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A PRICELESS PRESENT | BREAST AUGMENTATION

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The holidays are here, and tis’ the season for cocktail parties and social events; whether it’s with friends, family, and business affairs. You dig out that gorgeous little black dress from your closet to find it doesn’t quite fit your breasts like you had hoped. To make matters worse, push up bras just don’t cut it. There are options out there! In 2015 alone, there were over 278,000 breast augmentation procedures performed. Because of this, breast augmentations ranked as one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures.

Reasons To Consider Breast Augmentation

There are a few reasons why women might consider a breast augmentation. Perhaps you have a need to feel more satisfied with your figure or a yearning to be more confident with your body type. Other reasons may include wanting a boost in self-esteem or to appear more attractive to the opposite sex. Regardless of the reason, you should feel the decision to undergo a procedure is the right one for YOU! It’s been proven that post surgery women experience an increased sexual arousal, sexual satisfaction, and higher self-esteem due to the newly found self-confidence that surfaced!

Breast Augmentation Options

If you are looking into getting a breast augmentation, there are a few options to consider. It’s important to know your choices so that you make the right decision and know what to expect moving forward. Your surgeon should offer and review the various options for breast enhancement such as:

  • Fat Transfer: consist of moving fat from one part of the body to the next causing very minimal scarring.
  • Incision Locations: Placement of the implants is also important. Upon listening to you, you and your surgeon will be able to decide where the best incision point should be.
  • Silicone vs. Saline: Both patients and plastic surgeons have experienced positive results with Silicone gel implants. It creates a softer more natural look. Over 52% of implants inserted are silicone. Saline implants give you total control of how large to how small a woman wants her breast implants to be.  Saline implants are filled after the implants are placed in the body, so the incision site is very small.
  • Sub-Muscular vs. Sub-Glandular: Sub-Muscular breast implant placements is when the implants are placed beneath the major pectoral muscle, and/or partially beneath the pectoral muscle using specific incisions and placement on your surgeon’s part. Sub-Glandular breast implant placement is when the implants are placed directly on top of the pectoral muscle and just behind the breast tissue. There are pros and cons of both techniques.

What Should I Know Moving Forward?

As with any procedure, complications can occur. Seeing a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience behind him or her will lessen your chances of a complication. Continuing with annual breast exams and mammograms is important. Visit a Top10MD board certified plastic surgeon today and tailor a plan to meet your 2017 goals.

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LOOK & FEEL YOUR BEST! THE FALL BEAUTY EVENT IS HERE

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The holidays will be here before you know it. Perhaps you’ve been considering a bit of Botox Cosmetic to smooth those worry lines or a cosmetic procedure but feel you lack the information to make an informed decision. We’ve got the event just for you!

Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Denton Watumull, Regional Plastic Surgery Center and the Regional Skin & Laser Center are hosting an event to commemorate their 25th Anniversary. Dr. Watumull invites you and your friends to a one-night-only event that will help arm you with the knowledge you need to take that next step!

The casual, up-close and personal event gives patients a better understanding of what is available and what to expect when it comes to cosmetic procedures by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.

The Evening’s Itinerary Includes

  • Physician presentations featuring information on cosmetic procedures and more.
  • Botox Cosmetic will be administered by the doctors for the special price of $12 per unit.
  • Aesthetic Nurse Injector is presenting new information on PRP for stem cell face and eye rejuvenation and alopecia treatment.
  • Q&A with a Skincare Expert, including options on various laser treatments available.

All event attendees will be offered $1,000 off on a tummy tuck or $500 off another cosmetic procedure as well as receive discounts on skin care and laser treatment packages including professional grade skincare, laser hair removal, non-invasive fat reduction, skin tightening, SkinPen, and PRP/PRFM. Raffles on Botox, Juvederm, laser hair removal, skincare and laser treatments will be called out throughout the event.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to look and feel your best this holiday season!

To enter Regional Skin & Laser Center’s “Don’t Act Your Age Contest,” see details at FALLBEAUTYEVENT.COM. Entries will be accepted through Sunday, October 23. The winner will be announced at the Fall Beauty Event and receive three free treatments at Regional Skin & Laser Center.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER

Event & Botox Registration FALLBEAUTYEVENT.COM. After registering, they will contact you to schedule an appointment with your chosen doctor to take advantage of the Botox Special!

Bring the holidays on!

