are a woman, you are not anticipating any future pregnancies

The best way to determine whether you are an ideal abdominoplasty is to speak with Dr. Rich Ellenbogen in person. During your initial consultation at our Beverly Hills plastic surgery office, Dr. Ellenbogen will listen carefully to your aesthetic goals and evaluate your body type in order to recommend the ideal procedure to achieve your desired results.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule an abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Ellenbogen. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Should I Choose a Face Lift over Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options?

Wed, 02/05/2014

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, there are several options. Before you make a final decision on how to achieve the results you want, you should discuss all of your surgical and non-surgical options with Dr. Rich Ellenbogen. Our Beverly Hills plastic surgeon regularly sees face lift patients who want to know all of the facts about both surgical and minimally invasive, non-surgical facial rejuvenation options before they decide which option is right for them.

Face lifts offer these benefits:

  • Remove prominent jowls
  • Eliminate fatty facial areas and sagging skin
  • Remove deep skin folds and thick wrinkles
  • Results of the procedure are permanent

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers offer these benefits:

  • Serve as a touch-up procedure that is not as extensive as a face lift
  • Produce firmer, tighter skin on the face
  • Eliminate age spots, the appearance of sun damage, and some wrinkles
  • Reduce subtle signs of aging
  • Procedure is usually quick and simple

In addition, Dr. Ellenbogen may recommend a facial fat grafting procedure to achieve your desired goals. This procedure provides a dual benefit of restoring a youthful facial appearance and improving the body countour of the donor region.

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, you have plenty of options to consider. Whether or not you decide on having a surgical or a non-invasive procedure, it's important to know all the facts before making a commitment.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in the Beverly Hills, California area.

Choosing the Right Breast Implant Size

Wed, 01/22/2014

Have you decided that you want breast implants, but are having trouble choosing the right breast implant size? Making a final choice on implant size is a common concern and also a difficult decision. You must contemplate several factors before determining the size that will deliver the best results for your body type.

Dr. Rich Ellenbogen is a Beverly Hills breast surgeon with more than 35 years of experience. He will guide you through this complicated process and discuss your options with you in great detail to ensure you choose the right breast implant size to achieve your desired results.

Some valuable tips to help you arrive at the right breast implant size include:

  • Show Dr. Ellenbogen pictures of the breast size you think you want
  • Discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Ellenbogen in detail
  • Consider your lifestyle choices, such as whether you live an active lifestyle, and how your new breast size may impact your lifestyle
  • Use breast implant sizers to get a better understanding of how you will look and feel with your new breast implants

The ultimate decision on breast implant size should depend on several factors in addition to those listed above. For example, the current size of your breasts, the size of your ribcage, and your chest shape should all play a role in the selection process. And remember, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes a more moderately sized breast implant will achieve more natural looking results and will interfere much less with your lifestyle.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. Dr. Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Sun, 01/12/2014

Despite what many people initially believe, liposuction is not a tool for weight loss, and it is not a cosmetic procedure that will benefit everyone. Essentially, liposuction is a body contouring method that is successfully administered when people have specific problem areas of fat on their bodies that do not respond well to diet or exercise. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction is to visit Dr. Rich Ellenbogen at our Beverly Hills plastic surgery office for an evaluation.

Typical characteristics of a good liposuction candidate include:

  • At or near your ideal weight
  • Has a relatively healthy lifestyle
  • Does not have any major medical issues
  • Eats a healthy diet
  • Has good skin tone
  • Maintains a body weight that does not fluctuate drastically
  • Does not smoke

Do not rule yourself out as a candidate for liposuction if you do not meet all of the criteria listed above. If you are interested in liposuction, Dr. Rich Ellenbogen will meet with you and let you know if you will achieve your desired results with a liposuction procedure.

To schedule your initial liposuction consultation, please contact Beverly Hills Body today. Our office serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Hollywood, California.

What Areas Can Liposuction Treat?

Wed, 12/04/2013

Are you considering liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat on your body that have not responded well to diet and exercise? If so, you are probably wondering about the specific areas that liposuction can treat. In Beverly Hills, liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed on both men and women to eliminate stubborn fat deposits.

Common areas for liposuction treatment include, but are not limited to:

  • Upper Arms
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Waist
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Ankles
  • Flanks
  • Knees
  • Love Handles
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

Dr. Ellenbogen at Beverly Hills Body is able to target very precise fat deposits in specific areas of the body using one of several types of liposuction methods. But it is important to remember that liposuction is not meant to be a used as a means of ridding the body of excessive amounts of fat, and it is not recommended for anyone whose weight places them into the obese category.

To find out if liposuction is a good choice for you, please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Am I a Candidate for a Brow Lift?

Wed, 12/04/2013

Most people contemplating a brow lift, which is also referred to as a forehead lift, experience drooping eyebrows that can cause frown lines. These lines result in seemingly unfavorable facial expressions and can cause you to have a worried, tired, angry or sad appearance. Many Beverly Hills residents undergo brow lift surgery in order to achieve an overall younger and refreshed facial appearance.

