Edina Plastic Surgery featured on The Doctor’s TV show

On November 21, 2013, Dr. Nathan Leigh from Edina Plastic Surgery was featured on the nationally aired The Doctor’s TV show.

http://www.edinaplasticsurgery.com/the-doctors

QuestionHow did the producers from the Doctors TV Show choose Edina Plastic Surgery for this segment?


AnswerIn April our practice got a call from one of the producers from The Doctors’ TV Show in Hollywood.  He said that the Dr. Phil show had previously featured a local Minneapolis woman, Amanda Johnson, a mother of five who had recently lost more than 100 lbs. The show’s storyline was that she wanted to have plastic surgery (a mommy makeover) but her boyfriend was opposed to the idea.

Because the two shows share production facilities/staff, The Doctors’ producers wanted to film a follow-up segment featuring Amanda. So they went on the hunt for a Twin Cities plastic surgeon to fulfill her wishes for a mommy makeover. After doing a thorough search online for a surgeon and a practice that was very highly regarded, the producers called Dr. Nathan Leigh at Edina Plastic Surgery.

QuestionWhat procedures were performed on the mommy makeover patient?


AnswerIn April of 2013, Dr. Leigh performed the first of two surgeries on the patient, Amanda Jones. They consisted of a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift/augmentation. In June he did the second of two surgeries which was an auto-butt augmentation and some additional liposuction. The results of these surgeries were nothing less than incredible. Dr. Leigh did an excellent job explaining what he did during the surgeries. Amanda is delighted with her results, and the other doctors that star in the show were very impressed as well.

QuestionWhere can I see the segment?


AnswerClick on the link below to view four, three minute segments from The Doctors TV Show

http://www.edinaplasticsurgery.com/the-doctors

Do your homework first. Make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

QuestionWhy do some doctors refer to themselves as “Cosmetic Surgeons” and others say that they are “Plastic Surgeons”? What is the difference?


AnswerMany health care providers are now performing plastic surgery procedures, many under the title of “Cosmetic Surgeon”. But the term “Cosmetic Surgeon” doesn’t guarantee that the physician is qualified to perform plastic surgery.

Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This board certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

When you choose an ASPS Member Surgeon such as Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke or Dr. Michael Philbin you can be assured that your doctor meets the following criteria:

* Has at least six years of training and experience in surgery, with three years specifically in plastic surgery. The surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery have over 55 years of combined plastic surgery experience.

* Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, and face. Our surgeons have performed thousands of plastic surgeries of all types.

* Is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. All of the surgeons at EPS are board-certified.

* Operates only in accredited medical facilities. Edina Plastic Surgery has an accredited in-house surgery center for the convenience and safety of our patients.

To make sure your surgeon has these outstanding qualifications, look for the ASPS Member Surgeon symbol.

QuestionWhat questions should I ask during my consultation with a plastic surgeon?


AnswerYou’ll achieve the best results from plastic surgery if you and your surgeon communicate openly and work together to achieve realistic goals.

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:

* Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

* Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?

* Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?

* How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?

* How many procedures of this type have you performed?

* Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

* Where and how will you perform my procedure?

* How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

* What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

* How are complications handled?

* Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

A Patient’s Story: Eyelid Lift/Blepharoplasty

QuestionWhat prompted you to have eyelid surgery?


AnswerWhen I came to Edina Plastic Surgery for a facelift, I originally did not think that I needed to have anything done to my eyelids. But my surgeon and I discussed it at length and he patiently answered all of my questions. In the end I decided that since the rest of my face was going to get “refreshed” I might as well go for an eyelid lift as well.

CLICK HERE TO SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF OUR EYELID LIFTS/BLEPHAROPLASTIES

QuestionWhy did you choose Edina Plastic Surgery for your blepharoplasty?


AnswerI had consultations at four plastic surgeons and EPS was so far above all the others that I talked to, there just wasn’t any question in my mind that they were the practice that I was most comfortable with. Everything from the spacious lobby, to the in-house surgery center (versus having to drive to West Health to have the surgery done), they were just so superior to the other choices I just knew that they were the right practice for my procedures.

QuestionHow did your surgery go?


AnswerThe entire surgery went really well. My surgeon was not only a true artist he was incredibly kind and patient. I had a facelift, a brow lift and an eyelid lift. There was swelling from the blepharoplasty but very little pain. So if people are considering doing eyelid surgery by itself, there is not a great deal of downtime and very little discomfort from it.

QuestionWhat was your recovery period like?


AnswerI had normal swelling and bruising after the surgery but my surgeon had discussed that with beforehand so I expected it. There was very little pain associated with the blepharoplasty and virtually no pain associated with the removal of the stitches.

QuestionHow do you feel about the results?


AnswerHonestly I could not be happier about how the entire facelift surgery turned and my eyelid lift is no exception. I just look much more “awake and refreshed”. My eyes show off eye shadow much better now and they are so incredibly symmetrical. And there are NO scars. Not even a trace of the incision is visible! Actually my eyes are more symmetrical now than they were to start with! Even my eyelashes look bigger and more pronounced. My husband is thinking of having the procedure done as well because his eyes are looking very “hooded”. And he would definitely choose Edina Plastic Surgery as well since he knows I was so happy with my results.

QuestionWould you recommend your experience at EPS to others?


AnswerYes I definitely would. If you are not happy with your face and/or your eyelids I would suggest going to EPS for a free consultation. The sooner you make the change the more years you will get to enjoy it—that’s my opinion anyway.

A Patient’s Story: Breast Augmentation

QuestionWhat prompted you to have a breast augmentation?


Answer I had three children in the space of five years and nursed each of them for at least 1 year. My breasts expanded and deflated with the pregnancies and nursing and when my youngest was weaned I realized that they were never going to be what they once were. Eating well and exercise helped me loose the baby weight but there was nothing I could do to improve my saggy breasts. I had the body, mind and spirit of a young person but my breasts looked like they belonged to an old person.

CLICK HERE TO SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF OUR BREAST AUGMENTATIONS

QuestionWhy did you choose Edina Plastic Surgery for your breast augmentation surgery?


AnswerI had heard many good things about EPS, and the online reviews I read about them were outstanding, but I wanted to be completely sure about my decision, so I met with four other surgeons in the area before making a final decision. When I met with my surgeon at EPS he listened to me very carefully and took the time to discuss my goals and expectations. He shared important information with me concerning the procedure and explained things that I didn’t even think to ask. The Vector 3D imaging camera was not available at any of the other practices I interviewed. It really helped to show me what my final results would look like. I scheduled surgery following my consult and started counting down the days!

QuestionHow did your surgery go?


