The Extra Importance of AAAHC Accreditation During COVID-19
Everyone expects high-quality and SAFE healthcare.
However, during these pre-vaccine days of COVID-19, the safety concerns are elevated. And rightly so.
So if you’re planning to visit a healthcare facility of any sort, you should understand the importance of AAAHC accreditation. It would be unwise to consider any facility that does to have this accreditation.
The Importance of AAAHC Accreditation
AAAHC stands for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. With more than 6,100 accredited organizations, it’s the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation.
The association accredits a wide range of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, among others.
AAAHC advocates for high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally-recognized standards. Thus, accreditation through AAAHC demonstrates an organization’s commitment to provide SAFE services to its patients.
Requirements for Accreditation
There are certain guidelines and standards that organizations must perform and follow to maintain accreditation from AAAHC and they cover the entire gamut of the patient’s visit.
Before the patient even sets foot into the facility, the organization must pre-screen the patient for symptoms or high-risk exposure. They must also inform the patient to call ahead and discuss the need to reschedule their appointment if they develop any symptoms of a respiratory infection.
Upon arrival but before being admitted, patients are asked about a personal history of fever, sore throat, cough or other respiratory symptoms, as well as similar symptoms in family members or close contacts. They will also be asked about contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or any recent travel to a high-risk area.
Temperature is also taken upon arrival. AAAHC accreditation prohibits ANY individuals, both employees and patients, from entering the facility if they are experiencing elevated temperature or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. This applies to both patients and staff.
Keeping Everyone Safe
In addition, all visitors, including vendors, are actively assessed for fever and respiratory symptoms upon entry to the facility. If fever or respiratory symptoms are present, it is the responsibility of the organization to inform these visitors that they are not to be allowed entry.
Once healthy, non-symptomatic patients and visitors are admitted, they are separated 6 feet apart. The organization is required to provide supplies such as tissues, alcohol-based hand rub, and trash cans. They must also encourage frequent hand washing.
AAAHC accreditation requires the facility’s staff to partake in education and active surveillance consistent with WHO, the CDC and other nationally recognized guidelines for hand hygiene.
Requirements for Healthcare Workers
Accreditation stresses the necessity of keeping healthcare workers protected from biologic hazards consistent with state, federal, and CDC guidelines.
AAAHC accreditation ensures that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, masks, eye shield/goggles, face shields, and gowns are available and worn by healthcare providers.
It also requires that the healthcare provider is educated and trained and has practiced the appropriate and correct use of PPE, including proper application and removal. Safeguards are in place to protect patients and others from cross-infection. Written policies address the proper attire of all persons entering operating or procedures rooms.
Only essential personnel – those authorized to perform or assist – are permitted in the operating rooms.
Continuity of Care
To maintain AAAHC accreditation, organizations are advised to consider phone follow-up for all patients 7–14 days post procedure to ask about the development of symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19. If these have occurred, they must have contingency plans in place.
Finally, in the ongoing battle to stay safe and protected during this pandemic, the organization is required to conduct frequent educational meetings, including refresher training, for staff regarding infection prevention and other related precautionary practices.
Only Consider Accredited Facilities
It’s clear the importance of AAAHC accreditation if you’re planning to have any surgical procedure. It’s very much in line with ensuring you have a board-certified plastic surgeon.
You can feel confident in knowing that we have both, and will always put your safety and care first during this pandemic, and beyond.
So contact us today to set up your free consultation. And move into the summer season with renewed confidence.
The History of Plastic Surgery
If you had to wager a guess as to when plastic surgery began, chances are you’d guess much later than reality.
In fact, the history of plastic surgery goes all the way back to 800 B.C. when physicians in ancient India were using skin grafts for reconstructive surgery.
It’s hard to imagine what that entailed exactly. It’s probably safe to say that the procedure would not have been considered hygienic by today’s standards.
Whatever the case, the practice of plastic surgery continued to grow from its roots in early Eastern medicine practices into what it is today.
The History of Plastic Surgery
The field hardly took off after those early days in India. Advances were admittedly slow in coming.
There were a number of Asian healers who used certain techniques that looked something like modern rhinoplasty to improve upon the shape of noses of royal family members. Over the next few centuries though, the techniques used in India and central Asia were introduced to European countries.
The Greco-Roman Period
The Greco-Roman Period was between 332BC -395 AD. It marked the end of Persian rule over Egypt. It also marked some of the biggest advancements in medicine.
Roman medical writer Aulus Cornelius Celsus wrote De Medicina which laid out surgical methods for reconstructing ears, lips, and noses. Another text entitled Synagogue Medicae, was a 70-volume work that contained numerous passages dedicated to reconstructive techniques to repair facial defects.
