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Liposuction: A Quick Remedy for "Bra Fat"


brafat 500.jpgFor some women, a favorite dress or perfect swimsuit can look great in all areas but one ... the armpit area, where a bulge of flesh sometimes sticks out. The technical term for this is an "axillary roll," but most of our patients refer to it as "bra fat."

This particular bulge can be frustrating because it's not very receptive to exercise and diet. Fortunately, liposuction can be quite successful in removing the bulge, and the surgery can often be performed in less than an hour.

In liposuction surgery, small incisions are made so that a thin, hollow tube can be inserted to suction out unwanted fat. There can be some temporary bruising or swelling afterward, but recovery is generally quick.

In addition to the "bra fat" area, liposuction can be used for body sculpting in many areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

We have lots more information about liposuction on our website, including a video animation that may answers some of your questions. We also offer complimentary consultations for plastic surgery, so contact us if you'd like to meet with one of our physicians to see if liposuction is right for you.

The Top 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures in 2017


youngwoman-sunshine.jpgThe latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirms what we see in our office - an increase in people choosing minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. These types of procedures, like Botox, fillers and chemical peels, are up by almost 200% in this decade. We find that our patients like these procedures because the downtime is minimal or non-existent, and they still get great results.

Requests for surgical procedures are on the rise too, up 2% from 2016-2017. Breast augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose surgery) top the list.

According to this article in USA Today, here are the top five cosmetic surgery procedures, and minimally invasive procedures in 2017.

Top five cosmetic surgical procedures:

1. Breast augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Nose reshaping
4. Eyelid surgery
5. Tummy tuck

Top five cosmetic minimally invasive procedures:

1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)
2. Soft Tissue Fillers (Like Restylane & Juvederm)
Chemical Peel
4. Laser hair removal

Tummy Tuck May Help with Back Pain, Urinary Incontinence


pregnancybelly.jpgThe tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common surgery for women wanting to regain their pre-baby shape after pregnancy. But the benefits can be much more than aesthetic. We hear from tummy tuck patients all the time who say the procedure also reduced their back pain and urinary incontinence.

A recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal confirms our findings. The researchers surveyed more than 200 women in Australia who were having tummy tucks, and many of them reported difficulty with back pain and incontinence prior to surgery. After surgery however, a large percentage of them saw improvements with both of these issues.

During pregnancy, some women experience abdominal muscle separation, called rectus diastasis. When abdominoplasty incorporates rectus repair, many of these women report reduced back pain and fewer issues with post-partum urinary incontinence.

If you're interested in a tummy tuck, we have lots of information on our website, including before and after photos and 3D animations. We also offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic procedures, so contact us to make an appointment with one of our six surgeons and see if abdominoplasty might be right for you.


Stretched Earlobes or Earrings Pulled Through? We Can Help.


mirror-600.jpgA lifetime of wearing heavy earrings can be tough on your earlobes. Over time, some earlobes become enlarged, even stretching enough that studs fall through the holes.

If this sounds familiar, you may be glad to know there is a simple outpatient procedure that can correct this problem. It's called earlobe reduction surgery, and can be performed by a plastic surgeon in our Savannah Plastic Surgery office, and usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Other candidates for earlobe reduction surgery are people who used gauges to purposefully stretch their earlobes, or someone who has had an earring torn out of the earlobe. Some people choose to have the procedure just because they don't like the natural size of their earlobes.

If you're unhappy with your earlobes, contact us to schedule a consultation and see if earlobe reduction surgery might be right for you.

Plastic Surgery Rates Increasing Among Older Americans


oldercouple.jpgPlastic surgery is becoming more popular among many age groups, and we're seeing a lot of older patients coming into our office, looking for plastic surgery. Whether seeking eyelid surgery, facial surgery, or something else, many patients tell us they want to look on the outside how they feel on the inside - which is youthful and energetic.

As people live longer, it's no surprise older Americans are seeking plastic surgery. Some folks have more financial freedom in their later years, making plastic surgery more financially feasible. For others, retirement is the perfect time for a procedure because work obligations no longer interfere.

A recent news report on WISH-TV confirms what we're seeing in our office too. Click here if you'd like to see the story.

If you are wondering if you're a good candidate for a plastic surgery procedure, we offer complementary consultations for cosmetic surgery. Just contact us online or call us at 912-31-5050 and we'll be happy to set up an appointment.

BBL Treatments Reduce Signs of Aging Skin


A new study by two physicians in California confirms what we've seen in our own patients - broad band light (BBL) treatments really can reduce and even delay the signs of aging skin.

Here at The Skin Institute, we use Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. This treatment sends light energy deep into the skin to boost your body's natural ability to fight aging. BBL treatments can be done on any area of the body, but the most common areas are the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

BBL treatments can be repeated as often as every month, though you and your doctor will decide what's best for you. In the California study, doctors found that people who received regular treatments during a 5-11 year period saw a reduction in aging signs.

According to this article on The Aesthetic Channel, "In post-treatment photos of patients' skin five to 11 years after their initial BBL treatment, the authors found that while patients aged an average of nine years during the study, skin aging in the treatment area was evaluated as not aging."

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We have more BBL Before-and-After photos on our website and more information about the Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. If you'd like to schedule a consultation to see if BBL treatment may be right for you, contact us today!

Unexpected Side Benefits of Plastic Surgery


Typically, you may not associate plastic surgery with something like smoking cessation. But a recent study confirmed something we've experienced with our own patients - sometimes having plastic surgery is an incentive for patients to finally make healthier choices, like stopping smoking.

exercisingwomen copy.jpgThe website Physician's Briefing released details about a small study involving 85 patients who were active smokers before having cosmetic surgery. During their pre-surgery consultations they were advised to stop smoking in the 2 weeks prior to surgery. They did, and after a long-term follow up, 40% of the patients were no longer smokers.

