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How to Start Working Out After a Body Contouring Procedure

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Body contouring is perfect for those who want to get rid of stubborn fat and improve their contours. Many patients are very happy with their results and understand that it is their responsibility to maintain them. One of the best ways to keep the excess fat at bay and enjoy long-term effects is to exercise regularly. 

woman working out after body contouring

In the months following your recovery, you may decide to start or get back to working out again, and to ensure that you do not hurt yourself, here are a few tips to follow. 

Be Sure to Warm Up

It is critical to warm up before your workout to avoid straining or pulling on your skin or muscles during your exercise program. The warm-ups and exercises you choose should be compatible with your procedure. Light yoga may be a great way to stretch and warm up the muscles traditionally, but it can be harmful to patients who have had tummy tuck surgery or a body lift surgery if resumed too soon because it could stress the incisions. Try taking a walk, and when you’re ready, level up to a light jog. 

Once you are finished exercising, stretch again to ensure that your muscles can rest and heal properly between workouts. 

 Most surgical procedures require you to wait at least six weeks before participating in any vigorous activity. Ask Dr. Alexander if your body is ready to resume exercise.

Walk

Taking walks starting the day after your surgery encourages blood circulation throughout the body. Healthy blood circulation is essential for healing, and walking is an easy first step to getting back to your normal activity. Even if you are used to doing more strenuous forms of exercise, walking is still where you need to start. 

Listen to Your Body 

It is important to make sure that you stay in tune with your body while doing exercises. You may need to stop or minimize the intensity of your workout if you are feeling pain or strain. Be patient with your process, and allow your body the time to get back into more rigorous movement. 

If you find that your pain during movement is persistent or is getting worse, contact your surgeon to make sure there are no complications with your recovery. In some cases, even after the advised healing period, body contouring patients are not ready to resume strenuous activity.

Everyone heals differently. Listen to your body and try not to put any unnecessary strain on your new contours.

Tailor Your Exercise for Your Results

Targeting your exercises to the areas that were improved by body contouring can help you maintain the results you’ve gained. When you start working out more rigorously, consider taking on exercises that target these areas. 

Want to Learn More?

Please contact Dr. Alexander by calling 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743 or filling out this form for a consultation if you would like more information about body contouring.

Mid-Facelift Vs. Facelift: Putting Your Best Face Forward

Facelift concept

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Facelift surgery is one of the top procedures for facial rejuvenation and is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. There are many different types of facelift techniques available, including the mid-face lift and the traditional full facelift.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that helps eliminate unwanted wrinkles on the lower two-thirds of the face and neck to disguise or erase the most common signs of aging. As we age, facial skin will start to lose its elasticity and, as a results, sag. A surgical facelift tightens the underlying muscles, trims the excess skin, and repositions facial fat to where it is meant to be. 

Traditional facelift incisions extend from the hairline at the temples down and around the ear on both sides of the face. These cuts are made carefully so that they will blend in with your hairline or in the natural creases of your face, making them barely noticeable once they have healed.

What Is a Mid-Facelift?

The mid-facelift focuses on the middle section of the face and cheeks. Like a traditional facelift, incisions are made in the hairline, as well as behind the earlobes. The skin and underlying tissues are then tightened to reduce wrinkles and create a smoother, more youthful contour. 

This technique can also be used to address hollowness under the eyes and sagging cheeks. Because of this, the mid-facelift is sometimes combined with lower blepharoplasty. In this case, incisions will also be made below the lower eyelids, through which the muscles on the cheeks will be lifted.

Who Are Mid-Facelifts Best For?

A lot of women and men first see facial aging around their eyes and cheeks. A mid-facelift is an excellent option for individuals who have started to notice the signs of aging but do not feel like they need a traditional facelift.

This is also a popular option for those who have had a facelift previously and desire a touch-up.

What If I Have Jowls or Loose Skin on My Neck?

While the mid-facelift is ideal for treating laxity and lines in the center of the face, it cannot do much to treat the lower part of the face and neck. Individuals with significant jowls, vertical neck banding, neck fat, or deep marionette lines (the vertical lines that develop between the corners of the lips and chin) would benefit more from traditional facelift surgery.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in South Florida to perform your facelift or mid-facelift, contact Dr. Timothy Alexander by calling (954) 589-0722 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Alexander performs face and body contouring procedures for women and men in Hollywood, Florida. 

