Getting Plastic Surgery Through Alphaeon Credit Financing
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to smooth out some of the wrinkles on your face? Or perhaps you’ve pondered a flatter belly through a tummy tuck procedure.
Among the many things we have to deny ourselves during this pandemic, plastic surgery ISN’T one of them.
Still, even though plastic surgery is more affordable than ever, you may feel that it’s out of reach for you. But maybe you didn’t know that you can get plastic surgery through Alphaeon Credit Financing.
Alphaeon Credit Financing an easy way to pay for procedures, treatments, products, and services provided by board-certified plastic surgeons.
How Plastic Surgery Through Alphaeon Credit Financing Works
It all starts by applying for an Alphaeon Credit Card. And unlike other things these days, it’s easy.
You’ll definitely need the following:
- current government-issued photo ID
- valid government-issued tax identification number (such as a SSN or SIN)
- street, rural route, or APO/FPO mailing address
Once you have those, you can first see if you prequalify before filling out an application. If you’re certain you already qualify, you can skip the pre-qualification step and apply here instead to complete an online application.
And if you’re not a big fan of the internet, you can always ask your doctor’s office to help you with the whole process.
Once you’re approved, you’ll be notified of your credit limit and receive an account number.
Then when you go in to have your plastic surgery procedure, you just inform your doctor you want to use your Alphaeon Credit Card to pay. Provided you spend a minimum of $250, you’ll be offered various promotional financing plans to simplify paying for your purchase.
There is no annual or application fee, and you won’t be penalized for prepayments.
What Is the Maximum Credit Line?
Alphaeon Credit Card offers credit lines up to $25,000. As we stated above, you’ll be offered a credit line based upon credit quality.
There are multiple variables used to approve applicants. One of these is your credit score. But once you are approved, you can use your card over and over again with no need to reapply. As your credit score improves over time through use of the Alphaeon Credit Card, you can always request they increase your credit limit.
You do not need to physically have your card in order to pay for your treatment or procedure either. As long as you have your government-issued picture ID (such as your driver’s license), your doctor can look up your account at your appointment.
And you won’t receive a bill until after you make your first purchase.
Using an Alphaeon Credit Card Over Others
Yeah, sure. Other credit cards may offer you points, rewards, or even miles – though most of us aren’t flying these days. But take a look at the interest rates on those other cards. You may find that the Alphaeon Credit Card offers promotional financing plans with interest rates that are lower.
And by using your Alphaeon Credit Card for healthcare related purchases, you keep your other credit card lines open for other essential purchases or emergencies. Give yourself that safety net.
Treat Yourself! You’ve Earned It
Getting plastic surgery through Alphaeon Credit Financing provides you satisfaction while looking both in the mirror, and in your wallet. That’s peace of mind all the way around.
So contact us today for a free consultation with a surgeon and to talk with someone about Alphaeon financing options that may be available to you.
It’s the perfect time to make your plastic surgery dream a reality.
Correcting Inverted Nipples
Do you wish your breasts were larger, smaller, perkier, or just plain different? Most women who seek breast augmentation or reduction are looking for these kinds of results.
But for women with inverted nipples, the situation is different. They may be happy with the size and shape of their breasts, but are embarrassed by the appearance of their nipples. Especially in intimate settings.
They may also be concerned about their ability to breastfeed should they wish to have children. So they frequently inquire of plastic surgeons if there are ways of correcting inverted nipples.
Fortunately, the answer is yes.
What Causes Inverted Nipples?
An inverted nipple is an irregularity where the nipple doesn’t point in an outward direction. It’s typically not a medical concern. Even so, this condition can cause women distress and pull down their self-confidence a notch or two.
In some women (and even a very few men) inverted nipples are noticeable from childhood. In others, they may develop over time when milk ducts become shortened or breast tissue is reduced after pregnancy .
Whatever the case, it’s the result of the breast tissue pinching the base of the nipple – thereby limiting movement and stretch.
