Dallas Surgical Arts

Fat Transfer Augmentation Restores Facial Fullness

When you look in the mirror, how do you feel about the appearance of your face? Does your face look sunken or deflated? Do you feel as though you always look tired? Aging can have many effects, including wrinkles, age spots and loss of fat in the face. While some signs of aging, such as wrinkles and age spots, can be treated and even prevented with creams and procedures like the CO2RE laser, the loss of fat in the face is harder to prevent. Thankfully, it is treatable via a procedure called fat transfer augmentation.

What Is Fat Transfer Augmentation?

Fat transfer augmentation is the use of your body’s own fat to fill out sunken areas of the face that have naturally lost fat over time. This is actually what causes the sunken, tired look that occurs as we age. Often, fat transfer augmentation can be combined with a minor face-lift. The procedure can also be done with high-quality fillers such as Restalyn, Juvederm and Sculptra.

How Is Fat Transfer Augmentation Performed?

With fat transfer augmentation, Dr. Sanovich takes harvested fat (usually removed from the abdomen or thigh) and, after centrifuging it for uniformity, injects it into the face in such a way that the cheeks and any other thinned-out areas of the face appear fuller and more youthful. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and recovery is usually quick, with most patients returning to their usual activities within several days.

Areas that can be treated by fat transfer augmentation include the cheeks, under eyes, lip lines and facial folds. It can even be used to plump up thin lips.

What Are the Benefits?

Fat transfer augmentation can give you a fuller, more youthful-looking face, often without requiring a face-lift. This less invasive procedure means you can get back to your life faster, and with beautiful, lasting results. Unlike synthetic fillers, the benefit to using your own body fat to fill in the face is that there is less chance that your body will reject the fat because it is already part of your body.

To learn more about fat transfer augmentation, please call Dr. Sanovich’s office at 972-776-4888.

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Recover from Summer Sun Exposure

It’s been a wonderful summer here in Texas, with plenty of sunshine and warm weather to help motivate us to get outdoors and take advantage of the long days and cool nights. But along with all that fun and vitamin D, some of us may have gotten a little more than we’d bargained for: sun damage. Yes, summer means sunburns, sunspots and sun-damaged skin, but you don’t have to live with the side effects! Here are a few solutions to clearing up all those remnants on your skin of a summer well lived.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Using the fractional CO2RE laser, you can treat scars, wrinkles, age spots, skin laxity and, of course, sun damage. The CO2RE uses two different types of laser beams to penetrate several layers of the skin simultaneously. The CO2RE not only resurfaces, but also reaches the surface, middle and deep dermal layers of the skin. The CO2RE laser works by using short pulses of light energy to remove layers of skin. This creates a more vibrant, youthful appearance on the skin, with recovery taking about two weeks.

Skin Lesion Removal

Skin lesions can occur for many reasons, including sun exposure. Dr. Sanovich can remove skin lesions in his clinic. The complexity and recovery of lesion removal depends on the size and depth of the lesion, but with the exception of cancerous lesions, most skin lesion removals are fast with a relatively mild recovery.

Skin lesions can be removed several different ways, including topical products such as tretinoin, Efudex, hydroquinone, azalic acid and Retin-A. These topicals essentially change the chemistry of the affected tissues and reverse the lesion process.

Another method of removing skin lesions is electrocautery. This method essentially breaks down the lesions so they can be removed from the normal underlying healthy tissue. This method is great for cherry angiomas and skin tags.

Surgical excision is another method Dr. Sanovich uses to remove skin lesions. It is done by creating an incision around the lesion and excising the lesion from the skin. The skin is then sutured back together, leaving minimal scarring.

If you’re ready to restore that healthy glow and start correcting that summer sun damage, give Dr Sanovich’s office a call at 972-776-4888.

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Solutions for Stubborn Neck and Jaw Fat

Your face is your calling card – the first thing people notice about you. Whether you’re happy or sad, young or old, your face makes a big first impression. But what happens when your face doesn’t look the way you want it to due to excess fat in the jowls and neck? What can you do to improve the look of your face when these stubborn deposits don’t seem to want to budge? Here are some solutions to help lose some of that extra weight for good.

Diet and Exercise

It goes without saying that the easiest way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and exercise. If you could benefit from these lifestyle changes, speak to your doctor about getting on a program to help you do so safely. If you are already on a program or are at a healthy weight but still cannot lose the stubborn fat deposits around the face and neck, there may be more options to consider.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction is a little-known option for patients with stubborn fat deposits around the neck. Neck liposuction can help create the appearance of a more streamlined, chiseled jaw, as well as a more youthful appearance. The procedure is great for both men and women. In addition to neck liposuction, Dr. Sanovich can also perform a muscle-tightening procedure in the neck while he is performing the neck liposuction procedure. This tightens the thin platysma muscles under the skin, preventing them from sagging, which enhances the liposuction results.

