How to Overcome the Plastic Surgery Stigma

In today’s society, plastic surgery is becoming increasingly common. Although the practices are safe and can do wonders for patients’ self-esteem, many still struggle with a perceived stigma surrounding the procedures. However, it’s possible to overcome the negative stigma of these surgeries.

Understand the Scale of Plastic Surgery

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 17.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017, a 2% increase from 2016. This continual growth is reflected in a 3% increase in breast augmentations, a 5% increase in liposuction, and a 2% increase in tummy tucks between the two years. Although there may be a social stigma associated with plastic surgery, the truth is that it is an increasingly popular choice for Americans looking to alter their appearances, and it is becoming more commonplace each day.

Know the Process

Many patients are concerned about plastic surgeries simply because they don’t understand the procedures they may undergo. However, many find this can be easily alleviated by discussing a potential procedure with the certified and experienced doctor who will be performing the procedure. They will be able to walk patients through the steps of the process, as well as the recovery time and financial options, to alleviate some stress.

Be Open With Friends and Loved Ones

Those who feel a stigma surrounding plastic surgery may be tempted to keep their decision to get a procedure a secret. However, this may have the effect of increasing the stigma by feeling it must be kept under wraps. Instead, discuss the possibilities of surgery with friends and loved ones and try to be open about desired outcomes. This is a good way to remember that plastic surgery is a personal choice that no one should feel embarrassed about.

Remember the Reasons

Finally, the best way to overcome the stigma of plastic surgery is to remember the reasons for getting it in the first place. Many choose plastic surgery to reduce self-conscious feelings or self-criticism, whether related to facial features or even their weight. Having these doubts reduced by plastic surgery can be enough to inspire patients to overcome any perceived stigma.

Deciding whether to get plastic surgery is not always an easy choice, but communicating with an informed staff can help. If you’re in the midst of this decision, call William Franckle, MD, FACS’s center at (856) 772-6500 for more information today!

 

Three Popular Plastic Surgeries to Help Achieve That Bikini Body

Summer means it’s time to swap out the sweaters for swimsuits. Some of us haven’t quite hit our fitness goals yet, but luckily there are cosmetic procedures to help shape the body and give you the confidence you desire to enjoy your days on the beach. These are our top picks for summer procedures.

Breast Lift or Augmentation

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Whether dressing up for a midsummer wedding or dressing down for a weekend beach vacation, women want to be comfortable and confident with their bustline. If sagging breasts are your concern, a breast lift is a great option. A breast lift does not change the size of the breasts but instead tightens the breast tissue to improve breast firmness and contour. This is an ideal procedure for women who have flatten or sagging breasts after pregnancy, aging, or large fluctuations in weight. Those who want to add size or re-shape their breasts might consider breast augmentation as their summer surgery, and as an outpatient procedure with only a few weeks’ recovery time, they’ll be back at the beach in no time.

Tummy Tuck

It’s hard for many people to achieve a perfectly flat stomach with crunches alone, but a tummy tuck can help to reduce bulge and tighten muscles in the stomach. With this summer surgery, the excess fat (and for some skin) around the tummy is removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened. Typically, an incision is made low on the abdominal area that runs hip to hip across the midsection. Fortunately, it’s usually low enough that a bikini bottom hides it. A tummy tuck does require a month or two of healing time before returning to strenuous activity, so it would be best to keep the beach activities to relaxing, lounging, and reading.

Arm Lift

A flat stomach and firm breasts are great, but no one wants flabby arms either. Many women wear tank tops and sleeveless dresses during the summer, and an arm lift can help complete the look. An incision is made beneath the arm, usually from the elbow to the armpit. The excess fat (and for some skin) is removed—and the remaining skin is tightened to reduce sagging and smooth out skin. Recovery time is only about a week, though many women may experience swelling for a few weeks after.

Summer is a time to show off your body, and William Franckle, MD, FACS has experience performing all these summer surgeries. By choosing the procedures early in the summer, patients can have enough recovery time to enjoy their new look while on a family vacation. To learn how we can help you achieve the summer body you’ve always wanted, call us at 856-772-6500 for a consultation.

 

Am I a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Image of a woman in a bikiniLabiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery solution for women who are bothered by excess skin of the inner and/or outer labia. For some, this is merely an aesthetic concern; for others, enlarged labia may cause chafing, dryness, irritation, or problems during sexual activity. If these issues sound familiar, you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty.

Reasons to Have a Labiaplasty

While both appearance and comfort are valid reasons to seek a labiaplasty, it is important to understand that every woman is different; there are no “ideal labia” to strive for. That being said, if you are bothered by the prominence of your labia, this procedure may be right for you. Physical factors that may lead you to consider labiaplasty are:

– Uncomfortable rubbing when walking or sitting

– Difficulty inserting a tampon

– One side of the labia is noticeably larger than the other

– The labia minor (inner lips) are more prominent than the labia majora (outer lips)

– Pain or chafing during intercourse

Practical Considerations

A good candidate for a labiaplasty is experiencing one or more of the issues listed above and is in overall good health. The type of labiaplasty surgery varies depending on the desired results. With a trim labiaplasty, excess skin is removed and sutured directly. During a wedge procedure, a pie-shaped wedge of tissue is removed and natural borders are restored. A consultation with Dr. Franckle will determine how your labiaplasty procedure will look.

