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CoolSculpting®: A Nonsurgical Way to Remove Fat

You eat right, you exercise, but you still can’t get rid of that stubborn trouble zone. It may not feel like it, but there is a way to get rid of those frustrating pockets of fat — without surgery. If you’re looking for a noninvasive option to reduce fat, it’s time to consider CoolSculpting.

What Is CoolSculpting?

You’ve tried fat burning, but how about fat freezing? CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved, controlled cooling treatment that removes stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. There are no needles, no special diets, no supplements, and no downtime.

The procedure cools and freezes unwanted fat—without damaging surrounding tissues. Once the fat has been frozen and crystallized from the treatment, your body will slowly break down the unwanted cells and dispose of them, resulting in gradual fat loss over several weeks.

Who’s It For?

CoolSculpting is great if you’re looking to transform your body without surgery. While it effectively gets rid of small pockets of stubborn fat, it’s not intended for overall weight reduction. So, if you’re happy with your weight, CoolSculpting could be the perfect way to fine-tune your appearance. However, if you’re not at — or near — your ideal weight, liposuction may offer better results.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

A non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to specifically target underlying fat, leaving surface skin and other surrounding tissue unaffected. When fat cells are exposed to extreme cold, a process of natural removal is triggered, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer.

CoolSculpting can blast away fat from any of your trouble zones, including your:

  • Belly
  • Love handles
  • Bra roll
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Double chin
  • Under buttocks

What Should I Expect During and After My Treatment?

Each area takes about an hour to complete. A specialized applicator suctions the tissue into a vacuum cup, where it’s slowly chilled over the course of the hour. You may feel a small amount of discomfort in the first minute or so, but many patients describe the procedure as being painless. In fact, patients commonly sit or lie comfortably to read, work on their laptop or even nap during their procedure.

When the treatment is over, you’ll be able to go about your day — business as usual. There may be a small amount of redness, bruising and/or tenderness, but nothing that should interfere with activities.

What Results Can I Expect from a CoolSculpting Treatment?

Since freezing the fat cells is only the first step of the process, you won’t see results immediately following treatment. Your body needs time to break down the treated fat cells and get rid of them. Most people start seeing some results about three weeks after treatment and see full results within three months.

You’ll have a noticeable reduction of fat in your treated area, and those fat cells are gone for good. However, remember that your body can always create new fat cells. So, it’s important to continue on with your healthy nutrition and exercise habits.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Another great thing about CoolSculpting is that most people are satisfied with the results they achieve from one to three treatments. Since it takes about three months to see your full results, you should wait several months before scheduling another session to be sure that one is needed.

Emory Aesthetic Center

CoolSculpting is performed in our medical Spa under the supervision of our Emory Aesthetic Center surgical team. Schedule your consultation today to get a customized treatment plan from one of our expert plastic surgeons.

Call 404-778-7261 or schedule online today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly spa specials email.

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New Year, New You at Emory Aesthetic Center

woman looking at self in mirrorWouldn’t it be nice if 2020 was the year you turned back time? A new decade is the perfect opportunity for fresh starts and fresh faces. At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re ready to help you kick off the new year right — with healthy, glowing skin.

Speaking of fresh starts, we’re happy to welcome our newest aesthetician, Dawn Bellard, to our team. Throughout her career, Dawn has worked with renowned dermatologists and surgeons in the Atlanta area. She’s passionate about helping people look their best and now she’s going to share her skincare knowledge with you.

Learn more about Dawn.

How to Get the Healthiest Looking Skin

There are certain things that everyone can do at home to improve the appearance of their skin. Simple lifestyle habits such as getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and applying sunscreen daily are three of the most impactful. But why stop there? If you want to see real results, then don’t go at it alone — that’s what the experts are for.

Consult a Skincare Expert

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare regimen. If there were, the skincare section at the store would sure be a whole lot smaller. Because your skin is unique, you need a skincare routine that addresses your specific needs. That’s where partnering with an expert can make a world of difference.

