Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa

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Get to know our Lead Esthetician – Jen Hicks!

Jen Hicks

Jen comes to us with over 8 years of esthetician experience and loves to give her patients a restorative and soothing treatment experience. We sat down with Jen recently to pick her brain on essential skincare products and treatments that will give patients that essential glow!


Q: Jen, what are your top 5 must-have products in skincare?

A:
1. Obagi C – Serum 20% – “It is my #1 preventative product! This serum protects your skin from free radical damange, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, and brightens skin from the inside out.”

2. SkinMedica HA5 Hydrating Serum – “It’s such a great product for summer time because it’s so lightweight! The HA5 Serum plumps the skin and fills in fine lines and wrinkles. This is like filler in a bottle!”

3. Obagi Sun Shield – “This is my favorite sunscreen year round. This not only protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but it also has Infrared protection to protect skin from inside lighting as well! This product is available in clear/matte, cool, and warm tints so I can always match it to my patient’s skin tone.”

4. SkinMedica Retinol – “Everyone should use retinol! This one from SkinMedica is time released so it’s working the entire night to refresh your skin and exfoliates from the inside out. You’ll wake up to renewed, smoother texture in your skin.”

5. TNS Essential Serum – “This is a miracle in a bottle – it has everything you need in one product. The Essential Serum has growth factors that help with hyperpigmentation, plus it actually makes skin act younger thanks to rapid cell turnover.”


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Q: If you could give your patients one piece of advice on how to best care for their skin, what would it be?

A: “Establish a good skincare regimen, no matter how modest, because consistency is what will transform your skin and keep it looking its best. There is no quick fix!”

Q: Jen, what is the #1 thing that people falsely believe about caring for their skin?

A: People think that because they’re indoors that they don’t need sunscreen. But they do! Driving, entering/exiting a building, and indoor lighting can deteriorate skin cells every day. Everyone needs sunscreen, as sun is the major culprit in premature skin aging.”


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Is Liposuction With a BBL Right for You?

Is Liposuction with a Brazilian Butt Lift right for you?

When liposuction removes fat from the body, it can be used to sculpt a more desirable shape in the areas that may need more fullness. Learn more below!

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Ultrasonic Liposculpture of the Body with Fat Transfer to Buttocks (commonly known as a “Brazilian Butt Lift” or “BBL”) is an effective way to safely eliminate stubborn, disproportionate fat and relocate it to an area that could use more volume.

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Ultrasonic Liposculpture of the Body with Fat Transfer to Buttocks

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Patients that undergo this procedure are left with more aesthetically pleasing proportions. Even if you were to gain or lose weight in the years following your surgery, you’ll still retain the beautiful proportions for the rest of your life.

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The liposculpture procedure with BBL is performed through tiny incisions in the natural folds of your body, so your results will be the only thing people notice!

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Who is a candidate?

This procedure is ideal for patients that want to minimize the appearance of stubborn fat in their neck, arms, abdomen, hips, trochanteric area (“saddlebags”), thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The BBL portion of the procedure is ideal for patients that are noticing a lack of fullness in their buttocks, or those who just want additonal curves.

What does the procedure entail?

Your surgery will most likely take place under a light general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make small incisions surrounding the area you wish to treat. Then, a small ultrasonic wand will be placed into your incision. Your surgeon will gently direct the wand to the areas you’re treating using a violin motion. The ultrasonic wand will effectively eliminate a portion of your fat cells. Then, these fat cells are removed through the wand via a gentle suction. Once your fat cells are removed, the fat is spun in our centrifuge machine so that only the healthiest, viable fat is used. Then, your fat is gently injected into the areas of your buttocks that have a lack of volume.

What kind of recovery can I expect?

Most patients that have had this procedure are showering at day 2 and driving at day 3 or 4, provided they aren’t still taking recovery medications. You will feel some tenderness in the treated areas, and will most likley be wearing compression garments under your clothing for the first 4-6 weeks following your procedure.

