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Transform Your Waistline at Savannah Plastic Surgery

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tummy tuckFor some people, extra fat or loose skin around the stomach is extremely hard to lose, even with physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. That's where Savannah Plastic Surgery can help through a procedure called abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men and women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The procedure can be particularly helpful to women who want to reverse the effect of pregnancy on the abdominal muscles and skin.

"The ideal candidate is any healthy person who is unhappy with his or her waistline and can be helped with a tummy tuck," says Dr. Scott Vann of Savannah Plastic Surgery. "Most commonly, we treat women who have finished having children and have tummies that became stretched during pregnancy."

How a Tummy Tuck Works

tummy tuck before and afterThe procedure includes removing the excess skin and tightening the over-stretched muscles and connective tissue to restore the waistline. "Sometimes, liposuction may compliment the procedure for the best result," says Dr. Vann. "Liposuction is especially helpful if the patient has excess fat on the back that needs to be removed to get the best waist in the front and back."

The procedure has evolved over the past years, making recovery time shorter and results even better. Patients typically require about 2 weeks to recover. After that, most can return to work.

Dr. Vann, who specializes in tummy tucks, says he enjoys seeing patients react positively to their new shape. "I feel a tummy tuck is the most transforming procedure I can do in body sculpting," he says. Generally, he is able to restore the classic hourglass shape many of his female patients desire. "I feel my patients have a huge improvement when it comes to self-image and more confidence after a tummy tuck."

You can learn more about the tummy tuck procedure on our website, and then contact the office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.


New at Savannah Plastic Surgery: Pain and Anxiety Relief with Pro-Nox

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Do you want to try Botox but are worried about pain? If so, you're not alone. There are plenty of patients who fear pain and even needles. In order to better help patients and calm fears, Savannah Plastic Surgery is proud to debut the Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide Delivery System. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled analgesic that helps to relieve the pain and anxiety a patient may experience during cosmetic procedures and other in-office procedures.

Pronox Photo.jpgDr. Luke Curtsinger recently tried the Pro-Nox while getting Botox and fillers. He said he felt no pain during the injections. "This is patient-administered nitrous oxide where the patient breathes in the nitrous oxide from a tube," says Curtsinger. "It is a very safe and controlled delivery method. A patient can control when they need more and it takes effect in seconds."

When Can Pro-Nox Be Used?

Pro-Nox can be used during a number of procedures. Some of the main ones include:

  • Fillers
  • Laser treatments
  • Small surgical procedures

"Oftentimes barriers such as fear of pain, fear of needles and fear of general anesthesia for small procedures may prevent a patient from having something they want done or will cause a great amount of anxiety," says Curtsinger. "Pro-Nox will enhance our patient's experience and allow them to participate in the procedure while being relaxed."

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a clear, colorless vapor with a slightly sweet odor and taste. The mechanism of action of nitrous oxide is thought to be an increased release of endorphin, dopamine, and other natural pain relievers in the brain, which modulate pain stimuli via descending spinal cord nerve pathways. It is safe for patients and proven very effective.

While, nitrous oxide does not completely relieve the pain it creates "diminished pain, or a continued awareness of pain without feeling bothered by it." It also has an anti-anxiety effect, which may be helpful if the patient is restless and doubts his or her ability to cope, emotions that are not uncommon, especially during medical procedures. The potential side effects are very minimal and include nausea and dizziness.

If you're interested in using Pro-Nox during a procedure, call Savannah Plastic Surgery at 912-351-5050. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation online.

Watch Dr. Curtsinger Use Pro-Nox


Investing in Savannah's Future with the Summer 500

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summer500.jpegDon't be surprised if you see a bright, young face in the halls of Savannah Plastic Surgery this summer! Our newest employee is part of the Savannah Summer 500, a Youth Employment Program led by the City of Savannah.

The program connects local youth ages 16 and older with paid summer jobs in a variety of industries. Our summer employee is spending time with staff in Savannah Plastic Surgery as well as The Skin Institute and Laser Center.

These students have attended workshops on job readiness, career exploration and financial literacy, and now it's our turn to participate by giving them real-world work experience. We're pleased to play our part, investing in the future of our community!


Reveal a Fresher, More Youthful You

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As the clock ticks, it's inevitable that our bodies will undergo the ageing process. Skin begins to sag, wrinkles present themselves and sometimes our self confidence may change. At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we understand that many patients are taking better care of themselves and want their outside appearance to reflect that.

