Changes in Skin Sensation after Plastic Surgery: Here’s What You Want to Know Thursday, April 15, 2021
Having plastic surgery can be exciting and extremely gratifying once the “dust has settled,” so to speak. Patients who elect to undergo surgery know that they will go through a recovery period. They tend to expect side effects like bruising and swelling. Changes in skin sensations? Not so much. Here, we discuss why plastic surgery procedures commonly result in sensation changes and approximately how long those changes may last based on a given procedure.
What Causes Changes to Skin Sensations After Plastic Surgery?
The skin is highly innervated. Nerves travel from all parts of the body to the brain, where touch is interpreted. Anytime the skin is injured, whether a scrape or a burn, part of the nerve network is disturbed. Communication from the nerves to the brain can be blunted for a short time. How quickly sensation is restored can vary. Generally, it is assumed that the time it takes for skin sensation to return to normal correlates with the severity of the injury. A scrape may take a week or so to heal. Surgical incisions can take longer.
Changes in skin sensation after plastic surgery are typically pretty mild. The majority of patients report some degree of numbness. Some say that they don’t have any sensation in their incision area. For others, tissue feels tingly, like when a hand or arm falls asleep. As nerves regenerate, the skin may experience little zaps or other sensations that feel out of the ordinary. This is all part of the repair process as the communication between severed nerves and the brain is reinstated.
How Long Will It Take to Regain Normal Sensation?
It is impossible to predict how long skin sensations will take to return, as well as how noticeable those changes will be. Every case is unique. In general, though, the timing may go as follows:
- This is the most minimally-invasive procedure so is typically associated with the mildest changes in tissue sensation. Liposuction has tiny incisions, so patients may be back to normal in a few weeks.
- Breast surgery. Breast procedures like augmentation and mastopexy to lift the breasts involve more extensive incisions. Interestingly, some studies suggest that smaller incisions that go only around the nipple area may be more likely to result in numbness or other sensation changes. Even with other incision patterns, breast surgeries can cause changes that take two to three months to resolve.
- Tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck adjusts multiple layers of tissue. It trims the skin, a fatty layer of tissue, and muscle. Therefore, a fair amount of nerve disruption may occur. Patients usually notice improvement over two to six months. However, small areas of numbness or sensation loss may linger around the scar.
- The skin around facelift incisions can take 12 to 18 months to fully heal. The sensation may return gradually over that time.
Have you been considering plastic surgery to address a cosmetic concern? Let’s talk! Call 303.399.7662 to schedule a consultation at our Denver office.
Here’s What’s Trending in 2021 Monday, March 15, 2021
Shortly after 2020 began, many of us thought that the aesthetic area of medicine may come to a screeching halt. Much to our surprise, adults of all ages began to express more interest in plastic surgery and facial enhancement than ever. While it seemed as though working from home and having a more flexible schedule may inhibit people from seeking professional beauty treatments, these changes in daily living had the opposite effect. The prevalence of video conferencing allowed people to observe themselves like never before. It turns out that spending hours in front of a screen can show you just what you love about your appearance and also what you’d like to improve. Here, we discuss the facial enhancements expected to be on-trend throughout 2021.
One of the major shifts that occurred in 2020 was the need to wear a mask over the nose and mouth. We may not have to do this forever, but mask-wearing showed millions of people the value of vibrant, youthful eyes. Eyelid rejuvenation can smooth undereye bags and lift sagging upper eyelid skin to reveal more of the natural eye crease. Blepharoplasty doesn’t just make the face look younger; it makes it look more awake and friendly. While we are still seeing only the eyes when out and about, making the most of their personality makes sense.
For some people, BOTOX injections provide the lift that they need to look and feel their best. Like blepharoplasty, BOTOX can refresh the upper area of the face. In addition to smoothing frown lines, injections of this muscle-relaxing drug can erase crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes and reduce the horizontal lines that appear on the forehead. BOTOX is also an excellent option for a non-surgical brow lift. Depending on your concerns, BOTOX may be combined with dermal fillers to achieve the best results. The effects of this wrinkle-reducing treatment can last three to six months.
