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Cosmetic surgery can help patients quit smoking

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I read somewhere that cosmetic surgery can help patients quit smoking; is that true?

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If you’re a smoker considering cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon will likely require you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure because smoking can result in serious complications.

A long-term follow-up study reported on in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® finds that many patients receiving instructions to stop smoking from a plastic surgeon will quit smoking, or at least smoke less, in the years after cosmetic surgery.

To see a video about cosmetic surgery patients and the rate of smoking cessation from the editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery CLICK HERE.

Study findings

The study shows an association between cosmetic surgery and smoking cessation at long-term follow-up, which suggests that surgeons who request preoperative smoking cessation are clearly influencing the long-term smoking status of their patients.

As part of the study, 85 patients who were previously labeled as smokers, were required to refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before their procedures.

Five years after cosmetic surgery, 42 patients who were previously daily smokers, responded to a follow-up survey. Most of the patients were women; the average age was 40 years. The most common procedures were tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), and facelift.

40 percent of the patients who responded to the follow-up survey said they no longer smoked cigarettes on a daily basis. Nearly one-fourth had not smoked even one cigarette since their cosmetic surgery procedure.

Seventy percent of the respondents agreed that discussing their increased surgical risks with the plastic surgeon influenced their ability to quit or reduce smoking.

The results suggest that patients were more motivated to quit by targeted messaging provided by the surgeons who gave them specific examples of the negative effects of smoking, instead of just an overview of general health benefits from smoking cessation. Previous research had confirmed that patients who undergo cosmetic surgery are more motivated in general to sustain positive lifestyle changes.

How does smoking negatively affect surgical results?

Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, but the effects of tobacco use impact far more than just our lungs. Carbon monoxide introduced during smoking affects the tissue, and the nicotine found in tobacco products can cause blood vessels to restrict, limiting the amount of oxygen that can get to the rest of the body.
If patients continue to smoke right up until surgery it can result in complications and issues after surgery including:

  • Compromised circulation, which can cause the skin to breakdown
  • A higher rate of post-op infection
  • Impeded healing
  • Impaired healing can lead to scarring, necrosis and skin loss

Facelifts can be very adversely affected by smoking. And as a result many surgeons will not perform facelift procedures on smokers; other surgeons will require that patients quit smoking for a longer time period pre-surgery. This is because the effects of smoking greatly restrict blood flow, and a good blood flow in the tiny capillaries of the face is essential in a facelift. In this procedure the facial tissue is lifted up from the surface, and if the capillaries have been impaired due to smoking, it can make healing much harder and in some cases can result in unsightly scars.

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Men get the same benefits

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Can a man get the same benefits from a tummy tuck as a woman?

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A tummy tuck, which is also called an abdominoplasty, is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery.

The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and a repair or joining of the separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks can be as effective for men as they are for women. Plastic procedures overall are becoming more and more popular with the male demographic and a growing number of men are choosing to have tummy tucks.

Weight loss surgeries are on the rise for both men and women and they are another reason why tummy tucks for men are gaining in popularity; men are choosing the procedure to tighten and tone their midsection.

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The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is in good medical health and has realistic expectations of what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. He should also be at his ideal body weight. One of the reasons for this is that a tummy tuck will not improve the appearance of the mid-section on men with large amounts of intra-abdominal fat located around their organs. Men who fit this description need to diet and exercise before they would be a good surgical candidate.

There are several techniques to perform tummy tuck surgery on both males and females, and our board-certified plastic surgeons will decide the best technique for each patient based on their anatomy and aesthetic goals. In most tummy tuck procedures, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles as well as removing the excess skin and fat. The incision made during a tummy tuck is in the lower part of the abdomen, typically below the belt line. In some cases the surgeon will suggest that the male patient have additional liposuction to the waist at the same time the tummy tuck is performed to improve the love handles and the overall result.

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At Edina Plastic Surgery, tummy tuck procedures are done in our modern and accredited outpatient surgery center which is attached to our clinic. The surgery can take anywhere between one and five hours depending on the exact procedure. No overnight stay is required; however, in rare cases complications can require admission to a hospital.