Why an Eyelid Lift Might Be the Only Surgery You Need

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Despite being visual creatures, humans can’t see much right away—babies are only able to see up to a foot away clearly for the first few weeks of their lives. 

But the eyes develop quickly, and by the time they are three months old, most babies’ eyes will reach their full adult width, creating those big, adorable “baby eyes” we all go wild for. Close-up of woman’s eye before and after surgery.

Science has proven we are hard-wired to find these big, wide eyes attractive, even as we grow older. They simply look brighter, younger, and more alert than eyes that are small or dull.   

Unfortunately, it does not take much for our eyes to show the signs of wear and tear. Think of the dark circles that happen after a sleepless night, or the damage that squinting can do to the skin around our eyes. 

Because the skin that surrounds our eyes is so delicate, it is among the first areas to show the signs of aging. 

Why Should I Get an Eyelid Lift?

From lifting serums to herbal lotions, the business of eye rejuvenation makes up a considerable segment of the beauty world today.

But cosmetics can only go so far, especially when it comes to drooping tissue or sagging eyelids. 

An eyelid lift, also referred to as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from above and below the eyes, tightening the entire area.

An eyelid lift can be used to treat:

  • Loose or sagging skin around the eyes 
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Upper eyelid hooding
  • Excess skin
  • Fine wrinkles on the lower eyelid

The delicate tissue that surrounds our eyes lose elasticity easily, making it more likely to wrinkle and sag. Even rubbing too hard when removing makeup can cause the lines to start appearing. 

If you find yourself with tired-looking eyes all the time, despite taking care of your skin and getting enough rest, an eyelid lift may be the next step to keeping this delicate area rejuvenated. 

Can an Eyelid Lift Rejuvenate the Entire Face?

An eyelid lift truly does what all those “miracle” eye creams claim to do: remove under-eye bags, reduce lines, and tighten sagging tissue for brighter, more alert eyes.

This procedure can also be combined with other facial procedures, including facelift surgery or brow lift surgery, for an overall rejuvenating effect. However, patients may find that there’s simply no need for these additional cosmetic procedures after their eyelid lift is done, and recovery is complete. 

This is a testament to how much our eyes matter and how open, inviting eyes are more appealing than their dull-looking counterparts.

It’s simply science—we are much more attracted to bright, wide eyes and the youthfulness they convey.

An eyelid lift minimizes the need for further work by improving one of our most noticeable facial features.

As they say, it’s all in the eyes—and an eyelid lift is one of the most effective ways to refresh and rejuvenate your entire face. 

Interested in Learning More?

Call our Miami office at 954-589-0722 or our Fort Lauderdale office at 305-756-8743 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander. You can also use our online contact form.

When Is a Body Lift Necessary?: Your Guide to Body Lift Surgery

attractive woman measuring herself after a body lift
A body lift can create continuous, harmonious contours across many areas of the body.

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Being overweight or obese is taxing on both your physical and mental well-being, so reaching your weight goals should be celebrated. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are prepared for how much their bodies change after the extra pounds are shed.

Whether you have lost the weight naturally or you have undergone bariatric surgery, a sudden decrease in pounds can result in significant tissue laxity that cannot correct itself. 

A body lift can help restore tight skin and tissues in patients who have lost large amounts of weight. This combination surgical procedure targets multiple areas to bring out more flattering and defined body contours. 

The combination of procedures is dependent on your individual needs and can include two or more surgical procedures.  

What Can a Body Lift Include?

Traditional or Extended Tummy Tuck 

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a contouring procedure that addresses laxity on the abdomen. During this procedure, excess skin is removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and stubborn pockets of fat are eliminated. 

An extended tummy tuck (beltectomy) takes the results of the traditional tummy tuck to the next level by including the hips, lower back, and buttocks.

Arm Lift 

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, addresses the effects of weight loss on the upper arms. Arm lift surgery primarily addresses the excess skin that creates the appearances of a “flap” on the arms. This surgery provides a much more slender and toned look for the arms. 

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery treats the rippling, loose skin, and excess fat from the upper thigh. Once the excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is lifted and tightened. 

Do I Need a Body Lift?

