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Bret Rodgers, MD, FACS

Great Uses of Dermal Fillers

By | Aesthetic Treatment

Dermal fillers are excellent injections containing gel. The content of the gel varies depending on which form of filler you opt for. Most of the time, the fillers used are made from hyaluronic acid.

However, there are many other skin-plumping substances that are able to be used. You must remember that the filler you decide to use will have a huge impact on how long your results last. They can last from anywhere from six to 18 months.

Dermal fillers are a great way to add some more volume to the face or body. While most dermal fillers are used on the lips or face, they can be injected pretty much anywhere that needs plumping. Here are some great and popular uses for dermal fillers.

1. Adding Volume and Shape to the Lips

One of the most common uses for dermal fillers is to add volume and shape to the lips. While some people are lucky enough to have plump and full lips, there are others who don’t. Lips also commonly thin out with age which certainly helps.

This is why so many people have begun to use dermal fillers to make their lips fuller and far more shapely. This simple procedure is great and can make a massive difference to your overall look. Lip fillers are often carried out over the course of a few treatments.

2. Fading Laugh Lines

They often say that laughter is the best medicine. However, laughing does often lead to pesky fine laugh lines forming around the mouth. These lines are sometimes referred to as:

  • Smile lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds

While laugh lines are certainly a normal part of aging, if you have taken a dislike toward them, dermal fillers are a great way to remove or reduce them. The fillers are injected into the creases around your mouth. Volume is then added to make the creases less visible.

3. Sculpting the Jaw and Chin

Many people in the world are unhappy about their chin and jawline. A strong chin and jawline are known to be a very attractive feature which is why so many people are opting for jaw fillers. When used on the chin, dermal fillers can:

  • Lengthen the chin and balance out facial proportions
  • Stiffen the skin
  • Minimize the appearance of a weak chin
  • Define the chin and jowls

For additional information on dermal fillers, schedule an appointment with our team today!

How truSculpt ID Delivers a Cutting-Edge Body Sculpting Experience

By | Aesthetic Treatment

If you have always dreamt of getting rid of stubborn and unwanted fat pockets, you may want to consider truSculpt ID. With this excellent treatment, you can permanently erase fat cells without the need for surgery. This procedure can help you obtain the body shape of your dreams.

Our talented plastic surgeon can help you with this cutting-edge technology that removes the fat that just won’t go away. Our truSculpt ID experts can help you achieve the perfectly contoured body of your dreams.

What is truSculpt ID?

TruSculpt is an intelligent body contouring procedure that destroys fat cells with a monopolar radiofrequency (RF) technology. The handheld device is used to apply the treatment to the troubled areas. Better yet, it doesn’t damage your skin, it is painless, and shows no mercy for fat cells.

This excellent technology is able to penetrate into fat layers. It is able to maintain a comfortable surface temperature whilst the energy waves penetrate your skin. Heat will be applied to your fat cells until they can no longer repair themselves due to damage they have endured.

After the treatment, the cells that have been damaged will move through your body and be expelled. The soothing heat of this treatment will also encourage collagen to form. In turn, this will tighten the skin in your treatment area. You can say goodbye to those pesky fat cells.

The Benefits of truSculpt ID

Here are some of the many benefits of truSculpt ID:

Safe

This procedure is noninvasive. This means that it never even breaks the skin. You don’t need to deal with anesthetic, cuts, recovery time, or stitches.

There are very few risks involved with the truSculpt ID procedure. Our team will only guide the device over the targeted area to treat your fat cells.

Effective

If cellulite is something you despise, you will love how effective truSculpt ID is. In fact, surgical treatments such as liposuction tend to make cellulite even more noticeable than before. With truSculpt ID, stubborn fat is reduced by 25% in only one 15-minute treatment.

Painless

The entire truSculpt ID process is painless. It definitely feels warm, but it is never too hot. It is so comfortable that you can have it done on your lunch break and head right back to work afterward. There is no recovery period, pain, or movement restrictions.

Works for Everyone

This procedure works for absolutely everyone. Whether you want firmer skin, a trimmer waist, or a reduced appearance of cellulite, this great treatment can work for you.

Ready to say goodbye to excess fat? Get in touch with Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery today.

Making the Choice Between truSculpt ID and Liposuction

By | Aesthetic Treatment

You’re exercising regularly and following a healthy eating plan, but you have pockets of fat that refuse to budge.

Your trainer and your doctor both tell you that it’s impossible to spot reduce with diet and exercise alone.

Fortunately, there are procedures, like truSculpt ID and liposuction, that are effective at removing fat from specific areas of the body. Here’s what you need to know about both procedures to decide which is best for you.

What to Know About truSculpt ID

truSculpt ID is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that targets fat from specific areas of the body.

The truSculpt procedure uses radio-frequency technology to break down your fat cells. Your body then removes them naturally over the next two to three months.

