Pigmentation Irregularities: Age Spots Treatments / Removal

Pigmentation Irregularities: Age Spots Treatments / Removal

shutterstock_139854946-300x300 Pigmentation Irregularities: Age Spots Treatments / Removal Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsSkin darkening, or hyperpigmentation, occurs due to an abnormal increase in melanin production. Melanin is a natural substance that gives the skin its color or pigment.

In case melanin levels are elevated, pigmentation changes develop that cause the skin to become darker, creating a blotchy, uneven appearance that can adversely affect the youthfully-even tone of the skin. 

While hyperpigmentation is usually linked to genetics, external factors, such as medications/drugs, acne, and sun exposure, can also contribute to and worsen skin discoloration. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides advanced skin care treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

Hyperpigmentation Appearance

Hyperpigmentation can manifest in the following ways:

  • Vascular Dyschromia: Redness due to sun exposure
  • Nevus: Birthmark
  • Stain: Brown or wine-colored skin discoloration
  • Solar Lentigines: Sunspots and freckles
  • Chloasma: Liver spots
  • Melasma: Asymmetrical patches of brown skin and/or dark spots, often caused by hormonal changes (such as pregnancy, menopause) and mainly located on the forehead, upper lip, nose, and cheeks 
  • Tan: Darkened skin occurring for the excess production of melanin linked to UV radiation due to sun exposure
  • Pigmented Lesions: Brown or black spots on the skin, such as moles

Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) at Dr. Q Plastic Surgery provides patients with a wide range of innovative treatment options for conditions such as hyperpigmentation. These non-invasive solutions address the underlying reasons for hyperpigmentation, enabling patients to accomplish tauter, smoother skin:

IPL Photofacial

Ideally, intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials are suitable for patients with dyschromia. This skin condition is characterized by abnormal changes of pigment (color) on the skin, such as hyperpigmentation (melasma/dark patches on the skin) and hypopigmentation (vitiligo/light patches on the skin).

Chemical Peel (Chemexfoliation, Derma Peeling)

This treatment involves the meticulous application of chemical solutions to the skin to exfoliate and strip away the compromised, discolored uppermost layer of the skin (epidermis). This reveals brighter, smoother skin which has a more even texture, tone, and color. 

Medical Grade Skincare Products

Dr. Q Plastic Surgery provides various robust, pharmaceutical-grade at-home skincare products from eminent industry leaders such as mybody, VisãoMD, and SkinMedica. 

These powerful products are formulated with a proven balance of patented active components to address pigmentation aberrations while smoothing, toning, and rejuvenating the skin. 

SkinMedica

The SkinMedica line is backed by over two decades of independent lab testing and cutting-edge clinical research. SkinMedica been a leader in the medical cosmetics industry due to its creative selection of innovative skincare products that have consistently shown to rejuvenate and heal the skin from inside while restoring a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. 

TNS Recovery Complex

TNS Recovery Complex is, without doubt, one of SkinMedica’s top-selling products. This product consistently offers potent skin-rejuvenating, skin-smoothing, and wrinkle-reducing improvements. 

Mybody

Mybody offers a proven balance of top-quality ingredients. The products are specifically designed to target and treat problematic skin concerns (such as acne, dry/rough skin, pigmentation issues, wrinkles, discoloration aging skin) while improving the texture, tone, radiance, and clarity of the skin. 

BioCorneum+

BioCorneum+ is marketed exclusively to surgeons and dermatologists. This innovative silicone scar treatment contains SPF 30 sunscreen to prevent the formation of scars. At the same time, it significantly softens the appearance of pre-existing scars. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for proven and innovative skin care solutions.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

shutterstock_106174154-300x200 Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Treatments Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsChemical peels refer to minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments that have become increasingly sought-after due to their proven ability to correct problematic skin issues (such as rough/uneven skin tone, acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne scarring) with the applications of chemical solutions that have been carefully formulated. 

