Monday, October 26, 2020

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 nonsurgical 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 and have the peace of mind you deserve as you decide to go under the knife.

Friday, September 25, 2020

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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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, July 27, 2020

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.

Monday, June 8, 2020

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, May 20, 2020

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.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

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 mommy makeover plastic surgery Charlotte NC.

a woman resting after her mommy makeover, recovery, bed rest

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 Charlotte, 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.

health conscious woman enjoys a glass of water while walking outdoors on a sunny day

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 - plastic surgeon Charlotte NC. Ballantyne Plastic Surgery center is the one and only place for cosmetic surgery in the Queen City and surrounding areas. 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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Letter to Patients Regarding the Novel Coronavirus

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina   28277

March 18, 2020 Statement

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non-essential patient visits during the COVID 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post-operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1. All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2. All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes:
a.       All new patient consults
b.      All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
c.       All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
d.      All long term post-surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention

  1. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.


Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery

(704) 295-0777

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Vivace is Revolutionizing Micro Needling

The Vivace fractional micro needle is quickly becoming the newest and most effective way to naturally stimulate collagen production. This treatment is minimally-invasive and the results are speaking for themselves. Vivace fractional micro needling earned honors during the 2020 Aesthetics Everything Awards. It was also recognized with a 2020 patient’s choice award given by Realself, earning the distinction of “Most Worth It Procedure.”

The Vivace fractional micro needling experience involves something known as RF, which stands for radio frequency. This describes the unique way the process is carried out. The radio frequency produces heat and that acts as a stimulant for the production of collagen. The RF combines with precision micro needling and the end result is younger looking skin that is much tighter. Additionally, the RF features 31 different depths of penetration as this technology has made the Vivace a true state-of-the-art product.

The science of the Vivace uses topical anesthesia and then creates minute channels deep within the skin as a way of producing new collagen. Those channels remain open from four to six hours, ensuring collagen stimulation.

The process takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete. An overwhelming majority of clients have reported a completely pain-free experience. The design of this product focused on comfort, further evidencing why it is quickly becoming a popular choice among patients from all walks of life. It should also be noted that an additional 30 minutes is required for numbing purposes before the actual micro needling begins.

There is a variety of target areas when using the Vivace. It serves the purpose of reducing fine lines and wrinkles while also minimizing the size of pores. The results are an improvement in texture and tone. The absence of downtime has also contributed to the widespread popularity of Vivace as well. Patients can leave the office wearing immediate results. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve the desired result.

There are several reasons for the rise in popularity of micro needling and the Vivace has hit on all those points. The process allows for the targeting of smaller areas and it is acceptable to use on clients of all ages. Younger people with acne scarring can benefit from using the Vivace just as much as older patients fighting the onset of age.

The Vivace has been approved by the FDA, alleviating any concerns over patient safety. It uses a robotic motor that helps immensely with creating a pain-free experience.

To learn more about this and other non-surgical skin rejuvenation available near you, go to

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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 Ballantyne Plastic Surgery.

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.


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.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Microneedling Product Makes Waves in the Cosmetic Surgery World

SkinPen sets industry standard as first FDA-approved microneedling device.

Micorneedling is a concept that may be unfamiliar to some people, although it is becoming more utilized by people from all walks of life. But not all microneedling devices are equal. SkinPen, which is a product of Bellus Medical, has become the first microneedling device to receive FDA approval.

This is extremely important because it means the device has been safety tested and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. And while many people are just starting to learn about microneedling, it becomes even more important to have a semblance of security when opting to go through with this process. A product that is cleared by the FDA typically brings peace of mind to the people who use it.

It is also important to gain FDA approval when it comes to microneedling because of the process involved. Microneedling actually creates micro-injuries, which serve the function of stimulating the body’s healing process. This product is used to remodel scar tissue, which is usually a result of acne. It is a way for people to regain clearer skin after having been forced to deal with unpleasantness of acne.

Using any type of product or service on your face should always be considered with a great deal of scrutiny. A microneedling product has the potential to bring positive results but using the wrong one could bring about adverse effects. SkinPen has taken extensive measures to be cleared by the FDA, something not all microneedling products can claim.

So what did the FDA clear exactly?

It goes beyond just clearing the product, but also the process involved. The FDA has cleared the BioSheath used to prevent cross contamination. That is attributed to the customized design of the BioSheath. The product is unique in its creation. The FDA also cleared the Skinfuse ® Lift HG hydrogel, which is also used in the microneedling process. This component protects skin from friction and abrasions while treatment is being administered.

It should really come as no surprise that the FDA has cleared SkinPen because it was created with safety as its top priority. And to be the first product of this kind to receive FDA approval means that SkinPen has established the industry standard in microneedling. Any competitor will now have to strive just to meet that standard.

There is now no reason to take a chance on any other device when SkinPen’s safety has already been tested and approved.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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.


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, August 23, 2019

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.