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What’s the Difference Between a Full and a Mini Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a term that describes a procedure that contours the abdomen. There are many different variations of the tummy tuck that are commonly performed by plastic surgeons. One way that tummy tucks can be categorized is as a “full” abdominoplasty or as a “mini” abdominoplasty. When discussing tummy tuck with patients they […]

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that removes fat “only” (adipose tissue) through very small incisions by placing a negative pressure (suction) on a cannula (tube). The procedure first became widely performed in the United States thirty years ago and is still very popular for treatment of areas of diet- and exercise-resistant fat. The advantage […]

What Happens During Your Plastic Surgery Consultation?

The formal plastic surgery experience begins with the in-person consultation. The formal plastic surgery consultation accomplishes several prerequisites before performing any plastic surgery procedure. The first and most important is the professional relationship between the plastic surgeon and the patient. This relationship is of primary importance because the physician-patient relationship is the basis of open […]

What Size Breast Implants Should I Get?

Breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts. In many patients, it also improves the shape of the breasts. The foremost question that patients ask regarding breast augmentation is “what size breast implants should I get”? Choosing a breast implant size can be very confusing. Patients frequently have a general idea of what size implants […]

How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon in 15 Steps

Choosing a healthcare provider, in this case a plastic surgeon, can be a daunting challenge. There are a number of “checkboxes” that may be considered when choosing this type of physician, each weighted differently depending on the patient’s situation. Support Patient support is very high on the list of considerations when choosing a plastic surgeon. […]

Can I Have More Than One Plastic Surgery Procedure at a Time?

Plastic surgery patients frequently ask if it is possible to get more than one procedure at the same time. Although not stated directly, patients are essentially asking if it is safe to get more than one procedure at the same time. In general, the answer is yes, a patient can get more than one procedure […]

My Friend Told Me That…: Identifying Reliable Medical and Plastic Surgery Resources

Patients frequently seek general information regarding plastic surgery procedures prior to seeking formal consultation. There are many sources for information about plastic surgery procedures. Probably the most commonly accessed source is websites of plastic surgeons. Qualified plastic surgeons have extensive information on websites to assist patients seeking information on procedures. Because every patient is unique, […]

Should PIP Silicone Breast Implants Be Replaced?

The PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse), a type of breast implants, were manufactured by a French company for approximately 20 years (1991 through 2010). The company was liquidated in 2010. Approximately 2 million pairs of silicone PIP breast implants were manufactured. The silicone PIP implants were exported to Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, […]

How Much Time Do I Need to Recover from Plastic Surgery: Part 2

There is no hard-set rule for recovery for any plastic surgery procedure. Recovery instructions are customized for each patient based on many factors, all of which are discussed before surgery. So, recovery time will vary from patient to patient. In addition to minimizing discomfort, there are other reasons that a measured recovery is important. Early […]

How Much Time Will I Need to Recover from Plastic Surgery?

Patients frequently ask about the time needed for recovery after plastic surgery. Fitting a plastic surgery procedure into a busy schedule can be a challenge. Recovery is a very broad term that means different things to different people, depending upon the patient’s vocation and life situation. Because patients’ needs for recovery after plastic surgery is […]