Small Breast ImplantsSome women want larger breasts, while others would prefer to simply improve their shape. The latter prioritize cleavage over cup size. For these women and others like them, getting small breast implants is a great way to finally have cleavage while also maintaining their current body type.

Small breast implants are not at all uncommon. In fact, many celebrities, businesswomen, models and moms have elected to get smaller implants in order to maintain a very natural look that is proportionate to their bodies.

When choosing breast implants, patients should try to think in terms of shape instead of volume.  During consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, measurements such as breast width and height, nipple position and inframammary crease location will be considered. The surgeon will also assess the shoulder-chest-waist-hip proportions, as well as height and overall body type (e.g., athletic) to help determine the best implant size for achieving the desired look.

Ultimately, small breast implants are a great choice for people who would like to augment their busts while also maintaining a natural look. Through an analysis of body dimensions, surgeons can recommend implant sizes that will allow patients to accomplish this goal. So, if you are interested in breast implants, you can stop focusing on cup size, start imagining your ideal shape, and visit a plastic surgeon!

 

lipo-vs-liftThe more we age, the more we notice changes in our appearance. At a certain point, what were previously just minor issues can become major sources of insecurity. Because the face is our most visible feature, even minor changes in neck contour can leave us feeling completely unattractive, and lead to a search for solutions.

Aging of the jawline and neckline occurs gradually, and patients are often unsure of what treatment type to pursue: chin liposuction versus neck lifting. The answer lies in a detailed analysis of facial anatomy.  There are four cosmetic layers in the neck that may be manipulated, including skin, superficial fat, superficial muscle and deep fat.  A board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to show you which layers are most relevant to your goals and concerns.

When surgeons are determining whether or not a neck lift is necessary, age is an important factor. If a young patient is bothered by his or her neckline, then chances are that the skin is relatively smooth and elastic, while the problem lies in extra superficial fat. This condition is amenable to improvement via liposuction. When a patient ages, the skin loses elasticity and the superficial muscle loses tone.  In this situation, a surgeon would likely recommend a neck lift to remove extra skin and tighten the muscle.

If you are unsure as to which cosmetic layers of the neck are contributing to your dissatisfaction, then visit a plastic surgeon who will partner with you to make a diagnosis and offer treatment options. Keep in mind that a small amount of chin liposuction may be the only thing necessary to give you a perfect jawline!

botoxThere are many physical changes that come with age – most visibly, facial wrinkles. Commonly found around the eyes or on the forehead, these skin lines tend to form and deepen with time. For many plastic surgeons, Botox Cosmetic is the first-line treatment of choice.

Botox is a toxin derived from Clostridium Botulinum, and it works by relaxing the thin facial muscles that cause wrinkles in areas where it is injected. When the muscles relax, they can no longer contract to produce a line in the overlying skin. If you are considering Botox for the first time, here are a answers to some common questions.

How Long Before I See Results?

This is different for each patient; however, the average wait is three to four days.  Some patients notice improvement within 24 hours of injection, and the full result is expected within 14 days.

How Long Will the Results Last?

Once again, each patient can expect variations in duration. The effects typically last for three to four months, but some patients notice slightly more or less.

There are many different factors that affect a person’s susceptibility to wrinkles, including age, genetics, tobacco exposure and sun exposure. As skin loses its elasticity, it becomes more prone to wrinkling. Fortunately, Botox can help!

 

tummy-tuck-and-pregnancyPregnancy causes stretching of the abdomen, which often leads to permanent contour changes.  Skin folds, stubborn fat and muscle separation may never improve through diet and exercise alone. This stretching is so common that postpartum tummy tucks have become a key component of what has affectionately been termed the “mommy makeover.” Tummy tucks are also common procedures for women who have never had children. For both postpartum mothers and women without children, there are a few questions to ask before undergoing the procedure.

Will a Tummy Tuck Affect My Ability to Get Pregnant?

No. Some women who hope to have children but do not expect pregnancy anytime soon will elect to have a tummy tuck. While pregnancy may result in skin stretching around the abdomen that will ultimately “un-do” the benefits of abdominplasty, the procedure should not affect the patient’s ability to become pregnant and develop a fetus through term.

Do I Plan on Having More Children?

This is one of the most important questions to ask when considering a tummy tuck. Even if you have never been pregnant before, if you plan on having children in the future, you might want to avoid getting a tummy tuck until after your last child is born. Pregnancy after tummy tuck often results in more stretching that requires secondary revision surgery.

Abdominoplasty and mommy makeover can go a long way in restoring a woman’s confidence after pregnancy. While a tummy tuck should not interfere with future pregnancy, it is generally best to wait until afterward in order to avoid the need for revision.

 


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