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3 Tips on Plastic Surgery Preparation

Plastic surgery preparation.

Preparing for surgery is so much more than making appointments and taking time off of work. Make sure you’re preparing your body by giving it the essentials it needs for a safe and successful surgery.

1. Make the Appointment When You’re Healthy:
It’s important for your body to undergo surgery when it is at its peak health to ensure a more speedy and safe recovery. Relatively good health ensures that your immune system is ready to take on all of the healing and stress your body may be under during this time. Although it may be difficult to predict future illnesses, keeping up with your health a few weeks prior to the appointment is crucial as the appointment may have to be rescheduled if your immune system is too weak.

2. Make Sure You’re Hydrated: You put your body through an immense amount of stress when undergoing surgery, so hydration is key. Being fully hydrated helps cleanse the body of toxins that could prevent a speedier recovery. The day of surgery, water intake is significantly decreased so preparing your body with an influx of high quality water each day weeks in advance will ease the entire process. There are other instructions that your surgeon may give you in advance regarding your specific procedure, but your body’s overall health and hydration is your first priority.

3. Increase your Intake of Vitamins: There are a variety of vitamins that can assist with healing and recovery regarding scarring and reducing the chance of any infection that a surgery may cause. Adding supplements to your diet such as vitamin A, vitamin C, copper and zinc will increase your immune system and give your body and health the boost it needs. Filling your body up with supplements that will elevate your body’s overall health will make sure your body is prepared for the entire surgery and recovery process after.

For any of your surgery preparation needs and consultations please reach out to our office by calling210-496-2639.

How Plastic Surgery Can Improve Your Life

How plastic surgery can improve your life.

Plastic surgery can be performed for many different reasons. From breast implants and rhinoplasty to a tummy tuck, there are different procedures that can be done to help achieve your every need. Whether you are thinking about getting plastic surgery to enhance your image, or need to undergo surgery to correct an imperfection, here are a few ways plastic surgery can improve your life.

• Confidence is sometimes wavering. It changes daily from the color of lipstick you choose to wear for the night or a new pair of heels vs flip flops, but ultimately is a force that is internal and connected with the way you perceive yourself. If there is something that you want to change or enhance, getting plastic surgery can help you to achieve these goals. Though material items can improve your confidence on occasion, when you love how you look, your confidence radiates. Your friends and family will spot the difference by the way you carry yourself, and the newly found voice that appears stronger, prouder and all in all, more confident.

• Health can be drastically improved if there are underlying problems caused by excess weight. With a tummy tuck, abdominal muscles are tightened and fat/skin removed. The extra weight that is removed can relieve the pressure on the lower back, providing relief and support to your spine. Another health improvement is the relief for the many women who suffer from neck and back pain because of large breasts. Breast reduction may relieve muscle aches and enable you to be more active in different physical activities. In terms of reshaping the nose, rhinoplasty allows more airflow through the nasal passage and reduces the congestion present with a deviated septum.

• Happiness is the end goal. Feeling confident and healthier affects the happiness in your life. When you feel better, both physically and emotionally, it reflects on the quality of your life. Everything appears to be better, brighter, and fuller!

We want to help you achieve your happiness. Call our office today210-496-2639 for a consultation. Let us help you take the next step towards a more confident, healthy, and happy life.

Busting The Top 3 Botox Myths

Busting the botox myth.

Let’s face it; aging is inevitable. With aging, comes everybody’s worst nightmare, wrinkles. Luckily, you’re able to turn back the clock with Botox. Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin type A, is a non-surgical procedure in which injections are used to weaken certain muscles by blocking nerves, therefore lessening the appearance of facial wrinkles! On average, more than 6.7 million people get Botox per year, with the statistics increasing more and more as time goes on. With the ever-increasing popularity of Botox, there’s also an influx of misconceptions and myths about the procedure. That being said, below are the top three myths regarding Botox!

Myth #1: Botox is painful.

One of the most common misconceptions about Botox treatment is that it hurts. When people think of Botox, they automatically think of big, scary needles. However, this is false. The needles used for Botox injections are typically very small, therefore the level of pain is as well. Most patients report back very minimal pain. In fact, many compare the pain level to being equivalent of simply getting a shot at your general practitioner.

Myth #2: Botox is a Long Procedure

A lot of people think of Botox as a long and drawn out service. This is completely false. In fact, Botox is often referred to as a “Lunch Time Treatment” because of how short and harmless the procedure is. The average Botox treatment clocks in at around fifteen minutes. After the initial service, you can expect to see results anywhere from 24-72 hours, with the full effect becoming noticeable between 7-10 days.

