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Breast Augmentation: Arriving at Your Perfect Fit

Posted by The Plastic Surgery Channel on Dec 13, 2017 10:16:19 AM

 

The decision to have a breast augmentation is only the beginning of the journey to upgrade your chest. Before you even step foot in a consult room, chances are you’ve been bombarded with information.

The choices ahead are many: breast implant type, implant size, incision placement, implant placement – above or below the muscle, etc. Dr. Shain Parson of Scottsdale addresses many of the decisions patients will make and lends some advice.

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Topics: Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgeons Austin, Breast Implants

Patients Are Digging the Drainless Tummy Tuck

Posted by Dr. Ned Snyder, IV, MD on Dec 13, 2017 10:11:52 AM

 

Who among us wouldn’t like a flatter stomach? A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove the excess skin and fat from your abdomen that is the inevitable result of childbirth and age. However, many women are reluctant to get a tummy tuck because it has always required a long recovery period. Until now.

Dr. Ned Snyder IV discusses the drainless tummy tuck, a fresh take on an old procedure, that has his patients rushing to hop up on the operating table.

 

Who among us wouldn’t like a flatter stomach? A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove the excess skin and fat from your abdomen that is the inevitable result of childbirth and age. However, many women are reluctant to get a tummy tuck because it has always required a long recovery period. Until now.

Dr. Ned Snyder IV discusses the drainless tummy tuck, a fresh take on an old procedure, that has his patients rushing to hop up on the operating table.

What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Until very recently, when a plastic surgeon performed an abdominalplasty– whether it was a full tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck – he or she would need to place drains in the abdomen. Typically, two drains were used, one at each end of the incision, to literally drain out the fluid that would accumulate following surgery. These drains might stay in place for anywhere from 2-3 weeks. They were cumbersome, annoying and, occasionally, uncomfortable.

With the drainless tummy tuck, however, the surgeon may use either a type of “glue” for tissues to seal up those that have separated in the abdomen, or use a suture technique that “quilts” the tissue back together. “The impact on patient satisfaction is tremendous. You really realize how much people dislike having drains,” explains Dr. Snyder.

Where Does the Fluid Go?

Why does fluid develop following an abdominoplasty? During surgery, the surface skin and tissues of the abdomen are loosened, pulled tight and then trimmed to give you the flat, rejuvenated stomach of your youth. This process leaves a space between the surface tissues and the deeper tissues of the abdomen that takes a couple of weeks to heal. As you begin to return to your normal life, standing and walking, gravity causes the fluids that naturally develop as your tissues heal to move down and collect in the lower abdomen. This fluid accumulates faster than your lymphatic system can remove it, so something needs to be done to help your body remove the fluid. Drains are one option. Another is to have the surgeon place a needle in the empty space and remove the excess fluid. This is typically what is done when a seroma develops.

The drainless tummy tuck techniques help seal the top tissues to the deeper tissues so that there is no space for fluid collection. In short, it kind of jump starts the healing process and prevents gravity from overwhelming your lymphatic system. Your body will still produce fluid, but it can easily be eliminated by the lymph nodes so there is no need for drains. The tissue glue or quilting technique seals the space and defeats gravity.

Why Patients Hate Drains?

Drains are possibly the number one reason why patients waiver when considering a tummy tuck. Why? It’s partly psychological. Drains make patients feel like the recovery lasts longer because:

  • Drains are cumbersome
  • They can be uncomfortable
  • They are annoying
  • They are a hassle: patients have to go through the process of emptying them and writing down the amounts that come out of them
  • Patients don’t feel normal when they are back in clothes because they need to accommodate these drains that stick out of the sides
  • It’s hard to get back to work etc. when you can’t wear your regular work clothes

Faster Recovery with Drainless Tummy Tuck

There are many pros to the drainless tummy tuck (no mess, no fuss), but the biggest is probably the fact that when you have a drainless tummy tuck, your recovery is faster. Gone are the days of 4-6 weeks of limited movement. Not having to deal with drains allows patients to not only feel normal, but to actually get back to their normal routines faster. Patients who have a drainless tummy tuck are able to wear normal clothes almost immediately and return to work quicker which is huge boon, especially for moms.

Drainless Tummy Tuck & a Mommy Makeover

An abdominoplasty is usually one of the main components of the Mommy Makeover procedure, which is a combination of procedures to restore a woman’s body after pregnancy. It typically involves a full abdominoplasty along with a breast lift, breast lift with augmentation, breast augmentation or breast reduction. However, most moms who want a Mommy Makeover do not have the time to put aside their job of being a mom and recover for 6 weeks. The drainless tummy tuck has thus  been a real game changer, allowing mothers who still have young children to get their rejuvenated body back with limited stress on the family.

Bottom line, not having drains makes patients happy. “I like the drainless tummy tuck because of the rapid recovery and the patient satisfaction of not dealing with the drain is much higher,” says Dr. Snyder.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, abdominalplasty, tummy tuck

CoolSculpting Austin| Subcutaneous Fat vs. Visceral Fat

Posted by Dr. Robert Whitfield on Jun 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

 

CoolSculpting is a great option for those wanting to get rid of annoying bumps and bulges of stubborn fat. It is a non-surgical fat reduction method that involves no needles and no downtime!

