Questions about Cosmetic Surgery
These are just some of the many questions you will probably have if you are seeking plastic surgery. If you are interested in plastic surgery or have questions about the procedures, please contact us. Our doctors serve the Houston and Sugar Land, Texas area, and sees patients from around the world.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is created by using a sterile form of Botulinum Toxin A. This is the same toxin that causes botulism. When BOTOX® is injected, it paralyzes the muscle beneath the wrinkle. It is one of the most common ways millions of people have chosen to rejuvenate an aging or tired looking face.
Which places are the most effective for BOTOX® injections?
Our doctors have successfully treated patients with BOTOX® injections for:
- Lip lines
- Smile lines and "crow’s feet" around the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyes
- Vertical lines on the neck
- Forehead creases
- Raising outer eyebrows
How effective is BOTOX® and how long will it last?
Studies have shown that over 80% of BOTOX® patients will see results within a week of their BOTOX® treatment. As the muscles beneath the injection site paralyze and weaken in the days after your BOTOX® treatment, the lines begin to fade. BOTOX® typically lasts three to six months before you will need to be retreated.
How long will the actual BOTOX® procedure last?
The average BOTOX® treatment lasts ten minutes, but this obviously depends on how many injections you receive. Because there is no downtime, you can resume your normal activities almost immediately after the treatment. However, you should avoid exercising for a few hours after getting BOTOX®.
Is BOTOX® safe?
Although many people are concerned about BOTOX® coming from the creation of a toxin, BOTOX® injections are one of the safest cosmetic procedures performed today. You will not get sick from the sterile toxin. Millions of people get BOTOX® injections every year and very few have side effects. One of the most common side effects is minor redness at the injection site.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a plastic surgical procedure to improve or enhance the size and shape of your breasts. It is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures with over 300,000 women a year undergoing it to change something about their breasts. Breast augmentation is also known as breast enlargement or breast enhancement.
What kinds of implants are used in breast augmentation?
Our doctors use both saline and silicone breast implants. Saline implants are filled with saline (salt water) and silicone breast implants are filled with a gel-like material called silicone. Both have different benefits and which one is used in your breast augmentation depends on your goals. Our doctors will discuss which breast implant is the best one for you and why.
Why do Women decide to have breast augmentation surgery?
Every woman who considers breast augmentation has their own reasons for wanting this plastic surgery procedure. This is a personal choice and is something most of them have thought of doing for a very long time. During the consultation, our doctors will discuss this to find out if their prospective breast surgery patients are doing it for the right reasons. That is, he wants to be sure that, at the root, breast augmentation is a healthy choice.
Some of the reasons women choose to undergo breast augmentation are:
- Reshaping and enlarging their breasts due to weight loss and/or breast feeding
- Enlarging their breasts to make their bodies more proportional
- Balancing breasts that may be different sizes or shapes
There are many other reasons for breast surgery. The best thing you can do if you are interested in breast augmentation is to ask yourself why you want to undergo this procedure. The next thing you should do is speak with our doctors about your breast augmentation options.
Should I be at My Ideal Weight before I Have a Breast Implant Procedure?
It’s important that you are as close to your ideal weight as possible before you have a breast implant procedure. This means not just being careful with how much weight you gain, but how much weight you lose.
If you have lost too much weight prior to your breast implant procedure, you may find your breasts droop or are reduced in size. If you have gained weight, your breasts may increase in size.
Because it can take some time between your consultation and the breast implant surgery, your weight may fluctuate. It is important that you pay attention to what you eat, or don’t eat, in order to maintain what you weighed at the time our doctors decided on the correct size of breast implants for you. By doing so, you can avoid less-than-perfect results after your breast implant surgery.
If you have any questions about weight changes prior to your breast implant procedure, please contact our Houston, Texas experienced plastic surgeons today.
Can you be too old for Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation has become much more acceptable over the years. As a result, women from all walks of life are interested in getting breast implants. However, some of these women worry that breast implants are only for women in their 20s or 30s.
Our doctors want you to understand that there is no upper age limit when it comes to undergoing a breast implant procedure. The most important thing is that you are in good health. While it’s true that more women in their 20s and 30s are going to be healthier than women in their 50s and 60s, this is just a general rule.
