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What are the benefits of Facials?

Is your skin feeling like it could use a replenish or you’re in dire need of a facial rejuvenation that’ll have your skin feeling like your favorite celebrities? Our Carlsbad location can handle your skincare needs and finally get you the facial you’ve been waiting for. Facials are a wonderful opportunity for beautiful, radiant skin, in an intimate setting under the eyes of a trusted aesthetician.

Facials are essentially a skin treatment that cleans and nourish your skin to promote a youthful and hydrated glow. During your facial, you meet with an aesthetician who also gives you the advice to care for your skin and for future custom consultations based on your skin type.

Have you tried skin care creams, prescription medicines, face masks, Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers like Juvederm and Restylane but still looking for the perfect facial treatment to complete your aesthetic look? Well, a facial might be the perfect solution for you.

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What can I expect the skin facial process to be like?

Facials are a fun opportunity to help reveal a newly found inner glow! You will receive a consultation to address any facial concerns and knowledge about your skin type and confirm the custom facial for your skin care needs. Your aesthetician will prepare a wrap for your hair if need to keep products off of it during your facial. A thorough cleansing always takes place during a facial. Your aesthetician will assess your basic skin type ( oily, dry, aging, sun-damaged, dehydrated, dry, etc) and choose the appropriate treatments as well.

Facials are a necessary part of your regular skincare routine. A monthly skin care facial is recommended to upkeep healthy cell turnover or at the very least a facial 4 times per year (every season.)

What are the different types of facials available?

ICONIC SIGNATURE FACIAL

Give your skin the pampering it needs to look radiant with this thorough skin rejuvenation treatment. Enjoy a skin analysis, deep cleansing, a therapeutic facial massage, exfoliation, and a hydrating mask. Massages are amazing for relaxing, relieving stress and balancing your mind. Just like your body, your face muscles need a massage and most facial treatments include one. The boost in circulation you’ll get will stimulate the lymphatic vessels and detoxify your skin, making it look healthy and youthful. A relaxing hand treatment complements this soothing facial. You and your skin will look and feel renewed.

DETOX FACIAL

This facial cleans pores and removes excess oils on the surface of the skin, then nourishes, corrects, and soothes acne or acne-prone skin. Cleansing, exfoliation, and a sulfur mask are designed to address the trigger factors of acne (bacteria, inflammation, excess oil, and dead skin cells) to control and prevent future breakouts.

TEEN FACIAL

A facial perfect for teens learning how to care for their skin. The facial, including skin analysis, cleansing, extractions, and masks. Our aesthetician can help you develop good skin care habits that will benefit you for a lifetime. This facial is appropriate for teens with mild acne.

Our facials are a favorite of our patients at Iconic Plastic Surgery and our team is led by Dr. D’Souza who focuses on aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, body and migraine surgery. He is well-regarded for both his meticulous nature and for the individualized attention, care and time that he personally devotes to each one of his surgery patients. Stop by our Iconic Plastic Surgery office at 3144 El Camino Real Suite 200 Carlsbad, CA. To schedule an appointment and to learn more about facials call us at 760-637-5288.

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What is rhinoplasty?

Sometimes there are changes that require a little more help than you can do on your own. If you’ve been considering rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as “nose job”, you’ve probably heard that it is a surgical procedure designed to modify or adjust your nose. We support our patients through consultations and personal recommendations meant to fit their facial aesthetic and aesthetic goals. If your profile has made you feel less than confident or less beautiful than you really are, we know we can walk you through the process. But did you know there are other reasons why our patients also choose a nose job too?

What are the reasons for rhinoplasty (nose job)?

Often times patients choose a nose job for reasons commonly unknown such as:

•Breathing correction: A deviated septum can cause chronic snoring, and this can lead to problems that can affect the productivity of your daily life and those around you.

•Trauma: Accidents happen, and sometimes unforeseen encounters in sports, car accidents or daily life can cause the need for surgery to return your profile to an improved form with reconstructive surgery.

•Sinus Problems: Sinus infections and sinusitis are problems that can be caused by a deviated septum, which can also lead to chronic snoring!

