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History of Breast Implants

Do you ever wonder how the concept of breast implant surgery first originated? If so, you have come to the right place. South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery explores a brief yet interesting history of breast implants.

Early Attempts at Surgical Breast Augmentation

The first attempt to enhance a woman’s breast occurred in the 19th century, when a German physician by the name of Vincenz Czerny transferred a lipoma (a benign fatty tumor) to a patient’s breast after removing a potentially dangerous tumor from it. He did so in order to avoid breast asymmetry after the initial surgical treatment.

Later attempts at breast enlargement occurred in the 1940s, when Japanese prostitutes implanted a variety of foreign substances into their breasts, speculating that American servicemen preferred women with large breasts. These substances included paraffin wax, sponges, glass balls and non-medical grade silicone. Unsurprisingly, using these foreign substances to augment the breasts caused severe complications, including tissue necrosis and even blindness due to cerebral embolism.

Contemporary Breast Augmentation

Surgical breast enhancement as we have come to know it began in the early 1960s, when Drs. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin invented silicone breast implants. In 1962, Timmie Jean Lindsey earned the honor of becoming the first patient to receive modern silicone implants.

In the 1990s, the safety of silicone implants came into question, as individuals asserted that silicone gel that had leaked out of the implants was causing autoimmune diseases. After much back and forth on the matter, the FDA implemented a moratorium, or temporary ban, on the use of silicone breast implants in initial cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. Silicone implants remained available for use in breast reconstruction following lumpectomy or mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer as well as for patients who needed to replace silicone implants that were placed before the moratorium. During this period, saline breast implants were patients’ only option for initial cosmetic breast enhancement surgery.

However, in 2006, the FDA lifted the ban on silicone implants, stating that the data did not demonstrate that silicone implants caused autoimmune diseases. Today, silicone implants are available for use for patients who are at least 22 years old, in all breast enhancement procedures. They remain a popular choice among patients, thanks to their natural look and feel.

Learn More About Breast Implant Surgery

Thankfully, breast augmentation surgery as we have come to know it is a safe procedure with several treatment options.

To schedule a consultation with one of our friendly, experienced plastic surgeons to learn more about your breast augmentation treatment options, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

 

Plastic Surgery in Winter

The Best Time of Year for Plastic SurgeryIt might be difficult to envision getting your body into bikini-ready shape right now, given that we are in the middle of winter and Christmas has only recently passed. However, undergoing your plastic surgery procedure of choice during the colder winter months is actually a very smart idea. Here’s why.

Being Discreet Is Easy

Many of our patients prefer to be discreet about undergoing plastic surgery. This is easier to do during the colder winter months, when the body is generally more concealed under thick sweaters and long pants. Cold-weather clothes can help cover up postoperative bandages, incision sites that have not yet healed, less fashionable surgical garments (i.e., surgical bras or compression garments) and drainage tubes, making it easier to keep your procedure under wraps.

Caring for Incision Sites Is Simpler

One of the cardinal rules of caring for your incision sites after surgery is to keep them out of the sun. As few as 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure can cause the scars at the incision sites to become red and raised from the skin’s surface. If this happens, it is extremely difficult — if not impossible — to improve the look of scars. By undergoing your cosmetic surgery procedure of choice during the winter, there are simply fewer hours of daylight each day for your scars to contend with.

You’ll Be Ready for the Beach in Time for Summer

Some of the aesthetic effects of cosmetic surgery are visible immediately following the procedure, such as a more voluminous bust line or a newly contoured abdomen. However, the final results of surgery may take several months to become fully apparent, as this is how long it takes for any residual swelling to resolve and for the body to heal completely. By undergoing cosmetic surgery during winter, you can feel confident that you will be ready to lounge by the pool or on the beach by the first day of summer.

Find Out More About Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery Now

If you would like to get a jump start on the cosmetic surgery process and find out more about your treatment options, do not hesitate to contact us today. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented plastic surgeons, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

Celebrities Work Out

Chances are that your New Year’s resolution is going to be to lose weight. In fact, the No. 1 New Year’s resolution that individuals make is to lose weight, according to data published by the University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The first step to getting in better shape is to find an exercise routine that excites you. To help you find your perfect workout, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery shares the following celebrity-inspired fitness crazes.

