Category: Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

Many people are choosing cosmetic surgery because they wish to enhance, rejuvenate, or simply reshape their body. Today, technological advancements give surgeons the ability to provide clients with the most natural results.

But before you go under the knife, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your cosmetic procedure.

Confirm Your Doctor is Board Certified

After medical school, most doctors go on to specialize in one area of medicine. They work towards becoming a board-certified surgeon, which requires even more training, continued education, and the ability to pass a rigorous set of exams. Only choose a doctor with a board certification, so you know they will have the expertise to complete your procedure safely and with the best results possible.

Book a Consultation

Consultations are a must when preparing for surgery. In fact, it would be inadvisable to continue with a procedure without talking to your doctor first. The consultation gives you and the surgeon plenty of time to discuss your goals and create a treatment plan specific to you.

During this meeting, ask about your options, the final pricing, and any risks associated with the surgery. Ask about the recovery period, taking time off work, and avoiding strenuous activities like exercise.

This conversation will deepen your connection with your doctor, instill trust, and confirm you have made the appropriate choice for your surgery.

Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery

You’ll need to prepare for surgery at least three weeks before your appointment. Here are some of the best tips for getting your body ready.

Three Weeks Before

What you put in your body can impact the results and how well you recover from surgery. Three weeks out, stop smoking and drinking. Both weaken the immune system which will be working overtime to help you recover after your operation. Alcohol can make you susceptible to bleeding. You should stop consuming alcohol pre and post op until your surgeon has given you permission. 

All prescription and over the counter medications need to be divulged to your doctor. If you are taking anything that could compromise your health during the procedure, you’ll need to stop taking them temporarily to prepare your body.

Two Weeks Before

Coming off your medications is often a gradual process. During week two, you will revisit all your medications with your surgeon and make necessary adjustments. Most notably will be the removal of blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen and other medicines like anti-inflammatories or Vitamin-E.

During week two you start taking vitamin supplements that will boost your overall health. Vitamins A and C are great, plus Bromelain. It’s found in pineapples and works will to relieve swelling after surgery.

One Week Before

This week, you’ll need to focus on reducing the swelling. Surgery is hard on the body, and there is sure to be some swelling associated with the procedure. Did you know that too much salt increases sodium levels which can be uncomfortable after your procedure is complete? Continue improving your immune system by eating whole fruits, vegetables, and grains. If you will need prescription post-op, go ahead and get them filled before.

Are you ready to see what Marvel Cosmetic Surgery can do for you? Contact us today to book your consultation by calling 615-329-3900!

The Rise of Breast Reduction Surgery

The Rise of Breast Reduction Surgery

Like fashion, beauty trends come and go. Over the years what was once deemed “sexy” has been redefined. Breast implants have been popular for decades, made desirable by celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra. But in recent years a new shift has taken place and many cosmetic surgeons are seeing an increase in the request for breast reduction surgery. What’s sparking this new trend? You might be surprised.

 Say Goodbye to Old Beauty Standards

Previous popularity for breast implants was at its peak in the early 2000’s, as was a wafer-thin body, bleached hair and excessive hair extensions. But recent beauty trends have found more women ditching the calorie counters and picking up the weights. The new “it” figure today consists of well-toned abs, legs that can run marathons, and arms that have a definition. What doesn’t come with this super-fit body – large breasts. Many women consider large breasts a detriment or interference to their physical activity, whether it be weight lifting, running, or day-to-day activities. And for others, it’s simply a matter of physical appearance and the desire to have a smaller, more modest chest.

What we do know is that in 2013 Breast Reduction Surgery was one of the 10 most requested surgeries in the country. Some of these women were previous implant surgery patients who requested to have smaller implants put in their place, a trend that is also popular with celebrities like Sharon Osborn and Victoria Beckham, both of whom have been vocal about their move to a smaller size.

The Discomforts of a Larger Chest

For some women, there are many frustrations that come with having a larger chest (natural or implanted) regardless of age. Extra weight from the breast can put an unnecessary amount of pressure on the spine, causing significant discomfort while standing – even while sleeping. Petite frames, especially, can experience a lot of physical issues with neck and shoulder pain.

Another common complaint is that having a larger chest can also prevent you from wearing the clothes you would like to wear. Breast reduction surgery will reduce this frustration and give you a more proportional look.

Getting Your Implants Removed

Whether you desire to reduce your breast size for cosmetic reasons or to reduce pain from the discomfort of a larger chest, getting a breast reduction isn’t as complex as you might think. At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in our surgery center. It requires general anesthesia and takes roughly only two hours.

