There are many reasons to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. Some women want fuller breasts for cosmetic reasons, while others choose to undergo the procedure for reconstructive purposes, such as after a mastectomy, in order to increase volume and/or improve symmetry. Whatever the reason, breast augmentation procedures involve the insertion of breast implants, which are typically either round or teardrop-shaped, and come in one of two basic types: saline and silicone gel. What’s the difference? Here’s a basic break-down:
Saline breast implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water. They were popularized in the US between 1992 and 2006 when they were the best and indeed only option out there for patients choosing to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. This is partly because the FDA temporarily banned silicone implants due to unsubstantiated rumors about their safety. One of the benefits of saline implants is that they have been around for 30-40 years and have a long history of safety. They do, however, tend to feel less natural than their silicone counterparts, are more prone to rippling, and may leak. Although saline implants are not as commonly performed as cohesive silicone implants, very large saline implants can easily be inserted through a telescopic incision.
The most common and reliable breast implants nowadays are made of cohesive silicone gel (also known as gummy bear implants). Unlike silicone gel from the early 1990s, the advanced cohesive silicone gel implants of today are silicone shells filled with firm silicone gel. They are known for producing a very natural and desirable look and feel. The advent of the modern cohesive gel implant over the past decade has greatly increased patient satisfaction, as they are far less prone to leak, ripple, wrinkle, or deflate than their saline counterparts. Well over 95% of today’s patients choose the cohesive gel implant over the salt-water saline option. Silicone gel implants are usually placed through and under the breast, via an infra-mammary fold incision.
Before undergoing a breast augmentation or selecting the type, shape, and size of your implants, expect to undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Egozi. At this time, you will receive recommendations based on his years of experience as well as your unique needs and goals. Every patient is different. Based on your preferences, Dr. Egozi will ensure you fully understand the procedure, including incision locations, implant placement, and recovery protocols. In certain cases, it may be recommended that a breast lift be performed at the same time as your augmentation, as this may help enhance your bust line and provide a more attractive outcome.
Dr. Egozi was one of the only plastic surgeons to use silicone breast implants in the Tampa Bay area before 2006, so rest assured, you’re in very capable and experienced hands! To learn more about breast implant options in Clearwater, Florida and find out which ones are right for you, Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation!
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. While this very common procedure isn’t a way to lose weight per se, it does wonders for helping to slim and contour various areas of the body. Liposuction is best-suited to those who are at their ideal weight (or close to it), but still can’t seem to get rid of stubborn localized pockets of fat. When a reasonable diet and regular exercise aren’t cutting it, a modern liposuction procedure may be just what the doctor ordered. Every year, millions of men and women who undergo liposuction procedures enjoy more sleek and youthful figures, thanks to advances in liposuction techniques.
Advanced liposuction at Egozi Plastic Surgery in Tampa
Dr. Egozi’s preferred method is a combination of tumescent and radio frequency liposuction protocols because this minimizes blood loss, bruising, and swelling, setting it apart from more invasive traditional methods. While in the past, surgeons would remove fat with a cannula, failing to inject fluid into the target area pre-surgery, today surgeons use a technique that injects tumescent fluid first, thus preventing blood loss and bruising. Meanwhile, radio frequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) is one of the most modern methods in the world, and uses radio frequency waves to implode fat, while leaving surrounding tissue in place so it can contribute to the overall contour and skin elasticity. Another benefit is that the radio frequency waves generate heat that tighten skin and generates collagen and elastin to give the best results. Breast reductions, tummy tucks, and facelifts are also frequently performed along with liposuction as complementary cosmetic procedures.
Although modern liposuction can be performed on nearly any part of the body, the procedure does target certain areas with greater success. Here are the top 5 most suitable body parts for the best liposuction results:
1. Double chin
As you age, fat can accumulate underneath your chin, whether you’re overweight or not. Due to the great precision of liposuction and its ability to target smaller areas of the body, it can significantly improve the angle of definition between the chin and neck, subtly shaving years off your appearance.
Surely the most common target area for treatments, patients seek out abdominal liposuction to achieve a more proportionate body. The procedure can address flank fat known as a “muffin top” or “love handles,” eradicate resistant abdominal fat post weight loss, or help women lose stubborn fat post childbirth. Indeed, liposuction is hailed as highly effective when it comes to restoring women’s pre-baby bodies.
