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Are Big Ears Hereditary?

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by admin

Portrait of funny, sweet, little, charismatic girl touching her long hair.When it comes to genetic traits, there are good ones and bad ones. Expectant parents may hope to pass on her blue eyes or his fast metabolism, but they may also hope to not pass on her allergies or his big ears. Unfortunately, big ears can be inherited, but their appearance can be surgically improved. Otoplasty can correct and normalize the appearance of the ears to improve facial balance and attractiveness.

Understanding Genetic Traits

Genetic traits are characteristics that are passed down from generation to generation. Every individual has a unique set of genes that determine everything about how the body looks and functions. All of your genes came from your biological parents, which is why family members tend to look alike. However, because there is incredible variation in genetic makeups, you and your siblings could still be quite different. Even if you have 10 siblings, you could be the only one to inherit your mother’s blue eyes. Genes also come in pairs, and if one is dominant, it will override the other. This is why brown eyes are more common than blue eyes— brown eyes are a dominant gene.

Every person will inherit genes from their parents that affect the shape, size, and prominence of their ears. It is not uncommon to see large, protruding ears passed down from parent to child. Prominent ears affect only one or two percent of the human population, which means that affected individuals may stick out in a crowd due to the unusual appearance and size of their ears.

Otoplasty for Large Ears

Otoplasty Patient of Dr. ConradLarge ears can offset facial balance, sometimes so profoundly that the ears are the first thing you notice about the person. Children, especially, are not always understanding of physical differences, which means that many children who inherit big ears might be teased, ridiculed, and bullied by their peers. As a result, these children may become self-conscious and develop psychological or emotional issues. Adults with large ears, even if they are well-adjusted, may find that the size of their ears affects their quality of life. Big ears can be off-putting to potential romantic partners and may also affect other social and work opportunities. By undergoing this procedure, it may aid in self-confidence in your work and personal life.

Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can be performed on children or adults to improve the appearance of the ears. Candidates as young as six or seven who have stable ear cartilage and realistic expectations can undergo a simple surgery to correct this genetic abnormality. In addition to ear size, otoplasty can also correct ear protrusion, deformities, and shape. The results of otoplasty are permanent and can profoundly improve the appearance of your ears.

Just because you inherited your parent’s big ears doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with them forever. Otoplasty can reduce ear size and improve facial balance to give you a more attractive and natural-looking appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Conrad would be pleased to perform your otoplasty procedure and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To learn more about this procedure, call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.

Am I Ready for a Facelift?

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by admin

an older woman with a face half is liftedCosmetic surgery is all about timing. Defying time through anti-aging procedures and treatments is best accomplished when the treatments themselves are administered at the right time. The “right time” for you will be when you are ready. Here are a few ways to know whether you are ready for a facelift or alternative anti-aging treatments.

When You’re Ready for a Facelift

You might be ready for a facelift if you have a noticeably aging neck, sagging jowls, deep wrinkles, and displaced fat in your lower face and neck.

Aging Neck

A facelift corrects signs of aging on the neck. While treatments such as skin resurfacing can correct textural irregularities, more severe signs of aging require surgery. For example, if your neck has excess fat, sagging skin, wrinkles, and muscle bands, you could benefit from a facelift. Facelift surgery repositions the tissues of the neck to create a more slender, defined, and smooth neckline.

Sagging Jowls

A facelift can redefine the jawline and reverse sagging jowls. Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers can improve wrinkles and enhance facial volume, but they cannot address sagging jowls caused by skin laxity. The facelift procedure trims away excess skin and tightens the tissues to improve the definition of the jawline, neck, and lower face.

Deep Wrinkles in the Lower Face

A facelift can correct deep wrinkles that appear around the cheeks, nose, and mouth. Deep wrinkles in the lower face are caused by skin and tissue laxity. Facelift surgery tightens and lifts the skin of the lower face, eliminating wrinkles as a result.

Displaced Fat in the Face and Neck

A facelift can redistribute or remove displaced fat in the face and neck. When fat pockets begin to shift, they lead to areas of volume loss. Your temples and upper cheeks may develop hollows as the lower cheeks and jowls become puffy and saggy. The facelift procedure redistributes displaced fat and removes excess fat to improve facial definition.

When You’re Ready for Alternative Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

If you are not yet ready for facelift surgery or you don’t yet need surgery, there are alternative treatments for facial rejuvenation.

Moderate to Severe Wrinkles

Many moderate to severe facial wrinkles are not accompanied by pronounced skin laxity. If your skin tone is still relatively elastic, non-surgical treatments such as facial injectables and soft tissue fillers can eliminate facial wrinkles. A variety of treatments can accommodate different anti-aging needs for those who do not yet need facelift surgery.

Moderate Facial Volume Loss

A deflated facial appearance may or may not need surgical correction. If the volume loss is just beginning or is still mild to moderate, dermal fillers may provide enough of an improvement. It is not necessary to undergo surgery before your face has developed major volume loss.

Moderate Submental Fat

Excess submental fat, also known as a “double chin,” can be reduced non-surgically. CoolSculpting® and KYBELLA® injections can effectively eliminate stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

If you would like to rejuvenate your face but aren’t sure whether to get a facelift or alternative facial rejuvenation treatments, contact us to schedule your personal consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Conrad or one of his three Certified Nurse Injectors will help you determine which anti-aging treatment(s) will be best for your individual needs. To book your appointment, please call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.

