Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by admin
Did you know that well over one million American men underwent surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the last year alone*? Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance and give you a competitive edge in your social and work life. Here are eight reasons to improve your appearance with male plastic surgery procedures.
1. Reduce Facial Aging
Is your forehead lined with heavy wrinkles? Do you have deep hollows beneath your eyes? Do people around you frequently comment that you look tired, angry, or sad? Wrinkles and hollows are signs of aging skin and can be corrected with non-surgical treatments. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce facial wrinkles and lines so that your face looks smooth, young, relaxed, and refreshed.
2. Improve Sagging Eyelids and Bags Under the Eyes
Excess lines or skin above the eyes is caused by sagging upper eyelid skin. Bags under the eyes are caused by displaced fat. Both issues detract from your appearance and can make you look significantly older than you feel. You can recapture your youthful appearance from the glory days with eyelid surgery to tighten the tissues of your eyelids and smooth away wrinkles and bags.
3. Eliminate Jowls, Wrinkles, and Sagging in the Lower Face and Neck
Men and women both suffer the effects of aging. Over time, gravity can take a toll and leave you with heavy jowls, folds, sagging, a double chin, and visible muscle bands. A facelift with a neck lift can eliminate these issues to improve definition in your jawline, neck, and face. After this surgery, you could look as much as five to 10 years younger.
4. Get Rid of Stubborn Fat
A lot of men are dismayed when they discover that their high school days of gorging on pizza and junk food without gaining weight are gone. Over time, the metabolism slows down and the body tends to pack on the pounds. With procedures like tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and CoolSculpting®, men can get rid of stubborn fat. These procedures target fat deposits to restore a leaner and more toned figure.
5. Flatten a Beer Belly
The abdomen is one of the main fat deposits in the body. If yours has developed a bit of a paunch, or even if it has turned into a full-blown beer belly, tummy tuck surgery may be able to help you. This surgery can eliminate stubborn belly fat and tighten your core muscles and sagging skin to give you a flatter, more masculine abdomen.
6. Masculinize Your Chest
Some men have overdeveloped breast tissue or excess fat in the chest that gives them the appearance of male breasts. This disconcerting condition is known as gynecomastia and can cause embarrassment and discomfort. Male breast reduction is an excellent procedure that can remove the excess breast tissue and fat to permanently improve your chest contours.
7. Tighten Sagging Skin
Aging and gravity both take a toll on the skin, causing it to sag almost anywhere on the body. Whether you have sagging skin on your belly, arms, thighs, or elsewhere, there’s a procedure for you. Some of the most popular surgeries that tighten sagging skin are tummy tuck surgery and arm lift surgery.
8. Enhance Facial Features
For some men, it’s not a battle against aging but rather a battle against genetics. For instance, if you have a naturally weak, recessed chin, you may have a harder time presenting yourself with masculine confidence. A chin implant can add definition to your jawline to improve your facial structure and portray a more confident look. Likewise, rhinoplasty (one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among men) can redefine your nose for better facial balance and attractiveness. Finally, otoplasty can make large ears smaller or make ears that stick out lie flatter against the head. These procedures can enhance your facial features to improve your appearance.
Men have as much to gain from plastic surgery as women. If you would like to learn more about procedures that could improve your appearance, request your consultation with Dr. Matthew Conrad. Call (316) 681-2227 or contact us online to get in touch with us today.
*Statistic provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by admin
Once you’ve decided you want breast implants, there are a lot of additional choices you must make. These “7 S’s of Breast Augmentation” will help you keep track of the most important points when you are preparing for your breast augmentation.
1. Silicone vs. Saline
All breast implants have a silicone shell, but the substance inside the shell is either saline or silicone. Silicone implants are best for women who are more concerned about a natural look and feel, implant longevity, and minimizing the chances of rupture or rippling. Dr. Conrad is pleased to offer Sientra® High-Strength Cohesive Silicone Gel breast implants, which have even greater durability and reduced chance of rippling than traditional silicone implants.
“One size fits all” is certainly untrue with breast implants. Implant size is measured in volume (cubic centimeters). When choosing your size, be sure to consider both your preferences and your anatomy. If you want a subtle or natural enhancement, choose smaller implants. If you want a bold change, choose larger implants. If you have naturally small breasts, smaller or moderately sized implants may produce the best aesthetic results. Dr. Conrad will help you determine which implant size best meets your anatomic needs and personal preferences.
