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Breast Reconstruction is a Far Cry from the Average Boob Job

Breast Reconstruction Hazleton, PA

Breast Reconstruction Hazleton, PAThroughout the history of breast augmentation, the technique used to enhance the female shape has commonly been referred to as a “boob job.” It used to be that one could easily spot a woman who had undergone breast augmentation. Today, this is certainly not the case. Breast surgeries have expanded in the area of technique to accommodate a wide variety of needs, including reconstruction after breast cancer treatment. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Kimmel and our staff understand the vast differences between elective breast augmentation and reconstructive surgery. Throughout the process, we make patient wellness our priority.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Reconstructing the breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy is not as simple as the average breast augmentation. The purpose of reconstruction is to reinstate the feminine shape of the breasts after natural tissue has been surgically removed. Mastectomy may remove varying degrees of breast tissue and skin, including the areolas and nipples. Therefore, reconstruction is often a process rather than a one-time event.

The Path Toward Healing

Breast reconstruction is a very healing journey for women who choose this path. In some cases, it is possible for the oncology and plastic surgery team to work together in a single series of procedures to remove natural tissue and immediately insert breast implants. Often, though, the path begins more slowly.

Multi-stage breast reconstruction may initially focus on creating space within the chest for future implants. This is accomplished by inserting tissue expanders at the time of mastectomy. A tissue expander could be likened to a balloon. It is added as an empty sac behind the pectoral muscle. A few weeks after installation, the expansion process begins. Every week or two, a small amount of saline is injected into a port in the tissue expander. This schedule may continue for a few months until the desired amount of skin and tissue stretching has been achieved. Then, we wait; we wait for the body to rest and heal a bit more before performing the second surgery in which tissue expanders are replaced with saline or silicone breast implants, maintaining focus on the patient’s well-being throughout the process.

Breast reconstruction is a complicated matter that requires expert care. Learn more about Dr. Kimmel’s training and experience in a personal consultation visit in our Hazelton or Pottsville office. Call to schedule your appointment today.

Why Liposuction Makes Sense

Liposuction Hazleton, PA

Liposuction Hazleton, PAMany of the online searches that are conducted today revolve around getting a slimmer physique. If we’re not looking up the latest diet trends or workout videos, we are researching which non-surgical body contouring treatments are getting the best results. At the moment, non-surgical fat reduction is incredibly popular. We can understand the draw to treatments like CoolSculpting. At the same time, it is necessary to thoroughly consider the value of surgical technique – aka liposuction – versus fat reducing methods that are conducted in the office setting.

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

In recent years, several technologies have been developed for cosmetic use. As a result, we have multiple ways to eliminate unwanted fat. Patients of our Hazelton and Pottsville offices may choose the non-surgical route of Liposonix, which targets fat cells with high-intensity focused ultrasound. Another popular method of fat reduction is to freeze fat cells. You may know this method as CoolSculpting. We’re going to discuss the latter due to its overwhelming popularity.

CoolSculpting freezes fat in a localized area such as the lower abdomen or inner thighs. Fat-freezing is achieved by securing a region of tissue in between two panels. Tissue must stay between the panels for about an hour to reach the necessary effect. According to the device manufacturer, each treatment can reduce fatty tissue by up to 23 percent. This sounds advantageous. However, we must also look at the size of the treatment area. Also according to the manufacturer, it is approximately the size of a stick of butter. Not very substantial after all.

Liposuction Surgery

Because liposuction is referred to as a surgical procedure, there may be a connotation that the process is involved and very risky. In fact, many of the liposuction treatments that are performed today are conducted either in an office setting or an accredited outpatient surgical facility. While some liposuction procedures are performed under general anesthesia, many are completed with a local anesthetic and appropriate sedative. Patients are released to recover at home within a short time after their procedure.