WHAT:       Regional Plastic Surgery Center’s 25th Anniversary & Fall Beauty Event

WHEN:       Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TIME:          5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE:     Hyatt Regency North Dallas, 701 E. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75081


INJECTABLES | YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE

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There is no getting away from aging, but a facial filler also known in the world of cosmetics injectables can help us turn back time. With aging comes a lot of changes with the least favorite being a change in your skin. Just because you get older does not mean you have to look like it! There are steps that you can take to have you feeling young again!

Facial fillers or dermal fillers are also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers.” These facial fillers do just what their name suggests: they fill in the area under the skin, making it look smooth and young again. Fillers injected into the face can help improve your appearance in the following ways:

  • Contouring – Facial fillers can help you take control of your facial structure, allowing your to contour your jawline as well as other areas of your face.
  • Decrease Wrinkles – Facial fillers can help fill in your wrinkles and smooth down the fine lines and deep creases found in your face. Helps Scarring: Facial fillers can help you improve other imperfections you may notice on your face, like scars and sagging skin.
  • Lip and Cheek Plumping – Facial fillers are often injected to help your fill out your thin or wrinkled lips or plumping up your cheeks.

What materials are used?

If you are thinking of getting facial fillers, it is important that you realize they are not a permanent fix wrinkled skin. Most of the materials used for wrinkle fillers can only provide that “new skin smoothness” temporarily because your body eventually absorbs them. The smoothness effect provided by the facial fillers will last for about six months, possibly longer. Whether or not your results are successful depends largely on the health of your skin, how skilled your doctor is, and the type of filler that is used.

  • Collagen: Collagen is the main structural protein found in the connective tissues of animal bodies. It is the most abundant protein in mammals. Collagen is found in fibrous tissues like tendons, ligaments, skin, corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, guts, intervertebral disc, and dentin. Collagen for use as a facial filler can be extracted from many different sources. Collagen can come from pigs, cows, cadavers, or may be generated in a laboratory.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: This material is the most popular category of wrinkle fillers. These acids are viscous fluid carbohydrates that are present in your connective tissues, synovial fluid, and the humor of your eye. The aqueous humor in your eye is a transparent, watery fluid that is similar to plasma. It fills both the anterior and posterior chambers of your eye.

What are the risks involved in a facial filler injection?

As in any medical procedure, there are very real risks involved. That is why it is important for you to understand these risks and talk with your doctor about what type of facial filler is right for you. It is essential that you make sure your doctor is skilled in the application of facial fillers, with specific experience in this type of cosmetic procedure. The risks involved in an improperly performed facial filler procedure can include the following symptoms:

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Bruising
  • Infections
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Redness

You can return to work the day following your treatment. Depending on where you have had your filler injected, you may experience more or less swelling. Any time there is a needle placed in your skin, there is a risk of developing bruises. Avoid using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications the week before your treatment. You can expect to experience redness and swelling immediately after your injection for two or so days after your treatment. You may need 1-2 weeks to recover from any bruising and swelling and see the full result of your facial filler injection.
Dr. Jesse Smith is a Dallas, Fort Worth and Colleyville Texas Facial Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery within Head & Neck and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Smith has been named Top10MD 2014, 2015 & 2016 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Jesse Smith today to schedule your free consultation or call 817-503-2442.


A HAIRY SITUATION | HAIR LOSS TREATMENT & MORE

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If you are looking to slow the rate that your hair is thinning, or stimulate the growth of new hairs, there is a broad range of non-surgical hair restoration and hair loss treatment options available.

Many hair restoration products are designed to help you prevent hair loss and promote the regrowth of hairs that aren’t progressing as they should.  It can be overwhelming and difficult to predict which one of these products are effective, not to mention choosing the one that is right for you or your loved ones. Treatment products for hair loss range from hairpieces to special hair products to prescription medications. These are the main non-surgical hair loss treatment available:

  • Shampoos/Topical Products

    Products that contain Minoxidil, like Rogaine, have been approved by the FDA to help you regrow hair and slow your hair loss. However, it doesn’t work for everyone. You may be one of the people who benefit from Minoxidil products, but there is also a chance you will not experience any change in your hair loss. Your hair loss specialist may prescribe Minoxidil products because they believe it is worth trying before exploring more invasive and expensive treatments. Your physician/hair loss specialist may prescribe you with Retin-A (a treatment for skin conditions) in conjunction with a Minoxidil product to help increase the absorption of Minoxidil into your hair follicles.

