Leave the Bat Wings to DC Comics. Get an Arm Lift!

May 15th, 2016

Don’t you wish your skin sometimes had Kevlar in it? Not only would it come in handy for police officers, but the rest of us could preclude some of the inevitable sagging that happens just about everywhere on our bodies as we age.

This sagging results from a combination of causes. Our body cuts its production of collagen by one percent every year after the age of 20. Add up that cut over time and the decrease gets ugly! Plus, elastin, the protein in the skin responsible for the suppleness of the skin, also drops with age and sun damage. The combination leaves your skin saggy and it particularly shows in certain areas such as under your upper arms.

Bat wings anyone? And this is no Buffalo Wild Wings commercial!

Yes, the dreaded “bat wings” get their lovely moniker due to the way the underside of the upper arms can become downright flappy with advancing age. And no matter how many triceps exercises you throw at them, often your upper arm skin won’t respond. This is especially true if you’ve gained and lost a fair amount of weight. As we age, the skin simply won’t recover to its former degree of tautness.

And, while bat wings are fine for next month’s DC Comics Batman book, they have no place in your life. Fortunately, an arm lift from Dr. Turk can give you back firmer, more contoured arms.

Who should get an arm lift?

If your loose, flappy upper arms bother you, it’s probably time for an arm lift. If you avoid wearing sleeveless blouses the way Donald Trump avoids advice from Miss Manners, it may be time for an arm lift.

An arm lift could be a good procedure for you if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.

The procedure

The goal of an arm lift with Dr. Turk is to eliminate the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, creating a more contoured appearance. An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs from the elbow to the armpit. Dr. Turk will usually use liposuction to remove excess fat, while tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin. If you don’t have too much excess skin, he may opt to perform a minimal incision arm lift, which uses only small incisions near the underarm area to tighten the upper arm. With either method, when the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new tighter contour.

Recovery

Most arm lift patients return to work after one week, and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

So, leave the bat wings to the comic books and break out those sleeveless dresses again with an arm lift. Call Dr. Turk at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, 239-348-4357, and schedule a consultation for an arm lift.

 



Which Way to a Tighter Tummy — Liposuction or Tuck?

April 15th, 2016

The stomach/abdomen area is the enemy of most people. Why? Because whether due to some pockets of unwanted fat, stretched skin and muscle from gain and loss of some serious pounds, or even just simple aging, there now resides a pooch where once there was nothing but a firm, taut stomach. As we age, having a little tummy pooch is almost universal. Where would the infomercial industry be without it?! If you’re up late watching some B movie you’ll be bombarded by infomercials touting the latest way to “get the stomach you’ve always dreamed of.”

Most of contraptions and exercise routines do nothing because fat is very difficult to target in this area of the body. You could do a 30-day hunger strike and maybe get it, but short of that… And if your skin is loose from pregnancy or weight loss, you’re not tightening that up with the Ab Roller (designed by an ex-Navy Seal!!!!).

Liposuction or a tummy tuck from Dr. Turk, however, can actually do something about your stomach area. And while their goals are similar — a leaner, tighter contour — their means are quite different. So which do you choose?

Liposuction

For the last few years, liposuction has been the most popular cosmetic surgery in the country. Liposuction targets excess pockets of fat such as love handles, spare tires, and muffin tops. People like liposuction because, while it is invasive, it doesn’t demand the recovery periods of full surgery. The ideal liposuction candidate should be within 10% of his or her ideal body weight and have tried both diet and exercise to get rid of stubborn areas of fat. Liposuction is best for patients who also still have good elasticity in their stomach skin.

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck differs from liposuction in what it targets. A tummy tuck doesn’t help remove abdominal fat but rather improves the appearance of the midsection by removing loose, hanging abdominal skin and tightening the abdominal muscles for a well-contoured abdomen. This is particularly the case for women who have had children and others who have gained and lost large amounts of weight. The skin has been overstretched for too long and can’t return to its former degree of tautness.

Or, how about both?

These two procedures don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you have issues with both pockets of unwanted fat and skin laxity in the abdominal area, Dr. Turk performs both liposuction and a tummy tuck as part of your body-contouring plan. Tummy tuck procedures often include some degree of liposuction because it is a more effective way to remove fat pockets.

Not for weight loss

It is important to note that both liposuction and a tummy tuck are not meant to be weight loss panaceas. Removing too much fat with liposuction can actually be dangerous. Patients need to be within 10% of their ideal body weight to qualify for these procedures with Dr. Turk.

So, don’t call the number on the screen of that ridiculous infomercial. Call Naples Cosmetic Surgery at 239-348-4357 to schedule your consultation.



Fill ‘er Up — Teach Those Wrinkles Who’s the Boss

March 15th, 2016

With the exception of vampires, no one has figured out how to outsmart the march of time. Time and the effects of aging win out every time. Your skin, the body’s largest organ, is definitely on the front lines of this ongoing battle, particularly in sunny Naples!

But at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, we provide our patients with a non-surgical option to fight back against time — dermal fillers.

