One of the things I love about surgery is process of transformation. With each well planned step, my patient gets closer and closer to their final form and I love seeing the transformation before my eyes and enjoy every step. I believe that every detail is important and should be handled with extreme care like a sculptor handles the delicate and intricate details of an artistic creation. Here I am performing the steps of one of my favorite surgeries - a tummy tuck. From elevating the flap, to tightening the muscle, measuring the flap meticulously, creating the perfect belly button and making the perfect low, thin incision closure - every detail and meticulous step is performed with the utmost care. Many of you have asked me how I know how much skin to take - it is a matter of aesthetics and experience - it is important to create enough tightness to make a flat and tight abdomen, but not too tight that it injures the flap or put tension on the wound. I always measure multiple times and temporarily staple the incision as I shape it until I get it as perfect as possible. @surgeon#abdominoplasty#plasticsurgery#tummytuck
Study hard, work hard, believe, and you will achieve your dreams. Success, spotlight, glit and glam includes also being able to disappear for a while and work on your goals. This time is the most critical and important. This is the time when things are quiet, you don't get any credit or compliments for what you do, and things can look like a dark tunnel without any light at the end. This is the time when you have to believe in yourself the most and this is the time when you are creating your success and your dreams are in making. Stay on track, stay in school, stay focused, you are almost where you want to be. @beautybydrcat#dream#believeinyourself#achieve
It's been a long day. I just finished my second surgery. I started the day with labiaplasty and continued with tummy tuck. Surgery days can get long and tiring but knowing that I am able to contribute to someone's life keeps me going, gives me strength, and reminds me why I wanted to become a plastic surgeon in the first place.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. For me, my love is plastic surgery. No matter what your destiny is, whether medicine or any other field, always follow your heart! You'll never regret it! Now home to my second job being mom and wife. Hope you have had a great day. @surgeon#surgeon#doctor#plasticsurgeon
I feel so blessed to do something that I love every day. I consider it a great privilege to be a part of a woman's transformation that helps them feel more confident, brings their body back after pregnancy, helps them create better curves to fit into their dream wedding dress, or gives them a little kickstart towards living a healthier and more fit lifestyle.
Being a female board certified plastic surgeon in a predominantly man's field and perform advanced surgeries that not only require extreme technical skill but also artistry and talent where understanding the female body and what woman want and care about is truly important.
As a woman myself, I am particularly sensitive to women seeking vaginal cosmetic surgery procedures. Often women live with discomfort, embarrassment, avoidance of certain tight fitting clothing and feel self conscious in their relationships because of labial asymmetry, protuberance, or excessive labial show. Labiaplasty (labia reduction and shaping) is becoming more popular and one of the most common procedures I perform as more women are realizing there is a solution to their concerns in this area. My patient range from young college students, to moms post pregnancy, to post menopausal women seeking rejuvenation after menopause. For any of you that question the dramatic difference labiaplasty makes - visit my labiaplasty gallery on my website beautybydrcat.com. The photos are too graphic to show on Instagram but the results truly speak for themselves. Like all of my surgeries, to create a truly beautiful shape with a seamless incision and a quick recovery - creativity, artistry, attention to detail and talent are necessary - especially for such an important part of a woman's body. Today I perform a labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction - follow my surgeries on IG stories and Snapchat @beautybydrcat#labiaplasty#plasticsurgery
Back to school - I remember the feelings of excitement I felt starting each new year. New clothes, new books, new experiences, there was always a little fear of the newness mixed in with the anticipation. As a mom, I now experience the stress but excitement getting my daughter ready for her new school - between carpool, bus, picking afterschool classes, lunches and uniforms - back to school is definitely a busy time. For all those of you out there whether you are starting a new year or helping a loved one get ready, here is a gift for you! You deserve it! 25% off everything on MDGLAM.com. Use the code: BACK2SCHOOL at the checkout. The offer ends on Tuesday August 22nd at midnight PST. You will look forward to your skincare routine at the end of your busy day getting ready for the new school year. Even if you feel like you are running around all over the place - no one will know since your skin will have that MD GLAM @mymdglam polished glow. #mdglam#backtoschool
Hi there beautiful. This post is dedicated to you to tell you that you are beautiful if no one told you so today. Butterflies can't see their wings. They can't see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well. If you ever question your beauty always remember that there is someone watching from the side admiring something about you. Just look past what you believe is wrong, really take a good look with your closed eyes, and see how beautiful and strong you are. #youarebeautiful
Happy Monday everyone. I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend. I celebrated my daughter's birthday with all her favorite things in one place. It makes me so happy to see her smile and happy. I can't believe @layla is turning 5. Time flies by so fast. The most beautiful moments that we want to hold onto for as long as possible always seem to flash by in a heartbeat. As you chase your dreams and goals this week don't forget to enjoy who and what you already have. Thank you to @poolside_collection for this wonderful matching set for me and my baby girl @layla
The plastic surgery consultation is when you first meet with your surgeon, discuss the things you want to fix or the surgeries you are considering. When people call into the office, some of them wonder why the consultation isn’t free.
