When considering a surgical procedure, it’s important to research surgeons, techniques, benefits and risks. While technical advances have made routine cosmetic operations such as thigh lift very safe, all surgery carries some risk of complication.


A thigh lift removes excess fat and sagging skin along the inner thighs. Often part of a body contouring plan after pregnancy or weight loss, thigh lifts carry several common risks. Bleeding and infection are certainly possible with any operation.  Because thigh lift incisions are generally hidden in the groin creases or along the inner thighs, there is a tendency for friction and chafing to irritate the incisions and compromise healing.

There are many lymphatics underlying the thigh lift area which carry fluids and tissue byproducts away from the legs.  When these lymphatics are disrupted during surgery, swelling and edema in the legs may occur.  Usually this phenomenon is temporary and alleviated by rest, elevation and compression; however, more severe disruption can occur that would require lymphatic massage and medical management.

Leg motion causes tension on incisions, and over-activity in the early post-operative phase  may widen the scar. The proximity to the genital area and perineum makes healing especially sensitive – the surgeon must perform each step correctly to avoid distortion of surrounding tissue, and the patient must diligently clean and monitor the wounds.

It is important to consider post-surgical complications before choosing a cosmetic procedure, but simple measures such as researching surgeon accreditation and experience, following post-op instructions, and maintaining a clean healing environment will help to avoid problems and ensure a beautiful result.

When most people think of rhinoplasty, they envision a surgical procedure. However, a new non-surgical cosmetic technique is available for patients who want to improve their appearance with less risk and recovery time.


What Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

A non-surgical rhinoplasty (nose job) is a procedure in which injectable fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma are used to shape and contour a patient’s nose without surgery. This procedure works by augmenting sloped or curved areas of the nose so that bumps and ridges are disguised, but not removed.

There are many nasal features that cannot be addressed through fillers, such as boxy nasal tips, crooked noses, deviated septums, under- or over-projection, rotation abnormalities and width irregularities just to name a few.  Liquid rhinoplasty is reserved for a limited set of circumstances when a bit of volume is all that is required.


There are several benefits to a non-surgical nose job. This procedure is less expensive, has less severe complications and no recovery period compared to traditional surgery. Light bruising, swelling, and minimal redness are the only side effects of a liquid rhinoplasty aside from the possibility of inadequate results.

Non-surgical rhinoplasties are also temporary and reversible: if a patient doesn’t like the results, the filler can be dissolved immediately or it will naturally fade away in about a year. Patients can use this technique to estimate their appearance with full rhinoplasty before making this permanent commitment.

When considering a rhinoplasty, a non-surgical approach using injectable fillers is a cost-effective, minimally-invasive option.

If you are looking for the perfect gift, treat your loved one — or yourself — to Forever Young BBL, SkinTyte II BBL, or CoolSculpting. These non-invasive, non-surgical procedures make wonderful gifts, and each begins at less than $1,000.

Forever Young BBL and SkinTyte II BBL are cosmetic treatments that harness the power of broadband light energy to give you firmer, younger-looking skin. Forever Young BBL is great for fading age spots and freckles, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a brighter, more even complexion. Studies have shown that this treatment actually changes the gene expression of your skin cells, making them behave more like younger, more vibrant cells. This results in skin that has a more radiant and youthful appearance.

SkinTyte II BBL utilizes a pulsed infrared light to tighten and firm sagging skin, stimulate collagen production, and smooth and soften fine lines and wrinkles. SkinTyte II BBL can be applied to most areas on the body, and popular treatment areas include the face, chest, hands, abdomen, and neck.

CoolSculpting is a great treatment option for slimming stubborn fat deposits anywhere on the body. It works by lowering the temperature of fat cells to 37 degrees, which causes them to collapse and disappear. The procedure causes minimal if any discomfort, and most patients will see a 50% fat reduction after just two treatments.



Every October for the past five years, Donaldson Plastic Surgery has conducted the Likes for Lives Campaign. This event coincides with breast cancer awareness month, and raises money for research and treatment.