Some people experience inversion all the time, while others only notice it some of the time. There are even occasions where nipples that were once constantly inverted now fluctuate between being inverted and erect.
When patients desire breast revision surgery for inverted nipples, the surgeons must determine the level of inversion first.
Grades of Nipple Inversion
Inverted nipples are placed into one of three grades. The factors that determine the grade into which they’re placed are the degree of inversion, the effect on breastfeeding, and the best solution should breast revision surgery be desired.
In the Grade 1 category, the nipple will protrude with gentle squeezing and pushing on the areola. This can happen intentionally or through stimulation or breastfeeding. The nipple will often stay erect for some period of time after this.
For a Grade 2 inverted nipple, it’s more difficult to get the nipple to protrude and when it’s released, it retracts back inward.
Women with Grade 3 inverted nipples find it extremely difficult or even impossible to pull the nipple out from its inverted position.
Any grade of inversion can be addressed with nipple correction surgery – although women with grade 1 and 2 inversions will often try non-surgical methods first, such as nipple piercing or suction.
Nipple Piercing or Suction?
Yep, that’s right. Some women opt for nipple piercing to draw out inverted nipples. It seems that putting a piece of metal through your nipple will keep it in an erect position.
Of course, this option is far from ideal for most women. And it requires a tattoo artist who is very familiar with working with inverted nipples.
Meanwhile, there are suction methods that draw out the nipple. Although some of them promise this is a viable fix, the only truly permanent solution is surgery.
Correcting Inverted Nipples with Surgery
Once upon a time, correcting inverted nipples meant severing the milk ducts that pulled on them. Obviously, this eliminated the option of breastfeeding. As such, this method is rarely used any longer.
Instead, there is a newer technique that focuses on releasing surrounding fibers rather than severing the milk ducts. This way, the milk ducts are kept completely intact, while the fibers around them are stretched and spread.
A small incision is made at the base of the nipple, while the nipple is held in the out position. Then several lines of dissolving sutures are inserted under the skin to hold the nipple in that position.
After the procedure, protective devices are placed over the nipples for a couple of days. This ensures the nipples stay in position and don’t retract again during healing. These devices can be removed after a few days and the sutures dissolve within weeks.
But the results of the surgery are immediately noticeable. And because the procedure addresses the underlying issue of tissue abnormalities, the results are very likely to be permanent with minimal scarring that will blend right into the bumps and color of the areola.
You Don’t Need to Live with Inverted Nipples
When it comes to correcting inverted nipples, you have options!
So if you’re troubled by this condition, then contact us today for a free consultation.
You could be one simple procedure away from FINALLY feeling really good about the appearance of your breasts!
Remove One More Task from Your Pandemic List with BBL Hair Removal
With winter looming, you may have started to let the whole shaving, tweezing, and waxing regimen slide. Plus, it may just feel like another task on the growing list as we prepare for sheltering in place once again.
No judgment here. We know how tired you are. Nearly everyone – with the possible exception of Richard Branson reveling on his private island – is experiencing pandemic fatigue.
But this is exactly why self-care is so important right now. When you feel good about yourself, it radiates out to others. And something as simple as BBL Hair Removal could be just what you need.
How Effective Is BBL Hair Removal?
First of all, in case you were wondering, BBL stands for broadband light. BBL hair removal utilizes specifically designed lasers and intense pulsed light systems to destroy many hair follicles in a short amount of time.
But maybe you already knew that. And perhaps you’re just shaking your head because you inquired about laser hair removal years ago and found out it wouldn’t be effective for you. Those days are gone!
BBL hair removal technology has evolved since then. At its genesis, the technology was only effective on fair-skinned individuals with brown or black hairs. That left out a sizable chunk of the population.
So patients with darker skin types or who had a tan found it ineffective. This was also the case for those with fine white or gray hairs. Since that time though, BBL hair removal methods have emerged to address those issues.
How Does It Work?
