There is an old saying that beauty is “skin deep”. That’s not the case at all. When one experiences beauty, particularly the beauty of oneself that joy permeates not only throughout the person’s body, but deeply into that person’s psyche and in his or her very own philosophy of life.
I am fortunate in that I am able to spread that joy of beauty. In fact, it is why I chose the profession I did.

To see a patient come into my office, shy and retiring because of a facial imperfection, and leave glowing in happiness and confidence once that imperfection has been corrected. . . well, there are no words strong enough to express the reward I feel.

Over the many years of my practice of plastic surgery, I have seen countless men, women and children return, sometimes years later, to tell me how making a decision to correct a facial or bodily imperfection through plastic surgery has changed their lives. Again, no words can truly describe the awesome sense of fulfillment that permeates me.

That fulfillment brings joy not only to me, but to every person in our office. I’ve seen tears of joy fill eyes after such a visit from a former patient.

“I’m able to spread that joy of beauty”.
Dr. Hamid Massiha

Whether that needed procedure is a lunchtime MegaPeel, breast augmentation, liposuction or any of the many other procedures we perform, the entire staff is dedicated to your comfort, confidence and to the lasting joy you or your loved one will experience.

Nothing means more to a plastic surgeon than a happy patient. I experience that happiness in the many letters and phone calls I receive from patients expressing their gratitude and happiness.

I send to each of you my special thanks for placing your trust in me. I also assure you again of my firm commitment to assist you.

The Truth about Lunchtime Peels

The lunchtime peel is the newest treatment in skin care today. Microdermabrasion is another term for this procedure. There are many different manufacturers of this machine, and they each have their own terminology: Dermapeel, MegaPeel, Power Peel, Crystal Peel, Diamond Peel, SmartPeel, Precision Peel, S. T: Peel Rejuvasilk, etc. These are all microdermabrasion machines. Most companies have esthetician models and physician models. The physician model, which is more aggressive, is only sold to physician’s offices. I have not found two machines just alike. I demonstrated many of them prior to purchasing the MegaPeel Platinum series.

Microdermabrasion is one way to evenly exfoliate your skin. It is a procedure that lightly sands your skin with vacuum pressure. The sand and the vacuum are controlled and can be increased and decreased depending on the correction you are looking to achieve. This can be used to help stimulate your collagen, which helps with fine lines. It can help with discoloration ( uneven skin tones ), pigmentation problems ( dark spots ), blackheads, scarring, dull lifeless and sun damaged skin. This is not a painful procedure. You may experience some discomfort ( mild scratching sensations ). Once the procedure is complete there is no discomfort. Your skin will feel clean and tingly.

Women are always looking for ways to improve their skin without taking time from their busy schedule. This treatment is perfect for women who don’t have the time to take off and need to go right back to work. The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. You can apply your makeup right away and go back to work. It takes six to nine treatments. They can be done once a week or every other week depending on your skin type and what you are trying to correct.

Most microdermabrasion machines use aluminum oxide crystals only. However, pregnant women or nursing mothers cannot use these crystals. Our machine offers not only the aluminum oxide crystals, but sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) crystals.

At Massiha Skin Care Center we offer a Vitamin C treatment after a microdermabrasion procedure at no additional charge. A consultation with our licensed Aesthetician/ Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialist is complimentary. As always you should be using good corrective skin care products in conjunction with your microdermabrasion treatments. Remember good skin care starts at home.

Hair Removal

Afraid of wearing the clothes you desire because of unsightly patches of dark, coarse hair that appears on your face, neck, abdomen, breasts, arms or underarms?

Fear no more.

Dr. Hamid Massiha, one of the worlds most renowned plastic surgeons has the answer to your problem: the revolutionary lightSheer Diode laser, the state-of-the-art system of hair removal.

In the past, remedies for unwanted and unattractive hair were painful plucking, repeated shaving, time-consuming waxing or chemical depilatories. After all of these methods, hair began growing back immediately.

Many seeking longer term hair removal relied on electrolysis. While effective and popular, electrolysis is often uncomfortable and slow.

Then came the lightSheer Diode laser method of hair removal.

“The results are phenomenal:’ says the laser technician for the Massiha Plastic Surgery Center. It has opened up so many avenues, that nobody has to live with splotches of hair that is unattractive. In the past, dark skinned or tanned people, and African Americans were not good candidates for laser hair removal.

That is no longer the case. The results are excellent across the board.
The painless process may last a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated.

It is very simple. The laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The color of the light produced by a particular laser is one of the keys to its effect on hair follicles. And during the procedure, the upper layer of skin is cooled before during and after each pulse of light while it directs the laser energy to the hair root.

Prior to the procedure, ethyl chloride is administered topically which further diminishes any discomfort which may be felt. Additional treatments are advised every 2-3 months with a maximum of 3-6 treatments.

Is the revolutionary hair removal treatment for women only? No, not all all. In fact, we have as many men as women seeking hair removal from various parts of the body. The results have been equally success flu.
Anyone seeking hair removal is invited to call for consultation at no cost.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat in the body. Like all plastic surgery procedures, liposuction is constantly evolving and being improved upon with one goal in mind: A healthier, more attractive you.
Traditional liposuction, successfully employed on hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, now has an assist: “Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty”, commonly known as “UAL”.

UAL, first employed in the early 1990s is no substitute for traditional liposuction, but has proved to be an effective tool for removing pockets of fat from fibrous body areas, such as the male breasts or back or for removing larger volumes of fat in a single procedure.

Ultimately, the patient and the physician will determine whether UAL or traditional liposuction is best suited.

“I have used both procedures with highly successful results,” says Dr. Hamid Massiha.

“UAL allows us to expand those areas of fat removal from the body where perhaps we could not go before.”

The best candidates for both traditional liposuction and UAL, Dr. Massiha says, have the same criteria: men and women of normal weight with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in particular areas of their bodies.

Candidates for either procedure should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations.

“Liposuction procedures are constantly evolving and being improved upon…”.
Dr. Hamid Massiha

Dr. Massiha is quick to point out that while age is not generally a criterion for liposuction, elderly patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient”.

Dr. Massiha will be happy to discuss traditional liposuction and UAL and whether you are a candidate for either procedure.

A guideline for liposuction. Who is a candidate?

  • If you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise.
  • If you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas are the anterior part of the neck ( under the chin ), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves and ankles.
  • Most patients are near normal weight and ease permanent contour changes.
  • Improved techniques such as Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction, allow larger amounts of fat removal. Liposuction can be useful to heavier persons as well.
  • A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
  • A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.
  • The procedures as done on an outpatient basis.
  • General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort.
  • Small suction tubes are insert through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.
  • With the tumescent technique used today, blood loss in the operating room is minimal making the operation much safer than before.
  • The patient goes home with a compression garment covering the treated areas.
  • Compression is advised for about 2-3 months as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final result more quickly.
  • Swelling usually subside in two to four weeks. The final results take shape over 2-3 months as the skin naturally shrinks.

Massiha Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center

What better gift to give than a gift certificate for care for the skin? A gift certificate to pamper the skin is a tribute of love to that special person. Listed below are a few of the skin care techniques designed for long lasting beauty.

  • Lunchtime MegaPeel with Vitamin C Treatment
  • Deep Cleansing Facials
  • Deep Cleansing Back Treatment
  • Vitamin C/Glycolic/Lactic Acid Peel (Package of six)
  • Obagi Blue Peel
  • Skin Care Products
  • Obagi Nu-Derm Skin Fitness System
  • Theraderm Skin Care ProductsFor an appointment or information on Skin Care Gift Certificates, call 455-9441