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Think Outside the Box…Giving the Gift of Youth

Thanksgiving week is here, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas and Hanukkah decorations are popping up everywhere and have been filling the shelves at the retail stores. Seasonal music is piping in through the speakers as we walk down the isles. Advertisements for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales pop up on our screens. Gift giving and receiving is on the top of people’s minds. With this in mind, here are some youth restoring gift ideas for your loved one.

Avoid the Mall

Fortunately, at DAVinci Plastic, we have some great gift ideas for you. We have something for every budget, whether it’s picking up some clinically proven SkinMedica skincare, that dream surgery your significant other has been wanting or something in between like a gift certificate for a non surgical Liquid Facelift, we can take care of your gift needs. Our staff can make gift shopping easy and you won’t have to deal with the mall crowds.

What They Really Want

While the temptation is to shop for some gadget or accessory, nothing has the ability to make someone feel their best like when they know they look great. This is a priceless gift you can give. Don’t worry about it being taboo or taken wrong. If you’ve heard someone say anything related to them wanting cosmetic surgery or injectables, this is an open invitation to provide for that desire.

This is the perfect time of year for the gift of youthfulness. Events with friends, family, co workers will fill up the calendars. The season is full of social gatherings, so if you know they’d like BOTOX or fillers, you may even consider giving this special gift early so the results can be enjoyed throughout the season. Not only will they feel great while looking youthful and rejuvenated at the events, they can look back on the many photos taken this time of year and be happy about what they see.

If you think a little “outside the box,” here are some ideas of the gifts you can give so that the effects are enjoyed throughout the holidays:

  1. Luscious lips… fuller, sexy lips with gleaming red lipstick for that extra joy in all those smiles these holidays. This can be accomplished with a gift certificate for hyaluronic acid fillers like JUVEDERM.
  2. Frown free foreheads… no frown lines or furrowed brows will be present on such joyous occasions this holiday season when they’re smoothed with BOTOX.
  3. Bright eyes… that gleam and glow without being shadowed by sunken tear troughs or creepy crows feet. Injectable fillers will rejuvenated the eyes so they don’t look tired during all the festivities.
  4. Smooth smiles… without deep creases and folds around the nose and outer lips that can lighten a smile to look years younger. Fillers for the winsome smile win.

These gifts won’t require stepping out of the social holiday fun because treatment time is quick and they have no downtime or recovery. So this holiday season, think outside the box and give the gift of youthfulness. Stop by our office or visit www.davinciplastic.com to schedule a consultation to see what gift would be best for your loved one.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

 

No More Turkey Neck

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holiday preparations are under way. Most of us are looking forward to a delicious turkey meal. However positive the association with Thanksgiving dinner may be, that fondness doesn’t extend to the cosmetic issue that many deal with called “turkey neck.” That flabby fat and skin under the chin is most unwelcome. But don’t worry, you can easily eliminate the submental (under chin) bulge without missing any of the holiday festivities, including that scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s how… KYBELLA.

What is KYBELLA?

KYBELLA is the first and only FDA approved injectable treatment to melt away the fat under the chin. The injection of molecules that naturally occur in the body, deoxycholic acid, help the body break down and absorb dietary fat. KYBELLA destroys enough fat cells in the injection site to 
noticeably contour under the chin. It minimizes the appearance of the “double chin” without surgery, which means you don’t miss out on any holiday fun.

What kind of results can you get?

A double chin is an issue that causes dissatisfaction in facial profile for many people. Whether it’s a result of genetics, weight gain or loss, double chins are so hard to get rid of, even with diet and exercise. This is a feature many people hate seeing in their photos, but surgery just isn’t an option this time of year. Fortunately, this is the perfect time of year for KYBELLA. It gets amazing results without any downtime.

After a full KYBELLA treatment, 79% of patients were satisfied with the reduction of their double chin. After receiving treatments, a survey of 1,600 patients, reported that the majority felt happier and that their new chin profile looked younger.

Treatments are typically 4 to 6 weeks apart. It takes approximately 6 weeks to see the results of the fat cells being destroyed and eliminated by the body. Depending on the amount of submental fullness, your treatment schedule can range from 2 to 4 injections.

Is there any downtime?

You can get a KYBELLA treatment and continue with your day. Typically there is some swelling and bruising at the injection site, but another reason this is the perfect time of year for KYBELLA is that you can easily and fashionably cover that with a scarf or turtleneck. It is a series of injections, so you don’t have to be concerned about any recovery, bandages or incisions. Fall and winter months are the perfect time of year, even in the midst of the holidays.

Refine and define your profile this holiday season without any surgery or downtime. With the chilly weather wardrobe, this is the perfect time to get started with KYBELLA to get rid of that turkey neck and double chin. Schedule your KYBELLA consultation for a smooth, sleek jawline and profile at www.davinciplastic.com.

