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How Much Botox is Right For Me?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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Here in Savannah, we typically see patients in our office inquiring about how much Botox is right for them. This is often a result of advertising that offers patients a fixed amount of Botox for a reduced price. As many of you know already, Botox is the trade name for a muscle paralyzing medication that we as  Plastic Surgeons use as an injection to paralyze specific muscles of the face. Once muscles that “contract” are paralyzed the overlying skin lines (wrinkles) often fade or all together dissappear. The effect usually takes anywhere from 5 to 14 days for the maximal effect to be evident, and will last anywhere from 4 – 6 months depending on the person.

The amount of Botox you will need is specific to you as a person. Here at the Georgia Institute of Plastic Surgery, we tailor the amount of Botox injected to your specific needs and goals. If you desire to get rid of forehead lines, crow’s feet or want smoother contour between your eyebrows… then you may need a larger dose. The dose you may need to achieve your desired result is patient specific because everyone has a unique amount of muscle mass.  Its important to consult with your Plastic Surgeon when you are considering any injection or procedure.  We encourage you to call us today for a consultation, 912 355 8000.

Revisional Breast Augmentation Surgery

Monday, July 13th, 2009

There is nothing more disappointing than having to have gone through the time, expense, and emotional energy of a breast augmentation – only to be unhappy with the result. There are a few different reasons that the patients are unhappy with their results:

1) Size: Rarely does the patient think they are too large – but up to 25 % of the revisional operation are done to make a patient larger. It is very important to use sizers or other ways to demonstrate to your plastic surgeon what size you want to be.
2) Shape: The final result may be too round, too low, too high, too lateral, too medial. It is not always possible to make the perfect shape: but if you are going to redo your breast – choose a plastic surgeon with a fair amount of experience with this problem.
3) Sag: Often patients with long term implants will start to sag after weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or time. Often a breast lift will be needed.
4) Capsular Contracture: When the breast becomes firm, distorted, or painful. There are good nonoperable and operable techniques for this problem which occurs in 3 – 12% of the patients.
5) Rupture: This is more common in saline implants (6%) and older implants.

Make sure you seek the consultation of an experienced plastic surgeon when you choose to redo your breasts.

Breast Augmentation – What is right for me?

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Breast Augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed to help a women feel better about themselves. After helping over 3,000 women either make their breast larger, smaller, or just more even and perky, I have gotten a good understanding about how important a women’s breast are to their self image and happiness.

I actually became a plastic surgeon because someone close to me had a breast augmentation, and it totally changed her personality. She went from a quiet introvert to an outgoing, vivacous individual. I thought -” That is cool!” They were able to change her life through surgery.

Breast implants are nothing more than a volume and shaping device that is placed beneath your tissues in order to get a larger or more shapely breast. When choosing the appropriate size for you, you must realize that your new breast size will be what ever volume of breast you already have plus the amount we add to your breast. You also want to choose a size that you will be happy with now, when you have a child and you are at the PTA meeting and want to carry around when you are 65 years old.

In future bolgs, we will talk about choosing the right implant type, location of implant and incision choice.

Male Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

More men are coming in to see us in reference to male gynecomastia, so I thought that i would write some information in regards to what are the problems and how do we treat them.
Problems:

1) Breast Bud: A mass that is often tender beneath the nipple areolar complex.
2) Excess Breast Fat: This gives us the overall enlargement of the breast.
3) Excess Skin: The excess sag and skin that is more common with larger breasts.

Procedures Used
Today the most common operation is a combination of pheriperal liposuction with excision of the breast mass through either a scar under the areolar or through the nipple itself. Our goals is to give you the best result with the littlest external scar possible. If there is a lot of redundant skin, it may require a mastopexy or skin incision to make the breast flat.

Most patients are very appreciative of the results.