A body lift might be right for you if: 

  • You have lost a significant amount of weight
  • You have excess fat and skin in one or more areas 
  • You would like to improve the overall contours of your body
  • Diet and exercise have not been able to get you the results you desire

The right candidate is:

  • A nonsmoker 
  • In good overall health 
  • Free of any medical conditions that could impair healing or increase risk
  • Realistic in their expectations

How Should I Prepare for My Body Lift?

The only way to determine your candidacy is to undergo a consultation. A body lift consultation will allow you to share your goals and concerns with your surgeon, who will then be able to give you an evaluation, determine if you are ready for surgery, and create a personalized treatment plan. 

What Should I Expect After My Body Lift?

Body lift surgery is invasive, and its recovery is not always comfortable. There will be times when you are sore, tender, and tight. Your bruising and swelling will last for weeks. 

So while this recovery is manageable, you should expect to take up to two off of work—if not longer—and spend that time resting at home. With the proper amount of rest, you will be well on your way to realizing your dream physique.

Want to Learn More?

If you are considering a body lift and would like to know about your options in Fort Lauderdale or North Miami, please feel free to contact Dr. Alexander at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743 or fill out this form to schedule a consultation



How to Choose Your Breast Augmentation in Miami

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Finding the best breast surgeon in Miami might be difficult, but there are ways to shorten your list of potential plastic surgeons in Miami and find the one that is the best fit for you. 

Start by looking for surgeons that have several essential qualifications, such as at least six years of surgical training, graduation from an accredited medical school, continuing education with a specialty in the procedure of your choice, and surgical privileges in multiple accredited facilities.  

A woman getting her breast measurements for a breast augmentation.

How Much Should I Consider My Breast Augmentation Cost?

People tend to look for the cheapest route when buying a product, and in most cases, the consumer can benefit from deals or sales. Unfortunately, this is not always the case when choosing a surgeon to perform your breast augmentation. 

In fact, choosing the cheapest breast augmentation in Miami can backfire and negatively affect your health.

Cost is an important factor when choosing a plastic surgeon, yet, it should not be the determining factor when your health and safety are at stake. 

It is crucial to choose the most qualified surgeon, not the cheapest. When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember you are not only paying for the procedure but their experience and qualifications.

How Experienced Is My Breast Surgeon? 

You want your surgeon to not only have several years of experience performing plastic surgery but performing breast augmentation. Plastic surgeons are usually expected to complete six years of surgical training following medical school; it is recommended for your surgeon to undergo a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training. 

Never be afraid to ask your surgeon how many years they have been performing breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedure that you may be interested in. Not all surgeries operate the same, so it is important to ask the surgeon how many years of experience they have in your specific procedure. 

Some questions to ask your surgeon can include: 

  • How did you train for this procedure? 
  • How many times have you performed this procedure? 
  • How many years have you been performing this procedure? 
  • Can I see your before and after photos?
  • What would you do if I experienced a complication with my surgery or implants?

Do They Have Hospital Privileges? 

Where the surgeon conducts his/her surgeries is essential to consider when choosing a surgeon. During the consultation, ask them where they plan on performing your surgery. 

The surgeon should be conducting their surgeries at an accredited, state-licensed, or medicare-certified surgical facility. Often, it is good to see if a surgeon has privileges at a specific hospital or multiple hospitals. When a surgeon has privileges at a hospital, it means the medical facility or hospital has done a background check on the surgeon and verified their qualifications.   

Want to Learn More? 

Do you want to learn more about breast augmentation with Dr. Timothy Alexander? Call our Miami or Fort Lauderdale offices at (954) 589-0722 or (305) 756-8743, or fill out our online contact form

The Post-partum Plastic Surgery Guide

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Plastic surgery helps thousands of women each year restore their bodies after the dramatic changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. 

Our bodies simply aren’t the same after giving birth, but certain procedures can help women look and feel better than they ever did before. 

There are several procedures women can use to bounce back after pregnancy, and many can be combined into a single procedure famously known as the Mommy Makeover. 

For moms in need of rejuvenation, post-partum plastic surgery is a great way to improve and even strengthen your body after giving birth. 

Breast Rejuvenation After Pregnancy

Bringing a child into this world can be tough on new mothers. You’re faced with a brand new baby and body that’s rapidly changing in ways you might not have expected. 

For example, many women struggle with weight fluctuations after pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

This can eventually cause certain areas of the body, especially the belly and breasts, to start to sag as skin tissue stretches and grows weaker. 

