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What Do Cosmetic Surgeons Do?

Posted by administration on May 08, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgeons.jpgCosmetic surgeons perform detailed and complex cosmetic plastic surgeries to help patients with enhancements they wish to make to their appearance. Plastic surgery is broken into two categories: cosmetic and reconstructive. The practice of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery goes back thousands of years. Today, modern cosmetic surgeons have access to much more sophisticated equipment and procedures which can be used to address a broad range of aesthetic concerns.

Due to the sensitive and delicate nature of these surgeries, there is a high level of education required before entering the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. To become a cosmetic surgeon, a doctor must typically complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, then a four-year doctoral degree, and finally a residency in plastic surgery which can last five to seven years, with optional additional training for subspecialties.

When a potential patient contacts a cosmetic surgeon to inquire about a cosmetic procedure, the surgeon meets and consults with the patient to discuss the procedure the patient wants. During the consultation, the surgeon will determine whether or not the patient is a good candidate, discuss the risks of the procedure, and talk with the patient about the available options. Once the surgeon and patient have reached an agreement on the procedure, an appointment for the surgery can be scheduled.

Cosmetic surgeons work with patients under full general anesthesia, sedated patients and patients with local anesthesia, depending on the nature of the procedure. They are usually assisted by surgical nurses and anesthesiologists who make the surgical procedures run as smoothly as possible. Some examples of procedures a cosmetic surgeon can perform include: breast augmentation, abdominal sculpting, liposuction, tummy tucks and facelifts.

The most important things that cosmetic surgeons do is help their patients achieve a desired look, boosting self-esteem and quality of life. To find out what cosmetic surgeon Dr. Serota can do for you, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.  

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Breast Implant Size

Posted by administration on May 01, 2017

Breast_Implants.jpgOne of the most important decisions to be made when considering a breast augmentation is what breast implant size to choose. There are many factors to consider when selecting breast implant size. It is important to remember that everyone’s body is different, so the same size implant will look different on various body shapes and sizes. When selecting the appropriate size, factors such as anatomy, physique, breast tissue and breast disposition are considered.

With the latest advances in materials, there are a multitude of options that can help to create the most flattering, natural-looking results possible while providing enhanced volume and form. In Denver, experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Serota, offers numerous implant styles, and can help you choose the best implant size based on your anatomic needs and aesthetic goals.

Although bra cups are sized A, B, C and up, breast implants are not. Breast implant sizes are measured by cubic centimeters, r cc for short. Cubic centimeters are the metric volume measurement used to define the capacity of a breast implant. Many patients make the common mistake of thinking that a certain size translates the same way for all people. For example, if a patient’s friend got a 350cc implant, and they think their friend’s breasts look too large, that same volume might not necessarily look too large on them. Similarly, if they like the way a friend’s implants turned out, the same size and shape may not be the right fit for them.

Breast implants come in two materials: saline and silicone. Both styles may be available in a wide range of round and shaped models (such as teardrop), as well as smooth and textured kinds. Each implant has benefits and drawbacks, and what works for your body type and lifestyle may not suit someone else, and vice versa. Silicone typically offers a more natural look and feel; however, saline is a substance naturally produced by the body, which some patients particularly desire.

To learn more about breast implant options in Denver, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota. 

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Tummy Tuck Recovery Time Part Two

Posted by administration on May 01, 2017

Tummy_Tuck.jpgWeek 2 of Recovery: It is normal to still have swelling in the abdominal area. Pain, bruising and tightness should have significantly lessened by the second week. Massage of the abdominal area during the second week can help with healing. The compression garment should still be worn at all times, other than when showering and laundering.

Although you may be feeling better around this time, it is important to still take it easy when it comes to activity. Avoid driving, exercise, lifting anything and housework. Most people feel ready to go back to work (and most of their routines) about 10 to 14 days post-surgery.

Week 3 and 4 of Recovery: At this stage of recovery, light exercise is usually safe. However, major exercise – especially exercise that impacts the abdomen – should still be avoided for another couple of weeks. Sit-ups and weight training are usually permitted at the six-week mark, but make sure to get Dr. Serota’s approval before doing so.

You can switch to a medium compression garment at this point - such as Spanx. Continue to wear the medium compression garment for a full 4 to 6 weeks’ post-surgery.

