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Twitter We have over 1000 followers on Facebook and over 2000 on twitter. Stay up to date on the latest cosmetic surgery news. There are new technologies and treatments to explore weekly and we make every effort to bring you the absolute truth about what works in the area of Facial Rejuvenation and Body Contouring. Feel free to ask your questions, we will be more than happy to answer them. Consider us your go-to source for plastic surgery. Also, take advantage of our free quarterly seminars. They are very informative and all attendees receive complimentary consultations. You will hear about them on Facebook and Twitter. Our yearly Wine & Cheese Open House in January is one of our best events. We showcase all the representatives for Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Breast Implants, Obagi and more with their best offers. It’s like Nordstrom’s half yearly event except it only comes around once a year, but the benefits are huge. We look forward to hearing from you.

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3 Myths About Facelift Surgery

Facelift Before And After1. Facelifts do not look natural, like your face has been blown by the wind.

The truth is that there are various types of facelift procedures depending on the amount of sagging in the skin. Not all candidates require a full facelift. They range from the Neck lift, Mini-facelift, Limited Incision Facelift to the full Facelift. If you were going to have a procedure, imagine your skin and underlying tissue being gently lifted back to the proper position. In essence, your results should look like a younger, rejuvenated version of yourself. Fact: You may have friends or have seen people in passing that have already had facelifts. A great result means you will not know unless told. In our practice, we have our patients bring personal photos in their younger years to their consultation. This is a good visual to show patients what to expect with their results. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon will explain which procedure is right for you.

2. A Neck lift should take care of my jowls.

A neck lift is designed to remove fat and skin from under the chin and tighten superficial neck muscles only. It will not rejuvenate the jawline or cheek area as will a facelift. (A facelift will address the cheek, Jawline, and neck area).

3. Any physician that advertises a facial surgery should be qualified to perform a facelift.

There are cosmetic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons that perform facial procedures. To ensure you are seeing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, check out www.plasticsurgery.org and see if your doctor is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Also, ask your primary care or close friends for a referral. During your consultation, make sure the doctor fully explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his/her work. Ask how many he/she performed.

Facelifts require artistry, skill, and experience. Finding the right plastic surgeon will ensure the best results.

For more information about Facelift procedures call our office for a consultation. Our patient counselor, Melody, will be happy to assist you, (888) 831-4197. Also, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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What is trending with Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation

There was a time when bigger was always better and that was certainly true with breast augmentation.  It was not uncommon for patients to ask for implants that would make them significantly larger than a “D” cup even if the proportion did not match their physique.  Going beyond the recommended range or size of implants could in fact cause the skin to stretch too soon as well as the appearance of unsightly visible blood vessels.

 In our consultations, I assist patients in trying on implants so that they can visualize their results.  It is the best way for patients to see their breasts in relationship to their shoulders, waistlines, hips, thighs, and buttock areas. 

Lately, I have noticed a new trend.  Patients are choosing sizes that naturally fit their frames.  They want natural looking results so that no-one knows, unless they decide to tell.  Since both silicone and saline implants are FDA approved, women like the feel of the silicone implants as they closely resemble natural breasts.

In the end, these patients are the happiest with their results.  After breast augmentation, many patients say they go bra-less in tank tops.  They can continue with whatever physical activities they enjoy.  They look great in their clothes and can rock a bikini!  Most importantly, they feel good about themselves.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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Want to know what to consider before a Tummy Tuck?


“27 years ago, I had my 10 pound baby which left me with an unsightly vertical C-Section Scar and a Kangaroo pouch. I promised myself someday I would get a new tummy. Years later, I inherited some money and had my long desired abdominoplasty. It is now 4 years later; I am 53 now and still as happy as I can be with my results!”

Want to know what to consider before a Tummy Tuck?

1.  You may want to ask yourself, “Am I a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure?”  Before considering a tummy tuck, it is important that you are already at your goal weight and that your weight is stable.  If you are a smoker, you may want to inform your surgeon as smoking increases the chances or poor healing.  Also, it is important to have realistic expectations of the outcome.  In a consultation, your plastic surgeon can show you what a tummy tuck will do for you.   Although the tummy tuck is not a weight reduction procedure, it is designed to contour the abdomen by removing unwanted excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles.  *A nice perk is that any stretch marks below the belly button are usually removed with the excess skin.

2.  Do you still want to have children?  If you know you want children, you may want to wait to have your tummy tuck.  This also applies to anyone having a surgery that involves cutting through the abdominal muscles, i.e. an open hysterectomy.  If you have your surgery first, then tummy tuck will make the necessary repairs to bring back that flat abdomen.

3.  To ensure the best results it is important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you may want to ask your plastic surgeon how long has he or she performed the tummy tuck and how many.  An experienced plastic surgeon should have several before and after photos to show you.  Lastly, you want to make sure the surgeon you choose is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, www.plasticsurgery.org/ and board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, www.abplsurg.org.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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3 Tips to Consider Before Plastic Surgery

Time for a Mommy Makeover

Have you always wanted a tummy tuck after having your children or breast augmentation before the summer?  Or maybe you want to have a facelift before you turn __?  If you’ve thought about having a plastic surgery procedure, but not sure where to begin; here are 3 tips to consider.

