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Timing Is Everything When Getting Plastic Surgery

No matter what type of plastic surgery you are considering, timing is a big consideration. How far ahead should surgery be scheduled? Are some procedures better undergone during certain seasons?

Here are a few tips for choosing the right time for your cosmetic surgery procedure, taking into account recovery time, maximizing comfort, and common schedule constraints.

Autumn and Winter

The cooler weather and more overcast conditions make autumn and winter ideal times for scheduling more intensive procedures. Not only is recovery more comfortable during this time, but the weather also calls for bulkier clothing—big sweaters, scarves, hats—that can more effectively hide the signs of recent breast procedures and other body contouring surgeries.

You may be surprised by some of the other benefits of scheduling during autumn and winter months. There are a handful of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that provide ample vacation time, perfect for recovery from a procedure. Also, consider the “wow” factor of getting a procedure done toward the end of the year. Who wouldn’t want to start a new year off right?

Spring and Summer

A woman on a beach after plastic surgery

The warmer months are often a popular time for cosmetic procedures because it’s the time of year when “beach bodies” are on our minds. Spring breaks and long summer vacations can provide the time needed for healing from major procedures without raising questions from friends or co-workers. If summertime is ideal for your situation, keep in mind the hot, humid weather. Be prepared to resist going out into the heat and limiting your sun exposure for the entire recovery period.

Timing a plastic surgery procedure is ultimately left up to you. Consider our suggestions above and take a close look at your day-to-day life. The most important thing to consider is finding enough time for healing and recovery, a topic best discussed with a board-certified physician, like Dr. Franckle, at a consultation.

 

How Does 3D Imaging Actually Work?

Thanks to 3D imaging technology, plastic surgeons and patients can now see a predicted outcome of a procedure well before surgery. A type of computer simulation, Vectra 3D imaging shows a possible result during the very first consultation. Here’s what to expect.

Laptop used for 3D Imaging by WILLIAM FRANCKLE, MD

Creating a Three-Dimensional Image

As you are guided to our consultation room, you will notice a set of large cameras and screens set up on the back wall. These specialized 3D cameras will take multiple pictures of you from different angles, simultaneously. The resulting collection of these individual photos is compiled into a three-dimensional view of your body, which serves as the “before” image.

The simulation software then allows Dr. Franckle to modify the image to create an expected “after” model. Changes are made directly to the 3D image right before your eyes! Dr. Franckle can continue to modify the image until you are both comfortable with the predicted results shown. This process allows you to visualize the projected results of your procedure on your own body. Both the before and after images can be viewed from many different angles for a complete picture of what you can expect.

Ideal for Face & Body Procedures

Being able to review and adjust these projected images as early as the first consultation is a huge benefit. Up until now, our patients only option to visualize their results was by using their imagination. Before and after images of past patients are helpful, but not nearly as helpful as seeing how your body looks today and how it is expected to look post procedure. The Vectra 3D imaging technology works well for breast surgery, facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, body contouring including tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and body lifts.

Before breast surgery, 3D imaging allows us to compare different breast shapes and sizes on the body. This is very helpful for breast augmentation, breast lifts, or breast reductions. With facial procedures, including facelift, injectable fillers, and reconstruction, the side-by-side before and after images viewed from different angles prove immensely valuable. The process also works well to show what a tummy tuck or body lift can do. Three-dimensional imaging reduces guesswork and provides body sculpting results that you can reasonably expect.

Why Choose a Surgeon with 3D Imaging?

The real beauty of this technology is the open line of communication it creates. The projected ‘after’ image instantly shows you what Dr. Franckle is envisioning for your procedure. This also gives you the opportunity to clearly explain your vision. Imagine being able to point at certain areas on a 3D image of your own body instead of having to articulate with words the image you see in your head. It is important to Dr. Franckle that this process is used during your initial consultation at our office to help eliminate misunderstandings that commonly arise between doctor and patient. The 3D rendering helps to ensure that you and Dr. Franckle are in full agreement well before the procedure takes place.

Special thanks to jfcherry for the image.

 

When Is the Right Time to Get a Reduction Mammaplasty?

If you are a woman with overly large breasts you know the struggles that come with everyday activities. Back pain, neck pain, shoulder p425px-Unclothed_woman_behind_question_mark_signain, indentations from heavy bra straps, and other symptoms can interrupt your daily routine. For some, the physical struggle of carrying the excess weight is not the only reason for seeking a solution; emotional discomfort and self-consciousness are also common. When the symptoms continue to get worse, one solution is a breast reduction surgery or reduction mammaplasty. As with all surgical procedures, there are essential factors to keep in mind. Age, BMI, personal habits, and overall health should be considered when deciding if a mammaplasty is right for you and if now is the right time.

