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Fifty is the new Fabulous…

Fifty & Fabulous

Did you know that Americans between the ages 35-50 made up 45 percent of cosmetic procedures – surgical and non-surgical – performed in 2014?  And it’s no wonder.  Youth is touted everywhere we look. And even those celebs who’ve reached the half-century milestone – Sandra Bullock, Cindy Crawford, and Halle Berry to name a few – look better than ever.

Aging can be difficult for people – women and men alike.  Many of our patients at Parker Plastic Surgery who fall into this age group are currently opting for more non-invasive procedures like Voluma and Juvederm to add volume that’s been lost to aging.  Chemical peels and Botox are also popular options.  And when patients do opt for surgery, it’s most often eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.  And they are always amazed at how much younger and refreshed they look afterwards.

Our professional society, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), sends us links to various stories that relate to plastic surgery.  In today’s email, one of the articles was about putting your best face forward at 50 years old.  To read the article, click here.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Although Skin Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, the summer is just beginning, and that means many of us will be spending more time out in the sun.

The skin cancer rate in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the years, and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, it has become “a major public health problem.”  Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, but it is largely preventable.  Limiting exposure to the sun is a no-brainer, but making sure you use sunscreen correctly is key.  We ran across this article in Real Simple magazine about how the proper use of sunscreen can decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.

It’s a good idea to regularly examine your skin and become familiar with moles and freckles and watch them for changes.  And if you do notice that something looks different, make an appointment to see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have the suspicious place examined and removed if necessary.  So go and enjoy the beach or the lake or the pool, but be sure to take care of your skin.

Happy young woman applying sunscreen lotion

CAN you believe our a-MAY-zing specials?

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During the month of May, we are proud to be collecting for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia – a network working to feed the ill, needy, seniors and children of northeast Georgia. When we did our “Give Thanks and Give Back” special in November, we were told that there were a lot of food drives around the holidays but that it dropped off afterwards.  So we decided that for our a-MAY-zing special this year, we would collect for them again.  Just bring in canned goods or other nonperishable food items, and you can save on Botox, Juvederm and Voluma.

Simply bring in the following items to take advantage of our a-MAY-zing specials.

  • 10+ cans/nonperishables = Botox for $10/unit (min 20 units)
  • 20+ cans/nonperishables = $100 off Juvederm treatment*
  • 20+ cans/nonperishables = $100 off Voluma treatment*

*$100 off total treatment, not per syringe
Not valid with any other offer.

**We have been advised by the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia that proteins are important but often not donated, so canned beans and meats are always appreciated.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call our office at 706.543.0404.

a-MAY-zing specials are in full bloom

a may zing specials at parker plastic surgery


Take advantage of these great specials going on during the month of May.

The Bud  $500  (reg $659 | $159 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $100 SkinMedica coupon*

The Bloom  $1050 (reg $1309 | $259 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 1 syringe of Juvederm
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $200 SkinMedica coupon*

The Blossom  $2240  (reg $2959 | $719 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 2 syringes of Voluma
  • 1 syringe of Juvederm
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $300 SkinMedica coupon

*all packages include a complimentary skincare consultation to help you choose the products that are right for you.

Call our office at 706.543.0404 to schedule your appointment.

good through 05.31.15 | not valid with any other offer









Does Your Cup Runneth Over?


In our society, it’s a common belief that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case…

Of all elective procedures performed on women, breast reduction surgery (or reduction mammoplasty) is rated one of the highest in patient satisfaction. The benefits of breast reduction surgery aren’t as widely known as those of breast augmentation surgery, but even insurance companies understand the medical problems involved and many will cover the procedure.

Some of the most common complaints from women with large breasts include back, neck and shoulder pain as well as the fact that their breasts interfere with physical activities and exercise. Even buying clothes can be a challenge when your chest is out of proportion with the rest of your body.

If you have questions about breast reduction surgery, make sure you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can answer your questions and assist you in obtaining approval for the procedure.

The effort is well worth it as most women will agree.

smiling woman on shoreline of tropical beach

Shopping for a Bathing Suit after Breast Augmentation

Summer is quickly approaching, and If you’ve recently had a breast augmentation and are ready to show off your body at the beach or swimming pool, you may be having trouble finding a bathing suit that fits right.

Old habits die hard, and you’re probably still shopping for your old body shape.  A smaller bust  may have actually been easier to shop for – grab a triangle string bikini top or a strapless bandeau top and you’re done.  Larger breasts mean you need to make sure you’re covered and supported. But not to worry, there are plenty of options for women with fuller breasts that provide coverage and ample support.

One style that works well is a halter top which provides more coverage than a triangle top but still shows off your new cleavage.  Halter top bathing suits also have the support needed for larger breasts than a strapless top, which may cause breasts to appear droopy. Another option is a swimsuit with underwire for additional support.  Just make sure that you’re far enough out from your surgery to wear a top with underwire.

Regardless of the swimsuit you choose, you deserve to show off your new body, and more importantly, your new confidence!

We are excited to offer Laser Hair Removal

hare today picThey say timing is everything, and beauty treatments are no exception. If you are considering treating excess hair in preparation for the upcoming warm weather, now is the time!  If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light thereby destroying the hair.

In order to receive maximum results, a series of 6-8 treatments is typically required for most patients. Treatments can be as short as 15 minutes for small areas like the lip, chin and underarms, or up to an a hour or more for areas like full chest, back, and full legs.

If you have questions about laser hair removal or would like to schedule your appointment, call Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator, at 706.543.0404.


Take Care of Your Skin When You’re Sick

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Cold and flu season are here, and not only does your body feel bad, but your skin can suffer some ill effects, as well.  To make sure your skin stays healthy while you’re sick, follow some of these simple tips from us here at Parker Plastic Surgery.

1. Use a humidifier at night. Dry air can rob your skin of essential moisture and many decongestants will dehydrate the skin, as well.  Having a humidifier helps to maintain hydration levels in the skin.

2. Apply a cold gel mask to your skin.  We all know a cold pack is a great way to help alleviate a pounding head or achy face. But did you know that since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a gel mask is a good way to help replenish skin’s moisture?

3. Keep moisturizer on your nose at all times. We’ve seen the Puffs Plus commercials, and chances are, we’ve all been there. Blowing your nose repeatedly can cause red, dry, and irritated skin, so after every blow, apply a small amount of moisturizer to the nose area for comfort and repair.

4. Think mint.  With all that congestion, it can be downright hard to breathe.  Look for products that contain mint as it helps open clogged nasal passages.  You can also sip on some mint tea.  It can help with congestion, drain sinuses and soothe a sore throat.

5. Drink lots of water.  It’s always important to stay hydrated, and keeping fluids in your system can help flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down.

Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Right for You?

breast aug seminar picBreast augmentation refers to the enlargement of the breast using either silicone or saline breast implants. Many women consider breast augmentation surgery because they feel self-conscious in bathing suits or clothing or their breasts have lost their size and shape due to gravity, aging, or breastfeeding. Regardless of the reason, breast augmentation can boost a woman’s self confidence.

If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation, you’re not alone. It has been the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States for years, and we here at Parker Plastic Surgery in Athens can help you decide if it is right for you. We have a breast augmentation bookletbefore and after photos, a consultation appointment that includes breast implant sizing, and financing options.

If you would like more information about breast augmentation or would like to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation, we invite you to contact Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator, via email or phone at 706.543.0404.