Botox for Friends Special

Botox Parker Plastic SurIt’s a Botox for Friends special at Parker Plastic Surgery, and we’re rewarding our best Botox patients for sharing their experience with a friend.

Here’s how it works…

  • Schedule your next Botox appointment with us before September 30th.
  • Bring a friend who’s new to Botox.

You’ll get…

  • Botox for $10/unit (regularly $13) (20 unit minimum)
  • Your choice of SkinMedica‘s AHA/BHA Cream and Cleanser OR 200 Brilliant Distinctions Points

Your friend will get…

  • Botox treatment for one area for only $75 ($260 value) (20 unit maximum)
  • $20 off their next treatment when they sign up with Brilliant Distinctions

Call us at 706.543.0404 to schedule your appointment.

*If you and your friend can’t make it at the same time, give us a call, and we’ll let you know how you can still take advantage of this great special.

Can You Tan Safely?

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“I look better with a tan.”

“Getting a little color can’t hurt.”

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.

Is Liposuction for You?

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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.

Good candidates

  • 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.

Poor candidates

  • 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.

Be Beautiful, Bright and Bubbly

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Join us on Thursday, June 19th from 5:30 until 7:30 as we welcome SkinMedica skincare products to our practice.

  • Complimentary Skincare Consultations
  • Special Product Pricing
  • Drawing for FREE TNS Essential Serum ($270 value)
  • Drawing for FREE Lytera Kit ($225 value)

Part of Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program

Champagne and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP 706.543.0404 | kgarmon@parkerplasticsurgery.com

How Do You Measure Up?

Measuring bust sizeDid 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.

 

Are you ready for Plastic Surgery?

3937818The idea of having plastic surgery is very exciting, but often times, many people get caught up in the excitement and don’t stop to think if they are actually ready to do it. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you schedule that consultation.

Why do I want to have this procedure?

Good reasons to have plastic surgery are to look and feel better and be more confident.  Patients who think surgery will change their lives are likely to be disappointed.  Peer pressure or a need to fit in can often factor in to a decision to “have a little work done.” However, you should never undergo plastic surgery to make someone else happy.  It’s your body, and it should be something you want to do for yourself  .

Is this the right time to have plastic surgery?

Recovery times are different for breast augmentation than they are for a tummy tuck. Regardless of the procedure, recovery from surgery will require your full attention. You will also want to make sure that you have a great caregiver who can get you to and from surgery and take care of you for the first 24 hours.  If you have a lot going on in your life with work and/or your family, you might want to wait until a time when it can be all about you.

Can I afford it?

Insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic procedures, and plastic surgery is not cheap. (If it is, you may want to check the credentials of the person doing your surgery.)  Many plastic surgeons offer financing through companies like CareCredit and most accept major credit cards.  In addition to the cost of the procedure, you will need to take into account things like being out of work, and having someone take care of you (or your kids) while you heal.

Have I researched my doctor?

There is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.  A “cosmetic surgeon” does not have the surgical training that a plastic surgeon does. Even if their website says they are ‘board certified’ it may not be in plastic surgery – sometimes it’s dermatology or gynecology. How can you tell if a physician is really a plastic surgeon? Look to see if the surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and you will be guaranteed that your physician has the proper surgical training.

If you have sensible answers and solutions to these questions, congratulations, you’re ready to take that next step and schedule your consultation.

Sun Safety Tips for Your Skin

woman in springSpring 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.

Sweet Cheeks!

voluma b&a for blogThe 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.

Does Your Cup Runneth Over?

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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.