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Cosmetic Medicine
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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Understanding Breast Implants
Sep 12, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

While many still think of breast implants as comically large, fake-looking breasts, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, breast enhancement is highly customizable, allowing you to decide the size, shape and projection you want. If you’re considering breast augmentation, understand your breast implant options so you can make the decision that is right for you.

What You Need to Know

Consider choosing a qualified plastic surgeon as your first step, rather than your last. Involving them early in the process can help you understand the process, and get the results you want. Your plastic surgeon will review the aspects of implants with you, explain your options and provide you with the best recommendation to great the results that you want.

Filler Material

Implants can be filled with either silicone gel or saline (salt water). But the vast majority of implants are made [...]

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Lip Rejuvenation for Beautiful, Natural-Looking Lips
Aug 21, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Cropped shot of a gorgeous young woman on a couchNothing beats beautiful lips — with great proportion, volume and shape. Since your lips are one of your most prominent facial features, they can play a large role in how you look. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with great lips. And as you age, your lips can lose their fullness. Sun exposure or smoking can also create lines on and around your lips that add years to your appearance. So, what can you do to get your lips looking great? With all the advancements in cosmetic procedures, there seems to be a treatment for anything that bothers you. Thankfully, your lips are no exception. Whatever your reason for wanting lip enhancement, there are several treatments available that offer a variety of results. The final goal of any procedure should be beautiful, natural-looking, kissable lips.

Lip Rejuvenation Techniques

There are many options for lip rejuvenation — ranging from [...]

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5 Things to Know Before Getting Liposuction
Aug 9, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

There’s a reason liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. It’s a great body-contouring procedure and offers immediate results. But before you jump in, you need to understand what it can and cannot do. Here are five things that you should consider as you make your decision and plan.

Facts About Liposuction

1. Liposuction Is for Shaping, Not for Weight Loss

A common misperception about liposuction is that it’s a way to “get skinny.” So, if you’re considering liposuction as a way to resolve a weight issue, unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. When you gain weight, the extra fat tends to spread throughout your body. Liposuction targets specific problem areas, such as love handles or a belly bulge, but it cannot effectively treat the whole body. There’s also a limit to how much fat can be safely removed at one [...]

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Anti-Aging Skincare Tips
Jul 25, 2018 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Your skin doesn’t have to show your age. An ounce of prevention goes a long way when it comes to skincare. Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to continue putting your best face forward.

1. Get Enough Sleep

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Getting about eight hours of sleep a night is essential for a healthy lifestyle and healthy skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re likely to see dark circles or bags under your eyes. Your skin may also look puffy, washed-out or saggy. None of that sounds very youthful, does it? Sleep deprivation also causes your body to produce more of a hormone called cortisol. If you have a high level of cortisol, it can affect your appearance and lead to serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. So, make sure you catch those zzz's.

2. Drink Plenty of [...]

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Functional vs. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Jul 10, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Some people choose to get a “nose job” (rhinoplasty) because of breathing difficulties, including snoring or sleep apnea. Others, because they aren’t comfortable with the appearance of their nose. Whichever the reason, rhinoplasty can provide life-changing results.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Some people’s nasal valves are just naturally narrow, while others become impaired through injury or collapse as they age. Functional rhinoplasty involves repairing the cartilage in your nostrils and correcting any structural defects that obstruct your airway to help you breathe better.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty’s purpose, on the other hand, is to improve your appearance. Your nose is reshaped to be more symmetrical and proportional to your other facial features. It can be used to make your nose smaller, narrower, more/less angled, and to reshape the size and position [...]

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Aging Eyelids: What to Expect with Blepharoplasty
Jun 26, 2018 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

As skin loosens and muscles weaken around your eyes, your upper and lower eyelids can begin to drop. The unsightly bags and sagging eyelids that happen as a result are not only a bothersome sign of aging, they can interfere with your vision. But aging is not the only cause of baggy or drooping eyelids — it can also be hereditary. If your mother, grandmother or aunts had excessive skin around their eyelids or dark circles, you may be more likely to experience the condition as well. Blepharoplasty tightens the skin around your eyes, creating a younger, refreshed appearance and improving your vision. Learn more about this popular surgical procedure, including what you can expect before, during and after surgery.

Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

In general, as long as you’re a healthy adult, you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. You may want to consider [...]

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