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Friday, May 30, 2008

Charlotte Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Victor Ferrari

Whether you seek breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction, Dr. Ferrari of Premier Plastic Surgery is unique in his ability to combine modern techniques and classical aesthetics to obtain natural and proportionate contours. He creates a plan for each individual that specifically matches your desires, lifestyle, and ideal image.

Click here to visit Dr. Ferrari's My Plastic Surgeon USA profile

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why Check for Board Certification?

You should never go into any surgical procedure blind, you should always do your research especially when it concerns your health and beauty. Because plastic surgery is an elective procedure and one that deals with your looks, it's easy for people to be timid and not ask around when doing research. Especially when it comes to choosing your doctor.

Board Certification is important not only because is states the obvious that the surgeon in question is in fact a real surgeon so you would never find yourself questioning whether or not he's set up to practice, it also proves that the surgeon has dedicated himself to a standard of quality care and excellence.

It is crucial that the Plastic Surgeon you're considering is Board Certified. All of our plastic surgeons on My Plastic Surgeon USA are board certified so you can go about your research on that dream body you've been wanting without the extra worry that your surgeon is a fake.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What are risks and complications of breast augmentation?

1. Infection

Although infection is rare (1-3%) it can be a very distressing problem. Signs of infection are fever, redness, swelling, and discomfort. If the infection does not respond rapidly to antibiotic treatment, the implant must be removed and the implant can be replaced three (3) months after the wound is completely healed.

2. Bleeding

If bleeding occurs into the implant pocket after surgery, the implant must be surgically removed, the bleeding controlled, the wound washed out, and the implant replaced. Signs of bleeding include marked swelling, increasing pain, and bruising.

3. Capsule contracture

Hardening of the breast with distortion and sometime pain may require surgical incision of the fibrous scar capsule around the implant (capsulotomy) or partial or total removal of the scar capsule (capsulectomy). The implant can be immediately placed back in the new packet. About 30-35% of patients have recurrent capsule contracture.

Other means of treating the contracture is replacement of a smooth implant with a textured one or placing the implant in a new pocket either under the breast or under the muscle.

If capsule contracture occurs multiple times, the patient may decide to remove the implants permanently.

4. Asymmetry

Sometimes the implant will slip out of the position in which it was initially placed and appear too high, too low, or to one side. Most of the time this requires surgical repair.

5. Problems with Mammography

The implant will block some areas of the breast from being visualized on mammography. This is usually less if the implant is placed under the muscle.

Because breast implants might affect the clarity of the mammogram, patients who have multiple close family members with breast cancer probably should not have breast implants.

6. Autoimmune Disease

With all the confusion in the newspaper, magazines and on the T.V. or radio, there has been a fear that silicone implants may cause autoimmune disease. At this time there is no scientific evidence that silicone causes autoimmune disease.

7. Cancer

There is no evidence that silicone implants cause cancer.

8. Calcifications

Implants that have been in a patient for many years may cause calcifications in the scar capsule around the implant. These calcifications can almost always be distinguished from the calcifications which may indicate breast cancer.

9. Deflation

An implant may leak from weakness in the patch or valve area, a hole from incomplete inflation, or other factors. The more modern saline implants have been estimated to leak in 1-5% of cases.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rhinoplasty - The Procedure

Nose surgery usually takes 1-2 hours, but some procedures, depending on how complicated, can take up to several hours. Your plastic surgeon will separate the skin of the nose, from it supporting structure of bone a cartilage. After this is done, the plastic surgeon will sculpt the desired shape of your nose. This is very much on a case by case basis, as every patient will have different needs. The skin is then placed over the new structure your plastic surgeon created.

Many plastic surgeons choose to perform rhinoplasty from within the nose, which means that the incision is done inside the nostrils. This means no scarring for the patient. Other plastic surgeons, usually for more complicated procedures, choose to make the incision from the outside. This does leave the patient with a scar, but it is typically not noticeable.

After the completion of surgery, a splint will be placed on your nose to help maintain the shape and also for protection.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

About Abdominoplasty

A full abdominoplasty will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty usually will take less than 2 hours.

Your plastic surgeon will make an incision from hipbone to hipbone. This is done right above the pubic area. A second incision is then made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Your plastic surgeon will then separate your skin from the abdominal wall, all the way up to your ribs. This will then reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The muscles are then pulled close together, and then stitched into the new position. This is known as muscle tightening and will give you a firmer abdominal wall, and a narrower waistline.

The skin flap, is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. For your navel, a new hole is cut and stitched in place. The incisions will then be stitched, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain any excess fluid from the surgical area.

In a partial abdominoplasty the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Birmingham Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Beckenstein

A highly skilled and deeply caring Birmingham, Alabama Board Certified Plastic Surgeon also serving Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Jefferson County and Montgomery, Dr. Michael Beckenstein takes time and special care with each patient in his practice of Abdominoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Reconstruction and other Plastic Surgery Procedures. As can be evidenced from his countless testimonials, his kind manner and attentiveness are matched only by his keen eye and artful hand.

Click here to view Dr. Beckenstein's My Plastic Surgeon USA profile

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saline or Silicone...how do I choose?

How do I know which implant to choose? Saline or Silicone?

There's a great article on My Plastic Surgeon USA that discusses the pros and cons of both types of implants. It's a very tough choice for women to decide which implant to go with. Although the silicone implants feel much more real than the saline implants, they're also more expensive.

These details often leave women wondering which option is best for them.

Which would you choose?