The Middle Ages
With the fall of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Europe during the Middle Ages (476– 1453AD), science gave way to mysticism and religion. At one point, Pope Innocent III declared that all surgery was expressly prohibited by Church law.
Later in the Middle Ages, plastic surgery fell further out of favor as it was considered the work of witchcraft.
Despite these limitations and the overall lack of standards for hygiene and cleanliness, minor advancements were still made during this time. A procedure to repair a cleft lip was, in fact, developed in the tenth century.
The Renaissance occurred from 1300 – 1600AD and saw significant advances in science and technology. During this time, safer and more effective surgical techniques were developed.
An Islamic text from the 15th century, Imperial Surgery, included 191 procedures that included both maxillofacial and eyelid surgery. It also included a protocol for the treatment of gynecomastia and is thus believed to be the foundation for the modern method of surgical breast reduction.
During the 16th century, University of Bologna professor of surgery and anatomy Gaspare Tagliacozzi – whose often referred to as the “father of plastic surgery” – first started nose grafting using skin flaps from the upper arm. He used these techniques primarily to correct saddle nose deformity.
During the seventeenth century, plastic surgery would again decline. But by the late eighteenth and early 19th century, the pendulum would start to swing back in the other direction.
In 1818, German Doctor Karl Ferdinand von Gräefe published Rhinoplastik, being the first to coin the term “plastic” surgery. Originating from the the Greek word, plastikos, and the Latin word, plasticus, it meant “able to be molded.” Since these doctors molded body tissues during their procedures, it was called plastic surgery.
The first cleft palate operation was in 1827 in the United States. It was performed by Dr. John Peter Mettauer using surgical instruments of his own design.
Many women during this time used corsets and brassieres to enhance the look of their breasts. Cosmetic surgeons gradually learned new ways to augment the breast shape and size in women and in the 19th century, surgeons performed the first breast augmentation by using artificial implants made from rubber, paraffin, ivory, and glass.
Finally, the first reconstructive breast surgery was done by Vincenz Czerny in 1895. He performed a successful mammary reconstruction on an actress who had undergone a cancerous surgery and removal of a breast tumor.
At the beginning of the 1900s, the need for plastic surgery was becoming clearer. Its necessity would become ever more apparent with the arrival of World War I.
The casualties of war made reconstructive surgery a necessity for many soldiers. Military physicians were required to treat extensive facial and head injuries caused by modern weaponry – both in the United States and Europe.
Around this time, surgeons began to fully realize the potential influence that one’s personal appearance has on success in life. As such, aesthetic surgery became a more respected aspect of plastic surgery. In 1923, after WWI, the first modern rhinoplasty was performed in the United States.
This progress also brought with it advanced methods of anesthesia and infection prevention so that surgeons could perform increasingly complex procedures.
This fostered the establishment of medical boards and associations to provide continuity of care and research along with a network for medical providers working in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.
With board certification in place, plastic surgery became fully integrated into the medical establishment by 1950. And by 1969, plastic surgeons were moving to the forefront of the medical establishment, including Dr. Hal B. Jennings who was appointed Surgeon General that year.
In the 1980s, plastic surgeons and plastic surgery advocates pushed to expand public awareness and improve public perception and growth continued through the 1990s.
Growth continued through the 1990s, and today, plastic surgery is a popular option – whether for reconstructive purposes, health reasons, or to boost one’s appearance and confidence. With so many safe and proven options, it’s no big surprise.
Is Plastic Surgery Right for You?
The long history of plastic surgery demonstrates what a truly viable medical option it is.
So if you’re ready to address a body part that leaves you feeling less than attractive or even makes your life more difficult, contact us today to talk to one of our surgeons.
You’re fortunate to live in a time where you can make such choices.
The Link between Plastic Surgery and Healthier Lifestyles
In our last several blog posts, we illustrated the many health benefits that are the result of plastic surgery.
For example, fat removal from liposuction can help to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of diabetes.
Meanwhile, rhinoplasty improves breathing while a breast reduction can decrease and relieve back, neck, and shoulder pain.
But did you know that there’s a link between plastic surgery and healthier lifestyles too?
The Link between Plastic Surgery and Healthier Lifestyles
It makes sense if you think about it.
When people feel bogged down by their bodies – be it from excess weight, pain, or difficulty breathing – they are less inclined to engage in physical activity. Once they are relieved of those problems, they feel better about their bodies and can move about more freely.
And that’s a big plus because one of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is through exercise.
The Importance of Exercise
Exercise can, of course, help to maintain weight loss while preventing weight gain. That’s certainly motivation enough for some people to adopt a regular exercise regimen.
