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Plastic Surgery May Prompt Patients to Quit Smoking

Plastic surgery can make you look like a different person, but a new study from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, says plastic surgery can also help people stop smoking. The Canadian researchers found that patients who quit smoking before their plastic surgery procedure were more likely to stop smoking for good.

Plastic surgeons frequently ask their patients to quit smoking for a minimum of two weeks before their surgery to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of complications and infection.

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Look for Licensed Providers

People searching for a plastic surgeon should look beyond social media, says a Northwestern University Study. Researchers from the university found that board-certified plastic surgeons posted only 17.8 percent of the 1.8 billion plastic surgery-related posts on Instagram.   

For Safety's Sake

The researchers investigated 21 of the most popular hashtags related to plastic surgery, including #plasticsurgery, #facelift and #liposuction.

While board-certified plastic surgeons posted only 17.8 percent of content, the remaining 82.2 percent came from otolaryngologists, dermatologists, general practitioners, general surgeons and dentists, as well as salons, spas and aestheticians.

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Can Chewing Gum Get Rid of a Double Chin?

Trying to get rid of a double chin on your own can be pretty frustrating. Age makes your chin skin go slack, and the fat in your chin is stubborn and refuses to tone. Genetics also play a big part in that pesky double chin (thanks, mom!). Dr. Peterson sees many people who want to erase excess fat below their jaw line. 

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Why Are My Pores So Big?

Skin goes through many changes as we age. Collagen production slows down, skin becomes less elastic, and wrinkles and creases seem to form much faster. One other effect of aging is that our pores get larger, causing our complexions to look bumpy and blotchy. If your pores have increased in size because of aging, sun damage or acne, Dr. Peterson offers several skin solutions for you.

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Facial Fat Transfers Increasing in Popularity

Facial fat transfers are increasing in popularity – especially in combination with face-lift surgeries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2016, facial fat transfers – alone or in conjunction with face-lift surgeries – increased by 13 percent over 2015.  Dr. Peterson uses fat to enhance the face-lift procedure and give patients powerful anti-aging benefits.

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Beyond Brachioplasty: Dermal Fillers Offer New Way to Stop Sagging Upper Arms

Typically used to treat the face, dermal fillers are also proving to be useful and popular for treating sagging upper arms, according to the New York Post.  

What Causes Sagging Upper Arms? 

Loose or sagging upper arm skin, also known as "bat wings," occurs as a byproduct of the aging process. Skin quality and muscle tone diminish over time, leaving the area slack and sagging.

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Study Shows Post-Surgery Selfies Improve Recovery Experience

Taking selfies helps plastic surgery patients have better recoveries, according to a new study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  

The Selfie Study

Published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed clinical publication of the ASAPS, the study found that 96.2 percent of participants who took selfies in the first few days following their procedure reported having better recovery experiences than their peers who did not snap pictures of themselves post-op.

The idea for the study developed when one of the authors, a plastic surgeon from Ohio who is also a member of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, noticed a pattern among his patients.

He noted that when contacting patients after their procedure to check on their recovery, they would sometimes send a photograph of themselves, an image popularly known as a selfie. The surgeon then asked 57 of his patients to participate in the study that required them to send in a selfie upon leaving the recovery room and then another image within two to three days after their surgery.  

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Life After Lipo: How to Maintain Results

If you’ve had liposuction, you’re likely in love with your new curves -  you probably want to keep them! Although liposuction removes fat in treatment areas forever, it is not a permanent panacea or a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Peterson treats many patients with liposuction, giving them the body they want, but also cautioning them about the importance of healthy living after their procedure in order to maintain results.  

What Is Liposuction? 

Liposuction, aka lipo, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses suction to remove unwanted fat. Liposuction is most commonly performed on fat in the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves and back. The fat in these areas can be tough or fibrous, which makes it hard to tone, no matter how hard you work out. Liposuction is a great way to put the finishing touch on your physique after you’ve put in the work of getting to your goal weight.

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Eyelash Extensions: This Alternative is Worth a Look

Do you suffer from eyelash envy? If you covet thicker and longer eyelashes and are considering over-the-counter eyelash extensions, you might want to stop and read this. Dr. Peterson offers patients a way to safely boost their lash length and volume with Latisse, the only FDA-approved prescription product for fuller lashes.  

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are similar to hair extensions, but on a much smaller scale. Eyelash extensions are single false eyelashes that are glued onto your natural eyelashes. They are designed to grow along with your natural eyelashes, giving them length, thickness and fullness. Eyelash extensions are presently very popular because they look natural and last a few weeks to a few months.

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Plastic Surgery Post-Op: What to Expect in Recovery

When researching plastic surgery, you should take the time to do a few critical things before your procedure. First find a highly qualified, board-certified, licensed plastic surgeon like Dr. Peterson to perform the surgery. Learn about the surgery and what the procedure entails. You should also learn about what to expect during the recovery from the procedure. 

There are five key points to understand about recovering from plastic surgery patients should remember:  

Bruising and swelling are going to happen. Bruising and swelling are side effects of plastic surgery and a natural part of the healing process. Swelling may also occur if you had a lot of fluid pumped into the surgical site, as in the case of tumescent liposuction. Typically, these symptoms subside within seven to 10 days but may last longer depending on the surgery or the size of the treatment area. Staying hydrated during your recovery can help flush out excess fluid and reduce swelling.

