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Stress and the Signs of Aging

April 15, 2022
April is Stress Awareness Month. It’s an important time to evaluate the presence and influence of stress in your life. People always say that stress can age you, but is it true? From anti-aging treatments to a facelift to lift sagging skin, we have an array of procedures aimed at some of the effects of aging. Additionally, you should take steps to reduce stress so that you can maintain that healthy glow. Here are a few ways researchers believe stress may be linked to the signs of aging and the appearance of your skin: Bags under your eyes. Chronic stress can cause you to lose sleep, and poor sleep is linked to a loss of elasticity in your skin (Healthline). Under-eye bags have several… Read Full Post

3 Questions About the Eyelid Lift

April 04, 2022
Dr. Michael Chiaramonte is proud to offer his patients the option of an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty. This facial procedure restores a more youthful, vibrant facial appearance by removing puffy, sagging eyelid skin and lower eyelid bags. Below are three common questions about the procedure. Will an Eyelid Lift Impact My Sight? Many patients find that their vision improves to some extent after having an eyelid lift. This is particularly pronounced in patients whose upper eyelids had been obscuring their field of vision. During the recovery period after blepharoplasty, patients may notice that they experience moments of blurred or double vision. Light sensitivity is also… Read Full Post

Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon

March 29, 2022
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, your next step should be to schedule an initial consultation with one or more prospective plastic surgeons. The consultation is not only your opportunity to learn about your candidacy for the procedure, but also to learn more about the surgeon and their qualifications. It’s important to choose a surgeon who you trust to prioritize your safety and satisfaction. Write down questions ahead of time as you think of them. Examples to get you started include: How long have you been practicing plastic surgery? Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? How often and routinely do you perform the procedure I’m interested in? I’d… Read Full Post

What Are Your Breast Surgery Goals?

February 28, 2022
Breast surgery can achieve a wide array of aesthetic goals! In Oxon Hill, MD, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte will help you decide if a breast procedure is right for you. Whether you want to enlarge, lift, reduce, or otherwise rejuvenate your breasts, there's is probably a good match for your goals. To arrange your consultation, please call us at 301-567-6767.  

How Long Does Breast Augmentation Take?

February 10, 2022
If you have been considering breast enlargement, you may have wondered how much time and effort will be involved. It’s important to know that this is a serious surgical procedure. Although elective, it does require careful planning and preparation, which our team is ready to help with! The time component can be broken into three categories: The planning and consultation process. Once you call our office, we will arrange a consultation for you at a time that fits your schedule and Dr. Chiaramonte’s availability. This appointment at our office will include a discussion of your goals, an exam of the breasts to determine if breast augmentation is recommended, as well as thorough Q & A… Read Full Post

What Are Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures?

January 31, 2022
Non-surgical procedures provide beautiful, natural results without the incisions, anesthesia, cost, or downtime associated with surgery. Many people combine non-surgical and surgical treatments to get optimal results. Other people decide to dip their toe into beauty and rejuvenation with non-surgical options first. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Chiaramonte and our team provide a very wide array of minimally invasive and non-surgical options. They can be closely tailored to your goals and what you want to achieve. Some of the most popular treatments are: CoolSculpting Dysport Juvederm Laser skin resurfacing Non-surgical treatments can do it all. They smooth wrinkles, improve skin… Read Full Post
Category: Medical Spa

Top Questions About Nose Surgery

December 17, 2021
Rhinoplasty remains a favored cosmetic surgery procedure among people in the United States! According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nose surgery was the number 1 procedure overall in 2020 with 352,555 procedures performed, and the number 1 procedure for men with 65,121 procedures performed last year. If you’re curious about nose reshaping, we hope you will arrange a consultation with Dr. Michael Chiaramonte to discuss the procedure. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the top questions we hear about rhinoplasty: Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty? You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if you are unhappy with any of the following -  Nose size Crooked, dipped,… Read Full Post

How Can I Get Rid of Gynecomastia?

November 19, 2021
Enlarged male breast tissue – known as gynecomastia – is an embarrassing condition for a man to live with. If you have gynecomastia, you may feel too self-conscious about your chest to remove your shirt while swimming or working out. You may feel ashamed of your appearance when your clothing is removed. All of these things can be devastating for your body image and sense of self. Fortunately, male breast reduction is possible! At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte tailors the procedure to your body. For most men with gynecomastia, surgery consists of: Liposuction to remove the excess fat Direct incision (cutting away) of the glandular tissue beneath the nipple area By… Read Full Post
Category: Body Contouring

Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

October 20, 2021
CoolSculpting reduces excess fat on various areas of the body by freezing it. This process is called cryolipolysis. The fat cells are destroyed by freezing temperatures, but the surface of your skin and the surrounding tissues are left unaffected. Once destroyed, the fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated by your body over the course of a few months. CoolSculpting is an innovative fat reduction device, but does it really work? Several studies and our own patients’ satisfaction rates tell us it does work! We have seen numerous patients with stubborn, persistent fat finally find effective fat reduction with CoolSculpting. While it is not a replacement for diet and weight loss, this… Read Full Post

What is Done in Breast Augmentation?

September 14, 2021
During breast augmentation, breast implants are used to enlarge breast size. All implants are made from a silicone outer shell that contains either saline liquid or silicone gel. The primary benefits of this procedure are: Larger breasts Improved symmetry Perkier breasts Overall improved breast shape The implants are placed in the breasts through small incisions created by Dr. Michael Chiaramonte. You will be under general anesthesia and so you won’t need to worry about any discomfort during the surgery. The incision locations may be around the areolas, across the fold where the breasts meet the chest, or in the armpits. You and Dr. Chiaramonte will discuss the best incision option… Read Full Post