You may love what plastic surgery can do to enhance your appearance and self-esteem, but nobody looks forward to the recovery after plastic surgery. You may fear the pain of surgery or the temporary limitations on your normal activities like working, exercising or caring for your kids. Fortunately, there are new strategies and surgical techniques that offer less pain and a quicker recovery.
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For many of us, a new year brings new hopes and wishes for a better life and better health. Maybe you’ve resolved to start taking better care of yourself this year but aren’t sure where to start. How about with your skin?
For some, a simple skin care routine may be enough to achieve a fresh look. Medical-grade exfoliating agents, moisturizers and a broad-spectrum sunscreen can renew and protect the superficial layers of your skin and bring back your natural glow. Skin care products like these are available at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa.
Non-invasive facial rejuvenation
- Soften fine wrinkles
- Erase sun spots and blemishes
- Improve melasma and freckles
- Stimulate collagen production to treat and prevent facial aging
For mature skin, with more intense sun damage and wrinkling, deeper treatments like Croton oil peels or CO2 and Erbium lasers are great options. These procedures work in the deepest layers of the skin to improve stubborn lines and skin laxity. These deeper skin treatments require about a week of downtime but give longer lasting results.
Injectables and fillers
Injectables , like Botox®, and fillers , like hyaluronic acid, are incredible rejuvenating agents that help treat and prevent signs of aging. Botox is used to relax face muscles and treat wrinkles that appear with facial expressions. They also can prevent wrinkles from becoming permanent. Fillers are used to restore volume and enhance the shape of specific facial areas. They are used to treat folds and wrinkles around the mouth, improve the shape and volume of the lips, treat hollow eyelids and improve the cheek bone volume and projection.
Surgical facial rejuvenation
There’s a wide offering of noninvasive procedures that give amazing and natural looking results, but sometimes surgery is the only option. For instance:
- Neck – Neck laxity may show up as a bulge under your chin or a change in your jawline. It’s hard to treat without surgery because extra skin needs to be removed and lax muscle needs to be tightened. Only a neck lift can treat this and produce a lasting result.
- Eyes – Upper and lower can lose volume and build up extra skin. Although it’s possible to treat mild aging changes in these areas with noninvasive procedures, a surgical procedure like a blepharoplasty eyelids is usually needed to remove extra skin and under-eye bags.
- Eyebrows – Eyebrows can droop beneath the brow bone. When this happens, a brow lift is needed to reposition the brows and rejuvenate the area.
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If you’re considering a fresh look, come see the expert physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center for a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to help you find the right surgical or nonsurgical procedure for your goals.
People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person’s eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake—we do it all the time out of politeness. But our eyes are usually the giveaway.
The area around our eyes (the periocular area) also plays a crucial role in how we express ourselves and communicate with others. Aging in this area can change how others see us and can mean the difference between being seen as “bright-eyed” or tired.
As we get older, our eyelid tissues become thinner and our skin loses elasticity. We may also notice more puffiness around our eyes, as well as dark circles and wrinkles. The good news is there are several options for rejuvenating the periocular area:
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
- Hyaluronic acid fillers
- Fat grafting
Eyelid surgery for a younger, fresher look
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common procedure that can refresh the area around your eyes. Making tiny incisions along your eyelids (in the natural creases so the scars are hidden), your surgeon will remove any excess skin or fat from your upper and/or lower eyelids, and tighten the tissues.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery usually done under local anesthesia with sedation. This involves numbing the area around your eyes to prevent any feeling of pain during your procedure in combination with medicine to calm you. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend general anesthesia instead.
Either way, you can go home the same day.
Typically, you can expect a complete recovery in about two weeks. You will experience some bruising and swelling for a few days after your surgery, so you may not want to plan any major social events during that time frame. Use ice and anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen) to help with your swelling or any discomfort. You may also need to have stitches removed a few days after your procedure.
If you can’t or don’t want to have surgery, you still have options for refreshing your look. For hollowed eyelids (or deep, dark circles), hyaluronic acid fillers or fat grafting are effective, nonsurgical methods for plumping up the tissue around your eyes.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary, but can be repeated as needed. Our specialists provide hyaluronic acid injections in the office using topical anesthetic to numb the area around your eyes.
Fat grafting is a more permanent solution, but since fat is partially reabsorbed, you may need more than one injection session. In this procedure, fat is taken from another area of your body and injected into hollow or drooping areas around your eyes. Because it’s your own tissue, your body won’t reject it – it’s your own natural filler. Fat grafting requires local anesthesia to numb the area where the fat is harvested and where it will be injected.