During this annual effort, the DPS Cares Fund of The Columbus Foundation donates one dollar for every “like” the Donaldson Plastic Surgery’s Facebook fan page receives. So far, the 500-likes-in-one-month goal has been achieved and surpassed each time — including, most recently 1,146 likes in 2015!  This brings the total amount raised across all five campaigns to nearly $5000.

The OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center is this year’s grant recipient.  The “Bing” as it is affectionately known, is located on Riverside Methodist Hospital’s campus and focused on delivering care and support to both cancer survivors and their families. The center takes a holistic approach to treating cancer by using therapy, imaging, testing, and nutrition all in conjunction to maximize patient health.  The Center was named after Dr. Arthur Bing — a local developer, philanthropist and retired plastic surgeon.

Coolsculpting logo Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic SurgeryDonaldson Plastic Surgery is excited to now offer CoolSculpting, a non-surgical procedure that can help you get rid of unwanted pockets of fat. Love handles, tummy, bra folds, chin, arms and thighs are all fair game.  If you are not interested in undergoing surgery but hate the fat, CoolSculpting might be the best solution for you.

There are no incisions — this procedure works by freezing fat cells in the treatment area with a specialized applicator. The cells collapse over time, and then are naturally eliminated by the body. The treatment takes approximately one hour per area, and patients typically read, watch TV or conduct business while they undergo the procedure!

In the first few days after surgery the overlying skin may be red or numb, and mild swelling is common.  These symptoms are alleviated with compression garments, like Spanx, hot and cold packs and over-the-counter medications. There are no limitations on post-treatment activities.

Coolsculpting has been shown to remove 20%-25% of fat cells in the treatment area, so after two treatments, many patients notice almost a 50% reduction of fat in the area.
CoolSculpting results may not be as dramatic as liposuction or contouring surgery, but it is a safe and effective technique for those who want to avoid scars and downtime.

Plastic surgery can help enhance or correct a variety of physical features. The procedures people want are often dictated by their age. Younger people often want to change or augment features, while older people seek to fight the aging process.

Teenagers Before Eighteen

Teens are still growing, and they do not enjoy the full decision-making privileges of adults, so most procedures are not appropriate in this time. Possible procedures in this age group, with the permission of their parents or guardians, include otoplasty, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and gynecomastia excision.

Eighteen Through The Twenties

Young adults can take control of their physical appearance. Women in this age group typically seek breast augmentation, while many men choose gynecomastia excision.

The Thirties

At age 30, a person’s metabolism typically starts to slow down. When this occurs, people may experience small changes in their appearance that make them unhappy. Liposuction and sculpting procedures are common types of plastic surgery that appeal to patients in this age group.  Also, young mothers see changes related to pregnancy and may seek out mommy makeover.

The Forties

The forties bring more visible signs of aging. This is the time when patients request minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox, Juvederm, and medical-grade skincare.  Mothers are often very interested in  tummy tucks, cellulite reduction, and breast lifts.

The Fifties and Sixties

Facelift, eye or brow lift procedures become popular in this age group. Neck lifts and laser resurfacing are other common choices for plastic surgery. Some patients elect a combination of surgical procedures that provide more comprehensive rejuvenation.

During consultation, patients learn that they need to quit smoking before having plastic surgery. Health and recovery depend on following this instruction.

Why Quitting is NecessaryQuit Smoking Plastic Surgery Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery involves rearranging skin, tissue and blood supply. After disrupting the body in this way, effective healing requires optimal oxygen supply and blood circulation. Smoking cigarettes and using nicotine in any form constricts blood vessels and compromises blood flow and oxygen delivery.  Consequently, there is a higher incidence of infection, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and death among surgical patients who smoke.

Facelift patients who smoke may see sloughing of skin on the cheeks and widened scars.  Breast augmentation patients might have implant infections or even extrusions through the skin. Tummy tuck patients have an increased incidence of fat necrosis and open wounds with the need for dressing changes.

Specific Recommendations

The recommended smoking cessation period before plastic surgery depends on individual circumstances and the type of procedure. Ideally, patients should quit smoking immediately and for as long as possible to avoid complications. Patients can expect their surgeon to suggest a timeline for quitting that could be anywhere between two and eight weeks before surgery depending on the operation.