The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most transformative elective surgery procedures in the world! It can boost a patient’s self-esteem and allow them to focus on the facial features they love. If you are wondering what this procedure can do for your life, we’ve outlined some of our favorites rhinoplasty benefits below:

  • Provides flattering facial contours.
  • Corrects any bumps or lumps.
  • Refines the tip of the nose.
  • Changes the width of the nostrils.
  • Produces a balanced nasal profile.
  • Corrects any breathing obstructions.

 

 

 

Schedule your consultation to learn more about rhinoplasty and the benefits it can provide you.

Why Belly Fat is Hard to Lose and How to Do It

What’s the most frustrating part of dieting? For many of us, it’s not changing our eating habits or sweating through gym routines. Instead, it’s the disheartening realization that even when we reach a healthy weight, we retain two or more inches of belly fat. Indeed, even some individuals who are otherwise very slim have a small “pot belly.”

The good news? While belly fat can be very hard to lose, getting rid of it isn’t impossible. If you know the right techniques and are willing to consider alternatives to conventional fat loss methods (such as cosmetic medicine), getting rid of belly fat can be downright painless. Here’s what you need to know:

Understanding—and Conquering—Stubborn Belly Fat

Before trying to banish belly fat, it’s useful to know why belly fat is especially stubborn. The causes of diet-resistant fat deposits on the stomach vary from person to person, and may include one or more of the following factors:

  • Age. As we get older, our fat becomes more “centralized.” That is to say, it moves away from the extremities (like the hands, feet, and face) and collects around the abdomen. As such, even if you don’t actually gain extra weight over the years, you can develop a noticeable belly. Making matters worse, we lose muscle mass as we age. This means that the belly fat we have is poorly supported. Without strong abdominal muscles in place to help “compress” the stomach, the abdomen tends to protrude, making fat deposits even more noticeable.

 

  • Diet. Even if you’re eating a calorie-controlled diet, eating the wrong kinds of foods can encourage your body to retain belly fat. Foods that cause insulin levels to spike, i.e., refined carbohydrates and sugary foods and drinks, are associated with an increase in “visceral fat.” This is an especially dense form of abdominal fat that clusters close to the organs. Not only is it hard to lose visceral fat, having a higher percentage of this type of fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

 

  • Genetic and hormonal factors. Bodily composition varies from person to person, and some people are simply more genetically prone to storing fat around the midsection. This is particularly common in people whose ancestors lived at high latitudes, as storing fat around the midsection helps the body to retain heat. Likewise, as you probably already know if you’re female, feminine hormones like estrogen tend to aid in fat storage. This, too, used to serve a vital purpose: It gave women extra fat deposits to draw on while carrying and nursing their babies, which could be life-saving in times of famine. Today, however, it makes battling the bulge particularly challenging for women.

 

Now that you know what causes stubborn belly fat, you can figure out what to do about it. If the problem is diet—that is, you’ve been eating less but still consuming a lot of sweet or processed foods—then the solution may be as simple as changing what you eat. Try sticking to foods that stabilize insulin levels, such as vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, legumes, and fruit (in moderation; fruit can be high in natural sugars).

If the problem is age, genetics, or hormones, you’re facing a bit more of an uphill battle. Dieting down to a very low body fat percentage isn’t recommended, so you’re left with two options: You can either step up your exercise routine and focus on the abdomen, or you can consider cosmetic medicine.

In general, cosmetic body sculpting procedures like liposuction and CoolSculpting offer the best and most convenient solution to diet-resistant belly fat. While targeted exercises can slightly alter the appearance of belly fat (by toning and compressing the abdomen), it’s actually impossible to “spot reduce” fat via exercise. When the body burns fat, fat cells all over the body shrink at an even rate. They don’t burn off faster in a given area just because you’re moving the muscles there. When you have CoolSculpting or liposuction, on the other hand, the fat cells in targeted areas are permanently destroyed. These procedures therefore can be said to truly get rid of unwanted belly fat, leaving the patient with a smooth, flat stomach. In fact, it’s a myth that procedures like liposuction are intended for use on heavily overweight patients. The ideal body sculpting candidate is actually someone who is a healthy weight but still requires a bit of “fine tuning” in some areas. If that last sentences describes you, body sculpting may be your best bet for getting the body of your dreams.

