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.




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Breast Augmentation Recovery Process

Many women envision what they will look like with a breast enhancement and how that will improve their appearance and boost self confidence. But most women do not spend as much time wondering about the recovery process that follows a breast augmentation. Here is a look at what to expect after your breast augmentation procedure at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery Center in Charlotte.


The Initial Aftermath

Expect to be sore after your procedure because that will indeed happen. Your muscles will feel very tight, which will require you to have the help of someone for a day or two after the procedure. That help is not just to make your life easier, but it is also part of the healing process. Doing too much activity could do damage to yourself.

Expect swelling and bruising. Some women have hypersensitivity, or too much feeling, to their nipples and they can be very sensitive at this point. This is self limiting and not permanent. Some also use ice for short intervals over the course of the day as well as pain medicine prescribed by your doctor. Recovery is also enhanced in this stage by wearing a surgical bra that will be placed at the conclusion of your operation. Within a week’s time, most of the immediate aftereffects should subside and you will be able to return to work and engage in some light activity.


Returning To Normalcy

Most of the initial side effects of your breast augmentation procedure will be gone after a week’s time, but that doesn’t mean you are in the clear just yet. Some swelling and soreness will likely remain into the second and third week of recovery. You can then increase your activities, but do not overdo it. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to resume exercise to decrease the risk of bleeding. Week four is when you should really start to feel “back to normal” as if you never had surgery.


A New Look

Scarring should begin to fade away in the first few months and your new breasts will begin to take on their new shape. All soreness and swelling should be gone by that point. Patients can also continue to practice regular breast massages. Your doctor will instruct you how to do the massage and for how long.


Ballantyne Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, NC can provide you with the breasts you have always wanted. Dr. Liszka will walk you through every step of the process and answer any questions you may have. For the best in Charlotte plastic surgery, contact the experienced team at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Discover the art of confidence today.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tips for Mommy Makeover Recovery

Mommy makeovers are becoming more and more popular as it is a perfect way to reward a woman after a pregnancy. The plastic surgery procedures involved in mommy makeovers are pretty straightforward, although there are some important things to know about the recovery period. Here are some helpful hints to follow after undergoing a mommy makeover.


The Do’s

Do enlist some help because you are going to be off your feet for a while. Your little one is going to still make the same demands regardless of how you are feeling. Rest is important so make sure you have some help around the house and with your children.


The Don’ts

As is customary with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are restrictions placed upon what women can do following a mommy makeover. There should be no heavy lifting of anything more than five pounds for the first few weeks. Patients should also plan for six weeks free of any aggressive activity.


The Realities

There is going to be some pain afterward, but maybe not as much as childbirth. It is perfectly normal to experience pain when undergoing a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, so expect it. Also, stay positive during your recovery time. This was a conscious choice and one that is rightfully yours, so don’t feel the need to always have to explain your decisions to others.


The Diet

Following your mommy makeover, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Protein shakes are good to drink as well. It is also important to stay away from foods that contain a lot of salt, because they could intensify swelling.


The Walks

The pain from your tummy tuck is going to cause you to walk a little bit hunched over. That is okay. You will not be expected to return to normal activity right away. Try walking around the house a little more each day after your mommy makeover, but don’t overdo it.


The Ice

Once you return home, ice is going to be your best friend. When applied in the first 72 hours, ice can really help reduce your swelling. Ice up in 20-minute intervals and you will see much less pain in your recovery.

If you are interested in a plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, place your trust in Dr. Thomas G. Liszka, MD. Ballantyne Plastic Surgery center is the one and only place for cosmetic surgery in Charlotte NC. Whatever type of plastic surgery you are looking for, the team of experienced professionals at Ballantyne can give you the look you have always wanted.


Monday, February 1, 2016

What to Expect With BOTOX

The use of BOTOX is quite common as it helps people get rid of unwanted facial wrinkles. Here is a look at the process of receiving BOTOX and what to expect before, during and after you receive your injections at BallantynePlasticSurgery.com.

Before BOTOX
Inform your plastic surgeon of which medications you are taking. Certain medications can thin out your blood, which could lead to additional swelling after receiving your injections. Plenty of over-the-counter medications like aspirin and Ginseng can also thin your blood.

There is also the option of selecting a numbing agent if you do not want any pain whatsoever. You can opt for injections, which sends a numbing agent into your skin. You can also select non-invasive methods to ensure there is no pain, such as a cold spray or prescription cream. Be sure to discuss your various options with your trusted plastic surgeon.

