Should I ask my doctor if he or she is a board certified plastic surgeon?

September 28th, 2015

Absolutely. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board dedicated to plastic surgery of the face and entire body. Unlike other specialty organizations ABPS requires each member surgeon to have a minimum of at least five years of surgical training, with at least two of those years specifically in plastic surgery. A board certified plastic surgeon has passed the rigorous written and oral exams which measure his or hers competency as a safe plastic surgeon. The state of Florida requires doctors to have a medical license and be  board certified to maintain privileges in plastic surgery at a hospital.

What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

September 21st, 2015

A Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the removal of excess skin and fat of the abdomen. Laxity of the “six pack” muscles or rectus abdominus can also be tightened  to bring in the waistline. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The size of the incision is dependent on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Where correction is isolated to the area below the navel, a limited or mini tummy tuck with a shorter incision at the pubic bone may be recommended. Swelling should subside and initial results may appear in 2-4 weeks. Final results could appear in 8 weeks.

How can I erase my forehead wrinkles?

September 14th, 2015

The wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes can be smoothed out right in the office. Botox Cosmetic is a safe effective treatment to temporarily reduce the number of lines around the eyes and forehead. It usually lasts 4-5 months and can be used to lift sagging eyebrows of the forehead. If some of the skin lines do not completely disappear, the addition of hyaluronic fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can be used to fill the wrinkles and may last up to a year. This is performed in the office as well with local anesthetic to reduce discomfort and swelling.

What are some ways I can improve the appearance of my skin?

September 7th, 2015

Skin resurfacing can improve the sun damage, reduce the density of wrinkles and improve uneven pigmentation and superficial scarring. Mechanical dermabrasion or dermaplaning can improve acne formed scarring. It uses fine abrasion or scalpel to remove the skin surface layers to a controlled depth. Chemical solutions or peels have different concentrations applied to remove the surface layer of skin. These then allow new skin to form that is tighter and smoother. Many lasers improve the damaged skin. Fractional and intense Pulse Light (IPL) lasers require several treatments with less downtime than the traditional CO2 and erbium lasers. With the CO2 lasers, the deeper layers of skin are addressed. There is flaking and crusting that resolves in 5-10 days. Skin is most likely pink or flush for several months.

Do Your Homework

September 3rd, 2015

Appeals court affirms previous
victory for Utah Society, ASPS, ABPS truth-in-advertising efforts

The 10th District U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 31 upheld the September 2013 dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ENT and oral surgeon against the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS), ASPS, the American Board of Plastic Surgery – as well as 19 individual plastic surgeons – which had contended that patient-safety education advertisements amounted to monopolistic efforts and messaging that caused direct financial damage to the non-plastic surgeons.

The appellate court decision provides another victory for patient safety and organized plastic surgery, while also serving as implicit validation of the ASPS “Do Your Homework” public-education campaign to improve patient safety.

The plaintiffs claimed in the original complaint that the Utah Society’s advertising – specifically billboards posted along one of Utah’s main interstate highways, as well as media interviews modeled after the “Do Your Homework” campaign – were in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and amounted to false advertising claims in violation of the Lanham Act. The plaintiffs asserted that the campaign was deceptive by indicating that cosmetic surgery is safer when performed by plastic surgeons rather than cosmetic surgeons.

The Appeals Court concluded late last month that the plaintiffs failed to show any plausible antitrust or deceptive advertising violation, and it affirmed the previous ruling in favor of UPSS, ASPS, ABPS and the individual plastic surgeons named in the lawsuit.

“This decision further confirms the value and importance of our efforts to instill public awareness on the distinctions between ABPS-certified plastic surgeons and lesser-trained physicians who present themselves as similarly skilled,” says UPSS President Brian Brzowski, MD. “We were helped tremendously by ASPS through its early financial and material support and its guidance in crafting the overall ‘Do Your Homework’ effort.”

“Despite the hurdles we have had to cross in dealing with the lawsuit, I was always supremely confident that we would prevail in promoting safe plastic surgery in Utah and beyond,” adds UPSS immediate-past President Trenton Jones, MD. “This public-safety education campaign was modeled largely after the ASPS campaign, so it’s a victory for organized plastic surgery and a huge win for the Utah Society.”

“We’re pleased that the legitimacy of the public-education efforts of UPSS and ASPS have been recognized yet again by the federal court,” says ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD. “We applaud the Utah Society for taking a stand for patient safety and our specialty – and we welcome any local, state or regional society to confer with the leaders of the ASPS Public Education Campaign to raise awareness and promote patient safety in their states and localities.”

ASPS acknowledges Dr. Brzowski, Dr. Jones and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society for their efforts to both bring the ASPS “Do Your Homework” campaign to their state, and for defending patient-education efforts.






