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.

 

Liposuction Vs. CoolSculpting—What’s the Difference?

In recent years, non-invasive fat removal technology, like CoolSculpting, has grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional liposuction. However, Dr. Franckle’s extensive experience has shown him that traditional liposuction is still the best option. Read on to discover why. Image of a woman who has received liposuction from William Franckle, MD, FACS in Voorhees, NJ

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is still the only procedure available that completely removes fat from the body. After making tiny incisions into the areas being treated, Dr. Frankle inserts an IV fluid to loosen the fat cells and prepare them for removal. Next, a small metal tube with suction capabilities—a cannula—is used to remove the fat cells from the body. The progress is measured visually, as well as by feel.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

First, the treatment area is marked for the precise placement of an applicator device. As two cooling pads numb the area, the applicator head draws fat cells into a cup. Without harming the skin, muscles, or nerves, a controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis kills the fat cells in the cup. An hour later, the surgeon removes the cup and massages the dead fat cells for natural removal by the body.

Why Is Liposuction the Better Choice?

CoolSculpting appears to be an attractive choice because it offers the decreased risks and downtime associated with a non-invasive procedure. But, it is a newer technology, and the long-term results are less certain. Also, the areas of treatment can be limited by the size of the application head—fat being treated must be able to fit into the freezing cup. Typically, up to three treatments are necessary to achieve noticeable results, and patients have reported noticeable indentations where the application device was placed on the body.

Liposuction, on the other hand, offers a fast reduction of fat and better contouring of the body because the treatment area is not limited to the size of an application head. While liposuction does require some downtime for recovery and carries the possibility of surgical risks, the results are easier for the surgeon to control and visualize almost immediately. In recent years, Dr. Franckle has seen several patients interested in liposuction for cryolipolysis revision, correcting any indentations or undesirable contours caused by past CoolSculpting treatments.

For a good candidate, liposuction offers more proven results than the newer non-invasive alternatives. Liposuction and its techniques have improved over time, bringing us less invasive options like Body Jet and Laser-Assisted techniques. The best way to discuss your goals and potential fat reduction procedures is to visit a board certified plastic surgeon like William Franckle, MD, FACS. Call 856-772-6500 or fill out our contact form.

 

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.