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Factors That Could Affect Scarring After Your Face Lift

Any procedure that involves opening the skin will result to scarring. The same is true for surgical cosmetic procedures which often requires cutting through layers of skin. However, here at our Hazleton face lift practice, we consider any type of plastic surgery as a work of art and we aim to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible.

In addition, a thorough understanding of the factors that could increase the likelihood of noticeable scarring following a face lift will help you make the decision to either choose a surgical facial rejuvenation procedure or facial non-rejuvenation options.

By and large, the following factors could influence the way your skin heals and your degree of scarring: 

  • Age – the older you are, the greater chances of scarring. This has to do with the status of your collagen as well as exposure to other elements such as UV rays, smoking, and environmental pollution.
  • Genetics and race – Fair-skinned individuals may find out that their scars are more noticeable while those with darker skin tones are more likely to form keloid scars.
  • Size and depth of the incision
  • Elasticity of your skin before the surgery
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, nutrition, sleeping habits, and alcohol intake
  • Sun exposure following surgery
  • Wound care habits

Deciding on Your Hazleton Face Lift

One of the key factors that could significantly affect the success of your face lift is the experience of your surgeon in face lift surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures. As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your face lift goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570) 622-2900. We look forward to your visit!

A Quick Look on the Increasing Number of Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

According to the recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male breast reduction made it into the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures for men in 2012. Here at our Hazleton male plastic surgery practice, we won’t be surprised if male breast reduction will be a notch higher in the top 5 list once the 2013 statistics will be revealed. After all, we have a noticed a significant increase in the number of men who visit our clinic for breast removal brought about by gynecomastia or abnormal enlargement of breasts in men.

More Than Just Self-Esteem Issues

According to a study published in the April 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), enlarged breasts in male teens has a negative impact on their self-esteem. Furthermore, head researcher Dr. Brian A. Labow stated that  “merely having gynecomastia was sufficient to cause significant deficits in general health, social functioning, mental health, self-esteem, and eating behaviors and attitudes compared with controls (boys without breast enlargement).”

When to Consider Male Breast Reduction at Keystone Surgery Center

By and large, you are an ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure if you notice abnormal enlargement of your breasts. In addition, you should:

  • be relatively within your ideal weight
  • have realistic expectations of the procedure
  • have no existing conditions that could delay healing and/or life-threatening
  • be a non-smoker or has quit smoking months before the procedure

Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

A consultation with an experienced male breast reduction surgeon will help you figure out whether or not you are qualified to undergo the surgery. Aside from an assessment of your medical history, a thorough physical exam will be done, too.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900. We look forward to your visit!

Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Tummy Tuck

Like all other types of surgery, a tummy tuck has its own set of risks. However, you can avoid the occurrence of such risks and complications through a careful consideration of the pros and cons. During your initial consultation for a tummy tuck here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice, we include a thorough discussion of the pros and cons of the procedure, including how it could affect you, given your current lifestyle and physical condition.

The following are the pros and cons of a tummy tuck: 

Pros 

  • Sculpts and contours the abdomen, helping restore your naturally youthful proportions
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • You will look better in swimwear and tight-fitting clothes
  • Restores your self-confidence resulting to better relationships with others as well as improved quality of life

Cons

  • Presence of scar (like all types of surgeries, scar will be present but our highly experienced tummy tuck surgeons will make it as inconspicuous as possible)
  • Another pregnancy may cause the abdominal muscles to separate again, compromising the results of your surgery
  • Significant weight gain following surgery may have a negative effect on the results

The Need to Choose an Experienced Tummy Tuck Surgeon

When considering a tummy tuck in Pottsville and nearby areas, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).   As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!

 

The Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck at Keystone Surgery Center

There’s actually more to a tummy tuck than helping men and women here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice achieve a firmer and flatter stomach. Majority of our post-tummy tuck patients also reveal that they actually feel better about themselves and are more motivated to keep their weight down following surgery.

So should you have a tummy tuck, too? If you are frustrated with the appearance of your stomach even after following a rigid diet and exercise routine, a body-contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck may be ideal. However, there are still other factors to consider before finally making the decision to have the surgery with us.

By and large, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • you are near your ideal body weight but has excess fat and sagging skin in the abdominal area
  • you are a woman who just gave birth and is left with stretched abdominal muscles and skin; plans of future pregnancies should be ruled out as another pregnancy may compromise tummy tuck results
  • in excellent physical condition
  • has realistic expectations of the surgery
  • has quit smoking for months before surgery as smoking could significantly delay healing

The first step to figuring out whether or not you are a best candidate for a tummy tuck is to get in touch with us for an initial consultation. Apart from a tummy tuck, we offer several body-contouring options that you might want to look into depending on your cosmetic needs and preferences.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!

 

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Which Do I Choose?

A breast lift and a breast augmentation with implants are two of the most popular breast procedures in plastic surgery. Here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice, we get a lot of questions from women about the ideal breast surgery — should they have a breast lift? Or breast augmentation with implants? Or can they have both? If you find yourself with the same questions, read on below!

First of all, if your current concern involves sagging breasts brought about by massive weight loss, pregnancy, or due to aging, but you want to maintain the current size and volume of your breasts, a breast lift is is ideal. On the other hand, if you would like to significantly increase the volume of your breasts, breast augmentation with implants interest you.

Combining Both is Possible!

