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Interesting Facts About Cosmetic Surgery From UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cosmetic surgery has surprisingly been around for as far back as the early nineteenth century. During World War I, cosmetic surgery was performed on injured soldiers to reconstruct parts of their body that were damaged due to combat. The surgeries that existed at that time included such procedures as skin grafting and surgery on body parts such as a broken jaw or a displaced nose.

Since the WWI days, cosmetic surgery has become much more advanced and now includes repair of damage and improvements to facial features and the overall appearance of your face. It initially was just used for people who were born disfigured, but now it sees widespread application across a whole variety of different cosmetic applications.

Here are a few interesting facts about cosmetic surgery (from a 2011 study):

  • 13.8 million Americans had cosmetic procedures done. The majority of those procedures were minimally invasive. 
  • Nearly $10.4 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures. 91% of those procedures were performed on women.
  • Patients who live in the Pacific and Mountain regions had the most cosmetic surgery done, with the number coming in at about 3.9 million.
  • The top procedure for women was breast augmentation while the top procedure for men was nose reshaping.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Face & Neck procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

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Source: 9 Interesting Facts About Plastic Surgery, Live Science

Face Procedures: Nose, Neck & Chin from UMD

Monday, May 13th, 2013
Facial aesthetics are often one of the most important part of a person’s self image and self esteem. While we can’t change all of the features that we’re born with, we can reshape areas of our face to conform to the standards of what we see in the mirror. Sometimes we have birth defects or health problems causes by an abnormality in our face. If you’re unhappy with the state of your face, The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness understands and can help. We do multiple face and neck procedures including: Rhinoplasty (nose), Platysmaplasty (neck) and Genioplasty (chin).

Rhinoplasty is a procedure for the nose that is utilized to change its shape or improve its function. It is a common aesthetic procedure which often has a functional component. It can be done for a variety of reasons including correcting breathing problems that are a result of disfigurment from tramua or birth defects. The main goal of the procedure is to create a natural nose and restore balance to the face. It normally takes two to three weeks to be able to return to normal functions without anyone knowing you’ve had the procedure done.

 

Platysmaplasty is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the neck. The neck and jaw line are one of the first places people begin to see signs of aging. A neck lift can help in removing excess skin, removing or altering neck muscles, removing excess fat or using Botox injections to address the fullness of the neck. The procedure removes excess fat and skin and tightens the muscles to give a natural, smooth look. Patients that suffer with “double chins” or “turkey wattle neck” after losing a significant amount of weight can benefit from this procedure.

 

And finally, Genioplasty is a procedure that alters the shape, position and structure of your chin. It is often done together with a neck lift or liposuction of the neck but in congenital or posttraumatic cases may be done alone. Your chin is an important part of your face, shaping out of the bottom and giving your face a sense of completeness. Most of UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness’s face and neck procedures can be done in conjunction with one another. Consult your local UMD physician today to figure out which procedures may be right for you.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Face & Neck procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Sources:
What to Expect From a Neck Lift, WebMD
Cosmetic Surgery for the Nose, WebMD

Breast Reduction Surgery: All the Facts

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
If your breasts are causing you pain or chronic headaches, it might be time to consider getting a breast reduction.

 

Oversized breasts can lead to multiple medical problems, such as back pain, neck pain, scars in your bra lines, rashes underneath your breast, and chronic headaches. Hundreds of scientific studies document the relief of these symptoms from breast reduction. Breast reduction is often covered by insurance if certain criteria are met. We will evaluate your breasts and write to your insurance company to determine coverage. Reduction patients may stay in the hospital for one night and are off work for 1 to 2 weeks. Reduction patients are among the most grateful women that we have because they feel so much better, have more energy, and are more able to exercise.

 

 

Breast reduction surgery removes some of the tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple smaller. The benefits of having a procedure done include:

 

  • Increased feeling of comfort - Personal comfort level is important and large or oversized breasts can cause a multitude of health problems such as headaches, bad posture, neck pain and more. The constant strain of heavy breasts can be evident in painful marks on the body left by bra straps.
  • Allows you to participate more - Larger breasts sometimes prevent women from participating in sports or other activities that are painful and awkward with larger breasts. Getting a breast reduction allows women to have more physical freedom than they might have had previously.
  • Changes your appearance - If you’ve ever felt self conscious about your breasts, having a reduction will make you feel more confident in yourself. This is especially true if your large breasts are disproportionate to the rest of your body or if it is hard for you to find clothes that fit you well.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness

 

If you have any questions about Breast Reduction Surgery, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today! Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Source: Breast Reduction, WedMD

Injectable Skin Treatments in Baltimore, Maryland from UMD

Monday, May 6th, 2013
As we age, our skin develop deep wrinkles such as laugh lines, crow’s feet and forehead furrows. One way to remedy this is by getting an injectable skin treatment such as Botox. Injectable cosmetic wrinkle fillers are soft tissue fillers approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These devices are injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.