You’re awake during the procedure, and the procedure itself causes minimal discomfort. Your appointment length depends on how many areas of the body you’re treating and the size of your treatment sites.

Some people only need one treatment, but you may require additional treatments to achieve your desired results.

What to Know About Liposuction

Liposuction is an invasive plastic surgery procedure that also removes fat from specific areas of the body.

During liposuction, your surgeon inserts a cannula into the body to suction and remove your fat. Liposuction may require general anesthesia, depending on the scope of the procedure.

Recovery can take up to six weeks, and you’ll need a couple of weeks of downtime after your surgery.

Most patients experience bruising, swelling, and soreness that takes about 10 days to go away. While your results are immediate, the procedure causes swelling that can take up to six months to fully go away.

The Best Candidates for Each Procedure

If you only have a couple of small trouble spots, like under your arms or specific areas on your hips, you’re a great candidate for truSculpt ID.

The truSculpt ID procedure is highly effective at reducing fat from localized areas. Since your body takes a couple of months to flush your fat away, the results appear over time and seem more natural.

However, if you need more extensive fat removal, liposuction is typically better for your needs. You can remove a lot of fat with this plastic surgery procedure (anywhere from six to eight pounds on average).

Liposuction will require you to take time off from work or personal responsibilities, and you’ll have to restrict your activities for a couple of weeks.

If taking time off isn’t a possibility, truSculpt ID is an excellent option to target your problem areas.

Both procedures require you to be near your goal weight for the best results.

Ready to schedule a consultation? Contact Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery today!

Why Cheek Fillers Are So Popular

By | Aesthetic Treatment

As the years pass, your cheekbones may gradually lose volume and suppleness, altering the look of your face and possibly affecting your self-image as well.

The good news is that injectable fillers provide a simple, non-invasive way to restore volume and definition to your cheekbones, giving you a natural, youthful look. This treatment is gaining popularity, and it’s not hard to see why, when you consider how many benefits injectable fillers offer.

You Have a Choice of Different Types of Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular type of injectable fillers and are generally considered the safest. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and its purpose is to keep your tissues hydrated. It works by binding to water to create a gel that provides moisture and lubrication. When used as an injectable filler, hyaluronic acid uses these properties to create a naturally plumped, soft look while simultaneously stimulating collagen production.

Why Cheek Fillers Are So Popular

Another popular type of filler is calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). CaHA fillers are made of microspheres in a gel medium. When injected, they also trigger collagen production for a natural and lasting boost to the contours of your cheeks. Your body absorbs the gel medium, leaving behind the microspheres, which the new collagen will start to gather around to build up structure in your cheeks. While you will need touch-ups to refresh your results, your body does start producing some collagen on its own, so after a period of time, you may find that you don’t need any additional filler.

Fillers Are Subtle

With so many people seeking enhancements from plastic surgeons, there are unfortunately a range of results out there, some more natural-looking than others. Fillers are generally low-risk when it comes to botched outcomes, and a reputable and experienced provider will be able to analyze your face and its structure to pinpoint the correct location for the filler and the right amount to use to create balanced, beautiful results that look like they were done by nature.

Results Can Last Up to a Year

Depending on the type of filler used, your results can last anywhere from nine months to over a year. The improvements are visible immediately, smoothing your cheeks and adding a youthful plumpness. Even once the filler has been absorbed into your body, hyaluronic acid and CaHA fillers will continue to provide visible results since they are able to absorb water and stimulate collagen, adding volume and definition.

Contact our office to schedule a cheek fillers consultation. Feel free to ask for more information on similar services such as dermal fillers, wrinkle treatment, and laser skin resurfacing.

The Most Popular Areas for Liposuction

By | Plastic Surgery

Target your trouble spots with treatments from a qualified plastic surgeon in the Boise area

Despite your best efforts to eat well and exercise regularly, you may still have a few “trouble spots” on your body that are impacting your confidence. Certain areas of the body can stubbornly hold onto pockets of fat, no matter how hard you hit the gym. This is where plastic surgery can help you achieve a silhouette you’re happy with.

A liposuction treatment from a qualified plastic surgeon can smooth out those stubborn areas so you can feel good wherever you go, whether it’s the beach, backyard, or boardroom.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is a proven method of plastic surgery that over half a million people choose every year to help them achieve the appearance they want. This procedure aims to shape and contour specific areas of the body, so it’s most appropriate for people who have a BMI in the recommended range and aren’t looking to lose a significant amount of weight.

There are two types of liposuction: traditional liposuction and SmartLipo. Traditional liposuction involves making incisions at the trouble areas and inserting a small tube that gently suctions out fat. SmartLipo uses a laser to dissolve the fat which makes it easier to suction from the body and also provides a few other benefits, such as tightening the skin. Your plastic surgeon can discuss your options and help you choose which method is best for you.

