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Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift

If you are considering breast enhancement, you may be in the process of researching different procedures to learn which surgery can help you attain your desired look. While a breast reduction and breast lift are both popular options that can achieve comparable aesthetic goals—such as improving the shape and contour of the breasts—there are a few distinctions between the two procedures that may highlight the most ideal treatment for your concerns. Considered among the most gratifying cosmetic surgeries available, a breast reduction can benefit patients who feel their breast size is disproportionate to their body— an aesthetic imbalance that typically presents a number of physical and emotional burdens. The procedure is designed to remove excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, with the goal of reducing... Continue Reading

Why Do I Need to Quit Smoking Before Plastic Surgery?

Most people are aware that smoking is bad for their health. However, potential plastic surgery candidates should understand the unique risks tobacco products may pose for their recovery. Good blood flow to the tissues is an essential part of the body’s natural healing process. Since nicotine can disrupt blood flow by constricting the blood vessels, tobacco products may significantly prolong or delay proper healing. The risks of smoking in the weeks before and after plastic surgery may include: Reduced blood flow to healing tissues Higher chance of infection Blood clots The need for more pain medication Pulmonary complications Extended recovery time In addition, many patients choose to undergo plastic surgery to look more youthful. Tobacco products are known to accelerate the natural aging process and... Continue Reading

What Age Is Best for Facelift Surgery?

Is there such a thing as the perfect age for a facelift? The truth is there may be an ideal age range for each individual, but there is no specific age that is right for everyone. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, emphasizes that cosmetic procedures should be customized to suit the unique anatomic needs and aesthetic goals of the patient, including a facelift. Designed to reduce excess fat and skin, tighten muscles, and minimize the appearance of other common signs of aging, a facelift will provide the greatest benefit when performed by a skilled physician, regardless of your age. Most of our patients undergo facelift surgery in their 50s, but some people have this procedure as early as their 40s and others... Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Upper and/or Lower Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes are often the first area of the face to start showing signs of aging. Eyelid skin can begin to sag, fatty tissue can build up, and the result can be a face that appears tired or sad. Eyelid surgery, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, can address these issues and help you regain a more rested and youthful look. Our extensively trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, offers the most advanced techniques available, and he’s renowned for his natural-looking results. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. If most of your concerns are relegated to either the upper or lower lids, it may make sense to focus your treatment there. Many patients, however, have signs of aging... Continue Reading

After Tummy Tuck Surgery: What Will My Scars Look Like?

An abdominoplasty—more commonly called a tummy tuck—is designed to eliminate excess skin around the midsection as well as tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. An incision is made from one hip to the other to achieve a flatter stomach, repair stretched or torn muscles beneath the skin, and redrape the remaining skin. Although most patients are ultimately very happy with their tummy tuck results, prospective patients are often nervous about the placement and appearance of the scar. During the consultation process, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will review your expectations as well as perform a physical exam to give you an idea of where the incision will be placed. By making the surgical incision low on the abdomen, the resulting scar can typically... Continue Reading

Am I Too Old for Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures — in fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that it is still the #1 cosmetic surgery procedure, with 279,143 breast augmentations performed in 2015. Unfortunately, some women interested in breast enhancement might perceive it as a procedure only younger women undergo, and therefore avoid it. However, the truth is that there is no age limit when it comes to breast augmentation. Candidacy is actually determined by other factors, such as the patient’s overall health. While a patient’s age does not necessarily disqualify them from receiving breast implants, it can sometimes affect their aesthetic goals — for example, a younger patient is likely to be mostly concerned with increasing their... Continue Reading

Will Breast Implants Interfere with Mammograms?

This question is a common concern among women interested in breast augmentation, but you can rest assured knowing that a mammogram can be effectively completed on breasts with implants. Experienced radiologists can examine an augmented breast by using specialized techniques, but the specific method used will depend on the breast implant placement (above or below the pectoral muscle). “Implant displacement” is typically the best approach for patients who have breast implants that are below the chest muscle. Using this method, the radiologist can push the implant back along the patient’s chest wall while pulling the breast tissue forward to capture four images (in addition to the four standard x-ray views). In some rare cases, the implants might continue to obstruct the views too much. In... Continue Reading

Why Can’t I Have the Surgery I Asked For?

Many patients come into our office requesting specific plastic surgery procedures to address their concerns. Unfortunately, when an individual does not meet candidacy requirements for the procedure they have expressed interest in, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani advises against it. Fortunately, a one-on-one patient consultation can allow Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani to recommend an alternative treatment whenever possible, including non-surgical options. In the consultation, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can learn more about what the patient wishes to accomplish with aesthetic surgery. Based on the patient’s desired outcomes, he can suggest the treatment(s) or procedure(s) that may best achieve the patient’s goals safely and effectively. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani also believes it is important to provide patients with realistic expectations -- if the requested procedure is likely... Continue Reading