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KELOIDS…require expert attention to deal with the pain, itching and physical disfigurement.

KELOIDS are a type of scar that results from an overgrowth of collagen type tissue at the site of a healed skin injury.¬† Keloids can be firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules that vary in color….some are pink, others flesh colored or they may be red to dark brown in color.¬† Keloids are benign (not cancerous), are not contagious but often cause severe itching and changes in skin texture.¬† Severe keloids can affect movement of the skin.

Keloids are often confused with “hypertropic scars.”¬† They are not the same. Hypertropic scars are raised and they do NOT grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound.

Since I have specialized training and years of experience in surgery and reconstructive surgeries, I have dealt with so many patients in need of Keloid removal and scar revision…I couldn’t begin to number them.¬† Just know, that dealing with Keloids is serious business and you should see a surgeon with expertise in this area…in order to get desirable results.

KELOIDS…WHERE THEY OCCUR ON THE BODY...Keloids can develop anyplace where an abrasion (injury) has occurred.¬† They can even result from pimples, insect bites, scratching ones self, from burns or other skin trauma.¬† They can develop post surgery.¬† They most commonly occur:

  • On the central chest
  • The back & shoulders
  • On Ear lobes
  • On arms & over the collar bone after body piercings
  • From shaving…razor bumps may become keloids
  • Bottom of feet
  • Can occur at any age…but generally don’t until past age 11
  • Keloids…may be linked to hereditary tendencies

COMMON TREATMENTS FOR KELOID REMOVAL

1)¬† Corticosteroid injected directly into the tissue ‚Äď typically 3-4 treatments spaced about 1 month apart ‚Äď will reduce a raised Keloid to a flat scar and reduce redness, itching and burning.

2)  Surgical Removal is used for larger, more extensive formations.  Technique involved may employ a scalpel, electric knife or laser removal.

3) Post-Surgical Complimentary Treatments are often used to minimize Keloid recurrence after surgical removal.  These treatments include:   -silicone sheet dressings applied directly to the skin around the incision; -compression therapy the mechanically flatten the scar formation, Рtopical imiquimod or advanced injectables such as bleomycin,  -interferon or 5-fluorouracil.  These drugs work at the cellular level to disable the Keloid tissue formation process.

4)  Laser Excision followed by monthly intralesional steroid injections alone or in conjunction with imiquimod.

These are my treatment preferences…even though others may exist.¬† I stay with the tried and true…those options proven to get desirable results.

OK….last two blogs have covered skin problems….lipomas and keloids.

Next blog I’ll move back into FEMGen options….today they are no longer “taboo.”¬† Women are lining up to have life changing treatments that restore their confidence, youthfulness, that rev up their love lives…and restore health and well being in many cases.¬† Don’t suffer any longer in silence.¬†¬† Women everywhere are stepping up and speaking out….the embarrassment is gone, Designer Vaginas are in and complete health and vitality for the “V Zone” is here to stay!¬†

More on that next blog!

Stay Well.

Steven Davison M.D.

DAVinci….where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

America’s Top Doc’s and Today’s Designer Female Surgeries…Taboos are gone!

shutterstock_27425314I’ve written a few blogs about female genital (V Zone) surgeries and how they have been life changing for so many women today.¬† This blog covers “Monsplasty”…the benefits of it and what some Top Docs are saying and doing in this arena of female health and wellness.

MONSPLASTY…what it is and the benefits you enjoy. Also called a Pubic Lift, Monsplasty is a surgical procedure used to reduce the size of and tighten the Mons Pubis. It is often done in tandem with a Tummy Tuck and Body Lift surgery to achieve maximum satisfaction.¬† Or it can be combined with other V Zone procedures such as Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty.

Childbirth, weight gain or normal aging affect the Pubic Area.  Women with an overly large Mons Pubis complain that it interferes with getting clothes to fit right, it often hinders normal urination and can really hinder sexual intimacy.  I correct a sagging, enlarged Mons Pubis by reducing the sagging skin and tightening muscles and tissue to improve the appearance and restore normal function and enjoyment!

TABOO YESTERDAY…POPULAR TODAY!¬† MONSPLASTY SURGERY IS ONE OF TODAY’S MOST “IN DEMAND” SURGICAL PROCEDURES!

COMMENTS BY OTHER TOP DOCS:¬†¬† DR. GARY ALTER …AMERICA’S POPULAR AND AGGRESSIVE SURGEON…dealing with sex changes, male/female genital corrective and designer procedures, and much more…is a West Coast surgeon and pioneer in his field of life saving/life changing procedures for both men and women.¬† He has invented a new labia surgery technique for reducing the labia majora…and is calling it the “Alter Labia Contouring Procedure.” Simply put, it reduces the size of the LM while preserving the contour, color and anatomy of the Labia’s edge. His new technique is loved by his patients who say…the surgery is virtually undetectable but the wonderful improvements….are clearly detectable and enjoyable!