Get Your Best Summer Body with Liposuction

In this age of innovative nonsurgical fat removal procedures, it can be easy to forget the unique advantages of liposuction… And this is a shame, because if you’re looking to sculpt the perfect summer body, liposuction may well be the best tool to use. Before you pass over this tried, tested, and true fat removal procedure, take a moment to consider its many benefits:

The Top 6 Advantages of Having Liposuction

1. Liposuction is extremely versatile.

Most nonsurgical fat removal procedures use an applicator tool that “sucks in” the flesh that’s being treated. This means that these treatments are not usually suitable for use on very small or inflexible areas, like the hands, ankles, or feet. Additionally, patients who have very dense fat may not respond well to nonsurgical treatments as the applicator device won’t be able to pull in enough tissue to be truly effective. Liposuction, on the other hand, can be used virtually anywhere on the body (thanks to the availability of ultra-thin cannulas), and on any patient.

2. Liposuction produces quick results.

While nonsurgical fat removal can be very effective, it takes a while to work its magic. Most patients have to wait at least two to three months to really see the results of these procedures. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for nonsurgical fat removal procedures to require more than one treatment session, sometimes spaced weeks apart. In other words, if you’re looking to get the perfect body by June, you have to start in the middle of winter. Liposuction, on the other hand, is virtually instantaneous. Once the patient leaves the plastic surgeon’s office, his or her unwanted fat is gone—permanently. All he or she has to do is wait a week or two for any residual swelling to subside, and it will be time to pull out the shorts and swimwear.

3. Liposuction is more affordable than most people realize.

Usually, surgical procedures are a fair bit more expensive than their nonsurgical counterparts as they’re more difficult to administer. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with liposuction. Because it’s such a straightforward and relatively quick operation, it only costs $2000-3000 on average. This is about the same as the average total cost of having CoolSculpting. Patients are therefore free to choose between liposuction and alternative options based on which choice fits their preferences the best; cost isn’t an obstacle either way.

4. Recovering from liposuction is easier than you think

Recovery from liposuction takes about one week, and it isn’t usually particularly painful. Patients will generally be given prescription painkillers and compression garments in order to help keep soreness and swelling to an absolute minimum.

It’s important to be aware that pain-sensitive individuals usually experience some degree of post-procedure pain after having nonsurgical fat reduction, too, so avoiding surgery isn’t a surefire way to avoid pain. Once again, you should choose the procedure that fits your needs best; if you experience pain, your surgeon will intervene to help you manage it effectively. When it comes to providing aftercare, board certified plastic surgeons are generally extremely thorough.

5. Having liposuction can actually improve your health.

Most people don’t associate plastic surgery with health benefits, but they should. A number of cosmetic procedures have medical uses as well, and liposuction is no exception. According to a study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2011, having abdominal liposuction can reduce a patient’s level of blood triglycerides by an astonishing 43%. This is extremely significant because high circulating levels of triglycerides are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. In short, getting that summer body you’ve always dreamed of might actually save your life.

As the list above shows, there are many reasons why liposuction remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in America. If you’re tired of dealing with distracting bulges, don’t ignore this quick, safe, and amazingly effective body sculpting procedure. It just might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Unhappy with Your Rhinoplasty? Revision Rhinoplasty Explained

In an ideal world, every surgery would turn out exactly as expected. Unfortunately, when it comes to rhinoplasty, a number of variables exist that are beyond even the most skilled surgeon’s control. Most notably, the way scar tissue contracts can differ substantially from person to person, and this can make it difficult to predict the results of rhinoplasty with 100 percent accuracy. Fortunately, if you’re not happy with your rhinoplasty (or you develop breathing problems after having a rhinoplasty), you can have what is known as a “revision rhinoplasty.” During this procedure, structural and/or cosmetic issues created by your prior rhinoplasty will be corrected. Here’s what you need to know before you book a consultation:

5 Things to Consider Before Having a Revision Rhinoplasty

1. You will need to let your initial rhinoplasty heal completely before having revision surgery.

Before you decide to have revision rhinoplasty surgery, you should be aware that it takes a long time for the results of rhinoplasty surgery to “settle.” It can take up to one full year for your nose cartilage to completely heal, and before that occurs, your rhinoplasty may not look as good as you hoped it would. Waiting until your nose surgery has healed will help you determine whether or not you actually need revision surgery.

