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A Guide to the Body Lift

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A Body Lift or belt lipectomy is a type of plastic surgery commonly done on those who have lost a significant amount of weight. The surgery is intended to improve the body’s appearance by removing extra skin and reforming the underlying tissues of the lower body. Read on to learn about the risks, benefits and costs of the procedure. Who’s a Candidate for a Body Lift? The main goal of the procedure is to reshape, tighten and sculpt the buttocks and abdomen. A patient who has lost a great deal of weight, or one who has excess skin or stubborn fat in multiple areas, can benefit. Body lifts can treat: Extra tissue and skin in the midsection and buttocks Loose skin in the lateral thigh area Stretching in the abdominal muscles Body lifts can address multiple areas in a single procedure, and the results are cosmetic and functional. The ideal candidate is healthy, committed to maintaining their weight, and has realistic expectations. What to Expect Multiple procedures may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Before a Body Lift, the patient will receive general anesthesia. Following that, the surgeon will make incisions to remove extra skin and reposition underlying tissues. Liposuction may be done to increase contouring, and the skin will be redraped across the patient’s body. Incisions are sealed with a combination of skin adhesives, surgical tape and sutures. Aftercare Following the procedure, many patients experience soreness or pain at the incision sites. The doctor will prescribe pain medication if necessary, and they may place drainage tubes beneath the skin. Some patients may have to wear a compression garment to minimize post-surgical swelling. The Risks of Body Lifts As with any surgery, body lifts involve a certain level of risk. Some of the most common risks include adverse reactions to anesthetics, poor healing, skin discoloration, infection, scarring, changes in sensation and body asymmetry. The surgeon will discuss the risks during the consultation phase. Body lifts are major procedures, and as such, they often require lengthy recovery times. Complete recovery can take up to six weeks, and results may not […]

A Brief Guide to Brachioplasty

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Brachioplasty, sometimes known as an arm lift or underarm surgery, is a procedure that tightens sagging, loose skin and removes fat deposits that develop over time. Here, potential patients can learn about the procedure and what it entails. Candidacy for an Arm Lift Patients must be in overall good health, with no serious pre-existing conditions. While most patients choose this procedure for its cosmetic effects, it’s important that they set their expectations at a realistic level. A patient considering this surgery should know that scarring may be significant, but they should also realize that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages in most cases. Patients may not be good candidates for this type of plastic surgery if they smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke. How It’s Done First, a patient sits or stands while the area is marked. The extra skin is then removed, typically in a triangular or oval shape. While some fat is left behind to protect arteries and nerves, liposuction is sometimes done to offer a smoother result. After these materials are removed, the incision is closed and a drain may be installed. Planning for the Procedure First, patients should schedule a consultation with a surgeon. At that time, patients get an opportunity to discuss their goals and desired results, and the surgeon will tell the patient what to expect. Everyone is different, and a surgeon can recommend the right techniques for each person while discussing the procedure’s risks and benefits. Getting Ready Patients are given instructions on pre-surgical preparation, including guidelines on diet, smoking and taking supplements and medications. A patient should arrange to be driven home after the surgery, and they may ask a friend or family member to help them out for a couple of days following the procedure. After Brachioplasty Procedure The surgeon will also provide information on self-care after Brachioplasty, and it’s important for patients to follow these instructions precisely. When patients take care of themselves well, they’ll heal faster and see their desired results sooner. Furthermore, patients should go to all follow-up appointments so the surgeon can assess the results and answer […]

