rhinoplasty procedureRhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. In fact, in 2015 the top three plastic surgery trends were people requesting natural-looking rhinoplasty results (74%), a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures (72%), and eyelid procedures that make the patient look less tired (71%). Here, we’ve crafted a beginner’s guide to rhinoplasty that covers all the basics associated with the procedure.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a nose job plastic surgery which improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose. The overall goal of the procedure is chosen by each individual patient, giving each person a personalized reshaping or enhancement. By reshaping the bone, cartilage, and skin, a rhinoplasty can:

  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Smooth a bump in the bridge of the nose
  • Reduce or refine the size of the nasal tip
  • Reduce or enlarge the size of the nose
  • Restore symmetry to the nose
  • Correct breathing problems

With the help of an experienced plastic surgeon, the patient can undergo a life-changing procedure which will enhance their overall facial aesthetics and give them confidence in their new nose.

Types of Rhinoplasty
While each individual rhinoplasty procedure is personalized to fit the desires of the patient, there are three common types of rhinoplasty procedures.

Tiplasty: This procedure involves reshaping rather than making incisions. Like the name suggests, tiplasty entails reshaping the nasal tip only. Because of that, the other nasal structures remain unaffected.

Open Rhinoplasty: This approach is done by making a small incision under the nasal tip between the nostrils. Doing this gives the plastic surgeon complete access to the nasal structures. This allows the surgeon to complete more extensive reshaping as well as ensures the scars are as well-hidden as possible.

Closed Rhinoplasty: This method is commonly used to make minor adjustments to the nasal structure. Because incisions are made inside the nostril, this procedure may not be fitting for more extensive procedures. However, one major benefit of this approach is that there is no visible scarring after the surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
In order to be a good candidate for rhinoplasty, the nose must be fully developed. This means the youngest age is typically 14 for girls and 16 for boys. However, a plastic surgeon will take extra care in determining if such a young patient is ready for this type of procedure. With that in mind, for patients of any age or gender, it’s important to have realistic expectations for this procedure. Patients need to remember that a rhinoplasty procedure can only improve their existing nose, it cannot give them a whole new nose.

To find out more information about rhinoplasty and if this procedure is right from you, contact a qualified plastic

surgeon. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide information on what is possible with your nose and what steps to take to get your dream nose.

liposuctionAccording to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were a record 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015. In total, it marked a 2% increase from the same data in 2014. Of course, some of that data remained the same. For instance, liposuction remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among patients.

As popular as liposuction is, it’s not without certain risks. Similarly to tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures, proper recovery to minimize risk is essential. Here are a few tips that we’ve compiled to ensure your post-liposuction routine provides as speedy a recovery as possible.

Pay Attention to Dressings
Compression garments are essential for reshaping the body post-liposuction. They help reduce the risk of loosening the skin and assist your body in creating the desired contours. You don’t want to have the garment be too tight, however, or it might cause numbness or infection. It’s also essential to keep the incision-site clean and dry. In addition, you should avoid using hot and cold packs, topical antibiotics, and any scented lotions on the wound, as they might slow the healing process.

Walk Around If Possible
While rest might be the best thing for healing in the first couple of days, you want to walk around periodically to prevent blood clots from forming. This can also help stimulate blood flow and ensure steady drainage from your incision site. Getting active for just a few minutes a day can help reduce your risk. In addition, increased activity as you recover is a good idea and can help speed the recovery process. That being said, you should always consult with a doctor before starting any strenuous exercise routines.

Stay Hydrated
You want to keep yourself hydrated during recovery to maximize the healing process and reduce swelling. Drink six to eight glasses of water per day, avoid caffeinated beverages, and definitely avoid alcohol. It can inhibit your body’s ability to defend itself and leave it vulnerable to infections.

These are just a few ways that you can speed your post-procedure recovery up. If you have any questions or want to know more, contact us or speak to your surgeon.

facial aesthetics

There are a lot of reasons to get plastic surgery, especially procedures like a facelift or breast augmentation. One of them is to improve facial aesthetics, but a lot of them can actually be for health reasons like the treatment of a condition or a birth defect.

But no matter if you’re one of the 56% of people that come to their plastic surgeons looking to get their cheekbones back for facial aesthetics, or looking to have rhinoplasty to improve nasal breathing, you need to maintain it. The procedure and the improvements don’t end the moment you recover from the knife.

Here are a few ways you can maintain your cosmetic surgery results:

  1. Healthy Diet And Exercise
    This might come as a surprise to you if you thought that something like liposuction or a tummy tuck would be the end solution, but you need to exercise and eat right to maintain the results. This is the only way that you can keep the weight and the excess fat off of your body.