You can choose to go to a smaller implant or no implant at all. If you choose the no implant route, you may need to consider a breast lift to help with the excess tissue. Speak with your doctor about a lift even if you are replacing your implant sizes. Most often, they will ask you to wait and see how the skin adjusts. But if there still seems to be some sagging with the new implant, a breast lift can help.

Do you think breast reduction surgery might be right for you? Call 615-329-3900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marvel to discuss your options and discover what option will work best for you.

Before and After Facelift Surgery: Cindy Lamb

Before and After Facelift Surgery: Cindy Lamb

As we age, our skin loosens from weakened tissue making us look older than we really are. With Facelift Surgery, you can correct sagging, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and remove excess skin for a more youthful appearance.

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide personalized care with natural looking results. But don’t just take our word for it. See what one of our recent facelift patients, Cindy Lamb, had to say about her recent experience with Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

*Results are not guaranteed and vary from person to person. 

Why did you decide to undergo Facelift Surgery?

I had been contemplating a facelift for several years. I am a teacher and children notice everything. Lines had started forming around my mouth (I always blamed the “teacher look!”) when one of my cute little fourth graders said something to me that I will never forget. He looked up at me with his sparkling eyes and said, “Mrs. Lamb, what are those lines around your mouth? They look like scars!” Needless to say, at that point in time, I started saving up for a facelift.

When I was 40, I went to see Dr. Marvel. I told him how one of my goals had been to get a facelift when the time was right. He looked me right in the eye and said “It is not time yet.” I really appreciated his honesty. The wrong doctor might have said, “Ok, give me your money.” Instead, Dr. Marvel discouraged me from doing this too soon and told me to come back and see him in about 10 years.

Tell us about your experience with Dr. Marvel and Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Marvel. I came to see Melinda, his nurse, and she gave me plenty of information to read and study. At no time did I feel like I was being pushed into something that I wasn’t ready for. In fact, I went to see both Melinda and Dr. Marvel a couple more times before I made a final decision. They both talked me through the procedure and answered any questions that I had. I was free to email Melinda with any questions that I thought of after our evaluation. Their office staff is professional and kind and the office is clean and inviting. I would highly recommend Dr. Marvel to any of my friends.

How has your life changed after your Facelift?

My whole life changed after my facelift. I now feel like my body and my face are a match! I can now look in the mirror and see the person that I feel like I am. No longer do I see the tired, sallow skin of a former sun worshipper. I see glowing, fresh skin and a face that I no longer want to hide. I just want everyone to know what Dr. Marvel has done for me. I will never forget his kindness and professionalism.

Thanks so much from the happiest patient on earth!

Cindy Lamb

Learn more about Facelift Surgery and contact us today to schedule a consultation!

Why You Should Consider Laser Hair Removal


Laser-Hair-Removal-Nashville IGSay Goodbye to Waxing, Plucking, and Shaving for Good!

Shaving, waxing, and depilatories can be painful, time-consuming, and costly. If you’re looking for a way to reduce the amount of time and effort seamlessly, you should consider laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal works with a device that applies heat to unwanted hair, penetrating each strand right down to the root. This applied heat in turn damages the follicle making it difficult to grow back. Since the laser targets darker pigmentation, the laser can focus in on the hair follicle itself rather than the surrounding skin.

One of the biggest advantages for laser removal is the speed at which you can obtain results. Since the process is done with such precision, it’s possible to phase out ingrown hairs as well as tackle larger areas such as the back or leg.

With all the advancements in laser technology, surgeons are able to perform a variety of tasks in a minimally invasive way with effective results. Whether you want to rid your body of unwanted hair, remove an old tattoo or minimize the appearance of spider veins, Marvel Cosmetic Surgery offers the laser treatments to do it.

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Preparing for Liposuction

Liposuction NashvilleFor people with healthy diets who exercise often, genetics can still hold onto stubborn fat deposits in unwanted regions such as the abdomen or thighs. For these people, liposuction may be necessary. Liposuction preparation is a critical part of the surgery process.

With liposuction preparation, knowing what to expect beforehand helps when thinking about the procedure. There are three major steps to a traditional liposuction: pre-operative, surgery, and post-operative. Each phase is valuable in their own way.

During liposuction preparation, you will discuss the details of the process with plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffery Marvel in a private consultation. Here, your desired results and preferences will be hashed out. You will also be asked to follow some basic precautionary measures before surgery.

Be prepared to get a medical evaluation or to adjust certain medications you’re currently taking. It’s always important to avoid smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery; failure to do so can have adverse effects on the surgery and recovery phases.

For more details on liposuction preparation, contact the experienced Dr. Marvel to set up a consultation at his Nashville office.