You Are Finished Having Children or Do Not Plan on Having Children

The changes in your body during and after pregnancy (especially if breastfeeding) can have an effect on the shape and size of the breasts. This is an important consideration for women researching all types of breast surgeries, including a reduction mammaplasty. Stretching of the breast tissue, connective tissue, and ligaments during pregnancy can lead to sagging of the breasts and for some, stretch marks. After undergoing a surgical procedure to alter the look and size of your breasts, seeing those results fade away during pregnancy can be disappointing. If you are planning to have children in the future but still would like to a move forward with a mammaplasty now, be sure to discuss these plans with Dr. Franckle during your consultation so you can agree on the best approach for you.

You Are in Good Health

An important factor in the success and safety of a breast reduction procedure is the overall health of you, the patient. During your consultation with Dr. Franckle be prepared to discuss your medical history (including past operations), medical conditions, current medications, your family history of breast cancer and, depending on your age, the results of past mammograms. Apart from your physical health, Dr. Franckle will also take the time to fully discuss the procedure and ensure that you have realistic expectations for your outcome.

Your Lifestyle Can Provide Enough Time for Recovery

Recovery of any type of plastic surgery is a very common concern. It is also one of the most important factors to consider when researching a reduction mammaplasty. Your body will need time to heal and trying to do too much can have a negative effect on your final result. At our office, each patient is given aftercare instructions that we encourage them to follow carefully. The level of activity during recovery will depend on your particular situation (i.e. do you have young kids, does your occupation require you to stand most of the day, etc.). Generally speaking, most patients will take 5-7 days off from work. Heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks following the procedure.

A reduction mammaplasty can be a life changer for many patients. Relieving the physical and emotional strain overly large breasts have on the body and at the same time working toward your aesthetic goals make this procedure popular among women of all ages. We hope these points have helped you decide if now is the right time for you to undergo a reduction mammaplasty. Ready to go? Give us a call for a consultation with Dr. Franckle!

 

Everything There is to Know About a Mommy Makeover

After delivering children, women usually experience different changes to the body, such as increased breast size, sagging tummy, and stretch marks. Many are eager to recover their before-pregnancy look thus consider going for a mommy makeover. Therefore, before a patient opts for the procedure, there are a few things that mother’s need to keep in mind.mom-and-baby-having-fun

Several Procedures in One Operation

A common misconception with a mommy makeover procedure is to think that one surgery fits all. In fact, a mommy makeover includes several different procedures combined into one or two operations. What is included in your mommy makeover may differ from what is included in the next patient’s. Most commonly the procedure includes a combination of a breast lift, tummy tuck, breast reduction, liposuction, and/or breast augmentation (implants). When you begin researching a “mommy makeover” keep in mind that it is a descriptive term and a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franckle will identify exactly what you will undergo.

Preparing for Surgery

One important consideration of any women consulting about a mommy makeover procedure is, ‘will I be pregnant again?’ Pregnancy after the procedure has the potential to erase all the great results. Other considerations include medical history, current medications, family history of breast cancer and past surgeries. Patients who are 40 years and above may be asked to have a mammogram, electrocardiogram, or chest X-ray before the operation.

Will the Results Last?

Maintaining a constant weight after a mommy makeover procedure can help results last longer. It is important to remember that we cannot escape aging and gravity does have a natural effect on the body.

Women should plan carefully for a mommy makeover and determine the right time for them to undergo the procedure. It’s wise to consult with an experienced surgeon to fully understand the costs and implications. Join us for a consultation with Dr. Franckle for a better picture of what your mommy makeover would entail.

 

What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Scars

 

Breast lifts require incisions and because of that reason, there will always be some type of scarring. That is how the body heals and while we can help reduce the appearance of the scar, we cannot prevent one all together. The prominence of breast lift scars is impacted by incision type, the recovery process, and the time post operative.

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The type of incision used for your breast lift will impact the type of scarring. The type of incision that is utilized for a particular breast lift depends on the shape and size of the breasts, the position of the areoles, the skin’s elasticity, the amount of excess skin, and the degree of sagging. As a result, incisions can range from those around the areola that are relatively minimal and tend to blend quickly with surrounding skin, to horizontal incisions that are narrow and thin, to vertical incision patterns that are relatively wide. Incisions around the areolas involve small scars that are around the nipple, while incisions that are done vertically and horizontally or a combination of both will leave more visible scars. During your consultation, you will be able to go over your expectations for surgery, the type of incisions that will be utilized, and the sort of breast lift scars you can expect.

Proper Recovery and Scarring

It is important to follow all of the prescribed recovery instructions in order to heal properly after your breast lift surgery. Dressings and support bras are usually worn to protect the incision sites and reduce swelling. Movement and heavy lifting should be minimized during the first few weeks of recovery. This reduction in activity allows the incisions to heal more quickly and promotes overall wound healing. Following all recovery recommendations will reduce your chances of complications that can magnify breast lift scars.

Do Scars Fade Over Time?

While breast lift scars are permanent and most noticeable after surgery, they do tend to fade and become less pronounced over time. The degree of fading depends on a number of factors such as genetics, skin coloring, type of incision, wound healing experience, and overall patient health.

 

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