A qualified aesthetician gets to know your skin and what it needs. They can help you sort through the plethora of products out there and guide you to the ones that will work best for your skin. Having a knowledgeable skincare partner will also come in handy when it comes time to navigate the changes that naturally occur as you age. Even just choosing the right retinol cream and how to apply it can feel overwhelming. An aesthetician can guide you toward the most appropriate non-surgical anti-aging procedures to help you achieve your desired results.

Make Time for Daily, Monthly and Yearly Skincare Treatments

You can probably think of daily, monthly and yearly tasks you perform to protect your health, but what about your skin? At Emory Aesthetic Center, your aesthetician can get you started with a simple daily routine to jumpstart your skincare with a combination of medical-grade skincare products. We also offer a variety of facials for monthly maintenance and countless other procedures that will keep you looking fantastic.

Invest in Your Skin Health with a Laser Treatment Plan

You’ll find some of the best laser treatment options in Atlanta at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We offer CoolSculpting® for fat reduction, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing and more. During your skin analysis, your aesthetician will review all your options and help you create a yearly plan to address your specific concerns and goals.

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Start your year off right with a visit to Emory Aesthetic Center. Our talented, licensed aestheticians are available to help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures and products is right for you.

Dawn is ready to welcome you with a complimentary consultation and skin analysis. Call (404) 778-7261 or schedule online today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly spa specials email.

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Facial Injectables During A Facelift: 3 Things to Know

Facial Injectables
It can seem tempting to try to do more than one procedure at a time when it comes to cosmetic surgery. And often, that approach makes sense: Some patients, for example, opt to have breast augmentation and a breast lift or a tummy tuck during breast augmentation.

One common question from patients is whether it’s possible to have facial injections during a facelift. But before we dive into the answer, let’s first take a minute to clearly define the purpose of each of these procedures.


A facelift gives individuals a more youthful appearance by tightening sagging skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles. During a facelift, your surgeon will make several small incisions around your ear. Then, your surgeon will very carefully remove excess skin and slowly pull the skin up around your jawline and to your ears. This helps smooth the neck, add volume to your cheeks, and get rid of lines around the mouth and eyes.

Facial injectables

Facial injectables, on the other hand, are anti-aging treatments that target the fine lines and wrinkles that appear as you age. These botulinum toxin injections reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles – including crows’ feet, laugh lines and many others. Botox® is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin.

Other popular injections include:

  • Dermal fillers that inject collagen into the skin to smooth wrinkles
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers to improve the fullness of lips
  • Kybella to help minimize the appearance of a double-chin

Generally, these injectables and fillers are temporary – lasting anywhere from three to six months, depending on the procedure and target area.

Can I have facial injectables with my facelift?

Now, let’s answer the question: Is it possible to get a facial injection during my facelift? After all, you may be eager to have two procedures done at once for many different reasons, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Fewer office visits
  • Less anxiety
  • Less time under anesthesia (though many injectables do not require general anesthesia)

Ultimately, the decision comes down to two factors: 1) what you’re comfortable with and 2) your target areas. Here are three questions to consider when making your decision.

1. What are your goals?

Before you make any treatment choices, there should be a very open and honest conversation with your cosmetic surgeon about your goals. He or she will likely encourage you to consider:

  • Any specific events where you’re hoping to unveil your “after” appearance
  • Whether you want to spread your procedures out to ensure you get exactly the look you want
  • Your desired appearance

You and your surgeon will navigate these questions together and zero in on your exact goals before creating your personal treatment plan.

2. What areas of the face are you targeting?

Many times, whether or not you can have facial injections during a facelift comes down to the areas you’re targeting. If you want fuller lips, in addition to smoother and tighter skin, then your surgeon can likely do an injection in the lips.

However, if you’re hoping to remove crow’s feet or lines from a furrowed brow with Botox, it may be best to wait until after recovery is complete. This gives your face the time it needs to heal and for you and your surgeon to assess the final results and address any additional areas that remain.

