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Why is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Important?

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There has been an increase in the number of people undergoing plastic surgery over the last decade with the practice becoming more widespread and commonplace. 

Unfortunately, with this upsurge of interest, the number of cases where surgery has gone wrong has also increased. There are even TV shows about it!

These botched procedures are largely performed by general surgeons who are not trained specifically in plastic surgery. Patients are drawn to these doctors because they tend to be cheaper than specialized plastic surgeons.

The outcome is, of course, devastating for the patient. It can take money, time, and multiple corrective surgeries to undo the damage.

How do you know if your plastic surgeon is board-certified and why does it matter?

As with any surgery, there are always risks of complications or unforeseen difficulties.

Check to see if your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons by running a Google search and checking their medical credentials on sites like Healthgrades and WebMD.

This is important because, technically, any surgeon can carry out plastic surgery work. Board-certified plastic surgeons, however, have completed years of technical training and examinations before they can be certified. They need to provide evidence of their experience and take the right tests whereas general surgeons don’t need to do this.

It takes dedication and years of hard work to be board-certified. There is therefore a huge difference in the level of skill and experience between a general surgeon and a plastic surgeon.

What actions should you take before choosing a plastic surgeon?

  • Do your research. Simply spend some time Googling the surgeon you are thinking about using. You should quite easily be able to find their credentials and examples of their work. This should help you get a feel for their experience.
  • Ask your doctor.  You can also try asking your general physician whether they have anyone they might recommend. A recommendation should give you more confidence that you are safe in the hands of a particular surgeon.
  • Research costs.Do some research to find the average cost of the procedure you are interested in. If the price the surgeon is charging is much less than average, you should be cautious. If someone offers you a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Let us help you  Dr. Bret Rodgers is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience. If you are contemplating surgery, please get in touch for a consultation where you will have time to discuss any questions or concerns you might have in a safe and comfortable setting.

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5 Facts About Chemical Peels – The Hottest Beauty Trend This Summer

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Chemical peels are one of the hottest beauty trends to appear this summer. They are making a huge comeback. But if the thought of slathering your face with chemicals leaves you running scared, fear not.

The treatment has evolved and we are here to dispel those myths that leave you hesitating at the salon door. Chemical peels are actually one of the most effective treatments available for removing acne scarring, fine lines and pigmentation. They are great for removing dull surface cells, revealing a glowing complexion – it could all be just a peel away!

1. Ouch!

One of the biggest worries people have about chemical peels is the pain that they expect to feel. The truth is, chemical peels vary in their strength and intensity, so you can find the right one for your needs. Some deeper peels may feel uncomfortable while they are working on your skin, but there should be no pain. The majority of peels will do little more than tingle.

2. Hide!

Another typical myth is that you will need to hibernate following a chemical peel. Once again, this is a myth. Many mild chemical peels won’t even cause your skin to peel at all. For those stronger peels, you will typically be healed within three days. And even during the peeling phase, you won’t be forced to hide out. It is generally not that bad at all.

3. Fixed!

Another misconception that people tend to hold is that a chemical peel is a one-time-only fix-all for skin care. The reality is that best results can typically be seen after a course of three chemical peels, with most therapists recommending that they are incorporated into your regular skin care routine.

4. Too Sensitive

We have mentioned that there are a variety of chemical peels available, and that means that there will be one to suit your skin type. Contrary to what you may have seen, chemical peels are not only for those with serious skin complaints. In fact, almost all skin types can benefit from a chemical peel, even sensitive skins.

5. DIY

You may have noticed that your favourite beauty store has started to offer chemical peel kits. So is this something that is safe to try at home? The truth is, most DIY chemical peels will not be strong enough to make a real impact on your skin. This treatment is something that we recommend is completed by a qualified therapist, who will be able to check for contraindications and do what is best for your skin.

What’s Stopping You?

Chemical peels have come a long way and are making a huge comeback this summer. It is no surprise that women are lining up for this skin treatment that can refresh your complexion, remove fine lines and leave you glowing. Some can even be completed in a lunch break, leaving no visible exfoliation. There is no reason not to try one, so check out your local beauty salon for information.

Effective Ways to Practice Social Distancing

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Social distancing has been proven to be an effective way to counter the spread of COVID-19. It limits the chances that one infected individual will go on to infect others.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is maintaining physical separation between yourself and those not in your immediate household. The primary way it is carried out is by maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and any other person while outside, and by staying at home and away from others as much as possible.