You can go home immediately after both procedures. There may be some bruising and swelling for a few days following your injection or grafting procedure, but you should experience a quick recovery. Ice is recommended to help with swelling and Ibuprofen can be used to help with any discomfort.
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Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated. But what if you still aren’t happy with the way you look? Often, after losing a substantial amount of weight, you’re left with excess skin that hides your results and can leave you feeling self-conscious.
Some concerns we hear from men and women alike are:
- “My stomach skin hangs down.”
- “My arms flop around and hang. I don’t feel comfortable in a short-sleeve shirt.”
- “My inner thighs are so loose and saggy, I don’t like to wear shorts.”
- “What happened to my bottom? It just melted away!”
Complaints about the chest area are also common. Women can feel as if their breasts have melted away and hang low. Men can be uncomfortable if their chest hangs almost like they have breasts.
But you’ve worked too hard throughout your weight loss journey to stop now. If any of these concerns ring true for you, it’s time to talk with a plastic surgeon about body contouring .
Body contouring procedures
Since weight loss tends to follow certain patterns, there are common problem areas for sagging skin including:
Loose skin in the front of the abdominal (stomach) area can hang down like an apron. Sometimes the looseness is only in the front of the tummy area, but it can also extend to the sides and back. In severe cases, there can also be a second roll of skin in the mid-abdomen, above the larger fold.
A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) can tighten and smooth the abdomen by removing excess skin. It can also rejuvenate the pubic area. The scars for a tummy tuck are typically very low, where your undergarments or a bathing suit can hide them.
Loose, hanging skin, sometimes referred to by patients as “bat wings,” is another common complaint after weight loss. An arm lift (Brachioplasty) can tighten the skin between the shoulder and the elbow. And in extreme cases, it may need to extend past the elbow and into the forearm.
Loss of volume in the breast area can lead to low-hanging tissue.
Men may need liposuction or a skin-removing procedure to tighten their chests.
The loose skin of the inner thigh is usually treated at a separate stage, and involves an incision that extends from the groin area toward the knee.
An upper body lift can dramatically improve sagging in your back, including back rolls. The scar for an upper body lift extends from one side of the back to the other where a bra or bathing suit top can hide it. Or, it can run along the side of the trunk where your arms can hide it when they’re down at your sides.
A neck lift (or lower face and neck lift) can best address sagging in the neck area. Doctors can usually hide the scars around the back of your ear and under your chin.
Combining body contouring procedures
If you choose to treat several areas, a staged approach may be necessary for your safety and to get the best results. For example, you may choose to have a tummy tuck and arm lift in one stage. Then, after a few months, undergo a breast and thigh lift. An added advantage of a staged approach is that it provides the opportunity (at a later stage) to revise or “touch up” a previously treated area, if needed.
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If you’ve experienced significant weight loss, the expert surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center can help you determine which procedures, or combination of procedures, can help you feel and look your best.
In Brazil, the female derriere has long been appreciated and buttock cosmetic surgery is very popular. Several techniques, often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, currently used worldwide for buttock enhancement were developed or refined by Brazilian plastic surgeons.
“Brazilian butt lift” is a popular search term on Google, but it isn’t just one procedure. It’s a common name for several different procedures that can result in a shapelier, firmer backside. More technical terms are “buttock augmentation” or even “gluteoplasty” — which both simply mean aesthetic improvement of the buttock area.
Buttock Enhancement Options
The best option for you depends on your anatomy, shape and desired results:
Liposuction with or without fat grafting
Liposuction of the back and hip area alone (sometimes called “liposculpture”), can sculpt the body in a way that enhances the buttock without surgery. Fat from liposuction can also be used as a filler to reshape the buttock in a procedure called fat grafting or fat transfer. Fat grafting or a fat transfer involves taking fatty tissue from another area of the body using liposuction, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs, and using it to add natural-looking volume to the buttocks.
If you don’t have enough fat for grafting, placement of a silicone gel implant may be an option. The procedure involves your doctor making a cut just above the buttock crease where the implant is inserted and placed under the muscle.
Lower body lift
A lower body lift involves removal of skin and fat in the upper gluteal area (just below the waist) and can be especially helpful if you have excess or stretched skin from losing a lot of weight.
The fat your doctor removes can then be used to reshape your hips.
More important than the naming of a Brazilian butt lift, as liposculpture or as gluteoplasty is to make sure that your surgeon knows how to match the right procedure to the right candidate. A good assessment of your body’s anatomy, skin quality and fat distribution is crucial to determine the right combination. The highly skilled team at Emory Aesthetic Center will carefully evaluate you and help you define the best options for your body.