  • Laser Hair Loss Treatments

    Low-level laser systems increase blood flow and nutrition to your hair follicles in an attempt to stimulate hair growth. You can achieve  enhanced results when your laser treatments are combined with products containing minoxidil.

  • Hair Replacement Pieces

    Full wigs, cap wigs, weaves, and integration hairpieces can conceal bald spots and hair thinning caused by hair loss. Hairpieces are constructed from a variety of materials that range from the highest quality human hair to cost-effective synthetics. New methods for attaching hairs to the hairpiece base allows for a more natural looking hairline and hair patterns. Always examine hairpieces in person before ordering.

How effective are these hair loss products?

Many marketers of hair restoration products like shampoos, lotions, and pills have made unverified claims about the effectiveness of their products. The only commercial hair loss treatments approved by the FDA are minoxidil and finasteride, and these have limited effectiveness. Consult with a reliable hair restoration specialist, one who is capable of suggesting products and treatments that are proven to work. Going to someone with experience in hair regrowth and hair loss will help to ensure you are being provided with the best results possible.

Dr. Jesse Smith is a Dallas, Fort Worth and Colleyville Texas Facial Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery within Head & Neck and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Smith has been named Top10MD 2014, 2015 & 2016 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Jesse Smith today to schedule your free consultation or call 817-503-2442.


FINDING A SURGEON, YOU TRUST | A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH

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Surgeries that some consider routine can still sometimes cause serious complications. No matter how straightforward you think your surgery might be, you still want to be in the absolute best surgical hands.

Today, your surgeon and hospital are especially important for procedures that are new or complex or even routine. You should be concerned and research but your surgeon and the hospital for that matter as most errors happen in a hospital setting according to John Hopkins report in May noting the third leading cause of death is medical errors. In your search for the best surgeon one indicator is how often your surgeon performs the procedure you’re seeking. For example, a study by researchers at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of people undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer found that annual death rates were nearly four times higher for those treated by surgeons who performed the fewest operations.

With that being said, how should you choose a surgeon, someone with whom you’ll be sharing some of your most personal information and entrusting with life-and-death decisions? Communication with your surgeon is essential.

Ask your prospective surgeon these questions before going under…

Are you board certified, and is your certification current?

  • Look for a surgeon who has the necessary board certification(s), necessary training, and has maintained their certification(s) in the specialty they are practicing.

Is this surgery necessary?

  • Avoiding surgery entirely is the only sure way to avoid a surgical complication; understanding the effectiveness of the surgery and having exhausted alternatives you then need to compare the results of your alternatives with the possible risks of the surgery. 

What are your success, failure, and complication rates?

  • Not all surgeons are willing to be upfront with this information, but a good surgeon will.

What is your experience with this surgery?

  • Ask your surgeon how many of these procedures he or she has performed and compare that number with other surgeons performing the same procedure. The best surgeon is not necessarily the busiest surgeon; it’s about avoiding the surgeon who has not performed the procedure as much or as often or as well.

What’s the hospital’s infection rate?

  • Seventeen states now make that information public, and many hospitals report their rates voluntarily. Kudos to them! After asking these questions and others relating to your needs, likes, and dislikes, do your homework and make your choice. Your final decision could be one of the most important you’ll make for you and your family.

To locate a Top10MD Surgeon you can trust visit Top10MD.com and schedule your appointment today.


THE KEYS TO YOUR ULTIMATE FACELIFT

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More than 125,000 facelifts were performed last year, and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the number of facelifts performed each year continues to increase. Facelifts remain popular for a good reason, the results can be amazing and can last for many years. Cosmetic surgery has come a long way over the years when it comes to face-lifts. The key to a good facelift is that you’re not supposed to really notice it. You’re just supposed to look in the mirror afterwards and think to yourself  “Wow! I never realized how wonderful I look!”

Keep in mind you are beautiful just the way you are, however if you are desiring a little bit of rejuvenation, always opt for a natural appearance without any obvious signs of having had a facelift procedure. The most natural facelift doesn’t look like the face has been pulled back too tight, but simply younger. The worst facelifts can appear obvious because of noticeable distortions of your facial features, a distorted smile, the corners of the mouth pulled too tight, or the face as a whole looking unnaturally taut. 

Although avoiding these tell-tell signs is not necessarily difficult, it does require an experienced and skilled surgeon with proven aesthetic judgement. Plastic surgeons are not routinely trained in facelift procedures, it is always best to choose a board certified surgeon with extra training and experience in facial surgery. In addition to a skilled surgeon, planning and open communication between the patient and surgeon is essential to gain the natural rejuvenated look you desire.

