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Summer Skin Care Starts with Don’t Fry Day

Posted May 25, 2016

Don't Fry Day Skin CareMemorial Weekend marks the beginning of summer for most of us. School is out. The days are longer. And we spend more time out in the sun. It is a perfect time to think about your summer skin care routine, which should include daily sun protection.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared this Friday, May 27, as “Don’t Fry Day” to raise awareness about sun safety habits for the coming summer.…

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Will Ibuprofen Increase Bleeding Risks after Breast Augmentation?

Posted April 28, 2016

It has long been believed that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs increased risks of excessive bleeding when taken before or after breast augmentation. However, a new research review published in the April 2016 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® has found that not to be the case. In fact, according to researchers, ibuprofen offers a safe and effective alternative to long-term use of more powerful prescription pain medications.…

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Can Stretch Marks be Prevented?

Posted April 19, 2016

If you have stretch marks following pregnancy, call board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultation to learn about treatment optionsStretch marks are a result of skin stretching at a rate too fast for elastin fibers to keep up with. This can occur during puberty and growth spurts or during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that 90% of women will develop stretch marks during their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy – even if balms and preventive measures are utilized.…

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Antidepressants and Plastic Surgery Recovery

Posted January 05, 2016

It is likely not necessary to discontinue antidepressant use prior to plastic surgery. Call board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultation and to learn moreWill antidepressants slow or complicate your recovery from breast augmentation, liposuction, or another plastic surgery procedure? Conventional wisdom says yes, but new research suggests this may not be the case. An analysis of six studies looking into increased risks for bleeding after plastic surgery found that results were inconsistent at best. In fact, the authors of this meta-analysis found the risks of worsening depression symptoms or spurring “discontinuation syndrome” much more worrisome, prompting them to caution against discontinuing antidepressants prior to surgery.…

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Breast Reduction and Flexible Spending Accounts

Posted December 09, 2015

 If you have overly large breasts, your FSA may cover breast reduction surgery. Call board-certified Pasadena Plastic Surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 to learn moreBreasts that are overly large and heavy can cause a range of physical discomforts. In some cases, these discomforts can be extreme, resulting in significant limitations and even shortening lifespan. When this is the case, your FSA or HSA may be able to be used for breast reduction surgery.

If you are suffering from overly large and uncomfortable breasts, please call board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr.…

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The Importance of Mammograms

Posted October 20, 2015

Breast augmentation does not prevent the detection of breast cancer, but may necessitate additional diagnostic tools. Call Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole to learn moreMammograms save lives. Every year, more than 231,000 women are diagnosed with invasive forms of breast cancer. Over 60,000 in situ cases are diagnosed every year as well. A surprising majority of these cases occur in women with no family history of the disease and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives in 2015 due to delayed diagnosis.…

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Plastic Surgery for Men on the Rise

Posted October 16, 2015

If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery for men, call board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultationMore and more men are beginning to look to plastic surgery to address issues as varied as stubborn fat deposits and premature signs of aging. If you are a man who is unhappy with any aspect of his body, board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole welcomes an opportunity to meet with you free of charge, discuss your goals, and help you choose those procedures best suited to produce the striking and masculine look you deserve.…

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Best Age for Plastic Surgery

Posted August 20, 2015

AIf you are considering plastic surgery in Los Angeles, call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 to schedule a free and informative consultationccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men and women between the ages of 50 and 64 account for nearly 25% of the plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States every year. This same group accounts for nearly 33% of all nonsurgical cosmetic treatments as well. While these numbers tend to drop concerning people over the age of 65 – at 7.9% and 10.9% respectively – there is clear evidence that people of all ages are showing an increased interest in both surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures.…

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Will Contact Lenses Make my Eyelids Droopy?

Posted August 11, 2015

If you are considering eyelid surgery in Los Angeles, call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultation todayContact lenses have been identified as a contributing factor to premature eyelid drooping. In a recent study of 96 sets of identical twins, researchers found that those who wore contact lenses – both the hard and soft variety – were more likely to experience premature eyelid drooping. How much more likely? 100%. All participants who wore contact lenses experienced a higher level of eyelid ptosis than those who did not, even after factors including sun exposure, smoking, sleeping habits, and stress were taken into account.…

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Obesity Linked to Plastic Surgery Risks

Posted May 19, 2015

In a recent study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons it was found that patients identified as obese were more likely to require emergency care following plastic surgery. The study looked at patients who had undergone tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast reduction, and blepharoplasty and found that those with a BMI that would quality as obese were 72 percent more likely to encounter postsurgical complications.…

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