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The Top Cosmetic Procedures for Men

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 with botulinum toxin injections (Botox) and hyaluronic acid injections (Juvederm, Restylane) top the list for the most popular nonsurgical procedures for men. Skincare treatments, such as facials, photorejuvenation (IPL) and chemical peels, are also on the rise.

Sometimes a combination of nonsurgical treatments can give impressive results, without the downtime. For example, a liquid facelift, which is usually a combination of injectables and dermal fillers, can give a mini-facelift effect without the expense or recovery time that comes with surgical options.

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the current top five surgical cosmetic procedures for men are:

Liposuction

Liposuction removes pockets of stubborn fat. It’s not meant to be a weight loss procedure. Instead, it sculpts the body by removing areas of fat that don’t respond to normal weight loss efforts, such as diet and exercise. Common areas that men choose to have liposuction performed are their love handles, chest, lower-back and under their chin.

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia is male breast reduction. Sometimes, due to hormone issues, weight gain or aging, men develop excess breast tissue. In some cases, it can be removed with liposuction alone. Other times, the skin also needs to be removed, recontoured and tightened for a smoother and more masculine appearance.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also called Blepharoplasty, can give a more rested, alert and youthful look. Surgery can be performed on the top eyelids to treat drooping, on the bottom eyelids to address under-eye bags, or on both. Some men choose to have eyelid surgery performed in combination with other procedures, such as a brow lift or a facelift, for more dramatic results.

Rhinoplasty

A commonly used term for rhinoplasty is “nose job.” This procedure is used to reshape the nose and bring it into balance with your other facial features. Not only can rhinoplasty improve your appearance, it can also help improve your breathing, reduce snoring and treat sleep apnea.

Facelift

Facelifts can be used to address many signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging skin, changes to facial contour and facial volume loss. There are so many options with a facelift that give results ranging from subtle to dramatic. Many men choose to have the skin on their neck tightened as well.

Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

Think cosmetic surgery may be for you? The first and most important step is to find the right cosmetic surgeon. Obviously, you want someone with experience that you can trust. Take time to do your homework because your results will only be as good as your surgeon. Check out our blog on Tips to Help Choose a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center cosmetic surgeons are experienced in specialized cosmetic procedures for men. If you’re ready to look your best, schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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Your Body Contouring Questions Answered: Get Your Body Summer Ready

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 common non-surgical body contouring technique is cryolipolysis, most commonly known by the brand name CoolSculpting®. This procedure uses the freezing of fat. In some patients, it can provide excellent results without downtime. Other patients will do better with liposuction or another procedure. Your physician should be able to help you figure out which is best for you.

What is the difference between laser liposuction and regular liposuction?

Dr. Eaves: There are many different types of liposuction. The original type, which we call Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL), uses a hollow tube with holes in the end connected to a suction tube to remove the fat. We still use that very commonly. Sometimes doctors want to use an energy source to help break up the fat. This can be a laser, ultrasound, vibrating tip, or water jet. While companies hype that their machine is better, in general, they all can give excellent results, and I don’t feel that any one technology is superior to another from the patient’s perspective.

What type of breast implant gives the most natural result?

Dr. Eaves: There is currently a lot of hype about breast implant styles in breast augmentation. In terms of the fill material, silicone gel feels and looks more natural. In terms of the shape of the implant, most women do very well with round implants, which when standing will assume a tear-drop shape. In some cases, special shaped implants might have benefited, but I believe that this is in the minority of cases.

Is it possible to have fat taken from my belly and injected into my buttocks or breasts?

Dr. Eaves: It most certainly is. We term this autologous fat grafting or AFG. This is very common for the enhancement of buttock volume, especially since there are no FDA approved buttock implants available in the United States. Fat grafting to the breast is certainly done, but here, it is most often done as an adjunct to other procedures to provide small areas of fill. Breast augmentation with fat grafting alone is a challenge as it is difficult to get significant changes in volume without multiple surgical procedures.

What is the recovery time for liposuction? And when will I be able to wear a 2-piece after the procedure?

