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Cara Delevingne – the epitome of the Power Brow

Cara Delevingne – the epitome of the Power Brow

No longer plucked and diminished, the full strong brow is THE beauty trend.  Prescription lash growth serum and other products and services for lash, brow-sculpting for men and women and eyelash extensions are the focus of the derma-cosmetic industry.  Estheticians scramble to attend eyelash extension training workshops.  Spas add Eye and Brow Services to the professional salon environment.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offer the ultimate solution: the brow lift or forehead lift reverses the effects of gravity and tightens the soft tissues of the forehead to restore a more youthful contour to your forehead skin, upper eyelids and eyebrows.

UCO-120 Facial and Otoplasty Band

UCO-120 Facial and Otoplasty Band

Post Surgery, Contemporary Design Inc. offers the UCO-120 Facial and Otoplasty Band.  Ideal for multiple applications. Depending on use, can provide firm support to the forehead and ear area or under the chin.  This 3” wide soft elastic band a brushed finish for enhanced patient comfort.  The band is easy to apply and has Velcro® closure for adjustability.  Also available with additional securing straps.  Call for details.

Autologous Breast Augmentation vs Prosthetic

SC-25BLA_closeupFor women seeking breast reconstruction or augmentation two methods have become a standard. One involves the use of implants. The other imports tissue from the patient’s abdomen, buttocks or thigh region to form breasts with autologous tissue flaps.

With Autologous Breast Augmentation aesthetic result is a more natural feel and shape to the breast. The flap is soft to the touch, not a foreign material. The body is less likely to reject the trans-fat tissue than a prosthetic and this procedure does not require annual follow ups to monitor the implant.

Not a quick procedure, Requiring a skilled surgeon and a longer recovery period Autologous Breast Augmentation seems to produce a happier more satisfied patient.
Patients are so pleased with the result, a trend to remove prosthetic implants and replace with autologous tissue has ensued. According to a study presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2014 hosted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Patients Report Satisfaction and greater “Health Related-Quality of Life” when Converting from Prosthetic to Autologous Breast Reconstruction.

Consult and Pre-Op Questions to ask your Surgeon


Questions to ask at your consult and pre-op appointments  

The information in this section is made available through the generous support of Dr. Grant Stevens.

Here is a list that you can use to formulate your own list of consult questions and pre-op questions.

You will probably not have time to ask all of these at one consult appointment, and some of the questions may automatically be covered by the surgeon. Give them time to speak first, then ask your remaining questions.

Prioritize the questions listed below. Break them down into what’s most important to you to have answered immediately – such as information about FNG (free nipple grafts), how many breast reductions the doctor does per week, etc. If you still have questions, schedule another consult until you are satisfied.

It’s recommended by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and BreastHealthOnline to have at least 3 plastic surgery consults. More consults may be in order if you are facing a free nipple graft so that you are sure you have done all you can to save your nipples. You may also need more than three if the consults you had just were not the right surgeons for you. Take your time when selecting a plastic surgeon – you want the best plastic surgeon you can find.

Consult Questions:

-How many years have you been performing breast reduction surgery?

-How many breast reductions do you perform per week? (we like to see 3-5)

-Am I covered by my insurance?

-Are you board certified?

-Approximately how many breast reductions have you done in your career thus far?

-What are the three worst things that can happen after this surgery?

-What are the chances of each of those happening?

-What do we do if those things happen?

-How much time do I need to take off work?

-What is the procedure you would use on me, and WHY?

-What determines whether I have a free nipple graft?

-If I meet the criteria for a free nipple graft, would you try to do the inferior pedicle first and then proceed with the free nipple graft if it doesn’t work?

-Will there be ANY sensation left if I do have a free nipple graft?

-Do you have any before and after pictures to show me? If not, why?

-If you do the breast reduction in accordance with the proportions of my body, what do you see as “in proportion” to the rest of my body? (ask for a ballpark size, i.e. – between a B and a C)

-Since this is my body, do I get any say in what size my breasts will be?

