Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Growing Trend in Plastic Surgery for Men

Traditional forms of plastic surgery include procedures like the enhancement of breasts or the reshaping of the nose. However, the evolution of modern cosmetic surgery has meant more options for those looking to enhance their look. Now, there are a couple of new trends taking the world by storm, each one appealing to a particular gender.

Pectoral Implants

Hours spent working out at the gym are no longer the only way men can get bigger chest muscles. Pectoral implants are available for men and plenty seem to be taking full advantage of this procedure. The number of pectoral implants in the United States surged by 208% from 2013 to 2014. Those numbers continued to climb even higher into 2016.

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The ideal candidate for a pectoral implant is already in good physical shape as it is not a procedure intended to produce transformations of a very drastic nature. Some patients decide on pectoral implants in addition to gynecomastia corrective surgery. This process is done by taking an actual solid silicone implant and inserting it underneath the pectoralis muscle in the chest. This implant is totally different than implants used for female breast enhancement. Healing time varies between individuals but men are generally able to resume work by a week or less and exercise by around two weeks.  Cosmetic surgery has traditionally been considered an option only for women, although more and more men are joining that contingent, partly because of pectoral implants.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery staffs a team of professionals, who can take care of all forms of cosmetic surgery. For the best plastic surgery Charlotte, NC has to offer, contact Ballantyne and let us get started on creating a whole new you.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Five American Plastic Procedures

Plastic surgery is a trend that does not seem to be slowing down as more and more Americans are undergoing some type of procedure. Here is a look at the hottest surgeries of 2014, which have continued to be the most popular into 2016.

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1.) Breast Augmentation
According to a 2014 report compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation (enlargement) remains the No.1 procedure in the United States. In 2014, there were 286,000 breast augmentations performed in America. This number was actually down 1% from 2013. There are many options to choose from regarding implant type, style, and size. A national average of cost is roughly $6,100 but that differs geographically and by what type of implant is used.

2.) Rhinoplasty
In 2014, there were 217,000 Americans, who underwent a nose reshaping process. That number is down 5%, although it remains very high on a global perspective. In comparison, there were just 3,690 rhinoplasties reported in the United Kingdom per the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Rhinoplasty remains popular in American culture and is sometimes combined with a procedure to improve breathing.

3.) Liposuction
This is the only one of the top five procedures on the rise as there was a 5% increase in liposuction from 2013 to 2014. Approximately 211,000 Americans underwent some kind of liposuction in 2014. Consequently, obesity continues to be on the rise. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than a third of American adults are obese. While liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it is a working alternative for removing localized fat that is unable to come off with diet or exercise.

4.) Eyelid Surgery
This is a growing trend in America, although the numbers were down a bit in 2014. There were 207,000 Americans who opted for eyelid surgery last year, which resulted in a 4% decrease. Of that total number, an overwhelming majority were women as they represented 177,000 of those patients. This procedure is also referred to as a blepharoplasty and can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids.

5.) Facelift
Compared to the rest of this top five, Americans are doing a lot less face lifting as 117,000 total procedures were performed in 2014. That total was also on the decline, dropping 3% from 2013. Facelifts seem to be on a steady decline as newer procedures, such as fat grafting and dermal fillers are gaining more popularity for facial rejuvenation.

As the U.S. and global economies improve moving into 2015 consumer spending is expected to rise, meaning there will most likely be an increase in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Whatever kind of plastic surgery is in your future, Ballantyne Plastic Surgery has a solution for you. Our team handles all types of plastic surgery and is your No.1 choice for cosmetic surgery in Charlotte, NC.

Additional Resources:
http://asps.multimedia-newsroom.com/index.php/2017/02/28/new-plastic-surgery-statistics-reveal-focus-on-face-and-fat/
http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2014-statistics/plastic-surgery-statsitics-full-report.pdf
http://www.plasticsurgerypractice.com/2015/01/baaps-data-plastic-surgery-falls-across-pond/

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Prepping for Plastic Surgery

Various plastic surgery come with different recovery periods and recommended practices. Prior to undergoing any plastic surgery, there are some important steps all patients need to take.