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Guide to Safe Plastic Surgery- Patient Safety

August 31st, 2015

Questions to ask my plastic surgeon


You’ll achieve the best results from plastic surgery if you and your surgeon communicate openly and work together to achieve realistic goals. An understanding of your your goals, expectations and motivation is essential to a successful partnership between you and your surgeon, helping both of you to determine whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you.

plastic surgery proceduresUse this checklist as a guide during your consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Where and how long  will you perform my procedure?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


Types of Collagen Injections

August 15th, 2015

Collagen injections involve the use of collagen to treat facial imperfections such as wrinkles, worry lines, acne scars, crow’s feet etc. Collagen is a natural form of protein that is found in the human body. It is obtained from areas such as the skin, tendons, cartilage, and bones. The collagen found in the skin is what plays a key role in skin regeneration and maintaining elasticity. Apart from correcting facial imperfections, collagen has also been used in the treatment of areas such as the neck, back, and chest.

collagen injectionsCollagen injections are a very popular form of cosmetic treatment. This is because they are safe and they also provide quick and noticeable results.

Commonly used collagen injections

There are primarily two varieties of collagen injections:

  • Bovine collagen: Bovine collagen is obtained from cows and one of the most commonly used. This particular type of collagen is generally used in the elimination of wrinkles, followed by other facial imperfections. The collagen, once obtained from the bovine species, is sterilized, purified and liquefied before application.  However, bovine collagen has been known to trigger allergies. Therefore, patients need to consult doctors before going in for this particular type of collagen treatment.
  • Human-based fillers:  Human based collagen fillers are derived from human skin. There are mainly 3 types:
  • Autologen: Autologen is extracted from the skin and harvested during an earlier procedure. The collagen is sent to a lab, where it undergoes, sterilization and purification. After which, it is liquefied for future re-injection. Autologen does not trigger allergies, as it is a natural collagen.
  • Isolagen: Isolagen is produced by cloning collagen cells that are obtained from the arae behind the human ear. Just like Autologen, Isolagen is also allergy free.
  • Dermalogen: Dermalogen is derived from diseased humans. It is easier to prepare and tends to have a longer and more lasting effect. Plus, it is allergy free like Isolagen and Autologen.

Need more information on collagen injections? Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center

For more information on collagen injections, contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center. We are located in Naples and can be contacted at 239.348.4357. We look forward to hearing from you.

What is an eyelid lift?

August 10th, 2015

eyelid surgeryAn eyelid lift or blepharoplasty removes the excess skin, tightens the muscle and sculptures the underlying fat to a more youthful appearance.

Many patients lose elasticity of the upper eyelid skin, causing droopy eyelids and obstruction of peripheral vision. This may require surgery of the eyelids to improve visual function.

A transconjuctival blepharoplasty hides the scar inside the eyelid and removes the fat from the baggy lower eyelid. Often overlying skin is tightened with a laser.

Is it important to give a full medical history to my plastic surgeon?

August 3rd, 2015

plastic surgeryAbsolutely!

There is a risk with any cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance. It is very important for the plastic surgeon to a document your allergies, medications and medical history as record.

Hypertension, previous blood clots, diabetes, smoking, cardiac and respiratory symptoms do not prevent you from having an elective surgery, but can increase the risks of some complications.

So it is important to be honest to your surgeon prior to  having an elective cosmetic surgery.

Are You the Right Candidate for Chin Augmentation?

July 31st, 2015

Chin augmentation is an effective procedure for individuals who feel that the chin is not symmetrical in size or shape when compared to other facial features. A small or weak chin can give the illusion of a larger nose or fleshier neck, even when they are not. Sometimes, patients have a pointed, squared or recessed chin from birth or due to trauma. Such patients may seek out to enhance the shape of the chin by surgical means for cosmetic reasons or to tackle dental bite problems. A chin augmentation surgery helps restore the balance back to facial features by modifying the shape or size of the chin through the use of chin implants.

Chin Augmentation Candidates

  • Microgenia: Chin augmentation is usually sought out by patients with extremely small chins, a condition that is referred to as microgenia.
  • Chin malformations: In some cases, it is seen that a malformed teeth affects the bite in the individual. Here a chin augmentation surgery becomes more of a necessity for adequate dental functionality, than an enhancement for cosmetic purpose. Some of these patients may also have to undergo a jaw lengthening procedure, alongside a chin augmentation.
  • Sagging jawline: As you age the facial soft tissues lose mass and may start sagging. This may be even more pronounced in older patients who have prominent jaws. Chin augmentation can help improve the appearance of the jawline, when carried out in conjunction with a facelift in such cases.
  • Other considerations: Chin augmentation is ideal for individuals who have well-functioning teeth and jaws. Healthy individuals with a sound immune system are desired candidates for the procedure, as they are lesser susceptible to post-surgery infections. Patients with cardiac problems may not be suitable for the procedure.

Interested in Learning More about Chin Augmentation Surgery? Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center

For more information about chin augmentation 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. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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