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Plastic Surgery: Top Questions

Plastic Surgery, Top Questions

We understand that you must have a lot of questions running through your mind about plastic surgery. Our ultimate goal is to make you happy and give you the body you want. Here are a couple of our most asked questions to help you:

1. Can I have a breast lift and implant done at the same time?
It is best to do these operations separate. When a lift is performed, the skin is made tight, and wounds are closed under tension. Adding an implant adds even more force, which can add to larger, more noticeable scarring. The implant size you want may not be possible, since the lift makes it more difficult to close the wound. Usually the size of the lift must be reduced or the implant size has to be reduced.
It’s better to have two surgeries than to have one that yields less than stellar results due to compromises necessary to make it possible. Fewer risks to the health of your breast come into play when one surgery is handled at once. You will be happier with your results if you wait.

2. How long is the expected recovery from liposuction?
Recovery is typically one week of rest before returning to work. One month later, with the office’s approval, you should be able to start simple exercise. Final results become apparent 3-6 months later.

3. How do you choose the correct implant size?
It’s up to you! There is a methodology for choosing a size that fits your particular dimensions, but at the end of the day, if you look at the implant chart and are not satisfied with the suggestion you are offered, then you won’t be happy having that implant on your body. We use implant charts, photos, and sizers to give you the best idea we can, but it’s up to you to make the choice. Ultimately, you will be happier that way.

4. How long is the expected recovery from breast implant surgery?
In the first week, it is best to take a week off from work to rest and to not wear a bra. Bras add extra stress and pressure that is antithetical to the healing process. At the one-month mark, we meet again and remove stitches. Strenuous activity is not recommended until later, but low impact cardio is encouraged at this point. At two months, an underwire bra is allowed, and physical activity is increased.

5. Saline Implants or Silicone?
This is a choice that must be made after a fully comprehensive discussion with your doctor. Beyond aesthetic differences, rupture rate, density, safety, and cost are quite different. The feeling of either is also different, along with weight differences, approach of care and more. Let’s discuss this in our office at your next appointment.

We hope these have helped but if you have any other questions, you can always call us directly. We are here to help you!

Botox for the First Time

Have you started to notice frown lines or crow’s feet on your face, and are eager to do something about it? An option to slow these signs of aging could be Botox, but you aren’t sure what to expect…

It is very common to have questions before undergoing any procedure, and we want you to know that we are always here to help! Let’s start by clearing up some of those questions you might have:

What is Botox?
Botox is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate and severe facial lines in adults. It works beneath the skin and is injected into your muscles to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to see results within 24 to 48 hours, and it can last up to 4 months.

Does Botox hurt?
Many people say the injection feels like a pinch. We may desensitize the treatment area with ice or a numbing cream for your comfort.

How long is the process?
Botox is quick – typical injections take just about 10 minutes. However, it largely depends on the areas you want treated, among other factors. We will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.

Will I look different right away?
Initially, you may not notice any difference, but give it 24-48 hours and you will begin to notice your fine lines begin to disappear. You will still look like yourself, but without the heavy wrinkling. Even better, you will feel like your youthful self again!

What is the recovery process?
This treatment is called a “lunchtime procedure” because it doesn’t require a lot of downtime, and you are able to go about your day-to-day routine right after you leave the doctor’s office. In fact, many people go right back to work to finish out their day.

If you are interested in Botox and have more questions you would like to ask, call us at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 and schedule a consultation.

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

The holiday season is approaching fast, which means you want to look great when you see all your family and friends! There’s no doubt you have heard the terms “liposuction” and “tummy tuck”, also known as “abdominoplasty”. Liposuction and tummy tucks often get lumped together because both involve tightening and smoothing a particularly stubborn area of the body in terms of fat loss, AKA the abdominal area.

So, what’s the difference between the procedures, and which one is right for you?

Tummy Tucks:
Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles in the midsection. By contrast, liposuction is for the patient who does not have issues with excess skin or loose muscles, but simply want packets of fat removed in the abdomen, thighs or hips. Because his or her skin is already tight, it will conform to the new fat-free area to create a smooth, flat surface.

Tummy tucks involve an extra cut on the lower abdomen in order to remove the excess skin after fat removal, which can require both a longer operation (two hours) and recovery time. Patients usually take two weeks off from normal activities, even work, after receiving a tummy tuck. It also may take up to six weeks before they can fully resume all normal activities.

Liposuctions are more common and takes about one hour per area of fat removal. Although it’s a shorter procedure than abdominoplasty, after receiving liposuction, patients can typically return to normal activities within the same amount of time, about one to six weeks or until fully healed.

Choosing between a tummy tuck and liposuction ultimately depends on your body type and the results you are seeking. We may even recommend a combination of the two in order to get the look you truly want. If you need any more information about either of these procedures, or would like help choosing which one is right for you, give us a call today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

Botox: Is It Worth It?

Plastic surgery has always carried an infamously pretentious price tag according to the media and the public. Many people assume that anything cosmetic will carry a giant price tag. However, can one truly put a price tag on confidence and self-esteem?