Answer I was a nervous but extremely excited. The staff at EPS is wonderful. They are knowledgeable, caring and friendly. I had some last minute nervousness prior to the surgery but the anesthesiologist, surgeon and nurses all helped me feel at ease. My surgeon took some time to meet with me again on the morning of surgery to review the procedure and answer any final questions I had. When it was time to go to the operating room and lay on the operating table I felt sick with nerves and my surgeon must have sensed this. He held my hand as I was put under anesthesia and the next thing I remember was waking up on the recovery room with my surgeon and the nurses at my side, all making sure that I was comfortable and not in any pain.

QuestionWhat was your recovery period like?


AnswerMy surgery was scheduled in the morning and I was home by early afternoon. My pain was well managed and swelling was minimal. I was able to shower at home following surgery, which felt great. It was hard to lift my arms or do anything strenuous for the first few days but within 3 -5 days I felt back to my normal self. I used a pain pump that self-drained and felt very little actual pain in my breasts. It felt more like heavy pressure than “pain” during the first couple of days. I was anxious to see the final results and was concerned that my scars would be noticeable but my surgeon recommended taping the scar wounds as they healed and that has really helped my scars fade.

QuestionHow do you feel about the results?


AnswerMy EPS surgeon is a true artist. His expertise brought better results that I ever dreamed. My breast augmentation looks natural and fits my body perfectly. I wanted to be sure that the correct amount of cc’s would be used in my saline implants because I didn’t want to look unnatural or fake. He understood this and was able to deliver the look that I wanted. I am delighted with my results and am a walking advertisement for EPS. I am very willing to show my results to other women who are considering surgery!

QuestionWould you recommend your experience at EPS to others?


AnswerAbsolutely! In the past year I have encouraged a number of friends and family to schedule a consult with the surgeons at EPS. They clearly see how happy I am with the outcome. I’ve been able to wear summer dresses and tank tops without a bra most of this summer and it feels great! My peace of mind and spirit are a direct outcome of the professionalism and artistic talent of my surgeon and the positive attitude each staff member at Edina Plastic Surgery exhibited.

A patient’s story: Rhinoplasty/nose surgery

QuestionWhat prompted you to have a rhinoplasty?


AnswerI was 36 when I had my rhinoplasty. Ever since I was a child I always wanted to have nose surgery. My nose has always bothered me. I had a hump in my nose, the bridge was too wide, my nostrils were not even and the tip slanted down at the end. I was always self-conscious about my side profile. My front photos didn’t bother me as much but my side profile really bothered me—even when I was driving I was really self-conscious of people seeing my profile.
I can clearly remember back to second grade when a boy asked me “if I was ROMAN”. In high school someone else told me that I had “a nose like a witch”. Kids can be cruel, but those types of comments are things that you never forget.
I always looked at other women’s noses and liked the way that they looked “feminine”. There was nothing feminine about my nose.

Question Why did you choose Edina Plastic Surgery for your nose surgery?


AnswerTheir reputation is outstanding. I would never go to any plastic surgeon that wasn’t board-certified and I knew that all their surgeons had those high credentials. Also, they have been in business for over 35 years so that says a lot about the practice.
I talked to another plastic surgeon before having my surgery done at Edina Plastic Surgery and he told me that he performed rhinoplasties under local anesthesia, which scared me to death. I could never get the courage up to have this type of surgery performed while I was awake!
When I had my consultation at Edina Plastic Surgery, the first question I asked was whether I could have my rhinoplasty under general anesthesia; I was assured that they would do that. That helped me make the decision to go ahead with the surgery.

QuestionWould you recommend your surgeon to friends?


AnswerMy surgeon was amazing and meticulous. He was the sweetest man and his bedside manner was so comforting and reassuring. He made me feel so comfortable, was very realistic, an excellent listener and picked up on exactly what I wanted changed. I tell everyone that he is a true artist and I highly recommend him!

QuestionWhat changes did the surgeon make to your nose?


AnswerMy surgeon took down the hump, made the nostrils symmetrical, made the bridge narrower, and fixed the tip. The surgery was an “open rhinoplasty” and took 3 ½ hours. He had to make an incision under my nose above the center of my lip, but the scar is so fine there is no way you can see it. He also made incisions on each nostril to make them more symmetrical but those scars are virtually invisible as well.

QuestionHow were you treated by the staff?


AnswerThe nurses and staff at EPS were just awesome. And this was the best experience with anesthesia that I ever had. When I woke up I was totally awake and felt great. I felt fantastic when I got home—not groggy or nauseous at all.

QuestionWhat are your thoughts about the results?


AnswerI am so pleased and happy that I did it. I am not self-conscious anymore about my profile. It took me a while to get used to having a beautiful nose. When I see a camera I still get the initial feeling “I don’t want a photo in profile”, but then I remember “I have a new nose—I look good in profile now”. I still can’t believe this is my nose!
When I saw my before and after photos it was such a great surprise! I literally thought “did I really walk around all those years with that nose?” When I look at the before pictures and compare it with the after pictures I can’t believe how huge my original nose was. I don’t mind telling people that the results of the rhinoplasty were awesome.
My daughter just kept staring at me after my nose surgery and she told me over and over again how much better I looked. My coworkers and my fiancé have really noticed the positive change. My face is so much softer looking and more feminine because of my new nose.

QuestionWhat have people said about your new nose?


AnswerThe people that haven’t seen me every day don’t notice the difference because it looks so natural. The people that see me every day did notice the difference. I talk to people all the time about getting my nose done and they all say that they would never have known that I had any plastic surgery.

QuestionDid you do anything special to prepare for the surgery?


Answer I took Arnica before my surgery, which is a homeopathic pill that goes under your tongue; five of them three times a day; and as a result I had almost no bruising. In fact, my lack of bruising was completely amazing. I didn’t get black eyes which was great. I would recommend Arnica to anyone considering a rhinoplasty. You can get Arnica at any health food/vitamin store. I also used the Arnica cream after the surgery to help the minimal bruising go away faster.

QuestionWhat was the recovery period like?


AnswerI was back to work in a five days which included two weekend days so I didn’t have to take much time off of work. There was some pain after the surgery for the first few days but the pain was well-managed. I had my surgery a little over a year ago, and the swelling kept going down little by little for months. And as it continued to go down, my nose kept looking better and better. People say that it’s a “long recovery process” but it’s really more of a “long improvement process”—my nose just kept getting prettier.

QuestionWould you tell other potential patients that are considering having a rhinoplasty?


AnswerIf this is something that you’ve always wanted to do, go ahead and do it. Don’t wait as long as I did. I wish I had done this much earlier. I would do it again in a minute.

