November 22nd, 2013 Blog Admin
Upwards of 40 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the face. Of these injuries, the most common are bone fractures and soft tissue damage to the cheek bone, jaw bone, and nose. They can be from collisions with another player or a strike from sports equipment.
While some injuries can be treated on the field, some require specialized care from a facial plastic surgeon. Benefits include minimized scarring and bones that heal symmetrically. Here are the common facial plastic surgeries and treatments used for sports injuries.
For injuries to the nose, rhinoplasty offers an excellent way to reshape the nose to eliminate a crooked or asymmetrical appearance. As incisions can be made within the nose, there is often no visible scarring.
The procedure begins with the administration of a sedative and then local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the incisions are made. Once the incisions are made, cartilage and bone are trimmed and shaped to restructure the appearance of the nose. Breathing issues may also be improved.
Following a rhinoplasty, bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. You may also deal with oily skin. Swelling reduces over a span of months, so you cannot expect to see the final results immediately. In fact, you may see gradual changes for a year.
In 2012, members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average surgeon’s fee for rhinoplasty as being $5,541. Added to this cost are other items like anesthesiologist’s fees and facility fees. Health insurance may not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty, but if you are having problems breathing your insurance company may agree to cover some or all of the cost.
Scar Revision Techniques
When the skin breaks and heals, a scar forms. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in suturing lacerations to leave as small a scar as possible. Most athletes, however, simply have their cut stitched up by a team doctor. This can leave an unsightly scar.
A facial cosmetic surgeon can offer scar revision techniques. One of the common techniques is to excise the scar tissue and use fine sutures in an irregular pattern that minimizes scarring. Sometimes the surgeon can move the scar to a natural crease or line to make it easier to hide the scar.
For scars that are narrow but sink into the skin, injections of collagen can help. Collagen fills in the depression. The one concern with this method is that the collagen will need replenishing occasionally.
Microdermabrasion is also useful in reducing the appearance of a scar. A fine crystal powder is applied to the skin using special instruments. This buffs off the top layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of the scar.
When it comes to scar revision and microdermabrasion, the AAFPRS lists the average surgeon fees as $1,700 and $124 respectively. There will be additional fees added to this cost that cover things like anesthesia and the facility.
Watch the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery’s video to learn more about their services. Dr. Masri is Michigan’s first board certified facial plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation to discuss your sports-related injury in Michigan, call (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (866) 487-3223 in Birmingham.
November 14th, 2013 Blog Admin
Have you noticed the skin on your thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen have lost its smooth texture and now has a lumpy, dimpled look? Those dimples are the result of cellulite, a common foe of woman and even a few men. There are creams that claim to get rid of cellulite, but they don’t work. Stop throwing your money away on these televised products and head to your general plastic surgeon for better cellulite reducing techniques.
What is Cellulite?
Below the surface of the skin are small fibrous cords that connect the skin to the muscle. Fat cells fill the space between the skin and muscle, and the cords pass through those fat cells. As fat cells accumulate, the fat cells cannot move from side to side due to these fibrous connective cords. The only place for the fat cells to go is up. As they press against the surface of the skin, the bumps and lumps associated with cellulite become visible.
You do not have to be overweight to have cellulite. It tends to be a genetic trait handed down through the generations. Even women who are slender may develop cellulite over time. Other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle, high stress levels, and the use of birth control pills, implants, or patches.
A Comparison of Mesotherapy and Velasmooth
Mesotherapy is a useful tool when it comes to fighting cellulite. Expect to see your plastic surgeon five to seven times before cellulite is banished. A solution of vitamins and minerals is injected into the layer of fat. This solution dissolves the fat, allowing your body to naturally absorb it. The use of mesotherapy requires you to also maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a proper diet and regular exercise. There is no need for anesthesia, and you can see results that equal as much as a pound of lost fat per week.
Another popular treatment to reduce cellulite is VelaSmooth. During a VelaSmooth treatment, the device is rolled over your skin. This device penetrates the skin and fat cells using radio frequency and electrical-optical synergy. This heats the tissue and reduces the size of the fat deposits by boosting the metabolism. At the same time, rollers help smooth out the skin’s surface.
VelaSmooth treatments require 8 to 16 sessions timed about a week apart. In some cases, two weekly treatments are suggested. After the initial round of treatments, you need to return for supportive treatments every one or two months. Many people compare the sensation of a VelaSmooth treatment to being like a hot stone massage.
Read patient testimonials to see what a different Dr. Masri makes on your self-esteem. At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, patients have choices when it comes to reducing cellulite. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Masri, a Michigan facial plastic surgeon, and his staff to learn about the different procedures, their risks, and their benefits. To reach Dr. Masri’s office, call (248) 723-7188 in Birmingham, Michigan, or (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn, Michigan.
November 11th, 2013 Blog Admin
Pairing cosmetic surgeries together makes sense. You save money by only needing to undergo anesthesia one time, and you combine recovery times so you don’t need to take a lot of time off from work. An increasing number of men and women are pairing rhinoplasty with chin augmentation procedures to create the ideal facial profile.
Scientists at Italy’s University of Verona studied a group of 90 men and women who had combined chin augmentation and rhinoplasty. They followed them for two years and then did a follow-up interview three years later. More than half of the participants had not experienced any loss of chin length in that time. In addition, they stated that the chin, neck, and nose all worked in conjunction to create an aesthetically pleasing profile. If a chin is too small, it can make the nose appear larger. When a chin is proportionately sized through a chin augmentation, it balances the nose and improves facial harmony.
What to Expect During Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the size and shape of the nose. Common problems that people want corrected are drooping tips, flared nostrils, and a hump on the bridge. During a rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes incisions on the inside of the nostrils or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Bone and cartilage are excised when the nose is too large, but in cases where a nose is too small, the addition of cartilage grafts may be required.
After the surgery, you will have bruising on the cheeks and under the eyes. This bruising starts to fade after a week and can take a few weeks to disappear completely. Swelling is also common and can take months to resolve. You’ll see the final shape of your new nose after a year.
What to Expect During a Chin Augmentation
With a chin augmentation, the facial plastic surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth or right below the chin. A chin implant is inserted through this incision and secured to the front of the jawbone. If you have a double chin, your plastic surgeon may suggest having a submental lipectomy performed to remove the fat and skin causing the double chin. This helps improve the appearance of the augmented chin.
Following a chin augmentation, you will experience mild bruising and swelling. Swelling generally clears up after a week, and bruising takes a second week in most patients. You may feel some mild discomfort for a few days, but your surgeon will inform you as to the pain medications you can use.
Are you thinking about rhinoplasty or chin augmentation? Check out these before and after pictures to see the improvements these surgeries can make.
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive exceptional care and service from plastic surgeons with close to three decades of experience. The use of digital imaging allows you to see the changes to your profile with a rhinoplasty or chin augmentation. You can also see the improvements to your profile if you pair the surgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri holds board certification in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. Schedule a free rhinoplasty and chin augmentation consultation online or by calling (315) 945-9800.