Avoid the No- No’s

It is best to stop smoking all together for health reasons. However, if this is not possible smoking cigarettes should be halted at least two weeks prior to any kind of plastic surgery as it will increase potential complications. Alcohol should be avoided within 72 hours of surgery since it could negatively affect the immune system. Aspirin should also be avoided within two weeks of surgery as it could thin the blood and promote bleeding during the procedure. If you are on aspirin therapy consult with your doctor before stopping.

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Man carries bottled water to stay hydrated

Hydrate

Leading up to surgery, it is recommended that patients maintain good hydration. One possible way to do this is to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated will help with the actual surgery as fluid intake will be reduced significantly during that day.

Enlist help around the house

Before heading in for a plastic surgery procedure like a liposuction do not underestimate the need for rest and not over doing things. Regardless of what type of plastic surgery you are having, there will be limitations to what you can do following the surgery. Follow your doctor’s advice about activity. It is important to take measures to ensure that you have some help during your recovery period. Enlist the assistance of a friend or relative as there will be certain tasks you will be unable to do following your surgery.

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High-protein foods

Up your protein

Protein helps the healing process along by providing the necessary building blocks for wound healing.  Start yourself on a high protein diet and continue it through the recovery process.

Stop the sodium

Sodium can affect the body by increasing swelling. Most plastic surgeries come with a fair amount of swelling, so it is wise to avoid high sodium foods and eat enough fruits and vegetables leading up to surgery.

Power up with Vitamins

Bromelain is an enzyme that comes from pineapples and is an excellent means of keeping swelling down. Ask your surgeon if they recommend you taking bromelain and whether you should increase your amounts of Vitamins A and C, which help boost your immune system.

Get a physical

It is necessary that you be in good physical condition for elective cosmetic surgery. If there is any doubt about your health you should have a physical exam conducted by your primary care doctor. Patients over the age of fifty or with serious health concerns need to be cleared medically before undergoing any type of plastic surgery.

Fast at midnight

The day before your surgery, you are required to cease eating and drinking at midnight. Any medications should be taken with just a sip of water.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery offers an extensive line of plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, face lifts, Rhinoplasty and much more. Our staff will help you through the entire process as Ballantyne remains the elite in Charlotte plastic surgery.


Additional Resources:
http://bja.oxfordjournals.org/content/102/3/297.long
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-895-bromelain.aspx?activeingredientid=895&activeingredientname=bromelain

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

7 Myths About Cosmetic Surgery

There is a lot about cosmetic surgery that the average person may not know. There are also some popular theories about cosmetic surgery which are completely untrue. Here is a look at 7 myths about cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same

Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is part of the broader specialty of plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is done to enhance or improve one’s appearance, symmetry, or proportion. Plastic surgery can sometimes mean reconstructive surgery to normalize a condition that is made abnormal through trauma, disease, or birth disorders. Most board certified plastic surgeons perform both aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgery.

Breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years

There is no rule that states breast implants have a lifespan of 10 years, or any number of years for that matter. Breast implants need to be replaced when a problem occurs. The most common reason for replacement is deflation for saline implants and scar contracture for silicone implants.

Any surgeon will do

Most importantly, only choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board Certification insures your surgeon has had proper training. Some plastic surgeons specialize in certain types of procedures such as facial plastic surgery or an emphasis on breast and body contouring. Others feel comfortable with the full spectrum of plastic surgery. Ask your surgeon what if any areas they specialize in. Remember to do your research before you choose a cosmetic surgeon.

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Breast cancer awareness

Breast implants may cause cancer

There is no scientific evidence supporting the theory that women who have breast implants are more susceptible to contracting cancer. Studies suggest that there is no increase in cancer or the ability to detect breast cancer if you do self-exams, physician exams, and mammograms as prescribed by your doctor. .However, there are other risks that are associated with breast implants and women should be cognizant of the potential problems that could occur.

