Reza Nabavian MD: Plastic Surgeon Santa Monica California


I am looking into having a breast augmentation within the next 3 months, but the only potential surgeon I’ve met with so far told me that he would not do the breast augmentation unless I would consider a smaller breast implant size. I was completely shocked by this. My breasts have been extremely small my entire life (AA cups) — I have always had to wear a “training bra” and was teased about this a lot growing up. I want to get DD or larger breast implants. Lots of women get breast implants WAY bigger than DD, so why am I being told my request is unreasonable? How do breast augmentation surgeons decide how big is too big for different people? A. There are important anatomic considerations for breast implant size The size of your chest wall, (the dimensions of the boney chest) serves as a starting point to determine
I had liposuction 6 months ago and up with a few contour irregularities. They look like mogul-type lumps, not dimply like cellulite. My plastic surgeon said he could do a touch-up with a cannula that resembles a cheese grater, but not remove any more fat. He said this would help smooth the lumps. But he also mentioned that one complication of using this instrument could be damage to the blood supply to the overlying skin. He hasn’t seen this personally, but it does worry me. Is this a good procedure to smooth out lumps, and are the risks to the skin worth it? A: It is important to know whether the bumps are excess fat or post-liposuction scars. The bumps you are referring to could be either scar tissue that has formed after liposuction. If that is the case, time and massage should provide some improvement. A persistently hard scar
Will Thermage Fix My Under Eye Sagging Skin, Or Will A Lower Blepharoplasty Work Better? A: Thermage is not the answer to your problem. Thermage may work on some areas of the body in some individuals some of the time!! For specific and distinct skin excess, the results may be disappointing. For mildly loose skin or to prevent it, Thermage may be valuable. Lower eyelids can be improved with Fraxel, peels or surgery. Q: Thermage or Blepharoplasty for Sagging Under Eyes? was last modified: December 20th, 2011 by admin
Looking Done is So Last Decade: The Cultural Shift Towards Age Appropriate Cosmetic Procedures Middle aged is no longer synonymous with matronly. The over 40 woman is a force with whom to be reckoned. She is no longer seeking the fountain of youth, but rather seeks to look as good as possible – for her age that is. Women want to look refreshed, healthy and energized. They are less concerned with looking 20 years younger Instead, women over 40 are wearing their hair longer, sporting bikinis and have more economic power and independence than ever before. And, say these women, why should beauty be intrinsically linked to youth? In an “age appropriate” movement, plastic surgery too has evolved. “Ironically, older techniques may have removed excess skin to combat aging, but these procedures did nothing to restore youthfulness,” says Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at USC, Dr. Reza Nabavian. Dr.
The Academy for Peace and Justice Opens New Wing of Classrooms: USC Professor Dr. Reza NabavianBrings Health and Education to Haiti On Friday, November 18, 2011, Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) celebrates the opening of a beautiful new wing of classrooms at Haiti’s first free secondary school, The Academy for Peace and Justice. 7th and 8th grades are in action for this academic year, set in the new school building. The next phase of construction of the school will start in the spring. “This is why we fight for Haiti. We are now educating nearly 800 secondary students,” said APJ board member Dr. Reza Nabavian. Another APJ board member, Paul Haggis, was in Haiti with the organization to mark this benchmark in the ongoing efforts to rebuild Haiti. APJ continues to support the medical relief projects at St. Damien hospital. “We are having a series of donor trips to
Stem Cell Face Lifts: The Future of Plastic Surgery Dr. Reza Nabavian Studies the Regenerative Effects of Using Stem Cells in Fat Transfers. Fat transfers are already common procedures in plastic surgery, where fat is extracted from one place in a patient’s body and then injected into another to create natural looking, youthful fullness and to rejuvenate the general appearance of the area. Yet researchers like Dr. Reza Nabavian, Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, are finding that some improvements may be due to the natural presence of stem cells in fat transfers. “Stem cell research has pointed to the use of stem cells to repair and even to become bone, cartilage, muscle, blood vessels, nerves and skin,” says Dr. Nabavian. “We are conducting studies to understand how stem cells behave in grafted fat tissue.” Dr. Nabavian is taking part in research at USC where his team isolates stem cells
It’s your wedding day, where you’ll take some of the most important pictures of your life. It’s one thing to be a 20 year old blushing bride, where babies seem as sweet as cherry pie. But 20 work years, a divorce and 2 kids later and suddenly the slim white dress and flashing cameras send shivers down your spine.   Second-time brides look for more than routine facials to get camera ready for their big day. Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at USC-Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Reza Nabavian sees many patients who feel the stress of looking fresh down the isle. Below,Dr. Nabavian provides a roundup of procedural and surgical ways of getting camera ready in the months before your wedding. Procedural Options Get a head start. It’s hard to wake up one morning and poof! Look better. If you go the procedural route, start researching options
