Skin Cancers / Skin Lesions
No matter what your age is, we all need to protect our skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation. There are many environmental sources of these harmful rays, with the most common being sunlight and tanning booths. Anyone can develop a skin cancer at any age. There are some factors that do increase the chance of skin cancers in some people, such as, blistering sunburns, fair complexion, family history of skin cancers, occupations that require being outdoors, and having several large or irregular shaped moles. (more)
When wondering if a mole or skin lesion could be a potential cancer, keep these things in mind. The mole should not be irregular shaped, raised in areas, have different shades of color and the size should not be larger than the end of a pencil eraser.
There are three main types of skin cancers. Basal Cell carcinoma, is the least aggressive skin cancer. It is a slow growing cancer that most often does not spread. These most often appear on the face and extremities. Squamous cell carcinoma is more aggressive than a basal cell. They will often appear on the lips, nose, and ears. This cancer will spread to lymph nodes if not treated and excised. Both the basal and squamous cell cancers can appear as a red scaly patch, crusted cores or a “pimple” lesion that does not resolve. The third and most aggressive type of skin cancer is malignant melanoma. This cancer spreads to the lymph nodes and organs. If treated in the early stages it can be cured. Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body. They are often found between fingers and toes, bottoms of the feet, or in body creases and folds. Children that are born with dark moles should have these examined by a physician. Many congenital moles have the potential to develop into a melanoma.
Plastic surgeons are skilled in diagnosing and treating skin cancers. As plastic surgeons we will excise the area of concern. An incision is made around the lesion and will extend down to include both skin layers. The incision will then be closed and the tissue will be sent to a pathologist to be examined for cancer cells.
Isn’t everyone looking to turn back the clock just a little on their skin?
There are several products on the market that have been approved by the FDA for treatment of wrinkles that are associated with aging. There are many options available and many companies claiming to have the best product available for you. Our surgeons will be happy to discuss the various products available in order to make an informed decision as to what is right for you. (more)
Most cosmetic fillers are a temporary solution to wrinkles. Fillers can also be used in depressed scars and add fullness to lips. Some of the products will last longer then others and there is a difference in cost between the fillers. After the initial consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, you and the surgeon can choose which filler would be good for you. You may elect to have the injection at the time of your initial consultation or you may schedule at a later date. There can be some initial swelling and bruising from the injection.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is biosynthetic and of non-animal origin. The combination of the higher concentration of hyaluronic acid and the smoother formulation make JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel long-lasting (up to six months or longer, averaging 9 months).
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This product is made up of a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. This product is a crystal clear gel that is used in various places on the face such as filling lines and plumping lips. Restylane® can last six months to a year.
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This product is also made up of a non-animal based hyaluronic acid. This product is composed of larger gel particles, it is intended for deeper injection than Restylane® to volumize skin for structural support and lift.
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Radiesse® tends to last the longest. The average client will benefit from the injection up to fifteen months. Radiesse® is made of a calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a synthetic compound. Radiesse® can be used in the nasolabial folds and cheek bones.
The injections are considered to be a cosmetic procedure. The fee will vary for each type of injection, depending upon the product used and the amount injected. This will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
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As we age the muscles in our neck loose their tone and separate causing sagging skin under our chin. Often there are deposits of fat that give fullness in the neck and chin area.
A neck lift or platysmal plication is a procedure where the bands of muscles are brought back together. This will give you definition back in your neck profile. (more)
During your consultation ,your plastic surgeon may recommend that you have liposuction done in conjunction with a neck lift to remove fat deposits that settle under the chin. A neck lift is often done in conjunction with a facelift to help achieve the best result for raising cheek folds, defining the jaw line and neck.
This is a outpatient procedure, which means that you will be able to go home just a few hours after the procedure. Under some circumstances the procedure may even be done in our office under a light sedation. Your doctor will advise you on which option is best for you.
The neck lift is a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. You will be given an estimate of the entire cost at the conclusion of your consultation.