3. Bat wings
Many women also struggle with fat deposits under their upper arms known commonly as “bat wings.” Weightlifting and dieting are typically incapable of ridding one of this excess fat, which can become very frustrating. Liposuction, however, is a highly effective option in these cases, especially when combined with radio frequency waves to tighten the skin.
The thighs are a troublesome area for many women as well—again, even with diet and exercise. The thicker skin of the outer thighs typically ensures better success, but liposuction can be performed on the inner thighs as well with positive results.
5. Male breasts
Male breasts, aka gynecomastia, is a condition most often caused by hormonal imbalance. Although not medically serious, it can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Liposuction has seen great success in treating patients with gynecomastia. Since the male breast can be dense, Dr. Egozi may additionally recommend complementary procedures for best results.
Have questions about liposuction in Clearwater, Florida? Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options!
It is truly incredible what advanced technology has managed to achieve in the world of cosmetic procedures. Modern patients can choose from a seemingly endless variety of highly effective treatments—both surgical and nonsurgical. Not to mention, for those who would understandably like avoid “going under the knife,” nonsurgical options have never before been so good at what they set out to do, and many are more affordable than ever. It’s no wonder nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are growing in popularity. If you’re considering improving your look nonsurgically, here are a few essential treatments to consider:
Medical Grade Microdermabrasion
Medical grade microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating technique which resurfaces, cleans, polishes, and smooths the skin. It is an excellent facial for patients with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and fine lines. This unique and effective technique cleans the skin and empties any blocked pores with a suction technique. Afterwards, a fine jet of inert crystals is sprayed onto your skin’s surface to gently remove the outer layer of dead cells via gentle abrasion. Patients experience little if any discomfort. The procedure is known for its rapid and predictable results, and most patients require no more than six sessions. No injections or anesthesia are needed, and there is no downtime.
Botox continues to take the lead in noninvasive cosmetic procedures. This injectable treatment effectively relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and furrows. Botox disrupts the releases of acetylcholine, the chemical responsible for wrinkle formation, temporarily preventing them from appearing. The popular injectable treatment does away with close to 80%-100% of wrinkles for 3-4 months at a time There is minimal discomfort, and in most circumstances, you can return to your regular routine immediately afterward.
Tight skin and defined cheekbones are enduring symbols of youth and beauty. Dermal fillers are injected under the skin to correct lines, wrinkles, and furrows by providing volume and definition to the skin. For those who want a “lift,” but prefer not to undergo facial surgery, soft tissue dermal fillers are an attractive option. Juvederm creates a youthful appearance by acting as a filler, smoothing out your skin, and removing wrinkles. Restylane is specially designed to be compatible with your body’s chemistry so that any hostile and unwanted reaction is avoided. Radiesse creates an entirely new base in your skin’s subsurface to add volume and stimulate collagen production. No matter what your concern, Dr. Egozi can help guide you on the most effective filler for your situation.
Laser Wrinkle Reduction
Aside from aging, contributors to excessively wrinkled skin include sun damage, smoking, weight loss and weight gain, genetics, environmental conditions like smoking, and lifestyle, among other factors. Laser wrinkle reduction is a fast, effective treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Using a laser, this wrinkle reduction procedure naturally stimulates your body’s collagen replenishment. This new collagen then works to gradually fill in your lines, wrinkles, and creases, allowing for a more youthful you to shine through. No incisions or injections are involved, and there is little to no recovery time!
To learn more about your nonsurgical cosmetic options in Clearwater, Florida, Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation!
If you’re considering breast augmentation, it’s only natural to have questions about this popular procedure. You’ve come to the right place! Here are some of our patients’ frequently asked questions and information to help you make a well-educated decision.
Do I Need a Breast Lift Along With My Breast Augmentation?
It depends on your situation. If your breasts are small and don’t sag, a breast augmentation alone may be the right solution for you. However, if your breasts are significantly sagging, you will likely need to have a breast augmentation with a lift. A breast augmentation alone would only add volume to sagging breasts — it wouldn’t help with the sagging. In fact, the added volume could even make the sagging more noticeable. However, a breast augmentation with a lift would reposition your breasts while still adding the volume that you want. Dr. Egozi is extremely experienced in both procedures, and many of his patients have a breast augmentation and breast lift at the same time.
Interest in neck fat treatments is now higher than ever. Many people are realizing that the neck’s appearance can significantly impact overall appearance – and this means that having neck fat can be damaging to self-confidence. Fortunately, there are now several highly effective options for neck fat treatment. Here’s what you need to know about neck fat reduction – and how to choose the right option for you.
What Type of Neck Fat Problems Can Be Treated?
