Don’t Worry About These Rhinoplasty Myths

The truth about this facial rejuvenation technique

Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that enables people to have cosmetic and medical issues with their nose corrected. Unfortunately, many people believe erroneous myths about this procedure, and this can prevent them from moving forward with something that can be very helpful for their self-esteem and health. The reality is that rhinoplasty is the second most common plastic surgery in the U.S., and 221,000 people had their nose reshaped in 2013. In other words, if you have been considering rhinoplasty, you should learn the truth about the myths that might have made you hesitant to take this beneficial action.

Debunking the Top 3 Rhinoplasty Myths

1. “Nose Reshaping is always obvious”

If someone doesn’t properly vet their plastic surgeon to make sure that they have the necessary experience to provide satisfactory results, they could end up with alterations that don’t look natural. However, any skilled surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty can make your nose look just as natural after the procedure as it did beforehand. Howerver, this myth, while not true, does highlight how imperative it is to do some research before you select a plastic surgeon.

2. “Rhinoplasty always needs to be redone”

It’s true that some people end up opting for revision rhinoplasty because they’re unsatisfied with the results of their first surgery. Studies indicate that approximately 10% of all U.S. individuals who have their nose reshaped will decide to get a revision done later on. Again, this happens primarily because people don’t do their homework before selecting the surgeon who will perform the procedure. There’s no truth to the myth that every rhinoplasty needs to be redone, and you can avoid this problem completely by working with a plastic surgeon who has a proven history of satisfying their patients.

3. “The procedure is dangerous because of the anesthesia”

Some people have concerns about anesthesia, but rhinoplasty only requires a general anesthesia, and this makes it extremely safe. Your risk of dealing with any long-term complications is so rare that you’re more likely to be bitten by a shark, and your odds of suffering from any problems during the actual procedure as a result of the general anesthesia are approximately 0.002%. In other words, the usage of a general anesthetic doesn’t make rhinoplasty dangerous, especially if you’re in good health.

Now that you know the truth about these common rhinoplasty myths, you can feel more confident in your decision to take control of your physical appearance and health by utilizing a surgical option. If you’re interested in having your nose reshaped in the Austin area, contact the Austin Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation.

Answers to Your Tummy Tuck Pain Questions

tummy tuck austinLearn what to expect after your upcoming tummy tuck procedure

Modern technology and medical techniques have given us access to a wide range of body shaping procedures, including the type of procedure commonly known as “tummy tuck” surgery. However, even the minimally invasive surgical procedures that we offer at the Austin Plastic Surgery Center can result in some post-surgical discomfort that takes time to fade away. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions posed by our surgical candidates.

How Severe Is the Pain After a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Although pain can be subjective, most patients experience some skin numbness and pain for some time after their surgical procedure. For patients who aren’t used to skin and muscle pain, the discomfort associated with these sensations can be significant. It’s a good idea to record how you’re feeling at regular intervals to track your recovery and document the lessening severity of the pain.

Where Is It Centered?

For this procedure, post-surgical pain is typically felt around the area of the incision and the surrounding tissues. It may extend to the lower reaches of your chest and the lower region of your abdomen.

What Does It Feel Like?

The pain from a tummy tuck surgery is typically characterized by soreness with intervals of sharper pain. Many people describe the sensation as being similar to pain caused by muscular injuries or overuse.

Are There Activities That Make the Discomfort Worse?

Unfortunately, there are some activities that can temporarily exacerbate the pain associated with this type of procedure. These include standing and stretching, turning the abdomen from side to side, urinating and brisk exercise.

How Long Can I Expect Post-Surgical Discomfort to Last?

In most cases, severe post-surgical pain dissipates after two to three weeks. At this point, you should be able to return to a normal routine. However, some discomfort may remain for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

What Can I Do for the Pain?

After your surgery, you’ll have the option to take certain pain medications that work well for post-surgical discomfort. While many of our patients are reluctant to take pain medication regularly, we recommend that you use the medication as directed during periods of heightened discomfort. Don’t wait until the pain worsens in severity.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Surgery in Austin

At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re proud to offer a range of options for those who want to enhance their appearance and live fuller, happier lives. Some of our proudest patients take advantage of our formidable experience in various body shaping procedures, including tummy tuck surgery. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online for a no-obligation consultation.