Gone are the days that only luxury A- list celebrities and socialites are able to afford cosmetic indulgences. We pride ourselves on offering top quality products on a competitive price scale that everyone can afford.

One affordable product we offer is an injectable called Botox. Botox is a simple, virtually pain-free, non –invasive solution for enhancing appearances and helping with our clients’ insecurities. Botox does most commonly target fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles – a point of dismay for many women and men alike! Aside from the cosmetic benefits, Botox has been proven to help combat other factors that may affect your day-to-day life such as: excessive sweating, headaches, and areas of chronic pain.
Most injections take less than fifteen minutes and can be done on your lunch break! There is no need to prepare for the treatment or undergo anesthesia. The best results are usually visible a week after your treatment and can last a few months. Botox is offered not only by plastic surgeons, but often times dermatologists and dentists also!

Especially in today’s “selfie” society, we want you to put your most confident you forward! We will provide a customized cost for you dependent on your area of treatment, however we know that your happiness and satisfaction are truly priceless. Save your morning coffee fund or cancel that gym membership you do not use- this is an investment you will not regret!

All in all, Botox can improve your self-esteem in ways that you never imagined. Indulge yourself by investing in you!Call us today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 for more information and to see if you are a good candidate for Botox.

Botox: By Decades


Getting Botox can sometimes be uncomfortable to talk about, especially amongst the younger generation. People usually associate Botox with the older individuals, ranging from 40 years and older. However, there is no age requirement for Botox, in fact many doctors recommend starting younger as this could prevent future wrinkles.

In Your 20’s:
Getting Botox at a younger age does not mean that you are prone to wrinkles. Botox on fine lines is very beneficial as a preventative measure. Many doctors recommend that people who are interested in getting Botox at an older age should start younger, in their mid 20’s or so. This works as preventative care because Botox works by suspending movement of the muscles in the face that cause wrinkling. Consistent upkeep on your face will help lessen and decrease the likelihood of having significant wrinkles when you are older.

In Your 30’s:
During this decade of your life, wrinkles start to become more noticeable. Getting Botox done on a regular basis throughout this period can show significant improvement in your wrinkles. This will not only boost the way your skin looks but will also boost your confidence! Who doesn’t want to look great in their 30’s? Botox, along with maintaining a good skin care regime, is crucial to prevent future wrinkles. Keep up with these regiments to stay looking young and fresh!

In Your 40’s:
Regularly getting Botox can be crucial at this point, in order to maintain youthful looking skin. Unfortunately, results will not be the same as if you had started when you were younger. However, starting now will still be better than not having Botox at all. There could be a possibility of having to have more done now to give you that youthful, radiant face!

If you have any more questions about Botox and what age is right for you to start getting treatments, feel free to contact us today!

Plastic Surgery: Questions to Ask

Plastic-Surgery-FAQsInterested in plastic surgery? We want you to go into your consultation well prepared, so you can get the most information possible to help make the right decision for you.

Below is a list of common questions that we hear from patients that you may be curious about as well:

What Types of Anesthesia are Used?
Important questions to ask about general anesthesia include asking about the type of anesthesia, and who will be administering it. We work only with board certified anesthesiologists to make sure you receive the correct type and amount of anesthesia for your body type, age, and size.

What will my procedure cost in total, including fees?
This is a very important and great question to ask. Anesthesia, surgeon, implants, wound healing protocols and supplements, body composition analysis, nutritional counseling, operating room, and unlimited lifetime follow-up visits are included in the fee quotes

How many procedures of this type have you performed?
We want you to feel comfortable with our skills, so we are happy to share our experience in your particular procedure. As a more experienced surgeon, I have the ability to give you more comprehensive insight about certain procedures you may wish to get.

Am I good candidate?
Just because an outcome of a procedure seems appealing to you doesn’t always mean that you are a good candidate for that particular procedure. We all have different body types and medical needs, and often times there are multiple options for achieving the same results. If this is your case, we will discuss alternative options during your consultation.

How long of a recovery period should I expect?
Many patients have concerns about recovery times, as they have daily activities to return to. This would depend on the procedure and your body. Some bodies can recover quicker than others but there is a general time frame for each procedure. Once said procedure is established, then we will have a better time frame to give you.

Asking the right questions is key to achieving the look you want and will help take away some of the stress and doubts that you currently hold. Think you’re ready to take the next step? Call us today and set up a consultation!

Swimsuit Season


With summer in full swing, you may be hoping to hit the beach or go on vacation! But perhaps you are hesitant to get into that new summer swimsuit. Some people may not be as happy with what they see in the mirror. We want you to rock your swimsuit this summer, full of confidence in however that may look for you.

Everybody has different bodies and for some weight loss may come easy. Unfortunately for others, weight loss can be very difficult for a variety of reasons. Getting rid of stubborn fat is now a problem of the past as we have advanced technology that can remove it. If you are interested in getting slim in time for warmer weather, then you may want to consider liposuction.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the process of pulling unwanted fat from chosen areas of the body. First, we will have an extensive conversation with you about what your goals are. We will then create a surgical plan designed specifically for you and your body type. We preform the process while you’re under general anesthesia. You will not feel a thing and will wake up pounds lighter!

