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Help! My Hands Look Old Dec 1st, 2021

Your face is the first thing people notice and the thing they remember most about you. That’s why so many people spend so much time, effort, and money perfecting their features and erasing the signs of aging on their facial skin. But if you neglect the rest of your skin,...

Here’s What to Expect After Your Otoplasty Nov 4th, 2021

Kids can be cruel. They seek out any abnormality and use it as fodder for mean jokes and incessant teasing. Ears are a common target on the playground. Whether they stick out too far, are too big, or are misshapen, bullies find a way to call them — and you...

Eyelid Surgery: Because You Want to Look as Young as You Feel Oct 6th, 2021

In the constant quest to look as young as you feel, you exercise to keep your body fit, care for your skin to prevent or diminish sun damage, and even choose your wardrobe accordingly. But certain uncontrollable physical characteristics can make you appear older despite your best efforts, and the...

The Secrets to a Natural-Looking Rhinoplasty Sep 6th, 2021

There’s no such thing as a perfect nose, but you probably have some ideas about how to come close. If you feel like yours is too big, too small, too round, too bumpy, or too anything, rhinoplasty (a nose job) can reshape and resize your nose so it fits your...

What Causes Eyelids to Sag? Aug 10th, 2021

When you’re tired, your eyes give you away. Your eyelids droop over your pupils and present that half-mast look that tells the world you were up all night. But when they sag even if you’re well-rested, you need more than a good night’s sleep. You may need blepharoplasty — an...

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Rhinoplasty Jul 25th, 2021

As one of the country’s top plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael Macdonald at Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, transforms the faces of thousands of patients who want to refine their features and gain confidence in their appearance. But Dr. Macdonald does more than chisel chins and define cheekbones. He...

Our Skin Tightening Services Jun 28th, 2021

One of the telltale signs of aging is loose, saggy skin. Your cheeks sink in, your neck wattles, your arms look like bat wings, and your tummy droops. Even if you’re fit, you can’t escape the inevitable effect of time and gravity on your skin — but you can fight...

Tips for Avoiding Skin Damage This Summer May 9th, 2021

San Francisco in the summer is breathtaking — the parks are in full bloom, the ocean breeze refreshes the soul, and the Golden Gate Bridge gleams in the sunlight. Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when we see the most damaging effects of the sun on your skin. A...

Bothered by Aging Hands? Consider Injectable Treatments Apr 11th, 2021

When it comes to the signs of aging — wrinkles, dark spots, and loose skin — most people focus on the face, ignoring the skin on their hands. But your hands take the brunt of repeated scrubbing and unprotected sun exposure, and they show signs of aging more quickly than...

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening? Mar 11th, 2021

When you live a full life, your body starts to show signs of wear-and-tear. Joints stiffen, muscles ache, and skin sags. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the aging process through the advances of medical technology.  When it comes to your loose and thinning skin, your best option is laser...

5 Important Liposuction Facts Feb 2nd, 2021

Society has changed a lot over the past five decades, but one thing that remains constant is that women and men still care about their physiques. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons follows the trends closely, and their latest report shows that cosmetic surgery is on the rise; liposuction is...

What Is Recovering From a Neck Lift Like? Jan 13th, 2021

Whether your neck lift is scheduled soon or you’ve just come through the procedure, you can barely wait to see your new look. But when it comes to neck lifts, patience is key. There are a few things you can do after your surgery to ensure that you heal quickly,...

Start the New Year Looking Your Best With Permanent Cosmetics Dec 3rd, 2020

You love cosmetics! They enhance your natural beauty, hide blemishes and flaws, and boost your confidence. What you don’t like is the exhausting routine and cash drain. Don’t you wish you could just roll out of bed and start your day without all the hassle but still look like you...

Get a Liquid Facelift Before the Holidays Nov 8th, 2020

A surgical facelift offers dramatic results and is an excellent solution for advanced signs of aging, but it’s also a huge commitment. Be ready to remain in bed a couple of days afterward, stay at home for a couple of weeks, and wait about 6 months to see final results....

Weak Chin? Have You Heard of the Chin Implant? Oct 7th, 2020

It’s human nature for people to aspire to the classic traits of their gender or the beauty standards of the day. Fortunately, there are many ways to alter your facial features, with and without surgery.  If your chin is beginning to show signs of aging, you see jowls starting to...