This procedure can take up to an hour and can be performed under local or general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Full recovery can take several weeks with the noticeable swelling resolving in six weeks. Most patients take a week off from work and other daily activities to allow their body to heal and leave adequate time to ice the treated area.

Before undergoing labiaplasty, make sure you can take enough time off to heal properly.

If you’re considering a labiaplasty in the Voorhees area, trust the expertise of William Franckle, MD, FACS at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. We offer advanced 3D imaging technology that makes it easy to visualize the desired results and ensure you’re happy with the outcome of your procedure. Call us today at (856) 772-6500 to schedule a consultation.

 

Can Plastic Surgery Help Achieve New Year’s Resolutions?

Each year, we make promises to ourselves to do (or not do) certain things to attain goals in the New Year. While diet, determination, and discipline are determining factors for many New Year’s resolutions, getting there and staying there may require a helping hand. Plastic surgery can help achieve some of these resolutions while offering value-added benefits that can enhance one’s overall quality of life for years to come.

New Year, New You

A woman on a workout machine with a towel around her neck in Voorhees, NJ

Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around self-improvement: correcting old, unproductive habits, and introducing new, constructive routines. Gyms and fitness centers typically experience a swell in attendance during this period, as well as a corresponding drop a couple of months later as personal motivation wanes. But the failure to slim down and shape up isn’t always due to slacking; belly fat and flabby skin are notoriously difficult to fix with diet and exercise alone. Plastic surgery is not meant to reduce weight, but in addition to healthy lifestyle choices, it can provide the finesse of form that simple diet and exercise cannot always achieve. A commitment to a healthy lifestyle can then successfully maintain those enhancements.

Giving Back to Yourself

To reach some goals, assistance from a plastic surgeon can help when dumbbell reps don’t. But that’s not the only way. Correcting appearance issues on the face—like fine lines and wrinkles, hollow cheeks, thin lips or other signs of aging or stress—is another way plastic surgery can help you look and feel your best. At first, the expense of some cosmetic treatments can seem overwhelming. So many of us have convinced ourselves that we are not worth the money. Simply letting go of that guilt and allowing yourself to invest in your happiness may be the one resolution that makes the biggest difference of all.

Fixing Flaws to Live More Fully

Plastic surgery offers many possibilities for adjusting face and body aesthetics. Losing “turkey neck” is another popular New Year’s resolution, especially among women. An enhanced look can be achieved via a lower rhytidectomy (“neck lift” surgery) or a series of revolutionary Kybella treatments, alone or in combination. Just smoothing the neck can give the whole self a boost of age-defying inner confidence. In addition, injectable dermal fillers are effective, non-surgical treatments to reduce laugh lines, gaunt cheeks, or smooth indented scars. Fillers can also restore volume to a weathered face, or even fill out withering hands.

Resolve to Rejuvenate

The main goal should always be a healthier, happier you, and plastic surgery can help anyone, at any age reach for and keep those resolutions for the New Year and beyond. To learn more or to schedule a New Year’s gift for yourself, contact us at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts for a consultation.

 

Man Boobs? Consider Male Breast Reduction

The term ‘man boobs’ has come to negatively refer to excess breast tissue on a man. For some men, this is not caused by excessive weight gain, but instead by a medical condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia occurs when a hormone imbalance causes a man to develop enlarged breasts. This can be uncomfortable and embarrassing and many men are reluctant to discuss this sensitive issue with their doctor. However, a breast reduction surgery may help you feel confident again. Here’s what you need to know about male breast reduction. A man before and after male breast reduction surgery

What Happens During a Male Breast Reduction?

Dr. Franckle will begin by making an incision around the nipple or in the creases of the chest, through which fat and glandular tissue can be removed. This is an outpatient procedure done either under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. After the procedure, most patients experience some soreness and swelling but can return to normal activities in about a week and exercise within two weeks. A compression garment is worn for two to three weeks post-procedure to help reduce swelling and facilitate healing.

Gynecomastia Surgery Results

The removal of excess breast tissue can help create a more masculine chest with a more sculpted appearance. While weight gain can cause a recurrence of the enlargement, in most cases surgical results are permanent when a healthy weight is maintained.

Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is safe for most people who experience gynecomastia. Unless breast growth is severe, this procedure is not typically used for adolescents. You should be in good health and at a healthy weight before undergoing this surgery. Weight gain, steroid use, and medication that contains testosterone can cause gynecomastia to recur.

Up to 50 percent of men experience gynecomastia at some point, and it’s typically not a serious health concern. However, if you’re bothered by the appearance of ‘man boobs’ or large breast tissue and avoid activities where your bare chest is shown, consult with Dr. Franckle, an experienced plastic surgeon who can determine whether you are a candidate for male breast reduction.