Thinking about lasers? Meet the Halo!

24 Oct

Amber from tried out the fantastic Halo laser and shared her experience with her readers and us here.

They says that pictures are worth 1,000 words and they sure speak  volumes in her article. If you want to find out more about the Halo, click here.

Cheers, WGS



Dr. Grant Stevens to Speak at ISAPS 23nd Congress Japan

17 Oct

Grant Stevens, M.D., FACS, a board certified plastic surgeon, founder of Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, CA, and an international traveling professor, is a member of the faculty and featured speaker at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Kyoto, Japan, October 23 – 27, 2016, at the Miyakomesse Convention Center. ISAPS is the world’s leading international body of board certified aesthetic plastic surgeons providing a global interchange of ideas for the advancement of aesthetic plastic surgery by providing ongoing continuing education. Dr. Stevens serves on the ISAPS Board of Directors as third vice president.

“As always, I’m honored to be a speaker and look forward to visiting this wonderful country and discussing new techniques with my colleagues,” Dr. Stevens said. He added, “There are profound changes in plastic surgery as a result of the international reach of the Internet and social media, as well as the fast-evolving move from surgical procedures to non-invasive ones.“ Dr. Stevens is scheduled to speak at ISAPS on the following topics:

  • Icing on the Cake – Face and Neck Rejuvenation I with Ultherapy
  • Minimally Invasive – Non-surgical Facial Tightening and Lifting – Speaker/Moderator
  • Panel – Consultation and Converting Prospects to Patients – Techniques to Sell without Selling
  • New Technologies/New Devices (moderator/speaker)
  • Panel – ISAPS Continent Showdown: What’s Working Now for Patient Attraction in Our Countries
  • Practice Management (moderator)
  • Zeltiq/CoolSculpting Seminar

Dr. Stevens is the Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery.  He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Division of Plastic Surgery. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons.  Dr. Stevens is also on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


Watch Dr. Grant Stevens Throw Away His Deodorant Forever on Facebook Live!

3 Oct grant-and-mike

Dr. Stevens and Mike Kleine Plan Live miraDry “Sweat Off” October 4th, 2 PM PST

Marina Del Rey, CA – October 3, 2016 – Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, and Mike Kleine CEO at Miramar Labs, creator of the FDA cleared procedure called miraDry®, will challenge each other to a live “sweat off.” It’s a case of “Dr. Stevens heal thyself” and Kleine getting a taste of his own medicine as they both undergo simultaneous miraDry procedures, Tuesday, October 4th at 2 pm PST on Facebook at


The miraDry system uses thermal energy that targets and destroys the sweat and odor glands. Once those glands are destroyed, they do not grow back. It’s the first and only non-invasive treatment to permanently eliminate underarm sweat and odor glands. After numbing the underarm area, it takes about one hour to complete the procedure. It’s perfect for men and women who never want to worry about underarm sweat and odor.

“We are excited to demonstrate this procedure for the world to see via Facebook,” said Dr. Stevens, medical director. “No one wants to use antiperspirants every day for the rest of their lives. Sweating is the pits. miraDry is the solution.”

Kleine said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Stevens and his team bring to patients the onlymiradry-photos treatment for the permanent reduction of underarm sweat that is also FDA-cleared for permanent reduction of hair of all colors. Marina Plastic Surgery is an excellent miraDry partner. They have extensive experience with miraDry and have made an ever growing number of people happy to escape the burdens of perspiration, odor and sweat-stained clothing and the chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants. I am appreciative of the opportunity to join this fortunate group of Marina Plastic Surgery patients as the Marina clinicians demonstrate live just how easy and straightforward the treatment is.

”This painless process actually kills the targeted glands in the under arm area often making patients wonder if not being able to sweat at all is bad for them. Dr. Stevens says, “We have plenty of other sweat glands in our body to thermoregulate. Only about 2% of those glands live in the troublesome armpit area.”

equipmentBefore miraDry, sweating under the arms was treated with Botox, but Dr. Stevens says, “It is another way to turn off the sweat glands, but you have to do it several times a year, it hurts, it’s expensive and it doesn’t turn off the odor.” Anyone is a good candidate for miraDry. Since it is effective, affordable and painless, it is easy to see how its popularity is growing. The average treatment is about $1995 and the average patient only needs one treatment making it very affordable.

Even though miraDry is a non-surgical procedure, it is very important to seek out a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon for evaluation and consultation. Dr. Stevens has extensive experience with miraDry and finds it one of the most popular procedures for men at his Marina ManLand clinic.

Marina Plastic Surgery offers both surgical and non-surgical body-contouring procedures. For more information and to view before and after photos, visit Marina Plastic Surgery; like Marina Plastic Surgery on Facebook; and follow on Twitter @DrGrantStevens.

Miramar Labs, Inc. (OTCQB: MRLB) is a global medical device company dedicated to bringing innovative and clinically proven applications to treat unmet needs in the aesthetic marketplace. Supported by rigorous clinical research, Miramar Labs is focused on addressing aesthetic medical conditions for which there are significant unmet clinical needs. The company’s first priority is the treatment of bothersome underarm sweat, an issue that hundreds of millions of people deal with daily. The miraDry procedure has an established safety and efficacy profile with over 70,000 patients treated worldwide. Physicians and patients are encouraged to visit or for additional information.


