How do dermal fillers work to give you a plumper face?

dermal fillers

If you’ve noticed that your once plump, youthful face has begun to develop wrinkles, hollow spots, and other signs of age, there’s no need to despair. It is possible to restore that vision of loveliness, by using dermal fillers. Let’s see how  dermal fillers work to give you a fuller, plumper face.

What are dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable gels that are used to soften creases and wrinkles, and enhance depressed facial contours, in order to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance. There are different types of dermal fillers available, some are natural, while others are synthetic.

There are now various formulations being used to make dermal fillers. However, fillers derived from hyaluronic acid (HA), which includes brand names such as Restylane and Juvederm, are among the most popular (learn more).

How do dermal fillers work

Dermal fillers are injected under the skin using a tiny needle, and they slowly fill in wrinkles and fine lines to add volume to the face. They are also used to plump up areas like the cheeks and lips that have diminished due to loss of fat cells. The procedure is relatively painless, and takes less than an hour to perform.

Who can benefit

If you’d like to freshen up your face and create just a subtle improvement in your appearance, without dramatically changing your look, dermal fillers can work for you.

If you are interested in learning more about how dermal fillers work to give you a plumper face, please contact the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery. They are located in Lanham, MD, but they also serve patients in the greater Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC areas. Please call them today at  301-880-7022, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Nia Banks.

How to beat a HIPAA investigation

Forming physician-hospital agreements

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 established federal standards for the security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI). In instances where violations are deemed to have occurred, a HIPAA investigation is initiated. For this reason, health providers are advised to retain legal counsel with expert knowledge of healthcare laws, so that they can determine how to beat a HIPAA investigation.

Under HIPAA health care providers and other ‘covered entities’ are required to safeguard the integrity of healthcare information. This requires setting up a tailor made compliance plan. However, there are times when gaps in privacy practices exist, and these could become the basis of an investigation into HIPAA procedures by state and government regulators.

Dealing with HIPAA Investigations

Ensure that you are HIPAA Compliant: Organizations that have the necessary administrative and technical safeguards in place, as well as appropriately trained personnel, are better equipped to handle a random audit or HIPAA investigation (learn more).
Review Policies Periodically and Conduct an annual risk assessment: Regular review of privacy and security policies should be carried out, to ensure that they are adequate in light of the changing statues. Making the appropriate investment in HIPAA compliance will pay huge dividends should there ever be an investigation.
Retain experienced legal counsel: Attorneys can help covered entities substantiate that they are HIPAA compliant. They can also monitor the organization’s conduct during an HIPAA investigation, provide guidance in interpreting the regulations, and respond to HIPAA enforcers on your behalf.

At Nelson Hardiman, Los Angeles, CA, our attorneys are specialists in healthcare matters.  We know what it takes for you to be HIPAA compliant, as well as how to beat a HIPAA investigation into your business data and records. Call us today at 310-203-2800 for an appointment.

Which are the best Implants for Natural Looking Breasts?

Will Nipple Reduction Surgery Scars Be Visible

As more women seek to gain attractive breasts to boost self-esteem, breast augmentation has become extremely popular all around the world. When it comes to breast augmentation, the aesthetic ideal is to have breasts that look natural, so the choice of implants is important. Consequently, women have to decide which types of implants to choose for natural looking breasts.

Breast Enhancement
Breast augmentation is done to increase breast size, and also to improve symmetry and restore volume. Silicone or saline breast implants are usually used for breast enhancement. The surgeon will discuss the choice of implants and make a determination based on your desired look, as well as your body size.

Silicone and Saline Implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline breast implants contain sterile saltwater solution. Breasts implants are available in different sizes, and in addition to the more familiar round implants, shaped implants are now available.  These shaped silicone implants are now widely used, as women say they look and feel a lot like the natural breast.

Why shaped breast implants look natural
Shaped breast implants are made of a strong cohesive silicone gel. They have been nicknamed ‘gummy bear’ implants, because they maintain their consistency. The high-strength silicone is form stable, which means that it does not flow, even if it is cut in half. Therefore when the implant is in a vertical position, the gel does not flow to the bottom, but retains its shape.

Breast Augmentation in Irvine, CA
If you are interested in a breast augmentation in Irvine, CA, contact the offices of Song Plastic Surgery. During consultation with Dr. Kyle Song, you will learn more about which are the best implants for natural looking breasts. Please call 949-701-4454 for an appointment.

