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The best lip enhancement treatment for you

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Friday, December 21, 2018

Whether you have a "gummy" smile, wrinkles above your lips, downturned corners of your mouth or just want a luscious pout, there is an option to enhance your lips.

The benefits of a good gynecomastia surgery postop routine

Robert Caridi, MD | Austin, TX Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Recovery following gynecomastia surgery is an important period when it comes to obtaining the best possible results.

Breastfeeding after periareolar breast augmentation

Vincent Marin, MD | La Jolla, CA Friday, December 14, 2018

The vast majority of patients who undergo this surgery are younger women before they have children, and breastfeeding is a concern for a large segment of women who are considering implant-based surgery.

How to prepare for post-weight loss body contouring surgery

David Kaufman, MD | Folsom, CA Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Significant weight loss can often leave behind loose unwanted skin in areas of the body including the abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks. If your weight loss has left you with excess loose, sagging skin, you might consider body contouring.

Your facelift recovery explained from Day 1 to Day 30

Robert Improta, MD | Camarillo, CA Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If you are considering a facelift procedure, it's important to know not just about the surgical procedure but the protocol following surgery as well.

Four tips to prepare for gynecomastia surgery

Sean Doherty, MD | Brookline, MA Friday, November 30, 2018

It is estimated that one in four men between the ages of 50 and 69 are affected by gynecomastia, which is a condition causing overdeveloped or enlarged male breasts.

Why the holiday season is the perfect time for plastic surgery

Smita Ramanadham, MD | Boston, MA Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Whether it's to look and feel your best for your holiday social events or recover in time for summer, the holiday season is usually a plastic surgeon's busiest time of the year.

What to look for in breast augmentation before and after photos

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Once you've decided that breast augmentation is the right procedure for you, choosing the right plastic surgeon to help you with this life transforming next step might seem overwhelming.

Getting a minimally invasive procedure for your holiday parties

Anthony Youn, MD | Troy, MI Friday, November 16, 2018

The holidays are approaching quickly, and we all want to look our best when attending the many family gatherings and parties during the season.

What sort of scarring could you see from breast augmentation?

Scot Martin, MD | Las Cruces, NM Friday, November 9, 2018

Because breast enhancement is a surgical procedure, scarring is an inevitable part of the procedure. That said, there are lots of ways to reduce scarring and make it less noticeable.

What is a nonsurgical facelift?

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As nonsurgical procedures become increasingly safe and effective, more men and women are taking notice. So, what exactly is a nonsurgical facelift?

How to achieve the ultimate jawline

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Friday, November 2, 2018

Ever noticed that having a sharp, defined jawline is a sign of health, fitness and youth? At any age, a well-defined jaw helps show off a more youthful you.

Breast lift vs breast augmentation vs breast implants – what's the difference?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, October 30, 2018

You may have seen terms like breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants used interchangeably. To help shed some light on these procedures, this blog will explain the differences and who can benefit most from each.

How the modern tummy tuck can do more than ever before

Frank Campanile, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Long gone are the days when tummy tucks required many weeks of recovery. Today's technological advancements are allowing you to get the results you want in less time and with less discomfort.

What's the difference between a breast reduction and a breast lift?

Lee Daniel, MD | Eugene, OR Friday, October 19, 2018

Breast reduction and breast lift procedures can be great options for women who wish to reduce or alter the position of their breasts. Which one should you choose?

What are realistic changes that can be made to the nose in a typical rhinoplasty?

Robert Caridi, MD | Austin, TX Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Patients often seek out a rhinoplasty to reduce the overall size of the nose and to reshape the nose to address exaggerated features that they find undesirable.

Breast augmentation recovery – what you need to know

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, October 12, 2018

Learning what to expect after a breast augmentation and how long it will take to feel completely recovered can help patients better prepare for what can be a life-transforming experience.

Five tried-and-true tips for men considering plastic surgery

Ravi Somayazula, DO | Houston, TX Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When it comes to appearance, men are really no different than women. They do not want to look old, tired or out of shape. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 1.3 million male aesthetic procedures were performed in 2017.

What to expect during your mommy makeover recovery

Frank Campanile, MD | Denver, CO Friday, October 5, 2018

To help you prepare for a smooth, stress-free mommy makeover recovery, take a look at what you can expect at each step of the way and what you can do to help ensure optimal healing and results.

Getting the cleavage you want with your breast augmentation

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One of the most common desires among by patients when it comes to breast augmentation isn't necessarily always size, but rather cleavage.

Why a patient advocate attends Plastic Surgery The Meeting

Terri Coutee Thursday, September 20, 2018

A patient advocate for breast reconstructions recounts her experience at Plastic Surgery The Meeting in 2016 and explains why she keeps coming back.

