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Cosmetic Medicine
Is a Neck Lift Right for You?
Jun 26, 2019 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

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

Who’s a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A cosmetic surgeon can make treatment recommendations based on your specific goals and needs. All of those options should be considered before creating your treatment plan. There are a number of options available today, from minimally invasive techniques, such as Botox®, Kybella® injections and dermal fillers, to more traditional neck lift surgery. While less invasive techniques may work well for most, neck lift surgery will likely provide more dramatic [...]

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Is Liquid Rhinoplasty Right for Me?
May 16, 2019 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

liquid rhinoplastyWhile rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed worldwide, it can be extremely complex. Liquid rhinoplasty, on the other hand, offers a nonsurgical option to help improve the shape of your nose while avoiding costly surgery and a long recovery. This relatively new, nonsurgical alternative may not be the best solution for everyone, though. That’s why it’s important to consult with a cosmetic surgeon before deciding between liquid or surgical rhinoplasty. During a consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions, share concerns and discuss the outcomes you hope to achieve — all of which will help you make the best possible decision.

What is Liquid Rhinoplasty?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty involves using dermal fillers (also used in many other facial procedures to reverse signs of aging) to fill in or lift parts of the nose. This form of injectable can [...]

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Facelift or Injectables: Which is Right for Me?
Apr 17, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

facelift or injectablesIn the not-so-distant past, invasive surgery was really the only option for fighting the signs of aging. Thankfully, today we have more options for treating patients than ever before. New therapies and treatment options, such as injectables, offer solutions for those not quite ready for (or not quite ready to commit to) traditional cosmetic surgery. When you're ready to consult with a cosmetic surgeon, having a better understanding of your options will help you ask better questions — and ultimately help you be better equipped to make the best decision for you.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts offer unparalleled results. They can correct volume loss, remove sagging skin and eliminate wrinkles — resulting in a dramatically refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance. It’s a common misconception that the term “facelift” refers to one specific procedure. Really, [...]

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Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel
Mar 12, 2019 By Emory Aesthetic Center

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact. Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath. Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up [...]

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Mastopexy: What to Expect from Breast Lift Surgery
Feb 12, 2019 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

The shape of the breasts can change over time. They may lose elasticity and firmness causing a sagging effect. This can be contributed to a number of factors, including weight gain, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and the effects of gravity. When the breasts descend down the chest wall, we call this ptosis. A mastopexy, or breast lift, is used to raise the breast back to its original position and restore a youthful shape. Below are frequently asked questions about breast lift surgery and what to expect.

What Steps are Involved in a Mastopexy Surgery?

There are four general components to mastopexy surgery. First, we restore the breast or nipple-areolar complex to its normal position, and possibly resize it if needed. Second, if the patient requests it, there can be a volume adjustment. Breasts that are too large can be made smaller, and breasts that are small can be made larger [...]

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Understanding Fat Grafting: Is It Reliable?
Jan 15, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

With the New Year upon us, many will resolve to exercise more or start a diet in order to lose those excess pounds or fat we’ve accumulated over the years. Too much fat in the wrong place leads to a flabby tummy, ‘love handles,’ full thighs, a fatty neck, etc. But fat isn’t always a negative thing. In fact, in the right amount, fat makes our face have a youthful richness, helps give fullness to a woman’s breast, and produces a youthful, round bottom. With fat, just like real estate, it’s about location, location, location. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a technique called autologous fat transfer or fat grafting to help improve appearance, address early aging, and just make you feel better about yourself. Below are some common questions to help you make an informed decision if you are considering undergoing this type of procedure.

What is Autologous Fat

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A Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck
Dec 18, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

In my years as a plastic surgeon, I find that the term tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is often used in a way that suggests it is a standard procedure that is done in a similar way for all patients. In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Just as every patient is different, every tummy tuck is a little bit different in one way or another, and sometimes a lot different.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The “classic” tummy tuck technique involves an incision that is low in the abdominal area and spans from hip to hip. The skin of the tummy is lifted up off of the muscles all the way up to the ribs, leaving the umbilicus (belly button) attached. In some instances, the muscle may be separated, usually due to pregnancy. If this is the case, the muscle is sewn back together. The skin is then pulled downward – think like a window shade – and the excess skin is trimmed. Drains [...]

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Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Dec 4, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are the most common type of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, most of us know the basics:

  1. Using sunscreen every day can go a long way in preventing skin cancer.
  2. Seeing a dermatologist for a yearly skin check can catch skin cancer in its early stages, when there’s a high cure rate and it’s easiest to treat.
  3. We should pay close attention to any areas on our face or body that are concerning and request a biopsy if we feel particularly worried about a changing or growing lesion.
But try as we may to stave it off, there’s still a possibility of developing skin cancer. And a diagnosis, especially on your face, can understandably cause a lot of anxiety. First, you want to know your chances for getting rid of the cancer. Then, you probably start wondering what long-term impact it will have on your appearance. How will the scars [...]

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Is it Time for a Neck Lift?
Nov 20, 2018 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

If you’ve ever complained of a double chin, jowls or the dreaded “turkey wattle,” a neck lift might be just what you need. As far as cosmetic surgeries go, few other procedures can have as great an impact on a person’s appearance. After all, what good is a youthful, sculpted face if your eyes are immediately drawn to sagging skin just below? Luckily, there are a number of neck lift strategies available today, making it easier than ever for your surgeon to help you achieve the results you want.

Neck Lift Strategies

Since our faces and necks tend to age in harmony, chances are if your neck needs rejuvenation, you likely feel other areas of your face need a boost as well. However, if you notice your neck has aged significantly faster than your face, a neck lift may be all you need. There are three key issues that contribute to an aged appearance of the neck — extra fat, [...]

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Facial Rejuvenation Procedures with Short Downtimes
Nov 8, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

When you think of facial rejuvenation, you probably think of a traditional “facelift.” But in reality, there’s a large range of cosmetic procedures that can have you looking great with far less downtime. If you want a radiant, youthful look without a long recovery period, consider minimally invasive or nonsurgical facial rejuvenation techniques.

Big Impact with Little Recovery Time

There are several facial rejuvenation procedures that offer great results with hardly any downtime. They can be performed in the office using topical or local anesthesia, and they can yield long-term or even permanent results.

Botox®

Botulinum toxin injections (Botox is the most common brand) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when we make certain facial expressions. The injection takes just a few minutes and there’s no downtime — you can go right back to work. It [...]

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