Dr. Andrew Ordon
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About My Practice
Do you do any pro bono work?I helped found the surgical friends foundation, which connects people in need with volunteer reconstructive surgeons here in the US and abroad.
What makes your practice unique?
In addition to having the support of two board-certified plastic surgeons, with Dr. Ritu Chopra and me, our practice offers medi-spa and skin- care services to our patients. It's so important to offer noninvasive options because surgery isn't always the answer.
How do you show patients you care?
We offer overnight facilities at our rancho mirage plastic surgery institute to help patients through the process.
Is there a treatment that fades scars from cosmetic surgery procedures?
There is definitely a big improvement in how we can control scars when we are doing body contouring and facial procedures by the use of a course of pulse dye laser treatments early on post-op. For most breast surgeries and tummy tucks we do a course of 3 to 4 treatments which takes the redness out of the scars and prevents the thickening of scars on the body.
How would patients characterize you?I'm told that how I am on TV is how I am at my practice. I take my work very seriously, but I don't take myself too seriously.
Why do you like being on the doctors?It gives me renewed passion for what I've been doing for 30 years. I've touched the lives of so many people through my practice and now I'm touching the lives of millions of people on a daily basis here and in 22 countries around the world.
How would patient's characterize you?I'm told that how I am on TV is how I am at my practice. I take my work very seriously, but I don't take myself too seriously.
How do you reach out to the public?
In addition to appearing on numerous news networks and writing books on plastic surgery, I'm currently a host on the doctors, where I get to share information on the newest and latest aesthetic technologies with viewers. Then I bring all that knowledge back to my practice.
What projects have you been involved in?
I’m a surgeon, but I believe in taking care of yourself to delay or possibly prevent undergoing procedures. I have written and published a book about how to avoid the need for cosmetic surgery.
A Minute With
What sets our practice apartA balance of nonsurgical, surgical and preventive skin measures
How our profession has evolvedCombination procedures that utilize different modalities to achieve more natural-looking results are becoming more common
The future of our fieldThere will continue to be more nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures available
Three things we recommend before surgeryHave support at home, have realistic expectations and don’t have surgery that puts you in debt
What we love most about our professionThe creative ability to think outside the box
Celeb photo our patients most often bring inAshlee Simpson
The biggest misconception about our fieldThat good doctors are inexpensive
The most outrageous medical myth we’ve heardVaseline is good for the skin
Our dream innovationA surgical marker that lasts
Our mottoLet’s do this
- Aesthetic Injectables
- Body Contouring
- Body Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Reduction / Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Necklift / Browlift
- Cynosure Icon™ Laser
- Facelift / Mid-Facelift
- Facial Implants
- CoolSculpting® / Thermage®
- Hair Restoration
How can I get rid of stretch marks?What our experts say:
Stretch marks are scars that are an injury to the dermis. As such, there is no way to reverse them other than by cutting them out. If you have multiple stretch marks on a certain part of the body and we tighten that skin, they will appear better. For example, in a woman when we do a tummy tuck, we cut away some of the stretch marks and the remaining stretch marks will appear softer with some added tension. Some talk about treating these scars with CO2 lasers, and it can give some improvement, but you’re going to have to repeat the procedure and it won’t get rid of them entirely.
What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a tummy tuck? Are there drains?What our experts say:
It’s not like a c-section because we are not going inside the abdominal cavity. The post-op discomfort is less than an intraabdominal procedure.
What does a “mommy makeover” accomplish?What our experts say:
Typically after pregnancy women will see changes to their tummy and breasts; so those are typically two areas we focus on. For the breast, it may be as simple as an augmentation or we can go all the way to a formal lift. Likewise, with the tummy, they may just need spot liposuction or they may need a full abdominoplasty or just a modified or mini tummy tuck. Also, the muscles are often stretched with pregnancy and no diet or exercise will bring those back together. We have to reattach those muscles that have been spread apart. A combination of any of those procedures would entail a mommy makeover.
What is the difference between a full, modified and mini tummy tuck?What our experts say:
It all has to do with how much skin we are removing and whether we are repositioning the belly button or not. In a full, you are cutting around the belly button and removing skin from the pubic area to the belly button, creating new belly button. In a mini, we are removing less skin and are not removing the belly button. With a modified, we are not cutting around the belly button, but pulling it down or “floating” it; we leave it attached. Typically in all three we are doing some work on muscles that have spread with pregnancy. It’s considered a permanent repair. You have to ask your doctor which technique is best for you.
What is a pain pump and when is it used? When and how is it removed?What our experts say:
I use them, but rarely. During surgery, we put in long-acting topical anesthetics, so the patient is comfortable immediately post-op. It’s so we can control their biggest discomfort, which is during the first few hours when they wake up.
What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a breast augmentation?What our experts say:
We make sure to put in a long-acting local anesthetic during the procedure, so the patient is comfortable immediately post-up. Make sure your surgeon gives a muscle relaxant to keep you comfortable during the early post-op period.