•Birth defects: Sometimes individuals are born a little different and need help from a considerate practice or doctor, like Dr. D’Souza, in order to assess current needs and make thought-out recommendations to move confidently forward.

Sometimes patients don’t want big changes to their nose and want to look like themselves after the operation. Some patients may be concerned with the width of the nose, others may be concerned with their hump, while others may simply want help with their breathing problems. Nasal obstruction may be due to large turbinates inside the nose, a deviated septum, or inflamed nasal mucosa. There are many instances where sprays may help to fix these breathing obstructions. Other times, the septum or turbinate may require a trip to the operating room to be taken care of.

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

A good candidate for rhinoplasty is one who desires improvement but not perfection. Most patients feel that their nose is too large or too small or doesn’t fit in with the rest of their face. Others have difficulty breathing. Other essentials of a good candidate for the rhinoplasty are those who have:

•Thoughtful consideration

• No major health problems

• Realistic expectations

• Non-smoking

It’s important to understand that there is no single aesthetic profile or nose that is perfect or beautiful. The nose is viewed not only alone but in relation to the shape and size of the rest of your face. Your consultation will include how your nose should share the characteristics of the rest of your face and accentuate them. With that being said, we’re just here to help you!

Dr. D’Souza spent years dedicated to facial aesthetic surgery and rhinoplasty at the Cleveland Clinic and during his time at UCSD. At the clinic, he was able to study with some of the well-known giants of the nose job reconstruction profession. Dr. D’Souza specializes in both open and closed rhinoplasty techniques and tailors each approach to the patient’s facial profile. The techniques used in the rhinoplasty operation focus on providing a balanced, natural result that remains functional for breathing as well.

When choosing what local beauty spa to help you achieve your ideal aesthetic profile, keep in mind that Iconic Plastic Surgery’s very own Dr. Dr. D’Souza is a dedicated plastic surgeon focused on aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, body and migraine surgery, who serves the cities and surrounding areas in San Diego County. We’re proud to offer our services to the Carlsbad and greater San Diego residents and beyond. If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty, or if you need more information about Iconic Plastic Surgery, call us at (760) 637-5288 or stop by our office and chat with one of the friendly employees. We are located at 3144 El Camino Real Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Why would I get blepharoplasty?

Puffiness – not as in morning puffiness but real accumulated swollenness, from life, age and accumulated tiredness.

For persons with “hooded eyelids” or swollen skin around the eyes, Blepharoplasty is a surgery that corrects and tightens the area. The surgeon incises the eyelid to remove excess muscle and skin tissue then closes it again, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.

At Iconic Plastic Surgery, we specialize in cosmetic surgeries such as the eyelid lift. We pride ourselves with treating patients who walk out of our office feeling more confident and happier about their appearance. The treatment can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on how you get your lid treatment done.

How do I know if blepharoplasty is right for me?

You’re likely a candidate for blepharoplasty if:
• You have obstructed vision from your sagging eyelids.
• Your eyes are noticeably puffier than they used to be.
• You have eyebags under the eyes that make you look more aged or tired.

It’s hazardous to have one’s vision obstructed by hooded eyelids or anything at all. If you have sagging skin above your eyes that obstructs your vision, functional blepharoplasty should be a serious consideration for you. Vision is precious, and deterioration should be prevented as much as possible especially considering how much we depend on our eyes daily. You can prevent yourself from enduring the infliction of such conditions to others by undergoing this surgery. Having hooded eyelids that obstruct vision can impair your skills for driving, work and every other aspect of life in which vision is crucial. Functional blepharoplasty works to remove excess skin, and muscle tissue from the upper eyelid, leaving you with a tighter and more youthful appearance after surgery- not to mention better vision, especially peripheral.

Even if your vision isn’t obstructed by your eyelids, you can get blepharoplasty. Over time, we accumulate under eye sagginess from allergies, tiredness, age, and heredity. Sagging skin under the eyes can also draw attention away from other attractive aspects of your face. Having puffiness under the eyes or drooping skin can put years on your appearance. Some accumulate this sagginess more heavily than others, which leads to having a more aged look. Cosmetic blepharoplasty works to remove excess skin from under the eyes, leaving you with a more useful and tightened appearance.

