Radiesse Dermal Filler Approved for Hand Wrinkle Treatment

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Medical Spa | Med Spa | Cosmetic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage | Palm Desert CARadiesse is a marvelous, stellar, and state of the art dermal filler injectable treatment, which has now received an additional approval from the FDA for hand augmentation. This time-tested non-surgical procedure can treat loss of volume in the dorsum of the hands, and rejuvenate their appearance through reduction of folds and wrinkles.

For a long time, Radiesse has been a popular, FDA approved treatment for the reduction of facial wrinkles. Millions of patients keen to achieve a younger looking skin without surgery have benefitted from this treatment. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt provides this treatment to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Effective Treatment for Hands

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), which is the key ingredient in Radiesse, is a unique agent which can plump up the skin and produce a volumizing effect. Loose skin of the hands can become fuller and tighter with a more youthful appearance. Results of Radiesse treatment on the hands, which received from a trained professional at a med spa, can last for up a year or more, and repeat treatments may be sought to extend the results.

The standout capabilities of Radiesse for hand rejuvenation was proved through a randomized and controlled clinical trial involving blinded evaluations. Following the test, the evaluators said that Radiesse caused improvement in the appearance of both hands in about 75% of the treated patients at three months.

In the same test, about 98% of the treated patients reported significant improvement in the appearance of their hands at three months. The Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS) was used to measure the results after initial and repeat treatments. The results were correlated with actual clinical improvements, and all primary and secondary endpoints were achieved.

Proven Safety

The vast majority of adverse events that were reported during the testing of Radiesse for hand wrinkle treatment related to reactions on the injection site. The reactions included swelling, redness, pain, and bruising, ranging from mild to moderate, and lasting for brief period. Treatment was not found to be necessary to address these temporary symptoms.

No acute device related adverse events were reported during the tests. In any case, it is recommended that Radiesse and other similar advanced minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures should be provided only by certified experts. Dr. Q medical spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for this procedure.

Biocompatible Treatment

Radiesse gel is made up of tiny microspheres that are suspended in the viscous gel solution. The main ingredient of this filler is CaHA, which is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Therefore, it is a highly biocompatible treatment, requiring no prior allergy tests. It can be used easily for sensitive areas such as the face and hands.

How does it Work?

Radiesse microspheres will stimulate the production of natural collagen in the deeper skin layers. This supports the development of fresh tissue for sustainable impact. Radiesse injections can be administered using a local anesthetic, and the procedure will take about 30 minutes or less for both hands.

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

Fat Grafting can Reduce the Appearance of Breast Implant Rippling

Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery has continued to rank among the most popular procedures in the U.S. ever since the FDA approved silicone and saline implants for cosmetic breast enhancement. Success rates of the procedure have improved dramatically with advancements in surgical techniques and innovative breast implant qualities. However, sometimes the implants can still develop post-op complications.

Implant rippling is one of the common issues, which can compromise the shape and appearance of the breast. The problem can be addressed to a magnificent extent with a fat grafting technique. As compared to breast revision, fat grafting is a much lesser invasive procedure to improve breast appearance after implant rippling. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt provides this procedure to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

Why Rippling Occurs?  

In some cases, the patient may choose extra large breast implants that are oversized for her breast anatomy, while in other situations, the cosmetic surgeon may make a wrong judgment of size, and recommend oversized implants. The result can be over-stretching of the breast tissue. If the available breast tissue proves to be inadequate in covering the implant, rippling may occur.

While implant rippling can be corrected with breast replacement surgery, but that is a complicated and expensive option. Most patients will have the option to choose fat grafting procedure to address the problem of implant rippling. Fat grafting can add more volume and coverage to the existing implant. This will not resolve the rippling effect, but make it significantly less noticeable.

High Precision

A key advantage with fat grafting technique to reduce the appearance of implant rippling is the precision. The procedure allows for the placement of extra fat in very precise location to achieve maximum coverage. Harvested fat cells can be placed in the desired spots to improve shape and fullness. Thin-bodied women can be the best beneficiaries of fat grafting.

Fat grafting enables the surgeon to create a sort of padding over the rippled implants, leading to thickening of the breast tissue. It volumizes the upper pole of the breasts, supporting increased coverage of the underlying implants. Breast asymmetries can also be reduced with fat grafting.

Choosing the Right Surgeon  

Fat grafting is a less invasive technique, and may appear to be a rather simple procedure at the outset. However, in reality this procedure very sensitive and involves high skills and experience. Only an experienced plastic surgeon would be able to achieve consistent looking results in every case. From fat harvesting to fat purifying to fat grafting, every stage of the procedure will make an impact on the final result. Dr. Quardt provides fat grafting to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas.

Some degree of fat loss will almost always occur during the fat harvesting stage. However, a skilled surgeon can minimize the loss and thereby reduce the number of grafts needed. The most adept surgeons are typically able to ensure that a minimum of 70 to 90% of the injected fat does not perish but is able to live after this stage is completed.

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New Med Spa by Dr. Q

Medical Spa | Med Spa | Cosmetic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage | Palm Desert CAOne of the key factors in achieving healthy and desirable results with a cosmetic surgery or non-surgical aesthetic procedure is to choose the right surgical practice. Skills and experience of the cosmetic surgeon will make a major difference to the kind of results that can be achieved with these procedures.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt, affectionately called Dr. Q by her patients, is a well-known board certified plastic surgeon providing a range of aesthetic procedures, both invasive and non-invasive. Many of her patients are keen to receive non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. Therefore, Dr. Q has launched an exclusive state of the art facility for such procedures called Dr. Q Medical Spa.

