As we add more candles to our birthday cake, we add many happy memories to our life. Our accomplishments become many, as do our gray hairs and wrinkles. While most of us would say we wouldn’t trade our life experience for a thing, many express a desire to do away with some of the physical changes ushered in by time. Often, it is problems like crow’s feet and drooping brows that get all the attention. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand that aging has widespread effects. Here, we want to discuss what happens along the jaw line and what you can do about it.
It seems as though the sagging sacks of tissue that droop from the sides of the face are a primary problem. When they become obvious, an obsession with erasing them may develop. But we cannot focus on the problem without looking a little farther out. Jowls do not just form over time; they are the result of a problem higher on the face.
From our twenties onward, most of us start losing collagen. This is because the body doesn’t produce as much as it once did, and existing strands of this protein become tired and weak from holding up the skin. UV damage, stress, smoking, alcohol, and several other factors also work against poor collagen as it tries to keep skin firm and supple. By the time we reach our forties or fifties, the lack of support across the cheeks has led to “falling,” and this means jowls.
We could sit around and bemoan our bad luck (or bad genes), or we can move onward and upward. To reduce the appearance of jowls, we focus on restoring the support given to connective tissue and skin in the mid-face area. This may involve:
Patients choose Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center to receive care from an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon who values high-quality service. Call our office in Hazleton or Pottsville to learn more about skin-tightening.
Have you recently restored youthful beauty to your face with a surgical lift? Is this procedure in your future? In either situation, you have an important task ahead of you. That task is supporting your newly lifted and tightened skin. A facelift can take you back in time, aesthetically speaking, up to 15 years, but aging is not an unstoppable process. What you do after a facelift, though, can lengthen the lifespan of your results. We want to point out just how easy this can be . . .
Reputable cosmetic surgeons are performing more facelifts than in previous years due to the extended life expectancy of the current Baby Boomer population. We love helping our patients obtain and maintain the beauty they deserve. To learn more about facelifts and facial rejuvenation treatments, call us in Pottsville or Hazleton.
If you’ve been trying to hide bulges beneath jackets, tunics, or Spanx (or all of these and more), the idea of liposuction may have entered your mind. Sometimes, it becomes too frustrating to try and disguise prominent flesh. This is the best time to explore the differences between liposuction and non-surgical fat-reducing procedures like Liposonix.
The fact of the matter is that both of these procedures exist because they have something to offer. What we want to help you determine is which one offers the most value for you.
Also known as liposculpture, the liposuction procedure emulsifies fat cells in a target area and then extracts them with gentle suction. The process of removal is aided by the anesthetic-containing tumescent fluid that is introduced to subcutaneous tissue before the liposuction procedure. Because fat cells are “treated” before extraction, the surgery can be performed through tiny incisions, reducing concerns related to scarring.
This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is performed in the office without the need for sedation or anesthesia. Liposonix prompts the natural elimination of fat cells by targeting them with high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Clinical trials have demonstrated efficiency equating to inches lost after a single treatment.
Liposuction is one of the leading cosmetic surgery procedures and has been for a long time, due to advantages such as:
Liposonix is a popular non-surgical treatment for unwanted fat thanks to advantages such as:
Neither liposuction nor Liposonix is intended for weight loss. These procedures are categorized as body-contouring treatments, which means they are ideal for creating a better silhouette. With healthy lifestyle habits, the results from either treatment can last years.
Would you like to compare liposuction to Liposonix? Schedule a consultation in our Pottsville or Hazleton office to get the full details on our various techniques.
Age provides us with better knowledge of ourselves and others. It gives us the opportunity to look back on happy memories and accomplishments. It also means we have had more time to recognize a few adversaries. Interestingly enough, age is the enemy when it comes to unwelcome changes in appearance. Loose skin, sagging eyebrows, and a disappearing jawline are all effects of the aging process that we cannot run from. That being said, we can manage them. The only question is “how?”