Dr. Eaves: When I talk about recovery time, I always like to talk about recovery “to what point?”. In a typical liposuction patient, you should be able to be up and walking in the house later that day. Typically you would be off of pain medications in 2-3 days and would be able to drive. Many patients can return to work in a week or less. In terms of wearing a 2-piece suit and feeling comfortable, that will vary depending on how quickly the swelling goes down. Typically after three weeks we really start to see the swelling go down, but it may take 2-3 months until your feeling really good about the results. Even then, the results will likely continue to improve and the last bits of swelling will fade in an additional 3 months or so.

What if I do not qualify for the surgical procedure? Do you have any recommendations to lose the excess skin around the love handles?

Dr. Eaves: As in the previous question, CoolSculpting® might be able to help you reduce the fat, but neither CoolSculpting® nor liposuction significantly tightens the skin. If you want to tighten the skin, it does require a surgery. Some companies state that they can shrink skin, but to me, most of the results look really questionable.

What options are there to get rid of stretch marks?

Dr. Eaves: Stretch marks are hard to remove, and in general there are no great treatments to remove them. There is an exception, however, when the stretch marks are below the belly button. In that case a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can remove most – and on occasional all – of the stretch marks.

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How to Get Natural Looking Results with Your Cosmetic Procedure

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 example, you can start Botox© (injectables) treatments when lines first begin to form between your eyes or on your forehead. Botox and other injectables work by stopping muscles from making repetitive motions that create lines. When we treat these muscles with Botox, the lines fade and may even disappear completely, or at least not deepen as quickly as they otherwise would. The earlier you begin Botox treatment, the longer you can go between treatments. While Botox results typically last three to four months, they may last up to six months for very faint lines.

Other early signs of aging can include subtle loss of volume in the middle portion of your face — the area just center of the cheekbones. Loss of volume here causes shadows to form under your eyes and deepens the folds around your mouth, commonly called marionette lines. Fillers, such as Juvederm©, Restylane© or Voluma©, are injected to improve contour in these areas. They work by temporarily improving volume, but they also tend to cause your body to produce collagen. Starting to use these products in your late 30s or 40s will increase the amount of collagen in these areas, which slows down the normal aging process in a very subtle way.

Have Realistic Expectations

When it comes to surgery, many patients will pull on their jawline or eyelids to demonstrate the amount of extra skin they have, and say: “This is what I want gone!” But remember, the goal is to get a result that looks like a better, more rested version of yourself; not to remove all extra skin. Your underlying bone structure and the texture and tone of your skin need to be considered when determining what will make you look your best. Sometimes looking natural means accepting a little line here or a little extra skin there.

Listen to the Experts

So how do you know what will look best? This is where your surgeon comes in. When I perform a consultation, I often have the patient look in a mirror and show me what they think their results will look like. I show them how certain areas may have more or less change than they’re anticipating, based on their anatomy. I also explain how the addition of dermal fillers or Botox can be incorporated to further enhance their results.

When you’re ready to begin cosmetic procedures, your first step should be finding a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon who you trust. Your cosmetic surgeon should not only have excellent credentials but should also be someone who listens to your goals, explains the types of procedures you may benefit from and guide you toward the best and most natural results.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center excels at providing natural results using a variety of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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Tips to Help Choose a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon

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 performed a surgical residency, to do a facelift or body contouring surgery. Scary, right?

So, how can you make sure you’re choosing the best professional to perform your cosmetic procedure? Finding the right person is vitally important. You want someone who is well trained, experienced and who can give you great results . . . safely.

Six Things to Look for in a Cosmetic Surgeon

When choosing a plastic surgeon, there’s more to consider than just a medical degree.

Training

Think about what type of training each doctor has had and if they’re working within their scope of training. For example, a plastic surgeon doing a tummy tuck makes a whole lot more sense than an OB/GYN.

Would you rather have a surgeon who’s been trained how to take on the most challenging situations that can arise during surgery, or one who took a few weekend courses? Residency training in a surgical specialty is a long and rigorous process. An ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) plastic surgery residency takes a minimum of six to seven years to complete, and many surgeons do additional fellowship training beyond that.

