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Cosmetic Medicine
Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel
Mar 12, 2019 By Emory Aesthetic Center

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact. Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath. Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up [...]

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Mastopexy: What to Expect from Breast Lift Surgery
Feb 12, 2019 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

The shape of the breasts can change over time. They may lose elasticity and firmness causing a sagging effect. This can be contributed to a number of factors, including weight gain, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and the effects of gravity. When the breasts descend down the chest wall, we call this ptosis. A mastopexy, or breast lift, is used to raise the breast back to its original position and restore a youthful shape. Below are frequently asked questions about breast lift surgery and what to expect.

What Steps are Involved in a Mastopexy Surgery?

There are four general components to mastopexy surgery. First, we restore the breast or nipple-areolar complex to its normal position, and possibly resize it if needed. Second, if the patient requests it, there can be a volume adjustment. Breasts that are too large can be made smaller, and breasts that are small can be made larger [...]

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Understanding Fat Grafting: Is It Reliable?
Jan 15, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

With the New Year upon us, many will resolve to exercise more or start a diet in order to lose those excess pounds or fat we’ve accumulated over the years. Too much fat in the wrong place leads to a flabby tummy, ‘love handles,’ full thighs, a fatty neck, etc. But fat isn’t always a negative thing. In fact, in the right amount, fat makes our face have a youthful richness, helps give fullness to a woman’s breast, and produces a youthful, round bottom. With fat, just like real estate, it’s about location, location, location. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a technique called autologous fat transfer or fat grafting to help improve appearance, address early aging, and just make you feel better about yourself. Below are some common questions to help you make an informed decision if you are considering undergoing this type of procedure.

What is Autologous Fat

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A Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck
Dec 18, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

In my years as a plastic surgeon, I find that the term tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is often used in a way that suggests it is a standard procedure that is done in a similar way for all patients. In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Just as every patient is different, every tummy tuck is a little bit different in one way or another, and sometimes a lot different.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The “classic” tummy tuck technique involves an incision that is low in the abdominal area and spans from hip to hip. The skin of the tummy is lifted up off of the muscles all the way up to the ribs, leaving the umbilicus (belly button) attached. In some instances, the muscle may be separated, usually due to pregnancy. If this is the case, the muscle is sewn back together. The skin is then pulled downward – think like a window shade – and the excess skin is trimmed. Drains [...]

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Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Dec 4, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are the most common type of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, most of us know the basics:

  1. Using sunscreen every day can go a long way in preventing skin cancer.
  2. Seeing a dermatologist for a yearly skin check can catch skin cancer in its early stages, when there’s a high cure rate and it’s easiest to treat.
  3. We should pay close attention to any areas on our face or body that are concerning and request a biopsy if we feel particularly worried about a changing or growing lesion.
But try as we may to stave it off, there’s still a possibility of developing skin cancer. And a diagnosis, especially on your face, can understandably cause a lot of anxiety. First, you want to know your chances for getting rid of the cancer. Then, you probably start wondering what long-term impact it will have on your appearance. How will the scars [...]

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Is it Time for a Neck Lift?
Nov 20, 2018 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

If you’ve ever complained of a double chin, jowls or the dreaded “turkey wattle,” a neck lift might be just what you need. As far as cosmetic surgeries go, few other procedures can have as great an impact on a person’s appearance. After all, what good is a youthful, sculpted face if your eyes are immediately drawn to sagging skin just below? Luckily, there are a number of neck lift strategies available today, making it easier than ever for your surgeon to help you achieve the results you want.

Neck Lift Strategies

Since our faces and necks tend to age in harmony, chances are if your neck needs rejuvenation, you likely feel other areas of your face need a boost as well. However, if you notice your neck has aged significantly faster than your face, a neck lift may be all you need. There are three key issues that contribute to an aged appearance of the neck — extra fat, [...]

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Facial Rejuvenation Procedures with Short Downtimes
Nov 8, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

When you think of facial rejuvenation, you probably think of a traditional “facelift.” But in reality, there’s a large range of cosmetic procedures that can have you looking great with far less downtime. If you want a radiant, youthful look without a long recovery period, consider minimally invasive or nonsurgical facial rejuvenation techniques.

Big Impact with Little Recovery Time

There are several facial rejuvenation procedures that offer great results with hardly any downtime. They can be performed in the office using topical or local anesthesia, and they can yield long-term or even permanent results.

Botox®

Botulinum toxin injections (Botox is the most common brand) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when we make certain facial expressions. The injection takes just a few minutes and there’s no downtime — you can go right back to work. It [...]

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Emerging Plastic Surgery Techniques: A Fad or Here to Stay?
Oct 23, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

It seems like a new cosmetic product, technique or device emerges almost daily — typically with great marketing fanfare. Some will become excellent additions to our treatment options. Botox®, injectable fillers and fat grafts are great examples of breakthroughs that have become proven, accepted standards. However, the majority of new treatments have proven to be ineffective or even unsafe. So, how can you, as a potential patient, know what’s worthwhile and what’s not?

What to Watch Out For

In today’s world, the media buzz tends to get more attention than good, solid facts. But when it comes to medical interventions, you want to make sure you’re looking at the science behind them. During your quest for information, watch out for some common traps.

The “Latest and Greatest” Attraction

The first thing you should be aware of is that it’s human nature to be [...]

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Labiaplasty
Oct 11, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

“Labia rejuvenation” may sound strange, but it can have a big impact on a woman’s quality of life — improving daily comfort, enhancing sexual satisfaction and increasing self-esteem. While you aren’t likely to hear women talk about problems with their labia as freely as issues with other parts of their body, that doesn’t mean those problems don’t exist.

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is one of the world’s fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedures. Some women simply want to improve the look of the external vagina. Others want to eliminate chaffing, dangling or pinching of the labia minora (inner vulvar lips). The procedure involves removing excess tissue and carefully reshaping the labia minora to restore a comfortable and attractive shape and size.

Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?

While this procedure isn’t for everyone, for the right candidate, [...]

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Otoplasty: What You Need to Know About Ear Pinning
Sep 25, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Everyone has a feature that makes them feel a bit self-conscious. But when that feature is as prominent as your ears, it can really take a toll on your self-esteem. If you’re uncomfortable with the shape, positioning or protrusion of your ears, the solution may be much less complicated than you think. Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as “ear pinning,” is a cosmetic procedure used to correct ears that stick out too far, or are shaped or positioned abnormally. It can have a significant impact and involves very little risk. In fact, it can be performed on children as young as 5 years old.

Benefits of Otoplasty

In addition to feeling better about your appearance, otoplasty offers other amazing benefits. It:
  • Can provide dramatic results with no visible scarring.
  • Has a short recovery period — usually two weeks or less.
  • Is one of the safest facial surgical
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