How young is ‘too young’ to start injectable treatments for your face? When are you ‘too old’ to benefit from injectables? The truth is, if you’re not happy with what you see in the mirror, it never hurts to talk to an expert about your options.
As for clear-cut parameters regarding age, they rarely exist. Whether you’re 25 or 85, cosmetic injectable and filler treatments can have excellent results. The key is to use the proper treatments at the proper time.
Preventing and treating fine lines with injectables
Botox© can be very helpful, even at an early age (late 20s up to mid-30s), to prevent and treat the finer lines that come with repeated contraction of facial muscles. These lines are often found between your eyebrows, on your forehead or around your mouth and eyes. If lines are present even when your facial muscles are at rest, it may be time to consider treatment.
With consistent Botox injections, deep lines fade into finer lines, and fine lines may disappear completely! With just a few injections, you’ll notice subtle lifting that makes you look bright and refreshed. Younger patients usually need injections two to three times a year. If you’re over 40, you’ll typically need four to five treatments a year to maintain results.
Adding lip fullness
Fillers can be used to add natural-looking fullness to your lips. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may just want plump lips to ‘up your style.’ Or, if your lips have thinned with age, this is an excellent opportunity to restore your youthful appearance.
You don’t have to be fearful of an ‘overdone’ look similar to those you’ve seen in the tabloids — adding a very small amount of definition and a ‘bee-stung’ appearance goes a long way toward giving you a more youthful look. The procedure is simple, requiring only a topical anesthetic, and results lasts 4 months or more.
Filling in hallowed under-eyes
Loosing volume under your eyes can result in ‘sunken in’ eyes and dark circles that leave you looking tired. You can experience this at any age, but it tends to happen as you get older. Dermal fillers are used to fill in the area under your eyes creating a brighter, more youthful appearance.
Adding facial fullness
If you’re in your mid 40s or older, you may benefit from added volume and lifting to your mid-face region. Fillers, are used to lift and subtlety reposition drooping cheeks to decrease the appearance of jowls and lines around your mouth.
The process of injecting these types of fillers also stimulates collagen production. This means with time, you can be left with slightly more collagen in your tissue than before you got the injections. If you continue to get them, you may even need less product, less often — an added benefit to your wallet.
Finding the right surgeon
Injectables can bring years of youthfulness back to your face with minimal downtime and maximum reward. Schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to talk about your options. Make sure you ask how many times your surgeon has performed these procedures, what kinds of risks or side effects are common and what can be done about any complications.
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Whether your reason for rhinoplasty is functional, cosmetic (to improve appearance) or both — understanding the process and what to expect for your recovery, will help you best plan your surgery. Here are 3 recommendations from the experts at Emory Aesthetic Center to help you decide the best time to have your procedure.
1. Allow time to get comfortable with a surgeon first
It’s important to give yourself enough time to schedule one or more consultations with facial plastic surgeons experienced in performing this procedure. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgeries of the face. Meticulous attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the nose’s anatomy is essential to good results. Take the time to find the right one.
Summer is a popular time of year for cosmetic surgery. If you choose to have your procedure in the summer, you may want to schedule these consultations as early as January or February.
2. Do your due diligence
Once you’ve chosen your surgeon, make sure you’re on the same page about your overall expectations for improvement in function and appearance. Most offices will book surgery a minimum of six to eight weeks out from your consultation giving you the chance to:
- Obtain photos of noses you like to review with your surgeon
- Review your surgeon’s recommendations for your procedure
- Look at your surgeon’s work on past patients
- Seek another opinion
- Get any needed medical clearances
- Stop taking medications before surgery
3. Consider your recovery needs for rhinoplasty
Recovery from rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable. Severe pain is not the norm, but you may experience the following after your surgery:
- Significant congestion
- Mild headaches
- Sore throat
- Bloody discharge
- General discomfort
If a moderate amount of work was done, or if surgery was performed on the nasal bones, you’ll likely have a fair amount of bruising and swelling around the eyes. This won’t decrease significantly until two to three weeks after surgery.
You should plan to take a minimum of two weeks off from school or work. During that time, all physical activity will be restricted. Contact sports of any kind aren’t permitted for six weeks.
If you’re a student, you’ll most likely want to have surgery in the summer when you can take the time you need to heal without disrupting your studies or activities.
If you’re working and have no predetermined downtime, you’ll want to consider the fall or winter. Plastic surgeons will have more availability and you’ll find it easier to recover when you’re generally less active and spending more time indoors.
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Your nose’s function and appearance will improve greatly during the six weeks following surgery, but it takes about one year to see final results. Let the highly-skilled facial plastic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center walk alongside you on this journey.