Keeping Your Implants Looking Their Best After Breast Revision

A healthy diet and exercise plan can keep implants looking great

Your breast augmentation represents a huge investment in your self-image and self-esteem. Getting the most out of your new implants means ensuring that they look their best well after surgery is over. To enjoy the results for years to come, focus on eating well and following an exercise routine.

Eating Well to Heal After Breast Revision

One of the best ways to encourage recovery after breast enhancement is to eat healing foods. It’s important that you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Aim to get your recommended daily amount (RDA) of calories to help encourage faster healing.

You might feel unlike eating due to pain medications, or you might be tempted to diet after breast augmentation. However, you should avoid doing so, because your body will heal better if you’re getting plenty of calories. Focus on a healthy recovery now so that you can get back into your diet routine in a few weeks. If you get nauseated after eating, opt for smaller meals and snacks.

Eating a balanced diet after surgery is important. Focus on the following foods, vitamins, and minerals in the weeks after your surgery:

•    Protein-rich foods such as meat, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products
•    Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits, juices, tomatoes, and cabbage
•    Vitamin A-rich foods such as dark leafy green vegetables and cantaloupe
•    Zinc-rich foods such as red meat, seafood, and fortified cereals

Don’t be afraid to enjoy treats in moderation too. Ice cream or sorbet might sound great after your procedure. What matters is that you eat foods that keep your stomach calm and prevent nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.

Getting Back Into an Exercise Groove After Augmentation

A regular exercise routine is also key to keeping your implants looking great. You won’t be able to do heavy exercise in the weeks following your procedure, but it’s still a good idea to get up and moving. Ask your doctor when you can start taking short walks after your procedure. Walking is a great way to encourage your body to heal while staying fit.

Remember that it’s important to avoid heavy exercise the first few weeks after your surgery. Talk to your surgeon about when you can resume regular cardio or lifting workouts. If you’re new to exercising, work with a personal trainer who can help you develop a cardio and lifting program to keep your implants looking their best.

Your surgeon can provide you with more information about how to keep your implants looking great. Contact Austin Plastic Surgery Center today to learn more about breast augmentation and recovery.

Accredited Plastic Surgery Artists Can Change Your Life

Choosing from among the very best surgeons

There’s a very good reason why surgeons enjoy near-universal respect: It’s very difficult to secure admission to medical school, graduate with distinction and complete a multi-year residency that tests the limits of human endurance. However, there’s another level of certification that not all surgeons and clinics have attained: accreditation. As you prepare for your procedure, learn why it’s important to select an accredited surgeon and facility.

What Is an Accredited Facility?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an accredited plastic surgery facility is one that meets “strict national standards for equipment, operating-room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.” Although many plastic surgery facilities are now accredited, it’s important to understand the key distinction between accredited facilities like the Austin Plastic Surgery Center and their non-accredited counterparts.

Benefits of an Accredited Facility

There are several important benefits of an accredited plastic surgery facility, including:

•    The rate of serious complications is less than 0.5%
•    The overall mortality rate is vanishingly small at one in 57,000
•    Accredited facilities may be less costly than inpatient facilities like hospitals

Benefits of an Accredited Surgeon

Accredited surgeons like Dr. Sergio Maggi tend to practice at accredited facilities. There are a number of benefits to receiving plastic surgery from an accredited surgeon, including:

•    They typically employ trained staff members who regularly evaluate and adjust patients’ conditions
•    They have earned the respect and admiration of their peers, including other accredited surgeons
•    They and their core staff members have been trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) principles
•    They have hospital-grade equipment and supplies on site to handle potential complications without requiring a costly and potentially dangerous transfer to another facility
•    They adhere to strict, thorough emergency plans of action in the event of patient deterioration or transfer

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Body Shaping and Breast Enhancements in Austin, Texas

Once you’ve made the potentially life-changing decision to obtain plastic surgery, you need to choose a surgeon with years of experience as well as the full confidence of his peers. At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re completely committed to providing access to the most respected professionals in the business and ensuring that your procedure has a high probability of success. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (512) 345-3223 or fill out our online contact form.

Breast Lifts: Should You Worry About Nipple Sensation?

As you get ready for your upcoming breast lift or breast augmentation surgery, it’s likely that you have many questions about what you should expect. One area of concern may center on the long-term implications for the sensitivity and general feeling of the affected region, including your nipples. Despite the potentially embarrassing nature of such questions, it’s important to get straight answers on the extent to which this area can be affected on a permanent basis.

