What Type of Facial Plastic Surgery Is Right for You?

Posted in Uncategorized | June 29, 2014

Young sexy girl with facial treatment modern arrows

Who is a candidate for plastic surgery of the face? A general rule of thumb is that cosmetic surgery is an option for you if you are healthy, you have clear expectations, you have a reasonable facial concern bothersome to you that you would like addressed, and you are well aware of the risks you are exposing yourself to, and are of legal age. Significant health issues and diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart conditions and many others can make you a less than ideal candidate for facial plastic surgery. But even if you do have some of these conditions, if felt safe by your treating primary physicians, you may still be a candidate. Smoking and drinking are habits which may be an influence as well.

You can have a consultation with your plastic surgeon to learn more about your concerns, suitability for surgery, possible side effects and whether they recommend plastic surgery in your case.

Can you increase the size of your lips?

Lip augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure that can make your lips look beautiful and full. This can be done in a conservative, natural way that can provide fullness without getting an overdone, overfilled look. Young and more senior women alike can benefit from lip augmentation. It is not a very complex cosmetic procedure and is done quickly in the office. It is not a surgical procedure, as it consists of having a certain type of filler injected in the lips performed in the office. In some situations, this procedure may not be for you if you suffer from diabetes, herpes, autoimmune conditions, or you are allergic to the filler.

When are cheek implants recommended?

A person with very flat cheek bones may be a candidate to undergo a procedure for cheek implants. If you have sagging cheeks you can also qualify for this procedure. However, it is not recommended to get cheek implants if you have excessive sagging skin due to aging. In these cases, going through a face lift procedure is much more recommended by trained professionals.

Rhinoplasty – who gets the best results?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedure performed each year in the US. Humps are commonly corrected through rhinoplasty in addition to straightening out the nose, or refining the tip of the nose. This procedure is not recommended until your nose is fully developed, so typically it is not performed to those under 18 years of age.

Is eyelid surgery recommended for you?

People with droopy eyelids, bags or those who suffer from extreme puffiness can take advantage of eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is one of the more common procedures performed in the US. Results can make you look less tired and more youthful. Often times the upper eyelid surgery can be done in the office under just local anesthetic.

The best course of action is to have a prior discussion with your plastic surgeon to see what procedures are recommended in your case. With a plastic surgery consultation, you can get a better understanding of how best to address your concerns and find out what options may be available for you!


What Are the Most Popular Wrinkle Fillers?

Posted in Non Surgical Treatment | June 29, 2014

Female face with wrinkles on forehead

Going through a face lifting procedure may sound like too much for some people, even if they want to greatly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles on their face. Luckily for them, there are plenty of non-surgical cosmetic procedures readily available. The main advantage is that these procedures are fast acting, they typically do not require more than a 30 minute intervention, and the results can last from 4 months to more than one year. Not surprisingly, these office-based procedures are very popular among men and women alike. And, just like any medical intervention, should only be administered by a trained and licensed professional such as Dr. Brian Howard.

Hyaluronic acid

One of the most widespread wrinkle fillers at the moment is hyaluronic acid based fillers. There are different types of wrinkle fillers based on hyaluronic acids but they all act in the same way. They offer you a great looking appearance, youthful, and fewer wrinkles. The injections are considered safe and effective. Potential side effects, though unusual, include redness, swelling, and small bumps underneath the skin that fade in time.

The results of hyaluronic acid last from several months to more than one year and they depend on the variant of hyaluronic acid used. What is really great about this wrinkle filler is that it can jumpstart the production of collagen in the body which means that it can improve the appearance of your skin.

Synthetic fillers

This is a category of wrinkle fillers obtained from substances created in medical laboratories. They are not based on substances which the body makes naturally such as the above hyaluronic acid fillers, but their effects are longer lasting than other fillers that are based on natural substances. Radiesse and Sculptra are two of the best known synthetic fillers right now. The first is based on a naturally-existing substance called calcium hydroxyapatite and its results can last to around one year. In time, it can stimulate the natural production of collagen in the body. Sculptra is a more complex, though much longer lasting very popular filler often used to achieve full facial volumization.