To see the before and afters for our combined procedures, CLICK HERE

Patient’s Story: Mommy Makeover

QuestionWhat made you decide to have a Mommy Makeover?


AnswerI had lost a total of 135 pounds and had a lot of skin that needed to be taken off. Some of the skin was from the weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and some of it was from having my daughter. My breasts were droopy and deflated for both reasons as well. My Mommy Makeover included a tummy tuck, a breast lift, and liposuction on my flanks, inner thighs, arms and back.

QuestionWere you surprised by anything in regards to the tummy tuck procedure? Was it harder to go through that you thought?


AnswerThe tummy tuck is a big procedure but it’s really worth it. The surgery takes 4+ hours, then you’re in post-op for a while before you go home. You have drains and a compression garment and you need people at home to help take care of you. The hardest part is to try to maneuver your body with the drains. When you wake up, your stomach feels tight—I remember after two weeks it felt really tight—all that skin was gone. I had some muscle work done too. It had been so long since I had a taut stomach.

It wasn’t harder than I thought—there is just a lot of recovery time—most people go to work in two or three weeks but you are still doing some gradual recovery after that time. You need to make sure that you are healing correctly and that you don’t have excess fluid build-up.

QuestionWhat were your thoughts about the breast lift?


AnswerAfter the procedure I felt like I was breast feeding; the pain and tenderness was similar to when I was breast feeding and the breasts were engorged. And as for the results, there’s a huge change in the way my new breasts look—how they look in a bra—the shape of a bra that fits. I don’t even have to wear a bra with every dress if I don’t want to. I can wear a shirt with a built-in bra. My breasts look like real breasts now. Before I just had two long “socks” hanging there. Now my nipples are back up where they should be instead of pointing to the floor.

QuestionPatients often ask about the results of liposuction. What was your experience?


AnswerIt took 2 -3 months to see the full results of the lipo because of the fluid they add when they are doing the procedure. It is a bruising pain; like you’ve been in a fight. My flanks are so much better; I don’t have the love handles I did before. I had a total of 5 pounds of fat removed from my arms, flanks and thighs. My inner thighs look much different; they don’t touch like they used to and they don’t rub. It just changes everything. All of a sudden when the swelling went down, I noticed that things were “smoothing out”. When I put the paper panties on for the “after” photos they didn’t fit at all like they used to.

QuestionWhat are your thoughts about the overall results of your Mommy Makeover?


AnswerWhen I sit I don’t have those two rolls of skin hanging over my pants. I’m single, and after I had the procedure I went on a date and I had a tight-fitting black shirt on. Usually I would be so self-conscious of someone seeing me from the side with my stomach hanging out, or I would worry that they would see my wrinkled breasts. Now I can go out with a smooth tummy and my breasts are where they should be. It’s just so nice to put my shirt down and have it lay flat on my smooth tummy. Nothing is sticking out or folding when I sit.

When I first put on a bra after the breast lift it was so weird. It’s incredible to look at yourself in a mirror and see that your nipples are where they should be. The nipples are not folded up or off to the side. The breasts are perky and the nipples are pointing forward.

QuestionWhat has the reaction been from your family and friends to your new figure?


AnswerPeople have said “Oh you look fantastic”, “phenomenal”. My dad saw me before the surgery and saw me once after the surgery while I was still swollen, but when I saw him three months after the procedure he said “Oh my gosh… you look amazing!!” I’ve never heard my dad react with such excitement; not even when I graduated from college. His reaction made me feel so good.
And… I got my first two-piece swimsuit ever this year and that has been a huge milestone!

QuestionDid you prepare for the surgery by getting smaller clothes etc.?


AnswerI did all that afterwards. It was so nice to put clothes on and have a flat tummy to zip up or button around. Clothes just look and lay better and feel better. They are so much more comfortable because I don’t have a “tube of skin” there anymore

QuestionWhat would you tell other women that are considering a Mommy Makeover?


AnswerI have already recommended it to my stepmother and she is going to go to Edina Plastic Surgery and get one done. I tell people if they are thinking of doing both breasts and tummy, do it all at the same time. Not only is it easier to have to go through the recovery only once, you want them to “match”. You want nice breasts AND a nice tummy not just one or the other.
I was 28 when I had this done. And it was a great decision that I would do again.

QuestionWhat was your overall opinion about the doctors and staff at Edina Plastic Surgery?


AnswerThe staff was wonderful. They are awesome. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was so excited to get the procedure done that I literally jumped on the operating table and said “Let’s get this done. Fix me”. All of the doctors at EPS are masters at tummy tucks and breast lifts. Even though it is a big step, I would do the procedure over again in a minute. It’s definitely worth it.

To see the before and afters for our combined procedures, CLICK HERE

Patient’s Story: Facelift, Brow Lift, Blepharoplasty

QuestionWhat made you decide to have a facelift, brow lift and blepharoplasty?


AnswerI am a fair-skinned woman who recently turned 50. When I was in my teens and early twenties I never wore sunscreen. My friends and I would spend hours sunbathing and even used baby oil and sprayed ourselves with a water mist while we were out in the sun to achieve a better tan, or in my case a darker “sunburn”. Because I had years of damaging sun exposure and such fair, “Nordic” skin, I had many wrinkles and my face was starting to sag and lose definition at the jawline. My neck was starting to sag as well. To add to the problem my eyes were becoming more “hooded” which made me look even more aged and tired.

QuestionWhat made you choose Edina Plastic Surgery?


AnswerI knew that having all these procedures was a big step—not one to be taken lightly. And not just because of the cost. The most important thing for me was to find a surgeon who I trusted and who listened carefully to understand my goals, which I felt were very realistic. I needed a surgeon who had the talent and expertise to do the procedures correctly so I would look “refreshed” and not “pulled or windblown”.

QuestionWhat was the free consult like?


AnswerMy free consult with EPS was great. I liked everything about the practice. The waiting room was spacious and beautiful, the staff was very friendly. My surgeon was extremely nice, very thorough in his explanations and very patient in answering all my questions. EPS was the FOURTH plastic surgery practice I visited and it was so completely head and shoulders above the other three. None of them gave me anywhere near the comfort level I got with Edina Plastic Surgery, and all of them performed their surgeries at an independent surgery in Plymouth which didn’t appeal to me. Edina Plastic Surgery has their own in-house surgery center right next to their office so they control their own schedule and always work with their own staff. That fact was much more reassuring to me.
After my initial consult, I went home and thought about the procedures. I called the practice a few days later to see if I could come in for another consultation and ask some additional questions. They were very gracious and welcomed me back for another consult. Immediately after my second consult I scheduled the surgery.