"The Freshlook Facelift restores what time has stolen," says Dr. Carl Pearl. "People are making healthier decisions now and the facelift allows people to look how they feel on the inside." Dr. Pearl says he's seen a dramatic increase in the number of facelifts he performs. The surgery is done without drains and the recovery is much easier. "People are realizing that it is OK to want to look better and feel better about themselves," adds Dr. Pearl.

What Does the Freshlook Facelift Procedure Involve?

The Freshlook Facelift is a same-day procedure where excess skin is removed and structures under the skin are resuspended to correct the signs of aging. The procedure involves some incisions around the ears and sometimes under the chin. Because the recovery process has improved, patients go home the same day. Some swelling and bruising after surgery is expected but most patients can go out of the house in a few days.

Who is the Freshlook Facelift For?

This procedure is for anyone who wants a more youthful jawline and a better neck. The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but face lifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well. The Freshlook Facelift is a very individualized procedure. In your initial consultation we will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.

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Other procedures for the eyelids and eyebrows can be included with the facelift if the patient needs additional work done. A facelift usually takes several hours or somewhat longer if you're having more than one procedure done.

A New You

While the Freshlook Facelift won't completely change your appearance, it can make you look younger and fresher, and enhance your self-confidence. "People like what they see when they look in the mirror after a facelift," says Dr. Pearl. "They have invested in their own body and their own happiness."

If you're interested in the Freshlook Facelift and are ready to present a fresher, more youthful face to the world, schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling 912-351-5050 or filling out an online contact form.


Savannah Plastic Surgery - Best of Savannah!

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connect-2019.jpgWe are thrilled to have earned the distinction of Best Plastic Surgery Center in Savannah! The readers of Connect Savannah voted for their top choice, and we are so thankful for their confidence in us.

Choosing to have plastic surgery is a monumental decision, and you shouldn't trust your transformation to just anyone. Your surgeon and the staff members need to be knowledgeable and skilled, but also understanding and kind. We strive to be all of these things, and are so pleased that the Savannah community recognizes the care we put into every interaction.

Thank you Savannah!


Dr. Pearl is Best of the Best!

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Congratulations to Dr. Pearl for being voted best plastic surgeon in the Savannah Morning News' Best of the Best contest! We are proud to have some of the greatest surgeons in the Coastal Empire.


The Migraine Surgery Program at Savannah Plastic Surgery

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Life can be extremely challenging for those who suffer from severe migraines. Head pain is often compounded by nausea, vomiting, sound and light sensitivity, all which make getting through the day a daunting task. Sadly, migraine sufferers report a low quality of life, high rates of depression, and have a high incidence of suicide.

The Migraine Surgery Program at Savannah Plastic Surgery, started by Dr. Matthew McLeod, offers novel surgical procedures to treat migraine headaches and is giving hope to those who have tried migraine treatments with little to no success.

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How can a Plastic Surgeon help with migraines?

Migraine.jpgPlastic surgery is a dynamic and innovative specialty that includes reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Surgery for the treatment of migraine headaches has now become part of the ongoing contribution attributed to this innovative specialty. In fact, surgery for migraines was discovered and developed by plastic surgeons. "Migraines are complex problems that require a multidisciplinary approach," says Dr. McLeod. "Some of these severe headaches can be caused by peripheral nerve trigger sites in and around the scalp. These sensory nerves often require a decompression, which means surgically freeing the nerve from the surrounding tissues that may be causing the chronic irritation to the nerve." The procedure is an outpatient surgery, usually taking about one to two hours, with little recovery time. Most patients return to work in about a week.

Are you a candidate for migraine surgery?

mcleod.jpgIt is important that patients with migraines be evaluated by a neurologist. Some sufferers may benefit from Botox injections provided by their neurologist. For many, the trigger point or points may not respond to less invasive therapies and the problem is a true anatomic issue lending itself to surgical relief. Dr. McLeod often performs a diagnostic nerve block during a consultation to aid in determining whether someone is a candidate for surgery. Candidates must understand he has never operated on a migraine patient that has not been evaluated by a neurologist. If you do not have a neurologist, we can offer a referral.

"When a patient tells me that the surgery has given them their life back, treating people suffering from migraines has become one of my most gratifying parts of my practice as a plastic surgeon," says Dr. McLeod.