With the use of Facial Implants contours of the cheeks, chin and jaw line are enhanced. There are several types and shapes of implants available to plastic surgeons. When meeting with one of our board certified plastic surgeons, you will discuss what type of result you would like to achieve. The surgeon will discuss the procedure in depth and go over the type of implants he would recommend. (more)
Facial implants are considered to be a cosmetic procedure. This means that insurance will not cover any of the cost. The procedure is preformed as an out-patient, meaning you can go home the same day. You can expect bruising and swelling to the implant area. Any discomfort after the surgery can be controlled with pain medication.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of the nose. Genetics play a large part of the appearance of the nose, but it can also be the result of an old injury. Rhinoplasty can be performed to decrease or increase the size of the overall nose or changes can be made to just the tip, the nostrils or the bridge. A plastic surgeon will consult with each client on an individual basis. He will address if there are any sinus or breathing problems and what your cosmetic goals are. The surgeon will discuss your goals and tailor a procedure that is right for you. (more)
The surgery is a same day operation. Incisions are made inside the nose so there will be no visible scars. In some circumstances, an external approach may be used with a tiny scar at the base of the nose. Your surgeon will discuss which approach is going to give you the best result. There will be some bruising and swelling after surgery. Some swelling can last for weeks following surgery. Keep in mind that it may take a few months to get the full result from the surgery. Insurance may cover the part of the surgery to correct an old nasal fracture or breathing problems from a deviated septum. Our office staff will take care of any required insurance approvals. After your initial consultation, we will provide you with the cost of the procedure.
Many of us can empathize with looking in the mirror and suddenly not recognizing the face looking back at us. There are influences that play a part in the appearance and contour of our face. Whether it is environmental damage, genetics, or simply the normal aging process a facelift can help turn back the hands of time. If you have deep wrinkles or loose, sagging skin on the face or neck, you are probably a good candidate for a facelift. Facelifts have been performed by plastic surgeons for decades. In recent years there have been many advances in techniques utilized by plastic surgeons. (more)
A facelift not only tightens the skin, but most importantly, it tightens the muscles under the skin to help restore the lost muscle tone. When you have a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons they will be able to recommend which of the latest techniques can be tailored to your individual needs. If your surgeon feels you are not ready for a facelift, he may discuss other options available to you to achieve your desired result. Incisions are placed in or near the hair line, making them virtually unnoticeable to the untrained eye. The facelift procedure is performed on an out-patient basis, meaning you go home the same day of surgery. In some cases, additional procedures will be done in conjunction with the facelift, such as neck lift, brow lift, facial peels or laser. You will experience bruising and swelling after the procedure. This should subside within a couple of weeks. The ideal facelift result is to provide you with a firmer and rejuvenated look. The facelift is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. You will be given a cost estimate of your entire surgical fee at the conclusion of your consultation.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection
Are you bothered by those frown lines you see when looking in the mirror? BOTOX® Cosmetic is used by plastic surgeons to reduce wrinkles that are produced by muscle movement. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA approved medication used for many cosmetic and therapeutic medical conditions. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking the nerves used to move the muscle. The muscle becomes inactive which prevents the wrinkles from forming. During your consultation with the plastic surgeon, you will be asked to point out the wrinkles you want to treat. (more)
The most common place to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic is the forehead, between the eyebrows and the crows feet. The procedure is quick and minimal discomfort is involved. You will begin to notice the effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic the day after treatment. The full effect will result within four days of injection. Typically results will last anywhere from four to six months. The cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections depends upon the number of units injected. After your consultation with the surgeon, you will be quoted a price. You will be able to have your injection at the time of your initial office visit or you may schedule for a later date. For future email promotions put out by BOTOX® Cosmetic, please visit their website and register your email address. Call today to schedule your appointment.
Our eyes are the most defining feature on our face. We use them to express how we are feeling emotionally and physically. Sometimes we may appear tired or sad to others when we actually are not. Maybe you instead notice that you are having trouble seeing, especially at the end of the day. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is performed on men and women of all ages. The procedure can be done for strictly cosmetic reasons or to correct vision problems associated with aging and heredity. (more)
Removing extra skin and/or fat pads located below or above the eyes can make a dramatic difference in your overall appearance. The procedure is relatively simple and can be done in our clinic’s fully accredited operating room utilizing a local numbing medication and slight sedation or at a same day surgery center. The surgeon will advise you on the best option for you. You will have an incision along the crease of your upper eyelid and/or your lower lash line. The stitches will stay in place for one week. Anytime an incision is made there will be a scar. The scar from a blepharoplasty heals quite quickly and can be covered with makeup a couple days after the sutures are removed. Bruising and swelling can take up to 6 weeks to completely resolve.
If blepharoplasty sounds like it may be an option for you, call our office for a consultation with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. They will advise you if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery or if there are other options available for you. Photos will be taken and you will be given a quote on the cost of the procedure. If you are having any vision loss due to excess skin on the upper eyelid, our office can assist you in making an appointment with an optometrist for a visual field exam. Insurance may cover all or a portion of the cost depending on the results of the visual exam.