The Cosmetic Procedures Blog
The Cosmetic Procedures Blog at MyCosmeticProcedures.com follows the latest developments in cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery, and offers news, information and patient insight into the most popular procedures of today and the cutting edge procedures of tomorrow.
10 August 2010
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A Brow Lift has the ability to minimize wrinkles across the forehead, reduce the lines between the eyes at the bridge of the nose and improve the appearance of frown lines. The goal of a Brow Lift or "Forehead Lift" is to rejuvenate the brow area for a more youthful refreshed look.
Quick Recap: What is a The Brow Lift?
A Brow Lift (BrowLift) or "Forehead Lift" restores the brow area of the face by removing frown lines or deeper wrinkles between the eyebrows and lifts the skin under the brow such as the lateral hood. A Brow Lift can also sculpt and re-arch the eyebrows, but it cannot improve wrinkles or puffiness and drooping around the eyes themselves - for that, you'd need eyelid surgery, also known as a Blepharoplasty.Botox Cosmetic® and Injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are also great options for addressing fine lines and wrinkles in the facial areas. Facelifts, facial implants and laser skin resurfacing are also commmon procedures that can be combined with a Brow Lift.
Like most other cosmetic procedures, the Brow Lift can be performed in a variety of ways to meet the needs and goals of a particular patient. A Brow Lift averages between $3000 - $7000 depending on factors such as the surgeon's fee, additional fees and expenses and where the region where procedure is performed.
Types of Browlift
Endoscopic Forehead/Brow Lift - Endoscopic Browlift Surgery offers patients a younger, more rejuvenated facial appearance with less discomfort and is the most current technique used by surgeons today. During an Endoscopic brow Lift, the surgeon makes only a few small incisions just behind the hairlineand inserts a small camera (endoscope) to look beneath the skin. Another surgical instrument is then placed through the other incisions to address the areas that need help. In this kind of Brow Lift excess scalp is not removed but rather shifted back and surgically secured to a new position with sutures or temporary screws. This type of Browlift surgery offers a shorter surgical time, no general anesthesia, less swelling and bruising and a quicker recovery time. Because the procedure uses small incisions behind the hairline, there is less scarring than with other Brow lift techniques.Did you know? The lateral hood is the skin and small fat deposit that follows the brow bone and curves over the outter corner of your eye.
The Traditional Forehead Lift - The more traditional Forehead Lift involves one long incision from ear-to-ear that's made along the hairline, within the scalp or along a natural contour of the scalp where it will be least noticeable. The simplest brow lift procedure to perform, the conventional forehead lift allows a surgeon to lift the forehead skin and tissue, remove or reposition muscle and tighten and reposition the skin. Excess skin is trimmed, the incision is stitched or sutured closed and the head bandaged. Being the more invasive technique, this type of Browlift has a longer recovery time and a higher risk of complication and side effects, which can range from swelling and bruising, to unusual sensations and numbness of the scalp, reactions to anesthesia and possible hair loss. Of the two techniques, the conventional Browlift offers more permanent and dramatic results.
Considering a Browlift?
If you're considering a Browlift, consult a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in your area. You can start with our plastic surgeon directory to find plastic surgeons and follow-up by Requesting a Consultation with a plastic surgeon.
04 August 2010
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Mommies are not the only ones who go for Makeovers. Brides and Grooms have been taking advantage of cosmetic procedures in increasing numbers to have Pre-Wedding Plastic Surgery or "Wedding Makeovers." With all eyes on the couple, a day of pictures and photographs, and the romantic honeymoon ahead of them, it's only natural for brides and grooms to want to look their best on their wedding day.
Here are some of the most popular procedures brides or couples choose when considering cosmetic surgery before the wedding:
Injectables and Fillers
BOTOX Cosmetic and Facial Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are popular choices for many brides looking to remove unwanted frown lines or fine wrinkles before the big day. Brides in their late 20's through their early 40's often opt for these relatively safe and quick treatments to refresh and restore youthfulness to the face with minimal downtime.
BOTOX Cosmetic is also approved to treat underarm sweating. Nerves can make a couple break a sweat at the altar, so Botox treatments for severe underarm sweating are quickly becoming an important staple of the Wedding Makeover. Some spas and doctors offer Bridal packages which can include underarm BOTOX treatments for a bride and her bridesmaids.