For new mothers, breast augmentation can be done together with a breast lift to restore and perk up breasts.

Breast Implants 

Procedure Timeline: The procedure takes between one to three hours to complete. Dr. Alexander uses incisions along the breasts to then place implants, customized for each patient’s needs. 

Recovery takes about six weeks, with most patients going back to work within two weeks after surgery. 

Results: Noticeably bigger breasts for a fuller, shapely bustline. 

Breast Lift 

Procedure Timeline: This surgery also involves the use of incisions, usually around the areola, to allow Dr. Alexander to remove extra tissue and lift breasts higher

Recovery takes about six to eight weeks. 

Results: Breasts that are firmer and sit higher, often creating a fuller-looking bustline.

Liposuction After Pregnancy

It’s common to gain weight during pregnancy, but many women struggle to rid themselves of the excess fat after childbirth. Pregnancy also stretches skin and muscles, causing certain areas to sag or droop. 

Liposuction can be used to help women remove and contour those stubborn extra inches for a svelte, sculpted shape again. 

Procedure Timeline: The procedure can take anywhere from one to four hours to complete, depending on the size of the area treated. 

Dr. Alexander creates incisions in areas where fat will be removed, such as the thighs, abdomen, or hips. Small thin tubes called cannulas are inserted into the targeted area, and then the fat is suctioned out

Recovery can take several weeks, with patients using compression bandages and avoiding strenuous activity for ideal healing. 

Results: A noticeably firmer, improved body contour with less excess fat in target areas

Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy

Procedure Timeline: For women who are done having children, a tummy tuck directly addresses the extra fat left behind on their bellies for a firmer, smoother outline.

It involves a horizontal incision along the abdomen, which Dr. Alexander uses to remove any excess fat and skin. 

Recovery can take four to six weeks. A compression garment will be used to facilitate healing. 

Results: A flatter, firmer midsection and improved body contour. 

Labiaplasty After Pregnancy

Some women may find that their labia (the “lips” that form the inner and outer parts of the vagina) have changed due to childbirth—and not always in the best way.

The labia may become enlarged, stretched, or loose, and are now uncomfortable or even painful. 

Labiaplasty directly targets these concerns by reducing the excess skin and tissues “down there” for complete rejuvenation.

Procedure Timeline: It typically takes Dr. Alexander about an hour to complete a labiaplasty. He will carefully remove excess tissue, reducing scarring while keeping the natural shape intact. 

Recovery can take several weeks. Sex or any other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a month or two, but most patients can go back to work within two weeks. 

Results: Shorter labia that no longer droops or stretches and a beautifully natural appearance. Most women are happy with their results, with labiaplasty generally having a satisfaction rate of over 90 percent, according to studies. 

Recovering From Post-Partum Plastic Surgery

Diagram showing procedures in a Mommy Makeover and what areas are targeted.
Diagram showing procedures in a Mommy Makeover and what areas are targeted.

Getting plastic surgery is a commitment where time to rest is crucial.

But for busy moms, life doesn’t stop for a break so easily. 

It’s important to prepare ahead of time before undergoing plastic surgery to ensure recovery goes as smoothly as possible. 

Here’s some tips for moms looking for smoothest recovery possible after plastic surgery:

1. Arrange help with childcare in advance: Most procedures will require a few weeks of healing. Try to get extra babysitting in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it as you take the time needed to fully recover. 

Enlist a loved one, friend, or babysitter to help take care of the kids, especially in the first few days after surgery when movement is limited. 

2. Get help around the house: Make sure you clean the area where you will be resting and recovering prior to your arrival from the hospital. 

Anything too strenuous will have to be avoided for a few weeks, so extra help around the house can help keep a household running smoothly as you rest. 

3. Take the time you need to rest: The most important aspect of recovery is giving your body the time it needs to heal. This can only be achieved by taking some time off and resting. 

Even if you start to feel better within days, follow all of your doctor’s post-op instructions for recovery. Don’t try to do too much as your body heals. 

Drink as much water as you can, and sleep as much as you need to. 

Interested in Learning More? 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander at either our North Miami or Fort Lauderdale offices by calling us at 954-589-0722; 305-756-8743 or visiting our website online.

Can You Combine Breast Surgery Procedures?

