November 17th, 2015 admin
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 admin
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 admin
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.
August 28th, 2015 admin
In a world where smooth skin is incredibly popular, men and women alike turn to shaving, waxing, and other hair removal methods to remove unwanted facial and body hair. These days, new technological developments have led to the creation of a laser hair removal system called the ProWave Hair Removal System to do the job safely and effectively for permanent results. This new innovation by Cutera® can be used on a wide range of skin types and tones and can quickly treat large areas of skin. The next time you consider putting on your swimsuit and hitting the beach, try the ProWave hair removal system for optimal, permanent results.
How the ProWave Works
Waxing, razors, and electrolysis can be painful and frustrating, especially because they must be repeated soon afterward. But the ProWave hair removal system delivers laser light technology in pulses to the treated area, which effectively and permanently disables the hairs growing there. Because your hairs grow at different rates, it will usually take between three to six treatments to effectively disable all the hair follicles in the target area. However, unlike other hair removal methods that produce only temporary solutions, once these treatments are complete, the results are permanent!
What It’s Like to Use the ProWave
Using the ProWave hair removal system effectively removes hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, back, chest, bikini line, and even the nipples. As the cooled handpiece is held to the target area, you may experience mild stinging or pinching. While no anesthesia is required, a topical anesthetic may be applied before treating sensitive areas. After treatment, the targeted area may be red or swollen for a few hours; any exposed areas should be covered in sunscreen before going out into the sun. Between treatment sessions, hairs may appear to grow, but this is just hair shedding due to treatment with the ProWave. You can shave these hairs between treatments, but avoid waxing or plucking.
Getting You Ready for the Beach!
With this new technology, your skin will be permanently smooth with no more unwanted hair, and there will be nothing stopping you from putting on your swimsuit and getting ready to catch the waves. Click here to read more about the ProWave hair removal system.
Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack are board-certified plastic surgeons that offer the ProWave hair removal system and a number of other procedures and treatments to enhance your appearance. To find out more about the ProWave hair removal system as well as our other treatments that could benefit you, fill out our online contact form or call us today at 205-298-8660 to schedule a consultation.
August 11th, 2015 admin
The majority of people know that BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin produced by botulinum toxin A. When injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily paralyzes those wrinkle-causing muscles, allowing the skin to relax and smooth out. It takes only minutes to perform this nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure and requires no downtime, so patients can return to work and their regular activities immediately afterward.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used to improve the following signs of aging:
Horizontal lines across the forehead
Vertical furrows between the brows, known as “frown lines”
“Crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes
A sagging brow
What many people do not know is that BOTOX® can be used for many other purposes, and research suggests that it may be effective for improving mood.
BOTOX® for Depression
Depression is characterized by a dejected mood during most of the day and a loss of interest in things once enjoyed. This mood disorder affects about 18.8 million American adults. Fortunately, a study conducted at the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that injecting botulinum toxin A into the facial muscles involved with expressing negative emotions eased the symptoms of depression. Patients in this study who received botulinum toxin A for the treatment of “frown lines” experienced positive effects on their mood.
How It Works
Our facial muscles contract to display our emotions, and our expressions send signals back to the brain to reinforce those emotions (the facial feedback hypothesis). Since BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses from reaching the muscles, it may prevent people from expressing negative emotions and prevent the reinforcement of those negative emotions back to the brain. In addition to boosting a person’s confidence knowing he or she looks more youthful, this study suggests that BOTOX® Cosmetic can also make a person happier.
If you are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve signs of aging and increase your confidence, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660, or fill out our online contact form for more information.
July 2nd, 2015 admin
Sun exposure, living a happy life, and gravity all cause a little facial wear and tear. As you age, the elastin in your facial tissues becomes weak, and your skin begins to droop. However, the weakening of the skin isn’t the only cause of an aging appearance. A larger factor in how firm and youthful your face appears is actually the underlying muscular structure. If your muscles are loose, then the skin that sits on top of it will appear that way as well. Many people carry the misconception that a facelift targets A) only the skin and B) your entire face. This is, in fact, not true.
What Is a Facelift, Really?
