Coronavirus update

We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC as well as our state and local health agencies in regard to the COVID-19 virus outbreak as we’re  committed to the health of our patients, our staff, and our community.   In keeping with those guidelines, we are asking those patients that have developed respiratory symptoms, cough, or fever or have recently returned from areas with … Continue reading Coronavirus update

Breast reduction surgery and obesity

Numerous studies and our own large experience have shown that breast reduction surgery is very successful in relieving symptoms in a wide range of patients, regardless of their weight. However, studies have shown that obese patients (defined a Body Mass Index of 30 or more) undergoing surgery are more prone to complications at the time of surgery and during recovery.   While the overall risks of … Continue reading Breast reduction surgery and obesity

Microneedling

All I can say is “Wow”.  We’re really impressed with the results we’ve been getting with microneedling!   Although this skin treatment has been around for years with so-so results, the new technology which refines and mechanizes this technique with high speed untrafine micro needles is giving us better results at a lower cost than anything we’ve seen.  We now have a treatment that we … Continue reading Microneedling

Abdominoplasty and BMI

We were recently asked by a patient how BMI affects our decision to perform abdominoplasty. We thought this was an excellent question and I’ll paraphrase it below. Every case is individual and I don’t necessarily have a cutoff or absolute BMI number that determines if I will or won’t do an abdominoplasty. I lot of factors play into the decision. I tell all my patients … Continue reading Abdominoplasty and BMI

The Team Approach to Breast Reconstruction

As recent articles in the media have stressed, successful breast cancer treatment and reconstruction involves close collaboration among all those treating the patient. Angelina Jolie and her plastic surgeon have been very public about her mastectomies and reconstruction and have helped shine a light on the importance of a close, collaborative relationship among the doctors and patients. We couldn’t agree more. We are fortunate to … Continue reading The Team Approach to Breast Reconstruction

No-drain Abdominoplasty

Traditional abdominoplasty procedures have always involved the placement of drains to prevent abnormal fluid collection beneath the recently moved skin to prevent fluid collection.  These are flexible tubes placed during surgery which attach to small suction bulbs, continuously pulling out fluid for the first few days or occasionally weeks after surgery.  The drains are left in place until the fluid output decreases, and then are … Continue reading No-drain Abdominoplasty

The “Refresh” lift

For many years, we looked for a facelift that bridged the gap between a full facelift and the non-invasive lift procedures (laser, Fraxel, string lifts, feather lifts, etc.).  Traditional facelifts are great, but are a little more extensive than many of our patients needed.  Non-invasive facelifts have limited down time and risk, but the results are generally fairly limited and of short duration.  We had … Continue reading The “Refresh” lift

Why is it important to be nicotine free before surgery?

While smoking is detrimental to a person’s health for a number of reasons, it is poses particular problems for patients undergoing surgery.   Nicotine, whether from cigarettes, patches, gum, etc., causes vasoconstriction in the small vessels that we count on to heal newly created wounds.  This is especially true in certain procedures where the normal blood supply is disrupted and the tissues are tightened at the … Continue reading Why is it important to be nicotine free before surgery?

Does liposuction help with weight loss?

Not really.  While a patient may lose a few pounds after the procedure, it really is not an effective weight reduction tool.  Frankly, there are a lot easier and cheaper ways to lose a few pounds!  While large volume liposuction has been done in which 10 or more pounds are removed, we don’t advocate this as a procedure to be used when weight loss is … Continue reading Does liposuction help with weight loss?

Do you do the DIEP flap for breast reconstruction?

We don’t do the DIEP flap at Lawrence Plastic Surgery for several reasons.  A recent article in our local paper discussed this procedure being performed at a nearby teaching hospital and pointed out they were the only ones performing this procedure within “several hundred miles”.  Although this procedure was first being performed almost 20 years ago, it has not gained widespread popularity.  Here’s why: It … Continue reading Do you do the DIEP flap for breast reconstruction?