Self-isolation and self-quarantine are also forms of social distancing. If you have the virus, then self-isolation ensures you aren’t transmitting it to anyone by staying at home unless symptoms worsen to a point where you need to go to a hospital. Self-quarantine is if you suspect you may have contracted COVID-19 and isolate yourself to prevent any further spread.

Some effective ways to practice social distancing are:

      Be prepared
      Minimize the time you must spend outside the house by stocking up on essential supplies such as groceries and medication. Should you have to self-quarantine or isolate, you’ll be grateful that you thought ahead and gave yourself enough essential resources to hunker down for two weeks or more.
      Minimize venturing out
      Adopting habits that prevent you from leaving the house are key as well. For example, if your job permits it, work from home as much as possible. Instead of heading to the gym for a workout, exercise at home. Instead of heading to bars and restaurants, order takeout or delivery. Socializing with friends via phone calls and video conferences instead of in-person. Do whatever it takes to stay at home as much as possible.
      Ask for help when necessary
      See if there are ways your family or friends can help each other stay inside. If you are immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable to the virus, ask if someone could deliver groceries to your front door. If you feel safe enough to go to the store yourself, see if your neighbors need help. There are also many on-demand apps for food delivery and grocery shopping. They may be more expensive, but it’s a price worth paying to ensure you’re not exposed to the virus.

      Practice good safety habits while outside

      While out and about if need be, be sure to practice good safety habits such as avoiding directly touching any surfaces, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask, and maintaining at least six feet between anyone around you.

Botox and Dermal Filler Myths

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Botox and Dermal fillers have gained a reputation lately. Some have been good, while some, not so much. Here are some of the common myths associated with botox and dermal fillers and why they really are nothing more than myths.

Botox and Dermal Fillers Are The Same

The only thing similar between botox and dermal fillers is that they’re injected. Botox is a muscle relaxant, while dermal fillers restore the volume and lift the facial tissues, thus giving a youthful look. Other than this, dermal fillers tend to last longer than botox.

Botox and Fillers Are Really Painful

When it comes to any non-surgical cosmetic treatment, there is a small level of discomfort involved. The pain, however, is nowhere near intolerable. Dermal fillers tend to be at a higher level of discomfort but the pain is often reduced with the help of numbing agents.

Once you get Botox or fillers, you must continue to have them forever

One of the most common misconceptions of botox and dermal fillers is that the skin turns wrinkly and starts to sag even more than its original condition after the effect wears off. The truth is far from this. When the effect does wear off, your skin returns to its normal state, it does not get worse than it was at the beginning of the treatment. The only reason why people continue with botox and dermal fillers is that they’re happy with the results.

Botox is Dangerous

Safety is a primary concern for people undergoing any procedure. Many people believe that botox is toxic and dangerous. While there’s no denying that Botox is a product of a purified protein that comes from toxin, it is safe to use. Botox has a well-established history and there is no reason to worry about its safety.

They look really unnatural

There’s no running away from the fact that sometimes fillers and botox can give an unnatural appearance. However, it has more to do with how the procedure is performed and less with the actual procedure. While administering botox and fillers, it is important to have a sense of proportion and aesthetics. Just like any other procedure, non-surgical or otherwise, there are risks involved.

That being said, with the expertise of the right surgeon and a controlled sense of usage, there is no reason to worry about an unnatural outcome from these procedures.

Six of the Most Popular Reasons for Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty, popularly known as a ‘nose job’ is a common cosmetic procedure that isn’t complex and high-risk. It’s favored by many to help provide a better balanced and symmetrical look on the face. Though most rhinoplasty procedures are cosmetic, it also involves helping fix abnormalities in the nose that make breathing challenging.
Let’s take a look at the six most popular reasons for rhinoplasty below, in no particular order:

Straighten out the dorsal hump

The dorsal hump on your nose is one of the most popular rhinoplasty corrective procedures. This procedure looks to smooth out the hump so that, especially from the side angle the nose is quite a lot sharper and straighter. How complicated of a procedure that’s carried out depends on whether it’s primarily bone or cartilage that needs to be surgically removed. 

Lift nasal tip

The nasal tip usually points down on many individuals and as a result,  its a common request to have this nasal tip lifted to provide a much sharper feature. A simple procedure, adjusting the nasal tip can have a big change in the overall profile of the nose. 