An interesting effect of the routine Zoom meetings that took place in 2020 is an increased interest in lip augmentation. This treatment has become popular among men and women interested in a subtle, natural-looking enhancement to the shape and volume of their lips. Using the latest dermal fillers, an experienced injector can achieve beautiful results that feel soft and kissable.
While masks cover the lower two-thirds of the face when we’re away from home, the increase of work-from-home situations has gotten millions of people more in touch with their appearance. Again, we go back to the transition to video-conferencing with colleagues and even friends and family. Facelift surgery trended in 2020 as adults sought to reduce sagging cheeks, jowls, and deep creases around the nose and mouth. We expect this trend to maintain for at least another year.
Trends aside, everyone has unique cosmetic goals. We can help you achieve yours. Contact our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to see how.
Why Do You Want a Tummy Tuck? Sunday, February 14, 2021
Every day, we make decisions about what we will do with our time, how we will manage surprises, and so on. Most of the decisions that we have to make do not require much critical thinking. Many are seemingly made without thought at all. And then there are the decisions that we must spend some time on. Having plastic surgery is an example. In this case, such as wanting to have abdominoplasty, many people take months to make up their minds. This is good. Motivation is something that a plastic surgeon is interested in knowing. Here, we discuss a few healthy motivations for tummy tuck surgery.
Why Have a Tummy Tuck?
Wanting Your Body Back
Perhaps you have had children or have dedicated time and effort to beating obesity. Each of these experiences can have lingering effects, such as loose skin and muscle tissue. Even though you have achieved a goal that has brought you happiness, you may also feel as though your body isn’t yours anymore. A tummy tuck can restore your shape and can even make it better than ever.
Multiple studies suggest that plastic surgery can positively impact self-confidence. When approaching a procedure like abdominoplasty, it is important to consider where your confidence currently lies. With a healthy sense of self before surgery, most patients report feeling even more connected to their bodies after a procedure like abdominoplasty. Sculpting the midsection that has become loose and saggy can restore your ability to wear the clothing you like and feel great doing it.
Maximum Physical Improvements
Having a tummy tuck isn’t a fast-track to a great body. The best results are achieved with people who are dedicated to healthy living before and after surgery. As you may know, achieving your ideal weight for your body frame doesn’t always give you the best result possible. Lifestyle can manage weight and tone muscles but cannot resolve laxity caused by stretching. A tummy tuck can and does so quite nicely.
Dr. Bershof provides friendly care in a professional, welcoming atmosphere. To learn more about abdominoplasty, contact our Denver office at 303.399.7662.
What You Must Have after Plastic Surgery Friday, January 15, 2021
Hundreds of thousands of plastic surgery procedures are performed each year. These range from minimally-invasive body contouring procedures to breast enhancement to facial rejuvenation. Regardless of the procedure that is in your future, chances are you are already thinking of two things: your recovery and your results. You must get through one to see the other. Here, we discuss a few must-haves to see you through the most pleasant surgical recovery possible.
Must-Have #1 – Help
As you move closer to your surgery date, you may hear that you should have one or more people assembled to assist you for a few days. Most people who undergo plastic surgery hear this recommendation. Many do call in the reinforcements and, a fair amount of people quickly struggle with their position of “helplessness.” This is why we’re mentioning this as a leading must-have. After you have plastic surgery, you not only need to arrange help, you need to prepare yourself emotionally to accept that help. The kind of help we’re talking about is cooking, childcare, pet care, maybe even a little light cleaning. Additionally, you mustn’t overlook the personal needs you may have. Some days you may need someone to administer your pain medication on time. Some days, you may just need someone to keep you company.
