Month: September 2014

The Most Important Things to Know about Breast Augmentation

Breast AugmentationIn the world of cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation is one of the most requested procedures among patients. Breast augmentation is performed for various reasons, like to restore breast size following events events as weight-loss or pregnancy, which may cause breasts to shift in size or shape.

Are you considering breast augmentation? If so, here are some of the most important things to know about this procedure.

  1. You must have realistic expectations about your surgery. Since any cosmetic surgery comes with risks, patients must have realistic expectations about their procedure. Despite what many people think, plastic surgery cannot make you perfect. However, breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and restore a sense of self-confidence.
  2. Patients must be involved in planning their surgery. It is important for patients to ask questions before any surgery, so they will be aware of both the risks and benefits of the procedure they are about to undergo. When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, patients must choose a breast implant size that is suitable for their body so that they will look natural. Patients are not advised to choose an implant size that is too large for their body, since this can lead to complications.
  3. Breast implants are not considered permanent. Women’s bodies change frequently, especially due to pregnancy, weight gain, and menopause, all of which may cause implants to shift or breast shape to change. At some point in the future, the patient may need to undergo a second breast augmentation or lift.
  4. No surgery is the same for every woman. Breast augmentation surgery is a highly personal procedure, and it is tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient.
  5. Risks during this surgery are rare. There are risks with any surgery, and breast augmentation is no exception. Possible early complications may include swelling, pain, scarring, and infection.  The most common possible late complication is implant displacement and capsular contracture.  These complications will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

Contact Dr. Frank  for more information about Breast Augmentation.

If you are interested in having breast augmentation surgery, or want to learn more about any other procedures we offer, contact Dr. Ryan Frank today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228!

Which Body Contouring Procedure Is Right For You?

LiposuctionMany people struggle with areas of the body marked by pockets of excess fat, loose skin or cellulite. There are two main surgical procedures available for both men and women that rejuvenate trouble areas and help sculpt and shape the contours of the body.

While Dr. Frank will work with you to create a custom plan tailored to meet your needs and goals, here is a guide to two of the most common body contouring procedures.

Liposuction

One of the most common cosmetic procedures, liposuction creates a slimmer contour by removing excess fat from a targeted area of the body. This procedure not only slims the area, but ensures that fat will not return. It is important to note that liposuction is designed to remove small areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss method, and it cannot remove cellulite or loose skin.

During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, local or general anesthesia is used.

The most common areas of the body on which liposuction is performed include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest and chin. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, helps flatten the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening muscles. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition, with pockets of fat or loose skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. This procedure is popular among women who wish to achieve a flatter, smoother contour after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty can also be appropriate for slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity. Anyone planning on losing a significant amount of weight, and women planning on having more children, should wait before undergoing an abdominoplasty.

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If you are interested in learning more about any of the cosmetic procedures we offer, contact Dr. Frank today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

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