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The top eight misconceptions about liposuction

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What circumstances are best for using liposuction, and can it be used to treat cellulite or droopy skin?

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Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States and around the world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 246,354 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017. The three board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are all experts in the art of liposuction. However, many patients still have questions about what conditions liposuction can and cannot treat.

Because liposuction is a shaping procedure and not a weight loss procedure, not every area can be treated with liposuction, but the typical procedure locations may include the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs and knees. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Despite its popularity, many people still have misunderstandings about liposuction; the most common misconceptions are listed below.

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1. Liposuction can help you lose weight

Even though some of the results for liposuction can be very dramatic, the reality is that most patients only lose about two to five pounds in total. In fact, the best candidates for the procedure are generally within 10 percent of a healthy weight range and have localized fat pockets they would like to reduce.

2. Liposuction can be performed to treat cellulite

Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes connective tissue bands beneath the skin, causing those characteristic dimples and bumps. Cellulite is not simply an irregular pocket of fat. Liposuction is only able to remove soft, fatty tissue and does not directly affect the skin or other tissues, so the fibrous connecting bands that cause cellulite are not altered.

3. Liposuction is only for “younger people” and not for “older people”

Liposuction can be safely performed on any patient who is in good health and has had a positive medical examination. If the patient has a lack of firmness and elasticity (both of which commonly decrease with age) it may compromise the skin’s ability to re-drape over newly slimmed, reshaped contours. One of the main contraindications for liposuction is poor skin quality.

4. Liposuction will “fix” lax or droopy skin

Because the appearance of a double chin or a heavy tummy may involve a degree of sagging skin with reduced elasticity as well as excess fat, your surgeon may recommend a skin tightening procedure instead of (or in conjunction with) liposuction. Liposuction alone cannot fix sagging or drooping skin.

5. After liposuction the fat deposits removed will return

Liposuction is “permanent,” in that once the fat cells are suctioned out, they will not return. However, if a person’s calorie intake is excessive, there will still be some remaining fat cells that can grow in size and expand the area. The best way to maintain the results of a liposuction procedure is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

6. You can get back to your normal routine immediately after liposuction

Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure, however every surgical procedure entails a recovery period, and liposuction is no exception. The most common after-effects include swelling, bruising, and soreness at and around the treatment areas. While the healing process varies from patient to patient, most people should plan to take some time off from work to rest and recover. It may be four to six weeks before a patient can resume strenuous activity or exercise, and swelling to a certain extent may be present up to nine months.

7. Liposuction is only for women

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, 28,180 men had liposuction procedures in 2017. fact, it was one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for American men this past year. Common areas for treatment in men include the abdomen, love handles and chest.

8. Liposuction is always the answer to belly fat

Liposuction can only targets subcutaneous fat which is the kind that is located below the skin and above the muscle. An abdomen that protrudes due to fat under the muscle and around the internal organs (known as visceral or intra-abdominal fat) will not be improved with liposuction. The only effective methods to combat visceral fat are diet and exercise.

Good information about an eyelid lift

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What is an eyelid lift and what can eyelid surgery treat?

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Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that has continued to grow in popularity. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, coming in fourth in the list of top cosmetic surgeries published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2017, more than 200,000 eyelid lift procedures were performed in this country.

Over time, upper eyelids often develop an excessively full or droopy appearance, and lower lids may develop puffy fat pads and loose skin. Surgery for these conditions can provide a more rejuvenated appearance – and can improve vision when skin is heavy enough to block the eyes.

Eyelid lifts can have a dramatic effect on the face and patients have said that their self-confidence has been greatly improved because their eyes look so much more youthful and they no longer look “tired all the time”.

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1. What is an eyelid lift?

There are three distinctly different types of eyelid lift surgeries. The board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery meet with each patient to discuss which of these options is best for their situation.

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: This type of blepharoplasty is most often performed to improve the appearance of the eye due to aging genetics. For some patients it is performed to improve vision loss from drooping lids. Focused only on the upper eyelid, this surgery can restore the function of the eye and also provide a more open and youthful appearance.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: This procedure is based around the lower lid and eyes, focusing on the removal of wrinkles in the skin and the correction of baggy eyes.
  • Double Eyelid Surgery: This is when both procedures, upper and lower are combined. Doing both types of eyelid surgery at the same time can make a very dramatic change to the look of the eyes, and as a result the patient can look much more youthful.

