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Cosmetic Surgery Risks – Part One

Posted by administration on June 26, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgFor many people, going under the knife can be a scary consideration. If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, it is important to be aware of both the benefits and the risks. Here are some of the most common cosmetic surgery risks:

Hematoma: Hematoma is a pocket of blood outside of a blood vessel that resembles a large, painful bruise. Hematoma is a risk in nearly all surgeries, and treatment sometimes includes additional operations to drain the blood.

Nerve Damage: In some cases, nerves may be damaged or severed during a surgical procedure. Numbness and tingling are common after plastic surgery and can be signs of nerve damage. Most women experience a change in sensitivity following breast surgery and some permanently lose nipple sensation.

Infection: Though postoperative care includes steps to reduce the risk of infection, it remains one of the more common complications of plastic surgery. In breast surgeries, for instance, cellulitis (a skin infection) occurs in 2-4 percent of patients. In some cases, infections can be internal and severe, requiring IV antibiotics.

Blood Clot: A blood clot is a common risk of cosmetic surgery. The most common type is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a clot that develops in the leg. Most DVTs require medical attention but are not life-threatening unless the clot begins to move through the veins toward the heart and lungs. A clot that moves to the lungs is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. When these clots break off and travel to the lungs, it’s known as pulmonary embolism (PE). Though relatively uncommon, these complications can be fatal.

Scarring: Surgery typically results in some scarring. Since cosmetic surgery seeks to improve the way you look, scars can be particularly troubling. Hypertrophic scarring, for instance, is an abnormally red and thick raised scar that occurs after 2-5 percent of breast augmentation procedures.

Cosmetic Surgery Risks to be continued…

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Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Posted by administration on June 26, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgIt is a well-known fact that cosmetic plastic surgery can completely change a person's physical appearance as well as improve their self-esteem. There are a variety of plastic surgery procedures available to choose from, and the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures chosen seem to be:

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is by far the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Breast augmentation involves the insertion of breast implants into the breast mounds to add volume and enhance shape. Women opt for breast enhancement surgery for a variety of reasons. For example, some wish to increase the size of naturally small breasts, while others seek to correct disproportionate breasts or repair breasts following mastectomy or trauma to the chest.

Rhinoplasty

Changing the shape of the nose can significantly transform your facial expression. For this reason, rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgical procedures chosen by both men and women. Not everyone is born with a perfectly proportionate nose and this type of procedure can help achieve the nose that suits your face shape. Rhinoplasty can help reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. Rhinoplasty can also correct functional issues with the nose such as breathing problems.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that uses suction to remove pockets of stubborn fat. Liposuction is typically used on "problem" areas that have not responded well to diet and exercise. These areas are often on the outer thighs and hips on women and the waist and back on men.

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Having droopy eyelids can affect your vision as well as create a more aged look and blepharoplasty can solve these problems. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

Abdominoplasty

This popular procedure, also known as a tummy tuck, flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good overall general health.

If you are interested in one of these popular cosmetic surgery procedures or any other procedure in Location, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a surgery consultation with Dr. Serota

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Breast Augmentation Pros and Cons

Posted by administration on June 19, 2017

Breast_Augmentation.jpgBreast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Millions of women have received implants and enjoyed the benefits they offer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the procedure is right for everybody. If you’re considering breast augmentation, it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons first.

Breast Augmentation Benefits

A breast augmentation can be a great way to create a curvier look that accentuates your figure, and the benefits aren’t just limited to appearance:

  • Breast implants add volume that helps fill out clothing better and create more cleavage
  • Enhancement of your natural curves can create a shape that is flattering and proportionate to the rest of your body, particularly for pear-shaped women who’d prefer to become an hourglass shape instead
  • Boost your self-confidence by feeling more self-assured both in and out of clothing

Breast Implant Drawbacks

Despite the many advantages to your figure that breast implants can provide, there are drawbacks that should be considered as well:

  • Improperly sized implants or poorly performed breast augmentation can give your breasts a “fake” appearance
  • The texture and feeling of your breasts may change, especially if using saline implants
  • As with any cosmetic surgery, there’s a risk that you may not feel as happy with the outcome as you’d hoped
  • Breast augmentation, like any surgery, will leave some scars

Finally, you should consider how implants will change your life for the better or worse. Of course, you can always change your mind in the future and have your implants removed or revised, so your choice is not permanent. Just do not rush the process, take your time to make an educated decision.