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Healthy Habits for Maintaining Surgery Results

The mindset that surgery is a “quick fix” for your facial and body enhancing procedures isn’t complete or balanced. While surgery can get you the results not necessarily attainable through a healthy lifestyle, it is of utmost importance to take care of yourself before and after your surgery to maintain your results as long as possible. Surgery can appear to turn back decades of aging effects, but it isn’t a permanent fix for the long term effects of genetics or aging.

Fortunately it definitely helps your results to stay longer when they’re accompanied by good lifestyle choices. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips to maintain your surgery results:

Stay Active and Eat Well

Even though procedures like Liposuction permanently remove fat cells, the fat cells that are left behind can expand, taking the place of the ones removed. This results in expanding parts of the body that might appear in odd areas because the fat cells in “normal” spots have been eliminated. Also, with a Tummy Tuck, your extra skin is removed, which doesn’t leave room for expansion. If you gain weight, you’ll stretch out the skin again and negate the trim results. Don’t fear though, you can do your part to maintain your slim and trim post Lipo or Tummy Tuck figure with a healthy diet and exercise.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

There’s a reason most surgeons require you to not smoke or drink before surgery or during your recovery time. Nicotine hinders your body’s immune system and response to inflammation. It can prolong or prevent proper healing, even leading to complications causing excessive bleeding and scarring. Consuming alcohol also increases bleeding and swelling because it dilates your blood vessels and dehydrates your body (causing it to retain water).

Skin Care Matters

It is crucial to take good care of your scars to aid them in healing and fading as much as possible. You don’t want to be too active and stretch them, and you should follow your surgeon’s cleaning ointment application protocol. Beyond the initial healing period, its important to have a good skin care routine. I highly recommend SkinMedica, which we sell in our office, as a clinically proven skin care line to help your skin stay hydrated and smooth.

Cosmetic surgery isn’t a one time investment into your body or face. In order to see the long term results you’ve worked hard for, I highly suggest you follow the simple healthy lifestyle tips outlined above. You’ll be glad you did!

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Liposuction As an “Add On” Procedure

Sometimes there’s just one thing about your features that you’d like to change. It’s been something you’ve thought about for years and even though your happiness isn’t based on solving this issue, it’s something you have a deep desire to address. Sometimes it’s just that one thing, whether it’s Rhinoplasty to straighten that broken nose, Breast Augmentation to restore what breastfeeding depleted, Eyelid Lift (blepharoplasty) to improve vision or appearance of alertness, a Tummy Tuck to smooth the sagging abdominal skin from lost weight or something else.

When planning your plastic surgery together, we will keep the main thing the main thing, however in some cases it makes sense to address some other issues in a safe and simple way. One option is to add on Liposuction to take care of those stubborn spots holding on to fat.

When I suggest adding on Liposuction, in no way do intend to take away from my patient’s primary goal. Often times, my patients don’t even realize they have option of this as an “add on.” Once the option is on the table, it really makes sense to a lot of folks. You’re already undergoing anesthesia and a recovery time, and liposuction doesn’t add much complication to this process. It also can enhance the results of your other body contouring procedures for an even more appealing overall result. Here are a couple of the most popular procedures that pair well with Liposuction as an “add on.”

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

This procedure is geared towards eliminating loose or hanging skin from the arms. With age and significant weight loss, Brachioplasty helps your arms to look more smooth and toned. Often times it works well to include Liposuction to also remove any stubborn fat hanging on too.

Breast Reduction

Most women undergo this procedure to help with the neck, shoulder and back pain associated with overly large breasts. A Breast Reduction involves removal of breast tissue and excess skin, but may also benefit from the removal of fat for ideal contoured results. Often a Breast Lift is helpful for the relocation of the nipple in proportion to the new breast size.

Breast Augmentation

Often the desired outcome of a Breast Augmentation is to enhance body symmetry and balance of curves. Liposuction can add to the effectiveness of this procedure for some women by removing stubborn fat pockets in the waist, abdomen, hips or inner/outer thighs. This furthers contour the body into a “wow worthy” smooth, hourglass figure.

Liposuction as a stand alone or “add on” procedure is the most effective way to remove stubborn fat pouches that diet or exercise can’t touch. It’s one of the most desired body contouring procedures for good reason. Let’s talk about how Liposuction can enhance your body’s curvature by visit www.davinciplastic.com to schedule your consultation today.

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

 

Recovery from Body Contouring Procedures

Focusing on the desired results helps everyone get through the process of recovery. Cosmetic surgery recovery is not easy, but it’s well worth it. Besides focusing on the end results, it does help you get through recovery if you manage your expectations of the recovery process. While we covered Breast Augmentation in depth last blog, here are some more bits of information about the recoveries for some of the other most popular body contouring procedures.

Breast Lift
Typical recovery for a Breast Lift is less than Breast Augmentation because the pectoralis muscle is not manipulated during surgery. Some people are able to go back to work as early as 3 to 6 days after surgery. The raised and tightened nipple and skin will have bruising and swelling for about 7 to 10 days, which can be covered with clothing. Things should feel back to normal around 3 months.