3. Shape and Profile
Implants can be anatomically shaped (fuller at the bottom) or round (uniform fullness). However, the shape you choose may not actually matter in terms of the results, as recent research has suggested that not even surgeons can tell breast implant shape apart after surgery. What may be more important is the profile of your implants. High profile implants have a narrow base with significant forward projection, while low profile implants have a wide base and little forward projection. Your anatomy should be the biggest factor here, as the wrong profile selection could look very unnatural. For instance, if your chest wall is wide and your breasts are spaced far apart, high profile implants could make it look like your breasts are stuck or glued onto your chest. Conversely, if you have a narrow chest wall, low profile implants could have lateral overflow.
4. Surface Texture
Breast implants can have either a smooth or irregular texture. The key argument in favor of textured implants is that they may have a reduced rate of capsular contracture because they bind to the breast tissue and are less likely to shift or rotate. Arguments in favor of smooth implants are that they are more affordable and have a lower risk of rippling.
5. Surgical Incision
Your surgical incision with Dr. Conrad could be either the inframammary incision or the periareolar incision. The inframammary incision is below the breasts along the crease. Even though it can leave noticeable scarring, this incision is the most popular choice because it has the least amount of risk and does not limit implant selection. The periareolar incision goes around the outside of the areola, usually just around the lower edge, and it leaves a smaller scar that blends with the edge of the areola. This incision type carries a slightly higher risk and may limit implant selection for women with smaller areolas.
6. Submuscular vs. Subglandular Placement
Some surgeons offer either submuscular or subglandular implant placement. With subglandular placement, the implant is inserted below the breast tissue but above the pectoral muscle. This technique leads to an easier recovery, but it offers less tissue support and carries greater overall risk. Dr. Conrad performs only submuscular implant placement, in which the implants are placed beneath the pectoral muscles, because it has less risk, produces better support, and yields the best results.
When selecting your surgeon, choose one that is certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. You should also choose a surgeon with extensive experience who can show you plenty of before and after pictures of his patients. It is important that you and your surgeon have a good rapport so you know that your surgeon understands your desires. Be sure to ask plenty of questions and meet with multiple surgeons before making your final decision. Dr. Conrad is a board-certified, talented, and experienced breast surgeon who would be more than happy to help you reach your beauty ideals.
If you would like to learn more about breast enhancement through breast augmentation or any other breast procedure, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Conrad. To make your appointment with us, please call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.
Posted on: January 20th, 2017 by admin
Pregnancy and nursing may affect the breasts in ways that are far from pleasing. While these changes are almost exclusively cosmetic and do not threaten the mother’s health, they can permanently and negatively alter the appearance and feel of the breasts. Breast augmentation, sometimes combined with breast lift surgery, can help mothers restore youthfully firm, full, shapely, and perky breasts.
Breast Changes During Pregnancy and Nursing
Hormonal shifts during pregnancy and nursing can cause the following cosmetic breast changes:
- Temporary growth and swelling that leads to subsequent deflation
- Enlarged and darkened areolas and nipples
- Stretched skin that leads to subsequent sagging
- Shifting breast tissue and breast fat that alters breast shape
These changes may be caused by both pregnancy and nursing. For instance, the breasts typically grow and swell during pregnancy even if the mother does not intend to breastfeed her child. For nursing mothers, lactation creates denser breast tissue. Once a mother has weaned her child, the fatty tissue and breast tissue may shift to change the shape, contour, and feel of the breasts. A woman who suffers from breast engorgement while nursing may observe more changes to the shape of her breasts. Sometimes, the result is noticeable breast asymmetry, especially for women with natural breast asymmetry that went unnoticed beforehand. Furthermore, while some women’s breasts may return to their pre-pregnancy size or shape, other women’s breasts may not. It is not uncommon for women to have one breast shrink more than the other, causing even a full cup size difference between the breasts.
How Breast Augmentation Can Help
Even though nothing can compare to the experience of being a mother, the sagging, deflation, and other changes to the appearance and feel of the breasts are unfortunate side effects associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. If your breasts have become flabby, shapeless, asymmetrical, deflated, or saggy due to pregnancy and nursing, breast augmentation can help restore their appearance, shape, and feel. With breast implants, your breasts can once again feel firm and look full, shapely, and round. Many mothers benefit from undergoing breast augmentation with a simultaneous breast lift to improve the look, feel, and lift of the breasts.
