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Striving for Improved Safety and Efficacy in Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Sep 18th, 2020

                        Striving for Improved Safety and Efficacy in Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Anatomically-shaped buttocks contribute to the overall aesthetic balance of the body when appropriately aligned with a sculpted torso and contoured breast profile.  Surgical decisions for enhancement or reduction at any of these regions are based on the patient’s...

Cosmeceuticals for Skin Aging and Beyond Sep 10th, 2020

Skin is a sophisticated and dynamic organ that serves as a barrier with sensory and immunological functions and is also the most visible indicator of aging.  The search for the fountain of youthful skin currently persist in the form of cosmeceuticals, approved drugs, nonsurgical and surgical treatments to roll back...

Male and Female Hair Loss (Alopecia) Sep 10th, 2020

Expert Insight Alopecia is a chronic and progressive disorder of complex hair follicle biology, affecting at least 40% of women and 50% of men by the age of 50.  Recent research suggests that hair loss may occur from multi-factorial factors such as genetic susceptibility, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalance, psychological stress,...

Cosmetic Surgery after Morbid Obesity Weight Loss Sep 10th, 2020

Morbid obesity continues to increase worldwide and is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) when the ideal body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35 and associated with potentially life-threatening diseases.  There is no consistent data on the most effective way to achieve long-term weight loss other than a...

Hyaluronic Filler Side-Effects and Complications Sep 9th, 2020

Dermal and subdermal fillers have become an accepted nonsurgical procedure for facial rejuvenation because of perceived safety, effectiveness and cost benefits.  According to the 2019 survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, an estimated 2.7 million of injectable filler material were performed in the United States.  Of the...

Light Emission Diode (LED) Facials Sep 9th, 2020

The introduction of new generation of Light Emission Diode (LED) devices has improved the results of cosmeceutical-enhanced facials.  Although the mechanisms of LED actions are not fully known, the utilization of deep infrared (940nm), infrared (855nm), deep red (660nm) and light red (630nm) is believed to transfer photon energy to...

Microdermabrasion Facial Sep 9th, 2020

Medical microdermabrasion can help improve the skin appearance by removing safely the top layers of the epidermis (stratum corneum) to reduce fine lines, early sun damage, and mild, shallow acne marks.  By purposely removed the epidermal lipid barrier in the stratum corneum, anti-aging and skin-bleaching products are able to more...

Tissue Lifting and Tightening Technologies: Truth or Fancy Sep 9th, 2020

Skin laxity remains the Achilles’ Heel because of unrelenting assault from chronological hereditary factors and undue exposure to solar radiation and cigarette smoking.  Appropriate patients for non-surgical tissue lifting and tightening include those who are apprehensive of surgery, have major health issues, experience post-op skin relapse, or have financial concerns...

Striae: Etiology and Challenging Therapies Sep 9th, 2020

Striae distensae, or stretch marks, represent a common form of dermal scarring that appear on the skin as early erythematous, violaceous striations (striae rubra), or later hypopigmented atrophic linear lines (striae alba).  Although typically asymptomatic, striae distensae may be disfiguring and psychologically distressing to patients, especially in visible areas of...

Melasma: A Poorly Understood & Relapsing Disorder Sep 9th, 2020

Much like general hyperpigmentation, melasma represents an acquired form that most commonly affects an estimated five million women and often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” due to hormonal changes.  The condition consists of brown or grayish-brown blotches─ typically on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip or nose─ that...

Cosmeceuticals: Understanding an Evolutionary Progress Sep 9th, 2020

From the beginning, humans in almost every society have applied colored substances on skin to camouflage skin problems or to enhance their cultural norms.  In ancient times, topical applications with mud, urine, animal products, oils, and plant extracts were tried to maintain healthy skin or to treat skin problems.  Eventually,...

Acne Skin Care Treatments Sep 9th, 2020

Acne is a complex problem that involves the activity of sebaceous glands in the dermis, cell turnover in the epidermis, hormonal changes, and the activity of surface bacteria.  In general, the epidermis of skin consists of at least 4 cells layers that continuously turnover within 30 days.  In the upper...

Submental Fullness: Etiologies, Anatomy & Treatments Sep 9th, 2020

Submental fullness is a common complaint in males and females that often presents a therapeutic challenge.  The submentum can be defined as the area located under the chin in the midline of the neck above the prominence of the thyroid cartilage, or the so-called “Adam’s Apple.  When fatty collections occur...

