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Optimize Scars from Plastic Surgery
Sep 13, 2017 By Emory Aesthetic Center

optimize scarsIf you’re considering plastic surgery, you’ve probably thought about potential scarring. Maybe you have scars that haven’t healed well, or maybe you’ve seen pictures, and worry that you might get the same result. While there’s a possibility of poor scarring after any surgery, the good news is that most scars created during cosmetic procedures heal well and are minimally visible. Today, plastic surgery procedures are designed so that scars are positioned in areas that are mostly hidden. There are also surgical techniques that can give scars a better chance of healing well.

What your surgeon can do to reduce or hide scars

Position the scars well

Cosmetic surgeons take great care in positioning scars in inconspicuous areas. With rhinoplasty (nose surgery), for example, the scars are sometimes entirely inside the nose or barely noticeable between the nostrils. For [...]

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Ask the Expert: Facial Rejuvenation Live Chat
Aug 23, 2017 By admin

9/12 Update: Due to Inclement Weather, this Event Has Been Cancelled – Ask the Expert: Facial Rejuvenation Live Chat

If you’re considering facial rejuvenation, don’t miss this live chat event. Dr. Vincent Zubowicz will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the surgical and non-surgical solutions that are available. When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. EST

About Dr. Zubowicz

Doctor ZubowiczDr. Vincent Zubowicz, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Emory University, is a renowned leader in the Atlanta medical community where he has practiced for over thirty-five years. He is triple board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zubowicz is not only a leader in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery, but also a leader in patient communication. He is one of [...]

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Factors to Consider Before Breast Lift Surgery
Aug 8, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

breast lift blog postPregnancy, breastfeeding, aging and weight fluctuations commonly take a toll on a woman's breasts. If you’re noticing yours are sagging or not as full as they once were, it may be time to consider a breast lift (mastopexy). Breast lifts can produce dramatic results with a relatively short recovery. If you’re serious about it, the first and most important thing on your to-do list should be finding a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon. The right surgeon will listen as you describe your desired outcome and talk through all the options. Remember your body is unique—there is no one-size-fits-all procedure. Here are two important factors to consider with your surgeon:

1. What will the scars look like?

Of course, women (and their plastic surgeons) want to minimize scars whenever possible, but the procedure that leaves the smallest scar may not be the best choice for you. [...]

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Do I Need a Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery or Both?
Jul 24, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

brow lift blogIt’s been said that eyes are the windows to the soul. But do you feel like your eyes are representing what’s really inside you? If you look in the mirror and see droopy skin, dark circles or wrinkles around your eyes, maybe it’s time for a refresh. Read on to learn more about brow lift and eyelid surgery.

Why do my eyes look older than I feel?

Your eyes get a lot of attention. They’re usually the first thing people notice about you, and they help bring beauty and expression to your face. Unfortunately, they are also often the first place we show signs of aging. Think about how the skin around your eyes crinkles when you’re smiling or furrows when you’re concentrating. Over time, your skin loses its elasticity and those crinkles become wrinkles. The loss of skin elasticity can also lead to droopiness that makes you look tired. To make matters worse, the skin [...]

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Abdominoplasty Procedure – Recovery and Results
Jul 11, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

revised tummy tuck imageAn abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck) yields dramatic results. Unlike liposuction, abdominoplasty doesn’t just remove fat from your tummy, it also removes excess skin and repairs loose muscles—making a significant improvement to a person’s appearance and self-confidence. That’s why it’s always been a popular cosmetic surgery choice. Reasons for considering a tummy tuck vary widely. Often, the need for an abdominoplasty procedure is due to life changes that can affect the shape of your midriff, such as childbirth, significant weight loss or aging. But there’s also a small percentage of patients who haven’t experienced any of these life changes and are still unhappy with stubborn fat in their abdominal area that doesn’t improve with diet and exercise. Regardless of your reason, deciding on an abdominoplasty procedure is now an easier choice than ever. While [...]

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Upper Body Lift: Getting Rid of Love Handles and Back Rolls
Jun 22, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Upper Back LiftIn the world of body contouring, most of the focus over the years has been on the tummy and breasts. This makes sense since these areas tend to change the most as we age. But recently, people have been noticing the issues affecting the back of their bodies as well. I’m sure you’ve heard about lower body lifts and buttock enhancement, but are you aware of one of the most powerful and dramatic body contouring techniques available — the upper body lift?

What causes back rolls and bulges?

Due to age, weight fluctuations or genetics, many people develop laxity (sagging or loose skin) in their upper body. Sometimes the laxity occurs between the bottom of the breasts and the upper tummy, but it tends to be most obvious on the back. This laxity (and some associated fatty deposits) leads to those annoying back rolls near and under the shoulder blades. It also contributes to the "bra [...]

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Enhancing Your Lips: Lip Fillers or Lip Augmentation
Jun 13, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

lip-augmentation-imageYour lips are as unique as your face. Lip shape and volume play an important role in overall facial aesthetics. Today, full, sensual lips are considered the aesthetic ideal, hence the popularity of lip augmentation procedures. But even if you have naturally full lips now, they will change as you age – making it a concern for most women at some point in their lives. When we’re young, our lips are full, edges are crisp and only the tiniest lines are evident when we smile or frown. As we age, our lips tend to get thinner, the edges soften and permanent vertical lines are set. Lip augmentation (aka, lip enhancement) procedures are very popular and are designed to highlight original lip features or to improve the shape, the volume and the hydration of the lips. The vertical lines that appear on the skin around the lips can also be erased without changing the lip [...]

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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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