What are the most popular areas for liposuction?

While every area on your body is a potential candidate for liposuction, there are some areas that are frequently requested among patients.

Tummy and waist

Fat in this area is often referred to as “love handles” but few people love the look they create. Unwanted fat can roll over the waistband of your pants and diminish the flat, smooth tummy and waistline you’re hoping to achieve. Liposuction eliminates the fat for a trim and shapely figure.

Thighs and hips

“Hip dips” and heavy thighs can often be a matter of genes, which means no amount of exercise can get rid of them. Liposuction gently contours these areas to create a sculpted and streamlined look that evens out your proportions.

Back

Excess fat in the back appears in the form of rolls that show up when you try to wear slim-fitting or tight clothing, such as a swimsuit or tank top. Once again, exercise can’t do much to eliminate these bulges, but liposuction can quickly achieve the flat, slender look you want.

Find a plastic surgeon in the Boise, Idaho area

Are you interested in getting rid of your trouble spots through liposuction? The Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery can help you navigate your options. Schedule your consultation today.

Eyelid Surgery Is Growing in Popularity. Is It Right for You?

By | Plastic Surgery

The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate. It’s part of what makes them the most expressive part of the face.

It’s also the reason why your eyelids are one of the first areas to show signs of aging. A good skincare routine can help slow this process but even the most expensive creams and silk pillowcases won’t stop wrinkles and bagginess from forming, and this can start as early as your 30s.

To reduce that tell-tale bagginess and preserve the definition of the upper eyelid crease, more and more people are turning to eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.

If you’re wondering whether eyelid surgery is right for you, here are some of the benefits to consider.

It creates a more youthful and rested appearance

Surgery removes excess loose skin from around the eyes, brightening your appearance and taking years off your face. It also reduces the puffiness that can contribute to a tired or worn look.

Its benefits are long lasting

Whereas some cosmetic procedures require ongoing maintenance and touch-ups, eyelid surgery is much more enduring. Procedures on the upper eyelid generally have a lifespan of five to seven years while lower eyelid work typically does not ever need to be repeated.

It’s a simple and short procedure

Most surgeries take just one to two hours and can be performed under local anesthesia. There is also no need for a hospital stay during your recovery—you can go home right after.

The recovery time is short

Most patients find they can return to many of their normal routines as early as two days after their procedure and are completely recovered by ten days after. Pain associated with eyelid surgery is minimal and is commonly treated with over-the-counter pain relief medicine. Some bruising may occur but is usually easily masked with makeup.

The risks are minimal

All surgeries carry some risk. However, complications arising from eyelid surgery are rare and are usually minor.

The results are natural looking

Eyelid surgery aims to give you a refreshed look without drastically altering your appearance. Many people won’t even know you had work done—they’ll just wonder why you look so much more vital and well-rested.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about eyelid surgery? At Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery, our experienced professionals can help you decide if this simple procedure is right for you. We serve the Boise area as well as surrounding areas of Eagle and beyond.

The first step is scheduling a consultation. Contact us today at 208-939-9000.

Comparing Botox and Dermal Fillers

By | Plastic Surgery

If you’re self-conscious about wrinkles or crow’s feet, but going underneath the knife is a dealbreaker, there are other, less invasive options – such as botox or dermal fillers. You’ve probably heard both of these terms thrown around before, but what do they mean, and what are the differences between the two?

Botox

Botox is an incredibly common non-surgical procedure designed to help get rid of wrinkles or visible signs of aging. It works by stopping certain nerve signals from communicating with the facial muscles. As a result, the muscles are paralyzed in place, and any wrinkles there will automatically relax and soften.

Botox is especially popular for getting rid of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, or even softening frown lines around the mouth.

The neurotoxins in botox usually take less than a week, or three to five days, to take effect – but you may not see noticeable results for up to two weeks. Keep in mind that botox isn’t permanent, and eventually, the muscles and nerve signals will start to communicate again. You can expect your botox procedure to last anywhere from three to six months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers also work to counteract aging, but they do so in a different way. Rather than get rid of wrinkles, dermal fillers fill out areas on the face that have thinned due to aging. The most common areas you’ll see dermal fillers include in the lips, around the mouth, or the cheeks.

Fortunately, the effects of dermal fillers are instantaneous, but it can take up to a month for the filler to completely integrate with the existing tissue. Once it’s integrated, fillers can last up to a year before you may need to repeat the procedure.

Interested in Dermal Fillers or Botox?