But the benefits go beyond that.
- Encourages Healthier Eating
Once patients have completed their surgery and are ready to partake in exercise, many are surprised to find the connection between physical activity and eating well.
Or, more accurately, wanting to eat well.
If they’d previously been consuming unhealthy food on a regular basis, they’d come to accept lethargy and low-energy as the norm. Once they arrive at the gym or fitness center with new-found confidence and self-esteem, it becomes clear that that old diet does nothing to foster their new exercise routine.
It doesn’t take long before they adopt a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy to maintain their new appearance and help boost their energy for their workouts.
- Combats Health Conditions and Diseases
Exercise keeps the blood flowing, lowers blood pressure, and decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It also brings down triglyceride levels.
In fact, regular exercise can help to manage or even prevent a range of health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Many types of cancer
It can also assist in improved cognitive function and can lower the risk of death from all causes.
- Boosts Mood
When plastic surgery patients feel better about their appearance, it increases their confidence and self-esteem. They want to continue to “do right” by their bodies.
Engaging in physical activity adds to this by stimulating the production of endorphins – the brain chemicals that boost a sense of happiness and well-being. It also decreases stress and improves cognitive function.
Another big plus? The mental health benefits that come as a result of social connection. Many plastic surgery patients forge new friendships and relationships at gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, running clubs, or whatever group exercise experience speaks to them.
- Increases Energy
One of the most rewarding aspects of regular physical exercise is the ability to see the progress. As patients build their strength and increase their endurance, the natural by-product is a boost in energy. But they’ll also notice positive changes in their bodies that motivate them to continue.
In addition, exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and enables the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. This also increases energy levels.
Finally, because regular physical activity contributes to longer and deeper sleep, the result is improved energy and more wakefulness throughout the day.
It’s hard to put a price on the value of that.
Are You Ready to Both Look and FEEL Better?
There’s a clear connection between plastic surgery and healthier lifestyles.
Increased confidence and self worth from plastic surgery boosts the motivation to exercise and eat well. It also leads to less depression and anxiety about one’s appearance in private and public spaces, better relationships with partners, and even improved production in the work place.
So if you’re ready to get on board with a healthier lifestyle, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll sit down with you and determine the best treatment options to get you started on your path.
Plastic Surgery Procedures to Improve Vision
Do you experience puffiness or sagging around your eyes?
Many patients seek out the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon to address these cosmetic concerns. And rightly so. Plastic surgery does wonders in addressing these concerns and reversing facial aging.
But there are plastic surgery procedures to improve vision as well.
In fact, if you’ve noticed heavy sagging in your upper eyelids, you could be dealing with decreased vision due to ptosis. If this is your predicament, plastic surgery will not only improve the appearance of your eyes but can restore lost function as well.
What Is Ptosis?
Eyebrow ptosis or excess upper eyelid skin, called dermatochalasis, is an eye condition caused by excessive skin around your upper eyelid. When the upper eyelid becomes weighed down, it can droop into your field of vision. It can feel as though you’re looking through a window with its blinds partially drawn.
The most common symptoms of excess skin of the upper eyelid include:
- difficulty reading
- raising brows to improve vision
- dry and irritated eyes
- loss of peripheral vision
- frontal headaches
Although the most common cause of excess skin or brow ptosis is the aging process, it can also be the result of lax tissue and genetics. Trauma to the eye tissue, thyroid eye disease, and renal failure can all contribute to excess skin as well.
Relieving Excess Skin with Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, seeks to remove and tighten excess skin found above and below the eye. It not only restores a youthful, bright appearance to your eyes, but restores vision diminished by droopy upper eyelids.
During a blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon creates precise markings where the excess tissue will be removed from the eyelids. In the case of the upper eyelid, the incision is made within the natural eyelid fold. For the lower eyelid, the incision is created just below the lower lash line to remove skin, or inside the lower eyelid, through the conjuctiva to remove fat bags.
Excess tissue is then removed through these incisions and, if desired, the fat may be redistributed to achieve a specific look.
Levator ptosis is a functional problem that produces a droopy upper eyelid. This can occur with aging, trauma, and neuromuscular disorders. Repair of the levator muscle tendon is performed to correct drooping upper eyelids. This may be performed at the same time as removal of the upper eyelid excess skin and concurrently with a brow lift (see below).
Other Plastic Surgery Procedures to Improve Vision
Sometimes the cause for altered vision is low-set eyebrows. In this case, your plastic surgeon would recommend a brow lift.
