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Answers to common tummy tuck questions

Cindy Wu, MD | Cary, NC Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes the extra skin and fat of the abdomen and repairs the paired six-pack muscles that may have separated after childbirth, weight gain or aging.

Is a rhinoplasty right for you?

Anthony Terrasse, MD | Lake Forest, IL Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Rhinoplasty consistently ranks among the top ten most sought-after plastic surgery procedures.

What's behind the cost of Botox and injectable fillers?

Eric Mariotti, MD | Concord, CA Friday, December 6, 2019

The price of popular cosmetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers is a factor that many people take into consideration before booking their appointment.

Finding the right plastic surgeon for you

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, December 3, 2019

If you've decided to have plastic surgery, you've probably spent a lot of time wondering how to find a good plastic surgeon.

Best minimally invasive procedures to look your best for the holidays

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are a fantastic way to look rejuvenated and brighten up your look during the holidays with minimal to no downtime.

A new minimally invasive treatment to get you ready for the holidays

Francisco Canales, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Friday, November 15, 2019

Now that the holidays are quickly upon us, how do we look great at the holiday party on very short notice? Luckily, there are several new aesthetic options that don't require surgery or significant downtime.

How long does Botox last?

Smita Ramanadham, MD | West Orange, NJ Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Don't we wish Botox lasted forever? Unfortunately, it doesn't. In general, Botox lasts 3-4 months, but every patient is different.

What's so special about Retin-A?

Laura Figura, MD | Erie, PA Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Retin-A is a topical medicine available by prescription only that is applied sparingly to the facial skin, sparing the eyelids and the corners of the nose and lips.

Answers to common questions about breast reconstruction

Michelle De Souza, MD | Overland Park, KS Friday, November 1, 2019

Breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients has been an option for several years. Unfortunately, it is not usually talked about in conversations about mastectomies and lumpectomies.

How can plastic surgeons help treat thumb arthritis?

Loree Kalliainen, MD, FACS | Providence, RI Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hand surgery is one of many components of plastic surgery training. Many plastic surgeons incorporate hand surgery into their practices, some completing hand fellowships and focusing solely on hand surgery.

Understanding your options for breast reconstruction following mastectomy

Kelly Sullivan, MD, FACS | Annapolis, MD Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It is important to remember that if faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, you will have choices on how, and if, you would like to reconstruct your breasts following removal of the cancer.

Frequently asked liposuction questions

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, October 11, 2019

Liposuction can help boost confidence by eliminating stubborn areas of fat that never seem to go away no matter how much you diet or exercise.

What is the 'side boob' trend and how can plastic surgery help you achieve it?

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The most sought-after trend in breasts? Side boob. The look is getting more attention in the media, but how do you achieve it?

Taking the mystery out of Botox and dermal fillers

Eric Chang, MD | Columbia, MD Friday, October 4, 2019

According to the latest plastic surgery statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were approximately 7.4 million injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) and 2.6 million dermal filler injections in 2018.

How reliable are online reviews for plastic surgery?

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, October 1, 2019

While a doctor's website is often reliable, there is nonetheless the potential for bias, so patients often rely on online reviews to offer "social proof."

What is liquid rhinoplasty?

Smita Ramanadham, MD | West Orange, NJ Friday, September 27, 2019

A liquid rhinoplasty, or nonsurgical rhinoplasty, is the injection of dermal fillers into the nose to alter its shape.

Which breast surgery is right for you? Explaining augmentations, lifts and reductions

Lawrence Iteld, MD | Chicago, IL Friday, September 13, 2019

Knowing what kind of procedure is needed for a specific situation can be the tricky part, especially for people who are new to the idea of cosmetic plastic surgery.

Are you a good candidate for breast reduction?

Cristiane Ueno, MD | Tacoma, WA Tuesday, September 10, 2019

If you ask a plastic surgeon who are the most satisfied patients, they will almost unanimously say that it's breast reduction patients.

Breast lift with fat grafting can be beneficial for mothers after breastfeeding

Cindy Wu, MD | Cary, NC Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When it comes to breastfeeding, the combination of time, gravity and weight changes can cause the breast tissue to sag, resulting in a shape that is more elliptical than round.