Must-Have #2 – Home Remedies
During the first several days of surgical recovery, you may rely on prescription pain medication to maintain comfort. Most patients are ready ahead of time, having filled their prescriptions well before surgery. Another few items are needed, though. One is ice. You can use a bag of peas or a formal gel ice pack. Whatever you choose, have an extra. Ice might be your BFF for a few days. Additionally, to help manage the potential side effects of prescription pain medication (specifically, constipation), you may also want to purchase a fiber supplement or a bottle of magnesium citrate tablets. Both have been shown to remedy constipation.
Berschof Plastic Surgery offers friendly, professional care to help people feel their best. Schedule a consultation at our Denver office at 303.399.7662.
Is Liposuction Worth It? Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Liposuction has been a popular procedure for many years. There are several reasons why it has consistently ranked within the top 5 plastic surgery procedures. It is often sought when diet and exercise are not providing the extent of body contouring a person would like. Let’s face it, body sculpting can be much more difficult than it seems. A little help can go a long way to achieve a well-defined body. While this procedure may be popular, many people still question if it’s worth it. We’ll discuss that here.
We’ll begin by saying that, whether you’re seeking body contouring, facial rejuvenation, or any other kind of cosmetic enhancement, it is essential to know what a given procedure can and cannot do. Expectations are everything. When it comes to liposuction, patients should know that this procedure is not going to help them lose weight. In fact, liposuction does not achieve the best results in patients whose BMI is much outside of the normal range (about 18 to 25). This is because liposuction removes no more than 5.000 mL of fat at once, and it is not healthy to undergo multiple liposuction procedures in a short time frame. When a person is within about 15 pounds of their normal and best weight, that’s when liposuction achieves noticeable, pleasing results.
Some of the situations in which liposuction performs very well include:
- Removing localized deposits of fat from areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, and chin. Many of these areas are difficult to sculpt with diet and exercise because they may hold stubborn fat.
- A desire to look better in one’s clothes. Excess fat in certain areas often creates problems fitting into clothing as one would like. For example, some people do not like wearing short-sleeved shirts because of fat on the backs of their arms. Excess abdominal fat causes a telltale “muffin top” over pants and shorts.
- Perfecting physical proportion. It’s no secret that we all hold weight differently. Excess fat in one area, such as the outer thighs, can throw off proportions across the middle region of the body. Eliminating those localized fatty deposits slims where needed to bring harmony to the shape.
When Might Liposuction be a Bad Idea?
There are relatively few instances in which liposuction would not be a good idea. The two primary situations would be if a person wants to lose weight or has loose, sagging skin. Otherwise, the liposuction procedure holds the keys to lasting rewards!
Want to know more about liposuction? Contact our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to schedule your consultation.
Where can liposuction be performed? Friday, October 30, 2020
Men and women of Scottsdale, AZ often work hard to keep their bodies in shape and stay active and healthy. However, there are many areas of the body where excess fat tends to accumulate—and can be stubborn to address! Dr. Joseph C. Berardi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who works regularly with patients dealing with excess fat on the body and are seeking a solution to treating these targeted areas.
How liposuction works
A popular method of body contouring and fat removal is liposuction. Liposuction is an elective surgery that is performed to remove fat cells from targeted areas of the body. This is done with the use of a long wand like device attached to a suction machine. The wand, called a cannula, is inserted into very small incisions in the treatment area and is moved around to suction out unwanted fat—permanently. Liposuction is a more invasive procedure, and results surgery and downtime to heal and recover properly.
Where can liposuction be performed?
Dr. Joseph C. Berardi finds that any area of the body that is impacted by excess fat cells can be improved with the use of liposuction. Some of the more common targeted spots include:
- Upper arms
Who is a candidate?
To determine candidacy for liposuction, it is vital for patients to start with a consultation visit. Dr. Joseph C. Berardi takes this time to connect with these patients and find out what their goals are. A patient who is in good overall health and wellness, is within their ideal weight, and is interested in liposuction will want to speak to our provider about what they would like to achieve with this procedure. Patients should have realistic expectations regarding what can be done with liposuction, and may also consider combining other treatments into the same surgical appointment.
Call our board-certified plastic surgeon today!