In either case, Blepharoplasty works to remove excess skin and muscle tissue from the lids and closing the tissue to create a tighter more youthful appearance.

Of course, there are some things to consider before scheduling an appointment.

You should wait to schedule an appointment if:
• You smoke. Smoking gets in the way of the healing process after surgery, so it is highly discouraged. Make sure you quit smoking before going through your procedure, that way you can do everything and heal under optimal health conditions.
• You have unhealthy skin or muscle tissue. This surgery cuts into our tissue, so it’s crucial that your cells are in optimal health before beginning.

At Iconic Plastic Surgery, Dr. D’Souza balances his surgical expertise with aesthetic determination. After your procedure, he will suggest that you take a few steps to make sure everything heals just right. Be prepared to experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising after the surgery. This is only normal after the invasive procedure. After the lift, you might also have blurred vision from the ointment, double vision and some sensitivity to light. Don’t worry, when you take the right precaution after your treatment, those discomforts will just be temporary. After you pass this slight rough spot, things will be a breeze. To make sure you’re putting yourself in the best position for your health, make sure you do the following after the procedure:

Icing your eyes will be very important. After incision procedures, tissue tends to swell. It’s important to make sure you keep yourself under conditions that won’t make your eyelids swell excessively after the repairment.

No contact lenses. Sorry, but you can’t be touching your eyes let alone putting anything them for about two weeks.

Sunglasses – use them. Protect your eyes as much as possible for the sun and wind.

Remember to clean your eyes – and gently. Infection can occur after surgery, and taking proper care is crucial to avoid any such damage.

No straining activities for a week. In order to heal, you need to avoid all activities that might prompt for sweat or other kinds of pathogens to enter the eyes. Avoid any such activity to make sure your eye area stays clean and doesn’t infect during this time of the healing process.

Dr. Gehaan D’Souza is a surgeon so that he can better the lives of those surrounding him. He loves to see his patients walk out with a new sense of pride and confidence and bringing them back to a state of personal aesthetic satisfaction – not to mention the medical pluses his surgeries brings to patients. Blepharoplasty is particularly important to this doctor as vision and safety are two aspects of human life that are undoubtedly precious. Working to correct a realm of life improvement gratifies Dr. D’Souza, and his passion lies in seeing people do better after his practice.

What to expect during breast augmentation | Iconic Plastic Surgery

If you’re looking for natural, more fuller breast, are a new mommy, consider a breast augmentation at Iconic Plastic Surgery, we’re happy to take care of our Carlsbad community.

What is it

After certain life events, patients might feel it necessary to reshape or add to the volume of their breasts to improve their overall look, feel, and appearance. Breast Augmentation is the process of enhancing breast shape with breast implants or by transferring fat to the area. Breast size is improved by placing breast implants under breast tissue or above the chest muscles. The procedure increases the size of breasts and restores the volume lost after weight loss, pregnancy and other medical conditions. Some even approach breast augmentation to increase in positive self-image if they feel the current shape of their breast doesn’t complement their overall self.

If you have recently undergone pregnancy, weight loss or generally want to improve your self-image, breast augmentation is a considerable option for you. You can take a look for yourself, and browse our before and after gallery to see real results from real patients.

At Iconic Plastic Surgery, we are proud to serve patients in Carlsbad and surrounding areas such as Vista, Oceanside, and Northern San Diego. Dr. Gehaan D’Souza is a practicing surgeon who graduated as a valedictorian at John Hopkins University and proceeded to get his Medical Doctor Degree from University of California Irvine. Known for his precision, meticulous technique and individualized attention towards each patient, Doctor D’Souza also focuses on other aesthetic surgery such as that for the face, nose, body and migraine.

Is it right for you?

