Restore a Youthful Appearance and More with a Neck Lift Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The neck can be a tricky area of the body. Its skin is susceptible to sun damage. Its muscles may become weak and loose along with that sun-damaged skin. In the uppermost part of the neck, just under the chin, the effects of aging may allow small fatty deposits to develop, giving way to a double chin. It is when these effects combine when many people consider a neck lift.
Neck lift surgery is performed for several benefits that are not gained with a facelift alone. It is for this reason that a lot of patients choose to combine these two techniques. One improves the lower face, and one improves its frame. Through this limited-incision surgery, a patient can obtain benefits such as:
- Improved chin and jawline contours
- Tighter muscles below the chin
- Smoother skin, reduced platysmal bands
- Tighter, younger-looking skin (no more turkey neck or crepey skin)
- Thinner looking neck
A Youthful and Rejuvenated Appearance Through Neck Lift Surgery
As much as we’ve come to observe the face for signs of aging, it has become easy to overlook the neck. Studies suggest that the neck is one of the very first areas of the body that will show the signs of aging. In some cases, patients achieve the results they desire with a neck lift alone, no facelift needed. When necessary, minor liposuction can also be included to remove fatty deposits that create the appearance of a double chin.
Techniques may differ based on the problem that needs correcting. Cervicoplasty is a surgical technique in which fat, connective tissue, and skin are tightened and trimmed for a smoother appearance. Platysmaplasty is a technique that addressed loose neck muscles, those that result in horizontal lines, usually in the mid-neck area. Platysmaplasty is also sometimes referred to as a midline lift for this reason.
Neck lift surgery typically incurs a short recovery period of five to seven days. After this short time, patients resume normal activities with very few remnant side effects like swelling or bruising.
Learn more about neck lift surgery and how it can refresh your appearance. Call 303.399.7662 to schedule a consultation in our Denver plastic surgery office.
The Breast Implant Recall Needs to be Discussed Sunday, September 15, 2019
A recall on breast implants is a big deal. Even if you do not have the type of implants that the FDA has asked to be taken off the market, you may be wondering how this recall might affect you. We can understand why this event may cause lingering concern for millions of women. For this reason alone, it is a topic that needs to be discussed with as much clarity as possible. We’ll do that here in hopes that specific details may set your mind at ease.
Why Were Breast Implants Recalled?
In 2011, a handful of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) were identified. In response to these cases, the FDA began an investigation into additional cases. A registry was established to accept new reports of this rare cancer, allowing researchers to track the number of cases and their details. Recently, statistics demonstrated that, of 573 cases of BIA-ALCL worldwide, 481 of them involved the same family of breast implants. The increased risk of disease related to these implants led to the prompt recall of specific types.
Which Breast Implants Have been Recalled?
- Only textured breast implants and tissue expanders have been recalled.
- All devices are in the Natrelle line by Allergan.
- The BioCell breast implants in the Natrelle line include saline, silicone, and highly-cohesive anatomically shaped silicone textured breast implants.
- Natrelle tissue expanders type 133 with and without suture tabs are also included.
What is Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?
This medical term has become more familiar in recent years as the risk of disease has been analyzed. BIA-ALCL, as a type of lymphoma, affects the immune system. Cancerous cells first develop in fluid that may accumulate around a breast implant. Over time, these cells can migrate to lymph nodes, where they pose a more serious risk.
BIA-ALCL is not without symptoms. Women are encouraged to schedule an exam with a plastic surgeon if they experience:
- Breast pain
- Swelling in one breast
- A mass in the breast
- Changes in the shape or firmness of a breast
Symptomatic breast implants do not mean that BIA-ALCL has developed. It means that something may be going on in the tissue around the breast. To diagnose this cancer, a doctor may first order imaging that can observe the presence of fluid around the breast implant. Then, a sample of this fluid can be obtained to test for cancer cells.
It is important to note that BIA-ALCL can be easily treated when symptoms are checked early. In more than 90% of cases, the removal of both breast implants and their surrounding capsular tissue has achieved complete eradication of the disease.