What you need to know about your liposuction recovery

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, August 16, 2019

Did you know that liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery treatment? So if you're considering liposuction, you're in good company.

What to expect at every stage of your labiaplasty

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve both cosmetic and health concerns in your vaginal area by reshaping or resizing the vaginal lips, or labia.

Investing in your safety when choosing to have plastic surgery

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Friday, August 9, 2019

Before embarking on elective plastic surgery, you have choices to make. Who will perform your surgery? Where will your surgeon operate? How much will you pay? If your top priority is low cost, you might not be making the best decision.

Five common questions everyone has about getting a facelift

Daniel Kolder, MD | Camarillo, CA Friday, August 2, 2019

A surgical facelift remains an excellent option for many women and men who want better facial definition, smoother skin and an overall younger appearance.

Three popular options for male body contouring

Sean Doherty, MD | Boston, MA Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Men have a few different options when it comes to male body contouring, particularly the abdomen and chest.

Two types of rhinoplasty explained – cosmetic vs functional

Laura Gowen, MD | Bryn Mawr, PA Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rhinoplasty may involve altering the size and shape of the nostrils, bridge, nasal tip and/or other structures. The goal is harmonizing the shape and proportion of the nose with the entire face.

What you need to know about your tummy tuck recovery

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, July 19, 2019

A tummy tuck is a common plastic surgery procedure that has remained popular for years. In fact, the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that this was one of the top five cosmetic procedures performed for both men and women last year.

Minimizing the use of opioids for recovery after plastic surgery

Trent Douglas, MD | San Diego, CA Friday, July 12, 2019

As the public gets better educated and the effects of long-term opioid abuse are shown on the news, the tide has shifted toward more responsible use and prescribing of these powerful medications.

What men need to know before having gynecomastia surgery

Manish Shah, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlargement of male breast tissue, and the number of men seeking out surgery for gynecomastia has continued to increase over the years.

What to expect after liposuction – a look at recovery and results

Scot Martin, MD | Las Cruces, NM Tuesday, June 25, 2019

When a healthy diet and exercise fail to get rid of fat bulges, liposuction is often a good option to achieve their desired body contour.

What you need to know about your breast reconstruction options

Cristiane Ueno, MD | Morgantown, WV Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but it's important that every patient knows their options for treatment and reconstruction.

What to look for when considering liposuction costs

Eric Mariotti, MD | Concord, CA Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When considering the price of liposuction, it's important to understand and weigh your options before choosing where to have your procedure performed.

How to get the best results from your facelift

Manish Shah, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Despite the ever increasing popularity of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures, surgical facelifts still remain a popular option for patients seeking to look younger and refreshed.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, May 31, 2019

While it's impossible to know at first glance exactly how much breast augmentation will cost for any one person, there are ballpark estimates available.

Three minimally invasive beauty enhancements that offer natural results

Olivia Hutchinson, MD | New York, NY Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Three key therapeutic interventions provide effective methods of improving appearance while relying on a patient's own cells and tissues, as well as natural healing and youth-enhancing processes.

Considering breast augmentation for beach season? Here's when you should plan your surgery

Cindy Wu, MD | Cary, NC Friday, May 17, 2019

As summer approaches, you may be starting to think about getting yourself ready for the beach. For some, this may mean having a breast augmentation.

What is an ultrasonic rhinoplasty?

Manish Shah, MD | Denver, CO Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Most patients who come seeking rhinoplasty have a similar concern. They think that their nose is too big and that it doesn’t harmonize with their facial shape.

Five questions to ask during your breast augmentation consultation

Ravi Somayazula, DO | Houston, TX Tuesday, May 7, 2019

There are many doctors ready to do your breast augmentation surgery, but it takes an experienced, well-trained pleastic surgeon to safely provide the natural-looking, proportionate results you want to see.

Helping to demystify the tummy tuck

Emily McLaughlin, MD | Fort Worth, TX Friday, May 3, 2019

One of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery is the tummy tuck. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood procedures.