Self-image and confidence are a crucial aspect to your day to day life. When women take their confidence in stride, they radiate their natural beauty. Maybe your breasts are not as proportionate with the rest of your body as you would like them to be, and you have been seriously considering doing something to change that. And maybe the look of your breasts and the overall symmetry of your breasts is an area of insecurity for you, this procedure is a right fit for you. It can be frustrating to not look your best in in your favorite clothes. If that’s the case for you, consider getting breast augmentation. Additionally, women who have decreased in breast volume due to a significant weight loss or a pregnancy are great candidates for breast augmentation. We recommend this procedure if you fit any of the categories above because it will help to even out, add and restore shape to your bust. You can request an appointment with Dr. D’Souza to get a full consultation on your decision to approach breast augmentation, today.

How it works

A breast augmentation involves inserting implants or fat under the breast tissue or over the pectoral muscle. Depending on the state of your pectoral muscle, several incisions can be made.

  • • Inframammory – Natural Creaseline below breast
  • • Transaxillary – near the armpit
  • • Periareola – Around the outside perimeter of the areola
  • • Transumbilical – In the navel

Implants

Choosing the kind of implants is very important. Whether you want a fat transfer, saline implants or silicone implants, it’s crucial to understand all of your options before making a decision.

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that can be absorbed by the body. These specific implants enhance the firmness of your breasts and are FDA-approved for women above the age of 18. Typically, these implants last between 4 to 10 years.

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The look and feel of silicone implants are like that of natural breast tissues. These specific implants are FDA-approved for women over the age of 22 years. These breast implants also usually last about 10 to 20 years.

Procedure

Dr. D’Souza pays strict attention to avoiding trauma to the breast tissue and pectoral muscles. Before the surgery starts, anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist, and during this time a pocket is created for the implant. At Iconic Plastic Surgery, we are loyal to administering a surgical method that decreases pain and ensures you a smooth recovery process.

Not only that but also, Dr. Gehaan D’Souza’s meticulous technique allows him to administer Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation. Such technique makes sure that the procedure causes as little bleeding as possible. Dr. D’Souza believes that the bleeding near the ribs is what causes discomfort during the post-procedure recovery time. The precision and the aversion of discomfort that he strives for is what ensures that his patients spend less time in the operating room, allowing for a quicker recovery time after the procedure.

When it comes to this kind of breast augmentation, it’s crucial that the implant selected is not too large or too small for your breast wall or for your body type. Dr. D’Souza takes a thorough analysis of all of your options during your consultation, including the measurement of your breast width and it’s stretch. Only your best options will be carefully considered and analyzed, and moving forward, Dr. D’Souza will administer his artistic approach, extreme sterility, and accuracy during the surgery.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Breast augmentation will improve the symmetry of your breasts, and their proportions to the rest of the body. After certain events, such as pregnancy or weight loss, this is an optimal procedure for returning to a shapely silhouette again and for adding more to your overall feminine contour. All in all, breast augmentation can improve your day to day life by bringing an extra boost to your confidence.

Cons:

Breast augmentation will require monitoring and they will eventually need replacement. You may also experience soreness or bruising after the procedure as well. Fortunately though, thanks to D’Souza’s careful technique and artistry, the average pain experienced by a patient after breast augmentation is significantly reduced and many patients only require a Tylenol after the surgery.

Dr. D’Souza encourages his patients to go out and treat themselves after the procedure. Breast implants can be the next big thing for your image and self-confidence. If you want to safely and beautifully add a boost to your femininity and self-confidence, please visit us our friendly office at 3144 El Camino Real Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008or give us a call to schedule a consultation today.

What are lip fillers and how do they work?

Did you Google “lip fillers near me?” because if you did, you’re in the right place. Ever wondered how celebrities achieve and keep their perfectly plump, full and luscious lips? Their little secret is lip fillers! Iconic Plastic Surgery offers this fast, safe and affordable service which uses little to no down time with natural looking results in the area. Aesthetic lip treatments are on trend and a much more viable option for men and women with desires to augment lip volume, shape and plump. Iconic Plastic Surgery can talk to you about the best options available to you.
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Plump your lips with the latest fillers and injections

While JUVÉDERM Voluma XC, can help with cheek volume and a more youthful look, JUVÉDERM XC is an additional minimally invasive procedure you should consider for filling in wrinkles, furrows, facial lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks and lipstick lines.