Dr. Alter’s patients have removed the word “taboo” or embarrassment, or pain and suffering, ugly signs of aging and more from their vocabularies….because his Male and Female procedures are life changing….without embarrassment.¬† Dr. Alter along with many other notable “top Docs” widely promote their corrective and designer surgeries…around the world.¬† The younger generation in particular…is totally uninhibited, according to Dr. Alter and Dr. Christine Hamori...another front runner in the Vagina Designer arena. Dr. Hamori specializes in helping women of all ages and stages regain function, sexual satisfaction, youthful appearance, self confidence and more.¬† As a much sought after speaker/presenter….she is asked to explain her procedures and teach her techniques also.

IT’S ABOUT HEALTH AND HAPPINESS…and their patients all agree!¬† Aging, weight fluctuation, childbirth, illness, trauma, genetics etc. all factor into the changes our bodies endure across the lifespan.¬† Used to be…certain things absolutely were not talked about….women and men suffered in silence until they died.¬† The tide has changed!¬† An educated, enlightened population is choosing total health and the pleasures it offers.¬† Dr. Hamori works with women to correct female genital issues….to¬† restore health, function and a youthful appearance.¬† She is an educator and pioneer…highly respected among her peers and loved by her patients, their families and friends!

Dr. Alter has several other procedural techniques that he has not yet published…but his peers and patients are excited to learn about them. Both “Top Docs” are fulfilling a vital area of need in healthcare today.¬† I appreciate them and all they have brought to the table.

about sunbathing and sunburns! Vacations have already begun (Spring Break this past month) meant many bodies on the beach….or poolside.¬† After being in all winter…or enduring a gray winter as many parts of the country did…be smart when enjoying the sun.¬† Here are a few tips:¬†
1.¬† A stumpy shadow means the sun is directly overhead and UVB exposure is up to 50% greater during this time.¬† 2. Wear hats that throw a shadow over your face and neck.¬†¬† 3. Be generous with sunscreen…a thin layer does nothing!¬†¬†¬† 4.¬† Summer white/pastel gauze type fabrics absorb rays because they lack color pigments…when wearing them wear a layer of sunscreen also.¬† 5. Apply sunscreens indoors….to allow them to “bind to” skin proteins….otherwise they don’t work!¬†¬† Come back next blog for more tips!

Stay well….and let’s get you going on your “beach body” procedures!¬† Weddings, graduations and more are also around the corner.¬† Want to look your very best….let’s talk!

Steven Davison M.D.

DAVinci…where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

MAY is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month….today is Melanoma Black Monday!

Hard to believe we’re into May already!¬† So, I must do my annual warning against skin cancer:¬† May has been designated by many organizations as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month…and that involves letting you know about skin cancers and ways you

Sun protection and sun screen at the beach

Sun Protection

can avoid them.  We do this year after year because:  Melanoma and Non Melanoma  is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States.  For my faithful blog followers, please review this and pass it along to someone who needs this information.

SKIN CANCER FACTS AS THEY ARE:

1)  More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by sun exposure.  2)  Every hour 1 person dies from skin cancer   3)  Skin cancer accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined   4) Per the American Cancer Association: more than 1 million cases will be diagnosed this year   5)  Skin cancer is most deadly among African Americans, Asians and Latinos   6)  One bad burn during childhood doubles the risk factor   7)  Men are diagnosed with skin cancer more often than women.

2 CATEGORIES:¬†¬† Highly curable¬† (basal cell and squamous cell cancers) ……Deadly¬† (melanomas)

AVOID TANNING BEDS…the new trend among women between 18 to 29 years of age…involves an 8 times greater risk of developing skin cancer. and increased use of tanning beds increased the risk of getting skin cancers.

Skin cancer history is also linked to new skin cancers developing in other areas of the body according to a large study done by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston¬† (over 46,000 men and 100K+ women involved in the study) which ran from June 1984 to June 2008.¬† Nearly 70,000 new cases of skin cancers were diagnosed in these patients with a history of previous skin cancers with the women¬† being at higher risk than the men.¬† Bottom line is….both men and women get skin cancers…mostly from excess sun exposure and early diagnosis and treatment is critical to good outcomes.¬† SEE MY BLOGS FROM MAY 2012, 2011 for more info on skin cancer, risk factors, staying safe and more….

FIVE MORE SUN PROTECTIVE TIPS….¬† 6)¬† Don’t use sunscreen that has “baked” in your hot car….it’s useless.¬†¬† 7) If you take medications or use OTC pain killers….talk with your Dr. since many of these cause “photosensitivity.”¬† 8) UVA rays penetrate glass…so be aware when sitting by windows during the heat of summer¬†¬† 9)¬† Don’t count on makeup for protection….you must know what level of protection it offers…and if you need to also use sunscreen¬†¬†¬† 10)¬† Beach umbrellas block sun from above…but not the glare from below or from the water….choose carefully when setting up for the day.

