27 Oct

Who Is The Perfect Plastic Surgery Candidate?

Not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery. A knowledgeable skilled plastic surgeon is an expert, and his/her examination of your skin, overall general health, risk consideration and your expectations will be major factors in determining if you would be a good candidate for plastic surgery.

If you have serious health issues such as autoimmune diseases, previous allergic reactions, depression, bleeding disorders, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, the risks may override any benefits. Other health factors that will be considered include your age, weight (over or under), lack of exercise, and if you smoke or drink too much. Your safety is our utmost concern, and sometimes that means postponing or not preforming plastic surgery.

You may be advised to make certain changes prior to surgery to insure the best possible outcome. These may include smokers quitting two or more weeks before surgery and to not smoke for another two or more weeks after the surgery, or getting your weight to the closest possible optimum range for your height.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Near their ideal weight
  • In good general health
  • A non-smoker
  • Smart about their general diet
  • Regular and consistent in their weekly exercise
  • Psychologically healthy
  • Open about their health history, prior surgeries and medications
  • Realistic in their expectations for high quality, long term results
  • Knowledgeable about the procedures, recovery times, post-surgery care plans and risks

Discussions about your health, lifestyle, medications, supplements, level of exercise and general health are critical. No surgery is without risks. Your surgeon can help you find the best options possible for you, physically and mentally. The best results are tailored to fit your particular and unique anatomy and features. The right procedure, at the right time will produce the satisfying results you are after, and will ensure that your expectations surrounding these results are realistic.

Dr. William W. Adams MD

23 Sep

Facelift Care From Dr. Adams

Post-Facelift Care: Making The Most Of Your Surgery

As you may spend significant time and money on your facelift, it is important that you do everything necessary to ensure that the best result possible is gained. It is essential that you fully understand and adhere to your post surgical care plan to achieve the best outcome and most rewarding result. While your surgeon should comprehensively outline what needs to be done, here are the basics of post-surgical facelift care.

Caring For Your Face After Surgery

It is completely normal for your face to feel painful for a short time after plastic surgery. Swelling and bruising are common side effects of plastic surgery, and in fact mean that the procedure has gone well and everything is in order. There are several ways you can ease the swelling and bruising to make things more comfortable for yourself:

  • Elevation – Gently elevate your head when you are sleeping, as this helps the swelling to drain down your face.
  • Compression – For the first few days after surgery, you should wear the head wrap that the surgeon has placed you in. After this, wear your compressive facial garment as much as possible during the first two to three weeks post-surgery.
  • Things To Avoid – While walking is encouraged, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks, and after that time should gently be re-introduced into your daily routine. Make-up should be avoided for one week post-surgery, and eye make-up for two weeks.
  • Travel – When you are off pain medication and can safely operate a car (most typically after 5-10 days), driving is fine. Air travel or very long car journeys are best avoided for the first four weeks post surgery, but are usually fine after this time if you get up regularly and walk around.

Dr. William W. Adams MD

23 Aug

Fast Results with Body Jet Liposuction

Exercise resistant fat deposits are frustrating. No exercise or diet will see a change in this one part on the body. The ugly truth about areas of the body that stubbornly insist on storing fat is there’s little you can do about them without considering surgery. The way the body stores fat is decided by heredity, and no amount of working out will see the results you want. Body Jet Liposuction is a new, gentler method of reducing problem areas, and this treatment offers many active people the results they have long hoped to see.

The Advantages to Body Jet Liposuction

  • Less evasive and gentler than similar procedures

  • Body Jet Liposuction is usually performed with local anesthesia

  • Less discomfort post-surgery

  • Faster recover time

  • Most patients see better results than with other methods

What’s Different about Body-Jet Liposuction?

You might have heard some painful stories regarding other liposuction methods. For some people, the rapid expulsion of fat cause’s discomfort after the procedure. Others might have related having to wait for recovery before returning to normal activities. Body Jet Liposuction uses gentle pulses of fluid to first dislodge, and then remove the fat. A spray of a diluted anesthetic solution easily loosens and dislodges fat with less trauma than with other procedures. This method, using a fluid that is introduced than quickly flushed out through a thin tube, produces faster and more accurate results than most surgeries. This allows for better overall body sculpting results.

When to Consider Body-Jet Liposuction

Body Jet Liposuction works best when a patient is in good health, but has an exercise resistant fat deposit that won’t go away. Most surgeons believe the best candidate for this type of liposuction is less than 25 pounds overweight, and has a low body mass index despite the resistant fat deposit.

 

14 Aug

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Having a child is a joyous time for a new mother, but the consequences of childbearing on her body can result in a loss of self-confidence. One of the latest trends in plastic surgery is the Mommy Makeover. This type of surgery corrects many of the cosmetic issues caused during the course of a typical pregnancy.

Correcting the Side Effects of Pregnancy

There are a number of changes the body goes through during pregnancy that leave undesirable traces on the mother’s body. Exercise and the proper diet can reduce some of these issues, but not all.

Problems that many women see after pregnancy, which often can’t be improved by normal means are:

  • Sagging breasts

  • Stretch marks

  • Protruding stomach

Getting Back in Shape

Naturally, the first step is to resume as normal a lifestyle as possible, while also taking on the new responsibility of parenthood. Taking the time to eat right, and exercise is important to getting back into shape. The Mommy Makeover is a good additional step for a mother who is taking good care of herself as well as caring for her baby.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

Along with the rewards of having a baby the changes to the body can drastically affect a mother’s appearance. There are several procedures that help getting back into shape.

  • Breast augmentation

  • Laser surgery to reduce stretch marks

  • Liposuction and tummy tuck to reduce the “post-baby bump”

Liposuction is also sometimes used around the midsection to reduce the hips or thighs.

A Surgical Look at Problem Areas

A plastic surgeon can help a new mother as she decides what is changeable by lifestyle choices, and which problems areas are best remedied through a Mommy Makeover. This type of surgery can involve several procedures performed at once if the surgeon, and the new mother find this to be a good solution.

Dr. William W. Adams MD