Dr. Kimmel frequently chooses Tickle Lipo as the preferred method of body sculpting. This technique is versatile enough to treat just about any area of the body. Using surgical liposuction, he can also address multiple areas in a single surgery without increasing downtime. But the most significant aspect of surgical liposuction versus any non-surgical treatment is the degree of fat removal that is possible – up to 2.5 liters of fatty tissue in a single surgery.

Do you want noticeable body sculpting? Call our Hazelton or Pottsville office to learn more about Tickle Lipo.

Know What a Facelift Will and Will Not Do

Facelift Hazleton, PA

Facelift Hazleton, PA The first facelift was performed more than 100 years ago. During the early Twentieth Century, this procedure was typically done in secret due to the perception that surgery was meant for clinical use only. As techniques for tightening and lifting saggy skin caught on, though, the facelift began a long journey through history.

As with many innovative ideas, facelift surgery has been a technique that could use some fine-tuning. Over the years, this has been achieved. However, because some of the most publicized facelifts have been examples of what not to do, there are still some pretty significant misconceptions about this procedure. We want to clear them up by outlining a few details regarding what a facelift will and will not do.

  • A facelift will not alter your natural appearance so much that you don’t look like yourself. This is a tricky misconception because, as we mentioned, there is clear evidence that confirms the idea that a facelift can make you look unnatural. Even singer Kenny Rogers had said that he was not happy with the results of a botched eyelid surgery that changed his appearance. The key here is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has an abundance of before and after images of personal clients whom he or she has treated.
  • A facelift will slow your aging process. Of course, your skin will continue to age after a facelift. However, because your procedure will rejuvenate your face significantly, you will continue to look several years younger than you would otherwise. Fifty really is the new Forty!
  • Facelift surgery recovery will be easier than you think. Many people assume that the recovery period after facelift surgery is quite painful. It’s not. We might say that healing looks worse than it is. This is because the manipulation of deep tissue results in bruising and swelling. These side effects can be decreased with compression and ice, if approved by your surgeon. After seven to ten days, swelling and bruising diminish dramatically. After two weeks, you can return to work looking like you’ve had a brief but relaxing vacation.
  • A facelift will not rejuvenate the eyes or brows. The mid-face and jawline are the two primary areas that improve after a facelift. However, the results of surgical lifting can be enhanced with a BOTOX brow lift, dermal fillers for eye rejuvenation, or lip augmentation.

Learn the facts about facelift surgery in consultation with our experienced team. Contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office for a convenient appointment.

BOTOX Misconceptions to Toss Aside Now

Botox® Injections Hazleton, PA

Botox® Injections   Hazleton, PAFor the past several years, BOTOX injections have topped the list of most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures. This convenient treatment smooths wrinkles and is also commonly used to prevent the onset of new lines and creases, thus slowing down the aging process – all by introducing a minute amount of purified botulinum toxin into specific facial muscles. Though BOTOX has a stellar track record, there is still quite a bit of misunderstanding associated with this treatment.

At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center near Philadelphia, we recognize the value that BOTOX offers men and women struggling with the signs of aging. We’ve got years of history with this injectable product and have seen firsthand what it’s capable of. Here, we want to point out a few of the common misconceptions we hear about BOTOX, so you don’t avoid treatment based on misinformation.

BOTOX is dangerous.

The idea that BOTOX can make you sick stems from the base ingredient in this product: botulinum toxin. The thing is, for botulinum toxin to create an adverse reaction, you’d need to be exposed to quite a bit of it. Also, you’d need to be exposed to the type of botulinum toxin that could make you sick. There are several strains of the neurotoxin, all of which have been studied by Harvard researchers. BOTOX is made from botulinum toxin A, a strain that binds to nerve receptors to lessen the intensity of muscle contractions without a need for high dosing. This neurotoxin has been used clinically as well as cosmetically and, when administered by a trained professional, has sustained excellent outcomes.

BOTOX will freeze your face.