2. What can eyelid surgery can treat?

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

3. Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

The approach that our surgeons will recommend for eyelid surgery is based on your needs and goals. During the initial free consultation, our board-certified surgeons will assess whether a blepharoplasty may be beneficial for each patient and, if so, what type of surgery will provide the desired results. Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our fully accredited onsite surgery center and does not require an overnight stay.

The top seven facts to know about breast augmentations

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What are the things that patient ask about most when it comes to have a breast augmentation?

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Some answers to the most commonly asked questions are below:

1. The choice of breast implant type is not as simple as saline versus silicone. When considering the appropriate breast implant for a patient, our surgeons take many factors into account including shape (round or teardrop-shaped), texture (smooth or textured shell) profile and overall size. The appropriate size should be based on body proportions, posture and skin elasticity. Our surgeons discuss these options with each patient. In addition, we use the Vectra XT 3D camera so patients can see the different virtual implants shown on photos of their own bodies.

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2. There are three incision options available for placement of a breast implant:

  • Inframammary uses an incision in the breast crease.
  • Periareolar uses an incision in the nipple area.
  • Transaxillary uses an incision in the under arm area. An endoscope is used to assist in creating the pocket for the implant.

Some patients may be a good candidate for only one or two of these breast surgery approaches – or all three. Our surgeons have extensive experience in all of the breast augmentation incisions.

3. When it comes to implant placement, there are two pocket options for the implant itself; under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular, partial submuscular or biplanar) and under the breast gland itself (subglandular). There are advantages and disadvantages to both positions, and all three of our surgeons have a great deal of experience in both pocket placement options.

4. Sagging breasts cannot be fixed simply through a breast augmentation. Some patients believe that an augmentation will fix sagging breasts, but actually when you increase volume in the breasts it can exacerbate the appearance of sagging. A breast lift or mastopexy is the appropriate procedure to correct sagging breasts. A breast lift involves tightening tissues and removing any excess, as well as potentially repositioning the areolas and nipples to more suitable positions. When a patient wants to both lift and augment their breasts, a lift combined with a breast augmentation can be performed.

5. It is true that all breast implants will need to be replaced at some point. While today’s breast implants are long-lasting, they are still devices that are not designed to last for a lifetime. Almost all implants will last more than a decade before they require replacement. Most breast augmentation patients will outlive their implants and/or may choose to receive a breast lift in the future when their implants are replaced.

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6. Your final results are not what you see immediately after surgery. Many patients become distressed with the level of swelling they see in the days immediately following the surgery. This swelling can take weeks to resolve, along with the adjustment of breast implants to an appropriate position. Eventually the swelling does subside and the implants settle in.

7. All patients who smoke cigarettes must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to their augmentation procedure. Nicotine can constrict blood vessels and therefore poses a problem with blood circulation. The carbon monoxide created by cigarettes can affect the oxygen supply to the healing tissue. So as a result, even one single cigarette before surgery can create a risk to healing.

“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.”

The many elements involved in a successful tummy tuck

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What is involved in a tummy tuck procedure?

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Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed at Edina Plastic Surgery. Because every patient has a unique body shape and size and their own set of personal goals, each tummy tuck is customized and no two will be exactly alike.

When it comes to a tummy tuck, the procedure is much more than one single surgical step, but rather it is a series of elements that are customized to create the best results for each patient.

By addressing a number of conditions that keep the abdomen from looking toned, the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery can achieve tummy tucks with excellent results.

1. Removal of excess fat

Stubborn areas/pockets of fat are responsible for increasing the size of a waistline. Although liposuction is frequently performed as a standalone procedure, it is also an element of a tummy tuck used to help flatten the area. During a tummy tuck the surgeon uses the main incision to get access for the liposuction cannula to loosen and suction out the fat.

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2. Removal of excess skin

Excess skin can create a sagging pouch that hides even very well-defined abdominal muscles that may sit beneath it. Some patients have a small amount of excess skin; others have a great deal of excess skin which is often called an “apron”. During a tummy tuck the surgeon re-drapes the abdominal skin until it sits flat and tight. The excess is then trimmed away. The surgeon places the incision in an area that is typically very low on the torso where it will eventually be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit bottom.

3. Tighten lax muscles

Belly muscles and the fascia covering them often become loose over time. A fascia that is firm helps to hold everything in place much like a “girdle”. When the fascia becomes lax the contents behind it bulge outward. When abdominal muscles separate, it can also make the entire midsection look flabby. When necessary, the surgeon will stitch the abdominal muscles and fascia back together to create a tight and toned look.