Kickboxing

Queen Latifah, Denise Richards and Victoria’s Secret stunner Candice Swanepoel are fans of kickboxing. Perhaps it is because kickboxing allows them to release some pent-up aggression, or maybe it is because it is an effective full-body workout.

Hiking

Hiking offers a great opportunity to get some cardiovascular exercise in while enjoying the natural landscape. Hiking enthusiasts include Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway and Lea Michele.

Ballet Barre Workouts

Ballet-inspired workouts will help you feel like a prima ballerina, even if you are not naturally flexible. There are plenty of ballet barre studios all around the country, from Pure Barre, which focuses on lengthening and toning the muscles, to Cardio Barre, which incorporates cardio exercise into the workout. Fans of the ballet-inspired fitness routines include Natalie Portman and Kelly Ripa.

Yoga

Yoga offers so many benefits: a chance to meditate, improved flexibility and enhanced strength. Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are only a few of the celebrities that like to channel their inner yogis.

Soul Cycle

Soul Cycle studios take indoor cycling classes to another level thanks to their inspirational instructors, fun music and focus on a full-body workout. Katie Holmes and model Karlie Kloss are two of the many Soul Cycle celebrity participants.

Bootcamp-Style Workouts

Bootcamp-style workouts are intense. They involve high-intensity interval training during each hour-long session. The hard work pays off though; participants can burn up to 1,000 calories in 60 minutes. Katie Couric and Sandra Bullock regularly take part in these military-inspired fitness classes.

Need Assistance Fine-Tuning Your Figure?

If you follow a healthy diet and routinely participate in effective workouts like the ones listed above, but still have localized deposits of fat that are resistant to your efforts, we can help. The plastic surgeons at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery perform liposuction surgery to remove stubborn fat from bothersome “problem areas,” so your New Year’s resolution can focus on something other than getting in shape — such as taking your dream vacation.

To schedule a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

3 Holiday Treats

Responsible Holiday Snacking

 
The holiday season is back and you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time under the Christmas tree with friends, eating all kinds of Christmas treats. Unfortunately, attending too many holiday parties can lead to frustrating results like gaining weight and losing the contour you achieved with plastic surgery. This year try snacking smarter by choosing healthier holiday desserts options when possible so that you don’t undo any work from surgery. Reduce holiday baking to a minimum and instead choose the healthy dessert options we have prepared for you in this article.

Holiday Treat: Baked Apples With Cinnamonnnamon

Baked apples are a sensible treat any time of year, but adding cinnamon to them will remind you of Christmas. To prepare this tasty treat — which is a good source of fiber and several vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E — core an apple, keeping the bottom intact. You can add spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and a touch of honey or agave nectar to the empty core. Bake them in an oven that’s been preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 45 minutes. These seasonal treats are not just tasty — they smell like your mom’s kitchen on Christmas Day.

Holiday Treat: Dark Chocolate

Instead of reaching for another Christmas cookie, try snacking on one or two squares of dark chocolate. Unlike the empty calories in many cakes and cookies, dark chocolate that is comprised of at least 75-percent cacao contains antioxidant qualities that help fight the free radicals roaming around inside our bodies. Dark chocolate also contains fiber, iron, magnesium, and several other nutrients. Not to mention, dark chocolate has been shown to provide cardiovascular health benefits. Just make sure to enjoy this treat in moderation.

Holiday Treat: Air-Popped Popcorn

Most people have fallen victim to the multi-gallon tin of popcorn that can be purchased in many drug stores around the holidays, at one time or another. You promise yourself that you will only eat a handful of the caramel- and cheese-laden popcorn, only to find that you have consumed about a gallon of the stale snack in one sitting. This year, try air-popping your own popcorn for a healthier snack option.

Air-popped popcorn is a good source of fiber, which regulates digestion and helps keep you feeling satisfied. Also, by popping your own popcorn, you can be sure that no chemicals were added to your snack, as is often the case with microwaveable popcorn. If you love chocolate-covered popcorn, make sure to use dark chocolate and keep your servings small.

For added flavor, sprinkle on a dash of truffle salt or some parsley and paprika. Cumin also makes an interesting addition to air-popped popcorn. You can even wrap up several of your homemade flavors in individually sized holiday gift bags to give away as presents.

Need Help Contouring Your Figure?

IIf you have tried to exercise and snack on healthy food items this holiday season, but cannot seem to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat or loose skin around your abdomen or other areas, contact South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery for help. Our plastic surgeons offer a range of body contouring treatment options that will help you look great for the New Year.

To schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

Will I benefit from Liposuction?

Is Liposuction Right for You?At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we understand why liposuction can seem like a panacea for weight loss. Although liposuction is an effective means of eliminating stubborn pockets of unwanted fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, it is not meant for everyone. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether you would benefit from liposuction.

Am I at or just slightly above my ideal body weight?

If you answered “yes” to this question, you might be an appropriate candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is not designed as a tool for substantial weight loss. Instead, it is best performed for individuals who are at or just above their ideal body weight but have localized fat deposits that do not respond to a healthy lifestyle.

One reason that liposuction is not intended as a tool for major weight loss is that removing too much fat at one time can cause serious surgical complications. Not to mention, removing too much fat in one instance with liposuction will leave patients with loose excess skin that will not shrink down to a smaller size or shape to fit the new body contour.

Am I at a stable body weight that I feel I can maintain after liposuction surgery?

It is important that you are at a stable body weight that you feel comfortable maintaining after liposuction; because, although any fat that is removed with liposuction will not return, regaining more than about 10 percent of your body weight may cause the residual fat cells to grow larger or new ones to crop up.

Do I smoke?

If you answered “yes” to this question, you must next ask yourself whether you are prepared to quit smoking for several weeks before and after the liposuction procedure. Why? The answer is that oxygen is essential to your body’s healing process; without it, the tissues take longer to heal. Smoking robs your blood of oxygen, instead replacing it with toxins. Smoking also causes blood vessels to constrict, so they cannot deliver vital oxygen to the healing tissues. In addition, smoking can cause serious surgical complications, including reopening the wounds at your incision sites. For these reasons, you must be prepared to quit smoking if you are a smoker who is seeking liposuction.

Do I have sound skin elasticity?

Try this: Pull on the skin on your abdomen. Does it snap back into place when you let it go? If so, your skin elasticity is most likely good. It is important for liposuction patients to have good skin elasticity, so their skin will “bounce back” to a smaller size once the fat has been removed.

Patients with poor skin elasticity may be better suited for another body contouring procedure, such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery), which is designed to eliminate loose excess skin and repair the underlying tissue structures.

Find Out Whether You Are a Suitable Candidate

Although these are helpful preliminary questions to ask yourself when considering liposuction, the only way to establish with certainty whether you would benefit from the procedure is to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon. A qualified plastic surgeon can evaluate your physique, listen to you cosmetic concerns and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

To schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

Botox and Cancer

Cosmetic injection of botoxWhether you’ve had Botox treatment or not, you’re probably familiar with its wrinkle-smoothing powers. A purified type of botulinum toxin type A, Botox is injected into the facial muscles to relax them and even out wrinkles and lines. It works by blocking the nerve signals and weakening the muscles so they cannot contract. This results in fewer wrinkles and a refreshed appearance.

Scientists Test New Use for Botox

BBC, Fox News and other outlets recently reported on a potentially exciting new use for Botox: fighting cancer.

Botox, which is also FDA approved to treat migraines, muscle spasms and excessive sweating, could be used in the future to halt the development of stomach tumors and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

Stomach cancer is traditionally difficult to treat because gastric tumors do not respond well to chemotherapy. Also, nerve signaling can stimulate tumor formation.

Teams from Columbia University Medical Center and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology set out to determine whether Botox could block these nerve signals. In their research, they found that Botox injections did stop the growth of new tumors in mice with advanced stomach cancer.

They looked at the role of the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the digestive system. Previous studies showed that severing these nerves could halt cancer growth in mice; scientists point out that this is an invasive treatment option. The latest study suggested that paralyzing the vagus nerves with Botox injections could provide the same benefit (albeit temporarily).

One of the scientists, Dr. Timothy Wang, told the BBC: “At least in the early phase, if you [disrupt the nerve] the tumor becomes much more responsive to chemotherapy, so we don’t see this as a single cure, but making current and future treatments more effective.”

The next step is to test Botox on people who have chemotherapy-resistant gastric ulcers.

“I think this has a lot of potential and in a decade or two I can see these pathways being targeted,” said Dr. Wang.

Botox Continues to Be Used Cosmetically

While Botox undergoes further testing as a potential cancer treatment, it will continue to be used to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. At the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you look younger, happier and more rested with Botox injections.