Collagen injections

Collagen fillers are made from pure forms of collagen from various sources. In the past, these fillers were much more commonly used. However, their effects did not last long, and they could also cause allergic reactions in some patients. However, with time, these injections have been improved and now they can be used by a larger category of people.

The main advantage of collagen fillers is that some users perceive that the effects obtained are more natural. Although there is a risk of side effects FDA approved collagen fillers are safe to use but they need to be administrated by a trained professional.

Today, the majority of cosmetic fillers used by American aesthetic plastic surgeons are of the hyaluronic acid type. They are readily available, easy to administer, performed in the office in a time-friendly fashion, and have and typical longevity of around one year.


Should I get Laser Treatment to Remove a Tattoo?

Posted in Tattoo Removal, Uncategorized | June 25, 2014

Woman getting tattoo.

Tattoos are considered cool but many people end up regretting their decision years down the road whether they are trying to get employed or their significant other wants it removed. With so many options of different procedures to remove tattoos it is difficult to know which option is best for you and whether you need plastic surgery to remove them.

If you are one hundred percent sure you want your tattoo removed you need to know your options. For the majority of removals and for larger tattoos (over 2 inches) you should use laser treatments to remove the tattoos. North Fulton Plastic Surgery’s MedSpa (A New You) offers laser tattoo removal that can remove almost any tattoo with the smallest amount of expense and needs.

Why you should choose laser tattoo removal.

Laser tattoo removal is the gold standard when it comes to removing tattoos and is the safest, quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to remove unwanted tattoos. The process is very simple. The laser emits high powered light into the skin bypassing the outer layer straight to the ink within the skin. The ink absorbs the energy and then breaks into fragments or particles. The particles are then removed naturally from the body using the natural body healing process.

It is the safest because you do not need anesthesia. Although it is an uncomfortable experience it is the safest procedure because you do not have to endure any surgical procedure. There are no dramatic post-surgery side effects and the procedure is quick.

What are the drawbacks?

It is well documented the procedure is not the most pleasant experience and can be downright painful depending on where the tattoo is placed and how large it is. You will be awake for the entire procedure so you must be prepared mentally for the treatment.

Will I need multiple treatments?

Depending on the tattoo size and placement you may need multiple treatments. Generally if you are covering up multiple tattoos it will take multiple sessions to remove them all. It is also not recommended to receive the removal treatment all at once if you have multiple tattoos. You will want to space them out so you can give your body time to rest and heal after each treatment.

Are there any risks?

Depending on the procedure you choose for tattoo removal, there can be certain risks you will experience. For laser tattoo removal the only side effect you may experience is some de-pigmentation of the skin in the area where the tattoo was. This happens because the laser works by removing the ink pigment from your skin; however, the natural skin pigment will be removed because it is present on the same area as the ink. A lighter area may appear beneath the tattoo, once you are done with the treatment.

What to ask your surgeon before getting your tattoo removed.

It is important that you understand your options before starting the tattoo removal procedure. Make sure that you understand what the outcome will look like and be sure you want it removed. Once completed there is no turning back.


What Plastic Surgery Procedures Should I get after Extreme Weight Loss?

Posted in Uncategorized | June 25, 2014

she lost weight

Losing weight is very important for everyone’s health. Obesity is linked to severe conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, so it is essential to maintain a healthy body weight. Though losing weight is very beneficial for one’s health there can be some complications. When you lose more than 50 pounds, especially if this happens over a short period of time, there will be folds of skin that must be removed. There are a few plastic surgery procedures that will help remove this excess skin so you can feel great about your weight loss accomplishments.