Eyebrows set lower on the face become problematic as you age. As the skin on the upper portion of the face becomes thinner and loses elasticity over time, deep-set wrinkles and heavy, low hung eyebrows can obstruct your peripheral vision.
During a brow lift, also known as an endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon uses an endoscope (a tube with a camera attached to the end) to best see the area of treatment. Small incisions are made in the hairline and forehead skin and eyebrows are repositioned higher on the forehead. Fixation of the forehead and brows is then performed for long-term results to create a smoother, more youthful-looking forehead.
The procedure requires very minimal incisions and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia.
Could You See Better with Plastic Surgery?
While there are plastic surgery procedures to improve vision, it’s important to remember that these surgeries will not actually repair the eye.
But if your seeing is impacted by sagging skin, these procedures could just help to restore your field of vision.
So if you think an eyebrow lift or eyelid surgery is right for you, contact us today for a free consultation. One of our qualified experts will discuss the best procedure for you.
Better Breathing through Plastic Surgery
It’s hard to argue that the nose is the most prominent feature on the face. And let’s face it – not everyone is crazy about theirs.
Perhaps you’re not comfortable with the appearance of your nose. Maybe you feel it’s too prominent in that it’s very large or it has a strange shape. Whatever your reason for feeling dissatisfaction with its appearance, plastic surgery can remedy that.
But did you know that you can also achieve better breathing through plastic surgery?
The Dual Function of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, known as nose reshaping or, more colloquially, as a “nose job,” ranked among the leading cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. in 2018.
And it’s no wonder. Not only can rhinoplasty improve the appearance of the nose, but it can also improve its function thereby providing relief for those who suffer from breathing problems. And it’s an outpatient procedure that generally takes 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.
When rhinoplasties are performed for correcting documented breathing, this is known as functional rhinoplasty. Also, when performing a cosmetic rhinoplasty, function is still a priority to maintain or improve.
With functional rhinoplasty, the main intention of the procedure does not focus on changing the appearance of the nose but rather aims to improve breathing. Even so, the best plastic surgeons are aware that the form and function of the nose are intimately linked.
In other words, improved breathing doesn’t come at a cost of decreased appearance. So it’s important to carefully select a highly-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon to achieve the best results.
Some of the medical conditions that could potentially be corrected with rhinoplasty include the following:
- Swollen or Enlarged Turbinates
You’ve probably never heard of turbinates. Made primarily of nasal mucosa, think of them as the humidifiers of the nose.
The turbinates periodically swell in response to the environment. For example, during allergy season or when you lie on one side of your body and it becomes difficult to breathe through the nostril closest to the pillow.
For some, however, chronic enlargement of the turbinates results in nasal obstruction that may require surgery.
- Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea may be the result of palate abnormalities, obesity, or nasal obstruction. Those with this condition are unable to get normal airflow and actually stop breathing for short periods of time.
Not only does this cause snoring, but the sufferer is subject to dangerous oxygen deprivation while they sleep. Functional rhinoplasty aims to remedy this situation by reshaping the external and internal valves to allow for normal airflow.
- Narrowing or Collapse of Middle Vault
If you’re familiar with the Breathe Right nasal strip, then you know its purpose is to hold nasal passages open to allow for fuller breathing. It was developed because some people suffer from weakness of the middle vault or side walls of the nose. When they deeply inhale, the side walls “collapse” inward.
Functional rhinoplasty repairs the internal nasal valves to prevent the nasal side walls from collapsing upon inhalation.
- Deviated Septum
The bone and cartilage that divide the space between your nostrils is known as the septum. A “deviation” is a bend of the septum.
To be honest, the septum is rarely perfectly straight for anyone. But when it bends significantly to one side or the other, it can block the air passage on one or both sides, making it difficult to breathe. This condition can also increase the risk for sinus infections due to poor drainage. Deviated septum also contributes to an asymmetric or crooked nose.
In the case of a deviated septum, a rhinoplasty along with a septoplasty is typically performed to straighten that bone and cartilage. The septum is repositioned to the middle of the nose. Portions of the septum may be used to augment the nose or narrow the tip.
To do this, the surgeon may need to cut and remove parts of the nasal septum before reinserting them in the proper position. But once a septoplasty is healed, the patient usually finds that it’s easier to breathe.
- Birth Defects
Some people are born with congenital malformations of the nose. These can include nasal masses, bony obstructions, tumors or cysts. Functional rhinoplasty can correct these conditions. In severe cases, such as when babies are born without a nasal septum, septoplasty is incorporated as well.
Overall Health Benefits of Better Breathing
Aside from the peaceful feeling that comes from taking deep breaths, the ability to fully respirate has many health benefits you may not have considered.