3. What am I comfortable with?

Maybe you don’t want the added discomfort of another trip to the doctor’s office. Or, maybe you don’t want to do another procedure when you’re already under general anesthesia. Sometimes, anxiety can be a driving force in what – and why – people decide for their treatments.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts. Our team also performs a wide range of minimally invasive procedures with little downtime. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

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About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MD, FACS, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011. Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award, and she is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest: rhinoplasty and injectables.

Is a Neck Lift Right for You?

woman caressing neckIt’s no secret that as you age your appearance will change, too. Over the years, as your skin loses its elasticity it can wrinkle and sag, making you look older than you actually are. A neck lift can help erase signs of aging and restore your youthful appearance with a smoother, slimmer profile. Learn more about neck lifts so you can decide if this common procedure is right for you.

Who’s a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A cosmetic surgeon can make treatment recommendations based on your specific goals and needs. All of those options should be considered before creating your treatment plan.

There are a number of options available today, from minimally invasive techniques, such as Botox®, Kybella® injections and dermal fillers, to more traditional neck lift surgery. While less invasive techniques may work well for most, neck lift surgery will likely provide more dramatic and permanent results for common problems like double chin, neckbands and sagging jowls.

If you’re in good health and want to improve the profile and appearance of your neck, you may be a good candidate for surgery.

Does Having a Neck Lift Mean I Also Need a Facelift?

The answer depends on your unique anatomy. Most of the time, patients can address their necks without making any changes to their face at all. Simply tightening the muscles and removing excess skin can effectively create a new profile along your jawline.

What Happens During a Neck Lift?

While a neck lift can usually be done as an outpatient procedure, the surgery can take several hours. During the procedure, your surgeon will make several small incisions, which will depend in large part on how much skin and muscle needs to be tightened or removed. These incisions are generally not noticeable and will be carefully placed by your surgeon for minimal scarring. Your incisions may be placed:

  • Along your hairline
  • Around your ear
  • Under your chin

Your surgeon will discuss where your incisions will be placed prior to your surgery so you know exactly what to expect.

How Long Will It Take Me to Recover From a Neck Lift?

After a neck lift, you can expect a recovery period of about two weeks. There will be some bruising and swelling along the front of your neck and behind your ears during the first week post surgery. Your sutures will likely be removed in the first week as well – between 7 and 10 days after surgery.

How Can I Improve Recovery After a Neck Lift?

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions after your neck lift to ensure successful results and a healthy recovery. Your doctor and care team will share specific instructions to follow after your surgery. These may include:

  • Asking someone to stay with you during the first 24 hours after your surgery to help you rest and recover
  • Having a supply of gauze and towels to change any bandaging as directed by your surgeon
  • Keeping your head propped up in a comfortable position to promote circulation and reduce swelling
  • Taking at least one week off from work to help your body rest and recover
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Wearing loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily pulled over your head or unbuttoned

Neck lifts are generally safe but, as with any surgery, carry certain risks of side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop a low-grade fever or have unusual bleeding or swelling along your incisions.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The Emory Aesthetic Center has expert surgeons experienced in cosmetic procedures, including neck lifts and facelifts. We’ll evaluate your needs, discuss your goals and guide you toward techniques that will offer you the best results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Miotto

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the associate program director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship Program. She is fellowship trained in aesthetic and oculoplastic surgery and certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miotto is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.


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Understanding Breast Implants

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 with silicone since it has cohesive properties which help your implant look, feel and move more like natural breast tissue.

There was some controversy about the safety of silicone gel implants in the early 1990s. However, after many years of study in thousands of women, silicone gel breast implants have been confirmed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For those who prefer saline implants, recent improvements (adding internal baffles) have made them feel more like silicone implants.

