Thigh Lift: Your Path to Youthful Looking Legs

56569499Athletic, toned legs are most often associated with young, healthy women. But the truth is, women of all ages may be unhappy with their legs – most notably, their thighs. While gravity is the enemy of high, firm thighs during the aging process, illness or extreme weight loss can also change the contour of a younger woman’s legs.

Some cosmetic procedures — like face lifts and tummy tucks — are everyday phrases, and people generally understand what they mean. Thigh lifts are more of a mystery, perhaps because fewer patients have experienced them. Still, as word gets out about this method of regaining youthful-looking legs, the procedure is sure to become more popular.

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Thigh lift surgery is fairly straightforward. Your surgeon will make an incision below the bikini line, in the upper inner thigh. This incision allows him to remove fat and excess skin. Surgeons typically use liposuction to get to those stubborn pockets of fat that prevent a taut, toned appearance. The remaining skin is then pulled tight in order to create a smooth look and deep sutures are used to hold the skin firmly in place. Patients go home with temporary drains and wear a compression garment that helps reduces discomfort and maintain the new contours of the thighs as they heal. Ideal candidates for a thigh lift include:

  • Those with relatively stable weight
  • Patients with excess soft tissue along the inner and outer thigh
  • Healthy people with no medical conditions that could impair healing or heighten the risks associated with surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Patients with a realistic view of what a thigh lift can accomplish
  • Individuals who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise

It is important for anyone considering a thigh lift to put a good amount of work into looking for a capable surgeon. Finding the right surgeon for the job is about making sure that a physician is willing to answer questions and explain the process. A good surgeon will perform a rigorous preoperative examination and openly discuss all aspects of the thigh lift procedure. The preoperative appointment will likely include:

  • A discussion of any medical treatments a patient is undergoing, drug allergies, and medical conditions that can impact the outcome of elective surgery
  • Previous surgeries and how the patient reacted and healed from those
  • All medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins the patient takes
  • An evaluation of general health status, including pre-existing conditions
  • Detailed body measurements
  • A discussion of thigh lift options
  • A recommended course of treatment
  • Honest discussion of likely outcome of thigh lift surgery
  • Any risk or potential complications and how those are handled
  • Questions about who will be caring for the patient at home

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A surgeon may also use the preoperative appointment as an opportunity to educate a patient as to what she can expect after thigh lift surgery. The surgeon will likely tell a patient to take it easy so that incisions are not subjected to swelling or abrasion as they heal. The surgeon may also emphasize that patients who experience shortness of breath, unusual heart rate, or chest pains should seek immediate medical attention. Finally, a surgeon should leave plenty of time for a patient to ask questions of her own and should not seem in a hurry to give pat answers. The best surgeons understand that patients are nervous about surgical procedures and respect those concerns by offering honest answers.

Brow Lift 101: Everything You Should Know Now

sb10063521ah-001Brow lifts can work wonders for a face that’s lost some of its youth. The procedure treats sagging skin on the forehead, eyebrows, and eyelids – and it enhances the overall look of your face. Just like any other kind of body modification, though, you’ll want to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before opting for a brow lift.  Before opting for treatment, however, there are some key things you should consider. Know your options, potential benefits, and possible risks – and you’ll make a more informed, self-assured decision.

Different types of brow lifts

There are two kinds of brow lift, and the best one for you will – you guessed it – depend on your body and your goals. There’s the classic lift, in which the surgeon makes one continuous incision around your hairline to adjust your brow. During an endoscopic lift, the surgeon makes several smaller incisions to adjust sagging skin. During both procedures, your surgeon will move and adjust tissues and remove portions of certain muscles to improve your results. Both kinds of brow lift do require surgery, so you’ll go through a pre-screening process in order to determine whether or not you are healthy enough for treatment.

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Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift surgery doesn’t require extensive downtime afterwards, making it easy to schedule a procedure without disrupting your normal routine. The procedure usually lasts between one to two hours, depending on the look you’re aiming for. You can expect IV sedation and anesthesia during surgery to make treatment as painless as possible. The recovery time after the procedure varies from one patient to another but can last for ten days or more. Ideal candidates for surgery include:

  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with no major medical conditions
  • Individuals with realistic expectations

Why choose a brow lift?

A brow lift has the power to enhance more than just your physical appearance. It can also boost your self-esteem (like getting a good facial or haircut, but longer lasting), which can have positive ramifications in your social, professional, and love life years after you initially undergo surgery. The physical benefits are also impressive, of course, and you’ll see noticeable results in your forehead, eyelids and eyebrows. The American Society for Plastic Surgeons also lists these benefits:

  • Reduction of wrinkle lines across the forehead, bridge of nose and between the eyes
  • Improves frown lines
  • Raises sagging brows
  • Places eyebrows in youthful position

Getting a brow lift can improve your aesthetic and change the way you feel about yourself. But it’s always important to weigh the risks and the benefits before undergoing any treatment. If you’re healthy enough for surgery, there is no reason to let aging get the best of you when viable treatment options are available.

