Winter is Here
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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are really in the winter season. This is our busiest time of year. And we have a lot of people traveling to see us for stuff. So if you have any questions, please give us a call or send us an email!

Making Nice Scars
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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The decision to undergo plastic surgery should not be taken lightly. Although these procedures are generally safe, common and done on an outpatient basis, there are many different factors that you should consider before making your final decision. An important aspect of any surgery is the recovery process, as well as the final result. A large portion of the healing for any surgery is concentrated on getting the scar from the surgery to be as invisible to the naked eye as possible.

With certain surgeries, such as liposuction, the scars are very small and heal up to be practically invisible. However, other surgeries do require a larger incision which in turn will leave you with a scar. Plastic Surgeons pay careful attention to this aspect of the surgery, both during the procedure as well steps they take afterwards to minimize the appearance of scars. It is important to note that the scar does take up to a year to heal, and if all the precautions are taken then you will be more likely to have a favorable result in terms of the scar as well as the procedure itself.

Your doc  will sometimes recommend different creams, massages as well as tapes to minimize the appearance of the scar. For certain surgeries, such as breast augmentation surgery, other precautions are taken such as wearing a sports bra as opposed to an underwire so that the scar is not irritated and can heal nicely. If plastic surgery is something you are interested in, while it is important to factor in the issue of scarring when making your final decision, it may not be a reason to forgo it. If you or someone you know have any questions it is best to contact a plastic surgeon and schedule a consultation!

Thigh Lift Facts
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A thigh lift is a common plastic surgery procedure that many people chose to undergo because of loose, sagging skin on their thighs. This procedure is similar to that of a tummy tuck in the sense that the excess skin and fat will be surgically and permanently removed by cutting.

The procedure is extremely common for people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or have lost a significant amount of weight. When the skin is stretched past the point of elasticity, diet and exercise alone will not rectify this embarrassing problem. Liposuction is also not an option because once the fat is removed, you will still be left with hanging skin. There will be scars on your thighs as a result of this surgery, however the Surgeon pays careful attention to creating the best looking scar possible.

It is important that you see your Doctor for scheduled follow up visits post operation so that they may monitor your progress and healing from your lift.  The scars heal and change for a year or so after surgery, and often times the surgeon will recommend certain creams and tapes to minimize the appearance of the scars. This is generally a very safe procedure that is done on an outpatient basis. There will be some recovery time and it is recommended that you take a week or so off of work. You will be able to resume light exercise a few weeks after surgery and will be back to regular everyday activity in a month or so. If this is something that you are interested in, then take the first step to a better you and call a specialist today!

Recovery from Procedures
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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Most surgical procedures carry a few post operation restrictions with them before you return to normal, everyday activity. While some procedures have no downtime at all, such as Botox and fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, and other procedures have essentially no downtime and can be done at lunchtime.

Depending on what procedure you had performed, the restrictions may vary. Liposuction procedures are minimally invasive and done on an outpatient basis. Many people take a few days to about a week or so after their surgery was performed. After that initial week, you can resume work as well as working out in the gym with care and with your doctor's advice on specifics. We ask that you do not work the areas that the surgery was performed on so that you do not stretch the skin that we are trying to get to shrink post surgery with compression garments. For instance, if you had liposuction performed on your abdomen area, then it is best to refrain from doing crunches or working out on abdominal machines for a few weeks post procedure. Other more invasive procedures such as an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation do have a bit more restrictions as far as when you can get back to the gym. After breast augmentation surgery, we ask that you do not do any activity or work outs that may shake the breasts. This involves running and jogging, however cardio and weights can be resumed within a few weeks after surgery as long as you do not do anything that involves you lifting your arms over your head. As far as
procedures are concerned, we want you to abstain from heavy exercise for about a month or so after surgery. Again, we want you walking around and moving around the day you have your surgery performed and do not want our patients staying in bed all day.

