We continue to be honored to help our brave patients who have gone through breast reconstruction.
This procedure is best described as a long journey and we build relationships with our breast reconstruction patients.
Thank you to those who took the time to convey their kind testimonials:
“The whole team made an awful experience seem not so bad.” – Barbara
“Thank you for all you have done for me, Dr. Bolitho! Your entire staff has been great throughout all my appointments and procedures.” – Grace
“Sharon has been incredibly accessible to me. She is willing to receive texts and pictures when I am nervous about anything and always responds promptly – even on weekends. I am very grateful for this.” – Joanne
“I have never received better care from any medical doctor or medical facility and staff. Superb!” – Diane
“Great experience. Staff is the best and doctor is amazing.” – Lisa
“Dr. Bolitho is my hero. Because of his diligence, breast cancer was found during a standard breast reconstruction procedure. This cancer did not show up on a mammogram or MRI and could have progressed even further. Thank you!” - Janice
Dr. Glynn Bolitho, a San Diego breast augmentation surgeon and reconstructive surgeon, has performed numerous breast augmentations over the years. While helping women achieve their aesthetic goals, he and his support staff educate women on continuing their breast health through mammograms.
Mammograms continue to be the leading screening method in detecting breast cancer in its early stages.
The most important step is finding a facility which has experience with breast implants and whose radiologists know how to read these mammograms.
For example, steps away from Dr. Bolitho’s office located at the Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla campus, is the Polster Breast Care Center. A screening facility such as this has a great deal of knowledge with women who have had a breast augmentation.
For those with breast implants, the mammogram procedure typically takes longer. The reason for this is that the technician needs to take more images.
Rather than the average amount, the technician will capture more images in smaller segments around the whole breast. Then, these images are pieced together for a radiologist to review.
This method allows less compression on the breast.
The mammogram procedure for women with implants is identical to women without implants. In essence, the only difference is that the procedure will take a bit longer since more images are needed for the screening process.
While so many skin care products have a form of Retin-A® in its ingredients, the goal is finding a prescription strength Retin-A. For years, this derivative of Vitamin A has been known to help people achieve more youthful skin. In fact, Retin-A® is sought after to help reverse sun damage and encourage collagen.
When Retin-A® is prescribed by a medical doctor, such as Dr. Glynn Bolitho, a La Jolla plastic surgeon, it’s an ideal partnership. He can help oversee the progress while determining what prescription strengths are best to meet your aesthetic goals.
Adults using this topical have seen the following improvements in their skin:
- Lessens fine lines and wrinkles
- Fade age spots and even out skin tone
- Improves skin texture
When using prescription strength Retin-A®, there may be some side effects which can last up to two months. This is why it’s important to have a medical professional help guide you during the process and assess if the prescription grade should be decreased or used more infrequently to build up a tolerance.
These side effects may include:
- Slight burning especially after a facial cleansing
- Mild discomfort following a Retin-A® application
- Sensitivity to solar exposure
Because it’s so important to protect skin from sun exposure, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 35 or higher. Other crucial outdoor protection gear is a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. This is a good habit to adopt for good skin care health.
While Retin-A® does wonders to add youth to your skin and provide anti-aging benefits, to achieve the most optimal results, team up with a skin care professional to help pave the way.
To learn more about Retin-A® and Dr. Bolitho, who has been voted as Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine in 2012 and 2013, he and his team invite you to call (866) 738-9360 or e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years, we have become so diligent with our sunscreen application to avoid premature skin damage due to sun overexposure. While we’ve protected our faces, some have been forgetful to apply sunscreen to our neck, décolletage, and to the upper parts of our hands.
Not doing so, is causing a breakdown of our collagen fibers at the cellular level. Skin elasticity becomes compromised causing wrinkles and slack skin; and, freckles and age spots may appear, as well.
Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or more is ideal. And if you’re spending a lengthy time outdoors, remember to reapply this solar protection frequently.
This skin care tip should be used all year long, including overcast days.
There’s been a great deal of skin rejuvenation talk about a non-surgical lifting procedure called, Ultherapy. FDA approved, this ultrasound treatment helps in the areas of lifting and tightening skin located on the jawline, neck, and even brows.
Dr. Glynn Bolitho, a La Jolla plastic surgeon, decided to introduce this to his roster of non-operative facial procedures for more youthful looking skin.
“I believe there is a niche for patients who request facial rejuvenation, who are already familiar with the effects of cosmetic injections such as Juvederm and Botox, and are not quite ready or of an age to undergo a facelift procedure,” Dr. Bolitho said. “For those patients, a non-invasive skin tightening procedure like Ultherapy, directed at the neck and jowls, may be a very useful adjunct to our practice and fill a niche for those patients at a particular age.”
