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Liposuction vs. Fat Transfer

It has long been a hallmark of the aesthetic medicine that people are always looking to lose weight. This makes it all the more surprising that new techniques in fat treatment are gaining in popularity which are focused on putting fat back in the body instead of taking it out. The BBC reported that this year marked the first time in the that more patients were undergoing operations in order to inject fat into different areas of their body rather than use an operation to suck it out. While liposuction and tummy tucks remain popular options, these injections is toppling the scales on fat and beauty. Continue reading

Medical Tourism: Is it a Safe Practice?

Medical tourism is a rapidly growing global phenomenon. One of the fastest growing niches in this industry is plastic surgery tourism. Some of the surgical procedures that Americans seek overseas include facelifts, tummy tucks, hip and knee replacements, dental surgery, and breast implant surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), low cost is the major selling point that draws Americans into medical tourism. However, there are inherent dangers that one should consider carefully, when deciding to travel overseas for cosmetic procedures. Continue reading

Stretch Mark Surgery

People often complain about stretch marks. Stretch marks are usually seen on areas like thighs, upper arms, buttocks and abdomen. They are mostly seen in women after their pregnancy. However, women alone are not affected. Other causes for stretch marks in men and women both are rapid weight loss or weight gain. Stretch mark surgery is increasingly becoming common among the people. The reason is, of course, the need to have a flawless skin. There are many ways how stretch mark surgery can give you a simple and plain skin. Continue reading

Tummy Tuck-A Road to a Prettier Abdomen

Weight loss after weight gain or pregnancy can ruin the abdominal contours that were once so admired. Those pretty curves that were so enticing to look at every time a woman would sport a blouse are no longer there for her. The loose abdomen overtime gets problematic. She thinks she can fix it with dietary modifications and exercise. Yet, she can only do so much without use. The only sure fire way of restoring abdominal contours is Tummy Tuck. After undergoing corrective surgery, the woman will notice a big difference after Tummy Tuck surgical maneuver. The pictures before and after Tummy Tuck never lie. Continue reading

Surgical Sculpting To Achieve Body Balance

Body sculpting through surgery includes different techniques to address different problems. Some techniques will enhance areas of the body while others are designed to reduce fatty deposits. Reduction surgery like liposuction is generally performed on fatty deposits that have been resistant to diet and exercise. It is not considered a method of weight loss, but rather a method for improving body contours where weight loss and exercise have failed to provide optimum results. Continue reading

Understanding Body Contouring

Undergoing body contouring can be an exciting process. It uses the various sculpting processes done by plastic surgeons in order to reshape the body in nearly any area. You will be able to get rid of body fat you don’t want and can your skin made smooth and taut. It works well for those stubborn areas that don’t go away even with your healthy living habits. Let’s take a look at the various techniques used in body contouring, including liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. Continue reading

The Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

tummy tuck scarObesity has taken hold of America. Everywhere you turn, another person is increasing their weight by eating that sandwich from that fast food joint that they really don’t need. They get so far down the hole that they try to lose weight, but then desperately fail. Some people in this country have so much to lose, that when they do succeed, they have so much fat left over they have to have a tummy tuck. When a person has a tummy tuck, there can be some scars left behind due to the amount of surgery and staples needed. They can leave some pretty gruesome scars. That is when you are eligible for a scar revision. What is scar revision?
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Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

Tummy tuck scar revision is becoming more frequent. One of the most common side effects of having a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) is scarring. This is especially true if someone undergoes a full abdominoplasty, which will create a scar from hip to hip. Most of the time, the incision scar is hidden below the bikini line. For some people, though, the complete desired effect of having a tummy tuck is not complete until a tummy tuck scar revision procedure is performed to minimize the look of the scar. Like most types of scar revision, tummy tuck scar revision makes use of a variety of cosmetic and surgical techniques. All of these techniques are designed to hide the scar in a better location, even out the color and smoothness of the skin at the incision site, eliminate as much of the scar as possible.

One of the more frequent tummy tuck scar revision methods used is chemical peel. The technique is designed to dissolve excess scar tissue through a chemical process. The procedure is also effective in evening out color in the surrounding skin.
Steroid injections and dermal filler are also an effective tummy tuck scar revision method. Steroid injection can help to reduce the size of scars. Dermal filler injection can help to smooth out the contour of scars. Laser scar revision for tummy tucks has really gained popularity in recent years. The technique makes use of laser light to burn away small layers of the scar tissue. Laser surgery is very precise, so it’s less likely to cause any damage to surrounding tissue. Laser revision is also good at evening out the color of scar tissue. The procedure is considered very safe and patients experience very few side effects after surgery.

Tummy tuck scar revision may ultimately require surgery. This is very true for deep, large scars. If scar tissue develops abnormally, you might also need to consider a surgical option. Surgical tummy tuck scar revision makes use of state of the art micro surgery techniques, flap revision techniques, and multi layer closing procedures to eliminate deep scars, to cause tissue to heal normally, and even to move scars to new locations, to make them less obvious. As you might expect, having a secondary surgery will be a more expensive option, but it might be the only real option. You will need to consult with the person who did your original tummy tuck, to see what option might work best for you.