QuestionWhat would you say about the post-surgery results?


AnswerI am very happy with my decision and do not regret it one bit. My results were incredibly natural looking. Because I chose an extremely talented, meticulous surgeon I do not look “pulled and artificial” but look refreshed and more youthful. The blepharoplasty and the eye brow lift were so successful—my eyes look beautiful—more awake and perfectly symmetrical. It’s so much more fun to wear eye shadow and liner now because my eyes stand out so much more without all that extra skin and sag.
There was very little pain after the surgery. The worst thing post-surgery was the bruising. Because I naturally bruise very easily and my bruises take a long time to go away, that was my biggest obstacle. It was two weeks before I could go out in public just because the bruises were hard to conceal. But that is a small price to pay for such a great result.
I didn’t tell anyone besides my husband that I was having cosmetic surgery. One of the nurses at EPS suggested that I have my hair cut in a slightly new way before having the procedure, so people would think that I looked different because of the new hair style—which I did. When I did go out to a party with a group of my closest friends, I was a little worried about what their reactions might be. But no one “looked at me funny”; they just said that I looked incredible with my new hairstyle!
As for the scars post-surgery they are completely undetectable. They healed beautifully and invisibly and I am not usually the best “healer”. Initially I was worried about scarring and I am delighted that none of the scars show even under my magnifying mirror.

QuestionWhat would you tell others about the procedure?


AnswerI would tell anyone that is thinking of “refreshing their face” to do their homework. Look online and do some research about the procedures. There are doctors out there that do cosmetic surgery without the proper credentials. In my opinion, no one should consider using a surgeon that isn’t board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which is the highest level of certification. Make sure to go to Edina Plastic Surgery for a free consult; their doctors are all board-certified. If you compare EPS to some of the other practices in town, I know you’ll agree with me that it is the best place to come for such an important and life-improving procedure.

TO SEE THE BEFORE AND AFTERS OF FACELIFT PROCEDURES CLICK HERE

Patient’s Story: Breast Reduction Surgery

QuestionWhat made you decide to have breast reduction surgery?


Answer“I am a very active person. I enjoyed playing sports but my very large breasts made me uncomfortable. It was hard to swing a bat, difficult to run—my breasts were limiting my activities and that was very frustrating.
The type of implant that is best for you can depend on a number of factors, including your physical anatomy and your goals. The doctor will discuss this with you at your consultation so that you and your doctor can determine which option would be best.
The pivotal incident which was my personal “breaking point” happened one day when I went shopping for a bathing suit with my mom. When I came out of the dressing room I was in tears. I was so frustrated that I could not find a suit that fit me/looked flattering on me. When the top fit the bottom was huge. My mom convinced me that it was time to go see a plastic surgeon about a breast reduction.”

CLICK HERE TO READ DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY

QuestionWhat made you choose Edina Plastic Surgery?


Answer“Big breasts run in my family. My mom and my aunt had both had inordinately large breasts and they had both gone to Edina Plastic Surgery and were delighted with their results. Because they both highly recommended EPS that is where I went for my consult.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE BREAST REDUCTION BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

QuestionWhat was the free consult like?


Answer“I was very comfortable at EPS the minute I walked into the practice. The doctor answered all my questions, and he took the time to discuss what size my new breasts would be. When he told me that during the reduction you also get a breast “lift”, that was very exciting. I decided to go ahead with the surgery right there at the consult.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE BREAST LIFT BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

QuestionWhat would you say about the post-surgery results?


Answer“This is probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. I went from a large double D down to a C which is such a perfect fit for my lifestyle and my frame. I thought the recovery period was quite easy. Yes I was sore for a few weeks and it was harder to lift my arms up all the way during that timeframe, but the recovery was actually easier than I thought it was going to be. I had two follow-up visits to EPS for check-ups and for the removal of stitches and everyone was very nice and very caring.
I was back at “full strength” playing sports—and enjoying them much more—in a few months. The scars have totally faded and I am very happy with them. The whole process was so completely worth it and I am incredibly happy with the way I look and feel now. And shopping for a bathing suit no longer leaves me in tears!”

QuestionWhat would you tell others about the procedure?


Answer“Because I was so happy with the results of my breast reduction, I have referred two other patients to Edina Plastic Surgery; my doctor and my best friend. They were also extremely happy that they had breast reduction surgery and delighted with the results. I now know so many women that have gone to EPS we joke that we have our own little “support group”. I would encourage any woman who wants to improve her life by reducing the size of her oversized breasts to go for it!”

CLICK HERE TO READ TESTIMONIALS FROM OTHER PATIENTS

Types of Breast Implants

QuestionWhat types of breast implants are there and how do I know which type to choose?


AnswerThere are two main types of breast implants that are currently FDA-approved, and the surgeons at EPS have vast experience with both types of implants.
The type of implant that is best for you can depend on a number of factors, including your physical anatomy and your goals. The doctor will discuss this with you at your consultation so that you and your doctor can determine which option would be best.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR BREAST IMPLANT BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Liposuction Areas

QuestionWhat areas are treatable with liposuction?


AnswerLiposuction can involve the abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, back, knees, neck, calves or ankles, and sometimes involves many of these areas. It is a very common procedure that is done as an outpatient in generally 1-3 hours.

The surgeons at EPS are very experienced with liposuction procedures and will review your options to come up with a safe, effective and realistic plan to help you achieve your goals.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR LIPOSUCTION BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Tummy Tuck Results

QuestionWhat is the best way to get rid of loose belly skin and fat?


AnswerLoose belly skin and fat can usually be addressed with an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). The results can be dramatic and immediate even though there will be additional improvement over time. Many patients have had incredible results with this procedure.

Tummy Tuck surgery is done under a general anesthetic. It is normally done on an outpatient basis, but frequent follow-ups with your plastic surgeon are needed over the first 2-3 weeks. This surgery can provide fantastic results, but there is a significant recovery period. You would be moving very slow for the first 2 weeks, and will need some help around home for at least the first week.

CLICK HERE TO SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF TUMMY TUCKS

What is the latest technology in visualization for plastic surgery?

QuestionWhat can the Vectra XT 3D Camera show patients?


AnswerThe Vectra XT 3D Camera is the only camera in the state of Minnesota that creates three dimensional images of patients’ bodies and faces. Patients of Edina Plastic Surgery get to see these images at their FREE consultation. The camera technology is so advanced that the surgeons can simulate every possible size of breast implant and even every brand name of implant. It is a remarkable visualization tool and only available at Edina Plastic Surgery.

QuestionWhat are the benefits of the Vectra XT 3D Camera?