There are plenty of older women who are in very good shape clear into their 70s. If these women decide they are interested in getting breast implants, and their health is very good, they would likely be candidates for breast augmentation.
What kind of surgical technique do our doctors use during the breast augmentation procedure?
We use a special surgical technique that allows for faster recovery from your breast augmentation procedure. This procedure is performed with special instruments designed to perform the breast augmentation in as gentle a manner as possible. Our doctors make a very small incision that is less than one inch long for saline breast implants. Silicone breast implants require a larger incision.
A pocket is created to insert the implant either behind the breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle. Saline implants are then placed and filled to the desired volume. Silicone implants come prefilled and do not require them to be inflated. After assessing that the size and shape of the breasts are symmetrical, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. The entire surgery takes less than one hour.
What makes breast augmentation recovery different with our doctors?
Due to the gentle surgical technique our doctors use, recovery is more comfortable and easier than with other techniques. After your incisions are closed, you are fitted with a surgical bra. There is no need for wraps or drains. A pain reliever is placed around the implant, and you are given a muscle relaxant and pain medication to help minimize discomfort. You are monitored in the recovery room until you are fully awake. After this brief observation, you will be ready to go home. Patients are instructed to massage the breast frequently; this helps to prevent scar tissue. Most women will be back to their regular routine in a matter of days.
What are the risks involved with breast augmentation?
As with any type of surgery, there are some risks. Fortunately, with breast augmentation, the risks are very small. Your safety is the number one priority to our doctors and staff. Some of the risks of breast augmentation include infection, hematoma, and displacement of the implant. Some women can see or feel the edge of their implants. Implant deflation is also possible, as is capsular contracture – a tightening of the scar tissue around the implant.
Again, these risks are small, but you should be aware of them.
What is Capsular Contracture?
If you have been researching breast augmentation, you may have run across capsular contracture, a potential risk of the breast implant procedure. However, rather than let this very small risk scare you away from breast augmentation, you need to understand that it is just one concern that may be avoided.
To be sure, capsular contracture is a potential problem when it occurs. It is the result of excess scar tissue forming around the breast implant. This causes the breast implant to feel hard and immobile. Capsular contracture also makes your breasts feel very tender to the touch. Women who have capsular contracture may need it relieved through an additional surgery.
There are things that can be done to lessen the risk of an already very small chance that you will have capsular contracture. One of these is to massage your breasts. Our doctors will show you how to do this so that you are massaging correctly. Massage may keep scar tissue from causing you pain and discomfort. Minimizing any risks to achieve a good outcome is very important.
Risks of capsular contracture are very small, just like the other risks that come with breast surgery. The best thing you can do is to speak with your breast surgeon about your concerns.
How Much Time will it take to Heal after Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is an invasive surgery that will take time to recover from. As much as you will want to show your new figure, you need to be patient. Each patient’s ability to heal quickly will be different.
Here is a rough guideline to what you can expect after your breast augmentation with our doctors:
- Week 1 – Rest is the most important thing you can do. Minimize upper body motion by avoiding pushing or lifting anything over 20 pounds. No exercise or other activity that gets your heart rate up. Your muscles will be tight, which causes your breasts to feel firm and look flat and wide. This is normal, so do not worry.
- Week 2 – You may resume most of your daily activities, and most patients are able to return to work. You should still avoid pushing or lifting anything over 20 to 30 pounds.
- Week 3 – You are 50 percent of the way to fully healing. You can start performing more activities, including brisk walks to work out your legs.
- Week 4 – With our doctors’ permission, you are able to return to normal activities, such as running and lifting weights. Start out slow and pay attention to what your body allows you to do.
- Month 3 – Your breasts will be in their final position and dimension after three months
- Month 6 to one year – Final results of your breast augmentation will form. Scars will mature and begin to fade.
The healing process after breast surgery will vary from patient to patient. Some may feel better sooner, while others may take longer. The key is to listen to your body and talk to our doctors about how you feel.
Breast Lift FAQs
What is a breast lift?
The breast lift, or mastopexy, is a breast enhancement procedure performed when the breasts droop or sag. By lifting them, our doctors can give you back a more youthful and perky appearance.
How do our doctors perform the breast lift procedure?
