Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic breast, face, and body surgeries strive to minimize the amount of visible scarring while maximizing the positive benefits. From breast implants to tummy tucks to nose jobs, cosmetic surgeons add to, remove, or adjust existing physical structures to achieve the look that the patient wants. Key factors to keep in mind include cost, physical feasibility, and longevity of results.

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a technique for removing undesirable hair from the face or other places on the body. Since every single hair on the body comes from its own follicular unit or hair follicle; destroying this unit removes the existing hair and prevents the unit from growing hair in the future. In laser hair removal, light energy from a laser is used to destroy the hair follicle. Hair in the treated region may not begin to grow back for several months making laser hair removal a permanent hair removal technique—more permanent than most other hair removal options. In fact, with repeated treatments, laser hair removal may prevent hair growth in the treated area for greater than six months.

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BOTOX

For cosmetic purposes, BOTOX® or botulinum toxin injections are used to relax the muscles that cause unwanted wrinkles or lines. As we smile, frown, laugh or make any facial expressions, the muscles around the eyes, lips and eyebrows compress the skin forming furrows and wrinkles. These wrinkles become more prominent with age and tend to persist even when the muscles of the face are not forming any expression. BOTOX® interferes with the ability of muscles to contract and, when injected into these problem areas, can reduce or eliminate wrinkles. While the effect is not permanent, BOTOX® injections can lead to a very noticeable and desirable reduction in wrinkles, making the face appear more youthful and softer. BOTOX® is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures because of its relative safety, cost and ability to “turn back the clock,” if only temporarily.

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Laser Surgery

The term laser means light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, and it uses a laser light source (laser beam) to remove tissues that are diseased or to treat blood vessels that are bleeding. Laser beams are strong beams of light produced by electrically stimulating a particular material. A solid, a liquid, or a gas is used. Alternatively, the laser is used cosmetically; it can remove wrinkles, birthmarks, or tattoos.The special light beam is focused to treat tissues by heating the cells until they burst. There are a number of different laser types. Each has a different use and color. The color, or the light beam, relates to the type of surgery that is being performed and the color of the tissue that is being treated. There are three types of laser: the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser; the YAG laser (yttrium aluminum garnet); and the pulsed dye laser.

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Breast Implants

Breast implantation is a surgical procedure for enlarging, or augmenting, the breast. Implants are breast-shaped pouches that are saccular in shape, made of a silicone outer shell, and filled with silicone gel or saline (salt water), are used.

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Lipodissolve - Fat Reduction Technique
Lipodissolve is one of the newer and more controversial fat reduction techniques. This non-surgical procedure promises to remove or dissolve fat cells in the body. The procedure involves little more......
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Injectable Fillers - Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles
Injectable fillers are substances that can be injected into and under the skin to smooth fine wrinkles, enhance shallow regions and minimize the depth of scars. Usually injectable fillers are used......
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstructive surgery covers many different procedures each with the common goal of reconstructing or forming a normal physical structure. Infants born with spina bifida or cleft palate may undergo......
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