Lips and the area around the lips are treated to achieve a natural, balanced and symmetrical face. Over time, loss of volume can make us appear older, unhappy but a single procedure can cause results that make us look years younger.

Benefits of lip injections and fillers:
1. Full, plump lips
2. Minimally invasive
3. Safe
4. Natural results
5. Boosted confidence

Get the lips you’ll love

Natural-looking results last from 3-9 months and only require touch up sessions thereafter. Full results are achieved in a minimally invasive procedure that typically does not cause any pain as a topical grade numbing agent is used. Little to no down time for minimally invasive lip plumping treatments is required, with patients reporting some bruising minor swelling. Resume to normal activities the same day and avoid excessive sun exposure. Some of your best friends, girlfriends, neighbors may have already taken advantage of this lip augmentation cosmetic procedure without your even knowing!

Results are long-lasting but not permanent and vary from person to person depending on factors such as your skin type, lifestyle and age.

When choosing what local beauty spa to help you achieve your luscious, natural, full lips, keep in mind that Iconic Plastic Surgery’s very own Dr. D’Souza is a dedicated plastic surgeon focused on aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, body and migraine surgery serving cities and surrounding areas in San Diego County. With an dedicated excellence of more than years of operation, your luscious lips are just a phone call away. If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for lip injections and fillers or for more information about our other services call or stop by our office and chat with one of our experienced staff.

Special financing for plastic surgery procedures is available at our offices located at 3144 El Camino Real Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008. To schedule an appointment and to learn more about lip injections cost call us at 760-637-5288.

Can I Sleep On My Belly After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

If you’re a stomach sleeper, you may worry about your quality of sleep after having breast augmentation surgery. Will you need to change your sleeping habits entirely? What if you can’t fall asleep comfortably on your back?

Brunette woman lying on the bed on her stomach after breast augmentation

Luckily, there is no need for you to change your sleeping position permanently after undergoing a breast augmentation. While you should not sleep on your stomach for the first week or so, after your breasts have mostly healed you will be able to go back to stomach sleeping. Of course, you should pay attention to your body, though – if it is uncomfortable for you to sleep on your stomach, that’s a sign that you’re not ready to do it yet.

If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery, please call Dr. Gehaan D’Souza of Iconic Plastic Surgery in Carlsbad at 760-691-5165 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Why Can’t You Sleep On Your Stomach Right After Breast Surgery?

Technically, you can sleep on your stomach right away after having breast augmentation surgery. However, there are a number of reasons why this might be a bad idea, including:

  • It will probably be painful or uncomfortable for you to put so much pressure on your breasts so soon after surgery
  • There is a small chance that your implants may not settle properly in their pockets if you disturb them by sleeping on your stomach immediately

While we recommend at least trying to sleep on your back for the first few weeks following surgery, don’t worry if you roll over in your sleep and end up on your side or stomach. Lying on your stomach for a few minutes or hours shouldn’t cause any significant complications.

Most patients feel fine sleeping on their sides after just a week or so, while it may take longer to be comfortable on your stomach. Listen to your body, and sleep in whichever position is most comfortable for you.

Will Breast Implants Make It Uncomfortable to Stomach Sleep?

At first, the answer is probably yes. Aside from the potential pain that comes from pressure on your incisions, breast implants are a foreign object that you will need to get used to. Even once you are fully healed, there may still be some discomfort lying on your stomach due to your breasts being larger and firmer.

However, that being said, most women do not find it to be a problem in the long run. Although there may be a period of adjustment, after a while your breasts will feel natural again and you should be able to sleep on them comfortably, just as you did before breast augmentation surgery. Just be patient and give yourself time to adjust.

Dr. D’Souza will give you detailed instructions regarding your breast augmentation recovery, including when it’s okay to start sleeping on your stomach again. He will be available for you throughout every step of your recovery.

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

If you are interested in breast augmentation, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. D’Souza by calling 760-691-5165 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, and other nearby areas of northern San Diego.

