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Based in Santa Rosa, California, Dr. Heather Furnas is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She offers her patients customized solutions to their cosmetic needs; she specializes in selecting the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments to create natural-looking results. She offers an array of services; patients can choose from procedures such as facelift, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, vaginal rejuvenation, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Furnas also takes her technical skills abroad to serve the needs of children with birth defects in Peru, Honduras, Western Samoa, the Philippines, and El Salvador. Her volunteer efforts were inspired after spending a year in Kenya with her father, a world-renowned plastic surgeon who also volunteered with the East African Flying Doctors.
Beauty in the Bag visited Dr. Furnas to discuss her go-to techniques and in her opinion, the future of aesthetic surgery.
1. What are your West Coast patients looking for most often and how has that changed in the past decade?
The biggest change has been an increased interest in labiaplasty and vaginal tightening. Word is finally getting out that these procedures help with physical symptoms as well as improving self-confidence. My breast augmentation patients feel more confident about silicone gel implants, and they love the look and feel compared with saline implants. Our patients also love that we do a no-drain tummy tuck. No drains mean greater skin advancement, less pain, and fewer complications.
2. What do you use as your ‘go-to’ techniques for turning the clock back?
A facelift, eyelid lift, and laser resurfacing deliver a dramatic change. Although these procedures have been around for years, they continue to evolve. We no longer think about surgery as one option separate from non-surgical treatments. Minimally invasive treatments, like Botox and fillers, are now seen as companions to surgery to enhance the result. Those not ready for surgery can get the skin tightening, brightening, and smoothing they want from treatments like Clear and Brilliant, Ultherapy, and Fraxel.
3. In your view, what is the future of aesthetic surgery?
Surgery will continue to evolve. Researchers are looking at potential benefits from fat injection and the use of PRP (Protein Rich Plasma), both the products from our own bodies. Surgery will be geared toward minimal downtime. Prevention and maintenance with non-surgical modalities will likewise evolve as energy-based technologies continue to improve.