The fact that certain textured breast implants have been recalled does not mean that your breast implants need to be removed. It means only that the specifically named implants pose a higher risk for complication. Unless a complication occurs, there is no reason to undergo an unnecessary surgery.
Do you have questions about breast implants? We’re here for you. Contact our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to schedule a visit.
Bring Your Body Back with a Mommy Makeover Thursday, August 15, 2019
For the most part, women we meet express that they welcomed the changes that came with motherhood. Even many of the physical changes feel pleasing at first. Weight gain means a growing fetus is receiving nutrients. An expanding belly means that the baby is developing well. Growing breasts are part and parcel of the whole shebang and a beautiful source of nourishment for a newborn. As much pride and privilege a woman may feel about motherhood, she may also be plagued with discontent about her body. It is possible to both revel in being a mom and wish for a better body. This is demonstrated by the popularity of Mommy Makeover surgery.
What is a Mommy Makeover all About?
Essentially, a Mommy Makeover is all about you! Plastic surgeons who routinely conduct specialized procedures understand that no two women come out of pregnancy and childbirth the same way. To undergo a Mommy makeover means to have your unique concerns addressed. The procedures that are involved in your makeover process are completely tailored to you. While most Mommy Makeovers revolve around particular breast and body concerns, there are virtually no restrictions on what can and cannot be added. Some women include a form of facial rejuvenation into their treatment process and some stick to the basics. Because a Mommy Makeover is all about Y.O.U., the options are endless.
Correcting Breast Changes
Breast enhancement surgery is commonly included in Mommy Makeover treatment. How this looks will differ from one woman to another. In some situations, breast enlargement with implants can successfully reinstate adequate volume to secure adequate physical proportion. Some women are better served with a breast lift in addition to moderately sized breast implants. With a strong interest in natural appearance, more women are opting to restore shape with a breast lift alone. In our Denver office, a thorough consultation is performed to understand what you wish to achieve and to discuss how we can achieve it.
Refining the Mommy Belly
There is a certain sense of pride and admiration a woman gains for her pregnant belly. Over time, however, the stretching that allowed life to grow can feel frustrating. Mommy Makeovers often involve liposuction to remove the fat that won’t seem to go away with diet and exercise. Additionally, abdominoplasty is frequently included to tighten the abdominal muscle that has severely loosened or separated during pregnancy.
Restore Form and Confidence
There is a reason for the popularity of Mommy Makeover procedures. Discover the emotional benefits of physical improvement by scheduling your consultation at 303.399.9609.
Will Breast Augmentation Make Me Look Unnatural? Monday, July 15, 2019
Breast augmentation surgery has been popular for several years. The procedure can help women gain fullness that they never had. It can correct issues like dramatic asymmetry or deflation. Breast augmentation can also give a woman the kind of satisfaction and body confidence she’s always wanted. As you may have noticed, it is also possible that enlarging the breasts could make a woman appear completely unnatural.
Many of our patients ask us if breast augmentation may make them look unlike themselves. A change is wanted, but not one that is so severe that the breasts look and feel like they don’t belong in relation to the rest of the body. It is understandable to have this concern and also to ask about it so Dr. Berschof can discuss the ways in which a natural appearance can be retained. The process is actually pretty simple.
First Things First
Usually, the first question that a woman asks before breast augmentation is what size implant she should get. Sometimes, the question is what type of implant. Regardless, these are not the first questions to ask. To obtain the best results from breast augmentation, the most valuable question to ask is how a larger sized breast will fit into a particular lifestyle. For example, a runner or swimmer may feel out-of-sorts if she were to make a drastic change in breast size.
In addition to getting to know our patients’ preferences and lifestyle, we also know that breast augmentation needs to consider the condition of the skin and how much breast tissue exists before surgery. These small details can make a big difference in outcome.
Now for the Implants
The choice between saline and silicone implants is just the beginning of the breast augmentation journey. Both types have advantages that are worth considering. Saline implants are made better now than they ever were, which has decreased the potential for unnatural look and feel. Silicone implants are also more integral these days, with a decreased risk of leaking fluid into surrounding tissue. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of implant can be discussed at length during the consultation visit.