-Since proportion is subjective, is it my right to choose a size that is different from what you think looks good?

-Can you guesstimate the gram removal?

-Does the tissue get sent to the lab after removal for analysis?

-Can you tell me approximately how long the surgery will be?

-How do you determine the size of the nipple/areola complex? Can I have any say in the size of my new areolas?

-Do you prefer to use drains? If so, when will the drains be removed?

-At which hospital will the surgery be performed?

-Will I stay overnight?

-Will I have the opportunity to meet the anesthesiologist prior to my surgery?

-What pain medications will be given to me?

-Can I discuss anti-nausea medications and concerns with the anesthesiologist?

-What if I get a cold before my surgery?

-Do I continue to take my regular medications before surgery?

-What medications do I NOT take before surgery and immediately after surgery?

-Do I require any special tests prior to surgery?

-Do you have someone who assists you in surgery?

-Does he/she work on one breast while you work on the other?

-Will I end up with two entirely different looking breasts if I have two surgeons?

Pre-op Appointment Questions

-How soon can I drive after the surgery?

-When can I return to exercising?

-Are there any special garments that I need to wear after surgery?

-Do I bring my own bra to wear home?

-How often do I change the dressings, and what do they consist of?

-Will there be tape or bandages on the wounds afterwards? If so, for how long?

-What do I need to buy in terms of bandages, dressings or other over the counter needs that you recommend?

-How soon after surgery can I shower?

-When can sexual intercourse resume?

-Do I fill my pain medication prescription before my surgery?

-What are dog ears, and what will you do to resolve them if I get them?

-If I require additional procedures (corrective) are they also covered by insurance?

-How do you treat keloid or hypertrophic scarring if it occurs?

-May I put vitamin E or anything else on the scars afterwards?  How soon?

-Do I need to pre-book extra appointments?

-How long after surgery will it be before the breasts drop into a nice shape?

-Do you insert a catheter during surgery?

-Will I have a tube put down my throat?

-What are some of the complications that some of your past patients have encountered?

-What was done as a counter-measure for the complications?

-When do you do the markings for surgery?

Postpartum girdles – Do they work?

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Postpartum girdles – Do they work?

If you’ve had a cesarean section, using a girdle or compression bandage isn’t medically necessary but it may offer an added sense of security. If a girdle or bandage makes you feel more protected and secure, it won’t hurt, even though it won’t necessarily help you lose weight or firm up.

I’m not sure if it worked for me like that, but after losing 10 pounds in a few hours, it helped give support for my abdomen. I hated the heavy and empty feeling of my stomach hanging there, my muscles too weak to hold it up, yuck. I wore it for as long as it made me feel comfortable, while easing into an exercise program, (gaining muscle strength by doing light leg lifts and sit ups- very, VERY carefully)

The Sculptures Everyday Wear garments designed to slim and tone, controlled my post-baby jiggle.  Sculptures Shapewear with comfortable invisible control gives you the look of a flattened stomach, slimmer thighs, and curvier curves.  You look better which makes you feel better!  The supportive control seems to improve posture and attitude, use this as motivation to develop a healthier lifestyle with good eating and exercise….and make every day Mother’s Day!!!


Pain relief from strawberries?

We have a new item to add to your arsenal of recovery aids – strawberries… listed as one of the top 20 antioxidant sources by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Best bought local and organic. You get the most health benefits from strawberries by eating them raw and straight from the farm. Full of vitamin C and Folic acid, strawberries promote heart health, fight of cancer and inflammatory diseases.
One of the most amazing health benefits – strawberries as a pain killer. Strawberries, like aspirin, block pain receptors in your body. Your new healthy approach…..Next time you have a headache, forget the bottle of pills, reach for a handful of fresh strawberries instead.


7 Celebrities Who Have Openly Owned Up to Plastic Surgery

Marie Claire spills the beans…Hollywood hotties who’ve had some help…. 7 Celebrities Who Have Openly Owned Up to Plastic Surgery

Marie Claire

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