Chemical peels exfoliate and strip away compromised discolored skin cells on the uppermost skin layer (epidermis) to reveal dazzling, bright, and evenly balanced skin. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides advanced skin care treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Mesoesthetics Chemical Peels

Mesoestetics is a reputable medical aesthetics company offering a wide range of chemical peel formulations for patients experiencing any number of undesirable skin issues. The chemical peel formula can be adjusted to suit the particular skincare needs of the patient. Many peels are so gentle that no downtime is necessary after the treatment: 

Mesopeel Azelan

The Azelan peel is a perfect blend of exfoliating acids to improve the state of oily, acne-prone, and/or acneic skin types. In addition, this peel helps minimize rosacea and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation while enhancing the healing of blemishes. 

Mesopeel Jessner

The modified Jessner solution is ideal for the treatment of sun-damaged skin and mild hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) and/or hypopigmentation (skin lightening). This peel can effectively restore the skin’s dazzling glow. 

Glycolic Peel

For patients who want to improve mild photodamage and soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, a single acid glycolic peel may be an effective solution. This peel promotes the production of collagen and elastin, which are the two ingredients necessary for the restoration and maintenance of youthful, taut, and healthy skin.

Mandelic Peel

Single acid mandelic peels are an excellent solution for the gentle treatment of combination skin conditions (such as mild flare-ups, early signs of aging, pore congestion, and mild pigmentation aberrations). 

Mesopeel TCA 35 Percent

This innovative chemical peel is formulated with trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It is an appropriate peel for patients who require a more robust treatment than a superficial peel can offer but do not want the costs and recovery period associated with deeper peels. 

The TCA softens and resurfaces the skin, and has been shown to be an effective treatment for medium to deep wrinkles, severe photodamage, seborrhea, and actinic keratosis, and/or mild to moderate acne.

Mesopeel ‘Soft’ TCA 15 Percent

This peel is a milder formulation of the traditional TCA 35 percent peel. This “soft” peel enhances the skin’s luminosity and texture. It is a milder option for younger patients or those who seek treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, seborrhea keratosis, mild photodamage, and mild acne.

Lactic Peel

These hydrating peels are optimized to treat mature, sensitive, and dry skin types. Lactic peels soften wrinkles and fine lines as well as promote the production of fresh collagen and elastin. 

Mesopeel Piruvex

The Piruvex peel refers to a natural acid peel that goes deep into the skin to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. This peel is suitable for patients with actinic and seborrhea keratosis, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening), moderate photodamage, and/or wrinkles and fine lines. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for proven and innovative skin care solutions.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Acne Scarring Treatments And Removal

shutterstock_92376865-300x200 Acne Scarring Treatments And Removal Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsAcne scars occur due to residual damage to the underlying tissues and skin because of severe acne. As the initial breakout resolves, our body initiates its wound healing mechanism to produce collagen to support the process of healing. 

But if excessive collagen is generated, an elevated scar can develop (raised scarring occurs more commonly in patients with darker complexions). If inadequate collagen is produced, a depressed scar will occur. This can be present on the skin’s surface as a depression, pit, or pockmark.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides advanced skin care treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

Treatments for Acne Scarring

Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon who provides her patients with a wide array of effective but non-invasive (non-surgical) treatment options to treat acne and injury-related scarring, smoothing the skin’s surface.  

Pharmaceutical Strength Skincare Products 

BioCorneum+ is a specialized at-home silicone scar treatment. This advanced treatment comprises SPF 30 to prevent the formation of scars and active ingredients proven to soften the appearance of existing scars.

Various pharmaceutical grade skincare products, such as SkinMedica, mybody, and VisãoMD, are available as well. These robust products are designed with a precise balance of powerful active ingredients to soften scarring and improve other textural imperfections while toning, conditioning, and smoothing skin simultaneously. 

Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments 

These treatments use fractionated laser technology to promote the development of new skin cells. This smoothes the surface of the skin and helps fill in acne scars. Ablative lasers can vaporize the scar while non-ablative lasers prompt collagen growth without causing damage to the skin’s surface. 

In the case of CO2RE laser technology, the laser beam goes into precise depths beneath the surface of the skin to gently eliminate damaged skin cells and initiate the natural healing process of the body. This expedites collagen production for the creation of new, healthy skin cells. 

The eMatrix System 

The eMatrix system is a non-laser based treatment that directs strong fractionated bi-polar radio frequency (RF) heat energy to the deepest layers of the skin (dermis). In these layers, the RF energy “kick starts” the healing capabilities of the body and prompts the generation of fresh collagen, all with no damage to the skin’s surface. 

