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Lipo vs. Tummy Tuck

Recently, a woman visited us at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery and explained that she felt self-conscious of her midsection. After having three children, her stomach hadn’t “snapped back” to its pre-baby appearance. Friends of hers had mentioned tummy tuck and liposuction as possible solutions, but she was unsure which procedure was the better option.

As we do with every patient, we examined her problem areas, discussed her needs and helped her select the procedure most appropriate for her goals. Since this scenario is common, we know that other women may have the same questions. Our team thought it would be helpful if we explained the two options and their distinct differences. Continue reading Lipo vs. Tummy Tuck – What Is Best for Me?

Weight redistribution after liposuctionWeight Gain After Liposuction

In our last blog post, the team at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery provided the answer to common questions about wearing compression garments after liposuction. Now we have decided to blog about another common liposuction-related question, which is whether body weight redistributes after liposuction. If you have always wondered about possible weight redistribution and weight gain after liposuction, you can find the answer here. Continue reading Weight Gain After Liposuction | South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Are Compression Garments Bulky?

Why wear a compression garment after liposuction?

Compression garments aren’t mandatory after liposuction, but the majority of plastic surgeons believe that they aid in patient comfort and recovery. In this post, the team at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery explains how these garments can help the post-operative process. Then, the team addresses a common question regarding the fit of the garment and whether it is bulky.

Continue reading Are Compression Garments Bulky?

Can sitting affect BBL Results?

Maintaining the results of Brazilian Butt Lift An expertly performed Brazilian Butt Lift at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery can give you the voluptuous buttocks you have always wanted. Naturally, our Brazilian Butt Lift patients are delighted with their curvy results and want to enjoy them as long as possible. Some of them have mentioned that they worry frequent sitting can affect their results. In this blog post, our plastic surgeons address this concern and set the record straight on sitting after Brazilian Butt Lift.

Give Transplanted Fat Its Best Chance for Survival

Brazilian Butt Lift involves transferring unwanted fat from an area such as the abdomen, waist, thighs or flanks to the buttocks to give it a more voluptuous shape. Once the fat has been transferred to the buttocks, it needs time to develop a blood supply to survive. The fat cells are fragile in the immediate post-operative period. Sitting, laying or putting pressure on the newly augmented buttocks can reduce blood flow through the tissues, and prevent the fat cells from connecting to the blood vessels. It could result in the atrophy of the fat cells and the flattening of the buttocks.

This is why plastic surgeons encourage Brazilian Butt Lift patients not to sit or sleep on their backside for the first two weeks after surgery. For example, on the way home from surgery, you should rest on your side or your stomach in the car. During the first two to three weeks after surgery, we recommend you use a special air cushion or pillow to take the weight off of your buttocks as it heals. We will advise when it is safe for you to resume normal sitting and laying on your back.

Once your buttocks has healed and the fat has developed its blood supply, it will act like the rest of your body fat. The results should stabilize and you won’t have to worry about how frequent sitting affects the shape of your buttocks.

Contact Us about Brazilian Butt Lift

If you are interested in having Brazilian Butt Lift surgery and you would like to determine whether you are a suitable candidate, please schedule a consultation at our practice. You can reach us by calling (954) 565-7575 and requesting an appointment.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Is liposuction painful?

The benefits of liposuction are well established. This body sculpting procedure reduces unwanted fat in targeted areas — such as the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks — for a more beautiful and proportional shape. In a body-conscious region like South Florida, liposuction is in high demand.

Candidates for liposuction understandably have pressing questions about the procedure. One of the most common liposuction questions that our plastic surgeons receive is whether the procedure is painful. In this post, the plastic surgeons at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery reveal the answer and explain what is reasonable to expect.

When Performed Correctly, Liposuction Is Not Painful

As long as you have selected an experienced surgeon and you are under anesthesia during your operation, liposuction is not painful. You will be in a sleep-like state and unable to feel anything, including any pain. Our liposuction surgeons prefer to use the tumescent technique, which involves infusing the treatment area with a special tumescent solution. This fluid not only makes it easier to break up and remove the unwanted fat, but also makes the recovery process a little smoother. Generally, tumescent liposuction is well tolerated by our patients.

What can make liposuction a more painful experience is an unqualified plastic surgeon that does not adhere to the standard of care. This is why it is so important to work with board certified, experienced surgeons that operate in accredited facilities. Your comfort and safety depend on it!