For the most natural-looking results from breast augmentation, implant size and profile are considered in unison. This is because each relates to the final appearance of the breasts. Implant profile is the characteristic that determines forward projection. Some implants have a wider base, which gives them less projection. A narrow base creates a high profile and greater projection from the chest wall. It may be possible that a higher-profile implant could have a generally smaller size but still achieve the desired fullness.
Breast augmentation should result in the natural result you desire. To explore your options, schedule a visit to our Denver office at 303.399.7662.
Liposuction and Weight: How They Fit Saturday, June 15, 2019
Liposuction is a popular body-shaping procedure through which we have helped many people feel a renewed sense of confidence. The surgery is performed hundreds of thousands of times a year all around the world, and it has been for many years. Still, we continue to meet potential patients who have a few wrong ideas about what liposuction is all about. Here, we want to set the record straight about liposuction and weight.
Can liposuction help you lose weight?
Liposuction is a fat-reducing procedure. A large number of enlarged fat cells make us, well, fat. It would make sense, then, to assume that removing a number of enlarged fat cells from one or more parts of the body would decrease weight. Interestingly, it doesn't happen this way. Although several liters of fatty matter can be removed during a liposuction procedure, the main result is seen in the mirror, not on the scale. If you're interested in reaching a goal weight, liposuction won't help you. If you're interested in getting rid of fatty deposits on your thighs, buttocks, tummy, arms, chin, or other area, liposuction may be an excellent treatment option for outstanding results.
Won't the fat just come back?
One of the concerns that patients have when considering liposuction is that the fat they have removed will simply come back after surgery. This is a tricky concept. The body will not grow new fat cells to replace those that have been removed by liposuction. Fat also will not migrate from one area of the body to the area treated with liposuction. However, that doesn't mean body shape can't change in the future. Body contouring is determined by the size of the fat cells in any given area. If, after liposuction, diet and exercise habits fall to the wayside, it is very possible that fat cells will enlarge. This can happen anywhere on the body, including an area previously treated with liposuction.
What many people discover is that, once they've corrected stubborn areas of fat with liposuction, their motivation to eat well and exercise regularly increases. When you feel good about your body, you want to show it more love in as many ways as you can.
Is liposuction right for you? We can help you find out. Contact our office to schedule a body-shaping consultation.
Will a Breast Lift Last? Wednesday, May 15, 2019
For years, studies have suggested that breast procedures have a lot to offer. Women interested in a procedure like a breast lift tend to know this on some level and yet questions about things like recovery and results still arise. We understand why. Plastic surgery necessitates an investment of time and money. Who doesn't want to know that they can expect a substantial reward for their input? So, is breast lift surgery worth it? Yes, even though the effects of aging will affect breast shape at some point in the future.
The Reason for Sagging Breasts
It often seems as though we naturally point a finger at pregnancy and breastfeeding as primary causes for changes to the breasts. There is some validity to this but there are other factors that can lead to breast sag. Aging is one of them. Body chemistry is another, and then there is the matter of muscle tone. Seeing just these few factors, we can identify ways to support long-term shapeliness after breast lift treatment.
Aging and body chemistry go together like peas in a pod. We say that aging is a primary factor in the skin losing elasticity and firmness. However, the direct reason that this happens is that the older body doesn't produce collagen like it did when it was younger. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its firmness and resiliency. Firmness and resiliency inhibit thinning and sagging, which means that collagen is an important factor in breast shape. Aging cannot be stopped, we all know that, but we can offset some of the effects of aging by supporting body chemistry. when it comes to collagen production, the magic ingredient is vitamin C. This vitamin can be taken orally every day and can also be applied to the skin for extended benefits.
Muscle tone is not something many women are interested in having on their chest. However, there is value in maintaining a slight degree of tightness in the pectoral muscles that lie beneath breast tissue. We're not suggesting that these muscles be built-up but that they are toned with basic exercises like planks or push-ups. When toned, the pectoral muscles support the height of the breasts on the chest wall.
Schedule a consultation at Berschof Plastic Surgery to learn more about the benefits of breast lift surgery.