Liposuction is a common procedure used to reduce and remove fat cells from specific areas of the body, and continues to be a popular choice for both men and women seeking improved body contours. If you live in the Scottsdale community and are considering liposuction, book an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Berardi by calling (480) 397-0711. Our providers are here to help!
How to be Fully Prepared for Breast Augmentation Surgery Thursday, October 15, 2020
Breast augmentation is an exciting prospect. It allows you to look like you’ve always thought you should. There are many benefits to having breast augmentation surgery, which we can see from the fact that his procedure has led the plastic surgery pack for many years. When researching breast augmentation, it’s easy to focus on a few details, like choosing a fully qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon and stocking up on entertainment for the short recovery after surgery. These are important and do require attention. However, there are other tips to be fully prepared for breast augmentation. We’re going to tell you what they are.
Preparing for Breast Implants
When you’ve wanted breast implants for some time, you may think you know exactly what you want and exactly what your life will look like after your procedure. You might come very close but we would hate for you to make common mistakes. When you decide to have breast augmentation, you may have a specific idea in your head about cup size. You may have pictures of women’s bodies that you admire. These are good ways to prepare. However, keep in mind that your body may not look as good with that imagined cup size as you think. What looks good on another woman’s body looks good because of her overall proportions, not just her breasts. When you consult with a plastic surgeon, have an idea in mind, and also have an open mind. Our objective with patients is to achieve breast enhancement that looks natural.
Preparing for Recovery
If you’ve been researching breast augmentation, you may know that you need to take about a week off work. This is the minimum. If your job has high physical demands, you may need to take a full two-week vacation to ensure you can return to work without adverse complications. In addition to taking time off work, you also need to step back from your domestic duties. Someone else will do the cooking, the dog-walking, the laundry, and pretty much everything else that may normally fall onto your plate. Even caring for children. This can be more challenging than some people expect, which is why we point it out. Think of it like this: after breast augmentation, you finally get that Me Time you’ve been wanting for so long!
We are proud to serve the Denver area with friendly, professional service. For more information about breast augmentation, call 303.399.9609 and schedule a consultation.
Reasons women consider breast reduction Wednesday, September 30, 2020
While the breasts make women feel feminine, they can also be a source of frustration as well. This typically occurs for women who have larger breasts. Large breasts can make it difficult for women to feel comfortable or perform certain activities, which is often the point at which they consider the benefits of breast reduction surgery.
Understanding breast reduction
Dr. Joseph C. Berardi is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ who offers breast reduction procedures. Breast augmentation with breast implants are the most common procedure; however, some women want to reduce their breast size. This involves the removal of fat, breast tissue, and skin, and in some cases involves the repositioning of the areola. Women with large breasts often find there are many advantages to reducing their breast size.
Why undergo breast reduction?
Below are just a few of the more common reasons why women consider breast reduction surgery:
- Unwanted attention. Many women with large breasts feel as though they are distracting to others, especially when wearing a lower-cut blouse or swimsuits.
- Difficulty finding clothing. Large breasts can make it difficult for women to find properly fitted clothing, causing them to wear larger, baggier clothes instead of more form-fitting alternatives.
- One common complaint amongst women with larger breasts is pain and discomfort. Large breasts put a lot of weight on the upper front part of the body, which results in back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain.
- Inability to exercise. Running, jogging, and other physical activities can be difficult or even impossible with larger breasts, due to their weight. With breast reduction surgery, many women can lead a more active, healthy lifestyle.
- Self-confidence. Women who deal with large breasts may have decreased self-confidence and self-esteem, making surgery a life-changing solution for their emotional health.
Speak to a professional about breast reduction today
If you live in the area of Scottsdale, AZ and are interested in discussing the benefits of breast reduction, now is the time to call Dr. Joseph C. Berardi and his team at (480) 397-0711. His practice is located at 8900 East Bahia Drive, Suite #110 and is a board-certified plastic surgeon open to new and current patients.