Shell Surface

The shell is the part of the implant that touches your tissue and holds the filler material. It’s made of a silicone polymer (rubber) and can have either a smooth or textured surface. A textured surface can help implants stay in place better and may reduce the risk of capsular contracture (excessive scar tissue). Which type of surface you need depends on your specific body characteristics, where in the body your implant is positioned, and the shape of your implant.


Implants don’t just come in different sizes. They also come in different shapes — “round” and “teardrop.” Teardrop implants (sometimes called “shaped” implants) can look round from the top view, or they can have a more oval shape. From the side, they have a lower portion that is thicker and projects more, while the upper part is thinner. Because there’s no up or down orientation, round implants can use either a smooth or textured shell. But because a shaped implant has to stay in the same direction (i.e., up is up), it must use a textured shell.


Whether round or shaped, implants can be made with different projections or profiles, meaning how far your breasts extend forward. Having these options means that your surgeon can help you match the right implant to the width of your breast with the right projection of your breast to give you the best results.


Implant size is one of the most important choices of all. Every woman has a different goal in terms of breast size. Some want a more modest look, while others want a very large increase in size. It’s important to remember, however, that the size of a breast implant should be compatible with your body. A large, wide breast implant in a chest that is small and narrow will not look natural, and over time can stretch the breast tissue or become displaced.


While implant positioning within the body isn’t a feature of implants per se, this is an important decision. There are two primary positioning options:

  • Subglandular augmentation — implants are placed on top of the breast (pectoral) muscle but under the breast gland
  • Submuscular or subpectoral — implants are placed under the breast gland and under the pectoral muscle

Each has its advantages and disadvantages. With a subglandular augmentation, recovery may be a bit easier the first couple of days, but the chance of capsular contracture (scarring around the implant) is significantly higher than with subpectoral augmentation.

Emory Aesthetic Center

When taking all of these different factors together, there are many combinations of implant size, shape, fill, texture, projection, and location for a given patient. A well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon can help you confirm your goals and understand your particular anatomy in order to make the best recommendation for you.

Emory Aesthetic Center surgeons are experts in breast enhancement. We’ll help you better understand your options and determine how to get the results you want. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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About Felmont Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Felmont F. Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S., leads the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Eaves’s leadership is apparent in his impressive accumulation of distinctions. He serves as Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the board that certifies plastic surgeons nationally. Previously, he served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; he is currently a Trustee.


Lip Rejuvenation for Beautiful, Natural-Looking Lips

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 spa-like services to cosmetic surgery. All this flexibility gives you a great chance to get the exact results you want. Just remember that choosing the right cosmetic specialist can make all the difference.

1. Lip Enhancement with Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are an ideal solution for increasing lip volume, reshaping lip edges and improving fine lip wrinkles. Filler injections are nonsurgical in-office procedures performed in just a few minutes with topical anesthesia and little downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm®) are the most commonly used fillers for lip augmentation. They’re absorbable and reversible. Since fillers are temporary, they need to be redone every three to six months to maintain optimum results.

2. Lip Enhancement with Fat Transfer

Lip augmentation uses a process called fat transfer or fat grafting. Your cosmetic surgeon removes a small amount of your body’s fat and then injects it into your lips as a “natural” filler to create fuller, plumper lips. Fat transfer requires local anesthesia, and there’s a little more swelling and bruising than with dermal fillers. This technique provides permanent results for most people.

3. Lip Enhancement with a Lip Lift

A lip lift is a procedure performed on people who have a longer and flat upper lip. Injecting fillers into long and flat lips can create the “duck lips” appearance, or an overdone look. A lip lift can improve facial aging by revealing more of your upper teeth when you’re smiling. The procedure requires local anesthesia and involves a small cut under the base of the nose. The cut is hidden in natural creases beneath the nostrils, leaving no obvious scarring.

4. Perioral Peels

Medium and deep peels are great options to improve “lipstick lines” or “smoker’s lips.” They work by removing several layers of skin around the mouth and stimulating collagen production. This technique creates a permanent improvement of skin texture and lessens deep lines.