Body lift procedure

A “Body lift” is a procedure that works just like it sounds, we remove the excess skin to give your body a lift. The procedure is simple, we remove the excess skin from your midsection, arms, buttocks, waist, hips and thighs (if needed). This procedure is also called body contouring, because we are shaping the skin on the sections making it tighter.

Keep in mind that you need a consultation about the procedure before this can be accomplished. People with a higher body mass index who have lost a lot of weight may need several procedures performed. There are also certain minor risks associated with the procedure such as infection, scarring, and the formation of seroma, a build-up of fluid inside the tissue.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

One of the most problematic areas on your body after extreme weight loss is the abdominal area. Weight loss surgeons recommend patients that are not happy with how their abdomen looks after a large weight loss to get a procedure called a tummy tuck. This procedure is meant to make your abdomen look great after a weight loss procedure such as a gastric bypass surgery.

We will make an incision across the lower midsection and will mold the skin, the tissue, and even employ liposuction if needed to remove any excess body fat. The belly button can also be repositioned if desired.

Some scarring can occur, which will not be permanent, and you will be able to sport the bikini or swim suit look you dream of next time you hit the beach.

Breast Lift Procedure

A regular issue women deal with after weight loss is their breasts tend to sag. The solution is to have a breast lifting procedure. During this procedure, we remove the excess skin and tissue on the lower end of the breast and will place the nipples higher on the chest to the normal position. This reverses the effects of the weight loss giving you a more youthful look.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are considering plastic surgery after weight loss. First of all, you must be dedicated to maintaining the stable weight you have achieved. Be prepared for surgery and the effects during post-surgery. You also need understand your options and consult a plastic surgeon to figure out which procedure is the best for your situation.


Liposuction Surgery Atlanta: Reducing Fatty Bulges Made Safer & More Effective

Posted in Body Procedures, Laser Treatment | August 30, 2013

The surgical procedure designed to remove stubborn fatty tissues in the body is known simply as lipo (liposuction surgery). It is normally undertaken when you have tried various efforts – exercising, dieting and lifestyle changes – to eliminating body fats to no avail. These stubborn body fats do not become manifest simply because of a Friday night’s chocolate bingeing, but rather due to a confluence of lifetime factors that include your genetics, pregnancy, and significant weight fluctuations. Generally, body areas where hard-to-remove fat bulges may occur in your thighs, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and face.

Continuing Popularity

For many years, the popularity of lipo procedure has escalated due to the fact that a lot of men and women who have tried the surgery are satisfied with the outcome. In fact, the latest annual data (2012) released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have revealed that indeed liposuction remains one of the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Even if you ask any random kid about cosmetic procedures they know, the kid may likely mention “liposuction” as one of them because of the latter surgery’s widespread media exposure.

Meanwhile, the techniques and technological tools behind the surgery procedure have rendered lipoplasty safer and more efficient than ever. At his Atlanta Surgical Office, Dr. Brian Howard specializes in the non-invasive type of liposuction known simply as SmartLipo. He has spent, and continues to do so, countless hours to perfect his expertise in this special kind of liposuction surgery Atlanta.

Safer & Innovative

Utilizing laser fiber to break up the fat cells, SmartLipo procedure functions the same way as a traditional liposuction does: eliminates stubborn fatty bulges to give you a more proportioned body shape. But then since it’s non-invasive, SmartLipo delivers similar lipo results but with less swelling, less bruising and pain, and a faster recovery time. Furthermore, Dr. Howard performs SmartLipo under local anesthetic, hence you may be able to avoid the extra cost, risk and downtime normally associated with having a general anesthesia. The U.S. FDA has since approved the use of SmartLipo in the removal of fat pockets considered to be unresponsive to exercise and diet routines.

Comprehensive Treatment

Surgical procedure aside, Dr. Howard is also known for his comprehensive approach to cosmetic surgeries and treatments. He puts premium to your utmost safety and comfort as a patient. Before recommending any procedure (even if not SmartLipo), he will engage you in a thorough discussion about every aspect of your intended procedure as well as your other treatment options. While SmartLipo requires much less discomfort and recovery time than traditional lipo, Dr. Howard will ensure that you are well informed about managing your oral medications to fully relieve you of any possible discomfort.

