Archive for December, 2012

cosmetic surgery in Chattanooga TennesseeIf you think cosmetic surgery is only for wealthy housewives and glamorous celebrities, it is time to think again. As a wider variety of non-surgical alternatives and financing options surface, more Americans, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, are electing to undergo cosmetic enhancements.

Financing Cosmetic Procedures

The new-found availability of financing is largely responsible for the rise in cosmetic surgery patients . Carecredit ,offered at our cosmetic surgery practice in Chattanooga, is a financing option specifically for cosmetic services. Just like a credit card, Carecredit allows patients to fit procedures like Botox, breast augmentation and facelift surgery into their monthly budget. No longer do patients have to save up for their procedure. They can get the look they want when they want it.

Just as many invest in their looks through gym memberships, spray tans, high end cosmetics and hair stylists, more individuals treat routine Botox or injectable treatments as another necessity in their beauty regimen. Payment plans make this more feasible for the average person.

Non-surgical Enhancements

Before the introduction of Botox and injectable fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, cosmetic patients did not have many non-surgical alternatives. Many patients looking to erase wrinkles or rejuvenate skin only had expensive, surgical solutions. Thanks to years of research and development, the modern cosmetic patient has an abundance of options. Whether it be injectable fillers like Perlane or Radiesse to address deflated facial features, or Dysport injections to treat frown lines and crow’s feet, our surgeons strive to resolve patient concerns through non-surgical approaches before resorting to surgical intervention.

If you have been considering cosmetic surgery but unsure of how to fit it into your budget, our staff can work with you and explore your options. It is a great time to be a cosmetic patient. For more information call 423-648-4011.

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tummy tuck Chattanooga

How is a mini tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck?

While more traditional tummy tucks address the belly button, lower and upper abdomen, the mini tummy tuck only tightens the lower abdomen. Upon healing from a full tuck, patients will have scarring around the belly button and an additional scar that extends across the lower abdomen, typically extending from hip to hip. A mini abdominoplasty results in a smaller scar only at the lower abdomen and no scar around the navel.

Although mini tucks can be an effective alternative for patients with skin laxity and stretch marks isolated to the lower abdomen, mini tummy tucks cannot correct the upper abdomen and belly button nor can it remove stretch marks present in the upper region of the stomach.

Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates

Ideal candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are healthy, non-smokers who exhibit loose skin in the lower abdomen not treatable by liposuction alone. Pooching, skin laxity and stretch marks must be limited to the lower abdomen. If the patient exhibits these symptoms on the entire midsection, they may be better suited for a full tummy tuck.

To see if you are a mini tummy tuck candidate, call 423-648-4011 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons.

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breast implants Chattanooga, TennesseeFrom a superficial standpoint, it is widely recognized that breast augmentation is effective in providing greater volume ,improved shape and better symmetry. Recently, however, a study proved the effects of breast enhancement extend to more substantial, internal benefits.

Patients who receive surgical breast implants cite improved quality of life according to the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

During the study, forty-one females completed questionnaires before and after breast implant surgery. The questionnaires were created to evaluate six components associated with quality of life. Ultimately, more than 80 percent of the participants reported “significant improvement” through indicators of well-being and satisfaction. Interestingly enough, satisfaction and gains in quality of life were considered great when compared to results reported by hip replacement study participants.

When trying to make sense of this phenomenon, American culture may play a crucial role. As ideals for feminine beauty are concerned, our society can be quite harsh. When women perceive themselves as “flat-chested” or “boyish”, their self-worth may be negatively effected. Such insecurities can impact one’s ability to enjoy life. Tropical vacations, parties and even everyday activities can be less gratifying for women insecure with their breasts.

Considered one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US, more than 300,000 women received cosmetic breast augmentation in 2011. Two-thirds of those women chose silicone implants.

Just as we invest in our well-being by paying for gym-memberships or purchasing health food and supplements, breast enhancement surgery is an investment that can provide long-term benefits. Confidence and satisfaction with one’s body image can enhance other areas of our lives.

If you are interested in seeing what breast augmentation can do for, call 423-648-4011 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons.

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cosmetic surgery Chattanooga, TennesseeYou have been good all year…why not treat yourself to a long-term investment like cosmetic surgery for the holidays? Unlike designer handbags and shoes which eventually go out of style, looking fabulous and improved self-esteem never gets old. Plus, colder weather and more time off during the holidays allows for ideal recovery conditions. Here are some procedures we have found popular in our practice this time of year.

Face Lift and Laser Resurfacing

A Facelift is a surgical procedure used to lift sagging facial tissues to a higher more youthful position. Most facelift procedures address the SMAS [underlying fibrous tissues of the face/neck], the platysma [neck muscle] and the skin of the face/neck. Confirming what we have seen in our Cosmetic Surgery practice for years, a study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery revealed that patients looked an average of 9 years younger than their actual age after receiving facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift surgery. More recently, it was proven through scientific research that more than five years after facelift surgery, three-fourths of patients still look younger than they did before surgery. For optimal results, many patients combine facelift surgery with laser skin resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing is a less-invasive yet effective way to correct sun damage exhibited by age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Laser treatments use thermal technology to remove the damaged, superficial layers of skin to ultimately reveal more fresh and youthful skin.

While recovering from facial rejuvenation procedures like laser resurfacing and facelift surgery, patients are instructed to avoid sunlight exposure. The shorter days of winter make such post-op recommendations more ideal and feasible . After all, many patients will see minimal sunlight given it is dark during their daily commutes. Even more, between sunny vacations, boating and a plethora of outdoor activities, avoiding the summer sun is almost impossible for many thus making winter a practical choice for facial rejuvenation procedures.

Body Contouring through liposuction and breast augmentation

Liposuction removes excess fatty tissues to reveal a trimmer silhouette while breast augmentation, by surgical implantation, can provide feminine curves by providing shape and volume. Although sun exposure is not particularly an issue in regards to liposuction and breast enhancement recovery , patients are required to wear post-operative garments while healing. Wearing such garments in the hot summer months can be uncomfortable and difficult to conceal. Even more, patients may not feel comfortable baring their bodies in skimpier clothing until they have fully healed. Cold weather attire allows for easy concealment of compression garments and bandages.

An added benefit to undergoing cosmetic surgery during this time of year, is more ample recovery time. With extra time off from school or work, the holidays allow many patients extra downtime. Many cosmetic surgery procedures require a 1 to 2 week recovery period in which many patients do not feel comfortable being seen in public. To ensure recovery time without having to ask for additional time away from school or work, many individuals book their surgery over Christmas vacation.

If you have been seriously contemplating cosmetic surgery, you may want to consider scheduling your procedure within the next few months. As an added incentive, many cosmetic surgery practices offer holiday specials. Until January 31, 2013, we are offering a discounted rate on silicone breast implants. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call 423-648-4011.

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