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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.

Tax Refunds for Plastic Surgery?

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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

 

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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.

 

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

 

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

 

Join us on Tuesday, April 26th to learn more about Voluma (cheeks), Kybella (chin) and our SkinMedica Products (beautiful skin).

Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. It’s a great way to combat sagginess and give your face a “lift” without surgery.

KYBELLA is the nonsurgical solution to put an end that double chin – and it’s a great way to look fabulous in all those selfies.  The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.  When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Most patients require two to three sessions for optimal results.

SkinMedica® professional skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience. SkinMedica scientists are continually working on new formulations and clinically testing our products to provide the next breakthrough in skin care. Our staff love these products – especially the new HA5 which provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health.

Appointments are available from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, but space is limited so call us at 706.543.0404 to reserve your time.  All attendees will receive special pricing on Voluma, Kybella and our SkinMedica products.

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.

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.

Breast Reconstruction Advancement

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.

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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.

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.