Archive for September, 2012

A Quick Overview of the Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty, or more popularly known as arm lift surgery is a “cosmetic procedure for those who have excess fat and skin beneath their upper arms.” Saggy and fatty arms have been the dilemma of countless women around the world. This happens for many reasons including diet, inherited propensities or simply, just growing old.

But if you want to avoid having flabby arms when you get old, diet and exercise should help you get your desired arm physique; but this is not always the case. This is where the arm lift surgery answers your problem.

This procedure will give you a noticeable and effective tightening and lifting in your arm and can even help in restoring your overall arm appearance.

Who Are Good Candidates

The good candidates for arm surgery procedure are those who have healthy weight, which does not change greatly, they should not have major underlying conditions and should not be a smoker. In preparing for this procedure, a person interested should stop taking herbal dietary supplements, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory medications because it can be a great source of blood loss during and after the procedure.

The Procedure

Brachioplasty is usually performed with other plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck, breast augmentation and thigh lift. During the procedure, the patient is first placed under general anesthesia and generally, the procedure takes up to two hours. Your board-certified plastic surgeon then makes an incision on the underside of the arm—from armpit to the elbow. Any excess fats may be removed using lipoplasty. After that, the surplus skin is cut down and the remaining skin will be tightened and finally sutured firmly into place.

Benefits of the Arm Lift Procedure

The most immediate effect of brachioplasty is the improved appearance of your arms. Saggy and flabby arms are eliminated and weight is reduced. The patient will now be able to move the arms much better. Patients also enjoy heightened sense of self-esteem and confidence. Final results only begin to show three to six months after the procedure. But the results last for a very, very long time but the natural aging process will continue to affect the whole body, including your arms. As a patient, you should be prepared for the continued loss of elasticity of your skin in the arm area.

Risks Involved

This is still a plastic surgery procedure so it still has its risks. The most common ones are reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, blood clot, infection and possible numbness. This is generally a safe procedure but if you want to have a smooth and fast recovery period, consult your plastic surgeon about how to prepare properly for the procedure.

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Dos and Don’ts after Rhinoplasty

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in US. During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions to access the bones and cartilages that support the nose. Because the results are remarkable and affordable for many people, it has become one of the most lucrative plastic surgery procedures not just in America but in the Philippines as well.

The key to successful rhinoplasty procedure is having a realistic goal, knowing how to achieve it and being aware of the pre and post operative care. The last may be one of the most overlooked aspects of consultation that is why; a patient must always ask his plastic surgeon about the proper post-operative care after his/her procedure.

This article will show you how to deal with your post rhinoplasty operation. Follow these tips religiously to achieve faster healing.

Follow your plastic surgeon's advice for faster recovery after your rhinoplasty procedure. Photo from Google.

Swelling

Oftentimes, swelling is worse on the first or second day after you leave the hospital and it may become more pronounced along the jaw line. Do these suggestions to have a normal healing: stay up as much as possible after you leave the hospital; this includes walking around, standing and sitting. Avoid bending over or heavy lifting, avoid hitting or bumping your new nose, sleep with your head elevated, avoid forcibly attempting to pull air through the nose, sexual intercourse and lastly, do not tweeze your eyebrows for a week.

Pain

Rhinoplasty usually has little pain but once in a while, you may experience deep and bruised sensations as a result of the swelling that occurs. This is usually worse at night and the prescribed drugs to lessen the pain often cause side effects which include light-headedness—this makes recovery more tedious. To appease this, try applying cold compress before resorting to stronger drugs. If this proves to be futile, your plastic surgeon will prescribe you codeine.

Nose Cleaning

Do not at all blow your nose for ten days; after which, blow through both sides at once. You can clean the outside of your nose and upper lip with Q-tips moistened with peroxide as soon as you return home from the hospital, but don’t overdo it. After a week, the inside of the nostrils can be cleaned with Q-tips with mineral oil and after the bandage has been removed, the nose should be cleaned in the usual manner twice a day.

These are just some of the do’s and don’ts after your rhinoplasty surgery; for more information about how to have fast and comfortable recovery period, do not be shy to ask your surgeon because recovery is not fitted for everyone. Your plastic surgeon should be able to design a recovery program that best suit your needs and lifestyle.

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Five Most Popular Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are very effective for many skin problems including discoloration, acne, wrinkles, etc. Chemical peeling is done by applying a chemical formula onto the surface of the face; this removes the damaged outer layer of the skin leaving a softer and smoother skin underneath. Most procedure takes less than an hour to perform and depending on the condition of your face, it can take up to four sessions to get the desired result.

There are many different types of chemical peels that are suitable for specific skin care problems. The key in having great skin after the procedure is finding a board-certified Philippine plastic surgery expert so that he can monitor the progress of your skin. In this post, find out the five most popular chemical peels from the lightest to the deepest peel available.

Get to know the five most popular types of chemical peels and on your next visit to your surgeon, ask them about it. Photo from Google.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels

Alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHA, are one of the most accepted ingredients in a mild chemical peel. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA used. AHA peels hardly needs anesthetic to be performed and discomfort is very minimal during and after procedure. AHA peels reduces the appearance of fine lines, smoothen rough skin and gives you a more even skin tone. Because this is a mild procedure, it may take a couple of times before you get the desired results.

Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels

Salicylic acid is the most popular beta hydroxyl that is used for chemical peeling. Beta hydroxyl peels often treats acne-prone skin. Be aware though that salicylic acid is more potent than glycolic acid so it provides deeper chemical peel but with longer results. Beta hydroxyl peels are considered mild resurfacing treatments so just like AHA peels, it does require anesthesia and recovery period is relatively short. But, just like AHA peels, desired results will not be achieved after just one session so might as well stick with your appointments. More so, once you had this peel, you need to have it periodically to maintain a softer and smoother skin.

Jessner’s Peel

This is a combination of ingredients mixed into a single formula. This is considered a light chemical peel that is a little stronger than the two mentioned above. Jessner’s peel incorporates lactic and salicylic acid and resorcinol and is applied into the skin that is too damaged to respond to the two previous peels mentioned above. Jessner’s peels are often applied without anesthesia and recovery period takes about two weeks.

Most plastic surgery clinics offer chemical peel these days so ask your surgeon about it.

TCA Peels

Trichloroacetic acid is the most common ingredient found in medium chemical peels. This is used to successfully treat skin imperfections including sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring. After the procedure, the patient might sometimes feel a stinging sensation but don’t worry, over the counter medications are available. Recovery period for TCA peel take a week and results are more dramatic compared to lighter and medium peels. But for best results, one session is not enough.

Phenol Peels

Phenol is used for deep chemical peels and commonly gives the most dramatic result. This treats skin imperfections, removes pre-cancerous growths or completely diminish deep wrinkles. Because this formula is used for deep peeling, it requires at least two hours in you surgeon’s office and unlike the other peels, it requires local anesthesia and pain medication afterward. It takes up to a month for complete recovery but the results are smother skin that lasts longer than the four previous mentioned.

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