Controlled flashes of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles. The heat from the lasers does not harm the skin. Rather, it targets the hair follicles, as well as the regenerative matrix that encourages the regrowth of hair.
Meanwhile, the skin is continuously cooled before, during, and after the treatment with a thermoelectrically-cooled sapphire crystal on the hand piece. And the combination of multi-burst lights and cooling methods is effective on multiple skin types, including those with darker skin.
It may all sound like a sci-fi movie. And yeah, there’s plenty of science. But you can be sure it’s not fiction.
This sort of technology enables large areas of the body such as the armpits, legs, and bikini line (the usual suspects) to be covered quickly, But it’s also very effective for the back, shoulders, arms, and abdomen.
Plus, if you’re on rather intimate terms with Zoom these days, you know how effectively it highlights every aspect of your face. And we mean every. Fortunately, facial areas including the lip, chin, and beard, can also be treated in just minutes.
So Much Done in So Little Time
Unlike more advanced procedures like a Mommy Makeover, BBL hair removal requires very little of your time.
Depending on the area being treated and the type of procedure performed, your BBL hair removal can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour. You can’t even watch a whole episode of The Queen’s Gambit in that amount of time.
It’s important to note that it takes several appointments before you begin seeing permanent hair loss though. Three to seven sessions on average.
But you’ll get weeks and weeks of smooth skin in between those sessions.
And wouldn’t it be nice to at least eliminate the daily shaving ritual? Imagine the joy of crossing it right off that seemingly endless list.
We take victories where we can these days.
Take Care of Yourself This Winter
You want winter to go as smoothly (pun intended) as possible. Treat yourself by simplifying your life with BBL hair removal.
Contact us to speak with a hair removal specialist and to set up your first session. Do something nice for yourself. You’ve MORE than earned it.
Get Dramatic Results With Facial Implants
When you stare at your reflection in the mirror, what do you see?
Of course, most of us will manage to find something that doesn’t exactly satisfy. But if you’re troubled by a disproportionate face, it can feel more than just unsatisfying. It can have a serious impact on your self image.
A recessed chin, under-defined jawline, or flat or sunken cheeks can dramatically detract from your overall appearance.
Fortunately, facial implants can create defined and youthful features to restore symmetry and balance to the face and give you the confidence and self-assurance you deserve.
Although they can be removed if needed, they tend to last a lifetime. And implants create a more pronounced result than fillers.
Ideal Candidates for Facial Implants
Age has a way of changing our facial proportions. As we mentioned above, this can result in sunken or flat cheeks, an undefined jawline, or a recessed chin. Patients who are longing to correct facial proportions that have changed with age are ideal candidates for facial implants.
In addition, if you’ve suffered an injury or have a congenital condition that has left you with facial asymmetries or deformities, then implants are a viable solution to finding symmetry and balance.
Though the cheeks, chin, and jaw are the most common sites, truly any area of your face can be augmented with implants. So there are plenty of options.
How Facial Implants Work
The process if fairly simple.
Facial implants are nothing more than specially formed solid materials that are compatible with human tissues. They are FDA-approved silicone molds inserted into a pocket within the facial tissue and placed on top of the bones. Such implants are expressly designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face.
For example, in a cheek implant, incisions are made inside the mouth, hidden behind the upper lip. Implants are then placed to project the cheekbones and provide a defined, higher cheek profile. Furthermore, they add volume to areas that are flat or even recessed.
In the case of a chin implant, incisions are made in the mouth, lower lip, or under the chin. The implant creates a more pronounced chin that will bring shape and definition to your chin while accentuating the entire lower half of your face. So rather than the chin disappearing into your neck, it becomes a distinct facial feature with a full and contoured appearance.
And if your jaw is less than defined and has begun to slope from the ear to the chin, you can bring your jaw into ideal proportion with the rest of your face with implants inserted along your jawline. In this case, incisions are made inside the mouth along your gum line.
It’s not unusual for patients to combine facial implants with other procedures such as rhinoplasty to address the shape and size of their entire face. Likewise, liposuction to the neck along with a chin implant can be a very powerful combination.
