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In recent years, statement jewelry has been quite the rage. In particular, colossal hoop and dangle earrings are a wardrobe staple. While these pieces can certainly add “bling” to your get-up, they can also age and damage your earlobes.

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and volume…becoming thinner and saggier. Earrings bearing significant weight can speed up this process causing the earlobe to droop and the actual piercing to elongate. With time, the piercing becomes more susceptible to tearing.

While simply rejuvenating the ear is a proactive and relatively low-cost procedure, actually repairing a torn earlobe is a bit more involved. Both procedures, however, are relatively straightforward and can be performed in an office setting.

Thin and aged earlobes can greatly benefit from dermal fillers such as Belotero, Perlane or Juvederm. In less than an hour, thin earlobes can be plumped. The additional volume provided by the dermal filler creates the support needed for an earring to remain in its ideal position. The cost of non-surgical earlobe rejuvenation starts around $600. No downtime is required. Keep in mind that fillers are only a temporary fix, lasting up to 2 years depending on the type of filler administered.

For patients concerned more with sagging of the lobes, a “lobe-lift” may be the best solution. With this procedure, excess skin is surgically excised allowing for a lifted effect. The incision is typically placed behind the earlobe and local anesthesia is all that is required.

For patients who have experienced a simple tear of the earlobe, a basic repair surgery is all that is needed. Local anesthesia is applied to the affected area. Then, the two halves are reconnected and approximated with fine sutures which reset the earlobe to a more natural position. Should the patient choose to wear earrings again, they must wait 6 to 12 weeks following the procedure to re-pierce the lobes.

The cost to repair torn earlobes or remove sagging lobe skin varies by surgeon and by region ranging from $350 for simple tears up to $1500 for more complex procedures.

While many options are available for those unsatisfied with the condition of their lobes, the best advice is to avoid heavy earrings altogether. If you cannot avoid oversized hoops altogether, at least wear them sparingly.

Our board certified surgeons offer ear rejuvenation and repair procedures in an accredited office surgery suite using sedation and local anesthesia. Call 423-648-4011 to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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If you keep up to date with pop culture, you are probably aware of the Kylie Jenner lip challenge and the media’s obsession with her facial metamorphosis. After months of denying plastic surgery rumors, Kylie recently admitted that her sultry and ever so coveted lips were indeed the product of cosmetic lip injections.

Thanks to advancing technology in the field of injectables, “duck lips” are a concern of the past. Recently approved by the FDA, a new line of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)fillers are particularly ideal for temporary lip enhancement. Unlike the original HA fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm which comprised of a larger particle size, the latest variety of injectable fillers have a smaller expanse which allows for more natural results. Unlike Juvederm which tended not to distribute through tissue as easily(resulting in a harder texture), Belotero and Restylane Silk blends much better into the dermis- feeling more natural to the touch. This is not to say that older HA fillers are no longer useful, they simply tend to be more suitable for other areas of the face like the cheeks.

Just like other injectables, Belotero and Restylane Silk can cause bruising and swelling. The best way to minimize the potential for complication is to avoid fish oil, ibuprofen or any other blood thinning agent before and 24 hours following your procedure. While there is virtually no downtime, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity, extensive sun or heat exposure, alcoholic beverages and other blood thinning agents 24 hours post procedure. It is not ideal to have fillers right before a big event because of the potential for bruising and swelling.

The results of Belotero and Restylane Silk can last at least six months and, for some patients, even longer. Patients typically require only one syringe for lip augmentation. One syringe of Belotero and Restylane Silk costs around $300- $500 depending on where you receive treatment. The session only takes about thirty minutes to perform and results are immediate. To minimize discomfort, we apply a topical numbing agent in addition to an oral nerve block. By the time you receive your dermal injections, most patients will not even feel their lips. Be aware, however, as not all practices offer numbing.

Whether you are wanting to erase the wrinkles around your mouth, restore lost volume of the lips or simply want to enhance your pout, Belotero and Restylane Silk provide wonderful results without an “overdone” effect.

Our Board Certified Surgeons have been performing non-surgical lip augmentations for years. If you are interested lip injections, call 423-648-4011 and schedule your private consultation.

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Beyonce image courtesy of Wikipedia

Beyonce image courtesy of Wikipedia

Throughout history, distinctive body shapes have been regarded as fashionable or desirable. With passing decades, body type trends have evolved. Depending on the era you live in, you may be lucky enough to naturally posses the figure coveted by mainstream society at any give time.