MOTHER’S DAY….give your Mom or Sweetheart a SPA DAY¬† or a GIFT COUPON for BOTOX, RADIESSE…JUVEDERM,¬† LIP AUGMENTATION….¬† or a procedure she’s been talking about!¬†¬† Women love these kinds of gifts!¬†¬† Give a “New Mommy” a SPA DAY….and info about Mommy Makeovers.

Have a great May!

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci….where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

PREVENTIVE BREAST CANCER SURGERY…Angelina Jolie, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Crow…

Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy is big news right now...and is a timely reminder for women around the world…about the risk of developing breast cancer when a person is BRCA1 positive and/or has a strong family history of breast/ovarian cancers. Angelina chose to have a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) for several reasons….these 3 being the highest priority:

1) Angelina’s double mastectomy (surgical removal of both breasts) greatly reduced her changes of getting breast cancer by 87%.¬† For people who test positive for BRCA 1…the breast removal surgery reduces the risk of ever getting cancer…significantly.

2) The mastectomy surgery reduced her risk of getting ovarian cancer by 50%.  This is the disease that killed her mother (after fighting it for 10 years) at age 56.

3) Having the double mastectomy reduced her risk of breast cancer down to less than 5%…so she could tell her children: “They don’t need to fear they lose me to breast cancer.”¬†¬†¬† Her big why was her kids.¬† Living a long life to be there with and for them.¬† I didn’t want to leave them or for them to lose me at a young age the way I lost my Mom.¬† Angelina, age 37, and Brad Pitt have 6 children. Three are her own natural born and three are adopted.

Angelina chose to tell us all about her double mastectomy to encourage other women to:  get gene tested and to raise awareness of the options available to those at risk.

Angelina’s surgery was done in February…but she kept it private until now.¬† Even her own father, Actor/Celebrity John Voight didn’t know about it until recently at a family birthday party for one of the kids…and was very surprised because she has been very active and looked (looks) perfectly normal and healthy.

Brad Pitt and their 6 children were totally involved in the entire process…and even set up a little post-op recovery area at home so they could help mommy and be part of her recovery.¬† Brad is thankful and relieved for the clean bill of health….and for the fact that the cloud has been removed!

About BRCA1...BRCA1 is a gene mutation that men and women can carry and pass down to children.¬† This mutation makes people at risk for breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancers.¬† Genetic counseling followed by gene testing (blood tests) allow mutations to be found either BRCA1 or BRCA2…and empowers other family members to get tested also.¬† See: www.davinciplastic.com

Angelina said:

“This was not an easy decision….but one I’m glad I made! Now I want to encourage other women to get tested…especially those with a strong family history of cancers! ” She encourages us to seek out the information and the experts…learn about all the options…and those who can help you through this aspect of your life…make informed choices and become empowered!

Other Celebs who’ve had double mastectomies include:¬† Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Crow. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† November, 2012….Sharon disclosed the facts about her breast removal surgery¬† after a genetic test revealed she was a carrier of BRCA1 genes.¬† She knew immediately that the odds were not in her favor….she’s had cancer before and did not want to live under that cloud again.

The critical message here is:¬† if you have a strong family history of cancer….get tested.¬† Let’s talk about….I’m specialized in all breast procedures including reconstruction options.

Best to you and yours.

Steven Davison M.D.

For Breast Reconstruction or Revision…Natrelle 410 Implants Will Keep Everyone Guessing!

Since Angelina Jolies public announcement, and Brad Pitt’s comments about her double breast mastectomy, removal of both breasts as a “preventive” measure against developing breast cancer…I’ve decided it’s a good time to discuss today’s most popular…most natural cohesive (gummy bear) breast implants.

Natrelle 410 Ultra Cohesive Breast Implants are the most popular in the world today…chosen 2:1 by women having breast reconstruction surgery (after cancer treatment and breast removal)…and by women having implant revision surgery.¬† The Natrelle 410 also has more “loyal” physician advocates than any other single breast implant in the world!

WITH NATRELLE’s 410 COHESIVE tear shaped BREAST IMPLANTS…YOU WILL ALWAYS KEEP THEM GUESSING!¬† shutterstock_45617737

The 410 Implant was the very first highly cohesive…anatomically shaped implants and they are now referred to as “gummy bears.”¬† They have been in use throughout Europe since 1993 with wonderful results.¬† Natrelle 410 offers 12 shapes for a given volume.¬† I love them…my patients love them… for many reasons!

