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Archive for July, 2012

Are there ever cases where breast liposuction can be sufficient, particularly with all the new techniques in liposuction, or is a traditional breast reduction usually needed?

Question: I am what many refer to as “busty”. Are there ever cases where breast liposuction can be sufficient, particularly with all the new techniques in liposuction, or is a traditional breast reduction usually needed? Answer: A traditional breast reduction is usually needed because most patients have droopiness and skin excess in addition to large […]

What are the potential risks associated with breast reconstruction?

Question: What are the potential risks associated with breast reconstruction? Answer: The risks of breast reconstruction really depend on the type of reconstruction. First, keep in mind that all surgeries have general risks, such as infection, bleeding, hematoma, poor healing, poor scarring, poor cosmetic outcome, and the possible need for revision or future stages. Next, […]

When is a chemical peel the right choice as opposed to other types of skin repair?

Question: When is a chemical peel the right choice as opposed to other types of skin repair? Answer: Chemical peels range widely in strength, and sometimes very light chemical peels with only a day or a few days of downtime can be an excellent adjunct to a maximized medical skin care home regimen. For more […]

Can crow’s feet be fixed with injectable fillers?

Question: Can crow’s feet be fixed with injectable fillers? Answer: Crow’s feet can be treated very effectively with Botox or Dysport, but not fillers. Crow’s feet are a sign of extrinsic aging (motion and environmental/sun damage) and therefore need to be treated with toxins or skin care approaches such as medical skin care, or laser […]

Is it common for people to need to stay overnight after getting a tummy tuck?

Question: Is it common for people to need to stay overnight after getting a tummy tuck? Answer: The current standard of care is for people to go home after tummy tucks. In fact, all of my tummy tuck patients go home unless their tummy tuck is combined with enough other procedures that the total length […]

What areas of the body are best treated with laser lipo?

Question: What areas of the body are best treated with laser lipo? Answer: Any areas of the body can be treated with laser liposuction, but since the laser is supposed to help with skin tightening, areas with looser skin should be the best targets. This would include arms, tummies, and necks. Then again, laser liposuction […]

What are the advantages of having a closed rhinoplasty as opposed to an open one?

Question: What are the advantages of having a closed rhinoplasty as opposed to an open one? Answer: The advantage of a closed rhinoplasty is that the swelling goes away faster.  Also, closed rhinoplasties do not have any visible scars.  Therefore, I believe that the closed approach is reasonable for simple surgeries, such as simply removing […]

After having two kids, my areolas are very large and stretched; can they be fixed while I’m having a breast lift?

Question: I’m from Atlanta, GA. I’ve breast fed two kids and my breasts just don’t look like they used to. I’d like to get a breast lift. My areolas are also very large and stretched. Can they be fixed at the same time? Answer: Yes! Making the areolas smaller is an intrinsic part of the […]

How common is it for patients who have had breast augmentation to later want a change in size, either larger or smaller, or have the implants removed altogether?

Question: How common is it for patients who have had breast augmentation to later want a change in size, either larger or smaller, or have the implants removed altogether? Answer: Size changes are one of the most common reasons for re-operation after breast augmentation. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of American women wish […]

What is the best bra to wear after my breast reduction surgery?

Question: What is the best bra to wear after my breast reduction surgery? Should the bra be with or without wires, should it be shaping or maybe a sports bra? Answer: After breast reduction, I like my patients to wear a soft cotton sports bra without an underwire for 6 weeks. After this, I require […]

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