Back in the 1950’s, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe made voluptuous, hourglass figures in vogue. Then, supermodel Twiggy hit the fashion scene in the 1960’s and completely altered beauty standards. As a result, it seemed for decades that thinner more waifish figures (in varying degrees) were considered to be the “ideal body type”. Shift to our current day in age and it appears curves have made a comeback with stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Kate Upton reminding society of just how beautiful and feminine curves can be.

With curves trending in the main stream, it seems many female patients are seeking ways to attain more voluptuous breasts, plumper backsides and smaller waists (to emphasize an hourglass silhouette). While women with “boyish” physiques may not have been so lucky during the Maryiln Monroe era, aesthetic technology has come a long way. If you were not born with curves, modern-day technology allows patients to purchase them. Here are some of the cosmetic procedures intended to enhance curves.

 

Breast Augmentation-

Considered the most popular procedure in the field of cosmetic surgery, a breast augmentation can enhance the size and shape of one’s chest/breast. The procedure only takes 1-2 hours to complete and starts around $3800 depending on the type of implant used. Breast enlargement is one of the most common ways to provide a women with instant curves. The procedure is tried and true but breast implant preferences have definitely changed with the times. In the 1990’s, the trend was to go for a larger, more augmented look. Now, there is a movement towards more natural looking implants. Patients tend to go with a smaller sized shaped implant compared to those patients of the Pamela Anderson era.

Butt Enhancement-

Made popular by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, bigger bottoms seem to be all of the rage. While there are non-surgical ways to boost and build the glutes( like lunges and squats) surgical butt enhancement seems to be one of the fastest growing trends in cosmetic surgery. Surgical butt enhancement can be achieved by different approaches. Whether by fat transplants, gluteal implants or a surgical lift , the American Society of Plastic Surgeons projects that 13,373 Americans elected to augment their bottoms in 2013. Unlike breast augmentation which has been around for years, butt enhancement is a relatively new concept. Gluteal enlargement is regarded by many as the new frontier of cosmetic surgery. While exciting, there are still some uncertainties and reservations as they relate to the dependability and functionality of butt implants. Postoperative recovery requires patients to stay off of their glutes for weeks. This is impractical for many with jobs that require seated positions. Moreover, gluteal implants have a reputation for not staying in place. Unlike breast implants which can be placed under the muscle and contained by the overlying muscle, butt implants are sometime placed on top of the gluteal muscles.

Liposuction-

Coveting that feminine hourglass silhouette? Abdominal/flank liposuction can help cinch and sculpt a smaller waist line…allowing womanly hips to pop. Liposuction of the abdomen can start around $2500 and recovery time is typically one to two weeks. Liposuction candidates must have a BMI of 31 or less and posses good skin quality. While liposuction is not a weight loss tool, it can be effective for spot reduction of fat deposits when diet and exercise alone fail to produce results.

While big bottoms are trendy now, keep in mind that, unfortunately, most trends go out of style. You should never undergo something as serious as cosmetic surgery to keep up with the trends. Your decision to complete surgery should only come after serious thought and consideration. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons, call 423-648-4011. To view our before and after gallery, visit our website advsurgical.com

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ABCS-new-beauty-infographic_lgIn an attempt to provide the utmost in patient care and education , we find it necessary to discern the field of cosmetic surgery from that of  plastic surgery.  As a practice that offers cosmetic surgery, on a daily basis,  we encounter patients who are unable to distinguish “cosmetic” from “plastic”. For this reason, we have published numerous articles expressing the differences between the two fields. One of the articles can be found here.

As the field of cosmetic surgery gains mass popularity, an increasing amount of misinformation has surfaced. In particular, New Beauty Magazine recently published an article containing a shocking amount of deception regarding the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery which ultimately depicts Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons in a negative light. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has devised an informative response to address the inaccuracy resulting from the New Beauty magazine article.  Our mission to provide patient education and safety has prompted us to share this information with our readers.  We hope this will eliminate some of the confusion.

Read the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery’ s response at

http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/newbeauty-open-letter

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Ask beauty-conscious women over 40 for one of their favorite anti-aging tools and many will profess their love for Botox or other neuromodulator treatments such as Xeomin and Dysport. It seems health journals are routinely reporting new benefits from Botox use such as migraine relief, depression management and Hyperhidrosis treatment. With all of these new findings, it is easy to begin to categorize Botox as some sort of panacea.

While neuromdulators are long proven to smooth “11” lines, crow’s feet , neck cords and even subtly lift eyebrows, this magnificent emulsion does have its limitations. Here are three conditions Botox cannot effectively correct.

