eyelid surgeryFor years, cosmetic surgery has been a popular choice for many people as a way to update and change their look. In fact, the top five surgical procedures for women in 2015 were liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and eyelid surgery.

However, when it comes to surgery, an eyelid lift will give you the most bang for your buck. Why? Read on to find out!

What exactly is an eyelid lift?
There are plenty of different kinds of eyelid lifts you can get done, depending on the look you’d like to have. But no matter the method used, the term eyelid lift means the surgery of tightening and removing excess skin, muscle, and fat of the upper eyelid.

Does this procedure require hospital time?
No! Upper eyelid lifts can be completed successfully as an outpatient procedure. To make recovery as easy as possible, the plastic surgeon will use a localized anesthetic and possibly local sedation, but you will never be put under for general anesthesia.

How does the procedure work?
Eyelid surgery is relatively simple. Your doctor will mark the flabby skin that needs to be removed, cut it away with a scalpel, and then stitch up the incision. All of this will be done in less than an hour, and you will be on your way!

Will I have to cover up a scar after getting an eyelid lift?
No, because of the natural curvature of your eye, your scar will be covered up and will be barely seen. However, if you are going to get surgery on your lower eyelid, then you may have a scar you cannot hide.

What is the typical recovery like?
Again, the recovery will be relatively simple and quick. Bruising and swelling tends to be minimal, and the stitches come out within three to five days. You may also have to take antibiotics to prevent infection, medicated eye drops, and will have to ice your eyes to relieve any discomfort. But each patient heals differently, so please discuss your health history with your doctor before the procedure is scheduled to know what to expect.

With these facts in mind, eyelid surgery is a great, cost-effective approach to changing up your appearance with minimal downtime and almost no scarring. If you would like to learn more about the world of eyelid lifts, please contact our medical professionals today.

rhinoplasty

It’s no secret that cosmetic surgery is becoming more socially accepted. From reality television shows to everyday life, it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t considered a cosmetic procedure like rhinoplasty. But how does one prepare for a cosmetic procedure like that? Here’s a quick look at the process.

Medical History
As with any other surgical procedure, it’s important to discuss your medical history with your doctor before the procedure is even planned. This will include any history of nasal obstruction, previous surgeries, and current medication you’re taking. In addition, it’s vital to discuss any bleeding disorders, which may actually prevent you from having a rhinoplasty procedure performed.

Motivation
What are your goals for this procedure? What was your original motivation? Similarly to a tummy tuck, breast lift, or eyelid lift, it’s important for both you and your surgeon to know what your motivation behind a nose job is. Whether it’s purely cosmetic or there’s another underlying issue, make sure you make your case clear to your surgeon.

Physical Exam
Your physical exam is critical in determining what changes can be made to your nose and how they’ll affect your appearance. More importantly this physical exam, complete with blood work and other important laboratory tests, will help determine how the changes to your nose will affect your breathing after the procedure has been completed.

Photos
Before you even meet for your initial consultation, do some research on what you might want your nose to look like. Reference pictures of celebrities or even different noses photoshopped onto your own face can be great to start with. In addition to the photos you bring, your doctor’s office will take photos as well. These photos, both the original and the projected image of your nose, may be used to gauge the actual results of your procedure.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Americans spent upwards of $13.5 billion on aesthetic procedures in a single year. But before any of those procedures could be performed, adequate prep work had to be done. Don’t forget these vital steps when considering any cosmetic procedure.

breast reductionBreast reduction surgery can be life changing for women who have discomfort, pain, or self-esteem issues resulting from larger breasts. Breast reduction surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. If you are considering breast reduction in hopes of improving your mental and physical well-being this is what you need to know from start to finish.

Let’s talk cost. The price of breast reduction varies based on a number of factors, but expect a price tag of around $6,000. The procedure may be covered by your health insurance. Insurance companies usually require women to display symptoms of macromastia (the medical term for large breasts). These symptoms consist of neck, back and shoulder pain, trouble sleeping and exercising and a lack of confidence in social situations. Plastic surgeons do not usually require a consult with a mental health professional before breast reduction surgery, but some are referred to a psychologist if the problems they attribute to their breasts may have more to do with depression or another mental health issue.

