What to Ask Before Having Plastic Surgery

You’ve researched your plastic surgery procedure, checked on your plastic surgeon to see if he or she is board certified and licensed to perform your plastic surgery, and you’ve even checked to see if your doctor has privileges at your local hospital. You’ve asked all the right questions - about the cost, recovery time and how to maximize your results. But have you asked your plastic surgeon for references? Find out why Dr. Peterson recommends that you ask (and contact) your plastic surgeon’s previous patients.

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Aging, Gravity Can Affect Plastic Surgery Results

Aging and gravity affect us all - and all parts of our bodies. Skin sags, parts of the body begin to droop or fall a bit, and the skin does not look as young as it used to. While plastic surgery can help restore shape to the body, improve aesthetics and return parts to their natural position, these areas can still be affected by factors like age, weight and gravity. It's true. Dr. Peterson performs many different plastic surgery treatments and reminds patients of some important things to consider to maintain results after surgery. 

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Microdermabrasion Recovery Tips

Thinking about microdermabrasion as a way to rejuvenate your skin and erase blemishes, signs of sun damage, acne scars or large pores?Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin using microcrystals to slough away dead, damaged and dull skin cells. Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to freshen your face and get great skin, but you can maximize your results with a few simple tips from Dr. Peterson to help you recover and see results quickly.

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Rest, Recover and Eat Right After a Tummy Tuck

So, you've scheduled your tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Peterson and you're getting everything ready for your recovery. Maybe you've got your work duties covered, arranged for child care and got help for household chores, but have you thought about what you're going to eat right after your procedure? Since your recovery will require you to rest and be in bed after your surgery, you should adjust your diet during your downtime.

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Laser Hair Removal 101

Sick of shaving? Scared of waxing? Not a fan of Nair? If you're tired of dealing with body hair, you have another option with Dr. Peterson and laser hair-removal treatment. If you're skeptical or nervous about having the laser hair procedure, here are a few things that may convince you to make the call for a consultation:

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Selfies: Truth or Funhouse Mirror?

Snapping selfies may be negatively affecting self-esteem, because while smartphone cameras are relatively advanced, the images they produce distort how you look, according to researchers at Rutgers University.

The researchers are concerned that this distortion may be causing people to see flaws that are not there.

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Stats Show Surprising Increase in Body Surgery

The demand for breast-reduction surgeries has increased, according to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The organization recently published its annual report, Plastic Surgery Statistics, and showed that there were 43,635 reduction mammaplasty procedures performed in 2017, an 11 percent increase over the previous year.

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Can Dermal Fillers Be Reversed?

Thinking about dermal filler injections to smooth out lines and wrinkles or restore sunken areas of your face? Or do you want to try fillers to boost your lip volume or contour your cheeks?

When administered by board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Peterson, dermal fillers can be an excellent and versatile way for men and women to reduce the signs of aging, but what if you go to a less qualified provider and don't like what you see after getting your fillers?

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Sagging Eyelids May Mean It Is Time for Eyelid Surgery

Take a good look at your face. What do you see? Are your eyelids drooping? If your eyelids are drooping and sagging and impeding your vision or making you look older or tired, it might be time to look (see what we did there?) at the blepharoplasty eyelid-lift procedure. If you're on the fence about having eyelid surgery, consider these three eye-opening insights.

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Beyond Cosmetics: Plastic Surgery for Burn Scars

When most people think about plastic surgery, they think about procedures such as lip injections, Botox, breast implants and other aesthetic or anti-aging procedures. They likely do not think about plastic surgery being used to restore form and function to the damaged skin and tissue of individuals who have suffered serious burns.

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Will Photo Filters Mean the End of the Face-Lift?

Women in the U.K. are skipping plastic surgery and opting for social media filters instead, according to research from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

In its annual statistics, the organization reported that there were 28,315 cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017, an almost 8 percent decrease compared to 2016. Face-lift procedures for women alone dropped 44 percent.

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Know the Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery?

What is plastic surgery? Depending on who you are talking to, the term plastic surgery can mean a lot of different things. Many people consider plastic surgery just unnecessary procedures to make someone look better. Technically, "plastic surgery" covers two kinds of sub-specialties: cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Peterson performs both cosmetic and reconstructive facial and body procedures.

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Breast-Reduction Surgery Can Reduce Pain, Numbness

Do you have pain in your neck, back or bra strap area caused by large breasts? If you're experiencing pain, rashes or skin irritation caused by large breasts, it may be time to consider having a breast reduction. Dr. Peterson has extensive experience performing the breast-reduction procedure and other breast surgeries. Read on to see if you may be a good candidate.

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Valentine's Day Is a Great Time to Show Skin Some Love

You've probably just started to relax after a fast-paced holiday season, but don't get too comfortable. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and it is a good time to think about doing something special for the one you love. Before you rush out and buy a gift or plan a romantic evening out for your partner, Dr. Peterson wants you to consider someone else you love this Valentine's Day: yourself! Dr. Peterson encourages all patients to take the time this Valentine's Day to love their skin.

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Talking About 'Tech Neck'

Is your smartphone making your neck sag? A group of conditions commonly known as "tech neck," caused by hunching over a computer keyboard or cell phone, can certainly cause pain and posture problems, but did you know your cell phone habit may also cause premature aging of the neck, loose skin and sagging jowls? Dr. Peterson offers several procedures to reduce premature neck aging.

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Best Face Forward: Find Out the Best Facial Procedures

Are you considering lip injections but have questions or concerns that are holding you back from going for it? Are you wondering what products are the best for plumping your pout? Want to know if your lip injections will last long term? Or are you worried that lip injections won't feel natural? If you're thinking about lip injections and are afraid to take the plunge, you can rest assured you are in great and experienced hands with Dr. Peterson.

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Round or Teardrop: What Is the Best Breast Implant Shape?

Is 2018 the year that you get breast implants? If you're researching breast augmentation options, you've likely considered questions like "Should I get silicone or saline?", "Will my implant scars be visible?" and "What is the best implant size for my body?"

Dr. Peterson frequently hears these questions and many others when consulting with women who want breast implant surgery. Another question that patients often ask is "What shape of breast implant is right for me?"

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Know the Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

After experiencing pregnancy, gestational diabetes and the loss of her baby at nine months pregnant, Linn Rowell of North Philadelphia decided to change her look and hoped to change her life with a Brazilian butt-lift.

Rowell's story was recently featured on NBC 10 Philadelphia.

Rowell researched cosmetic surgeons and finally found Dr. Ayman Shanine, a New York gynecologist with a cosmetic surgeon license and an office near Rowell, to do the procedure.

Rowell was excited about her procedure until she saw a patient of Shanine’s on the E! television show "Botched," seeking a fix for a procedure performed by Shanine.

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Fact or Fiction: Plastic Surgery Myths

There are many myths when it comes to plastic surgery, and most of them stem from misinformation posted on the Internet. Before heading to Dr. Google to get information about the procedure you want, you should research the procedure and providers like Dr. Peterson through legitimate medical sources.

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Lip Service: Learn About Lip Injections

Are you considering lip injections but have questions or concerns holding you back from going for it? Are you wondering what products are the best for plumping your pout? Want to know if your lip injections will last long term? Or are you worried that lip injections won't feel natural? If you're thinking about lip injections and are afraid to take the plunge, you can rest assured you're in great and experienced hands with Dr. Peterson.

Read on to learn answers to common questions about lip injections.

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