Myth #3: Botox is Toxic

Many skeptics of Botox assume that it is toxic to the human body. We can assure you that Botox is 100% safe, non-harmful, and has a well-established safety history. While it is true that Botox is derived from Botulinum, it’s actually just an isolated piece of protein from the bacteria. Because of this, one does not need to worry about the potential of botulism. Botox has also gone through heavy research trials and has even been given the stamp of approval by the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration).

We believe in doing what makes you happy. If you feel that Botox could increase your self-confidence, or just want to get rid of those pesky wrinkles, don’t waste another minute. Give our office a call at210-496-2639 to start your journey to smooth, young, wrinkle-free skin.

Get Your Best Beach Body

summer ready Beach Body Ready

It is almost bathing suit season! Spring is the perfect time to get into shape so that you will feel your best during the summer months. There is still plenty of time to give you your best beach body with one of our cosmetic procedures.

Surgical Options

Body Contouring

Body contouring involves the removal of excess skin, while also improving the shape of internal tissues. Body contouring has several procedure options including facelift, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift, and lower body lifts. Results of body contouring are generally long lasting.

A popular option under the realm of body sculpting is CoolScultping. CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive treatment that uses cold temperatures to reduce fat. This is gaining popularity as it is virtually pain free and natural. You can expect to see results from this treatment in 2-4 months.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentations, breast lifts and breast reductions are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Many women turn to a breast augmentation to enhance their natural bust and boost their confidence with summer fashions.

Non-Surgical Options

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective alternative to shaving unwanted body hair. This procedure is safe enough to be used almost anywhere on the body. Laser hair removal works by using a laser to target selected hair follicles with infrared light. This treatment needs to be completed three to five times in order to fully stunt hair growth.

Injectables

Injectables are used to fill or restore volume to the face and to treat fine lines and wrinkles. These treatments can be performed in office and can take as little as 10 minutes. Results can be seen in 24 – 48 hours and can last up to 4 months.

If you are interested in a cosmetic treatment to have you feeling confident for summer, give our office a call to schedule a consultation today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

Everyday Habits Causing Wrinkles

everyday habits Getting old isn’t everyone’s favorite, especially when your skin starts to show your age and make you appear older. And while you may be doing whatever you can to prevent them from appearing (you wear your sunscreen and don’t smoke) here they are anyway across your face for everyone to see. But did you know that there are subtle, everyday habits that may be contributing to your wrinkles as well? Here are a few habits that allow wrinkles to sneak their way on to your face:

Excessive Face Scrubbing: When you are washing your face, be gentle with your skin. If you are scrubbing your skin too hard and using a harsh facewash with chemicals in it, the combination of both could result in wrinkles.

Applying Products and Makeup: When you are putting on makeup, try to use products that glide easily onto your skin. Tugging and pulling can be too hard on your skin.

Sipping on a Straw: If you have a daily straw habit, that repetitive movement could cause wrinkles. Over time, you will notice lines and wrinkles around your lips. Try to ditch the straw to ditch the habit.

Squinting: We all know that squinting is the main cause for crow’s feet. To avoid the feet and to protect that delicate fine skin around your eyes, wear sunglasses. Your skin and eyes will thank you for that.

Belly or Side Sleeping: When you are sleeping at night and your face has contact with your pillow, it is pulling and stretching your skin. If you could, try sleeping on your back to avoid the face to pillow contact.

Stress: We all know that stress can have multiple negative effects in your life. When you are stressed, you tend to wear that expression on your face. Try your best to let go of those stresses and things in your life that make you frown or furrow your brows. Your face (and your life) will notice the big change.

If you noticed that your skin is already forming wrinkles due to some of these reasons, we are here to help. We offer a variety of procedures to help you restore your skin to your youthful self. Call our office for more information and to schedule your appointment with us today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639!

Botox FAQ’s

botox faqs BOTOX® has quickly become the world’s most popular cosmetic treatment and it is easy to know why- minimal pain and quick healing with near instant results. If you are considering a BOTOX® treatment, read on for answers to frequently asked questions!

1. What is BOTOX® and how does it work?
BOTOX® is a safe and FDA approved treatment used to temporarily reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® is made from a purified botulinum toxin protein that is refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is injected in small amounts into troubled areas, temporarily reducing muscle activity in the affected areas. This reduced muscle activity will reduce the look of lines.

2. How long does a treatment take?
Depending on the treatment you are receiving, the typical appointment time is 10-20 minutes.

3. Does BOTOX® hurt?
Some patients find that BOTOX® feels like a pinch while others feel little to no pain from the injection. If you are concerned about pain during the treatment, you can request that your specialist use a topical numbing cream on the area before treatment.

4. How quickly can I see results?
Many find that they start to see results after 24 hours though it will take a week to see full results. You can expect these results to last between 4 and 6 months.