How a nonsurgical rhinoplasty can provide amazing results

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a relatively new procedure, utilizing the benefits of injectable fillers for an in-office "nose job."

How strong and resilient are breast implants?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, September 14, 2018

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures across the globe. Millions of women are opting for implants as a way to achieve natural-looking, fuller breasts.

How long do breast lift results last?

Alexander Nein, MD | Nashville, TN Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A breast lift procedure "lifts" the breasts by removing excess skin then reshapes the surrounding tissue to support a more youthful breast contour. When considering the procedure, many individuals wonder if there is anything they can do to maximize the life expectancy of their breast lift.

What hair loss treatments are available for women?

Christine Stiles, MD | Frisco, TX Friday, September 7, 2018

Noticeable hair loss affects approximately 30 million women in the United States. For women with thinning hair or bald areas, there are plastic surgery treatments available to reverse hair loss and restore your hair.

What's the difference a trim labiaplasty and a wedge labiaplasty?

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces enlarged labia to achieve a smoother, more comfortable look and feel. There are two common approaches to labiaplasty surgery – the trim technique and the wedge technique.

Four facts to know about breast augmentation and nipples

Alexander Nein, MD | Nashville, TN Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One of the most common questions that women have about breast augmentation is how the procedure might affect the size, shape or position of their nipples.

Facial feminization for cisgender women with masculine-looking faces

Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD, FACS | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Facial feminization is a defined set of plastic and craniofacial surgical procedures that work to reshape masculine facial features to make them appear more feminine.

Should you add liposuction to your tummy tuck?

Frank Campanile, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For many men and women, a combination liposuction plus abdominoplasty can create enhanced results that meet or exceed expectations.

Facial rejuvenation procedures should be customized for each patient

Stephen Chidyllo, MD, DDS, FACS | West Long Branch, NJ Friday, August 10, 2018

The term "facial rejuvenation" can be applied to many popular procedures, and it's important to understand which procedure is right for you and your goals.

What you need to know about thread lifts

Kevin Tehrani, MD | New York, NY Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity – such as jowls and drooping cheeks – was facelift surgery.

Can 3D imaging help you pick the perfect breast implants?

Daniel Kolder, MD | Camarillo, CA Friday, July 27, 2018

Making a decision about breast implant size can be much more involved than patients might realize, which is why using a 3D imaging can be so helpful.

What you do in the years after a facelift can affect your results

Daniel Kolder, MD | Camarillo, CA Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The way you care for your skin after your facelift will play a major role in determining how long you may be able to enjoy those same beautiful results.

Five minimally invasive treatments to look your best this summer

Lee Daniel, MD | Eugene, OR Friday, July 20, 2018

Take advantage of the summer months to stock up on some of these great minimally invasive skin and body treatments so you can look and feel your best while the weather is at its most gorgeous!

Why today's breast augmentation is better than ever

Jennifer Harrington, MD| Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, July 17, 2018

With the latest implant options and surgical techniques, breast augmentation today is now even better than ever and can help women get the natural look they want while also improving their self-confidence and body image.

When is the time right for body contouring after major weight loss?

David Kaufman, MD | Folsom, CA Friday, July 13, 2018

Achieving a major weight loss goal is a huge success by itself and certainly a milestone to celebrate. Yet, even after having achieved their weight loss goals, many men and women struggle with excess skin after significant weight loss that can hinder their final results.

Everything you need to know about getting a facelift

Richard Rand, MD | Bellevue, WA Tuesday, July 10, 2018

To help you find the accurate answers you're looking for, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about getting a facelift, from how to tell if a facelift could be right for you to the best way to achieve long-lasting results.

The added benefit of nonsurgical aesthetic genital procedures

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Friday, June 29, 2018

Nonsurgical aesthetic genital procedures can reduce or eliminate urinary stress incontinence, a very common problem that affects a number of women at various stages of life.

Saline vs silicone implants for breast augmentation

Eric Culbertson, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, June 26, 2018

One of the most talked-about choices in terms of breast augmentation is saline vs silicone. Women considering breast augmentation should find a plastic surgeon they feel comfortable discussing this choice with.

What is the TRAM flap breast reconstruction technique?

Philip Beegle, MD | Newnan, GA Friday, June 22, 2018

A TRAM flap breast reconstruction procedure involves moving a small amount of the patient's abdominal tissue, including fat and muscle, to the chest, where it can then be used to rebuild the breast mound.

How does gynecomastia affect boys and men at different ages?