It is important to meet with your surgeon during an initial consultation and be sure to cover all the bases before undergoing your procedure. Be sure to discuss expectations, risks, as well as recovery time as well. Cosmetics
can be a wonderful start to a new and improved you, so meet with your doctor today!

Going Hollywood!
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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We are very proud of the physical layout of our center.  We take pride in its design, both in the office and the surgery center.  We had a wonderful architect who created very warm, welcoming, elegant and professional space.  Now we are ready to start using the space in areas beyond the strictly clinical.  We have now opened the site to commercial filming -- everything from television and movies to music videos and still photography for advertisements in newspapers and magazines.  We have a large space of more than 5000 square feet.  We have an elegant layout, the best equipment out there, and the finest materials were used in our design and construction.  Don't be surprised if you see all of this in a coming movie or TV show once directors start using our center as a medical filming location!

Your Consultation
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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Your consultation is one of the most important steps in making your decision to undergo things.  Once you do your initial online research and narrow down the surgeons you would like to meet with, it is important to prepare a list of questions as well as expectations that you have for your  procedure to discuss at your visit.

During your consultation, your surgeon will go over your medical history, any previous surgeries you may have had, possible risks and expectations for the surgery, as well as answer any and all questions you may have. After this meeting, you will then speak Patient Care Coordinator that will go over fees, scheduling as well as logistic details. After the patient education portion of the consultation is complete, you will want to look at the before and after photo gallery as well as get additional information as to where the surgery will be performed. Many offices have operating facilities attached, so be sure to ask for a tour if this is the case and do make certain it is a certified facility.

Your consultation is key because it gives you a chance to get your questions answered as well as give you a general feel for the process and possible results . This is your body and you should feel safe, comfortable and confident when going into this process. Everyone involved will want you to have the best results possible!

Summer Again
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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Well, we are deep into May and that means that summer is really just around the corner.  Now is the time when we do a lot of body work -- tummy tucks, liposuction, breast procedures including augmentation, reductions, and lifts.  May and June are just the right time to have things done in order to look great for summer.  There is time to have a full recovery and feel and look great by the pool or at the beach and during those warm nights out on the town.  We do get very busy at this time of year so if you are interested in getting more information, now is the time to come into the office to begin making a plan!
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Chemical Peels
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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In a story of the old becoming new again, we find we are doing more and more chemical peels.  These are classic skin freshening procedures.  They can even the skin tone and can erase fine wrinkles, offering a refreshed appearance.  Recovery can often be shorter than from deep laser treatments, and this is why many people are turning back to them. 

Peels take many forms, but we usually us TCA as the favored type.  This comes in different concentrations, and allows us very good control of the depth or intensity of the procedure.  Such control helps us work with each person individually to create the changes we want and control for how much recovery they desire.

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them.

Making the Right Choice
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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Your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon is one of the most important aspects of your plastic surgery experience. With the plethora of surgeons out there, it is key to find a surgeon that you feel comfortable with.

A great way to start the process is to do some research online. Take a look at various surgeon's websites; look for before and after photo galleries, read patient testimonials, and get a feel for things. From there, you will be able to make an informed decision on which surgeons you would like to consult with. During your consultation, you should meet with the doctor directly. You will go over your medical history, previous surgeries you may have had, expectations, possible risks, and the procedure itself. The surgeon is there to answer any and all of your questions and to make you feel comfortable and informed of your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.

After your initial appointment, many people find that they have a few more questions they would like to discuss with a surgeon or staff member before picking out a date and scheduling their surgery. Make certain that the procedure will be done in a certified outpatient surgery center.  Many surgeons are available to meet with you again or discuss your questions via telephone. If plastic surgery is something you are looking into, then call and book a consult today!

Check Out Our Videos!
Lloyd Krieger, MD
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We are pleased to present a full spectrum of information sources to our patients and friends.  We of course have our web sites, our articles posted online, our blogs, our Twitter and MySpace pages with messages.  We also have plastic surgery videos that provide information in a very visual way.  There's a tour of our facility and interviews with recent patients about their procedures and more.  So check out our channel on YouTube to see our videos!

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