Twenty years ago, cosmetic surgery wasn’t generally considered unless you were in your late 40s or had a significant “problem” you wanted to correct. Today, many people — as young as their early 20s — choose to enhance their appearance and maintain their youthful look during every stage of life. We’ve stopped seeing cosmetic surgery as something that happens at a specific point in time, but more as a continuum of care. And being proactive can certainly produce benefits.
With so many aesthetic procedures to choose from, how do you know what’s appropriate at different ages or stages of life?
Cosmetic Surgery In Your 20s & 30s
During your early 20s, you may get treatment for acne. As you progress through your 30s, you might start to think about non-surgical cosmetic treatments — like Botox® — to treat fine lines and fillers to reduce deeper creases.
In your younger years, you may choose either breast augmentation or breast reduction, depending on how your breasts developed. Also, if you’re unhappy with the changes in your breasts after pregnancy and nursing, a breast lift can be an option.
In your 20s and 30s, liposuction or non-invasive body contouring such as Coolsculpting® are the most commonly used techniques. However, after pregnancy or significant weight loss, you may need a more involved procedure.
Cosmetic Surgery in Your 40s and Beyond
In your late 30s or 40s, you might want to address creases and fine lines using non-surgical cosmetic procedures — like fillers and injectables. Often, by your 50s or 60s, you’ve experienced enough aging changes to make cosmetic facial rejuvenation surgery the treatment of choice. Face lifts, neck lifts, eyelid tucks, brow lifts and fat grafts are commonly chosen procedures.
Many women notice their breasts begin to droop as they age. If sagging breasts bother you, you might choose a breast lift. If you feel your breasts have gotten too large, you may want a breast reduction.
Aging, pregnancy and weight fluctuations typically cause your skin to sag. At this stage, you may need a procedure, such as a tummy tuck, to reduce fat and tighten your skin. As you continue to age — or if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight — you may want to consider a body lift .
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No matter where you are in life’s journey, there may be cosmetic procedures that will bring you joy and self-confidence. The highly-skilled team at Emory Aesthetic Center can help you decide which procedures, and at what time in your life, will give you the best results to meet your goals.
While we all consider having a great surgeon a must, there are many other factors that contribute to safe surgeries with quality outcomes. Where you have your aesthetic procedure, for example, is just as important as who performs it.
So, how do you find the right aesthetic surgery center? Here are some important factors to consider:
Do they offer exceptional resources?
Resources include a well-trained team (surgeons, nurses, anesthesia, etc.) with certified facilities and equipment, and an evidence-based approach to clinical knowledge. When the right resources are in place, you have a great foundation for quality and safety.
Over the past several years, there’s been an ever-increasing focus on the quality of medical knowledge in the field of cosmetic surgery. The best surgery centers are in the forefront of research and analyze the data to ensure the best outcomes for their patients. It’s okay to ask questions about the care team’s training, experience and credentials. It’s also important to understand their approach to care and how they stay on top of medical advances.
Facilities and equipment
The facility itself matters. And, because medical technology continues to advance quickly, so does their equipment. We suggest asking these questions before making a decision:
- Is the facility clean and well-kept?
- Is it Joint Commission certified?
- Do they have access to new technologies and equipment?
- What surgical methods do they use and what’s their level of experience with them?
What systems and procedures are in place?
Systems and procedures are used to make sure your entire medical team is on the same page and that nothing is overlooked. Systems and processes include tools like checklists. Just like a pilot taking off in a commercial airliner, you want to know that your team has thought of all the things that have to be done. Checklists are one way that the entire team can be following the same playbook. Protocols are another tool that works with checklists. Ask about what systems and protocols are used to ensure your safety during a procedure.
Do you like their culture?
The way the staff interacts with each other and with you plays a large role in your overall experience and satisfaction. We suggest a visit to each center you’re considering — there’s nothing like experiencing it yourself — and asking yourself these questions:
- Do they seem happy?
- Do they communicate well and treat each other with respect?
- Are they open to your questions?
- Do they take time to educate you about the procedures?
- Do you feel welcomed and comfortable there?
Are You Ready to Choose an Aesthetic Surgery Center?
At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we’ve worked hard to put these components into practice each and every day to optimize your safety, the quality of care you receive, and your experience. We have a team of highly trained, qualified, and experienced staff that are focused on giving you the best and safest care possible. Our facility is Joint Commission certified, and we use evidence-based protocols, checklists and process tools to make sure we work effectively and efficiently in a safe environment for you.
Do you want to learn more?