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Friday, May 29, 2009

Abdominoplsty - Tummy Tuck Surgery Explained

The abdominoplasty procedure, commonly referred to as the "Tummy Tuck" can be an effective way of eliminating excess fatty tissues and stretched skin, and even tightening weak and collapsed abdominal muscles, dramatically flattening the waistline.

A full abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck 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.

For more information on Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck surgery, check out My Plastic Surgery USA.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Breast Lift Surgery Changes Lives

Breast Reduction Surgery - A Quality of Life Issue

For over 307,00 women in 2008 who elected to undergo Breast Augmentation surgery, the choice that some women make to have their breasts surgically reduced in size may seem like an odd choice. But, what some women may think a blessing, others consider a curse.

Women who have very large breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of their bodies oftentimes complain of back and neck pain, breathing problems and slumped posture. When one considers quality of life, it is no wonder why so many women opt for breast reduction surgery to alleviate the physical problems associated with overly large breasts.

Cosmetic surgeons have developed an amazing technique of Breast Reduction Surgery that alleviates many or all of the physical problems associated with very large breasts by removing excess fat, skin and tissues from the breasts, which makes them smaller, firmer and ultimately, lighter. The goal is to create breasts that are proportionate to the body type and scale of the woman, thus relieving some of the issues associated with very large breasts, including the physical inactivity caused by the pain and discomfort of having overly large breasts.

Find a qualified, Board Certified Breast Enhancement surgeon who specializes in Breast Reduction surgery at My Plastic Surgeon USA.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What is the Breast Augmentation Procedure?

Breast Augmentation recently became the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States with over 307,000 surgeries performed in 2008.

What is Breast Augmentation surgery and what does it mean when a plastic surgeon 'specializes' in Breast Augmentation surgery?

Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Breast Augmentation surgery, also known as Breast Implants surgery, is an elective surgical procedure that utilizes breast implants prosthesis in order to increase breast size and shape as well as restore breast shape and volume lost due to childbirth and age. Breast Augmentation surgery is also used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy due to breast cancer.

During the procedure, which lasts between 1 - 2 hours, the surgeon creates small inconspicuous incisions in the breast in order to insert the breast implant either under the fatty tissues of the breast or directly under the breast muscle, depending on the look and feel desired. Breast implants are filled with either saline, or silicone material.

Specializing in Breast Implants Surgery

When a surgeon says that he or she 'specializes' in Breast Implants surgery, what is usually meant is that their plastic surgery practice includes an emphasis on Breast Augmentation surgery and they probably perform more Breast Augmentation surgeries than any other plastic surgery procedure. It is always important to be sure that your Breast Implants surgeon is Board Certified and be sure to ask how many Breast Augmentation surgeries he or she performs each year. Also, be sure to ask to see the doctor's Before and After Photos - this will give you a good idea of the kind of work the doctor does.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Men Are Seeking Plastic Surgery in Record Numbers

The days are over when men avoid the doctor's office at all costs. They may still resist going for the common cold or flu, insisting rather, to 'man up', but a new trend shows that more and more men are seeking elective plastic surgery in record numbers in what has always been a female dominated market.

In a recent survey of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the numbers of plastic surgery procedures for men are up 16% from 2002 - 2007. In 2008, the numbers rise even more:

Nose Reshaping - 75,000
Eyelid Surgery - 31,000
Liposuction - 27,000

Men are also opting for non-invasive facial rejuvenation, such as dermal fillers like Restylane, Hylaform plus and Juvaderm.

Men seem to be embracing a new reality, which the opposite sex accepted long ago: if you can look and feel younger when you look in the mirror, then why not?

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day from My Plastic Surgeon USA

My Plastic Surgeon USA honors those brave men and women of the United States armed forces who have sacrificed their lives to preserve, defend and protect the freedoms we all enjoy. We also honor the families of those fallen heroes and thank them for their sacrifice.

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who have died while in military service. Originally created as a day celebrating reconciliation and reunification after the Civil War, the United States federal holiday has since been expanded to include all American casualties of war.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Find Board Certified Mommy Makeover Surgeons On My Plastic Surgery USA

What Is Mommy Makeover Surgery?

The Mommy Makeover procedure is an all-encompassing, body contouring procedure that brings together plastic surgery techniques from several popular procedures including abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, breast lift and liposuction to create an overall body rejuvenation specifically targeting the post-pregnancy issues mothers deal with, such as the stretching and loosening of stomach muscles and skin in the areas of the breasts, thighs and abdominal areas, excess fat in the belly, back and thighs and stretch marks.

