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Plastic surgeons spur shatterproof windshields

CDI - History of Plastic SurgeryDuring the 1930’s Doctors concerned with the number and the severity of facial lacerations due to car accidents and the broken glass involved in those accidents lead to the development of the shatterproof windshield.  A group of plastic surgeons and emergency medical physicians approached a consortium of companies, and shatterproof windshields were born.

 Thanks in part to their lobbying efforts, shatterproof glass became a mainstay in all car windshields. And plastic surgeons didn’t stop there: Dr. Claire Straith, a member of the newly formed American Society of Plastic Surgeons, met with automobile manufacturers in 1934, leading to the development of numerous safety considerations for automobile interiors.


Is Bigger Better?

You know you’ve thought about it.  When  it comes to breasts…Is Bigger Better?


If you could try out life with bigger breasts for a day, would you do it? Liz Krieger checks out the controversial new lunchtime lift.

By Liz Krieger


Cinderella’s fairy godmother turned a tattered dress and a pumpkin into a shimmering gown and a lavish ride. Remember, though, there was one catch: The makeover lasted only until midnight. With his InstaBreast technique, Norman Rowe, a New York plastic surgeon, is playing fairy godmother to women temporarily seeking larger, fuller breasts, but his handiwork also lasts for only one night. In about 20 minutes, you can go from flat-chested to cleavage-proud.

Rowe’s method is remarkably simple: He designates a site at the edge of each nipple, and after the area is anesthetized, he injects about a half-liter of sterile saline solution—essentially salt water—into the patient’s breast tissue. He maneuvers the needle at various angles to different areas, expanding each breast until it reaches the desired fullness. The saline is gradually absorbed into the bloodstream, with the full effect lasting about 24 hours. (Rowe says that saline is considered perfectly safe; it’s the same stuff you would get in an IV if you were dehydrated.)

While some doctors suggest that instant breast augmentation is just a fad, it’s hard to ignore its potential (consider the hundreds of thousands of women who don’t hesitate to have volumizers injected their face). And the desire for bigger breasts is as popular as ever: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 313,327 breast augmentations and 137,233 breast lifts were performed in the U.S. in 2013. “Women want cleavage,” Rowe says matter-of-factly. “And this is fast.”

Fast results were just what Shavon Jovi, 28, a model and aspiring actress, was hoping for when she underwent the procedure with Rowe several months ago. After a few pricks of an anesthetic into the skin surrounding the nipples, Rowe injected anesthetic-laced saline solution into her 32A breasts, one syringe at a time. The effect was an instant fullness that brought her chest to a C cup. “For the longest time I’ve wanted to get a breast augmentation,” says Jovi. “I was sort of shocked when I saw them, but I loved it immediately.” Within two days she was back to her natural size (how long it takes depends on how your body metabolizes the fluid). So why have the now-you-see-’em, now-you-don’t procedure? Like many of Rowe’s patients, Jovi wanted to “try on” implants in a way that computer imaging just can’t mimic, says Rowe, adding that some of his patients go for the temporary inflation for special occasions, such as a wedding, a big birthday, or a beach vacation.

Nicole, a 30-year-old mother of two, spent a day walking around with saline-inflated breasts, and a few months later went under the knife for implants. “It was amazing to see what my breasts would be like,” she recalls. As for how it felt? “I’ve had Botox and fillers, and it’s similar.” About 75 percent of Rowe’s patients who opt for the $2,500 procedure go on to get implants. However, it isn’t a helpful test-drive for every woman. “If you need bother a lift and an augmentation, the saline won’t give you a realistic approximation,” explains Rowe.

Not everyone is singing the praises of the short-lived boob job, and there are limitations and risks to it. Since the skin of both breasts is pierced by the needle, bruising can occur. And like any procedure that penetrates the skin, infection is possible. Some doctors see other downsides as well, cautioning that undergoing the procedure repeatedly could cause the skin to stretch—”like a Slinky that you stretch out past the point of no return,” says Adam Kolker, a plastic surgeon in New York. Rowe counters that this is highly unlikely. “The skin has to be stretched for a much longer and continuous time period for it to display permanent stretching,” he says. Heidi Waldorf, a New York dermatologist, agrees, noting that having the procedure once is “probably okay. As long as it’s short-lived, the area should return to its normal contour,” says Waldorf, but she has concerns about stretching for those who return for more.

For her part, Jovi wanted to capture the results before they faded away. “I definitely posted a few #InstaBoob selfies that day,” she says. In the spirit of the procedure, though, perhaps she should have used Snapchat.

Pills or tablets can’t make your breasts grow, although eating fish has been known to increase the hormones which may encourage your breasts to grow.

What you wear and how you wear it does make a difference.  Shapewear that improves posture and slightly re-positions your curves is a viable answer that has reliable results.

Contemporary Design Inc. Breast Enhancing Shapewear

Contemporary Design Inc.’s Breast Enhancing Everyday Shapewear

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now that You’re Thinking Mexico, Think Plastic Surgery.


Maybe you’re lucky enough to be able to do something just for you. Everyday stresses, age, pollution, lack of sleep…all this has impact on appearance.  So you’re contemplating plastic surgery.  Why not make this life changing venture a real adventure!   Pack up your post-op compression wear and combine it with vacation!

Head south of the border, to Mexico!  Even with the additional cost of plane fare, lodging and other incidentals, cosmetic surgery in Mexico is more affordable than in the United States.  Doctors are board certified just as in other countries and nurses and hospitals also cost much less. Procedure cost would be approximately 40 percent of what it costs in the U.S.

Check it out:

– make an informed decision.

The Power Brow

the power brow

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?

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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