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5 Tummy Tuck Myths

iStock_000006438356Large_woman_beach_hat“Tummy tuck” is the common term used to refer to the surgical procedure known as an abdominoplasty. The procedure can be a very effective method to restore a smooth, flat tummy in patients whose fit appearance has been altered by pregnancy, weight change, or age. The success of the procedure is due to its comprehensive nature, as changes to all of the tissue layers are addressed: muscles are tightened, abdominal fat is removed, and skin is excised and redraped. Results can be further enhanced by sculpting the torso with liposuction, or adding complementary procedures such as breast surgery.

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Tips for a Flatter Stomach

Flatter Stomach TipsWhether you have plans to wear a two-piece on the beach or want to be able to pull off a form-fitting dress at an upcoming event, you might long for a flatter stomach. The size of your abdominal area can vary throughout your life, and even from day to day, based on what you eat, how much you’re exercising, and whether you’ve lost a lot of weight or had children.

How you achieve a flatter stomach varies based on what’s causing your tummy trouble. It might be that a few quick diet fixes help to minimize bloating. If the issue stems from extra fat or skin, a surgical procedure may be the most appropriate option for you. (more…)

Please Let Me Introduce Myself….

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I like to cook.  I’ll thumb through cookbooks for hours, not simply for recipes, but to read about the culture, the story of the herbs and spice, and the chef’s source of inspiration. With a recipe chosen, I head out to a really good market.  I visit the fishmonger with wondrous creatures from the deep, then peak through the window as the butcher breaks a carcass into little gift packages.  I wander past the baker, enjoying the scent of yeast, and watching bread being pulled from the oven, as I imagine the taste of cool butter on a warm slice. I carefully choose my ingredients, then head home to my kitchen. (more…)

New Injectables to Look Out For

New InjectablesIn the world of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, new treatment options are constantly being tested and brought to the market. Botox, for example, was a practically unheard of treatment in mainstream culture less than 15 years ago. Today, it’s one of the most popular anti-aging treatments out there. New products and treatments are introduced and approved by the FDA on a fairly regular basis. The injectables below were all recently approved by the FDA and are now available. (more…)

Introducing Bellafill, a Long Lasting Filler

Bellafill FillerIn the world of cosmetic treatments to reduce the signs of aging, you once had two options. You could opt for non-surgical injections, such as fillers and Botox, to temporarily minimize the signs of aging, such as lines and wrinkles., or, you could choose surgical options, such as facelifts and eyelid lifts, to create a more permanent result. The benefit of injectables is that they don’t require any downtime. The benefit of surgery is that it can generally do much more than an injection and lasts much longer. (more…)

Myths and Facts About Gynecomastia

Myths and Facts About GynecomastiaGynecomastia, or enlarged or developed breasts in men, can happen to a male at any age and at any time of his life. The enlarged breasts not only affect a man’s looks and self esteem. They can also cause physical discomfort, as they might be tender.

Because the subject of gynecomastia can be a bit uncomfortable for many, there is a fair amount of misinformation about it. There are myths about what causes the condition and the ways to treat it. (more…)

5 Signs You’re a Candidate for a Hair Transplant

Best Candidate for a Hair TransplantIt doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, if you’re barely in your 20s or turned 50 years ago: hair loss can happen to almost anyone. While people tend to association hair loss with genes, aging and hormones, it can occur for a number of reasons, from outside factors such as stress and severe injuries to internal issues such as illness.

Hair restoration surgery, or a hair transplant, can be a solution to hair loss for many people. A relatively quick and comfortable procedure, a hair transplant provides permanent results. Although it can be very effective, it’s not an option for every patient. The type of hair loss you’re experiencing is just one factor to consider when deciding whether or not a hair transplant is for you. (more…)

Facelifts After Weight Loss

Facelifts After Weight LossWhen you think of plastic surgery procedures that are commonly performed after a patient loses a significant amount of weight, you might think of thigh lifts or tummy tucks. Procedures such as a facelift are usually associated with anti-aging, not weight loss. But, losing a lot of weight can mean losing a lot of extra fat from the area around the face and neck, leaving a patient with excess skin in that area as well as in the areas of the abdomen, thighs and hips. A facelift might be a suitable option for some weight loss patients, depending on the amount of weight loss and the effect on their face and neck. (more…)

What are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?

Benefits of Fat GraftingFat can be a complicated subject. There are some areas of the body where having extra fat is undesirable, such as the abdomen and thighs. People do what they can to minimize fat in those areas, from watching what they eat to having the fat permanently removed with liposuction. While you might not want extra fat on your thighs or stomach area, having a bit more fat in other areas, such as the face, breasts and buttocks can be a good thing. There are several ways to plump up those areas, from using temporary fillers and implants to using your own fat.

While implants and fillers remain a popular option, fat transfer, or fat grafting, is also proving to be popular. It might not be right for everyone, but using fat instead of a filler or implant has a few advantages. (more…)

Thinking About Botox? Juvederm? Dysport? How to Pick Your Injector

How to Pick Your InjectorWhen it comes to plastic surgery and non-surgical injections such as Botox or Juvederm, the law isn’t necessarily on your side. That’s because almost any doctor can legally offer certain services, such as injectables, at his or her practice, regardless of the amount of actual training he or she has in administering those injections.

If you’re considering Juvederm, Botox, or any other injection, the person you see for the injection might not seem to matter. After all, you can visit a pharmacist for a flu shot or other vaccination, which is another type of injection, and for the most part, things turn out fine. But, injectables such as Botox or fillers are a completely different story from vaccine injections. You want to use the same level of care and consideration  when picking your injector as you would when choosing a surgeon to perform any type of plastic surgery. (more…)