The Mommy Makeover: Plastic Surgery Post-Baby

They never said being a mother would be easy, and it has definitely taken a toll on your body. Although you’re happy with your little bundle of joy, the stretch marks, sagging, and misplaced skin are probably leaving you less than elated.  You aren’t the only new mom wanting to get back to your best; we’ve compiled a list of the most common post-baby procedures.

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Topping the charts on the most popular post-pregnancy procedure, breast implants aren’t so surprising. Most mothers note that their breasts sag or seem less full following the birth of their baby and/or breastfeeding. Even after breast implants, mothers can breastfeed—just talk to your doctor and ensure you leave enough time for healing. As an outpatient procedure, you’ll typically be able to return home the same day of the surgery. However, heavy lifting should be avoided for at least two weeks — and that includes baby.

Tummy Tuck

Your stomach took a huge toll: loose muscles, skin, and stretch marks have left a mess of chaos behind. A tummy tuck requires a small incision around the pubic line, which will pull the muscles tight again. Although this is also an outpatient procedure, there are some lifting restrictions that can be in place for a large amount of time.

Breast Reduction

Every mother knows your breasts grow during pregnancy—but sometimes the sheer amount of the growth can be astounding. If breast size begins to contribute to back pain, a reduction may be an option. Following surgery, recovery can take up to six weeks. If you’re breastfeeding, it may be best to wait a few months after weaning before consultation—breast size will generally diminish slightly once milk production has ended.

plastic surgery after baby Liposuction

The troublesome pockets of excess fat that accumulated during pregnancy can be difficult to get rid of—but liposuction can take care of that with a simple procedure. Usually meant for small amounts of fat removal, liposuction can be performed within an hour and may leave your body sore for several days. Recovery itself may take weeks, depending on your body.

 

If motherhood is everything you hoped it would be but your post-baby body isn’t, we can help. Talk to your doctor about your concerns regarding lift restrictions, breastfeeding and recovery time. While some procedures are best left until you’re finished having children, others may be able to be performed now.  Call us today to set up a consultation and discuss your post-baby body concerns!

Plastic Surgery to Look like a Celebrity — What’s that About?

People do it at the hair salon all the time. You might sit down in the chair and say, “I want that new Jennifer Aniston cut,” or, “I like how David Beckham styles his hair.” It’s a way to give the person doing the work a visual representation of what you want to see in the mirror.

If you are contemplating a makeover that includes fuller lips or reshaping of the nose, why wouldn’t you take the same approach? There is some question about whether the trend of people getting plastic surgery to look like a celebrity is really a healthy one, but ultimately, it comes down to picking a style for most patients. They see a famous face and body and decide that’s the look they want.

Creating a Doppelganger

This is by no means a new trend, but it’s certainly getting a lot of attention these days. Nino Dean, a freelance fashion stylist living in Manhattan, had surgery over a decade ago to look like French singer Vanessa Paradis. For Dean, Paradis’s baby face appealed to him, according to the New York Times. The truth is that even the best plastic surgeon cannot create a doppelganger. It most cases, the patient isolates a specific body part and uses the celebrity as an example. Is it wrong to want Angelina Jolie lips or Kim Kardashian curves?

Cause for Alarm?

Some would argue that paying thousands of dollars to look like someone else is unhealthy. Even celebrities have intervened on social media sites to prevent these makeovers. In 2010, Kim Kardashian communicated with a fan via Twitter asking her to reconsider surgery, emphasizing that you should focus on being yourself. Doctors will tell you any plastic surgery is a case-by-case scenario. Wanting to be beautiful is a healthy goal, as long as you have a practical understanding of the process and not an unhealthy obsession or a type of psychosis.

Celebrity Style

Sometimes, a surgical makeover is a strategic business move. Miki Jay spent over $16,000 because she could make money imitating Michael Jackson. Her celebrity impersonation became more realistic after plastic surgery. Justin Jedlica made a similar career move when he had 144 procedures to look like a Ken doll.

Real estate technology consultant Deborah Davenport didn’t start out wanting to do anything but improve the way she looked. Davenport was unhappy with her aging face, so she decided to get surgery. She used Kate Winslet as an example of what she would like to look like. The surgeon shaved cartilage from her nose to thin it out and used nonsurgical approaches like Botox to change other aspects of her face. The final bill for the Winslet look was about $15,000. 

