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How a Brow Lift Can Instantly Make You Look Younger Mar 11th, 2020

Everyone expects to develop a few well-earned wrinkles, creases, and lines and they get older, but the other effects of aging — you know, the loose skin, lost tissue volume, and sagging facial features — tend to arrive as an unwelcome surprise for the average adult.  If this natural and...

The Many Benefits of VASERlipo® for Men Feb 1st, 2020

It’s not always easy, but you do your best to stay fit, strong, and healthy — you exercise most days of the week, eat a nutritious, mostly junk-free diet, and get plenty of sleep each night. For the most part, your perseverance has paid off: You feel great, you’ve got...

Start the New Year with a Tummy Tuck Jan 13th, 2020

If you’ve been dieting and exercising for a while, you’ve probably noticed that the mid-section is the hardest to tone up. To make matters worse, weight loss can also leave you with loose skin and loose abdominal muscles, cosmetic concerns that lifestyle changes alone can’t fix. Dr. Michael Schwartz, a...

Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back with a Breast Lift Dec 1st, 2019

Bringing a child into the world is one of the most beautiful accomplishments in life. During the 40 weeks of carrying a child, and even after they’re born, women experience many changes in their bodies -- including their breasts. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, you probably noticed a...

Turn Back the Clock on Aging Eyes with Blepharoplasty Nov 1st, 2019

As we get older, the lids of our eyes stretch and the muscles weaken. This can cause fat to gather above and below the lids, which leads to sagging, drooping, and bags under the eyes. In some cases this can actually impair your field of vision, making it harder to...

5 Reasons to Consider Breast Augmentation Oct 1st, 2019

If you’re unhappy with your breast’s appearance, breast augmentation may be right for you. It’s a safe and effective procedure that can change the overall shape and look of your breasts. At Pasadena Plastic Surgery, we understand committing to cosmetic surgery can be tough. That’s why Michael Schwartz, MD, and...

What's the Best Age for a Face-lift? Sep 1st, 2019

Face-lifts are not tied to a specific age — rather, they can help with certain aging signs that non-invasive procedures like dermal fillers and lasers can no longer address. Loss of facial volume, deep lines around the nose and mouth, and loss of jawline definition due to sagging are just...

How to Get a Natural-Looking Rhinoplasty (Aka Nose Job) Aug 1st, 2019

Your nose is one of your most prominent features  — your facial centerpiece, if you will. If you feel that your nose is off in some way, it can become a distraction and profoundly affect your self-esteem.  Whether you’re not pleased with your nose’s size, crookedness, prominent bump, or something...

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Is Right for You? Jul 11th, 2019

A flat, toned, and defined abdomen has always been the ultimate fitness goal. Unfortunately, achieving and maintaining this look naturally can prove to be challenging. In some cases, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and genetics render it impossible.  The tummy tuck and liposuction are two of the safest and oldest ways to...

What Does a Mommy Makeover Entail? Jun 21st, 2019

As a woman who’s given birth one or more times, you’ve experienced firsthand the incredible accomplishments of the female anatomy and psyche. And if you breastfed your babies, you were part of yet another miracle that the female body was made for. Pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, and nursing are nothing short...

Botox® vs. Fillers – Which is Right for Me? Mar 20th, 2018

No matter how well you take care of your skin, signs of aging are eventually inevitable. While you can’t totally avoid wrinkles, there are options to make your skin look fresher and healthier, and take years off your face. There are a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments available to treat...

Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures to Get Holiday Ready Nov 7th, 2017

You consistently hear about people striving to achieve the ideal bikini body for the warmer months, but most people forget about how important appearance is during the winter months.  The winter months mean the holidays, a.k.a., the social season.  The holidays bring about parties, family reunions, visits with old friends,...

The Wow Effect: Precision Fat Elimination with Vaser Lipo Oct 24th, 2017

For more than 40 years, people looking to remove excess fat have turned to liposuction to aid in their efforts. However, through many advances in both technology and technique, today’s liposuction bears little resemblance to that performed in its early days. The idea of liposuction for some people, can conjure visions of a surgery...