When it comes to plastic surgery, most would agree that subtlety is best as compared to looking “done.” Indeed, it’s about graceful accents and tiny tweaks – and anyone will agree that a frozen or pulled face is hardly subtle.  And the dubious use of liposuction to reshape the body isn’t a welcoming procedure to sign up for either. “Thankfully, we can now use a patient’s own fat cells to restore fullness and proportion to the face and body,” says Dr. Reza Nabavian, Director of Aesthetic Surgery Education at USC where he serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. “Fat transfers use a patient’s own fat cells as a natural and living implant to sculpt and shape the face and body.” “Fat transferring procedures enhance appearance with no use of synthetic fillers, implants and drastic surgery.” These procedures restore youthful and sensual fullness to the eyes, brows, cheeks, lips,
  Man Gets Penis Cut Off—And Lives! Ending a marriage can be messy—you’ve got the lawyers, the divorces papers, the court fees. Next thing you know you’re dividing up you’re possessions. She gets to take the car, the new flat screen . . . your penis. That’s how it went down for one California couple this past week. On Monday evening, Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, was arrested for cutting off her estranged husband’s penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal. According to the police reports, after lacing her husband’s dinner with an unknown drug (or poison), Mr. Becker went to lie down, believing something was wrong with the food. While her husband was asleep, Becker tied him to the bed, allegedly waking him by attempting to tug off his clothes. She then took a knife, cut off his penis, called 911 to inform them of the situation, and then
  In a world where fame is built on infamy, pop culture offers rather disturbing images of the cult of plastic surgery. See the celebrity mongering doctors, the sliced-and-diced-24-year-old-step-and-repeat-princesses, and the wealthy housewives who monstrously balloon and bulge their bodies as a public rite of passage. But despite this rather morbid snapshot, there is a subtle and ethical side of plastic surgery. The danger of cosmetic procedures, particularly the version portrayed in the media, resides in the retail component of elective surgery, says Dr. Reza Nabavian, M.D., USC Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. “Patients come in and ask for something and pay for a service. In this scenario, patients become like customers.” And medical doctors then become like salesmen. “As a physician you have to be a doctor first, especially in terms of plastic surgery,” says Nabavian. Doctors should be mindful of smaller procedures that may be a better
According to a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, 81% of young white women use tanning beds or intentionally tan in the sun, despite repeated health warnings. Indoor tanning before age 35 raises the risk of melanoma by 75 percent and the World Health Organization added tanning beds to its Group 1 List of cancer causing substances. In spite of the high risks, many teens use tanning beds, easily accessible and without age restrictions, to achieve the “perfect” bronze. Peoople are starting to take notice of the alarming statistics, and 12 states in the U.S. have bills pending that propose age restrictions for using commercial tanning salons. Yet still, more public awareness and education is needed. There is incontrovertible medical evidence that exposure to Ultraviolet radiation UVA and UVB will result in significantly increased risk of skin cancer.  Additionally, prolonged exposure results in visible signs of aging such
Breast implants and and augmented breast shape changes with time.  Sometimes this reflects a change in patient’s own skin and breast tissue as a result of aging and gravity.  In addition, breast appearance may change as a result of formation of scar tissue around the implant. As breast augmentation has become a popular procedure , we have seen  many patients  benefiting from breast implant revision.  These benefits include enhanced cosmetic appearance of the breasts and reduced physical discomfort caused by implant complications.   Some of the implant complications include capsular contraction, implant rupture and leakage, wrinkling of the implant, implant displacement, and infection.  In addition to the physical discomfort caused by the implant complications, the aesthetic appearance of the implant may also be affected.  The capsular contracture and erroneous implant placement may cause the breast look unbalanced, wrinkled, indented and deformed. Capsular contraction is a result of the tightening of
This new procedure claims to fill in wrinkles and to plump up hollow cheeks, using a filler, Selphyl, mixed with the patients own blood. But does it work? Recently there has been a great deal of talk surrounding a new procedure,  known by most as the “Vampire Facelift”. Stories in The New York Times, on The Doctors, and on CBS news have sparked interest in this new and controversial procedure. Many of my patients come to me for advice on the “latest” procedures that they read about in the papers or see on TV. Throughout my years of practice, I’ve prided myself on my conservative approach which leads to subtle, age appropriate results. I   Fad procedures may come and go, but as cosmetic surgeons we have a responsibility to be doctors first and foremost before we give in to the lure of lucrative retail. Patients must remain extra cautious and
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