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Scared to Take Your Shirt Off? You Don't Have to Live with 'Moobs'

 OK, guys, this one is for you. Did you spend this summer swimming with your shirt on? Are you embarrassed by your enlarged male breast tissue, or gynecomastia? If you’re self-conscious, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 40 to 60 percent of men will experience gynecomastia at some point in their lifetime. Dr. Peterson can help reduce and remove unwanted breast tissue to give you the chiseled chest of your dreams. 

Frequently known as man boobs or "moobs," gynecomastia is a condition in which the male breast tissue becomes enlarged. Weight gain can also cause male breast tissue to become bigger.

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The New FrontEAR of Plastic Surgery

 When people think about plastic surgery, the first procedure type that comes to mind is likely not going to involve the earlobe, but earlobes are in according to the fashion publication. Earlobes are the newest frontier in plastic surgery, according to Vogue magazine. 

People are opting to have dermal fillers injected into their earlobe to plump up this small segment of skin, and demand for the procedure is growing. This is because the earlobe, like the rest of the skin, can sag. While gravity usually spares the earlobes, individuals who have worn heavy, dangling earrings for many years often experience noticeable earlobe elongation.

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Is Mesh the Best Method of Lifting the Buttocks?

A new ‘internal Spanx’ buttock procedure is promising patients long lasting results to redefine their derrieres.

Lifting the Buttocks from the Inside Out with Mesh

This new procedure has been pioneered by Dr. Ricardo Ribeiro, the man behind the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Ribeiro lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and designed this new ‘internal Spanx’ procedure to combine plastic surgery and internal shapewear.

The Brazilian Butt Lift uses a patient’s own fat to lift and reshape their buttocks. The patient’s fat is collected through liposuction and then reintroduced into the patient’s backside. The procedure involves minimal incisions and is often done under local anesthesia.

This new buttock surgery involves the insertion of a specialized elastic mesh into the buttocks. This specialized mesh is intended to reshape, lift and smooth the backside from the inside out.

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Sagging Eyelids May Be Saying You're Older than You Are

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States each year. In 2016, there were 209,020 eyelid procedures performed- an increase of two percent from 2015. Dr. Peterson performs the eyelid procedure as a standalone surgery, but many patients choose to have their eyelids done in conjunction with other facial surgeries.

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After Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Can Help Reveal Your New Shape

Plastic surgery after significant weight loss helps to eliminate excess skin and fat that is left behind after losing a large amount of weight. This extra tissue can sag and droop in several areas, leaving you with a misshapen appearance. Dr. Peterson performs after weight loss plastic surgery to reduce this skin and give you a shapelier appearance.

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Celebrities: Posters for Plastic Surgery

Fox News reported recently that a Texas woman has undergone eight plastic surgery procedures in order to look like First Lady Melania Trump. While this may seem a little bit drastic, wanting to look like a famous person or celebrity is not at all uncommon. Many men and women that come to Dr. Peterson for plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures get their inspiration for their desired procedures from movies, magazines, and following social media streams of famous people.

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Potential New Scar Treatment Smooths Out Scars

A new product, known as the "Smart Scar-Care Pad" has potential to be a saving grace in preventing scars. The scar treatment was designed by a Cecelia Li-Tsang, a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The pad was designed to reduce the appearance of raised scars and improve the elasticity of damaged skin. This a major benefit for patients who have undergone serious trauma, like those caused by burns, accidents or surgeries.

Li-Tsang’s patch won the Grand Award and Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva this year. Although the product has great benefits to treating patients with raised scars, researchers at the school also think it has the potential to open up research to treat patients with any kind of scarring- even acne scars.

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Outside In: Belly Button Surgery On the Rise

It’s not uncommon to hear about plastic surgery, because plenty of people get work done. Breast augmentations, tummy tucks and even lip reductions are popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States, but now patients are looking to have plastic surgery on their belly buttons.

Umbilicoplasty is the New Plastic Surgery on the Rise
There is an increasing trend of patients who want to have umbilicoplasty surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Despite its growth in popularity, the ASPS does not track how belly button surgeries are performed each year, but some of the organization's members report performing the procedure three to four times a week- if not more in some warm weather regions.

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Get the Chiseled Look with a Chin Implant

 Chin up! Or should we say chin implants are up? Chin implants are up 60 percent over 2015 according to the the Centre of Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in London. The rate of chin implants isn’t just up in the UK, it’s also up in the US. There were 13,197 chin implant procedures performed in the United States in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Peterson performs the chin implant on patients looking to get that chiseled chin appearance.

The chin implant is an excellent option for patients that have a recessed chin, often referred to as a weak chin. A weak or recessed chin is one that does not project proportionally to the rest of the face. Although historically the procedure has been popular in patients over the age of 40, younger patients are seeking the procedure at a faster rate. 

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Sick of Squats?

 Squat all you want, if you’re looking to give your booty a boost, you may want to consider a surgical buttock lift. The butt lift procedure improves the appearance of the buttocks by removing excess or sagging buttock and thigh skin and tissue that occurs because of aging or genetics. Some patients who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss often also experience sagging and drooping of their derriere. Dr. Peterson performs the surgical butt and thigh lift procedures on patients who are looking to tone their tush.

The buttocks can be a hard to tone area mainly because they, along with the stomach, are spots that usually store fat. For some individuals, it doesn’t matter how much they work out, they have a large amount of stubborn fat covering their gluteus maximus muscles, the main muscles that lend to a shapely behind. For these folks, it doesn’t matter how many squats they do, they will never see the results they want.

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