  1. Deep Lines

Yes, neuromodulators are great for preventing and addressing fine lines but only those caused by facial expressions. Botox works by relaxing those muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those lines formed as a result of frowning, squinting, laughing, smiling or scowling. With time, the habitual act of these expressions etch deeper lines into the skin. By relaxing such expressions, you prevent deeper etching of the lines and wrinkles. However, if deep lines persist even when muscles are relaxed, Botox alone will not remove the lines. If the wrinkling is still present after the application of a neuromodulator, you most likely will require an injectable filler to plump the skin and provide dermal volume to push the crease out. If you are experiencing wrinkling from sun damage, a dermal filler is better suited for your condition. Botox will not address this type of wrinkling.

  1. Skin Complexion

While neuromodulators can improve the appearance of the skin by smoothing out fine creases and lines, it has no effect on skin complexion. If you are looking to restore radiance to skin, treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing will be better suited to your needs. A proper diet, sufficient water consumption, routine exfoliation and daily application of sunscreen are also great ways to ensure a glowing complexion. Keep in mind that exposure to sun and wind or tobacco use can wreak havoc on your skin.

  1. Sagging Skin

Sagging skin results as elasticity of the tissue is lost through aging and skin damage(often inflicted by sun exposure or weight fluctuation). Jowls and heavy eyelids are two popular expressions of this condition. While Botox can subtly lift the eyebrows and provide a slight improvement to eyelids, Botox is not equipped to address these issues. Although dermal fillers like Perlane, Restylane or Juvederm can provide a bit of relief, the most effective and proven way to lift sagging skin is through surgical removal or lifting of excess skin. A facelift is the best way to address jowls while blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is ideal for correcting drooping eyelids.

While Botox is valuable for a number of conditions, it is definitely not a miraculous cure all. It is important for patients to have reasonable expectations before pursuing this treatment.

Our Board Certified Surgeons have years of experience with injectable neuromodulators. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call 423-648-4011.

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Cosmetic Surgery after weight loss

Constantly reminded by health experts and physicians to get our eight hours of beauty rest, sleep is regarded as one of the biggest defenses against aging. However, sleep may be responsible for giving you wrinkles…in an inadvertent way.

While an adequate night’s rest is a legitimate way to ward off premature aging, the position in which you sleep may be responsible for fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology explains that sleeping face-down or sideways may cause lines of the face, neck and chest. Crow’s feet and cleavage wrinkles are common results of repeatedly sleeping on one’s side or stomach. In fact, you can distinguish sleep lines from average wrinkles by applying pressure to the area you sleep on. Are the lines magnified? Chances are, these lines are a result of sleep positioning.

Not to worry, there are very simple, natural solutions to this sleep dilemma. The most straightforward way to prevent such wrinkling is to change your sleep position by training yourself to sleep on your back. This is the most cost-effective way to address sleep lines. If sleeping flat on your back is not an option, there are specialty pillows available for purchase.

Worn like a bra, there is a pillow intended to prevent chest wrinkling by acting as a wedge between the cleavage. To prevent lines of the face, there are memory foam type pillows claiming to prevent wrinkling. Keep in mind, not much is known regarding the actual proof of effectiveness. Many cosmetic surgeons and dermatologist believe claims by such pillow manufacturers to be dubious. While specialty pillows may provide a little aid, you should not expect a miracle. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If crow’s feet are already visible, you may want to consider a solid plan of attack with a neuromodulator like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin as they are long proven to erase these lines. Neuromodulator treatments start around $300, take only 30 minutes to complete and results last up to four months. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are the most conservative ways to approach “cleavage wrinkles” and are generally suited for patients on the less severe end of the spectrum as they only address the most superficial layers of skin. These mild treatments start around only $100 and do not take long to complete but may cause temporary redness and peeling of the skin. If cleavage wrinkles have become permanent fixtures on your chest, laser treatment, dermabrasion or deep chemical peels are likely a viable solution.

Laser resurfacing is ideal for patients with deeper wrinkling of the chest. A variety of laser technology is available to address these conditions. Erbium, YAG and CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers are the most common types of lasers used for skin resurfacing. Erbium works at a more superficial, less invasive level while CO2 Laser works at a deeper skin level and is one of the most invasive lasers. Another option is the fractionated YAG laser which is less invasive yet does not penetrate as deep as the CO2 laser. Laser resurfacing costs around $300-$1000 per session.

Undoubtedly, sufficient sleep is important for your health, but make sure your positioning is not wrinkling you. It is best to train yourself to sleep flat on your back, but if it is already too late, you may need cosmetic intervention.

To find out which treatment is best for you, call 423-648-4011 and schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.

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Most of us know Botox can be useful in treating a variety of conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, excessive perspiration and migraine headaches, but now recent studies suggest Botox may also be effective in helping to relieve depression. Botulinum toxin as an anti-depressant? According to researchers at the Hannover Medical School in Germany, yes.