Visit My Plastic Surgeon USA today to read the article and find out for yourself.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Are you a Botox Candidate?

Are you a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for Botox are both men and women.

Is this you?

  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 65 years old?
  • Do you have frown lines?
  • Do you have creases in your forehead?
  • Do you have a lot of wrinkles?
  • Do you have a good amount of migraine headaches?
  • Do you sweat excessively?

If you:

  • Have unrealistic expectations this may not be for you. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
  • Are not physically healthy, you may not be a good candidate for Botox.
  • Have any diseases that affect nerves and muscles. Be sure to tell your plastic surgeon.
  • Are breast feeding or planning to become pregnant soon it is not recommended to use Botox.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

The Breast Reduction Procedure

There are multiple techniques used for breast reduction, but the most common is an anchor-shaped incision. This follows the natural curve, or shape of the breast. This incision will outline the area of where the breast skin will be removed, and also will identify the new location of your nipple. When the excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are repositioned to the elevated position. The skin is then brought down and reshapes the breast. In some cases, your plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove extra fat from the armpit area. Also, in some cases, where the breasts are very large, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed. This does result in loss of sensation in the nipple and areola tissue.

Read more about Breast Reduction here.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

History of Breast Implants

1940s
Japanese prostitutes have their breasts injected with substances such as paraffin, sponges and non-medical grade silicone to enlarge their breasts, believing that American servicemen favor women with large breasts.

1960s
The first silicone breast implants are developed by two plastic surgeons from Texas: Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin.

1962
Timmie Jean Lindsey becomes the first woman to receive silicone breast implants.

1976
The Food and Drug Administration enacts the Medical Devices Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. FDA now has the authority to review and approve the safety and effectiveness data of new medical devices. But since silicone breast implants have been on the market for almost 15 years, they are "grandfathered." Manufacturers of the implants, when called to do so by the FDA, will be required to provide safety and effectiveness data.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Breast Lift After Surgery, Your Recovery

The first few days you will be sore and in some pain and discomfort. Typically, you will be walking around within two days. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you with some medication for this pain. Typically, but dependent on the degree of your surgery, you will be released within a few hours.

After a couple days, your bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. You will need to wear this, all the time, for 3-4 weeks.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your surface stitches will be removed within 2 weeks.

Read more about the Breast Lift Procedure on My Plastic Surgeon USA.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Information on Breast Reduction

There are multiple techniques used for breast reduction, but the most common is an anchor-shaped incision. This follows the natural curve, or shape of the breast. This incision will outline the area of where the breast skin will be removed, and also will identify the new location of your nipple. When the excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are repositioned to the elevated position. The skin is then brought down and reshapes the breast.

In some cases, your plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove extra fat from the armpit area. Also, in some cases, where the breasts are very large, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed. This does result in loss of sensation in the nipple and areola tissue.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Are you a good candidate for a Facelift?

Is this you?
  • Are you physically healthy?
  • Do you have realistic expectations in reference to plastic surgery?
  • Has your face and neck begun to sag?
  • Do you feel like your face looks "old" or noticeable in reference to the aging process?
Read more about the Facelift procedure.

A Facelift procedure typically will take several hours, sometimes longer. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may schedule two different sessions, depending on how extensive your case is.

Make sure you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and ultimately go through with the procedure with a board certified plastic surgeon. Remember all of our surgeons on My Plastic Surgeon USA are Board Certified. Visit My Plastic Surgeon USA today.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

What are the options for implant size?

The ultimate size of the breast is mainly a personal decision by the patient. Cup size is an inexact estimate of the final size since cup sizes vary with the bra manufacturer and how tight or loose the patient wears her bra as well as how much breast tissue is already present. Describing the preferred cup size does aid the surgeon, but it also helps to look at pictures or photos to show the physician the desired final look.

The most accurate method of estimating the implant size (in ounces) is to fill a plastic bag with measured amounts of water and place in a bra with the patient's estimated cup size. One can see with the bra on and covered by a sweater what the final result will approximate.

Patients most often comment that, "I wish I had gone larger," although there is a rare patient who feels she is too large.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Louisville Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ildiko Maria Mikos

Dr. Mikos is a female plastic surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky focusing her practice on aesthetic and reconstructive breast and body contouring procedures designed to improve your appearance and enhance your life. She is committed to providing exceptional plastic surgery care in an environment that foremost embraces patient safety and confidentiality. She is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Mikos performs such plastic surgical procedures as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift and breast reconstruction. She uses both saline and silicon gel-filled implants. She also performs body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck"), liposuction, lower body lift, and upper arm reduction to name a few.

Click here to visit Dr. Mikos' My Plastic Surgeon USA profile

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Are you a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for Rhinoplasty are both men and women.

Is this you?

  • Are you physically healthy?
  • Do you have realistic expectations in reference to plastic surgery?
  • Do you have trouble breathing through your nose?
  • Do you dislike the shape and look of your nose?
  • Are you uncomfortable with the look of your nose?
Visit My Plastic Surgeon USA today to find the nearest Rhinoplasty Surgeon in your area!

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Liposuction, Recovery and You

You will experience some fluid drainage from the incisions made by your plastic surgeon. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may insert a small drainage tube, to prevent fluid build up. To prevent swelling, it may be recommended for some type of surgical elastic garment.

Before you leave, your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable. Your stitches will be removed, or dissolve, usually within 10 days. You should be back to work within a couple days, but still with minor pain and discomfort.

Read more about the Liposuction procedure on My Plastic Surgeon USA.

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