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Let March Madness Take You Back to College Days

Posted by administration on March 15, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgMarch Madness begins March 14! Whether you plan to root for your college alma mater in the NCAA tournament or just love any kind of college basketball, you are bound to see exciting wins and devastating upsets. While you are watching the action, you may find yourself reminiscing about your footloose and fancy-free college days…the days before kids, work, mortgages and other life situations…the days before ‘life’ had a chance to make its mark on your youthful, smooth, radiant skin.

Life is good, and life experiences can make you wiser and more tolerant. Unfortunately, ‘life’ can also leave you looking older or more tired than you actually are due to aging, genetics, sun exposure, environmental factors and more. At Client, we help patients achieve facial rejuvenation in Location through a variety of surgical techniques, including:

Make a fast break to improve your appearance and feel as carefree as you did back in college. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a free Cosmetic Consultation in Denver. 

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Travel After Breast Augmentation

Posted by administration on March 07, 2017

Breast_Augmentation.jpgMost patients want to know how soon they can resume activities after breast augmentation. If you’re planning a trip shortly after your surgery in Location, or if you’ve traveled for the surgery itself, it’s important to discuss your travel plans with Dr. Serota during your surgery consultation.

Travel after breast augmentation can be perfectly safe if you follow Dr. Serota’s advice. A general guideline for travel would be about a week after your surgery, following your first post-operative exam. Here are some general guidelines for travel after breast augmentation surgery:

Many of the normal activities usually associated with airplane travel can potentially create post-surgical complications. Rapid walking or running to catch a flight, or pulling or lifting heavy luggage, could cause post-operative bleeding, as could any action that increases the heart rate or elevates the blood pressure. Because you do a lot of sitting during a flight, your risk of developing a blood clot is increased, so move around, walk through the cabin if possible, during the flight. Air travelers tend to become dehydrated because of the dry air in the cabin, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

Be cautious of other travelers. Airports and train stations can be very busy and hectic. No one except you will know that you’ve just had surgery, and they won’t be paying any more attention to you than they normally would. Getting bumped in the chest by an accidental elbow or backpack could cause damage or discomfort.

Choose an appropriate destination. Consider how much effort you’ll have to put forth to reach your destination. If traveling soon after your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll want to make travel plans that will ensure you don’t over exert yourself. Avoid adventurous plans such as hiking, backpacking or scuba diving. Although a beach vacation sounds relaxing, be cautious of the amount of time spent in hot weather or laying in the sun right after surgery. Heat and sunshine may lead to unnecessary swelling and discomfort, and can extend your recovery period.

If you would like more information about travel after breast augmentation, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.

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Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

Posted by administration on March 07, 2017

Male_Breast_Reduction_Surgery.jpgThe enlargement of a man’s breasts is a condition known as gynecomastia. About 50% of men – and even some teenage boys – suffer from enlarged breasts. For teens who experience enlarged breasts, most of the time it is because of changing hormone levels, and in about 90% of these cases, the enlarged breasts will resolve on their own. However, for adult men this is not the case.

Thankfully, enlarged breasts may be corrected or improved through male breast reduction surgery. Because it's major surgery, patients should know the benefits, potential complications and what's involved in male breast reduction surgery recovery. 

Following male breast reduction surgery in Denver, patients can expect to feel some discomfort or tenderness in the chest area. Dr. Serota will prescribe pain medication to relieve any pain you may feel during the recovery period. Common side effects include bruising, swelling and temporary numbness caused by the disruption of nerve connections. Most of these side effects should subside within a week or two, although some degree of swelling or numbness may last for several months.

In most cases, Dr. Serota will recommend a compression garment be worn over the chest area for at least one to two weeks. Elastic compression garments reduce swelling and result in a shorter recovery period. This garment supports the tissues in their new position, helping the skin adjust to its new contours and reducing the possibility of skin looseness. Although they can be a bit uncomfortable until you get used to wearing them, compression garments are essential to the success of cosmetic surgery. They should be worn 24 hours a day for at least a week.

During the first few days of male breast reduction surgery recovery, you will need to rest and relax as much as possible. It’s important to rest your shoulders and not lift your arms up, especially over your head. You will have a follow up appointment within the first week following surgery to track your healing. Most patients are able to return to work after about one week after surgery.

If you would like more information about male breast reduction surgery, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.

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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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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.