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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.

When Liposuction Sounds Like a Good Idea

Liposuction Hazleton PAPatients who visit the offices of plastic surgeons around the world tend to have complaints that revolve around one of two glaring problems: facial aging and fat. Of course, there are other beneficial procedures commonly performed in our accredited facilities, such as breast augmentation and tummy tucks. For today, though, we want to focus on the various reasons why liposuction has maintained a solid position in the Top 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures year after year.

Liposuction has been recognized as an efficient fat-reducing surgery for many years. The advent of non-surgical body contouring treatments such as Liposonix (based on high-intensity ultrasound) has been good but hasn’t knocked surgical liposuction off its pedestal. Every patient to chooses liposuction for fat-reduction has personal reasons. We want to list a few of them here.

  • Fat is so stubborn! Fat cells can accumulate in any area of the body. When they do, there is a good chance they may hang on for dear life. When you have spent months eating right and working out to diminish the pockets of fat on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, or another area, it can be incredibly frustrating when cells just keep sticking around. Liposuction provides a fast and efficient way to say goodbye to stubborn fat for good.
  • “I’d like my body back.” These are familiar words to a large number of moms who love being Mom but don’t necessarily love the Mom Bod. We don’t revere this as much as we have the Dad Bod (that’s a whole different topic of discussion!), and women interested in the shortest path to their pre-pregnancy body often find it in liposuction.
  • Options, options, options. We live in an era of options, and we love it! One of the reasons that many patients give for their interest in liposuction is that they want to be able to wear clothes that show who they are, and that align with their taste. By refining body proportions, liposuction can make this possible.

Ultimately, the long-term results that come from liposuction can facilitate lasting confidence and satisfaction with your body. Learn more about this procedure by calling our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

There’s More than One Way to Beat a Double-Chin

Neck Lift Hazleton, PAOne of the concerns that have historically been difficult to address has been excessive fatty tissue in the submental region. This is also known as the double-chin. What is interesting about this particular cosmetic problem is that there have been solutions available for many years. It has only been recently, with the development of Kybella, that we have begun to talk more about the pressing issue of submental fullness and how a double-chin can affect a person’s sense of well-being. Of course, we now know that a few treatment sessions of injections with Kybella can wipe out a double-chin. But there are also advantages to surgery for double-chin correction. We want to talk about them here.

Submental Liposuction

When we mention surgery for a double-chin, it is the neck lift that may first come to mind. In reality, liposuction may be what is recommended. Liposuction is the procedure of manual fat extraction using tumescent fluid and gentle suction through a tiny cannula, or tube. Submental liposuction is often performed in an outpatient surgery center using local anesthesia. General anesthesia may be used if adjunct procedures, such as neck or facelift surgery, will also be performed.

Submental liposuction involves the introduction of tumescent fluid into the fatty tissue under the chin. This fluid is delivered through a discreet incision at the natural crease of the chin. Tumescent fluid not only helps to break up fat cells, but it also contains numbing medication to facilitate comfort, as well as ingredients to minimize bleeding and post-surgery bruising. Through the same small incision, fat cells are extracted. Following incision closure, a compression garment may be applied to support tissue healing and minimize swelling.

Neck Lift

Liposuction isn’t always enough to achieve the best possible outcome for the person with a double-chin. In some instances, we also need to look at how to address loose and sagging skin. Removing fat can make this problem appear worse, so we may suggest tissue tightening with the neck lift technique. This procedure usually involves general anesthesia. Incisions are made behind the ears and at the crease of the chin, where they can be hidden. Through these incisions, a tissue is repositioned and excised as needed to achieve a younger-looking neck and chin.

A double-chin isn’t something you have to live with. We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients of our offices near Philadelphia, Reading, and Allentown, and surrounding area. Contact an office near you for more information.

Cosmetic Surgery is a Means to an End

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PATo undergo cosmetic surgery means that you have decided to permanently alter a part of your face or body for the better. People do this because they want to feel better about their appearance; they want the way they look to reflect the way they feel. This is the ultimate goal. It is interesting, then, that a large percentage of individuals who set foot into a cosmetic surgery office do so with a certain idea in mind. Here is what that can look like . . .

Just remove that fat.

Unwanted fat sends millions of people to their cosmetic surgeon each year. We live in a society that admires the slim physique, and liposuction is a great way to get there. Because liposuction is so popular, there is a tendency for people to come into the office with the basic request of “just remove that fat.” In some cases, it isn’t that simple. One of the areas that present frustration is the midsection. Abdominal liposuction is only advantageous when the skin and muscle tone has not been disturbed by weight gain or pregnancy. If laxity has developed, removing excess fat cells may make that problem appear worse. We need to remember the ultimate goal. If that is to flatten the belly, liposuction may need the assistance of abdominoplasty.

Just lift my neck.

Neck lift procedures are being performed with greater frequency these days, and are especially popular for men who want to eliminate the look of a “turkey neck.” Neck lifts are performed to reduce horizontal bands, to lift sagging, thin tissue, and to reduce the appearance of a double chin (sometimes along with neck liposuction). What surprises many patients hears that a neck lift cannot remove the jowls that have developed along their jawline. Where there are jowls, there is a need for a facelift.

Cosmetic consultations start at the end – with the outcome you wish to attain. From the end-point, we can pave the path that gets you where you want to be. For more information on our surgical and non-surgical treatments, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

How Liposonix Can Help You Get Your Best Body

We all want to feel good when we get dressed in the morning, and also when we get undressed. To maintain the body, we are told to eat well and stay active. Indulging is something to do only occasionally, if at all. This, they say, will give us the body we want. Have you taken all the right steps only to discover that there are certain fatty deposits that just don’t want to leave you alone? You’re not alone. More importantly, you’re not stuck. Let’s talk about the value of Liposonix®, an innovative fat-reduction treatment available in our Pottsville and Hazleton offices.

