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How World War I Led to the Birth of Plastic Surgery

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WWI-tents.jpgOur country - in fact, our world - just recognized the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 on November 11th. The horrific war resulted in horrific losses, with 16 million people dead and another 21 million people injured.

Toward the end of the war, medical advances allowed doctors to save some people whose injuries would have been fatal just a few years earlier. Shrapnel and shell blasts had caused many facial injuries, but doctors had little experience helping these survivors. Plastic Surgery was not yet a specialty, but was soon to be born.

The most severe facial injuries often left people deformed, with difficulty seeing, breathing, eating or drinking. According to an article on The Conversation, Harold Gillies, a young surgeon from New Zealand, recognized the need for a new specialized medical unit devoted to repairing facial injuries. In 1916, Gillies established Britain's first plastic surgery unit.

According to the article, Gillies described the development of plastic surgery as a "strange new art." Since that time, the art of reconstructive plastic surgery has continued to evolve, allowing many people with injuries, deformities, and other concerns lead normal lives that would not have been possible otherwise.

We're proud of plastic surgery's history, and proud to be part of its future, too.


Motivation: More Than Just Looking Good

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When you look good, sometimes that helps you feel good, too.

mirror-smiling-600.jpgMinimally invasive cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity, and a new study finds that many patients are motivated by more than just looks.

Researchers with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine surveyed about 500 adult patients in the U.S. who had recently undergone a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. The survey found that nearly 7 in 10 patients chose the procedure to improve their mental well-being. Other motivating factors included protecting their health and looking more professional at work.

Survey respondents had undergone a variety of procedures, including:

Many patients in the survey said the results of these minimally invasive procedures helped boost their self-confidence and increase their overall quality of life.

If you'd like to learn more about how these procedures might impact your life, contact us for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.


Researching Plastic Surgery on YouTube

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video-shocked-600.jpgYou're considering plastic surgery and doing your research, which includes checking YouTube for information. A YouTube search will quickly reveal lots of videos on all sorts of cosmetic procedures, with men or women in white physician jackets giving advice about what's right for you.

But a new study cautions: viewers beware. That doctor may not be a certified plastic surgeon, and he or she may not have your best interests in mind.

This article on LiveScience.com outlines a recent study by Rutgers University which examined the reliability of YouTube videos for information about medical procedures.

The study included 240 of the most popular cosmetic surgery videos on YouTube, with a combined reach of more than 160 million views. Researchers evaluated the accuracy of the information in the videos, as well as the credentials of the video presenter.

Researchers found many videos that appeared educational, but were actually veiled marketing schemes. Study authors concluded that YouTube content can be biased and unbalanced, and the practitioners may be unqualified.

Does this mean every video on YouTube is suspect? No - there are bound to be some quality programs in the mix. But when it comes to plastic surgery, your research must be solid.

If you're the visual type who really prefers a video, we have lots of 3D animation videos on our website that explain procedures in detail. We invite you to check them out on our Video page.

Before you commit to plastic surgery, take time to learn as much as you can about the procedure - the risks, benefits, recovery, expectations, etc. - from reputable sources. Your health may depend on it.


Removing Excess Skin After Weight Loss

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scale.jpgIf you've battled against obesity and lost a significant amount of weight, then congratulations are in order. Weight loss is not easy for most of us, but an appropriate body weight is important for your overall health.

For some people, dramatic weight loss can leave behind a lot of excess loose skin. This article on Health.com follows the story of a woman who lost more than 100 pounds. She was thrilled with her weight loss, but "I didn't feel great about the loose skin around my belly. It hung over the waist of everything, even skirts."

So she had plastic surgery to remove 7 pounds of loose skin. You can read more about her journey at Health.com.

If you have loose skin after major weight loss, get in touch with us so we can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our surgeons. You can get answers to your questions, and see if you're a good candidate for plastic surgery. Contact us online, or call us at 912-351-5050.


Injectable Fillers for Hand Rejuvenation

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Injectable fillers have long been popular for hand rejuvenation, and now Restylane has FDA approval for use in the hands.

Your hands can say a lot about you, including your age. As we get older, our skin gets thinner and we lose collagen and elastin. This change makes the tendons and veins in our hands visible, and gives our hands an aged appearance.

But the same injectable fillers that are used to give our faces a fuller appearance can also be used in the hands.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of the hyaluronic acid injectable gel Restylane for the hands. Radiesse is another dermal filler approved for hand rejuvenation.

Huffington Post published an article about fillers for hand rejuvenation, and you can read more about it here. If you have questions about hand rejuvenation, contact us through our website, or call us at 912-351-5050.

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Breast Reduction Can Improve Your Health

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"It was almost as if I had like a heavy backpack on my chest."

measuring-breasts.jpgIf you are a woman with very large breasts, you can probably sympathize with Amber Rose, who made that statement in an interview with People magazine. Rose had a natural cup size of 36H, and said her large breasts were - literally - a heavy burden. They made it difficult to exercise and caused significant back pain.

