Even Silicone Had A Facelift

Posted in Breast Surgery Procedures | August 18, 2014


In January of 1992, silicone disappeared from the market as the FDA placed a suspension on the synthetic compound, banning it from breast augmentation procedures. This ban was initiated in order to evaluate new safety techniques. There was speculation that silicone implants were causing connective-tissue diseases, so the FDA put the suspension in order.

By February, the FDA reevaluated the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants. It was voted that silicone be removed from the market until further evaluation can be done. By the summer of 1992, after more research was conducted, the FDA found no sufficient data to support the hypothesis of the disease-causing implants. Thus, moving forward, the FDA continued access to silicone implants in July of 1992, but only for patients undergoing breast reconstruction or silicone implant replacement. In addition to the restriction, it was put to a vote that the patients undergoing the procedures are subject to be clinically studied. This is when saline implants were developed and substituted for new patients with the desire for breast augmentation surgery.

By 1998, the FDA approved the clinical study protocol for those with silicone implants. It also set a limit on the number of augmentation, reconstruction, and revision patients to a select number of locations. Through the course of several years, this was the practice for silicone implant procedures.

From 1998 to 2006, procedures were performed, studies were implemented, yet after the rigorous studying, the FDA failed to find evidence that proves the silicone gel-filled breast implants to pose health risks to patients. So, in November of 2006, the suspension was lifted. Once again, silicone implants were put back on the market, alongside the option for saline implants.

In January of 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication that stated that women with silicone gel-filled breast implants are at an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), which is a cancer of the lymphatic system in the scar capsule next to the implant.

With that information, FDA’s Advisory Panel held a meeting to conclude that the silicone gel-filled breast implants be created with a more cohesive gel. In conjunction, more studies would be conducted with patients undergoing the procedure to generate a more efficient safety protocol.

Today, women undergo breast augmentation, reconstruction, and revision surgery.  With the past studies conducted to find a more efficient use of silicone implants, the procedure is safer. With that, you can rule out most of the dangers you think of when considering the surgery.

The Future of Plastic Surgery

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery | August 18, 2014


The trend for the perfect body is reaching a peak in the field of cosmetic procedures. With surgical and minimally invasive practices, the obsession to have the perfect breasts or the perfect face structure is widely trending.

According to the 2012 vs. 2013 statistics conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity since the previous year.



If you look at the chart above, you can see that from 2012 to 2013, the amount of procedures has increased in variety. From statistics, it’s observed that there were 15.1 million procedures that were conducted in 2013. 1.6 million of those were surgical, while the remaining 13.4 million were minimally invasive.

The top five surgical procedures of the year were beast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and facelifts. From the chart, you can see the fraction of the sum of 1.6 million procedures conducted. The top five minimally invasive procedures were conducted as Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. You hear that Botox is the most common of cosmetic procedures, and this chart is the proof in the pudding.

Cosmetic surgery is most commonly being performed on patients over the age of 55. Up by 3% of surgical procedures, and up 4% of minimally invasive procedures since last year, this is the most gained performance of procedures in any age distribution between the years. With Georgia being in Region 3, according to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, the region has gained a 19% trend in cosmetic procedures within the age of 55 and over.

Let’s not look at just one demographic. Plastic surgery is performed on a variety of ethnicities, ages, and in both genders. The most common ethnicity that procedures are performed on is Caucasians. A calculated 10.5 million Caucasians had cosmetic procedures of some kind. That is a 3% gain from the 2012 statistics having close to 10.4 million.

Who knows what’s in store for 2014 when it comes to cosmetic procedures? Will the trend of cosmetic surgery increase or decrease? Will the amount of procedures incline or decline? More questions arise as we start to approach the closing months of the year.


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.

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