Many of the men and women who seek treatment for cosmetic concerns express an interest in dermal fillers. It’s true that these natural or synthetic products can do a lot of good for aging skin. And if you are new to the anti-aging game, natural fillers based on hyaluronic acid may be optimal. You get to see how filler products can work without making a long-term commitment to the outcome of care. Even synthetic fillers are only temporary, though they can last months longer than natural fillers.
Patients who have relied on injectables for some time may be ready for something more permanent, and they can get it. More than getting the outcome they want, they get it in a safe, efficient manner: fat injections. Fat has made a grand entrance on the aesthetic scene in recent years. Cells that are unwanted in one part of the body really can be extracted and used someplace else. Genius! Jokes have been made about this process for years, and now we see it in action in a very good way.
Fat injection treatments number over 500,000 yearly. The process involves fat extraction through a gentle liposuction procedure, usually requiring only local anesthetic and mild sedation. The cells that are captured are purified in a centrifuge before they are introduced into a part of the face that is in need of volume. This could be the cheeks, the temples, the lips, or lines and wrinkles.
Do you want to know more about dermal fillers or fat injections? We have offices near Philadelphia, Reading, Harrisburg, and other areas. Contact us today for a visit to our Hazleton or Pottsville practice.
There are no procedures at this time that outnumber those that enhance the appearance of the breasts. When you think of this, the procedure that may first come to mind is breast augmentation. Yes, there are benefits to enlargement with breast implants. Any woman who has had this procedure will tell you what they are. But there is another breast procedure that also deserves some air time: breast reduction.
Just as there are general benefits to making any part of the body more attractive and shapely, there are also unique benefits to various procedures. Breast reduction is no exception. Women who undergo this method of body-contouring are treated to . . .
The confidence a woman gains after breast reduction is not newly developed, it was always inside of her. The smaller size of her breasts just lets her confidence shine. Here’s one way this can happen: the size of the breasts no longer overshadows every other aspect of physical appearance or character traits. A woman with large breasts often feels as though she has to grin and bear it as another sneers at, stares at, or jokes about her physique. Removing this obstacle (over which she had no control) empowers a woman to be known for who she really is, not for her shape. Now that’s confidence!
Ok, so breast reduction probably won’t lead a woman to entirely change the way she dresses – at least not as it pertains to the price of her clothing. Some women do actually change their entire style. This isn’t because her preference has changed, though; it’s because her body can now fit into the types of clothing she always wanted to wear. Tank tops and bikinis may no longer feel intimidating and may actually be appealing and comfortable.
Having large breasts does not make a woman unhealthy. What may inhibit optimal well-being is the lack of motivation a large-breasted woman has regarding physical fitness. Whether there might be an interest in yoga, weight training, or aerobics, the discomfort of hard-to-support breasts may be a huge obstacle – an obstacle overcome for good with breast reduction.
If you are near Pottsville or Hazleton, we invite you to schedule a consultation with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kimmel to discuss what is possible for you.
When you think about having liposuction, what you are probably imagining the most is how great you will look after you get rid of those stubborn fat cells across your midsection (or your backside, or arms). We have conducted liposuction procedures on various areas of the body, and patients tend to be very satisfied with their results. The outcome regarding appearance is only one aspect of the process of body-sculpting through liposuction. There is also the matter of recovery, and that means we should talk about swelling.
Swelling isn’t necessarily a short-term side-effect.
You know how liposuction works. A tiny cannula is inserted into the area of unwanted fat. The cells are slightly disrupted with vibration or tumescent fluid and are then gently removed forever. The process is gentle enough, but there is a bit of trauma to the tissues of the surgical site. Nothing dramatic, but enough to mean healing is necessary.
Initially, swelling is noticeable. Fortunately, this swelling decreases progressively over several weeks. It is after this time when things may get unpredictable. Sometimes, patients notice that they appear more swollen on certain days. This could be because they have increased their activity. It could alternatively be because they are sedentary! We recommend walking short distances right after liposuction, and gradually increasing over time. If swelling occurs, you can elevate the part of the body that is retaining fluid to encourage excretion from those tissues.