Kybella

Kybella is the nonsurgical solution to stubborn fat deposits underneath the chin. This injectable treatment is the only FDA-approved solution of its type to treat under the chin fat deposits, or double chin. Kybella treatments can be done in office, and patients who receive the injection can usually return to work within several days. Kybella works best with several treatments, though how many treatments depends on how large the fat deposits are. Dr. Sanovich will customize a treatment plan with Kybella so that you only get the treatments you need, and you end up with beautiful, streamlined results.

To learn more about your options for treating stubborn fat around the neck and jaw, please contact Dr. Sanovich’s office at 972-776-4888.

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Can Jaw Surgery Correct Sleep Apnea?

“Sleep apnea.” You’ve heard the term, but what does it really mean? Simply put, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue is pushed to the back of the throat, blocking the airway and decreasing the flow of oxygen to the brain during sleep. Once oxygen is low enough, the patient is startled awake and sleep patterns are disrupted. Many patients do not realize the severity of sleep apnea, as the cycle of low oxygen levels to the brain can cause serious cardiovascular damage, fatigue, and depression.

When non-surgical options like CPAP machines are ineffective, patients can visit Dallas Surgical Arts where Dr. Sanovich will conduct a thorough exam to determine if jaw repositioning surgery is necessary to treat their sleep apnea symptoms. Although jaw repositioning (orthognathic surgery) is an intense procedure, all of our patients agree that it is worth enduring for the amazing results. Patients can expect relief from their poor sleep cycles, improved breathing and speech, increased energy, and mental clarity.

Dr. Sanovich has performed multiple orthognathic surgeries each month throughout 2019 alone! This not only displays his passion for oral and maxillofacial surgery, but his dedication to helping our patients resume their normal, healthy lives through reliable, surgical methods.

Interested in learning more? Call our office at 972-776-4888 to schedule a free consultation!

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Why Choose Dr. Sanovich for Cosmetic Injectables

With the cosmetic injectables and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures market growing year after year, many retail businesses are trying to cash in on this booming market and offer services like Botox, fillers and laser treatments. From group sales sites hawking discount Botox to new “med spas” popping up left and right, it can be difficult to determine the best place to go for your treatment. But it shouldn’t be. You deserve to go to an expert like Dr. Sanovich – here’s why!

• Dr. Sanovich is not just an oral and maxillofacial surgeon – he is also a facial cosmetic surgeon. That means he has studied and continues to study the bones and muscles of the face extensively and can expertly administer injectables in the correct places for a safe, beautiful outcome every time.

• Dr. Sanovich is board certified in both oral and maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery. This means he must take a minimum amount of continuing education and adhere to strict professional standards to maintain his board certification. This prestigious designation is designed to reassure patients that their practitioner is held to the highest standards of care. It’s also something you may not find with all places that administer injectables.

• When you get an injectable from Dallas Surgical Arts, you can rest assured that you will be getting the injection from Dr. Sanovich himself – a medical doctor with extensive training – and not from a technician.

• Dr. Sanovich and his staff are not a retail establishment and are not trying to lure you in with discounts in an effort to upsell you on overpriced products or services you don’t need. We are a medical practice and will never recommend something that isn’t safe or plain unnecessary just to make a quick buck.

• Finally, when you visit Dallas Surgical Arts, you can look forward to seeing the same friendly faces each time you come in. That’s because at Dallas Surgical Arts, we don’t have high employee turnover rates. Our staff is a family, and we treat our patients like family too.

Ready to learn more? Give our experts a call at 972-776-4888 to book your appointment today.

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What Exactly Is ‘Bro-Tox’?

Let’s face it: The concept that aging is somehow easier on men is a total myth. Though they may not admit it, most men don’t like looking older than they feel any more than women do. Unfortunately, though, most anti-aging products are targeted toward women, which can be very intimidating to men looking to stop the hands of time. But those times, they are a-changing, and it’s now becoming more acceptable for men to want to look more youthful – and take steps to achieve that goal.

If you’re a man who wants to take control of the aging process and gain a more youthful, streamlined appearance, try these tips for looking your best.

