June 20th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Ear surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of your ears. Whether you are a child or an adult, ear surgery can correct any of the following issues so that your ears look more natural and aesthetically pleasing.
1. Overly Large Ears
Ear surgery can reduce the size of overly large ears. Through removal of ear cartilage and reshaping the remaining cartilage, your plastic surgeon can make your ears look more balanced with the rest of your features.
2. Overly Protruding Ears
Some ears may be a normal size but protrude excessively from the side of the head. Ears that “stick out” can lead to ridicule and body image issues that may damage the psyche. Ear surgery can remove excess cartilage and soften overly protruding ears so that they lie flatter against the head.
3. Misshapen Earlobes
Earlobes can be misshapen for any number of reasons. They may be genetically large or small, altered from heavy earrings, torn due to injury, or otherwise misshapen. Ear surgery can recreate a more natural-looking earlobe for each ear.
4. Folded Ear Tips (Lop Ear)
Folded ear tips (lop ear) are characterized by the top part of each ear being folded over, which creates a drooping appearance. This inherited condition can also be corrected with ear surgery.
5. Unusually Small Ears
While unusually small ears are less common than overly large ears, they may also give you a less attractive appearance. Using cartilage from the ribs, small ears can be reformed and reshaped so that they are larger and more balanced with your other features.
6. Congenital Defects
In addition to the above issues, other congenital defects may also cause the ears to look abnormal. Examples include microtia (where one or both ears are underdeveloped), anotia (where one or both outer ears are missing), Stahl’s ear (where the outer ear is pointed), cryptotia (where the upper ear is underneath the scalp skin), and more. Ear surgery can correct these congenital issues and restore a more natural ear appearance.
7. Ear Injuries
Ear injuries can leave lasting damage to the structure of the ear, in some cases even leading to the loss of an ear. With ear surgery, the injured or lost ear can be reshaped or reconstructed to restore natural facial balance.
If you or someone you love has one of the above ear issues, ear surgery can help. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Jack or Dr. Oliver to learn more about how ear surgery could improve the appearance of your ears. Call (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with us today.
May 11th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
If you are like most women who have had children, you probably lament how pregnancy has affected your body. One area in particular that may be suffering after pregnancy is your abdomen. A tummy tuck can eliminate the excess fat, stretched skin, stretch marks, and weak stomach muscles after pregnancy and restore a smooth, firm tummy.
Eliminate Stretched Abdominal Skin
Once stretched, your skin does not necessarily regain its former elasticity and strength. This is why mothers and those who have lost massive amounts of weight are often left with sagging, stretched-out stomach skin. The tummy tuck procedure removes this hanging abdominal skin to flatten the stomach after pregnancy.
Get Rid of Stretch Marks
The stretching of your abdomen as a baby grows within your body occurs rapidly over the nine months of pregnancy. Due to the speed at which your skin is forced to stretch, it is no wonder that a mother’s abdomen is often riddled with stretch marks. When excess skin is removed during the tummy tuck procedure, many of your stretch marks will be removed along with it.
Remove Unwanted Fat
Stubborn belly fat is common even without pregnancy, and it is even more common after pregnancy. When exercise and dieting fail to eliminate unwanted lower belly fat, a tummy tuck can remove this localized fat. Liposuction and surgical excision may both be utilized to rid the waistline of unsightly pockets of fat and create a smoother and flatter abdomen.
Tighten Weak Stomach Muscles
Diastasis recti is a common pregnancy-related condition in which the muscles of the abdominal wall separate and become flaccid. This condition creates the appearance of a looser stomach and can make you continue to look pregnant for long after the birth of your child. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the stomach wall to improve your core strength and create a firmer, tighter waist.
The tummy tuck procedure can help women whose abdomens have become stretched out, weak, and flaccid after pregnancy. If your tummy is a bit worse for the wear after pregnancy and you are interested in experiencing the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Jack or Dr. Oliver. Call us at (205) 298-8660 or complete our online contact form, and we will help you book your appointment today.
April 13th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
If you’re considering getting a tummy tuck, you can look forward to striking results. You will have a newly contoured waistline with tighter core muscles and no loose skin or fat bulges. While you will achieve excellent results by the sole merit of your procedure, you should follow these suggestions if you want to achieve the best results with your tummy tuck procedure.
