Breast Augmentation Means Confidence
As with many procedures in plastic surgery, the desire for and goal of breast augmentation is more than cosmetic beauty. Often, the feeling that their breasts are too small bothers women. Perhaps, weight loss, the birth of a child, genetic underenlargement and even age have left breasts smaller or less firm than they once were. Occasionally, a woman may have one breast smaller or of a different shape than the other.Whatever the case may be, the usual… and best motivation for breast augmentation surgery is simply wanting to feel better about oneself. Breast augmentation surgery (also called augmentation mammaplasty) can usually bring the desired results that leave a woman not only more physically attractive, but also more confident and self assured about herself.

What is the first step? Consultation with Dr. Massiha is always the first step for any woman considering breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation, you will be asked about past and present medical conditions, medications (including nutritional supplements) and the results of past breast examinations and the history of breast cancer in your family. Also, your breasts will be examined and possibly photographed for your medical records. At this time, Dr. Massiha will consider the size and shape of your breasts and which procedure or procedures will bring the best results.In addition, Dr. Massiha will discuss with you preparations for your surgery.

How is that procedure performed? The technique used for your surgery depends not only on Dr. Massiha’s preferences, but also on your desired results. The incision is small and usually made in one of three locations: under the breast, just at the crease; around the nipples (areolas) or within the armpit. Once the incision is made, Dr. Massiha creates a pocket into which the implant is inserted. This pocket is made either directly behind the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle located below the breast tissue and above the chest wall.

Is breast augmentation safe? Each year, thousands of women undergo breast augmentation surgery and have no major complications. However, as with all surgery, you must understand there are risks as well as the benefits. The risks are usually minimal and will be discussed with your during your initial visit.

After surgery? Within a day or two after surgery, you should be up and around. Most of the discomfort you will feel can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Massiha. A gradual healing process will have begun. The day following surgery, you will be permitted to shower. Since dissolving sutures are used under your skin, there will be no need to remove them. You may feel able to return to nonstrenuous work and resume gentle sexual relations within days. Also within a short time period of time, most of the swelling will have subsided, you may discontinue wearing your support bra and you will begin to see the final results.

What will those final results be? Like most women, you will be very pleased with the final results. You will no longer need padded bras or other bust-enhancing undergarments and your new figure will open a world of new fashion to you. Most importantly, your self-confidence will soar. Also, Dr. Massiha may request that you return for periodic checkups in order that he may assess your long-term results and address any questions you may have. So there you have it. Breast augmentation is a procedure being sought by more and more women each day to build not only shapelier figures, but also heightened self-confidence and deep inner joy.

If you are considering breast augmentation, please feel free to call. Dr. Massiha will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Obagi Blue Peel Tones, Firms Skin
We are all `blue’ now and then. It’s part of the human condition. But did you know there’s a `blue’ that can change your life for the better? That blue is the revolutionary new Blue Peel skin treatment from Obagi that can give you healthier skin for a lifetime. The Obagi Blue Peel goes far beyond conventional alpha-hydroxy peels and other superficial procedures because it is a treatment ‘tailor-made’ for your own particular skin needs. The Blue Peel is simple, quick (about 20 minutes , in most cases, does not require sedation and can give a healthier, more attractive look to neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.

What exactly is Obagi Blue Peel? The Obagi Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. It uses a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base for slow penetration. The Blue Peel allows Allison Muniz, the aesthetician of Massiha Plastic Surgery and Skin Care to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face or other parts of the body. These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface into a new and vital appearance.

Will I feel pain? The patient will usually experience a mild burning, tingling sensation trhat lasts only a minute or two (Allison can use a small fan to minimize the sensation. Following the procedure, a bluish tint will remain on the skin which will wash off within 12- to 24 hours. The skin will then swell slightly and will begin to peel within two to three days. This peeling will continue and should be completely healed in an average of seven to 10 days.

What results can I expect? When the skin has completely finished peeling, the result will show through dramatically as you look into the mirror and see a beautifully improved complexion and the look of vitality you never knew possible.

The skin will continue to improve over the next month to six weeks and your confidence and joy will grow, as your skin becomes firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier and more youthful looking.

More than one Blue Peel? Allison will thoroughly discuss with you the number of Blue Peels that are necessary to achieve the desired results. In most cases, one to three Blue Peels can achieve dramatic improvements in most skin problems. Blue Peels can be performed in six to eight week intervals until those desired results are realized.

Will the results last? That new healthy glow and youthful appearance of your skin is an ongoing process. The Obagi Nu-Derm restoration system is an at home program designed to promote long-term overall skin health and works in perfect conjunction with the Blue Peel.

I am deeply humbled…
Someone once asked me, if I were proud of the work I did. Naturally, I said that indeed I was. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there was one word more appropriate to describe how I feel about the work I do: humbled. I am deeply humbled in knowing that I have been blessed with the honor of assisting God in his work of helping to create not just outer beauty, but the inner peace, joy and confidence that one of my procedures may bring to a patient. I remember the words of our late President, John F. Kennedy at his 1961 inaugural address urging us to go forth with our life’s work but: “…knowing that here on earth, God’s work must truly be our own…” and I have thought of how apt those words are for all of our undertakings. Recently I was blessed with the birth of a daughter – Maia Massiha, In addition, I was promoted to the position of clinical professor of plastic surgery at the LSU School of Medicine. Proud? Certainly. Any new father and professional would be.But again, I am humbled in the thought of being given the responsibility of nurturing new life in this world and of being thought of so highly by my colleagues. I have come to truly believe that humbleness expands our humanity. It opens an entire universe to us, one that brings us into total contact with those people we serve. I have found this to be true in the relationships I have with my patients. I find myself looking at an abdominoplasty or facelift or breast augmentation and seeing not just a patient with a cosmetic problem but a person of seeking a new level of confidence and joy in their inner beings. When I realize this patient has placed his or her complete trust in me, I am deeply humbled. And as such, I find myself no longer on only a physical or artistic level. I truly find myself at one with my patient, knowing their innermost desires as intimately as they do and giving them my best effort to help them fulfill those desires.

To all of you who have humbled me by the trust you place in me, I say, ‘Thank you.’
– Dr. Hamid Massiha