Torrance, California Plastic Surgery: Dr. Amy Bandy
Before and After by Dr. Amy Bandy in Torrance, CA
There are many different types of plastic surgery procedures that are offered today. Dr. Amy Bandy has experience in virtually every plastic surgery procedure and offers quality service for over two decades. Such services include Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Face Lift, and Tummy Tuck.
Dr. Amy Bandy offers Mastopexy
Dr. Amy Bandy also offers Mastopexy, also known as Breast Lift. This can be performed independently of breast augmentation, or in addition to breast augmentation. When the skin of the breasts have stretched, or if the nipple areola sits low on the breasts, tightening the skin and re-shaping the breast tissue will give a more youthful, tighter breast.
Breast Revision surgery is performed by Dr. Amy Bandy in women for a number of reasons. Some women are simply unhappy with the results that they obtained from their original surgery and come to see Dr. Amy Bandy to revise their breasts to the size and shape that they want. Some women wish to increase the size of their implants while others wish to decrease the size. Additionally, some women develop hardened capsules around the implants. By having this hard tissue removed, the breasts can attain a much softer more natural shape and feel. Dr. Amy Bandy has noted an increase in women who want to change their saline implants to silicone gel for a more natural and softer look and feel.
Dr. Amy Bandy offers Breast Reduction
Dr. Amy Bandy performs Breast Reduction surgery for women who have large, pendulous heavy breasts and are looking for a perkier breast and relief to back and neck pain. This is one of the most gratifying surgeries for patients, and many women feel that they wish that they had done it years sooner.
Dr. Amy Bandy offers Breast Augmentation
When seeking breast enhancement surgery, the majority of women are seeking fuller uplifted breasts either because they were not naturally endowed, or they have lost fullness from pregnancy, weight loss or breast feeding. Dr. Amy Bandy offers the full spectrum of breast enhancement surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lift also known as mastopexy, breast reduction, breast reconstruction and breast revision surgery. The current implant manufacturers are Mentor and Allergan, and women 22 and older can choose between either silicone gel or saline implants for breast enlargement.
The pro’s and con’s of saline vs. silicone are often vigorously debated. Dr. Amy Bandy fells that the most natural look and feel comes with the silicone gel implants, especially in women who have minimal to no breast tissue. In women who have larger breasts, the difference between the two implants becomes less and less.
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most satisfying surgeries that women choose to have. The majority of women, when asked, state that their reasons for choosing breast enlargement are to get a balanced figure, to feel good in their clothes and bathing suits, and to look more feminine.
When considering breast augmentation, women should be informed that the implants are not to be considered a lifetime device. The implants come with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer, however it is recommended that if you have silicone gel implants, that you have a baseline MRI after 3 years, and implant exchange every 10 years. There is a very low percentage risk at 10 years that there is a defect in the implants, and that makes it easier to have a re-operation that is minimally invasive. With saline implants, there is no specific recommendations, and you will certainly know if there is a leak, since the implant will deflate.
When choosing breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Amy Bandy recommends that women review their options for implants and become as informed and educated in the matter as possible, so that once they are ready to have the surgery, they know the size they want, the look they want, and perhaps even the incision that they want.
Dr. Amy Bandy allows the patient to choose their incision site, after fully discussing their options and the pro’s and con’s of each. The incisions can be either under the arm also known as axillary incision, around the areola, or under the breast in the natural fold, called the infra-mammary incision.
Once the incision has been made, the soft tissues are lifted until the border of the pectoralis muscle is encountered. For women who choose to have their breast implants placed behind the muscle, the muscle is then elevated and a pocket is created under the muscle. In select patients who choose to have their implants above the muscle, the breast and fatty tissues are elevated over the muscle to create the pocket.
Dr. Amy Bandy's Implant Technique
Dr. Amy Bandy uses a “no touch” technique to place the implants, as this has been shown to significantly lower the risk of infection and capsular contracture. Patients have the option for the Keller Funnel, which is a no-touch method of implant placement.
Once the implants are in their proper position, the incision is then closed with an absorbable suture below the skin level so that the sutures do not need to be removed.
Patients should rest for the first few days after surgery. Most activities and exercise can be resumed as soon as 2 weeks after surgery if they do not require upper body strength.
During your consultation with Dr. Amy Bandy, she will inquire about your health history, examine your breasts, and listen to your requests about what is your ideal look you are trying to achieve. She personalizes her approach to each individual patient and allows the patient to make many of the decisions on their surgery.
Dr. Amy Bandy notes that breast augmentation surgery is one of the two most requested surgeries that she see’s in her practice, and definitely one of the most rewarding surgeries a woman has in her lifetime.
Breast Augmentation Torrance, CA
Dr. Amy Bandy performs surgery to enhance the breast and offers both saline and silicone gel implants. Breast implant surgery in Torrance can not only increase the volume or size of the breast, but it can also help to give a better shape to the breast, as well as boost a woman's feminine image. Breast implant surgery has been offered for more than 30 years, and the preference for saline or silicone has oscillated during that time. For a number of years, saline was the only implant that was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA.
In recent years, silicone gel has been approved for breast enhancement due to the overwhelming evidence that the two types of implants have the same safety profile. Most women seeking breast augmentation do so because of either small breasts, asymmetric breasts, breast shape dis-satisfaction, or because they have lost volume or shape of their breasts from weight loss or childbirth. Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by Dr. Amy Bandy, and certainly one of the most rewarding.