For example, not struggling to breathe results in lower blood pressure. It also improves exercise tolerance.
And, of course, better breathing leads to improved sleep. With improved sleep comes a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, less lethargy, and more energy. Poor sleep also activates the fight response which decreases metabolism.
So it turns out that improving one’s sleep through clearer breathing can even help to reduce the production of stress hormones and help with weight loss and lowering blood pressure!
Could You Achieve Better Breathing through Plastic Surgery?
If the source of your breathing issues is a malformation of or obstruction in your nose, you could just achieve better breathing through plastic surgery.
Functional rhinoplasty and/or septoplasty can open those airways while also providing any desired aesthetic change to the shape of your nose. It really is a win-win.
So contact us today for a free consultation with one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons. You’ll breathe easy knowing you’re getting the best possible care.
How Fat Removal Helps with Diabetes
Are you considering liposuction to remove stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise?
If so, it’s entirely possible that you could experience another benefit beyond looking and feeling better about yourself.
You may be able to reduce the risk of diabetes with liposuction. And if you’re already diabetic, fat removal helps with diabetes by lowering your insulin resistance.
What Is Insulin Resistance?
It’s well-known that type 2 diabetes is closely linked to obesity and it begins with insulin resistance. Insulin is an important hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
In the case of insulin resistance, the pancreas continues to make insulin, but the body doesn’t recognize or use it properly. This condition can often be controlled with pills.
But insulin resistance doesn’t have to lead to type 2 diabetes. Weight loss and exercise are the usual go-to methods stopping it in its tracks. And these continue to be necessary.
However, researchers are finding that liposuction could be a valuable addition.
Studies Show Health Benefits of Liposuction
Back in 2011, researchers conducted a study that measured the triglyceride levels and white blood cell counts in a group of over 300 liposuction patients. Post surgery, they found a reduction in both these levels.
This is good news because elevated levels of triglyceride are linked not only to a higher risk of diabetes, but to heart disease and stroke as well. And the results were the same for men and women.
But the decrease in the white blood cell count is encouraging as well. High white blood cell counts are also linked to diabetes, as well as coronary artery disease, obesity, and hypertension.
The conclusion was that if liposuction, along with an improved diet and more exercise, can improve your white blood cell counts, it could offer a big boost to your health.
Research Continues on How Fat Removal Helps with Diabetes
There continues to be mounting evidence that liposuction has a more positive impact on changing insulin metabolism than a pill. And it has to do with the removal of subcutaneous fat – or fat that’s under the skin.
Liposuction is only able to remove subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat that exists deeper in the body is not impacted by liposuction.
At one time, the overriding belief was that there was no connection between insulin resistance and the removal of subcutaneous fat. But that was before the large-volume liposuction that’s available now.
In fact, in one study, large-volume liposuction was used to remove an average of 12 pounds of subcutaneous fat from 14 healthy but overweight premenopausal women. Of those 14, half had some level of insulin resistance.
Just six weeks later, each woman was down one to two clothing sizes and lost an average of about 12 pounds and 12 inches. Even more importantly, they had lowered their levels of insulin resistance.
When tracked for an entire year, they were able to maintain that lower weight and improved insulin resistance.
It appears that using liposuction as a means to combat type 2 diabetes is especially effective in patients who have gained 20 or 30 pounds over a relatively short period of time such as during pregnancy or while recovering from an injury.
Motivation to Stay Healthy Increases after Liposuction
Another benefit of choosing a fat removal procedure is the effect it will have on your attitude toward diet and exercise. Because liposuction gives you a newly sculpted body, you’ll feel more confident about going to the gym or fitness classes.
For most patients, liposuction proves to be the trigger they need to change their lifestyles toward improved diet and more exercise. Once they look and feel better, they’re more inspired to maintain that.
Could Liposuction Have Health Benefits for You?
You can certainly opt for the liposuction procedure simply to look and feel better about yourself. That’s reason enough.
But knowing that fat removal helps with diabetes and other conditions, liposuction may have even farther-reaching results.
Whatever your reasons for fat removal, we will custom tailor your procedure to deliver the results you desire.
So contact us to schedule your free consultation. And get the body you want – inside and out.
Can You Have Plastic Surgery to Reduce Back Pain?
The short answer is yes.
In our last post, we discussed how a tummy tuck procedure can help correct poor posture and ease back pain by strengthening and supporting the spine.
But an abdominoplasty isn’t the only plastic surgery to reduce back pain.
In fact, one of the most obvious ways to decrease pain in the back is by reducing the load on the front. Hence, the breast reduction.
The Drawbacks of Large Breasts
Preference in breast size is very personal. Some women are quite comfortable with an A-cup, while others feel more at home with something larger. That’s part of the reason breast augmentation exists.
