Archive | September, 2015

The Skinny on Body Contouring After Weight Loss

24 Sep

Weight loss, as a result of exercise and dieting alone, or due to surgery, can be a wonderful and empowering thing. However, many people are under the impression that simply losing weight is all they need to do in order to achieve the aesthetic and health results they desire, and often, this is just not the case.

When the body’s tissues and skin are not elastic enough to fit your reduced body size, it can create sagging areas around the arms, drooping fat armsthighs, breasts and stomach. This sagging skin can hide your new, trimmer figure and create the unattractive appearance of extra weight, even when the fat is no longer there. For this reason, plastic surgery aimed at body contouring is more popular than ever, with tummy tucks and thigh lift procedures rising over 70% since 2000, and breast lifts (a top procedure since 2006), rising as well.

Body contouring surgically removes excess skin and fat, while also improving the tone and shape of underlying tissue. Roughly one in five, or about 20% of patients, who undergo weight loss surgery require some kind of body contouring afterwards. Sagging skin can be painful while exercising, and exercise is an important component of maintaining a healthy, toned body. It can also result in body image insecurities, despite any success of the initial weight loss surgery itself.

If you have lost a lot of weight, I recommend that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited facility to see if you might be a good candidate for body contouring. The more informed you are about your health and your body, the more satisfaction you’ll receive from any weight loss or cosmetic surgery. Connect with us today at Marina Plastic Surgery and come in for a consultation. Congratulations on the new you!

Cheers, WGS

What’s a Cake Without Icing?

17 Sep

Cake without icing? It’s like a facelift that doesn’t leave you with a fully-finished, polished and glowing new you. I think we’d agree that both prospects don’t sound appealing. After many years of experience, my approach to the face is comprehensive; I believe it’s important to improve the face itself and to improve the skin as well.

At Marina Plastic Surgery, we want you to have an overall common but nice skinrejuvenated look that is fresh, clear and truly beautiful.
In order to achieve the best results, I always customize the treatment that I use for each individual patient. After all, there isn’t just one filler that works best for the entire face, and there isn’t just one procedure that rises to every skin challenge.

For wrinkles under the eyes, red spots from broken capillaries close to the skin’s surface, or brown spots from age or sun damage, here are some of the additional tools that I feel have helped achieve consistent and impressive results:

• Limelight: This non-invasive light treatment is great for improving skin tone and age spots.
• Clear and Brilliant: A gentle, non-surgical laser that helps even the skin’s canvas and improve texture by minimizing the appearance of pores.
• Halo Laser: This is a wonderful, new hybrid laser that targets the deeper dermis layers of the skin, causing pigment from damaged layers to rise to the surface and peel off.

Let us use our best tools to bring out the very best in your skin and get the most out of your facelift! Give us a call today. We’d love to hear from you. You can also check out my video for the Plastic Surgery Channel here.

Cheers, WGS

To Fly or Not to Fly, That is the Question

8 Sep

Recently, I was interviewed for the Plastic Surgery Channel about the dangers of medical tourism. I think the topic is an important one, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you. The appeal of traveling abroad for cosmetic surgery is rooted in cheaper price tags coupled with the lure of an exotic vacation. It’s estimated that this year alone, more than one million people will travel to places like Brazil, Thailand and Cuba for medical procedures. This will result in a boost of over $40 billion dollars in the economy for those countries. However, prospective patients may not take into account some important risk factors. It’s imperative to consider the following should you be thinking about medical tourism for yourself:

• While the cost of procedures can sometimes be 40 percent less expensive in other countries, you might forget to include the cost of airfare, hotels, meals, transportation and even insurance having an impact on your budget. When you add these things into the equation, the cost of your procedure can be nearly equal to what you might pay in America.

• The follow-up after any surgery is extremely important. Flying can cause blood clots, which can lead to strokes and even death. In addition, contracting infectious diseases from a host country is one of the most frequent complications. Should you contract an infection, or other complication, it can be difficult to find a physician in the states who will treat you. In addition, most of these types of surgeries require more recovery time than a typical vacation week or two.

• It is not always easy to check the qualifications of doctors in Medical-Tourism.Still002-1024x576another country. The protection laws in other countries are often different than those in America, and there may be no legal recourse for you should something go wrong. In fact, many times, the reason for the lower cost of these procedures is that physicians abroad do not have to pay for malpractice insurance. For that reason, you should always be sure to at least look for a reputable facility that is internationally certified by the Joint Commission International.

If you are considering medical tourism for any plastic surgery, I would strongly advise you to do your research thoroughly and reconsider a physician in the states where you will be sure to receive the follow-up care, attention and support you’ll need for as long as you need it following surgery.

For more information, connect with us at Is Medical Tourism Worth the Risk?

Cheers, WGS

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