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Tax Refunds for Plastic Surgery?


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.

Breast Augmentation is #1



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.


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.

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.

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Cup Size versus Cleavage

When it comes to their breasts, most women think of them in terms of cup size. Unfortunately, there is no uniformity when it comes to bra manufacturers. A C-cup in a Calvin Klein bra may be a B-cup at Victoria’s Secret. What really matters is proportion. When it comes to breast size, cup size isn’t as important as how your new breasts fit your body and lifestyle.

Cleavage is another topic that is usually addressed when women think about breast augmentation. It’s important to know that cleavage is more about your chest anatomy than it is actual breast size. If you have a wide chest and your breasts are set far apart, a breast augmentation will give you more fullness but not cleavage. If you have a narrow chest and your breasts sit close together, you will probably have pronounced cleavage after your surgery.

Choosing your new breast size is all about body proportion and what size you are comfortable with. that being said, at your breast augmentation consultation, you get to “try on” different size implants to give you an idea of what your new breasts will look like. Here at Parker Plastic Surgery, we usually ask patients to bring a couple of different style shirts to get an idea of how your new breasts will look in different tops. Dr. Parker and his staff will help guide you when trying on implant sizers, but we also encourage you to bring a friend or significant other if you’d like another opinion.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation, give us a call at 706.543.0404.