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5Jan, 2016

Cosmetic surgery and treatments in 2016

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Cosmetic surgery and treatments in 2016
With a new year, many individuals may consider this as an opportunity to improve their aesthetics through diet, exercise and cosmetic procedures. Recently, the New York Daily News covered an industrywide survey from an online website named RealSelf. This website is considered a portal which offers patients the opportunity to learn more about plastic surgery and nonsurgical options. With the assistance of plastic surgeons, potential candidates can have their questions answered as well as those who are patients in the midst of a procedure recovery.

A regarded site, RealSelf generated a survey to those working in the field in hopes it could glean a better understanding on where the plastic surgery trends were directed in 2016. According to the responses, five items stood out among the rest which included the following:

• Buttock augmentation
• Decrease bustline
Lip enhancement
Neck rejuvenation
Chin enhancement

Looking into 2016, these procedures appeared to be paving the way to a new year.

Body Contouring Procedures

When diet and exercise are unable to correct areas of the body where lax skin or stubborn fat deposits remain, many turn to body contouring procedures as an option. There are many procedures which fall into this category which may include the following:

• Breast lift
• Upper arm surgery
• Body lift
• Liposuction
• Tummy tuck
• Buttock augmentation

And more….

Buttock Augmentation

Board certified plastic surgeons are noticing that the desire for a more voluptuous chest size is now being shifted toward buttock augmentation. Implants are utilized for this surgery to enhance the size and curvature of the posterior region. According to the RealSelf survey, women prefer a smaller bustline and want to increase the shapely curves in their hind end.

Lip Augmentation

On the nonsurgical front, lip augmentation with the use of fillers is gaining attention, and according to the survey will attract new patients.

As reported by Jacqueline Cutler of the New York Daily News, “Thirty percent of dermatologists and 43% of plastic surgeons report they received more requests about lips in 2015 than 2014, another trend expected to continue.”

Neck and Chin Surgeries For Selfies

During 2015, there were an array of articles discussing how selfies were indeed an impetus for so many individuals wanting to undergo a facial and neck rejuvenation. Selfies have redefined how people see themselves, and most importantly, how they want to improve themselves.

While some patients may be tolerant with their facial aging for a period of time, the improvements they currently seek are surgically geared toward a more youthful neck and redefinition of the chin.

“And 68% of the doctors say they expect to have patients requesting neck and chin work in 2016,” Cutler wrote.

Plastic Surgery Consultations

While surveys can give insight as to where plastic surgery trends are headed, it’s highly urged and recommended that potential patients have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss the procedure(s) they are interested in. While learning more about the procedure, they can understand the recovery process.

Plastic surgery is a personal decision and one that should be made with thoughtful consideration.

4Apr, 2015

A Different View On Tummy Tucks

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Body contouring procedures can redefine an individual’s silhouette in a variety of ways. From liposuction, thigh lifts to arm lifts, people are looking at these procedures with a newfound interest and above all, hope.

Over the years, tummy tucks have garnered a great deal of attention for women undergoing a procedure called, “mommy makeover.” But there is another group who are looking into tummy tucks, also medically known as an abdominoplasty.

Those who have undergone a dramatic weight loss have sought out more information on tummy tucks. With the advent of weight loss surgeries and operative treatments, there has been a demand for after weight loss body contouring surgery.

And here’s why this is the case for both men and women.

When an individual gains a significant amount of weight, their skin stretches to accommodate it. However, when weight loss occurs in the numbers of 50 to 100 pounds, the skin is unable to recede to a person’s new shape.

When people reach their goal weight, excess skin cannot be eliminated with exercise. It will continue to sag. Instead, it must be excised in areas of the arms, thighs, and abdomen.

Tummy tucks can address redundant skin issues while removing any fat deposits. It’s advised, however, to undergo such a surgery after someone has maintained their weight anywhere from six months to a year. This way, one can be certain they are at the ideal manageable weight.

For many patients, the after weight loss body contouring surgery is the final step in their weight loss journey. It’s a time for celebration following so much commitment, diligence, and willpower.

Another point worth mentioning are the health benefits coupled with this cosmetic surgery.

Researchers have discovered that patients who undergo this body contouring surgery are more successful in maintaining their weight. Those who had the surgery were able to stay quite close to their goal whereas those who didn’t were more likely to gain weight.

While different studies have been executed around the globe, the median pounds gained per year for patients who had the surgery was one pound per year versus four pounds per year for those who elected not to have the procedure.

Seemingly, the surgery served as another level of motivation to eat well, exercise, and maintain a stable weight. And invariably this led to leading a healthier lifestyle which benefited the patients.

It’s vital to note that plastic surgery is a personal decision. It requires consideration and research.

With that said, majority of the patients who opted for this procedure did their homework and due diligence. In the same breath, it’s important for candidates to choose the right medical doctor who is board certified in plastic surgery and has expertise in after weight loss body contouring surgery.

Visiting a doctor’s patient online gallery, having a consultation, and researching patient reviews are part of the protocol.

Plastic surgery requires patience. This is why it’s important to team up with a surgeon where there is an excellent rapport. This procedure is the last step in the weight loss journey so it’s critical to have the best plastic surgeon.

 

4Feb, 2015

Looking Your Best With Cosmetic Surgery Financing

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Cosmetic surgery techniques have made impressive strides allowing one’s aesthetic wish list to become a reality. For those who thought they would have to delay a procedure due to a lack of available funds, there are a host of affordable options for every patient, and that way is through cosmetic surgery financing.

Karen Martindale, a patient concierge for board certified San Diego plastic surgeon, Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, explains how there are an array of options. Giving oneself the gift of surgical or nonsurgical rejuvenation is a deserved treat.

“For especially women, we have had our children, stretched out tummies and lost the volume in our breasts. Now, it’s time for you,” Martindale said.