CoolSculpting: Before and After Pics

27 Sep cool-sculpting-before-after-double-chin
I have been a huge fan of CoolSculpting for quite some time. Recently, we had a blogger try the procedure and report her findings. Here are amazing before and after photos to share with you. The story is below, but there are more photos on Stef’s website – here’s the link.  Thanks for reading my blog too! WGS


I can finally share my before and after photos from my CoolSculpting appointments at Marina Plastic Surgery. They say “good things come to those who wait.” Good things in this case are a thinner chin and arms. And yes, both were very worth the wait!

I am blown away with my results. I had three sessions each on my chin and upper arms, with a six to eight week waiting period between each appointment. Here are three things I learned

CoolScuplting isn’t a quick fix. It took five months until I saw the full effect of the three treatments. (That includes the waiting period between each.) You need to give your body the time to process and eliminate the fat after each treatment. (Read more about that in my first post.)

CoolSculpting isn’t for quitters. Every person I spoke to who only did one treatment reported results ranging from the lukewarm “Meh” to the steadfast “It didn’t work.” I personally did see slight results after just one treatment, but the most noticeable results came after my second treatment and increased with my third. Listen to your practitioner when they tell you how many appointments you need.

CoolSculpting works. I mean, just look at those photos! There is no denying that my chin and arms are visibly thinner.

Can I just take a moment to say how mortifying it is to post those before photos for the world to see? I spent YEARS (honestly, years) hiding my arms and double chin. Working the angles in photos, strategically placing layers in my hair, sporting shrugs. To, quite literally, let it all hang out there is hard.

But I’m so happy with the results that it even gives me the confidence to show you where I started. I wore a tank top and a ponytail last week. Not to be too dramatic, but that’s major for me.As mentioned in my previous post, it doesn’t come cheap. Sessions with the CoolMini are $1000 a treatment and CoolSculpting is $700 per area (but Marina Plastic Surgery does offer discounts if you purchase multiple treatments). But knowing now how well it worked, I’d pay it in a heartbeat. (Well, not a heartbeat. But I’d skip my latte a day habit and totally start a savings account for it!)

If you have stubborn fat in areas that seem to be resistant to diet and exercise, I highly recommend CoolSculpting. If you go see Rachael (and, you should!), tell her we heart this sent you.

Tips for a Successful Facelift

6 Sep

Facelifts can be performed by any surgeon, but for superior results, it’s best to consult an experienced plastic surgeon with thousands of hours in the operating room doing facelifts. Here’s a video that can help with your decision. Watch it here.

FaceliftOur best facelift candidates are realistic about expectations, strictly follow the pre-and post-operative instructions and seek consultations with several plastic surgeons. Chemistry and trust are an important part of the equation, as are personality and bedside manner. It’s a good idea to look at a surgeon’s before and after photos of clients who have had facelifts.

Here are some other helpful tips if you’re contemplating a facelift.

  • Gather information and learn about the benefits and risks of the procedure.
  • It’s easy to think that plastic surgery will solve all your problems or make you look like a movie star. Understanding the limitations of surgery is essential for overall satisfaction with your results.
  • Facelifts are not covered by insurance, so make sure you understand all the charges involved. Your doctor may offer financing options.
  • Make sure you understand the risks and complications of surgery.

Get started by requesting a consultation online. We’d love to help you decide if a facelift is right for you.

Best, WGS

Marina Plastic Surgery Requests New or Gently Used Bra Donations

27 Aug

Marina Plastic Surgery is collecting new and gently worn bras of all sizes to donate to Breast Oasis, a nonprofit founded by John Pedersen, M.D. Breast Oasis is dedicated to supporting communities by providing teens and women who may not be able to afford them with clean, certified, gently used bras.

“There are thousands of women in our own community and across the country who have a tough time affording even basic essentials, such as bras,” Charlie Sheridan, our Practice Manager says. “Simply choose the clean, lightly used or new bras that you would like to donate, and bring it to the donation box at Marina Plastic Surgery. You don’t have to be a client of ours to donate.

“With all the awareness about breast surgery and breast size in our cosmetic practice, it’s a perfect and natural fit to collect these garments and donate them to Breast Oasis,” Charlie said. “We proudly display two collection stations all year long. We get the bras professionally cleaned and package them nicely, and we’ll even include a personal note for the recipient.”

For more information, call 310-827-2653or “Chat with Charlie” here.

Eight Things You Should Know About a Tummy Tuck…

24 Jun tummy tuck

Our most popular posts have been about tummy tucks, so we are excited to share this article called, “8 Things You Should Know About a Tummy Tuck From Someone Who Got One.” You’ve worked hard to lose weight and to improve your muscle tone through diet and exercise programs. But when you have reached your desired weight but not your desired shape, it may be time to consider a tummy tuck. Our patients choose this procedure when they are having trouble achieving a flat and toned tummy appearance.

tummy tuckNow that you’ve dropped the pounds, you’ve also dropped the skin – it probably hangs on your belly and creates an unflattering look. And no matter how many crunches you do, you just can’t seem to get those abdominal muscles anywhere near a six-pack. Without the help of plastic surgery, you might be stuck. No creams will lift lax tummy skin, no amount of crunches will tighten loose stomach muscles, and oftentimes even the healthiest diet will not be able to reduce certain fat deposits along the abdominal wall. Only abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at Marina Plastic Surgery can help you address these problem areas sufficiently.

You can find out a lot about the procedure, read patient comments and get a private consultation by clicking here.

I’m looking forward to seeing you and being able to serve your personal plastic surgery needs. Thanks for following our blog!

Cheers, WGS

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