Why Would Breast Surgery Affect Nipple Sensation?

All types of breast surgery involve some disruption of the nerves and blood vessels in and around the breasts. Depending on the placement of the incision and the nature of the surgery, this disruption can temporarily cut off or reduce sensation in the areas that they serve, including the nipples. Over time, these issues fade with the healing of severed nerves and the development of new connections.

Common Types of Breast Procedures

Although there are a wide range of breast procedures, three of the most common are:

•    Breast augmentation
•    Breast lift
•    Breast reduction

Implications for Nipple Sensitivity

Generally speaking, each type of breast surgery has at least a temporary effect on your nipples’ sensitivity. If you’re simply getting a breast lift, it’s unlikely that these effects will last for more than a few months at most. This is because breast lift surgeries require less disruption of the nerves and blood vessels that serve the nipples.

By contrast, breast augmentation and reduction surgeries can both have unpleasant effects that last for some time. In both cases, this is the result of incisions in the tissue that surrounds the nipples. Such incisions have the potential to damage the nerves and blood vessels in these areas. Although the degree and duration of the effect varies from patient to patient, it’s not unheard of for breast augmentation and reduction surgeries to cause changes in nipple sensitivity for a year or longer.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation Expertise in Central Texas

The issue of post-operative nipple sensation is just one of the many considerations you need to make as you prepare for your breast lift or breast augmentation procedure. At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re committed to addressing all of your concerns in the run-up to your surgery and ensuring that your recovery is smooth and orderly. For more information about our capabilities or to schedule a consultation, call us at (512) 345-3223 or fill out the online contact form.

Tummy Tuck Vocabulary Primer

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What you need to know before your surgery day

Are you preparing for a “tummy tuck” surgery or other body-sculpting procedure? While you’ve probably spent ample time researching your options and learning about how these surgeries are conducted, you shouldn’t feel bad for going cross-eyed over some of the more technical or confusing language you’ve encountered along the way. We offer some clear definitions of common terms related to this important and commonplace surgery.

Anesthesia: Drugs designed to produce some combination of numbness, sedation or unconsciousness.

Local anesthesia: Injected drugs that reduce or dull pain in a specific area of the skin or body for a finite period of time.

General anesthesia: IV-administered drugs or gases that produce altered consciousness or complete unconsciousness during a surgical procedure and for some time after.

Intravenous sedation: When administered by IV, general anesthesia may be known as “intravenous sedation” and may produce complete unconsciousness or a “twilight sleep” condition in which some faculties of consciousness are preserved.

Abdominoplasty: A surgical procedure, also known as a “tummy tuck,” that removes excess skin from the front and sides of the abdomen to produce a tighter and better-defined physique.

Hematoma: A condition—common before and after surgical procedures—in which blood pools beneath the skin for any number of reasons.

Diastasis: A condition in which the abdominal muscles separate due to any number of factors.

Sutures: Medical-grade stitching materials that surgeons use to hold skin and subcutaneous tissue in place after a surgical procedure.

Liposuction: A specific procedure in which special, suction-enabled equipment is used to remove subcutaneous fat from the abdominal area to create a leaner, better-defined shape.

Post-operative pain: Pain experienced in the aftermath of any surgical procedure, including a tummy tuck.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Home for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Procedures in Austin

Now that we’ve gone over some of the vocabulary terms that you’re likely to hear as you prepare for your procedure, we stand ready to answer any additional questions that you might have on the body-sculpting process. Despite our clear record of safety and the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, it’s important that you understand all the risks and benefits before committing to your tummy tuck. For more information, fill out our online contact form or call (512) 345-3223.

Don’t Let Infection Slow Your Healing From Breast Surgery

Increasing your chances of a full and speedy recovery

Although breast enhancement surgery is a popular and well-studied procedure that has helped untold thousands of individuals live healthier, fuller lives since the late 20th century, it carries some of the same risks as other surgical procedures. In particular, the possibility of post-surgical infection is a very real consideration that surgical candidates need to make before selecting the procedure that’s right for them.

What Are Some of the Signs of Post-Surgical Infection?

