Tag: Cosmetic Surgery Nashville

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy tucks – also known as abdominoplasties – are one of the most common procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons. Tummy tucks have become more popular not only because of the dramatic results most patients show but also because of our focus on health and fitness. Recent advances in the operation offer better pain control and a smoother recovery. Here are a few of our patients’ most common questions about this operation.

“Do I need a full tummy tuck, or can I have a smaller scar – for example, with a “mini” tummy tuck or just liposuction?”

 

Every tummy tuck is slightly different, since everyone’s problem areas are different. Some patients have too much loose skin, some have lots of stretch marks, some have too much fat, and some people’s muscles been stretched or separated by pregnancy. People with tight skin can benefit from procedures which result in reduced scarring approach, such as liposuction, an endoscopic abdominoplasty, or a mini-abdominoplasty. If there is a lot of loose skin that needs tightening, you will require a longer scar. We always try to keep scars as short as possible, but what matters most is how your skin and waist look after surgery, since tummy tuck scars are hidden under shorts and a bathing suit.

Will a tummy tuck help my stretch marks?”

Absolutely. After pregnancy, most women’s stretch marks are below their belly buttons, and this is the skin that is removed in a tummy tuck. Unlike lasers and creams (which I don’t think I have ever seen help anyone at all, once they’re a year out from having their last baby), an abdominoplasty completely removes this skin, making your entire abdomen look like the much less damaged skin between your ribcage and your belly button – but even better, since even that undamaged skin is stretched and looks better than before!

“How much discomfort will I have after a tummy tuck?”

Years ago, tummy tucks were frequently performed in hospitals, and many patients could not stand straight up for a week or two. We perform all of our tummy tucks in one of our two outpatient surgery centers, so our patients are up and walking on the first night after surgery. Most patients need 3 or 4 days of a mild narcotic pain reliever and are back to their normal light activities about two days after they stop taking pain medicine. People who had had a prior C-section say that the discomfort is a 2-3 if the C-section pain was a 10.

“How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?”

The answer to this question depends on what you mean by “recovery.” All our patients are walking around their homes on the first day after surgery. Most people are able to get out of the house for light exercise and shopping (but NO HEAVY LIFTING) on the third or fourth day after surgery. You can drive a car about a week after surgery, and you can start lower body aerobic exercise (a recumbent stationary bike is the best at this stage) at ten days after surgery. After that, it is up to you and how you feel, but you can’t lift anything heavier than 30 pounds until a month after surgery because we don’t want anything to mess up the muscle tightening you’ve gotten.

“Will the results last?”

Absolutely! As long as your weight remains fairly stable, abdominoplasties are usually a ‘one and done’ procedure, which does not need to be repeated. Of course, your skin will continue to age after surgery, but it almost never gets back to the looseness that you had before surgery.

“After pregnancy, my tummy needs help, but my breasts do, too. Can you work on both at the same time?”

Absolutely. Lots of patients have changes to both their abdomen and their breasts after childbirth and nursing. Combining abdominal and breast contouring after pregnancy is so common that it has a name – “mommy makeover.” Combining these procedures makes a lot of sense, because you save a little money on the operations and can combine your recovery times, making it easier to fit both operations into your hectic schedule.

By Dr. Ingram

 

Options for Rejuvenating the Neck

Neck Surgery MCS

The neck is an area that is often overlooked during many skincare routines. Premature aging is often noticeable in that area, especially if the facial area has been kept youthful and smooth with fillers and botox.

Loss of contour in the face and neck is due to a variety of factors. As we age, wrinkles appear as the skin becomes loose. Weight gain can cause fat to accumulate under the chin, and vertical neck bands will form from contracting these muscles. Sun exposure, genetics, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress also play a part in a sagging neckline.

Although surgery was traditionally the only way to rejuvenate the neck, these days, less-invasive options exist. It’s now easier than ever to improve the neck’s appearance and treat the signs of aging. Read on to learn how to rejuvenate the neck area beyond cosmetic surgery.

Topical Products

It is never too early to treat signs of aging, and topical products make up the first line of defense. Skin will look older when it is dry and not properly moisturized, and dull from the lack of exfoliating. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine and applying quality products is essential to prevent premature aging of the face and neck. Choose products that contain growth factors to help repair and rebuild the skin’s integrity. Also, use products with peptides, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Always apply sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage and premature aging of the neck.

Botox

Botox is an effective way to treat early muscular changes in the neck. Many people like this option because it provides them with noticeable results, no surgery, and no recovery time.

When Botox is injected into the neck muscle, it can help the appearance of lines around the neck look less conspicuous. Botox also softens the look of tight platysmal bands. Platysmal bands are two strips of muscles that start at the base of your neck and run up the sides of your neck to the jaw, into the area where frown lines are prominent. Platysma banding is also known as a “turkey neck”, which is more common in women than men. When Botox is injected into these bands, it tightens the lax muscles.