Facelift surgery has a bit of a deceptive name; there isn’t much lifting of your entire face. Many patients pull back the skin around the temples and cheeks, which makes the skin taunt. This is the effect they desire from their facelift, but achieving that aesthetic through surgery requires work in a very different area of the face. What seems to be a tightening of the overall face is actually tailored restructuring of the underlying musculature of the lower face.
Incisions are created along the hairline at the temples that run down toward the ears. The skin is separated from the muscles, and the cheek and jaw muscles are repositioned and stitched together so they appear and feel firm. The skin is then redraped over your new muscle contour, and unwanted excess skin is trimmed away. The remaining skin hugs your new muscle structure, which now appears firm and youthful. It is important to remember that this surgery only targets the middle and lower half of your face.
Full Facial Rejuvenation
What many patients fail to realize is that an aged appearance can also be due to sagging skin around the eyes. Heavy, drooping eyelids can cause you to appear fatigued, angry, or even sad. Eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with your facelift in order to achieve full facial rejuvenation. Additionally, JUVÈDERM® is an injectable filler that can be used to fill in deep, hollow circles around the eyes.
For eyelid surgery, incisions are created in the natural contours of the eyelids to minimize the appearance of scarring. Excess skin and fat are removed from the upper lid to eliminate a heavy, hooded lid. The same is done to the lower lid, which alleviates puffiness and dark undereye circles.
Combining procedures can save you money and precious recovery time. Brighter eyes and firmer skin will have you looking years younger in no time.
If you think you’d benefit from full facial rejuvenation, facelift surgery, or eyelid lift surgery, schedule your consultation with the Birmingham Specialists today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660 or filling out our online contact form here for more information.
May 15th, 2015 admin
Having breasts that are small or sagging robs many women of their confidence. If you are bothered by the appearance of your breasts and feel that they could use a boost along with your confidence, surgical correction is available.
Breast enhancement surgeries can increase the size and/or improve the shape of your breasts, but it may seem like you’re sifting through murky water attempting to figure out what will work best for you. If you aren’t sure which breast enhancement procedure is going to give you the results you desire, the following information can help you decide based on the factors that apply to you.
When many women think of breast enhancement, they automatically think of breast augmentation because it is the most popular enhancement surgery. Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to increase the size, reshape, and correct asymmetry of the breasts. Implant options are saline (which provide a more rounded look and feel) or silicone (which more closely simulate natural breast tissue). The implant placement (under or over the pectoral muscle) can also affect the aesthetic appearance of the breasts.
Women who choose breast augmentation generally identify with one or more of the following:
Desire for an increase in breast size
Abnormally shaped breasts
Embarrassment due to breast asymmetry (one breast smaller than the other)
Many women fail to realize that their breast issues may be due to weakened breast tissue and/or stretched skin. Women often experience breast sagging as a result of aging, pregnancy, and weight loss. Severe breast sagging can prevent the breasts from appearing full and perky. Breast lift surgery removes excess tissue and sutures what remains into a flattering position and shape on the chest.
Women who choose breast lift surgery generally identify with one or more of the following:
Mild to severe breast ptosis (sagging)
Nipples and areolas that hang below the breast crease or point downward
Drooping breasts that are large or of adequate size
It is important to discuss your goals with your doctor to determine the right procedure(s) for you. Women often find that they need a smaller bra size after breast lift surgery due to the tightening of the tissues and wish they had also undergone breast augmentation. Those who wish to increase the size of their breasts while also elevating them to a higher position combine the breast augmentation and breast lift procedures into one surgery.
Sagging breast tissue may lead to complications later if a breast augmentation is performed alone when a lift is also needed. In these instances, an issue called the “double-bubble deformity” can occur, where the breast tissue that should have been lifted sags below the implant. A lift with your augmentation can help prevent tissue sagging and this problem.
If you are seeking breast enhancement surgery, schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham. Dr. Oliver, Dr. Jack, and their friendly staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our office today at 205-298-8660 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.
