Many people are getting body-altering surgeries such as tummy tucks, and most for vanity and cosmetic reasons. New research, however, indicates that there are actual health benefits from these types of procedures. Many patients find themselves more motivated to maintain their current weight after a surgery. Tummy tucks are often performed in tandem with bariatric surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach to reduce food intake and help patients lose weight.
A study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery publication found that patients who have had some kind of contouring surgery such as a tummy tuck after their bariatric surgery are more likely to keep the weight off after procedures. They gained an average of 1 pound a year compared with 4 pounds a year for patients who had just bariatric surgery.
The cosmetic benefits are obvious, and now the health benefits are becoming better known too. It makes sense that a person who has had a procedure to contour their body and is now proud and happy with their new look will take further measures to ensure it stays that way.
Many scientists argue that tummy tucks are an essential part of bariatric surgery, as they reconstruct the stomach that is now smaller, rather than simply tightening it up. So if you’re thinking about getting a tummy tuck just remember – it might even be good for your health, as well as your waistline!
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Phoenix or one of the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact The Body Sculpting Center for more information about tummy tucks.August 1, 2014
The Body Sculpting Center offers breast augmentation to residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix and the surrounding areas in Arizona.
You can read loads of information on the Internet about Breast Augmentations and reductions and how to make your ultimate decision on whether to have the surgery. What you won’t find a lot of information on, however, is how to prepare once you’ve made the choice to have the surgery. Here is a list of 10 things you should do before your augmentation to speed up your recovery process and make things go smoother for you and your new body.
1. Get your house (or healing area) in order. Don’t have things lying around that you’ll feel tempted to clean or pick up while you’re healing. Pull down things in high cabinets before your surgery, as your arm mobility will be limited. You will rest easier knowing the laundry is done, and the carpet is vacuumed.
2. Have everything you might need close to your bed. This includes water, ChapStick®, tissues, TV remotes, cell phone, etc. You shouldn’t be getting up searching for the things that make you more comfortable.
3. Set up your bed or couch to allow you to rest at a 45-degree angle. This will help reduce swelling and bruising.
4. Fill your prescriptions before your surgery, or have someone fill them immediately following the surgery. You may need pain medication right away, and you don’t want to have to wait on the pharmacy.
5. Have gentle washes and lotions handy for showering. You usually won’t be able to shower for 1-2 days after surgery, but when you get the green light you will want to have soft and non-abrasive soaps and lotions that won’t irritate the skin.
6. Have child (and pet) care arranged. You cannot walk the dog or drive the kids to school following surgery. Make sure someone is able to do this for you.
7. Have meals prepared or someone at home to help cook!
8. Stock up on water, white grape juice, prune juice or canned peaches and avoid rice and bananas for easy bowel movement after pain meds.
9. Have ice packs ready! These decrease swelling and pain and your doctor will likely recommend 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for a few days after surgery.
10. Lay out clothes that are easy to get on and off. These include button or zip ups, not something you’ll have to pull over your head.
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Phoenix or one of the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact The Body Sculpting Center and the expert physicians for more information about breast augmentation. Schedule a complimentary consultation either online or by calling 602-639-4338.June 26, 2014
Asking someone silicone or saline is sometimes like asking mayo or mustard? Some women don’t care, some women love both, and some have strong preferences towards one or the other (I vote mustard myself). Both are good on sandwiches and in many cases, they are interchangeable.
The difference in silicone and saline lies in the material and consistency of the implants. They both have an outer silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are available to women over 18 for breast augmentation and women of any age for reconstruction.
Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel that is similar to the feel of human fat. Many women feel that silicone feels more natural than saline. They are available to women over 22 for breast augmentation and women of any age for reconstruction. Silicone implants usually cost a little more than saline.
The good news is that whether you prefer silicone or saline, (mustard or mayonnaise) both are safe and effective ways to enhance your breasts. Sometimes there are reasons your doctor will discuss with you to choose one over the other, but in many cases, the choice is up to you. Some of the reasons why doctor will use saline are if one breast is slightly larger than the other, saline can be filled a little more in one implant to compensate. Silicone implants come pre-filled and do not have this luxury. Saline implants can also deliver the very round fake look of breasts that some women seek for- this is obtained simply overfilling the salt water in the implant to create the look.