Lip Rejuvenation Recovery

Your recovery will depend on the procedure you have done. If you had fillers injected, you can go back to your normal activities instantly with absolutely no activity restrictions. Some bruising, swelling and discomfort are common but minimal. You should feel completely normal within a few days.

As you probably expect, surgical lip augmentation requires more downtime. You can usually get back to your daily activities within a few days. Swelling and discomfort are common for about a week or two, but medication can help.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The Emory Aesthetic Center offers a full array of surgical and nonsurgical lip enhancement services. Our highly qualified staff is committed to helping you bring out your very best. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons today.

About Gabriele Miotto, MD

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the associate program director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship program. She is fellowship trained in aesthetic and oculoplastic surgery and certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miotto is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.



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5 Things to Know Before Getting Liposuction

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 time.

Bottom Line: Instead of thinking of liposuction as a way to lose weight, think of it as a powerful shape-changing tool that can help bring a problem area into harmony with the rest of your body. Also, remember that fat can come back, so it’s important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits to get and maintain the best results.

2. Patients Who Are at a Healthy Weight Get the Best Results

This ties in to our first point: Liposuction will give you the best results if you’re already at a healthy weight. If you get liposuction when you’re heavier than you’d like to be, your results will not be as dramatic. Studies show that patients who are happiest with the results of their body-contouring surgeries are those who have made a commitment to healthy eating and exercise prior to the procedure.

If you’re thinking liposuction will motivate you to lose weight and get you into shape, we’re sorry to tell you that usually the opposite occurs — these patients see an improvement in their appearance and wind up feeling LESS motivated to work on getting in shape.

3. The Type of Liposuction Tool Used Is a Decision Best Left to Your Surgeon

There are several “types” of liposuction tools out there. Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) uses narrow tubes that are smooth on the ends to “suck out” the fat. Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) tools are often used in areas where the fat is more firm or dense, like on the back. PAL tools use vibration, lasers or fluid to help break up and remove the fat.

Of course, all these tools are made by companies. And no surprise here — companies advertise their products. But don’t be pulled in by fancy advertising. All liposuction tools can work very well in the hands of a well-trained surgeon who is experienced in their use. So, your job is to choose a qualified surgeon who can guide you in which technique will be best for you.

4. Liposuction Will Not Tighten Loose Skin

Unfortunately, some advertisers claim their liposuction technique can help tighten skin. This is simply not true. Think of it this way: If you have a bag filled with liquid and you remove a large amount of that liquid, the bag gets looser, right? Well, your skin is like the bag and your fat is the liquid. If you remove a lot of fat from an area, your skin will likely get more lax. If you’re relatively young and have good skin elasticity, then your skin will probably “snap back” well. However, if you already have loose skin, then liposuction can potentially make the problem worse. In these instances, combining liposuction with a skin tightening procedure, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, can often yield amazing results.

5. The Removed Fat Cannot “Move” to Another Part of Your Body

So, what happens after liposuction? Patients are sometimes concerned that if they have liposuction in one area, the fat will “shift” to another area of their body. This myth is based on the fact that the way you gain and lose weight after liposuction can be a little different than how you gained and lost weight before it. Why? Because adults don’t make new fat cells after surgery and fat cells don’t move in the body.

So, let’s say you have liposuction that removes half the fat cells in your tummy area. What happens if you gain 20 pounds? Since there are fewer fat cells in your tummy, you’ll put less weight on there than you would have before, which means the weight will be partially redistributed to other areas. So, if you have weight fluctuations after surgery, you’ll probably gain and lose the weight more evenly. That means your “problem area” would stay more in harmony with the rest of your body. While this sounds like a relief, remember the ultimate goal is always to maintain a healthy weight.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center is experienced in the full array of liposuction procedures. Our expert surgeons will discuss your goals and options with you to create your best results. If you’re interested in liposuction, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

About Felmont Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Felmont F. Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S., leads the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Eaves’s leadership is apparent in his impressive accumulation of distinctions. He serves as Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the board that certifies plastic surgeons nationally. Previously, he served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; he is currently a Trustee.