Injectable Dermal Fillers 

Injecting dermal fillers (such as Restylane, Perlane, or Juvederm) helps fill in the depressions and indentations in the skin due to deep acne scars and pockmarks. Dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers are referred to as “liquid facelifts” due to their ability to restore youthful volume to the face without the involvement of surgery or downtime. 

Dermal fillers can temporarily add volume to plump of the skin, improve the contours of the face, and soften facial wrinkles and creases. For the treatment of acne scars, certain fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm work well. 

Chemical Peel (Derma peeling, Chemexfoliation) 

In this procedure, carefully formulated chemical solutions are used to strip away the damaged, discolored skin cells to reveal dazzling, smooth skin. 

These peels are minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments that have become quite sought-after for this proven ability to improve problematic skin concerns (such as acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, rough/uneven skin tone, acne) through the application of meticulously formulated chemical solutions. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for proven and innovative skin care solutions.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

How do Dysport injections cost?

shutterstock_104000726-259x300 How do Dysport injections cost? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsDysport is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment meant to reduce fine lines and other wrinkles on the face. 

It is an effective, although temporary solution, for patient seeking a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance without undergoing a surgical procedure. 

During the pre-treatment consultation, the Dysport treatment provider will discuss various aspects of the procedure with the patient, including its estimated costs. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Dysport facial wrinkle reduction injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Cost-Effective Treatment 

In comparison to various other non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, Dysport is more affordable. 

Cosmetic surgery options, such as a traditional or mini facelift, can be much more expensive compared to a temporary injectable treatment such as Dysport. Even upper face surgical procedures such as eyelid lift, forehead lift, or brow lift will cost significantly more than Dysport injections.

Chemical peels, laser skin tightening, soft tissue fillers, and other innovative treatments can effectively rejuvenate the face in a non-surgical manner. However, many of these treatments will cost significantly more than Dysport injections. 

There is downtime associated with many of these treatments, but the patient will not require any time off work after Dysport injections. Additionally, there are no related post-treatment costs. 

Factors Impacting the Cost

The costs of Dysport injectable treatment can differ between practices. A primary reason for this variation is the geographical location of the practice. The overhead and living costs in main urban centers and major cities will usually be higher, causing a difference in costs across states. 

The background and credentials of the injection provider is also another important factor in impacting Dysport treatment costs. A highly qualified and experienced medical professional may charge slightly more for Dysport injections. 

The primary component in Dysport is botulinum toxin. This robust biological agent has the potential to cause serious complications if injected improperly. Therefore, patients should undergo Dysport treatment only from a qualified and established specialist in the field of facial cosmetic procedures. 

Average Cost

Dysport costs will vary between practices, depending on whether they charge per vial or per treatment area. Some patients only require small improvements in particular areas of the face, while others may need more extensive treatment in multiple facial sites. 

At times, the Dysport manufacturer or treatment provider may offer promotional discounts, which the patient can benefit from. 

Every patient will need a different number of Dysport injections. This will impact the procedure costs between two patients, even at the same practice. During the pre-treatment consultation, the patient should discuss the cost implications with the injection provider. 

Financing Options

Patients can seek financing for their Dysport procedure from avenues such as credit cards, private loans from friends and family, and loans from professional medical care finance companies. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Dysport injectable treatment. 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

What is Dysport used for?

AdobeStock_110576056-300x200 What is Dysport used for? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsToday, the reduction of facial signs of aging is one of the most commonly requested non-surgical cosmetic procedures. 

Many patients are deterred by a surgical procedure such as a facelift to mitigate signs of facial aging. Now FDA approved injectable anti-aging facial procedures, such as Dysport, can be an effective solution for such patients. 

Dysport is becoming increasingly popular, even with men who seek to reduce facial wrinkles and frown lines to give their face a more rejuvenated, youthful appearance. 

Dysport has been proven to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. It softens the lines between the brows creating natural looking outcomes. 

