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Dr. Sethna to Host Live Chat on Dermal Fillers & Injectables

Dermal Fillers & Injectables FAQSThese days we are bombarded with the latest and greatest products to retain the youthful appearance of our skin. Injectables and dermal fillers have revolutionized the field of facial rejuvenation offering great results without having to undergo surgery, but what exactly are these products and how do they work? Join Dr. Anita Sethna of the Emory Aesthetic Center on Tuesday November 19, 2013 from Noon – 1 p.m. as she answers these questions for you. If you are considering a cosmetic injectable filler procedure, join our live chat to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step.

Dr. Sethna will be available to answer all of your questions such as:

  • How do I know if I am a good candidate for an injectable procedure?
  • What is the difference between Botox and fillers?
  • Are dermal fillers and injectables safe? Are there any risks associated with their use?
  • What can I expect after injections?
  • How long do dermal fillers and injectables last?
  • What kind of an outcome can I expect?
  • What is the benefit of having fillers and injectables performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?

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What Are My Options? Breast Augmentation Questions Answered

breast-augThank you to everyone who joined us for the live web chat hosted by Emory plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, as he discussed breast augmentation. Dr. Eaves answered many questions ranging from breast surgery options, to types of implants offered, to what to expect after surgery.

Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s live chat:

Question: Dr. Eaves, what’s the general age range of women who come in for breast implants?

Dr. Eaves: That’s a great question. Sometimes there is a misconception that most of the women seeking breast augmentation are young and haven’t started having a family yet. We do see many patients like that, but actually we see even more women who are looking to enhance their look after having children. We’ll even see women later in life who have made the decision to embrace the change.

Question: If I plan to have children after surgery, can I breast feed, after implants?

Dr. Eaves: Excellent question. Even without breast implants, not every woman is able to breast feed easily and with comfort. That being said, most women with breast implants are able to breast feed normally, and this is OK from the standpoint of the FDA, too.

Question: What’s the average recovery time for a healthy woman?

Dr. Eaves: I always remind women that the recovery time needs to be framed as “to what point.” For example, most women are ready to drive a car in 3-4 days, and many return to work in a week or less. Running or other strenuous exercise, however, may take 3-4 weeks or more to feel comfortable, and often it is good to avoid heavy lifting for a bit longer.

If you missed this informative chat with Dr. Eaves, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the web transcript. Be sure to visit our website at Emory Aesthetic Center for FAQs and breast augmentation before and afters.

If you have any questions for the doctor, do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comments area below.

Is There a Difference Between Botox© and Facial Fillers?

Facial Plastic Surgery Web ChatOne of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my patients is, “is there a difference between Botox© and fillers?” This is a very reasonable question since they are both used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, but there is in fact a difference between them.

In general, injectables known as “neuromodulators”or “neurotoxins,” including Botox©, Dysport© and Xeomin©, are used for lines caused by repetitive motion. These lines occur most frequently in the upper region of the face including the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes (“crows feet”). They can also be seen in the area around the lips (“lipstick lines”) or on the sides of the nose (“bunny lines”). When used in small amounts, neuromodulators reduce the activity of muscle contraction, thereby reducing the appearance of lines and softening wrinkles. By reducing muscle contraction, neuromodulators prevent the deepening of lines over time. The effect of these injections usually lasts between 3-4 months.

In comparison to neuromodulators such as Botox©, fillers are used to increase the volume of tissue underneath lines and folds. Usually administered to the lower half of the face, fillers are commonly used on the creases that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds). They can also be used to enhance cheekbones, lips and the area under the eyes. Fillers are used to treat lines that develop in tissues that are normally at rest, versus those treated by the neuromodulators as a result of overuse. Results typically last between 4-12 months depending on the severity of the crease, the type of filler used and area of injection.

It’s important to understand that in some cases a facial plastic surgeon may recommend a patient receive both an neuromodulator and filler. For instance, if I see a patient with facial creases that are visible at rest but also deepen with facial expressions, I typically recommend the patient receive both. It’s important to talk through your options with your facial plastic surgeon and ask him or her to walk-through their treatment plan with you.

If you have additional questions on neuromodulators, fillers or anything else related to facial plastic surgery, please join me as I host a live web chat on June 28, 2012. There I will answer any questions about facial plastic surgery from skincare advice to surgical procedures.

About Dr. Anita Sethna
Anita Sethna, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She holds clinic at the Emory Facial Center located in Perimeter. Dr. Sethna’s professional goals are to provide her patients with the highest level of care for facial reconstructive as well as cosmetic procedures, maintaining natural and subtle results using surgical and non-surgical interventions. She joined Emory Healthcare in 2010.

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization: a Non-Surgical Option for Uterine Fibroids


Uterine Fibroid Embolization Web ChatMany women who have uterine fibroids go through their days with no noticeable symptoms. They may even be unaware they have fibroids at all. However, for a small percentage, daily life can be significantly impacted by symptoms.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that occur in the wall of the uterus. They may be as small as a pea or as large as a cantaloupe. They can cause a host of disruptive symptoms: unusually heavy or long menstrual periods, pressure on the bladder leading to frequent trips to the bathroom, bloating, pain during sexual intercourse and pain in the pelvis, legs, or lower back. Uterine fibroids are common and affect 20% to 40% of women 20 years or older and occur in half of African American women. So far, doctors have been unable to pinpoint why fibroids are more common in African Americans or why women develop them at all. What we do know is that heredity and obesity are risk factors and that hormone levels play a role.

