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Cosmetic Surgery And You: Tips And Advice

The decision to have any form of surgery should be one that you come to after careful consideration. If you woke up this morning and thought "I think I'll get a nose job,", then this isn't the best decision for you. Take the time to read articles like this one to find out more about your options and complications of plastic surgery.

If there are medical reasons for your chosen procedure, then consider characterizing it as reconstructive surgery rather than cosmetic. If you are concerned about the stigma associated with cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery is often a euphemistic term used instead.

Look into your surgeon's malpractice insurance coverage. If a problem arises, such coverage will help to ensure that you get the compensation you need. Never utilize the services of a doctor who has insufficient insurance, because it may be that past errors have made such coverage too costly.

Ask your surgeon how many times he, or she has performed the operation you are interested in. Practice makes perfect; you should go to a surgeon who is experienced, and can show you concrete results. A beginner might have better prices, but you should not take any risks. Go to an experienced surgeon.

Prevent complications from cosmetic surgery by eating a nutritious diet and using vitamin supplements when you can. Surgery is always something that takes time to get over, but you need to prepare yourself to recover by making sure your body can do the work it needs to do. Proper nutrition will help.

As you can see, there is a lot going on here. There are so many different procedures, techniques, doctors, costs, recoveries and complication possibilities. Take your time to do a lot of careful thinking about this matter. This article is a jumping point for your own internal dialogue and decision-making process.

Athena Clinic –  Robert Peterson, MD Robert Peterson, MD
1319 Punahou Street, # 1070 Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Phone: (808) 944-8551

Breast Implant Exchange with Fat Enhancement

Amanda’s first implants were placed by another surgeon approximately 15 years earlier

425cc anatomical saline implants were placed under the muscle

She was unhappy with the implant rippling, breast gap and muscle flexion distortion

Even under the muscle, the implants were still very visible as coverage was so thin

Being very lean also made her naturally wide breast gap seem even more prominent

Displacement and flattening of the implants occurred with every muscle contraction

Implants placed above the muscle would have resulted in more visibility due to less coverage

Implant placement under the muscle also created a wider breast gap visible in clothes

Rippling was more pronounced with saline implants especially when leaning forward

Amanda first presented to our practice 10 years earlier for her tummy tuck

Her satisfaction and trust allowed her to feel confident in having breast surgery as well

Correction involved removing the implants and restoring the muscle to its original position

Placing cohesive, gummy bear, anatomical, silicone gel implants in a new pocket above the muscle

Then filling the overlying skin envelope with fat grafts to add cover, volume and cleavage

Amanda is seen at her initial visit (left image) four years earlier with her original saline implants

The center photos show her four years after initial implant exchange to 350cc smooth, round, silicone gel implants (still under the muscle) with 50 cc of fat placed above

There was significant improvement but she still wanted to reduce the gap and muscle animation even more

As she was lean and also very athletic, she wanted complete muscle correction

Mentor MH 440 CC, anatomical, textured cohesive gel implants were placed over the repaired muscle

75 CC of fat was also placed into the overlying breast envelope for coverage, volume and contour

She is now seeing (right images) with her final results 2 months after implant relocation and fat transfer

The fat grafts have completely integrated and have the potential to last a lifetime

There are no visible or palpable irregularities and full natural breasts have been achieved

Amanda went from a C to her desired D cup and… she finally has cleavage

The animation deformity is completely corrected and a soft natural appearance is finally hers

Athena Clinic – Robert Peterson, MD Robert Peterson, MD
1319 Punahou Street, # 1070 Honolulu, Hawaii 96826 Phone: (808) 944-8551