How Do I Know if I Need a Breast Lift or a Breast Augmentation? Oct 10th, 2017

How Do I Know if a Breast Lift is Right for Me?If your nipples sit at or below the level of your breast fold, a breast lift is likely the best surgical option for you. If you get an implant while the nipples are too low, the implant will not sit properly...

Trimming the Fat: Your New Year’s Resolution to Lose the Fat Jan 11th, 2017

It’s the second week of a New Year, and if you’re like the 62 million people who searched on Google, getting fit and/or losing weight is on your list of resolutions. Undoubtedly, eating right and exercising can go a long way in helping you achieve your body and weight goals....

Youthful & Rested: Achieving the look you want without the telltale signs of surgery Nov 30th, 2016

Many prospective patients express reluctance to undergo facial plastic surgery because they are afraid of looking “scary” or “operated.” For me, the most important goals with any cosmetic surgery are to create a youthful and rested look, and “turn back the clock,” while avoiding any telltale signs of surgery. What are the...

SculpSure First FDA-Approved Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Fat Reduction Nov 1st, 2015

You’ve tried dieting and exercising but you can’t seem to lose that stubborn belly fat and love handles. We have been doing Smartlipo(TM) laser lipolysis and liposuction for years but many people would rather not undergo those procedures. Coolsculpting(TM) has been freezing the fat into a hard lump that is...

i Lipo Smartlipo Laser Lipolysis For Upper Arms in Pasadena California Jul 5th, 2013

The Smartlipo laser is allowing us to melt fat and tighten skin through small punctures without any scars.  This is done with light oral sedation and local tumescent anesthesia.  In patients who have lost a lot of weight, there is often extra skin and fat in the upper arm.  Making...

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal and Fading in Pasadena, California Jun 11th, 2013

I don’t have tattoos, but some of my best friends do!  It’s been tough going so far in removing tattoos, often requiring 10-20 treatments.  The Picosure is super fast and removes pigment with photomechanical energy instead of thermal energy.  It now takes 2-4 treatments on average to remove most pigments....

Precision Tx Smartlipo For Face and Neck Jun 9th, 2013

Many of my patients come in requesting a mini-lift or neck lift. Very few people want a full facelift, as that involves significant down time and recovery. It has been a bit frustrating for me, as many patients really need more of a major lift, although most want to think...

Facial Plastic Surgery Should Be “Undetectable.” Jun 2nd, 2013

In Debbie’s case and in every case I strive to create a more attractive, youthful look while avoiding the telltale signs of cosmetic facial surgery. In the upper eyelids, I curve the planned skin excision up and out at the lateral aspect of the eye to avoid hooding and to...

New Picosure(TM) Laser For Tattoo Removal May 10th, 2013

Previous lasers have used laser-induced heat energy to break up pigment in tattoos.  Patients often endure frequent and painful treatments, requiring 10-20 sessions.  Many experience scarring and residual pigment that is resistant to removal.  The new Picosure laser from Cynosure has been in development for years, and is now available...

New Allergan Anatomically Shaped Highly Cohesive Gel Breast Implants Mar 22nd, 2013

The ideal patient for the new Natrelle 410 anatomically shaped highly cohesive gel implant is one who has a small natural breast with little or no ptosis (droopiness) and who wants a natural look with less fullness in the upper portion of the breast.  Many women want a less dramatic...

Dr. Michael Schwartz Now Offers PicoSure Tattoo Removal Mar 12th, 2013

Plastic surgeon Michael Schwartz recently announced that he has added PicoSure tattoo removal to the list of services available at his practice serving Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. This makes Dr. Schwartz the first practitioner in the San Gabriel Valley to offer this advanced technology. The PicoSure system uses a...

Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery Dec 5th, 2012

A brow lifts is a surgical procedure designed to improve facial appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles along the brow. The endoscopic brow lift offers the same rejuvenating results as a traditional brow lift with the benefit of being a less-invasive procedure. Here is an explanation of the endoscopic...