4. Belly button placement

During a full tummy tuck the surgeon “relocates” the belly button. This involves creating an opening in the newly-taut abdominal skin, allowing the navel to appear where it should be to look proportional with the rest of the body. This procedure is called an umbilical translocation. For mini and modified tummy tucks, the incision needed is somewhat shorter and the belly button is not impacted.

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Plastic Surgery for Men

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What are the top reasons why men are having more cosmetic procedures?

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More and more men of every age are opting for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to improve confidence and body image. The number of men seeking plastic surgery procedures in 2017 was at an all-time high of 1.4 million according to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Here are some of the top reasons why men chose plastic surgery:

  • To stay competitive in their careers
  • Build their self confidence
  • Feel better about their bodies
  • Preventative steps for aging

“Men should do their homework and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon,” says Dr. Robert Wilke from Edina Plastic Surgery. “A board-certified plastic surgeon has extensive training and is best equipped to offer each patient the right choice of procedure to get the most natural looking results.”

Men are feeling more confident about visiting plastic surgeons to discuss a wide range of procedures. When men have a procedure on an area of their body that they are not happy with, their confidence rises and impacts how they see themselves.

Plastic surgery does not have the same taboo for men that it did years ago because socially there is a greater sense of acceptance for physical body changes from elective plastic surgery. Today more men are seeing the importance of taking care of themselves in order to look their best, and one way to do that is through cosmetic procedures.

The rise in plastic surgery procedures among men is driven in part by the aging of the baby boom generation, but men of all ages, even those under 30 are interested in body contouring procedures.

Recent statistics regarding plastic surgery for men have shown a five year rise in procedures such as liposuction which has had an increase of 23%, tummy tucks which have increased by 12%, and male breast reductions which have increased about 30%.

Statistics show that the majority of younger men tend to focus on enhancing their bodies, while older men are showing greater interest in having minimally-invasive procedures to take years off of their faces. In 2017 nearly 100,000 men had filler injections, which is a number that is up a whopping 99% since the year 2000. The popularity of Botox for men has also skyrocketed in popularity. Many men believe that their careers and productivity can suffer if they look tired, so cosmetic facial procedures can be just the solution that they are looking for.

Because they see it as a key to remaining competitive in the workplace, many male patients are reporting a desire to look younger. This trend to look good for the sake of a career is often called “the executive edge”. When men look as young as they feel, the resulting rise in confidence benefits their careers and lives.

Mommy Makeovers After Pregnancy

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Can a Mommy Makeover Restore My Pre-Baby Body?

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A plastic surgery procedure that has received a great deal of media attention is the mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers have become increasingly popular, partly due to the fact that so many women are having children later in life.  Women who have babies in their mid to late 30’s and beyond may be less resilient to “bouncing back to pre-pregnancy shape” than those of their younger counterparts.

“Many of the women 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.”

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Not all “mommies” need the same “makeover”

Some women are lucky and are not negatively affected by pregnancy or breast feeding, while other women experience loose abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles, droopy breasts and fat deposits in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.  In many cases these women need plastic surgery to achieve the kind of improvement that they are looking for.

A mommy makeover is a customized set of surgical procedures aimed at reversing the negative changes associated with childbearing. The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery will carefully listen to each patient and assess their individual needs. The ultimate goal with this procedure is a return to the “pre-baby body”.

The breasts and the abdomen are affected most during pregnancy

A typical mommy makeover often includes abdominoplasty combined with liposuction. Very frequently the patient also has a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation.

During mommy makeover procedures extra skin is removed, stretch marks are minimized and the breasts and body/abdomen are lifted to regain a comparable figure to pre-pregnancy form. The operations are all individually quite simple, but when combined together as a “whole solution”, the transformation from a mommy makeover can be incredible.

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“The overall satisfaction rate for mommy makeovers is very high,” says Dr. Wilke. “Many women have told us that they are delighted with their transformation and the only regret they have is that they wish they had come in to see us sooner.”

A big benefit of the mommy makeover is that the patient has a single recovery vs. two or three separate ones. This shortens downtime from family and work as well as reducing the costs of anesthesia. 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.