Oftentimes, no amount of diet or exercise can restore a mother's body to the firmer, tighter state that she was in before pregnancy. This revolutionary procedure was developed by plastic surgeons to pick-up where diet and exercise fail to meet the desires that most mothers feel after pregnancy. That is, to get back into their pre-pregnancy clothes and restore their shapely pre-pregnancy figures. The Mommy Makeover does just that.

At Mommy Makeover USA you'll find highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeons specializing in Mommy Makeover surgery.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Plastic Surgery Newsletter

Want to stay on the cutting edge from the field of plastic surgery?

The best way to keep up is the My Plastic Surgeon USA Newsletter! With timely articles about what's new in plastic surgery, new doctor information, trends and new information on tried-and-true procedures, the My Plastic Surgeon USA Newsletter will help you make informed plastic surgery decisions.

Provide your city, state and procedures that you're interested in and our staff will customize your newsletter to include specific surgeon information in your area, when it is available.

As always, your personal information will remain confidential and will not be sold or used for other purposes. That's our guarantee.

Thank you for visiting My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen Innovative Plastic Surgery

Scottsdale Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen has become one of Paradise Valley's most sought-after plastic surgeons, due in part to his compassionate and innovative approach to patient care and surgical technique.

Dr. Cohen's philosophy is unique in the world of Plastic Surgery, in that his interest in the health and vitality of the whole person. "Although plastic surgery can produce dramatic physical improvements, in reality there is no "quick fix" to remaining fit and attractive," says Dr. Cohen. "It is a life-long process that involves good choices with regards to exercise, diet, proper skin care, and stress reduction." Dr. Cohen advocates healthy lifestyle choices in conjunction with plastic surgery, to maximize the impact and longevity of results. It is his focus on the whole person, and his meticulous surgical skills and unparalleled Ivy League education and training, that sets Dr. Robert Cohen apart.

Having graduated from the prestigious Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Cohen received his surgical residency training at the highly regarded plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Dartmouth University. Dr. Cohen is well versed in traditional surgical techniques as well as innovative and cutting-edge techniques, so that he is able to develop unique treatment plans for each patient, offering as many options as possible. The results, as evident in Dr. Cohen's remarkable Before and After Photos, are beautiful and natural-looking.

At Dr. Robert Cohen's My Plastic Surgery USA Profile page, you'll find Patient Testimonials, information on Dr. Cohen and the Scottsdale Center for Plastic Surgery, as well as numerous Articles written by Dr. Cohen on Breast Implants surgery, Mommy Makeover surgery and much more. Contact Dr. Cohen directly to schedule a confidential, personalized consultation.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Male Cosmetic Surgery On the Rise!

There is a growing number of men who opt for minor to major plastic surgery for reasons ranging from aesthetic to health. Men of all ages, races and walks of life are choosing to have cosmetic plastic surgery, as it is a viable way to improve their appearance and increase health.

Are YOU a candidate?
  • Do you feel that you have not aged well?
  • Do you feel that your body has become fatty, and exercise is not fixing it?
  • Are you unhappy with the shape of your nose?
  • Do you have a lot of "flab" on your face, hips, chest, or other areas of your body?

The most common plastic surgery procedures for men include, but are not limited to:

  • Rhinoplasty, or the 'Nose Job'
  • Face Lift and Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)
  • Liposuction/ Tummy Tuck for the waist, stomach and the dreaded 'Back Fat'
  • Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

To learn more about cosmetic procedures for men, click here.

Here you will find very general information in reference to male plastic surgery procedures. The most updated, detailed information can be obtained from a simple one-on-one consultation with your local Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Click here to ask an expert!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jon F. Harrell Joins My Plastic Surgeon USA!

My Plastic Surgeon USA is proud to welcome Fort Lauderdale Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jon F. Harrell to the growing number of qualified, experienced Plastic Surgeons featured on My Plastic Surgeon USA.

Serving the Florida communities of Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Broward County and Miami, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jon Harrell specializes in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of the face, as well as other 'body contouring' procedures such as Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.

In his over 20 years of surgical experience, Dr. Harrell has double board certification in Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, (commonly known as Ear, Nose and Throat specialty), and is a member of numerous surgical organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Harrell values education and innovation, which is why he continues to teach and direct new fellows and residents as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Teaching helps Dr. Harrell stay up-to-date on current and emerging technologies and techniques so he can serve his patients with the very best Plastic Surgery care available. In addition, Dr. Harrell has been published numerous times, most articles of which are featured on Dr. Harrell's My Plastic Surgery USA Personal Profile Articles page.

