Thousands of people use Botox injections daily, so as someone who has never heard or utilized Botox injections, one may wonder, what is Botox and what are the side effects? Botox is purified botulinum toxin and is used cosmetically to prevent or lessen the lines caused by muscle movement. Dysportis a competitor's product that does exactly the same thing but begins to work within 48 hours whereas Botox can take 4 to 7 days. The toxin works by directly paralyzing the muscles it is injected into. It works best for lines between the eyebrows and forehead lines but can also [...]
Yes, a forehead lift can be done endoscopically and nowadays most cases should be done endoscopically as the technology is available along with numerous clinical studies showing their efficacy. Performing a forehead lift endoscopically means there are less incisions involved and recovery can take place much quicker than with the archaic coronal approach. But when the endoscope is used for a browlift, strategically placed incisions may be hidden easier or concealed easier than traditional browlift surgery. By: Dr. David N. Csikai, M.D.
The day of your breast augmentation, we require someone to drive you home. But if you are wondering how long after breast augmentation you can drive, most people are driving within a week. The reason we recommend that you wait at least a week after breast augmentation to drive is mainly a safety issue. The patient would need to be off pain medicine, of course, and have the ability to move the arms and turn around as needed. My patient are able to get their arms comfortably over their heads by two days and are generally off pain medicine at that time. [...]
It can be difficult to find free plastic surgery. Most insurance plans do not cover any types of cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery. Some universities and training programs may offer discounted fees for this type of surgery. Sometimes, plastic surgeons will even offer their services as pro bono for individuals, but this is usually to the discretion of the surgeon performing the procedure. There is a site I know of called myfreeimplants.com that allows people to have money donated for their procedure, but that would be up to the individual to decide if they would like to go that route. There are also [...]
No. In general a minifacelift does not include the neck, it generally addresses only the mid to lower face. A minifacelift is very effective in correcting deeper nasolabial folds along with some jowling. Also, a minifacelift can help improve the cheek area of the face. To improve the neck, a full facelift(rhytidectomy)or just a necklift by itself would be needed. By: Dr. David N. Csikai, M.D.
There are various procedures for performing a breast reduction. The goal of all of these procedures is to reduce breast volume while at the same time improving the overall shape and "lifting" the breast. The most common technique is called the inferior pedicle technique which leaves the nipple-areolar complex attached to breast tissue underneath. Rarely would it be necessary to remove the nipple and then replace it. Many women choose to have a breast reduction after pregnancy or weight gain, among other reasons, due to the fact that their large breast may not only be painful but pose as a [...]
During consults, I have been asked this question many times, "Will I gain weight after breast augmentation?" and in general my answer is, "The only weight gain should be the weight of the implants." After the placement of an average size breast implant, the weight gain should be about a pound or a little more per implant. Nothing catastrophic. There will be a little extra weight gained from the initial swelling but that should go away with time. By: Dr. David N. Csikai, M.D.
It's not uncommon to wonder what is a tummy tuck? The name itself doesn't really describe what it is or what the procedure entails. Abdominoplasty, the medical term for what is commonly called a "tummy tuck," involves surgically removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower part of the abdomen and sometimes tightening the abdominal muscles. The result is a flatter abdomen, and sometimes, a smaller waist, because the procedure corrects loose, sagging skin and excess fat. Any scars are usually located below the line of a swimsuit or underwear. Many times, our patients will opt for a [...]
What is cellulite, you ask? Ah yes, the ever-pesky cellulite. So many patients ask what is cellulite on a daily basis and usually it's followed by "How can I get rid of cellulite?" Cellulite is a term that is used to describe fat deposits under the skin that outwardly give the skin a dimpled, or orange-peel like appearance. Cellulite is most often seen in women because the fat is arranged in large chambers separated by columns of collagen fibers. Fibrous strands of tissue connect your skin to deeper tissue layers, creating compartments of ordinary fat cells. When the fat cells [...]
We sometimes have some of our liposuction surgery patients call up to our plastic surgery office and ask "what happens if I don't wear my garments after liposuction" and our answer if simple. The purpose of the garment is to give you support after your liposuction procedure. Not only is the garment supposed to make you feel more comfortable and help with the swelling, but it's supposed to help with your overall results. I find that if a garment is not worn as it should be, the liposuction patient does not get as good a result. Unfortunatley, the patient may be left [...]