The surgeon who performed your tummy tuck might not feel qualified to do the tummy tuck scar revision, so they might refer you on. But starting your evaluation with a follow up visit to your tummy tuck surgeon makes a lot of sense.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Emotional Ups and Downs After Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery will not only affect your body, but it can also affect your mind, and this may not necessarily be a positive thing. Anticipation of the surgery, while exciting, can also be draining and stressful. If you are used to seeing your particular flaw every day, as much as you may not have liked it, its disappearance after plastic surgery may leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, family members may notice that the flaw is gone, and their hesitation to approve of your decision to remove it may make you uncomfortable. Lastly, the bruising and swelling, as well as overall pain and discomfort, may add to your depression.

Depression after surgery is nothing new. In fact, the symptoms are similar to post partum depression. Disapproval from others, whether verbal or non-verbal, can make you feel angry and alone. Long stares from strangers can do the same. By the same token, the results can feel positive as opposed to negative.

Those who are prone to depression and anxiety, as well as personality disorders, are more likely to experience postoperative depression. Many plastic surgeons provide pre- and postoperative counseling to help their patients make the transition, no matter how minor the surgery.

Confidence in Oneself

While plastic surgery can help improve self esteem, you must have a positive image of yourself before you ever undergo a procedure. Ideal candidates do not believe their lives will change completely for the better after surgery; they think positively about themselves in general, and see plastic surgery as a way to eliminate a flaw or problem area.

Great Expectations

Having realistic expectations for your plastic surgery experience is crucial to having a positive mindset later. Remember, the point of plastic surgery is to improve a specific area of your body. It will not necessarily change your life, although this is often a pleasant side effect.

In a study done in 2005, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons noted that 75 percent of the respondents stated that they chose the procedure for an improvement in appearance and a more active lifestyle. The same percentage felt they had many more emotional and psychological rewards after the procedure. 45 percent also noted that they felt more attractive, and felt that they were benefited by it.

Important Things To Know

Make sure you discuss what your expectations are with your doctor. This will help you and your doctor synthesize your information, and keep you from developing unrealistic ideas about your surgery. Your doctor will also be able to discuss different procedures with you that may give you the results you want. It is important to distinguish between liposuction and a tummy tuck, and your doctor can help you make that kind of clarification. This kind of communication can help you figure out exactly what type of surgery you need to get your desired look.

In addition, you should go over your medical information with your doctor. Cosmetic surgery can be as small as cutting off a skin tag or as major as a facelift; it is in your best interest to give your doctor as much information as you can so he can do the best job possible. In addition, your doctor may need to know some important information that you may not think is important. Do you have sleep apnea? Are you a heavy bleeder? Do you have a family history of circulation problems? Answering these questions may not mean you are disqualified from surgery, but your honest responses could very well keep you alive on the operating table.

Patients who may be subject to great emotional changes will be screened by the plastic surgeons during their first consultation. Again, if you show signs of this, you may still be able to get surgery, but you may also be given a few precautionary measures to keep you safe.

For those who are a high risk, the surgeon may recommend counseling before agreeing to do surgery. These would include:

  • Patients going through divorce or other severe psychological stress may not be ready for surgery at that time,
  • Patients with a desire to look “perfect” may also not be ready.
  • Patients with mental issues will need to have their psychologist and their surgeon working as a team in order to qualify. This will not only consist of an evaluation of the patient’s mental stability, but any medications taken before or after the surgery.

These precautions may seem time consuming and pointless, but as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is better for the doctor to be fully prepared going into surgery than to have him attempt to rectify a potentially deadly situation.

Mommy Makeovers: Is it Right For You?

Many mothers are concerned about their bodies, and feel less attractive than they did before giving birth. Their stomachs are no longer as tight, their breasts may sag, and they may have gained weight in the process. But what to do about it? Kate Gosselin, of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” fame, had a tummy tuck after having her multiple births. To cater to this specialized group, the “mommy makeover” is emerging as a solution among young mothers that want to restore their bodies to that pre pregnancy look. It is a single session combining a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or lift, and occasionally liposuction. This tackles most of the problems that mothers face, and many of them are pleased with the results.

Doctors feel that combining all of the procedures at once is not only efficient, but cosmetically best. The mother is able to see full results after recovery. However, multiple surgeries at one time can lead to a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery period. A major area of concern is how long the patient is anesthetized.

In addition, the doctor will have their own recommendation for how long the patient should wait after giving birth to have surgery. Six months is the usual suggestion, in order to give the body a chance to get back to full strength. Hormones also need a chance to return to regular levels. Last but not least, the surgery should only be done if the patient is done having children. Otherwise, the results will not last.

At Epione you can make an appointment with a physician to discuss the “mommy makeover”, but if you feel that having surgery is not best for you, we can also help you find other options. Our Coolbeam can help remove stretch marks, and Lipotherapy will get rid of cellulite. If you simply want to look good in your bikini again, Epione has a weight loss program that will help.