Peel Away Sun-Damaged Skin Sep 21st, 2020

You know that sunscreen is important and that tanning isn’t good for you, but sometimes you forget to protect your skin during a day at the beach or playing in the park. That’s all it takes for the harmful rays of the sun to penetrate your skin and damage the...

Bothered by Discolored Skin? Consider Laser Therapy Aug 11th, 2020

It’s common to have spots on your skin. Ranging from tiny freckles to blotchy redness and large patches of brown, skin discolorations may seem like a mere cosmetic concern, but if they cause you to lose confidence and feel embarrassed in social and professional settings, they can affect your mental...

Cheek Augmentation Surgery: What to Expect Jul 29th, 2020

Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and true beauty comes from within. But there’s a reason supermodels and celebrities succeed in their industries — it’s the shape of their face. You might be inclined to think it’s the eyes, the lips, or the hair, but it turns...

Botox for TMJ Pain: Quick Treatment, Lasting Results Jun 24th, 2020

You’ve heard of Botox® for wrinkles and lines on your face. But you may not know that this popular injectable got its start in medical, not cosmetic, applications. In the 1970s, scientists were using the main ingredient in Botox, botulinumtoxinA, to correct crossed eyes and eye spasms in monkeys, and...

Chronic Migraine Relief: Effective Options May 29th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like a migraine. The debilitating condition affects more than 39 million people in America alone and is considered the third most prevalent health condition worldwide.  And if you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s more than just a bad headache; it’s so severe that it incapacitates...

Laser Skin Resurfacing: Is It Right for Me? Apr 16th, 2020

Throughout history, people have been trying to figure out a way to keep or recapture their youth. It's just human nature. Usually, this means addressing the dry, wrinkled skin that gives away your age. Fortunately, modern science offers a full lineup of highly effective treatments — and so does Dr....

What’s the Best Age for Rhinoplasty? Mar 1st, 2020

Everyone wants to feel good about themselves, and the definition of beauty is different for everyone. To achieve their ideal, some focus on flawless skin, a fit physique, or a bright smile. But more than 213,000 Americans opt for rhinoplasty to create the look they’ve always wanted — and 14%...

Bothered by Brow and Eye Wrinkles? Here Are Your Options Feb 1st, 2020

You may feel young at heart and enjoy a very active lifestyle, but if you have lines and wrinkles on your face, you may look older than you feel. Your forehead and eyes are particularly susceptible to these telltale signs as gravity works over time to tug down on your...

Why Microneedling Is a Great Way to Enter the Skin Rejuvenation Game Jan 5th, 2020

On average, women spend 55 minutes working on their appearance every day. That includes working to make their skin look fabulous and covering up flaws, such as stretch marks, scarring, and uneven skin tones. But, what if your skin was ready before you even got out of bed in the...

Choose Blepharoplasty to Help You Look Better and See Better Dec 1st, 2019

It’s possible to cover up some of the signs of aging with baggy clothing or a new hairstyle. But when the skin around your eyes starts to droop, it’s harder to conceal. But, beyond your appearance, sagging skin around your eyes can negatively impact your vision. That’s why blepharoplasty, or...

Change Your Nose for a Whole New Look: How Rhinoplasty Refines Your Face Nov 1st, 2019

Your nose is one of the first things people notice when they look at you due to its central location on your face. Changing the appearance of your nose, then, can greatly alter the look of your face.  Michael Macdonald, MD, at Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco specializes in...

You Don’t Have to Live With Acne Scars — Here’s How to Get Rid of Them Oct 1st, 2019

If you lived with angry-looking, inflamed acne, you probably longed for the day that your skin would clear up. But now that day has arrived, and instead of having clear, healthy skin, you have acne scars. At Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, we know how devastating acne scarring can...

It's Not Just for Wrinkles! How Botox Can Treat Excessive Sweating Sep 3rd, 2019

If you suffer from excessive sweating (a.k.a., hyperhidrosis), it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone. But the fact is, hyperhidrosis is fairly common, affecting nearly 3 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly 8 million Americans. Of course, if you have hyperhidrosis, you know it’s about a lot more...

How Can I Get Rid of Unsightly Leg Veins? Aug 5th, 2019

Spider veins and leg veins are among the most common and most visible vascular problems, and they become even more common as we get older. Although both women and men can have these blue or purplish veins, they tend to appear a lot more often in women. In fact, according...