During BOTOX
Don’t get too comfortable because BOTOX injections only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Most patients don’t report much pain, but tolerance levels differ. What is happening is the BOTOX relaxes the muscles that lie underneath your skin. These muscles are what bring about wrinkles. A thin needle injects small amounts of something called botulinum toxin into the desired parts of your face.

The injections will not take effect for at least couple of days, in some cases, a little bit longer. However, you can resume your daily activities right after your injections. And if you are planning your BOTOX for a big event, such as a wedding, allow at least six weeks to pass after the injections for it to take its full effect.

After BOTOX
BOTOX requires time to settle, so do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours and try not to lay down for at least four hours after receiving the non-surgical injections. It is also important to avoid rubbing the area of injection. Doing so could cause the botulinum toxin to spread into different areas of your face. There can be some bruising or swelling, but don’t expect much pain afterward.

Before receiving any future injections, make sure you are completely honest with your doctor upon your next visit. BOTOX strengthens over time, so overlapping injections might be too much to handle and drastically alter your face.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery has everything you need to give yourself the look you deserve. In addition to nonsurgical BOTOX treatments, Ballantyne offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery, including rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, gynecomastia surgery and much more.

Monday, January 18, 2016

How to Determine If You Need a Breast Lift


As women get older, many spend a good deal of time wondering whether or not a breast lift is right for them. Instead of continually wondering, there are ways to actually determine whether or not you are a qualified candidate for a breast lift. There are also different types of lifts for all different types of breasts.

It is first important to note that all breasts have a natural droop to them. So there is no need for every woman with even the slightest of droop to undergo this kind of procedure. However, there are tips to help women make the best decision. If you still need help making a decision, Dr. Thomas G. Liszka, MD and cosmetic surgery team can help you.

The pencil test is a very revealing method. Place a pencil underneath the inframammary fold of your breast. Then release your breast and release the pencil. When the pencil falls to the ground, it means that you have passed the pencil test. If the pencil remains where it is, that’s an indication that sagging breasts need to undergo a breast lift. However, there are exceptions.

A woman can pass this test and still need a breast lift. That occurs when nipples are low and puffy. That indicates there is a need for reshaping and that can be accomplished with a breast lift.

Another way of determining whether or not a breast lift is right for you is to get an accurate gauge of where the nipple is in relation with the inframammary fold. Nipples that hang down low right in line with the inframammary fold could definitely be helped by a breast lift.

It is also important to note that candidates change over the course of time. Pregnancy, excess weight and normal aging all cause breast to droop. Therefore, a perky pair of breasts on a 20-year old woman may not be so perky when she nears the age of 40.

There are also different kinds of breast lifts. The Periareolar lift removes the round portion of skin that encircles the areola and may include parts of the areola as well. This is done in an effort to draw the breasts closer together.

A vertical lift is a common procedure that is used on breasts that tend to really sag and it does not leave a scar in the inframammary fold. Lastly, the full lift is the most extreme which removes extra skin on the lower part of the breast.

When it comes time for your breast lift, contact the experienced team at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery. Charlotte’s leader in cosmetic surgery, Ballantyne’s team of professionals will help decide which procedure is right for you.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Battling the Dreaded Double Chin

An ongoing struggle that many people face is battling the dreaded double chin. While there are various methods that exist, only one is a sure fire way to win that battle.

A cosmetic surgery approach is the only guaranteed way to win the fight against a double chin. Many people have tried dieting, although weight loss cannot always eliminate the double chin. Genetics also play a big part in one’s facial structure and it is not something that can be altered with more vitamins, less fats or a low-carb diet.

A quick online search will showcase numerous ways to battle the onset of a double chin. There are holistic methods, recommendations for drinking more water and getting more sleep, and even different facial exercises. These are no match for quality plastic surgery, such as the ever popular neck lift, or non-surgical injections.

The traditional neck lift remains the most popular solution even with the recent introduction of Kybella injections, designed to reduce neck fat without the knife. The reason so many people opt for a neck lift is because no other method is able to actually remove excess skin. A neck lift will take away fat deposits and change the muscle structure. The gift of technology enables a plastic surgeons to perform this procedure with just a minimal amount of scarring. Due to the fact that there are only a small number of incisions, the end result will look very natural.

Another excellent perk that comes with a neck lift is that the results are immediate. There is no need to adhere to a strict diet and wait months upon months for results. The procedure only lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes, results can also be achieved strictly with liposuction and no actual surgery.

Many men report more confidence after undergoing a neck lift as there is a certain masculine feature that comes with having a pronounced jawline. Women also report more confidence as a neck lift provides them with a more youthful look and gives them a thinner appearance.