This is a funny joke that has been parodied in movies and comedy sketches and always gets a good laugh. However, to imagine your face frozen in a surprised expression isn’t very funny at all. BOTOX decreases muscle activity, but it will not interrupt your expressive ability. When the drug is injected into particular muscles, such as those on the forehead between the brows, the nerve endings in those muscles are blocked from receiving nerve impulses from the brain. Without impulses, the muscles relax and allow the skin to smooth (goodbye, frown lines!).

If you want to look refreshed but don’t want to lose your expressiveness, schedule your BOTOX treatments with an experienced injector. We would be happy to speak with you about our history of BOTOX use. Contact an office near you today.

Put Your Breast Implant Sizers to the Full-Body Mirror Test

Breast Augmentation Hazleton, PA

Breast Augmentation Hazleton, PABreast augmentation is a standard procedure that is routinely performed to increase the size and shape of women’s breasts. Interestingly, while the sole purpose of this cosmetic surgery is to enhance the bustline, there is much more to the result of augmentation than breast size. When we consult with patients about what they wish to achieve, we go beyond the first four letters of the alphabet (Cup Size means nothing to your plastic surgeon) to see the bigger picture. We want you to see it too.

When the size of the breasts changes, the appearance of the entire body changes. It is for this reason that we suggest patients observe their overall figure in a full-length mirror when trying on different implant sizers. Looking at your body in a mirror is far different than observing before and after pictures online. By changing the shape of the breasts, implants can make your whole body look wider, fuller, heavier, even shorter. The goal is to make your body look naturally proportionate.

Dr. Kimmel has been performing breast augmentation surgery for over two decades. This clinical experience has significantly expanded on formal training, affording our team the insight to address the nuances of every woman we treat. Breast shape is paramount to the outcome of breast augmentation. Before surgery, our consultation and discussion is lengthy and includes tissue assessment and measurements that can guide our treatment process. Getting breast augmentation involves much more than choosing which Cup size you think it right for your body.

If your perception of breast augmentation is that this surgery begins and ends with your breasts, your viewpoint may be dramatically changed after your first pre-surgical visit with us. There is a reason why breast augmentation is one of the leading cosmetic procedures in our country, and there is also a reason why our patients are so satisfied with their results.

The journey to your best body can be through breast augmentation. Contact our Hazelton or Pottsville office to schedule your consultation to learn more about breast implant types, sizes, and more.

What is Gynecomastia, and How Do I Know if I Have It?

Gynecomastia Surgery Hazleton, PA

Gynecomastia Surgery Hazleton, PAMen who have exaggerated contours on their chest may wonder if they have gynecomastia. It is an excellent question and we are pleased that more men feel safe asking it. Historically, men with female-like breasts tended to live in silence. Having breasts instead of a contoured chest may not indicate a health issue, but it does have a profound effect on the way a man feels about his body and his general quality of life.

Having a bit of familiarity with the term gynecomastia is a step forward. However, many men are confused about exactly what it means to have gynecomastia and how to deal with this problem. The various marketing strategies used by supplement companies and others only add to the confusion. In essence, gynecomastia is simple.

If your chest looks round and full rather than smoothly contoured, it is possible that you have gynecomastia. You should be able to describe your chest as a chest, not as breasts. Puffiness around the nipples even qualifies as a mild form of gynecomastia.

What about Weight?

According to studies, many men who obtain treatment for gynecomastia have a higher BMI. However, researchers and gynecomastia experts have discovered that, in many cases, the appearance of the breasts can worsen after a man loses weight. Weight in the arms and the belly may actually balance out the pronounced appearance of the breasts.

Men with gynecomastia can benefit from weight loss, but not because losing weight will get rid of breast tissue. The advantage of reaching a healthy BMI before surgery is that the results of male breast reduction will likely look much better. Ultimately, weight loss coupled with gynecomastia surgery has the best shot at significantly improving a man’s self-esteem.

What to do about Gynecomastia

We’ll say this again: marketing creates confusion about gynecomastia treatment. Men are told they can get rid of man boobs by buying a specific workout program. They are told that certain diets, lotions, or pills can recalibrate the hormonal and adrenal systems to get rid of breasts. Practical experience tells us otherwise. Judging by honest reviews and before and after images, the only way to get rid of unwanted breast tissue is through surgical removal.