Make the bulbous tip more subtle

As you age, the bulbous tip can become more pronounced and round. This then can make the overall profile of the nose unappealing. As a result, rhinoplastic procedures can be carried out that try to refine the nasal tip and ensure that its size is kept proportional.

Fix a deviated septum

A deviated septum can be challenging and impede critical functions such as breathing. Because of this, fixing a deviated septum is less a cosmetic procedure and more one that improves the quality of life and health. This is considered a rhinoplastic procedure and can also improve the overall symmetry of the nose and profile. 

Adjust the size of the nose

We’ve all wondered whether our nose is big or small, and the size of the nose in relation to the overall face can make it look quite pronounced. Many are not a fan of this and prefer to undergo a procedure that helps to reduce the size of the nose. This procedure is typically a combination of many of the other ones mentioned.

Contour the nasal bridge

Contouring the nasal bridge involves trying to make the nasal bridge a lot flatter and narrower. This helps to contour the nose and give it a more symmetrical look in conjunction with the overall face. The procedure can also help give the face a narrower look.

Body Contouring

The Benefits of truSculpt 3D Body Contouring

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truSculpt 3D is one of the latest innovations in body contouring treatments. It uses monopolar radiofrequency (RF) to target fat cells underneath the skin, and then heats and destroys them so they can be eliminated by the body’s natural waste systems. The treatment is non-invasive and is FDA-approved for reducing the circumference of the abdomen and flanks (thighs).

How does it work?

During the truSculpt 3D session, a technician uses a handheld device to pulse RF energy into the fatty layers of the skin. The surrounding skin and tissue are not impacted by the frequency. The fatty, adipose tissue is selectively targeted and heated, while skin temperature remains relatively low.

truSculpt 3D uses two megahertz (MHz) of energy instead of the one MHz used by other contouring systems. Because the rate of heating is higher, treatment times are significantly shorter. Each session requires only a 15-minute session, and most patients start seeing results six to eight weeks after their first treatment.

While fat cells are permanently destroyed, truSculpt 3D is not meant to treat or prevent obesity. Providers recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise in combination with sessions to achieve optimal results.

Recovery time

While discomfort varies for each patient, most report that the procedure is virtually pain-free. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, recovery time is virtually non-existent, with some patients reporting some mild swelling or slight soreness after the procedure.

Unlike other body contouring treatments that pinch or suction the skin, truSculpt 3D moves on the top layer of the skin. The result is less bruising and redness than most patients experience with other methods.

Benefits

One benefit of truSculpt 3D that other body contouring options don’t offer is tightened skin. The RF energy penetrates deeper layers of the skin in addition to targeting fat cells. The result is an improvement in skin texture, tone, and firmness. Many users also report a reduction in the appearance of the “dimpled skin” effect caused by cellulite.

While truSculpt 3D is currently FDA-approved for contouring treatment of the stomach and thigh areas, it has been proven safe for use on the entire body. Because of the handheld device that is used to deliver radiofrequency, it is an excellent method for targeting smaller, hard-to-reach areas like fat under the chin or around bra straps or underarms.

Studies of truSculpt 3D have shown its ability to reduce the circumference of problem areas after just one treatment. As an added benefit, many subjects continue to eliminate targeted fat cells for several weeks following their treatment, further reducing the size and circumference of treatment areas.

While the main benefit of truSculpt 3D is targeted fat reduction, the added benefits of tighter skin, no recovery or downtime, and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite make it an increasingly popular option for patients seeking fast, effective body contouring treatments without painful surgery or inconvenient downtime.

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Tired of Excess Body Fat? Why Liposuction Remains a Valuable Solution for Fat Reduction

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Is excess fat slowing you down?

Have you tried dieting and exercising to no avail? 

Then, liposuction may be a good option for you!

Also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, liposuction is a slightly invasive cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from areas that don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise. 

It’s usually performed on the belly, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck, back, and even face. It can also be done with other cosmetic surgeries like breast reductions, tummy tucks, and facelifts. 

Still not sure about liposuction? Here are some top reasons why it’s still a valuable option for fat reduction:

  1. Liposuction can treat certain conditions 

While this procedure is normally done for cosmetic purposes, it can also be used to treat several health complications, including: 

  • Lipomas: Benign, fatty tumors 
  • Morbid obesity 
  • Lipodystrophy syndrome: Accumulation of fat in one body part and loss in another
  • Lymphedema: Excess fluid in tissues
  • Gynecomastia: Accumulation of fat on a man’s breast

Liposuction will not only treat these conditions, but it’ll also promote a natural fat distribution in the body. 