‘Bro-tox’

Botox injectables used to be marketed heavily toward women, but lately pharmaceutical companies have begun to realize it’s not just women who want to look younger. Enter the rise of “bro-tox,” or Botox injections for men. Botox is a cosmetic injectable that essentially freezes the muscles of the face in the injection site, smoothing out your wrinkles in the process. Botox can create a very natural, smooth appearance around the forehead, eyes, nose and frown lines. A few strategic injections can subtly erase time and leave people wondering what’s different about you without any obvious signs that you had any help.

Facial Fillers

As we age, our skin slows production of a protein called collagen. Collagen is what gives younger skin that plump, smooth appearance. Facial fillers are different from Botox, in that they do not paralyze or freeze muscles. Instead, they plump, or “fill,” the skin, inflating it to a more youthful, supple texture.

Dr. Sanovich offers several different options for cosmetic fillers, including Restylane and Juvederm. These fillers are made of a fluid called hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring in the body. So, why should you get dermal fillers from Dr. Sanovich instead of from someone else? The difference is in the approach.

Dr. Sanovich has developed a method for injecting fillers that is different from the way most fillers are injected. With his method, Dr. Sanovich requires fewer injections, and thus makes fewer injection sites on the skin. This means less pain and bruising, too – and the results are more precise and natural looking!

If you are a man (or a woman) and are interested in learning more about your options for injectable cosmetic products, please contact Dr. Sanovich’s office for a consultation by calling 972-581-9996.

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What Is Fat Transfer Augmentation?

As we age, our skin changes with us. We stop making as much collagen as we did in our younger years, and the skin on our faces begins to look loose and sunken. But what if there was a natural way to increase the fullness of your face without using synthetic fillers or getting a face-lift or other complicated surgical procedure? The good news is that there is such a procedure, and it’s called fat transfer augmentation.

Fat transfer augmentation is a procedure in which fat is taken from elsewhere in the body (usually the thigh or abdomen) from a liposuction needle called a cannula. The fat is then transferred into the area you wish to be treated on the face, giving the face a fuller, more youthful appearance.

There are many benefits to undergoing a fat transfer augmentation. The first is you get a little bit of liposuction as part of the procedure. The other main benefit is that because the fat transfer augmentation uses your own body fat, it is more likely to stay put in your face because it is already a part of your body. This means fat transferred to your face won’t be rejected and should not cause any adverse reaction once injected back into the body.

Fat transfer augmentation is an outpatient procedure that only takes a short time to perform. Most patients are able to return to their daily life within a few days of the procedure. Patients should see immediate results, with improvement over the next few months as the face continues to heal. Any injection sites on the face generally heal up within several days of the procedure.

You may have heard that fat transfer augmentation yielded unpredictable results in the past, but those days are gone thanks to a practitioner named Dr. Sydney R. Coleman. Coleman was able to isolate individual fat cells, harvest them, and then remove damaged fat cells from the harvested cells. He then found that by injecting the fat back into several layers of facial tissue, the fat would benefit from the blood flow and nutrients in each layer of skin. This helps keep the fat alive, and your face looking fuller, longer. Dr. Sanovich is proud to use Coleman’s method on his patients for beautiful, lasting results.

To learn more about fat transfer augmentation, please contact Dr. Sanovich’s office at 972-776-4888.

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How to Ask About Cosmetic Surgery

There’s something different about your friend. She seems happier, more confident, and her face looks a little different than you remember. It may not seem obvious at first, but when you realize she’s had some “work” done, it’s hard not to notice.

Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures are increasing in popularity year after year, and not just among older people, but among millennials and baby boomers, too. So, what can you do if you notice someone close to you has had a procedure? Do you address it? Wait for them to tell you? Here’s how to handle (and not handle!) addressing the subtle and not-so-subtle changes of cosmetic procedures.

Wow, You Look Great!

Whatever you do, don’t ask anyone you suspect has had a cosmetic procedure: “Have you had work done?” This is an invasive question about a personal medical decision and may make the person you are speaking to defensive or insecure. Instead of asking if they’ve had work done, why not tell them something like, “Wow, you look great.” This not only makes them feel good, but it also opens the door for them to tell you why they look so great.

You Look So Natural

One of the highest compliments you can pay a cosmetic surgery patient (and their surgeon!) is that they look natural or like themselves – only better. Be wary of saying things like “you look exactly the same,” because obviously they want to look a little bit different – otherwise they wouldn’t have had surgery!

Who Is Your Surgeon?

“Who is your surgeon?” is a perfectly acceptable question, especially if you are looking to have a cosmetic procedure done on yourself. By asking for a referral, you also can circumvent awkward conversations about how much money your friend’s procedure costs, because you can schedule your own consultation and find out for yourself. Dr. Sanovich loves word-of-mouth referrals, so please feel free to share his name with your friends and family!