A total of 30 patients who possessed chronic depression unresponsive to traditional forms of treatment participated in the study. Essentially, patients randomly received a single injection of either botulinum toxin or a placebo. Injections were placed at the “frown-line” area (between the eyebrows). At a six week post-treatment follow-up, Botox recipients reported a 47.1 percent decrease in depression related symptoms whereas placebo recipients only reported a 9.2 percent reduction in depression related indications.

Study analyst Professor Tillmann Kruger explains, “Our emotions are expressed by facial muscles, which in turn send feedback signals to the brain to reinforce those emotions. Treating facial muscles with botulinum toxin interrupts this cycle.”

Have you ever heard smiling can actually trick your brain into thinking you are happy? This is the essence of Botox therapy.

The study has since been replicated in two similar investigations, giving Botox injection therapy a promising reputation in the field of psychiatry. Where oral anti-depressants present a myriad of possible side-effects, Botox therapy for depression exhibits no evidence of side-effects other than an added bonus-a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, oral depression medications typically require daily use whereas a single injection of botulinum toxin lasts around three months.

Because insurance does not currently cover Botox for depression, this form of treatment can be costly- starting around $500 per treatment. But for many depression patients resistant to traditional therapy, the investment may be worth a try. Worst-case scenario, reduction in depression may not be notable, but frown-lines are erased allowing for a happier, more youthful appearance.

Botox injections only take around 30 minutes to perform and require no downtime. Patients report minimal discomfort.

If you are interested in frown-line treatment, call 423-648-4011 and schedule your complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.

Information for this article was referenced from “More Evidence Botox Works for Depression” by Caroline Cassels found on webMD.com

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Let’s face it: most of us would love to lose some “lbs.”. Yet, unfortunately, many of us are unsuccessful in our attempts to slim down. As a result, we learn to dress in a way which conceals our trouble areas and accentuates our leaner features. What if, however, one of the your trouble areas exists in the facial region (think..double chin, chubby cheeks)? You can’t exactly compress your chipmunk cheeks with a pair of Spanx. Fear not. The field of aesthetics has you covered. Below are three ways to slim and sculpt your face.

1. Buccal Fat Removal
Everyone is born with fatty tissue in the lower facial region known as buccal pads. These buccal pads provide a youthful, “baby face” effect. For some, however, they create a “chipmunk” or “chubby” cheeked appearance. This is adorable on children and many will grow out of this phase . For those who do not, self-esteem issues can develop. As a result, many individuals will feel they look overweight or unattractive. Buccal fat pad removal is a procedure that involves removing the oversized fat pads to achieve a more chiseled look to the cheek, essentially hollowing the area. While this can provide great contouring to qualified candidates, this can also “age” some. This is why it is important to discuss your concerns with an experienced surgeon. Buccal Fat removal is completed with very small incisions inside the mouth with minimal scarring.

2. Facial Liposuction
The double-chin is a common complaint for many. Even those who are physically fit struggle with this stubborn, fat deposit. Unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce the double-chin with exercise or diet. You can , however, with liposuction. Liposuction surgery can be performed to remove fatty deposits under the chin and on the jawline. It is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure that only takes 30 minutes to an hour to perform. Upon recover, which typically lasts a few days, swelling will be present. It is crucial to wear a compression garment until the swelling subsides. Laser addition to standard liposuction can result in skin tightening at the site.

3. Chin Implant
A small, weak chin can often cause one’s face to appear round and undefined. A chin implant can alter facial structure and provide a more aesthetically pleasing shape. As an added bonus, it can reduce the appearance of a double-chin and cause the nose to appear smaller. While very subtle, chin augmentation can provide effective results. The procedure costs around $3000 and takes only an hour to perform. Unlike breast implants, chin implants are approved for lifetime use which means you never have to replace the device. We have had many pleased chin augmentation patients at our practice and the procedure is considered one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries to date. Many are deeming it “the new boob-job”. Chin implants are most commonly solid silicone, placed through a very small incision below the chin and can be completely reversed.

If you want to learn more about any of these slimming procedures, call 423-648-4011 and schedule a private consultation with one of our Board Certified Surgeons. Don’t let a case of “chipmunk cheeks” and “double chins” keep you from looking your best.

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© Phil Date | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Ready or not, wedding season has commenced. Whether you are the bride, mother of the bride , bridesmaid or simply acquaintance of a bride or groom to be, chances are high that you will be attending a wedding within the next few months.