This injectable procedure can create near-instant outcomes that produce a more refreshed and youthful facial appearance. Dysport injectable treatment is a relatively simple and safe procedure, but it should only be performed by a skilled and certified injection provider for successful results.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Dysport facial wrinkle reduction injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

FDA Approved Treatment 

In Europe, Dysport has been a very sought-after injectable anti-aging treatment to reduce facial signs of aging. Then, in April 2009, Dysport received US FDA clearance to temporary mitigate moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, or glabellar lines.

Dysport can be an appropriate wrinkle reduction alternative for patients seeking a reduction in signs of aging on the face in a non-surgical manner.

Dysport also comprises the powerful biological agent botulinum toxin Type A, similar to Botox. The injection provider administers this neurotoxin directly into the wrinkle-causing overactive muscle. 

When Dysport medication is injected, it causes almost immediate but temporary paralysis in the underlying muscle. This mitigates or removes the associated wrinkle from the face until the time that the muscle remains in a relaxed condition. 

Good Candidates

For patients with frown lines or lines that develop on the forehead between the brows, Dysport is an effective cosmetic injectable treatment. Ideal Dysport candidates may be individuals who are unhappy about the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, and other facial wrinkles.

Ideal candidates are under 65 years of age and are not allergic to the cow’s milk protein. If there is a skin injection in the planned injection site, this will need to be addressed prior to Dysport treatment. 

Procedure

In this procedure, the treatment provider will initially cleanse the planned injection site with alcohol or a disinfectant to minimize infection risks. At times, they may use lidocaine as a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site. 

However, in a majority of cases, Dysport is injected without the application of a local anesthetic. This procedure usually involves injecting one injection into five sites that lie between and above the eyebrows. 

Results

After Dysport injections, the patient will experience an instantly noticeable difference. However, the complete results of the procedure will usually become visible between 24 to 48 hours are the swelling subsides. The results will last for around four to six months with a single Dysport injectable procedure. The outcomes can differ between patients. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Dysport injectable treatment. 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Liposuction For Your Calves And Ankles

shutterstock_136815341-252x300 Liposuction For Your Calves And Ankles Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsIn the last two decades, liposuction of the lower extremities has become an increasingly sought-after cosmetic surgery procedure.

This procedure was once linked to complications and unsatisfactory outcomes. However, advancements in surgical techniques have addressed these issues.

 

Wanting something Better

There is possibly no tougher area than the calves and ankles when it comes to the removal of stubborn fatty deposits. In these two areas, fat accumulation is almost entirely due to genetic predisposition. Thick calves, the so-called “cankles” can now become history when patients choose experienced cosmetic surgeon for liposuction.  

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction for the calves and ankles to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

 

Overview

In general, calf and ankle liposuction is usually not undertaken as standalone procedures. Rather, the surgeon will need to re-contour the entire lower leg for the most appealing outcomes.

Therefore, calf and ankle liposuction is undertaken as a single procedure to make sure that the lower leg proportions are maintained. Sometimes the surgeon may also perform knee and thigh liposuction to sculpt the entire leg.

 

Procedure

The surgeon uses a device known as a cannula to perform calf and ankle liposuction. The cannula is a thin steel tube that the surgeon delicately inserts into the fat layer of the calves or ankles.

The surgeon cautiously manipulates the cannula within the fat layer while remaining perfectly parallel to the skin. This dislodges the fat cells which are subsequently suctioned out of the body through the cannula.

Minimally invasive tumescent liposuction plastic surgery is used to perform calf liposuction, which means that the procedure involves only local anesthetic. The patient stays awake, and this technique allows for quicker healing and higher quality outcomes in comparison to more invasive types of liposuction techniques.

Incision placement is a vital aspect of liposuction of the calves. The surgeon makes incisions right below the knee, towards the top portion of the calf. Through these two separate incisions on either side of the calf, they treat the entire calf area with smooth, uniform passes of the cannula.

The surgeon uses their artistic sensibilities and in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy to mold the calf into a sculpted, more desirable shape. They will also adopt a similar approach to deliver liposuction of the ankles. The surgeon will place incisions on either side of the ankle to access the areas of unwanted fat.

However, the ankle is a very small area, and an experienced surgeon will ensure that the cannula does not poke the skin from beneath causing dimpling. They will remove targeted pockets of fat to make sure that the ankle maintains its unique shape.