How do I know what size, shape and type of implant is best for me?What our experts say:
A lot comes from pre-op discussions we have with the patient. That determines where you start. We also look at the diameter of the breast, and do the breasts point straight out or do they point to the side. It’s based on what the patient wants, too. It helps if they show pictures of what they are looking for in terms of size. They also have choices in design. Do they want more of a projecting breast or a low, wider-based breast, which is fuller. There are options.
What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a breast augmentation?What our experts say:
We make sure to put in a long-acting local anesthetic during the procedure, so the patient is comfortable immediately post-op. Make sure your surgeon gives a muscle relaxant to keep you comfortable during the early post-op period.
How do I know if I need a breast lift or a breast lift with a breast implant?What our experts say:
That’s a big decision. In the past, we tried to get away with placing large implants without a lift, but as time went by, we found out that a large implant over time is going stretch the tissue, bottom out and create more laxity, and then you subsequently have to do a bigger lift. At our practice, we like to do combination breast lift and breast implant augmentation. We also do what we call and internal brassiere where we’re tightening the tissues inside with special stiches, the Alloderm skin matrix if necessary and sometimes we use internal lasering to contract that dermal tissue.
Is there a lot of scarring with a breast lift or breast reduction surgery?What our experts say:
We try to keep scars to a minimum and in some cases we can do a lift with an incision just around the nipple. Sometimes just a vertical incision and sometimes we need to do a more traditional anchor type incision with the vertical and horizontal scar. However, when we decide to do that anchor incision, there is a reason and a positive trade off to get the best possible breast shape. We’ve tried all the different techniques and there is a right technique for each patient.
Can I breastfeed after a breast lift, augmentation or reduction?What our experts say:
I don’t think we’ve ever had a patient who said they couldn’t breast feed at all. In some cases, the amount they were able to breastfeed was reduced but they were still able to do it.
If I have an eyelift, will it change the shape of my eyes?What our experts say:
The eyes are what give character the face. If you are doing surgery around the eyes, you don’t want the change the shape of the eyes. You just want to improve the framework. What we’ve found is that less is more. The days of removing too much skin and fat around the eyes is over. We know that anything that takes away from character gives the face a more skeletonized or cadaveric look, which isn’t a youthful look. Today we perform the least invasive procedure to achieve the desired look. You have to know what you’re doing. You have to know the right operation for the individual needs of the patient.
How does today’s facelift differ from those done in the past?What our experts say:
It has dramatically changed for the better. It’s more based on results and science and we have a much better idea of what works and what doesn’t work. We want natural results so we know to pull the skin in a natural direction, which is vertical instead of pulling back. We realize you have to tighten the underlying tissue in a similar natural direction and we also know that part of aging is losing volume. Without question we’ve become more refined and more aggressive with what we can do.
What is a “good candidate” for liposuction?What our experts say:
Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. The ideal candidate is someone who is at a stable weight and has pockets of stubborn fat that just aren’t responding to diet and exercise. That’s the kind of history we want to hear. We ask someone who is significantly overweight to lose weight first and then we will focus on their figure flaws. I think the maximum amount of fat that should be removed for a single liposuction procedure is five liters of fat. It’s also important to remember that it’s not about what you take away as much as it is about what you leave behind. Women are not supposed to be straight and should have curves. You avoid liposuction deformities by not removing too much fat.
How do I get the best results with liposuction?What our experts say:
It’s baffling how many combinations of liposuction there are today: laser assisted, power assisted, wet technique, jet technique. It’s mind-boggling. You have to find an experienced doctor—a board-certified plastic surgeon. I like to use the tumescent technique, and in the right patient, Vaser or ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, especially for revisions and men with fat in the chest or love handles. The ultrasound helps to break up or dissolve the fat cells and then we can suction them away.
What should I expect in terms of recovery after liposuction?What our experts say:
It’s very volume dependent, meaning the more fat that’s removed, the longer it’s going to take to recover. Compression is a big part of recovery. Most of our patients recover fairly quickly. They can do brisk walking within a week and higher impact aerobic exercise and some weight lifting within two weeks. You have to be vigilant in following the doctor’s instructions for post-op care if you want the best results.
How do you get rid of sagging skin on the body?What our experts say:
Post-bariatric weight loss surgery is becoming more prevalent today and Dr. Chopra and I have been known to work as a team on some of these patients to do body contouring. For many of these cases, the patient has lost 100 pounds or more. We’re known for working together to get patients off the operating table faster with multiple surgeons. Combining surgeries in more complex cases is one of our specialties.
What are the best nonsurgical ways to rejuvenate the face?What our experts say:
Noninvasive radio-frequency treatments can be used on the face in the right patient. We’re fans of Thermage and the newer hand pieces that they have come out with that are more effective at targeting smaller areas. I think you can also count Fractional CO2 in this area. It is an ablative laser, but it’s not as invasive as making incisions. It is a very effective tool in treating fine lines, irregularities and brown spots.
What ingredient specifically does Dr. Ordon mean when he states use fresh cream in his Better in 7 bookWhat our experts say:
What I suggest is using fresh whole dairy cream mixed with avocado. Great moisturizer!