November 12th, 2013
On Friday November 8th Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute helped support the Marine Corps, at Henderson Hall Battalion celebrate their 238th birthday. We got to take part in the cutting of the cake ceremony with the Commanding officer for Henderson Hall. Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute has always been a strong supporter of men and women in the military and their families. This Veterans day we want a chance to honor those who serve us by offering free facials for all active duty military and their spouses. We also want all of our existing and future patients to know that we offer an exclusive 20 % to all active duty service members and spouses on any service every day.
Please contact our offices at 703-206-0506
October 8th, 2013
Melasma, commonly replacement therapy/contraceptives or as a reaction to medications or cosmetics. Melanocytes, pigment producing cells in the skin, are stimulated by estrogen and progesterone to produce pigment in response to sun exposure. Less commonly, men can also develop Melasma. The condition occasionally improves after pregnancy in women. There are two primary forms of Melasma, epidermal and dermal. The epidermal form of Melasma is more superficial in the skin, can be diagnosed with special lighting, and is more responsive to treatment. The dermal form of melisma is deeper in the skin and more resistant to treatment.
The management of Melasma includes preventive measures such as limiting sun exposure from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., wearing a wide brimmed hat, and applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Sunscreen requires re-application every 3-4 hours or sooner if you are sweating or swimming. Your sunscreen should include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone (parsol 1789) to block both UVA and UVB rays. Corrective measures include using bleaching creams such as hydroquinone, arbutase, azaleic acid or kojic acid. Tretinoin, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can help with exfoliation. Combination medicines, such as Triluma®, which includes tretinoin, hydroquinone and a steroid, can be convenient and effective. Prescription strength skin care systems such as Obagi Nuderm® can also be helpful in some patients. Certain types of lasers such as Sciton’s ProFractional Erbium, MicroLaser Peel, or Broad Band Light can be effective in some forms of Melasma but they can also worsen the condition in others.
If conservative topical measures are not effective, then more definitive treatment may be required such as pigment removing chemical peels such as the Melanage® Peel. This peel combines tretinoin and arbutase to synergistically clear existing pigment and suppress pigment producing cells. It is typically followed by a maintenance cream of similar ingredients at a lower dose and the preventive measures listed above. While Melasma is a vexing, chronic condition without a cure, it can be effectively managed with an organized approach to skin care.
Robert F. Centeno M.D., F.A.C.S., Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dana Cloud, Medical Aesthetician
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute,
Fairfax & Manassas, VA
July 25th, 2013
On Tuesday July 24th, Dr. Centeno and I got to visit Salon 46 in Alexandria, VA. The shop has been opened for about a year and has already achieved great success and notoriety within the community. Dr. Centeno and I had the pleasure of meeting with one of Salon 46′s owner’s Cindy Wagner and several members of the charming staff. Salon 46 offers quality customer service, healthy and artistic hair care in a beautiful salon setting. Cindy and Tricia Wagner actually named the Salon after their dad who served 27 years in the Marines and flew a helicopter called the CH-46 (or 46 for short). The Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute looks forward to future collaborative efforts with this great business. -April Stettner
July 17th, 2013
Dr. Centeno and I had a chance to have lunch with Dr. Louie-Ng and Dr. Maute at Lake Manassas Women’s Health Associates.
Manassas Women’s Health Associate’s is a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology practice with special emphasis on personal, one-on-one attention with patients.
That personalized one on one care is a shared philosophy at the Institute as well.
Dr. Centeno and I always enjoy meeting fellow premier providers and sharing mutual experiences within the health care field.
July 17th, 2013
Dr. Centeno and I visited the charming office of Radiance Med Spa in Old Towne Alexandria on Tuesday June 25, 2013.
Co-owners Catherine Corcoran and Barbara Toliver are licensed medical professionals who offer highly specialized skin rejuvenation procedures in a relaxing, upscale spa environment.
Dr. Centeno was able to highlight some of his areas of expertise for Catherine and Barbara.
The Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute looks forward to future collaborative events with Radiance Med Spa.