Furthermore, operating on the nose too soon after rhinoplasty can cause damage to the delicate structural tissues within the nose. You must wait until your nose is strong enough to handle a second round of surgery before proceeding with a revision rhinoplasty.

2. You should choose the most experienced and skilled surgeon you can find when having this procedure.

Revision rhinoplasty is much more complicated than initial rhinoplasty surgery. Revision rhinoplasties often need to be performed as “open” surgeries. This means that the surgeon will need to make additional incisions around the nose and lift some of the nasal tissue in order to make the desired alterations. As such, finding a highly skilled surgeon who is deeply familiar with advanced surgical techniques is of paramount importance. Take the time to verify your chosen surgeon’s credentials and make sure he or she has performed successful revision rhinoplasties in the past.

3. You’ll probably need to take more time off work in order to recover from revision rhinoplasty surgery.

Many patients feel better about one week after having revision rhinoplasty surgery. However, the initial stages of recovery from this procedure sometimes last as long as two weeks because of the more invasive nature of this operation. It’s therefore a good idea to err on the side of caution and plan to take at least two weeks off work.

4. There’s a limit to how many revision rhinoplasties you can have.

The tissue of the nose gets progressively more fragile with each subsequent rhinoplasty operation, so you won’t be able to have a succession of revisions until you are 100 percent satisfied with the appearance of your nose. It usually is not possible to have more than two revision rhinoplasties without risking serious damage to the nose.

The best way to make sure that you will be satisfied with the results of your surgery is to choose a skilled surgeon and develop realistic expectations. It’s important to realize that while rhinoplasty surgery can make your nose much more photogenic and proportional, it cannot give you a nose that is completely different to the one you were born with. Plastic surgeons cannot, for example, make a very large hooked nose into a tiny button nose. They must work with the structural tissues that are already in place while making changes to the shape of your nose.

5. You will need to budget for the additional cost of this surgery.

The complex nature of revision rhinoplasty surgery adds substantially to its price tag. As such, you will probably need to research what kind of financing options are offered by your chosen plastic surgery practice before proceeding with this operation. (Note that we can arrange financing through Care Credit in order to help you afford complicated surgeries like revision rhinoplasty.) You may also be eligible for assistance from your insurance company if you are having trouble breathing due to your initial rhinoplasty.

Having revision rhinoplasty surgery can improve the functionality and appearance of your nose, but only if you choose your surgeon carefully. Selecting a surgeon with decades of experience, such as PSSF’s board-certified surgeons, is strongly advised when considering this type of procedure.

Top Reasons for Breast Augmentation

While adding volume to your breast size might seem like the only reason for a breast augmentation, there are many more reasons women choose to enhance their breasts.  In fact, breast augmentation can help achieve a lot more than increasing your cup size. Here are the top three reasons patients opt for breast augmentation:

  • To give yourself a self-confidence boost.
  • To restore symmetry to your breasts.
  • To reverse the effects of pregnancy.

 

Ready to enjoy all these benefits of breast augmentation? You’ll need to start with a consultation first! Schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, here.

Breast Reconstruction Frequently Asked Questions

If you have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy, or you are scheduled to have one in the near future, then you should be aware that there are a number of breast reconstruction options available. These procedures can restore your breasts to the size and shape they were prior to your cancer diagnosis. Here’s what you need to know before booking a consultation:

Can I have mastectomy/lumpectomy and breast reconstruction at the same time?

In many cases, yes, this is possible. This procedure is known as Immediate Breast Reconstruction, and women often prefer this option because it’s more convenient. However, some women are not good candidates for Immediate Breast Reconstruction. Your overall health, the stage of your cancer, and the amount of available tissue you have all factor into whether or not you can combine mastectomy/lumpectomy and breast reconstruction. You will need to talk to your physician to determine your options.

What types of breast reconstruction surgery are available?

The two main types of breast reconstruction surgery are implant reconstruction (where a conventional breast implant filled with gel or saline is placed into the breast pocket, restoring fullness) and autologous or “flap” reconstruction. Flap reconstruction involves removing tissue from another part of the body (usually the abdomen or thighs) and transferring it to the breast. Note that these two procedures are sometimes combined when the patient has had a lot of breast tissue removed, but this is rarely necessary.

