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So When Can I Work Out After Plastic Surgery?

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Like it is for me, exercise is extremely important to many of my patients. It keeps us fit and frankly, sane. So when we are talking about plastic surgery and the recovery that a patient can expect, this question comes up a lot.

Woman stretching on a bridge before going on a run.

While it varies from procedure to procedure, the good news is that I really try to minimize downtime for my patients. As soon as it is safe to get back into routines, I am all for it. Bedrest is a thing of the past. In fact, I cannot think of a procedure in which a walk outside the day after surgery isn’t a good thing. Ok, maybe a calf augmentation. 

Exercise After Breast Surgeries

For most breast surgeries—including breast augmentations, lifts, and reductions, patients can expect to be back to cardio by four to six weeks. In the meantime, long walks, Peloton (without getting in and out of the saddle!) and lower body workouts are encouraged. Avoid heavy lifting and more dynamic (read: bouncing) exercises. This is because we want to give enough time for the internal scar tissue to form properly for a pretty and lasting result. I also tend to hold off on submerging in a pool or the ocean until about six weeks, so that incisions are 100% healed.

Exercise After Body Sculpting

With liposuction, the biggest factor to consider is swelling. You may feel well enough to hit the gym after a week, but remember to keep your compression garments on and dial back the exercise if you notice increased swelling. You aren’t likely to impact your long-term results, but you may prolong swelling if you do too much. 

Tummy tucks are a bit tougher recovery because of the core tightening that is generally performed. It is extra important after this operation to get up and walk, even the evening of surgery. This promotes circulation and prevents scary complications like blood clots. 

Most patients are taking long walks a couple weeks after surgery. Since so many exercises engage the core—like an exercise bike, running, elliptical, Crossfit—we hold off on these until the six-week mark. Core strengthening exercises, like sit-ups and planks, are sometimes pushed off even further, like eight to 10 weeks, if a big muscle separation or hernia was fixed at the time of the tummy tuck. 

After most face procedures, like eyelid surgery or a facelift, patients are advised to limit strenuous activity and exercise for about four weeks to prevent excess swelling and bruising. Non-invasive procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers, have almost no downtime. Give yourself a day to minimize swelling after filler treatments. 

A VERY important rule of thumb for all types of surgical recovery is if it hurts, you aren’t ready. If you have a sensation of tugging, pulling, or discomfort, ease off that movement for the time being. It is also a good idea to gradually ramp up your activity: 20 minute jog, yes; Crossfit burpee challenge, no. 

Lastly, every patient is different. We will look over everything together to make sure you are sufficiently healed to resume unrestricted activity and fitness. Recovery is a process, but you will get back to it. Promise!

Ximena Pinell, MD

Plastic Surgery Under Local Anesthesia

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Dr. Pinell performing eyelid surgery in OR.When patients are considering a plastic surgery procedure, they understandably want to minimize their downtime. In some cases, doing the procedure under local anesthesia—instead of general anesthesia, which involves a breathing tube—can simplify the procedure and the recovery. 

Local anesthesia involves numbing the surgical field, i.e. where we are working, with lidocaine injections, such that the patient is wide awake but completely comfortable. In other instances, we might add an oral sedative or pain medication to take the edge off, but the patient is still awake or at most a little drowsy. Avoiding IVs and breathing tubes makes for a lighter recovery. No hangover from anesthesia, no nausea or prolonged sleepiness. We chat or listen to music during the procedure, and the patient literally walks his or herself out of the procedure room. Easy enough!

So which procedures can reasonably be done under local anesthesia?

Most skin surgery, like mole removals, skin cancer reconstructions, or scar revisions are done with the patient wide awake. Lesion excisions, such as lipomas, can also be done under local if they are not too deep. Upper eyelid surgery can be comfortably done awake, as can chemical peels, lip lifts, and skin rejuvenating treatments. I do most labiaplasties awake since the area we are treating can be very effectively anesthetized with lidocaine. When a patient wants liposuction for a discrete area—like the chin or a small abdominal pooch, a more dilute lidocaine preparation allows us to do it safely and comfortably with the patient awake. More extensive liposuction is better done asleep to ensure patient comfort and optimal results. In general, when surgeries address a more expansive area—like a breast lift or tummy tuck, the whole field is difficult to numb with local anesthesia and the procedure takes a bit longer, so general anesthesia is preferred. 