  • Natrelle 410 Implants…mimic the natural breast the best
  • They are the implant of choice today for women having breast reconstruction surgery
  • For breast implant revision surgery…the Natrelle 410 is top choice over all implants
  • It’s “tear drop shape” contours resemble the curve of a woman’s breast
  • The highly cohesive gummy silicone filler “holds together” uniformly to prevent migration in the event of a rupture (rarely occurs according to years of studies)
  • 12 shapes for a given volume enables patient/surgeon to be very specific in shape selection…for every single patient
  • Natrelle 410’s are chosen 2:1 by patients because they feel the most natural….soft to the touch
  • It’s the #1 shaped gel implant chosen by surgeons in Europe and Canada…where it’s been available for years¬† (the FDA just approved it in the US in February, 2013)
  • The textured surface means it will stay where it is placed beneath the breast
  • The implant surgery requires specialized training and skill…I am one of a select group of surgeons currently allowed to offer the Natrelle 410 implants to patients.

Highly Developed Method…used for selecting the ideal implants for each individual patient….no cookie cutter methods here!¬† Also, incorporating my Vectra 3D Computer Imaging program empowers my patients to see actual potential results…before having surgery.

Hand in Glove Fit! Selecting the right implant is the first step to achieving your desired outcome…Second is “surgical technique and skill.”¬† Added years of specialized surgical training and years of great success and natural outcomes in reconstructive breast surgeries…have given my patients have the highest level of confidence in my abilities…strong enough to send their friends and loved ones to me also.

OK…been thinking about implant revision/replacement…or have you been through a mastectomy?¬† Let’s talk…

Spring Graduations, June Brides, New Mommies, Class Reunions, Career Changes, normal facial Aging is really showing…Beach Days are here…are you beach body ready? …and many more reasons to get that Breast Augmentation scheduled, to have a Mini Facelift, to keep them guessing with Botox treatments or have an “instant liquid facelift.”¬† Take 10 years off the face with an Eyebrow/Forehead Lift…removing years of aging with an Eye Job (Blepharoplasty) or a Nose Job…come on and let’s get to work. See complete info: https://www.davinciplastic.com.

Helping You Keep Your Best Self Forward….best to you and yours.

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci….where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

QUICK FIXES to MAKE YOU LOOK and FEEL YOUR VERY BEST for Weddings, Graduations, Reunions, Travel, Beach Days and EVERYDAY!

shutterstock_65938825May is nearly gone but many people are still looking forward to end of year school programs, Jr. High, High School and College graduations, Proms, June weddings, Family Reunions, family travel, beach days and just everyday.

This time of year people look into the mirror and decide they don’t like what they see. ¬†A fast paced career, Mommy responsibilities, corporate pressures, too little sleep, poor diet and more all create stress and stress shows up in the face without fail!

If you are tired of looking tired and older than you feel or really are, there are many facial quick fixes available to give you a more youthful, refreshed look, without surgery and little to no downtime. You can be ready for that big event and you can look your best!

CONSIDER: Instant Filler Facelifts. 

  • An Injectable Liquid Filler Facelift instantly erases lines & wrinkles, while lifting & contouring the face to resotre youthfulness without surgery.
  • The forehead and eyes can be refreshed by using the right products around, between and under the eyes. ¬†Really, “The Eyes Have It.”
  • MidFace filler injections restore cheek volume, which also has a “lifting” effect. ¬†The right filler can eliminate those deep grooves in the Nasolabial folds
  • I erase lipstick lines, smoker’s lines, jowls and augment the chin . The right filler transforms this area and you look years younger.
  • Injectable Filler Lip Augmentation instantly creates beautiful, youthful lips with curves in the right places.
  • A nose bump can disappear with a few quick injections
  • I offer my patients only today’s best, reliable products that work to rejuvenate an aging face without surgery and little or no downtime. ¬†These include: ¬†Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Botox, Sculptra Aesthetic, Fat Grafting and more.

SPA Treatments such as microdermabrasion, facials and laser procedures can correct pigmentation issues, get rid of spots and correct problems with skin pores, lesions and more.

See my website for complete information on all procedures we offer at DAVinci.  www.davinciplastic.com.

There was quite a stir after Angelina Jolie’s announcement about her double mastectomy. ¬† ¬†This decision, after learning she was BRCA positive, reduced her risk factor by 89% for ever getting cancer. Being BRCA positive means that mutated genes put her at high risk for several female cancers, breast cancer being the primary concern.¬† I’m specialized in Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction surgery. ¬†I never enjoy learning that a woman needs the benefits of my skills, but I’m so glad I have the knowledge and expertise to successfully rebuild beautiful, natural looking breasts that renew her self esteem and confidence. ¬†Natrelle 410 Breast Implants are my first choice for women in this situation. ¬†I also recommend them to every patient desiring Breast Implant Revision Surgery. ¬†They simply are the most natural looking, safest, longest lasting available today.¬† I’ll blog on Breast Implant Revision Surgery soon.

Look for a new blog on¬†“People Traveling to DAVinci for Premium Plastic Surgery Procedures. ¬†We help people, from around the world, to realize their anti aging goals, or to overcome challenges after cancer or trauma and for Revision Facelifts, Revision Rhinoplasty (NoseJobs) and other procedures that need to be corrected by a qualified, experienced surgeon.

