The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest professional organizations in the United States for cosmetic and plastic surgeons, has released the 2017 statistics from its annual survey of its members. Each year, the ASPS sends out a questionnaire to its members to gather data on current trends in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, including which procedures are becoming more popular. (more…)
When it comes to looking your best, there’s more to it than cosmetic surgery. Exercise and diet can make a major difference when it comes to your appearance. That’s why Dr. Mark Deuber takes time to consider activities patients can do before and after a cosmetic procedure. Certain activities can help you look great and promote better overall health. (more…)
In one of the newest installments of The Deubers Are In, Cary mentioned how excited she was about the drainless tummy tuck surgery, which her husband, Dr. Mark Deuber, now offers at his Dallas, TX plastic surgery center. This type of surgery does not require patients to have temporary surgical drains placed after the procedure. (more…)
As with so many things in life, timing is crucial. When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, timing can mean the difference between having fun in the sun and having to stay at home to recuperate. When discussing breast augmentation with patients at our Dallas, TX practice, we often discuss the ideal time of year for surgery.
In our recent video, When Is the Best Time for Breast Augmentation Surgery, from our video series The Deubers Are In, we consider the issue of timing when it comes to breast augmentation. We’ll note some basics about surgical recovery and then offer advice on the best months to get breast implants.
Full Recovery Takes Weeks, Not Days
Thanks to modern advances in plastic surgery techniques, patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery experience 24-hour recovery. Patients can resume many of their normal activities 24 hours after they’ve gotten breast implants.
Yet 24-hour recovery is different from full recovery.
While a breast augmentation patient may be able to walk around home and perform simple tasks, she will not be fully healed from surgery for several weeks. The idea of 24-hour recovery causes a number of misconceptions, and some patients mistakenly believe that they can undergo breast augmentation in May and be on the beach the next weekend. That is not the case.
Restrictions on Swimming and Submerging in Water
After breast augmentation, patients will want to avoid swimming and submerging in water for six weeks. This is a common sense precaution to prevent post-surgical infection while a patient is still in the process of recovery.
Whether it’s in a pool, a hot tub, a lake, or the ocean, water contains many vectors for infection and disease. Patients need to avoid the water until they’ve sufficiently healed.
Side Effects Take Time to Work Through
In addition to avoiding infection, the side effects of breast augmentation surgery take a few weeks to work themselves out. For example, bruising and swelling of the breasts is most pronounced in the first two weeks, yet minor swelling and discoloration can last for another few weeks after that.
Again, there’s a difference between 24-hour recovery and full surgical recovery that patients should keep in mind when they’re scheduling their surgery.
December and January: The Ideal Time for Breast Augmentation
December and January are the ideal months to schedule a breast augmentation surgery. During the winter, work tends to slow down and people usually take extended vacations. There are many holidays during these months that make them optimal for maximizing time off.
By the time a patient is fully healed, she won’t just be ready for summer. Patients will be able to hit the beach for spring break without any lingering side effects or risk of post-op complications.
The Deubers Are In: Video Chats about Plastic Surgery
Dr. Deuber and his wife Cary have recorded a video about the right time for breast augmentation surgery, which elaborates on the points made above. It’s part of a regular video series called The Deubers Are In.
New videos will appear on this site and on social media every two weeks, with the Deubers discussing topics that are of interest to plastic surgery patients. Check back again for the latest videos in the series.
Learn More about Breast Augmentation
To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and your many other options to improve your appearance, contact a skilled cosmetic surgeon today. Dr. Deuber and his team will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.
We all remember what it was like having oily skin and large pores when we were teens. We tried every rinse, cream, and soap on the market, but were still self-conscious about large pores and breakouts. Of course, our parents kept reassuring us that, in time, we would grow out of it and no longer have problem skin when we became adults. (more…)
Bariatric surgery is a great option to consider for people who are obese or morbidly obese. The surgery helps patients lose weight quickly and safely, with long-term benefits to health and wellness. After losing a massive amount of weight, many patients will experience issues with loose skin and overall body contour.
At our Dallas, TX plastic surgery center, we’ve helped numerous bariatric surgery patients get rid of this loose skin and enhance their appearance and confidence in the process. Undergoing liposuction for cosmetic fat removal is often a key part of a comprehensive body sculpting plan for bariatric surgery patients once they’ve lost a lot of excess body weight.
Problem Pockets of Fat
Even thought bariatric surgery results in weight loss, it doesn’t mean a patient will lose all of his or her body fat. Pockets of fat may stick around in certain problem areas, such as the abdominal region, the thighs, the buttocks, the hips, and the upper arms. Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, this body fat may not go away entirely.
Body contouring surgery such a liposuction is the only way to get rid of this stubborn, unwanted fat as well as loose skin and stretch marks. A plastic surgeon can sculpt your frame after massive weight loss, allowing you to look your very best.
Timing Your Liposuction for Maximum Benefit
In order to make sure the results of liposuction last after bariatric surgery, timing is key. Bariatric surgery patients will generally be losing weight and achieving their weight loss goals for one to two years after their surgical procedure. Performing body contouring surgeries too soon means the results of these procedures may not be optimal.
As a general rule, bariatric surgery patients should only consider plastic surgery procedures after they have achieved their weight loss goals. By that point, they will not be losing any more weight, and the appearance of the body will not undergo any significant changes.
Keep in mind that this ideal time for surgery varies from patient to patient. It could be 18 months after bariatric surgery or even three or more years after a weight loss procedure. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can help determine the proper timing for liposuction and other post-bariatric cosmetic surgeries.
The Benefits of Liposuction after Bariatric Surgery
There are a number of key benefits to undergoing bariatric surgery after you’ve lost a lot of weight:
- Unwanted pockets of fat can be removed with ease
- Improved body contour and appearance after significant weight loss
- Especially ideal for parts of the body where fat is hard to lose (e.g., shoulders, triceps, thighs)
- Surgical scarring from liposuction is minimal and difficult to detect
- Patients feel better about their overall appearance
Liposuction as Part of a Total Body Lift Plan
Liposuction alone will not be enough to address the stretch marks and loose skin that bariatric surgery patients face after their surgery. Liposuction may just be just part of a multi-step total body lift that helps a patient look trimmer and fitter.
Total body lift surgery with liposuction can be discussed as part of the consultation process. A full, customized treatment plan can be developed that properly addresses all of your cosmetic concerns.
Learn More about Liposuction
For more information about liposuction and whether or not it’s the right option for you, be sure to contact Dr. Mark A. Deuber. We will help you remove unwanted fat and enhance your body contour and figure.
No two women have the exact same body shape. You’ve probably read in fashion magazines about the differences between an apple-, pear-, or hourglass-shaped body, in terms of which clothes to wear to accentuate or cover up certain aspects of your body type. (more…)
When you have certain aesthetic goals, they tend to coincide with certain occasions, such as a spring wedding. Aesthetic goals may also be driven by certain types of clothing, like a bathing suit or a new summer wardrobe. To make the most of your surgical results, timing can be crucial, especially for breast enhancement and body contouring surgeries. (more…)
As you gain weight, your body will undergo certain changes. However, no two people’s bodies will change in exactly the same way. How and where you gain weight depends on a number of factors, including your body shape, exercise level, and diet. Even your gender can play a role in how your body stores fat. (more…)
A person’s nose can have a major impact on the look of someone’s face. That may explain why rhinoplasty (nose job) remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. Thanks to rhinoplasty, Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Mark Deuber can address the aesthetic issues that affect the appearance of the nose. (more…)
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