What to Do Before Surgery
Achieving the best results begins with your actions before you undergo surgery. Every candidate for tummy tuck surgery should quit smoking and avoid it entirely for at least one month before and at least six weeks after surgery. Additionally, candidates should prepare their bodies to handle the procedure and welcome the results. This means that regular exercise and a healthy diet must become a permanent part of your life. A tummy tuck is not weight-loss surgery; it is a procedure meant to improve the waistline of patients who are already at or near their ideal body weight. You should achieve and maintain a stable, healthy weight to prepare your body for the greatest results.
What to Do During Recovery
The next part in achieving the best results is what you do during recovery. Carefully follow all instructions and recommendations that your surgeon gives you. Avoid strenuous exercises for at least six weeks, and avoid abdominal exercises for a full 12 weeks. Take your medications as instructed, wait at least 10 to 14 days to return to work, and consult us if you have any questions.
How to Minimize Scarring
Some patients are concerned about how scarring after a tummy tuck will affect their results. The scar from your incision will be hidden by most clothing and will fade as time passes. To minimize your scar, take care to follow your recovery instructions. Avoid smoking and direct sun exposure so that your scar heals properly and does not darken. You can also use creams, lotions, or silicone patches as instructed to reduce scarring.
How to Maintain Your Results
Lastly, adopt healthy habits to maintain your results. Your results from tummy tuck surgery can be long lasting if you maintain your body weight. Continue to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet with lots of protein, fruits, and vegetables to have the greatest and longest-lasting results.
Following these recommendations will help you achieve and maintain the best results from your tummy tuck procedure. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack. Call our office at (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.
March 9th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Women of all ages may become victims of breast sagging. Pregnancy and nursing can alter the natural form and position of the breasts. Aging causes skin laxity and eventual breast sagging in older women. Hormones, genetics, and weight fluctuations can cause breasts to sag in women of all ages. Below are some reasons to improve the appearance of your breasts by getting a breast lift.
1) Elevate the Breasts
A breast lift can elevate breasts that have begun to sag due to aging and gravity. By removing the excess lax skin, the breasts can be repositioned and elevated to a more aesthetically pleasing position.
2) Enhance Breast Shape
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and other factors can cause the breasts to flatten or become elongated and pendulous. The breast tissues can be pulled up and together to reshape the breasts into a more natural, nicely rounded breast shape.
3) Restore Your Image
Breast sagging may harm your body image and cause you to feel less confident. Undergoing breast lift surgery can improve the appearance of your breasts so that you look and feel more attractive.
4) Restore Youthful Curves
Whether you desire to bring back your pre-baby curves or you would like to look and feel younger than you are, a breast lift can restore youthful, feminine curves.
5) Reduce the Size of the Areolas
For some women with breast sagging, the areolas also become stretched out and enlarged. Breast lift surgery can reduce the size of the areolas so that they look more natural and balanced in proportion with the surrounding breast tissue.
6) Reposition and Realign the Nipple-Areola Complex
In many cases of breast sagging, the nipples and areolas point downward or to the side. Breast lift surgery can reposition and realign the nipple-areola complexes so that the breasts appear more youthful and balanced.
7) Firm the Breasts
A loss of breast volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss may cause the breasts to feel deflated. Removing excess breast tissue and repositioning the remaining tissue can firm the breasts so that they feel more naturally supple and substantial.
8) Achieve Breast Symmetry
If the breasts are asymmetrical, whether one breast sags more than the other, one breast is elongated, or one areola is stretched out, a breast lift can restore symmetry and balance to your figure.
If you have breast sagging, schedule your consultation for breast lift surgery to learn more about how to improve the appearance of your breasts. To book your consultation with Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack, call (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form today.
February 16th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Tex Avery’s iconic character “Droopy” is an animated, anthropomorphic dog known for moving lethargically and speaking in a monotone voice. While he surprises us with his wit, strength, and comedic humor, his droopy appearance remains constant with his half-closed eyes, wrinkled forehead, and sagging jowls. However endearing you find Droopy’s character, his appearance is likely not one you’d like to emulate. If your aging eyes have begun to take on a similar droopy look, it may be time to consider eyelid surgery.
Correcting a Droopy, Sleepy Look
A droopy, sleepy look like Droopy’s is usually attributed to the appearance of the eyes due to the surrounding skin. Fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and volume loss can all coalesce to form a tired, sad, and lethargic appearance. The way to correct this is through blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Eyelid surgery can reduce bags under the eyes, remove sagging skin and excess fat, eliminate wrinkles, and brighten the look of the eyes. During lower eyelid surgery, excess skin and loose tissues are removed or tightened, and puffiness and bags under the eyes are eliminated. By improving the appearance of your eyes with eyelid surgery, you will look less like Droopy and look more youthful, awake, and happy.