ARE YOU BEACH BODY READY? ¬† There’s still time. ¬†Let’s talk.

Remember “Sun” precautions…hats, sun glasses, sun screen, plenty of clear water, and don’t over do it.

Best to you and yours.

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci…where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

Revision Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) corrects undesirable form and function from a previous surgery

Since I’m specially trained and very experienced in reconstructive and revision surgeries I do a lot of “Nose Jobs.”¬† Patients of all ages, stages in life and from all cultures come to me because they are unhappy with a previous nose (rhino) surgery.
Couples are having surgery together...

Rhinoplasty surgery is done to change the size, shape  and form of the nose and/or to correct functional problems such as difficult breathing caused by a broken nose (deviated septum), fracture or disease.  So, when the outcome from a nose surgery is not desirable, often I am asked to fix it.  Following are some very important points you need to know and understand about revision nose jobs.

Revision Rhinoplasty is always more challenging than the original (primary) rhinoplasty surgery.  Several reasons for this are as follows:

  1. The geography of the nose was altered during the first surgery.  This involved removal of cartilage which provides form and structure for the nose
  2. The cartilage needed for the revision surgery must then be borrowed from someplace else
  3. An extra incision is required to allow for borrowing the needed cartilage
  4. The nasal lining has typically turned to scar tissue in the operated nose
  5. Risk of little spider veins increases with a second surgery (telangectasias)
  6. Revision Rhinoplasty is very complex and detailed since nasal form has to be restored and function (breathing mechanisms) have to be repaired
  7. These challenges increase the time involved in the surgery
  8. Very Few surgeons are qualified to perform these highly specialized revisional surgeries

Even though Revision Rhinoplasty has its own set of unique considerations, it is among the most rewarding of all surgeries.  The nose is the most prominent feature on the face so getting it right is most rewarding to people having this surgery.

HOW I PERFORM REVISION RHINOPLASTY:  There are 2 methods used for nose surgeries:  Open Technique and Closed Technique. Open involves incisions made inside the nose and 1 under the nose between the nostrils.  Closed means incisions are inside the nose only.

Revision Rhinoplasty surgery is frequently performed using the open approach which allows for more “complex” nose jobs to be corrected with natural looking, desirable outcomes.¬† Borrowed cartilage is taken from behind the ear, when needed,to restore nasal form and function.¬† This incision is well hidden.¬† The under the nose incision is barely visible and fades to a very faint thin line over time.

Here are 3 frequent questions I’m asked:

1. About anesthesia…I use local with sedation or general.¬† We determine that during your consultation to choose what’s best for you.

2.  Who can have Revision Rhinoplasty?  Men and women of all ages (must be in good health) and teen boys and girls who are fully grown.

3.  How long does the surgery take?  This depends upon the complexity involved.  It could be from 45 minutes to 3 or 4 hours.  The important thing here is to achieve a pleasing outcome with restored function.

These are the top three questions.  The rest are on my website: https://www.davinciplastic.com.

If you have nose problems from a previous surgery and have been afraid to approach it again…let’s talk.¬† I am specially trained in these surgeries and have been performing them for years. I still perform them on a regular basis using today’s most refined instruments and techniques…those that are proven safe and reliable. My patients get the results they desire and deserve.

HAVE FUN in the SUN.  BUT REMEMBER THE HATS, GLASSES, SUN SCREEN, WATER, UMBRELLAS ETC.

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci…where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

Revision Facelift to Correct Problems from a previous FaceLift or to “Freshen” an older traditional FaceLift

shutterstock_92984722Because time and facial aging does not stop after you get a facelift procedure, I get many, many requests for facelift “do-overs” correctly called Revision FaceLifts. There are many reasons patients become dissatisfied with their previous facelift and these distortions often cause self consciousness.¬† Be it the poor technique chosen, the surgeon’s lack of experience and skills, trauma or illness experienced by the patients, age related changes, no matter the reason, a Revision FaceLift can correct the sagging, aging features and restore a refreshed youthful appearance once again.

Revision FaceLifts are more difficult than the primary surgery due to scar tissue, altered anatomical positions and other unknown factors from the previous surgery that we may have to deal with.¬† When patients come to me asking for correction of a past facelift, it’s always helpful if they bring the operative report from the primary surgery.¬† This can give a baseline of information about the exact procedures that were performed and techniques used to do so.

Trusting Your Face to to a Qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon is critical!¬† Revision FaceLifts are a very complex surgery requiring maximum training and the expertise and skills of someone who has performed many, many facelifts and who does them regularly.¬† Also, being able to match the right surgery to your specific needs is imperative!¬† I know.¬† I see the unhappy results from the hands of unqualified physicians and the despair it causes those wearing the face with less than desirable results.¬† So, don’t be fooled by the mass advertising today being used to brand certain kinds of facelifts as the latest and greatest…Please understand that “one surgery/procedure does not fit all faces.”