Facelift Surgery Recovery: What to Expect Monday, April 15, 2019
Facelift surgery offers a variety of benefits. Reducing the signs of aging doesn’t just improve your appearance, it improves how you feel in general. Many of our patients who undergo a facelift to reposition sagging tissues and tighten the skin look so much like their younger selves that they feel a surge of youthful energy and interest in their life. It brings us a great deal of joy to see the positive impact a custom facial procedure can make. We can help you enjoy the positive impact in your life, too. But first, we’ll answer the big question.
What to Expect after Facelift Surgery
A surgical procedure of any kind can be intimidating until you know what to expect during the recovery process. Patients should be prepared for
- Swelling. While discomfort is what patients are most concerned about, swelling may be the primary side effect they encounter. After surgery, a dressing is placed around the sides of the face to apply gentle pressure on the incision sites and area of treatment. Swelling, as well as comfort, can improve with cold compresses (apply for no more than 20 minutes at a time) and with elevation. Patients may sleep with their head elevated for about one week.
- Bruising. Some people experience quite a bit of bruising after a facelift, and some develop only minor bruises. The good news is that, by the two-week mark, even substantial bruising is typically 90+ percent better.
- There is a potential for numbness. Not everyone experiences this side effect, but it is not uncommon. Numbness relates to the minor disruption in the nerve endings in the mid and lower face during surgery. As nerve endings reconnect, full sensation should be restored.
The pain aspect of recovery is typically right up there with wanting a good result from surgery for most patients. Fortunately, patients ease into the sensations of their new facial structure as their general anesthesia wears off. By the time soreness in the surgical area begins, it is time to take the first dose of prescription pain medication. Taking this medication as directed, rather than waiting to feel uncomfortable, is the best way to ensure a stress-free recovery. Within a few days, soreness paves way to a generally tight sensation that may coincide with the numbness we mentioned.
Learn more about facelift techniques and how this procedure can give you your younger self back. Schedule a consultation in our Denver office at 303.399.7662.
Refresh Your Eyes for Spring Friday, March 15, 2019
We are entering the time of year in which we witness the physical renewal of the natural world. In the spring, everything is fresh and new and vibrant. If, when you look in the mirror, you see someone who looks tired, sad, or angry, you may feel out of sorts. Tired-looking eyes are a major problem. You can’t hide them and when a good night’s sleep doesn’t do the trick, the appearance of bags, dark circles, and other eyelid-related problems become all-but-impossible to ignore. Here, we suggest a few ways to add some freshness to your face through eyelid rejuvenation.
Identifying the Problem is Just the First Step
It takes about a split-second to identify the problem that may be making your eyes look tired. Without hesitation, you may recognize that it’s hefty undereye bags that are dragging your appearance down. Or, it may be that the tissue just above your lash line has disappeared beneath the sagging skin of the upper eyelid. Maybe your concern is that your face looks angry due to a perpetual frown, or that the outer edges of your eyebrows has become droopy and sad. Making note of the concern is one thing, the next question is “how bad is it?”
The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Observing the severity of the problem allows you to recognize the true value of the various treatments you may consider. For example, if the tissue on your upper eyelid is hiding the lower part of the lid, a little Botox may not be sufficient for noticeable rejuvenation.
Treatments for Younger-Looking Eyes
The choice to treat aging eyes is very personal. We view our job as the role of informant. When you visit our Denver office, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your skin and discussion regarding your desired outcome. Using the details obtained, we can then provide the information you need on each potential treatment. To restore a youthful appearance to the eyes, patients consider:
- This injectable wrinkle-reducer can soften crow’s feet and gently lift the brow or eliminate frown lines. Results last about 3 months.
- Dermal fillers. Undereye bags can be beautifully disguised for up to 12 months with injections into the uppermost part of the cheek.
- Surgical eyelid rejuvenation offers the longest lasting results because there is no drug to wear off. The effects of blepharoplasty on the upper or lower eyelid are only changed with age.
Jump into spring with a beautifully refreshed face. Call our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to learn more about eyelid rejuvenation.