Was It Affordable?

If you really are concerned about cost, don’t bluntly ask your friend what they paid. Instead, phrase your question as, “Was it affordable?” This will allow your friend to simply answer yes or no, or to tell you the total cost or even a ballpark range. This allows her or him to control the information without putting them on the spot.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanovich, please call 972-776-4888.

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The Medical Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery

When you think about the benefits of cosmetic surgery, you probably think of the improvement to your appearance as the No. 1 reason to go ahead with a procedure. But what you may not realize is that cosmetic surgery doesn’t just improve your appearance, it can improve your overall health, too. Here are some top ways you may not have realized that cosmetic surgery can help you have a healthier life!

It Can Improve Mental Health

If you suffer from low self-esteem due to unhappiness with your appearance, improving your appearance can naturally improve your self-esteem. It can also help reduce stress or anxiety about your appearance. In fact, according to Psychology Today, plastic surgery can help alleviate depression, anxiety, social phobia and even body dysmorphia.

It Can Improve Breathing

Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” can help improve your breathing by improving a collapsed nasal passage that may cave in when you breathe. You can also have a deviated septum corrected during a rhinoplasty procedure. Straightening a deviated septum can also improve your breathing.

It Can Improve Vision

A blepharoplasty from Dr. Sanovich can create a fresh, well-rested look. It can also remove heavy or hooded eyelids. Similarly, a brow-lift can lift the eyebrows and help you look less tired, but it can also improve your eyesight by improving your range of vision.

Cosmetic surgery can also increase moisture in the eyes.

It Can Repair Torn Earlobes

A lobuloplasty, or earlobe repair surgery, can not only improve the appearance of the ear, but can also repair stretching, tears and drooping of the ear caused by heavy earring wear.

It Can Repair Skin Damage

Procedures like laser skin rejuvenation create a more youthful, healthy glow to skin, making you look younger. But it can also improve your skin health by removing everything from acne & trauma scars to sun damage. 

It Can Remove Cancer

Skin lesion removal can not only approve the appearance of the face, but can also remove lesions that are cancerous or in danger of becoming cancerous. Dr. Sanovich has the expertise to remove skin lesions with minimal scarring, making your skin healthier and more youthful looking.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanovich, please call 972-776-4888.

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How to Answer Cosmetic Surgery Questions

Congratulations! You’ve just had a cosmetic procedure with Dr. Sanovich. Now is the time to heal and enjoy your newly refreshed appearance. Often when someone undergoes a cosmetic procedure (surgical or not), it can bring up a lot of questions from friends and loved ones. Whether you are worried about how to address the questioning, or simply want to circumvent any questioning by bringing it up yourself, here are some ideas to start your dialogue.

‘Have You Had Work Done?’

This question in itself is invasive and, depending on who is asking, inappropriate, but that doesn’t stop people from asking it. Of course you are always free to ignore the question or tell the person asking that it’s none of their business, but if you want to answer it, you can say, “Yes, and I’m so happy I did” Then leave it at that.

‘What Kind of Work Did You Have Done?’

Another common question you may be asked is more specifically about the procedures you chose. This can be from well-meaning friends who are simply interested in getting their own cosmetic procedures, or it could be for other reasons. Again, you are free to decline to answer, or you can say something like, “I had a face-lift so I could look as young on the outside as I feel on the inside.”

‘Who Is Your Surgeon?’

Dr. Sanovich loves referrals, so if someone asks who performed your facial plastic surgery, he’d be honored if you shared his name.

‘Why Did You Change Your Face?’

This question may be more common among children who are simply curious about your new look. In the case of a child, try not to feel hurt or offended, as they likely did not mean any harm by asking. That being said, the answer for an adult or a child can be roughly the same. Simply say, “I wanted to look more youthful and refreshed, and I’m pleased with the results.” This lets the person questioning know you weren’t trying to change your identity – and that you are happy with your results. If they think you are happy they will be less likely to make negative comments about your new look.

‘How Much Did It Cost?’

Again, this question could simply be motivated by a well-meaning friend looking to have a procedure of his or her own. Conversations about money are never easy, but there are plenty of tactful ways to handle them. For example, you could say, “It was very friendly for my budget.” You can also give them a ballpark figure, or better yet encourage them to contact Dr. Sanovich for a free consultation and remind them that the cost will vary depending on what procedures they choose to have done.

To schedule a consultation, or to refer a friend to Dr. Sanovich, please call 972-776-4888.

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