We are facing an unprecedented event in our history with the arrival and spread of COVID-19. As a result of this virus, access to medical services has been limited by social distancing requirements. In response to these changes, and for a desire to restore some sense of normalcy to our patients, the aesthetic professionals at Donaldson Plastic Surgery have turned to telemedicine as an alternative to traditional in-office consultations. We want you to know it is OK during these tough times to consider aesthetic services, both surgical and non-surgical, and that we are here to answer your questions and keep you feeling your best!


I scheduled my virtual consult. Now What?

So, you have reached out and scheduled a virtual consultation with Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert. What else do you have to do to get ready? Firstly, we ask that you fill out our standard medical intake forms as instructed in your welcome email (be as thorough as possible). Secondly, you will submit a series of photographs to help your Donaldson Plastic Surgery provider create an individualized plan just for you!

 In order to ensure that your consultation goes smoothly, we ask that you submit your photos through our HIPAA compliant platform, TouchMD. Soon after scheduling, you will receive a welcome email from TouchMD which includes a link to create a profile, and instructions to download the MyTouchMD application.  This will enable you to submit the photos used for your appointment. The photo submission button can be found by clicking the menu button on the top right of the MyTouchMD app. We ask that you complete these submissions 48 hours in advance so that we have time to prepare for your consultation.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Sieffert has created this handy photo guide to assist you in taking quality photographs for your virtual consultation. These photos are best captured using your smart phone or digital camera.

How to Take Your Photos:

  1. Find a place in your home that is well lit with either direct or indirect sunlight.
  2. Find a place in your home with a plain background (no wallpaper or props).
  3. Set your camera or phone up about 3 feet away from you.
  4. Set your camera at the same vertical level as the body part you are photographing.
  5. Use your camera’s “timer mode”, OR have a friend or family member help take your photos.
  6. Make sure the body part(s) in question are fully exposed and visible.  You may keep adjacent body parts covered.
  7. Make sure your photographs are well centered and well lit, are not blurry, and capture the appropriate body part(s) fully. 
  8. Take a series of photos from the following angles, based on which parts of the body you intend to discuss:

Face, Eyelids, Nose, and Neck

Use these angles if you are discussing any of the following treatments: face lift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, chin surgery, otoplasty, earlobe repair, fat transfer to the face, brow lift, rhinoplasty, laser treatments, Botox, fillers, Kybella, facial reconstruction, or any other treatment related to the face or neck.


Breast and Abdomen

Use these angles if you are discussing any of the following treatments: breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, inverted nipple surgery, nipple reduction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, liposuction, body lift, gynecomastia surgery, male breast reduction, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, or any other treatment related to the breast or body.


Arms

Use these angles if you are discussing any of the following treatments: arm lift, liposuction, laser treatments, CoolSculpting, or any other treatment related to the arms and upper back.


Thighs and Buttocks

Use these angles if you are discussing any of the following treatments: thigh lift, liposuction, labiaplasty, spider vein removal, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, laser hair removal, or any other treatment related to the thighs or buttocks.


How to submit your photos:

The photo submission button can be found by clicking the menu button on the top right of the MyTouchMD app. We ask that you complete these submissions 48 hours in advance so that we have time to prepare for your consultation.


Have questions?

We are here for you! The team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery is just one quick phone call or email away. You can call 614-442-7610 or email info@donaldsonplasticsurgery.com to speak to our dedicated staff about any questions you may have leading up to your virtual consult.

We look forward to helping you become your very best version of you!

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Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to apply Arnica gel to post-surgical bruises and swelling.

Video Transcription:

Arnicare is a brand of Arnica gel. We recommend this gel for any postoperative bruising or swelling. A small amount, the size of a pea or amount of toothpaste, should be placed on the finger and rubbed smoothly and gently in an even fashion into any area that is bruised or swollen. It is important to avoid placing the Arnicare directly on the incision itself, but instead on any of the surrounding areas.

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to use a breast strap after breast augmentation surgery to encourage downward implant migration, or to support the inframammary fold.

Video Transcription:

This is a post operative breast augmentation strap, it is used to apply compression either above or below the breasts after breast augmentation. This is the outside of the strap, as evidenced by the tag, the velcro is on the inside and there are no seams on the inside.

Immediately after breast augmentation it can often be advantageous to place this strap above the breasts. Snug it under the armpits on both sides and using compression the straps are placed downward force on the breast implants to achieve downward implant migration.

Similarly, the strap may be used under the breasts if the surgeon deems it necessary to support the fold during healing. It should be flat and smooth with no wrinkles or lines.

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to massage your breast implants after breast augmentation to prevent capsular contracture and encourage softness.

Video Transcription:

A few weeks after breast augmentation it is important to use breast displacement exercises and massage in order to achieve soft contours and to minimize capsule formation.

Techniques:

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to apply medical-grade scar gel to a surgical scar.

Video Transcription:

For postoperative wounds and incisions, we recommend SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. This formulation achieves a uniform collagen deposition to improve the appearance of the scar during the healing process.

A small amount of this gel is placed on the fingertip, in the amount equal to the size of a pea, amount of toothpaste you would use. Rub parallel to the incision to achieve a uniform deposition of collagen.

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to place an abdominal binder after tummy tuck.  Both the one-person and two-person techniques are demonstrated.

Video Transcription:

This is a post abdominoplasty binder. The inside has no seam, while the outside has a seam and has velcro.

The objective when applying the abdominal binder is to achieve compression around the surgical site. It should be more snug when possible. That is the one person technique – the binder should be smooth without any folds.

We will also demonstrate the two person technique. Sometimes it’s advantageous and more compression can be applied when there is an assistant. The binder should be comfortable and should be over the operated area, it should not be impinging on the lower breasts and it should not be impinging on the hips.

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows how to clear, or “strip” a clogged Jackson-Pratt drain after tummy tuck surgery.

Video Transcription:

This is a post operative Jackson-Pratt drain that is used to drain fluid away from under the skin after an abdominoplasty. If the drainage tube becomes clogged at any point there is a simple technique for stripping this drain. We prefer to use a moist alcohol swab, although a damp tissue or a damp washcloth would also suffice just to minimize friction.

Progress is made down the tube to cleanly advance a column of fluid and any obstruction down to the level of the collecting tube itself. This process can be repeated in order to clear the system.

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows the best bent-over and “jackknifed” positions after abdominoplasty surgery.

Video Transcription:

During abdominoplasty the tissues are pulled tight at the waste line. It’s important to maintain a bent over, or jackknifed position when standing and when walking for the first week or so. As the tissues begin to heal, it is safe to achieve a more straight position.

However, this jackknifed position is critical for the first week, even when attempting to sit or lie down. The knees should be lifted, the feet and the head should maintain an elevated position whether it’s with pillows or with a recliner chair. This protects the incision and protects the abdominoplasty results.


*Earned by Dr. Donaldson

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