Compression will help to swell; exercise may not.
It may seem unpleasant to have to wear a compression garment, but most patients appreciate the benefits once they do it. Compression stabilizes tissues so too much movement does not occur during the time when swelling and bruising are most significant.
It may also seem unpleasant to have to “sit around” while your body heals from liposuction. We say, go for a walk. As bruising and swelling subside, and your energy is restored, you can add to your physical activities. We support our patients through this transition, so they do not engage in too much too soon, ultimately inhibiting their recovery.
We have offices in Hazleton and Pottsville, where we are happy to meet you to discuss your aesthetic goals. Contact us for your consultation.
Liposuction banishes unwanted fat by literally removing stubborn fat cells for good. This procedure has evolved over the years, and patients of Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center have multiple options for the technique used on their tenacious fat cells. Some of the common areas patients complain about included the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and even the back. While these are parts of the body that are commonly treated with liposuction, they aren’t the complete list. Here, we will look at some other areas that can be sculpted with liposuction.
In addition to body parts from the neck on down to the ankles, liposuction is also the method used to add masculine definition to the male chest. Men with gynecomastia used to have very few places to turn for help, but this is changing. Liposuction is an excellent treatment for this condition and can achieve permanent results.
From our offices in Pottsville and Hazleton, we serve patients from Lebanon, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Reading, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our body-sculpting treatments.
Millions of men and women around the world have already done it. You may be thinking about it every now and then, or maybe several times a day. We’re talking about facial rejuvenation. There are several ways to go about this. You might choose a cosmetic surgeon near Philadelphia to perform a full facelift. You may visit Keystone Cosmetic Surgery for a surgical brow lift, or for Botox.
Whichever treatment appeals to you, your initial thought could be that your reason for wanting facial rejuvenation is simply to feel better about your appearance. In many cases, there is more to this desire to refresh the face, and that is perfectly ok! Here are some of the career-boosting benefits that people with fresher faces get to experience.
The science is pretty simple, and when you understand it, you can use it to your advantage. Let the team at Keystone help you. Contact us in Pottsville or Hazleton today.
Getting up close and personal is something that most of us want to do. Self-consciousness about appearance can stand in the way of how we relate to others on a day to day basis. If the signs of aging have become a frustration that you notice every time you look in the mirror, we should talk. There are several ways to minimize concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, but the surgical facelift has always been the gold standard, and probably always will be. Here’s why . . .
While we can plump the cheeks with fillers or stem cells, and reduce wrinkles with other injectables, a surgical facelift addresses multiple concerns in a single session. Here, we will look at a few notable concerns that can be corrected during the facelift procedure.
Jowls. Those drooping sacks of tissue at the side of the jaw line. Once the skin starts to sag in this area, it can be hard to ignore. The correction of sagging jowls is actually one of the primary advantages of the surgical facelift. During the procedure, the ligament around which volume has accumulated is temporarily released so that the excess can be lifted, draped appropriately to renew the strong angle of the jaw.
When gravity starts to have more pull on weakened facial muscles and tissue, it all seems to go South. This includes the area beneath the chin. The double-chin is one of the common concerns that men and women express when they visit our office. While there are non-surgical treatments that may reduce the amount of fat in this crease between the chin and the neck, one must remember that fat-reduction is not the end of the story. There is also loose skin to consider, which we do in the surgical facelift.
The volume that is gained in the lower face is that which is lost in the roundness of the cheeks. To restore fullness, we may incorporate fat injections with the redraping of the superficial muscles across the mid-face. In so doing, support and volume are restored.
Refresh your facial aesthetic with help from your Pennsylvania plastic surgeon. Our offices in Hazleton and Pottsville conveniently serve patients from surrounding areas.
The midsection can pose a significant problem when it doesn’t get into shape no matter how hard you try. Contouring is a vital aspect of looking as physically fit as you feel. The body doesn’t always agree, though, especially when fatty deposits have accumulated across the abdomen. In such an instance, the way to restore the taut tummy you once had is not with crunches, but with a tummy tuck.