The consultation is probably one of the most important steps in the entire process. During that visit, I really take the time to understand specifically what my patient wants to change and what is bothering them. Many times, they think they want one procedure, but that procedure won’t actually address their problem.
I also perform a detailed history and physical. In the physical exam, I determine what the correct procedure is for them to address their concerns. I look at old scars that may affect wound healing, complications, and feel for any physical findings that may affect the final result and help the patient understand what to realistically expect from their surgery and I go over the most common questions and concerns people have.
The consultation fee is $500 and goes towards the surgical procedure. Because of the time it takes to do the consultation, there are only so many patients I can see in a given day. I’m in surgery at least 3 times a week, so that leaves only a few hours on a few days that I can see new consultations. I do all my consultations MYSELF – not a nurse, consultant, or office staff. logistically, I only have time to see patients who are serious about surgery. If I could sit and talk to people all day, that would be great and I would probably enjoy meeting everyone who was interested in talking to me about plastic surgery, but then my patients would never get operated on!
I take time with every single one of my patients and value the quality of our relationship that starts with the consultation. We also offer video consultations for out of town patients. My next available appointment is end of November/December and I book surgeries several months in advance after that initial visit so please plan ahead. We do have a waiting list as well. There are only 9 available surgical days for this calendar year. For scheduling please call 310-858-8808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe that ambition, determination, perseverance, and hard work are some of the essentials to success. I am blessed to be where I am now with my career and my life but I also think it is important for people to remember that success does not come overnight, nor does it come easy and I, like everyone else, have had to struggle and fight. It took an enormous amount of sacrifice, studying, and always doing extra to go above and beyond to get a perfect SAT score, then to get into and graduate from Harvard, then medical school at UCLA, and then two competitive surgery residencies (16 years total). Just like anyone else, I had moments along the way where I felt tired, discouraged, frustrated, or that the finish line felt too far. Maybe it was during that all-nighter trying to finish a paper, maybe it was that organic chemistry exam that was extra challenging, maybe it was spending Saturday night in the anatomy lab dissecting a cadaver, maybe it was the 5th page in the middle of the night covering facial and hand trauma in the ER having not slept for 2 days in my surgery residency. Whatever that moment is that is bringing you down, we all have them.
I often get emails and messages from students or young people asking for advice on life or how to become a surgeon. The best advice I can give is to always stay strong and never give up. In those moments when you feel the most tired, the most frustrated, or the most disappointed - dig deep and find the strength to keep pushing ahead. Know that those moments are the ones that define you and your future success. The biggest steps are the hardest to climb but once you do, you have climbed so much higher. If the path towards your dreams were easy, then anyone could achieve them. What will set you apart is your ability to overcome the most challenging moments, and embrace them. Know that you have the strength within you. Ambition, determination, perseverance, and hard work. #nevergiveup#bosslady#plasticsurgeon#mdglam
I came across this image from a few years ago and I can't believe how ripped I was. Working out is truly one of our best friends when it comes to staying young, healthy and happy. Throughout my years of working out and trying different training methods I've noticed that nothing works better for me than staying around free weights and basic exercises combined with some high intensity cardio. I was a fashion model when I was younger and I remember hearing from our agency that veins and muscle was absolutely a big no. Somehow that got stuck in my head and a big portion of my life I was afraid to eat protein or go close to the the free weight section at the gym. That changed when I met my husband @binais and he talked me into eating more, smaller meals but more frequently, also he grabbed my hand from the cardio machines and took me on a romantic walk to the free weights. I loved the results I was getting and the way my body changed and got stronger as I was eating more and healthier. #fitmd#fitmom#plasticsurgeon
I keep seeing social media flooded with images of oversized butts that are clearly not the result of genetics or squats. I'm concerned that because these images are so prevalent that people are starting to think this is normal and think butt injections aren't a big deal. In my practice I have seen many many girls coming in for repair after botched butt procedures - infections, cysts that requires drainage creating large dents, big uneven lumps, hard scar tissue that feels like pebbles, oversuctioned lower backs, and areas where the skin died.