Most body contouring procedures are done under general anesthesia. Patients will need someone to drive them home and care for them for at least 24 hours after the surgery; assistance with daily activities may also be necessary during the next few days.

Of the many procedures performed by our surgeons, tummy tucks can provide the best results and the most satisfied patients. Men have been delighted with their new taut waistlines and torsos. Post-procedure, all men and women are encouraged to control their weight and to exercise after recovery to maintain the surgical results and an improved state of wellness.

Top procedures performed before the holidays

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What are the top procedures performed before the holidays and what are the recovery timeframes?

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Now that the summer is over, people start thinking ahead to the holidays; and who doesn’t want to look their best during the holiday season? A refreshed and rejuvenated appearance makes people feel more youthful and confident but it requires some planning, and now is a good time to begin that process. While some techniques can provide immediate results, most take weeks or months for the full benefits to become apparent.

Below is a list of some of the top procedures that patients choose to undergo:

Liposuction: Plan 2-3 months ahead

Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed procedures for fat removal. At Edina Plastic Surgery our board-certified surgeons can do this procedure as a stand-alone or we can perform it in conjunction with a tummy tuck or even a facelift. It has tremendous potential to shape the body, but there are some limitations based on the skin quality and planned volume retrieval. Typically the liposuction procedure can be done on the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees or ankles. Sometimes patients request to have it performed on a combination of areas. Recovery from liposuction varies but a return to normal full activity will occur around four to six weeks.

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Breast augmentation: Plan 2-3 months ahead

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures with patients at Edina Plastic Surgery. All three of our board-certified surgeons have special expertise in breast augmentation. Because of our expertise our clinic was selected to participate in the FDA’s clinical trials for silicone breast implants. Breast augmentation can increase self-esteem and confidence, improve the fit of clothing and make women look and feel more youthful. Edina Plastic Surgery is the only practice in the Twin cities using the Vectra XT 3D camera which allows patients to see “virtual before and after photos” on their own bodies. Although most women are back to their daily routine in about a week, it takes three to six months for the implants to completely settle into position and for the residual swelling to subside.

Blepharoplasty: Plan 1 month ahead

Your eyes convey so much information and emotion, which is why you don’t want your eyes to appear tired or aged. Eyelid surgery can help patients project a more youthful, rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. A blepharoplasty can help make your eyes your most beautiful accessory for the holiday season and beyond.  An eyelid lift can be conducted on the upper and/or lower eyelids to improve appearance by removing excess fat pads or skin. The swelling and bruising post-surgery generally resolves in one to three weeks.

Botox: Plan 3-4 weeks ahead

Botox is a well-known and popular anti-aging treatment that can provide quick and amazing results to patients who want to diminish wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. It is so quick it can work within just one treatment so it is a very popular pre-holiday procedure. It targets dynamic facials lines; those caused by repetitive expressions including crows’ feet, forehead creases and frown lines. The treatment takes only a few minutes and requires no down time. The early benefits can be seen within two weeks but many times patients see improvement even after that time period. For best results plan about three weeks before your holiday celebration.

Dermal fillers: Plan 1-2 weeks ahead

There are many well-known fillers that patients request to give them a beauty perk-up before the holidays including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Voluma. Dermal fillers promote hydration of the skin, and they also restore volume to the skin and its underlying foundations. The expert skin injectors at Skin Artisans of Edina Plastic Surgery apply injectable gel under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel. Areas that can benefit from filler treatments include: temples, around the eyes, mid-face, lip rejuvenation and jowl correction. Mild bruising and swelling can sometimes occur after treatments so give yourself a week or two before any holiday events.

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Top ten questions to ask about liposuction

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What facts are important to know about liposuction before scheduling a procedure?

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More than 400,000 patients had liposuction in 2016 according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, making it the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

There is a good reason that so many patients are interested in liposuction; it can provide the individually tailored body sculpting results that people truly appreciate. Patients also appreciate that this minimally invasive technique is done on an outpatient basis and requires a very short recovery time.

