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Plastic Surgery Secrets

plastic-surgery-womanPlastic Surgery Secrets You Always Wanted to Know

Have you tried your hardest to stay one step ahead of aging, only to be disappointed with the results? With over one million cosmetic surgeries performed each year, plastic surgery is quickly becoming one of the hottest new trends in health care. Plastic surgeon, Karen Powers, MD, of Stonegate Plastic Surgery shares a few of her secrets to a youthful appearance and answers some of the questions you’ve always wondered about but may have been too apprehensive to ask.

Fiction: Botox® and Fillers Last Forever

In general, Botox works on wrinkles caused by muscle action while fillers work on wrinkles caused by gravity. Injections of botulinum toxin block muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so it can't contract. When a filler like Juvederm® is injected, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles. Botox and Juvederm typically last three months, but can last longer if patients stay on schedule for regular injections.

Fiction: Breast Augmentation Always Looks Fake

Breast augmentation surgery involves using silicone or saline implants to increase the size of your breasts with the goal of increasing fullness and projection of the breasts or improving the balance of your figure.

“There’s probably many people you know who underwent breast augmentation and you have no idea – the results can actually be very subtle,” said Dr. Powers. “For many women, going up a size or two actually helps to better align the size of their breasts with the natural shape of their body. Ultimately, the size and shape of your breasts is up to you.”

Fiction: Insurance Companies Won’t Cover Plastic Surgery of the Breasts

While it’s true insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic surgery of the breast, they will cover reconstructive surgery which includes breast reduction procedures to make the breasts smaller. However, there are strict guidelines in place for what is considered medical necessity in regards to breast reduction. Often this requires documentation from your physician in regards to ailments such as back, neck, or shoulder pain.

Fiction: Liposuction is a Substitute for Diet and Exercise

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. During this procedure, fat cells in a particular area are destroyed and are no longer able to absorb fat. While a great solution for the affected area, this procedure is not a permanent solution for weight loss and if you were to put on excess weight it would simply be housed in a different part of your body

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