Unlike Botox, which is clinically called a neuromodulator, dermal fillers take a different route to addressing wrinkles. Botox temporarily paralyzes the underlying muscle that forms a wrinkle above on the skin surface when we perform an action such as squinting. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles. When Botox stops the muscle from contracting, the wrinkle doesn’t form above the muscle.

The other type of wrinkle is called a static wrinkle. These wrinkles are on display at all times. Nasolabial folds and marionette lines are good examples of static wrinkles. Dermal fillers, as their name implies, fill in the crease or wrinkle and plump the skin. Fillers are injected beneath the wrinkle and basically push the skin back up, erasing the wrinkle.

Three popular fillers

Here are the three popular fillers we use at Naples Cosmetic Surgery and their characteristics.

Restylane® — Restylane is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for plumping the skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin by binding with water molecules beneath the skin surface. This makes the surface skin smoother. Restylane is very effective at improving wrinkles and creases around the mouth and lips, as well as those under the eyes. It is best on areas with thinner skin because its consistency allows it to spread just a bit under the skin.

Juvederm® — Juvederm is also a hyaluronic acid-based filler. Juvederm restores volume and addresses deeper wrinkles, especially those around the mouth and nose and on the forehead. There are three types of Juvederm: Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, and Juvederm Ultra Plus. Each has different characteristics that target different issues such as volume vs. wrinkles.

Perlane® — This hyaluronic acid-based filler is made by the same company as Restylane, but its consistency is much thicker, making it best for improving large nasolabial folds and worry lines on the forehead. Perlane, due to its thicker consistency, needs to be injected in areas where there is underlying fat to hide it.

Interested in teaching your facial wrinkles who’s the boss without surgery? Call us at the Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center, 230-348-4357, and let’s talk about dermal fillers.



Botox use increases among millennials

March 9th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest news in the world of cosmetic procedures includes a trend among millennials who are scheduling appointments with plastic surgeons for Botox and filler injections. Various media publications covered the news following a survey conducted by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plastic surgeons taking part in the poll revealed a surprising statistic – the number of patients 30 years old or younger seeking cosmetic injection treatments consisted of a 64 percent spike.

It is believed that one possible reason for this development is the selfie phenomenon on social media. Another cause may be the influence of today’s celebrities who have numerous fans who follow their every move through photos on social media or in print publications. Whenever a celebrity has undergone cosmetic procedures, his or her followers are inspired to perhaps do the same.

Either way, millennials are asking for fuller lips and wrinkle-free foreheads to achieve their own aesthetic goals be it for selfies or celebrity inspirations.

However, many plastic surgeons are advising this generation not to “overdo” the use of injections. Overly plumped lips or the inability to move one’s forehead can actually cause patients to appear more mature than their actual years.

While some practitioners believe in having patients start Botox use in their late twenties to prevent deep wrinkles from developing, it is important that they be conservative in the amount injected and as well as frequency in visits. More significant is the use of an experienced medical professional who works with the patient to individualize their treatments so the procedures used produce the best possible results.

It is also advised that the medically certified individual delivering these aesthetic treatments are following the manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s the onus of medical professionals to encourage and navigate millennial patients on the importance in taking a conservative approach with cosmetic injections

 



Can I continue smoking when I have choose to have cosmetic surgery?

March 2nd, 2016

No. Tobacco use by smoking,patch or nicotine gum results in cutting the needed blood supply for the skin to heal. This ultimately results in loss of skin and poor healing with scarring. Many studies in the plastic surgery literature have repeatedly found a correlation with poor wound healing and smoking. Patients considering elective cosmetic surgery should understand the severe risks of skin necrosis and poor wound healing with smoking. Patients should stop tobacco ingestion 3-4 weeks prior to surgery and 4 weeks after surgery. For more information on cosmetic surgery, call 239-348-4357.



Are there procedures to improve my husband’s facial appearance without obvious signs that he has had plastic surgery?

February 24th, 2016

Most patients wish to have a quick recovery, no downtime and no obvious sign that they had cosmetic surgery. Men age around the eyes, deepening of the nasolabial folds (smile lines) and laxity of skin  in the neck. Botox can temporarily reduce and soften wrinkle lines of the forehead. A blepharoplasty removes hanging skin of the upper lids and fat bags in the lower lids with short recovery. Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse are popular fillers for  the smile folds around the mouth, that can last up to a year. Neck lifts can remove the “gobbler” skin naturally, without that pulled look of the past. For more information on facial rejuvenation in men, call 239-348-4357.



You’ve Decided to Have Augmentation — Four Other Decisions

February 15th, 2016

No one should make a decision about any cosmetic surgery lightly. But this is particularly true of breast augmentation. While the procedure continues to grow more popular every year, it will permanently change a woman’s figure. Obviously, this is usually the goal, but a woman needs to be sure she’s making the decision for herself, not someone else.

But once you make the decision to have breast augmentation, you’ll have four other decisions to make before we schedule your surgery. All the choices may seem daunting, but Dr. Turk will help guide you through each of these decisions, making sure you’re comfortable with every aspect of your upcoming procedure.