The best way to get optimum results is to make sure that you are an informed and educated patient before your consultation. Asking your plastic surgeon the following ten questions will help you make the right decision.

1. Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

This is a question you should ask even before you schedule a liposuction consult. Do some research online and make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose for a consultation is board-certified by the ABPS. If they are board-certified it means that they have undergone extensive training in their specialty and that they routinely pass rigorous board certification exams. The three surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are all board-certified.

2. Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction should not be considered as a treatment for obesity; it is best used to treat stubborn, excess fat deposits that cannot be resolved by diet and exercise. The best candidates are patients who are healthy, exercise regularly and have realistic expectations of the procedures’ results.

3. What are the benefits of liposuction?

With continued healthy eating and diet, the effects of the liposuction procedure can be permanent. This procedure helps to smooth and contour the skin; and it can result in a dramatic improvement in appearance.

4. What type of liposuction will be performed?

When your doctor meets with you they will suggest the type of liposuction that is best suited for your particular needs. The right technique for your situation may depend on several factors, including treatment location, the extent of correction desired, and your doctor’s personal protocols. Ask your surgeon which type of liposuction they perform on a routine basis; a skilled doctor will be experienced in a variety of techniques.

5. Can I have liposuction at the same time as another cosmetic procedure?

It is very common for patients to have liposuction at the same time as another procedure such as a tummy tuck or a breast augmentation or lift. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for multiple procedures.

6. If I choose to have liposuction will the results be permanent?

When liposuction is performed, the fat cells that are removed do not return. However, if the patient experiences future weight gain, the surrounding fatty tissue can still expand. Ask your surgeon for ideas on how to best maintain your liposuction results for the long-term. They will have advice on how to best retain your newly refined physical contours.

7. Where will my liposuction procedure be performed?

Because liposuction is normally performed as an outpatient procedure, you will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure. At Edina Plastic Surgery we perform liposuction procedures at our own state-of-the-art accredited surgical center which is located within our clinic. Some surgeons use an off-site day surgery facility that can be miles from their clinic location, so make sure you are familiar with that location and that it is convenient for you.

8. What type of anesthesia will be used?

Liposuction surgery 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 be done safely with this technique.

9. How long does the liposuction procedure take?

Traditional liposuction typically takes approximately three hours or less to complete. In some cases where large areas or multiple areas are being treated at the same time, the procedure can take longer.

10. Is there anything I need to do beforehand to prepare for my surgery?

First and foremost, patients are advised to quit smoking before the liposuction procedure. Smoking can prolong healing of wounds. You may also need to discontinue certain medications as they can cause bleeding issues during surgery. Ask your doctor for pre-procedure instructions.

Liposuction and The Ideal Female Silhouette

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I’m considering having liposuction on my hips and buttocks. How do the surgeons decide how much fat to remove during the procedure?

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Despite what most people may believe, the main goal of liposuction is not really about removing as much fat as possible. The most important thing that plastic surgeons consider is whether the fat that is left behind will artfully preserve the natural contours of the body.

“There is a true art in performing liposuction,” says Dr. Robert Wilke, a board certified plastic surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery. “Removing too much fat can not only destroy the natural contours of the body, but it can also lead to skin irregularities that may be hard or impossible to completely correct in the future. A good surgeon will take many different factors into account to achieve the best result in the overall silhouette. That is why it is so important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is very experienced in this area.”

When surgeons perform liposuction of the hips, it typically also involves the flanks in order to create a smoother, more natural transition. When the fat rolls, also referred to as love handles or muffin tops, are removed or reduced the buttocks area will appear more voluptuous.

Liposuction is not a procedure that is commonly performed on the butt cheek due to the increased risk of skin asymmetries and the possibility of a sagging appearance. This is particularly true when performing liposuction on the lower half of the buttocks.

Rather than doing liposuction on the actual buttock cheek, the vast majority of patients benefit from liposuction of the upper/outer butt, outer thigh and hip-flank area.