Facial Implant Recovery
There is usually some bruising and swelling for up to two days following facial implant surgery. Pain medication in tandem with cold compresses will reduce discomfort and decrease swelling. Oral antibiotic mouth rinses are used after meals while healing.
It’s recommended that patients maintain a face-up position for at least one week when in a reclined position.
Vigorous physical activity is typically resumed after 2-4 weeks.
Smile At Your Reflection
If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your face, then it’s time to consider facial implants.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. A board-certified plastic surgeon will evaluate your goals to determine the exact type and size of facial implants best suited for you.
And soon enough, when you see your reflection in the mirror, you’ll be smiling back.
Smile with Confidence with an Endoscopic Mid Facelift and/or Brow Lift
They say that aging is just a state of mind.
But even people as young as in their 30s may disagree when their facial reflection starts to appear saggy and perpetually tired.
Though this isn’t a call for a full facelift, it could be time to consider an endoscopic mid facelift and/or brow lift.
What Is an Endoscopic Mid Facelift?
Depending on your skin elasticity, degree of sun exposure, and overall health, it’s not unusual for age related changes to start appearing in the mid face as soon as your 30s and 40s.
Plus, after several decades of laughing and smiling (which is nice and all), the nasolabial folds around your nose, mouth, and chin deepen. Your lips can also become downturned at the corners – giving you the appearance of sadness.
An endoscopic mid facelift is a popular and effective procedure to address these issues.
The Endoscopic Mid Facelift Procedure
The endoscopic mid facelift surgical procedure is less invasive than a full facelift.
Tiny incisions are placed inconspicuously along the hairline of your temple, as well as on the inside of the mouth. Using an endoscope, your surgeon is able to get an internal view from the place of the incisions.
The surgeon can then re-drape the drooping fat pads up and over your cheekbones where they were initially. This repositioning lifts and smoothes out those nasal furrows.
To achieve optimal results, an endoscopic mid face lift is frequently performed in conjunction with an endoscopic brow lift.
Which brings us to our next question:
What Is an Endoscopic Brow Lift?
It’s no surprise that while investigating the option of an endoscopic mid facelift, you may have noticed subtle (or not so subtle) changes in your brow as well. The brow is actually one of the first areas in the face to prove that aging is NOT just a state of mind.
The bony ridge under your eyebrow is called the orbital rim. As we age and skin begins to sag, the eyebrow begins to migrate onto the rim or even hang below it. This can leave you looking angry or sad all the time and can happen as soon as your 40s or even 30s.
For this reason, a brow lift is a popular procedure for those between 35 and 45 years of age. It is also a preferred alternative to upper eyelid surgery since there is a reduced chance of irritation due to impaired blink function and dry eyes.
Endoscopic Brow Lift Techniques
In the past, a coronal brow lift involved removing portions of the scalp and raising the hairline. The direct brow lift often resulted in visible scars on the face near the eyebrows.
But during an endoscopic brow lift, no skin is removed and the hairline stays in approximately the same position. Instead, your eyebrows and the musculature that supports them are merely lifted. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, there is minimal scarring and hair loss, and fast healing.
It really is an amazing procedure.
Bring a Smile Back to Your Face
Restore a more youthful appearance to your face with an endoscopic mid facelift and/or eye brow lift.
Contact us today to set up your free consultation. Our trained surgeons will examine your facial features and structure, as well as your skin type and elasticity to ensure the best surgical outcome.
And then you can forget about those smile lines for a while!
Increased Confidence and Comfort with a Labiaplasty
The tissue that surrounds a woman’s vagina is known as the labia. There are the labia minora, or inner lips, and the labia majora, or outer lips.
This might sound weird, but you could compare labia to earlobes. No two have the same length, thickness, or color.
With the labia, sometimes the inner lips are longer than the outer lips. Sometimes it’s the other way around. In some cases they’re symmetrical.