Gynecomastia is not something you can undo on your own. Get the help you need to get the body meant for you. Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office for prompt assistance.

Is Breast Augmentation the Answer to Breast Asymmetry?

Breast Asymmetry Surgery Hazleton, PA

Breast Asymmetry Surgery Hazleton, PAWhen we envision a woman’s chest, we may realize that breast tissue may be large or small. What we don’t often consider is that most women have a size discrepancy between their breasts. In most cases, this size variance is so slight that it’s barely noticed. Sometimes, though, the imbalance is so significant that a woman finds it difficult to fit into clothing. Breast asymmetry can make the very idea of wearing a bathing suit unpleasant. Clothing and bras may only be adequately filled out with the help of a breast form.

Usually, breast asymmetry is a cosmetic problem; albeit a big one. A doctor should be consulted if breast asymmetry occurs suddenly due to the rapid and substantial growth of one breast. In this instance, a thorough examination with breast screening will be performed to rule out breast cancer or other abnormal tissue growth.

Breast Asymmetry can be Corrected

A woman who wants to gain symmetry in the size of her breasts can do so, and it may not be in the way that is assumed. It is not uncommon to presume that breast augmentation is the way to better breasts. In many cases it is, but not all. Some women prefer the size of the smaller breast. These women need a viable solution for their unique problem, and they can find it at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Breast symmetry can be improved in a number of ways, including the enlargement of the smaller breast, the reduction of the larger breast, and the resizing of nipples and areolae as needed. Each procedure to correct breast asymmetry is carefully planned around the needs of the patient and her preferences. There is no “right” solution in every situation. In fact, most breast corrections involve a combination of techniques to achieve the most natural-looking results.

Women in the areas of Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Allentown, and more can find the answers they seek when they consult with our experienced team about breast asymmetry. Contact us in Hazleton or Pottsville to schedule your visit.

Demystifying Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Blepharoplasty Hazleton, PA

BlepharoplastBlepharoplasty Hazleton, PAy is a popular cosmetic procedure that is sought by more than 200,000 people each year. This procedure focuses on the upper or lower eyelids (or both) to reduce signs of aging such as puffiness, dark circles, and drooping. According to research, many men and women who undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery feel much more satisfied with the general appearance of their face, even without correcting other signs of aging such as a soft jawline. When consulting about blepharoplasty, one of the most pressing questions patients have is what it’s like to recover from this surgery. We’re going to discuss that here.

All surgery comes with side effects. The most common include bruising and swelling. Most patients expect this and find that their eyelid rejuvenation does not cause substantial frustration. Swelling and bruising can be managed by sleeping on an extra pillow or two to keep the head elevated. Elevation discourages the accumulation of fluid in the surgical area. Cold compresses can also decrease the severity of swelling and bruising when used for short periods of time during the first two days post-op.

It comes as no surprise to blepharoplasty patients that they will face a bit of discomfort. What is surprising to many people is how mild their discomfort really is. We do not recommend waiting to see how tolerable discomfort is. Patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed for the first several days after surgery. Usually, pain and physical side effects dissipate so much within the first week after surgery that patients can resume most normal activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous workouts will need to wait for another few weeks.

What about scarring?

The matter of scarring is discussed during the initial consultation when details of the procedure are covered. Incisions are often made on the inside of the eyelid, which eliminates external scars. The scarring that does occur with internal incisions is so subtle that it is neither seen nor felt. If incisions are made on the eyelid, they are positioned within the natural crease, where they are hidden while tissue heals. Like internal scars, those on the outside of the eyelid should not affect the natural look or feel of the eyes.

Learn more about blepharoplasty and how this procedure can give you the refreshed appearance you desire. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a consultation appointment.

Can We Speed This Up, Please?

