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3 Things To Tell Your Stylist (after having facial cosmetic surgery)

February 24th, 2015

Hair GraphicAt our goal is for you to look better naturally. We want you to feel more confident in your skin without looking like you’ve changed your identity! Because we want to give you the most natural results, other people in your life may not realize you’ve had cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons and salon professionals have one goal in common: we want you to look more beautiful. So if you are visiting your stylist (aesthetician, hair guru or makeup artist) for the first time after having facial cosmetic surgery, please consider sharing a little bit of information with them…            

  1. Tell them how you feel. Healing takes time and each person is different in the way they heal. Although you may feel well enough to go back to most activities of daily living just a few days after surgery, your body is still healing and there may be areas of your face and scalp that are still sensitive to the touch. Share this information with your stylist so that she/he may take necessary precautions to keep you safe and comfortable during your treatments.          
  2. Show them your scars. Scars are necessary for surgery but we aim to place scars in areas of your body where they will be hidden by natural skin creases, hair and/or light make-up. The average scar takes six weeks to reach 80% of its maximum strength, so if you have recent scars from facial surgery, please let your stylist know so that she/he may protect healing skin from further stress.
  3. Tell them about changes in sensation. Temporary changes in sensation are common after surgery. These changes may take up to six months to return to normal. During this time you may experience numbness and/or tingling in your face and scalp and you may not be able to carefully judge whether something is too hot or too cold. If you have residual numbness and/or tingling after facial surgery please share this information with your stylist and allow them to protect you from potentially damaging styling tools and products.
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Breast Implants: What’s Best?

June 18th, 2014

Many patients come into our office for breast augmentation consultations requesting silicone gel breast implants, not knowing they have other choices. We feel that it is important to  give information on both silicone and saline (salt water) implants. There is also another choice to consider now, natural breast enlargement using your own fat cells. This new technique is called fat grafting. When patients are well-informed, they are in a better position to decide on what is best for them.

Discussions with patients mainly focus on the differences between each type of  implant and issues of safety should a rupture occur. Silicone implants and natural fat grafting offer the most natural feel. This particular aspect is most important for some women. However, in terms of appearance, when properly placed, saline and silicone implants, as well as fat grafting results, all yield a natural appearance.  For more information on fat grafting for breast enlargement, click here.

The downside of implants is that they will eventually break. When your natural fat is used to increase breast size, this is not a problem. When a saline implant breaks, the result is that one of a woman’s breasts    will “deflate”  to a smaller size. The saline or salt water is naturally absorbed and  passes out of her body. Silicone implants do not have this advantage and the silicone gel does not pass out of the body, as it cannot be metabolized. This makes diagnosis of a ruptured silicone implant more difficult. Ruptures are most always “silent.”  For this reason, the  FDA currently recommends  regular MRI examinations to determine the presence of implant rupture.

As mentioned in an earlier blog, It is amazing how quickly women “forget” they have had breast enlargement surgery. They incorporate their new figure into their new body image in short order. With silicone gel implants, women are often reminded of their surgery by needing the MRI studies and the safety consideration of a possible implant rupture.

When patients receive complete information, most patients choose  saline implants for  their surgery. More patients are also considering the most natural option of all, a new technique called fat grating. Although fat grafting is the newest choice to be available, my patients seem pleased with this having this implant-free alternative. The main reason cited for this choice is that they will have peace of mind with their decision, and it is almost entirely  based on safety.  For more information on fat grafting for breast enlargement, please click here.

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