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Is Plastic Surgery Needed After Weight Loss?

Posted by administration on April 06, 2017

Weight_Loss_and_Plastic_Surgery.jpgWeight loss can cause a dramatic transformation in a person’s life. Not only do you feel healthier, you actually are healthier, lowering your risk for chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Weight loss can have many benefits. However, saggy excess skin can be one of the downsides of significant weight loss. After any substantial amount of weight loss due to bariatric surgery and/or life style changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size. Excess skin folds may be found on the chest, back, abdomen, arms, legs and even the face. These skin folds diminish the improvement in body shape after weight loss, cause irritation within the skin folds and make it difficult to find any clothes that fit. Plastic surgery can remove the extra skin and improve the shape and tone of tissue in these areas.

There are several types of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to help you attain a trimmer, firmer shape following weight loss including:

  • Body contouring, also known as body lift surgery
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Breast lift (reduction and augmentation options available)
  • Arm lift

It’s important when considering plastic surgery after weight loss that you are at a stable weight. Surgery candidates who have had gastric bypass, Lap Band or other gastric restrictive procedures should wait at least one year after weight loss surgery so that any health problems associated with obesity have had time to improve.

Surgery to remove excess skin can yield dramatic and gratifying results. Shape can be improved, clothes can fit better and overall confidence can be enhanced. If you would like more information about plastic surgery after weight loss, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota.

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Breast Lift Incision

Posted by administration on April 06, 2017

Breast_Lift_Incisions.jpgOver time, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. If you are considering having breast lift surgery in Denver, it’s important to understand the options available to you. There are several different incision patterns and techniques used in breast lift surgery, each of which is suited to each different patient and their desired results. Some of these techniques have been in use for a long time, while others are somewhat new.

Anchor: This incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and then horizontally along the breast crease. This technique produces the most scarring. It is suitable for women with a severe degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by other less invasive techniques. This incision is the oldest technique and is often used for a breast lift in conjunction with a breast reduction.

Lollipop: This breast lift incision is made around the perimeter of the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease – also known as a keyhole incision. This technique is suitable for women with a moderate degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by the peri-areolar technique (below) and who do not wish to have breast implants inserted.

Donut: This incision is made around the perimeter of the areola only which is why this technique is technically referred to as the peri-areolar incision; also called a Benelli lift (so named for the surgeon who pioneered the technique). This technique is suitable for women with a mild to moderate degree of sagging, although when used by a skilled surgeon in conjunction with the placement of implants, it can produce a satisfactory result for patients with more pronounced sagging.

Crescent: Although not as commonly used as the above techniques, this incision is made just along the upper half of the areola. A crescent-shaped piece of skin is removed above that line and the surrounding skin is reattached to the areola. This type of lift is usually done in conjunction with breast augmentation and is suitable only for women with a very small degree of sagging. It cannot accomplish the same amount of lifting as the previously mentioned breast lift incision techniques.

A breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. If you’re ready to discuss breast lift options with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation. 

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Cosmetic Surgery Financing

Posted by administration on March 30, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery_Financing.jpgMillions of cosmetic surgery procedures are performed each year. Cosmetic surgery can be quite expensive, but the cost can be made significantly more manageable with the availability of cosmetic surgery financing. If you are considering cosmetic surgery it’s important to know what payment and financing options you have, since medical insurance providers will typically not cover cosmetic procedures.

For patients who cannot pay for their procedures in cash, cosmetic surgery financing can be a great option. There are a variety of cosmetic surgery financing plans available to help you manage the costs associated with your procedure at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver.

Cosmetic surgery financing is available for a variety of procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift, nose surgery, tummy tuck and many more. There are many financing companies which offer flexible, low-interest monthly payment plans for these procedures. The application process has become relatively simple and hassle-free, and you may be eligible regardless of your financial situation.

When considering cosmetic surgery financing, be realistic about what you can afford. Research your loan options and terms of financing, always read the fine print before signing an agreement and be diligent about making your payments.

If finances are making it difficult for you to realize your dreams of cosmetic surgery, understand that you do have choices. Many patients find that their aesthetic goals are within reach with cosmetic surgery financing. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to discuss your cosmetic surgery financing options. 

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Breast Surgery and Breastfeeding

Posted by administration on March 30, 2017

Breast_Surgery.jpgMany women who are considering breast surgery are concerned about how surgery might affect their ability to breastfeed a child. The variability in the ability to breastfeed is extremely diverse and dependent upon many factors, including the type of breast surgery a woman has had, her health and course of pregnancy affects such as hormones, medication, mother’s tate of mind, attitude, motivation and environment. Breastfeeding ability can never be guaranteed after any surgical procedure on the breast. Many women, who have no history of breast surgery, have difficulty breastfeeding for various reasons. Problems such as sore nipples, painful engorged breasts, leaking milk, mastitis and failure to latch on by the infant can occur to women with or without breast surgery.

In order to understand how breast surgery may affect breastfeeding, it is important to first understand the anatomy of the breast. Each breast has 4-18 ducts that produce milk and drain into the nipple. Most of the milk producing tissue lies within 3 centimeters of the areola of the breast.

If future breastfeeding is a consideration to the patient, the surgical plan should minimize damage to milk ducts and the nerves to the breast. With an areolar border incision, some of the breast ducts at the lower portion of the areola may be cut. However, in the majority of women, the remaining ducts are sufficient to produce enough milk to feed an infant. Regardless, if a woman wants to ensure breastfeeding, Dr. Serota recommends an incision under the breast fold or away from the nipple. Many patients are able to successfully breastfeed following breast lift and breast reduction procedures with or without implants.

A woman who has had surgery to treat breast cancer and who is planning to become pregnant and then breastfeed should discuss possible problems with her cancer specialist (oncologist). Depending on the type of cancer and the kind of treatment she had, she may still be able to breastfeed.

For more information about breast surgery and breastfeeding, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com

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Weight Loss After Plastic Surgery

Posted by administration on March 23, 2017

Weight_Loss.jpgCosmetic plastic surgery can be a great way to improve your physical appearance and change the way you feel. Before making the decision to have plastic surgery in Denver, it is important to make sure that you are both mentally and physically prepared. Weight loss after plastic surgery can alter the outcome of certain cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. If you are considering a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or similar procedure but plan to lose weight following surgery, it is best to reach your desired weight before scheduling your operation.

While a few pounds of weight loss after plastic surgery won’t be incredibly noticeable, significant weight loss can greatly alter your silhouette. It’s generally a good idea to avoid gaining or losing any more than 10% of your body weight. Losing or gaining more than this amount can stretch or loosen the skin and can cause sagging.

For patients who have had breast implant surgery, losing a significant amount of weight after the procedure may cause the breasts to appear much larger in proportion to the rest of the body. Some patients often undergo a breast reduction and need a breast lift following significant weight loss after breast implant surgery.

Ideal weight and any subsequent efforts to lose weight is a personal decision. Some patients are happier with their natural curves than others. Successful cosmetic surgery of any kind centers around what is best for each individual patient. If you’re considering plastic surgery in Denver and would like to discuss your options with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.  

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