April 16th, 2015 admin
Chemical peels seem to have a bad rap as of late. It may be because people picture horrible lab accidents when they hear “chemical,” or they envision the skin being grated off at the sound of “peel.” Another possibility could be that everyone is simply enamoured with new laser technology. However, there is no need to fear chemical peels; they are not as dangerous as the name might lead you to believe. As for technology, chemical peels are also backed by solid science.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are designed to improve the appearance of your skin. They can treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and certain types of acne. A mild, medium, or moderate (depending on the intensity of treatment needed) chemical solution is applied to the skin. The solution helps exfoliate the skin to erase imperfections and improve skin tone and texture. Common ingredients for chemical peels include:
Glycolic Acid: This is among the mildest of chemical peel ingredients. It is considered to be natural because it is derived from sugar cane. As a mild peel that works on a superficial level, it provides mild results, making multiple treatments necessary.
Trichloroacetic Acid: This is an effective middle-ground peel ingredient. It is strong enough to remove fine wrinkles, but it doesn’t provide the same lasting results as deep-working peels.
Phenol Peel: This is an incredibly strong chemical peel. It works deep within the tissue layers to achieve the most dramatic results. The recovery period takes longer (about two weeks), but many patients say their results last for years.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Your skin’s health and quality is only as good as the cells making up the tissue. Dead skin cells and lack of collagen can negatively affect the appearance of your skin. As you age, dead skin cells can build up, creating acne and a dull skin tone. Your natural collagen production also begins to slow down. Chemical peels work by exfoliating the top layers of skin to remove dead cells. By slightly damaging the surface of your skin, the body is stimulated to produce new collagen cells to help in the healing process. The cells that remain behind once healing is complete create tighter, smoother skin. This process is known as cell turnover.
Maintaining Chemical Peel Results
Chemical peels come in varying strengths. Therefore, your results will last varying amounts of time depending on the treatment you underwent. If you want to prolong the effects of any chemical peel, it is important to maintain healthy skin care habits.
Stay hydrated: Consume the daily recommended amount of water, and apply a moisturizing skin cream after washing.
Nutrition: A good diet full of healthy vitamins and minerals can help maintain bright, clear skin.
Apply sunscreen: Sun damage is one of the leading causes of signs of aging. Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and avoid direct sunlight when possible.
If you are considering a chemical peel treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660 or filling out our online contact form here.
March 20th, 2015 admin
Accredited Surgical Center in Birmingham, Alabama
At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, we aim to offer you the safest and most enjoyable experience possible from your initial consultation all the way to your final check-up exam. To ensure patient comfort and safety, we perform all our out-patient procedures in a surgical facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). In addition, our surgical center houses a state-of-the-art operating suite that utilizes the latest innovative technology for outpatient cosmetic procedures.
What Is an Ambulatory Facility?
Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are health care facilities that offer same-day surgical care, diagnostic exams, and preventive procedures. ASCs are a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures. Most plastic surgeons work from ASCs because they provide the best care and convenience for their patients.
What Is the AAAASF?
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) is a not-for-profit accreditation program that standardizes and improves the quality of ambulatory surgery facilities. Over 2,000 facilities are accredited by the AAAASF, and they are considered the “gold standard” by surgeons as well as state and national health agencies.
What Does the AAAASF Check?
During the accreditation process, the AAAASF inspects facilities to make certain they meet a list of requirements that ensure patient care and safety. Some of the general guidelines required by the AAAASF include:
Perform pre-operative surgical safety checklist
All patients receiving anesthetic agents other than topical or local anesthesia must be supervised by an adult during the immediate post-discharge period
All surgeons using the facility must meet one of the following credentials:
A doctor of medicine (M.D.) certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties
A doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) certified by the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists
A podiatrist certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Every surgeon operating in an AAAASF-accredited facility must hold unrestricted hospital privileges in his or her specialty at a licensed acute care hospital within 30 minutes of their facility
Patients with pre-existing medical conditions that make them a significant risk for outpatient surgery are referred to alternative facilities
The facility displays a professional appearance
There is a dedicated operating room
The operating suite includes an operating room, prep/scrub area, a clean area, a dirty area, and a post-anesthesia care unit
The operating room is properly cleaned and maintained
Although Alabama state law does not require a surgical center to be accredited by a third-party source, Plastic Surgery Specialists chooses to maintain its AAAASF accreditation. We want to ensure our patients have the peace of mind knowing that their safety and comfort is our number one priority.