Board Certification

It may surprise you to hear that not all certifications are legit. Basically, any person or organization can create a board and advertise it. So how do you know which ones to trust? The American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology are two trustworthy organizations. They are both parts of the highly-regarded American Board of Medical Specialties, which requires members to have completed a credentialed, multi-year residency program in that specialty.

Privileges in Certified Centers

Certified centers can only allow surgeons who meet specific training and credentialing use their facility. Beware of any doctor that works only in non-certified centers, hospitals or offices.

Academic Medical Centers

Working for an academic medical center is not a must— there are many great surgeons who are in private practice—but it is a bonus. Academic medical centers offer another level of screening. They rigorously assess individuals before appointing them to the faculty of a medical school where they train medical students and residents. If a doctor has a full-time appointment to a medical school faculty, you can be confident they meet stringent training and testing requirements.

Validated Patient Reviews

Be suspicious of open platform review sites where anyone—a patient or not—can go on and create a review. Sometimes a surgeon’s competitors make up bad reviews to hurt the practice. Other times, a practice may populate the site with their own great reviews to drive up their ratings. Look for validated online platforms, where only actual patients of that doctor can submit reviews. Obviously, you’re looking for mostly positive feedback, but even the best doctor can get an occasional negative review.

Personal Referrals

Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. A referral from a trusted doctor or friend is a great place to start. If the same name keeps popping up from multiple trusted sources, you’re definitely on the right track.

Three Things to Check … With Caution

Things like training and certifications can be verified through impartial sources, making them invaluable to your research. There are other ways to gather additional insight into surgeons, but they require a little more investigation . . . and caution on your part.

Their Website

A practice’s website can be an important source of information and a good place to do some basic research. But keep in mind they are designed to put the practice’s best foot forward. Just because they say they’re a world-renowned expert, doesn’t make it true. Go ahead and check out their site, but be sure to do your own investigation.

“Best” or “Top” Doctor Lists

Some of these lists are legitimate. But others are popularity contests or merely advertisements that include anybody who’s willing to send in money. The credible ones typically list only physicians that have been nominated by other physicians, like Castle Connolly Top Docs.

Before and After Pictures

Of course, you’ll want to see a sample “before and after pictures” from your potential plastic surgeon, but remember that things aren’t always as they seem. Surgeons will always show you their very best results. But what does the average result look like? Also, beware of shady professionals who use fraudulent photos that aren’t even their own work.

Bottom Line

Choosing the right surgeon is the single most important step in your cosmetic surgery journey. After you’ve checked out their qualifications, look for a physician you can easily talk to, who makes you feel confident and who seems to truly care about you and your needs.

Emory Aesthetic Center is staffed with qualified, expert cosmetic surgeons who are ready to give you the results you want. Schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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What is a Liquid Facelift?

A facelift without surgery? A “liquid facelift” may sound like a dream, but it’s a real. Simply put, it’s a nonsurgical facelift. So, if you’re bothered by signs of aging, but aren’t quite ready to make the jump to cosmetic surgery, this may be your answer.

How Injections and Fillers Can Give You a Whole New Look

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and volume. This can cause sagging skin, hollowed eyes, and wrinkles. With the availability of injectables and dermal fillers, surgery is no longer the only option for combating these common signs of aging.

Injectables

Repetitive movements, like smiling or furrowing your brow, eventually create wrinkles. Injectables are used to relax and limit the movement of specific facial muscles that are responsible for wrinkles. Injectibles are commonly used to temporarily soften or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. The added bonus is they also prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming. You can typically expect results to last three to four months.

How Do Injectables Work?

Injectables use a safe form of botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles. Botox® is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin. The toxin is injected directly into small muscle groups of your face to stop the normal chemical transmission between nerves and muscles; causing temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles and limiting the repetitive movements that cause problems. Your body metabolizes the toxins and your nerves regain their ability to transmit chemical signals within a few months. Most patients who get injections consistently over time find they need treatment less often because their muscles adjust to having fewer contractions.