David Whiteman, MD | Duluth, GA Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gynecomastia is a condition in which excess glandular breast tissue leads to an enlargement of the male breasts. The causes of the condition and recommended treatment options may differ depending on the patient's age.

Comparing upper facelift, mid facelift and lower facelift

John LeRoy, MD | Atlanta, GA Friday, June 15, 2018

There are countless different types of facelifts, but the three of the most important terms for patients to understand are upper facelift, mid facelift and lower facelift.

What is capsular contracture and how can it be treated?

Kevin Tehrani, MD | New York, NY Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In some breast augmentation patients, a capsule of scar tissue can become unusually hard and contract around the implant. This can lead to both aesthetic problems and, in extreme cases, pain in the breasts.

Your checklist to a better tummy tuck

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, June 5, 2018

If you're considering a tummy tuck to help optimize your appearance and confidence, understanding the fundamentals of this procedure can mean the difference between a good tummy tuck experience and a great one.

Thinking about plastic surgery? Here is what you need to ask yourself before you go

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Wednesday, May 30, 2018

If you are one of the thousands of people thinking about plastic surgery, carefully weigh out all of your options before committing to an invasive procedure.

Is a breast augmentation right for you?

Heather Rocheford, MD | Woodbury, MN Tuesday, May 22, 2018

There can be a lot out there to read about breast augmentations. If you’re simply looking for where to begin with your decision-making progress, here are some things to consider.

What causes hair loss and what hair restoration procedures are available?

Richard Chaffoo, MD | La Jolla, CA Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hair restoration procedures can restore a natural hairline and add density to bald or thinning areas on the scalp.

Cosmetic procedures for the nipples and areolas

Olivia Hutchinson, MD | New York, NY Friday, May 11, 2018

Many patients who are dissatisfied with some aspects of their nipples or areolas may not be aware of the cosmetic procedures designed to improve their appearance.

Liposuction: 10 things to know and 10 questions to ask

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Here are 10 things you should know about liposuction and 10 questions your should you ask your plastic surgeon before undergoing this procedure.

How a drainless tummy tuck packs a double punch

Frank Campanile, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for both women and men.

What is included in a mommy makeover?

Ravi Somayazula, DO | Houston, TX Friday, April 27, 2018

The mommy makeover is one of today's most popular combination plastic surgery techniques, designed specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Cardi B's horrifying story serves as a reminder of the dangers of illegal buttock injections

Steven Williams, MD | Dublin, CA Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cardi B recently revealed that she had black market buttock injections and detailed the horrifying story of what she went through on a quest to obtain better curves.

Is plastic surgery right for you?

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, April 20, 2018

Men and women of all ages choose to have plastic surgery for several reasons. Whatever the reason, plastic surgery can be a life-changing experience that can improve patients' lives.

Important things to know about breast augmentation

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cosmetic plastic surgery has consistently been on the rise, but breast enhancement is by far the most popular procedure. In 2017 alone, there were 300,378 breast augmentations performed.

How to get rid of a cleft chin

Daniel Liu, MD | Zion, IL Friday, April 13, 2018

There are a few ways to improve the appearance of a deep chin cleft, which vary in permanence, invasiveness and cost.

Six questions every woman should ask at her mommy makeover consultation

Scot Martin, MD | Las Cruces, NM Tuesday, April 10, 2018

To help give you peace of mind and make sure you're completely prepared at every step of the way, be sure to ask these six questions during your mommy makeover consultation.

The elements of a tummy tuck

Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, MSc, FACS | Jericho, NY Friday, April 6, 2018

When it comes to a tummy tuck, I frequently explain to patients that the procedure is not a single surgical step, but rather a series of elements that can be combined to create customized results.

Botox injections can alleviate chronic migraine headaches

Josef Hadeed, MD, FACS | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In recent years, the use of Botox has been expanding. In 2010, the FDA officially approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraine headaches, which is defined as having a headache 15 or more days a month.

Not as simple as saline vs silicone – Things to consider before having a breast augmentation procedure

Jacob Unger, MD | Nashville, TN Tuesday, March 27, 2018

While most patients tend to research the procedures of their interest online before coming in for a consult, some breast augmentation candidates are surprised by the number of factors they need to keep in mind when planning their surgery.

What a tummy tuck can and can't do

Ryan Dodde, II, MD | Holland, MI Friday, March 23, 2018

Things like pregnancy and significant weight gain or loss can create excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles, which can most easily be corrected by a tummy tuck procedure.

Inside the 'Angelina Jolie effect' on breast reconstruction

Jay Orringer, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Angelina Jolie's reconstructive breast surgeon shares his insight five years after her preventative mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Facial rejuvenation treatments that are right for you

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, March 16, 2018

How do you know whether facial rejuvenation is right for you? What are your options for facial rejuvenation?