To determine if you are a candidate for a brow lift, evaluate the following:

  • Does the area in between your eyebrows contain frown lines or creases?
  • Do your eyebrows either sag or are they positioned low?
  • Does your forehead have excessive horizontal grooves?

If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then a brow lift may be an excellent option for you. The best way to determine whether a brow lift is the right procedure to address your aesthetic goals is to speak with Dr. Rich Ellenbogen in person. During your consultation, he will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and evaluate your signs of facial aging in order to recommend the appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule your brow lift consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Can Liposuction Remove My ‘Spare Tire’?

Mon, 11/25/2013

The Washington Times recently reported that many U.S. soldiers are undergoing liposuction to decrease their waistbands in order to meet strict physical fitness requirements. If our men in uniform can benefit from liposuction even while undergoing intensive military workouts, you too might be able to obtain your ideal shape with this procedure.

Liposuction is a body contouring process that removes the unsightly fat in the midsection you can’t shake off through good diet and exercise. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Rich Ellenbogen can help you determine whether or not liposuction can fix your figure.

Fighting Belly Fat

Excessive fat in the abdomen, sometimes called a “spare tire” or “pot belly,” can develop for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Genetic predisposition to abdominal obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Illness

Though liposuction isn’t a suitable alternative to weight loss, it can augment the lifestyle changes you’ve implemented to get fit.

How Liposuction Helps

Dr. Ellenbogen can help you achieve a toned appearance by targeting and removing pesky fat deposits. Several different liposuction options are available, each using a different state-of-the-art technology to shape your body to your specifications:

  • VASER (ultrasound)
  • Accuscult and Acculift (advanced treatment using surgical lasers)
  • Body Jet (uses water pressure)

If you’d like to learn more about how liposuction can help you take inches off your midsection, please contact Beverly Hills Body or call 310.276.3183 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

How a Neck Lift Can Enhance a Facelift

Fri, 11/22/2013

While the face often gets the most attention in discussions of aging, your neck can also droop and develop wrinkles over time. If you live in or around Beverly Hills, California, and you’re considering a facelift, undergoing a neck lift during the same procedure could augment your efforts to rejuvenate your appearance.

Both a facelift and a neck lift serve similar purposes for their respective parts of the body, including:

  • Reversing signs of aging, so you look as young as you feel
  • Restoring skin elasticity to counter the effects of gravity caused by aging
  • Removing excess skin and fat
  • Rejuvenating underlying muscle and tissue for a taut, youthful appearance

Deciding when to combine these two facial plastic surgery procedures depends on your personal rejuvenation goals. Getting a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift might be beneficial for both areas of your body if:

  • You’re unhappy with the appearance of both your face and neck due to wrinkles, saggy skin, etc.
  • You want to retain symmetry between your face and neck
  • Some of the issues addressed by a facelift, such as a “double chin,” extend into the neck area

To find out whether a neck lift could enhance the results you hope to achieve with your facelift, please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Can Rhinoplasty Correct Breathing Problems?

Thu, 10/31/2013

When we talk about rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, there are typically three reasons patients consider having this type of procedure:

  • They want to improve the appearance of their nose.
  • They want to improve their nasal airway function.
  • They want a combination -- an improvement in their appearance as well as an improvement in their nasal airway function.

The third option listed above is the most common reason rhinoplasty patients in Beverly Hills come to our office for this type of procedure. This is partially due to the fact that noses appearing to be out of shape are often associated with nasal breathing problems.

When potential rhinoplasty patients are having a difficult time breathing through their noses, they may be labeled as having a "functional airway obstruction." Some of the symptoms of this problem include the following:

  • A nose that always seems to be congested.
  • A tendency to breathe through the mouth instead of the nose.
  • An inability to smell things on a normal level.
  • A mouth that is habitually dry.
  • Frequent nose bleeds.
  • Frequent sinus infections.

If you are experiencing any or all of the above symptoms, please contact Beverly Hills Body or call 310.276.3183 today for a consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

Is There a Difference Between a Breast Lift and a Breast Augmentation?

Sun, 10/27/2013

There is a difference between a breast lift and a breast augmentation, hence the distinct terms used to describe the two different procedures. If you have been contemplating either type of enhancement, it's important that you understand the difference between them.

A breast lift is a surgical procedure in which the shape of the breast is improved and contoured. It raises sagging breasts and/or reshapes large breasts.

Breast augmentation involves a surgical procedure in which saline or silicone breast implants are inserted in order to achieve larger looking breasts.

Both types of breast procedures are designed to improve the body's appearance. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen takes special care of our Beverly Hills breast augmentation and breast implant patients, and he ensures each and every patient receives customized services. Dr. Ellenbogen always takes into consideration the individual physique of each patient, and he bases his recommendations on whether breast augmentation or a breast lift will achieve the most favorable results.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today or call 310.276.3183 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rich Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

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