How a Doctor Approaches Plastic Surgery – Part I


Before you consider any plastic surgery procedure, make sure you’ve done your homework. You should be aware of all the risks associated with your procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.

The first step is to make an appointment for a consultation. This initial visit is important because it will give you the opportunity to meet with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, discuss your options and ask any questions you may have.

The first question I usually ask my patients is “Why are you seeking plastic surgery?” I also want to know what they hope to achieve as a result of their surgery. Usually patients come in with a particular problem area, such as their breasts or nose, and they want us to fix that area. During our visit, I’ll examine their bodies and tell them whether or not I think cosmetic surgery is an appropriate solution for them. If I feel it’s not, I’ll tell them why and suggest alternatives that may be better for them.

For instance, if someone comes in asking for breast implants but her breasts are sagging due to pregnancy or weight loss, I’ll advise her that she needs a breast lift instead of or in addition to breast implants. If someone wants liposuction on his thighs but has very little fat there, but he does have love

In the past, when one thought of plastic surgery the first thing that would come to mind was the face. All the media attention that is spent on Hollywood celebrities who have had “a little work” done to their face makes this understandable. However, in the past decade or so plastic surgery has become more diverse, and there are many ways for a patient to get the body they desire.

Microdermabrasion is one of these procedures. It is a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime, meaning that you can return to your normal activities quickly. Microdermabrasion works by gently removing the outer layers of dead skin through suction and abrasion to reveal newer, fresher skin below. It is successful in treating many different skin conditions including acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

For patients who are looking for even more dramatic results than microdermabrasion but do not want surgery or prolonged downtime, laser resurfacing may be a good option. Laser resurfacing works by using a high energy laser to remove layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. Similar to microdermabrasion, it can treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. However it is also effective

My goal is to provide you, the patient, with the best possible results of your plastic surgery procedure. Achieving this goal begins with a careful and detailed evaluation and planning process. This includes a thorough medical history and physical exam, as well as a discussion of your aesthetic goals with your plastic surgeon.

As we all know, cosmetic results can be very subjective. We try our best to determine what you expect from a surgical or non-surgical procedure and how realistic this expectation is. Your plastic surgeon will also review the risks and benefits of an elective procedure with you. We want you to understand that there is no guarantee, but we will do everything in our power to make sure that your desired outcome is met.

In addition to preoperative photographs, we will utilize computer imaging as part of our discussion with you during the initial consultation process. This software allows us to show you surgical outcomes which may be possible based on your unique anatomy and desires.

As previously noted, we try our best to make sure that you are educated about the procedure(s) that are being considered for you. To this end, we have developed video animations for many of the common procedures performed in our practice. These educational tools are available on our website or through our office for viewing

I have a very eclectic practice. I see patients of all ages, with all kinds of medical problems. Although I specialize in plastic surgery, it is not the only thing I do, and it is certainly not the majority of my business.

I treat the whole patient, and that includes cosmetic medical procedures as well as surgical ones. I think it is important to educate patients on all the options available to them. I think that it is important to treat the soul and not just the face or body. Oftentimes a person’s confidence in their appearance will make them feel better about themselves and therefore improve their outlook on life in general.

The microdermabrasion procedure is a non-invasive procedure that helps to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. The microdermabrasion machine removes this layer of skin by gently exfoliating the skin with a diamond tip wand, which is moved across the face in a controlled manner, vacuuming up the dead skin cells as it passes along.

Since there is no recovery time needed, this treatment can be done on your lunch hour and you may return to normal activities immediately. However, it is best to avoid overexposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet light after a treatment.

There are many benefits to microdermabrasion:

• Non-invasive

• No downtime

• Requires no scalpels or anesthesia

• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

• Improves blotchy pigmentation

• Reduces minor scars from acne and chickenpox

• Reduces enlarged pores

• Improves overall skin texture

A high-tech version of an ancient technique, microdermabrasion is a safe, noninvasive procedure that gently removes the top layer of skin. The epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and some portion of the dermis (the inner layer of skin) are removed by abrasion. Microdermabrasion can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, legs and back. The results are cumulative so usually five or six treatments are needed for maximum effect.

The procedure can eliminate or improve:

Fine wrinkles

Sun damaged skin

Age spots and other pigmented lesions

Acne scars and superficial acne scars

Superficial stretch marks

Microdermabrasion is a fast, safe, non-invasive procedure that helps to improve the appearance of your skin. A fine jet of abrasive crystals is sprayed onto the surface of the skin to remove the dead outermost layer of skin cells, and a vacuum action then sucks away the dead skin cells along with the crystals.

Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of:

* Wrinkles

* Sun-damaged skin

* Age spots

* Stretch marks

* Acne scars and blackheads

* Uneven pigmentation

It’s important to understand that microdermabrasion is not effective for serious skin problems such as warts, tumors, deep acne scars, or deep wrinkles. Microdermbrasion also won’t eliminate freckles or age spots. Although microdermabrasion will make your skin look younger and smoother and make it glow, it won’t do anything to stop the aging process.


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