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    Should You Stop Smoking Before Your Plastic Surgery?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    If you want to have the best experience with your next surgical procedure, you should make an effort to stop smoking before you enter the hospital. Patients who enter the hospital as smokers have double the chance of coming out as non-smokers.

    Plastic surgeons and anesthesiologists are making an effort to offer their patients’ valuable resources that help them stop smoking for good. If you stop smoking now, you can add years to your lifespan, decrease your risk for problems during surgery, and heal faster. Check out this video to learn more.

    At Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, we want every patient to have the best experience. Whether you are interested in a breast augmentation, a facelift, or another procedure, our entire team is here to ensure that you have the safest and most comfortable environment for your procedure. To learn more, visit us online or call (925) 272-4855.

    Surprising Causes of Hair Loss

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If your parents or grandparents suffer from hair loss, you might assume that it will be an inevitable part of your future as well. While genetics often plays a role in hair loss, this condition can result from other factors as well. In many cases, these circumstances can be quickly corrected with a combination of lifestyle changes and professional treatment. Seeing a hair loss expert, though, is the first key step to stopping and reversing hair loss.

    Nutrient Deficiencies
    Your diet in many ways controls the health of your hair. The cells of the body that help to grow and maintain your hair follicles need consistent access to a wide variety of nutrients so that they can perform at their best. If your eating habits fail to deliver these nutrients, you might suffer from hair loss as a result. In particular, the body needs zinc and iron to make sure that your hair is growing fast and healthily. So if you have unexplained hair loss, consider your diet to determine whether you suffer from any nutrient deficiencies that may be to blame for your condition.

    Skin Infections
    The skin can be susceptible to certain viral infections that in turn affect hair growth. Especially if you notice changes to the skin itself, you might be contending with a fungus on your scalp. Before trying to fix the condition on your own, talk to a hair care expert who can make an accurate diagnosis and suggest a treatment solution for your needs.

    Stressful Events
    Though many people dismiss stress as a normal or inconsequential part of life, it can have significant ramifications on health. Life-changing events such as job loss, divorce, or the death of a loved one can affect not only your emotional state, but also your physical wellbeing. So if you notice sudden hair loss that you cannot attribute to another medical condition, you may want to consider recent events that may have increased your stress levels. By addressing the source of your stress, you can stop the cause of your hair loss and once again enjoy a full head of hair.

    Are you suffering from hair loss? Blackhawk Plastic Surgery can help. To learn more about our hair restoration services for the greater Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Danville communities, call (925) 272-4855.

    What Happens During a Body Lift Procedure?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Many life events can cause substantial changes to the body. Carrying and birthing a child is one such event that can lead to stretched skin around the abdomen and groin. Bariatric surgery can also cause dramatic weight loss accompanied with sagging skin on the waist and legs. However, a body lift can help individuals who wish to regain the svelte physique they once had. This plastic surgery procedure can get rid of excess skin and residual fatty deposits that obscure a slimmer and trimmer figure. 

    Patient Comfort
    The wellbeing of the patient is of highest priority during a body lift procedure. For this reason, those who undergo this type of plastic surgery typically receive general anesthesia so that they are unconscious and comfortable during treatment. Sedation remains in effect until the procedure is done and the patient is in recovery.

    Excess Skin Removal
    Body lift procedures typically focus on enhancing the appearance of the lower half of the body. Once surgery begins, the plastic surgeon may make an incision along the lower abdominal region. A similar incision may be made along the lower back area as well. These incisions let the surgeon remove loose skin caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or another health event. The removal of this skin also allows the surgeon to suture the incisions in such a way that they tighten the entire length of the lower body.

    Body Fat Suction
    Even if a patient undergoing a body lift has already lost a significant amount of weight, this procedure can provide additional body enhancement. For example, the plastic surgeon may include liposuction during the procedure to remove stubborn areas of fat that diet, exercise, or bariatric weight loss has not been able to successfully eliminate. This benefit of a body lift helps to ensure that the patient is satisfied with his new slimmer shape once the procedure is completed.

    Are you considering a body lift? To find out if this is the right procedure for you, call Blackhawk Plastic Surgery in Danville at (925) 272-4855. Our plastic surgery experts can discuss your cosmetic needs and determine if a body lift can best address your body enhancement preferences.

    Will Your Face Break Out After a Facial?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    A common misperception exists that breakouts are an inevitable side effect of getting facials. On the contrary, you can enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating facial without worrying about breaking out by choosing a reputable skincare practitioner.

    Some people do experience post-facial breakouts. However, this unwanted side effect typically occurs because the person providing the facial was too aggressive in her efforts to remove embedded dirt and oil in the skin. If the skin suffers trauma during a facial, it may become vulnerable to bacteria that enter through wounds or abrasions. A knowledgeable skincare practitioner understands how to properly clean and refresh the skin without harming it. So before getting facial, research your options carefully and select a practitioner with a highly regarded reputation.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery houses only the most highly qualified facial practitioners for our Danville area clientele. To learn more about our skincare services, call (925) 272-4855. You can also go to our website for additional information on our complete face and body enhancement options for Pleasanton, Alamo, and San Ramon residents.

    Shedding Light on Dark Spots

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Are you bothered by the skin discoloration on your face? You can once again enjoy a bright and even complexion with a few simple steps.

    This video explains why dark spots develop and what you can do to prevent and alleviate them. Though discoloration can sometimes appear because of acne and other skin conditions, it often presents due to excessive sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin tissues and cause dark spots. So the best way to avoid an uneven complexion is to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. If you already have dark spots, talk to a skin expert about the services and products that can reduce their appearance.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery offers laser resurfacing to correct facial dark spots. For more information, call our Danville office at (925) 272-4855.




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