In my experience, procedures under local anesthesia tend to be easier on patients. There are fewer pre op requirements, like no clearances or requirements for fasting. After a few short pinpricks to deliver the local anesthesia, the procedure is generally painless. The patient is awake and can see their results right away. And no fogginess from anesthesia! In the right patient and procedure, local anesthesia is an excellent option with predictable, great results.

Ximena Pinell, MD

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What Should You Look for in a Plastic Surgeon?

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So, you’ve seen how plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments have worked on some of your favorite celebrities and have decided that you want to correct aesthetic issues that you are struggling with. 

That’s a great first step in attaining a more rejuvenated appearance! 

However, the next step in your journey is one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects in having cosmetic surgery, and that is choosing the right plastic surgeon

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The unfortunate truth is that not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons are the same, so you want to make sure that the plastic surgeon you have operating on you is the right one. 

Below, you’ll find some information on why you need to be picky about your plastic surgeon and some tips for how to make the right choice for you!

Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon?

Think about it: you wouldn’t want a dermatologist to perform open-heart surgery on you, nor would you want a dentist doing brain surgery. 

The same is true about plastic surgeons. 

Like medical doctors, plastic surgeons specialize in different types of procedures and treatments. 

Because of this, you want to make sure that you are choosing a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the correction you are looking to have. 

How Should I Pick the Right Plastic Surgeon?

After you have come up with a list of plastic surgeons who specialize in the procedure or treatment you want, then you should make sure that they have significant experience and success in performing that procedure. 

One of the easiest ways of finding a plastic or cosmetic surgeon with experience is to make sure that they are board certified and have significant experience. 

While all plastic surgeons need to start somewhere and get practice, do you really want to be the patient they are practicing on? Probably not. So, choose a plastic surgeon who has a long list of successful procedures and be happy knowing that you will be added to that list.

What Are Other Tips for Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon?

In addition to choosing a successful board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the procedure you are looking to undergo (such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, or liposuction), here are some other tips for making sure your plastic surgeon is the right one for you:

Ask Questions

During your consultation, it is so important that you ask the plastic surgeon questions. 

These questions should include their professional track record and background as well as the techniques they use and the reasons why they perform the procedures that way. 

A consultation allows you to essentially interview the plastic surgeon, and you want to make sure that you choose one that you feel comfortable with.

Ask to See Before and After Photos

One of the best ways to decide whether or not to choose a particular plastic surgeon is to see the results from their previous work

Before and after image showing the results of a tummy tuck performed in Washington, DC.

If you are not happy with the way previous patients look, then chances are you won’t be happy with your own results. Make sure that the results you see match up with your goals and expectations for your results.

Look at Reviews

Luckily, in our day and age, it is very easy to find reviews and ratings for just about anything, and this includes plastic and cosmetic surgeons

It is important to see what other patients say about their experiences. See if they are happy with their plastic surgery results and with the care and treatment that they received from that particular plastic surgeon.

Why Choose DAVinci Plastic Surgery?

At DAVinci Plastic Surgery, our plastic and cosmetic surgeons put you, the patient, first. This means creating a relaxing and trusting environment while also bringing the highest level of quality to each and every procedure they perform. 

Dr. Steven P. Davison is one of the only triple board-certified plastic surgeons in the Washington, DC, area. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Dr. Ximen A Pinell is double board-certified in aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. 

Interested in Learning More?

If you are looking to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery and want to discuss your aesthetic goals, then give us a call at 202-966-9590 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation.

Considering Liposuction? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Be Recovered by Summer

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Let’s be honest, nearly each one of us has some extra fat on our bodies that we’d love to get rid of. And while nothing beats a healthy diet and regular exercise, sometimes these just aren’t enough to remove pockets of stubborn fat from our bodies. 

This is where plastic surgery comes in. Liposuction is one of the most trusted and commonly performed cosmetic procedures each and every year. 

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Liposuction can help you shed that extra flub so that you’ll be ready to show off your newly sculpted body to the world. And what better time than summer to do that, right? 

Summer means pool parties and hanging out at the beach, and you want to have a beach body just like your favorite celebrity! With liposuction, you’ll be able to feel comfortable with your appearance so that you can show off your contours in bathing suits, bikinis, and cute summer outfits. 

What Is Liposuction?