But when breasts that are too ample wreak havoc on a woman’s quality of life, she may seek out a plastic surgeon to find relief for her chronic back pain and other large-breast-related health issues.
In some cases, patients are young women who developed large breasts during puberty. This is not an ideal time for this to occur because not only are the bones in the spine and neck not yet developed enough to support that kind of weight – but neither are the muscles in the shoulders and the back.
Other times, patients are older women whose breasts didn’t return to their original size after having children. Instead, they may be heavy and pendulous, causing discomfort.
Whatever the case, women with large breasts often have to deal with many negative repercussions. They have difficulty buying clothes that fit well and may even avoid certain social situations. They also avoid exercising because larger breasts can impede what others regard as regular movements in an exercise regimen.
In addition, they’re subject to uncomfortable rashes between and under their breasts.
Furthermore, the weight of their breasts pulling on bra straps can cause the skin to breakdown in their shoulders and create scabs, scars, and ridges there. But it’s usually back, neck, and shoulder pain that brings them to the plastic surgeon’s office.
How Is Back Pain Experienced?
The type of back pain and degree to which women experience it can vary. For some, the pain is dull, achy, and chronic, and remains mostly in the lower back.
For others, it’s more of a stinging or burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs of the thighs. From there it may travel to the lower legs or feet. The pain is often increased after prolonged sitting or standing.
In some cases, there may be muscle spasms or tightness in the back, pelvis, and hips. And some women report tingling or numbness in the hands or along the sciatic nerve.
The pain can start suddenly, or slowly develop over time. Sometimes it will come and go, but seems to get worse over time. But at the end of the day, women who seek plastic surgery for back pain have reached a point where they can no longer enjoy certain things because of it.
Breast reduction surgery is the ideal option for them.
What to Expect from Breast Reduction Surgery
When you make the decision to get a breast reduction, you’ll consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will ensure that you fully understand the surgery, follow-up care, and the expected outcome. This will garner the most positive experience.
During the procedure, the surgeon will remove extra skin and excess breast tissue to make the breast more proportionately sized. He or she will then reposition the breast and the nipple and perform a breast lift to give your breast a fuller and more contoured appearance.
In addition, a long-acting pain medication is inserted between the pectoral muscles in the chest to ease you into recovery.
The procedure is outpatient, so you go home the same day. You’ll be prescribed a combination of pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers which will help shorten the recovery time.
For the first six weeks, you’ll need to wear a support bra both day and night. But you’ll be able to return to work and your regular activities in two to three weeks. And in just three months, you’ll be able to shop for your favorite bra in your new cup size!
Is Plastic Surgery to Reduce Back Pain an Option for You?
If you find that excess fatty tissue around the abdomen or in your breasts is putting too much strain on your back, then plastic surgery to reduce back pain might be right for you.
Contact us today to talk with one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons. We’ll discuss your options so that you can find relief and get back to your life with new confidence and vigor.
The Health Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The Health Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Do you struggle with back pain that comes from poor posture?
As much as you might try to sit or stand up tall and straight, it doesn’t seem to help. Before you opt for back surgery though, you may want to consider a tummy tuck.
It may sound counterintuitive. How could a tummy tuck possibly ease your back pain?
We’ll explore this aspect of the procedure, along with the MANY other health benefits of a tummy tuck.
- Improves Abdominal Tone
If you’ve experienced a pregnancy or extreme weight loss, your stomach muscles may have become distended. The muscles are no longer able to adequately tighten to pull the belly in and give it that taut appearance. And no amount of diet or exercise is effective.
One of the benefits of a tummy tuck is that it not only removes excess skin and fat to flatten the belly, but it also tightens those weak and distended muscles to improve abdominal tone.
Aside from giving you a flatter stomach, improving your abdominal tone leads to better posture. When the abdominal muscles are weak, they’re not able to give the spine the support it needs. This often results in a curving of the spine called lordosis – more commonly known as “sway back.”
Following a tummy tuck though, it’s common for patients to notice that their posture has significantly improved. And with improved posture comes less strain on the spine and relief from certain types of back pain.
So that’s how a tummy tuck can help relieve back pain. But what about the other health benefits of a tummy tuck?
- Helps with Obesity Recovery
It’s important to note that a tummy tuck is not considered a weight-loss procedure. Typically, only a few pounds of tissue are typically removed. But research shows that having a tummy tuck can help previously obese patients maintain a healthy weight.
According to the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Swiss researchers found that bariatric patients who received surgery to reduce the size of their stomach were more likely to keep the weight off when they combined it with a tummy tuck.