Cosmetic Surgery is only for certain people

You don’t have to be rich to have cosmetic surgery. There are many financing plans that exist that are quite affordable. Also, more men are also opting for cosmetic surgery as it is not something just for women.

Botox will prevent facial expressions

This only occurs if too high of a dosage of Botox is administered. The trick to Botox is to insert small doses, thus maintaining the balance of facial muscles. The goal of Botox is to remove lines and wrinkles from the face, not to freeze your expression.

Liposuction is a weight loss solution

Liposuction removes fat in areas where it is difficult to get rid of fat with just a daily regimen of exercise and diet. Liposuction is not a one-time cure to weight issues. Surprisingly, the weight loss from liposuction is relatively small, but dramatic improvements can be seen in inches, dress sizes or pant sizes. It is necessary to continue with a diet and exercise routine to maintain your results.


Ballantyne Plastic Surgery offers a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures in Charlotte, NC. Our team will walk you through each step of the process and provide you with the look you have always wanted.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

Within the first 24-hours of recovery
The tummy tuck procedure, also referred to as abdominoplasty, takes anywhere from one and a half to three hours to perform. Most patients are permitted to return home the same day. Others may be required to spend a night under medical observation if they undergo circumferential tummy tucks or have multiple procedures performed. Once a patient returns home, there is a recovery process that follows.

The First Week

As soon as a patient returns home, the prescription calls for rest and relaxation. Patients should rest in bed or a recliner with their feet elevated and keep their knees bent slightly. There should be no tension in the abdominal area as the wound needs time to heal. It is important to ambulate early to prevent blood clots. Activity should be limited but include walking to the bathroom or around the home.

To help reduce the swelling, it is recommended that patients wear a compression garment. This should be worn 24 hours a day throughout the first week. Your doctor will tell you when it is appropriate to shower which is usually in the first three to five days. An alternative would be to take a sort of sponge bath with the help of someone else.  The office will schedule an appointment to see your plastic surgeon towards the end of your first week of recovery.

The Second Week

You will start feeling a little more like yourself this second week. It’s important for the patient to continue to walk a few times a day during this second week. The walks do not need to be laborious. It is also time to start to stand up completely straight. Keeping flexion at the waist for the first week sometimes causes back pain. This will improve as you slowly straighten up.

The Third Week

This marks the time for increased activity. Some patients start to do light exercise. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on what you can do and how frequently you can do it. A lot of patients can return to work, but some need additional time for recovery.  Don’t push yourself too much and listen to your body and your doctor’s recommendations.

You won’t have to wear your compression garment all the time. Wearing it half the day will now be sufficient as many patients will remove it before going to sleep.

The Fourth Week

Most everyone starts to feel “back to normal” by the fourth through sixth weeks after surgery. Your doctor will advise you on activity including what exercises are appropriate and what you should avoid. All the swelling is usually gone by the eighth week. Your doctor will also discuss scar management to minimize your postoperative scarring.

If you are looking for the best tummy tuck Charlotte has to offer, contact the experienced team of professionals at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Visit BallantynePlasticSurgery.com for more information.



Resource:
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck.html?sub=Tummy+tuck+recovery#content

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Things To Know Before Undergoing Rhinoplasty


Nose jobs are a commonly talked about procedure and are also becoming more and more common among people of all ages. But for those who have no experience with rhinoplasty, there are several important things to know before opting for this type of surgery.
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Woman contemplating cosmetic surgery options.

Results Are Permanent

Unlike many other types of plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is not something that needs maintenance. The results are permanent and, as long as you communicate what you want to your doctor, there will be no need for any future alterations. Just make sure to communicate exactly what you want to your doctor.

It’s Not Just Cosmetic

Of course, we all want to look better. But rhinoplasty serves more than the function of vanity. The procedure can also correct breathing problems, which stem from obstructions in the airways. Rhinoplasty surgery can lead to more effective breathing and eliminate problem areas in that region.

Be Prepared For Some Swelling

It is normal to have swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty. The extent of both are due to the type of rhinoplasty performed and individual differences in healing. The immediate effects of surgery should last about two weeks, but subtle swelling in the nasal tip can take a year to go away. Most patients return to work in 7 to 10 days and can begin exercising in two weeks. Swelling can persist in rhinoplasty, so it is best to be patient with your recovery.