How Long Is Recovery Time for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a fairly major plastic surgery procedure. It can give dramatic results, but it also takes some time to recover from. Typically, recovery time for a tummy tuck takes around two weeks, after which patients can return to their everyday activities with some restrictions.

Slim woman with flat stomach on the beach | Dr. Gehaan D'Souza | Carlsbad Tummy Tuck Surgeon

It’s best to have realistic expectations about recovery from a tummy tuck, so Carlsbad plastic surgeon Dr. Gehaan D’Souza will take the time to explain the recovery process and what you can expect during your consultation.

If you are interested in flattening your stomach through a tummy tuck, please call Dr. D’Souza today at 760-691-5165 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Tummy Tuck Recovery General Timeline

Each patient will be different, but the general timeline for tummy tuck recovery is typically as follows:

  • Week 1-2: Rest and no strenuous activity. Walking is good, but don’t try to lift anything heavy (including a child) or push yourself beyond your limits. Take prescription pain medication as needed.
  • Week 3-4: Return to work or school (as long as it doesn’t involve strenuous activity). By this point (or even earlier) you can switch to Tylenol for pain management.
  • Week 4-8: Gradually resume exercise routine, but continue to hold off on heavy lifting unless you get the okay from Dr. D’Souza. Light cardio is typically fine. You may still be swollen, so don’t worry if you can’t see your final results yet.

By the third month, you should be mostly healed and able to see your results. There may still be some residual swelling, but it shouldn’t be too noticeable. Residual swelling can take up to 6 months or a year to fully dissipate, so patience is key.

It’s important to stay in contact with Dr. D’Souza and go to all of your follow-up appointments to make sure your recovery is on track. Check with him before deciding to do things like travel by plane, go swimming, or do any lifting at the gym. Even if you feel great, don’t try to do too much too soon or you could compromise your recovery.

How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Last?

The results from a tummy tuck can last indefinitely, as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Most patients only need one tummy tuck in their life. However, if you put on a lot of weight or have a child after your tummy tuck, your results may be compromised and you may need a revision tummy tuck at a later date.

This is why we always recommend waiting until after you’re finished having children before undergoing a tummy tuck. In addition, we recommend waiting until you’re at a healthy, stable weight that you can maintain.

A tummy tuck is not a magic weight loss tool. It can help repair loose muscles, get rid of loose, sagging skin, and eliminate stubborn excess fat that doesn’t go away despite a healthy diet and exercise routine. It will not actually help you lose weight.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, call Carlsbad plastic surgeon Dr. Gehaan D’Souza at 760-691-5165 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve patients in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, and other areas of northern San Diego.

How Long Does Swelling from a Tummy Tuck Last?

One of our most popular plastic surgery procedures is the tummy tuck. This procedure can help flatten your stomach, tighten loose skin, and repair stretched abdominal muscles.

Many patients wonder about the recovery time for a tummy tuck. Since this is a major procedure, you will need to take some time to rest and recover at home. We recommend that you have someone available to watch your children and do household chores for the first few days.

Swelling from a tummy tuck is completely normal, and may last for up to three months. However, most of the swelling should subside after the first four weeks or so.

Watch Dr. D’Souza discuss swelling and recovery after a tummy tuck in the video below. Call us at 760-691-5165 to schedule your complimentary tummy tuck consultation.

Can I Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?

One of the most common questions we get about tummy tucks is whether or not it’s okay to have kids after one. The answer is that it is perfectly safe to have children after a tummy tuck. However, if you do, you will most likely lose your tummy tuck results and need to have revision surgery to get your flat stomach back.

Mother holding child | Tummy Tuck Surgeon San Diego

Dr. D’Souza advises his patients to wait until they are finished having children to undergo tummy tuck surgery. If your family is complete and you are interested in flattening your stomach with a tummy tuck, call us today at 760-691-5165 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

When Is The Best Time for a Tummy Tuck?

The best time to have a tummy tuck is around a year or two after having your final child. Your body needs time to heal and recover from childbirth, and you need enough time to lose most of your baby weight before having elective surgery. It is usually not a good idea to try to have tummy tuck surgery within 6 months of childbirth. In most cases, you should wait at least a year.