Eating healthy can help you get to the overall weight that you’d like to maintain with your good eating habits. Exercise can also do your body good, but that doesn’t mean that hundreds of crunches and other core work can bring separated muscles back together. To do away with loose, sagging tissue and skin takes a surgeon’s touch. Then, it’s crunch time, but maybe not in the way you think!
Getting to it
Often, a person makes the decision to consider abdominoplasty after his or her exercise efforts have not paid off. Working so hard to bring out the best in your body can lead to a sort of dependence on exercise that can be difficult to resist after your tummy tuck. This is when the going may get tough. Working out is not the first order of business after abdominoplasty. In fact, it doesn’t really get to be what it once was for some time.
Sculpting and stitching the abdominal wall means that tissues need a full recovery before they can manage the strain of targeted exercises like crunches. In fact, any type of exercise that requires a tightened core may be off limits until the muscles have reached 100% functional use. This may be several months.
Until that time
The abdominal muscles heal approximately 60% in the first six weeks after surgery. That leaves a pretty substantial gap, though, and while you may be feeling a lot more like your old self, your re-entry into the workout world may need to wait a bit. Walking is a great activity to engage in until that time. As you feel able, you may also start light weight training, just be careful not to strain your core during any of your exercises.
Patients of Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center receive one-on-one support from a friendly and experienced staff. If you have questions about any aspect of the abdominoplasty process, give us a call.
Entering into this new year, or any new year, one of the messages we receive loud and clear is what is on trend for the months ahead. Many of us watch these trends, or even follow them, with great pleasure. They tell us what to wear, what to drive, what music is now in, and even how we should look. Have you noticed that trends span many of the areas of life? That what men and women are wearing could actually create a craze in the area of body type?
If you imagine the “it” girls of today, who comes to mind? Kim Kardashian? Nicki Minaj? Maybe Beyonce or J.Lo? What these trendsetters have in common is a beautiful backside, a feature that has become so valued in today’s age that there is actually a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to help individuals get a more rounded, more bootylicious booty. Clearly, we do not abide by the mindset that a man or woman should not change their body or face through cosmetic surgery. At the same time, we do want to bring to light how trends may not be a good thing to follow, especially when it comes to your body type.
The thing about Trends . . .
As you can see, trends do not stay the same for long! Someday, Ms. Kardashian and those like her may wish for a taller, thinner, less curvy frame. The point is, your body type is your body type, and that is a beautiful thing. Cosmetic surgery and other treatments are intended to accentuate what you have so you’re always in style!
Learn more about the services at Keystone Surgery Center by calling our Hazleton or Pottsville office.
It is often a desire for larger breasts that is in the spotlight, so to speak. We know that not every woman fits into the category of wanting breast enlargement. Dr. Kimmel provides a wealth of services to patients from Reading, Pottsville, Hazleton, Philadelphia, and more – including breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery is conducted with the intent of enabling a woman to feel comfortable in her own body. When breasts are smaller, they are also lighter in terms of weight, which means a woman is eased of the burden (literally!) that she has carried for year. Undergoing a breast procedure is a big decision that requires you to have the full extent of information in order to determine what is best for you. Here, we will look at the matter of recovery.
The Process of Reducing Breast Size
Breast reduction surgery is more than a slight liposuction procedure. The breasts must be shaped, not just resized. This means there will be incisions, and that the areolas will be moved so they face forward rather than downward. Incisions, tissue removal, and tightening mean disruption to the natural form, and that means you need a bit of special care after this procedure.
We have two offices to serve your needs. Call our location nearest to you today.
Breast augmentation surgery is sought by a diverse group of women. Though the reasons for wanting to reshape and resize breasts differs from one person to another, one trait seems to be shared by a large majority of patients: the desire for fitness. Women of all ages are more physically active today than ever, choosing to stay fit with yoga, running, surfing, strength training, and many other choice activities. Physical exercise is a great way to stay healthy and fit. It is also something that will need to be considered carefully after breast augmentation surgery.
