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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.

About Foad Nahai, MD, F.A.C.S

Foad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

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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.

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’ 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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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.

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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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.

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’ 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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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.

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’ 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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or call us at 404-778-6880.

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.

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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or call us at 404-778-6880.

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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Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Center

View of Emory Aesthetic Center Building EntranceWhy Choose Emory Aesthetic Center? If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery, you probably have a lot of questions like “Why choose Emory Aesthetic Center.” “How do I find the right doctor for me?” “How do I know it will be safe?” “What kind of procedure do I need?” Then, like most people, you’ll likely turn to the internet for answers. But is the information accurate? Who and what can you believe?

Emory Healthcare: A Name You Can Trust

Emory Healthcare is the region’s most comprehensive academic healthcare system. It’s home to highly-regarded doctors who conduct innovative research and are ranked among the top for patient care. But is Emory the right place for cosmetic surgery? Absolutely. With an aesthetic center dedicated solely to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, how could you go wrong?

Specialized Cosmetic Surgery Team

Cosmetic surgery is what we do. When you choose Emory Aesthetic Center you get a cosmetic surgery team filled with innovators in the field. Many of our expert surgeons teach nationally and internationally and have served as leaders in regional, national and international societies. Collectively, our team has also published hundreds of contributions in journals and books about how to perform cosmetic procedures — safely.

In addition to top-notch surgeons, our entire staff — including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurses, technicians and more — works together to provide the best care in a center that meets the highest standards of credentialing.

Wide-Array of Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures

How can you know if the procedure being recommended is the best choice for you? There’s a saying, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” That’s the problem with going to a center that has limited offerings. You will only be offered the choices they are able to provide.

Body contouring is an excellent example of why it’s important to go to a center that can offer a variety of procedures. Let’s say you want to improve the look of your abdominal area. There are several surgical and nonsurgical options for different situations:

  • Coolsculpting® can reduce small amounts of localized fat deposits, without surgery.
  • Liposuction may be needed if there is a higher percentage of fat to be removed.
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is needed to remove significant excess skin from the tummy.
  • A body lift may be needed to tighten and firm the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks of a patient who has lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Or a combination of the procedures above may be required to give the best results.

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re continually studying, teaching and publishing about cosmetic procedures, so we’re always on top of the newest developments. We offer the entire spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including cosmetic surgery, skin care, facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Our familiarity with the full-variety of techniques available enables us to guide you toward the procedure that fits you best.

Luxurious Atmosphere

At Emory Aesthetic Center, you’ll get the best of both worlds — clinical excellence and a luxurious experience. You won’t feel like you’re in a hospital. Our center is quiet and elegant and stands remote from the main campus. Our entire staff is focused on ensuring you have a great experience. Whether you’re here for a skin treatment in our Spa or surgical treatment in the operating room, we’re ready to give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Choose Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center is the right choice for your cosmetic procedure. But don’t take our word for it, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

10/3/17 Facial Rejuvenation Live Chat Transcript

If you’re considering facial rejuvenation,  Dr. Vincent Zubowicz was hand to answer questions and discuss the surgical and non-surgical solutions that are available.

The live chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Live Chat Transcript

Oct 3, 11:57 AM
EmoryHealthcare: Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about facial rejuvenation with Dr. Vincent Zubowicz of Emory Aesthetic Center.

Oct 3, 11:58 AM
EmoryHealthcare: We’ll get going in a few minutes!

Oct 3, 12:00 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Please sign in using one of the options at the bottom of the chat and submit your questions.

Oct 3, 12:00 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Please note that all questions are moderated before appearing in the stream, so you may not see yours appear right away, but we will do our best to answer all your questions today.

Oct 3, 12:02 PM
EmoryHealthcare: We’ve got an eager group today and have a few questions already in the queue, so let’s get started.

Oct 3, 12:02 PM
Guest1551 (Guest): Do you remove skin tags and brown spots from seborrheic keratosis?

Oct 3, 12:03 PM
EmoryHealthcare: These types of lesions, usually the product of aging, can be removed during an office visit using local anesthesia.

Oct 3, 12:06 PM
Guest2581 (Guest): I’ve read that there are different ways of doing a facelift – what is the best one that hides the scars the best?

Oct 3, 12:06 PM
EmoryHealthcare: There are different types of facelifts, all are planned to hide scars – but many factors are involved and we suggest a consultation to determine the best clinical approach.

Oct 3, 12:09 PM
EmoryHealthcare: During your consultation, we walk you through a gallery of images depicting the various stages of the post-operative progression.

Oct 3, 12:09 PM
Anita Korwin: Are oral collagen supplements effective and if so, which brands?

Oct 3, 12:11 PM
EmoryHealthcare: There is no clinical evidence that oral collagen supplements work.

Oct 3, 12:13 PM
Guest9448 (Guest): Seeing celebrity plastic surgery outcomes, what kind of research do you recommend so that I don’t look end up looking puffy like Madonna?

Oct 3, 12:16 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Good aesthetic surgery should be anonymous, but when it’s done improperly it tends to be noticeable.

Oct 3, 12:17 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Get plenty of opinions and make sure you see pre-and post-operative images.

Oct 3, 12:19 PM
EmoryHealthcare: You’ve probably seen many people that have had plastic surgery, but because it’s done properly, you didn’t notice it.

Oct 3, 12:19 PM
Katness1975 (Guest): Is there a procedure to correct, or advance a receding hairline?

Oct 3, 12:21 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Yes. Depending on the hair pattern there are operations to advance or move the hairline forward.