One of the most common neck fat complaints is submental fullness, which means that the under-chin area is too full. If the problem is not just fat but also loose skin, a surgery is needed to remove that extra skin. Face lift and neck lift can both be effective in this case. However, most patients who want neck fat reduction simply have submental fullness.
If that’s the case for you, the treatment options below can help.
Liposuction is the traditional treatment for extra neck fat, and it’s maybe the most effective option assuming you have elastic skin. In liposuction treatment, your doctor uses a cannula with or without ultrasonic, laser, or radio frequency and tumescent fluid injections to effectively destroy fat before swiftly suctioning it away from the chin. This technique allows for minimal blood loss and bruising, and it emphasizes your safety at all times.
While neck liposuction is highly effective and requires only one treatment, it’s a minimally invasive surgical procedure and thus has some minimal associated downtime. Plan for approximately 5-7days of recovery with neck liposuction. The major advantage of liposuction is that it permanently removes your unwanted neck fat, making it impossible for the fat to return in that specific area. However, candidates for neck liposuction area probably ideal candidates for FaceTite.
FaceTite is a Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) device. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can usually be done under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The radio frequency waves heat the tissue and not only melt fat permanently, but also tighten skin and generate collagen to rejuvenate a youthful neck.
KYBELLA® is an injectable submental fat treatment that was FDA-approved in 2015, and it remains the only injectable neck fat treatment approved by the FDA today. KYBELLA® includes a natural acid – deoxycholic acid – as its active ingredient. KYBELLA® targets and destroys fat cells, and your body then gradually eliminates the dead cells via normal bodily functions.
During KYBELLA® treatment, your doctor does a series of injections into your neck fat. Ice packs can be applied to offset any temporary discomfort during the treatment. The treatment session lasts about 30-45 minutes, and you won’t have any downtime. However, you can expect some swelling in the injection area for up to seven days post-treatment.
Most patients need two to five KYBELLA® sessions for optimal results, with the treatments spaced about six weeks apart. The main advantage of KYBELLA® is that it’s non-surgical – however, the cost can end up being as much (or possibly more) than liposuction.
Which Is Right for You?
If you want to get rid of neck fat now, use the information above to choose among liposuction, FaceTite, or KYBELLA®. One of these methods will be the perfect way to get a beautiful profile!
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center.
Choosing the right surgeon is the first and arguably most important step in your cosmetic surgical experience. After you have chosen your surgeon, it’s time to think about maximizing results and minimizing downtime. Patients who are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Tampa area should partner with a doctor who is open and honest about the recovery process, and adequately prepares them for the days and weeks that follow a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Prior to the Surgery: Tips for Preparing for Recovery
Patients need to prepare themselves both physically and emotionally for the recovery that they will endure after a cosmetic surgery procedure. Regardless of the type of surgery that a patient is having performed, it is necessary for him or her to stop smoking, drinking and taking some prescription and most over-the-counter medications that thin the blood at least three weeks prior to the procedure.
Patients also can improve their physical health prior to the surgery, which will make the recovery process less difficult. Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will prepare the body for the surgery.
In addition, patients also should make sure that they ask someone to be a caregiver for at least the first few days after the surgery. A caregiver should be available to transport the patient to and from surgery, and to help the individual once he or she is home.
After the Surgery: What You Can Expect
Most patients will find that they experience mild to moderate discomfort, swelling and bruising the first several days after their surgery. The discomfort is generally minimal, and most patients are able to manage it with prescription pain medications or over-the-counter pain medications. It is important to work with the surgeon to determine which pain management strategy is best for you.
Some patients experience mild fatigue for a few days as the body focuses on healing from surgery and anesthesia fully wears off.
Time Off From Work: Here’s What You Need to Know
The type of procedure that a patient has will dictate the amount of time he or she needs to take off work:
- Breast Augmentation — Many patients are comfortable returning to work after three to five days.
- Tummy Tuck — Patients can return to work after two weeks, once they can resume driving.
- Rhinoplasty — Most patients can return to work within seven to ten days.
- Liposuction — Patients generally return to work after five to seven days.
While patients may get clearance to return to work after their procedures, it’s important to remember that some physical activities may still be limited for a longer period. Ask your doctor about time frame to resume heavy physical activities.
Individuals who are interested in having a cosmetic surgery performed should take the time to find the most qualified plastic surgeon in the Tampa area. The results of the surgery depend heavily on the commitment and talent of the surgeon who performs it. To learn more about the cosmetic surgery procedures that we offer at our Tampa practice, contact us today.
