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Why Do We Recommend Compression after Plastic Surgery?

Most people who plan to undergo plastic surgery expect to have to wear a compression garment afterward. This garment, primarily made of nylon and some type of spandex, is a crucial aspect of post-operative recovery. Fortunately, most garments are carefully made to accomplish the goal of gently pressing on an area. They are rarely overly-tight and uncomfortable. Still, because they do fit snuggly, compression garments can sometimes feel like a bit of a nuisance. Patients sometimes wonder why they need to adhere to the guideline of wearing compression. We discuss that here.

What are the Benefits of using a Compression Garment?

Compression garments are worn at all times after surgery to assist with several aspects of healing.

  • It is common to experience swelling after surgery. This happens because fluid builds up in the tissue around the operative area. Compression helps push fluid away from healing tissue.
  • Surgical procedures disrupt the blood vessels, which causes small amounts of blood to leak into the operative area. Compression decreases the migration of blood cells from deeper layers of tissue towards the skin.
  • Blood circulation. Most patients are somewhat limited in mobility for a few days after having surgery. The lack of physical movement blunts circulation to some degree. Another benefit of wearing a compression garment as directed is that it supports blood moving through the operative area and the body during those few days of relative rest. Keep in mind that it is important to walk short distances as tolerated after plastic surgery.
  • Compression garments worn after plastic surgery are not the same as the waist trainers and other compression worn to temporarily shape the body. In the instance of post-op compression, the goal is to help smooth the skin and superficial subcutaneous fat to achieve optimal aesthetic outcomes.
  • By reducing swelling and supporting good circulation, compression garments help keep post-operative inflammation to a minimum. Where inflammation is well-managed, there is less pain. Where there is less pain, there is a happier patient!

In the past year, many people who had never thought they would have plastic surgery have decided to take that leap. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular procedure, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. We’d love to see you in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

What Beauty Trends Will Be Popular In 2021?

Plastic surgery procedures were on the rise for years before the pandemic that struck early last year. Much to our surprise, the field has thrived throughout the periodic lockdowns and mask mandates. It does not seem as though interest in plastic surgery and other beauty treatments will diminish anytime soon. What has begun to change from previous years is the trends that drive plastic surgery consultations.

Why the Shift?

For several years, plastic surgery trends revolved around the body. We had the “year of the butt” that lasted quite some time and involved thousands of buttocks augmentation procedures. Body contouring was also a driving trend for many years. Adults underwent liposuction, abdominoplasty, and other lifts and tucks to sculpt their bodies. Last year, we saw a massive shift. While body contouring continues to achieve outstanding results, we’re seeing more interest in facial rejuvenation than we have in years. There are two primary reasons.

One of the big changes that occurred as a result of the novel coronavirus was that many people shifted into a work-from-home situation. Working from home lent more flexibility to daily scheduling. People had time to schedule beauty treatments or plastic surgery because they had more time to recover at home. The work-from-home situation also put people in front of a screen far more often than they were used to. Video conferencing allowed us to see our coworkers, but it also allowed us to see ourselves in real-time, and that led to the identification of beauty goals. Perhaps you’ve made a few of your own in the past year.

Trending Beauty Treatments

As we saw in 2020, we expect trends to remain focused on facial rejuvenation for the remainder of this year, too. Treatments that are commonly sought include:

  • Eyelid rejuvenation. The eyes are the primary communicating force of the face these days, thanks to necessary mask-wearing. Eyelid rejuvenation can lift heavy eyelids, eliminate undereye bags, and smooth wrinkles. This may be achieved with BOTOX and other injections or it may be achieved with blepharoplasty. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you weigh them.
  • The lower face may be covered when we go out but it is center stage during those video conferences! Facelifts accounted for a vast majority of plastic surgery consultations last year. This procedure can eliminate deep creases around the nose and mouth, refine the jawline, and give more curvature to the midface. In our Pottsville and Hazleton offices, patients also have the option of a thread lift for minimally-invasive enhancement.
  • Lip Augmentation. The shape of the lips has become a topic of interest for men and women who are now seeing themselves more frequently than they have in previous years. This trend has morphed somewhat since it first emerged. People are no longer seeking dramatically overfilled lips. Today’s lip augmentation looks and feels soft and kissable.