 

Recovery and Outcomes

Calf and ankle liposuction can effectively reduce the excess fatty tissue in these areas. The patient is usually left with a highly sculpted lower leg that appears much more muscular and appealing.

The inflammation in the case of lower leg liposuction prevails for a much more extended period compared to liposuction of the trunk and thighs. Surgeons usually instruct patients to wear a compression hose following the procedure to reduce and manage the inflammation.

Prolonged inflammation can be frustrating, but most patients consider it well-worth the trouble because of the long-term aesthetic results. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction for the calves and ankles.

 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

 

Liposuction For Your Knees

shutterstock_109351001-300x226 Liposuction For Your Knees Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsA balanced diet and regular exercise regimen can help the body remain toned and fit. But there may still be some problem areas that are resistant to even the most aggressive fitness plans, no matter how targeted they may be. One such area that is difficult to tone is the knees.

Individuals who have worked vigorously to contour their thighs and calves want to be able the show them off. However, fat around the knees can impact the appearance of otherwise toned and shapely legs.

 

Self-Esteem Matters

Thankfully, such patients can benefit from a less invasive liposuction cosmetic surgery technique that enables the knees to appear as appealing as the rest of the legs.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction for the knee to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

 

Knee Liposuction Benefits

The removal of even a small amount of fat can make a dramatic improvement in the overall appearance of the leg for many patients. It can help their entire body appear slimmer and more symmetrical.

Re-contouring the knees may require only one treatment. But many patients undergo inner thigh liposuction simultaneously to achieve beautifully proportionate outcomes that improve their overall physique.

Some patients also undergo a knee lift at the same time as their liposuction procedure. This procedure is relatively new and has already gained a cult following among celebrities for its ability to eliminate ‘kninkles,’ or knee wrinkles, enhance collagen production, and tighten loose skin above the knee.

The patient may experience the following benefits upon undergoing knee liposuction plastic surgery, especially if they receive this procedure along with inner or outer thigh liposuction:

  • More comfort when running or walking
  • A more toned-up leg appearance
  • Higher self-confidence when wearing clothing that exposes the knee area

 

Ideal Candidates for Knee Liposuction

Good candidates for knee liposuction are within their normal weight range and have excess fatty pockets around their knees, especially on the inner knee. They have good skin tone and elasticity as well. Patients considering knee liposuction should have reasonable expectations about the outcomes of the surgery and be in good overall health to undergo anesthesia.

 

Procedure

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure meant to eliminate fatty deposits from precise areas of the body. In the knee liposuction procedure, the surgeon inserts a thin tube, known as a cannula, into strategic areas around the knees.

They then gently suction out the fat from the knees. The procedure may involve the use of ultrasound or lasers. These techniques heat and melt the fat, which makes it easier to eliminate it from the body.

Knee liposuction does not tighten up excess skin around the knees which may be a result of dramatic, sudden weight loss. Patients with excess skin may require a lift procedure.

The results can last for a more extended period if the patient maintains a healthy weight. Routine exercise will enhance the muscle tone and positively impact the final results.

 

Recovery

The knee liposuction procedure can be undertaken on an outpatient basis. The time taken to complete the procedure is usually between 30 to 45 minutes and can be performed with a local or regional anesthetic.

The patient should ask a responsible person to drive them back home after the procedure as the knees may be stiff at this point. It is also not advisable for the patient to drive under the effect of the anesthetic.

Patients can usually resume their routine within two to three weeks after the surgery. They can begin exercising within four to six weeks after the procedure.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction for the knees.


To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

How will your breasts look and feel after MTF transgender breast augmentation surgery?

Breasts look and feel after transgender breast augmentation plastic surgery

transgender-breast-augmentation-300x293 How will your breasts look and feel after MTF transgender breast augmentation surgery? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsMany transwomen and non-binary transfeminine individuals seek larger, more voluptuous breasts. MTF breast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an ideal solution for such candidates.

The final outcomes of MTF breast implants will certainly be dramatic, but not necessarily perfect. It is vital for patients to have reasonable expectation prior to undergoing surgery.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides MTF transgender breast augmentation to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

What will my Breasts appear and feel like after Surgery?

Each patient is unique. There is no method to predict precisely how the breasts will appear and feel after surgery. It is vital to understand that surgically enhanced breasts tend to appear and feel slightly different from natural breasts.

