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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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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.

All of our surgeons at Savannah Plastic Surgery are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board Certification 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.


Liposuction: A Quick Remedy for "Bra Fat"

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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

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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)
3. 
Chemical Peel
4. Laser hair removal
5. 
Microdermabrasion


Tummy Tuck May Help with Back Pain, Urinary Incontinence

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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.

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Stretched Earlobes or Earrings Pulled Through? We Can Help.

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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.


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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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