Abdominoplasty

The Tummy Tuck is bit more intense of a surgery than a Breast Augmentation. You will definitely need someone staying with you to help for at least the first 1 to 2 nights. Usually minimum work time off is 10 days. Support garments are necessary for 6 weeks and its crucial to not bend quickly or put any extra strain on the abdomen muscles. Even though movement increases, swelling could last up to 3 months. Optimal results are seen in 6 to 8 months. This makes the Fall and Winter the ideal time to schedule your Tummy Tuck so you can be ready to show off your new flat tummy for the next Spring and Summer.

Liposuction
Recovery from Liposuction is usually pretty short and can be accomplished with some quality rest over a long weekend. If you’re treating multiple areas, it could be 2 to 4 days, then back to work and other daily activities. Just don’t plan on being in a swim suit for the next 2 months because there will be bruising for around 2 weeks and scar healing. It’s great timing to get this procedure in the Fall or Winter months because the extra layers of clothing cover the bruising and compression garments.

Brazilian Butt Lift
This increasingly popular procedure is best performed in the winter months, to give yourself at least 4 months for swelling to dissipate and your new butt to be swimsuit season ready. A Brazilian Butt Lift requires harvesting fat from one part of the body and placing it into the buttocks area. You should feel well enough to be up and about after only 2 days, depending on what part of the body that the fat was collected from. The hardest part of recovery for this procedure is that you shouldn’t be sitting on your buttocks for about 8 weeks so that the fat placement isn’t disrupted. A compression garment and a donut pillow should help you through that part.

Vaginal Rejuvenation
After Labiaplasty, you should be able to return to work and daily activity after a long weekend of rest and staying off your feet. Some soreness and swelling will continue to resolve over the first 2 weeks. Ice packs and over the counter pain medication can help with discomfort. The main requirement is to abstain from any pubic pressure, including wearing tight clothing, certain workouts, horseback riding and intercourse for 3 to 6 weeks to allow for healing.

I hope these overviews of recoveries gave you a good start to understand what you might experience. In our consultation, we discuss your expectations in depth. Schedule one today at www.davinciplastic.com.

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Breast Augmentation: A result well worth the recovery

Last blog I discussed the recovery for Facelift. Here we will cover Breast Augmentation surgery recovery. Breast Augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the USA, and even in the world.

With so many women electing this procedure, there are numerous ways to hear about different recovery experiences, however you need to remember each patient and surgeon is different, therefore so is the recovery. In my precise hands, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll have the best possible surgery outcome.

Generally, the healthier and more physically fit you are, the recovery will be easier for any surgery. Regardless of your health status, it’s important to not rush recovery time, follow your surgeon’s instructions and listen to your body. In this blog, you can learn about what to consider regarding Breast Augmentation surgery recovery and how to make your recovery the best possible experience.

First Couple Days

With Breast Augmentation, I tell everyone to expect a total rest time of 3 to 5 days because this is the period of most inflammation and discomfort. Fortunately, you will have pain meds to help take the edge off, but don’t allow yourself to overdo it. Your movements will be restricted and you shouldn’t drive. I recommend you have an extra person to stay with you and care for you in the beginning.

Definitely no work or much activity during these first couple days. Short walks around the house after day 2 is good to keep the blood flowing and prevent blood clots. But take it real easy, as the breasts are supported by an elastic bandage or special bra and wrapped in gauze to protect the incision sites. While these help with support and swelling, they won’t prevent blood pooling inside if you are too active too early.

Early Weeks

Healing varies by person, but if you have a desk job, you can probably go back to work after a week or 2. In 2 to 3 weeks you should be able to wear more normal fitting clothes. You’re going to have to restrain yourself from shopping just yet because you might feel like buying a bunch of pretty new bras for your new shape and size.

Hold off for a bit longer because the breasts will still change as swelling resolves and settling occurs. Don’t be surprised or worry if the swelling has moved lower to your torso by the end of the first week, it should be significantly less by 2 to 3 weeks.

Also, around 3 weeks the nerves start to “wake up” and cause some possible tingling in the nipples, while other areas still feel numb. You shouldn’t need much help from pain medication at this point, but something over the counter can usually do the trick with any lingering discomfort.

After the First Month

Generally around 6 weeks after a Breast Augmentation, you should be able to resume working out, except heavy lifting. By 3 to 6 months you should be used to your new breasts and they should feel comfortable. By 6 to 9 months, almost all swelling should be resolved and in the desired position. Your breasts shouldn’t look too high, but should look settled and natural. The scars will continue to heal and fade by a year to 18 months. How much they disappear will depend on your skin genetics and how well you take care of them.

As you can see, recovery is a process. Along with good self care during recovery, you will be so happy you trusted yourself to the hands of an expertly qualified surgeon like myself. Schedule a Breast Augmentation consultation today at www.davinciplastic.com.

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Davison

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