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Arm Lift Scar

Posted by administration on May 22, 2017

Arm_Lift.jpgIf you feel self-conscious about sagging skin on your upper arms, an arm lift, brachioplasty, may be an excellent solution for you. During this surgical body contouring procedure, excess hanging skin is trimmed from the arm.

Arm lift surgery may be a good option if you have recently lost a lot of weight after bariatric surgery or due to diet and exercise. It can also be an effective way to treat signs of aging in your upper arms.

An unavoidable side effect of arm lift surgery is scarring. While there is nothing that can be done to avoid arm lift scars, Dr. Serota will work carefully to conceal the scars as much as possible.

The size and location of an arm lift scar depends on the type of arm lift procedure and amount of skin removed. Dr. Serota will help you choose the right arm lift technique for you based on your cosmetic goals and the natural contours of your arms.

Upper Arm Lift: The traditional scar for an arm lift is located on the inner portion of the arm from the level of the elbow to the armpit, and sometimes extends down the side of the chest. A curved or z-shaped incision may be created during the procedure to minimize the appearance of scarring after healing.

Extended Brachioplasty: If you have severely lax skin, you may be a better candidate for an extended brachioplasty. In this surgery, the incision will stretch from the armpit and down along the side of the chest. This longer incision allows the maximum amount of skin to be removed.

Mini Arm Lift: This type of arm lift is best for patients who do not have a large amount of skin to be removed. In this procedure, the incision is much smaller. In most cases, the incision can be placed in the armpit, where the scar will be barely visible.

It takes quite a while for a scar to heal. During the first few months after an arm lift procedure, it is normal for the skin along the incision to appear bright red. The skin may also be raised. While the scar is healing, most patients conceal their scar. The location of the incision ensures that the scar should not be noticeable unless a patient has their arms raised. Patients can be confident that as the scar continues to heal, the appearance of it will become less noticeable.

If loose, upper arm skin is affecting your confidence, you may be an ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure. To learn more about arm lift surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Serota by contacting Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.

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Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

Posted by administration on May 22, 2017

Brazilian_Butt_LIft.jpgPatients in Denver who are unhappy with the appearance of their backside, whether due to size, shape or sagging skin, can enhance their figures with a Brazilian butt lift procedure. This procedure is often ideal for those who have lost weight and feel their buttocks lack shape or who simply wish to improve the appearance of their backsides. A Brazilian butt lift procedure enhances the size and shape of a patient's butt so that it better fits their figure and provides an attractive, prominent rear end.

This type of butt lift is very popular because it requires only small incisions. During Brazilian butt lift surgery, fat from areas of the body such as the back, abdomen, hips and thighs is removed through liposuction. During this process, Dr. Serota makes a small incision in the region with excess fat and inserts a small tube to dissolve fat deposits before gently extracting them.

After they are removed, the fat cells are purified and the best tissue is used for injection into the buttocks with tiny tubes at various depths for a natural look and feel. The number, depth and amount of injections will depend on your desired results and Dr. Serota’s recommendation. The final result is a rounder, fuller behind that looks natural because, unlike butt implants or synthetic fillers, it uses your own tissues. The procedure can usually be completed in about two hours.

Like most cosmetic surgery procedures, Brazilian butt lift can be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as abdominoplasty and breast augmentation as part of a more comprehensive body contouring plan. During a consultation in Denver, Dr. Serota can help you determine if you are a suitable candidate for a Brazilian butt lift procedure. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com

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What Is A Tummy Tuck?

Posted by administration on May 15, 2017

Are sit-ups just not giving you the tight, toned tummy you desire? If you've got excess skin in your abdomen that won't decrease with diet or exercise, you may want to consider an abdominoplasty, popularly referred to as a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens your abdomen by removing excess fat & skin and tightens separated muscles in the abdominal wall, creating a smoother and firmer silhouette.

Even individuals with a normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

The Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good overall general health. Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce excess skin. A tummy tuck is also an answer for men or women who have experienced significant weight loss and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

Who Should Not Consider a Tummy Tuck?

If you're a woman who is still planning to have children, then you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you're through bearing children. During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened and future pregnancies can separate these muscles. If you still plan to lose a significant amount of weight, you will want to wait on having a tummy tuck. It's important to note that a tummy tuck can cause prominent, permanent scarring. If this is something you don't want, you may want to reconsider. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through diet and exercise but sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. If you’re ready to address your mid-section issues, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Serota.

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Reconstructive vs. Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by administration on May 15, 2017

Reconstructive_vs_Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgFrequently, the terms “reconstructive surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are used to describe the same types of surgery. At times, there is great confusion as to what defines and separates these two very different categories of plastic surgery.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is used to improve function but also done to improve appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage can and will vary greatly. Common reconstructive surgeries include:

  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tissue Expansion

The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is to reshape parts of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective and not medically necessary. Cosmetic surgery includes the following types of procedures:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Arm Lift
  • Body Lift
  • Body Contouring after Weight Loss
  • Breast Lift
  • Brow Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermal fillers
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chin Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facial Implants
  • Facelift
  • Thigh Lift
  • Tummy Tuck

What defines reconstructive and cosmetic surgery isn’t so much the surgical procedure itself, but the purpose or desired goal of the procedure’s outcome. For instance, breast augmentation surgery can be purely aesthetic, to enhance the existing breasts; or it can be medical or reconstructive, to repair or reconstruct damaged or distorted breast tissue. Another example is rhinoplasty. A severely broken nose that needs surgery to fix and straighten will typically fall under reconstructive surgery. A nose that functions properly but needs to be straightened or needs to have a size change for a more attractive appearance would fall under cosmetic surgery.

For more information about reconstructive vs. cosmetic surgery, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com

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Different Types of Liposuction

Posted by administration on May 08, 2017

Liposuction.jpgLiposuction is a common and popular cosmetic procedure. It is used to remove and shape localized deposits of excess fat, improving body contour. Liposuction is performed through small punctures in the skin. A narrow cannula tube is then inserted into the incisions to suction away the fat, allowing precise contouring of desired areas. There are several different types of liposuction procedures and they vary depending on: the location of fat to be removed, the type of fat, the goals of the patient and the cosmetic surgeon's recommendation.

Tumescent Liposuction: Tumescent liposuction refers to liposuction done with injection of a solution that contains local anesthetic, eliminating the need for general anesthesia during the procedure. This process makes the area numb and makes contouring and shaping more accurate. The solution loosens and softens the fat, aiding in its removal.  

Ultrasonic Assisted Lipectomy: Ultrasonic assisted lipectomy (UAL) uses sound waves to liquefy fat, making it easier to suction out. This technique can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other liposuction treatments.

SmartLipo: SmartLipo is the least invasive type of liposuction. This technique emulsifies fat with laser energy while tightening tissue. SmartLipo can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other techniques. This technique is often preferred in patients with diminished skin elasticity since the heat energy used causes collagen fibers to retract, firming skin in the process.

Power-Assisted Liposuction: All liposuction uses negative pressure to remove fat. Using power-assisted liposuction (PAL), however, allows the removal of fat with far less trauma and more efficient contouring. A specialized device causes the liposuction cannula to gently vibrate back and forth, breaking apart the fat deposits for easier removal. Tumescent fluids are often used in conjunction with PAL for optimal patient comfort.

There are several liposuction options available, but no single option will be right for every patient. The best way to learn which of these techniques is ideal for your needs is through a one on one consultation with experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Serota at our office in Denver. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation today.

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