Dr. Bolitho pointed out that generally the best candidates for this procedure range from their forties to early fifties.
“Ultherapy may also be beneficial to our patients who have had a facelift procedure and may require some touch-up afterward,” he shared.
An ultrasound device which utilizes skin layer imaging, Ultherapy typically takes under an hour and half to perform and requires no downtime. The manufacturer’s clinical studies have also suggested that Ultherapy may promote new collagen. Since the growth of collagen may take up to six months, patients may very well continue to see rejuvenation improvements in the future, as well.
With the right dose of pre-treatment medication, Dr. Bolitho calls Ultherapy well-tolerable. Cooling fans, much like the ones used for chemical peels may also be used to provide more comfort while ultrasound energy is transported into the layers of skin requiring treatment.
If side effects arise from Ultherapy, they are generally short-term and mild. They may include:
- Slight redness and tingling
- Minor swelling and soreness
- Slight bruising
While aging is a continuous cycle, patients may find that an Ultherapy touch-up is needed. This time range may vary from a year or more. Each person and their skin care needs are different.
To learn more about Ultherapy and Dr. Bolitho, who has been voted as Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine in 2012 and 2013, he and his team invite you to call (866) 738-9360 or e-mail the office at email@example.com.
Nestling up to a crackling fireplace at a mountain cabin or ski lodge is cozy during winter vacation.
And during the day, be it snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hiking or even making snow angels with the kids, the mountain air is incredibly refreshing.
While having fun in the snow it’s important not to forget your skin care needs.
Dr. Bolitho, a La Jolla plastic surgeon, also offers an array of elite skin care items at his practice. Additionally, his team is well-versed in skin care, empowering us all to have healthy skin.
Here are some wintertime vacation skin care tips worth a mention:
- Facial Cleanser: The outdoor winter weather and heated indoors will dehydrate skin. Be mindful of selecting a gentle, non-soap facial cleanser to ward off sensitive, dry skin.
- Sunscreen: Snow reflects UVB rays which can damage skin. In fact, the UVB reflection from snow is far higher than sand at the beach. Search for a broad spectrum sunscreen which is rated at a SPF 30 or more. And remember to apply it often.
- Au Naturale: Yes, you read that right. Give your skin a chance to breathe and go make-up free. Of course, always wear sunscreen when outdoors. However, if you’re insistent on a hint of color, quality tint moisturizers do offer SPF protection. For many, it offers the best of both worlds.
Happy Winter Vacation!
While internet surfing or flipping through the pages of a star-studded magazine, celebrities thought to have a recent cosmetic procedure get filtered to the public for their viewing and reviewing.
After all, it’s Hollywood. And the role of a plastic surgeon is critical in having celebrities look their very best.
As we all know, some of these procedures have been significant whereas others provide an understated change.
However, the one thing that appears to be constant is the types of surgeries that celebrities have. Of course, cosmetic procedures are a personal decision and a great deal of thought and consideration must go into it.
At a glance, here are the top cosmetic treatments and procedures Hollywood stars and starlets consider and may move forward with.
Those svelte physiques we see while celebrities are on a tropical vacation may not just be from workouts and diets. Some fatty deposits refuse to disappear and that’s where liposuction comes in. This procedure can slim up the following areas:
- Upper arms
For those female stars who want to increase their breast size, a breast augmentation is a popular choice. This procedure is a great pick for those also wanting to add more volume to their breasts.
While liposuction works wonders to slim the abdomen, a tummy tuck is a sought after procedure for those celebrities who have had children. A tummy tuck helps eliminate stretched, excess skin and removes stretch marks.
A tummy tuck also restores a woman’s abdominal strength by reconnecting the abdominal muscles which may have been disconnected during pregnancy.
And speaking of pregnancy, many celebrities consider a breast lift and augmentation after they’ve had their babies.
Some celebrities may not be happy with the shape of their nose and schedule a rhinoplasty. A plastic surgeon can reshape a nose which is better proportioned with a person’s face. As we have seen over the years, some nose jobs may correct bumps and droops, while others have a total reshaping done.
A full or mini facelift can literally subtract 10 to 15 years off of someone’s age. And in Hollywood, this is really important. A facelift can do a variety of things such as removing fat and slack skin, tightens skin and muscles, and adds an overall youthful appearance.
Following an annual award’s ceremony or movie premiere, many viewers comment how some stars are wrinkle-free. The answer to this may very well be cosmetic injections. The popular ones on the list include Botox and Juvederm facial fillers. For stars wanting more luscious lips, lip augmentation is a serious consideration.