Traditionally, treatment for women with problematic uterine fibroids has been surgical— hysterectomy or myomectomy (surgical removal of the fibroids after a uterine evaluation from a gynecologist). In fact, unwanted fibroid symptoms trigger approximately 200,000 hysterectomies each year.

For close to 20 years, interventional radiologists, myself included, have used a nonsurgical alternative to treat women who suffer with uterine fibroids. This minimally invasive procedure is called embolization.  The technique itself is not new, but its application to fibroids is.  For more than three decades, physicians have used embolization to treat pelvic bleeding due to other causes (trauma, tumors, surgical complications).  Embolization has proven to be an effective means to shrink uterine fibroids and alleviate the symptoms they cause.

Throughout my years of practice, most women who have come to me seeking information on uterine fibroid embolization have come on their own looking for an alternative to surgery. However, most women who are offered a hysterectomy do not know that there is less invasive solution.

In fact, compared to the surgical options, embolization results in fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and a far quicker recovery time.  It has an 85% to 92% success rate compared with myomectomy — 10% to 30% of myomectomy patients develop fibroids again. Long term data now shows that about 75% of women who have uterine fibroid embolization report ongoing satisfaction and continuous symptomatic relief for 5-7 years following the procedure.  In fact, most women I treat report a significant improvement in their symptoms at their first post procedure check-up.

An embolization is performed through a small puncture in a groin artery. Dye is injected into the artery to identify which blood vessels supply the uterus and fibroids. The interventional radiologist then guides a wire and catheter into the identified vessels and injects small particles that block the blood supply to the fibroids. The fibroids and the uterus shrink approximately 50-60% in the first year. Heavy periods usually take a few cycles to lessen. The procedure takes approximately an hour followed by a day’s stay in the hospital for intravenous pain medication. Patients can usually resume normal activity after a week.

If you have additional questions about uterine fibroid embolization, please join Roger Williams, DO, and me as we host a free live web chat on the topic of UFE on June 13, 2012 (12:30 p.m. EST). Bring your questions and get ready for a great discussion!

Dr. Gail Peters

About the Author
Gail Peters, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Peters’ specialties are in Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology with clinical interests in Fibroid Embolization.

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Anti-Aging Tips To Keep You Looking Young & Fresh

Summer Skincare TipsFor many of us, aging gracefully is easier said than done. Have you ever caught yourself in a side-view photo and wondered: Where did that double chin come from? Do people frequently come up to you and say: “Your eyes look so tired!” Rest assured, you are not the only one who has these types of concerns.

I see patients every day who wonder if there are simple ways to improve the way they look. There are several relatively easy procedures I recommend that require little downtime, but can give you a natural and, for most patients, dramatic improvement.

For the double chin: “Submentoplasty” is a procedure that can greatly improve your neckline contour with about a week’s recovery time. The hour-long surgery involves an inch-long incision made under the chin to raise the skin, suction out some fat and tighten the muscle of your neck. This surgery does not address the jaw line significantly, but it can make a big difference in your profile view.

There is some homework, of course, after surgery: wearing a wrap around the neck for a full week will give you a longer-lasting result and much more meaningful one. Patients in their 30s, 40s and sometimes 50s can be excellent candidates for this procedure.

For “tired-looking” eyes: Upper eyelid surgery is another fantastic way to get a high-impact surgery with a fairly easy recovery. Under local anesthesia or sedation, (depending on the patient’s comfort level), a small amount of skin and/or muscle from the upper eyelid can be removed. Small fat pockets can be contoured or removed, and the incision is closed on both sides usually within an hour of starting the procedure! Bruising can be an issue,  but this usually fades within a week after surgery.

After surgery, discomfort is minimal and the eyelid skin heals very nicely. Both men and women at most any age are good candidates. Many patients who have had this surgery say they feel more awake and alert with very little intrusion into their busy schedules, which in today’s competitive work environment can make a big difference!

If you have questions or concerns about the effects of aging on your appearance or facial plastic surgery, I would love to meet with you and discuss how the Emory Facial Center can help you feel more naturally beautiful. You can start by attending a live chat I’m hosting on Wednesday, July 27 at 12pm (EST) to discuss Summer Skincare tips. This is a free open Q&A chat where I will be fielding your questions on skincare in real time. You don’t have to be interested in facial surgery to attend. All you need is to bring your skincare questions with you! Summer Tips Chat Transcript

About Anita Sethna, MD
Anita Sethna, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She holds clinic at the Emory Facial Center located in Perimeter. Dr. Sethna’s professional goals are to provide her patients with the highest level of care for facial reconstructive as well as cosmetic procedures, maintaining natural and subtle results using surgical and non-surgical interventions. She joined Emory Healthcare in 2010.