With over 210,000 procedures performed in 2020, liposuction is one of the most popular and successful plastic surgery procedures available. Liposuction removes stubborn subcutaneous fat from various areas of your body. 

And the best part is that once the fat is removed, it is gone for good!

Liposuction surgery takes anywhere from one to several hours to be completed and is performed under local or general anesthesia so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. 

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that Dr. Davison or Dr. Pinell will only make small incisions in your skin. This will result in only minor scarring that will fade over time. It is through these small incisions that your plastic surgeon will insert a cannula (a thin tube) to break up the fat deposits under your skin. After this fat is loosened, it is vacuumed out of your body through the cannula.

Because liposuction offers such dynamic results, it is often used in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures, such as:

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?

The benefits of liposuction are both physical and mental. Stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t get rid of will be gone, and you’ll be left with a thinner and more contoured physique. 

In addition to that, you’ll be able to feel confident about the way you look. Instead of covering up with clothing or towels, you’ll be able to enjoy the water, sun, and sand this summer!

Why Do I Need to Act Now?

As much as we’d like them to be, liposuction results aren’t immediate. Generally speaking, it takes one to three months for your liposuction results to become final (and for all swelling to subside), which means that you’ll need to schedule your consultation soon so that you can have that summer body ready for those hot months.

Before and after image showing the results of a liposuction treatment performed in Washington, DC.

You can see more transformations by visiting our liposuction before and after photo gallery.

Interested in Learning More About Liposuction?

If you are looking to finally get that beach body you’ve always wanted, then give us a call at 202-966-9590 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation.

Does a Facelift Address the Entire Face?

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Many people want their facial appearance to look more youthful and vibrant. It’s one of the reasons that so many celebrities have had facelifts

However, when you hear the term “facelift,” you may think that the procedure encompasses the entire face — “face” is in the name, after all. 

However, this is a common misconception. 

In reality, facelift surgery only addresses the lower two-thirds of the face. So, while the lower part of your face will look refreshed and renewed after a facelift, the upper portion will remain untreated.

Woman splashing water on her face.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that addresses sagging and loose skin in the lower portions of the face, which is brought on by age, substantial weight loss, or genetics.

The main areas of correction include the cheeks, jowls, areas around the mouth, chin, and neck. 

Since many patients are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging tissues that have developed around these areas, facelift surgery is the ideal procedure, and it addresses these issues to give a younger and more refreshed look, which will, in turn, leave patients feeling more confident in the way they look.

The Procedure

A facelift addresses the middle and lower portions of the face, which includes everything from the cheeks to the neck. Depending on the extent of the surgery, either local or general anesthesia is used, so patients won’t feel any pain during the procedure. 

After the anesthesia has been administered, incisions are made, starting at the temples and extending down the sides of the face, going behind the ear, and ending in the lower scalp. If the neck needs to be addressed, an extra incision is made under the chin. 

The underlying tissues and muscles are tightened, fat is removed and/or redistributed, and the skin is elevated. Once this has been completed, the facial skin is redraped, and any excess skin is removed. 

Finally, the incisions are closed, and the patient is ready to begin the recovery process. After a few weeks, the patient will have a rejuvenated lower face. 

But what if you want your whole face to look younger? 

How to Rejuvenate the Rest of the Face

Since a facelift only focuses on the lower portion of your face, you may want to consider an additional facial procedure to ensure a completely balanced and natural look. 

Some of these procedures include:

Besides having a more evenly contoured face, which makes you look years younger, another benefit of combining procedures is that there is less overall recovery, as your facelift recovery will be happening at the same time as you are recovering from the other procedures. 

Once your results settle in, you won’t be able to help smiling at your reflection in the mirror!

Want to Learn More About Rejuvenating Your Entire Face?

If you have any questions about facelift surgery or combining it with other facial procedures, then our board-certified plastic surgeons will be happy to help give you the information you need. 

Give us a call at 202-966-9560 or fill out our online form here.

You can also see our facelift transformations by visiting our facelift before and after photo gallery.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Liposuction

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Millions of women and men struggle with excess fat deposits, causing them to feel less confident in their bodies. You may even be at your ideal weight but self-conscious about your flabby upper arms, love handles, belly pooch, or other common problems that negate your toned physique. 

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For individuals unable to achieve their aesthetic goals by conventional means, liposuction is an excellent plastic surgery treatment that can help you achieve a sleeker, more proportionate body.

Here are some top reasons why you might consider having liposuction.