Keller System is for silicone implants and it is used to place the silicone implant through a small incision to the breast pocket. Think of a cake decorating device- the implant is placed from the wide opening and it is squeezed thru the incision.
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Phoenix or one of the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact The Body Sculpting Center for more information about the Keller System for silicone implants or any questions regarding Breast Augmentation. Schedule a complimentary consultation either online or by calling 602-639-4338.June 12, 2014
The Body Sculpting Center offers no scar breast augmentation to residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix and the surrounding areas in Arizona.
The reason most women are hesitant about breast augmentation is because of the fear that their new chest won’t look natural – mainly that they will have scars that will be visible in either bathing suits or when they are topless.
Scars are sometimes worse than the small or large breasts a woman wishes to change, especially if they are large, noticeable, inflamed, or in conspicuous places.
But how are no scars possible?
The absence of scars is achieved by inserting a deflated saline breast implant through the belly button. Once it is placed in the chest, it is carefully inflated, leaving you with no scars, just a tiny incision inside the belly button that is barely visible. Other incision sites for no scar breast augmentations are beneath the breast in the folds of the skin, beneath the areola, or in the armpit. These are all places where scars are barely noticeable and heal naturally.
Patients with areola that are noticeably darker than the surrounding skin are the best candidates for no scar augmentation through the areola as the contrast in color helps to hide the scar. The areola is also naturally jagged and rough around the edges so a scar blends in nicely. This is also a good approach for patients with large or sagging breasts, as they do not make good candidates for an incision in the armpit.
Both saline and silicone implants can be used in the no scar approach to breast augmentation.
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Phoenix or one of the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact Dr. Borsand and The Body Sculpting Center for more information about no scar breast augmentation. Schedule a complimentary consultation either online or by calling 602-639-4338.May 29, 2014
Question 1: What are your most common procedures?
Answer: Breast surgery has been the most common since the Breast Surgical Center was our founding program in the valley and that expanded to The Body Sculpting Center in 1995, so today along with breast surgery, abdominoplasty, and liposuction are the second and third most common.
Question 2: What are your favorite procedures and why?
Answer: Since I have really been a breast surgeon for a long time, I would say that doing breast augmentation has been my favorite procedure. I have done approximately 8,000 of augmentations along with breast lifts. It is an enjoyable challenge.
Question 3: What do you like best about being a cosmetic surgeon?
Answer: The reason I chose surgery as a profession initially, is that you do a procedure and the patient is well and most individuals are not having chronic long-term issues. You see your results immediately, whether that is removing an appendix that is many, many years ago or today doing an abdominoplasty along with perhaps a Mommy Makeover of the breast as well is a dramatic change. Most of these individuals make a fairly rapid recovery and when they come back in their four to six month visit where they discuss all of their lives have changed has been extremely satisfying.
Question 4: What are your thoughts on saline versus silicone?
Answer: In our practice, what I would like to do is give our patients the pros and cons of each. Since our profit stays the same whether we use either one, I feel that I am giving the most up-to-date information, so they can make an informed decision. Since you cannot see typically the difference between them physically, it really gets down to feel and those that want a very much a softer feel would generally go with a silicone and those that want a firmer feel would generally go with saline. As far as my personal preference since I would like to do very small scar incisions and I enjoy going transumbilical or through the belly button, silicone does not allow us to offer that incision to patients.
Question 5: What made you want to become a cosmetic surgeon?
Answer: For me, it was an evolution. I have always enjoyed all types of surgeries as being trained initially in ear, nose, and throat and facioplastic and then completing my training in general surgery and slowly evolving in the 70's and 80's into cosmetic surgery, it became evident that I had to start to narrow my focus down to just mainly one area and that was cosmetic surgery versus medically necessary surgeries. In the cosmetic surgeons' world, there is a great camaraderie around the country among those that have this as a specialty. Over the past 35 years, I have attended at least two cosmetic surgery meetings a year with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and I have made quick friends all through the United States and around the world who is here and passion of aesthetic surgery. Those were the reasons that I became a cosmetic surgeon.
Marvin A. Borsand, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Body Sculpting Center is offering great specials and promotions periodically on procedures such breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions with both by liposuction and traditional, abdominaloplasty, liposuctions, thigh lifts and arm lifts, post bariatric cosmetic surgeries, vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and phaloplasty.May 23, 2013