Many brides and couples looking to get rid of excess fat deposits turn to Liposuction before the wedding. Brides especially take advantage of Liposuction to help make sure they look their best in their gown and on their honeymoon. Liposuction can take two to three months for recovery, so for those wanting a non-invasive alternate for removing unwanted fat before the wedding, many turn to Zerona Laser treatments.
For those brides or grooms with excess flab and skin resulting from a previous weight loss, sometimes consider more invasive procedures such as tummy tucks, body lifts and mini-abdominoplasty or panniculectomy. If you're considering Brachioplasty (arm lift) so you can feel comfortable and look fantastic in that sleeveless wedding dress, just remember to give yourself plenty of time for recovery so you're not left feeling more self-conscious about the any post-surgery scars.
Breast augmentation and other breast procedures such as the breast lift can be a popular choice. In particular, breast implants are often chosen by brides who may have already desired a fuller bustline and the wedding can be the perfect motivation for them to take the step. Breast augmentation is an invasive surgical procedure, so brides looking to enhance their breasts through breast implants should leave themselves enough time to recover, such as five to six months before the wedding.
Brides (and yes, even grooms) want their skin to look great when they have their photos taken. To reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pores, improve mild acne scarring and other blemishes of the skin, Laser Skin Resurfacing, IPL Photo-Rejuvenation and Microdermabrasion are often the procedure of choice for rejuvenating and restoring a youthful appearance to the skin.
Many other procedures such as Laser Hair Removal for removing body unwanted hair and Facelifts or Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for restoring a youthful appearance to face and eyes are also common choices. More invasive, cosmetic facial surgery requires time to recover and heal, so be sure to leave plenty of time to recover, several months or more, before the big day.
In general, consider the healing time involved with any procedure and consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor prior to making any decisions. The sooner you undergo a procedure, the better the chances for a full and successful recovery before the wedding day, so be sure to plan ahead and take all of the side effects and things like scars and wound healing in mind.
And brides, always make sure you leave the bridal shop enough time to make adjustments to your wedding dress. Going to a final dress fitting with your new shape and figure can be a potential problem if it's too close to the big day.
03 August 2010
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Male Breast Reduction can be a hard thing to talk about. For one thing, having over-developed or enlarged breast tissue can lead men to become self-conscious and uncomfortable with discussing it. Many men considering Male Breast Reduction often try to hide their chests with bulky or loose shirts, or they may try to avoid activities that bare their chests such as swimming or certain sports. Boys and men alike who have enlarged male breasts may experience embarrassment and can sometimes become harassed or teased about their condition. There's a lot of slang for enlarged male breasts such as man boobs, moobs, puffy nipples, gyno, and other, more colorful nicknames - none of which make a male feel comfortable with their appearance.
Why Consider Male Breast Reduction?
Gynecomastia is a condition that can develop in adolescents as a result of hormonal changes. Gynecomastia requiring Male Breast Reduction Surgery can also be caused by hormonal changes resulting from drug use, diet, and lifestyle habits. Men taking anabolic steroids such as body builders often suffer from Gynecomastia. Anabolic steroid use can cause the body to produce enzymes that turn the extremely high levels of testosterone into estrogen, the primary female sex hormone responsible for the the development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts. Gynecomastia leads to excess glandular tissue development and possibly excess localized fat.
Pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia) is enlarged male breasts which can develop as a result of being overweight or having lost significant amounts of weight that can leave behind excess fat and skin. Fat on a man or boy's chest can make it look like they have breasts, and is not the as having Gynaecomastia. Excess localized fat or male breasts enlarged by fat, can sometimes be treated with Liposuction or newer procedures such as Zerona.
Interested in Male Breast Reduction? Search our directory for a plastic surgeon in your area for Male Breast Reduction.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male Breast Reduction Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, in an office-based surgical facility, or hospital and may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Gynecomastia surgery can have an average total cost of $6000 to $7,500, but the exact cost can vary significantly based on a number of factors. Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery's initial effects such as swelling and bruising can take one to two weeks with most patients requiring a week to return to work and a month before returning to most normal activities. Men can expect to be asked to avoid certain activities such as heavy exercise, sex or sports that can risk a blow to the chest area for a couple of weeks. Compression garments are normally worn for several weeks to help reduce swelling.
