March 21, 2018 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Cosmetic Surgery

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their 2017 statistics on cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. As you may have expected, breast augmentation surgery and rhinoplasty (nose job) were two of the most popular procedures performed. Yet there’s more to the numbers than that. These figures help surgeons understand trends in aesthetic treatments and what the future may hold for aesthetic rejuvenation.

March 01, 2018 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Face

The nose has a certain distinction as part of the various features that make up the face. Not only should it ideally be right in the center of the face, both horizontally and vertically, but it is also the largest single feature of the face. This means that even a small imperfection in the size or shape of just one part of the nose can throw off the balance of all the facial features.

February 15, 2018 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Breast

Capsular contracture refers to the formation of excessive scar tissue around a breast implant following breast augmentation surgery. This scar tissue can harden and compress the breast implant, causing pain as well as problems with the appearance and texture of the breast. It’s estimated that capsular contracture occurs in 5 to 8 percent of breast augmentation patients, with signs and symptoms developing up to five years after surgery. The degree of capsular contracture can range from mild to severe.

January 31, 2018 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Face

Scar tissue is unavoidable after undergoing any kind of surgery. It’s your body’s natural response to trauma. Most of the time, scar tissue is not a major problem for facial plastic surgery patients thanks to careful planning and our surgical expertise. In some cases, however, scar tissue can lead to a number of problems for patients.

January 17, 2018 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Breast

While breast augmentation surgery is designed to increase the size of the breasts, it is possible to get implants that are too big. When this happens, patients face a number of problems that impact their appearance, their daily routine, and even their general health.

December 18, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Breast

Many women undergo breast augmentation surgery in order to increase the size and enhance the shape of their breasts. For some women, the surgery is necessary to correct certain genetic or inherited problems. Such is the case with tubular breasts, which can be a major source of self-consciousness and poor self-image.

December 13, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Face

All surgeries carry a certain degree of risk. It's important to us that Dr. John R. Griffin's patients are made aware of the potential complications of any procedure they are about to undergo. It helps with pre-op surgical preparations and gives patients a better appreciation for their post-op instructions and follow-up visits.

November 30, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Breast

It may seem antithetical, but recovery from a plastic surgery procedure begins before the surgery is even performed. Preparing for surgery gets your body ready for the procedure. Breast augmentation surgery patients will be given detailed instructions of do's and don'ts leading up to surgery. Be sure to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions closely. This will help improve healing times and the patient recovery experience. The instructions will also help prevent post-surgical complications from occurring.

November 15, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Face

When it comes to any sort of surgery, it's important for patients to understand the procedure they're about to undergo and what the outcomes might be. Before and after photos of other patients can be a good gauge for a plastic surgeon's expertise, but patients really want to know the results of surgery performed on their own face. 

October 25, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Breast

Breast augmentation surgery remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. Each year, we receive questions from patients in the San Mateo, CA area who are interested in getting breast implants. One of the most common questions involves picking the right size. Are larger implants necessarily better?