    So, if you want to keep those magical surgical results, hit the gym and start eating right. You’ll be able to improve your looks and your health.
  2. Good Skin Practices
    Proper care of your skin can make a major difference in scarring, especially immediately after the procedure. Great skin care can make you look as good or even better than you ever have before.

    Scarring will likely happen, and while your surgeon might do their best to keep your skin relatively mark-free, the recovery and healing process is on you. You need to drink water and keep from straining the scars and incisions to keep them from worsening. You also need to keep them out of the sun and keep the area clean. Use scar care creams and ointments recommended by your doctor, too.
  3. Healthy Lifestyle Choices
    You also need to keep with these healthy lifestyle choices long after the surgery, too. Drink water more than anything else, avoid carbonated and high sodium drinks, avoid smoking and make sure to exercise daily. A healthy body is a body that recovers faster and stronger than an unhealthy one. And the results from your surgery and your facial aesthetics can only benefit.

Those are just a few of the healthy choices and decisions you should make post-surgery. If you have questions about other healthy options, contact us. We’ll be glad to assist you.

breast augmentationIf there’s one thing you should know about plastic surgery, it’s that you’ll never really know how it affects you until it’s over and you’re healing. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t learn all you can about a procedure like breast augmentation before you have it performed.

Breast augmentation, like all other forms of plastic surgery, requires extensive preparation. In order to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be, here are a few important questions to ask your plastic surgeon.

Am I a candidate?
There are countless factors that go into determining whether or not you’re a good candidate for any plastic surgery, but especially for breast augmentation. Things like your physical health, mental health, and any major issues caused by your current breasts all offer crucial information to your doctors and surgeons as to whether or not you’re a good candidate. A good candidate will have realistic expectations, be in good mental and physical health, and will be looking for enhanced breast size and shape.

Saline or silicone?
Choosing the implant material is also an important thing you need to consider, and it’s one that warrants your surgeon’s advice. Silicone implants have a more natural feel to them than saline, and are typically the preferred choice for women 22 and older. Bet even though silicone implants are currently more popular than their saline counterparts, that doesn’t mean silicone is right for you. Considering that you’ll be under the knife for two to three hours for a breast lift or breast implants, it’s important that you make sure you chose the right material for your body.

Should a breast lift be included?
While many patients don’t require a breast lift, it’s still an important question to ask. If you’re getting a breast reduction, a breast lift might be a great idea. Of course, your surgeon will take several factors into consideration before deciding whether a breast lift is necessary. Some of these factors include tissue laxity, the position of the nipple areola in relation to the breasts, and measurements that are taken pre-operation. The opportunity to shape your breasts the way you want them is truly something that doesn’t happen often, which means you should take advantage of it if you can.

Like any plastic surgery, breast augmentation is a big decision to make. And before you make any big decision, especially one that directly impacts the way your body looks, you need to be asking the right questions.

hair rejuvenation with prpMost cosmetic surgeries have a long list of requirements patients must meet before they’re considered good candidates for any one procedure. For example, a good candidate for liposuction must be within at least 30% of their ideal body weight and meet a long set of additional requirements. But if you’re looking into hair rejuvenation with PRP, there’s good news! The only requirements are hair loss and a willingness to reverse it.

Could hair rejuvenation be right for you? Take a look at some of the benefits listed below and find out.

Safety

PRP doesn’t require any extensive chemical treatment or even any extreme physical demand. In fact, it’s one of the least invasive hair rejuvenation procedures out there. The procedure simply uses your own cells, which also means no immuno-suppressants.

Comfort

As previously mentioned, this procedure is minimally invasive and even uses cells from your own body to do its thing. For the procedure, only a small amount of blood is taken and only local anesthesia is used to make your scalp feel less discomfort. Unlike a nose job or a tummy tuck, there’s no need to be under general anesthesia.

Recovery Time

Fortunately, this is the kind of procedure that is performed and then immediately lets you get on with your life. In fact, you can probably continue to run errands after this procedure is done! There’s virtually no down time, and recover time is relatively short as well.

Cost

No cosmetic surgery comes without a price tag, but fortunately, hair rejuvenation with PRP doesn’t have a very large one. That’s right! Other hair loss treatments such as hair transplants, pills, and even topical creams, can cost more than a pretty penny.

Results

PRP hair restoration typically has a fairly high success rate. In fact, most patients see hair regrowth in just about three months after their initial PRP treatment.

Cosmetic surgery is a big choice, but with a procedure as safe and as effective as PRP hair restoration, there’s no reason to say no! Don’t let your hair loss get the best of you.