Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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.

mommy makeover plastic surgery procedureIt’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.

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

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