Thread Lifts Sep 9th, 2020

Thread lifts have been available since the 1980’s as a minimally-invasive alternative for lifting your fatty tissue and skin at earlier stages of facial aging.  Thread lift procedures will usually not provide sufficient elevation and tightening of tissues for patients with full heavier faces or with more advanced laxity to...

COVID-19 – Office Opening Jul 13th, 2020

Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center and InnoVessence Skin Care Center We hope that you and your loved ones have been safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center is partially open for business at this time. For the safety and well-being of our patients and...

Be Wary of Nonsurgical Neck Lift Promises Apr 2nd, 2020

As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 35 years of experience in both surgery and clinical research, I’m familiar with virtually all of the nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments for improving the contours of the face and neck as either a consultant or innovator. These procedures include BOTOX® Cosmetic,...

All the Nonsurgical Procedures Behind ‘Instagram Face’ Mar 5th, 2020

“Instagram face” is a bona fide trend and the subject of hashtags on nearly every social media platform. Never heard of Instagram face? The term denotes a certain look created by nonsurgical cosmetic treatments such as filler and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. At my Los Angeles-area practice, patients often want to know how...

Aesthetic Trends to Watch in 2020 Feb 6th, 2020

The dynamic nature of the aesthetics field is exciting. Year after year and decade after decade, new techniques and treatments emerge that focus on improving the safety and effectiveness of cosmetic procedures. Social trends, of course, play a role in shaping the popularity of these procedures. Social media has certainly...

Facelift FAQs: Answering Your Top Queries Jan 14th, 2020

Most women or men considering facelift surgery at my Pasadena practice often ask multiple questions at their initial consultations. Questions about cost, recovery, and whether they are even good candidates for a facelift are pretty common. I will address several of these questions—which are also frequently asked on Google—in this blog post....

Double Chin Reduction: Which Treatment Is Best? Dec 10th, 2019

The appearance of a double chin is one of the most common aesthetic complaints among both women and men. Ten years ago, the only treatment was neck liposuction. With the introduction of nonsurgical treatments such as KYBELLA® and CoolSculpting®—both offered at my Pasadena plastic surgery practice—patients now have options. Even though...

Aesthetic Procedures for Teens Nov 15th, 2019

How are teenagers’ motivations for aesthetic procedure different from those of adults? Teenagers often seek aesthetic non-surgical procedures or plastic surgery to improve physical characteristics they feel are awkward or flawed, that if left uncorrected, may continue to affect them into adulthood. Many teens wish to fit in with peers,...

Nonsurgical Options to Eyelid Surgery: Do They Work? Nov 14th, 2019

Youthful eyes can communicate a healthy, attractive vibrancy. Aging, and in some cases, genetics, can create an older, tired, and less alert appearance. Patients with wrinkled skin, droopy eyelids, and fat bulges under the eyes lead men and women to seek blepharoplasty at my Pasadena plastic surgery practice. But surgery...

Cosmetic Surgery for Millennials Nov 10th, 2019

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are ethnically diverse, tolerant of cultural and personal differences, confident in themselves, and proactive versus reactive. By 2030 Millennial will account for 75% of the American workforce. Similar to previous generations, this emerging largest generational group experience challenging and exciting years that signify the...

California’s Plastic Surgery Trends for 2020 Oct 31st, 2019

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon, the number of surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures in 2019 has grown for both female and male patients over that observed in 2018 with no indication of slowing down. Advances in technology and patient preference indicate a definite trend in the...

Differences in Male vs Female Aesthetic Procedures Oct 30th, 2019

When it comes to consults with men, what issues are of the greatest importance? Male and females display distinct anatomical variations, specifically in regards to bone structure and prominence, skin thickness, fat distribution, and muscle mass from the face down to the trunk and extremities. In regards to aging, men...

Dr. Sasaki Answers Commonly-Asked Questions Oct 27th, 2019

1. When can I exercise after a facelift and/or neck lift procedure? Facelift and neck lift rejuvenation procedures require appropriate identification of deformities prior their restoration to obtain a natural aesthetic appearance that will be appropriate to the patient’s age. In general, face and neck lifts are indicated for patients with...

What Should I Look for in Facelift and Neck Lift Before-and-After Photos? Oct 8th, 2019

Board-certified plastic surgeons endeavor to restore a more natural, pleasing, age-appropriate appearance through facelift and neck lift surgeries. At my Pasadena plastic surgery practice near Los Angeles, my surgical goal is to create a return of form and function that is uniquely optimal for each patient. Despite artistic challenges, plastic surgeons attempt...