For many women, this isn’t an issue. But for some, an enlarged and/or uneven inner labia can be problematic. That’s why the labiaplasty procedure was developed.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
An enlarged labia might be the result of genetics, aging, childbirth, or any number of factors.
Many women find the look of an enlarged labia disturbing and may choose to have labiaplasty to simply reduce the size of the labia.
But for other women, an enlarged labia can create pain during intercourse, bicycling, or any time they experience chafing and irritation while wearing tight clothing or bathing suits.
It’s even considered medically necessary when the labia gets tucked into the vagina during sex resulting in painful tears in the vulva skin.
Whatever the case, the procedure has restored comfort and confidence for many women. As such, the demand for labiaplasty has increased dramatically over the last 10 years.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
The primary objective of the labiaplasty procedure is to decrease the size of the inner lips of labia to make it flush with the outer lips. It is a surgical procedure that lasts between one and two hours.
There are several different surgical techniques depending on the patient’s specific situation.
The trim procedure is the original technique and is the most widely used by surgeons. With this procedure, the excess part of the inner lip is removed and sutured so that it is flush with the outer lip.
A partial thickness wedge is removed from the thickest part of the inner lip with the aptly named wedge procedure. Meanwhile, there’s a layer of tissue beneath the mucous membrane that’s left intact.
There are several other techniques for decreasing the size of the inner labia lip. The key to attaining the desired outcome is to be sure you are going to a board-certified plastic surgeon who will work with you to determine your goals.
Any labiaplasty procedure is performed under either local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia. It’s the patient’s decision.
After the surgery, incisions are closed with absorbable sutures so that they don’t need to be removed. Furthermore, incisions are created in the natural crease of the labia to keep them as hidden as possible.
Fat grafting can be performed for deflated outer lips, or labia majora. This rejuvenates the labia majora to appear more youthful.
Recovering From Labiaplasty
After surgery, sitz baths are often recommended and refraining from sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks is also advised. Any swelling or bruising that develops in the first few days resolves with time.
There will be also be an office follow-up a few days after the surgery.
Restore Confidence and Comfort
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of or are experiencing pain from an enlarged labia, contact us today for a free consultation.
Our surgeons will discuss your options for labiaplasty to correct these issues that cause you discomfort and self-consciousness.
The end result will be a happier and more carefree you!
Addressing Gynecomastia With Male Breast Reduction Surgery
All men have glandular and fatty tissues in their breasts. They just typically have much less than women do.
But when there is abnormal or excess growth tissue, men can have breasts that begin to take on a more womanly appearance.
This condition is known as gynecomastia, which translates from the Greek for “woman-like breasts.” And up to 65% of middle-aged and older men struggle with some form of it.
Fortunately there’s male breast reduction surgery.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
It’s fairly common knowledge that men have higher levels of testosterone while women are dominated by estrogen. Testosterone controls typically male traits such as body hair and muscle mass. Estrogen is responsible for female traits including breast growth.
Even so, females produce a small amount of testosterone and males produce a small amount of estrogen. When estrogen levels are too high in men and there’s an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, it can cause gynecomastia.
While this discrepancy in hormones is the most common cause of gynecomastia, there are other conditions that can cause gynecomastia.
Certain injuries or diseases of the testicles can affect testosterone production and create an imbalance. Thyroid problems or certain glandular cancers can hinder proper sexual development. Obesity can result in higher estrogen production.
There are also a number of drugs which have gynecomastia as a side effect.
When Should Gynecomastia Be Treated?
Gynecomastia can occur naturally during different phases of a male’s life.
Over half of newborn boys are born with enlarged breasts. This is the result of being under the effects of estrogen from their mothers while in utero. In this case, gynecomastia resolves within two to three weeks.
Gynecomastia may show up again during puberty as hormone levels start to fluctuate in young men. If there is a surge of estrogen that counters the effects of testosterone, it can result in larger breasts. This usually resolves within six months to two years of the onset of puberty.
