30 12, 2020

Reflections, Lessons, and a Message of Appreciation


Over the course of a “normal” year, my team and I perform a huge array of surgeries and procedures. But 2020 was different.  In addition to our work schedule, we observed some tough and ever-changing health protocols to keep our patients (as well as ourselves) safe from COVID-19. As a result, we have come to appreciate all of you even more -- the care you took in following directions, the positive attitude you exuded when arriving in our office or at the hospital, and the gratefulness you expressed for the results of our labors. You have impressed and inspired us in so many ways that are hard to express. As we close out the holiday season, we wish you a great 2021 while pushing boundaries and continuing to adapt to the changes the past year imposed on us. We know we will never be the same. But because of your resilience and especially that of the greater medical community, who has worked so hard to save as many lives as possible, we also [...]

Reflections, Lessons, and a Message of Appreciation2024-01-02T14:42:43+00:00
4 12, 2020

Dermal fillers: the secret to a more youthful appearance


Like everything else in life, skin changes. As we age, fine lines, wrinkles and other facial issues begin to cause us to wonder how they occurred — sometimes seemingly overnight.   Because of a gradual loss of skin hydration and fat loss, tissue can begin to sag. Enter dermal fillers — something I heartily believe in to keep you looking great or even improve the way you look. Dermal fillers are essentially small injections of gel (typically made up of hyaluronic acid) that fill in wrinkles, add volume to soft tissue, or stimulate your own body to rebuild collagen. In addition to plumping up lips , I use dermal fillers in the jaw line to camouflage the jowls, correct the downturned corners of the mouth, fill in hollowed eyes, and even correct acne scarring. Fillers do more than fill in lines; they also lift by volumizing and when applied artfully can restore the effects of gravity on the soft tissue as you age. Judicious amounts of filler in key areas can also recontour the [...]

Dermal fillers: the secret to a more youthful appearance2024-01-02T14:42:44+00:00
17 11, 2020

The miracles of muscle-relaxing injectables


Botox. For those who have had appropriately dosed injections, it can work miracles within a few days. For those just considering it, reason for concern is understandable, since I think we’ve all seen examples of overdone Botox and/or med spa procedures not being applied properly. These are the patients I must take by the hand and explain how conservative I am about using it to give natural, refreshed results. First, a bit of history. Botulinum toxin was approved by the FDA for treatment of children’s crossed eyes and twitching eyelids in 1989.  Since then there have been myriad other safe and effective uses discovered for it, including the treatment of chronic migraines, overactive bladder, severe neck spasms, and excessive underarm sweating.   Botox cosmetic injectables were first approved by the FDA in 2002 and have become a household word for relaxing wrinkles; a brand name virtually interchangeable with the category itself. Here in the U.S., the most common cosmetic procedure is a form of botulinum toxin type A which, injected in small doses into [...]

The miracles of muscle-relaxing injectables2024-01-02T14:42:44+00:00
6 11, 2020

Beauty Without Guilt


If watching your diet and exercising to promote good health is a given, how is beauty care so radically different? We work hard to take care of our insides as well as our bodies, but is paying attention to your looks such a narcissistic endeavor? I don’t think so. Plastic surgeons see people across the age spectrum walk through their doors. Some are trying to fix something that has bothered them, some are worried about how age is treating them, and others just want to look as good as they can. Whether it’s injectables, non-invasive skin-tightening procedures or surgery, I enjoy addressing all of it.  Some patients will not breathe a word about having come to me, as if spending money on themselves is the ultimate in self-centeredness. In other words, plastic surgery tends to be a deep, dark secret except, perhaps, between BFFs.  While I understand the need to keep this private, I also don’t see the need for shame. If you remodeled parts of your house it would be no big [...]

Beauty Without Guilt2024-01-02T14:42:44+00:00
20 08, 2020

Giving you the skinny about plastic surgery and beauty treatments in a blog you can count on ….


Welcome to my brand new blog! As a practitioner within this wide-ranging world of plastic surgery and cosmetic miracles,  my goal is to not only inform you, but also give you enough information to help you make decisions about moving forward with a given procedure you may be facing or even contemplating. This is where I hope to enlighten you as to each and every procedure I do as well as offer some insight into the kinds of results you can expect.  I will discuss my own expertise and experiences along with featuring stories my clients are eager to tell as well. But first a little about me. It was way back in middle school when I dreamed of combining my artistic ability with my love of science to help others have a better quality of life. Here is where I happily landed —  doing breast reconstructions, mommy make-overs, blepharoplasty and a number of other corrective and aesthetic procedures. Born and brought up in Sacramento, I completed my undergraduate studies at University of California at [...]

Giving you the skinny about plastic surgery and beauty treatments in a blog you can count on ….2024-01-02T14:42:45+00:00
9 08, 2017

Ultherapy vs. Facelift


As Ultherapy has gained popularity as the best non-invasive treatment, the question we hear is what is the difference between Ultherapy and a face lift? Ultherapy: Ultherapy uses focused ultrasonic waves to the deepest layers of the skin to counteract the effects of aging and can be completed in under an hour, with no downtime. It’s a great option for patients who want to tighten and rejuvenate skin, but are hesitant to undergo an elective surgery. Ultherapy can take several months to see the end result and we recommend a follow-up treatment in 18-24 months for optimal results.Ultherapy does not duplicate the results of a facelift, but it can help you achieve a more rested and youthful appearance, which may be enough to accomplish your facial aesthetic goals. It is a wonderful option for people who want to tighten and rejuvenate their appearance but are hesitant to undergo an elective surgery. Face Lift: Patients wanting more significant changes, such as the correction of greater skin laxity or deeper wrinkles, may benefit from a [...]

Ultherapy vs. Facelift2024-01-02T14:42:46+00:00
3 11, 2016

Dec My Room


Dr. Cindy Goodman and Kristen Geisler Vasquez recently hosted a fundraiser in Tiburon for the Dec My Room at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. This program is run by volunteers who help decorate the rooms of pediatric patients who have an extended hospital stay of three weeks or longer. The rooms are decorated with knowledge of the personal likes and interests of each individual, transforming their hospital room into a more personalized healing space. Much gratitude also to Debbie Cohen for organizing, and to Beth Merritt Walker, Julia Knight, Tate Holtand Dino Anderson for volunteering their services. This event raised over $5,000 for Dec My Room - which will provide 17 pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital with comforting and personalized rooms. More information about this National Program can be found here.

Dec My Room2024-01-02T14:42:18+00:00
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