See if migraine surgery can stop your headaches, putting you on the path to wellness. Schedule your consultation today by calling 912-351-5050 or filling out an online contact form.

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More Millennials are Seeking "Prejuvenation"

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More and more young people are turning to plastic surgeons in a quest to look more youthful. A recent survey released by American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) says millennials are showing up in plastic surgeons' offices for a variety of procedures - many wanting "prejuvenation," which consists of noninvasive treatments like Botox or chemical peels. The goal - slow the results of aging, rather than correct them.

The survey reported an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under 30. AAFPRS predicts more millennials will focus on early maintenance in the future.

Most Common Non-surgical Procedures for Women and Men

"The advances in minimally invasive technologies and demand for non-surgical treatments grows each year, with many millennials picking Botox for routine wrinkle treatment, hyaluronic acid fillers for lip augmentation and lasers or chemical peels as standard practice for slowing down the clock on sun damage," says Phillip R. Langsdon, AAFPRS President. "Our younger patients are monitoring the aging process and taking prevention seriously."

Schedule a Consultation

At Savannah Plastic Surgery we work with you to determine what type of cosmetic procedures you will benefit from, whether it be surgery or noninvasive treatments. We also encourage you to look at other ways to retain your youthful appearance like using sunblock, getting an adequate amount of vitamin C, eating healthy and quitting smoking.

If you are interested in exploring our non-surgical treatments, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


Transforming Savannah Into a Blue Zone

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bluezone-globe.jpgThere may be no literal fountain of youth, where a drink of magical water can restore you to your physical prime. But for seekers of health and longevity, there are certain areas of the world that seem almost as magical. They're called Blue Zones, and they're locations with a high concentration of people who live to be 100 years old or more.

Scientists are studying these populations, which are currently found in small communities of Costa Rica, California, Japan, and Italy. Researchers hope to uncover the secret recipe of longevity. Is it climate? Diet? Lifestyle? Genetics? Some combination of all these things?

cursinger-bluezone.jpgDr. Luke Curtsinger of Savannah Plastic Surgery is also researching these Blue Zones, specifically looking for ways to transform Savannah into a Blue Zone of health and wellness.

"When a community decides to apply Blue Zone principles, and when it has support from local institutions, you see a lot of improvement in community health," says Dr. Curtsinger. "Smoking rates decrease, blood pressure rates improve, obesity rates decline - we've seen this happen in other cities like Naples, Florida, once they adopted Blue Zone priorities."

Blue Zone communities tend to have several traits in common, like a higher percentage of people eating plant-slant diets, and communities where people exercise naturally through gardening, yard work, walking or cycling. People drink wine. They take naps. They belong to faith communities, and they live near family.

"In Blue Zone cities, employers offer health and nutrition programs, and people have opportunities for exercise, healthy food, good friend groups and community service. You make the Blue Zone choice the easy choice, and these efforts add up to healthier, happier populations," Dr. Curtsinger says.

But Blue Zone communities can't be created by just one person. "First it's a matter of education, and finding the community stakeholders who are interested in a project like this," says Dr. Curtsinger. He is now working to cultivate relationships with partners interested in seeing Savannah transformed into a Blue Zone, in what he calls "the ultimate public health project."

Dr. Curtsinger's efforts were recently featured in South Magazine, and you can click here to read the full article.

Learn more about Blue Zones at bluezones.com.


Breast Surgery After A Mastectomy

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reconstructivesurgery.gifWe recently wrapped up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we are all reminded about the importance of breast cancer screening. But for some, when screening leads to a cancer diagnosis, it's just the first step in a long process toward regaining health and preserving life.

As plastic surgeons, we often join a patient's journey after breast cancer has been diagnosed and has resulted in a mastectomy, or surgery to remove the breast. Many women choose to have reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy in order to rebuild a realistic looking breast. Sometimes implants are used, and other times the patient's own tissues can be relocated to form the new breast.

If you have had, or will have a mastectomy, it's important to talk with your doctor about post-surgery options, and whether or not breast reconstruction is right for you. Information and resources can also be found on the American Cancer Society's website, or by meeting with one of our physicians to discuss your care.


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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 customize every surgery to meet your personal needs and goals. Our surgeons: Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Carl Pearl, Dr. Luke Curtsinger, Dr. Matthew McLeod, and Dr. Scott Vann 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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