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Getting breast surgery is a big decision. Patients should always research the procedures they’re interested in to ensure their surgery is as safe and successful as possible. 

It always helps to know as much as you can before going under the knife. 

Breast surgery is primarily designed to create fuller, perky breasts, but it can also be used to reduce breasts that are uncomfortably large. 

Combining different procedures can be the best way for women to get the breast shape they desire.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to increase the size and projection of the breasts. Fat transfer may also be used for enhancement. 

The procedure is used to: 

  • Increase breast fullness and projection
  • Improve body contours 
  • Enhance self-image and boost confidence 

Breast augmentation was the top plastic surgery procedure in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS).

What Is a Breast Lift?A young woman gets surgical lines drawn before breast surgery.

Unlike breast augmentation, breast lift surgery does not increase cup size. 

It instead removes excess skin tissue to tighten and create firmer, fuller-looking breasts. 

What Is Breast Reduction?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, breast reduction surgery reduces the size of heavy, large breasts. 

This can help to treat problems like back pain and skin irritation, leaving behind beautifully proportionate breasts.

Why Combine Breast Surgery Procedures?

For some women, one procedure may be all they need to get the breasts the way they want. 

But breasts are as unique as the women who have them. Keeping that uniqueness intact is key to crafting natural-looking results—and that may not be achievable with one procedure. 

In some cases, multiple procedures performed at the same time may be needed to take care of every cosmetic concern and get women the breasts they want.

There is more than one benefit to performing multiple procedures at the same time.

An implant that is used for breast augmentation to increase the size and shape of a woman's breast.1. It Avoids Repeat Visits

It might sound daunting, but combining procedures can be a great way to avoid going through multiple surgeries. 

In fact, breast lift surgery is commonly performed alongside breast implant surgery for the best results. 

It’s also done alongside breast reduction surgery, which often leaves extra skin behind as breast tissue is reduced. 

2. Results Look More Natural

Performing procedures together addresses multiple cosmetic concerns—breast size, shape, texture, and the removal of extra skin—in a much more effective manner.

This allows Dr. Alexander the flexibility to craft a truly unique, natural breast appearance.

3. Healing Is Easier

Recovering from breast surgery can take several weeks, with patients typically dealing with swelling and discomfort as their bodies heal. 

Patients will need to wear compression garments or a support bra as they recover. 

Most breast surgery procedures involve at least six to eight weeks’ recovery time. 

Incisions, however, can take several months to fade. So why prolong the process even more by undergoing separate procedures?

Are You Interested in Learning More About Breast Surgery?

Call our South Florida office at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander soon.

Butt’s Not To Like About BBL? The Benefits of Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

It seems like the last few years have been all about the booty. More people than ever want a curvier bottom, as evidenced by the growing number of patients turning to cosmetic surgery to get the round shape they desire. 

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over $100 million was spent on buttock augmentation surgery in 2018. Of these, over 90 percent were done via fat transfer, more commonly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). 

Despite its name, BBL is less about lifting and more about giving the booty a natural boost. Using an approach that sculpts and shapes as much as it enhances, more patients are seeing for themselves what BBL has to offer.  

What is BBL?

A Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is a commonly used term for a fat grafting procedure where fat is transferred to the buttocks from another area of the body, resulting in a rounder, curvier bottom. 

Arrows pointing at buttocks and abdomen referencing to a brazilian butt lift procedure

Diagram of a BBL

How BBL Works

Dr. Alexander uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat from the body, typically from areas such as the abdomen, back, thighs, or hips, where pockets of fat tend to accumulate. 

Once the fat is removed, it is put through a purification process before Dr. Alexander injects it back into the upper buttocks. Fat transfers are done at strategic locations and different depths, which ensures the fat is distributed as naturally as possible. 

The procedure’s approach to buttock enhancement is twofold: by removing fat from unwanted areas, Dr. Alexander essentially contours the body to make the butt area more noticeable before the fat itself is transferred back, naturally helping to increase the volume of the buttocks. 

Recovery and Results

Recovery from BBL surgery can take between six and eight weeks. There will be swelling and bruising immediately afterward, but any discomfort may be managed with pain medication and a compression garment. 

Patients will be unable to sit directly on their buttocks for at least eight weeks after surgery to prevent too much pressure on the fat grafts. Strenuous activity, such as exercise, will need to be avoided for at least six weeks.

