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Bristol Palin’s new look? Dr. Alexander Rivkin shares opinion on the procedure

May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

Bristol Palin’s new look? Dr. Alexander Rivkin shares opinion on the procedure

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By April MacIntyre

Dr. Rivkin weighs in on what might have transpired in a year for the daughter of ex Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, who kicked up her heels on the last season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

bristol_1According to California board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Rivkin, something may be different with Bristol Palin’s face.

Dr. Rivkin weighs in on what might have transpired in a year for the daughter of ex Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, who kicked up her heels on the last season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Dr. Rivkin tells Monsters and Critics, “Weight loss in certain folks can really change the shape of the face, usually for the better. As the fullness around the the jawline, under the chin and in the upper neck area disappears, the person’s face gains definition and the shape goes from round to oval. In her case it seems that this jawline definition effect was enhanced by some augmentation of her chin. Whether this was via an implant or filler injection is hard to tell. The augmentation is relatively subtle and natural looking. It also looks like she had some augmentation of her lower lip, most likely with a hyaluronic acid filler product like Juvederm. I have to say the overall effect looks very good.”

 

Dr. Alexander Rivkin founded Westside Medical Spa in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. This is where he broke new ground in state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures such as The Non-Surgical Chin and Cheek Enhancement and Non-Surgical Eye, Jowl and Face Lifts. He was the first physician in the country to offer the Non-Surgical Nose Job, his signature method for non-invasive correction of cosmetic nasal irregularities.

Dr. Alexander Rivkin’s family is involved in the business of beauty, as his grandmother was a highly respected esthetician in Stalinist Russia while his grandfather developed the products used for her custom facial treatments. His mother, also a well-known esthetician, runs a prominent skin care practice in Boston .

Rivkin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his M.D. degree from Yale University. He received his postgraduate residency training in Otolaryngology-Facial Plastic Surgery at U.C., San Diego and the University of Texas, Houston . He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Medical Association, American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery and the Los Angeles County Medical Society.

He has been featured as an expert on the TODAY show, the Tyra Banks Show, EXTRA, Univision, PBS, Fox news, E! channel, KNBC-TV and KABC-TV. Dr. Rivkin is one of the top plastic surgeons in the country who specializes in faces only, and his calling cards, the non-surgical face-lift, chin sculpting and rhinoplasty (nose job), are a godsend for people who wish for symmetrically balanced features without surgery.

Dr. Rivkin’s nonsurgical technique subtly brings features into balance without changing the character of the shape of the nose. His 15-minute procedure, referred to as “injection rhinoplasty,” is a series of small, strategic injections of either a temporary or permanent filler into the nose to fix droopy tips, crooked shapes, and flat nose bridges.

“The most important thing is aesthetics and balance; perfection is an illusory goal, it is better to try for the best for you and your unique face and features, instead of trying to completely change your face,” says Dr. Rivkin. “Subtlety, artistry and restraint by the physician can work amazing wonders for many people.”

When having a procedure, the skin is first prepped with a topical numbing cream so that the filler doesn’t hurt as much when injected. Dr. Rivkin’s medical assistant usually will gently tap the patient’s shoulder during the injections, which distracts the patient from the procedure.

If you are considering this procedure, similar to what Bristol Palin has done, please use a board certified physician to administer the injections. Dr. Rivkin warns that too many unsupervised clinics and nurses are out there doing these procedures without adequate medical training.

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Dr. Alexander Rivkin