Ashley Horn invested $25,000 to look more like her famous sister Lindsay Lohan. That might be taking sibling rivalry too far, but Ashley wants to make it in Hollywood, too. It took five separate procedures to get there, including rhinoplasty and fillers.

Any time a patient considers plastic surgery, doctors evaluate the reasons behind the request. Wanting to look like your favorite celebrity is one way of identifying the style you like. An extreme makeover to get the exact look of a star, however, is not a practical or healthy option.

Breast Implants or Breast Lifts? The Winner Is…

From Playboy’s Swimsuit edition to the “Save Second Base” campaign, it’s pretty clear: we love breasts. With the amazing technology plastic surgery has brought to the table, women no longer have to be content with their natural breasts, either. The popularity of the breast implant is no secret, but another procedure may be usurping its popularity.

Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!
Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!

The Implant versus the Lift: Which One and Why?

Breast implantation surgery was the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2012, with 286,000 performed in the United States alone.  With statistics that high, it may be hard to believe that something as simple as a breast lift could be a contender for popular procedures. We’re here to help you learn the difference between the two, and, more importantly, which one is right for you.

The Implant

  • Breast implants serve to change the size, form, and texture of breasts. The surgery is performed for: post-mastectomy reconstruction, to correct genital defects or deformities, for gender reassignment surgeries, and also for purely aesthetic reasons.
  • There are three main types, named for their filling material: saline solution, silicone gel, and composite filler. The type of implant used depends upon your individual needs and preferences, and your doctor may help you determine which one is the best fit.
  • Recently, there have been a lot of questions over the impact implants could have on breastfeeding, mammography, and complications. Fortunately, there have not been any negative effects discovered.
See, much better.
See, much better.

The Lift

  • Breast lifts are primarily employed to take the existing breast tissue that may have sagged due to age or weight loss and raise it into its original location. It can be combined with a breast implant surgery to create larger, fuller breasts that are raised and combined with existing breast tissue.
  • Breast lifts are relatively simple procedures that depend on the tissue viability and the nipple-areola complex (NAC) to ensure that the breasts remain sensitive and functional for breastfeeding and lactation.

So, what’s the difference?

Ultimately, a breast lift will not change the size of the breast, but will use the existing tissue and create a natural repositioning. Breast implants are for increasing the size of the breasts in addition to re-positioning.  Surprisingly, breast lifts have been on the rise in plastic surgery.

Although breast implants are still one of the most popular procedures, more and more women are asking to use their existing breast tissue. If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, talk to us! We’d love to help you explore your options and get back to feeling your b(r)ea(a)st! (See what we did there?)

Breast Implants or Breast Lifts? The Winner Is…

From Playboy’s Swimsuit edition to the “Save Second Base” campaign, it’s pretty clear: we love breasts. With the amazing technology plastic surgery has brought to the table, women no longer have to be content with their natural breasts, either. The popularity of the breast implant is no secret, but another procedure may be usurping its popularity.

Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!
Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!

The Implant versus the Lift: Which One and Why?

Breast implantation surgery was the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2012, with 286,000 performed in the United States alone.  With statistics that high, it may be hard to believe that something as simple as a breast lift could be a contender for popular procedures. We’re here to help you learn the difference between the two, and, more importantly, which one is right for you.

The Implant

  • Breast implants serve to change the size, form, and texture of breasts. The surgery is performed for: post-mastectomy reconstruction, to correct genital defects or deformities, for gender reassignment surgeries, and also for purely aesthetic reasons.
  • There are three main types, named for their filling material: saline solution, silicone gel, and composite filler. The type of implant used depends upon your individual needs and preferences, and your doctor may help you determine which one is the best fit.
  • Recently, there have been a lot of questions over the impact implants could have on breastfeeding, mammography, and complications. Fortunately, there have not been any negative effects discovered.
See, much better.
See, much better.

The Lift

  • Breast lifts are primarily employed to take the existing breast tissue that may have sagged due to age or weight loss and raise it into its original location. It can be combined with a breast implant surgery to create larger, fuller breasts that are raised and combined with existing breast tissue.
  • Breast lifts are relatively simple procedures that depend on the tissue viability and the nipple-areola complex (NAC) to ensure that the breasts remain sensitive and functional for breastfeeding and lactation.

So, what’s the difference?

Ultimately, a breast lift will not change the size of the breast, but will use the existing tissue and create a natural repositioning. Breast implants are for increasing the size of the breasts in addition to re-positioning.  Surprisingly, breast lifts have been on the rise in plastic surgery.

Although breast implants are still one of the most popular procedures, more and more women are asking to use their existing breast tissue. If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, talk to us! We’d love to help you explore your options and get back to feeling your b(r)ea(a)st! (See what we did there?)