We have several ways to help you feel your best in 2021. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Here are your Must-Haves for a Smooth Plastic Surgery Recovery

Plastic Surgery RecoveryPlastic surgery offers huge rewards that can last a lifetime. Still, it’s a big deal to schedule plastic surgery. Most of our patients feel at least a little concerned about their recovery. There is a tendency to overestimate how much pain will be felt after surgery. Fortunately, most who do report that their experience was not nearly as bad as they had imagined. The thing about plastic surgery recovery is that you just need to be prepared. Here, we discuss a few must-haves that don’t get enough attention.

Must-Have #1 – Help

Part of the surgical process is to inform a patient about how to prepare for surgery and how to recover well from surgery. This comes in the form of pre- and post-surgical care instructions. One of the details of post-operative care that can get glossed-over is the need for help. Help with what? Possibly everything. Depending on the procedure, you may need someone to make sure you take your pain medication on time. You may need help to and from the bathroom. Someone may need to do the cooking, the cleaning, the caring for children and pets. We’ve treated enough people to know that this can be a difficult part of the recovery process. And still, it is necessary. Accept the help. Arrange the help. Know that it is only temporary.

Must-Have #2 – Home Remedies

Most people who have surgery know they will need prescription pain medication. They know they need to fill their prescription before the day of surgery so they do not meet with unexpected pain. There’s more in terms of remedies as it relates to pain. One is that you need ice. Don’t get just one ice pack or bag of peas. Get two. That way, one will always be ready for use. Another remedy relates to pain medication more than the pain itself. This is the remedy that will help you avoid constipation. When you take prescription pain medication, you may become constipated. As you may know, this side effect can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Two remedies could be helpful. One is fiber, the other is magnesium citrate. When taken daily, either of these remedies may reduce constipation.

Having plastic surgery should be more exciting than nerve-wracking. To schedule a consultation, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office.


Feeling Sad after Plastic Surgery? It’s Normal!

Plastic surgery procedures have become somewhat of the norm in countries all around the world. Various techniques provide adults with the opportunity to feel more confident in their appearance. Some procedures enhance the body while others correct the signs of aging. Regardless of the type of procedure a person has, they are often interested in knowing what their recovery will be like. Usually, the primary questions revolve around how much pain they will be in and how they can manage it. Because plastic surgery offers significant rewards, patients rarely wonder how they will feel emotionally after having their desired procedure. The fact is, plastic surgery can affect emotions, so we need to talk about this aspect of recovery, too. We’ll do that here.

Why Some People Get the Post-Op Blues

It doesn’t seem logical to have the blues after undergoing an elective procedure. After all, most patients spend months if not years looking forward to looking better! There are several reasons why the blues may pop up out of nowhere in the first days of recovery. The primary issue that seems to arise is frustration about results. Bruising and swelling are common side effects of surgery. When these don’t go away as quickly as a patient would like, they can feel like they are not healing properly and wind up feeling down. Surgery is also very fatiguing. Patients may feel relatively comfortable and able to resume some of their normal activities but they become easily tired. This can also lead to sadness. The list goes on: feeling unable to take care of others as they normally do, not being able to work or socialize for a few weeks, feeling bored or unproductive; these are all feelings that can result in the blues. Also, they are all normal.

Tips to Avoid the Post-op Blues

  1. Get clear details from the surgeon about how long recovery will take. Pay close attention so realistic expectations can be set.
  2. Plan the recovery space according to the surgeon’s estimate for healing. If you will be home for two full weeks, schedule a date with a friend you trust your appearance with. Schedule phone conversations. Gather books and music and other entertainment to occupy your time.
  3. Get outside. Yes, we know this can feel challenging. Patients are instructed to start walking right away after plastic surgery, though, so this might as well be done outside if possible. Getting outside is good for the mind. Nature offers numerous distractions that replenish emotional wellness.
  4. Get nourished. Nourishment is vital to good health, especially after surgery. While pain medication may cause issues like nausea and constipation, a healthy diet of soups, salads, fruits, and fresh vegetables can begin the necessary reset right away.

