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.
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.
When it comes to getting plastic or cosmetic surgery done, there is a false— but common— misconception that it is only for women. However, although many men may think they are perfect, the majority of them have a few physical flaws that they would like to have reconstructed or changed. Luckily, Dr. Robert Kimmel at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center specializes in not only cosmetic procedures for females, but for males too. From an abdominoplasty to liposuction, this article will discuss just a few of the procedures that are popular among our male patients. Read on to learn more.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that is used in order to get rid of excess skin and fat around the abdominal region. Usually combined with liposuction, an abdominoplasty will help to give you more of that manly, chiseled look you are going for. Additionally, the great thing about a tummy tuck is that it is also helpful for men who have recently lost a lot of weight and have excess skin that needs to be removed.
Gynecomastia is a surgical procedure that is used to get rid of excess fat and tissue that reside on a man’s breasts. Sometimes, either due to weight gain/loss or the excessive use of steroids, men grow breast tissue which can make them look and feel a bit more feminine that they desire. Luckily, Dr. Robert Kimmel can remove that excess tissue and fat in order to significantly reduce the appearance of male breasts and hel pyou to gain your confidence back once again.
Just like most cosmetic procedures, liposuction is typically associated with a more female audience. But, you guessed it, Dr. Robert Kimmel also offers liposuction for males as well. If you have been spending way too much time at the gym and have been dieting like a fool but you still can’t get rid of certain areas of fat, then you should consider liposuction. As a great way to get rid of stubborn fat around the abdomen, legs, and arms, liposuction involves surgically scraping away fat and vacuuming it up with a surgical device.
If you are a male who would like to make some cosmetic changes or alterations to your body, contact Dr. Robert Kimmel at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center today to set up a consultation.
It seems that most anti-aging cosmetic procedures focus on the face…the fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin, acne, blotches, and those aging-revealing sun spots. Putting your best face forward is one of the things we are best at helping you do and we offer many amazing procedures and treatments to that end. But you may be surprised to learn that your hands can actually betray your age as well.
At, Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, we regularly advise our clients to not only care for their facial skin but to take the time to care for their hands – because sometimes no matter what you do to make your overall appearance look younger, your hands can and often do, give away your age.
Continue reading to learn 5 tips for caring for your hands:
Let us be your go-to cosmetic procedure center if you are noticing the obvious signs of aging in your hands. We invite you to call and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.
The anti-aging industry – for men – is booming. Nobody want’s to show their age; the number of men requesting Botox and dermal filler injections, choosing cosmetic surgery, and visiting hair salons is growing by leaps and bounds. So, men, to that end, here are some simple tips to keep aging at bay…and to compliment your cosmetic and salon enhancements.
Make the conscious choice to promote your wellness every single day.
One of the first things others notice about you is your skin, so love the skin you’re in.
Call, today, to schedule an appointment and let Dr. Kimmel tell you about the variety of anti-aging treatments he offers.
Yes, there is a perfect, easy, and safe way to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles associated with the relentless march of time. You know of it, have heard about and read about it…it’s Botox® is the most popular aesthetic injectable treatment in the world.
•It’s important keep in mind that Botox® is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, which means there’s no botulism risk when used properly.
•Botox® blocks the nerves that contract your facial muscles, softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It’s most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set. These are called dynamic wrinkles, and they appear while you move the muscles of your face when you smile and frown.
•Botox® non-surgically treats the lines and wrinkles in your forehead area and around your nose and mouth. It can lift your brow making you look younger, less tired and less stressed.
•A good rule-of-thumb for a Botox® treatment is “less is more.”
•Botox® can also decrease excessive sweating, a use you may not have heard about. Excess underarm sweating can be an embarrassing problem for some people, and a simple Botox® treatment can lessen the amount of sweat produced.
Some additional Botox® information:
•If you’re breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, the FDA recommends that you wait before opting for Botox® treatments.
•If you take aspirin or ibuprofen, be sure to tell us before you schedule a treatment. These medications thin the blood and may increase bleeding. Some natural supplements, such as fish oil, gingko, or vitamin E, also thin the blood. We may ask you not to use those supplements for two weeks before your treatment.
•Have you been invited to attend a “Botox® Party”? If so, that is not the time to try Botox®. These injections should only be done by a doctor who is board-certified in dermatology or plastic surgery.
The take away – If your friends have tried Botox® and are encouraging you to try it as well, call to schedule a consultation appointment. Fall is the perfect time to begin thinking about upcoming holiday events and parties.
One of the most popular services we offer at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery is laser hair removal. Our clients love being hair free and smooth.
Are you considering giving laser hair removal a try? Great! Here are a few things to know before your first appointment:
Fall is here and holiday parties are just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to schedule a consultation appointment.
Tightening and smoothing the skin on your body and face – non-invasively – is a revolutionary idea. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Kimmel offer this trending treatment designed to give your skin a more youthful appearance. It’s called Thermage CPT® (comfort pulse technology).
As you age, your skin loses much of its elasticity. This happens because the production of your skin’s support structures, the proteins elastin and collagen, declines with age. Additionally, spending time in the sun unprotected against its skin damaging UV rays doesn’t help. Smoking and environmental factors also damage your skin, and before you know it, your skin is saggy where it once was firm, and wrinkly to boot.
How to tighten you skin and regain a more youthful appearance? A brow-lift or facelift are surgical alternatives. Injectables such as Botox and Juvederm can also do the job non-surgically. But we invite you to consider firming and tightening with Thermage CPT®.
