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Facial Skin Rejuvenation With Laser DOT Therapy

Posted on: November 9th, 2017 by admin

Close up of beautiful woman with perfect skinThe destructive effects of aging can leave the face with fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. These symptoms of skin damage can be accelerated by exposure to the sun and environmental elements, sometimes leading to a prematurely aged appearance. Laser Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) therapy can erase these early signs of aging by rejuvenating the skin and restoring a youthful, natural complexion.

What Is Laser DOT Therapy?

Laser DOT therapy uses a SmartXide DOT laser for facial skin rejuvenation. After a topical anesthesia is applied to the treatment area, the laser is moved across the skin. The DOT treatment damages small areas of tissue and stimulates collagen production in those areas without affecting the surrounding skin. This causes a reaction in which the damaged outer skin eventually peels off, revealing healthier, smoother, and more youthful skin. Laser DOT therapy treatments take less than one hour to complete and have minimal downtime or discomfort. Each treatment is customized to the patient’s needs, and many patients need only a single treatment to achieve their desired results.

The Rejuvenating Abilities of Laser DOT Therapy

Laser DOT therapy has powerful rejuvenating abilities that counteract the effects of aging. Men and women may be candidates if they have visible signs of aging or skin damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, freckles, redness, and acne scars. Laser DOT therapy can effectively treat all of these conditions and may be safely used to refresh the skin of the face as well as the neck and hands. With this treatment, patients can successfully gain a smooth, bright, and rejuvenated complexion.

Would a Breast Reduction Help Me?

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by admin

breduc-02a ConradWhile some tween girls want to grow breasts more than anything, some adolescent and adult women just wish their breasts would shrink. Large, heavy breasts can lead to physical, emotional, and social problems of all kinds. If you experience any of the following problems associated with having excessively large breasts, a breast reduction with Dr. Conrad can give you the smaller bustline you desire.

Problems Caused by Oversized Breasts

A woman with oversized breasts may experience numerous problems because of them. These include:

  • Physical Pain: Back aches, neck aches, headaches, and shoulder pain can all occur because of the excess weight pulling downward on the chest.
  • Unwanted Attention: Disproportionately large breasts can attract staring eyes and lead to unwanted attention. Some women choose to avoid certain activities, locations, or individuals to limit emotional triggers.
  • Emotional Problems: Anxiety, low self-confidence, and poor self-image can all result from having excessively large breasts.
  • A Disproportionate Figure: Oversized breasts create an unbalanced body shape, which can cause clothing limitations, poor social perceptions, and low self-image.
  • Premature Sagging: Gravity and the excess weight of large breasts can cause premature breast sagging that ages the appearance.
  • Skin Irritation: Some women with large breasts experience rubbing and chafing underneath the breasts or against tight bra straps.
  • Activity Limitations: The weight of oversized breasts can limit physical activities by making exercise difficult, awkward, slow, uncomfortable, or painful.
  • Clothing Limitations: Some women with excessively large breasts have difficulty shopping for clothing because most clothing items do not fit properly, require tailoring, or fit but do not match their style preferences.

What Breast Reduction Surgery Could Do for You

If you have large breasts and experience any of these problems, especially on a daily basis, breast reduction surgery can help you. A breast reduction would reduce the size of your breasts and alleviate these problems to improve your quality of life. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue, then reshapes and repositions the remaining breast tissue to create a smaller, shapelier, and more proportionate bustline. After a few weeks, you will be able to return to normal activities with a renewed appreciation for your improved, rebalanced figure. Improving the size of your breasts through breast reduction surgery can ease all of the above symptoms and can help you develop a greater sense of self-confidence and well-being in your daily life.

Do I Need a Breast Lift or Implants?

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by admin

The two most popular procedures for breast enhancement are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Each technique enhances the breasts in a particular way, and women may be candidates for one or the other or even sometimes both. The following describes the type of candidate that is best for each surgical approach. Both of these breast enhancement procedures can provide you with more attractive, firm, and shapely breasts.

Best Candidates for Breast Implants

Breast implants are used to enhance breast size, shape, fullness, and projection. Women who wish their breasts were larger are primary candidates for breast augmentation. If you are a candidate for breast augmentation, your breasts may be underdeveloped or naturally small, especially in proportion to the rest of your body. One breast may be noticeably larger than the other, or your breasts may lack the attractive roundness you desire. You may also feel self-conscious or insecure about the appearance of your breasts. Some common candidates include women whose breasts have lost volume or firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Breast augmentation is not designed for women whose breasts are sagging.

Best Candidates for a Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery is performed to rejuvenate sagging and misshapen breasts. Women who have suffered the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetics and whose breasts are sagging and shapeless are the leading candidates for breast lift surgery. If you are a candidate for a breast lift, your breasts may be elongated or pendulous with stretched skin, enlarged areolas, and nipples that fall below the breast crease. Candidates may be of any age but are often a little older because sagging is usually the result of factors that occur over time. Breast lift surgery can correct breast shape and firmness but is not designed to augment the size or volume of the breasts.

breastlift-01a ConradBest Candidates for a Breast Augmentation With Lift

Some women may identify as candidates for both breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. If this is the case for you, these two procedures can be combined into a breast augmentation with lift. This approach can improve breast size and perkiness at the same time and during a single procedure. You may be a candidate for a breast augmentation with lift if you wish to improve the size, fullness, shape, projection, firmness, and position of your breasts.

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Is Best for Me?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by admin

If you have excess skin, stubborn fat, or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flat and firm abdomen. Based on your unique needs, you may benefit from either a full or a mini tummy tuck. The decision between a full versus mini tummy tuck is personal, and each is best for a certain type of client.

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The Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck corrects the appearance of the upper and lower abdomen. To correct excess skin, persistent fat, and stretched or weakened abdominal muscles, the surgeon places incisions below the lower abdomen and around the navel. Through the incisions, excess fat deposits and sagging skin are removed from the abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and the skin is pulled taut to create a firmer, better-defined abdominal contour.

  • Best For: A full tummy tuck is best for patients who have problems in their upper and lower abdomen. The best candidates have excess skin and fat and often have a perpetual belly pooch due to distended stomach muscles. Common candidates include women who have had multiple pregnancies and individuals who have undergone moderate to major weight loss.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck corrects the appearance of the lower abdomen only. To eliminate excess skin and fat in the lower belly, the surgeon places a single horizontal incision below the lower abdomen. This incision is smaller than the incision required for a full tummy tuck. After removing fat and skin, the relaxed muscles of the lower abdomen are tightened. The remaining skin is contoured to improve the tone and firmness of the lower abdomen.

  • Best For: A mini tummy tuck is best for patients who have lax skin and excess fat isolated below the belly button. Candidates do not have the overly stretched abdominal muscles and upper abdominal issues that can be found in candidates for a full tummy tuck. Some candidates for a mini tummy tuck may have had one pregnancy or minor weight loss, but will still be generally fit with lax tissue in the lower abdomen. This technique provides more subtle results for patients with more subtle needs.

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.

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