1. To Eliminate Diet and Exercise-Resistant Fat

Sometimes, even with an active, healthy lifestyle that incorporates strict diets and exercise routines, it can be incredibly difficult to remove pockets of flab from your body. 

Liposuction effectively eliminates isolated, bulging areas of localized fatty deposits anywhere in the body to achieve a more flattering contour.

2. Nearly Any Area of the Body Can Be Treated

For patients looking to target multiple areas for a more dramatic change in their body contour, liposuction is a suitable choice. The versatility of the procedure allows it to be used virtually anywhere to achieve the changes you desire. This includes (but is not limited to) the abdomen, back, flanks, thighs, hips, etc.

3. Liposuction Offers Permanent Results

With liposuction, fat is removed instantly and permanently. 

When your treatment is complete, the removed fat cells are gone for good. However, the remaining fat cells can expand with significant weight gain, so patients are advised to keep up with physical fitness and make wise decisions in diet to maintain their results.

4. Can Be Combined With Other Procedures for More Dramatic Results

Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, breast lift surgery, upper body lift surgery, and other skin-tightening procedures for the best results. 

Autologous fat transfer can also be performed for patients who desire more extensive body contouring.

5. You Are Ready to Look Slim, Fit, and Toned

For people who have put in the work to lose weight and improve their strength and health, liposuction can help them sculpt their physiques even further. The procedure allows you to achieve a more toned, fit, and proportionate body and create a better silhouette that makes you look and feel your best.

It is important to note that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss or a treatment for obesity. Ultimately, the ideal candidate should be in good overall health, have minimal skin laxity, and have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome.

Interested in Learning More?

While not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure, we encourage you to book an appointment with our experienced plastic surgeons to discuss your desires and determine if liposuction is the right option for your specific needs. Contact us today at 202-966-9590 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.

Should You Inject Loose Silicone Into the Butt?

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Despite the recent news coverage and scientific discoveries behind the dangers of injecting loose silicone into the butt for enhanced projection, many women and men are still participating in this practice. While it’s great to have a well-shaped behind, the idea of injecting something that is deemed fatal by medical societies is — no doubt — terrifying and should be discouraged.

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What Are the Dangers of Silicone Injections?

Unlike the safer medical-grade silicone used in breast implants, loose silicone injections are unsafe and not approved by the FDA. In most situations, the silicone injections are performed by sham doctors who operate unlicensed clinics and only care about the money.

When loose silicone is injected in high quantities, as in the case of butt augmentation, there is an increased risk of vascular occlusions and deadly embolism if silicone enters a gluteal blood vessel and travels to the heart or lungs. Injectable silicone can also lead to other complications like infection, pain, irreversible injuries, granulomas (hard lumps), scarring, and disfigurement. 

Many of these complications may occur right after treatment or months or years later. This is not a risk worth taking, even though it’s intended to be a cheaper and quicker alternative to surgical procedures.

It’s quite unfortunate that some patients are falsely informed they are receiving an FDA-approved dermal filler only to be injected with silicone. 

Until more patients are safe from these harmful practices, plastic surgeons and the aesthetic medicine community must become advocates for safe and healthy aesthetic enhancement measures.

Brazilian Butt Lift: Is It a Safer Alternative?

If you are looking for a safer and better alternative to enhance the shape and size of your backside, you may want to consider getting a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). This is one of the most popular options for creating a plumper and natural-looking butt. A Brazilian Butt Lift allows for total reshaping of the hips and butt through the use of own fat, harvested via liposuction from areas such as the thighs, abdomen, hips, or back.

Unlike butt implants which come in standard shapes and sizes, a BBL is completely customizable, meaning you can obtain the right amount of fullness you seek. Your surgeon will expertly sculpt the area to make the desired enhancements that complement your natural body shape. 

Besides improving the size and roundness of the butt, you also lose fat from other areas of the body, which creates an overall shapelier body and boosts confidence.

What Do Fat Injections to the Butt Look Like?

If you are looking for a safer injectable option for the buttocks, fat transfer is your way to go. Visit our butt augmentation before and after gallery to see how this treatment has helped our previous patients.

Before and after image showing the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift performed in Washington, DC.

Interested in Learning More?

When considering any butt enhancement procedure, choosing highly qualified and extensively trained plastic surgeons like Dr. Davison or Dr. Pinell is imperative. 

