Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Things To Know Before Undergoing Rhinoplasty


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

Results Are Permanent

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

It’s Not Just Cosmetic

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

Be Prepared For Some Swelling

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

Some Patients Bruise Easier

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

Do Not Massage Your Nose After The Procedure

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

Your Sense Of Smell Could Be Affected

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

Synthetic Materials Are A Last Resort

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recognizing and dealing with Gynecomastia in men

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

Types of Gynecomastia


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


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

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


Solution for Gynecomastia


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

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



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


Thursday, October 20, 2016

When Breast Asymmetry Calls for Cosmetic Surgery

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

The Candidates

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

The Causes

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

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

The Solutions

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

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

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

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Seeing the Benefits of Blepharoplasty More Clearly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cosmetic Surgery for Men Caters To Fit Their Gender

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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