Liposuction also referred to as lipo, liposculpture suction lipectomy, or lipoplasty.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that eliminates fat in different areas of the body including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, arms, and anywhere else fat is located. The physician, along with the patient, will decide how much fat is safe to remove on a patient-to-patient basis. Each patient undergoes a different experience depending on his or her needs.
Liposuction is one of the must misunderstood cosmetic surgery procedures. It is important to discuss the facts in an effort to better understand the procedure.
Although the term “liposuction” medically refers to the fat removal, it is not a weight loss treatment. Patients seeking this procedure must be within 30% of their ideal body weight. This requires patients to be fit, active, nonsmokers, who work out and eat healthily. The fat that is removed in liposuction is usually fat that has not responded to dieting or exercise.
Cosmetic Surgeons and Dermatologists, according to the Food and Drug Administration, most often perform liposuction. Most doctors can offer and perform liposuction without completing standardized training, however, to get the best results it’s best to seek treatment from specialized physicians.
A plastic surgeon and a dermatologist are the optimal pairings because plastic surgeons specialize in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. While dermatologists specialize in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions.
Seeking the services of a plastic surgeon is advisable because it minimizes certain risks. Liposuction is safe but like all surgical procedures there are certain risks involved. The most common risks include infection, bleeding, numbness, bruising, uneven skin contours, and skin color changes, all of which require the services of a dermatologist and plastic surgeon if reconstruction is required.
For patients who are seeking an immediate difference, liposuction is not the procedure for them. Usually, it takes a few months for patients to see the effects of the process. However, the results are apparent. Some patients are required to wear compression garments or elastic bandages after surgery in an attempt to reduce swelling. It is important that patients manage their weight immediately after liposuction or else the procedure will not be useful.
Lastly, it is important to discuss liposuction with a physician before undergoing the procedure. While it is a safe and efficient procedure to remove fat deposits that are not breaking down by exercise and dieting, these fat deposits can prove useful in the future. Some studies in their early stages have indicated that these fat cells are an excellent source of mesenchymal stem cells, that can be used to grow muscle, cartilage, and bone. The same studies have shown that these stem cells could also help prevent or mitigate heart disease, neurological disease, and diabetes.
Discussing the facts surrounding liposuction with a physician will provide patients with a more comprehensive understanding of liposuction.
Cosmetic surgery in Tampa used to be considered a stigma in our society. People tried to hide the fact that they had cosmetic surgery done, and celebrities would deny it. The attitude has changed over the past decade and a half thanks to technological advances and cultural changes. Cosmetic surgery is now talked about in an open manner, allowing the medical community and patients to speak honestly about the health and appearance benefits of cosmetic surgery.
When most people discuss the benefits of having plastic surgery, the discussion almost always starts with the appearance benefits. The most basic types of cosmetic surgery are breast augmentation, face lifts, and liposuction. Breast augmentation is when you increase or decrease breast size, facelifts refer to enhancing facial features, and liposuctions will reduce a persons weight in a short period. To some people, the outcomes of these procedures are beneficial because their appearance is important to them.
Another way of looking at the benefits that cosmetic surgery provide from a physical point of view is what surgery can do for a person’s mentality. For many, changing their physical appearance increases their self-esteem. The benefits of surgery have as much to do with the body as it does for the mind. Self-esteem is important for everybody. Going through life with low self-esteem is difficult regardless of whom you are. If your appearance improves your self-esteem, then so be it.
Less talked about, are the health benefits associated with plastic surgery. There are significant benefits that can improve a person’s ability to breath, their posture, and their risk of suffering from heart conditions.
People who suffer from a deviated septum have difficulty breathing and often snore loudly at night. The single way to correct a deviated septum, and thus improve a person’s ability to breath, is to perform rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job.
A person’s posture can also benefit from undergoing a procedure. Women undergo breast augmentation procedures to reduce the size of their breasts because it reduces their weight and thus improves their posture. Women with large breasts carry front loaded weight that causes poor posture, which leads to severe back pain and joint pressure. Breast reduction removes this front loaded weight and improves posture, thus reducing back pain and joint pressure. Relieving joint pressure is especially important for women who are very active or compete in competitive sports.
Lastly, it can reduce the risk of heart conditions. Liposuction is a procedure that removes weight quickly. When a meaningful amount of weight is lost than cholesterol levels, and blood pressure should improve, and the risk of a person suffering from heart conditions lessens significantly.