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Mommy Makeover Recovery Time

Posted by administration on February 28, 2017

Mommy_Makeover.jpgRecovery after any major surgery can be a challenge. Caring for yourself is hard to do as a mother, so it’s important to understand the mommy makeover recovery time before scheduling surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery is a combination of several different surgeries, all of which help mothers reclaim their bodies after childbirth and breastfeeding. When you have a consultation with Dr. Serota to plan your own mommy makeover in Denver, the procedures included will be tailored to your specific needs. Together, you and Dr. Serota will decide which procedures will work together the best to create the look you want to achieve. Some of the procedures typical to a mommy makeover include breast enhancements, usually a breast lift and/or breast augmentation; liposuction to remove excess fat from various locations; and a tummy tuck to tighten the skin and muscles of the abdomen. Other procedures for the rest of the body and even the face may be added to your surgery.

Of course, the specific duration of your mommy makeover recovery time will all depend on which procedures are included in your mommy makeover package. If you had a breast surgery, you will likely be fitted with a surgical bra that must be worn throughout your recovery. If you had a tummy tuck, you will be instructed to wear an abdominal binder to help control any swelling as well as to support the new contours of your waist. Additional compression garments will often be required to be worn where liposuction was performed.

In some cases, drains may be placed at the incision sites of your various surgeries to help collect any excess fluids. Your body will probably be swollen and bruised near the sites of your surgeries, you’ll likely be able to ease some of the discomfort with cold compresses and ice packs. Because of the swelling, you may not notice the difference your procedures have made to your new body at first. As the swelling and bruising subside, your new figure will emerge and you’ll fall in love with your firmer and more youthful-looking body.

Full recovery from a mommy makeover usually takes about six weeks, but may change slightly based on the procedures included in your package. To schedule a mommy makeover with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com today.

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Breast Surgery Aftercare – Part One

Posted by administration on February 28, 2017

Breast_Surgery.jpgFollowing breast surgery in Denver, patients are sent home with detailed breast surgery aftercare instructions based on the type of procedure performed. It is important that breast surgery aftercare instructions be followed carefully to ensure proper healing and the best possible results.

Before being released, you will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for the surgical sites
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical sites or in overall health
  • Emergency contact information
  • When to follow-up with Dr. Serota
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection

Initial healing from breast surgery may include some swelling and discomfort which may be controlled with proper medication, nutrition and resting. An elastic bandage or support bra should be worn for the first few weeks to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Any drains will be removed 1 – 2  days after surgery and you may shower 48 hours after your drains are removed. It is extremely important to keep the incision sites clean using gentle antibacterial soap and water. Within 10 days following surgery, all sutures will be removed.

Usually within a few days of surgery, a return to light activity is possible for those patients who feel ready. Many patients are often ready to return to work and resume normal activity at this time. Patients shouldn't, however, engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for approximately one month after surgery. Specifically, patients need to avoid lifting their arms above shoulder level or pulling and lifting heavy objects for5 – 6 weeks after surgery.

Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and breast shape and position settle. Patients should continue to follow Dr. Serota’s instructions and attend all follow-up visits. Remember that even if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort, your body is still healing and you may not have your usual amount of energy for a couple of weeks. Take it easy and gradually increase your level of activity until you are back to normal.

Breast Surgery Aftercare Part Two continued next week.

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Breast Lift Scars

Posted by administration on February 20, 2017

Breast_Lift.jpgIf you are considering breast lift surgery, you may be concerned about what type of scar you may be left with following the procedure. Breast lift surgery requires an incision to be made on the breast and these incisions will result in breast lift scars. In most cases, breast lift scars will eventually fade and the positive aesthetic outcome from the lifted breasts will far surpass the remnants of any scars.

