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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.

If You’re Thinking of Tucking, You Need to Know This

Tummy Tuck Hazleton, PA

Tummy Tuck Hazleton, PAAbdominoplasty is a common body-contouring procedure that helps men and women reach goals that may otherwise elude them. Eating well and working out are integral to muscle tone and optimal weight, but there are factors in abdominal concerns that have nothing to do with what is eaten or how many crunches are performed. These factors can be corrected with a tummy tuck.

Nearly 130,000 tummy tucks were performed last year alone, demonstrating the effectiveness of this procedure and the ongoing success it achieves. Knowing that abdominoplasty is a popular pre-summer cosmetic procedure, we want to look at the after-effects of this surgery. Specifically, we want to discuss the matter of recovery.

Abdominoplasty: Here’s What Happens

During the average tummy tuck, an incision is made across the hip-line. Underlying abdominal tissue is repositioned and tightly secured so the abdominal surface flattens. If muscle separation has occurred, structures are reattached as needed. Excess skin is excised and the incision is closed. Muscles may have been loose before surgery but tightening them still leads to a bit of contraction that you need to be prepared for.

Recovery from abdominoplasty is not awful by any means. It does, however, limit you for about a week. To improve the road to recovery, we suggest:

  • Prepare for surgery with good lifestyle habits. Eating well and developing an exercise regimen pays off after abdominoplasty by optimizing bodily function, flexibility, and resiliency that contribute to efficient tissue regeneration and healing.
  • Get help. Maybe this should be tip Number One. Patients who are provided with the most assistance after abdominoplasty are those that experience the least amount of stress. It’s that simple. Look, your tummy is going to be tightafter surgery. Like need help out of bed, help to the bathroom, and help with basic care tight. Having a reliable and compassionate assistant during the week after surgery may be the best thing you can do for recovery.
  • Listen to your doctor. It’s safe to say that your doctor has a great deal more experience with abdominoplasty and surgical recovery than most people you know. Post-operative care instructions are a vital aspect of our treatment protocol. We highly suggest that you follow them to a T so your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Some patients, when they start to feel more comfortable, overdo their activity to a point where their recovery takes steps backward. Don’t be that person. Listen to your doctor.

Keystone Surgery Center has helped thousands of patients from Pottsville, Hazleton, and surrounding areas feel better about their appearance. To learn more about abdominoplasty and what it can do for you, call the office in your area.

The Factors Behind Aging Are . . .

Hand Surgery Hazleton, PA

Hand Surgery Hazleton, PA It’s safe to say that we’ve reached an understanding with the process of aging. We know we cannot stop it, and also know that we don’t have to accept every aspect of aging as “the norm.” The prevalence of cosmetic procedures is evidence of our willingness to take aging by the horns. From our two offices, we are proud to serve patients from Philadelphia, Scranton, Allentown, and Harrisburg with options to resolve cosmetic concerns. Additionally, we believe in supporting each individual’s right to age gracefully with pertinent information. Here, we point out the factors that may cause aging to occur sooner and faster than we’d like.

Knowing Your Hand

In a card game, you win by knowing your hand and how to use it to your advantage. Knowing the cards, or factors, that can age the skin prematurely, enables you to offset this risk accordingly. There are several factors to aging, most of which can be controlled. These include:

  • UV damage. The fact that UV light from sunshine is ever-present doesn’t mean that you have to agree to UV damage. The truth is that UV damage is largely within your control. It is ideal to get an early start with sun protection using broad spectrum sunscreen because the damage that occurs beneath the surface can take years to become evident. Regardless of your current age, now is a great time to see us for treatment to offset sun damage.
  • Poor quality sleep. Did you know that growth hormones are produced during the deep states of sleep? These growth hormones are relevant to tissue regeneration and cellular turnover. Therefore, a lack of sleep can do a doozy on your skin. Give your body every chance it needs to repair DNA damage and rejuvenate itself by getting the rest it tells you it needs. For some people, that’s six hours a night; for others, its nine. Listen to your needs and you’re taking strides toward more graceful aging.
  • Too much alcohol. We’re learning much more about the positive and negative effects of alcohol consumption lately. On one hand, beverages like red wine offer certain benefits to health and longevity. On the other hand, red wine and other alcoholic beverages have a diuretic effect. That means that drinking can dehydrate the body and deplete the skin of the moisture that keeps is soft and supple.

We may not be able to control all of the factors of aging, but we can treat concerns safely and efficiently. To explore how we can help you refresh your look, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

Guys! You Can Feel Like Your Best Self This Summer Thanks to Gynecomastia Surgery!

Gynecomastia Surgery Hazleton, PA

Gynecomastia Surgery Hazleton, PAWhen summer is on the horizon, many people become somewhat preoccupied with their appearance. We see gym memberships increasing, and more Google searches for weight-loss programs and recipes. Inquiries about cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction or energy-based body contouring treatments like Liposonix increase and people generally become more active in the area of health and wellness. Any steps that are taken to feel better about appearance have merit. Sometimes, though, specific treatment is necessary. This is the case with gynecomastia.