In the end, the majority of people who have plastic surgery are glad they did. We think the process can be pleasant from start to finish! To schedule your consultation for a face or body procedure, contact us in Pottsville or Hazleton.

Why You Should Skip “Lunchtime” Plastic Surgery Procedures

The field of aesthetic medicine has expanded so quickly that many people may misunderstand the seriousness of various procedures. The term cosmetic surgery doesn’t help. It gives the false impression that there is such a thing as a cosmetic surgeon. To be clear, cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation or rhinoplasty is a big deal and should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. In less reputable circles, there may be providers who offer convenient procedures that seem to offer less downtime and risk. Lunchtime plastic surgery is not a thing, at least not if you want to avoid unnecessary trauma. Here’s why.

Fast can mean Hasty

It has become incredibly common for people to pop into a medspa or other clinic to receive injectable treatments. Because injectables like Botox and dermal fillers are used so frequently, it is easy to assume that side effects may not occur. It is also easy to trust that an injector, A, is using the right product and, B, knows how to use that product appropriately. A general rule of thumb is that, if you are new to fillers, as for a hyaluronic acid product that can be reversed if you don’t like your results. Also, play it safe and receive injections from a reputable plastic surgeon’s office that has numerous good reviews.

True Plastic Surgery Takes Time and Planning

It’s hard to believe that any physician would offer procedures like breast augmentation without extensive consultation and consideration for patient safety. News stories tell us otherwise. Patients put their trust in surgeons who promote their expertise and should not be misled that a surgical procedure can be conducted and recovered-from within a matter of hours. Breast surgeries, which are offered as lunchtime procedures by some doctors, require meticulous performance to ensure the proper positioning of the breast implant. Without proper insertion, the implant can pucker, wrinkle, or even protrude through the skin.

Cosmetic procedures are common, yes, but that does not mean they are standardized. All faces and bodies are different. Successful surgery, and even injectable treatment, relies on the provider’s attention to detail and understanding of individual objectives.

Get cosmetic treatment from a professional team with high standards for patient care. Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office to schedule your consultation.

Can YouTube be a Good Source for Reliable Cosmetic Information?

In a recent study published by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, it was reported that approximately 70 percent of consumers are contemplating a non-invasive cosmetic treatment. This is nearly twice as many people as there was in 2013. We don’t really need statistical data to prove that most Americans are interested in looking their best. We can know this by talking with friends and colleagues. It’s that simple. What’s not as simple is ensuring that, as we seek information regarding surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, we are receiving reliable facts.

The whole purpose of undergoing a cosmetic treatment is to feel better about how we look. This is the reason given by more than 7,000 people surveyed, that they want to look as young as they feel and they want to feel confident in their appearance. With this being the objective, we see even more value in guiding our patients to the best information available. And, yes, it can be found on YouTube. You just have to know what to look for.

YouTube has become a common place for consumers to search terms including “lip fillers,” “facelift,” “nose job,” “eyelid surgery,” and more. Some of the most common procedures that people are interested in include laser treatments and body contouring, for which there are both surgical and nonsurgical techniques. According to a study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University, the 240 top YouTube videos (most frequently viewed plastic surgery videos) had more than 160 million views between them. The problem they found was that many of them were lacking when it came to nonbiased information.

Reputable online presentations discussing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures need two things. One is a board-certified plastic surgeon. The other is factual details regarding treatments. Dr. Kimmel is honored to be featured on numerous videos presented on Body Beautiful by Sam-Son Productions. On the Body Beautiful channel, prospective patients have the opportunity to gather first-hand information regarding various cosmetic treatments from an experienced surgeon.

Educated patients are the most confident patients. If you’re considering a surgical or nonsurgical procedure, get the clear details you need. Tune in to Body Beautiful by Sam-Son Productions on YouTube. If you’re in the Hazelton or Pottsville area, obtain procedure information in a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Kimmel. Contact an office near you to schedule your visit.

Can We Speed This Up, Please?