Dermal Fillers

It’s common to lose volume in your lips, in the folds between your lips and nose, in your cheeks and under your eyes as you age. Dermal fillers can be used to get rid of marionette lines (deep lines that run from your mouth to your chin), restore your jawline, plump your lips and more. Results typically last between six months and one year.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Fillers are injectable gel treatments that temporarily add volume and fill in wrinkles caused by volume loss. There are several different brands and formulas of fillers available. A qualified cosmetic surgeon can help determine which is best for you. The most common type of dermal filler is the hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, but other formulas produce excellent results as well.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are made from a chemical structure found in our bodies, which means there is less chance for an allergic reaction. This filler offers a lot of flexibility to manipulate the thickness, volume, and longevity of its effects. Another benefit of HA fillers is they can be dissolved with an injection of enzyme filler, which means it’s completely reversible if you aren’t happy with the results.

Is a Liquid Facelift Right for Me?

Liquid facelifts are a great option for people with early signs of aging. If you have minimal wrinkles and/or volume loss, and you’re okay with temporary results, the liquid facelift may be right for you. It’s a good way to get immediate, long-lasting results with no downtime.

If you have moderate to severe wrinkles and/or volume loss, a surgical facelift is your better option. There is no question that a surgical facelift can reverse all of the outlined changes above, and for most patients, remains the best option for treatment of the aging face. Surgeons often choose to use a combination of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to provide the best results.

To find out what’s right for you, consult with an expert cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center cosmetic surgeons will help you decide which procedures will give you the results you’re looking for. Schedule your free consultation today.

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Treatment Options to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Double chins go by many names, and some of them sound pretty funny. Whether you call it a turkey neck, wattle or something else, one thing is certain—there’s nothing fun about having one.

So first of all, let’s start with ‘what is a double chin’, really? Primarily, it means that there are fatty deposits in the central area of the neck starting on the underside of the jaw bone going downward. Generally the fat is just in the middle of the neck, but sometimes it goes more widely from side to side. Because the fat pushes the skin outward, it creates a change in the normally sharp angle between the underside of the chin and the neck when looking from the side. Typically, it looks worse when someone is looking down, or bending their neck downward.

In order to address a double chin, it means we need to reduce the fat in this area. Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to treating and minimizing a double chin. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our cosmetic surgeons will work closely with you to understand your options, and help you decide if a surgical or non-surgical approach is best for you.

Treatment Options

Understanding what causes your double chin is important in helping your surgeon determine the treatment approach for you. The status of the skin has a huge effect on what treatment will work best. There are surgical and non-surgical approaches that can remove fat from your neck, or when needed, tighten your skin.

Fat Removal

If you have a full neck, your weight is relatively good and your skin is youthful and elastic, we may only need to remove fat (not skin). Once the fat is removed, your skin will redistribute into the angle of the neck and chin, helping tighten your skin even more.

There are several different surgical and non-surgical options to consider since skin does not need to be removed. Those procedures include liposuction, cyrolipolysis (CoolSculpting) and deoxycholic acid injections (Kybella).

The primary surgical option is liposuction, which can be done under local or general anesthesia. Liposuction takes only a single treatment, and most patients recover quickly. There may be mild swelling for 1-2 weeks and possibly some bruising.

Non-surgical options include CoolSculpting, which freezes fat in the targeted area, and Kybella injections. Both of these can reduce the fat under the chin, but they may take several sessions to get the same result that might be achieved in one treatment with liposuction.

Neck Lift

If excess skin is causing or adding to the appearance of a double chin, then simply removing fat won’t slim your neck. Instead, it will also be necessary to tighten the skin around your neck so that it will look smooth and well contoured.

A neck lift is usually the best treatment option in this case. This procedure will remove fat, but it also treats underlying bands (which may be related to muscles that need to be tightened) and excess skin, therefore creating a smooth, more youthful appearance. The results can be dramatic and can give many years of improvement.