Finally, gynecomastia returns around mid-life and breast enlargement frequently peaks in men between 50 and 80. It is at this stage of life when male breast reduction surgery is most warranted.
Opting for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
It’s clear that excessive tissue in the chest isn’t limited to women.
The degree to which this happens to men though depends on a variety of factors including age, weight gain, and genetics. It is very often unresponsive to diet and exercise. This means that a man may have breasts while the rest of his body is toned and fit.
Men in this situation can benefit from male breast reduction surgery.
What Goes Into the Procedure
As we mentioned above, the breasts (on both men and women) consist of glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Glandular tissue is firm and dense, while fatty tissue is soft. The ratio between the two varies from person to person.
A man with gynecomastia could have too much of one of or both types of tissue.
In the case of excess fatty tissue, liposuction is the procedure of choice. This involves creating a 3- to 4- millimeter incision into which a small tube is inserted to “vacuum” out the excess fat.
For excess glandular tissue, the method is usually excision. An incision is made around the edge of the areola and excess tissue is cut out using a scalpel. Then the skin around the pectoral muscles is tightened to create a masculine physique.
In some cases, there may be a need for both excision and liposuction.
After the procedure, the patient may have to wear an elastic pressure garment for one to two weeks to help reduce any swelling. Within six weeks, he can return to his normal routine.
It’s important to note that prior to male breast reduction surgery, some lifestyle changes in diet and exercise may be necessary to ensure long-lasting results. These changes will also decrease the likelihood of male breast re-occurrence.
Are You Embarrassed by Gynecomastia?
If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to eliminate enlarged breasts and are tired of trying to hide them, then contact us today for a free consultation.
You’ll see how simple it is to restore an appealing, more masculine appearance to your upper body through male breast reduction surgery.
Don’t wait any longer.
What Is the Use for BOTOX® in Plastic Surgery?
Unless you’re living in a bunker where you’ve been locked away since the late 1970s, you’re probably familiar with BOTOX®.
And you probably know that it’s used for wrinkles. But did you know that there are other applications for BOTOX® in plastic surgery?
Some of them might surprise you.
BOTOX® in Plastic Surgery to Treat Wrinkles
In a nutshell, BOTOX® is a toxin that blocks specific chemical signals from nerves. In cases of treating wrinkles, they are the signals that cause muscles to contract.
This makes sense because if you look in the mirror and contract the muscles of your face, you’ll see that’s where those wrinkles and crevices have formed.
When getting BOTOX® treatment for wrinkles, a tiny amount of BOTOX® is injected in the skin via a thin needle. This relaxes the facial muscles – keeping them from tensing up and accentuating the formerly visible lines.
The number of injections required varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors. But it is safe for long term use and should you decide to stop using it, there will be no negative impact on the treated areas.
Interestingly, as people started getting BOTOX® treatments for wrinkles over the years, those with migraines noticed their headaches weren’t as bad. Doctors began to study it as a potential treatment for the condition.
In the meantime, plastic surgeons started discovering other applications for botox in plastic surgery.
Hyperhidrosis is an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition. More commonly known as excessive sweating, it can be limited to one area of the body or more generalized over large areas of the body. Whatever the case, it can have a hugely negative impact on one’s life.
In cases where it affects specific areas of the body it’s known as focal hyperhidrosis. And BOTOX® is proving to be a particularly effective treatment for it.
Just as it blocks the nerve signals responsible for muscle contraction in treating wrinkles, BOTOX® does the same for signals that cue sweating. This, in turn, stops the sweat glands from going into overdrive. It seems to be particularly effective for the underarms, though the hands, feet, scalp, groin, and other localized areas can all be treated.
The nerves regenerate in four to six months and treatment is required again. But over time, patients will be able to go longer between treatments.
Masseter Muscle Hypertrophy
Although it sounds scary, masseter muscle hypertrophy is merely the soft enlargement of the jaw muscles near the angle of the lower jaw. The enlargement is most commonly caused by clenching of the jaws, excessive chewing, age, or genetics.