Which is better, implant or flap breast reconstruction?

Both procedures have advantages and disadvantages, so the answer to this question will depend on your personal needs and preferences. Flap breast reconstruction produces the most natural looking and feeling results, but it’s a larger operation. Because it involves two areas of the body rather than just one, flap reconstruction requires a longer hospital stay and the initial recovery period is longer. You will be in the hospital for three to four days rather than the one day needed for implant reconstruction. You will then spend four weeks recovering, as compared to one to two weeks. There is also the potential for more scarring with this procedure.

Implant surgery is easier to perform than flap reconstruction, but most patients report that even gel implants don’t feel exactly like natural breast tissue (though they are a close match). Likewise, while the initial healing period is shorter after implant surgery, you may need revision surgery later in life if you choose this option. While modern gel implants are fairly robust, there is a possibility of rupture after five to ten years. Finally, many women need to have tissue expansion performed before their implant can be placed. This is a time-consuming process that takes place over multiple (outpatient) appointments: First, a surgeon will place a specialized tissue expander implant into the breast cavity (usually immediately after mastectomy or lumpectomy). Then the patient will return 3-4 weeks later and have a bit more saline added to the expander implant. This action will be repeated weekly as needed, until the breast is ready for the insertion of the final (gel or saline) implant.

Is breast reconstruction medically necessary?

No, this procedure is purely elective, so if you don’t want to go through another surgery, don’t feel like you must. However, most women find that they benefit psychologically from having breast reconstruction surgery. Not only can breast reconstruction help a woman feel more confident and feminine, it erases visual reminders of her cancer experience. Women who opt for breast reconstruction may therefore be better able to put cancer in the past and move on with their lives.

Can I have my nipples reconstructed, too?

Yes. You should be aware, however, that nipple reconstruction is usually done as a second procedure (if the patient’s original nipple cannot be preserved during mastectomy/lumpectomy). You will therefore have to wait between two to three months before having your nipple reconstructed. Nipple reconstruction is done using a portion of the flap tissue, with coloration added via tattooing. It’s a minor procedure that can often be done in-office.

Do I need to do anything special to prepare for breast reconstruction surgery?

You will usually need to have a thorough medical checkup, including blood work and possibly an assessment of the health of your heart and lungs. You will also need to arrange for help at home. You will not be able to walk normally or drive immediately after surgery, so arranging to have someone stay with you to assist with normal everyday tasks is strongly recommended. Plan to take at least two to four weeks off work.

If you have any further questions about breast reconstruction surgery or you’re interested in booking a consultation, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to help guide you on your path to total wellness.

Mommy Makeover Series: Preparing for Your Consultation

If you’re a mommy, then you know all too well how pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body. Sure, you wouldn’t trade your little bundle of joy for anything in this world – even Kate Hudson’s abs. However, the wonderful thing about living today, is that you have options. That’s right: You can have the baby, the bod, and even that second piece of cake, if you’re so inclined.

If diet and exercise aren’t eliminating those last few pockets of fat, you’re curious about a breast augmentation, or your self-confidence could really get a boost from a professional facelift, you’ve come to the right place! Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg offers something for everyone – no matter your age, needs, or gender. Here, you’ll experience only the utmost satisfaction.

To better prepare you for your plastic surgery consultation, we’ve put together this resourceful guide.

First, it’s important to research your chosen procedure ahead of time. Of course, you don’t have to be completely versed on the matter (that’s the doctor’s job); however, having basic knowledge of the surgery will help you understand your options better, as well as make that initial meeting go much smoother. (View our plastic surgery videos here)

Come to the consultation with any questions or concerns that may be weighing on your mind. Again, doing some research on the surgery prior to this meeting could be beneficial, as you will most likely come across information that is new or unfamiliar to you. Now is the time to get answers.

The doctor may ask you questions regarding your medical history, or the medical history of your family. Make sure to answers these questions as truthfully as possible. If you don’t know the answer, be honest. This is an important part of the process, as it will help to ensure a successful surgery without complications. Also, fill out all paperwork correctly, and to the best of your knowledge. The more the doctor understands your history, the less amount of risks that will be involved in the procedure and recovery period.

This consultation is the best time to discuss benefits, potential risks, and payment plans or methods with the doctor. Remember, this process is to inform you, but to also ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and completely prepared for surgery.