3 Reasons Laser Combination Therapy Boasts the Highest Satisfaction Rate Jul 2nd, 2019

Not only are men and women across America fighting the signs of aging with different types of laser treatments, but they’re also combining those treatments for even better results. Here at the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Michael R. Macdonald achieves superior results for our patients by...

Why Kybella Is a Great Option If You’re Tired of Looking at Your Double Chin Jun 1st, 2019

Though having a little extra “baggage” around your neck isn’t uncommon, seeing a double chin everytime you look at a mirror can be a confidence killer. You aren’t alone either—especially with the “selfie” generation. Fifty-five percent of plastic surgeons surveyed in The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s...

Rhinoplasty: It's More Than Just a Nose Job May 1st, 2019

Often when people think of rhinoplasty, or a "nose job," they envision a cosmetic procedure that changes your nose size or shape. For many individuals, however, rhinoplasty can also solve the medical issue of obstructed breathing. Here at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located in San Francisco, California, Dr. Michael Macdonald...

5 Incredible Benefits of Microneedling and Why You'll Want to Try It Apr 8th, 2019

Microneedling is basically what it sounds like. The treatment that uses tiny needles can powerfully improve the appearance of your skin by creating micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure available at Aesthetic Surgery Center has numerous benefits for rejuvenating your skin. Below are...

Learn More About a Non Surgical Approach to a Facelift Mar 1st, 2019

While plastic surgery is still, by far, the most dramatic way to quickly rejuvenate and lift your face and neck, it’s just not an option for some women and men. Whether due to fear of surgery, or just the lack of time for the recovery period, you may want to...

5 Great Tips For Recovering From Face-lift Surgery Feb 1st, 2019

While you can expect full recovery from face-lift surgery to take quite a bit longer than most nonsurgical procedures, it’s worth it in the long run. Unlike nonsurgical treatments, the benefits of a face-lift may last 10 years or more. Recovery time depends on the type of face-lift you have...

Feel Refreshed and Renewed This Year With BBL Jan 17th, 2019

You eat a balanced diet, exercise, prioritize sleep time, manage stress well, and drink plenty of water. All of these important self-care components significantly impact the look and feel of your skin as you age, but despite your best efforts, everyone ages and eventually it shows on the skin. Fortunately,...

Not Sure What to Do About Your Double Chin? KYBELLA® Could Be Your Solution Dec 14th, 2018

Are you tired of looking at your double chin? You’re in good company. A recent survey commissioned on behalf of pharmaceutical company Allergan found about half of men and women surveyed were unhappy with their double chins and the effect under-chin fat has on their overall facial appearance and self-confidence....

Everything You Need to Know About Non-Surgical Liquid Facelift Nov 29th, 2018

The face is one of the first areas of the body to show aging, mainly because it’s exposed to a lot of sun, wind, and other environmental factors, and also because the face moves — a lot — when we make expressions. Combined with other factors like gravity, weight fluctuations, and...

Laser Treatments Can Help Skin Conditions at Any Age Oct 28th, 2018

What are the best laser treatments for your age? That's actually a trick question. A person in their 20s with acne scarring or sun-damaged skin could need a more aggressive laser treatment than a person in their 40s who still has relatively good skin tone. A better question to ask...

Discover Skin Cell Renewal with BBL Forever Young™ Sep 17th, 2018

Though the Fountain of Youth may exist only in legends, new science is uncovering ways to turn back the hands of time in aging skin, promoting healthy new growth on a cellular level. Here at Aesthetic Surgery Center, we offer a number of highly effective tools that refresh and rejuvenate...

How Is Rhinoplasty Different for Men and Women? Aug 24th, 2018

Over 200,000 Americans underwent rhinoplasty in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Given that your nose is arguably the most defining aspect of your face due to its central location and prominence, this isn’t surprising. If you’d like to improve your appearance with an updated nose that...

Should I Choose a Neck Lift or a Face-lift? Jul 30th, 2018

Aging is cumulative, and its outward signs become more visible with each passing year, especially once you reach your 40s. In fact, it’s fairly easy to notice how much your facial features are changing as you look back at photos of yourself from just a few years ago. At Aesthetic...