  1. Tailored to specific locations on the body

During the procedure, fat is suctioned from the problem areas by a thin tube known as a cannula. When attached to a vacuum pump, the cannula sucks out all the fat through the incisions.  

They come in different sizes and shapes, including angled, sharp, and blunt-tipped. Your surgeon will select the right cannula for the problem area. For instance, an angled cannula may be perfect for neck liposuction, while a straw-like cannula may be used to remove belly fat. 

By using special equipment for specific body parts, you’re guaranteed better results. 

  1. The extracted fat can be reused 

Newer lipo techniques like water-assisted and tickle liposuction remove the excess fat with less bruising and trauma. As a result, the fat removed can be reused to plump up other areas in your body that lack volume – such as the face, butt, and breasts. 

Fat grafting from liposuction is a safer and less invasive procedure compared to implants and fillers. 

  1. Quick recovery time 

With liposuction, you can get back to work in less than two weeks. The recovery time is dependent on the individual and the type of surgery. 

After the procedure, expect some soreness, swelling, and bruising for the next few weeks. Additionally, your surgeon may recommend a compression garment for the next 1-2 months after the surgery to control the swelling. 

You may also need to take some antibiotics to prevent infections. 

  1. Tightened skin 

With newer liposuction methods such as ultra-sound lipo, fat is broken down using radiofrequency energy. This not only helps remove the fat but also brings about a skin tightening effect. Thus, there’s no need of undergoing a skin tightening procedure after the fat removal. 

Consider liposuction for quick fat reduction

It’s important to know that liposuction isn’t a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. It’s recommended for individuals with stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to exercise and diet. 

Consult your surgeon for more information.

 

Several Things to Know Before Having a Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. 

The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.

The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three. 

Talk with your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.

Here are a few things you need to know about rhinoplasty:

1. It can take about a year for your nose to heal fully.

Depending on the extent of your rhinoplasty, you may be able to see the most noticeable aspects of your results immediately after your splint and bandaging is removed.

But your nose will be slightly swollen for a few weeks after your surgery and can take almost a year to fully return to normal. 

Over this time, your scars will slowly diminish, residual swelling or irritation will subside and your skin texture and tone will return to normal. 

For patients with naturally thicker skin, it can take up to two years for your result to be fully realized. However, most of your visible healing should be done within the first three to six months. 

Changes after the six-month mark are typically subtle, and since you likely look at your face every day, you won’t notice any significant changes on a daily basis. 

It is best to review before and after pictures of your nose several months after the procedure. This will give you a more realistic look at the long-term changes achieved with the procedure.

2. Not Everyone is an Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a nose job is one who is unhappy with the appearance of their nose or has difficulty breathing.

However, you must be willing to be flexible and have realistic expectations. 

In order to heal properly, you must be in good overall health and it is recommended that you quit smoking, or at least stop until you are fully healed.

3. If It’s Done Right, No One Will Be Able to Tell

If your nose job is done right, it will enhance your natural beauty. 

A good nose job only involves minor alterations that allow your nose to blend in with the rest of your face. People will notice your beautiful appearance, rather than zeroing in on your nose.

4. Internal splints or nasal packing can dry out your mouth.

For about a week following your surgery, you will have splints or bandaging to help your nose heal correctly. Depending on your surgeon and your procedure, this may include splints inside your nose. 

The newer splints are designed to allow you to breathe through them, improving your post-rhinoplasty experience. However, you may feel more comfortable mouth breathing. 

Therefore, it is recommended that you stock up on lip moisturizers, hydrating beverages, and foods that require minimal chewing to help ease your discomfort during this time.

Rodgers Center for Plastic Surgery offers a number of options for facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasties and treatments for nasal obstruction. Contact us for more information.

Smoking Can Affect Your Plastic Surgery Experience and Results

Smoking Can Affect Your Plastic Surgery Experience and Results

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It’s no secret that smoking isn’t good for your physical health. But few know that smoking can have detrimental effects on plastic surgery experience and results.

If you’ve already planned to have plastic surgery and met with a doctor, there’s a good chance they told you not to smoke. However, this really shouldn’t be taken as a light suggestion. Not only should you not be smoking, but you should also avoid nicotine in all of its forms, including vaping.