For some people, finally getting a cosmetic procedure they've been wanting is enough incentive to make improvements in other areas of their health. Some, like those in this study, will choose to quit smoking. We've had other patients so pleased with their new body shape, they finally feel like exercising and eating healthier. If your surgery makes it easier for you to move around, you might find yourself playing with the kids or the grandkids more.

The aesthetic improvements from plastic surgery are easy to predict, but we're pleased to see how many other ways our patients' lives improve after cosmetic surgery.

We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery, so contact us today if you'd like to make an appointment with one of our seven surgeons.

Protect Yourself from Counterfeit Fillers


iStock-627196908.jpgYou've decided you're ready to try a wrinkle relaxer like Botox & Dysport, or a dermal filler like Juvederm, Radiesse, or Restylane. Your next step is choosing a doctor - but did you know, you also need to make sure the product you're receiving is legit?

Unfortunately, we're hearing stories about counterfeit injectables being sold and used in the United States. These imitation products can be a safety concern for patients - not to mention an ethical issue if your doctor is marketing them as the real deal. At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we only sell brand-name fillers, and what we advertise is what you get.

Allure magazine recently published an article with 5 tips for protecting yourself from counterfeit fillers. Click here to read the full article; we paraphrase the 5 tips here:

1. Be sure your treatment is done by a board-certified professional.

We've said it before but we'll say it again - board-certification is important! Physicians must gain specialized skills and knowledge to receive board certification, and misconduct can result in a loss of certification. If your doctor is board-certified, that's a good sign that he or she takes the job - and your health - very seriously. We're proud to say that all 7 of our physicians are Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

2. Ask to see the product box - you can ask your physician to show you the box your injectable comes in.

3. Be wary of super low pricing.

We do offer discounts on fillers from time to time, but if you see a price somewhere that's too good to be true, that could be a red flag that the product may not be authentic.

4. Pay attention to any side effects.

You should always talk to your doctor about any possible side effects before receiving injectables. If there is unusual pain during treatment, or persistent redness and swelling after treatment, you may need to investigate the authenticity of the treatment you received. Any medical emergencies should be treated right away.

5. Ask for help.

If you're concerned that your side effects are abnormal, you should talk with the medical professional who treated you. If his or her answers are unsatisfactory, it may be time to get help from another doctor.

Thread Lift Vs. Face Lift


chin and face copy.jpgYou may have heard of a procedure gaining popularity as a non-surgical alternative to the face lift - it's called a "thread lift." In a thread lift, threads are sewn into a patient's facial skin, and then pulled to tighten the skin for a lifted, younger appearance. Patients are under local anesthetic, and downtime is minimal.

It sounds like a good plan at first, but the threads dissolve and results usually only last 6 months. So 180 days after your procedure, you're back to where you were before, and out of pocket a significant amount of money.

That's one reason we don't perform thread lifts at Savannah Plastic Surgery - we want you to be happy with your results in the long term. A face lift is cosmetic surgery, and patients are put under general anesthesia and need around 2 weeks to recover. But the results are long lasting. No one can completely stop time - your face will continue to age and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one face lift are lasting; years later, you'll continue to look better than if you'd never had a face lift at all.

You can read more about the thread lift vs face lift debate here:

If you are looking for facial rejuvenation but aren't ready for a full face lift, you may also consider the FreshLook Lift. The FreshLook Lift is a less invasive facelift performed by our plastic surgeons as an outpatient with local anesthesia and mild sedation. This allows the patient to return home and resume daily activities sooner. The "down time" is reduced to a few days.

Or, if you just need a "quick fix," fillers and injectables like Botox, Dysport, Restylane and Juvederm are also viable alternatives to surgery.

If you have questions about which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for you, we'd love to bring you into the office for a consultation with one of our surgeons. Contact us today!

School is Back In Session: Moms, it's YOUR time!


Sometimes as mothers, it's not easy to take time for ourselves. This seems especially true in summer, with school-aged children at home or being shuttled to camp, and family vacations on the schedule.

Mom-School copy.jpgIf you've considered a Mommy Makeover, but worried about downtime, this may be the best time of year for you to finally schedule your procedure. The kids are back in school, vacations are over, and the holiday rush is still a few months away.

The Mommy Makeover procedure is a unique combination of surgeries to help restore the figure you had before pregnancy and childbirth. A Mommy Makeover typically includes a combination of tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast surgery.

Many of our Mommy Makeover candidates are unhappy with their abdominal area. For some women, the skin and muscles that get stretched during pregnancy never rebound to their former positions. Even with exercise and a proper diet, some women are left with loose belly skin, stretch marks and weak abdominal muscles. The tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, can reverse some of these changes. The surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles, pull the skin down and then remove excess skin, including stretch marks. Liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat. The result is a slimmer, flatter mid-section.

Breast procedures are also popular parts of the Mommy Makeover. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause breasts to sag, and for some women a breast augmentation and/or breast lift will help to restore volume and improve the shape of breasts. Or if the breasts are overly large, they can create back and posture problems for women, and a breast reduction may become part of the Mommy Makeover.

We have several before-and-after mommy makeover images in our website photo gallery. We encourage you to take a look, and then schedule a consultation to see if a Mommy Makeover might be right for you.

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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 six surgeons: Dr. Lawrence Ruf, Dr. Scott Vann, Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Dan Deloach, Dr. Carl Pearl, and Dr. Luke Curtsinger 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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