A neck lift is more expensive than dieting or some other type of do-it-yourself method, but the value is in the results. So if you start to notice a double chin in the mirror, know that there is only one proven option to end that battle.

A neck lift can also be done in conjunction with other types of plastic surgery, such as a face lift or facial implants. With all those proven methods on your side, the dreaded double chin will not stand a chance.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery in Charlotte has years of experience performing all types of facial surgeries and non-surgical procedures. From rhinoplasty to face lifts to eyelid surgery, Ballantyne has you covered with the best in Charlotte plastic surgery. Discover the art of confidence - calling today.


Monday, November 23, 2015

The Face Lift Recovery Checklist

Face lift surgery not only depends on the work of a plastic surgeon, but it also requires the patient to do the right things throughout the recovery process. Here is a checklist of what patients should do after undergoing face lift surgery.

Medicate

Following a facelift procedure, your doctor will prescribe some kind of antibiotic and/or pain killer. The antibiotic will eliminate any potential infections, so be sure to follow through with the doctor’s instructions in terms of taking the medication until it is finished. Also stay mindful of the adverse effects certain medications may have on you, such as drowsiness or nausea.

Mind Your Diet

In order for the healing process to run its course, your body needs the proper nutrients. Your facial muscles actually depend on the right nutrients to aid in the healing process. That not only includes eating healthy, well-balanced meals, but it also includes taking the necessary vitamins.

Sleep Right

This does not mean just getting your necessary eight hours of sleep, but it also means elevating your head when you sleep. This will help lessen any swelling while also allowing any fluid to drain from your face.

Enlist Some Help

After your face or brow lift surgery, you will not be able to drive home. Arrange for someone to give you a hand the day of the surgery as well as assisting you the following day or two. Usually, it takes a couple of days for patients to be able to move around the house, although plenty of rest is still recommended.

Be Prepared to be Puffy

When your bandages are removed, your face will be swollen and bruised. Some people may get depressed upon seeing this. Remember that it is only temporary. Your swelling will fade, although the procedure itself will bring about some initial changes. So be prepared for it.

Expect Some Discomfort

The few days that follow the actual face lift will bring about some discomfort. However, after those few days, you will start to feel better. Do not be alarmed if you experience tightness after the first week while a dry, roughness in your skin could last as long as a couple of months.

Get a Cold Compress

Bruising and swelling after a face lift is to be expected, although investing in a cold compress and using it throughout the day can help speed up the healing process. Use a cold compress throughout the day and combine that with rest. Follow the advice of your doctor on how and when to use the compress.
Face lift surgery at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery Center gives patients the look they have always wanted. With Dr. Liszka and his team of experienced nurses and aestheticians, Ballantyne Plastic Surgery provides complete service from beginning to end, making for a pleasant, safe and productive experience that will enhance your inner beauty.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Male Breast Reduction Becoming a More Common Procedure

Plastic surgery is not just for women anymore. More and more men are turning to plastic surgery as an alternative for a number of cosmetic issues. One of the more common procedures nowadays is male breast reduction.

Gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, can be caused by a number of factors. Some men notice an increase in breast size at puberty. While this usually subsides, some men continue with this into adulthood. Other causes of male breast enlargement can be from obesity, prescription drugs, or marijuana. It can also occur as we age. As men grow older, they produce less testosterone. A common effect of this decrease in testosterone is a rise in estrogen levels that could lead to an enlargement of the breasts. Whatever the cause of gynecomastia, its appearance often gives men an unnatural look while also causing them to become more self-conscious.

Fortunately, there is a successful surgical solution for gynecomastia. The ease of male breast reduction surgery makes this a very popular procedure for men afflicted  with gynecomastia.

According to the 2014 American Plastic Surgery Report, there were over 286,000 male breast reduction procedures done in the United States in 2014. That ranks No.1 among all male cosmetic surgical procedures.

The procedure itself is not very long and usually lasts between one and two hours and is done as an outpatient.  The operation is done under general anesthesia is administered, making for a painless procedure.

Many men attempt to hide their gynecomastia with baggy clothing while others avoid places like the beach and swimming pools. Gynecomastia surgery can restore self confidence in your appearance that can also result in less stress and anxiety in social situations. Essentially, a male breast reduction will help from a medical standpoint with stress reduction  as well as a cosmetic one.

The trend of male breast reduction is also becoming more common among teenage boys. The American Plastic Surgery Report indicated that the number of boys who underwent a breast reduction was up by 14%. There were 8,040 procedures done in the United States in 2014 on males ranging from ages 13-19 years of age.

Dr. Liszka of Ballantyne Plastic Surgery has over twenty years of experience working with male patients who have gynecomastia. From the very beginning of the process, Ballantyne Plastic Surgery can help men of all ages get the results they truly want with as little inconvenience as possible.