While the wedding is typically all about the bride, cosmetic wedding preparations are a great idea for anyone wanting to put their best foot forward. After all, weddings are often a time to reunite with friends and family you may not have seen in ages. Who wouldn’t want to look their best? Here are a few procedures to consider before that big day.

1. Neuromodulators-
Neuromodulators like Botox, Xeomin or Dysport are one of the most common and basic cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Often costing anywhere from $250 to $700 per treatment, neuromodulators are injected to relax the muscles responsible for creating crow’s feet and frown lines. These injectables can also be used to provide a natural lift to the eyelids and brows. While there is essentially no downtime required for this treatment, don’t wait the day before your wedding to have the injections completed as results typically take 1 to 3 days to surface. We recommend patients schedule this treatment 6 weeks in advance of their big day. Botox injections only take about 30 minutes to complete and results last 3-4 months.

2. Fillers-
Often performed in conjunction with neuromodulators, fillers are an injectable solution to fine lines, wrinkles and volume loss caused by aging and skin damage. Fillers can be used to plump lips and sunken cheeks, rejuvenate hands and undereyes or fill in those unsightly crevices around the mouth. Ranging from $400 to $600 a syringe, patients may need anywhere from 1 to 3 syringes depending on how many areas need treatment and the severity of the problem area being treated. Although fillers do not necessarily result in downtime, swelling and bruising at the site of injection are common. This is why we recommend patients book this procedure at least 4 weeks ahead of their event. Fillers take around 30 minutes to an hour to complete and, depending on the type of filler, can last as little as 6 months or as long as 2 years depending on the filler and technique.

3. Chemical Peel or Laser Resurfacing-
Looking to erase dull, sun-damaged skin? Varying in degrees of intensity, from light to deep, chemical peel or laser resurfacing are a cost effective and non-surgical solutions for sun damaged skin. Applied as a topical gel, chemical peels are used to remove the dull, damaged surface layers of the skin to reveal the more radiant, youthful layers of the dermis. The more intense the chemical peel, the deeper the peel penetrates. According to the depth and the potency of the peel, pain is typically minimal if not non-existent all the way to intensive requiring IV sedation. Lasers can take the resurfacing to a whole new level. While chemical peels and laser resurfacing are considered non-invasive, redness and flaking often results after treatment, so we recommend booking this procedure a few weeks to months ahead of your event depending on the level of resurfacing and expected changes.

Just like high school reunions or holiday gatherings, weddings are major life events that motivate many to diet, exercise and even make a visit to their cosmetic surgeon to dress up and be the best that you can be. Even if you aren’t the bride, it is perfectly normal to want to look your best…think of all the photos that may be taken…..show your best side.

While these pre-wedding “touch ups” aren’t as dramatic as undergoing a surgical procedure such as a facelift or brow lift, they can certainly take years off of your appearance to gain the glow. If you are considering a pre-wedding touch up, call 423-648-4011 and book your private complimentary cosmetic consultation.

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While many prospective breast augmentation patients may have visions of sexier, skimpier brassieres on their mind and a trip to Victoria’s Secret on their post-op to-do list, breast implants actually require sufficient care and attention. Many of the breast patients we initially consult with in our practice have been misled to believe that “fake” breasts cannot sag like natural breasts and therefore , do not need complete support…….hence the new wardrobe of lacy bras that serve no function and provide no support are far from truth.

Although rare, breast implants can displace and descend below the original pocket. Also known as “bottoming out” , this complication occurs when there is not enough support to keep the implant in place. As a result, the implant drops low on the chest and causes the nipple to appear abnormally high on the breast mound. Not a natural or optimal look.

While any size or type of breast implant is susceptible to “bottoming out”, larger implants are more likely to pose this risk from shear weight. Implant placement also plays a factor in the likelihood of implant displacement. Implants placed above the muscle are more likely to descend than those placed completely under the muscle. Under the muscle provides more support with dense tissues. Also a factor is skin type as women with thin breast tissue are particularly at risk.

Bottoming Out: Prevention

The best way to prevent implant displacement is to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Support, support, support. Because smoking can damage  skin elasticity, it is also advisable to refrain from nicotine and tobacco use. While it may be tempting to go bra-less, or only wear those cute lacy yet functionless bras, implants need proper support just as natural breast tissue. Cute and lacy may be used for limited amounts of time; but support bras should be a daily routine.

 

When performing high risk activities, breast augmentation patients should use common sense. Activities that involve excessive bouncing like running and horse-back riding will put extra pressure on breast tissue. Therefore, it is wise for patients to invest in highly supportive sports bras.

While breast implants are great for restoring youth, volume and perkiness of the breast, patients must take care of their investment so that their results remain aesthetically appealing. If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery, call 423-648-4011 and schedule your private, complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.

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