There are several different classes of post-surgical infection. Each is more or less likely to occur after certain types of procedures. This likelihood depends on the type of procedure and the post-operative protocols that the patient follows:

•    Superficial incisional infection that occurs in the skin around the incision site
•    Deep incisional infection that can affect skin and muscle tissue around the incision site
•    Organ/space infection that affects organs or internal tissues that aren’t directly related to the skin or skeletal muscles

Signs of such infections include:

•    Pus or discharge from the site of the incision
•    Pain and tenderness associated with the incision
•    Redness and swelling around the area
•    Wounds that don’t appear to be healing or that reopen on their own
•    Pus emanating from a drain placed in an internal surgical site

Preventing Serious Infections

Preventing post-surgical infections requires some common sense and a great deal of discipline. Some of the most common risk factors for infection include:

•    Surgeries that last more than two hours
•    Being elderly or overweight
•    Having a history of medical issues, including a compromised immune system
•    Being diabetic

To prevent an infection, it’s important to keep your incision clean, regularly change its dressing, follow all instructions from your surgeon and watch carefully for any changes or symptoms.

What to Do If You Suspect an Infection

A post-surgical infection is a potentially serious condition that can cause complications in the absence of proper medical treatment. Unlike regular cuts and scrapes, a surgical incision is very deep and has the potential to transmit infected fluids from place to place. If you suspect that your surgical wound is infected, visit a medical treatment facility immediately and contact your plastic surgeon.

Your Source for Breast Enhancement Surgery in the Austin Area

As you prepare for your breast enhancement or augmentation surgery, you may have questions about the surgery itself as well as the post-surgical recovery period. The potential for an infection is something surgical candidates must take seriously. If you have any other questions about the procedure and its aftereffects, or if you simply wish to consult with one of our specialists about your options, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online.

Is a Tummy Tuck Your Best Option?

There are several surgical variations of the classic tummy tuck procedureSummer is at the doorstep, and many men and women are ready to hit the beach in their most revealing swimwear. However, if you’ve recently experienced childbirth, massive weight loss or the effects of aging skin, you may lack the confidence to expose your midsection due to sagging or excess skin or abdominal fat that just won’t go away despite diet and exercise. Fortunately, abdominal wall surgery can help.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The most common and familiar type of abdominal enhancement surgery is abdominoplasty, which is commonly known as a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck can produce a flatter and firmer midsection in several ways. It removes your excess skin and fatty tissues, and it sometimes includes tightening your abdominal muscles with sutures. A tummy tuck isn’t intended to be a weight loss procedure; its best candidates are those who are already at or near their ideal weight but whose excess fat and skin can’t be removed by diet or improved by toning regimens. Tummy tucks are sometimes combined with other body-shaping procedures such as breast lifts to improve symmetry and overall aesthetics.

Tummy Tuck Consultation and Procedure

Before your procedure, you’ll meet with a qualified surgeon to discuss your goals. After a full examination, you’ll receive details about how the procedure will be performed and the potential outcome. You’ll probably get to see before-and-after photos of other patients who’ve had the same procedure. In most cases, you’ll receive general anesthesia during the surgery. An incision is made from hip to hip above the pubic area. In some cases, an incision around the navel is also necessary. The surgeon will disconnect your abdominal skin from connecting tissues, tighten your muscles with sutures, and then remove excess skin and fat. Once the incision is closed, a drainage tube will be placed to prevent fluid buildup during healing. You should be able to resume most activities within 10 days, but you must avoid heavy lifting and exercise for four to six weeks.

Tummy Tuck Additions and Alternatives

The following procedures may be recommended instead of or in addition to a tummy tuck:

• Panniculectomy is the removal of the large, drooping, apron-like section of skin often seen in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

• Liposuction is the suctioning of subcutaneous fat deposits through a cannula inserted into small incisions. It may replace a tummy tuck in patients who still have skin elasticity.

• Abdominal etching involves using a cannula to create visible grooves in abdominal tissues, which creates the appearance of a well-defined abdomen.

• A body lift is similar to a tummy tuck in that it removes excess skin and fat, but it also involves the sides and back and doesn’t include suturing of abdominal muscles.

Trust Austin Plastic Surgery for Expert Surgical Enhancements

At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, our primary goal is understanding and meeting your needs. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained, experienced staff ensure our patients’ safety and the best possible results from every surgical enhancement we perform. To discuss which abdominal procedures would be most effective for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Under our care, this summer could be your best.