5. Can men receive BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is for everyone! BOTOX® for men is no longer thought of as taboo, as it once was. The percentage of men receiving BOTOX® treatment has increased 337% since the year 2000. Many men look to BOTOX® for many reasons including restoring their youthful look.

If you are interested in receiving a BOTOX® treatment, contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

Breast Lift 101

Breast Lift

As we age, our bodies change. Certain parts of us don’t quite sit like they used to or begin to lose their shape. If this is the case, you may want to consider having a breast lift.

A Mastopexy, or a breast lift, will result in firmer and more youthful looking breasts by removing any excess skin surrounding the breasts and ultimately tightening the surrounding tissue.

What causes breast shape to change?

There are many factors that can contribute to a change in your breast shape and firmness. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Your genetic makeup
  • Ptosis (gravitational effects on the breasts)

When might you consider a breast lift?

You may consider getting a breast lift if:

  • One of your breasts falls lower than the other
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below your breast creases
  • Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
  • Your breasts have lost their volume and shape

How does a breast lift work?

First, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. This will give you the opportunity to discuss with your doctor what your concerns are and what results you’re looking for. You and your surgeon will be able to come up with a surgical plan that best fits your needs.

A mastopexy surgery typically takes between two to three hours to complete. After your anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will begin to remove excess skin and then reshape and tighten the breast tissue.

What happens after a breast lift?

Antibiotics and pain medication will normally be prescribed immediately after surgery, or often times, the day before your procedure. These will help to ease and minimize your pain post-op as well as help to prevent any chance of infection.

A week following your procedure, you will return to the office for a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. We will remove any remaining sutures and bandages and will inform you when you will be able to return to normal life.

A breast lift certainly isn’t for everyone and the decision lies ultimately in your hands. If you’re looking to gain symmetry and a younger, tighter bosom, then you may want to consider a breast lift!

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Woman with rhinoplasty

Are you planning a rhinoplasty procedure and aren’t sure what to expect during the recovery process? Most people find that the recovery process after their rhinoplasty is not as bad as they anticipated. Below are a few tips to ensure that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Be Realistic

Your recovery period may take longer than you anticipated. You may think that you won’t need the full recovery time, but it is important to give your body the rest that it needs. Avoid physical and strenuous activities until you begin to feel better, then you can slowly resume your everyday activities.

Be Patient

After your surgery you will be excited to see your new nose. Once the bandages come off you may feel disappointed. Your nose will still be swollen for several weeks and the bruising around the eyes will also need time to heal. Full healing of your nose after a rhinoplasty surgery may take up to a year.

Plan Ahead

As mentioned earlier, you will need to give your body plenty of rest. Plan ahead for meals as you may not feel up to cooking your first few days after surgery. Plan nutritious meals to help aid your body in healing.

And lastly, be sure to listen to your doctor and follow their aftercare instructions. Your doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions that you should follow carefully. Be sure that you understand the directions and contact your doctor’s office if you have any questions.
A rhinoplasty can provide you with many benefits both physical and emotional. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty and would like more information, give our office a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to schedule a consultation.

Botox- Investment or Indulgence?

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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 were 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.

3 Reasons to Get Plastic Surgery

Stomach with marks There are many reasons why a person might consider having plastic surgery. Cosmetic enhancements have many benefits that go beyond just wanting to look good – they can also improve your quality of life! Have you been considering having something done but still aren’t quite sure?

Here are three great reasons to consider having plastic surgery:

  • You’re looking for a source of greater confidence. Confidence has been shown to be a key factor in how we as people live our lives. It can improve how we feel about ourselves, bolster our careers and have a significant impact on how others view us. Plastic surgery is a great way to increase your confidence in areas where you might be in need of a boost.
    The Bottom Line: Cosmetic and plastic surgery is known to improve confidence in patients and improve their lives!
  • You want to reverse some of the signs of aging. Cosmetic procedures are very effective in reversing the signs of aging. Wrinkles and sagging are natural occurrences, which can trouble many different areas of the body, including the face, breasts and arms. Botox, fillers and facelifts are some of the best solutions for “de-ageing” your face, while a breast lift and brachioplasty (arm lift) can make your body look young again.
    The Bottom Line: Plastic surgery is a great option if you want to look and feel young again.
  • Lifestyle changes just aren’t doing the trick. Sometimes, no matter how much effort you put in to your body or how hard you work out, that belly fat just won’t budge. If you feel like you have exhausted all of your resources and have run out of options, then having liposuction or a tummy tuck is a great next step toward losing that stomach flab and regaining your confidence.
    The Bottom Line: When you have done everything you can on your own and are still frustrated, it’s time to call us for some help.

There are many reasons why a person might consider having plastic surgery, and they are all good ones! If you are ready for more information on how Dr. Gary Lawton can help you boost your confidence, please call us at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.