Results tend to be immediately apparent, with a visible increase seen right away. Some fat will be absorbed back into the body without any enhancing effect, and it may take up to a year to see final results. All enhancement are designed to be long lasting. 

BBL Vs. Traditional Butt Augmentation

BBL and traditional butt augmentation surgery, which typically involves the use of implants to enhance butt shape, are both on the rise as more people seek a curvier bottom. But BBL offers a unique set of advantages over implants or other surgical methods:

Half-turned photo of a woman model to her backside wearing white underwear

Half-turned photo of ideal beautiful woman’s backside wearing white underwear.

No Risk of Rejection 

Traditional butt augmentation surgery uses implants to enhance the shape of the butt. While effective, implants always carry a slight risk of rejection because they are a foreign object. 

Complications like capsular contracture, where scar tissue starts to harden and constrict around the implant, may occur with traditional surgery.

With BBL, these risks turn to zero as the patient’s own fat is used for enhancement. There’s no chance the body will reject its own cells as they’re transferred back.

Natural-Looking Enhancement

BBL surgery tends to offer patients the most natural-looking results—largely because it uses the patient’s own fat and tissues to enhance body contours. Dr. Alexander removes unwanted pockets of fat from the body, immediately smoothing body outlines and contours. 

That fat is then added back into the buttocks in a gradual, deliberate process that ensures the increase looks as natural as possible—a process that’s not always possible with traditional surgery. Implants may also slide or move over time, resulting in an unnatural-looking shape.

Faster and Easier Recovery

Both BBL and traditional butt augmentation surgery will take patients several weeks to fully recover from, but BBL may arguably result in an easier healing process overall. 

Since there’s no chance of tissue rejection, BBL recovery tends to proceed faster than traditional butt augmentation. There may be no need for surgical drains, which are often needed after implants. Side effects, like swelling and pain, also tend to subside faster. 

Because BBL uses liposuction for fat transfer, it essentially removes the need for added procedures to sculpt other areas of the body. Patients will only need to go through the healing process once and get a beautiful, natural-looking curvy bottom. 

 

Interested in BBL surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Alexander at our South Florida offices by calling us at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743.

A Quick Guide to Liposuction For Men

In today’s image-obsessed culture, more men than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery to reach their body goals. 

Statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) show liposuction to be the top procedure sought by men in 2018, followed by male breast reduction. These numbers are only expected to grow as attitudes towards cosmetic surgery continue to change. 

For men, liposuction can address areas that stubbornly remain flabby despite hard work and healthy living. 

How Liposuction Works

As the name implies, liposuction suctions out and removes unwanted fat from different areas of the face, neck, and body. It uses tiny surgical tubes, called cannulas, and a special surgical vacuum or large syringe to remove fat. 

Suction assisted liposuction process

Procedure

General anesthesia is used to keep patients comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Alexander starts by creating small incisions in the areas to be treated, and the cannula is inserted. 

From there, Dr. Alexander will use the vacuum device to remove all unwanted fat. Once done, the incisions will be closed off with sutures. 

Results 

Liposuction recovery can take a few weeks as swelling and bruising dissipate. There will be some discomfort right after surgery, but most patients are able to go back to work after one week. A compression garment will be needed to ensure faster healing. 

Liposuction results in nearly permanent fat removal from the treated areas. Body contours are improved, and treated areas all look and feel firmer and more defined. As long as men keep their weight level and stay in good shape, liposuction results will last for years. 

man hand grabbing his belly fat with a draw line for liposuction concept

Men and Liposuction

For men, liposuction is a particularly effective way to define masculine body contours. Men tend to have firmer skin than women because their skin retains elasticity longer. Because of this, liposuction often ends up being an extremely effective treatment in removing unwanted fat without leaving too much loose skin behind. 

Liposuction can be used to target stubborn pockets of fat that often accumulate with age. Most men target their abdominal area, but liposuction may also treat unwanted fat that accumulates under the chin, arms, and neck.  

Emerging Trends

The “Daddy Do-Over” recently enjoyed its moment in the limelight as an increasingly popular method of getting dads the body of their dreams. Despite its focus on dads, the procedure speaks to the larger trend of men seeking surgery, like liposuction, to improve their appearance. 

Of the many cosmetic procedures performed last year, more than 1.3 million were done on men alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Liposuction is at the top of the list, but other procedures include facelifts, eyelid lifts, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and others. 