Will my body stay this way?

The fat we remove is out of your body forever, thankfully! However, you will have to change your lifestyle if you want to maintain your new look. Eating healthy and exercising will prevent future fat from building up. We can advise you on the best way to do so, and you’ll be looking great just in time for summer!

We are always here to answer any other questions you may have. You deserve to be happy and confident all year round. Call our office for a consultation to see if liposuction is the right procedure for you!

Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

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From ‘tweakments’ to temporal facelifts, the desire to look perfectly filtered – in photos and in real life – has never been stronger. Fortunately, advancements in technology and research are on track with customer demand. However, when it comes to the ‘look’ of the times, things are moving away from accentuation and towards subtler changes like the non-surgical nose job. Here’s your guide to 2019’s plastic surgery trends.

4D Mapping
If you’ve ever wondered what you might look like post-filler, boob job or butt lift, now’s your chance to find out. Image rendering in a 4D version is the very latest in technology for full-body, 360° views of skin conditions and plastic surgery procedures before you go anywhere near the needle or knife.

The Liquid Face-lift
Looking to enhance your features without looking too ‘done’? The liquid facelift may be for you. It’s a non-surgical procedure in which dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, are injected into the face to enhance different angels and temporarily lift facial features.

Body Contouring
Meet Emsculpt. The groundbreaking (and permanent) body treatment that stimulates your muscles and burns fat without you having to break a sweat. The treatment primarily targets the abdomen and buttocks, and it best for individuals with a lower BMI who want to improve muscle definition and fat-reduction in hard to target areas.

Lip Lifts
Fed up of filler? The thing is, when it comes to achieving enhanced lips, fillers have been the best way to achieve the desired effect. Until now that is. The procedure is typically done under anesthesia in less than an hour by raising the edges of the lips, so the curves are more prominent and crisp – but the results are still customizable.

If you’re wanting to explore any of the 2019 trends for cosmetic, give us a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 and schedule your consultation today!

4 Reasons for Breast Augmentation

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Have you thought about getting a breast augmentation lately? Do you feel unsatisfied with your current size? We are here to help lift your confidence, however that may look. Here are the top reasons to get a breast augmentation, read below and see if this is for you.

1. Confidence
You are not happy with your current size, be it too small or too big. Breast augmentations are not just to go bigger but you can also downsize if you feel uncomfortable. You do this for yourself to make yourself feel happier. You only have one body so why not be comfortable in it!

2. Satisfaction
In a study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 98% of women surveyed felt satisfied with their results. If you know you are ready, then you can almost guarantee you will feel happier and more confident afterward. We want you to be satisfied with whatever you choose is best for your body!

3. Easy Recovery
Most surgeries only take a few hours and many people are able to return to work after a couple of days. Typically, after one-week patients feel comfortable enough to return to their normal activities.

4. Long Lasting Results
Breast implants are very durable and may only need to be touched up after a decade or longer. Follow up appointments are scheduled to ensure your assets are recovering and healing properly.

If you feel ready to alter your body to create the best version of yourself then call us today for a consultation. We are here to help you feel comfortable and happy in the body you were given. Why not make a change to live a happier life if you can?

5 Botox Myths

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Let’s set the record straight. Botox™ is perhaps one of the greatest (and most commercially accepted) cosmetic advancements of the 20th century. However, even after gaining worldwide fandom as the ultimate wrinkle reducer, several completely untrue myths surrounding Botox™ persist. Here is the truth behind five inaccurate myths regarding Botox™:
Myth #1: Botox can give me botulism.
Fact: It is a myth that cosmetic Botox™ consists of botulism (a serious illness with symptoms similar to food poisoning that can lead to paralysis). The reality is that Botox™ is made from a purified protein that is derived from the toxin. There has been extensive research and testing on Botox™ to ensure it is both safe and effective for users.
Myth #2: It’s painful and I’ll bruise.

Fact: Treatments shouldn’t be painful but that all has to do with the expertise of your injector. Done well, Botox™ is actually not very painful at all. Bruising can occur any time a needle is stuck in the skin, but it is very unlikely.

Myth #3: Botox™ only works for facial lines and wrinkles.

Fact: Botox™ was originally approved for medical conditions involving the eyes. Doctors discovered its potential cosmetic use while treating these patients. Since then, Botox™ has received approval for a range of medical conditions. This includes eyelid muscle spasms, chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder and excessive underarm sweating.
Myth #4: Botox™ builds up in the body over time.
Fact: Botox™ does not accumulate in the body. Furthermore, new nerve impulses are regenerated in three to four months when treatments are cosmetically administered. Re-treatment is required to maintain the desired results. If treatments are discontinued, the muscles will resume their previous activity level.

Myth #5: Botox™ will give a “frozen” or expressionless face.

Fact: Botox™ relaxes wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the point of injection. These injection points are around deep lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and smile lines. Botox™ does not affect other muscles involved in overall facial expressions. You will still be able to display a wide range of expressions.

If you are interested in any of the above treatments or have questions about Botox™, give us a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to schedule a consult. We look forward to making you look and feel beautiful with Botox™ treatments!