Contact us today at 202-966-9590 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and gain a more realistic idea of how a butt augmentation procedure may give you the results you desire. We look forward to hearing from you.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Had Liposuction?

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When people look into having plastic surgery, one of the first concerns is whether their results will be natural-looking. Many people wish to keep their procedures a secret, and that is okay. 

You do not have to tell people you had liposuction if you do not want to. Additionally, your results will likely not give your secret away.

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Liposuction is not something everyone will notice, especially if performed by a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon with a strong sense of anatomy and an artistic eye. Here is why.

Minimal Scarring

Liposuction provides natural results with little-to-no scarring. Unlike some surgical procedures, liposuction surgery requires small incisions that keep scarring at a minimum. 

These incisions are carefully placed along your body’s natural lines to make any necessary scarring discreet and easy to camouflage or conceal with clothing.

Sculpts Multiple Body Areas for Natural Definition

Liposuction is performed on virtually any area of the body, including the abdomen, waistline, back, buttocks, hips, to permanently eliminate fat and provide a leaner, improved body contour. 

Your surgeon can target specific areas while ensuring a smooth transition from one treatment zone to another. This ensures your new contours blend seamlessly with your body’s natural curvature, so you do not look like you really underwent surgery but rather lost the extra weight.

Advanced Liposuction Technology

With modern liposuction technology, it is much easier and quicker to remove large or small amounts of body fat in a highly precise and controlled way to achieve a slim and proportional profile that looks smooth and natural.

Further, patients can enjoy beautiful results with faster recovery as compared to traditional liposuction. Besides the shorter recovery period, there is also less bruising, scarring, pain, swelling, and general discomfort. 

Gone are the days of patients getting stuck in recovery mode after liposuction surgery. This means you can have the surgery and get back to work or exercise in a reasonable amount of time without raising suspicions.

The most important factor in achieving incredible, natural-looking results is choosing a skilled plastic surgeon who can use a variety of tools to help you obtain the results you desire.

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

While liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat cells from the treatment area, the remaining fat cells can expand if you gain weight, diminishing your results. Patients are advised to maintain a stable weight before and after the surgery by sticking to a healthy lifestyle. So, exercise regularly and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to keep your smooth, toned contours and enjoy long-lasting results.

Check Out Our Liposuction Gallery!

If you would like to see how liposuction has benefited our previous patients, visit our liposuction before and after gallery.

Before and after image showing the results of a liposuction treatment performed in Washington DC.

Interested in Liposuction in D.C.?

To learn more about how liposuction can naturally improve your body contours, contact us at 202-966-9590 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation with us at DAVinci Plastic Surgery.

How Often Should Breast Implants Be Replaced?

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Although breast implants aren’t permanent, there isn’t any set schedule for replacement. It’s different for everyone. Some women may have to replace their implants once or twice after the initial surgery; others may not have to at all.

Woman touching a silicone breast implant next to a doctor.

Do Breast Implants Last for 10 Years?

Some women believe that breast implants should be replaced every ten years. This common misconception comes from a 2011 FDA report that stated up to 20 percent of people with breast implants needed to replace or alter them 10 years later.

Another way to look at these statistics is that 80 percent of women with implants did not need another surgery within 10 years.

When Are New Breast Implants Needed?

Most types of silicone and saline implants have been approved by the FDA for 10 to 20 years. 

This can give a misleading impression. Implants don’t have to be replaced after 20 years. The time between replacements is determined by the type of implant, individual physiology, and whether or not any complications have been experienced.

What Should I Look Out for With My Implants?

Contractures or Calcified Lumps

Watch for signs that may mean your implants need attention. One of the most common is capsular contracture. This is a layer of hardened scar tissue that develops around one or both breast implants. This scar tissue makes breasts feel hard and look distorted, and it may be uncomfortable.

Hard lumps under your skin around implants could be calcium deposits. These calcified deposits need to be addressed by a surgeon.

Ruptured Implants

Silicone and saline implants can rupture, although this is very rare. The ASPS states that only three percent of breast implants are affected by deflation or rupture. However, saline implants can leak. Saline is nontoxic, and you will not experience any health complications should your saline implant rupture or leak.

Signs of ruptured implants may be very minor at first but become more noticeable over time. Potential signs of a rupture include reduced breast size, hard knots, pain or tingling, or uneven breast appearance.

Are Breast Implant Replacements Always Necessary?