The surgery takes just over an hour, and can be done on an outpatient basis. When a woman comes into Dr. Bandy’s Newport Beach or Torrance office, they will have the ability to do sizing so they can have a good idea of what their final outcome will be, as well as get all of their questions answered about the implants themselves, the various incisions available for the surgical approach, the difference between in front vs. behind the muscle and the expected results. Breast implants are not considered a lifetime device, however they do come with a manufacturer warranty and can be expected to last for up to 10 years or more. Dr. Bandy can help you find the implants that are right for you, and help you obtain the breast enhancement results that you have been looking for.
Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery
Dr. Amy Bandy offers upper and lower eyelid surgery for rejuvenation and the correction of excess drooping skin or sagging skin of the upper and lower eyes, as well as the lower eyelid “bags” that can contribute to a tired or aged look. The upper eyelids are addressed making an incision in the upper eyelid crease, and removing the excess hanging skin and muscle, as well as removing fat pockets that can contribute to bulges or excess fullness in the upper eyelid.
The incision is then closed using a suture that runs along the length of the incision, so that healing is fast and scarring is minimal. The stitches are then removed at the 4th or 5th post operative day. The lower eyelids can be addressed through either a direct incision just below the eyelashes, or a hidden incision inside the eyelid- often called the “scarless blepharoplasty” Dr. Amy Bandy will examine each individual to advise whether the outer or the inner incision will produce the best results. Often in people who have hollowness of the lower eyelids, fillers, including the persons own fat, can be transferred to the eyes to provide a more full and youthful look, sometimes without the need for any surgical cutting.
Facelift and Necklift Surgery
As we age, at some point the effects of gravity manifest in each of us. Genetics, the amount of sun exposure, whether or not we were ever a smoker and the amount of alcohol consumption will affect how rapidly our bodies and faces age. The face is one of the first places that show the effects of both our genetic predisposition to aging, as well as the other external factors that contribute to aging.
Most of us will first notice some fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, followed by deepening of our smile lines or nasolabial folds. This then will progress to the formation of jowls and laxity of the skin of the face and neck. Some of the earlier changes can be treated with botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments, but the jowls and skin laxity are what brings most people to see Dr. Bandy in Torrance requesting a face & neck lift. The procedure for lifting the face & neck varies depending on the amount of laxity and the areas that appear the most aged.
Often times Dr. Bandy will include fat transfer or dermal fillers when performing a facelift to improve the the fullness of the face more typically present in youth. Surgical incisions vary and the direction and depth of the facelift will vary depending on the issues being treated. Face & neck lifts also give an emotional lift to each person having the procedure, as it helps them to look more in line with the way they feel.
Forehead or Eyebrow Lifting in California
Dr. Bandy offers forehead rejuvenation performing both minimally invasive forehead lifts and the “Gold Standard” Coronal Browlift. The minimally invasive precedures involve small incisions behind or in the hairline that provide access to an endoscope or direct visualization to lift the lateral eyebrows or for access for removal of the stron corrugator muscles between the eyebrows that produce the deep ‘parenthesis” wrinkles on the forehead.
Depending on the degree of wrinkling of the forehead, the level of the eyebrows and the shape of the eyebrows, Dr. Bandy will advise you which procedure will offer the best results to improve the concerns of each individual. Please visit one of her offices in California for more information,
Otoplasty, Ear Surgery in Torrance, CA
Many people come to consult with Dr. Amy Bandy with complaints that their ears are too large, that they stick out too much, that they have long hanging earlobes or torn earlobes from heavy pierced earings. Dr. Bandy offers an array of ear enhancement surgeries; some as simple as correcting the torn earlobe, some that are more challenging to get better symmetry of ears that do not match.
Otoplasty, or ear pin back surgery, is a procedure that helps to define the ear and bring it closer to the head when it projects out too much. This surgery can be performed on individuals as young as 5 years old. Dr. Bandy's Torrance office offers both local and general anesthesia to accommodate all patients. After evaluating the individuals wishes for improvement, Dr. Bandy then advises each person which procedure is recommended to elicit the desired changes.
Rhinoplasty in Torrance, CA
Dr. Amy Bandy offers nose beautification surgery for men and women, adults and teens. This can be one of the most rewarding surgeries that a person can experience, as the nose is in the center of the face, and contributes to a large amount of identifying facial features. Many people are overall happy with their nose, but are looking for minor, discreet improvements, and others want a complete revamping of their nose. This may be to remove a nasal hump, correct a crooked nose, shorten an overly long nose, or to gain more definition of the nose including the tip. Dr. Amy Bandy's Torrance office offers both “closed” and “open” rhinoplasty, and evaluates each person to determine which approach will offer the best possible results. Often breathing problems can be improved also, and Dr. Bandy will evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for nose surgery.
The surgery typically takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Recovery consists of having a nasal splint for 5-7 days. If nasal packing was necessary, this is typically removed on the 3rd or 4th day post operatively. You will begin to see changes to your nose as soon as the splint is removed. The swelling will improve weekly, and usually by 6 weeks, you will notice a substantial improvement however it can take up to a year to see your final results. Please visit our Torrance office for more details.