Some Patients Bruise Easier

Older patients may experience more bruising because their blood vessels are a bit more fragile.  People taking medications to thin the blood should be off those medications for at least two weeks prior to surgery to reduce bruising. A consultation with your doctor will shed more light on these potential effects.

Do Not Massage Your Nose After The Procedure

After your rhinoplasty procedure, your nose is not so fragile that you cannot touch it. However, it is not recommended to rub your nose too much or too vigorously. Doing so could undo some of your stitches or impede the corrective results. Excessive rubbing of the tip of the nose could also lead to additional swelling and irritation.

Your Sense Of Smell Could Be Affected

Swelling in the nasal passage may impact your sense of smell immediately after the procedure; however, once the swelling goes down, things will return to normal and every nearby aroma will once again be recognizable. Long-term effects to one’s sense of smell are extremely uncommon in rhinoplasty procedures.

Synthetic Materials Are A Last Resort

Septal cartilage, which comes from inside your nose, is sometimes used during a rhinoplasty procedure especially if areas like the tip or bridge need augmentation. When that is not an option, cartilage can be used from other parts of the body. If cartilage is not an option, then synthetic materials such as silicone can be used but are rarely the primary option.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery provides expert Rhinoplasty surgery procedures with a careful, thorough and safe approach. You can now have the look you have always wanted with the best plastic and cosmetic surgery in Charlotte.

For a unique 3-D animation from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons explaining Rhinoplasty simply click here, or visit their website below.


Resource:
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/rhinoplasty.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recognizing and dealing with Gynecomastia in men

Men who suffer from gynecomastia can experience a lack of self esteem along with heightened levels of embarrassment. However, gynecomastia is nothing to be ashamed of as it affects close to half the male population at some point in their lives. Living with this condition does not have to be permanent any longer.
Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the male breast, giving them the appearance of having female breasts. It is caused by an excessive growth of breast tissue or mammary glands. All males are susceptible to this condition as there is no distinct age bracket to categorize those who suffer from this condition. It is best to consult with your doctor to see if there are causes such as medications which may be the reason for breast enlargement.

Types of Gynecomastia


The most common type of gynecomastia occurs when there is a combination of extra breast tissue and extra fatty tissue. This can cause gynecomastia that is either mild or severe. Sometimes the extra tissue lies just underneath the nipple and sometimes it involves the whole breast. Glandular tissue just underneath the areola can cause the nipple to have a puffy look to them. This gives off the appearance of a cone-shaped breast, which is very different from a normal male breast where the nipple and areola lay flat against the chest.


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(Illustration) Left: Male displaying gynecomastia. Right: Normal male figure.
Fatty gynecomastia is yet another variation, commonly seen in overweight men. The most appropriate means of remedying this type of gynecomastia is weight loss. When weight loss efforts prove ineffective, then it is time to seek a surgical solution such as liposuction.

Excessive glandular and/or fatty tissue may be accompanied by skin excess. Some men have “sagging” to their breasts. This may require removal of excess skin at the time of surgery. Your doctor will discuss this with you to minimize scarring but also to give you the look you desire.


Solution for Gynecomastia


Even the most extreme diets and exercise are not guaranteed to cure gynecomastia.  Excess glandular tissue is not affected by weight loss. Excess fatty tissue can be helped with diet and exercise, but sometimes it is just “stubborn” and difficult to lose. When natural options are exhausted or ineffective, it’s time to seek out surgery in the form of male breast reduction.

At least two weeks prior to undergoing a male breast reduction procedure, it is recommended that men stop smoking, tanning, and taking any medication or aspirin that will cause their blood to thin. One week off from work is suggested after the procedure while two weeks off are recommended for men whose jobs require a significant amount of manual labor.