In general, augmented breasts are usually slightly further apart, tauter and fuller. These aspects are noticeably pronounced in transgender patients who choose to undergo breast augmentation later in life as their chests have not undergone the same aging process (drooping and sagging) as cisgender women.

In addition, transgender patients often have a broader, more pronounced chest in comparison to cisgender women. The more masculine characteristics can be minimized by selecting the appropriate size and type of implant.

The surgeon will work with the patient to develop a customized surgical plan. By speaking candidly about their aesthetic goals with the surgeon, the patient can help them understand their goals.

MTF Breast Augmentation: Before and After Images

As no two people have similar bodies, it is challenging to project the final plastic surgery outcomes. But ‘before and after’ images are a helpful tool during the consultation process.

Suggestions for viewing before and after images:

  • The patient should rely on images of other patients with a similar body shape as their own, for instance, overall weight, chest width, and height. This will enable them to get a better sense of the shape and size of the implants they want.
  • The patient should identify images of patients who are near their age. Younger patients usually have more elastic skin, which can impact the final outcomes.
  • It is a good idea to look for post-op scarring. While most breast augmentation procedures create minimal scarring, the location of the incisions will ultimately determine their outcomes.

Trying Out Implant Sizers

Trying out breast implant sizers is another effective way to understand how the patient will appear post-surgery. Sizers can help patients identify the correct cup size for their body type and aesthetic goals. In case the patient tries them in the office, they can get a better idea of how their breasts will feel.

Out-of-town patients can create their own sizers using the below mentioned materials:

  • Tights or pantyhose
  • Dry rice
  • Measuring cups
  • Scissors

After the patient gathers these materials, they should cut each leg of the pantyhose in half. They should then stretch out each hose to make sure that there is sufficient room for the dry rice.

The patient should use a measuring cup to measure the right quantity of rice that they will need for their sizers. The standard breast implant sizes are:

  • 1 cup of rice = approximately 250cc
  • 1/2 cup of rice = approximately 125cc
  • 1/4 cup of rice = approximately 75cc

The top of the sizers should be secured with a knot, and the patient can try them out with a sports bra. While they will not feel like breast implants, they can offer the patient an idea of how their breasts will appear beneath any clothing.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for MTF breast augmentation.

 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Liposuction For Your Back

shutterstock_97645355-228x300 Liposuction For Your Back Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsThe amount of cardio or strength training that a person undertakes at the gym may not matter when it comes to getting rid of stubborn back fat.

This fat gets squeezed under the bra line for women and detracts from a shapely, toned shape when seen from behind.

Back liposuction provides significant noticeable improvements. But the procedure is easier on patients who have not lost large amounts of weight. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction for the back to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

 

Types of Back Fat

Back fat can be subdivided into various important areas:

    • Infra-scapular fat (female flanks): Located right above the waist and below the shoulder blades. This unappealing fat bulges just below the bra strap.

 

  • Posterior axillary fat: Located on the upper-outer back near the armpit.
  • Posterior waist fat: Found above and posterior to the hips.
  • Lumbo-sacral fat pad: Located in the midline of the lower back, right above the tailbone.
  • Buffalo Hump: Located on the upper back near the neck.

 

 

Infra-scapular Back

Infra-scapular back is the region on the back right below the bra. The fat found in this area is a single subcutaneous layer which does not have a well-defined deeper fat compartment. Upon wearing a tight bra, this area tends to bulge out more conspicuously.

Certain women are genetically predisposed to collect fat in the infra-scapular back region. Increasing levels of obesity can cause the infra-scapular back to store so much fat that the subcutaneous tissue and skin can bunch-up developing parallel rolls of fat.

Tumescent liposuction plastic surgery with microcannulas can eliminate this unattractive localized “bra-fat” and offer dramatic improvements.

 

Procedure

The surgeon will make a series of tiny incisions in the back at targeted locations during a liposuction procedure. A thin metal tube, known as a cannula, is then inserted into the incision areas. Subsequently, the surgeon will gently suction the fat out of the body through the cannula.

Sometimes UV light or vibration may be used to heat up and melt fat. This makes fat removal easier. In addition, heating up the fat may also enable skin tightening.

