Curtis S. F. Wong, M.D.
I have used Perlane and Radiesse fillers. Neither one have worked for me. What other soft tissue filler would you recommend?
Fillers fill defects or contour deficiencies. If yours did not, I would question the technique used by whomever you chose to do the procedure for you. Of they simply did not use enough.
Assuming they used correct techniques and you simply need more filler, fat is an excellent option as most people have extra somewhere on their body. The only caution with fat is that is it theoretically will act as the fat from where it was harvested and weight gains in your future could result in increases in volume where your fat was injected.
Sculptra is certainly an option if you do not have any fat to harvest or you do not want to go through the harvesting procedure (but it can help diminish contours in other areas such as your neck).
I had breast augmentation and the surgeon used smaller implants than what we agreed upon. How long must I wait to have a larger implant procedure?
Good evening Mary,
I am sorry to hear of your misadventure. I would suggest first trying to rectify this with your surgeon to see if he/she would be able to fulfill your desires and to also find out what may have happened in the decision making process. If the difference was less than 30 cc's, the outcome would not be that different than from what you are seeing right now, and I would suggest giving yourself time to see if your current result will work for you. If the difference was more significant, working with your original surgeon is always the best first option.
My own preference for addressing your question would be to pursue this after a 1-2 month period as your pocket will be well established and the procedure much simpler, as opposed to going in as soon as possible but having more potential surgical risks.
I gave birth to my son February 9, 2011. I stopped breast feeding on March 3rd. How long should I wait before having a breast augmentation and lift? I am already down to my pre-pregnancy weight and my breasts are the same size that they were pre-pregnancy.
As you can see, the generally recommended wait period after breast feeding is 3 months. That being said, it is prudent to wait until your breasts have settled and are stable in size before pursuing your desired procedure.
Realize that some doctors will not do a lift and augmentation at the same time. There are many variables in this combination procedure and you should discuss the pros and cons with him/her.
Waiting in this scenario will only benefit you in the long run. And as mentioned, your weight should be down to one that you are able to maintain without difficulty (i.e. extreme dieting or exercise) and you should be done with having more children. Best wishes to achieving what you desire.
I've had silicone injected into the cheek area of my face but it has moved down to the mid section of the face. Is it possible to remove this?
If your migrated silicone remains in blobs rather than drops, you could attempt suction assisted removal using liposuction technology. Imaging studies may help determine the volume of your collections such as ultrasound. Regardless, you do have a challenging issue and as mentioned before, it would be near impossible to remove all of the silicone. Best wishes in finding a solution to your problem.
The left side of my face was injured in an assault. That side of my face is now drooping badly. Can a facelift be performed on only one side of the face?
As you know from the prior responses, a unilateral facelift certainly can be done. Assuming your drooping is purely from your accident, a facelift on one side will improve symmetry. However, achieving a perfect match is very difficult, if not impossible, so you will need to anticipate this.
If there is evidence of aging on your "normal" side, it would certainly be a consideration to have both sides done at the same time.
If your asymmetry is severe, insurances may even cover such procedures.