In fact, patients who combined the two procedures regained an average of only a pound per year. By contrast, bariatric patients that didn’t opt for body-contouring procedures gained an average of four pounds per year.
Researchers speculate that the tightening of the abdominal muscles compresses the stomach, thereby reducing its capacity and increasing the ability to feel full after meals.
Managing weight and avoiding weight gain is especially important when it comes to those with diabetes. Since weight has a significant effect on the occurrence of insulin resistance, considerable weight loss renders the body more efficient in utilizing the insulin it produces.
By lowering insulin resistance, some diabetic patients are able to alter and more easily manage their previous medications.
- Reduces Stress Urinary Incontinence
Many women (and some men) experience “leakage.” Especially when they cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise. This bladder control problem is referred to as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
SUI occurs when the pelvic floor gets stretched, weakened or damaged and no longer sufficiently supports the bladder and urethra. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause it, but so too can excessive coughing or nerve injuries to the lower back or pelvic surgery.
Most of the time, SUI is treated without surgery. Several studies have indicated, however, that in more severe cases a tummy tuck can aid in recovery. During the procedure, soft tissue near the pelvic area is used to create a slight bladder obstruction. The result is an obvious reduction in incontinence.
- Increases Exercise Tolerance
While increasing your ability to exercise harder and more frequently isn’t technically a medical benefit, the results of doing so have a direct impact on one’s health.
Removing excess skin and strengthening the abdominal muscles can certainly make exercise easier. You’re able to do exercises you weren’t able to before. But just as importantly, it increases your self-esteem and confidence at the gym.
In fact, it’s not unusual for patients who undergo a body contouring procedure to be more motivated to stick to an exercise regimen. Their clothes fit better and they feel more comfortable in their workout setting with their slimmer waistline and newly contoured shape.
A regular exercise regimen also decreases anxiety and depression. So it’s a win-win all around.
- Corrects an Umbilical or Ventral Hernia
A hernia happens when the muscles inside the abdomen weaken in one spot and allow for a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to push through the muscle layer.
When a ventral hernia occurs at the site of a surgical scar, it is called an incisional hernia. Some patients who have open abdominal surgery will develop a ventral hernia at their incision.
If the hernia occurs at the navel or belly button, it’s referred to as an umbilical hernia. This can occur with or without a prior incision.
If an umbilical or ventral hernia is encountered during a tummy tuck surgery, it can be repaired. Strengthening and restructuring the abdominal wall also decreases the likelihood of another hernia forming and requiring emergency surgery.
Take Advantage of the Health Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
While getting a tummy tuck is sure to boost your confidence and leave you feeling better about yourself, it could do so much more.
So contact us today to find out if the many health benefits of a tummy tuck apply to you.
And start looking and feeling better!
Boosting Self Esteem with Plastic Surgery
Do you have an area of your body that you wish looked different?
Are you tired of people telling you to just embrace it when its sheer presence is enough to ruin your day?
If you’re feeling that upset about it, then chances are it’s impacting your self-esteem.
You don’t need to let low self-esteem negatively affect all of the other areas of your life.
Boosting self-esteem with plastic surgery is the perfect solution. And there are added benefits that go beyond just feeling better about yourself.
Study Backs Positive Impact of Plastic Surgery
A research study published in Clinical Psychological Science found that people who chose to undergo plastic surgery were able to experience greater self esteem, a higher sense of satisfaction, and more overall joy in life.
The study looked at nearly 550 first-time patients, as well as over 260 people who’d always wanted plastic surgery but had opted not to get a procedure.
These two groups were then compared to more than 1,000 people who never held any interest in cosmetic surgery. Controls were put in place to ensure there were no differences in terms of mental health and overall life satisfaction.
Plastic Surgery Patients Showed Increase in Self Esteem
In psychological tests, it turns out that those who went under the knife had higher self-esteem, experienced less anxiety, and felt healthier overall when compared to those who had not had plastic surgery.
In addition, those who opted for the surgery were not only more pleased with the “problem area” that was addressed, but they were happier with their bodies as a whole.
And the perks and positive outcomes don’t stop there.
Benefits of Improved Self Esteem
Patients who are self-conscious enough to choose surgery often struggle with the negative impact their appearance has on their social lives.
So it makes perfect sense that after surgery, they’d have a newfound confidence and be able to shed a great deal of the anxiety and insecurity that once dominated their lives.
This increase in confidence and self-esteem has a trickle-down effect that affects other areas of their lives too. For instance, they may decide to start a diet and/or begin and exercise regimen to add to their “upgrade.”
There are other ways too.
- Increased Ambition
An increase in self-esteem often translates to an increase in ambition too.