Dr. Brian Howard is a board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist with highly specialized skills in performing Smart Liposuction operations.

If you are nearby Atlanta area, please contact today the office of Dr. Howard via (770) 619-9566.


Plastic Surgery Atlanta: Reach Your Aesthetic Goals with Comfort and Confidence

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Body Procedures, Breast Surgery Procedures, Face Surgery Procedures | August 15, 2013

Your unique beauty is a personal treasure – hence, as much as possible, take care and enhance this special treasure. As you grow in number of years on Earth, your once attractive and youthful physical beauty may be, well, not so attractive or youthful anymore.

Right now, you may be having a protruding abdominal pouch, sagging breasts, loose-skinned arms, folds around the eyelids,  or wrinkling forehead – or all of them. There is nothing wrong with you. Similar to other people, you are simply undergoing the natural process of ageing and more likely that same process is being exacerbated by a confluence of factors that include lifetime exposure to stress, sunlight, pollution, and several other elements.

While ageing cannot be stopped, you can choose to enhance or improve your overall appearance through the help of plastic surgery procedures. In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the word plastic surgery is defined as a surgery done to repair, restore, or improve lost, injured, defective, or misshapen body parts. Plastic surgery covers mainly the aesthetic improvement of your external body parts from the removal of facial wrinkles to elimination and lifting of loose thigh skin.

Furthermore, in the practical context, plastic surgery is intended not just to improve your aesthetic appearance but as well as to improve your confidence and self-esteem. In short, when the right surgical procedure is chosen and performed properly by a skilled plastic surgeon, it will redound to multiple, if not priceless, benefits for you.

Know Your Issue

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: so what seems to be fine for others, may be a major cosmetic issue for you. In other words, you of all people should know what’s wrong with your body or face that should be or can be fixed with a plastic surgery procedure. Upon consultation, you should communicate this particular cosmetic concern to your chosen surgeon. You should be honest in sharing anything that bothers you about your face and body.

Board Certified Surgeon

In most cases, the next crucial step in achieving your intended aesthetic goal is to choose the surgeon who shall evaluate and possibly perform your surgical procedure. But you should not go for just any surgeon out there. Rather, you should go for a surgeon who has proven track record and skills in undertaking the procedure you intend to have. Furthermore, choose a plastic whom you can trust and be comfortable with. After all, you are entrusting somebody to enhance your very face or body.

In terms of whom you are comfortable with, it takes your personal determination to gauge that. But as to other considerations such as expertise and experience of a certain surgeon, there are some pointers that may be handy to you. For instance, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon over somebody who is not. If a plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, it means that he (or she) attained a certain level of education, training and actual experience. This is minimum assurance that you are dealing with a skilled and bona fide plastic surgeon. As to a surgeon’s track record, you may be able to check out his track record based on the personal testimonials of his past patients.

Atlanta Plastic Surgery

In Atlanta, Dr. Brian Howard is one of the well-reputed names in plastic surgery: offering a comprehensive array of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. His Plastic Surgery Atlanta procedures include: tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, face lift, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, breast enhancement, body enhancement, smartlipo, skin rejuvenation, and botox injections.

The Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is admired for his genuine care and passion to assist each patient in achieving his or her best possible self. With comprehensive training in different areas of plastic surgery, he treats each patient as unique individuals with specific needs and particular aspirations. He listens intently to your concerns during the consultation and evaluation stage. Moreover, he makes sure that you truly understand and consent to your intended surgery –  both the benefits and potential risks – before proceeding with any procedure. Dr. Howard usually performs skilled surgical operations at his welcoming and comfortable facilities in Atlanta, GA. You definitely have comfort and confidence if it is Dr. Howard at the surgical room.

Please contact today the office of Dr. Howard via (770) 619-9566.


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