How Liposonix Works

This non-surgical body contouring procedure harnesses the power of ultrasound energy. We are familiar with the safety of ultrasound in the area of diagnostic medicine, and are now witnessing its efficacy in the area of aesthetic medicine. What happens when high-intensity focused ultrasound hits fat cells after penetrating the skin is heat transfer. This heating of unwanted cells slightly damages them so the body can then metabolize them naturally.

Why People Love This Treatment

The clear advantage to Liposonix is that fat is disrupted and eliminated without the associated risks of surgery. There is no need for anesthesia because energy is delivered from the outside of the body. This also means there are no incisions, and there are no scars. Treatment appointments may take up to 90 minutes depending on the area we are treating. After each session, however, patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. These are significant benefits that make up for any “delay” in noticeable results.

Because Liposonix relies on the natural processing of fat, it can take several weeks to notice a reduction in the circumference of the treatment area. If we were to look at surgical liposuction, though, we would still notice a lapse between treatment and final results due to the natural swelling and bruising that occur after surgery.

Every body is different and innovative technologies allow us the opportunity to customize fat-reduction based on particular needs and preferences. Get the care that your body needs in our practices near Philadelphia.

We’ve Got a Cool New Way to Lift Your Skin!

Non-Surgical Hazleton, PA

Non-Surgical Hazleton, PA Don’t you just love technology and how much as have advanced in this area? Who listens to CDs anymore? Most of us download digital files directly to our devices when we want to hear our favorite music. And cosmetic surgery? This is an area in which growth has remained consistent. However, there are more people who are taking a stand against aging earlier in life. This way, the need for surgical lifts may be postponed by several years.

We are a cosmetic surgery practice, yes; and we are also interested in helping the men and women who visit our Hazelton and Pottsville offices maximize their skin with numerous treatment options. One that we are excited to be using at this time is CooLifting, a four-minute treatment that makes a significant impact on the skin.

What is CooLifting?

CooLifting is a fascinating facial that promotes gorgeous skin with a blend of botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and a quick spritz of carbon dioxide. Essentially, this is like a miniature version of the cryotherapy that has become such a hot trend lately. The carboxy spray that is passed over the skin affects positive regeneration at the cellular level by increasing microcirculation. This increase prompts the accelerated production of collagen and elastin. The application of hyaluronic acid and botanicals adds luminosity and hydration that is vital to healthy aging.

Cool Facts about CooLifting

  • Studies suggest that the skin plumps and contracts (lifts) in response to highly-concentrated carbon dioxide.
  • The skin looks more radiant and luminous immediately after CooLifting treatment. Additional improvements continue as collagen and elastin stores increase.
  • Can be combined with other treatments and procedures, including microneedling and chemical peels.
  • CooLifting is safe and effective for all skin types and tones.

Non-surgical, Non-invasive tissue tightening is convenient and pain-free. We are proud to support our patient’s preferences for this type of treatment without inhibiting the results they can enjoy. Learn more about the innovative technology behind CooLifting by scheduling your visit with us. More importantly, schedule your treatment so you can experience all the benefits of a cryofacial for yourself!

Want Independence from your Baby Body? Let’s Talk Contouring Options!

Mommy Makeovers Hazleton, PAMotherhood is an exciting – albeit busy – endeavor. Raising children is a never-ending, amazing task, and only one aspect of the totality of being a mother. Women are also maintaining their relationships, professional success, and trying to throw in a bit of self-care wherever they can. Often, it is that self-care that gets the short end of the stick.

On one hand of mothering, there is the sheer joy of the love within the family. On the other hand, there are the cosmetic concerns a woman may struggle with as a result of biological changes.

  • We often think of breast changes related to breastfeeding. However, tissue changes usually begin during pregnancy. Some women gain as much as a cup size due to additional fat storage and the expansion of milk glands. The additional volume may linger for several months, especially when breastfeeding, but tends to deflate over time.
  • Fat stores. It is natural and necessary for fat stores to increase to support healthy fetal development. Where and how much fat the body holds is only partially related to diet and exercise habits during pregnancy. After giving birth, some women continue to struggle with stubborn fat that just doesn’t want to leave the body.
  • The abdominal muscles are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus. At some point, though, too much is just too much. Some women experience stretching to such an extent that muscle structure cannot be restored without surgery.

Body Contouring Techniques for a Beautiful Post-Pregnancy Body

Most women have heard of the Mommy Makeover, a series of surgeries that restore curves to the right places. A Mommy Makeover is a customized treatment protocol that may involve surgical and non-surgical therapies such as:

  • Breast Augmentation to restore fullness and height to the breasts.
  • Liposuction for targeted fat removal. Common areas include the abdomen, flanks, hips, and thighs.
  • Tummy tuck surgery corrects the separation that may affect the abdominal wall. This surgery also tightens skin that has become saggy and thin due to stretching.
  • Velashape® is a non-surgical body contouring treatment based on elos technology, which slims, tightens, and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Liposonix® is body contouring using high-intensity focused ultrasound to heat excess fatty deposits to such an extent that the body metabolizes them over a few months’ time. The procedure feels warm but is not described as uncomfortable by most patients.

You can have a Mom Bod that you love. Learn more about our body contouring treatments by contacting our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

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