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Voted Best of the East Bay Plastic Surgeons 2016 & 2017

25+ years in the Bay Area

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Doctor Stompro and Doctor Cheng

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Why Our Vampire Facials® Aren’t Bloody

You have probably seen the pictures on Instagram: Kim Kardashian or Bar Rafaeli with blood splattered all over their face. As part of this new revolutionary skincare treatment called the Vampire Facial®, growth factors and healing agents derived from your own blood are used to actually stimulate cell turnover, rejuvenate and repair your skin.

Bar Refaeli & Kim Kardashian Receive the Vampire Facial® Procedure

Bar Refaeli & Kim Kardashian Receive the Vampire Facial® Procedure

So, why the blood on the face? In order for a Vampire Facial® to be performed, we first must source the valuable PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from your blood. This is the key ingredient that causes the repair and rejuvenation of your skin. The first step is a quick blood draw. Next, the blood is spun in a centrifuge to isolate the PRP – the good stuff.

An Esthetician or RN will then perform microneedling on the entire face and subsequently apply the PRP to the skin.

Here is where our MediSpa office is different than most – our facials don’t look bloody. The reason being is that we use a very high grade centrifuge to spin the blood, the type that is used in orthopedic surgeries. Also, we spin the blood twice in order for the red blood cells to completely separate from the PRP, leaving us with what we call “liquid gold” – pure PRP with no red blood cells left in it.

When we apply the PRP after microneedling, it appears clear instead of bloody. Although you won’t look like Kim Kardashian on Halloween, we can assure you that the pure PRP you will get in our office is superior to any other you will find.

For more information regarding the Vampire Facial®, please visit our Vampire Facial® page or call our office at 925-736-0401.

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Ultherapy®: Lift & Tighten Your Skin Non-Invasively

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Ultherapy® FAQs:

Get general Ultherapy® questions answered, below. For more in-depth information and a personalized Ultherapy® treatment plan, schedule a consultation.

What is Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of gravity on your skin. Ultherapy® uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

What is unique about Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to actually lift skin. Ultherapy® is also the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited to where it will be most beneficial. With the addition of the new Ultherapy® Décolletage Treatment, Ultherapy® is also now the only non-invasive procedure specifically indicated by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest.

Can Ultherapy® replace a face lift?

Ultherapy® treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. Ultherapy® is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How does Ultherapy® differ from laser treatments?

Ultherapy® uses sound energy – tried-and-true ultrasound – which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device. Ultherapy® ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.

Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin. Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually very compatible.

How does Ultherapy® stimulate the creation of collagen?

Ultherapy® deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. Ultherapy® doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins; it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.

How long does an Ultherapy® treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Will I need to take time off?

With Ultherapy® there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.

What does the Ultherapy® treatment feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

When will I see results? How long do they last?

After your Ultherapy® Treatment, you may see some initial effect, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

How many Ultherapy® treatments will I need?

Most patients only need one treatment. However, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some patients benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help patients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.

Are there any side effects?

The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy®?

A good Ultherapy® candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you’re an Ultherapy® candidate is to schedule a consultation.

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Liposuction of the Neck

Neck Liposculpture:

Minimally Invasive
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Virtually Zero Downtime
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No General Anesthesia Required
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Dramatic Results
Neck Liposculpture

A Lifetime of Follow Up Care

Neck Lipo

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Who is a candidate?

This procedure is perfect for patients that want to get rid of disproportionate fat deposits along their jawline, chin, and neck. It is proven to be most effective in patients with good skin elasticity, as their skin will contract after the fat has been removed. The procedure will not help tighten skin, but it is remarkably effective for getting rid of stubborn fat after diet and exercise have failed.

What does the procedure entail?

During the procedure, your surgeon will numb the area and make a small incision underneath your chin. Next, a special saline solution will be applied to help numb and shrink the blood vessels. This way, your surgeon is able to minimize your bruising. Finally, a small wand (about the diameter of a q-tip) will be gently inserted into the incision. This ultrasonic wand transmits sound energy that eliminates the fatty tissue on contact. Once the fat is liquefied, it’s removed through a gentle suction process to achieve ultimate contouring.

