When 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.
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.
Blepharoplasty 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.
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.
We 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:
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.
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.
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.
Abdominoplasty 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
When 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.
“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.
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.
One 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.
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?
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.
As 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.
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:
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.
Patients 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.
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.
One 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.
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.
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.
To 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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Motherhood 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.
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:
You can have a Mom Bod that you love. Learn more about our body contouring treatments by contacting our Pottsville or Hazleton office.