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

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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Breast Augmentation: 5 Things to Know Before You Make a Decision
Jun 12, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Breast augmentation — an effective method for improving breast shape and cup size for women that want larger breasts — is the most popular aesthetic breast procedure performed by plastic surgeons. In fact, in 2017 more than 300,000 women opted to have this procedure, which was up 3 percent over 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Your decision about whether or not to have breast augmentation is a big one and should be made slowly and deliberately. Reviewing the five things you should know before you make your final decision is a great place to start.

1. Breast Implants are Safe

Numerous studies have demonstrated the safety of breast implants. Made from medical-grade silicone bags filled with either saline or silicone gel, implants can vary in shape and size. Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine the best implant type and placement [...]

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Mommy Makeover: Things to Know
May 24, 2018 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

It’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on your body. And those physical changes can sometimes make new moms feel uncomfortable. The good news is there are ways to restore your confidence and look like yourself again. But before we talk about that, let’s first take a moment to appreciate your body. Even though you may not like the post-baby changes to your belly or breasts, it’s important to take a moment to acknowledge what your body just accomplished with pregnancy and childbirth. It’s served you well. Be patient and kind to yourself— healing and getting your body back into shape, takes time. When you’re ready, diet and exercise can help your body shift back to the way it was before you had your baby. But if you just aren’t getting the results you want — and it’s affecting how you feel about yourself — it may be time to talk with a doctor. A [...]

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The Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers
May 8, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Have you noticed that you just don’t look quite like yourself anymore? Maybe your eyes always look tired, no matter how much rest you get. Maybe you have furrow lines between your brows that make you look unfriendly. Perhaps your once pouty lips have become thin? Great news! There are two injectable treatments that can restore your young, vibrant look — without a big price tag or a long recovery period. Botox and dermal fillers are popular nonsurgical treatments that can be used individually or in combination to give amazing results.

Botox

Botox® is the commercial name of the most popular botulinum toxin used for cosmetic purposes. Other well-known brands include Dysport® and Xeomin®. Botox is used for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when we make certain facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling. It works by partially limiting the movement [...]

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Welcome to the Cool Club with CoolSculpting®
Apr 24, 2018 By Emory Aesthetic Center

We all feel a little self-conscious when it’s time to bring out our summer bodies. But, if you’re dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t respond to diet or exercise, there’s good news. Through an FDA approved procedure called CoolSculpting®, we can remove the unwanted fat and have you swimsuit ready in a matter of weeks. There are no needles, special diets or supplements — and since it’s a non-surgical procedure, no downtime.

Am I a good candidate?

If you’ve been able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, but have targeted areas of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting could be ideal for you. Since it’s a noninvasive, outpatient technique, you can avoid the risks, cost and downtime associated with surgery. Once the fat cells in those trouble areas are exposed to extreme cold through the CoolSculpting procedure, a [...]

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The Top Cosmetic Procedures for Men
Apr 11, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Everyone — men and women alike — would like to look their best. So, it should come as no surprise, that men get cosmetic procedures too. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' (ASAPS) annual statistics show that more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2016 alone.

What Cosmetic Procedure is Right for You?

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to enhancing your appearance. Cosmetic procedures include surgical and nonsurgical techniques. The procedure that’s best for you depends on your desired results, your budget and the time you have available to recover. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, talk to an experienced cosmetic surgeon to learn what options are best for you.

Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Men want to look youthful and vital too. So, what better place to start than the face? Facial rejuvenation [...]

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Your Body Contouring Questions Answered: Get Your Body Summer Ready
Mar 26, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

With the official start of Spring and warmer weather, we have replaced those scarves, gloves, and sweaters with tank tops, shorts and, yes, very soon, we’ll be pulling out our swimsuits. Although donning a swimsuit can be a source of stress for some, it doesn’t have to be. During our live chat on Tuesday, March 20th, hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, we answered questions about body contouring options to help shape your body for the summer season. Dr. Eaves discussed both surgical and non-surgical procedures – including liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting®. Below are just highlights from the chat. You can also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center.

Is there an alternative body contouring method that does not include surgery?

Dr. Eaves: Yes, the most [...]

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How to Get Natural Looking Results with Your Cosmetic Procedure
Mar 8, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD

We’re all guilty of it — flipping through magazines or even old pictures of our twenty-year-old selves, thinking “I want to look like THAT!” Unfortunately, that’s how some people approach cosmetic surgery, and the results are less than ideal or not what was expected. The goal of plastic surgery is to look like the best version of yourself. Not the model in the magazine, and not the teenage version of yourself. But the freshest, most vital version of the person you look at in the mirror each day. So how can you get the most natural, beautiful results that cosmetic procedures have to offer?

Start Early and Start Small

The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” definitely applies to cosmetic procedures. The best way to avoid looking over-done is to start with small, subtle interventions early on to delay certain telltale signs of aging. For [...]

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Tips to Help Choose a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon
Feb 20, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Twenty-five or thirty years ago, choosing a cosmetic surgeon was a much simpler task. At that time, cosmetic surgical procedures were primarily offered by plastic surgeons, and there were fewer non-invasive procedures being offered. Having fewer choices made doing your homework a whole lot easier. Fast forward to 2018:

  • Nonsurgical treatment options have increased exponentially
  • The qualifications of the people administering these treatments are widespread
  • Surgical techniques and equipment have increased ten-fold
  • You can’t turn on your TV or computer without seeing an ad for a cosmetic procedure
As if all this didn’t complicate things enough, there’s one more element that should give you pause—there are no laws restricting what type of procedures a doctor can do based on their training. That means it’s legal for an emergency room doctor, who has never [...]

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