Injections take about 10 minutes and are typically recommended 3 or 4 times per year. Results from a Botox neck lift can last up to 4 months and, when maintained, can provide long-term anti-aging benefits.

Laser Resurfacing

Another great option that doesn’t involve surgery is lasers. Laser resurfacing is ideal for neck skin that is wrinkled from long term sun exposure and aging. It uses the energy from an intense beam of light to ‘wound’ thin layers of skin. As this resurfaced area heals, smoother, and tighter skin forms.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a treatment that can be used on the neck, chest, and hands to minimize wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. CO2 laser resurfacing can effectively improve the skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and overall tissue slackening.

Each treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. The whole face can be resurfaced in approximately 15 minutes using a topical anesthetic and a cold air chiller.

Cosmetic Surgery

Not everyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their neck needs neck lift surgery. If the concern is excess fat under the chin, this can be taken care of with a liposuction procedure. However, if there are loose, excess skin and muscle banding in the neck, then a neck lift may be the most appropriate choice.

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. A neck lift procedure will improve the appearance of loose, sagging skin under the jawline and restore a youthful contour.

A neck-lift remains the best bet for a striking, lasting fix. During a surgical lower face and neck lift, the muscles of the lower face and neck are tightened, and the skin is redraped and sutured in place. The recovery time for a lower face and neck lift is typically two weeks.

Would you like to learn more about neck rejuvenation? The Marvel team can help you find the perfect procedure for you. Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?

Tired of spending hours in the gym doing squats and still not getting the results you want? You may be a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift. A Brazilian Butt Lift is a great option for those who are looking to not only shape their bottom, but also trim the waistline. This procedure uses your own body fat to enhance your shape and give you the curves you’ve always wanted.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that uses fat from your own body to shape your backside and enhance your curves. Using your own body fat will give the most natural looking and incredible results.

Some butt lifts require implants, but this isn’t the case with the BBL. With BBL, the surgeon can remove fat from the abdomen, back, stomach, or thighs. The removed fat is then purified before it is injected into the buttocks to create a rounder, shapely contour. Having various injection points gives the doctor the ability to control the contouring and final shape.

How safe is BBL?

In general, BBL is a very safe procedure. But as with any other major cosmetic procedure, do your research and make sure you choose a surgeon who is very experienced in performing Brazilian Butt Lifts.  

Another benefit of BBL is that it involves Fat Transfer (also known as fat grafting) to move excess fat from one part of the body to another. This type of procedure significantly lowers your risk of infection. Infection can sometimes take place if the body rejects unwanted or foreign substances. However, in a BBL procedure you’re using your own fat cells, which your body is more likely to accept.

Using your own fat will also give you a more natural curve and feel. Patients often wonder if the results are as long lasting compared to using implants. And, the answer is yes. Having a BBL offers powerful and immediate results

The Right Candidate for a BBL

Anyone who is not seeing the firm, round shape they would like to achieve from workouts alone, a BBL is a great solution. This procedure will give you the firm, round shape you desire. Those with stretch marks, cellulite, and loose, hanging skin, also benefit from this type of procedure as it provides an opportunity to tighten and tone.

The Recovery

There are at least a few weeks of recovery for anyone who undergoes a BBL.  Expect some bruising and swelling immediately following the procedure in the buttocks and where the fat cells were harvested. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help alleviate any pain. Some patients might notice fluid draining from the incision, which is perfectly normal. You’ll just need to keep an eye on it and alert your doctor if there is anything unique or different about the fluid change.

A critical component to the success of a BBL is not sitting on your buttocks for a few weeks. Sitting on your bottom immediately after your procedure will reduce the flow of circulation, which may stunt your results.

Following your doctor’s after care instructions is an absolute must.

Is BBL right for you?

The first step towards a defined backside starts with a consultation. Our consultations are completely free of charge and give you the opportunity to speak directly with one of our doctors about the results you’re looking for.

Ready to see if BBL is right for you? Give us a call today at 615-861-8174 to book your FREE consultation.

How to Maintain Your Curves After a Liposuction Treatment

How To Maintain Your Curves After a Liposuction Treatment

If you’re struggling with stubborn or unwanted fat, liposuction can be a great solution! There are a variety of procedures that can be tailored to fit your needs and help you reach your goals.

Before making the decision to try liposuction, many people worry and wonder if they will lose their natural curves following the procedure. Thankfully, this is extremely rare! Most people are more than able to maintain their curves following their surgery. In fact, many people get the curves they have always wanted, in all the right places, following their procedure.

Liposuction is a procedure that is catered towards each individual person’s body. Initially, a surgeon will meet with you to discuss your needs and wants. Since liposuction is a “sculpting” procedure, both precision of the surgeon and the meticulousness of the technique help create the patient’s ideal body.

No matter what procedure you choose, maintaining a healthy lifestyle following the surgery is the best way to ensure that your results are lasting.

Exercising, eating well, drinking water, and reducing your stress levels are some of the best ways to keep your post-op body. 

