Transumbilical Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week, we discussed why you might want to choose an inframammary incision approach for your breast augmentation surgery–and why you might want to choose something different. Today, we’re taking a look at transumbilical incisions (also referred to as TUBA incisions) and what they have to offer: The Transumbilical Incision Transumbilical incisions are made on the upper-inside edge of your belly button. From there, empty,......
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Inframammary Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week we talked about what’s great—and what’s not so great—about periareolar incisions. This week, we’re moving on to the inframammary incision. What advantages does it offer, and what drawbacks does it present? Here’s the story: The Inframammary Incision Inframammary incisions are made in the fold where the lower part of the breast meets the chest wall. From there, a saline or silicone implant can......
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Periareolar Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week, we talked about the pluses and minuses of choosing the transaxillary incision method for your breast augmentation. This week, we’ll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of periareolar incisions. The Periareolar Incision Periareolar incisions are made at the outer edge of the areola, following the curve that separates the darker skin of the nipple from the rest of your breast. Once......
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Transaxillary Incision: Pros and Cons

When performing breast augmentation surgery, a plastic surgeon has a choice between four types of incisions: transaxillary, periareolar, inframmary, and transumbilical (TUBA). Various factors determine which one he or she chooses to use, including body type, breast size and shape, and a patient’s esthetic objectives. I think it’s important for patients to understand the pros and cons of these different incision types—so, over the next......
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How to Use Before & After Photos to Your Advantage

Just like you wouldn’t want to buy a car before test-driving it, you should never go into something as important as plastic surgery without some idea of what the results will be like. Unlike a new car, however, you can’t have a “test” surgery before you have the real thing. That’s why a surgeon’s “before and after” photos are so important; they give you something......
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Making Nostrils Smaller with Rhinoplasty

One of the surgeries I perform most frequently in my practice is rhinoplasty—and one of the most common complaints I hear from my rhinoplasty patients is that their nostrils are too wide or flared. There are two ways to surgically narrow wide nostrils: by removing a small wedge of tissue from the crease of the nostril (where it meets the face), or by performing a......
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How Long Does Blepharoplasty Last?

Nothing lasts forever. Of all the plastic surgery procedures out there, however, blepharoplasty has some of the longest-lasting results—so much so that after you have one, you probably won’t need to get another ever again. This is not to say that once you recover from your blepharoplasty, your eyelids will stay exactly as they are for the rest of your life; plastic surgery can work......
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Wearing Makeup after a Blepharoplasty

So you’ve had eyelid surgery, and everything went just as planned—but the area around your eyes is still swollen and bruised, and you don’t want to go out in public looking like that. Are you allowed to wear makeup? Maybe—but it depends on how far out from surgery you are. If your wounds are still healing and haven’t sealed yet, makeup can irritate your incisions......
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Complications After Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most popular facial plastic surgeries there are—a fact that has made it a relatively routine, and therefore safe, procedure. As with all surgeries, however, some risk is involved with eyelid surgery, and it’s important to be informed about what they are if you’re considering the procedure for yourself. Here are some of the most frequently seen complications from......
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Does Botox Cause Bruising?

We’ve already talked about how long Botox lasts and where it can be injected. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the possible downsides to getting Botox: bruising. Any time an injection is made under the skin, bruising is a possible side effect. That said, bruising does not always occur after Botox is administered—in fact, the majority of patients do not exhibit bruises following......
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