Things to consider before having a tummy tuck include:

  • Have you lost most of your baby weight?
  • Do you have someone who can help you look after your baby?
  • Are you planning on having any more children?

The closer you are to your ideal weight, the better your tummy tuck results will be. In addition, in order to maintain your results, you need to be at a stable weight that you can realistically stay at or near. Most women are able to lose the majority of their baby weight within a few years, and need a tummy tuck to help repair their abdominal muscles and get rid of excess skin and fat.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a tummy tuck requires a fairly lengthy recovery period. During your recovery time, you will not be able to look after an infant or small child by yourself. Make sure you have a relative or trusted nanny who can help you with your children and household chores while you rest and recover.

What If I’m Not Sure I Want Kids?

If you are interested in a tummy tuck but are not sure if you want to have more children in the future, then you may want to consider going ahead and having the surgery. There are no health risks to having a child after a tummy tuck, so you may want to enjoy the benefits of one for many years before deciding to have another child later in life.

Some women decide to have a tummy tuck despite knowing that they want to have more children in the future, because they think the immediate benefit is worth the risk of needing revision surgery in the future. It’s completely up to you, and we strongly encourage you to discuss this issue with Dr. D’Souza during your consultation.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

Schedule your free tummy tuck consultation with Dr. D’Souza today by calling 760-691-5165. We serve patients in Carlsbad, Oceanside, and other nearby areas of northern San Diego.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop breasts. It is fairly common, and while it goes away on its own in many men, others are not so fortunate. Gynecomastia can cause intense embarrassment and even depression in men who suffer from it, and may interfere with intimate relationships.

Shirtless man flat masculine chest | Dr. Gehaan D'Souza

If your gynecomastia is causing problems with your self-esteem and self-confidence, you may benefit from gynecomastia surgery. This surgery can take the form of either simple liposuction or full breast reduction surgery that removes the breast glands and excises excess skin. The end result of gynecomastia surgery is a flatter chest with masculine contour.

Call Dr. Gehaan D’Souza today at 760-691-5165 to schedule your free consultation.

Causes of Gynecomastia

The main reason men develop breasts is due to hormonal imbalance. All men have some estrogen, but when estrogen levels in males rise above normal, it can result in breast tissue. There is also another type of gynecomastia called “pseudo-gynecomastia” where the breasts are due solely to fat, not breast tissue. This type of gynecomastia most often occurs in overweight men.

Some of the typical causes of gynecomastia can include:

  • Medications which alter hormone levels, such as certain antidepressants
  • Hormone changes during puberty
  • Hormone changes due to aging
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism

Gynecomastia Treatment Options

If your gynecomastia is simply due to being overweight, the best treatment may be to lose weight. If you have trouble getting rid of the fat on your chest even after losing weight, liposuction may be an option.

When gynecomastia is due to underlying hormonal imbalance, you should talk with your primary physician to try to find a solution. There may be medications or treatments you can try to get your hormone levels back to normal.

Sometimes, male breasts don’t go away even with medical treatment. In other cases, doctors may recommend a “wait and see” approach to see if the breast tissue goes away on its own. If you are bothered by your gynecomastia and want a fast, visible solution, surgery is probably a good option for you.

Gynecomastia surgery is minimally invasive, using small incisions around the nipple in order to leave the least amount of scarring. Breast tissue and fat are removed through these incisions. In some cases, you may need more extensive surgery, which may require longer incisions. However, Dr. D’Souza will always use the most inconspicuous locations possible for incisions, and most patients feel that the surgery is well worth it even with potential scarring.

Recovery after gynecomastia surgery is relatively quick and painless. You may experience some soreness and swelling, but you’ll typically be able to return to work within just a few days.

Gynecomastia surgery can immeasurably improve the lives of men who suffer from this condition. After your surgery, you can confidently wear tighter-fitting shirts, swim in the pool or at the beach, and you don’t need to be as self-conscious letting a romantic partner see you undressed.

Schedule Your Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation

Take the first step towards a flatter, more masculine chest by calling Dr. D’Souza today at 760-691-5165 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, and other areas of northern San Diego.