We hear the same complaints from most of our breast reduction patients, and the decision to undergo reduction surgery is often more about health than aesthetics. Many health insurance companies will even pay for breast reduction surgery because of the health benefits.

After surgery, Rose is a size 36 DDD and very pleased with her results. You can visit our website to view a before and after image gallery of our breast reduction patients, and read more about the procedure on our breast reduction page.

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Male Plastic Surgery is On the Rise

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man-mirror.jpgWhen you imagine the typical plastic surgery patient, you probably think of a woman. That's because historically, the majority of patients seeking cosmetic procedures have been female.

But trends are shifting, and more men are also now seeking plastic surgery. This article in Allure says the taboo against male plastic surgery is fading, and we see this reflected in an increased number of men coming to us seeking aesthetic changes.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, from 1997 to 2015, the number of men having plastic surgery has tripled.

Some of the more popular procedures among our male patients include liposuction, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, facelift and male breast reduction.

Non-surgical procedures like Botox are also gaining popularity among men.

If you're considering plastic surgery - male or female - we offer complimentary consultations with any of our 6 surgeons. You can use our online contact form, or call us at 912-351-5050 to schedule an appointment.


Trading the Quick Fix for More Long-Lasting Results

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mirror-woman.jpgIf you're looking to smooth away wrinkles, sculpt your waistline, or trim your thighs, you have plenty of options - both surgical and non-surgical.

For years, the non-surgical "quick fix" was gaining popularity, but as this article in Allure reveals, doctors are now seeing a marked shift. More patients are demanding long-lasting results, and opting for traditional plastic surgery.

Facial rejuvenation is a good example. Non-surgical procedures like Botox injections can be great for temporarily wiping away facial lines. But inevitably those wrinkles will return and more Botox will be needed. We're finding that some patients would rather have a facelift, even though the upfront costs are higher and they'll have to plan for some recovery time. But these patients prefer a long-lasting fix, rather than repeated costly trips to office for more and more Botox.

For more insight into the non-surgical vs surgical debate, check out the article in Allure. If you'd like to discuss your options with one of our six surgeons, make an appointment today for a consultation.


Belly Button Repair

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beach-friends-600.jpgIs yours an innie, or an outie?

We're talking belly buttons, and even if you used to have an innie, there are several reasons your belly button may have changed.

Weight loss, pregnancy, an umbilical hernia, and even some laparoscopic surgeries can lead to a stretched out navel with an undefined shape, surrounded by loose skin.

If your belly button is keeping you from sporting a bikini or crop top this summer, we can help.

One option is a tummy tuck. For many women, as pregnancy stretches their bellies, the muscles of the abdomen must flatten and separate to make room. This can lead to an umbilical hernia. With a tummy tuck, your surgeon can reposition and reshape the belly button, while also removing loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.

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See More Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

If you don't need a tummy tuck but just want to fix an "outie," you might be a good candidate for umbilicoplasty. This surgical procedure addresses only the skin surrounding the belly button, and can sometimes be done through the belly button with no scar.

If you just need a little bit of tightening around your belly button, you might consider fractional laser resurfacing. This non-surgical procedure uses a laser to stimulate new collagen production and can tighten the skin.

If you're not sure which procedure is best for you, make a consultation with one of our physicians. We can go over all the options, and have you back in a bikini this summer.


Plastic Surgeon Vs. Cosmetic Surgeon: What's the Difference?

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doctorclipboard-600.jpgMany people use the terms "plastic surgery" and "cosmetic surgery" interchangeably. But when it comes to doctor training programs, there are some important differences between plastic and cosmetic surgery training. As you research the right surgeon for you, keep these things in mind:

Specialty training for a cosmetic surgeon is typically 3-5 years, and focused on specific cosmetic procedures like liposuction and breast implants. By contrast, plastic surgery training takes an additional 5-8 years following medical school. Plastic surgeons learn all the same things cosmetic surgeons do, but also learn about additional procedures, including reconstruction.

So how can you know if the doctor you're researching is a cosmetic or plastic surgeon? Check his or her board certification. When a doctor is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, that means, in addition to receiving their undergraduate medical degrees, doctors have completed a residency in general surgery and an approved residency in plastic surgery, passed a rigorous written and oral board examination, and practiced plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery for a minimum of four years.

Before you entrust your physical transformation to a physician, take time to make sure he or she has the right training and credentials for the job.


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About Savannah Plastic Surgery

We want to be your first choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery, skin care, and life enhancing services delivered by a team committed to compassion, education, and excellence.

Using a delicate balance of science and art, our physicians can customized every surgery to meet your personal needs and goals. Our seven surgeons: Dr. Lawrence Ruf, Dr. Scott Vann, Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Dan Deloach, Dr. Carl Pearl, Dr. Luke Curtsinger, and Dr. Matthew McLeod, recognize that no two people are alike. You are unique and we are, too.

We now offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery. Contact us today to begin your body transformation.

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