Individual and unique results are important to Dr. Harrell. His passion is to help his patients look and feel their best through natural looking, quality cosmetic surgery - without the typical 'plastic' look sometimes associated with Plastic Surgery.

Check out Dr. Harrell's Before and After Photos of actual clients and read their testimonials as to the expertise, experience and customer service, patients have come to expect from Dr. Jon Harrell of the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Tummy Tuck Surgery Post-Operative Recovery

Every tummy tuck patient is different. Recovery time will vary.

The first few days your abdomen will be swollen and you will be in some pain and discomfort. 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.

Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple of 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 one week, and the others will come out within 3 weeks.

For more information on Tummy Tuck Surgery, check out My Plastic Surgeon USA's Procedures pages.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

NKP Medical Forums - Online Plastic Surgery Community

If you're like other women, you have a group of girlfriends with whom you've shared your inner most secrets and dreams, asked and offered advice, and shared joys and heartbreaks. The decision to undergo Breast Enhancement surgery is one of those decisions in life that is always best contemplated with the help of your best friends.

Can you imagine, then, a social network of women who've been through Breast Implants Surgery or Breast Reduction Surgery and how valuable their experience would be to your decision-making process? Or, would you feel better sharing your feelings with other women who are thinking of choosing Breast Augmentation?

This network exists in the NKP Medical Forums - an interactive community of women supporting women in the process of contemplating plastic surgery and choosing a board certified plastic surgeon. It really is an invaluable tool in becoming informed on the issues that are important to women who are considering breast implants surgery.

Register and join a community of supportive women who share the same interests in plastic surgery!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon on My Plastic Surgeon USA

On the NKP Medical Forums, a question often asked is, "How do I choose a plastic surgeon?" The answer, of course, is different for different people, but there are some important points to remember which will help you in your search:

1. Insist upon a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. A good place to start for this is at the My Plastic Surgeon USA Surgeon Finder. All Plastic Surgeons featured are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada -- and we only recognize those Board Certifications in our process.

2. Find a surgeon with whom you are comfortable. At My Plastic Surgeon USA, you can contact surgeons via email or phone to set up a consultation. Find a surgeon whose work you like, set up a consultation and be ready to ask the surgeon lots of questions!

3. Look at plastic surgeons' before and after photos and read plastic surgery patient testimonials.

4. If you are having trouble choosing a surgeon, use our Ask a Plastic Surgeon feature and surgeons in your area will respond to your questions!

Remember, while plastic surgery can be a daunting prospect, arming yourself with information is your best bet to find a satisfying and rewarding conclusion!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Newport Beach Latisse Eyelash Treatment

Latisse - Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sanjay Grover

Everyone wants long, beautiful eyelashes, right?

Many women across the nation are discovering a new way of replacing lost eyelashes with a new treatment called Latisse. It has been approved by the FDA and is specifically designed to thicken, darken and lengthen eyelashes in as little as eight weeks.

This new drug also has exciting possibilities for men and women who've lost their eyelashes due to chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

CNN Medical Corespondent Judy Fortin interviewed Mary Johnson, a 56 year old cancer survivor, who lost her hair and eyelashes as a result of her chemotherapy for breast cancer:

"She said she could put a wig on her head, but for the rest of her face she had to "fake it" by drawing in a lash line and eyebrows with cosmetics.

Johnson tried some over-the-counter lash products, but she said none of them worked.

She was smiling as she received her first dose of Latisse.

"Until you have lost your eyelashes, you don't really realize how hard it is to put eye makeup on," she said. "When you lose your eyelashes you just don't look the same."

Latisse is available from Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sanjay Grover whose practice specializes in facial rejuvenation, including Botox, Juvederm and Latisse.

To read the entire CNN article, please click here.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

My Plastic Surgeon USA Reports New Scale for Evaluating Aging Process

My Plastic Surgeon USA is excited to report that for the first time ever, plastic surgeons will have a universally accepted vocabulary for describing and evaluating the effects of the aging process on the face. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of experts and presented to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at its annual meeting in Las Vegas, the Merz Scales have the potential to bridge the communication gap between doctor and patient once and for all with a new way of talking about the stages of aging.

"Until now, there were no validated standards for objectively measuring the effects of aging on skin," says Corey Maas, MD, a Merz Scales' investigator. "The Merz Scales provide a common language for both patients and physicians to assess the skin's aging process."

The Merz Scales use five-point scales with digitally altered, computer assisted photography to track specific anatomical changes in the facial structures including skin elasticity, wrinkles and muscle laxity in the underlying structures of the face. If accepted by the plastic surgery community, this could offer a breakthrough in the treatment of cosmetic surgery procedures.