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Topics: CoolSculpting, Non-Surgical Procedures, fat reduction

Take Years Off Your Appearance with Upper Blepharoplasty In-Office Procedure

Posted by Dr. Ned Snyder, IV, MD on Jun 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

 

Our eyes are one of the first things people notice about us.  If you are looking for a quick and easy way to take years off of your face with minimal surgery and downtime, an eyelid lift may be your answer to getting that refreshed look we all desire.

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Topics: Cosmetic Procedure, in-office procedure, eylid lift, Upper Blepharoplasty

Prevention of Breast Cancer with BRCA Testing- Leading to Preventative Surgeries

Posted by Dr. Robert Whitfield on May 12, 2017 12:45:26 PM

Dr. Robert Whitfield discusses at length how important BRCA testing can be at preventing breast cancer.

 

How could one of the most stunning and beautiful women in the world choose to have a double mastectomy? For most, it is a hard concept to grasp, but that is exactly what Angelina Jolie did in February of 2013. After she completed the 3 month surgical process, she published an op-ed piece in the New York Times sharing her decision in an effort to educate women about BRCA testing, its implications and their options. Dr. Robert Whitfield, of Austin, Texas, says, “We have many young patients come in having been tested, found they are positive, understand their options after genetic counseling and they are opting for double mastectomies and reconstruction.”

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Topics: Breast Reconstruction, breast cancer, BRCA testing

The Lowdown on Injectables

Posted by Dr. Robert Whitfield on May 8, 2017 12:31:52 PM

Dr. Robert Whitfield of Austin describes the difference between Botox and fillers and how injectables work to enhance youthful features in their own way.

Injectables has become a bit of a catch phrase for any non-surgical procedure that involves a needle, such as Botox or fillers. The term can be somewhat confusing as many patients think of Botox and fillers as serving the same purpose when they don’t. Although they are often used in conjunction as part of a non-surgical facelift, Botox and fillers each fill a unique function. Furthermore, today, there are specific fillers that address individual areas of concern on the face.

In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, injectables can keep you looking youthful and refreshed for decades. Dr. Robert Whitfield of Austin, TX discusses what you need to know before considering injectables.

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Topics: Botox, Cosmetic Procedure, Injectables, Filler

Immediacy of Breast Reconstruction-Wake Up To New Breasts After Your Mastectomy

Posted by Dr. Robert Whitfield on May 1, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Dr. Whitfield of Austin, Texas discusses how his private practice performs mastectomies and breast reconstruction in the same procedure, and how this is the best option for breast cancer patients.

Generally, a patient might have to wait up to six months before getting a new breast following a mastectomy. Dr. Robert Whitfield, a board certified plastic surgeon from Austin, Texas, explains that the procedures used at his office at the Breast and Body Center of Austin can ensure that most patients will have an immediate breast reconstruction after their mastectomy in the same surgery. "If you're going to sleep with your breasts and you have a mastectomy; we want you to wake up with a new breast. Hopefully better than the one you had, but we want you to wake up with breast reconstruction.

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Topics: Breast Reconstruction, breast cancer, mastectomy

Blepharoplasty Austin

Posted by Dr. Ned Snyder, IV, MD on Apr 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM

The delicate skin around the eyes is often one of the first places people begin to notice signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, creases, bags and sagging. Through  Blepharoplasty  Dr. Snyder has helped many men and women achieve a fresher, more youthful, yet still natural, rejuvenated appearance. The Blepharoplasty, also called an Eyelid Lift, may be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both the upper and lower eyelids together. During the Blepharoplasty procedure the excess skin, fat and tissue may be removed to create a smoother, less baggy and droopy eye appearance.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery

Double Dipping: Thigh Reduction and Breast Enhancement

Posted by Dr. Ned Snyder, IV, MD on Apr 24, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Dr. Ned Snyder discusses utilizing tissue from the thigh to lift and enhance the breast.

 

Dr. Ned Snyder discusses utilizing tissue from the thigh to lift and enhance the breast.The typical combination procedure addressing post-pregnancy woes usually includes a tummy tuck and breast enhancement to tighten abs and lift and/or augment breasts. Dr. Ned Snyder, whose practice is based in Austin, Texas recently performed a mommy makeover with a twist. The prospective patient’s tummy was fine, thank you. But her thighs were XL and heavy, while her breasts were XS and sagging…and the age old question was posed–“Can’t we take some from down here and put it up there?” Dr. Snyder said, “Yes.” The surgical plan included a three step procedure: circumferential thigh reduction, breast lift, and fat grafting to the breast. The result? Thinner thighs, perkier breasts and an extra cup size.

Thinner thighs, perkier breasts and an extra cup size.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, Thigh reduction, breast enhancement, breast lift

Facelift Austin–Turning Back Time

Posted by Dr. Ned Snyder, IV, MD on Apr 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

 Our faces are often the first thing people notice about us. They help us communicate our thoughts, feelings and emotions, but they also communicate things that we may not necessarily want them to pass along. It’s no secret that as we age our appearance changes. We lose skin elasticity and valuable fats that keep us looking young, healthy and vital. In its place we gain wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin. Suddenly our faces seem to be telling a tired and rundown tale, while inside we still feel much of the same health, vitality and energy as before. There are lots of options on the market today to rejuvenate our appearance so that it reflects more honestly how we feel inside. From overnight creams to Botox to Dermal Fillers to Brow Lifts to Face Lifts- you need only choose the best option for the results you want to achieve.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Procedure, Facelift, plastic surgeon