I'm so frustrated by people going to foreign countries for "discount plastic surgery" or unlicensed practitioners and non board certified plastic surgeons here in the states and having silicone or other illegal injections placed. Some of the women I've seen don't even know what material was placed in their body. These procedures in the worst cases can result in embolism leading to infection with loss of legs that have to be amputated and even death. Implants placed in the butt are different from the breast - they tend to get infected, shift or extrude.
Brazilian butt lift where your own fat is used and transferred to the butt is a much better and safer technique but even then has to be done with technical skill and care to minimize complications and also be performed in a way to create a naturally full look that is not fake looking. The fat must be transferred drop by drop in its own space and not over filled or it starts to die. The way that the fat is harvested and processed is also very important. I have a three step fat harvesting process that optimizes the survival of the fat. I believe plastic surgery should enhance your natural beauty, and create feminine curves not create something that looks super fake and is dangerous. @surgeon#plasticsurgery#bbl#botched
BE AWARE of Natural & Organic labeling. Those are two words that many companies have found to do miracles for their marketing strategy. A lot of people ask me if MD GLAM @mymdglam products are organic and natural. I did investigate having 100% certified organic products - especially since most of the food I eat is organic and I am very conscious about anything I use in or on my body. However, as I researched organic products, I learned that skin products are very different from food. Unlike food which is kept in the refrigerator and eaten within a few days, most skin products are kept in the bathroom for weeks and months where the conditions in skin products (moist gels or creams, sugars from natural plant ingredients, and warmth) encourage mold and bacterial growth. That is why it is important for them to contain preservatives to prevent these thing from growing. That being said - most of the plant based ingredients in MD GLAM products are organic, but the products themselves are not 100% organic because safety is my number one priority. Also, not only is the definition of "natural" hazy, but the term is loosely regulated, so any cosmetics company can use it to mean whatever they want it to mean. For example, many antioxidants are naturally derived, but by the time they are extracted, purified and processed, they are far from their natural beginnings. Ideally, skincare products should contain a mix of beneficial naturally-derived and synthetic ingredients. When properly formulated, these ingredients work in harmony to give your skin the best that natural and synthetic has to offer, and you'll see the difference. Please don't fall into marketing traps when companies use certain terminology to get your attention. I'm very proud that I have created skincare products that are clean and safe. They are free from paraben, sulfate, cruelty, dye, alcohol, petroleum, petrochemicals and no animal testing (Leaping Bunny certified) and contain organic ingredients. As I have said many times, if I wouldn't feel comfortable using something on my own daughter, I'd never feel comfortable recommending it to anyone! @mymdglam#mdglam#skincare
The big picture is important but sometimes we need to let go of it and take one step at the time without overthinking and analyzing every single thing in our life. We can't solve everything at once as the big picture is very complex. The smallest answers for whatever is in front of us will eventually make up the big picture. I hope you have a good and relaxing weekend. #mdglam#surgeon
“Fat is the new filler” and uses you may not have known about.
Fat is an extremely versatile filler. It is easy to harvest through liposuction and it material that comes from your own body. Though some of it is absorbed by your body, whatever becomes incorporated is permanent and is living tissue, just transplanted to a new part of the body.
I use it in almost all my facelifts to fill in hollows of the cheeks and to plump up the cheekbones since aging is not only a result of gravity, but also fat loss. Fat contains stem cells, and though it hasn’t been scientifically proven – anecdotally, many of my patients see restorative effects on the skin.
I also use fat in large volumes for Brazillian Butt Lift. This enhances the shape of the buttocks and provides more volume and creating a lift. I also use fat grafts to fix dents and irregularities on poorly done liposuction – almost 20% of my practice is repairing liposuction on patients who come to me after having liposuction done elsewhere.
Fat is also used for natural breast augmentation. It creates a natural look and can help patients who don’t want implants to achieve about a cup size increase.
One of the places you might not expect fat to be placed is the hands. Fat transfer to the hands helps fill out the hollowing that occurs with age and smoothes out the appearance of veins. Patients feel it improves the appearance of the skin.
Fat grafting takes a high degree of technical skill to ensure that the grafts take and to minimize complications. Each micro-droplet of fat must be placed in a different layer of tissue and in even, small amounts to survive and get it’s own blood supply. Improper placement can result in fat necrosis or poor take. However, when properly done and shaped, fat can be used in many different places in the body to create lasting effects. #plasticsurgery#fattransfer