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Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

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 Water

Staying hydrated is important. After all, about 60 percent of your body is water. It helps your body function and plays a major role in the appearance of your skin.

Think of your skin as being like a sponge. When you fill it with water, it plumps up and all those little creases and crevices disappear. When it dries out, it gets flat and shriveled up. The same thing happens with your skin. When you’re well hydrated, your skin looks plump, dewy and fresh.

The two most common recommendations for drinking enough water are:

1. The 8×8 rule. Drink eight, 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
2. The half your body weight rule. Divide your body weight by half and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you would drink 50 oz. of water a day.

3. Use Sunscreen

Preventing sun damage is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy. Sun exposure can dehydrate you, cause age spots, give you “leathery” skin and, in the worst case, cause skin cancer. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day — even when you’re not outside. It may surprise you to hear that the rays that cause long-term skin damage, and possibly even cancer, can penetrate windows.

4. Apply Retinol

Even if you take great care of your skin, your cells will become damaged with age. This is where retinol comes in. Applying it a couple of times per week turns old damaged cells into new fresh ones.

And as you get older you also lose collagen. A good retinol regimen helps you retain some of that collagen to lessen the appearance of volume loss and wrinkles. Retinols come in different strengths for different skin types. So you’ll need an aesthetic partner to help design the right retinol routine for your skin.

5. Consult with a Skincare Expert

If all skin were the same, there would only be one cleanser, one beauty cream, and so on. But if you’ve walked down the cosmetics aisle of any store recently, you know that’s not the case. Just like every other part of you, your skin is unique. That’s why an individualized skin care regimen is so important.

An aesthetic partner can help you get to know your skin and what it needs. They can help you sort through the plethora of products out there and guide you to the ones that will work best for you. They can also help you navigate the changes that naturally occur as you age, and provide you with anti-aging procedure options – including both non-surgical treatments and cosmetic surgical options.

Emory Aesthetic Center Spa

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa offers a range of services designed to improve skin health and beauty. Our non-surgical treatments can be successfully performed alone, or used to complement more in-depth anti-aging procedures, either as a skin preparation or as maintenance. Our talented, licensed aestheticians are available to help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures and products are right for you. If you’re ready to look your best, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians today.

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Low Down Time, High Impact Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgery no longer means heavily wrapped faces and weeks of recovery while you hide away in your home. Today, you can choose from a wide range of procedures to help you get the results you want—and get back to the life and activities you love quickly. If you are looking to refresh your appearance in the New Year, Emory Aesthetic Center has low downtime, high impact plastic surgery options to help you look your best.

Facial Peels

Performed in a spa setting so you can relax and enjoy the experience, mild facial peels offer an opportunity to refresh and brighten your skin with very little redness or discomfort.

Medium or deeper peels can target scarring, lighten dark spots and even tighten skin. But these peels can make your skin a little red, so be sure to talk to your doctor about your activity calendar.

In-Office Procedures

In-office procedures, such as Botox© and facial fillers, are a great way to get a more youthful appearance. These procedures may cause some bruising and swelling, so it’s best to be prepared to cover up a small bruise rather than be taken by surprise.


Botox© can smooth out those pesky lines around the eyes and between the brows. It takes at least a week to start to see results, but with a little planning, you can be bright-eyed within a few days. Botox© is FDA-approved for treatment in the forehead, between the eyes and around the crow’s feet. It can also be used to elevate the corners of a saggy mouth, treat lines around the lips and even smooth a dimply chin.

Facial Fillers

Facial fillers are usually made of hyaluronic acid, a compound that’s found in our cells. They are incredibly versatile and can deliver great results with low down time.

Facial fillers can be used to add volume to the cheeks, soften lines around the mouth, bring a little more attention to the upper and lower lips or improve hollowing under the eyes. With a skilled and talented surgeon, fillers can have a significant impact on your appearance—sometimes even before you leave the office.