Masseter muscle hypertrophy is rarely a health problem. It can be a visual problem though, as it causes the jaw line to become more square in shape. If the enlargement is too big, it can even cause facial disfigurement.
BOTOX® is used to run interference on masseter muscle hypertrophy. Injections are administered directly into the masseter muscle where the BOTOX® interferes with the neurotransmitter mechanism. This produces selective loss of muscle function and an eventual decrease in the muscle’s mass.
The procedure only takes a few minutes, but will require three to seven days before the patient experiences its full effects.
You’ve become accustomed to looking in the mirror and seeing your reflection. But when your reflection is flipped around, you may start to notice the asymmetries of your face. Everyone has them, to some degree.
Some cases are more noticeable than others though. In situations where the asymmetry is not major, plastic surgeons will often inject BOTOX® in the chin, cheeks, jawline, and/or lips to restore facial contours and bring balance to your face.
It’s a simple and entirely customizable process that requires almost no downtime.
Interested in What BOTOX® Can Do for You?
As time goes on, there’s a good chance that plastic surgeons will find even more ways to utilize BOTOX® in plastic surgery.
But for now, if you think you could benefit from any of the current applications, then contact us today.
The better you feel about how you look, the more confident you’ll be. And during our fall specials, BOTOX® is just $10 per unit.
At that price, you can afford a lot of confidence!
The Zoom Boom in Plastic Surgery
Remember the days when you could distract yourself by staring at your coworkers or out a window or even at a wall during a meeting? Ah, the good ole days.
These days, the face we most often regard looking back at us in meetings is our own. Yep. There in the upper right corner of your screen is the world’s worst mirror.
And you’re suddenly asking yourself, have I always ? Are my crow’s feet really that pronounced? When did my nose get so huge?
Such questions are driving more and more people to elective procedures in what’s being called the Zoom boom in plastic surgery.
What Exactly is the Zoom Boom in Plastic Surgery?
In a nutshell, it’s the worldwide surge in bookings for surgical and non-surgical treatments in an attempt to smooth out what is now known as lockdown face.
And it’s not just happening in the United States. Australian, Japanese, South Korean, and British plastic surgeons are all experiencing this same uptick in requests.
It makes perfect sense given the amount of time many people are stuck ; suddenly faced with every glaring imperfection and flaw they were able to previously ignore.
In fact, it’s likely we’re all looking at ourselves FAR more now than we ever have in all of history. And this includes the many years obsession with selfies that continues to this day. So in the midst of this global crisis over which we’ve had no control, many people are tired of looking at themselves day after and day and taking matters into their own hands.
Or at least, putting them in their plastic surgeon’s hands.
The Most Popular Procedures
It’s bad enough that we have to look at ourselves from a particularly weird angle on Zoom calls. But soon enough, we’re also no longer paying attention to the content of the meeting because we’ve busied ourselves playing the comparison game with others. It’s a game we invariably lose.
Why does Laura’s face look so much smoother? Does my forehead have as many old acne scars as Ken’s?
So it’s not surprising that non-invasive facial procedures, like skin resurfacing, fillers, are among the most popular requests. They work to smooth out wrinkles as well as correct the lines caused by the facial expressions we make during those meetings.
In addition, since we’re frequently looking down into our computer’s camera, the demand for neck rejuvenation and jawline contouring has risen dramatically.
And if you think that just women are struggling with this lockdown face complex, think again. Men are showing up with requests too. Though, in their case, it’s more like lockdown hair.
The requests for among men has increased significantly. Being in a well-lit room on a Zoom call makes one’s hair look thinner. And since many men weren’t initially able to get to their stylists, they were plagued by the fact that hair also looked thinner when it was a little longer.
Whatever the case, all of these hours staring at ourselves has given some of us a new found respect for celebrities who must conform to the highest in standards.
Fortunately, there are plastic surgeons to help us conform to our own new standards.
Are You Ready for Change?