Here are 5 keys to the ultimate facelift:

  • Hidden Incisions. Incisions must be hidden so that there is no distortion of the hairline or earlobe.
  • Avoid the Windswept Look. The pull of the skin must be natural. This is achieved with an upwards skin shift, vertical in the face and at a 45° angle in the neck (backwards) behind the ear.
  • Cinching Facial Muscles. In order to improve the longevity of a facelift, tightening the deep muscle layer will relieve overall skin tension, which, if not attended to, may create an unnatural appearance of the skin.
  • High Attention to Detail. Precise “detail work”, such as closing incisions around the ear, is critical to eliminating the stigma of facelift incisions.
  • Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon. The experience and expertise of your surgeon are most critical when it comes to facelift surgery. Consider obtaining more than one opinion regarding your facelift, especially if there is any uncertainty about their specific recommendations, the rapport with your surgeon, or any red flags or concerns you may have regarding safety. Make sure you are confident that your surgeon understands your expectations and communicates the surgical plan effectively. Last of all, keep in mind communication and expectations are the most important ingredients to obtaining the best result from facelift surgery.

Dr. Ramsey Choucair, is a Dallas, Texas Plastic Surgeon, and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Choucair is a recognized expert in cosmetic surgery of the face. Dr. Choucair served on the faculty at the Harvard School of Medicine for seven years and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dr. Choucair is well known for his kind bedside manner and meticulous attention to detail.


WHAT MAKES A GREAT PLASTIC SURGEON?

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Plastic surgery is a big thing now. Everyone wants a thinner nose, bigger butt, and flatter tummy. Plastic surgery is expensive and should not be done by just anyone. You may go in expecting to have a body like J. Lo and come out looking like a no-no. You get what you pay for when it comes to plastic surgery. Cheaper is not always the way to go. There are a few different things you should pay attention to when it comes to plastic surgery. Hopefully after reading this blog, you can know what makes a great plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgery is extremely common. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, nearly 14 million people had plastic surgery in 2012. Plastic surgery does wonders for so many people. It can boost confidence and change lives. Now that plastic surgery is so common, people tend to look for the cheapest way to get what they want. You must be aware of the red flags. You may think you are saving money but in the end, you may pay double to repair the damage that is done.

What You Want In a Plastic Surgeon

Every plastic surgeon must have a medical degree. Anybody claiming to be a plastic surgeon without a degree should be reported. Run away as quickly as you can. Board certification is most imperative. A board certified plastic surgeon confirms that they completed training and know exactly what they are doing. When you get your medical degree, you are called a doctor, but it is not until you are trained that you get your specific title.

Experience is a Must

The more experience the surgeon has, the better off you are.  If you are getting plastic surgery, you do not want the doctor who is doing this for the first time. Don’t be the experimental patient. You should feel very comfortable with the doctor. If you ask a lot of questions, you can know better if the doctor has experience. If the doctor has trouble answering your questions, you may need to find a new one. It is okay to ask those tough questions that may make the doctor uncomfortable. Remember you are the customer. You cannot settle for terrible service.

Personality is Everything

You are allowing someone to either change or fix parts of your body that may bring feelings of insecurity. If you have had an injury and you are getting plastic surgery to fix a defect the injury caused, that is very personal. The physician must be able to connect with you emotionally. Your problems should not be a joke to them. A doctor that cannot make an emotional connection should be fired. The doctor should treat you the way they want to be treated if they were the patient. Ask yourself: Does he listen to you? Is there two-way communication? Is he open to complaints? Is his staff friendly? Is there a team approach? 

Professional at ALL Times

Every plastic surgeon should be very professional. They should take your request and give you the best advice they can. They should suggest things that they feel will suit you best. A professional doctor, contrary to popular belief, does not just give you everything you want. If you are a size 2, it is not in the doctor’s best judgment to give you a boob job and put F size cups in you. Professional doctors should be more concerned about your health, rather than money. Anytime a doctor is trying to suggest more and more procedures; that is a red flag. The more procedures you have, the more money they make.