Understanding the causes of gynecomastia and realizing that it is rather common can help men deal with this issue much more easily. Ballantyne Plastic Surgery takes the time to work with male clients who are experiencing this common condition. A solution is now just a phone call away as cosmetic surgery in Charlotte has never been easier.
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Resources:
http://www.webmd.com/men/features/male-breast-enlargement-gynecomastia
http://www.medicinenet.com/gynecomastia/article.htm#gynecomastia_facts


Thursday, October 20, 2016

When Breast Asymmetry Calls for Cosmetic Surgery

It may come as a surprise that the majority of women have some sort of asymmetry with their breasts. One may be slightly larger than the other and in many instances, it is barely noticeable. However, there are times when breast asymmetry calls for a corrective procedure.

The Candidates

Generally speaking, the difference of at least a half of a cup size is noticeable and qualifies a woman as a candidate for differential (different sized implants) breast augmentation. Candidates should be at least 18 years of age while extreme circumstances permits girls under that age to qualify as well.

The Causes

There are many causes of breast asymmetry. The most common cause is simply a size difference that has been present since breast development. Changes can occur after pregnancy and nursing especially if the baby prefers one breast to the other. There are also medical reasons for breast asymmetry. Conditions such as scoliosis can cause your rib cage to shift so that one side is a bit more forward than the other. There are other conditions in which the chest wall actually bows out. This is identifiable by a cleavage that is wider, nipples pointing outward, and breasts that have a tendency to slide towards the side.

Furthermore, breast asymmetry does not always mean that one breast is bigger than the other. One breast could be more narrow in width or different degrees of sagging (ptosis) can also differ in each breast. Breasts might be the same size, but these aforementioned factors will cause them to look asymmetrical. There are also instances where the areola and nipple differ in shape, size and position. Most times, the cause is purely natural.

The Solutions

Women who opt to correct their breast asymmetry have a wide variety of options. They can choose to simply even out their breasts with breast augmentation or lessen the size of one breast with a breast reduction. A breast lift could also be used if the breast volume is similar but one side has more droop. A lift and augmentation can also be done together as with women who have tuberous breasts.

Liposuction and fat grafting are other ways of correcting asymmetrical breasts but are limited in their application. Nipple reduction or nipple augmentation is also a possibility. Occasionally it is necessary to use more than one procedure on a patient to provide symmetrical breasts.

In this day and age, women don’t have to deal with the psychological effects or negative self image that can accompany asymmetrical breasts. Ballantyne Plastic Surgery provides a vast array of solutions as one of the leaders in cosmetic surgery in Charlotte. The breasts of your dreams can now be yours with safe, effective, same-day procedures. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Seeing the Benefits of Blepharoplasty More Clearly

Blepharoplasty is the medical term used for eyelid surgery and is a procedure being used by more men and women each day. Blepharoplasty can enhance a patient’s appearance in addition to improving their vision. It is a safe procedure utilized by a wide variety of patients.

Eyelid surgery can be a purely cosmetic procedure or it can be used to fix vision problems due to excess eyelid skin.

When people age, their eyelids lose elasticity and begin to droop downward which can eventually obstruct their vision.

However, aging is not the only cause for eyelid surgery in Charlotte NC. Damage from the sun can also have an adverse effect on the eyelids while smoking can do the same. 

The best candidates for blepharoplasty can self-diagnose with a simple glance in the mirror. Those who look older than their actual age and wear a look that is perpetually tired are ideal candidates. And in some instances, droopy eyelids are an inherited trait, which may require eyelid surgery at a relatively young age.

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According to Ballantyne Plastic Surgeon Dr Liszka, the incisions made during eyelid surgery are made along the natural folds of your eyelids, which aims to minimize any scarring. Tissue is removed during the surgery and depending upon the area that is affected, there is the option to choose from upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery.

Once blepharoplasty is completed, patients will not only have better vision, but they will also look more alert and well rested. 