Many factors play a role in determining the ideal time to have a mommy makeover
  1. For the maximum benefit, women should be fairly certain that they are done having children.
  2. Women who have small children will need to have help in their homes to take care of the children during the recovery period, which can last between two and three weeks.
  3. We suggest that women take a minimum of two weeks off from work for recovery time, so the necessary vacation time should be factored into the equation.
  4. It is recommended that women who smoke quit a minimum of two weeks pre-surgery and need to refrain from smoking during the recovery period. The surgical flaps used for a tummy tuck or breast lift are particularly susceptible to compromise from the effects of smoking; so much so that skin loss is possible.
  5. A woman’s weight before surgery also plays a role in the recovery from a mommy makeover. Studies have shown that surgical risks for complications related to healing and infection are more frequent in patients with higher BMI (Body Mass Index). Ideally, patients should have a normal BMI which is a score below 25.
We specialize in mommy makeovers

The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery listen carefully to each patient and advise them on the most appropriate procedures for their mommy makeovers. During a span of more than 40 years of making patients more beautiful, we have helped women of all ages improve their bodies and boost their confidence.

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Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting™

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What are the different benefits of Liposuction and CoolSculpting?

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When patients feel as if they are tired of camouflaging unwanted bulges, lumps and bumps their thoughts often turn to liposuction or CoolSculpting. Either procedure can yield excellent results but many patients ask us “which one is better?”

LIPOSUCTION

According to recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in America. Almost a quarter million people had liposuction in 2017.

At Edina Plastic Surgery our board certified plastic surgeons are all very experienced in liposuction procedures. Our surgeons perform liposuction surgery with local or general anesthesia to allow for the most comprehensive fat removal possible. Liposuction procedures are performed in our onsite, fully accredited and licensed surgical facility.

During liposuction, small incisions (around an eighth of an inch) are made to allow access to the area where the fat is to be removed. When the surgeon inserts a cannula and turns on the suction, small yellow round lobules travel down the plastic tubing from the body into a plastic canister. The surgeon tailors and sculpts the area by moving the cannula throughout the fatty bulge from different incision sites. There is a true art to doing liposuction correctly which is why patients should consult board certified plastic surgeons.

The typical liposuction procedure location may include the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees or ankles – and sometimes all or a combination of these areas.

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COOLSCULPTING™

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction technology offered at Skin Artisans at Edina Plastic Surgery. This fat-freezing procedure uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise and has become very popular in the U.S. after receiving FDA approval in 2010. The results are proven, noticeable and lasting.

The treatment works best on people who are already near their ideal weight but are bothered by the presence of localized fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, muffin top, back, hips and chin.

During the treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the targeted area. The CoolSculpting applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat. Patients may feel a slight pulling sensation and numbing cold during this time. During the procedure patients often read or take a nap.

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LIPOSUCTION ADVANTAGES

One of the reasons liposuction is the second most requested cosmetic procedure is that it has many advantages over CoolSculpting such as:

  • The fat reduction is more complete and more aggressive
  • Better contouring can be achieved with liposuction
  • The results are more immediate
  • Many patients combine it with other surgical procedures done at the same time

LIPOSUCTION DISADVANTAGES:

  • Liposuction has possible surgical risks
  • Downtime of a few days with some activity restrictions for 3 to 6 weeks
  • There is a potential for surface irregularities
  • It is usually more costly than CoolSculpting depending on the number of treatments

COOLSCULPTING ADVANTAGES:

  • This procedures is completely noninvasive
  • There is no downtime or minimal downtime
  • CoolSculpting has fewer risks
  • Depending on the number of treatments, it is generally lower in cost
  • This option works for patients who can’t have or don’t want surgery

COOLSCULPTING DISADVANTAGES:

  • Results are less dramatic when compared with liposuction
  • Possibility of surface irregularities
  • There is a rare risk of pain or paradoxical increase in fat
  • Areas of the body that can be treated can be limited by fit of application head
  • Results take approximately three weeks to be noticeable

Rhinoplasty questions

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What are some of the most common questions about rhinoplasty?

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Patients have many questions about rhinoplasty and the demand for this procedure is still very strong.