Eyelid Lift

The skin at the upper lids can hang and become loose over time, making your eyes look more tired than you feel. An upper eyelid lift can have a phenomenal impact.

Before an eyelid lift, you’ll get a local anesthetic to numb the eyelid area. Then, the excess skin is removed. The procedure itself takes about an hour, and delivers immediate results. This procedure does require about one week of down time though—and you will have stitches—so it’s best to plan accordingly.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Recommit to taking care of yourself in the New Year. If you’re considering a facial peel, Botox©, eyelid lift or something else, we can help. The expert cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center are here to help you with a wide range of facial procedures and spa experiences to help you put your best face forward without a lengthy recovery.

About Anita Sethna, MD

Anita Sethna, MD, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011.

Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award. She is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest, rhinoplasty, and injectables. She has published book chapters on the topics of rhinology and rhytidectomy and reviewed manuscripts for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Which Type of Liposuction Is Best?

types of liposuctionLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from specific areas of your body. Everyone is different, and it can be difficult to know which liposuction technique is appropriate for you.

Liposuction may be right for you if you:

  • Are at or near your desired weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have certain areas that are out of proportion with the rest of your body, and are not improved with diet and exercise

Types of Liposuction Procedures

While everyone has heard of liposuction, many may not know there are actually several different techniques available to help you achieve your desired results.

Regardless of technique, in most cases, the fat is prepared for removal by inflating it with a balanced saltwater solution that often contains lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine to minimize bruising. This instillation of fluid is referred to as the tumescent preparation of fat.

Suction-Assisted Liposuction

While the preparation for fat removal is fairly standard (as described above), the technique for removing the fat can vary.  The most common type of liposuction involves using negative pressure to remove excess fat from an anatomic area.

After the fat is filled with tumescent fluid, the surgeon uses a thin tube (cannula) that is connected to a suction device. The fat is broken up and removed when the surgeon repeatedly passes the tip of the cannula through the fat. Most of the time, the fat is discarded. However, if you’d like to augment volume in other areas of your body, your surgeon may use it.

A new technology, called power-assisted liposuction, uses a mechanically enhanced cannula for easier passage and more thorough removal of unwanted fat.

Laser and Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction

Some surgeons prefer to pretreat fat with a laser or ultrasonic device. There are many varieties of these devices on the market, but they all have the same method of treatment. Electromagnetic energy, by laser or ultrasound, is delivered to the targeted fat cells. The energy is converted to heat that breaks down the fatty tissue prior to aspiration, or removal of fat. Though not scientifically proven, some believe that breaking up the fat in this way allows for a better result because there is a more thorough removal of fat and by the tightening of connective tissue including the skin.

Your surgeon can usually perform most liposuction procedures while you are awake, using local anesthetics to numb the area. However, your surgeon can decide if more sedation is needed.

In some instances, patients may be put to sleep completely in the operating room. These decisions are made based on your surgeon’s judgment.

A Nonsurgical Way to Reduce Fat: Coolsculpting®

Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical way to “freeze off the fat.” A special pad is applied to the targeted area to freeze fat beneath the skin, without affecting the skin itself. Once the fat has been frozen and crystallized from the treatment, your body slowly destroys and discards the unwanted fat cells. Most patients start to see changes within three weeks, seeing final results within one to three months. It usually takes two or more treatment sessions to achieve results similar to liposuction.

How to Choose the Right Procedure

If you’re feeling confused by all these options, there’s good news — it’s actually as simple as choosing the right cosmetic surgeon. Ultimately, your results depend on finding an expert surgeon who is skilled in different liposuction techniques and understands what results you want that leads to the most favorable outcome. So, do your homework. Check credentials. Ask to see before and after pictures from their previous liposuction patients. And just as importantly, make sure the two of you communicate clearly.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center offers a variety of fat-removing procedures. If you’re interested in liposuction, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

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