In the right hands, breast augmentation should be custom-tailored to your needs, with results that feel natural and meet your personal appearance goals. In Location, Dr. Serota can help you weigh the pros and cons of breast augmentation. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a breast augmentation consultation today. 

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Body Contouring for Men

Posted by administration on June 19, 2017

Body_Contouring.jpgStatistics show that women typically have more cosmetic procedures than men. However, many men turn to cosmetic surgery to help them improve their appearance. Body contouring can help both men and women lose the last bit of fat that they can't quite work off at the gym.

Body contouring refers to a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments that help remove pockets of excess fat to create a more aesthetically-pleasing body shape. This can mean removing excess abdominal fat, reducing a double chin, and shrinking love handles, among other procedures.

Many patients seek body contouring procedures to complete the weight loss process and achieve a smooth, toned appearance that they will be proud to show off. Body contouring procedures often target stubborn fat problem areas such as the:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Arms
  • Face

It’s important to note that body contouring isn’t just about fat removal, but about creating better-accentuated transitions between various parts of the body. For example, for male patients, reducing abdominal and flank fat can create greater contrast between the abdomen and the shoulders, thus achieving a more athletic, masculine look.

To achieve these results, Dr. Serota in Denver can perform a variety of body contouring treatments, including:

Liposuction, which is the physical removal of fat from the area through a cannula.

Liposonix, a non-invasive treatment that destroys fat cells with ultrasound waves.

CoolSculpting, a popular treatment that freezes fat cells.

SmartLipo, a liposuction procedure that offers skin tightening benefits as well as fat removal.

Multiple procedures may be needed in order to achieve desired results and to reduce the trauma of treating several different body areas at once. Dr. Serota will develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals for surgery.

Body contouring procedures are generally considered safe, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Serota. It is important for patients to be in good overall health, at a stable weight, and to maintain realistic expectations for surgery.

To find out if body contouring is a good option for you, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation today. 

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Does Insurance Cover Breast Revision Surgery?

Posted by administration on June 12, 2017

Breast_Revision_Surgery.jpgBreast revision surgery is a procedure or combination of procedures performed to improve or correct an unsatisfactory outcome of a previous breast surgery. This may be due to age-related changes in the body affecting surgical results, having your body respond in an unexpected way during the healing process or simply wanting a fresh look.

Breast revision surgery can resolve a number of issues related to a former surgery, including problems with implant placement or uneven breasts (asymmetry), improving the appearance of scars, removing excess scar tissue around the implants (capsular contracture), and addressing implant replacement, removal or adjustment. The goal of breast revision surgery is to give you beautiful, natural looking results, regardless of your reasons for needing revision surgery in the first place.

A concern among patients who are interested in breast revision surgery is if insurance will cover the procedure. Health insurance companies will often cover breast revision surgery, particularly if it is associated with:

  • Firm breast implants or capsular contracture
  • Uneven breasts
  • Ruptured breast implants
  • Breast deformities after surgery
  • Poor scars
  • Recurrent breast enlargement after breast reduction
  • Wound healing issues

If you have had a previous breast procedure and are unhappy with the results, you may be a candidate for breast revision. The ideal candidates should be in good health both physically and mentally, and maintain realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure. Every woman’s needs are different and there is not a single approach toward breast revision surgery. In Denver, Dr. Serota is focused on delivering the best results to each patient based on their personal appearance goals and concerns.

We encourage you to contact our office for verification of your insurance coverage of your revision procedure. We also offer several financing options for patients whose procedure is not covered by insurance. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to learn more about breast revision surgery or to schedule a surgery consultation with Dr. Serota. 

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