Enhancing breast augmentation results

Vincent Marin, MD | La Jolla, CA Tuesday, April 30, 2019

According to the latest statistics report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation has again been the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States with over 313,000 surgeries last year.

To breast lift or not to breast lift?

Umbareen Mahmood, MD | New York, NY Friday, April 26, 2019

Patients often state that while they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts, they don’t know whether or not they need a lift.

Having plastic surgery? Here's how to prepare for a smooth recovery

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, April 23, 2019

After you've decided to have plastic surgery and you’ve chosen a great plastic surgeon, you're probably going to get a great result, right? Actually, there is someone else just as essential to a great outcome – you!

Are you a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, April 16, 2019

There are several criteria that patients should meet in order for a plastic surgeon to classify you as a good candidate for breast augmentation.

A plastic surgery Q&A with ASPS President Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS

Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS | New York, NY Tuesday, April 9, 2019

ASPS compiled six of the most popular questions from its Ask a Surgeon service and asked ASPS President Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS, to provide answers.

What can men expect during their dermal fillers recovery?

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Friday, April 5, 2019

Noninvasive techniques, such as injectable dermal fillers, offer men the advantage of a quick, in-office procedure with immediate results and no downtime.

Why plastic surgery tourism isn't necessarily a good deal

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, March 29, 2019

As plastic surgery has become more common and accepted, patients have begun to shop internationally for deals and discounts. This has sparked an entirely new category of travel dubbed "plastic surgery tourism."

Four noninvasive cosmetic treatments customized for men

Lee Daniel, MD | Eugene, OR Friday, March 22, 2019

As noninvasive cosmetic treatments continue to grow in popularity, so has their demand among men. Theses procedures can offer wonderful results, little downtime and affordable costs.

What to look for in a quality med spa

Eric Mariotti, MD | Concord, CA Friday, March 8, 2019

A med spa is a combination of an aesthetic medical center and a day spa that provides nonsurgical aesthetic medical services.

Four medical benefits of a tummy tuck

Cara Downey, MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that tightens stomach muscles and helps eliminate excess skin and abdominal creases.

Breast augmentation – why cost shouldn’t be the first question you ask

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, February 12, 2019

One of the most common questions regarding breast augmentation is "how much does it cost?"

Your six-month guide to planning a tummy tuck

Daniel Kolder, MD | Camarillo, CA Tuesday, February 5, 2019

An abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that requires careful planning and meticulous follow-up care for the best results.

Understanding revision rhinoplasty and why patients seek out this procedure

Richard Chaffoo, MD | La Jolla, CA Friday, February 1, 2019

Revision rhinoplasty applies to any patient who has previously undergone rhinoplasty one or more times and desires improvement in the appearance and often the function of the nose.

Where on your body can you get liposuction?

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Liposuction is still consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. More than 258,000 people opted to undergo liposuction in 2018.

How to find a plastic surgeon

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, January 18, 2019

While it's become easier and more commonplace to get plastic surgery, it can feel a tad daunting when patients begin their search for a qualified plastic surgeon to whom they can entrust their treatment.

What is an auto-augmentation breast lift?

Richard Rand, MD | Bellevue, WA Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Auto-augmentation is best suited for women with ample breast tissue who want to enhance the appearance of their sagging breasts without losing size.

Five questions to ask at your aesthetic genital plastic surgery consultation

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Friday, January 11, 2019

The term "aesthetic genital plastic surgery" can cover a wide variety of procedures both surgical and nonsurgical. These types of procedures can help tighten the vaginal canal as well as reshape the vulva area.

Weighing your anesthesia options for a mommy makeover

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, January 8, 2019

As exciting as motherhood can be, it can also take a toll on your body. Pregnancy, childbirth and nursing can leave many women feeling insecure about their post-baby bodies.

How plastic surgery can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

Karen Horton, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Friday, January 4, 2019

So how might plastic surgery factor in with New Year's resolutions? We can all agree that when we know we are looking our best, we tend to perform better at work, thrive in social situations and even in our own heads.

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