Oct 3, 12:24 PM
Guest1551 (Guest): I heard that Botox can be watered down. How can I be sure that I’m getting the best results?

Oct 3, 12:26 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Botox has become prolific and it is necessary to establish a relationship with a reputable clinic that you trust.

Oct 3, 12:27 PM
Anita Korwin: Are there any skin care product lines that you recommend for the best anti-aging benefits?

Oct 3, 12:31 PM
EmoryHealthcare: We have several skin care product lines at Emory Aesthetic Center. Our trained skin care experts would be happy to recommend a brand and/or products, such as Revision Skin Care, ZO Skin Health, among others.

Oct 3, 12:34 PM
Guest6451 (Guest): What are the best options for tightening jowl lines?

Oct 3, 12:36 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Since there is no effective way to tighten skin, any excess skin would need to be removed by some form of facelift. However, we may be able to camouflage the jowl lines using filler.

Oct 3, 12:41 PM
Katness1975 (Guest): microdermabrasion or microneedling? Which is best?

Oct 3, 12:41 PM
EmoryHealthcare: In terms of level of complexity, microdermabrasion is less aggressive – it works only on the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Micro-needling works on the epidermis and dermis layers of your skin and may be best to treat wrinkles or more difficult issues.

Oct 3, 12:46 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Emory Aesthetic Center is currently offering 20% off of a micro-needling treatment for the month of October: http://bit.ly/2yWhgwP

Oct 3, 12:52 PM
EmoryHealthcare: These questions have been great! We have time for just one more question today. Any remaining questions will be answered by Dr. Zubowic in a post-chat Q&A blog on http://advancingyourhealth.org

Oct 3, 12:55 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Q. What is the recovery like after a facelift and when can I return to work and look presentable?

Oct 3, 12:57 PM
EmoryHealthcare: Physiologically a facelift is not a stressful procedure, there is generally little pain or discomfort. Most patients will look presentable to return to work within two weeks, however, there will be outliers.

Oct 3, 1:00 PM
EmoryHealthcare: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks so much for joining us! If you’d like to learn more or schedule a complimentary consultation to speak with one of our physicians, please call 404-778-6880 or request an appointment online: http://bit.ly/2yWhgwP

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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 the Top 50 Doctors on RealSelf, the nation’s premier online communication resource for patients, where he serves on the national media committee. As an advocate for open patient communication, Dr. Zubowicz has written over 18,000 individual answers to patients seeking insights on both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Zubowicz is a prevailing voice of medical expertise for the Atlanta media, most recently appearing on CNN to discuss the selection and safety of free-standing aesthetic surgery centers.

An effective communicator, Dr. Zubowicz has presented dozens of times professionally at venues such as the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the International Congress on Cleft Palate and Related Craniofacial Deformities. He has been appointed to the Plastic Surgery Undergraduate Education committee and the Aesthetic Society and Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation-Joint Grants Research Committee; in addition, he has published numerous times on topics such as Esophageal and Maxillofacial reconstruction. In 2017 he was named Top Doctor by International Association of HealthCare Professionals.

Active in charity work, Dr. Zubowicz lends his plastic surgery expertise locally to children’s clinics and volunteers globally with patients as far as Bangladesh and Ecuador. He is the married father of three daughters: Miranda, Alexandra, and Victoria.

Abdominoplasty Procedure – Recovery and Results

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 tummy tucks used to come with a long, difficult recovery (causing some to shy away from the procedure), recent surgical advancements have made that a thing of the past—and tummy tucks are increasing in popularity. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 130,000 are performed every year.

Improved techniques for less pain and quicker recovery

Breakthroughs in surgical techniques and pain management have significantly improved the recovery experience of abdominoplasty patients:

Progressive tension sutures (PTS)

Progressive tension sutures are probably the biggest game-changer. PTS is a deep suturing technique that eliminates the need for postoperative drains. Before PTS, patients had tubes (drains) that came through their incision to the outside of their body for up to three weeks. The drains required daily care and were certainly not comfortable or conducive to daily activities.

New pain control methods

New methods of pain control, like pain pumps and long-lasting injections of local anesthetic, make it easier to get comfortable and to move around much sooner following surgery. They also reduce or eliminate the need for oral medications that can cause unpleasant side effects like constipation.

Are you a good candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure?

Ensure you’re a good candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure by keeping yourself healthy and in good physical condition. You must be in good physical shape to tolerate the surgery—it will also serve you well as far as your recovery. Here are some other considerations:

  • Are you a smoker? If so, you should consider quitting. Smoking will slow down the healing process and increase your risk of serious complications during and after surgery.
  • Is your weight stable? If not, you should first work on achieving a healthy weight and maintaining it over time. Aside from helping you enjoy a speedier recovery, being at a healthy weight will ensure the best results. It’s also important you’re able to keep your weight off as your results will be affected by weight gain.
  • Are you finished having children? If not, your results from the procedure will be affected by future pregnancies.

What you can expect during abdominoplasty recovery

Everybody’s different, and that means no two people will heal the exact same way. However, most people who have a tummy tuck can expect to be able to:

  • Drive within a week of surgery
  • Return to work within three weeks
  • Engage in light exercise, like walking just a few days post-surgery

It may take a few months for all your swelling to dissipate, but most of it will be gone within the first few weeks. Your scar will continue to improve for at least a year.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re ready for a change and a tummy tuck seems right for you, contact the Emory Aesthetic Center to schedule a complimentary consultation with one our expert cosmetic surgeons.

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