Types of Breast Lift Scars

Breast lift scars come in all sizes and shapes, depending on the breast lift procedure chosen by Dr. Serota. The correct procedure for a woman’s needs is determined by the size, shape and condition of her breasts. The following are the most common breast lift procedures in Denver and information about the types of breast lifts scars to be expected:

Crescent breast lift is most commonly performed in conjunction with an augmentation procedure to raise the nipple to a higher anatomical position. The incision for this procedure is across the top border of the areola.

The Benelli technique uses a full incision around the outer border of the areola. This incision can be done in such a way as to leave only a thin line scar around the nipple, making it barely noticeable.

Vertical breast lift uses a full periareolar incision and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold. The breast is dissected down the middle to achieve tremendous lift effect. Scarring for this procedure will look like a lollipop; a thin line on the lower center of the breast and a full thin scar around the areola.

Full breast lift uses an anchor incision. This technique uses a similar pattern to the vertical technique, with the addition of a long horizontal inframammary incision along the natural breast fold.

For many patients, the benefits of breast lift surgery outweigh the possible scars that will result from the procedure. If you are ready to schedule a breast lift consultation with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com today. 

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Cosmetic Surgery Tax Refund

Posted by administration on February 20, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgIt’s that time of year again – the W2s are in and people are starting to file their tax returns. Some people dread this season, but tax time doesn't always have to be a downer. In fact, many people get hundreds or thousands of dollars as a refund. For those that are lucky enough to find themselves in this situation, it may be just the right time to get those cosmetic surgery treatments they've been dreaming of.

If you are looking for a way to spend your income tax return that will have a lasting impact on your quality of life, consider cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery can help you look and feel better and its long-lasting results mean that you can get years of positive impact from your investment.

Here are some popular cosmetic surgery options to consider:

Tummy tuck is a great procedure to consider if you are looking for something that gives great, long-lasting results. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat from your abdomen and tighten your abdominal muscles to restore a youthful shape to your tummy that is simply impossible with diet and exercise. With reasonable maintenance, the results from a tummy tuck are essentially permanent.

Liposuction is a procedure that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. The fat cells removed during liposuction can never come back; however, if the patient gains a significant amount of weight, then new fat cells can develop.

A facelift is another good procedure for people looking for long-term improvement that makes a huge impact on self-esteem and quality of life. A facelift can help restore your confidence and youthful energy for years to come.

Breast surgery offers several options including lift, reduction and augmentation. If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the size of your breasts, these breast surgery options can help you achieve a shape that enhances the contour of the body and boosts your self-confidence.

If you are considering using your tax refund to pay for cosmetic surgery, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule your consultation with Dr. Serota. No matter what your budget, Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver is ready to help you transform your look and help you feel more confident.

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Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

Posted by administration on February 12, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery_Consultation.jpgThe decision to have cosmetic surgery is very personal. If you are considering having cosmetic surgery to enhance your appearance, confidence and total outlook on life, the first step is to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation. Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to find out exactly what you want to know about your procedures of interest, your surgeon, medical care staff and the surgical facility. We suggest writing a list of questions to take with you to your consultation to ensure you cover everything. Dr. Serota in Denver understands that you have individual needs and desires and can customize your cosmetic surgery consultation to suit you.

What you can expect during your initial cosmetic surgery consultation:

  • You will need to provide us a brief, but complete, overview of your medical history
  • Discuss the procedure(s) you are interested in
  • There will be a brief physical examination focusing on your area(s) of concern
  • A detailed review of your procedure
  • An opportunity to explain what your goals and expectations are
  • An opportunity to see before and after photos from previous patient procedures
  • Develop a course of action and treatment plan with Dr. Serota
  • Discuss the cost of the chosen procedure(s) and financing options

Dr. Serota encourages you to discuss your concerns and desires freely. We want you to feel relaxed and completely comfortable with your consultation. Our goal is for you to leave the consultation feeling well-informed and confident in your decision. Once you and Dr. Serota have decided on a surgical plan, it will be time to schedule your surgery date and pre-op appointments.

If you would like more information about cosmetic surgical procedures in Denver, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule your consultation.

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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.