Life has been challenging during the pandemic. And we still can’t treat ourselves to all of the joys life has to offer – which feels deflating.
In the midst of all of this, the Zoom boom in plastic surgery has helped many people feel better and more confident about themselves. And not just when they’re on their laptops or devices.
So if you’d like to share in this uplifting experience, today. We’ll recommend the best options and procedures for you so you can head back to your computer – and your life – with confidence.
Ways a Drainless Tummy Tuck Can Change Your Life
A plastic surgery procedure that can change your life might sound a bit extreme.
But a drainless tummy tuck could make such a huge difference in how you both feel and look, it very well may change your life.
Plus, recovering from tummy tuck surgery now is far less daunting than it once was in the past. That’s because the procedure has done away with those pesky drains.
Add to that the magic of Exparel and there’s no time like the present to consider what a tummy tuck can do for you.
Say Goodbye to Drains
If you have a friend who once had abdominoplasty – the doctorly term for a tummy tuck – he or she may have told you about the hideous drains that were part of recovery. You’ll be glad to know that today, they are no more.
That means no trying to figure out how to manage the inconvenience of two or even three drains and their wires coming off your body post surgery. Furthermore, gone is is the possibility of bacteria entering through the portal entries created by said drains and hoses.
Progressive tension sutures have done away with all of that.
Before these revolutionary sutures were developed, surgeons would have to lift and reposition the tissue in such a way that it left a space beneath the tissue. This was an invitation for fluid to gather there and thus the need for drains. The newer procedure calls for the surgeon to instead advance the skin flaps down toward the incision line – doing away with that space and the subsequent need for drains.
Not only do these sutures decrease the tension on the final line of closure, but they have the added bonus of creating a much more aesthetic scar too. This all equates to a smoother and faster recovery as well – especially with Exparel now in the mix.
What Is Exparel?
Before the development of Exparel, narcotics were the go-to medications for keeping post-surgical pain under control. But along with the possibility of becoming addicted, the side effects of narcotics are unpleasant.
Responsible plastic surgeons are now incorporating Exparel to lessen the need for as many narcotics. Exparel is a long-lasting anesthetic drug that eases some of the pain during early recovery by blocking the nerves of the abdomen during the procedure.
It’s similar to having your mouth numbed for a dental procedure. In this case, the patient wakes up with the abdominal area numbed. Unlike with a dental procedure though, Exparel continues to provide pain relief for up to three days.
This doesn’t eliminate the pain during recovery, but it DOES reduce the amount of narcotics needed by around 66%.
How Can a Drainless Tummy Tuck Change Your Life?
At its most basic level, a tummy tuck will give you a smoother and flatter abdomen. It removes excess skin and fat, while tightening any weak or distended muscles. On its own, that’s plenty of motivation.
But did you know it can help with back pain too?
Chronic back pain can be debilitating. Following a tummy tuck, it’s common for patients to notice that their posture has significantly improved. Improved posture means less strain on the spine and relief from certain types of back pain.
Furthermore, while not considered a weight-loss procedure, bariatric patients who undergo abdominoplasty to reduce the size of their stomach are more likely to keep the weight off. Managing weight and avoiding weight gain is especially important for those with diabetes. Given that weight has a significant effect on the occurrence of insulin resistance, keeping weight off is essential in better utilization of insulin.
If you’re still not convinced a tummy tuck could change your life for the better, consider the fact that it can reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) – better known as “leakage.” It can also correct an umbilical or ventral hernia.
Finally, you’ll be able to exercise harder and more frequently after a tummy tuck because you’ll have increased exercise tolerance. And a regular exercise regimen also decreases anxiety and depression. All of this will have a direct impact on your health and wellbeing.
Are You Ready to Change Your Life?
Now that you know the many benefits of a drainless tummy tuck, are you ready to start feeling better about how you look AND feel.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Our board certified plastic surgeons will go through all of your options and address any of your questions or concerns to put your mind at ease.
And see how a tummy tuck can change your life for the better.