As cosmetic surgery becomes more a part of mainstream culture, it is easy to forget that, not so long ago, options were much more limited. Patients who come to me for plastic surgery in Atlanta these days have more and better choices than ever before.
Here’s a look at how things have changed:
- Breast Implants – Women today have the choice of saline or silicone implants. The newer generation of silicone implants is filled with a cohesive gel that feels natural and stays intact even if the implant ruptures. In addition to different sizes, implant manufacturers also offer a variety of shapes, textures, profiles and diameters, giving women more options for breast augmentation than ever before.
- Face Lifts – Gone are the days when a face lift resulted in tight skin, a pulled or windblown appearance, and long scars zig-zagging through the scalp. Newer techniques, such as endoscopic approaches and short incision face lifts create beautiful, natural-looking results with minimal incisions. Doctors no longer simply pull skin tight to smooth out wrinkles; we are trained to carefully reposition underlying tissues, alter muscles, and re-drape skin to restore a more youthful appearance.
- Liposuction – Liposuction has seen a tremendous evolution, ultimately becoming the safe, relatively quick, and highly effective option for body contouring we have today. Thanks to advanced methods (such as the tumescent technique), larger volumes of fat can be removed more efficiently and smaller areas can be corrected more precisely.
These are just a few of the exciting advances in plastic surgery that we have seen in recent years. There are also been tremendous developments in the area of nonsurgical options for cosmetic enhancement, including BOTOX® injections and dermal fillers.