Excess fat in the upper-outer buttock makes it appear flatter and wider. For this reason, contouring the area with liposuction can provide a dramatic improvement for the butt appearance even without the use of silicone implants or Brazilian butt lift (fat transfer).

It is important to note that the amount of fat removed via liposuction must not only be determined by the patient’s desired post-op size but balanced with the consideration of the patient’s skin elasticity and ability to re-drape to the new contour.

If a surgeon removes more fat volume than the skin can handle, a wide variety of problems can result including visible and palpable rippling or a sagging appearance. While skin asymmetries can be improved by fat transfer, which in essence is a liposuction procedure in “reverse,” patients can only expect some level of improvement, as opposed to a complete remedy.

“To put it simply,” says Dr. Robert Wilke, “the goal of liposuction in the hips and buttocks is to remove just the right amount of fat while leaving behind enough fatty tissue to preserve the natural contours of the body and maintain a smooth skin surface and a feminine silhouette.”

Pre-pregnancy body procedure

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I waited until I was 36 to have my first child. Can a mommy makeover help me regain my pre-pregnancy body?

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Mommy makeovers have become increasingly popular over the past 10 years. This is at least partly due to so many women having children later in life; many are over 35. As such, their bodies may be less resilient than those of their younger counterparts, and the after-effects of pregnancy can be loose abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles, fat deposits in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, and droopy breasts. And while diet and exercise can be helpful, in many cases for these patients, plastic surgery is needed to get the kind of improvement that they’re looking for.

“Many of the patients that come to us for mommy makeovers are over 35,” says Dr. Robert Wilke, a board certified plastic surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery. “Healthy women who are done having children can be excellent candidates for abdominoplasty, liposuction and a breast lift, reduction or augmentation. The overall satisfaction rate for mommy makeovers is very high. Many women have told us that they are delighted with the transformation and their only regret is that they wish they had come in to see us sooner.”

For a typical “mommy makeover”, the board certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery often perform abdominoplasty combined with liposuction, and very frequently the patient also has a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation. Mommy makeover procedures remove extra skin, minimize stretch marks and lift the breasts and body to regain a comparable figure to pre-pregnancy form. Our surgeons listen carefully to each patient and advise them on the most appropriate procedures.

Women are having babies later when their bodies aren’t as resilient.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2000 the average age of a first time mother was 24.9 years. In 2014, that age had risen to 26.3. And although that may not seem to be a big change, it is representative of a trend that women are waiting longer to have children due to a combination of factors including improved birth control, improved fertility treatments and other socioeconomic reasons.

For many mothers; especially those over 35, one of the most challenging aspects of giving birth is regaining their pre-pregnancy bodies. Many plastic surgery procedures are aimed at providing assistance for those looking to regain their svelte physique. Due in part to the popularity of television shows that focus on plastic surgery procedures, requests for multiple procedures done at one time are rising each year.

Multiple procedures; just one recovery period.

Patients appreciate the fact that when having a mommy makeover, they can have multiple procedures performed at once, thereby having a single recovery vs. three separate ones. With the advent of much-improved anesthesia techniques that allow a safer anesthetic with fewer after-effects, combined with the popularity of such shows as “Extreme Makeover”, requests for multiple procedures at one setting are increasing rapidly.

Recovery time for mothers with children must be considered carefully, and the doctors at Edina Plastic Surgery suggest that patients have a support plan in place to make sure that supplemental help is available for household chores and childcare post-surgery for one to two weeks.

Body contouring post-bariatric surgery

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I had bariatric surgery and have lost a great deal of weight. I am considering having body contouring surgery. Are there any studies that show that this surgery helps patients like me keep the weight off?

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According to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers, patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain “significantly greater” weight loss than those who do not have surgery.

Many previously obese patients opt for plastic surgery. The types and extent of the surgeries can vary widely; but tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast and body lifts are very common. These procedures can be very effective in removing inelastic excess skin and tissue after substantial weight loss and to reshape or recontour bodies.

