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Cosmetic Medicine
Tummy Tuck without Drains
May 24, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Tummy Tuck without Drains Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) have increased in popularity over the past two decades. And, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 130,000 are performed yearly. Certainly, today’s emphasis on fitness plays a role. One of biggest procedural breakthroughs is the elimination of tummy tuck without drains. No-drain tummy tucks translate to a speedier — and easier — recovery.

What are drains?

Surgical drains are soft plastic tubes used to remove fluids that can build up after a surgical procedure. A section of the tube (drain) stays inside your body at the surgical site and comes out through a small incision. The fluids empty through the drain into a collection bulb. In traditional abdominoplasty, one or two drains are used and must stay in place anywhere from three days to two weeks or more. If you have drains after a tummy tuck, they require care [...]

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Target Stubborn Fat with Liposuction
May 8, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

miotto-gabriele-caceres-liposuctionYou cleared out the bulky sweaters and brought in shorts and flip-flops with a smile. But did you hesitate before you put your favorite bikini back in the closet? The truth is you may be at a healthy weight — downright skinny even — and still have areas of localized fat that won’t go away no matter how hard you work out. Those stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise are ideal target areas for treatment with liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction (also called lipoplasty or lipectomy) is a safe and proven procedure that allows your surgeon to permanently remove unwanted fat from your innermost layer of skin and sculpt a slimmer, curvier physique. During the procedure, your surgeon will insert a hollow instrument (cannula) through small incisions. With a controlled back-and-forth motion, the excess fat is dislodged and removed from your [...]

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Types of Dermal Fillers – Benefits and Risks
Apr 21, 2017 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Dermal FillersThe world of facial injectable treatments can be overwhelming with all the options seen in print and TV ads. New injectable materials seem to come out almost weekly. Here is a run-down of the dermal fillers we most often use, where we use them, and some common side effects.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

The most frequently used dermal fillers are made of a material called hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a chemical structure found in our bodies — so most individuals tolerate the filler well, without side effects. The chemical structure of the molecule can be processed in different ways, giving us the ability to manipulate the thickness, the amount of volume and the longevity of the effects on your skin. This versatility is important because, depending on your particular area of concern, you may desire one benefit of the treatment over another. For example, you may desire [...]

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Your Body Contouring Questions Answered!
Mar 21, 2017 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Body Contouring Options - Non-surgical & Surgical On March 28th, 2017, Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriele Miotto held an informative live chat on body contouring. With summer coming, many want to know how to improve the shape of their body and tighten excess or loose skin. Dr. Miotto discussed both non-surgical and surgical options – including CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks. The live chat had a great turnout and is now available online.

Body Contouring Live Chat, 3/28/17

[Mar 28 2017, 11:48 AM] EmoryHealthcare: We are starting the live chat in 14 min. Are you, guys, ready? We see a few people online waiting and we are ready for your questions. Dr. Miotto is so excited to help all our guests today! [Mar 28 2017, 12:00 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about Body Contouring with Dr. Gabriele Miotto of Emory Aesthetic Center. [Mar 28 [...]

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Improve the Appearance of Your Neck With or Without Surgery
Mar 9, 2017 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Weakened muscles and sagging skin under your chin, otherwise known as “turkey neck,” is one of the most common complaints I hear from patients. The neck is an area that often changes significantly with age — starting as early as your 40s. Despite weight loss and good skincare routines, many men and women are unhappy with the appearance of their neck and are determined to find a way to improve it.

Treating aesthetic neck issues

Aging in the neck takes on multiple forms, and each may require different treatments. Every person is anatomically and texturally unique, so what works for your friend may not work for you. It’s important to have an in-depth discussion with a reputable cosmetic surgeon to determine what solution is right for you. Prevention is key Prevention is the best cure. Good skincare in your 20s and 30s can certainly impact the appearance of your neck in [...]

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How to Heal After Plastic Surgery
Feb 23, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

You may love what plastic surgery can do to enhance your appearance and self-esteem, but nobody looks forward to the recovery after plastic surgery. You may fear the pain of surgery or the temporary limitations on your normal activities like working, exercising or caring for your kids.  Fortunately, there are new strategies and surgical techniques that offer less pain and a quicker recovery. [...]

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Breast Implants or a Lift: Which is Right for Me?
Feb 10, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

It’s not uncommon for women to feel dissatisfied with their breasts. Whether your breasts didn’t develop as you’d hoped or you’re unhappy with changes from aging, pregnancy or weight loss, there are many options for helping you achieve a breast size and shape you can enjoy.

First, Pinpoint the Real Issue

Zeroing in on which aspect bothers you — your breast volume or position — will help you choose the best procedure(s) to get the results you want. And, it’s not always as straightforward as it sounds. For example, you can’t assume you need to add volume if your breasts don’t project like they used to, even after extreme weight loss. A breast lift could very well give you the look you want.

So how do you pinpoint the real issue? I make this simple suggestion to all my patients to help determine if they’re truly unhappy with the size of their breasts:

Lift

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A New Year, A Fresh Look: Facial Rejuvenation
Jan 27, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Facial rejuvenation gives you a fresh new look for the new year. Emory Aesthetic Center offers surgical and nonsurgical options.For many of us, a new year brings new hopes and wishes for a better life and better health. Maybe you’ve resolved to start taking better care of yourself this year but aren’t sure where to start. How about with your skin?

At-home skincare

For some, a simple skin care routine may be enough to achieve a fresh look. Medical-grade exfoliating agents, moisturizers and a broad-spectrum sunscreen can renew and protect the superficial layers of your skin and bring back your natural glow. Skin care products like these are available at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa.

Non-invasive facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) are popular noninvasive procedures to renovate the top layers of skin. Depending on your skin type, it’s possible to:
  • Soften fine wrinkles
  • Erase sun spots and blemishes
  • Improve melasma and freckles
  • Stimulate collagen
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Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery and Recovery Explained
Jan 13, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can make you look years younger. Nonsurgical options include hyaluronic acid and fat injections.People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person's eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake—we do it all the time out of politeness. But our eyes are usually the giveaway. The area around our eyes (the periocular area) also plays a crucial role in how we express ourselves and communicate with others. Aging in this area can change how others see us and can mean the difference between being seen as “bright-eyed” or tired. As we get older, our eyelid tissues become thinner and our skin loses elasticity. We may also notice more puffiness around our eyes, as well as dark circles and wrinkles. The good news is there are several options for rejuvenating the periocular area:

  • Blepharoplasty
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Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss
Dec 16, 2016 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Body contouring can remove excess skin after significant weight loss. Emory Aesthetic Center can help you look and feel your best.Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated. But what if you still aren’t happy with the way you look? Often, after losing a substantial amount of weight, you’re left with excess skin that hides your results and can leave you feeling self-conscious. Some concerns we hear from men and women alike are:

  • "My stomach skin hangs down."
  • "My arms flop around and hang. I don't feel comfortable in a short-sleeve shirt."
  • "My inner thighs are so loose and saggy, I don't like to wear shorts.”
  • "What happened to my bottom? It just melted away!"
Complaints about the chest area are also common. Women can feel as if their breasts have melted away and hang low. Men can be uncomfortable if their chest hangs almost like they [...]

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