For a smooth recovery, we suggest that our patients:
?Commit to following instructions. Here is an interesting thing about recovery from breast augmentation: you may feel able to do more than you really should. Patients often say “I feel so good! Can’t I go to the gym just for a little workout?” No. That is, until you are cleared to do so. Your surgeon knows the details of your protocol and procedure. Exercise may be cleared a little at a time, and you need to trust the process of recovery.
?After your doctor, it is your body that knows best. When you do resume your physical workouts, pay close attention to your stamina, flexibility, and strength. There is nothing to gain by pushing yourself too hard as you acclimate to your new body. Remember, your implants are still settling, and tissues beneath the surface need months to fully heal. Taking it slow may mean a better recovery.
?A good sports bra can be the best thing you invest in after breast augmentation, so get a few. You may find that it is your favorite type of bra to wear in the gym and out of it. The support you get from a quality bra aids in healing.
Keystone Surgery Center serves the areas of Pottsville, Hazleton, Pittsburgh and more. Contact us to discuss your aesthetic goals.
Every year, many of us look forward to the onset of the holiday season. From snowfall to sleigh bells to Saturday showings of Elf, there are numerous activities and joys that only happen at one time of year. As we prepare for the impending gatherings of friends, family, and coworkers, we can think of no better time to assess aesthetic needs. We know that the festivities of the season can be that much merrier when we feel really good about how we look; and we know you probably agree. With that in mind, we are getting into the spirit of the season by reminding you that it’s not too late to schedule the cosmetic treatment that will be your ultimate gift to you this year!
This facial rejuvenating procedure is one that you want to arrange as early as possible in your holiday schedule. Minimally invasive compared to conventional face lift surgery, this procedure can rejuvenate your face with very little downtime. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within about a week, hiding any lingering bruises beneath makeup. We can customize this office procedure to areas such as the forehead, neck, or cheeks.
Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation
Injectables have made it easier than ever to get the immediate results we need when we need them. While we use several technologies to fight the signs of aging, from radiofrequency to lasers, we recognize the value of injectable solutions, especially around the holidays when very few of us have time for downtime. Scheduling is of very little concern when you want to lift your brows, smooth frown lines, wipe away lines around the nose and mouth, or plump certain areas of your face.
Neuromodulators like Botox give you a slight improvement right away, with gradual progression of results over about 7 days. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, however, can be schedule the very same day as a holiday bash. Side effects from injectable solutions typically subside over a few hours after treatment, and their beautiful impact on facial aesthetics lasts for months.
Sail through the holiday season with confidence in your appearance! Contact Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center for a personal treatment plan.
With the holiday season in full-swing, you are likely already starting to think of presents to get your friends and family members. If you are looking for something to give to your spouse, mother-in-law, girlfriend, sister, daughter, or another woman in your life, look no further. Here at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we have a variety of options for you to choose from that will help the woman or women in your life to look and feel special. Read on to learn more.
1.Laser Hair Removal
As a woman, nothing is quite as embarrassing as heading to the beach only to realize that you haven’t shaved your underarms, bikini area, or your legs. However, with laser hair removal, you can rest assured that you won’t have to spend another embarrassing day at the beach again. Give someone in your life the care and relief of not having to shave again by giving them a gift card good towards getting laser hair removal from our Licensed Aesthetician.
2. Chemical Peels
If you are looking to spend a smaller amount of money but still give a great gift with lasting benefits, consider giving the gift of a chemical peel. By removing the top layer of your dermis by using a chemical, a chemical peel is designed to encourage the regrowth of younger, healthier looking skin that will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even get rid of sunspots and sun damage.
If you are wanting to give the woman in your life a more relaxing spa treatment that still has health benefits, consider gifting them one of our facials. By exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing your skin, a facial will help to rejuvenate and restore your loved one’s skin— and help them to feel stress-free and relaxed— in just an hour.
From laser hair removal to facials, this quick list will give you ideas of what to gift the woman or women in your life this year. To learn more about these and other services that we offer, contact Robert Kimmel at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center.