What is Thermage CPT® and how does it work?
It’s a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that uses radio-frequency (RF) waves to heat the underlying collagen in the dermis layer of your skin. The radio-frequency waves don’t injure the surface layer (epidermis) of your skin because the Thermage tip remains cool while it heats the collagen below, causing it to shrink. This tightens the skin above, and encourages your body to create new collagen over the next six months. The take-away? Noticeably younger-looking and firmer skin on your face and body.
Dr. Kimmel is the area’s only Thermage CPT® provider. If you’re looking for a way to treat wrinkles and loose skin without invasive surgical procedures or repeated injections, consider Thermage CPT®. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, today.
Aging and the ubiquitous, disheartening visible signs that accompany it seem to be inevitable. You can’t escape growing older, but there are some things that you can do to ease the process and rejuvenate your facial skin. The perfect treatment for shallow and deep facial folds, lines and wrinkles is the FDA-approved injectable Sculptra Aesthetic.
Sculptra helps gradually replace lost collagen – one of the foremost causes of visible aging. Would you like to know more? Read on:
Sculptra is an injectable, however, not all injectables are created the same. Each is formulated differently, each targets different areas, each produces different results. What makes Sculptra unique is that it contains a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is a bio-compatible, bio-degradable substance that is naturally and gradually absorbed by the body to help rebuild lost collagen.
•Injectable fillers are either gels or liquids that help reduce fine lines by pushing the dermis space up beneath existing lines, wrinkles and creases. Results appear immediately and can last up to several months.
•Toxins minimize fine lines by temporarily weakening facial muscles, typically in the forehead and near the eyes. Results appear within a few days and can last several months.
•Collagen creams purport to deliver absorbable collagen. However, collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin. In truth, collagen creams include vitamins and hold moisture, which makes them suitable moisturizers that can briefly improve the skin’s appearance.
•Collagen stimulators can diminish facial wrinkles by helping to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin. Results appear gradually over multiple injections – usually three injections space three months apart. Results can last up to two years.
As collagen stimulator, Sculptra is different. It works deep within the dermis, rather than topically. As Sculptra’s micro-particles are absorbed, they work to stimulate collagen production. The rebuilt collagen strands then gradually begin to help restore your facial structure and volume and create fullness to existing wrinkles and folds.
Fall is the perfect time for a Sculptra Aesthetic treatment. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kimmel, today.
Getting older is a challenge for men and women of a “certain age,” as the aging process brings with it thinner, less elastic skin, which is much more vulnerable to wrinkles. Time marches on and your aging skin marches right along with it.
The sun is a fine source of Vitamin D but it’s not so fine for your face. The harmful UV and UVB rays of the sun are one of the main causes of wrinkles. How does this happen? The sun’s rays break down your skin’s connective tissues and wrinkles are the result. More importantly, repeated, unprotected sun exposure can cause skin cancer and the affects of the sun’s damaging rays are cumulative over your lifetime.
Wrinkles usually appear first around your eyes, between your brows and around your mouth. Why? Because repeated facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling eventually result in wrinkles. Keep that smile but try not to worry – easier said than done – but your frown lines don’t need extra help.
Taking care of your skin is a good idea at any age, but here are six things you can do to protect your skin against the wrinkling that time may bring:
Curious to know more? Give us a call and schedule a consultation. Dr. Kimmel can suggest one of our many facial rejuvenation treatments to give your skin a fresh, youthful glow.
The facelift and the neck lift are two of the most effective, popular and successful cosmetic surgical procedures for changing the appearance of the aging face and neck. They are definitely self-esteem boosting, hands-of-time reversing procedures.
Both the facelift and the neck lift produce long-lasting, stunning results; both share similar degrees of invasiveness and recovery periods. Both result in significant improvements to saggy skin and weak muscles around the face and neck, and immediate reduction of the visible signs of aging. It’s a fact that the procedures are often combined into a single procedure which results in the amazing benefits of both.
Would you benefit from one or both of these procedures? To find out, try this:
Keystone Cosmetic Surgery caters to the aesthetic and surgical needs of both men and women. We want to help you determine which life-changing, enhancing procedure would be best for you. Call, today, to schedule a consultation, and let Dr. Kimmel tell you more about face and neck lifts: Pottsville – (570) 622-2900; Hazleton – (570) 455-4252.
Stretch marks appear because of the force of stretching upon your skin. They are a form of scarring that is usually associated with rapid weight gain, such as during pregnancy. They may also occur as a result of rapid growth during puberty or muscle building and weight lifting. Stretch marks can be found anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on your stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks aren’t dangerous, and they often disappear over time, but they are unsightly.
The severity of stretch marks is affected by several factors, including your genetic history, the degree of stress on your skin and your cortisone level. Cortisone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands; it weakens the elastic fibers in your skin.
Stretch marks typically appear as parallel lines on your skin. They are of a different texture and color than your normal skin – ranging from almost a transparent, silvery light grey to bright pink to purple. Stretch marks don’t all look alike, and may vary depending on how long you’ve had them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have. When you touch stretch marks, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Occasionally, stretch marks feel painful or they may itch. Your likelihood of getting stretch marks may be increased by:
There is help for stretch marks…they can be effectively treated with laser treatments and micro-needling. If you would like to know more about treating your stretch marks, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. Summer is here…it’s the perfect time to beautify your body!