A silicone gel-filled breast implant is an implant shell made of silicone elastomer (rubber) filled with silicone gel as opposed to being filled with saline. Saline implants also have a silicone elastomer shell.
Silicones, whether used as an oil, gel, or solid are used extensively in the medical field. Silicones are used for coating surgical needles, suture thread. Protective silicone coatings have been used in pacemakers and heart valves, artificial joints and facial implants as well as in tissue expanders and breast implants.
The advantage is silicone feels more natural than saline and can sometimes look more natural than saline (very little chance of rippling). Silicone implants are not adjustable and cannot be manipulated at the time of surgery as can saline implants. Silicone implants are more expensive that saline implants.
There have been reports in literature of reported medical conditions in women with silicone gel-filled breast implants. Many of these conditions have been evaluated with no cause and effect relationship estabilished. There has been no conclusive evidence that silicone materials in breast implants increased the risk of developing breast cancer of connective tissue disease. Patients do need to be aware of these possible conditions. Please call our office for detail regarding these conditions at 915-541-1225.
Reports in medical literature indicate that patients with breast implants are not at a greater risk than those without breast implants (saline or silicone) for developing breast cancer. The patient should continue to do breast self-exams and maintain regular check ups with their physician.
Patients who are pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic. Patients with certain neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
There may be brief, mild swelling and redness and/or slight temporary bruising at injection sites. You will be advised to avoid touching the treated areas, remain upright for 3-4 hours after treatment and to avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day. BOTOX® Cosmetic begins to work in 2-4 days in most people. The longer the muscles are relaxed the less visible the wrinkles will become.
BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a natural protein which in very low doses relaxes the overactive muscles that cause frown lines to form. This results in facial rejuvenation. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin Type A.
At minimal, there is an incision around the areola, referred by as a "periareolar" incision. There is also usually an incision that goes down the length of the breast, referred to as a "vertical scar". At maximum, there are both incisions plus an incision on the lower part of the breast or breast crease. This incision is called an "anchor" incision.
Some of the more common areas for facial rejuvenation treatments include the nasolabial folds, marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth down), jaw line contouring, below the eyes and cheek augmentation.
Radiesse® has been safely used for years medically. Current studies have demonstrated Radiesse® to also be safe & effective for long-term facial enhancement, especially for correction of nasolabial folds.
Reinjected fast lasts longer in areas where there is less muscle movement., such as below the eyes and sunken cheeks. It is estimated that 40% of the fat will remain for up to three years. Touch-up treatments are sometimes required.
There are three growth cycles: active (anagen), regression (catagen) and resting (telogen). The laser energy targets the hair in the active (anagen) hair growth cycle only. Repeated laser hair removal treatments are needed to ensure that as hair enters the active stage it will be treated.
Immediately after laser treatment one may experience slight redness or mild swelling of the treatment area that can last from a few minutes to two days depending on the coarseness of the hair. Normally, patients return to their regularly routine immediately. Use of adequate sunblock with a minimum SPF protection of 30 is necessary.
Laser hair removal is very safe under physician supervision. Our technicians are thoroughly trained in laser safety and technique according to proposed guidelines by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.
Pain is variable per patient. Some treatment areas are more sensitive than others and may require topical anesthetic before treatment. Most patients experience a moderate stinging sensation, more so in areas of dense hair growth.
Prices vary according to the treatment site as well as the estimated length of time the treatment will take. Our staff is available to advise patients regarding treatment cost of specific areas as well as current seasonal promotions.
The number of treatments is affected by the hair density, the area being treated and the growth cycle of the hair. Additional factors such as age, ethnicity, weight, hormone fluctuation, some medications and metabolism influence hair growth. Experience tells us that 4-8 treatments spaced 4-12 weeks apart results in permanent hair reduction.
The laser removes facial and body hair by selectively targeting melanin (pigment) inside the hair follicle generating heat energy at the root of the hair which destroys the hair without damaging the skin.
Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat between the skin and muscle. This is done with small incisions and the use of a narrow cannula usually under general anesthesia. Fluid is placed in the fat first, this helps minimize blood loss, and then the fat is removed. It is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.
Liposuction can be performed on almost any part of the body where there is excess fat such as the abdomen, hips, arms, thighs, back, neck, etc. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to inform you of the best liposuction option for your particular situation.
Yes, the fat cells that are removed are permanently gone. However, if a patient continues to gain weight after the surgery the fat cells that remain can continue to grow or fat could be deposited on another part of the body.
This a debated point. Some plastic surgeons feel one is superior to the other. The bottom line is they can all work well and can give the patient great results. What is more important is the skill of the surgeon using the instrument and not the instrument itself.
No, liposuction is for contouring. Often time a patient may loose some weight as a result of liposuction but this should not be the primary reason to perform the procedure. In fact liposuction does not substitute diet and exercise and patients that get the best results are those who exercise and watch what they eat afterward. However, a patient will often decrease a dress size or two and loose inches from their waist.
No, liposuction is intended for patients in overall good health. It does not improve or remove stretched out or hanging skin and it does not improve or remove stretch marks. For patients with loose or stretched out skin a tummy tuck is often better.
If the patient is having multiple areas treated or larger amount of fat is to be removed then general anesthesia is usually necessary. If there is only a small amount of fat removal or few areas are to be treated then this can usually be done under local anesthesia.
No, there are a lot of other products and procedures on the market that claim to do a lot of magnificent things. In reality, none of these things have had any true scientific test to prove their claims on a long-term basis. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Liposuction provides improvement on the upper arms in patients that have good skin elasticity and mild skin laxity. For the patient with marked skin laxity excision may be a more appropriate procedure.
Yes, there are basically 3 types of liposuction. Suction assisted liposuction, power assisted liposuction, ultrasonic assisted liposuction. All accomplish the same end result with some variations on the technology.
After the procedure you will wear a dressing on the head that keeps the ears flat against the head. For awhile, the patient wears a headband to keep the ears against the head while sleeping. In 7-10 days the sutures are removed.
Liposuction is often done with body lift on areas other than the surgical site to improve contour. Liposuction may be done on the legs, arms, upper back and chin/neck, to name a few options. Liposuction is safe because it is done in limited areas to enhance the overall result, and not done at the surgical site.
Depending on the procedure(s) done, most patients take at least 2 weeks off from work, sometimes longer based on the combination of procedures. Having someone help you at home for several days after the procedures would be beneficial.
Insurance may cover procedures that are deemed medically necessary such as paniculectomy or breast reduction. The insurance company will require documentation, which varies from company to company, regarding the necessity of the procedure. No insurance company will cover procedures that are considered "cosmetic" in nature.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightening of the muscle of the abdominal wall. The incision and ultimate scar is on the lower part of the abdomen. It is like a caesarian section incision, but is larger and usually goes from hip to hip.
In most cases, the belly button is cut around and left attached to the underlying tissue. The skin from the upper abdomen is then pulled over the belly button. Before final closure, a small hole is made in the skin and the belly button is brought through this.
These can all be addressed by specific procedures that remove skin and fat. For example, excess skin on the inner thigh can be treated by a thigh lift. This removes both fat and skin and greatly improves the contour and tightness of the skin. The scar lies in the crease between the thigh and groin. Similar procedures are performed in other parts of the body.
Most of the time the scar will go from the front part of one hip to the front part of the opposite hip. This may vary depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Sometimes the incision can be shorter and sometimes it will need to be longer. If the incision is planned correctly, it can be mostly hidden beneath underwear.
No, not always. However, in most women that have had children, these muscles become separated in the midline as a result of their pregnancies. Tightening the muscles gives overall improvement to the final result.