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BBL Treatments Reduce Signs of Aging Skin

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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

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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

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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

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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: https://www.allure.com/story/thread-lift-plastic-surgery-procedure

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!

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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.


The Right Nose for Each Face

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Nose reshaping surgery, called rhinoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 220,000 people had rhinoplasty in the US last year - an increase from the previous year.

But no two nose jobs are the same.

Some nose surgery is done to repair breathing problems, or because of a traumatic nose injury. Others are done for aesthetic purposes, or a combination of reasons. Each nose surgery should be custom designed to look as natural as possible, taking into account factors such as ethnicity, proportion with other facial features, nostril size, bridge width, and much more.

At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we've performed many rhinoplasty procedures, and on a variety of patient types. If you're considering nose shaping surgery, you may find it helpful to explore our rhinoplasty page where you'll find information about the procedure as well as a 3-D animated video about nose surgery. We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery, so contact us if you'd like to set up an appointment to discuss rhinoplasty. We'd be happy to answer your questions, and we recognize that your surgery will be as unique as you are!


The Buddy System is Effective in Early Detection of Skin Cancer

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sunscreen-application copy.jpgEarly detection of skin cancer can be life saving, and some dermatologists are recommending a new way to protect yourself: the buddy system.

A recent study showed success with early detection of skin cancer when partners were trained to check each other for warning signs of melanoma.

In the study, pairs of people were given specific training on recognizing skin concerns, like a change in the border, color and diameter of moles. During the 2-year study, 43 new melanomas were spotted by these skin check partners, who were able to alert a doctor and seek early treatment.

Melanoma is a serious concern, and the cancer rate is rising steadily. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 85,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year, and more than 9,000 people will likely die from melanoma.

But prevention and vigilance can be lifesavers. Here are some helpful resources from the American Cancer Society:

Learn to recognize the early warning signs of skin cancer, and partner with someone to check each other for skin changes. If you have questions about skin protection or reversing the effects of sun damage on your skin, contact our Skin Institute and Laser Center. And as always, if you're concerned about any suspicious areas on your skin, you should see your doctor.


Looking for a Plastic Surgeon? Watch for These Warning Signs

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You've decided to explore the possibility of cosmetic surgery, and now you need to find the right surgeon to help you on your journey. This is a critical step in the process, and there are some important "red flags" you should look for when reviewing surgeons. FOX-5 in Atlanta recently aired a news report on this topic, which you can watch by clicking here.

One of the first things you should find out - is your surgeon board certified in plastic surgery? We've talked about this on our blog before but it bears repeating. To be a board certified plastic surgeon, physicians must have at least six years of residency training and be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Doctors who are not board certified can still perform some cosmetic procedures, but we think it's important to work with an expert in his or her field who understands all the cosmetic options available to you.

Secondly, you shouldn't feel any pressure from your physician to have a certain procedure. Your doctor should be willing to meet with you for a consultation and to answer your questions, and should evaluate your health and your expectations to ensure you're a good fit for the procedure. But regardless, he or she should never rush you into booking an appointment. Having cosmetic surgery is a big decision, and you should feel good about the choice you're making and not pressured.

Also, when you talk with your surgeon, he or she should explain the risks of the procedure. All procedures carry risks, and you need to be educated on possible complications, risks and benefits before you choose to have cosmetic surgery. If a surgeon tells you a procedure is risk free, that's a big red flag.

At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic procedures. You can meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons and have your questions answered face-to-face. Contact us today if you'd like to make an appointment or learn more about our process.


U.S. Health Officials Issue Warnings about Medical Tourism

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airplane-600.jpgSome people who want to cut the costs of plastic surgery will turn to "medical tourism," or traveling to another country for less expensive medical procedures. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say medical tourism can be risky.

According to this article on WebMD, at least 18 women from the US became infected with a disfiguring bacteria after having plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic.

The women were infected by a germ called mycobacteria, and several of them had to be hospitalized. According to the article, it's not clear how the women were infected, but it's possible the bacteria entered wounds through contaminated tap water or instruments used in surgery.

The CDC outlines these potential risks from medical tourism:

  • Communication - if you don't speak the same language as the care-givers in the facility, misunderstandings could arise.
  • Medication quality may be inferior in some countries.
  • Antibiotic resistant bacteria may be more common in other countries than in the US.
  • Flying after surgery carries a risk of blood clots.

If financial concerns have you considering plastic surgery in another country, you might first check out the financing options we offer. You can finance your procedure and have it done in a comfortable, familiar and safe environment without the risk and hassle of travel.


Choosing the Right Sunscreen

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The summer beach and pool season officially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. You know you need a good sunscreen to protect your skin when you're out soaking up rays, but all the sunscreen options can be overwhelming. Here is some advice for choosing the right sunscreen for you and your family.

sunburn-relief.pngThe American Academy of Dermatology says you should look for sunscreen with the following three things:

  • SPF of 30 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB)
  • Water resistance

If you look at a bottle of sunscreen, you should see all three of those properties listed on the label. These factors are important for offering protection against skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the most serious kind of skin cancer.

But beyond those three properties, there are other considerations as well. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you'll want a sunscreen that doesn't clog pores. But if your skin is dry, a sunscreen with moisturizer might be more appropriate. If you have sensitive skin, or a skin condition like rosacea, then you'll want to use a sunscreen that contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

At the Skin Institute and Laser Center, we carry several different sunscreen products and can help you choose the right one for your skin type. Come see us at 7208 Hodgson Memorial Drive, and we'll be glad to talk with you about skin care and skin protection, so you can enjoy your summer outdoors without sacrificing the health and beauty of your skin!


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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. Chris Pettigrew, 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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