At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, we look forward to providing you with outstanding patient care from your initial visits all the way to your final follow-up exam. Call us today at 205-298-8660 to schedule your consultation. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.
February 11th, 2015 admin
Benefits of Breast Reduction
It’s no secret among women that ideal beauty, which should be subjective, is often treated as if it is purely objective. Each woman’s fantasy body is unique, however, and has been crafted by personal experiences over the years. Women become ashamed of their bodies when they don’t reflect what they typically see in popular culture. This struggle is most prevalent in how women view their breast size. Many women feel that they don’t stack up against society, making breast augmentation the most popular plastic surgery in America for women. Some women, on the other hand, feel that their breasts are much larger than normal, which also affects their confidence. However, they rarely seek treatment because breast reduction isn’t glamorized in the media.
Famous Breast Reduction Recipients
Numerous Hollywood stars have breast implants. It happens so frequently that there is little stigma associated with them any more, which makes sense for a society in which larger breasts are idealized. So few women in the spotlight choose to have breast reduction surgery that normal women feel self-conscious considering it for themselves. However, these famous ladies chose to have breast reduction surgery to improve their lives:
Drew Barrymore (actress)
Queen Latifah (singer/actress)
Star Jones (TV personality)
Patricia Heaton (actress)
Katie Price (model)
Patti Stanger (TV personality)
Dina Manzo (TV personality)
Soleil Moon Frye (actress)
Why Women Choose to Get a Breast Reduction
Women generally choose to reduce the size of their breasts either due to physical pain or emotional pain. The pain keeps women from living the lives they want and feeling confident with their bodies. No woman should have to live feeling limited by her body.
Back and Neck Pain
The most common complaint among women with overly large breasts is the pain it causes in their backs and necks. To relieve the burden of extra front weight, women find themselves hunching forward. This poor posture is terrible for the spine and neck. It’s a lose/lose battle because many women don’t have strong enough cores to support the immense frontal weight, but slouching is a pain in the neck (literally). Many women say they have trouble sleeping because of their back pain and constantly have to take pain relievers to feel comfortable.
The pain that overly large breasts cause during exercise is both physical and mental. The aggressive movements used when working out create soreness in the chest. Once breasts reach a certain size, sport bras have trouble strapping them down and keeping them in place. Many women also feel self-conscious during their workout because jogging or jumping brings unwanted attention to them and their chest.
Women with overly large breasts find that they are limited in their fashion choices. Most tops and dresses aren’t made to fit over ample chests. Clothing that is big enough for their top halves are often too big for the rest of their bodies. It becomes discouraging when you can’t feel beautiful in your clothes. Another complaint is that very few bras designed for larger-breasted women are pretty. They usually are made from sturdy material in beige and tan. Women don’t even feel attractive in them, let alone feel that anyone else would find them attractive in them. And forget about them ever slipping into a bikini.
It is too often that women with overly large breast are embarrassed and self-conscious about their bodies. They feel that their breasts are disproportionate to their frame or don’t meet with a “normal” body image standards. They may receive unwanted male attention and feel that their bodies limit the way other people perceive them. Since large breasts begin to develop in early womanhood, many women have spent years hiding away their bodies. Eventually, the emotional burden becomes too much to bear.
Deciding if Breast Reduction Is Right for You
It can be hard deciding if breast reduction is right for you. Today’s culture pressures women into believing that their “natural assets” are a gift and it would be a shame to do away with them. You should remember that it’s you who has to live in your body. Considering something as drastic as surgery obviously indicates that this is a serious issue for you. You don’t have to live in pain or be unhappy with your body. It’s time you loved yourself and loved your breasts. Breast reduction may be just what you need to take charge of your life and feel fabulous in your own skin. For more information about breast reduction surgery, click here.
To discuss how breast reduction surgery can help you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack. Call today at 205-298-8660 or fill out our online contact form here.