Breast Surgeries of the Rich and Famous

Enhancing Their Famous Look Through Breast Surgery

Many famous celebrities have helped their careers by opting for breast surgeryMore than 290,000 women in the U.S. who underwent breast augmentation surgery in 2013. This highlights the fact that women of all backgrounds have taken this step to improve their physical appearance, but it’s always intriguing to take a closer look at celebrities who have gotten breast surgery and the impact that it’s had on their career.

5 Celebrities Who Have Breast Implants

LeAnn Rimes – The country singer is well-known for her vocal styling and trim figure, and she made the decision to balance out her appearance by getting breast implants. The results were definitely positive, and Rimes now has a more attractive and confident look in her publicity photos.

Denise Richards – The actress who has most recently been featured in a regular role on the TV show “Twisted” has had two breast augmentation surgeries during her life, and she serves as a cautionary tale of the importance of properly vetting your plastic surgeon. Richards has been very candid in interviews about this topic, and she freely admits that she didn’t carefully consider the implications of her surgical choices at the age of 19. Now that’s she older and wiser, she has obtained the breast size and appearance that she always wanted, and the 43-year-old performer looks fantastic.

Ivanka Trump – The former fashion model and heiress to the massive Trump fortune has several successful business endeavors, and she also dramatically improved her appearance by getting breast implants. Trump is a good example of someone who grew up in the public eye due to wealth, and it’s somewhat surprising that she waited until after her model career ended to make the move to a bigger cup size.

Tori Spelling – After many years of attempting to deny having breast surgery, the former “Beverly Hills 90210″ star has publicly acknowledged that she enhanced her appearance with breast surgery. Although Spelling hasn’t been able to match the level of popularity that she enjoyed back in the 90s, her surgery did improve the overall balance of her figure, and she has obtained regular acting roles throughout her entire career.

Kate Hudson – The actress has starred in a wide variety of popular movies and TV shows, including “Glee” and “Almost Famous.” Hudson’s appearance has always been a mixture of glamorous and girl next door, and she filled out her frame with a natural and modestly-sized breast enhancement in 2010.

If you’re in the Austin area and interested in improving your body by getting breast implants, you can contact Austin Plastic Surgery Center at (512) 345-3223 for more information. Dr. Maggi has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is often referred to as Austin’s best “breast doctor.”

Do I Have Any Reason to Fear My Surgery?

Understanding the risks and benefits of plastic surgery

You won't have to worry about cosmetic surgery with an accredited facilityIt’s entirely normal to be nervous about an upcoming surgery. Despite all of the medical advances of the past few decades, surgery still has some risks that need to be considered carefully. That said, certain factors can minimize the potential drawbacks of the process and ensure that surgical candidates find themselves in the best possible hands. At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we set ourselves apart from other surgical providers in several key ways.

How Safe Is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is regarded as one of the safest surgical sub-specialties. Due to the minimally invasive nature of most cosmetic surgery procedures and the high staff-to-patient ratio at accredited facilities, it’s rare for serious surgical complications to occur. Most of the complications that occur are related to anesthesia, and the incidence of serious problems is quite low: According to recently available statistics, just one in 300,000 cosmetic surgical candidates suffered lasting disability or death as a result of anesthesia.

Factors That Affect Safety and Comfort

Even if cosmetic surgery is safer than many other medical procedures, there are some factors that can affect the overall efficacy, comfort and safety of the procedure. These include:

• Operating in an accredited facility such as Austin Plastic Surgery Center
• Selecting surgeons who undergo continuing education training and other means of enhancing their skills
• Finding surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
• Choosing a facility with staff members who are trained and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The Importance of Accreditation

Even if you don’t anticipate any problems with your surgery, accreditation should be a critical factor in your selection of a cosmetic surgery provider. Although many patients are concerned with selecting a facility that’s close to a full-service hospital, it’s far more important to choose a practice that’s fully accredited and staffed with highly trained medical professionals. Accredited facilities like Austin Plastic Surgery Center are equipped to handle any eventuality, including the highly unlikely event of a surgical complication. Non-accredited facilities can’t offer that sort of security.

An Accredited Plastic Surgery Center That Cares About You

No surgery is without its risks, but the procedures that we offer at Austin Plastic Surgery Center are designed to maximize your body’s potential while ensuring your comfort and safety. As a fully accredited facility with highly trained staff members, Austin Plastic Surgery Center is committed to bringing out your inner beauty. To learn more about what we do or schedule a consultation with one of our beauty specialists, call (512) 345-3223 or fill out the online consultation form.