Patients usually undergo this procedure with only a local or regional anesthetic and remain awake during the surgery. The time taken for the procedure will be anywhere from one to two hours depending on the amount of fat removal required.

 

Post-Op Care

The post-op care following liposuction of the back only necessitates adequate coverage with super-absorbent pads. These pads are held in position with a suitable torso compression garment. Liposuction of the back does not warrant a high degree of external compression.

The torso’s motion during respiration and other routine activities is enough to entirely expel the residual blood-tinged anesthetic solution from the treated sites overlying the rib cage.

 

Suitable Candidates

Ideal candidates for back liposuction should be in good overall health, and preferably not smoke. Liposuction to eliminate back fat is neither a weight-loss nor a skin tightening procedure.

Rather, it eliminates fat from specific body areas to create a more toned and sculpted body shape. Patients who have excess skin due to rapid weight-loss might want to consider a procedure for skin tightening either along with or instead of, a liposuction procedure.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction for the back.


To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Sensation After MTF Breast Augmentation Surgery

MTF Breast Augmentation Sensation

breast-implants-sensation-300x200 Sensation After MTF Breast Augmentation Surgery Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsMTF breast augmentation cosmetic surgery aims to create a more-feminine looking chest area. The surgeon can enhance the shape and size of the patient’s chest by inserting saline or silicone breast implants.

It is certainly easy to get caught up in the cosmetic changes that result from breast enhancement, but it is vital to understand that breast augmentation may also create sensation changes in the chest area.

To achieve a high rate of satisfaction, it is important for patients to have reasonable expectations. Before the surgery, it is vital for the patient to comprehend the complete scope of their procedure, including the associated risks and advantages. The surgeon will explain these aspects in detail during the initial consultation.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides MTF transgender breast augmentation to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

MTF Breast Augmentation Recovery: What to Expect

Breast augmentation is a major surgical procedure, which means that it will take time for the patient’s body to heal and recover.

Most patients need a minimum of one week of rest prior to returning to work and other low impact activities after the surgery. Patients should refrain from performing vigorous physical activities for nearly six weeks or until their surgeon allows them to perform such tasks.

Inflammation, bruising, and some physical discomfort commonly occurs during the early stages of recovery and may impact breast sensation. But these effects will slowly resolve over the course of a few weeks.

After the nerves have healed completely, the sensation in most patients’ breasts should return to normal.

Numbness or Loss of Feeling

In the weeks after breast augmentation plastic surgery, patients normally experience changes in sensation or numbness. These changes are only temporary for a majority of patients, but in some cases, it may last for up two years.

But it is possible that the nipples or lower breast tissue will permanently lose sensation, either fully or partially, after breast augmentation.

The risk of permanent numbness in the nipple is around 15 percent nationally. In case the patient feels that the permanent loss of sensation in their nipples would cause them to regret their decision to undergo breast augmentation, they should reconsider their decision to undergo this procedure.

In addition, it is also possible to experience the opposite side-effect, amplified nipple sensation, after breast augmentation. This somewhat uncomfortable side effect of this procedure is almost always temporary and often resolves by itself within a few weeks.

Bruising and Inflammation

Almost every patient experiences bruising and swelling after breast augmentation surgery. It is the body’s natural reaction to surgical trauma. The level of bruising and inflammation will depend on the body’s natural healing response. The bruising and inflammation will usually peak within 48 hours of surgery for a majority of patients.

Most bruising will resolve within seven to ten days. However, some mild bruising will remain for up to a month. In general, 80 percent of post-op inflammation will subside within three weeks, and the remaining 20 percent will slowly resolve over the course of several weeks to months.

Sexual Satisfaction after Breast Augmentation

MTF breast augmentation can do more than change a patient’s physical appearance. It can also create positive changes in their body confidence and self-esteem.

After the surgery, a majority of patients state that they feel more comfortable in their own skin and consequently report enhanced sexual satisfaction.

Patients must understand that their body needs time to rest and heal after surgery, which means that sexual activity (and most forms of intimacy), similar to all physical activity, should not be undertaken for at least six weeks. The surgeon will offer the patient-specific post-op guidelines to follow during their recovery.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for MTF breast augmentation.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

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Rancho Mirage

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Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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