Exercise has a myriad of benefits that go far beyond helping to maintain your surgery results. Staying active improves your overall health and has been linked to wellness benefits too, like reduced depression and anxiety.

Liposuction works to smooth out bulging areas of our bodies. The best way to keep your results is to stick to a diet low in fat, sugar, and processed food. Fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, and foods that are low in fat are the best choices for any person’s health, whether they have completed liposuction or not. 

Increasing the amount of water that you drink also provides a variety of benefits. When it comes to weight loss surgery specifically, increased water consumption helps keep your weight stable and can even help you lose more weight. Drinking water before meals helps you feel fuller longer and can cut down on overeating. Choosing water over other caloric drinks is a great way to keep weight off.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, stress is one of the biggest causes of weight gain. When we are stressed or overwhelmed, our body raises the levels of cortisol in our system. These increased cortisol levels can lead to cravings, meaning we eat more than we need and also foods that are unhealthy for us. Reducing stress is different for every person, but most everyone can benefit from a consistent, predictable routine and a more positive outlook. Yoga, meditation, baths, and practicing gratitude are a few other ways that many people reduce stress.

If you’re ready to customize your curves, contact Marvel Cosmetic at 615-538-0399 for your free consultation today!

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Did you know that eyelid surgery isn’t just for cosmetic purposes? While many patients undergo this type of surgery to have double eyelids, there are also those who have functional problems that necessitate the need to undergo eyelid surgery, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD. For eyelid surgery, one example of a functional need for it is to remove loose or sagging skin that may be impairing a patient’s vision.

The Steps for Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Regardless of purpose or intent to undergo eyelid surgery, the procedure is more or less the same. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares that patients must first determine whether they are a candidate for the procedure. In general, the best candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy individuals, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to consult your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will first administer anesthesia, which can either be general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation.

Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the natural creases of the eyelid. Depending on the goal of the surgery, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD.

After that the surgeon will now close the incision. Because it’s done on the natural creases of the eyelid, the resultant scars will be well-concealed. In general, it takes a week before the sutures can be removed.

Finally, patients are given post-procedure care instructions by their surgeon as they may experience bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

This is a general outline of the steps in an eyelid surgery procedure.

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Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Some people are still under the misconception that you should not undergo cosmetic procedures or laser treatments during the winter. However, this is one of the best times of year for these treatments! A weaker sun means less sensitivity and an easier healing process for your skin. Additionally, you can spend more time healing indoors, so by summer you’re ready to show off your fabulous results!

Read below to discover why winter is a great time of year for a cosmetic procedure or laser treatment.

You Have Time to Plan Ahead

A concern most cosmetic surgeons hear from patients is they would like to recover in private and they want the post-op to be discrete so that they can heal comfortably. Planning your procedure around the holidays allows you to take advantage of some of the time off already allocated to you.

More Conducive to Treatment Plans

If you want to take advantage of the age reversing benefits of lasers, you’re looking at multiple sessions to get your desired results. These treatments are spread out because your skin needs time to heal in between. Cosmetic surgeons will also recommend that you avoid sun exposure. In winter, this is much easier to do because we naturally spend more time indoors.

You’ll Be Ready for Summer

When summer creeps up on us, we start thinking about fitting into swimsuits, shorts, and dresses. However, when you are considering laser treatments or cosmetic surgery you have to include recovery time. Undergoing procedures in the winter means you have plenty of time for your skin to heal and the swelling to go down, so you’ll be ready to show off your new self by summer.

Your Skin is Lighter

Give your summer tan time to fade before you book your laser treatments because they tend to work better on lighter skin. Lasers have an easier time penetrating the epidermis when your skin is at its lightest hue. So, if you wait until fall and winter, the treatment will be more effective.

UVA Won’t Damage Results

The goal of a laser treatment is to heal and repair you skin. However, being outdoors in the sun you are exposed to UVA rays, which damage to the skin. Since the sun’s power is much lower in the winter, you will receive less damage. Even if you apply sunscreen, waiting until the fall or winter is still a better option.

There is Less Sensitivity

Not only does the sun and UVA rays damage your skin, but they make it incredibly sensitive, which will also interfere with your results. The goal after a procedure is to heal properly. Spending more time inside means you will recover better and give your body the self-care it needs post-op.

The Additional Layers Are Protective

Part of a laser treatment or cosmetic procedure’s recovery might include redness, swelling, and sometimes flaky skin. By adding winter layers, you are providing an extra layer of protection between your new delicate skin and harsh elements. You can also use these layers to hide any bandages and temporary swelling you might encounter while recovering.

Laser treatments and cosmetic procedures help define silhouettes and improve the skin’s appearance. Whatever it is you want to enhance, reduce, define, shape, or smooth, there are practical solutions available to you this winter!   

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive list of laser and cosmetic procedures. We provide patients with the most advanced processes to get unparalleled results with an emphasis on care. Call us today at 615-329-3900 to see how we can help you get your desired results!