San Diego Face Lift Surgeon Details Top 'New Year's Resolution' Procedures

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Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, discusses the top facial and body contouring procedures that he expects to see as his patients make their 2010 New Year's resolutions.

Every January, New Year's resolutions drive thousands to their local gyms, but this year many women and men may have a new destination in mind: the plastic surgeon's office. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo ( explains why procedures like San Diego face lift are becoming so popular with people seeking a fresh look and enhanced self-image in the New Year.

"Most New Year's resolutions boil down to one simple desire: to look and feel more like the person you want to be," explains Dr. Chaffoo. "Some people may have already reached last year's weight loss or health goals, but they're still not seeing a corresponding change in their appearance, and that's when they decide to see if plastic surgery can give them a refreshed look."

Breast augmentation and liposuction remain some of Dr. Chaffoo's most popular procedures year-round, but he says he tends to see greater interest in these procedures soon after New Year's, partly because they can enhance the contouring effects of weight loss. However, even these top choices of the post-New Year crowd may be outstripped by rising demand for a very different type of La Jolla cosmetic surgery: face lift.

"Many people considering facial enhancements are already relatively fit and healthy, and they're more concerned with looking and feeling energetic," he says. "When you reduce or eliminate wrinkles in problem areas like the upper eyelids, the forehead, and the outer creases of the eyes, typically you're not just erasing signs of age - you're giving your whole appearance a much younger, firmer, and healthier look."

For his many patients who elect to have plastic surgery as a follow-up to a successful weight-loss resolution, Dr. Chaffoo says that face lifts and even San Diego eyelid surgery may be still more important. Even moderate weight loss, he says, tends to create a more angular, sometimes firmer, facial shape; but while shedding pounds tends to make patients feel younger and much more energetic, it can also highlight problems like "crow's feet" that make faces appear older.

"I see cosmetic surgery as a way to help people live to their full potential," he explains. "Seeing a new you in the mirror can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself, but it's always a team effort between surgery and your own health habits and vision for change. You hear a lot of people talking about 'New Year, New You,' but the reality is that we're entering a new decade where health, fitness, and simpler pleasures really are taking center stage and encouraging people to take a fresh look at themselves."

Dr. Richard Chaffoo ( is a triple board-certified San Diego plastic surgeon whose breast augmentation, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring patients enjoy quality results from his offices in La Jolla and Murietta. Dr. Chaffoo is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has received additional training through 3 additional postgraduate fellowships, including a Facial Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. He has lectured extensively and has had articles published in several peer-reviewed professional journals. At his practice, La Jolla Plastic Surgery, he works closely with Dr. Susan Stuart, a respected dermatologist offering a wide range of skin care options.


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