Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons Dr. Jim Namnoum and Dr. Franklyn Elliott of Atlanta Plastic Surgery will moderate the live Atlanta breast reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery procedures at the 27th Annual Breast Surgery Symposium January 14th- January 16th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead .
Hosted by the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS), the Atlanta event strives to keep cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeons around the globe up-to-date with the most accurate and effective breast surgery methods and tools. In addition to Atlanta Plastic Surgery, the Breast Surgery Symposium features lecturers from plastic surgery centers across the world including: Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Sao Paulo.
Co-Chairman of the event, Dr. Namnoum sees immense potential in the burgeoning surgical topics to be detailed during the event including: fat transfer for breast augmentation, breast reconstruction using local anesthesia, and fat-grafting/ engineered tissue use in breast reconstruction.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) recently released a list of predictions for plastic surgery trends in 2011. Included on the list were predictions for an increased number of post bariatric surgery procedures such as body contouring and liposuction. While “trend” isn’t a word the surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery necessarily like associating with the physical implications involved with surgery, examining such lists provides interesting insight into the complex psychological process that goes into making the decision for elective procedure(s).
ASAPS has noted that more people are becoming aware of the metabolic and physical problems associated with obesity, and are inspired to lose weight. Sometimes cosmetic surgery is needed after massive weight loss to reduce the areas that didn’t shrink with fat loss. ASAPS also predicts that researchers will continue to experiment with new liposuction methods such as laser liposuction, and methods that freeze/zap fat. While nothing but time will prove these predictions, continual research and development of minimally invasive plastic surgery techniques ensure this is a field that is only going to grow from here.
More and more Americans are seeking body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery to rid themselves of excess, hanging skin and fat deposits that remain after significant weight loss. In addition to liposuction, many post bariatric surgery patients are opting for breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift (brachioplasty), and thigh lift procedures. Because the effects of weight loss (and gain) are physically different with every patient, any post weight loss cosmetic surgery is planned most effectively after a consultation at Atlanta Plastic Surgery.
Although ASAPS did not include predictions about mommy makeover procedures, Atlanta Plastic Surgery has noticed a rise in demand for such procedures, and predicts the number of mommy makeovers will also rise in 2011. Many components of mommy makeover surgery are similar to weight loss procedures in that they refine areas stretched or loosened by weight (or baby) gain. Mommy makeover procedures may include a combination of liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction depending on the patient’s needs. Unlike significant weight gain which usually affects the entire body, the effects of pregnancy tend to be isolated to the midsection of the body.
Rapid weight gain due to pregnancy can alter abdominal muscles, causing a pooch that remains even after the baby weight is gone. A combination of liposuction and tummy tuck can help remove excess fat and skin to return a woman’s body to her pre-baby appearance.
For more information on body contouring and other plastic surgery procedures at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, visit our website or contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, keep reading our practice-wide blog.
Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons believe that patient satisfaction starts at the time of consultation. While our surgeons will discuss everything you need to know during the initial consultation, our experience has taught us that patients who come to their consultation prepared to discuss their plastic surgery procedure tend to be most satisfied with their plastic surgery results.
Here are some tips for cosmetic surgery patient preparation:
Write down any concerns or questions: Discussing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can be overwhelming. Even your biggest concerns may be hard to remember with so much information to talk about.
Complete paperwork in advance and arrive early: We suggest that patients arrive at least 15 minutes early for their consultation to complete any remaining paperwork. Taking time to complete a bulk of the paperwork at home will ensure your ability to easily access the information needed (i.e.- personal and family medical history, current medications, etc.). When compiling a list of medications, don’t forget to include any vitamins and natural supplements as they too can effect certain pain medication recommendations and recovery.
Be prepared to take notes: Our surgeons will provide printed copies of everything you will need to know about your reconstructive surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure, but taking notes in your own words can help you have better understand the information discussed. During a consultation at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, you might even have the opportunity to see a simulated image of your expected outcome.
Research your desired procedure and your prospective surgeon’s experience: Knowing what’s involved with your desired Atlanta aesthetic plastic surgery or reconstructive procedure will help you develop healthy, realistic expectations for your results. While choosing a surgeon, be sure to also research their before and after photo gallery. A skilled Atlanta breast augmentation surgeon may not be the best choice if you’re pursuing an Atlanta blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Don’t settle when it comes to finding a surgeon whose skills are matched to your needs.
Bring pictures: Plastic surgeons are typically visual individuals. If you’re considering a facial rejuvenation procedure like a facelift or Rhinoplasty (nose job), bringing in an older photo of yourself will assist your surgeon in producing natural looking results.
Bring support: If necessary, bring support to your consultation. Patients coming in for a reconstruction consultation (such as breast reconstruction or reconstruction of congenital defects and other facial deformities) may especially benefit from support, as their plastic surgery experience may be emotionally trying.
Atlanta Plastic Surgery understands how exciting and nerve-racking consultations can be. These preparation tips should help patients walk away from their consultation fully informed: all questions and concerns answered and addressed. Some of the most common procedures performed at our practice are: breast augmentation, liposuction, breast reduction, and facelift. However, since we have so many surgeons under one roof, some specialize in other procedures like breast reconstruction and reconstruction of congenital defects and other facial deformities.
For more information on the surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. and the procedures they perform, visit our website and continue reading our new practice-wide blog. If you are considering plastic surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery perform a variety of breast surgeries including: breast augmentation (enhancement), breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), breast revision, and breast reconstruction. You may be familiar with the A,B,C lettering label system associated with bra size, but if recent news from the FDA is any proof, numbers are the most useful tool in cosmetic breast procedures and breast cancer prevention.
Breast implants, saline or silicone filled shells inserted atop or underneath the pectoral muscles of women, are used in Atlanta breast augmentation or Atlanta breast reconstruction to enhance the appearance of the breasts. Implant size, unlike bra size, is best described in terms of volume (measured in cubic centimeters). Because each woman’s frame, weight, natural breast shape, and skin elasticity will affect the overall appearance of an implant, volumetric data is most useful in determining optimal implant for breast enlargement surgery.
Like implant measurements, quantitative data is becoming more and more valuable for radiologists in the prevention of breast cancer. Announced via press release on November 19th, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new mammography breast imaging software (Volpara™), which calculates and tracks the breast density of patients to better identify masses in the breasts of patients with naturally dense breast tissue.
Until this development, radiologists could only instruct patients with dense tissue to undergo additional (and costly) imaging like an MRI or ultrasound to thoroughly review any questionable areas and ensure the breast was cancer-free. While the inventors of the technology don’t explicitly point to the machines use with breast surgery patients, one could speculate that the software’s advantageous ability to track density changes over time would also be useful for breast reconstruction patients who may have extensive scar tissue from previous surgeries which could muddle the results of traditional mammography. Additionally, the technology seems to show promise for patients with breast implants who currently have to undergo an MRI every two years to check for changes to their breast implants.
Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s surgeons continually expand the planning and imaging technology they utilize in pediatric and adult reconstructive surgeries. To read more about emerging plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery technology, visit the Atlanta Plastic Surgery website and continue to read their practice-wide blog.
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