  1. It is one of the top five most frequently performed surgical procedures. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were more than 218,000 nose reshaping procedures performed in 2017.
  2. A rhinoplasty is not always done simply for cosmetic reasons; this procedure can often correct real issues. Many patients seeking nose reshaping surgery have breathing issues caused by a deviated septum or large turbinates, which is the portion of the nose that heats and filters air when you breathe. In these cases this surgery has the potential not only to reshape the nose aesthetically, but to help alleviate breathing difficulties.
  3. The techniques and aesthetic rules vary for men’s and women’s rhinoplasty. For instance, the angle and slope for a man’s nose is different from a woman’s. An experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is essential for a good outcome in nose reshaping. It is truly an art to perform a rhinoplasty that results in a nose that looks natural, functions properly and coordinates appropriately with other facial features.
  4. Patients can truly see a virtual model of what their own nose will look like post-surgery. Edina Plastic Surgery is the only practice in the Twin Cities with the Vectra XT camera. This technology captures 3D images of the nose and shows the possible outcomes of a rhinoplasty. The Vectra allows our surgeons to discuss the procedure with our patients while viewing realistic 3D images, and helps to set clear goals and expectations for the surgery.
  5. Contrary to myths published on the internet, when rhinoplasty is done correctly by a board-certified plastic surgeon, the tone/sound of a patient’s voice will not change.
  6. The surgery time for a rhinoplasty is short and the recovery is much easier than some patients may think. Depending on the complexity of the case, the surgery itself usually only takes between 1 – 2.5 hours. The recovery level is mild to moderate. The initial swelling subsides quickly, and many patients, especially those who take Arnica pre-surgery have only a minimal amount of post-procedure bruising.
  7. Two weeks pre-surgery, patients are asked to steer clear of aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. Staying away from these types of pain relievers can help speed the recovery time after a rhinoplasty because use of these drugs can cause excess bleeding.
  8. Elevating your head while sleeping after having a rhinoplasty is a very good idea to help reduce nighttime swelling. Sleeping with two pillows is an easy and effective way to keep recovery time on track in the first few days following a rhinoplasty procedure.

2017: Statistics for Cosmetic Procedures

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What are the top cosmetic surgical procedures and minimally invasive procedures?

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Patients are always interested in the trends for plastic surgery and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2017 a record number of people opted to have surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

There were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017. This number represents a 2 percent increase over 2016. Breast reduction surgeries increased by 11% from 2016, and there were 2,000 more tummy tuck procedures performed in 2017 as well.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR THIS GROWTH:

  • The United States continued to have a healthy economy in 2017.
  • There is a continued desire on the part of baby-boomer patients to remain competitive in a youth-centric workforce.
  • Preventative anti-aging care is seen as very valuable for young and middle aged adults.
  • Procedural and technologic innovations are providing patients with more options in both surgical and minimally invasive procedures.

HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES PERFORMED IN 2017:

HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE MINIMALLY-INVASIVE PROCEDURES PERFORMED IN 2017:

Natural Looking Breast Augmentations

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I’m concerned that after a breast augmentation my breasts will look “fake”. How can I be assured that they will look “natural”?

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Many women considering breast augmentations are very concerned about how their breasts will look after the surgery, and rightfully so. Most are concerned that their breasts will look “artificial”, and many worry that the size implant they choose may be too big or too small for their body and frame.

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These steps are key to ensure a natural looking result:

CHOOSE A BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON.

Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon like the three surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery, will help ensure that you are happy with your breast augmentation. Our skilled and experienced surgeons will provide you with the insights and appropriate options for your body type so you achieve the most natural aesthetic possible with implants. Dr. Nathan Leigh, Dr. Robert Wilke or Dr. Michael Philbin will discuss a multitude of factors with you, including the implant shape, size, type and texture, as well as placement options tailored to your individual body.

UTILIZE THE LATEST VISUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY.

Edina Plastic Surgery is the only clinic in the Twin Cities with imaging equipment that shows virtual before and after options to breast augmentation patients. Our Vectra XT camera captures comprehensive 3D images of your breasts, and these 360 degree images create incredible visuals of how different sizes and shapes of breast implants will look on your own body. This technology allows you to virtually “test drive” the implants before your procedure so you know what to expect before you make your final implant decision. Patients have told our surgeons that this ability to visualize their own bodies post-procedure has been an incredible help to them in deciding to go ahead with their breast implant surgeries.

The factors that most affect how natural the breasts will look after augmentation are the underlying anatomy of the patient and the size of implant chosen.

The surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery will take the time to discuss the options with you, comparing your own body dimensions with the dimensions of the implant. The “profile” of the implant will be chosen based on those dimensions and you will have an opportunity to look at various size options. If you want the most natural result, it is important to stay within a reasonable size range. An implant that is very large relative to your frame will not look as natural.

The surgeons and staff at EPS are committed to achieving the best results possible for each patient. We encourage you to come in for a consultation and discuss your goals with us.

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“During my consultation at Edina Plastic Surgery I felt very comfortable and was impressed that they could use the Vectra XT camera to generate a 3D picture of myself in my current state and one of what I would look like with different sized breasts. That sold me on having my surgery at EPS. They made the whole experience enjoyable and I am very, very happy with my results!”

“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.”