  • Revision FaceLifts Correct disappointing results and freshen a previous facelift from years ago.
  • Employs new, proven techniques to restore youthfulness
  • Is customized to your specific needs & realistic expectations
  • Rejuvenates the face & neck again with longer lasting results
  • Dr. Davison is highly esteemed among his peers & patients for his vast knowledge, honed skills & surgical expertise
  • Patients travel from around the globe to entrust their face to my skilled hands

Revision FaceLift Overview:  After matching the right facelift and technique to your specific needs, I customize your facelift to match your desired outcomes, goals and dreams.  The surgery will be designed to tighten and lift muscles, remove excess skin, remove and/or distribute and sculpt fat to replace volume and restore curves for a truly natural looking outcome.  What to expect after your facelift surgery:  swelling, bruising, numbness and some discomfort is normal and to be expected for several days. Discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medication.  Every day, these issues resolve a little more until one day, you forget about them.   Surgery is performed in a state of the art out patient surgery center that is fully accredited and equipped with all the necessary technologies to perform all surgeries and to handle any situation.

CHOOSING A QUALIFIED SURGEON IS CRITICAL!  Visit my website to check out my credentials: www.davinciplastic.com.

OK.¬† Feels like summer is here so please remember to “sun protections” I’ve talked about in previous blogs and then go enjoy your family time!

Many patients “travel” to Washington, D.C. for the premium plastic surgery¬† procedures I offer, including: Revision FaceLift, Revision Rhinoplasty, Breast Implants (revision) and Breast Augmentation…using the revolutionary and superior Natrelle 410 Breast Implants.¬† Advanced, refined techniques and superior technology is life changing.¬† Watch for these blogs.

Stay safe and be healthy.

Steven Davison M.D.

DAVinci where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon by Steven Davison M.D. ….DAVinci Plastic Surgery

shutterstock_59992843A recent study conducted for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons reported that 80% of those people surveyed said they would prefer and choose a facial plastic surgeon rather than a general surgeon or physician.¬† As the numbers of people who have cosmetic procedures done each year continues to grow…so does the need for education about how to recognize and choose “qualified” cosmetic/plastic surgeons.¬† Thus, the reason for my blog topic this time.

Stats tell us there are over 782,000 doctors in the United States but only 3.5% are really qualified to perform aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures.¬† So, It’s critical that before you go…you know about your doctor/surgeon.

In addition to the right education, training and experience,¬† Board Certification is important in helping you identify a surgeon who is truly qualified to perform your chosen procedure.¬† Why?¬† There are multitudes of doctors who are not Board Certified nor are they members of important medical organizations/associations. So here’s the “why” about being Board Certified:¬† Certifiying medical boards have rigorous testing/exams based upon the highest standards possible to ensure that a doctor knows, understands and is qualified to practice medicine and perform procedures within the scope of his proven abilities.¬† There are different boards for different areas of specialization.¬† The same goes for medical societies and associations that were established decades ago.¬† These exist to further educate, support and monitor physician/surgeon members, also to educate the population and give them a place to seek help with problems involving member physicians.¬† Every doctor/surgeon who chooses to become Board certified, must submit to this high standard and the rigorous oral and written exams in order to be eligible for board certification.¬† Board certification does not guarantee certain results but it does ensure that the surgeon is educated, well trained, skilled and qualified to perform that surgery.

Examples of Certifying Medical Boards and associations:¬† 1) ABMS – The American Board of Medical Specialties (every doctor should apply to this board.)¬† 2) ABPS – The American Board of Plastic Surgery¬†(for certification in the speciality of “plastic” surgery). 3) ASAPS – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (for plastic & cosmetic surgery of the face and body). 4) AAFPRS – American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. ¬†(World’s largest association of “facial plastic” surgeons and reconstructive surgeons)¬† These surgeons focus solely on plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck. 5) American College of Surgeons, 6) The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is thousands of members strong…with only one high standard to assure you are getting a surgeon who is qualified to perform your procedure.

Do Your Due Diligence¬† – Surgery of any kind is a serious event and you should want the most qualified surgeon performing your procedure.¬† You can “google” the doctor/surgeon you are considering and check credentials, qualifications, experience, testimonials and more before making a final decision to use that physician. Surgeon’s Websites should be comprehensive including education, training, medical degree(s), fellowships, experience and qualifications.¬† Know before you go!¬† https://www.davinciplastic.com.

Cosmetic v Plastic Surgery…there is a difference.¬† Cosmetic surgeons have considerably less training whereas a “plastic” surgeon gets 5-7 years of specialized surgical training. ¬†Cosmetic surgery¬†seeks to improve the aesthetic appearance and¬†Plastic surgery is used to improve/restore function and reconstruct after trauma or illness.¬† Plastic surgery can include “cosmetic” procedures also.