Please contact us at (954) 565-7575 to schedule a consultation to discuss Botox and other facial rejuvenation treatment options.

woman holding black flops

Florida’s many beaches are home to scores of women (and men!) with beautiful and healthy-looking bodies. One of the most envy-inducing attributes is a voluptuous backside. From time to time, you might find yourself glancing appreciatively at a curvaceous buttocks and yearning for a similar feature. Perhaps you put in hours at the gym doing cardio, lunges and squats, but simply cannot achieve the round and lifted buttocks you desire.

If you were not born with natural curves, you can still enjoy an attractive backside, thanks to a cosmetic procedure called the Brazilian Butt Lift, offered at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.

What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?

Brazilian Butt Lift is a type of buttock augmentation, which the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery claims is the fastest-growing procedure in the country. Buttock augmentation is intended to improve a flat, small or sagging behind.

Brazilian Butt Lift involves a two-part process. First, the surgeon uses liposuction techniques to remove unwanted surplus fat from a donor area of the body — like the abdomen, hips, back and thighs. The fat is purified and prepared for re-injection. Then, the surgeon injects small amounts of the fat into the buttocks, focusing on the upper quadrant to give the butt a “lifted” appearance.

Brazilian Butt Lift essentially combines two plastic surgery procedures and requires only one recovery period with a short downtime.

Benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure has earned widespread attention because it’s not just a buttock augmentation surgery, but also a body sculpting procedure. To be clear, the first step of the procedure involves liposuction of the area around the buttocks, including the flanks and lower back, which are often “problem areas” that don’t respond to diet or exercise. This strategy makes the buttocks fuller and the surrounding areas look leaner, resulting in a beautiful “S”-shaped” curve. Another benefit of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that using autologous (the patient’s own) fat reduces the risk of infection or adverse reaction to a foreign medical device like an artificial buttock implant.

Learn More about the Brazilian Butt Lift

To learn more about the incredible benefits of Brazilian Butt Lift — and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure — please schedule a consultation at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.

Call us today at (954) 565-7575 and book an appointment.

Busy Life and Cosmetic Surgery

shutterstock_11343970A number of our patients at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery enjoy full and busy lives, with professional careers, family obligations and commitments to social and community activities. These individuals are not immune, however, to the signs of aging or the effects of pregnancy or gravity, which is why they need our help improving their appearance through plastic surgery. The challenge is fitting treatment into their busy schedules.

The most time-consuming part of having cosmetic surgery is the recovery period. Some of our patients simply do not have the time to recover at home for multiple days or weeks. To work around this obstacle, we offer a selection of procedures that require little to no post-operative downtime.

If you are interested in erasing signs of facial aging, eliminating areas of stubborn fat or simply looking like a better version of yourself, but your schedule doesn’t permit for cosmetic surgery, here are some minimal downtime treatment options to consider:

Body Sculpting

Smartlipo Triplex uses laser energy to heat and melt unwanted surplus fat into liquid form, so that it can be removed from the body more easily. Smartlipo can be used to improve the contours of the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, hips, knees or arms. Thanks to the nature of Smartlipo technology, treatment is not painful, nor does it put significant stress on the body’s tissues. Therefore, recovery downtime is much shorter than that of traditional liposuction.

Cellulaze also uses laser energy, but in a different capacity. Cellulaze is a cellulite reduction treatment that treats the deep underlying cause: connective fibers that become rigid, and pockets of fat that press up against those fibers to create the lumpy, dimpled appearance of cellulite. Our Cellulaze patients see incredible results without significant downtime.

Facial Rejuvenation

One of the best ways to erase the signs of facial aging and enjoy a refreshed, rested appearance is through injectable treatments. We offer a suite of safe and effective injectable products, including Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane. Depending on the product, injectable treatment will smooth wrinkles, fill in facial folds and creases or restore youthful fullness to areas of the face.

In some cases, we might recommend combining injectable products for what we call the “liquid face lift” and “injectable facelift.” These minimally invasive procedures will lift and rejuvenate the facial skin without requiring much downtime afterward.

Laser Treatment

Self-conscious of skin imperfections, unwanted hair or visible veins? We offer a full selection of laser treatments to clear skin, remove pesky hair/veins/tattoos and even treat acne — and you’ll be pleased to learn these procedures require little to no recovery period. For example, the Affirm laser is perfect for patients who desire facial rejuvenation but aren’t quite ready for facelift surgery. And, intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials treat skin affected by acne, sun damage or pigmented/vascular lesions.