AnswerPatients love it that they can see a very accurate representation of what their “after” results will look like before their surgeries. Rhinoplasty patients can see images of their post-surgery noses and breast augmentation patients will see how different sizes and shapes of implants will look on their bodies in order to make well informed decisions pre-surgery.

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QuestionWhat have patients said about the Vectra XT 3D Camera?


AnswerHere are two testimonials from patients who have used the Vectra before their procedures:

“I am 57 years old and giddy with joy at the results of my breast augmentation. I credit the Vectra 3D camera with giving me the courage to “go for” the larger size implants. I have always been a small breasted woman and am quite petite so it was difficult for me to imagine myself with larger breasts. I was concerned if I went for a D cup it would be too much for my frame. I work as a health professional and didn’t want to look like Dolly Parton. When I tried on the larger implants with the Demo Bra in the clinic I thought I looked ridiculous, but when I saw myself on the Vectra 3D camera, Wow-it made all the difference-I looked great! Thank you Edina Plastic Surgery for having the Vectra 3D technology!”

“I had wanted to get a breast augmentation for a long time and when I left my first appointment at Edina Plastic Surgery I literally cried from happiness and excitement. The ability to see my own body on the computer was very important to me.  Not only was I able to see what the implants would look like when placed under the muscle, I was able to see what it would look like on me vs. what it looks like on others. For patients looking for unsurpassed expertise and the highest level of technology, Edina Plastic Surgery is the only place to go. I am extremely happy with my results and would recommend them highly.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR BREAST AUGMENTATION PHOTO GALLERY

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR RHINOPLASTY PHOTO GALLERY

How are breast lift changes made?

QuestionWho is a good candidate for a breast lift and how are the changes made?


AnswerThe best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. Besides reshaping and raising the breasts, mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Over the years, pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts–at least for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) If your breasts are small or have lost volume–for example, after pregnancy–breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.

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How do I get rid of loose belly skin and fat?

QuestionWho is a good candidate for a tummy tuck and does it get rid of loose belly skin and fat?


AnswerLoose belly skin and fat can usually be addressed with an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). The results can be dramatic and immediate although there will be improvement over time. Many patients have had incredible results with this procedure.

Tummy Tuck surgery is done under a general anesthetic. It is normally done on an outpatient basis, but frequent follow-ups with your plastic surgeon are needed over the first 2-3 weeks. This surgery can provide fantastic results, but there is a significant recovery period. You would be moving very slow for the first 2 weeks, and will need some help around home for at least the first week.

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Are you a candidate for lipo?

QuestionWho is a good candidate for liposuction and where can it be used?


AnswerThe ideal liposuction candidate is a person who is in good overall shape and is close to their weight goal, yet has areas resistant to diet and exercise. Thus, liposuction is a shaping procedure, not a weight loss procedure but can produce incredible results.

At Edina Plastic Surgery we have treated many areas of the body with liposuction including: the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees and even ankles. However not every area is appropriate for liposuction. For example, in some large abdomens the fat may be inside the abdominal wall, and those abdomens cannot be helped with liposuction. When patients come in for a free consultation with our surgeons they discuss all the possible options.

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Q & A: Brachioplasty/Arm Lift

QuestionWhat is a brachioplasty?


AnswerAn arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow, reshapes the arm for smoother skin and contours, and results in a more toned and proportionate appearance.

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QuestionWhat are some of the causes of excess skin on the underarm area?

AnswerFluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. Brachioplasty can address those issues.

QuestionHow do I know if I am a good candidate for an arm lift?


AnswerIf the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you. When you come in to Edina Plastic Surgery for a free consult with one of our three board-certified plastic surgeons they will discuss your options with you.

QuestionWhat are the benefits of brachioplasty?


AnswerAn arm lift will accomplish the following:

Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow.

Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours.

Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance. The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm can be dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

QuestionDoes a brachioplasty result in a visible scar?


AnswerIn order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm. Your surgeon can discuss this with you in detail and show you before and after photos of other patients.

Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

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Q & A Body Lifts

QuestionWhat is the goal of a body lift?


AnswerPatients will achieve a firmer, more youthful looking body contour as the result of a body lift.

A surgical body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. More than any other procedure, a body lift can truly be a life-changing event, and Edina Plastic Surgery is the place to come for expertise in body lifts from our board certified plastic surgeons.

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QuestionWhat is involved in body lift surgery?

AnswerDuring a body lift, excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity.

The body lift procedure is an extension of the classic abdominoplasty. In some cases it can be done in conjunction with minor shaping liposuction. It is usually done as on an outpatient basis, but for some patients hospital stays may be indicated.

QuestionWho is a good candidate for body lift surgery?


AnswerThe person that is the best candidate for this procedure has skin laxity which extends around the body.

This condition may be the result of massive weight loss, such as gastric plication/gastric bypass surgery, large pregnancies, or even genetically lax skin. Typically the goals of a body lift are to tighten the abdominal skin and muscle, and to lift the thigh and buttock areas. Smokers and extremely overweight patients may not be good candidates for this procedure.

QuestionWhat kind of scarring can patients expect as a result of body lift surgery?


AnswerThe body lift procedure leaves a significant scar, but that scar is necessary to obtain even more significant results.

The body lift scars are customized to match the patient’s needs and can be designed to lift different areas of the body, depending on the patient’s own shape and goals.

QuestionWhat is the recovery time after the surgery?


AnswerIt is usually 2 – 3 weeks before the patient can return to work, and it can be 2 – 3 months before all normal activities can be fully resumed.

To reduce postsurgical risk and speed recovery, at Edina Plastic Surgery we use a pain management pump that allows early walking. As with all body contouring procedures, the patient has to be dedicated to the result and must use a common sense approach to diet and exercise to maintain his or her results.

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Q & A: Mastopexy/Breast Lift Surgery

QuestionWhat causes breasts to sag?


AnswerOver the years, pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts.

As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. If your breasts are small or have lost volume–for example, after pregnancy–breast implants inserted in conjunction with a mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.

To see our breast lift before and after photos CLICK HERE

QuestionWhat changes are made during breast surgery and who are the best candidate?

AnswerBesides reshaping and raising the breasts, mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts.

QuestionCan you do a breast lift before you are done having children?


AnswerMany women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts.

However, if you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn’t interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.

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QuestionWhat does breast lift surgery involve?


AnswerMastopexy usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours.

Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.

Breast lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll sleep through the operation. In selected patients–particularly when a smaller incision is being made–the surgeon may use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy.

QuestionIf you have small breasts is there an alternative type of surgery?


AnswerSome patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions.

One such procedure is the “doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy”, in which circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.