What kind of recovery can I expect?

Patients should be prepared for swelling of the chin area, along with possible residual bruising. Your surgeon may instruct you to wear a head wrap for the first 7-10 days to help your jawline look as contoured as possible for your final results. Patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet and exercise often to ensure the longevity of their results.

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*Results may vary due to a number of factors. During your consultation, Dr. Stompro or Dr. Cheng will discuss the results you can expect.


 

Microblading Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a procedure to dramatically improve the full and natural appearance of eyebrows. Considered semi-permanent makeup, Microblading uses very fine needles to “etch” each individual brow hair into the skin, leaving an incredibly realistic and natural look.

How long does it take?

The first Microblading session will last between 2 and 3 hours. This session involves choosing the brow shape, style and color to meet the client’s goals. The procedure will begin once we have a clear, mutual understanding. The next session will be a follow up session about 4 weeks later for touch ups.

How long does it last?

Depending on skin type, Microblading typically lasts between 18 and 24 months before beginning to gently fade. Touch ups are recommended about every 12 – 18 months to maintain the desired look.

How is Microblading performed?

Microblading is done using a hand tool that is outfitted with a single use “blade” that scores the skin for the pigment to be deposited in the skin.

Does Microblading hurt?

Most individuals classify Microblading as a low to moderate discomfort procedure, although each individual may experience a different level of discomfort. Topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure to ensure your comfort.

What is the recovery for Microblading?

After your microblading session, your brow area may appear pink from the procedure and the pigment will look darker. In the first few days, the color will start to set in and skin will be restored to normal.

Where do I start?

Microblading requires a consultation before the procedure to make sure we clearly communicate all information about the process and customize the procedure to you.

Contact our MediSpa today about Brow Microblading for you!

Microblading Before and After
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*Results may vary due to a number of factors. During your consultation with our certified Microblader she will discuss the results that can be expected.

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#1 Plastic Surgery & MediSpa in The Bay Area

Danville Plastic Surgery

Danville, Livermore, Hayward and Tracy Offices

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The Art of Beauty

Body sculpting – Breast reshaping – Facial rejuvenation – Skin revitalization

We are delighted you are visiting our website. From the moment you enter our Plastic Surgery & MediSpa facility, you will find yourself in a warm and accepting atmosphere where beauty and medicine have combined to create a totally unique experience. We invite you to set up a private complimentary consultation where we can discuss your individual goals and the innovative methods we can use to help you achieve them. Whatever you’ve heard about cosmetic surgery may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is possible today with aesthetic plastic surgery.

Our patients tell us that there are four things that set us apart from other plastic surgery experiences: safety, outcome, speedy recoveries and a kind and caring surgical team.

Dr. Brett Stompro and Dr. Chester Cheng

Brett E. Stompro, M.D. & Chester K. Cheng, M.D.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgery and MediSpa is serving you from four locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, Danville, Hayward, Livermore and Tracy and our newest MediSpa only location in Walnut Creek. Please visit our Bay Area locations page for local phone numbers, addresses and easy to find directions.

We welcome your requests for more information or schedule an appointment with Dr. Brett Stompro or Dr. Chester Cheng; call our office at 925-736-0401 today. Or, feel free to request information for specific services you may be interested in from our contact page. We look forward to meeting you. Thank you.


 

Welcome Message From Dr. Stompro & Dr. Cheng

Brett Stompro, M.D. and Chester Cheng, M.D. welcome you to our Plastic Surgery and MediSpa website. Please watch our welcome message and take the time to browse around our website and be sure to visit the amazing before and after galleries. Our staff is here to serve you.

We look forward to meeting you and welcome your inquiries. Read what other patients are saying in the testimonials and reviews section about Dr. Stompro and Dr. Cheng. Please use our Plastic Surgery contact page or our MediSpa contact page to ask any questions or request a complimentary consultation.