To read the entire article, click here.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

My Plastic Surgeon USA Before and After Photos

My Plastic Surgeon USA has an extensive gallery of Before and After photos that you can view from all our different doctors. You can also filter out and choose which procedures you would like to see. Instead of sorting through our huge gallery of photos, you can choose by procedure and see specific examples of the plastic surgery procedure you're looking for and it will also list which doctor provided that photo.

It's easy. Just click on the Before and After Gallery link on the right hand side of the homepage or choose a procedure directly from the drop down menu and you'll be taken instantly to the before and after gallery.

However the best part is, if you're not sure which procedure you want to see specifically, you can always choose the view all photos/procedures option and begin your quest to see which procedure is right for you.

Remember all of our doctors are Board Certified, meaning they have gone through rigorous written and oral testing and exceed the bar that is required of them as medical professionals. My Plastic Surgeon USA requires that ALL of its doctors are Board Certified to deliver to you, the best of the best in your area.


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

About Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Commonly referred to as: Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Surgery

Overview: Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which will remove excess fat, skin, and muscle in order to fix saggy upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes. This plastic surgery procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Patients typically can begin reading again after 3 days, back to work in less than 10 days and wearing contact lenses after 2 weeks. Consult your plastic surgeon for details about your specific recovery time as every patient is different.

Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in Eyelid Surgery at My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

First US Face Transplant A Success!

My Plastic Surgery USA reported several months ago about the first successful face transplant in the United States. Today, Connie Culp, the recipient of the transplant of her upper jaw, upper lip and nose, held a news conference at Cleveland Clinic. Her progress has been outstanding and the surgery has been called a success, due to the skill and innovation of the board certified plastic surgeons who performed the 15 hour long surgery.

From the CNN article:

Dr. Maria Siemionow, the Cleveland, Ohio, hospital's director of plastic surgery research and head of microsurgery training, had more than 20 years of experience in complex transplants. By 2004, Siemionow was looking for the right candidate for a face transplant who wasn't doing it for vanity.

"They are not looking to go out on the street and be beautiful," Siemionow told CNN in a 2006 interview. "Some of these patients, when they were interviewed just said 'I want to walk on the street and just make sure I am not sticking out.' They just want to have a normal face."

The doctors examined the patient's history, motivation and ability to understand the risks of the transplant. And they found Culp to be an ideal candidate.

Read the entire article here.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Plastic Surgeon USA - Online Plastic Surgery Resource

My Plastic Surgeon USA is your ultimate resource for information on Plastic Surgery Procedures and the Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who perform them!

Find information on any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure ranging from Breast Augmentation, to Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, and much more.

Plastic surgery is an important personal decision. At My Plastic Surgeon USA, you will find helpful resources to help you make the right decisions, such as cosmetic surgery articles written by our sponsoring Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, in reference to any and every plastic surgery procedure. You can also search our cosmetic surgery FAQ section and view before and after photos of actual plastic surgery cases performed by our board certified plastic surgeons.

We encourage you to contact our sponsoring plastic surgery doctors for specific questions or to set up a consultation to find out if this surgery is right for you. Find plastic surgeons anywhere from Beverly Hills to Chicago to Manhattan, and everywhere in between.

Thanks for choosing My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Search Plastic Surgery Videos at Surgery TV USA!

Surgery TV USA is your ultimate resource for plastic surgery multimedia!

Ever search YouTube for Plastic Surgery Videos? Wouldn't you like to be confident in the fact that all the videos you are viewing are posted directly from Plastic Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)?

Surgery TV USA provides videos from several disciplines, including an impressive collection from Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. My Plastic Surgeon USA features all plastic surgery procedure videos from Surgery TV USA, and for additional Breast Augmentation Videos you should visit Breast Implants USA and its extensive video collection.

As always, My Plastic Surgeon USA reminds you of the importance of searching for Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and that we only feature those highly qualified doctors.

Thanks for visiting My Plastic Surgeon USA!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Would You Change Your Breast Size If You Had the Chance?

Two women who chose Breast Implants Surgery - and got dramatically different results - share their stories in this article from My Plastic Surgeon USA.

These two women, Ashlie and Patricia, share what it is like to live in a culture that emphasizes the importance breast size plays in self image and the way one's image is perceived by the culture. and . Although their motivations for why they chose to undergo elective breast augmentation and reduction surgery their surgeries are different and their results are different, their perspectives on the process and the results are important for women considering breast augmentation and reduction surgeries.

For more Articles on relevant topics, check out the My Plastic Surgeon USA Articles pages.

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