How to resolve peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians:

Legal nuances private practice physicians should be aware of

Although doctors are usually protected in hospital peer reviews, the process can be a challenging and complex one, and may not have a positive outcome. For this reason, resolving peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians, often requires the intervention of legal counsel.

Reasons for Conflict

Physicians, who believe that they are adequately credentialed and competent, often feel that they are unfairly treated by a peer review. As a result, some of them become frustrated by the process, and opt to resign in the midst of the investigations.

Resolving Conflict

When peer reviews are presented in an educational rather than a disciplinary context, less conflict is likely to arise. Physicians should therefore be advised of hospital policies and procedures, and their expectations in this regard.

The hospital should also have a clear peer review policy that outlines the role of peer reviews in maintaining standards, and quality of care. Peer review committee members should be adequately trained, and have the specialized knowledge to carry out their task in a timely manner. In addition, the findings should consist of objective evaluations that are clear and consistent.

This approach can help to quickly diffuse potential conflict. However, there are times when the process is not properly executed, and the physician decides to seek legal representation to resolve conflict. The physician should choose a law firm that specializes in health care matters, and has the expertise to handle peer review and credentialing issues.

The attorneys at Nelson Hardiman, LLP have represented physicians in a number of peer review actions in California. Our success in gaining landmark decisions in relation to physician rights is evidence of our expertise in these matters.  Call 310-203-2800 today for an appointment.

What is an Endoscopic Brow Lift and how can it refresh your appearance

Endoscopic Brow Lift

If you have deep forehead creases and furrows that are making you look old, or tired all the time, an endoscopic brow lift can dramatically improve your  appearance. But what is an endoscopic brow lift, and how can it rejuvenate your face. Let’s explain.

What is an endoscopic brow lift

An endoscopic brow lift raises the eyebrows by elevating the underlying tissues. There are different techniques that can be used to carry out brow lift surgery, but the endoscopic brow lift is the most advanced. The operation is done with the use of an endoscope, which is a surgical instrument that has been used in general surgery for many years.

The endoscope is a small a thin tube that has a tiny light and camera at the end of it. During the procedure the surgeon uses it to visualize the structures, enabling greater precision, and better outcomes.

Who can benefit from a brow lift

If you have deep furrows or wrinkles in the forehead, or sagging brows, then you can benefit from a brow lift. The procedure will open up the upper face, and make it appear brighter and younger.

The Endoscopic brow lift differs from the traditional techniques in several ways:
•    It is minimally invasive.
•    Smaller incisions are required. These are made behind the hairline, and are not easily visible.
•    There is no numbness of the scalp after the operation.
•    It produces a natural lift to the eyebrows.
•    A shorter recovery time is required.

If you live in Orange County and would like to learn more about what is an endoscopic brow lift, contact plastic surgeon Kyle Song, MD. Dr. Song practices at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. He also serves the wider Orange County community. Please call his office at 949-701-4454 for a consultation.

Difference Between Silicone or Saline Breast Implants

How to Choose Silicone or Saline Breast Implants

Implant sizing and the choice of implants are the most important decisions women considering breast augmentation have to make. Silicone implants are the most popular type, but women must understand how to choose between silicone or saline breast implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants have a silicone outer shell, and are filled with silicone gel. They are the preferred option for breast enhancement surgery in the US for several reasons. Women like the fact that they are soft, and feel a lot like the natural breast tissue. In addition, silicone implants don’t ripple or tear easily when compared to their saline counterparts.

One important drawback with silicone implants is the fact that they don’t deflate when they rupture. This is referred to as a ‘silent rupture, since there are no signs or symptoms to indicate that there is a problem.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants also have some advantages. These implants are filled at the time of implantation, and therefore require a smaller incision for insertion. This adjustability gives women more volume choices.  Saline implants deflate when they rupture, and the saline is absorbed by the body without any side-effects.

Unlike silicone implants, saline implants are very easy to detect by touch and feel, especially in slender women with a small amount of natural breast tissue.

These are some of the factors to consider, when trying to decide how to choose between silicone, or saline breast implants. Women should discuss the pros and cons with their plastic surgeon, and then made a decision based on their aesthetic goals.

Women in the Minneapolis-St Paul area can visit Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN for consultation on breast augmentation. Dr. Heather Rocheford would be happy to meet with you to discuss the options. You can call (651) 739-1100, or visit their website at