Neck lifts are often combined with a lower facelift, as patients with neck laxity typically have looseness in this area as well that cause sagging jowls.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and surgical procedures to address a double chin. Our expert surgeons will assess your specific needs and discuss options that will give you the best result. Contact us today and we can help you find the solution that’s right for you.

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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

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.

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Four Ways to Remove Tummy Fat

One of the most common questions we get about cosmetic surgery is “What is the best way to remove tummy fat?” But there isn’t an easy answer. The truth is that it’s different for everyone. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can effectively slim down your waistline, including diet and exercise, CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tuck.

Diet and Exercise

If you’re reading this, chances are you already tried diet and exercise. Research suggests that eating certain foods, and avoiding others, can help you lose belly fat and avoid packing it on in the first place. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid sugar
  • Eat more protein
  • Cut carbs
  • Eat more fiber

Keep in mind that not all exercise programs are created equally when it comes to removing belly fat. Aerobic exercise – activities that get your heart pumping, like running, swimming, walking or biking – are more effective at burning belly fat. Some studies even suggest that crunches and other abdominal workouts won’t help you lose belly fat, even though they can strengthen stomach muscles.

Another great reason to commit to good nutrition and an active lifestyle: Patients that eat healthy and exercise regularly tend to be happier with the results of their body contouring surgery.

Procedures that Remove Tummy Fat

There are surgical and non-surgical treatments that can help you get rid of belly fat. The most common procedures include CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tuck.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, is a nonsurgical cryolipolosis (cold therapy) procedure that freezes the fat in targeted areas. Fat is more sensitive to freezing than other areas of the body, such as your skin, blood vessels and nerves. The fat will die and is naturally removed by your body over time. Nearby skin and nerves, on the other hand, recover completely.

It’s important to keep in mind that CoolSculpting does not tighten your skin. It’s best suited for younger patients with firm skin, and on small or moderate target areas. Treatments only take about an hour for each site, and don’t require anesthesia. Patients are typically able to return to normal activity immediately. More than one treatment is usually required to get full effect to an area.

Liposuction

The most common surgical treatment to remove tummy fat is liposuction. Liposuction is very effective in reducing fat deposits, but doesn’t significantly tighten skin. It is more aggressive than CoolSculpting at reducing fatty deposits.

There are many types of liposuction:

  • SAL (suction assisted lipectomy)
  • UAL (ultrasound assisted lipectomy)
  • PAL (power assisted liposuction)
  • LAL (laser assisted liposuction)

Studies show that liposuction results are similar regardless of the type of technology used. Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine which option will help you best meet your goals.

The incisions for liposuction are very small, typically a quarter inch each or smaller, and recovery is generally fast. Liposuction can be done under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the areas to be treated, the amount to be removed and the surgeon and patient preferences.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are also be very effectively at removing stubborn belly fat, particularly for patients that:

  • Have children
  • Are older
  • Have experienced significant weight fluctuations

A tummy tuck is also sometimes referred to as an abdominoplasty. It combines the power of fat removal with skin tightening. Fat can be removed by direct excision, liposuction or both. Sometimes, surgeons are also able to tighten stomach muscles during a tummy tuck. However, this procedure does leave a longer scar (though it can usually be hidden by underwear or bathing suit bottoms).

Thanks to recent advancements in pain control, it’s now easier than ever to go through than in the past. Recovery from a tummy tuck averages about three weeks, depending on the site and the amount of fat removed.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you can’t seem to shake that stubborn tummy fat and are looking for the best way to slim down waist, our expert plastic surgeons can help. Emory Aesthetic Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and surgical procedures. Contact us today and we can help you find the right solution for you.

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Breast Lift vs. Breast Implants: Which Do I Need?

You may know that you’re not happy with the appearance of your breasts, but do you know exactly what you need to get the results you want? How do you know whether you need a breast lift (mastopexy) or breast implants (breast augmentation)?

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can use to determine which procedure, or procedures, is right for you. The first step is having a clear picture of what you want. The second, and perhaps most important step, is choosing a plastic surgeon you can trust, and communicating that picture effectively.