Let’s take a look at why nicotine really should be avoided before, during, and after a plastic surgery procedure.

How Does Smoking Impact Plastic Surgery Experience?

When it comes down to it, nicotine changes the thickness of blood vessels. Healthy blood vessels need to be wide enough to facilitate blood flow and bring oxygen to tissues. If one is smoking or using nicotine, the nicotine will cause those blood vessels to shrink to an incredibly small size. Small blood vessels result in less blood flow to the tissues that need those blood cells to live. Without them, those tissues will die.

This could cause complications in the middle of your surgery, which can go from problematic to life-threatening very quickly depending on the procedure you’re getting.

How Does Smoking Impact Plastic Surgery Results?

There is a chance that nicotine consumption could impact the look, texture, and success of your plastic surgery procedure. There are even scarier results that could occur after the plastic surgery procedure is complete:

  • Loss of cheek skin after a facelift
  • Loss of nipples after a breast lift or breast reduction
  • Loss of abdominal skin after a tummy tuck procedure
  • Infections that can range from mild to extremely severe and life-threatening
  • Death of fat cells, also known as fat necrosis, which can cause hard lumps
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Thick and wide scarring
  • Blood clots, which can be extremely dangerous or fatal
  • Extremely pain
  • Permanent small vessel damage, which adds more risk even if you quit nicotine
  • Loss of breast implants
  • Life-threatening complications such as stroke, heart attack, blood clots, pneumonia, and more.

The best way to avoid these risks is to quit smoking, vaping, chewing, using nicotine gum or patches, and using e-cigarettes. You should do this three to six weeks before the plastic surgery procedure all the way through three to six weeks after the surgery is complete. Though it is definitely best to quit completely, and you’d be surprised at how well you may have adapted in those six to twelve weeks without nicotine in your body’s system!

If for whatever reason you slip up and use nicotine before your surgery, talk to your surgeon about what the best course of action should be, such as rescheduling the surgery. Slip-ups happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What do you think about the impact that smoking can have on plastic surgery results? Tell us about your nicotine-free plastic surgery success story in the comments below.

Differences in Facelift Surgery for Men and Women

Differences in Facelift Surgery for Men and Women

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Facelifts are popular among men and women, but that doesn’t mean that a plastic surgeon will perform the cosmetic surgical procedure the same way for both sexes. Whether to address sagging skin on the cheeks, to get rid of excess skin on the jowls, to firm up skin on the neck or to do something else, many men and women want to achieve a more youthful appearance.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 17.5 million cosmetic procedures of the surgical and minimally invasive varieties in the U.S. in 2017. And many of these procedures involved facelifts for men and women.

Here’s a look at some of the differences in facelift surgery for men and women.

Facial Hair

One way in which facelift surgery will differ for men and women centers around facial hair. As comes as no surprise, men tend to have more facial hair than women. This difference may determine the type of incision employed and the position of the incision. The reason for this is that the surgeon has to be wary about disrupting hair follicles as failing to do so can cause scarring that is so severe that the hair in the adversely impacted areas can’t regrow. So, to recap, the location of the incision may be different for men than for women due to facial hair issues.

Anatomy

Another way that plastic surgery is different for men and women comes down to facial anatomical differences between the sexes. On the one hand, women’s faces tend to have more delicate facial skeletal and ligament foundations. These differences make facelift surgery on women simpler than it is on men. On the other hand, men tend to have larger facial structures and thicker skin. This is why the majority of facelift surgeries involving men concentrate on the lower portion of the face. Also, men usually have more veins and arteries than women do, which can heighten the risks of scarring after the facelift surgery is done.

End Goal

Yet another difference in facelift surgery for men and women is the end goal. In other words, men and women tend to seek different results from facelift surgery. For women, the goal tends to focus around restoring the oval shape that is natural to many women as well as to lighten up the neckline to improve overall appearance. For men, the goal is often to create a more masculine and defined contour for the chin and neck. It is, of course, important to have realistic goals heading into the process since the desired end goal might not be possible for all candidates. For instance, facelift surgery will provide a more youthful appearance, but it may not roll back all of the visible effects of the aging process. So a realistic outlook is critical to moving forward.

Men and women who have any additional questions about facelift surgery should book a consultation with a reputable surgeon to explore the best strategy to achieve their objectives.