Plastic Surgery Trends: Most Popular Types of Plastic Surgery in the US

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Plastic surgery procedures hit an all-time high in 2016, with these procedures becoming more popular than ever. Looking into the Plastic Surgery Trends makes it clearer just which areas of the body Americans think are the most important. Much as people may hate to admit it, improving your looks could improve everything from dating prospects to job prospects, so many people are willing to go under the knife to accomplish their goals. Minimally Invasive Procedures It isn’t just major plastic surgery procedures that are popular, a lot of minimally invasive procedures are common these days. Among the most popular are wrinkle treatment injections, hyaluronic acid fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments. Most of these focus on the appearance of the face and are meant to help people look younger, although some of the laser procedures were for laser hair removal, which can take place anywhere on the body. These types of procedures are popular because they are relatively low cost and low risk but can make a real, if only temporary, difference in how a person looks. Cosmetic Surgery Procedures It may be surprising to note that one of the most well-known cosmetic surgery procedures is no longer among the top five. Facelifts now fall below breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, tummy tucks, and buttock augmentation in the list of the most popular types of plastic surgery. Eyelid surgery is also among the most popular types. One new trend is for people to have unwanted fat removed from one part of their body, such as the abdomen, and then injected into another part of the body, such as the breast or buttocks. These results may be more likely to last longer than having some other type of filler injected since the fat came from the body. Strange But True One procedure that had an increase of about 39 percent in 2016 was the labiaplasty. More than 12,000 women had this type of surgery, proving that some women really are concerned about every body part. Contact Us If you are ready for your first or next plastic surgery procedure or […]

Looking at Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

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When people think of plastic surgery procedures, they tend to think of women getting face lifts, tummy tucks or Botox injections. After all, many people associate plastic surgery with cosmetic procedures. Therefore, they think that the procedures are done to appeal to the vanity that women tend to have. However, plastic surgery is not just for women. Just as many men also get plastic surgery. It must be understood that plastic surgery is not just for cosmetic reasons. It can also be to correct medical or physical deformities. To that end, it is necessary to look at popular plastic surgery procedures for men. One of the most popular procedures that men opt for is liposuction. Liposuction is used to help men make their abdomens look sleeker. It should be realized that liposuction is not a substitution for weight loss. Around the age of 35 or 40, men get concerned about their bellies which begins to bulge. Another popular procedure that men opt for is rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job. Some feel that their noses are too big or shaped oddly. Along with a nose job, some may also get a chin augmentation. The chin augmentation may be needed to help shape the face the way the man wants it. As more and more men become comfortable with plastic surgery, many are choosing Botox injections to get the more youthful look. Men deal with vanity as well. It is no longer considered vain or in bad taste to get cosmetic plastic surgery. A final popular plastic surgery procedure that men get is gynecomastia. This is commonly known as male breast reduction. Men don’t want to have breasts that appear feminine. Since male plastic surgery is so commonplace, it is ordinary to see just as many men in the offices of plastic surgeons as women. One man out of every four is seeking to get some sort of plastic surgery. The only precaution that the men need to take is to ensure that the plastic surgeon is board-certified. If any men are looking to take advantage of popular plastic surgery procedures […]

Not All In-Office Surgical Centers Are Safe

With many of today’s plastic surgery procedures occurring in non-hospital settings, it’s important that patients be aware of how the office-based or free-standing surgical center is accredited. Safety should always be a top priority for patients, as poorly equipped or maintained facilities can result in less-than-satisfactory results. Medical industry professionals advise asking doctors operating outside of a hospital setting if the facility being used is accredited by a recognized organization. Accreditation by an organization like The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) will serve to ensure the safety of a patient during a procedure. Hospitals are required to meet specific standards that differ somewhat from stand-alone or office-based surgery centers. However, all organizations providing surgeries must meet criteria for physical plant standards, licensing of personnel, types and conditions of on-site equipment, as well as support staffing to maintain their certifications. Patients working with surgeons who are members of an accredited hospital can be reasonably certain that surgeon’s performance history and training have been peer-reviewed and found acceptable. The question then becomes, what are the advantages of using a stand-alone medical facility for same-day surgeries rather than going to a larger hospital that provides a full range of care options? First, when a patient is ambulatory, and there is no need to stay in a hospital for aftercare, stand-alone centers are simply more convenient. Smaller centers also offer a measure of privacy large hospitals have trouble duplicating. Assuming the stand-alone facility has been through the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery certification process, the level of care will likely be high while the risks of complications and infections should be minimal. Stand-alone or office-based surgery centers certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery generally provide services at or above levels generally seen in larger hospitals and institutions. AAAASF stand-alone facilities offer clean, well-equipped options patients have grown to expect from top medical professionals. In addition, these facilities are ready to handle any emergency that might come up to ensure patients enjoy safe, efficient procedures. Anyone anticipating a plastic surgery procedure not requiring an […]