What Should You Ask at Your Plastic Surgery Consultation? Sep 8th, 2019

Patients seeking an in-depth consultation for aesthetic concerns should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is trained in all aspects of the specialty, from skin care to injectables to surgical procedures. At my practice in Pasadena, plastic surgery consultations are an essential step in building strong relationships with my patients, and...

Hair Restoration with PRP: Fad or the Future? Aug 8th, 2019

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common form of hair loss, affecting up to 60% of men and over 20 million women (50%) in the U.S. alone. When it comes to hair restoration at my Pasadena plastic surgery practice, I offer several approaches for addressing this loss, including the use of platelet-rich...

Get the Facts About Hair Restoration with Exosomes or PRP Jul 14th, 2019

Hair loss is an issue that affects millions of people in the U.S. Hair transplant surgery is an effective solution for some men and women, but it’s not always an accessible one. Thankfully, nonsurgical treatments such as hair stimulation with exosomes or PRP at my Los Angeles-area practice are providing faster, easier...

3 Reasons Facelifts Remain Popular Jun 11th, 2019

Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation is more effective and accessible than ever thanks to injectable treatments and noninvasive skin tightening procedures. However, while these options are helpful for some, there is a reason facelift surgery at my Pasadena practice continues to be such a popular and trusted approach, especially for those with significant signs...

Eyes Don’t Lie: Learn About the Benefits of Blepharoplasty May 14th, 2019

Improving the appearance of the eyelids can have a powerful anti-aging effect for the entire face . Even though many people know smoothing wrinkles or tightening loose skin will help them appear younger, it’s worth noting that eyelid surgery can also play a crucial role in restoring youth to the...

Creation or Deepening of an Upper Eyelid Crease Apr 17th, 2019

Men and women looking for more dimension in the upper eyelid can often benefit from more definition along the upper eyelid crease. I create this result with upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at my Pasadena practice using an approach called double eyelid surgery. I perform this procedure with an experienced and artistic eye,...

5 Things to Consider Before a Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Apr 15th, 2019

We often recommend Fraxel® laser skin resurfacing at my Pasadena practice for men and women interested in improving the texture, tone, and firmness of their skin. Laser skin treatments provide patients with a versatile, nonsurgical alternative to plastic surgery that produces remarkable results. It’s important, however, to understand how laser skin resurfacing...

April Specials Apr 11th, 2019

Time to Ditch the Rogaine®: Hair Stimulation & Restoration With PRP Mar 14th, 2019

When you experience hair loss, your self-esteem can suffer, affecting your entire disposition. Both men and women dealing with thinning hair often seek out treatment because this problem is so difficult to hide. There are 4 options most people will choose from: hair pieces, hair transplants, topical solutions, and hair...

The Beauty of Neck Lifts: Remove More Than Excess Skin Feb 15th, 2019

Most people think of a surgical neck lift as a way to remove excess skin. What you may not realize is that many who have opted for a neck lift are pleasantly surprised by what a difference it makes to their looks in general. This single procedure can be a game-changer...

Ultherapy®: Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Alternative Jan 15th, 2019

If you go online and search for “nonsurgical facelift,” the number of results can be a bit overwhelming. One of the most popular skin tightening options at my Pasadena plastic surgery practice that doesn’t involve incisions or injections is Ultherapy, a game-changing treatment that is a favorite of celebrities because it produces excellent...

How Long Do CoolSculpting® Results Last? Dec 15th, 2018

The women and men considering CoolSculpting at our Pasadena practice typically are in good overall shape and want to tone areas where fat tends to accumulate, even though they exercise and watch what they eat. Most of the patients want to know how long the results will last and if they’ll need...

How to Determine if You’re Ready for a Facelift Nov 17th, 2018

One of the most important responsibilities I have as a board-certified plastic surgeon is to recommend the most appropriate procedures after physically examining patients and listening to them describe their concerns and goals. For example, if someone schedules a facelift consultation at my Pasadena practice, I may suggest that a nonsurgical approach...

Welcome To Our Blog Nov 15th, 2018

With the launch of Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center’s revamped website, we’re excited to create this blog where patients curious about our Pasadena cosmetic plastic surgery practice can find information about the latest treatments and devices. We’ll also occasionally examine new aesthetic trends, many of which get their start in the Los...

November – December 2018 Holiday Specials Nov 2nd, 2018

Call (626) 268-4524 for more info about our specials or to RSVP for our Sasaki Holiday Event on Wednesday, November 28 from 4-6 pm!