Ask the right questions:¬† 1) Is the surgeon Board Certified…which boards and for how long?¬†¬† 2) Does he/she have hospital privileges?¬† 3)¬† Is their surgical suite certified?¬† 4)¬† Does the surgeon practice within the scope of their chosen field?

Look at Patient Portfolios…a picture really is worth a thousand words!¬†

Revision surgeries are on the rise…because unqualified doctors and beauty beauty professionals are doing procedures they have no business doing! Every year, my colleagues and I see more patients desiring “revision” surgeries to undo the disappointing, disfiguring damages inflicted upon them by the hands of unqualified doctors and so called professionals.¬† Please trust your face and body only to a qualified plastic surgeon!

Well, this blog is a bit long….but I couldn’t leave out any of the info included.¬† Please read and consider.

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Best to you and yours,

Steven Davison M.D.

DAVinci…where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.

Antiaging Treatments and Trends…for 2013

shutterstock_10125679FACIAL AGING…Do you know how old your face really looks?¬† We look into our mirrors daily and see the same face…often not recognizing the age related changes that are taking place.¬† It’s important to look into the mirror and see your face as it is now….not how you remember it from 10 years ago.¬† Sings of facial aging can be seen:

  • The eyes ..as “Crow’s Feet appear and deep grooves etch into the forehead between the eyes.¬† Eyelids (upper and lower) sag, hollows may develop and you may look “sad” even though you probably aren’t.
  • The Nose knows about aging…it too can change shape with aging… Nasolabial folds often develop between the nose and lips caused by loss of facial fat/volume and changing boney structure.
  • The Cheek fat pads start their descent down the face as they slowly deflate
  • Lips can sag. loose their beautiful sexy curves (volume loss) and corners can turn down causing an angry frown.
  • The Chin may become weaker with fat and volume loss and often highlights an aging nose.
  • And More……

The idea here is to get you to pay attention to “your aging.”¬† Anti Aging treatments should be started in your 30’s and maintained…in order to always keep looking several years younger than you actually are. AntiAging….is really about prevention.

Today, our refined treatments/techniques often empower us to delay surgery…i.e. a facelift. If started early enough, you have can have injectables to restore volume to prevent a sagging, old looking face.¬† Women start to lose facial volume in their 30’s…in the temples, nasolabial folds and cheek fat pads. Men follow close¬† behind. By fixing these areas early in life, cosmetic surgeons are finding that the aging process can occur more slowly.

Dramatic Lifters replace yesterdays fillers!¬† For example:¬† Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse stimulate¬† your bodies own production of collagen…soft tissue volume to fill in those empty spaces again.¬† This lasts much longer, sometimes a few years.

Celebrities start early and do small treatments to slow and reverse the signs of aging….and they continue this trend so they always look years younger.

2013 Hot Age Defying Procedures in order of popularity…

  1. Tummy Tuck  (Abdominoplasty removes excess fat, sagging, hanging skin, lifts and tightens muscles) achieves a firmer, more youth tummy.  Liposuction is part of this surgery.
  2. Arm Lift  (Brachioplasty) removes excess fat in the under arm between the armpit and the elbow.  Loose, hanging skin is excised and the arm sculpted to look more youthful and natural.
  3. BreastLift….involves lifting the sagging breasts to a higher, more youthful position and many women opt to include Breast Implants to achieve the desired breast shape and size.
  4. Breast Augmentation…uses Breast Implants to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breast.¬†¬† This is a standard request for New Mommy Makeovers….and midlife women who have experienced loss of breast volume and sagging breasts (ptosis).
  5. BrowLift…Facial Aging often shows up in the forehead and eye areas first. Browlift does just that…as the brow is lifted to it’s more youthful position…Forehead Lift is usually part of this to remove those unwelcome lines and grooves and tighten and lift the forehead.
  6. NeckLift…An aging neck …like “Turkey Waddle” is a sight for sore eyes!¬† Tightening and lifting neck muscles and skin (removing hanging skin) takes 10 years off your aging neck appearance immediately!

We’re halfway through February already.¬† Are you ready for Spring?¬† How about summer and beach time….in shape?¬†¬† Come on in…let’s design your age reversing treatment plan.

Dr. Steven Davison

“DAVinci….where I combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY…Enjoy Gorgeous Lips Everyday!

shutterstock_36660592Happy Valentine’s or Sweetheart Day!¬† Hope you get wonderful treats and the things that make you happy!

Gorgeous Lips are not just for Valentine’s Day….they are for everyday!¬† With today’s advanced super fillers, Botox and wonderful skin/lip care cosmetics…women around the world are enjoying sexy, luscious lips with curves in all the right places.¬† And they enjoy them everyday!