Patients can have the best of both the worlds now under the professional expertise and supervision of Dr. Q. They may receive as combination of plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures as needed to meet their personal aesthetic goals. Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Customized Treatments  

Dr. Q Medical Spa has a team of highly qualified and trained professionals with a proven track record of successful non-surgical aesthetic procedures. The med spa is equipped with advanced technologies which are designed to produce efficient aesthetic outcomes, which are long lasting as well as natural looking. Customization of procedures is one of the distinguishing features of the facility.

Dr. Q and her team of experts will pay maximum attention to the patient’s unique aesthetic needs, and suggest appropriate treatment combinations to meet those needs in the best possible way. Depending on the patient’s anatomical and health conditions, each treatment will be customized to produce wholesome and highly desirable results. Dr. Q provides treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby locations.


Dr. Q Medical Spa aptly describes its services as Re-Q-Venation because of the innovation and creativity that goes into the preparation and designing of every procedure. Each procedure is optimized to achieve safe, fantastic, and targeted outcomes, and carried out by Dr. Q and her compassionate team of professionals.

Dr. Q Med Spa boasts of cutting edge technologies that are combined with a luxurious, retreat style setting to provide every patient a highly satisfying treatment experience.

Constantly Updated Techniques

Dr. Q is driven by a passion to provide the very latest and proven aesthetic techniques and technologies for body contouring, skin rejuvenation and other procedures at the medical spa. She invests time in keeping herself updated with the next generation technologies and procedures, and constantly upgrades her practice to the next level.

This has allowed Dr. Q to equip her practice as well as medical spa to provide patients with a wide range of aesthetic services that are designed to accommodate their specific needs and deliver exceptional outcomes. Personalized patient care is the hallmark of Dr. Q medical spa, which has proved to be an award winning combination with cutting edge technologies. The facility has earned recognition in the media and enjoys a high reputation in the local region.

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 .

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Tummy Tuck | Liposuction | Plastic Surgery | Palm Desert | La Quinta CAA common aesthetic concern among adults in various age groups is the accumulation of excess fat tissue in the abdominal area. Over time, these fat deposits become stubborn and may not go away with diet or exercise. This is where a cosmetic surgery procedure may help to reduce unwanted fats and restore a flatter abdomen with improved contours.

Tummy tuck and liposuction are two of the key surgical procedures that are designed to reduce excess fat deposits in the waist area. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an eminent plastic surgeon providing both of these procedures in a state of the art surgical environment. Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Major Distinctions

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are significantly different procedures on several counts. During the initial consultation, the aesthetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of both procedures and help the patient make the right decision.

Reduction of Excess Skin and Fat

Many patients may not only accumulate excess fat in the abdominal area, but also develop loose skin and loose or separated underlying muscles. These conditions can make the abdomen sag substantially, and tummy tuck may be the more appropriate plastic surgery procedure in such a case. Liposuction procedure, on the other hand, is essentially meant to reduce unwanted fat deposits, but it is not designed to tighten sagging skin or weak muscles.

Complexity of Surgery

In comparison to liposuction, tummy tuck is usually a more complex procedure. It may be performed using general anesthesia, and the duration of surgery may be longer. Surgical approach may be more comprehensive, requiring skin and muscle tightening, apart from fat reduction. Against that, liposuction is usually a less invasive surgery, but its scope of treatment is also limited as compared to tummy tuck.

Length of Scars

Incisions in case of tummy tuck may be more than one, particularly if both lower and upper abdominal areas need fat reduction. In case of liposuction, the incisions will be minor. Especially tumescent liposuction is a conservative technique involving very small incisions. Therefore, the length of scars is typically bigger in a tummy tuck surgery.

An experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Q will endeavor to keep the scars inconspicuous by placing them in subtle locations. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive both tummy tuck and liposuction from Dr. Q.

Duration of Recovery

Liposuction will involve shorter downtime, and most patients can go back to their workplace or resume their daily activities in about seven to 10 days. On the other hand, tummy tuck recovery process will take at least 10 to 14 days, and may be a little more painful as compared to liposuction due to bigger incisions.

Suitable Candidates

Golden candidates for liposuction will have a reasonably elastic skin and a moderate body weight, with only excess fat pockets in specific areas. Tummy tuck candidates, on the other hand, will have higher skin laxity, weak underlying muscles and significant fat accumulation around the waist.

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 .

Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage CABreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular procedure designed to enhance the size and fullness of breasts in proportion to the rest of the body. One of the key decisions that a cosmetic surgeon must take in consultation with the patient is to choose the right type of breast implants to match the patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

The choice of implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery will have an impact on the final results. Therefore, the patients should be aware of various implant options and make an appropriate decision to match with their needs. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Broad Classification

In breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the types of implants can be broadly classified as saline implants and silicone implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both types of breast implants to help the patient make an informed choice.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are considered the traditional implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are designed to provide a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. The implants have been approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above.

Saline implants may be chosen as a part of breast augmentation plastic surgery for their key benefits such as high biocompatibility. In case of an implant damage or leakage, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed by the body, and pose no health risk to the patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are a popular choice among patients due to their superior aesthetic advantages. These implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and mimics the touch and feel of natural breast tissue quite closely.

The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women in the age group of 22 and above. New advanced qualities of silicone implants are very safe due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas for breast implant surgery.

Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants are also popularly called gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive silicone gel core. These implants maintain their form and shape due to the higher gel consistency. Furthermore, if the implant shell is damaged, broken or cut, the silicone gel will not leak to other areas of the body.

This makes them a safe choice that is widely accepted by the patients today. The cost of gummy bear implants is likely to be a little higher as compared to traditional saline implants, but the aesthetic appeal and long term patient satisfaction is significantly higher with these implants in most cases.

Breast implants are also classified according to their size, shape, profile, and texture. Typical sizes available in implants range from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes can be round or tear drop, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

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 .


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