The results of the study are encouraging to the plastic surgery community. When improved body image translates into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight it also translates into a better quality of life for these patients. This improved aesthetic combined with better health is the kind of end result that is very satisfying to both plastic surgeons and their patients.

The study followed patients who underwent bariatric surgery at Henry Ford Hospital. Study results were presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Of the patients studied 47 subsequently underwent body recontouring procedures.

The Henry Ford researchers recorded each patient’s Body Mass Index, or BMI – a weight-to-height ratio used to determine degrees of obesity – both before their bariatric surgery and 2.5 years after the procedure. Of the patients who underwent contouring surgery, the average decrease in BMI was 18.24 at 2.5 years, compared to 12.45 at 2.5 years for those who did not have further surgery.

These findings suggest that aesthetic procedures following bariatric surgeries may well contribute to improving the long-term results.

Bariatric surgery is used to help obese patients lose weight and includes several types of procedures that limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, including removal of a portion of the stomach or constricting it with a gastric band. Such weight loss can be significant, and result in a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease. This type of surgery can have a significant positive impact on obese patients, but long-term success still depends on patients changing their eating habits post-surgery. There is currently a high incidence of patients who regain weight after the surgery, so procedures that help incent patients to keep the weight off are a positive step in long-term maintenance.

Plastic surgery for people over 50?

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Is plastic surgery becoming more of an accepted practice for people over 50 years of age?

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Seniors are turning to plastic surgery in record numbers. It may be a current trend for the “more mature” to let their hair color go to a natural silver, but those same seniors are clamoring to have plastic surgeons erase other marks of aging like sagging breasts, wrinkles and droopy eyelids.

No matter how hard they look, these men and women know that there are no creams, potions or drugstore remedies that can completely erase the effects of aging. There is no such thing as an over-the-counter miracle cure. The former head of Revlon, Charles Revson was quoted as saying “I am selling hope in a jar.” Today older Americans are often finding that hope is in the hands of board-certified plastic surgeons.

A record number of senior citizens are electing to undergo plastic surgery. In 2014, women and men from the ages of 51 – 64 accounted for 25% of the surgical and 32.9 percent of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The total of those procedures for the year was more than 10 million. Add to that the number of people 65 and over who made up 8% of the total of yearly surgeries and 11% of the non-surgical procedures and you have got some very significant numbers of people over the age of 50 opting for cosmetic procedures. And the numbers are increasing every year, so the trend is clearly growing.

It’s not that hard to answer the question “Why are cosmetic procedures becoming more popular for people 50 and older?” Medical technologies are ever-advancing. This means that people are living longer and living more healthy lifestyles. They feel good and they want to look just as good as they feel.

If they are still in the work environment these patients often feel the pressures of the work environment and want to “continue to fit in”. Many have returned to the dating world and want to look their best to meet new people.

When asked about this trend, Dr. Robert Wilke, a plastic surgeon board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery said, “Every year we see more patients that are over 50, and the over-65 patient base is growing as well. My partners and I perform procedures that make people look and feel more youthful, but in a very natural way. Most people want a natural looking result. They still want to look like themselves, just a more refreshed and rejuvenated version of themselves.” The surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are experts in performing these procedures, as evidenced by all three of them being named as Top Doctors.

Seniors are asking for all types of surgeries and cosmetic procedures, but the most commonly requested surgeries are: facelifts, eyelid lifts, breast lift, tummy tucks and liposuction. These are followed in popularity by breast augmentation, breast reduction, lower body lifts and forehead lifts.

Do the risks increase as the age does?

“Many people are under the impression that advanced age automatically increases the surgical risk for patients,” says Dr. Wilke, “but that is not necessarily the case. Age does not have to be a limitation, but any co-morbidities and extenuating medical conditions that the patients are experiencing can play a part as to whether they are a good candidate for plastic surgery. Every patient needs a full medical evaluation preoperatively, and we, along with their primary physician, need to assess their surgical risk to determine if elective surgery is appropriate for them.”