There is virtually no downtime with cosmetic injections and it’s considered non-invasive. Many celebrities seek cosmetic injections a couple weeks before a red carpet event to give themselves a boost of youth.
While being a mother can bring so much joy, going through the pregnancy and breast feeding portion of it all can be challenging for some women.
Today, mothers have the option of feminine rejuvenation procedures which may include a tummy tuck, breast lift, or breast enhancement.
Dr. Bolitho, a board certified surgeon in San Diego, helps women restore their bodies to those pre-pregnancy days.
While exercising and eating a healthy diet drops those “after baby” pounds on the scale, it may not help much with skin and muscle stretching. And this is when rejuvenation procedures are a great option to achieve those aesthetic goals.
A tummy tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, can help with the following:
- Eliminates excess skin on the belly
- Corrects diastasis recti by reconnecting abdominal muscles and regaining abdominal muscle strength
- Excises and decreases the appearance of stretch marks
During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Bolitho may also decide to utilize liposuction, as well.
After having a baby, some women may experience a loss of volume or saggy breasts. In these cases, a lift may be sufficient enough to regain this volume. In other patient cases, implants may be used to recreate that volume she once had.
Every patient is different in terms of their personal aesthetic goals. These surgeries can be tailored in their own unique way to offer mothers their own path of rejuvenation.
While many healthcare professionals have chimed in on different methods for younger looking skin, experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham conveyed an interesting twist in an article published in Science Daily.
A few months ago, they shared their correlation between “slowing the facial aging process” and “increasing self-esteem.”
Changes in visual skin structure may begin in someone’s late twenties, but becomes more evident in the mid to late thirties.
Marian Northington, M.D., the director of UAB Cosmetic Dermatology, pointed out that the primary reason for premature skin aging was the chronic exposure of UVA and UVB over sun exposure; and, it very well accelerated the aging process.
In the article and report she proceeded to add, “Daily incidental sun exposures — running out to the car, going to the mailbox and exercising — add up and result in wrinkles, sun spots and potentially cancerous lesions. The number one way people can prevent photoaging is wearing a 30-plus SPF sunscreen — one that contains zinc oxide — every day.”
If someone in their 30s and 40s has been exposed to unprotected sun exposure over the years which have caused premature skin damage, there are a variety of nonsurgical procedures which add skin youth. Dr. Bolitho, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in San Diego, offers such treatments which include:
BOTOX® Cosmetic works extremely well bettering the appearance of glabellar lines between the brows. These lines can range from moderate to severe, giving people a tired or concerned look. This cosmetic injection addresses these facial challenges.
Also a cosmetic injection, JUVÉDERM® made of hyaluronic acid adds volume to the mid and lower portions of the face. Fine lines and wrinkles are filled out in areas such as nasolabial folds. JUVÉDERM® Voluma™ XC for the mid-face helps enhance cheek augmentation. This particular area restores a more youthful look since volume is lost with natural aging.
While these non-surgical treatments may add a boost of youthfulness and self-esteem, it’s important to have realistic goals and expectations.
To learn more about nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments and Dr. Bolitho, who has been voted as Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine in 2012 and 2013, he and his team invite you to call (866) 738-9360 or e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we begin to age, our skin goes through a series of changes. One of the first areas of the face susceptible to aging is our eyelid contours. The reason for this can be due to fatty deposits, redundant skin, or both.
Typically, people notice these eyelid changes in their forties, while others may begin to spot them in their thirties.
This delicate skin area begins to undergo a loss in elasticity which results in heavier, hanging skin.
It’s important to note that for some, it may not just be a case of cosmetics. This redundant skin on the upper lid may also affect one’s peripheral vision.
Additionally, the muscles underneath this delicate skin area may become weaker, spurring additional slack skin and bags on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Heavier upper lids and excess bags on the bottom lids create eyes which look fatigued. And when parts of the face reflect a tired appearance, it may have the tendency to age us prematurely.
Excess skin on the upper lids may also be very heavy and uncomfortable.
For those who want to rejuvenate this area, they may want to consider a cosmetic eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty. Excess skin and fatty deposits are removed, revealing a more renewed appearance.
This surgery is popular for both men and women. An eyelid surgery can help with the following:
- Slack and excess skin on the upper and lower lids
- Fat deposits on the lower and upper lids
- Bags under the eyes
- Improve the appearance of droopy lids
An eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of eye contours considerably. And remember, it’s highly advisable and recommended to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon when considering a cosmetic procedure.