Liposuction was a procedure that was invented about 30 years ago and that procedure has gotten better and better as time has gone by. Procedures for those patients who have a little bit of excess fat in specific areas like love handles around the middle even under the chin, we need to polish that off. You have done your work, you have had a diet and exercise program and you are trying to buff that out and make it look perfect.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a true surgical procedure. We try to make you as comfortable as possible and get you back to work as soon as we can, that is typically 7 to 10 days after surgery. But, it will probably be at least two to three weeks where you can go back to full results.
What we will see is the patients who have lost weight or have had children and have had the muscles and the tissues stretched along the abdominal area. No matter how much they do in terms of exercise and diet, they just cannot get rid of the extra skin and fat and they cannot seem to get that tone back into their abdominal area. So by tightening the muscles and realigning those or removing the excess fat and skin what you get is a flatter, toner, abdominal area which is commensurate with the amount of effort that you put into your diet and exercise.[flv://www.atlantafacelift.com/blog/wp-content/flv/c5_v3_Videogo.flv 400 225]
The purpose of the breast reduction is to remove the excess weight from the patient’s chest. The reason that is a good procedure is that the complaints that patients come in with the neck and the back hurts and have notching on the shoulders. This usually is something that has bothered them all their life, using early in life for other reasons but as they age they tend to get more and more pains, chronic pains in their back and neck. When you remove the excess weight from the chest, the first thing the patients say is that my neck and back have stopped hurting, to the last patient they have always said I wish I had done this 15 years ago.
In terms of breast lift this tends to come more toward women who have had children in the middle portion of life where they have lost volume but want to increase the volume typically with breast augmentation or with an augmentation with a lift and then you place the nipple in the exact appropriate position. This usually can be done in one procedure. Sometimes it does take two procedures and then in the very end everyone is very happy with the result because now it is back to the way it looked before they had the children.
In terms of breast augmentation, it tends to be a younger patient does not necessarily have to be to increase the volume and perkiness of the breast. There are so many different ones and we will discuss all the specifics when they come in for consultation, but in general it is a saline breast implant or silicone breast implant which has come back in the market. Ninety-nine percent of the patients are very happy with what this achieves. I have never had to remove for increase in size or exchange for decrease in size. We are able to hit it pretty close exactly to what they want when they say they want a C-cup or D-cup size.
Procedures associated with the breast with breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast-lift and removal of breast tissue for gynecomastia, which is enlargement of the male breast. Usually the breast augmentation in the early in life is just trying to increase the size and perkiness of the breast. After children, sometimes the volume has deflated so you are try to increase the volume of the breast and make it perkier and what you would do for that is a breast-lift or an augmentation or a combination of the two. A breast reduction, however, would be for removal of breast tissue and that is more of a genetic issue for women who have a much larger breast and complain of neck and back pain associated with it. The last category tends to be for men. Most men you know think about breast tissue but it is mostly fat in those areas and in those particular areas you would do liposuction and a small surgical incision to remove the breast tissue. Each of these procedure is designed to enhance whatever you have or remove excess that you might have so you can look better in your clothes and feel better.
Anyone concerned with their face, things like that with the Band-Aid Facelift or the Mini Facelift have a concern with wrinkles or lines on the face and these can be helped by a lot of things, but the main ones are Botox and fillers and with fillers of Radiesse®, Restylane®, and collagen. Any line that has become etched on the face just to fill it out. It is not going to remove it completely. It is temporary, but even if you have a facelift, you are going to still have to have a few of those etch lines that will not be removed by a facelift. Botox® on the other hand removes those lines that are formed by muscles around the eyes in between the eyebrows and the forehead and what it gives you is a rested look. It does not freeze your face as some people say. If it is done correctly, you should look rested, youthful and very happy.
The difference between the traditional facelift and the Band-Aid or Mini Facelift that I do has to do with extent. Some people need more skin removed, typically the patients for the Band-Aid Facelift are a little younger or have already had a facelift. It is not that they are that much difference because the same procedures that are used for or the same techniques that are used for the traditional facelift are used for the Band-Aid Facelift and in both cases we are going for a very natural look. I think we have achieved that in all our patients and patients are very happy with either one that they use. The differences tend to be that you have general anesthesia with the traditional facelift. It is a more extensive procedure so there is more bruising and swelling, but the recovery is just as easy and you will see patients come out just as happy with either procedure and they are very natural looking.