In the breast lift procedure, our doctors reshape the breast mound and tightens the skin, and repositions the nipple. He will often use a breast implant in a combined procedure known as augmentation mastopexy. In this procedure, you will be able to choose the size and shape of your breasts. The surgery is done in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. Recovery is rapid due to our doctors’ special surgical technique.
How long will the results of my breast lift surgery last?
The results vary from patient to patient. The connective tissue in the breast weakens as you age or become pregnant. An augmentation mastopexy can help slow the aging process, but time and gravity will continue to take their toll. However, you will be happy with your breast lift results for years.
Am I a candidate for breast lift surgery?
If your breasts droop due to weight loss, pregnancy or aging, or simply because of genetics, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. Women who have elongated breasts, downward pointing nipples, stretched skin, or misaligned breasts may also be candidates for this type of breast augmentation.
Breast Reduction FAQs
What is breast reduction surgery?
The breast reduction procedure is for women whose large breasts cause them problems, such as back and neck pain, skin rashes or grooving where their bra strap is. This kind of breast enhancement procedure lifts the breast and nipple, and tightens the skin, creating a more youthful and shapely appearance.
What is the breast reduction procedure like?
Breast reduction surgery is performed in the hospital with general anesthesia. Incisions are made around the areola, down the breast and along the crease. Breast tissue is removed and the breast and nipple are lifted. Though the breast reduction procedure takes two to three hours to complete, you will most likely be able to go home the same day.
Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
If you are 18-years-old or older, are in good health, and want to reduce the size of your breasts, then you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Candidates include women who have physical discomfort, have trouble finding clothes that fit properly, or are self-conscious about the way they look. If your breast size affects your posture, limits physical activities, or causes breathing problems, you may also be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
What are the risks with breast reduction surgery?
Because breast reduction is a type of invasive surgery, there are some risks. While the chances are small, some of the risks include loss of sensation, problems during the healing process, and scarring. By following our doctors’ precise instructions, you are less likely to encounter these risks.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a way to improve the shape of your body by removing pockets of unwanted fat. If you exercise regularly and eat properly, but cannot get rid of areas of fat, liposuction may be for you. Liposuction is also very common with women who wish to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure after having a child. It should not be used as a substitute for exercise or proper nutrition.
What is the liposuction procedure like?
Our doctors use the advanced technique called the tumescent liposuction procedure. In the tumescent procedure, a solution of saline and anesthetic is infused into the area of fat to be excised. This helps our doctors to remove the fat more efficiently and also allows you to recover more easily and comfortably. There is less bruising with the tumescent liposuction procedure.
On which parts of the body can liposuction be performed?
Most people may already know that liposuction is popular for stubborn abdominal fat, but our doctors can also perform liposuction on the arms, thighs, hips, and chin. Liposuction can also be combined with another procedure, such as breast augmentation.
What is recovery from the liposuction procedure like?
Our doctors perform the tumescent liposuction procedure in an outpatient setting so you avoid the hospital. The incision sites will barely be visible. To help the skin tighten during the healing process, you will be instructed to wear a compression garment for several weeks. However, you will be able to continue with most of your everyday activities.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What is a tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal region and tightens the abdominal wall. The results of a tummy tuck are dramatic and almost all of our patients are happy with the results. A mini-abdominoplasty is performed on patients who have issues only with their lower abdomen.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
If you want to get back the tight, flat abdomen you had in your youth due to its expansion through age, or wish to have loose skin and stretch marks from pregnancy removed, and are in general good health, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Our doctors will determine this during your initial consultation.
What is the tummy tuck procedure like?
After you are placed under general anesthesia, our doctors will make an incision below the bikini line and extends it toward the hip bone. Another incision is made around the navel. The excess skin and fat are removed. Sutures are then placed along the center of the abdomen. This tightens the muscles and gives definition. Liposuction may be performed to contour the sides, and breast augmentation is often done in conjunction with the tummy tuck procedure.
What is the tummy tuck recovery process like?
Our doctors will perform the tummy tuck procedure in an outpatient surgery center, so you are not in the hospital. During your surgery, a special pain medication is infused to ensure maximum comfort. A drain will be placed to remove excess fluid that builds up. You are also given a compression garment that must be worn for several weeks to help tighten your skin. You will likely go home the same day you have surgery. Full recovery may take several weeks, but you will probably be able to return to work in one to two weeks.
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