Full Recovery: It may take between three and six months for full tummy tuck results to be realized. At this point you can begin to really enjoy your new, flat midsection! In order to maintain long term results, a healthy diet and exercise routine is highly recommended.

For more information about tummy tuck recovery or to schedule a surgery consultation with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery Time Part One

Posted by administration on April 24, 2017

Tummy_Tuck.jpgA tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty, is an excellent option for anyone who can’t achieve the flat tummy they want through diet and exercise. Many people have excess skin after having a baby or significant weight loss, and a tummy tuck is the ideal (and only) way to remove that skin. This surgery can also remove lingering fat and create a whole new midsection. Since a tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure, it does require a considerable recovery time. While the recovery can vary by patient, the information below applies to the majority of tummy tuck patients in Denver. Here is what you can expect regarding tummy tuck recovery time.

Week 1 of Recovery:

It is normal to feel some pain, swelling and bruising in the abdominal area for the first week following tummy tuck surgery. Patients may also feel a sense of unusual tightness. Dr. Serota will prescribe pain medication as needed.

Tubes or drains are often used to help remove any excess fluid or blood after your procedure. Your incision will be covered in dressings and bandages. Bandages will have some degree of fluid and blood on them, but it should not be excessive. Bandages can be changed every other day after the incision area is gently cleaned. You may also be asked to wear a support garment around your abdomen to minimize swelling and support your newly tightened tummy during the healing process. This compression garment should be worn constantly during the first week, other than when showering or laundering.

You should avoid any straining, bending or lifting after your tummy tuck surgery, especially in the early recovery period. Based on the degree of muscle tightening and skin removal from your tummy tuck, you will not be able to stand straight up for about the first week after surgery. You must walk in a bent-over position until you have started to heal and it is no longer uncomfortable to straighten up.

It is important that you get up and walk as soon as you can (even if you are bent over). Walking helps improve circulation, which decreases any tummy tuck risk that may develop, such as potential blood clots.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Part Two Continued…

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Why is it Called Plastic Surgery?

Posted by administration on April 17, 2017

Many people are confused by the term plastic surgery which is often used interchangeably with the term cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgery is a broad surgery specialty that requires a minimum 5-year residency program after finishing medical school. Plastic surgery can be divided into the categories of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, each of these having their own subspecialties. The word plastic comes from the Greek word ‘plastikos’ which means ‘to mold’ because general plastic surgery involves moving and manipulating tissue to suit a specific purpose.  

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgThe first descriptions of plastic surgery date back as early as the 6th century. One example is a forehead flap for nasal reconstruction which was primarily used at the time to restore the appearance of people who had their noses cut off as punishment for various crimes. This procedure involved taking skin from the forehead and elevating it off of the underlying muscle and skull and rotating it down to reconstruct the nose. Although this form of punishment is no longer in practice, this flap technique is still commonly used for people who have lost part or all of their nose as a result of cancer or trauma.

Modern plastic surgery began as a solution to devastating physical injuries in the first world war. The massive trauma that had not been experienced in previous conflicts required innovative solutions to repair them. Techniques such as skin grafts (the movement of tissue from one location to another while maintaining its original blood supply) were pioneered during this time. These techniques were further refined during World War II when once again surgeons were inundated with soldiers suffering from devastating injuries.

Once surgeons realized they could manipulate tissues to reconstruct devastating injures and restore a "normal" appearance, attention turned to manipulating tissue to take a "normal" appearing person and improve upon this to achieve a more "perfect" appearance, giving birth to cosmetic surgery. Early cosmetic procedures were very expensive and secretive and usually reserved for the ultra-rich and Hollywood stars. Today, cosmetic plastic surgery is available to a broad range of people who want to improve their looks for various reasons.

Plastic surgery has come a long way. Whether focusing on reconstructive procedures such as cleft palate repair or rebuilding breasts after breast cancer, or cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement or a nose job, they fall under the main umbrella of plastic surgery, with the goal of restoration, reconstruction or alteration of the body.

If you are interested in plastic surgery in Denver, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to learn about the various procedures available.  

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To find out more about our cosmetic procedures please contact us or take our online cosmetic self evaluation to find out what procedures might be best for you. To schedule your personal consultation with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Aurora, Colorado call 303-367-9000.