Plastic surgeons should be board certified, knowledgeable, have a great personality and professional. Of all of these things you are looking for in a plastic surgeon, the board certification should be at the top of your list. It is not always about money. For the best work, you should find the best doctors. Plastic surgery is nothing to short-change. Plastic surgery can easily go from the greatest decision you ever made or the worst mistake of your life, just because you chose the wrong doctor. Use these tips to help you choose the right plastic surgeon for you.

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NO MORE DROOPING! EYELID LIFT SURGERY

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women choose procedures to improve the way they look. One of the most popular procedures is an eyelid lift. Droopy eyelids aren’t only a giveaway to your age but can also impair your vision. An eyelid lift, or Blepharoplasty, corrects these problems and removes puffiness and bags under the eyes that make you look tired and worn down. Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Burns informs us, “A Blepharoplasty will not alter dark circles, crow’s feet, or other wrinkles around the eyes, and it can’t lift your eyebrows. For this reason, I often will recommend a browlift, facelift, or a skin resurfacing procedure in combination for best aesthetic results.”

As you age, your skin slowly loses its elasticity. This lack of elasticity combined with the pull of gravity causes excessive skin to accumulate around the upper and lower eyelids. The extra skin on the upper eyelids can hang over the eyelashes and impair your vision. Excess skin on the lower eyelids causes excess wrinkles and bulges.

Ideal candidates are in overall good health and have realistic expectations for their desired results. Most candidates are at least 35-years old but those with a family history of droopy eyelids may need the procedure earlier.

Eyelids heal quickly after the procedure and scars are usually quite inconspicuous. The results from eyelid surgery can last up to seven years, although keep in mind your eyes will continue to age after the procedure. Your lower eyelid will most likely not need another procedure. If your upper eyelids begin to sag again, most surgeons will perform a forehead lift rather than another eyelid lift procedure.

Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence. However, it may not result in your ideal look or alter your facial structure. Before you decide to have surgery, think about your goals and discuss them with your board certified plastic surgeon.

Balance the desire to look one’s best with that pressure to look perfect.

Dr. John Burns is a Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burns is a member of the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns, click on his profile or call his office at 214-515-0002.  Dr. John Burns has been named Top10MD for four years. Top10MD is an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States.


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A FACELIFT CAN LIFT YOUR SELF-ESTEEM

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Every morning when you look in the mirror, you see a vital part of your identity, and what makes the first impression on strangers. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first places where the subtle signs of aging are detailed in fine lines and sagging skin. Dallas Plastic Surgeon Jesse Smith shares, “As we age our skin loses its elasticity, prominent cheekbones diminish, and muscular bands become more apparent.” This means each time we look in the mirror we begin to look more and more like our parents as the appearance of our youth fades. But you don’t have to accept this aging process with a shrug. You can be like the thousands of people who have reversed the visible effects of aging by undergoing a Facelift.

For most, a Facelift is more than simply a physical transformation. It can improve the way people feel about themselves. The next time you look in the mirror, imagine how a Facelift could help restore the look of your youth. Imagine your cheeks elevated, jowls tightened, folds flattened, and excess skin removed. Your appearance is not replaced, but a younger, more vibrant appearance is restored. A facelift isn’t a miracle maker. A Facelift won’t make a woman in her fifties look like a teenager, but it can make a face firmer, look many years younger, and lift your self-esteem.

What improves with a Facelift?

  • Self-esteem
  • Loose jowls
  • Excess skin removed
  • Youthful appearance to lower portion of the face

Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

The ideal patient for a Facelift will be in generally good health and within 20 pounds of their goal weight. They are looking to improve the sagging, aging skin on the lower face and neck. The procedure can benefit patients of any age, as well as both men and women. Those with a defined bony structure can usually see exceptional benefits from the procedure. Always discuss your desire with your board certified plastic surgeon so you can have reasonable expectations.

How long is the recovery from a Facelift?

Patients should expect their recovery after a Facelift to last two to three weeks. As with many procedures, bruising and swelling can be expected for the first several days after surgery. Patients normally feel well enough to return to work or school about two weeks after surgery. After this time, most are generally comfortable in their appearance, and ready to be out in public although final results may take longer to be fully appreciated.

Remember, Facelifts and facial rejuvenation surgery cannot completely restore the health and vitality of your youthful face, but the procedures will do a lot to make you look as good as you feel!

Dr. Jesse Smith is a Dallas, Fort Worth and Colleyville Texas Facial Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery within Head & Neck and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Smith has been named Top10MD 2014, 2015 & 2016 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with in the United States. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Jesse Smith today to schedule your free consultation or call 817-503-2442.


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