Breast reduction surgery is often performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep through the procedure. The surgery usually takes between two and five hours and an overnight stay is not usually required. If you have found a surgeon who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive Plastic Surgery you can feel confident that there will be minimal risks and that breast reduction is an extremely safe surgery with an excellent outcome.

Most women have some breast pain for the first few days after surgery but medicine can help immensely with pain relief. Stitches will be removed one to two weeks after surgery, and most experience a mild discomfort for a week or slightly longer. Swelling and bruising may last for several weeks and you may need to wear a surgical bra to support the breasts and help reduce swelling. After a couple weeks you can go back to your normal routine but it is advised to avoid anything too strenuous that soon after. It is also important to know that you will have visible scars on your breasts after breast reduction surgery. The scars will fade with time but they do not disappear.

As common as breast reduction surgery is, be sure to do your research. If you are aware of the costs, what is involved with the surgery, and the recovery time needed, and you still want to go forward with the procedure find a local reputable surgeon for a consultation. You want a surgeon with the right qualifications and experience to feel confident about such a big decision!

nose jobCosmetic enhancement is a common procedure in the United States, and according to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 15.9 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015. This includes everything from liposuction to breast lifts and botox treatments.

However, one of the most common procedures to get across the nation is a rhinoplasty. Are you thinking about getting this procedure done? Here are some of the most common questions about this surgery to know before contacting your doctor.

What is a nose job and is it the same thing as a rhinoplasty?
Yes, these two terms are interchangeable. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes and sculpts the nose to a different shape, no matter the reason. This surgery can be used as a way to improve the nose’s function, or just to change the shape and size for cosmetic reasons.

Are there any risks involved?
A rhinoplasty is generally a low-risk procedure, but as always there are some risks involved. This includes adverse effects from anesthesia, swelling, infection, and excessive bleeding. Your surgeon will explain the different risks in detail before the procedure so you will know what to look for when healing.

What is a typical nose job like?
As every nose is different, every single surgery changes. But generally speaking, the doctor will make an incision either between your nostrils or in the lining of your nostrils, making the scar quite small. Then, they will rearrange or remove the cartilage, as well as breaking or rearranging bone to reshape the nose. Typically, an average procedure will last about two hours.

What happens after the procedure?
After the nose is packed with gauze, a nose splint will be placed on the nose for one week to help keep everything in place. Everyone heals differently, but it is normal to experience swelling, bleeding, and bruising. Once the splint is taken off, the nose will look noticeably better.

Are there any limitations to the surgery?
For many doctors, thick skin is a problem. This is because it is difficult to shrink and conform to the new framework set forth. The skin must contract in the healing process, and thick skin is notoriously hard to do so. Your doctor will tell you if they have any concerns before you do come in for the actual procedure so you will be fully aware.

Have any additional questions about nose jobs? Please contact our professionals today to learn more.

faceliftSummer is just around the corner, and it might make you itch for that plastic surgery you’ve been thinking about the last few years. But is summer really the best time to have plastic surgery done? The answer might surprise you!

To help you plan your plastic surgery effectively, we’ve provided some information below on what effect the seasons might have on your decision.

Winter – December through March
According to Robert Tornambe, M.D., this is an ideal time to undergo any kind of plastic surgery. Breast augmentation, facelifts, liposuction, you name it and this is a great time of year to have it done. Tornambe says that the cooler weather allows for bulkier clothing, which may help conceal swelling and bruising. In addition, the weather requires hats and scarves, which may help conceal the appearance of a facelift or a nose job.

Spring – April through June
Spring is one of the busiest seasons for plastic surgery, as people are willing to do more in order to prep for summer. For some people, spring is the best time to have surgery performed, as it allows more time to work off holiday weight. Some of the most recommended surgeries for this time of year include breast augmentation, body contouring, and facelifts.

Summer – July through August
Summer is a beautiful season that should be enjoyed to the fullest. And it’s a season where plastic surgery is not recommended, except minor procedures like Botox. A breast augmentation surgery may only take two to three hours to complete, but the healing process is pretty long and requires you to stay indoors and away from all that summer fun.

Fall – September through November
This season holds many of the same advantages that winter does for plastic surgery procedures. In addition, spring and summer exercise will probably put you at an ideal place for body contouring surgery at this time of year.

Planning your surgeries by season might seem a little bit strange, but the advantages are clear when you stop to think about it. Don’t forget to consult with your surgeon before you plan any procedures though.