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PA

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PAWe like life to be easy. For the most part, the middle-aged and young adults of today grew up in an era where getting what they wanted was relatively easy. Hungry? Pop a pot-pie in the microwave! Even now, those who wish to address the signs of aging needn’t wait any longer than they would for lunch to be delivered to see a fresh new face in the mirror. The point is, life is easier today than it ever has been. It’s no surprise, then, to realize that plastic surgery patients are interested in know how they can speed up their recovery.

Surgery is surgery, so regardless of the technique used during any particular cosmetic surgery procedure, there will be some downtime for recovery. Sure, some procedures may need more time than others; a tummy tuck may ask you to do very little for the first few days and then will allow you to gradually recover over several weeks, whereas a mid-face lift may have you back to your usual routine within a week. However, because surgery is surgery, recovery is also recovery. Here, we offer some tips on maximizing your recovery no matter what procedure lies ahead.

One of the most important notes we can make about surgical recovery is that it actually begins before any work is done. Pre-op instructions aren’t mere suggestions; they are steps that will lead you into your surgery day with the fullest capability to heal well. Post-operative instructions are a complement to the initial guidelines, reducing the risks of complications after surgery.

If you are interested in reducing risks and promoting expedited healing, we encourage you to follow the instructions provided to you as strictly as possible. General tips for post-surgical healing include:

  • Stop using tobacco. The more time you can avoid tobacco before surgery the better. Smoking inhibits oxygenation of tissues and is, therefore, one of the worst habits to continue, especially before surgery. In short, if you smoke, you will not heal as quickly from surgery, and you will face more significant risks for complications.
  • Avoid alcohol. Ideally, alcohol consumption will cease a few weeks before surgery. Like tobacco, alcoholic beverages have been associated with slower healing times.
  • Certain medications and supplements will also need to be avoided before and after surgery. We will provide you with a full list of products, which include vitamin E and aspirin, two supplements known to thin the blood.
  • We cannot stress this enough. We live in a day and age where rest is hardly acceptable. After surgery, your entire recovery can go more smoothly if you allow a few days for the complete devotion to rest; that means mind and body.
  • This may sound contradictory, but it’s really not. While the majority of your time after surgery should be spent catering to your need for rest, it is also beneficial to walk for short distances, as in around the house only. Moving every hour or so keeps blood circulating so blood clots do not form.

There are several ways to make the most of your surgical recovery. First, we need to discuss how to make the most of your appearance. Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office to learn more.

Why Men Don’t Get the Average Facelift

Male Cosmetic Procedures Hazleton, PA

Male Cosmetic Procedures Hazleton, PA It is a complete misconception that only women get plastic surgery. Recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that 15% of the patients who get facelifts are men. This adds up to approximately 12,000 men during the past year alone. We are pleased to offer professional services to men in the areas of Philadelphia, Allentown, and more. Performing facelifts, we are particularly mindful of the nuances that make a man’s face unique.

Facial Hair

One of the most significant differences between the facelift for the male face and the female face is hair. Even if men shave every day, the hair on their face is usually thick and coarse or curly compared to the fine “peach fuzz” on women’s faces. For hair to be thick and curly, hair follicles are generally larger, which means we have to take special care to place incisions where they will not dramatically disrupt hair growth even if minor scars form after surgery.

The male face is generally stronger and more angular. The reason this is so is that there is a stronger support structure of ligaments beneath the skin. The strength of the facial ligaments poses a challenge to facelift surgery; we must be careful to not overcompensate for laxity by tightening the skin and superficial muscle aggressively.

Men also have thicker skin and overall more weight to their face than women. In particular, the jaw area is where most men desire refinement during facelift surgery. The weight and sharpness of the male face present a unique opportunity for an experienced surgeon to restore a competitive, youthful appearance without creating softness at the jawline.

There is truth to the belief that most cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on women. However, there is no reason why any man who desires a refresher for his face or body cannot obtain appropriate treatment. Our experienced team understands the nuances of male and female facial structure and is therefore capable of performing a meticulous procedure through which outstanding results are achieved.

Learn more about facial rejuvenation in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

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