Your Post-Operative Comfort Level

Recovering from liposuction is not a painful experience, but there may be minor discomfort. It is difficult to pinpoint how much discomfort, since everyone has a different threshold for pain. Many describe a feeling of tenderness or soreness, similar to the feeling after completing a vigorous workout. However, it is not unbearable.

To counteract any discomfort, our plastic surgeons prescribe oral medication to be taken as needed. After a few days, most patients switch to Tylenol. Putting ice packs on the treated area can also help to minimize pain. And, the compression garment placed after surgery helps reduce discomfort by restricting the movement of the treated area.

Other post-operative liposuction side effects include some swelling and bruising, both of which resolve mostly in the first two to three weeks of recovery.

Do You Have Additional Questions?

If you are curious about other aspects of liposuction, or would like to learn more about how the procedure can help your “problem areas” of excess fat, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery today. Call us at (954) 565-7575.

Do Breast Implants Ever Need To Be Replaced?

Breast implant removalIf you are considering breast augmentation or recently had the operation to enhance your breasts, you might wonder about the longevity of your breast implants. Will you, at some point, need to replace them with a new pair? The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery addresses that common question here.

Implants Are Long-Lasting Medical Devices

Breast implants are designed to be stable and long-lasting. They do not come with an expiration date, and the implants that we use at our practice have very low rates of failure.

The only reasons why you would need to replace your implants are:

1)     The implant ruptures, leaks or develops a complication

2)     You want to change their size

Let’s break those reasons down in more detail.

Rare Possibility of Complication

Although it is very rare for an implant to fail, as with any man-made device, it is possible. Potential complications include rupture, leak, “bottoming out” and capsular contracture.

It is very obvious when a saline implant ruptures or leaks; the saline filling is quickly absorbed by the body and the deflated side looks noticeably different. It is more difficult to detect a leak or rupture in silicone implants, due to the thick, viscous nature of the filling. This is why women with silicone implants are encouraged to have MRIs on a regular basis to check the integrity of the implants. Capsular contracture is another breast implant complication which occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and squeezes it (causing the breasts to harden and contort).

We want to emphasize that these complications are very rare. However, when they occur, implants must be replaced. In this scenario, you could opt for the same type and size of implant or select a new option.

Desire to Change Implant Size

The second scenario involves a change in personal preference. Perhaps you regret not initially selecting larger implants for more noticeable results. Perhaps you have found, over time, that large implants are not conducive to your active lifestyle or your tastes. It might be difficult to run marathons or participate in CrossFit classes with oversized breasts. You might feel that your breast size is age-inappropriate as you get older. It is your call — whatever your reasons, our breast augmentation surgeons can help you select a more appropriately sized pair of implants.

Learn More about Breast Implants

If you have additional questions or curiosities about the longevity of breast implants, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Call us anytime at (954) 565-7575.

Why women have breast surgery?

Why women want breast surgeryPop culture often marginalizes breast surgery by showing superficial, vanity-obsessed women with big breasts getting even bigger implants. The reality is that the reasons why women pursue breast surgery procedures are as unique as the women themselves. Here, Florida Center explores some of the common reasons why women undergo breast surgery.

To Change the Size of the Breasts

Let’s start with one of the most common reasons: Many women pursue breast surgery to modify the size of their breasts. Women with naturally small breasts have implants placed to boost breast size, and women with oversized breasts have them reduced.

This is not done purely for cosmetic reasons. While the aesthetic benefits are most obvious, there are other benefits to altering breast size, especially in breast reduction cases. Reducing heavy, oversized breasts can alleviate chronic back, shoulder and neck pain. Augmenting breast size with implants can end the life-long struggle to find well-fitting clothes. Psychologically, a change in breast size can improve self-confidence.

To Address Pregnancy and Nursing-Related Changes

A lot of Florida Center’s breast surgery patients are mothers that have noticed changes in their breasts after pregnancy and nursing. Quite commonly they have pronounced sagging and loss of fullness. Many of these women loved the way their breasts looked before they had a baby, and wish to restore their pre-baby breasts. Depending on their specific needs, they may opt for breast augmentation and/or breast lift.