Correcting Vision Obstruction
Some people with droopy eyelids suffer from vision obstruction. When excess upper eyelid skin begins to sag, it can create a hood over the eyes that interferes with your line of sight. This can also cause irritation from the skin of the upper eyelids rubbing together as well as discomfort from continually straining to lift the forehead and brow muscles to be able to see better. Upper blepharoplasty can remove this excess skin to improve sightlines and proper vision function. You will not only appear more awake and rested, but you will also have a clearer line of sight while performing daily tasks and communicating with others.
Eyelid surgery can correct droopy eyelids and restore a more youthful and rested appearance. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty often see improvements in their self-image along with their improved line of sight and appearance. Schedule your consultation for eyelid surgery today with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Robert I. Oliver, Jr. or Dr. Jason M. Jack. Please call (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.
January 28th, 2016 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Women who have had to undergo surgery for breast cancer can experience emotional healing with breast reconstruction. Using different surgical approaches, breast reconstruction can reconstruct one or both breast masses and nipples after they have been surgically removed. Below are the two main approaches to breast reconstruction and the candidates best suited for each type.
For autologous reconstruction, the doctor will harvest tissue from either your abdomen or your back, and this tissue will be used to rebuild the breast mound. This approach includes the more commonly referred to “TRAM” flap procedure, in which abdominal skin and fat are harvested, and the “lat” flap procedure, in which the latissimus back muscle tissue is harvested. The tissue is extracted and then moved to the chest, where it is reshaped and reattached to recreate the appearance of the breast mound. This tissue provides a good substitute that can look and feel quite natural in place of the breast, and results will usually last a lifetime.
Ideal Candidates for Autologous Reconstruction
Ideal candidates for autologous breast reconstruction will be in good health after their mastectomy. Autologous reconstruction is best suited for those who have undergone a single mastectomy rather than a double mastectomy because the reconstructed breast tissue will mature like natural breast tissue. Candidates will need to have enough excess tissue to extract for this breast reconstruction approach. For women who have undergone a single mastectomy and whose remaining healthy breast is large, autologous reconstruction may not be able to harvest sufficient tissue to achieve breast symmetry. In this case, autologous reconstruction may be combined with implant reconstruction, or a breast reduction can be performed on the healthy breast to achieve symmetry.
Implant Reconstruction With Tissue Expander
The implant reconstruction with tissue expander approach is performed in two stages. In stage one, a tissue expander or temporary breast implant device is placed in the breast pocket after the mastectomy. This tissue expander helps to prepare the skin and tissues to hold a future permanent breast implant. Stage two is usually performed about four to six months after stage one and replaces the tissue expander with a permanent breast implant. With this technique, the implant or implants may need to be replaced at some point in the future. The breast implant reconstruction with tissue expander approach may also require alteration of the healthy breast in order to achieve symmetry. Recovery and length of surgery are usually shorter with this approach than with autologous reconstruction, as only the chest area is surgically altered.
Ideal Candidates for Implant Reconstruction With Tissue Expander
Ideal candidates for implant reconstruction with tissue expander will not need radiation therapy for their breast cancer treatment. This approach is best suited for patients who must undergo a double mastectomy. This procedure avoids creating incisions in other areas of the body and is appropriate for those who want or need an easier or shorter recovery experience with breast reconstruction. Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack are both well experienced and trained in performing each of these surgical techniques for breast reconstruction. When you come in for your consultation, the doctor will go over your medical history and recommend the treatment that he feels is best for you and your needs. In many cases, breast reconstruction will be conducted in multiple stages in order to achieve the best results. With breast reconstruction, you can receive the closure and emotional healing you need after overcoming breast cancer.
To learn more about breast reconstruction after mastectomy, contact our office to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Robert I. Oliver, Jr. or Dr. Jason M. Jack. Please call (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.
December 28th, 2015 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Having acne can be irritating and painful, and acne scars often leave a permanent reminder of the unpleasant experience. Without proper treatment and care, acne may leave permanent scars. The Eclipse MicroPen® can improve the appearance and condition of your skin by stimulating new collagen and elastin to soften and smooth acne scars.
What Causes Acne Scars?
There are many causes of acne, including hormonal imbalances, stress, diet, and poor hygiene. While not every occurrence of acne will leave scars, poor skin treatment is likely to cause scarring. Poor skin care leads to inflammation and bacteria buildup, which inhibits a healthy healing response in acne-affected skin. Low collagen levels can cause depressions or pits to form as the skin heals from acne, resulting in depressed scars.