Resources
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2014-statistics/cosmetic-procedures-teens.pdf
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2014-statistics/cosmetic-procedures-men.pdf

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Tummy Tuck is Just What the Doctor Ordered for New Mothers

The joy of childbirth is immediate as the arrival of a new baby can make all those months of pain and effort well worth it. However, having a baby leaves mothers with some lasting physical evidence. To restore their bodies to the way they once were, a abdominoplasty or tummy tuck or may be just what the doctor ordered.

It’s normal to notice changes in your figure after having a baby. New mothers may notice a bulge in their stomach area that wasn’t there before. That bulge could be from loose skin, some additional fat that won’t go away, weakness in the abdominal wall, or a combination of those factors. Unfortunately, your figure may not improve no matter how many crunches you do. Many women would like to get their pre-pregnancy shape back once they are finished having children. Instead of having to worry or stress over this situation, turning to plastic surgery is a simple and effective solution.

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mother and father with their baby
A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, not only takes care of excess fat but can restore your shape by removing excessed stretched skin and tightening your abdominal muscles. Pregnancy can stretch out your abdomen causing stretch marks and a lower abdominal fullness. A tummy tuck can give your stomach the look you had before pregnancy and even a better shape than they ever had for some patients.

Mothers should not be fooled by celebrity mothers they might see in magazines. There is a lot of airbrush and Photoshop that goes into those pictures as they are not always an accurate depiction of what a woman looks like after pregnancy.

Meanwhile, tummy tucks are not a fix for everyone, as the most qualified candidates are not extremely overweight. The ideal candidate is someone that is close to their ideal weight or pre-pregnancy weight.

There are different types of tummy tucks and not just one procedure works for all women. Dr. Thomas G Liszka at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will advise you on what procedure will work best for you to meet your individual needs. Every shape and curve on each woman’s body is truly unique to them. That is why the most appropriate techniques are used on each individual patient.

Mothers are usually on the go and there are not always extra hours to go to the gym, attend a daily yoga class, or bike for several miles. Now, a flat stomach can be achieved without having to sacrifice any extra hours of physical activity. In some cases, even those extra hours are just not enough. Tummy tucks are an effective and well-deserved gift for any mother.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery specializes in all kinds of cosmetic surgery for women. Their Mommy Makeover procedures can be an all-inclusive surgery with tummy tuck, liposuction and breast augmentation done at the same time for a affordable price. Dr. Liszka and his team are committed to help you restore your shape and confidence. Trust Dr. Liszka as many others in the Charlotte and surrounding areas have for years.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedure Is the Perfect Gift For Him

Over the course of time, such occasions like birthdays, Father’s Day, and other holidays come and go. Each year, it steadily becomes more and more difficult to find the perfect gift for a lot of men. There are only so many colognes, wallets and ties to go around. Wives, daughters, friends and relatives now have a new option when it is time to buy a meaningful present for him.

A non-surgical cosmetic procedure is a gift that a man can see every single day. With affordable options to go along with quick and painless procedures, it won’t take much time or money to enhance the way he looks.

Men do not have to be very old to be candidates for a non-surgical cosmetic procedure. A lot of men approaching their forties have already started to see the effects of the aging process. However, most men are not always going to seek out what type of non-surgical cosmetic procedure will work for him. When presented with a gift of this kind, more men are prone to take care of their wrinkles and frown lines.

Frown lines are an inevitable part of getting older, but there is no reason men have to put up with an aged look to their brow. There are several products that can remedy this problem, such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.

Such a gift will not require an invasive procedure or hospital stay. Men can choose from either a simple injection or prescription medication. Unlike a cosmetic surgical procedure, there is no lengthy recovery period which could inhibit men from going about their normal routine.

Another non-surgical option would be to use a filler that takes away any unsightly wrinkles. Products such as Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Restylane are intended to make men look younger and come in the form of injectable gels.

These non-surgical procedures can also add volume to men’s cheeks, giving their face a much fuller look. Some products show results that can last up to two years while others will call for more injections every so often.

These options make for easy shopping and a very unique gift item that keeps on giving.

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery provides lots of non-surgical procedures for men of all ages. Men looking to take things a step further can also benefit from other surgical procedures such as Rhinoplasty, Liposuction and male breast reduction. Schedule a consultation today as a more youthful look awaits at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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 are expected to take off and climb even higher by 2016.

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, September 8, 2015

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 which surgeries were the hottest of 2014.

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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://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/

Monday, August 17, 2015

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.


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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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.

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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.