The Nature of the Male Breast

“Male breasts.” This is not a term with which we feel comfortable, is it? More than the phrase, it is the appearance of puffy nipples or rounded breast tissue that creates the most concern for men. Gynecomastia may affect young men still in their teen years and may be associated with spikes and drops in sex hormones. Gynecomastia may also be related to certain medications. It is often perceived as a weight-related issue, though this is a stretch. Whatever instigates the exaggerated growth of breast tissue, to include glandular tissue, is pretty irrelevant to the man who feels the turmoil of his physique. What is most important is that we meet the needs of each man affected by gynecomastia with proven treatment options.

At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we are happy to have the opportunity to help men from areas including Philadephia, Allentown, Harrisburg, and more. Through a comprehensive consultation and careful treatment-planning, we can significantly reduce the presence of unnecessary tissue beneath the areola and nipple, as well as across the breasts.

Why Gynecomastia Surgery isn’t Just Liposuction

Any degree of gynecomastia needs appropriate care. Even puffy nipples cause a great deal of distress. An experienced plastic surgeon understands that “man boobs” are not about fat, but about the glands beneath superficial breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery often does involve liposuction, but that is not the end of the process. Through small incisions around the areolae, firm glandular tissue can be removed to resolve the issue of fullness from its originating point.

Let the team at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center help you feel your best this summer. Learn more about gynecomastia surgery by calling our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

Is the Facelift Outdated?

Injectable Fillers Hazleton, PAOne cannot argue the fact that aesthetic medicine has evolved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades alone. Before the development of injectables and energy-therapies like radiofrequency, the way to treat lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging was through surgery. For the sheer fact that the surgical facelift has been around so long, we have all had the opportunity to see this technique go too far.

Some of our favorite celebrities look very different from their norm due to surgical lifting. These cases are few and far between, and yet they are what get our attention – and what creates apprehension about facelift surgery. When we couple exaggerated examples of bad plastic surgery with the immediate availability of injectable treatments, we may easily form the opinion that the facelift is outdated and unnecessary. Here, we want to explore the validity of this theory.

Injectables for Facial Rejuvenation

There are so many injectables on the market today that we can correct a much wider range of concerns than was possible twenty years ago. Botox can smooth those frown lines and crow’s feet, and can even lift the sagging brow. Where Botox leaves off, we’ve got dermal fillers to pick up the slack. Products like Juvederm Voluma have become the go-to for facial contouring, from the jowls to the cheeks and even to the nose. Why wouldn’t this be enough for every person?

Surgical Lifting Has Value

The surgical facelift may be necessary for some situations. This procedure moves tissue into a position that reinstates the youthful contours of the face. In so doing, the surgical facelift achieves longer lasting and more noticeable results. Through refined technique, the facelift of today is much gentler, much more subtle and natural-looking, than those that may have been common just a decade ago. This procedure intends to lift tissue and skin in a conservative manner that complements the bone structure of the face.

Ultimately, our job is to meet your needs and preferences. Beautiful rejuvenating results can be attained with facelift surgery and, in many cases, with injectables or radiofrequency. The final decision is all yours to make; we’re here to provide you with the details you need to feel confident in that decision.

To learn more about surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

Why Velashape may be Your Pre-Summer BFF

Velashape Pottsville and Hazleton PAAs summer approaches, many people start to sweat. Not because of the rising temperature, but because of their concerns related to unwanted fat and dreaded cellulite. You don’t have to sweat it out this summer. With the development of various non-surgical body contouring devices, it is more possible than ever to get the body you want well in advance of Bikini Season.

What is Velashape and Why Should You Care?

Velashape is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that is unique in its ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Many energy-based body treatments have been developed in recent years, but most are limited to the improvement in body circumference and the overall tightness of the skin. Cellulite is its unique beast, related neither solely to fat nor to laxity in the skin. Cellulite is a subdermal problem that occurs when fat (not excess fat, just normal fat) presses against the connective tissue just beneath the surface.

Benefits of Velashape include:

  • Proven results. We could talk about the fact that Velashape is great because it doesn’t involve the usual risks and side effects of surgery. But you already know that. What we want to point out is that this particular device has demonstrated outstanding clinical effectiveness. After four treatments, patients noticed up to 3 inches in circumferential reduction. Even more exciting, cellulite reduction reached as much as 63%. Results are amplified due to the combined use of infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum in each treatment.
  • One of the disadvantages of some other non-surgical body-contouring devices is that they are designed for specific use. Velashape can treat large and smaller areas including the thighs, buttocks, flanks, stomach, arms, and neck.
  • Combined treatments. Velashape is a great standalone treatment but is also suitable for combination with liposuction for more dramatic results.
  • No downtime. Patients describe their VelaShape treatments as comfortable both during and after their visit. Side effects are mild and limited to short-term tenderness. In some cases, bruising may occur. However, it is possible to immediately resume normal activities.

Summer is quickly approaching, but we’re here to help you get a head start on your preparation. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a personal consultation to discuss your ideal body and how to achieve it.

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