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Breast implants- what does your future hold?

Young women seeking breast implants often ignore a critical aspect of this surgery: they will have these implants in their breasts for years, even decades. What happens to them over time? This is an aspect of breast implant surgery that I feel many surgeons gloss over. What are the long term consequences of having breast implants?



Surgery After Skin Cancer

skin cancer surgeryIf you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading. Depending on the type of skin cancer you are diagnosed with and the amount of skin and tissue around the cancer that must be removed, your Oncologist may recommend that you have reconstructive surgery to replace skin and tissue and minimize scarring.

Our plastic surgeons are highly trained in the reconstruction necessary following skin cancer removal. They possess extensive knowledge in the latest and most effective surgical techniques. Our plastic surgeons have performed a wide range of skin grafts and tissue transfer procedures.

They are fully skilled at the superior restoration of the skin cancer site so that it matches the remaining skin. Because they closely work with other experts in the field, they can call on any other type of medical expert needed right at our facility, including pathologists, oncologists, and dermatologists.


Your Hands & Plastic Surgery

It may surprise many people that many plastic surgeons perform a lot of hand surgery. Both orthopedic and plastic surgeons receive extensive training in hand surgery during their residency programs, and hand surgery is an integral part of plastic surgery. Some surgeons go on to do additional training to specialize in hand surgery.

hand surgeon floridaYou may be referred to plastic surgery for a broad range of hand problems. We do lots of trauma care involving hand injuries. These include such things as tendon repair, repair of hand fractures, and repair of complex soft tissue injuries of the hands and fingers. In the area of elective surgery, you may be sent to a plastic surgeon for removal of tumors or skin cancers of the hands; for problems related to Dupuytren's contracture, an unusual condition in which fibrous bands in the palms gradually cause the fingers to bend and remain bent; for carpal tunnel surgery to relieve pressure on nerves in the wrist than can affect hand function and sensation, for trigger fingers; and for ganglions of the fingers and wrist.

Some plastic surgeons that specialize in hand surgery can offer highly technical and complex care such as microsurgery, joint replacement, major hand reconstruction, tendon transfers, nerve and blood vessel repairs, and more.


Does liposuction help with weight loss?

liposuction weight lossThe short answer is no. The more comprehensive answer is, it depends. It depends on what type of liposuction you are discussing. There are two general categories of liposuction: large volume and small volume. 

Large volume liposuction is performed in patients who are overweight or obese and seeking removal of a large amount of fat. Most plastic surgeons agree that this would be 5 liters of fat or more at one time, about one and a quarter gallons for the non-metric types. Large volume liposuction is not a cosmetic procedure although it may produce cosmetic benefits. It is major surgery and should be done in a hospital setting with overnight monitoring because of the potential for major effects on such things as blood pressure and heart, kidney, and lung function. Deaths from liposuction have been primarily in patients undergoing large volume liposuction. In some patients who are obese and have diabetes, large volume liposuction has been shown to provide some improve in blood sugar control. 

Most liposuction done today removes much less than 5 liters and is done for body contouring. In many cases, the benefit may be seen more in how your clothes fit and how you look, than what you scales show. If you are stable in your weight and have specific areas of concern, then liposuction can help you work towards your goal. 


How long is recovery time after cosmetic surgery?

plastic surgery lake countyMany patients ask what typical recovery times are after our most popular plastic surgery procedures. This depends on many things of which the type of surgery is only one. First, what is meant by “recovery time”? Is this when you will look presentable, when you will be able to resume normal day to day activity, or when you can resume all activities, with no restrictions? Is it when you can return to work? This can be very different for a secretary who works at a desk versus, say, someone who does heavy manual labor. Each of this may have a different time frame, from days to weeks. Is it when you will feel back to totally normal in every way? This could be months. Scars can take six months to over a year to fully mature. It is important always to remember that each individual will recover in their own, unique way and so we have to allow some leeway for this in our estimations.

Facial surgery is more difficult to hide than surgery in areas covered by clothes, and this must be taken into account as well.

Most patients can return to full, unrestricted activity after any surgery within 4-6 weeks. Most can look presentable, even after facial surgery (makeup can hide a myriad of things like bruising and redness) within 7-10 days. With the above factors in mind, the following is a list of average recovery times -- when you will look OK and be able to function in normal day to day activities after our most common and popular procedures:


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