Eyelid surgery in Charlotte is made easy with the help of Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Staffed with a team of professionals, Ballantyne Plastic Surgery can provide you with top-notch cosmetic surgery. Patients looking for a quality blepharoplasty, liposuction or breast augmentation can turn to Ballantyne, which has become the top name in Charlotte plastic surgery.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cosmetic Surgery for Men Caters To Fit Their Gender

When most people think of plastic surgery, they think of procedures that will enhance their appearance. Traditionally, that has been for women. But there is much more to the world of plastic surgery than Charlotte tummy tucks, breast augmentations and breast lifts. There a wide variety of options available for men to enhance the way they look.

It must also be stated that male plastic surgery differs a bit than female plastic surgery. Male cosmetic surgery is geared towards men and is not intended to feminize them. These procedures cater to the male body. When it comes to facial structures, men have different traits. Their brows tend to be lower than a woman’s brow and the upper portion of their eyelids are weightier.


Men are also equipped with noses that are larger than women’s and it is no secret that men usually have a stronger chin. The hair patterns in a typical male also vary from that of women. All of these considerations need to be taken into account during any cosmetic procedure.

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When it comes to the body, males typically have less curves than women do. Men have wider chests while their torso remains relatively straight. Some details, such as nipple placement, are relatively minor, but still contain noticeable differences when compared to women. These factors are all taken into consideration during liposuction in Charlotte NC, gynecomastia surgery or other type of body shaping procedures for men.

Frown lines are not limited to women as men are also susceptible to showing their age in this way. Whenever men frown, lines form in their brows and become more prominent over the course of time. These lines can give the impression that men have an unpleasant mood to them and make them seem like they are unapproachable.

Botox is a nonsurgical way for men to rid themselves of these frown lines which can make them look years younger while also making them seem more welcoming and approachable.

Another area that typically affects men as well as women is the nasolabial folds, which are actually smile lines around the mouth area. These folds tend to be a little deeper on men and a simple filler can soften their look, providing a much more inviting appearance.

If you are looking for any type of male plastic surgery, Ballantyne Plastic Surgery has a solution for you. Our team of experienced doctors can match you with a Charlotte plastic surgery procedure that will make you look years younger. Men and women can both benefit from one of our many top-notch services.

Monday, July 18, 2016

3 Compelling Reasons to Choose Plastic Surgery


Cosmetic surgery isn’t just for the rich and famous anymore. Gone are the days when only celebrities and affluent people would have exclusive access to these technologies that ultimately made them look good and feel even better about themselves.

Life-changing as they are, different cosmetic surgery procedures are performed 1.6 million times yearly. A study conducted by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. revealed that surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedures are expected to continue to rise throughout 2015. Increased awareness, better economy and a heightened level of trust by consumers are the biggest factors for this rising trend.

Even as the industry is enjoying massive popularity among men and women, the question remains: What motivates people to say yes to plastic surgery? The reasons vary and, contrary to common perception, they certainly go beyond vanity:

1. Enhance or highlight your best features. People are always in pursuit of physical beauty and differ significantly in what they desire as advancements in plastic surgery enable us to achieve those standards in a realistic and healthy way. While the world insists that beauty is skin deep, the truth may be that you wish you looked better. Even people whom we think have the perfect nose, eyes, lips, cheeks or chin can find something wrong in themselves and would want to have something changed if they could.

2. Facial reconstruction. A practical reason for undergoing facial surgery is to restore one’s appearance following accidents that cause injury or major physical changes. Similarly, for people who were born with congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate, protruding or overly large ears and other facial deformities, plastic surgery can restore both function and appearance. Several technological advancements have paved the way for excellent facial restorations, giving patients a second chance to start over and live a normal life.

3. Health reasons. In some cases, people are compelled to go under the knife as a result of health issues. For instance, a person who has been suffering from a deviated septum can have breathing and snoring problems. With Rhinoplasty, this problem can be remedied. People who have successfully battled against skin cancer can turn to cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to restore their appearance and bring back their confidence.

Find A Reputable Team of Specialists


With modern surgery technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, common and uncommon facial problems can be remedied – but that’s not all there is to it. It is equally important to find no less than the most qualified plastic surgeon with expertise and experience in the field.

