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Recovery

What affects scarring?

Scarring is a widespread concern among plastic surgery patients. The general rule of thumb is that the quicker and easier a surgical wound heals, the less noticeable scarring will be. A clean and protected surgical wound will likely heal on its own with little scarring. However, there are a few factors that can negatively affect the wound healing process and ensuing scarring. Here, the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery team explains these factors and offers some tips to work around these threats. Continue reading Factors that Can Affect Scarring after Surgery

Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips

At the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive involve recovery. We believe in educating our patients about what to expect Female bodyand how to plan for the recovery period. Here, we have compiled a list of our top tips for recovery, in the hope that your experience will be as smooth and stress free as possible.
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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.

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.

After Cosmetic Surgery Care: Things You Should And Shouldn’t Do After Plastic 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 of the recovery process. The following are three things you should never do in the first few weeks after your cosmetic procedure.

What Not To Do After Cosmetic Surgery?

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, poor wound healing, and other side effects.

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

Besides the post-operative doctor visits, post operative care also includes what patients do at home during the surgery recovery. 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 garments) for as long as directed by the surgeon, massaging the treatment area if directed, Pain management Рtaking any pain medications, antibiotics, and/or supplements as instructed, etc. If you ignore your knowledgeable surgeon’s instructions, you will probably not achieve the results you desire and potentially extend the recovery times.

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.

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