 

The FDA has approved absorbable injectable cosmetic wrinkle fillers for correcting soft tissue contour defects, such as moderate and severe wrinkles and folds. Some absorbable fillers are approved for restoring or correcting the signs of facial fat loss in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Botox specifically is a brand name of a toxin created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. Those muscles effected can’t contract, thus making the wrinkles relax and soften.

 

 

After a the simple, relatively painless Botox procedure is done, it takes about three to seven days to take full effect. It is advisable to avoid alcohol at least one week before the procedure and taking anti-inflammatory medications a few weeks before will also help reduce bruising and swelling. Consult with your local Baltimore University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness doctor to develop a plan that will ensure the procedure goes over smoothly - and that it will ensure that you have smooth skin for years to come.

 

At UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness, we offer several different types of injectables including Botox, Juvaderm, Restylane, Radiesse. These can be used in combination to treat wrinkles achieving a smooth rested appearance. Loss of volume in the face is a normal part of the aging process. Fillers can be used to augment areas which appear deflated. Lines around the eyes, on the forehead and between the brows can make you appear tired, older and even angry. Botox softens these lines.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.
As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Injectable Skin Treatments, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today! Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Sources:
Wrinkle Relief: Injectable Cosmetic Fillers, WebMD
Cosmetic Uses of Botox, WebMD

Breast Augmentation from UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness

Monday, April 29th, 2013

There are many different kinds of procedures for changing the appearance, shape and size of your breasts. There are breast enlargements (also known as augmentations), breast reductions, breast reconstructions, breast lifts (mastopexy) and gynecomastia. All of these procedures modify the breasts in different ways. The procedure that is right for you will depend on what result you’re looking for.

Most women seeking cosmetic augmentation want naturally looking but fuller breasts. At the University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness, we will listen to you to determine your goals, as not every patient wants the same postoperative size. We will have you try on various sizes of implants and we will choose a size together. We will also tell you about saline and silicone implants, putting the implant above or below the muscle, and the various incisions that are possible for you. Round and contoured implants will also be discussed so that you can be fully aware of your choices and participate in all decision making.

 

 

We will also point out any features of your breasts, such as asymmetries or nipple position, that you may want to consider in your decision making process. We are committed to well informed patients and we will be happy to answer all your questions. Augmenation evaluations often take a full hour, so schedule plenty of time. When you have a breast augmentation done, an implant is placed under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle beneath the breast. An implant is a soft silicone shell filled with silicone gel or a saline (saltwater) solution. An incision is made either at the bottom crease of the breast, the armpit or along the lower edge of the areola. The implants are put in through such incisions and after careful adjustment, it is closed up with stitches.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Breast Augmentation, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today! Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Source: Breast Enlargement, WebMD

Body Contouring from University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Every person on Earth has a body shape that is unique to them. We all have our curves, dips, twists and turns. Our body shapes also change with age. The older we get, the more it seems to fluctuate and change. If you’re unhappy with the current shape of your body, why not let the professionals at University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness help you with body contouring procedures?

Body contouring is a less invasive procedure for reshaping your body and can also remove excess fat. Our body contouring procedures improve the shape and tone of your underlying tissue Here are just some of the procedures that are included under the umbrella of body contouring:

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) - Abdomens become lax and saggy. Although exercise can help muscles, it cannot change the skin. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdominal region. It can also restore weakened or separated muscles creating a tummy that is smoother and firmer. Minimal skin excess can be treated with short scar mini-abdominoplasties. Abdominoplasties can also be combined with liposuction of the flanks or other areas.

  • Liposuction - This procedure removes excess fat from the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms, or neck. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula that is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour. Sometimes laser or ultrasonic cannulas are used. The only visible scar is the small scar where the port enters the body. Certain small areas of fat can be treated with local anesthesia and minimal down time.

  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) - An arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the elbow to the shoulder. Often seen after weight loss or with age, flabby arms can be recontoured and tightened to fit into clothing and look proportionate to the rest of the body. This procedure is common and many people who don’t enjoy the flab that may have developed on their arms.