1.         Is your doctor a board certified plastic surgeon with at least a few years of experience in plastic surgery?  Many plastic surgeons are board certified in plastic surgery and general surgery.  Make sure the doctor you choose has performed a high number of cosmetic procedures.  You can check the following websites for board certification.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery   www.abplsurg.org

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons  www.plasticsurgery.org

2.         Are you healthy or without significant health problems?  If you have diabetes or high blood pressure that is under control, you may still be a good candidate for surgery.  Consult your primary care physician and your plastic surgeon.

3.         Are you at your goal weight before surgery or a weight that feels comfortable to you?  For a body contouring procedure, (Tummy Tuck or Liposuction) getting to your goal weight before surgery may ensure the best results.  However, losing weight after a facelift may change your results.  It is best to consult with your plastic surgeon.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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Brazilian Buttock Lift Frequently Asked Question

Buttock Lift Surgery

Q:  How much fat can you add to each buttock?

A: The answer to this popular question is 600cc – 1 liter.  Think of a 1 liter bottle of Aquafina or soda.  The concern of injecting more than 1 liter into each buttock is that the excess fat may not have enough of a blood supply to survive.  Those that have great skin tone are likely to have the best results.  Also, to bring out those curves, liposuction around the buttock area; to the waistline and upper back is just as important as the fat transfer.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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Breast Augmentation, the Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and the Brazilian Buttock Lift were the Topics at Our Latest Body Contouring Seminar:

Breast Augmentation & Tummy Tuck

Although Breast Augmentation with Silicone or Saline Implants is still the most popular procedure in plastic surgery, followed by Liposuction and the Tummy Tuck; the Brazilian Buttock Lift was also a big hit at our latest body contouring seminar.  Many patients like the idea of using their own body fat to augment the buttock area.  Adding volume and shape creates a more curvaceous look  and, “Yes” it can be performed with the Tummy Tuck.  As Dr. Togba explained, fat grafting has been performed in plastic surgery for more than 30 years; however, the Brazilian Buttock Lift has become popular in the United States in the last 5 years.  Patients were surprised to find out from Dr. Togba that the most important aspect of this procedure is not only adding fat to the buttock area, but also using liposuction to contour around the buttock, particularly, the lower back and waistline to give that desired inverted heart shape that many are now wanting.

Join us at our next “Mommy Makeover” seminar to find out how to regain and reclaim your shape after childbirth, lift and add fullness to breasts, and remove unwanted excess skin to contour the abdomen and waistline.

Our last seminar was filled to capacity, so don’t delay; call Melody for your R.S.V.P. (510) 763-2525.

Upcoming Seminar Schedule



Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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Latest News in Plastic Surgery-Cell Cryopreservation!

Cell Cryopreservation

Ever thought of saving your fat cells for future use?

I recently went to a conference in San Francisco hosted by AdiCyte, a company in Arizona that banks your fat cells (Adipose tissue) for future use.  This sounds like real advanced medicine, but in fact, they have over 20 years in cell cryopreservation.

Latent in your fat is a huge supply of stem cells that can be harvested and stored for years to come.  Stem cells are the source of the diverse cells in your body, so you can imagine the benefits.  According to AdiCyte, stem cells can be used to regenerate the heart, grow new blood vessels, bladders and tracheas for replacement of diseased or damaged organs.  For aesthetic purposes, the harvested cells can be saved to add volume to the face or augment breasts.

Of course, the younger you are when you bank your cells, the more viableFacial Rejuvenation they will be when you need them.  If you are 20 years old when your cells are cryopreserved, they will be 20 years old when you use them in the future.  Once the cells are cryopreserved, the aging process stops.  Sounds unbelievable!  This is truly turning back the clock.  Patients having liposuction may want to consider this option.  By banking your fat cells, in years to come you can use them for facial rejuvenation or they may even save your life.

Dr. Joseph Togba is a contributor to this blog.

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Our guests said, “This was the Best Open House!!!”

Wine & Cheese Open House

Once a year, we hold our Cosmetic Surgery Wine & Cheese Open House.  It is our biggest event of the year.

It was a huge success.  Over 60 attendees were greeted as they got off the elevator with the cool, rhythmic, island sounds of Socca, Calypso, and Caribbean Jazz.  With a glass of red or white wine to start their evening, our friends were immediately transported to the Caribbean.  Karen, Bonnie, and I danced in the halls while we chatted with guests and the representatives for Botox, Restylane, Radiesse and Obagi.  This was definitely a relaxed vibe and a great way to end the day.

Dr. Togba discussed fat grafting to the face showing how to get the most desired, natural, rejuvenated look.  He contrasted this with how not to get the overdone, overstuffed result.

It was a delightful evening.

We want to thank our guests for bringing such wonderful energy and our representatives from Allergan, Merz, Medicis, and Obagi for supporting our event.

Join us for one of our more intimate, smaller seminars.  Please call our office to register, (510) 763-2525.

Upcoming Seminar Schedule
Body Contouring

April 18


Mommy Makeover

July 18


Facial Rejuvenation

October 10


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Here is a common question about Facial Rejuvenation…

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Facial Rejuvenation

Q:  What is the average age of your patients that have facelifts?

A:  There are different facelift procedures that range from a limited incision facelift which elevates the cheeks and smoothes the jawline to the full facelift that includes tightening the muscles and skin of the neck.  Our facelift patients range from 35 – 85 years.  I recently had a conversation with our patient, Ms. P, who is 80 years old and had a facelift 3 months ago.  When I asked about her welfare, she told me her face looks great.  She notices she gets more attention when out and about.  She is now dating and more active than ever.

Congratulations, Ms. P., we are happy to play a small part in your new found joy!

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