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®.

 



What is the difference between keloids and hypertrophic scars?

November 27th, 2015

Although they can look similar, hypertrophic scars and keloids are not the same. A hypertrophic scar stays within the boundaries of the incision; a keloid extends beyond the incision line itself. With hypertrophic scars, more collagen forms than is broken down. Keloid scars are caused by uncontrolled production of collagen. Some people are highly susceptible to keloid formation and form keloids with even minor scratches. Steroid injections can control itching in hypertrophic scars. Silicone gel sheeting and over the counter scar ointments can be effective, but must be used on the wound for at least 12 hours a day. Keloids once formed are difficult to treat non surgically. Removing the keloid in combination with steroid injections, radiotherapy or laser treatments, can decrease the recurrence of keloids.



How long is the recovery for a breast reduction?

November 20th, 2015

A breast reduction is one of the more common plastic surgery procedures today. A patient with very large breasts usually complains of  back and shoulder pain,  shoulders with grooving from the bra support and itching of the breast crease. The surgery may take 3-6 hours to perform under general anesthesia. There are scars on the breast that usually fade over 6 months to a year. Most patients choose the benefit of the smaller breasts to the risks of scarring. The length of recovery from surgery varies on the amount of breast tissue removed. Generally 2-6 weeks is needed to recover following the breast reduction surgery.



8 Secrets to a Quicker Recovery from Rhinoplasty

November 15th, 2015

People undergo rhinoplasty (also called a nose job) for several reasons. Some want to improve their appearance and feel better about themselves. Others get the surgery for medical reasons, such as difficulty in breathing. For whatever the reason, with the growing popularity of rhinoplasty, more and more people want to learn about recovery from the procedure. The key to having a quick and breezy recovery from rhinoplasty is to be extra careful with anything affecting your nose.

Here are eight tips to keep in mind as you recovery from rhinoplasty:


  1. For at least two weeks following surgery, avoid vigorous exercise. Strenuous exercise requires you to move your body aggressively, which can interfere with healing.
  2. Don’t go swimming. Swimming pool water contains chlorine, which could sting and irritate your nose. It is best to avoid swimming pools for at least three to four weeks after rhinoplasty.
  3. Blowing your nose? Absolutely not for two weeks following rhinoplasty! If your nose is running, gently dab it with a tissue.
  4. Brush your teeth carefully. Because your upper lip is connected to your nose, you’ll move your nose if you brush to aggressively. So be gentle.
  5. Don’t wear clothes that you have to pull over your head. This includes sweaters, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Button-downs any shirts with a front opening are your best choice.
  6. Don’t wear glasses—or anything that will be placed on your nose. You may use contact lenses instead.
  7. Avoid heat and sun exposure for at least three months.
  8. Avoid smoking for several weeks before surgery and no less than three weeks after the surgery.

Remember that your nose is at its most fragile state right after the surgery, so be especially careful during this time. Once the healing process is done, all your hard work will be worth it as you show off new nose!



Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

November 13th, 2015

Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed to improve a normal functioning part of the face and body. Reconstructive surgery corrects an abnormality caused by a birth defect, tumor, trauma or infection. For patients having plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons, insurance does not cover that service. When plastic surgery is performed for reconstruction, such as following a mastectomy, it may be partially or fully covered service by insurance. Plastic surgery procedures that may be covered by insurance  include breast reduction (for painful enlarged breasts), rhinoplasty (for breathing problems), eyelid surgery (to improve vision), and tummy tuck surgery (for gastric bypass patients) after massive weight loss. When insurance does not cover the plastic surgery procedures, a patient can now finance the surgery. The financing programs such as care credit are available.



What is “tumescent” liposuction?

November 13th, 2015

The tumescent technique is a liposuction method that can reduce post operative bruising, swelling and pain. It can be used with all cannula techniques such as Vaser, Ultrasonic and Smart lipo. In the tumescent technique, areas of the excess fat deposits are filled with a large amount of anesthetic fluid before liposuction is performed. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm or “tumesced.” This numbs the area and constricts capillary blood vessels to reduce blood loss. The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed. The tumescent liposuction can be performed without general anesthesia when removing smaller amounts of fat in face and body contouring.



CAN YOU TREAT FACIAL WRINKLES WITH YOUR OWN PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)?

November 10th, 2015

Platelet-rich plasma is A PATIENT’S OWN blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets by centrifugation.  The rejuvenating plasma   is a concentrated source of platelets.  The PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that rejuvenate skin wrinkles.

There are several areas of skin around the eyes and mouth that respond to PRP to regenerate skin collagen content and tone. The periorbital crows’ feet and lower eye lid infraorbital hollow have very thin skin and is best treated with plasma injection. Also the upper and lower lip lines are a good site for direct injection into the skin. The plasma can be injected into the facial wrinkle lines.

The treatment is a simple blood draw done in the office by a plastic surgeon and requires 4-6 visits. Please call our office for further information regarding rejuvenating plasma injections to correct fine lines of the face at 239-348-4357 or visit our website www.naples-csc.com.

 



Seeing is Believing with Our Vectra® Imaging System

October 30th, 2015

You get to try on a new dress before you buy it. You take a car for a test drive before signing on the dotted line.

But with cosmetic surgery, there’s always been that element of “What’s it going to look like?” That’s because in the past (and with other providers) there wasn’t a system to allow the potential patient to basically demo the procedure, to see exactly what it will look like. This inability to really know how a procedure will look keeps many people from going forward with a procedure they may really want to have.

No longer. At Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center we have the capability for you to demo your procedure. It’s our Vectra® 3D Computer Imaging system and our patients love it.

What is Vectra® 3D Imaging?

The Vectra® Imaging system combines three-dimensional photography with revolutionary computer software that allows prospective patients to preview what they will look like after procedures such as breast augmentation or facial surgery.

To create the images, the patient stands in front of the camera system and 3D photos of the targeted area are taken. These images are then pieced together with the Vectra® system’s proprietary Sculptor™ software to create a computer-generated 3D model of the patient’s face, breast, or body. And that 3D image can be completely customized and viewed from a wide range of angles.

Once we have created the 3D model, we then simulate the actual results that can be achieved through the potential surgery. The potential patient can then see those results on her actual face or body, at least the computerized version of her. She can try different possibilities, sizes, shapes, whatever.

Benefits for both patient and doctor

The Vectra® system improves the surgical process for both patient and doctor. It enables the patient to visualize the results of the desired procedure. The surgeon can use it to precisely plan the surgery. Miscommunication is virtually impossible. And patients feel much more confident and less anxious about their procedure after utilizing the Vectra® system.

If you’re considering a procedure with us at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, know that you’ll see it first long before you actually have the surgery, thanks to Vectra®. Call us to set up an appointment and see for yourself, 239-348-4357.



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