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Why Seek Plastic Surgery?

Attractive young woman in underwear smiling while standingYou may have heard that hundreds of thousands of people get plastic surgery each year. Outside of a temporary dip during the early days of the novel coronavirus pandemic, these numbers have remained consistent. Throughout 2021, interest in plastic surgery procedures once again skyrocketed. Here, we discuss why.

What Does Plastic Surgery Do to Be So Popular?

Generally speaking, people tend to recognize that plastic surgery alters a person’s appearance. It can enlarge the breasts, slim the midsection, and sculpt the face. Is this sufficient reason to explain why so many people are scheduling plastic surgery these days? Let’s get more specific about what various procedures do.

  • Reduce lines and wrinkles. We have injectables to smooth lines and wrinkles. We also have a few energy-based therapies that can do this. So why would a person want to have plastic surgery just for lines and wrinkles? The thing about these cosmetic concerns is that they tend to get worse as tissue and skin weaken. Frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, and other creases etch themselves into the skin and, although injections can reduce them, the effects are only temporary. Plastic surgery like a brow lift can eradicate some of the most common lines and wrinkles, resulting in years of youthful attractiveness.
  • Tighten loose skin. What causes worry lines and frown lines on the upper part of the face also contribute to loose skin on the lower face. Weak tissue sags. It droops off the sides of the face as jowls, or on the neck or under the chin. Sometimes, a person has jowls, a double chin, and a turkey neck all at once, and they no longer feel like their best self. Plastic surgery like a facelift repositions fat and muscle and trims skin to hold youthful structure in place for many years.
  • Eliminate excess skin. Isn’t excess skin what we just talked about? No, it’s not. Some people, such as women who have been pregnant and adults who have lost a significant amount of weight, are left with extreme looseness in one or more areas of the body. Severe abdominal laxity may result in the lower abdomen folding over itself. Laxity may cause the buttocks to sag onto the backs of the thighs, or for tissue to bulge out from the top of the belt. Excess skin and tissue may be corrected with abdominoplasty or other contouring procedures. Examples include arm lift surgery and a lower body lift.
  • Improve body contours. Most adults at some point have to face the challenges of body contouring. Diet and exercise don’t always work to the extent we’d like. Lifestyle factors and genetics may present obstacles to feeling one’s best. Services like liposuction, abdominoplasty, male breast reduction and breast surgeries are all viable options for helping people feel their best.
  • Reconstruction. We hear so much about the cosmetic procedures that are performed by plastic surgeons that we might forget the critical role the plastic surgeon can play in breast cancer treatment. A trained plastic surgeon can perform reconstruction using breast implants or a woman’s remaining breast tissue, when possible, to restore natural-looking, natural-feeling breasts after cancer treatment.

Dr. Robert Kimmel proudly serves patients from offices in Pottsville and Hazleton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Plastic Surgery: It’s a Mind-Body Thing

Deciding to have plastic surgery is momentous. For most people, it takes months, if not years, to make the decision that surgery is the best approach to their cosmetic concerns. Once the decision is made, the expectation has been set. Most people, once they have consulted with a surgeon, begin imagining what life will be like after surgery. They imagine their new and improved appearance and just know that they will feel happy that they chose to take the path that they did. It is very rare for any other perspective to emerge. There is no inkling whatsoever that feelings of sadness may occur after plastic surgery. Feelings of sadness can occur, so this is an issue that we must discuss. 

Why Would I Feel Sad After Plastic Surgery?

The term postoperative depression has been used to describe the strong emotional reaction that some people have after a major procedure. This condition is often related to open heart surgery, hysterectomy, or other procedures in which there may be some sense of loss. In such situations, feeling a little blue makes sense. It doesn’t make sense to most people to encounter sadness after a cosmetic procedure, and this can be precisely what makes it so challenging. 

Postoperative sadness after plastic surgery is akin to postpartum depression in one major way. In both situations, the affected person feels sad when everything tells them they should feel immensely happy. The conflict here creates confusion, guilt, and can feel very isolating.

Some of the ways that sadness can present after surgery include:

  • Anxiety about postoperative side effects and how the body is healing. 
  • A sense of distress about not knowing when to call the doctor about side effects. 
  • A sense of loss due to the disruption of normal daily activities. 
  • Irritability and heightened emotional sensitivity.
  • Doubt and second-guessing the decision to have surgery.

Any surgical procedure is stressful on the body and the mind. This is one of the primary reasons people can feel sad after a successful cosmetic surgery. The nervous system is simply doing what it does to process what has happened “to” the body. Having to rely on others, even for a short time, can exacerbate the emotional aspect of recovery, as well. 

Restoring Emotional Balance after Surgery

Emotional balance will return as the body heals and energy is regained. Patients who experience postoperative sadness tend to feel increasingly better as side effects like swelling, bruising, and discomfort subside, and as they can do more for themselves. However, there is no need to wait it out.

Some ways to attend to emotional needs after surgery include:

  • Ask lots of questions before surgery so you know what to expect, such as what you will look like right after your procedure, and how long it may take for side effects to begin to resolve. 
  • Prepare  healthy meals before surgery so no cooking has to be done. Make them healthy and comforting, so they feed both the body and the mind. 
  • Write down affirmations to read on days when emotions feel heightened. 
  • Create a vision board to remind yourself of your Why and what you have to look forward to. 
  • Stay connected with a strong support team who is in favor of your surgery.

The vast majority of people who have plastic surgery are very glad they did. You can be one of them, and we are here to see you through. To schedule a consultation, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office today.

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.

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.

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.

Cosmetic Surgery is a Means to an End

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PATo 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 . . .

Just remove that fat.

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.

Just lift my neck.

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.

Tourism is for Adventure, not for Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Procedures PAIt is true that there are good cosmetic surgeons all around the world, not only in the United States. However, the idea of traveling out of the country for a more affordable cosmetic procedure is one to approach with a great deal of discernment. Medical tourism is not new; entire organizations revolve around helping patients find the services they want at the price that they like. Even if you hear wonderful feedback from someone who’s done it, this type of travel could cost you far more than you imagined.

Think about This

Vetting a plastic surgeon is easy when you stay close to home. Not only can you meet your surgeon face to face (screen time doesn’t count) well before a surgical procedure, but you also have the option of more extensive research such as background checking credentials and speaking with patients of your chosen surgeon.

And this . . .

Getting a cosmetic procedure for a lower cost and getting a little vacation to can sound very appealing. Why wouldn’t you want to do this? Let’s see.

  1. A higher cost in the end. Some of the cases that we have performed have been revisional in nature, to correct unsatisfactory results from a poorly trained surgeon. When a procedure is not performed to exacting standards the first time, the cost of additional treatments can quickly climb. Treatments may also need to center on treating infection from surgical wounds.
  2. The Centers for Disease Control warn against international surgical procedures due to atypical infections that may occur and could be difficult to treat.
  3. There is more to cosmetic surgery than the plastic surgeon; the process takes a team. U.S. surgeons are affiliated with certified surgery centers and board-certified anesthesiologists and support staff who are highly trained to manage patient outcomes.

Surgical procedures are never without risk. For that reason, patients who are considering traveling abroad for cosmetic treatment may spend months looking for the “right” surgeon, and their selection may be based on unreliable information from a website or brochure.

What you want from cosmetic surgery is a good outcome, not a good deal. If you would like to know more about our services and prices, contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office for friendly assistance.

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.

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