Month: January 2015

Breast Lift Vs. Breast Augmentation: Which Procedure Is Right For You?

breast procedureBreast procedures are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. Many women choose to undergo plastic surgery to enhance or rejuvenate their bustline for various reasons, whether it be to restore their breasts following weight loss or pregnancy, or to achieve the contour that they have always desired. To the patient, it can be confusing when deciding between breast procedures. A patient may think they need a breast augmentation to achieve their goal, when in act a breast lift would better suit them.

During the pre-op consultation, Dr. Frank and his nursing team will expertly examine each patient’s anatomy and take into consideration their cosmetic goals, then design a customized treatment plan. This post will discuss various breast surgeries to help patients become acquainted with each procedure.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can not only increase the size of a patient’s breast, but can also restore balance and fullness. There are many implant options available to help patients achieve natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing breasts.

This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, and usually lasts one to two hours. Recovery time tends to be short, with many patients returning to work and other daily activities within one week following surgery.

Breast Lift

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, creates a more youthful contour by lifting the breasts and restoring firmness. During this procedure, the surgeon trims away excess skin and tightens the tissues of the breast. This not only creates fullness, but allows the breasts to sit higher on the chest. A mastopexy typically takes one to three hours to perform, and requires one to two weeks of downtime to allow for proper healing.

Interested in Learning More About Breast Procedures? Contact Dr. Ryan Frank.

If you are interested in breast enhancement in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

10 Plastic Surgery Myths, Busted!

plastic surgeryMany have misconceptions about plastic surgery. To follow are the top 10 plastic surgery myths, busted for your education.

Top 10 Plastic Surgery Myths

  1. Plastic Surgery is Only for the Wealthy. This myth no longer holds true. With numerous advancements to technology, many plastic surgery procedures are considerably less invasive, which lowers costs. In fact, popular procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and laser hair removal have decreased in cost since 1997, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
  2. Plastic Surgery is Only for Vain and Materialistic People. This is entirely false, many patients report having realistic expectations and surgical goals. Most patients also report feeling healthier and happier after undergoing plastic surgery.
  3. Plastic Surgery Results in Excessive Scarring. This myth is entirely false, skilled plastic surgeons deliberately hide scars in natural contours to reduce visibility and make sure that patients look their best after their procedures.
  4. Liposuction is a Weight Loss Procedure. This is false, although liposuction removes stubborn fat, it is not a weight loss procedure. Those who undergo liposuction should not expect to necessarily lose weight, but rather improve upon the contours of their body.
  5. Cosmetic Surgery is the Same Thing as Plastic Surgery. This false statement is a slightly confusing, because although plastic surgery goals may be cosmetic, a plastic surgeon and a surgeon referring to his or herself as a “cosmetic” surgeon are not equally certified. Plastic surgeons are board certified and have undergone a five-year surgical residency with a minimal of two years dedicated directly to plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons are not board certified and can be any surgeon performing a procedure with cosmetic goals.
  6. BOTOX®, is botox, is botox. Yes, all injectable botolinum toxin brands contain the same active ingredient, however “botox,” is a popular brand name, BOTOX® Cosmetic.
  7. Breast Implants Can Kill You. This is an incredibly rare occurence, Breast augmentation is one of the most popularly performed plastic surgery in the world, and produces some of the most satisfying results. The FDA has approved numerous brands of breast implants that have gone under rigorous testing to ensure their safety or the masses.
  8. You Can’t Breast Feed if you Have Breast Implants. Studies have found that mothers with breast implants face the same challenges with breast feeding as mothers with natural breasts.
  9. Plastic Surgery is Dangerous. As all surgery poses some risk, many plastic surgeries have relatively low associated risk. Selecting a board certified and experienced surgeon can additionally lower risks of complications.
  10. Plastic Surgery is Only for Women. According to the ASAPS, since 1997, men undergoing plastic surgeries has increased 273 percent.

Interested in Plastic Surgery? Contact Dr. Frank.

For more information about plastic surgery in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

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