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What is Involved With Liposuction Surgery?

QuestionWhat type of anesthesia is used for liposuction procedures?


AnswerThe liposuction procedure is typically done under adequate anesthesia to allow your surgeon to do the very best job possible. For larger areas, this will be a general anesthetic. While local anesthesia can be used for smaller areas, there are limits to the area that can safely be done with this technique. Our surgery is done in our on-site, fully accredited and licensed specialty facility.


QuestionWhat does a typical liposuction procedure involve?


AnswerThe typical procedure may involve, the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees, or even ankles and sometimes all these areas. It is common that surgery will take from 1 – 3 hours and patients wear a compression garment for 3 to 6 weeks post-operatively.

There are many techniques for fat suction, some involving dissolution of the fat before aspiration. The board certified surgeons of Edina Plastic Surgery are well versed in all these methods and will be able to review your options and come up with a safe, effective and realistic plan to help you achieve your goals.

QuestionHow long does the recovery process take?


AnswerAfter a liposuction procedure patients can usually return to completely normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks, but a certain amount of swelling may be present for up to 6 – 9 months. It is common to not lose weight (because of swelling) for 2 weeks or a little longer. It is important to follow instructions during this time to get back to a normal life style and speed swelling resolution.

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Call us at 952-925-1765 or fill out a free consult form online to talk to one of our surgeons about whether you are a good candidate for liposuction.

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Liposuction…Good Body Shaping?

QuestionWho is a good candidate for liposuction?


AnswerThe ideal liposuction candidate is a person who is in good overall shape and is close to their weight goal, yet has areas resistant to diet and exercise. Thus, liposuction is a shaping procedure, not a weight loss procedure.


QuestionWhere are the areas I can have liposuction?


AnswerAt Edina Plastic Surgery we have treated many areas of the body with liposuction including: the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees and even ankles. However not every area is appropriate for liposuction. For example, in some large abdomens the fat may be inside the abdominal wall, and those abdomens cannot be helped with liposuction. When patients come in for a free consultation with our surgeons they discuss all the possible options.

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Breast Aug Incisions

QuestionWhat options are there for incision types/placement for breast augmentations?


AnswerThere are three incision options that the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery use:

There are three incision options for placement of a breast implant in breast augmentation surgery:

1. Transaxillary from the under arm area, in which an endoscope is used to assist in creation of the pocket.

2. Inframammary which is located in the breast crease.

3. Periareolar which is where the incision is placed from the nipple area.

You may be a good candidate for only one of these approaches, or all three. When you come in to Edina Plastic Surgery for a FREE consultation your surgeon will carefully explain all of these options.

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At EPS we have the only Vectra XT 3D camera in the state of Minnesota that shows breast augmentation patients incredibly accurate 3D photos of their own bodies with different size and style implants. When patients can see a simulation of their choice of implant on their bodies, it increases their satisfaction level with the procedure and improves their confidence.

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Types of Breast Implants

QuestionWhat types of breast implants are available at Edina Plastic Surgery?


AnswerWe currently use one of two types of breast implants, both FDA-approved in the U.S.

1. The first type of breast implant is saline filled breast implants with a silicone elastomer shell.

2. The second type of breast implant is a cohesive silicone gel filled breast implant that also has a silicone elastomer shell.

The type of implant that is right for you will depend on your individual goals and circumstances, and your exam and discussion with our plastic surgeons.

It may be that both are equally good options for you, in which case with the help of our plastic surgeons, the style that best matches your goals will be selected. Some of the differences of saline and silicone implants are listed below:

-Saline is less expensive, firmer, and has more ripple potential. It also can be put into a smaller incision no matter the size of the implant and is adjustable in volume.

-Silicone gel is more expensive, tends to be softer and show ripples less, however, it needs a bigger incision the bigger the implant gets. It is also the most natural feeling implant for breast augmentation because the silicone gel is thicker and more the consistency of body tissues.

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States today. The Board Certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery specialize in breast augmentation and will carefully discuss your options for the type of implant, incision and pocket options during your FREE consultation.

At EPS we have the only Vectra XT 3D camera in the state of Minnesota that shows breast augmentation patients incredibly accurate 3D photos of their own bodies with different size and style implants. When patients can see a simulation of their choice of implant on their bodies, it increases their satisfaction level with the procedure and improves their confidence.

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New Vectra XT 3D Camera

QuestionI’d like to have a rhinoplasty but I’m worried about how my new nose will look on my face.


AnswerOur New Vectra XT 3D Camera can show your face with a visualization of your new nose.

Edina Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery practice in the state of Minnesota to have a Vectra XT 3D Camera that can show patients a realistic image of what the results of their nose surgeries or breast augmentations will look like on their own bodies.

Cameras positioned around the machine’s arms snap pictures that create a 3D image of the patient’s face or body. Our board-certified surgeons use this image to show patients what they look like now and then give them a view of what they might look like after their procedure.

Vetra 3D Camera Photo

“This new camera and technology opens up the lines of communication between the patient and the surgeon so that we know we’re all on the same page and shooting for the same goal,” explains Dr. Robert Wilke, one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery. “Now our patients can have an excellent visual image of what their results will be.”

The Vectra XT 3D also shows virtual images for women interested in breast augmentation and allows them to choose different implant sizes and shapes. At most plastic surgery clinics patients interested in testing out the size of their new implants have to do so by slipping clumsy silicone inserts into stretchy bras. This method can be very inaccurate and confusing especially for women with asymmetrical breasts. The new technology allows female patients to see a virtual image of different sizes and types of implants on their own bodies.

Getting nose surgery or rhinoplasty

QuestionI’m thinking of getting nose surgery/rhinoplasty but don’t know who to choose as my surgeon?


AnswerNose surgery should be performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.

Because noses are such a prominent feature on the face, when a patient has a nose that they feel deviates from the normal range they can be very self conscious. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures done in the nation and at Edina Plastic Surgery.

The procedure itself involves several tissue types (bone, cartilage, and skin). These tissues are the elements of a complex structure that is responsible for the very important function of breathing. For these reasons, rhinoplasty is best approached conservatively and by a surgeon with extensive experience. All of the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have done thousands of nose surgeries.

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Nose surgery can address the nasal tip, the hump of the nose, a crooked appearance, breathing problems, or all of these issues. Rhinoplasty can be done “closed” (with only incisions inside the nose), or “open” with the same incisions as closed, along with a small incision in the skin between the nostrils. The incision choice depends a great deal on the complexity of the procedure planned.

The best way to determine what your options are and to address your areas of concern is to come in for a free consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons. During this visit, we will perform an exam and discuss treatment options to best help you achieve your goals.