In Charlotte NC Ballantyne Plastic Surgery promises to give patients expert care from the finest team of board-certified surgeons and technicians led by Thomas G. Liszka, MD. Since 1993, Dr. Liszka has helped hundreds of satisfied patients achieve their personal cosmetic surgery goals with his help and care.

As a patient, you need to realize that entrusting your face or body to the wrong hands can have devastating effects – and even endanger your life! Learn more about Ballantyne Plastic Surgery by visiting http://ballantyneplasticsurgery.com/ and have the peace of mind you deserve as you decide to go under the knife.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Basics of Undergoing a Thigh Lift for Women

Thigh lifts are becoming a more popular form of plastic surgery in Charlotte among women and are also referred to as a thighplasty. While this may not be the most common form of plastic surgery, it can be an effective way for women to get rid of pesky, unwanted fat in their thigh area.

To be considered a candidate for a thigh lift, patients should be relatively healthy and possess a body mass index that is below 35. The more ideal candidate would actually have a body mass index that is below 30. It’s also important to note that this is not a procedure recommended for people with extreme weight problems and is more appropriate for patients who find themselves at a stable weight and in good health.


While thigh lifts are a safe procedure, there is always a risk when undergoing any kind of surgery. Some of those risks include, skin discoloration, blood clots, asymmetry and fluid accumulation. However, qualified candidates generally experience a safe and effective procedure without any serious issues.

Just as the case is with most surgeries, there will be a recovery period that will limit day-to-day activity. Patients should expect some bruising and swelling following a thighplasty. Wearing a compression garment will aid a great deal in reducing the amount of swelling.

Patients should go into a thighplasty with the knowledge that there will be scarring afterward. However, the incisions are usually made right in the groin crease. That makes scarring easily concealed with clothes or even a bathing suit. Furthermore, those scars eventually fade and become less noticeable. Occasionally, an incision is made down the inner part of the leg to the knee for patients with extreme skin excess usually after massive weight loss. A thigh lift can leave you with the thighs you have always wanted.

Women request thigh lifts more frequently than men. The thighplasty procedure usually lasts between two and four hours and is done under general anesthesia. A thigh lift is usually an outpatient operation.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is staffed with a capable team of plastic surgeons that will enable your thigh lift procedure to be a successful one. Charlotte plastic surgery has never been better as Ballantyne Plastic Surgery offers all kinds of cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation, liposuction, mommy makeovers and much more.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ideal Candidates for Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that reshapes a person’s external ear. This procedure makes the ear much less prominent by reducing the actually size or the angle that it sits, whether it be for one or both ears. Those who are ideal candidates for otoplasty have a broad range of ages and conditions.

Children as young as age five are candidates for otoplasty, since they have already achieved about 90% of the adult ear size. It is safe to operate at this age and it can help before teasing from peers starts. Older children and teenagers are also candidates for otoplasty as large ears can often be a cause of ridicule during those formative years. Risks are very minimal and results have proven to not only enhance a teenager’s look, but also improves their self-esteem.

Even in adults, self-esteem can improved with an ear pinning otoplasty procedure. Women who have prominent ears frequently hide them with longer hair. Many men also attempt to conceal their prominent ears with longer hairstyles and generally avoid getting shorter haircuts. The only criteria needed for an otoplasty procedure is the good standing of one’s general health.

At Ballantyne Plastic Surgery, candidates for otoplasty will meet with a plastic surgeon for an initial consultation, during which time they will be able to express their expectations and concerns. At this appointment a candidate learns what they can expect from an otoplasty procedure.

Measurements of each ear are taken and photos are sometimes taken before putting together a plan to accommodate each individual patient. The goals of every patient should also be realistic and those who qualify do not have any general health issues that would negatively affect the healing process.

Candidates who schedule an otoplasty procedure do so on an out-patient basis and the surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Most patients are out of the public eye for a week. After that, a lighter dressing, very much like a headband, is worn at night for just a few weeks after the surgery.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery provides quality otoplasty along with many other types of cosmetic surgery in Charlotte. If you are in search of a Charlotte plastic surgeon that is experienced in breast augmentation, mommy makeovers and face lifts, contact the team of professionals at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery.