  • Implant type. You’ll choose between saline or silicone implants — both implant types have pluses and minuses. Silicone implants have become more popular, as most people feel that they have a more natural feel than saline. But in the case of a rupture, the body simply absorbs the saline solution, while silicone will need to be removed. Of course, in any rupture you’ll have to have the ruptured implant removed and replaced, so silicone removal would happen at the same time anyway. Also silicone implants require an MRI every two years to check for rupture. If a saline implant leaks, you’ll know as it will quickly deflate.
  • Implant position. You’ll decide if you want the implant placed atop the breast muscle or underneath the breast muscle. There is some subjectivity here, but many believe implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look.
  • Incision location. Incision location is an important decision. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, near or in the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit leave the least visible scarring.
  • Implant style. The last of your decisions will be the size and shape of your implants. You can choose between teardrop and circular-shaped implants. You will also decide if you want your implants to have texture, which can help to keep them from shifting. Finally, you will decide on the projection you prefer. This is a factor of how high or forward the implants appear when in place.

While breast augmentation is an exciting time for a woman, there are a series of decisions to make. Dr. Turk will help you with each one, so that you feel great about your choices heading into surgery. Call us at 239-348-4357 to schedule your augmentation consultation.



5 Tips for Preparing for a Deep Chemical Peel

January 15th, 2016

Chemical peels are an effective way to refresh the skin by removing damaged surface layers of the skin on the face to diminish imperfections and produce healthy, glowing skin. Chemical peels range from mild to strong. A light to medium peel does not require significant preparation, but a deeper facial peel generally requires a skin care regimen prior to treatment session. It’s important to know how to prepare for your chemical peel in order to get the most out of your treatment.

  • Don’t stress out your skin. Avoid tanning booths, which have artificial UV radiation and can significantly damage your skin. It’s also important to refrain from other chemical peels prior to your session. It’s best to space your peels at least one month apart. Microdermabrasion treatments, which are similar to chemical peels, should also be avoided, as should waxing for at least 7 days prior to treatment.
  • Moisturize well. It’s also best to use sunscreen prior to your facial peel, as your skin will be ultra-sensitive to the sun afterward. By starting a skin care regimen ahead of time, you will help ensure good results that last.
  • Share any medications and allergies with your doctor. In some cases, deep chemical peels require sedation beforehand. For this reason, it’s a good idea to tell your doctor about any allergies you may have in order to avoid any potential drug allergies. Also, be sure to share any medications you’re taking with your doctor. Certain medications can increase sun sensitivity, and your skin will be even more sensitive to sunlight after your treatment.
  • Arrange for a ride home. Because deep-tissue chemical peels sometimes require sedation in order to penetrate deeper into your skin, you’ll need to arrange for someone to take you home.
  • Plan your recovery. Buy a wide-brimmed hat to help shield your face from the sun. It may also be necessary to take some time off work, as you will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and scabbing. And once the peel phase is over, your skin will typically be red, so stock up on concealer to wear in order to counterbalance your flushed skin.

For more information about chemical peels or any of the other procedures we offer, contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center. We are located in Naples and can be reached directly at 239.348.4357.



Get the Facts About Botox®

December 15th, 2015

For many women looking to turn back the clock by smoothing lines and wrinkles on their face, Botox® can be a saving grace. Botox® (or Botulinum Toxin) is an injectable product used to reduce the appearance of lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, for crow’s feet, and around the lips, helping to obtain a natural, younger look.
If you’re thinking about jumping on the Botox® bandwagon, here are a few things to know before you take the plunge:

Is Botox® treatment safe?
Cosmetic procedures such as Botox are very safe and have a very low rate of side effects.

Does it hurt?
Anesthesia is not necessary when receiving Botox®. Injections are virtually painless and are made using a very fine needle. While most people do not experience discomfort, you may want a numbing agent beforehand. Suitable numbing agents include the injection of a numbing medication or the application of a topical cream prior to the procedure.

How long does the procedure last?
The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes and there is minimal down time. It is advised that you do not rub or massage the area after the procedure, however, as it can cause the toxin to drift to a different area.

How soon will I see results?
You may begin to see results within two to 10 days. Most patients enjoy the results of Botox for about three to four months. As lines and wrinkles, begin to reappear, retreatment is required. However, these lines and wrinkles should appear less visible over time as the treated muscles become trained to relax.

What are the side effects?
Bruising, redness and swelling are the most common side effects of Botox. To minimize the possibility of bruising and swelling, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as well as Ibuprofen, Tylenol and other aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs for two weeks prior to the procedure. Other side effects may include dry mouth, tiredness, headache, decreased eyesight and dry eyes, or allergic reactions. Talk to your doctor prior to receive Botox® treatment for a complete list of possible side effects.

For more information about the positive results of BOTOX® or any of the other procedures we offer, contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center. We are located in Naples and can be reached directly at 239.348.4357.



Choose a surgeon you can trust

December 4th, 2015

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Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.

Choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:

  • Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
  • Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
  • Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
  • Is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®.

 



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