I was thinking about making a change.  I’ve worked really hard on improving my body over the last few years, and I really liked what I was doing but I needed a little extra. So, I did some research.  I really liked what I saw on the website for Dr. Donaldson’s office. I called in, made an appointment, met the staff, met Dr. Donaldson – he’s awesome. The staff was awesome. I really felt comfortable as I came in. And here I am, six weeks later after the surgery. I feel great. Everything looks awesome! I’m healing in front of schedule and I just really like the results. I’m looking good. 

*Note: Patient results will vary. All video testimonials were voluntarily submitted by actual patients with permission to publish on our website. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to guarantee outcomes.

It seems that every month a new type of liposuction hits the market –for example, Vaser. Columbus, Ohio, liposuction patients may choose among traditional suction, ultrasonic, laser, power-assisted and many variations and combinations of these technologies. While marketing hypes new products, and enthusiasm builds for the latest brands, it is still the plastic surgeon who wields these instruments that matters most.

Dr. Donaldson insists on performing each liposuction himself after careful study of each patient’s concerns and goals, ideal vs. current contours, fat composition vs. cellulite. He is comfortable using the latest technologies, and he frequently combines techniques in order to customize results. Dr. Donaldson finds certain liposuction modalities
helpful in specific situations; for instance, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is excellent for dense areas on the back and male patients with gynecomastia. Traditional liposuction offers superior control around the neck and face. A combination of both leaves beautiful curves around the abdomen, flanks, arms and legs.

Before you select a liposuction procedure based on an advertisement or casual conversation, determine WHO will be performing the operation. Dr. Donaldson is a plastic surgeon with skilled training, an artistic eye for beauty, and experience that ensures safety.

Bikinis, tank tops, low-cut jeans and shorts are coming out of storage during warm weather, which means belly buttons across the world are coming into view. Many summer fashions feature the navel… Great if it’s cute, not great if it’s ugly!

Perhaps you are fortunate to have a navel that is small, vertically-oriented, slightly tapered around the edges and centered within a concave “six-pack” of muscle — these are the descriptors of the aesthetically ideal umbilicus that has been studied by current plastic surgeons. If so, then flaunt with pride! If not, then you might want to consider making a change.

Women whose midriffs have been distorted by weight loss, weight gain, surgery or pregnancy are now seeking help from Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson in Columbus, Ohio. Belly button surgery (umbilicoplasty or omphaloplasty) is offered here to restore a youthful, more attractive appearance. Dr. Donaldson hides the small incisions inside the cavern of the navel, and he uses several layers of inner stitches to create the desired effects.

When the belly button alone is treated, this focused procedure may be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Sometimes, the optimal result is achieved in combination with liposuction or tummy tuck to contour the entire abdomen. Either way, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Donaldson to review your goals and best options. Don’t let the shape of your belly button limit your fun in the sun!

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Liposuction is an effective way to get rid of stubborn fat and to

Belly Button Revision After Tummy Tuckcreate a more shapely figure. One of the most common questions people ask about liposuction is what to expect from the recovery. Answer: it depends…

It is normal to experience swelling and bruising after liposuction. Typically, these symptoms resolve within a week or two. Patients will start to get a good sense of their new shape, and they usually return to work. The final results, however, may not be apparent for another three months to six months. It takes this long for the body to clear the inflammation, finalize the collagen patterns, and create new lymphatic
and vascular channels.

The amount of liposuction, the anatomic area and the number of areas all influence recovery time, as does each patient’s age, health status and ability to comply with post-operative instructions. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help achieve the best results and enhance recovery. Wearing a good compression garment will reduce swelling and allow the skin to settle into the proper position without folding or dimpling. Resting appropriately and drinking plenty of fluids will help.

At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we provide complete instructions for post-operative care to help patients through the recovery process. We always close each incision with precision so there is no wound care or drainage. We recommend homeopathic products that decrease bruising. We work to help patients get the best results possible, as quickly as possible.

Weight Gain Liposuction Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic SurgeryLiposuction involves the removal of fat from specific regions of the body through tiny incisions. After surgery, patients are told exactly how much fat the surgeon removed, and they can see which parts of the body are most improved. Patients who do not simultaneously consider their diet and activity levels however, might find it hard to keep from regaining pounds after this operation. Because it’s common for the returning weight to appear more diffusely throughout the body, patients must play an active role in their own recovery.

Fat cells do not multiply in adults—they simply get bigger or smaller according to weight gain and loss. After fat cells are removed via liposuction, these areas are permanently flatter because there are fewer cells to expand and contract. In a typical procedure, many of the fat cells that were once in the abdomen, hips, or thighs are gone. If a patient gains some weight after liposuction, this new weight will accumulate more uniformly across the whole body so that the liposuction areas are more proportionately affected.

Patients may notice weight gain most in new areas such as the face, arms, back, or chest since the post-surgical sites are better-contoured. In contrast, if the same person gained weight before surgery, the fat would have disproportionately accumulated in the problem areas. While some patients may not object to more fullness in the face, buttocks or breasts, most do not want to regain the fat. Ultimately, liposuction is intended to be a targeted contouring strategy, and it is up to patients to control their weight.