Are you interested in dermal fillers or botox? At Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery, our experienced professionals can help you create the stunning effects you want with botox or fillers. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff, contact us today at 208-939-9000.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Transform Skin Texture and Tone

By | Plastic Surgery

There are various different surgical methods to transform the skin on your face to make you look younger, but there are non-surgical methods available too. These are less invasive, and ideal for those that would rather not go under the knife. One such non-surgical method to restructure your skin is called laser skin resurfacing. This can allow you to make your skin look more youthful and boost your self-confidence with absolutely no surgery involved.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing does exactly what the name suggests. It involves using laser light to take the top layer of dead skin away from the skin’s surface. In doing so, the skin left behind is exfoliated, and can make you look much younger as it is tighter and more defined. This is the ideal treatment to correct damage from excessive exposure to the sun, or to simply transform your skin to make you happier with your appearance. It’s a simple procedure, and you can choose to have it performed on specific parts of your face, or all over.

Who should get laser skin resurfacing treatment?

Laser skin resurfacing, like any skin rejuvenation procedure performed by a plastic surgeon, is usually best for adult men and women that are otherwise in a healthy physical and mental state. It’s the ideal procedure for anyone that wants to repair damage to their skin caused by the sun, or to simply make their face look younger and more defined.

It’s also ideal for anyone that wants to achieve the naturally beautiful complexion that they have always wanted, but never wanted to go through any invasive surgery. Laser skin resurfacing is a simple yet effective way to shed layers of dead and damaged skin, to reveal the healthy and beautiful layer underneath. As with all treatments of this kind, it’s best to seek the help of a professional, to ensure you get the right treatment for your skin.

Botox is One of the Best Solutions for Laugh Lines

By | Plastic Surgery

It’s human nature to want to smile and laugh. But alas, it is also human nature that many of us will develop confidence-shattering wrinkles as a direct result of these happy moments.

Laugh lines are unsightly creases that crop up predominantly around the nose, mouth, and chin. Lucky for those of you in despair, Botox — one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market — is an excellent remedy to this problem.

These creases are the result of prolonged smiling and laughing over a long period of time. When we engage in those actions, we’re wearing down the underlying tissue in our face. This causes the muscles to become overactive, in turn creating what we know as laugh lines.

Other factors, including aging, sun damage, and weight changes have also been shown to play a role in the development of laugh lines. However, by addressing the muscles underneath your face with Botox, we can nonetheless alleviate the issue.

The compound at the heart of the Botox procedure, botulinum toxin, is a natural muscle relaxant. By injecting it into your face, your overactive muscles will relax, erasing the cause of the laugh lines and the lines themselves. Just like that, your youthful good looks have returned.

Does it sound too good to be true? Due caution is encouraged with Botox. As a result of the popularity of the procedure, many unqualified doctors have attempted it and induced serious side effects in their patients.

However, under a qualified physician’s care, the procedure carries minimal risks and should only take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. So long as your doctor is fully aware of the FDA-mandated guidelines and follows them properly, getting Botox should not be an issue.

For more information on the treatments we have available, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodgers today.

Steps to Reducing Your Plastic Surgery Recovery Time

By | Plastic Surgery

Whether you’ve just undergone breast lift surgery or a full facelift, you need to remember that recovery is key.
But how long can recovery take and what can you expect once you’ve left the operating room?
Because we’re all busy with our lives, recovering as soon as possible is always on patients’ minds. Being stuck in bed isn’t fun, but it may be necessary during recovery no matter how long it takes.

Fortunately, you can speed up the recovery process with a few tips:

1. Follow Instructions

Be mindful of following your board-certified plastic surgeon’s instructions for post-op care to avoid complications and ensure you get the best results.

2. Choose a Qualified Surgeon

How long you were under anesthesia will determine how long it might take for you to feel normal again after surgery. Make sure you choose a qualified surgeon who will be administering the anesthesia properly.
Anesthesia is very safe when performed or supervised by an experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist.

3. Ask Questions and Get Answers Before the Surgery

When searching for a board-certified surgeon to perform your procedure, ask how long your surgery will take and who will be in the operating room helping with the surgery. Ask for referrals from other patients who had similar surgeries and about their recovery time.

4. Get Moving… Carefully

Even though you might want to get up and about right away, don’t rush it. Doing simple movements can keep you from getting stiff and prevent potentially dangerous complications like blood clots.
Start slowly by taking short walks and/or do light stretching throughout the day. Both of these activities help circulation and keep important body systems moving.

Don’t go running around the block, just do easy movements. Also, it’s not wise to get sweaty and overexert yourself as a rising heart rate and blood pressure can slow healing.

When stretching, go easy so you don’t put pressure on incision sites that could stretch or open. Always have someone with you during the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery to help you stand up and sit down.

5. Share Your Medical History

Make sure your surgeon and the staff know about your medical history, past surgeries, and complications during your first consult. Be forthright and tell your doctor everything in case something unexpected occurs during surgery. Not doing so could prolong your time under anesthesia or require more extensive surgery. Disclose all medication or drugs in your system, as well as current medications and all supplements you are taking.

Following any or all these tips will speed up your recovery and get you back to normal sooner rather than later.