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PA

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PAWe 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:

  • Stop using tobacco. The more time you can avoid tobacco before surgery the better. Smoking inhibits oxygenation of tissues and is, therefore, one of the worst habits to continue, especially before surgery. In short, if you smoke, you will not heal as quickly from surgery, and you will face more significant risks for complications.
  • Avoid alcohol. Ideally, alcohol consumption will cease a few weeks before surgery. Like tobacco, alcoholic beverages have been associated with slower healing times.
  • Certain medications and supplements will also need to be avoided before and after surgery. We will provide you with a full list of products, which include vitamin E and aspirin, two supplements known to thin the blood.
  • We cannot stress this enough. We live in a day and age where rest is hardly acceptable. After surgery, your entire recovery can go more smoothly if you allow a few days for the complete devotion to rest; that means mind and body.
  • This may sound contradictory, but it’s really not. While the majority of your time after surgery should be spent catering to your need for rest, it is also beneficial to walk for short distances, as in around the house only. Moving every hour or so keeps blood circulating so blood clots do not form.

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.

What you Should Know about Trends

plastic surgery trendsEntering 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.

  • During the early years of the 20th Century, the ideal body type was oh so curvaceous that women who wanted to emulate The Gibson Girl, a figure out of illustrator Charles Gibson’s imagination, had to wear skin-poking, rib-squeezing corsets to achieve the look.
  • About a quarter of the way into the century, flapper style became the trend, and this called for a straight-as-an-arrow body type.
  • The 1940s wartime era brought admiration for strength. Tall, sinewy body types were fit with clothing armed with shoulder pads and pointed brassieres.
  • By the 1960s, we were back to being in love with the no-figure woman. The body type of Twiggy and other stick-thin models. Thirty years later, we were once again seeing a love for this waif-like body type.
  • People magazine named 2014 the Year of the Butt. In fact, our appreciation for the oversized buttocks began in 2010. It continues to this day.

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.

Choosing A Cosmetic Surgeon – Some Things To Consider

cosmetic surgeonYou will live with your decision to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery for the rest of your life. It is prudent to make your decision thoughtfully and carefully. Your choice of a cosmetic surgeon is equally important. A successful surgical outcome and the enhancement of how you feel about yourself is critical. An unsuccessful outcome may mean additional costs, additional surgery and, unfortunately, heartache.

To help you make your decision, here are a few things to consider:

  • Is your surgeon board certified? The government does not require a plastic surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. Many doctors with general surgery or other medical training decide to offer cosmetic surgery. Dr. Kimmel is board certified in cosmetic and plastic surgery – the most dependable way of assessing whether a cosmetic surgeon is properly trained.
  • Does your surgeon have experience in the procedure you want? Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills – operating on a nose is different from operating on a breast. Ask your surgeon how they trained in the procedure you want and how many times they have performed it.
  • Do you feel a connection to your surgeon? It’s important to feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team and feel like you can trust them to recommend what is the right procedure for you.
  • Have you thought about the aesthetics of the procedure? Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder; what one person finds beautiful may not be beautiful to another. Choose a cosmetic surgeon that shares your aesthetic tastes. Look at before-and-after photos; compare the results for the procedure you want; take a selfie for reference. If you are considering a facial procedure, look for photos of patients that are near your age and have a similar facial structure. Do they look the way you would like to look following your surgery?

Dr. Kimmel would love to answer your questions about the procedures he offers. Call for a consultation appointment, today: Pottsville – (570) 622-2900. Hazleton – (570) 455-4252.

Experience Matters: Meet Dr. Robert Kimmel

One of the most important decisions you can make when planning for cosmetic surgery is the physician that will provide your care. It is important to choose someone that you can trust and that you are comfortable with – as well as someone with the education and training necessary to provide safe and beautiful results.

Dr. Robert Kimmel has decades of experience and offers beautiful cosmetic outcomes in a relaxing environment.

Dr. Robert KimmelDr. Kimmel’s educational background includes:

  • Undergraduate: BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1982
  • Graduate: MS in Physiology from Georgetown University, Washington, DC in 1983
  • MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA in 1987
  • Internship: General Surgery, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA in 1988
  • Residency: General Surgery, New York Medical College (at New Rochelle), New Rochelle, NY in 1992?Plastic Surgery, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA in 1994

Dr. Kimmel is also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?and is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons. These are very important distinctions that you should look for in any plastic surgeon.

Professional development is also important to Dr. Kimmel. He is active in the following organizations outside of his busy practice:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society

Contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kimmel today!

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