Give Yourself a Total Mommy Makeover

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by admin

When you were a teenager, did you ever go to the salon or the mall with your friends to get makeovers? Do you remember the excitement of seeing a “new you” in the mirror? Makeovers aren’t just for young girls who are exploring new kinds of makeup and hairstyles. Adult women who want to reclaim their youthful bodies can experience the same thrill and excitement by getting a Mommy Makeover, only in this case, the results are all-inclusive and permanent. A Mommy Makeover doesn’t just focus on one area in need of improvement, but rather it focuses on all your trouble areas on your entire body so that you can enhance your whole figure.

Dr. Conrad Mommy makeover caseTone Your Tummy

The plight to obtain a flat and firm abdomen becomes increasingly elusive over time. Pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, and genetics can make it difficult to achieve a toned tummy with diet and exercise. A Mommy Makeover with a tummy tuck can treat stubborn belly fat, loose stomach skin, and weakened abdominal muscles to restore a firm and toned waistline. The results of this procedure can make you feel like a whole new woman with a more youthful and slender abdominal contour.

Trim Your Body

It may seem like the battle against stubborn fat is never-ending. Exercise, diet, and your best efforts may never get rid of the persistent fat on your abdomen, thighs, hips, and other areas. Part of the Mommy Makeover experience includes CoolSculpting® or liposuction, which targets these stubborn areas so that you can sculpt your body wherever you need it. Whether it’s your abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips, calves, neck, or another area, you can trim away excess fat to achieve the toned and trim figure you desire.

Boost Your Breasts

Your breasts may be the area in need of the most help. From volume loss to tissue sagging, the breasts of a 30- or 40-year-old mom rarely look as perky and firm as the breasts of a 20-year-old woman. With your Mommy Makeover, you can get a breast lift and breast augmentation to boost your breasts. These two procedures can improve breast size, shape, firmness, and position so that your figure is more youthful and feminine.

Moms and other adult women who would like to improve their body shape can get a fabulous and permanent makeover with the Mommy Makeover. To find out more about this life-changing body contouring procedure, contact us to request your personal consultation. Call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment now.

What to Expect After Arm Lift Surgery

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by admin

Arm Lift Before and After PhotosThe hardest part of preparing for surgery is not knowing what it will be like. If you’re about to undergo brachioplasty, you may be feeling particularly anxious about the aftermath of your procedure. The following information will help you feel more at ease so that you know what to expect after arm lift surgery.

Recovery

After your surgery, you will be discharged home that same day. Take this opportunity to rest, as your body will be tired from surgery. You should anticipate the possibility of discomfort, bruising, swelling, and redness in your arms, all of which are temporary. By three or four days after your surgery, you may be ready to return to work. Even though you may return to work, your activities should still be limited, with minimal use of your arms for the first one to two weeks as well as limited exercise for up to six weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions to follow during your recovery so that you can have the best recovery experience and minimize your risk of infection or complications.

Activity

During recovery, you should follow all postoperative instructions. Take your medications as prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. The first week of recovery, you will have only limited use of your arms. Be careful not to use excess motion, abrasion, or force on your incisions. Wear comfortable, loose tops that open in the front for the first two weeks so that you will not have to lift your arms above your head. You should wear a compression garment for three to six weeks after recovery to help your arms heal and produce more ideal results. Finally, by six weeks after your procedure, you should be able to resume normal activities with your doctor’s approval.

Discomfort

Discomfort is common early after brachioplasty. You will likely have bruising, swelling, redness, and mild to moderate discomfort during the first week or two of recovery. Oral pain medications can reduce any pain during this time. Following all postoperative activity instructions, including when and how to wear your compression garment and how to treat your incisions, will help minimize your discomfort.

Scarring

Scarring is common after any surgery. You will likely have permanent scarring where the incisions are placed. These incisions are discreetly placed on the inside of the arms so that they will not be noticeable during most activities. Some patients need longer incisions than others, and these patients are likely to have increased scarring. Your surgeon will take great care when suturing the incisions to achieve the best scar possible. Most patients feel that any degree of scarring is preferable to sagging upper arm skin. By treating your incisions carefully and taking advantage of tools such as embrace® Active Scar Defense, you may be able to minimize your scars. Limit sun exposure to the area so that the scar tissue will not darken unfavorably. As with all scars, any visible scarring will likely fade over time.

Results

While you will see some initial results shortly after your surgery, they will be temporarily obstructed by swelling. Usually by around six weeks after surgery, most of your major swelling will have subsided and you will be able to see your results. The removal of tissue through brachioplasty is permanent, meaning you can enjoy your new upper arm contours for many years as long as you maintain a stable body weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise will keep your muscle tone strong so that your arms remain well-defined, and it will also help prevent future weight gain. With your newly improved upper arm contours, you may feel more self-confident and have a more positive self-image. You will likely feel as though you can finally wear certain clothing items (e.g., swimsuits, sleeveless tops, and fitted sleeves) that you previously avoided. Arm lift surgery improves the contour of the upper arms and can boost your image in the eyes of others and yourself.
Dr. Matthew Conrad is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can perform arm lift surgery to improve the definition, tone, and contours of your upper arm. To learn more about this procedure, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Conrad. Please call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form to request your appointment today.

8 Reasons for Men to Get Plastic Surgery Treatments

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by admin

Before and After OtoplastyDid 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.

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