Aesthetics of the Breast

There are many factors that can affect the aesthetics of the breast. Here are a few that are important for your cosmetic surgeon to consider, and for you to understand, before making a decision about your treatment plan:

Skin vs. Volume

Think of your breast as being composed of two parts: an “envelope,” which is the skin that covers the breast and the “filling,” which is the fat and tissue that creates the volume within the envelope. A well-shaped breast has a good match between the size of the envelope and the volume of the filling.

Nipple Location

A good way to determine if the skin envelope is too big is to look at the position of the nipple compared to the fold underneath the breast (called the infra-mammary fold). Normally, if there is a good match between the breast envelope and volume, the nipple will be positioned above the level of the fold. As the skin envelope gets bigger, the nipple droops lower.

When Breast Implants Are Enough

If the skin envelope is relatively normal (not stretched out much by weight fluctuations or pregnancy) and the breast volume is relatively low, then adding volume will create a good envelope-to-volume match. In this case, a breast implant alone can give a great result.

When a Breast Lift Is Needed

If the envelope is significantly stretched out but the volume is good, a breast lift is needed. Removing the excess skin will create a nice envelope-to-volume match.

When Both Implants and a Lift Are Needed

If the skin envelope is too big and the volume is smaller than you want, combining a breast implant with a breast lift will give you the best results.   

Some women think if they get large enough implants, they won’t need a lift. Trying to avoid a breast lift by getting large implants is a mistake. Implants that are too big weigh down the breasts and stretch out the skin. Often, this calls for a second surgery to replace the implants with smaller ones, as well as a breast lift to return the breasts to their proper position.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re considering a breast lift or implants, come see one of our expert cosmetic surgeons to discuss your options. Schedule a complimentary consultation with the Emory Aesthetic Center to find out what procedure, or combination of procedures, is right for you.

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Planning Cosmetic Surgery in Time for the Holidays

Holiday Plastic SurgeryHoliday gatherings, office parties and catching up with old friends are all a part of what makes the holidays so much fun. But if you’re not feeling good about how you look, these activities can also be a part of what makes the season stressful. You may be thinking, “I don’t feel older, why do I look it?” Or maybe you’re simply dreading all of the photo opportunities with friends and family.

Whatever your specific situation, if you feel your outward appearance doesn’t reflect how great you feel on the inside, maybe it’s time to consider a cosmetic procedure.

Will I Be Fully Recovered Before the Festivities Begin?

If you’re thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, talk to a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. Be sure you’re clear about the results you want and the timeframe you’re working within. Ask specifically about when any bruising or swelling will be gone and how long it will take to see the full results of the procedure.

Here are some ideas of what’s possible depending on your timing:

Two Months Before

If you have at least eight weeks before your event, there’s plenty of time for a lower-face and neck lift. So, if you’ve been looking in the mirror and tugging at jowls, excess neck skin or pooching around your eyes, stop wondering what you could look like and take the first step by scheduling a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Three to Four Weeks Before

If you have three to four weeks before your big event, you can give your eyes a major boost. Get rid of bags around your eyes or heaviness around the upper and lower lids. Cosmetic eyelid procedures make a big difference in your appearance, and you get results fast. Sometimes, they can even be done in the surgeon’s office using local anesthetic.

Two Weeks Before

Only two weeks until your family holiday photo? There’s still plenty you can do to look your best. Injectables and dermal fillers offer a big bang for your buck. Injectables, like Botox©, are great for smoothing forehead creases, crow’s feet and frown lines and they can help lift your brows. Fillers smooth out wrinkles and facial creases and work to restore volume under your eyes, across your cheeks or along your jawline.

One Week Before

So, it snuck up on you and your office holiday party is only one week away? Still no need panic. Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures like facial peels and microdermabrasion will have you looking radiant.   

Emory Aesthetic Center

Spending time with family and friends should be rejuvenating—let us help. Emory Aesthetic Center is experienced in the full-range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. We even offer skin treatments at our luxurious spa. Schedule your complimentary consultation today and then sit back while we find ways to connect your inner beauty with your outer glow.

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