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Tummy Tuck Types

QuestionHow is the decision made between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck? Mini abdominoplasty vs. full abdominoplasty?


AnswerPatients need to be clear on the differences between these two procedures. With a full abdominoplasty, there will be a scar that extends across the lower abdomen, typically extending from hip to hip. There is also a scar around the belly button.

With the mini abdominoplasty, the lower abdominal scar is shorter, and there is no scar at the belly button. Liposuction is often used with either of the procedures.

Less scarring always sounds like a good idea, but lesser procedures produce lesser results, and you may not get the outcome that you are looking for. The mini tuck does not tighten the upper abdomen at all.

Again, an examination of the abdomen by our experienced, board certified plastic surgeons followed by a thorough discussion about the patient’s options will ensure that the right procedure will be chosen.

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Facelift Truths

QuestionWhat is the difference between the facelifts marketed on TV and the facelifts performed at Edina Plastic Surgery?


AnswerThe truth about facelifts.

Various terms have been used for mini-facelifts, and recently some marketing companies have taken variations of the procedure and have given them proprietary names. This has created a great deal of confusion surrounding these procedures. Some of these procedures seen on TV are not even surgical, and produce subtle changes that may only last for a few months. Some practices/clinics are even advertising a “30 minute facelift”.

In reality, a safe and effective facelift procedure, even the “mini” variety, cannot possibly be performed in less than an hour.

When the board certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery perform a mini-facelift, the surgeons spend at least 30 minutes simply placing the closing sutures, ensuring that we are obtaining the best possible result. After all, the patient will live with the result we achieve for many years, and they deserve the time and effort needed to have this done properly to get a fantastic result. A typical mini-facelift procedure that we perform will take about two hours to complete, and if other procedures are included, such as a brow lift or eyelid lift, more time will be added. It’s important to be aware that not all procedures, or practitioners, are equal and you do not want to be comparing apples to oranges.

In contrast to the mini-facelift, the classic facelift takes longer to perform and is usually done under a general anesthesia. The procedure requires a longer scar that extends from the temporal hairline and along the front of the ear as in the mini-lift, and then continues behind the ear and into the posterior hair-bearing scalp. A more aggressive elevation of the tissues in the face and neck is performed. Often, brow lifts or eyelid lifts are performed at the same time, which also adds to the operative time, cost and recovery.

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Does a breast lift = smaller breasts?

QuestionDoes a breast lift always result in dramatically smaller breasts? I am interested in having a breast lift done but am concerned about what size my breasts will be after the procedure.


AnswerAt Edina Plastic Surgery when we perform a mastopexy (breast lift) on someone with very large breasts, it is usually necessary to perform some reduction of the breast volume as well in order to optimally shape the breasts. In patients with relatively small breasts, we usually do not need to remove any glandular breast tissue, and often the breasts appear a bit larger than they did before surgery, simply because we are lifting the tissue and, in essence, bringing it together which makes the breast appear more full. When patients come in to our office for a free consultation their surgeon will take the time to carefully explain all of the options.

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Thinking about a nose job?

QuestionI have been thinking about getting a rhinoplasty/nose job but I am concerned that I will not be able to accurately describe the results that I am looking for to a surgeon since I don’t know all the technical terms and I don’t know what can and can’t be achieved. Is there a way that the surgeon and I can look at images of what my nose will look like before and after?


AnswerAt Edina Plastic Surgery rhinoplasty patients can see an incredibly realistic 3D simulation of the results of their procedure on their own face using our new VECTRA XT 3D Camera.

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What to expect: The simulation experience begins with a picture session in the Edina Plastic Surgery office. This creates the starting point for your aesthetic consultation. The VECTRA XT 3D Camera captures a three dimensional photograph of your face and nose using multiple cameras positioned for different views, all shooting at once.

Using special simulation software on your 3D picture, our surgeons will show you the possible results of the rhinoplasty/nose job and talk with you at length about your goals and expectations.

The photographs of your nose can be rotated on the screen and shown from hundreds of different angles. We can also superimpose your after image over the before image so you can see the difference in one screen. You and your Edina Plastic Surgeon will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one that most closely meets your expectations.

Once you and your surgeons have decided on the changes, this VECTRA XT 3D simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the results, you can be much more confident in the outcome of the procedure.

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Visualizing breast implants

QuestionWhat is the best way for me to choose what size breast implants I would like? I tried putting padding in my bra and it just felt so unnatural; it was very hard to visualize if a breast implant that size would look natural on me.


AnswerYou can now see an incredibly realistic simulation of your new breast implants with the VECTRA XT 3D Camera at Edina Plastic Surgery.

Now breast augmentation patients can see 3D images showing how different size implants look on their bodies for incredibly accurate before and after simulations. This new high tech system also works great for rhinoplasty patients! Edina Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery practice in the state to have the VECTRA XT 3D Camera.

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At Edina Plastic Surgery we are very excited to offer our patients this new state-of-the–art tool that will help patients feel very comfortable with their choice of implants.

The process is simple. When a patient comes in for a free consultation they stand in front of the VECTRA camera for one photo. Then their surgeon shows them a simulation of their own body “trying on” different sizes and shapes of implants until they are happy with the virtual results.

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The enhanced visual reinforcement and improved communication between patient and surgeon allows the patient to go into surgery confident in her implant choice. These new 3D pictures are worth more than a thousand words.

VECTRA XT 3D Camera

QuestionHow does the VECTRA XT 3D Camera work? Is it a simple process for a patient to go through? What types of procedures does it work for besides Breast Augmentations?


AnswerIt only takes one photo using the VECTRA XT 3D Camera to create an incredibly realistic simulation for both Breast Augmentations and Rhinoplasties.

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What to expect: The simulation experience begins with a picture session in the Edina Plastic Surgery office. This creates the starting point for your aesthetic consultation. The VECTRA XT 3D Camera captures a three dimensional photograph using multiple cameras positioned for different views, all shooting at once.

Using special simulation software on your 3D picture, our surgeons will show you the possible results of the aesthetic procedures you may choose to have. The photographs can be rotated on the screen and shown from many angles. We can also superimpose your after image over the before image so you can see the difference in one screen. You will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one you want.

Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the result, you can be confident in the outcome of the procedure.

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What about breastfeeding

QuestionI would like to have breast augmentation, but am wondering about the effect on breastfeeding. I am planning to have another child in the next two years and am wondering if it would be better to wait or if I would be fine to go ahead with the procedure now.


AnswerTo achieve the best result we recommend that women be finished having children prior to undergoing breast augmentation. A personal free consultation with one of our surgeons will provide you with more information.