Monday, April 4, 2016

What Happens After Liposuction

Like many other type of cosmetic surgery, patients who undergo liposuction are subjected to a recovery process. During this process, there are some important points that patients should know. Let us take a closer look at what lies ahead following a liposuction procedure with Ballantyne Plastic Surgery Charlotte NC.


What to Expect

In the first 12-24 hours, your incisions will leak out fluid. The leakage should stop by a few days but can continue through the first week, and that is normal. Sometimes, the fluid may even be a pink color as there are small amounts of blood mixed in. Again, this is normal. Do not remove your girdle until about the third day to shower. Don’t be concerned about your early results, your first glimpse will only get better. There will still be some swelling and puffiness for six to eight weeks after surgery. And remember, the girdle will decrease your swelling and soreness so where as instructed. Usually that means 24/7 for the first three weeks and half the day for the second three weeks.

A Quick Return

After liposuction, patients are not confined to a bed. On that first day, they can still move around the house and maybe even step outside for a bit on the second or third day. By day four, patients could already go back to work and by day seven, it should be back to life as usual. However, any kind of accelerated exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided until your doctor says you are cleared to resume the activity which is usually around two weeks after surgery.

A New You

When about three weeks have passed, you may have the urge to start shopping for new clothes. Be patient as there is more shrinking to come. Furthermore, some patients find that their appetites have waned and this could last up to six months after the procedure. This can be a good time to implement smaller, healthier meal portions, which are become ever more popular in the US. The bottom line is that the process of healing will cause your body to shrink, thus enhancing the overall effects of your liposuction procedure. If pairing this procedure with a new, healthier diet it is even more reason to hold off on a whole new wardrobe. Your patience will pay off.


Liposuction is made easy by Dr. Liszka and the experienced cosmetic surgery team at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Get started on a whole new you with a wide selection of plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic procedures ranging from breast augmentation to facial fillers to treating gynecomastia and much more all at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Charlotte’s most trusted cosmetic surgery center.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How & Why Breast Massage Helps After Breast Augmentation

Part of the breast augmentation recovery process involves breast massage, which can be done by the patient in the convenience of their own home. Here’s a look at how you can use breast massage and why it helps with your new breasts.

Why Should I Breast Massage?

Your body will not automatically adjust to your new breasts. Your body’s response to this unnatural substance will be to create scar tissue. That scar tissue could affect your breasts in numerous ways. It could misshape the breasts, lessen the pocket size, or restrict the implant’s movement within the pocket. Regular breast massage can also avoid breast asymmetry while also maintaining their new contour. It also gives breasts a more natural feel that is not unusually firm.

When Should I Breast Massage?

Breast massage should begin  after the procedure. Your plastic surgeon will instruct you when and how to do your breast massage. It is usually recommended to engage in breast massage at a minimum of three times a day. There will be some discomfort initially, but this is a critical time as your breasts will begin to take on their new contour, position and shape. Once three months have passed, your doctor will instruct you how to continue your breast massage. Typically, around the four-month period, you can go down to once a day, and your doctor may even recommend daily massage all the way up to a year. Our professionals at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery Charlotte will answer any and all additional inquiries along the way.

How Do I Breast Massage?

There are several different techniques women can use for breast massage. The simplest way is to start out with your opposite hand on top of  your breast implant and place the same side hand on top of the first hand. Push downward and count to ten. Your doctor may also want you to push to the middle or up on your breasts depending on how tight the skin is and where he wants the implant to move. Most patients do 10 “reps” like this a few times a day.

There are several other techniques that can be used, which include specific ones for specific problems or goals. Nevertheless, it is recommended to perform the basic breast massage as instructed by your doctor after your breast augmentation.

At Ballantyne Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is performed by Dr.Liszka an experienced board certified plastic surgeon who considers every patient a priority. Charlotte plastic surgery has never been easier as liposuction, rhinoplasty, and all other kinds of cosmetic surgery are just a phone call away. Contact Ballantyne Plastic Surgery today and give yourself the look you have always wanted while discovering the art of confidence.