Breast implants can shift and move out of their original positions over time. This is more likely to occur after pregnancy, significant weight gain, or sudden weight loss. Implants don’t always need to be replaced after shifting, but replacement may be the best option if breasts look lopsided or uneven.

Implants can also wrinkle, which causes rippling on the skin around the breasts. Wrinkling isn’t a health risk, but people may choose to replace wrinkled implants for aesthetic reasons.

Breast revisions aren’t always done out of necessity. Many breast implant replacements are by choice because women want to change something, such as larger or smaller breasts.

Do You Want to Learn More?

Contact DAVinci Plastic Surgery at 202-966-9590 or use the online contact form to schedule a consultation or ask questions. We are happy to help you make an educated decision when choosing breast implants or replacing existing implants.

How Can I Prepare for My Breast Reduction?

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Breast reduction is a common plastic surgery procedure with one of the highest satisfaction rates. While many patients do it for cosmetic reasons, others seek the surgery to relieve themselves of chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms of having large, heavy breasts.

Woman with her hands over her breast against pink.

If you have surgery planned or are looking to undergo breast reduction, you are probably excited to finally take the weight off your shoulders and have breasts that are more comfortable to live with.

It is important to plan ahead and spend some time getting certain aspects ready before going for surgery. Here are some tips for preparing for your breast reduction.

1. You May Need to Lose Excess Weight

If you tend to carry extra weight, your plastic surgeon may recommend you lose the extra weight to reduce the risk of complications and ensure the most optimal results. Losing weight later can affect the results of your surgically reduced breasts (such as creating sagging breasts which may require an additional breast lift). You want to achieve a steady, healthy weight before the surgery.

2. Get Your Health in Order

Optimal health is necessary to be a candidate for a breast reduction procedure. Before your breast surgery, you may be asked to complete various lab tests to gauge your overall health or get a mammogram to ensure a baseline for future testing. You will be advised on what you can and cannot take medication-wise.

More importantly, patients are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle by increasing their level of exercise, eating healthy, taking vitamins and supplements, hydrating, and cutting down on alcohol.

3. If You Smoke, It Is Time to Quit

If you are a smoker, you will have to quit the habit before and after the surgery. Your surgeon may recommend that you quit at least six weeks before your surgery. Smoking restricts blood vessels leading to reduced blood flow, which can delay healing. It also increases your risk of complications, so it is important to stop to ensure you have the best surgical and recovery experience.

4. Arrange for Transportation

Breast reduction surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will need to arrange for a ride home after surgery. You will be in no position to drive, so make sure you talk to a friend or family member in advance to take you home.

5. Enlist Some Help During Recovery

Following your surgery, you will need to take a few days to rest so that your body can heal. Extra help is needed around the house to tend to kids, house chores, and other activities while you recuperate.

Curious About Breast Reduction Results? Look at Our Previous Satisfied Patients!

Many women know that they are unhappy with their breasts, but not all know which breast enhancement surgery is right. Check out our breast reduction before and after gallery to see if the possible results are what you want for yourself. 

Breast reduction before and after image performed in Washington DC.

Think It’s Time for a Breast Reduction?

Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons are here to help you with anything you may need before, during, and after your breast reduction. We hope to make your entire experience as seamless and comfortable as possible every step of the way. Contact us at 202-966-9590 or fill our online form to schedule your consultation.

Neck Liposuction or Neck Lift? Which One Is Right for Me?

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As we age, the skin of the neck (along with the rest of the face) loses elasticity and begins to loosen and sag. This leads to a “turkey neck” appearance or vertical banding of the neck that makes you look much older. Loose skin and muscles can also be accompanied by excess fat under your chin, leading to the loss of jawline and face angularity.

Close-up image of Asian woman's neck with her hand caressing her neck contours.

Achieving a more contoured neckline through plastic surgery is the most effective way of reclaiming your youthful looks. Unlike the face, you can’t temporarily fix sagging skin with fillers or skin firming creams. Cosmetic surgery and treatments are your top options!

Neck Contouring Options: Neck Lift Vs. Neck Liposuction

Neck lift surgery and neck liposuction are two of the most popular neck contouring procedures for patients seeking to improve the neck contours and restore a more attractive jawline.

Although neck liposuction and neck lift surgery are both procedures that improve the neck’s appearance, they treat two different issues. It’s important to know the difference between the two and what results you can expect.