Common Types of Acne Scars
Three common types of acne scars include rolling scar s, boxcar scars, and ice pick scars.
Rolling Acne Scars
Rolling acne scars have broad depressions with sloped or rounded edges that give the skin a rolling appearance. Most commonly caused by long-term inflammatory acne, rolling scars can become more pronounced over time due to loss of collagen and skin elasticity.
Boxcar Acne Scars
Boxcar acne scars have broad depressions with steep and defined edges. They typically cover a smaller area than rolling scars and are more difficult to smooth out due to their sharply defined edges.
Ice Pick Acne Scars
Ice pick acne scars are deep and narrow like a large, open pore. Because they are so deep, they tend to be difficult to treat.
Treatment With the Eclipse MicroPen®
Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and other similar treatments are not always effective in treating acne scars where the scar tissue is deep, defined, or strong. For these types of acne scars, the Eclipse MicroPen® offers an effective solution for disrupting scar tissue so that the body can replace it with healthy skin tissue. After cleansing the affected area, a topical gel is applied to the skin. The Eclipse MicroPen® then glides across the skin, sending hundreds of advanced medical-grade micro-needles into the skin to create superficial micro-injuries. These micro-injuries disrupt the scar tissue, triggering new healthy collagen and elastin to form in the affected tissue. Over time, new collagen and elastin form a healthier skin structure in the affected area. After treatment with the Eclipse MicroPen®, patients will have softer and firmer skin with observable results in as few as thirty days after treatment.
To learn more about the Eclipse MicroPen® and how it can effectively treat acne scars, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists in Birmingham to schedule your consultation. Call us at (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.
November 17th, 2015 Plastic Surgery Specialists
A body lift is one of the most rewarding body-contouring procedures for patients. Typically, those who consider this procedure have lost a significant amount of weight through either gastric bypass surgery or by their own means of weight loss. When one loses more than 100 pounds, or between 30 to 50 percent of their highest weight, excess skin on the breasts, arms, thighs, and many other places is inevitable. In some cases, excess skin results from the natural aging process or very poor skin elasticity. The body lift procedure helps to alleviate discomfort caused by excess skin and gives patients the youthful-looking body shape they likely once had.
Patients can choose among three different procedures to reduce their excess skin: lower body lift, upper body lift, and thigh lift. Patients can also combine these procedures or opt for a less extensive version of a procedure if they do not have a significant amount of skin to lose.
Lower Body Lift
The lower body lift is a common choice for post-bariatric patients. Also known as a belt lipectomy, the lower body lift addresses the abdomen, buttocks, outer thighs, and sometimes the groin.
Upper Body Lift
The upper body lift can address sagging breasts, excess skin in the upper arms, and sagging in the underarm area as well as the upper back along the bra line. A breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift to improve the shape of the breasts, and in some cases a breast reduction is needed. Incisions for a brachioplasty (arm lift) address the upper arms and can be extended to remove what many refer to as “bat wings,” or sagging skin in the underarm area.
The inner thigh lift will enhance the shape of the inner, upper thighs. A vertical thigh lift is needed when the excess skin of the inner thighs exists in the mid and lower third of the thigh. This results in an incision along the side of the inner thigh. Patients who have excess skin primarily in the upper thigh can have the incision hidden in the natural crease near the groin.
Who Can Benefit?
Any person who has a significant amount of excess skin or tissue in the arms, torso, breasts, buttocks, flanks, or inner and outer thighs can consider this procedure. Those who obtain the best results have reached their goal weight, maintained that weight steadily for several months, are finished having children, and have realistic expectations for the procedure. Body lift patients should be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and excellent nutrition to help speed recovery and maintain the benefits of the procedure.
Dr. Robert I. Oliver and Dr. Jason M. Jack are board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience performing the body lift procedure. To schedule your private consultation and to learn more about your candidacy, please fill out our online contact form or call us today at 205-298-8660.
October 21st, 2015 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Diet and exercise are not always effective in ridding the body of excess fat; some parts of the body continue to store fat despite your best efforts to trim down. Dr. Robert Oliver, Jr. and Dr. Jason Jack of Plastic Surgery Specialists offer liposuction as a means of eliminating stored fat from trouble areas. With completely customized treatments, you can have liposuction performed nearly anywhere on your body to improve your body shape.