Breast surgeries like breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can help mothers achieve more youthful and attractive breasts. To learn more about how you could benefit from breast implants, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Conrad by calling 316-681-2227 or by filling out our online contact form today.
Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by admin
Plastic surgery can enhance your body shape using multiple surgical approaches depending on your aesthetic goals and anatomic realities. Tummy tuck surgery and liposuction are both body contouring surgeries that can dramatically improve body shape in different ways. Choosing between them means selecting the one that is better for your individual needs.
Tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve a flat, firm abdomen. To accomplish this, this procedure targets three common issues: lax stomach muscles, excess and sagging skin, and localized abdominal fat. These issues are isolated to the abdominal area, which is why the procedure earned the nickname “tummy tuck” surgery. Candidates for a tummy tuck typically struggle with all of these issues and desire to improve the definition and contour of this specific area of their body. Candidates should also be at or near their goal weight before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.
Liposuction can help you achieve a more desirable body shape in general. The procedure can selectively target and destroy pockets of stubborn fat on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, back, neck, and virtually anywhere else on the body. Candidates for liposuction have good skin quality and muscle tone, but they are bothered by stubborn fat accumulation in select areas. Candidates should also be at or near their goal weight before undergoing liposuction.
- Area of Treatment: While tummy tuck surgery focuses solely on the abdomen, liposuction can be performed anywhere on the body.
- Skin: Tummy tuck surgery can tighten loose, sagging skin in the abdomen. Liposuction treats only fat and requires the skin to be healthy and taut for optimal results.
- Muscle Tone: Liposuction only provides fat removal, whereas tummy tuck surgery can also tighten the core muscles of the abdomen to create better definition and firmness.
- Scarring: Liposuction leaves minimal to no scarring while tummy tuck surgery may leave noticeable scars in the lower abdomen.
- Invasiveness: While both procedures are surgical, tummy tuck surgery is more invasive and therefore has a greater level of surgical risk, more side effects, and a longer recovery.
- Cost: The cost of tummy tuck surgery is higher than the cost of liposuction, mostly because the procedure is more complex on the part of the surgeon.
Patients can experience dramatic body contour enhancement by undergoing liposuction and/or tummy tuck surgery. These procedures are both designed to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals by improving their body shape. Many patients can undergo both procedures for even greater body contouring results.
Whether you need liposuction for fat removal or tummy tuck surgery for fat removal combined with skin and muscle tightening, these body contouring procedures can be greatly beneficial. During your personal consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Conrad can identify which of these procedures is best for your needs. Call us at 316-681-2227 or complete our online contact form to request your appointment today.
Posted on: December 29th, 2016 by admin
Did you know there’s proof that beauty treatments can help you feel happier? Many people feel better when they know that they look their best, but beyond anecdotal evidence, scientific research has demonstrated that treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic (a neuromodulator) can reduce depression. Neuromodulators and soft tissue fillers are non-surgical facial injectable treatments that can help you look more youthful, attractive, and happy.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are neuromodulators that can minimize wrinkles. These prescription medicines can be injected into certain areas of the face to treat:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eyes
- Horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
- Chin wrinkles
- Wrinkles at the sides of the nose
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® work by weakening the facial muscles that create expression lines. This helps your face to relax into a more relaxed, affable, and approachable expression. You will still be able to make sad or angry expressions, but after treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®, it’s easier to put on a bright and welcoming smile.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers can also minimize facial wrinkles and improve facial fullness. Fillers such as Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft, JUVÉDERM® XC, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic are all offered here at our facility. The injection of soft tissue fillers can fill in volume loss and eliminate wrinkles so that your face appears softer, younger, and more attractive. Fillers can also enhance the size of the lips so that your smile is more inviting.
These neuromodulators and soft tissue fillers are non-surgical treatments that can reduce the signs of aging. After a single treatment session and no downtime, immediately visible results will reveal a more comfortable and rejuvenated appearance. With regular treatments, you can maintain a more pleasant and appealing look with fewer wrinkles, younger-looking skin, and a beautifully confident smile.
Dr. Matthew Conrad offers surgical and non-surgical plastic surgery treatments at his practice for patients all over Wichita and Kansas. His staff of skilled, artistic, and compassionate nurses has been administering non-surgical facial injectable treatments to patients for over 14 years with excellent results. To schedule your personal consultation, call 316-681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.