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blepharoplasty in Chattanooga TennesseeDeemed as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in 2011 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery , eyelid lift surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is effective in erasing years from a patient’s perceived age.

In fact, recent studies have further confirmed this claim. According to a recent study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, patients looked an average of 9 years younger than their actual age after receiving eyelid lift surgery in conjunction with face lift surgery.

The Most Dominant Facial Feature

When many patients consult with our cosmetic surgeons, their first area of concern is their eyes. These patients are either unhappy with droopy upper eyelids or baggy lower lids and, unfortunately, one of the first places our face can show age is around the eyes- the windows to the soul. Skin and other tissues around the eyes start to loosen and sag in one’s mid-30′s with loose, lax skin, hoods and wrinkles. As years pass by, if left unaddressed , sagging eyelids can actually interfere with vision. Even more, if the patient can prove loss of vision by meeting insurance requirements, insurance will cover the cost of blepharoplasty surgery.

Eyelid Lift:What to Expect

Blepharoplasty/eyelid surgery is a procedure performed on the eyelids in which fat, excess skin and muscle are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. Although a Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) is highly effective at correcting droopy, hooded or puffy eyelids, an eyelid lift will not correct dark circles, crow’s feet or sagging eyebrows. Sagging eyebrows are addressed through a separate procedure known as a forehead/brow lift. An eyelid lift can be performed in conjunction with brow and face lifts.

This outpatient procedure takes one to three hours and is completed under local anesthesia. Recovery lasts for approximately ten days and minor discomfort is normal. While healing, the eyelids may feel sore and tight. However, pain medication is administered to minimize discomfort.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons, call 423-648-4011.

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liposuction in Chattanooga, TennesseeFor years , liposuction has been considered the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States and although it is a highly effective tool for fat tissue spot reduction, in fact one of the only proven methods for spot reduction , the general US population mistakes this body-sculpting tool for a diet and exercise alternative .This is actually a very popular misconception associated with liposuction in which we must consistently clarify in liposuction consultations.

The Ideal Liposuction Candidate

The best candidate for this procedure is someone with localized collections of fat which persist despite diet and exercise.

Those who are at or close to their ideal body weight derive the greatest benefit from this procedure. Typically, an individual with a body mass index (BMI) of 21 – 25 is ideal while an individual with a BMI of 26 – 30 is still a good candidate. Although, patients with a BMI above 30 (30 – 35) will benefit from liposuction, the result will not be as optimal as those of individuals closer to their ideal body weight. For people in this BMI range (30 – 35 ), a diet and exercise program is recommended prior to consideration for liposuction. This procedure is not well suited for individuals with a BMI of or greater than 35.

If you are not at your desired weight, we will recommend that you get down to your desired weight and stabilize your weight prior to undertaking this procedure rather than having it done and then trying to lose additional weight as the best results are obtained when you are at your desired weight. Moreover, your weight should be stable for three months prior to undertaking liposuction (a weight which is relatively constant over this period of time should be permanently sustainable).You should not be attempting active weight loss for at least one month prior to this or any other operative procedure.

Effective Spot Reduction with Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the only ways to target the areas where we tend to deposit stubborn fat . The most typical trouble spots include the abdomen, love handles, outer thighs (saddle bags) and the double chin . The arms, back (below the bra line) and inner thighs are also common culprits of stubborn fat . Even after vigorous exercise and diet, these trouble areas tend to persist. So, why does this happen?

When you gain weight you grow adipocytes (fat cells) that fill with lipid (fat) and when you lose weight, those fat cells empty out the lipid but stay in place. Therefore, they remain to simply fill again making you gain weight. This is one of the reasons why it is easy to gain weight and why repeated gaining and losing weight with dieting makes it harder to stay trim in the long run. You fill up with fat cells.

Unlike dieting,liposuction removes those fat cells permanently in addition to the lipid. It puts that area of your body back in sync with the rest of you so that even if you gain weight again, it will be more evenly distributed because the excess cells in your trouble area are gone for good. In fact, a number of patients have had liposuction and have subsequently gained weight. The areas originally treated by liposuction have maintained their new shape, and even though they are heavier they still have a more desirable silhouette.

The cosmetic success of liposuction relies on removing inches rather than pounds. For example, removing an amount of fat equivalent to a half-pound of butter from a woman’s saddlebag area or from a man’s love handle areas would result in dramatic change in silhouette, but would not significantly change the person’s weight. If at least a 50% improvement would make you happy, then it is likely that you will be very happy with the result of this procedure since our patients generally achieve more than a 50% improvement. For the perfectionist, or for liposuction of a very large area, maximum improvement may require a second procedure for which there would be an additional fee.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons or for more information, call 423-648-4011.

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Will I be happy with my cosmetic surgery?This question is one that is asked in our cosmetic surgery practice quite often and as simple as this question may first present itself, to the contrary, it can render a very complex answer. Many factors contribute to a patient’s satisfaction with their outcome following cosmetic surgery . Major components such as the patient’s expectations, life circumstances, mentality and the performing cosmetic plastic surgeon can all attribute to patient satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

Cosmetic Surgery Satisfaction: Forming Realistic Goals

To begin forming realistic expectations, it is vital for patients to carefully weigh the advantages of the selected cosmetic procedure against the possible risks, disadvantages or complications. For example, a tummy tuck may result in a tighter, flatter midsection but some scarring is a by-product of this procedure. Is scarring an effect you are willing to accept for a tighter stomach? Be sure to research and consult with your cosmetic surgeon regarding possible risks and disadvantages associated with the procedure you are considering.

Before undergoing cosmetic surgery, patients should outline some solid and attainable goals in which they expect to achieve by undergoing the procedure of interest. Will the procedure help you reach these feasible goals (flatter stomach, fuller breasts, younger appearance)? Make sure your surgeon is confident that cosmetic surgery can accomplish these basic goals, and let me emphasize the terms “basic”, “attainable” and “feasible” .If you are expecting cosmetic surgery to completely alter your personality or life, you are probably not generating feasible goals and will be setting yourself up for disappointment. Also, be sure your motives for cosmetic surgery come from within. It is never a good idea to undergo cosmetic surgery for someone else.

Choosing your cosmetic or plastic surgeon

In addition to forming realistic goals and well-informed expectations, it is vital to put careful consideration and research into choosing your cosmetic or plastic surgeon. No matter how well you prepare yourself for the procedure mentally, if your surgeon is incompetent, you will most likely regret your cosmetic surgery. When choosing a cosmetic surgeon it is important to select a cosmetic surgeon who is board certified. In most states it is legal for any physician who holds a valid medical license,with or without surgical training, to practice cosmetic surgery. Board certification is important because it makes certain your surgeon has the training, qualifications and experience needed to perform your cosmetic surgical procedure safely and skillfully. A board certified cosmetic surgeon has greater insight into your needs, has knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques and the surgical skill and judgment to recommend and perform the cosmetic surgical procedure that will enhance your appearance effectively and safely.

As for how you should choose a cosmetic surgeon or cosmetic surgical center— You should do the research locally and online. You can perform a standard internet search with the name of the doctor or the procedure about which you would like to receive more information. What do you see online? Do you like their before and after photos? Do they have negative or positive reviews ? In addition, ask about the surgeon’s privileges in an accredited surgery center or a hospital to perform cosmetic surgery. Given the growing number of cosmetic surgery patients and the highly competitive pool of doctors performing cosmetic surgery, it is vital that you obtain accurate information regarding cosmetic surgery and the doctors who perform it.

You should be happy with your surgery as long as you research your surgeon carefully, educate yourself on the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery of interest and make sure your expectations and goals are realistic and attainable.

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