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Types of Neck Lifts

QuestionAre there different types of neck lifts available?


AnswerAt Edina Plastic Surgery we do two types of neck lifts:
The first type is a standard neck lift, otherwise known as the open neck lift. These usually are done in conjunction with a facelift and can achieve excellent results. The basic goal of neck surgery is to improve the appearance of the neck by re-creating an angle between the jaw line and the front of the neck. This angle is called the cervicomental angle and helps to make the neck look more youthful. As a part of aging, excess lax neck skin can hang down and create a straight line from the bottom of the chin to the lower neck. The underlying neck muscles can also contribute to the problem.

The open neck lift involves an incision that runs behind the ear, then extends back into the posterior scalp hairline. Often, a submental incision (incision under the chin) is made in conjunction to allow the removal of fat and/or deal with the anterior neck muscles if necessary. With the open neck lift, we typically lift and tighten the platysma muscle in the neck, in addition to lifting the posterior neck skin and removing the excess. People that have substantial skin excess and laxity in the neck will usually require this type of lift.

The second type of neck lift uses the ImplicitGuide® Surgical Suture System (iGuide®). The system can produce excellent results when used for the appropriate candidate, with fewer potential side effects and less downtime and is often done in conjunction with liposuction of the neck. Your surgeon can evaluate you to determine if this procedure would be an appropriate option.

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Treating a Loose Belly

QuestionHow can a loose belly after pregnancy be treated?


AnswerLoose belly skin and fat can usually be addressed with an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck).
This surgery is done under a general anesthetic. It is normally done on an outpatient basis, but frequent follow-ups with your plastic surgeon are needed over the first 2-3 weeks. This surgery can provide fantastic results, but there is a significant recovery period. You would be moving very slow for the first 2 weeks, and will need some help around home for at least the first week.

This is a very common situation after a pregnancy, but you do want to be done having children before doing a tummy tuck. You also want to be at a stable weight, and a regular exercise program is strongly encouraged. All of the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons, and we offer free consultations so you can meet with us to discuss your options.

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Breast Augmentation Scars

QuestionWhere are the scars located after breast augmentations and how visible are they?

AnswerSome type of incision is always needed to place a breast implant.
Each incision made in a breast augmentation will result in a small scar. These scars can be placed in one of three places – at the breast crease (inframammary), the lower areola (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary). Which one is best will depend on the anatomy of each patient, as well as the experience and comfort level of the surgeon. Regardless of which approach is used, the scars typically become nearly imperceptible. None of them should be visible in a swimsuit. It is very rare to have poor scars from breast augmentation, but if hypertrophic scarring occurs, treatments can be done later to minimize the scar. If you are considering a breast augmentation come in to Edina Plastic Surgery for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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Age for breast reduction surgery

QuestionWhat is the minimum age for breast reduction surgery?
I am considering having breast reduction surgery. Is there an age you recommend because I am only 18. What are the general requirements for insurance to cover this procedure, and how much pain would be experienced post-surgery?

AnswerMinimum age for breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction can be considered after breast development has stabilized. Insurance coverage is dependent on the symptoms you have and how much weight will be removed from the breast. Surprisingly there is usually very little pain during recovery. We offer free consultations to make you more comfortable with your decision regarding breast reduction surgery.

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Muscle repair: body lift/tummy tuck

QuestionCan you explain the muscle repair that is done with a lower body lift/tummy tuck?
I read something recently about the lower body lift addressing “muscle repair” that had “fallen.” Could you enlighten me on what that means?

AnswerMuscle repair in body lifts/tummy tucks
When performing a body lift, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a crucial part of the procedure. The abdominal muscles are sewn together at the midline when performing most tummy tucks, and this is the muscle repair that is being described also in the body lift. When doing other procedures that may be part of the body lift, such as an inner thigh lift, we will suspend the skin/soft tissue to a deeper fascial layer (a layer of strong tissue just superficial to the muscle) , although this is not truly a “muscle repair”. Come in to our office for a free consultation and we can answer all your questions about body lifts and tummy tucks.

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Recovery timeline: breast implants

QuestionWhat is the recovery timeline after breast implant surgery?
I am considering having breast implant surgery and need to plan time off from work and also need to coordinate any help I may need at home for recovery. Can you give me an approximate recovery timeline?

AnswerRecovery after breast implant surgery
All of us have busy lives and cannot or do not wish to take time out to recover. In most cases most women can care for their children, drive and lead fairly normal (but less active) lives within one week. Part of the reason for quick recoveries in our practice is due to the pain pumps we use after surgery. The pain pumps help patients get back to normal much faster.

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

QuestionWhat is the “Mommy Makeover”?
I recently overheard a woman say she was thinking about a “Mommy Makeover”. What is this? Recently I have been considering the possibility of having a tummy tuck but am thinking that I should look into this instead, so I’d like an explanation of the term. Thank you.

AnswerThe “Mommy Makeover”
The “Mommy Makeover” is a term that was created to describe a combination of procedures that are done to correct many of the changes that occur to a woman’s body after having children. It is used to describe a combination of various procedures.

The most significant physical changes that occur after pregnancies are to the abdomen and breasts. The abdominal skin is often stretched and loose, and may bear stretch marks. The breasts, especially if a woman breast feeds, may have drooped and lost volume. The classic surgeries that correct these problems are the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and the breast lift (mastopexy) with or without breast implants to add volume. In some cases liposuction is also performed at the same time, most often to the hips, back, thighs and/or arms. When multiple procedures are performed together, they are often called a “Mommy Makeover”.

It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon if you are considering these types of procedures. You should be done having children and at a stable weight. Potential patients should be in good general health, and preferably be practicing a regular exercise routine. A general medical clearance is needed before proceeding with this type of surgery. It is done under general anesthesia, and should only be performed in an accredited surgery center or hospital. You will need some recovery time – typically several weeks – and if you have young children, you should plan on having help at home for at least the first week.

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How to Decide Breast Implant Size

QuestionBreast Implant Sizes
I’m worried that if I get breast implants they will give me a top- heavy look, so I’m trying to figure out what size breast implants should I get.  Is there a rule of thumb or tips for choosing breast augmentation sizes? What are my options in breast implant size?

QuestionThe Best Implant Size
The best size for your breast implant is the size that will achieve your personal goals. Sizing is very subjective. There is simply not one size that is “right” for any body type, but rather a range of sizes that can work based on a patient’s anatomical dimensions. Measurements are important, especially in regards to implant diameters (there are various “profiles” of implants at any given size, which means a specific volume implant will be available in different widths). Our surgeons measure your dimensions to help determine which implants will fit properly in your breasts.

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