Surgery, Botox, and Your Brows Friday, February 15, 2019
We all know that aging causes us to get lines and creases around our eyes and mouth. However, the more dramatic effects of aging involve the way in which the entire shape of the face can change over time. In youth, facial structure is wider at the top and narrow at the bottom, like a V. With age, this general shape turns upside down, with more “weight” and width falling at the jawline. This inversion also drags the upper face downward.
Tissue changes in the face affect the eyebrows and eyes by pulling the brows down below the bony ridge on which they should sit. When the brows droop below the orbital rim, the upper eyelids appear heavy. Depending on the angle of the eyebrow droop, the eyes may appear generally tired or they may give the impression that a person is angry or sad. Fortunately, these concerns can be corrected. The question is, what is the best approach for your needs?
The Botox Brow Lift
The development of cosmetic injectables has changed the way we address aging. Many more people will consider Botox injections than will discuss a surgical brow lift with any degree of serious consideration. Botox is the original injectable and one that remains popular for its ability to reduce frown lines and restore some degree of height to the aging brow.
Advantages of a Botox brow lift include:
- Convenient in-office treatment takes less than 20 minutes
- No downtime and minimal, temporary side effects like redness and swelling
- Affordable treatment achieves results that last approximately 4 months
- Treatment is tailored to lift the brow into natural, beautiful contours
The Surgical Brow Lift
A brow lift may also be referred to as a forehead lift. The surgical procedure is more in-depth, obviously than a few injections. Our brow lift procedure involves a coronal incision made behind the hair line where the minor resulting scar will be completely hidden. Through the incision, the tissue on the forehead is released from the downward pull of gravity and excess tissue is removed. Throughout the procedure, the upper orbital rim (bony ridge above the eye) is observed as the guide for proper brow position.
Advantages of a surgical brow lift include:
- Permanent results that naturally change with the aging process
- Smoother, tighter skin from the eyes up to the hairline
- Elimination of frown lines and sad or tired-looking eyes
- Smoother, tighter appearing upper eyelids
- Can be combined with eyelid rejuvenation for more dramatic results
You’re a phone call away from better-looking eyes. Learn more about your brow lift options in a consultation in our Denver office. Call 303.399.7662.
Want to Finally Experience Success? Get Help for Those Beauty Resolutions! Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Resolutions that revolve around looking and feeling better seem easy. They are definitely easy to make because it’s no secret we humans like to feel good about our appearance. Achieving success may also seem simple because there are multiple ways to go about improving cosmetic concerns. What we don’t account for when resolving to bring out our natural beauty is how time works against us. If one of your goals is to reduce the signs of aging, your body and the environment are conspiring to age your skin and superficial tissue. This is why so many beauty resolutions fail when they don’t involve teamwork.
Teamwork can Make Your Beauty Dream Work
Two (or more) heads are better than one anytime a problem needs to be tackled. The reason it pays to get help for beauty resolutions is that a trained professional can look at a problem and discern what is behind it or, in this case, beneath it. For example, it may seem obvious that lines and creases are aging the face. However, your doctor will look at lines and creases and understand why they have occurred. In some instances, the issue is muscle contractions. In others, it is the depletion of collagen and fatty tissue that leads to lines and wrinkles. Knowing the cause, your provider can implement the appropriate strategy to achieve optimal results.
How We Can Help You Reach Success
Ultimately, we can help you reach success by listening. During a consultation in our Denver office, you can expect us to take great interest in your concerns, your desired outcome, and even your reasoning behind wanting a cosmetic improvement. From a place of clear understanding, Dr. Berschof develops a treatment plan to suit your needs and preferences.
Many of the treatments we perform do not involve surgery and the downtime that comes with it. If your goal this year is to feel and look like a younger version of yourself, it may be possible to turn back the clock using only a few injections of dermal fillers, Botox, or both. Youthful skin also relates to ongoing care, which we can provide with microdermabrasion treatments that maximize your daily skin care program.
Surgery such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, a facelift, or other rejuvenating procedures does incur downtime. However, the initial recovery from most cosmetic procedures is no more than two weeks. After that point, only residual swelling and mild bruising may remain. On the other side of recovery, patients get to enjoy years of beautiful results.
Reach your intended target this year. Get help by calling our Denver office at 303.399.7662.