With a more ambitious spirit and attitude, people are likely to seek out new relationships and adventures that they may not have in the past.
They feel more confident when looking to increase their social network or get more involved in their community – both of which boost happiness.
There’s also a good chance they’ll start setting goals they formerly wouldn’t have considered. This is especially true when it comes to their occupation.
Which brings us to our next point…
- Better Job Performance
It might sound simplistic, but when patients choose to improve their appearance, they often see an improvement in their job performance as well.
Because they feel better about themselves, they believe they’re capable of achieving more. There’s an increase in focus and a willingness to take on tough projects.
They may even be ready to take on leadership positions that will allow them to be more involved with their company and possibly make more money.
- Improved Interactions with Others
One of the most rewarding aspects of improved self-esteem is the impact it has on relationships.
When a patient chooses plastic surgery to improve his or her appearance, they’re more likely to get favorable treatment from others in both their professional and social lives.
This isn’t because people only want to associate with those who look good. It has to do with the increased confidence that comes with improving one’s appearance.
Someone who’s pleased with how they look is going to present a more positive attitude and naturally draw others into his or her circle.
Is Boosting Self Esteem with Plastic Surgery Right for You?
If you’re unhappy with some aspect of your physical appearance, then there’s nothing wrong with boosting self-esteem with plastic surgery.
Everybody wants to look their best. And you only have one life to live, so why not make the most of it?
Contact us today to speak with one of our board-certified surgeons. And find out how you can increase your confidence, enhance your overall happiness, and boost your self-esteem with one of our procedures.
Breast Reduction Is Not Just for Women
Despite the jokes about large breasts in our culture, having large breasts can be both cumbersome and painful.
Large breasts can be the source of chronic back, neck, and shoulder strain. And women who have to wear extra supportive bras often suffer from cuts and abrasions on their shoulders from the straps.
On top of that, while larger breasts may contribute to an attractive silhouette for younger women, they are more prone to drooping as women age. This can create the illusion of being overweight – even on women who are not.
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate these discomforts by ridding the body of excess breast tissue while simultaneously tightening the skin and elevating the breast to create a more streamlined silhouette.
Breast Reduction for Women
One of the common traits women with very large breasts share is feeling awkward.
Large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to exercise comfortably.
They’re also just plain uncomfortable. Not only do women feel the emotional displeasure of people staring at them, but the physical pain can be overwhelming. All of these can drain a woman’s confidence.
Plastic surgeons are sensitive to these issues. During a consultation, they consider the size and shape of the breasts, the elasticity of the patient’s skin, and the position of the nipples.
Doing so allows them to customize breast reduction options specifically suited to a woman’s unique individual body type.
Female Breast Reduction Procedure
During the breast reduction procedure, the surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. This is done by making an incision and then removing the fat using a combination of liposuction and other excision techniques.
There are a couple of incision options.
With a lollipop incision, the incision is made around the areola and down to the breast crease. This is a good incision option for patients who are in need of a moderate reduction.
For women who need a significant reduction, the anchor incision is similar to the lollipop incision except the incision continues along the crease underneath the breast.
In both cases, the breast reduction will be accompanied by a breast lift to fully restore the shape and contour of the breast.
But women aren’t the only ones who struggle with the challenges of large breasts.
Male Breast Reduction
Did you know that around 65% percent of middle-aged and older men struggle with breasts that have a womanly appearance?
All men have breast glandular tissue. This is normal. But with the condition known as gynecomastia (which translated from the Greek means “woman-like breasts”), there is abnormal growth or excess breast tissue.
It turns out that fatty tissue in the chest is not sexist. It can gather in men in similar ways that it does in women. The degree to which this happens is dependent on factors including age, weight gain, and genetics.
What’s worse, it can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. So while the remainder of a man’s body might be toned and fit, he will still have breasts. It’s an embarrassing situation.
Men in this situation can benefit from male breast reduction surgery to restore an appealing, more masculine appearance to their upper bodies.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Large male breasts can be caused by fatty tissue, excess glandular tissue, or a combination of both.
Male breast reduction is performed with liposuction to remove the excess fat followed by an incision around the areola to remove excess glandular tissue. Finally, the skin around the pectoral muscles is tightened to create a masculine physique.
It’s important to note that prior to male breast reduction, 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.
Could Breast Reduction Improve Your Life?
If you’re struggling with the challenges of overly large breasts, you don’t have to accept it as your destiny.
Breast reduction surgery can relieve the pain and/or embarrassment, while improving your physique, restoring your confidence, and creating a more balanced and proportional appearance.
So contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
And leave the embarrassment behind.