All About Facial Implants: What You Need to Know Jun 19th, 2018

If you’d like your first impressions to send a different message, we offer chin and cheek implants that bring the right balance to your face. Under the expert and experienced hands of plastic surgeon Michael R. Macdonald, MD, we help our patients in San Francisco achieve a more appealing structural...

What's the Best Age to Have a Facelift? May 18th, 2018

For many women and men, taking active steps to maintain a youthful appearance is a standard part of their self-care routine. While the best anti-aging strategies will always be frequent exercise, optimal nutrition, and regular preventive health care, it isn’t possible to stop the clock completely. Genetics, environmental factors, and...

Considering Otoplasty? Here's What You Need to Know Apr 20th, 2018

Let’s face it, your head is your calling card, the first impression you make on anyone you meet. Most people take the appearance of their ears for granted, but if yours are prominent, protruding, or asymmetrical, you may not be as confident with your appearance as you could be.Otoplasty surgery,...

Did You Know You Can Get Injectable Treatment for Your Aging Hands? Mar 6th, 2018

As you apply your face cream in the morning, are you dismayed that all of that hard work to keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant is lost on your hands? In fact, there’s no more telltale sign of aging than the skin on your most visible parts — your...

Six Tips to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery Feb 1st, 2018

Six Tips to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Popular among men and women alike, the procedure is used to remove and tighten excess eye skin to achieve a more youthful, bright-eyed appearance.   Some...

5 Popular Cosmetic Treatments for Men Jan 4th, 2018

Women aren’t alone in their desire to look their best and age gracefully. Men recognize the benefits of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that reduce the appearance of fine lines, shrink a double chin, and freshen up tired-looking skin. At Aesthetic Surgery Center, the staff offers several treatments that can make...

How to Alleviate the Pain of TMJ Nov 11th, 2017

Katie's temporomandibular joint disorder started when she was still a teenager. The pain started seemingly out of nowhere, about a year after the removal of her braces. She was confused what was happening. Her dentist told her that she was suffering from TMJ. He fit her for a bite guard,...

The Fundamentals of Permanent Makeup Oct 23rd, 2017

Permanent or semi-permanent makeup, also called permanent or semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing, has become increasingly prevalent in the last few years, according to Dr. Charles S. Zwerling, chairman of technician-training firm the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM). Dr. Zwerling said that he has seen strong upward motion in the field, both...

What Should I Expect From Rhinoplasty? Sep 28th, 2017

What Should I Expect From Rhinoplasty?A rhinoplasty operation, commonly called a nose job, does not always involve the exact same steps. The procedure is adjusted based on the particular anatomy and objectives of the patient. It is possible for this procedure to be conducted within the nose or via a...

Laser Treatment Jul 4th, 2017

As we get older, our skin can change and take on appearances that we’re not necessarily fond of. Whether it’s the traditional signs of aging, discoloration, scars, or simply body hair we’d rather not have to shave multiple times a week, there is at least one thing most of us...

How Fillers Can Help You Appear Younger Without Surgery Jun 9th, 2017

People who don’t want to look younger are probably few and far between. For everyone else, the question becomes how can they achieve a more youthful appearance. We’re lucky enough to live in a time with many options. Medical and technological advancements have made holding back the hands of time...

Self Conscious About Your Nose? Apr 28th, 2017

What would you say is your most prominent facial feature? Many might say the eyes. Our eyes are certainly the most romanticized and are often remarked upon for being beautiful. But, romance and the windows to the soul aside, the most physically prominent facial feature you have is most likely...

Speaking to a Plastic Surgeon Mar 24th, 2017

It’s safe to say few people look in the mirror every day and are completely happy with what they see. Human beings tend to be fickle. We want perfection. Of course, this isn’t realistic, but most of us are always looking for ways to improve our appearances and therefore our...

Botox Treatment Mar 17th, 2017

Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein more commonly known by its brand name Botox, has been in use for years to treat a variety of conditions. Essentially it targets muscle function and hyperactive nerves, which is why it has something of a localized “paralyzing” effect when used in medical treatments related...

Self-Love: Why Plastic Surgery Could be Right for You Jan 23rd, 2017

What’s the one thing everyone truly desires? Whether you said being happy, feeling good, or having self-confidence, all of these answers are really variations of the same idea. Ultimately, we want to be the best people we can be for as long as possible. A big part of that is...