The good thing about both breast surgeries is you can choose to combine them here at our practice. However, it should be noted that not all women could benefit from such combination as implants may negatively compromise the results of a breast lift due to the weight of the implants causing your breast skin to sag and stretch.

Why don’t you visit us for a personal consultation with Dr. Kimmel to know more about your breast enhancement options in Pottsville, Pennsylvania? Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

Why Naturally Large Breasts May Not Be As Glamorous As You Think

Breast augmentation topped the list of the most frequently performed surgical plastic surgeries in 2012, majority of which employed silicone implants. It may be to conclude that most women nowadays are looking into increasing the size and appearance of their breasts based on recent statistics, it should be noted that there are also women who wish to have their excessively large breasts reduced.

 Here at our Hazleton cosmetic surgery practice, women with overly large breasts seek breast reduction surgery for the the following reasons:

  • neck, shoulder and back pain due to heavy breasts
  • soreness and irritation in the shoulder area resulting from bra straps digging through the skin
  • inflammation underneath the breast folds
  • restrictions or limitations of physical activities due to the massive weight and size of  breasts
  • self-consciousness and self-discomfort due to unwanted attention
  • poor posture

Through the removal of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, breast reduction has been shown to significantly relieve the psychological and physical strains associated with overly large breasts. Here at our practice, we will reshape and reposition your breasts to for a more comfortable and proportionate bosom on your end.

If you are interested in undergoing breast reduction at the Keystone Surgery Center, your first step should be to learn everything you can about the surgery and your options. To be able to do this, an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel should be in order! Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

How Ready Are You For a Facelift?

A facelift procedure here at our Hazleton cosmetic surgery practice can be performed in an outpatient setting under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. If you’ve been thinking of restoring your youthful look through a facelift, it should be understood that not everyone is cut for it.

Generally, you should think about getting a facelift if you suffer from the following:

  • sagging cheeks
  • wrinkles and excess fat tissues in the neck
  • jowls
  • deep lines around the nose and mouth

 By and large, a facelift is ideal for problems in the mid-face, lower face, and jaw areas. You can also choose to combine a facelift with other procedures for remarkable results such as an eyelid surgery, neck lift, facial implants, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation.

Ideally, a facelift candidate should:

  • be in excellent physical and mental health
  • have realistic expectations
  • be a non-smoker or who have quit smoking months before the surgery
  • be able to follow pre-surgery and postoperative instructions

If you are interested in undergoing a facelift procedure at the Keystone Surgery Center, your first step should be to learn everything you can about the surgery and your options. To be able to do this, an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel should be in order! Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

 

Why You Should Quit Smoking When Considering Plastic Surgery

Smoking and its ill-effects are well-known — from heart disease to lung problems to various forms of cancer. Yet, did you know that smoking could actually affect the outcome of your plastic surgery? Here at our Pottsville cosmetic surgery practice, going cold turkey is included in our list of things that you need to do while preparing for plastic surgery. Read on below to learn why.

Why Smoking and Surgery Should Never Go Together

By and large, smoking reduces the amount of oxygen intake on a cellular level all over your body due to its constricting effect on blood vessels. The lesser oxygen you have, the lesser your chances of healing quick. It has been found out that smokers who were admitted for surgery (not just plastic surgery) tend to have longer hospital stays and more like to be readmitted for complications such as infection and pneumonia.

Specifically, the following effects of smoking on plastic surgery outcomes include the following:

  • delayed healing and prolonged recovery period
  • higher risk of infection than non-smokers
  • skin breakdown due to compromised circulation
  • scarring due to skin loss or necrosis 

Every so often, we recommend quitting the stick for at least 4 to 8 weeks prior to surgery. However, we understand that each patient has different medical backgrounds and heals at a different rate thus the need for an individualized surgical plan. Let us help you figure out the total length of time that you need to abstain from smoking through a personal consultation with Dr. Kimmel.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900. We look forward to your visit!

Thinking About Plastic Surgery? Do Your Homework First!

A recent Reuters article reported how an unlicensed plastic surgeon was arrested for giving silicone injections to her patients, claiming that that they were Botox. In lieu of this news, we encourage our clients here at our Pottsville cosmetic surgery practice to extensively do their research on the procedure of their interest prior to scheduling a consultation. Although we will do our best to explain to you each detail of the surgery you’re thinking of having, it would work to your advantage if you already have background knowledge of the surgery — from how to prepare for it to steps that you need to take to quickly recover from the procedure.

 By and large, we encourage you to check for the following basic elements of plastic surgery:

  • Surgical facilities
  • Plastic surgeon’s credentials, including hospital privileges and experience in the procedure of your interest
  • Details of the surgery
  • Possible risks and complications
  • How to prepare for the surgery
  • Health requirements needed before surgery
  • Follow-up care

Confidential, High Quality Medical Care at Keystone Cosmetic

With board certifications in both Plastic and General Surgery, and more than 15 years of cosmetic surgical experience, Dr. Robert Kimmel is qualified to offer his plastic surgical expertise in a caring, compassionate setting responsive to patient’s unique and individual needs. Whether performing cutting edge surgery in his state licensed, nationally-accredited ambulatory surgery center or non-invasive cosmetic enhancement procedures, Dr. Kimmel’s principal priorities include your comfort, confidence with your care, and meticulous attention to detail in order to achieve consistently superior results.

We’d love to hear from you! Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570) 622-2900!

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