April 15th (or April 18th this year) has come and gone, and hopefully any tax-related stress is behind you. Did you get a refund (or have you already received it)? If so, lucky you. Now the big question is, “what are you going to do with it?”.
A recent article from Forbes magazine, discusses what average Americans will be using their refunds for – savings accounts, debt reduction and, yes, even plastic surgery.
The average refund comes in at just under $3000.00, so major cosmetic surgeries won’t be fully paid for (our breast augmentation surgery costs $5600.00), but the extra cash can certainly help. And if surgery isn’t what you had in mind, there are always non-invasive treatments like Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella and chemical peels.
Many of our patients see spring as a good time to do something for themselves. The weather begins to warm, the layers of clothing start to come off, and swimsuit season is just around the corner. So if you’ve been wondering about plastic surgery, and if you’re getting a little bit of cash back from Uncle Sam, it’s a perfect time to schedule that consultation.
The numbers are in, and for 2015, Breast Augmentation tops the list as the most performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. With a whopping 279,143 procedures performed, breast augmentation maintained its long-running number one spot ahead of liposuction (with 222,051 surgeries performed). Rounding out the top five are 3) rhinoplasty or nose surgery, 4) blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery and 5) tummy tuck.
Breast augmentation uses breast implants (either saline or silicone gel) to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. And it’s no wonder that it continues to be so popular. Our patients who have undergone this procedure often say that they feel more self-confident and have an improved self-image. A breast augmentation can help balance out a woman’s figure as well as increase the fullness and projection of the breasts – especially after volume loss as a result of pregnancy or weight loss.
If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule your free consultation and sizing appointment. Give us a call at 706.543.0404 and ask to speak with Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator.
Labor Day has come and gone, but just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your sunscreen. This video has been receiving a lot of attention on the web, and we thought we would share it with our patients as a sort of public service announcement. Watch these people as they see their skin under an ultraviolet camera – with and without sunscreen. This powerful clip will make you want to slather on your sunscreen every single day if you don’t already. And if you need SPF recommendations, we can help!
Summer is still in full swing, and we all spend a lot of time in the sun. There are many things people say to justify a tan, but the truth is that sun damage is cumulative and can lead to premature aging of the skin and even skin cancer. Because UVA/UVB rays break down the collagen proteins in our skin, we develop wrinkles, lose volume and the skin begins to sag.
Too much exposure to the sun can also be dangerous. UVA/UVB rays are a form of radiation which damage the DNA of skin cells. When the DNA of keratinocytes is damaged, the result is a basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer. When the DNA of melanocytes is damaged, you can develop melanoma.
If you want a “safe” tan, use self tanners or get a spray tan. Just remember that self-tanners don’t provide any protection from the sun, so be sure you apply your sunscreen.
If you’re considering liposuction, you’ve probably already tried dieting and exercise, but you’re still bothered by some aspect of your shape. Liposuction is an outpatient surgery performed to produce a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas – most commonly the abdomen, hips and thighs.
Here are some tips that can help you determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction.
will have disproportionate areas of fat on his or her body.
will have localized pockets of fat deposits.
would like more definition or a sleeker contour.
will have good skin elasticity.
are looking to tighten their skin.
have “stretched” skin.
are looking for a replacement for diet and exercise.
have had unstable weight over the past year.
Of course, the best way to find out if liposuction is the best option for you is to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will be able to talk with you about your lifestyle, your goals for surgery and the procedure or combination of procedures that will give you the best result.
Did you know that 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra? It may be the wrong band size. It may be the wrong cup size. Or it may be a combination of both. And while it’s best to have the help of a bra-fit specialist when purchasing a bra, they aren’t always available. In any case, with the help of a mirror and our list of some key points, you can determine if your bra is the wrong size.
Spillage If your breasts are “spilling” out of the top or sides of your bra, you probably need to find a bigger band and cup size. Your bra should cover the entire breast area.
Puckering Cups If your cups pucker or crinkle, your bra is too big for your breasts
The High Back Your bra should fit straight across the back without riding up or being in a permanent arch.
Sagging Breasts Your bra is designed to support your breast and keep them from sagging. If this isn’t the case, you need a new bra.
Poking Wires If the wires of your bra are poking you, there’s a good chance your bra is too big. When your bra is the right size, your bra will lie firmly against your body to support your breasts.
Bra Strap Grooves If your straps are leaving red marks, chances are your bra is too small or just too tight. Adjust your straps as needed or find a new bra that fits better.
Discomfort Perhaps the biggest indicator of a poorly-fitting bra is discomfort. A bra that fits you well should flatter your shape and be comfortable.
Spring has arrived, and let’s face it, most of us love the sun – it feels good and makes us happy. However, sun exposure causes many of the skin changes we’ve come to think as a normal part of aging. Ultraviolet light damages skin’s elastin and the skin begins to sag and stretch. We start to notice wrinkles, freckles, and discoloration. And, of course, sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer – basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma.
As a plastic surgeon, I perform a lot of skin cancer surgeries and would like to give you some tips to help protect yourself from the sun.
Apply at least an SPF 30 sunscreen thirty minutes before going out in the sun.
Use cosmetic products that contain ans SPF
Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection
Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm (peak UV hours)
Avoid tanning beds
Perform skin exams regularly so you’re familiar with existing moles and notice any changes or new ones.
So whether you’ve got a vacation coming up or you’re simply planning on spending time in the sunshine at home, protect your skin and keep it healthy.
The signs of aging aren’t limited to wrinkles. In fact, a key (yet less-frequently discussed) sign of aging is loss of fullness in the cheeks, and full cheeks are a key marker of youth. Age-related volume loss can cause the face to lose definition, balance and change shape – all of which can make a person appear older than he or she is. This is where Voluma XC comes in.
Voluma XC is the the first filler approved by the FDA to correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area. Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in your skin- specifically designed to restore age-related volume loss in the mid-face. It instantly restores lost facial volume in the cheeks helping create a more youthful appearance. And these natural-looking results can last up to 2 years!
We had our first experience with Voluma XC a couple of weeks ago, and we are pretty sure it’s going to be a game-changer. To see if Voluma XC is right for you, give us a call at 706.543.0404 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
This past weekend, I went to New York to visit the headquarters and processing plant of MTF (short for Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation). MTF is a non-profit company specializing in producing human allografts – any bone, ligament, cartilage, tendon or section of skin commonly used in many reconstructive procedures. These allografts come from donors – people who die in accidents or from sudden illness – and many times, just one donor’s special gift can help a lot of people.
In regards to plastic surgery, donated skin is used to help burn victims and is also used in women undergoing breast reconstruction. For some time now I have used allografts in many of my breast reconstruction patients. Using these allografts helps in covering tissue expanders and breast implants and helps to make a more natural-looking breast. MTF discussed their standards for donation and gave examples of how they have improved upon their techniques of processing the grafts and how this has translated into better outcomes in breast reconstruction patients.
With Breast Cancer Awareness month having just finished, it was interesting and encouraging to see how the medical industry continues to make advancements to help our breast cancer patients.