Dr. Wilke goes on to say, “Because of advances in medical technology and techniques, plastic surgery is not only safer than ever, the results are better than ever as well. With our refinements in surgical techniques, as well as better and safer anesthesia, it all adds up to make it easier for these more mature patients to enjoy the benefits of plastic surgery.”

And with social mores and opinions on plastic surgery becoming more accepting, the social stigma of having “something done” has been all but erased. Surgeries are no longer considered a mark of vanity and they are no longer limited to Hollywood divas and jet-setting executives. The vast majority of people electing to have procedures are middle class wage earners who have saved up to get plastic surgery because it is important to them.

Looking more youthful with non-surgical alternatives.

For the maturing population who want to avoid or postpone a surgical option, the non-surgical alternatives are also very popular. Seniors are flocking to the offices of plastic surgeons and to skin clinics for all kinds of treatments including Botox® to erase wrinkles and facial fillers to plump up hands and face. They are also trying skin rejuvenation in record numbers. These include chemical peels, dermabrasion, skin-tightening lasers and laser skin resurfacing.

“At Edina Plastic Surgery we have a great skin clinic,” says Dr. Wilke. “So our patients have the option of any type of surgical or non-surgical procedure in their pursuit of looking more youthful. As people go through life transitions they want to look good; and no matter what avenue they choose we are there to help them reach their goals.”

Loose and Sagging Skin?

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After having gastric bypass surgery I have lost a great deal of weight and have a large amount of loose and sagging skin. Can you tell me what options plastic surgery can give me?

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Dramatic weight loss has many benefits. But after weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss achieved naturally, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size.

Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging fat and skin while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a more normal appearance with smoother contours. These procedures below are also very effective in improving appearance in patients experiencing normal aging or a small amount of weight loss.

Body contouring procedures may include:

  • Facelift: sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
  • Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts
  • Tummy tuck: apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
  • Lower body lifts: sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
  • Medial thigh lift: sagging of the inner, outer and mid-thigh
  • Arm lift: sagging of the upper arms

If you are considering body-contouring surgery, here is what the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery suggest you should do first:

  • Choose a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery — not just a board-certified doctor. All three surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Stabilize your weight — at your goal — for at least three months, and be sure to correct all nutritional deficiencies (which are common after weight loss surgery).
  • Establish a reliable support network of family and friends to help you during recovery.
  • Make sure you can get enough time off from work to recover.
  • Prior to surgery, stop smoking. This is a must to speed healing and reduce complications.

My Hands Look So Old

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My hands are full of veins and look so old. What procedures are available to help make them look younger?

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Radiesse® recently received FDA approval as an injectable to rejuvenate aging hands.

The hands don’t lie. Even with a more youthful appearance of the face, your age can easily be given away by the appearance of your hands. In early June, Merz North America, the maker of Radiesse®, announced that they have received regulatory approval to sell the nation’s first injectable “filler” to improve the appearance of bony, aging hands and to correct volume loss in the dorsum of the hands. The nurse injectors at The Skin Clinic at Edina Plastic surgery are experts in these injections and have helped many patients achieve smoother, younger-looking hands.

Radiesse® is the first and only FDA-approved product for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in the hands and reduce the prominence of tendons and veins in the hands. This filler restores volume to the hands while providing smooth, natural-looking results that can be seen immediately and can last up to 1 year.

But it’s not just older women who want in: Young women are getting hand rejuvenation so they can take engagement ring selfies without shame, the Daily News reported in August. Women who’ve recently added “rocks” to their left ring fingers are getting Radiesse® injections to beef up the appearance of their hands for the engagement ring photos.

In clinical trials, 75 percent of evaluators said Radiesse® improved hand appearance three months after injection, Merz said. The evaluators didn’t know which patients had received Radiesse® and which ones were injected with a placebo.

Here is a quote from a patient who had her hands rejuvenated using Radiesse®:

“I wasn’t happy with the way my hands were looking — the veins were showing and the skin didn’t have its youthful vibrancy,” says Margareta C., 66, who had the procedure. “It filled in all those pockets and the veins are not noticeable now.”