Ideal candidates for liposuction have responsible eating habits, exercise regularly, and have specific anatomic areas that are full of fat. Once the fat is removed, these patients find long-lasting improvement in their shape and contour regardless of whether they add a few pounds in the future.

Some issues that could prevent military admission can be corrected via plastic surgery. Those aspiring to serve their country can consult a plastic surgeon about resolving cosmetic issues such as gauged ears, tattoos, as well as help with liposuction or Coolsculpting.

Military Admission Concerns That Can Be Corrected With Plastic Surgery

Body Modification Policy: Gauged Ears

Stretching the ear to accommodate wide gauge jewelry could be an issue for anyone desiring military service. In the US Armed Forces, having ear lobes that are cosmetically stretched to the point where light can readily be seen through the piercing, is typically an instant and permanent disqualification. Correcting gauged ears with an earlobe repair is an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia. The plastic surgeon removes the damaged skin and stitches the earlobe together with a natural looking contour. After healing, creases and folds of the ear usually conceal the scar.

Military Tattoo Regulations: Tattoo Removal

Different branches of the military have individual policies regarding tattoos. For example, both the Army and the Navy allow arm sleeves, but the Army prohibits neck ink. Applicants will need to know specific prohibitions for admission. If a tattoo is prohibited, surgical excision may be an option. Generally, only small tattoos are suitable for removal, with larger ones not being ideal candidates for plastic surgery. The procedure involves using a scalpel to cut away the inked skin, and then the doctor closes the area with stitches.

Weight and Body Fat Standards: Liposuction/Coolsculpting

Liposuction or Coolsculpting can help applicants resolve potential weight issues before joining the military. In the 17-20-year-old age group, men’s body measurements of height, neck, and waist are used to figure body fat percentage, which must be under 20 percent for the U.S. Army. Similarly, women’s measurements for neck, waist, and hips are used to calculate body fat percentage, which must be below 30 percent for the U.S. Army. Liposuction removes pockets of fat around the waist, under the chin, and other targeted areas, producing a sculpted appearance and helping the patient fall within the required ratios. Coolsculpting is a newer type of nonsurgical procedure that involves freezing fat cells, which are eventually eliminated from the body.

For those seeking enlistment in the armed forces but struggling with certain physical limitations, Dr. Donaldson will recommend the best options to help patients with meeting a particular military branch’s admission requirements. Don’t let a small deterrent hold back the dream of serving one’s country. Contact the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery today.

how to get rid of bra bulge & back fatAs people get older, their skin loses some of its elasticity. Especially after gaining and losing weight, the resulting combination of fat bulges and sagging skin around the bra area can be challenging to fix simply by exercising and eating right. For some people, there is a hereditary component to consider. Even women who’ve always been slim can have fatty deposits that create a bulging effect around bra straps. Plastic surgery procedures can eliminate bra bulge for a smooth, sculpted appearance.

Liposuction

Removing fatty deposits through tiny quarter-inch incisions, this minimally-invasive surgical treatment is safe and effective for creating flatter contours. Tumescent liposuction involves adding medicated fluid to the patient’s fatty areas to reduce pain and bruising. Fat deposits are then suctioned away with great precision via thin cannulas. With the fat cells removed, the problematic bulges are eliminated.

Vaser Liposuction

Also referred to as liposelection or ultrasonic-assisted lipolysis, vaser liposuction is a body sculpting technique that uses ultrasound high-frequency waves to break down fat cells. This step emulsifies fat from a solid to a liquid, making it easier to remove without affecting the surrounding vessels or nerves. The ultrasound energy also helps tighten the skin for an improved appearance.

Injectables

Another alternative is to use injectable substances. This non-surgical approach breaks down fat cell membranes, dissolving it over time. Plastic surgeons are most often using Kybella, an injectable treatment approved by the FDA in 2015. FDA-approved to eliminate a double chin, it works well for bra bulge too.

Kybella is administered as an in-office procedure. Each treatment takes about 10 minutes, and several sessions are scheduled one month apart for the best results. Patients can expect to see a difference after one or two months. Kybella uses a form of acid that naturally occurs in the body, and afterward the destroyed cells are metabolized and expelled. Like liposuction, this treatment is also permanent, with the bulge disappearing for a smooth, contoured look.

Non-Invasive Treatment

For a completely non-invasive approach, Coolsculpting is the method of choice. Effective on love handles, bra bulges, belly pouches, and other pockets of fat, Coolsculpting is a good option for individuals who seek a completely nonsurgical option. It utilizes an applicator that’s placed over the skin to freeze underlying fat cells. Results are visible within weeks, as the body sweeps the affected cells away.

Today there are more options than ever to remove unwanted bulges around the bra line. For additional information about body sculpting techniques and which approach is best for you, contact the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery.


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