Liposuction can remove fat from many areas of the body, including the:
- Upper arms
Often, liposuction is used to treat multiple areas of the body at one time so that your whole figure is better proportioned and contoured. Liposuction can eliminate a double chin, saddlebags, “spare tire” waistline, love handles, back bulge, thigh fat, and other fat deposits to shape and define the body in a more attractive way.
Combining Procedures With Liposuction
Liposuction can be performed on its own or with other procedures to maximize the potential for improvement of your figure. For example, liposuction of the thighs, hips, buttocks, or waist can be combined with a thigh lift or tummy tuck to further improve body shape. Liposuction of the chin and neck may be combined with a facelift or neck lift to enhance the appearance of the area and to restore a more youthful appearance. In similar fashion, liposuction to remove upper arm fat may be combined with an arm lift to greatly improve the tone and shape of the upper arms. It can even provide a solution for post-bariatric surgery body contouring for those who have sustained significant weight loss and suffer from sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits.
Candidates for Liposuction
Ideal candidates for liposuction will be at or near their ideal body weight, have realistic expectations, and have stubborn localized fat deposits in one of the areas described above. It is important to note that liposuction is not meant to replace a healthy diet and exercise. However, if you are like the many individuals who have been unable to reach realistic goals with these methods, liposuction can provide a successful solution to enhance your body contour.
To find out more about how liposuction could enhance your body shape, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists in Birmingham to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgery specialists. Call (205) 298-8660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.
September 15th, 2015 Plastic Surgery Specialists
Individuals who have experienced bariatric surgery, significant weight loss, or sagging skin and excess fat due to aging may be good candidates for body contouring procedures. Plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Oliver and Dr. Jason Jack offer body contouring procedures that can make a significant, positive difference in your life. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about body contouring.
What Is a Lower Body Lift?
The lower body lift (belt lipectomy) corrects sagging skin and excess fat caused by pregnancy, excessive weight loss, or aging. During the procedure, the surgeon removes loose skin and excess fatty tissue from the abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips, and/or thighs to improve body contour and restore the body to a more youthful appearance.
Will a Lower Body Lift Eliminate All My Body Problems?
Because the lower body lift is an amalgam of procedures that remove excess skin and fat from multiple areas, it can significantly improve your body shape. To further enhance your body shape after drastic weight loss, consider an upper body lift as well.
What Procedures Might I Need After Bariatric Surgery?
While bariatric surgery can significantly improve your quality of life, post-bariatric patients often experience sagging skin and excess fat in stubborn areas. Body contouring can correct these problems and further improve your quality of life after bariatric surgery. Depending on your body, multiple stages of procedures may be recommended.
Patients may start with liposuction or abdominoplasty to improve the curvature and firmness of the stomach area. For more extensive improvements, patients undergo a lower body lift to remove excess skin and fat from the lower torso and/or upper legs.
Patients may undergo an upper body lift with a breast lift, breast augmentation or reduction, and/or upper arm surgery (brachioplasty).
If needed, patients can undergo an inner thigh lift.
To maximize recovery, we recommend waiting for a few months between stages. However, not every individual needs the same procedures, so you will want to discuss your needs with our surgeon. He will create a customized treatment plan for you.
How Long Will I Have to Wait Between Procedures?
In most cases, patients should wait two to four months between procedures.
What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from body contouring can take one to three weeks. For the lower body lift, you will need to stay overnight before returning home, and we recommend waiting two to three weeks before returning to work. For an upper body lift or thigh lift, we recommend seven to ten days at home. During recovery, wear your compression garments as needed and follow the surgeon’s instructions for proper fluid drainage after surgery. Rest well in the first few weeks following surgery to help the healing process, and avoid exercising for at least six weeks. Ultimately, your body may require more or less time for recovery than this, so follow your doctor’s recommendations.
How Expensive Is Body Contouring?
As body contouring is completely customized for the patient’s needs, it is impossible to offer a general answer regarding cost. These details can be discussed during your consultation. Bear in mind that some insurance companies may cover certain expenses. For example, your insurance may cover breast reduction, or it may cover a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) if you have excess skin that hangs over the pubic region (panniculectomy). Lifestyle Loans may be used to help pay for body contouring procedures. If you need several procedures performed, we will work with you on financing and may offer discounted fees to help make body contouring more affordable for you.
We’d be happy to answer any other questions you have about body contouring when you come in for your initial consultation. Call us at 205-298-8660 or contact us online to schedule your private consultation today.