Learn More about Cosmetic Enhancement with Minimal Downtime

If your schedule is full but you desire a younger and more attractive appearance, we would be happy to discuss your minimally invasive treatment options in more detail.

Please contact our team by calling (954) 565-7575 and requesting a consultation.

Selfies cause rise in Plastic Surgery

young woman lookingIt’s impossible to scroll through your social media feeds without encountering a “selfie” — i.e., a picture that someone takes of themselves and posts to garner reactions from followers. If you believe selfies are only a passing trend, it might surprise you to learn that they have some long-lasting influence.

According to a report released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), one in three plastic surgeons surveyed have seen an increase in requests for plastic surgery, as a result of patients being more aware of their looks because of social media.

“Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image-based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” said Dr. Edward Farrior, the president of AAFPRS.

When ABC News reported on this trend back in August, one New York plastic surgeon told reporters, “I’ve noticed over the last six months [that] patients actually bring a selfie to the examining room. They show me what bothers them and what they would like to fix.” Another New York City plastic surgeon added, “I personally would see two to three patients a day that have come in from selfies and social media.”

Most Requested Procedures

Rhinoplasty and Botox injections are among the most requested procedures to make selfies look more attractive. Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, improves an oversized or crooked nose, or addresses an unflattering feature of the nose such as an upturned tip or uneven nostrils. Botox treatment temporarily smoothes wrinkles and lines around the forehead and eyes.

Hand rejuvenation is popular among women that get engaged and want their hands to look beautiful in photos of their wedding rings.

The AAFPRS report contained another interesting and possibly related trend: plastic surgery patients are trending younger. More than half of the doctors AAFPRS surveyed said they saw an increase in patients under 30 requesting plastic surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment. Since social media and selfies are particularly popular with the younger crowd, this could be a contributing factor.

How Cosmetic Enhancement Can Help You

Selfies and social media aren’t the only reasons to pursue cosmetic surgery. People want to look great and feel great in real life — not just their virtual lives. If you feel self-conscious about your appearance, cosmetic enhancement can potentially have a tremendous effect on your self-esteem and overall quality of life. Think of the confidence you will project when you finally feel good about you appearance.

At the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we are happy to meet with anyone considering plastic surgery, and go over our wide selection of surgical and non-surgical options. After learning more about you and your unique cosmetic goals, we can recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Please contact our office at (954) 565-7575 to schedule an appointment.

What not to do after Cosmetic Surgery

habits to avoid after plastic surgeryThe skilled plastic surgeons at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery do everything in their power to help ensure patients achieve the best possible aesthetic results from plastic surgery. However, it is important that patients do their part as well. This includes avoiding certain activities after cosmetic surgery, especially the first several weeks. The following are three things you should never do in the first few weeks after your cosmetic procedure.

Smoke

If you need another reason to abstain from smoking, this is it: Smoking constricts blood vessels, making it difficult for the body to deliver nutrient-rich blood to the healing tissues in your treatment area. It also deprives the blood of life-giving oxygen, and instead fills the blood with noxious chemicals. Smoking can lead to several postoperative complications, including excessive scarring and poor wound healing.

Expose Incision Sites to the Sun

With proper care, the scars from your incisions should eventually fade to match the color of the surrounding skin, so they are nearly invisible to others. However, even 20 minutes of sun exposure can cause your incision scars to rise up from the surface of the skin and become red. Once this happens, it is nearly impossible to improve the look of scars. If you don’t want telltale signs of your procedure (i.e., red, raised scars), be sure to keep your incision sites out of the sun for at least six months after your procedure. You can do this by staying in the shade or covering incision sites with clothes or sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more. (Be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming or sweating.)

Ignore Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions

In general, you should follow all your plastic surgeon’s postoperative instructions as closely as possible to ensure you achieve the best results possible. This includes wearing any surgical garments (e.g., surgical bra, compression garment) for as long as directed by the surgeon, massaging the treatment area if directed, taking any medications or supplements as instructed, etc. If you ignore your knowledgeable surgeon’s instructions, you will probably not achieve the results you desire.

To schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable plastic surgeons to learn more about your treatment options, please contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.