Lastly, it’s necessary to have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery can be beneficial for a magnitude of reasons, but it should not be pursued for a “quick fix.”

Are you ready for your “mommy makeover?” Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Services for Fredericksburg today by calling (540) 371-7730.

What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation in Your 60s+

As a whole, people are living longer now than they ever have before in the past. As such, if you’re a woman over 60, you’re probably looking forward to a bright, healthy future, and you want a body to match your aspirations! Many women over 60 are turning to cosmetic surgery to reshape and revitalize their bodies, with tummy tucks, breast lifts, and breast implants being among the most popular procedures. If you’re one of the many “baby boomers” who are interested in breast augmentation, here’s what you’ll need to know beforehand:

You can combine breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.

Combining these two complementary procedures is recommended for a number of reasons: One, women tend to lose volume on the upper part of their breasts as they get older, leading to both a reduction in breast size and a “flat” look. Having both a lift and augmentation performed will correct this issue completely by adding volume and repositioning the nipples so that they sit higher up on the chest. Combining surgeries makes sense from a practical point of view as well: It minimizes the patient’s recovery time and keeps costs reasonable.

You’ll need to be in good overall health.

Even if you feel healthy and lead an active lifestyle, you’ll need to have a comprehensive medical exam before surgery.  Ideally you have had a recent or have been receiving regular mammograms, or you may need to have one performed prior to surgery.

If you smoke, you’ll need to stop before surgery.

Older women don’t heal as quickly as younger women, so it’s of paramount importance that you do everything in your power to prime your body for recovery. In addition to getting medical clearance prior to surgery and eating healthily, you’ll need to stop smoking for at least three weeks leading up to your surgery. This is because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen available in the blood and therefore impedes the body’s natural healing processes.

If you have further questions or concerns about having breast augmentation surgery, feel free to get in touch with us. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you plan for a successful, satisfying augmentation procedure. Contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg today to schedule your consultation.

What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation in Your 50s

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help adult women of all ages enhance breast volume and shape. While different women will have different reasons for undergoing a breast augmentation, one reason tends to be the most common: a substantial boost of self-confidence. However, women tend to have unique experiences undergoing breast enhancement that depend on their age. If you’re in your 50s and considering breast augmentation, here’s what you need to know.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical approach for enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. There are hundreds of different types of implants a woman can choose from, and the patient and surgeon will choose the type of implant depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and preferences.

A woman in her 50s is at the optimal time to undergo breast augmentation because women are usually done having children at this point. At that time in their lives, most women have taken care of their families and have decided to take care of their own needs.

What Breast Augmentation Can Do for You

Women in their 50s have most likely already noticed signs of aging on their breasts. Breast augmentation will not only enhance the volume of the breasts, it can also address signs of aging like deflation and a decrease in fullness.

Considering a Breast Lift

Because women in their 50s usually have a different skin quality than younger patients, it’s typical that older patients undergo another procedure to address sagging skin. A breast lift combined with breast augmentation is often used to help women obtain comprehensive breast rejuvenation. A breast lift repositions the location of breasts, removes excess skin, and repositions the nipples. When combined with a breast lift, a breast augmentation can address concerns related to aging and lack of breast volume. The combination procedure can also consolidate a patient’s recovery from two different procedures.

The Role of Medical History

A patient’s health is an important factor to consider with any surgery. Patients of all ages are more likely to have a safe and comfortable procedure if they’re in relatively good health. This is why patients in their 50s must provide a comprehensive medical history to their surgeon, since older patients tend to have more medical concerns than younger patients. However, certain medical conditions don’t necessarily rule out all surgical options. Special methods can be applied for patients with different medical conditions to assure a safe and satisfying outcome.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

The surgeons and medical staff of the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg will be happy to walk you through the breast augmentation process. To find out more about breast augmentation, contact us now for a consultation.

5 things to know about Breast Augmentation

No matter what surgery you’re considering, it is always best to be well-informed! Even though breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for women today, it can be hard to know what to research before your surgery. Whether you’re curious about the recovery period, the different sizes or types of implants, there is a lot to know! This is why we created the infographic below with the five things you need to know about breast augmentation. If you would like to know more about the breast augmentation procedure or to schedule your consultation with one of our doctors, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.