10 things to know about permanent hair removal

Daniel Liu, MD | Zion, IL Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's not too early to start planning for summer! Laser hair removal is a noninvasive option for women and men to remove unwanted hair to help you look your best.

What is the best abdominal procedure for your goals?

Laura Gowen, MD | Bryn Mawr, PA Friday, March 9, 2018

From post-pregnancy laxity to extra weight in the midsection, both women and men in the United States choose to undergo plastic surgery to improve the appearance of their midsection.

Tips to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Wednesday, March 7, 2018

You have decided to have plastic surgery, found your prospective plastic surgeon and booked an appointment for a consultation. What now?

How to get rid of gynecomastia

Ramon Garza III, MD | San Antonio, TX Friday, March 2, 2018

Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the breast in adult males caused by excessive growth of the breast tissue. Although it does not cause any major health problems, it can lead to poor self-image and have psychological effects.

What does an FDA approval mean for cosmetic treatments and devices?

Terence Myckatyn, MD | St. Louis, MO Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetics and medical devices, which covers the bulk of what is available at a typical plastic surgery office.

Five things to consider before getting a tummy tuck

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Friday, February 23, 2018

The abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is an extremely successful surgical procedure, designed to sculpt the waistline and smooth the stomach.

Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Wednesday, February 21, 2018

If you are considering plastic surgery, you have some decisions to make. The most important is choosing the right plastic surgeon.

How can plastic surgery rejuvenate your cheeks?

Stephen Chidyllo, MD, DDS, FACS | West Long Branch, NJ Friday, February 16, 2018

"Doctor, my cheeks are falling!" This is a comment I hear often in my practice. "I used to have high, full cheekbones and now my cheeks are flat."

What to consider before you get a breast augmentation

Owen Reid, MD | Richmond, BC Tuesday, February 13, 2018

While breast augmentation is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in North America, patients should be aware that there are several factors to consider before choosing to receive a breast augmentation.

When is plastic surgery appropriate for teenagers?

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, February 9, 2018

A recent trend shows that not only are plastic surgery patients getting younger, the number of teens seeking plastic surgery is increasing. When should the answer be "yes" to plastic surgery for teenagers?

Modern approaches to the traditional facelift

Kathleen Waldorf, MD, FACS | Portland, OR Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Data gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that facelift surgery has consistently been one of the top five cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the United States.

Understanding the breast cancer gene and how it could affect your family

Christopher Shale, MD | Ogden, UT Friday, February 2, 2018

Working with breast cancer patients during breast reconstruction is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. While watching my patients suffer can be tough, I am often inspired by their strength, resolve and selflessness.

Ten common misconceptions about liposuction

Wayne Carman, MD, FRCSC | Toronto, ON Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States and around the world.

What everyone needs to know about the aging process

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, January 26, 2018

Understanding the aging process throughout your lifespan is necessary if you plan on slowing or reversing it.

Will you need to replace your breast implants?

Tenley Lawton, MD | Newport Beach, CA Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A common myth suggests breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years, but this is a misrepresentation of the facts. The truth is that every patient is different.

Is breast reduction covered by health insurance?

Stephen Chidyllo, MD, DDS, FACS | West Long Branch, NJ Friday, January 19, 2018

It is very important for patients to do their homework regarding their insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery.

Four common questions women have about recovery after labiaplasty

Shruti Tannan, MD | Raleigh, NC Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Excess tissue in the labia minora can be difficult for women, causing pain, discomfort, irritation and self-consciousness. A labiaplasty procedure targets that extra tissue to address all of these concerns.

What's the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic procedures?

Minas Chrysopoulo, MD | San Antonio, TX Friday, January 12, 2018

The field of plastic surgery can be broken down into two main categories – reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Both are generally considered sub-specialties of plastic surgery.

Understanding your options for breast reconstruction

Kent Higdon, MD & Christopher Tokin, MD | Nashville, TN Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Advances in microsurgical techniques have allowed plastic surgeons the ability to offer a myriad of different breast reconstruction options for optimal results.

Is plastic surgery part of your 2018 resolutions?

Steven Williams, MD | Dublin, CA Friday, January 5, 2018

The new year is always a time for reflection and plans for self improvement. It's also a great time to think about plastic surgery!

Everything you need to know about a mommy makeover

Kevin Tehrani, MD | New York, NY Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In today's culture, we're bombarded with images of celebrities who look inexplicably trim just months after giving birth. This has led to a heightened demand for the series of procedures called a "mommy makeover."

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