How to replace aging lips with beautiful, youthful lips…and curves in the right places!¬† I use injectables to reverse aging lips. ¬†Hyaluronic acid is nature’s answer to volume restoration, which is lost with aging, illness etc.¬† Injecting the right amount into pre targeted areas is safe and effective, without creating nodules that other fillers might, to restore fuller, sexier lips with curves in all the right places. Restylane is great for lip enhancements.¬† Read about it at: http:www.davinciplastic.com.

Hollywood, Dollywood and global celebs have been doing this for decades.  They start early (before wrinkles take over) and continue doing small, age reversing procedures to slow or reverse the visible effects of aging.

How Lips Should Look…Beautiful lips should have a natural fullness to them with a fairly well defined cupid’s bow.¬† Knowing the right filler(s) to use and how to inject them correctly is critical.¬† Expert Injectors have specialized training and knowledge base in Injectables.

The right way to enhance the lips with hyaluronic acid fillers¬† successfully adds volume to make the lips bigger, well proportioned and in balance with the other facial features.¬† The key is in not adding too much to avoid “duck lips.”

Kiss Your Lip Lines Good Bye…loss of colllagen and elastin, as we age, accounts for reduction in volume as the “scaffolding” breaks down forcing the formation of lines and wrinkles. The most noticeable, of course, are the Smoker’s Lines above the upper lip.¬† They form and appear even in non smokers!¬† So your once luscious, hot lips slowly disappear.¬† Other causes include years of “lip pursing,” smoking, excess sun exposure, poor nutrition, dehydration, illness etc.

Fillers Eliminate Lines…Create Plump Beautiful Lips Instantly!
Nothing compares with the instant transformation and long lasting results of today’s advanced, proven fillers.¬† They can get immediate, remarkable results that my patients absolutely love!

Expert Injector…as an expert injector, that coupled with my thorough understanding of the complex facial anatomy…my artistic skills and years of experience…afford my patients the results they want and deserve.

OK.¬† We are half way through February already.¬† If you are thinking about a Mommy Makeover, Daddy DoOver, Seniors Grow Younger Together Plan, … and many others…let’s get it done soon.¬† Time to start getting “BEACH READY.”¬†¬† Or the glamorous, healthy body you’ve dreamed of for your “SPRING WEDDING.”¬† or many, many other Spring events.

Let’s Talk Now.

Best to you and your loved ones.

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci….where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

Get Gorgeous Lips…with curves in all the right places!

When I counsel patients about lip enhancement (augmentation) they ask questions like these:

1) How do I get fuller lips? ¬†2) ¬†What if the injector “overfills”, ¬†3) Are filler injections the best way to go for lip rejuvenation ¬†4) I want sexy lips again…I hate that my lips of my youthfulness have become thin lines, ¬†5) How well do hyaluronic acids work to defy aging ¬†lips and to restore beautiful, youthful lips? ¬† …… and many other questions.

On my website: www.davinciplastic.com, you can read the whole story about lip enhancement. ¬†It is an age defying procedure I’ve been doing for years and can achieve natural looking, youthful results for my patients.

First, you can get fuller lips with injectable fillers that restore volume, fullness and youthful shape.  Hyaluronic acid has been used for decades.  It is safe, effective and does not create/leave nodules in the skin like some other fillers can do.  For fuller lips, hyaluronic acid materials are the best.

Having an “expert injector” such as myself ensures you get accurate injections, in the right amounts and in the right places. ¬†As a trained, qualified, experienced expert injector…I review the complex anatomy of the face with you and we design a specific treatment plan to achieve the results you want. ¬† Patients often come to me with “overfilled” lips….commonly called duck lips. ¬†This is typical of salon/spa or inexperienced people performing a highly skilled injectable procedure. ¬†Know what you are getting!

SEXY LIPS at any age are possible by doing as celebrities have been doing for decades;  start early and continue having small anti aging things done on a regular basis to keep you looking several years younger no matter your age or season in life.  I work with my patients to achieve realistic outcomes that will look natural and be functional at any age.

LIPS … HOW THEY SHOULD LOOK…the lips should have a natural fullness to them with a fairly well defined cupid’s brow. ¬†Knowing when to use fillers and how to use them is critical. ¬†I have years of experience in creating facial balance on the complex facial canvas.

ADDED BENEFITS FROM LIP ENHANCEMENT…include eliminating lines and wrinkles around the mouth and in the nasolabial fold, and of course, the smoker’s lines above the lip can go away with HA injections for lip enhancement.

Come on in and let’s chat about what’s bothering you…I blog on all of my procedures so you can access that info easily.

I love helping people keep their best face forward!

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci..it’s where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

Lip Augmentation…the right way to enhance the lips with hyaluronic acid fillers or fat (fat is great) adds volume to make them bigger. ¬†The key is in not adding too much volume because it can make them look “overdone” or like “duck lips” and facial balance is lost. ¬† I’ve written about facial balance…see recent blogs to get up to speed on that.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Davison

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