Finding a Plastic Surgeon for Male Breast Reduction
Men considering Male Breast Reduction Surgery can start by searching for plastic or cosmetic surgeons in their area. Consulting with several providers is a very good idea. Your surgeon should have extensive experience performing Male Breast Reduction Surgery and you can follow this by asking the surgeon how may Male Breast Reduction procedures he/she performs each year. A plastic surgeon should express confidence and demonstrate expert knowledge of Male Breast Reduction Surgery during your consultation. Give your surgeon your complete medical history including any medications or existing conditions you may have and ask your surgeon to explain in detail the risks associated with Male Breast Reduction surgery. View the doctor's before and after photos of previous Gynecomastia or Male Breast Reduction patients, and don't be afraid to ask if your plastic surgeon can provide references from previous Male Breast Reduction patients.If you're interested in Male Breast Reduction surgery in the Sacramento, California area, you may want to consult with Dr. Charles Perry.
Interested in Male Breast Reduction? Search our directory for a plastic surgeon in your area for Male Breast Reduction.
02 August 2010
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The commitment to undergo a plastic surgery procedure such as a Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) is one that is not made lightly. For most plastic surgery patients, it's the promise of an improved appearance and better self-image that makes the cost, discomfort and recovery involved with a cosmetic surgical procedure worth it. Whether it's an unrealistic patient expectation or a fault with the surgical procedure itself, a small number of patients find that the surgery did not provide the results they had hoped for.
A patient who has already had Rhinoplasty surgery but is dissatisfied with the results, has developed problems such as difficulty breathing after Rhinoplasty or has suffered an injury to the nose may be considering a secondary cosmetic nose surgery or "Revision Rhinoplasty."
What you should know about Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision Rhinoplasty (secomndary nose surgery) can be far more complex than a first-time Rhinoplasty. Changes in the septum, bone and cartilage structure, scar tissue, changes in skin and possible deviations with the patient's airway can make a Revision Rhinoplasty very difficult to perform. In most cases, Revision Rhinoplasty can be more expensive than a primary Rhinoplasty procedure due to the extra requirements and considerations involved such as scarring from earlier nose surgeries and the length of the procedure (revision Rhinoplasty can take up to 4x as long to perform).
One of the keys to avoiding or minimizing the risk of a Revision Rhinoplasty is to be clear and specific with your surgeon before your primary nose surgery about your goals and expectations. If you are considering a revision procedure, tell the surgeon why you were dissatisfied with your primary Rhinoplasty and be as specific as you can.
Another key to avoiding or minimizing the risk of a Revision Rhinoplasty is to be patient. Patients should always exercise patience and caution during the healing process. Healing from a primary Rhinoplasty takes time. It can take a year or more for all the swelling to subside and for scar tissue to soften. Realistically, neither the patient nor the surgeon can determine the final results before healing is complete. Waiting the proper length of time also means your surgeon will be better equipped to address the issue and fix it. One of the most important things to remember is this: Going back for a revision Rhinoplasty (secondary nose reshaping surgery) too soon can cause more harm than good.
Revision Rhinoplasty involves many of the same techniques and shares the same details as a primary Rhinoplasty. It is a major procedure that requires anesthesia and has a relatively long recovery time. For more information on Rhinoplasty, please read our section on Nose Reshaping surgery.
Injectable fillers or the "Non-Surgical Nose Job" may be safer and less expensive alternative to a Revision Rhinoplasty (secondary nose surgery).
If you're considering a Revision Rhinoplasty or Non-Surgical Nose Job, you should consult with a doctor who is experienced with Revision Rhinoplasty. If you're looking for a Revision Rhinoplasty Specialist or "Revision Rhinoplasty Expert" you can start by searching our directory for a qualified plastic surgeon in your area and contacting them for a consultation. Remember, in many cases personal consultations are often offered for free by plastic surgeons.
29 July 2010
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The Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) is a body contouring procedure for men and women who want to remove excess skin and fat in their thighs and knees. Patients who have lost massive amounts of weight due to weight loss or bariatric surgery and now have excess skin, fat and flab in the thighs that cannot be relieved by diet and exercise are excellent candidates for this "post-bariatric plastic surgery" procedure.National Average Cost of Thigh Lift: $4,629.00
A Thigh Lift can be performed along with other surgical procedures such as liposuction, or as part of a total body or lower body lift. Thigh Lift surgery is designed to produce firm, slimmer and more contoured thighs with a more taut appearance. Click Here to Find a Thigh Lift Surgeon in Your Area
Types of Thigh Lift Procedures
Plastic surgeons can perform different variations of the Thigh Lift depending on your goals and needs. The type of Thigh Lift surgery you choose to undergo often depends on the quality of your skin, the areas requiring treatment and the amount of fat and/or skin that needs to be removed.
Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift)
An Inner Thigh Lift addresses sagging or loose skin and excess fat around the inner thigh area caused by the aging process or extreme weight loss. During an Inner Thigh Lift, an incision is made between the thigh and crease of the buttock to the pubic area in the groin fold. Excess skin and fat is removed and the skin is lifted and pulled taut before the incision sutured. This tightening of the skin improves the contour of the thighs by making the inner thigh area more firm and flat.
Outer Thigh lift (Bilateral Thigh Lift)
A Bilateral Thigh Lift procedure tightens skin on the front and outside of the thigh. During a Bilateral Thigh Lift, an incision is made at the top of the thigh following the line where a bathing suit or pair of underwear would be and the excess skin is removed. The surgeon then pulls the skin taut and sutures it to the incision area. This is an effective procedure for those with excess skin resulting from a dramatic weight loss. An Outer Thigh Lift smoothes and firms the front of the thighs and produces a smooth outward curve to the outer thighs.
Vertical Thigh Lift (Vertical Thighplasty)
A Vertical Thigh Lift is an extensive Thigh Lift most often used on post-bariatric plastic surgery patients who find that their thigh areas sag heavily due to significant amounts of fat and loose skin. The Vertical Thigh Lift involves a vertical incision that starts at the groin crease and extends to the inner knee. The resulting scars are visible when the inner thighs are exposed while wearing a bathing suit, shorts, short dress or mini-skirt. During a Vertical Thigh Lift, your surgeon removes a wedge of skin from the inner thigh.
Spiral Thigh Lift (Circumferential Thighplasty)
Spiral thighplasty improves the laxity of the front, back, inner and outer thighs by combining Thigh Lift techniques with those of a lower body lift. During a spiral thighplasty procedure, an incision is made below the buttocks and continues into the groin crease. Additional incisions over the groin crease and on the upper thigh allows for the surgeon to excise excess skin and fat from the thighs in order to address all areas of the thigh. A Spiral Thigh Lift is typically used on those who have lost massive amounts weight and require treatment to more than one area of the thigh.Need a Thigh Lift in Boston? You may want to consult with Dr. Richard A. Moss.
Looking for a Thigh Lift in New York City? Consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Adam Kolker.
If you're looking to improve the appearance and shape of your thighs, or are looking to remove unwanted excess sagging skin and flab from your thighs following weight loss or bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass, a Thigh Lift may be for you. Click Here to Find a Thigh Lift Surgeon in Your Area
27 July 2010
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The Mommy Makeover is a surgery or a series of surgeries that are performed to help restore a woman's physique to it's pre-pregnancy shape and appearance. Many women who are finished having children and are close to an average weight often lead a healthy lifestyle, but are frustrated with the changes their body went through during and after pregnancy.
One of the questions most commonly asked about a Mommy Makover is "What is the average cost of a Mommy Makeover?" or they ask more specifically about their own city, for example: "How much will a Mommy Makeover cost in Charlotte, NC?"
On average, a Mommy Makeover can cost approximately $10,000. Keep in mind that the cost of a Mommy Makeover will vary greatly based many different factors, including the experience of the surgeon and the geographic location/region where the procedure is performed. Click Here to Find a Mommy Makeover Surgeon in Your Area.
When you consider the following fees and expenses, you can see how the cost of a Mommy Makeover can change dramatically:
- Surgeon's fee(s) per procedure
- Surgical facility fee
- Anesthesiologist's fee
- Pre- and Post-Op Medications
- Laboratory Tests
One of the biggest considerations is the combination or number of procedures being performed. Each individual patient may require a different set of procedures to achieve their personal, desired look. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, these are the national average costs for procedures commonly performed in a Mommy Makeover in the United States. Remember these costs can vary and this is just an average:
- Breast Augmentation - $4,788
- Breast Lift - $4,258
- Breast Reduction - $5,429
- Abdominoplasty or "Tummy Tuck" - $5,263
- Liposuction - $2,868
Be sure to consult with multiple surgeons in your area when considering a procedure so you can see all of your options, and never choose a plastic surgeon on price alone. There are often many payment options available and many surgeons may also offer financing. Always be up front about the costs and make sure your estimate includes the fees considered above. If you're done with having children, can maintain a stable weight and are no longer breastfeeding, a Mommy Makeover could work for you.Looking for a Mommy Makeover in the Atlanta, GA area? You may want to consult with Dr. Carmen Kavali. Dr, Kavali offers the latest in breast, body, and skin contouring to her patients, so they can reclaim their Body after Baby.