  • Thigh Lift - Fatty bulges in the inner thigh can cause rubbing, chaffing, rashes, and difficulty with exercising. A thigh lift removes skin and fat from the inner, upper portion of the leg, resulting in a smoother, more toned look to the legs. It’s like a suave makeover for your legs!

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about Body Contouring, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today! Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Laser Liposuction from UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness

Monday, March 25th, 2013
If you’re unhappy with the amount of fat on your body and also have fear of being left with loose skin after any kind of procedure you have done in Maryland, laser liposuction may be for you. Laser liposuction is a treatment that removes fat and tightens skin. It can be done under local anesthesia while you are awake making the recovery time much faster. Traditional liposuction was generally used for people with firm skin to prevent the sagging of skin afterwards. Research has found that with the addition of lasers, skin is able to be tightened during the procedure to prevent skin from sagging.

 

The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of your body, and is not a method that is meant to reduce body weight. Liposuction is typically used on areas around the body that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. These areas are often on the outer thighs and hips on women and the waist and back on men. The face, neck, abdomen, back, buttocks, legs, and upper arms are all also commonly treated areas.

 

A study which looked at nearly 2,200 women and men who received laser liposuction found that those patients had between 20 and 80 percent skin tightening. According to Dr. Abbas Chamsuddin of  the Center for Laser and Interventional Surgery in Atlanta, the amount of skin tightening with laser liposuction is almost 50 percent better than traditional liposuction methods. The study also found that laser liposuction could also lead to less blood loss since the lasers dry the blood vessels.

 

While traditional liposuction sucks the fat out in its solid form with a small pen-like vacuum, laser liposuction melts the fat with lasers and then vacuums the fat out in a similar way. The doctors then use a laser of a different wavelength that is absorbed by skin cells to create an “artificial burn” that tells the body to release collagen in the area, which causes the skin to tighten. There’s another form of liposuction that uses ultrasound to melt fat, but the body is better at absorbing the laser wavelengths than the ultrasound waves.

 

The main advantage of laser liposuction is skin tightening. Other liposuction methods may not be as efficient in the area of skin tightening after a procedure as laser liposuction is. Come down to University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness today for a consultation as to whether laser liposuction is the answer to your body shape issue.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Laser Liposuction, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!
Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Source: Laser Liposuction May Zap Fat Without Skin Sag, WebMD

Facial Aesthetics from University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness

Monday, March 18th, 2013
A person’s identity is often linked to their facial features. Their concepts of beauty and attractiveness are also usually linked to facial features. This is true so much so that there is a ratio of facial features considered to be the “Golden Ratio.” The National Institute of Health recently found “new” golden ratios, stating that the distance of a face’s vertical distance between the eyes and the mouth would be approximately 36% of its length, and the horizontal distance between the eyes would be approximately 46% of the face’s width. There is serious science behind the theory of facial proportionality and beauty.

While there may be a scientific standard for facial beauty, at UMD’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness, we understand that each face is different. And we also understand that there are certain features that can give a face its own unique beauty. The aging process However, if there are certain features on your face that you’re not happy with, we can help you with a number of facial aesthetic surgeries dealing with the face and the neck. Here are just a few of the face and neck procedures that we offer:

 

  • Eyelid (Blepharoplasty) - Eyelid surgery can help correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes. The recovery time is relatively short and provides a youthful and rested appearance. It can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgical procedures such as a facelift or a browlift.

 

  • Browlift (Coronoplasty) - A browlift, also known as a forehead lift, is a common facial rejuvenation treatment often combined with a facelift and/or a blepharoplasty. This procedure can help remove or minimize unsightly lines or wrinkles on the forehead, as well as sagging or uneven eyebrows. It can also give a different ratio for your face.

 

  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy) - While a facelift can’t stop the aging process, it does rejuvenate and turn the clock back. As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life begin to show. A face lift can address drooping and sagging as well as loss of volume. This is a procedure which can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures.

 

A more in-depth look on Rhytidectomy: it is the most extensive way to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face caused by age. The patient’s skin is literally lifted off the face so that the skin and the tissues beneath can be tightened and the skin can be repositioned smoothly over the face. The surgery usually only takes a few hours. And you may be able to go to your Maryland home that day, but sometimes patients spend one night in the hospital.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as invasiveness of the treatment, length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

 

If you have any questions about Face & Neck procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visit www.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Sources:
New “Golden” Ratios for Facial Beauty, National Institute of Health
Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy), WedMD