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Chin and Neck Liposuction

Posted by administration on February 06, 2017

Chin_and_Neck_Liposuction.jpgA nice profile with a defined jawline is the desirable look for most people. Unfortunately, many of us are born with just a little extra fat under their chin. There is also a tendency to develop excess fat in the neck as we age. Liposuction is commonly used to remove subcutaneous fat from the chin and neck areas and better contour them to the patient’s desired image.

Liposuction of the chin and neck is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to contour the neckline and remove excess fat from the area below the chin. Chin and neck liposuction aims at improving the aesthetic appearance by:

  • Removal of excess fatty tissue from the chin and neck
  • Refinement of the jawline
  • Improvement of neck line definition and silhouette

Liposuction is a safe and effective technique for removing fat from the chin, cheeks and jowls. When compared to a facelift, liposuction involves fewer complications, fewer scars, avoids the dangers of general anesthesia, has a more rapid recovery, lower costs and typically gives a more natural appearance.

During your consultation in Denver, Dr. Serota will examine your chin and neck, discuss your goals for cosmetic surgery and then determine if liposuction of these areas is a good fit for you.

This outpatient procedure usually takes between 30-60 minutes to complete. Recovery is generally mild. You may experience a little pain, swelling and bruising which typically last a few days to a week. It's recommended that you take a few days off to rest and recover at home.

If you are concerned about excessive fat or fullness along the chin, neck or jawline, you may be a candidate for chin and neck liposuction. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation to see if this procedure is right for you.

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Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery

Posted by administration on February 06, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgMany people assume that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same practice, but this is not technically correct. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same. Let's take a look at cosmetic surgery vs. plastic surgery:

Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing Appearance

Cosmetic surgery is a unique practice of medicine focused on enhancing a patient's appearance through surgical techniques. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry and proportion are the key goals. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective. Cosmetic surgery is practiced by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgeons.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Include:

  • Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin and Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Filler Treatments

Plastic Surgery: Focused on Repairing Defects or Reconstruction

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery Procedure Examples:

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

While both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery deal with improving a patient’s body, the fundamental principles guiding the training, research and goals for patient outcomes are different. If you are interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure in Location, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation with experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Serota.

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Thigh Lift Scars

Posted by administration on January 30, 2017

Thigh_Lift_Scars.jpgFor many people, the upper portion of the legs can be a problematic area of the body. Fat cells, cellulite and excess skin can accumulate on the thighs, making people look heavier, older and less fit than they actually are. Sagging skin on the thighs can also make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Even with vigorous exercise and a healthy diet, the thigh area can be difficult or even impossible to tone and refine.

Fortunately, cosmetic surgery in Denver offers a solution to this problem area in the form of thigh lift surgery. A thigh lift is an excellent way to achieve firmer and more attractive upper legs. There are multiple techniques available to plastic surgeons which allow them to customize the thigh lift procedure to the precise needs of each individual patient. Dr. Serota will work with you to create a personalized surgical plan that suits your unique needs and goals so you can enjoy sexier legs.

Thigh lift scars are likely to occur with this surgical procedure. However, Dr. Serota attempts to position these scars to be as inconspicuous as possible. Many patients are unable to see their own scars and they are not noticeable unless they are being looked for specifically. The location of any thigh lift scar is dependent on the type of thigh lift procedure completed.

Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift: The incisions are made in the groin area and any excess fat and skin are removed along the inner portion of the thigh. For patients requiring more substantial removal of excess skin, an incision may also be made along the inner thigh.

Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift: Depending on the requirements of a lateral thigh lift, the incisions will extend from the groin, around the hip, and possibly a buttock fold incision will be included. Incisions are more extensive than for a medial thigh lift.

If you are looking to achieve a firmer, smoother, more proportionate shape, a thigh lift may be right for you. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a surgery consultation. 

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Upper Eyelid Surgery

Posted by administration on January 24, 2017

Upper_Eyelid_Surgery.jpgOne of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging is the area around the eyes. As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. Under-eye bags and sagging upper eyelids that come with age can be corrected through cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. This relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure can refresh the appearance of the face and leave it looking years younger.

Upper eyelid surgery, sometimes called an eye lift, dramatically improves the appearance of tired, droopy eyes. During upper eyelid surgery in Denver, incision lines are made in the natural creases of the upper lids so any resulting scarring is hidden. Dr. Serota trims away any excess skin that is obstructing vision or contributing to a droopy or tired appearance. In some cases, the muscles are repositioned as well. Then, the remaining skin is lifted and reattached for a more youthful look. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.

The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to leave the patient looking refreshed. While the fat deposits, loose skin and drooping of the eyelids typically occur because of age, this wonderful procedure can reverse the effects of time to restore a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

You may want to consider upper eyelid surgery if you experience any of the following:

  • Excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes
  • If your upper eyelids appear puffy, making your eyes look tired and aged
  • If you have deep grooves under your eyes

The best candidates for upper eyelid surgery are those in good general health who have a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the procedure. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to learn more about upper eyelid surgery or any procedure we offer in Denver or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota.

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Arm Lift

Posted by administration on January 24, 2017

Arm_Lift.jpgAn arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess hanging skin and tightens, smooths and reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the elbow to the armpit. By addressing excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues, an arm lift can enhance and reshape your arms, offering a more toned appearance.

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver, Dr. Serota offers arm lift surgery to patients wanting to improve droopy, sagging arms from weight loss, natural aging and heredity.

In general, arm lift candidates include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

To perform the arm lift surgery, Dr. Serota makes incisions on the inside or back of your arm. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow, depending on the amount of excess skin.

Arm Lift Surgery Results

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely be swelling and bruising during the recovery period. The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness in your arms, but most of your improvement from surgery should be relatively permanent.

Many patients who have an arm lift may also consider other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, thigh lift or body lift. For more information about arm lift surgery or any other procedure we offer, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Serota. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com today to set up an appointment.

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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.