How Neck Lift Works

If your neck exhibits moderate to severe sagging, a neck lift can reposition sagging skin and remove its excess and/or tighten loose neck muscles to restore a smoother and better-defined neckline. Your neck lift procedure can be incorporated into a facelift when your skin concerns extend up into the mid-face.

Benefits of a neck lift include:
  • Reduction/elimination of neck banding
  • Reduced appearance of neck wrinkles and creases
  • A more defined jawline
  • Improved neck appearance
  • Long-lasting results

How Neck Liposuction Improves Neck Contours

For patients with the dreaded “double chin” or that unattractive fullness underneath the chin, neck liposuction is recommended to enhance the area and balance facial features.

With neck liposuction — also referred to as submental liposuction — excess fat below the jaw is removed to create a more sculpted contour. A notable benefit of the procedure is that the harvested fat can be used to reverse significant facial volume loss with fat transfer techniques.

Neck liposuction, when performed alone, is ideal for younger patients with stubborn neck fat and good skin elasticity, as the skin can still contract sufficiently after surgery. For patients with excess sagging, a neck lift surgery will be performed in conjunction with liposuction to achieve a more defined profile.

Therefore, if your skin has lost its elasticity, neck lift surgery or a combination of the two procedures is the only way to achieve a more delicate, naturally youthful neck contour.

Let DAVinci Plastic Surgery Help You Choose the Best Neck Contouring Procedure for You!

During your consultation, Dr. Davison or Dr. Pinell will evaluate your neck area and skin firmness to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns.

Contact us today at 202-966-9590 or fill our online contact form to schedule a consultation with our highly experienced plastic surgeons.

Why Do People Undergo Rhinoplasty?

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When people think of nose surgery, they often think of it as a strictly cosmetic procedure. While aesthetic concerns are still the primary driving force behind rhinoplasty (as it can significantly improve the appearance of the nose and increase confidence levels), it is far from the only reason. 

Rhinoplasty surgery is also performed to correct poor nasal function and fix a nose after severe injury.

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What Are the Three Main Reasons Patients Undergo Nose Surgery?

1. To Improve Nasal Aesthetics

Rhinoplasty can improve the nose’s appearance, which in many cases will improve the patient’s life. Some people are born with very large or odd-shaped noses, and rhinoplasty can help to increase confidence and self-esteem. 

People who have been bullied in the past due to the shape or size of their noses often report greater confidence and feelings of well-being after having rhinoplasty.

Some common aesthetic nasal concerns include:
  • Large bumps or humps
  • Wide nasal bridges
  • Crooked noses
  • Flared nostrils
  • Upturned or downturned nasal tips

2. To Improve Nasal Functionality

Rhinoplasty surgery is often used to correct poor nasal function. Many people who opt for the operation have trouble breathing through their nose (often due to a deviated septum), and making minor changes to the nose can help.

An uncorrected deviated septum can lead to:
  • Troubles sleeping
  • Heavy breathing
  • Headaches
  • Snoring
  • Sinus congestion
  • Frequent nosebleeds

3. To Correct a Severe Injury

Nose surgery can also be used to fix a nose after a severe injury. Patients who play sports or have had an accident or injury resulting in a broken nose may need rhinoplasty. 

After a nose has been broken, the bones may join together, leaving a lump. Not correcting a broken nose may also cause difficulty breathing, infections, and perforations (holes) in the nasal septum.

Living with the after-effects of nasal trauma can be challenging, and rhinoplasty can help to improve the patient’s quality of life.

What Is the Difference Between Rhinoplasty and Septorhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to repair and reshape the external nasal structure. The surgery varies depending on the patient’s needs and can change the nasal shape and functionality. 

Septorhinoplasty is a procedure that repairs/adjusts the nasal septum but does not necessarily adjust the look of the nose.

In general, rhinoplasty surgery takes longer to complete, and the patient will also have a slightly more extended recovery period than with septorhinoplasty. 

If you are unsure whether you need rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty, you can contact DAVinci Plastic Surgery to discuss your options.

Contact DAVinci Plastic Surgery Today!

If you are interested in finding out more about how a rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty procedure can help you improve the look of your nose or repair your nose, contact DAVinci Plastic Surgery. Located in Washington D.C., our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell, have years of experience performing rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty.

Call the team today at (202) 966-9590.


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