Likewise, both men and women are embracing the advent of state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures. And for those who think they must save their dollars for cosmetic procedures, things have changed in the world of plastic surgery.

“One of the most reputable lenders is the CareCredit healthcare credit card,” she said, adding how it’s a simple sign-up process either online or by phone. “And they have plans up to $25,000 with 24, 36, 48 or 60 months at 14.9% interest. There’s no penalty for early payment.”

A procedure someone has wanted to have to look their very best is within reach with financing such as this. Over time, a patient can pay what is comfortable in their monthly budget.

According to Martindale, one can get a cosigner who doesn’t even need to live in the same household.

“Once a person is issued with their new credit card information we can move forward with your procedure,” she said.

Another option to enable people to look and feel their best through surgery is with the Point Loma Sharper Image Loan. Like CareCredit, Martindale said, a loan can be issued for up to $25,000. To date, those terms are 60 months for a pay-off and for those who qualify, an 8.49% interest rate.

“You become a member at a local Point Loma, and once that is complete, you have the opportunity of sitting down with someone and explaining your situation,” she said.

While cosmetic surgeries have revolutionized, so have the prospects to receive them through financing. Many can finally have the rejuvenation procedure they have always wanted such as:

And more….

Martindale also wanted to remind everyone that respected surgeons take most major credit cards, too.

“You can also do something that I call, ‘surgery on layaway,’” she said. “How this works is after you come in for a consultation and you receive a quote, after putting down your 10% deposit, you can make monthly payments that we apply to your account. And once it’s paid you can then have your surgery.”

There are many creative ways one can have the cosmetic procedure they truly desire. Cosmetic surgery offices, such as Dr. Bolitho’s, pave different roads for patients.

“We are always flexible with our patients, and we truly wouldn’t have it any other way,” Martindale said.

In many respects, cosmetic surgery is an investment in oneself and that really is the best investment of all.

31Jan, 2015

The Gratification From After Weight Loss Surgery

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A person has done the work and has lost a large amount of weight. That should be enough, but sometimes it is not. After a significant weight loss, there may be leftover excess skin still remaining around a person’s entire body.

A person may decide to have a body contouring after weight loss surgery by a board certified plastic surgeon that removes excess skin, which provides a more firm and shapely silhouette. For many this surgery is the final step of their weight loss journey which will give them a huge boost in self-confidence.

The best candidate for this procedure is someone who has reached their ideal weight and has remained firm on the scale. If a person had bariatric surgery, surgeons would like them to stay at a stable weight for a period of time. That may be from six months to a year.

There are two reasons doctors want their patients to maintain their weight loss before the surgery. One is that if there is a weight gain after the procedure, there could be an increase in stretch marks and post-surgical scaring. The other reason is if a person gains weight after the surgery and loses it after the procedure, more sagging can occur.

To maintain the weight a patient should be diligent in establishing a healthy lifestyle and a habit of eating a well-balanced diet.

Areas of slack skin that may need attention after a large weight loss are upper arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, groin and breasts.

Some patients might need more than one surgery to address these areas.

The best candidates are nonsmokers, have no medical history that could interfere with the surgery and have maintained a healthy lifestyle since the weight loss. They also need to have realistic expectations and goals.

A patient’s doctor works closely with the plastic surgeon. Together they decide when is the right time to do the body contouring surgery.

30Jan, 2015

New Study Reveals Thigh Lift Complications Are Minor

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Thigh lift surgery is a procedure highly sought after from those who have lost a significant amount of weight. The surgery removes redundant skin making a patient’s thighs firmer and shapely.

Also called a medial thigh lift surgery, this procedure is under the body contouring surgical umbrella. A study recently revealed while some complications do exist, they are minor.

The research was performed by ASPS member surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Adam Gusenoff and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh. Their findings were published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®. This publication is the official medical journal of the (ASPS), also known as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The beginning of the report stated, “Wound complications in medial thighplasty are common, but most are minor and can be managed without reoperation.”

The study included 106 patients who underwent a medial thigh lift. From these patients, 90 were female and the remainder patients were male. Their median age was 45. The report indicated that these post-bariatric surgery patients had saggy and excess skin.

“Overall, 68 percent of patients experienced some type of complication after thigh lift surgery. The complication rate varied with the extensiveness of surgery: from 43 percent for patients undergoing the least-extensive ‘horizontal thighplasty,’ to 64 percent with an intermediate ‘short-scar thighplasty,’ to 74 percent with the most-extensive ‘full-length vertical thighplasty,’”

the authors wrote. They continued, “But while complications were frequent, they usually weren’t serious. The most common issues were minor wound healing problems: problems with wound closure (dehiscence) and fluid collections (seromas). Most of these were managed without any further surgery.”

It was estimated that in this study only 6 percent of these patients required another surgery. Additionally, more than 10 percent of patients elected to have additional surgery to enhance their aesthetic goals.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss Surgery is a popular procedure given the fact that medical science has introduced a variety of procedures to help individuals lose excess weight of 100 pounds or more. For many, this surgery is indeed the last part of their weight loss journey. With that said, many have done their research along with taking part in online forums for support, encouragement and education.

The report also clearly points out, “With the increased use of bariatric surgery, the numbers of patients seeking body contouring surgery after massive weight loss have increased sharply.”

When consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon, one will not only receive a better understanding of the surgery but will also be more informed of any possible side-effects. Every surgery has its own set of risks. With that said, when a patient follows their postoperative guidelines, such risks may be minimized.

“Despite these considerable challenges, massive weight loss patients also stand to benefit immensely from contouring procedures,” Dr. Gusenoff and colleagues conclude.

Nevertheless, this report was outstanding in terms of the research and indicating while complications may be present, they are minor.