Clearly, men want to look and feel their best. Cosmetic surgery helps achieve these goals, and liposuction for men is just one part of a larger trend. 

Sculpting Body Contours

Liposuction is great for men who want to trim their physique but continue to struggle with areas of fat that just won’t go away. Age and lifestyle changes can often leave men with unwanted fat that, over time, starts to drastically affect how the body shape looks.

For men, this usually affects the torso and abdomen. Having a round middle or “love handles” along the side can contribute to looking older, tired, and in “bad shape,” despite otherwise being in good health. 

Liposuction may be used together with other procedures, like a tummy tuck, to further tone and define these areas for a traditionally masculine physique.

Are you curious about what liposuction can do for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander by calling us at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743.

 

Summer Face Guide: What Are the Best Facial Surgery Procedures for Summer?

Ah, summer. For most of us, summer means vacation: long days under the sun, hanging out at the beach, and barbecues on hot summer nights.  

But what we are not thinking about during these vacations are the damaging effects that the sun’s UV rays can have on our skin. While they are not immediately noticeable, the effects of the sun can surface years later. In addition, time and genetics can also gradually dull skin, contributing even more to an aged appearance. 

The summer season is a great opportunity to give yourself some TLC and refresh your appearance. Cosmetic surgeries like a facelift or brow lift can erase years of damage from your face to create a beautiful appearance that you can enjoy throughout those dog days of summer. 

woman in a peach hat on her head, beautiful model face and soft skin-img-blog

Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery helps to improve the appearance by removing excess skin and fat and tightening facial muscles. 

Patients who have loose, sagging skin along the midface or jawline, or other issues that create an aged appearance, are good candidates for facelift surgery. Patients should be in good general health before the procedure. 

There are a few different techniques Dr. Alexander offers for patients seeking a facelift:

Full Facelift

Dr. Alexander creates an incision at the hairline that goes around and under the ear to remove excess tissue and fat. The facial muscles and skin are then pulled tight. This technique is used to address extensive aging along the midface, lower face, and neck.

Mini Facelift

This technique is very similar to the full facelift but uses smaller incisions to target only the midface. This technique is a good option for patients with fewer signs of aging and little to no issues in the neck area. 

Neck Lift

Dr. Alexander makes an incision behind the ear, around the earlobe, and into the lower scalp to remove excess fat and tighten muscles along the neck. This technique is performed together with a full facelift.

Brow Lift and Eyelid Lift Surgery

The forehead and eye areas are often where aging first begins to appear. Deep creases along the forehead and crow’s feet, under-eye bags, and dark circles give off an aged and tired look, no matter how much sleep you get. 

A brow lift procedure can help smooth creases and tighten sagging or drooping along the forehead, while an eyelid lift surgery is expressly designed to brighten up the eye area. 

Patients who are in good health and are concerned about deep forehead creases, sagging skin, drooping eyelids, or other signs of aging along the forehead and eye area can greatly benefit from these two procedures, which are often performed together for optimal results. 

Brow Lift

Dr. Alexander creates incisions along the hairline and temple area to lift drooping skin along the top of the eyebrow. He then performs a coronal brow lift, which uses an incision in the hairline from ear to ear, to tighten the brow muscles and remove extra skin. 

Eyelid Lift

Dr. Alexander can use two different options to best treat each patient. The upper eyelid lift uses incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids to remove excess tissue. This method is particularly useful for drooping or sagging eyelids and causes virtually no scarring. 

With a lower eyelid lift, Dr. Alexander will instead put incisions on the lower eyelids before tightening up surrounding skin and muscle. 

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Results and Recovery: What to Plan for This Summer

Dr. Alexander will provide instructions on how to care for surgical sites following a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or a combination of all procedures to ensure patients heal beautifully.

Pain medication and bandages will be used after surgery to keep discomfort at a minimum. Strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided for a few weeks, but most patients can return to work in about a week.

Facial surgery procedures typically only require a week to a few weeks to heal, depending on each patient. This can make the summertime an ideal period to plan for surgery. Exposure to the sun, however, should be limited and sun protection used right after surgery to better finalize healing and minimize the appearance of scarring. 

 

Summer’s just around the corner. Ready to learn more? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander soon by calling our office at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743.

 

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