To Correct a Deformity

One of the best examples is tuberous breast deformity (TBD), a congenital abnormality in which the breasts do not develop normally. Tuberous breasts usually look pointy and narrow and may have significant asymmetry. Women with TBD are often unaware that they have the condition; they simply believe their breasts look abnormal. TBD treatment can involve both breast augmentation and breast lift techniques to achieve the desired results.

Another example of seeking breast surgery for a deformity is women that are born with/develop inverted nipples. Treatment of inverted nipples depends on the degree of inversion, but usually involves a straightforward (and sometimes in-office) procedure.

What Are Your Reasons?

Does the size, shape or position of your breasts make you self-conscious? To discuss your concerns with our board certified plastic surgeons, please contact our practice today at (954) 565-7575 and schedule a consultation.

After Summer Skin Care Tips

Post-summer skin carePost-summer skin care helps prevent premature aging and keep your skin healthy and young.,. In our last blog post, SOUTH FLORIDA CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY discussed non-surgical treatment options to rejuvenate the face and reverse common signs of sun damage (e.g., wrinkles, pigmentation). However, our patients wanted to know if there are things they can do at home to rehab their skin after summer. No matter what your skin type is, sun damage can cause many problems starting with fine lines and wrinkles, dryness and uneven colour, and even serious conditions such as skin cancer. Here are a few post-summer skin care suggestions we can share to help you keep your youthful glow:

Summer Skin Care Tip: Soothe Sunburns

Have you failed to protect your skin during summer months,  and the unexpected, unprotected sun exposure leave you with angry, inflamed skin? If you’re in the middle of a nasty sunburn, aspirin or Advil can minimize the pain. Cold compresses will soothe the burnt area and a topical hydrocortisone cream can speed up your skin’s recovery. The sun can be a scary thing to deal with, and when you are burnt by it, there is no need to suffer. Make sure that your skin isn’t being exposed any longer during the healing process so as not to worsen the damage. Drink plenty of water or other non-fruity drinks for hydration. Use a moisturiser that contains aloe vera to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Take cool showers a few times a day to help with heat and dryness.

Summer Skin Care Tip: Lighten Sunspots and Freckles

Perhaps your sunscreen didn’t have enough SPF (or you were careless in your application), and as a result you have noticeable sunspots and freckles. Try an over-the-counter retinol product that will increase cell turnover and lighten spots. Or, look for a serum with skin brightening ingredients like vitamin C. There are a few natural remedies you can use to reduce the appearance of freckles and dark spots such as sour cream, lemon juice, honey, yogurt, and even onions. Choose one that works best for you, apply gently on the problematic area and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cool water, dry carefully and don’t forget to use a moisturiser.

Summer Skin Care Tip: Exfoliate Gently

Exfoliation is a critical part of any skin care routine, especially a routine to rehab damaged and dry sensitive skin. Exfoliating removes layers of tired, dead skin cells (that would otherwise clog pores), kick-starts your skin renewal process, and helps creams and serums penetrate the skin more easily. Exfoliation is a necessary step whether you have dry or oily skin. Removing the dead skin cells and providing deep cleaning regularly is one of the best practices to keep the youthful glow and stimulate regeneration processes.

Summer Skin Care Tip: Tweak Your Diet

Following a Mediterranean-inspired diet restores much-needed omega fatty acids and antioxidants to your skin. In case you’re wondering why antioxidants are so important and how they affect the health of our skin, here’s a quick chemistry lesson. Every day we encounter free radicals (some are produced by our bodies, some caused by the environment around us. Simply put, free radicals are single atoms that attack and break down the skin collagen molecules which results in deep wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Antioxidants are your skin’s armour. They create a barrier between your skin and the environmental factors and create a protection layer to fight free radicals and take the damage. Incorporate plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables and olive oil into your diet to keep supplying your skin with a healthy amount of antioxidants and watch your skin start to glow!

Summer Skin Care Tip: Moisturize Dry Lips

Too much sun and not enough hydration can leave the lips looking like a dry, rough mess. Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate dead cells, and then pamper them with a moisturizing balm. Another great way to revitalize chapped lips is to use honey (it has natural healing powers).

When to Seek an Expert Opinion

If your post-summer skincare issues are more serious — for example, you have deep wrinkles, stubborn discoloration or leathery skin texture, and over-the-counter skin care products don’t help — our experts can step in and assist you.  We can help you develop a personalized skin care regimen that is best suited for your needs. If the summer has caused an outbreak of a medical issue like eczema or rosacea, call your dermatologist for an appointment.