July 15th, 2013
Dr Centeno recently attended the Sciton Laser Summit in Chicago, IL on July 12-14. As a Sciton Luminary, he was able to learn about the latest advancements in laser treatment of aging and sun damaged skin. He also had the opportunity to participate in faculty round table discussions on future treatments for hyperhidrosis…excessive armpit sweating, scar management, and cellulite.
All of those treatments are available at the institute NOW.
Ask about what one of the most advanced aesthetic lasers, the Sciton Joule, can do for you! 703-206-0506
June 20th, 2013
When considering breast augmentation, a patient must decide what size breast implants to get. Many women base their decision solely on the larger bra size they are trying to achieve, making the process seem fairly simple. However, according to recent statistics, about one third of all breast implant removal procedures are performed due to the patient’s dissatisfaction with the size of their new breasts.
Until a patient has actually “tried on” their ideal breast size, they may not know what implant size will look and feel best on their body. Giving your implants a trial run can help you consider factors you may not have thought of, including how the implants look and feel with your height, weight, and your natural breast size and shape. Luckily there are some simple tricks and tips you can easily perform to help give a better idea of actual results.
The Rice Test
To help patients more accurately experience their options with implant size, we at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute recommend the rice test. The rice test is a simple experiment that involves rice and a pair of non-Ziploc® plastic bags (plain sandwich baggies). Refer to the chart below to determine how much rice to fill each baggie with to equal the implant size you are considering. If you’re not sure yet, just experiment. Measure the appropriate amount, fill two bags with the rice, and insert them into your bra. Your newly-achieved bra size will depend on the size of your natural breast combined with the size of the implant (bag of rice).
Breast Implant Measurements
Some may think that “stuffing” their bra with an actual breast implant would be a more accurate simulation of what size your new breasts would be, but an implant does not conform to the outside of the body as well as rice. The rice test, in combination with the advice of a board certified plastic surgeon, can help you make the best decision regarding the right breast implant size for you.
Prospective breast augmentation patients should also view their surgeon’s breast augmentation before and after photos and compare their natural breast shape and size – as well as the results they desire – to their surgeon’s past patients.
For prospective patients who are also experiencing sagging breasts, a breast lift with augmentation may be a more suitable procedure. Dr. Bitar or Dr. Centeno can help you with all the decisions regarding your breast augmentation surgery during your initial consultation at their Fairfax or Manassas, VA location. For more information, please call (703) 206-0506.
June 12th, 2013
Yesterday afternoon Dr. Centeno and I had the pleasure of having lunch with the Bull Run Family Practice. Bull Run Family Medicine is a full-service family medicine practice with a staff focused on their patients individual care and comfort. They have three locations; Manassas, South Riding and Woodbridge. We were able to visit their South Riding location and meet with Dr. Perez, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Feldmann. The doctors and friendly staff made us feel right at home, and we look forward to working with them in the future.
*left to right Dr. Feldmann, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Perez
April 26th, 2013
This past Wednesday BCSI held another Luminous Lift Seminar at our Manassas location due to the high demand and success of our previous seminar at our Fairfax office. The fun filled evening started off with Dr. Centeno discussing his highly popular Luminous Lift in office procedure. Guest were wowed by the impressive before and after pictures of Dr. Centeno’s Luminous Lift results. He even had two videos of patient testimonials that had the Luminous Lift procedure done. The before and after video interview gave a well rounded look at all aspects of this innovative procedure. Carrie Miller from Obagi also joined us for an informative talk on Obagi’s diverse skincare line and how to achieve that healthy glow without the help of the sun. Overall, the evening was a success with great friends, delicious food, and informative presentations.
April 25th, 2013
Introducing the new ‘Hydrating Intense Moisturizer’ from the Image Vital C line. This gem of a moisturizer is loaded with hyaluronic acid, olive oil, shea butter and peptides for cellular regeneration, collagen stimulation, hydration and skin smoothness.
This moisturizer is perfect for Dry, Dehydrated, Sensitive and Rosacea skin types.
Schedule a complimentary consultation today! 703-206-0506
-Dana Cloud, Licensed Medical Esthetician