How to Sleep After Breast Surgery Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Having any surgical procedure will tax the body of physical resources. This is why after any kind of surgery, even a less invasive procedure like breast augmentation or a mommy makeover, patients typically find that they need a little extra rest than they usually do. The problem is that surgery itself can create a challenge for getting that rest. Here, we officer a roadmap that leads back to normal sleeping habits.
- Sleep Reclining
One of the most common side effects to occur after surgery is swelling. There is also a risk of excessive fluid accumulation in the surgical area. This is true of most procedures, not just plastic surgery. To prevent this after a procedure on the upper body, patients are advised to sleep reclining. If you have a recliner, this may be easy. If you don’t you can prepare for a comfortable recovery by purchasing a few extra pillows to place under your back. In addition to helping prevent fluid accumulation and reduce swelling more quickly, a reclined position is much easier to move out of when you want to stand up.
- Prepare to Sleep on Your Back
Once you no longer have to sleep reclining, you can transition to a more normal sleeping position but perhaps not entirely. If you’re accustomed to sleeping on your stomach, the instruction to sleep on your back may sound challenging. Having slept in a reclining position for a few days, this may be easier than you imagine, though. To help you remain on your back throughout the night, wedge the edge of a pillow under each arm.
- Take the Support You’re Given
After breast surgery or a mommy makeover, a support garment is applied. Patients may wear this for a few weeks. During the first several days, the garment may be worn nearly all the time, removed only for showering. When you sleep, your support garment will prevent tugging on your incisions and will keep the breasts in place as you make slight movements.
- Set Yourself Up for Success
Knowing that sleep is of the utmost importance after surgery, you want to set yourself up for success. One way to do this is to move around during the day as approved by your surgeon. Patients can typically take short walks as long as they are comfortable. The physical activity is minimal at first but usually sufficient to promote good sleep. Patients should also avoid things that inhibit quality rest, including caffeine, sugar, and late-night screen time.
Are you ready for a change? Contact our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to schedule your breast enhancement or mommy makeover consultation.
To Maximize Your Facelift Recovery, Follow These Tips! Saturday, August 15, 2020
Having a facelift is an exciting life event. It is a big decision that can lead to amazing, long-lasting rewards. Most people who have a facelift once do not need to repeat the procedure a second time. Once tissue has been precisely repositioned, the face will look younger than it would have if surgery were not performed. This happens regardless of the continued aging process.
If the appearance of your aging face has you feeling a little less like yourself, you may be interested in exploring a facelift as an option to look younger. Sure, we’ve got dermal fillers, lasers, and radiofrequency devices that have been developed in recent years, but none of these approaches can achieve the extent of rejuvenation that’s possible with a facelift. As you explore your option for surgical facial rejuvenation, you’ll want to know what you can do, and what you shouldn’t do, to get the very best from your experience. We’ll cover that here.
Facelift Recovery Do’s and Don’ts
If you’re going to have a facelift, prepare ahead of time to avoid being a superhero. After surgery, you’ll be sore. You may be tender. At first, though, you may be surprised at how good you feel. This is because it can take several hours for the effects of local or general anesthesia to wear off. Whether you feel well enough to skip that first dose of pain medication, don’t. This could lead to unnecessary pain and a longer-than-expected wait to feel good again.
After you have a facelift, your body needs to devote the majority of its energy to regenerating tissues and producing healing chemicals like collagen. Your post-op period is not a time to put everyone else’s needs before your own. If you’re a mother, putting your needs on the back burner may be old hat. After your facelift, you’ll need to let someone else take the reigns for a bit. Don’t expect to be doing the cooking, for yourself or anyone else. Don’t expect to be doing chores or taking care of children or pets. Do expect to want to indulge in naps and more rest than what you’re used to. Do give yourself the time you need. Within a few weeks, you’ll be right back to your normal energy levels.
Our Denver office has been established as a comfortable facility in which to explore the benefits of plastic surgery. To learn more about facelift surgery, call 303.399.7662 and schedule your visit.