At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a range of treatment options to rehab your skin and restore a beautiful glow. Call us today at 954.565.7575 so we can design a plan for your needs.

Freshen up with facial rejuvenationFacial Rejuvenation

If the scorching, busy summer has left you feeling frazzled or frumpy, consider turning over a new leaf with cosmetic enhancement. The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery team offers a range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures and skin care options to refresh your appearance with minimal recovery and no discomfort. Most non-surgical treatments do not require general anesthesia, some may use local anesthesia, and are nearly painless. With minimal down time and recovery time you’ll be back to school or work in no time, looking and feeling your absolute best.

What Facial Rejuvenation Can Improve

Depending on the specific treatment, facial rejuvenation treatments can improve the appearance of areas affected by sun exposure, aging and hereditary factors without having to undergo plastic surgery. This includes the following conditions:

  • Texture irregularities – wrinkles, fine lines, scars
  • Pigmentation – sun spots, age spots, freckles
  • Vascular lesions – visible blood vessels, blood blisters, flushed face/redness
  • Loss of skin elasticity and healthy tone

Suggested Treatments for Facial Rejuvenation

Injectables are a great way to minimize signs of aging and restore a youthful quality to the face. Botox and dermal filler products can be injected into specific points around the face to smooth wrinkles, fine lines and facial folds. Treatment is quick, minimally invasive and produces great results with no related downtime.

Laser skin resurfacing also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (as well as hyperpigmentation and areas of sun damage), but using a different method. A laser gently removes the outer layers of skin to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath.

Another popular laser rejuvenation procedure is the Affirm laser facelift. The Affirm laser improves the tone, texture and pigmentation of the skin by stimulating collagen remodeling in the targeted areas. With increased collagen production, the skin looks and feels smoother and firmer.

Chemical peels deliver incredible anti-aging results. A peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the face, neck, chest, hands, legs or arms; the solution causes the top layer of skin to peel away and reveal new, smoother skin. This alternative to laser treatment reduces fine lines, age spots, scars and wrinkles.

Get Your Personalized Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Plan

Do you want to fall in love with your skin again? If so, consider one of our non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment options. Contact South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery at (954) 565-7575 to learn more about how we can help you look and feel beautiful.

Why more men are having plastic surgeryStatistics from the leading plastic surgery associations show that male plastic surgery is on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons highlighted this in their 2014 report on plastic surgery, noting that more than 13 percent of plastic surgery patients are men. This is a trend that South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery has seen crop up in our own practice. Here, our team explains a few of the reasons why more men are pursuing plastic surgery.

To Look As Young as They Feel

Men in their 30s, 40s, 50s and even 60s are more active than ever. They exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet to maintain a great physique. However, time marches on, and aging can leave its mark, especially on the facial features. The motivation to look younger in the face can come from several places, including competition in the workforce, re-entry into the dating pool after divorce or simply the personal desire for greater confidence.

To combat wrinkles, fine lines and other common signs of aging, many of our male patients seek facelift or eyelid surgery. These procedures rejuvenate the face so it reflects a youthful, active spirit. Non-surgical treatment alternatives, such as Botox or dermal filler injections, can have similar anti-aging effects with minimal downtime — perfect for the busy father or business executive.

To Refine Their Physique

Some men work out regularly and eat well, but have unwanted fat in an area of their body that won’t respond to diet and exercise. Popular examples include the “spare tire” around the middle and enlarged male breasts. Body contouring treatment with liposuction or male breast reduction are great ways to eliminate unwanted body fat and create a more masculine-looking physique.

To Correct a Troublesome Feature

Another common reason men pursue plastic surgery is to fix an inherited feature that has caused life-long embarrassment (e.g., a crooked nose, oversized ears). These men are tired of feeling self-conscious and want a permanent solution. Rhinoplasty is a popular option to improve the shape, size and features of the nose, and otoplasty to correct oversized or protruding ears.

Learn More about Plastic Surgery for Men

South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery welcomes all men who want to explore their surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Our plastic surgeons understand the male aesthetic and the desire for subtle, natural-looking results — men never want to look like they’ve had surgery — and our results reflect that.

We would be happy to discuss your personal needs and goals during an informative consultation. Please call us today at (954) 565-7575 to make an appointment.